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Yak
Apr 28th, 2005, 05:32 PM
People are saying that she may fall out of the top10 and when we are talking about struggling players, her name comes up :confused:

1/2 final in Sydney (lost by walkover)
Round of 16 in Melbourne (Schnyder)
1/4 final in Tokyo (Asagoe)
1/2 final in Indian Wells (Clijsters)
1/4 final in Miami (Clijsters)
Final in Charleston (Henin-Hardenne)
Won both her matches in Fed Cup

She is having a good year so far :shrug:

goldenlox
Apr 28th, 2005, 05:35 PM
So far, so good. Lena is close to being #3.
She needs to peak in week 2 at RG.

No Name Face
Apr 28th, 2005, 05:41 PM
People just don't believe in her ability and that she can remain a great player regardless of her serve. Plus, she tends to falter when she plays players close to her ability and sometimes players that are not as talented as she is. However, between last year and this year, she more than proved that she is just as talented as the top players and can beat them - she beat Venus, Amelie (twice), Lindsay, Capriati, Kuznetsova, even Sharapova (in an exhibition, but we know how much she hates to lose anything). Basically, there's no limit to Elena's talent, she just needs to believe in herself and have a good serving day. There is no doubt in my mind that with a good serve, she'd be #1. People lump her in with the rest of the Russians, but they don't know that when all the Myskinas and Kuznetsovas fade away, Dementieva will take the big titles.

faboozadoo15
Apr 28th, 2005, 05:51 PM
if she won an event we wouldnt be having this conversation. she's been way more consistent to start this year than perhaps any other in her time on tour. she needs to start winning the big matches though, and many people thought she should have done better at the aus.

Steffica Greles
Apr 28th, 2005, 05:54 PM
I agree, but I'd also point out a few things that go against Dementieva ever reaching no.3 in the world or higher.

She's turning into a very solid, consistent player - very much like Clijsters did in late 2002 and early 2003. However, Kim had the ability to go a little higher than that, and I'm just doubtful that Elena has those credentials. Kim was at one time a hard-hitting baseline slugger given to making sloppy errors on bad days. She's now the most consistent baseline player in women's tennis. She learned a lot from Lleyton's style, in my opinion.

But I'm going off the point - back to Elena. The reason I'm making this analogy is because Kim's game took her to finals of slams, but was not enough for her to lift the trophies. Her earlier, more risky style made her more capable of winning finals, in my opinion.

Elena seems to have developed a style that, on balance, she believes is solid enough to keep her in the top 8 and as a contender for slams. But at one time she was one of the most erratic players off the ground, nevermind the serve, on the tour. Yet on her day she was a threat to anybody.

I just think Elena's lost aggression, and seems to be a little too contented by semi-finals and quarter-finals. She's hoping that that consistency will always leave her in with a chance of pushing to a new level, but I think she can only do that by being aggressive. And against Kuznetsova in New York, Myskina in Paris, and against several other players, it's struck me that she was waiting for errors too often.

That kind of game won't win her slams.

_LuCaS_
Apr 28th, 2005, 05:58 PM
Lena is having a good year. She should do well (SF at least) at RG.

People lump her in with the rest of the Russians, but they don't know that when all the Myskinas and Kuznetsovas fade away, Dementieva will take the big titles.

Actually is the other way around, she also takes advantage of the poor form of Nastya and Sveta, but that won't last forever.
ALso you forget some other players that could prevent Lena from getting the big titles.

Albireo
Apr 28th, 2005, 06:16 PM
A lot of it is due to expectations. She was runner-up at two Slams last year, and it seems as if many people in the sport (and in the fan community) expected that she would start 2005 right off with a brand-new, 100%-functional serve and pick up where she left off last year. That's just not realistic.

A lot of players have a great year, fall apart the next year trying to live up to/build off of it, then have another great year when the pressure has backed off a bit. That may be part of her problem. Or not.

Dementinator
Apr 28th, 2005, 06:31 PM
Dementieva is most certainly NOT having a bad year ,she may not have blasted a trail thru everybody either ,but shes proved a lot more consistant so far and building up slowly.

IMHO and yes i suppose I am biased ,she has the most talent of the Russians ,in fact i cant think of one player in the top 20 who would be where Lena is with her serve ,Lena is the only one who can get away with a weak serve to a certain extent ,and be in the top 5 and make GS finals ,she DOES need to improve the serve further ,and as said above in other posts ,be more agressive sometimes ,cos once she IS agressive she really is lethal ,her groundstrokes can be truly awe inspiring at times.

She has always been overlooked ,and she does have her problems ,but she has an awful lot of good points to her game too ,shes fast ,fit ,very strong ,and fights like hell when she really wants something ,but sometimes she can be too passive and her mind wanders ,but shes no machine (Thank God) and I think WTA is a much better place with her presence!!

So I think lena is having a good strong consistant year so far ,lived up to her ranking and now needs to try step up a gear!!

jimbo mack
Apr 28th, 2005, 06:33 PM
she's having a really good year, i imagine some people are too harsh on her

RussiansFan
Apr 28th, 2005, 08:54 PM
She's having a good year, yes, she could have done better at AO but last year she lost in 1st round, so...
However, she should start to win some tournaments to lift in the rankings and to increase of a step, but she remains one of the most talented players on the tour, and one of the most fighting too

miffedmax
Apr 28th, 2005, 09:05 PM
Everyone makes excuses about the Williams sisters being distracted by acting, designing, etc.

What about Lena's full-time career as a goddess? No one EVER cuts her any slack.

JenFan75
Apr 28th, 2005, 09:10 PM
Everyone makes excuses about the Williams sisters being distracted by acting, designing, etc.

What about Lena's full-time career as a goddess? No one EVER cuts her any slack.




:lol:

Knizzle
Apr 28th, 2005, 09:15 PM
She's not winning any titles which is her problem.

RenaSlam.
Apr 28th, 2005, 09:29 PM
She's had a good year. The best "Russian" player this year other other than Maria. Not bad at all I'd say.

Andy.
Apr 28th, 2005, 10:11 PM
She is having a very good year and more consistant then in the past she is playing like a to ten player.

LUIS9
Apr 28th, 2005, 10:25 PM
I agree, but I'd also point out a few things that go against Dementieva ever reaching no.3 in the world or higher.

She's turning into a very solid, consistent player - very much like Clijsters did in late 2002 and early 2003. However, Kim had the ability to go a little higher than that, and I'm just doubtful that Elena has those credentials. Kim was at one time a hard-hitting baseline slugger given to making sloppy errors on bad days. She's now the most consistent baseline player in women's tennis. She learned a lot from Lleyton's style, in my opinion.

But I'm going off the point - back to Elena. The reason I'm making this analogy is because Kim's game took her to finals of slams, but was not enough for her to lift the trophies. Her earlier, more risky style made her more capable of winning finals, in my opinion.

Elena seems to have developed a style that, on balance, she believes is solid enough to keep her in the top 8 and as a contender for slams. But at one time she was one of the most erratic players off the ground, nevermind the serve, on the tour. Yet on her day she was a threat to anybody.

I just think Elena's lost aggression, and seems to be a little too contented by semi-finals and quarter-finals. She's hoping that that consistency will always leave her in with a chance of pushing to a new level, but I think she can only do that by being aggressive. And against Kuznetsova in New York, Myskina in Paris, and against several other players, it's struck me that she was waiting for errors too often.
That kind of game won't win her slams.


This is so very true, Kim indeed learned so much from Lleyton, she became much more consistent after having taken a few a la Hewitt lessons. I mean her lobs resemble his, she's just so happy to retrieve after balls for so long and has developed a consistency almost similar to the one Hinigs had from 99-early 01. She no longer hits forehand error after forehand error as she used to pre 2003.

I agree very much on your assesstment of Dementievas game, shes certainly talented and is a great player but I think shes being too happy to just be good enough instead of being great.

I dont know what people are talking about when they say Kutznetsova and Myskina are much better players than Dementieva, what shot do these former two have that Dementieva doesnt have? The only things lacking in Dementievas game are a decent serve and the belief that she can actually win the big titles. Svetlana may hit bigger but Dementieva can hit just as hard, Myskina has great defense skills but so does Dementieva, the only shot that she may claim that may be more lethal than Dementievas is her silky well timed backhand down the line, however Dementievas forehand can take on her forehand and backhand at the same time. As a matter of fact Dementievas volleying skills are more polished than the former two, Myskina may have a decent drop shot but her net skills are anything but polished.

TeamUSA#1
Apr 28th, 2005, 10:28 PM
I dont think Lena is having a bad year at all. I think she is backing up her ranking quite well actually, and showing that last year's results were not flukes, -- they were a sign of her improved court coverage and a testament to her awesome groundies. IN fact, besides Maria, she is the only other Russian who has carried over from last year. Myskina and Kuzzie are on their way out of the top 10, and Vera has gone back to being a 100% headcase. Lena has had solid results that match her ranking.

However, I dont think she will be winning a slam, or maybe even making the Finals, (prob. SFs) because of her serve. It is still a huge liability - which is really unfortanate because if she could get that together she could really challenge for the #1 ranking and slam titles... Should be interesting to see what she does with her serve and how it shapes her career......

LUIS9
Apr 28th, 2005, 10:30 PM
I dont think Lena is having a bad year at all. I think she is backing up her ranking quite well actually, and showing that last year's results were not flukes, -- they were a sign of her improved court coverage and a testament to her awesome groundies. IN fact, besides Maria, she is the only other Russian who has carried over from last year. Myskina and Kuzzie are on their way out of the top 10, and Vera has gone back to being a 100% headcase. Lena has had solid results that match her ranking.

However, I dont think she will be winning a slam, or maybe even making the Finals, (prob. SFs) because of her serve. It is still a huge liability - which is really unfortanate because if she could get that together she could really challenge for the #1 ranking and slam titles... Should be interesting to see what she does with her serve and how it shapes her career......

Ditto!

daffodil
Apr 28th, 2005, 10:32 PM
Dementieva is having a good year, but she loses to players ranked well below her sometimes. She definitely shouldn't have lost the Australian Open match.

_LuCaS_
Apr 28th, 2005, 10:34 PM
I dont know what people are talking about when they say Kutznetsova and Myskina are much better players than Dementieva, what shot do these former two have that Dementieva doesnt have? The only things lacking in Dementievas game are a decent serve and the belief that she can actually win the big titles. Svetlana may hit bigger but Dementieva can hit just as hard, Myskina has great defense skills but so does Dementieva, the only shot that she may claim that may be more lethal than Dementievas is her silky well timed backhand down the line, however Dementievas forehand can take on her forehand and backhand at the same time. As a matter of fact Dementievas volleying skills are more polished than the former two, Myskina may have a decent drop shot but her net skills are anything but polished.
Still Nastya leads Lena 7-4 in H2H...how odd

kosmikgroove
Apr 28th, 2005, 10:40 PM
I think Lena's best years will be in the next 5! she's improved so much from last year that I know in due time it'll come more together for her!

LUIS9
Apr 28th, 2005, 10:41 PM
Still Nastya leads Lena 7-4 in H2H...how odd

Yeah but one of those and as a results happens to be Myskina's biggest win probably of her career, happened to be fully gift wrapped. Dementieva should have just defaulted, however I've never heard of anyone defaulting a final, she simply wasnt there mentally and boy did her serve show her nerves like 12 double faults, she lost 80% of her service games just on double faults, Myskina wasnt even touching the ball for most of the match, it was an unforced error double-fault fest from Dementieva, long forehand after long forehand and double fault after double fault, poor girl she even cried after realizing how pathetic she was on this nerve-wrecking day.

smarties
Apr 28th, 2005, 10:46 PM
I didn't really hear a lot of people saying she was having a bad year :shrug: Anyway... about the Clijster's analogy, I disagree; I think that what prevented Kim from lifting the trophy was not her lack of aggression but rather some mental weakness in the key moments and I think that is the same thing preventing Dementieva and not her serve like so many people think. Of course it would facilitate the whole thing if she had a good serve but she has already proved that she can make 2 GS finals with that serve; it's the mental aspect of the game in those key moments that is the problem IMO.

Knizzle
Apr 28th, 2005, 10:48 PM
Yeah but one of those and as a results happens to be Myskina's biggest win probably of her career happened to be fully gift wrapped. Dementieva should have just defaulted, however I've never heard of anyone defaulting a final, she simply wasnt there mentally and boy did her serve show her nerves like 12 double faults, she lost 80% of her service games just on double faults, Myskina wasnt even touching the ball for most of the match, it was an unforced error double-fault fest from Dementieva, long forehand after forehand and double fault after double fault, poor girl she even cried after realizing how pathetic she was on this nerve-wrecking day.

Mental strength usually separates the wheat from the chaff. Not that Myskina is the pillar of mental strength, but she was able to hold it together during RG.

_LuCaS_
Apr 28th, 2005, 10:53 PM
Yeah but one of those and as a results happens to be Myskina's biggest win probably of her career, happened to be fully gift wrapped. Dementieva should have just defaulted, however I've never heard of anyone defaulting a final, she simply wasnt there mentally and boy did her serve show her nerves like 12 double faults, she lost 80% of her service games just on double faults, Myskina wasnt even touching the ball for most of the match, it was an unforced error double-fault fest from Dementieva, long forehand after long forehand and double fault after double fault, poor girl she even cried after realizing how pathetic she was on this nerve-wrecking day.
read my sig please. thanks

LUIS9
Apr 28th, 2005, 10:57 PM
Mental strength usually separates the wheat from the chaff. Not that Myskina is the pillar of mental strength, but she was able to hold it together during RG.

I totally agree.:wavey: However these kind of losses shouldnt be the telling story of her career and it doesnt prove her lack of talent at all, as many seem to believe.

DEETHELICK
Apr 28th, 2005, 11:03 PM
Elena's having a solid year. Last year was explosive followed by inconsistency.

I don't think Elena lacks aggression. She hits her groundies with murderous intent and definitely goes for the line's more than Kim. I find it quite offensive comparing Elena's game to Kim's as Elena is definitely more about seizing the initiative.

Its at key times that Elena can falter, like a BP, GP or SP. If mentally she becomes tougher (and she is so tough as it is, having to always back up her serve with the rest of her game) then slowly but surely, she'll get bigger results and rise in the rankings.

But she does need to win titles. I believe she should have at least taken a set of Justine at Charleston, as would many others. Its the lack of belief to unleash her weapon that caused her to lose, rather than playing solid.

Nastya's 7-4 H2H is more a reflection of a mental edge over Elena rather than a better game. RG was more about Elena's breakdown rather than Nastya's superb tennis. And if you look at Moscow 2004 1st set, you can see why Elena is a better player than Nastya IMO.

Anyways, Elena has planned her schedule well this year and is definitely putting focus on RG. I hope she succeeds.

Knizzle
Apr 28th, 2005, 11:14 PM
I totally agree.:wavey: However these kind of losses shouldnt be the telling story of her career and it doesnt prove her lack of talent at all, as many seem to believe.

Unfortunately they are the telling story of her career so far. She's 4-9 in finals winning 3 tier 2's (2 being extremely weak) and a tier 3. In her finals she's lost to Venus, Coetzer, Dokic, Daniilidou, Serena, Myskina x2, Kuznetsova, and Justine. She's beaten Davenport, Rubin x2 and Bovina in finals she won. This is hardly consistent with someone who is a top 5 player. She's already 23 so she better start winning soon before it's too late.

-Sonic-
Apr 28th, 2005, 11:14 PM
I think its just because its been a case of "look who she didn't lose to" as opposed to "look who she's beaten". She's only beaten Sveta in the top 10, if i remember rightly, plus a couple of Schnyder wins, who she's also lost to aswell.

Her previous inconsistency made us notice big wins, semi final placings etc, whereas now, its strange if she's _not_ still playing at the weekend of an event, which is brilliant. Its a shame she had to retire in sydney as i think she had a great chance of getting that title, which could have meant all sorts in terms of confidence for the AO and beyond.

Geisha
Apr 28th, 2005, 11:15 PM
Really, I don't see her falling out of the top 10 anytime soon. Even if she doesn't do as good as she did last year at Roland Garros, she has a great chance of doing a hell of a lot better this year at Wimbledon. She can still improve her summer season results and reach the QF or better at the US Open. She has incredible talent and determination! I expect/hope/want her to do well this year!

mboyle
Apr 28th, 2005, 11:21 PM
She's made herself a solid top eight player. She's probably going to end up being the second best Russian out of the pack.

Wannabeknowitall
Apr 28th, 2005, 11:42 PM
Dementieva has been a top 12 player for five years now. She's not on the same level as anyone else in the top 12. She has the least amount of titles of people of all of the players in the top 12. Molik has won more titles in 10 months than she has in 5 years. It's just unexcusable. The problem isn't the serve. She could win some of these titles with a bad serve. She just makes errors where she usually wouldn't. I watched her after the finals in Charleston. She was satisfied with just making the finals. That is not good enough. She has the one of the worse record against the top Russians of the top Russians. She is 12-18 against the Russians in the top 12. She is 2-14 against the Belgians. These things have to stop if she wants to finally win a big title or even a slam. I understand why she could be considered having a bad year. She made it to the finals of two slams. She isn't even playing on that level right now. The excuses have to stop though. Her records against the players in the top 10 should be better. She has a winning record against one player in the top 10.

Albireo
Apr 29th, 2005, 12:10 AM
I agree very much on your assesstment of Dementievas game, shes certainly talented and is a great player but I think shes being too happy to just be good enough instead of being great.

I'm not so sure of that last bit. I don't think that a player who fights as hard as Dementieva did to get into the USO final is content to merely be "good enough." IIRC, all but one of her matches there was a three-setter, and the QF and SF went to 3rd-set tiebreaks. Dementieva had plenty of opportunities to say, "OK, that's a pretty good effort; now I can go back to Moscow and relax." But she didn't. She puts a lot of effort into winning, and I don't think she's a player content to be a runner-up-- particularly now, when she's twice come so close to one of the big prizes. She's got plenty of guts, plenty of heart, for a fight.

Knizzle's assessment is pretty much on the money, IMO. Dementieva doesn't have the mental strength yet to win a big title. A lot of this is because of the serve; she's gotten into the mindset that her serve is a huge weakness, one that she'll have to endure and overcome. It's the albatross around her neck, really. She knows going into a big match that the serve is going to let her down. So she has to prepare for a long, tough slog against the better opponents, knowing that she'll have to break them frequently because she's going to be broken herself, probably frequently.

She's got a big quandary. She's been trying, quite evidently, to fix the serve, and that's both commendable and necessary. A number of people have commented that she's using a "different" serve in practice, but reverts to the old one in actual matches. But she needs confidence to use the "practice" serve in matches, and the only way she'll become confident in it is to use it in matches. The only way she'll stop getting nervous in big matches is to play a lot of big matches, but she'll have problems consistently getting to big matches if she doesn't start serving better, and so on.... It's a vicious cycle, and I don't think it's one that she can overcome overnight, or by herself.

She came very close to hiring a psychologist a few years ago. That would be a very good move at present. If she can break the cycle by getting her nerves under control, the serve should improve. And if she can improve the serve, she'll be less nervous at the most crucial points of tournaments.

New
Apr 29th, 2005, 12:16 AM
I think most people just want her to go the extra mile to show that she can win against top players like Henin or Clijsters. Also, everyone knows what's gonna happen if she fails to defend the RG finalist points.

But comparing her with most people on the tour, she is having an excellent result.

But as long as you're a top player, you'll be subjected to criticism, unless you win everyone and every title. Even then, if your wins are three setters, people might even start to say, your dominace is getting shaky...

People just like to give their comments on what they feel rather than examine and analysing the situation carefully. I guess that's life.

But I think Elena would do well overall in the rankings, even if she fails to defend her finalist in RG (maybe losing in semis) cos she has first round exit in Wimbledon and that would mean more points, as soon as she advance far!

In addition to that, I would also like to point out that the results you shown has clearly pointed that she no longer have first round exits as often as last year. This is great on her part. :)

faboozadoo15
Apr 29th, 2005, 12:37 AM
i agree, it seems like at times she fights like a dog and other times shes happy to have gone as far as she has. it really needs to stop; she needs to get hungrier. you watch sharapova on court and there's no doubt in your mind why she's near e top. dementieva is a great fighter against those below her, and she's SO FIT and mentally tough in those matches, but she can't seem to come up with the goods against the better players. it's really a shame because she has so much game. there's no reason she should only get a few games off of clijsters, davenport, serena, myskina-- players like that. once that changes, she'll be incredible.

as far as this thread, ive already said shes not having a bad year, but at the same time, she hasn't won anything, and she's had her chances and has 2 bad losses (schnyder and asagoe).

Junex
Apr 29th, 2005, 01:57 AM
Elena's having a solid year. Last year was explosive followed by inconsistency.

I don't think Elena lacks aggression. She hits her groundies with murderous intent and definitely goes for the line's more than Kim. I find it quite offensive comparing Elena's game to Kim's as Elena is definitely more about seizing the initiative.

Its at key times that Elena can falter, like a BP, GP or SP. If mentally she becomes tougher (and she is so tough as it is, having to always back up her serve with the rest of her game) then slowly but surely, she'll get bigger results and rise in the rankings.

But she does need to win titles. I believe she should have at least taken a set of Justine at Charleston, as would many others. Its the lack of belief to unleash her weapon that caused her to lose, rather than playing solid.

Nastya's 7-4 H2H is more a reflection of a mental edge over Elena rather than a better game. RG was more about Elena's breakdown rather than Nastya's superb tennis. And if you look at Moscow 2004 1st set, you can see why Elena is a better player than Nastya IMO.

Anyways, Elena has planned her schedule well this year and is definitely putting focus on RG. I hope she succeeds.


Well, Last year was Elena being a russian! LOL!

being the best epitome of russian inconsistency:

1st Rd - F- 1st Rd - F in GS.....

but then she was able to turn it around this year and i am so happy for that.
she is very consistent by far and playing up to her ranking/seeding.
last year she was able to achieve #5 and I think with her recent form she could exceed that ranking position, best would be #3.

I just love Elena and I love her more now, knowing she likes Justine.

to me this is the best year of Elena's career by far, overall performance wise.
and I say by far because I believ her best, being the ebst in the WTA tour is yet to come!!!!

If i could see these persons in this position in the WTA ranking, I could just die of happiness:

1. Justine
2. Maria
3. Elena

10nisfanofruz
Apr 29th, 2005, 03:29 AM
I think that she is having a good year so far. :) Although she did not win any tournament this year, she was able to get to SF and F of the tournaments. I say she has done pretty good job. :worship: She proved so many times that she is such a fighter and I believe she can fight to win some tournament this year. ;)

LUIS9
Apr 29th, 2005, 04:02 AM
Elena's having a solid year. Last year was explosive followed by inconsistency.

I don't think Elena lacks aggression. She hits her groundies with murderous intent and definitely goes for the line's more than Kim. I find it quite offensive comparing Elena's game to Kim's as Elena is definitely more about seizing the initiative.

Its at key times that Elena can falter, like a BP, GP or SP. If mentally she becomes tougher (and she is so tough as it is, having to always back up her serve with the rest of her game) then slowly but surely, she'll get bigger results and rise in the rankings.

But she does need to win titles. I believe she should have at least taken a set of Justine at Charleston, as would many others. Its the lack of belief to unleash her weapon that caused her to lose, rather than playing solid.

Nastya's 7-4 H2H is more a reflection of a mental edge over Elena rather than a better game. RG was more about Elena's breakdown rather than Nastya's superb tennis. And if you look at Moscow 2004 1st set, you can see why Elena is a better player than Nastya IMO.

Anyways, Elena has planned her schedule well this year and is definitely putting focus on RG. I hope she succeeds.

RIGHT ON BUDDY OR GAL!

Prizeidiot
Apr 29th, 2005, 07:41 AM
She is certainly not having a bad year, maybe not an outstanding year, maybe she's not reaching the ridiculous heights people expect, but she's playing like a top ten player.

I don't agree that she is content with merely making finals. Anyone eho watched that French Open final last year, saw the frustration, and the disappointment in her face would not question her desire to win.

I will admit however, that Elena is missing the self belief which would allow her to be more effective with these opportunities. That's not to say that she is destined to be a runner up. She's still improving her game, and I believe she has the aggression to do big things. Hopefully, if she does improve the serve, she can overcome the mental weakness.

tennnisfannn
Apr 29th, 2005, 09:27 AM
Elena tends to get a little overlooked, despite her good showings, for a top player she only has won 4 career titles at 23/4. one tier 2 and the rest 3 or below. Most of the other top tenner shave more than ten titles, kuzy and maria are still teen nad have won slams.
In charlestone despite her good play, i really couldn't see her winning the title, not a tier 1, soemhow she has failed to convert when it counts the most. In Rg she beat both lindsay and amelie who were playing much better than myskina whom she lost to, at the uSO she beat both amelie and capriati who too were striking the ball better than kuzy was. so it wasn't that she was outplayed in the finals, she just couldn't produce the game that got her there in the first place. Until she wins some more titles she will always remain a dangerous player but not necessarily one to take home the prize.

goldenlox
Apr 29th, 2005, 02:37 PM
If Lena can stay healthy, her best results are still in her future.

smarties
Apr 29th, 2005, 10:20 PM
at the uSO she beat both amelie and capriati who too were striking the ball better than kuzy was. so it wasn't that she was outplayed in the finals, she just couldn't produce the game that got her there in the first place. Until she wins some more titles she will always remain a dangerous player but not necessarily one to take home the prize.

Bear in mind she was injured at the USO...