I mean the first title in a loooonnnnnnnnnnng time?
Two of our girls in the finals! :):):)
Jun 21st, 2002, 02:23 PM
you already forgot about Elena Bovina's title ;)
I'm sure we will win something tomorrow :)
hope its both :)
Jun 21st, 2002, 02:32 PM
I put up a poll about it on General Messages. :)
I HOPE tomorrow does not pass without at least one trophy tucked under a Russian arm! :)
Jun 21st, 2002, 02:34 PM
Good luck to both girls in their finals....
Both won their semifinal matches very easily! :eek:
The most impressive though was Anastasia's domination of Hantuchova 6-2 6-1!!! That must have been an amazing match for her... take the title :)
Jun 21st, 2002, 02:50 PM
I really hope it is good news for both girls! :)
Jun 21st, 2002, 03:33 PM
That could be the biggest day in Russian WTA history. We have only three titles so far. We might end up having 5 tomorrow.
Jun 21st, 2002, 03:47 PM
true, Eggy... for me it IS a looooooonngggggggggggg time ;)
Jun 21st, 2002, 05:06 PM
If I were to choose one, I would not know which one to choose..
Alyona's first title or first ever high Tier title for Russian girls..
Jun 21st, 2002, 05:09 PM
now both know who they will play
Nastya vs Chanda
Elena v Eleni Danilidou
come on girls :)
Jun 21st, 2002, 05:11 PM
Wow, this is the best news to view when I came back...
Good luck to both girls! :)
Jun 21st, 2002, 05:17 PM
I'm happier that Elena is playing Eleni compared to Justine.
I hope that tomorrow changes a lot of things and that both girls come out on top.
My best wishes go out to both of these ladies (esp Elena!).
Good luck Elena :hearts: and Anastasia
Jun 21st, 2002, 05:40 PM
I am watching Bedanova and Rubin match now, and I think Nastya has a very good chance. It looks like Daja doubted her own ability to match Chanda from the baseline, so she was trying to serve and volley quite a lot, and not having a good serve she was passed time after time. Daja was inconvincing in that. Nastya won't do that, she is plain better than Chanda from the baseline, so it will be up to Chanda to invent something. Overall, quite sloppy match so far.
Jun 21st, 2002, 05:54 PM
I was just thinking the very same thing, ys. I expected to see Rubin on fire, but she doesn't need to do much in this match, and I agree it has been unimpressive.
Also, Elena's chances against a tired Daniilidou are far better than they would have been against Justine. So both Anastasia and Elena have excellent prospects tomorrow!
If they both win, June 22nd definitely becomes the first official Russian Roulette Forum holiday !! To be observed every year hereafter. :):):):):)
Jun 21st, 2002, 06:31 PM
Oh, my.. June 22.. One of the saddest dates in Russian history...
Jun 21st, 2002, 07:18 PM
Not a mere coincedence it seems...
Jun 21st, 2002, 07:28 PM
Yet, it is only the second week of grass season, and we already have a title, a final, and two more finals yet to be played.. Well done, Russian Roulette..:)
Jun 21st, 2002, 08:15 PM
Isn't it amazing what 6 months can do .... :)
Jun 21st, 2002, 10:59 PM
Oh, my.. June 22.. One of the saddest dates in Russian history...
It's typical isn't it? I mean, you don't win a title for 3 years (Myskina '99) and then (potentialy) 3 come along in just a few months.:rolleyes:. Typical. Of course, Elena and Ana haven't won their titles yet, they've still got potentialy tough matches to play.
I think they'll both win.
Elena will be spurred on by the fact that Myskina is catching up in the ranking, and that Bovina has won a title already this year. Before that, the last time a Russian girl won a title was '99 and Elena's 'breakthrough' year was 2000, so she hasn't had any pressure from Russian girls since Anna got injured in 2001. Now she'll be pushed, even more and harder than Anna could ever push her by Myskina.
I think Elena needs to have some-one as a potential rival to her 'Russian No. 1' crown. Myskina is perfect for the job.
Nastya will be spurred on by the fact that she won't want to lose 2 straight finals. That alone should be enough.
Jun 21st, 2002, 11:35 PM
June 22, why is that such a sad day in Russian history? A War tragedy I assume. :(
I hope that's not a bad omen for Elena and Ana for tomorrow! :eek:
Jun 22nd, 2002, 04:11 AM
I should also mention... isn't grass Elena D's least favorite surface? I recall her saying she hated the stuff, and I think last year's wimbledon was the first time she won main draw matches on grass. Nice to see her putting in the effort on a surface she doesn't like. Perhaps certain other players (mainly male ;) ) could take a clue from "Darling Dementieva" ;)
Jun 22nd, 2002, 04:20 AM
June 22, why is that such a sad day in Russian history? A War tragedy I assume.
June 22, 1941, 04:00AM, German invasion of Russia..
Jun 22nd, 2002, 07:44 PM
OMG! I did not know that. :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad:
Jun 22nd, 2002, 09:38 PM
Thanks for the history lesson, ys! :wavey: I'm sorry it is terrible history. :(
Vanity, you make a good point about Elena sticking it out on grass courts. And that male tennis players who don't like grass courts, should do the same. You have become so logical! :kiss:
Vanity, I know you're only kidding. But please don't mock me! :( I get enough of that from Becca and Alexis! :sad:
As much as I like Elena, I wish she was a killer on the court! I'm dissapointed she was "happy" with making it to the finals. :( You can tell she's from the same Country, city and tennis club as Anna Kournikova! :eek: Neither of them can come up with the goods to win their first WTA title. I still find that hard to believe! :confused:
Jun 22nd, 2002, 10:51 PM
I am still pretty proud of Elena D. She reached the finals on her least favorite surface! Most players avoid their least fave surface as much as possible or often lose early on it. She made a good effort and just ran into a very in-form Daniilidou. Good week Elena! :D
Jun 23rd, 2002, 01:34 AM
Wow Vanity! You're "pretty proud" of Elena! :eek: You've come along way baby! ;) And I'm pretty proud of you! :kiss:
And you're right, Vanity. Eleni had a sensational tournament. Three big wins in a row to win her first WTA title. It was no fluke, that's for sure! :D
Jun 23rd, 2002, 05:47 AM
Cat, I am glad to see Elena making an effort to win on her least favorite surface. :) I find so many players today.... they love one surface, and then refuse to adapt to another. Look at all the spanish men who regularily skip Wimbledon. They could learn a thing or two from Dementieva! ;)
you know, I love to see players improve... :)
Jun 23rd, 2002, 04:54 PM
Me too Vanity! I like to see players improve. Or atleast make the attempt to improve.
I hope some moderate success on grass have given Elena a confidence boost! But I don't know. :confused: