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elenabfan
Jul 17th, 2002, 07:53 AM
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How does everyone think Elena Baltacha will fare on hardcourts this summer?

I think her game is possibly even more suited to hard courts than grass courts as she is a powerful, primarily baseline hitter.

Can she come through qualifying for the Open?

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Monica_Rules
Jul 17th, 2002, 10:54 AM
I think its all about confidence she had her best results on grass but has hardly played on hardcourts(in tournamnets!)

If she gets enough matches in before the open she'll have a great shot at qualifying!

PamShriver
Jul 17th, 2002, 02:35 PM
I agree that it will be mainly about confidence. She has the talent to qualify for the Open and win a few rounds, but right now it's just about getting enough hardcourt matches under her belt. Hopefully, she will continue to ride the crest of confidence she got at Wimbledon and do well in her Challenger events this summer. Anyway you look at it, I think that Elena's days of worrying about qualifying for GS's will be ending soon. I predict that she will gain direct entry into the AO.

Jippo McScally
Jul 17th, 2002, 03:14 PM
She won her first match in straight sets (6/3 6/2 I think)! YAY!
If she plays the way she did in Wimbledon, she'll be really good! :D Let's just hope she stays injury free!

Lord Chips
Jul 17th, 2002, 03:19 PM
What is it with Britain. Nobody took any interest in her, she won two matches and now everyone says she's the best thing since slice bread.

Nikola
Jul 17th, 2002, 06:53 PM
yep, what is it with Britain?

Cilla
Jul 17th, 2002, 07:28 PM
Originally posted by Hamster
What is it with Britain. Nobody took any interest in her, she won two matches and now everyone says she's the best thing since slice bread.

That's British Culture for ya.

Lord Chips
Jul 17th, 2002, 07:49 PM
Thank G-d I'm a Kiwi!

Cilla
Jul 17th, 2002, 07:54 PM
Originally posted by Hamster
Thank G-d I'm a Kiwi!

Lol! :D

Lord Chips
Jul 17th, 2002, 08:02 PM
Good to see us Antepodians sticking together (even though I was born and now live in London)

Just hope your not counting on seeing the Wallabys retain the Bledisloe Cup as it's going home in a few weeks!

elektra 4 u
Jul 17th, 2002, 08:03 PM
I agree with hamster, that's why I'm not gettin too excited with Bally yet. Everyone else is just gettin way too carried away.Also like Greg Rusedski, Elena isn't 100% british anyway :( wasn't she born in Belgrade I think

Lord Chips
Jul 17th, 2002, 08:05 PM
Kiev. It does say something about British sport when you consider two of the best three players wern't even born in the UK.

Cilla
Jul 17th, 2002, 08:06 PM
Originally posted by Hamster
Good to see us Antepodians sticking together (even though I was born and now live in London)

Just hope your not counting on seeing the Wallabys retain the Bledisloe Cup as it's going home in a few weeks!

Erm Hammy...I'm not Australian-I'm a Londoner lol!! I just have the Aussie flag next to my name :o :p

Raj
Jul 17th, 2002, 08:19 PM
In Britian we do get get extra excited over a good female tennis player.
It should be obvious why?
Wimbledon is held here every year and at the moment there is not even 1 really good female british player to cheer!
So come on ELENA BALTACHA!

Jakeev
Jul 17th, 2002, 08:25 PM
Gosh I never thought Elena sounded very Birtish. Does anyone know her background?

Lord Chips
Jul 17th, 2002, 09:12 PM
Ah!

mn73
Jul 17th, 2002, 10:19 PM
As one Brit with one opinion I can say that I never get too excited about British female prospects with Wimbledon wildcards, most of them play like crap, but I am excited about Elena Baltacha. Her match with Amanda Coetzer was my fave women's match of the fortnight and I think Elena showed real talent in that match and against Likhovsteva in the next round. I like her because she is feisty, a big hitter, power server and hungry for success. The fact she is British is way down the list for me.

saki
Jul 17th, 2002, 10:29 PM
I'm with Mark Newman on this, Elena is genuinely talented & she seems to have a good head on her shoulders. I wondered if she'd have a letdown after Wimbledon but she went straight back to the challenger circuit and won Felixstowe.

Jakeev - on her background. She was born in Kiev (the Ukraine) and her father used to be a pro footballer & her mother was also an athlete of some sort (can't remember the sport).

Philip
Jul 17th, 2002, 10:45 PM
We havnt had a good player since Jo Durie, i think we have reason to think that Elena is the best thing since sliced bread.

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elenabfan
Jul 18th, 2002, 06:51 AM
I completely agree - Elena is a different class player to any seen in Britain recently, and the way she plays is refreshing and VERY promising.

Let's hope she CAN maintain her results on hardcourts!

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Monica_Rules
Jul 18th, 2002, 10:54 AM
I have been supporting Elena for almost 2 years now and its great to see her doing so well!:D

I just hope people don't aply too much pressure on her and expect too much.I think she's gonna do well how well i don't know.