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DragonFlame
May 10th, 2008, 04:15 PM
Eventhough she won last year and is gonna lose some points(140) by not playing this tier3, its better for her to skip it. Obviously the real fruits are there to get at roland garros. It's pointless to let herself become tired the week before a grandslam. :( Focus on the big ones for a change elena! It's all about paris. (L)

Lucas_Arg
May 10th, 2008, 04:27 PM
She should play Rome.

LCS
May 10th, 2008, 04:32 PM
She should have kicked Istanbul out and played Rome instead...but oh well...if she wins Berlim who cares? :worship:

DragonFlame
May 10th, 2008, 04:35 PM
She should have kicked Istanbul out and played Rome instead...but oh well...if she wins Berlim who cares? :worship:

i care:( berlin is nice, but we want RG:p The field is wide open right now and berlin clay plays like roland garros clay. If elena wants a slamfinal or win this is the time to get it. There's no topfavourite for RG right now.

Filippo-Nastya
May 10th, 2008, 04:39 PM
Yeah, she should skip Istanbul.

She should do like Henin always does: Berlin, 2 weeks off and then RG.

LudwigDvorak
May 10th, 2008, 04:40 PM
Fact is, Elena ALWAYS plays the week before a slam. Some things don't change. She got tired in Paris last year, but she did Warsaw, Berlin, Rome, Istanbul, plus she was coming back from injury. She's spaced her schedule out, and regardless of what happens tomorrow, not playing Rome proved to be her best option. She would be tired going into Rome and probably lose fairly early.

I like she can possibly get a cheap title (again) before Paris for further emphasis on red clay. I don't think she'd be tired for Paris if she goes to Turkey, especially with a week off between Berlin and Istanbul and a leisurely clay schedule overall. Charleston, Berlin, Istanbul, Paris. Sounds good to me.

nicidle
May 10th, 2008, 04:40 PM
Maybe she is fit enough to play and win all those.

DragonFlame
May 10th, 2008, 04:46 PM
I like she can possibly get a cheap title (again) before Paris for further emphasis on red clay. I don't think she'd be tired for Paris if she goes to Turkey, especially with a week off between Berlin and Istanbul and a leisurely clay schedule overall. Charleston, Berlin, Istanbul, Paris. Sounds good to me.

She also played the warsaw exhibition(4 matches) between charleston and berlin. So thats charleston, warsaw, berlin, istanbul, paris. That's a lot considering she made the charleston semi and final here in berlin. If istanbul is gonna have effect on her fitness in paris she should skip it.

dany.p
May 10th, 2008, 04:48 PM
Ideally, she should be playing Rome then RG, but she isn't. So stick with Istanbul. Taking 2 weeks off would be to much.

Slutati
May 10th, 2008, 05:23 PM
She'll probably lose first round, so whatever. Go Elena, this is a great start to her Roland Garros title:yippee:

saint2
May 10th, 2008, 05:44 PM
Eventhough she won last year and is gonna lose some points(140) by not playing this tier3, its better for her to skip it. Obviously the real fruits are there to get at roland garros. It's pointless to let herself become tired the week before a grandslam. :( Focus on the big ones for a change elena! It's all about paris. (L)

Rolland Garros is overrated...I prefer title in Berlin+title in Istambul+ early exitr at RG than skip Istambul+"good run"(4R? QF?) at RG...

Matt01
May 10th, 2008, 05:46 PM
I think the schedule is fine for her :shrug:

spartanfan
May 10th, 2008, 05:48 PM
I say let her play so she'll tire herself out by the second week of the FO. Heck it will be one less top player for my favorites to have to worry about.

DEETHELICK
May 10th, 2008, 05:48 PM
Elena likes rhythmn and she is obviously looking to get this right before the FO. Its like New Haven and the USO. Elena likes to come in warm as opposed to cold, so we'll see what happens next :) But good luck to her all the way and especially tomorrow :D

Mightymirza
May 10th, 2008, 05:55 PM
Yeah its like dejavu from 2004 all over again! This is golden opportunity for Elena!

azmad_88
May 10th, 2008, 06:02 PM
Yeah its like dejavu from 2004 all over again! This is golden opportunity for Elena!

i think in 2004 she didnt have a really good build up to RG..this time is much better

jonny84
May 10th, 2008, 07:14 PM
She got a bye last year - and should get one this year. That way she only has 4 (potential) matches so its a nice warm-up to Roland Garros. Final would be on a Saturday so she may not play to Tuesday anyway, so its possible to do well at both events.

goldenlox
May 10th, 2008, 07:34 PM
It's true that with Justine out of form, there's no one better than Lena on clay.
So maybe skipping Istanbul is the right thing to do. It's hard to be sure, but Lena needs her health for Paris.

VasVas
May 10th, 2008, 09:35 PM
Let us watch her :)

patch.
May 10th, 2008, 09:41 PM
I dont think there is any problem in her playing Istanbul...I just cant see why she played Warsaw :shrug:

itzhak
May 10th, 2008, 09:44 PM
What is the problem? Grand slam 1st week is not so tiring, you have day off between matches and your first 2 rounds are not top players. she will recover easily.

Slumpsova
May 10th, 2008, 11:02 PM
she should play anymore Tier III if she wins Berlin. she is officially back and don't need to win mickey mouse tournies to prove.

saint2
May 10th, 2008, 11:06 PM
she should play anymore Tier III if she wins Berlin. she is officially back and don't need to win mickey mouse tournies to prove.

and You are STILL alive? :o:o

Slumpsova
May 10th, 2008, 11:11 PM
and You are STILL alive? :o:o
yes i am. i won't go anywhere until i attend your funeral :kiss:

SIN DIOS NI LEY
May 11th, 2008, 05:13 PM
I don´t see in what other place she can win a tournament-

Elena must play in Istanbul, she won´t go far in Roland Garros with or without playing Istanbul anyways :shrug:

kwilliams
May 11th, 2008, 05:56 PM
I don't think she will skip Istanbul. Even though it won't affect her seeding for RG she does like to accumulate ranking points and she's losing some this week in Rome. She won't want to lose her Istanbul points too.

Direwolf
May 12th, 2008, 10:40 AM
cuz she loves smaller tournaments rather than RG??

squig2k
May 12th, 2008, 11:32 AM
shes spaced her schedule out better by skipping rome and instead playing istanbul. i think its wise what shes done this year, spacing out/withdraewing from tournaments so that she doesnt playtoo many in succession and peaks for the important ones. istanbul will be a good platform to get some more claycourt practice as well as hold onto that top 8 position