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auntie janie
Oct 8th, 2001, 03:27 PM
Elena showed such bright promise this spring after turning 18. She had that great run to the Quarterfinals at Indian Wells, was a Finalist at Estoril, and reached the Quarters at s-hertogenbosch. Since these three tournaments are played on three different surfaces, I was pretty impressed and I expected Elena to keep rising, maybe to the top 25 or so by year's end.

So what happened? "Elena Part III" as I call her, has barely won a main-draw match since then.

Is it a reaction to increased attention or pressure? Have the other players figured out her game now? Doe she have that common Russian problem with choking?
Has she been injured?
WHAT IS IT??? <IMG SRC="smilies/confused.gif" border="0">

Whatever the cause, I am concerned with this downward road because each successive loss must be more and more damaging to Elena's confidence. And she seems like such a great kid. I hope she can turn things around soon. <IMG SRC="smilies/wavey.gif" border="0">

[ October 10, 2001: Message edited by: janie ]

Oct 8th, 2001, 03:52 PM
Janie .... she won today 6-1 6-3 and qualified.

About Elena ..... things were going well until San Diego when Venus destroyed her.

After that she's been struggling badly , just beating players she should win with ease.

I hope its just low confidence as that can be easily mended.
Elena for one doesn't put too much into her serve , she's a giant but doesn't use it to full effect.

And her game is too in-consistent at present , too many off-days.

I'm sure with experience and how hard she hits the ball , once it clicks into gear everything will work like clockwork.

And I'm not going back to help her .... got other things on my plate but would like to.

auntie janie
Oct 8th, 2001, 04:36 PM
She WON that match?? The web site was WRONG???

auntie janie
Oct 8th, 2001, 05:23 PM
Okay!! So this now becomes the ELENA BOVINA CHEERING THREAD! <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">

Good luck in the Main Draw, EB! <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">

Oct 8th, 2001, 05:57 PM
thanx Janie ..... name looks much better <IMG SRC="smilies/smile.gif" border="0">

Oct 8th, 2001, 06:25 PM
I saw Elena in Moscow last week and she was extremely slow. And her strokes aren't that powerful. I hope she'll keep on working.

auntie janie
Oct 8th, 2001, 07:33 PM
Thanks for the in-person report, Julia! <IMG SRC="smilies/smile.gif" border="0">

I think she must be playing better this week, beating Alex Stevenson so handily; maybe she was just having a bad day when you saw her. I know she is not the fastest, but I keep hoping she will be the next Lindsay Davenport, who has done so well without any great speed around the court.
But it took Lindsay YEARS to develop the big serve that took her to the top. I just hope Elena has good coaching so she can improve these weaknesses over time. <IMG SRC="smilies/smile.gif" border="0">

auntie janie
Oct 10th, 2001, 05:03 PM
Good luck in Bratislava, Elena! <IMG SRC="smilies/smile.gif" border="0">

auntie janie
Oct 13th, 2001, 06:23 PM
Elena faces Eleni Daniilidou first - i think she will get through that okay (though I like Eleni!!).

Oct 13th, 2001, 06:27 PM
All the best Elena <IMG SRC="smilies/smile.gif" border="0"> in Bratislava

you can and you will succeed <IMG SRC="smilies/smile.gif" border="0">

auntie janie
Oct 16th, 2001, 02:52 PM
Oh, Elena! <IMG SRC="smilies/sad.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/sad.gif" border="0">

Well better luck next week in Luxembourg! <IMG SRC="smilies/smile.gif" border="0">

auntie janie
Oct 21st, 2001, 07:31 PM

Well Done! How exciting for them!

[ October 21, 2001: Message edited by: janie ]

Oct 21st, 2001, 08:17 PM
well done Elena <IMG SRC="smilies/wink.gif" border="0"> congrats girls on your 1st title and not that last one i'm sure

good luck to you this week in Luxembourg <IMG SRC="smilies/smile.gif" border="0">

Oct 21st, 2001, 10:40 PM
HOLY CRAP!!!!!!!! an elena bovina cheering thread!!! ...excellent...

go elena go elena

youre hott, youre awesome, what else is there to ask for?

very very very good job

auntie janie
Oct 23rd, 2001, 07:49 PM
Ooops, Elena! Not giving us much to cheer about, are you?

Oh well! Good luck in the doubles, then!

auntie janie
Oct 24th, 2001, 11:56 AM
Elena and Daniela Hantuchova play their first-round match today.

Ya gotta like this pairing. Call it "Team Tall"?? <img src="graemlins/hearts.gif" border="0" alt="[Hearts]" />

Good Luck Team Tall!

Oct 24th, 2001, 12:01 PM
good luck to them both <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

Dani/Elena !!!!!!!!

all the best girls and hopefully Elena can do better in doubles <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

Oct 24th, 2001, 05:44 PM
they won 1st set 6-3 <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

go girls <img src="wink.gif" border="0">

auntie janie
Oct 24th, 2001, 05:51 PM
They won in straight sets! 6-3, 7-5. <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">

YOU GO, GIRLS! <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" />

auntie janie
Oct 25th, 2001, 12:01 PM
Today it's Young against Old, as Elena and Daniela take on the venerable, and really wonderful, team of Amanda Coetzer and Lori McNeil. Since Lori is old enough to be Elena's and Daniela's Mom <img src="eek.gif" border="0"> , it should be interesting!

I hope it's a great match; good luck to both teams! (Have Lori and Amanda already qualified for Munich? If so, then I can root for EB & DH more wholeheartedly!!) <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">

auntie janie
Oct 25th, 2001, 04:37 PM
Bovina/Hantuchova (RUS/SVK) *def. Coetzer/Mc Neil (RSA/USA) 4/6 63 7/5

A great win for Elena and Daniela! Nice to see them fight back from behind and win this way. <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> <img src="graemlins/hearts.gif" border="0" alt="[Hearts]" />

auntie janie
Oct 26th, 2001, 08:50 PM
Elena and Daniela, having soundly beaten the 2nd seeds yesterday, tomorrrow will face the 3rd seeds, Hrdlickova/Rittner in the semis.

Keep your run going, Tall Team! No reason you can't take this title! <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">

Oct 27th, 2001, 03:08 AM
good luck girls <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

hopefully Elena can make it 2 in 2 weeks with Daniela <img src="wink.gif" border="0">

auntie janie
Oct 27th, 2001, 06:47 PM
Elena and Daniela won 7-5, 7-5! <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

Good luck in tomorrow's final, ladies! <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">

Oct 27th, 2001, 10:45 PM
well done Elena/Dani <img src="wink.gif" border="0">

great going girls and good luck in final <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

auntie janie
Oct 28th, 2001, 03:34 PM
Tall Team off to a good start, taking the first set 6-3 .... keep it going, ladies! <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">

Oct 28th, 2001, 03:46 PM
keep going girls <img src="wink.gif" border="0">

go Elena/Dani <img src="wink.gif" border="0">

is this team Bovintuchova ??????

auntie janie
Oct 28th, 2001, 04:28 PM
No, it's Team Tall!! <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">

And they WON!!!! <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" /> <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" /> <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" /> <br />6-3, 6-3 -- two titles in a row for Amazing Elena B! <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" />

Now take this success into your singles game next year, EB!! You too, Daniela! <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

Oct 28th, 2001, 06:21 PM
well done girls <img src="wink.gif" border="0">

Elena ....... hope she can carry this success on in 2002.

More better if it was singles <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

congrats Elena/Dani <img src="wink.gif" border="0">

Nov 3rd, 2001, 06:20 PM
<img src="graemlins/hearts.gif" border="0" alt="[Hearts]" /> <img src="graemlins/kiss.gif" border="0" alt="[Kiss]" /> bill mitchell has lotsof new pics of her!!!!!

<a href="http://www.igs.net/%7Ebmitchell/Tennis/Bovina/bovina.htm" target="_blank">http://www.igs.net/%7Ebmitchell/Tennis/Bovina/bovina.htm</a>

Nov 29th, 2001, 04:57 PM
Elena has a Silver Exempt Player Listing for 2002 <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

Dec 3rd, 2001, 03:29 AM
go elena

auntie janie
Dec 12th, 2001, 06:00 PM
So, what is our Elena B. up to these days? Can she get over her crushing disappointment (okay, i'm projecting!) of her Fed Cup and other bad losses? Is she working really hard to start 2002 on fire? What is her first scheduled event?

Anyone know ANYTHING? Eggy? <img src="graemlins/wavey.gif" border="0" alt="[Wavey]" />

the cat
Dec 12th, 2001, 06:58 PM
Janie, the main thing this girl needs to improve on is her serve. Elena B. is nearly 6'3" tall. She needs to start using her great size to her advantage, and lean on her serve. She should toss the ball out in front of her and get her weight moving into the ball. Udachi Elena!

auntie janie
Dec 12th, 2001, 10:42 PM
cat,<br />what you say interests me. Lindsay, another big girl, took years to develop her wonderful serve. I hope Elena is working on that right now, as well as her movement and her mental toughness! <br />Although Elena's year ended badly with that disastrous Fed Cup match, at least she can take solace in those 2 doubles wins right at the end of the season. <br />What is her coaching situation? Does she have a parent-coach too, like so many of the young Russians?

the cat
Dec 13th, 2001, 12:25 AM
Janie, Elena B. played only one singles match in Fed Cup. And she lost a very close match, Russian style. That means she blew a lead. But she also won a very important doubles match with Elena Likhovtseva. Right? She just needs time to develope. And a good coach would help, too. So many Russian girls seem to be in the same boat. Don't they? They can't win a title. They are attractive. Double faults galore. They lack mental toughness. And they need the right coach to help them develope. Don't you agree?

Dec 13th, 2001, 02:51 AM
Elena's had the same coach for quite a while now , he's very loud in her matches and a chain smoker.

Elena is more content with getting a large % of 1st serves in rather than big ones.

She's entered Sydney of now , but no tourn 1st week but she could use her Silver Exempt status to enter late.

Hopefully I can go to OZ (only AUS OPEN though) , its about 60-40 in favor <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

Dec 14th, 2001, 02:39 AM
you should go! <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

auntie janie
Dec 14th, 2001, 12:37 PM
cat:<br />It was blowing a comfortable lead in her one Fed Cup singles match that I was referring to as disastrous. I thought Petrova played the doubles with Likhotseva?

Egg:<br />Thanks for the info on EB's coach -- am just glad to hear it is not her Mom or Dad! <img src="eek.gif" border="0"> Good luck getting to the AO, Eggy!

Dec 14th, 2001, 02:06 PM
Nadia played two doubles as did Elena B.

Elena lost her 1st singles which she should have won against Hrdlickova.

auntie janie
Dec 14th, 2001, 04:51 PM
Thanks for the correction, Eggy. I had completely forgotten that they played against two teams.

Also thanks for lettting us know that EB is playing Sydney. I hope she gets there early to get used to conditions! That is, if she does not enter one of the earlier events.

auntie janie
Jan 11th, 2002, 06:12 PM
OKAY, ELENA!! Your Time Has Come!! :bounce:

Elena is in a comfy section of the draw! She plays "Qualifier" first, and nobody scary till Shaughnessy.

Now let's see if Elena can get inspired here and take advantage of her good draw to turn things around! :wavey:

UDACHI, Elena! We are behind you all the way! Let Eggy help you! :D

Jan 11th, 2002, 06:22 PM
Best of luck Elena, hopefully you don't get Sveta, anyone else will do :)

auntie janie
Jan 11th, 2002, 10:00 PM
I was thinking the very same thing! :p

Feb 2nd, 2002, 02:30 PM
good luck in Paris :)

Elena plays Eva Bes in the qualies today

and Elena, you got to win this and in style.

auntie janie
Feb 2nd, 2002, 03:10 PM
Good luck Elena B! :D

auntie janie
Feb 3rd, 2002, 06:16 PM
A good start for Elena in the Qualies. She just has to get over that hump ... I hope this will be the week it ahppens! I hope she has been inspired by Alex Stevenson's success. :)

Feb 3rd, 2002, 08:34 PM
pretty good win but she should be putting players like Eva Bes away especially indoors much easier

go Elena go, time to get into gear :)

good luck girl :)

auntie janie
Feb 3rd, 2002, 10:43 PM

I think Elena's confidence must be at rock-bottom right now, so for me, any victory at all is a good one and an important one.

If she starts to LOSE matches like this one, she could become the next Mirjana Lucic! :sad:

Good luck in the 2nd rd, Elena! I will always pull for you! Even if Eggy and I are the only ones! :)

Feb 3rd, 2002, 10:47 PM
Elena, you can count on me as well :)

the cat
Feb 3rd, 2002, 11:04 PM
Me too! Or is it me three? Or me four? Actually, Elena is so good looking and she plays such exciting power tennis, that if she can ever make to top 20, she'll have plenty of fans. I just hope Elena can regain the fine form she had last spring. Where did it go? It also may be time for her to return to Bollettieri's.

auntie janie
Feb 4th, 2002, 02:17 AM
That's a great idea, cat. :)

And thank you and fresh2flash for joining in to support Elena when things are going kind of bad for her. :kiss:

I am a much happier supporter of the Russians now that I have learned to accept them as great kids, whatever level they are at, instead of constantly expecting too much, as I did last year. :angel:

In other words, I am becoming more like Eggy. :cool:

Feb 4th, 2002, 08:13 AM
Janie becoming like me ...... :rolleyes:

well, Elena won her 2nd qualy match 6-2 6-4 against Stephanie Foretz (FRA)

and today plays Miriam Oremans

good luck Elena :) got to serve well today :)

auntie janie
Feb 4th, 2002, 05:50 PM
Now it gets a little bit tougher -- but two wins, that's good! Keep going Elena!:D

Feb 4th, 2002, 09:50 PM
good news :)

Elena qualified :)

she bt Oremans :bounce:

well done Elena and good luck in MD

auntie janie
Feb 5th, 2002, 05:04 PM
Elena did not lose a set in the qualifying- hard to tell if she was having trouble closing out, but she managed, and that's what counts!:)

Feb 5th, 2002, 05:33 PM
Well done Elena B. ! But in the All-Elenas battle my likes will go for Elena D. ;)

Feb 5th, 2002, 08:47 PM
bad luck Elena :) but the way she played, i hope she can carry on next week in antwerp

so keep going Elena :) and keep fighing

auntie janie
Feb 5th, 2002, 09:28 PM
A far better showing than we have seen recently from Elena! Keep it going, EB!! (next tournament, & in doubles, that is!) :angel:

auntie janie
Feb 7th, 2002, 07:14 AM
Ouch! I didn't realize Elena had a MATCH POINT against Elena D, till I read Annafan's in-person report!:(

It sounded like she played a great match, really. I hope her confidence is rising after this week. Where does she play next? I hope she is playing one of these Tier 3s.

Feb 7th, 2002, 08:24 AM
She is due in Antwerp next week before
she takes time off then its Indian Wells/Miami before clay season

all the best Elena :) time to shine and FIGHT girl FIGHT

auntie janie
Feb 7th, 2002, 07:38 PM
Oh I see now, Eggy, you had already said Antwerp! Sorry for the lapse of attention, due no doubt to my great happiness at some of the results yesterday in Paris. ;)

I wish Elena would play in that Mexico thing, though, or Colombia!

auntie janie
Feb 8th, 2002, 09:59 PM

First, we must hope for a kind draw. Second, you must play the way you did against Elena D. But when you get the match point THIS time -- GO FOR IT! :D :D :D

auntie janie
Feb 8th, 2002, 11:46 PM
A better draw for Elena in Antwerp -- first up, Meilen Tu. Now these two will look like a NBA player opposing a little gymnast! :eek:

Beat Meilen, Elena! :)

Feb 9th, 2002, 08:20 AM
yep best of luck Elena :)

use your power girl :)

auntie janie
Feb 12th, 2002, 07:41 PM
Wow, tough tough result for Elena! But I thought she competed well, hanging in there for 2 1/2 hours!

After that, I understand she won her doubles match, so congrats to Elena, & I hope you win the title! :D :D

auntie janie
Feb 14th, 2002, 03:43 PM
4)Daja Bedanova/Elena Bovina (CZE/RUS) d. Stephanie Foretz/Anne Kremer (FRA/LUX) 7-5 6-7(3) 6-3

Congrats Elena and Daja! Keep it going!

Feb 24th, 2002, 04:29 PM
good luck Elena :) against Daja Bedanova

go and win and make it a good week cos lots of points coming off soon.

auntie janie
Feb 24th, 2002, 06:57 PM
UDACHI, ELENA B! :hearts:

Feb 26th, 2002, 10:24 AM
not again :(

another close defeat and again its 7-5 in the 3rd :sad:

now Elena has to do well in Indian Wells or esle ohno.

the cat
Feb 26th, 2002, 02:58 PM
This girl is going backwards. She is very big. But I guess she doesn't play big. One year ago, Elena was on the move up. Now it's a totally different story. I hope she finds her game soon.

Feb 26th, 2002, 10:09 PM
Sad to hear of Elena's close loss. I was hoping she would win big.

Best of luck in her next tournament. :) :hearts:

auntie janie
Mar 7th, 2002, 02:17 AM
ELENA WON A MATCH!!! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Mar 7th, 2002, 10:16 AM
not only a win but a pretty convincing one as well :)

now good luck tomorrow Elena :) plays Dokic

who knows what shape she is in..... so come on Elena, push her about.

At least Elena is playing a proper clay schedule this year :) so she won't lose too much.

Mar 9th, 2002, 01:27 PM
good luck Elena :) just catch Dokic off guard and send her home early.

Go Elena go !!!!!

auntie janie
Mar 9th, 2002, 08:03 PM
Oh well! Too bad. But least she caught Jelena offguard for one set! :o :mad:

Mar 9th, 2002, 11:14 PM
bad luck Elena :sad: :sad:

Happy Birthday tomorrow (10th) she is 19 yrs young :)
so enjoy it :)

auntie janie
Mar 10th, 2002, 11:53 AM
Happy Birthday, Elena! :) :kiss: :)

I hope this year will be a great one for you! :D :D :D

And CONGRATS on your doubles win over the 2nd seeds!! Not bad!! :D :D

the cat
Mar 10th, 2002, 05:41 PM
Happy birthday Elena! Me thinks Eggy would like to give you a birthday spanking! And a pinch to grow an inch!

auntie janie
Mar 15th, 2002, 09:06 PM
I am happy to see that Elena is playing in the two Tier 4 events coming up soon in Portugal. I wish Anastasia and maybe even Lina would do the same; get some wins and some confidence going! :angel:

Mar 16th, 2002, 06:48 PM
Janie ..... make that 3 ;)
Porto, Estoril and Budapest

Last yr i dont know what happened to Elena, she made final in Estoril but didn't play another clay event until Paris :confused:

this yr she should move back towards top 50.

auntie janie
Mar 16th, 2002, 10:04 PM
Thanks for the correction Eggy! Good for her, playig those 3! I completely forgot about her appearance in that final! Now I remember -- my hopes were really high that she'd take the title. :(

Maybe this will be the year! :angel:

Mar 20th, 2002, 10:26 AM
good luck Elena :) in Miami

best wishes tonight against Marissa Irvin

auntie janie
Mar 20th, 2002, 08:37 PM
Yes, go Elena! BEAT HER TO A PULP!!!!!! :angel:

Mar 20th, 2002, 08:50 PM
No Elena lost!! :( What's happening with her!?? She showed great promise last year and she has the game to beat anybody! I think she needs to improve her serve because even Marissa Irvin hit faster serves then Elena did today. :(

auntie janie
Mar 20th, 2002, 09:06 PM
This is a terrible loss! Straight sets to Marissa Irvin! GRRRRR!! :fiery: :fiery: :fiery: :sad: :fiery:


Well, better luck in doubles, Elena! :angel:

Mar 21st, 2002, 02:35 AM
OMG ..... that is really very very disappointing indeed.

:mad: :fiery: :fiery:

the cat
Mar 21st, 2002, 02:48 PM
Elena is big. But she doesn't play big. Elena is 6'2" tall and 160 plus pounds. You would think she would have tremendous weapons. But she doesn't. She does have a potentially great backhand, though. Bovina needs to come back to Bollettieri's, and have him fill her full of confidence again.

auntie janie
Mar 21st, 2002, 03:20 PM
She'd better do something FAST - her ranking is falling to #74 -- she is about
to fall off jannak's Ranking page!!!! :mad: :mad: :mad:

auntie janie
Mar 29th, 2002, 11:52 AM
WHY OH WHY has Elena's name disappeared from the commitment list for PORTO???????? Eggy??? Anyone? :confused: :mad: :confused: :mad: :confused: :confused:

Mar 29th, 2002, 12:00 PM
Im not sure ..... she is still in Estoril/Budapest

she will have to find her best form now, we need her to as she may have to play Fed Cup.

auntie janie
Apr 7th, 2002, 12:38 PM
Elena is in a pretty thankless position this week -- she will have a tough time just defending her points from last year's Estoril Final, since Tier 4 points are so much reduced this year.

Elena really has to step up this week, or I hate to see what will happen to her ranking. Maybe she skipped Porto in order to get to Estoril early to prepare intensely?? :angel:

WIN THIS TITLE, Elena! you can do it!! :D

auntie janie
Apr 8th, 2002, 12:15 PM
I am brokenhearted that Elena plays another big fave of mine, the wonderful Eleni Daniilidou, today in the first round! :mad: :mad: :mad:

But I have to pull this time for our Elena , who needs this win more desperately! Go out there and do it, Elena! Remember how Estoril suits you?? :) :)

auntie janie
Apr 8th, 2002, 05:18 PM
Elena came from behind to take the first set, and is up a break in the 2nd -- but I don't trust these leads in these Russian girls' hands! :eek:

Elena! As the song says: "Keep on doing what you're doing -- don't stop!" :bounce:

auntie janie
Apr 8th, 2002, 06:14 PM
She did it!!! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

It took a tiebreaker in the 2nd set to close it out, but Elena came through! I am SO happy for her! :D

auntie janie
Apr 9th, 2002, 10:31 PM
Oh Elena! I am glad you and Zsofia won your doubles match, but 2 1/2 hours on court?? Was that good for you? Will you regret it tomorrow? :confused:

I hope not, Elena! Get back to that Estoril final where you belong! :angel:

auntie janie
Apr 10th, 2002, 06:39 PM
OH ELENA!!! I am so proud!!! :hearts: Winning that 3rd-set tiebreak -- surely Elena's confidence-motor has been jump-started now! :D

Elena's half of the draw does not look so tough -- but can she keep it going? She isn't used to playing match after match any more, unfortunately. Is she mentally and physically prepared to hang tough?

I hope so! :)

the cat
Apr 11th, 2002, 12:15 AM
I don't mean to rain on your parade, Lady Jane. But I will! Elena B. is not mentally or physically prepared to hang tough, as you call it, match after match. At 6'2" tall and weighing about 160 to 170 pounds, she should be tough enough. But I don't think she is. But I'll glady root for her, anyway. Elena is gorgeous, too! But I think she needs to spend more time in the weight room. Because she really doesn't use her great size to her advantage. And she should. Udachi Elena B!

auntie janie
Apr 11th, 2002, 02:08 AM
cat, I fear you are probably right; these clay court matches are pretty grueling and Elena is no doubt discovering right now exactly what condition she is in! :eek:

But nonetheless I am sure her spirits are high, after pulling out, rather than LOSING, the tough matches. So I hope, since she is so young, that her happy mind can coax her undoubtedly-sore body into a few more wins. :)

auntie janie
Apr 11th, 2002, 02:57 PM
Happily, today Elena and partner Zsofia managed to advance in straight sets! :D

auntie janie
Apr 12th, 2002, 06:41 PM
As if to show the cat that she means business, Elena has advanced today to the Doubles Final and the Singles Semifinal! :D :D

Sure, I am concerned that her doubles match lasted almost 2 hours. But luckily the singles match was not that competitive.

I hope Elena can take it to Serna tomorrow, and return to her spot in the Final where she belongs. :angel:
Win the Singles AND Doubles titles, Elena! :wavey:
Prove the bad cat wrong!! ;)

the cat
Apr 12th, 2002, 07:01 PM
Janie, Elena is showing me? What are you bringing me into this for? LOL!

It's amazing how much more comfortable she is on slow red clay. Udachi Elena B! Do it for Elena D!

Apr 13th, 2002, 09:34 AM
Elena saved her rank from falling out of top 100, 2nd Russian to do so after Anna in Tokyo.

good luck Elena in semis :) make the final girl :)

also Elena will play alot more on clay than she did this time last yr so her rank will go up :)

auntie janie
Apr 13th, 2002, 12:53 PM
I KNEW Serna would be tough!!! :( :o :mad:

Still, Elena DID have the best week she's had in a LONG time. Thanks Eggy for the ranking news; I knew she had too many points to defend, but it could have been so much worse.

Best of luck in the Doubles final, Elena! :D
I look forward to following you through the clay court season. :D

auntie janie
Apr 13th, 2002, 04:59 PM
CONGRATS ELENA AND ZSOFIA on a very authoritative win in the doubles title match! This is Elena's third Doubles title, and all three have come in the past several months, so at least in Doubles, Elena is indeed a Rising Star. :hearts:

auntie janie
Apr 14th, 2002, 02:10 PM
Elena??? What's up? :confused:

She is committed to BUDAPEST, BOL, and WARSAW.

now look what happened when Kournikova played so many weeks in a row -- after a while she just got WORSE and WORSE!

True, all these tournaments are on the same continent, at least!

And if she loses early a couple of times, maybe it will turn out to be advantageous to be signed up for them all.

But what I'd LIKE to see is a good showing in Budapest (I believe you can win that one, Elena) and Bol, then take a week off to recharge the old batteries!

auntie janie
Apr 16th, 2002, 12:49 AM
Good luck against Lubomira Bacheva tomorrow, Elena! Turn COURT 6 into Bacheva's Waterloo! :D

(Court 6! In Budapest! Can Elena's matches GET any more obscure???) :rolleyes:

the cat
Apr 16th, 2002, 01:48 AM
Playing every week is the answer. The wrong answer!

Court 6? Elena is gorgeous! Court 6 doesn't do her justice!

Apr 17th, 2002, 01:09 AM
After such a great week! Oh well, go get them next time Elena! :)

Apr 17th, 2002, 09:28 AM
losing to lubomira was disaster especially after a good week in Estoril

now she has to make up and win in the doubles
and good luck in FED CUP

auntie janie
Apr 21st, 2002, 12:01 PM
Elena losing in the first round of singles was maddening, especially since I really thought she had a great chance to win the title here. :mad:

But she is in the Doubles final, and the crowd will be on her side since she is playing again with the Hungarian Zsofia!

Take the title, Elena!:D But PLEASE don't become the third Russian lady (after Likhotseva, Kournikova) to find success only in doubles! :o

auntie janie
Apr 29th, 2002, 02:46 PM
Good luck against Svensson, Elena! :)

Apr 29th, 2002, 08:52 PM
good luck Elena in Bol :)

best wishes vs Asa :)

auntie janie
May 4th, 2002, 01:08 PM
The ONLY encouraging sign about Elena's tennis career lately is how well she is performing in the doubles, CONSISTENTLY -- even with a wide variety of partners. In this week's rankings she is up to #49 in doubles -- therefore next week she will finally be listed on Jannak's site! :D

Today Elena and Henrieta Nagyova are in the Bol final. Good Luck Blondies! :D :D

auntie janie
May 4th, 2002, 08:50 PM
they lost ... :mad:

The dreaded, insidious :eek: RUSSIAN CURSE :eek::eek: is starting to infect the Doubles too, here in 2002. Just look at the results of Elena Likhotseva this year if you don't want to believe me ...

First it was the Singles, then the Fed Cup, now the Doubles --

WHO Will Find a Cure for THE RUSSIAN CURSE?? :eek: :eek: :eek:

the cat
May 5th, 2002, 02:58 PM
Don't throw in the towel on the Russian girls Janie! Keep rooting them on! ;) That's an order from Captain Cat! :kiss:

auntie janie
May 7th, 2002, 11:39 AM
Elena is playing right now -- come on Elena! It is not too late to turn things around! :D :D :D

auntie janie
May 7th, 2002, 01:28 PM
Okay, so it took 3 sets to beat the Wild Card :eek::o :mad: -- but a Win is a Win, and for Elena (Version 2002) in singles, we have to take what we can get! :D

The point is, she advances in the draw. Keep it going, Elena! :bounce:

auntie janie
May 8th, 2002, 04:23 PM
Elena Bovina (RUS) d. 6-Samantha Reeves (USA) 64 76(1) :D :D :D

You surprised me, Elena! THANKS!!!!! :hearts: :D :hearts:

May 8th, 2002, 04:56 PM
well done Elena :) another win :)

good luck vs Sveta on Friday :)

May 9th, 2002, 01:11 PM
At J&S Cup

Press conference with JELENA BOVINA

Tell us few words about today's match.
- In the first set Samantha was making a lot of mistakes. I was played rather well, trying to keep the ball in court and let her make mistakes. Then, I think I lost concentration because it was too easy for me. In the beginning of the firs set I made a couple of mistakes and I was afraid she could be back in the game. I couldn't let her do this.
What are your plans for tonight?
- It depends on whether I will play tomorrow. If I'm playing tomorrow, I'd just go to a supermarket nearby to gest some oranges. If I play on Friday, I might be going to the movies with my coach and mum to see Beautiful Mind.
Will you join today's Player's Party?
- I didnt't know it's today. I'll see how I feel later. I planned to go to the gym. Maybe I will drop for an hour.
Would you choose discotheque instead of a gym?
- Instead? No? But maybe some other time.
What's your opinion about the tournament?
- Oh, it's really good tournament. Nagyova was long it top 20, Kournikova was here. There are lots of talented junior players. I play Kuznietsova in quaterfinal. whp won qualification here, eliminated Kournikova, and now has strong confidence in her skills.
Today's game seemed to be easier than yesterday's - against Joanna Sakowicz.
- It's not like that. I didn't play my game and she was really on fire. So it was tough match. She lost because she needs more experience in tournaments.

auntie janie
May 9th, 2002, 11:14 PM
Thanks, tenn-ace! :kiss:

May 10th, 2002, 02:02 PM
Elena bt Sveta 6-3 6-2 and is into semis

congrats Elena :)

and good luck tomorrow vs Talaja .

c'mon girl time for another final :)

the cat
May 10th, 2002, 04:16 PM
Wow! Elena gave Sveta a spanking! :eek: I' a little surprised by that.

Let's hope for an all Russian final! :bounce: But it will hard to get.

auntie janie
May 10th, 2002, 06:32 PM
Elena's star is on the the rise! :) :) :)

May 11th, 2002, 11:34 AM
Press conference with JELENA BOVINA

J. Bowina - S. Kuzniecowa 6:3, 6:2

Tell us a couple if words about the match.

- I think I was in control of the match completely from the beginning till the last game. I knew very little about ma opponent, except from that she was in pretty good shape. I tried to play aggressive, put her under pressure and not to give her easy balls. I felt I had to repeat my winning pattern.

In the semi you play against Silvija Talaja. Have you ever played against her?

- No. I know she is very consistent player, doesn't make too many mistakes. I'll be a tough match.

Do you ever practice so strong short before a match?

- It really depends on how I feel. If I feel I have to play few more balls I practice longer. Usually 30 - 40 minutes is enough to worm - up properly and feel the ball.

Some people say, shortly you'll become new Anna Kournikova. Are you prepared for that?

- ( laugh ) Honestly, I didn't think of that at all. It's a problem for that players who focus too much on things outside tennis. For me sport is most important.

When you'll reach top 10?

- I don't know It's different for different players. Martina Hingis was there at 15, other players need more time. I still got a lot to learn, to improve some elements of my play.

You lost the first set of the tournament 1;6 winning all the others. Do you have more confidence in yourself?

- Definitely, I feel much more confident than in that firs match. I'm very happy I'm through to the semis. I feel more confident because couple of last weeks weren't too good for me.

May 11th, 2002, 12:19 PM
Elena into her 2nd WTA final :)

well done and congrats on the semi win :) 1-6 6-2 7-5

Best of luck in final tomorrow :)

May 11th, 2002, 03:39 PM
Congrats Bovina on another final....! :)

Good luck and all the best1 :bounce:

May 11th, 2002, 07:40 PM
Good luck Elena. I know the good folks in this players forum will be extra thrilled with a title from you tomorrow. :D

May 12th, 2002, 11:34 AM
Elena wins Warsaw !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

beating Nagyova 6-3 6-1 in final :)

congrats Elena on the 1st of many titles i'm sure :)

May 12th, 2002, 12:05 PM
Well done!!!

:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :kiss: :hearts: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

May 12th, 2002, 01:43 PM

May 12th, 2002, 01:45 PM


Hope she and the rest of the girls can start rolling now!


auntie janie
May 12th, 2002, 02:10 PM
Oh ELENA!!!!!! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:
Well done, girl!!! now look, your fan thread has FOUR pages!!

I am very glad it was Elena who broke the back of the stubborn Russian Curse. She is a great kid! Now keep going --get that ranking back up, girl! We missed you in the big tournaments! :hearts: :hearts: :hearts:

the cat
May 12th, 2002, 03:19 PM
Congrats BBB(Big Beautiful Bovina)! :kiss: Elena is the first Russian to win a WTA title in the 21st century! :eek: I hope she goes on to bigger and better things!

Again, congrats Elena! :bounce: She did it for the Federation! She did it for her fans! She did it for Anna! ;) But most of all, she did it for herself! :D

May 12th, 2002, 03:32 PM
wow!!! Congrats Elena! :bounce:

May 12th, 2002, 05:01 PM
Congratulations Elena on your first WTA singles title!!:D

May 12th, 2002, 06:20 PM
Originally posted by the cat
Again, congrats Elena! :bounce: She did it for the Federation! She did it for her fans! She did it for Anna! ;) But most of all, she did it for herself! :D


yay for Elena, congrats girl! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

:eek: at the happiness and merriment in Russian Roulette

May 12th, 2002, 07:16 PM
WOW!!!!!!!!!!!! :eek: :eek: :eek: .
I'm suprised how easily Elena Bovina swept aside No.1 seed Nagyova 6-3 6-1.

I hope this spurs on the other Russian girls. Especially Elena D:D .

auntie janie
May 13th, 2002, 12:51 AM
LOL @ cat: "She did it for Anna!" :D :rolleyes:

To this, one can only reply, "I don't THINK so!"

Anna played in Warsaw, too, silly cat -- she had her chances. Anna still has to break through her own, personal, even stronger variant of the Russian Curse :eek: -- Elena's victory can't help her, I'm afraid!

Now I am trying to figure out what Elena's new, improved ranking will be! Will she rise to the 50-range? Tennis Corner is claiming she gained 141 points! EGGY??? :confused:

the cat
May 13th, 2002, 02:33 PM
I'm glad you cute cats picked up on my Anna quip!

Was there an interview from Elena after her title? I would love to read it.

May 13th, 2002, 02:49 PM
Elena is now #76 and she got 116 pts here

tenniscorner thought this was a Tier III as it had Tier III prizemoney.

auntie janie
May 13th, 2002, 05:41 PM
Thanks for explaining, Eggy! Yeah, I thought that sounded like too many points for a Tier 4 in the new 2002 points system. Still a darn good leap in the rankings for Elena. :D

Next Question: Will Elena be playing again before Roland Garros? It would be great to see her in, say, Madrid, which has not attracted many top players this year. Even if she had to qualify... :confused:

May 13th, 2002, 07:46 PM
Ok I'm a day late to congratulate Elena but since I'm here now Congrads on the win!

May 14th, 2002, 08:56 AM
A fresh interview with Elena in Russian


May 14th, 2002, 10:07 AM
thanx for the interview fresh :)

Janie..... she says she will play in Strasbourg :)

auntie janie
May 14th, 2002, 05:41 PM
YES!!!! Good decision! :)

Thanks, Eggy! I still have not stopped smiling over Elena's first title! :D

May 15th, 2002, 05:32 AM
Wow! Elena WON! Fantasitc win from Elena! Congrats! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

I am so pleased and relieved that the Russian title drought is over!

May the second different Russian player to win the next one! I bet they are in a rush to run thru the Russian Winner door that Elena opened for more titles to come!

Go lovely girls.:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

auntie janie
May 20th, 2002, 03:00 PM
Eggy, where is Elena??? Not in Strasbourg after all? :confused:

May 20th, 2002, 03:22 PM
Hope she's ok , not heard anything otherwise

probably resting ;)

auntie janie
May 20th, 2002, 07:46 PM
Okay, as long as she is not holding a two-week-long party to celebrate winning her first title .... ;)

the cat
May 21st, 2002, 12:54 AM
LOL @ Lady Jane! ;)

auntie janie
May 29th, 2002, 04:53 PM
Elena had a respectable outing today, losing in 3 sets to the 9th seed, Farina-Elia. She is playing doubles with Bedanova here, a player she has won with before-- I hope they will go far!

the cat
May 29th, 2002, 06:21 PM
A respectable outing isn't good enough, Janie! :sad:

And you have to question her preperation for the French. :confused: Why didn't she play for two weeks after winning Warsaw?

May 29th, 2002, 08:37 PM
Elena had a 4-2 lead and lost it :(

a good oppurtunity wasted :mad:

auntie janie
May 31st, 2002, 06:07 PM
Of course Elena lost; she played someone who is better at tennis than she is right now! What do you expect? I don't hold it against her. It's not like she lost to CHRISTINA WHEELER, or something -- THEN I'd be annoyed at her! ;)

Anway I am going to follow her in the doubles here, and then i will follow her in the grass-court season. Go EB! YOU are the Russian with a title in the new century! Ignore the cat and the egg! :cool:

auntie janie
Jun 1st, 2002, 10:30 AM
Elena and Daja have won thair 2nd-round doubels match, this time far more easily than last time. :) :)

But don't they face the top seeds next? I think that will be the end of the road for them -- that's a tough draw. :(

auntie janie
Jun 3rd, 2002, 04:14 PM
End of the road indeed -- but they did take a set off the top team in the world! :)

auntie janie
Jun 4th, 2002, 07:16 PM
Elena is in the Mixed Semifinals, with Mark Knowles. :) :) They beat the Aus Open Champions today (Hantuchova/Ullyett), so that is no mean feat!

A great experience for Elena, being in the 2nd week of a Slam. Now that she's been there, she will want to be there all the time. Good luck to Mark and Elena!

auntie janie
Jun 7th, 2002, 11:23 AM
Good Luck Today in the Mixed Semis, Elena and Mark! :D :D

There is NO reason you cannot beat the top seeds! Just go all-out, have a lot of fun, and before you know it, you will be in the Final.

BTW, Elena, congrats on hooking up with such a great partner in Mark Knowles. Just follow his lead, and you will be fine. :kiss:

auntie janie
Jun 7th, 2002, 01:21 PM
Elena and Mark won the 1st set... one to go ... stay steady, girl!

Jun 7th, 2002, 01:30 PM
Elena/Mark won 6-3 6-3 and into MIXED final :)

woo-hoo :)

auntie janie
Jun 7th, 2002, 01:37 PM
Elena's First Slam Final! May it be the first of many. :kiss:

Just one more match to go now....

auntie janie
Jun 8th, 2002, 08:21 PM
I cam here to say, Good Luck to Elena against Qualifier in Birmingham -- then I remembered that Elena is still in Paris, learning what it is like to play on the final day of a Slam!

Okay, so win tomorrow in Paris with Mark, then off to Birmingham with you to beat up on your "Q"! :)

Jun 8th, 2002, 08:48 PM
Elena and Mark have a good chance to take the title :D Hope they do it :bounce:

Jun 8th, 2002, 09:51 PM
best wishes tomorrow Elena :)

so that means Elena plays on Tuesday in Birmingham :)

Jun 9th, 2002, 02:44 AM
Good luck Elena!

Take a page from Zhenya's book. ;)


Jun 9th, 2002, 03:07 AM
Good luck to Elena and Mark. What a great achievement to just be in the final. Super last two months for Elena.

auntie janie
Jun 9th, 2002, 12:42 PM
Oh well! They lost, but still a great experience for Elena all in all. :)

And no time to fret about the loss, it's on to Birmingham!

Jun 9th, 2002, 02:02 PM
Nevermind Elena and Mark.
Mark lost two doubles finals for Roland Garros. The mens and mixed. How unlucky can some-one get.

Good Luck in Birmingham Elena.

Jun 9th, 2002, 02:04 PM
Good try by Elena and Mark. Thought I would wake up to find an upset by them. What a great run they made.

Jun 12th, 2002, 10:12 PM
Good wins for Elena today :)
Joe Giuliano her new coach has certainly improved her game but he's still not very happy, too lazy at times and not enough focus

Had to fight vs Rita Grande
twice she was 0-40 down on her serve bt held both times
she was very lucky with the way she won the 2nd set, on set points Rita dived forward after ball hit the tape and Rita got there just before it hit the ground twice and flicked it over, but the Umpire called it "Not Up" and that was the 2nd set gone.
3rd set was pretty straight forward

auntie janie
Jun 12th, 2002, 10:54 PM
Ouch, poor Rita! :(
But this is the first I knew of Elena's win, or about her new coach; great news! :) :)
However, she should fire Joe; she does not need a coach who is too lazy at times and not enough focus! ;)

Jun 13th, 2002, 01:09 AM
Very sad and unfortunate for Rita :sad: but what a streak Elena is on now.

Jun 13th, 2002, 04:55 AM
Janie i meant he's not too happy with her play at times and says she's lazy, she doesn't move for the ball (one more step and its alot easier shot).
Oops .... I thought i had written "he says she's" so i've corrected it.
"Joe Giuliano her new coach has certainly improved her game but he's still not very happy, he says she's too lazy at times and not enough focus.

he started work with her just before Indian Wells and she's improved sincr then, winning a title, GS mixed final.
He knew her before and he wanted to work with her, and they both got together and so far so good :)

auntie janie
Jun 13th, 2002, 03:36 PM
That is really great news about Elena's coach, Eggy. She is definitely on the upswing since he came on board.:)
Even today's loss to defending champion Raymond was respectable, especially after playing 2 singles matches yesterday, something Lisa did not have to do.

auntie janie
Jun 17th, 2002, 01:41 AM
Good luck in that unpronounceable, unspellable grass event, Elena! :)
It's great to see she is teaming up with Elena D. for doubles there, too. :) :)

auntie janie
Jun 17th, 2002, 01:56 PM
Elena is off to a good start, did not let the Weingartner match go to 3 sets. :)

Jun 17th, 2002, 03:46 PM
well done Elena :)

and good luck in rd 2 vs Martina Sucha

the cat
Jun 17th, 2002, 07:08 PM
Isn't her coach from Bollettieri's? Didn't he work with Mirjana Lucic a couple of years ago?

LOL @ Janie! That unpronounceable tournament! :D

Udachi Elena! :bounce:

Jun 17th, 2002, 08:55 PM
yep he did, i think so

he worked with Marlene Weingartner earlier this yr and she decided to dump him :rolleyes: and she's gone backwards since then.
He did have a few words that i can't say on here that he did say to me about Elena's play in the doubles.

Jun 18th, 2002, 09:43 PM

And good luck at Wimbledon! :)

Jun 19th, 2002, 01:52 PM
Elena beat Martina Sucha 7-5 6-3 :bounce:

well done Elena :) :)
now good luck in QF :)

Jun 19th, 2002, 03:40 PM
Yes I'm glad that Elena is winning these tight 2 setters...maybe grass can be her calling?? But for sure I think she would be a darkhorse at Wimbledon..KEPP GOING ELENA! :)

auntie janie
Jun 20th, 2002, 06:02 PM
Joe Giuliano is a friend of John McEnroe's; maybe John can lend a hand with Elena's training? :)

It's terrible, but I admit I am painfully rooting against "my favorite Elena" today, since she is playing my TOP fave of all, Justine. :sad: :angel:

Thanks for giving Juju a great battle in the first set, Elena. Now take heart from this performance, and go knock 'em dead at Wimbledon! :D :D

Jun 24th, 2002, 05:48 PM
Elena won her 1st match 7-6(4) 7-6(3) :)

well done girl :)

next up another all Russian battle vs Tatiana Panova

Jun 24th, 2002, 07:55 PM
CONGRATS ELENA!! Woah are we gonna see a huge height difference in the next match!! Lol I'll be Tatiana's head goes as high up to Elena's waist! ;) Good luck!

Jun 24th, 2002, 08:27 PM
well done Lena!!! good fight!:wavey:

the cat
Jun 24th, 2002, 09:01 PM
Elena needs to be wary of Tatiana! :eek: Tatiana will be flying high after beating Anna! :D

Jun 25th, 2002, 12:55 AM
Elena needs to be wary of Tatiana! Tatiana will be flying high after beating Anna!
I saw Panova play for the first time today, and I'm impressed. Very impressed. She's such a small player, that you'd expect her to get blown away, but she's a terrific fighter and hustler of the ball.
Panova's a full 13inches shorter than me:eek: Bovina is the same height as me I think.
I predict this match will go to 3 sets and I'm not entirely sure who'll come-out on top.
On the one hand, Panova can really move well and hustle and she makes her opponents work REALLY hard for the point, but on the other hand I think Bovina 'may' prove to have too much of a power and height advantage.

CAT, beating Kournikova is no great achievement. It might be for young players, because Kournikova is still a big name player, but ATM she's all style and no substance.
Sorry CAT:wavey:.

Jun 26th, 2002, 04:16 PM
Elena went to pieces after winning 1st set 7-6
she lost next two 3-6 2-6

this would have been a big win with all those bonus points :(

a big chances missed.

Jun 26th, 2002, 11:24 PM
I was pretty sure Elena would win, when I saw the score I couldn't believe it.
Bad luck Elena, and well done Tatiana.

the cat
Jun 27th, 2002, 01:09 AM
That's a bad loss for Elena! :mad: She just doesn't play big! :(

auntie janie
Jul 13th, 2002, 07:23 PM
Bump! The Russian with a title needs a thread on Russian Roulette's Page One! Even if she did lose to Tiny T. She did rise to #71. :)

Jul 13th, 2002, 07:33 PM
Elena is next in action in the FED CUP :)

she's back in China again 30 months after she last was there ranked around 300 or so. and i was there :o

auntie janie
Jul 13th, 2002, 07:50 PM

auntie janie
Aug 4th, 2002, 03:10 PM
GOOD LUCK ELENA!!!!!! :wavey:
You already look like a California girl -- I know you will enjoying winning there! :)

Aug 4th, 2002, 03:25 PM
hi Janie ;)
good to see you back :)

go Elena !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

make the most of the WC

auntie janie
Aug 4th, 2002, 09:38 PM
Thanks, Egg! :)

Of course I had to return to support Elena B! :)

The match must be underway now ...

auntie janie
Aug 4th, 2002, 11:41 PM
Elena won easily. :D :D :D :D :D

Unfortunately, the going gets tough now! :eek: :eek: :eek:

Aug 5th, 2002, 02:16 AM
well done Elena :bounce:

a pretty comfy win as well :D

now its battle of the tallest girls
good luck vs Lindsay

auntie janie
Aug 5th, 2002, 12:15 PM
Elena gets Lindsay, and Lina gets Serena! :eek: :eek:

I hope they both get better draws next time out. But it's heatening to see their convincing first-round scores. :)

auntie janie
Aug 6th, 2002, 03:48 PM
Oooh, the marquee night match for Elena! A great experience for her. I hope she watches Lindsay serve & gets some tips from her!

Wish it were on tv. I'd love to see the two tallest ladies facing off!

Aug 6th, 2002, 04:07 PM
I honestly think Elena has a very good chance. Lena moves better and should be able to sustain Linds'power. Bottomline: I'd be surprised if Lena doesn't take a set from Lindsay.

Go Girl! Just relax and do your best!!! All pressure on Lindsay!

Aug 6th, 2002, 05:04 PM
good luck Lena !!!!!!!!! and don't let her boss you about

Aug 7th, 2002, 09:00 AM
Elena lost :sad: but she took it to 3 sets
6-2 6-7 6-3

hope she can gather momentum from here and get better draws in the lead-up to US Open and in NY

auntie janie
Aug 8th, 2002, 03:25 PM
I hope Elena will be inspired by her close play with such a top-level opponent. Now it will dawn on her that she really can go toe-to-toe with these ladies. Hope she can take it from here and make the most of the rest of 2002.

auntie janie
Aug 10th, 2002, 02:34 PM
Best of luck to Elena in Montreal qualies! she faces Gaglliardi first.

auntie janie
Aug 10th, 2002, 11:24 PM
6-0, 2-6, 6-0??? Now THAT'S a Russian score! ;)

Thankfully it was Elena who won the two bagel sets, but, that middle set? LOL, Elena! Concentrate! :D :D :D

Best of luck to Elena tomorrow against VRP. :D

auntie janie
Aug 12th, 2002, 01:00 PM
Rats, Elena lost to VRP in 3 sets. Very disappointing. :-(

auntie janie
Aug 15th, 2002, 10:53 AM
Horrible doubles loss (with Bedanova); EB & DB won only 2 games! Awful. :-(

VRP continues to do well, though, so Elena's 3-set loss to her in singles doesn't look quite as bad as it did 3 days ago. :-)

Now I just hope she gets a decent draw at the US Open.

auntie janie
Aug 16th, 2002, 03:57 PM
Good Luck in New Haven Qualies, Elena B! :) :) :)

auntie janie
Aug 17th, 2002, 11:11 PM
Good start for Elena in the qualies with an easy win. :D


the cat
Aug 17th, 2002, 11:59 PM
Lady Jane, to break up the monotony of your 7 straight posts, I've decided to post here again. :D

Elena's play has been so dissapointing since winning in Warsaw. :( She should have taken off after that win. What has gone wrong?

Udachi Elena! I hope she qualifies and has to play Elena Dementieva in the first round of New Haven! :eek: That would be an exciting and attractive match! :bounce:

Aug 18th, 2002, 01:50 AM
Lena was very impressive against Pratt today... hopefully, she gaining some good form... good luck in the final qualies round!!!

auntie janie
Aug 18th, 2002, 12:58 PM
Ooh, I have some company here! :)
I hope Elena is a morning person -- her final qualy match, against Loit, is at 10 AM! WAKE UP & GET READY, ELENA! :)

I wonder how long it will be before we get to hear the result, though! :o

Aug 18th, 2002, 03:53 PM
good luck Elena :)
go and qualify girl :)

auntie janie
Aug 18th, 2002, 08:41 PM
And she did it! :) Straight sets, too. Nice going, Elena! Good luck in the main draw -- hope you get a lucky slot!

Aug 19th, 2002, 03:06 AM
well done Elena :)

good luck vs Raymond tomorrow :)

Aug 19th, 2002, 03:16 AM
Elena started the match absolutely firing winners and bombs left and right quickly getting to 3-0. After that something happened and she started making more ue.. she was down a break in the second set (3-4*), but came back to win it all.

her mom and her coach (a young guy) were with her...........

god, she is soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo tall!:cool:

Aug 19th, 2002, 09:50 AM
tenn_ace you say a young guy ??

can you ask if she is still with Joe Giuliano ??? or did she fire him ?

Aug 19th, 2002, 10:14 AM
I will at the US Open...

I'm not going to the Pilot Pen this week...

Aug 19th, 2002, 10:39 PM
Elena B had a pretty great win 4-6 6-1 6-2 over Lisa

that will move her close to 60 in ranks

go Elena go !!!!!!!!!!!! and keep going girl :)

auntie janie
Aug 20th, 2002, 01:19 AM
I know! Very impressive, those 2nd & 3rd set scores! Is Elena beginning to believe in herself? I hope so! :) :) :)

Aug 20th, 2002, 03:57 AM
just as I predicted for Elena.... She does look very focused at this tournament and fights for every point..... she definitely found her rythm

I really think she has a good chance against Mauresmo - Panova winner

go Lena!!!!!!!!!!!!:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Aug 22nd, 2002, 01:38 AM
Elena lost 4-6 6-4 6-7 to Mauresmo.

Aug 22nd, 2002, 01:49 AM
A photo of Elena talking to the crowd after she beat Raymond:

Aug 22nd, 2002, 02:58 AM
Elena :sad: So close to having the best win in career :(

good luck next week in NY
she plays Clarisa Fernandez in rd1

Aug 22nd, 2002, 03:06 AM
Clarisa Fernandez?
If Clarisa plays like she did when she beat Myskina, do you think Elena will have much chance, or could Elena's power disrupt Clarisa enough?

auntie janie
Aug 22nd, 2002, 12:19 PM
After reading the match report on the Pilot Pen thread, I am sure Elena can beat Clarisa. :)

Elena has now beefed up her serve and I swear she is on the verge of a breakthrough. She is right where Daniela was last year, playing the top players close but not quite getting over the hump. I expect her to have decent results for the rest of this year and then come on strong in 2003. Watch out, everybody! :)

auntie janie
Aug 22nd, 2002, 12:40 PM
Bovina, who was serving with a 5-4 lead in the third set, said she let one get away.

"I was up 5-4 and serving for the match, what more could you ask for?" Bovina said. "I didn't play aggressive enough to beat her. You have to make the winners and I didn't in that game. She didn't give me anything.

"Coming in I was confident I could beat her. I'm playing great and I expected to win. You have the opportunity every week to win. It didn't work out today. I'll just go on and play another tournament and I'll have another chance."

(from WTAFans site)

Aug 26th, 2002, 11:56 PM
Elena won 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (8-6):eek:
So like a REALLY tough, close match.
Elena's first serve percentage was 67%, and she hit 5DFs and 1 ace.

Aug 27th, 2002, 01:23 AM
well done Elena :)
a tough match which she should have won a bit easier when she served for match @5-4
now good luck on Wed vs Jelena, take her apart Lenochka :)

the cat
Aug 27th, 2002, 03:03 AM
Well done Elena! Elena stood tall against crafty Clarissa Fernandez! :bounce: She sould. She's 6'3" tall afterall! ;)

Seriously though, this is a great win for Bovina, because Fernandez had embarrassed both Dementieva and Myskina recently. :o

Maybe Janie is right about Elena having a breakthrough!

Udachi Elena! :bounce:

Aug 28th, 2002, 03:52 AM
Elena plays Dokic in the first match on the Arthur Ashe court.

UDACHI ELENA!!!!!!!!!!!

auntie janie
Aug 28th, 2002, 04:16 PM
Nice going, Elena! I thought she could do it, but that was masterful. :)
Now I HOPE this means I won't have Elena's cheering thread all to myself any more!

Aug 28th, 2002, 04:21 PM
what a win for Elena :)
6-3 6-2 over Dokic :D

Elena is now in top 50 now :bounce:
now win some more in NY

Janie, you won't be alone :)

Aug 28th, 2002, 04:35 PM
ai da Lenka!! ai da molodets!! ob'avlayu segodnya prazdnikom i pyu vodku

Aug 28th, 2002, 09:08 PM
I said that if Dokic wasn't careful Elena could spring a suprise.
And she proved me right:D:D:D!!!!
What's 'well done' or 'well played' in Russian?

Aug 28th, 2002, 09:11 PM
Here is a match report thing from the US Open site:

'Bovina Serves Up Wednesday's First Upset, Taking No. 5 Seed Jelena Dokic in Straight Sets
by Laura Andriani
Wednesday, August 28, 2002

In Wednesday's first match in Arthur Ashe Stadium, Elena Bovina of Russia defeated Yugoslavia's Jelena Dokic, the tournament's fifth seed, in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2. Dokic, who was facing Bovina for the second time this year, had difficulty handling the unrelenting groundstrokes Bovina nailed on the baseline and seemed to lack the energy needed to win the first set, eventually losing, 3-6.

In the second set, Bovina broke Dokic's service twice. Dokic, who struggled with a 40 percent first serve percentage in the second set and totaled 29 unforced errors in the match, seemed devastated on the changeover after the seventh game. Down 2-5, Bovina, who seemed focused with newly found confidence, served up match point with a deep, flat serve, which Dokic returned wide. While Bovina grinned and waved to the crowd on the Arthur Ashe court, Dokic headed straight to the locker room, her head dropped in despair.

Dokic, who was making her fourth appearance at the US Open, had advanced to the fourth round of the tournament the last two years. Bovina , 6' 2", and ranked 61st in the world, lost in the first round last year in her only other US Open appearance. She will go on to the third round, where she will face France's Stephanie Foretz.'

Aug 28th, 2002, 09:56 PM
I've just found Elena's interview:

'E. BOVINA/J. Dokic
MODERATOR: Questions for Elena.

Q. That looked like a very comfortable match for you.
ELENA BOVINA: Yes. I just found my rhythm from the beginning and I knew it was going to be a little bit windy outside. I just tried to make a lot of balls, especially at the beginning of the match, you know, make her play. I guess she just couldn't quite find her game today.
You know, I made her move, I made her hit, you know, a lot of balls. I think I felt pretty comfortable out there.

Q. Did she seem a little listless to you when she was out there?

Q. Not quite her normal self.
ELENA BOVINA: Yeah, I mean, she made a lot of errors today. But, as I said, you know, it was quite windy out there. I don't know what's the reason of her playing that way. I mean, obviously it's not my problem. I just try to play my game. I just tried to do what I had to do. You know, I won.

Q. The new Bovina up around the net, spending time at the net.
ELENA BOVINA: Yeah, I'm trying toward the direction, trying to move forward as much as I can.
I did it a few times today. I did a few approaches today. I won a couple of good points at the net today.
But I still think I can do it more often. It's just something that I'm not quite used to yet. But I think I should do it a little bit more.

Q. Have you come to the conclusion that this is how you have to play, more aggressively, come forward, more physical?
ELENA BOVINA: Yeah. I mean, that's what I have in mind right now. That's what I'm working on. For sure, I mean, women's tennis is progressing, it's moving forward. You know, it's more physical, it's power, so you have to follow it, you have to make adjustments to your game and improve it.

Q. Can you tell me where you learned most of your tennis? You attended Bollettieri. You learned also in Russia?
ELENA BOVINA: Yes, both. I've been practicing in Moscow basically all the junior years that I've been playing. I went for a couple years to Nick's. I went back home again. Now I'm kind of, you know, wherever. It's all over the place. Sometimes if I play in the States, I practice in the States. If it's in Europe, then I'm back home.

Q. Was two years enough at Bollettieri's?
ELENA BOVINA: Basically it was a great experience at Nick's. He's a really great coach, I think. He's great technician. You know, he sees technically like mistakes unbelievably well. You know, probably there's not like particular reasons. Was just for me time, you know, to move on, to play tournaments.
Basically he had a lot of children, too, that he was coaching. Like he couldn't concentrate only on you because he had PaulHenry, Xavier Malisse. I kept counting, counting. He had a bunch of kids. It was hard this way.
He's definitely one of the great coaches I ever met.

Q. You had a few moments with John McEnroe at Wimbledon. What did you get out of that? Did he give you some advice?
ELENA BOVINA: Yes. I really admire, you know, John. I met him. I was so happy and excited. We even hit at Roland Garros a few times, Wimbledon. He's really clever. He's really smart. I mean, he's been the best player, you know, in the world. I had a lot of great experience just by talking to him. He told me a few things here and there. I mean, I'm thankful for this.
And also BradGilbert has been helping me a little bit also. I've been practicing at his house in California for a few weeks before Los Angeles. You know, he helped me unbelievably also. I mean, he's unbelievable guy. He knows so much that it's just scary. I mean, yeah, also he helped me a lot.

Q. What's the most important thing John McEnroe told you?
ELENA BOVINA: The most important thing? You know, there was not such thing as the most important thing. Everything that he says is important because you know he's just a legend, you know, of tennis. It was a lot of stuff. It was not like one thing that he said, "This is the most important."

Q. How did you get together with Brad?
ELENA BOVINA: He's a really good friend of my coach. They're like unbelievably good friends. You know, Brad invited us for a couple of weeks before, to prepare for the series of tournaments in the States. He has his court at his house. It was just great. Unbelievable experience for me.
I think from that point on I improved with my game unbelievably.

Q. Is it important for you to kind of be able to get to the second round when you saw you were playing Dokic in the first round?
ELENA BOVINA: I didn't even see the draw. Every time I play, I try to play like one match at a time. All I knew at the beginning of the tournament is that I play ClarissaFernandez the first round. Then the next day, you know, my coach told me who I played next. I didn't even see the draw, so I didn't know I was going to play Dokic. It really didn't matter to me. I just wanted to work on my game and try to improve my game.
For me right now winning is not that important. It's more important, you know, to try new things that I've been working on, see how they go. Whatever feels comfortable for me, just keep doing them in matches.

(Note: this is a partial transcript)'

Aug 28th, 2002, 11:59 PM
thanx Cassius

good to see her coach (Joe Giuliano) is using his influence and getting her good advice and getting other tips from his mates ;)

Aug 29th, 2002, 02:31 AM
Elena is smart, sounds like she's getting great advice from a lot of people.
I think she's got a great shot at the Quarterfinals!!!

auntie janie
Aug 29th, 2002, 12:12 PM
Yeah, Eggy, I was thinking the same thing! I knew Joe G was a good friend of McEnroe, so ever since Elena signed on with him, I secretly hoped she would get some McEnroe input. Did not know about the Brad Gilbert connection; that's a fantastic bonus!

And McEnroe said yesterday that Elena will be top 10-15. :)

The question of who will be the top Russian in a year or two is getting far more interesting now, isn't it? :):):):):)

Aug 30th, 2002, 04:27 AM
It certainly is getting more interesting.
What with Myskina and Bovina steping up this year, and Safina and Kuznetsova and Zvonareva, all making hugh strides, the future is set to be very interesting for Russian tennis.
I still think that Krasnoroutskaya or Bovina will be the best Russian girls in the future, but only if Lina's injury doesn't affect her mentally.
But Bovina has the power and against Dokic she went to the net alot and looked comfortable at the net. Something a few of the other Russian girls don't do.

Aug 30th, 2002, 04:40 AM
Two more pics from Elena's win over Dokic:

Aug 30th, 2002, 04:46 AM
Some more. These are from the www.sanexwta.com site. The ones before were from the US Open site.

Aug 30th, 2002, 02:22 PM
By Sandra Harwitt

On day three of the U.S. Open, fifth-seeded Jelena Dokic became the first highly seeded casualty in the women’s draw to befall this event. The upset maker was giant killer Elena Bovina of Russia, a 6’, 2” Russian who first showed signs of being a contender last year.

There is no doubt that the talented Dokic, a ’00 semifinalist at Wimbledon, has been playing too rigorous a schedule of late and the result is she’s spent when it comes to the important outings. However, it was quite impressive to see how Bovina had her way with Dokic to move into the third round against Stephanie Foretz of France.

“I just found my rhythm from the beginning,” Bovina says. “I just tried to make a lot of balls, especially at the beginning of the match, make her play. I’m trying to move forward (to the net) as much as I can. That’s what I have in mind right now. That’s what I’m working on. Women’s tennis is progressing. It’s moving forward. It’s more physical, It’s power; so you have to follow it, you have to make adjustments to your game and improve it.”

The 19-year-old Bovina first came to notice at the Indian Wells tournament in March 2001 when she collected her first Top 10 scalp with a win over then No. 6 Conchita Martinez of Spain.

Now, with her ouster of Dokic, Bovina has left a big gaping hole in the bottom quarter of the top half of the draw. This could certainly work in her favor as she possibly continues on her way to a fourth-round encounter against countrywoman and 12th seed Elena Dementieva.

In March, Bovina hooked up in a new coaching relationship with Joey Guiliano and that alignment offers her some extra special counseling. Guiliano is a long time friend of John McEnroe and Brad Gilbert (although it must be noted that McEnroe and Gilbert have never seen eye-to-eye on things, so the term best of friends would not apply). In recent months, Bovina has had some talks and spent some time with both McEnroe and Gilbert.

As for McEnroe, Bovina says, “I really admire John. I met him. I was so happy and excited. We even hit at Roland Garros a few times and Wimbledon. He’s really clever. He’s really smart. I mean, he’s been the best player in the world. I had a great experience just talking to him. He told me a few things here and there. I’m thankful for this.

Bovina, however, allowed that McEnroe did not have one major piece of information to impart.

“You know, there was not such a thing as the most important thing,” she said. “Everything that he says is important because he’s just a legend of tennis. It was a lot of stuff. It was not like one thing that he said, ‘This is the most important.’ ”
Gilbert, the former coach of Andre Agassi, spent even more time with Bovina than McEnroe.

“Brad Gilbert has been helping me a little bit also,” Bovina reports. “I’ve been practicing at his house in California for a few weeks before Los Angeles. He knows so much that it’s just scary. He’s a really good friend of my coach;they’re like unbelievably good friends. Brad invited us for a couple of weeks to prepare for the series of tournaments in the States. He has his court at his house. It was just great. Unbelievably experience for me. I think from that point on, I improved with my game, unbelievably.”

Bovina, who spent two years as a junior training at the Nick Bollettieri Academy in Bradenton, Fla. before returning home to Moscow, certainly has come a long way in just a weeks’ time. As a qualifier at the New Haven tournament last week, Bovina was serving to win a second round encounter against Amelie Mauresmo, but surrendered to the Frenchwoman 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (7-1).

“I got a little nervous there,” Bovina admits. “Not that nervous; I got confused a little bit because of the situation, I wasn’t familiar with it, it was something new to me, to play a Top 10 player. Especially, it was a long match and I got a little tired. Of course, you know, I was thinking about serving for the match, which was probably a mistake. But, definitely, today it helped me a lot, the last match against Mauresmo. I was feeling comfortable.”

Bovina is not perturbed that after the ’01 Indian Wells tournament her improvement stalled a bit, noting that every player develops at their own speed. That said, however, she is not shy to reveal that she, as well as other Russian compatriots such as Dementieva and Panova, have lofty ambitions in the game.

“Every Russian girl’s mind, you know, is to reach a higher level, to become a Top 5 player,” Bovina says. “I mean, we’re all trying. We’re all going to try to do our best.”

auntie janie
Aug 30th, 2002, 06:44 PM
And Elena's saga continues with a tough 2-hour, 7-5 in the 3rd win over Foretz, and I think she was down a break in the 3rd.

But now Elena has Doubles AND mixed to play in this tournament, in addition to singles! I hope it will not be too much! :o

And now her ranking -- does Elena pass Anna K yet?? ;)

Aug 30th, 2002, 06:50 PM
Janie, she was down two (!) breaks in the 3d :)