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Keith17
Feb 9th, 2004, 10:53 PM
Serna (8) – Mandula
Pierce – Dechy
Bovina - Q/LL
Bye - Dokic (4)

Lena couldn't ask for a better draw to the SF's.

Watch her fail miserably.

the cat
Feb 9th, 2004, 11:02 PM
Keep the faith, Keith. Those are winnable matches for Lena. :) Of course any of those possible opponents could beat Lena, too. :eek:

goldenlox
Feb 9th, 2004, 11:06 PM
Who is Lena playing? If she does win the first round, Dokic won three matches in Tokyo.

goldenlox
Feb 11th, 2004, 03:16 AM
Lena plays Medina Garrigues in her first match.

VeraNuVirgosFan
Feb 11th, 2004, 03:48 AM
Pierce vs. Parra*
* Parra replaces Dechy, who withdrew due to a left thigh strain

goldenlox
Feb 11th, 2004, 04:17 PM
Lena won 4-6, 6-2, 6-4. She's showing stamina, but not playing well.

dubro
Feb 11th, 2004, 05:59 PM
AT MEAN GOOD NEWS - good play will come soon

muhuuuuu :lick:

goldenlox
Feb 11th, 2004, 07:18 PM
Lena plays Dokic tomorrow. She has to play better than she has so far in 2004 singles.

the cat
Feb 11th, 2004, 08:06 PM
Udachi Lena! :bounce:

goldenlox
Feb 11th, 2004, 10:26 PM
Lena and Dokic are 1-1. But Lena's not playing well. It's time to improve.

Keith17
Feb 12th, 2004, 12:26 AM
6-4 in the 3rd over Medina, indoors... :rolleyes:

That's just as good as a loss.

Lena has a shot against Jelena. I know Jelena won 3 matches in Tokyo, but her competition wasn't the greatest, and they were all tight matches except for Tati.

Jelena's groin is also bothering her... and she's planning to play everything from Tokyo to Miami.

The chances of another tankjob (ala US Open 2002) are decent.

goldenlox
Feb 12th, 2004, 12:48 AM
Lena is in the same situation as Elena D.
They had better improve. Or it will be a tough year. Lena is so much better than this.

Keith17
Feb 12th, 2004, 02:02 AM
No.

Dementieva was in good shape, she just had recent injuries. Dementieva wasn't a string bean.

Lena has the ability to get the level of Dementieva, but there's no chance that's happening for a long while.

goldenlox
Feb 12th, 2004, 02:11 AM
They are both off their good form. Lena won a long 3 setter. So did Elena.

Keith17
Feb 12th, 2004, 07:14 PM
Lena defeated Dokic 4-6 7-6(5) 6-0

A good win over Jelena, who has been playing great since Zurich. I sense that Jelena gave up in the 3rd, plus her leg was wrapped.

Lena will have to play even better to defeat Pierce, especially in Paris. Lena will have to hit her angles well, and move big Mary around.

A good chance for another Tier 2 semifinal, but it won't be easy.

KV
Feb 12th, 2004, 07:19 PM
Considering Lena's performances this year apart from the one against Serna. This is a positive sign for better things to happen. She did well to reach the QF which wasn't that much expected. Great day for Russian tennis, after the performanes of D. Safina and Misha.

Keith17
Feb 12th, 2004, 07:33 PM
I'm not so optimistic.

Lena's career is still getting worse, which is evident by just looking at her.

A win over Jelena isn't a sign that she's back.

Lena can prove herself to me by putting some weight back on, then realize that she's not going to reach her potential by playing non-aggressive tennis. We went through this last year, it failed. Why are we trying again? Why should I think the result won't be the same this year?

ys
Feb 12th, 2004, 07:35 PM
A win over Jelena isn't a sign that she's back.

It's a sign that Dokic isn't.

goldenlox
Feb 12th, 2004, 07:37 PM
That's two straight wins since the AO championship. Now, this is the match I wanted in the Fed Cup semis.

Keith17
Feb 12th, 2004, 07:40 PM
It's a sign that Dokic isn't.
The 3rd set is more of a sign. She just gave it up. Back to Jelena's old ways.

That's two straight wins since the AO championship. Now, this is the match I wanted in the Fed Cup semis.

At the time, Lena would have been the best choice for 2nd singles...

How things change.

goldenlox
Feb 12th, 2004, 07:43 PM
Things do change. Lena's now an Australian Open champion.
Time to bounce out Jim's kid, like she did with Damir's kid.

the cat
Feb 12th, 2004, 09:41 PM
Udachi Lena! :bounce:

Keith17
Feb 12th, 2004, 10:08 PM
Ranking update:

Lena currently is #28... raising 7 spots.

She will be defending 57 points at Indian Wells, 34 at Roland Garros, 48 at Wimbledon, and ~40 at Los Angeles. That's it until the Olympics.

goldenlox
Feb 12th, 2004, 10:15 PM
Right. So all that matters is Lena win matches. This next one is big against Mary. Lena wins this, big chance to be in the final.

goldenlox
Feb 13th, 2004, 06:13 PM
Lena lost 6-3, 6-4. Another slow start. Then she did okay.

Justine Henin-Hardenne (BEL) Bye
Denisa Chladkova (CZE) vs. Elena Bovina (RUS)

Lousy draw next week.

the cat
Feb 13th, 2004, 06:39 PM
This was a missed opprtunity for Elena. :( If she gets to play Henin next week she will get carved up bigtime. :eek:

goldenlox
Feb 13th, 2004, 06:41 PM
Lena should be in Memphis. No JHH there.

the cat
Feb 13th, 2004, 08:15 PM
It has been a bad start to the year for Elena and the Russina's as a group. :(

goldenlox
Feb 13th, 2004, 08:27 PM
It's been a good start for Dinara and Lena L. A decent start for Nastya, both Veras and Sveta. And Nadia's injured.
The rest aren't holding their own.

KV
Feb 13th, 2004, 08:56 PM
It has been a bad start to the year for Elena and the Russina's as a group. :(The Russinas have a tradition to produce superior results in the second part of the season.

goldenlox
Feb 15th, 2004, 12:31 AM
Lena withdrew from Antwerp. Take your time and get healthy.

the cat
Feb 15th, 2004, 05:30 PM
That's true, Karl. But I was expecting a better start to 2004 for the Russina's than this. :(

Why did Lena withdraw from Antwerp?

- L i n a -
Feb 15th, 2004, 05:31 PM
Lena withdrew because of a "left ankle strain", also known as "I have no chance in hell of getting past the 2nd round, so why bother?"

goldenlox
Feb 15th, 2004, 05:43 PM
With that lousy draw, not risking a serious injury is smart. Lena should take her time.
There is a long year ahead.

the cat
Feb 15th, 2004, 07:18 PM
Lena did the prudent thing by withdrawing from Antwerp. But if she's on her game Lena can trouble any player. Including Justine Henin.

Hi Evanescence. :wavey: You are knew poster here. And you have good taste in music usernames! :) I must say Evanescence's debut album "Fallen" is one of the best debut albums I've ever heard. :D My 2 favorite songs on the CD are "Going Under" and "My Immortal". The girl's voice is just incredible! :worship: She has such a beautiful, clear, haunting and sensitive voice. :)

- L i n a -
Feb 15th, 2004, 07:50 PM
I like Evanescence because all their songs are sad, and I'm a very negative person.

- L i n a -
Feb 15th, 2004, 07:55 PM
Lena did the prudent thing by withdrawing from Antwerp. But if she's on her game Lena can trouble any player. Including Justine Henin.

That was when Lena played a powerful, attacking game.

Now, the only way she'll beat anyone ranked higher than her is if they tank the match (ala Dokic).

the cat
Feb 15th, 2004, 07:59 PM
Maybe that's why I like Evanescence, too. :sad: You and I are both negative by nature, Evanescence. :( But you are even more negative than I am.

Lena will be back. She still has a big upside. She just needs the right people to guide her.

Evanescence, how come you didn't post in ys's thread in this forum about Lena's coaching situation? You probably have some knowledge of Lena's coaching situation that we don't have.

Until tuesday. :wavey:

goldenlox
Feb 15th, 2004, 08:02 PM
What's Antarctica like? It must be cold there.

the cat
Feb 17th, 2004, 03:07 PM
What does Antacrtica have to do with anything, GL? :confused:

goldenlox
Feb 17th, 2004, 05:42 PM
Lena may have a woman coach now. And she withdrew from Antwerp. And she's too thin.
At least she won her first major.

Antarctica is Evan's flag. So I'm wondering how cold it is.

the cat
Feb 17th, 2004, 06:42 PM
Why did Lena withdraw from Antwerp? Is she listed on the WTA Tour injury report?

goldenlox
Feb 17th, 2004, 06:45 PM
Lena withdrew because of a "left ankle strain".

the cat
Feb 18th, 2004, 03:13 PM
I hope she's okay and returns to the tour in a couple of weeks when her ankle has healed.

goldenlox
Feb 19th, 2004, 07:24 PM
Justine withdrew from Antwerp. A healthy Lena would have had a great draw after all.
Without that mixed title, this year would be a disaster so far.

the cat
Feb 19th, 2004, 09:45 PM
Singles is most important, GL. Not mixed doubles. Althought winning the 2004 Australian Open mixed double title was nice. Lena's singles game has struggled mightily this year. I hope she gets it together soon. I want all the top Russina's playing well in 2004. :) But that is unlikely to happen.

goldenlox
Feb 19th, 2004, 10:20 PM
Winning a major is a big deal. It's something you can show your grandkids.
And it pays. The WTAtour website has Lena at #17 in money won this year.

But Lena has to get healthy. Then play 25k's. And build her confidence.

goldenlox
Feb 20th, 2004, 12:50 AM
Elena Bovina from Russia with a left toe contusion.
I hope this isn't like turf toe. That ended Deion Sanders' career.

- L i n a -
Feb 20th, 2004, 12:59 AM
Lena should just retire.

She has no fans, anyway.

goldenlox
Feb 20th, 2004, 01:00 AM
She has talent, though. But turf toe is often a career ending injury.

- L i n a -
Feb 20th, 2004, 01:01 AM
Maybe one of her flamingo legs broke.

goldenlox
Feb 20th, 2004, 01:06 AM
I hope it's a joking matter. I said a lot of stuff in here this winter.
I want Lena to prove me right.

- L i n a -
Feb 20th, 2004, 01:19 AM
Sadly, your predictions are going to be wrong, GL.

It's not like we could predict that Lena would lose 50 pounds, and learn the worst strategy possible.

goldenlox
Feb 20th, 2004, 01:23 AM
I'll be disappointed if this is serious. But even if this is the worst possible news, Lena won a major.
I feel good about that.

the cat
Feb 20th, 2004, 06:36 PM
Come on Evanescence, Lena is your girl and you've got to back her all the way. She can overcome these bumps in the road. There's no question about it. Lena is still finding her way on the WTA Tour.

goldenlox
Feb 20th, 2004, 07:14 PM
This Lena situation is terrible. It could be a bad toe problem. She may never have enough mobility.
Or it could be minor. I guess if Lena is off her feet, she will have to gain a little weight.

the cat
Feb 21st, 2004, 02:20 PM
Let's hope so, GL. I hope Lena's mom gives her some good home cookin! :lick: She could gain a few pounds that way. ;)

goldenlox
Feb 21st, 2004, 06:39 PM
Maybe the best thing for Lena is rest. She played well in Moscow after several weeks off.
Rest up and come back strong.

the cat
Feb 21st, 2004, 07:26 PM
The key word is strong. Lena needs to comeback stronger and hungrier than ever before! :D

goldenlox
Feb 25th, 2004, 02:20 AM
Lena needs to come back healthy and play her power baseline game.

- L i n a -
Feb 27th, 2004, 05:25 AM
Lena may have a woman coach now. And she withdrew from Antwerp. And she's too thin.
At least she won her first major.

Antarctica is Evan's flag. So I'm wondering how cold it is.
I now represent Iraq.

the cat
Feb 27th, 2004, 06:24 PM
When is Lena returuning to the WTA Tour? She usually plays well at Indian Wells. But I hope she plays before then to get the rust off her game.

- L i n a -
Feb 27th, 2004, 06:27 PM
Lena pulled out of Indian Wells with a "left foot contusion".

I personally couldn't give a damn when she comes back. She's going to keep having nagging injuries, and her results will be horrid.

goldenlox
Feb 27th, 2004, 06:51 PM
Are you sure she's out of IW? She's in the entry list that was posted today.

- L i n a -
Feb 27th, 2004, 06:53 PM
I read somewhere over a week ago that she pulled out.

goldenlox
Feb 27th, 2004, 07:45 PM
We'll see. It's a good tournament to play. A win or two here is better than a Tier III semi-final.

- L i n a -
Feb 27th, 2004, 08:26 PM
No, it's not.

Lena won 2 matches here last year... over Cho and Reeves, both were outside the Top 50. Then she got squashed by Lindsay, and earned a whole 57 points. Her Estoril (Tier IV) Semi in 2002 got her more points.

goldenlox
Feb 27th, 2004, 08:30 PM
57 points is a Tier III semi.

- L i n a -
Feb 27th, 2004, 08:32 PM
Lena got 58 points for reaching the Estoril SF. You need to include bonus points.

goldenlox
Feb 27th, 2004, 08:35 PM
I made my point. You always want to win matches where they count the most.

- L i n a -
Feb 27th, 2004, 08:36 PM
Her IW wins didn't count much either...

goldenlox
Feb 27th, 2004, 08:37 PM
Would you prefer Lena to come back in Mexico? Or wait for a Tier IV in April?

- L i n a -
Feb 27th, 2004, 08:49 PM
Doesn't matter, she wouldn't win either.

the cat
Feb 28th, 2004, 01:35 PM
If Lena has a toe injury it would be best for her to skip Indian Wells and Miami because hard courts are tough on the feet. Maybe Lena should wait until the clay court season to return to action. Afterall playing tennis on a clay court would be better for her injured toe than playing on a hard court would be.

- L i n a -
Feb 28th, 2004, 05:03 PM
She's only entered for Amelia Island, and not Charleston... which is stupid. I doubt Tarpishev will pick you for Fed Cup, honey.

Not like it really matters, though. Lena would be lucky to beat any Top 50 player on clay.

the cat
Feb 28th, 2004, 07:02 PM
Lena can win on clay. Lena lacks good mobility and clay gives her more time to set up to hit her potent ground strokes. But first things first. Lena needs to start playing again and win a few matches. Then her confidence will return.

goldenlox
Feb 28th, 2004, 09:19 PM
Lena got 92 points for Paris. Pretty good for beating Anabel Medina Garrigues and Dokic.
So if she wins two matches at IW, she'll be fine.

- L i n a -
Feb 28th, 2004, 10:58 PM
GL, Lena isn't playing Indian Wells.

goldenlox
Mar 2nd, 2004, 01:18 AM
Link?