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goldenlox
Apr 8th, 2004, 10:18 PM
http://infordesporto.sapo.pt/Imagens/152865.jpg</IMG>08/04/2004 TÉNIS
Estoril Open 2004
Elena Bovina é a última "wild card"
A russa Elena Bovina, finalista do Estoril Open em 2001, foi beneficiada com o terceiro e último convite para o quadro principal feminino da 15ª edição do Estoril Open, de 12 a 18 de Abril, no Jamor.

Depois da croata Iva Majoli, campeã de Roland Garros em 1997, e da campeã nacional Neuza Silva, pela vitória no grupo 1 da pré- qualificação, o director do torneio, João Lagos, decidiu hoje atribuir o terceiro convite à tenista russa de 21 anos.

"Foi no Estoril Open que a Elena Bovina se revelou ao mais alto nível, atingindo a final da edição de 2001. É uma das pontas-de-lança da nova vaga de jogadoras russas que prometem dominar o ténis mundial num futuro próximo" afirmou João Lagos.

Em 2001, a tenista atingiu a final da prova portuguesa - perdeu em três "sets" para a espanhola Angeles Montolio -, enquanto em 2002 chegou às meias-finais de singulares e conquistou o título de pares ao lado da húngara Zsofia Gubacsi.

Em termos internacionais, Bovina, que ocupa actualmente a 31ª posição do "ranking" WTA - já foi número 16 em Fevereiro de 2003 -, soma dois títulos do circuito mundial em singulares, em Varsóvia (Polónia) e Quebec (Canadá), e cinco na variante de pares.

Este ano destacou-se na variante de pares mistos, tendo ganho o primeiro título, ao lado do jugoslavo Nenad Zimonjic, no Open da Austrália, onde derrotou na final os campeões em título: Martina Navratilova e Leander Paes.

Posteriormente lesionou-se no pé esquerdo, motivo pelo qual desistiu do Masters Series de Miami, estando o seu regresso agendado para os "courts" de terra batida do Complexo do Jamor.





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goldenlox
Apr 8th, 2004, 10:22 PM
Babelfish stinks. But it's great Lena's playing. This is for small money though.
You need to play Miami, healthy or not, to get paid.

The Guilty
Apr 8th, 2004, 10:38 PM
The article basically says that:

Elena Bovina was third WC for the Estoril Open, that it was there where she started to play at her best level. Then, it has some of her career highlights, and it mentions that she injured her left foot and that was the reason why she didn't play Miami.

goldenlox
Apr 8th, 2004, 10:43 PM
Estoril is a Tier IV that starts next week. Red clay. Lena can win this -

Maindraw
25 ESP SERNA, MAGUI F 1
33 AUS MOLIK, ALICIA F 2
41 FRA LOIT, EMILIE F 3
51 FRA BARTOLI, MARION F 4
55 CZE CHLADKOVA, DENISA F 5
57 SLO 1 SREBOTNIK, KATARINA F 6
59 SVK CERVANOVA, LUDMILA F 7
61 SUI GAGLIARDI, EMMANUELLE F 8
68 UKR 1 VAKULENKO, JULIA F 9
69 CZE BENESOVA, IVETA F 10
71 BEL 1 CALLENS, ELS F 11
72 SVK 1 KURHAJCOVA, LUBOMIRA F 12
75 ITA 1 CAMERIN, MARIA ELENA F 13
77 AUT SCHETT, BARBARA F 14
79 ITA 1 GARBIN, TATHIANA F 15
80 ITA 1 PENNETTA, FLAVIA F 16
81 SVK 1 SUCHA, MARTINA F 17
87 ITA GRANDE, RITA F 18
90 CZE 1 ONDRASKOVA, ZUZANA F 19
91 FRA 1 COHEN-ALORO, STEPHANIE F 20
92 CZE 1 KLEINOVA, SANDRA F 21
92 SWE 1 SVENSSON, ASA F S 22
94 SVK NAGYOVA, HENRIETA F 23

goldenlox
Apr 8th, 2004, 11:13 PM
Lena played Estoril in 2000, 2001 (finalist as a qualifier), and 2002 (semis).

- L i n a -
Apr 8th, 2004, 11:16 PM
Watch her lose 1st round to Cervanova.

goldenlox
Apr 8th, 2004, 11:34 PM
Lena played well in Moscow, after some time off. But red clay will test her fitness.

goldenlox
Apr 8th, 2004, 11:50 PM
Lena hasn't played since losing to Pierce in Paris. She was in the draw in Antwerp, but withdrew.
Estoril is a tournament that must bring back good memories for Lena. And it will get her on the road to Roland Garros.

- L i n a -
Apr 9th, 2004, 01:08 AM
She'll lose 1st round. Seriously.

Farewell, good memories.

goldenlox
Apr 9th, 2004, 01:10 AM
You already said that. At least Lena is playing again. That means the injury has healed.

moo_ont
Apr 9th, 2004, 03:29 AM
Good to know Elena is coming back. :yippee:If she decided to accept WC, I think she is ready. Good luck! :clap2:

goldenlox
Apr 9th, 2004, 04:37 AM
Lena has nothing to defend until Toronto. I still think she can make the Olympic team.
She needs a big clay season. Especially Roland Garros.

- L i n a -
Apr 9th, 2004, 06:05 AM
I still think she can make the Olympic team.

:haha:

peanuts
Apr 9th, 2004, 10:11 AM
:bounce: win or lose, i'm happy that she's back!! best of luck!!! :bounce:

goldenlox
Apr 9th, 2004, 08:14 PM
Lena has nothing to defend until Toronto. I still think she can make the Olympic team.
She needs a big clay season. Especially Roland Garros.Sveta went from #29 to #14 in two Tier II tournaments. If Lena reaches the quarters in Berlin and Paris, she would be in position to make the Olympic team.

- L i n a -
Apr 9th, 2004, 10:33 PM
Sveta went from #29 to #14 in two Tier II tournaments. If Lena reaches the quarters in Berlin and Paris, she would be in position to make the Olympic team.
QF's of Tier I clay tournaments... :haha:

goldenlox
Apr 9th, 2004, 10:34 PM
Troll.

goldenlox
Apr 9th, 2004, 11:14 PM
Last fall Lena beat Davenport, Capriati, Myskina, Suarez, Schnyder, Molik and Zuluaga.
All in less than three weeks.

- L i n a -
Apr 9th, 2004, 11:23 PM
Last fall, Lena didn't look so anorexic.

goldenlox
Apr 9th, 2004, 11:25 PM
You don't forget how to play great tennis that quickly. And Nastya looks thin also.

Epigone
Apr 9th, 2004, 11:36 PM
You don't forget how to play great tennis that quickly. And Nastya looks thin also.Daniela Hantuchova didn't forget how to play tennis, but her weightloss had a very negative effect on her game. When I saw Lena in Sydney, she was hitting with more power from the baseline than Daniela. However, it was still noticeable that she wasn't hitting as hard as she used to, especially on her serve. Seeing them on court together, Lena looked thin compared to Daniela. Lena needs to build up her strength before she challenges for QFs at Tier I events.

goldenlox
Apr 9th, 2004, 11:47 PM
I haven't seen Lena this year, except for photos. Hantuchova gained weight back, and still is not playing well.
I don't think the low body fat is the reason results aren't as good.
Hantuchova was playing long, intense matches. That takes energy. Her level of play and body fat are not the same issue.

Epigone
Apr 10th, 2004, 12:33 AM
Daniela is one of the fittest players on tour. Her training sessions sometimes last for 2 1/2 to 3 hours in blazing sun. She suffers more from mental fatigue than physical fatigue. However, her weight loss did lead to her losing a lot of power, which led her to compensate by changing her technique. Now her technique is wrong, and Harold Solomon (before they parted ways) was trying to reverse all of the damage that had been done to her strokes.

Lena used to have a massive serve, but now it has lost a lot of power. She might change her technique to gain some extra power, and this could (1) lead to an increased risk of injury, or (2) be extremely inconsistent when she regains weight.

When a player has their first serve speed drop by 20 or 25km/h, they have to either compensate by changing technique, or they have to change the way they go about constructing points. Either way, it means a change to their game which can lead to poor results.

goldenlox
Apr 10th, 2004, 12:42 AM
Like I said, I haven't seen Lena play this year. Hantuchova has a confidence problem. I could see that at the US Open. She should have buried those moonballs.
Lena won a doubles major this year. I don't know what her singles game is like now.
A lot of Russians did not play their best in Melbourne.

ys
Apr 11th, 2004, 04:28 PM
Bad draw for Lena. Majoli might beat her..

goldenlox
Apr 11th, 2004, 08:13 PM
Lena and Majoli have never played. Iva is ranked about #135. She's a former French Open Champion.
Here's the top half of the draw -

1 BOVINA Elena RUS vs WC MAJOLI Iva CRO
MARRERO Marta ESP vs NEMETH Virag HUN
Q vs KURHAJCOVA Lubomira SVK
Q vs 5 SCHETT Barbara AUT

3 LOIT Emile FRA vs CALLENS Els BEL
CERVANOVA Ludmila SVK vs GAGLIARDI Emmanuelle SUI
GARBIN Tathiana ITA vs KOUKALOVA Klara CZE
GRANDE Rita ITA vs 7 SREBOTNIK Katarina SLO

goldenlox
Apr 11th, 2004, 10:59 PM
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Bovina Leads Field in Estoril

ESTORIL, Portugal - For the sixth straight year, the players of the WTA Tour make their way to Portugal for a little competition on the red clay at the Estoril Open.
2001 runner-up Elena Bovina leads this year's field as the top seed as the young Russian looks to win her first title since 2002. Bovina has put together a 12-3 record in Estoril, losing to Angeles Montolio in the 2001 final and falling in the semifinals in 2002 to eventual winner Magui Serna.

Bovina will have a tough first round opponent, playing someone who knows a thing or two about winning on clay - former Roland Garros champion Iva Majoli.

No.2 seed Alicia Molik will be making her second appearance in Estoril when she takes on Henrieta Nagyova in the first round. Molik is still searching for her first win at the tournament after falling to Montolio in the opening round back in 2000.

VeraNuVirgosFan
Apr 12th, 2004, 05:11 AM
Udachi, Elena Bovina!

peanuts
Apr 12th, 2004, 09:19 AM
sorry this may seem off topic but i've read in one of the posts that elena had a mysterious illness before...what is it?? and was that why she had lose so much weight??

goldenlox
Apr 12th, 2004, 11:08 PM
Lena plays Majoli in the first match on Stadium Court. Then Marat plays. Later, Ivanisevic plays Nadal.

- L i n a -
Apr 13th, 2004, 05:32 AM
Only 5 1/2 hours until Lena puts on another embarassing performance.

Lose.

VeraNuVirgosFan
Apr 13th, 2004, 06:22 AM
Lena, you have to win this match!

Udachi!

- L i n a -
Apr 13th, 2004, 06:24 AM
sorry this may seem off topic but i've read in one of the posts that elena had a mysterious illness before...what is it?? and was that why she had lose so much weight??
She supposedly had mononucleosis.

After that, she probably had anorexia, bulimia, mental retardation...

Lena is a failure.

- L i n a -
Apr 13th, 2004, 06:26 AM
I can't be positive about this match... because I see no way possible that Lena will beat Iva.

Even though Iva is playing a bit better this year... she's still a huge waste of talent.

And, it's sad that I know that Lena won't win this... she's not match ready, whatsoever.

peanuts
Apr 13th, 2004, 06:32 AM
oh okay :)

- L i n a -
Apr 13th, 2004, 06:46 AM
I wish someone could get me to stop caring about Lena... :crying2:

peanuts
Apr 13th, 2004, 12:44 PM
leenah - i can't understand u at times ;) ur a big elena fan but u seem to have this mood swings when it comes to supporting her...but anyway cheer up! :bounce: elena will be fine :D she's only 20 yrs old she just needs to get healthy so she can get back to her winning ways again ;)

peanuts
Apr 13th, 2004, 12:45 PM
oops i mean 21 :)

Epigone
Apr 13th, 2004, 01:06 PM
Lena is currently leading Majoli 6-4 2-1* :yeah:

Epigone
Apr 13th, 2004, 01:26 PM
Lena won 6-4 6-2 :woohoo:

Let's hope that this is the first step in Lena's rise back up the rankings.

KV
Apr 13th, 2004, 01:28 PM
Back on track with a comfortable win. Just stay get results till the US-Open. Top 20 is a possibility at the end of the season.

peanuts
Apr 13th, 2004, 02:44 PM
yay!! good win for elena :)

did anybody get to watch d match? i'd like to know how well elena played...

- L i n a -
Apr 13th, 2004, 03:03 PM
Iva had 14 DF's, and a gaggle of errors...

Thankfully, Lena got a nice draw.

Now, she'll lose to Marrero, a fine clay-courter... who just got spanked by Henin and Serena.

ALPHA
Apr 13th, 2004, 03:51 PM
Win over Majoli on green clay ... well, no matter how Majoli played that day, I think in Elena's position you have to go with the fact that a win-is-a-win-is-a-win-is-a-win-is-a-win-is-a-win... a.s.o.

nveretheless, until she will advance to a semifinal of a big WTA event, I won't be able to write something about her game, since Eurosport doesn't cover early rounds anymore (in contrast to previous years)

- L i n a -
Apr 13th, 2004, 04:19 PM
Estoril is red clay.

I disagree with the notion of being happy simply with winning... this year, Lena has been very fortunate with draws... getting Serna, who was playing horrible in the beginning of the year... and Dokic, starting her trend of tanking 15 matches a year.

Lena is a 6'3 girl, with pathetic movement, trying to play like Amanda Coetzer...

No good can come from that.

VeraNuVirgosFan
Apr 13th, 2004, 04:55 PM
Pozdravliayu, Lena!

Keep it up!

You can do it!

The Guilty
Apr 13th, 2004, 06:06 PM
Here is an article about Lena's win:

http://www.atptennis.com/estoril/news/04wtuesday1.asp

ALPHA
Apr 13th, 2004, 07:13 PM
Estoril is red clay.
oops, that's correct, somehow I thought about Charleston while writing about Estoril ... sorry





...

Lena is a 6'3 girl, with pathetic movement, trying to play like Amanda Coetzer...

...



Did you watch her play a match this year ? If not, I wonder how you come to that conclusion. Well, I did not watch her this season yet, so I can't comment on that as previously stated.

goldenlox
Apr 13th, 2004, 08:28 PM
"I disagree with the notion of being happy simply with winning... "

LOL! What does that mean? Lena plays Marrero, who is 21 and ranked about #80.

goldenlox
Apr 13th, 2004, 08:29 PM
http://www.atptennis.com/estoril/images/150x200/silva.jpg

Neuza Silva
© Joao Lagos Sports
Bovina Celebrates Return with Victory
Top seed Elena Bovina moved through to the second round of the Estoril Open after defeating former Roland Garros champion Iva Majoli. Bovina, the World No. 31 from Russia who reached the Estoril Open final in 2001, came through 6-4, 6-2 to set up a meeting with Spain's Marta Marrero.

"I thought I played pretty well for the first match," said Bovina, who has not played since February after suffering a stress fracture on a toe on her left foot at the Paris Indoors.

"It was important for me to start well and feel the balls and the atmosphere. It was a little bit weird at the beginning. I couldn't find my timing but I knew I had to stay focused and keep doing what I was planning to do and everything would be fine."

Bovina was always in control against Majoli, who received a wild card after slipping to No. 180 in the WTA Tour rankings, but the Russian is not thinking about the title just yet.

"This is my first clay court tournament of the year," said Bovina. "The last thing I'm thinking about is the title. Of course it would be nice to win the tournament, but I just want to play as many matches as I can and find that rhythm again."

Epigone
Apr 13th, 2004, 09:45 PM
If you go to www.wtatour.com (http://www.wtatour.com/), you can email Lena a question which she will answer on Wednesday from the Estoril Open :)

goldenlox
Apr 14th, 2004, 03:09 AM
I sent a question to Lena about her weight loss this year.

- L i n a -
Apr 14th, 2004, 04:04 AM
I can guarantee you that Lena herself won't be answering these questions... unless they can somehow translate them to French or Russian.

goldenlox
Apr 14th, 2004, 04:06 AM
What question did you ask?

- L i n a -
Apr 14th, 2004, 04:08 AM
Nothing I haven't talked with her about already.

goldenlox
Apr 14th, 2004, 04:10 AM
You should ask something the WTA thinks is interesting. Then Lena might get that question.

- L i n a -
Apr 14th, 2004, 04:14 AM
I have connections, dear.

This is a chance for the peons to correspond with Big Bird Loser.

goldenlox
Apr 14th, 2004, 04:16 AM
As long as they don't peon me.

- L i n a -
Apr 14th, 2004, 04:25 AM
The only positive of this is that there will quite likely be a question about Anna... and if Lena is really answering, I know she'll give a fun response.

goldenlox
Apr 14th, 2004, 04:26 AM
Estoril has Tier IV points, and Tier V money.
The #1 seed should have a bye.

The WTA won't give Lena an Anna question. I hope they give her a bodyfat question.

- L i n a -
Apr 14th, 2004, 04:27 AM
I think she'll probably get an Anna question.

What else will people ask her?

This just in: Nobody gives a shit about Lena.

goldenlox
Apr 14th, 2004, 04:31 AM
They can ask about winning a major. About her height being an advantage in some ways. About why she plays so well against Capriati. About growing up in Morocco. And many more questions.

- L i n a -
Apr 14th, 2004, 04:32 AM
The first 2 would be some nice fluff questions.

She doesn't play well against Jenny... and Morocco, maybe 3 people realize she lived there during her childhood.

goldenlox
Apr 14th, 2004, 04:38 AM
About why so many Russian women are playing so well. About working with John McEnroe. About coming back from an injury as #1 seed.

- L i n a -
Apr 14th, 2004, 04:40 AM
Nobody cares about any of this though.

goldenlox
Apr 14th, 2004, 04:42 AM
You can say that about everyone outside the top 20.
Lena is a #1 seed this week. She's the star in this tournament.

- L i n a -
Apr 14th, 2004, 04:46 AM
By Wednesday, she won't be the star.

goldenlox
Apr 14th, 2004, 04:48 AM
It's Wednesday in Portugal now. Lena will bury Marta. Lena is back, and will make this tournament her third victim.

- L i n a -
Apr 14th, 2004, 04:50 AM
I'm 99% sure Marrero is winning this match.

goldenlox
Apr 14th, 2004, 04:52 AM
There's nobody in that draw who can challenge Lena. I just worry about a long week after a layoff. Look what happened to Mauresmo.

- L i n a -
Apr 14th, 2004, 04:55 AM
This isn't 2002-2003. Stop living in the past. If the winner was going to be the best previous player, then we'd be handing the trophy to Iva.

goldenlox
Apr 14th, 2004, 04:58 AM
What past? Lena made the quarters in Paris. Lena beat Serna 6-4, 6-1 in Sydney. She beats this field easily.

- L i n a -
Apr 14th, 2004, 05:00 AM
She beat Dokic, who tanks against anyone and everyone.

Kookylova and Chladkova reached the QF's of Antwerp. They are not the favorites here.

goldenlox
Apr 14th, 2004, 05:01 AM
Lena crushes this field. They're all afraid of her.

- L i n a -
Apr 14th, 2004, 05:03 AM
You're sounding like the Masha fans now.

goldenlox
Apr 14th, 2004, 05:06 AM
Lena is a different class of player. These Tier V's are for those who want to avoid a player like Lena.
Now she's rested and healthy. Lena won't lose a set this week.

goldenlox
Apr 14th, 2004, 05:09 AM
Bovina defeats Majoli



Top seeded Russian Elena Bovina made a smart return from injury to beat Iva Majoli of Croatia 6-4 6-2 and claim her place in the second round in Estoril on Tuesday. "This was my first game back from a foot injury in Paris in February and it was a little bit weird at first," Bovina said.
"Winning the tournament is the last thing on my mind. I just want to play as many matches as possible to get my rhythm back."

- L i n a -
Apr 14th, 2004, 05:12 AM
Lena is a different class of player. These Tier V's are for those who want to avoid a player like Lena.
Now she's rested and healthy. Lena won't lose a set this week.
I doubt that... I'm sure many of the girls are happy to see a great chance of easy bonus points like this.

VeraNuVirgosFan
Apr 14th, 2004, 05:21 AM
Lena, again you have to win this match!

Udachi!

Just show them that you can do it!

Epigone
Apr 14th, 2004, 05:34 AM
I sent a question to Lena about her choice of doubles partner for the year, and whether or not she would like to play doubles with Vera Z in the future.

- L i n a -
Apr 14th, 2004, 05:37 AM
Lena and Vera don't really get along, I think... :(

Epigone
Apr 14th, 2004, 06:05 AM
Lena and Vera don't really get along, I think... :(That's too bad :sad:

I'm glad to see that Lena is getting some experience on clay before Warsaw. Daniela Hantuchova could learn a thing or two from Lena in this respect. She wants to just rock up to Warsaw and play well, despite not playing on clay this year. Lena knows that you have to learn to walk before you can run :yeah:

Epigone
Apr 14th, 2004, 08:39 AM
I can guarantee you that Lena herself won't be answering these questions... unless they can somehow translate them to French or Russian.I thought that Lena's English was pretty good. Here's an interview in English from the Fed Cup website.

http://www.fedcup.com/news/newsaudio.asp?id=10255

I wish that I could speak Russian as well as Lena can speak English. Я плохо говорю по-русски :o

- L i n a -
Apr 14th, 2004, 02:55 PM
She speaks English well, but she has trouble understanding some words when she's reading...

Although, Nastya is worse with English, and she still does many interviews. So, I guess it's not that big of a deal.

goldenlox
Apr 14th, 2004, 03:49 PM
Lena up 7-6, 2-2. Close it out!

- L i n a -
Apr 14th, 2004, 04:10 PM
Lena just lost the 2nd set to Marrero. 7-6 4-6.

About 20 minutes until Marta finishes this match off.

the cat
Apr 14th, 2004, 04:11 PM
I think Lena's doubles partner should be Maria Sharapova. :) They would make a dynamic and towering doubles team! :D

Hey Leenah, what kind of a crack was that about GL starting to sound like Masha fans?

- L i n a -
Apr 14th, 2004, 04:12 PM
GL was being too positive.

Results state that those emotions are uncalled for.

goldenlox
Apr 14th, 2004, 04:14 PM
Lena was broken her last two service games. That's a bad sign.

- L i n a -
Apr 14th, 2004, 04:15 PM
Lena hasn't been able to hold serve all year. How is this surprising?

I know... one would think a girl her size would have her serve as a weapon... but that's not the case.

goldenlox
Apr 14th, 2004, 04:18 PM
I just think it shouldn't be a weakness.

- L i n a -
Apr 14th, 2004, 04:19 PM
That's because you have too high of expectations for Lena.

Don't feel bad... I was once like that, also.

goldenlox
Apr 14th, 2004, 04:21 PM
Now they've been playing over two hours. Lena is probably tired now. That end of the second set was important.

- L i n a -
Apr 14th, 2004, 04:22 PM
IS tired.

Remember when Lena got tired vs. Jen?

Multiply that by 10 with the condition she's in now.

goldenlox
Apr 14th, 2004, 04:23 PM
Lena just double faulted at break point. She's exhausted.

goldenlox
Apr 14th, 2004, 04:34 PM
Lena is just tired, 1-4.

- L i n a -
Apr 14th, 2004, 04:34 PM
Default... save us some time.

goldenlox
Apr 14th, 2004, 04:41 PM
I think Lena would be better off losing this. It's going almost 3 hours.
After this she needs a week off. She could get re-injured if she plays tomorrow.

On serve, 3-4.

- L i n a -
Apr 14th, 2004, 04:44 PM
Actually, with the exception of her knee in Tokyo, all of Lena's injuries have taken place while practicing.

So, she'll get injured anyway.

The wind would blow her down.

goldenlox
Apr 14th, 2004, 04:47 PM
I wanted Lena to dig in and fight against Schaul in Melbourne. She had a great draw at a major.
Here, the money and points are minor. I want Lena healthy for bigger events.

- L i n a -
Apr 14th, 2004, 04:57 PM
Lena lost to Marrero 6-7 6-4 6-3.

goldenlox
Apr 14th, 2004, 04:59 PM
It's probably a good thing. Now she can rest for a few days. And she knows she has to be better at holding serve at the end of close sets.
Today was a long, hard match. After an injury layoff. Lena needs to rest.

- L i n a -
Apr 14th, 2004, 05:00 PM
No... her career is over.

I'm requesting that this forum be deleted.

And Anna's.

goldenlox
Apr 14th, 2004, 05:15 PM
This is her first tournament since early February. It's like a prep race for a horse, before the Kentucky Derby.
Lena needed the work. But not 5 straight days of this.

goldenlox
Apr 14th, 2004, 05:44 PM
Amelie came back, reached the finals of AI, and was injured.
Two matches, 5 sets. That was a good comeback event. Now stay healthy. And hold serve.

the cat
Apr 14th, 2004, 07:40 PM
Well said, GL. :kiss: Lena needs to make steady progress right now. No one should expect excellent results from her at the beginning of her comeback.

Leenah, I hope you root for Lena through thick and thin. I know Elena frustrates you. :mad: But if you really do care about her stick by her because when she finds her game and gets good results you will be a happy Bovina fan. :) The 2004 tennis season is only about 1/4 over with. So Lena has time to get it together.

goldenlox
Apr 14th, 2004, 07:45 PM
Nadia came back at IW, and lost her second match, 3 and 3 to Dulko. That was better than playing 5 matches.
This will only help Lena. But she must hold serve. Maybe serve to the body more, but get it in the service box.

the cat
Apr 14th, 2004, 08:47 PM
Another good point, GL. You must be a good chess player. :) A chess match between you and the extremely tennis knowledgable Leenah would be fascinating. :D ;)

goldenlox
Apr 14th, 2004, 08:50 PM
First tournament back, playing 5 long matches can cause another injury. Lena isn't match tough now.
I said that when Nadia lost the first set to Dulko. Nadia came back and made 2 semis right after.

the cat
Apr 14th, 2004, 09:05 PM
Miss Lox, I think your even tempered rationalizations make you sound logical. :)

goldenlox
Apr 14th, 2004, 09:42 PM
Top seed Elena Bovina, who returned to the circuit this week after a two-month layoff because of a stress fracture in her left foot, didn't make it past the second round - falling to Spain's Marta Marrero (right), 67(6) 64 63.

Bovina looked sharp in her first match, defeating former Roland Garros champion Iva Majoli in straight sets and prevailed in a first set tiebreak against Marrero. But Marrero, who has played the top seed in all five of her latest tournaments, was able to take the final two sets to move into the quarterfinals.

peanuts
Apr 15th, 2004, 04:43 AM
lena lost :sad: :sad: at least it was a three setter...

i hope she gets better on her next tournament :)

Jackson.
Apr 15th, 2004, 10:15 AM
Elena :sad: :banghead:

goldenlox
Apr 15th, 2004, 09:20 PM
http://www.atptennis.com/estoril/news/04bovina.asp




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Elena Bovina
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Bovina Answers Your Questions
Women's top seed Elena Bovina took time out from her Estoril Open campaign to answer your questions. Here's what the Russian star had to say:


Q: Have you finally recovered totally from your injuries? And what are your goals for the 2004 season? - Nathan

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EB: Right now I'm quite happy with my body and I think I'm over my injuries. The goals for the end of this season are to be in the Top 10 in the world and I'll try to take care of my body because injuries are the main obstacle to that goal.

Q: Do you think you can ever become World No. 1 and what will it take? - Mark Zavich.

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EB: For sure, if you do something in life you have to do it 100 percent and have the final goal to be the best at that. It will take a lot of hard work day by day and I'm willing to do that, so we'll see.

Q: If there is any tournament on the WTA Tour that you would like to win, which one would it be and why? - Jonathan Hays

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EB: I would like to win all of the Grand Slams, that's for sure. All the big tournaments, or any tournament is prestigious to win and gives you great confidence. But definitely the Grand Slams are the main ones, and for me the Olympics is a big deal as well. I would love to play in the Olympics but we have a lot of girls to choose from.

Q: What sort of advantages or disadvantages are there of being so tall in the women's game? Jjebin Wong

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EB: I think the advantage is that if you work with your body the right way, and if you're strong, you can use your height and have a big serve and play an aggressive game and cover a lot of court if you work the right way physically. The disadvantage is that if you don't take care of your body you can have a lot of problems for sure.

Q: Who is your best friend on the tour?

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EB: It's hard to say. I have a lot of friends, and I'm good friends with all the Russian girls, we are like one big team. It's hard to stay friends because you sometimes see your friend on the other side of the court and it's hard to stay focused. But we have good communication with everyone, but not really close relationships.

Q: What is your favorite Russian city in which to play tennis and would you like to see more WTA Tour tournaments in Russia? Olya from Piter.

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EB: Moscow for sure, because that's where I'm from. We have the Kremlin Cup bit it would be nice to have more tournaments. We have good support from the spectators, we could stay at home and sleep in your own bed, and to have your family and friends supporting you is a big deal for me.

Q: Who were your tennis idols when you were growing up, and did you use certain aspects of their game to help your own, did you copy any of their techniques?

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EB: I really liked to watch Monica Seles and Andre Agassi when I was little. They were so interesting to watch. They played an aggressive game and when I saw them play it was unbelievably interesting. It was really exciting - they were like actors on the court. Those two are probably the best ones.

Q: When you're not playing in a tournament, how many hours a day do you spend on the court or in training? Greg

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EB: If I'm healthy, I probably train three or four hours on the court and then an hour of fitness, but it depends, you adjust those things really.

Q: With so many hours on tour, is it possible to have a social life and if so, what do you like to do? - Henry.

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EB: Definitely, you need a social life because it's hard to always live in the tennis lifestyle. You need some things to take your mind off it. I have a couple of friends back home who I'm always on the phone with. If I have a minute, I go out to the movies, go to a restaurant, do some shopping - things that help you to relax your mind really.

Q: Do you feel a lot of pressure amongst the other Russian players who are also on the top of women's tennis? Or is it more motivation? - Warren

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EB: For me it's more motivating because I've known those girls since we were little. We kind of help each other to improve our game and our rankings, so it's kind of fun for us.

- L i n a -
Apr 15th, 2004, 11:53 PM
Nice of them to use the most awful pic of Lena...

Top 10 goal... she's as funny as Alex.

goldenlox
Apr 16th, 2004, 12:14 AM
This is the funny part - "I'm good friends with all the Russian girls, we are like one big team."

Her English is pretty good.

the cat
Apr 17th, 2004, 02:52 PM
Why is that the funny part, GL? :confused: Thanks for the interview.

Leenah, why do you mock your girl? She should set high goals for herself. And making the WTA top 10 is not out of her reach if she stays healthy and finds her game.

goldenlox
Apr 17th, 2004, 05:44 PM
The funny part is that Lena rarely plays doubles with a Russian. She prefers Callens, or Stubbs.

the cat
Apr 20th, 2004, 07:52 PM
Good point, GL. It's time for Lena to team up with more Russina's in doubles than she has so far in her career.

- L i n a -
Apr 20th, 2004, 08:16 PM
I don't know who Lena can play with though...

Sveta would have been my 1st choice... but she's with Lena L.

Lena D. and Lina are together...

Nastya doesn't play doubles much... and Lena and Vera don't get along.

That leaves Safina, who I don't think plays much doubles either...

and...

Masha... who changes partners every week.

Lena, ask Masha now. K.

goldenlox
Apr 20th, 2004, 08:25 PM
Right now, I would say Lena should play doubles with Dinara or Maria. Dinara had some good doubles results early this year. Maria doesn't have results in 2004. But she has power. Lena needs to hit with power also.

- L i n a -
Apr 20th, 2004, 08:30 PM
Dinara is horrible at net though, for now... much like Marat was early in his career.

Masha = Lots of attention.

Having doubles' matches during the low times of the US Open = possible TV time.

goldenlox
Apr 20th, 2004, 08:34 PM
Maria is not too good at the net either. Both Dinara and Maria are young and hungry. And tall.

- L i n a -
Apr 20th, 2004, 08:35 PM
And Lena is too. She's even more hungry, though.

goldenlox
Apr 20th, 2004, 08:37 PM
More hungry, and more tall.

- L i n a -
Apr 20th, 2004, 08:39 PM
Masha is growing though.

goldenlox
Apr 20th, 2004, 08:50 PM
Taller than Dinara, but she's not in Lena land yet.

the cat
Apr 21st, 2004, 03:02 AM
Masha K instead of Masha S, that's a good one Lina. ;)

- L i n a -
Apr 21st, 2004, 03:04 AM
I didn't reach my full height until I was 18... so Masha could get taller. :)

goldenlox
Apr 21st, 2004, 03:22 AM
Masha K instead of Masha S, that's a good one Lina. ;)
Where is Maria K. mentioned? She's not good enough. We're trying to create a top doubles team.

the cat
Apr 21st, 2004, 03:40 PM
Lina mentions Masha K at the end of post #120 in this thread.

ALPHA
Apr 21st, 2004, 04:10 PM
Elena Bovina we talk about, correct ?

You want to create a top doubles team, right ?



I don't see Bovina as a real good doubles player - that doesn't mean that she can't become one. It's just a matter of time, experience and the right partner.

Who is available ?


What about Bovina/Kournikova from late 2004 on. I mean, Athens is no option for both of them, so no need to hurry anyway.

On the other hand, when I think about Bovina's comments about Anna, I guess they'll end up in a cat fight on court or in locker rooms.
But that's not a NO-GO, Spice Girls did it and Kournikova even survived a 1st Rd loss partnering "The Snake" last spring in her last ever doubles match to date.



So ....

goldenlox
Apr 21st, 2004, 08:13 PM
Lena needs a good partner now. There are three majors soon. That's big money.
And Lina. said K., not Maria K.
K. is her slang for okay.

- L i n a -
Apr 21st, 2004, 10:13 PM
Elena Bovina we talk about, correct ?

You want to create a top doubles team, right ?



I don't see Bovina as a real good doubles player - that doesn't mean that she can't become one. It's just a matter of time, experience and the right partner.

Who is available ?


What about Bovina/Kournikova from late 2004 on. I mean, Athens is no option for both of them, so no need to hurry anyway.

On the other hand, when I think about Bovina's comments about Anna, I guess they'll end up in a cat fight on court or in locker rooms.
But that's not a NO-GO, Spice Girls did it and Kournikova even survived a 1st Rd loss partnering "The Snake" last spring in her last ever doubles match to date.



So ....
I hate to burst your bubble... but Anna isn't playing competitively again.

Bovina actually is a very good doubles player WHEN she plays. She won Aussie Open Mixed this year... has won 2 Tier I doubles titles... and has reached numerous finals.

Plus, she is an excellent volleyer, wonderful with angle passes, has an effective serve for doubles, and as we know, she has the longest reach in the women's game.

Lena needs a good partner now. There are three majors soon. That's big money.
And Lina. said K., not Maria K.
K. is her slang for okay.

It's not so much that I think Lena needs a good doubles partner... she just needs a full-time partner. The one thing Lena lacks in doubles is experience. When I saw Lena & Rennae at US Open... Rennae was always telling Lena what to do, and correcting her. Lena is still very raw in doubles... and she needs a constant partner to be comfortable with, and grow with.

Lena really has the tools to be the best doubles' player in the world.

goldenlox
Apr 21st, 2004, 10:19 PM
I think Lena needs a good doubles partner right now. Winning at the majors pay like $200,000 to each player.
Why should Nadia, Sveta, or Paola make that money? Lena should make that money.

- L i n a -
Apr 21st, 2004, 10:20 PM
Exactly... and it pays more than losing 1st round of singles to <insert weak player>.

the cat
Apr 22nd, 2004, 12:34 AM
So GL, that's what Lina meant. K and not Masha K. Oh. :o OK. You slangsters are hard to keep up with. :(

goldenlox
Apr 22nd, 2004, 01:07 AM
I went back and read it again. Because I didn't remember little Masha being talked about.
Lena needs a good partner. Tall Maria would be good. If Anna comes back, that's good too.

Epigone
Apr 22nd, 2004, 01:41 AM
Would Daniela Hantuchova be a good partner for Lena? I know that her doubles form hasn't suffered as much as her singles form, and she is in need of a partner herself.

goldenlox
Apr 22nd, 2004, 01:48 AM
I would prefer Maria or Anna. More chance of tv exposure. But Hantuchova has won majors, so she's good enough.

- L i n a -
Apr 22nd, 2004, 06:01 AM
Would Daniela Hantuchova be a good partner for Lena? I know that her doubles form hasn't suffered as much as her singles form, and she is in need of a partner herself.
Lena and Dani played doubles a few times, like 3 years ago.

That team would make me cry probably though...

the cat
Apr 22nd, 2004, 03:40 PM
Lina, why would a doubles team of Elena Bovina and Daniela Hantuchova make you cry? Tears of joy I hope! :)

ALPHA
Apr 22nd, 2004, 04:11 PM
Actually, IF AnnaK ever comes back playing doubles, I prefer her to play either with Chanda Rubin or Babsi Schett, may be Iroda Tulyaganova.

... as long as Tina Hingis doesn't announce her comeback ... ;)

goldenlox
Apr 22nd, 2004, 08:21 PM
Lena is a better doubles player than Babsi or Iroda.
I like the idea of Maria, because she hits out. I want Lena to do that.

the cat
Apr 23rd, 2004, 03:59 AM
Then Big Masha is our choice to be Elena Bovina's doubles partner! :) But will Bovina see it the way we do and team up with Masha to form the tallest women's doubles team in the history of women's tennis?

- L i n a -
Apr 23rd, 2004, 04:18 AM
Then Big Masha is our choice to be Elena Bovina's doubles partner! :) But will Bovina see it the way we do and team up with Masha to form the tallest women's doubles team in the history of women's tennis?
We'll see... I brought this doubles' topic up to her. :)

the cat
Apr 23rd, 2004, 03:49 PM
When did you broach doubles with Lena? Lena needs to experience some success before Wimbledon so she can have some real confidence in her game.