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Dementieva comesback from the brink of defeat
Written by Luís Santos
Saturday, 18 March 2006
Elena Dementieva cameback from the brink of defeat versus Henin-Hardenne, on Friday, to keep her hopes of capturing a second Tier I title alive in as many contested this season.
Justine Henin entered the match in full steam racing to a 4-1 lead claiming the key points en route to a 45 minute first set that ended 6-2.
In the second the match was more of the same with Dementieva not being able to dictate play from the baseline and the Belgian forcing Elena to continuous errors. But as the match wore on until 5-2 Henin-Hardenne served for the match. She was two points away from a lunch and a shower before Dementieva broke her. The Russian followed that with holding serve to put the pressure on Henin’s side as she was to serve again at 5-4 up. But once again Henin-Hardenne collapsed under the heavy balls coming from Dementieva, who at this point was already into her intense rhythm of play from the baseline, to level things up at 5 games all. From there on Dementieva claimed the second set 7-5.
The last set started with four consecutive breaks of serves before Dementieva finally held to lead 3-2.Until 5-4 everybody held and at this stage Elena Dementieva had her first match-point. Justine however showed why she has saved so many match-points in the past as she conquered an exhausting rally to neutralize Dementieva’s match-point. Eventually the Belgian levelled play at 5 all. But Dementieva was now in control and held serve once again and forced Henin to serve to stay in the match. Justine wasn't able to maintain her level of play and dropped the match with a backhand mistake for her 70th unforced error of the match. Final score: 2-6; 7-5; 7-5.
Overjoyed, Dementieva dropped to her knees with an incredulous smile o her face.
For Justine it was only her second defeat of the year, but a painful one. Next up for the Russian blonde will be Maria Sharapova, who beat Martina Hingis in the first semi-final of the day scoring a 6-3; 6-3 victory over the former world number one.
In the head-to-head Sharapova leads Dementieva 3-1 claiming the last encounter in three sets in Zurich 2004.
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Mar 18th, 2006, 08:48 PM
Apr 30th, 2006, 12:15 PM
Written by Luís Santos
Sunday, 30 April 2006
The singles’ main draw has been released for this week’s J&S Cup from Warsaw, Poland. Elena Dementieva, due to her ranking, was awarded the number three seed position and therefore a first round bye.
But this is a tough tournament just to start and round two will already provide Elena a tough match-up. Technically she is meant to meet Daniela Hantuchova, who is playing a qualifier in the first round. In the head-to-head Dementieva leads the series 6-3 but the last meeting was clamed by the Slovakian who won a semi-final clash in Los Angeles last year in straight sets.
Should Dementieva advance she is likely to get old rival Anastasia Myskina. Myskina leads the head-to-head record by 9-6 but the last meeting was claimed by the blonde this year in the semi-finals of Tokyo by the score of 6-4; 3-6; 6-4.
Looking a bit deeper in the draw and world number two, Kim Clijsters, looms ahead for a possible semi-final showdown. After dropping seven of the first eight meetings with Clijsters, Dementieva has proved to be a thorn on the Belgian’s side claming two of the last four meetings, including a Fed Cup rubber last weekend in straight sets, and taking the Belgian to three sets in Antwerp earlier this year. The series stand at 9-3 in favour to Clijsters with the last meeting being claimed by the Russian.
In case of downing the number one seed and world’s number two Dementieva may face one of the following players: Venus Williams, Martina Hingis, Svetlana Kuznetsova or Patty Schnyder the number two seed this week. For more information on the results from Warsaw please visit www.dementieva.lawntennisnews.com or head to www.lawntennisnews.com
Sorry for not writing in a while but dementieva.lawntennnisnews.com was down for some time and then Elena stopped playing for about three weeks or so.
May 3rd, 2006, 03:57 PM
Dementieva blows Perebyinis away
Written by Luís Santos
Wednesday, 03 May 2006
Third day of main draw action in Warsaw, but still first match for Dementieva who made sure she cut her on-court time short. She breezed past Ukrainian Tatiana Perebyinis by 6:2 and 6:0.
After building a strong 4-1 first set lead, still got her serve broken one more time before finally putting the set away by 6:2.
Second set was even worse for the Ukrainian who failed to win a single game throughout the set claming only five points en route to total crash versus a powerful Dementieva who aced twice and won all the points every time she placed her first serve in.
Since this is Dementieva we’re talking about the double-faults are a must when describing the Blonde’s game. She was impeccable in that department only doing three during the first set and coming clean during the second.
Next up for Dementieva will be home sensation, Agnieska Radwanska, who after beating Dementieva’s old nemesis Myskina breezed through her match versus Czech Klara Koukalova 6:1; 6:4.
Other results on day three include straight sets victories by Venus Williams, who now faces old rival Martina Hingis, Kim Clijsters and Francesca Schiavone who are playing each other for a most coveted place in the semifinals.
Dementieva ends dream run for Polish teenager
Written by Luís Santos
Friday, 05 May 2006
World number 9, and number three seed this week, Elena Dementieva put to an end an already impressive run by Polish teenager Agnieska Radwanska in a three set marathon 5:7; 6:3; 6:1.
Radwanska felt in her skin what most players feel when playing a three set versus Dementieva. After going neck-to-neck until 5-5, Radwanska managed to grab the decisive break to take the first set away by seven games to five.
But Dementieva had just found her groove. After heating up during the first set she raced to a 3-0 lead in the second set. After that both players went with serve until Elena finally closed the second set by six games to three. Radwanska must have felt at this point that she might have made the worst mistake you can possibly do against Dementieva on a tennis court – play a third set!
Again the Russian blonde fired her way to a 5-0 lead, before dropping a game. After that it was game, set and match for Elena, who once again proved she rules three setters.
Next up for Elena is Kim Clijsters. The Belgian dismissed Italian Francesca Schiavone with a double 6:4, after trailing 3-0 first set. In the head-to-head versus Clijsters things have looked worse for the Russian, although they still aren’t too pleasing. The Belgian leads the series 9-3, with the Russia claiming two of the last four matches, including a Fed Cup rubber two weeks ago in Liege, Belgium. This year the players are tied at one win a piece with Clijsters’ win coming in three sets in Antwerp earlier in the year. Should Elena advance it will mark her third final of the season after claiming Tokyo [Pan Pacific Open] and finishing runner-up in Indian Wells to Maria Sharapova.
Other results on Friday include a battle of teens between Ana Ivanovic and Anna Chakvetadze, with the last emerging victorious in a three set win 4:6; 6:2; 6:4. Svetlana Kuznetsova sent packing former Warsaw champion Venus Williams in a quite one-sided match that ended 6:4; 6:2.
This is the 11th edition of the J&S Cup. In its first seven years it was held as either a Tier III or Tier IV event. The tournament was elevated to Tier II status in 2003, with winners since then being Mauresmo (2003), Williams (2004) and Henin-Hardenne (2005). This year's champion takes home $95,500, while the runner-up pockets $51,000.
Dementieva heads to Berlin
Written by Luís Santos
Monday, 08 May 2006
Next stop on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour is the Qatar Telecom German Open from berlin, German. Elena Dementieva is seeded fifth therefore receives a first round bye.
After coming short versus Clijsters in Warsaw the Russian is once again looking to win a second title for the season after having claimed the Tokyo Pan Pacific Open earlier in the year.
Heading to Berlin, Dementieva is one spot higher in the rankings compared to last week, since she traded places with Patty Schnyder from ninth to eighth. Berlin has one of the best draws in recent years drawing the likes of Amelie Mauresmo, Nadia Petrova, Justine Henin-Hardenne, Patty Schnyder and Martina Hingis, among others.
After a first round bye Dementieva will meet the winner of the clash between Polish Marta Domachowska and Ukrainian Julia Vakulenko, who comes from the qualifying draw. Should she advance she is highly likely to get either Martina Hingis, a player she beat in Tokyo’s final, she leads the head-to-head series by 3-2 by claming the last three matches, or Flavia Pennetta, Elena’s doubles partner, with whom she won the first round of doubles on Monday over Sromova/K. Bondarenko.
If the Russian blonde gets to the quarterfinals she will most certainly meet world number one Amelie Mauresmo a player she trails 4-8 in head-to-head including losing the last three meetings, all last year between Filderstadt and the Porsche Championships, including the final of Philadelphia where Mauresmo won 7:5; 6:2 and 7:5.
Looking even more ahead, Justine Henin-Hardenne looms as a potential semifinal opponent. These players are tied for the year with Elena sailing away with a win in Indian Wells, after trailing 6:2 and 5-2. However, the Belgian claimed their last meeting in Fed Cup by 6:2 and 6:0. For the final the most dangerous player seems to be in-form Nadia Petrova, Elena’s countrywoman, who holds a perfect 10-0 W/L record in clay after claming the American clay season that includes Amelia Island and Charleston.
The Qatar Telecom Open is in its 27th edition as a Tour event. This year, the centre court was named after German tennis legend Steffi Graf.
Now Lena got a really hard draw I mean 4 round hingis
May 8th, 2006, 07:57 PM
Now Lena got a really hard draw I mean 4 round hingis :eek: and then momo :eek: wow its going to be hard for lena but she can get trough that
what I cn't explain is why in the other side of the draw its just Nadia and Patty
May 15th, 2006, 04:20 PM
Next Stop: Rome
After a dismal defeat to former world number one Martina Hingis, Elena Dementieva must be keen on regrouping and getting her clay court season really moving as the Internazionali D’Italia from Rome begins on Monday.
In 2005, Dementieva was sent packing in the second round, after getting a first-round bye, to Argentine Gisela Dulko.
Also heading to the Foro Italico, are current world number two Kim Clijsters, world number threeNadia Petrova, Martina Hingis, 2004 French Open champion Anastasia Myskina, Wimbledon title holder Venus Williams and 2004 US Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova.
This year Elena Dementieva is seed number five; therefore, she receives a first-round bye. As second-round action gets underway, Elena will play either clay-court specialist Lourdes Dominguez Lino or Chinese Shuai Peng. Dementieva has never met Dominguez Lino at the WTA level, but she has met Peng once before, and she surely doesn’t have good memories of it. That first meeting came in 2005, in San Diego, and she lost 5:7, 4:6. Peng would go on to claim another surprising win versus Kim Clijsters in the following round.
For the third round, the Russian is likely to meet either Marta Domachowska or German’s Anna-Lena Groenefeld, seeded eleventh.
Should she reach the quarterfinals, she would probably get another showdown against Kim Clijsters. The two have faced each other three times this year already, with the Belgian claiming two out of those three meetings.
In the semifinals, the main contenders will probably feature Anastasia Myskina and Svetlana Kuznetsova. In the final the biggest threatmay come from in-form Nadia Petrova. Patty Schnyder, as well as Venus Williams and Martina Hingis, will also be players to watch.
The Internazionali d’Italia offers a total of $1,340,000, with the winner claiming $196,900 and 300 points, while the runner-up will pocket $100,000 and 210 points.
May 18th, 2006, 05:39 PM
Dementieva shows her class and advances to the quarterfinals of Rome
Written by Luís Santos
Thursday, 18 May 2006
World number eight Elena Dementieva reached the quarterfinals of the Internazionali d’Italia on Thursday as she dismissed Germany’s Anna-Lena Groenefeld in three sets, 7-6, 3-6, 6-1.
After racing to a 5-2 lead early in the first set, Dementieva found herself levelled at 5 and had to dig deep to take the set to a decisive tiebreak. In the tiebreak Dementieva once again showed her quality when it comes to tiebreaks and eventually wrapped it up 7-1.
In the second set Groenfeld came out firing winners and her powerful strokes damaged Dementieva’s defences, who failed to hold, eventually leading to a 6-3 in favour of Groenefeld.
But showing she’s no beginner Dementieva brought up her superior game and in the third set the German was waxed 6-1.
Next up for Elena will be world number nineteen Dinara Safina. Safina recorded one of the wins of her career on Thursday as she dismantled Kim Clijsters in straight sets 6-4 and 7-6. Safina had never beaten Clijsters in their six previous meetings and had even failed to claim a single set in those six matches.
In the head-to-head series Dementieva and Safina are tied at one with Safina claiming the first match back in 2003 in Berlin when Dementieva retired during the third set. Dementieva claimed their second meeting in the US Open back in 2004 in the first round in three sets. Dementieva would go on to reach her second grand slam final.
On Other results on day four of the Internazionali d’Italia from Foro Italico include Martina Hingis’ trashing of home hope Francesca Schiavone 6-0, 7-5 and Jelena Jankovic’s win over an always difficult Katarina Srebotnik. Also making headlines is Romina Oprandi, playing in her home country, who completely razed Vera Zvonareva 6-0 and 6-1. Still to play are Venus Williams and Patty Schnyder
World number eight Elena Dementieva will be back at her pain-au-chocolate city, as the French open begins in Roland Garros.
Seeded 6th this year she starts her campaign In the red-hot clay of Roland Garros against Slovakian Martina Sucha. These two players have never faced before but theorically Elena should advance easily since the world number sixty three has yet to claim a win over a top ten.
Should Dementieva advance beyond the first round her next opponent will be either American Vania King or Ukrainian Viktoriya Kutuzova, none has ever faced Elena before.
As third round gets underway Israli Shahar Peer poses the main threat as the Israeli has been in excellent form lately claiming the title in Istanbul over top seed Anastasia Myskina in a third set tiebreak. If Dementieva overcomes this difficult teenager she might have a chance to beat Martina Hingis for the fourth time in her career, since they're in collision route for a fourth round clash.
After that, and assuming she sends the Swiss Miss packing, Dementieva is almost certainly getting a showdown versus Kim Clijsters. These two have met already three times this year with Clijsters leading the series 2-1 and 10-3 overall. For the semifinals things will get pretty tough with thsemifinalist of the third quarter coming almost certainly from the quarterfinal clash between Nadia Petrova and Justine Henin-Hardenne (Petrova holds a fantastic 15-0 record in clay courts this season including three victories with two being at the Tier I level).
In the final the possibilities are quite open with the main contenders for the finals being world number one, if she puts the pressure of home soil away, Venus Williams, Maria Sharapova, who has yet to play a clay court match this season, 2004 Roland Garros champion Anastasia Myskina and in-from Svetlana Kuznetsova. Other players to look out for are Russians Dinara Safina, who reached the final in Rome claiming wins over Clijsters and Dementieva along the way, Maria Kirilenko and Anna Chakvetadze. From Italy the power of Flavia Pennetta and the will of Francesca Schiavone will certainly do their best to g deep into the draw, as well as Czech teen sensation Nicole Vaidisova who claimed her first clay court title in Strasbourg this Sunday.
Elena Dementeva once again had to turn a match around this time beating Viktorya Kutuzova from Ukraine after losing the first set 6-3.
Due to lack of natural light the scheduled match for Phillipe Chatrier on Thursday had to be suspended at 5-1 for Kutuzova. Today, the match was resumed and, before claiming the first set, the Ukrainian still let two games away as Dementieva was starting to make her trademark comebacks. But after losing those two games the Kutuzova drew first blood 6-3. But Dementieva had yet to florish. She sailed away with the second set claiming it without the loss of a game, which included failing to double-fault a single time during the second set.
In the decisive set, a view Dementieva is too familiar with, there were an amazing nine breaks of serve untl 5-4 when Dementieva finally stepped it up and closed the day 3-6, 6-0, 6-4. It marked the eleventh time Dementieva was pushed to a third set this season and the seventh time she lost the fist set just to win the last two. Her only loss in a three setter this year came while facing Clijsters in Antwerp, when after winning the first set, Dementeva failed to win any of the next two sets.
Next up for Dementieva will be red hot Israeli Shahar Peer. The teenager has has some terrific results this year including three titles, her last coming last week in Istanbul where she beat Myskina in the third set tiebreak.
Peer has yet to drop a set and has only lost seven games so far in the tournament which incudes victories over Olga Savchuck and Tszvetana Pironkova in the first and second rounds respectively. Peer is currently at her best ranking ever so Elena should not understimate her opponent for tomorrow.
The match between these two players is scheduled for tomorrow, on court one as the third match. Action begins at 11 am Paris time.
Also in the doubles update Dementieva and Pennetta were sent packing today by the team made by Meilen Tu and Maret Ani. After claiming the first set, Dementieva/Penneta seemed to go on a mental holiday as their opponents ousted them in the following sets by 6-4.
Already in the 4th round are world number one Amelie Mauresmo, who is facing Vaidisova for a berth in the quarterfinals, Venus Williams will battle Patty Schnyder, Dinara Safina will play her countrywoman Maria Sharapova, while Kuznetsova gets Schiavone. On the top half of the draw matches picking the rest of the field for the 4th round are played tomorrow with special emphasis on the macth above mentioned of Dementieva versus Peer, Ivanovic versus Anastasia Myskina and Kim Clijsters versus Medina Grrigues. Kirilenko veruss Groenefeld also promises to be a very intriguing and thrilling match.