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auntie janie Oct 8th, 2001 03:27 PM

Bovina's Herd: Elbo hits the Challenger Circuit
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 ]

TheBoiledEgg 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">

TheBoiledEgg Oct 8th, 2001 05:57 PM

thanx Janie ..... name looks much better <IMG SRC="smilies/smile.gif" border="0">

Julia 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!!).

TheBoiledEgg 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 ]

TheBoiledEgg 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">

NejedlyKanepi 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!

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