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Old Jan 16th, 2004, 03:11 PM   #1
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Lena in Melbourne...

Elena Bovina RUS (21) vs. Sandra Kleinova (CZE)
Tatiana Perebiynis (UKR) vs. Claudine Schaul (LUX)
Alicia Molik (AUS) vs. Qualifier
Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) (15) vs. Adriana Serra-Zanetti (ITA)

Decent draw for Lena... nice to draw the worst player in the 9-16 seed range, but nothing else is easy.

1st Round - Sandra Kleinova (CZE) - Not the easiest 1st round opponent. Although ranked in the 80s, she had a good end to 2003 reaching QF in Leipzig... and having quite a few wins over higher ranked players. She's plays kind of like Cervanova also... not a real weapon, but will keep everything in.

Honestly... I think Kleinova is going to beat Lena.

Lena's head isn't all there now, and she is going to feel pressure because this match is going to be very much like Cervanova at US Open... and a loss here buries Lena in the rankings, and throws away the great indoor season she had. If Lena isn't firing at her best, Kleinova will just let Lena make stupid error after stupid error.

If Lena wins...

2nd round - Claudine Schaul (LUX) or Tatiana Perebiynis (UKR) - The winner of this match is up to Tatiana... she'll be the aggressor. If Lena plays well against Kleinova... she should beat either of these players.

3rd round - ??? - Molik would be the pick of this section, but I don't know how her injury is. It would be nice to face a Serra-Zanetti in the 3rd round of a Slam.

4th round - (4) Amelie Mauresmo (FRA) - If Lena somehow manages to get this far... this will be the end. Unfortunately, Lena wasn't fortunate enough to be in the section of Kim Clijsters (ankle) or Venus Williams (withdrawn at the last moment).

That is all.
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Old Jan 16th, 2004, 03:34 PM   #2
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I think Lena has a great draw. I wouldn't change places with anyone else.
If she can't beat Cervanova and Kleinova, then it doesn't matter where she is in the draw.
Why was she playing doubles with Conchita?
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Old Jan 16th, 2004, 11:55 PM   #3
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I expect Lena to get to the second week of Oz.
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I think Lena, Vera, Elena, and Nadia should all make the round of 16.
Nastya and Maria, one of them will just be unlucky to play the other in the third round.
And what a third round match that is.
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If Nastya and Maria play each other in the third round Nastya will have the pressure of being the favorite.
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Nastya is #7 in the world. If she loses to Maria, she doesn't die, life goes on.
If Maria loses, it stops the hype early again. Just like New York.
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I think Lena has a great draw. I wouldn't change places with anyone else.
If she can't beat Cervanova and Kleinova, then it doesn't matter where she is in the draw.
Why was she playing doubles with Conchita?
I was hoping she teamed with Conchita because she's now bisexual... but I guess that didn't last.

It does matter where she is in the draw. Lena could have drawn a crappy Aussie in the 1st 2 rounds.
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I was thinking the same thing about her and Conchita. But they're not together this week.
I always look at the draw as vital. But I know Lena has good and bad days.
One match at a time.
There is a chance to have a Russian in each semi. Definately two quarters, if not three.
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I will guarantee this now.

ZERO Russians will reach the Semifinals.
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We had an evening with zero degrees and -30 wind chill. I don't know how people in the cold weather cities live in it.
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Who's Bisexual? Lena or Conchita?

Keith, will a Russina make the quarterfinals? I think so. And if one or more Russina's makes the quarters why not the semi's?
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What a great day this is. With the football, and the AO starting.
I only wish ESPN2 would come on now from Melbourne. Preview it, then start from the beginning.
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The Tennis Channel should cover Oz in the hours ESPN/ESPN2 doesn't cover it.
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With the football today, no one's watching ESPN2 anyway. They could have made day 1 a 15 hour tennis holiday. Instead they show one match.
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One match? That's it?
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