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'Lena and the Rings 03/05/2008 - 4:00 PM


[I have two more dispatches from Doug Robson, who left Dubai yesterday and is back in London - where, as far as we know, access to TennisWorld is not blocked. I'm a little late posting his thoughts on Elena Dementieva, the winner in Dubal last Sunday, but Doug does such a good job analyzing her situation and incorporating the Olympic Games factor, that I'm publishing it anyway. I will also post his parting thoughts on Dubai in general at the end of the week - Pete]

By Douglas Robson, TW Guest Contributor

Is Elena Dementieva back in the Grand Slam mix?

The 26-year-old Russian has been a mainstay in the top 10 for years, but she suffered an early season rib injury in 2007, while working with a new physical trainer. The injury kept her off the tour for nine weeks. She eventually fell out of the top 10, but picked things up in the last quarter of the year, winning in Moscow and finishing No. 11. This year, she reached the fourth round at the Australian Open where she was blitzed by Maria Sharapova, and then made the last four at Paris.

Her victory this week in a loaded Dubai field - which inlcluded wins over No. 2 Ana Ivanovic in the quarterfinals and No. 3 Svetlana Kuznetsova in Saturday night's final - suggests the blond baseline basher has earned the right to be in the Grand Slam conversation. I don't think so.

To be sure, Dementieva posted some nice wins and gutted out tough three-setters in her final three matches, including a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 comeback against Kuznetsova. But Dubai isn't even a Tier I event, and the truth is that Dementieva's best shot at a Slam likely passed in 2004, when she lost major finals in Paris to (now-pregnant) Anastasia Myskina, and in New York to Kuznetsova.

The sometimes motor-mouthed Kuznetsova said as much after the match. Kuznetsova pointed out that where it "makes a difference" is in the majors, where big-match players like Justine Henin, Maria Sharapova and the Williams sisters thrive. "This is her big trophy," said Kuzy. "This is like second grade (Tier II). She's top 10, Top 5? I don't know. It just depends on not one or two events."

The tennis certainly backed up her comments. The final was sloppy. With 15 breaks of serve, nervy shotmaking, and seize-the-moment phobia, it had the feel of one of those "no one wants to win it" contests. Of course, that's not atypical when friends and compatriots compete, and Dementieva and Kuznetsova are buddies. When emotions get tangled with objectives it can bring out the worst.

Still, Dementieva deserves her due. With the top four players in the world entered, Dementieva leaves the desert with the dessert - a title. She played smarter and more consistently than Kuznetsova, whose game can fly all over the place. Realizing that she was playing too much to Kuznetsova's weaker backhand wing, Dementieva changed up her tactics, played more aggressively and started to move her fellow Russian around. It paid off. "Probably the best match for a long time for me," said a near-giddy Dementieva after the match. "That's why I feel very happy about it."

In the post-match presser, I asked Dementieva about her injury and time off last spring. She turned strangely cold and declined to discuss it. "I had a very depressing time," she said. "I don't even want to talk about it."

Although proud of her accomplishment in Dubai, Dementieva wasn't willing to concede that she is ready to win majors either -  though she indicated she would be more prepared if it happened again.

"I was too young," she said of 2004. "When I was playing in the final, I didn't realize how close I was to winning. I didn't believe in myself. I think it took a lot of time for me to understand a lot of things about myself and about my game. Maybe right now I'm really realizing how good I can be on the court....Not thinking about points and ranking but just about the game." She added: "I think it's all about consistency in my game. I have to not play only one or two tournaments a year like that."

This is the kind of win that could also give Dementieva a boost for the Olympics, which she says is her main goal of 2008. Talk about a Chinese wall. Is any Olympic qualifyier tougher than one facing Russia's tennis playing women? With three top 10 players (Kuznetsova, Sharapova, Anna Chakvetadze) and another four in the top 21, many of them are on edge as they try to keep their ranking up in the first half of the season.

"For sure, Maria, Svetlana and Chakvetadze will be there," said Sydney silver medalist Dementieva. "So me, (Nadia) Petrova and Dinara (Safina) are trying to take the last spot and it's not going to be easy. That's why it's important to play well at the beginning of the year for me."

"I'm coming out of a tough country," echoed former No. 3 Petrova, who is now No. 16 but only sixth best in Russia. "It's very competitive and the way I'm (playing) now it doesn't look good for me."

Several other team contenders I spoke to during the last few days expressed their eagerness to suit up for their homeland, even if it could hinder their freshness for the U.S. Open. Petrova said if she didn't qualify in singles she would happily go just to play doubles.

"This is my goal for the year, to participate there," said Dementieva, who is on the singles bubble but may solidify her place with a few more weeks like the last one. "That's why I'm not playing Fed Cup this year. For me it's the most important tournament of the year."

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Posted by Pete 03/05/2008 at 04:04 PM

This whole Olympics scenario is interesting. It would be interesting to review the rules of entry for tennis, just to see how "fair" they appear (makes note to self).

Posted by Yummy Prince Fed Rules 03/05/2008 at 04:07 PM

first - dang

Posted by Schwab 03/05/2008 at 04:22 PM

Have to disagree with your Elena is not in the Grand Slam conversation. Since she returned from injury and got some matches under her belt, she won Moscow and has improved(slightly) her serve(and serve %). That is a component that is needed 'cuz she has one of the best baseline games in the WTA today. Her groundstrokes are fluid and her FH is a dangerous weapon. I think Elena is going to be in the Slam conversation at Roland Garros and USO.

Posted by Ruth 03/05/2008 at 04:31 PM

Two strange comments from Dementievea: first, she thinks thst she was too young -- at 22! -- to handle being in a Slam final in 2004??? For a tennis player, 22 doesn't seem too young to me. Then, she says that she's not playing Fed Cup because she wants to represent Russia in the Olympics. I know that the rules don't require Olympic participants to make themselves available for ALL of the FC ties during an Olympic year, but it just seems odd for a wannabe Olympic participant to PLAN not to play FC this year.

Posted by ptenisnet 03/05/2008 at 04:33 PM

wrt the sloppiness of the match:
I might agree with you on the first set, but I thought Dementieva played really well in sets 2 and 3. Fully 7 breaks of serve came in the first set. Of the 8 total in sets 2 and 3, 6 were in favour of Elena (which is, I suppose, counterintuitive).
I agree with schwab. I think elena is going to have a good RG.

Posted by Samantha Elin 03/05/2008 at 04:35 PM

I was so glad to see Elena D win, she has always been a top ten player. I don't think she's a slam contender due to her serve. Most of the slams winners have a great or good first serve. It's a testimony to the other aspects of her game that she has been able to win titles and maintain top ten status without a serve. To me, a good serve is the most important weapon in the game because it sets you up for each point. If Federer had Elena's serve what would he be, not a multi slam winner. Go Justine, world's #1!

Posted by ACER 03/05/2008 at 04:59 PM

how many player should a country represent to the olympics?max. of 4?

Posted by tommy 03/05/2008 at 05:31 PM

I saw Dementieva's loss to Sharapova in Melbourne. She won 2 games. The difference in their serves is huge. Just looking at Sharapova in 2007 and 2008 shows how important a good serve is.
I don't see Dementieva winning a major. But she can beat some big names on a given day.

What happened to Petrova? She was #3 in the world, ahead of Sharapova and Henin, less than 2 years ago.

Posted by Myskina+Trains=Tolstoy 03/05/2008 at 05:31 PM

Who knocked up Myskina?

Posted by Jerell 03/05/2008 at 05:53 PM

Tolstoy, seriously,it could be anybody

Posted by Dunlop Maxply 03/05/2008 at 07:08 PM

Could someone write a memo to Yonex and let them know that they are consistantly dressing one of the more attractive, if not the most attractive, women on the WTA tour in what always appear to be some of the worst looking tennis outfits imaginable?

This is not exactly the Bravo! channel, of course, but its getting ridiculous.

I mean, we can go back to discussing Dementieva's serve any time, but ever time she wins a tournament the outfits get worse and worse.

Any of the female TW regulars, who have much more fashion sense, care to weigh in?

Posted by frances 03/05/2008 at 07:09 PM

Everyone makes a big deal of the Russian women, but all they're doing is clogging up the middle. They are not champions. That necessary skill was somehow not part of their training. Yes, they can hit a million identical forehands over and over again. Nice technique. But when they make it deep in a slam, they cave. And all we fans get is Chakavatadze v. Kuznetsova circa US Open 2007 semis. Ugly. There is only one true Russian champion, Maria Sharapova...and she trained in FLORIDA. The only other Russian to win a slam and get close to winning another is Kuznetsova and she trained in...SPAIN. Myskina? Aberration. So while commentators and writers like to dish about the Russian female contingent, they're a bunch of headcases (Petrova, Kuznetsovo) and middling tour players (Kirilenko) who serve as horrible adverstisements for the Russian tennis system. Go to Florida or California (Williams sisters, Austin, Davenport, Sharapova, Capriati, etc.) or even tiny Belgium (Henin) maybe France (Mauresmo-2 slams) if you want to learn how to be a tennis champ. They won't teach you in Russia.

Posted by ptenisnet 03/05/2008 at 07:12 PM

I am not a female but 2/3 is acceptable. And I agree. This penchant for the pastel stuff is kind of depressing.

Posted by frances 03/05/2008 at 07:12 PM

Dunlop Maxply, I'm embarrassed to say that I have, myself, questioned Dementieva's gear. I just thought she had K-mart taste or something. Thought it was just me.

Posted by frances 03/05/2008 at 07:12 PM

Dunlop Maxply, I'm embarrassed to say that I have, myself, questioned Dementieva's gear. I just thought she had K-mart taste or something. Thought it was just me.

Posted by JE 03/05/2008 at 07:14 PM

Kuzy needs to get a grip. She has lost 7 of her last finals; only "beating" Szavay when Szavay withdrew while ahead! Womens tennis has got to improve at the top level and Kuzy should start-- the U.S. Open was a long time ago, girl. Elena D. has a shot because women's tennis is so inconsistent right now. After Sharapova, who is really playing well? Na Li maybe.

Posted by frances 03/05/2008 at 07:15 PM

With her coloring and those fabulous legs, I can't understand it.

Posted by frances 03/05/2008 at 07:23 PM

You're right, JE. And even Sharapova, Miss Can't-Close-Out-A-Match is totally beatable. Na Li is baaad. I hope she gets consistent. My girls, V and Serena are playing -- hopefully they'll get in form, because the women's tour is about to become irrelevant. A real snoozer. Sharapova obviously can't carry the brand outside of Asia (and that's not including south Asia--India, etc.) When V and Serena were winning, the game was hot. Hopefully they'll bring it again. But the tour has got to do something...promote other girls too... I don't know. What?

Posted by Quadruple Bagel 03/05/2008 at 07:23 PM

"With her coloring and those fabulous legs, I can't understand it."


Fabulous, indeed.

Posted by ptenisnet 03/05/2008 at 07:24 PM

You have only to visit her website to realize that it is an underlying theme.

Posted by Schwab 03/05/2008 at 07:54 PM

Li Na is very streaky and that is one of the reasons she will not reach the Top 10 in the WTA. As I said earlier, Elena needs to be in the Slam conversation after the Elite 4.

Posted by Sam 03/05/2008 at 08:01 PM

Well, this is new, Dunlop Maxply weighing in on fashion. ;-)

Posted by beth 03/05/2008 at 08:18 PM

wow -Dunlop - I cannot believe this , except that Sam made me come over and read this for myself
Fashion comment from the man who thought Manolos were to be had for $200 :)
Just teasin ya
I agree , Elena is beautiful and she does look like she dresses from Kmart
I am so tired of the pastel on her
While she is beautiful , maybe she is going for the girl next door kind of beauty , rather than the glamazon look like Maria
The one thing I do admire about her look - and I am sure some of the guys may feel differently - is that she wears the proper undergarments when she plays
Even though she is wearing tank top styles , we are not subjected to seeing the "headlights" flashing through as she perspires
Her clothes are appropriate although some what boring and bland
I shall have to study her look more carefully to see what changes I would suggest for her
I still think that Jelena J wears great tennis wear , functional and flattering
Maybe Elena should look at some of those ensembles

Posted by 03/05/2008 at 08:25 PM

IMO Yonex is doing more for Elena than Adidas is doing for every female but Ana I. BTW beth, speaking of proper undergarments, I would buy whatever JJ wears.

Posted by CL 03/05/2008 at 08:34 PM

Sam, Sam, he's our man -
If he can't do it,
no one can.....(well, except maybe Grant, but he's Canadian and that is an unfair advantage.)

OK, that's from a couple of threads ago... I know beth and Tangi will get it. :-)

Sam - It is true...Cryptic Lady holds court til Snoo crest is ancient runes rampant on a banner of cabbages.

Posted by beth 03/05/2008 at 08:41 PM

CL- :)

Really , is there any truth to the rumor that Snoo is locked in Madison Square Gardens with a box of Krispy Kremes waiting for Llodrah to take Roger's place in the exo

I mean she has been gone a long time

Posted by FreudianSlip 03/05/2008 at 08:46 PM

Maybe ONE manolo for $200, non, Beth? ;)

Hmmph, botox and wrinkles on one thread, now manolos and k-mart fashion and undergarments on this thread.... do I sense a pattern here...? ;)

Posted by beth 03/05/2008 at 08:50 PM

Siggy - and it would be a very simple and flat ONE at that
and I am not sure what the pattern is - but they all started as tennis discussions
and progressed from there

Posted by CL 03/05/2008 at 08:55 PM

beth - Well we can hope! ;-)) Sounds like Pete talked to her, anyway, so that's good.

Back in the day, I used to lurk on Howard Dean's blog, (ah, thems were the days), and one of their most beloved bloggers disappeared off the site for a few days. Other bloggers were so worried they some how got the POLICE to go to her house in the mountains!! Turned out she had a power outage/computer glitch. Oy, were internet faces red.

I trust snoo will surface when her seat holding duties allow. (Maybe she has double LL stashed there already.....that would explain a LOT!)

Posted by Aussie Ange 03/05/2008 at 08:57 PM

Elena's shoulder blades scare me. I would like to see her in maybe capped sleeves and I like the shorts she used to wear. I think the clothes she wear now make her look bony. I really like her groundies and her movement, hopefully with her latest win it will give her a lot more confidence to beat the higher ranked players.

Posted by beth 03/05/2008 at 09:05 PM

CL - true -that would explain an awful lot :)
funny story about the bloggers and the search
but at least they cared enough to wonder what happened to the person

Aussie Ange - I liked her shorts too , but I don't see anything wrong with her shoulder blades . I actually thought the decolletage ( jeez i cannot spell- I believe that is the word I am looking for ) did not look too bony but very soft , feminine and yet fit all at the same time
The picture at the top of the thread is not very flattering , I am afraid

Posted by Sam 03/05/2008 at 09:11 PM

"my crest is ancient runes rampant on a banner of cabbages."


Speaking of fashion, who dressed the Bryans for this match?

Posted by beth 03/05/2008 at 09:12 PM

adidas - or garanimals
I will have to go take a better look to give the definitive answer

Posted by CL 03/05/2008 at 09:15 PM

"adidas - or graranimals" rofl... oshkosh begosh??

Posted by beth 03/05/2008 at 09:16 PM

looks like they brought out their long underwear from a ski vacation
to wear tonight
must be cold in Vegas

or could it be Under Armour
Does not work on them like it does on Vernon Davis or Ogbogu - does it?
( I think those are the ripped dudes names in the under armour ads )

Posted by Sam 03/05/2008 at 09:19 PM

Beth: Function over form, I guess. LOL @ Garanimals.

In any case, they put a beatdown on Canas & Roitman, 6-2, 6-1.

Posted by beth 03/05/2008 at 09:23 PM

weird - their dad is interviewing them now
mom is here watching the match -
this is just a family affair

Posted by abbey 03/05/2008 at 09:37 PM

beth, re elena's undergarments, that's what i was thinking too watching her in dubai! really good undergarments. i suppose they're sewn on with the top? other brands should do better with theirs as it's very distracting when they're not amply padded.

and i agree, jelena's one of the better dressed out there. i liked her outfit in dubai with the v-neck top and the shorts where she got to show some cleavage and her beautiful legs.

Posted by JE 03/05/2008 at 09:44 PM

Tommy- Petrova kicked serious posterior two years ago during the clay season leading up to RG. She tweaked a muscle doing sprint work and came back empty. Really, the damage to motivation is often the greatest injury. Ask Iva Majoli.

"I went to a fashion show when a tennis match broke out!"

Anyone remember the movie "Airplane"? Remember the old lady who hung herself from the overhead bin? That's me if I hear "I had my chances but didn't take them" one more time. Help me lord...

Posted by Schwab 03/05/2008 at 09:50 PM

Indeed, the Bryans did as they won 32/34 points on serve but can you believe Mike DF on triple match point?

Posted by beth 03/05/2008 at 10:09 PM

abbey - not sure about what they build into the clothes
from personal experience , the built ins that come from the factory just are not sufficient
at least not for me
perhaps she has them specially altered - cause I did not see any straps either

I do love Jelena's tennis clothes - course , it does not hurt that she has a terrific figure to show off in those clothes

Posted by karin1492 03/05/2008 at 10:34 PM

Unfortunately for Dementieva,she has pulled out of IW because of shoulder problems. I have always had a great respect for any person who can win matches and stay in the top echelon of women's tennis with that serve.

Posted by ptenisnet 03/05/2008 at 10:53 PM

Man that really sucks. I was hoping she could consolidate her dubai win with some more good performances.

Posted by beth 03/05/2008 at 11:03 PM

that is a shame for Elena
I hope it is not so serious that ie keeps her out of the game for a long time

Posted by JE 03/05/2008 at 11:37 PM

Could be BS. Indian Wells and Miami two weeks each back to back.
Players don't really like it. Let the tanking begin.

Posted by Chris 03/06/2008 at 12:26 AM

This is really a non-sequitur, but the poll on this website: is that just an idle question, or is there a thought that the Williams sisters are going to take wildcards into IW?

Sorry to hear about Dementieva, and also a bit concerned about the ailing Hantuchova.

Posted by Chris 03/06/2008 at 12:28 AM

If this pattern continues, they might as well have Sharapova and Ivanovic play one match for the title. They seem head and shoulders above the competition at the moment.

Posted by Or 03/06/2008 at 02:48 AM

I also thought her outfit was ugly (not that Kuzi's was any better, but Kuzi doesn't have Elena's shape).

Something about the cut of the skirt seemed wrong, somehow.

Posted by Kjetil 03/06/2008 at 04:16 AM

The sleepy season, indeed. (Or was it sleazy seson.)

Posted by 03/06/2008 at 04:49 AM

What's wrong with King Roger? He hasn't been dominating men's tennis since last September? He's lost 5 matches since the US Open and 2 in a row again for the 2nd time in 4 months and only won 2 titles too. He never did that once for 4 full years before that. What's wrong with Roger? He was the single most dominant athlete in the world, even over Tiger Woods, for the past 4 years or so. Now he's not and may lose his #1 ranking soon that he's earned for the past 213 straight weeks (in the next few weeks) the way he's playing now. If he doesn't turn it around by Indian Wells (that means win it), then he could be finished out of nowhere at just 26 years old. What a shame. 12 career singles Grand Slam titles at just 26 years and 1 month old at last US Open, then finished just like that. That's heartbreaking if he doesn't turn it around soon (the next tournament and rest of this year). I personally feel his pain and frustration with all of his career proven accomplishments he's already done.

Posted by Daniel 03/06/2008 at 05:17 AM

This is funny. She just won important title, yes it is not GS but it was the toughest tournament in the recent years. yet, even when she won, the reporters are going back to discuss why she can't win GS....

Yes, she is not great champion, but she won 9 titles, most of them important titles; she was in 2 grand slam finals and some 1/2 and 1/4 finals as well. She was in another 11 finals and won bronze in 2000 olympic games at Sydney; she was responsible for the most impressive performance of single player in fed cup final ever (Against France in 2005) and she have big wins against all the top players.

This are remarkable achievments, but she is not no. 2 or 3 in the world, she is no.10 and most of her years she was in the lower part of the top 10. So what is the point of discussing again and again her chance of taking GS title? I don't remember that kind of discussing after Chakvetadze won in Paris or after Daniela won in IW or other examples of top players winning titles. It's only when it coming to Elena when the reporters "explain" that she will not win ever GS....

Elena is excellent player with big problem and in this situation she is doing remarkable job. there is no need to complain about this.

Posted by 03/06/2008 at 05:32 AM

Murray barely beat World #25 or so Verdasco in the Round of 16.
How did Roger lose to this Murray guy? He's never won any Maters Series titles, never been top 5 in the world, and never reached even one semifinals of any Grand Slam.
Roger's career accomplishments and success are so much better than Andy's that Roger should be able to beat him in straight sets every match head to head, not lose and not get any break points in the whole match. Roger's really slumping recently, missing many forehand winners, piling up his UnForced errors and hitting balls out or in the net that he used to regularly return for angled winners on the other side of the court. What's wrong with him now? Can he and will he turn it around? he hasn't played this badly this long (lose 5 matches in last 7 tournaments) since 2003 (5 years or so ago) before he was #1. He's playing now like he wants to lose and drop to #2 or even #3. He has already lost 2000 points in the last year and now he's at his lowest total point level since he first became #1 in early February 2004. That's horrible for him. What's wrong with the former greatest and most dominant single athlete in the world and one of the most and best in history?
He's a different (meaning weaker and much more human and beatable) player now. Why all of a sudden? He's just 26 years old and is usually fit and in shape. I don't get this long slump of his. I don't understand why it's happening or where it came from.

Posted by Markic 03/06/2008 at 05:51 AM

I wanna see how she does on the clay. I think she's back in the mix on that surface, if she can keep the consistency on serve.

Kuzzy: oh dear. She started really well too...

Posted by frances 03/06/2008 at 11:03 AM

I have always liked Venus Williams' sleek style. Simplicity is elegance. Not much going on with her garments, but hip and stylish nonetheless. My faves were her early halter dresses in cobalt blues and yellow...against her chocolate skin they were magnificent. I like most of Sharapova's gear...and the fact that she mostly wears dresses (not two pieces) which is right for her. Ms. Serena is the Queen though -- she took chances, innovated, created and brought the women's game into the 21st century with her emphasis on "fashion" and turned the court into a stage. She's toned down quite a bit, and has kind of left that all behind. I like that too: she's been there, done that. Everyone was always waiting to see what she was going to wear and she delivered (the catsuit, the boots) every time. No one has matched that drama. Sharapova has tried to do it, but...yawn -- a press conference for a red dress??!! Serena brought theatre. She's been there done that. Thank you, Ms. Girl.

Posted by Samantha Elin 03/06/2008 at 12:48 PM

IW is a bust, the Queen won't be there and the Williamses would never show up and now Elena has pulled out. In regards to Elena's outfit, most of her clothes don't really show her off. To me Venus and Sharapova are the best dressed and the only two whose clothes I have.

Posted by Mia 03/06/2008 at 12:58 PM

Cf. undergarments -- Lindsay is another one with the right ones. No, er, protrusions.

Posted by Sher 03/06/2008 at 01:02 PM

Andreev is exactly the kind of player Nole likes to play against.

Posted by Sher 03/06/2008 at 01:03 PM

Samantha, agree with you!

Posted by Schwab 03/06/2008 at 03:07 PM

Samantha Elin,
Even though 3 of the Elite 4 and the recent Dubai champion will not be there, IW still has a good field. Jelena, Ana, Svetlana, and the 2008 AO champion Maria. Can not wait for it to start for the seeded players on Friday the 14th.

Posted by Chris R 03/06/2008 at 09:25 PM

Elena Dementieva is my favorite player, male or female. Something about her game just appeals to me--as well the raw emotion she displays on court for all to see, with all of the errors and flaws in her game, it's just so endearing. The technique in her strokes is so wonky in every department and she somehow manages to pull it together sometimes at the most random events.

She hasn't played her best at a major since the '05 US Open, but she has the game to maybe not win a title, but to at least go far. And when you go far, and the final four are Jankovic/Kuznetsova/Chakvetadze/Dementieva, the chances get better and better should it happen.

She's mentioned as a potential slam champion because unlike Hantuchova she's made slam finals. She's beaten all of the best players in the world. And it may not be a long time, but she did spend six months of her four years in the top ten in the top five; she was top five for some time for three consecutive years. Is that an amazing stat? No. But she's been top twenty aside from five weeks--five!--since she made the US Open semifinals in 2000. That'll be eight straight years at the end of this year. No other player has been that consistent in their results for such a span of time in recent years. Again, it's not the best stats ever, many have done much better than that, but she's always been there in the mix. Of course, by saying that, if she hadn't taken advantage by now, then you'd imagine she never would, but that serve was always in the way.

Like someone else posted earlier, she HAS the results and wins and talent. She just needed a serve, and that's much better than it used to be. I just wonder if now she would believe in herself to do it.

On IW, she isn't actually injured, don't worry. She's doing Miami/Amelia Island/Charleston/Berlin/Rome. She's preparing for the French Open, as she rightly should--she's as much a contender there as anyone outside of Justine. Hopefully she makes it past the third round this time. :x

Posted by carnap 03/07/2008 at 12:13 PM

I thought these blogs were supposed to be about tennis, not some third-rate fashion gabfest. If I want that I'll watch Tyra Banks' show. I take that back; I'd rather shave my head with a cheese grater.

Posted by Dunlop Maxply 03/07/2008 at 01:06 PM

Here on TW, its only ever a "second rate" fashion gabfest, and usually a first rate fashion gabfest, by my reckoning.

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