Discussion in 'Pro Match Results and Discussion' started by wildbill88AA, Feb 4, 2006.
elena 6-2, 4-0 apparenetly martina is being tested tonight. getting pasted so far.
Goodnite sweet princess, and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest, eh? A bridge too far
6-2, 6-0 lmao. maria just stunk the place up, i guess.
Congrats to Dementieva on her first Tier I title.
Wow, i didnt know this match was happening, Elena really crushed her!Looks like it was just too much power!
Nah-- Hingis just exploited Sharapova's two weakest points: her mobility and her tactical ability. Dementieva's not the best tactical player out there, but her mobility is excellent-- enough that Hingis couldn't jerk her around the court to the same effect that she did against Sharapova.
elena comes off a tough 3-setter and just steamrolls martina. congrats to sweet elena, also.
Looks like Martina is a victim of her own success, too many matches.
Still i think she is in condition to put in trouble the top 10 women
The worst condition for seeded players, a wildcard capable of beating players in the top 10
So I guess Hingis has a hard time keeping up with the decent strikers who can move. I wonder if there was any question from reporters about what Hingis thought of Dementieva's second serve.
Yeah, I wonder how Dementieva served tonight? Anyone know? I would think Hingis would be able to crush Dementieva's serves and follow her returns to the net. I also would have thought Martina would have been able to exploit Elena's baseline game. Hmmmm.....I gotta wonder if it was just a case of nerves for Hingis being back to her first final in almost 4 years? Or maybe she was injured or sick? I just find that score shocking.
Damn she got dominated.
The only explanation to me is that Martina was totally off. Her game is entirely based on the return, and she never misses volleys. She must have been mentally gone.
Dementieva lobbed her to death when Hingis approached the net. Being that the volley game is a key component of Martina's game, it's not surprising that Dementieva dismantled her.
how long did the match last?
About an hour.
Martina wasn't totally off (at least during the first set: during the second she looked very disappointed), although she didn't serve well at all. She didn't made an horrible first set, but Dementieva just outplayed her.
Dementieva played a great match: powerful, fast, with a (yes) great baseline game with angled and hard groundstrokes, balls to the lines.... Hingis didn't come much to the net, but when she did it as a kind of last resort, and missed some volleys, and Dementieva's lobs were killers. Dementieva made Martina run from side to side, and Hingis just couldn't stand the pace of the Russian's game.
There were some amazing rallies in the first set, with both players making almost-winner angled groundstrokes, and retrieving some fantastic balls... but at the end Dementieva always took the money.
This was not the best Hingis of the comeback, but it's not that Martina lost, but Dementieva won with a very complete and powerful match.
And finally a trophy that the winner can use!
I have never known Dementieva known for her serving, but this is what I read on ESPN.com:
"The Swiss star had no answer for Dementieva's powerful serves and returns. When Hingis came to the net, the Russian player frustrated her with lobs that Hingis had no chance of reaching."
Either the reporter is not a tennis analyst, or Dementieva has really upgraded her serve. I know that she had been working with Richard Krajicek--maybe she actually has developed a legitimate serve and departed from that soft slice she was formally serving up.
I saw the match. Dementieva was really on roll and Martina was really off. Dementieva moved fabulously and kept her composure really well. She served very well, and her chop-slice serve worked really well on the extremely fast surface of Tokyo. Martina, on the other hand, played really sluggish. Perhaps she left all of her focus in the semi. She missed a lot of easy volleys, and never seemed to have prepared any specific plan to counter Elena's game as she looked really rushed.
Thanks to Dilettante and Delta for the match details.
Sounds like Elena was focused, had a good game plan, and executed it well. We know she can hit powerful groundies off both sides. Haven't seen her hitting many lobs before, but they made a difference in this match.
For all those who want to see a replay of this beatdown of Ms. Smack, TTC will show it after the Delray Beach dubs final today. Probably around 5 pm est.
Her serve has improved dramatically. I remember watching her a year or so ago and she had those awful sliced second serves at 50mph. Now her second serve is actually decent and sometimes even quite good. Still remains to be seen how well it will hold agains someone who can put real pressure.
Dementieva won their last two matches before this one, so I'm guessing Hingis really has a problem with the match-up. Good one for Elena, but I wanted Martina to win a title her first few months back on the tour.
Speaking of serves, I saw Martina at the Australian Open, and her second serve(and there were too many of them) just sucks. If she is destined for top ten, she will need to improve her serve.
Yeah, I read that same description of the match in the local paper this morning and my first reaction was - "Uh, is there another Elena Dementieva now on the WTA Tour?" "Powerful serves"? We cannot be talking about the same Dementieva, can we? The last time I saw here play, her first serves were in the low 70's mph on average. What the heck happened?
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