September 5, 2009 - TOPSPIN TOPIC

The biggest story yet of the 2009 US Open is the 2nd round upset of number 4 seed Elena Dementieva by the American teenager Melanie Oudin. Off the heels of her summer hardcourt victory, many tipped Elena as the favorite to win the last Grand Slam of the year, especially with her much improved serve. However, the feisty 17-year-old Oudin is turning into the seed slayer (following her win over Jelena Jankovic in Wimbledon), and took Elena out of contention.

Elena Dementieva, then, still remains to be "the best player without a Grand Slam." At 26, she is one of the veterans of the tour, and is surrounded by hungry youngsters. Whether age is a factor, one has to take a look at Serena and Venus Williams at their late 20s, yet current Slam winners. Or maybe Amelie Mauresmo, who took home 2 Slam crowns in 2006 at the age of 28. And it's not like Elena is playing crap; rather, she's just not as lucky in the draws as the other braided blonde Russian (cough***Sharapova***cough).

Hence, the TOPSPIN TOPIC of the week:

Will Elena Dementieva ever win a Grand Slam?

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Anonymous said...

Dementieva has beaten those players who stand in her way in the Grand Slams such as Serena Williams (Dementieva has won 5 of their last 7 matches). With her great court movement and groundstrokes, she just needs to believe and take the game to her opponents more often when it counts. Elena has already won one of the biggest events a player can win: the Olympic Singles Gold Medal. So she can perform on the big stage. She was ever so close at Wimbledon this year. Seeing 26 year old Clijsters win the US Open just may be the tonic she needs...

September 15, 2009 at 4:09 AM  
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