Elena Dementieva takes on Sam Stosur later tonight at the US Open.
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Dementieva looked to have an excellent chance to claim her first slam title at the French Open earlier this year but injury cruelly intervened in the semi-finals against eventual winner Francesca Schiavone. When she returned in July she looked out of sorts and it took until New Haven last week for her to get her game back together.
So far in New York she's looked sharp and focused, dramatically turning around her third round match with Daniela Hantuchova, recovering from 5-2 down to win 7-5, 6-2.
Many regard her as a better hard court player than Stosur who still has much to prove on this surface. The Aussie has not looked quite the same player since an arm injury put her out for most of August.
Whenever they have played in the past Dementieva has had few problems dealing with Stosur heavy kick serve and has been able to get the Aussie on the run with heavy flat groundstrokes.
Dementieva beat her twice on hard courts in 2009 – 7-6, 6-4 at the Aussie Open and 6-7, 6-1, 6-3 in Canada.
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