Thursday, February 28, 2008

Veterans return to form in Dubai

With Francesca Schiavone's win over Justine Henin and Elena Dementieva's over Ana Ivanovic, two tried-and-true veterans not only survived to play in the Dubai semifinals, but will play each other. The other match will feature Svetlana Kuznetsova and Jelena Jankovic. On paper--given the players' rankings and Jankovic's current problems--it looks like it will be an all-Russian final, but it may not be. Jankovic, despite her messy state, did not have to do much in her quarterfinal and therefore may be rested, not to mention the fact that her opponent can choke away almost any match she plays. And who knows what Schiavone might do?

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