Elena Dementieva, ranked 13th, plays at J&S Cup in Warsaw, which starts on Monday, after an injury has put her off court from an early February. She injured her rib while playing in Antwerp, and hasn’t played since.
If the second-seeded Dementieva manages to defeat Meilen Tu of America in the first round of this $600,000 tournament, she is likely to face Venus Williams in the second round; if she reaches the quarterfinals, there is a possibility of meeting fellow Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova.
Dementieva had struggled this season even before her injury. She was defeated in the Sydney second round by China’s Na Li. She was eliminated from the Australian Open in the fourth round by Nicole Vaidisova, and then, in Tokyo, she fell to Martina Hingis in the semis. In Antwerp, she retired in her opening match, against Russian Elena Likhovtseva .
However, in Warsaw Dementieva is lucky to have avoided the top part of the draw which includes top-seeded and 2005 champion, Justine Henin, fourth-seeded Jelena Jankovic, fifth-seeded Nadia Petrova, as well as Anna Chakvetadze, seeded sixth. (source: IOL)