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Last Updated: Sunday, 11 January, 2004, 14:51 GMT
21 Elena Bovina
Elena Bovina
Born: 10/3/83
Nationality: Russian
Seeded: 21
World ranking: 24
Australian Open best:
4th round (2003)
Recent record:
2003: 4th round
2002: 1st round
2001: 1st round
Bovina broke into the top 20 for the first time by making the fourth round at last year's Australian Open, and will hope to take a similar leap forward this year.

The rest of 2003 proved relatively successful as the 20-year-old established herself, along with a host of fellow Russians, at the top of the women's game.

However, Bovina had plenty of disappointments along the way and, with a greater level of consistency, could well have finished the year in the top 10.

Her cause was not helped by eight defeats and just two wins between early March and late June, the last of which came against Maria Sharapova at Wimbledon.

The biggest blow was a surprise first-round loss to Ludmila Cervanova at the US Open, having reached the quarter-finals the year before.

That saw her plummet from a career-high ranking of 16, but credit must go to the young Russian for battling back with two quarter-finals and a semi-final before the end of the year.

At 6ft2 in, Bovina is a daunting opponent and her height gives her added power on her serve.

With two career titles already, there is every reason to think she will be at the head of the Russian pack in the years to come.

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