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Last Updated: Tuesday, 19 August, 2003, 09:33 GMT 10:33 UK
16 Elena Bovina
Elena Bovina
Born: 10/3/83
Nationality: Russian
Seeded: 16
World ranking: 17
US Open best:
Quarter-final (2002)
Recent record:
2002: Quarter-final
2001: 1st round
2000: N/A

A fourth-round appearance at this year's Australian Open propelled Bovina into the world's top 20 for the first time in her career.

In a consistent, if unspectacular, season thus far, the Russian also reached the same stage in Indian Wells, before falling to Lindsay Davenport.

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

A former pupil of the Bollettieri Academy in Florida, Bovina rose to prominence in 2001 when she reached the first final of her career at Estoril.

In 2002, she picked up titles in Warsaw and Quebec, as well as causing a surprise in the US Open when she reached the quarter-finals, upsetting Jelena Dokic before again losing to Davenport.

Bovina's form coming into the US Open has not been too encouraging, aside from a quarter-final appearance in Toronto, and she will do well to repeat last year's quarter-final appearance.



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