Dancing With Elena Dementieva: Them's Fightin' Words!

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Dancing With Elena Dementieva: Them's Fightin' Words!
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Sometimes in the world of competitive sports, one time isn't enough to solve something. Take a hockey fight for example. Tough guys can go at it multiple times during the course of a season—or even in the same game if necessary. 

Maybe even two or three times isn't enough. The third time wasn't the charm in this case. 

Is it a budding rivalry? After Caroline Wozniacki defeated Olympic Gold medal winner Elena Dementieva of Russia at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, apparently that wasn't the end of the story.

Dementieva, who holds a 2-1 edge in matches over Caroline, wants a fourth chance to tango with the Blonde Bomber. 

So an exhibition has been set up. April 21, in Farum, Denmark, Wozniacki and Dementieva will clash yet again for the fourth time in less than a year.

Caroline likes the challenge immediately.

"I played a very good match and had a good feeling on the court. We match almost perfect for each other. We both like having long rallies and keeping the other player running. I'm so happy that I won the match and I proved that I can battle up with the best of the best."

Dementieva apparently noticed too. 

Caroline also added this to say about Dementieva's challenge. 

"I know she [Dementieva] will want her revenge from her defeat last time. But I won't give her the victory. This is going to be a great battle and I will give all what it takes to win the match. It's Denmark vs. Russia!"

 

A rivalry indeed. This one will be tough for me.

Prediction: Caroline disposes of the challenge on her home turf in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3. 

Despite a quarterfinals loss to Svetlana Kuznetsova in Miami, Caroline remains optimistic and will continue her tour of the Florida peninsula for now. 

She kicks off her clay court season by heading north to Ponte Vedra Beach, the new host city for the MPS Group Championships. She figures to be one of the top seeds in the tournament, which also consists of players like Patty Schnyder, Nadia Petrova, Dominika Cibulkova and Marion Bartoli.

Caroline has never won a clay court title on the WTA Tour but is in a good position to get her first here. None of the top players pose a big threat to her, when you consider head-to-head. But don't think she's slacking.

After a very productive hard court season, she has already begun working on the clay.

Yow. Don't choke on the pistachios, padre!        

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