As expected, Lena continued her fine form, destroying CSN, 62 62 in the ridiculous Australian heat. It was apparently the hottest day in Australian Open history, and the ladies had to take the stage under the sun.
As for Lena, she's arguably the most in form player. Then again, she hasn't had a quality test yet. Her semifinal match against Serena will be something.
After the match, Lena was none too pleased about having to play in the record heat:
Q. They're closing the roof now. Do you think they should have closed it before your match?
ELENA DEMENTIEVA: Yes, for sure. I'm really surprised, you know, 'cause when you see the forecast, like it's going to be 41 today, 43 tomorrow, the hottest week in a month, why not to close the roof? Not only for the players, but for the spectators, as well.
Q. Is that the hottest you've ever played in?
ELENA DEMENTIEVA: I had some pretty hot days in Sydney playing last week, you know, last tournament.
But, I mean, I think if you have a roof, why not use it?
Q. Did anyone give you any explanation why it wasn't being closed?
ELENA DEMENTIEVA: Actually, I didn't want to go any discussion or arguing before the match. I was trying to get ready and focus. I mean, but, uhm, yeah, I don't know why.
Q. Do you or any of the other players you know understand the heat policy here, how it works?
ELENA DEMENTIEVA: Well, it looks like nobody really knows how it works here. I think when it's 40 and over you have to close the roof.
But saying that in our match was like 39 and a half, well, I don't know, when you're on the court it feels like 45 inside in the center court.
I don't really know how it works here.
Q. While it's difficult conditions, does it make you feel good that you've shown your hard work and physical condition has coped with these difficult weather conditions?
ELENA DEMENTIEVA: I think you can get ‑‑ you know, you can work so hard trying to get ready for the weather condition, but when you have to face 40 or 41, there is no way you can get used to it.
The best way is to play as quick as possible and just get away from the court. I mean, there is no way to adjust with the heat here.
Looks like the only person who'll be sending Craig Tiley a gift basket is A-Rod.