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Sharapova Benefits from Choke

Posted on January 25, 2005



"In stifling 90 degree heat Tuesday in Melbourne, Maria Sharapova outlasted fellow Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 in a battle of 2004 slam champions to advance into the semifinals.

The current US Open holder Kuznetsova got out to a fast start in the first set, but the heat and nerves contributed to her failing to hold in her last eight service games, ending the match with a double fault.






"It was just terrible," Kuznetsova said. "I was very focused and I play very well first set. And after something happened, so I just stopped. I mean, like my body was there, but my mind wasn't there at all. It was just, I don't know, ball boy playing out there."

Sharapova seemed most affected in the heat, taking time between points and leaning on her racquet for support.

"I was a bit lazy at the beginning of the match. I didn't run for as many balls," Sharapova said. "But the third set, end of the second set, is when I think both of us started feeling the heat and feeling tired and we wanted the points to go a lot quicker."

Sharapova will now face Serena Williams, who rolled past the injury-plagued No. 2 seed Amelie Mauresmo 6-2, 6-2. "


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Does anyone think Kuzzy choked this one away or was she just outplayed?
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Probably a little of both - but Sharapova's only concern was the she could capitalize on Sveta's weakness, and she did.


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it is very strange because sharapova is a siberian creature.......so she should suffer the heat......
Anyway she is phisically very strong as well......


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But she's lived in florida most of her life. She also spent the week before the AO, in Melbourne practicing in the heat. I don't know if Sveta got there early or not.

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Siberian, but bred and brought up in very hot LA.
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If Kuzzy had kept up the same level she had in the first set there's no way Maria would have won. I think the strongest part of Maria's game is her mental fortitude. Her game is good and solid, but not exceptional.
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Well, we all know that Maria didn't choke in the Wimbledon final last year!

Also, where was your post/article called "Serena Benefits from Choke" in 2003 after Serena barely escaped Kim Clijsters in the semifinals of the AO?

Man, you're STILL steamed about Maria winning Wimbledon, aren't you?

And where do you get "choke" from anyway? Maria just outlasted Kuznetsova by having better stamina/endurance/mental fortitude. There was no choke. Now, had she been up 5-0 and then lost a set, that would have been a choke.
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Probably a little of both - but Sharapova's only concern was the she could capitalize on Sveta's weakness, and she did.
really, that's what it's all about.
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Siberian, but bred and brought up in very hot LA.
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Siberian, but bred and brought up in very hot LA.
LA is not that hot. Let her come on down to Texas to train in August. That'll get her little Siberian butt ready for the AO next year.
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Well, we all know that Maria didn't choke in the Wimbledon final last year!

Also, where was your post/article called "Serena Benefits from Choke" in 2003 after Serena barely escaped Kim Clijsters in the semifinals of the AO?

Man, you're STILL steamed about Maria winning Wimbledon, aren't you?

And where do you get "choke" from anyway? Maria just outlasted Kuznetsova by having better stamina/endurance/mental fortitude. There was no choke. Now, had she been up 5-0 and then lost a set, that would have been a choke.
Uhhhh, that's the title of the article you dumb fuck. :retard:
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Uhhhh, that's the title of the article you dumb fuck. :retard:
Oh, EXCUSE ME for not noticing, since you DID NOT POST THE ARTICLE! Idiot!

No link? No quotes around the title? No author? No credits? Man, you are STUPID!
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Oh, EXCUSE ME for not noticing, since you DID NOT POST THE ARTICLE! Idiot!

Man, you are STUPID!
Are you blind or just retarded? The article is the first post. :retard:
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Sharapova benefitted from Sveta being out of shape. That's all.
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Are you blind or just retarded? The article is the first post. :retard:
Like I said... NO LINK, NO QUOTES AROUND THE TITLE, NO AUTHOR, NO CREDITS!!!!!!

At best, it looks like it could be excerpts from an article (or two), but you give no reference to the source and you don't quote the title, so how is anyone to know where the hell you got the title from? :retard:
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