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LMAO! MARY PIERCE is back and has turned into a serve and volleyer on CLAY!!!!

This article was on ESPN.com. Do you think this person just knows nothing about tennis or is there something about Mary? Did she change her game and become a serve and volleyer. I seriously doubt that but that would be really funny if she did. Especially in her first comeback match on clay against a fast Ai Sugiyama.



Tuesday, April 2
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Pierce, Shaughnessy advance in Sarasota
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Associated Press
SARASOTA -- Mary Pierce, playing her first match since the Australian Open, beat seventh-seed Ai Sugiyama 6-3, 6-3 in the opening round of the $140,000 Sarasota Open on Tuesday.


Pierce, a Sarasota resident, will face the winner of Wednesday's match between Alina Jidkova and Anastasia Myskina in the second round.


The 27-year-old Pierce, the 1995 Australian Open champion and 2000 French Open winner who was sidelined much of last year with back injuries, pulled out of the first round of the Australian Open in January because of an abdominal strain.


Pierce showed no lingering effects of the injury as she overpowered Sugiyama with her serve-and-volley game and displayed excellent court coverage on the green clay of the Meadows Country Club.


"I feel when I'm playing my game, hitting the ball, playing aggressive and moving forward, it gives me a real good chance to do well," Pierce said.


In other first-round matches Tuesday, second-seeded Meghann Shaughnessy rallied from a loss in the first set to beat Jennifer Hopkins 3-6, 7-5, 7-5; Janette Husarova beat third-seeded Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario 6-4, 6-1; Virginia Ruano Pascual defeated fifth-seeded Tamarine Tanasugarn 6-1, 6-3; and No. 10 seed Tatiana Panova dispatched Jill Craybas 6-1, 3-6, 6-2.


Also, Gala Leon Garcia outlasted Iva Majoli 6-3, 6-7, 6-4; Virginie Razzano beat Nathalie Dechy 6-3, 6-4 and Paola Suarez beat Marissa Irvin 6-2, 6-0.
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I just noticed that in her quote she does talk about "moving forward" so maybe she is finishing more points off at the net which is great but that is not the same as serving and volleying.
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Re: LMAO! MARY PIERCE is back and has turned into a serve and volleyer on CLAY!!!!

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Pierce showed no lingering effects of the injury as she overpowered Sugiyama with her serve-and-volley game and displayed excellent court coverage on the green clay of the Meadows Country Club.


Mary doesn't volley even in doubles

Great court coverage?, didn't they mention that Mary won even though she can't hit the ball hard? and beat a power babe like Sugiyama?
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Yes despite the fact that Mary loves grass and has never won a title on clay it is amazing that she beat Spaniard clay-court specialist Ai Sugiyama. I guess Mary's quick hands and great footspeed overcame Ai's huge serve. LMAO! Even Werthless could write something better.
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I was confused when i read that too...since when was mary a serve volleyer? And why would she do it on clay? Either this person knows nothing about tennis or pierce is trying to finish the points off quicker not wanting to aggravate her injury.
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Against scrappy Ai (who has beaten mary before at the US Open on hard courts) Mary needs to be aggressive and come forward to the net but I think she is just finishing points off at the net. I doubt that she is serving and immediately rushing to the net as does a serve and volleyer.
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This is yet another example of a tennis journalist who has no clue what they are talking about. mary wouldn't have served volleyed, yes definitely moved into the court and taken the chance on shortballs to come to the net, but not serve and volleyed.

I remember a couple of years ago where I read that Amanda Coetzer played a serve and volley game in a similar context to this article LMAO...sometimes you wonder where these journalists come from
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Stupid journalist!

Aren't they made to study the sport of tennis before writing articles about it?!?!?
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Obviously the writer is a writer first and tennis buff second. That said, I'm not surprised Mary came in a lot because she was doing that more and more in recent years. In fact, in the late 90's, she ventured to the net (serving and volleying on occasion) more than many of the Big Babes will in their careers combined. Welcome back, Mary!
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LOL@Fingon

Sounds like some hack journalist who knows zippo about tennis needed a "vacation assignment" in the Florida sun. AND stole some of Beige's beer

I expect tomorrow we'll read that Mary was turning triple axles on the clay
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Re: Re: LMAO! MARY PIERCE is back and has turned into a serve and volleyer on CLAY!!!!

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Mary doesn't volley even in doubles

Great court coverage?, didn't they mention that Mary won even though she can't hit the ball hard? and beat a power babe like Sugiyama?
I hope you're choking about the volleying comment.


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Did somebody tell to this journalist that alchool is not good.

Did Mary really won this match?

He doesn't know "serve and volley" or maybe he wasn't on the good court.

Does he knows how Mary looks likes?

Maybe I can help, listen to me and stop drinking !!

Dear journalist, Mary is tall with blond hair, blue eyes, euh.....oh yes she's french but she has a cute american accent when she speaks french and if with this clues you can't recognize her give me a favor take another job !!!

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who know if she is now a serve and volleyer. Until i see her play i can not decide if she has a new playing style. Has anyone seen her play at this tournament, maybe you could answer the quandry. If she is serving and volleying more this is a good change in tactics and it is a welcomed addition.

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Did any of YOU see the match?

Do any of YOU actually KNOW what style she played. I, to, have a lot of trouble imagining Mary serve-and-volleying, but so far, I'm seeing a lot of derisive comment, but no facts. A reporter who OSTENSIBLY saw the match made a report. Before trashing it, let's just make sure we have a better source for facts. Like SOMEONE ELSE who saw the match. Do we have any volunteers?

treufreund? Fingon? tennisaddict.? MaRKy MaRk? Beige? Rollo? saby?

Surely if you feel free to insult people you have better facts than they do. Which one of you saw the match?
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Hurley saw it.

Where are you, Hurley?


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