Birmingham R16 Main Event: Masha Sharapova (1) v Na Li (13), Round Three - TennisForum.com
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post #1 of 54 (permalink) Old Jun 14th, 2006, 06:08 PM Thread Starter
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Birmingham R16 Main Event: Masha Sharapova (1) v Na Li (13), Round Three

Round 1 @ Australian Open 2005: Sharapova 60 62
Round 2 @ Miami 2006: Sharapova 62 64 (Li led 4-1 in 2nd set)



Does anybody know if this match will be on TV somewhere

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Maria played shaky against Rolle, especially with serving some DF

Na was solid against fast court specialists Washington and Danillidou

This should be a tight match. Hope Na gets the W
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All I'm hoping is that Na stays mentally tough and focussed throughout the match and not waste any opportunities, like she'd done against top players in the past.
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Traditon and stats. say Masha in straights sets.
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post #8 of 54 (permalink) Old Jun 14th, 2006, 06:33 PM
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It will be tough for Na but if she can hold her nerves in the match she's ofcourse has a shot...especially because SHarapova wasn't convincing in her opener!

Go Ai, Venus, Na, Tamarine!
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I remember their OZ match, Na looked petrified. I don't think the centre court at the DFS will have quite the same effect. GO NA!

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i wouldn't give na much of a chance in this one. maria may surrender 5 games. she's got too much firepower.
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i wouldn't give na much of a chance in this one. maria may surrender 5 games. she's got too much firepower.
Have you ever seen Na play?
Na can match Maria off the ground (just like she banged toe to toe w/ Lindsay at the USO last year)
Maria has the huge advantage in the serve though
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Have you ever seen Na play?
Na can match Maria off the ground (just like she banged toe to toe w/ Lindsay at the USO last year)
Maria has the huge advantage in the serve though

I don't think the serve is the big advantage for SHarapova...I think Na's serve is much better than people give her credit for. It's consistency and mental toughness that separates these two...Na can make strings of UEs and seems to get nervous at big moments. That's the big difference.

Go Ai, Venus, Na, Tamarine!
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I agree, pcrtennis. Na has loads of talent, it's between the ears that she suffers.

If she could sort her brain out she'd been top 20 by now, IMO.

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