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2003 Wimbledon 4R: Kuznetsova def. Sharapova 6-1 2-6 7-5 1 2.56%
2004 Beijing SF: Kuznetsova def. Sharapova 6-2 6-2 0 0%
2004 Los Angeles YEC RR: Sharapova def. Kuznetsova 6-1 6-4 0 0%
2005 Australian Open QF: Sharapova def. Kuznetsova 4-6 6-2 6-2 18 46.15%
2006 Miami F: Kuznetsova def. Sharapova 6-4 6-3 11 28.21%
2006 Madrid YEC RR: Sharapova def. Kuznetsova 6-1 6-4 0 0%
2007 Madrid YEC RR: Sharapova def. Kuznetsova 5-7 6-2 6-2 3 7.69%
2008 Indian Wells SF: Kuznetsova def. Sharapova 6-3 5-7 6-2 5 12.82%
2010 Cincinnati 1R: Sharapova def. Kuznetsova 6-4 1-6 6-2 0 0%
2011 Cincinnati 3R: Sharapova def. Kuznetsova 6-2 6-3 1 2.56%
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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old Dec 21st, 2011, 11:18 PM Thread Starter
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Best match between the most succesful russians in history: Sharapova & Kuznetsova?

They have an interesting rivalry. Many times one was in a better form than the other and the result was NID, but some other times they went to three-setters and even though one of them ended up dominating the other at the end.

They are arguably (or not so much) the two best Russians in the WTA history, and their H2H is 6-4 in Masha's favour. So what do you think was their best match?

Here are some highlights of their matches:

Wimbledon 2003 4R (sadly no video of this match anywhere )

2005 Australian Open QF



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2011 Cincinnati 3R




I really look forward for these two to meet in a Grand Slam again. Hopefully next year!
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Their match in Australia.

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Re: Best match between the most succesful russians in history: Sharapova & Kuznetsova

Gotta be the 2005 win for maria in australia or the 2008 IW. I;d go with the 2005 AO. More high q

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Re: Best match between the most succesful russians in history: Sharapova & Kuznetsova

2005 AO QF was their best match, by far. The match point was one of the best I've ever seen in womens tennis

My personal fave is their 2007 RR match where Masha was unstoppable in the last 2 sets, so many winners, I enjoyed it so much
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Re: Best match between the most succesful russians in history: Sharapova & Kuznetsova

None of their matches equal the quality of the Australian Open encounter. Sveta really threw the kitchen sink at Maria. Such brave hitting and good serving from both players.
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2005 AO QF was their best match, by far. The match point was one of the best I've ever seen in womens tennis

My personal fave is their 2007 RR match where Masha was unstoppable in the last 2 sets, so many winners, I enjoyed it so much
Was a very high quality match but, if that is the one of the best you've ever seen you reall don't watch tennis that much. Sveta kept hitting it right to Maria and floated the volley. The only thing that made it "so spectacular" was Maria's dramatic grunting and racket throw.
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Re: Best match between the most succesful russians in history: Sharapova & Kuznetsova

05 AO was the best match, my favorite is the 07 YEC match


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Re: Best match between the most succesful russians in history: Sharapova & Kuznetsova

I've seen all of these except the first one.

None of them stand out to me. I was surprised how comprehensively Kuznetsova beat Martha in Miami '06 though.
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Watching the 2005 match now... I'd forgotten how ridiculous the beginning of Maria's service motion used to look
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Watching the 2005 match now... I'd forgotten how ridiculous the beginning of Maria's service motion used to look


Dissing Baby Martha's service motion = blasphemy.

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I've seen all of these except the first one.

None of them stand out to me. I was surprised how comprehensively Kuznetsova beat Martha in Miami '06 though.
Maria was tired
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And I think she lost a set to Kirilenko that tournament. That says enough.
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Re: Best match between the most succesful russians in history: Sharapova & Kuznetsova

IW '08 SF was one of the worst matches ever. I'll go for AO '05.
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IW '08 SF was one of the worst matches ever. I'll go for AO '05.
Definitely true even Kuz admitted that Maria was simply awful and made a loooot of UE but Kuz was the first player to beat her in 2008 so for that I can give her some credit for her win.
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Re: Best match between the most succesful russians in history: Sharapova & Kuznetsova

dunno...
this matchup really doesn't excite me even if Maria is playing well. It depends too much on form of either player and most of the encounters were error-filled and dull to be honest.

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