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A Saturday Qualifying Report

Two Stars today: Dally and Maria!

Dally d. Sybille Bammer 6-7(?-?), 7-6(?-?), 6-4. I saw very little of this match, but what I saw was Bammer playing VERY well - so Dally must have played up to her reputation! (Although this was no upset, with Dally seeded #6 and Bammer unseeded.)

I saw a lot of Maria Sharapova (unseeded) d. Akiko Morigami (seeded #16): 7-5, 5-7, 6-4. Maria is FOR REAL!! Akiko played very well, returning excellently, but Maria also did good returns, and had some AWESOME winners.

I think Maria was down 4-5 in the 1st, then won 3-in-a-row. Maria then went up 5-3, serving for the match, and 30-0, then 30-40, then had match-points (2, I think), then lost 4-in-a-row: 5-7. Maria then went down 2-4, and won 4-in-a-row: 6-4. WOW!

In a sense, Akiko played better, but Maria won it fair-and-square. Maria is also very entertaining and "intense" - fun to watch (and cute++!). I think she is 15, but turns 16 later this month. She has much SPIRIT!!

(By the way: I saw Maria win her way to a grade 4 juniors title barely a year-and-a-half ago, and very much enjoyed watching her then, also!)

Other observations: Milagros Sequero seems to be quite good - Cochran and Cargill are capable of playing much better than they did today (both lost miserably). Marlene retired with back-pain, but hopefully it's not real serious. I much enjoyed watching her play 3 years ago, when she looked very young. She looked more than 3 years older today, though. Robinson might be good - she lost the 1st set (3-6, then I left), but apparently won the match. She didn't look very good in that 1st set, though....

Win again, Maria!!

For info and pics re: Alexandra Fusai go to FusaiWorld at http://www.fusai.com.

For info and pics re: Katarina Zoricic go to KatWorld at http://www.zoricic.com.
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A pic of Maria!

By the way: Maria's match was about 3 hours, and was played under bright midday sun in temps of 80+.

Here's a pic of the winner!
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For info and pics re: Alexandra Fusai go to FusaiWorld at http://www.fusai.com.

For info and pics re: Katarina Zoricic go to KatWorld at http://www.zoricic.com.
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Thanks for the report!! I can't believe Maria was able to pull through when she was down 2-4 in the 3rd . Go Maria, kick as$!

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Thanks so much, gzimman!!!

An awesome report to read! I am glad you got the chance to watch her playing. Yes, she is for real, totally agree! So much talent, you can see that. Oh yes, she is absolutely fun to watch. It takes time before she becomes an experienced player. She will do some great damages in a few years.

Maria looks really good in the picture. Thanks so much again!

I hope you can watch her again tomorrow. If so, have super fun!

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Thanks for the pic!

All the best to Justine Henin-Hardenne!!


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Thanks for the report and the picture.
Do you happen to have any pictures of Ansley?

Yes, I'm not too happy about the way Ansley lost. She was doing so good at Sarasota. I kind of half expected a let-down after such a good tournament at Sarasota and unfortunately she proved me right. Maybe she was tired? Is it possible for you to elaborate a little more?
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thanx Gary for the report/pics

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Very good photo of Maria Thanks
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