Makiri has already entered in AIG Japan Open after a dismal result in Seoul... - TennisForum.com
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old Sep 26th, 2006, 08:02 PM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
Kirilenko_Kamp's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 394
                     
Makiri has already entered in AIG Japan Open after a dismal result in Seoul...

Does anybody think she'll do well here??? There are questions abound about Makiri's mental state, shoulder injury, mental state, early round exits, coach Sears, etc. It's a Tier III event and it starts in October 2-8. All I can do is wish her the very best. Hopefully she gets a decent draw. If she falls victim to another early exit, maybe Yuri might have to pull the plug on Sears. I personally think Makiri should just shut it down, rest, and regroup for 2007.
Kirilenko_Kamp is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 26 (permalink) Old Sep 27th, 2006, 06:00 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Molineux
Posts: 13,767
                     
Sears has only just taken over give him chance...
Good Luck Maria

MARIA KIRILENKO MARIA SHARAPOVA

WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS FC
furrykitten is offline  
post #3 of 26 (permalink) Old Sep 28th, 2006, 03:47 AM
Two and counting.
 
Derek.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Dublin
Posts: 25,897
                     
I hope she can do well.

Good luck Maria!
Derek. is offline  
post #4 of 26 (permalink) Old Sep 28th, 2006, 10:10 AM
Senior Member
 
The_Pov's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Somewhere Sexy!
Posts: 2,936
                     
Quote:
Originally Posted by furrykitten
Sears has only just taken over give him chance...
Good Luck Maria
Exactly, I don't expect any improvements until probably next year (hopefully early in the year because Makiri has a lot of points to defend)

I think Maria should play but just so Sears can see her in match conditions, at the moment her results don't matter too much her 2006 season is destroyed beyond repair but if Sears can study her game style etc then he'll be able to work out what he has to do to put her back on track.
The_Pov is offline  
post #5 of 26 (permalink) Old Sep 28th, 2006, 07:12 PM
Senior Member
 
houseoflords's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: USA
Posts: 731
                     
Right now I don't think playing is gonna do Maria any good. The only thing that is going to happen is that she will be completely destroyed mentally. Her confidence has to be almost nil right now and if she keeps going like she is, it could take a long time for her to come around. She needs take the rest of the year off and clear her head and work with Sears. He has seen enough to know what needs to be worked on. It doesn't take long to figure out what Maria's problems are. If he needs to know, he should contact me. I could give him a detailed report. It's actually quite simple. No confidence, bad serving, too tenative (more aggressiveness please), little variety in her shots.

Dominika
Maria Kirilenko

Official Timpani Player in Kirilenko's Orchestra
Caroline Kalinskaya Bouchard Coetzer Mihalikova

Gavrilova, Krunic, Golovin, Cirstea, Avants, Dulko, Giorgi, Safarova, Halep, Cornet, Szavay, Miseviciute, A. Baker, Ivanovic, Larsson, Cornish, Dokic, Schoofs, Hlavackova
houseoflords is offline  
post #6 of 26 (permalink) Old Sep 29th, 2006, 01:05 AM
Senior Member
 
the cat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: U.S.A.
Posts: 17,339
                     
I'm glad Makiri is working with Nigel Sears. I hope he has a long term plan for Masha. He knows her game and I hope he can help her the way he did Daniela Hantuchova. Masha doesn't quite have Dani's serve or power but she moves so much better than Dani does and has just as good hands as Dani does. So Sears has some talent to work with here. But his greatest task may be getting Maria to regroup mentally. I hope he can help her.

House makes a pertinent point about how Little Masha needs more variety in her game. I agree. For someone as mobile as Masha is with the ability to hit winners from anywhere on the court as Maria has her variety of shot is somewhat lacking. And she's not as smart a tennis player as I thought she was.

Atleast Maria will have a few days to regroup before the Japan Open. I just hope she has something left to give this year. But it seems like she's running on empty right now.

Happiness is like a cat. If you try to coax it or call it, it will avoid you. It will never come. But if you pay no attention to it and go about your business, you'll find it rubbing up against your legs and jumping into your lap. - William Bennett

http://cornedbeefhash.files.wordpres...arcelona08.jpg
the cat is offline  
post #7 of 26 (permalink) Old Sep 29th, 2006, 01:38 AM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Waco, TX
Posts: 6,695
                     
good luck Makiri... and enjoy the sushi!
morningglory is offline  
post #8 of 26 (permalink) Old Sep 29th, 2006, 05:07 AM
Two and counting.
 
Derek.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Dublin
Posts: 25,897
                     
I just watched most of the 3rd set of Maria's match vs. Bremond from Roland Garros. Maria fought really hard and showed great mental toughness and composure.

I hope she can soon regain the mental toughness and composure in Japan.
Derek. is offline  
post #9 of 26 (permalink) Old Sep 29th, 2006, 01:56 PM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
Kirilenko_Kamp's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 394
                     
Quote:
Originally Posted by furrykitten
Sears has only just taken over give him chance...
Good Luck Maria
I know I'm jumping the gun on cutting the ties with Nigel Sears. I even mentioned on another thread that we should give him a chance to work with Makiri, but it just tears my heart when I see her get ousted in the early rounds of tournaments. Especially if it's just the 1st round! Everyone goes through a slump in their tennis careers. Unfortunately, Makiri is experiencing one right now. It now depends on how she deals with the situation. Just play through it??? Change of game plan??? Improve her serve, backhand, forehand into a weapon??? Who knows??? I like Houses' analogy of Makiri's struggles lately. I, for one haven't seen her play since the Nasdaq 100 of last Spring on ESPN2 against Sharapova. So, hopefully Sears or Makiri read this thread and maybe they can both learn from the people who care the most= her LOYAL DEVOTED FANS!!!
Kirilenko_Kamp is offline  
post #10 of 26 (permalink) Old Sep 29th, 2006, 03:28 PM
Senior Member
 
the cat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: U.S.A.
Posts: 17,339
                     
I want to amend my earlier comments in this thread about Maria needing more variety in her game. She has plenty of variety as she can hit winners and touch and feel shots from anywhere on the court. And she has a 2 handed backhand slice and as well as a 1 hand backhand slice and 1 hand forehand slice. But what Masha lacks is the ability to use her variety to her advantage strategically in matches against the power players such as Aravane Rezai who over powered and routined Makiri at the 2006 U.S. Open. Maria should have been able to pull Rezai around the court with sharp angles, slices and drop shots mixed in with some flat groundies to keep her off balance. But according to reports Masha played right into Rezai's hands and was easily brushed aside by her much bigger and stronger opponent.

More than anything Makiri needs to compliment her outstanding mobility and agililty with the right strategy against girls and women who have major size and power advantages against her. Maria beat Sharapova and Groenefeld back to back to win Bejiing last year using her variety, mobility and court craft to her advantage against her much bigger and stronger opponents. I have both of those matches on DVD and it was no fluke Masha beat Sharapova and Groenefeld with her guile, agility and all court play to win Bejiing. I really thought that fine debut title on the WTA Tour was for Makiri was a portend of things to come for her. But it hasn't happened.

Happiness is like a cat. If you try to coax it or call it, it will avoid you. It will never come. But if you pay no attention to it and go about your business, you'll find it rubbing up against your legs and jumping into your lap. - William Bennett

http://cornedbeefhash.files.wordpres...arcelona08.jpg

Last edited by the cat; Sep 30th, 2006 at 02:58 PM.
the cat is offline  
post #11 of 26 (permalink) Old Sep 29th, 2006, 05:09 PM
Team WTAworld
Mr. Try Too Hard
 
King Aaron's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: MaleisiŽ
Posts: 52,155
 
It bothers me to read that Masha isn't using her variety and shots to take advantage. She's not one-dimensional but she's definitely playing one-dimensional tennis.
King Aaron is offline  
post #12 of 26 (permalink) Old Sep 30th, 2006, 03:26 AM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Waco, TX
Posts: 6,695
                     
Quote:
Originally Posted by U + Ur Hand
It bothers me to read that Masha isn't using her variety and shots to take advantage. She's not one-dimensional but she's definitely playing one-dimensional tennis.
well if the one-dimensional thing works for her then she should go for it however, she is not consistent enought to pull that relentless bashing off so she needs the "other" shots as a "rally filler"... however that means shot-selection is crucial if you go for that style, and thus a good coach is crucial too... variety is nothing if you play the wrong shot at the wrong time obviously

but hey I'm still optimistic about Sears... give the dude a couple tourneys more to prove himself
morningglory is offline  
post #13 of 26 (permalink) Old Sep 30th, 2006, 03:42 AM
Senior Member
 
Ravsieg's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Blank stare
Posts: 5,696
                     
Don't ask me why, but I feel really confident Maria will take the title here.

Caroline Wozniacki

~~ just too lovely ~~


Sorana Cirstea


Maria Kirilenko ~ Dominika Cibulkova ~ Raluca Olaru ~ Viktoria Azarenka

Formerly ~Kirilenko#1Fan~
Ravsieg is offline  
post #14 of 26 (permalink) Old Sep 30th, 2006, 04:54 AM
Senior Member
 
houseoflords's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: USA
Posts: 731
                     
Maria has variety in her game but she isn't using it. She has an excellent slice backhand but she doesn't use it nearly enough. She didn't use it at all against Rezai in the 3rd round of the US Open. She is effective when she comes to net whether during a rally, after a serve or after a return. Again, the problem is she doesn't do it enough. Right now, she is staying on the baseline and outlast her opponents in rallies. This is not the way she needs to play. This isn't her strength. She was so successful last fall by using variety but now her head is so screwed up that she doesn't know what to do. That is why I think she needs to take time off to clear her head. Maria is not going to win until she believes that she can.

Dominika
Maria Kirilenko

Official Timpani Player in Kirilenko's Orchestra
Caroline Kalinskaya Bouchard Coetzer Mihalikova

Gavrilova, Krunic, Golovin, Cirstea, Avants, Dulko, Giorgi, Safarova, Halep, Cornet, Szavay, Miseviciute, A. Baker, Ivanovic, Larsson, Cornish, Dokic, Schoofs, Hlavackova
houseoflords is offline  
post #15 of 26 (permalink) Old Sep 30th, 2006, 06:00 AM
Senior Member
 
Veeko's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: China
Posts: 2,762
                     
Good luck,i hope she could go farther

Please Nicole...
Veeko is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the TennisForum.com forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Image Verification
Please enter the six letters or digits that appear in the image opposite.

Registration Image

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome