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ArgentineTennis
Jan 11th, 2005, 12:18 PM
I feel that Maria could do it. Last year she got to the quarters of RG, won Wimbledon, then beat the women's field at the year-end event in Los Angeles. Masha got great results on all the slam surfaces. If she really concentrates, avoids injury, and keeps improving and playing her best this year, I think she could do it. Not in the future, but now.

Dan23
Jan 11th, 2005, 12:32 PM
Its not too early to say Maria may have potential to win the slam...but I think its too early to expect that from Maria at this stage in her career :)
Its a big ask for someone to win the Grand Slam, it hasnt been done for a long time (not since the 60's I think) and it only gets harder with the number of tournaments and amount of travelling increasing the chances of injuries

Maria Croft
Jan 11th, 2005, 01:55 PM
yes, it could be done, but it would be really difficult to pul it off, I'm not expecting it from Maria, just that she will do her best and at least reaches the 4th round or QF's !!

DrChemicalX
Jan 11th, 2005, 02:40 PM
Yes.. i think her chances of winning the AO are very high!

Edward.
Jan 11th, 2005, 03:25 PM
Not this year, but possibly in the next few years.

jimmyc
Jan 11th, 2005, 03:27 PM
I'll be happy if she wins 2 GS this year!

Edward.
Jan 11th, 2005, 03:31 PM
And you'll be miserable if she doesn't?

jimmyc
Jan 11th, 2005, 03:33 PM
no, it'll be ok if she just wins one.

Edward.
Jan 11th, 2005, 03:34 PM
K.

jimmyc
Jan 11th, 2005, 03:37 PM
Would you would be miserable if she didn't win 2 GS in 2005?

Edward.
Jan 11th, 2005, 03:58 PM
I didn't understand that sentence.

Sorry. Make it clearer.

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Jan 11th, 2005, 04:48 PM
To those of you who does not know what Grand Slam is..

Grand Slam can be whether two things..... the highest title in a tennis tournament.... or finishing the year having won all the Grand Slams in that year.

For example... Maria can earn a Grand Slam by winning AO, Paris, Wimby, AND US Open in the same year.... or... with the other meaning which is winning a Grand Slam Tournament which would be AO, Paris, Wimby, or US Open by themselves.

Also there is another addition to the Grand Slam. a Golden Slam is when a player wins all four majors (Grand Slam Tournaments), and the Gold Olympic medal. In the history of the world.... only Steffi Graf has accomplished once getting the Golden Slam in both male's and female's tennis.

I hope Maria just chills out this year.... and that she wins a full Grand Slam next year!

!!!--Duiz™--!!!
Jan 11th, 2005, 04:51 PM
ohhh by the way.... my last commentary was just complimentary....

I think Maria is at least getting to the semi-finals on the OZ Open. I am using the math of last year... and I was totally succesful with it.... hopefully I am wrng and she becomes the champion... :D

Andy Mac
Jan 11th, 2005, 08:24 PM
DOUBLE-U-TEE-FRIG.....ahh nvm i aint even gunna ask....your boyfriend will get on my case again

Maria Croft
Jan 11th, 2005, 09:20 PM
you want her to win at least one or two ?? that is crazy !! it's really hard to win a grand slam, even at your best, I'm just happy if she gives her best and has QF or 4 rounds everywhere !!

jimmyc
Jan 11th, 2005, 09:23 PM
you want her to win at least one or two ?? that is crazy !! it's really hard to win a grand slam, even at your best, I'm just happy if she gives her best and has QF or 4 rounds everywhere !!

WTF? 4th round and QF in every tournament are aims for players just lingering outside the top 10. Maria is a TOP 5 player and will be climbing higher and higher. So by seeding she should reach the SF, but Maria really is better than that and we can hope she wins these GS tournaments.

Edward.
Jan 11th, 2005, 09:46 PM
I wouldn't be too unhappy if Maria didn't win a Grand Slam this year.

jimmyc
Jan 11th, 2005, 09:56 PM
I certainly wouldn't be at all happy if Maria didn't win a GS this year.

But i also wouldn't be too unhappy, as she is still young and learning.

lakan kildap
Jan 12th, 2005, 01:55 AM
It's difficult to do it. To win THE Grand Slam, which is to say all 4 GS tournaments within the same CALENDAR year, is quite a task. Not only are the conditions (not to mention court surfaces) for each tournament different, but the spacing of the tournaments leaves some top players absolutely fatigued. And then, there are injuries.

It's like horseracing's Triple Crown. In US horseracing, several have come close to winning it (Smarty Jones the most recent), only to fail at the really long Belmont Stakes. The last to win it was Affirmed in 1978. (I don't know about the British and Australian horseracing circuits.)

The most dominant tennis player of all time (in comparison to her peers) was Martina Navratilova in 1983-84, when she rattled of seasons losing only one or two matches. She was virtually unbeatable. She also won SIX (think about that number for a moment, especially after a Serena Williams fan had just blabbered about the "Serena Slam" right in your ear) straight GS tournaments over those two seasons, and yet she never quite won THE Grand Slam. Check the record books. She won the last three of 1983 (Wimbledon, US Open, Australian Open, which at the time was being held in December) and the first three of 1984 (French, Wimbledon, US), and every time, some player ambushed her on the way to completing the Grand Slam. Even in her most dominating stretch, Martina Navratilova still fell short of a Grand Slam.

As dominant as Graf was in '89, just a year after winning the '88 Grand Slam, she was still beaten at the French Open by Arantxa. And Martina Hingis was absolutely ran off the court by Majoli in '97 (they always fail at the French!). And Seles always fell to Graf at Wimbledon, even though she would win the other three.

Sometimes, it's not even another player that prevents you from winning, just an unfortunate turn of events, as we'll see.
In 1974, Jimmy Connors could have won the Grand Slam, except he did not participate in the French. This snip from ESPN explains it: "Connors was denied a shot at the Grand Slam because he was banned from the French Open that year after signing to play in World Team Tennis. Because the Association of Tennis Pros (which Connors refused to join) and the French officials opposed WTT, the entries of WTT players were refused."

I know I've just made yet another long-winded post with nothing but old history, but my point is, the Grand Slam of Tennis is difficult. No wonder it's been won only 6 times, by 5 different players, in over a century of play.

I think for perspective, Roger Federer best puts it. In one interview last year, he said his goal this year (2005) is to win more Grand Slams (tournaments) obviously, but his priority is defending Wimbledon. How about that for priorities? As good as Federer has become, he knows the exact tournament where he has to do really good, for whatever personal reasons he might have.

If Maria successfully defends Wimbledon this year, I'd be more than satisfied. Any additional GS tournament she wins this year, for me, is just a bonus.

faust
Jan 12th, 2005, 04:13 AM
nice again lakan...

others mentioned that maria to win a grandslam is difficult.
Considering on how many competitive players there are in a grandslam. there are so many possible winners in these tournament, just unlucky for henin and clijsters they cant participate so at least there will be like at least 2 good players out and maria's chances of winning the tournament is at least not that hard. just at least. ;)

faust
Jan 12th, 2005, 04:16 AM
nice again lakan...

others mentioned that maria to win a grandslam is difficult.
Considering on how many competitive players there are in a grandslam. there are so many possible winners in these tournament, just unlucky for henin and clijsters they cant participate so at least there will be like at least 2 good players out and maria's chances of winning the tournament is at least not that hard. just at least. ;)

and likewise i like to see her win a GS, one is ok. and just give a best shot i think maybe next year... well they say shes in top form this year so il just hav to see what the outcome will be after... :p

andrewbroad
Jan 12th, 2005, 04:37 AM
There's no surer way to jinx Maria's Australian Open chances than to suggest that she could do the Grand Slam this year. I think she has a shouting chance of winning each Grand Slam this year, but to win all four... maybe in 2006 when she's world number one and dominating the tour. :)

Definitions:

To win a Grand Slam is to win the title at either the Australian Open, the French Open, Wimbledon or the US Open.
To win the Grand Slam is to win all four Grand Slams in the same calendar-year.
To win four consecutive Grand Slams, but not all four in the same year, is a non-calendar-year Grand Slam.
To win all four Grand Slams at least once each in your career is a career Grand Slam.
I would be disappointed if Maria didn't win at least one Grand Slam this year. I particularly hope she does herself justice in defending her Wimbledon title. Wimbledon certainly suits her the best, as when she hits the ball on grass, it stays hit.

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lakan kildap
Jan 12th, 2005, 05:16 AM
Hi Dr. Andrew,

Did they just come up with the third one in order to satisfy the Serena Williams camp? :)

"To win four consecutive Grand Slams, but not all four in the same year, is a non-calendar-year Grand Slam."

Maria Croft
Jan 12th, 2005, 09:05 AM
but Maria is only 17 !! she has all the time in the world right now !! there are more importent things that winning grand slams if you ask me !! sure, I would love her to win them or even one but let's stay realistic, for a golden slam she has to be at her best tennis for 28 matches !! one weak moment against a good player can cause a defeat !! that's why it's so hard, everyone wants to be at his or her best at the grand slams !! but I think that if Maria plays at her best she has a great change !

lakan kildap
Jan 12th, 2005, 09:16 AM
And she won't be able to take a shot at a Golden Slam until the Beijing Olympics in 2008, when she'd be 21. If she's durable, she might still have a chance at age 25, in 2012. But as hard as the Grand Slam is, the Golden Slam is even harder, since it requires that:

-Tennis stay as an Olympic sport. (I only mentioned that because tennis has been an on again, off again Olympic sport, part of the early Olympics, then absent for decades, then coming back in 1984.)
-Maria qualify for her national team. Of course, if she's the best or 2nd best Russian in 2008, then the Russians will have to come up with a really huge excuse not to include her in their team (like Tarpischev saying "Maria's mother's name is spelled with a "Y" [Yelena] so we decided not to include Maria on the Russian national team for the Olympics")
-Obviously, Maria to win all her matches

Andy Mac
Jan 12th, 2005, 08:10 PM
maria will DEF win a grand slam

faust
Jan 13th, 2005, 03:25 AM
i dont wanna comment much coz andy might hit me again... :eek: :eek:
but maria yes hav all the time in the world and just gettin one GS this year is fine. :tape:

andrewbroad
Jan 13th, 2005, 04:13 AM
Hi Dr. Andrew,

Did they just come up with the third one in order to satisfy the Serena Williams camp? :)

"To win four consecutive Grand Slams, but not all four in the same year, is a non-calendar-year Grand Slam."
She called it a "Serena Slam", but the term "non-calendar-year Grand Slam" has been around for years - for example, Martina Navrátilová did it in 1983/1984 (she won six consecutive Grand Slams from Wimbledon 1983 to the US Open 1984, but it didn't count as the Grand Slam because the Australian Open was played in December in those days).

Regarding Maria's chances of playing the 2008 Olympics, I'm sure tennis will not be dropped from the Olympics any time soon, and it's inconceivable that Maria's ranking would be too low to qualify (as it was this year) if she will be two legs up on the Grand Slam at the time the selections are made (this year they were made in the first week of Wimbledon).

But there is a rule that to be eligible to compete at the Olympics, a player has to have made herself available to play Fed Cup I think at least twice during 2005-2008, and at least once in 2007/2008. If Maria doesn't get selected for the Russian Fed Cup team, it will still count towards her Olympic eligibility if she makes herself available for Fed Cup. Might be a problem for Anastasia Myskina if she decides to go ahead with her boycott though! ;)

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lakan kildap
Jan 13th, 2005, 07:09 AM
Dr. Andrew,
I am betting tennis will be there, too, but seeing how in the past it was absent, I won't discount the possibility of it being left out again. Especially when fewer and fewer of the top ranked pros are participating.

I actually don't have a clue as to why some sports are included in the Olympics, while some are not. I don't understand why widely-popular sports like cricket and rugby are out, while some form of dancing (forgot what they call it) is in.

Frank
Jan 13th, 2005, 11:43 AM
Assuming we're talking about THE Grand Slam...

It's difficult to say whether she's able to do that. It all depends on how she develops in the coming years. But that's quite logical.

At the moment she's far from the level she needs to win the Grand Slam. She'll need to improve a lot on every surface (and especially clay).

A lot of luck is also involved of course. Perhaps players like Nicole Vaidisova and Sesil Karantacheva will prove too strong for Maria in the future. It's just too early to tell.

Maria Croft
Jan 13th, 2005, 03:20 PM
and don't forget about the heat !! It's reallly hot in melbourne and that can be a factor too !!

Frank
Jan 13th, 2005, 03:22 PM
When it's hot your opponent suffers from the heat as well. It can never be an excuse for losing.

Edward.
Jan 13th, 2005, 03:25 PM
Yes, but some opponents are acclimatised to hot conditions and don't suffer from the heat as much as their opponents (from colder climates) might do.

Frank
Jan 13th, 2005, 03:27 PM
If a player thinks not being acclimatised to warmer climates because of living in a colder climate gives too much disadvantage that player should consider moving to a warmer climate in order to get acclimatised.

Edward.
Jan 13th, 2005, 03:33 PM
True.

And there really shouldn't be any excuses that a match was lost just because of the weather.

That was why Paula Radcliffe was not taken seriously after pulling out of the Marathon at this years Olympics.

Andy Mac
Jan 13th, 2005, 07:53 PM
i dont wanna comment much coz andy might hit me again... :eek: :eek:
but maria yes hav all the time in the world and just gettin one GS this year is fine. :tape:
PFFF no worries...your off teh hook now...we're cool....its d r huthcings i have the problem wid...callin us idiots or summit and tellin us to lay off duiz :lol: what a....... :p

Josh B.
Jan 13th, 2005, 07:57 PM
I like that 1 Andy " You're off the hook" CLASS!!

I BOW DOWN TO YOU! :worship:

Frank
Jan 13th, 2005, 07:58 PM
True.

And there really shouldn't be any excuses that a match was lost just because of the weather.

That was why Paula Radcliffe was not taken seriously after pulling out of the Marathon at this years Olympics. It's different when you played 6 long matches in the burning heat while your opponent in the final has played 6 easy matches in the cold evening breeze.

But even then...

Andy Mac
Jan 13th, 2005, 08:14 PM
jizosh? lol whats so good about "your off the hook"? ahhaa...i am schwikked so clearly i say schwikked shit

Josh B.
Jan 13th, 2005, 08:25 PM
jizosh? lol whats so good about "your off the hook"? ahhaa...i am schwikked so clearly i say schwikked shit


It sounds like youre gonna kick his ass! But then thought that you wouldnt

I dont know , it just sounds cool :cool:

Andy Mac
Jan 13th, 2005, 08:28 PM
wuuuuuuurrrd.....

andrewbroad
Jan 14th, 2005, 04:09 AM
Yes, but some opponents are acclimatised to hot conditions and don't suffer from the heat as much as their opponents (from colder climates) might do.
It's ironic that Maria moved from the coldest part of the world (Siberia) to the hottest (Florida). Hopefully that gives her an advantage over other European players in dealing with the heat of Australia.

I think it's too much to expect players to go and live in a hot climate. I mean, I'd love to live in Australia myself, but my roots are in England.

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faust
Jan 14th, 2005, 04:33 AM
just curious what is the weather temp in florida compared to australia... considering its also warm there in florida and is also in australia. i mean is it really burning hot their in melbourne that maria's game would be affected? :confused:

faust
Jan 14th, 2005, 04:36 AM
PFFF no worries...your off teh hook now...we're cool....its d r huthcings i have the problem wid...callin us idiots or summit and tellin us to lay off duiz :lol: what a....... :p

in which thread did she said that? :devil:

Szymanowski
Jan 14th, 2005, 07:58 AM
PFFF no worries...your off teh hook now...we're cool....its d r huthcings i have the problem wid...callin us idiots or summit and tellin us to lay off duiz :lol: what a....... :p
:eek: :confused: Hey Andy, i never called you guys idiots, all i said was maybe you could treat duiz with "at least some half human respect". I mean, yeah, he says real weired stuff, but its just stupid having every 2nd thread filled up with ppl arguing.... I don't want 2 b making enemies on this page, and PLEASE DO NOT EVER REFER TO ME AS DUIZ'S BOYFRIEND AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :mad:

Szymanowski
Jan 14th, 2005, 08:07 AM
re: can Masha win GS, i wouldn't think so, not this year. I desperately hope i'm proved wrong, but look at the dominance of Federer on the men's tour, and he didn't even come close, losing early in paris. Nobody even comes near having this kind of dominance on the WTA tour, not even Maria. It would be a miricle if she did, though maybe as she can perform on all 4 surfaces, she is the most likely of all the players to manage it this year. In future years, though, i would not be so pesimistic about her chances of completing this feat. I guess we should just remember how rarely anyone has ever won the grand slam.

Lemonskin.
Jan 14th, 2005, 10:14 AM
Who knows if she"ll get the Grand Slam?

As long as she plays as well as she can, we can ask no more, whatever the result.

Good Luck Masha in 2005! :D

Maria Croft
Jan 14th, 2005, 10:19 AM
yeah, good luck Maria !!

Andy Mac
Jan 15th, 2005, 01:48 PM
:eek: :confused: Hey Andy, i never called you guys idiots, all i said was maybe you could treat duiz with "at least some half human respect". I mean, yeah, he says real weired stuff, but its just stupid having every 2nd thread filled up with ppl arguing.... I don't want 2 b making enemies on this page, and PLEASE DO NOT EVER REFER TO ME AS DUIZ'S BOYFRIEND AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :mad:
pfffffffffffffffffffff ill do as i please......u have no clue whats gone down in this forum between duiz n the other posters so jsut back the fuck up n dont interupt wen it comes to that shit

Szymanowski
Jan 15th, 2005, 08:17 PM
pfffffffffffffffffffff ill do as i please......u have no clue whats gone down in this forum between duiz n the other posters so jsut back the fuck up n dont interupt wen it comes to that shit
Gawd im sorry:yawn:

Phantom Renegade
Jan 15th, 2005, 09:50 PM
It's ironic that Maria moved from the coldest part of the world (Siberia) to the hottest (Florida). Hopefully that gives her an advantage over other European players in dealing with the heat of Australia.

I think it's too much to expect players to go and live in a hot climate. I mean, I'd love to live in Australia myself, but my roots are in England.

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Actually Maria moved from Sochi, which is actually a warm climate in Russian as it in the Southern Area.

The posts about the Grand Slams and what every one is etc have been very informative, thanks to all who posted.

I dont think Maria will win a Grand Slam this year, nor do i think she will win the AO (Semi Finals at best imo.) but i hope she defends the Wimbledon title and really goes for the US Open, but Wimbledon again would suit me as a fan down to the ground.

Edward.
Jan 15th, 2005, 09:53 PM
I dont think Maria will win a Grand Slam this year, nor do i think she will win the AO (Semi Finals at best imo.) but i hope she defends the Wimbledon title and really goes for the US Open, but Wimbledon again would suit me as a fan down to the ground.

Your predictions and expectations are very similar to mine, it seems. :yeah:

I predicted the semi's for the AO, and I expect Maria to retain her Wimbledon crown.

faust
Jan 17th, 2005, 04:40 AM
pfffffffffffffffffffff ill do as i please......u have no clue whats gone down in this forum between duiz n the other posters so jsut back the fuck up n dont interupt wen it comes to that shit


you rilly bit the hell out of her huh!! :lol: :lol:

lakan kildap
Jan 17th, 2005, 04:55 AM
Who knows if she"ll get the Grand Slam?

As long as she plays as well as she can, we can ask no more, whatever the result.

Good Luck Masha in 2005! :D

If this were tennis, Veejay Singh of Star Sports would go: Oh, what a wonderful point!

faust
Jan 17th, 2005, 05:02 AM
im amazed at how much improvement singh had last year...

he's like the roger federer of golf...winning so much titles and earning millions last...

i remember singh wearing glasses a couple of years back...he looks like a nerd...hehe

lakan kildap
Jan 17th, 2005, 05:28 AM
I'm sorry, faust, I meant Veejay Amritraj, the former tennis pro and Star Sports broadcaster.

faust
Jan 17th, 2005, 05:42 AM
oh well...dats ok mate...

lakan kildap
Jan 17th, 2005, 07:13 AM
Having said (in sooooo many words) that a (calendar) Grand Slam would be difficult for Maria to win, I also think that physically, the time for Maria to win the Grand Slam is from now to the next two years at least. By the time she's 19-20 years old, everything, including leg strength and quickness, would have come together. She would be overpowering. Her game? I'm not too worried, as long as she doesn't yield too many points on her own service game and puts her [sometimes erratic] serve under pressure.

Past that, I don't see any chance of her winning the GS. Not in today's playing field, with so many strong players.

Of course, predictions are just that. They don't mean squat. Who would have thought Mary Pierce and Capriati would win GS tournaments in the new millenium, when everyone thought they were past their primes?

Szymanowski
Jan 17th, 2005, 01:58 PM
Past that, I don't see any chance of her winning the GS. Not in today's playing field, with so many strong players.


Couldn't agree with this more - she's coming to the best period of her career to win the GS, but competition's too hot.

Shame...

Andy Mac
Jan 17th, 2005, 07:45 PM
Gawd im sorry:yawn:
well sein as u said sorry.....i aint saiyn u forgivin but ill ease up....jsut dont be running shit off like that k?

!!!--Duiz™--!!!
Jan 18th, 2005, 05:15 AM
lakan... despite our confrontations in the past.... I like you.... you are a smartie!

lakan kildap
Jan 18th, 2005, 06:37 AM
Duiz,

No problem, man.

that BTW, was from "Cool Runnings", one of the movies that members of our forum like very much. It's the source of such classics as:

-I'm feeling very Olympic today
-Talula...that's my mother's name
-Sanka, you dead?

Josh B.
Jan 18th, 2005, 04:13 PM
Duiz,

No problem, man.

that BTW, was from "Cool Runnings", one of the movies that members of our forum like very much. It's the source of such classics as:

-I'm feeling very Olympic today
-Talula...that's my mother's name
-Sanka, you dead?


Yeah Man!!

How bout i draw a line down the middle of your head so it looks like butt!

Would you like to kiss my Lucky Egg??


Yo Lakan,


:worship: :worship: :worship: Cool Runnings Rules!!! :worship: :worship: :worship:

Andy Mac
Jan 18th, 2005, 08:44 PM
"are ya dead mon?" "no mon"

Edward.
Jan 18th, 2005, 08:47 PM
:topic:

:yawn: @ having to say it so often.

Andy Mac
Jan 18th, 2005, 09:09 PM
:topic:

:yawn: @ having to say it so often.
:yawn: at not caring......so yea..masha will for sure win at least 1 gs

Josh B.
Jan 18th, 2005, 09:23 PM
She will win at least 1, and will do very well in the other 3, possibly get a second.

She will win Zurich if she enters and the YEC

lakan kildap
Jan 19th, 2005, 01:24 AM
In my perfect world, Masha will win four calendar Grand Slams (surpassing Rod Laver's two). Three of them would be Golden Slams, in 2008 (at age 21), 2012 (at age 25), and 2016 (at age 29), surpassing Graf's lone Golden Slam.

Among the "winning streaks" she will accomplish (I'm not sure if they're the records), she will win the French Open 6 straight times, Wimbledon 7 straight times. Overall she will win 26 Grand Slam tournaments (surpassing Margaret Court by two), including Wimbledon 11 times (matching Margaret Court's 11 Australian Opens for most captures of a major by a player).

She will also win the year end WTA championship 8 times. She will win the Kremlin Cup 7 straight.

Ah, yeah, I almost forgot, she will continue to play the Birmingham tournament instead of Eastbourne, until somebody wakes up to reality and makes the DFS Classic the bigger tournament.

She will be so dominant, she will make everyone forget any other tennis player. She will compete successfully with Top 10 ATP players in exhibition tournaments, although she will avoid the Sorenstam/Wie path of actually competing men's tournaments. She will retire from full time competition at 29 years old, fresh off her Golden Slam, as the game's most successful Grand Slam player. But to prove her Russianness further (there will always be doubters), she will always make herself available for the Fed Cup.

(Which leads to...)
Then she will come back at age 33 to win the Olympic Gold medal for the 4th time, and also at age 37 to win it for the 5th time. She will thus become the first Olympian to win her event 5 times, surpassing Carl Lewis' four (for long jump).

That should about do it.

lakan kildap
Jan 19th, 2005, 01:31 AM
And she will rule Wimbledon over its Golden Age. And fans, officials and players alike will clamor for the return of curtsying, because there is once again royalty among them. The Queen of Wimbledon, Maria Sharapova.

!!!--Duiz™--!!!
Jan 19th, 2005, 02:26 AM
I was taking about that today..... IF you see my signature.... that is my dream by far....

faust
Jan 19th, 2005, 05:08 AM
defending wimbley is fine...thats it.

Szymanowski
Jan 19th, 2005, 10:17 PM
defending wimbley is fine...thats it.
Faust is right, you guys are too over ambitious and will only make yourselves dissapointed. As she always says, She goes out to win every time. It is impossible for her to win every time. And she is only bloody 18!!

Edward.
Jan 19th, 2005, 10:29 PM
She's 17, Dave.

I agree with Faust too. If she can reclaim Wimbledon, that is more than good enough for me.

lakan kildap
Jan 20th, 2005, 01:34 AM
I obviously meant the "she will win 4 calendar Grand Slams" as a joke. (Of course, if it happens, we are all happy.) If you trace a previous post of mine on this same thread, I said basically the same thing you are saying, that winning a calendar GS is difficult (won only 6 times in over a century of tennis history), and that Wimbledon should be her priority.

faust
Jan 20th, 2005, 04:46 AM
to be honest i see her winning grandslams like federer...bout like 2 to 3 years from now...

im happy to hear from one comment that maria was winning big matches which other veteran players wants to happen but couldnt and maria's just 17.

Szymanowski
Jan 20th, 2005, 09:19 AM
She's 17, Dave.

I agree with Faust too. If she can reclaim Wimbledon, that is more than good enough for me.
Sorry!