The match I have been looking forward to ever since the draw came out is about to occur :clap2: ... and the best part of it, it will most likely be on TV so we can all finally see Na Li in action. :drink: .
Obviously Masha is the favorite based on ranking but judging from the way she played against LLW last night, I think Na Li definitely has a chance for an upset. She will have to keep her first serve in and move Masha around the court as much as possible :D
Since September, the players Na Li have lost to have been Jie Zheng x2, Zi Yan, Kuznetsova and Petrova. Clearly she has problems with her countrywomen and the Russians. Hopefully she will reverse her streak here.
What's the matter with her face. Does she have chicke pox?
Jan 19th, 2005, 03:55 PM
Masha in 3 sets
Jan 19th, 2005, 03:56 PM
I think Na has a chance to win, but its not a big chance. She can give her a good match like Lindsay did though.
Jan 19th, 2005, 04:01 PM
maria needs some foundation. as in concealer.
i think that if li na just sticks to her game and doesn't think too much about WHO she is playing, she could do well. she pushed kuzzy to 3 sets in china, had two matchpointts too. that time, it was inexperience so she choked. but she had the chinese crowd behind her though kuzzy said that the crowd was pretty fair.
she's lucky that there's a big chinese contingent here as well who will be supporting her but this time most of the crowd will be for sharapova.if sharapova is a little off her game and lina is on, i think li na has a good chance of making it to tthe 4th round.
that being said, GO LI NA!!!
Jan 19th, 2005, 04:04 PM
Li Na...hope she wins
Jan 19th, 2005, 04:05 PM
Jan 19th, 2005, 04:14 PM
I believe Na Li can really win
Jan 19th, 2005, 04:24 PM
maria of course
Jan 19th, 2005, 04:26 PM
Na Li is a great new player but even if she is on, Masha off, Masha will find a way to win.
Jan 19th, 2005, 04:31 PM
I really hope Li Na can I take this.
Anyway, I am really looking forward to finally being able to watch Li!
Jan 19th, 2005, 04:44 PM
There is nothing wrong with her face...that IS her face.
Jan 19th, 2005, 05:19 PM
I really, really, really believe that Li Na will win in straight sets.
Jan 19th, 2005, 05:45 PM
Go Li Na!!!!
she can cause the upset...that is if she's not overwhelmed by the occasion and play her normal game... Sharapova will be in for a good fight
Jan 19th, 2005, 05:58 PM
GO Masha, as N. Petrova did, she'd win in straight sets.
Jan 19th, 2005, 06:18 PM
I think this supposedly week draw for Sharapova is going to hurt her because, she is going into this thing expecting to spank everyone and that is not the case. She is going to have to work hard at winning everything single match. Maria can't start thinking "well I am the Wimbledon Champion, and people fear me." She can't think like that because she hasn't developed an arsenal well enough yet to think that she can just beat people with pure power. Sharapova needs to develope a plan B and C, right now she only has A and that is hitting my way out of trouble.
Jan 19th, 2005, 08:07 PM
Maria will get "pussy whipped" :eek:
Jan 19th, 2005, 09:10 PM
I am rooting for Na Li, I always root for the underdog.
Jan 19th, 2005, 09:43 PM
Na Will Win!
Jan 19th, 2005, 09:47 PM
Sharapova in 3.
Jan 19th, 2005, 09:53 PM
I expect Maria Sharapova to win, but I did notice how LL Waters tired her out. I could get intersting.
Jan 20th, 2005, 01:57 AM
Maria will win she is one of the strongest players mentally and she will pull through another tough match
Jan 20th, 2005, 02:19 AM
Good Luck Na Li :D Can't wait to see her play :yeah:
Jan 20th, 2005, 02:51 AM
Maria will get "pussy whipped" :eek: Maria can "pussy whip" me anytime :eek:
Jan 20th, 2005, 03:18 AM
Na said she didn't buy the ticket back to China on tomorrow~
cos' she thought she has a chance to win.
Jan 20th, 2005, 03:22 AM
On paper Maria should win, adding to the fact that she was tested by Lee-Waters so it's not likely she'll lose her concentration or so again. But Na has been playing very well and being not at the top of the sport but beating Asagoe in straight sets is not an easy job. Maria is 6 or 7 years younger than Na and so I believe they had never met before, nor does Maria know very well of Na's game. Remember what Na did to Sveta last September, she has the game but she still needs some luck and belief.
Predict Maria in two straight sets, but if Na can stage an upset it'll be three sets.
Jan 20th, 2005, 09:19 AM
Li Na Li Na Li Na :D
Jan 20th, 2005, 09:30 AM
The match is Maria's to win or even lose. I am a little surprised at how much stock people are taking into the Chinese players chances against the top.
Like Peng against Venus today, I really think Na Li will probably get overpowered much of the match.
But the poll to me is shocking.....
Jan 20th, 2005, 09:43 AM
maria should win easy. I will be glad to finally see Li Na after all we have heard about her.
Jan 20th, 2005, 10:14 AM
maria played quite well in the first round but not all that well in the 2nd round, na li i've never seen play but basing how she can play on that match against kuznetsova she has a chance, but not having seen her play i dont kno how good of a chance that is.
Jan 20th, 2005, 11:22 AM
I've never seen Na Li play :fiery:
Masha should find a way to win though :) :D
Jan 20th, 2005, 11:23 AM
:yawn: @ the poll result
Jan 20th, 2005, 11:37 AM
masha in two easy sets :D
Jan 20th, 2005, 11:55 AM
Maria willl win finally, but it could be a tough day.
Jan 20th, 2005, 12:11 PM
Well I think Maria will win, put I really want Na to do well. It would be great if she could get a set....but I think Masha will take it.
GO NA!!!!! :bounce:
Jan 20th, 2005, 12:13 PM
Let's Go Li Na!
Jan 20th, 2005, 12:33 PM
MAsha in 2
Jan 20th, 2005, 02:47 PM
Sharapova 7-5, 6-4 :sad: ;)
Jan 20th, 2005, 05:26 PM
good luck li na!!!!
i think she has a great chance to win, as long as she could stay calm at the big points.
Jan 20th, 2005, 05:56 PM
The match will be played under the lights !
I wonder how Na Li will react to this experience. Playing on Center Court of a Grand Slam for the first time, as the women's feature night match, with 15,000 people in attendance.
Jan 20th, 2005, 05:58 PM
For US viewers, it will probably be broadcast tape delayed Friday during 2PM-5PM along with Agassi Dent.
I wonder if it will be shown before or after the Agassi match.
Jan 22nd, 2005, 02:29 AM
Jan 22nd, 2005, 02:40 AM
Jan 22nd, 2005, 11:31 AM
I hope people now realise Na Li is now heavily over-hyped on this board and will not do anything special on the tour. She's crap :o