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UDiTY
Mar 31st, 2005, 07:28 PM
THAT HAS HAPPENED SOO MANY TIMES. Verse Lindsay at the US Open, and against Myskina at the French, break points when her opponent is serving for the match. ANd she can't win it!:fiery:

Same score as last time. Venus just couldn't keep up with Maria's high level of play.

She missed way too many returns I thought also.

And she played well at 15-15, or 15-30, but never on game points or 30-30.

:sad: 6 frickin' break points.

G1Player2
Mar 31st, 2005, 07:29 PM
Wow...I give it to Maria...She was amazing today...Venus lost 5 breakpoints in the last game...

badunka
Mar 31st, 2005, 07:29 PM
WTg masha

SJW
Mar 31st, 2005, 07:29 PM
the break points were a heartbreaker

well done Maria :) good luck in the final.
Venus........????? good luck in your next tournament. i still love ya and so do the Miami crowd :hearts:

UDiTY
Mar 31st, 2005, 07:29 PM
I still can't get over those break points.

Even tho there was little Venus could do on most of them, Maria was just too tough.

apoet29
Mar 31st, 2005, 07:30 PM
Congrats to Maria! I feared after the Davenport debacle at IW that she would have a meltdown here. That does not appear to be the case. This is a really good win for Maria. Now she is in her second tier 1 final of the year!

Also congrats to Venus. She played very well in this tournament!

lizchris
Mar 31st, 2005, 07:30 PM
Both players played well. The difference is that Venus didn't take her opportunities and she had more UE's than Maria did. Believe me, Venus could have won the match had she did what I said, but she didn't.

She didn't win the title, but she had a great tournament because she got father than I tought she would.

No Name Face
Mar 31st, 2005, 07:30 PM
i don't like maria that much, but i do think she's hot...anyway, i wanted venus to win more than any other and venus did play well but sharapova was unstoppable. great job...maria is the real deal. i do hope clijsters stops her in the final, but i don't think that will happen for a second.

faboozadoo15
Mar 31st, 2005, 07:31 PM
well done maria!
an amazing match, a great performance from maria, and a clear demonstartion why she may be the best.

La Reine
Mar 31st, 2005, 07:31 PM
Venus only started playing during the last two games or so. I was surprised she was tentative from the beginning. If she had been aggressive from the beginning she would have taken the match. I think it's a boost to her confidence that she can go toe-to-toe with the 3rd ranked player in the world. Hopefully her next tournament will be an even bigger improvement than this one.

TM
Mar 31st, 2005, 07:31 PM
I am sooo hurting right now :o -that whole time w/ the deuce/ad points--it reminded me of the davenport match last year. They both played extremely well minus the many unforced errors from Venus. Sharapova looked like she deserved to win because she just didn't make any mistakes. I'm still :fiery: though, but I'll get over it in a day or two. Keep it up Venus I saw YOU out there this week and I hope you keep moving forward. keep:cool:

!<blocparty>!
Mar 31st, 2005, 07:32 PM
I don't think I've ever wanted a third set more than in that match. It was just really starting to hot up :mad:

Maria played awesome, if she'd have got broken in that last game, things would have got going.....:(

Venus played well, especially going 0-40 up, but she couldnt afford to miss against Maria today. Shame, but great performance.

Eurosport commentators :lol: :rolleyes:

SelesFan70
Mar 31st, 2005, 07:32 PM
Way too good from Maria today. :worship:

Venus... :hug: But this shouldn't be a surprise to anyone since Maria was playing quite well this tournament.

igost
Mar 31st, 2005, 07:32 PM
That last game was a real thriller. Wish I could see it

Good luck Masha in finals
Thank you Venus for a good tournament

Cariaoke
Mar 31st, 2005, 07:33 PM
Well done, Maria. :)

Venus :sad: all those break points!

-Kieron-
Mar 31st, 2005, 07:33 PM
Venus :(

But great performance from Maria..

pinkfrog
Mar 31st, 2005, 07:33 PM
Wooooohooooo Masha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

goldenlox
Mar 31st, 2005, 07:34 PM
Maria 22-2 in 2005. She's 9-1 in finals.

Shoulderpova
Mar 31st, 2005, 07:34 PM
Masha :worship: :worship:

lizchris
Mar 31st, 2005, 07:34 PM
i don't like maria that much, but i do think she's hot...anyway, i wanted venus to win more than any other and venus did play well but sharapova was unstoppable. great job...maria is the real deal. i do hope clijsters stops her in the final, but i don't think that will happen for a second.


Amelie or Kim will not waste the break opportunities that Venus had, if they get them and if they take them, then she will lose.

Julia1968
Mar 31st, 2005, 07:34 PM
I still can't get over those break points.

Even tho there was little Venus could do on most of them, Maria was just too tough.


Maria knew where to serve....Venus' forehand. :bounce: :) :D :kiss:

Cybelle Darkholme
Mar 31st, 2005, 07:34 PM
I told you this match was fifty fifty either way. Venus did not take her opportunities. Sharapova did. that was the difference.

They both played great.

now kim or momo GET HER! Because like she said court side everyone wants to beat her.

~Cherry*Blossom~
Mar 31st, 2005, 07:34 PM
:bigcry: Venus, you played well...just didn't take your opportunities in the last game!


Maria :eek: I have never seen her play like that before!

alexusjonesfan
Mar 31st, 2005, 07:34 PM
Maria outplayed Venus. Yuri outjerked Richard. Russia wins 2-0.

G1Player2
Mar 31st, 2005, 07:34 PM
A Russian is in the final and the Williams sisters domination of Miami is OVER. :)
If only Serena would have beaten Venus:mad:

Cybelle Darkholme
Mar 31st, 2005, 07:35 PM
Maria knew where to serve....Venus' forehand. :bounce: :) :D :kiss:

Everyone knows venus' forehand is her weaker shot. This is not news and hasnt been for years.

Whatzup
Mar 31st, 2005, 07:35 PM
Wow what a great match! Maria is really sooo good! Venus also played good.. too bad she couldn't win the important points! Congrats hot Maria! :D

cheo23
Mar 31st, 2005, 07:35 PM
OH MY GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THAT WAS BEAUtiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :worship: :worship:
TO THE Haters..YES this "ONLY 17yr OLD" defeated VENUs again..NOw 2-0 against VENUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

GREAT DETERMINATION MARIA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :worship:

SERVED AWEsome...Venus, Well U Made Way 2 Many FOREHAND ERRORS in Critical SITUATIONS..MARIa..Try to WOrk On Convertin ON the 1st Match POINt..Other than THAt...THE MATCh WAS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...GO WTATOUR!!!!!!!!!! :lol: WE LOVE U!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!! :hearts:

BK4ever
Mar 31st, 2005, 07:35 PM
Venus can look back at two things in this match that cost her:
FOREHAND & RETURN OF SERVE.

Her forehand is still way too INCONSISTENT...one min amazing shot, next min very ugly. Also her return were just awful today. I don't think Maria did anything special today...she simply had to be steady and keep going after Vee's FH and it worked.

The best part of this match was Vee's serving. She was really going after her second serves and she was placing the ball really well on her first serves.

She seems to have fixed the serve problem...NOW FIX THE FH

Hawk
Mar 31st, 2005, 07:35 PM
I may not be a fan of Maria..but damn the kid has spunk :lol:

That was a highly entertaining match :D

Great play by both Venus and Maria :worship:

Julia1968
Mar 31st, 2005, 07:35 PM
Amelie or Kim will not waste the break opportunities that Venus had, if they get them and if they take them, then she will lose.

Venus was lucky to get her first break point in the last game. Maria's too tough. Good luck to whomever Maria plays. They'll need it.

starr
Mar 31st, 2005, 07:35 PM
She didn't win the title, but she had a great tournament because she got father than I tought she would.

That's because you thought Venus couldn't get past Serena, but she got past her just fine and then gotten beaten routinely by Sharapova who you thought Serena would beat on her way to the title. :) :) :)

lizchris
Mar 31st, 2005, 07:35 PM
A Russian is in the final and the Williams sisters domination of Miami is OVER. :)

For now.:p

She is in the final, but she didn't win it yet. Either Amelie or Kim have the ability to beat her, though I think Amelie has a better chance should she win tonight.

thelittlestelf
Mar 31st, 2005, 07:35 PM
Maria played the best match I've ever seen from her. I can't believe she kept it up for the whole match, she really played outstanding and would have beaten anyone today.

Venus served really well and that last game was :eek:. She should have been a little more agressive on the BPs in the last game, but on those points Sharapova served so well that there was nothing she could do. She really started to play close to her best too late in the match.

Maria is the real deal, she earned it today. I just wish she didn't play the match of her life against dear Venus, but that's okay. Venus has a lot of positives to take from this match and especially the entire tournament.

Good luck next tournament Venus and congrats Maria.

SJW
Mar 31st, 2005, 07:35 PM
Eurosport commentators :lol: :rolleyes:

you're telling me :rolleyes:

Cybelle Darkholme
Mar 31st, 2005, 07:36 PM
Maria outplayed Venus. Yuri outjerked Richard. Russia wins 2-0.

Out jerking richard is a loss for russia not a win. so 1 1 :tape:

Meesh
Mar 31st, 2005, 07:36 PM
Great match! Congrats Maria!

nysaga
Mar 31st, 2005, 07:36 PM
Maria is playing like classic Seles...painting the lines and going for shots. WOW

This is the end of the Williams dominating..yay. Maria showed Serena the AU open loss was a fluke.

Natarajasana
Mar 31st, 2005, 07:37 PM
Good job, Maria!

Jeleno Benesovo
Mar 31st, 2005, 07:37 PM
yeah :bounce: Masha owns both williamses butts :banana:

TheBoiledEgg
Mar 31st, 2005, 07:37 PM
Masha :banana: :)

some last game
Masha :hatoff: for pulling out all the stops to fend of a rampant Venus.

go Masha in the final ;) :kiss:

Maria Croft
Mar 31st, 2005, 07:37 PM
Awesome !! Maria played maybe her best match of her career, and Venus played really good too !! 0-40 saved in that last game !! C'MON Maria !! take the title !! that was amazing today !!

lizchris
Mar 31st, 2005, 07:38 PM
That's because you thought Venus couldn't get past Serena, but she got past her just fine and then gotten beaten routinely by Sharapova who you thought Serena would beat on her way to the title. :) :) :)


The way Venus was playing the beginning of the year, I didn't think she could, but she did.

BTW, 6-4, 6-3 isn't that routine of a win, epsecially when you have to fight off six break points to win.

And yes, I thought if Serena got the SF, she could have beaten Maria.

R&J
Mar 31st, 2005, 07:39 PM
Didnt get to see the match cause I am at work today. But, way to go Maria! Next time Venus ;)

UDiTY
Mar 31st, 2005, 07:39 PM
It reminded me WAY too much of Venus' 4th round match at last year's USO against Lindsay.

Toe to toe first set, then played a loose game to lose the set 7-5, got down an early break in the second, fought all the way, but never had a break point on Lindsay's serve. Then the last game, she plays an amazing game, seems to be defending the best she had all match long, had I think around 5 break points to level the match, but couldn't.

I think if she woulda converted the BP's from today's match it would have gotten her over that hump. She still needs to play better on the really important points.

Good fighting tho from Vee.:)

lizchris
Mar 31st, 2005, 07:40 PM
yeah :bounce: Masha owns williamses butts :banana:


Maria is tied 2-2 with Serena and she has a 2-0 career record against Venus.

Oh, yes, she owns them all right.:rolleyes:

Cybelle Darkholme
Mar 31st, 2005, 07:40 PM
Maria is playing like classic Seles...painting the lines and going for shots. WOW

This is the end of the Williams dominating..yay. Maria showed Serena the AU open loss was a fluke.

Um she didnt play serena. Get your williams straight before you comment.

!<blocparty>!
Mar 31st, 2005, 07:40 PM
you're telling me :rolleyes:


I mean, I like Jo don't get me wrong. I especially like her when my faves are winning, as she licks their ass as long as they're winning and playing great. Then when the other player starts coming back she starts slagging them off and pointing out their weaknesses.

Still makes me laugh the amount of times they can mention and compare her play to the wimbledon final:tape:

But, ye.

BK4ever
Mar 31st, 2005, 07:41 PM
Lots of people would look amazing against Venus when she is dumping every other FH in the net :banghead:

The stats tell a big part of the story.

alexusjonesfan
Mar 31st, 2005, 07:42 PM
Out jerking richard is a loss for russia not a win. so 1 1 :tape:

Well I'm sure he was playing to win :p

Cybelle Darkholme
Mar 31st, 2005, 07:43 PM
Yes that loose game in the first set was not needed. She should have zero'ed in and focused.

Also she needs to learn to blunt/bunt back those cannon serves maria throws at her.

The forehand has needed fixing for awhile now I doubt it will happen. She needs to do something though. When everyone knows your weakness the sharks smell blood.

The match was close than the score indicates. Venus should have focused earlier in the second set and should not have given up a loose game in the first.

She will learn and come back stronger this has been a great tournament for her. She took out a higher seed and a player she hasnt beaten in six attempts. She will have a plan for maria next time I hope.

abayen
Mar 31st, 2005, 07:43 PM
Ok guys I think this is my first post ever. Have been watching tennis since 1987. Have followed Seles' game very closely and always thought Monica was the definition of intensity. Sharapova today reminded me of Monica completely. Her entire game (the angles, the backhand) are so reminiscent of Monica. She indeed is the real deal.

Btw, Venus was very gracious at the net. Sharapova needs to learn that from Monica as well - a little bit of grace and humility.

nysaga
Mar 31st, 2005, 07:44 PM
Venus can look back at two things in this match that cost her:
FOREHAND & RETURN OF SERVE.

Her forehand is still way too INCONSISTENT...one min amazing shot, next min very ugly. Also her return were just awful today. I don't think Maria did anything special today...she simply had to be steady and keep going after Vee's FH and it worked.

The best part of this match was Vee's serving. She was really going after her second serves and she was placing the ball really well on her first serves.

She seems to have fixed the serve problem...NOW FIX THE FH

Get your head out of the Williams' butt. If Maria didn't do anything then you should stop watching tennis cause you don't know a thing about tennis. Venus has been playing tennis for 20 odd years and still got that forehand...nothing's gonna change now..lol Just make way for the younger folks. Venus is what.. 25 yo?

cheo23
Mar 31st, 2005, 07:44 PM
Both players played well. The difference is that Venus didn't take her opportunities and she had more UE's than Maria did. Believe me, Venus could have won the match had she did what I said, but she didn't.

She didn't win the title, but she had a great tournament because she got father than I tought she would.
THE Main Difference was that at 5-2 2nd SET MARIA DIdn't TAKE her OPPORTUNITIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

GET IT TOGETHER LIZCHRIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

COULDA, SHouldA, WON the MATCH BUT DIDN't!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :lol:

Tennisaddict
Mar 31st, 2005, 07:45 PM
Congrats Sharapova, you were really playing out of your mind :eek:.

Venus, you showed that you are getting back to your brilliant self, keep going girl and the titles will come :yeah:.

Good luck in Amelia Island.

WIMBLY2004
Mar 31st, 2005, 07:45 PM
Congrats Masha :bounce: again, you proved your haters wrong, so proud of you :worship: :worship:

Cybelle Darkholme
Mar 31st, 2005, 07:45 PM
Lots of people would look amazing against Venus when she is dumping every other FH in the net :banghead:

The stats tell a big part of the story.

True but then Maybe she shouldn't dump her forehand in the net. Its that simple. If you have a bad shot do something to fix it. Or have something else that compensates. Venus was outplayed. Howevever she could have won that match which is a good sign. Its not like she didnt have her chances.

Maria won this time. Congragulations to her. I hope next time venus takes her out.

Cybelle Darkholme
Mar 31st, 2005, 07:46 PM
Congrats Masha :bounce: again, you proved your haters wrong, so proud of you :worship: :worship:

Meh. Shes the number three player in the world she's supposed to win that match.

Stamp Paid
Mar 31st, 2005, 07:46 PM
Do you still lose vCash if you actually expeted Venus to win a set but you still bet on Maria to win? :rolleyes:

And Maria did not play the match of her life, BTW. Maria served well and Venus returned awfully until she got in desperation mode at the end. Thats why Maria didnt face a BP until the final game of the match.

Serena! :fuck: :fuck: :fuck: :banghead: :banghead: What a fucking waste.

nysaga
Mar 31st, 2005, 07:46 PM
The way Venus was playing the beginning of the year, I didn't think she could, but she did.

BTW, 6-4, 6-3 isn't that routine of a win, epsecially when you have to fight off six break points to win.

And yes, I thought if Serena got the SF, she could have beaten Maria.

Lol...this was a routine win. Those last 6 bp came in the LAST GAME. Venus didn't have a chance in those other games.

lizchris
Mar 31st, 2005, 07:47 PM
THE Main Difference was that at 5-2 2nd SET MARIA DIdn't TAKE her OPPORTUNITIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

GET IT TOGETHER LIZCHRIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

COULDA, SHouldA, WON the MATCH BUT DIDN't!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :lol:


I don't know what you are complaining about, she still won the match.:rolleyes:


BTW, I could say the same about Maria regarding the AO, but I won't :haha:

Cybelle Darkholme
Mar 31st, 2005, 07:47 PM
THE Main Difference was that at 5-2 2nd SET MARIA DIdn't TAKE her OPPORTUNITIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

GET IT TOGETHER LIZCHRIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

COULDA, SHouldA, WON the MATCH BUT DIDN't!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :lol:

Lindsay Defeat Sharapova 6-0 6-0

Anyway did you watch the match? they are replaying it. Venus earned those points with winners.

lizchris
Mar 31st, 2005, 07:48 PM
Meh. Shes the number three player in the world she's supposed to win that match.

Exactly.

Venus was the underdog, but still played a better than decent match, unlike the defending finalist.

starr
Mar 31st, 2005, 07:50 PM
I'm very happy that Maria is having a strong tournament after IW. :)

Now for Kim to beat MoMo and then sorry Maria, you've got to go down to Kim. :lol:

starr
Mar 31st, 2005, 07:51 PM
Exactly.

Venus was the underdog, but still played a better than decent match, unlike the defending finalist.

:haha: :haha:

You guys kill me.

Julia1968
Mar 31st, 2005, 07:51 PM
Both players played well. The difference is that Venus didn't take her opportunities and she had more UE's than Maria did. Believe me, Venus could have won the match had she did what I said, but she didn't.

She didn't win the title, but she had a great tournament because she got father than I tought she would.

What opportunites did Venus have during Maria's service games except for the last game of the match????

LOL.

tennismaster8820
Mar 31st, 2005, 07:51 PM
Great match!! One of the best from this year! I'm sad 'cause Venus didn't take break points so that match would continue! I wish that Venus plays more often like this, Maria found a new level, and it was still close at the end! More matches like this please!

SelesFan70
Mar 31st, 2005, 07:51 PM
Maria played the best match I've ever seen from her. I can't believe she kept it up for the whole match, she really played outstanding and would have beaten anyone today.

Venus served really well and that last game was :eek:. She should have been a little more agressive on the BPs in the last game, but on those points Sharapova served so well that there was nothing she could do. She really started to play close to her best too late in the match.

Maria is the real deal, she earned it today. I just wish she didn't play the match of her life against dear Venus, but that's okay. Venus has a lot of positives to take from this match and especially the entire tournament.

Good luck next tournament Venus and congrats Maria.

That was a classy post! Venus would be proud to have such classy fans! :hug:

WIMBLY2004
Mar 31st, 2005, 07:52 PM
Meh. Shes the number three player in the world she's supposed to win that match.

I know shes a top player, but some people don't, look at those voting threads before the match :rolleyes:

lizchris
Mar 31st, 2005, 07:52 PM
What opportunites did Venus have during Maria's service games except for the last game of the match????

LOL.


An opportunity is an opportunity:rolleyes:

UDiTY
Mar 31st, 2005, 07:52 PM
Match Stats:.........................Venus.............. ..........Maria
1st Serve %.............................74%................. ..........74%
Aces........................................5..... ...........................2
Double Faults.............................2.............. ..................1
Winning%-1st Serve Pts..........27 of 40 = 68%........34 of 45 = 76%
Winning%-2nd Serve Pts..........8 of 14 = 57%..........11 of 16 = 69%
Winners (including service)...........22............................. 11
Unforced Errors..........................24................ ..............12
Break Point Conversions............0 of 6 = 0 %............2 of 5 = 40 %
Net Approaches.....................10 of 12 = 83 %..............3 of 4 = 75 %
Total Points Won.......................51...................... ..........64
Fastest Match Serve Spee.........121 MPH...................108 MPH
Average Match Serve Speed......105 MPH...................101 MPH

Maria was just more solid on the important points.

gmak
Mar 31st, 2005, 07:53 PM
masha :worship: :kiss: :hug: what a way to rebound from IW! :D
what a great match from her :hug: :yeah:

venus played really well too, especially in the ebd, refusing to die!

good luck in the final, masha! :hatoff:

Marie Waggedorn
Mar 31st, 2005, 07:53 PM
Exactly.

Venus was the underdog, but still played a better than decent match, unlike the defending finalist.

VEE thinks thou doth protest too much.

Apparently, her fans are taking the loss harder than Venus herself.

UDiTY
Mar 31st, 2005, 07:54 PM
BTW, the way Serena has played this tournament, she would have lost in straights to Maria too.

Just for clarification.:D

Julia1968
Mar 31st, 2005, 07:54 PM
Congratulations to Maria Sharapova. She Sharapovanated the "new and improved" Venus.

Well done Venus. You hung tougher than most others could have today. Maria served marvelously.

Oneofakind0490
Mar 31st, 2005, 07:55 PM
Why couldn't you cut down the errors Venus. You even had more winners.

PatM04
Mar 31st, 2005, 07:55 PM
Congrats Maria:)
Venus :sad: Great tourney beating Serena though. I can't wait to see the sisters play next week in Amelia. I hope they are on the same side of the draw, that way I can see them play in the semis and then hopefully whoever makes it to the final will play Lindsay:)

xan
Mar 31st, 2005, 07:56 PM
The Eurosprt commentators annoyed me by keeping on about what Venus needed to do to turn the match round!

tenn_ace
Mar 31st, 2005, 07:56 PM
well done Masha :kiss: now take the title.

Venus, better luck next time :wavey:

Kabezya
Mar 31st, 2005, 07:58 PM
I'm saddened by Venus' loss but hopefully her strides forward continue :) Love ya Venus :kiss:

!!!--Duiz™--!!!
Mar 31st, 2005, 08:00 PM
:worship:

I knew she could do it this match. And so she did...

haters, please don't start your stupid stuff.. and accept it.. she won...

xan
Mar 31st, 2005, 08:00 PM
:bounce: :bounce: Super Maria! :bounce: :bounce:


That was an amazing match!

Venus played like her old self in the last two games when she loosened up and went for broke. But Maria held firm, hung in thos tricky points, and game back at her!

When the Tigress gets that glint in her eye there's hardly anyone can live with her.

Very well done, Maria - so few UE.

Well done Venus - a very dangerous opponent.

BUBI
Mar 31st, 2005, 08:01 PM
Venus should have won this :(

:bigcry: :bigcry: :bigcry: :bigcry: :bigcry:
:rain: :rain: :rain: :rain: :rain:

!!!--Duiz™--!!!
Mar 31st, 2005, 08:02 PM
NASDAQ-100 OPEN - SEMIFINAL

match statistics:

V. Williams 4 3
1st serve: 74%
Aces: 5
Double faults: 2
Points won on 1st serve: 27/40 (68%)
Points won on 2nd serve: 8/14 (57%)
Winners: 22
Unforced Errors: 24
Break Point Conversions: 0/6 (0%)
Net Approaches: 10/12 (83%)
Total Points Won: 51
Fastest Match Serve Speed: 121 MPH
Average Match Serve Speed: 105 MPH

M. Sharapova 6 6
1st serve: 74%
Aces: 2
Double faults: 1
Points won on 1st serve: 34/45 (76%)
Points won on 2nd serve: 11/16 (69%)
Winners: 11
Unforced Errors: 12
Break Point Conversions: 2/5 (40%)
Net Approaches: 3/4 (75%)
Total Points Won: 64
Fastest Match Serve Speed: 108 MPH
Average Match Serve Speed: 101 MPH

time of play - 1:17

Dave B
Mar 31st, 2005, 08:04 PM
They were both serving well, Maria kept it for longer. Venus had a few opportunities in the last game, but taking advantage of those woul've just made her even in the second, still behind in the match. Too solid from Maria today.

xan
Mar 31st, 2005, 08:05 PM
Match Stats:.........................Venus.............. ..........Maria
1st Serve %.............................74%................. ..........74%
Aces........................................5..... ...........................2
Double Faults.............................2.............. ..................1
Winning%-1st Serve Pts..........27 of 40 = 68%........34 of 45 = 76%
Winning%-2nd Serve Pts..........8 of 14 = 57%..........11 of 16 = 69%
Winners (including service)...........22............................. 11
Unforced Errors..........................24................ ..............12
Break Point Conversions............0 of 6 = 0 %............2 of 5 = 40 %
Net Approaches.....................10 of 12 = 83 %..............3 of 4 = 75 %
Total Points Won.......................51...................... ..........64
Fastest Match Serve Spee.........121 MPH...................108 MPH
Average Match Serve Speed......105 MPH...................101 MPH

Maria was just more solid on the important points.

Yes. Maria held serve without giving up a break point until the final game. Venus held serve solidly early on, and then had aberrations.

Maria didn't come to net a lot. She has been against easier opponents, but chickened a little this match.

Maria's second serve again held her in good stead. She won nearly 70% of points on it.

thelittlestelf
Mar 31st, 2005, 08:05 PM
That was a classy post! Venus would be proud to have such classy fans! :hug:Thank you! :hug:

RussiansFan
Mar 31st, 2005, 08:06 PM
YEAH! Well done Masha! Amazing win!
Fantastic service, fantastic ability to rise from 0-40 and save those break points! (but why did she arrive at the point of having to save bps??? grrr.... this has still to be improved...)
Now good luck for the final!!!
:bounce: :bounce: :worship: :) :banana: :worship: :banana: :bounce: :worship:

23TwentyThree23
Mar 31st, 2005, 08:07 PM
maria played her best ever tennis and one of the best matches from a woman since 3 years today! venus should not be downcast - she played so well and it was just maria played the match of her life - even better than Wimbledon, IMO!

DemWilliamsGulls
Mar 31st, 2005, 08:11 PM
I knew this was going to be a hard match for Venus is she didnt play her game well. I knew the unforced errors would break her if she had them...because Maria is not going to make that many unless you u run her. But anyway...I hope Maria goes on to win it..because she is my honorary williams sister...(she tries to mimic them anyway) I hope to see Venus and Serena in another FINAL in the near future.

Teemu
Mar 31st, 2005, 08:18 PM
Outstanding play from Maria! :worship: :)
Venus made a bit too many errors in the beginning, but what a battle that last game was. Love to see two players who are able to improve their game the tougher it gets.
Congrats, and best of luck for the final Masha! :)
And thanks again to both girls for a great match. Had a good time here watching it to the very exciting end. :kiss:

DemWilliamsGulls
Mar 31st, 2005, 08:18 PM
yeah :bounce: Masha owns both williamses butts :banana:

Man please....both Williams Sisters have beat Sharapova....If anything Lindsay own her ass. I bet if Serena had played her...she would have beaten her.

SelesFan70
Mar 31st, 2005, 08:24 PM
Man please....both Williams Sisters have beat Sharapova....If anything Lindsay own her ass. . I bet if Serena had played her...she would have beaten her.

Only Serena has beaten Maria...twice.

Venus and Maria have played twice (including today)...Maria is 2-0 against Venus.

~Rachel~
Mar 31st, 2005, 08:25 PM
Wow, how intense was that last game :eek: I wanted it to go to a third set just to see how Maria would react but congrats to her, she played out of her mind today :worship: It's a shame that Venus only managed to raise her game to Maria's level when it was too late but nevertheless, Venus should be proud of her achievements in this tourny :yeah:

The one thing that really stood out for me in this match was the quality of serving :eek: So impressive from both players. And then Venus stepped up and hammered down an ace to save a match point :bowdown: That WAS impressive!

The Eurosport commentators didn't annoy me today actually. Usually Chris Bradnam is practically salivating over Sharapova when he's calling her matches but I think it was Simon Reed today (I get them confused :shrug:). One thing that did annoy me was that he kept saying Maria won Wimbledon at 16 :smash:

Andy T
Mar 31st, 2005, 08:30 PM
It was a great match. Not much in it until 4-4 first set. Venus served very well (power, placement, angles) at the start but to me the key was in the next 6 games. Masha stepped it up made no mistakes and piled on incredible pressure. Venus simply couldn't match her at that moment; the serve and forehand went and the match was gone. In the last couple of games, I thought Venus was incredibly gutsy and played some wonderful uninhibited points. Masha held on though and resisted the pressure to produce some fine tennis of her own. She deserved to win in straight sets today, to my mind.

DelMonte
Mar 31st, 2005, 08:33 PM
It was a great match. Not much in it until 4-4 first set. Venus served very well (power, placement, angles) at the start but to me the key was in the next 6 games. Masha stepped it up made no mistakes and piled on incredible pressure. Venus simply couldn't match her at that moment; the serve and forehand went and the match was gone. In the last couple of games, I thought Venus was incredibly gutsy and played some wonderful uninhibited points. Masha held on though and resisted the pressure to produce some fine tennis of her own. She deserved to win in straight sets today, to my mind.

Thanks for the summary, Andy T.

Venus :sad: nice try, though. keep working and fighting.

Maria :worship: too good. congrats.

deja_entendu
Mar 31st, 2005, 08:35 PM
Venus played her best match in years. High service percentage, great success as net, as many winners as unforced. But it ain't 2001, Sharapova merely played solid and whipped her ass. Next time it will be 6-2 6-1 Maria. Congrats Masha!!!

Now, go Kimmy! :hearts:

lizchris
Mar 31st, 2005, 08:37 PM
Venus played her best match in years. High service percentage, great success as net, as many winners as unforced. But it ain't 2001, Sharapova merely played solid and whipped her ass. Next time it will be 6-2 6-1 Maria. Congrats Masha!!!

Now, go Kimmy! :hearts:


She will never beat Venus 6-2, 6-1. Even last year when Venus wasn't playing her best, she lost to Maria 6-4, 6-3, so I don't see a beating like that coming from her against Venus anytime soon, maybe never.

franny
Mar 31st, 2005, 08:37 PM
Reading this thread allows me to come up with two conclusions. Venus fans are extremely gracious in defeat. Meanwhile, there seems to be a group of just Williams haters that will jump on any player's bandwagon when they beat the Williams. Venus is still improving and getting her game back to her normal level. This match also has nothing to do with Serena. Saying her win in Australia is a fluke is just stupid. I can now see why some Williams fans gets so offended by "Sharapova fans." However, let me say in truth that those are not real Sharapova fans, and if they are, they are not indicative of the majority of Sharapova fans. These people I think will go into any thread and say the same thing if a Williams lost. It's quite sad.

lizchris
Mar 31st, 2005, 08:41 PM
Reading this thread allows me to come up with two conclusions. Venus fans are extremely gracious in defeat. Meanwhile, there seems to be a group of just Williams haters that will jump on any player's bandwagon when they beat the Williams. Venus is still improving and getting her game back to her normal level. This match also has nothing to do with Serena. Saying her win in Australia is a fluke is just stupid. I can now see why some Williams fans gets so offended by "Sharapova fans." However, let me say in truth that those are not real Sharapova fans, and if they are not indicative of the majority of Sharapova fans. These people I think will go into any thread and say the same thing if a Williams lost. It's quite sad.


:worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship:

If you are a Sharapova fan, this is one of the best post coming from her fans I have ever read.

Lemonskin.
Mar 31st, 2005, 08:41 PM
:banana: YEAH MARIA!!!!

Great job :)

tennisIlove09
Mar 31st, 2005, 08:41 PM
:hug: Venus...I love you no matter what. You proved this week that you are back and you will be winning majors again :D

:hug: Maria...my #2 player. WIN THE TITLE! ;)

the cat
Mar 31st, 2005, 08:42 PM
Well done Masha.

I didn't see the match but I taped it. I got in to switch channels from ESPN to ESPN2 at 3pm EST in case the match was still being played. I rewound the tape a bit and it doesn't look like ESPN interviewed Maria after her win and they went to commercial as Cliff Drysdale was talking about the match. That was bush league. :( Did ESPN interview Maria?

Julia1968
Mar 31st, 2005, 08:42 PM
She will never beat Venus 6-2, 6-1. Even last year when Venus wasn't playing her best, she lost to Maria 6-4, 6-3, so I don't see a beating like that coming from her against Venus anytime soon, maybe never.

Okay, Ms Cleo. We got the point.

lizchris
Mar 31st, 2005, 08:50 PM
Okay, Ms Cleo. We got the point.


You'd better.

BTW, if you start getting stupid again (and that is a possibility), you might get banned again, this time for good.

Seles_Beckham
Mar 31st, 2005, 08:51 PM
Bravo Maria.....

G1Player2
Mar 31st, 2005, 08:53 PM
You'd better.

BTW, if you start getting stupid again (and that is a possibility), you might get banned again, this time for good.

:lol: :lol: :lol:

cometz9
Mar 31st, 2005, 08:55 PM
Venus :sad: I'm still happy with your performance this past 2 weeks. Good Luck on clay now :yeah:

Nemesis
Mar 31st, 2005, 08:56 PM
:sad: Venus. Good tournament :) You can beat anyone any day! Remember it :) And you'll get Maria back on clay :devil:


Damn ... Maria really tries to reach my blacklist. First Ju, then Vee, also Shinobu :mad: If she would have to play against MoMo on saturday, I don't know what I'll would have to think of her. But she's a great player. I can't wait for Justine to come back on full strength, so she and Vee can make Maria's life real hard ...

TM
Mar 31st, 2005, 09:11 PM
yeah :bounce: Masha owns both williamses butts :banana:


:lol: I know! :lol: Don't you just love how things eventually turn around sooner or later ;)

:cool:

aNYthing
Mar 31st, 2005, 09:23 PM
:sad:

jbone_0307
Mar 31st, 2005, 09:24 PM
Damn Maria trampled her ass. :haha: :lol: Well done Masha, Venus, you suck :haha:

Brooks.
Mar 31st, 2005, 09:25 PM
what a waste................typical venus lately to lose the first set after 4-4............then of course she had break pts. in the last game..........its really hard to stay positive about venus, really hard.......especially when she loses so passively to someone like sharapova

Julia1968
Mar 31st, 2005, 09:28 PM
You'd better.

BTW, if you start getting stupid again (and that is a possibility), you might get banned again, this time for good.



You poor thing!

You've been Sharapovanated!!

lizchris
Mar 31st, 2005, 09:29 PM
You poor thing!

You've been Sharapovanated!!


Actually, I am still a Venus, Serena, Kim, Justine, Amelie and Lindsay fan.

jonny84
Mar 31st, 2005, 09:33 PM
Venus should have won this :(

:bigcry: :bigcry: :bigcry: :bigcry: :bigcry:
:rain: :rain: :rain: :rain: :rain:


Clever use of emoticons!!

Well done Maria - would have thought that Venus would have got a set from you but you played well. :wavey:

Kart
Mar 31st, 2005, 10:01 PM
Venus is playing better and better :D.

Better luck next time :hearts:.

Meesh
Mar 31st, 2005, 10:12 PM
Did ESPN interview Maria?

Yes, they did. They had extra time so they showed the last two or three games right away until 3pm came.

Dan23
Mar 31st, 2005, 11:34 PM
Great match Maria :yeah:
Keep it up in the final now :D

DolceVuitton
Mar 31st, 2005, 11:39 PM
Great job Maria! it's too bad we had 2 such talented players playing against each other in this round and we had to lose one.

xan
Mar 31st, 2005, 11:53 PM
The Eurosport commentators didn't annoy me today actually. Usually Chris Bradnam is practically salivating over Sharapova when he's calling her matches but I think it was Simon Reed today (I get them confused :shrug:). One thing that did annoy me was that he kept saying Maria won Wimbledon at 16 :smash:

He seemed a bit anti-Masha actually. He kept on saying, "Venus seems to be in control," "She's going to strike back," "There's no way Venus will be beaten in two sets," and that sort of thing all the time...

Sharapova's_Boy
Apr 1st, 2005, 12:22 AM
Woohoo. Udachi Maria. :woohoo:

Hulet
Apr 1st, 2005, 02:58 AM
Venus :sad:

Good match from Maria, though.

Goenitz_196
Apr 1st, 2005, 03:21 AM
You'd better.

BTW, if you start getting stupid again (and that is a possibility), you might get banned again, this time for good.

Aww...poor little thing...someone get a new pair of diapers...

lizchris
Apr 1st, 2005, 03:24 AM
Aww...poor little thing...someone get a new pair of diapers...


If someone does, they would be for you since you are a Junior Member :haha:. Senior Members don't need diapers, adult's or infants'.

Andy.
Apr 1st, 2005, 03:25 AM
Well done Masha im soo proud of you. Now take out Kim in the final. Good luck

gary
Apr 1st, 2005, 03:29 AM
Masha :woohoo: :banana:
i'm so proud of you!! :worship:
good luck in final now !! :yeah: :D :D

Goenitz_196
Apr 1st, 2005, 03:37 AM
If someone does, they would be for you since you are a Junior Member :haha:. Senior Members don't need diapers, adult's or infants'.

I'm not the one who shat myself over some random person on the Internet.

lizchris
Apr 1st, 2005, 03:40 AM
I'm not the one who shat myself over some random person on the Internet.

:confused: :smash: :cuckoo: :scared:

Goenitz_196
Apr 1st, 2005, 03:46 AM
:confused: :smash: :cuckoo: :scared:

"You'd better.

BTW, if you start getting stupid again (and that is a possibility), you might get banned again, this time for good."

Said with such authority and such anger!! Hurry up and get those diapers changed, it's smelling really bad!

Julia1968
Apr 1st, 2005, 04:03 AM
"You'd better.

BTW, if you start getting stupid again (and that is a possibility), you might get banned again, this time for good."

Said with such authority and such anger!! Hurry up and get those diapers changed, it's smelling really bad!

Goe,

You have to consider the source. Liz is so ANTI-Maria that the Royal Court won't even take her.

She'll attempt to bait you into arguments.

That BS about being a junior vs senior member here doesn't hold water. Everyone's opinions are respected.

You might want to consider shunning her, or put her on your ignore list if she begins harrassing you too often.

You'll get the hang of things.


Welcome

Goenitz_196
Apr 1st, 2005, 04:18 AM
Goe,
You have to consider the source. Liz is so ANTI-Maria that the Royal Court won't even take her.

I noticed. It's pathetic.

That BS about being a junior vs senior member here doesn't hold water. Everyone's opinions are respected.

Time for her to get off her imaginary high horse I think. And to be honest it was just a desperate and pathetic comeback because she had nothing else better to say (like that'll be a surprise).

You might want to consider shunning her, or put her on your ignore list if she begins harrassing you too often.

And miss out on all the entertainment?!! No way!

Julia1968
Apr 1st, 2005, 04:40 AM
And miss out on all the entertainment?!! No way!

LOL! Welcome to WTA World.