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Maria Croft
Jun 1st, 2005, 09:32 AM
Sharapova To Defend Her DFS Classic Title

Wimbledon Champion Maria Sharapova, has announced today she will be returning to defend her DFS Classic title at Edgbaston Priory Club, one of the most prestigious women’s grasscourt tennis events on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour.

The 18-year-old world number two captivated the tennis world in 2004 winning a host of WTA Tour events including the DFS Classic, The Championships, Wimbledon, Seoul, Tokyo and the year ending WTA Championships title in Los Angeles.

2005 has already seen her win the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Japan and the Qatar Total Open in Doha. Maria has also reached the final at the NASDAQ-100 Open in Miami, and the semi finals of the Australian Open, Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells and the Telecom Italia Masters in Rome.

Maria Sharapova said: “Since winning the DFS and Wimbledon a lot of things have changed both tennis and social wise, but I’m still the same person. It all started on the grass courts so I’m very happy to be coming back. It’s one of those tournaments that is not too hectic and I can relax and concentrate more on my tennis. I can go to a private club and work out instead of being in the public eye.”

She added: “I do feel it is a relaxed atmosphere, it is a cool little stadium. I have been there the last two years so when I go there I feel like being at home. I am always really excited to come back and to have a full crowd supporting me all the time.”

Marjory Howie, Tournament Director said: “It is fantastic that Maria has decided to come back to Birmingham this year to defend her title. She has had some amazing results since her win last year here and this year’s tournament will be a great opportunity for people in the West Midlands area to come and see the world number two.”

yay !! I'm so happy !! Go Maria !!

no1mariafan
Jun 1st, 2005, 10:06 AM
:) I might have to pop down to watch a bit of it, especially now with Maria playing.

DrChemicalX
Jun 1st, 2005, 02:48 PM
Great stuff, if you live near the west midlands then what are you waiting for! Go cheer maria!! Im so excited that wimbledon is so close...

Maria Croft
Jun 1st, 2005, 02:52 PM
this is going to be Maria's third title of the year !! I hope lol

katiektc
Jun 1st, 2005, 02:58 PM
:) I might have to pop down to watch a bit of it, especially now with Maria playing.

I'm going too. But hope TatiHotPantz gets to the final too ;)

Marie Waggedorn
Jun 1st, 2005, 05:23 PM
this is going to be Maria's third title of the year !! I hope lol

Yes and Wimby will be her 4th. :D

Szymanowski
Jun 1st, 2005, 06:00 PM
WOOOO :D

But how about coming + playing Eastbourne?

Maria Croft
Jun 1st, 2005, 06:29 PM
WOOOO :D

But how about coming + playing Eastbourne?

you can't have it all lol

Szymanowski
Jun 1st, 2005, 07:57 PM
:sad: I kno

no1mariafan
Jun 1st, 2005, 08:20 PM
Come on Hutch, Eastbournes only a couple of hours away from B'ham. Get on a train!

Dan23
Jun 2nd, 2005, 12:37 AM
Lawn tennis :worship:

Its good to see Maria is following the same route to Wimbledon as last year...Birmingham is clearly the best tournament for her to play in the 2 weeks before the big one and it allows her to get back into her groove on grass.
Hopefully theres a chance Maria will also defend her doubles title with Maria K :D

!!!--Duiz™--!!!
Jun 2nd, 2005, 03:14 AM
I think she should go to eastbourne...

@m@nd@
Jun 2nd, 2005, 03:54 AM
:D good luck maria

Dan23
Jun 2nd, 2005, 07:56 AM
I think she should go to eastbourne.....and whys that Luis?
Maria likes the week before a GS off..

Maria Croft
Jun 2nd, 2005, 09:46 AM
The following players will compete at this year's tournament;



Maria Sharapova (RUS) 2
Alicia Molik (AUS) 8
Jelena Jankovic (SCG) 18
Elena Likhovtseva (RUS) 19
Tatiana Golovin (FRA) 20
Shinobu Asagoe (JPN) 21
Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) 22
Magdalena Maleeva (BUL) 29
Marion Bartoli (FRA) 33
Nicole Vaidisova (CZE) 35
Flavia Pennetta (ITA) 36
Virginie Razzano (FRA) 39
Evgenia Linetskaya (RUS) 41
Anna-lena Groenefeld (GER) 46
Lisa Raymond (USA) 47
Maria Kirilenko (RUS) 50
Samantha Stosur (AUS) 53
Maria Vento-Kabchi (VEN) 54
Anna Chakvetadze (RUS) 56
Meghann Shaughnessy (USA) 58
Maria Elena Camerin (ITA) 63
Mashona Washington (USA) 64
Tamarine Tanasugarn (THA) 67
Abigail Spears (USA) 68
Arantxa Parra Santonja (ESP) 69
Sania Mirza (IND) 70
Alina Jidkova (RUS) 71
Akiko Morigami (JPN) 72
Yuliana Fedak (UKR) 76
Marlene Weingartner (GER) 77
Tatiana Perebiynis (UKR) 79
Kristina Brandi (PUR) 80
Yoon Jeong Cho (KOR) 82
Antonella Serra Zanetti (ITA) 86
Eleni Daniilidou (GRE) 87
Roberta Vinci (ITA) 88
Alyona Bondarenko (UKR) 90
Tatiana Panova (RUS) 91
Ludmila Cervanova (SVK) 96
Laura Granville (USA) 97
Maria Sanchez Lorenzo (ESP) 109
Chanda Rubin (USA) 125
Claudine Schaul (LUX) 166

Szymanowski
Jun 2nd, 2005, 12:45 PM
Come on Hutch, Eastbournes only a couple of hours away from B'ham. Get on a train!
I can't. I can only make the final at eastbourne anyway, cos all that week, i'm supposed to be revising :rolleyes:

Boring or what?!

andrewbroad
Jun 2nd, 2005, 09:18 PM
Come on Hutch, Eastbournes only a couple of hours away from B'ham. Get on a train!

More like three-and-a-half hours to nine hours, depending on the time of day.

Playing Eastbourne would be a bad idea for Maria, because it's very windy there which she doesn't like, and she wouldn't want to tire herself out the week before Wimbledon. Only worth considering if she would lose early at Birmingham (which would be a major surprise - there's no one in the commitments who's likely to beat her).

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http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sizzlingsharapova/ (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sizzlingsharapova/)
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/jeldani/ (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/jeldani/)

waratahsrock
Jun 2nd, 2005, 10:39 PM
The following players will compete at this year's tournament;



Maria Sharapova (RUS) 2
Alicia Molik (AUS) 8


Good luck Maria, hopefully it's the dream final of Mahsa v Alicia (ofcourse maria winning!)
Looks like a great wee tournament to go to - just a pitty i live on the other side of the world!

andrewbroad
Jun 3rd, 2005, 12:33 AM
Maria Sharapova said: “Since winning the DFS and Wimbledon a lot of things have changed both tennis and social wise, but I’m still the same person. It all started on the grass courts so I’m very happy to be coming back. It’s one of those tournaments that is not too hectic and I can relax and concentrate more on my tennis. I can go to a private club and work out instead of being in the public eye.”

So which are the tournaments where Maria can't concentrate on her tennis? ;)

I was really looking forward to going to Birmingham and watching Maria defend her title, but tickets for the Saturday and Sunday had already sold out by this Wednesday afternoon. :( Last year I managed to get tickets for Saturday and Sunday on the Wednesday of the tournament - it seems that Maria has really raised the profile of this humble tournament!

It's a real shame I won't be able to relive that amazing Sunday when Maria beat TatiHotPants in the singles final, then teamed up with the adorable Maria Kirilenko to win the doubles title and define the term "Super Maria Sisters"!

But there should be plenty of interesting players at Birmingham 2005, including Maria, Daniela Hantuchová, Tatiana Golovin (I pray that she will have recovered from her ankle-sprain) and Maria Kirilenko. See http://www.wtaworld.com/forumdisplay.php?f=515 for the latest commitments.

There's a church-bell ringing
Hear the song of joy that it's singing
For the sweet Maria
And the guy who's coming to see her

--
Dr. Andrew Broad
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http://www.geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/
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http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sizzlingsharapova/
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/jeldani/

Andy Mac
Jun 3rd, 2005, 02:10 AM
yeahh..masha and molik!

DrChemicalX
Jun 4th, 2005, 03:56 AM
Masha and molik would be pretty cool... As long as maria destroyed her..

Andy.
Jun 4th, 2005, 05:11 AM
Yeah it would be another great preparation for Wimbledon if she could defend her title. Good luck Masha have fun on the grass after your nice shopping spree in Paris

Andy Mac
Jun 4th, 2005, 01:37 PM
Masha and molik would be pretty cool... As long as maria destroyed her..
woah..come on now mate..lol...maybe not destroy..but at least beat!

Maria Croft
Jun 4th, 2005, 02:33 PM
Yeah it would be another great preparation for Wimbledon if she could defend her title. Good luck Masha have fun on the grass after your nice shopping spree in Paris

I love your avatar :hearts:

Andy Mac
Jun 4th, 2005, 05:39 PM
everyones in here that has masha in it is real good....i really liek duiz's avatar! i think its cool

Maria Croft
Jun 4th, 2005, 08:10 PM
Birmingham draw released
June 4th 2005
The draw for the dfs classic has been released and Maria is the top seed and receives a bye in the 1st round. In the second round Maria will play either Tatiana Perebiynis of the Ukraine of Anne Kremer of Luxembourg. Maria has played Perebiynis once before, last year on clay in Rome which she won 6-4 7-5 and she has played Kremer once before at Seoul last year on hardcourts and won 6-0 6-2. The first seed Maria can meet is #16 seed Samantha Stosur of Australia whom she beat here last year 6-4 6-3. Maria is seeded to meet Ai Sugiyama of Japan in the quarters, French Open semi-finalist Elena Likhovtseva of Russia in the semis and #2 seed Alicia Molik of Australia in the final. Last year's finalist Tatiana Golovin, Jelena Jankovic and Daniela Hantuchova round off the draw in the bottom half.

Maria will play her second round match on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Last year Maria won this tournament and has 172 points to defend. This has always been a very good tournament for Maria as she reached the semis in her debut appearance here in 2003 beating many players ranked above her.

Due to the very short grass season this will be Maria's only tournament on her favourite surface before defending her title at Wimbledon which begins on June 20th.

Taken from www.mariaworld.net

Andy Mac
Jun 5th, 2005, 01:06 AM
thanks queen maria ( i feel really bad sayin this cuz ive known you for soo long but im bad with names and have forgotten yours )

Andy.
Jun 5th, 2005, 05:00 AM
Maria has a pretty good draw. This is what she needs to ease herself into the grass court season. She should have no problems getting to the final

Maria Croft
Jun 5th, 2005, 08:26 AM
thanks queen maria ( i feel really bad sayin this cuz ive known you for soo long but im bad with names and have forgotten yours )

Don't feel bad about it lol, I'm also terrible with names and know how you feel :) that is why I'm so happy we have usernames ;)

boffaloraa
Jun 5th, 2005, 11:10 AM
First Maria Pictures in Birmingham :wavey:

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Andy.
Jun 5th, 2005, 01:12 PM
Thanks for the pix. Looking good

Maria Croft
Jun 5th, 2005, 08:25 PM
Maria will play doubles again with Kirilenko in Birmingham !! great news !!

nouf
Jun 5th, 2005, 08:29 PM
http://mashafan.free.fr/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=161&mode=&order=0&thold=0

tkxs for fotos i request hqs! :-)

Andy.
Jun 5th, 2005, 11:25 PM
Its great that she is playing doubles again they havnt done it for almost a year. This is the perfect preparation for Wimbledon with having next week off. Good luck Mashadefend your crown

Maria Croft
Jun 5th, 2005, 11:56 PM
Monday, June 6, 2005

Centre Court (from 11.00hrs)
1. Foretz vs. Groenefeld
2. An.Serra Zanetti vs. Stosur
3. Janes vs. Morigami
4. A.Bondarenko vs. Baltacha
5. Bartoli/Tanasugarn vs. Kirilenko/Sharapova

Szymanowski
Jun 6th, 2005, 08:34 AM
Where's she seeded for the doubles?

Maria Croft
Jun 6th, 2005, 10:07 AM
Where's she seeded for the doubles?

she got a wildcard

Cheney
Jun 6th, 2005, 12:47 PM
i believe she can make it:)

Maria Croft
Jun 6th, 2005, 02:29 PM
Good luck Maria and Maria :D

!!!--Duiz™--!!!
Jun 6th, 2005, 04:12 PM
BLACK Cara (ZIM)/HUBER Liezel (RSA)
Vs.
89 6 ASAGOE Shinobu (JPN)/CAMERIN Maria Elena (ITA)
-------------
JANES Amanda (GBR)/KEOTHAVONG Anne (GBR)
Vs.
MCSHEA Lisa (AUS)/SEQUERA Milagros (VEN)
---------------------------
45 3 PRATT Nicole (AUS)/VENTO-KABCHI Maria (VEN)
Vs.
94 7 CRAYBAS Jill (USA)/WEINGARTNER Marlene (GER)
--------------
DANIILIDOU Eleni (GRE)/RUSSELL Jennifer (USA)
Vs.
Qualifiers


---------------------------------------------------


BARTOLI Marion (FRA)/TANASUGARN Tamarine (THA)
Vs.
KIRILENKO Maria (RUS)/SHARAPOVA Maria (RUS) :worship:
----------------
CALLENS Els (BEL)/TU Meilen (USA)
Vs.
STEWART Bryanne (AUS)/STOSUR Samantha (AUS)
----------------------------
SCHAUL Claudine (LUX)/SERRA ZANETTI Antonella (ITA)
Vs.
HOPKINS Jennifer (USA)/WASHINGTON Mashona (USA)
--------------
JIDKOVA Alina (RUS)/PEREBIYNIS Tatiana (UKR)
Vs.
39 2 HANTUCHOVA Daniela (SVK)/SUGIYAMA Ai (JPN)

cc.bham.dani
Jun 6th, 2005, 06:56 PM
Sorry to say that the 2 Marias have just lost 6.4, 6.0! At least she is still in the Singles

no1mariafan
Jun 6th, 2005, 08:00 PM
Unlucky both Maria's on not retaining your doubles crown. Doubles is worthless anyway :p

Maria Croft
Jun 6th, 2005, 08:19 PM
I'm a little disappointed with their loss, but you can't expect Maria to win after not playing doubles for more then a half year I guess, good luck in your singles match tomorrow Maria !!

!!!--Duiz™--!!!
Jun 6th, 2005, 09:32 PM
they lost to really good doubles people... how sad.... awww..

nouf
Jun 6th, 2005, 10:03 PM
http://mashafan.free.fr/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=162&mode=&order=0&thold=0

i add 7 pics offcourt + 3 hqs birmingham! enjoy

Andy Mac
Jun 6th, 2005, 11:51 PM
thanks noufie!

Andy.
Jun 7th, 2005, 12:08 AM
O well at least she has had a match on grass now.

Andy Mac
Jun 7th, 2005, 12:39 AM
thast very true mr andrew..now she must destroy everyone in the singles!

Szymanowski
Jun 7th, 2005, 09:06 AM
I think she could either be incredible on grass this year, or have a disaster early on. Of course, I hope that's out of the way with the doubles ;)

Maria Croft
Jun 7th, 2005, 11:04 AM
Tuesday, June 7, 2005

Centre Court (from 11.00hrs)
1. Raymond vs. Sequera
2. Granville vs. Keothavong
3. Sharapova vs. Kremer
4. Mirza vs. Jankovic
5. Jidkova/Perebiynis vs. Hantuchova/Sugiyama (NB 16.00hrs)

Good luck Maria !!

Cheney
Jun 7th, 2005, 11:06 AM
i'm sorry to hear that, but just do your best in the singles

Dan23
Jun 7th, 2005, 12:26 PM
Maria's back playing on grass :woohoo:

Its *1-1 1st set :cool:

Dan23
Jun 7th, 2005, 12:31 PM
:lol:
Masha was broken to love, then broke back straight away *2-2

Maria Croft
Jun 7th, 2005, 12:34 PM
Maria 3-2 !!

Maria Croft
Jun 7th, 2005, 12:38 PM
Maria broke again and is now serving at 4-2 :D

Dan23
Jun 7th, 2005, 12:39 PM
Maria held to 15 and just broke Kremer to lead *4-2 :D

Maria Croft
Jun 7th, 2005, 12:43 PM
5-2 !! Maria !!

Dan23
Jun 7th, 2005, 12:43 PM
Masha going nicely now 5-2 ;)

Dan23
Jun 7th, 2005, 12:45 PM
Haha lets keep repeating each other QM :lol: ;)

Dan23
Jun 7th, 2005, 12:48 PM
Maria's gotta serve the set out now...1st serve not too bad so far 65% with 2 aces (both in the first game) :D

Maria Croft
Jun 7th, 2005, 12:50 PM
6-3 first set, not great but she is getting better !!

Dan23
Jun 7th, 2005, 12:50 PM
1st set 6-3 :D

Maria Croft
Jun 7th, 2005, 12:51 PM
Haha lets keep repeating each other QM :lol: ;)

lol, scores is more fun when your not alone ;)

Maria Croft
Jun 7th, 2005, 12:54 PM
Maria has already broken in the first game of the second set !!

Dan23
Jun 7th, 2005, 12:55 PM
Looks like Anne is serving pretty well (over 80%) but it seems Maria is having a go on the 2nd serve when she gets one!
Hold now..:yeah:

Maria Croft
Jun 7th, 2005, 01:00 PM
Maria saved 2 breakpoints in this game !! But also 2 double faults in this game, and one ace

2-0 second set

Dan23
Jun 7th, 2005, 01:01 PM
lol, scores is more fun when your not alone ;)
Thats true :yeah:
2-0* now :D
Masha saved 2 BP's then, holding from 15-40....3 DF's so far

Maria Croft
Jun 7th, 2005, 01:03 PM
But Maria broke again to take a 3-0 lead :bounce:

Dan23
Jun 7th, 2005, 01:03 PM
*3-0 :cool:
Really putting the heat on now

Andy.
Jun 7th, 2005, 01:05 PM
Good to see Masha really steam rolling now

Dan23
Jun 7th, 2005, 01:07 PM
big hold to love :clap2:
4-0

Maria Croft
Jun 7th, 2005, 01:07 PM
love game from Maria !! 4-0 now !!

Dan23
Jun 7th, 2005, 01:08 PM
Gday Andrew ;)

Andy.
Jun 7th, 2005, 01:10 PM
Hey Dan and Queen Maria. Masha seems to be really in control of things not letting Anna get into the match.

Maria Croft
Jun 7th, 2005, 01:11 PM
Maria going strong !! 5-0 !!

Dan23
Jun 7th, 2005, 01:11 PM
Yess took the 2nd BP and leads 5-0..:D
Serve out the match Masha :yeah:

Maria Croft
Jun 7th, 2005, 01:12 PM
Hey Dan and Queen Maria. Masha seems to be really in control of things not letting Anna get into the match.

yeah, just the way I want to see Maria play ;)

Maria Croft
Jun 7th, 2005, 01:15 PM
6-3 6-0, not a bad start !! Nice win from Maria !! :worship:

Dan23
Jun 7th, 2005, 01:16 PM
:clap2: :clap2:
Great match...very solid Maria..3 and 0
Anne was only able to hold twice in the match :cool:

Andy.
Jun 7th, 2005, 01:18 PM
Great Start from Masha just what she needed to get her grass court campaign under way. Well Done

Maria Croft
Jun 7th, 2005, 01:18 PM
1st serve 63%
Aces 3
Double faults 3
points won on 1st serve 78%
second serve 84% (don't think so)
Points won on second serve 56%
Receiving points won 61%
Break point conversions 5/7 (very good)
total points won 55

Andy.
Jun 7th, 2005, 01:20 PM
There very good stats as well. All in All a very strong and dominating performance.

DrChemicalX
Jun 7th, 2005, 02:57 PM
Its so great to see maria on grass again!

Andy Mac
Jun 7th, 2005, 08:14 PM
:D:D.....maria on grass:worship:...cant beat that!

nouf
Jun 7th, 2005, 09:19 PM
http://mashafan.free.fr/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=163&mode=&order=0&thold=0

Andy Mac
Jun 7th, 2005, 09:48 PM
thanks noufie...man i wish i cud read french!

Cheney
Jun 8th, 2005, 10:07 AM
Great start, maria!
Just keep it into the final! :D

Szymanowski
Jun 8th, 2005, 07:52 PM
so who does she play in R3?

Maria Croft
Jun 8th, 2005, 08:13 PM
so who does she play in R3?

Stosur

Maria leads 3-0 in their H2H

One last year on grass in two sets and 2 on hardcourt

no1mariafan
Jun 8th, 2005, 08:56 PM
Thursday, June 9, 2005

Centre Court (from 11.00hrs)
1. Tanasugarn vs. Foretz
2. Sharapova vs. Stosur
3. Daniilidou vs. Sugiyama
4. Golovin vs. Fujiwara
5. Pratt/Vento-Kabchi vs. Daniilidou/Russell

Good Luck Masha!!

Maria Croft
Jun 8th, 2005, 09:18 PM
Good luck Maria !!

Andy.
Jun 9th, 2005, 12:07 AM
Good luck tonight Maria keep that good record against Sam going.

Maria Croft
Jun 9th, 2005, 12:14 PM
Maria starts the match with a love game :bounce:

Go Maria !! 1-0

no1mariafan
Jun 9th, 2005, 12:17 PM
2-0, 8 out of 10 points so far. Keep it up!

Maria Croft
Jun 9th, 2005, 12:18 PM
and Maria breaks 2-0 !!

Maria Croft
Jun 9th, 2005, 12:20 PM
Maria is going strong 3-0 already !!

Maria Croft
Jun 9th, 2005, 12:26 PM
4-1 with 3 aces already !!

Maria Croft
Jun 9th, 2005, 12:35 PM
Maria come back from 0-40 in the last game, 5-2 now !! very impressive !!

Maria Croft
Jun 9th, 2005, 12:45 PM
6-3 first set Maria. Both have 5 aces, they are serving strong, but Stosur has 3 double faults and Maria has 0

Also, Maria saved 4 break points in the first set !!

Maria Croft
Jun 9th, 2005, 01:03 PM
play suspended at 2-2 second set

Dan23
Jun 9th, 2005, 01:03 PM
Evening fellas ;)
Davai Maria :yeah:

Dan23
Jun 9th, 2005, 01:05 PM
:rolleyes:
Whats it raining in England for a change?? :p p)

Maria Croft
Jun 9th, 2005, 01:06 PM
how strange, they continued already, 2-3 now second set, Maria serving

Dan23
Jun 9th, 2005, 01:06 PM
Its *2-3 now

Maria Croft
Jun 9th, 2005, 01:10 PM
Maria is broken 2-4 Stosur, break back Maria !!

Dan23
Jun 9th, 2005, 01:12 PM
Break back Masha

Maria Croft
Jun 9th, 2005, 01:20 PM
Maria wasted 5 break points in this game !! looks like we will have a third set....

Dan23
Jun 9th, 2005, 01:20 PM
Damn it...5 Bp's there :(
Fight back Maria....:rocker2:

Dan23
Jun 9th, 2005, 01:24 PM
Good serve game Maria...now break back

Maria Croft
Jun 9th, 2005, 01:28 PM
6-3 second set Stosur, I wonder how long Stosur can keep it up ?? Fight Maria !! C'mon !!

Dan23
Jun 9th, 2005, 01:28 PM
grr CMON fire up Masha

Maria Croft
Jun 9th, 2005, 01:29 PM
Maria 1/9 on break points :sad:

Dan23
Jun 9th, 2005, 01:36 PM
Cmon Maria...
id like to know what the Winner/UFE ratio is for each player

Maria Croft
Jun 9th, 2005, 01:38 PM
Cmon Maria...
id like to know what the Winner/UFE ratio is for each player

yeah me too, I can't believe they don't show that on their scoreboard :mad:

2-1 Maria !! break her now !! :bounce:

Maria Croft
Jun 9th, 2005, 01:44 PM
another wasted break point in this game !! But she finally broke !! now hold that break maria !!

Dan23
Jun 9th, 2005, 01:45 PM
:woohoo: finally a break
hold again Masha and amke it tough for Sammy

Maria Croft
Jun 9th, 2005, 01:47 PM
C'mon Maria !! 4-1 final set !! with a love game to 4-1 !!

Maria Croft
Jun 9th, 2005, 01:53 PM
And Maria breaks again !! Go Maria !!

Dan23
Jun 9th, 2005, 01:53 PM
Thats the way Masha..great fighting...
now finish it off...CMON

Maria Croft
Jun 9th, 2005, 02:00 PM
yay Maria won !! 6-1 final set !! I'm glad she got only broken once !! it's a shame she made one double fault in the whole match on match point....

But I'm happy she won !! good serving !!

Dan23
Jun 9th, 2005, 02:00 PM
:rocker2: :rocker2: :rocker2: :rocker2: :rocker2: :rocker2: :rocker2: :rocker2:
Good fighting win Maria :yeah:
the DF on MP stuffed up her perfect record :p

Maria Croft
Jun 9th, 2005, 02:02 PM
1st serve 68%
Aces 6
Double faults 1 (on Match point)
Points won on first serve 75%
2nd serve 96%
Points won on second serve 67%
Receiving points won 38%
Break point conversions 3/12 (only 25%)
Total points won 87

Maria Croft
Jun 9th, 2005, 02:04 PM
thanx Dan for helping me with the scores again :D

Andy Mac
Jun 9th, 2005, 08:48 PM
dan..absolutly loving yur avatar...
YEAH MASHA:yeah::woohoo:

Maria Croft
Jun 9th, 2005, 09:18 PM
Friday, June 10, 2005

Centre Court (from 11.00hrs)
1. Washington vs. Jankovic
2. Tanasugarn vs. Granville
3. Sharapova vs. Daniilidou
4. Golovin vs. Chakvetadze

Good luck Maria !!

Andy Mac
Jun 9th, 2005, 10:57 PM
thanks queen maria..

xan
Jun 10th, 2005, 12:06 AM
Nice win Maria.

Stosur was serving up a storm in the 2nd set. Unbreakable. Even in mixed, Sam's serve is rarely broken. But it's hard to keep that up against Maria's returning.

Dan23
Jun 10th, 2005, 12:09 AM
Agreed..
If Maria takes a bit more time with the returns she can easily get around opponents using the serve/volley as a weapon against her...but if theyre serving too well Maria's just got to be patient like y'day and the opponents level will have to come down at some time

Andy.
Jun 10th, 2005, 03:46 AM
Well done on the win Masha fighting hard and winning well in the end.

Maria Croft
Jun 10th, 2005, 01:59 PM
2-1 first set with 2 breaks so far

Maria Croft
Jun 10th, 2005, 02:13 PM
3-2 Maria, it doesn't look like she is playing very well at the moment....

Andy.
Jun 10th, 2005, 02:16 PM
Lets hope she can pic up her game as she has done in her other matches

Andy.
Jun 10th, 2005, 02:20 PM
3 all Danillidou has been playing well today Masha can underestimate her

Cheney
Jun 10th, 2005, 02:22 PM
3-4
hey, maria!! come ooooooooooooooooon!!

Maria Croft
Jun 10th, 2005, 02:23 PM
3-4 Daniilidou, Maria broken again :mad:

Maria Croft
Jun 10th, 2005, 02:28 PM
Maria broke back :bounce:

Andy.
Jun 10th, 2005, 02:29 PM
She is making it hard for herself but im sure she will come good in the end she always does.

Maria Croft
Jun 10th, 2005, 02:31 PM
5-4 Maria !! C'mon Maria !!

Maria Croft
Jun 10th, 2005, 02:31 PM
She is making it hard for herself but im sure she will come good in the end she always does.

yeah I know, but it shouldn't have to be like that ;)

Cheney
Jun 10th, 2005, 02:35 PM
PLEASE! MARIA, ya can do it better..

Come on and break!!

Maria Croft
Jun 10th, 2005, 02:41 PM
Go Maria !! she took that importent break !!

Maria Croft
Jun 10th, 2005, 02:41 PM
7-5 first set Maria !!

Maria Croft
Jun 10th, 2005, 02:54 PM
break point conversions:

Maria: 3/14
Daniilidou: 3/3

0-2 down second set....

Maria Croft
Jun 10th, 2005, 03:01 PM
1-2 second set, Maria saved 2 break points in this game

Cheney
Jun 10th, 2005, 03:03 PM
break!break!

Cheney
Jun 10th, 2005, 03:06 PM
what's happening there?
why did my livescore stop..

Maria Croft
Jun 10th, 2005, 03:15 PM
maria down 1-4 second set :sad:

Dan23
Jun 10th, 2005, 03:15 PM
Just got home :lol:

CMON Masha...doesnt seem to be in any sort of top form atm
Shes not taking her chances....should be a fairly comfortable match this one

Dan23
Jun 10th, 2005, 03:18 PM
1-5 :(

Maria Croft
Jun 10th, 2005, 03:21 PM
down 2-5, at least she held one more time, hope she will play better in the third set

Dan23
Jun 10th, 2005, 03:25 PM
2-6 :(
disappointing 2nd set again
fight back Maria...

Cheney
Jun 10th, 2005, 03:30 PM
Yes, maria always does well in the third set. and do it again!

Maria Croft
Jun 10th, 2005, 03:36 PM
Maria breaks on love :eek: up 2-0 in the second, she must be giving it all she's got at the moment, Keep it up Maria !! :bounce:

Maria Croft
Jun 10th, 2005, 03:39 PM
3-0 !! C'mon Maria !! break her again !!

Dan23
Jun 10th, 2005, 03:39 PM
great start Masha
keep it rolling

Cheney
Jun 10th, 2005, 03:40 PM
3-0,hehe:D
well done

Maria Croft
Jun 10th, 2005, 03:44 PM
and she breaks again !! C'mon Maria !! :D

Maria Croft
Jun 10th, 2005, 03:49 PM
5-0 !! Go maria !!

Cheney
Jun 10th, 2005, 03:50 PM
5-0!
that's more like it :D
Maria got amazing in the third set didn't she:D

Maria Croft
Jun 10th, 2005, 03:55 PM
maria wins 7-5 2-6 6-1 !!

I have to be honest, after that second set I didn't think Maria would win....

But she did !! Congrats Maria !! amazing third set !!

Dan23
Jun 10th, 2005, 03:56 PM
Yeessss :rocker2:
Great finish once again Masha...;)
Dont know what happened in the 2nd set :scratch:

Cheney
Jun 10th, 2005, 03:58 PM
a hard, but a great win!!:D

Maria Croft
Jun 10th, 2005, 03:59 PM
1st serve 59%
Aces 5
Points won on first serve 69%
2nd serve 88%
Points won on second serve 46% (very low)
Receiving points won 47%
Double faults 5
Break point conversions 5/18 (that is very very low)
Total points won 98

goldenlox
Jun 10th, 2005, 05:26 PM
Sharapova Through after Injury Scare

By Ian Laybourn, PA Sport



Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova overcame an injury scare to secure her place in the semi-finals of the DFS Classic in Birmingham.

The 18-year-old Russian beat the unseeded Greek Eleni Daniilidou 7-5 2-6 6-1 in a two-hour quarter-final.

Sharapova called for a medical time-out early in the second set in order to have physiotherapy on her right thigh.

And although she appeared to make a full recovery, she lost four of the next five games to drop a set for the second successive match.

Sharapova then re-discovered her best form to rip through the deciding set in just 26 minutes.

Sharapova, who was afterwards made a life member of the Edgbaston Priory Club, is now into her seventh semi-final of 2005 and on course to successfully defend the title she won at her second attempt 12 months ago.

But it was a far from convincing performance by the Florida-based Siberian, who reached last year’s final without dropping a set.

She twice lost her footing on the slippery baseline and uncharacteristically produced more double faults than aces.

Daniilidou, a semi-finalist at Edgbaston two years ago when she was 14th in the world, has slipped to 87th in the rankings and lost 6-0 6-4 to Sharapova in Miami earlier this year.

But that defeat came at a time when the Greek 22-year-old was still recovering from wrist surgery and, having put out two seeds on her way to the last eight, provided further proof today that she is on her way back.

Her persistent returns and varied shot-play forced Sharapova into a series of unforced errors which prompted the champion to look to father Yuri in the packed stands for inspiration.

It was distinctly lacking in the second set in which Sharapova twice dropped her serve, her noise levels increasing with every blunder.

But, after a bathroom break, a fully pumped-up Sharapova went through the gears and destroyed her opponent with some trademark fierce hitting from the baselines.

She double-faulted on match point for the second successive match but was then swift to wrap up victory, to cheers of the Birmingham faithful and loyal father Yuri who was on his feet long before the end.

goldenlox
Jun 10th, 2005, 07:22 PM
"I had a cold this morning and on top of that the grass court pushes your body," she explained. "My body got a little bit sore as the match went on. It was good to get some hot cream on it.

"But it's just part of tennis. Every day you have things wrong with you. You are not going to be pefect all the time.

"I'm going to have a whole week off before Wimbledon so there will be plenty of time to recover."

As if her ailments were not distractive enough, Sharapova was also given a reminder of the warnings she received on her Birmingham debut in 2003 over the screams which accompany many of her shots.

The decibel levels grew noticeably as she struggled with her game and drew the attention of umpire Kim Craven, although LTA officials were unable to clear up confusion about whether she was officially warned.

"I haven't heard that in about two years, not since Birmingham two years ago, so I don't know if it's Birmingham or maybe an echo or something," she said. "I really don't know."

"All credit to my opponent as she played well. I guess I just figured I had played badly for the first two sets, so in the third set I had better pick it up. I fought really hard out there," said Sharapova.

"From the beginning of the match, I wasnt playing well as had no timing and wasnt serving well. But its impossible to play your third match on grass and play unbelievable," added the Russian who has also been suffering from a cold.

"It was just one of those days, when you feel like everything is hurting and you have no energy. I just went out there and did the best I could. You take the positives away from a match like this as after all I am in the semis."

Maria Croft
Jun 10th, 2005, 07:50 PM
I hope Maria is ready tomorrow, good luck Maria !!

Josh B.
Jun 10th, 2005, 10:36 PM
well done Maria :worship:

Andy Mac
Jun 11th, 2005, 12:21 AM
noice job m to the asha! haha..peeaace

Andy.
Jun 11th, 2005, 12:24 AM
Well done on fighting it out and slaming the third set. I hope she is Ok and can lift a few gears for Golovin.

Maria Croft
Jun 11th, 2005, 01:54 PM
5-2 Maria first set !! C'mon Maria !!

Maria Croft
Jun 11th, 2005, 02:10 PM
Golovin serving to stay in the set at 6-5 first set

Maria Croft
Jun 11th, 2005, 02:19 PM
a very long game at the end of the first set gave Maria her first set !! 7-5 !! Go Maria !!

Maria Croft
Jun 11th, 2005, 02:27 PM
Maria breaks on love to go up 2-0 !!

Josh B.
Jun 11th, 2005, 02:29 PM
what channel
what channel

what channel?

Maria Croft
Jun 11th, 2005, 02:35 PM
what channel
what channel

what channel?

Live scores :D

Maria Croft
Jun 11th, 2005, 02:40 PM
Maria up 4-1 in the second

Maria Croft
Jun 11th, 2005, 02:47 PM
7-5 6-1 maria !! great win !! a good second set !! her serve wasn't really working today but she made it through anyway !! in 2 sets !! Congrats Maria !!

Josh B.
Jun 11th, 2005, 02:48 PM
cool!

ill just have the scores from the Queen M :worship:

cheers

GO MARIA

Maria Croft
Jun 11th, 2005, 02:49 PM
1st serve 57%
second serve 90%
Aces 3
Double faults 3
Points won on first serve 71%
Points won on second serve 46%
Receiving points won 52%
Break point conversions 5/11 45%
Total points won 68

Josh B.
Jun 11th, 2005, 02:49 PM
EXCELLENT SCORE MARIA!
#

CHEERS FOR THE UPDATES QUEEN M!

GO MARIA, GOOD LUCK IN THE FINAL

Maria Croft
Jun 11th, 2005, 03:01 PM
thanx :D

Andy.
Jun 11th, 2005, 04:14 PM
Well done on the win Masha. she new she had to raise her level and she did. Great stuff and good luck in the final

Maria Croft
Jun 11th, 2005, 10:08 PM
Good luck tomorrow Maria !!

@m@nd@
Jun 11th, 2005, 10:53 PM
:D GOOD LUCK MARIA :D

nouf
Jun 11th, 2005, 11:20 PM
http://mashafan.free.fr/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=167

i add all hqs and a video versus daniilidou enjoy! :-)

Cheney
Jun 12th, 2005, 02:00 AM
Great win!!!!
I'm so excited!!!

Daniel
Jun 12th, 2005, 02:10 AM
Win the title Maria :D

Josh B.
Jun 12th, 2005, 10:11 AM
Cmon Maria!!

Dan23
Jun 12th, 2005, 12:58 PM
Getting ready to go in the final :D

CMON Maria..

DrChemicalX
Jun 12th, 2005, 01:09 PM
Yeeah! Go maria, this will be an awsome final

DrChemicalX
Jun 12th, 2005, 01:12 PM
Its Started!

Josh B.
Jun 12th, 2005, 01:14 PM
they arnt showing it on TV

im so pissed off bout that!

Josh B.
Jun 12th, 2005, 01:14 PM
does anyone have a link as to were i can see the score

or a channel on Tv?

DrChemicalX
Jun 12th, 2005, 01:16 PM
http://birmingham.lta.org.uk/ for score

DrChemicalX
Jun 12th, 2005, 01:16 PM
I really hope masha wins this, she will, she is the best ! :)

Josh B.
Jun 12th, 2005, 01:18 PM
cheers!

argh break point :eek:

DrChemicalX
Jun 12th, 2005, 01:19 PM
1-1

Dan23
Jun 12th, 2005, 01:19 PM
ahh 1-1
Masha serving...CMON Maria

Josh B.
Jun 12th, 2005, 01:21 PM
15-30 to jankovich on mashas serve :sad:

Josh B.
Jun 12th, 2005, 01:21 PM
40-30 to masha :D

Dan23
Jun 12th, 2005, 01:21 PM
a break each way so far
gotta hold Maria :D

Josh B.
Jun 12th, 2005, 01:24 PM
sumthin aint right with that link dude!

its not updateing very fast

Dan23
Jun 12th, 2005, 01:24 PM
scoreboards very slow atm :scratch:

DrChemicalX
Jun 12th, 2005, 01:25 PM
Yeah, obviously

Josh B.
Jun 12th, 2005, 01:25 PM
ud think that Eurosport or sky sports would show the final!

DrChemicalX
Jun 12th, 2005, 01:27 PM
Yeah ... its so Annoying, i mean, i dont get Eurosport anyway, but i wish Fox Sports showed it...

Dan23
Jun 12th, 2005, 01:28 PM
scoreboard = :zzz:

Dan23
Jun 12th, 2005, 01:29 PM
aww its 4-1 now :D
CMON Masha

Josh B.
Jun 12th, 2005, 01:29 PM
i dont have the sharapova score but ill give u the mens final score so far



Roddick 3 - 3 Ivanovich on roddicks serve in first set!

Maria Croft
Jun 12th, 2005, 01:29 PM
4-1 Maria !!

Josh B.
Jun 12th, 2005, 01:30 PM
aww its 4-1 now :D
CMON Masha


yer, i just saw that

woohhooo go Masha

4-1, Jankovich serve

DrChemicalX
Jun 12th, 2005, 01:30 PM
Yeah im beginning to wonder, it has to be server overload, but at the same time, has the match paused maybe??

DrChemicalX
Jun 12th, 2005, 01:31 PM
Yeah! 4-1 !!!!!!

Josh B.
Jun 12th, 2005, 01:32 PM
i dont think its paused, i think the server is too low!

DrChemicalX
Jun 12th, 2005, 01:32 PM
:bounce::bounce:

Dan23
Jun 12th, 2005, 01:36 PM
scoreboard stopped again...must be overloaded :(

Dan23
Jun 12th, 2005, 01:38 PM
ES News must be getting the score off the live scoreboard too...their scores topped too :lol:
Hope Masha's going well

Josh B.
Jun 12th, 2005, 01:39 PM
i think she has the first set now!

DrChemicalX
Jun 12th, 2005, 01:39 PM
Me to

Josh B.
Jun 12th, 2005, 01:47 PM
still no score :fiery:

DrChemicalX
Jun 12th, 2005, 01:50 PM
yeah

Dan23
Jun 12th, 2005, 01:50 PM
1st set 6-2 :D
finally a score
CMON Masha

DrChemicalX
Jun 12th, 2005, 01:52 PM
:D Go Go Masha!

Dan23
Jun 12th, 2005, 01:52 PM
Keep it going in the 2nd set Maria...dont let Jelena in

Dan23
Jun 12th, 2005, 01:55 PM
6-2 1-0*
CMON Maria..break

Josh B.
Jun 12th, 2005, 01:55 PM
yer

6-2..1-0*

Josh B.
Jun 12th, 2005, 01:56 PM
15-0 to Jana

Clai
Jun 12th, 2005, 01:56 PM
Go Masha!

Josh B.
Jun 12th, 2005, 01:56 PM
30-0

Josh B.
Jun 12th, 2005, 01:57 PM
40-0

Josh B.
Jun 12th, 2005, 01:57 PM
6-2..1-1 masha to serve

Maria Croft
Jun 12th, 2005, 01:58 PM
Go Maria !!

DrChemicalX
Jun 12th, 2005, 01:58 PM
Go Masha!

~SunFlower~
Jun 12th, 2005, 01:58 PM
:cat: masha :cat:

Josh B.
Jun 12th, 2005, 02:00 PM
masha serving

30-15

Josh B.
Jun 12th, 2005, 02:00 PM
40-15 :banana:

Josh B.
Jun 12th, 2005, 02:01 PM
40-30

Josh B.
Jun 12th, 2005, 02:02 PM
6-2..2-1

jana to serve

~SunFlower~
Jun 12th, 2005, 02:02 PM
:) masha 62 21 :)

Maria Croft
Jun 12th, 2005, 02:03 PM
break her now Maria !! C'mon !!

Dan23
Jun 12th, 2005, 02:04 PM
scoreboard :yawn: :rolleyes:
CMON Maria..

Josh B.
Jun 12th, 2005, 02:05 PM
30-15 to Jankavich on her serve

Josh B.
Jun 12th, 2005, 02:05 PM
40-15, could go 2-2 here

Josh B.
Jun 12th, 2005, 02:06 PM
6-2..2-2

masha serve

DrChemicalX
Jun 12th, 2005, 02:06 PM
Yeeah go masha!

Josh B.
Jun 12th, 2005, 02:06 PM
masha 30-0 up on her serve

~SunFlower~
Jun 12th, 2005, 02:07 PM
:) masha 62 22 :)

Josh B.
Jun 12th, 2005, 02:07 PM
6-2..3-2

~SunFlower~
Jun 12th, 2005, 02:08 PM
:hatoff: masha 62 32 :hatoff:

Josh B.
Jun 12th, 2005, 02:10 PM
40-15 to jankavich on her own serve