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Sweep
Sep 19th, 2005, 04:16 PM
Here is the draw:
(1)Maria Sharapova vs bye
Shahar Peer vs Vera Douchevina
Na Li vs Jill Craybas
Shinobu Asagoe vs (7)Tatiana Golovin

(4)Serena Williams vs bye
Q vs Tiantian Sun
Maria Kirilenko vs Anna-Lena Groenefeld
Q vs (8)Flavia Penetta

(6)Jelena Jankovic vs Jie Zheng
Meghann Shaughnessy vs Marta Domachowska
Nuria Llagostera Vives vs Q
(3)Venus Williams vs bye

(5)Alicia Molik vs Mariana Diaz-Oliva
Q vs Shuai Peng
Akiko Morigami vs Ai Sugiyama
(2)Lindsay Davenport vs bye

Maria Croft
Sep 19th, 2005, 08:29 PM
Last year

Beijing
1R Bye

2R beat
Tatiana Panova
6-1 6-1

QF beat
Jelena Jankovic
5-2 ret

SF lost
Svetlana Kuznetsova
2-6 2-6



Good luck Maria !!

Dan23
Sep 20th, 2005, 12:10 AM
Draw has changed a little due to Lindsay withdrawing...I dont think it affects Maria too much though :cool:

morningglory
Sep 20th, 2005, 01:02 AM
you better beat Serena and Linds/Venus this time, Maria... or I shall die of a broken heart :lol: ;)

Cheney
Sep 20th, 2005, 02:51 PM
I'm not sure yet if i could go to beijing this weekend, but some of my friends said that they saw Maria training today, she's not as tall as we see her on TV, but she and her father yuri are more friendly than we think. Sounds great!!:D

Portobello
Sep 20th, 2005, 04:04 PM
Good Luck Maria :rocker2::rocker2:


have a great week in beijing :yeah:

!!!--Duiz™--!!!
Sep 20th, 2005, 06:54 PM
Kick some butts at there... :armed:

Dan23
Sep 21st, 2005, 07:56 AM
Tomorrow Maria will play Shahar Peer (who towelled up Douchie 62 60 :eek: ) in the 2nd Round
Lets go Masha :hatoff:

Andy.
Sep 21st, 2005, 07:56 AM
Maria has a real chance of going all the way here. If she can build her form thru the rounds she will be dangerous and tough for Serena or Venus to beat. Venus looks to be the main danger.

Maria Croft
Sep 21st, 2005, 08:42 AM
Good luck Maria !!

!!!--Duiz™--!!!
Sep 21st, 2005, 01:36 PM
Good luck agaisnt Shahar... she will be a tough opponent!

Don't understimate Shahar!


PS- I just hope this is not another one of those times that we expect a really tough match and it ends 6-1, 6-0... :lol:

Sweep
Sep 21st, 2005, 06:57 PM
Good luck agaisnt Shahar... she will be a tough opponent!

Don't understimate Shahar!


PS- I just hope this is not another one of those times that we expect a really tough match and it ends 6-1, 6-0... :lol:

You're right - Shahar is good. She'll be up for it - the seeds are falling fast.

Good luck Masha - you can do it.

!!!--Duiz™--!!!
Sep 22nd, 2005, 04:54 AM
:p

Dan23
Sep 22nd, 2005, 07:42 AM
Maria took the 1st set 6-0 and is leading on serve at 2-1 in the 2nd :cool: :D

Maria Croft
Sep 22nd, 2005, 09:11 AM
Maria won 6-0 5-7 6-2

Not easy but she won

Congrats Maria !!

Andy.
Sep 22nd, 2005, 11:03 AM
Well done maria on a good fighting win, its great to see the champions still pull through when they are not playing so well, now Maria can build her form round by round. It would be awesome if the two Maria's could meet each other in the semi finals.

no1mariafan
Sep 22nd, 2005, 11:10 AM
Keep that first set form up for the rest of the tournement and she'll be fine!

Dan23
Sep 22nd, 2005, 12:03 PM
Well fought win in the end..
Maybe I looked into Maria's body language a bit too much...but it was strange :)

Portobello
Sep 22nd, 2005, 12:37 PM
did scare me in 2nd but good to see her fight it out :yeah:

i hope 2 easy sets in next R tho :)

Maria Croft
Sep 22nd, 2005, 01:40 PM
Asagoe is her next opponent, Maria leads their H2H 3-1, winning the last three matches they played, but it could be a tough match

2003 Birmingham Asagoe won 6-2 2-6 7-6 (3)
2004 Miami Maria won 6-2 3-6 6-0
2005 Tokyo Maria won 6-1 7-6 (3)
2005 Miami Maria won 6-1 6-2

Good luck Maria !!

Portobello
Sep 22nd, 2005, 01:45 PM
Go maria Maria :rocker2:

good luck against Asagoe :banana:

morningglory
Sep 22nd, 2005, 02:40 PM
.............................. not a fantastic result..... but good luck next round :yeah:

tennisjunky
Sep 22nd, 2005, 03:27 PM
on to another qf, then on to another sf, then on to another f, then on to another win. first things first, hope she stays focused all the way through. if she does she'll win easily in straights, but if she lets up for just a bit she can be in for a fight.

MASHA!!!

Sweep
Sep 22nd, 2005, 06:47 PM
Not as emphatic as I would have liked but I'm delighted with the win. The sets Maria won, she won emphatically. It's just the second set.

Good luck against Asagoe - another tricky opponent.

Andy.
Sep 22nd, 2005, 10:59 PM
Asagoe is a player who has given Maria trouble in the past apart from their last meeting so im expecting a tough match, i think Maria will win it in str8t but it may be a battle. Good luck Masha

Dan23
Sep 23rd, 2005, 07:54 AM
:eek:
Venus has also now withdrawn because of injury...leaving Maria as the only top 4 seed remaining. ALG is the only other seed in the left in the draw...

Maria Croft
Sep 23rd, 2005, 08:31 AM
Now this is a great change for Maria as she is the only top player left, true, some tough matches still ahead of her, but she should win them all

Good luck Maria !!

Andy.
Sep 23rd, 2005, 09:12 AM
Masha has a great chance to win now she seems to be a level above the rest of the field although i would have liked to have seen her best some top players on her way to the title but you have to beat the players who turn up on the day.

morningglory
Sep 23rd, 2005, 12:17 PM
lalala.... all right!, Time she had a title!!! :yeah:
However, I don't think Maria deserves all those points.... still.... she takes what she gets, it's not her fault she's winning a high tier because her opponents get sick ;)

Andy.
Sep 23rd, 2005, 12:23 PM
Masha wins 64 61 she really ran away with it in the end. Good luck against Kirilenko lets hope its an awesome match.

Dan23
Sep 23rd, 2005, 12:29 PM
Very nice win tonight...fixed her up pretty well in the 2nd set :yeah:

Ill be away for the rest of the tournament :bigcry: so CMON Masha...win it :hatoff:

Maria Croft
Sep 23rd, 2005, 12:43 PM
Very good second set from Maria, some nice forehand winners

Go Maria !! take the title

tennisjunky
Sep 23rd, 2005, 02:01 PM
one thing for sure, masha will win the next match. kirilenko can compete with maria and make things interesting, but sharapova will come out the winner. hope it doesn't go 3, but i wouldn't be surprised if it did. if it does expect sharapova to crush kirilenko bad in the third.

Belco
Sep 23rd, 2005, 04:14 PM
Game Set Championship Maria

Maria Croft
Sep 23rd, 2005, 07:20 PM
Good luck in your SF match Maria!

waratahsrock
Sep 23rd, 2005, 07:30 PM
Great win Maria
Good luck in the semis!

Andy.
Sep 23rd, 2005, 09:59 PM
Maria Kirilenko should prove to be a nice challenge for Masha and she will mox things up and try and keep Maria off Balance. Im sure Maria will go full throtel even though she is playing a good friend.

morningglory
Sep 23rd, 2005, 11:39 PM
Next up is Maria K.... but they've played before, and their friendship wasn't much of an issue in the match.... so hope both give their all! :yeah:

Portobello
Sep 24th, 2005, 02:19 AM
Good luck maria against LiL masha ,it's my dream match :kiss:(haha thx serena for early exit;)

Go Maria,it's time for yu to take another title :banana:

xan
Sep 24th, 2005, 11:51 AM
This is a funny tournament so far.

All the other seeds out before the Semis! So few quality points for Masha.
And she's had some very tricky and difficult players to play. The sort of matches that are testing but with little honour to be won. Now she faces doubles partner kirilenko in the All-Masha Semi. Groenefeld or Domashowska, should she reach the final.

Good luck in your bid for the title Maria S!

Sweep
Sep 24th, 2005, 11:54 AM
It's not going so well at the time of writing for her - but I still have a belief that she can bounce back.

Come on Masha S!

Sweep
Sep 24th, 2005, 12:20 PM
Sad end to the tournament - she's retired. She had an injury but I don't know what.

Get well soon Big Masha.

Portobello
Sep 24th, 2005, 12:25 PM
Get well soon ,maria :sad: :sad:

Maria Croft
Sep 24th, 2005, 12:37 PM
Not a huge surprise, Maria didn't have a lot of time to get better after her injury in LA, and now also her leg :sad:

I hope she doesn't play her next tournament, I want her to be 100% again

Go Maria!

Andy.
Sep 24th, 2005, 12:59 PM
Poor Masha i hope she will get well soon, Womens tennis is in a bad way at the moment something has to be done about it.

morningglory
Sep 24th, 2005, 04:37 PM
:sobbing: Feel like going into mourning again ;) :sobbing:

Maria Croft
Sep 24th, 2005, 08:09 PM
I hope this makes her think about her season for next year, to have more weeks were she doesn't have to play

waratahsrock
Sep 24th, 2005, 09:32 PM
I hope this makes her think about her season for next year, to have more weeks were she doesn't have to play

yea, but unfortunately next year maybe even more clutted for her if she does commit to fed cup.
hopefully maria just takes the next month off to recover.
get well soon maria!

Andy.
Sep 24th, 2005, 10:31 PM
Apparently the croud booed her as well for retireing and she was very upset. I hope she will be OK she looked really sad at the press conference

morningglory
Sep 24th, 2005, 11:55 PM
Ah well... at least she let her good frined Maria K into the final.... so I still have someone to cheer for.... unlike USO!!! :fiery:
Makiri, you BETTER win this one sweetie! :hearts: :kiss:

Maria Croft
Sep 25th, 2005, 07:58 PM
yea, but unfortunately next year maybe even more clutted for her if she does commit to fed cup.
hopefully maria just takes the next month off to recover.
get well soon maria!


Nah I think that would be better for her, that would mean no tournament in the week of a fed cup match and she would only have to play one or two matches, I think that would be really good, not to mention that I really would like to see Maria play for Russia lol