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Maria Croft
Nov 2nd, 2005, 10:40 PM
These are the tournaments Maria will play in the first half of next year:

Gold Coast (never played before)
Australian Open (reached the SF this year)
Tokyo (won her first Tier I there this year)
Dubai (she won't be defending her Doha points, but it's a good change!)
Indian Wells (I vaguely remember a SF here lol)
Miami (Final)
Rome (her only clay tourney, I think it's good that she isn't playing so much next year)
Roland Garros (QF points to defend)

In total Maria will have to defend more then 2000 points in this period!

Taken from www.mariaworld.net

Good luck Maria!

Dan23
Nov 2nd, 2005, 11:26 PM
ahh good timing Summon...just saw it myself :D

Not a bad schedule...the timing looks a little lighter than this year which is really good to see.

andrewbroad
Nov 3rd, 2005, 12:24 PM
I really hope she plays Birmingham again! :) :)

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Dan23
Nov 3rd, 2005, 01:01 PM
I think Birmingham is a Tier III Masha will play most years...its has been her most preferred lead-up tournament to Wimby and since there arent many to choose from atm, as long as Maria is after a hit on grass in match conditions before Wimby its the best way to go :)

Maria Croft
Nov 3rd, 2005, 01:37 PM
Yeah, it would be great if she would play Birmingham again next year!

Dan23
Nov 3rd, 2005, 01:59 PM
Note the extended hole in the schedule around the Fed Cup 1st Round time (April 22-23) :cool:

Sweep
Nov 3rd, 2005, 03:06 PM
I really hope she plays Birmingham again! :) :)



Me too. I want to go next year.

Maria Croft
Nov 3rd, 2005, 09:18 PM
Me too. I want to go this year.


Yeah I'm also thinking about going next year, if Maria is playing of course ;)

waratahsrock
Nov 4th, 2005, 01:46 AM
Nice schedule for Maria - i just don't like how she's got no gap between AO and Tokyo.

And ofcourse Maria will recieve plenty of support in Melbourne from the likes of Dan23, DrChemicalX, Myself and whoever else is goin!

Dan23
Nov 4th, 2005, 02:33 AM
And ofcourse Maria will recieve plenty of support in Melbourne from the likes of Dan23, DrChemicalX, Myself and whoever else is goin!
Indeed she will :yeah:

Sharapova's_Boy
Nov 8th, 2005, 04:17 AM
I think Birmingham is a Tier III Masha will play most years...its has been her most preferred lead-up tournament to Wimby and since there arent many to choose from atm, as long as Maria is after a hit on grass in match conditions before Wimby its the best way to go :)

Isn't there a restriction on the amount of Tier III's one can play? :confused:

If that's the case, looks like she chose the Gold Coast.

Dan23
Nov 8th, 2005, 05:09 AM
It also depends on the availablility of a higher Tier tournament in the same week...which isnt the case for either the Gold Coast or Birmingham. :)

Sharapova's_Boy
Nov 8th, 2005, 05:37 AM
It also depends on the availablility of a higher Tier tournament in the same week...which isnt the case for either the Gold Coast or Birmingham. :)

Oh, that's right.

Well that's great, means she can play both. :hearts:

Andy.
Nov 8th, 2005, 06:13 AM
This is a great way to start the year she has learnt from this year and lightened it early so that she does not burn out after Wimbledon. She Probably will play Birmingham it has been a perfect build up for her every time she has played it.

Maria Croft
Nov 8th, 2005, 09:16 AM
If she really is going to play Birmingham that she could go for her third Birmingham title in a row!

But I would rather see her play healthy the entire next year!

andrewbroad
Nov 9th, 2005, 04:19 PM
Isn't there a restriction on the amount of Tier III's one can play? :confused:

Gold-exempt players such as Maria aren't allowed to play a Tier III if there's a Tier I/II in the same week. Fortunately this is not the case for Birmingham! :D

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jacobruiz
Nov 9th, 2005, 06:31 PM
Nice schedule for Maria - i just don't like how she's got no gap between AO and Tokyo.

And ofcourse Maria will recieve plenty of support in Melbourne from the likes of Dan23, DrChemicalX, Myself and whoever else is goin!


Well, lack of a gap didin't stop Maria from winning Tokyo this year; it's close and we know she is rather popular there.

Hope to travel to Australia to see the AO and other sights someday - in the mean time you guys will have to fill us in with detailed, daily reports!

Maria Croft
Nov 9th, 2005, 09:06 PM
Tokyo is a great tournament, just weird that it's one week after a GS

Dan23
Nov 10th, 2005, 12:02 AM
Yea especially since Maria is hoping to be playing deep into the 2nd week of the AO....but she does have the title to defend in Tokyo. Masha will have really earned the rest after Tokyo because the AO conditions are really tough on her.

ceiling_fan
Nov 10th, 2005, 10:53 AM
hmmm she should come to sydney....

Dan23
Nov 10th, 2005, 11:43 AM
Hi Ivy..
If Sydney was the week before she probably would...Masha prefers to have the week before a GS off :D

Portobello
Nov 10th, 2005, 02:28 PM
thx for the Schedule :D

I'll go to Wimby next year........

Steve-o
Nov 10th, 2005, 08:29 PM
Note the extended hole in the schedule around the Fed Cup 1st Round time (April 22-23) :cool:

Away in Belgium on the red stuff, sounds like a baptism of fire!
Depends if Justine decides to play.

Teemu
Nov 13th, 2005, 01:38 AM
Looks very good. Hopefully with a lighter schedule she'll stay free of injuries for the whole year. Not too many clay tournaments either which is good. I hope she plays Birmingham too. It's one of the few tournaments I'd be able to go see her live. That and Wimbledon. :)