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morningglory
Nov 19th, 2005, 07:31 PM
OK. I saw a similar thread in Roddick's forum on MTF. Thought we'd have one for Maria too...

Time for grade Maria’s 2005 year

For this little questionaire you :

1) don't have to answer all of the questions
2) can add your own questions


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Match that surprised/impressed you the most about Maria

Moment that made you most proud to be a Maria fan?

Match that made you cringe

Biggest disappointment of 2005

Her best win

Her worst loss

Best Sharapova Match (win or lose)

Best moment (on or off court)

Worst moment (on or off court)

Worst choke

Best quote in 2005

Who will Maria's nemesis be for 2006?

Slam you thought Maria would win in 2005

Slam you think Maria will win in 2006

Does Maria need a boyfriend for 2006?

Should Maria get a new coach?

What improvements have you noticed to Maria’s game?

What does Maria still need to work on for 2006?

Best outfit

Worst outfit

Best commercial

Worst commercial

Would you say that 2005 was better, worse, or the same as her 2004 year?

How would you grade Maria overall for 2005?

morningglory
Nov 19th, 2005, 07:37 PM
Match that surprised/impressed you the most about Maria
VS Lindsay YEC :devil: That was a pleasant surprise indeed.

Moment that made you most proud to be a Maria fan?
Maria holding off Kimmy for 1.5 sets at USO

Match that made you cringe
Double Bagel :tape:

Biggest disappointment of 2005
AO SF, USO SF

Her best win
I'd choose Linds at Tokyo

Her worst loss
Double Bagel.... again :o

Best Sharapova Match (win or lose)
USO SF

Best moment (on or off court)
Hmmm.... ESPYs?

Worst moment (on or off court)
Double Bagel (again)

Worst choke
AO SF definitely

Best quote in 2005
.........................

Who will Maria's nemesis be for 2006?
Her pectoral injury

Slam you thought Maria would win in 2005
Wimby, AO

Slam you think Maria will win in 2006
I'm afraid to jinx her

Does Maria need a boyfriend for 2006?
She already has one??? IF she doesn't maybe getting one would help.

Should Maria get a new coach?
Now that Robert's dumped her she needs someone new

What improvements have you noticed to Maria’s game?
Her serve, esp her 2nd serve

What does Maria still need to work on for 2006?
Movement. Stamina.

Best outfit
Wimby was my fave

Worst outfit
None.

Best commercial
... Make every shot a power shot? :lol:

Worst commercial
None

Would you say that 2005 was better, worse, or the same as her 2004 year?
worse. A lot worse.

How would you grade Maria overall for 2005?
B-

kikker
Nov 19th, 2005, 08:19 PM
Match that surprised/impressed you the most about Maria:
match against lindsay YEC

Moment that made you most proud to be a Maria fan?:
fighting for every point during the match against serena during AO

Match that made you cringe:
d**ble bagle :o

Biggest disappointment of 2005:
not winning a grand slam

Her best win:
match against lindsay YEC

Her worst loss:
d**ble bagel, you made me say it again :tape:

Best Sharapova Match (win or lose)
against serena during AO, awesome match :eek: shame she lost

Best moment (on or off court):
when she told her father to be quiet during US open :haha:

Worst moment (on or off court):
during the anna-lenna match (moscow) she played like sh#t :o

Worst choke:
against mauresmo YEC :tape:

Best quote in 2005:
-

Who will Maria's nemesis be for 2006?:
her pectoral injury :sad:

Slam you thought Maria would win in 2005:
wimbledon

Slam you think Maria will win in 2006:
AO, FO, Wimbledon and US open :p

Does Maria need a boyfriend for 2006?:
I would't mind if she had one..everyone except Roddick :armed:

Should Maria get a new coach?:
yes :lol: her father is a nutcase when it comes to her matches

What improvements have you noticed to Maria’s game?:
I can see some variety, dropshots... I think :lol:

What does Maria still need to work on for 2006?:
stamina

Best outfit:
the pink one (miami, rome)

Worst outfit:
none

Best commercial:
I don't know

Worst commercial:
-

Would you say that 2005 was better, worse, or the same as her 2004 year?:
worse

How would you grade Maria overall for 2005?[/QUOTE]:
B+

Maria Croft
Nov 19th, 2005, 08:20 PM
Match that surprised/impressed you the most about Mariasecond set and the last few games against Kim in the US open and her match against Venus in Miami

Moment that made you most proud to be a Maria fan?Almost everything really but if we are talking tennis matches then I would say, Again her match against Kim, also again her match against Venus and her match against Lindsay in Tokyo and YEC

Match that made you cringe
Against Groenefeld

Biggest disappointment of 2005
Her injuries

Her best win
Venus in Miami because she was just playing so damn good

Her worst loss
QF loss against Safina in Moscow

Best Sharapova Match (win or lose)
Miami against Venus

Best moment (on or off court)
I think when I saw her smile when she walked on centre court at Wimbledon this year in her first round match

Worst moment (on or off court)
When I almost saw her cry when she left centre court at Wimbledon after her SF match

Worst choke
Against Groenefeld, she was so nervous

Best quote in 2005
Two bagels comment, that one was hilarious

Who will Maria's nemesis be for 2006?
Her injury?! (hope not)

Slam you thought Maria would win in 2005
After Wimbledon I thought she would win the US open but that stupid injury put a stop to that

Slam you think Maria will win in 2006
Don’t know, let’s see how her injury has healed next year

Does Maria need a boyfriend for 2006?Need?!
If she falls in love then it happens, you never ‘need’ a boy/girlfriend

Should Maria get a new coach?
No

What improvements have you noticed to Maria’s game?
Her drop shots and net game


What does Maria still need to work on for 2006?
Condition to play three set matches in a two week grand slam

Best outfit
Her Wimbledon outfit

Worst outfit
Her doubles outfit in Birmingham

Best commercial
Nike shoes were she makes a pink shoe from that thingy lol

Worst commercial
Palmolive

Would you say that 2005 was better, worse, or the same as her 2004 year?
Gosh, don’t know, really both had moments, I think she learned so many things this year, It may not have been the best year but you need these bumps to grow as a player

How would you grade Maria overall for 2005?
8

kikker
Nov 19th, 2005, 08:42 PM
:lol: summon..
landgenoot :bigwave: waar kom je vandaan?

waratahsrock
Nov 20th, 2005, 12:40 AM
Match that surprised/impressed you the most about Maria
Maria v Venus @ Miami - Maria was in superb form that day, and playing the lines superbly. I hadn't seen Maria play that well consistantly in a match since the Wimby final.

Moment that made you most proud to be a Maria fan?
Maria v Kuznetsova AO QF - The way she came back from a set and an early break down to come back and crush Kuznetsova was brilliant, and in that 40 degree celcius heat! One of the better matches i went to aswell!

Biggest disappointment of 2005
Had to be the AO semi final - just inches away from the final!

Her best win
Maria def. Linsay at Tokyo - great match against the #1.

Her worst loss
Would have to be the double bagel.

Best Sharapova Match (win or lose)
Too many to choose from!

Best moment (on or off court)
That sensational ending to the second set at the USO SF, when she claimed the set i was pumped!

Worst moment (on or off court)
The damn injury.

Worst choke
Maria's no choker!

Who will Maria's nemesis be for 2006?
Could be anyone in the top 5, Clijsters?

Slam you thought Maria would win in 2005
Wimbledon

Slam you think Maria will win in 2006
Australian Open - Maria will be keen to make up for her close loss this year.

Does Maria need a boyfriend for 2006?
Uhh? If she wants one, let her have one!

Should Maria get a new coach?
Once again, as i'm not in the Sharapova camp, i wouldn't know if the current set up isn't working.

What improvements have you noticed to Maria’s game?
Starting to add a bit of variation, and the movement is starting to improve.

What does Maria still need to work on for 2006?
Closing out a tight set or match.

Best outfit
Aussie Open dress

Worst outfit
The were all good!

Would you say that 2005 was better, worse, or the same as her 2004 year?
Once you become a star, the second year is always going to be that much tougher, i think she's handled it pretty well. Hard to judge.

How would you grade Maria overall for 2005?
Another couple of close victories, or being injury free would've been a lot better, but overall i'd say 6.5/10


BTW, great thread![/QUOTE]

Dan23
Nov 20th, 2005, 03:48 AM
Match that surprised/impressed you the most about Maria
Im never surprised by Maria, I know what she can do....but the ending to the 2nd set at the USO SF really impressed me, it was amazing

Moment that made you most proud to be a Maria fan?
Her classy/mature handling of all the tough losses

Biggest disappointment of 2005
the ongoing injury :sobbing:

Her best wins
over Lindsay at Tokyo, Kuzzie at the AO, Venus at Miami

Her worst loss
IW wasnt good but understandable, the matches at Moscow werent great

Best Sharapova Match (win or lose)
Miami SF maybe, played beautifully and handled/silenced a rowdy crowd well :cool:

Best moment (on or off court)
Taking #1 :worship:

Worst moment (on or off court)
injury :sad:

Worst choke
choke? :shrug: though she should have won the AO SF

Who will Maria's nemesis be for 2006?
Could be Kim but Maria will get on top
also Serena if she returns to her best

Slam you thought Maria would win in 2005
Wimbledon

Slam you think Maria will win in 2006
Wont do predictions :p

Does Maria need a boyfriend for 2006?
Up to her...

Should Maria get a new coach?
Maybe she could do with some help from an experienced coach in addition to Yuri...

What improvements have you noticed to Maria’s game?
movement and varying her play when its needed

What does Maria still need to work on for 2006?
getting strength back in her arm, continuing to add to her game

Best outfit
AO/Miami dress

Worst outfit
None :p

Would you say that 2005 was better, worse, or the same as her 2004 year?
it wasnt better...but I didnt think it was going to be...Maria worked hard and thats all we can ask for

How would you grade Maria overall for 2005?
couldnt fault her hardness and workrate and the way she handled disappointments...but she wasnt at her best when she needed to be at times B+

Derek.
Nov 20th, 2005, 04:18 AM
Match that surprised/impressed you the most about Maria
reaching #1 at 18 yo

Moment that made you most proud to be a Maria fan?
Beating Lin-z in LA.

Match that made you cringe
vs. Lindsay @ IW.

Biggest disappointment of 2005
Not winning a slam

Her best win
Tokyo I gues..

Her worst loss
vs. Lindsay @ IW.

Best Sharapova Match (win or lose)
AO vs. Serena

Best moment (on or off court)
Reaching #1

Worst moment (on or off court)
Seeing her so sad vs. Momo @ YEC. :awww:

Worst choke
AO vs. Serena

Best quote in 2005
dunno

Who will Maria's nemesis be for 2006?
Herself (fitness, injuries, etc.)

Slam you thought Maria would win in 2005
AO for sure.

Slam you think Maria will win in 2006
Idk which one I just hope she wins one.

Does Maria need a boyfriend for 2006?
Not if it disrupts her tennis.

Should Maria get a new coach?
Yes. Yuri should not control her 100%

What improvements have you noticed to Maria’s game?
Speed

What does Maria still need to work on for 2006?
Volleys

Best outfit
RG & Rome.

Worst outfit
She never has a bad outfit. :p

Best commercial
Only one commercial with Maria and that's the "Power Shot."

Worst commercial
Only one to choose from. :lol:

Would you say that 2005 was better, worse, or the same as her 2004 year?
Worse. Slamless and no YEC.

How would you grade Maria overall for 2005?
B

madame_maria
Nov 20th, 2005, 04:38 AM
hi there it's my first time posting on this forum! just got my registration done =)

Match that surprised/impressed you the most about Maria
USO Semis when she took the second set impressively =)

Moment that made you most proud to be a Maria fan?
Beating Lindsay at the YEC

Biggest disappointment of 2005
Definitely Wimbledon

Her best win
Kuznetsova at AO, Davernport at Tokyo and at the YEC

Her worst loss
Safina at Moscow when she fought back to 5-5 in the final set and then lost it lamely. And the double bagel. THAT~ was tramatizing for ME

Best Sharapova Match (win or lose)
Wimbledon Semifinal with Venus, the quality of the match was just superb

Best moment (on or off court)
Being #1 i guess

Worst moment (on or off court)
Pulling out, handling walkovers and losing because of the bloody injury

Worst choke
Australian Open semifinal with Serena

Who will Maria's nemesis be for 2006?
Just Kim. She can beat the rest on her day.

Slam you thought Maria would win in 2005
Wimbledon. Seriously, and the US Open too.

Slam you think Maria will win in 2006
I don't believe in jinxing favourites. I still want her to win Wimbledon and the US Open.

Does Maria need a boyfriend for 2006?
Roddick!

Should Maria get a new coach?
I actually think she should get someone to improve her versatility. Fitness comes gradually and it's more "easily" achieved.

What improvements have you noticed to Maria’s game?
The dropshot. She HAS to use it more cause she's bloody good at it.

What does Maria still need to work on for 2006?
I actually think she lost some of her groundstroke prowess from last year when she tried to put more topspin into her shots. I guess it's a give and take situation.

Best outfit
WIMBLEDON! and the US Open. Those two dresses were just spectacular.

Worst outfit
I guess there weren't any particularly BAD ones but the least pretty of the lot will have to be the Birmingham doubles skirt/pant/shit outfit.

Would you say that 2005 was better, worse, or the same as her 2004 year?
I think it was alright. Perhaps the same. She notched bigger wins against the big players but she fell much more because she played much more this year. So once again, it's a give and take scenario. The more you play, the more chances you will lose on a bad day.

How would you grade Maria overall for 2005?
I think at time she squeezed to much into her schedule with consecutive tournaments. I'd rather she played lesser tournaments and win MORE from those she played. Davernport coped better with lesser tournaments. Maria did well but she just didn't notch a spectacular win to highlight her entire season. It was just consistency all the way and sadly, non-avid followers don't see that as a strength. A- nonetheless, she got her #1, good on her =)

lakan kildap
Nov 20th, 2005, 08:16 AM
Sorry I can't answer every line item, but I'd try to be brief:

I think overall, she's hit the sophomore slump. Yeah, I know she's not a sophomore, but this is her second year as a truly big player. (and her breakthrough was actually 2003 Birmingham. very confusing post, this.)

most disappointing loss, biggest choke, etc: Australian Open semi.

grand slam I expected her to win? Wimbledon, hands down. If she made that final, she would have won. But she didn't.

biggest hurdle? The REAL Russian killers; Mauresmo and Kim. Check the record. These two players make mincemeat of anyone named -ova.

she needs to improve her footwork a lot. not that it's poor, but if she really wants to be the most feared player, it has to improve. mostly on the forward and back. she's long, but not quick footed. she also needs to increase the variety of serves. In terms of PACE, she has an average (for a power player) first serve, but a phenomenal second serve. She really goes for it. That's pace. Location? I think the secret to Maria's relentless pace is the fact that she really doesn't vary the location. It's always safe. Right at the opponent's forehand.

bellascarlett
Nov 20th, 2005, 09:00 AM
Best moment (on or off court):
when she told her father to be quiet during US open

I don't remember this? When was this and what did he say exactly? :)

Dan23
Nov 20th, 2005, 09:11 AM
I don't remember this? When was this and what did he say exactly? :)It was during a match (the QF I think)....there wasnt much he could say :hehehe:


..and Lakan, before this year I think we would have said Maria's serve and the placement of it was one of her strengths. Thats what makes her 2nd serve so good. I think the placement is still there but later in the year she lost a lot of penetration on her serve because of the state of her arm. The only thing she could do more often is use the good placement to set up easy finishes to points. She does it a lot on important points.

bellascarlett
Nov 20th, 2005, 10:30 AM
Match that surprised/impressed you the most about Maria Not a match but that second set in her US Open semifinal against Kim. I was there! Ohmygosh I can still remember how much I screamed during the last half of that set and when she finally won it. I was really extremely proud of her. :worship:
(does anyone have a copy of this match? I wanna see how it looked on tv. I'm sure watching on tv was a different experience from mine. We were seated kinda far from the court too so it would be nice to see things closer.)

Moment that made you most proud to be a Maria fan? YEC RR match against Lindsay. Almost everyone expected her to lose but she proved them wrong. I was also right about my predictions so I was just in heaven after that. :angel:

Match that made you cringe Both her matches at the Kremlin Cup. Both times, I felt like I was gonna have a heart attack. Just utterly humiliating because of the hype that was created around her 'homecoming' and obviously people expected her to win or at least go very far. Maria was just evidently nervous. :help:


Biggest disappointment of 2005
All her grandslam semifinals - AO, Wimbledon, US Open. Her pec injury. :fiery:

Her best win
I didn't get to see some of her matches earlier in the year so I'll pick the YEC RR match against Lindsay. :clap2:

Her worst loss
The double bagel should have been devastating for her especially coz it was against the number 1 player and Maria is known for her penchant for bigger matches. But I think that AO semi was more unfortunate in that it was a match she should have won. She held matchpoints in the second set as well as in the third. Luck somehow decided to fly to the opposite side of the net from Maria towards the end of both final sets. :rolleyes:

The Wimbledon semi must have been hurtful as well just because Wimbledon means more to her than any slam. Her fighting throughout the match was a testament to how badly she wanted to defend her title. :sad:

Best Sharapova Match (win or lose)
AO semi, Wimbledon semi first set, UO semi second set :D

Best moment (on or off court)
Pulling out that second set against Kim at the UO semifinal, Becoming Number 1 :hug:

Worst moment (on or off court)
Losing at the Wimbledon semis, Kremlin Cup matches :awww:

Worst choke
I wouldn't say she choked but she definitely let her emotions - nervousness and/or frustration in particular - get to her during her YEC semi against Amelie and her AO semi against Serena :banghead:

Best quote in 2005 nothing that really stands out at the moment :)


Who will Maria's nemesis be for 2006?
People have mentioned her injury and I agree. In terms of other players, I think Kim just because she's never beaten her. :ras:

Slam you thought Maria would win in 2005
Wimbledon :o

Slam you think Maria will win in 2006
I hope both the Australian Open and Wimbledon. :banana:


Does Maria need a boyfriend for 2006?Need?!
She does not need one but I don't see anything wrong in her having a bf if she falls in love and wants to be in a relationship. ;)
However, just like someone mentioned, if Maria is to have a bf, please anyone but Roddick! :smash:
I think Marat is newly single! haha! :inlove:

Should Maria get a new coach?
I don't know about should but if she feels that a particular person could be able to bring more to her game then why not? In Maria's case, there's still room for learning so expert teaching on areas she feels she needs to work on may do her good :cool:

What improvements have you noticed to Maria’s game?
The addition of a little more variety especially with the dropshots. :yippee:

What does Maria still need to work on for 2006?
Her movement and net game. Learning to serve out/close out matches. Greater consistency within matches (having the same focus all throughout). Redevelop and continue to cultivate her confidence and relentless fighting spirit. She now gets more frustrated on the court when points don't go her way. :(

Best outfit
AO dress :yeah:

Worst outfit
none

Best commercial
"Make every shot a power shot." (Canon) :lol:

Worst commercial
Yeah I agree that Palmolive deodorant one is :tape:

Would you say that 2005 was better, worse, or the same as her 2004 year?
Hmm...I would say that 2004 was more successful because of her Wimbledon and YEC wins. In 2005, she was generally solid and consistent when it mattered most (the slams in particular) but just fell short of pulling out the biggest matches. However, she was able to cement her position among the elite of women's tennis and was able to achieve her biggest dream of being number 1 in the world. So aside from the annoying pec injury which I pray to God would just go away once and for all, 2005 was not a bad year at all. It could have been worse as it was the year in which expectations were raised for her and she no longer was the new girl with nothing to lose. 2005 was really bound to be a challenging transition year of more pressures and Maria handled it all quite impressively. And for this, I applaud her. :bigclap:

How would you grade Maria overall for 2005?
2005 was a year of learning. I give her a B+. :bigwave:
(sorry for the smileys. i couldn't stop once i started. lol.)

bellascarlett
Nov 20th, 2005, 10:33 AM
It was during a match (the QF I think)....there wasnt much he could say :hehehe:


Oh sorry I meant what did Maria say? haha! Was it just a gesture or did she tell him to shut up? In Russian? ...so it was during the Petrova match. I was watching that and I didnt see it...damn that would have been funny. Now I wanna see a clip. :lol:

Dan23
Nov 20th, 2005, 11:21 AM
Maria said basically said 'be quiet' or something similar when he was calling out...I cant remember exactly without getting it out to watch it again.

BTW you were damn lucky to see that USO SF in person...I have it on VHS tape though thats probably not much use to you. That ending to the 2nd set I just cant watch enough times :D After serving a DF to go down 3 MP's it was so good....and it was made better by the fact one of the Aussie commentators was blantantly cheering for Kim and the other dude was getting extremely excited saying things like 'can you believe this....this girl is 18...where is it coming from'. That showed that Maria saves her best for those times, especially on that 2nd MP when she dispatched that BH winner :speakles:
Sorry waffling on here :lol:

bellascarlett
Nov 20th, 2005, 11:50 AM
:lol: Maria said basically said 'be quiet' or something similar when he was calling out...I cant remember exactly without getting it out to watch it again.

BTW you were damn lucky to see that USO SF in person...I have it on VHS tape though thats probably not much use to you. That ending to the 2nd set I just cant watch enough times :D After serving a DF to go down 3 MP's it was so good....and it was made better by the fact one of the Aussie commentators was blantantly cheering for Kim and the other dude was getting extremely excited saying things like 'can you believe this....this girl is 18...where is it coming from'. That showed that Maria saves her best for those times, especially on that 2nd MP when she dispatched that BH winner :speakles:
Sorry waffling on here :lol:

:lol: OMG now you've made me want to watch it again even more! I guess now I've gotta beg the GM ppl to upload it! haha...Yeah that second set was something. I remember everyone getting so into that match when Maria started fighting mostly because they wanted their money's worth I think. It's really unfortunate she ran out of steam in the third. I remember being so disappointed after. I was really close to tears and was still even when we were already in the subway! haha...I also remember being the one of the few cheering for Maria in my section from the beginning. It was annoying but I didnt care and so to have her win the second set kinda proved that my cheering wasnt in vain. :lol: ...I just screamed at the top of my lungs after that 2nd set because it was like I won that set against the mostly kim-supporting crowd. I don't know though how it came across on tv because from where I sat, there seemed to be more people rooting for kim and people just began to cheer maria on when she started making a real match out of it as I said. What was your impression of the crowd? Just curious. Nevertheless, I was really proud to be a Maria fan that day and that was what got me extremely hooked to tennis really. That's why I'm here on this board now. aaawww... :lol:

Sharapova's_Boy
Nov 20th, 2005, 11:54 AM
Match that surprised/impressed you the most about Maria: US Open SF - Brilliant fighting to force a 3rd set.

Moment that made you most proud to be a Maria fan? - AO SF - She was gracious in defeat, a truly classy player.

Match that made you cringe - Indian Wells 05 SF and Wimbledon SF.

Biggest disappointment of 2005 - Injuries.

Her best win - Davenport @ Tokyo and Venus @ Miami.

Her worst loss - Davenport @ IW and Safina @ Moscow.

Best Sharapova Match (win or lose) - AO SF - A Great match to watch, full of ups and downs.

Best moment (on or off court) - Seeing Maria reach #1.

Worst moment (on or off court) - Injuries.

Worst choke - AO SF vs. Serena, YES SF vs. Momo.

Best quote in 2005 - :shrug:

Who will Maria's nemesis be for 2006? Kim, and Justine on Clay.

Slam you thought Maria would win in 2005 - Wimbledon.

Slam you think Maria will win in 2006 - Australian Open.

Does Maria need a boyfriend for 2006? No.

Should Maria get a new coach? Yes.

What improvements have you noticed to Maria’s game? Consistency, patience.

What does Maria still need to work on for 2006? - Volleys, working on more of a plan ''B'' game.

Best outfit - Everything, Maria looked fantastic in everything she wore.

Worst outfit - None.

Best commercial - :shrug:

Worst commercial - :shrug:

Would you say that 2005 was better, worse, or the same as her 2004 year? - Probably the same, just minus a Grand Slam title.

How would you grade Maria overall for 2005? B+

Dan23
Nov 20th, 2005, 12:08 PM
:lol:

:lol: OMG now you've made me want to watch it again even more! I guess now I've gotta beg the GM ppl to upload it! haha...Yeah that second set was something. I remember everyone getting so into that match when Maria started fighting mostly because they wanted their money's worth I think. It's really unfortunate she ran out of steam in the third. I remember being so disappointed after. I was really close to tears and was still even when we were already in the subway! haha...I also remember being the one of the few cheering for Maria in my section from the beginning. It was annoying but I didnt care and so to have her win the second set kinda proved that my cheering wasnt in vain. :lol: ...I just screamed at the top of my lungs after that 2nd set because it was like I won that set against the mostly kim-supporting crowd. I don't know though how it came across on tv because from where I sat, there seemed to be more people rooting for kim and people just began to cheer maria on when she started making a real match out of it as I said. What was your impression of the crowd? Just curious. Nevertheless, I was really proud to be a Maria fan that day and that was what got me extremely hooked to tennis really. That's why I'm here on this board now. aaawww... :lol::D Well done on cheering for Maria so well :yeah:
Im gonna do the same at the AO :cool: though im going to have to be careful I dont get in arguements if ppl are abusive towards her :armed:

About the crowd...I got pretty much the same feeling as you...they seemed to pretty much on Kims side and a little stunned at Masha's poor start...but when those match points came they really got into it and by the time Masha had taken the set it sounded like everyone was pretty pumped (esp Maria as she bounced off the court, fist pumping :lol: ) it was a shame she ruined the rythmn of the match by taking the long bathroom break :(
There will be many more times like these for us next year and in the future :cool:

Neptune
Nov 20th, 2005, 03:35 PM
Match that surprised/impressed you the most about Maria
USO SF against Kim in the second set when she saves five balls match!

Moment that made you most proud to be a Maria fan?
When she wins Tokyo against Lindsay

Biggest disappointment of 2005
Winbledon :sad:

Her best win
When she will beat Justine, Kim and Mauresmo!

Her worst loss
Against Justine in RG

Best Sharapova Match (win or lose)
AO against Serena

Best moment (on or off court)
Number One!!!

Worst moment (on or off court)
Grand Chelem when she lost against the future winner

Worst choke
SF Winbledon

Who will Maria's nemesis be for 2006?
........I don't understand the question!!! :lol:

Slam you thought Maria would win in 2005
Winbledon

Slam you think Maria will win in 2006
Ao and Winbly, she have great chance

Does Maria need a boyfriend for 2006?
Yes of course!I hope for her!It's great to fall in love with someone!

Should Maria get a new coach?
I hope because technically she needs to improve her style

What improvements have you noticed to Maria’s game?
In some match, she uses several technics of strategy

What does Maria still need to work on for 2006?
strategy....

Best outfit
Roland Garros, she was so beautiful in her outfit pink ans so cute!

Worst outfit
.................

Josh B.
Nov 20th, 2005, 03:37 PM
Match that surprised/impressed you the most about Maria
USO S-F match to get to 3rd set :clap:

Moment that made you most proud to be a Maria fan?
YEC against Davenport

Match that made you cringe
AO against Williams

Biggest disappointment of 2005
AO against Williams

Her best win
YEC Davenport

Her worst loss
AO williams

Best Sharapova Match (win or lose)
Wimby QF

Best moment (on or off court)
Number 1

Worst moment (on or off court)
Losing number 1

Worst choke
AO vs Williams, stop making me say it

Best quote in 2005
:shrug:

Who will Maria's nemesis be for 2006?
Davenport

Slam you thought Maria would win in 2005
Wimby and AO

Slam you think Maria will win in 2006
AO , Wimby

Does Maria need a boyfriend for 2006?
nope

Should Maria get a new coach?
nope

What improvements have you noticed to Maria’s game?
precision

What does Maria still need to work on for 2006?
net play

Best outfit
the one in my avatar

Worst outfit
none

Best commercial
Motorola

Worst commercial
none

Would you say that 2005 was better, worse, or the same as her 2004 year?
worse

How would you grade Maria overall for 2005?
B

nelsondan
Nov 20th, 2005, 04:44 PM
The thing that amazes me is that an 18 year old can exercise such correct judgement about so many things.

It was not a great year, but she made 20 million dollars. The engine that generates that is her ability to play tennis at a high level. Her physical problems are what kept her from having a great year on the court----how many can have an off year and still achieve being number one, if only for a short time?


She has a lot to deal with, especially with the people around her, and she seems wise beyond her years. And that would be true if she were 25 years old instead of 18.

johnoo
Nov 21st, 2005, 03:30 PM
Match that surprised/impressed you the most about Maria
2nd set USO SF

Moment that made you most proud to be a Maria fan?
cross court winner against venus to save set point in the first set at wimbledon SF

Biggest disappointment of 2005
not retaining wimbledon

Her best win
davenport YEC

Best Sharapova Match (win or lose)
AO SF

Best moment (on or off court)
being no1

Worst moment (on or off court)
losing wimbledon SF

Who will Maria's nemesis be for 2006?
her injury

Slam you thought Maria would win in 2005
wimbledon

Slam you think Maria will win in 2006
wimbledon

Does Maria need a boyfriend for 2006?
no

Should Maria get a new coach?
no

What improvements have you noticed to Maria’s game?
drop shot

What does Maria still need to work on for 2006?
volleys

Would you say that 2005 was better, worse, or the same as her 2004 year?
pretty good 3 grandslam SF's and a QF,the injury is a worry though.

Doc
Nov 21st, 2005, 04:08 PM
Match that surprised/impressed you the most about Maria
How she bounces back from hard knocks

Moment that made you most proud to be a Maria fan?
Maria's bold defence of her Wimbledon Title in her Golden dress and shoes.

Match that made you cringe
USO semi v Kim

Biggest disappointment of 2005
Losing AO semi

Her best win
YEC versus Davenport

Her worst loss
Against Serena at AO after 3 MP

Best Sharapova Match (win or lose)

Best moment (on or off court)

Worst moment (on or off court)

Worst choke

Best quote in 2005

Who will Maria's nemesis be for 2006?
No one I hope.

Slam you thought Maria would win in 2005
Australian

Slam you think Maria will win in 2006
Australian, Wimbledon US Open

Does Maria need a boyfriend for 2006?
No. Concentrate on the tennis.

Should Maria get a new coach?
Yes. Yuri hasn't the experience.

What improvements have you noticed to Maria’s game?
Movement. variety.

What does Maria still need to work on for 2006?
Her serve and her volleying.

Best outfit

Worst outfit

Best commercial
Nike with the shoes - rubik-cube

Worst commercial
That deodorant one.

Would you say that 2005 was better, worse, or the same as her 2004 year?
Same level. No outstanding result

How would you grade Maria overall for 2005?
B+

andrewbroad
Nov 21st, 2005, 10:47 PM
Match that surprised/impressed you the most about Maria
Beating Lindsay Davenport at the WTA Tour Championships, considering that Davenport had had much better results after the US Open.

Moment that made you most proud to be a Maria fan?
Attending the Birmingham tournament to watch her defend her titles there. Specifically when the ice-cream vendor asked me, "Is she playing yet?" He didn't know who I was, but he didn't have to tell me whom he was talking about!

Match that made you cringe
I think we all know the answer to that one.

Biggest disappointment of 2005
Failing to win a single Grand Slam title, or even reach a final.

Her best win
Beating Lindsay Davenport in the Tokyo Pan Pacific Open final to win her first Tier I title.

Her worst loss
Her loss of a healthy right pectoral muscle.

Best Sharapova Match (win or lose)
Best performance by Maria: beating Anne Kremer 6-3 6-0 in the second round of Birmingham.
Most entertaining match: beating Tatiana Golovin 7-5 6-1 in the semi-finals of Birmingham.

Best moment (on or off court)
Wimbledon semi-final, Venus Williams serving for the first set at 5-3: 40/30 (set-point). Williams looked in charge of the second set-point when Maria hit a short forehand return and Williams came in behind an aggressive crosscourt backhand to force a weak backhand from Maria; Williams hit a good crosscourt forehand volley, but Maria on the run came up with an *AMAZING* short-angled crosscourt forehand pass-winner!

Worst moment (on or off court)
Opening the Indian Wells scoreboard and seeing Maria 0-6 0-4 down.

Worst choke
Losing 3-6 6-3 6-1 to Patty Schnyder in the semi-finals of Rome, after being one set away from becoming the fourth-youngest world number one in the history of the WTA Rankings.

Best quote in 2005
"I'm really glad I had a piece of chocolate-cake last night, or else I would have been blown away out here!" (US Open 2r)

Who will Maria's nemesis be for 2006?
Unfortunately Maria's nemesis is Kim Clijsters. If she has to have a nemesis at all, I wish it were Vera Zvonarëva.

Slam you thought Maria would win in 2005
At the beginning of 2005: Wimbledon.
At the beginning of the tournament: Australian Open.

Slam you think Maria will win in 2006
Wimbledon.

Does Maria need a boyfriend for 2006?
No.

Should Maria get a new coach?
If I'm right in thinking that the sacking of Robert Lansdorp leaves Yuri Sharapov as Maria's only primary coach, I would say yes. With all due respect to Yuri, she needs a tennis-expert.

What improvements have you noticed to Maria’s game?
Consistency, and saving break-points. More variety: volleys and drop-shots.

What does Maria still need to work on for 2006?
She must do everything in her power to make the pectoral injury go away for good, even if this means taking an extended break from the game.
She also needs to work on her physical strength and fitness, so that she doesn't get tired after playing a lot of matches in a short period of time.

Best outfit
The red outfit with the white shoulder-straps that she wore at Miami.

Worst outfit
The yellow and white dress she wore at the Australian Open.

Best commercial
The Nike Free advert with the bare feet.

Worst commercial
The Nike Free advert with the cube.

Would you say that 2005 was better, worse, or the same as her 2004 year?
Worse, because she didn't win a Grand Slam, and I'm now worried about her pectoral injury ruining her career.

How would you grade Maria overall for 2005?
Bachelor's degree with First-Class Honours.

--
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http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sizzlingsharapova/ (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sizzlingsharapova/)
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BaRaDang22
Nov 23rd, 2005, 12:51 AM
um... who is double bagel?

pinkfrog
Dec 5th, 2005, 03:20 PM
Match that surprised/impressed you the most about Maria
Tokyo Final, after losing at the AO, I was wicked impressed that she was able to beat Lindsay in a final the next week. It shows great mental toughness.

Moment that made you most proud to be a Maria fan?
Everytime she steps onto the court :hearts:

Match that made you cringe
6-0 6-0

Biggest disappointment of 2005
not defending wimbledon

Her best win
vs Davenport YEC

Her worst loss
6-0 6-0 :bigcry:

Best Sharapova Match (win or lose)
vs Nadia Petrova, USO

Best moment (on or off court)
Reaching #1 :woohoo:

Worst moment (on or off court)
6-0 6-0

Worst choke
vs Serena Willaims, AO

Best quote in 2005
The first one, well, I had to go to the bathroom since the first game so after that, you know... I don't know. Maybe I just let it all out :lol: , I mean (laughing)......from the USO after she beat Petrova

Who will Maria's nemesis be for 2006?
Kim Clijsters

Slam you thought Maria would win in 2005
Wimbledon

Slam you think Maria will win in 2006
Wimbledon

Does Maria need a boyfriend for 2006?
no

Should Maria get a new coach?
maybe

What improvements have you noticed to Maria’s game?
I think her movement on the court has gotten a little better

What does Maria still need to work on for 2006?
She needs to come to net!

Best outfit
US Open outfit

Worst outfit
The one she wore to the YEC player party...blah

Best commercial
Cannon Power Shot....that's the only one I've seen in the US

Worst commercial
Cannon Power Shot.....after they played it a million times

Would you say that 2005 was better, worse, or the same as her 2004 year?
Worse, she didn't win a slam or the YEC :bigcry:

How would you grade Maria overall for 2005?
B

daniela86
Dec 5th, 2005, 05:53 PM
Match that surprised/impressed you the most about Maria
The win against Lindsay at YEC because Masha came back from an injury and wasn't 100% ready whereas Lindsay had impressive results after the US Open.It was such a great surprise :yeah: :bigclap: :D
When Masha was at 100%,I knew she could win against anyone (or at least fight with whole her heart and make things constantly hard for her opponent) so I wasn'tthat surprised when she became the number 1 and won against great players.

Moment that made you most proud to be a Maria fan?
When she beat Lindsay at YEC,Venus at Miami and when she rocked off court :rocker: She was soo cool when she sang with Uma Turman :rocker: :rocker2:and when she gave money to the victims of the tsunami :worship: :worship: :worship:

Match that made you cringe
the double baggel :sad: and Wimbledon SF :sad: (I wanted her to defend her title so badly :sad: )

Biggest disappointment of 2005
Not winning a slam although she was able to do it.

Her best win
Davenport at YEC and Tokyo,Venus and Hénin Hardenne at Miami :yeah:

Her worst loss
6/0 6/0 :sad: at IW and against Safina at Moscow (she led a set and a break :sad: and then she came back from 2/5 to 5/5 in the third :sad: )

Best Sharapova Match (win or lose)
against Venus at Miami,against Serena at the OZ Open (she played a very attractive tennis to watch)

Best moment (on or off court)
Reaching #1 :yeah: :bigclap:

Worst moment (on or off court)
The injury by far :bigcry: :bigcry:

Worst choke
vs Serena Williams in Australia :( :( :(

Best quote in 2005
"Be quite Dad" at the US Open against Nadia Petrova :p

Who will Maria's nemesis be for 2006?
Kim Clijsters

Slam you thought Maria would win in 2005
Australian Open :sad:

Slam you think Maria will win in 2006
Australian Open or Wimbly

Does Maria need a boyfriend for 2006?
yes :p A lot of tennis players play great when they are very happy :p

Should Maria get a new coach?
yeah,she needs Yuri and someone else so she won't have only 1 person to advice her.

What improvements have you noticed to Maria’s game?
Dropshot :yeah: :clap2:

What does Maria still need to work on for 2006?
She needs to practise more on clay and come to the net more often:)

Best outfit
On court: The pink one (miami)
Off court: her birthday party dress :hearts: :hearts:

Worst outfitOn court:
The YEC one (it wasn't that bad but it's the worst in comparison to the others)


Off court:tape:
http://img11.imageshack.us/img11/3716/is110448277rr.jpg
Best commercial
:shrug:

Worst commercial
:shrug:

Would you say that 2005 was better, worse, or the same as her 2004 year?
Worse :( She didn't win a slam nor the YEC :sad:

How would you grade Maria overall for 2005?
B

Steve-o
Dec 5th, 2005, 09:35 PM
Just realised I hadn't done this

Match that surprised/impressed you the most about Maria
Has to be second set comeback in USO semi.
Moment that made you most proud to be a Maria fan?
That Dropshot
Match that made you cringe
AO Semi, I almost couldn't watch.
Biggest disappointment of 2005
Her injuries
Her best win
Venus in Miami. Best match I've ever seen her play, she was in the zone that day.
Her worst loss
AO Semi, I think that loss affected her more than any other.
Best Sharapova Match (win or lose)
Venus in Miami
Best moment (on or off court)
When she walked out as defending champ at Wimby.
Worst moment (on or off court)
I don't want to pick one
Worst choke
AO semi
Best quote in 2005
"The first few games I was serving 69 miles per hour, ... It's pretty funny. I think it's even funnier from TV because they can't see the wind. These people probably think we look like beginners. That's the sad part."
Who will Maria's nemesis be for 2006?
Kim
Slam you thought Maria would win in 2005
AusOpen
Slam you think Maria will win in 2006
If she can get through the first few months injury free, I hope Wimby again.
Does Maria need a boyfriend for 2006?
I doubt it but as long as she's happy, who cares?
Should Maria get a new coach?
Definitely
What improvements have you noticed to Maria’s game?
I was really impressed with the feel she has on the dropshot
What does Maria still need to work on for 2006?
Fitness and growing into her body
Best outfit
RG pink one
Worst outfit
YEC
Best commercial
Nike one, It's the only one I've seen
Would you say that 2005 was better, worse, or the same as her 2004 year?
It was a solid year for Maria, she's definitely a better player and without the injuries it could of matched 04
How would you grade Maria overall for 2005?
B

Andy.
Dec 6th, 2005, 03:05 AM
Match that surprised/impressed you the most about Maria
When she best Lindsay at the YEC after the terrible time she had had with her form

Moment that made you most proud to be a Maria fan?
Playing so well when she was down all those match points against Kim and winning that second set, what a fighter.

Match that made you cringe
Probably the match against Safina

Biggest disappointment of 2005
The injury and the way it affected her play

Her best win
The win over Venus is Miami what a match she was awesome

Her worst loss
The loss to Serena at the Aussie Open after the 3 match points

Best Sharapova Match (win or lose)
I likes the US open Semi final

Best moment (on or off court)
When she made it to number 1

Worst moment (on or off court)
Losing to Serena at the AO

Worst choke
AO Semi

Best quote in 2005
I just like it when she giggles

Who will Maria's nemesis be for 2006?
Kim or Serena

Slam you thought Maria would win in 2005
Wimbledon

Slam you think Maria will win in 2006
I have a weird and strong feeling it is going to be the Australian Open i dont know why

Does Maria need a boyfriend for 2006?
She doesnt need one but she can have one if she wants she is a big girl now

Should Maria get a new coach?
Most Definatly or at least another opinion

What improvements have you noticed to Maria’s game?
She uses a bit more variety now and is more controlled

What does Maria still need to work on for 2006?
Fitness and footwork

Best outfit
Wimbledon

Worst outfit
The YEC one

Would you say that 2005 was better, worse, or the same as her 2004 year?
It was a totally different year not as flashy or exciting but very solid and consistent and expected.

How would you grade Maria overall for 2005?
A-

pinkfrog
Dec 6th, 2005, 06:44 PM
Best quote in 2005
The first one, well, I had to go to the bathroom since the first game so after that, you know... I don't know. Maybe I just let it all out :lol: , I mean (laughing)......from the USO after she beat Petrova

i might have to change my fav quote to this from the baggie awards:

• Now if The Bold and the Beautiful calls, I'm all ears. Sharapova, on spurning an offer to be on Desperate Housewives. "First of all, I'm not desperate and [second] I'm not a wife."

WIMBLY2004
Dec 7th, 2005, 07:04 AM
Match that surprised/impressed you the most about Maria

Miami agaist Venus, not surprised, but very impressive win.

Moment that made you most proud to be a Maria fan?

Wimbledon agaist Venus, coming back from 5-2 to 5-5; USO against Clijsters, saving 5 match points; and Miami against Venus, the last game, saving 6 break points to win the match.

Match that made you cringe

Both matches in Moscow.

Biggest disappointment of 2005

No slam.

Her best win

Miami against Venus.

Her worst loss

Indian Wells.

Best Sharapova Match (win or lose)

Miami agaist Venus.

Best moment (on or off court)

AO, match point agaist Kuznesova

Worst moment (on or off court)

Indian Wells after loss to Davenport.

Worst choke

AO Semi.

Best quote in 2005

Yeah, that double bagel quote :lol:

Who will Maria's nemesis be for 2006?

Herself

Slam you thought Maria would win in 2005

Wimbledon & USO

Slam you think Maria will win in 2006

No Idea, hoping

Does Maria need a boyfriend for 2006?

Doesn't really matter.

Should Maria get a new coach?

Yes. If Michael Joyce is good enough, no.

What improvements have you noticed to Maria’s game?

Some variety, especially the moon balls and drop shots in the USO semi.

What does Maria still need to work on for 2006?

Stamina

Best outfit

Wimbledon and USO

Worst outfit

French Open

Best commercial

Canon

Worst commercial

Palmolive

Would you say that 2005 was better, worse, or the same as her 2004 year?

2005 is a disappointing year.

How would you grade Maria overall for 2005?

B+

WIMBLY2004
Dec 8th, 2005, 04:12 AM
(does anyone have a copy of this match? I wanna see how it looked on tv. I'm sure watching on tv was a different experience from mine. We were seated kinda far from the court too so it would be nice to see things closer.)

I have the match in my computer, I can upload the second set if you want.

bellascarlett
Dec 8th, 2005, 04:14 AM
I have the match in my computer, I can upload the second set if you want.

omg yes please!...thanks!!... ;)

WIMBLY2004
Dec 8th, 2005, 08:19 AM
Here is the link for the file

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=FF5YD7SJ

bellascarlett
Dec 8th, 2005, 04:18 PM
Here is the link for the file

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=FF5YD7SJ

Thank you! :D

WIMBLY2004
Dec 9th, 2005, 07:21 AM
The third set

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=SYGO4VEF

bellascarlett
Dec 10th, 2005, 06:41 AM
The third set

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=SYGO4VEF

thanks again! :)