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BONES08
Dec 22nd, 2005, 12:10 AM
She lost to Sugiyama 5-8 in an exo in Japan. Maria seems to take exos seriously, but that's 2 in a row after the loss to Venus in Seoul.

Sugiyama is a tough player for her, remember Wimbeldon

Martina Hingis is better than Sugiyama, but they play a similar game. Does this make anybody think that Martina will give Maria fits, and a possible win for Martina.

hablo
Dec 22nd, 2005, 12:15 AM
:eek:

Derek.
Dec 22nd, 2005, 12:17 AM
I doubt Maria was 100% serious. She always experiments with new things in exhos.

pcrtennis
Dec 22nd, 2005, 12:20 AM
Go Ai! Nice going! And she and Maria won in doubles...over Fuda/Morigami!

Dan23
Dec 22nd, 2005, 12:20 AM
I doubt Maria was 100% serious. She always experiments with new things in exhos.
;)

TeamUSA#1
Dec 22nd, 2005, 12:21 AM
Hingis is not really similar to Sugiyama apart from the fact that they are both short.

Sugiyama has a very good serve and her strength is her ability to react to balls, run them down and to change directions. She also hits the ball with quite a lot of pop and doesn't do any of the trickery that Hingis does with angles and such.


Yes they are, they are both counter punchers, with the exeption that Marti is way more crafty. And Sugi's serve is good, but nothing special.... she rarely goes above 101 mphs and double faults a bit.

I bet Marti is saying she really wants to play Maria because she know she can give her fits!

Venus Forever
Dec 22nd, 2005, 12:23 AM
Hingis is not really similar to Sugiyama apart from the fact that they are both short.

Sugiyama has a very good serve and her strength is her ability to react to balls, run them down and to change directions. She also hits the ball with quite a lot of pop and doesn't do any of the trickery that Hingis does with angles and such.
I agree with everything, outside of Sugiyama hitting pop. She absorbs the other players pace very well, and uses it against them... not to mention that she takes the ball really early, robbing her opponent of even more time.

I would say Sugiyama is more of a reactor, using what her opponents give her against them. Hingis is a player who makes things happen using her knowledge of the court.

Derek.
Dec 22nd, 2005, 12:25 AM
;)

Yes, that is what you said. :p

franny
Dec 22nd, 2005, 12:30 AM
Since when has Maria cared about exhibition a lot? I hate how people make this assumption based on really nothing. Most people say it without even seeing her play an exhibition match. During exo matches, Maria hardly runs after the ball or plays intensively. She also doesnt care if she loses. In fact, she comes to net and does little drop shots, which is very far off her normal game. I don't even think she should be playing any exhibitions. What is the point. She should be home practicing and training, not wasting her time with pointless matches.

SJW
Dec 22nd, 2005, 12:33 AM
Since when has Maria cared about exhibition a lot? I hate how people make this assumption based on really nothing. Most people say it without even seeing her play an exhibition match. During exo matches, Maria hardly runs after the ball or plays intensively. She also doesnt care if she loses. In fact, she comes to net and does little drop shots, which is very far off her normal game. I don't even think she should be playing any exhibitions. What is the point. She should be home practicing and training, not wasting her time with pointless matches.
there is no fitness like match fitness. after a few weeks off, what's the harm in her getting back into the match format against tour players? i think it's a good idea...slowly building back upto competitive play. better her lose now than in Gold Coast :)

Oneofakind0490
Dec 22nd, 2005, 12:37 AM
Last year people where like Maria trys hard in her exhibitions after she beat Haynes 6-1 6-1 and now that shes losing she doesnt try?

blumaroo
Dec 22nd, 2005, 12:50 AM
Maria is off her game since the US Open. I don't think she has been practicing much after the Masters either. Ai is a toughie getting a lot of balls back. Maria needs to train harder me thinks...But she also seems a lil uninterested lately.

franny
Dec 22nd, 2005, 12:56 AM
Last year people where like Maria trys hard in her exhibitions after she beat Haynes 6-1 6-1 and now that shes losing she doesnt try?

Who the heck said Maria tried hard after that match? As if beating Angela Haynes 6-1, 6-1 really takes that much effort. I have never said that Maria tries hard and I never will, because fact is, she doesn't when the match doesn't matter for her. It's been shown so many times (YEC 05 against Petrova, YEC 04 against Mauresmo). Personally I find that to be very unattractive on a person, but I'm still her fan and I'm still sticking by her. Still, I wish people wouldn't make Maria seem like this crazed person who wants to kill everyone in every match when she isn't. Her prior history has shown that this is simply not true. In fact, if anything, I feel like she is overrated mentally. She's a fighter and she's always trying, but I have seen her just give up in matches - mainly due to fitness.

Spunky83
Dec 22nd, 2005, 01:02 AM
Although Iīd really like to laugh about this...the results of exhibition matches are of no use. They are fun and entertaining but it never shows a "real" match situation. Maria may have a good game but the reason why she wins is because sheīs pretty tough mentally. The more important the match, the more focused she is.

Dan23
Dec 22nd, 2005, 01:07 AM
http://img306.imageshack.us/img306/534/mariasharapovafrjapantour2005m.jpg http://img306.imageshack.us/img306/5242/mariasharapovafrjapantour2005m1.jpg

waratahsrock
Dec 22nd, 2005, 01:07 AM
there is no fitness like match fitness. after a few weeks off, what's the harm in her getting back into the match format against tour players? i think it's a good idea...slowly building back upto competitive play. better her lose now than in Gold Coast :)

I agree, also this Sharapova Japan tour isn't only about these Exhibitions. She's been giving coaching to children, visiting hospitals etc, and she loves Japan. I'm sure she's not going to be too worried losing an exhibition.

BONES08
Dec 22nd, 2005, 01:14 AM
I think some of you'll are crazy. Maria is as serious as they come. I bet you she will be out for blood tommorrow. You think for a second that Maria was kidding when she beat Vee in that exo earlier in the year. She was serious. She knows that when someone beats her in an exo, it weighs on her mind. Venus clocked her in Seoul. She was playing serious, I saw a lot of clips from the match. Give me a break.
Let them put Serena across the net from Maria. She would want to win so bad.

@m@nd@
Dec 22nd, 2005, 01:18 AM
http://img306.imageshack.us/img306/5242/mariasharapovafrjapantour2005m1.jpg

did maria change racquets? :confused:

waratahsrock
Dec 22nd, 2005, 01:21 AM
I think some of you'll are crazy. Maria is as serious as they come. I bet you she will be out for blood tommorrow. You think for a second that Maria was kidding when she beat Vee in that exo earlier in the year. She was serious. She knows that when someone beats her in an exo, it weighs on her mind. Venus clocked her in Seoul. She was playing serious, I saw a lot of clips from the match. Give me a break.
Let them put Serena across the net from Maria. She would want to win so bad.

:confused: So you obviously watched Maria's latest Exhibition match in Japan?
I doubt it weighs heavily on her mind!
Maria's in Japan for a good time, and when she is playing competitively, how often do you see her play with that big smile on her face?

WIMBLY2004
Dec 22nd, 2005, 01:22 AM
I agree, also this Sharapova Japan tour isn't only about these Exhibitions. She's been giving coaching to children, visiting hospitals etc, and she loves Japan. I'm sure she's not going to be too worried losing an exhibition.

Exactly, there was a fashion show for the hand bag collection named after her right before the match in that exhibition for christ sake, playing a match after showing some hand bags, how serious can that be?

Dan23
Dec 22nd, 2005, 01:27 AM
did maria change racquets? :confused:
Yea shes trying out the O3's

Wsisters45
Dec 22nd, 2005, 01:32 AM
Ai is a lot better player than people give her credit for. I bet top players don't want to see her name on their side of the draw.

It's just an exhibition,plus this is probably the first time she's trying out her new racquet.

BTW, she looks good. I always think she looks her best ON court :)

Sharapova's_Boy
Dec 22nd, 2005, 01:42 AM
http://img306.imageshack.us/img306/534/mariasharapovafrjapantour2005m.jpg http://img306.imageshack.us/img306/5242/mariasharapovafrjapantour2005m1.jpg

:hearts:

CoryAnnAvants#1
Dec 22nd, 2005, 01:53 AM
I'm glad to see Maria has at least chilled out and can have fun during exhibitions. I remember reading reports about her exo against Angela Haynes last year, a player well outside of the top 100 at that point. Maria won 6-2 6-1 and was apparently screaming and pumping her fist the entire time:o :rolleyes:

kosmikgroove
Dec 22nd, 2005, 01:55 AM
http://img306.imageshack.us/img306/534/mariasharapovafrjapantour2005m.jpg http://img306.imageshack.us/img306/5242/mariasharapovafrjapantour2005m1.jpg

wow, she looks GREAT! her rear-end looks much bigger, it's a good possibility she's been workin more on her fitness.

Paldias
Dec 22nd, 2005, 02:12 AM
Ai :)

Nice picture of Maria/Ai! :p

Volcana
Dec 22nd, 2005, 03:29 AM
She lost to Sugiyama 5-8 in an exo in Japan. Maria seems to take exos seriously, but that's 2 in a row after the loss to Venus in Seoul.I'd forgotten all about that exo. What happened there?

tennisrox
Dec 22nd, 2005, 03:30 AM
Go Ai! :yeah:

UDACHi
Dec 22nd, 2005, 03:58 AM
Oh no Maria!

You lost to that .. that THING?!

Out of the signature you go. :fiery:

PointBlank
Dec 22nd, 2005, 04:11 AM
I normally do not think Maria is all that cute, but she looks great in those pictures.

BONES08
Dec 22nd, 2005, 04:16 AM
If she beat Venus or Serena, it would be so easy to find on the internet. It would be just flooded with articles. She loses to Sugiyama, you cant hardly find it anywhere.

Dan23
Dec 22nd, 2005, 04:21 AM
If she beat Venus or Serena, it would be so easy to find on the internet. It would be just flooded with articles. She loses to Sugiyama, you cant hardly find it anywhere.
If you say so...
If it was a WTA contest there might be more interest but it wasnt even a 3 set match

BONES08
Dec 22nd, 2005, 04:30 AM
The score could be 1-0 or .2-.1 in favor of Maria and you would still see it.

waratahsrock
Dec 22nd, 2005, 05:01 AM
The score could be 1-0 or .2-.1 in favor of Maria and you would still see it.

:lol: let all your anger out!

bellascarlett
Dec 22nd, 2005, 05:20 AM
Maria looks to be having a good time...and looks great as always...

Anyway, bottom line: i doubt she took it as seriously as she does a tournament match...Ai on the other hand is Japanese and I would assume that she didn't want to look bad in front of her home crowd, a good portion of which probably came out to see Maria.

Hey, it could also be a good PR move from Maria - letting the Japanese girl win the exhibition at home...I'm sure the Japanese audience had more of a good time because their own player put up a good fight. Exhibitions are really more about entertaining the crowd.

I'm sure she won't lose all her matches here...she'll try to get one win in I presume :lol:...she has I think a few more to play...we'll see...:)

Dawn Marie
Dec 22nd, 2005, 05:50 AM
Ai plays nothing like Hingis. Imho she plays more like Clijsters. They both even got great forehands.

Derek.
Dec 22nd, 2005, 05:56 AM
she has I think a few more to play...we'll see...:)

Yep. Two more. :cool:

Portobello
Dec 22nd, 2005, 06:04 AM
thx for the pix,dan :D

she looks happy there so somehow i think i didnt take that match seriously ;)

Dawn Marie
Dec 22nd, 2005, 06:21 AM
I just happened to change channel and Masha was on Jimmy Kimmel Live. She talked about her perfume and the expos that she was about to play. She also was asked about Labron James and if they are a couple. She didn't say they were a couple or not. Only laughed and joked. I think not. imho. She stated she had to catch a plane Monday so the interview was recently. She said she was in the lab and did the perfume thingy on her own. She was asked about making 25 million. She said it depends on who you asked.

Her departing comment was I am only 18.:)

Dawn Marie
Dec 22nd, 2005, 06:23 AM
My post was true but thew only 18 was a joke. I know how we diehard fans wan to hear about interviews this was not a fake one.

VeeReeDavJCap81
Dec 22nd, 2005, 07:03 AM
http://img306.imageshack.us/img306/5242/mariasharapovafrjapantour2005m1.jpg

David and Goliath

Spunky83
Dec 22nd, 2005, 09:13 AM
She does look really great in those pics...probably she didnīt want to ruin her make-up and hair during the match :lol:

Markus
Dec 22nd, 2005, 09:27 AM
She does look really great in those pics...probably she didnīt want to ruin her make-up and hair during the match :lol:

:devil: exactly my thought. even though i am not a particular fan i doubt that maria would loose to ai in a real tournament.

Maria Croft
Dec 22nd, 2005, 09:52 AM
Some of you people are hilarious :lol:

Andy.
Dec 22nd, 2005, 10:13 AM
No biggy

SAEKeithSerena
Dec 22nd, 2005, 04:00 PM
point is she lost. her games seems very off lately.

hingis-seles
Dec 22nd, 2005, 04:06 PM
Queen Masha looks hot in those pictures. :hearts:

goldenlox
Dec 22nd, 2005, 04:06 PM
Maria went to Japan to promote some of her sponsors.
Look at all the companies on the wall behind her.

http://espn-i.starwave.com/media/apphoto/TOK80112202334.jpg

Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova looks at a model plane during a press conference at a hotel in Osaka, western Japan, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2005. Sharapova arrived in Japan Tuesday for her event "Maria Sharapova Japan Tour 2005". Sharapova is scheduled to play in an exhibition match and take part in a fashion show during her visit

SJW
Dec 22nd, 2005, 04:12 PM
http://img306.imageshack.us/img306/534/mariasharapovafrjapantour2005m.jpg http://img306.imageshack.us/img306/5242/mariasharapovafrjapantour2005m1.jpg

i cant ever remember Maria looking that good on court, great pictures :)

Mafia_Sharapova
Dec 22nd, 2005, 04:19 PM
:hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts:

jacobruiz
Dec 22nd, 2005, 04:20 PM
point is she lost. her games seems very off lately.


Point is anyone who thinks that Maria would lose to Ai in a serious match is the one who is "off".;)

Maria seems to be having a very nice relaxing time in Japan!:D

Meesh
Dec 22nd, 2005, 04:36 PM
WOW, she looks great! I can't wait until the season starts. I really need to get the Tennis Channel in 2006

jacobruiz
Dec 22nd, 2005, 04:36 PM
http://img527.imageshack.us/img527/1663/sharapova32lo.jpg

Looks like the start of a very "serious" match!:lol:

WonderfulLee
Dec 22nd, 2005, 05:12 PM
very nice picture!

but she lost!

Doc
Dec 22nd, 2005, 05:19 PM
very nice picture!

but she lost!

If Maria is serious about a match, she doesn't come on grinning with a fluffy toy. Watch her sometime.

xin_hui
Dec 22nd, 2005, 05:48 PM
Point is anyone who thinks that Maria would lose to Ai in a serious match is the one who is "off".;)

Maria seems to be having a very nice relaxing time in Japan!:D

of course she's having a relaxing time....with the amount of moolah she makes from such exhos

no wonder she loves doing exhos:tape:

creep
Dec 22nd, 2005, 05:48 PM
of course she's having a relaxing time....with the amount of moolah she makes from such exhos

no wonder she loves doing exhos:tape:

:D :wavey: :kiss: :hearts:

Ryan
Dec 22nd, 2005, 06:45 PM
She played Sugiyama. In Japan. I doubt either player put 100% into the match. Congrats Ai, keep improving Maria. :)

new-york
Dec 22nd, 2005, 06:49 PM
Maria is pretty in that beautiful white outfit!

Kart
Dec 22nd, 2005, 06:52 PM
This loss is clearly an omen that the sky is falling down :bolt:.

Simplicity
Jan 13th, 2006, 04:30 AM
:tape:

JoJoCircus
Jan 13th, 2006, 05:02 AM
You brought a month old thread back to growl!!??

ClaudiaZ-S
Jan 13th, 2006, 05:06 AM
Com'on Ai! :mad: give her a 60 :lol: