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BaRaDang22
Dec 25th, 2005, 01:10 AM
"I am very disappointed to have to withdraw from the Mondial Women's Hardcourts in Gold Coast because my right shoulder is not yet ready to allow me to compete at the tour level. Tournament director Liz Smylie has put together a fantastic event that I hope to be able to play in 2007, and I am sure it will again be a great success this year. I will be doing everything possible in consultation with my doctors to be healthy enough to play the Australian Open. I have spent the offseason training and preparing both on and off the court for the 2006 season." (From: MariaWorld.net)

Shoulder injury? Uh-oh, 2006 doesn't look like a great year for Maria. Get well soon Maria!

xan
Dec 25th, 2005, 01:50 AM
Really annoying to see Maria's shoulder isn't yet better. :fiery:

BaRaDang22
Dec 25th, 2005, 02:23 AM
That was perck muscle before tho, it's her shoulder now. Still... why can't they just go away?

Andy.
Dec 25th, 2005, 08:41 PM
I think it may just be precausionary and the fact that she feels not 100% reeady to compete i dont think its anything new, im sure she will play the Australian Open.

xan
Dec 26th, 2005, 01:37 AM
I note that Maria beat Sugiyama convincingly in their 2nd exo match in Japan - despite the shoulder/pec injury, so hopefully it IS only a precaution.

It is probably wise to miss a tough tournament pre AO, which could ruin her chances if she aggravated the strain. Hopefully Maria will be able to get over the injury now her growth spurt is past.

Sharapova's_Boy
Dec 26th, 2005, 04:21 AM
Please be fit for the AO Maria. :sad:

Maria Croft
Dec 26th, 2005, 08:52 AM
I think it may just be precausionary and the fact that she feels not 100% reeady to compete i dont think its anything new, im sure she will play the Australian Open.


I agree, and I would like to add that Maria said that she doesn't have pain when she is playing anymore, that's a good thing :)

nouf
Dec 26th, 2005, 09:36 AM
for me maria will be out for ao! :-/

50% chance, i think she will go there but she will be not to 100%

Porcupine
Dec 26th, 2005, 02:09 PM
Maria won't miss a GS,that's for sure :yeah:
But if she has to withdraw from a tournament because of an injury,it's no big deal :) .Her health is the most important here :angel:

Steve-o
Dec 26th, 2005, 03:11 PM
But if she has to withdraw from a tournament because of an injury,it's no big deal :) .Her health is the most important here :angel:
exactly right :yeah:

sharapova1987
Dec 27th, 2005, 05:26 AM
I find it perplexing that she is running around Japan playing exhibition matches, while she is simultaneously pulling out of a real tournament in Australia. Doesn't make a lot of sense to me.

Dan23
Dec 27th, 2005, 07:24 AM
It would seem Maria was using the exo matches to test how her shoulder was rather than call it all off and do the same thing at home. Mightnt seem like the best way to show her dedication to getting herself back into the sort of condition required to be at her best but these days Maria has so many things expectant of her time. Its inevitable when Maria takes on so many commercial deals, she has to make compromises.

There seems to be more to this shoulder injury than just her previous pec problems but I hope the fact she was able to play in Japan shows that its on the mend and will be in a better state for the AO.

Greenout
Dec 27th, 2005, 07:34 AM
Here's my theory. I posted this up at GM.

It would be a shame if she doesn't. But, I don't think the Japan events were the cause.

In fact, I bet she did Japan because it's not the type of injury that would get worse modelling handbags. Her team probably thought it was better than not doing anything in that time period. She looked pretty happy being there, unlike in Los Angeles last month. Not much stress in Japan.

Waiting around for an injury to heal is very fustrating, and it's important to be positive. If she can't compete in Australia, then the injury simply isn't letting her train properly. Simple as that. I hardly doubt being scared of the competition/rivals is an issue at her level. These top 10 types aren't that wimpy.

*I think it's good to not let the WTA run Maria into the ground. She's got obligations, and chasing ranking points playing injured isn't a priority, it should'nt be for any player. If she's injured there's nothing to do about it, but wait it out. I don't see anything manipulative or unrealistic about this. This "let's fine all the top players, and make them pay from their pockets for not showing up at WTA events!" rule is bullshit too. All it does is force players to give advance noticed of pulling out of events. I don't know how the rest of the season will pan out, but this new ranking systems is stupid- and won't reflect much anyway. Look at it already. The #1 player didn't even win a GS in 2005, and the player of the year did it by default because the top players (cough, cough) didn't play much in the summer or indoor season either.

Maria Croft
Dec 27th, 2005, 08:52 AM
Here's my theory. I posted this up at GM.

It would be a shame if she doesn't. But, I don't think the Japan events were the cause.

In fact, I bet she did Japan because it's not the type of injury that would get worse modelling handbags. Her team probably thought it was better than not doing anything in that time period. She looked pretty happy being there, unlike in Los Angeles last month. Not much stress in Japan.

Waiting around for an injury to heal is very fustrating, and it's important to be positive. If she can't compete in Australia, then the injury simply isn't letting her train properly. Simple as that. I hardly doubt being scared of the competition/rivals is an issue at her level. These top 10 types aren't that wimpy.

*I think it's good to not let the WTA run Maria into the ground. She's got obligations, and chasing ranking points playing injured isn't a priority, it should'nt be for any player. If she's injured there's nothing to do about it, but wait it out. I don't see anything manipulative or unrealistic about this. This "let's fine all the top players, and make them pay from their pockets for not showing up at WTA events!" rule is bullshit too. All it does is force players to give advance noticed of pulling out of events. I don't know how the rest of the season will pan out, but this new ranking systems is stupid- and won't reflect much anyway. Look at it already. The #1 player didn't even win a GS in 2005, and the player of the year did it by default because the top players (cough, cough) didn't play much in the summer or indoor season either.


I don't agree with this post

I think Maria is recovering and wasn't and hasn't injured herself in these exhibition matches, she used them as tests to see if she would be able to play, and I'm sure that she would be able to play in Gold Coast but I guess her doctors said there would be a risk if she did, she needs some extra time and Maria wasn’t to be 100% fit before a Grand Slam, it's only normal that she doesn't want to take changes playing a warm up tournament

Greenout
Dec 27th, 2005, 09:15 AM
I don't agree with this post

I think Maria is recovering and wasn't and hasn't injured herself in these exhibition matches, she used them as tests to see if she would be able to play, and I'm sure that she would be able to play in Gold Coast but I guess her doctors said there would be a risk if she did, she needs some extra time and Maria wasn’t to be 100% fit before a Grand Slam, it's only normal that she doesn't want to take changes playing a warm up tournament

Ok- but sometimes you can have an injury, yet the doctors don't think a total stop in tennis is good. Playing an exhibition? It depends. Who knows what the specifics are, right? Every player is different, and every injury is a bit different too. It's all speculation, and debate.

Anyway- the answers could be a bit every reason.

Dan23
Dec 27th, 2005, 11:45 AM
I think for sure the injury wasnt sustained in the exo matches....I also doubt Maria has done a lot of hard training oncourt since the YEC...the injury is a carry over from the pre-existing one but it now seems to be more shoulder related than chest. Whatever the case its a bad way to go into the new year

sharapova1987
Dec 27th, 2005, 07:05 PM
Well, I wasn't implying that she had "reinjured" it in the exhibition matches. But it just seems for a player who was hurt for just about the entire 2005 season, she would want to take some time off to see if her injury was going to heal before the 2006 seasons gets started. Obviously none of us know the extent of the injury, but it sounds to me like this could be an ongoing thing for a long, long time. At what point does she consider "shutting it down" for an extended period of time? Perhaps it will reach a point where she just has to say "no tennis, no practice, no matches or anything for 3-6 months" to see if it will heal.

msharafan
Dec 28th, 2005, 03:24 PM
I cant wait and hope maria is back in action for aussie open!
You can do it maria! :worship:
and get fit healthy and injury free as soon as possible!
otherwise ill be :bigcry:

Mafia_Sharapova
Dec 28th, 2005, 03:46 PM
I cant wait and hope maria is back in action for aussie open!
You can do it maria! :worship:
and get fit healthy and injury free as soon as possible!
otherwise ill be :bigcry:

hi ! msharafan :wavey:

xan
Dec 28th, 2005, 11:30 PM
The fact that Maria was playing exos with this injury leads me to assume it isn't that serious. She can play, but doesn't yet want to play seriously. In an exo you can play around, set up shots, rest particular shots that you don't want to over-use, or pull out at any time - so there is no big danger of worsening an injury, as there might be in a close all-out match.

The tournament would have been a real hard-hitting series of professional matches, with ranking points and H2Hs at stake - that's a totally different scenario.

Normally a non-major pec strain should heal in weeks. A serious pec-strain and she couldn't play at all. I just hope Masha is fit and ready for the AO. Though it's a pity she doesn't have more time to ensure that the injury is completely and securely healed..

andrewbroad
Dec 30th, 2005, 06:36 PM
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MONDIAL AUSTRALIAN WOMEN'S HARDCOURTS (Gold Coast, Australia; hard outdoors; WTA Tier III)
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On 24th December, Maria pulled out of the Gold Coast tournament which starts on 1st January 2006, and there is some doubt over whether she will play the Australian Open. :(

"I am very disappointed to have to withdraw because my right shoulder is not yet ready to allow me to compete at the tour level. The number one priority for me at this time is getting 100% healthy to compete again.

"Tournament director Liz Smylie has put together a fantastic event that I hope to be able to play in 2007, and I am sure it will again be a great success this year.

"I will be doing everything possible in consultation with my doctors to be healthy enough to play the Australian Open. I have spent the off-season training and preparing both on and off the court for the 2006 season."

It sounds like a recurrence of the right-pectoral muscle-strain that has decimated her career since August 2005, but in the photos from last week's Maria Sharapova Japan Tour (see "Photos" below), the plaster is on the back of her shoulder - so I hope it is a new, less serious injury.

2006 is the year by which Maria should be starting her dominance of women's tennis - not just as a one-off Grand Slam champion or a slamless #1, but as an undisputed #1 with multiple Grand Slam titles. It would be such an awful shame if her pectoral injury changed the course of tennis-history. :sad:


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MARIA SHARAPOVA JAPAN TOUR
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Osaka, 21st December
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- MARIA lt. Ai Sugiyama, 5-8
+ MARIA/Sugiyama d. Ryoko Fuda/Akiko Morigami, 4-3

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Nagoya, 22nd December
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+ MARIA d. Ai Sugiyama? (score unknown)

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Tokyo, 23rd December
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+ MARIA d. Ai Sugiyama, 8-2

Maria: "I'm not playing at 100%, not hitting the balls 100%, but I'm not playing with pain. I just have to let it recover and it's going to take time.

"I'd love to do it again. I wanted to start the tour in Japan. It was an honour to see all my fans. Yesterday it snowed in Nagoya, but they all came despite the weather. It was amazing to have my own tour and to see the three cities."


Sugiyama: "I couldn't get used to the court today, but she came in here like she'd been playing on it all week, it's pretty amazing. She really picked her game up today, and all I can say is `hats off to her'."

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Photos
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1. Search Getty Images for "sharapova"
2. http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/news/?c=news_photos&p=sharapova (http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/news/?c=news_photos&p=sharapova)
3. http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=99305&page=98 (http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=99305&page=98) (and subsequent pages)

IMO, Maria's looking better than her average :hearts:


Maria's 2006 tournament-schedule:
http://www.palmolive.co.uk/app/Palmolive/UK/Calendar.cvsp (http://www.palmolive.co.uk/app/Palmolive/UK/Calendar.cvsp)

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Sweep
Dec 30th, 2005, 06:44 PM
She'd better be well for the AO. It would be an awful way to start 2006 if she missed out.

BaRaDang22
Jan 1st, 2006, 02:20 AM
Someone told me that she probably pulled out because of Hingis. I don't think that's so. Why would Maria lie about an injury?

Dan23
Jan 1st, 2006, 02:44 AM
Someone told me that she probably pulled out because of Hingis. I don't think that's so. Why would Maria lie about an injury?
Dont listen to what everyone says about Maria ;)
She wouldnt withdraw because of Martina

BaRaDang22
Jan 1st, 2006, 04:15 AM
All these put downs on Maria... I don't care what people say about her. She's the best tennis player to me!

Maria Croft
Jan 1st, 2006, 08:58 AM
Someone told me that she probably pulled out because of Hingis. I don't think that's so. Why would Maria lie about an injury?


:lol:

If that was true then she would also have to withdraw from every other tournament, there are always players in the draw that are tough, Maria isn't scared of anyone :)

msharafan
Jan 1st, 2006, 08:13 PM
maria would never withdraw unless she had to, shes not afraid of any player! venus lindsey, serena any of them so why would it be any different for martina?
i just hope maria gets fit and healthy to play for the aussie open, but its looking good cause shes designed a dress especially for the aussie open, so that would suggest shes playing! but dont get your hopes up too much because shes still stuggling with her injury and its never too late to pull out, but maria missing a grand slam doesnt seem right to me im sure shell be there whatever it takes! GO MARIA AND GOOD LUCK!