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KirilenkoRulz
Dec 28th, 2005, 03:40 PM
Makiri's first tournament of 2006 is the Auckland, New Zealand - ASB Classic, a Tier IV played outdoors on hardcourt. Those entering the qualifing segment have been named, that draw to be played 31 December-1 January. The main draw competition starts, on 2 January but as I write this the the main draw has not yet been made public. There is also doubles draw of 16 teams, but no indication yet as to whether Makiri is playing doubles and with whom. Given past history, we can assume Makiri will be in the doubles draw as well.

Checked the Palm for the time difference between Auckland and Moscow and it is 10 hours! Checked on the globe and counted 9 time zones, and with Auckland currently on Daylight Savings Time, that makes 10 hours. As Makiri was just recently in Florida, that is yet 8 more time zones west of Moscow. With so much travel and time zone change, Makiri will certainly get to Auckland days ahead of time to adjust. With it being summer in New Zealand and Auckland being on a bay off the Pacific Ocean... seems to beat out Moscow weather in late December. Petrova arrived there on 21 December to adjust and get in some "sight-seeing", would not be surprised if Makiri will do similarly.

Dementirilenko
Dec 28th, 2005, 05:06 PM
Nice to have you here on this board again, Walt. Auckland is a Tier IV, so there will be not sooooo many top ranked players. Its a good chance for Makiri to get a good start into the next season, maybe by reaching the semis. This would give her a good feedback for the upcoming tourney's especially the Australian Open. I think we will get the list of the main draw at the end of this week.

RonnieB33
Dec 28th, 2005, 08:37 PM
ASB Classic Website (http://www.aucklandtennis.co.nz/asb_bank_classic/index.php)

http://www.aucklandtennis.co.nz/asb_bank_classic/index.php

In case you wanted to know. Only 5 more days left!

:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Dementirilenko
Dec 28th, 2005, 08:58 PM
ASB Classic Website (http://www.aucklandtennis.co.nz/asb_bank_classic/index.php)

http://www.aucklandtennis.co.nz/asb_bank_classic/index.php

In case you wanted to know. Only 5 more days left!

:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Many thanx, Ronnie. 5 more days.....great! Than we will get the main draw in three!

Ravsieg
Dec 28th, 2005, 10:17 PM
This is probably going to be the best Tier IV field on the whole year so it's very tricky.. but Maria should do as we expect. :D Good luck!

!!!--Duiz™--!!!
Dec 29th, 2005, 08:20 PM
This is probably going to be the best Tier IV field on the whole year so it's very tricky.. but Maria should do as we expect. :D Good luck!

I was just thinking of that...

Tati & Dani
Dec 29th, 2005, 11:46 PM
Goodluck Makiri :hug:

A Semi-Final will be great , maybe a final :)

KirilenkoRulz
Dec 30th, 2005, 12:19 PM
ASB Classic Qualifying Draw set, #84 in the world needs to play qualifiers in a Tier IV. It is really nice to be ranked #25 this year and not have to worry about qualifying rounds. 3 more days...

"Qualifying Draw & Schedule
30 December 2005

It's one of the toughest qualifying draws ever at the ASB Classic with the highest ranked player Jelena Kostanic at 84 in the world and the cut-off for direct entrants at 190.

The calibre of the field makes the job of the four Kiwi wildcards difficult to say the least, but not impossible. Qualifying starts at 10am tomorrow (Saturday 31) and Sunday and is free to the public."

Langers
Dec 30th, 2005, 01:52 PM
I don't think this has been posted yet.

"Top seed for the ASB Classic will be Nadia Petrova at No 9 followed by Russian Elena Likhovtseva at No 17. Glamour girl Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia will be the third seed with a ranking of 19. Fourth seed will be the third of the Russians, 18 year old Maria Kirilenko at 25.

Kirilenko and Doushevina are two of the rising stars of tennis. The first is 18 years old and the second turned 19 last month.

Kirilenko made a final at Beijing the semis at Hyderbad and Tokyo as well as the quarters at both Doha and Guanqzhou in 2005 and is rated as a real prospect to reach the top ten within the next 12 months."

Dementirilenko
Dec 30th, 2005, 02:15 PM
Nice news, thanx Langers. Douchevina isn't bad too, so there will be a strong competition at this tourney. I didn't expect that, cause its just a Tier IV.
Makiri will be the fourth seeded....thats great, I mean she has the possibility to get a nice draw, and.....she can beat everyone of the better seeded players like Petrova!

KirilenkoRulz
Dec 30th, 2005, 03:48 PM
I don't think this has been posted yet.

"Top seed for the ASB Classic will be Nadia Petrova at No 9 followed by Russian Elena Likhovtseva at No 17. Glamour girl Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia will be the third seed with a ranking of 19. Fourth seed will be the third of the Russians, 18 year old Maria Kirilenko at 25. "Langers, Hantuchova was a late entrant, the ASB site had Makiri at the 3rd seed until just before the close off date. Note that 4 of the top 25 are playing in a Tier IV! Regardless of how the rest of the MD plays out, if form holds 1 plays 4 in the semis (ie Makiri gets Petrova) and then she would play Elena or Daniela in the final. Also, the tournament is going to populate all 32 slots in the draw so no byes in the first round. If form holds, that is a pretty tough Tier IV. To win the tournament she will likely have to beat two pretty good players ranked ahead of her, will be an early indicator of her ability to move up as the year progresses.

goldenlox
Dec 30th, 2005, 04:01 PM
This is a tough tournament. There are pictures on Getty of Vera Z. practicing with Lena L.
No Maria pics from Aukland on Getty.

TennisPlayingFox
Dec 31st, 2005, 12:15 AM
The draw is out! Maria will play Blahotova in the first round. Should be an easy win for Maria!

KirilenkoRulz
Dec 31st, 2005, 12:26 AM
Here is the url for the singles draw
http://www.aucklandtennis.co.nz/asb_bank_classic/draw/singles.php

After Olga Blahotova, the second round likely brings Amy Frazier (or Viktoria Azarenka). The third round likely brings Vera Zvonareva (8 seed) (Shahar Peer the other "name" in this bracket). In the semi's Makiri is in Daniela Hantuchova's (#2) half, so they paired up 1-3 and 2-4. If Daniela is upset along the way other "names" in that quarter are Katarina Srebotnik, Jamea Jackson and Jill Craybas. The final would likely be Nadia Petrova (1) or Elena Likhovtseva (3).

If form holds all the way, the road for Makiri is Blahotova - Frazier - Zvonareva - Hantuchova - Petrova. This can't possibly be a Tier IV... but it is.

Derek.
Dec 31st, 2005, 01:25 AM
(1)Petrova vs. Diaz-Olivia
Douchevina vs. Qualifier
Castano vs. Brandi
(7)Asagoe vs. Sanchez-Lorenzo

(3)Likhovtseva vs. Morigami
Dokic vs. Schruff
Granville vs. Qualifier
(6)Bartoli vs. Loit

(8)Zvonareva vs. Suarez
Cho vs. Peer
Frazier vs. Azarenka
(4)Kirilenko vs. Blahotova

(5)Srebotnik vs. Daniilidou
Jackson vs. Qualifier
Craybas vs. Qualifier
(2)Hantuchova vs. Beygelzimer


Good luck Maria! :angel:

!!!--Duiz™--!!!
Dec 31st, 2005, 05:10 AM
WTF? Peer is supposed to be doing a two year service in Israel....

!!!--Duiz™--!!!
Dec 31st, 2005, 05:11 AM
Zvonareva and Petrova are the strongest seeds... if Maria is ready to beat them right now... she will very probably win the tournament.

Langers
Dec 31st, 2005, 07:24 AM
It's difficult to predict anything at the beginning of a new season, due to player’s fitness levels, preparation and other factors. Lets hope Maria is ready from the get go and can put in some solid performances. If she is on her game, she could definitely go all the way.

Dementirilenko
Dec 31st, 2005, 09:44 AM
Wow, the draw isn't that bad, I expected that it would be an easy run at a Tier IV, But I was wrong, and I forgot that such a tourney is the best preperation for the top players for the new season. Man that was stupid!
Nevertheless, its the best preperation for Makiri wich will show if she can compete with some of the best players like Nadia or Daniela. This will make her self - confidence much stronger (if she can achieve a good result like a semifinal, at Auckland)

goelena
Dec 31st, 2005, 01:50 PM
Not bad draw, not the easiest either. Go Makiri!!! :D

KirilenkoRulz
Dec 31st, 2005, 03:17 PM
Lets do the facts first - Makiri's head to head records against those she will play if form holds (all scores from Makiri's perspective):
Blahotova - Have not played
Frazier - 0-1 (16 46)
Zvonareva 0-1 (26 36)
Hantuchova 0-2 (64 06 26 & 67 16)
Petrova 0-1 (26 26)

Cumulative against all 5 opponents - 0-5 in matches, 1-10 in sets. Of the 10 sets she has lost, in 6 of them she won 2 games or less. The one set she won was at 4 and then she was bageled in the next set. Now the fan, I live and die with how Makiri does and I very much want to see her win every tournament she enters. And I will hope she can win four matches in a row against opponents she has never beaten before. For those who have said this draw is "not bad", can you help me out? What do you see here in a Tier IV that makes you feel this way?

goldenlox
Dec 31st, 2005, 03:21 PM
Frazier can play like a top 15 player. She's very good when she's on.
This is the first tournament of the season.
It's not do or die. It's a prep for Melbourne.

houseoflords
Jan 1st, 2006, 05:09 AM
Let's not forget that most of those head to head match ups happened before Maria changed her style of play. Also, Maria's confidence is much higher now. Yes she lost to Zvonareva during her good run but by that point she was exhausted. I'm not saying that this draw is going to be easier but I fancy Masha's chances now against any of these players a helluva lot more than I did a year ago at this time. Go get 'em Masha!

Keraj
Jan 1st, 2006, 09:18 AM
Happy New Year Everyone ! :aparty:

Maria will begin 2oo6 season on Tuesday. She also plays doubles with... Paola Suarez. They`re #2 seed. Good Luck :)

Dementirilenko
Jan 1st, 2006, 10:01 AM
Let's not forget that most of those head to head match ups happened before Maria changed her style of play. Also, Maria's confidence is much higher now. Yes she lost to Zvonareva during her good run but by that point she was exhausted. I'm not saying that this draw is going to be easier but I fancy Masha's chances now against any of these players a helluva lot more than I did a year ago at this time. Go get 'em Masha!

This is exactly what I think about it. Makiri has become much more stronger during the last year. But nevertheless, Daniela and Nadia are very good players, especially Nadia had a great last year, so it will be difficult for Makiri to play them. What I can say is that everything is possible for her.

Keraj
Jan 1st, 2006, 11:56 AM
Considering this is only a Tier IV event, the draw is not the easiest, but the draw is not always so important. I mean, Beijing draw looked like a very tough draw and we all know what happened there, in French Open she got easy draw and lost in the first round to a player who never won a match in a grand slam before...

This is the first tournament of the year, we don`t know what form they`re in, even the players don`t really know that yet :)
That could bring surprising results...

KirilenkoRulz
Jan 1st, 2006, 02:40 PM
Let's not forget that most of those head to head match ups happened before Maria changed her style of play. Also, Maria's confidence is much higher now. Yes she lost to Zvonareva during her good run but by that point she was exhausted. I'm not saying that this draw is going to be easier but I fancy Masha's chances now against any of these players a helluva lot more than I did a year ago at this time. Go get 'em Masha!Agreed. How Makiri is playing and the difficulty of the draw are two seperate issues. Two days until Makiri starts!

KirilenkoRulz
Jan 1st, 2006, 02:43 PM
Considering this is only a Tier IV event, the draw is not the easiest, but the draw is not always so important. This is the first tournament of the year, we don`t know what form they`re in, even the players don`t really know that yet :) That could bring surprising results...Absolutely! We will learn alot the next few weeks. But as Makiri showed last year (not even qualifying for her first tournament), even a slow started does not mean you can't have a great year.

King Aaron
Jan 1st, 2006, 06:04 PM
Best of luck Maria. :D :kiss: She should start on Tuesday. :)

!!!--Duiz™--!!!
Jan 1st, 2006, 10:35 PM
Come on Maria... dominate!

Derek.
Jan 1st, 2006, 11:16 PM
WTF? Peer is supposed to be doing a two year service in Israel....

She still gets to play tournaments.

!!!--Duiz™--!!!
Jan 2nd, 2006, 12:41 AM
She still gets to play tournaments.
Weird... but anyways... she could be dangerous

Andy.
Jan 2nd, 2006, 05:32 AM
Good luck Maria this is a good first round match and a good match to ease her into the 2006 season.

Langers
Jan 2nd, 2006, 07:50 AM
"Another Russian, Maria Kirilenko, will also be on display. Kirilenko is one of the rising stars of the WTA tour as she moved up nearly 90 places in the rankings in 2005 and faces Olga Blahotova.

She began 2005 ranked 111 but ended the year at No25. The 18-year-old has something in common with Hantuchova: she had a victory over Maria Sharapova in 2005.

Kirilenko defeated her countrywoman enroute to her first WTA title at Beijing."

so.krist!na
Jan 2nd, 2006, 09:34 AM
Come on Maria,take the first win plz!
Good luck!

KirilenkoRulz
Jan 2nd, 2006, 03:12 PM
Next round's opponent will be Victoria Azarenka, Miss all everything in Juniors last year....

"In a classic battle of youth versus experience, 16-year-old Victoria Azarenka defeated 33-year-old Amy Frazier 6-2 5-7 6-4 in first round action on Monday.

Frazier was the top seed in Auckland last year and tried to use all of her considerable guile to topple the world's No1 junior. But Azarenka broke the former world No13 at 4-4 in the third set and then held her nerve to advance to the second round."

KirilenkoRulz
Jan 2nd, 2006, 03:22 PM
Makiri is match 4 on center court Tuesday. Program starts 11am with the Dokic match, followed by the completion of the Zvonareva match which Bepa is leading 62 42, followed by the Hanutchova match. Then Makiri. Quite a compelling line up today on Center Court, think most of us would love to be there! In about 12 hours or so Makiri's first match of 2006 should be in the books.

Just noticed that Makiri is also playing doubles today as the 6th match on court 4 (Q)Julia Schruff(GER)/Agnes Szanay(HUN) v (2)Maria Kirilenko(RUS)/Paola Suarez(ARG). Pretty neat that Makiri is getting to play doubles with Suarez. They have scheduled Makiri's two matches to both be late in the day, seemingly close together.

KirilenkoRulz
Jan 2nd, 2006, 03:24 PM
Winners on Monday - Petrova (62 62), Azarenka (62 57 64) and Srebotnick (75 46 63). Then bad weather arrived and the rest of the matches moved to Tuesday.

!!!--Duiz™--!!!
Jan 2nd, 2006, 07:31 PM
No Maria... :sad:

KirilenkoRulz
Jan 3rd, 2006, 03:03 AM
As 1700 hours on Tuesday arrives in Auckland, it is time to go to sleep here in Texas on Monday, here are the latest scores posted at this hour. 13 of the 16 first round matches completed, unfortunately Makiri's is one of the three remaining. As Daniela has just apparently completed her match, Makiri should be taking the court as I write this. From the top of the draw winners are: Petrova (1); Brandi; Lorenzo (upsets #7 Asagoe); Schruff (knocks out Dokic); Granville; Bartoli (#6); Zvonareva (#8 - knocks out Makiri's doubles partner Suarez); Cho (beats Peer); Azarenka (Makiri's next opponent); Srebotnik (#5); Obziler (beats Jamela Jackson in straight sets); Craybas and Hantuchova (#2 - lost the first set at 2!, but then came back in the last 2 sets to close it out 63 62).

I guess Frazier, Peer and Jackson losing are mild upsets. The only 2 major upsets I see are #7 Asagoe losing and Hantuchova needing 3 sets to win over Yulia Beygelzimer. I have the Palm bookmarked on the ASB website scores and will check in if I wake up during the night, please forgive me if I don't post the score here. Am sure our Australian friends can help to keep us posted on night scores. If the schedule plays out as posted Makiri still has both a singles and doubles match to play over the next 4 to 5 hours.

Ravsieg
Jan 3rd, 2006, 03:36 AM
Actually the only thing that surprises me is Frazier taking a set off Azarenka... If Maria finishes Blahotova up, she'll be very tough.

!!!--Duiz™--!!!
Jan 3rd, 2006, 04:07 AM
MAria has more seniority... Azarenka is suceptible to inconsistency... Maria will have the higher hand I believe... of course... Azarenka's soaring confidence will be an issue against maria due to the fact that it me boost her to go to the extra mile...

Derek.
Jan 3rd, 2006, 04:10 AM
Tough match now for Maria. Dunno who's gonna win, nor do I know who I wanna cheer for. :p

!!!--Duiz™--!!!
Jan 3rd, 2006, 04:29 AM
Tough match now for Maria. Dunno who's gonna win, nor do I know who I wanna cheer for. :p

SHould be Maria...

KirilenkoRulz
Jan 3rd, 2006, 04:51 AM
Makiri wins 64 61 over Blahotova. :bigclap: :clap2:

!!!--Duiz™--!!!
Jan 3rd, 2006, 06:00 AM
Good beginning.. it is time to raise the heat... he he..

Langers
Jan 3rd, 2006, 07:14 AM
The Russian takeover of the ASB Classic continued to gain pace with victories for Elena Likhovtseva and Maria Kirilenko.

Kirilenko, the fourth seed, progressed through to the second round with a 6-4 6-1 win over the Czech Republic's Olga Blahotova at centre court on Tuesday.

The world number 25 was pushed hard in the first set before she eventually overcame the 30-year-old with classy shot-making and her ability to get to the net.

The second set was much more straight forward as Kirilenko raced away to a 6-1 score.

Kirilenko's second round opponent will be the world junior number one Victoria Azarenko of Belarus, who knocked out Amy Frazier in the first round.

KirilenkoRulz
Jan 3rd, 2006, 08:18 AM
Makiri lost in doubles 64 36 46.

Langers
Jan 3rd, 2006, 08:30 AM
Makiri lost in doubles 64 36 46.
Thanks for the score Walt :)

Well that's very disappointing, number two seeds and they get defeated in the first round. At least she'll be able to concentrate solely on her singles campaign now.

Keraj
Jan 3rd, 2006, 09:09 AM
Makiri lost in doubles 64 36 46.


Too bad... but they played together for the first time, so... anyway the singles is what really matters and Masha got the first win of the season :)
The thing that worries me about Azarenka is that she is young , tall , powerful girl with a big serve... and that reminds me of Ivanovic and Vaidisova and Masha don`t have a pleasant memory from that matches...

Andy.
Jan 3rd, 2006, 09:46 AM
Im very impressed with this start to the season with a nice easy win as expected, now she can build her form and keep improving. Good luck next round maria

Keraj
Jan 3rd, 2006, 10:31 AM
There`s a couple of Maria`s pics from Auckland on gettyimages and on Cecilia`s site :)

http://www.maria-kirilenko.info/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=94


I noticed that she changed her Yonex from RDX300 to some new model...

Langers
Jan 3rd, 2006, 12:03 PM
"The match-up between two young stars looks like it's going to be the highlight of a day loaded with talented and Russians at the ASB Classic.

No4 seed Maria Kirilenko will have her hands full when she faces world junior champion Victoria Azarenka in the second round. Azarenka impressed everyone who saw her defeat former world No13 Amy Frazier in the opening round.

Her punishing groundstrokes will have to be at their very best if she's going to make it back to back victories as Kirilenko is coming off a breakthrough year in 2005 and looked sharp in round one action.

She has a fluid all court game with no apparent weaknesses; isn't afraid to venture into the net and also mixes things up occasionally by serving and volleying."

KirilenkoRulz
Jan 3rd, 2006, 03:05 PM
There`s a couple of Maria`s pics from Auckland on gettyimages and on Cecilia`s site :)
http://www.maria-kirilenko.info/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=94
I noticed that she changed her Yonex from RDX300 to some new model...Second photo nice shot of her forehand grip/swing (at least for that shot). Classic western forehand, closed racquethead, had to hit a lot of topspin. Nice to see Makiri hits the same forehand as I do :lol:

Zoltan83
Jan 3rd, 2006, 03:09 PM
Makiri lost in doubles 64 36 46.
:sad:

I always said that it's better for her to play with Gisela :p :angel:

KirilenkoRulz
Jan 3rd, 2006, 03:28 PM
:sad:

I always said that it's better for her to play with Gisela :p :angel:Agree 100%, but Dulko is in Perth, Australia playing the Hopman Cup. :( And Makiri had to play two matches literally one right after the other, so maybe not the best conditions to play. After playing 5 sets and 46 games on Tuesday evening (last set had to end around 2200-2300) Makiri has to turn around and play an early afternoon match on Wednesday (third match on Center Court, could start as early as 1300 hours). In contrast Azarenka played an early afternoon match Tuesday and is not playing doubles at all. Am sure Makiri can handle it :lol: ... but she may wind up playing three matches over a 20 hour period. Would think tournaments could schedule things more evenly.

Zoltan83
Jan 3rd, 2006, 03:42 PM
I know but I hope we could see them playing doubles in the Medibank International tournament (in Sydney). ;)

ceciliaf92
Jan 3rd, 2006, 03:47 PM
Yeah it would be nice to see them together in Sydney :)
Well done in singles, keep it up girl :bounce:

KirilenkoRulz
Jan 3rd, 2006, 04:54 PM
Yeah it would be nice to see them together in Sydney :)
Well done in singles, keep it up girl :bounce:Cecilia - welcome back! Hope you are well. As always, thanks for the pics!

KirilenkoRulz
Jan 3rd, 2006, 04:56 PM
So we all have the facts on Makiri's next opponent - Victoria Azarenka born 31 July 1989 in Minsk, Belarus is 5'10" (1.80m) and 132 pounds (60kg). So about 2 inches and 5 pounds bigger than Makiri. Lives in Phoenix, Arizona (Minsk also listed but seems she may have done a Big Maria and moved to the US). 2005 record 25-9, winning the Australian and US Open Juniors titles. Started playing tennis at age 7, favorite surface is hardcourt (what is being played at Auckland) and favorite shot is the backhand.

For comparison, in Makiri's last Juniors year she won the US and Canadian Open titles and as I recall started playing tennis at age 7. As I expect to be a fan of Makiri's for the next 10-11 years, my guess is we will see a Victoria come on the scene each year. Makiri was the Victoria from three years ago!

King Aaron
Jan 3rd, 2006, 04:56 PM
Well done and good luck Maria. :kiss:

Ravsieg
Jan 3rd, 2006, 05:42 PM
Viktoria was already 2 years ago fighting on really close matches (and won some of them) against Ivanovic, Vaidisova, Krajicek etc on juniors. On Wimb 2004 juniors she beat Vaidisova and then lost having wasted many MPs against Ivanovic. She's very, very dangerous.

houseoflords
Jan 3rd, 2006, 06:35 PM
Azarenka is dangerous but if Maria plays the ways she did at the end of last season, she'll win. Maria needs to stay aggresive. I watched Azarenka during US Open juniors last year. She is very good but there are areas where she struggles. The junior players couldn't take advantage, but Masha can. Like most tall girls, Vika doesn't handle balls low very well. She tends to lunge at them. Her serve is good but isn't overpowering, Maria should be able to return well. As always, the key will be how well Maria serves. If her serve is on, Maria will move on

!!!--Duiz™--!!!
Jan 3rd, 2006, 07:25 PM
Makiri lost in doubles 64 36 46.

darn it...:sad:

KirilenkoRulz
Jan 3rd, 2006, 09:49 PM
Thought you guys might enjoy this from ANz, who speaks Russian, posts on the .ru site and lives in New Zealand. He was at yesterday's match, here is my translation of his post. What an awesome story, his daughter now has a memory to last a lifetime.

"Actually the match was not such simple as can seem proceeding from the news reports. I watched the match against Blahotova. To tell the truth, I expected, that Masha would win this match easily. However, Blahotova played very decently, which was unexpected, her shots were precise. She, however, was not always able to handle Masha's first serve. Except for that Blahotova played very decently for 178 place the world.

I like Masha's game very much. She played variously, safely went to the net and really deserved this victory. Probably, this match took away from Masha of much energy, and she simply did not have time to be played yet with Suarez (ie in doubles).

By the way, after the singles match we met Masha in a corridor and wished her good luck, and my daughter even took a photo with Masha (unfortunately camera has not kept this picture). But for my daughter, the main thing was not a photo, the main thing was to have the opportunity to speak with Masha. We now understand, that Masha is very good and pleasant person to speak with in person."

!!!--Duiz™--!!!
Jan 4th, 2006, 12:08 AM
that is so cute walt...

KirilenkoRulz
Jan 4th, 2006, 12:15 AM
At 1400 hours Wednesday Auckland time (now) Nadia P has defeated Dushevina 63 60, completing the 2nd center court match. Makiri should be on the court as I write this, should have a score in the next 90 minutes or so.

BTW, Daniela also won today, beating Craybas 63 61. So seeds 1 & 2 have advanced to the Quarters.

!!!--Duiz™--!!!
Jan 4th, 2006, 12:17 AM
that is so freaking cool!!! go Masha!

KirilenkoRulz
Jan 4th, 2006, 01:50 AM
The Russians know I cannot see the Makiri match, so have received a few PMs updating the score. Last report I have is Makiri leads 5-3 in the first set! Goooooo, Makiri! The WTA Tour and Auckland Tournament sites only post final scores, so if anyone has a partial score please pass it along! cnacN6o!

KirilenkoRulz
Jan 4th, 2006, 02:23 AM
Makiri WINS over Victoria Azarenka 63 26 63!!!! Yes, a great start to 2006 - on to the Quarters! :bounce: :clap2: :bigclap:

Derek.
Jan 4th, 2006, 02:54 AM
Good fight Masha! :woohoo:

Viktoria almost came up with a win. :eek:

!!!--Duiz™--!!!
Jan 4th, 2006, 05:21 AM
Azarenka got PWNED!

ceciliaf92
Jan 4th, 2006, 10:33 AM
Thought you guys might enjoy this from ANz, who speaks Russian, posts on the .ru site and lives in New Zealand. He was at yesterday's match, here is my translation of his post. What an awesome story, his daughter now has a memory to last a lifetime.

"Actually the match was not such simple as can seem proceeding from the news reports. I watched the match against Blahotova. To tell the truth, I expected, that Masha would win this match easily. However, Blahotova played very decently, which was unexpected, her shots were precise. She, however, was not always able to handle Masha's first serve. Except for that Blahotova played very decently for 178 place the world.

I like Masha's game very much. She played variously, safely went to the net and really deserved this victory. Probably, this match took away from Masha of much energy, and she simply did not have time to be played yet with Suarez (ie in doubles).

By the way, after the singles match we met Masha in a corridor and wished her good luck, and my daughter even took a photo with Masha (unfortunately camera has not kept this picture). But for my daughter, the main thing was not a photo, the main thing was to have the opportunity to speak with Masha. We now understand, that Masha is very good and pleasant person to speak with in person."

Thanks for the story Walt ;)
Solid win Maria! And now beat Vera :devil:

Andy.
Jan 4th, 2006, 10:42 AM
Thought you guys might enjoy this from ANz, who speaks Russian, posts on the .ru site and lives in New Zealand. He was at yesterday's match, here is my translation of his post. What an awesome story, his daughter now has a memory to last a lifetime.

"Actually the match was not such simple as can seem proceeding from the news reports. I watched the match against Blahotova. To tell the truth, I expected, that Masha would win this match easily. However, Blahotova played very decently, which was unexpected, her shots were precise. She, however, was not always able to handle Masha's first serve. Except for that Blahotova played very decently for 178 place the world.

I like Masha's game very much. She played variously, safely went to the net and really deserved this victory. Probably, this match took away from Masha of much energy, and she simply did not have time to be played yet with Suarez (ie in doubles).

By the way, after the singles match we met Masha in a corridor and wished her good luck, and my daughter even took a photo with Masha (unfortunately camera has not kept this picture). But for my daughter, the main thing was not a photo, the main thing was to have the opportunity to speak with Masha. We now understand, that Masha is very good and pleasant person to speak with in person."

Thanks for the great story, IMO all maria has to do tomorow is keep it close on Vera and she will have a very good chance

Zoltan83
Jan 4th, 2006, 12:22 PM
:banana: For her victory :banana:

KirilenkoRulz
Jan 4th, 2006, 03:18 PM
The Auckland schedule for Thursday, 5 January all on Center Court. Makiri is the 2nd match, here is the line up

Singles quarter-finals - Starts 1100 hours Auckland time (about 6 hours from when I am writing this)
(Q)Tzipora Obziler(ISR) v (2)Daniela Hantuchova(SVK)
(8)Vera Zvonareva(RUS) v (4)Maria Kirilenko(RUS)
Julia Schruff(GER) v (6)Marion Bartoli(FRA)
(1)Nadia Petrova(RUS)v Kristina Brandi(PUR)

The first thing to note is that upsets in the other three quarters of the draw have led to the one remaining seed playing, well, someone they should beat. Only in Makiri's quarter did both seeds advance. So Makiri has the most difficult quarter of the day. Bartoli vs Schruff may be interesting. For me, there were many more compelling first round matches than there are in the quarters.

The second thing is it is looking more and more like the road to the title will go through Zvonareva - Hantuchova - Petrova.

King Aaron
Jan 4th, 2006, 05:41 PM
Well done on a tough win over Vika. :kiss: :D Now good luck against Vera, you can do it Masha! :) :yeah:

Ravsieg
Jan 4th, 2006, 07:27 PM
Vera.. :S Well, Maria can win if she plays like last year. :D

houseoflords
Jan 4th, 2006, 07:49 PM
Maria can win this match. She needs to serve well and stay aggressive. Vera has a tendency to let her emotions get the best of her. She needs to keep the ball on the court and let Vera implode. Good luck Maria!!

KirilenkoRulz
Jan 4th, 2006, 10:22 PM
Depending on the length of Daniela's match with Obziler, Makiri's match against Bepa Z will be starting any moment now. For the third day in a row, here we go again...

House gives all of us tennis players universally great advice - serve well, stay aggressive and keep the ball on the court. I ususally do the be aggressive part ok, it is the serving and keeping the ball on the court part that is a challenge for me :lol:

KirilenkoRulz
Jan 5th, 2006, 01:53 AM
Makiri loses in the quarters to Bepa Z 26 06. From the written play by play, sad to say it sounds like Makiri got pounded. First game of the match Makiri holds serve at love. Last game of the match Bepa holds serve at love, closing it out with an ace. On to Sydney.

KirilenkoRulz
Jan 5th, 2006, 02:58 AM
From Ury just now on the Russian site. Recall during the winter break we talked about the importance of mental toughness, Vera Z fans see this as a weakness in Makiri, my translation of the Russian:
"Yesterday Bepa Zvonorevoy's 'branch' called someone named Masha a 'mentally brittle girl'. Looking at the results from today's match I am prepared to agree with this formulation. But maybe the reason for defeat with this here could be only nerves. I hope this 'mental brittleness' it will disappear with the arrival of experience:)"

Makiri is two weeks away from being 19 years old, she has a lot of tennis left to play. And indeed the next big step she may need to take is not so much physical. She may need to take some lessons from Big Masha on how play like a "Siberian Tigress".

Andy.
Jan 5th, 2006, 05:38 AM
O well i thought it was going top be a lot closer but it just wasnt her day today, at least she comes into Sydney with some match play

KirilenkoRulz
Jan 5th, 2006, 02:52 PM
MMF - Truth is reaching the quarters in the first tournament of the year is not a bad result for Makiri. She beat two players she was expected to beat (something that Big Masha does extremely well) which is a sign of someone maturing and on their way up. Bepa Z may become one of the 5-10 players who will give Makiri fits through her entire career. And reading comments from Bepa it is clear she has a lot of confidence when she plays Makiri and expects to beat her (regardless of rankings). As I recall Makiri's 3 singles losses since the China Open victory have been twice to Bepa Z and once to Nicole V. She has been beating everyone else. I am mentally off to Sydney. Hope you enjoy the tournament Drew and get to see many Makiri victories in singles and a Team Dulkolenko tournament championship in doubles.

King Aaron
Jan 5th, 2006, 04:25 PM
^She lost in Guangzhou to Jie Zheng I think.

But a bad loss to Vera. :fiery: :mad:

houseoflords
Jan 5th, 2006, 05:11 PM
Not a good loss. There is no way Maria should only win 2 games against Vera. Yes, the quarterfinals is a good way to start a year but man I don't like the lopsidedness of this loss. Hopefully, she'll rebound quickly

I find it amusing that Vera called Masha, "mentally brittle girl" when Vera is one of the least tough mentally players I have ever seen.

Zoltan83
Jan 5th, 2006, 09:00 PM
:eek: at the score :sad:

Keraj
Jan 5th, 2006, 09:45 PM
I find it amusing that Vera called Masha, "mentally brittle girl" when Vera is one of the least tough mentally players I have ever seen.


To clear things up... Someone from Vera`s forum called Maria "mentally fragile girl", not Vera herself :)

To be honest, I don`t know what to think about it... Mentality may not be the best part of her game, that`s true, but you know, she started last year at 107 and finished it at 25 and she won her first title (Tier 2 event!) and that was practically her first full year on the tour without serious injury ... I`m pretty sure a lot of players would love to be that "mentally fragile"...

Keraj
Jan 5th, 2006, 10:03 PM
26 06 scoreline is obviously a disappointment, I read on the Russian forum that Masha was very upset after the match :sad: Well, she must forget that and be ready for Sydney because the draw there will be mighty tough...

Masha lost 06 26 to Chladkova in her first tournament in 2005... and it turn out to be not a bad year ;)

Keraj
Jan 6th, 2006, 12:14 AM
Masha vs. Vera highlights...
http://www.tvnz.co.nz/cda/tvnz/video_popup_windows_skin/645983?bandwidth=128k

KirilenkoRulz
Jan 6th, 2006, 01:47 AM
To clear things up... Someone from Vera`s forum called Maria "mentally fragile girl", not Vera herself.My bad, I translated that section "Vera's 'branch' named Masha"... obviously defer to someone who speaks the language. My apologies. Kerja, can you help me on this, BeTke translates to "branch", the Russian word for forum is easy to pick out and did not see that, very frustrating....

KirilenkoRulz
Jan 6th, 2006, 02:14 AM
Something to consider as you assess Makiri's match from yesterday:

Singles - Auckland Semifinals Match 6 January 2006
(8) Vera Zvonareva (RUS) d. (2) Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) 62 62

!!!--Duiz™--!!!
Jan 6th, 2006, 05:10 AM
Something to consider as you assess Makiri's match from yesterday:

Singles - Auckland Semifinals Match 6 January 2006
(8) Vera Zvonareva (RUS) d. (2) Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) 62 62

you can't analyze her match taking into consideration other matches walt..

Keraj
Jan 6th, 2006, 12:40 PM
My bad, I translated that section "Vera's 'branch' named Masha"... obviously defer to someone who speaks the language. My apologies.

Walt, I don`t speak Russian :D I`m from Poland and I`m just lucky that Polish and Russian language has a lot of similarity, a lot of similar or even identical words, and I take advantage of that as much as I can, but it`s not like I speak Russian or something :)

I think its great that you are trying to learn Russian, it`s a beautiful language, but not easy to learn, so don`t worry when you make mistake from time to time :)
I probably make mistakes in every single sentence that I write in English, and English is much easier than Russian :(

King Aaron
Jan 6th, 2006, 03:34 PM
Edit.

KirilenkoRulz
Jan 6th, 2006, 07:23 PM
This post seems more suited for Vera's own forum and thread(s). :p ;)Sorry, went back and deleted it. If you delete your's it will be gone. Just a curiosity to see how an opponent who beat you pretty soundly does in the rest of the tournament. I am not a Vera Z fan in any way, my alligiences are solely with Makiri.

KirilenkoRulz
Jan 6th, 2006, 07:28 PM
Here is the url for the Auckland photo's section, 11 photo's total - 3 of Makiri, 3 of Daniela, none of Vera, none of Nadia. The tournament website directors have great taste.

http://www.aucklandtennis.co.nz/asb_bank_classic/image.html

KirilenkoRulz
Jan 7th, 2006, 01:17 AM
Closing out this Auckland thread - Bartoli defeats Zvonareva 62 62 in the singles final. So many one sided scores from the quarters on. If Vera had momentum, it is no more. Off to Sydney..... udachi Makiri!

andrewbroad
Jan 9th, 2006, 03:54 PM
Vera is one of the least tough mentally players I have ever seen.

Not true. Don't be fooled by the tears - Bepa is as tough as nails, and has tremendous fighting-spirit.

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http://groups.yahoo.com/group/verazvonareva/ (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/verazvonareva/)

houseoflords
Jan 9th, 2006, 04:58 PM
Not true. Don't be fooled by the tears - Bepa is as tough as nails, and has tremendous fighting-spirit.

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http://groups.yahoo.com/group/verazvonareva/ (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/verazvonareva/)



I have seen Vera play a good deal and I have seen her lose almost all of these matches because she lets her emotions get the best of her. She gets too emotional and loses her concentration. Vera mentally is a disaster. She has all the talent in the world if she could just learn to control her emotions