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KirilenkoRulz
Jan 3rd, 2006, 06:18 PM
Makiri's second tournament of 2006 is the Sydney, Australia - Medibank International, starting on 8 January. It is a Tier II played outdoors on hardcourt. In a battle of two Australians Alicia Molik beat Samantha Stosur for the title last year. 21 players have been named to the main draw so far, Makiri is in postion 16. Kim Clijsters likley to be the #1 seed followed by Amelie Mauresmo, Justine Henin-Hardenne and Patty Schnyder. Nadia Petrova, the #1 seed at Auckland will likely be the 5th seed at Sydney. Other notables are Nicole Vaidisova, Ana Ivanovic and Daniela Hantuchova.

The reason for setting this thread up so early was to note that Dulko is also in the Sydney main draw, at position 17. So, hope springs eternal that Team Dulkolenko will make its first appearance of the year in Sydney.

KirilenkoRulz
Jan 5th, 2006, 10:43 PM
Regarding Sydney the Women's first round starts on Sunday 8 Jan and will complete by Monday 9 Jan. Sydney has the women's finals on Friday night so players can get out of town to Melbourne for the Australian Open early. Given that it is already Friday in Sydney, Makiri does not have all that much down time until she is at it again.

In case you are wondering where Bepa Z is in the Sydney Main Draw list, well she isn't. 21 are in the MD already, there will be 4 qualifiers and 3 wildcards. With 28 players, there will be 4 first round byes. Bepa is on the "Next" list slotted at number 5. So if they draw the top 3 from that list as the WCs that will leave Bepa playing qualifiers..... while Makiri has a direct in already to the MD. Lesson - Makiri really needs to keep her ranking in the mid-20's, or of course go higher.

KirilenkoRulz
Jan 6th, 2006, 04:17 PM
The Sydney qualifying is on 6 Jan and 7 Jan. It is clear that Vera will not be able to make this qualifying round because she is busy playing in 2 finals on 7 Jan. So her only way into the MediBank International would be as one of the three WCs. Would be strange if Vera wins Auckland but cannot even make the MD at the Sydney tournament the very next week. With Woman's singles play starting Sunday, and it already being Saturday morning in Sydney we should be seeing the draw soon. If Vera does get a WC, I will pray she is in the opposite half of the draw from Makiri.

Dementirilenko
Jan 6th, 2006, 08:24 PM
Thankx for the infos. I am sure Makiri will get one of those Wildcards, I mean, she became very popular during the last tourney's with a lot of good results, and she will get some important points for her quaterfinal at Auckland.

KirilenkoRulz
Jan 6th, 2006, 08:32 PM
I am sure Makiri will get one of those WildcardsHenry - Sorry for the confusion, Makiri is already in the main draw, in position 16. It is Verz Z who is not currently in the MD. I promise to stop writing so much about Vera.

Andy.
Jan 6th, 2006, 08:36 PM
I was there yesterday but no Makiri she should be there today

Dementirilenko
Jan 6th, 2006, 08:50 PM
Henry - Sorry for the confusion, Makiri is already in the main draw, in position 16. It is Verz Z who is not currently in the MD. I promise to stop writing so much about Vera.

Hehe, no problem. I don't know Makiri's situation at the moment. I need to find myself again after this hard last week, lol

KirilenkoRulz
Jan 6th, 2006, 11:47 PM
I was there yesterday but no Makiri she should be there todayDrew, looking forward to your "on the scene" reports. Enjoy the week!

KirilenkoRulz
Jan 7th, 2006, 02:24 AM
The Sydney seeds, the draw was done an hour ago should post soon. From the tournament web site:
1. Kim Clijsters (BEL)
2. Amelie Mauresmo (FRA)
3. Justine Henin-Hardenne (BEL)
4. Patty Schnyder (SUI)
5. Nadia Petrova (RUS)
6. Francesca Schiavone (ITA)
7. Nicole Vaidisova (CZE)
8. Elena Likhovtseva (RUS)

The draw for the 2006 Medibank International will be held Saturday 7 January at Pitt Street Mall in the Sydney CBD, close to the entrance of the Myer Department Store. The draw will begin at approximately 12.30 and players from the ATP and Sony Ericsson WTA Tour are expected.

KirilenkoRulz
Jan 7th, 2006, 02:41 AM
Doubles draw posted and Team Dulkolenko is back together. They are unseeded in the bottom quarter
Camerin - Fujiwara vs Dulko - Kirilenko
Asagoe - Hantuchova vs (2) Groenefeld - Huber

Good luck to Gisela and Makiri!

houseoflords
Jan 7th, 2006, 05:01 AM
Well Maria's run as the queen of bad draws continues in Sydney. She is in an absolute brutal section of the draw. She faces doubles partner Gisela Dulko in the 1st round, with a potential match up with Nadia Petrova in the 2nd round. Her quarter also contains Justine Henin-Hardenne, Martina Hingis & Vera Zvonareca. Ouch!!

Andy.
Jan 7th, 2006, 10:37 AM
OK guys i have huge news. I met Makiri today in Sydney i watched her practice and afterwards i had a photo and she gave me an autograph she was so beautifull and sweet i had a smile on my face from ear to ear. She was practicing with asagoe and was really hitting nicely and mixing things up well. She is really looking good.

margaret_gn
Jan 7th, 2006, 10:37 AM
i watched maria practice today, there were quite a lot of people there already. i guess she's becoming a really popular player now :) well i waited and waited until she finished, after 1 hour instead of ending her practice she continued. this time with anna-lena groenefeld. she was hitting pretty well :) but luckily she finished soon enough after that, when a lot of people (me included) queued for her autograph. out of the female players practicing today, she was the one with the most people asking for her autograph! i wish her luck in her australian campaign :yeah:

margaret_gn
Jan 7th, 2006, 10:38 AM
oh btw i took a few photos too of her practicing, here:

http://margaretgn.myphotoalbum.com (then go to the sydney 2006 album)

:)

Dementirilenko
Jan 7th, 2006, 12:06 PM
OK guys i have huge news. I met Makiri today in Sydney i watched her practice and afterwards i had a photo and she gave me an autograph she was so beautifull and sweet i had a smile on my face from ear to ear. She was practicing with asagoe and was really hitting nicely and mixing things up well. She is really looking good.

Congrats!!!!! I hope I can meet her as well some day. I will try to do it in Berlin in May.

ceciliaf92
Jan 7th, 2006, 02:14 PM
Thanks for the info on hitting partners and stuff everybody :cool:

Gigi in 1st round :sad: :sad:
Awful draw :mad:

Tati & Dani
Jan 7th, 2006, 04:05 PM
Goodluck this night Makiri :yeah:

hope you can beat your doubles partner :D

KirilenkoRulz
Jan 7th, 2006, 05:02 PM
OK guys i have huge news. I met Makiri today in Sydney i watched her practice and afterwards i had a photo and she gave me an autograph she was so beautifull and sweet i had a smile on my face from ear to ear. She was practicing with asagoe and was really hitting nicely and mixing things up well. She is really looking good.Congrats Drew!!!

KirilenkoRulz
Jan 7th, 2006, 05:06 PM
Makiri is the third match on Center Court today (Sunday Sydney), with the first match starting at 11am (about 7 hours from now). If anyone is interested, here is Makiri's Head to Head against competition she will face if "form" holds:

Dulko 1-0 64 62 - Bronx 2003

Petrova 0-1 26 26 - Miami 2004

Henin-Hardenne 0-1 - 62 16 36 Berlin 2005

Mauresmo 0-3 46 26 - USO 2003
26 26 - Doha 2005
64 46 16 - Miami 2005

Clijsters 0-1 26 16 Warsaw 2005

Dementirilenko
Jan 7th, 2006, 05:18 PM
My god, its a tough Draw for Makiri, especially the first round against Dulko, her doubles partner. But we all hope that she will win, and in this case, she will win it!

King Aaron
Jan 7th, 2006, 06:11 PM
Thanks for the reports and pictures. :)
Good luck tomorrow Maria! :kiss:

Derek.
Jan 7th, 2006, 07:36 PM
Good luck Masha! :yeah:

Andy.
Jan 7th, 2006, 10:10 PM
I will be at the match today and will give a full report when i get back. Good luck Maria

KirilenkoRulz
Jan 8th, 2006, 04:44 AM
Makiri 1st round versus Gisela - Kirilenko leads 64 20. Dulko serving game 3 second set. Seems it got to 64 30 and Dulko retired due to injury. Makiri moves on to round 2 versus Nadia Petrova who if you recall retired due to injury in her Auckland semi against Bartoli. Hope Gisela is ok.

Tati & Dani
Jan 8th, 2006, 06:07 AM
Congratz Makiri :kiss:

Andy.
Jan 8th, 2006, 06:33 AM
I was at the match today and Maria was just so solid Dulko was making a lot of errors early and and Maria played great, running balls down hitting with good pace and variety and finishing points off at the net. She also got plenty of croud support

Dementirilenko
Jan 8th, 2006, 12:16 PM
Congratz!!!! Makiri did it! Great, next up is Petrova this will be not that easy. Let's see what's up with Petrova's injury during the match, but I hope she will be ok and we can see a great second round match with Makiri winning in the end.

King Aaron
Jan 8th, 2006, 06:01 PM
:D :) Good solid win. Hope Gisela is okay for doubles.

Zoltan83
Jan 8th, 2006, 07:17 PM
:sad: Gisela :sad:
I hope that Makiri will do a great tournament in singles (because I'm not sure that Gisela will play doubles. In some point, I hope not. So she can take some rest and be fit for the AO.)

Keraj
Jan 8th, 2006, 08:11 PM
For those who thinks this is a tough draw for Maria... Just take a look at the draw again... everybody has a tough draw :lol:
You have to remember that this is a Tier II event (and only 28 players draw size), with a very strong field, there are no easy draws in this kind of tournaments...

KirilenkoRulz
Jan 9th, 2006, 02:21 AM
Makiri 3rd match scheduled on Court 3 today (Monday 9 Jan Sydney time).
CAMERIN Maria Elena ITA & FUJIWARA Rika JPN
vs
DULKO Gisela ARG & KIRILENKO Maria RUS

The first Court 3 match is in the second set, so we should know in a few hours whether Team Dulkolenko will make its 2006 debut or allow the other team a walkover.

houseoflords
Jan 9th, 2006, 06:41 AM
Maria and Gisela withdrew from the doubles tournament due to Gisela's abdominal strain. Hopefully Gisela will heal in time for the Aussie Open

King Aaron
Jan 9th, 2006, 06:05 PM
Maria and Gisela withdrew from the doubles tournament due to Gisela's abdominal strain. Hopefully Gisela will heal in time for the Aussie Open
Hope they can play at the OZ Open. :)

Good luck tomorrow! :kiss:

KirilenkoRulz
Jan 9th, 2006, 07:22 PM
Pretty cool.... Makiri's match against Nadia P is the second NIGHT match on Center Court on Tuesday, 10 January. The first match is a men's singles (Davydenko-Berdych) and starts at 1930 hours Sydney time. The "prime time" night matches feature 3 Russians and a Cze. This is excellent exposure for Markiri - night matches in prime time on tv are special. No doubt the match is in prime time because of #4 Petrova, but our Makiri will be there too!

Dementirilenko
Jan 9th, 2006, 08:01 PM
Wow, great to hear, thx, but I am sure the night match is not only because of Petrova, its also because Makiri is definetly one of the rising stars during the last months and that makes this match a special one, and if Makiri is able to use this big chance to beat a top ten player in a night match...all doors will be open for her!

KirilenkoRulz
Jan 9th, 2006, 08:26 PM
..all doors will be open for her!Yes, I can see it now. Makiri in a Canon camera commercial. She is hitting balls from a machine to a back fence. The scene changes to a shot of the back fence and the balls spell out, "Makiri was here". Then Makiri walks toward the camera looking awesomely beautiful and says, "Make every shot a PowerShot". :lol:

navyseals98
Jan 9th, 2006, 09:24 PM
I hope that doesn't happen, I do not want her to become like Sharapova. She is too special for that.

KirilenkoRulz
Jan 10th, 2006, 12:29 AM
I hope that doesn't happen, I do not want her to become like Sharapova. She is too special for that.I'm with you. Makiri is indeed very special! And her Dad seems to keep her well grounded, and let's Makiri be Makiri. Let her game and career progress on its own course. The WTA is littered with teenagers who hit it big really fast then flamed - Hingis being one of them, Jennifer, Dokic. The ones who get big successes later in their careers, seem to have more staying power (Lindsay, Kimmy, even Mary P!). My guess would be if you could fast forward 5-6 years, Makiri will still be on the tour. Big Masha will have moved on to do something more "glamorous" with her life. Just a guess...

Makiri as the "It Girl", not.

doujyr
Jan 10th, 2006, 10:21 AM
it's strange that petrova is playing as she retired from the auckland semifinal just a couple days ago. wonder how fit she is?

KirilenkoRulz
Jan 10th, 2006, 02:43 PM
Nadia seems to be just fine... Makiri loses to her 16 26. Sydney has ended for Makiri, on to Melbourne.

Dementirilenko
Jan 10th, 2006, 07:24 PM
Pretty sad to hear that Makiri lost! I couldn't watch her playing, but it seems that Petrova was a bit to strong for her today. Nevertheless, davai Makiri! Best of luck at Melbourne, we are all behind you!

houseoflords
Jan 10th, 2006, 07:54 PM
I'm not surprised Masha lost but again I'm a little worried about the lopsidednesss of the result. Petrova is powerful player but Maria should be able to win more than 3 games. I was expecting a scoreline like 6-3, 6-3. Hopefully she is just trying to find her stride. Good luck at the Aussie Open Masha!