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KirilenkoRulz
Jan 25th, 2006, 02:54 PM
Makiri's fourth tournament and fifth week of play in 2006 is the Tokyo, Japan - Toray Pan Pacific Open, starting on 30 January, ending on 5 February. It is the first of the 10 Tier I's to be played during the year (5 in North America, 4 in Europe and only this one in Asia) and is played on "carpet" indoors. Last year Big Masha defeated Lindsay Davenport in an exciting three set match, winning the third set 76 (tiebreaker 75). There is $1,340,000 of prize money. The main womens singles draw of 28 women will have 4 first round byes to derive the 32 spot, 5 round draw. There will be 16 teams in the doubles draw. As Gisela Dulko has not yet committed to this tournament it looks like Team Dulkolenko will have the week off.

Makiri travels to Tokyo from Melbourne and will be moving two hours west. She lost in the third round at the Australian Open to #1 in the world Lindsay Davenport, in an exciting three set match. Tokyo is 6 hours later in the day than her home in Moscow. Makiri's singles record thus far in 2006 is 5-3, her doubles record is 3-2. She is ranked #25 in the 16 January WTA Rankings with 766.50 points, and will move up to the #24 or even #23 ranking when the 30 Janauray list is made public. This will be the fifth week in a row Makiri has played, and her current plans are to take two weeks off after the Toray PPO. Her next tournament after this will be the Dubai, UAE which begins 20 February. Below is the url for the Toray PPO english site:

http://www.toray-ppo.co.jp/web/pc/english/outline/

KirilenkoRulz
Jan 25th, 2006, 03:11 PM
The committed players list has 24 women already in the MD, 4 to come through qualifiers and 4 bye positions. Makiri is in the #11 position and would not get a seeding if they seed 8.

1 Maria Sharapova RUS 4
2 Elena Dementieva RUS 8
3 Nathalie Dechy FRA 12
4 Anastasia Myskina RUS 14
5 Nicole Vaidisova CZE 15
6 Ana Ivanovic SCG 16
7 Elena Likhovtseva RUS 17
8 Daniela Hantuchova SVK 19
9 Jelena Jankovic SCG 22
10 Tatiana Golovin FRA 24
11 Maria Kirilenko RUS 25 :clap2: :yippee: :bigclap:

12 Katarina Srebotnik SLO 27
13 Ai Sugiyama JPN 29
14 Kveta Peschke CZE 30
15 Klara Koukalova CZE 35
16 Shuai Peng CHN 36
17 Marion Bartoli FAR 37
18 Shinobu Asagoe JPN 38
19 WC Jie Zheng CHN 44
20 Samantha Stosur AUS 46
21 Jill Craybas USA 48
22 WC Aiko Nakamura JPN 71
23 WC Martina Hingis SUI *
24 Akiko Morigami JPN 49
25 Q
26 Q
27 Q
28 Q

Langers
Jan 25th, 2006, 03:19 PM
Thanks for the info!

Well in Australia we get the Semi Finals and Final televised on Fox Sports, so lets hope Maria progresses this far! :yeah:

Dementirilenko
Jan 25th, 2006, 06:49 PM
Thanx Walt! Makiri is the 12th seded player at a Tier I event...this is the first time in her career. Really good. This could possibly offer her a lucky draw for the first two rounds.

Ravsieg
Jan 25th, 2006, 11:12 PM
Then again more than half of the people traditionally withdraw from PPO. She might well get a top 8 seed.

houseoflords
Jan 26th, 2006, 01:49 AM
You may be right Kirilenko#1fan. You can start at the top with possible withdrawals. Davenport has an ankle injury and Sharapova has been battling injuries. You never know who else may withdraw.

so.krist!na
Jan 26th, 2006, 10:44 AM
Good luck Maria :yeah:

georgekuo1017
Jan 26th, 2006, 11:30 AM
Good Luck :clap2:

Andy.
Jan 26th, 2006, 12:53 PM
Good luck Maria

KirilenkoRulz
Jan 26th, 2006, 01:14 PM
Reflecting the predictions of Kirilenko#1Fan and House, Friday's player's listing at the Toray PPO shows that #1 Davenport has withdrawn as has Roberta Vinci who was in the 20 slot. Added into the players list at the 20 position Sam Stosur from Australia and Jill Craybas from the USA at slot 21. Rather than repeat the list, I just edited post #2 to reflect these changes. Makiri now up to the #11 position. Since beating Makiri, Lindsay has had a rough time she injures her ankle, departs the Australian Open in the Quarters and today the newspaper noted that Kimmy will go back into the #1 Ranking in the 30 Jan release. Now she withdraws from the Toray PPO.

Dementirilenko
Jan 26th, 2006, 06:39 PM
I hope she will return soon, good luck Lindz!

Derek.
Jan 29th, 2006, 06:04 AM
Good luck Maria! :cool:

so.krist!na
Jan 29th, 2006, 10:20 AM
Sharapova (1) -bye
q vs. q
Stosur vs. Nakamura
Jankovic vs. Hantuchova (6)

Dechy (3) -bye
Morigami vs. Hingis
Kirilenko vs. q
Sugiyama vs. Ivanovic (8)

Likhotseva (7) vs. Asagoe
Bartoli vs. Golovin
Koukalova vs. Zheng
Myskina (4) -bye

Vaidisova (5) vs. q
Peng vs. Peschke
Craybas vs. Srebotnik
Dementieva (2) -bye

Ivanovic in 2R:scared:

Andy.
Jan 29th, 2006, 10:29 AM
Its a Tier 1 so it was always going to be tough. Although from the way they have been playing in the last few weeks i would give Maria a big chance over Ana. Good luck Makiri

Keraj
Jan 29th, 2006, 11:38 AM
It`s not a bad draw, she avoided seeded player in the 1st round, then is Ivanovic... oh well could be worse :)

Looking at the Quali only Raymond and Santangelo are dangers, IMO.

Dementirilenko
Jan 29th, 2006, 02:01 PM
This is a tough Draw for Makiri! But I think the third round should be possible for her. Ivanovic didn't play that strong at Melbourne, but Sugyiama could be a tough oponnent as well. Lets see if Makiri gets a good start with a solid two sets victory in the first round.

King Aaron
Jan 29th, 2006, 04:26 PM
Good luck Maria. :kiss: :yeah: Tough draw but she can make QF if she plays well. :)

houseoflords
Jan 30th, 2006, 02:12 AM
Don't like having Ivanovic in the 2nd round. Maria hasn't played very well against her. Sugiyama could beat Ivanovic. That would be a break. If she can get by that round, it is possible that she could make the semis. Dechy or Hingis won't be easy but neither are overpowering and Masha could beat either one of them. Good luck Masha!!!

so.krist!na
Jan 30th, 2006, 12:09 PM
Maria will play doubles with Ana Ivanovic
they will face Dementieva and Morariu in first round
good luck Ana/Maria!

KirilenkoRulz
Jan 30th, 2006, 01:15 PM
The 30 Jan rankings are out and Makiri has indeed jumped to #23 in the world in singles! She has 790.50 points and jumped 2 positions, past Tatiana G and Serena W (who was #15 and fell all the way to #39). Makiri also moved up to #25 in doubles, up three positions. These two rankings become Makiri's highest level of achievement in both singles and doubles. Congratulations to Makiri and her fans!

KirilenkoRulz
Jan 30th, 2006, 03:09 PM
Makiri's first round is now set, she will play Mara Santangelo of Italy. Mara is 24 years old and in the 30 Jan rankings reached her new all time high of #57. At 5'11" (181cm) and 150 pounds (68kg) she is bigger than Makiri. They have played once with Makiri winning in three sets in Hyderabad (hardcourt surface) in 2005 3-6 6-3 7-6(4) . Mara has had a nice start to 2006 with a record of 5 wins and 2 losses in singles. She made it to the semis at Hobart where she lost to Benesova in three sets, then made it to the third round at the Australian Open where she lost at 3 & 1 to Kuznetsova. She beat Tatiana G in the frst found at the Australian Open in a three setter. Mara started playing at age 9, she trains in Rome and her favorite shot is the volley.

Keraj
Jan 30th, 2006, 03:24 PM
Makiri's first round is now set, she will play Mara Santangelo of Italy. Mara is 24 years old and in the 30 Jan rankings reached her new all time high of #57. At 5'11" (181cm) and 150 pounds (68kg) she is bigger than Makiri. They have played once with Makiri winning in three sets in Hyderabad (hardcourt surface) in 2005 3-6 6-3 7-6(4) .

That match lasted like 3 hours, Masha had to come back from 3-5 in the third set. Now Santangelo is playing better, so is Masha of course but it may not be an easy match...

KirilenkoRulz
Jan 30th, 2006, 08:27 PM
For her 1st round match at the Toray PPO, Makiri is the second match on court 2 later today (Tuesday, 31 Jan Tokyo time). So figure her to be on court around 1230 hours or in about 7 hours from now.

Court 2 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Craybas vs. Srebotnik
2. Kirilenko vs. Santangelo

This is Makiri's only scheduled match for today.

Belmont Lad
Jan 30th, 2006, 08:34 PM
Good luck Maria! I had not seen you play before the Oz open this year, and your game has certainly made a fan of me :)

KirilenkoRulz
Jan 31st, 2006, 05:05 AM
Well, as I call it a night, Mikiri up on Mara 64 31. Hopefully, Makiri can put her away in straight sets. Just went to 41 Makiri in the second set, match seems safely in hand.

Belmont Lad
Jan 31st, 2006, 05:41 AM
Maria wins 6-4, 6-1! Well done! :hearts:

Sharapova's_Boy
Jan 31st, 2006, 05:59 AM
Well done Maria, solid win. :yeah:

georgekuo1017
Jan 31st, 2006, 06:12 AM
Well done!

Andy.
Jan 31st, 2006, 06:12 AM
A nice compfortable win great start Maria

KirilenkoRulz
Jan 31st, 2006, 01:28 PM
Once again, Makiri takes care of business against someone she should beat. She has done so consistently in 2006, moving her singles record up to 6-3 for the year. Mara started strongly this year with 5 wins in her first 7 matches, and that does not include her three qualie wins at Toray, all in straight sets so she was more like 8 wins in her first 10 matches. Add to that how difficult the first match between the two was, this win is another indicator as to how much progress Makiri has made over the past year.

Next singles match against Ana Ivanovic the 8 seed and just ahead of Makiri in the rankings (Ana at 20, Makiri at 23). While Makiri has beaten every player who is ranked worse than her in 2006, she has also lost to every player ranked better than her in 2006. Ana won convincingly over Sugiyama 63 60 yesterday.

One last thing, Makiri will only play doubles today, which will be Wednesday 1 Feb in Tokyo. She is back on Court 2 as the fifth match:

5. Kirilenko/Ivanovic vs. Dementieva/Morariu

KirilenkoRulz
Jan 31st, 2006, 01:45 PM
Sorry, forgot to put this in the intro... Makiri played in the 2005 Toray PPO and won in the first round over Shuai Peng 63 62. Another indicator of Makiri's progress, her ranking at this event in 2005 was #105! This year she is 82 positions higher at #23. Peng was ranked #48 coming into their match so Makiri winning a relatively easy straight setter was nice. But, to start 2005, Makiri was in the win one-lose one mode, and she lost in the second round to Daniela H 64 06 26 (Daniela was rank #32 and the 8th seed at the time). Makiri earned 42 ranking points by making the second round in 2005 and thus has those points to defend this week. By winning yesterday, she will earn 42 points in 2006, so she has defended and will end the week at no worse than 790.5 ranking points. A win over Ana I would net her 75 points and get her closer to #22 Jankovic who has 856 ranking points. Jelena lost yesterday, but she also lost in the first round in 2005 so in essence has defended her 1 point. Bottom line is Makiri would have to make the semi's (where Big Masha likely awaits) to go past Jankovic this week. And forget about passing any higher as #21 Dechy and #20 Ivanovic did not play this event last year and have no points to defend, and both have already advanced to the second round so they will both pick up at least 42 ranking points.

Dementirilenko
Jan 31st, 2006, 07:38 PM
Well done Makiri! That was a solid start into this weks tourney at Tokyo! Congrats! It sems that our fan messages give her some kinda wings, hehe!

houseoflords
Jan 31st, 2006, 08:05 PM
A solid win over a player Maria should beat. A good start. Now Maria has to pick up her game against Ana. Maria really hasn't been close in her previous matches against Ana. That should change this time around. I expect a tight match. Good luck Maria! Break through against Ana!

Andy.
Feb 1st, 2006, 04:43 AM
I think Maria has gotten stronger and fitter since their llast meeting and also she has a lot more confidence in herself and believes that she can take on the power players, she will have a real shot in this match. She has been more consistent this year than Ana.

KirilenkoRulz
Feb 1st, 2006, 01:05 PM
Makiri and Ana win their first round doubles match in three sets:

Ivanovic/Kirilenko (SCG/RUS) d. (4) Dementieva/Morariu (RUS/USA) 63 46 62

Next up in doubles, in the round of 8 (quarters already!) Widjaja/Zheng. Interesting that going into day three of main draw play, in both doubles and singles all of the seeds have advanced... except for one. And you are looking at it above. Hopefully, Makiri can make that two seeds eliminated by taking out the 8th seed in singles.

KirilenkoRulz
Feb 1st, 2006, 01:19 PM
Big day for Makiri, for the first time in a while she plays both singles and doubles today. And yippie, she is the first match on Court 1 in singles will actually be able to watch the score as it starts 2000 hours Wednesday night Texas time:

Thursday, February 2, 2006 (Tokyo time)
Court 1 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Kirilenko :bigclap: vs. Ivanovic
2. Dechy vs. Hingis
3. Sharapova vs. Raymond

Then after rougly a one match break, back on court for doubles
Court 2 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Likhovtseva vs. Bartoli
2. Stosur vs. Hantuchova
3. Widjaja/Zheng vs. Ivanovic/Kirilenko :clap2:

KirilenkoRulz
Feb 1st, 2006, 01:50 PM
So many great posts providing insight to Ana - Makiri III (sorry, Super Bowl in the States this weekend, Roman numbers rule) will just keep this to a few facts...

Ana and Makiri played twice around this time last year. Ana won both times:
2005 Australian Open 16 16
2005 Dubai 57 16

Ana is 6' (1.83m) and 160 pounds (73kg) and is 18 years old (about 10 months younger than Makiri).

It is interesting how they tracked each other's moves up the rankings last year. At the 2005 Australian Open Makiri was ranked #105, Ana was ranked #82. By the time they got to Dubai Makiri was up to #67 and Ana was #58. And as they play the third time, Makiri is #23 and Ana is #20.

Dementirilenko
Feb 1st, 2006, 02:17 PM
Oh, Ana leads the Head to Head, but I think we shouldn't compare the Makiri from the beginning of 2005 and the Makiri from now. She is much stronger now and I am sure that she has a real chance to reach the quaters.

houseoflords
Feb 1st, 2006, 05:41 PM
This will be a good test for Masha. She has improved so much since the beginning of 2005. Now she faces an opponent that has given her fits. An excellent chance to show how far she has come. Good luck Masha!! Kick some butt!!

King Aaron
Feb 1st, 2006, 05:53 PM
Once again, Makiri takes care of business against someone she should beat. She has done so consistently in 2006, moving her singles record up to 6-3 for the year. Mara started strongly this year with 5 wins in her first 7 matches, and that does not include her three qualie wins at Toray, all in straight sets so she was more like 8 wins in her first 10 matches. Add to that how difficult the first match between the two was, this win is another indicator as to how much progress Makiri has made over the past year.

Next singles match against Ana Ivanovic the 8 seed and just ahead of Makiri in the rankings (Ana at 20, Makiri at 23). While Makiri has beaten every player who is ranked worse than her in 2006, she has also lost to every player ranked better than her in 2006. Ana won convincingly over Sugiyama 63 60 yesterday.

One last thing, Makiri will only play doubles today, which will be Wednesday 1 Feb in Tokyo. She is back on Court 2 as the fifth match:

5. Kirilenko/Ivanovic vs. Dementieva/Morariu

Maria lost to Vera Zvonareva in Auckland. Vera is not ranked higher.

Belmont Lad
Feb 1st, 2006, 06:30 PM
Best of luck for your match against Ivanovic, go go Maria! :yeah:

RR-87
Feb 1st, 2006, 09:16 PM
Good luck Maria! Prove that you are better!

SzavayFi
Feb 2nd, 2006, 01:13 AM
Ivanovic next, very great opportunity I think she should pull thru :D She just has to play solid and Ana will most likely self destruct :)

Zoltan83
Feb 2nd, 2006, 02:46 AM
Go Maria! :banana:

houseoflords
Feb 2nd, 2006, 03:06 AM
Maria won the 1st set 6-4 and is up a break 2-1 in the 2nd

KirilenkoRulz
Feb 2nd, 2006, 03:36 AM
Sooooo close to the breakthrough we have all been looking for Makiri up 64 53 and up 40-30, match point. An Ace by Ana on Match point, now on the third duece, ad Ana, Ana holds to 64 54, one match point saved. But Makiri back after the change over to serve out for the match.

KirilenkoRulz
Feb 2nd, 2006, 03:47 AM
Makiri serving game 10 second set, up 64 54. Goes to 30-30, Makiri faults then loses the point off her second serve. Break point Ana. Makiri faults again, but wins the point to duece. Makiri wins the point Match point 2.... and Ana saves Match point 2, back to duece. Makiri wins the point on first serve, Match point 3... and Ana saves Match point 3, back to duece. Makiri wins the point on first serve again, Match point 4... man this is getting old, Ana saves match point 4, back to duece. Makiri foot fault on first serve, and loses the point ad out. Ana can break back to 5-5 and on serve. Makiri wins, back to duece. Makiri wins off first serve, Match point 5! Markiri seals the deal 64 64 at a little over 95 minutes. Yes!!!

houseoflords
Feb 2nd, 2006, 03:49 AM
:bounce: Maria Wins!!!!!! :bounce:

6-4, 6-4

Great win Masha!! She definately passed the test. Way to go Maria. Keep it going

Langers
Feb 2nd, 2006, 03:52 AM
Great win Maria! She came out strong, taking a 5-2 lead and never looked back. This win will do wonders for her confidence, as she beats a seeded player and someone ranked higher than her. Ana is also one of the heavier hitters in the game, so she is clearly capable of handling them. And as others have pointed out, she hasnít fared too well against Ana in the past, so this win indicates her rapid progress.

Great win Maria and good luck in the next round! :yeah:

TennisPlayingFox
Feb 2nd, 2006, 04:09 AM
Very Nice win Maria! Keep it up in your next match!

Andy.
Feb 2nd, 2006, 04:54 AM
Im so proud of her this is an awesome win she is playing awesome tennis keep it up Maria http://www.clicksmilies.com/s0105/party/party-smiley-020.gifThis win really shows how much she has improved and that she can now handle and play with the big hitters

Belmont Lad
Feb 2nd, 2006, 06:41 AM
Congrats Maria, good luck in the quarters against the swiss miss! :clap2:

Wombat
Feb 2nd, 2006, 07:26 AM
Good win!
Best luck against Martina!

DuLeafs
Feb 2nd, 2006, 08:05 AM
Wow! Is Maria getting that good, or was Ana just that bad? :scratch:

Dan23
Feb 2nd, 2006, 08:19 AM
Marco :wavey: long time no speak..

Yea Masha is in career best form and Ana has been reasonably good but the last 2 weeks has been down a little.

DuLeafs
Feb 2nd, 2006, 08:21 AM
Marco :wavey: long time no speak..

Yea Masha is in career best form and Ana has been reasonably good but the last 2 weeks has been down a little.

Dan! :bigwave:

Yeah, although I havent been following tennis close lately, I did noticed Maria is improving since like September 2005, after that knee injury. And Ana.... she is going downhill now :sad:

Keraj
Feb 2nd, 2006, 09:20 AM
Big win for Masha, one of the biggest in her career, and as Langers noticed, it will give her a huge boost of confidence :D
Masha saved 10 out of 11 break points :eek: That`s what is all about , winning important points :yeah:

Hingis... it`s gonna be tough. I hope Masha will go into the match with the same attitude like against Davenport, she really has nothing to lose.

Anyway, it looks like 2006 will be an exciting year for us :bounce: :)

Dementirilenko
Feb 2nd, 2006, 09:22 AM
Great, Masha has reached the quaters at Tokyo!!!! Congrats!!! This was a solid match. Next up will be Martina Hingis who had some problems with Dechy in the second round. Looks like Maria has a small chance to beat her. Would be great if she could reach the semis where she can possibly meet big Masha. That would be great! But first of all we should focus on the quaters and on her match against Hingis. This will be a tough one. If Masha is able to beat her...everything is possible this week.

Andy.
Feb 2nd, 2006, 10:37 AM
Maria has a very similar style to hingis as she uses smarts and an all court game to win matches not just blasting shots so it will be an interesting match, for Maria and martina it will almost be like playing themselves.

KirilenkoRulz
Feb 2nd, 2006, 01:28 PM
Makiri and Ana win in doubles over Widjaja/Zheng by a strange score of 60 26 61. Having not seen the match, not a clue what happened in the second set. They advance to the semifinals against the #2 seeded team - Raymond/Stosur. The doubles semis will be Saturday and the finals on Sunday. So, Makiri plays on the weekend in another tournament in Asia! And another semifinal added to the resume.

Congrats to our Australian friends, Sam S also had two wins yesterday beating Daniela H in singles and also her doubles match. Her reward is Big Masha today in singles. On the other hand, tough day for Daniela H who lost both in singles and doubles.

KirilenkoRulz
Feb 2nd, 2006, 01:41 PM
The quarters line up today. They moved the start time back two hours, so Makiri will not play until after 1400 hours Tokyo or after midnight US east coast time.

Friday, February 3, 2006 - Court 1 (from 13.00hrs)
1. Sharapova vs. Stosur
2. Hingis vs. Kirilenko
3. Vaidisova vs. Dementieva
4. Likhovtseva vs. Myskina

As mentioned above, Makiri plays Hingis style of tennis, and physically they are virtually identical in height, weight and strength. Maybe the most fascinating match of the tournament. They have never played each other.

BTW, all of the seeds in the bottom half of the draw advanced, but in Makiri's half three upsets leave only Big Masha. If both Maria's win, it is Makiri-Big Masha in the semi's... sound familiar? A tournament in Asia with the two Maria's in the semis, sounds like... the China Open.

Eugenia
Feb 2nd, 2006, 02:03 PM
Great win Makiri!!! :bigclap: Congratulations! :woohoo:

KirilenkoRulz
Feb 2nd, 2006, 02:29 PM
This is just for fun now, but I posted this on the Chreering Thread. Lots of IFs, and there may be factors I missed that would mess the caluculations up. But, to hope and dream.... Dechy and Ivanovic (the two just ahead of Makiri in the rankings) lose in the 2nd round. This is completely back of the envelope and I may be missing pieces but here is what I have:
Makiri - in at 790.5, defending 42, earned 75 by making quarters now at 823.50. As this is a TIER I the points go into hyperspace from this point on for each Makiri win. Beat Hingis today, add 60 more points - takes her to 883.5. As #22 Jankovic seems to have defended her 1 point, she should stay put at 856. Would seem if Makiri wins today, she moves up to #22.

IF Makiri keeps winning, now that #21 Dechy and #20 Ivanovic are both out in the second round, I have their updated points at 923 and 927.5. IF Makiri beats Hingis AND then IF she wins in the semi's (Big Masha?) she gets yet another 75 points, so a trip to the finals would put her at 958.5 points.... she would go past both Dechy and Ivanovic. Oh by the way, #19 Groenefeld is at 893 points and as best I know not playing anywhere this week. So 2 more wins and a trip to the finals and Makiri could be, gasp, inside the top 20. Lots of IFs but it is still only February... pretty awesome!

Dan23
Feb 2nd, 2006, 02:36 PM
BTW, all of the seeds in the bottom half of the draw advanced, but in Makiri's half three upsets leave only Big Masha. If both Maria's win, it is Makiri-Big Masha in the semi's... sound familiar? A tournament in Asia with the two Maria's in the semis, sounds like... the China Open.
Is quite similar Walt...one difference being the fact big Masha is in better physical shape than she was in Beijing. I'd love to see both get through to that match-up again in the SF though it isnt much fun to have to see one of them go down.

Langers
Feb 2nd, 2006, 03:17 PM
This is without doubt one of the biggest tests Maria's had to face. Martina is in great form, and battled hard for her win yesterday. Maria had two games yesterday, so she may be a little worn out. This game will be very intriguing, as both play similar games. Both are small, and prefer to think their way through points and move the opponent around the court, as opposed to simply trying to out power the opposition. Maria should have taken plenty of confidence from her game against Ivanovic, and Hingis seems to be improving with every game. This is set up to be a great contest.

A massive test for Maria, and Iím positive sheíll be able to make it through to the Semiís. Good luck Maria :yeah:

King Aaron
Feb 2nd, 2006, 03:25 PM
Good win today. Good luck against Martina. Will be good for her experience. :yeah:

KirilenkoRulz
Feb 2nd, 2006, 03:44 PM
Hmmm, I guess this puts things in perspective for Makiri fans.... the Reuters wrap up of yesterday's matches. I didn't bother to paste the entire article, looking for Kirilenko's name in the article, sorry it doesn't appear. Not much doubt the author thinks the world wants to see a Big Masha-Hingis Semi.

"Sharapova and Hingis on Tokyo collision course
By Alastair Himmer Thu Feb 2, 6:22 AM ET
TOKYO (Reuters) - Top seed Maria Sharapova powered past American Lisa Raymond 6-4 6-4 to join Martina Hingis in the Pan Pacific Open quarter-finals on Thursday.

Four-times Tokyo winner Martina Hingis fought back to beat third seed Nathalie Dechy 4-6 7-5 6-2 and remain on course for a semi-final showdown with defending champion Sharapova."

Langers
Feb 2nd, 2006, 03:57 PM
Ah well, let them write off Maria, it will only make her more determined and will leave the media in a state of shock when she throws the tournament into 'disarray'... ;)

houseoflords
Feb 2nd, 2006, 06:39 PM
Yes this is a test for Maria, but a different kind of test than Ivanovic. Ana was a test because she is a power player who Maria had no success with in the past. Hingis isn't a power player. She isn't going to overpower Masha. Maria needs to serve well (preferably with fewer double faults & break points against her serve) and be aggressive. She needs to attack. I know she can win this match and force the Reuters writer to come up with a new story line. Go Masha!!!

Ravsieg
Feb 2nd, 2006, 09:28 PM
Ah well, let them write off Maria, it will only make her more determined and will leave the media in a state of shock when she throws the tournament into 'disarray'... ;)

Yet more evidence all media is stupid. :p

dan.
Feb 3rd, 2006, 01:55 AM
I think makiri has a great chance to win tonight :) lets hope so !!

SzavayFi
Feb 3rd, 2006, 03:00 AM
:woohoo: Felt this comin :D What a win what a win :cool: Hingis next, dont know what to think of this but surely if Maria plays to her potential shell pull through right :p :D :D

dan.
Feb 3rd, 2006, 06:45 AM
wow, bad loss, 6-2, 6-1, but she had chances in first set and just couldnt convert big points in this match. :sad:

Keraj
Feb 3rd, 2006, 07:21 AM
wow, bad loss, 6-2, 6-1, but she had chances in first set and just couldnt convert big points in this match. :sad:


Yeah Masha had some chances at 2-4 on Martina`s serve (15-40)... but I doubt it would change the outcome.

Hingis on her good day can humiliate ANY player outside TOP 10, today came up on Masha :(

Andy.
Feb 3rd, 2006, 10:39 AM
Poor Maria i was hoping for an awesome match but Martina was just too good today i hope this doesnt affect her confidence too much. She had a great tournament.

Dementirilenko
Feb 3rd, 2006, 11:06 AM
Makiri lost to Hingis, pretty sad, it seems that she had no real chance againt her. But she has made it into the quaters of a Tier I event wich is really great! Congrats for that, Masha! This will give her some important Rankingpoints and in my opinion she is on a good way on top. I think its better to make smaller steps into the top 10 with a lot of results like this one now. Its better, because it shows that Masha plays on a solid and constant level and that is most important to stay on top today.

KirilenkoRulz
Feb 3rd, 2006, 01:33 PM
Makiri back on court today (Saturday Tokyo time) in the doubles semi's. So few matches they are all now on court 1, she will be the last match of the day. With the later start time and spreading the matches out by 90-120 minutes, Makiri should be playing in the 1730-1900 range (ugh, 230-400 Saturday morning where I live). Three Russians in the final 4, there were 5 in the final 8.

Saturday, February 4, 2006
Court 1 (from 13.00hrs)
1. Sharapova vs. Hingis
2. Myskina vs. Dementieva
3. Black/Stubbs vs. Pratt/Santangelo
4. Kirilenko :banana: :banana: :banana: /Ivanovic vs. Raymond/Stosur

Just a thought... at the Australian as I recall, 7 of the top 8 seeds advanced to the round of 8. Who was the one who crashed that seed party? Hingis. This week at the Toray PPO, 3 of the top 4 seeds advance to the semis. Who was the one who crashed that seed party? Hingis. Who was shooting off her mouth 2 months ago that she was on a mission to play Big Masha? Hingis. Who was the last obstacle in Hingis' way for her to achieve her stated mission? Makiri. Just my opinion, but ya think Hingis might have been uber motivated to win this match? Makiri will beat Hingis some day, and we will be there cheering her on.

KirilenkoRulz
Feb 3rd, 2006, 02:04 PM
There are two WTA tournaments for each of the next two weeks, checking the official website of the three posting players lists Makiri's name is not to be found on any of them. So we can take Makiri's "Official" site at its word that the next time Makiri will play once the Toray PPO ends for her will be the week of 20 February in Dubai. Two weeks off for Makiri, I hope she gets at least a few days downtime to "smell the roses".

Interesting to see how may players are moving on to next week's tournaments, however. Gosh, this WTA tour is a grind. For our Australian friends, Sam S will be at the Pattaya Open (a Tier IV) next week, the published players list there (note the return of Jelena D):
Samantha Stosur
Australian No 1
Paola Suarez
Peng Shuai (China)
Shinobu Asagoe
Shahar Peer
Catalina Castano
Yoon Joeng Cho
Jelena Dokic
Tamarine Tanasugarn
Sun Tiantian/ Li Ting

Dementirilenko
Feb 3rd, 2006, 05:05 PM
There are two WTA tournaments for each of the next two weeks, checking the official website of the three posting players lists Makiri's name is not to be found on any of them. So we can take Makiri's "Official" site at its word that the next time Makiri will play once the Toray PPO ends for her will be the week of 20 February in Dubai. Two weeks off for Makiri, I hope she gets at least a few days downtime to "smell the roses".

Interesting to see how may players are moving on to next week's tournaments, however. Gosh, this WTA tour is a grind. For our Australian friends, Sam S will be at the Pattaya Open (a Tier IV) next week, the published players list there (note the return of Jelena D):
Samantha Stosur
Australian No 1
Paola Suarez
Peng Shuai (China)
Shinobu Asagoe
Shahar Peer
Catalina Castano
Yoon Joeng Cho
Jelena Dokic
Tamarine Tanasugarn
Sun Tiantian/ Li Ting

Good to hear that Makiri will take a short rest for two weeks. She played a solid season - start so far. I think its the right time for her to take a small break now, because there a two big tourneys coming soon at Indian Wells and Miami. Dubai isn't a small one too.
Makiri will earn 75 points for her quaterfinal appereance at Tokyo so she will get very close to the #22 in WTA Rankings. Congrats again. If she goes on this way, she will be in the top 20 in a few weeks, but this is the future, now I wish her two great weeks of non tennis.

houseoflords
Feb 3rd, 2006, 06:17 PM
All I can say about the match is that it was just a beating. The stat that really stood out to me deals with the first serve. Maria got in 62% of her 1st serves, while Hingis got in 60%. However, Maria won only 47% of the points off the 1st serve. Hingis won 82%. That is a huge difference.

A good time to take a 2 week break. Hopefully, she'll recharge her batteries and come back flying

the cat
Feb 4th, 2006, 12:19 AM
That was a dissapointing scoreline for Maria against Hingis. :( I was expecting better from Masha. I hope the rest does her some good.

Zoltan83
Feb 4th, 2006, 02:05 AM
:sad:
I expected better on this match!

But there is still the doubles!

Keraj
Feb 4th, 2006, 09:17 AM
Hingis on her good day can humiliate ANY player outside TOP 10, today came up on Masha :(

Did I say outside TOP 10 :scratch: ;)
Funny, Martina beats both Masha`s in exactly 1h06m. Difference is that Makiri was able to break Martina`s serve, while Big Masha didn`t have a single break point...

KirilenkoRulz
Feb 4th, 2006, 01:41 PM
Makiri/Ana just lost to Raymond/Stosur 46 16 in exactly an hour. So Makiri's doubles run ends in the Semis. While stats in doubles don't mean as much to me, the Makiri/Ana team only got in 68% of their first serves (77% for the other team) and had only 1 ace but 4 double faults (3 and 3 for the other team) and only won 47% of their firsrt serve points. I think if you check Makiri's successful matches in Australia and New Zealand, her first serve percentage and points won off first serve were much higher.

Makiri's two week break begins. The Hingis scoreline against big Masha provides perspective for Makiri's match yesterday. Funny thing that when there are two playes on the court, the final result may somehow be influenced by how well the other player is playing. BTW, Hingis came into Toray PPO at 231 ranking points and a rank of 117. If she wins Sunday against Elena, she will have 531 points which puts her in the ballpark of a #39 rank. From nothing to #39 in the world in FIVE WEEKS, now that is a wow. The current #39 is Serena Williams who is free falling in the other direction.