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Dementirilenko
Mar 14th, 2006, 10:01 PM
Well, lets take a look on Maria's next tourney. Its the same category as this weeks tourney at Indian Wells.

NASDAQ-100 Open

Miami, FL, USA
March 22 - April 2, 2006
Tier I
Prize Money: $3,450,000
Draw: 96M/48Q/32D
Surface: Hardcourt/Outdoors
Tournament Director: Adam Barrett

2005 Singles Final
Kim Clijsters (BEL) d. (2) Maria Sharapova (RUS) 63 75

2005 Doubles Final
(3) Kuznetsova/Molik (RUS/AUS) d. (5) Raymond/Stubbs (USA/AUS) 75 67(5) 62

Here's the official Entry-List:



2006 Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Field
Published: Thursday, March 2, 2006

The list of direct entries into the 2006 NASDAQ-100 Open:

http://www.nasdaq-100open.com/bios/index.html

And this is the official Website of the tourney:

http://www.nasdaq-100open.com/index.html


Here are some more Info's on the Miami - tourney:



Instant Replay to Debut at NASDAQ-100 Open in 2006
Published: Monday, March 6, 2006

The USTA, the ATP and the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour announced that electronic line calling technology, along with a player challenge system, will become part of professional tennis in North America. This breakthrough for the sport has been developed to improve officiating for players, while increasing the interest and excitement for in-stadium fans and television viewers.
The NASDAQ-100 Open will be the first Sony Ericsson WTA Tour and ATP event to utilize the technology and on-court challenges. The NASDAQ-100 Open begins on March 22. The 2006 US Open will be the first Grand Slam to introduce instant replay technology and player challenges.

The on-court player challenge system for review of line calls will be as follows:

ˇ Each player will receive two challenges per set to review line calls.
ˇ If the player is correct with a challenge, then the player retains the same number of challenges.
ˇ If the player is incorrect with a challenge, then one of the challenges is lost.
ˇ During a tie-break game in any set, each player will receive one additional challenge.
ˇ Challenges may not be carried over from one set to another.

Once a player challenges, the official replay will be provided to the chair umpire. In addition, the official replay will be provided simultaneously to the television broadcast and in-stadium video boards, allowing on-site fans and television viewers the opportunity to see the live results of a player challenge.

Hawk-Eye Officiating has been approved for use in professional tennis, and will be implemented at the NASDAQ-100 Open. In addition, tennis' governing bodies are continuing to explore other line calling technologies. The specific technology to be used at the 2006 US Open and US Open Series will be announced at a later date.

"With the speed and power of today's game, the time has come for tennis to benefit from new technology - - while adding to the fan experience," said Arlen Kantarian, Chief Executive, Professional Tennis, USTA. "This new breakthrough - - perhaps the most significant change to the game since the tie-breaker - - will improve line calls for players, while adding excitement and intrigue for fans and TV viewers. This new protocol was developed in partnership with our friends at the ATP and the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, and we look forward to a consistent system that will benefit the entire sport."

"Introducing this technology will make our sport more TV and fan friendly," said Sony Ericsson WTA Tour CEO Larry Scott. "Given the stakes in professional tennis, the ability to have more accurate line calls that can change a match is great news for players."

"The electronic line calling system and protocol will enhance the officiating for players and tournaments but more importantly offer an exciting and interactive element for the fans," said ATP Executive Chairman & President Etienne de Villiers. "The ATP Board approved the protocol with a rule that all tournaments using it must employ in-stadium video boards as a way to upgrade the entertainment experience for fans. We're very pleased to work with our friends at the USTA and Sony Ericsson WTA Tour on this initiative, the first of what we plan to be many such joint activities in the years ahead."

"Instant replay is a compelling addition to the televised coverage of tennis," said Tony Petitti, Executive Vice President and Executive Producer, CBS Sports. "Television viewers have enjoyed witnessing the decision making process surrounding rules and scoring in other major sports, including the NFL."

"This is another example of bringing 21st-century technology to a great game to serve the fans and competitors," said Len DeLuca, Senior Vice President, Programming and Acquisitions, ESPN and ABC Sports. "We look forward to settling the arguments on ESPN2."

"Electronic line calling is a revolutionary development for the game of tennis," said Butch Buchholz NASDAQ-100 Open Chairman and Co-Founder. "As good as the line judges are, having the ability to back them up with state-of-the-art technology is great for the game and for the players."

About the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour: The Sony Ericsson WTA Tour is the world's largest premier professional sport for women with more than 1,300 players representing 75 nations competing for $60 million in prize money at the Tour's 63 events in 35 countries. More than 4.5 million people attended women's tennis events in 2005 with millions more watching events on television networks around the world. The Sony Ericsson WTA tour season concludes with the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Championships at Madrid Arena in Madrid, Spain, November 7-12, 2006.

About ATP: With 64 tournaments in 31 countries in 2006, the ATP showcases the finest athletes competing in the world's most exciting venues. From Australia to Europe and the Americas to Asia, the stars of the INDESIT ATP Rankings and the world's best teams in the Stanford ATP Doubles Race contend for prestigious titles at ATP Masters Series and other ATP tournaments. The season's top eight singles players and doubles teams will earn coveted berths at the elite 2006 Tennis Masters Cup, the year-end championship held in China from Nov. 12-19.

About The USTA: The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S., and the leader in promoting and developing the growth of tennis at every level - - from local communities to the highest level of the professional game. It owns and operates the US Open, the highest-attended largest annual sporting event in the world, and launched the US Open Series linking 10 summer tournaments to the US Open. In addition, it owns the 94 Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S., and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Games. A not-for-profit organization with 665,000 members, it invests 100% of its proceeds in growing the game.

Players/Former Players on Instant Replay Technology Coming to Tennis ...

Andre Agassi
"In my 20 years in professional tennis, this is one of the most exciting things to happen for players, fans and television viewers. This new technology will add a whole new dimension to the game."

James Blake
"The ball's moving so fast these days that sometimes it's impossible for anyone to see, even a trained official. With instant replay we can take advantage of technology and eliminate human error. Having just a few challenges will make it both fun and dramatic for fans at the same time."

Jim Courier
"Yet another terrific step forward for tennis, something that will benefit players and spectators and bring more intrigue into the game. Based on my experience in the booth with this technology, we'll all be surprised at how good the linesmen's eyes are compared to the players."

Cliff Drysdale
"This would add another dimension for the viewer and the spectator at a tournament. Tennis is singular in the number of close calls you have in a match. Every time the ball hits the ground there is a question, with so many balls landing close to the lines."

Amelie Mauresmo
"For players out there giving it our all, it's great to know that we now have the ability to use technology that will make the game more accurate and better than ever, and more exciting for the fans."

John McEnroe
"If anyone's been listening to my commentary the past year then they know I'm in favor of using replay. I think it will make tennis more interesting."

Andy Roddick
"On top of just getting the calls right time after time, which will be nice, it'll add another aspect for TV viewers. If a player has two challenges per set, it will add drama and excitement. This will add to tennis and take out a lot of human error."

Maria Sharapova
"As a player, I want to know that line calls are as accurate as technology will allow. In that sense, today's announcement is great news for all players."

Pam Shriver
"As a player, and now as a TV commentator, I always dreamed of the day when technology would take the accuracy of line calling to the next level. That day has now arrived.


And finally: Good Luck to Makiri, LenaD, Nastya, Patty and Kim!

The_Pov
Mar 14th, 2006, 11:27 PM
Good luck Makiri, hopefully she'll get a heap load of points because she only has a few to defend here.

georgekuo1017
Mar 17th, 2006, 04:33 PM
Good luck Makiri in Miami

so.krist!na
Mar 18th, 2006, 02:55 AM
Go Makiri!
Hope a good draw
Hope her knee is ok

Andy.
Mar 18th, 2006, 05:33 AM
Good luck in this tournament Maria i hope her knee will be OK and she can gain some points as she has little to defend

Zoltan83
Mar 19th, 2006, 03:47 AM
Good luck Makiri!!!
And I hope to see the Dulkolenko team in action :D

doujyr
Mar 20th, 2006, 08:44 PM
such a nasty draw for little maria again :sad:

when will she ever get a kind draw???

The_Pov
Mar 20th, 2006, 08:50 PM
The draw isn't nice, but I reckon she will make it all the way to meeting Maria Sharapova, and that would be a good run just to get that far, and then we'll have to see what happens next.

Andy.
Mar 20th, 2006, 10:51 PM
Yeah tough one again but thats what you expect in these big ones. If she is on form though she could definatly make the 4th round. Good luck Maria

Dementirilenko
Mar 21st, 2006, 11:04 AM
That's Maria's part of the Draw. It looks really dangerous:

Venus Williams (USA) [8] vs. Bye
Alisa Kleybanova (RUS) vs. Virginie Razzano (FRA)
Anna Chakvetadze (RUS) vs. Karolina Sprem (CRO)
Bye vs. Shahar Peer (ISR) [31]
Flavia Pennetta (ITA) [17] vs. Bye
Kveta Peschke (CZE) vs. Qualifier
Ekaterina Bychkova (RUS) vs. Catalina Castano (COL)
Bye vs. Anastasia Myskina (RUS) [10]
Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) [13] vs. Bye
Qualifier vs. Marta Domachowska (POL)
Sybille Bammer (AUT) vs. Vania King (USA)
Bye vs. Maria Kirilenko (RUS) [20]
Jelena Jankovic (SCG) [25] vs. Bye
Qualifier vs. Emma Laine (FIN)
Akiko Morigami (JPN) vs. Na Li (CHN)
Bye vs. Maria Sharapova (RUS) [4]

so.krist!na
Mar 21st, 2006, 01:44 PM
she'll face dani again..:scared:
i really dont like this draw.

King Aaron
Mar 21st, 2006, 06:21 PM
Good luck Maria! Most important thing is that she plays well. The results will reflect that I'm sure. :)

Derek.
Mar 21st, 2006, 10:33 PM
Pennetta has taken Hantuchova's spot who took Vaidisova's spot after Vaidisova withdrew.

houseoflords
Mar 21st, 2006, 11:32 PM
Well I'd rather have Pennetta in the section than Hantuchova , but that matchup is a long ways away. I'm more concerned with how Maria rebounds from her bad loss to Chakvetadze. She hadn't played that bad in a match in some time. I think she'll rebound nicely. She needs to. Take it one match at a time and get some points

King Aaron
Mar 23rd, 2006, 04:42 PM
Flavia has reached two finals this year and has defeated Martina so she isn't a toss-over either. Important for Maria to bounce back. :)

Dementirilenko
Mar 25th, 2006, 11:24 AM
Well, its time for Masha's next match. Its the second round at Miami and she will face Wild Card Vania King today. he match is the first one on Court 2, starting 10 AM. Good Luck, Makiri!!!

doujyr
Mar 25th, 2006, 12:12 PM
she'll bounce back for sure. double bagel for king coming up :yeah:

Ravsieg
Mar 25th, 2006, 03:52 PM
she'll bounce back for sure. double bagel for king coming up :yeah:

It if happened, it'd be unbelieavable good. King struggled against Bammer but she's been having very surprising results lately. So, do NOT expect a double bagel, not even close.

doujyr
Mar 25th, 2006, 04:31 PM
ah well, 2 and 1 will do :yeah: :crazy:

Dementirilenko
Mar 25th, 2006, 06:50 PM
Well done, a great and solid victory for Masha today as she defeated King 6.2, 6.1! Congrats!

Andy.
Mar 25th, 2006, 11:49 PM
very strong win well done Maria

so.krist!na
Mar 26th, 2006, 12:48 AM
only 3 games for vania
nice win!
and keep going!

Dementirilenko
Mar 26th, 2006, 10:13 AM
Maria`s next opoonent will be Viktoriya Kutuzova (WTA 98). The match will be tomorrow. More details soon

Keraj
Mar 26th, 2006, 12:22 PM
Maria`s next opoonent will be Viktoriya Kutuzova (WTA 98). The match will be tomorrow. More details soon
Today actually ;)

Court 3 (from 10.00hrs)
1. Groenefeld vs. Zheng
2. Kutuzova vs. Kirilenko
3. ATP: Lopez/Verdasco vs. Bjorkman/Mirnyi
4. Dulko/Kirilenko vs. Llagostera Vives/Vento-Kabchi
5. ATP: Gonzalez/Massu vs. Lindstedt/Nieminen


They played once in juniors , Masha won 62 64 (http://www.itftennis.com/juniors/players/headtohead.asp?player=100012188&opponent=100014349) then. I expect a similar scoreline today :cool:

TennisPlayingFox
Mar 26th, 2006, 12:35 PM
Good luck Makiri! You can do it! I would love to see a Makiri vs Sharapova match. That would be awesome!

Belco
Mar 26th, 2006, 02:28 PM
good luck today

King Aaron
Mar 26th, 2006, 06:09 PM
Well done and good luck. :kiss:

Dementirilenko
Mar 26th, 2006, 06:23 PM
Today actually ;)

Court 3 (from 10.00hrs)
1. Groenefeld vs. Zheng
2. Kutuzova vs. Kirilenko
3. ATP: Lopez/Verdasco vs. Bjorkman/Mirnyi
4. Dulko/Kirilenko vs. Llagostera Vives/Vento-Kabchi
5. ATP: Gonzalez/Massu vs. Lindstedt/Nieminen


They played once in juniors , Masha won 62 64 (http://www.itftennis.com/juniors/players/headtohead.asp?player=100012188&opponent=100014349) then. I expect a similar scoreline today :cool:


Oh, sorry! Sorry for this mistake. It looks good for Makiri right now. She has won the first set 6.1 but now she's one break down in the second. Good Luck!

The_Pov
Mar 26th, 2006, 06:56 PM
Well done Maria, good win 6-1 6-4 :worship:

shadowsecret
Mar 26th, 2006, 07:04 PM
well done maria!

Dementirilenko
Mar 26th, 2006, 10:38 PM
Next up is a Showdown: Big Masha vs. Lil` Masha!

Dementirilenko
Mar 26th, 2006, 10:56 PM
Early loss in Doubles for Dulkolenko. They lost to the Bondarenko - Sisters in straight sets 7.5, 6.2.

Andy.
Mar 27th, 2006, 12:05 AM
Another great win from Maria she is in impressive form

georgekuo1017
Mar 27th, 2006, 06:42 AM
Well done and good luck.

Dementirilenko
Mar 27th, 2006, 10:06 AM
Maria's next match is today vs. Maria Sharapova. This will be really tough! The H2H is tied at 1:1 and the match will be the second one on Stadium Court. Good luck Makiri!

so.krist!na
Mar 27th, 2006, 01:41 PM
Good luck against Big Masha!Come on!U can do it!

houseoflords
Mar 27th, 2006, 08:32 PM
Things just didn't go Maria's way in the 3rd set. If she converts the break point in game 3, things may have been different. Sharapova wasn't mssing and Maria just couldn't seem to hit consistently. She did keep fighting though. Down 2 breaks and 5-1, she fought 4 match points and had 2 break points. Maria will be upset about losing this match and hopefully she'll use it as motivation.

I know there are no such things as friends when you're on court playing but Sharapova really doesn't need to show up her friend. I found her behavior a little too much. Delayed come on's after Masha committed errors. These came after Masha K turned and was looking at her. Her come on's seemed to get louder and more angry as the match went on. It is one thing to pump yourself up with come on's it is something different to do to rub it in your opponents face. Lleyton Hewitt has been criticized and ripped to pieces for less on the mens side. About time someone criticizes her for on court antics

Dementirilenko
Mar 27th, 2006, 08:54 PM
Well, Maria lost, but that doesn't matter cause she did a great job! She showed her best today and played a great match. A fourth round at Miami is a great result for her current form! Congratulations!

Andy.
Mar 27th, 2006, 10:54 PM
She had a great tournament and if she can keep pushing the top players like this eventually she will have a breakthru

the cat
Mar 28th, 2006, 12:56 AM
Makiri needs to get into better condition so she can beat top players in 3 set battles. To see her wilt in the third set against Sharapova was dissapointing. Especially since Little Masha is in better condition than Big Masha is.

But Little Masha definately has more pop on her serve than she did a year or so ago. I hope she can improve her serve another 20% in the next year or so. If Kirilenko does that would really help her game and her record against the top 10. But she needs to improve her stamina too. Mobilty and conditioning should be 2 of her greatest assets as a tennis player.

house, I don't agree with your point about Sharapova showing up Kirilenko. I'll have to watch the thrid set again and see if Sharapova was unsporting to Kirilenko in any way. it would surprise me and annoy me if she was showing up Little Masha. Cliff Drysdale was pointing out on ESPN2 that Sharapova lacked intensity in this match and wondered where her first pumps were. Sharapova's emotions came when she was playing better late in the second set and in the third set. She probably didn't want to show too much emtoion in front of her best friend out of respect for Makiri. That was nice. And I think Makiri surprised Big Masha with 2 kisses at the net after the match. She's such a sweetie. :) That probably wouldn't have happened if Little Masha had won the match. ;)

Dan23
Mar 28th, 2006, 02:09 AM
I agree Scott im sure Maria S tries to take it easier against Masha K emotion-wise. In a way it affects her intensity....I would doubt very much that she would be 'showing up' Maria. Nice of Masha K to give her a kiss or 2...after all it was a great contest...I hope they dont play again too often.

navyseals98
Mar 28th, 2006, 03:43 AM
Things just didn't go Maria's way in the 3rd set. If she converts the break point in game 3, things may have been different. Sharapova wasn't mssing and Maria just couldn't seem to hit consistently. She did keep fighting though. Down 2 breaks and 5-1, she fought 4 match points and had 2 break points. Maria will be upset about losing this match and hopefully she'll use it as motivation.

I know there are no such things as friends when you're on court playing but Sharapova really doesn't need to show up her friend. I found her behavior a little too much. Delayed come on's after Masha committed errors. These came after Masha K turned and was looking at her. Her come on's seemed to get louder and more angry as the match went on. It is one thing to pump yourself up with come on's it is something different to do to rub it in your opponents face. Lleyton Hewitt has been criticized and ripped to pieces for less on the mens side. About time someone criticizes her for on court antics

House, I do agree with your statement about Sharapova shwing up Kirilenko. She really didn't need to fist pump that much especially 2 or 3 times while Kirilenko was watching her.

houseoflords
Mar 28th, 2006, 05:08 AM
It wasn't the fact that Sharapova was fist pumping that bothered me. She does that all the time. It was just the times and way she did it. She would wait until Maria was looking at her and then fist pump with a "come on." That is showing up your opponent.

I agree that Maria needs to gain a little more endurance and stamina. She has the foot speed. Brad Gilbert today called her one of the Top 10 movers in womens tennis and said that she is quicker than Hingis but Hingis' advantage is that she anticipates so well. That is one area Maria needs to get better on. If she improves her anticipation, she won't have to run as much to track down balls. This will allow her to have more in the tank at the end of matches

Dan23
Mar 28th, 2006, 06:19 AM
I find that hard to believe but having not seen the whole match ill take your word. Are you sure it wasnt to Yuri?

the cat
Mar 28th, 2006, 04:06 PM
house, I don't think Maria's anticipation can be improved upon because that's an innate quality. You have it or you don't. And she has it to a certain degree. But not the way Hingis does. But Masha is quicker than Hingis. And Masha is like a Bolshoi ballerina on the court gliding around and floating around effortlessly most of the time the way Myskina does. But when she has to turn on the speed she can. :bolt: And she nust improve her endurance and stamina so she can outlast the bigger and stronger girls in long matches.

As for Big Masha waiting until Little Masha looked at her to pump her first I find that hard to believe. I'm not saying it didn't happen. If it did Little Masha needs to have a friendly talk with Big Masha. Friends shouldn't do that to friends.

King Aaron
Mar 28th, 2006, 05:30 PM
If Sharapova really did 'show up' Maria, it's very low of her. To do that to probably your best friend on Tour is silly and immature.

Maria though :hug:, close match.

andrewbroad
Mar 29th, 2006, 12:23 AM
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NAZGŰL-100 OPEN (Miami, Florida, USA; outdoor hard; WTA Tier I)
=============== http://www.nasdaq-100open.com/ (http://www.nasdaq-100open.com/)
Photos
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http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/news/?c=news_photos&p=maria+kirilenko (http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/news/?c=news_photos&p=maria+kirilenko)

Search Getty Images for "maria kirilenko"

Various players:
http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=226035&page=7 (http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=226035&page=7) (and p.9)

Stars For Stars awards-night:
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/photogallery/ (http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/photogallery/) ("Stars For Stars")
http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=226390&page=8 (http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=226390&page=8) (and p.10)

Maria Kirilenko bonus:
http://img10.picsplace.to/1/MariaKirilenkoAdidasStellaMcCartneyRange060115f.jp g (http://img10.picsplace.to/1/MariaKirilenkoAdidasStellaMcCartneyRange060115f.jp g)

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Fourth-round preview (as I wrote it at the time)
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SHARAPOVA v KIRILENKO: This is the third professional singles-match between the Super Maria Sisters. Big Maria won the first 7-6 6-2, but retired injured from the second.

Many people think that Little Maria will be a threat to Big Maria - Little Maria has terrific all-court skills, great returns of serve and excellent footwork. But I know Big Maria will be too strong, especially on anything resembling Indian Wells form.

Little Maria's best chance to apply some pressure on Big Maria will be when she can get to the net, and her best time to attack will be in the second set if Big Maria's last two matches are anything to go by.

Big Maria: "It's always hard playing a friend. Last time was not a good experience for me. I was injured in Beijing, and she was playing great tennis. She's a great athlete. She can definitely play the game. But that's tennis. You're gonna play your buddies once in a while."

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Fourth round
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+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [4] d. MARIA KIRILENKO [20], 3-6 6-4 6-1

These are the Super Maria Sisters:

* Big Maria (Sharapova) is quite possibly the best exponent of flairsome power. Her groundstrokes are powerful and heavy, yet sharp and flairsome as her soft hands whip through the ball - often on the rise - with immaculate timing. She goes for her shots and makes many brilliant winners. She also has the most amazing passion, intensity, and will to win. Big Maria is second only to Monica Seles in my eternal fanship.

* Little Maria (Kirilenko) is also a joy to watch when she's on form, as she has terrific all-court skills, great returns of serve and excellent footwork. She's a favourite member of my casual demi-fanship, and with the way her results have improved since the last time I saw her play singles (Birmingham 2005), I consider her one of the three leading contenders for possible future induction into my eternal fanship (my passion says I should induct her already, but my reason says I must wait to be sure before I make a commitment of such magnitude).

I must admit I like the Super Maria Sisters for more than just their tennis-qualities. Little Maria is ultracute and extremely pretty. Big Maria is charming, sexy and sophisticated; off court she can be even prettier than Little Maria. It's hard to believe that Big Maria is still only 18, while Little Maria is already 19.

Big Maria: "We've known each other since we were 12 or 13, playing junior tournaments. We've always kind of stuck together. We kind of have similar lives, similar interests because of our age. It's cool to have someone that's very real and has a good heart out here. You don't want to be playing a good friend in the fourth round, but, you know, you're playing a tournament every single week so that's going to happen."


I didn't see this match myself (not having access to Eurosport), but I have such a passion for the Super Maria Sisters that I couldn't resist following live scores at http://scores.nasdaq-100open.com/ (http://scores.nasdaq-100open.com/)

With both of them playing for the third day in a row in the Miami heat, and Big Maria running Little Maria from side to side with spreading rallies, it was Little Maria who wilted in the third set.

Summon: "Maria started going for longer rallies in the second and Kirilenko made the mistake going for lots of slide shots, not a bad tactic when someone is making many errors like Sharapova, but she was starting to play better, her shots were going in again and she gained confidence, by the time Kirilenko started to attack again it was too late, Sharapova was already playing at her normal level and Kirilenko lost her own game, she started to make more and more errors, after a long final game Maria finally won!"


First Set
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SHARAPOVA @*_____*_ 3
KIRILENKO __*@*@* * 6

The match started at 13:13 EST.

Kirilenko serving 0-0: 0/30 -> 30/30, 30/40 (BP), broken.
Sharapova serving 1-0: 0/15, 30/15, 30/30, 40/30, held.
Kirilenko serving 0-2: 40/0, 40/15, held.
Sharapova serving 2-1: 0/15, 15/15, 15/40 (2 BPs), broken.
Kirilenko serving 2-2: 40/0, 40/15, held.

What a turn-around for Little Maria! Big Maria has won only 3 of the last 15 points, and has already committed 11 UEs. How long can Little Maria hold onto the momentum?

Sharapova serving 2-3: 40/0 -> 40/40, ad K (BP), broken.

Well, I never thought Big Maria would suffer an attack of Alexandra Stevenson's Syndrome: dropping serve from 40/0 up! I thought the Sharapova-overdrive had kicked in, as usual when she senses a threat, but what I sense is that she is out of sorts today.

Has her friendship with Little Maria dampened her killer-instinct? I must admit that playing Little Maria does dampen the vicarious killer-instinct that I feel as a faithful fan of Big Maria.

Kirilenko serving 4-2: 0/30 -> 40/30, held.

It's usually Big Maria who is so good at pulling out games in which she is behind. Has the scoreboard got their names the wrong way round? ;) A whopping 18 UEs from Big Maria, only 5 from Little Maria.

Sharapova serving to stay in the first set at 2-5: 0/30 -> 30/30, 30/40 (SP #1), 40/40, ad S, held.

Big Maria saved 8 set-points against Maria Elena Camerin - can she do so again?

Kirilenko serving for the first set at 5-3: 40/0 (3 SPs: SP #2), Kirilenko won the first set 6-3 at 13:54.

www.wtatour.com (http://www.wtatour.com): "After a nervous start, dropping the first two games of the match, the 20th-seeded Kirilenko reeled off five consecutive games to build a 5-2 lead, closing the first set out two games later with a love service game, ending it emphatically with a big overhead into an open court on her first set point [of that game]."

Big Maria W:UE 7:20, Little Maria 6:6. Big Maria is winning only 27% of points on her second serve.

C'mon Big Maria, it's time to get serious!


Second Set
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SHARAPOVA *@__* *@ @ 6
KIRILENKO __@* *__@_ 4

Sharapova serving 0-0: 0/15, 40/15, held.
Kirilenko serving 0-1: 15/0, 15/40 (2 BPs), broken.

That's more like it from Big Maria! Now it's Little Maria making the UEs. But Big Maria led 2-0 in the first set, then lost five games in a row!

Sharapova serving 2-0: 15/0, 15/40 (2 BPs), broken.

Is the 2-0 -> 2-2 pattern repeating itself? 4 UEs apiece in this set.

Kirilenko serving 1-2: 0/15, 30/15, 30/30, 40/30, held.
Sharapova serving 2-2: 30/0, 30/15, 40/15, 40/30, held.
Kirilenko serving 2-3: 0/15, 15/15, 15/30, 30/30, 30/40 (BP), 40/40, ad K, held.

Again, it's Little Maria fighting out of the games in which she's down - a trait usually associated with Big Maria.

Sharapova serving 3-3: 15/0, 15/15, 30/15, 30/30, 40/30, held.

I feel strongly that Big Maria is going to pull this out in three sets now. She's mistress of the decisive moments.

Kirilenko serving 3-4: 0/30 -> 30/30, 30/40 (BP), broken.
Sharapova serving for the second set at 5-3: 0/15, 30/15, 30/30, 40/30 (SP #1), 40/40, ad K (BP), Deuce #2, ad K (BP #2), broken.

It's ironic: Little Maria served out the first set easily at 5-3, but when it was Big Maria's turn in the second, she blew a set-point. All I can suppose is that Little Maria has nothing to lose, while all the pressure is on Big Maria's sexy shoulders.

Kirilenko serving to stay in the second set at 4-5: 15/0, 15/40 (2 SPs: SP #2), Sharapova won the second set 6-4 at 14:47.

Big Maria had a W:UE ratio of 8:18 for the second set, Little Maria 5:13. Both girls are struggling when they have to use their second serves. Little Maria came to the net more in the second set than she did in the first, but with a much lower success-rate.

The set-break lasted seven minutes.


Third Set
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SHARAPOVA * *@*@* 6
KIRILENKO _*_____ 1

Sharapova serving 0-0: Held to love.

Has the tide turned fully in Big Maria's favour now?

"I have waited a long time for this moment, my little green friend. Now you will experience the full power of the dark side!"

Kirilenko serving 0-1: 0/15, 15/15, 40/15, held.

"Not if anything to say about it I have!"

Sharapova serving 1-1: 30/0 -> 30/30, 30/40 (BP - saved with a kick-serve), 40/40, ad S, held.

"You will not stop me. Vaidišová will become more powerful than either of us."
(They fight)

Kirilenko serving 2-1: 0/15, 15/15, 15/30, 30/30, 30/40 (BP), broken.

It's actually Little Maria with more winners this set - but more UEs too.

Sharapova serving 3-1: 40/0 -> 40/40, ad S, held.

Big Maria staved off another bout of Alexandra Stevenson's Syndrome, and has surely pulled clear in this match now.

Kirilenko serving 1-4: 30/0 -> 30/30, 40/30, 40/40, ad S (BP), broken.

This is much more typical Sharapova than any previous game in this match: it's so hard for her opponent to close out a game against such a strong will.

Sharapova serving for the match at 5-1: 15/0, 15/15, 40/15 (2 MPs) -> 40/40, ad S (MP #3), Deuce #2, ad S (MP #4), Deuce #3, ad K (BP), Deuce #4, ad K (BP #2), Deuce #5, ad S (MP #5), Sharapova won 3-6 6-4 6-1 at 15:32 (2h19m).

Wow, what a last game! I almost wish that Little Maria had won it, to make the following Yoda-quote appropriate: "If so powerful are you, why leave?"

Instead, it's: "Into exile I must go. Failed, I have."


Statistics
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Big Maria had a final W:UE of 25:43, which she'll certainly need to improve on for the three challenges between herself and the title (at least she only made 5 UEs in the third set). Little Maria's W:UE was actually much better at 23:30, but what the statistics don't tell you about is forced errors - I'm sure the Force was strong with Big Maria! ;)

There was a fair amount of net-play in this match, particularly from Little Maria, who won 13 of 19 points there (Big Maria was more selective, with a higher success-rate as she won 11 of 14 points at the net).

In points it was much narrower than the scoreline implies: Big Maria 88-82. This is due to the fact that Little Maria won the first set 32-21; Big Maria won the second 34-28 and the third 32-22.

Both girls got 59% of first serves in, Big Maria winning 64% of the points when she did so (Little Maria 61%), and 44% when she had to use her second serve (Little Maria 42%). Big Maria served 5 aces and 8 double faults, Little Maria four of each.

Big Maria broke 6 times from 7 break-points, while Little Maria broke 4 times from 9. So Little Maria actually generated more opportunities for herself, but Big Maria was almost twice as successful at converting hers.


Big Maria quotes
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"I was down a set, but I tried to hang in. I wasn't playing my best, that's for sure. She put pressure on me and kept me on the defensive. It came down to a few points in the second set, and I picked it up in the third.

"I definitely did not play my best tennis in the first two sets, but I was playing a lot of defense out there, and she was stepping in the court. She was hitting very deep and hard, and especially against the wind, I was just pushing everything back.

"In the second set, I think it was just one or two balls that made the difference, and then in the third, you know, I stepped it up. I could see that she was physically getting a little bit tired, wasn't getting to as many balls. I started to pick up my game."

Big Maria has an amazing ability to "step it up" in third sets, winning them 6-1. I saw her do this twice at Wimbledon 2004, and three times at Birmingham 2005.

Big Maria's full interview:
http://www.wtaworld.com/showpost.php?p=7679190 (http://www.wtaworld.com/showpost.php?p=7679190)[/url]

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Dr. Andrew Broad
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