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Shoulderpova
Mar 19th, 2006, 02:32 PM
Keep up the great work in Miami, Masha :kiss:
Best of luck to you :smooch:
Go girl ;)

TeaMMashA
Mar 19th, 2006, 02:35 PM
I really hope she plays like she did at IW it would be great for her to pick up the Miami title also! she definatly has a chance! does anyone know if any of women have won IW and Miami in the same year? i believe Maria has a chance

morningglory
Mar 19th, 2006, 02:36 PM
:yeah:
Indian Wells will be a walk in the park compared to this one (given all the top players don't pull out) but we have faith in our girl and she's coming off a title... GO MARIA!!!
:yeah:

Draw coming out on Monday?

bellascarlett
Mar 19th, 2006, 03:05 PM
Let's win Miami too Maria! :bounce:

Best of luck in Miami. You have a lot of points to defend. Keep up this good form, ride on this huge wave of confidence...and you certainly have a chance to make it two title wins in a row! :)

Can't wait for the draw. Does anyone know where Maria is on the list of seeds for Miami. Will she be top 4? And didn't Kim win IW and Miami back to back last year?

iine:
Mar 19th, 2006, 03:06 PM
I really hope she plays like she did at IW it would be great for her to pick up the Miami title also! she definatly has a chance! does anyone know if any of women have won IW and Miami in the same year? i believe Maria has a chance
Yeah, Kim Clijsters did it last year. ;) Maria is definetely capable of doing that too. :D Come on, Maria:rocker2:

TeaMMashA
Mar 19th, 2006, 03:18 PM
Yeah, Kim Clijsters did it last year. ;) Maria is definetely capable of doing that too. :D Come on, Maria:rocker2:

Oh yes of course how could i have forgot she beat Maria to do it in the final :sad:

Maria Croft
Mar 19th, 2006, 04:41 PM
I believe she can do it if she plays like she has been playing these last few weeks, almost always when Maria has won a tournament a second title wasn't far away, hope she can be the third woman in history to win both in the same year :)

msharafan
Mar 19th, 2006, 06:44 PM
yeah keep playing like you did in indian wells and you can beat anyone masha!

Andy.
Mar 19th, 2006, 09:44 PM
Wow after such a confidence boost in IW bring on Miami. Good luck Masha lets hope for some more magic

msharafan
Mar 20th, 2006, 06:48 PM
yeah lets go maha and the draw been made just waiting for it to be posted!

msharafan
Mar 20th, 2006, 07:35 PM
ive got some news on masha's draw, shell have to face venus in the quaters, then kim then justine or amelie in the final, very tough draw but masha beat venus here last year at the quaters too in straight sets, kim will be a tough prospect but maria in great form, and well worry about the final later if she makes it. tough draw though, but no idea if she has a bye or who she will face first, i will be back with more updates as soon as i can!

The_Pov
Mar 20th, 2006, 07:56 PM
Maria has a horrible draw, but I think with her current form she ready for it!

Steve-o
Mar 20th, 2006, 08:00 PM
Maria's quarter

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]

It's not a bad draw considering the strength of the field ;)

The_Pov
Mar 20th, 2006, 08:03 PM
There are a lot of top tenners here, so it'll give us an indication of how she's doing.

Maria Croft
Mar 20th, 2006, 08:30 PM
I think it’s a good draw, it’s normal that it gets tough in the SF, hope she can get there and beat Kim :p

johnoo
Mar 20th, 2006, 08:35 PM
draws ok maria has no need to fear anyone the ways shes been playing :)

morningglory
Mar 20th, 2006, 08:40 PM
yeah I agree... the draw isn't too bad... I'd prefer she get Venus, who hasn't played since AO than say Nadia...
Good luck MARIA!!!

Andy.
Mar 20th, 2006, 09:53 PM
Not a bad draw at all Maria should feel quite confident of making it thru to the semi's with this draw.

Dan23
Mar 20th, 2006, 11:12 PM
Yea not a bad draw considering...Good luck Masha :clap2:

Daniela or Maria K for a 4R :p :cool:

bellascarlett
Mar 21st, 2006, 02:06 AM
draws ok maria has no need to fear anyone the ways shes been playing :)

Exactly. This will be a good chance for Maria to finally get a win over Kim and then well if she gets through to the final, over Justine/Amelie. I have faith. :D

yeah I agree... the draw isn't too bad... I'd prefer she get Venus, who hasn't played since AO than say Nadia...
Good luck MARIA!!!

Exactly.

I really hope she does well here too. :angel:

bellascarlett
Mar 21st, 2006, 02:10 AM
Daniela or Maria K for a 4R :p :cool:

I dont know why but a possible match-up with Kirilenko bothers me more than a match-up with either Venus or Kim. :lol: I guess her retirement in China comes to mind. It's really good she won IW - I can worry a little bit less.

Dan23
Mar 21st, 2006, 02:20 AM
I dont know why but a possible match-up with Kirilenko bothers me more than a match-up with either Venus or Kim. :lol: I guess her retirement in China comes to mind. It's really good she won IW - I can worry a little bit less.
Maria S would probably like to straighten out that Beijing retirement. I think its better that they dont play each other too often ;) Although I hope both Maria's will make it through :cool:

msharafan
Mar 21st, 2006, 05:43 AM
dont worry that was near moscow time right wuth maria's injury, we shouldnt worry too much about that, and anyway masha will probably have to face hantuchova in the 4th round and not kirilenko. i am worried about venus though, she has actually bothered to show up so she might mean business, although maria beat venus last year in the quaters, maria has lost to venus twice since then, straight sets at wimby and straight sets in an exhibition match. but maria is in such good form if physically her shoulder is ok and she is not too tired i defininitly think she can get to the semis, and she has a good chance to beat kim too. like i said before this draw is so tough so we wont talk about finals yey. and to people who think this draw is easy look at kims, the only potential there id dementieva, hmm maybe elena could give us another favour. but kim seems pretty confident shes over her injury in her diary on her website, these are tough times for masha lets just hope she continues to play like she has being and wins miami!
and remember...
lets go masha!!!
LETS GO!!!

~lollipop_girl~
Mar 21st, 2006, 08:09 AM
Really good draw!
Don't rule out Dani people! :devil:

Maria Croft
Mar 21st, 2006, 09:11 AM
dont worry that was near moscow time right wuth maria's injury, we shouldnt worry too much about that, and anyway masha will probably have to face hantuchova in the 4th round and not kirilenko. i am worried about venus though, she has actually bothered to show up so she might mean business, although maria beat venus last year in the quaters, maria has lost to venus twice since then, straight sets at wimby and straight sets in an exhibition match. but maria is in such good form if physically her shoulder is ok and she is not too tired i defininitly think she can get to the semis, and she has a good chance to beat kim too. like i said before this draw is so tough so we wont talk about finals yey. and to people who think this draw is easy look at kims, the only potential there id dementieva, hmm maybe elena could give us another favour. but kim seems pretty confident shes over her injury in her diary on her website, these are tough times for masha lets just hope she continues to play like she has being and wins miami!
and remember...
lets go masha!!!
LETS GO!!!

Those matches don't count, sorry
you take what you get, no point at looking at someone else's draw, sometimes Maria has a tougher draw, sometimes and easier draw

Porcupine
Mar 21st, 2006, 03:49 PM
She made the final last year, and this year, her name will appear in history as the 3rd women who wins both super Tier I in the same year.:yeah: According to the GM, Maria is leading in the poll "Who will win Miami". Good sign though. ;)
C'mon Maria! Do your best! We always be your side!

msharafan
Mar 21st, 2006, 04:38 PM
yeah i made that poll and lets keep it that way so everyone vote for masha!

Teemu
Mar 22nd, 2006, 12:05 PM
It's a decent draw, and as said before, in her current form she doesn't need to be afraid of anybody. It would be interesting for me if she'd play Emma Laine in the 3rd round. I could ask Emma what it was like to play Masha. :)

Most likely there will be tougher matches here than in Indian Wells, but I believe Maria will come through as the winner. :bounce:

Best of Luck Maria!

fonsito
Mar 22nd, 2006, 12:27 PM
lets go maria. kick ass in miami!

tennisvulture
Mar 22nd, 2006, 05:27 PM
just do the same things you did a week ago. that will sure be enough to rip your opponents apart. The era of MariaS has finally arived. Now I have a lot more to look forward to in tennis. Good luck girl.

johnoo
Mar 22nd, 2006, 07:09 PM
Really good draw!
Don't rule out Dani people! :devil:
of course Dani is no longer in marias side of the draw now.

msharafan
Mar 22nd, 2006, 07:22 PM
yeah and either is jankovic its penneta now who maria might have to face, but hopfully that wont be too much trouble!

The_Pov
Mar 22nd, 2006, 07:24 PM
yeah and either is jankovic its penneta now who maria might have to face, but hopfully that wont be too much trouble!

Hopefully Makiri will finish off that person, and then have to fave big Masha, (although I'll have to watch that match through my fingers)

Edward.
Mar 22nd, 2006, 07:44 PM
Maria needs to keep up that awesome standard of play from IW.

If she does, she should do really well. I worry about Kim and Justine though. Never feel very comfortable when Maria plays them, though I feel it is only a matter of time before she starts to even up the H2H's somewhat. She is overdue a win against both of them.

Сузи
Mar 22nd, 2006, 07:57 PM
Maria needs to keep up that awesome standard of play from IW.

If she does, she should do really well. I worry about Kim and Justine though. Never feel very comfortable when Maria plays them, though I feel it is only a matter of time before she starts to even up the H2H's somewhat. She is overdue a win against both of them.
I feel the same way. But i think that since the IW win she will feel a lot more confident and have a lot more momentum. I think that its possible that Maria could win in it all in Miami.

The_Pov
Mar 22nd, 2006, 07:59 PM
Maria needs to keep up that awesome standard of play from IW.

If she does, she should do really well. I worry about Kim and Justine though. Never feel very comfortable when Maria plays them, though I feel it is only a matter of time before she starts to even up the H2H's somewhat. She is overdue a win against both of them.

Remember Maria is more match ready than Kim, so I can see her making the final. With Justine, well lets just say I hope she get's knocked out before the final.

johnoo
Mar 22nd, 2006, 08:04 PM
With Justine, well lets just say I hope she get's knocked out before the final.
no please let maria beat her in the final otherwise it will be the same crap about someone having to beat justine for her.

The_Pov
Mar 22nd, 2006, 08:10 PM
no please let maria beat her in the final otherwise it will be the same crap about someone having to beat justine for her.

Oh yeah that would be great Maria beating Justine, but I don't think my heart could take it.

Edward.
Mar 22nd, 2006, 08:14 PM
Remember Maria is more match ready than Kim, so I can see her making the final. With Justine, well lets just say I hope she get's knocked out before the final.

Thats true, though match fitness isn't always relevant for Kim. This time last year Maria was on a hot streak of form, whereas Kim was just returning from injury after a long layoff, and she still beat Maria in the final.

I feel Maria's subsequent encounters with Kim have taught her how to deal with Kims game though. Their last encounter at the US Open was the closest yet.

bellascarlett
Mar 22nd, 2006, 08:43 PM
no please let maria beat her in the final otherwise it will be the same crap about someone having to beat justine for her.

Exactly. As much as I was glad to see Elena push through to the IW final, I really wanted to see Maria beat Justine and IW was really a good chance for her to do that. I hope Maria beats any Belgian that stands in her way in Miami. A win for Maria against them is really in order. ;)

msharafan
Mar 23rd, 2006, 06:01 AM
yeah well maria's chances just significanty improved as venus has pulled out, she should at least make it to the semis. anyone hear anything about maria releasing a new clothes order this week, and if she is is it for tennis, also anyone know what shes wearing, nike have nice pink clothes i hope maria will wear then cause pink suits her.

bellascarlett
Mar 23rd, 2006, 10:16 AM
i dunno, the seemingly easier draw still :scared: me. it's a game you know, ball is round etc etc. she still has to be on her feet the whole time and not underestimate her opponents. of course maria has a greater chance of getting to the semis now but it's difficult to be too relaxed and certain about things. i'll still be nervous for her every match either way. :lol: and i also never saw venus as a threat anyway. it was and still is kirilenko i'm worried about. but im sure maria can handle kirilenko if she plays like she did in IW specifically in the semis vs martina.

The_Pov
Mar 23rd, 2006, 01:10 PM
I really want Maria to do the double and win Miami, so the whole event scares my right now. But I believe she can do it.

xan
Mar 23rd, 2006, 04:37 PM
yeah well maria's chances just significanty improved as venus has pulled out, she should at least make it to the semis. anyone hear anything about maria releasing a new clothes order this week, and if she is is it for tennis, also anyone know what shes wearing, nike have nice pink clothes i hope maria will wear then cause pink suits her.
Maria's got a cool and cruel black outfit! :cool:

http://i1.tinypic.com/s2w17t.jpg

Edward.
Mar 23rd, 2006, 04:41 PM
Don't say it often (:p), but I really like the outfit. Very edgy and original.

Can't wait to see her wearing it while she wipes the floor with her opponents. :D

Shoulderpova
Mar 23rd, 2006, 04:42 PM
since when Miami is a grass-court tournament? :lol:

johnoo
Mar 23rd, 2006, 04:45 PM
yeah well maria's chances just significanty improved as venus has pulled out, she should at least make it to the semis.
you have a pretty negative attitude don't you,stop worrying about other players and start believing maria is currently playing as good if not better than anyone else at the minute,for the record I think its a pity venus is out cause thats the sort of matches I want to watch and I'm sure its the sort of matches maria wants to play.

morningglory
Mar 23rd, 2006, 06:31 PM
With that outfit, she'll demolish any opponent who plays her :D

msharafan
Mar 23rd, 2006, 06:42 PM
yeah love the ouyfit and johnoo i do not think only negative when it comes to maria i just realise a threat when i see one, and maria is not invincible YET, so dont you go telling yourself that cause youll probably be in for a let down at some stage or another.

johnoo
Mar 23rd, 2006, 07:04 PM
yeah love the ouyfit and johnoo i do not think only negative when it comes to maria i just realise a threat when i see one, and maria is not invincible YET, so dont you go telling yourself that cause youll probably be in for a let down at some stage or another.
I never said maria was invincible and no I won't go telling myself that :rolleyes: ,every player is a threat on any given day thats why I don't worry/care about draws,I just wanted to see a good maria venus match if thats ok with you.

The_Pov
Mar 23rd, 2006, 07:51 PM
Love the outfit, it says, "watch out cos, I'm gonna kick some butt"

Maria Croft
Mar 23rd, 2006, 08:59 PM
Very original outfit, I like it :)

Andy.
Mar 23rd, 2006, 09:28 PM
The outfit is terrific very originl and unique. After last week she has to been feeling confident that she can do very well here and maybe even win. Good luck Masha

~lollipop_girl~
Mar 24th, 2006, 04:24 AM
The outfit :worship:!
FINALLY, an outfit that I really love!

TennizFan
Mar 24th, 2006, 04:45 AM
I just want to see her in action with that outfit :drool:

andrewbroad
Mar 24th, 2006, 06:10 PM
===============
NAZGŰL-100 OPEN (Miami, Florida, USA; outdoor hard; WTA Tier I)
=============== http://www.nasdaq-100open.com/ (http://www.nasdaq-100open.com/)

This is an historic tournament in that Hawkeye will be used to verify line-calls for the first time ever on the WTA and ATP Tours. Each player will be allowed to challenge two line-calls per set (and one more in a tiebreak), but a challenge is not used up if the player is correct.

Maria: "As a player, I want to know that line-calls are as accurate as technology will allow. In that sense, today's [6th March] announcement is great news for all players."

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Photos
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Stars For Stars awards-night:
http://www.starsforstarsmiami.com/photogallery/ (http://www.starsforstarsmiami.com/photogallery/)
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/photogallery/ (http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/photogallery/) ("Stars For Stars")
http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=226390 (http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=226390) (pp. 1, 8)
http://www.abacausa.com/ (http://www.abacausa.com/)

Other photos (on-court and off):
http://www.nasdaq-100open.com/news/pr/news21773.html (http://www.nasdaq-100open.com/news/pr/news21773.html)
http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=99305&page=125 (http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=99305&page=125) (Maria only)
Search Getty Images for "sharapova"

Maria looked gorgeous playing Top Spin 2! :hearts:


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Second-round draw
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Top half (to be played on Friday)
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* AMÉLIE MAURESMO [1] v Samantha Stosur
* Anastasiya Yakimova [Q] v MARION BARTOLI [30] (allez Marion!)
* ANABEL MEDINA GARRIGUES [23] v Alyona Bondarenko [Q] (davai Alyona!)
* Iveta Benešová v ANA IVANOVIC [14] (my passion says Iveta, but my reason says Ana)

* DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [13] v Zuzana Ondrášková (both nice; my loyalty is to Daniela)
* Eleni Daniilidou [Q] v DINARA SAFINA [24]
* GISELA DULKO [26] v Jamea Jackson [WC] (ˇvamos Gisela!)
* María Sánchez Lorenzo v NADIA PETROVA [5] (ˇvamos María!)

* JUSTINE HENIN-HARDENNE [3] v Meghann Shaughnessy
* Stéphanie Foretz [Q] v SOFIA ARVIDSSON [32]
* AI SUGIYAMA [21] v Julia Schruff
* Peng,Shuai v ELENA LIKHOVTSEVA [15] (both nice; my loyalty is to Shuai)

* SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [12] v Vera Zvonarëva (DAVAI VERA!!)
* Sun,Tiantian v MARTINA HINGIS [24]
* KATARINA SREBOTNIK [28] v Mashona Washington [LL]
* Mariana Diaz-Oliva v PATTY SCHNYDER [7]


Bottom half (to be played on Saturday)
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* Martina Suchá [LL] v Virginie Razzano (podme Martina!)
* Anna Chakvetadze v SHAHAR PEER [31] (both nice; my loyalty is to Anna)
* JELENA JANKOVIC [25] v Victoria Azarenka [Q]
* Ekaterina Bychkova v ANASTASIA MYSKINA [10] (davai Anastasia!)

* FLAVIA PENNETTA [17] v Marta Domachowska (both nice; my loyalty is to Flavia)
* Vania King [WC] v MARIA KIRILENKO [20] (davai Maria!)
* KVETA PESCHKE [33] v Maria Elena Camerin [Q] (forza Maria Elena!)
* Li,Na v MARIA SHARAPOVA [4] (DAVAI MARIA!!)

* ELENA DEMENTIEVA [6] v Anna Tatishvili [WC]
* Michaëlla Krajicek v LUCIE ŠAFÁROVÁ [29] (both nice; I think I prefer Lucie)
* TATIANA GOLOVIN [22] v Lourdes Domínguez Lino (allez Tatiana!)
* Elena Vesnina v FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE [9] (davai Elena!)

* ANNA-LENA GRÖNEFELD [16] v Shinobu Asagoe
* Zheng,Jie v NATHALIE DECHY [19]
* KLÁRA KOUKALOVÁ [27] v Tathiana Garbin
* Jill Craybas v KIM CLIJSTERS [2]


Maria preview
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2r: If Maria is healthy then I can't envisage anything other than a routine victory over Li, whom she beat 6-0 6-2 in 3r Australian Open 2005.

3r: Again, I can't envisage problems for Maria against Peschke, though I'd prefer a match with the beautiful Maria Elena Camerin (who actually beat our Maria at ITF Pittsburgh 2002 for a 1-0 head-to-head).

4r: This round promises a beautiful opponent for Maria, whether it's Flavia Pennetta as the seedings decree, Maria Kirilenko as I would prefer, or even Marta Domachowska. Big Maria should get a good workout from either Flavia or Little Maria, who were in good form before their disappointing exits at Indian Wells, but may now be struggling with an ankle-sprain and a knee-injury respectively.

qf: Perhaps Anastasia Myskina would be the one to come through that section, but she lost 6-1 6-3 to Dinara Safina at Indian Wells. I would love to see Anna Chakvetadze come through, but I think Shahar Peer is the dark horse of that section.

sf: Defending champion Kim Clijsters is the obvious threat, but she's only played one tournament (Antwerp) since suffering a serious ankle-injury at the Australian Open. But she got to the final of Antwerp, so even a seriously-injured Clijsters is hard to beat. Maria has a 0-4 head-to-head against Clijsters, but this would be a good chance to rectify that.

I would love to see Tatiana Golovin come through that quarter of the draw instead, but Elena Dementieva, Francesca Schiavone or Anna-Lena Grönefeld would be the most likely beneficiaries if anything happened to Clijsters.

final: I would love to see either Daniela Hantuchová or Vera Zvonarëva in the final [edit: unfortunately cute Vera lost], but the most likely finalists from the top half are new world #1 and fluke Australian Open champion Amélie Mauresmo (whom Maria has never beaten), Nadia Petrova (who beat Mauresmo in the Doha final, but has a mental block over playing Maria), or even Martina Hingis, who is making an amazing comeback after her three-year retirement.

Or perhaps this will be the tournament where the talented Ana Ivanovic really comes of age.

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msharafan
Mar 24th, 2006, 08:34 PM
well next up is li na, she hopfully wont be too tough for maria, even though it might be tricky considering li has already played one match here, but masha beat her in aussie open 05 very easily, so should be ok.

msharafan
Mar 24th, 2006, 09:01 PM
guys i just realised watching the line up to wimby final 05, somthing interesting about maria that you might not have realised!
you know the way maria wears her lucky 13 t shirt, well i just realised from listening to sue barker on the bbc programme before the final that maria was seeded 13th for wimby and the day she played the final was the 13th day of the wimby championships! so thats why marias lucky number is 13 i think. but did you know this already, or am i the firrst to discover this, cause if i am im very proud!

msharafan
Mar 24th, 2006, 09:01 PM
sorry wimby 04

Maria Croft
Mar 24th, 2006, 09:14 PM
guys i just realised watching the line up to wimby final 05, somthing interesting about maria that you might not have realised!
you know the way maria wears her lucky 13 t shirt, well i just realised from listening to sue barker on the bbc programme before the final that maria was seeded 13th for wimby and the day she played the final was the 13th day of the wimby championships! so thats why marias lucky number is 13 i think. but did you know this already, or am i the firrst to discover this, cause if i am im very proud!


don't take this the wrong way but.....duh!

:lol:

johnoo
Mar 24th, 2006, 09:27 PM
guys i just realised watching the line up to wimby final 05, somthing interesting about maria that you might not have realised!
you know the way maria wears her lucky 13 t shirt, well i just realised from listening to sue barker on the bbc programme before the final that maria was seeded 13th for wimby and the day she played the final was the 13th day of the wimby championships! so thats why marias lucky number is 13 i think. but did you know this already, or am i the firrst to discover this, cause if i am im very proud!

well I never,the things you learn here :rolleyes:

Andy.
Mar 24th, 2006, 09:57 PM
Li Na is a very tough player and should not be underestimated this will be a tough assignement for Masha and she will have to play well. Li has some very good strokes but this is just the type of match Masha loves trading powerfull groundstrokes from the baseline and therefore should feel very confident. Good luck Masha

johnoo
Mar 24th, 2006, 10:26 PM
PENNETTA has pulled out injured now so hey maybe maria won't have to play a match to win the tournament :D

Andy.
Mar 24th, 2006, 10:33 PM
PENNETTA has pulled out injured now so hey maybe maria won't have to play a match to win the tournament :D

I can just see GM complaining already

Dan23
Mar 25th, 2006, 01:30 AM
Maria still has Kirilenko and Myskina to watch out for :)

Shoulderpova
Mar 25th, 2006, 04:02 AM
any result before semis would be disappointing :)

Porcupine
Mar 25th, 2006, 10:22 AM
PENNETTA has pulled out injured now so hey maybe maria won't have to play a match to win the tournament :D
Honestly, I don't hope so. ;) Ev'rybody will say her win is fluke. :o Beating a tough opponent in the final to steal the trophy sounds much more cooler. :drool:
Still, it's funny :lol:

msharafan
Mar 25th, 2006, 10:28 AM
oh my god i take it everyone new the whole lucky 13 thing except for me! aw well, lol!

Maria Croft
Mar 25th, 2006, 01:20 PM
Good luck Maria!

morningglory
Mar 25th, 2006, 02:42 PM
Maria plays tonight! Good luck MARIA!!!! :yeah: :armed:

msharafan
Mar 25th, 2006, 06:41 PM
yeah good luck masha! and kim lost the first set 7-5 to jill craybas but won the second 6-3, it sounds to me that kim has yet to get over her injury or else is a little rusty, maybe too rusty for masha? well lets hope so this is good news,
and remember...
lets go masha!!!
LETS GO!!!

msharafan
Mar 25th, 2006, 07:26 PM
kim is out! masha for the title now!
and remember...
lets go masha!!!
LETS GO!!!

Edward.
Mar 25th, 2006, 07:47 PM
Maria has a brilliant chance of winning this tournament now.

Natasc
Mar 25th, 2006, 07:50 PM
kim is out! masha for the title now!
and remember...
lets go masha!!!
LETS GO!!!
holly crap!!
Henin, Kim, Schiavone

I can already smell another Masha final ;)

but lets take it easy
once that all the seeds are going...lets pray for that not happen with Masha!! :yeah:

johnoo
Mar 25th, 2006, 07:51 PM
kim is out! masha for the title now!
and remember...
lets go masha!!!
LETS GO!!!
well you changed your tune,you pull me up for saying masha is playing as good or better than anyone else and now your saying masha for the title now! before she even plays a match. :rolleyes:

msharafan
Mar 25th, 2006, 07:57 PM
well im optimistic more now cause kim is out if she was healthy she would have caused trouble for maria. sorry johnoo you seem to hate me so whatever i said im sorry! lol

morningglory
Mar 25th, 2006, 07:58 PM
:lol: Kim out.
the stars are aligning for Maria...
Not that Maria couldn't win it by herself, of course, but we take all the help we can get :lol:

shadowsecret
Mar 25th, 2006, 08:06 PM
:lol: Kim out.
the stars are aligning for Maria...
Not that Maria couldn't win it by herself, of course, but we take all the help we can get :lol:

haha i agree! i also agree with johnoo, she hasn't even started her first match! so please don't get too over excited..just take it one match at a time ;)

johnoo
Mar 25th, 2006, 08:39 PM
well im optimistic more now cause kim is out if she was healthy she would have caused trouble for maria. sorry johnoo you seem to hate me so whatever i said im sorry! lol
I don't hate you msharafan but your sure as hell not helping in the GM board,please just have a little think before you post because the haters thrive on your posts.

Natasc
Mar 25th, 2006, 08:42 PM
I don't hate you msharafan but your sure as hell not helping in the GM board,please just have a little think before you post because the haters thrive on your posts.
I must agree with John....
take care on what u post there

cause all that they want is a litle reason...a tiny tiny one for start the bash....

Summer Snow
Mar 25th, 2006, 08:44 PM
I can't wait to see Mari play! Good luck to her! I am not a fan, but I am not a hater! I love her game, she's good! :D

Steve-o
Mar 25th, 2006, 08:56 PM
:lol: @ the bitching in here.

The draw is really opening up for Maria, hopefully she will get off to a good start tonight :)

Summer Snow
Mar 25th, 2006, 09:02 PM
Indeed it has! She has a great opportunity to win this! I wish her the best of luck! :D I hope I get to se eher play Mskina :hearts: It's magic when they play :hug:

nelsondan
Mar 25th, 2006, 09:04 PM
I can't wait to see Mari play! Good luck to her! I am not a fan, but I am not a hater! I love her game, she's good! :D

"I am not a fan"

How does that (not) happen? You are a stronger man than I.

johnoo
Mar 25th, 2006, 09:05 PM
:lol: @ the bitching in here.

The draw is really opening up for Maria, hopefully she will get off to a good start tonight :)

yeah I think we forgot its marias board and not GM :wavey:

Natasc
Mar 25th, 2006, 09:08 PM
Indeed it has! She has a great opportunity to win this! I wish her the best of luck! :D I hope I get to se eher play Mskina :hearts: It's magic when they play :hug:
yeah its really magic...the amount of "bad words" (loads of fu*&)
I still remenber YEC time...OMG :lol:

msharafan
Mar 25th, 2006, 09:35 PM
thanks maybe i should take youre advice but that whole thread they misinterperd because i forgot to quote somone i meant maria will take care of hingis like before not mauresmo, sorry masha fans ive let you down! but not all my posts are about maria!

The_Pov
Mar 25th, 2006, 09:40 PM
I'm only taking one match at a time, but now I can't help but get a little excited, I know now though if Maria wins here haters will slate it as an easy win. Before it was "Maria has only a tier III under her belt" Then it was "Maria only won Indian wells because non of the top players were playing." You can never please them.

msharafan
Mar 25th, 2006, 09:47 PM
yeah how do i get a picture beside my name like u all have thanx.

Natasc
Mar 25th, 2006, 10:12 PM
I'm only taking one match at a time, but now I can't help but get a little excited, I know now though if Maria wins here haters will slate it as an easy win. Before it was "Maria has only a tier III under her belt" Then it was "Maria only won Indian wells because non of the top players were playing." You can never please them.
yeah exactly
truth is that never will be enought for them
so do like Frank (Sinatra) said once: "let it snow, let it snow, let it snow" ;) :lol:

its really what I do :lol: :D

yeah how do i get a picture beside my name like u all have thanx.
is just u go for the first 2 thread in the SIBERIAN SIREN, the first 2 ones with important advice and take a look about how u do


p.s. sorry guys about some types mystakes but I just fuc*& my finger and I cant really type right.....but I cant stop to try typing :lol:

Vaidisova
Mar 25th, 2006, 11:45 PM
I'm excited to see Maria tonight and in a new outfit! :cool:

All the other players I like are out so it'd be nice to see Maria take the title now. :)

Vaidisova
Mar 26th, 2006, 01:26 AM
Routine win for Maria today. She was serving really well in the first set.

Great fight to comeback after being down in the 2nd set.

She plays again tomorrow!

Andy.
Mar 26th, 2006, 01:29 AM
Yeah Masha played pretty well and really stormed home after being down 41 in the second. This was a good solid start against a tough opponent. Well done Masha. She will play Maria Elena Camerin in the next round tomorow.

Natasc
Mar 26th, 2006, 01:29 AM
Routine win for Maria today. She was serving really well in the first set.

Great fight to comeback after being down in the 2nd set.

She plays again tomorrow!
yeah
not an upset by the russians today ;)

tennisvulture
Mar 26th, 2006, 01:46 AM
this was solid, but way off masha's standards. i know we cant expect her to give it 100% percent during each match she plays, but it would be highly appreciated if any of you could explain whethere Li raised her game tramendeously or masha had a slowdown at the beginning of that second set? anyhow, i expect her to cruise through her opponent in the next round. it is time to settle the score.

Dan23
Mar 26th, 2006, 01:47 AM
well done Masha...had to fight back in the 2nd set :cool:

meggz_star
Mar 26th, 2006, 01:50 AM
Great win by Maria :woohoo: She really put up a fight in the 2nd after being down 4-1. That just shows you how much of a fighter Maria is and the desire she has to go out there and win not matter what situation she's in.

morningglory
Mar 26th, 2006, 02:03 AM
nice fight back, but in latter rounds Maria can't afford those lapses...
Rest now, Maria!

Porcupine
Mar 26th, 2006, 02:18 AM
Good work Maria keep winning :bounce:

msharafan
Mar 26th, 2006, 02:41 AM
anyone know if the one scheduled match eurosport are showing will it be marias?

Shoulderpova
Mar 26th, 2006, 03:40 AM
:bounce:

Maria Croft
Mar 26th, 2006, 07:42 AM
well im optimistic more now cause kim is out if she was healthy she would have caused trouble for maria. sorry johnoo you seem to hate me so whatever i said im sorry! lol


I think you are very obnoxious, Maria obsessed and you are giving the GM a wrong view on how Maria fans are, and I don't like that :o

Maria Croft
Mar 26th, 2006, 07:43 AM
Congrats Maria!

gsm
Mar 26th, 2006, 08:07 AM
time for payback, camerin leads 1-0

http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/PlayerHeadToHeadDetail.asp?PlayerID=30462&Player1ID=310137

lol

morningglory
Mar 26th, 2006, 08:22 AM
I think you are very obnoxious, Maria obsessed and you are giving the GM a wrong view on how Maria fans are, and I don't like that :o
teenage girls... :lol:

shadowsecret
Mar 26th, 2006, 08:49 AM
I think you are very obnoxious, Maria obsessed and you are giving the GM a wrong view on how Maria fans are, and I don't like that :o

i agree..it gives the rest of us a bad name

~lollipop_girl~
Mar 26th, 2006, 08:50 AM
Masha scared the crap out of me when it was 1-4 in the second after I just read about all the seeds falling... Thank god she kicked back into gear and pulled it off in two! :yeah:

shadowsecret
Mar 26th, 2006, 08:52 AM
good luck in the next round maria!

The_Pov
Mar 26th, 2006, 09:42 AM
Well done and good luck in the next round Maria.

msharafan
Mar 26th, 2006, 09:56 AM
oh thanks everyone! well im sorry for being a maria fan then! all i do in the gm is stick up for maria who is always getting slated by tennisjay and marshmallow, but yet theyve convinced you to hate me! well thanks for youre loyal support!

Steve-o
Mar 26th, 2006, 10:09 AM
Well done Maria :woohoo: tough fight in the second set. Time to square up the H2H with Camerin...

Edward.
Mar 26th, 2006, 10:11 AM
Well done Maria, especially to finish it in 2, after going down.

Next round should be routine too.

TeaMMashA
Mar 26th, 2006, 10:45 AM
Well done, Good luck for next round, impressed with her 2nd set fight back

TeaMMashA
Mar 26th, 2006, 10:46 AM
oh thanks everyone! well im sorry for being a maria fan then! all i do in the gm is stick up for maria who is always getting slated by tennisjay and marshmallow, but yet theyve convinced you to hate me! well thanks for youre loyal support!

there a way to deal with things and it aint swearing at them getting irrate

Maria Croft
Mar 26th, 2006, 11:28 AM
Good luck Maria!

mashafan25
Mar 26th, 2006, 11:33 AM
Well done Masha! Best of luck tomorrow! :) :hearts:

TennisPlayingFox
Mar 26th, 2006, 11:38 AM
Very nice Maria! Good luck today against Camerin!

mashafan25
Mar 26th, 2006, 11:39 AM
Can you tell me what is this word: GM ? I don't understand this abridgement.

TeaMMashA
Mar 26th, 2006, 11:40 AM
General Messages

mashafan25
Mar 26th, 2006, 12:01 PM
General Messages
Thank you! :)

johnoo
Mar 26th, 2006, 12:30 PM
oh thanks everyone! well im sorry for being a maria fan then! all i do in the gm is stick up for maria who is always getting slated by tennisjay and marshmallow, but yet theyve convinced you to hate me! well thanks for youre loyal support!

msharafan have you ever considered that the two you have mentioned are just waiting for a willing victim like you to have there fun,tennisjay and marshmallow don't care about maria either way they only want to create trouble and a flame war,to do that they need a willing victim(i.e you :D ) they will more pissed off if you don't respond.

Dan23
Mar 26th, 2006, 12:42 PM
dont get too worried msharafan, no-one hates you, youve just gotta think about it before feeding the wildlife in the GM. there are others who are the same but everyone learns eventually, its no big issue except for the fact we've been repairing our rep to a good level since the mighty Flame Wars of July 2004 where these scars were created and hating on Maria was 10x worse than now :lol: ;)

johnoo
Mar 26th, 2006, 12:57 PM
dont get too worried msharafan, no-one hates you, youve just gotta think about it before feeding the wildlife in the GM. there are others who are the same but everyone learns eventually, its no big issue except for the fact we've been repairing our rep to a good level since the mighty Flame Wars of July 2004 where these scars were created and hating on Maria was 10x worse than now :lol: ;)

what even worse than the YEC 2004? I was'nt a member then but I did read the board and there was some pretty awful stuff wrote then.

Natasc
Mar 26th, 2006, 12:58 PM
dont get too worried msharafan, no-one hates you, youve just gotta think about it before feeding the wildlife in the GM. there are others who are the same but everyone learns eventually, its no big issue except for the fact we've been repairing our rep to a good level since the mighty Flame Wars of July 2004 where these scars were created and hating on Maria was 10x worse than now :lol: ;)
exactly :haha:
Im always worried about giving u guys good repu
once I know what can happen with a Maria fan (90% of my bad repus are cause of Masha :lol: )

and I juts need to thank u for all the good repu that u gave me!!

Andy.
Mar 26th, 2006, 01:00 PM
what even worse than the YEC 2004? I was'nt a member then but I did read the board and there was some pretty awful stuff wrote then.

2004 was a bad year full stop and Wimbledon just really took the hate to a whole new level the YEC escelated it even more, im really happy no with how GM is getting people are respecting and liking her a lot more and defending her which is good and i think some of that would have to do with the respect we show other posters and their favs.

Edward.
Mar 26th, 2006, 01:09 PM
msharafan have you ever considered that the two you have mentioned are just waiting for a willing victim like you to have there fun,tennisjay and marshmallow don't care about maria either way they only want to create trouble and a flame war,to do that they need a willing victim(i.e you :D ) they will more pissed off if you don't respond.

You're dead right.

Msharafan, Tennisgay and Marshmallow only provoke Maria fans to react. By doing so, you are satisfying their need for attention. You wouldn't want to think they are laughing at you would you?

Ignoring them will piss them off even more. And then hopefully one of them will cross the line and get banned. (Although, considering the shitty moderating on this site, thats unlikely to happen).

Ignore. Them.

Steve-o
Mar 26th, 2006, 01:17 PM
Agree 100% Ed :yeah:

Dan23
Mar 26th, 2006, 01:22 PM
what even worse than the YEC 2004? I was'nt a member then but I did read the board and there was some pretty awful stuff wrote then.yea the YEC 04 was Flame War II. The original and biggest was after wimby though. The only people supporting Maria in the GM then were her fans who dared to venture in. It was common to be in 4 or 5 arguements at once :lol: the disappointing thing was how people resorted to name calling and pretty bad comments...but as Andrew said its better these days...most sensible people have a level of respect for Masha.

Maria never got the protection in the GM that some other players get....there were many vocal haters over time and tennisjay and marshy are the new generation. notice how fonsito (who was skindeep before) got banned pretty quick but he was saying nothing worse than the others.

Edward.
Mar 26th, 2006, 01:30 PM
notice how fonsito (who was skindeep before) got banned pretty quick but he was saying nothing worse than the others.

Urgh. The moderating on this site fucking sickens me.

I'd love to go on the bug/error reporting forum and ask why the moderators on this site are so fucking useless, toothless and pointless.

But they'd probably ban me or something. :retard:

msharafan
Mar 26th, 2006, 01:54 PM
yeah ok i promise to take your advice now, good thing i wasnt around in 2004! ill ignore then, thanks for youre support, greatly appreciated
and remember...
lets go masha!!!
LETS GO!!!

Natasc
Mar 26th, 2006, 02:24 PM
yea the YEC 04 was Flame War II. The original and biggest was after wimby though. The only people supporting Maria in the GM then were her fans who dared to venture in. It was common to be in 4 or 5 arguements at once :lol: the disappointing thing was how people resorted to name calling and pretty bad comments...but as Andrew said its better these days...most sensible people have a level of respect for Masha.

Maria never got the protection in the GM that some other players get....there were many vocal haters over time and tennisjay and marshy are the new generation. notice how fonsito (who was skindeep before) got banned pretty quick but he was saying nothing worse than the others.
really, fonsito was so funny!!
damn moderators!!

yesterday I said that they kinda like that all fight
and one said to me: "Its just that we are not following this everytime"
so...excuse but it's not now that u (moderators) should make others moderators??

and btw, how u got someone to be ban??
'cause I had reported as bad post thounsands of time Marsh and Tennis_ay and nothing really happens

About Maria problem in gm is kinda simple, she's pretty, young, rich, famous, blonde and she's got some talent
it's kinda hard for peoples take that

was easy with Anna, she was pretty but no tallent
and most of the n1 are ugly....it's always hard for we to find peoples "pretty and smart"
and when that happens they have a really tought life
My friend is like that, she's gorgeus and damn smart....poor girl, what she got from hatters was "uncountable" (this word probably doesnt exist, but I guess that u following thet meaning)

so that happens....but I dont blame Mash (and I forgot the rets of the nicK :lol: ) it's really hard for we to hear something bad about someone that we really like and be with our mouth shut
I really try.... but sometimes I cant control
so....guys, Im gonna tell u all a secret.... I bad repu tennisjay with that:
"GO FUC*& YOURSELF UR ASSHOLE!!"

it really made me feel a lot better!! :lol:
I said sorry at the beggining for what I was going to say and i said..... sorry guys!!
but mostly Im well behaved in GM...i think so :scratch:

bellascarlett
Mar 26th, 2006, 05:04 PM
yea the YEC 04 was Flame War II. The original and biggest was after wimby though. The only people supporting Maria in the GM then were her fans who dared to venture in. It was common to be in 4 or 5 arguements at once :lol: the disappointing thing was how people resorted to name calling and pretty bad comments...but as Andrew said its better these days...most sensible people have a level of respect for Masha.

Omg really? that bad? yikes good thing I wasnt around back then. i reported tennisjay's posts again yesterday but i dont expect the mods to do anything about him soom. :rolleyes:

Maria never got the protection in the GM that some other players get....there were many vocal haters over time and tennisjay and marshy are the new generation. notice how fonsito (who was skindeep before) got banned pretty quick but he was saying nothing worse than the others.

EXACTLY! fonsito/skindeep has gotten banned like thrice in a month ( :tape: :o ) while tennisjay and marshmallow have been going at it for more than fonsito has. :o :rolleyes: I actually wonder if these mods are biased against maria and like the fact that others criticize her unjustly. but mention insults against i dunno Hingis or the WS, and someone gets banned.

but yeah msharafan, i would advise you against starting threads about Maria in gm...especially when it's asking people what they think of maria's chances of winning a certain match and you going on to say she'll win against all odds. what you're doing isn't entirely wrong but given the circumstances, that's just luring haters and potential arguments. just talk about maria's matches here in her forum as much as possible.

bellascarlett
Mar 26th, 2006, 05:08 PM
Anyway, back to more exciting things....Good luck today Maria! :bigclap:

msharafan
Mar 26th, 2006, 07:31 PM
but yeah msharafan, i would advise you against starting threads about Maria in gm...especially when it's asking people what they think of maria's chances of winning a certain match and you going on to say she'll win against all odds. what you're doing isn't entirely wrong but given the circumstances, that's just luring haters and potential arguments. just talk about maria's matches here in her forum as much as possible.

ok i will, i already said sorry in one of the threads to all tennis fans i might have insulted, anyway i cant wait for masha match tonight! good luck masha!
and remember...
lets go masha!!!
LETS GO!!!

morningglory
Mar 26th, 2006, 07:40 PM
Maria's match is up next... Davydenko has "upset" :devil: the Bagman (why do people find him hot? I think he looks like a hairy werewolf)

msharafan
Mar 26th, 2006, 07:46 PM
umm i think hes not good looking too but i suppose hes not too bad, masha's on court according to the live scores but my sis is taking the computer off me so ive no live scores, well i suppose ive homework to do! lol good luck masha!
and remember...
lets go masha!!!
LETS GO!!!

The_Pov
Mar 26th, 2006, 09:39 PM
Well done Maria, that was a tough 2nd set but she pulled through, 6-2 7-6(2)

Maria Croft
Mar 26th, 2006, 09:40 PM
scared the shit out of me lol, scoreboard frozen at 2-0 and I look back after a while and all of a sudden it’s 6-5 AD Camerin, looks like I underestimated her, looks like Maria isn’t playing her best but she fought through it, hope she was just having a bad day and she isn’t injured or anything

johnoo
Mar 26th, 2006, 09:45 PM
whats up with this 2nd set poor starting,thats the last 3 matches,whats she trying to do see how much of a start she can give them before she wins it :D

Maria Croft
Mar 26th, 2006, 09:50 PM
I read in the GM that she saved 8 set points!? :eek:

johnoo
Mar 26th, 2006, 09:55 PM
I read in the GM that she saved 8 set points!? :eek:
yep,I'm just glad shes though because theres odd things going on at this tournament :rolleyes:

msharafan
Mar 26th, 2006, 09:58 PM
did masha play badly then? i heard her forehand wasnt doing well, shell need to pick it up against kirilenko, is masha playing tommorow or will she get a day off?

Maria Croft
Mar 26th, 2006, 10:00 PM
yep,I'm just glad shes though because theres odd things going on at this tournament :rolleyes:


yeah Miami is very creepy this year :lol:

so did anyone see this match, why was it so tough in the second?

By the way, amazing fight from Maria to win it in two :hearts:

Steve-o
Mar 26th, 2006, 10:01 PM
*mops brow*...Maria scared the crap out of me in the second set but again showed amazing fight to come back from 5-2 down. :worship:

match stats
1st Serve 71%
Aces 5
Double Faults 2
Winning % - 1st Serve Pts. 34 of 50 = 68%
Winning % - 2nd Serve Pts. 9 of 20 = 45%
Winners (including service) 23
Unforced Errors 38
Break Point Conversions 4 of 7 = 57%
Net Approaches 9 of 11 = 82%
Fastest Match Serve Speed 109.0 MPH
Average Match Serve Speed 101.3

morningglory
Mar 26th, 2006, 10:06 PM
even though Maria was never in danger of losing the match (since she didn't lose any sets) but that gave me a heart attack there....
Let's hope she hits the practice courts tomorrow and fixes her errors...

nelsondan
Mar 26th, 2006, 10:06 PM
I watched it. I thought Maria was impressive in coming back from 2-5 and saving 8 set points. It was a good practice at bearing down under extreme pressure, which will serve her well in the future. It is good for her mental game.

Many players would just relax too much, kind of conceding the set to save their energy for the last set. Maria fought back, can put this behind her and get a little rest.

meggz_star
Mar 26th, 2006, 10:07 PM
Good job by Maria :woohoo: She gave me quite a scare in the 2nd set, saving 8 sp :scared: Let's hope she can pick it up in time for her next match

msharafan
Mar 26th, 2006, 10:13 PM
any interviews?

Maria Croft
Mar 26th, 2006, 10:17 PM
Hope that Maria does what she does most of the time when she plays a bad match, play a great match in the next round :yeah:

But I have a feeling the match against Kirilenko is going to be very tough, 3 set match does seem very likely

mashafan25
Mar 26th, 2006, 10:25 PM
Well done Masha! Wow, what a great fight.That was awesome. She's a great fighter, I love her fighting spirit! Good luck against Makiri! :) :hearts:

Teemu
Mar 26th, 2006, 10:26 PM
Great fight Maria! Only saw the final scoreline, but it looks like it was "close" in the 2nd to say the least. :) Glad she's through. Get some rest Masha.
Best of Luck for the next match!

Andy.
Mar 26th, 2006, 10:55 PM
Well it wasnt an impressive win by any means but a win is a win and what did impress me was her huge fight back and mental toughness. She always steps it up when she needs to and she will have to do that in the next round. Good luck Masha

Natasc
Mar 26th, 2006, 10:57 PM
interview:


M. SHARAPOVA/M. Camerin
6‑2, 7‑6
An interview with:


MARIA SHARAPOVA


THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. What could you say about the match?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I didn't really feel great out there today. You know, I started off well and things were going my way and all of a sudden, you know, just made a lot of unforced errors, especially with the wind. All my balls were floating out.

Couldn't quite get the feel out there or the rhythm, so, you know, moving was difficult for some reason. Maybe because I played ‑‑ went to sleep a little bit late so was a little bit lousy on the court.

But she hit some great shots. She hit the ball very deep and hard and she played like she had nothing to lose. You know, it's kind of dangerous when you play those opponents that don't have anything to lose and go for their shots.

I fought for it. I did a good job of fighting at the end. When the day's not great, when you feel like you're not playing your best tennis, I still know that I can fight it out, and that's how I win most ‑‑ a lot of my matches.

Q. What time did you get back and were able to go to sleep?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Probably like at 12.

Q. What time did you have to get up and get back here to get ready?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I got up at 8 or something like that.

Q. So how do you prepare for such a quick turnaround?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, you don't really prepare, you just have to go with the flow. You know, you have to make sure you eat well, late and early. You don't really have an appetite, but you somehow have to create one.

You know, that's really important, the food intake and a good night's rest. Sometimes it's difficult coming off a night match to sleep well, but that's, you know, very important to be ready for the next match.

Q. What would you say about the HawkEye, the challenge?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: What can I say about it, it's interesting. I think it's, in a way, great. I also think that a lot of balls, you know, are a little bit ‑‑ you know, they're out and you know they're out but they're close. I think the fans just want to see for entertainment. They start booing and they want to hear the entertainment, they want to see it on the screen. Sometimes it gets a little too much because you know the ball was out or you know the ball was in, you're not going to challenge it but they kind of try to force you into it.

But that's the fans and that's the entertainment part of it. But, you know, we had to expect that.

Q. The numbers show that the player challenges have not been particularly successful, especially the women's side. Any thoughts on that?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: You know, we have the challenges and if we feel like we need to use them, then why not? You know, if we have the opportunity. Yesterday, I used two of them and they were later in the set where, you know, I still have two and I haven't used them, you know, just to see.

But, you know, I don't ‑‑ if you have the opportunity and you feel like you want to use it, you know, we're not doing something illegal.

Q. You just wanted to test it out? You didn't think the balls you questioned ‑‑

MARIA SHARAPOVA: One of them I wanted to know and one of them I wasn't sure and I asked the umpire if it was far long. She couldn't give me a definite answer. I said why not, it was in the second set, I think. It turned out to be a pretty big out, but she didn't really ‑‑ you know, that's the thing, I want to still find out if I can ask her "did she see it very long?" If she did, there's no point in asking. But if it was really close and she doesn't really know, then I would challenge it.

Q. Do you like it or not like it so far?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I like it. I think it makes the match a lot more closer, more intriguing and more fun.

Q. Will it be hard playing a friend?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, it's always hard playing a friend, you know. We've played a few times in the past. Last time was not a good experience for me. I was injured in Beijing and she was playing great tennis.

So, you know, she's a great athlete. She can definitely play the game. And, you know, like I said, it's always tough playing a friend, but that's tennis. You know, you're gonna play your buddies once in a while.

Q. She got up pretty big early in that second set. She was up 5‑2. You were down 40‑Love, I think it was.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Uh‑hmm.

Q. Mentally, how did you get yourself back to be able to win that third point?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I just tried to get another ball back, make her force the error. She's up 40‑Love, serving for it so, you know, she wants to close it out. It's in her hands, you know. I just try to get another ball back and, I mean, on 40‑30 I hit a lefty shot that kind of floated up in the air. I mean, it was a pretty good shot. She missed a swinging volley. I think she kind of lost her confidence from then on.

Q. Haven't won many of those left‑handed shots, have you?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I haven't?

Q. No.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Uhm, I have ‑‑ it has saved me a lot in my career.

Q. Yeah?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, definitely.

Q. I haven't seen you win many of those.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, no, I've...

I remember I've won a lot. Some balls where I feel I can't reach with the two‑handed backhand, that's when I do it. Obviously, I don't have that much power from that side, but that's the only chance I've got. So I remember I hit some great, great ones at Wimbledon last year and the year before, but no.

Dan23
Mar 26th, 2006, 11:42 PM
Good fight back and win....a lefty shot on one of the SP's too :hehehe: :rocker:
38 UFE's will need to be fixed against Maria K

morningglory
Mar 27th, 2006, 02:55 AM
shit, Maria has to play tomorrow too? Why don't they give her a rest... geez... :retard:

Dan23
Mar 27th, 2006, 03:01 AM
Yea they have squashed it up a bit....I would think there'll be a day off before the QF because the 4R is on Monday and they have until Saturday for the QF and SF's

~lollipop_girl~
Mar 27th, 2006, 04:24 AM
Great net point stats!!!! :yeah:
Lovely fight and now I am relying on Maria to go far so I don't completely hate this tournament!!!! Good luck babe!!!! ;)

Maria Croft
Mar 27th, 2006, 08:26 AM
It sucks that she has to play again today

Teemu
Mar 27th, 2006, 10:46 AM
Looks like they're going to show the meeting of the two Masha's live on Eurosport. Have to clear my schedule for tonight and be ready for some (hopefully) great tennis. I wish she'd have a day off, but what can you do. I believe she'll be ready for it.
Best of Luck, Maria S!

xan
Mar 27th, 2006, 12:46 PM
A win for maria in a tough match, but she faces sterner opposition now.

All Russians.

bellascarlett
Mar 27th, 2006, 01:15 PM
Good luck today Maria! :bigclap:

Maria Croft
Mar 27th, 2006, 01:37 PM
Good luck Maria!

TeaMMashA
Mar 27th, 2006, 01:40 PM
Good Luck Maria(S)!! I like Kirilenko but Maria(S) has more of a chance to win this!!! I think its on TV too so im really excited for this one!

msharafan
Mar 27th, 2006, 02:50 PM
eurosport better be showing it or ill be very mad! good luck maria s!
and remember...
lets go masha!!!
LETS GO!!! (thats big masha by the way! lol)

xan
Mar 27th, 2006, 03:14 PM
You're dead right.

Msharafan, Tennisgay and Marshmallow only provoke Maria fans to react. By doing so, you are satisfying their need for attention. You wouldn't want to think they are laughing at you would you?

Ignoring them will piss them off even more. And then hopefully one of them will cross the line and get banned. (Although, considering the shitty moderating on this site, thats unlikely to happen).

Ignore. Them.

Sometimes ignoring obvious trolls is the right strategy, but at other times it does no good at all.

Many of them are willing to put down dozens of hate threads with jibes, insults, demeaning pictures etc, and just keep them going, cheering each other on. That sort of thing is only stopped by confronting them.

At the moment Maria-bashers are fewer on GM, but that doesn't mean a lot of them aren't just lying fallow for a while. If they think its safe to emerge, they will do.

xan
Mar 27th, 2006, 03:14 PM
Anyway, Maria has a tough match today. But she's done very well so far.

johnoo
Mar 27th, 2006, 03:49 PM
eurosport better be showing it or ill be very mad! good luck maria s!
and remember...
lets go masha!!!
LETS GO!!! (thats big masha by the way! lol)
eurosport are showing the match live 7pm GMT.

TeaMMashA
Mar 27th, 2006, 03:53 PM
:)

TeaMMashA
Mar 27th, 2006, 03:53 PM
Yes its on Eurosport everywhere!

morningglory
Mar 27th, 2006, 05:42 PM
this does not look good... Maria's errors.... she might lose this match if she doesn't step it up...

morningglory
Mar 27th, 2006, 05:42 PM
do not falter, Maria S, YOU CAN STILL WIN! :armed:

Martyś
Mar 27th, 2006, 05:45 PM
She is playing horrible right now. I'm frustrated. So easy balls in the net ...

shadowsecret
Mar 27th, 2006, 05:55 PM
sucks.. she just lost the first set

morningglory
Mar 27th, 2006, 06:01 PM
do not falter, Maria S, YOU CAN STILL WIN! :armed:
*sigh* maybe you can't :retard:
Anyway at least take this to 3 please...

shadowsecret
Mar 27th, 2006, 06:43 PM
is she playing THAT bad?

morningglory
Mar 27th, 2006, 06:55 PM
1set all... :armed: Good going!
Keep fighting, Maria! The best players can win even if not at their best... that's what separates them from the rest! You are a top player, Maria! SHOW IT! :armed:

shadowsecret
Mar 27th, 2006, 07:05 PM
yes let's go maria!

morningglory
Mar 27th, 2006, 07:36 PM
Maria pulls through with a breadstick in the 3rd :yeah: :armed:
Heart stopper when she failed to serve out the 2nd, but all's well ends well
WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEW :o

The_Pov
Mar 27th, 2006, 07:36 PM
Well done Maria good win ~ 3-6 6-4 6-1. Shame she had to knock Makiri out, but at least Makiri took a set off of her.

johnoo
Mar 27th, 2006, 07:39 PM
well thats what I love about maria never gives up and finds a way to win even though she did'nt play well.

shadowsecret
Mar 27th, 2006, 07:46 PM
i love how she does that! the whole fighting spirit thing is still the best thing abt her.. :) we can all breathe easier now haha

Steve-o
Mar 27th, 2006, 07:50 PM
Yeah, that's what I love about Maria the most, she's such a great fighter.

Maria was so scratchy in sets 1 and 2 but she somehow toughed it out and started to flow in the 3rd. :cool:

johnoo
Mar 27th, 2006, 07:53 PM
we can all breathe easier now haha
I kinda hate watching maria cause I get so bloody nervous :D BTW if anyone has not seen the match I can upload it tomorrow.

shadowsecret
Mar 27th, 2006, 07:54 PM
good for you guys with coverage.. i had to depend on the livescore which i think can cause occasional heart attacks haha

shadowsecret
Mar 27th, 2006, 07:56 PM
I kinda hate watching maria cause I get so bloody nervous :D BTW if anyone has not seen the match I can upload it tomorrow.

how abt just the second and third set? ;) hehe thanks!!

Maria Croft
Mar 27th, 2006, 08:03 PM
I saw the whole match, didn’t even zap away once ( I must be going crazy :eek: ) the first set Maria played rubbish tennis, Kirilenko was playing good tennis by the way, 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 to 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! so relieved, she really had to fight for it :)


Funny thing is they both questioned some calls but were always wrong lol

Steve-o
Mar 27th, 2006, 08:11 PM
Funny thing is they both questioned some calls but were always wrong lol

Yeah, I thought Big Masha was right to challenge on a couple of them but they weren't even close :o

Teemu
Mar 27th, 2006, 09:32 PM
Heh. I was pulling my hair off by the root after the first set, Maria played so sloppy and seemed to make errors just for the heck of it, but I should have known by now that she'll fight to the end and make it. Kirilenko played well in the beginning, very smart, but just couldn't keep it up. I don't know about the quality, but there sure was enough excitement for me.
Should always grab a few beers just for the nerves, or else these close matches will be the death of me. Naah, it's all good fun. :)

Best of Luck for the Quarterfinal, Maria! :bounce: :kiss:
Get some rest now. :) I know I will.

shadowsecret
Mar 27th, 2006, 09:52 PM
ooh i think myskina is next up for her :)

meggz_star
Mar 27th, 2006, 09:56 PM
Great job by Maria :woohoo: even after playing three days straight. Looks like she will face Myskina next

Andy.
Mar 27th, 2006, 10:11 PM
Masha fought hard and really round her form in the second half of that match which is great to see. Well done Masha and good luck for the rest of the tournament, this match should set her up nicely for another All Russian battle against Myskina. That is going to be a tough match and one that im slightly worried about

Maria Croft
Mar 27th, 2006, 10:21 PM
I doubt Myskina will be tough, she's a good player and finding her form again and they have their history together, that could create an interesting match, but I don't see her beating Maria, even tough Maria isn't playing her best this tournament judging her past results she should be to much for Myskina right now, but they are both Russians and fighters, so it I wouldn't be surprised if it really would be a very tough match, it’s tennis after all lol

The_Pov
Mar 27th, 2006, 10:35 PM
I can see her match against Myskina being a sloppy one (like her matches against Petrova) but Maria will (hopefully) find a way to win.

Maria Croft
Mar 27th, 2006, 10:43 PM
Tomorrow she will finally have a day to rest!

Natasc
Mar 27th, 2006, 10:43 PM
great vic by Maria, but I really wanna talk about something else here

a friend of mine has been called of "****" (I dont know what that means but he seems pretty obssessed with that word) for one of Maria fans
besides other (bad) things

So guys, lets try to keep the behave under control!!
he seems really upset...I was really trying to make he likes Maria, but with that kinda of behave I cant really blame him, can I??

I still remenber first time I came for WTAworld
I hated Maria...'cause of her fans
and I must say that is really hard dont mix up fans + players and take a position
so I saw her vs Myskina in YEC, and I started to know a litle bit more about her...and then the love came out!! :hearts:

but guys, we should be better in gm...I mean not all, but a few
'cause make new haters is not what we want
and doestn matter how bad someone there bash Maria
we cant never say something bad like he (or she) did
cause that will just make us like them
and we are better

So, I dont really care about who mess up with my friend, thats a advice for all
Lets try to chill guys!!


p.s. I dont really mean to hurt anyone, just putting out my opnion...

morningglory
Mar 27th, 2006, 10:57 PM
Anya is a headcase... if Maria holds her nerve, she'll win ;)

Natasc
Mar 27th, 2006, 11:02 PM
Anya is a headcase... if Maria holds her nerve, she'll win ;)
she arguing with Yuri was unbelievible :haha:
I was like: "Sorry, but she did just said what I thought she did now??" :haha:

Dan23
Mar 27th, 2006, 11:23 PM
Good win Masha :yeah:

Dan23
Mar 27th, 2006, 11:40 PM
What was their handshake like after the match?
Friendly? Any hug or kiss? :cool:

mashafan25
Mar 27th, 2006, 11:44 PM
great vic by Maria, but I really wanna talk about something else here

a friend of mine has been called of "****" (I dont know what that means but he seems pretty obssessed with that word) for one of Maria fans
besides other (bad) things

So guys, lets try to keep the behave under control!!
he seems really upset...I was really trying to make he likes Maria, but with that kinda of behave I cant really blame him, can I??

I still remenber first time I came for WTAworld
I hated Maria...'cause of her fans
and I must say that is really hard dont mix up fans + players and take a position
so I saw her vs Myskina in YEC, and I started to know a litle bit more about her...and then the love came out!! :hearts:

but guys, we should be better in gm...I mean not all, but a few
'cause make new haters is not what we want
and doestn matter how bad someone there bash Maria
we cant never say something bad like he (or she) did
cause that will just make us like them
and we are better

So, I dont really care about who mess up with my friend, thats a advice for all
Lets try to chill guys!!


p.s. I dont really mean to hurt anyone, just putting out my opnion...
Oh Nat! I have read this, and IMO you are a very very nice girl. :wavey:

Natasc
Mar 27th, 2006, 11:54 PM
What was their handshake like after the match?
Friendly? Any hug or kiss? :cool:
yeah, they kissed each other for make the male part of the crowd happy :lol:
Im getting fed up with Haas here against fed so my sense of humour gets weird :lol:
Sorry Dan :p

but really guys, no one got any vids of headlights from any Maria miami match??

Oh Nat! I have read this, and IMO you are a very very nice girl. :wavey:
thanks u :hug:
I do my best :lol: :p

mashafan25
Mar 28th, 2006, 12:19 AM
Have anyone fresh interviews after todays Masha match against Little Masha? :)

mashafan25
Mar 28th, 2006, 12:20 AM
Dear Nat, is that you in your avatar? :)

Natasc
Mar 28th, 2006, 12:36 AM
Have anyone fresh interviews after todays Masha match against Little Masha? :)
Im really trying to find out
but till now NOTHING
weird 'cause they never take so long.... :scratch:

Dear Nat, is that you in your avatar? :)
nops :lol:
It's Emma Watson (Hermione Granger from Harry Potter)
I love the actress and the movie ;)

mashafan25
Mar 28th, 2006, 01:01 AM
nops :lol:
It's Emma Watson (Hermione Granger from Harry Potter)
I love the actress and the movie ;)
Me too! :)

Dan23
Mar 28th, 2006, 01:02 AM
ahh I was wondering who it was :lol: now I remember her

Dan23
Mar 28th, 2006, 01:04 AM
yeah, they kissed each other for make the male part of the crowd happy :lol:
Im getting fed up with Haas here against fed so my sense of humour gets weird :lol:
Sorry Dan :p
thats good to hear :cool:
I was worried that Maria getting worked up might annoy Masha K...but it happens both ways and its what needs to be done, im sure both girls realise that. Maria seems to take a while to get going against Maria K...maybe it is for that reason :cool:

msharafan
Mar 28th, 2006, 05:53 AM
thank god maria pulled through that match, i was soo nervous by the time the match was finished i had a migraine and had to go to bed. maria played terrible for the first set and a half and then picked it up a bit at the end of the second set to win it. i was still very nervous though going in to the third but maria went back to her old confident self with more come ons and fist pumps. maria then won the next few crucial games and at 5-1 40-15 i was hooray but we had a last minute scare when lil masha hit some brill shots to get a couple of break points but credit to big masha although she couldnt get the first serve in at match point she did manage it when she went back to deuce or had break point. well done to big masha but she play terrible for a while and im worried to say that myskina is starting to play much better and will be looking for a breakthrough win, which shell be confident enough to get off sharapova in her recent form. maria will really need to step it up somehow and hopfully the wind which seemed to effect big masha a lot in her last match will be low and maria can just step up to her next level and stay there. good luck masha!
and remember...
lets go masha!!!
LETS GO!!!

Shoulderpova
Mar 28th, 2006, 06:01 AM
Go Masha :)

Shoulderpova
Mar 28th, 2006, 06:04 AM
so LenaD lost, she has to get at least to final :mad::fiery:

Porcupine
Mar 28th, 2006, 03:14 PM
nops :lol:
It's Emma Watson (Hermione Granger from Harry Potter)
I love the actress and the movie ;)
Me like Emma and the film too :) Waiting for the Order of the Phoenix :worship:

so LenaD lost, she has to get at least to final :mad::fiery:
I want so, but first she has to beat Nastya :boxing:
http://quickfound.net/images/sports/wta_2006/myskina_lansdorp_sharapova_portrait_at_net_myskina _with_prince_racket_289x200.jpg
Only one of this two girls can continue going...

morningglory
Mar 28th, 2006, 06:05 PM
don't worry... Kirilenko is a much better player than Anya right now.
Maria'll take the next match in 2 sets after a good day's rest.

morningglory
Mar 28th, 2006, 06:06 PM
why do some of you sound really scared of Anya anyway? She hasn't won a big tourney in... forever...

Shoulderpova
Mar 28th, 2006, 06:24 PM
don't worry... Kirilenko is a much better player than Anya right now.
Maria'll take the next match in 2 sets after a good day's rest.
why do you call Anastasia Myskina Anya? :confused:
Anya is short form of Anna, not Anastasia :devil:

morningglory
Mar 28th, 2006, 06:26 PM
why do you call Anastasia Myskina Anya? :confused:
Anya is short form of Anna, not Anastasia :devil:
simply because Anya is easier to type than Nastya, and she reminds me of a character in Diablo II : Expansion named Anya :p

Steve-o
Mar 28th, 2006, 06:54 PM
why do some of you sound really scared of Anya anyway? She hasn't won a big tourney in... forever...

I'm not worried :p Myskina is a shadow of the player she was a couple of years ago and even if Maria continues her patchy Miami form into this match, I don't really see Myskina being able to take advantage of it.

Natasc
Mar 28th, 2006, 07:02 PM
Me like Emma and the film too :) Waiting for the Order of the Phoenix :worship:
yeah me too
the movie alredy started to be recorded
I Was hearing that Dan was having some issues with the scene of his kiss with Cho :lol:
everybody wanna see that scene, but seems that he was with some issue problem and the scene had to be put for another day :lol:
I think that is for next year the movie right, so the last book
I cant imagine a last book :sad:
My life without Harry Potter wont be the same.....

anyway, I love Emma's job and thats why I put her in my avie!!

about Maria...ow come on!!
U must win that!!
cause if u winn I will be able to see u!!
COME ON MASHA!!

and hey guys, take a look at this, I thought funny:

Q. I noticed that your brother was watching the women's match.

JAMES BLAKE: They got shorter skirts, you know (laughter). I probably would have, too.

No, it's good to have him in the crowd, but I know where he's getting his paycheck from this week. He's been hitting with Kirilenko all week, all the time at Indian Wells. He's been helping her out. It was too bad she couldn't get through.

But he's, you know, doing his job, and now I guess he gets a break from that so he'll probably be back in the box with my match. Unfortunately, the schedulers didn't know that so they had us both at the same time.

johnoo
Mar 28th, 2006, 08:45 PM
I don't suppose anyone knows if maria is playing early or late tomorrow,british eurosport are scheduled to show a live match at 6pm GMT or ES2 commentary free at 1am GMT thursday.

Dan23
Mar 28th, 2006, 11:50 PM
Maria vs Nastya is the night session match on Wednesday starting at 1900 local time :cool:

morningglory
Mar 29th, 2006, 01:38 AM
which means our Maria has more time to rest, and she'll know exactly when her match starts... good! :D

msharafan
Mar 29th, 2006, 06:03 AM
yeah good luck masha!
and remember...
lets go masha!!!
LETS GO!!!

morningglory
Mar 29th, 2006, 06:10 AM
:lol: I hope Maria backs my words up after the entire shebang I spat out on GM :p :lol:
Most likely she will, Myskina is nothing to fear :lol:
All Maria has to do is to play her best and not get careless, be patient, and keep the pressure on Anya (usually this does not apply to the underdog, but these two have a past and hate losing to each other), who is one of WTA's prized headcases. :lol:
Maybe Maria can throw in some "Come On's" on her winners too, fluster Anya some more, and have her Dad scream all match. Anya will have a mental breakdown :lol: :devil:

that said, Maria can win easily without such tactics :angel:

bellascarlett
Mar 29th, 2006, 07:14 AM
she arguing with Yuri was unbelievible :haha:
I was like: "Sorry, but she did just said what I thought she did now??" :haha:
nat, what did nastya say and do? I havent seen that yec match.

bellascarlett
Mar 29th, 2006, 07:34 AM
Maria seems to take a while to get going against Maria K...

tell me about it...a set and a half... :rolleyes: :o :lol: she made me so nervous (sorry for the late posts you guys). worst of all, you knew she was losing because of her own sloppy play. kirilenko was good but not good enough if maria only kept herself solid all throughout the match especially that first set. oh well...

and regarding kirilenko getting annoyed by maria getting herself pumped up. it actually took a while before maria was fist pumping and shouting cmons on a consistent basis. it could very well be because she was playing a friend that maria was slightly toning it down (at least that's how i saw it). it was only after the first set that she started to really get into the match and let herself go with the celebrations after winning points. and when the match was on the line in the third, it seemed like all notions of friendship finally left maria and she was back to her normal fighter self on the court. it was quite funny to watch how maria progressed throughout the match. i guess i can laugh about it now coz she won. :lol:

anyway, i doubt kirilenko got annoyed and there should really be no reason to. im sure she knows maria is just naturally competitive on court but i guess you never know. but yeah i believe it was maria who initiated the kiss at the net which was good of her to do to you know eliminate the tension right away. it was just a game afterall, nothing personal.

has the postmatch interview been posted? coz i could post it if it hasnt been.

anyway, on to the next match...well i just hope and pray maria seriously steps it up big time against nastya. it's just weird that she's not playing that great considering her IW win two weeks ago. i really dont know if she was affected in any way by the upsets in the beginning of the tourny.

bellascarlett
Mar 29th, 2006, 07:38 AM
i dunno where to ask this...ive always wondered though - did maria ever have a WTA player mentor? and who was it? does anyone know? i always forget to ask this.

Dan23
Mar 29th, 2006, 07:40 AM
Yea Maria's interview has been posted :cool:

I would have thought Maria would have started quietly for that reason but she needs to be intense to get herself through situations like that. The same thing happened in LA the first time. Some ppl were suggesting that Maria was 'showing up' Masha K by deliberatly fist pumping at her face which I found very, very hard to believe.

This QF is going to be a good one....good luck Masha :yeah:

bellascarlett
Mar 29th, 2006, 07:53 AM
Some ppl were suggesting that Maria was 'showing up' Masha K by deliberatly fist pumping at her face which I found very, very hard to believe.


where? in gm?

maria never acted any different then she does in her other matches. if anything, i found it weird that she was very low-key in the first set. but understandable i guess coz first she was playing a friend and second she was losing :tape:. at least she managed to pull herself together after the first set.

come to think of it, she wasnt as in your face in her celebrations as you would come to expect from her when in a tough battle. no really loud crazy cmons :lol: as far as i can remember. except for that huge scream in the end, she was lacking in intensity by her own standards lol.

Maria Croft
Mar 29th, 2006, 08:52 AM
Yea Maria's interview has been posted :cool:

I would have thought Maria would have started quietly for that reason but she needs to be intense to get herself through situations like that. The same thing happened in LA the first time. Some ppl were suggesting that Maria was 'showing up' Masha K by deliberatly fist pumping at her face which I found very, very hard to believe.

This QF is going to be a good one....good luck Masha :yeah:

Lol, no way, not even once, not even close, compared to other matches she was very modest :)

Dan23
Mar 29th, 2006, 09:50 AM
Yea just as I thought, thanks Bella and Jakim :yeah:
The suggestions came from a couple of guys in Maria K's forum. I havent see the whole match yet but I know Maria would tone it down and that can affect her intensity.

Maria Croft
Mar 29th, 2006, 10:09 AM
Good luck today Maria!

Porcupine
Mar 29th, 2006, 11:24 AM
why do some of you sound really scared of Anya anyway? She hasn't won a big tourney in... forever...
Nah, I don't scare of Nastya, I just try to down-to-earth, cos the match will be unpredicable and who knows what can happen :o But I believe Maria will finish Nastya in 2 set :devil: Maria needs to do her best. ;)
The only thing I'm sure is there'll be at least a Russian in the semi lol

yeah me too
the movie alredy started to be recorded
I Was hearing that Dan was having some issues with the scene of his kiss with Cho
everybody wanna see that scene, but seems that he was with some issue problem and the scene had to be put for another day :lol:
I think that is for next year the movie right, so the last book
I cant imagine a last book
My life without Harry Potter wont be the same..... :sad:

anyway, I love Emma's job and thats why I put her in my avie!!
Yeah I read that before :lol: Dan is gonna be fine, don't think I like watching that scene cos I quite, you know, don't like Katie Leung :mad:
Last book...last book....you make me wanna cry :crying2: . Hope Mrs. Jo continue writting Harry :sad:
Really sorry you all for my spam :sobbing:

johnoo
Mar 29th, 2006, 01:23 PM
which means our Maria has more time to rest, and she'll know exactly when her match starts... good! :D
I have mixed views on this,first off means I cant watch it live plus its on ES2 so that means scrolling newsbar on capture.

xan
Mar 29th, 2006, 03:15 PM
I'm sure Maria was affected by playing Kirilenko. Although she was fistpumping and "come on" - ing in the final set, she still didn't have that steely "look" in her eye which she has when she's playing other players.

As for Kirilenko, she and Masha go into matches with the same attitude - play to win. There was no quarter given by either on court. They both understand that. remenber also that Kirilenko took both Lindsay and Mauresmo to three sets in past months.

Tonight's match could be tough. Her opponent is always motivated against other Russians. However Maria is a better player now than in 2004. If she plays well she should have too much for her fellow Russian.

TeaMMashA
Mar 29th, 2006, 04:50 PM
With my 1000th post!! :bounce: :) :bounce: :woohoo: :aparty: I wish Maria the best of luck for her match tonight against Nastya! Go Masha! Do me proud! i got $100 vmoney on this one tonight!

shadowsecret
Mar 29th, 2006, 04:54 PM
good luck maria!! i'll be ..............

cheering with the help of livescore
(I hate StarSports)

Il Primo!
Mar 29th, 2006, 05:55 PM
I'm very stressed about the match between Maria and nastya..I have bad feelings about Mairia :unsure: Although I love Myskina too,I think it will be very benefic for Maria to win this tourney,especially by beating Momo in final. And who knows,it will may give her lots of confidence for the clay season... Figer crossed for Maria and wait and see. C'mon Maria :yeah:

mashafan25
Mar 29th, 2006, 06:37 PM
Let's go Masha, go to the semis! :) :hearts:

bellascarlett
Mar 29th, 2006, 07:34 PM
i dunno where to ask this...ive always wondered though - did maria ever have a WTA player mentor? and who was it? does anyone know? i always forget to ask this.

nobody answered. does anyone know who maria's wta mentor was? in another site, someone mentioned it had been mary joe fernandez but wasnt sure.

Steve-o
Mar 29th, 2006, 07:43 PM
nobody answered. does anyone know who maria's wta mentor was? in another site, someone mentioned it had been mary joe fernandez but wasnt sure.

Hey Bella, I think you're right with mary joe ;)

http://www.wtatour.com/global/includes/TrackIt.asp?file=/global/pdfs/shared/pd/pairs_alumni.pdf

morningglory
Mar 29th, 2006, 09:10 PM
it seems we're going to have the support of Venus fans tonight, comrades. Maria is playing to keep Venus in the top 10 ;) :lol:
YAY!

Andy.
Mar 29th, 2006, 09:22 PM
Hey Bella, I think you're right with mary joe ;)

http://www.wtatour.com/global/includes/TrackIt.asp?file=/global/pdfs/shared/pd/pairs_alumni.pdf

Well she is very complementative of is a big supporter of Masha so i wouldnt be suprised if it was her.

Shoulderpova
Mar 30th, 2006, 12:09 AM
Maria is crushing Nastya :awww:
Next up for her is Golovin. GO MASHA. GIVE HER A GOOD THRASHING :bounce: :bounce:

Natasc
Mar 30th, 2006, 12:37 AM
YEAY!!
No will see maria on my tv!!
No words baby!! Great victory
Once and again I can always count with u to see in my tv ;)

morningglory
Mar 30th, 2006, 12:40 AM
:lol: what will Marshy say now? ;)
GREAT FIGHTING MARIA! :yeah: very clever to exploit her weak serve.
3 and 3 solid as a rock! never was behind or in danger of losing :yeah:
Well done. I praise you!

shadowsecret
Mar 30th, 2006, 12:42 AM
yeah! on to the semis~
(i love night matches for her hehe)

Teemu
Mar 30th, 2006, 12:42 AM
Congratulations Masha! :)
Did it in two sets like I hoped. Can't wait to see it later today. Much more relaxed when I know the outcome. :D
Best of Luck for the Semifinal, Maria! :bounce:

The_Pov
Mar 30th, 2006, 12:45 AM
Well done Maria, that was a good solid win.

Good luck against Tati.

meggz_star
Mar 30th, 2006, 12:50 AM
Great job by Maria in two sets :woohoo: Next up is Golovin in the semis :hehehe:

waratahsrock
Mar 30th, 2006, 12:52 AM
Good stuff Maria :yeah:

All the best for the Semi!

mashafan25
Mar 30th, 2006, 12:54 AM
I didn't saw the match, but well done Masha! Nice solid win! Best of luck in the semis! :hearts: :woohoo: :yippee: