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Maria Croft
May 5th, 2006, 09:53 AM
Maria's first clay Tournament of the year and her only clay tournament before Roland Garros.
It's also her first tournament in over a month.
And she also has only just recoverd from a minor injury that could be dangerous on clay.
Not no mention the extremely tough draw if you look at the entry list, a lot of great players are playing in Rome.


So enough to look forward too and get nervous about in the next two weeks :D


Entry List:

1. Amelie MAURESMO (FRA)
2. Maria SHARAPOVA (RUS)
3. Mary PIERCE (FRA)
4. Nadia PETROVA (RUS)
5. Elena DEMENTIEVA (RUS)
6. Patty SCHNYDER (SUI)
7. Svetlana KUZNETSOVA (RUS)
8. Venus WILLIAMS (USA)
9. Anastasia MYSKINA (RUS)
10. Francesca SCHIAVONE (ITA)
11. Nicole VAIDISOVA (CZE)
12. Daniela HANTUCHOVA (SVK)
13. Anna-Lena GROENEFELD (GER)
14. Elena LIKHOVTSEVA (RUS)
15. Ana IVANOVIC (SCG)
16. Flavia PENNETTA (ITA)
17. Dinara SAFINA (RUS)
18. Tatiana GOLOVIN (FRA)
19. Ai SUGIYAMA (JPN)
20. Maria KIRILENKO (RUS)
21. Alicia MOLIK (AUS)
22. Nathalie DECHY (FRA)
23. Martina HINGIS (SUI)
24. Anabel MEDINA GARRIGUES (ESP)
25. Jelena JANKOVIC (SCG)
26. Klara KOUKALOVA (CZE)
27. Katarina SREBOTNIK (SLO)
28. Gisela DULKO (ARG)
29. Sofia ARVIDSSON (SWE)
30. Anna CHAKVETADZE (RUS)
31. Lucie SAFAROVA (CZE)
32. Kveta PESCHKE (CZE)
33. Shahar PEER (ISR)
34. Marta DOMACHOWSKA (POL)
35. Roberta VINCI (ITA)
36. Sania MIRZA (IND)
37. Mara SANTANGELO (ITA)
38. Iveta BENESOVA (CZE)
39. Anna SMASHNOVA (ISR)
40. Virgine RAZZANO (FRA)
41. Vera ZVONAREVA (RUS)
42. Catalina CASTANO (COL)
43. Nuria LLAGOSTERA VIVES (ESP)
44. Jill CRAYBAS (USA)
45. Kim CLIJSTER (BEL)
46. Maria Elena CAMERIN (ITA)
47. Tathiana GARBIN (ITA)


Past Results:

Rome 2004
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d130/mariacroft/rome0412.jpg

1R beat
Tatiana Perebiynis
6-4 7-5

2R beat
Elena Dementieva
6-1 6-4

3R lost
Silvia Farina-Elia
6-7 0-6

Rome 2005
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d130/mariacroft/rome0566.jpg

1R Bye

2R beat
Anabel Medina Garrigues
6-4 6-2

3R beat
Mary Pierce
7-6 6-4

QF beat
Elena Bovina
6-2 6-2

SF
lost Patty Schnyder
6-3 3-6 1-6


So you see Maria has had some very good result here in the past :yeah:

Davai Maria :worship:

TeaMMashA
May 5th, 2006, 10:14 AM
Good Luck To Maria. I just hope the ankle is only a minor knock because it could be difficult for her as it is her first clay tournament. Possibly the worst surface for Twists etc.

~lollipop_girl~
May 5th, 2006, 11:03 AM
Oh yes, that is right... Maria plays tennis! :D
It has been sooo long I almost forgot! :p
Thank god she will be back on the court soon!

Sharapova's_Boy
May 5th, 2006, 11:51 AM
Good luck Maria, hope the injury isn't as serious. :crying2:

usatoffeefan
May 5th, 2006, 11:53 AM
davai... that means go in russian right? well yes GO MASHA

Maria Croft
May 5th, 2006, 12:47 PM
davai... that means go in russian right? well yes GO MASHA


It means C'mon :) ( I think so at least :lol: )

furrykitten
May 5th, 2006, 12:57 PM
Good luck Maria

Martyś
May 5th, 2006, 04:32 PM
Good luck Maria :p

It is going to be good, I'm telling you.

mashafan25
May 5th, 2006, 05:15 PM
Best of luck Masha in Rome!! :hearts: C'mon,Davai,and Vamos!!! :)

Steve-o
May 5th, 2006, 07:21 PM
haha, I was wondering when this thread might appear, nice work Jakim ;)

With any luck the ankle won't bother her too much :) . Despite the stellar field, hopefully Maria can go deep into this tourney and repeat or better her excellent performance in Rome last year. :cool:

Martyś
May 5th, 2006, 07:25 PM
I feel that Maria has a surprise for us :p Hopefully, I'm right.

I can't wait. So excited with this tourney and I don't now why.

msharafan
May 5th, 2006, 07:55 PM
i know its probably because after dubai indian wells and miami were all expecting great things from maria, and also the fact that she hasnt played in what feels like ages! anyway bring on rome it starts next wek right?

usatoffeefan
May 5th, 2006, 08:18 PM
yep! on monday! i cant wait! they'll actually show this thing on tv here!

Maria Croft
May 5th, 2006, 08:54 PM
No it doesn't, it starts on May the 15th, still a week to go ;)

Poova
May 5th, 2006, 09:48 PM
Tough draw! GOOD LUCK MARIA! :D

johnoo
May 5th, 2006, 10:36 PM
yep! on monday! i cant wait! they'll actually show this thing on tv here!
just had a look at eurosports coverage and its amazing,take wed 17th for example http://www.eurosport.co.uk/tvschedule_clng2_day12.shtml
ES1 12midday-5.00pm
ES2 12midday-3.30 pm and 5.15pm-7.00pm then 7.30pm till 10pm
damn thats a lot of coverage and I hope I can find out the night before which matches ES1/2 are showing as they have double coverage from 12 midday and I would hate to miss capturing marias matches.

Tennisballova
May 5th, 2006, 11:02 PM
Tough draw! GOOD LUCK MARIA! :D
Yeah, strong field! It's gonna be exciting!

shadowsecret
May 6th, 2006, 07:17 AM
hey guys! long time no see.. my comp has been crazy lately but all is fine now (thank god) anyway good luck maria! we've missed seeing you play!! hopefully she gets a "not too bad" draw :)

Dan23
May 6th, 2006, 09:48 AM
should have beat schnyder last year too :p

go Masha...

Andy.
May 6th, 2006, 12:40 PM
I hope she will be OK to play, she should be

mashafan25
May 6th, 2006, 05:17 PM
I hope the best, but I'm not happy, because Clijsters just the 45th in the entry list, and she's more dangerous, she's in good form now, but I hope if Masha will play with her earlier then the quarters or semis, Masha will win! Can't wait until may 15, and wish her the best of luck,and I hope she can play well then last year or better and I just dream about that she will win Rome and RG :) :hearts:

Maria Croft
May 6th, 2006, 07:46 PM
I hope the best, but I'm not happy, because Clijsters just the 45th in the entry list, and she's more dangerous, she's in good form now, but I hope if Masha will play with her earlier then the quarters or semis, Masha will win! Can't wait until may 15, and wish her the best of luck,and I hope she can play well then last year or better and I just dream about that she will win Rome and RG :) :hearts:

She will still be seeded 2

santhuruu
May 7th, 2006, 01:23 PM
Maria Sharapova did very well in the last two years here in Rome, so I wouldn't be surprised if she'd do better than before. It would be great to see a Venus vs. Sharapova match in Rome

Maria Croft
May 7th, 2006, 03:11 PM
Maria Sharapova did very well in the last two years here in Rome, so I wouldn't be surprised if she'd do better than before. It would be great to see a Venus vs. Sharapova match in Rome


Yeah, I would love to see them play against each other again :)

Сузи
May 7th, 2006, 03:58 PM
Good luck Masha! :)

santhuruu
May 8th, 2006, 06:10 AM
Yeah, I would love to see them play against each other again :)

Yeah I think it's could be a classic match. Since both can hit hard on clay and I love to see some Sharapova's drop shots because some of them were very good in Rome. And I think it will be quite funny if she says insteed of come on, that she is going to say VAMOS!!! I think there would be great rallies to between them.

Maria Croft
May 8th, 2006, 08:23 AM
Yeah I think it's could be a classic match. Since both can hit hard on clay and I love to see some Sharapova's drop shots because some of them were very good in Rome. And I think it will be quite funny if she says insteed of come on, that she is going to say VAMOS!!! I think there would be great rallies to between them.


yeah that would be one exciting match! power vs. power on clay :yeah:

I think I would be too nervous to watch that one :lol:

usatoffeefan
May 8th, 2006, 11:50 AM
wait... still another week? oh man... im getting ahead of myself here arent i? grrrrrr...

jacobruiz
May 8th, 2006, 01:21 PM
I think Maria can get some good results on clay and I am really looking forward to a Maria/Venus match-up!

Has she been able to practise (or is she planning to practice) in Spain at Juan Carlos's academy this year?

Dan23
May 8th, 2006, 02:40 PM
Im pretty sure Maria was heading over there again mate.
She'd be over there now I think, assuming the foot injury is all good to go now.

The_Pov
May 8th, 2006, 03:06 PM
Rome 2004
1R beat
Tatiana Perebiynis
6-4 7-5

2R beat
Elena Dementieva
6-1 6-4

3R lost
Silvia Farina-Elia
6-7 0-6

Rome 2005

1R Bye

2R beat
Anabel Medina Garrigues
6-4 6-2

3R beat
Mary Pierce
7-6 6-4

QF beat
Elena Bovina
6-2 6-2

SF
lost Patty Schnyder
6-3 3-6 1-6




Why do people think that Maria is rubbish on clay, yes it's her worst surface but her results are great on it...The only reason why Maria hasn't won a title on clay is because she hardly plays on it.

morningglory
May 8th, 2006, 03:42 PM
Anyone knows when Maria's gonna be in Rome?

myxomatosis
May 8th, 2006, 04:01 PM
Why do people think that Maria is rubbish on clay, yes it's her worst surface but her results are great on it...The only reason why Maria hasn't won a title on clay is because she hardly plays on it.She's not as bad as some people would make her out to be, but her movement and balance aren't up there with the Big Guns on the clay, and that makes a big difference on this surface. That's why she doesn't win titles. That still doesn't explain why she's not playing Berlin right now. The more she plays on clay, that more comfortable she will be on the surface, which bodes well for future improvement and titles.

Dan23
May 9th, 2006, 12:22 AM
Why do people think that Maria is rubbish on clay, yes it's her worst surface but her results are great on it...The only reason why Maria hasn't won a title on clay is because she hardly plays on it.
agreed, taking a look at those results along with her other clay tournaments, shows some quality wins...Maria is still a top 10 player on clay. The value of Maria's game is downplayed, but she always said she enjoys it and with the improvements in her speed and agility she can only get better with age :cool: In some ways I like having Maria underestimated by the greater part, she will surprise.

WIMBLY2004
May 9th, 2006, 12:59 AM
Just want to point out a fact that Maria beat the runner-up of RG of the same year everytime she played in Rome, will this happen again this year? :p

Rome 2004
2R beat Elena Dementieva 6-1 6-4

Rome 2005
3R beat Mary Pierce 7-6 6-4

Dan23
May 9th, 2006, 01:56 AM
Just want to point out a fact that Maria beat the runner-up of RG of the same year everytime she played in Rome, will this happen again this year? :p

Rome 2004
2R beat Elena Dementieva 6-1 6-4

Rome 2005
3R beat Mary Pierce 7-6 6-4
another fact: this same runner-up also became the runner-up at the USO in the same year as well :lol:

msharafan
May 9th, 2006, 06:35 AM
yeah very valid point ive been trying to tell everyone on gm that maria has a chance of winning the french open, i mean they made a poll for who would win the french with pierce on it and maria not! and pierce has been injured for months!

Maria Croft
May 9th, 2006, 07:46 AM
Sorry guys, I don't see Maria winning RG, or Rome for that matter, it has nothing to do with underestimating her, it has something to do with the fact that there are some amazing clay players out there, Maria can't handle that yet, maybe in a few years, but she hasn't played enough on clay for that experience.

But I would love to be proven wrong by Maria lol

Dan23
May 9th, 2006, 07:57 AM
Sorry guys, I don't see Maria winning RG, or Rome for that matter, it has nothing to do with underestimating her, it has something to do with the fact that there are some amazing clay players out there, Maria can't handle that yet, maybe in a few years, but she hasn't played enough on clay for that experience.

But I would love to be proven wrong by Maria lol
No-one said flatout that Maria will win Rome/RG but were saying that she is a little underestimated. Shes shown in the past that the ability to beat very good clay players is there....and she aint going backwards. :cool:

lakan kildap
May 9th, 2006, 09:16 AM
She's not as bad as some people would make her out to be, but her movement and balance aren't up there with the Big Guns on the clay, and that makes a big difference on this surface. That's why she doesn't win titles. That still doesn't explain why she's not playing Berlin right now. The more she plays on clay, that more comfortable she will be on the surface, which bodes well for future improvement and titles.

Well, Maria's too much of a Bill O'Reilly fan (the "NO SPIN" zone, see?) to be really good on clay. She doesn't slide very well, either.

shadowsecret
May 9th, 2006, 09:20 AM
well i know rome is not over yet but speaking of french open, i hope she doesn't give me a scare like last year in the first round.. i was practically jumping out of my seat!

Andy.
May 9th, 2006, 09:39 AM
well i know rome is not over yet but speaking of french open, i hope she doesn't give me a scare like last year in the first round.. i was practically jumping out of my seat!
Yeah i remember i was co hosting a sports radio show at UNI and i was talking Tennis and the French Open and i had started just after Masha lost the first set so i was really nervous all the way thru the show.

shadowsecret
May 9th, 2006, 11:55 AM
Yeah i remember i was co hosting a sports radio show at UNI and i was talking Tennis and the French Open and i had started just after Masha lost the first set so i was really nervous all the way thru the show.

haha i wouldn't wanna be you that day.. it was REALLY nervewrecking to watch imagine having to talk about it haha so cool you get to host a sports radio show! but i bet everyone listening to you knows who you're supporting that day.. haha bias! :p

Maria Croft
May 9th, 2006, 01:01 PM
Well, Maria's too much of a Bill O'Reilly fan (the "NO SPIN" zone, see?) to be really good on clay. She doesn't slide very well, either.


she doesn't slide no, but she does have some nice top spin shots :)

Dan23
May 9th, 2006, 01:03 PM
I was watching that match too and they kept changing to another court for a couple of games :o :fiery: that was a really tough win

msharafan
May 9th, 2006, 06:07 PM
anyone have a video of it ?

Steve-o
May 9th, 2006, 06:34 PM
she doesn't slide no, but she does have some nice top spin shots :)

She's definitely getting more spin on her shots since the racquet change IMO, don't know if it's just coincidence.

Sorry guys, I don't see Maria winning RG, or Rome for that matter, it has nothing to do with underestimating her, it has something to do with the fact that there are some amazing clay players out there, Maria can't handle that yet, maybe in a few years, but she hasn't played enough on clay for that experience.

But I would love to be proven wrong by Maria lol

I totally agree, there are a few players on tour that have a distinct advantage over Maria on clay at the moment. Still a bit green in terms of court craft on clay I think, but that will come.

Andy.
May 13th, 2006, 11:54 AM
Here is the main draw


(1) Amelie Mauresmo - Bye
Jill Craybas - Anabel Medina Garrigues
Catalina Castano - Gisela Dulko
Q - (15) Flavia Pennetta

(12) Nicole Vaidisova - Emma Laine
Martina Hingis - Q
Mara Santangelo - Maria Kirilenko
Bye - (8) Francesca Schiavone

(4) Nadia Petrova - Bye
Katarina Srebotnik - Alicia Molik (SR)
Nathalie Dechy - Tathiana Garbin (WC)
Jelena Jankovic - (14) Elena Likhovtseva

(9) Venus Williams - Q
Lucie Safarova - Kveta Peschke
Klara Koukalova - Vera Dushevina
Bye - (6) Patty Schnyder

---------------------------------------

(7) Svetlana Kuznetsova - Bye
Anna Smashnova - Ai Sugiyama
Sofia Arvidsson - Roberta Vinci
Q - (10) Anastasia Myskina

(13) Daniela Hantuchova - Samantha Stosur
Q - Q
Vera Zvonareva - Shahar Peer
Bye - (3) Maria Sharapova

(5) Elena Dementieva - Bye
Lourdes Dominguez Lino - Shuai Peng
Aiko Nakamura - Marta Domachowska
Virginie Razzano - (11) Anna-Lena Groenefeld

(16) Dinara Safina - Q
Maria Elena Camerin (WC) - Nathalie Vierin (WC)
Anna Chakvetadze - Q
(2) Kim Clijsters - Bye

Its very tough and Masha will be tested right from the start and she will have to be in good form, Kuzzie will be tough in the quarters and there are some tough players all around her so it will be a tough first week back at the office for Masha

shadowsecret
May 13th, 2006, 01:06 PM
thanks for the draw~!

Maria Croft
May 13th, 2006, 02:22 PM
Peer in the second round is extremely tough, I was hoping she would get an easier second round, but no luck, that match could turn out to be a three set match, the third round looks a little easier, and from there on it's gonna be like a grand slam, it's very tough this year.

Good luck Maria!

Porcupine
May 13th, 2006, 03:21 PM
Well I won't be able to post here till June 18th so good luck in the clay season Maria!
Just keep winning, just keep winning winning winning :singer:

Teemu
May 13th, 2006, 06:15 PM
Best of Luck, Maria! :)

Steve-o
May 13th, 2006, 07:06 PM
Tough draw but kinda expected it to be. If it's Peer then that really is a tough opener. Should make the quarters to meet Sveta though:help:

Go Masha!! :bounce:

daniela86
May 13th, 2006, 08:18 PM
Quite tough draw indeed.I think Masha's first match will be a nice test as both Zvonareva and Peer are good clay players.Peer is about to win Prague and has treaten Masha in the past (she took her a set in Beijng last year) and Zvonareva played a close set against Petrova last week.It should be very interesting.Then as Summon said, it should be easier against Danka but one match at time.Best of luck Masha,do your best :rocker: :rocker2: I'm sooo happy to finally see her play again :bounce: :bounce:

myxomatosis
May 13th, 2006, 10:07 PM
Peer in the second round is extremely tough, I was hoping she would get an easier second round, but no luck, that match could turn out to be a three set match, the third round looks a little easier, and from there on it's gonna be like a grand slam, it's very tough this year.
After waiting so long for Maria to be back in action, she may not last very long into the week... :lol:

Go Maria! :D

Martyś
May 14th, 2006, 09:46 AM
This draw is very tough for Maria. Probably very good playing Shahar in second round, then Stosur, Sveta and Kimmi ... Hopefully she will get to 1/4 :scared: and try to fight with Kuzzy.

Good luck, she will need it :p

Maria Croft
May 14th, 2006, 06:01 PM
I'm really worried, Peer just won Prague, unless she is tired next week in Rome she is gonna be very tough to beat

Hope Maria is ready for her :)

Steve-o
May 14th, 2006, 06:35 PM
Time to get worried for a different reason. Maria has pulled out of Rome due to the foot injury :hysteric: Maybe it's worse than we thought :sad:

msharafan
May 14th, 2006, 06:36 PM
what maria has pulled out of rome?

Steve-o
May 14th, 2006, 06:40 PM
yeah, replaced in the draw by Dechy
Momo's out too
http://www.wtatour.com/global/includes/TrackIt.asp?file=/global/Pdfs/events/2006/rome_draws.pdf

shadowsecret
May 14th, 2006, 06:42 PM
i hope it's just for precaution and she's thinking long term.. wouldn't want to jeopardise her chances at RG and Wimbledon.. i always believe she wouldn't pull out of tournaments unless she really have to. but no match play/preparation on clay is not exactly great either.. :(

msharafan
May 14th, 2006, 06:47 PM
maybe she saw the draw and thought seen as though she hasnt played in ages and considering how tough the draw is not to take a chance on risking further injury. poor maria its just injury after injury! anyway do you think shesll play istanbul, i know she doesnt like to play the week before a slam but going into rg with no clay practise is very dodgy, maria is heading into dangerous territory... but hopfully shell enter into istanbul, what do you think?

shadowsecret
May 14th, 2006, 06:51 PM
maybe she saw the draw and thought seen as though she hasnt played in ages and considering how tough the draw is not to take a chance on risking further injury. poor maria its just injury after injury! anyway do you think shesll play istanbul, i know she doesnt like to play the week before a slam but going into rg with no clay practise is very dodgy, maria is heading into dangerous territory... but hopfully shell enter into istanbul, what do you think?

tell me you did NOT just type that. haha sorry my fellow maria fan, but i'm just shock you will even think she would think that.. i just think that if she's injured, she shouldn't play cause even if she attempt to play, it'll affect her in a long run. i kinda like her formula of not playing the week before any grand slam.. but i admit she DOES need some kind of preparation/match play..

Teemu
May 14th, 2006, 06:57 PM
maybe she saw the draw and thought seen as though she hasnt played in ages and considering how tough the draw is not to take a chance on risking further injury. poor maria its just injury after injury! anyway do you think shesll play istanbul, i know she doesnt like to play the week before a slam but going into rg with no clay practise is very dodgy, maria is heading into dangerous territory... but hopfully shell enter into istanbul, what do you think?

I think she just doesn't want to risk further injury so close to RG. It has nothing to do with the draw, thats why she practices and plays tennis, to face the challenges. It's not like she was sitting on her hands during the break from competitive matches.
It's really a shame. Just when she's finally gotten rid of that shoulder injury. I doubt this is anything that will bother her for long though. Atleast I really, really hope so.

Get well soon Maria! :hug:

TeaMMashA
May 14th, 2006, 07:43 PM
I was really looking forward to seeing her play so im a little dissapointed but if its best for her then im happy. Hopefully there will be an update doesnt seem too bad the other day them heels were huge

Edward.
May 14th, 2006, 07:52 PM
I've been saying it for a while, but she needs to cut down on all this promotional IMG crap.

She got injured because of that exhibition, and now she is missing out on the events that count.

She needs to put her tennis before anything else.

shadowsecret
May 14th, 2006, 07:56 PM
but she got injured while practising for the exhibition so even if there's no exhibition, don't you think it'll still just be she was hurt during training? but let's not overeact, it could just be for precaution since someone in GM saw her training and apparently in good condition.. but maybe it's just not good enough for match play

Steve-o
May 14th, 2006, 08:01 PM
She got injured because of that exhibition, and now she is missing out on the events that count.

yeah, I thought the same when Maria pulled out, it's an unfortunate circumstance really.

She needs to put her tennis before anything else.

I'm sure Maria does, she has always struck me as being totally professional.

TeaMMashA
May 14th, 2006, 08:14 PM
She doesnt practice for an exhibiton she would just be practising in general as thats what professional sportswo/em do so i dotn think its nothing to do with that it cant be too bad like i said those heels she was wearing the other day were huge

Maria Croft
May 14th, 2006, 08:37 PM
I'm crushed :sad:

It's been so long since she played, and she was playing such good tennis too, and now she is injured again, I hope that she is just taking a precaution for Roland Garros and Wimbledon.

And I agree with TeamMasha, she needs to train anyway, so it's no point blaming the exhibition.

But I wonder how injured she really is, she was doing promotion on high heels, it can't be that bad then, I think she doesn't want to take any risks?

I hope that's the reason because I'm very disappointed she doesn't play this week.

shadowsecret
May 14th, 2006, 08:46 PM
summon, i think it's just for precaution cause like someone in GM said, he/she saw maria practising and appears to be in good condition.. but maybe not exactly fully fit for a match play

Maria Croft
May 14th, 2006, 08:50 PM
But now she has to go into another slam without any match play, to make it worse it's on clay.

All I can hope is that she is healthy again and injury free and ready for Roland Garros :)

shadowsecret
May 14th, 2006, 08:54 PM
yeah agreed.. i totally forgot about AO.. oh man same situation.. :(

myxomatosis
May 14th, 2006, 09:31 PM
If it's just a precautionary measure, I'm not sure how smart a move this is. Pulling out of Rome means Maria will have no matches on the clay prior to RG. That doesn't bode well for her RG chances since it's not her best surface at the best of times. On the other hand, I hope Maria isn't injured. I'd especially hate for her entry into Wimbledon to be in jeopardy.

jacobruiz
May 14th, 2006, 09:35 PM
Oh, no!:sad: I certainly didn't expect this!

Just hope it's not serious because going into the FO with no match play won't be good for her ankle either!:( :sad:

Andy.
May 14th, 2006, 09:43 PM
This is really annoying we were so looking foreward to seeing her play, this ankle injury must be serious. RG will be extra tough now without anymatch practice very tough indeed.

shadowsecret
May 14th, 2006, 10:10 PM
Sharapova, who was preparing to make her first appearance on clay in 2006, is still not 100 percent after suffering a right ankle bruise in practice three weeks ago.

"It's very frustrating that I have to withdraw from Rome as it's one of my favorite tournaments," said Sharapova. "I arrived (in Rome) on Thursday and I've been trying to do everything possible to get ready to play. My ankle is just not ready to compete at the highest level."

meggz_star
May 14th, 2006, 10:11 PM
:sad:

Andy.
May 14th, 2006, 10:11 PM
Sharapova, who was preparing to make her first appearance on clay in 2006, is still not 100 percent after suffering a right ankle bruise in practice three weeks ago.

"It's very frustrating that I have to withdraw from Rome as it's one of my favorite tournaments," said Sharapova. "I arrived (in Rome) on Thursday and I've been trying to do everything possible to get ready to play. My ankle is just not ready to compete at the highest level."
Im not sure how much we can read into that, its clear that she is very frustrated but it looks like she will be OK for RG.

morningglory
May 15th, 2006, 04:01 AM
ah well... ARod is out with an injury too ;)
GRASS PLAYERS UNITE!

myxomatosis
May 15th, 2006, 04:08 AM
ah well... ARod is out with an injury too ;)
GRASS PLAYERS UNITE!Maybe they both just wanted to spend a little alone time together (kidding of course ;) )

furrykitten
May 15th, 2006, 06:28 AM
Maria :sad:

WIMBLY2004
May 15th, 2006, 12:09 PM
yeah agreed.. i totally forgot about AO.. oh man same situation.. :(

Actually this is already the third slam she is going into without much play, she didn't play much before USO last year either, but the transition to clay must be harder, I just hope she can still keep practising and getting used to the surface.

Doc
May 15th, 2006, 03:32 PM
I'm crushed :sad:

It's been so long since she played, and she was playing such good tennis too, and now she is injured again, I hope that she is just taking a precaution for Roland Garros and Wimbledon.

And I agree with TeamMasha, she needs to train anyway, so it's no point blaming the exhibition.

But I wonder how injured she really is, she was doing promotion on high heels, it can't be that bad then, I think she doesn't want to take any risks?

I hope that's the reason because I'm very disappointed she doesn't play this week.

I hope you're right, and it's just a precaution.

It's really annoying to see Maria with another injury so soon. :fiery: It was probably right for her to pull out of a tough tournament like Rome, just before RG. Match practice is good, but davenport did well enough at the FO last year without any clay matches beforehand.

Get better soon Maria, and put in a good performance at Roland Garros.

TeaMMashA
May 15th, 2006, 03:39 PM
Maybe she didnt feel the need to risk it because Romes points came off last week so she could only add to her points

mashafan25
May 15th, 2006, 03:50 PM
I'm disappointed and sad :sad: Hope she will be fit when RG begins!

Maria Croft
May 15th, 2006, 04:32 PM
Maybe she didnt feel the need to risk it because Romes points came off last week so she could only add to her points


yeah that's what I think (and hope) Maria always wants to be top fit for a grand slam, she would only risk things in Rome with that extremely tough draw.

Get better Maria! :)

usatoffeefan
May 15th, 2006, 07:24 PM
did she get injured in her first round match?

TeaMMashA
May 15th, 2006, 07:47 PM
She had a bye in 1st round but injured it before anyway

andrewbroad
May 18th, 2006, 11:18 PM
Recent photos:
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http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=99305&page=142 (http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=99305&page=142)

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INTERNAZIONALI D'ITALIA (Rome, Italy; red clay; WTA Tier I)
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Unfortunately Maria withdrew from Rome with an injury to her right foot. Rome was to have been her first tournament since Miami (in March), as her slender 19-year-old body needs a lot of rest and recovery before playing on clay.

She sustained the injury during practice on 24th April, and pulled out of an exhibition against Gisela Dulko in Mexico (which was to have been played on 29th April). She still went to Mexico to launch her new perfume, and the injury was only expected to stop her practising for a week.

On 11th May, Maria attended the launch of the WTA Tour Championships at Madrid (to be played in the week of 6th November), and was involved in the selection of male models as ballboys. So a lot of off-court promotions for Maria, and a lot of high heels. High heels cause long-term damage (not just to the feet), and thus should be avoided by tennis-players at all costs.

The injury was first described as an "ankle injury", and then as follows:
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An MRI showed that Maria has inflammation in her right metatarsal joint with associated soft tissue swelling of the posterior tibialis insertion. She will recover fully, but cannot play tennis for the next few days, according to Dr. Mark Lindsay, the soft tissue specialist who examined her after the injury this week. He expects her to be able to begin practising by next week, and she plans to compete at the Italian Open in Rome the week of May 15.
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<http://www.tennisnews.com/exclusive.php?pID=11252 (http://www.tennisnews.com/exclusive.php?pID=11252)>

And then on 14th May came the bad news about Rome, when Maria's injury was described as a "right ankle bone bruise".

Maria: "It's very frustrating that I have to withdraw from Rome, as it's one of my favourite tournaments. I arrived [in Rome] on Thursday and I've been trying to do everything possible to get ready to play; my ankle is just not ready to compete at the highest level."

So the French Open will be the third Grand Slam in a row which Maria starts with injury-concerns and without match-play (at least we haven't heard anything about her notorious shoulder-injury since January, which is very positive). However, I do not think it is fair to blame the exhibitions for this, as Maria would have to have been practising for her upcoming tournaments anyway.

And to add insult to injury, Maria lost the world #3 (and Russian #1) ranking to Nadia Petrova this week; she is now ranked #4, which will preclude a Sharapova v Petrova quarter-final for the fourth Grand Slam in a row.

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ISTANBUL CUP (Constantinople, Turkey; red clay; WTA Tier III)
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Maria has made a late entry into this tournament, which starts on Monday 22nd May with the final on Saturday (the French Open starts on Sunday 28th May).

The other top seeds are likely to be Anastasia Myskina and Anna-Lena Grönefeld, with attractive players including Anna Chakvetadze, Sania Mirza, Michaëlla Krajicek, Maria Elena Camerin, Alyona Bondarenko, Ashley Harkleroad, Shahar Peer... need I say more?

An excellent chance for Maria (if healthy) to win her first claycourt WTA singles-title, but at what cost to her French Open campaign the following week?

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THE CHAMPIONSHIPS (Wimbledon, England; grass; Grand Slam)
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Maria: "I believe women deserve to be treated the same as men. There has been a long debate about equal prize-money, but these things take time. If we keep pushing, we'll eventually get there."

My own view: I think they should reduce men's singles in Grand Slams to best of three sets, and then the issues would be equal court-schedules and equal TV-coverage - issues that are far more important than a 5% difference in prize-money, which is indecently high anyway in a world where millions of people are living in subhuman conditions.

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Dr. Andrew Broad
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