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furrykitten
May 16th, 2006, 11:41 AM
To make up for losing out on Rome :bounce:

TeaMMashA
May 16th, 2006, 11:54 AM
Great News so much happier now! will istanbul be televised?

furrykitten
May 16th, 2006, 12:00 PM
Great News will istanbul be televised?

:shrug: I'll Check Eurosport

Ballbasher
May 16th, 2006, 12:02 PM
Don't think so,but great to see Masha back :woohoo:

myxomatosis
May 16th, 2006, 12:09 PM
Unexpected but great news! :banana:

Shoulderpova
May 16th, 2006, 12:54 PM
I can smell a title here :lick:
Go Masha go :worship:

Maria Croft
May 16th, 2006, 01:11 PM
I so hope this is true, that would mean she is healthy and ready to play some matches on clay :D

Maria Croft
May 16th, 2006, 01:26 PM
I'm very excited about this, not only is she playing again next week but this could also be her first clay title :D

Andy.
May 16th, 2006, 01:27 PM
So is so awesome im really happy, she will go into RG with match practicw which is great.

Maria Croft
May 16th, 2006, 01:29 PM
Here is the player list from the main site :)

MARIA SHARAPOVA (RUS) 4
ANASTASIA MYSKINA (RUS) 13
ANNA-LENA GROENEFELD (GER) 15
ANNA CHAKVEDATZE (RUS) 34
SHAHAR PEER (ISR) 35
SANIA MIRZA (IND) 37
MARA SANTANGELO (ITA) 41
JELENA KOSTANIC (CRO) 43
CATALINA CASTANO (COL) 48
MICHAELLA KRAJICEK (NED) 55
PAOLA SUAREZ (ARG) 55
ELENI DANIILIDOU (GRE) 61
MARIA ELENA CAMERIN (ITA) 62
TSVETANA PIRONKOVA (BUL) 70
MARIANA DIAZ-OLIVIA (ARG) 73
MEGHANN SHAUGNESSY (USA) 76
ASHLEY HARKLEROAD (USA) 79
ALONA BONDARENKO (UKR) 80
LAURO POUS TIO (ESP) 81
JAMEA JACKSON (USA) 83
ANASTASIYA YAKIMOVA (BLR) 84
MASHONA WASHIGTON (USA) 85
IRINA KOTKINA (WC) (RUS) 416

TeaMMashA
May 16th, 2006, 01:33 PM
I can smell a title here :lick:
Go Masha go :worship:

Im thinking exactly the same thing :)

Andy.
May 16th, 2006, 01:38 PM
The field is perfect for a first tournament back with great challengers and great clay court players to really test her without the very best being there.

shadowsecret
May 16th, 2006, 02:04 PM
wow THIS i didn't expect but great! as long as she plays something before RG.. and best part, she could win it too..go maria!

jacobruiz
May 16th, 2006, 02:19 PM
Great news, especially since it must mean that her foot is completely healed! I hope she beats the pants off Nastya in the final!:devil: (Too "Sharapovish" indeed!)

Teemu
May 16th, 2006, 03:32 PM
Great to hear that she's ready to play again! :bounce:
It's definately a good move, to get some matches under her belt before Roland Garros. Who knows, maybe a title too. :)

Best of Luck Maria!

morningglory
May 16th, 2006, 03:37 PM
very winnable! :bigclap:

Tenisci
May 16th, 2006, 03:40 PM
The matches wil be on Turkish TV ;)

shadowsecret
May 16th, 2006, 03:43 PM
The matches wil be on Turkish TV ;)

are u going? :)

Tenisci
May 16th, 2006, 03:45 PM
are u going? :)


I am working in Ankara. I may go only qualiy but not sure :sad:

shadowsecret
May 16th, 2006, 03:49 PM
well evren i hope u get to go.. it should be fun! well for me, going to any tournament ought to be fun.. haha hope u can keep us updated with news! :)

morningglory
May 16th, 2006, 03:57 PM
geez I just realized it but is this Maria's biggest shot at her 1st ever career clay title?

shadowsecret
May 16th, 2006, 04:00 PM
geez I just realized it but is this Maria's biggest shot at her 1st ever career clay title?

:wavey:
i think so but let's not get carried away.. with erm.. even better reasonable draw the chances of her making to another final would be great.. hehe
i'm just glad she'll be back in action!

msharafan
May 16th, 2006, 04:44 PM
yeah but if she does win istanbul she wont have much recovery time for the french as it will be starting the next day, presuming the final is played on sunday, and im right in saying the french starts on the monday. anyway its great to hear maria will be playing, and i wish her all the best in istanbul!!! good luck maria and i hope your foot gets healed really quick!

xan
May 16th, 2006, 04:54 PM
Go Maria!

Teemu
May 16th, 2006, 04:55 PM
yeah but if she does win istanbul she wont have much recovery time for the french as it will be starting the next day, presuming the final is played on sunday, and im right in saying the french starts on the monday. anyway its great to hear maria will be playing, and i wish her all the best in istanbul!!! good luck maria and i hope your foot gets healed really quick!

I think the Istanbul final is played on saturday. Anyway, I believe Maria is already anxious to get on court and even if she'd win the tournament she'd have no trouble playing RG. Hopefully for two full weeks. But lets just see how it goes and be happy that she's healthy and playing again. :)

mashafan25
May 16th, 2006, 04:58 PM
Oh, these are great news, when will she play in Istanbul?

Steve-o
May 16th, 2006, 05:22 PM
Wow, this is just brilliant news :banana: Maria should get a few matches in before RG. Still not expecting too much from her though, considering the ankle and the fact that she hasn't played for ages. Groenefeld the main threat I would say.

meggz_star
May 16th, 2006, 05:30 PM
Good news:woohoo: . Nice to know that she's playing before RG

Martyś
May 16th, 2006, 05:41 PM
Thank you God for this news. I've thought for a while that she doesn't care about RG too much, but now I can see I made a mistake.

I have my fingers crossed for her. Should be really good, maybe first clay title, Maria ? :p

Maria Croft
May 16th, 2006, 06:29 PM
yeah but if she does win istanbul she wont have much recovery time for the french as it will be starting the next day, presuming the final is played on sunday, and im right in saying the french starts on the monday. anyway its great to hear maria will be playing, and i wish her all the best in istanbul!!! good luck maria and i hope your foot gets healed really quick!


I would love to worry about that before RG starts :lol:

Dan23
May 17th, 2006, 12:05 AM
Maria had that Exhibition thing in Majorca scheduled for that week as well....I'd assume shes out of that then. She wont have to whoop Nadal's ass then :p

Should be interesting to see how Masha goes and if shes prepared to play the whole week then front up at RG. It'll be a good test for her, hopefully itd not too early to play.

myxomatosis
May 17th, 2006, 08:43 PM
Should be interesting to see how Masha goes and if shes prepared to play the whole week then front up at RG. It'll be a good test for her, hopefully itd not too early to play.She's had several consecutive weeks off now, so 3 weeks of playing shouldn't be too taxing on her (assuming she goes deep into both tournaments ;) ). And I don't think Maria would risk playing Istanbul if it could put RG in jeopardy. Although maybe she's desperate to get some clay matches in and is willing to take a bit of a risk? :shrug:

andrewbroad
May 18th, 2006, 11:21 PM
(This is an excerpt from my Rome report (http://www.wtaworld.com/showpost.php?p=8077495).)

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ISTANBUL CUP (Constantinople, Turkey; red clay; WTA Tier III)
============ http://www.istanbulcup.com/ (http://www.istanbulcup.com/)

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?

--
Dr. Andrew Broad
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http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/shara/ (http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/shara/) (added 3 external links)

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sizzlingsharapova/ (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sizzlingsharapova/)
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/jeldani/ (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/jeldani/)

Maria Croft
May 19th, 2006, 07:55 AM
If Maria would be able to win Istanbul, she would be number 3 again :yeah:

furrykitten
May 19th, 2006, 09:55 AM
Maria will win this title bar any injury problems, only Anna C wll be a problem.

Come on Maria!! :bolt: :hug:

furrykitten
May 19th, 2006, 11:12 AM
Maria has now withdrawn from Istanbul with her ankle injury :(

I cursed her with my comment above :tape: :banghead: :smash: :ignore: :explode: :hysteric: :crying2: :timebomb:

jcshie
May 19th, 2006, 11:19 AM
:sad: :sad:


Sharapova pulls out of Istanbul
From correspondents in Istanbul
May 19, 2006

RUSSIA'S 2004 Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova was forced to withdraw from next week's Istanbul Open today because she has failed to recover from a right ankle injury.

The 19-year-old had originally replaced American Lindsay Davenport, who is also injured.

"Miss Sharapova wrote to the organisers, informing them that her right ankle injury had not healed well enough for her to play in the tournament," read a statement from the organisers.


Sharapova, who won the Indian Wells tournament earlier this year, was unable to play in the WTA tournament in Rome this week because of the injury and also an ingrowing toenail.

Andy.
May 19th, 2006, 12:12 PM
This absoloutly sux i cant believe it. Get well soon Masha

Maria Croft
May 19th, 2006, 12:21 PM
I'm so angry! this is unbelievable! I just knew it, I was just waiting for this news to happen and it did.

I hope she gets better soon because I don't know how much more of this I can take.

Martyś
May 19th, 2006, 01:01 PM
:sobbing:

...

morningglory
May 19th, 2006, 02:43 PM
dang... right now I hope she recovers before the grass... who cares about RG? :ras:

Ah well think of it this way... the haters will be pissed too since they'll have nothing to bitch about and no one to cheer against for quite some time ;)

Teemu
May 19th, 2006, 03:04 PM
Well, from now on I won't cheer before I actually SEE her on court. I hope she's able to play Roland Garros. If not, then I hope she's fit for the grass season. Didn't expect the injury to be this lengthy... Get well soon, Masha! :)

shadowsecret
May 19th, 2006, 03:13 PM
sad.. but i'm sure she didn't withdraw unless it's really necessary.. i won't want to see her play through pain.. get well soon maria!!

msharafan
May 19th, 2006, 06:13 PM
yeah i have a feeling maria made her decision before leaving mainland europe for turkey, id say she probably didnt feel absolutly 100% with her ankle/foot, ingrowing toe nail injury, so decided not to go and stay and practice again. well i hope this is the case anyway. does anyone know how serious an ingrowing toe nail is? it seems pretty minor but people used to die with them a couple of hundred years ago, also how long will they take before they heal and will maria need surgery to fix it?

msharafan
May 19th, 2006, 06:19 PM
Sharapova to pull from Istanbul questionable for Roland Garros

Maria Sharapova will pull out of next week's tournament in Istanbul with her recurring right foot injury, only a few days after she entered, ******************** has learned. Sharapova, who injured her foot training for the clay court season last month, has not played since Miami in late March andis now very questionable for Roland Garros, which begins in nine days.

from Tennis Reporters.net

so masha may not even play Rg this really is very bad news. get well soon maria!!!

TeaMMashA
May 19th, 2006, 06:31 PM
Upsetting news if she is going to play RG with risk i dont think she should with Wimbledon approaching :sad:

Teemu
May 19th, 2006, 06:32 PM
Well, injuries are a part of being a professional athlete. None of 'em can go without one. I hope Maria will play Roland Garros, meaning that she'll be injury free before it. If not, then I hope she'll have a healthy rest of the season. It's not like RG is on the top of her list. I really hope the injury isn't too bad. Really at a loss for words here. Just get better...wish there was something I could do, but there isn't. Just have to hope for the best.

sharapova1987
May 19th, 2006, 06:59 PM
I hate to say it, but I think it's becoming pretty evident that Maria is injury-prone. Especially when they just "pop up out of nowhere" and cause her to withdraw from tournament after tournament. The year is almost half over, and I think she has played in five tournaments? That's very frustrating. And how could she have gotten injured when she hasn't played a match in almost two months? Same thing as last year.

myxomatosis
May 19th, 2006, 07:37 PM
Wimbledon is just around the corner... :unsure:
This foot injury seems to be lingering longer than expected, which doesn't seem to be a good sign.
Hurry up and heal foot! :fiery:

TeaMMashA
May 19th, 2006, 07:39 PM
My summer viewing of sports may be ruined by foot injuries!

Steve-o
May 19th, 2006, 09:03 PM
This is really frustrating...Maria could scratch the whole clay season :sad:

All players get injured and anybody can turn an ankle, it doesn't mean their prone to injury.

Dan23
May 20th, 2006, 08:23 AM
All players get injured and anybody can turn an ankle, it doesn't mean their prone to injury.
exactly...I think Masha is very close to playing...but the toenail is another thing :( my gf couldnt walk for 3 days when she had one :o...but Masha is a fair bit tougher than that :p. Putting it in a shoe and running around court isnt gonna be good fun. Its way to early to call any problems getting up for Wimby.

TeaMMashA
May 20th, 2006, 10:28 AM
I actually think Maria has been very lucky with injuries in her career what 2 problems really throughout, id dread the day she could become anything like the Williams sisters i cant imagine what their fans must go through

Martyś
May 20th, 2006, 11:01 AM
dang... right now I hope she recovers before the grass... who cares about RG? :ras:

I care about RG :rolleyes: And I think that Maria also should care about it. If she wants to be a real tennis master, she should improve her game on every surface. Besides clay court season is definitely longer than grass one. She must get points, playing on it.

Maria's victory at RG would mean more to me than her second title at Wimbledon. It would show me that her game improve alot and that she is ready for brilliant, long career.

Dan23
May 20th, 2006, 11:26 AM
Theres no reason to suggest Masha doesnt care about RG or playing on clay. Its a tough time of year and the space between RG and Wimby needs to be increased :rolleyes: Wimby is a big thing for Maria so some things are dependent on her preparation for that.

I'd be surprised if Maria misses RG.

Martyś
May 20th, 2006, 11:28 AM
I didn't say that she doesn't care ;) It was only a comment to morningglory post.

Dan23
May 20th, 2006, 12:18 PM
I didn't say that she doesn't care ;) It was only a comment to morningglory post.
I know :cool: I wasnt referring directly to you either...but some others are saying she doesnt care about clay-time ;)

UDACHi
May 21st, 2006, 01:54 AM
Get better, damnit. :sad:

Maria Croft
May 21st, 2006, 09:14 AM
You know there is a little plus side to all this, next year Maria can collect many points in the clay season ;)

msharafan
May 21st, 2006, 10:19 AM
yeah i suppose its good to look on the bright side but still maria hardly plays regularily anymore due to injuries, i mean i know its not her fault but it is very frustrating for her fans and even more so for herself.

Dan23
May 21st, 2006, 10:21 AM
You know there is a little plus side to all this, next year Maria can collect many points in the clay season ;)
yea thats true ;) same goes for last years rib injury leaving the 2nd half of this year open for ranking point collection :hehehe:

Andy.
May 21st, 2006, 11:08 AM
Well im stil very hopeful she will play RG im taking this withdrawel as a precaution so that she doesnt miss it

xan
May 21st, 2006, 12:16 PM
Hopefully Maria will be okay for RG. They obviously thought she would be ready for Istanbul. I do worry that Maria's team seem to be the opposite of Kim's - Maria's team seem to underplay her injuries.

But get well soon, Maria.

msharafan
May 21st, 2006, 04:16 PM
yeah i know what you mean, but it would want to be a serious enough injury for maria to withdraw as shell now have no match practice going into RG which is on her least favourite surfaces, and with this in mind and considering last year she lost in the quaters after playing, we could be heading up to a dissapointing RG for maria. but of course its not her fault, injuries happen, its just unfortunate they always seem to happen to maria!

Martyś
May 22nd, 2006, 10:00 AM
There is still one other possibility. She is training hard to surprise everyone and take RG crown. And there is no injury at all. :lol:

msharafan
May 22nd, 2006, 04:17 PM
well i really hope this idea is the case!!! because she is capable of winning RG but she really needs some match practice on clay, i dont want maria to lose before the quaters as then she would lose her brilliant record of getting to the quater final at least in every tournie she plays. also this year she has a record of getting to the semis at least so i pray to God she keeps that record up, cause a semi spot at RG would be great and nothing to turn down on marias least fav surface!

sharapova1987
May 23rd, 2006, 08:12 PM
Yeah, but she needs to start winning some tournaments every now and then, even if they aren't the Grand Slams or the big Tier 1 events. The semis or finals appearances are okay, but who is really ever going to remember who the semifinalists were at the 2006 Australian Open? Whether it's injuries or her personal preference, she's starting to be like Tiger Woods in that she really only plays a select number of tournaments. And by not playing regularly enough, you just can't expect to play your best.

Maria Croft
May 23rd, 2006, 08:35 PM
Yeah, but she needs to start winning some tournaments every now and then, even if they aren't the Grand Slams or the big Tier 1 events. The semis or finals appearances are okay, but who is really ever going to remember who the semifinalists were at the 2006 Australian Open? Whether it's injuries or her personal preference, she's starting to be like Tiger Woods in that she really only plays a select number of tournaments. And by not playing regularly enough, you just can't expect to play your best.


She won Indian Wells this year, a super Tier I :rolleyes: