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msharafan
May 22nd, 2006, 05:09 PM
i know its a bit early and there may even be some doubt about whether maria will play or not, but seen as though its only a week to go (time flew by!) i thought id start up the draw. i hope maria does well at this years french and id be satisfied with a quater final run, and anything after that would be great(considering shes had no match practice on the red stuff). all i can say is good luck and all your fans here on wta world wish you the best of luck in you participating at RG and going as far as you can. good luck masha and remember...
lets go masha!!!
LETS GO!!!

also this isnt really related but some guy in england has put £30,000 on maria winning wimby at odds to 3-1, so if he wins hes looking at £120,000!!! due to this bet placement the bookies have now put marias odds at 2-1!!! so thats good news unless your a gambler that is! but surley it brings some optimism to the year, and somone out there who must know a lot about tennis or has sought proffesional advice to place a bet on. its great news for us masha fans but i hope maria doesnt here this as it might put a tiny bit of pressure on her!

Maria Croft
May 22nd, 2006, 06:25 PM
I would already be satisfied if she played, I don't have any expectations whatsoever.

morningglory
May 22nd, 2006, 07:56 PM
I would already be satisfied if she played, I don't have any expectations whatsoever.
ditto. we all know "THE" SLAM is Wimby ;)

Tennisballova
May 22nd, 2006, 08:03 PM
I would already be satisfied if she played, I don't have any expectations whatsoever.
Exactly.

Steve-o
May 22nd, 2006, 08:06 PM
Right now I would be pleased if Maria just turns up at RG and is healthy, anything more than that will be a bonus.

furrykitten
May 22nd, 2006, 08:09 PM
Maria will be lucky to make 3rd round if she does turn up after being out for so long, its her worst surface as we all know and she's mad no match practice.

nouf
May 22nd, 2006, 08:22 PM
nouf to paris for all news on maria! rg is my home

myxomatosis
May 22nd, 2006, 08:53 PM
Maria will be lucky to make 3rd round if she does turn up after being out for so long, its her worst surface as we all know and she's mad no match practice.But a lot of the top players seem to be battling injuries or not playing their best right now. If Maria's foot is completely healed by RG she has a good shot of making it to the QF's. If she got beyond that it would be a big surprise (a pleasant one though of course :D )

Andy.
May 22nd, 2006, 11:36 PM
I really just want to see her play, even if she doesnt play all that good its just been so long. Hopefully (with my fingers crossed) her foot will be OK. Getting thru a few rounds would be a victory. Good luck with your health Masha

Dan23
May 23rd, 2006, 12:24 AM
No huge expectations...but if Masha plays shes not gonna be an easy beat. She'll give her best

msharafan
May 23rd, 2006, 06:12 AM
yeah those recent pics on the pic thread when and where were they taken cause shes in high heels?

Andy.
May 23rd, 2006, 07:01 AM
Has there been any news at all on whether she has arrived yet ?

TeaMMashA
May 23rd, 2006, 10:07 AM
No ihavent heard anything yet Maria's movement has been pretty silent as of late.

bellascarlett
May 24th, 2006, 06:15 AM
:wavey: guys! does anyone know where maria is at the moment? and when she'll b in rg. i'd love to see practice pix. but im kinda preparing myself just in case she decides to withdraw. things arent looking so good.

i know there were training pix in rome but after that? :shrug: was wondering if she headed to valencia...

msharafan
May 24th, 2006, 06:25 AM
yeah i was wondering the same thing, where were the new pics of her from? you know the one with the black dress? im expecting to hear shes withdrawn, somtime soon, but i hope im very wrong!

The_Pov
May 24th, 2006, 11:46 AM
In all fairness the only reason why I want Maria to turn up to Roland Garros is so that I can see her play, I'm not to fussed I just want her to be ready as best as she can for Wimby!

morningglory
May 24th, 2006, 04:01 PM
Ironic that ARd just got an ankle injury too and may miss RG! :eek:
What is it with clay and ankles? :(

myxomatosis
May 24th, 2006, 07:49 PM
No news at all this close to RG? :tape:

msharafan
May 24th, 2006, 08:07 PM
i know! no pics of her training or anything! where were the most recent pics from, where was she? you know the pics in the black dress and were we can see shes growing her nails? im kind worried maria wont play, anyone else feel the same?

Smoothie
May 24th, 2006, 08:42 PM
Who is ARd?

meggz_star
May 24th, 2006, 08:44 PM
I'm beginning to get a bit worried here. RG is less than 5 days away and nothing on Maria:scared:

msharafan
May 24th, 2006, 08:46 PM
yep i think we all are, surely if she was in paris we would have seen or heard? maybe shes practising in spain or somthing, anyway i have my fingers crossed shell be there!

meggz_star
May 24th, 2006, 08:52 PM
Hopefully she's practicing in Spain

meggz_star
May 24th, 2006, 08:53 PM
Who is ARd?

Andy Roddick

furrykitten
May 24th, 2006, 08:55 PM
How much notice does she have to give RG if she's going to pull out?

msharafan
May 24th, 2006, 08:58 PM
dont know she could probably pullout the day before, but if she knows shes not playing, then shell probably pull out before the draw is made on friday morning.

Maria Croft
May 24th, 2006, 09:02 PM
From one side I would be crushed if she missed Roland Garros, it's a grand slam and I would like to see her play again.
But from the other side I want her to be healthy, not just for the grass season, but also for the summer hardcourt season where she can pick up many points, if that means missing Roland Garros so be it, I would rather have her ready and healthy for Roland Garros if it’s possible of course.

Tennisballova
May 24th, 2006, 09:19 PM
[QUOTE=] where were the most recent pics from, where was she? you know the pics in the black dress and were we can see shes growing her nails? QUOTE]


I think those pics were from the Hugo Boss dinner in Madrid.

Smoothie
May 24th, 2006, 09:38 PM
Andy Roddick

Thanks, I thought it was referring to a WTA player.

msharafan
May 25th, 2006, 06:16 AM
thanks. well guys todays the day before the draw so if maria is pulling out well probably hear it by today. she might wait and see what the draws like, ie if she gets a really tough one with really hard first and second round matches she might pull out as she wont want to lose first or second round. but if she is lucky and gets a very good draw she might give it a go. id say shes lacking in confidence a lot with no match practice on clay, and if she couldnt play istanbul this week, i dont think shell be able to play next week. but who knows maybe im wrong! and i hope i am. but normlly wer flooded with pics of maria practising or travelling or whatever, but everythings been quite as of late. maybe she want some peace and quiet to try and prepare as best she can before RG. anyway fingers crossed everyone that maria will play, cause not only will i miss the tennis, but i was looking forward to seeing the lovely pink and yellow dress!!!

msharafan
May 25th, 2006, 06:32 AM
great news masha fans, maria has arrive at roissy airport yesterday and shes ready for training today!!! hip hip hooray youve made my day!!!

Dan23
May 25th, 2006, 07:02 AM
:clap2: :clap2: :clap2: :clap2:

I hope her preparation goes well

Maria Croft
May 25th, 2006, 07:59 AM
thanks. well guys todays the day before the draw so if maria is pulling out well probably hear it by today. she might wait and see what the draws like, ie if she gets a really tough one with really hard first and second round matches she might pull out as she wont want to lose first or second round. but if she is lucky and gets a very good draw she might give it a go. id say shes lacking in confidence a lot with no match practice on clay, and if she couldnt play istanbul this week, i dont think shell be able to play next week. but who knows maybe im wrong! and i hope i am. but normlly wer flooded with pics of maria practising or travelling or whatever, but everythings been quite as of late. maybe she want some peace and quiet to try and prepare as best she can before RG. anyway fingers crossed everyone that maria will play, cause not only will i miss the tennis, but i was looking forward to seeing the lovely pink and yellow dress!!!

I really don't think Maria is lacking in confidence or is scared to lose early, she's a fighter and ready to fight for it :)

Maria Croft
May 25th, 2006, 08:00 AM
great news masha fans, maria has arrive at roissy airport yesterday and shes ready for training today!!! hip hip hooray youve made my day!!!

Thanks for the info :D

Andy.
May 25th, 2006, 08:06 AM
This is awesome news im so happy

meggz_star
May 25th, 2006, 01:34 PM
great news masha fans, maria has arrive at roissy airport yesterday and shes ready for training today!!! hip hip hooray youve made my day!!!
:banana: :woohoo:

~lollipop_girl~
May 25th, 2006, 01:39 PM
YAY... So good news all around! :D

Martyś
May 25th, 2006, 01:57 PM
:aparty: Lets hope she is going to play.

msharafan
May 25th, 2006, 03:29 PM
dont thank me thank nouf, where would we be without him?

furrykitten
May 25th, 2006, 05:18 PM
Great news, come on Maria!! :bounce:

bellascarlett
May 25th, 2006, 05:20 PM
great news masha fans, maria has arrive at roissy airport yesterday and shes ready for training today!!! hip hip hooray youve made my day!!!

:crying2: this is so good to hear...:lol:...:bounce:

do you have the link to where nouf says this? what thread?

msharafan
May 25th, 2006, 05:26 PM
it was on the gm thread this morning, i dont know how to do links, but the threads on the second page on gm, the thread is called no news on sharapova or somthing like that you should find it ok! i hope this helps, anyway im expecting a few pics off nouf tommorow, im under no promises but apparently maria was supposed to be practising today so we might get lucky with a few snap shots, if were lucky! anyway the draws out tommorow im so excited but nervous too!!! i really want maria to do well at RG but i suppose i cant expect too much of maria on clay, not that i dont think shes great but has had no match practise as of late. im really worried shell get a really tough draw but hopfully im wrong, when maria got to the quaters last year was she playing well just in general, cause losing to justine on clay is no mean feat even if maria was playing well?

bellascarlett
May 25th, 2006, 05:41 PM
thanks! and yes i also hope we get training pix soon. can't wait for those and the draw to be made. just hope she doesnt get hingis and justine in her draw. yikes....but with her luck, watch those happen...haha...anyway, i guess the most important thing is for her to be completely healthy especially for that foot to have already healed well. I don't want any injuries before the grass season.

msharafan
May 25th, 2006, 09:10 PM
well great news maria practised today on chatrier court or whatever its called, but there are no pictures as it was a private practise and not open to photographers nouf will try and get some pics tomorow if he can and the draw will be made then i cant wait!

Tennisballova
May 25th, 2006, 09:13 PM
This is great news! I hope she will have a good run at RG.

TeaMMashA
May 25th, 2006, 09:35 PM
I think Marias fame does get a little to peoples head which annoys me a little she walks around with bodyguards at Birmingham, Only player to not practice in public at Aus Open and Now at RG :mad:

Maria Croft
May 25th, 2006, 10:01 PM
I think Marias fame does get a little to peoples head which annoys me a little she walks around with bodyguards at Birmingham, Only player to not practice in public at Aus Open and Now at RG :mad:


Yeah it's sad, that's what you get if you're famous

Tennisballova
May 25th, 2006, 10:58 PM
Yes, I can imagine that it kinda islolates you from the world around you, from - for instance -the fans. It creates a certain distance.

Dan23
May 26th, 2006, 12:07 AM
I think Marias fame does get a little to peoples head which annoys me a little she walks around with bodyguards at Birmingham, Only player to not practice in public at Aus Open and Now at RG :mad:
Maria practiced in public at the AO in 2005 but didnt this year. I think it might have had something do to with the fact she didnt train at all between matches this year....having said that I do think at times they avoid it. When you look at some of the things the photographers get up to I hardly blame her, especially in England :rolleyes: also Masha was said to have at least 1 serious stalker who would have found Birmingham the easiest place to cause trouble.

Dan23
May 26th, 2006, 12:08 AM
btw its good to hear Maria is practicing :cool:, theyre probably trying to make a final decision whether her ankle is strong enough to have a good go at the tournament.

Andy.
May 26th, 2006, 12:22 AM
Well im overjoyed that she has arrived i just hope that she gets thru her training OK and will be able to play.

msharafan
May 26th, 2006, 07:30 AM
id say shes ok now that shes turned up shell probably play, but she also turned up at rome, aw well rome wasnt a grand slam, but even so i think shell play, we would have heard if she was pulling out already because theyre making the draw in 1 and 1/2 hours! i cant wait, but i bet maria will get a tough draw with martina in the fourth round and if she gets past her venus! but hopfully im wrong!

Dan23
May 26th, 2006, 08:14 AM
hey Andrew or Nick could you plz SMS me the draw when its out :lol:....I wont be back on here probably till tomorrow night or something :o :p

msharafan
May 26th, 2006, 10:01 AM
draws out, maria got safina 4th round and kutzy in the quater finals, on the top of her half are venus and amelie, so if maria could get past safina and kutzy she will get to have a go at venus or amelie but these 2 could easily do badly, and then the draw might open up!

Maria Croft
May 26th, 2006, 10:04 AM
I'm very happy with this draw, I really wanted a good 1st round match, and I got my wish :D

If Maria is healthy she should be able to reach the 4th round to meet Safina, that would be a very tough match, but I'm sure she would be able to win that one if she would get that far, and if she gets in the QF.....I would already be more then happy so I don't care what happens after that lol

TeaMMashA
May 26th, 2006, 10:06 AM
Im pretty pleased overall with the draw Dinara is a very difficult 4th round thouhg but im confident.

meggz_star
May 26th, 2006, 10:08 AM
It's not as bad as I thought it would be

Maria Croft
May 26th, 2006, 10:11 AM
Maria's side of the draw

Sharapova
Washington

Benesova
Parmentier

Molik
Serra Zanetti

Q
Safarova

Srebotnik
Smashnova

Kostanic
Harkleroad

Sromova
Vinci

Zvonareva
Safina

Schiavone
Bondarenko

Vierin
Muller

Q
Q

Mattek
Pennetta

Chakvetadze
Q

Li
Frazier

Parra Santonja
Santangelo

Granville
Kuznetsova

Maria Croft
May 26th, 2006, 10:14 AM
3rd round Safarova it looks like, could also be a very tough match

msharafan
May 26th, 2006, 10:23 AM
whats the potential second round match then i cant read draws for my life!

Maria Croft
May 26th, 2006, 10:25 AM
Benesova
or
Parmentier

I think Maria couldn't have asked for a better draw, no real clay players until the QF :yeah:

msharafan
May 26th, 2006, 10:30 AM
what about safina she got to the final of rome last week beating kutzy! but i suppose if maria beats safina shell have confidence playing kutznetsova and if she gets past that, it will probably be amelie or venus, but amelie could falter under the pressure earlier on and venus might be too inconsistent well lets hope so, cause if maria plays well she could possibly even make the final, but maybe not too, well have to wait and see, one match at a time maria one match at a time! but maria will probably be playing on sunday now too, so not too long to wait!!!

Shoulderpova
May 26th, 2006, 10:34 AM
Go Masha :) :) :) :)

daniela86
May 26th, 2006, 10:47 AM
what about safina she got to the final of rome last week beating kutzy! but i suppose if maria beats safina shell have confidence playing kutznetsova and if she gets past that, it will probably be amelie or venus, but amelie could falter under the pressure earlier on and venus might be too inconsistent well lets hope so, cause if maria plays well she could possibly even make the final, but maybe not too, well have to wait and see, one match at a time maria one match at a time! but maria will probably be playing on sunday now too, so not too long to wait!!!
Yeah only 2 days :bounce: :bounce: I really can't wait :rocker: :rocker:
Best of luck Masha!! :bigclap: Btw, I also like this draw :bounce: It should be much easier than last year when she had to face Linestskaya.
Davai :bounce: :bounce:

WIMBLY2004
May 26th, 2006, 10:53 AM
Benesova
or
Parmentier

I think Maria couldn't have asked for a better draw, no real clay players until the QF :yeah:

I am a bit worried about the possible 4R against Safina :scared:

Andy.
May 26th, 2006, 10:54 AM
Well i must say this will be a great draw to ease her into the tournament. Her first round will give her a good hitting match and hopefully really help tp groove her groundstrokes. she should have to much trouble untill the third round where you would think Lucie would really be a tough test as will Dinara in the 4th round but if Masha can build her form thoughout the tournament she can do very well. Good luck Masha

msharafan
May 26th, 2006, 10:57 AM
is lucie a good clay courter?

Andy.
May 26th, 2006, 11:02 AM
is lucie a good clay courter?
Yeah she is very good she has titles on this surface but she is a very inconsistant player and is not incapable of losing first round

msharafan
May 26th, 2006, 11:02 AM
damn it looks like lucie's fav surface is clay, thats not good but hopfully maria will be ok and will prevail!

msharafan
May 26th, 2006, 11:03 AM
thanks yeah youre right about losing first round, she hasnt gotten past the first round in any of her grand slam apperances!

FedExpress
May 26th, 2006, 11:04 AM
Im pretty pleased overall with the draw Dinara is a very difficult 4th round thouhg but im confident.


Yes, I think so too. Dinara is not easy to beat but Maria can make it through the 4th.

bellascarlett
May 26th, 2006, 11:04 AM
Well at least I could say I got my wish...no Justine and Hingis in her half. but then Mary withdrew so she got sveta and has dinara in 4th but who knows she could have gotten hingis had mary not withdrawn. oh well, but altogether it's a good draw for her. she needs those tough doable matches early on if she's plans to make it far.

my question is, how doable is the potential match against safarova? safina will be tough but maria can win if she plays well and is mentally strong all throughout. the rest she'll have to play really really well period.

~lollipop_girl~
May 26th, 2006, 11:05 AM
OH nice draw... Now all I have to worry about is the ankle! :p

shadowsecret
May 26th, 2006, 02:36 PM
OH nice draw... Now all I have to worry about is the ankle! :p

so true! :p

morningglory
May 26th, 2006, 03:27 PM
should be waaaay easier than Linetskaya last year... :tape:
Maria was playing well but Evgenia was retrieving like hell last year...

xan
May 26th, 2006, 03:44 PM
Hmmmm. Not a cake-walk draw by any means. There are some tough characters in there though, Safina and Kuznetsova have been playing well above their ranking, and Molik is in there too! Maria will need to be on the ball!

Kim seems to have the easiest draw to the quarters.

Best of luck to Maria.

msharafan
May 26th, 2006, 03:47 PM
does anyone have that match to upload? i know i should go to the video thread but you know... and also apart from the chadvadatze match from last year any videos of maria on clay? thanks if there are.

msharafan
May 26th, 2006, 04:16 PM
that is the linetskaya match im talking about, thanks.

msharafan
May 26th, 2006, 04:51 PM
maria is playing on sunday on the lenglen court or court 2 she will be fourth in the schedule i only hope eurosport show it there will be a santoro match on chatrier or centre court at around the same time as maria's obviously for the french crowd so we might get lucky and eurosport might show maria's match!

furrykitten
May 26th, 2006, 05:34 PM
Maria has a good draw thankfully!!

UDACHi
May 26th, 2006, 06:01 PM
I love this draw. :hearts:

Reuchlin
May 26th, 2006, 06:05 PM
I honestly don't care about this draw...the sooner she gets off the clay and onto the Grass the better for her Wimbledon chances! By fighting to get futher at RG she is just wasting time IMO.

Maria Croft
May 26th, 2006, 06:16 PM
I honestly don't care about this draw...the sooner she gets off the clay and onto the Grass the better for her Wimbledon chances! By fighting to get futher at RG she is just wasting time IMO.


Wimbledon isn't everything :shrug:

Maria Croft
May 26th, 2006, 06:21 PM
On the status of her game thanks to two months off Tour because of a foot injury… "I don't think I'm as perfect as I would have liked to be. But, you know, I'm giving it my best shot…Hopefully, with a few miracles, things can get better and I'll be able to play. Definitely won't be 100 percent, but we'll see how it goes."


This really doesn't sound good at all :sad:

furrykitten
May 26th, 2006, 06:32 PM
On the status of her game thanks to two months off Tour because of a foot injury… "I don't think I'm as perfect as I would have liked to be. But, you know, I'm giving it my best shot…Hopefully, with a few miracles, things can get better and I'll be able to play. Definitely won't be 100 percent, but we'll see how it goes."


This really doesn't sound good at all :sad:

Anything she does achieve is a bonus then really, good fighting spirit :bounce:

msharafan
May 26th, 2006, 06:51 PM
oh no! it sounds like she doesnt even know if shes going to play! do you have the link were she said this and did she say anything else? i was really looking forward for maria to do quite well i mean her draw isnt bad but it seems as though the foot injury is still bad, well im praying that youll be ok maria! also maria getting a sunday start will not help her cause either, i hope shes ok, i mean i really thought she would be back to herself in no time after a few matches, i guess i was wrong!

myxomatosis
May 26th, 2006, 08:00 PM
Wimbledon isn't everything :shrug:You're right. the USO and the Aussie are important too. Roland Garros... nah. ;)

Well if she's going to withdraw, it's going to be very soon. :sad:

Steve-o
May 26th, 2006, 08:34 PM
On the status of her game thanks to two months off Tour because of a foot injury… "I don't think I'm as perfect as I would have liked to be. But, you know, I'm giving it my best shot…Hopefully, with a few miracles, things can get better and I'll be able to play. Definitely won't be 100 percent, but we'll see how it goes."

That doesn't sound too promising... I hope Maria is able to play and get through whatever matches she plays in one piece...too bad she isn't 100% because the draw is pretty friendly untill 4th round.

RG is a hugely important tournament and shouldn't be disregarded just because it's played on Maria's least favourite surface, Wimbledon isn't the be all and end all.

msharafan
May 26th, 2006, 08:52 PM
yeah i agree i mean as much as i want maria to win i dont think she will venus will most likely defend her title, but she mightened but im not pinning all my hopes on one tournie that way i wont be so dissapointed and believe me last year i was gutted when maria lost i ran upstairs went into my room and cried for about 1 hour! so ive learnt my lesson dont expect maria to win wimby or you might be in for a let down. well thats just the impression im getting from this maria fan thread i mean wimby isnt everything and RG is not nothing, at the end of the day they are both grand slams!

Maria Croft
May 26th, 2006, 08:57 PM
Right now I can only hope that Maria will be healthy.

Get better soon Maria!

msharafan
May 26th, 2006, 09:17 PM
of course we all hope that firat and foremost! but really i cant wait for rg to begin i mean i just love the atmosphere its great! i also cant wait to see maria's outfit i mean these are the things apart from the tennis i enjoy! also anytime there is a grand slam on im always happy!

Andy.
May 26th, 2006, 11:51 PM
Well no word since that statement, it does sound worrying i must day. She is a perfectionist though so hopfully her injury is not to bad at all. The Sunday start wont help either. Good luck Masha lets hope she will be healthy to play. If she gets thru her first round match hopefully she wont have to play again untill Wednesday.

jcshie
May 27th, 2006, 02:51 AM
Maria Sharapova, twice a quarter-finalist here, does not think she will be offering much of a threat in 2006. Her father, Yuri, looked particularly depressed yesterday as he discussed the latest MRI scans on his daugher’s damaged ankle. "Hopefully, with a few miracles, things can get better and I can play," she said. "I’ve been working, training, doing a lot of therapy. It’s been pretty boring these past few weeks."

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,5205-2198906,00.html


:tape: :tape:

meggz_star
May 27th, 2006, 03:04 AM
Yuri is depressed? Not good :tape:

Andy.
May 27th, 2006, 04:40 AM
Yeah the more i hear about the ankle problems and the moe insight we are getting from Masha the more i think she is not very happy and will probably not play. I have to say guys things are not looking good and im not very optimistic that she wil even play.

Maria Croft
May 27th, 2006, 08:31 AM
Maria Sharapova, twice a quarter-finalist here, does not think she will be offering much of a threat in 2006. Her father, Yuri, looked particularly depressed yesterday as he discussed the latest MRI scans on his daugher’s damaged ankle. "Hopefully, with a few miracles, things can get better and I can play," she said. "I’ve been working, training, doing a lot of therapy. It’s been pretty boring these past few weeks."

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,5205-2198906,00.html


:tape: :tape:

That's just the same stuff from the Roland Garros site, they just 'added' the Yuri stuff and changed some lines to make it sound different :tape:

Still, if she isn't ready to play she shouldn't even try, I mean, why bother?!

jacobruiz
May 27th, 2006, 08:47 AM
That's just the same stuff from the Roland Garros site, they just 'added' the Yuri stuff and changed some lines to make it sound different :tape:

Still, if she isn't ready to play she shouldn't even try, I mean, why bother?!

I know - I can't believe Maria would play (and her dad and entourage) would WANT her to play, if her foot is anything but 100%. It would be insane to risk further injuring it.

TeaMMashA
May 27th, 2006, 10:08 AM
Very upsetting news lately starting to feel bad about the whole summer for Maria now :sad:

msharafan
May 27th, 2006, 10:15 AM
i just hope the media re making it sound worse than it is i mean when does yuri have a smile on his face apart from when maria is playing? eh never so we could be a little optimistic i hope, maria gives it a try but only if she feels she is able to and wont risk further injury. lets all hope shes ok and can play, i mean look at the aussie open situation this year and she did great to get to the semis, but i have a feeling that this injury is a little more serious!

Veeko
May 27th, 2006, 12:08 PM
Good luck

Edward.
May 27th, 2006, 05:00 PM
Its a shame...she's had 2 fairly bad injuries in her short career so far.

I wish her the best of luck but...if she'splaying with an injured ankle and she is feeling uncomfortable with it...its gonna be very tough. :sad:

furrykitten
May 27th, 2006, 05:23 PM
Yuri should pull her out is he knows her ankle is not right for her own good.

furrykitten
May 27th, 2006, 07:23 PM
Nouf says Maria looked tired and ill today :sad:

Edward.
May 27th, 2006, 07:25 PM
Nouf says Maria looked tired and ill today :sad:

:sad:

meggz_star
May 27th, 2006, 08:13 PM
:sobbing:

jcshie
May 27th, 2006, 08:18 PM
FROM ROLAND GARROS - Maria Sharapova re-injured her right ankle in practice on Friday at Roland Garros, went to the doctor and after three hours got the good news – no fracture. The very bad news is that despite requesting a Monday start, she was denied and now is scheduled to face Mashona Washington later on Sunday on Suzanne Lenglen. She’s not happy about it and there’s still a chance that she won’t play. Even if she does, she’s going to have a hard time moving and could have used another day to heal. The tournament is taking a huge risk here by asking one of the tour’s top draws to play hurt, as Washington could counterpunch her out in the first round. But its clear that the French Tennis Federation wants to put on a very good show on its inaugural “First Sunday” of this now 15 day event.

by Matthew Cronin

TennisReporters

:banghead: :banghead: :banghead:

furrykitten
May 27th, 2006, 08:27 PM
FROM ROLAND GARROS - Maria Sharapova re-injured her right ankle in practice on Friday at Roland Garros, went to the doctor and after three hours got the good news – no fracture. The very bad news is that despite requesting a Monday start, she was denied and now is scheduled to face Mashona Washington later on Sunday on Suzanne Lenglen. She’s not happy about it and there’s still a chance that she won’t play. Even if she does, she’s going to have a hard time moving and could have used another day to heal. The tournament is taking a huge risk here by asking one of the tour’s top draws to play hurt, as Washington could counterpunch her out in the first round. But its clear that the French Tennis Federation wants to put on a very good show on its inaugural “First Sunday” of this now 15 day event.

TennisReporters

:banghead: :banghead: :banghead:

How can she consider playing if she was injured so bad she was worried she'd fractured her ankle?? Pull out please Maria! :sad:

meggz_star
May 27th, 2006, 08:33 PM
FROM ROLAND GARROS - Maria Sharapova re-injured her right ankle in practice on Friday at Roland Garros, went to the doctor and after three hours got the good news – no fracture. The very bad news is that despite requesting a Monday start, she was denied and now is scheduled to face Mashona Washington later on Sunday on Suzanne Lenglen. She’s not happy about it and there’s still a chance that she won’t play. Even if she does, she’s going to have a hard time moving and could have used another day to heal. The tournament is taking a huge risk here by asking one of the tour’s top draws to play hurt, as Washington could counterpunch her out in the first round. But its clear that the French Tennis Federation wants to put on a very good show on its inaugural “First Sunday” of this now 15 day event.

TennisReporters



:fiery:

furrykitten
May 27th, 2006, 08:34 PM
The French organisers suck

Edward.
May 27th, 2006, 08:42 PM
The French organisers suck

http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=237328

:devil:

meggz_star
May 27th, 2006, 08:43 PM
They really do

Maria Croft
May 27th, 2006, 08:47 PM
If this is true I hope she decides not to play, it's not worth it :sad:

Steve-o
May 27th, 2006, 08:57 PM
It doesn't sound like Maria's even close to being fully fit :sad:, the last thing I want to see is someone like Washington beating up on Maria just because she can't move properly.

RG organisers... :smash: :tape:

Edward.
May 27th, 2006, 09:08 PM
It doesn't sound like Maria's even close to being fully fit :sad:, the last thing I want to see is someone like Washington beating up on Maria just because she can't move properly.

RG organisers... :smash: :tape:

Especially as Washington beat up on Maria a few years ago at Pilot Pen. :(

morningglory
May 27th, 2006, 11:12 PM
Maria! pull out! :fiery:

Andy.
May 27th, 2006, 11:54 PM
Wow this has gone from bad to worse, poor girl it looks as though she should not play at all now. Like you guys have all said she should pull out if she isnt anywhere near 100% which is what it looks like.

Dan23
May 28th, 2006, 01:51 AM
Masha could play and win if she was at say 80% and improving like at the AO.....but this is something else, 1 minor jolt/roll to it and itll go again :(

Andy.
May 28th, 2006, 02:14 AM
Well we will find out soon enough I dont think she will even play or if she does start i feel she will retire from the match. She has just had such terrible luck with her body the last few years. I hoping that maybe its maybe not quite as bad as what has been reported in the media.

UDACHi
May 28th, 2006, 03:10 AM
At first, this seemed pretty small, but with every report, the injury sounds worse. :unsure: :sad:

I'd love for her to play, but if she's gunna be sad and in pain and playing poorly, what's the point? Grass is the best part of the year for Maria, and she needs to be fit for it. :(

:lol: at Yuri being 'depressed'. :tape:

msharafan
May 28th, 2006, 03:24 AM
this is from RG site on the preview of tommorows matches, so probably a bit biased and as the french would like to see it!

Sharapova's Roland Garros begins Sunday against Mashona Washington, a 30-year-old American who has been in only one clay court main draw this year (lost in first round of Amelia Island; failed to qualify for Charleston, and Rome). While she has never professed love for clay, Sharapova thinks she is improving on the surface.

"Last year especially I didn't feel like I was strong enough physically," she explains. "Definitely a year has passed by and I definitely feel a lot stronger physically. I think that will obviously help me."

this was probably done before maria asked for the request or reinjured herself, i mean how can she be physically better if she nearly fractured her ankle!

UDACHi
May 28th, 2006, 04:04 AM
This whole thing is so confusing. Patchy reports. :cuckoo:

myxomatosis
May 28th, 2006, 04:42 AM
Well if she hasn't pulled out by now, it looks like Maria is likely to play. Hopefully she and her team know what's best with this injury...

morningglory
May 28th, 2006, 06:47 AM
*crosses fingers and hopes Maria doesn't get any more injured and for a quick double bagel her way in 30 minutes*

Maria Croft
May 28th, 2006, 07:41 AM
Sharapova not 100%
Maria Sharapova did not start the French Open with high expectations. The Russian, who has been out for two weeks with an ankle injury still does not believe she is 100% fit. "I do not think I will be able to perform as well as I would like. I have not played a tournament before coming here and I have not trained very much. I am hoping for a few miracles. I will take each day as it comes and see what happens," said the world number 4.

(From the Roland Garros site)

It really does look like Maria will be playing today :unsure:

Maria Croft
May 28th, 2006, 08:27 AM
Good luck Maria!

~lollipop_girl~
May 28th, 2006, 11:32 AM
On the brightside, if she wins today she has a rest till Thursday so that will be helpful!
Good luck Masha!

Dan23
May 28th, 2006, 12:50 PM
thursday?? wouldnt Masha play on wednesday next at best?

Andy.
May 28th, 2006, 12:53 PM
Well First rounds will be tomorow and tuesday so it looks ike she will play on Wednesday next if she plays and gets thru her first match.

xan
May 28th, 2006, 12:55 PM
I don't see her on the schedule of play for today.

Are they holding her match back till Monday?

Edward.
May 28th, 2006, 01:00 PM
This couldn't be a psychological device right?

As in Maria hyping the injury the best she can, to lure opponents into a false sense of security?

Sorry, my imagination is working overdrive today. :lol: I just can't see Maria or her team letting her play if she's nowhere near 100%.

xan
May 28th, 2006, 01:03 PM
She said she's "not 100%", which is different from "not nearly 100%", so I'm hoping she's in a state where she will play decently. I don't think they'd let her play if she had no chance at all.

UDACHi
May 28th, 2006, 01:12 PM
I hope they play that "I'm legendary, I am the one, the only one" song on ESPN2. :haha: :tape:

I'm sorry, I loved when they'd play that song last year. :o

Anyway, this could possibly be quite a nailbiting first round. Against Washington. On clay. :unsure:

Oh, injuries. :lol:

Dan23
May 28th, 2006, 01:25 PM
I don't see her on the schedule of play for today.

Are they holding her match back till Monday?
nah Maria is still on there for today....maybe youre looking at mondays schedule which is on there now too

nalbandian on now...Maria straight after...vamos Masha :yeah: do your best

TeaMMashA
May 28th, 2006, 01:38 PM
Yes i just had that problem it was on day 2 buit i figuered it out quick quickly and lucky for us the matches on Lenglen today have gone quickly so she should be on anytime soon if Nalbandian carries on with his whitewash

morningglory
May 28th, 2006, 02:13 PM
David is pummeling thru easily... Maria better get ready... GIVE UR BEST ANGEL! :armed:

Dan23
May 28th, 2006, 03:06 PM
nalbandian's taking all day :yawn: giving Maria extra healing time :p
he did it at the AO too :o

Shoulderpova
May 28th, 2006, 03:53 PM
Go Masha now :armed:

Dan23
May 28th, 2006, 04:00 PM
gorgeous new dress Maria has

Dan23
May 28th, 2006, 04:02 PM
Cmon Maria :rocker2:

Dan23
May 28th, 2006, 04:12 PM
Maria breaks with a quality FH angle winner :rocker2:
Cmon

Shoulderpova
May 28th, 2006, 04:12 PM
C'mon :rocker:

morningglory
May 28th, 2006, 04:14 PM
yeah cmon Maria! If you can't move that well, think Lindsay and start swinging and hitting the f****ing crap out of the ball instead! :yeah:

Shoulderpova
May 28th, 2006, 04:17 PM
Go Miss Maria Sharapova :bowdown:

Dan23
May 28th, 2006, 04:22 PM
FH is awesome so far...CMON Masha :yeah:

Dan23
May 28th, 2006, 04:26 PM
Vamos Masha...serve it out :clap2:

Dan23
May 28th, 2006, 04:32 PM
6-2 nices stuff Masha :yeah:

Shoulderpova
May 28th, 2006, 04:33 PM
Keep it up and take the match in 2 :hug:

morningglory
May 28th, 2006, 04:38 PM
Nice going Maria! :kiss:

daniela86
May 28th, 2006, 04:50 PM
Maria is up a break in the second set :bounce: :bounce: Keep up :kiss: :rocker:

meggz_star
May 28th, 2006, 04:51 PM
:banana:

furrykitten
May 28th, 2006, 04:54 PM
I'm home at last!!, Come on Maria!

furrykitten
May 28th, 2006, 05:29 PM
maria shouldnever have played this match, she's clearly in pain and can't run properly.

Dan23
May 28th, 2006, 05:37 PM
effects of the ankle are being noticed much more now....shes starting to get annoyed with it

myxomatosis
May 28th, 2006, 05:51 PM
Even if she pulls out a win here, does it look like she's likely to withdraw before the second round? I have no TV coverage. :mad:

Edward.
May 28th, 2006, 06:15 PM
Maria started so well, but as the game has gone on Mashona has gotten much better, and Maria's ankle seems to be hurting her.

:sad:

Edward.
May 28th, 2006, 06:31 PM
OMFG I don't believe it!

From 5-2 down, Maria won it.

Damn I love this girl. Indomitable spirit!

Dan23
May 28th, 2006, 06:34 PM
Maria is just amazing....what a performance...pure champion :worship:

shadowsecret
May 28th, 2006, 06:40 PM
i gotta admit, i almost gave up on her when she was down 5-2.. but man what a fighter! this is exactly why i love her and will always remember.."it's not over till it's over" thank you maria!! (it's nice she lets the anti-maria camp almost celebrating her lost and then spoils the party) hehe i don't wanna say haters :P

Maria Croft
May 28th, 2006, 06:43 PM
This is unbelievable!

I thought for sure she was gonna lose this match, but she simply refused too, saving 3 match points!

She started so well in the first set, and Washington just played so good in the second, I was so frustrated that Maria brought out the best in a player yet again.

But in the third it just wasn’t Maria anymore, until 5-2, she just started to go for every shot again, hitting amazing winners :D

I’m so proud of her! :hearts:

(and of myself, being able to watch this from start to finish lol)

furrykitten
May 28th, 2006, 06:45 PM
I'm so proud of Maria, what a fighter!, she rules! :hearts:

But please don't hurt your ankle any more!

TeaMMashA
May 28th, 2006, 06:45 PM
That was an emotional rollercoaster! especially in GM at first i didnt want her to win let alone play the match because of the injury etc but when circumstances got difficult in GM i just thought do it Maria go for it so now im delighted and hahaha to GM :)

shadowsecret
May 28th, 2006, 06:46 PM
This is unbelievable!

I thought for sure she was gonna lose this match, but she simply refused too, saving 3 match points!

She started so well in the first set, and Washington just played so good in the second, I was so frustrated that Maria brought out the best in a player yet again.

But in the third it just wasn’t Maria anymore, until 5-2, she just started to go for every shot again, hitting amazing winners :D

I’m so proud of her! :hearts:

(and of myself, being able to watch this from start to finish lol)

there were moments where i changed the channels though.. (ok i admit it, during those awful match points moments) haha i feel bad for that guy though..not sure whether it's coach or brother.. it was so close for mashona! i was practically jumping when maria converted her match point.. :bounce:

myxomatosis
May 28th, 2006, 06:50 PM
Only a dancing banana can convey the joy of Maria's wicked comeback win!
:banana:

shadowsecret
May 28th, 2006, 06:54 PM
oh just wondering.. who's her next opponent? and it's on wednesday right? her next match? cause i think that ankle seriously needs a rest..

Tennisballova
May 28th, 2006, 06:55 PM
Yes, it was an amazing match! *edge of my seat* . Go Masha! :worship:

shadowsecret
May 28th, 2006, 06:56 PM
Yes, it was an amazing match! *edge of my seat* . Go Masha! :worship:

best match of the day! :bounce:

meggz_star
May 28th, 2006, 07:00 PM
Only a dancing banana can convey the joy of Maria's wicked comeback win!
:banana:
Exactly!:banana:

furrykitten
May 28th, 2006, 07:03 PM
That is why we love Maria, she is a winner!

Shoulderpova
May 28th, 2006, 07:13 PM
Maria Sharapova :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown:

iine:
May 28th, 2006, 07:14 PM
The match was just unbelievable! How Maria fought her way back to win the match is just simply admirable! She's got it .. A real champion!:bowdown:

Steve-o
May 28th, 2006, 07:24 PM
Just so proud of Maria. I thought she was dead and buried at 2-5 but the heart and fight Maria showed to comeback was absolutely unbelievable. :worship: You just can't ask for anything more than Maria showed out there today, I loved it when she banged her chest at the end.

She looks stunning in the pink dress :hearts:

msharafan
May 28th, 2006, 07:59 PM
thats maria for you a true champion and boy did she show it today. is houldnt really tell you this but a girl in my class who was 16 was knocked down by a car and killed, and i was just so upset. on top of all that misery i have state exams next week and this week which i have off was for revision, which i badly needed, to do, so naturally when maria started to lose i got really upset and depressed, but as the match went on and the pigions at match point down, i knew maria wouldnt let me down! all i can say is thank you maria for making my nightmare weekend a little more bearable!

Edward.
May 28th, 2006, 08:19 PM
is houldnt really tell you this but a girl in my class who was 16 was knocked down by a car and killed, and i was just so upset.

Aww, I'm really sorry to hear that :sad: :hug:

msharafan
May 28th, 2006, 08:24 PM
nah its ok, but maria really did brighten up my day! and i can thank her for that!

bellascarlett
May 28th, 2006, 08:27 PM
:bounce: :woohoo: :bigclap: :banana: :worship: :bowdown:

What a good day!! :rolls:

I too thought it was all over at 2-5 in the third. But once again Maria shows EVERYONE what a true fighter and champion she is! :bowdown: My heart was pounding especially since the sb brokedown at 3-5 and I couldnt get access to this board. :o...so gosh you can imagine my excitement when I found out she broke for 4-5, held for 5 all, led for 6-5 and won 7-5...what a joy! and really fantastic effort from masha...:crying2: :hug:

let's hope she didnt aggravate her ankle injury...yuri must be so proud as all of us are. im so annoyed i have to wait till tomorow morning to watch it. they announced masha's match to be aired today...but freakin federer took so long and they are for some reason showing momo on tape when they could have shown sharapova and possibly gotten higher numbers...:o

bellascarlett
May 28th, 2006, 08:28 PM
Aww, I'm really sorry to hear that :sad: :hug:

yes me too. thats tough to accept. 16? wow...

TeaMMashA
May 28th, 2006, 08:33 PM
Im sorry to hear that about your friend i know how you feel its terrible losing friends maybe the pigeons was her helping you through the day! :hug:

msharafan
May 28th, 2006, 08:37 PM
thanks everyone thats what i was thinking too, it really has been a great comfort to me this match, i mean i am still devastated but i dont know how i would have felt if maria would have lost. this weekend has been an emotional rollercoaster, and i for one am glad its over! maria showed everyone what a great champion she is, and no one can denigh shes not!

shadowsecret
May 28th, 2006, 08:38 PM
Washington kept the No. 4-seeded Sharapova on the run with shots into the corners and reached her first match point at 5-3. Sharapova calmly erased it with a forehand winner.

Washington held two more match points serving at 5-4, but lost the first with a backhand long, then lost her last one when Sharapova whacked another forehand winner.

"I played well," Washington said. "I just wasn't able to get the last point."

Beginning with the last match point she saved, Sharapova won 15 of the final 19 points. When she hit a running backhand winner to reach match point, she twirled and punched the air.

Washington then sailed a backhand wide, and a relieved Sharapova tapped her chest with her fist as she walked to the net.

"I'm a competitor, and that's why I play the sport," Sharapova said. "That's why I'm here." :worship:

Martyś
May 28th, 2006, 08:51 PM
I went for a walk at the start of the third set. I just couldn't watch that.

And I'm so proud of Maria now. Happy to be her fan. She is amazing. :woohoo:

Teemu
May 28th, 2006, 08:54 PM
She sure is a competitor. At 2-5 I was ready to throw in the towel, especially with her injured, but Maria once again proved her champion's quality. Great match! Good quality too. Just what you wanna see in sport, especially with your fave winning. :)
So proud of you Masha! :bounce:
Best of Luck for the next match, Maria! :kiss:

Sorry to hear about your classmate msharafan. :sad:

TeaMMashA
May 28th, 2006, 09:16 PM
Hopefully the sky is the limit for Maria now she can only bring positivity out of that fightback and with a few days may overcome some of the pain in the injury and maybe do better then expected she must have a lot of self belief now if she puts her mind to it.

Maria Croft
May 28th, 2006, 09:18 PM
Here are the stats from the match

http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d130/mariacroft/stats.jpg

Steve-o
May 28th, 2006, 09:36 PM
I was impressed with how Maria served, I think she took some pace off the first serve and went for a high percentage.

Maria hit less winners :eek: I felt a bit sorry for Washington really, she played out of her skin but Maria mugged her in the end.

Maria Croft
May 28th, 2006, 09:39 PM
I would also like to add that why is it that Maria always seems to bring out the best in players?!

It's so damn frustrating to watch her opponents play unbelievable tennis, hit winners left and right out of the blue, totally in the zone, does make the victory even more sweeter though lol

Edward.
May 28th, 2006, 09:42 PM
I would also like to add that why is it that Maria always seems to bring out the best in players?!

It's so damn frustrating to watch her opponents play unbelievable tennis, hit winners left and right out of the blue, totally in the zone, does make the victory even more sweeter though lol

I was actually thinking the same thing earlier :lol:

She does have this weird unfortunate ability to make her opponents play out of their minds.

Steve-o
May 28th, 2006, 09:55 PM
Amazing isn't it :lol: Washington was anonymous in the first set, after that she suddenly found the zone and started ripping awesome FH's at will.

Maria Croft
May 28th, 2006, 09:58 PM
Yeah I was like: This can't be happening again!

Now that she won the match I can laugh about it, but still, it's very weird

shadowsecret
May 28th, 2006, 09:58 PM
and who can forget some weird shots that actually went in! i think maria even look shocked in a couple of points.. mashona was practically retrieving everything maria threw at her

Maria Croft
May 28th, 2006, 09:59 PM
and who can forget some weird shots that actually went in! i think maria even look shocked in a couple of points.. mashona was practically retrieving everything maria threw at her


Yeah it was unreal, just like in that Golovin match, almost everything was in, I mean, she even hit more winners then Maria today!

shadowsecret
May 28th, 2006, 10:03 PM
Yeah it was unreal, just like in that Golovin match, almost everything was in, I mean, she even hit more winners then Maria today!

haha exactly! and it's not like maria switched off or something..it's just mashona is suddenly inspired!! haha.. i'm all for maria winning in dramatic fashion but please make it easier on your fans the next couple of rounds haha

TennisPlayingFox
May 28th, 2006, 10:09 PM
What an awesome fight! Way to go Masha!

Andy.
May 28th, 2006, 10:19 PM
Wow what an opening match, so much drama, what a contest. I have lost all my fingernails now LOL. Well done Masha on fighting with eveerything you had, im so proud and impressed because Washington was

Dan23
May 29th, 2006, 12:22 AM
still cant believeshe pulled it off...stayed up til 3am and it was worth it....I was like Maria after winning Wimby when she won :lol: I was on the floor. stunning comeback

azi
May 29th, 2006, 12:33 AM
ha...my heart is in my throat the whole time... and it's 2am and im screaming alone in my room for maria to fight back... what a sweet victory in the end... and lol at the pigeons and mp against masha.... really a classic... it seems GOD is looking after our girl today...good win, masha.

UDACHi
May 29th, 2006, 01:05 AM
Maria! Amazing effort, and we're alive another day. :worship:

bellascarlett
May 29th, 2006, 01:12 AM
I would also like to add that why is it that Maria always seems to bring out the best in players?!

It's so damn frustrating to watch her opponents play unbelievable tennis, hit winners left and right out of the blue, totally in the zone, does make the victory even more sweeter though lol

Hmmm...There was one comment about Anna Kournikova I heard once that I feel can be related to this (at least it's a theory I believe possible as well in Maria's case). I cant remember now when and where and from who I heard it - I tend to think it was a top player Anna competed against - but anyway...she said that players weve more motivated to beat Kournikova. They didnt want to lose to the so called "Pretty Girl" or "It Girl" and that beating her was in a way stripping her of whatever talent she was seen to have and that it was sort of like a message that proved her beauty and popularity worthless....:angel:...something to that effect...and I've always thought this to apply to Maria as well in some situations. You just know players are more motivated to beat the darling of the WTA. It's hard to explain but I think it makes sense. ;)

Andy.
May 29th, 2006, 01:13 AM
I was yelling and screaming COME ONs with her all the way thru the last fews games i was dying on my chair it had so much tension and nerves. It was just awesome to watch, she really showed us why she is the great champ she has become, her fight and spirit was just terrific to see and to have back on the tour. COME ON!!!!!!!!!!!!

PS- did wnyone alse notice that her serve looks a little different ?

Edward.
May 29th, 2006, 01:18 AM
Maybe she has modified it a little so she's not putting as much strain on her foot?

bellascarlett
May 29th, 2006, 01:25 AM
She is a born champion which is why I all the more hate these nagging injuries...imagine what she could do this year without her being bothered by them....or even what she could have done this season without them...:o...her injuries are really hindering her development and progress as a champion tennis player somewhat. I know all champions have had to deal with injuries one way or another and that more of that champion's aura and character shine through during difficult times but still... she's already had to deal with more than enough last season. I hope her ankle injury heals completely soon and that she doesnt injure herself anymore in a way that could hamper her chances of achieving her destiny as a great tennis champion. She has all the characteristics of one really.

Dan23
May 29th, 2006, 02:04 AM
Yea I think her serve was just changed to help her ankle. She had no forward thrust off her right leg like she usually does and in the 2nd set she was basically serving off the ground....seems the restrapping helped that a bit in the 3rd.

azi
May 29th, 2006, 04:11 AM
after not playing for two months, maria is back again with an uproar...i hope she perform better against benesova in her next match...

morningglory
May 29th, 2006, 04:24 AM
*crosses fingers and hopes Maria doesn't get any more injured and for a quick double bagel her way in 30 minutes*
boy oh boy :haha: I went on a trip with my cousins and niece and nephew today so I didn't follow livescores... and thank goodness I didn't becuz my heart couldn't have handled it...

morningglory
May 29th, 2006, 04:29 AM
Wow what an opening match, so much drama, what a contest. I have lost all my fingernails now LOL. Well done Masha on fighting with eveerything you had, im so proud and impressed because Washington was
:lol: lucky that I play the piano seriously and have virtually no fingernails to bite :haha: (my teacher insists none be left so I cut them off real clean)

~lollipop_girl~
May 29th, 2006, 09:15 AM
So glad I didn't attempt to stay up and watch livescores! :p
Thank god for her pulling through that match... :eek: What a comeback, such a proud day for as fans but also still a day of worry! What will she do next? ;)

furrykitten
May 29th, 2006, 09:48 AM
It was great to see the old fighting spirit back from Maria, in some of her loses more recent I was starting to wonder where it was but she's back now

Maria Croft
May 29th, 2006, 12:27 PM
Yeah I noticed right away that her serve motion is a little different, we should all just be glad she didn't injure her ankle that she lands on when serving, because then she really wouldn't be able to serve well, but I think she served pretty well, she's just more vulnerable now in her serve games now.

UDACHi
May 29th, 2006, 01:53 PM
I saw the third set today, Maria was hitting really hard, looking much better than I expected her to.

Benesova's in shitty form. :yeah:

Edward.
May 29th, 2006, 01:56 PM
I saw the third set today, Maria was hitting really hard, looking much better than I expected her to.

Benesova's in shitty form. :yeah:

So was Washington, until she played Maria! :lol:

FedExpress
May 29th, 2006, 04:06 PM
It was a really great match with a lucky Masha in the end. Congrats :yeah:

Martyś
May 29th, 2006, 05:55 PM
Is that true, that she'll play her next match on court seven ? :p

shadowsecret
May 29th, 2006, 06:00 PM
Is that true, that she'll play her next match on court seven ? :p

huh? where did u hear this?

Martyś
May 29th, 2006, 06:08 PM
It's probably a joke caused by her complaining ;)

shadowsecret
May 29th, 2006, 06:10 PM
u mean seriously she'll play at court 7? isn't it a little early to decide this kinda thing? haha

Maria Croft
May 29th, 2006, 06:57 PM
u mean seriously she'll play at court 7? isn't it a little early to decide this kinda thing? haha


That was called sarcasm lol

shadowsecret
May 29th, 2006, 07:04 PM
That was called sarcasm lol

good because grand slams are the only time i get coverage of any woman tennis live and i want to watch maria play! haha

furrykitten
May 29th, 2006, 08:51 PM
Maria belongs on the main court every time she plays.

meggz_star
May 29th, 2006, 09:04 PM
good because grand slams are the only time i get coverage of any woman tennis live and i want to watch maria play! haha

Same here :lol: . I mainly get coverage of the men's tournaments

shadowsecret
May 29th, 2006, 09:26 PM
Same here :lol: . I mainly get coverage of the men's tournaments

really? don't tell me, it's those atp series ones right? because i always get that and it's not fair!! haha

Dan23
May 30th, 2006, 12:09 AM
So was Washington, until she played Maria! :lol:
exactly ;)
Maria brings out everyones best form :o

meggz_star
May 30th, 2006, 02:30 AM
really? don't tell me, it's those atp series ones right? because i always get that and it's not fair!! haha

How did you know? :lol: I get full coverage of every single atp masters series that exist :haha:

Maria Croft
May 30th, 2006, 07:57 AM
good because grand slams are the only time i get coverage of any woman tennis live and i want to watch maria play! haha

I'm lucky living in the Netherlands, they almost never show the ATP tournaments, but almost every week they have coverage from a WTA tournament :)

shadowsecret
May 30th, 2006, 08:36 AM
lucky you summon.. cause they only shows replays here 2 weeks after the tournament is over! and they play all the atp series..!

pimpie
May 30th, 2006, 11:07 AM
I'm lucky living in the Netherlands, they almost never show the ATP tournaments, but almost every week they have coverage from a WTA tournament :)

Yeah why is that
not that i'm complaining :p

Maria Croft
May 30th, 2006, 12:08 PM
Yeah why is that
not that i'm complaining :p


you mean why woman's tennis is more popular in the Netherlands?
maybe because of Misa? I doubt that though, we've had good coverage for quite some years now, before Misa.
I guess we Dutch people just know that the WTA tour is more exciting :lol: :p

meggz_star
May 30th, 2006, 01:29 PM
you mean why woman's tennis is more popular in the Netherlands?
maybe because of Misa? I doubt that though, we've had good coverage for quite some years now, before Misa.
I guess we Dutch people just know that the WTA tour is more exciting :lol: :p

Lucky you. I wish I could say the same for here.

xan
May 30th, 2006, 02:01 PM
Hmmm...There was one comment about Anna Kournikova I heard once that I feel can be related to this (at least it's a theory I believe possible as well in Maria's case). I cant remember now when and where and from who I heard it - I tend to think it was a top player Anna competed against - but anyway...she said that players weve more motivated to beat Kournikova. They didnt want to lose to the so called "Pretty Girl" or "It Girl" and that beating her was in a way stripping her of whatever talent she was seen to have and that it was sort of like a message that proved her beauty and popularity worthless....:angel:...something to that effect...and I've always thought this to apply to Maria as well in some situations. You just know players are more motivated to beat the darling of the WTA. It's hard to explain but I think it makes sense. ;)

Myskina was just on Eurosport saying that she had tough matches because everybody went all out to beat a Slam Champion.

It's annoying when it happens to Maria so much, and nonentities suddenly play the match of their lives against her.

Anyway, amazing win Maria.

xan
May 30th, 2006, 02:03 PM
Oh. Yes. Eurosport commentators and some of the newspapers were saying how annoyed Maria was that RG forced her to play on the Sunday, even though she told them her injury had been aggravated. They really should show more consideration for the players.

Hoping Maria's ankle has time to recover and is good for her next match!

Andy.
May 30th, 2006, 02:13 PM
In a way the Sunday start was not such a bad thing as long as she got thru it which she did, she has an extra days rest that way and hopefully her ankle is a little better. Safarova is gone so that opens up her draw a little.

~SunFlower~
May 30th, 2006, 02:47 PM
Mighty, Benesova and Molik are dangerous in Maria's draw. :unsure: I am just so happy that she got thru the opening match to get over with! :)

Andy.
May 30th, 2006, 02:51 PM
Masha will be second on Court Phillipe Chatrier tomorow.

CHATRIER 11:00 Start

Men's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Carlos Moya (ESP)[30] vs. Mikhail Youzhny (RUS)

followed by
Women's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Maria Sharapova (RUS)[4] vs. Iveta Benesova (CZE)

Men's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
David Nalbandian (ARG)[3] vs. Richard Gasquet (FRA)

Women's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Venus Williams (USA)[11] vs. Emma Laine (FIN)

Benesova will be a tough challenger and is a tricky player but Masha should be up to the task if she is fit and healthy as she can be.

Maria Croft
May 30th, 2006, 02:59 PM
Masha will be second on Court Phillipe Chatrier tomorow.

CHATRIER 11:00 Start

Men's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Carlos Moya (ESP)[30] vs. Mikhail Youzhny (RUS)

followed by
Women's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Maria Sharapova (RUS)[4] vs. Iveta Benesova (CZE)

Men's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
David Nalbandian (ARG)[3] vs. Richard Gasquet (FRA)

Women's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Venus Williams (USA)[11] vs. Emma Laine (FIN)

Benesova will be a tough challenger and is a tricky player but Masha should be up to the task if she is fit and healthy as she can be.

Really surprised to see her at the centre court :D and so early too, very happy about that :yeah:

This will be another tough match, but I'm not really nervous about it, for me Maria has already proven herself this tournament, now every win will just be something special :)

TeaMMashA
May 30th, 2006, 04:50 PM
Im excited about this centre court also im happy to see shes not first on and i think second on is a good time to play

Martyś
May 30th, 2006, 04:56 PM
I won't see her match tommorow :sad:

But best luck to Maria ! Show your class :woohoo:

jacobruiz
May 30th, 2006, 05:28 PM
I've been away and unable to see or record Maria's match!:sad:

I followed it in "livescores" and I have to admit I kind of thought Maria would have a let down at 2 - 5 in the third. It has happened before lately and she IS injured and all...:shrug:

But my god did she prove me wrong!!!:bounce: :bounce: Absolutely BRILLIANT comeback!!:worship: :worship: :worship:


CAN'T WAIT TO SEE HER TOMORROW!!!:hearts: :drool:

furrykitten
May 30th, 2006, 06:18 PM
I am recording it as I'm at work again :mad: :sad:
Hope its on Eurosport!

The_Pov
May 30th, 2006, 06:39 PM
I think that Maria has to win her next match or her next 2 matches to regain the Russian Number 1.

morningglory
May 30th, 2006, 06:47 PM
Good luck tomorrow Maria! Hopefully those few days off were nice on her ankle and it's healed!

meggz_star
May 30th, 2006, 06:58 PM
Good luck tomorrow Maria! Hopefully those few days off were nice on her ankle and it's healed!

Yeah. Hopefully the ankle feels much better

furrykitten
May 30th, 2006, 08:02 PM
Yes lets hope so, maria can get into her rythym then and power will come back

~SunFlower~
May 30th, 2006, 08:33 PM
I think that Maria has to win her next match or her next 2 matches to regain the Russian Number 1.

Maria will move up to world No. 3 and Russian No. 1 if she wins tomorrow. :) :dog:

Maria Croft
May 30th, 2006, 08:38 PM
Good luck Maria!

Dan23
May 30th, 2006, 11:57 PM
Maria will move up to world No. 3 and Russian No. 1 if she wins tomorrow. :) :dog:
Back where she belongs...go for it Masha :yeah:

Andy.
May 31st, 2006, 12:51 AM
Maria will move up to world No. 3 and Russian No. 1 if she wins tomorrow. :) :dog:

Thats great news :worship: :angel: :D Good luck Masha

UDACHi
May 31st, 2006, 01:42 AM
Maria will move up to world No. 3 and Russian No. 1 if she wins tomorrow. :) :dog:

Yeah! :D I hope she does, that'd be the highlight of my day. Benesova is shit lately, so hopefully she'll keep it that way.

Andy.
May 31st, 2006, 01:46 AM
Yeah! :D I hope she does, that'd be the highlight of my day. Benesova is shit lately, so hopefully she'll keep it that way.
She is a very up and down player though so all of a sudden she could just come out on fire like Washington, I hopoe not i would like a nice easy match now that she got all the match practice she needed in that first match.

morningglory
May 31st, 2006, 06:30 AM
it's 11.35 PM here and I can't stay up anymore... Good luck Maria and I hope I wake up to a nice surprise! :kiss: Guys please cheer for her in my place :) Hope the ankle does fine and Maria can rip her serve like she always did again...

shadowsecret
May 31st, 2006, 06:40 AM
good luck maria!! i want that russian number 1 title to be yours again :)

jcshie
May 31st, 2006, 10:43 AM
:rain: :rain: in Paris

Andy.
May 31st, 2006, 10:45 AM
Yeah i know thats really annoying there was only one more set to go