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KirilenkoRulz
May 24th, 2006, 01:03 PM
Just saw the seeds on a Eurosport article, Maria is Seeded #21. As they have her ahead of Dechy, they are indeed using this week's WTA rankings. Sharapova seeded #4, and good to see her still on the players list and in the seeding. Martina H at #13, obviously her best draw position since her return. Best I can see, no surprises. Lindsay withdrew a week ago and the rest seems to track the current rankings.

Women's singles

1. Amelie Mauresmo
2. Kim Clijsters
3. Nadia Petrova
4. Maria Sharapova
5. Justine Henin-Hardenne
6. Mary Pierce
7. Elena Dementieva
8. Patty Schnyder
9. Svetlana Kuznetsova
10. Francesca Schiavone
11. Anastasia Myskina
12. Venus Williams
13. Martina Hingis
14. Anna-Lena Groenefeld
15. Dinara Safina
16. Daniela Hantuchova
17. Nicole Vaidisova
18. Flavia Pennetta
19. Elena Likhovtseva
20. Ana Ivanovic
21. Maria Kirilenko
22. Nathalie Dechy
23. Ai Sugiyama
24. Tatiana Golovin
25. Katarina Srebotnik
26. Marion Bartoli
27. Anabel Medina Garrigues
28. Anna Chakvetadze
29. Lucie Safarova
30. Sofia Arvidsson
31. Klara Koukalova
32. Shahar Peer

TeaMMashA
May 24th, 2006, 01:16 PM
Is there any news on Maria's fitness heading in to RG?

KirilenkoRulz
May 24th, 2006, 05:05 PM
Is there any news on Maria's fitness heading in to RG?As best I can tell, it has been extremely quiet on the Maria news front since the doubles loss in Rome. None of the articles she has been in mentions it, I seem to be the only one posting on her Russian site the past 5-6 days and of course, her "Official Site" is no help. And she withdrew from the Strausbourg tournament where she was the number 2 seed without a mention anywhere as to why. Hopefully, Maria will advance far enough in the French Open to make it on ESPN and we will be able to watch her play and maybe get an idea on what's up with the left knee.

RonnieB33
May 24th, 2006, 05:40 PM
9. Svetlana Kuznetsova
10. Francesca Schiavone
11. Anastasia Myskina
12. Venus Williams
13. Martina Hingis
14. Anna-Lena Groenefeld
15. Dinara Safina
16. Daniela Hantuchova

21. Maria Kirilenko :hearts: Assuming that Maria can get past her first two opponents at RG (hope I didn't just jinx her!), her potential 3rd-round opponent could be a 9-16 seed. I'm hoping she doesn't draw Hingis or Safina who have been hot recently. I'd like to see her go against Daniela or Myskina who have both been pretty shaky recently. At least there's no fear of facing the top seed like she did in Melbourne.

We'll see how the draw looks in a couple of days!

KirilenkoRulz
May 24th, 2006, 06:51 PM
Maria lost in the first round of the French Open in 2005 and thus has no points to defend this year. A great opportunity for her to move up in the rankings should she win a few matches. Maria was not seeded at Roland Garros last year so her draw should shape up better this year.

For perspective, leading up to the French Open in 2005, Maria played the exact same three tournaments she played in 2006 - Warsaw, Berlin, Rome. In Rome 2005 she lost in the first round singles, just as she did this year. In Paris, she lost in the first round singles to qualifier Eva Birnerova, 62 57 36. She then went to Birmingham next and won in the first round, beating Yuliane Fedak 63 62. Then came what to me was a crushing defeat to Jamea Jackson in the second round in Birmingham by a straight sets score of 26 36. From the first round loss in Rome last year, Maria did not make it past the second round in ANY tournament straight through the US Open. Then she went to Asia for the fall season and started a huge winning steak along the way winning the China Open. So Maria is not going to have a lot of points to defend throughout the summer, a good time to increase her point total and better her ranking.

Ravsieg
May 24th, 2006, 08:08 PM
Myskina and Hantuchova are the less threatening of those, Maria should well win there if both reach the 3rd Round.

Dementirilenko
May 25th, 2006, 12:04 PM
Well, when I look on Makiri's results during the past few weeks I am a bit afraid if she can play a solid tourney at RG. Most important is that she gets a nice draw wich offers her an opportunity to reach maybe the third round. This would be a nice result. I am sure that she will early meet one of the top players and I hope that this will give her the opportunity to play on Center Court in front of all the TV - Cam's.
Best of luck, Makiri!!

The_Pov
May 25th, 2006, 12:39 PM
Maria lost in the first round of the French Open in 2005 and thus has no points to defend this year. A great opportunity for her to move up in the rankings should she win a few matches. Maria was not seeded at Roland Garros last year so her draw should shape up better this year.

For perspective, leading up to the French Open in 2005, Maria played the exact same three tournaments she played in 2006 - Warsaw, Berlin, Rome. In Rome 2005 she lost in the first round singles, just as she did this year. In Paris, she lost in the first round singles to qualifier Eva Birnerova, 62 57 36. She then went to Birmingham next and won in the first round, beating Yuliane Fedak 63 62. Then came what to me was a crushing defeat to Jamea Jackson in the second round in Birmingham by a straight sets score of 26 36. From the first round loss in Rome last year, Maria did not make it past the second round in ANY tournament straight through the US Open. Then she went to Asia for the fall season and started a huge winning steak along the way winning the China Open. So Maria is not going to have a lot of points to defend throughout the summer, a good time to increase her point total and better her ranking.

I was looking into that as well it does seem that if makiri is going to make her break and rise up the rankings it'll be over the summer as she has so little points to defend, and the futher up the rankings she goes the better the draws she'll get.

KirilenkoRulz
May 25th, 2006, 01:32 PM
Best of luck, Makiri!!Hi, Henry! How have things been in Germany? Hope you have been well.

King Aaron
May 25th, 2006, 05:16 PM
Am I the only one who feels that bad luck will fall upon Maria again and she'll probably draw Martina Hingis? :o :tape:

Ravsieg
May 25th, 2006, 06:13 PM
No you aren't, but those stuff better be kept to those who think it themselves. :p

furrykitten
May 25th, 2006, 06:36 PM
I really hope Maria can make it in this Gran Slam, please Maria get to the Quarters, I want the world to see her shine.

The_Pov
May 25th, 2006, 07:03 PM
Am I the only one who feels that bad luck will fall upon Maria again and she'll probably draw Martina Hingis? :o :tape:

She is well due a good draw lets hope it's here.

FedExpress
May 25th, 2006, 07:15 PM
I really hope Maria can make it in this Gran Slam, please Maria get to the Quarters, I want the world to see her shine.

Very optimistic but I'm with you ~fingers crossed~ :) This time is (finally) the luck on her side :)

Keraj
May 26th, 2006, 11:53 AM
Makiri`s quarter:

(5) Justine Henin-Hardenne BEL vs Maret Ani EST
Jill Craybas USA vs Anastasia Yakimova BLR
wc Alize Cornet FRA vs Virginia Ruano Pascual ESP
(30) Klara Koukalova CZE vs Tathiana Garbin ITA
(19) Ana Ivanovic SCG vs Samantha Stosur AUS
Emilie Loit FRA vs q
Melinda Czink HUN vs q
(10) Anastasia Myskina RUS vs Sania Mirza IND

(13) Anna-Lena GrŲnefeld GER vs Camille Pin FRA
Yan Zi CHN vs Jamea Jackson USA
wc Mathilde Johansson FRA vs q
(20) Maria Kirilenko RUS vs wc Severine Bremond FRA
(32) Gisela Dulko ARG vs q
Kristina Brandi PUR vs Yuliana Fedak UKR
Shenay Perry USA vs Shinobu Asagoe JAP
(3) Nadia Petrova RUS vs Akiko Morigami JAP

Easy first two rounds for Masha, and that is important at the moment.

FedExpress
May 26th, 2006, 12:06 PM
It's gonna be tough against Anna-Lena but I'm confident that she can do it :)

Andy.
May 26th, 2006, 12:24 PM
Prety tough draw but if Maria is playing well and plays with conviction and confidence i see no reason why she cant get to the fourth round. Good luck Maria, one match at a time.

Ravsieg
May 26th, 2006, 12:33 PM
2 WCs and a Q doesn't look too threatening (Sťverine :sad: ) but we can't take it for granted, I have hopes against ALG if she reaches there too.. Petrova's a whole different story. Maria has defeated her this year, but Nadia wasn't playing nearly as well as now.

mila_mail
May 26th, 2006, 12:43 PM
Maria, come on and do your best

KirilenkoRulz
May 26th, 2006, 01:08 PM
Thanks, Jarek for the quarter draw. Plotting out the two pages of the draw if form holds to the end and Maria wins out here is what she has

Maria's quarter of the singles draw brings
1st round - Severine Bremond of France
2nd round - Mathilde Johansson of France or a Qualifier to be named
3rd round - if seeds win out Anna-Lena Groenefeld GER (13)
4th round - if form holds Nadia Petrova (3)
5th round - if form holds Justine HH (5)
Semis - if form holds Kimmy C (2)
Final - if form holds Amelie M (1)

Actually for me, looks ok through the third round, but after that....

KirilenkoRulz
May 26th, 2006, 01:09 PM
BTW, Maria is now up to #20 seed, scanning the seed sheets, it is Mary P who withdrew. That has to really hurt Mary, not to be able to play the Grand Slam in her home country.

The_Pov
May 26th, 2006, 01:10 PM
Every win here is a gift seeing as she didn't get passed the first round last year, it's from now on we should see her rise through the rankings. :bounce:

Keraj
May 26th, 2006, 01:52 PM
Actually for me, looks ok through the third round, but after that....

Walt, the last time we saw Maria on court, she was 4-1 and 30-0 up against Santangelo, and somehow she lost it 5-7, so there is no point in looking beyond third round now, IMO.
You know, she is not exactly in form of her life, at the moment ;)

Anyway, Maria should reach third round (otherwise it will be a disaster) and then we will see...

KirilenkoRulz
May 26th, 2006, 02:36 PM
so there is no point in looking beyond third round now, IMO. Jarek, wasn't trying to predict anything, just mechanically laying out who Maria would play IF she kept winning and form held. Plotted out the draw, that's all. And Mara is having a pretty good 2006 (20 wins - 10 losses or something like that, won her first WTA Title, and is #18 in the 2006 Rankings Race), her first two opponents will not be at the same level. And in the third round, given the players she could have drawn (like Martina H) getting Groenfeld is not bad.

KirilenkoRulz
May 26th, 2006, 02:38 PM
Just saw an interview Maria just did in Russian, it is posted on her Russian site. To get it on here quickly just ran it through the electronic translator and then did a bit of smoothing, so it may sound choppy. Think you get the gist of what she is saying in most cases:

""ANTENNA"
Denis Ushakov

MARIA KIRILENKO: I Walk In The Cinema With Sharapovy

- Masha, however, which did happen in the game against the Belgium?
Maria: Simply Justine played very well! But if we with the players of this level do not tie fight from the first minutes, they begin to feel themselves invincible (?) and to stop them is madly complicated. Especially because Justine - one of the strongest tennis players in the world on clay.

- It seems to me, you were not greatly upset because of the defeat. This tournament (French Open) for you was more important?
Maria: No, it seemed you! For each competition I am tuned seriously and I lay out myself in complete program.

- But tournaments BSH nevertheless stand by house! But how "Roland Garros" it is differed from three other "Grand Slams"?
Maria: In France on Courts reigns the special atmosphere! Fans so start tennis-players, that no fatigue you feel. Literally you fly on the area. Generally, Paris my dear city -frequent I go for a walk through The eliseyskim fields, I rise to Effiel tower. For the first time I fell there, when it played at the juniors tournament in 2002.

- But - with whom do you not want to play in the first rounds? You have unloved rivals?
Maria: No. Now all girls strong, against each of them are their tactics. But the main thing with its emotions and not to be underestimating someone. Especially as I will be at this tournament in the number of seeded players, and in the first round tennis player from first ten me accurately will not fall.

- Do you like playing on clay?
Maria: No. For me it more greatly pleases itself to play on hardcourt. But it is obtained well on the clay in me. There, of course, to play more heavily, points are more prolonged. Although, however it is strange, I reached the semi-final at the yuniorskom Uimbldonskom tournament on the grass, but here as yet achievements I do not have on clay.

- During the tournament there is the possibility to be introduced to the beauties of the city, where you do come out?
Maria: Thus far I play, no. Entire day on court, those more if you play not only single, but also doubles tournament. Then reducing procedures, massage. In the evening forces be sufficient to only reach the hotel, in order to rest and to be prepared for the following day. But here when you lose encounter, i.e., the possibility to take a walk and to look sights. (To paraphase: "I have not been out to see the city. I spend my entrie day on the court as I will play singles and doubles. I only have enough energy in the evening to go to the hotel and rest for the following day. But after I lose there is time to go out and see the city.")

- I know that from five years you dealt with ball dances. It was not pitifully throw them for tennis?
Maria: In reality into five years of 4 yr it were occupied by ballet, and then by already ball dances. In me good obtain- we with the partner on the competitions even occupied the first place. But I was absorbed in by tennis, and "hunting" for the ball me took more strongly.

- Did your parents play a large role in your tennis?
Maria: Yes. Dad brought me to Dinamovskiye Courts (note-this is the club in Moscow where Maria first started to play tennis). In his time he and itself dealt with this form of sport. We then lived in Moscow Korolev (note Korolev and Yubleginy are two suburban towns about 10 km outside of Moscow, in the Moscow Oblast or District), and for parents on the turn it was necessary to drive me into the capital (note-Moscow city proper, she is basically saying after school dad took me from my suburban home to downtown Moscow). But after only one year, after the first victory on the competitions, it became clear that the decision to play tennis was the right choice. True, when my parents began frequently to drive me to the tournaments, arose problems in the school, and they transferred me into the external-studies department.

- How many days in the year you are in Moscow?
Maria: Three or four weeks. Greatly I be bored on the house at the tournaments. Return- and first of all anew I get accustomed to my room. Then I go for a walk, I be surprised at some changes in the city. Compulsorily I walk to Red Square, for me this is a special place.

- With whom of our tennis players you do be friends?
Maria: With Masha Sharapovoy. We are familiar from the childhood, frequently with it Sozvanivayemsya or are copied through the Internet. If we are encountered, we walk in the cinema or into the restaurant.

- How you are occupied in the free time?
- I love to read and to shop in the stores. I most frequently buy skirts, Shorts, maecki- this is my style. But when I was trained in Croatia, on Brach island, I took to fishing. In the output were taken with itself the fishing rods, bread for the bait it sat on the shore. Several times even caught something. And greatly I love to sit after the control of launch.

Ravsieg
May 26th, 2006, 02:57 PM
Thanks :D

Sozvanivayemsya or are copied through the Internet

:confused:

KirilenkoRulz
May 26th, 2006, 03:03 PM
#1 - When I get home will get the dictionary out and try to smooth out the translation. Electronic translators are a blessing, but not perfect. Hopefully will have a better version for you by this time tomorrow. If any of our Russian friends can clairify, that would be great! The original article is on Maria's Russian site.

Keraj
May 26th, 2006, 04:00 PM
Jarek, wasn't trying to predict anything

I know, I just wanted to say that we shouldn't expect to much from Masha in Paris, because last week, she couldn't finish the match against Santangelo in the first round, leading 4-1 and 30-0 and it`s not a sign of good form. That`s all.

TeaMMashA
May 26th, 2006, 05:36 PM
I like Masha's draw

KirilenkoRulz
May 26th, 2006, 06:10 PM
I like Masha's drawTeaMMAshaA, can I ask you a question? If you were walking down the streets of Korolev and saw Miss Kirilenko walking toward you and you wanted to say hi to her, what name would you call her?
Maria
Masha
Makiri
Something different from the above 3

And in your opinion is Makiri a completely fabricated name combining her first and last names or is it a legitimate name for her?

furrykitten
May 26th, 2006, 07:00 PM
Maria is best :worship: :hearts:
The one nickname i do like for a player is Misa. :awww: :hug:

KirilenkoRulz
May 26th, 2006, 07:58 PM
Maria is best :worship: :hearts:Thanks furrykitten! I like Maria best as well. What I was looking for is a take on her name from a Russian and how another Russian would address Maria if they met on the sidewalk. Cheers!

furrykitten
May 26th, 2006, 08:54 PM
Thanks furrykitten! I like Maria best as well. What I was looking for is a take on her name from a Russian and how another Russian would address Maria if they met on the sidewalk. Cheers!

Ok :wavey: ;)

Ravsieg
May 26th, 2006, 10:12 PM
Streets of Korolev? Sorry for the ignorance but what's that?

so.krist!na
May 27th, 2006, 01:31 AM
Maria's draw..just so so.First round and second round would be easy.
3rd round...maybe Anna-Lena.She's a good clay player,although she lost to Shahar.06 26.Just hope Maria's knee is ok.
Go Maria!

KirilenkoRulz
May 27th, 2006, 02:24 AM
Streets of Korolev? Sorry for the ignorance but what's that?#1 - Maria lists Moscow as her home town because it is the big city that everyone around the world would recognize. From what I have read about Maria and from delightful emails sent back and forth with Maria's Russian site fans Maria was actually born and lives in a suburban town right outside of Moscow. Some tell me Maria is from Korolev (and this is from a Maria fan who lives in Korolev) and I have read several places that she lives in Yubileyny. Both towns are about 10 km outside of Moscow, and both towns are right next to each other and are considered sister towns. In any event, Maria mentions Korolev in the interview posted above. First time I have heard her reference her home town being other than Moscow. I will post a bit about both towns below for anyone interested.

From the above interview:
"Did your parents play a large role in your tennis?
Maria: Yes. Dad brought me to Dinamovskiye Courts (note-this is the club in Moscow where Maria first started to play tennis). In his time he and itself dealt with this form of sport. We then lived in Moscow Korolev (note Korolev and Yubleginy are two suburban towns about 10 km outside of Moscow, in the Moscow Oblast or District), and for parents on the turn it was necessary to drive me into the capital (note-Moscow city proper, she is basically saying after school dad took me from my suburban home to downtown Moscow)."

If any Orchestra members from Russia have any inputs or corrections to the above, please correct away.

KirilenkoRulz
May 27th, 2006, 02:30 AM
Korolev information from the city website (they conveniently have an English version). "Korolev, Moscow region is the cradle of Russian cosmonautics. Now the city is the center of aerospace industry, high-technology enterprise, technological and scientific development. The city was named after Sergey P. Korolev, the great scientist and academician, who did a lot for the city and Russian rocketry.

Korolev has an attractive location. It is situated 6 km to the north-east from Moscow, only 35 minutes drive from the Red Square. The population is 161,200, the city area is approximately 40 square kilometers.

Korolev is one of the leaders of advanced Russian science. The majority of inhabitants are engineering intellectuals. A lot of well-known scientists and inventors including academicians and thousands Doctors of Science work at the city enterprises. Korolev is one of the first-rate Russian cities with high level of inhabitants' education: app. 67% of citizens has the higher or professional technical education.

Korolev is one of the greenest cities of Moscow region. The total area of parks, squares and forests is 196 ha. The National Park Losiny Ostrov (The Elk Island) semicircle borders the city from the south: the city includes 543 ha of its territory. The northern suburbs are situated in flood-lands of the Klyazma river. So, even the immediate proximity of such a big city as Moscow doesn't have a negative influence on the ecological situation of Korolev."

Now granted that this is Chamber of Commerce material, sounds like a nice place, doesn't it. Here is the url if you want to read more:

http://www.korolev.ru/english/e_navigator_c.html

KirilenkoRulz
May 27th, 2006, 02:58 AM
"Maria practiced at Dinamo and TsSKA sport grounds. Almost every day her parents brought her there by car from Yubileyny small town in Moscow region, where they lived. Right after school - into the car. She could eat or have a rest on the way to the stadium."

Yubileyny seems to be a smaller town than Korolev and I could not find as much, this is about it, "Yubileyny, Moscow Region, pop 10,000".

Keraj
May 27th, 2006, 11:00 AM
"Sozvanivayemsya or are copied through the Internet"

:confused:

"we contact by phone or correspond through the Internet" (She and Sharapova)


I still don`t fully understand some of her quotes, but this is finally some good interwiev with Masha :D

BTW Thanks God for Russian journalists, otherwise we would have basically zero information from her...

Veeko
May 27th, 2006, 11:52 AM
Good luck,Kirilenko!i hope you can go ahead

ceciliaf92
May 27th, 2006, 02:58 PM
Thanks for the interview!
And all the best for Masha in Paris ;)

King Aaron
May 27th, 2006, 05:22 PM
Thanks for the interview, though I had a hard time trying to understand it. ;) :) :angel:
Happy that Maria didn't get Martina in the 3rd round (:p).

furrykitten
May 27th, 2006, 06:27 PM
Interesting information KirilenkoRulz thanks :)

Ravsieg
May 27th, 2006, 10:02 PM
Thanks for the info. :wavey: I get both things now.

Dementirilenko
May 28th, 2006, 01:46 PM
When does Makiri play her first match?

TeaMMashA
May 28th, 2006, 03:27 PM
When does Makiri play her first match?

Sometime on tuesday the schedule for that day hasnt been released yet

VamosMaster
May 29th, 2006, 04:14 PM
She will play tomorrow Court 1 the 3rd match! :)

Keraj
May 29th, 2006, 04:32 PM
THX Vamos Master, and welcome to the forum :wavey: Court 1, this means there is a chance that Eurosport or France 2/3 will show some fragments of it :)

Masha will play doubles with Gisela.

VamosMaster
May 29th, 2006, 04:54 PM
Hi Keraj :wavey: !Yes that would be great!

KirilenkoRulz
May 29th, 2006, 04:59 PM
Court 1 matches look interesting tomorrow, figure Maria to be on court around 1500:

Tuesday, May 30th Court 1 11:00 Start
Men's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Tommy Haas (GER)[23] vs. Rainer Schuettler (GER)
followed by
Women's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Ana Ivanovic (SCG)[19] vs. Samantha Stosur (AUS)
Women's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Severine Bremond (FRA) vs. Maria Kirilenko (RUS)[20]
Men's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)[14] vs. Jan Hernych (CZE)

KirilenkoRulz
May 29th, 2006, 05:00 PM
Hi Keraj :wavey: !Yes that would be great!VamosMaster - welcome to the forum!!! Great to have you on the Team!

KirilenkoRulz
May 29th, 2006, 08:10 PM
There is another interview post on the Russian site (in Russian) that is 30 Questions for Maria. I will try to translate the entire interview later tonight, but these three questions are especially interesting.

"13. Where do you live?
In Moscow suburbs, in city Yublehyeriy (phonetic spelling from the Russian).
14. And where would dream to live?
On the native land. In other countries I feel uncomfortable.
15. You study?
In it to year I am going to enter the institute."

So within a few days Maria has done interviews first saying she lives in Korolev and above saying Yubileyny. She also says she dreams to live only in Russia. She is consistently proud of her home country. And lastly she says that this year she is going to start post-high school education. She was due to complete high school this year, and looks like she is saying she is going to go to college.

The more you hear Maria speak in these interviews, the more impressed you get. In one question she admits to having a lot of friends and says something like, can I help it that I have a lot of people I care for. World class athelete, very intelligent, loves people and loyal to her home country. Pretty awesome kid!

georgekuo1017
May 30th, 2006, 04:51 AM
Good luck Makiri!

Andy.
May 30th, 2006, 05:46 AM
Good luck to Maria today. lets hope for a nice start to the tournament.

shadowsecret
May 30th, 2006, 09:40 AM
good luck maria!

Langers
May 30th, 2006, 10:14 AM
All the best Maria! Hopefully she gets her tournament off to a good start and has success in both singles and doubles. :yeah:

Game Time
May 30th, 2006, 10:14 AM
Good Luck Makiri!!!

FedExpress
May 30th, 2006, 10:22 AM
Good luck Maria :)

VamosMaster
May 30th, 2006, 11:23 AM
Good luck!

Derek.
May 30th, 2006, 02:18 PM
Maria :unsure:

Don't pull a Birnerova again. :scared:

VamosMaster
May 30th, 2006, 02:36 PM
4-1 in the 2nd set!:)

NYFan87
May 30th, 2006, 03:08 PM
She is down 2-1 and down a break in the 3rd set...Bremond serving...

C'mon Maria!!

NYFan87
May 30th, 2006, 03:17 PM
Kirilenko breaks back, then holds serve.

3-2 Kirilenko, on serve now

VamosMaster
May 30th, 2006, 04:08 PM
:woohoo: She won 8-6! :woohoo:

Andy.
May 30th, 2006, 04:13 PM
Wow great fight from Maria a little to close for comfort though. Looks like the two Marias have even more in common now.

Vassili
May 30th, 2006, 05:08 PM
DavaÔ Maria !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :bounce: nadia is out !!! :lol:

shadowsecret
May 30th, 2006, 05:23 PM
yeah maria!!

Derek.
May 30th, 2006, 05:32 PM
:scared:

Nice fight Masha. ;)

Keraj
May 30th, 2006, 06:15 PM
DavaÔ Maria !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :bounce: nadia is out !!! :lol:

Yes, the draw opened up but don`t get your hopes to high, Masha needs to play much much better than today. That was waaay to close... I can only repeat what I said on the "Cheering Thread". She should never had so much trouble in beating player like Bremond. I watched it from 2-2 in the final set, and with the exceptions of four great serves in a row (when Masha had MP`s at 5-4*), Bremond played like good... amateur :( Thanks God, that serve from Bremond at MP was an inch to low, otherwise it would probably be a winning serve and... bye bye Masha.

But ok, she won and only this matters in the end, so I won`t complain much :)

furrykitten
May 30th, 2006, 06:48 PM
Wonderful Maria!!! :hug:

Ravsieg
May 30th, 2006, 06:57 PM
There's something wrong with her. And I mean psychologically.

King Aaron
May 30th, 2006, 07:12 PM
Yes, the draw opened up but don`t get your hopes to high, Masha needs to play much much better than today. That was waaay to close... I can only repeat what I said on the "Cheering Thread". She should never had so much trouble in beating player like Bremond. I watched it from 2-2 in the final set, and with the exceptions of four great serves in a row (when Masha had MP`s at 5-4*), Bremond played like good... amateur :( Thanks God, that serve from Bremond at MP was an inch to low, otherwise it would probably be a winning serve and... bye bye Masha.

But ok, she won and only this matters in the end, so I won`t complain much :)
Exactly. With this kind of form and play, it doesn't matter if ALG goes out next...Maria's going to have to play a whole lot better if she wants to take advantage.

The_Pov
May 30th, 2006, 08:03 PM
Someone made a good point about Maria on GM, they said that her main problem right now is the same problem that faced Roger Federer (2002) she has too many shots right now (most of which her peers can only wish of having) but she doesn't know when to use them.

What she really needs is a practice session or 2 with Roger and to find a coach who could focus on strategies.

Andy.
May 31st, 2006, 01:47 AM
Yeah i just realised the Nadia is gone so there is a quarter finals finals spot up for grabs and Anna LG and Maria seem the most likely yo fight for it Maria will really have to step it up though.

Andy.
May 31st, 2006, 01:48 AM
Someone made a good point about Maria on GM, they said that her main problem right now is the same problem that faced Roger Federer (2002) she has too many shots right now (most of which her peers can only wish of having) but she doesn't know when to use them.

What she really needs is a practice session or 2 with Roger and to find a coach who could focus on strategies.

When you have got an all court all shot variety game it does take a while longer than the power hitter to mature but when it comes together its going to be awesome.

FedExpress
May 31st, 2006, 03:41 PM
Maria will play mixed with Leander Paes (IND). I think it's a good team and maybe they can fight for the title but first they have to beat Seed #3 Meghann Shaughnessy und Mike Bryan. Good luck :)

The_Pov
May 31st, 2006, 03:51 PM
When you have got an all court all shot variety game it does take a while longer than the power hitter to mature but when it comes together its going to be awesome.

I can't wait for it to come together because then she'll be a force to be reckoned with. At the moment she just needs a little nudge in the right direction.

Keraj
May 31st, 2006, 06:37 PM
Court 2 11:00 Start


Women's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Melinda Czink (HUN) vs. Anastasia Myskina (RUS)[10]

Women's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Mathilde Johansson (FRA) vs. Maria Kirilenko (RUS)[20]

Men's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Oscar Hernandez (ESP) vs. Ivan Ljubicic (CRO)[4]

Men's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
David Ferrer (ESP)[15] vs. Jeremy Chardy (FRA)



Who is this Johanson girl :confused: Never heard of her. Masha really couldn`t ask for a better draw, at least in the first two rounds.

This should be a formality... but I said the same about the first round :lol:

Keraj
May 31st, 2006, 06:51 PM
Maria will play mixed with Leander Paes (IND). I think it's a good team and maybe they can fight for the title but first they have to beat Seed #3 Meghann Shaughnessy und Mike Bryan. Good luck :)


Good to see her playing with Leander, probably one the best doubles players in the past 10 years or so.

furrykitten
May 31st, 2006, 07:09 PM
Come on Maria you can beat Mathilde Johansson :worship:

Vassili
May 31st, 2006, 07:26 PM
go go go makiri ! :bounce:

King Aaron
May 31st, 2006, 07:44 PM
Good luck in the 2nd round. Another French WC :o please make it easy this time Masha. :yeah: :kiss:

And I agree, it's good to see her playing mixed with Paes. She can learn a lot from him. :)

RonnieB33
May 31st, 2006, 08:19 PM
I found out about Makiriís first round results from the scrolling ESPN2 scoreboard. What a relief! While I was ecstatic she has done better than last yearís results, I was at the same time appalled that a wild card had a match point on her. I suspected that the French crowd might have given Bremond a boost. I feared that Makiriís knee was really acting up. Still, a win is a win is a win. I donít think either Sharapova or Kirilenko are complaining that they made it to the second round the long way.

I expect her upcoming match against #170 Mathilde Johansson to be comfortable and one-sided. We should expect her to cruise through these opponents. I donít care if this girl is also French and if the crowd inspires her. Her opponent hasnít beaten anybody in the Top 100. Sheís only faced a Top 100 opponent four times, and she could fare more than 2 games in a set only once. Makiri should allow no more than four games tomorrow.

I wonít discuss what her ranking points / situation would be should she win. Iíll just take each match as it comes and worry about players like Groenfeld, Petrova (oops! no more!), and Ivanovic later.

Partnering with Leander Paes is pretty cool. Max Myrini would be my choice, but Paes has played with Navratilova and has had a lot of success. It doesnít bother me that Makiriís doubles may take away from her singles. Iím sure playing these events makes her happy, and thatís all that should matter. Iím sure sheís wise enough to know that if these matches were compromising her stamina, we should pull out. Hopefully, sheíll do well in ALL of the events she plays. The more Makiri, the better.

The_Pov
May 31st, 2006, 08:37 PM
Good luck tomorrow, makiri, just take each point at a time.

houseoflords
May 31st, 2006, 08:42 PM
Wow, it has been a while since I've been on here. Good to be back

I like Maria's draw at the moment. With Petrova out, she really has a good opportunity here to make the quarterfinals. She should beat Mathilde Johansson. Granted a 3rd round match with Groenefeld or Jackson won't be east, but Maria has beaten both of them before and can beat them again. The potential 4th round opponents aren't top players and are all players Maria should beat.

I think playing with Leander Paes in mixed doubles is a good thing for Maria. Not just for her doubles game. It will help her singles game too. Maria's volleying has gotten better and better and playing with Paes will only help it more. Hopefully, he can give her a few tips on drop shots too.

Keraj
May 31st, 2006, 09:56 PM
Ronnie (read the PM;)) & House good to see you back guys :)

Well, if Masha will play like yesterday then there is simply no way that she will beat Groenefeld... but lets hope she will have a better day tomorrow and then she should be ready for Anna Lena...

Keraj
Jun 1st, 2006, 04:27 PM
Rain stopped and they are back on court now, warming up. Masha to serve at 6-0 4-1...

Keraj
Jun 1st, 2006, 04:28 PM
Live on French Eurosport for those who can watch it...

KirilenkoRulz
Jun 1st, 2006, 04:34 PM
Jarek, great to see someone posting today about Maria's tennis! Maria has been awesome in her singles match against Mathilde Johansson, that 60 first set might just be the best set of tennis she has played as a pro. Hopefully, she can wrap up the second set quickly and take a rest before her doubles match. By the way, Gisela has already won her second round singles match at 2 & 4 and Groenefeld plays next on Court 17. In a few hours we should have a better sense of how things are shaping up for the 3rd and 4th rounds.

Update, Maria just threw up a 174 km/hr first serve to win the point to 30-0. So the latest score 60 41 and 30-0 on Maria's serve in the sixth game.

KirilenkoRulz
Jun 1st, 2006, 04:36 PM
Maria held at 15 for a 51 lead in the second set. This one looks safely in hand. By the way, saw a 177 km/hr serve near the end of the game.

Keraj
Jun 1st, 2006, 04:39 PM
Easy 60 61 :) Too bad about that one game, thought ;) :lol:

I watched it from 2-1 in the second set and... WOW perfect performance from Maria :D

Keraj
Jun 1st, 2006, 04:45 PM
LOL there was a guy behind her seat that I saw in Berlin too, some groupie !! :lol:

The_Pov
Jun 1st, 2006, 04:45 PM
Maria held at 15 for a 51 lead in the second set. This one looks safely in hand. By the way, saw a 177 km/hr serve near the end of the game.

181km/h was her fastest serve in the end.

Well done Makiri much better result today and it's good to see she's ironed out the creases in her game.

Keraj
Jun 1st, 2006, 04:48 PM
By the way, saw a 177 km/hr serve near the end of the game.

WOW Are you sure? :eek: I Will have to watch it again :D

I noticed that she is serving faster this year, but 181 is amazing for her :yeah:

BTW Its amazing... Masha played probably worst match in her career two days ago, and today probably one of the best. Two days difference...

FedExpress
Jun 1st, 2006, 04:59 PM
LOL there was a guy behind her seat that I saw in Berlin too, some groupie !! :lol:

Groupie? :scared:

KirilenkoRulz
Jun 1st, 2006, 05:11 PM
Maybe the best match Maria has played as a pro. She won 57 points to MJs 27. Had 20 winners to 12 ues for a net positive 8. Add in 26 ues from MJ and you can see how this match was won. And something I cannot recall ever seeing. Maria got 16 first serves in... and won ALL 16 for a 100% first serve winning percentage. About the only thing to nitpick is she was under 50% for first serves in (after getting the 4 first serves in to win her first service game at love). But in every other way, this match was a masterpiece. Kind of like Maria herself.

KirilenkoRulz
Jun 1st, 2006, 05:37 PM
The Groenefeld - Jackson match is up next on Court 17... should be starting shortly. By the way, don't think Maria's fans need to be told about the last meeting betwen Maria and Groenefeld.... China Open, 63 64 victory for Maria and her first WTA Tour championship! They played one other time, in 2003 (when Maria was only 16 and not nearly the player she it today) on clay and Groenefeld won 76(5) 62.

furrykitten
Jun 1st, 2006, 05:43 PM
Maria, you can make quarters, keep going!! :hearts:

King Aaron
Jun 1st, 2006, 05:50 PM
Easy 60 61 :) Too bad about that one game, thought ;) :lol:

I watched it from 2-1 in the second set and... WOW perfect performance from Maria :D
:D :) Anything more you can elaborate? Since you saw some of her 1st round match and also today's match, is there anything you can say she improved on/played better? :)

Keraj
Jun 1st, 2006, 06:04 PM
:D :) Anything more you can elaborate? Since you saw some of her 1st round match and also today's match, is there anything you can say she improved on/played better? :)


Well, about everything actually. First round match was a joke, she made a lot very simply mistakes... it was the worst match I saw from her (ok with the exception of the last game when she played really well and very aggressive).
Today was a different story, short rallies and winner after winner :D

furrykitten
Jun 1st, 2006, 06:08 PM
Well, about everything actually. First round match was a joke, she made a lot very simply mistakes... it was the worst match I saw from her (ok with the exception of the last game when she played really well and very aggressive).
Today was a different story, short rallies and winner after winner :D

Wish I could have see that, I like seeing Maria winning :bounce:

FedExpress
Jun 1st, 2006, 06:39 PM
Dulkolenko defeated Harkleroad/Mattek 6:4, 6:2. What a beautiful day for Maria-fans :banana: Congrats!
Next opponents: Dominguez Lino/Sanchez Lorenzo. I think it's also possible to beat them :) Good luck!

furrykitten
Jun 1st, 2006, 06:45 PM
Dulkolenko defeated Harkleroad/Mattek 6:4, 6:2. What a beautiful day for Maria-fans :banana: Congrats!
Next opponents: Dominguez Lino/Sanchez Lorenzo. I think it's also possible to beat them :) Good luck!

Maria has produced 2 magical performances!! :bounce:

RonnieB33
Jun 1st, 2006, 06:48 PM
Quick update: Jamea Jackson is serving for the first set at 6-5 vs. A Groenfeld

Like others have said, I prefer Jackson to win today since Maria would have a better chance of beating her Jackson than Groenfeld. But obviously, Maria is capable of beating them both and has beaten them both in the past (in the same tournament as well!).

FedExpress
Jun 1st, 2006, 06:51 PM
Maria has produced 2 magical performances!! :bounce:

Yeah that's true. I can't wait to see that single match (too bad that they didn't show any doubles-match). I hope somebody from our video-experts will upload the match in the forum :) It's incredible how fast the guys are with their videos. Respect :yeah:

RonnieB33
Jun 1st, 2006, 06:54 PM
Dulkolenko defeated Harkleroad/Mattek 6:4, 6:2. What a beautiful day for Maria-fans :banana: Congrats!
Next opponents: Dominguez Lino/Sanchez Lorenzo. I think it's also possible to beat them :) Good luck!
It's possible for Maria and her teams to beat anybody right now. 15 matches to go for the Triple Crown!

RonnieB33
Jun 1st, 2006, 07:00 PM
Well, about everything actually. First round match was a joke, she made a lot very simply mistakes... it was the worst match I saw from her (ok with the exception of the last game when she played really well and very aggressive).
Today was a different story, short rallies and winner after winner :D

I'm glad I didn't jiinx her with my post saying that she should give up no more than 4 games to this girl. Way to go, Makiri!

Jarek, after watching this match, was the result due more to Makiri's strong play or her opponent's weak play?

I suppose we shouldn't be overly concerned about her knee anymore, right?

Keraj
Jun 1st, 2006, 07:11 PM
Jarek, after watching this match, was the result due more to Makiri's strong play or her opponent's weak play?

Both actually. The opponent was as bad as in the first round, but Masha played great tennis today.

BTW Jackson takes the first set 10-8 in the TB. Good.

Keraj
Jun 1st, 2006, 08:11 PM
I suppose we shouldn't be overly concerned about her knee anymore, right?


In my opinion, there is absolutely no problem with her knee at the moment. I saw a lot of people worrying about her knee lately , and quite frankly I don`t know why... Yes, Masha asked for a trainer in Berlin (against Henin) but then 2 hours later she played doubles on court 2 with Gisela! With an injured knee? That would be stupid, right? And she is playing doubles in every event, With an injured knee? I don`t think so...

Look, left knee is troubling her (from time to time) since January 2005 ! And this is worrying, yes, but I see no reason to believe that there is a problem right now.

ceciliaf92
Jun 1st, 2006, 08:22 PM
Well done Makiri :wavey:
Makes us forget the 1st round :o
And goo Dulkolenko :dance:

Andy.
Jun 2nd, 2006, 02:00 AM
awesome display from Maria she is starting to find her form at the right time.

The_Pov
Jun 2nd, 2006, 02:00 PM
So Makiri is to fave AL Groenefeld tomorrow, I would have preferred Jackson but I sure Makiri can win this tomorrow.

Good Luck Makiri

KirilenkoRulz
Jun 2nd, 2006, 04:23 PM
Team Dulkolenko with the victory in the second round doubles 64 63! They got an early break in both sets, and were up in the first set 52 before being broken and then losing on the receiving side to make it 54. Then they held serve to close out the set at 64. In the second set Team Dulkolenko broke in game one for 10, then held for 20 and then rode out the set for 63. Their third round opponent is not yet established.

Maira certainly will play third round singles tomorrow (Saturday) and is due to begin her draw in Mixed Doubles, my guess is she will play Mixed tomorrow as well. Maria is now a combined 4 wins and 0 losses in Paris in 2006. Very nice!

Keraj
Jun 2nd, 2006, 04:37 PM
Court 2 11:00 Start


Women's Singles - 3rd Rnd.
Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER)[13] vs. Maria Kirilenko (RUS)[20]

Only singles matches scheduled at the moment...

FedExpress
Jun 2nd, 2006, 05:42 PM
Court 2 11:00 Start


Women's Singles - 3rd Rnd.
Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER)[13] vs. Maria Kirilenko (RUS)[20]

Only singles matches scheduled at the moment...


If Eurosport show this match in Germany it would be the first match of ALG that I want to see (because of Maria :drool: )

King Aaron
Jun 2nd, 2006, 06:55 PM
Well, about everything actually. First round match was a joke, she made a lot very simply mistakes... it was the worst match I saw from her (ok with the exception of the last game when she played really well and very aggressive).
Today was a different story, short rallies and winner after winner :D
Thanks. :yeah: :)
Let's hope she keeps up the good form/play against ALG. Definitely needs it. :)
And ALG is playing with one arm strapped though, probably just precautionary measures.

The_Pov
Jun 2nd, 2006, 07:46 PM
Thanks. :yeah: :)
Let's hope she keeps up the good form/play against ALG. Definitely needs it. :)
And ALG is playing with one arm strapped though, probably just precautionary measures.

I hope Maria can do this is 2, lets hope she gets a good first set.

I know we can't always go on previous results (Makiri showed us this) but ALG was taken to 3 sets in her last match and Makiri crushed her oponent, so lets hope that means Masha is on better form.

furrykitten
Jun 2nd, 2006, 07:53 PM
I think Maria can beat ALG but she needs to be in top gear from the start, come on Maria! :)

FedExpress
Jun 2nd, 2006, 09:16 PM
I think Maria can beat ALG but she needs to be in top gear from the start, come on Maria! :)

Don't worry she will do it. She has so much confident after her great victory and ALG isn't playing her best tennis at the moment. And maybe Boris Yeltsin has give her some extra portion luck from Russia today :lol:

The_Pov
Jun 2nd, 2006, 09:38 PM
Don't worry she will do it. She has so much confident after her great victory and ALG isn't playing her best tennis at the moment. And maybe Boris Yeltsin has give her some extra portion luck from Russia today :lol:

Do you mean he's spiked ALG's drinks :lol:

RonnieB33
Jun 2nd, 2006, 11:32 PM
Singles, followed by mixed. Will Makiri make it 6 out of 6 at Roland Garros by the end of Saturday????

Day 7: Saturday, 3 June

Court 2 11:00 Start
Men's Doubles - 2nd Rnd.
Stephen Huss (AUS)/Harel Levy (ISR) vs. Jonas Bjorkman (SWE)[2]/ Max Mirnyi (BLR)[2]

followed by Women's Singles - 3rd Rnd.
Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER)[13] vs. Maria Kirilenko (RUS)[20]


Court 17 11:00 Start
Men's Doubles - 2nd Rnd.
Alexander Peya (AUT)/Bjorn Phau (GER) vs. Petr Pala (CZE)/Robin Vik (CZE)

followed by Men's Doubles - 2nd Rnd.
Yves Allegro (SUI)/Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) vs. Jonathan Erlich (ISR)[5]/Andy Ram (ISR)[5]

Mixed Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Zi Yan (CHN)/Chris Haggard (RSA) vs. Jie Zheng (CHN)[4]/Max Mirnyi (BLR)[4]

Mixed Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Meghann Shaughnessy (USA)[3]/Mike Bryan (USA)[3] vs. Maria Kirilenko (RUS)/Leander Paes (IND)

FedExpress
Jun 3rd, 2006, 10:52 AM
Do you mean he's spiked ALG's drinks :lol:

I hope not for her :angel:

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Thanks Ronnie. It's a long day for Maria but I think she can win both matches which won't be easy. But fortunately she has a really good double partner with Paes.

Keraj
Jun 3rd, 2006, 11:18 AM
If Eurosport show this match in Germany it would be the first match of ALG that I want to see (because of Maria :drool: )


I`m afraid that Eurosport Germany is showing the same matches as Eurosport International, so small chance for Makiri IMO, but I hope I`m wrong :) We will see...


I just noticed that Groenefeld , never passed 3RD in a Grand Slam before, just like our Maria. In some way this is a similar situation to the Beijing final (a chance for the first title for both at that time). With the draw open, this match is as much important as that final in Beijing.

This is a 50/50 match IMO , simply the one with a better nerves will win...

FedExpress
Jun 3rd, 2006, 11:35 AM
They show the match here in Germany :banana:

Keraj
Jun 3rd, 2006, 11:35 AM
I was wrong. Live on German Eurosport at the moment :D 1-0 Groenefeld

Keraj
Jun 3rd, 2006, 11:39 AM
They show the match here in Germany :banana:

:yeah:

Bad start from Makiri ... 2 DF`s and 2-0 ALG :( Hmmm not looking good ATM...

Keraj
Jun 3rd, 2006, 11:42 AM
Just to much power from ALG :( 0-3...

Keraj
Jun 3rd, 2006, 11:45 AM
There is no way that she will win this... 0-3 0-40

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Update: OK. Masha is playing better now...but I doubt this will change anything... 2-5

FedExpress
Jun 3rd, 2006, 12:20 PM
Second set is better than the first for Maria. The commentator said that Maria wasn't happy with her training. Don't know what happend in that.

Keraj
Jun 3rd, 2006, 12:33 PM
Hmm... ALG making a lot of errors now, and Makiri playing better, there is a chance for Makiri to level the match , finally she hold serve (first time in this set) and leads 4-2 in the second...

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Unfortunately ALG hold serve... Masha 4-3 and serving

Keraj
Jun 3rd, 2006, 12:40 PM
4-4 :( I`m afraid this could be over quickly, now...

ALG playing better...

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4-5 :( Last game I think :sad:

Very lucky net cord for ALG at 40-30 in the last game :(

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OK. Masha is fighting 5-5 . She hold to love :)

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5-6 ALG hold to 30 :(

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Masha hold serve to 30 ... TB now

Keraj
Jun 3rd, 2006, 01:01 PM
GAME OVER
Bad match from Makiri, she still needs to learn a LOT... There was a big chance in the second set...

shadowsecret
Jun 3rd, 2006, 01:01 PM
maria :(

FedExpress
Jun 3rd, 2006, 01:11 PM
Poor Maria :bigcry: If there wasn't the first set she wouldn't lose the match.
I hope she has more luck in her mixed and double matches.

FedExpress
Jun 3rd, 2006, 01:18 PM
GAME OVER
Bad match from Makiri, she still needs to learn a LOT... There was a big chance in the second set...


I think it wasn't so bad from her. Sure the first set was horrible but later in the match she showed her good strokes (like her dropshot) and good match appreciation. It was close until the end but then there was the TB and she gave the match away. Well she is still young and can still learn a lot. In addition we can be happy that she came so far on clay which isn't her best surface.

The_Pov
Jun 3rd, 2006, 01:22 PM
Maria :sad:

She needs to sort out these slow starts, against players ranked outside the top 50 she can get away with it but with players like ALG it'll cost her the match (like today)

Sort it out Makiri! :fiery:

KirilenkoRulz
Jun 3rd, 2006, 01:31 PM
While I didn't see the match (coverage in the US does not start for another 5 hours, and it will be all tape delay today) the stats are all bad for Maria. She does not seem to play well in matches she later admits she was "nervous". These are stats from a nervous Maria match. First serves in at 51% (36 of 70) but she won only 16 of those 36 points for a terrible 44% first serves won percentage. In a good match, Maria is up into the 70%s on both of these. Six double faults. Only 38% win percentage on second serves, and she had a lot of second serves, so AG was jumping on them. 23 ue with only 14 winners for a net negative 9. Meanwhile AG was going for winners constantly and had about the same number of ues to winners.

The stats tell a tale of poor serving by Maria combined with AG hurting her big time on Maria's second serve. AG was going for winners and was about 50-50 with them, on the other hand Maria was a net negative 9 in this area. Seems AGs power game won over Maria's quickness.

Jerak, I just "watched" the match on Live Scoring so can't tell for sure what happened. Does the stats story line up with what you saw on tv?

Andy.
Jun 3rd, 2006, 02:30 PM
Well im happy she was able to put up a good fight in the second set. Still a pretty good tournament and lived up to her seed its just sad that she could take it any further.

Keraj
Jun 3rd, 2006, 03:11 PM
I think it wasn't so bad from her. Sure the first set was horrible but later in the match she showed her good strokes (like her dropshot) and good match appreciation.

Look, She doesn`t need to show me great shots because I know she can do it, what I want to see from her, is great shot when it really matters (like in the TB). And sadly, that hardly ever happens to her against TOP players...

Keraj
Jun 3rd, 2006, 03:14 PM
Jerak, I just "watched" the match on Live Scoring so can't tell for sure what happened. Does the stats story line up with what you saw on tv?


Yeah, more or less. Her serve was average, not tragic, but far from good. ALG hit couple of winning returns. Oh and I think Masha is serving a little to many double faults, lately. ALG was obviously much more powerful , but that was expected.

One thing I don`t get it... ALG is one of the slowest players in TOP20, she really struggles to change directions, etc. She is simply slow. The only way to win this match for Masha was to play like she played in Beijing, moving her around, playing short cross court shots (which she can do very well), attacking more often. Obviously this is tougher to do on clay but she was doing this only on rare occasion today. Why I ask ?

Only thing that looked really good today was her dropshots... oh and her cleavage, of course.

FedExpress
Jun 3rd, 2006, 03:19 PM
Look, She doesn`t need to show me great shots because I know she can do it, what I want to see from her, is great shot when it really matters (like in the TB). And sadly, that hardly ever happens to her against TOP players...

Yeah sure, I see. I've just tried to hide her bad day ;)

FedExpress
Jun 3rd, 2006, 05:24 PM
Maria and Leander defeated Meghann Shaughnessy and Mike Bryan 6:3, 1:6, 6:2.
Congrats, well done :yeah:

furrykitten
Jun 3rd, 2006, 06:00 PM
I'm very sad for Maria :sad:, she put up a good fight in the 2nd though and has had a good tournament in singles.
But she is still going strong in the doubles with another win in the mixed today:), go Maria :hug:

Vassili
Jun 3rd, 2006, 06:06 PM
sad for maria but she has a good tournament in singles !

King Aaron
Jun 3rd, 2006, 06:37 PM
A little upset that Maria lost, in two sets especially. Knew she was having a bad first set but unhappy she couldn't take hold of the second set. She should be able to beat players like ALG despite having less power. I just don't get it. :( :sad:

Jarek (or is it Jerak? :o), thanks for the short match report. Basically Maria let ALG outplay and dominate her? As in she wasn't using the correct shots and strategy thus allowing ALG to control the match?

Dazbog
Jun 3rd, 2006, 08:58 PM
Is Maria wearing a different outfit for her doubles and mixed doubles matches?

Keraj
Jun 4th, 2006, 12:07 PM
Jarek (or is it Jerak? :o)

Jarek :) Wolt just made a spelling mistake ;)


Basically Maria let ALG outplay and dominate her? As in she wasn't using the correct shots and strategy thus allowing ALG to control the match?

I would say, she definitely wasn`t doing it often enough.

Game Time
Jun 4th, 2006, 01:31 PM
Jarek :) Wolt just made a spelling mistake ;)
Its Walt not Wolt.

Keraj
Jun 4th, 2006, 01:38 PM
A little digress ... I just watched Safina coming back from 1-5 (!) and beating Sharapova 7-5, in the third set. Now honestly... Can you ever imagine Mademoiselle Kirilenko doing the same thing ?

Sorry, but I can`t...

Keraj
Jun 4th, 2006, 01:38 PM
Its Walt not Wolt.

No shit? :lol:

FedExpress
Jun 4th, 2006, 01:41 PM
A little digress ... I just watched Safina coming back from 1-5 (!) and beating Sharapova 7-5, in the third set. Now honestly... Can you ever imagine Mademoiselle Kirilenko doing the same thing ?

Sorry, but I can`t...

Well I think she can do it. She's young, from Russia ( :lol: ) and has a good gameplay. It just takes time you know? ;) Every player can have such a good day like Safina today (unfortunately :sad: )

King Aaron
Jun 4th, 2006, 05:35 PM
Jarek :) Wolt just made a spelling mistake ;)

I would say, she definitely wasn`t doing it often enough.
Ok, thought I remembered your name wrongly. ;) :)

Oh okay, kind of worries me that Maria doesn't use the correct shots. Did you see Sven watching the match? Any idea about her coaching situation?

A little digress ... I just watched Safina coming back from 1-5 (!) and beating Sharapova 7-5, in the third set. Now honestly... Can you ever imagine Mademoiselle Kirilenko doing the same thing ?

Sorry, but I can`t...
I have to be honest and say that I can't as well. I really can't remember a match where Maria fought back or tried to fight back or showed some fighting spirit. Except her 1st round match here though. ;)

Ravsieg
Jun 4th, 2006, 11:10 PM
There's an easy way to shorten her match against ALG:

Hit to ALG's forehand = won point
Hit to ALG's backhand = lost point

So, Maria hit more to ALG's backhand.

Nice win at mixed. :)

furrykitten
Jun 4th, 2006, 11:15 PM
There's an easy way to shorten her match against ALG:

Hit to ALG's forehand = won point
Hit to ALG's backhand = lost point

So, Maria hit more to ALG's backhand.

Nice win at mixed. :)

Maria is intelligent she should learn from it though :cool:

FedExpress
Jun 5th, 2006, 01:26 PM
Vesnina/Chakvetadze defeated Maria & Gisela 6:3, 6:4
Poor girls I think they had a chance against them. Don't know what's gone wrong. :sad:

Well both girls are still in the mixed doubles. Maybe they are luckier in there.

furrykitten
Jun 5th, 2006, 01:36 PM
Vesnina/Chakvetadze defeated Maria & Gisela 6:3, 6:4
Poor girls I think they had a chance against them. Don't know what's gone wrong. :sad:

Well both girls are still in the mixed doubles. Maybe they are luckier in there.

Well done Anna :yeah:
But Maria :sad:
Gisela Dulko kept dropping her serve :mad:

furrykitten
Jun 5th, 2006, 01:37 PM
Hope Maria can win in Mixed later!! :hug:

FedExpress
Jun 5th, 2006, 01:46 PM
Hope Maria can win in Mixed later!! :hug:

I hope so. I'm confident that they can beat Bremond/Gicquel. This Bremond is following Maria isn't it? :lol:

Keraj
Jun 5th, 2006, 02:12 PM
Did you see Sven watching the match? Any idea about her coaching situation?


No, I didn`t see him. The German commentator said that Maria is working with her father now... but we know that already.

Keraj
Jun 5th, 2006, 02:13 PM
Well I think she can do it. She's young, from Russia ( :lol: ) and has a good gameplay. It just takes time you know? ;) Every player can have such a good day like Safina today (unfortunately :sad: )

Well, lets hope you are right and I`m wrong ;)

King Aaron
Jun 5th, 2006, 05:27 PM
Vesnina/Chakvetadze defeated Maria & Gisela 6:3, 6:4
Poor girls I think they had a chance against them. Don't know what's gone wrong. :sad:

Well both girls are still in the mixed doubles. Maybe they are luckier in there.
As I've said before, something's wrong with Team Dulkolenko this year. Apart from the win against Stosur/Raymond in Rome, their results have been mediocre.

furrykitten
Jun 5th, 2006, 05:43 PM
As I've said before, something's wrong with Team Dulkolenko this year. Apart from the win against Stosur/Raymond in Rome, their results have been mediocre.

Maria should go back with Ivanovic or try another option if Dulko can't get it together

RonnieB33
Jun 5th, 2006, 06:34 PM
Makiri and Leander won the first set 7-5 vs. the French team and are up 1-0 on serve in the second. The winner faces Martina Navratilova and the other Bryan twin in the quarterfinals. Good luck!

furrykitten
Jun 5th, 2006, 06:52 PM
Nice Maria, keep it up :)

RonnieB33
Jun 5th, 2006, 07:25 PM
Kirilenko/Paes

def.

the French team

7-5, 7-6 (7-3)!!

Congrats!

On to the quarters where Navratilova and the other Bryan twin await!

furrykitten
Jun 5th, 2006, 07:29 PM
Maria can take care of Martina:)

FedExpress
Jun 5th, 2006, 08:39 PM
Great victory :) Congrats & good luck for the next round :yeah:

King Aaron
Jun 6th, 2006, 12:30 PM
Maria should go back with Ivanovic or try another option if Dulko can't get it together
You can never be sure who's the one that's letting the team down, though it does seem like maybe Gisela has been the weaker link thus far this year. :shrug:

:yeah: Good win in mixed.

Ravsieg
Jun 6th, 2006, 02:42 PM
Since breaking up with Tommy, Gisela hasn't been the same. I hope this (lucky nonetheless) 4th Round gives her confidence.

FedExpress
Jun 6th, 2006, 02:54 PM
Since breaking up with Tommy, Gisela hasn't been the same. I hope this (lucky nonetheless) 4th Round gives her confidence.

There are rumors that Gisela has something with her double partner Fernando Gonzalez. Well just rumors...

Ravsieg
Jun 6th, 2006, 03:18 PM
Are we going to rumour on every mixed doubles partnership?

Tian Tian Sun and Simon Aspelin!

:lol:

FedExpress
Jun 6th, 2006, 03:28 PM
Are we going to rumour on every mixed doubles partnership?

Tian Tian Sun and Simon Aspelin!

:lol:

Hey I don't put this rumor in the world :p

Ravsieg
Jun 6th, 2006, 04:54 PM
It'd be a cool couple anyway. :lol:

King Aaron
Jun 6th, 2006, 05:54 PM
Maria/Leander play Navratilova/Bryan on Chatrier tomorrow. Good luck to them! :kiss:

furrykitten
Jun 6th, 2006, 06:00 PM
Yeah, I want Maria to go all the way in Mixed, come on Maria, good luck :hug:

furrykitten
Jun 7th, 2006, 05:47 PM
Maria's team lost 3-6 3-6 in mixed doubles today :sad:
But now we are off to Birmingham and wimbldeon, come on Maria!! :awww: :bounce: :worship:

FedExpress
Jun 7th, 2006, 06:54 PM
Maria's team lost 3-6 3-6 in mixed doubles today :sad:
But now we are off to Birmingham and wimbldeon, come on Maria!! :awww: :bounce: :worship:

Oh man! This day is sh... :tape: First Nadals wins (damn :( ), then Gisela lost and now Maria :sad:

Ravsieg
Jun 7th, 2006, 07:08 PM
And Ljubicic. :/

FedExpress
Jun 7th, 2006, 07:24 PM
And Ljubicic. :/

I hope that he can stop Nadal. This guy is so damn good on clay. I just hope that Ljubicic can stop Nadal and Fed can win the RG-title (but first he have to stop Nalbandian :rolleyes: ). It would be so awesome :)

Back to topic... I think Maria played a good tournament and I think that she has learned a lot from her loss against ALG (start well and end it well instead of start slow and end it okay). I hope she can hold her ranking or even make a higher ranking until Wimbledon. I think she has a little pressure from herself and her fans right now after her top 20 debut ;)
Do you think guys that she can make it better in Wimbledon? I would be happy to see her in the 4rd or QF but it's a hard long way until that.

furrykitten
Jun 7th, 2006, 07:32 PM
I just can't seem to get into the Mens side of the draw, I don't know why really!

KV
Jun 7th, 2006, 07:36 PM
I hope that he can stop Nadal. This guy is so damn good on clay. I just hope that Ljubicic can stop Nadal and Fed can win the RG-title (but first he have to stop Nalbandian :rolleyes: ). It would be so awesome :)

Back to topic... I think Maria played a good tournament and I think that she has learned a lot from her loss against ALG (start well and end it well instead of start slow and end it okay). I hope she can hold her ranking or even make a higher ranking until Wimbledon. I think she has a little pressure from herself and her fans right now after her top 20 debut ;)
Do you think guys that she can make it better in Wimbledon? I would be happy to see her in the 4rd or QF but it's a hard long way until that.If the Cap fits. Grass suits her better than clay. Let's hope Masha's in Patty's draw.

FedExpress
Jun 7th, 2006, 08:27 PM
I just can't seem to get into the Mens side of the draw, I don't know why really!

Try the eurosport.com site if you want to look after results or something like that.

Ravsieg
Jun 7th, 2006, 11:20 PM
www.rolandgarros.com ?

I dislike Ljubicic. All his interviews after losing have always to be rashing nonsense at the opponents.

King Aaron
Jun 8th, 2006, 06:54 PM
Masha/Leander :sad:

Hopefully she has a solid grass court season. Last year's was mediocre. Good luck Maria! :D

furrykitten
Jun 11th, 2006, 06:18 PM
I have a Maria Kirilenko video if anyone wants, its here, its from RG. The video maker who isn't me has obviously edited to show Maria's cleavage alot. She does look stuning and the video is top quality.

http://rapidshare.de/files/22595325/Maria_Kirilenko_-_2006_Roland_Garros__lloyd_.mpg

King Aaron
Jun 12th, 2006, 05:26 PM
^Thanks. :)