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andrewbroad
May 27th, 2006, 11:44 PM
This message is a cut-down version of my full analysis of the draw:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/jeldani/message/3566 (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/jeldani/message/3566)

Maria Sharapova's ESPN TV-commercial:
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/multimedia/sharapovaVideo1.asp (http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/multimedia/sharapovaVideo1.asp)


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ROLAND GARROS (Paris, France; red clay; Grand Slam)
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UK TV-alert!
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For digital viewers in the UK (with at least a Freeview box), there will be live and uninterrupted coverage of the French Open on BBCi (Freeview-channel 301 or 302), starting at 10:00 BST every day.

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First-round draw: Top quarter
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* AMÉLIE MAURESMO [1] v Meghann Shaughnessy (anyone but Mauresmo!)
* Anastassia Rodionova v Vera Dushevina
* Laura Pous Tio v Jelena Jankovic
* Aurélie Vedy v MARION BARTOLI [22] (allez Marion!)

* AI SUGIYAMA [22] v Eleni Daniilidou
* Aravane Rezai [Q] v Alberta Brianti [Q]
* Sun,Tiantian v Ekaterina Bychkova
* Marta Domachowska v NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [16] (both nice; my loyalty is to Nicole)

* VENUS WILLIAMS [11] v Sybille Bammer
* Youlia Fedossova [WC] v Emma Laine
* Peng,Shuai v Elena Vesnina (both nice; my loyalty is to Shuai)
* Karolina Šprem v ELENA LIKHOVTSEVA [18] (both nice; my loyalty is to Karolina)

* SOFIA ARVIDSSON [29] v María Vento-Kabchi
* Yuan,Meng v Julia Vakulenko [Q] (davai Julia!)
* Jarmila Gajdošová v Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro [WC]
* Michaëlla Krajicek v PATTY SCHNYDER [7] (kom op Michaëlla!)

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First-round draw: Second quarter
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* MARIA SHARAPOVA [4] v Mashona Washington (DAVAI MARIA!!)
* Iveta Benešová v Pauline Parmentier [WC] (podme Iveta!)
* Alicia Molik [WC] v Antonella Serra Zanetti (go Alicia!)
* Anda Perianu [Q] v LUCIE ŠAFÁROVÁ [28] (podme Lucie!)

* KATARINA SREBOTNIK [24] v Anna Smashnova (dajmo Katarina!)
* Jelena Kostanic v Ashley Harkleroad (go Ashley!)
* Hana Šromová v Roberta Vinci (forza Roberta!)
* Vera Zvonarëva v DINARA SAFINA [14] (DAVAI VERA!!)

* FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE [9] v Alyona Bondarenko (davai Alyona!)
* Nathalie Vierin v Martina Müller
* Virginie Pichet [Q] v Kirsten Flipkens [LL] (komaan Kirsten!)
* Bethanie Mattek v FLAVIA PENNETTA [17] (forza Flavia!)

* ANNA CHAKVETADZE [27] v Eva Birnerová [Q] (davai Anna!)
* Li,Na v Amy Frazier
* Arantxa Parra Santonja v Mara Santangelo (Ąvamos Arantxa!)
* Laura Granville v SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [8]

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First-round draw: Third quarter
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* JUSTINE HENIN-HARDENNE [5] v Maret Ani (go Maret!)
* Jill Craybas v Anastasiya Yakimova
* Alizé Cornet v Virginia Ruano Pascual (Cornet is cute, but my loyalty is to Virginia)
* Tathiana Garbin v KLÁRA KOUKALOVÁ [30] (podme Klára!)

* ANA IVANOVIC [19] v Samantha Stosur (ajde Ana!)
* Clarisa Fernández [Q] v Emilie Loit
* Melinda Czink v Sandra Klösel [Q]
* Sania Mirza v ANASTASIA MYSKINA [10] (go Sania!)

* ANNA-LENA GRÖNEFELD [13] v Camille Pin
* Yan,Zi v Jamea Jackson (jia you Zi!)
* Su-Wei Hsieh [Q] v Mathilde Johansson [WC] (allez Mathilde!)
* Séverine Brémond v MARIA KIRILENKO [20] (both nice; my loyalty is to Maria!)

* GISELA DULKO [32] v Yulia Beygelzimer [Q] (Ąvamos Gisela!)
* Kristina Brandi v Yuliana Fedak (davai Yuliana!)
* Shenay Perry v Shinobu Asagoe
* Akiko Morigami v NADIA PETROVA [3] (ganbatte Akiko!)

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First-round draw: Bottom quarter
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* ELENA DEMENTIEVA [6] v Martina Suchá (podme Martina!)
* Viktoriya Kutuzova v Vania King (davai Viktoriya!)
* María Sánchez Lorenzo v Tsvetana Pironkova (Ąvamos María!)
* Olga Savchuk v SHAHAR PEER [31] (kadima Shahar!)

* TATIANA GOLOVIN [23] v Zheng,Jie (allez Tatiana!)
* Ivana Lisjak v Galina Voskoboeva [Q]
* Julia Schruff v Zuzana Ondrášková (podme Zuzana!)
* Lisa Raymond v MARTINA HINGIS [12]

* DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [15] v Lourdes Domínguez Lino (PODME DANIELA!!)
* Maria Elena Camerin v Emmanuelle Gagliardi (forza Maria Elena!)
* Catalina Castańo v Aiko Nakamura (ganbatte Aiko!)
* Stéphanie Foretz v NATHALIE DECHY [21]

* ANABEL MEDINA GARRIGUES [26] v Victoria Azarenka [Q]
* Kaia Kanepi v Kveta Peschke
* Mariana Diaz-Oliva v Conchita Martínez Granados
* Virginie Razzano v KIM CLIJSTERS [2]


Maria Sharapova preview
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Maria hasn't lost before the quarter-finals of any tournament since the US Open 2004! Or before the semi-finals since Moscow 2005. She might withdraw from the French Open with her foot-injury - I don't know how bad it actually is - but she usually withdraws from other tournaments to save herself for the Grand Slams (she hasn't played since Miami).

Maria: "I've been working, training, doing a lot of therapy. It's been pretty boring these past few weeks. I've spent the past two weeks training and nursing my injury. I don't think I'm as {perfect/competitive} as I would have liked to be.

"If I can play correctly, it will be a miracle. I'm really not at 100%. 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%, but we'll see how it goes."


1r: You have to go all the way back to New Haven 2004 to find Maria's last opening-round defeat, and it was Mashona Washington who beat her there! However, Maria leads their head-to-heads 3-1, beating her 6-0 6-1 in their last meeting - the Tokyo Japan Open 2004 final.

Washington, who turns 30 on Wednesday, has a woeful 4:11 win/loss record for 2006, with four losses in a row going into Constantinople this week (there she beat the gorgeous Magdaléna Rybáriková 7-6 6-7 6-3, then lost 6-4 6-1 to Karolina Šprem in the second round).


2r: I look forward to a mouthwatering Maria v Iveta Benešová match. Maria has never played Iveta, but should be much too strong for Iveta's modest abilities - even on clay, which is Iveta's favourite surface and Maria's worst.

Iveta started 2006 by reaching the Hobart final and knocking Mary Pierce out of the Australian Open, but is currently on a losing-streak of five matches, and pulled out of Rome with a left-elbow injury (Iveta is left-handed). This makes me worry about whether Iveta can beat Pauline Parmentier in the first round - as she did 7-5 6-4 in the first round of last year's French Open!


3r: The seedings decree a mouthwatering Maria v Lucie Šafárová match, and Lucie has a kind-looking draw to get this far. Lucie is another left-handed Czech whom Maria has never played. I've heard great things about Lucie, but never seen her play (apart from a poor-quality junior-tennis video from the Internet).

Lucie started 2006 by winning the Gold Coast title, but suffered a right-adductor strain prior to the Australian Open, and has struggled ever since, although she did reach the semi-finals at Amelia Island.


4r: What I'd love to see is Maria's first meeting with Vera Zvonarëva since 2004 (when they played four great matches against each other, including 3r French Open which Maria won), but sadly Bepa is a deep slump now, and has a nasty first-round encounter with Dinara Safina which I can hardly expect Bepa to win.

The harsh reality is that Safina will be Maria's fourth-round opponent, and that would certainly be a match to worry about. Maria leads their head-to-head 2-1, but Safina won their last meeting 1-6 6-4 7-5 at Moscow 2005. And Safina is on ominous form, beating Kim Clijsters, Elena Dementieva and Svetlana Kuznetsova to reach the Rome final!


qf: I would love to see a Maria v Anna Chakvetadze quarter-final - I saw their 3r French Open 2005 match on TV, and it was serious eye-candy! Anna is ultracute.

Anna has recovered nicely from her late-2005/early-2006 slump, reaching fourth rounds at Indian Wells and Miami, and a semi-final at Warszawa. Unfortunately she was trounced in that semi-final 6-1 6-1 by Svetlana Kuznetsova - her projected third-round opponent here. Anna retired from Rome with a right-thigh strain, and also suffered a first-round defeat at Constantinople.

The harsh reality is that Kuznetsova will be Maria's quarter-final opponent, and Maria's chances of beating Kuznetsova on clay are considerably less than 50%, given her foot-injury and consequent lack of preparation. Kuznetsova leads their head-to-head 3-2 (they've never met on clay), most recently beating Maria 6-4 6-3 in the Miami final. In the last two French Opens, Kuznetsova has lost in the fourth round to the eventual champion after holding match-points!


sf: Nicole Vaidišová would be my ideal semi-finalist from that quarter of the draw, and she just might do it. Nicole's 2006 form has been somewhat indifferent after a spectacular finish to 2005 (she won 18 matches in a row as she captured the Seoul, Tokyo Japan Open and Bangkok titles), and she missed Miami with a right-shoulder injury. But having just won the Strasbourg title, things finally seem to be going Nicole's way again.

Nicole might well be the next player I will induct into my Eternal Fanship, especially after I recently watched Tatiana Golovin and Maria Kirilenko with the idea that I might induct them, but decided against doing so because their tennis-qualities weren't up to Eternal Fanship standards (I still love the sight of them, though!).

The top seed is Amélie Mauresmo, who 'won' the Australian Open with retirements in the final, semi-final and third round, but who has never been beyond the quarter-finals of her home Grand Slam, because she can't handle the pressure. For a reigning world #1, Mauresmo hasn't done much since winning Antwerp in February, and she pulled out of Rome due to illness.

Mauresmo has a 2-0 head-to-head over Maria from the last two WTA Tour Championships, but one [2004] was a round-robin match which Maria tanked because she had already qualified for the semi-finals, and in the other [2005], Maria was struggling with a shoulder-injury.

Patty Schnyder is a claycourt-expert who has beaten Maria on the surface [Rome 2005], but she hasn't done much this year besides reaching the final at Charleston.

Former finalist Venus Williams could be a dark horse for reaching the semis, but struggling with a right-elbow injury, has only played two tournaments (Warszawa and Rome) since losing to Tsvetana Kirilova Pironkova in the first round of the Australian Open.


f: Most of the genuine title-contenders have landed in the bottom half: Justine Henin-Hardenne, Kim Clijsters, Nadia Petrova, Shahar Peer. But since I care more about what I'd like to happen than what I expect to happen, I'd really love to see Daniela Hantuchová come through and reach the final!

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Order of Play for Sunday
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Court Lenglen (start 11:00 CEST = 09:00 GMT = 10:00 BST)
1. MS 1r: TomᚠZíb v TOMMY ROBREDO [7]
2. WS 1r: Aurélie Vedy [WC] v MARION BARTOLI [25]
3. MS 1r: DAVID NALBANDIAN [3] v Stanislas Wawrinka
4. WS 1r: MARIA SHARAPOVA [4] v Mashona Washington

Full order of play:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/scores/schedule/ (http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/scores/schedule/)

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andrewbroad
May 31st, 2006, 01:59 AM
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ROLAND GARROS (Paris, France; red clay; Grand Slam)
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Photos
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http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/news/?c=news_photos&p=sharapova (http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/news/?c=news_photos&p=sharapova)
http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=99305&page=145 (http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=99305&page=145)
Search Getty Images for "sharapova"

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First round (Sunday 28th May)
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+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [4] d. Mashona Washington, 6-2 5-7 7-5

Sharapova v Washington was the most exciting tennis-match I've seen since Wimbledon 2004. Despite her lack of preparation, Maria was sharp and brilliant in the first set.

But then she went off the boil, and Washington played increasingly amazing tennis, controlling the ball into the corners, and hitting more winners than Maria in the second set.

Maria took a medical timeout at the end of the second set to have her injured right foot restrapped, and looked dead and buried at *2-5 in the third, with Washington playing like a dream. But Maria saved three match-points (two with forehand winners), and it was Washington's turn to lose her amazing form as Maria sprang into life like a cornered Sith Lord.
-MW: The oppression of the Sith will never return. You have lost.
-MS: No, no, no - you will die!


The match started at 18:03 CEST on Court Lenglen, and I saw the whole match on BBCi!


First Set:
SHARAPOVA _*@*@* * 6
WASHINGTO *_____*_ 2

Maria looked very fetching in an open-shouldered little pink dress, which the crowd clearly enjoyed when she removed her outer garment! Her skin looked much smoother than at the Australian Open, and she looked altogether more beautiful.

Maria turned her ankle again on Friday. She asked for a Monday start, but the greedy tournament-organisers made her play on Sunday anyway. Profit-bloated bloodsuckers, that's what they are. At least Maria now has two days off to recover from Sunday's marathon.

Maria made a rusty start, but started hitting booming forehand winners and broke for 2-1. She looked a bit heavy running forwards for a short ball, but still won the point. She held for 3-1 with a brilliant backhand winner. A couple of good points from Washington, but Maria was just overpowering her. Very difficult to get Maria on the run because her first-strike capability is so good. Maria broke for 4-1 with a forehand winner.

Viktoriya Kutuzova was in the crowd.

A few errors from Maria, and Washington held for 2-5 with an angled dropshot winner. Maria was rushing too much now; she wasted one set-point with a quick forehand error, but won the first set 6-2 at 18:31 when Washington hit a forehand long.

Overall Maria looked very sharp and brilliant - it was the type of performance which would have inducted Maria into my Eternal Fanship if she wasn't there already! :worship:


Second Set:
SHARAPOVA _*@*___* *__ 5
WASHINGTO *___*@* * *@ 7

Maria started the second set solid but less spectacular. Washington was playing better, but unforced errors got her into trouble on serve at 1-1, and Maria broke for 2-1 with two forehand winners. Washington doesn't really have the game to make Maria move.

Washington broke back to 3-3 with a backhand winner, after Maria had saved two break-points at 0/40. Maria was losing penetration on her shots compared to the first set, and looked more laboured in her movement. Washington was more confident, hitting more winners than Maria in the second set as she forged a 5-4* lead.

Maria held for 5-5 with a love service-game and two forehand winners. But Washington looked very dominant as she held for 6-5* with two aces.

And this form continued into Maria's service-game as Maria fell behind 0/30! Three service-winners made it 40/30, but Washington made it 40/40 with a pinpoint forehand winner down the line, and set-point with a forehand return-winner. Maria saved it with a colossal service-winner. Maria put a forehand wide to give Washington a second set-point. Washington forehand wide by a whisker. Deuce #3. Washington chipped and charged, hitting a backhand volley-winner. Ad Washington (SP #3). A netcord from Washington forced Maria to hit a backhand long as Washington won the second set 7-5 at 19:24.

Maria called for the trainer, who cut all the strapping off her right foot to evaluate it. Maria took a medical timeout to have it sprayed and heavily rewrapped.


Third Set:
SHARAPOVA _* *___*@*@* 7
WASHINGTO * * *@*_____ 5

Washington played very well as she held for 1-0. Maria came through a nerve-wracking game of deuces, saving a break-point as she held for 1-1. Maria squandered a break-point of her own as Washington won her own deucy service-game for 2-1. Conditions were getting heavier - it was harder to hit winners.

Maria failed to hold for 2-2 when Washington hit an incredible dropshot-winner off what had seemed to be a winning shot from Maria at 40/30, but Maria held for 2-2 anyway. Maria squandered two break-points at 2-2 (15/40), and Washington held for 3-2.

Washington was playing amazing tennis now, with dreamlike winners to get 15/40 on Maria's serve. Maria hit a forehand just wide. 2-4. Washington held serve easily for 5-2.

Maria serving to stay in the match at 2-5:
* {0/0} Maria hit a forehand onto the baseline, forcing Washington to net a backhand.
* {15/0} Washington crosscourt backhand winner.
* {15/15} Service-winner.
* {30/15} Double fault.
* {30/30} A deep, wide shot from Washington forced Maria to hit a forehand wide.
* {30/40: MP #1} Maria saved it with big serve to set up a crosscourt forehand winner.
* {40/40} Maria hit a deep backhand, forcing Washington to net a forehand lob.
* {Ad M} Washington forehand just wide.
A very impressive recovery by Maria!

Washington serving for the match at 5-3:
* {0/0} Maria backhand just long - she asked the umpire to check the mark.
* {15/0} After a very loud and nail-biting rally, Maria hit a crosscourt backhand winner.
* {15/15} Maria hit a deep forehand return, forcing Washington to net a forehand.
* {15/30} Washington backhand dropshot winner.
* {30/30} Double fault.
* {30/40: BP #1} Maria netted a forehand return.
* {40/40} Washington forced Maria to hit a backhand just wide.
* {Ad W: MP #2} Two pigeons landed on the court! Then they played. It was one of those rallies so dramatic that the world seems to go into slow motion, and it ended with Washington hitting a backhand very long.
* {Deuce #2} Maria netted a forehand return.
* {Ad W: MP #3} Maria saved the day once again with a forehand winner.
* {Deuce #3} Washington got caught in No Man's Land, and netted a forehand.
* {Ad M: BP #2} Washington forehand long.

It didn't seem like a good omen at the time, but those pigeons were clearly a sign of divine intervention! ;)

Maria serving to stay in the match at 4-5:
* {0/0} Maria hit a good serve to set up a forehand winner.
* {15/0} Maria forehand winner off a short ball.
* {30/0} Service-winner.
* {40/0} Maria netted a backhand.
* {40/15} Service-winner.

Washington serving 5-5:
* {0/0} Washington netted a forehand.
* {0/15} Washington netted a backhand.
* {0/30} Washington forehand winner.
* {15/30} Maria forced Washington to hit a forehand lob just long.
* {15/40: 2 BPs} Double fault.

Maria serving for the match at 6-5:
* {0/0} Washington backhand wide.
* {15/0} Maria netted a forehand.
* {15/15} Maria hit an ace out wide - but it was overruled by the umpire. Washington hit a backhand winner.
* {15/30} Washington hit a forehand just long, prompting a massive fist-pump from Maria!
* {30/30} Maria hit an amazing crosscourt backhand winner off a wide return.
* {40/30: MP #1} Washington hit a backhand wide after a long rally.
Maria won 6-2 5-7 7-5 at 20:29 (2h26m).


Statistics
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Maria had a W:UE ratio of 32:36, Washington 40:37 (with only 4 of her winners coming in the first set) - it was certainly a high-quality match with plenty of winners!

It was a very baseline-oriented encounter, with Maria winning 11 of 14 points at the net, Washington 6 of 10.

Maria got 66% of first serves in, winning 71% of the points when she did so, and only 46% on second serve (Washington 64%, 67% and 41%). The major differences from the first set to the rest of the match were that Washington upped her percentage of first serves in considerably, and also started winning a lot of the points on Maria's second serve.

Maria served one ace and 3 double faults, Washington 2 aces and 4 DFs.

Maria broke 5 times from 13 break-points (but only 3 times from 10 BPs in the last two sets), Washington 3 times from 9 BPs (Maria didn't have to face a single BP in the first set).

In points, Maria won 111-101.


Quotes
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Maria: "I think in my mind I was playing with pain, and I blocked it out somehow and started moving better, making her hit an extra ball, and she got a little bit tight at 5-all, and then I was able to serve it out and hit a few good shots, and there's the match.

"I was calling 1-800-BritishAirways in the third set! Yeah, I definitely surprised myself. First of all, I was surprised that I won the first set so easily, and I was even more surprised to win.

[Re. the pigeons]
"They're my best friends! I'm actually thinking of buying a few in my house.

"I gave it all I had. Obviously the ankle was not too good, but I am a competitor, and that's why I play the sport. That's why I'm here. I've been training the last few weeks, and I've been getting a lot of work on it, and I'm just hoping that with a little rest, two days, maybe I can pull through it. I will take one match at a time.

"The injury was slowly getting better last week, but on Friday I aggravated it, and took the MRI. I knew I wouldn't be playing 100%, but it was my decision to gut it out. I'm obviously not moving great.

"I asked if I could play on Monday or Tuesday. I put in the request on Thursday, and after the MRI [on Friday], I called them and I asked them if I could play later The answer was, 'You're playing Sunday, fourth match.' Obviously, it's not in their best interest. It doesn't make you feel great when you know that the French Federation, all they're thinking about is selling tickets, making money and about their own players. I mean, you can't be too happy about that.

"But I didn't play today to sell tickets or make the French Federation happy. I'm here to hold that trophy, and I'm going to do everything that's possible to win if I can! If I wasn't interested, I could have stayed at home and watched the last series of Lost on TV.

"If I feel like my ankle is not great and I have to stop, I have to stop. I'm 19 years old. I'm gonna play these slams for many more years.

"It's a very difficult decision, but it's hard to say because I don't know if I take another week off, who knows how it's going to be. It's like a poker game. I don't know what cards will show up, even tomorrow. The good thing is the inflammation seems to be lower than it was with my first MRI like four weeks ago.

"There's progression, but, of course it's a tough decision because Wimbledon is probably - not probably, it is more important than this one. Every tournament that I play, I want to win. It's just that Wimbledon means a lot more to me than any other tournament."


Washington: "I played well. I just wasn't able to get the last point. Even when I had match-point, I didn't even think I had it. I felt like I needed to play an aggressive point or something, and it didn't go my way."

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Second-round draw
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Top half (to be played on Wednesday)
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* AMÉLIE MAURESMO [1] v Vera Dushevina (anyone but Mauresmo!)
* Jelena Jankovic v MARION BARTOLI [22] (allez Marion!)
* AI SUGIYAMA [22] v Aravane Rezai [Q]
* Sun,Tiantian v NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [16] (podme Nicole!)

* VENUS WILLIAMS [11] v Emma Laine
* Peng,Shuai v Karolina Šprem (both nice; my loyalty is to Karolina)
* SOFIA ARVIDSSON [29] v Julia Vakulenko [Q] (davai Julia!)
* Jarmila Gajdošová v PATTY SCHNYDER [7]

* MARIA SHARAPOVA [4] v Iveta Benešová (both nice; my loyalty is to MARIA!)
* Alicia Molik [WC] v Anda Perianu [Q] (go Alicia!)
* KATARINA SREBOTNIK [24] v Ashley Harkleroad (both nice; my loyalty is to Ashley)
* Hana Šromová v DINARA SAFINA [14]

* FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE [9] v Martina Müller
* Kirsten Flipkens [LL] v FLAVIA PENNETTA [17] (both nice; my loyalty is to Flavia)
* ANNA CHAKVETADZE [27] v Li,Na (davai Anna!)
* Mara Santangelo v SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [8]


Bottom half (to be played on Thursday)
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* JUSTINE HENIN-HARDENNE [5] v Anastasiya Yakimova
* (Alizé Cornet v Virginia Ruano Pascual) v Tathiana Garbin
* ANA IVANOVIC [19] v Emilie Loit (ajde Ana!)
* Melinda Czink v ANASTASIA MYSKINA [10] (davai Anastasia)

* ANNA-LENA GRÖNEFELD [13] v Jamea Jackson
* Mathilde Johansson [WC] v MARIA KIRILENKO [20] (Mathilde is sexy, but my loyalty is to Maria)
* GISELA DULKO [32] v Yuliana Fedak (both nice; my loyalty is to Gisela)
* Shenay Perry v Akiko Morigami (ganbatte Akiko!)

* ELENA DEMENTIEVA [6] v Viktoriya Kutuzova (davai Viktoriya!)
* Tsvetana Pironkova v SHAHAR PEER [31] (kadima Shahar!)
* Zheng,Jie v Ivana Lisjak
* Zuzana Ondrášková v MARTINA HINGIS [12] (podme Zuzana!)

* DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [15] v Emmanuelle Gagliardi (PODME DANIELA!!)
* Catalina Castańo v NATHALIE DECHY [21]
* ANABEL MEDINA GARRIGUES [26] v Kaia Kanepi (Ąvamos Anabel!)
* Conchita Martínez Granados v KIM CLIJSTERS [2]


Maria preview
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Maria now faces a mouthwatering match with Iveta Benešová, who bears a striking resemblance to Daniela Hantuchová (some would say Greta Garbo), and won her first-round match as follows:
+ Pauline Parmentier [WC], 7-5 6-3

Maria has never played Iveta before, but should be much too strong for Iveta's modest abilities - even on clay, which is Iveta's favourite surface and Maria's worst.

But what riles Iveta is "when they talk about me before a match like I already lost the match", as they did before she played Mary Pierce at the Australian Open - and Iveta caused a big upset on that occasion!

I just hope Maria's right foot holds up so that this match can go ahead.

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Order of Play for Wednesday
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Court Chatrier (start 11:00 CEST = 09:00 GMT = 10:00 BST)
1. MS 2r: CARLOS MOYÁ [30] v Mikhail Youzhny
2. WS 2r: MARIA SHARAPOVA [4] v Iveta Benešová
3. MS 2r: DAVID NALBANDIAN [3] v Richard Gasquet
4. WS 2r: VENUS WILLIAMS [11] v Emma Laine

Full order of play:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/scores/schedule/ (http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/scores/schedule/)

Commentator David Mercer said that BBCi would be showing Saretta v Davydenko, Federer v Falla (which is likely to overlap Maria v Iveta completely) and Mauresmo v Dushevina - he didn't mention any possibility of Maria v Iveta being televised! :mad:


Maria's Roland Garros profile:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/bios/ws/wtas961.html (http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/bios/ws/wtas961.html)

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andrewbroad
Jun 2nd, 2006, 01:12 AM
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Second round (Wednesday 31st May)
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+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [4] d. Iveta Benešová, 6-4 6-1

I saw the end of this match on BBCi, from 6-4 *4-1 (30/40).

"Today, the Russian's powerful back court game and ability to thump winners from the middle of the court proved too overwhelming for Benešová" [rolandgarros.com].

Maria "pounded big serves and deep, penetrating groundstrokes to perfection" [wtatour.com].


The match started on Court Chatrier at 14:12 CEST. It was another unseasonably cold day in Paris, and both girls wore long-sleeved overtops, although Iveta dared to bare her midriff with a crop-top shirt and a skirt that was almost as short as Tatiana Golovin's microshorts from of old! ;)

Unfortunately BBCi were showing Federer v Falla, which had started a few minutes before, so I had to settle for live scores at www.rolandgarros.com (http://www.rolandgarros.com/) for most of the match.


First Set:
SHARAPOV _*@ @* * * 6
BENEŠOVÁ *__@__* *_ 4

Iveta serving 0-0: 0/15, 15/15, 15/40 (2 BPs) -> 40/40, ad I, Deuce #2, ad I, held.

A good fightback from Iveta. I must admit, when she was 15/40 I was thinking about her like she already lost the match! ;)

The longer Iveta can detain Maria, and the faster Federer goes through Falla (currently 6-1 0-0), the more chance there is of seeing the end of Maria v Iveta on BBCi.

Maria serving 0-1: 0/15, 40/15, held.
Iveta serving 1-1: 30/0 -> 30/30, 30/40 (BP), 40/40, ad M (BP #2), broken "with a magnificent backhand crosscourt winner" [rolandgarros.com].

Third time lucky on break-points for Maria! :)

Maria serving 2-1: 15/0, 15/40 (2 BPs), broken.

Well, that's good for the chances of this match being televised! ;) (Federer 6-1 2-2).

"The Czech bounced straight back, forcing the big Russian out of court with a spate of penetrating, angled groundstrokes to draw even at 2-2. Had she continued to stretch out the Russian in backcourt rallies, Benešová may have stood a chance." [rolandgarros.com]

Iveta serving 2-2: 15/0, 15/15, 15/40 (2 BPs), broken.

Play was suspended for rain at 14:33, with Maria leading *3-2 (closer to victory than Federer at 6-1 *2-3). Unfortunately it's not like at Wimbledon, where the BBC would be showing recorded Maria v Iveta at this point, rather than playing music over live coverage of rain! :mad:

Play resumed on Chatrier at 15:52 (after a 1h19m rain-delay).

Maria serving 3-2: 0/15, 40/15, 40/30, held.
Iveta serving 2-4: 15/0, 15/15, 30/15, 30/30, 40/30, 40/40, ad I, held.
Maria serving 4-3: 40/0, 40/15 -> 40/40, ad M, held.

For those of us with BBCi who care more about seeing Maria v Iveta on TV than a quick victory, the good news is that Federer now leads 6-1 6-4 0-0, and Gicquel v Kiefer has gone to a fifth set, meaning that Maria and Iveta won't have to compete with Tim Henman for BBC-televisation! The bad news is that there's more rain on the way.

Iveta serving to stay in the first set at 3-5: 40/0, 40/30, held.
Maria serving for the first set at 5-4: 0/15, 15/15, 40/15 (2 SPs), 40/30, Maria won the first set 6-4 at 16:13, sealed "with a gutsy ace that kicked out wide and sent Benešová scrambling." [rolandgarros.com]

It's now raining lightly - not yet hard enough to suspend play on clay...


Second Set:
SHARAPOV _*@*@*@ 6
BENEŠOVÁ *______ 1

Iveta serving 0-0: 0/15, 15/15, 15/30, play suspended for rain at 16:16.

This rain-delay should favour Maria more than Iveta, as Maria has the first set under her belt, and Iveta will have to start serving again at 15/30. Really, if they knew this was coming they should have suspended it before starting the set.

Play resumed at 16:27 (11m rain-delay): 15/40 (2 BPs) -> 40/40, ad I, Deuce #2, ad I, held.

Good for Iveta. I don't think it would have been very fair if she had been broken there (and wouldn't the Maria-haters have let us know it).

Maria serving 0-1: 15/0, 15/15, 40/15, held.
Iveta serving 1-1: broken to love as Maria "smacked an inside-out forehand" [rolandgarros.com].

Iveta needs to stay in touch here, because Federer leads 6-1 6-4 *3-2 now.

Maria serving 2-1: 0/30 -> 30/30, 30/40 (BP), 40/40, ad M, Deuce #2, ad M, Deuce #3, ad M, Deuce #4, ad M, Deuce #5, ad M, Deuce #6, ad M, held. (The number of deuces may well be inaccurate, as the scoreline was flicking back and forth fairly rapidly.)

Good recovery by Maria. She's so good at saving threatening points against her serve.

Iveta serving 1-3: 0/15, 15/15, 40/15 -> 40/40, ad M (BP), broken.

Federer is two points from victory now - two points from BBCi joining this match! And he has just won, during our changeover! :)

Maria serving 4-1: 15/0, 15/30, 30/30, 30/40 (BP). And BBCi have joined the match at last!
* {30/40} Maria saved the break-point with a good serve to set up a crosscourt forehand winner that was dangerously close to the baseline!
* {40/40} Service-winner.
* {Ad M} Maria hit a forehand smash-winner.

Iveta serving to stay in the match at 1-5:
* {0/0} Maria off-backhand return-winner.
* {0/15} Iveta showed some good retrieving, but netted a forehand (Iveta is left-handed) off a smash from Maria.
* {0/30} Double fault.
* {0/40: 3 MPs} Iveta saved the first match-point with a good serve to set up one of those left-handed off-forehand winners that seem to be her trademark.
* {15/40: MP #2} Maria blasted a forehand winner onto the sideline to seal the 6-4 6-1 victory at 16:58 (1h18m, not including the rain-delays).

Sam Smith said Maria could now be added to the list of players they talk about as potential French Open 2006 champions! :D

It really annoyed me when the commentators said, several times during the first four days, that the women's championship is very open this year, with potential champions including Mauresmo, Clijsters, Petrova (before her unexpected loss), Henin-Hardenne, Kuznetsova, Venus Williams, Hingis and even Safina - without naming Maria who is world #4! :fiery: Obviously Maria has her problems, but ignoring a player of her immense calibre is just rude.


Statistics
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Maria had a positive W:UE ratio of 29:28, Iveta 12:23.

It was a very baseline-oriented encounter, with Maria winning 5 of 8 points at the net, Iveta 0 from 1.

Maria got 56% of her first serves in, winning 53% of the points when she did so, and 72% on second serve - it's supposed to be the other way round! Maria was more successful on second serve in both sets, but particularly in the first set with 47% and 77%!

The corresponding statistics for Iveta were 62%, 56% and 28% - her percentage of points won on second serve dipped from 36% in the first set to 18% in the second.

Maria served much faster than Iveta, with a fastest serve of 178 km/h (Iveta 160), average first serve 159 km/h (Iveta 149), average second serve 146 km/h (Iveta 130).

Maria served 3 aces and 3 double faults, Iveta one of each.

Maria broke 5 times from 11 break-points, Iveta once from 3.

In points, Maria won 71-52 (first set 37-32, second set 34-20).


Quotes from Maria
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"It's never easy to play in these conditions. It's very confusing to go out there when it's sunny, and five minutes later it gets dark, cold and windy. It's never easy coming off court, going back on, coming off again. On top of that, the court is always changing; now it's dry; now it's slippery and it's getting difficult. It is never easy. But you just have to adjust and be patient.

"It's actually a little strange having two days off. It feels like you're just starting the tournament. I was a little bit sluggish at the beginning. Practising and playing points is different than a Grand Slam match. It takes a while to adjust.

"Playing your first round like I did two days ago, I was nervous. It's a Grand Slam, you haven't played for a while. Unfortunately, first tournament you have to play on clay is a Grand Slam. You're nervous."

[Re. her right ankle]
"It was a lot better actually than my previous match. I didn't feel like I was moving great still - just being a little cautious out there naturally with the tape on. But definitely pain-wise, it felt a lot better.

"At this point, I'm taking it one match at a time. I mean, in my situation, when I haven't had a lot of matches, I don't really know what to expect with injury, with the way I'm playing, confidence basically doesn't exist at the point.

"Physically, I feel a lot fitter than I was here last year. I feel like my ball is heavier. That doesn't mean that it is bigger. I think it just - I feel like it has a little more juice. I think that has to do with me changing rackets at the beginning of the year.

"It's hard to say when you've only played two matches. But definitely in practice, I feel stronger, I feel physically fitter than I did last year for sure."


"Being a tennis-babe doesn't do it for me. If that's what people are hoping for, then I'm afraid they're going to be disappointed. Of course I like to look good on court, but I'm out there to play tennis and win - not to look sexy! Although I'm interested in fashion, I'm not remotely interested in modelling. It's boring."

[Re. charity]
"Each of us must do what we can do. Every individual can have a big impact. It is very important, if you get a chance, to help in any way you can. I am fortunate to make a good living, but you never know what can happen tomorrow."

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Third-round draw
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Top half (to be played on Friday)
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* AMÉLIE MAURESMO [1] v Jelena Jankovic (ajde Jelena!)
* Aravane Rezai [Q] v NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [16] (both nice; my loyalty is to Nicole)
* VENUS WILLIAMS [11] v Karolina Šprem (ajmo Karolina!)
* Julia Vakulenko [Q] v PATTY SCHNYDER [7] (davai Julia!)

* MARIA SHARAPOVA [4] v Alicia Molik [WC] (both nice; my loyalty is to MARIA!)
* KATARINA SREBOTNIK [24] v DINARA SAFINA [14] (dajmo Katarina!)
* FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE [9] v FLAVIA PENNETTA [17] (forza Flavia!)
* Li,Na v SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [8]


Bottom half (to be played on Saturday)
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* JUSTINE HENIN-HARDENNE [5] v Tathiana Garbin
* ANA IVANOVIC [19] v ANASTASIA MYSKINA [10] (ajde Ana!)
* (ANNA-LENA GRÖNEFELD [13] v Jamea Jackson) v MARIA KIRILENKO [20] (davai Maria!)
* GISELA DULKO [32] v Shenay Perry (Ąvamos Gisela!)

* (ELENA DEMENTIEVA [6] v Viktoriya Kutuzova) v SHAHAR PEER [31]
* (Zheng,Jie v Ivana Lisjak) v (Zuzana Ondrášková v MARTINA HINGIS [12])
* DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [15] v NATHALIE DECHY [21]
* (ANABEL MEDINA GARRIGUES [26] v Kaia Kanepi) v (Conchita Martínez Granados v KIM CLIJSTERS [2])


Maria 3r preview
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Maria next plays the voluptuous serve-volleyer Alicia Molik, who has spent the last year sidelined with an inner-ear infection with which she had been expected to miss the entire 2006 season and possibly retire.

But the Australian started competing again in May, with first-round exits from ITF Gifu, WTA Rome and Constantinople. She also won Tennis Australia's play-off tournament to decide which Australian woman would get a wild card into the French Open (the French and Australians have a reciprocal agreement for getting into each other's draws).

Alicia has reached the third round with the following results:
1r + Antonella Serra Zanetti, 7-5 7-6 (7/3)
2r + Anda Perianu [Q], 3-6 7-6 (7/5) 6-3

(I had been looking forward to a mouthwatering Maria v Lucie Šafárová 3r match, but unfortunately Lucie lost to Perianu in the first round.)

Maria leads Alicia 3-1 in their head-to-head:
+ 2004 Birmingham qf: Sharapova 6-3 6-1
- 2004 Zurich final: Molik 4-6 6-2 6-3
+ 2004 Philadelphia qf: Sharapova 3-6 6-1 6-3
+ 2005 Doha final: Sharapova 4-6 6-1 6-4

So Alicia has historically been a tough opponent for Maria (apart from the Birmingham 2004 match, where I watched Maria destroy Alicia with one of the most brilliant performances I've ever seen on a tennis-court), but Alicia is not a player Maria would actually lose to in normal circumstances (in the Zurich 2004 final, Maria was struggling with a shoulder-injury).

Even if Alicia's comeback will prove to be a successful one, it's too early in it to give her any chance of beating Maria... unless of course Maria's right foot flares up in a major way and she has to default - but I think if that was going to happen, it would have done so by now.

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Order of Play for Friday
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Court Chatrier (start 11:00 CEST = 09:00 GMT = 10:00 BST)
1. MS 3r: GASTÓN GAUDIO [10] v JUAN CARLOS FERRERO [24]
2. WS 2r: ELENA DEMENTIEVA [6] v Viktoriya Kutuzova (to finish)
3. WS 3r: AMÉLIE MAURESMO [1] v Jelena Jankovic
4. MS 3r: ROGER FEDERER [1] v NICOLÁS MASSÚ [32]
5. WS 3r: MARIA SHARAPOVA [4] v Alicia Molik [WC]

Full order of play:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/scores/schedule/ (http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/scores/schedule/)

Maria's Roland Garros profile:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/bios/ws/wtas961.html (http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/bios/ws/wtas961.html)

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andrewbroad
Jun 2nd, 2006, 03:45 PM
Maria's match has now been rescheduled for Court Lenglen, after the match between Nicole Vaidišová and Aravane Rezai! (Nicole leads 6-1 *1-1 at the time of writing).

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andrewbroad
Jun 3rd, 2006, 11:45 PM
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Photos
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http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/news/?c=news_photos&p=sharapova (http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/news/?c=news_photos&p=sharapova)
http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=99305&page=146 (http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=99305&page=146)
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/players/wtas961.html (http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/players/wtas961.html)
Search Getty Images for "sharapova"

Maria in ESPN SportsCenter Commercial 1 (video):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ng002xkzjQg (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ng002xkzjQg)

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Third round (Friday 2nd June)
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+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [4] d. Alicia Molik [WC], 6-0 7-5

Maria seemed to be cruising to a very easy win, but had to overcome surprising resistance in the second set, including a *4-5 situation, against Alicia who only returned to tennis in May after a year out with an inner-ear infection.

The match started at 19:16 CEST on Court Lenglen, having been moved from Court Chatrier, which unfortunately meant it clashed with Federer v Massú, which was being televised on BBCi when this match started. So I had to settle for following the whole match on the live scoreboard at www.rolandgarros.com (http://www.rolandgarros.com/). Here are my comments as I wrote them at the time:


First Set:
SHARA @*@*@* 6
MOLIK ______ 0

Molik serving 0-0: 0/15, 15/15, 15/40 (2 BPs) -> 40/40, ad MS (BP #3), Deuce #2, ad MS (BP #4), broken.
Sharapova serving 1-0: 30/0, 30/15, 40/15, held.
Molik serving 0-2: 0/15, 15/15, 15/40 (2 BPs), broken.
Sharapova serving 3-0: 30/0, 30/15, 40/15, held.
Molik serving 0-4: 15/0, 15/15, 30/15, 30/40 (BP), broken.
Maria serving for the first set at 5-0: 0/30, 15/30, 30/30, 40/30 (SP), Maria won the first set 6-0 at 19:39 (23m).

Can Alicia avoid the double bagel? Can she detain Maria long enough to get this match televised on BBCi, after Federer v Massú? (6-1 6-2 *3-4)


Second Set:
SHARA __@ @* * *@* 7
MOLIK *@ @__* *___ 5

Molik serving 0-0: 0/15, 15/15, 40/15, 40/30, held.
Sharapova serving 0-1: 0/40 (3 BPs), 15/40, broken.

Sometimes when you win a first set so easily, you lose concentration at the start of the second. It can be dangerous to hand over the momentum to your opponent - sometimes it's very hard to break back, and you end up in a third set, or even on the wrong side of a traumatic 0-6 6-4 12-10 scoreline that will have a devastating effect on your confidence and emotional state...

Molik serving 2-0: 40/0 -> 40/40, ad MS (BP), broken.

...but none of that for Maria, I don't think! Losing serve from 40/0 up is a huge psychological blow against Alicia.

Sharapova serving 1-2: 0/15, 15/15, 15/40 (2 BPs), broken.

I didn't expect this to degenerate into a match of break and counterbreak! :(

The good news is that Federer is serving for the match - serving to make BBCi show this match! :) But he blew it - now it's a tiebreak at 6-1 6-2 6-6...

Molik serving 3-1: 30/0 -> 30/40 (BP), 40/40, ad MS, broken.

And again, Alicia broken after a significant lead on serve.

Sharapova serving 2-3: held to love.
Molik serving 3-3: 0/30 -> 40/30, 40/40, ad AM, held.

Stupid Federer has dropped the third set now, so Maria will have to drop the second set to have any chance of being televised today. :(

Sharapova serving 3-4: 0/15, 40/15, held.
Molik serving 4-4: 0/15, 40/15, held.
Sharapova serving to stay in the second set at 4-5: held to love.
Molik serving 5-5: broken to love "with a smash from the back of the court" [Teletext].

Sam Smith (commentating on Federer v Massú) said she knew Maria must be struggling, because she could hear her grunting from Court Chatrier!

Sharapova serving for the match at 6-5: 30/0, 30/15, 40/15 (2 MPs), Maria won 6-0 7-5 at 20:25 (1h09m).

www.rolandgarros.com (http://www.rolandgarros.com/): "The effort was aided by the chair-umpire, who overruled a linesperson on a Molik backhand. Called out, the shot gave Sharapova a match-point, which she converted with a forehand passing-shot winner."


Statistics
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Maria had a positive winner-to-unforced-error ratio of 22:16, Alicia 11:28. Maria's W:UE was positive in both sets while Alicia's was woefully negative.

Maria got 57% of first serves in, winning 76% of the points when she did so, and 58% on second serve. Maria's percentage of first serves in improved from 38% in the first set to 68% in the second, but her percentage of points won on second serve deteriorated from 70% to 44%.

The corresponding statistics for Alicia were 53%, 59% and 25%; she upped her percentage of first serves in from 43% in the first set to 59% in the second, but her second serve really let her down - she won only 8% of points on it in the first set!

While they served 5 aces each (4 of Alicia's coming in the second set), Alicia committed 4 double faults, Maria just one.

Alicia served faster than Maria: fastest 183-173 km/h, average first serve 165-160 km/h, average second serve 149 km/h for both.

Maria broke 6 times from 10 break-points (thrice in each set), Alicia twice from 3 BPs.

Maria won all 5 of her points at the net, but Alicia won only one of 3 - which is surprising, because on grass (the only surface on which I've seen Alicia play) she serves and volleys.

In points, Maria won 64-40 (first set 26-11, second set 38-29 - which is surprising for a 7-5 set!).


Quotes from Maria
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"There's definitely a progression with the ankle since the first match. I feel a lot better than after my first match, when I could hardly walk. But I feel like, you know, all other muscles in my foot are compensating from the tape, because I'm not used to playing with so much tape around my ankle.

"It's something new to me, something that I'm getting used to. It's definitely affecting my movement out there. I can feel it. But other than that, you know, I think I'm improving my game with every round, getting more used to the conditions.

"With Alicia, she's a big server, has a big game. You never know. She can hold her serve, and there you go. With one break, the match can go to a third set. I just felt like I needed to concentrate a little bit better today."

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Fourth-round draw
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* AMÉLIE MAURESMO [1] v NICOLE VAIDIŠOVÁ [16] (podme Nicole!)
* VENUS WILLIAMS [11] v PATTY SCHNYDER [7]
* MARIA SHARAPOVA [4] v DINARA SAFINA [14] (DAVAI MARIA!!)
* FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE [9] v SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [8]

* JUSTINE HENIN-HARDENNE [5] v ANASTASIA MYSKINA [10] (davai Anastasia!)
* ANNA-LENA GRÖNEFELD [13] v GISELA DULKO [32] (Ąvamos Gisela!)
* SHAHAR PEER [31] v MARTINA HINGIS [12] (kadima Shahar!)
* DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [15] v KIM CLIJSTERS [2] (PODME DANIELA!!)

As prophesied, Maria will play Dinara Safina, and while Maria's stature makes her the favourite in my objective opinon, it's certainly a match to worry about. Safina already did the dirty on the other Russian in my Eternal Fanship, beating Vera Zvonarëva in the first completed match of the historic opening Sunday.

Maria has played brilliantly in her opening three rounds (yes, even in the first round IMO), despite the problems with her right foot, and should have way too much big-match experience and power for Safina.

www.rolandgarros.com (http://www.rolandgarros.com/) don't seem to share my optimistic outlook:
"[Safina's] aggressive serve and baseline play could well prove to be too much for Sharapova, who is still suffering from an ankle injury."

Safina is on ominous form, beating Kim Clijsters, Elena Dementieva and Svetlana Kuznetsova to reach the Rome final!

Safina has reached the fourth round as follows:
1r + Vera Zvonarëva, 6-3 7-5
2r + Hana Šromová, 6-0 6-2
3r + KATARINA SREBOTNIK [24], 6-3 6-4

Maria leads their head-to-head 2-1:
+ 2004 Berlin 1r: Sharapova 6-1 1-6 6-3
+ 2005 Indian Wells 3r: Sharapova 6-2 6-3
- 2005 Moscow: Safina 1-6 6-4 7-5

Maria led 6-1 4-2 at Moscow, but she was playing her worst tennis of 2005, having won a controversial match against Anna-Lena Grönefeld who had retired with a sprained ankle whilst leading, ironically, 6-1 4-2.

Maria: "Dinara is playing with a lot of confidence. She's been playing pretty well on clay. Got to the finals of Rome. Definitely have to expect a tough match."

I give Maria a 55% chance of victory. I am prepared to follow a very tough match, but how can Safina respond to Maria's mastery of the decisive moments?

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Order of Play for Sunday
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Court Lenglen (start 11:00 CEST = 09:00 GMT = 10:00 BST)
1. WS 4r: MARIA SHARAPOVA [4] v DINARA SAFINA [14]
2. MS 3r: Juan Mónaco v IVAN LJUBICIC [4] (to finish: 5th set *2-4)
3. WS 4r: DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [15] v KIM CLIJSTERS [2]
4. MS 4r: GASTÓN GAUDIO [10] v NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO [6]
5. MS 4r: DAVID NALBANDIAN [3] v Martin Vassallo Arguello [Q]

I'm relieved that they've inserted a breather between Maria and Daniela!

I would expect BBCi to show at least Maria's match, although I didn't hear what they plan to show because they finished today's coverage sooner than expected, while I was watching Doctor Who.

Full order of play:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/scores/schedule/ (http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/scores/schedule/)

Maria's Roland Garros profile:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/bios/ws/wtas961.html (http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/bios/ws/wtas961.html)

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andrewbroad
Jun 7th, 2006, 02:16 AM
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Fourth round (Sunday 4th June)
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- MARIA SHARAPOVA [4] lt. DINARA SAFINA [14], 7-5 2-6 7-5

This was a bizarre defeat for Maria, because in the first set she led 5-3* and squandered two set-points, then recovered brilliantly to take the second 6-2, and to lead 4-0* (with a break-point for *5-0) and 5-1* in the third, but then her backhand and forehand broke down to make it 5-5*, and finally she tried to play at the net and got passed!

A choke this big is something you wouldn't expect to see from Maria ever, so strong is she mentally. But these things happen when you're desperately short of match-play, and no tournament punishes lack of preparation more than the French Open.

The interplay between the two Russians was most intriguing. Maria often intimidates her opponents with her grunting, her loud "c'mon"s and fist-pumps (which is perfectly acceptable, because she does it to stimulate herself and not to bully her opponent), but Safina was doing the same to her (and I think it was to bully her younger opponent rather than to stimulate herself). They were staring each other down like a pair of boxers, and the commentators suggested that it was Safina who was seeing fear in Maria's eyes.

On the positive side, Maria played brilliant, attacking tennis from the beginning of the second set to 5-1 in the third, and served exceptionally well for a woman. It was the kind of tennis that makes her arguably the best in the world on grass, and it was so effective even on the slow, red clay. It makes me very confident in her as she prepares to defend her Birmingham title and to regain the Venus Rosewater dish at Wimbledon!


www.wtatour.com (http://www.wtatour.com/): "[Maria] held two set points in the opening set, one at 5-3 and one at 5-4, and after breezing through the second set, moved ahead 4-0 and 5-1 in the third. But an incredible Safina revival in the closing stages of the match, which saw the No.14 seed reel off six consecutive games and win 18 of the last 21 points, sealed Sharapova's fate, as did a screaming backhand winner on match point."

www.rolandgarros.com (http://www.rolandgarros.com/):
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Sharapova led 4-0 and 5-1 in the final set, but won only won six more points, as Safina stormed back to reach the final eight at a Grand Slam for the first time.

On the verge of defeat, Safina found her rhythm. Her ground strokes started finding the line and her defensive play picked up. And when Safina did not win the point outright, Sharapova gave it away. Even when she came to the net, Sharapova could not slow Safina's momentum.

The match ended on a backhand cross court winner off a too-deep Sharapova forehand volley.
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The match started at 11:09 CEST on Court Lenglen. I saw the whole match on BBCi.


First Set:
SHARAP _*@ @ @*____ 5
SAFINA *__@ @__*@*@ 7

Safina serving 0-0: 15/0. Maria hit a crosscourt forehand. 15/15 -> 30/40 (BP). Safina saved it with a service-winner, and held after one deuce with a crosscourt forehand winner.

Maria refuses to slide on clay. She said she just plays hard-court tennis on clay.
John Lloyd: "I just can't imagine Sharapova sliding on the dirt - I just can't see that!"

Maria serving 0-1: Maria errors. 0/30. 15/30. Maria crosscourt forehand winner. 30/30. Maria hit a beautifully-flighted forehand winner down the line, right in the corner. 40/30. Maria hit a backhand drive-volley just long. 40/40. Maria hit a scorching crosscourt forehand winner. Ad Maria. Safina forehand winner down the line. Deuce #2. Maria's power forced Safina to net a backhand. Ad Maria. She went for a forehand winner down the line, but put it wide. Deuce #3. Service-winner. Ad Maria. Maria forehand winner down the line.

Safina serving 1-1: Safina made Maria run from sideline to sideline, forcing her into error - and that, for me, is where she's lost mobility since her ankle-injury. 15/0. Maria hit a blazing forehand winner down the line. 15/15. 40/30. Maria hit an off-forehand return-winner. Safina netted a forehand. Ad Maria (BP). Double fault. Upset? What upset?

Maria serving 2-1: Safina drew Maria to the net, and hit a crosscourt backhand pass-winner. 0/15. Maria hit a forehand wide off an awkward netcord. 0/30. Maria hit a good serve and a huge error-forcing forehand. 15/30. Safina long. 30/30. Maria netted two forehands to give Safina the break back.

Safina serving 2-2: 30/15. Maria hit a blazing off-backhand winner. 30/30, 40/30, 40/40. Maria forehand smash-winner. Ad Maria (BP). Safina netted a backhand, and Maria broke with a loud "c'mon".

Confidence (according to an unidentified male commentator) comes from:
(1) knowing your strengths;
(2) employing them in matches.

Maria serving 3-2: Maria netted two forehands. 0/30. Ace down the middle. 15/30. Maria forehand long. 15/40 (2 BPs). Maria played a good spreading rally with terrific pace, forcing Safina to hit a one-handed backhand long. 30/40. Double fault.

A very patchy performance from Maria so far: some brilliant winners, some ragged errors. It's like they're both just trying to show the other who can hit harder.

Safina serving 3-3: Two forehand errors from Maria. 30/0. Maria forehand return-winner down the line. 30/15. Maria hit a fabulous crosscourt forehand winner off an awkward low backhand down the line from Safina. 30/30. 40/30. Double fault. 40/40. Safina hit a forehand just wide. Ad Maria (BP). Safina netted a forehand off an easy short ball.

Maria took a toilet-break.

Maria serving 4-3: Maria forehand winner down the line, right in the corner. 15/0. Safina errors. 40/0. Safina crosscourt backhand winner. 40/15. Maria forehand drive-volley winner.

Safina serving to stay in the first set at 3-5: 15/0. Maria forehand drive-volley winner. 15/15. 40/30. Safina netted a forehand. 40/40. Maria netted a forehand return. Ad Safina. Safina backhand just wide. Deuce #2. Safina netted a forehand. Ad Maria (SP #1). Safina saved it with an error-forcing crosscourt backhand. 40/40. Maria netted a backhand. Ad Safina. Maria netted a backhand.

Michael Joyce is now Maria's official coach.

Maria serving for the first set at 5-4: Maria netted a backhand. 0/15. Safina forehand just long. 15/15. Safina forced Maria to hit a forehand VERY long. 15/30. Maria hit a wonderfully precise forehand into Safina's backhand corner, forcing her into error. 30/30. Safina netted a forehand. 40/30 (SP #2). Maria hit a wild forehand VERY long. 40/40. Maria sprayed a wild backhand wide. Ad Safina (BP). Safina hit a forehand winner down the line - the umpire confirmed the mark.

I've never seen a choke like that from Maria! John Lloyd said they were staring into each other's eyes like a pair of boxers, and it wasn't Maria who was finding weakness in Safina's eyes.

Safina serving 5-5: 15/15. Safina hit an error-forcing backhand down the line, behind Maria, who was slow to change direction. 30/15. Maria hit two forehands wide.

Maria serving to stay in the first set at 5-6: Safina cracked an impressive forehand winner down the line. 0/15. Two double faults. 0/40 (3 SPs). Safina forehand winner down the line. Safina won the first set 7-5 at 12:13.


Second Set:
SHARAP @*@ @* * 6
SAFINA ___@__*_ 2

Safina serving 0-0: Maria forehand winner down the line. 15/0. 15/15. Safina hit a pinpoint forehand winner into Maria's backhand-corner, and the commentators suggested that her "c'mon" was more for Maria to hear than to pump herself up. 30/15. 30/30. Safina netted a backhand. 30/40 (BP). Maria netted a backhand off a second serve. 40/40. Maria forced Safina to net a forehand. Ad Maria (BP #2). Safina saved it with an ace out wide. Deuce #2. Safina hit a wild backhand out of my screen. Ad Maria (BP #3). Maria slugged a forehand wide. Deuce #3. Double fault. Ad Maria (BP #4). Safina forehand just long.

Maria serving 1-0: 30/0. Double fault. 30/15. Maria forehand winner down the line. 40/15. Maria hit a good serve to force a short return, and hit an off-forehand winner.

Safina serving 0-2: Maria forehand winner down the line. 0/15. Maria hit a brilliant crosscourt backhand return-winner. 0/30. Safina forehand long. 0/40 (3 BPs). Service-winner. 40/15. Double fault.

This is much better from Maria. She's unrecognisable from the Maria of the first set right now, and looks like she's going to steamroller Safina in these last two sets.

Maria serving 3-0: Maria forced a short return, and hit a crosscourt backhand winner. 15/0. Ace down the middle. 30/0. Service-winner. 40/0. Maria netted a low-percentage forehand dropshot from the baseline. 40/15. Safina backhand just wide - but the umpire checked the mark, and overruled it as good! So they replayed the point, and Maria netted a forehand. 40/30. Maria forehand just wide. 40/40. Maria netted a backhand. Ad Safina (BP). Maria saved it with an ace down the middle. Deuce #2. A short angle from Maria forced Safina to net a forehand. Ad Maria. Double fault. Deuce #3. Safina hit a crosscourt backhand winner, followed by a loud "c'mon". Ad Safina (BP #2). Safina backhand return-winner.

It's not easy when you think you've already won the game, but these mental lapses are most uncharacteristic of Maria!

Safina serving 3-1: Maria forehand smash-winner. 0/30. Maria forehand winner down the line, right on the sideline. 0/40 (3 BPs). Ace down the middle. 15/40. Service-winner. 30/40. Double fault.

Maria serving 4-1: Maria hit a good serve to set up a crosscourt backhand winner. 15/0. Service-winner. 30/0. Double fault. 30/15. Ace down the middle, right on the junction. 40/15. Safina forehand return-winner down the line. 40/30. Maria hit a massive first serve to set up a forehand drive-volley winner.

Safina serving 1-5: Safina netted a backhand. 0/15. Maria netted a forehand. 15/15. Ace out wide. 30/15. Safina netted a backhand. 30/30. Two service-winners.

Maria serving for the second set at 5-2: Safina netted a forehand. 15/0. Maria forehand long (forced). 15/15. Maria backhand wide. 15/30. Ace out wide. 30/30. Safina forehand return just wide. 40/30 (SP). Safina backhand wide. Maria won the second set 6-2 at 12:50.


Third Set:
SHARAP @*@* *______ 5
SAFINA ____* *@*@*@ 7

Safina serving 0-0: 15/0. Maria forehand winner down the line. 15/15. Maria hit an awesome crosscourt backhand winner just inside the sideline. 15/30. Maria backhand winner down the line. 15/40 (2 BPs). Safina netted a forehand.

Maria's power and accuracy are both awesome now! :D

Maria serving 1-0: Maria held to love, with a superb forehand winner down the line off an awkward low, fast return.

Safina serving 0-2: 15/15. Safina backhand winner down the line. 30/15. Maria came to the net, forcing Safina to hit a forehand long. 30/30. Maria hit a beautiful forehand dropshot-winner. 30/40 (BP). Safina forehand long, and a loud "c'mon" from Maria.

Maria serving 3-0: Safina forehand return-winner. 0/15. Maria hit a forehand volley-winner. 15/15. Maria hit a short crosscourt forehand winner with an amazing hellacious angle! 30/15. Safina hit a forehand pass just long. 40/15. Safina netted a forehand return, and the commentators were now talking about her like she already lost the match - big mistake!

Safina serving 0-4: 30/0. Double fault. 30/15. Maria forehand long. 40/15. Maria rifled a forehand return at Safina's feet at the baseline, forcing her into error. 40/30. A deep forehand from Maria forced Safina to hit a backhand wide. 40/40. Maria hit a crosscourt forehand into Safina's forehand-corner, forcing her to hit a forehand wide. Ad Maria (BP). Safina's hard hitting forced Maria into error. Deuce #2. Safina dropshot-winner. Ad Safina. Maria netted a backhand return.

Maria serving 4-1: Service-winner. 30/0. Maria forehand long. 30/15. Safina forehand very long. 40/15. Maria ran down a dropshot and hit a searing short-angled crosscourt forehand winner onto the sideline.

Safina serving to stay in the match at 1-5: Safina hit a blazing backhand pass-winner down the line. 0/15. Double fault. 15/15. Maria hit a wild backhand return out. 30/15. Maria netted a backhand return. 40/15. Maria out.

Maria serving for the match at 5-2: Maria netted a forehand. 0/15. Safina netted a forehand return off a second serve. 15/15. Maria backhand wide. 15/30. Safina forehand return just long. 30/30. Maria wild backhand long and wide. 30/40 (BP). Double fault.

Well, yesterday Daniela Hantuchová only won 10-8 in the third after leading 5-2, albeit with only one break.

Safina serving to stay in the match at 3-5: Maria backhand long. 15/0. Maria netted a backhand. 30/0. Safina hit a backhand pass that forced Maria to miss a volley. 40/0. Service-winner.

Maria serving for the match at 5-4: Safina netted a backhand (forced). 15/0. Maria netted a forehand volley. 15/15. Maria hit a forehand long, forced by a deep backhand from Safina. 15/30. Maria netted a forehand. 15/40 (2 BPs). Maria netted a forehand.

Safina serving 5-5: Double fault. 0/15. Maria netted a backhand after a netcord had saved a Safina backhand from going wide. 15/15. Maria backhand wide. 30/15. Safina forehand winner down the line. 40/15. Maria came to the net and hit a backhand wide.

Maria serving to stay in the match at 5-6: Maria tried to serve and volley, but Safina hit a backhand pass-winner. 0/15. Maria got Safina on the run, but netted a backhand. 0/30. Maria hit a forehand winner down the line after a nailbiting rally with a lob from Maria that I was sure was going long. 15/30. Maria forehand wide. 15/40 (2 MPs). Maria came to the net, hit a reflex backhand volley, and Safina hit a crosscourt backhand pass-winner to win 7-5 2-6 7-5 at 13:43.

A traumatic loss for Maria, but she has to tell herself that this was clay and she was just coming back from injury. A choke like this would destroy the confidence of many lesser players, but can Maria shrug it off like she shrugs off a bad point in a match?


Statistics
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Maria had a winner-to-unforced-error ratio of 44:63, which is way too many errors against a player of Safina's calibre, who had a W:UE of 28:38. It really wasn't such a high-quality match, except during Maria's purple patch (she had a W:UE of 19:33 for the first set, 16:10 for the second, and a disastrous 9:20 for the third).

Maria came to the net quite a lot, winning 9 of 18 points there, which is hardly a worthwhile pay-off on clay, where the ball sits up more for the opponent to make passing-shots (she won only one of 5 net-points in the first set, and only 4 of 9 in the third). Safina, on the other hand, stayed rooted to the baseline, winning only one of 3 points at the net.

Maria got 71% of her first serves in, winning 58% of the points when she did so, and 31% on second serve. Although she got 80% of first serves in in the first set, she won only 48% of the points when she did so; in the second and third, she got fewer first serves in, but with more success when she did so.

The corresponding statistics for Safina were 50%, 54% and 48%, which are really quite poor, but she was much more successful on her second serve than Maria, while Safina's percentage of points won on first serve improved from set to set.

Maria served 5 aces (4 in the second set) and 7 double faults, Safina 4 aces and 8 double faults.

They broke serve 8 times each - Safina from 10 break-points, and Maria from 17, so she will be rueing those wasted opportunities, although most of them came during the second set which she won anyway; the key one was the break-point which would have given Maria a *5-0 lead in the third!

In points, Safina won 108-106 (first set 48-42, second set 24-34, third set 36-30).


Maria quotes
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"She picked up her game a little bit, and mine went down. You know, that's not a good combination. It's in your hands and you've got to finish it off, all of a sudden you start thinking. At that point you're thinking left and right, and you don't know what you're doing. You go into a different world, and you make dumb decisions. That's what happened today.

"I really think it has to do with the fact that I haven't, you know, had those kind of tough matches in the past few weeks, and it's hard to come into a Grand Slam [like that].

"In that first set, I should have closed it out. Then in the third, that's really what happens when someone's down 5-1. All of a sudden, she's swinging freely. That's just the way it goes. It's tennis. She felt the momentum come back to her, just took the opportunity and went for it.

"Unfortunately I haven't played a lot of matches in the past weeks, and don't feel like I'm match-tough enough. Of course I'm disappointed that I lost in the fourth round of a Grand Slam, but I did the best I could. I didn't think I'd be playing my best tennis here [because of a foot-injury]. I had the chances to be in the quarter-finals; I just didn't take them. But it's all right. I'll have plenty of experiences ahead of me. I think I'll prove people wrong [at Roland Garros] in a few years.

"Going on to grass, it's going to be a totally different story. Just because I lost does not mean I am all of a sudden not confident about winning Wimbledon."


Safina quotes
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"I just didn't want to leave the court [at 1-5 in the third]. I was enjoying myself. It was nice to play. I just wanted to stay more on the court. I said like, 'okay, for to stay more, I have to try to do more.' And I played I think very well from 5-1.

"I think I started to just... I took everything in my hands, you know. I said, 'Okay, like before she was dictating, I had to run always from corner to corner.' I said, 'Okay, now I try to make her run.' I started to look for the lines, and I started to be more aggressive from every point. I just went into the game, I was enjoying every point. It finished my way today.

"Doesn't matter who I'm playing against, I just step on the court and I give my hundred percent. I want to beat them. That's my goal for every match. I'm working every day for this. At the moment I'm proving this."


Maria's Roland Garros profile:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/bios/ws/wtas961.html (http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/bios/ws/wtas961.html)

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andrewbroad
Sep 22nd, 2006, 06:22 PM
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I have finally got round to starting my extended reports of Maria's French Open (to be followed by Birmingham and Wimbledon), where I go through my videos with a fine pause-key, writing up a detailed description of every point!

So I now present the first match I have written up:
Maria Sharapova v Mashona Washington:
http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/shara/reports.html (http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/shara/reports.html)

I couldn't watch the US Open (because it is neither played in England nor televised on Freeview), but after I have ordered my next batch of DVDs from Tennis Videos International (http://www.users.bigpond.com/tennisvideos1/), I might consider doing an extended report of at least the final.

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

johnoo
Sep 22nd, 2006, 06:35 PM
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ROLAND GARROS (Paris, France; red clay; Grand Slam)
============= http://www.rolandgarros.com/ (http://www.rolandgarros.com/)

I have finally got round to starting my extended reports of Maria's French Open (to be followed by Birmingham and Wimbledon), where I go through my videos with a fine pause-key, writing up a detailed description of every point!

So I now present the first match I have written up:
Maria Sharapova v Mashona Washington:
http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/shara/reports.html (http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/shara/reports.html)

I couldn't watch the US Open (because it is neither played in England nor televised on Freeview), but after I have ordered my next batch of DVDs from Tennis Videos International (http://www.users.bigpond.com/tennisvideos1/), I might consider doing an extended report of at least the final.

--
Dr. Andrew Broad
http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/ (http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/)
http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/ (http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/)
http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/shara/ (http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/shara/)

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

mate where are you based? you spend so much time and effort I would be willing to send you the maria's USO dvds and any other Eurosport matches that I have converted to dvd free of charge,I make motion menus/chapters etc and I convert from high quality(often 80gb) avi captures,if you don't have Eurosport 1/2 the offer stands for any maria matches as its easy enough and cheap enough for me to burn another copy off and send for you.

andrewbroad
Sep 23rd, 2006, 03:31 PM
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ROLAND GARROS (Paris, France; red clay; Grand Slam)
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I have just uploaded my extended reports of...
2r: Maria Sharapova v Iveta Benešová
3r: Maria Sharapova v Alicia Molik

...to http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/shara/reports.html (http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/shara/reports.html)

For those who read the original reports I posted in June, the only significant change is that I have expanded the point-descriptions in the last two games of Maria v Iveta, which were televised on Freeview BBCi.

There will be a much longer delay before Maria's fourth-round report is ready, as I first have to write up Daniela Hantuchová (http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/hantu/)'s 6-3 3-6 10-8 marathon against Nathalie Dechy!

mate where are you based? you spend so much time and effort I would be willing to send you the maria's USO dvds and any other Eurosport matches that I have converted to dvd free of charge,I make motion menus/chapters etc and I convert from high quality(often 80gb) avi captures,if you don't have Eurosport 1/2 the offer stands for any maria matches as its easy enough and cheap enough for me to burn another copy off and send for you.http://imgsrv2.tennisuniverse.com/wtaworld/images/reputation/reputation_pos.gif Thanks but no thanks.

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http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/shara/ (http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/shara/)

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

johnoo
Sep 23rd, 2006, 04:54 PM
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ROLAND GARROS (Paris, France; red clay; Grand Slam)
============= http://www.rolandgarros.com/ (http://www.rolandgarros.com/)

I have just uploaded my extended reports of...
2r: Maria Sharapova v Iveta Benešová
3r: Maria Sharapova v Alicia Molik

...to http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/shara/reports.html (http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/shara/reports.html)

For those who read the original reports I posted in June, the only significant change is that I have expanded the point-descriptions in the last two games of Maria v Iveta, which were televised on Freeview BBCi.

There will be a much longer delay before Maria's fourth-round report is ready, as I first have to write up Daniela Hantuchová (http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/hantu/)'s 6-3 3-6 10-8 marathon against Nathalie Dechy!

http://imgsrv2.tennisuniverse.com/wtaworld/images/reputation/reputation_pos.gif Thanks but no thanks.

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http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/shara/ (http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/shara/)

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

good because I regretted the offer the minute I posted it,you could always do what the rest of us do pay money for a sub to sky.

andrewbroad
Sep 30th, 2006, 01:40 AM
good because I regretted the offer the minute I posted it,you could always do what the rest of us do pay money for a sub to sky.

Well, actually I couldn't, because I live in a road with no satellite or cable. And even if I didn't, I wouldn't to pay for extra channels, nor would I want my addiction to tennis taking over my life any more than it already has! ;)

The advantage of being able to watch a lot of tennis-matches all year long is obvious, but I get a much deeper appreciation of the game from squeezing every last drop of detail out of just a few matches (my concentration wanders terribly when I watch tennis passively!).

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Dr. Andrew Broad
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http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/ (http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/)
http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/shara/ (http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/shara/)

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

andrewbroad
Oct 6th, 2006, 10:58 PM
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ROLAND GARROS (Paris, France; red clay; Grand Slam)
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I have just uploaded my extended report of Maria Sharapova's fourth-round match against Dinara Safina, with a blow-by-blow description of every point, to:

http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/shara/reports.html (http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/shara/reports.html)

That completes Maria's French Open campaign. Next comes Birmingham...

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Dr. Andrew Broad
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http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/ (http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/)
http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/shara/ (http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/shara/)

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