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RonnieB33
Jun 2nd, 2006, 04:47 PM
Just thought I'd jump the gun and start the next tourney thread. Here's the most recent player list taken from the WTA World Birmingham thread. Maria is listed as the 5th seed, but shouldn't she be at least the 4 seed? She was ahead of Sugiyama this week. Getting a Top 4 seed would give her a better chance at reaching the semis.

NOTE: The pale green color is in response to Makiri's new outfit this week!

GREAT BRITAIN
Jun 12, 2006
BIRMINGHAM Tier III
$200,000
MARJORY HOWIE
Main Draw
1 F SCHIAVONE Francesca ITA 11
2 F HANTUCHOVA Daniela SVK 16
3 F LIKHOVTSEVA Elena RUS 17
4 F SUGIYAMA Ai JPN 22
5 F KIRILENKO Maria RUS 23
6 F MOLIK Alicia AUS 23 SR
7 F GOLOVIN Tatiana FRA 26
8 F BARTOLI Marion FRA 27
9 F JANKOVIC Jelena SCG 28
10 F ARVIDSSON Sofia SWE 29
11 F RUBIN Chanda USA 29 SR
12 F KOUKALOVA Klara CZE 32
13 F CHAKVETADZE Anna RUS 34
14 F SANTANGELO Mara ITA 35
15 F CASTANO Catalina COL 37
16 F MIRZA Sania IND 39
17 F CRAYBAS Jill USA 40
18 F VINCI Roberta ITA 46
19 F ZHENG Jie CHN 49
20 F GRANVILLE Laura USA 51
21 F BAMMER Sybille AUT 52
22 F SCHRUFF Julia GER 54
23 F STOSUR Samantha AUS 55
24 F LLAGOSTERA VIVES Nuria ESP 57
25 F RAZZANO Virginie FRA 58
26 F CAMERIN Maria elena ITA 59
27 F DANIILIDOU Eleni GRE 60
28 F NAKAMURA Aiko JPN 61
29 F VESNINA Elena RUS 62
30 F PENG Shuai CHN 64
31 F LAINE Emma FIN 65
32 F BONDARENKO Alona UKR 69
33 F LI Na CHN 70
34 F SPREM Karolina CRO 73
35 F SHAUGHNESSY Meghann USA 74
36 F YAN Zi CHN 76
37 A PIRONKOVA Tsvetana BUL 79
38 F JACKSON Jamea USA 80
39 F SERRA ZANETTI Antonella ITA 81
40 F SUCHA Martina SVK 82
41 F FORETZ Stephanie FRA 83
42 F RAYMOND Lisa USA 86
43 W
44 W
45 W Gold/Silver Exempt ONLY:
46 W
47 Q
48 Q
49 Q
50 Q
51 Q
52 Q
53 Q
54 Q
55 B
56 B
57 B
58 B
59 B
60 B
61 B
62 B
63 X Jounieh, Lebanon 8May06 Sfar, Selima
64 X Fukuoka, Japan 8May06 Chan, Yung-Jan

The_Pov
Jun 2nd, 2006, 05:01 PM
If Maria sharapova enters though wouldn't that push her back down to 5?

Derek.
Jun 5th, 2006, 01:27 AM
Grass is usually where Maria struggles the most. Hopefully she can do better this year.

furrykitten
Jun 5th, 2006, 10:48 AM
Maria Sharapova has entered the draw and Maria will now become 6th Seed?
I hope for an all Maria final :)

Keraj
Jun 5th, 2006, 02:32 PM
TOP 8 seeds will get a BYE:

1. Sharapova
2. Schiavone
3. Hantuchova
4. Likhovtseva
5. Kirilenko
6. Sugiyama
7. Golovin
8. Bartoli

The draw will be done on Saturday...

Dementirilenko
Jun 6th, 2006, 04:34 PM
Wow, Makiri is the fifth seeded player. I am sure this may give her a nice draw and maybe she can move to the semis. Good luck!

KClijsters
Jun 7th, 2006, 09:34 PM
Wow, Makiri is the fifth seeded player. I am sure this may give her a nice draw and maybe she can move to the semis. Good luck!
Would be great yeah.. last year Maria didn't played that well on grass. She made it to the second round. Hopefully she will do better this year !! :worship:

RonnieB33
Jun 8th, 2006, 07:19 PM
Would be great yeah.. last year Maria didn't played that well on grass. She made it to the second round. Hopefully she will do better this year !! :worship:
Yeah, but who does play well on grass? Every player will be adjusting from the slow clay to the grass, so if anything, everybody is at a disadvantage going into the grass season. I feel that Makiri should do well because she is a good volleyer. Does she dare serve and volley? Well, maybe if she had a more consistent serve she could. It would be a good sneak play for her.

Keraj
Jun 8th, 2006, 07:51 PM
I feel that Makiri should do well because she is a good volleyer. Does she dare serve and volley? Well, maybe if she had a more consistent serve she could. It would be a good sneak play for her.

Personally, I think Masha has the perfect game for grass. She takes the ball very early (also on the return), as you mention she is a very good natural volleyer, she likes to serve&volley. Her serve is improving , so this is a good sign... In two years time grass may even be her favorite surface IMO


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houseoflords
Jun 8th, 2006, 08:36 PM
I agree she does have a good game for grass. Still she hasn't had a lot of success on grass the past few years. Her volleying is a lot better and hopefully that will help her succeed on grass

The_Pov
Jun 9th, 2006, 03:31 PM
Makiri pulled out of Birmingham :sad:

Does anyone know why?

furrykitten
Jun 9th, 2006, 06:59 PM
Maria :sad:
I hope she is ok, please rest your knee :sad: :hug:

Keraj
Jun 10th, 2006, 09:41 AM
http://birmingham.lta.org.uk/Players/Players.htm

"Withdrawals: Maria Kirilenko (RUS) knee"

Hmmm... If this is a real reason for withdrawing then I`m starting to be nervous about her future... Why on earth she is playing doubles in every event if the knee is still troubling her ? And for what was the mixed doubles in Paris, an exhibition event that no one cares about !?

FedExpress
Jun 10th, 2006, 12:34 PM
http://birmingham.lta.org.uk/Players/Players.htm

"Withdrawals: Maria Kirilenko (RUS) knee"

Hmmm... If this is a real reason for withdrawing then I`m starting to be nervous about her future... Why on earth she is playing doubles in every event if the knee is still troubling her ? And for what was the mixed doubles in Paris, an exhibition event that no one cares about !?

I don't know... maybe her knee was okay for playing doubles & mixed in Paris. I don't think she played that when her knee wasn't okay.
Of course it's bad that she can't play in Birmingham but maybe she need a little more time to rest (because of her knee). Get well soon Masha! :hug:

By the way I care for mixed doubles :)

Zoltan83
Jun 11th, 2006, 12:17 AM
:sad: Masha! Get well better soon :hug:

Belmont Lad
Jun 11th, 2006, 08:31 AM
:sad: :sad: Hopefully it is nothing serious and she will play next week.

King Aaron
Jun 11th, 2006, 06:02 PM
http://birmingham.lta.org.uk/Players/Players.htm

"Withdrawals: Maria Kirilenko (RUS) knee"

Hmmm... If this is a real reason for withdrawing then I`m starting to be nervous about her future... Why on earth she is playing doubles in every event if the knee is still troubling her ? And for what was the mixed doubles in Paris, an exhibition event that no one cares about !?
I doubt her knee is really giving her trouble. She probably used it as a reason to withdraw. I haven't seen (read) any signs yet (so far this season) that her knee injury has been serious to the point of her not being able to compete. She probably needed more time to make the transition from clay to grass.

houseoflords
Jun 12th, 2006, 06:46 PM
I think that she's just tired. Maria played a lot leading up to the French and then played all three events at the French. She probably just needs time to recover.

houseoflords
Jun 12th, 2006, 08:28 PM
It's just a week off for rest. According to her website, she's playing the Ordina Open next week

AK-DH Fan
Jun 14th, 2006, 05:52 AM
Good glad she'll be back next week, I really hope she can get some matches on grass, before Wimbledon