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Edward.
Jun 4th, 2006, 07:10 PM
I was just really curious to know what other players you guys like. I'm sure you like other players besides Maria. :p

Myself, I like Molik, Mauresmo and Serena Williams. I'm also a secret die hard fan of Nastya Myskina. :o

C'mon people, 'fess up!

iine:
Jun 4th, 2006, 07:24 PM
Myskina is my absolute favourite. :D And after Sharapova comes Hantuchova.;)

shadowsecret
Jun 4th, 2006, 07:24 PM
why secret edward? :p

TeaMMashA
Jun 4th, 2006, 07:28 PM
All the girls in my signature and there are a few more :)

Edward.
Jun 4th, 2006, 08:00 PM
why secret edward? :p

I didn't wanna get lynched by the Maria fans, because Nastya has been mean to Maria in the past :p

Martyś
Jun 4th, 2006, 08:06 PM
I like Justine, Sveta, Nastya :p, Amelie, Francesca & Mary Pierce.

shadowsecret
Jun 4th, 2006, 08:08 PM
I didn't wanna get lynched by the Maria fans, because Nastya has been mean to Maria in the past :p

haha omg, really? nastya has been pretty mellow these days :p you should have asked the player we dislike most cause i would be pretty interested to know ;)
speaking of hidden faves, i kinda like ana ivanovic after her match with tati during zurich i think.. but her fans pissed me off unfortunately.. and also didn't get to see her play much after that

x Chu x
Jun 4th, 2006, 08:14 PM
Nadal and Vaidisova
Both French Open Champions hopefully....:)

meggz_star
Jun 4th, 2006, 08:16 PM
Misa Krajicek, Anna Lena Groenefeld, Nadia Petrova, Maria Kirilenko, Elena Dementieva, Mary Pierce, Karolina Sprem and some others but I'm too lazy to post them all :o

Edward.
Jun 4th, 2006, 08:29 PM
I forgot to mention K-Lina S and Makiri! Amazing how I forgot about those two :o :lol:

Steve-o
Jun 4th, 2006, 08:31 PM
Ok...

Henin-Hardenne- I used to really dislike Justine but this year I've become a bit of a fan, liking her more every time I see her play.
Schiavone- Just love Frans attitute on court, really fun to watch.
Pennetta- She's smokin hot...
Mirza- Like her aggressive game, great FH.
Ivanovic- She's really beautiful and cleanest ball-striker on tour IMO.
Stosur- Loads of talent, just wish she would put it all together.
Mauresmo- Always had a soft spot for Momo.
Groenefeld- Great BH

ATP- Federer, Blake, Agassi, JCF, Nalbandian, Kiefer.

Maria is the only one I'm really interested in talking about and definitely the only player I feel emotionally attached to.

Martyś
Jun 4th, 2006, 08:33 PM
ATP : Nalbandian, Grosjean, Hewitt, Gasquet :D

furrykitten
Jun 4th, 2006, 08:38 PM
I love Maria Kirilenko, Daniela Hantuchova and Anna Chakvetadze :hearts:

The_Pov
Jun 4th, 2006, 09:43 PM
I love Maria Kirilenko, Daniela Hantuchova and Anna Chakvetadze :hearts:

We couldn't tell :lol: (I don't think anyone loves Makiri as much as you)

For me my faves are:

Kirilenko
Li
Vaidisova
Golovin

Maria Croft
Jun 4th, 2006, 09:44 PM
Nobody, I have enough I like, but nothing like Maria

shadowsecret
Jun 4th, 2006, 09:48 PM
Nobody, I have enough I like, but nothing like Maria

:worship:

furrykitten
Jun 4th, 2006, 09:53 PM
We couldn't tell :lol: (I don't think anyone loves Makiri as much as you)


There are a few of us on
http://forummk.madpage.com/phpBB2/index.php

The best Maria Kirilenko forum on the Net belonging to the best maria Kirilenko website on the net

http://www.maria-kirilenko.tk/

Sharapova's_Boy
Jun 5th, 2006, 04:47 AM
Nikki Vaidisova
Kim Clijsters
Maria Kirilenko
K-Lina Sprem
Nastya Pavlyuchenkova
Lucie Safarova

waratahsrock
Jun 5th, 2006, 05:15 AM
Viktoria Azarenka
Nastya Pavlyuchenkova
Alicia Molik
and follow Kirilenko's progress too.

Veeko
Jun 5th, 2006, 05:21 AM
Anna kournikvoa and Nicole Vaidisova

FedExpress
Jun 5th, 2006, 10:10 AM
Kirilenko, Golovin, Hantuchova and Molik

Dan23
Jun 5th, 2006, 10:30 AM
Maria is right at the top but ive got quite a few others :lol: main ones are:
Maria K, Elena D, Gisela D, Vika Azarenka, Anna C

~lollipop_girl~
Jun 5th, 2006, 12:41 PM
The main ones are in my sig but to save the reading of it: (First group incl. Masha) Martina, Daniela, Ana, (2nd Group) Makiri, Tati, Misa, Kim!

Others I have a soft spot for: Nastya, Momo, Elena D and suddenly Gisela D (someone I have hated until about two weeks ago :p)

ATP: Dominik Hrbaty (future husband ;)), Novak Djokovic (Future sexslave :drool: ), Fedz (The Master), James Blake, Marat Safin!

Others I have a soft spot for: Lleyton Hewitt (same situation as Gisela), Andy Roddick, David Nalbandian!

FedExpress
Jun 5th, 2006, 12:49 PM
You divide them in groups and give them nicknames like "future sexsklave"? You're such a tennis freak :lol: ;)

~lollipop_girl~
Jun 5th, 2006, 01:04 PM
You divide them in groups and give them nicknames like "future sexsklave"? You're such a tennis freak :lol: ;)
Yes and a damn proud one! :angel:
Well, have you seen Novak! :drool: :hearts:

BTW, You didn't say Ana in yours! :eek:

daniela86
Jun 5th, 2006, 01:05 PM
Nobody, I have enough I like, but nothing like Maria
Same here ,I like a lot of players but nobody like Masha.

My first group faves: Rybarikova (young and promising Slovakian player)Hingis,Zvonareva,Dulko,Jankovic,Ivanovic (I cheer for Ana above all for patriotic reasons, not really coz I admire her :tape: )
2nd group :Hantuchova,Dementieva,Vaidisova,Chaky

ATP players:

Djokovic ( :drool: :hearts: funny, sexy guy who has a great game :rocker: :rocker2: ) Andreev,Safin,Robredo.

FedExpress
Jun 5th, 2006, 01:10 PM
Yes and a damn proud one! :angel:
Well, have you seen Novak! :drool: :hearts:

BTW, You didn't say Ana in yours! :eek:

I see him just a few minutes in the highlights. He's not my case :p
Well... Ana is in my "second group" like Myskina, Dementieva, Dulko and Stosur you know? :lol:

Andy.
Jun 5th, 2006, 01:11 PM
Mary Pierce was my first ever favourite and she is right up there with Masha and my all time sentimental fav. I will always love her. Im also a huge fave of Maria K, Im a big fan of the Williams sisters in particular Venus. New players im keen on include Peer and Vinci and im also a fan of Safina and Kuznetsova and i have gained a new appreciation and liking of Hingis.

In the ATP i have been a huge fan of Roger since 2001 and im also a big fan of Andy

lakan kildap
Jun 7th, 2006, 04:49 AM
my first favorite player was John McEnroe. His epic 1980 final with Borg was not only his finest display of tennis, it was also heartbreaking because he lost. Even though John would be remembered more for being SuperBrat, he still knows tennis, perhaps better than anyone alive.

Then Boris Becker, then Pete Sampras. Even when Pete was beating up everybody, I was rooting for him. He didn't quite have the same following as Andre, so it was an easy choice. (I also loathed Agassi during his dyed-hair, denims and pink outfits days, but now, he's the game's statesman. What a difference a career comeback and a French Open title make :) )

After Sampras, I don't think I still had favorites, although I've come to respect and admire the contemporaries of my favorites: Bjorn Borg, of course, and Connors and Lendl, Wilander, Edberg, Courier, Agassi, Rafter.

Current players, certainly, Roger Federer. Watching Lleyton struggle now makes me root for him a bit, certainly I root for Hewitt whenever he's facing Roddick and Nadal.

Among the women, that was easy, Martina Navratilova, because she was an outsider, played/plays serve and volley and was left-handed. When Graf came along, I hated her first, then as the years went on and Seles emerged to dominate Graf on every GS except Wimbledon, I gradually warmed up to Graf. (My apologies to Dr. Andrewbroad, but I never could get myself to root for Seles.) I was still rooting for her in '99, when she faced Hingis and Davenport in two successive GS finals (French and Wimbledon). I was so certain she would beat Davenport, it was sad to see her lose in straight sets. When she retired after that and never looked back, I was completely sold on Graf.

Of course, Chris Evert, Arantxa Sanchez and Gaby Sabatini all have a place in my, well, whatever it is.

After Graf, I didn't really have any favorites among the women, at least until 2001. That was when Justine Henin burst into the scene, making the Wimbledon final. She remains one of the players whose side I always pick, even when she's the "overdog."

Then in 2002, I saw both Daniela Hantuchova (Aussie Open doubles) and Maria Sharapova (Aussie Open juniors) for the first time. But of course, with these two beauties, it was something other than tennis that I liked (and I've never lied about that). With my favorites basically gone, and JHH hitting the sophomore wall, I was ready to settle for "beauty". Of course, JHH would rebound in 2003.

Stroba
Jun 7th, 2006, 09:42 AM
Mary Pierce was my first ever favourite and she is right up there with Masha and my all time sentimental fav. I will always love her. Im also a huge fave of Maria K, Im a big fan of the Williams sisters in particular Venus. New players im keen on include Peer and Vinci and im also a fan of Safina and Kuznetsova and i have gained a new appreciation and liking of Hingis.

In the ATP i have been a huge fan of Roger since 2001 and im also a big fan of Andy

I could have written down almost everything you did :eek: although Iīm no fan on Peer, Vinci and Safina (havenīt seen enough of them). But I really like Roger and Maria S! They are the only ones I always find myself rooting for and the only ones who I care finding out about outside of tennis. Pierce was also my first ever favourite but is now relegated to #3 on my list, sorry Mary :sad:
I also like the Williamses, Maria K, Sveta and Justine although it perhaps is an exaggeration to say Iīm a fan.

bellascarlett
Jun 9th, 2006, 12:47 PM
I've realized that I'm fiercely loyal to my ultimate faves - Maria and Marat - in the sense that I nervously always cheer for them, pray they win, would never cheer against them regardless of who they play, and so far have never supported anyone who poses a threat to them and probably never will (especially in the case of Maria against those players of her generation) :lol:...

The other ones I support and am a fan of are in my signature and that's it basically - Elena D. and Mary Pierce. Martina Hingis though is a player I find too impressive to ignore. But as I said, even if I like them, if they play Maria, I would 100% root for Maria :)...I also find myself cheering for Kim and Nastya when they aren't playing those I've already mentioned except maybe for Martina. I'm also amazed by how Justine plays. But they aren't faves though. On the men's side, it's just Marat I adore. :D

Martian Jeza
Jun 9th, 2006, 01:17 PM
1. Martina Hingis : My idol

2. Ana Ivanovic
3. 'lil Masha
4. Daniela Hantuchova
5. Agnes Szavay
6. MichaŽlla Krajicek

7. Monica Seles.

Neutral at Masha S. side : I'm not a hater and will never be one and I'm not a fan either...

bellascarlett
Jun 9th, 2006, 01:43 PM
Martian Jeza i just noticed your sig "I say " NO " to Power Hitting Tennis : bring back technique, grace and finesse to the WTA !" but you like Ana lol

I was also about to say :lol:....and wasnt Seles a power player for the most part?

daniela86
Jun 9th, 2006, 01:46 PM
1. Martina Hingis : My idol

2. Ana Ivanovic
3. 'lil Masha
4. Daniela Hantuchova
5. Agnes Szavay
6. MichaŽlla Krajicek

7. Monica Seles.

Neutral at Masha S. side : I'm not a hater and will never be one and I'm not a fan either...
I also like Agnes Szavay :yeah: (she was my fave junior last year) but I'm not a hardcore fan.:p

Martian Jeza
Jun 9th, 2006, 02:22 PM
Martian Jeza i just noticed your sig "I say " NO " to Power Hitting Tennis : bring back technique, grace and finesse to the WTA !" but you like Ana lol

This is why I tell Ana should work much more on the technical aspects of the game...

Blonde_Ambition7
Jun 9th, 2006, 06:53 PM
Amelie Mauresmo. I'd like Maria to beat her a couple of times though.

Edward.
Jun 9th, 2006, 06:55 PM
Amelie Mauresmo. I'd like Maria to beat her a couple of times though.

Yay, a fellow Momo fan!

My mom saw Amelie playing on tv the other day and said "Who's he?" :o

~lollipop_girl~
Jun 10th, 2006, 08:18 AM
1. Martina Hingis : My idol

2. Ana Ivanovic
3. 'lil Masha
4. Daniela Hantuchova
5. Agnes Szavay
6. MichaŽlla Krajicek

7. Monica Seles.

Neutral at Masha S. side : I'm not a hater and will never be one and I'm not a fan either...
Although I don't know who Agnes Szavay is, you have great taste there! :yeah:

FedExpress
Jun 10th, 2006, 10:34 AM
Yay, a fellow Momo fan!

My mom saw Amelie playing on tv the other day and said "Who's he?" :o

:tape:
What did you say to your mom?

Edward.
Jun 10th, 2006, 10:45 AM
:tape:
What did you say to your mom?

"Erm..mom...she's a woman! Really!"

Lillibet
Jun 12th, 2006, 06:26 PM
Maria S was my favourite player from the start, but I always remembered Hingis from when I was little and I used to see her name on the Wimbledon scoreboard! (on the tv!!) So now shes back, I'm a fan of her too.
And Maria K, Tati, and Ana. And Kim!

lakan kildap
Jun 13th, 2006, 04:24 AM
Martian Jeza i just noticed your sig "I say " NO " to Power Hitting Tennis : bring back technique, grace and finesse to the WTA !" but you like Ana lol

It's also hard to blame a player who has weapons for resorting to the use of those weapons.

It's like boxing (don't laugh, tennis has been described in various ways as the closest thing that two athletes can get to combat without actually touching each other). Here you have Joe Louis, who was a competent, sound boxer who also happened to have KO power with either hand. If you were Louis, how would you approach each fight? Sure, a 15-round chess match with an opponent would be nice, for the fans, for the writers, even for your reputation. You get labeled as a master, a wizard. But then, the longer the fight goes, the more accumulated damage you sustain. So, having two perfectly good fists, you just knock the opponent out. Makes sense to me. Your health goes a long way the shorter you stay in the ring.

I suppose the same goes through the minds of tennis players.

And the good ones adapt. They mix up. Even today's acknowledged "craftsmen" of the game, the Fabrice Santoros and Sebastian Grosjeans, end the point quickly if the opportunity presents itself.

The truly great ones have both power and finesse.

Power tennis is here to stay. We cannot stop its march. We are like, 20 years too late (or 30 if you begin the count with Roscoe Tanner). Power tennis is not bad, but Martian Jeza makes a good point that it is not, and should not, be the only tennis we have to watch. Variety is good. Guile is good. Deception is good. And nothing takes the collective breath and applause of the fans better than a well disguised drop shot, especially if it's followed by a great scrambling retrieval by the opponent, followed by a crisp putaway volley or passing shot. Or maybe an even longer rally.

As for how this affects Masha, well, am I the only one who fears (puts on fireproof suit) Maria S will never ever be known for guile? She has the instinct for combat, which is a good and wonderful thing, but she also fights with a broadsword. And the only two tennis schools she's been to (Bolliterri and Langsdorp) teach broadsword mostly. She needs to learn the rapier and the dagger.

CrAzYcAz123
Jun 22nd, 2006, 03:48 PM
My mom saw Amelie playing on tv the other day and said "Who's he?" :o

HaHa!! I showed my friend a match with Mauresmo in it and she said who's he as well!!! :D :D LoL

lakan kildap
Jun 23rd, 2006, 09:00 AM
It's one of the reasons I can't warm up to Amelie. As much as I want to sympathize with her when she loses/chokes in big tournaments, I can't ignore the fact that she's playing frail looking girls while she looks like a man.

~lollipop_girl~
Jun 24th, 2006, 04:59 AM
I feel for poor Amelie, she is only ever gonna be remembered as the one that looks like a man... If I ever mention her in passing to one of my friends they always say "is that the one that looks like a man?", I say yes and they know exactly who I am talking about, FOR ONCE!!!

Andy.
Jun 24th, 2006, 05:15 AM
I feel for poor Amelie, she is only ever gonna be remembered as the one that looks like a man... If I ever mention her in passing to one of my friends they always say "is that the one that looks like a man?", I say yes and they know exactly who I am talking about, FOR ONCE!!!
So true all my friends that dont follow tennis know her for that too :lol: :tape:

Sweep
Jun 27th, 2006, 04:03 PM
Well, all the ones listed in my signature.

After Maria comes Vera Zvonareva, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Maria Kirilenko.

As some of you may know, I used to prefer Daniela Hantuchova over all of those (including Masha). But she just became frustratingly inconsistent and I turned against her (bad, I know). Now, I'm pretty much neutral with regards to Daniela, although when I look for results she's one of the first I always look out for. Still haven't got out of that routine.

In the ATP I tend to cheer on Andy Murray and any of the Brits that are in action.

madame_maria
Jun 28th, 2006, 01:31 AM
i'm am UNFORTUNATELY =P a fan of big-babe tennis.

Maria is like UP THERE for me.

followed by Nicole Vaidisova and Lindsay Davernport.

Venus' power and defence game thrills me. and i'm slowly very slowly starting to warm up to Ana Ivanovic.

the ONLY finesse player i enjoy watching is ... ahem ... Anastasia Myskina. she's a great counter-puncher, and also she hits the ball pretty hard for her size (or lack of it). hahaha my female friends have always been astonished at how skinny she is. but she plays great.

personality-wise it's Tatiana Golovin :)

in the men's game. ALMOST the same criterias for me.

Andy Roddick, Mario Ancic, Marat Safin. perhaps the only exception will be Andy Murray. but i'm not THAT big a fan anyway.

Il Primo!
Jun 28th, 2006, 06:29 PM
Maria is not my absolute fav..

I'm into Venus and Serena first









Then Myskina and Maria ;)

BaRaDang22
Jun 28th, 2006, 07:36 PM
Yay, a fellow Momo fan!

My mom saw Amelie playing on tv the other day and said "Who's he?" :o

lol... the same happened to me, but with my dad. I said, "SHE is Amelie Mauresmo."

I only have TWO TOP FAVES - Maria Sharapova then Tatiana Golovin.

I try not to have a lot of favorites because I'd be confused who I'd be rooting for when they play against each other - like that Miami semi this year between Maria and Tati.