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The_Pov
Jun 17th, 2006, 05:11 PM
Forget the shocking loss it's already ancient history.

Lets look for forward to Wimbledon, Maria has a few matches under her belt and she can look at this loss today and work on parts of her game that need some fine tuning.

I do think this means that Maria will be seeded 4th for Wimbly.

When's the draw out for wimby?

furrykitten
Jun 17th, 2006, 05:50 PM
Wimbledon seems like another Planet at this moment after this blow today!
Its the Oridina Open next week where Maria Kirilenko is playing :)

jacobruiz
Jun 17th, 2006, 07:10 PM
I wonder if it is within the realm of possibility for Maria to accept a wildcard to Eastbourne, what with all the withdrawals from there?

Does she need more match practice or what?:confused: It couldn't hurt I should think.

Steve-o
Jun 17th, 2006, 07:13 PM
I wonder if it is within the realm of possibility for Maria to accept a wildcard to Eastbourne, what with all the withdrawals from there?

Does she need more match practice or what?:confused: It couldn't hurt I should think.

I think that would be a good idea, Maria needs matches to gain some confidence in her game right now. However, I don't think there is a chance it will happen.

johnoo
Jun 17th, 2006, 07:15 PM
I wonder if it is within the realm of possibility for Maria to accept a wildcard to Eastbourne, what with all the withdrawals from there?

Does she need more match practice or what?:confused: It couldn't hurt I should think.
funny enough I was just thinking that,bit late though I think,anyway seems to be more of a mental problem.

jacobruiz
Jun 17th, 2006, 07:34 PM
funny enough I was just thinking that,bit late though I think,anyway seems to be more of a mental problem.


Perhaps, but sometimes the way to solve a mental problem is through positive action (match play).

myxomatosis
Jun 17th, 2006, 07:35 PM
Perhaps, but sometimes the way to solve a mental problem is through positive action (match play).Agreed!

furrykitten
Jun 17th, 2006, 07:43 PM
I don't think she should go to Eastbourne, too much play before Wimbledon could be too much strain on her foot injury

johnoo
Jun 17th, 2006, 07:45 PM
Perhaps, but sometimes the way to solve a mental problem is through positive action (match play).
yeah of course theres no other way,I would love her to play eastbourne,I mean look at petrova,I know she got injured in the end,but she was really match fit and played some great tennis and beat players like henin.

UDACHi
Jun 17th, 2006, 07:50 PM
I don't think she should go to Eastbourne, too much play before Wimbledon could be too much strain on her foot injury

Glad somebody here is still sane. :unsure:

A few hiccups don't mean she should play 6 weeks in a row, 4 tournaments, including 2 Grand Slams. :eek:

I think she should go to SW19 right now and start getting ready to win her 2nd Grand Slam. :D

furrykitten
Jun 17th, 2006, 07:54 PM
Glad somebody here is still sane. :unsure:

A few hiccups don't mean she should play 6 weeks in a row, 4 tournaments, including 2 Grand Slams. :eek:

I think she should go to SW19 right now and start getting ready to win her 2nd Grand Slam. :D

Imagine if that came true, it would be glorious :hearts:

johnoo
Jun 17th, 2006, 07:58 PM
Glad somebody here is still sane. :unsure:

A few hiccups don't mean she should play 6 weeks in a row, 4 tournaments, including 2 Grand Slams. :eek:

I think she should go to SW19 right now and start getting ready to win her 2nd Grand Slam. :D

not eactly 6 weeks in a row is it,one week at FO,over a week off,then one week at dfs plus she had her best spell with back to back IW and miami,I mean whats the difference between hard training and match play,most footballers get injured during training and if her ankle is not up to it now it won't be for wimbledon.

furrykitten
Jun 17th, 2006, 08:01 PM
not eactly 6 weeks in a row is it,one week at FO,over a week off,then one week at dfs plus she had her best spell with back to back IW and miami,I mean whats the difference between hard training and match play,most footballers get injured during training and if her ankle is not up to it now it won't be for wimbledon.

Its totally different pressure on the body playing in a match than training, in training you can pull out of that last gasp effort to get the ball but in a match you will take the dive for it and thats when the injuries happen.

johnoo
Jun 17th, 2006, 08:08 PM
Its totally different pressure on the body playing in a match than training
maybe but as you can see from the likes of owen nothing replaces match play,you take your choices you either risk picking up a injury to become match tough by playing tournaments or you play safe injury wise and hope that your lack of match play mean you can't close tough matches out :)

furrykitten
Jun 17th, 2006, 08:12 PM
maybe but as you can see from the likes of owen nothing replaces match play,you take your choices you either risk picking up a injury to become match tough by playing tournaments or you play safe injury wise and hope that your lack of match play mean you can't close tough matches out :)

Well, I just hope they annylise whats going wrong in her game through watching the video tape, football style, and correct some of the problems:)
Also maybe Yuri should have his mouth taped up so he can't make Maria angry:)

pimpie
Jun 17th, 2006, 10:06 PM
I don't know how maria played but this loss doesn't have to mean anything
Look at Justine, she lost in Rome but won RG

Dan23
Jun 18th, 2006, 03:37 AM
thread name :o :unsure:

wimbledon is an all new tournament and the occasion will be better for Maria...she has a lot to work on this week and possibly long term issues that need addressing.

Teemu
Jun 18th, 2006, 03:48 AM
Yep, better set our sights towards Wimbledon. I believe Maria is working hard to improve, it would just be much more reassuring to see the results. But each tournament is another story...

Best of Luck for Wimbledon!

Andy.
Jun 18th, 2006, 05:39 AM
Sorry to sound like a wet blanket but im not to optimistic ATM her last 2 losses have taken the wind out of my sails. I hope Masha will be able to put it together i strong showing could turn her year around. I hope she will find her form soon.

Maria Croft
Jun 18th, 2006, 08:35 AM
Sorry to sound like a wet blanket but im not to optimistic ATM her last 2 losses have taken the wind out of my sails. I hope Masha will be able to put it together i strong showing could turn her year around. I hope she will find her form soon.


Thank you for not acting like this loss meant nothing :worship:

I'm also not optimistic right now, I would love for Maria to prove me wrong, but we have to accept that Maria isn't playing the same tennis she was before her injury, I also think it's a confidence thing, she won't win Wimbledon playing like she does now.
We all know that Maria can turn a bad loss into many good matches, but will she? Maybe playing Eastbourne isn't such a bad idea? But like others said, lets not go crazy over this, she might injury herself again and then she would really be in trouble.

I hope for the best at Wimbledon, but I donít see her winning, not even close to that, that makes me sad to say :sad:

johnoo
Jun 18th, 2006, 11:02 AM
Thank you for not acting like this loss meant nothing :worship:

I'm also not optimistic right now, I would love for Maria to prove me wrong, but we have to accept that Maria isn't playing the same tennis she was before her injury, I also think it's a confidence thing, she won't win Wimbledon playing like she does now.
We all know that Maria can turn a bad loss into many good matches, but will she? Maybe playing Eastbourne isn't such a bad idea? But like others said, lets not go crazy over this, she might injury herself again and then she would really be in trouble.

I hope for the best at Wimbledon, but I donít see her winning, not even close to that, that makes me sad to say :sad:
well look on the bright side expectations won't be so high like last year ,that loss in the sf really hurt and I think if(and thats a big if) it happens it won't be as bad hopefully.

~lollipop_girl~
Jun 18th, 2006, 11:44 AM
*cough* needs a coach *cough*

I have a bad feeling that Masha will be out in the 4th round like RG! :scared:
Please prove me wrong Masha! :sad:

myxomatosis
Jun 18th, 2006, 12:13 PM
I have a bad feeling that Masha will be out in the 4th round like RG! :scared:
Please prove me wrong Masha! :sad:Sadly your prediction doesn't seem that unlikely. :sad:

But whatever. Win or lose, nobody here is going to stop being a Maria fan.
We clearly rock too much for such a thing. :rocker2:

Good luck always Maria!

xan
Jun 18th, 2006, 12:24 PM
Maria DOES need a proper coach. I have been saying this for ages.

I'm not sure playing Eastbourne would be a good idea at all, since she'd be too tired to have a chance at Wimby.

Maria still has the game to win Wimbledon. Everyone has unexpected losses, but combining this with the awful Safina match, we know Maria hasn't been on top form since the foot injury. It all depends on her willpower and the state of her draw.

Steve-o
Jun 18th, 2006, 01:43 PM
Well...I was a bit pessimistic about Maria's Wimbledon chances even before Eastbourne Birmingham. She hasn't looked right since the layoff, physically and mentally and I think she is down on confidence right now because of her lack of matchplay. Hopefully she can find some inspiration and form at SW19, the draw could be crucial.

Maybe Maria does need to review the coaching situation but IMO it probably has very little to do with why Maria is struggling at the moment. It's also surprised me how quickly some people have got the knives out to Maria, it was only 2 or 3 weeks ago that most were just happy to see Maria playing and weren't expecting too much from her.

Maria Croft
Jun 18th, 2006, 02:02 PM
Well...I was a bit pessimistic about Maria's Wimbledon chances even before Eastbourne. She hasn't looked right since the layoff, physically and mentally and I think she is down on confidence right now because of her lack of matchplay. Hopefully she can find some inspiration and form at SW19, the draw could be crucial.

Maybe Maria does need to review the coaching situation but IMO it probably has very little to do with why Maria is struggling at the moment. It's also surprised me how quickly some people have got the knives out to Maria, it was only 2 or 3 weeks ago that most were just happy to see Maria playing and weren't expecting too much from her.

This is different, very different, I wouldn't have been confused if she lost her first round match at Roland Garros, I counted that loss against Safina as a terrible loss, and in less then 2 weeks she has another terrible loss, this time to a player nowhere near the status of Safina, on grass in 2, I think it would be surprising if we would go: oh well, shit happens.

I also don't think we should go crazy over this and start doubting Maria, but I also think we all have the right to be worried about this.

The thing that's got me puzzled the most is that no matter how good Jackson was, why wasn't she able to step her level of play up? She is always able to do that, that's part of the reason why she is so good, I'm thinking she wasnít able to do that because of lack of confidence maybe?

What do you guys think?

Steve-o
Jun 18th, 2006, 02:24 PM
This is different, very different, I wouldn't have been confused if she lost her first round match at Roland Garros, I counted that loss against Safina as a terrible loss, and in less then 2 weeks she has another terrible loss, this time to a player nowhere near the status of Safina, on grass in 2, I think it would be surprising if we would go: oh well, shit happens.

I also don't think we should go crazy over this and start doubting Maria, but I also think we all have the right to be worried about this.

The thing that's got me puzzled the most is that no matter how good Jackson was, why wasn't she able to step her level of play up? She is always able to do that, that's part of the reason why she is so good, I'm thinking she wasnít able to do that because of lack of confidence maybe?

What do you guys think?

Yeah..I understand what your saying Jakim...

I think Maria probably wasn't able to raise her level because of lack of confidence, she can't trust her shots at the moment, hence all the errors. It may only take one great match to turn it around for Maria, just now I don't think it's a massive crisis but we will see.

Maria Croft
Jun 18th, 2006, 02:25 PM
Yeah..I understand what your saying Jakim...

I think Maria probably wasn't able to raise her level because of lack of confidence, she can't trust her shots at the moment, hence all the errors. It may only take one great match to turn it around for Maria, just now I don't think it's a massive crisis but we will see.


I also believe that, at least that's what I hope, that she just needs the right win to get her game back together, but she needs it fast.

furrykitten
Jun 18th, 2006, 04:39 PM
Maria needs to decide whats more important, her tennis or running around doing Sponsors/endorsement work!.

Teemu
Jun 18th, 2006, 04:42 PM
Maria needs to decide whats more important, her tennis or running around doing Sponsors/endorsement work!.

So whenever she loses she's not concentrating enough in her tennis. What about all the times she wins? It's the same Maria with the same list of endorsements. :)
But I guess it can all change overnight, atleast from a fan's perspective.

The way I see it, she made that choice long ago. And made it right.

furrykitten
Jun 18th, 2006, 04:47 PM
So whenever she loses she's not concentrating enough in her tennis. What about all the times she wins? It's the same Maria with the same list of endorsements. :)
But I guess it can all change overnight, atleast from a fan's perspective.

The way I see it, she made that choice long ago. And made it right.

Hey I support Maria the same aseveryone here but I don't think she should be exempt from criticism, if she has a bad run, comments should be made.

Teemu
Jun 18th, 2006, 04:49 PM
Hey I support Maria the same aseveryone here but I don't think she should be exempt from criticism, if she has a bad run, comments should be made.

I guess I'm posting too much again. :D
People seem to have a pattern of misunderstanding and taking offense.

All criticism is welcome. Hey, maybe you're right. It's not like I know any better. :)

furrykitten
Jun 18th, 2006, 04:52 PM
I guess I'm posting too much again. :D
People seem to have a pattern of misunderstanding and taking offense.

All criticism is welcome. Hey, maybe you're right. It's not like I know any better. :)

Nah you're not posting to much, don't worry I'm an idiot ;)
Whats your name anyway?

Teemu
Jun 18th, 2006, 04:57 PM
Nah you're not posting to much, don't worry I'm an idiot ;)
Whats your name anyway?

Heh. Well I don't feel too bright either, must have something to do with the lingering hangover.
My real name is, surprise surprise, Teemu. Pretty common and unimaginative finnish name.

furrykitten
Jun 18th, 2006, 05:02 PM
Heh. Well I don't feel too bright either, must have something to do with the lingering hangover.
My real name is, surprise surprise, Teemu. Pretty common and unimaginative finnish name.

Ok thats easy to remember ;) , Hi Teemu! :wavey:
I have a friend called Nea, she's from Espoo, ever been there?

Teemu
Jun 18th, 2006, 05:12 PM
Ok thats easy to remember ;) , Hi Teemu! :wavey:
I have a friend called Nea, she's from Espoo, ever been there?

Sure, it's only like 100 kilometers from where I live. I think Finland's geography is missing the topic a bit, though. :D

The_Pov
Jun 18th, 2006, 05:16 PM
At the moment I'm not feeling confident for Maria's chances at Wimbledon but as many have said it's a whole new tournament and I believe that Maria would not have lost yesterday if it had been at wimbledon (just like I believe that if her 1st round RG match had been on a tier III clay court tournament she would have lost.)

Hopefully this will make Maria and her team wake up and realise they still have a lot of work to do, and I hope they realise that just because she's a top player and Grass is her fave surface doesn't mean she's going to have a walk in the park to the semis.

I don't believe that her endorsments have been the ones to directly hamper her at the moment, because she still made the semis of the AO and had a great start to the year, at the moment she lacks match play which has meant that she isn't as confident as she would have been if she had played some tournaments on clay and spent 2 weeks playing at the French.





One difficulty she will face this year at wimbledon will be that she will no longer be feared as an unbeatable player, so players won't roll over for her, they are going to bring their A games and fight because they know they have a chance to cause and upset...So I expect her matches will be tougher in the earlier rounds, and I don't reckon we'll be seeing any 6-0 6-1 scores.

The good thing about that is she'll be ready to take on the top players when she meets them (which is why I think she lost to Venus last year, not only was Venus on fire but Maria had not been really tested until the semis.) Also we have to remember that there will be no pressure as the defending champion, all eyes will be on Venus (because she has only recently returned to the tour after a 1st round defeat at the AO and her recent loss to a teenager) and Vaidisova (because people will want to see if she can do what Maria did in 04)

johnoo
Jun 18th, 2006, 05:21 PM
heres something to think about remember after AO she had that bad loss against hingis at tokyo and then started playing well at dubai.

msharafan
Jun 18th, 2006, 09:10 PM
yeah well hopfully itll be the same at wimby for maria. i dont think as masha fans that we should start any threads in the gm like saying maria will win wimby, or somthing like that, as when and if she loses theylle be saying her fans have been brought down to earth and all that crap, and i cant frankly stand it, so why dont we play the haters at their own game. listen i suggest we start a thread on gm saying somthing like maria fans dont expect much from maria at wimby with her lack of current form match practice and confidence, and injury, that way the pressure wont be on maria as much and when and if maria loses we can say that we didnt expect her to won, and if she does we can gloat. anyone think we should do this? i wont do anything until i get some responses off you guys. but really im just getting prepared for the worst case scenario, as i cant stand the haters and their gloating, so if anyones in just reply and say so. also i wish maria the best of luck at wimby and hopfully she will do well! also i also agree with whoever said that maria has seemed to lost her heir about her on the court the heir of invincibility, and this started straigh after the golovin match. so due to this i think its vital maria gets a few easy firat rounds to build up her confidence and no venus in the quaters too! im not expecting too much from maria at wimby but once she doesnt lose to a player she shouldnt lose to ill be happy! so whos in for the thread on gm, its not about making exscuses for maria in case she loses just so that we can say we didnt expect her to do that well on current form.

msharafan
Jun 18th, 2006, 09:31 PM
anyone think its a good idea no?

lakan kildap
Jun 20th, 2006, 09:09 AM
the title of this thread reminds me that the Stella Artois (Queen's club) on the ATP tour isn't considered a Masters tournament, or is it? It's obviously the "big" grasscourt tournament before Wimbledon (bigger than Halle and Ordina, definitely), and it's an important tuneup (how many times did Lendl play Queen's Club in his attempts to win Wimbledon?), but AFAIK it's never part of the Masters series.

So, yes, I agree, the only real grasscourt title is Wimbledon.

myxomatosis
Jun 20th, 2006, 09:35 AM
the title of this thread reminds me that the Stella Artois (Queen's club) on the ATP tour isn't considered a Masters tournament, or is it? It's obviously the "big" grasscourt tournament before Wimbledon (bigger than Halle and Ordina, definitely), and it's an important tuneup (how many times did Lendl play Queen's Club in his attempts to win Wimbledon?), but AFAIK it's never part of the Masters series.

So, yes, I agree, the only real grasscourt title is Wimbledon.The Queen's Club isn't a Masters tourney and Eastbourne isn't a Tier I for the simple reason that they really don't need to be. The grass season is so short that there's not many tournaments competing to get top notch players. Why pay out Masters Series/Tier I prize money when you don't have to?

lakan kildap
Jun 20th, 2006, 09:37 AM
snip

Hopefully this will make Maria and her team wake up and realise they still have a lot of work to do, and I hope they realise that just because she's a top player and Grass is her fave surface doesn't mean she's going to have a walk in the park to the semis.

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The good thing about that is she'll be ready to take on the top players when she meets them (which is why I think she lost to Venus last year, not only was Venus on fire but Maria had not been really tested until the semis.)

I agree with you mostly, but I would like to say she was tested by Petrova last year (and in the succeeding USO and AO, too). It became such a pattern (tough match with Petrova, then followed by a semifinal loss), I actually dreaded it.

In 2004, she was riding an unstoppable wave, and the tennis gods were with her. She won dramatically (QF, semi), and she looked the part of a star being born. (She looked great!) The surprisingly quick victory over Serena absolutely shocked me. If I'd never seen the match and someone told me the score was 6-1, 6-4, I would have assumed it was in Serena's favor. Serena had just bamboozled Capriati and had outlasted Mauresmo. (Sorry for going into flashback mode :) ) No one who valued his money would have bet against Serena that day. To her credit, Maria did play well, and she did not waver when she served for the match, and IMO truly deserved to win, but I can't deny that Somebody up There liked her, too.

But last year, it was different. She just didn't have that zing. She didn't even look the same.

Dan23
Jun 20th, 2006, 12:02 PM
Last year was a completely different story to 2004, Maria was still the same girl but the way everyone looked at her and the expectations of her were opposite. Her own frame of mind would have been much more stressful too. Sadly things will never be the same as in those 2 great weeks in 2004, it was magic pretty much but Maria is more than capable of reproducing that sort of tennis.

Andy.
Jun 20th, 2006, 12:06 PM
Masha was in awesome form in Dubai and IW so she is capable of it its all a matter of getting that one win and the confidence will start to come back

madame_maria
Jun 20th, 2006, 03:24 PM
firstly i'm hating myself for not entering this thread earlier because frankly i've been quite upset with the results that Maria has been showing these couple of weeks. i got over the Safina lost pretty quickly but the recent Jackson one puzzles me.

Maria has not lost to someone ranked at that level (i'm not saying Jackson ain't a good player but Maria is SUPPOSED to be a couple of calibres higher in terms of ability) with such a scoreline for a very very very long time. her other losses this year has been fought hard.

she got back at Martina. lost to Kuznetsova in Miami after genuinely running out of steam. to Henin-Hardenne at the Australian Open.

Maria's "injury" season has been stretched too long. something is obviously wrong, comparing the number of tournaments she's played so far, and her results. her form isn't as great. i agree with most people here that it has SOMETHING to do with her confidence. i think the image that she portrays is somewhat similar to the "feigned arrogance" that Serena shows the way she lost to Maria in wimbledon '04. the "oh i wasn't there" sort of brushing away.

well i know this could just be some public image that she continues to strive to uphold, Maria hasn't recovered well these couple of times. if you guys say "oh don't worry Maria will recover like she did after losing to Martina". i was expecting to goddamn trash her way to another Birmingham title because we know with her grasscourt game and experience she has the ability to do so if she plays well.

there's almost like a roadblock to her achieving the great play she used to be capable of. her fight and resolve is definitely still there. but more and more times this year i've seen her looking vulnerable with the expression almost implying "oh no i think she's gonna get me". this is the world #1 Maria we know.

i don't know what's wrong. i used to respect Yuri a lot, but now i have perhaps been influenced into believing that he has been an obstacle to Maria moving on towards another path of her tennis career. not climbing to the top, but RETURNING to the top. it ain't the same and i hope wish and pray that Maria can succeed because i know she wants and tries so hard.

**crosses fingers** forever a Maria fan but really wimbledon 2006 is important to both Maria and her fans. i'm not denying it. i want her to win this so badly.

madame_maria
Jun 20th, 2006, 03:30 PM
oh i sound like i'm freaking out. :)

Lillibet
Jun 20th, 2006, 04:16 PM
I agree with the comment about Yuri. I used to think it was a nice partnership, especially after the pictures of her and Yuri at Wimbledon 2004 were shown, but he seems to be stressing more about her wins than she is.
I think that Maria should be with a coach who isn't related to her. No matter how well you get on with someone, all you time being spent with them is very wearing, and to me, there's a been a big effect on her tennis, except for the Indian Wells title, and the Miami final, there have been no outstanding results from her.
I hope so much that she can really show her talent this Wimbledon. And of course, I'd love for her to get back to #1! :)

xan
Jun 20th, 2006, 04:35 PM
In 2004, she was riding an unstoppable wave, and the tennis gods were with her. ..
But last year, it was different. She just didn't have that zing. She didn't even look the same.

I disagree. Most of last year Maria was injured, and she performed well in the slams before narrow losses to the eventual champions. Remember she was No 1 last year without the Wimbledon points.

Maria has been getting better as a player, but it has been masked by her finding someone at each major who was momentarily on better form. if she'd had a lucky run in her draw like Mauresmo at the AO, or Kuznetsova at a couple of majors, I think she'd be holding a couple more slams. Just look at her Indian wells performance, where she won a tier 1 on hard without conceding a set.

That still doesn't mean she doesn't need to improve, particularly in holding serve securely in crunch situations. She still gets broken too often, which means she's not confident at serving out a match.

furrykitten
Jun 20th, 2006, 04:45 PM
Its normal for a younger player to hit a wall of bad form, its not really even that as yet but Maria will get to a point where her form slips badly. It usually happens to a young player who has her first big break through year then the pressure builds for next year and she can't quite match it. Maybe Maria has hit a slight wall but like all great players she will come back stronger and better, maybe with a little extra coaching help :)

lakan kildap
Jun 21st, 2006, 03:04 AM
I disagree. Most of last year Maria was injured, and she performed well in the slams before narrow losses to the eventual champions. Remember she was No 1 last year without the Wimbledon points.

Maria has been getting better as a player, but it has been masked by her finding someone at each major who was momentarily on better form. if she'd had a lucky run in her draw like Mauresmo at the AO, or Kuznetsova at a couple of majors, I think she'd be holding a couple more slams. Just look at her Indian wells performance, where she won a tier 1 on hard without conceding a set.

That still doesn't mean she doesn't need to improve, particularly in holding serve securely in crunch situations. She still gets broken too often, which means she's not confident at serving out a match.

Not trying to start a scrap with you xan, but may I ask what are you disagreeing with? I said last year it was different, she didn't have that zing. You said she was injured (plus a few other things). Looks to me we were saying the same thing. And you have to agree, I'm speaking of Wimbledon only, she was prettier in 2004. :) (sorry, couldn't resist.)

Personally, I wouldn't classify some of her GS losses last year as narrow. It all began with that AO SF loss to Serena, when she served twice for the match and lost. It's most recent chapter was this French Open loss to Safina, where she served for the first set and lost the set, then for the match in the 3rd and lost the match. I don't want to use the term choke, but it's inevitable someone would.

UDACHi
Jun 21st, 2006, 04:18 AM
Maria needing confidence isn't a huge problem, me thinks. She's always played well at Wimbledon, and she'll need a good run to get her confidence flowing again, so why not at one of her best tournaments? :shrug:

Random thought: In 2004, when I first started following tennis and Maria, I seem to remember people always discussing how big yet erratic her serve was. Has she tamed it a bit, or were people just being idiotic?

Back to the present, Maria has a very nice chance to take this title. Let's all try to be as positive as possible. No matter the task, don't forget how Maria can fight. She had a horrid match against Petrova last year where she gutted through, and don't forget the QF and SF of 2004!

Maria can win Wimbledon, and she's done it before. Let's all think about that as we get ready for it. :D

jacobruiz
Jun 21st, 2006, 04:41 AM
Those scumbags in GM!:rolleyes: I think if Maria could win here I'd be happy for the rest of the year!

myxomatosis
Jun 21st, 2006, 06:39 AM
Those scumbags in GM!:rolleyes: I think if Maria could win here I'd be happy for the rest of the year!I've stopped opening any thread related to Maria in GM. Even threads that are meant to be positive just turn into a bash fest. There's no point in even wading through that crap. Besides, it's much better in here.

Peter, I suspect you're right, and I certainly hope you're right. :)

madame_maria
Jun 21st, 2006, 02:37 PM
Its normal for a younger player to hit a wall of bad form, its not really even that as yet but Maria will get to a point where her form slips badly. It usually happens to a young player who has her first big break through year then the pressure builds for next year and she can't quite match it. Maybe Maria has hit a slight wall but like all great players she will come back stronger and better, maybe with a little extra coaching help :)

well i kinda disagree when you say Maria didn't match up to her expectations. from my point of view, 2005 was a rather successful year, taking into account her offseason, her injury plagued last couple of months, her runs at ALL the tournaments she's been to. Maria did well last year, reaching number 1 (although yes it was cause Lindsay's points dropped off) and her consistency to PERFORM, not just reach the later rounds, at the grand slams and the other tournaments. she's had IMPRESSIVE matches last year. many many memorable ones that she didn't lose convincingly or didn't surrender the matches.

this year, birmingham has been KRAZY. she lost convincingly at 6-4 6-4. straight sets lost to Jackson. i wouldn't think a player of Maria's calibre could lose straight sets to someone out of the top 50. none of the other top players have been beaten like this this year. except perhaps Nadia at the FO. Venus at the AO. Even Hingis has not been losing unnecessarily.

i actually think that she's not hit a wall, but she's stumbled a little, and she isn't getting up/being helped up the right way. she hasn't recovered like before. she's getting very very commercialised. i'd like to once again hear things like how she went out to the practice courts to hit her serve for 3 hours when her serve was off for a match. i've like to hear about how hardworking she is, instead of how gorgeous or which special publicity events she's been to recently.

also, perhaps Maria has set really really high expectations for herself, alongside her fans. for us right now, who would say that they would be DISAPPOINTED if she didn't win wimbledon. who would say that Maria does not lack any talent or ability to win wimbledon? but at where she's playing right now, i'm praying real real hard Maria hit through to the second week convincingly in whatever dress she's wearing with whatever jewellery on her shoes.

morningglory
Jun 23rd, 2006, 09:58 AM
Hi all :wavey: Y'all may have been wondering where I've been these few weeks, well I've been lurking around in bangkok for 2 weeks now with my family, so (and the internet here is really expensive and laggy so finally I'm using my dad's comp)
Anyway the start of Wimbledon brings and end to my period of WTA abstinence and now I'm really gonna enjoy the flame wars regardless of who wins it this year :devil:

However, the TV coverage in Thailand will prob be monopolized by the FIFA WC so... :(

furrykitten
Jun 23rd, 2006, 10:02 AM
Hi all :wavey: Y'all may have been wondering where I've been these few weeks, well I've been lurking around in bangkok for 2 weeks now with my family, so (and the internet here is really expensive and laggy so finally I'm using my dad's comp)
Anyway the start of Wimbledon brings and end to my period of WTA abstinence and now I'm really gonna enjoy the flame wars regardless of who wins it this year :devil:

However, the TV coverage in Thailand will prob be monopolized by the FIFA WC so... :(

Hiya! :wavey: Nice to have you back :)
The Wimbledon draw is taking place right now as I type this! ;)

meggz_star
Jun 23rd, 2006, 10:05 AM
Hi all :wavey: Y'all may have been wondering where I've been these few weeks, well I've been lurking around in bangkok for 2 weeks now with my family, so (and the internet here is really expensive and laggy so finally I'm using my dad's comp)
Anyway the start of Wimbledon brings and end to my period of WTA abstinence and now I'm really gonna enjoy the flame wars regardless of who wins it this year :devil:

However, the TV coverage in Thailand will prob be monopolized by the FIFA WC so... :(

Hey :) . Long time no see. Glad to see you back for Wimbledon :wavey:

furrykitten
Jun 23rd, 2006, 10:08 AM
Maria v Smashnova 1st RD

meggz_star
Jun 23rd, 2006, 10:10 AM
Maria plays Anna Smashnova in the 1st round

Maria Croft
Jun 23rd, 2006, 10:36 AM
Maria's part of the draw:

SHARAPOVA, Maria RUS [4]
SMASHNOVA, Anna ISR

HARKLEROAD, Ashley USA
KOSTANIC, Jelena CRO

POUS-TIO, Laura ESP
CZINK, Melinda HUN

FRAZIER, Amy USA
SANTANGELO, Mara ITA [32]

PEER, Shahar ISR [20]
FEDAK, Juliana UKR

DANIILIDOU, Eleni GRE
PENG, Shuai CHN

ANI, Maret EST
GRANVILLE, Laura USA

KLOESEL, Sandra GER
PENNETTA, Flavia ITA [16]

SCHIAVONE, Francesca ITA [11]
SOUTH, Melanie GBR (W)

PERRY, Shenay USA
BARROIS, Kristina GER (Q)

RODIONOVA, Anastassia RUS
LOIT, Emilie FRA

BAMMER, Sybille AUT
DECHY, Nathalie FRA [22]

LIKHOVTSEVA, Elena RUS [25]
FORETZ, Stephanie FRA

SUN, Tian-Tian CHN
VIERIN, Nathalie ITA

SHAUGHNESSY, Meghann USA
BONDARENKO, Alyona UKR

MIRZA, Sania IND
DEMENTIEVA, Elena RUS

furrykitten
Jun 23rd, 2006, 10:37 AM
Maria's part of the draw:

SHARAPOVA, Maria RUS [4]
SMASHNOVA, Anna ISR

HARKLEROAD, Ashley USA
KOSTANIC, Jelena CRO

POUS-TIO, Laura ESP
CZINK, Melinda HUN

FRAZIER, Amy USA
SANTANGELO, Mara ITA [32]

PEER, Shahar ISR [20]
FEDAK, Juliana UKR

DANIILIDOU, Eleni GRE
PENG, Shuai CHN

ANI, Maret EST
GRANVILLE, Laura USA

KLOESEL, Sandra GER
PENNETTA, Flavia ITA [16]

SCHIAVONE, Francesca ITA [11]
SOUTH, Melanie GBR (W)

PERRY, Shenay USA
BARROIS, Kristina GER (Q)

RODIONOVA, Anastassia RUS
LOIT, Emilie FRA

BAMMER, Sybille AUT
DECHY, Nathalie FRA [22]

LIKHOVTSEVA, Elena RUS [25]
FORETZ, Stephanie FRA

SUN, Tian-Tian CHN
VIERIN, Nathalie ITA

SHAUGHNESSY, Meghann USA
BONDARENKO, Alyona UKR

MIRZA, Sania IND
DEMENTIEVA, Elena RUS

Looks pretty Good for Maria you have to say:)

Maria Croft
Jun 23rd, 2006, 10:40 AM
I have to say we couldn't have asked for a better draw, if she really isn't playing well and low on confidence these matches will be perfect for her, because all of them can be tough but shouldn't be dangerous, Maria should be able to some gain confidence through these matches :yeah:

Andy.
Jun 23rd, 2006, 11:58 AM
Wow i couldnt have asked for anything better this is an awesome draw and should aloow her to play herself into form. Im so happy with this. Great draw good luck Masha

UDACHi
Jun 23rd, 2006, 12:48 PM
That is an incredibly good draw. :eek: I'm just in shock, really! :banana:

She should get to at least the semi vs. Amelie/Venus. :)

Teemu
Jun 23rd, 2006, 01:24 PM
Nice draw. :)
Best of Luck Maria! :bounce:

The_Pov
Jun 23rd, 2006, 01:24 PM
This next fortnight is going to be good!

shadowsecret
Jun 23rd, 2006, 01:34 PM
haha so i assume the draw is not too bad? i can never really tell ;)

madame_maria
Jun 23rd, 2006, 01:47 PM
i think the draw's great. it's really quite a nice one IF you are gonna compare it to Amelie's =P.

let's go Maria!

shadowsecret
Jun 23rd, 2006, 01:50 PM
haha i think amelie one is pretty tough.. i hope maria does well here! :)

FedExpress
Jun 23rd, 2006, 01:55 PM
The draw is good, the weather is bad and the strawberries are yummy. I think it all suits to Maria's game ;) Good luck to her :)

Maria Croft
Jun 23rd, 2006, 04:08 PM
It's great to hear Maria say that she is healthy again :)

(see the video section for the vid Johnoo posted)

johnoo
Jun 23rd, 2006, 04:35 PM
It's great to hear Maria say that she is healthy again :)

(see the video section for the vid Johnoo posted)
yeah masha looks very relaxed and at ease :)

Steve-o
Jun 23rd, 2006, 06:50 PM
Yeah, it's a great draw really, no real dangerous grass court players in her bit of the draw. Just saw a bit of an interview on tv, she looks relaxed and upbeat about her chances. Nice to hear that she's over the injury. :cool:

waratahsrock
Jun 23rd, 2006, 08:30 PM
:D nice draw here for Maria. Great chance to build up some confidence and form.
:yeah: Good luck Masha!

jacobruiz
Jun 23rd, 2006, 10:13 PM
Finally - some good luck for Maria!:worship:

The_Pov
Jun 23rd, 2006, 10:53 PM
It's great to hear Maria say that she is healthy again :)

(see the video section for the vid Johnoo posted)

Did Masha swear at the camera?

The first time she gave them the "V" sign it seemed like she was swearing at them but the 2nd time it was a kind of "look into my eyes" thing :confused: :confused:

Dan23
Jun 24th, 2006, 01:17 AM
Yea not a bad draw for Maria....another chance to build up for for the later Rounds.

Every video of Maria Ive seen lately she does that 2 finger sign at the camera at every opportunity :lol: what is with that sign?

Natasc
Jun 24th, 2006, 01:19 AM
Yea not a bad draw for Maria....another chance to build up for for the later Rounds.

Every video of Maria Ive seen lately she does that 2 finger sign at the camera at every opportunity :lol: what is with that sign?
peace??
:lol: :haha:

morningglory
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:44 AM
lol how nice to draw a server like Lena D on grass ;) Another semi I smell...
Korea got eliminated by the Swiss last night :haha: Serves them right... cheaters! :devil:

Andy.
Jun 24th, 2006, 03:18 AM
That backwards peace sign LOL doesnt that mean up yours

~lollipop_girl~
Jun 24th, 2006, 07:54 AM
Draw is great and finally we have some luck on our side but I am still not fully confident so I will wait and see...
BUT... I GET TENNIS COVERAGE AGAIN!!!!! First time since AO that I have been able to watch any new matches! :D :bounce: Words can't express how happier I am coz I have been so stressed lately (hence why I haven't been here) and watching tennis is the way I relax by blocking out the rest of the world and concentrating on that one match! :D

Maria Croft
Jun 24th, 2006, 09:09 AM
Did Masha swear at the camera?

The first time she gave them the "V" sign it seemed like she was swearing at them but the 2nd time it was a kind of "look into my eyes" thing :confused: :confused:

:lol: no she didn't, but the sign she gave a couple of times sure was weird :p

xan
Jun 24th, 2006, 11:17 AM
Just seen the draw. Hopefully if Maria makes it to the Semis she'll need two really great performances to take the title.

Here's hoping.

Dan23
Jun 24th, 2006, 11:38 AM
:lol: no she didn't, but the sign she gave a couple of times sure was weird :p
it must be some joke or something shes got going to do that all the time :lol:

Maria Croft
Jun 24th, 2006, 02:55 PM
I'm just gonna try and enjoy Wimbledon this year without worrying to much about Maria's performance, and just trust that she will play some good tennis :)

Dan23
Jun 24th, 2006, 03:28 PM
sounds like a good plan Jakim, just like 04 was

furrykitten
Jun 24th, 2006, 04:50 PM
I love Wimbledon anyway, on the BBC they have a great Interactive service which you can choose from so many matches and you get to see alot of the doubles action too.... :)
I have to record and watch on the night mostly though because I'll only be in to see 6 full days over the 2 weeks because its hectic at work for me right now!, I have been at work from 6am to 4pm today and its a Saturday!!, anyway I won't bore you my work anymore ;)

The_Pov
Jun 24th, 2006, 05:15 PM
I'm just gonna try and enjoy Wimbledon this year without worrying to much about Maria's performance, and just trust that she will play some good tennis :)

Yeah that's what I'm trying to do, which is why I'm thinking off "boycotting" these boards because for the last 2 years I haven't posted on a message board while Wimbledon was on and I was able to just enjoy the chance to watch Masha play.

jacobruiz
Jun 24th, 2006, 05:22 PM
:lol: no she didn't, but the sign she gave a couple of times sure was weird :p

http://mashafan.free.fr/galeriephoto/albums/photoshoot/2006/landrover2/maria-sharapova_fr_landrover2006_029.jpg

Looks to me like she means to collect her second title here! (Oh, please, PLEASE let her be right!):lol:

johnoo
Jun 25th, 2006, 11:48 AM
I'm just gonna try and enjoy Wimbledon this year without worrying to much about Maria's performance
sorry but thats just impossible.

johnoo
Jun 25th, 2006, 11:50 AM
http://mashafan.free.fr/galeriephoto/albums/photoshoot/2006/landrover2/maria-sharapova_fr_landrover2006_029.jpg

Looks to me like she means to collect her second title here! (Oh, please, PLEASE let her be right!):lol:
its not just maria doing the two finger sign to the press prince williams girlfriend is doing the same in the news of the world,there seeing it as a f/off sign.

xan
Jun 25th, 2006, 12:15 PM
Yes. I'm sure Maria is just showing us her intentions to get hold of a 2nd golden plate. ;)

The_Pov
Jun 25th, 2006, 12:46 PM
its not just maria doing the two finger sign to the press prince williams girlfriend is doing the same in the news of the world,there seeing it as a f/off sign.

That's what I think it is!

Dan23
Jun 25th, 2006, 12:50 PM
f/off with a smile :lol:
I'd be doing that too if I was Maria

johnoo
Jun 25th, 2006, 01:00 PM
That's what I think it is!
too me fingers that way is f/off,other way is victory sign.

Andy.
Jun 25th, 2006, 01:02 PM
O well maybe thats the new cool thinkg to do, all the cool kids are doing it LOL

johnoo
Jun 25th, 2006, 01:05 PM
this is about john prescotts v sign.
Mr Prescott's lingering "V-sign" was undoubtedly quite innocent. However, since he chose to present his digits knuckles-forward (an insult in the UK) some observers may have concluded the embattled deputy prime minister was cultivating his newly-won defiant image.

While "flicking the Vs" languishes fairly low down the league table of disparaging gestures, it retains the power to upset many Britons.

Dan23
Jun 25th, 2006, 01:36 PM
Maria's doing it to piss off English people?? :lol:

Porcupine
Jun 25th, 2006, 02:05 PM
Maria's doing it to piss off English people?? :lol:
No way!! :lol:

johnoo
Jun 25th, 2006, 02:34 PM
Maria's doing it to piss off English people?? :lol:
yeah maria's flicking the Vs at the brits :D

furrykitten
Jun 25th, 2006, 05:01 PM
Maria is telling us all to piss off, maybe we should boo her at Wimbledon :tape: :lol:

furrykitten
Jun 25th, 2006, 05:28 PM
Schedule posted on Wimbledon Site for tomorrow, no Maria S, but Maria K is 3rd on Court 18. Come on Maria!!

Court 18 12.00 noon Start

1 Gentlemen's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Paradorn Srichaphan (THA)[29]
vs Agustin Calleri (ARG)



2 Gentlemen's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Vincent Spadea (USA)
vs Fernando Verdasco (ESP)[28]



3 Ladies' Singles - 1st Rnd.
Shinobu Asagoe (JPN)
vs Maria Kirilenko (RUS)[17]



4 Ladies' Singles - 1st Rnd.
Marion Bartoli (FRA)[24]
vs Camille Pin (FRA)

Only problem is very poor weather forecast, Rain certain to disrupt play :rolleyes:

myxomatosis
Jun 25th, 2006, 11:26 PM
Maria is telling us all to piss off, maybe we should boo her at Wimbledon :tape: :lol:Perhaps we could organise some sort of booing section? We could make a banner! :D :lol:

Dan23
Jun 26th, 2006, 12:32 AM
its Wimbledon not RG :p leave the booing for the French :hehehe:

~lollipop_girl~
Jun 26th, 2006, 09:10 AM
I'm just gonna try and enjoy Wimbledon this year without worrying to much about Maria's performance, and just trust that she will play some good tennis :)
Sounds good... I watched the 05 Official Film today and I just want to enjoy the tennis this year, rather than freaking over where my girls are... Maybe I only felt that way coz I am sick and delusional, but it is sure worth a try! :p

And Maria is so telling the media to f/off in that pic, look at the cheeky smirk! ;)

UDACHi
Jun 26th, 2006, 06:12 PM
Smashnova is one of the worst grass courters around right now. And even as things get tougher, there aren't any real troubling opponenets til week 2, I would hope. I am just so in love with this draw. Maybe she'll get to the semis with ease, as she should, and be ncie and fresh for her final two matches. :)

msharafan
Jun 26th, 2006, 07:00 PM
yeah hopfully youre right! bad news though with the bad whether and not one match being completed it looks like all the matches scheduled for today will be post poned for tommorow! :(. if they are playing the top half of the draw maria most likely wont be starting her campaign on centre court, maybe not even court 1! venus will definintly be on centre court as defending champion, but hopefully theylle move james blake match off centre and put marias on, also im sure not too many people would be interested in seeing justine wipe her first round opponent off the court!!! but then again the british players henman and murray will definitly be centre court or court 1! but maria i believe should definitly get a show court! she attracts the majority of the crowds! anyway as soon as i hear the order of play ill post it here lets just hope maria doesnt have to play on court 2 the graveyard of champions! :(

msharafan
Jun 26th, 2006, 07:10 PM
just got the sad news maria wont be starting till wednesday!!! :( !!! aww well shes gauranteed im sure a centre court match! this will mean though that shell have to play 2 matches 2 days in a row, and kim and justine or whoever makes the finla will be fresher! but aww well! at least maria will probably get centre court!

furrykitten
Jun 26th, 2006, 07:18 PM
Maria is not scheduled for Tuesday, looks like Wednesday!!
Opps, I'm late , looks above!!
Maria K is 3rd on Court 18 again, and Vaidisova 4th onCourt 13.

Maria Croft
Jun 26th, 2006, 07:21 PM
Honestly, I don't care on what court she plays, I just want her to go out there and have fun, win and stay healthy.

I just hope the it won't rain so much anymore.

johnoo
Jun 26th, 2006, 07:32 PM
Honestly, I don't care on what court she plays, I just want her to go out there and have fun, win and stay healthy.

I just hope the it won't rain so much anymore.
courts are quite important don't want her on the dreaded court 18 that has a reputation for seeds falling.

msharafan
Jun 26th, 2006, 07:39 PM
yeah centre court and court 1 are a lot different to play on compared to an outside court! maria needs as much practice on the big stage as possible as she cant practice on it! also anyone know what maria is wearing this year at wimby? i heard it was the espn comercial dress anyone else know? shes seemed kinda quiet about it this year!

johnoo
Jun 26th, 2006, 07:56 PM
yeah centre court and court 1 are a lot different to play on compared to an outside court! maria needs as much practice on the big stage as possible as she cant practice on it! also anyone know what maria is wearing this year at wimby? i heard it was the espn comercial dress anyone else know? shes seemed kinda quiet about it this year!
wednesday is gonna be chaos I would not be surprised to see her on court 2 or 18 mainly because andy murray and greg are playing and you just know they will stick them on the main courts.
forget that last bit cause murray and greg are playing tomorrow :)

Dan23
Jun 27th, 2006, 12:17 AM
bugger Murray and Rusedski....the queen must play on CC :worship: :lol:
either way im gonna be pissed off because the stupid commercial station here wont show the CC matches live :rolleyes:

myxomatosis
Jun 27th, 2006, 12:49 AM
bugger Murray and Rusedski....the queen must play on CC :worship: :lol:
either way im gonna be pissed off because the stupid commercial station here wont show the CC matches live :rolleyes:Rusedski's not even a real Brit anyways. :rolleyes: (yes I'm bitter)
Come to think of it, neither is Murray.

The_Pov
Jun 27th, 2006, 01:23 AM
Rusedski's not even a real Brit anyways. :rolleyes: (yes I'm bitter)
Come to think of it, neither is Murray.

Murry is so a real Brit, he may be from scotland but last time I checked that was part of Britain!

myxomatosis
Jun 27th, 2006, 01:29 AM
Murry is so a real Brit, he may be from scotland but last time I checked that was part of Britain!
OK, wrong choice of words. He's a Brit but he's not English!
Doesn't he make a show about disliking England?

BaRaDang22
Jun 27th, 2006, 01:58 AM
This is an awesome draw... very easy for Maria. Looks like being #4 seed isn't that bad.

Porcupine
Jun 27th, 2006, 01:59 AM
Execuse me guys, but this is the thread about Maria? Or British players? I think I'm lost :scratch:

BaRaDang22
Jun 27th, 2006, 01:59 AM
OK, wrong choice of words. He's a Brit but he's not English!
Doesn't he make a show about disliking England?

Yeah he does. He said he'll wear a Paraguay shirt when England faces Paraguay in the upcoming FIFA match.

Maria Croft
Jun 27th, 2006, 06:56 AM
If I'm not mistaken she only played two matches on centre court last year, her first round match, and the semi final, all her other matches were on court 1

Andy.
Jun 27th, 2006, 07:11 AM
If I'm not mistaken she only played two matches on centre court last year, her first round match, and the semi final, all her other matches were on court 1
Yeah your right, i hope that different this year, i dont like her being on court one all the time its not shown as much

Dan23
Jun 27th, 2006, 07:23 AM
Its more likely to be on Fox if Masha is on Crt 1 Andrew ;)
which is much better than ch 9

Andy.
Jun 27th, 2006, 09:26 AM
Its more likely to be on Fox if Masha is on Crt 1 Andrew ;)
which is much better than ch 9
True True

~lollipop_girl~
Jun 27th, 2006, 11:23 AM
yeah centre court and court 1 are a lot different to play on compared to an outside court! maria needs as much practice on the big stage as possible as she cant practice on it! also anyone know what maria is wearing this year at wimby? i heard it was the espn comercial dress anyone else know? shes seemed kinda quiet about it this year!
I am pretty sure it is the same as the ESPN commercial but this is a pic of the back of the dress with the air vent things & a quick article explaining it:

http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c319/lollipop_girl_/imgm1T4.jpg
http://www.mumbaimirror.com/nmirror/mmpaper.asp?sectid=16&articleid=627200602752359627200602714328

Andy.
Jun 27th, 2006, 11:57 AM
Its the same technology that is on Roger's T as well, they are the 2 Nike stars, along with Serena of course, i wonder if she wil have a special jacket too.

~lollipop_girl~
Jun 27th, 2006, 01:34 PM
Its the same technology that is on Roger's T as well, they are the 2 Nike stars, along with Serena of course, i wonder if she wil have a special jacket too.
Fed in his jacket! :hearts: :drool:

Serena isn't playing here is she?

Andy.
Jun 27th, 2006, 01:36 PM
Fed in his jacket! :hearts: :drool:

Serena isn't playing here is she?
Nope no Serena so its up to Masha, Feds and Nadal to hold the Nike Stars fort

~lollipop_girl~
Jun 27th, 2006, 01:44 PM
Wow, a Wimby without Serena! :eek:
I'm not a fan but it feels weird! :confused:

The_Pov
Jun 27th, 2006, 03:21 PM
Its the same technology that is on Roger's T as well, they are the 2 Nike stars, along with Serena of course, i wonder if she wil have a special jacket too.

What is up with this "new technology"? It looks like most of the players have just cut holes into the back of their tops, (and it's not just the Nike players the adidas ones too).

Oh well at least Maria's are in a pretty pattern...She always has to be that one step ahead! :p


Also this might be wishful thinking but...Do you reckon Maria could walk out on court tomorrow with a super cool blazer like Federer's (it's just it could have been made by Nike a la the gold tennis shoes)?

msharafan
Jun 27th, 2006, 07:11 PM
i dont know feds jacket has three golden rackets over his name, indicating he has won 3 wimby titles, if maria was to wear a similar one she would only have one golden racket. but i dont think maria will wear somthing like that, im looking forward to seeing her outfit, any word on the order of play for tommorow?

Maria Croft
Jun 27th, 2006, 07:22 PM
Maria is first on court 1 tomorrow, play starts at 1 pm local time :)

msharafan
Jun 27th, 2006, 07:28 PM
GREAT!!! I cant wait the sooner we see maria the better!

johnoo
Jun 27th, 2006, 07:31 PM
Maria is first on court 1 tomorrow, play starts at 1 pm local time :)
same time as venus
CENTRE COURT, COURTS 1 AND 2

REMAINDER TO FOLLOW LATER


Centre Court 1.00 pm Start

1 Ladies' Singles - 1st Rnd.
Bethanie Mattek (USA)
vs Venus Williams (USA)[6]



2 Gentlemen's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
David Nalbandian (ARG)[4]
vs Arnaud Clement (FRA)



3 Ladies' Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Viktoria Kutuzova (UKR)
vs Kim Clijsters (BEL)[2]



4 Gentlemen's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Roger Federer (SUI)[1]
vs Tim Henman (GBR)







Court 1 1.00 pm Start

1 Ladies' Singles - 1st Rnd.
Maria Sharapova (RUS)[4]
vs Anna Smashnova (ISR)



2 Gentlemen's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Janko Tipsarevic (SCG)
vs Andy Roddick (USA)[3]



3 Gentlemen's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Davide Sanguinetti (ITA)
vs Mario Ancic (CRO)[7]



4 Ladies' Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Tathiana Garbin (ITA)
vs Martina Hingis (SUI)[12]







Court 2 12.00 noon Start

1 Ladies' Singles - 1st Rnd.
Amelie Mauresmo (FRA)[1]
vs Ivana Abramovic (CRO)



2 Gentlemen's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)[6]
vs Filippo Volandri (ITA)



3 Ladies' Singles - 1st Rnd.
Sania Mirza (IND)
vs Elena Dementieva (RUS)[7]



4 Gentlemen's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Yeu-Tzuoo Wang (TPE)
vs James Blake (USA)[8]



5 Ladies' Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Ekaterina Bychkova (RUS)
vs Justine Henin-Hardenne (BEL)[3]

johnoo
Jun 27th, 2006, 07:43 PM
so who they gonna show venus or maria on non interactive tv :D

shadowsecret
Jun 27th, 2006, 07:49 PM
i guess they are going to show venus here.. :( i don't mind since i'm sick of the men matches today.. but i wish i can watch maria instead..so back to live scores~

furrykitten
Jun 27th, 2006, 07:49 PM
so who they gonna show venus or maria on non interactive tv :D

Both I hope but Maria gets my viewing tomorrow :)

johnoo
Jun 27th, 2006, 07:52 PM
Both I hope but Maria gets my viewing tomorrow :)
they can't show both non interactive because bbc1 don't start till 2pm and bbc2 will show venus as defending champion,maria will be on interactive.

furrykitten
Jun 27th, 2006, 08:04 PM
they can't show both non interactive because bbc1 don't start till 2pm and bbc2 will show venus as defending champion,maria will be on interactive.

If Maria is not on Interatctive I will rip up my TV licence and I'll find Tony Blair or the Beebs top man and force feed it him :(

johnoo
Jun 27th, 2006, 08:07 PM
If Maria is not on Interatctive I will rip up my TV licence and I'll find Tony Blair or the Beebs top man and force feed it him :(
she will be on interactive but who the hell is doing the scheduling,we had 5 brits playing at the same time,why?and now venus and maria playing at the same time,don't make sense.

msharafan
Jun 27th, 2006, 08:16 PM
yeah i was looking forward to these 2 matches the most, but of course maria will get my full viewing as usual i just wanted to see venus play to see what form she was in and to discover what kind of threat she posed in the tournie! aww well at least i get to see maria! and you never know they might show maria on bbc 2 you might be lucky non interactive viewers!!! anyway good luck to maria for tommorow i cant wait to see her play and of course to see her new outfit!

Steve-o
Jun 27th, 2006, 08:18 PM
she will be on interactive but who the hell is doing the scheduling,we had 5 brits playing at the same time,why?and now venus and maria playing at the same time,don't make sense.

Yeah...it's really annoying. If they show the top brits on interactive, that's fair enough but who wants to watch Delgado, or Seppi v Baker... :rolleyes:

The_Pov
Jun 27th, 2006, 08:59 PM
she will be on interactive but who the hell is doing the scheduling,we had 5 brits playing at the same time,why?and now venus and maria playing at the same time,don't make sense.

Do you reckon that she'll be on freeview interactive? because my NTL one has packed in (no sound).

I've been looking forward to Maria and wimbledon in ages please say I get to see her play!!!!!

johnoo
Jun 27th, 2006, 09:09 PM
Do you reckon that she'll be on freeview interactive? because my NTL one has packed in (no sound).

I've been looking forward to Maria and wimbledon in ages please say I get to see her play!!!!!
what do you mean no sound?some of the matches are commentary free,my freeview box breaks up on interactive theres just not enough bandwidth for interacive on freeview unlike cable/sky.

Andy.
Jun 27th, 2006, 10:53 PM
Well court 1 tomorow i hope either the pay TV or chanel nine will show it. Good luck Maria

Andy.
Jun 27th, 2006, 10:55 PM
What is up with this "new technology"? It looks like most of the players have just cut holes into the back of their tops, (and it's not just the Nike players the adidas ones too).

Oh well at least Maria's are in a pretty pattern...She always has to be that one step ahead! :p


Also this might be wishful thinking but...Do you reckon Maria could walk out on court tomorrow with a super cool blazer like Federer's (it's just it could have been made by Nike a la the gold tennis shoes)?
Im thinking she could have something special to wear as well

The_Pov
Jun 27th, 2006, 11:10 PM
what do you mean no sound?some of the matches are commentary free,my freeview box breaks up on interactive theres just not enough bandwidth for interacive on freeview unlike cable/sky.

There is no sound at all, when I'm on the menu (to chose which match to watch) I can hear the commentators and the match but when I select it, there is only the picture no sound at all.

But that's only my NTL, my freeview is fine, that's why I hope I'll be able to watch the match on freeview, but freeview has less options (only 2 extra courts and today it was something like centre court and court 13)

waratahsrock
Jun 27th, 2006, 11:51 PM
Finally the waiting is nearly over. All the best for tonight Maria :D

damn they better show it over here.

Dan23
Jun 28th, 2006, 12:07 AM
Well court 1 tomorow i hope either the pay TV or chanel nine will show it. Good luck Maria
one of them will :cool:
please ch 9 choose venus....

meggz_star
Jun 28th, 2006, 12:35 AM
i guess they are going to show venus here.. :( i don't mind since i'm sick of the men matches today.. but i wish i can watch maria instead..so back to live scores~

Same thing here :( . I'll have to settle for live scores to follow Maria's match

Dan23
Jun 28th, 2006, 01:41 AM
Andrew are you here? :p
if so are you able to turn fox on and see which matches theyll feature tonight? just go to foxsports2 and get the info off the schedule :cool:

Porcupine
Jun 28th, 2006, 03:07 AM
Same thing here :( . I'll have to settle for live scores to follow Maria's match
You two, me neither. :mad: The only chance we can see the whole match of Maria is Venus's opponent withdraw.(that's not possible :o )

Andy.
Jun 28th, 2006, 03:17 AM
Andrew are you here? :p
if so are you able to turn fox on and see which matches theyll feature tonight? just go to foxsports2 and get the info off the schedule :cool:
Hey Dan , sorry im at work too so i cant find out, plus my DVD/Video recorder is broken so i cant tape it i hope someone will uplaod it so i can have it later.

Munich
Jun 28th, 2006, 03:24 AM
Go Maria :worship:

UDACHi
Jun 28th, 2006, 03:43 AM
Maria will probably be on a little bit, but ESPN is like uber obsessed with Venus this year. :shrug:

And to be honest, Mattek will probably challenge Venus more than Smashnova. I'm thinking 6-3 6-3 for Venus and 6-1 6-1 for Maria. :p

Porcupine
Jun 28th, 2006, 04:05 AM
And to be honest, Mattek will probably challenge Venus more than Smashnova. I'm thinking 6-3 6-3 for Venus and 6-1 6-1 for Maria. :p
Why don't you think of a double bagel :devil:

~lollipop_girl~
Jun 28th, 2006, 07:31 AM
I have a feeling that channel 9 will show Maria rather than Venus... Due to the fact that Venus is pretty low key in our media compared to Maria but we will see... I guess to avoid upsetting people they will show Venus on Centre Court!!!
But if an Aussie is on at the same time, they will for sure get the coverage! :tape:

Maria Croft
Jun 28th, 2006, 08:14 AM
Hope to see a healthy and confident Maria today :D

Good luck Maria!

furrykitten
Jun 28th, 2006, 08:23 AM
Morning or afternoon to everyone :wavey:

Just over 3 and a half hours until we see Maria in action :)
Come on Maria!! :bounce:

lakan kildap
Jun 28th, 2006, 08:39 AM
We have Star Sports in the Philippines, which seems to be linked to Sky Sports (because during the World Pool Championships, the announcers keep on thanking Sky). But I could be wrong.

Anyway (whew), in 2004, we got extremely lucky, because Maria was featured - full time - 4 times:

vs. Hantuchova (3R)
vs. Sugiyama (QF)
vs. Davenport (SF)
vs. Serena Williams (F)

she was also featured part time in the Amy Frazier match (end of first set, and parts of 2nd.)

Since she became champion and was a media darling, I thought she would get a lot of coverage in 2005.

Was I wrong! Her first match, I think coincided with that of a Spanish male claycourt specialist (I think it was JC Ferrero or someone else), and Star Sports was switching between two courts. I was cursing thru my breath, because nothing against the guy, but as high-ranked as the guy was, he's still mostly a claycourt player, and Masha is playing, and she's the defending ladies champion, and even the still photogs know which court they should be covering (it's where Masha is). Does it really require rocket science...?

About the only matches of her last year that I was able to watch full time were the QF (Petrova) and the Venus Williams SF, which she lost.

[To conclude this rant ]Star Sports doesn't even cover the WTA tour non GS tournaments, not since 2004, except the Bali tournament. Go figure. As LeBron James says in that Sports Guy column on ESPN, who likes watching guys play tennis? Give us the ladies, anytime.

lakan kildap
Jun 28th, 2006, 08:44 AM
Maria will probably be on a little bit, but ESPN is like uber obsessed with Venus this year. :shrug:

And to be honest, Mattek will probably challenge Venus more than Smashnova. I'm thinking 6-3 6-3 for Venus and 6-1 6-1 for Maria. :p

Remember, what xan said, no jinxing (is that a word?). :D

Dan23
Jun 28th, 2006, 11:05 AM
Damn it....I dont believe it :bigcry:
Momo being shown on TV instead of Masha :sobbing:

Andy.
Jun 28th, 2006, 11:08 AM
Damn it....I dont believe it :bigcry:
Momo being shown on TV instead of Masha :sobbing:
Free to air or Fox

Dan23
Jun 28th, 2006, 11:19 AM
neither right now Andrew :sobbing:

johnoo
Jun 28th, 2006, 12:06 PM
Damn it....I dont believe it :bigcry:
Momo being shown on TV instead of Masha :sobbing:
momo is finished you must be getting it now?only on interactive in uk.

myxomatosis
Jun 28th, 2006, 12:27 PM
We're getting the Venus match right now :sad:
It may be worth it though just because of what Mattek is wearing :hearts: :lol:

Steve-o
Jun 28th, 2006, 12:29 PM
Maria is playing well and she's totally in control of this match, she gifted the service break to Smashnova with a couple of dodgy net approaches.

myxomatosis
Jun 28th, 2006, 12:37 PM
Maria is playing well and she's totally in control of this match, she gifted the service break to Smashnova with a couple of dodgy net approaches.I guess it's good that she's at least trying to come in?

Dan23
Jun 28th, 2006, 12:38 PM
i am royally pissed of right now :fiery: :fiery: :fiery: :fiery:
watching 2 knobs on crt 13 while the biggest drawcard at the event is playing on crt 1....stuff this :fiery: :fiery:

go Maria anyways

myxomatosis
Jun 28th, 2006, 12:40 PM
i am royally pissed of right now :fiery: :fiery: :fiery: :fiery:
watching 2 knobs on crt 13 while the biggest drawcard at the event is playing on crt 1....stuff this :fiery: :fiery:

go Maria anywaysWTF they're showing the Ljubicic match??? :retard:

Steve-o
Jun 28th, 2006, 12:48 PM
I guess it's good that she's at least trying to come in?

It is, and it's a definite sign of how easy this match is for Maria. She's managed a couple of nice volleys since then :cool:

I saw a bit of the Ljubicic match, it's like watching paint dry...

meggz_star
Jun 28th, 2006, 12:57 PM
We're getting the Venus match right now :sad:
It may be worth it though just because of what Mattek is wearing :hearts: :lol:

The commentators won't stop talking about Mattek's outfit:lol:

myxomatosis
Jun 28th, 2006, 01:03 PM
6-2 6-0 Maria :cool:

meggz_star
Jun 28th, 2006, 01:03 PM
That was fast:lol:

Dan23
Jun 28th, 2006, 01:04 PM
Nice win Masha...

pity this useless bloody coverage arrangement here is so stuffed up :fiery: :fiery: :fiery: :fiery: :fiery: :fiery: :fiery: :fiery: :fiery: :fiery: :fiery: :fiery: :fiery: :fiery: :fiery: :fiery: :fiery:

furrykitten
Jun 28th, 2006, 01:05 PM
Awesome display by Maria!!, every part of her game was perfect :)

Steve-o
Jun 28th, 2006, 01:07 PM
Yeah, It was very fast. :lol: One of the easiest match I've ever seen her have, Smashnova had absolutely nothing to hurt Maria with, nevertheless an encouraging start :clap2:

Teemu
Jun 28th, 2006, 01:07 PM
Congrats Maria!
Very impressive, and a good start for the tournament. :)
Best of Luck for the next round!

~lollipop_girl~
Jun 28th, 2006, 01:17 PM
They made my heart melt to see her playing so confidently and wonderful and those angles :hearts:... As I didn't get to see the start of the match, was it Maria who turned her chair so that its not facing the player's box? :scratch:

Got a Venus replay now and WTF is Mattek wearing! :eek:
She is trying to be as hip and cool as Tati but its not working and I can't actually watch the match coz I can't stop laughing! :p Sorry for those who like it (if any)! :tape:

Maria, Venus, Momo and (bias view) Martina have really marked their dominance here in the first round! ;)

waratahsrock
Jun 28th, 2006, 01:20 PM
:D Nice win Maria! Bloody clobbering some of those returns! Good to see her come to the net quite a bit, some very nice volley winners in there.
Couldn't have asked for a better start to the tournament :cool:

Maria Croft
Jun 28th, 2006, 01:23 PM
That was a very impressive first match from Maria.
She looked confidence and hit some amazing shots and came to the net quite often.
I really like her outfit as well, very nice and simple, looks good on her.
Still, Smashnova was probably one of the easiest players she could have faced, things will get a lot tougher, but the important thing is that she has that first match.

Congrats Maria! :D

Maria Croft
Jun 28th, 2006, 01:26 PM
Here are the statistics, she got broken once but she used every single break point she got! has many more winners then errors and a lot of net approaches, which translate to mostly drive volleys in Maria's case :lol:

Not bad at all :yeah:

http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d130/mariacroft/maria1042.jpg

meggz_star
Jun 28th, 2006, 01:28 PM
Nice stats:D

Andy.
Jun 28th, 2006, 01:54 PM
That was very very impressive, she was playing with aggression and confidence and you can really tell that her game is improving. I was hugely happy with that first mathc. Well done Masha good luck in the forthcoming rounds. WOOOO HOOOO

Andy.
Jun 28th, 2006, 01:55 PM
Nice win Masha...

pity this useless bloody coverage arrangement here is so stuffed up :fiery: :fiery: :fiery: :fiery: :fiery: :fiery: :fiery: :fiery: :fiery: :fiery: :fiery: :fiery: :fiery: :fiery: :fiery: :fiery: :fiery:
At least we got to see some of it.

Dan23
Jun 28th, 2006, 02:07 PM
Fox finally pulled their finger out and did something useful....just saw Masha's press conference live....loved it :cool: She absolutely burned one of the reporters who said her serve was slow at the start of the match. :hehehe:Wouldnt have a bar of him it was so funny.
Then they asked about her volleying and Maria said she should get a medal for doing it :lol: she then explained how she has been volleying since she was little and thinks she is really good at it but just needs to implement it at the right time.

Andy.
Jun 28th, 2006, 02:11 PM
Fox finally pulled their finger out and did something useful....just saw Masha's press conference live....loved it :cool: She absolutely burned one of the reporters who said her serve was slow at the start of the match. :hehehe:Wouldnt have a bar of him it was so funny.
Then they asked about her volleying and Maria said she should get a medal for doing it :lol: she then explained how she has been volleying since she was little and thinks she is really good at it but just needs to implement it at the right time.
Yeah just saw that too. :worship:

shadowsecret
Jun 28th, 2006, 02:15 PM
ok just reach home and i'm happy with the news! lucky those of you who get to watch :(

Maria Croft
Jun 28th, 2006, 02:21 PM
Fox finally pulled their finger out and did something useful....just saw Masha's press conference live....loved it :cool: She absolutely burned one of the reporters who said her serve was slow at the start of the match. :hehehe:Wouldnt have a bar of him it was so funny.
Then they asked about her volleying and Maria said she should get a medal for doing it :lol: she then explained how she has been volleying since she was little and thinks she is really good at it but just needs to implement it at the right time.


Thanks for posting this :)

Hope to read it back in an interview on the Wimbledon site sometime today

Porcupine
Jun 28th, 2006, 02:22 PM
ok just reach home and i'm happy with the news! lucky those of you who get to watch :(
Not much of us could watch the match :o

Porcupine
Jun 28th, 2006, 02:25 PM
Here are the statistics, she got broken once but she used every single break point she got! has many more winners then errors and a lot of net approaches, which translate to mostly drive volleys in Maria's case :lol:

Not bad at all :yeah:

http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d130/mariacroft/maria1042.jpg
A lil bit wrong, Maria hit two aces not one. :)

shadowsecret
Jun 28th, 2006, 02:47 PM
Not much of us could watch the match :o

at least she won yeah!! :bounce:

Porcupine
Jun 28th, 2006, 02:52 PM
at least she won yeah!! :bounce:
Right! :worship:

daniela86
Jun 28th, 2006, 04:09 PM
Grrrr I couldn't watch the match either :mad: but it's soo great to hear Masha played awesome :hearts: :worship: Huge congrats Masha :kiss: :rocker: and good luck against Ashley tomorrow :D She knows her very well, it should be an easy match as well :D :bounce: Davai!! :rocker: :cool: :rocker2:

FedExpress
Jun 28th, 2006, 04:25 PM
I couldn't see the match too but it's nice to hear that she was great outthere. Congrats Maria :)

Il Primo!
Jun 28th, 2006, 06:32 PM
Maria played UNBELIEVABLE!!Really I don't see anyone who can beat her but Venus!!She returned so well! OMFG I'm posting just for expressing my joy and my admiration! She was damm good :worship: :eek:

But the dress is not that hot,it's a pity!

UDACHi
Jun 28th, 2006, 06:42 PM
Good to hear Maria played great, as was expected. I predicted she'd only lose 2 games, and didn't even jinx her! Imagine that! :p

Her draw is so amazing. Me loves. :drool:

Il Primo!
Jun 28th, 2006, 06:49 PM
Good to hear Maria played great, as was expected. I predicted she'd only lose 2 games, and didn't even jinx her! Imagine that! :p

Her draw is so amazing. Me loves. :drool:

Yeah,it's definitely not Elena D who could make her some troubles ;)

FedExpress
Jun 28th, 2006, 07:01 PM
Yeah,it's definitely not Elena D who could make her some troubles ;)

You don't know Elena :lol: If Elena has a good day she can beat every player so don't write she off :p But of course I know that Maria will win this match ;)

johnoo
Jun 28th, 2006, 07:24 PM
and good luck against Ashley tomorrow :D She knows her very well, it should be an easy match as well :D :bounce: Davai!! :rocker: :cool: :rocker2:
is she playing tomorrow? if so its not on the show courts.
Robert Kendrick (USA)
vs Rafael Nadal (ESP)[2]



2 Ladies' Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Amelie Mauresmo (FRA)[1]
vs Samantha Stosur (AUS)



3 Gentlemen's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Andy Murray (GBR)
vs Julien Benneteau (FRA)







Court 1 1.00 pm Start

1 Gentlemen's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Andre Agassi (USA)[25]
vs Andreas Seppi (ITA)



2 Ladies' Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Lisa Raymond (USA)
vs Venus Williams (USA)[6]



3 Gentlemen's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)[6]
vs Hyung-Taik Lee (KOR)

msharafan
Jun 28th, 2006, 08:42 PM
yeah i was wondering the same thing! maria must be on court 2!!! god im in shock maria is at least court 1 material they are putting amelie on centre! and venus on 1!!! i think i know who draws more crowds!!! also well done by maria today that has to be the best volleying display ive ever seen from her! although with tougher competition the volleying doesnt get any easier!!! anyway im looking forward to tommorows match! wer in for a treat getting maria 2 days in a row!!! but just still waiting for the conformation that maria will be on court 2!

johnoo
Jun 28th, 2006, 09:04 PM
yeah i was wondering the same thing! maria must be on court 2!!! god im in shock maria is at least court 1 material they are putting amelie on centre! and venus on 1!!! i think i know who draws more crowds!!! also well done by maria today that has to be the best volleying display ive ever seen from her! although with tougher competition the volleying doesnt get any easier!!! anyway im looking forward to tommorows match! wer in for a treat getting maria 2 days in a row!!! but just still waiting for the conformation that maria will be on court 2!
she is
Court 2 12.00 noon Start

1 Ladies' Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Maria Sharapova (RUS)[4]
vs Ashley Harkleroad (USA)

Lillibet
Jun 28th, 2006, 09:14 PM
she is
Court 2 12.00 noon Start

1 Ladies' Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Maria Sharapova (RUS)[4]
vs Ashley Harkleroad (USA)

Court 2? That will make a change for Maria. I guess though, the defending champion and the number one should be on the show courts...!

johnoo
Jun 28th, 2006, 09:14 PM
so that means interactive again cause although bbc1 start at 12 they talk for half an hour then switch to bbc2 at 1pm. :rolleyes:

Andy.
Jun 28th, 2006, 11:27 PM
Court 2, boooo to that. O well its the battle of the blonde babes round 2 and on the same court as last time too. (thats what the britich press called it the last time they played at Wimbledon during the first round in 03).

meggz_star
Jun 29th, 2006, 12:48 AM
:(

Dan23
Jun 29th, 2006, 12:52 AM
Mauresmo had to play on Court 2 so fairs fair but I believe this is the first time since the early Rounds of Wimby 04 that Maria has played on any Court outside the 2 big main courts at any Slam. Crt 2 gives me more hope of being able to see it :cool:

morningglory
Jun 29th, 2006, 12:54 AM
chill, people :cool: the way Maria is playing right now, no "graveyard of champions" curse can touch her. She will win ;)

Porcupine
Jun 29th, 2006, 03:53 AM
Mission : break the Court No.2 Curse

Maria Croft
Jun 29th, 2006, 06:40 AM
At least she is on first and it starts an hour earlier, I'm happy with that :D

Good luck Maria!

furrykitten
Jun 29th, 2006, 07:29 AM
Come on Maria, beat her up :)

lakan kildap
Jun 29th, 2006, 09:48 AM
Mauresmo had to play on Court 2 so fairs fair but I believe this is the first time since the early Rounds of Wimby 04 that Maria has played on any Court outside the 2 big main courts at any Slam. Crt 2 gives me more hope of being able to see it :cool:

It's not fair Dan. Mauresmo can play all her matches in Court 2 and the curse still won't apply to her, being no former Wimbledon champion. (Good God, she could win this whole thing by playing in Court 2 exclusively! What an idea.) But Maria can be affected by the curse. All those images of Sampras looking like a boy lost in 2002 are haunting me.

(We are now officially into supernatural territory.)

furrykitten
Jun 29th, 2006, 10:33 AM
30 minutes or so to wait for Maria :)

iine:
Jun 29th, 2006, 10:40 AM
30 minutes or so to wait for Maria :)
:woohoo:

Can't wait for the match even though I won't be able to follow it live on TV. :( Stupid ES. :ras:

furrykitten
Jun 29th, 2006, 10:47 AM
:woohoo:

Can't wait for the match even though I won't be able to follow it live on TV. :( Stupid ES. :ras:

:( That sucks, sorry, I think Maria should do it, I fancy a 6-3 6-4 today.

waratahsrock
Jun 29th, 2006, 10:54 AM
Nearly time :D
Damn sky tv over here isnt showing any coverage until another 3 hours :o
forced me to buy that wimbledon live channel!

Munich
Jun 29th, 2006, 10:56 AM
OMG court 2 = graveyard of champions :scared::scared::scared::scared::scared::scared:
C'mon Maria :scared:

Dan23
Jun 29th, 2006, 11:04 AM
awwww Masha is on live today :woohoo:

Dan23
Jun 29th, 2006, 11:08 AM
Cmon Masha :rocker2:

shadowsecret
Jun 29th, 2006, 11:47 AM
maria first set 6-2.. :D good luck second set!

iine:
Jun 29th, 2006, 11:57 AM
:( That sucks, sorry, I think Maria should do it, I fancy a 6-3 6-4 today.
Yeah it really does! :(

Anyway, it's looking really good so far. :D

myxomatosis
Jun 29th, 2006, 12:19 PM
Argh, this last game is lasting forever!
Just close it out Maria! :lol:

myxomatosis
Jun 29th, 2006, 12:20 PM
And she just did, 62 62
Sweet :smoke:

iine:
Jun 29th, 2006, 12:22 PM
Finally! :lol:

Good match from Maria. Harkleroad didn't give her any trouble. :yeah:

shadowsecret
Jun 29th, 2006, 12:23 PM
yeah she won! 6-2 6-2 next stop frazier i think

Dan23
Jun 29th, 2006, 12:23 PM
great all court display Masha :clap2: :woohoo: :D :banana:
so nice to watch when shes flying like that...serve was superb until the end :lol:

Munich
Jun 29th, 2006, 12:24 PM
Good win :)
she played really well. I hope she could keep it up :yeah:
Go Maria :hug:

shadowsecret
Jun 29th, 2006, 12:25 PM
haha dan i know what you mean.. that last game was torturing i was hoping she gets it done and over with ASAP. haha but throughout the match she was playing superbly! :D

furrykitten
Jun 29th, 2006, 12:25 PM
Another brilliant display by Maria, so many winners on her forehand today!! :worship:

Maria Croft
Jun 29th, 2006, 12:28 PM
That was a flawless performance from Maria!
Amazing winners from both sides, and Ashley sure didnít play bad, in fact, she made Maria play that extra shot, and she did just that :yeah:

waratahsrock
Jun 29th, 2006, 12:28 PM
:worship: great stuff Maria! Another very good performance.
27 winners was an awesome effort :D

Steve-o
Jun 29th, 2006, 12:28 PM
Just so impressed with Maria today, great stuff :yeah:

27 winners
12 UE's

very good numbers :D

iine:
Jun 29th, 2006, 12:29 PM
Just so impressed with Maria today, great stuff :yeah:

27 winners
12 UE's

very good numbers :D
Damn, those stats are mighty fine! :D

Greenout
Jun 29th, 2006, 12:30 PM
haha dan i know what you mean.. that last game was torturing i was hoping she gets it done and over with ASAP. haha but throughout the match she was playing superbly! :D


:lol:

Wasn't that annoying? Harkleroad was doing nothing, and kept on getting DEUCE.

Harkleroad's game seems to be stuck in 2001. Maria had to generate all the pace on the shots, but stay focused and got on with it.

Good work today. :)

Maria Croft
Jun 29th, 2006, 12:33 PM
She actually hit an ace on one of her match points, but it was called out :rolleyes:

Dan23
Jun 29th, 2006, 12:38 PM
She actually hit an ace on one of her match points, but it was called out :rolleyes:
yea could see the chalk come up off the line :cool:

couldnt have asked more out of Masha so far :D

Teemu
Jun 29th, 2006, 12:42 PM
Congrats Masha! :)
Best of Luck for the next round!

shadowsecret
Jun 29th, 2006, 12:43 PM
:lol:

Wasn't that annoying? Harkleroad was doing nothing, and kept on getting DEUCE.

Harkleroad's game seems to be stuck in 2001. Maria had to generate all the pace on the shots, but stay focused and got on with it.

Good work today. :)

haha annoying esp when i thought she had finished it off with an ace.. but at least she didn't let that game slip :bounce:

Dan23
Jun 29th, 2006, 12:43 PM
nice avatar Steveo ;) :clap2:

morningglory
Jun 29th, 2006, 12:48 PM
another loose final game again, but she's through easily :cool:
she seriously should've taken one of the double match points...

Maria Croft
Jun 29th, 2006, 12:54 PM
Stats from today

http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d130/mariacroft/w062r-1.jpg

Andy.
Jun 29th, 2006, 12:55 PM
Im very happy with that Masha is playing really well and the stats are very very impressive winners to unforced error wise. Well done Masha good luck next round

waratahsrock
Jun 29th, 2006, 12:57 PM
13 of 15 Net approaches, brilliant stuff Maria :D

Dan23
Jun 29th, 2006, 12:57 PM
nice stats there....her net play was very solid :cool:

Andy.
Jun 29th, 2006, 12:58 PM
Yeah very good net stats indeed

~lollipop_girl~
Jun 29th, 2006, 01:08 PM
Going with the flow and saying:
Net stats :hearts: ;)

Congrats to Masha on a solid win but it seemed a little sloppy in parts based on the livescores only though!

meggz_star
Jun 29th, 2006, 01:12 PM
:banana:

Steve-o
Jun 29th, 2006, 01:13 PM
nice avatar Steveo ;) :clap2:Yes, very nice isn't it. I like your one ;)

Dan23
Jun 29th, 2006, 01:33 PM
Yes, very nice isn't it. I like your one ;)
:hatoff: ;)