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Fabunny
Jun 24th, 2006, 08:35 PM
Sharapova still smarting from loss to Venus
2005 Wimbledon semifinal setback hurt more than any other defeat
Updated: 3:08 p.m. ET June 24, 2006

LONDON - Maria Sharapova will be even more fired up than usual at this year’s Wimbledon.

The 19-year-old Russian, who won her first and so far only Grand slam title at Wimbledon in 2004, is still smarting from her 6-0, 7-6 semifinal loss to Venus Williams last year.

“The loss last year hurt more than any other loss in my career, honestly,” Sharapova said Saturday, two days before the start of the grass-court Grand Slam. :)
“I walked off the court and thought I’d tried to do everything possible to win but she was just better that day.

“That’s just how much this tournament means to me. I won it before and I think I can win it a second time.”

Sharapova suffered a surprise semifinal defeat at the Edgbaston warm-up event and has not reached a Grand Slam final since her shock Wimbledon triumph two years ago.

The fourth seed, who faces Anna Smashnova in the first round, is prepared to be patient.

“I’m not at the peak of my career,” she said. “I don’t feel I can dominate at 19 years old and win every single tournament. My body and mind are just not ready for that at this point.


“Sometimes I look back and wonder how I did win Wimbledon at 17 years old. I was just really fearless out there. I didn’t care who was on the other side of the net. I’ve got to keep doing that.

“Once I get out on court, my game will come into place and I’m looking forward to starting. It’s the biggest tournament of the year for me.”


Copyright 2006 Reuters Limited.

~Cherry*Blossom~
Jun 24th, 2006, 08:42 PM
shame they used the score Venus beat Mary Pierce with in the article :rolleyes:

LH2HBH
Jun 24th, 2006, 08:43 PM
Sharapova still smarting from loss to Venus
2005 Wimbledon semifinal setback hurt more than any other defeat

The 19-year-old Russian, who won her first and so far only Grand slam title at Wimbledon in 2004, is still smarting from her 6-0, 7-6 semifinal loss to Venus Williams last year.



the score was 7-6, 6-1 :retard:

cellophane
Jun 24th, 2006, 09:03 PM
I thought Maria could have done more in the 2nd set, to be honest.

VeeReeDavJCap81
Jun 24th, 2006, 09:04 PM
I thought Maria could have done more in the 2nd set, to be honest.

She had chances, but Venus was just too tough mentally by that point in the match.

Diesel
Jun 24th, 2006, 09:15 PM
I thought Maria could have done more in the 2nd set, to be honest.

Venus was too good that day. However I always felt Sharapova underestimated Venus and once she got down and realized how good Venus was and just how on she was, the realization and reality of the big occassion further got to her. Perhaps why it bothers her even more.

Talula
Jun 24th, 2006, 09:23 PM
Venus was too good that day. However I always felt Sharapova underestimated Venus and once she got down and realized how good Venus was and just how on she was, the realization and reality of the big occassion further got to her. Perhaps why it bothers her even more.
I agree, I think EVERYONE understimated Venus. Everyone forgot how/why Venus had lost the year before and had written her off. I wonder what wuld have happened had Venus won the Sprem match. But anyway, I still loved the moment Maria won, still a massive Maria fan, and still a massive Venus fan and hope the pair meet this year, and may the best player win!

LoveFifteen
Jun 24th, 2006, 09:41 PM
Venus was amazing during that match. She took my breath away. When Sharapova tried a drop shot in the second set, you could see she was at the end of her rope.

Corswandt
Jun 24th, 2006, 09:43 PM
Eight pages.

perseus2006
Jun 24th, 2006, 09:51 PM
Eight pages would be a bit much of this. Pova makes it clear that she wants this tournament and I hope she does really well. Win or lose, though, she is also clear she'll be back!

I'm hoping for the Semi shriekfest! Good luck to both Pova and Venus ... a little bit more luck for Pova though!

Libertango
Jun 24th, 2006, 09:53 PM
A great article. I'm starting to like Maria more and more, and I think its pretty cool that she can be open and honest about her disappointment at last years result. I think everyone was surprised by Venus' performance, and ocne that titanic first set was over, I think Maria ran out of gas and Venus swooped in for the kill. Venus was going to beat practically anyone that day. :worship:

If they meet this year, it'll be in the semis again, and I hope we can have a match just as high quailty! :yeah:

tennisIlove09
Jun 24th, 2006, 09:57 PM
She is really honest. I remember looking at Maria's face after the match, and she looked like she wanted to cry. I think she believed she was going to win Wimbledon again. Venus was just amazing that day. She got so many balls back that should have been winners. I hope they both reach the semis again and play another high quality match. Even though it was two sets, it was one of the best matches of the 2005 season, IMO.

hingis-seles
Jun 24th, 2006, 09:58 PM
That first set is one of the best sets of tennis played between two women. The level of play was just astounding. I was blown away.

Brooks.
Jun 24th, 2006, 10:01 PM
Honestly I've seen Venus play better :shrug:

She's just lucky she didn't have to play Venus or Serena back in 99-03'

davidmario
Jun 24th, 2006, 10:09 PM
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:devil:

oakkao
Jun 24th, 2006, 10:12 PM
I agree, I think EVERYONE understimated Venus. Everyone forgot how/why Venus had lost the year before and had written her off. I wonder what wuld have happened had Venus won the Sprem match. But anyway, I still loved the moment Maria won, still a massive Maria fan, and still a massive Venus fan and hope the pair meet this year, and may the best player win!
Negative. True Venus fans know that one a good day, she can beat anyone. Sharapova included :wavey:

LH2HBH
Jun 24th, 2006, 10:29 PM
I thought the first set of that match was thrilling. After that I think you could say Masha was 'stunned' so they say and just played numbly throughout the second set!

-VSR-
Jun 24th, 2006, 10:32 PM
Hope they meet again, it would be a great match.

UDACHi
Jun 24th, 2006, 10:56 PM
It doesn't say anything about her 'still' doing anything. It mentions how she was disappointed.

junlee_vee
Jun 24th, 2006, 11:19 PM
That first set is one of the best sets of tennis played between two women. The level of play was just astounding. I was blown away.

And that's why I'm glad I have the match on my computer! The first set is just.......... :bowdown:

Bounty Hunter
Jun 24th, 2006, 11:25 PM
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:devil:


:lol: :lol: :lol: Naughty!! :lol:



Anywho..... I think Maria should have get that little bit of information to herself... Never let your opponents know how you feel....

SAEKeithSerena
Jun 24th, 2006, 11:31 PM
maria:( it sucks that they might meet in the semi's, cause that would be my dream final with these two wonderful ladies. best of luck to both!

LUIS9
Jun 25th, 2006, 12:13 AM
Honestly I've seen Venus play better :shrug:

She's just lucky she didn't have to play Venus or Serena back in 99-03'

I would concur. That 6-3 6-3 would almost be inevitable.

No Name Face
Jun 25th, 2006, 12:21 AM
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:devil:

LMAO. :haha: :haha:

Il Primo!
Jun 25th, 2006, 12:24 AM
..Damm..So Venus really traumatised her..:shrug:

Lulu.
Jun 25th, 2006, 12:39 AM
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:devil:

:lol:

bis2806
Jun 25th, 2006, 12:40 AM
Jeez, get over it Maria :rolleyes:

Foot_Fault
Jun 25th, 2006, 12:49 AM
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:devil:

That was a bitter sweet moment for me, more sweet than bitter b/c Venus needed a Slam Win. However, I LOVE MY POVA!

Hopefully they meet again this year

cellophane
Jun 25th, 2006, 12:50 AM
Venus was too good that day. However I always felt Sharapova underestimated Venus and once she got down and realized how good Venus was and just how on she was, the realization and reality of the big occassion further got to her. Perhaps why it bothers her even more.

She was. Just saying Maria's level dropped in the 2nd set. She wasn't the same.

SvetaPleaseWin.
Jun 25th, 2006, 01:29 AM
i cant believe that her loss to venus hurt more than the double bagel against dav-OK so wimby is her favourite tourny but surely not winning a single game in a match is worse than 7-6 6-1, at least it was competitive

darrinbaker00
Jun 25th, 2006, 01:37 AM
That first set is one of the best sets of tennis played between two women. The level of play was just astounding. I was blown away.
The second set of Venus-Pierce, the first set of Venus-Sharapova and the third set of Venus-Davenport are the three best sets of women's tennis I have ever seen. Period. ;)

darrinbaker00
Jun 25th, 2006, 01:43 AM
i cant believe that her loss to venus hurt more than the double bagel against dav-OK so wimby is her favourite tourny but surely not winning a single game in a match is worse than 7-6 6-1, at least it was competitive
That's why it hurt so much. Getting double-bageled when you're playing poorly is one thing, but getting breadsticked when you're playing well enough to beat anyone else is much harder to swallow.

junlee_vee
Jun 25th, 2006, 03:44 AM
..Damm..So Venus really traumatised her..:shrug:

I guess so! :haha:

oakkao
Jun 25th, 2006, 03:47 AM
i cant believe that her loss to venus hurt more than the double bagel against dav-OK so wimby is her favourite tourny but surely not winning a single game in a match is worse than 7-6 6-1, at least it was competitive
There is a difference between being utterly embarrassed and hurt. :)

SAEKeithSerena
Jun 25th, 2006, 03:48 AM
LMAO. :haha: :haha:


i wasn't LMAO, i like both of them, but that had to be one hell of a hard loss for maria, but venus was obvi better that day. i hate maria haters:fiery:

iWill
Jun 25th, 2006, 03:52 AM
Venus was too good that day. However I always felt Sharapova underestimated Venus and once she got down and realized how good Venus was and just how on she was, the realization and reality of the big occassion further got to her. Perhaps why it bothers her even more.

I felt that same exact way too then when I heard one of the commentators say during the 2nd set that "Venus has put the same look on Maria's face that Maria put on Serena's last year" i felt like Serena had almost done the same thing in the 04 final and somewhat underestimate Maria.

vejh
Jun 25th, 2006, 03:53 AM
Most players actually prefer to be beaten by someone when they're playing their best tennis than lose playing below their standard. So I find it interesting that it is the opposite with Maria.

akosijepoy
Jun 25th, 2006, 04:18 AM
masha will win wimby again. hopefully after the WS retire!

madame_maria
Jun 25th, 2006, 04:39 AM
And that's why I'm glad I have the match on my computer! The first set is just.......... :bowdown:

omg do you know where i can download the match ???

megaupload just refuses to let me download.

no torrents on mininova.org i'm as traumatised as Maria :(

WonderfulLee
Jun 25th, 2006, 04:52 AM
yesterday, Starsports asia re-run this match as one of best wimbledon 2005 twice. i still remember when venus missed 1st matchpoint.....her face so funny!

franny
Jun 25th, 2006, 05:19 AM
Most players actually prefer to be beaten by someone when they're playing their best tennis than lose playing below their standard. So I find it interesting that it is the opposite with Maria.

It's not that Maria prefers to lose to someone who isn't playing their best. That's not the point here. I'm sure that if she had lost to a Venus who was playing badly, she'd feel even worst. It's that thsi tournament means a lot to her, and that's why it was the most devastating loss of her career. She went in as the favorite, as the number 2 seed, and as the defending champ. She had high hopes, and it was dashed. She's gonna come back to right that wrong.

Volcana
Jun 25th, 2006, 05:29 AM
From the perspective of getting more women's tennis where I actually get to SEE it, ie, on American TV, or some dependable internet streaming, tennis needs Maria Sharapova to at least approach the level the hype predicted for her. Not even having reached a final in the last seven slams have made her a non-factor in terms of increasing the coverage of women's tennis on American TV.

With Serena on 'hiatus', and Venus struggling, and Jennifer Capriati on undeclared retirement, it's no fucking TV coverage worth mentioning, outside of the slams.

junlee_vee
Jun 25th, 2006, 05:44 AM
omg do you know where i can download the match ???

megaupload just refuses to let me download.

no torrents on mininova.org i'm as traumatised as Maria :(

I got them out of a video thread on Venus' forum (if I remember correctly)...the links are megaupload. Do you want me to post them just in case they might work for you?

junlee_vee
Jun 25th, 2006, 05:45 AM
Oh...just noticed they were from the video thread on the gen. board! Anyway, just let me know if you want me to post them.

tennisrox
Jun 25th, 2006, 06:55 AM
“I’m not at the peak of my career,” she said. “I don’t feel I can dominate at 19 years old and win every single tournament. My body and mind are just not ready for that at this point.

She says this every year. She'll never peak at this rate.
Next thing you know, she'll be saying 'i'm only 27. I've still got time to dominate.' :p

Callystarr
Jun 25th, 2006, 07:04 AM
I just hope Venus holds up under the pressure, because she really has a lot on her shoulders, could you imagine the shockwaves on this forum if she lost anywhere before the SF's?

GO VEE!

junlee_vee
Jun 25th, 2006, 08:12 AM
I just hope Venus holds up under the pressure, because she really has a lot on her shoulders, could you imagine the shockwaves on this forum if she lost anywhere before the SF's?

GO VEE!

You already know the haters will be running rampant and roaming at the mouth!

jacobruiz
Jun 25th, 2006, 08:22 AM
You already know the haters will be running rampant and roaming at the mouth!

Like they are at Maria now? Venus can handle it. Maria already does.

Talula
Jun 25th, 2006, 08:40 AM
i cant believe that her loss to venus hurt more than the double bagel against dav-OK so wimby is her favourite tourny but surely not winning a single game in a match is worse than 7-6 6-1, at least it was competitive
The difference is that it was a Grand Slam, it meant she didn't defend her title, and it was much, much more public. The year she was the golden girl in her golden outfit, and most people had written Venus off.