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FedExpress
Aug 6th, 2006, 10:46 AM
[1] Maria Sharapova (RUS) vs. Bye
Melinda Czink (HUN) vs. Qualifier
Amy Frazier (USA) vs. Jill Craybas (USA)
[WC] Angela Haynes (USA) vs. [15] Marion Bartoli (FRA)

[9] Ai Augiyama (JPN) vs. Laura Granville (USA)
Mariana Diaz-Oliva (ARG) vs. Qualifier
Vania King (USA) vs. Qualifer
Bye vs. [15] Dinara Safina (RUS)

[3] Elena Dementieva (RUS) vs. Bye
Qualifier vs. Julia Schruff (GER)
Marta Domachowska (POL) vs. Paola Suarez (ARG)
Peng Shuai (CHN) vs. [14] Shahar Peer (ISR)

[12] Katarina Srebotnik (SLO) vs. Anna Chakvetadze (RUS)
Hana Sromova (CZE) vs. Alona Bondarenko (UKR)
Kveta Peschke (CZE) vs. [WC] Bethanie Mattek (USA)
Bye vs. [8] Flavia Pennetta (ITA)

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[6] Anna Lena Groenefeld (GER) vs. Bye
Nathalie Dechy (FRA) vs. Akiko Morigami (JPN)
Mara Santangelo (ITA) vs. Qualifier
Vera Dushevina (RUS) vs. [10] Ana Ivanovic (SCG)

[16] Jelena Jankovic (SCG) vs. Sania Mirza (IND)
Lucie Safarova (CZE) vs. Jelena Kostanic (CRO)
Qualifier vs. Samantha Stosur (AUS)
Bye vs. [4] Lindsay Davenport (USA)

[7] Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) vs. Bye
Virginie Razzano (FRA) vs. Lisa Raymond (USA)
Qualifier vs. Ashley Harkleroad (USA)
[WC] Serena Williams (USA) vs. [11] Maria Kirilenko (RUS)

[13] Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) vs. Meghann Shaughnessy (USA)
Qualifier vs. Elena Vesnina (RUS)
Virginia Ruano-Pascual (ESP) vs. Sybille Bammer (AUT)
Bye vs. [2] Nadia Petrova (RUS)

FedExpress
Aug 6th, 2006, 11:09 AM
Maria made the quarterfinals last year (49 points to defend). She was forced to withdraw against Hantuchova because of an injury (right pectoralis muscle strain - chest muscle). I think she can do it better this year when she keeps her impressive form. Good luck :)

iine:
Aug 6th, 2006, 12:20 PM
Maria has a pretty decent draw. I see her advancing into the finals here.;)

The_Pov
Aug 6th, 2006, 01:43 PM
Hopfully she'll do well here.

Sweep
Aug 6th, 2006, 04:05 PM
Maria has a very good chance here. Should the tournament progress how it's expected, Sugiyama/Safina and then Dementieva/Pennetta should provide a tough test. There are some tough players in her section of the draw but I have every confidence in Maria, she should better her last performance here.

TennisPlayingFox
Aug 6th, 2006, 06:14 PM
A pretty good draw for Maria! Good luck Masha!

furrykitten
Aug 6th, 2006, 07:45 PM
Good draw for Maria S :) shame about the one for Maria Kirilenko :sad:

Andy.
Aug 6th, 2006, 10:51 PM
Pretty good draw Maria seems to be growing in confidence and play this week so i believe that there is no one here that should really bother Maria if she continues to play well.

myxomatosis
Aug 7th, 2006, 12:21 AM
Pretty good draw Maria seems to be growing in confidence and play this week so i believe that there is no one here that should really bother Maria if she continues to play well.Well she certainly has the momentum going after San Diego :D

Maria Croft
Aug 7th, 2006, 02:59 AM
LA could be very interesting now that she just won San Diego :D
She has a good draw here, so getting deep in the draw shouldn't be a problem.
Let's hope for another great week :yeah:

morningglory
Aug 7th, 2006, 03:45 AM
this is certainly a notch or two weaker than SD :)
Only Dinara, whom Maria has made 2 infamous chokes to in the past :o poses an early challenge, but she's not in form right now and Maria is, so I see no problems there :)
then Elena D whom Maria should outserve then Nadia who's making a comeback.
The way I see it she's definitely the fave to win this one. :)

morningglory
Aug 7th, 2006, 03:46 AM
AIEEE Makiri draws Serena :o :banghead: didn't see that :o
DANG another probable 1st round exit :(

MaitaBaby
Aug 7th, 2006, 06:02 AM
This one is definitely easier than San Diego. I wanna see her and Serena play again though.

Teemu
Aug 7th, 2006, 07:05 AM
Best of Luck Maria! :)

Munich
Aug 7th, 2006, 07:29 AM
Nothing to complain about Maria's draw. She should go all the way here ;)
Allez Masha :hug: :smooch:

pimpie
Aug 7th, 2006, 09:30 AM
If maria can get into the finals there's a big chance she will win

Steve-o
Aug 7th, 2006, 09:31 AM
Looking at the draw, no reason why Maria can't take back-to-back titles. :cool:

Andy.
Aug 7th, 2006, 11:01 AM
Looking at the draw, no reason why Maria can't take back-to-back titles. :cool:
Exactly she is the big fav and its her title to win or lose IMO.

msharafan
Aug 7th, 2006, 01:26 PM
ok now that masha has won san diego! :) we can move on to la! hopefully if everything goes to plan she will win back to back titles! :) and if she wins la she will be beating kim casue kim won last week in a tier 2 event so if masha wins la she will be ahead casue she won yesterday and so if maria does better or the same as kim in montreal shell have won the us open series! :) im so happy! so good luck masha i know you can win this tournie! and hopefully well be getting sweet revenge on safina! :)

MaitaBaby
Aug 7th, 2006, 04:50 PM
Looking at the draw, no reason why Maria can't take back-to-back titles. :cool:

Oh yes, for sure! :D

Sweep
Aug 7th, 2006, 07:39 PM
Good luck Maria! Take your San Diego form with you and let's go for two titles in a row!

msharafan
Aug 8th, 2006, 01:13 PM
yeah maria plays rodinova or somone with a similar name! lol her match is on wednsday! im looking forward to this a lot if maria can win here she has a great chance at winning the us open series! :)

Dan23
Aug 8th, 2006, 01:55 PM
Nastya Rodionova?? Another fiery Russian :cool: that will be interesting

msharafan
Aug 8th, 2006, 04:47 PM
yeah thats her! lol yeh it will be tough but masha should cream through! :)

myxomatosis
Aug 8th, 2006, 09:03 PM
Good luck tomorrow Maria! :D

morningglory
Aug 9th, 2006, 01:22 AM
let's start out strong Maria! :armed:

meggz_star
Aug 9th, 2006, 02:33 AM
Best of luck to Maria:D

morningglory
Aug 9th, 2006, 02:36 AM
Maria is the 7.00 PM night match tomorrow :)

MaitaBaby
Aug 9th, 2006, 03:17 AM
Is it going to be shown on TV in the US?

Steve-o
Aug 9th, 2006, 11:30 AM
Is it going to be shown on TV in the US?

http://www.usopenseries.com/tv_schedule/custom.sps?itype=6694&icustompageid=18218 :p

FedExpress
Aug 9th, 2006, 11:35 AM
Good luck Maria :)

Doc
Aug 9th, 2006, 12:50 PM
Good luck Maria :)

Seconded! :) :)

furrykitten
Aug 9th, 2006, 01:25 PM
Come on Maria!! :bounce:

Ksenia.
Aug 9th, 2006, 01:31 PM
Best luck Masha! :bigclap:

Andy.
Aug 9th, 2006, 01:36 PM
Good luck tonight Masha

Dan23
Aug 9th, 2006, 01:48 PM
go Maria :clap2: :yeah:

Maria Croft
Aug 9th, 2006, 02:43 PM
Good luck Maria!

The_Pov
Aug 9th, 2006, 03:17 PM
Good Luck Maria

furrykitten
Aug 9th, 2006, 03:53 PM
What time we talking GMT then?

iine:
Aug 9th, 2006, 03:56 PM
What time we talking GMT then?
It'll be 3 o'clock in the morning your time. ;)

furrykitten
Aug 9th, 2006, 04:09 PM
It'll be 3 o'clock in the morning your time. ;)

Thanks, well I get up at 4:45am in the morning, it will be over then! :(

MaitaBaby
Aug 9th, 2006, 06:27 PM
http://www.usopenseries.com/tv_schedule/custom.sps?itype=6694&icustompageid=18218 :p

Thanks! They won't show til Friday :(

morningglory
Aug 10th, 2006, 01:29 AM
time to rock angel! :armed:

Porcupine
Aug 10th, 2006, 02:13 AM
Good luck Maria!

MaitaBaby
Aug 10th, 2006, 03:11 AM
Woohhoooo :)

Porcupine
Aug 10th, 2006, 03:13 AM
Maria df A.Rodionova 6-3 6-1.
Some stats:
Ace(s) : 6
1st serve : 32/45 (71%)
Points won on 1st serve : 23/32 (72%)
" 2nd " : 9/13 (69%)
DF : 2

Dan23
Aug 10th, 2006, 03:15 AM
Nice win Masha...she wore the same black outfit as the 1st Round last week :cool:

morningglory
Aug 10th, 2006, 03:16 AM
would've love to see evenmore aces and less DF's tho :cool:
and some more winning on 1st serves but I'll take it

Dan23
Aug 10th, 2006, 03:17 AM
Its funny how Maria gets down an early break in these matches and it seems to really kick her into action and then she pwns for the rest of the match :D

Dan23
Aug 10th, 2006, 03:21 AM
*illegal photo* :secret: :p

http://img100.imageshack.us/img100/1391/71618714zl8.jpg

shadowsecret
Aug 10th, 2006, 03:29 AM
haha dan :tape:

congrats maria!! :bounce:

Porcupine
Aug 10th, 2006, 03:30 AM
Anyone want a MashaBellyButton avatar? :p

shadowsecret
Aug 10th, 2006, 03:36 AM
Stadium (from 11.00hrs)

1. Granville vs. Safina
2. Dementieva vs. Peer
3. Sharapova vs. Bartoli
4. Groenefeld vs. Ivanovic
5. Hantuchova vs. S.Williams (NB 19.00hrs)
6. Husarova/Peschke vs. Black/Stubbs

Dan23
Aug 10th, 2006, 03:38 AM
Anyone want a MashaBellyButton avatar? :p
:wavey: :hearts: ;)

MaitaBaby
Aug 10th, 2006, 03:51 AM
no red visor? tsk tsk

Porcupine
Aug 10th, 2006, 03:56 AM
:wavey: :hearts: ;)
Thought you had loads like that :lol:

http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i32/MaratMaria/0.jpg
:cool:

Dan23
Aug 10th, 2006, 04:34 AM
haha i have a few....Maria has a very nice belly :lol:

Andy.
Aug 10th, 2006, 04:55 AM
Thats an impressive start to the tournament for Masha, the shorter her matches can be the better.

Maria Croft
Aug 10th, 2006, 06:21 AM
Very good start to the tournament :yeah:

lakan kildap
Aug 10th, 2006, 08:27 AM
Nice win Masha...she wore the same black outfit as the 1st Round last week :cool:

let's just hope she washed it :)

Munich
Aug 10th, 2006, 08:31 AM
Good start :hearts:
Bartoli shouldn't be a problem :cool:

Porcupine
Aug 10th, 2006, 08:51 AM
let's just hope she washed it :)
You say just like my big sis :lol:

Steve-o
Aug 10th, 2006, 09:40 AM
Nice start Maria :clap2:

Teemu
Aug 10th, 2006, 09:49 AM
Good win Masha. :)
Best of Luck for the next round!

Ksenia.
Aug 10th, 2006, 10:43 AM
Good start :)
Best luck Masha :bigclap:

FedExpress
Aug 10th, 2006, 10:51 AM
Well done Maria and good luck for the next round :D

iine:
Aug 10th, 2006, 11:02 AM
Great job, Maria. Keep it up. :yeah:

msharafan
Aug 10th, 2006, 11:11 AM
anyone know when and if marias ranking is going to start to improve she just won a tier 1 event and is #5 in the year to dat rankings and #4 in the rankings. anyone know wen shell be moving up tp #4 or #3 respectively and what shell have to do ie maybe win LA!

The_Pov
Aug 10th, 2006, 11:39 AM
anyone know when and if marias ranking is going to start to improve she just won a tier 1 event and is #5 in the year to dat rankings and #4 in the rankings. anyone know wen shell be moving up tp #4 or #3 respectively and what shell have to do ie maybe win LA!

In the year to date rankings she's 3rd and she's about 400 points away from Amelie Mauresmo (she over took Kim on Monday). In the actual rankings she's 4th and is just under 400 points away from Justine

Maria Croft
Aug 10th, 2006, 12:11 PM
Good luck today Maria!

Andy.
Aug 10th, 2006, 12:17 PM
Good luck against Bartoli Masha

morningglory
Aug 10th, 2006, 12:53 PM
all right! let's make this a breeze! :armed:
If she wins I won't be able to watch Maria VS Dinara as I'll be somewhere above the Pacific ocean at that point and probably won't get internet access til Sunday afternoon, Dallas time :( and by that time I expect Maria to be holding the trophy in LA ;) So good luck for the rest of the tourney angel! :armed:

Time for me to be goin' back to college again ;)

MaitaBaby
Aug 10th, 2006, 07:02 PM
Good luck Maria!!!!

furrykitten
Aug 10th, 2006, 09:03 PM
Come on Maria, hammer Bartoli! :hug:

msharafan
Aug 10th, 2006, 09:11 PM
:wavey: In the year to date rankings she's 3rd and she's about 400 points away from Amelie Mauresmo (she over took Kim on Monday). In the actual rankings she's 4th and is just under 400 points away from Justine


thanks for that bit of info! :) :worship:

oh and good look maria against bartoli i know you can win this! :bounce: :worship:

myxomatosis
Aug 10th, 2006, 09:14 PM
all right! let's make this a breeze! :armed:
If she wins I won't be able to watch Maria VS Dinara as I'll be somewhere above the Pacific ocean at that point and probably won't get internet access til Sunday afternoon, Dallas time :( and by that time I expect Maria to be holding the trophy in LA ;) So good luck for the rest of the tourney angel! :armed:

Time for me to be goin' back to college again ;)So are you on your way to Dallas then, or from it? :p

Go Maria! :D

msharafan
Aug 10th, 2006, 10:07 PM
maria already has an early break! 2-1 masha serving! :)

Ksenia.
Aug 10th, 2006, 10:27 PM
first set 6-1, in 26 minutes, seems the game is easy. Good luck in 2nd set ;)

msharafan
Aug 10th, 2006, 10:55 PM
marias now 3-2 up after being a break down! :) c'mon masha finishe her off! :)

Ksenia.
Aug 10th, 2006, 11:12 PM
6-1 6-2! :bigclap:

Andy.
Aug 10th, 2006, 11:13 PM
excelent that what i like to see a demolition job. Wooo Hooo well done Masha

Teemu
Aug 10th, 2006, 11:15 PM
:kiss:
Best of Luck for the Quarterfinal, Maria!

Steve-o
Aug 10th, 2006, 11:19 PM
Well done Maria :clap2: Next round against Safina should be a bit tougher but Maria is looking formidable atm... :D

msharafan
Aug 10th, 2006, 11:20 PM
hooray masha i think the match was tougher than the score suggested a lot of games went to deuce but masha pulled most of them out! now we can get sweet revevnge against safina! :) any pics i wonfer whether she won the white or black top??? lol

waratahsrock
Aug 10th, 2006, 11:32 PM
Vamos Masha :D another excellent win. Good luck against Safina

vamosmasha
Aug 10th, 2006, 11:43 PM
Ole Well Done Masha!
Go Go Go

myxomatosis
Aug 10th, 2006, 11:51 PM
Another awesome win!
Too bad she's going to have to take out Dinara now :sad:

Dan23
Aug 10th, 2006, 11:56 PM
great stuff Maria :clap2: :D

jacobruiz
Aug 11th, 2006, 12:10 AM
Keep it up, Masha!:worship: No offense, Dinara but I'm hoping Maria DESTROYS you tomorrow!!

Munich
Aug 11th, 2006, 12:54 AM
Now take out Safina Masha :bounce: :hug:

morningglory
Aug 11th, 2006, 01:19 AM
So are you on your way to Dallas then, or from it? :p

Go Maria! :D
going to Dallas ;) 20 hours+ from Bangkok, where I've been visiting my family for the summer :)

myxomatosis
Aug 11th, 2006, 04:01 AM
going to Dallas ;) 20 hours+ from Bangkok, where I've been visiting my family for the summer :)So you live in Dallas then? Or just go to school there?

Also, go Maria! ;)

Porcupine
Aug 11th, 2006, 05:23 AM
Now take out Safina Masha :bounce: :hug:
You know what, whenever Marat goes seeing Dinara plays against Maria, Maria loses.(Moscow and Paris). I love Marat, but this time he shouldn't go there rooting for his sister :angel:

Maria Croft
Aug 11th, 2006, 08:08 AM
Another great win from Maria :yeah:

Maria Croft
Aug 11th, 2006, 08:10 AM
I now really hopes she kicks Safina’s ass! I have nothing against Safina but Maria’s last two matches against her are both in my top 3 of worst losses in her career. It’s time she gets some revenge!

Dan23
Aug 11th, 2006, 08:13 AM
I now really hopes she kicks Safina’s ass! I have nothing against Safina but Maria’s last two matches against her are both in my top 3 of worst losses in her career. It’s time she gets some revenge!
I agree...Maria also said she was keen to not give anything away to Dinara either :cool:

good luck Maria :yeah:

myxomatosis
Aug 11th, 2006, 08:24 AM
I now really hopes she kicks Safina’s ass! I have nothing against Safina but Maria’s last two matches against her are both in my top 3 of worst losses in her career. It’s time she gets some revenge!Well....I wouldn't mind if Maria let Dinara have a few games ;)

msharafan
Aug 11th, 2006, 08:31 AM
yeh its time for the real maria sharapova to show up and this time injury free! i have this image in my head. it goes like this after safina beat maria at the french she was like well from 5-1 down i played my game as if to say when i played my best i oculd win when this was a whole load of rubbish maria let go of her concentration and lost a couple of games had no match practice and got tight, it was clear in the second and start of the 3rd that when maria stepped it up she was too good! and my image is that when maria wins shr can just be like real cool and say i just played my game! lol :) now wouldnt that just be so hilarious and hofully safina would see it too! lol revenge will be sweet! :)

msharafan
Aug 11th, 2006, 08:45 AM
Sharapova, the top seed who is coming off a title last week in Carlsbad, extended her winning streak to seven matches. She had 38 winners to Bartoli's six in the match that lasted barely more than an hour under a hot sun.

"Why would I want to make it any longer than I have to?" Sharapova said. "I practice in Florida a lot of the time, I know what the heat is like, but do I like it? Not necessarily."

Sharapova committed 20 errors, but she broke the 15th-seeded Bartoli six times while losing her serve once.

Sharapova next plays fifth-seeded Dinara Safina of Russia on Friday. The two met in the fourth round at this year's French Open, with Safina winning in three sets.

"I don't feel like I have any more Christmas presents in my suitcase, so I hope I don't give any away tomorrow," Sharapova said. "I've lost to her the last two times and they were both very tough matches. Tomorrow is a new day and hopefully a new result, my way."

thats from an aticle i read! lol i love the bit about the christmas presents! lol that is sooo funny! lol :) i hope maria doesnt get too tired though! :(

FedExpress
Aug 11th, 2006, 09:51 AM
Stadium (from 12.00hrs)

1. S.Williams vs. Shaughnessy
2. Ivanovic vs. Jankovic
3. Dementieva vs. Mattek
4. Hantuchova/Sugiyama vs. Ivanovic/Kirilenko
5. Sharapova vs. Safina (NB 19.00hrs)
6. Dementieva/Pennetta vs. Ruano Pascual/Suárez

msharafan
Aug 11th, 2006, 10:27 AM
thansk for the schedule looks like i can watch the live scores after all! :)

Maria Croft
Aug 11th, 2006, 11:48 AM
Good luck tonight Maria!

furrykitten
Aug 11th, 2006, 12:15 PM
Good Luck Maria :bounce:

msharafan
Aug 11th, 2006, 01:11 PM
good luck masha get youre sweet revenge! :)

FedExpress
Aug 11th, 2006, 01:46 PM
Good luck Maria :)

-Makiri-
Aug 11th, 2006, 01:55 PM
Good luck Masha!

Andy.
Aug 11th, 2006, 02:03 PM
Good luck today Masha, its revenge time.

xan
Aug 11th, 2006, 03:38 PM
Good luck today Masha, its revenge time.

Ditto

MaitaBaby
Aug 11th, 2006, 04:17 PM
Good luck Maria!!!!! It's revenge time! Do it like you did Kimmie ;)

morningglory
Aug 11th, 2006, 04:28 PM
I'm at the airport right now and as I'm typing I'm 15 minutes away from boarding...
Just wanna say good luck, Maria, and I won't be able to live-score you anymore til the day you lift the LA trophy... so good luck, and best wishes! Let's rock, angel! :armed:

P.S pls don't choke against Dinara twice, Maria :o

morningglory
Aug 11th, 2006, 04:30 PM
So you live in Dallas then? Or just go to school there?

Also, go Maria! ;)
I go to Baylor :)
Anyways cya'll :wavey:
I'll be in touch around Sunday afternoon in Dallas at the latest :)

My plane is soon gonna board

Teemu
Aug 11th, 2006, 11:32 PM
"The waiting is the hardest part." :p

gsm
Aug 12th, 2006, 02:13 AM
"The waiting is the hardest part." :p
your not kidding!!! :lol:

cmon masha, ruin her! :)

its payback time!!! :dance:

vamosmasha
Aug 12th, 2006, 02:13 AM
C'mon Maria.

Teemu
Aug 12th, 2006, 03:55 AM
She really is playing well. :)
Best of Luck for the Semifinal, Maria!

msharafan
Aug 12th, 2006, 04:11 AM
maria won 6-2 6-4! well done masha! sweet revenge! :) maria was up 5-3 in the 2nd set but safina held and maria went down 15-40 on her serve but came back to win the game and the match! im so prod of you masha! and no christmas presents! lol! i didnt see the match but from what i heard only litlle bits she played well! :) good lcuck against elena who hit 14 df today and o aces! and she also took 3 sets to beat matteck!

waratahsrock
Aug 12th, 2006, 04:34 AM
:D Nice win Maria!
Good luck in the nxt round :yeah:

Maria Croft
Aug 12th, 2006, 06:40 AM
Yay! She did it! Finally got her revenge against Safina!

Well done Maria :bounce:

johnoo
Aug 12th, 2006, 08:26 AM
so maria is the late match again,its on ES2 but 3-30 am in the morning so I won't be watching but will capture it.

MaitaBaby
Aug 12th, 2006, 08:41 AM
yay for not choking masha!!!! good luck in the SFs tomorrow!!!!

FedExpress
Aug 12th, 2006, 08:59 AM
Well done Maria! Sweet revenge in straight sets :woohoo:
Keep grunting against Elena :devil:
Kate wasn't right :ras:

Steve-o
Aug 12th, 2006, 09:57 AM
Well done Maria :D No presents this time :cool:

Ksenia.
Aug 12th, 2006, 10:54 AM
Well done!
Good luck against Lena.

myxomatosis
Aug 12th, 2006, 11:23 AM
Yeah Maria! :yeah:

FedExpress
Aug 12th, 2006, 11:40 AM
Stadium (from 13.00hrs)

1. Sharapova vs. Dementieva
2. Ruano Pascual/Suárez vs. Husarova/Peschke
3. Jankovic vs. S.Williams (NB 19.00hrs)
4. Morariu/Petrova vs. Hantuchova/Sugiyama

johnoo
Aug 12th, 2006, 11:50 AM
Stadium (from 13.00hrs)

1. Sharapova vs. Dementieva
2. Ruano Pascual/Suárez vs. Husarova/Peschke
3. Jankovic vs. S.Williams (NB 19.00hrs)
4. Morariu/Petrova vs. Hantuchova/Sugiyama
ok sorry got my timings wrong for marias match,its on ES2 at 9pm tonight :D

Doc
Aug 12th, 2006, 11:54 AM
Good revenge win, Maria.


Sharapova makes win look too easy
http://www.whittierdailynews.com/sports/ci_4172511






CARSON - Facing an old nemesis and the fifth seed did nothing to slow Maria Sharapova's roll through the JPMorgan Chase Open.

Sharapova remained perfect in sets on the week with a 6-2, 6-4 win over fellow Russian Dinara Safina on Friday at Home Depot Center.

The top seed, ranked fourth in the world, is in the semifinals for the ninth time in 10 tournaments played this year.

Including her championship in San Diego, she's won eight consecutive matches.

She advances to face another compatriot, Elena Dementieva, tonight at 7. Dementieva came back from a set down to beat Bethanie Mattek, 4-6, 6-1, 6-1.

The only time Sharapova hasn't reached the semis was a fourth-round loss to Safina at the French Open. Safina has won their last two matches, though, with the win, Sharapova now leads the series, 3-2.

It appeared the players were going to swap breaks in the early going. Sharapova broke in the third game, lost her serve in the fourth and broke again in the fifth. She trailed 40-0 in the sixth game before coming back to deuce. An ace up the middle to take the game prompted Sharapova to pump her fist and shout "Come on!"

Sharapova dominated the rest of the set, taking a short ball off the netcord and punishing it with a cross-court forehand winner to finish off the set.


The second set was the first challenge Sharapova has faced in the tournament. She broke to lead 4-3 on a backhand cross-court winner. However, serving for the match at 5-4, Sharapova fell behind 40-15. She forced deuce and closed it out with consecutive service winners.

iine:
Aug 12th, 2006, 01:55 PM
Great job, Maria!:clap2: Good luck against Elena.:yeah:

Maria Croft
Aug 12th, 2006, 03:18 PM
Good luck Maria! Another final is waiting :bounce:

msharafan
Aug 12th, 2006, 03:21 PM
good luck tonight masha! i know you can do it! :)

furrykitten
Aug 12th, 2006, 05:18 PM
Great win last night, I hope Maria can beat Elena!! :bounce: :hug:

myxomatosis
Aug 12th, 2006, 09:32 PM
Things aren't looking too good right now against Elena... :unsure:
Come on Maria, turn it around!

myxomatosis
Aug 12th, 2006, 09:57 PM
After beating Kim at the Acura, this is a pretty discouraging loss to Elena.
5-7, 2-6

Teemu
Aug 12th, 2006, 10:00 PM
Whaah? She hit more double faults than Elena.
Oh well, can't win 'em all. Atleast one more day rest before heading to Montreal.
The loss today doesn't take away the fact that she's been playing brilliantly lately and hopefully can keep it up all the way through US Open.

Ksenia.
Aug 12th, 2006, 10:08 PM
:sad:
Well, maybe she is just tired.
Good luck in Montreal.

Steve-o
Aug 12th, 2006, 10:16 PM
:eek: I'm a bit shocked at how awful Maria played today. U know, she had been playing so well recently and I just wasn't expecting a performance like that. She looked flat and a bit disinterested at times, maybe she was a little fatigued :shrug:

msharafan
Aug 12th, 2006, 10:20 PM
really maria played a shocker of a match a bit like in the miami final this year, maybe it was fatigue i dunno but she could do with a rest, but she still showed some fight and heart at the end saving some of the match points so well! she seemed mentally not to be there at all like she was erving and volleying and practicing drop shots???

iine:
Aug 12th, 2006, 10:22 PM
I'm shocked too. I certainly didn't expect this. :sad:
Gotta luck forward for Montreal now...

akosiirwyn
Aug 12th, 2006, 10:30 PM
It's definitely unexpected. But she had 2 great weeks in a row, hopefully a third one in Montreal.

Andy.
Aug 12th, 2006, 11:11 PM
Masha has played a lot of tennis in the last few weeks so eventually it had to catch up on her and plus Elena D is a great player and can beat anyone when she is on. Im not too dissapointed with this.

Dan23
Aug 13th, 2006, 01:01 AM
I was wondering if Maria would start to tire at all :( How many matches was that now in 2 weeks? 9...ah well, a title and a SF in 2 weeks is really good

WC6320
Aug 13th, 2006, 01:04 AM
Yeh, a great effort by Maria over the past 2 weeks. She had to lose soon, she's not invincible. Good luck in Montreal, although now it looks unlikely that she will play :sad:

Maria Croft
Aug 13th, 2006, 06:05 AM
Sorry, but 9 matches, all in two sets isn't that much, I'm a little disappointed by the fact that her fitness isn't so good.

johnoo
Aug 13th, 2006, 08:26 AM
Sorry, but 9 matches, all in two sets isn't that much, I'm a little disappointed by the fact that her fitness isn't so good.
totally agree,this is almost the same as playing a grandslam(2 weeks) and we wonder why she keeps getting beat in a semi,her fitness is still lacking,although I don't think it was all down to fitness,how fit do you have to be to get a serve in?,this was just a lazy performance and I have to say this was a bad advert for wta tennis cause the match was a shocker.

Dan23
Aug 13th, 2006, 09:54 AM
It was pretty warm for most of them, plus she had been training. Maria was right in her interview when she said that in the past she would have struggled to even get to 9 in that short time. 9 in 12 or 13 days is pretty hectic especially with her full on style. Its been a step up in her fitness at least.

Steve-o
Aug 13th, 2006, 10:06 AM
I'm dissappointed, Maria is in good form and had some real momentum going and it's a shame it had to stop because of lack of fitness.

I suppose she hasn't played a lot this year to build up her stamina, I don't know if that's fair comment tbh...

johnoo
Aug 13th, 2006, 10:42 AM
especially with her full on style.
well Clijsters said after acura final when she was not playing well she played smart and did'nt go for broke on her shots,this did'nt happen especially in the 2nd set where it seemed she resorted back to hitting the ball harder and harder instead of as she had been constructing the points and waiting for the right shot,I realise she was tired but the serve was terrible and she's ended on a low instead of the high she was on.

Teemu
Aug 13th, 2006, 10:44 AM
Her fitness is still a bit of a problem, but she's improving. She's been working very hard for it and I doubt it will a problem for her in slams anymore. Especially when you get a day off between matches, which she didn't get much here.
With the very limited experience that I have of competitive sports, I can still say that it's really tough to battle your opponent as well as your own fatigue. Sometimes you can't do anything right. One is free to feel disappointed, but I'm happy with the effort she put in these two weeks. I hoped for atleast one tournament win during the way to US Open, and she delivered that with style.

Teemu
Aug 13th, 2006, 10:46 AM
well Clijsters said after acura final when she was not playing well she played smart and did'nt go for broke on her shots,this did'nt happen especially in the 2nd set where it seemed she resorted back to hitting the ball harder and harder instead of as she had been constructing the points and waiting for the right shot,I realise she was tired but the serve was terrible and she's ended on a low instead of the high she was on.


Maybe she ended the run with a loss (and yes, it was pretty terrible play from her). But if you look at her performance as a whole I think she'll feel pretty confident going to the US Open. And with good reason too.

Dan23
Aug 13th, 2006, 10:47 AM
full on as in giving each point her all. when she gets tired its easier to try and hit winners to avoid having to keep running...but its not new for a lack of fitness to cause Maria to play poorly at times, I just think shes getting a bit better in that area.

johnoo
Aug 13th, 2006, 12:49 PM
full on as in giving each point her all. when she gets tired its easier to try and hit winners to avoid having to keep running...but its not new for a lack of fitness to cause Maria to play poorly at times, I just think shes getting a bit better in that area.
maybe but the serve was just so poor,she seems to be having major problems holding serve and not only in this game,if she had served better she could have probaley even have won because I thought both players were poor,a armchair sports viewer flicking over channels who caught this match would have been shocked to find that they were watching elite players thats how bad it was.

xan
Aug 13th, 2006, 12:57 PM
Her fitness is still a bit of a problem, but she's improving. She's been working very hard for it and I doubt it will a problem for her in slams anymore. Especially when you get a day off between matches, which she didn't get much here.
With the very limited experience that I have of competitive sports, I can still say that it's really tough to battle your opponent as well as your own fatigue. Sometimes you can't do anything right. One is free to feel disappointed, but I'm happy with the effort she put in these two weeks. I hoped for atleast one tournament win during the way to US Open, and she delivered that with style.

Good points. Still a shocker that Maria lost.

I thought it was silly scheduling to have three big tournaments in successive weeks. She should have missed out Los Angeles, taken a weeks break and then done Montreal. As it was, she had nine matches in less than 14 days.

Anyway come back stronger, Maria. Sad not to be seeing her in Canadian Open

johnoo
Aug 13th, 2006, 01:41 PM
just to add I'm not dissapointed that maria lost or the effort she had put in but just the quality of the match,it was horrible I've seen better junior matches,not a good advert for women's tennis.

furrykitten
Aug 13th, 2006, 06:31 PM
Maria has done well over her last 2 tournaments, a wi and a semi isn;t to bad at all, well done Maria :hug:

morningglory
Aug 13th, 2006, 09:02 PM
ah well too bad... :( anyway I'm safe and aound yall :wavey: gonna move into my dorm soon :) just wanted to let you know

Maria Croft
Aug 14th, 2006, 05:59 AM
It was pretty warm for most of them, plus she had been training. Maria was right in her interview when she said that in the past she would have struggled to even get to 9 in that short time. 9 in 12 or 13 days is pretty hectic especially with her full on style. Its been a step up in her fitness at least.

I agree, but why enter 3 tournaments in 3 weeks when you know you can't play so many matches in such a short time? And she entered these 3 last year as well.

Dan23
Aug 14th, 2006, 06:19 AM
I agree, but why enter 3 tournaments in 3 weeks when you know you can't play so many matches in such a short time? And she entered these 3 last year as well.
It gives her options...plus she'd be under pressure to commit to and play as many tournaments as possible

Munich
Aug 14th, 2006, 10:15 AM
Maria :sad: :hug:

xan
Aug 14th, 2006, 03:57 PM
Interesting report copied from GM.

Matt Cronin's BLOG
Tired Sharapova flattened by Dementieva
Plus: tired Serena downed by Jankovic

Mal Taam/MALTphoto
Elena Dementieva broke her losing streak against Maria Sharapova in an impressive straight-set win.

FROM THE JPMORGAN CHASE OPEN IN CARSON/LOS ANGELES – On Friday night, Elena Dementieva had no idea how she would beat Maria Sharapova, whom had she a 1-5 record against entering the semifinals. But after a talk with her older brother, Vsevolod, her fill-in coach this week, she decided to play calmer and not try to end the points in a twist of her blonde ponytail.

The strategy worked perfectly, as she battered the exhausted 19-year-old 7-5, 6-2, ending Sharapova’s nine-match winning streak on hard courts. She broke Sharapova down from the forehand side, wasted her second serves and stayed tough in backhand rallies. She rarely overplayed ball and mostly played deep, while a flat-footed Sharapova never find her range, committing a remarkable 46 unforced errors.

“I played with a lot of patience today and wasn’t trying to attack her from the first ball,” said Dementieva. “I was very patient from the baseline, attack the short ball and put pressure on her forehand during important moments.”

Dementieva will play Jelena Jankovic who downed an exhausted Serena Williams 6-4, 6-3 in the other semi.

Sharapova tried to push her tired legs to respond throughout the one-hour-and-45-minute contest, valiantly coming back from a 1-5 deficit in the first set and knocking back four set points. But she never served well, losing five of her 24 second serve points and couldn’t get her normally lethal return game going. Dementieva held to stop a four-game losing streak to 6-5 and then broke Sharapova to win the set on an inside out forehand winner.

“She made me work for it,” Sharapova said. She played really well defensively. She hit a big, deep ball. I didn’t feel I was moving well enough to do something with it and she got me off the court. I was tried. As much as you try to get yourself going, there’s only so much you can force your body to do.”

Sharapova fell behind early in the second set and while she managed to power six winners on Dementieva’s first six match points, she couldn’t string together enough momentum. Dementieva won the contest when she pushed Sharapova into a forehand error.

“When you play for her you have to be ready to play until the end,” Dementieva said. “I have a lot of respect for her. She was fighting and believing she could turn it around. You have to play every ball against her. She doesn’t give you anything. She played so well on the match points, so I had to take risks and go forward.”

While Sharapova complained of being tired after nailing last week’s title in San Diego over Kim Clijsters and then winning her first three matches here, including a tough two-set win over Dinara Safina on Thursday night, the 24-year-old Dementieva actually played more tennis on Thursday, taking down Bethanie Mattek in three sets and then losing a late night doubles match with Flavia Pennetta.

“The doubles helped me because I was a little tired and didn’t go for too much,” she said. “I was doing the right thing today.

CAN DEMENTIEVA BREAK THROUGH AN WIN A SLAM?
Dementieva is the best women's players on tour without a Slam, reaching the ’04 Roland Garros and ’04 US Open finals. This year, after Sharapova crushed Dementieva in the Indian Wells final and then routined her at Wimbledon, Dementieva doubted her ability to push through her. But even though Sharapova was not completely on her game, Dementieva was charged up after the win, screaming in delight after the victory.

“This gives me a lot of confidence, it was very important to beat her in two sets of hard,” she said. “It’s a very big win for me. I have to continue to play well.”

Dementieva’s mother and coach, Vera, is on vacation and won’t re-join her daughter until the US Open. So her 27-year-old brother, Vsevolod, who was a good junior, has subbed in as her tutor. Her boyfriend, Buffalo Sabre hockey star Maxim Afinogenov, is also here supporting her. But it's her brother who is talking tennis.

“He thinks [my success this week] is a big part of his help and he really helped me today,” she said. “He likes me to play defensively and I don’t; I like to go on the attack. So we have that discussion every time, but he liked the way I was playing today.”

Sharapova isn’t concerned how this will affect her chances at the Open, but she’ll get plenty of days off in between matches in New York.

“I haven’t played this many matches in a while,” said Sharapova. “Playing one tournament, having a day off, hitting the next day and then playing four matches in a row is tough.”

Sharapova then pulled out of next week's Tier I Roger's Cup in Montreal.

Pullouts have devastated Montreal as Amelie Mauresmo, Justine Henin-Hardenne, Mary Pierce and Patty Schnyder have already withdrawn. No notable American is playing the tournament. Kim Clijsters is the top seed.

andrewbroad
Aug 15th, 2006, 01:23 AM
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JPMORGAN CHASE OPEN (Los Angeles, California, USA; outdoor hard; WTA Tier II)
=================== http://www.jpmorganchaseopen.com/ (http://www.jpmorganchaseopen.com/)

Maria extended her winning-streak to eight matches, but lost yet again in the semi-finals, as fatigue caught up with her all of a sudden. She then withdrew from this week's Montréal tournament for rest & recovery.

It bothers me that Maria can't get through two tournaments in consecutive weeks, having not played since Wimbledon, and not played any doubles. It's not as though she was even taken to three sets in any of her matches at San Diego or Los Angeles.

Women's tennis is much more physically demanding than it was ten years ago, but Maria clearly has a lot of work to do on her physical stamina, especially as she plays the game with such intensity. I'm not saying she should stop her grunting, fist-pumps and "c'mon"s, but they do use up energy!

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Photos
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http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/news/?c=news_photos&p=sharapova (http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/news/?c=news_photos&p=sharapova)
http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=99305&page=447 (http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=99305&page=447) (and onwards)

Search Getty Images for "sharapova"

Jeff Sanders' photos (various players - Maria on p.5):
http://jeppyboy.powweb.com/jpmorgan2006.html (http://jeppyboy.powweb.com/jpmorgan2006.html)

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Second round (Wednesday 9th August)
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+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [1] d. Anastassia Rodionova, 6-3 6-1

Maria was a break down early in the first set, but fought back to win in 54 minutes under the lights.

www.wtatour.com (http://www.wtatour.com): "The Russian was in complete control against her compatriot, blasting six aces and winning nearly twice as many points in the match."

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Third round (Thursday 10th August)
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+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [1] d. MARION BARTOLI [15], 6-1 6-2

Maria hit 38 winners past her Selesian opponent, winning in 73 minutes. She recovered from an early break in the second set, breaking Marion a total of 6 times in the match.


Maria quotes
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"Why would I want to make it any longer than I have to? I wouldn't really say I overpowered her, but I took advantage of the short balls and her second serve, which was about 85mph.

"She started to play better in the second set, and I made a few errors and was a little up and down. But other than that, it was fine.

"I am playing well right now. I am going to see how long this can keep going, mentally and physically. I know it's going to be a challenge to continue. I am feeling confident, but I know I am going to be fatigued."

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Quarter-final (Friday 11th August)
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+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [1] d. DINARA SAFINA [5], 6-2 6-4

The bullish Safina has an intimidating on-court presence, and two of Maria's notable chokes have been against her: from 6-1 4-2 at Moscow 2005, and from 5-7 6-2 5-1 at the French Open 2006.

Maria had some difficulty closing out this match, too: she led 5-3* in the second set, and had to save two break-points at *5-4 (15/40).

Revenge is sweet. But revenge is for people who hate. I'm just glad that Maria got through this one, and ended her hoodoo against Safina.


Matthew Kredell (Whittier Daily News):
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Sharapova broke in the third game [of the first set], lost her serve in the fourth, and broke again in the fifth. She trailed 0/40 in the sixth game before coming back to deuce. An ace up the middle to take the game prompted Sharapova to pump her fist and shout "Come on!"

Sharapova dominated the rest of the set, taking a short ball off the netcord and punishing it with a cross-court forehand winner to finish off the set.

The second set was the first challenge Sharapova has faced in the tournament. She broke to lead 4-3 on a backhand cross-court winner. However, serving for the match at 5-4, Sharapova fell behind 40-15. She forced deuce, and closed it out with consecutive service winners.
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<http://www.whittierdailynews.com/sports/ci_4172511 (http://www.whittierdailynews.com/sports/ci_4172511)>


Maria quotes (before the match)
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"I don't feel I have any more Christmas-presents in my suitcase, so I hope I don't give any away tomorrow. But I'm not going to look back. Tomorrow is a new day, and hopefully a new result."

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Semi-final (Saturday 12th August)
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- MARIA SHARAPOVA [1] lt. ELENA DEMENTIEVA [3], 5-7 2-6

A very disappointing loss for Maria, who led Dementieva 5-1 in their head-to-heads going into this match. Maria blamed fatigue for this loss.

Dementieva is a good-looking girl, but I can't say the same about her game. She has a terrible serve - especially compared with Maria's - and her groundstrokes have none of Maria's flair. But she's top ten because her groundstrokes are very effective, and she's one of the fittest players on the tour. Nevertheless, she's a player that Maria should be beating in two easy sets (as she did at Rome 2004, Indian Wells 2006 and Wimbledon 2006).

Maria broke in the first game of the match, but fell 1-5* behind. She fought back to 5-5*, but lost the first set 5-7 in just over an hour.

Dementieva was "superb from the baseline in the second" [Teletext] as she "benefited from a series of unforced errors" from Maria [CEEFAX]. Maria committed a total of 46 unforced errors as Dementieva won the match in 1h45m.


Beth Harris (AP Sports Writer):
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Dementieva built a 3-0 lead in the second. Sharapova held at love, and then broke Dementieva to get to 3-2 before Dementieva closed out the final three games.

Sharapova battled on her serve in the final game, which was marked by extended rallies before Dementieva won on her seventh match-point. Twice, Sharapova had the advantage, but she committed errors both times.

She finally sent a backhand past the baseline as Dementieva squealed with delight and smiled at her boyfriend, Buffalo Sabres forward Maxim Afinogenov.
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Agence France Presse: "Dementieva squandered six match-points against Sharapova's serve in the final game, but Sharapova gave her one more when she netted a forehand, then fired a forehand long on the next point."


Maria quotes
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"I was just flat; I just felt a little flat. I was tired, even in the warm-up. I have played nine matches in the last 13 days, and that pretty much sums it up.

"I put two points together, and then would deflate for the next four. I thought I could maybe put a game or two together, but then I would deflate. But I guess that's normal after playing so many matches in a row.

"No matter how much you want to do it, you just can't. There's only so much you can force your body to do.

"But she made me work for it. She played really well defensively.

"I still feel I've been hitting the ball well. I can finally say I'm not lacking matches going into a Grand Slam. I don't remember the last time I played nine matches in 13 days, but it's good for me, and a good challenge.

"I haven't played this much in a while. A year ago, I would probably haven't been able to play solid tennis for nine matches as I've been doing."


Dementieva quotes
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{before the match}

"She's very focused. It's all about her concentration. She plays every ball like it's the last, and she doesn't give you an easy point. Whether I can hold my serve or not will be the big question."


{after the match}

"I think I had a very good attitude today. I was very calm, and I played with lots of patience. I wasn't trying to attack her from the first ball.

"I feel really great. I lost to her twice this year, and I was looking forward to this match because she is such a tough player. This win really means a lot to me.

"When you play against Maria, she is great fighter, and you have to be ready to fight every point. She never gives up - that's what makes it difficult to play against her. Sometimes it is better to play tennis and not to think about who you are playing. It was very important for me to have this win."


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ROGERS CUP (Montréal, Canada; outdoor hard; WTA Tier I)
========== http://www.rogerscup.com/ (http://www.rogerscup.com/)

Maria: "I'm deeply saddened to have to withdraw from the Rogers Cup. Unfortunately, my body is very fatigued because of the extensive number of matches I have played over a short period of time, and I don't feel that I can perform at the level required.

"The Rogers Cup is a fantastic event, with some of the best fans in the world and great sponsor. I look forward to playing the Rogers Cup next year, and to recuperating my body as fast as possible."


Tournament-director Eugene Lapierre: "Something is clearly wrong with the system in its actual form. The star-players are often put in a situation where they can't respect their engagements. We will try to correct the situation by working closely with the WTA Tour."

WTA Tour president Stacey Allaster: "We're very disappointed for the fans of Montréal that she has withdrawn. She's had a long stretch in the California swing and it's unavoidable - the wear and tear on her body - but on the other hand it's disappointing for the Rogers Cup. If I felt bad then when I was the tournament-director, then I'm ten times more disappointed now. My resolve is stronger to find a better system now."

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Pre-tournament quotes (before the withdrawal)
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"I'm excited - I'm finally injury free. I had a good tournament at Wimbledon and then had a week off, and now I'm training for the US Open Series.

"Last year, I went into the US Open with almost no matches. This year, I'm looking forward to building my game and my confidence going into the US Open.

"I'm a work in progress. Just because I won a Grand Slam when I was 17 doesn't mean I'm going to get a win at every Slam.

"I'm happy. I'm 19, and to be consistently in the top five in the world and getting to the semi-finals of Grand Slams and coming close... I've played some really tough matches against Amélie and Justine.

"I don't feel I'm at the peak of my career. I feel like there's so much work ahead of me that can make me better. I can't start worrying about the fact that I haven't won a Grand Slam since [2004].

"Experience has a lot to do with it. I'm playing girls who are 24 years old. They didn't win a Grand Slam when they were 17, but they're at the peak of their careers at 24 or 26.

"I've always been a player who plays by instinct. I can't worry about what other people want me to do.

"You travel with a coach to help you with things. They scout the players and things like that. But on court, you don't worry about what you're going to do. You play your game."

[Re. on-court coaching]
"It will be funny when you see an opponent calling for a coach, because you'll just want to laugh - they'll be in trouble! I usually play on instinct, and don't like to be told what to do, so calling for someone will be very rare."

--
Dr. Andrew Broad
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Sweep
Aug 15th, 2006, 07:26 PM
Maria :hug:

She's looked in good form recently, shame she couldn't keep it up but she's improved on last year's performance. I was particularly looking forward to a Sharapova - Serena final but I just guess it wasn't to be.

Enjoy your rest.