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msharafan
Aug 19th, 2006, 02:24 PM
i know its still a little bit away but im really looking forward to the us open, maria really has a great chance to win here, and from the beginning of the year i though the us open was the best chance she had at winning another slam, so i hope im right! :)

good luck maria! :worship: :) :wavey: :bounce:

and of course we can have discussions here aswell before and leading up to the last grand slam of the year, lets hope masha can do better than her semis spot last year and win the us open! :)
also we can discuss the draw when it is made, actually speaking of that anyone know when the main draw will be made? thanks and also if it will be made online?

Sweep
Aug 19th, 2006, 08:14 PM
US Open

http://www.rism.ac.th/sports/Tennis/files%20tennis/Root%20folder/Images/links%20page/us%20open%20logo.jpg

Flushing Meadows, NY, USA
August 28 - September 10, 2006
Grand Slam
Prize Money: TBA
Draw: 128M/128Q/64D
Surface: Hardcourt/Outdoors
Tournament Director: Jim Curley

Official Web Site:
www.usopen.org

Sweep
Aug 19th, 2006, 08:20 PM
Last year's results:

R1: DANIILIDOU, ELENI GRE W 6-1 6-1
R2: RANDRIANTEFY, DALLY MAD W 6-1 6-0
R3: SCHRUFF, JULIA GER W 6-2 6-4
R4: MIRZA, SANIA IND W 6-2 6-1
QF: (9) PETROVA, NADIA RUS W 7-5 4-6 6-4
SF: (4) CLIJSTERS, KIM BEL L 6-2 6-7(4) 6-3

msharafan
Aug 19th, 2006, 09:21 PM
good luck masha and thanks sweep for your help! :)

msharafan
Aug 19th, 2006, 09:21 PM
i found out the draws out on wednsday! :) i cant wait i hope masha gets a good draw! :)

vamosmasha
Aug 20th, 2006, 02:56 AM
good luck masha!u can do it.

Andy.
Aug 20th, 2006, 05:11 AM
I cant wait im so excited about her chances this year, this is the first time in a long time she has gone into a slam healthy and match tough

Maria Croft
Aug 20th, 2006, 06:33 AM
I also believe that she really has a chance, but a good draw really is important.

myxomatosis
Aug 20th, 2006, 08:21 PM
Coooooome ooooooon good draw!!!

msharafan
Aug 23rd, 2006, 01:16 PM
the draws out in 2 hours good luck maria! :)

furrykitten
Aug 23rd, 2006, 02:16 PM
Good Luck Maria! :bounce:

Munich
Aug 23rd, 2006, 02:22 PM
1 hour to go :scared: I'm so nervous :unsure:
I'm praying for a good draw for our Masha :angel:

msharafan
Aug 23rd, 2006, 02:26 PM
35 minutes to go! good luck masha! :)

msharafan
Aug 23rd, 2006, 03:16 PM
the draw is being made right now! good luck masha! :)

Andy.
Aug 23rd, 2006, 03:18 PM
I hope she gets an awesome draw but no matter what if she is to win the title she will have to win all of her matches regardless.

msharafan
Aug 23rd, 2006, 04:11 PM
bits of the draw are coming out but no news on mashas draw!

Maria Croft
Aug 23rd, 2006, 05:02 PM
http://www.usopen.org/en_US/scores/draws/ws/r1s2.html

Here is Maria's draw

Maria Croft
Aug 23rd, 2006, 05:04 PM
She has a tough opening match.
But Misa hasnt been playing that well recently, and really hasnt done much at slams so far.
The second round should be easier.
And the other matches could all be interesting, with Pierce, Myskina, Li, Golovin, Chakvetadze and Petrova in her draw, just to name a few.

msharafan
Aug 23rd, 2006, 05:14 PM
should be an easy enough run to the semis were shell face momo hingis serena or ivanivic

morningglory
Aug 23rd, 2006, 05:25 PM
another auto-semi again... yet... I wonder if she'll have to face Momo :help:

iine:
Aug 23rd, 2006, 05:27 PM
Maria has a pretty decent draw. :cool: Quarters is definetely in and a semi too, I believe. :yeah:

msharafan
Aug 23rd, 2006, 05:29 PM
yeh i dont think momo will get to the semis i think it will be ivanivic masha will play im watching momo play now and she not in the best of form from the little bit ive seen!

Ksenia.
Aug 23rd, 2006, 08:16 PM
She got a good draw. Good luck Masha!

Steve-o
Aug 23rd, 2006, 10:33 PM
Maria has a great draw, should get to SF really. Then who knows...

Dan23
Aug 24th, 2006, 12:09 AM
Not a bad draw for Masha :cool: the 1st Round will sure be interesting

Andy.
Aug 24th, 2006, 12:33 AM
Im very happy with Maria's draw, Misa will be a good solid opener giving Masha a lot of pace and should help her groove her shots. She should get some good tests on her way thru like Mary but i dont see anyone in her section that should stop her from getting to the semi finals. Good luck Masha, one match at a time, heres hoping for Grnd Slam number 2.

Andy.
Aug 24th, 2006, 12:51 AM
Masha was hitting today with Ashley Harkleroad in practice, just for a bit of info.

myxomatosis
Aug 24th, 2006, 03:14 AM
Thanks Andrew :yeah:

Maria always seems to be alright up til the semi's. Then she hits Kim, or Amelie, or JHH and her tournament is over. But Kim's out and I actually don't really think that Amelie's going to make it to the semi's so I hope this is the GS where Maria breaks the "curse" and is out there on the final Saturday. :)

Dan23
Aug 24th, 2006, 03:40 AM
Cmon Masha :rocker2: :rocker2:

furrykitten
Aug 24th, 2006, 08:48 AM
Very good draw for Maria but Misa will be a very tough opener :yeah:

FedExpress
Aug 24th, 2006, 09:41 AM
Yeah very good draw. Maria should take advantage of it :yeah:

Munich
Aug 24th, 2006, 10:18 AM
Come on Maria :bowdown: :bowdown: :mad: :mad: :fiery: :fiery:
Revenge time vs Mauresmo :armed:

msharafan
Aug 24th, 2006, 01:06 PM
exactly what i was thinking but first lets get to the semis and see who she might have to face! lol i have a feeling it wont be momo but ivanivic or maybe even a tired serena! :) anyway im really looking forward to the us open now and she got a great draw! anyone know when masha will play her first match? will it be on monday or tuesday? lol

shad9480
Aug 24th, 2006, 01:12 PM
Yeahh...come on Masha. Get your groove right!!!

~lollipop_girl~
Aug 24th, 2006, 01:25 PM
Good draw... Hoping for Ana in semis! :D

But Misa! :sad:

Sweep
Aug 24th, 2006, 01:27 PM
Pretty good draw on paper.

Krajicek will provide a solid opener for Maria, an early test which Maria should come through. I'm pleased she's got someone decent in the first round who will push her a bit further. Even more so, I'm glad she avoided Serena and Zvonareva.
Second round should be slightly easier for Maria, I would expect her to face Loit. Likhovtseva or Tiantian shouldn't cause Maria too many problems in the third round.

Some pretty good players around in her section though, as Summon mentioned.

She should make the semi-finals at least here. I think she has a very good chance of defeating those top players in the semis (possibly Mauresmo, Ivanovic, Serena Williams, Hingis, Safina).

Good luck Maria, hopefully the second Grand Slam will come here. :D

~lollipop_girl~
Aug 24th, 2006, 01:45 PM
I must say, I like seeing everyone put Ana as a chance for the semis! :D
Thanks guys!

msharafan
Aug 24th, 2006, 07:13 PM
i cant wait for the us open im going away for the weekend and ill be back on moday to see all the action, i hope maria plays on moday during the night session! :)

msharafan
Aug 24th, 2006, 07:25 PM
oh yeh just wondering i take it masha didnt win in her nomination for teen choice awards on sunday! :( or did she???

Lefty.
Aug 24th, 2006, 07:33 PM
oh yeh just wondering i take it masha didnt win in her nomination for teen choice awards on sunday! :( or did she???

She won the thing for female athlete. I didn't watch though, my friend informed me.

msharafan
Aug 24th, 2006, 08:24 PM
oh thanks thats good casue i was just thinking this time next year when the teen awards are on again maria wont be a teen!

x Chu x
Aug 27th, 2006, 01:58 AM
I'm glad she's playing on the second day as i might be a little late to the open on monday :(. UDACHI!!!!

meggz_star
Aug 27th, 2006, 02:10 AM
Can't wait:banana:

Maria Croft
Aug 27th, 2006, 08:14 AM
I can really see her making the final this time :)

Andy.
Aug 27th, 2006, 08:33 AM
Yeah his is her slam to win she is coming in fit and match tough, something she hasnt boasted in over a year, its time to shine, good luck Masha

x Chu x
Aug 27th, 2006, 08:40 AM
The first time I saw her practicing on Tuesday she was much more relaxed and having fun. Yuri even once pointed to his head and then to the sky saying to Maria, "You're not focusing...your mind is some where else."

Well the 2nd time I saw her practcing on Thursday she was a lot more serious and focused. And working on new shots etc. I think she'll be ready, she's probably never been more prepared for a GS before than she is now.

Teemu
Aug 27th, 2006, 10:52 AM
Best of Luck Maria! :)

xan
Aug 27th, 2006, 01:04 PM
The first time I saw her practicing on Tuesday she was much more relaxed and having fun. Yuri even once pointed to his head and then to the sky saying to Maria, "You're not focusing...your mind is some where else."

Well the 2nd time I saw her practcing on Thursday she was a lot more serious and focused. And working on new shots etc. I think she'll be ready, she's probably never been more prepared for a GS before than she is now.

Let's hope so. :lick:

msharafan
Aug 27th, 2006, 10:21 PM
yeh good luck masha! :) but i already started a thread! lol :(

msharafan
Aug 27th, 2006, 11:12 PM
lol oops this is my own thread that i started! lol sorry! :) anyway maria first match against kraijcek, does anyone think shell be a big threat, i think iv seen her play a few times but dont really remember much about her game i think it was against momo but mentaly i dont think shes able to pull a win off like beating masha in the first round of the us open i know she beat dementieva recently, but really anyone know enough about her to tell whether or not she might cause a shock upset? well i hope she doesnt lol ! :)

Dan23
Aug 28th, 2006, 12:24 AM
lol oops this is my own thread that i started! lol sorry! :)
:lol: ;)

lakan kildap
Aug 28th, 2006, 04:01 AM
Here's Jon Wertheim's seeds report for women for this year's Open:
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2006/writers/jon_wertheim/08/23/womens.seeds/index.html

He has a nice prediction, too: Maria Sharapova vs. Nicole Vaidisova in the final, with Maria prevailing. It's on the second page, but I linked the first page because that's where the article starts, and also because there's a full body shot of Maria in flight, in flaming yellow and blue. Nice picture.

LOL, I like the prediction per se, but it's all too Hollywoodish good to be true. There are far too many similarities and contrasts between Maria and Nicole, the match up is so obvious only the movies could have scripted it.

6 foot or so tall? Check on both

Ponytail blonde? Check on both

Striking looks? Check

Eastern European extraction? Check on both

Is one of them a Czech? Check (OK, lame attempt at a joke :o )

Adopted homeland? In some ways, yes, Nicole has Germany and was even listed briefly as a German, Maria has the US, although they still play for their 'mother' countries.

Live/train in the United States? Check

Good to excellent English? Check

Famous Italian-American name tennis academy in Florida? Check

Big serve? Big/power game? Check, check. The contrast lies in their strong side, Maria is stronger in the backhand, where her ambidexterity (she has an equally powerful left arm) plays a big part. Nicole's forehand, in full display against Kuznetsova in the French, is devastating.

Shoe endorsement? Check. And fittingly, Nike and Reebok, the fiercest (so fierce it's personal between the two companies) rivalry in sports apparel

Had to go through a period in career being regarded as the second coming (or even a clone) of another player named -'ova?

Check on both. Maria was once considered a Kournikova-clone, until she proved them wrong by growing several inches taller than the original :lol: and winning 12 titles, including a major. Nicole Vaidisova has had to endure being called a Sharapova-clone due to some similarities in their physical form and parts of their game and the way they're marketed/built up. She even won the two lower tier tournaments that Maria used to own, the Japan AIG and Hansol Korea Open.

~lollipop_girl~
Aug 28th, 2006, 01:15 PM
lol oops this is my own thread that i started! lol sorry! :) anyway maria first match against kraijcek, does anyone think shell be a big threat, i think iv seen her play a few times but dont really remember much about her game i think it was against momo but mentaly i dont think shes able to pull a win off like beating masha in the first round of the us open i know she beat dementieva recently, but really anyone know enough about her to tell whether or not she might cause a shock upset? well i hope she doesnt lol ! :)
You are right... I don't think Misa is mentally ready to pull off such a big upset... She will certianly play some solid tennis giving Maria a great "test" in the 1st round but I can't see Misa winning (:sad: )... Misa will get frustrated way to easy & I think if Maria ups the grunting, MK will not be pleased at all! That's my unfortunate take on things!

msharafan
Aug 28th, 2006, 09:41 PM
will thats what i thought yeh, well it should be a good test for maria one which i hope she can come through easily enough as we want her to save her energy for later on in the tournie! good luck masha! :) oh and bye the way does anyone know what time maria plays tommorow? thanks

iine:
Aug 29th, 2006, 08:35 AM
will thats what i thought yeh, well it should be a good test for maria one which i hope she can come through easily enough as we want her to save her energy for later on in the tournie! good luck masha! :) oh and bye the way does anyone know what time maria plays tommorow? thanks
Yep, the schedule says 7.00 PM. ;)

Dan23
Aug 29th, 2006, 09:42 AM
Good luck Maria :yeah:

Andy.
Aug 29th, 2006, 10:00 AM
Im not sure there will be any play today apparently the weather forcast is pretty bad ?

Munich
Aug 29th, 2006, 10:40 AM
Go Masha :hug: :smooch:

morningglory
Aug 29th, 2006, 03:30 PM
100% chance of heavy rain doesn't mean raining all day tho... maybe she'll get her night match in...

johnoo
Aug 29th, 2006, 06:21 PM
so what happens if say the rain stops 6pm or later NY time,do they scrap the day matches and just play the night matches or what?

Maria Croft
Aug 29th, 2006, 06:43 PM
Good luck in your first match tonight Maria!

Hope she gets to play :)

msharafan
Aug 29th, 2006, 09:58 PM
good luck masha! :) i dont know if shell get to play tonight but im hearing reports that theylle ditch the day matches and go straight to the night ones which would be great! :)

Ksenia.
Aug 29th, 2006, 10:10 PM
I'm not sure Masha will play today :o
Nevertheless, good luck Masha!

shad9480
Aug 29th, 2006, 10:14 PM
Good luck Masha... :wavey:

I believe in you! Kick some ass! Woohoo...so excited to watch her play today :bounce: :bounce:

msharafan
Aug 29th, 2006, 10:54 PM
marias match i think is cancelled! :(

shad9480
Aug 29th, 2006, 10:56 PM
Someone said in GM Masha's match is cancelled! Huwaaaa :sad: :fiery:

myxomatosis
Aug 29th, 2006, 11:08 PM
I think they said on USA that Maria's match will be tomorrow night now...

morningglory
Aug 30th, 2006, 12:12 AM
ah well...

Dan23
Aug 30th, 2006, 12:49 AM
wednesday will be busy then :cool:

msharafan
Aug 30th, 2006, 08:53 AM
maria playing the first night match today! :)

Dan23
Aug 30th, 2006, 09:19 AM
2nd go...good luck Maria :yeah:

Andy.
Aug 30th, 2006, 10:45 AM
Good luck today Masha

Maria Croft
Aug 30th, 2006, 01:15 PM
Looks like it's going to be, another rainy day, hope she gets to play today.

Good luck Maria!

johnoo
Aug 30th, 2006, 01:32 PM
Looks like it's going to be, another rainy day, hope she gets to play today.

Good luck Maria!
I feel like whatever happens in this USO its ruined now because of the weather :sad:

Andy.
Aug 30th, 2006, 01:42 PM
This sucks, this is testiment to why they need a few stadiums with rooves.

Rocky5
Aug 30th, 2006, 01:49 PM
I prefer British weather, its much nicer.

~lollipop_girl~
Aug 30th, 2006, 02:21 PM
This sucks, this is testiment to why they need a few stadiums with rooves.
Like the smart Aussie's? ;)

johnoo
Aug 30th, 2006, 03:19 PM
Like the smart Aussie's? ;)
yeah but your roofs to keep the heat out and not the rain :D

~lollipop_girl~
Aug 30th, 2006, 03:26 PM
It worked with the rain as well when Dani played Serena this year! ;)

myxomatosis
Aug 30th, 2006, 06:13 PM
They should just put a huge dome over the entire National Tennis Center, kinda like in that Jim Carrey movie The Truman Show. That would be pretty sweet.

morningglory
Aug 30th, 2006, 07:06 PM
ah well so Maria will play two days in a row, no? hopefully she'll do fine tonight! Get'em Angel! :armed:

FedExpress
Aug 31st, 2006, 12:39 AM
6-3, 6-0
Great match :D Good winners and many aces :yeah: Well done!

myxomatosis
Aug 31st, 2006, 12:43 AM
33 winners, 13 unforced errors, and 10 aces :hearts:
Awesome match.

morningglory
Aug 31st, 2006, 12:43 AM
:bigclap: GOOD! keep it up!!!

meggz_star
Aug 31st, 2006, 12:49 AM
Great match :D

x Chu x
Aug 31st, 2006, 01:09 AM
wow masha wowo

Dan23
Aug 31st, 2006, 01:39 AM
:banana: what a great match
Thats the Maria that I love to watch...so confident in all her shots.
Her serve and FH were amazing and her BH was as reliable as ever...very impressive start :yeah:

TennisPlayingFox
Aug 31st, 2006, 02:57 AM
Way to go Maria! good luck in the second round!

shadowsecret
Aug 31st, 2006, 05:17 AM
great match!! :bounce:
good luck next round against Emilie Loit :D

lakan kildap
Aug 31st, 2006, 05:21 AM
I've never seen her attempt 'wide' serves this many times, and make them consistently. Just hitting the lines.

not too many rallies, but for the long haul, much better for her. she can have her workouts in the later rounds, preferably the last 4 and last 2 :)

Andy.
Aug 31st, 2006, 05:35 AM
Wow from what i saw (stupid going home on the train) she was in awesome form, what a great way to start the tournament and i must say what a stunning dress, even though the haters will have us think otherwise. Good luck next round Masha

Dan23
Aug 31st, 2006, 06:03 AM
Maria plays Emilie Loit (who she lost to in the 2R of the 2003 USO) in the 4th match on Armstrong :cool:

Maria Croft
Aug 31st, 2006, 06:19 AM
:eek: what an impressive match.

and you don't see Maria bagel someone that often either, most of the time it's a breadstick.

Really good start to the tournament :yeah:

Andy.
Aug 31st, 2006, 06:22 AM
Maria plays Emilie Loit (who she lost to in the 2R of the 2003 USO) in the 4th match on Armstrong :cool:
Revenge Time :devil:

Maria Croft
Aug 31st, 2006, 06:24 AM
Revenge Time :devil:


oh yeah! :devil: :lol:

Steve-o
Aug 31st, 2006, 06:46 AM
Great start Maria :clap2: I was too tired to stay up and watch her last night :sad:

Dan23
Aug 31st, 2006, 06:58 AM
:eek: what an impressive match.

and you don't see Maria bagel someone that often either, most of the time it's a breadstick.

Really good start to the tournament :yeah:
It really was impressive....Michaella isnt the #36 for no reason.
Maria's FH was lethal and she hit a couple of insane BH winners too that Michaella didnt see coming. She varied her serve and hit aces to both sides which was also good.

furrykitten
Aug 31st, 2006, 08:46 AM
Great win for Maria :yeah:
Wish I could have watched!

iine:
Aug 31st, 2006, 09:46 AM
Job well done. :yeah: Good luck in the next round.

Dan23
Aug 31st, 2006, 11:52 AM
Revenge Time :devil::hehehe:


did you catch the replay that was just on Andrew?

Andy.
Aug 31st, 2006, 11:54 AM
:hehehe:


did you catch the replay that was just on Andrew?
Yeah i just taped it then, wow is all i can say

xan
Aug 31st, 2006, 02:05 PM
It really was impressive....Michaella isnt the #36 for no reason.
Maria's FH was lethal and she hit a couple of insane BH winners too that Michaella didnt see coming. She varied her serve and hit aces to both sides which was also good.

Yep. On paper it was one of the toughest possible matchings in the first round with 32 seeds, and Maria came through it excellently. very impressed with her improvement to serve, her winners and her more varied tactics.

Keep it up, Maria.

Dan23
Aug 31st, 2006, 05:14 PM
good luck today Maria :yeah:

Sweep
Aug 31st, 2006, 05:30 PM
Didn't see the match unfortunately, but reading the stats and some of the posts on here, it sounds as though she's right on form. Extremely impressive considering Krajicek is one of the better unseeded players.

Good luck against Loit, more of the same please Masha!

Maria Croft
Aug 31st, 2006, 05:53 PM
Good luck today Maria!

morningglory
Aug 31st, 2006, 06:33 PM
:armed: Maria's 2nd match starting soon...
Let's go ANGEL!!!

Edward.
Aug 31st, 2006, 08:00 PM
She should win this match comfortably TBH.

pimpie
Aug 31st, 2006, 08:34 PM
woohoo 1 bagle

Edward.
Aug 31st, 2006, 09:02 PM
:banana:

TennisPlayingFox
Aug 31st, 2006, 09:11 PM
6-0, 6-1 for Maria! Nice job! She now faces Likhovtseva! good luck Masha!

morningglory
Aug 31st, 2006, 09:12 PM
the heck WAS that at the end... Maria's serve started to go seriously awry and dropped A game and face BP's! I think she's tired, but it better not be choking... RG this year just flashed in my mind...
still credit to her for the first 10 games she was ruthless :kiss:

Maria Croft
Aug 31st, 2006, 09:15 PM
I hope she isn't injured, her serve was just gone at the end of this match.

I'm a little worried now.

But congrats on the win Maria!

johnoo
Aug 31st, 2006, 09:16 PM
I hope she isn't injured, her serve was just gone at the end of this match.

I'm a little worried now.

But congrats on the win Maria!
no she's fine just lost concentration ,up untill them she was awesome best I have seen her play for a long while.
at least I got 2 maria matches from my 1 day sub at eurosport online.

Maria Croft
Aug 31st, 2006, 09:25 PM
no she's fine just lost concentration ,up untill them she was awesome best I have seen her play for a long while.
at least I got 2 maria matches from my 1 day sub at eurosport online.


If she really is fine (I hope so) Then it's a damn shame she lost her concentration, what a messy ending.

morningglory
Aug 31st, 2006, 09:31 PM
I don't think she's injured... seeing her smile and hit balls to the crowd... more like brainfart I presume :o

johnoo
Aug 31st, 2006, 09:38 PM
If she really is fine (I hope so) Then it's a damn shame she lost her concentration, what a messy ending.
well it was a bit easy,6-0 6-1 and you complaining damn your hard to please :D

Edward.
Aug 31st, 2006, 09:50 PM
OMFG!

Maria lost a single game! And there was us thinking she had a chance of winning the US Open this year! :sobbing:

FedExpress
Aug 31st, 2006, 09:53 PM
Congrats Maria :yeah:

Maria Croft
Aug 31st, 2006, 09:54 PM
I'm just worried about her health, that's all.

and to everyone who's saying it's not a big deal she lost her concentration, don't tell me you guys weren't hoping for a double bagel ;)

Edward.
Aug 31st, 2006, 10:01 PM
6-0 6-1 is an excellent result. Especially against a player who beat Maria in 2003 at the same tournament.

It just shows the leaps and bounds Maria has made since then. :yeah:

And Jakim, a second bagel would have been nice, but a breadstick is rather tasty too ;)

shadowsecret
Aug 31st, 2006, 10:02 PM
I'm just worried about her health, that's all.

and to everyone who's saying it's not a big deal she lost her concentration, don't tell me you guys weren't hoping for a double bagel ;)

ok guilty :p

Steve-o
Aug 31st, 2006, 10:05 PM
Maria played unbelievable today. The first set was as near to perfection as your going to get, I mean, she won 24 of the 27 points :eek: The 11th game was bizarre, 3 aces and then she got tight or lost concentration but really this shouldn't detract from her performance. Looking good so far :cool:

morningglory
Aug 31st, 2006, 10:53 PM
ok guilty :p
same here :wavey:
Wimby 05 against Sesil came close too... :p

Andy.
Aug 31st, 2006, 11:42 PM
Wow this seems to be the best form she has ever been in. What a diplay. Well done Masha, keep it up.

Dan23
Aug 31st, 2006, 11:57 PM
great stuff Masha :clap2: :clap2:
Gave her absolutely nothing

meggz_star
Sep 1st, 2006, 01:14 AM
Great match:cool:

myxomatosis
Sep 1st, 2006, 02:47 AM
Awesome match and now a well deserved day off :cool:

Maria Croft
Sep 1st, 2006, 07:10 AM
I'm really relieved to hear her say that it really was just a brainfart, now I can enjoy this victory :)

xan
Sep 1st, 2006, 04:23 PM
Another really great match from maria with the exception of the glitch on serving for 5-0.

And here is a great stat.

Maria won all but five points on Loit's serve in the match!

Here's something else I hope we continue to see...


Women's Ace LeadersRank PlayerCountryMatchesAces
1 M.SharapovaRUS2 ............17
2 N.PetrovaRUS2 ...............15
3 S.KuznetsovaRUS2 ..........13
4 S.WilliamsUSA2 ...............12
4 D.HantuchovaSVK2.......... 12
4 A.IvanovicSCG2 ...............12
7 L.DavenportUSA2 ..............11
7 T.GarbinITA2 ..................11
9 M.PierceFRA2 ..................10
9 N.VaidisovaCZE2 ..............10
11 T.GolovinFRA2 .................9
11 J.GajdosovaSVK2............... 9
13 E.LoitFRA2,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,..,,,,6
13 F.SchiavoneITA2 ..............6
13 E.DementievaRUS2 ..............6
16 V.KutuzovaUKR2 5
16 E.VesninaRUS1516 S.PengCHN1 .........5
16 B.MattekUSA1 ...........5
20 K.SpremCRO1 ...............4

msharafan
Sep 2nd, 2006, 02:32 AM
maria first up on ashe tommorow which is good news as there isnt likely to be hardly if any play tommorow but you never know maria might get to sneak in some of her match if not all of it. oh yeh guys by the way because of the rain delay this evening sky sports showed a replay of marias semi last year against kim, which was a great match by maria and she showed great heart and so much fighting spirit, but something else that struck me was maria seemed to be hitting the ball very flat and hard with no much topspin especially on the forehand. if anyone else has noticed this has she changed her style of groundstrokes by adding more topsin, i mean this can only be a good move which would show that maria is working on her game but i noticed that when marias groundstrokes were going in they were a brutal and mighty force and maybe with the added topspin she doesnt have as much i dont know how would you say pop on the ball or im not sure but would alter her game in anyway in the negative sense cause she really was hitting throught the ball very much like at this years indian wells. thanks for any imput guys cause u was just wondering?

msharafan
Sep 2nd, 2006, 02:33 AM
sorry cause i was just wondering! lol

Andy.
Sep 2nd, 2006, 06:21 AM
I think it all depends on her opponents, i think when she really goes for it she is more powerfull now because she is stronger but against tougher opponest she is more patients but in her first round she was thundering the ball, i think it all depends on the match and opponent.

~lollipop_girl~
Sep 2nd, 2006, 06:34 AM
same here :wavey:
Wimby 05 against Sesil came close too... :p
That was so nice of Maria to give Sesil a pity game like that! :angel:

GREAT 1st 2 rounds! :banana:
And loving the Aces! :bounce:
Btw... Daniela has just as many aces as Ana and more then Lindsay? WOW! :eek:

Maria Croft
Sep 2nd, 2006, 07:27 AM
maria first up on ashe tommorow which is good news as there isnt likely to be hardly if any play tommorow but you never know maria might get to sneak in some of her match if not all of it. oh yeh guys by the way because of the rain delay this evening sky sports showed a replay of marias semi last year against kim, which was a great match by maria and she showed great heart and so much fighting spirit, but something else that struck me was maria seemed to be hitting the ball very flat and hard with no much topspin especially on the forehand. if anyone else has noticed this has she changed her style of groundstrokes by adding more topsin, i mean this can only be a good move which would show that maria is working on her game but i noticed that when marias groundstrokes were going in they were a brutal and mighty force and maybe with the added topspin she doesnt have as much i dont know how would you say pop on the ball or im not sure but would alter her game in anyway in the negative sense cause she really was hitting throught the ball very much like at this years indian wells. thanks for any imput guys cause u was just wondering?

Her ground strokes haven't lost it's power at all, she has changed her swing though, after her shoulder injury.

And let's nor forget that she really was hitting like crazy in her match against Kim, but that was really all she had back in that match.

She is more patient now, I don't think she would go for the whole 'let's hit the ball as hard as I can' tactic so soon anymore.

So don't worry, she has only changed for the better.

Doc
Sep 2nd, 2006, 10:57 AM
I think it all depends on her opponents, i think when she really goes for it she is more powerfull now because she is stronger but against tougher opponest she is more patients but in her first round she was thundering the ball, i think it all depends on the match and opponent.

Yes. I think Masha paces herself more now. She's thinking in whole tournament terms. She only goes 100% when she needs to.

All the best, Masha. :)

Maria Croft
Sep 2nd, 2006, 11:54 AM
Maria is first on centre court today :bounce:

Good luck Maria! :yeah:

msharafan
Sep 2nd, 2006, 12:16 PM
i know hooray! :) looks like rain but she might get her match played! :)

morningglory
Sep 2nd, 2006, 01:51 PM
good luck Maria! hopefully they'll be able to finish her match during those rain delays! :bounce: :armed:

meggz_star
Sep 2nd, 2006, 03:51 PM
Rain delay:(

tennisjunky
Sep 2nd, 2006, 05:02 PM
we just need a 40 minute gap, that should be enough time for her to pull through.

good luck masha!!!

x Chu x
Sep 2nd, 2006, 05:51 PM
just saw her on court (Ashe) warming up kind of with roddick

johnoo
Sep 2nd, 2006, 06:05 PM
just saw her on court (Ashe) warming up kind of with roddick
yeah seen that :D

kookabura17
Sep 2nd, 2006, 06:05 PM
Them being on the same court was more than likely coincidence. They wouldnt have any other time so they would have to.

~lollipop_girl~
Sep 2nd, 2006, 06:09 PM
So is it still raining?

msharafan
Sep 2nd, 2006, 06:42 PM
yeh! :(

msharafan
Sep 2nd, 2006, 06:45 PM
although it looks like its stopped but im not sure but it looks a little brighter and if its raining its very very light so things are looking a bit optimistic

johnoo
Sep 2nd, 2006, 08:16 PM
the postive side is its blowing a gale in NY which makes tennis a lottery,maybe a blessing in disguise its been cancelled.

msharafan
Sep 2nd, 2006, 08:17 PM
yeh its been canceled! :(

Andy.
Sep 2nd, 2006, 11:27 PM
Well hopefully Maria will get to play on Sunday

x Chu x
Sep 3rd, 2006, 01:59 AM
good luck tomorrow masha <3

Maria Croft
Sep 3rd, 2006, 07:39 AM
They made it a nightmatch now, so I won't be able to see it :sad:

Andy.
Sep 3rd, 2006, 07:45 AM
Noooo i have a class now just when she was about to play, a suppose i will just watch the replays.

Maria Croft
Sep 3rd, 2006, 08:21 AM
Good luck Maria!

Dan23
Sep 3rd, 2006, 09:49 AM
night match suits me :cool:

good luck Maria :yeah:

johnoo
Sep 3rd, 2006, 10:32 AM
They made it a nightmatch now, so I won't be able to see it :sad:
it will all depend on murray if I can watch it on tv,what a shitty USO this has been,no chance of ana v serena thank f@ck for eurosport online :rolleyes:

Rocky5
Sep 3rd, 2006, 11:31 AM
it will all depend on murray if I can watch it on tv,what a shitty USO this has been,no chance of ana v serena thank f@ck for eurosport online :rolleyes:

Murray is not playing today, he is playing 2moro. That will be the last of him as he will lose.

xan
Sep 3rd, 2006, 01:54 PM
It's annoying they've given her an extra long delay to a night match, with only a possible short gap until the next round - assuming she makes it.

Why couldn't they have kept her as first on in the day session?

usatoffeefan
Sep 3rd, 2006, 01:56 PM
Murray is not playing today, he is playing 2moro. That will be the last of him as he will lose.

you wanna fight sir? ;)

~lollipop_girl~
Sep 3rd, 2006, 02:13 PM
It's annoying they've given her an extra long delay to a night match, with only a possible short gap until the next round - assuming she makes it.

Why couldn't they have kept her as first on in the day session?
And kept Ana & Serena as the night match.... I think that would have worked a lot better! :fiery:

johnoo
Sep 3rd, 2006, 02:26 PM
Murray is not playing today, he is playing 2moro. That will be the last of him as he will lose.
if only that was true.
Grandstand 11:00 AM






1. Women's Singles - 3rd Rnd.
Katarina Srebotnik (SLO)[22]
vs Lindsay Davenport (USA)[10]

followed by
2. Men's Singles - 3rd Rnd.
Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)[15]
vs. Novak Djokovic (SCG)[20]


3. Men's Singles - 3rd Rnd.
Fernando Gonzalez (CHI)[10]
vs. Andy Murray (GBR)[17]

4. Men's Singles - 3rd Rnd.
Gaston Gaudio (ARG)[21]
vs. Marc Gicquel (FRA)

johnoo
Sep 3rd, 2006, 02:28 PM
And kept Ana & Serena as the night match.... I think that would have worked a lot better! :fiery:
no because murray will be playing same time as ana v serena and at least I have a chance of seeing maria.

morningglory
Sep 3rd, 2006, 11:57 PM
Let's continue this butt-kicking form tonight Maria! :armed:

meggz_star
Sep 4th, 2006, 01:33 AM
Great match :banana:

myxomatosis
Sep 4th, 2006, 01:34 AM
63 62
Awesome :cool:

FedExpress
Sep 4th, 2006, 01:35 AM
Congrats Maria! Great match :D

daniela86
Sep 4th, 2006, 01:36 AM
I didn't see the match but judging by the score,it must have been an easy match for Masha :D Well done!! :bounce: :rocker: :rocker2: Best of luck against Na Li now!! :rocker: Masha already beat her twice this year,she surely can do it again! Davai!! :cool: :angel: :bounce: :rocker2: :drive:

myxomatosis
Sep 4th, 2006, 01:37 AM
Anyone actually get to see the match?
How was Maria playing?

Andy.
Sep 4th, 2006, 01:40 AM
Well done Masha she played, pretty well i just watched it, she as great in the first set and was pretty good in the second got a little tight mid way thru but really put it together towards the end and she played oretty well all up. She is really pumped and ready to win this title. And some nice words about Agassi in the emd. Good luck against Li Masha, she will be tough

Il Primo!
Sep 4th, 2006, 01:44 AM
Maria seem in form. Thx god she will make a good result here. Keep it up Maria

myxomatosis
Sep 4th, 2006, 01:47 AM
Well done Masha she played, pretty well i just watched it, she as great in the first set and was pretty good in the second got a little tight mid way thru but really put it together towards the end and she played oretty well all up. She is really pumped and ready to win this title. And some nice words about Agassi in the emd. Good luck against Li Masha, she will be toughThanks Andrew :yeah:

Li should be tough but I still think Maria will take it in 2. Something like 6-4 7-5

msharafan
Sep 4th, 2006, 01:53 AM
what she say about agassi and in her interview in general? it was a good match but i didnt see the interview after. she went down 2-0 in the second set but fought back and didnt lose another game she is very pumped up good luck against li na though who double bageled pierce and hit 9 aces and 50 winners! but bearing in mind she lost the first set 6-4. maria only hit two aces tonight but her serve in general was good, keep it up masha and down li na! :) on my birthday too! :)

morningglory
Sep 4th, 2006, 02:05 AM
WOOT Rest up, Angel... tomorrow you will have another challenging match against Li Na... :kiss:
We need you to be on top form, ok, Angel? :armed:

Dan23
Sep 4th, 2006, 02:06 AM
:clap2: :banana: good recovery Maria :yeah:
I watched it too :cool: we had Prattasaurus commentating :lol:

Very solid when she needed to be, still hitting some stunning winners and serve at over 80 in the 1st set and 70 in the 2nd

myxomatosis
Sep 4th, 2006, 02:08 AM
:clap2: :banana: good recovery Maria :yeah:
I watched it too :cool: we had Prattasaurus commentating :lol:

Very solid when she needed to be, still hitting some stunning winners and serve at over 80 in the 1st set and 70 in the 2ndI wish we had the Prattaraurus as a commentator! :hearts: :lol:

shadowsecret
Sep 4th, 2006, 02:26 AM
congrats maria!! so glad i get to see this match! :bounce:

Dan23
Sep 4th, 2006, 02:48 AM
I wish we had the Prattaraurus as a commentator! :hearts: :lol:
the Prattasaurus seems to like Maria :cool: she was defending Maria's shrieking saying she thought it was natural and just what she does

~lollipop_girl~
Sep 4th, 2006, 05:34 AM
Awesome win... Woot... Looking very solid! :D :bounce:

Maria Croft
Sep 4th, 2006, 06:30 AM
Another good solid win from Maria :yeah:

Steve-o
Sep 4th, 2006, 06:42 AM
Another quick win :yeah: It's good that Maria hasn't had to extend herself at all so far, should be a bit tougher next round though.

Andy.
Sep 4th, 2006, 06:52 AM
Li has been in really good form, Im a little worried about this match, i hope Masha will play well and get thru it, Li has been very good and will be uber tough.

Dan23
Sep 4th, 2006, 02:07 PM
good luck today Maria :yeah:

morningglory
Sep 4th, 2006, 02:23 PM
Li has not had a straight set win in this tourney yet... relax, comrades...
I'll bet Maria wins easily again!
And :ras: to all those doubters who think Na will cause an upset

Edward.
Sep 4th, 2006, 02:34 PM
Li beat an injured Pierce. Flippidy-doo-da.

Maria should win.

xan
Sep 4th, 2006, 03:04 PM
Another good solid win by Maria in a match that could have been testing.

Keep it up, Maria! :)

Maria Croft
Sep 4th, 2006, 05:51 PM
Good luck Maria! Another slam QF is waiting :yeah:

:)
Sep 4th, 2006, 05:52 PM
So pissed. I can't believe it isn't gonna be aired. :sad:

johnoo
Sep 4th, 2006, 09:38 PM
So pissed. I can't believe it isn't gonna be aired. :sad:
anyone know why its not on sky sports xtra or is it only interactive :sad:

jacobruiz
Sep 4th, 2006, 10:31 PM
Is anyone watching Maria/Na on the internet? And if so -where?!

msharafan
Sep 4th, 2006, 10:44 PM
yeh maria is 4-3 down im watching it on eurosport international maria went 4-1 down but is now serving to make it 4 all! :) c'mon masha please win this opening set i cant watch since she went 3-0 down cause im too nervous! lol maria please hold and break so i can watch the match! :) she seemed to be very nervous from what i saw earlier and didnt take her chances but i think shes about to hold for 4 all! c'mon masha!

johnoo
Sep 4th, 2006, 11:34 PM
Is anyone watching Maria/Na on the internet? And if so -where?!
just on eurosport online,sky sports suck :mad:

meggz_star
Sep 4th, 2006, 11:38 PM
Another win for Maria:rocker2:

nelsondan
Sep 4th, 2006, 11:40 PM
she won---6-4 6-2

http://www.usopen.org/en_US/scores/cmatch/14ws.html

johnoo
Sep 4th, 2006, 11:42 PM
the wind played a major part in that match,maria was keep having to stop on her serve till it eased down,good win because of that because its very hard to play in them conditions.

shad9480
Sep 4th, 2006, 11:55 PM
Hmm..Maria, that low of winners?! :o

It's not a good performance from Maria and she got a lot of help from Na too. But never mind...as long as she wins. Yeah, I think the wind affected her play a lot. However, it might be scary if the opponent is Juju or Momo :help:

Hope she can step it up with Tati. Yuri has a lot to say about today's play from Maria...hahaha. He's freaking mad from the look of it :cool: Go easy on her, Yuri :angel:

Good luck with Tati, Masha :bounce: :bounce:

myxomatosis
Sep 5th, 2006, 12:06 AM
the wind played a major part in that match,maria was keep having to stop on her serve till it eased down,good win because of that because its very hard to play in them conditions.Hopefully that explains the 5 Winners vs. 25 UE's. :tape:

On to the Quarterfinals! :bounce:

TennisPlayingFox
Sep 5th, 2006, 12:11 AM
Good job Maria! good luck in the Quarters against Tatiana!

morningglory
Sep 5th, 2006, 12:14 AM
bad match :o her play took a dive ever since Andy denied the relationship...
and I also forgot to bless her a few minutes b4 the match like I always do with my ":armed:"s
ah well... she has a day off tomorrow, right?

daniela86
Sep 5th, 2006, 12:19 AM
It was an ugly match:tape: :o but Masha served great at the right time:yeah:.Well done of winning in such conditions and best of luck against Tati :bounce: :rocker: It's a winnable match :D Davai Masha!!

FedExpress
Sep 5th, 2006, 12:23 AM
What a bad match by her :help: I hope no one will upload this match :tape:
Good luck against Tati!

Dan23
Sep 5th, 2006, 12:51 AM
Maria didnt play very well but it was nicely fought out.
Nothing worked for her really and her serve was very patchy. Its so good how she wont ever go away even at 1-4 after having no luck on either her FH or BH. The stats wont be pretty but a win is a win.

myxomatosis
Sep 5th, 2006, 01:01 AM
Well most players play one crap match during a slam, so this was Maria's and now it's done and she can go back to playing awesome again :)

Dan23
Sep 5th, 2006, 01:03 AM
Well most players play one crap match during a slam, so this was Maria's and now it's done and she can go back to playing awesome again :)
yup and the good thing is the score still looked rather comfortable.

prattasaurus was commentating again too :hehehe:

Andy.
Sep 5th, 2006, 01:05 AM
She played OK but she was far to tentative and nervous and she needs to get her serve back in order, but in the end it was her mental toughness and experience that got her thru. And as you guys have said she can now use this match to help her improve.

myxomatosis
Sep 5th, 2006, 01:07 AM
prattasaurus was commentating again too :hehehe:lol stop rubbing it in!
Just because we have a severe lack of dinosaur/tennis players as commentators, doesn't mean that our coverage is inferior!
Although considering they haven't shown Maria since her first round match, I guess we are inferior afterall. :hysteric:

Dan23
Sep 5th, 2006, 01:24 AM
I did sense a change of plan once Maria found herself down. She engaged Na in rallies more rather than going for winners and added more security to her shots and defended well. There was no hint of a lefty forehand today, when she was stretched it was always a DH BH or a slice from that side.

One thing thats also obvious is that Maria seems to have ditched her efforts of coming into the net regualrly. Maybe that was just something she was trying on the grasscourts.


lol stop rubbing it in!
Just because we have a severe lack of dinosaur/tennis players as commentators, doesn't mean that our coverage is inferior!
Although considering they haven't shown Maria since her first round match, I guess we are inferior afterall. :hysteric::speakles: :hug:

Maria Croft
Sep 5th, 2006, 04:55 AM
Well, she won and is in the QF again :)

Congrats Maria :yeah:

x Chu x
Sep 5th, 2006, 05:09 AM
I was there at the match. I wasn't nervous at all that Masha was down a break, as I knew she would pull through. But I was indeed concerned how this would be shown in the harder matches to come. The one thing that left her down in the beginning off the bat was her serve. Having saw her 2nd round match match in person also, in her last game 2nd set when she double faulted many times to her eventually giving up a break it seemed like her serve continued from there. Her serve just wasn't a dominant as it usually is. Also one of the ways to tell how confident masha is in her shots and how well she is striking them, is by her shrieks that you probably need to hear in person to really distinguish the difference. Anyway like always her mentality pulled her through, and will continue to do so. Now that she as the day off tomorrow, she will be hitting the practice courts hard to fix that serve. O yeah today, she was hitting the ball very flat, more flat that she usually does (reason for more unforced errors into the net today).

Udachi Mashi!

Stroba
Sep 5th, 2006, 05:13 AM
Congrats Maria!

Im not too worried about Maria not playing very mell against Li. Of course matches like this wont boost her confidence but I think all she needs is a good start against Golovin and shell be back on track.
Im still confident Maria will make the finals but Justine might be too much for her. The level of play Justine showed against Peer was awesome. :eek: Im not convinced Maria can reach that level even at her best. I hope Im wrong though.

x Chu x
Sep 5th, 2006, 05:21 AM
yeah Tati...Obviously i want Masha to win, but if Tati pulls it off I'll be cheering her to rest of the way with no remorse :) Udachi & Bonne Chance!

Steve-o
Sep 5th, 2006, 06:53 AM
I saw the first set last night and Maria was struggling bigtime. I thought it was going to be one of those days where absolutely nothing happens for her but she dug it out and showed great fight as always. :yeah:

I was worried about Tati anyway, if Maria isn't somewhere near her best she will be in big trouble.

C'mon Masha !!

msharafan
Sep 5th, 2006, 07:03 AM
yeh masha step it up if you want to get to the semis! you need to! practise hard today rest up tonight and be mantally pumped and not nervous at all for tommorow! :)

lakan kildap
Sep 5th, 2006, 08:31 AM
I was worried about Tati anyway, if Maria isn't somewhere near her best she will be in big trouble.



Yes, Tatiana also has this habit of taking a set off Maria. If Maria isn't completely focussed, the match could be lost quickly.

Rocky5
Sep 5th, 2006, 09:04 AM
I'm pretty confident Maria will win. Maria has the easiest quarter final opponent out of the 4 quarter final matches. Not too say Maria will definately win but really she should win.

WC6320
Sep 5th, 2006, 12:34 PM
Maria will win, I'm sure of it. She is in great form at the moment and as healthy as she has ever been. If its a nice sunny still day, I reckon she will win in straight sets!! C'mon Maria, you can win this tourny!!

Munich
Sep 5th, 2006, 12:38 PM
Davai Maria :D ;) :hug:

Maria Croft
Sep 5th, 2006, 02:37 PM
Her stats are horrible, only 5 winners and 25 unforced errors :eek:

Rocky5
Sep 5th, 2006, 02:41 PM
At the end of the day she won 6-4 6-2

She dropped 6 games which is not bad.

Dan23
Sep 5th, 2006, 02:49 PM
Her stats are horrible, only 5 winners and 25 unforced errors :eek:
Yea...and I reckon 2 or 3 of those winners were in the last couple of games. Maria just couldnt find the corners but still found a way through. Hopefully she bounces back with the days rest before the QF :cool:

Maria Croft
Sep 5th, 2006, 02:55 PM
And she usually plays really good tennis after she played a bad match, lets hope this time it won't be different :)

~lollipop_girl~
Sep 5th, 2006, 03:33 PM
And to think when I saw the score it was just another nice, solid easy match for Masha! :o :p

Awww now she has Tati, I'm still undecided on the result I want... I guess my heart will decide for me when the match starts! But good luck to Masha none the less! ;)

myxomatosis
Sep 5th, 2006, 03:55 PM
And to think when I saw the score it was just another nice, solid easy match for Masha! :o :p

Awww now she has Tati, I'm still undecided on the result I want... I guess my heart will decide for me when the match starts! But good luck to Masha none the less! ;)Uh, I'm pretty sure you're going to be cheering for Maria, Katie. :fiery: :boxing: :armed:

And don't think I won't come to Australia to make sure you do! :dance: ;)

xan
Sep 5th, 2006, 04:34 PM
All in all, a very good win for Masha in straight sets when her serve was completely off for much of the match!

Remember a couple of days ago many people were saying that Li was going to ko Masha. However, bar those first three games, Masha's quality showed through.

She is going to need to play something like her best against Golovin, though.

I did sense a change of plan once Maria found herself down. She engaged Na in rallies more rather than going for winners and added more security to her shots and defended well. There was no hint of a lefty forehand today, when she was stretched it was always a DH BH or a slice from that side.

One thing thats also obvious is that Maria seems to have ditched her efforts of coming into the net regualrly. Maybe that was just something she was trying on the grasscourts.

:speakles: :hug:
I noticed that. Very few rushes to the net. It's a pity since she could use that extra dimension. May be too late to start introducing it now though.


.....................................
Masha has lost her Ace Mistress title, but she has gone to the top of another interesting stat. Hopefully it bodes well...

Women's First Serve Points Won Leaders (after 4th round)
Rank PlayerCountryMatchesFirst Serve Points Won
1 M.SharapovaRUS4..................98 of 121 = 81 %
2 A.IvanovicSCG3.....................76 of 96 = 79 %
3 K.SrebotnikSLO3...................109 of 141 = 77 %
4 E.BychkovaRUS2....................65 of 85 = 76 %
5 S.WilliamsUSA4.....................104 of 138 = 75 %
6 N.PetrovaRUS3......................95 of 127 = 75 %
7 J.GajdosovaSVK3....................62 of 83 = 75 %
8 V.AzarenkaBLR3.....................69 of 93 = 74 %
9 L.AlbaneseUSA2.....................57 of 77 = 74 %
10 L.SafarovaCZE2....................74 of 100 = 74 %
11 Y.FedossovaFRA2.................64 of 88 = 73 %
11 B.MattekUSA1......................32 of 44 = 73 %
13 S.BremondFRA2....................37 of 51 = 73 %
14 M.KirilenkoRUS3.....................68 of 94 = 72 %
15 J.Henin-HardenneBEL4..............79 of 110 = 72 %
16 O.SavchukUKR1......................33 of 46 = 72 %
17 A.ChakvetadzeRUS4...............106 of 148 = 72 %
18 D.SafinaRUS4........................106 of 149 = 71 %
19 J.JankovicSCG4......................164 of 231 = 71 %
20 T.GolovinFRA4........................149 of 211 = 71 %

johnoo
Sep 5th, 2006, 04:42 PM
I was worried about Tati anyway, if Maria isn't somewhere near her best she will be in big trouble.

hmmm well golovin was not exactly great against anna and jo durie keep making comments about her footwork and speed,I honestly think li na would have beat her yesterday,I'm not worried because if masha plays anything like her normal game she will win,I've never seen a good game in windy conditions so well done maria.

myxomatosis
Sep 5th, 2006, 04:46 PM
But what do you think her chances would be against Amelie?

~lollipop_girl~
Sep 5th, 2006, 05:04 PM
Uh, I'm pretty sure you're going to be cheering for Maria, Katie. :fiery: :boxing: :armed:

And don't think I won't come to Australia to make sure you do! :dance: ;)
Ahhh... Don't scare me! :sad: :p

myxomatosis
Sep 5th, 2006, 05:06 PM
Ahhh... Don't scare me! :sad: :pIt's all right. Considering the plane ride to Australia is about 24 hours, you'd have plenty of time to hide. :lol:

Steve-o
Sep 5th, 2006, 06:05 PM
hmmm well golovin was not exactly great against anna and jo durie keep making comments about her footwork and speed,I honestly think li na would have beat her yesterday,I'm not worried because if masha plays anything like her normal game she will win,I've never seen a good game in windy conditions so well done maria.Yeah I agree, if Maria plays well she will win. I'm a bit paranoid about Maria's fitness/stamina at the moment and if she's off her game then I think Tati is more than capable of taking her. I just think Tati is playing decent right now and her game matches up well to Maria's.

But what do you think her chances would be against Amelie?Honestly, less than 50%. Although Momo hasn't been that impressive so far and I wouldn't be surprised if Safina beats her.

johnoo
Sep 5th, 2006, 06:06 PM
But what do you think her chances would be against Amelie?
good she has to beat amelie someday and that day could be friday,I was kinda surprised the womens quaters were not both night matches,anyone know if maria will be first on or night match?

johnoo
Sep 5th, 2006, 06:11 PM
Yeah I agree, if Maria plays well she will win. I'm a bit paranoid about Maria's fitness/stamina at the moment and if she's off her game then I think Tati is more than capable of taking her. I just think Tati is playing decent right now and her game matches up well to Maria's.

did you see tati's match? its a rare thing when maria goes into a match actual with better movement than her opponent,I like golovin but she's really has trouble with wide balls and cross court coverage,anna played a sloppy tentative match a bit of belief and she could have really made it close.

Steve-o
Sep 5th, 2006, 06:26 PM
did you see tati's match? its a rare thing when maria goes into a match actual with better movement than her opponent,I like golovin but she's really has trouble with wide balls and cross court coverage,anna played a sloppy tentative match a bit of belief and she could have really made it close.Yeah, I saw the match on sky, I've seen 3 of her matches this tournament. I have to disagree about movement though. Tati is no Henin-Hardenne but I think she's a decent mover, definitely quicker around the court than Maria.

johnoo
Sep 5th, 2006, 07:42 PM
Yeah, I saw the match on sky, I've seen 3 of her matches this tournament. I have to disagree about movement though. Tati is no Henin-Hardenne but I think she's a decent mover, definitely quicker around the court than Maria.
ok your opinion but I'm not really been impressed.

Dan23
Sep 6th, 2006, 12:30 AM
im also a little worried about Maria in long matches later this week, although she has had yesterday off. Momo hasnt been overly great this week, Maria has probably still displayed the best form overall in their half but it means little when it gets to SF time.

morningglory
Sep 6th, 2006, 12:35 AM
oh cmon stop worrying people! :wavey: if Maria loses there's nothing we can do, but I think she won't have THAT much of a hard time against Tati. Maria might still very well take the title so chin up!

msharafan
Sep 6th, 2006, 08:32 AM
yeh we should be more optimistic i suppose but id be really upset if masha lost to golovin, golovin is a plugger and when she did this in miami for a set and a half it didnt work then golovin started to play aggressive and played a fab match, she was a break down in the 3rd set when she fell and i felt maria would have won that match anyway. id say golovin will maybe start of plaugging until she gets her rythm then after a set if it hasnt work shell start being aggressive it may come off it may not if this is the case maria needs to be aggressive get a high number of first serves and deep returns she needs to stay aggressive and not let golovin dictate play, then again tati might come out playing aggressive right from the start and if this works it probably will end in too many ues then shell keep it up and maria will need to up her game. tatis movement is very good she bases her game around it ie [lugging consistently until she can attack. this match will also depend on whether maria is nervous like against li na she cant afford to be, lets hope its a calm night with no wind. also we dont know how mentally golovin will act, it may be her downfall in the match ie trying to bllast maria off the court and making too many ues or it might be her winning ticket to the semis, marias got all the pressure lets hope she can deal with it not be nervous and up for a great fight, i hope masha wins this in two sets as if it goes to a third who knows what might happen if golovin is down a set and a break maria needs to keep playing the way she was to get to that lead and not sit beack. also a factor may be fitness golovins had a few 3 set matches so whether shell have the stamina to win a3 set match against masha is also another question,

xan
Sep 6th, 2006, 01:52 PM
Worrying is only natural, but it's up to Maria when the chips are down. Hopefully she will play top tennis tonight and take down the French challenge.

Maria Croft
Sep 6th, 2006, 02:18 PM
The only thing I'm worried about is that she is relying on her first serve too much, that could cost her in longer points or even matches.

Dan23
Sep 6th, 2006, 02:32 PM
good luck today Maria :yeah:

Just Do It
Sep 6th, 2006, 07:31 PM
Good luck Maria !

:inlove:
Sep 6th, 2006, 08:52 PM
:yeah: Maria. Hopefully 2 sets: 6-3 7-5, although I would like to see one 3 setter this QF. :shrug:

myxomatosis
Sep 6th, 2006, 09:58 PM
This match is definitely making me nervous...

C'mon Masha! Win it up! :bounce:

morningglory
Sep 6th, 2006, 10:00 PM
OK. Time for my blessing :)
:armed: let's go angel!

Maria Croft
Sep 6th, 2006, 10:03 PM
Good luck Maria!

msharafan
Sep 6th, 2006, 11:14 PM
good luck masha! :) i know you can do it! :)

morningglory
Sep 7th, 2006, 12:03 AM
shaky start there but nice recovery Maria :)

msharafan
Sep 7th, 2006, 01:31 AM
maria please just close this one out in two!

x Chu x
Sep 7th, 2006, 01:37 AM
is that coaching or do u think it's fair for masha to be told when to eat or drink by her father or m.joyce in a game. they should them clearly signaling masha during the tati match on tv

lakan kildap
Sep 7th, 2006, 01:38 AM
from 5-3 serving for the match, to tiebreak.

lakan kildap
Sep 7th, 2006, 01:44 AM
nice run out of the tie break.

morningglory
Sep 7th, 2006, 01:47 AM
whew. tighter than a pair of jeans after you've just went to a buffet... :o
rest up now...
and :lol: is telling to eat even considered "coaching"?

TennisPlayingFox
Sep 7th, 2006, 01:49 AM
Nice win Maria! good luck against Ameile! You can do it!