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King Aaron
Aug 23rd, 2006, 07:03 PM
Singles MD

Amelie Mauresmo (1) vs. QUALIFIER
Meghann Shaughnessy vs. Roberta Vinci
Mara Santangelo vs. Lisa Raymond
Sybille Bammer vs. Nathalie Dechy (31)

Daniela Hantuchova (17) vs. Bethanie Mattek USA
Lourdes Dominguez Lino vs. Serena Williams
Melinda Czink vs. Aiko Nakamura
Vera Dushevina vs. Ana Ivanovic (16)

Dinara Safina (12) vs. QUALIFIER
Yuliana Fedak vs QUALIFIER
Alexa Glatch vs. Jarmila Gajdosova
Viktoriya Kutuzova vs. Flavia Pennetta (18)

Anabel Medina Garrigues (25) vs. Vera Zvonareva
Kaia Kanepi vs. Stephanie Foretz
Maret Ani vs. Virginie Razzano
Shuai Peng vs. Martina Hingis (8)

Maria Sharapova (http://showthread.php?t=257573#) (3) vs. Michaella Krajicek
Emilie Loit vs. Camille Pin
QUALIFIER vs. QUALIFIER
Tiantian Sun vs. Elena Likhovtseva (32)

Na Li (24) vs Maria Sanchez Lorenzo
Shenay Perry vs. Eleni Daniilidou
QUALIFIER vs. Galina Voskoboeva
Elena Vesnina vs. Mary Pierce (13)

Anastasia Myskina (11) vs. Victoria Azarenka
Jamea Jackson vs. Tsvetana Pironkova
Ahsha Rolle vs. Alona Bondarenko
Martina Sucha vs. Anna Chakvetadze (23)

Tatiana Golovin (27) vs. Ashley Harkleroad
Zi Yan vs. QUALIFIER
Amy Frazier vs. Virginia Ruano Pascual
QUALIFIER vs. Nadia Petrova (5)
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Svetlana Kuznetsova (6) vs. QUALIFIER
Lauren Albanese vs. Olga Savchuk
Hana Sromova vs. Anastassia Rodionova
Kveta Peschke vs. Jie Zheng (29)

Jelena Jankovic (19) vs. Gisela Dulko
QUALIFIER vs. QUALIFIER
Alina Jidkova vs. Jessica Kirkland
Chanda Rubin vs. Nicole Vaidisova (9)

Anna-Lena Groenefeld (15) vs. Aravane Rezai
Samantha Stosur vs. Lucie Safarova
QUALIFIER vs. Severine Bremond
Julia Schruff vs. Maria Kirilenko (20)

Venus Williams (30) vs. Marta Domachowska
Iveta Benesova vs. Jill Craybas
Meilen Tu vs. Emma Laine
Laura Granville vs. Elena Dementieva (4)

Patty Schnyder (7) vs. Anna Smashnova
Sofia Arvidsson vs. Conchita Martinez (http://showthread.php?t=257573#) Granados
Catalina Castano vs. QUALIFIER
QUALIFIER vs. Marion Bartoli (26)

Katarina Srebotnik (22) vs. Akiko Morigami
Ekaterina Bychkova vs. QUALIFIER
Shinobu Asagoe vs. Jelena Kostanic
Klara Zakopalova vs. Lindsay Davenport (10)

Francesca Schiavone (14) vs. Romina Oprandi
Karolina Sprem vs. Sania Mirza
Martina Muller vs. Anastasiya Yakimova
QUALIFIER vs. Shahar Peer (21)

Ai Sugiyama (28) vs. Zuzana Ondraskova
Tathiana Garbin vs. Meng Yuan
Vania King vs. Alicia Molik
Maria Elena Camerin vs. Justine Henin-Hardenne BEL (2)

Kirilenko_Kamp
Aug 23rd, 2006, 07:27 PM
Has anyone heard of Julia Schruff from Germany???? Who is she??? I never heard of her before. Is she a righty or lefty??? Does she a strong forehand or backhand or both??? How's her serve??? Is she a baseliner or serve & volleyer (which I doubt since it's virtually nonexistent in women's tennis). What are her court tendencies??? Does she go for the lines or just relies on getting the ball back??? Is she a speedster on the court or runs like molasses??? The reason I ask so many questions is so that we can provide a gameplan for Makiri and her coach. Please help Makiri get pass the 1st round this yeat at the USO!!!! You can send donations to the "Makiri gets past the 1st round" foundation. Money orders are accepted!!! Does anybody think Makiri will get past the 1st round??? I think she's going to surprise alot a people despite her recent perfomances. Go Makiri!!!!!

RonnieB33
Aug 23rd, 2006, 07:56 PM
Is this Roland Garros all over again? ALG and Bremond in her draw again?

daandaan
Aug 23rd, 2006, 11:07 PM
Here Profile --> http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/PlayerBio.asp?ID=&EntityID=1&CustomerID=0&OrderID=0&ReturnURL=/&PlayerID=190711

so right handed, double handed backhand, 24 years old.
Last year US open lost to Sharapova in r32.

Last tournament: lost from Groenefeld in Montreal R64

Nadie
Aug 23rd, 2006, 11:21 PM
Lena Dementieva managed to lost to Schruff in the first round of AOpen.. but I haven't seen that match.

Anyway, go Maria go! :kiss:

so.krist!na
Aug 24th, 2006, 01:02 AM
Go Maria! :kiss: :D
Please win a match!

Veeko
Aug 24th, 2006, 03:50 AM
good luck Kirilenko

FedExpress
Aug 24th, 2006, 10:50 AM
We shouldn't underestimate Schruff. She beat Pennetta at the US Open last year (1st round 6-4 3-6 7-5) and Dementieva at the AO this year (1st round 7-5 6-2). In spite of everything Maria should be in the position to beat her *thinks positive*.

~lollipop_girl~
Aug 24th, 2006, 02:32 PM
This is a great draw for Maria and she happens to be the only one of faves in the bottom half, therefore she has to get to the final! :D

Yeah, like I said, great draw but this is Maria so I don't think its gonna help all that much... Hoping for some surprises from her though! :D

Davai Makiri! :bounce:

King Aaron
Aug 24th, 2006, 05:21 PM
Maria should be able to beat Julia. :unsure:

houseoflords
Aug 25th, 2006, 12:18 AM
If Maria plays her game, she should beat Schruff. Julia doesn't have a great serve or a big game to punish Maria. The biggest concern with Maria is her confidence. I don't think that the draw is that bad for the 1st few rounds if she plays the ways she is capable. Hopefully, she'll turn it around. I will at least be tehre to encourage her onward

Zoltan83
Aug 25th, 2006, 12:25 AM
If Maria plays her game, she should beat Schruff.
That's it.
I hope so she will play as she can do it.

Kirilenko_Kamp
Aug 25th, 2006, 03:15 PM
Thanks for the info on Schruff guys. She seems like no easy pushover for Makiri. I guess she has her work cut out. I just hope and pray she does well. I'm still nervous about Makiri's game and her state of mind. Hopefully she'll take it to Schruff and win convincingly in straight sets. Even a tough three set win against Julia would be nice. They say every player needs to experience a tough match at the USO in order to get settled in. If that happens, I like here chances going far in the draw. Let's keep our fingers crossed. Go Makiri!!!!

Vassili
Aug 26th, 2006, 03:51 PM
Davaļ Maria !! we're with you ! :dance:

felipemia89
Aug 26th, 2006, 08:56 PM
VAMOS MARIA!! hope you have a great tournament!

so.krist!na
Aug 27th, 2006, 05:44 AM
Good luck agaisnt Julia,Masha!:kiss:

x Chu x
Aug 27th, 2006, 08:02 AM
Does anyone know what she will be wearing for the us open this year?

UDACHI

cindy
Aug 27th, 2006, 11:20 AM
go maria please do something great here!!!

_lotti_
Aug 27th, 2006, 07:45 PM
Go Makiri... Kick in julias ass.
But I think she play a good grand slam. I mean She won the tournament in Juniors...

x Chu x
Aug 28th, 2006, 05:53 AM
good luck !! Mariki

Kirilenko_Kamp
Aug 28th, 2006, 02:11 PM
Good luck with your match today Makiri against Schruff. Just believe in your abilities, your game, and most important of all just believe in yourself. Just have fun out there and enjoy the moment Makiri!!! Wishing you the very best!!!

King Aaron
Aug 28th, 2006, 05:27 PM
Does anyone know what she will be wearing for the us open this year?

UDACHI
We'll see soon enough. ;)
Probably a different colour of the stuff she's been wearing all year. ;)

Good luck Maria! :kiss:

daandaan
Aug 28th, 2006, 09:57 PM
She has started here match :) 1-0 to Maria, she holds here serve

daandaan
Aug 28th, 2006, 10:39 PM
6-3 2-0* for Maria now :)
It's looking good

daandaan
Aug 28th, 2006, 10:46 PM
6-3 *4-1 for Maria now
It's looking very good

daandaan
Aug 28th, 2006, 10:55 PM
6-3 5-1* for Maria now
nice nice nice :)

daandaan
Aug 28th, 2006, 11:00 PM
6-3 5-3* for Maria now , Schruff broke back one time
It's looking very good

daandaan
Aug 28th, 2006, 11:04 PM
6-3 *5-4 for Maria now

Serve it out now Maria

daandaan
Aug 28th, 2006, 11:09 PM
Final Score: 6-3, 6-4

Well done Maria.
Finaly a win :)

2nd round vs : Severine Bremond --> http://www.usopen.org/en_US/bios/profile/ws/wtab553.html

TennisPlayingFox
Aug 28th, 2006, 11:23 PM
Great job maria! Good luck agianst Severine!

Kirilenko_Kamp
Aug 29th, 2006, 12:11 AM
Great job of getting that monkey off your back Makiri!!! I must admit I had doubts that she would get past the 1st round due to her previous early round exits. Now let's just keep that momentum going through the 2nd round! :) Believe in your abilities, your game, and most of all in YOURSELF!!! Go Makiri :D

Veeko
Aug 29th, 2006, 01:41 AM
well done MK
keep it going

daandaan
Aug 29th, 2006, 09:34 AM
I was freakin' out when Schruff came back from 5-1 to 5-4 :fiery:
But Maria holds here own serve and won :)

~lollipop_girl~
Aug 29th, 2006, 02:27 PM
OMG Woot... She won a match! :banana: I'm very stoked! :D

Andy.
Aug 29th, 2006, 02:35 PM
Decent enough start for the tournament. That should gie her some confidence. Good luck in round 2 Maria

King Aaron
Aug 29th, 2006, 04:42 PM
Well done Maria! :kiss:

Vassili
Aug 29th, 2006, 04:51 PM
good job makiri ! :cool: :kiss:

houseoflords
Aug 29th, 2006, 06:21 PM
Maria looked farily good considering how things are going for her. She returned very well. She really took advantage of Schruff's weak 2nd serve. She just jumped on it. She even returned and volleyed in the 6th game of the 1st set, which gave her a break point that she converted. When she got her 1st serve in, Maria did well. She ocntrol these points for the most part and even had 4 aces. She brought some power on the serve that I haven't really seen from her before. Still, she had 6 double faults which is far too many. Her slice shots were giving Schruff trouble. They were at Julia's feet and she had trouble handling them. I would still like to see Maria come to net a little more. Her vollies look good (not the drop shot though). Her reaction time on Schruff's drop shots was a little slow but she still managed to get to them.

Masha really has an opportunity here. The draw has opened up a bit for her with Groenefeld going down to Rezai. She has a real chance to get to the 4th round against Dementieva. Bremond is next, a player Maria should beat. Hopefully, she'll build on it.

I watched her practice on Saturday and she was in really good spirits. She said that she was ready & feeling good (no knee brace). On another note, Thomas Blake has been hitting with her and working on her game with her a bit. He has offered to become her full time travelling coach. We'll see if that happens

Zoltan83
Aug 29th, 2006, 11:57 PM
Good job Maria!!! A good victory :banana:

King Aaron
Aug 30th, 2006, 06:29 PM
Maria looked farily good considering how things are going for her. She returned very well. She really took advantage of Schruff's weak 2nd serve. She just jumped on it. She even returned and volleyed in the 6th game of the 1st set, which gave her a break point that she converted. When she got her 1st serve in, Maria did well. She ocntrol these points for the most part and even had 4 aces. She brought some power on the serve that I haven't really seen from her before. Still, she had 6 double faults which is far too many. Her slice shots were giving Schruff trouble. They were at Julia's feet and she had trouble handling them. I would still like to see Maria come to net a little more. Her vollies look good (not the drop shot though). Her reaction time on Schruff's drop shots was a little slow but she still managed to get to them.

Masha really has an opportunity here. The draw has opened up a bit for her with Groenefeld going down to Rezai. She has a real chance to get to the 4th round against Dementieva. Bremond is next, a player Maria should beat. Hopefully, she'll build on it.

I watched her practice on Saturday and she was in really good spirits. She said that she was ready & feeling good (no knee brace). On another note, Thomas Blake has been hitting with her and working on her game with her a bit. He has offered to become her full time travelling coach. We'll see if that happens
Is he any good? I mean do you think he'll be able to help Maria improve her game and so on?

I still feel it's a pity that she couldn't get David Taylor to work with her again. Look how well Ana Ivanovic has been doing lately.

Kirilenko_Kamp
Aug 30th, 2006, 07:10 PM
Maria looked farily good considering how things are going for her. She returned very well. She really took advantage of Schruff's weak 2nd serve. She just jumped on it. She even returned and volleyed in the 6th game of the 1st set, which gave her a break point that she converted. When she got her 1st serve in, Maria did well. She ocntrol these points for the most part and even had 4 aces. She brought some power on the serve that I haven't really seen from her before. Still, she had 6 double faults which is far too many. Her slice shots were giving Schruff trouble. They were at Julia's feet and she had trouble handling them. I would still like to see Maria come to net a little more. Her vollies look good (not the drop shot though). Her reaction time on Schruff's drop shots was a little slow but she still managed to get to them.

Masha really has an opportunity here. The draw has opened up a bit for her with Groenefeld going down to Rezai. She has a real chance to get to the 4th round against Dementieva. Bremond is next, a player Maria should beat. Hopefully, she'll build on it.

I watched her practice on Saturday and she was in really good spirits. She said that she was ready & feeling good (no knee brace). On another note, Thomas Blake has been hitting with her and working on her game with her a bit. He has offered to become her full time travelling coach. We'll see if that happens
Thanks so much for the analogy in Makiri's match since I wasn't able to watch her play on the USA Network. It sounds like she's getting things straightened out with her game. Serve & volleying??? Plus hitting a couple of aces??? That definitely shows she's getting more aggressive with her game. Well done Makiri! Good luck with your next match against Bremond! Keep the momentum flowing!!!

Kirilenko_Kamp
Aug 31st, 2006, 01:34 PM
Wishing you the best of luck today Makiri with your match against Bremond! I have a very good feeling you're gonna do well against her. :D Believe in your abilities, your game, and most important in YOURSELF! Have fun out there and enjoy the moment! :) Just win baby!!! :D

-Makiri-
Aug 31st, 2006, 03:42 PM
Good luck in R2 Maria !!! :D

daandaan
Aug 31st, 2006, 04:50 PM
Maria leads *4-1 now over Bremond
It's looking good :)

daandaan
Aug 31st, 2006, 04:52 PM
5-1* now.

Nice nice nice

daandaan
Aug 31st, 2006, 04:57 PM
*5-2
Just serve it out Maria

btw, Davenport won 6-0, 6-0 from Kostanic in 40 min......

daandaan
Aug 31st, 2006, 04:59 PM
Maria wins the 1st set with 6-2. :bounce:

daandaan
Aug 31st, 2006, 05:09 PM
1-1 2nd set

Mashak
Aug 31st, 2006, 05:19 PM
Phew ! She's doing gooood ! :)
Tough game, but she took it ! Maria to 2-2 in the second..

:banana:

Mashak
Aug 31st, 2006, 05:27 PM
Yes leading a break in the second.. ! :woohoo:
Looks good so far... Hope she can finish it ! :bounce:

daandaan
Aug 31st, 2006, 05:27 PM
*4-3 for Maria now :) 2nd set

Too bad eurosport isnt broadcasting it :fiery:

daandaan
Aug 31st, 2006, 05:33 PM
yeah 5-3*

TennisPlayingFox
Aug 31st, 2006, 05:39 PM
Maria def Bremond 6-2, 6-3! Way to go Makiri! Good luck in round 3!

daandaan
Aug 31st, 2006, 05:46 PM
Nice one Maria
3rd round opponent: Safarova or Rezai
I think she has a good opportunity to go to the 4th round

FedExpress
Aug 31st, 2006, 06:34 PM
Next opponent is Rezai. I think it's possible to beat her because she struggled a lot (according to the liveboard ;)).
Good luck Maria!

Zoltan83
Aug 31st, 2006, 10:35 PM
Congrats Maria!!! :bounce:

Yes, she could reach the 4th round :D

daandaan
Aug 31st, 2006, 11:29 PM
Maria has a very good change to reach the 4th round :)

ARAVANE REZAI:
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/2/players/playerprofiles/Playerbio.asp?PlayerID=311791

Kirilenko_Kamp
Sep 1st, 2006, 12:37 AM
Congrats on a great win Makiri over Bremond!!! :) :D :) Good luck in the 3rd round!!!

Andy.
Sep 1st, 2006, 01:45 AM
Yay well done Maria on making round 3 but now its time to really concentrate and focus, this is another winnable match coming up. Good luck Maria.

Veeko
Sep 1st, 2006, 03:32 PM
so good luck MK

furrykitten
Sep 1st, 2006, 03:45 PM
COME ON MARIA!! :bounce:
3rd well done :)

King Aaron
Sep 1st, 2006, 07:00 PM
Maria plays Rezai later on Court 10. Good luck! :kiss:

The_Pov
Sep 1st, 2006, 07:21 PM
I thought that Maria would have a problem with round 2 but she performed well so hopefully she will advance to the 4th round for the first time in her Grand Slam career.

Although 2 wins in a row is great for me. I do hope makiri does pick some form here because it will help her with the build up to her title defense.

daandaan
Sep 1st, 2006, 08:16 PM
Maria has started her match.

daandaan
Sep 1st, 2006, 08:52 PM
Maria lost the 1st set with 6-3 :(

daandaan
Sep 1st, 2006, 09:26 PM
Maria lost :(
6-3 , 6-1

too bad

David Barker
Sep 1st, 2006, 09:43 PM
Rezai was way too good - she can really hit the ball.

the cat
Sep 1st, 2006, 11:54 PM
It's hard for Little Masha to hit through a strong wind like she had today and a much stronger girl like Rezai. I'm not surprised Rezai beat Maria but I am suprised that she crushed her and routined her so easily. :eek: This is a very dissapointing loss for Makiri. :( And I wonder if this loss will be a psychological set back for her.

~lollipop_girl~
Sep 2nd, 2006, 07:37 AM
Despite the 3rd round match I am sooo proud of Makiri for actually making it to the 3rd... Its a slam so its not nearly as easy as it sounds, especially with her current form... And beating Bremond is a pretty good sign too!

Andy.
Sep 2nd, 2006, 07:39 AM
Well it seems like she has her year bak on track winning back to back matches, it just wasnt her day today, she will eventually learn how to beat bigger stronger opponents.

David Barker
Sep 2nd, 2006, 08:18 AM
That's not facing up to reality. Did you see the match? If Rezai had not been quite so reckless in some of her shot making earlier on it would have been 1 and 1. Maria is so small, so feminine, she just doesn't have the guns for big hitters.
Not sure what she can do, as she doesn't have the guile of say Hingis.

I'm not sure she will feel that her season is back on track after being thrashed yesterday.

furrykitten
Sep 2nd, 2006, 09:57 AM
Maria :sad:

Dementirilenko
Sep 2nd, 2006, 11:09 AM
Unfirtunately Makiri lost her third round match against Rezai but all in all it was a good tourney. She had a lot of tough first round losses before the US Open started and it seems that she finds her form.

Lillibet
Sep 2nd, 2006, 11:23 AM
Well, what can I say?
Maria, Maria, Maria... I guess it could've been worse, at least it wasn't a first round exit, but still, I really want Maria to be considered a real contender for titles, someone who other players just don't want to meet in the first or second rounds.
Ah, all we can do now is mourn the loss.. :sad:
And say... good luck in the doubles!

Kirilenko_Kamp
Sep 2nd, 2006, 02:54 PM
That's not facing up to reality. Did you see the match? If Rezai had not been quite so reckless in some of her shot making earlier on it would have been 1 and 1. Maria is so small, so feminine, she just doesn't have the guns for big hitters.
Not sure what she can do, as she doesn't have the guile of say Hingis.

I'm not sure she will feel that her season is back on track after being thrashed yesterday.
That's the dilemma our little Makiri has to deal with. She lacks that big weapon that the other players have, big forehand, big backhand and serve. I remember Mary Joe Fernandez and Cliff Drysdale back at the Nasdaq 100 commenting on her style of play. Since she does lack a huge weapon, can her style of play survive in today's women's power tennis??? They went on to say that since she is still young, she can still develop a more powerful serve or a bigger forehand and backhand. Justine Henin, early in her career, was only known for her backhand, but now she has worked hard on her forehand and now it's a potent weapon. So there's room for improvement for Makiri. They compared her game to Martina Hingis, but she doesn't have the craftiness. I see a little Amanda Coetzer in her. Overall, I'm glad that she got past the first two rounds at the USO. Hopefully she can build on that.

David Barker
Sep 2nd, 2006, 05:14 PM
Unfirtunately Makiri lost her third round match against Rezai but all in all it was a good tourney. She had a lot of tough first round losses before the US Open started and it seems that she finds her form.


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"A good tourney" "She finds her form" - relative to her recent run of R1 losses I suppose, but not for a player seeded 20 in a Grand Slam.
Interesting the comments made by Drysdale and Fernandez - will be a real period of reflection for Maria as to what she can try to do to become a better counter-puncher against girls who absolutely whallop the ball. Speak to Hingis? Call Coetzer? Hopefully there is room for girls like Hingis and Kirilenko who have more craft but less power.

David Barker
Sep 2nd, 2006, 05:17 PM
By the way in the dubbs last night her match was rained off with the score for Masha and Ana 5-4 on serve 0-15 vs Vera Dushevina and Yulia Beygelzimer. Should be on Ashe - four very beautiful talented ladies!

houseoflords
Sep 2nd, 2006, 05:50 PM
Rezai wasn't the issue in the match. Maria was. For the first time in my life, I was disapppointed with Maria. I'm not taking anything away from Rezai. She played a good match and did what she needed to win. The problem is Maria really didn't seem to care. She had no fire whatsoever. It seemed as if she was going through the motions. The effort was simply not there. After the 1st set, she just seemed to quit. That disappointed me greatly. When I contrast that to the effort I saw Shahar Peer give yesterday, it makes me really worry a bout Maria's mental state at the moment. Peer was down 5-1 in the 3rd set but kept fighting and came back and won in a tiebreak. Maria loses a set in which she had chances to go ahead and possible win and she throws in the towel. Maria needs to refocus and ask herself what kind of career she wants to have. If she wants to be better than this and a pray she does, she needs to put the work and effort in.

Also, her game plan was completely wrong. Rezai is a power player and hits the ball har all the time. She likes pace. Safarova had success against her in the 2nd round with slices and junk balls and moving her around. Rezai doesn't move well at all. Maria needed to move her around the court; hit slice backhand to Rezai's feet (like she did in the 1st 2 rounds); come to net a lot & serve and volley. Her slice backhand was invisible. She rarely came to net and rarely moved Rezai around. She tried to rally with Rezai from the baseline and got overpowered.

Kirilenko_Kamp
Sep 2nd, 2006, 07:54 PM
Rezai wasn't the issue in the match. Maria was. For the first time in my life, I was disapppointed with Maria. I'm not taking anything away from Rezai. She played a good match and did what she needed to win. The problem is Maria really didn't seem to care. She had no fire whatsoever. It seemed as if she was going through the motions. The effort was simply not there. After the 1st set, she just seemed to quit. That disappointed me greatly. When I contrast that to the effort I saw Shahar Peer give yesterday, it makes me really worry a bout Maria's mental state at the moment. Peer was down 5-1 in the 3rd set but kept fighting and came back and won in a tiebreak. Maria loses a set in which she had chances to go ahead and possible win and she throws in the towel. Maria needs to refocus and ask herself what kind of career she wants to have. If she wants to be better than this and a pray she does, she needs to put the work and effort in.

Also, her game plan was completely wrong. Rezai is a power player and hits the ball har all the time. She likes pace. Safarova had success against her in the 2nd round with slices and junk balls and moving her around. Rezai doesn't move well at all. Maria needed to move her around the court; hit slice backhand to Rezai's feet (like she did in the 1st 2 rounds); come to net a lot & serve and volley. Her slice backhand was invisible. She rarely came to net and rarely moved Rezai around. She tried to rally with Rezai from the baseline and got overpowered.
Thanks again for the analogy in Makiri's last match against Rezai. I'm very disappointed in her effort and game plan. That's not like her at all. The possibility of making it to the 4th round at a slam was all but thrown out the window. Like I said before she needs to develop a big weapon in her arsenal= big forehand, backhand, or serve. Still, I can't believe she tried to bang from the baseline with Rezai. :confused: She needs to re-evaluate herself and figure out what she wants to do with her tennis career. Is she content with the game she has now or should she try something new? New coach? New training regimen? etc. Being a counter-puncher in today's power tennis takes alot strength both mentally and physically especially if you don't have that big weapon that you can rely on. That can take its toll on someone with such a petite stature like Makiri. If she went on a training regimen like Justine Henin, where she added on some muscle mass she could probably hang with the other big hitters. I don't know. Alot of questions to be asked about Makiri's game... :sad:

Zoltan83
Sep 2nd, 2006, 10:38 PM
Mara :sad: I didn't see her match so thanks for your reports :)

King Aaron
Sep 3rd, 2006, 03:43 PM
Rezai wasn't the issue in the match. Maria was. For the first time in my life, I was disapppointed with Maria. I'm not taking anything away from Rezai. She played a good match and did what she needed to win. The problem is Maria really didn't seem to care. She had no fire whatsoever. It seemed as if she was going through the motions. The effort was simply not there. After the 1st set, she just seemed to quit. That disappointed me greatly. When I contrast that to the effort I saw Shahar Peer give yesterday, it makes me really worry a bout Maria's mental state at the moment. Peer was down 5-1 in the 3rd set but kept fighting and came back and won in a tiebreak. Maria loses a set in which she had chances to go ahead and possible win and she throws in the towel. Maria needs to refocus and ask herself what kind of career she wants to have. If she wants to be better than this and a pray she does, she needs to put the work and effort in.

Also, her game plan was completely wrong. Rezai is a power player and hits the ball har all the time. She likes pace. Safarova had success against her in the 2nd round with slices and junk balls and moving her around. Rezai doesn't move well at all. Maria needed to move her around the court; hit slice backhand to Rezai's feet (like she did in the 1st 2 rounds); come to net a lot & serve and volley. Her slice backhand was invisible. She rarely came to net and rarely moved Rezai around. She tried to rally with Rezai from the baseline and got overpowered.
Thanks.

~lollipop_girl~
Sep 5th, 2006, 04:43 PM
Awesome upset in doubles against the 5th seeds! :bounce:
US Open still ain't over for us yet! :D

x Chu x
Sep 5th, 2006, 09:25 PM
udachi take down the old hag and your fellow russian