View Full Version : Makiri has already entered in AIG Japan Open after a dismal result in Seoul...

Sep 26th, 2006, 08:02 PM
Does anybody think she'll do well here??? There are questions abound about Makiri's mental state, shoulder injury, mental state, early round exits, coach Sears, etc. It's a Tier III event and it starts in October 2-8. All I can do is wish her the very best. Hopefully she gets a decent draw. If she falls victim to another early exit, maybe Yuri might have to pull the plug on Sears. I personally think Makiri should just shut it down, rest, and regroup for 2007.

Sep 27th, 2006, 06:00 PM
Sears has only just taken over give him chance...
Good Luck Maria :hug:

Sep 28th, 2006, 03:47 AM
I hope she can do well. :)

Good luck Maria! :yeah:

Sep 28th, 2006, 10:10 AM
Sears has only just taken over give him chance...
Good Luck Maria :hug:

Exactly, I don't expect any improvements until probably next year (hopefully early in the year because Makiri has a lot of points to defend)

I think Maria should play but just so Sears can see her in match conditions, at the moment her results don't matter too much her 2006 season is destroyed beyond repair but if Sears can study her game style etc then he'll be able to work out what he has to do to put her back on track.

Sep 28th, 2006, 07:12 PM
Right now I don't think playing is gonna do Maria any good. The only thing that is going to happen is that she will be completely destroyed mentally. Her confidence has to be almost nil right now and if she keeps going like she is, it could take a long time for her to come around. She needs take the rest of the year off and clear her head and work with Sears. He has seen enough to know what needs to be worked on. It doesn't take long to figure out what Maria's problems are. If he needs to know, he should contact me. I could give him a detailed report. It's actually quite simple. No confidence, bad serving, too tenative (more aggressiveness please), little variety in her shots.

the cat
Sep 29th, 2006, 01:05 AM
I'm glad Makiri is working with Nigel Sears. I hope he has a long term plan for Masha. He knows her game and I hope he can help her the way he did Daniela Hantuchova. Masha doesn't quite have Dani's serve or power but she moves so much better than Dani does and has just as good hands as Dani does. So Sears has some talent to work with here. But his greatest task may be getting Maria to regroup mentally. I hope he can help her.

House makes a pertinent point about how Little Masha needs more variety in her game. I agree. For someone as mobile as Masha is with the ability to hit winners from anywhere on the court as Maria has her variety of shot is somewhat lacking. And she's not as smart a tennis player as I thought she was.

Atleast Maria will have a few days to regroup before the Japan Open. I just hope she has something left to give this year. But it seems like she's running on empty right now. :(

Sep 29th, 2006, 01:38 AM
good luck Makiri... and enjoy the sushi!

Sep 29th, 2006, 05:07 AM
I just watched most of the 3rd set of Maria's match vs. Bremond from Roland Garros. Maria fought really hard and showed great mental toughness and composure. :)

I hope she can soon regain the mental toughness and composure in Japan. ;)

Sep 29th, 2006, 01:56 PM
Sears has only just taken over give him chance...
Good Luck Maria :hug:
I know I'm jumping the gun on cutting the ties with Nigel Sears. I even mentioned on another thread that we should give him a chance to work with Makiri, but it just tears my heart when I see her get ousted in the early rounds of tournaments. Especially if it's just the 1st round! Everyone goes through a slump in their tennis careers. Unfortunately, Makiri is experiencing one right now. It now depends on how she deals with the situation. Just play through it??? Change of game plan??? Improve her serve, backhand, forehand into a weapon??? Who knows??? I like Houses' analogy of Makiri's struggles lately. I, for one haven't seen her play since the Nasdaq 100 of last Spring on ESPN2 against Sharapova. So, hopefully Sears or Makiri read this thread and maybe they can both learn from the people who care the most= her LOYAL DEVOTED FANS!!! :)

the cat
Sep 29th, 2006, 03:28 PM
I want to amend my earlier comments in this thread about Maria needing more variety in her game. She has plenty of variety as she can hit winners and touch and feel shots from anywhere on the court. And she has a 2 handed backhand slice and as well as a 1 hand backhand slice and 1 hand forehand slice. But what Masha lacks is the ability to use her variety to her advantage strategically in matches against the power players such as Aravane Rezai who over powered and routined Makiri at the 2006 U.S. Open. Maria should have been able to pull Rezai around the court with sharp angles, slices and drop shots mixed in with some flat groundies to keep her off balance. But according to reports Masha played right into Rezai's hands and was easily brushed aside by her much bigger and stronger opponent.

More than anything Makiri needs to compliment her outstanding mobility and agililty with the right strategy against girls and women who have major size and power advantages against her. Maria beat Sharapova and Groenefeld back to back to win Bejiing last year using her variety, mobility and court craft to her advantage against her much bigger and stronger opponents. :tennis: :) I have both of those matches on DVD and it was no fluke Masha beat Sharapova and Groenefeld with her guile, agility and all court play to win Bejiing. I really thought that fine debut title on the WTA Tour was for Makiri was a portend of things to come for her. But it hasn't happened. :(

King Aaron
Sep 29th, 2006, 05:09 PM
It bothers me to read that Masha isn't using her variety and shots to take advantage. She's not one-dimensional but she's definitely playing one-dimensional tennis. :(

Sep 30th, 2006, 03:26 AM
It bothers me to read that Masha isn't using her variety and shots to take advantage. She's not one-dimensional but she's definitely playing one-dimensional tennis. :(
well if the one-dimensional thing works for her then she should go for it :o however, she is not consistent enought to pull that relentless bashing off so she needs the "other" shots as a "rally filler"... however that means shot-selection is crucial if you go for that style, and thus a good coach is crucial too... variety is nothing if you play the wrong shot at the wrong time obviously :o

but hey I'm still optimistic about Sears... give the dude a couple tourneys more to prove himself

Sep 30th, 2006, 03:42 AM
Don't ask me why, but I feel really confident Maria will take the title here.

Sep 30th, 2006, 04:54 AM
Maria has variety in her game but she isn't using it. She has an excellent slice backhand but she doesn't use it nearly enough. She didn't use it at all against Rezai in the 3rd round of the US Open. She is effective when she comes to net whether during a rally, after a serve or after a return. Again, the problem is she doesn't do it enough. Right now, she is staying on the baseline and outlast her opponents in rallies. This is not the way she needs to play. This isn't her strength. She was so successful last fall by using variety but now her head is so screwed up that she doesn't know what to do. That is why I think she needs to take time off to clear her head. Maria is not going to win until she believes that she can.

Sep 30th, 2006, 06:00 AM
Good luck,i hope she could go farther :scared:

Sep 30th, 2006, 03:52 PM
Right now, she is staying on the baseline and outlast her opponents in rallies.

Which is exactly why she loses to big hitters.

Sep 30th, 2006, 07:59 PM
Play smart Maria! ;)

Sep 30th, 2006, 10:27 PM
Good luck Masha

Oct 1st, 2006, 02:47 AM
wake up Masha! :(

Oct 1st, 2006, 10:02 PM
Good luck Makiri with your 1st round match against Akiko Morigami!!! :) As others have mentioned earlier on this thread, utilize the VARIETY of shots in your game!!! Don't just sit back on the baseline and try to out hit Akiko. Use your agility and speed to your advantage Makiri!! :D Looking forward in seeing your results at the AIG Japan Open!!! ;)

Oct 2nd, 2006, 09:21 AM
let's hope she plays good now.

David Barker
Oct 2nd, 2006, 12:56 PM
Don't ask me why, but I feel really confident Maria will take the title here.

Lost r1............................

Oct 2nd, 2006, 08:19 PM
another tourney, another choke, another loss :sad:
oh Makiri... what do you need to do?

Oct 3rd, 2006, 01:56 PM

Oh well.


I'll just shrug, think this is a nightmare, and wait till it gets good again and then go really happy. I don't have more words to express this.

King Aaron
Oct 3rd, 2006, 05:08 PM
Stop already. :tears:

Oct 3rd, 2006, 08:38 PM
OMG maria!! what's happening? i cant take this anymore!!