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morningglory
Oct 22nd, 2006, 02:44 PM
the draw...


Maria Sharapova RUS [1] has a Bye
Chanda Rubin USA vs. Qualifier
Anna-Lena Grönefeld GER vs. Qualifier
Michaëlla Krajicek NED vs. Ana Ivanovic SCG [5]

Patty Schnyder SUI [3] has a Bye
Nathalie Dechy FRA [WC] vs. Tamira Paszek AUT [WC]
Mary Pierce FRA vs. Ai Sugiyama JPN
Vera Zvonareva RUS vs. Francesca Schiavone ITA [8]

Jelena Jankovic SCG [6] vs. Sybille Bammer AUT [WC]
Daniela Hantuchova SVK vs. Qualifier
Qualifier vs. Mara Santangelo ITA
Nicole Vaidisova CZE [4] has a Bye

Anna Chakvetadze RUS [7] vs. Katarina Srebotnik SLO
Samantha Stosur AUS vs. Maria Kirilenko RUS
Shahar Peer ISR vs. Marion Bartoli FRA
Nadia Petrova RUS [2] has a Bye

pretty good considering the bottom half has Nadia and Anna and JJ and Daniela and Nicky :eek: awesome field! Maria is certainly in the weaker half... Ana's coming off an injury so Maria should win if they play :shrug:

Maria Croft
Oct 22nd, 2006, 02:57 PM
I also doubt she will play, it was a busy week in Zurich.
But she has a good draw here, no doubt :yeah:

johnoo
Oct 22nd, 2006, 03:17 PM
I also doubt she will play, it was a busy week in Zurich.
But she has a good draw here, no doubt :yeah:
hmmm you doubting she would play zurich :lol: anyways I still get the feeling she needs more play before YEC I think she will play :)

markspot
Oct 22nd, 2006, 03:40 PM
the draw...


Maria Sharapova RUS [1] has a Bye
Chanda Rubin USA vs. Qualifier
Anna-Lena Grönefeld GER vs. Qualifier
Michaëlla Krajicek NED vs. Ana Ivanovic SCG [5]

Patty Schnyder SUI [3] has a Bye
Nathalie Dechy FRA [WC] vs. Tamira Paszek AUT [WC]
Mary Pierce FRA vs. Ai Sugiyama JPN
Vera Zvonareva RUS vs. Francesca Schiavone ITA [8]

Jelena Jankovic SCG [6] vs. Sybille Bammer AUT [WC]
Daniela Hantuchova SVK vs. Qualifier
Qualifier vs. Mara Santangelo ITA
Nicole Vaidisova CZE [4] has a Bye

Anna Chakvetadze RUS [7] vs. Katarina Srebotnik SLO
Samantha Stosur AUS vs. Maria Kirilenko RUS
Shahar Peer ISR vs. Marion Bartoli FRA
Nadia Petrova RUS [2] has a Bye

pretty good considering the bottom half has Nadia and Anna and JJ and Daniela and Nicky :eek: awesome field! Maria is certainly in the weaker half... Ana's coming off an injury so Maria should win if they play :shrug:

So Maria may have to play Aga in her first match?
Aga, the Wimbledon champion of 2005, who is giving away bagels here in Linz already.

BTW, my condelences to Philadelphia for moving YEC to Europe.

johnoo
Oct 22nd, 2006, 04:52 PM
BTW, my condelences to Philadelphia for moving YEC to Europe.

well I'm glad the YEC is in europe mainly because all the top players are european,well thats a lie really cause it means I don't have to get up 3am to watch matches :bounce:

Lefty.
Oct 22nd, 2006, 05:28 PM
well I'm glad the YEC is in europe mainly because all the top players are european,well thats a lie really cause it means I don't have to get up 3am to watch matches :bounce:

:lol: I used to be in the same time zone as the YEC(live on the Pacific coast). Loved the luxury of not having to wake up at odd times like the other grand slams besides NY. I was hoping YEC could stay in Cali, but that would be very unfair, there would be 4 WTA tourneys in CA alone. :eek: But thank goodness for you match uploaders and Tivo. :D I don't have to wake up at 2 AM or something. :angel:

Kim's_fan_4ever
Oct 22nd, 2006, 05:29 PM
well I'm glad the YEC is in europe mainly because all the top players are european,well thats a lie really cause it means I don't have to get up 3am to watch matches :bounce:
The same here :wavey: I'm also sure there will be more people in the stands but
to be honest I don't like the Spanish crowd :o


Maria has a great chance to win here, her part of the draw is really easy and she has a great chance of reaching the final :yeah:

:inlove:
Oct 22nd, 2006, 07:29 PM
Maria has an easy draw to the final. :yeah: :rocker: Jankovic/Vaidisova/Peer/Petrova in the final will be tough, and she might be tired.
Davai Masha. Title #5 of the year is coming your way. :woohoo:

bellascarlett
Oct 22nd, 2006, 09:05 PM
Good draw. I think she'll play as long as that foot holds up.

She'll have a week off after Linz anyway to prepare and rest for the YEC.

Good luck Masha! Win the title if you play the tournament! You can do it! :)

johnoo
Oct 22nd, 2006, 09:16 PM
:lol: I used to be in the same time zone as the YEC(live on the Pacific coast). Loved the luxury of not having to wake up at odd times like the other grand slams besides NY. I was hoping YEC could stay in Cali, but that would be very unfair, there would be 4 WTA tourneys in CA alone. :eek: But thank goodness for you match uploaders and Tivo. :D I don't have to wake up at 2 AM or something. :angel:
I remember watching the YEC match against davenport about 3am in the morning and I kept drifting off to sleep waking up again,wishing masha would win in 2 so I could go back to bed :D this is the time for the late matches(EST) 18:00 till 23:30 so what will that be in your time?

Lefty.
Oct 22nd, 2006, 10:36 PM
I remember watching the YEC match against davenport about 3am in the morning and I kept drifting off to sleep waking up again,wishing masha would win in 2 so I could go back to bed :D this is the time for the late matches(EST) 18:00 till 23:30 so what will that be in your time?

Actually not too bad, noon to 5:30 PM. :D The day matches would be a hassle, but thank goodness for Tivo. :) I wished the FO or Wimbledon would have night matches, it would be great time for me over here on the West Coast.

Andy.
Oct 22nd, 2006, 10:56 PM
That is a pretty soft draw for a Tier 2, Maria should feel very confident with this field. I would love to see her win another title but she has to do what is best. We will find out in the coming days, I would love to see her play Ivanovic though that is the match up i have been waiting for.

markspot
Oct 22nd, 2006, 11:24 PM
well I'm glad the YEC is in europe mainly because all the top players are european,well thats a lie really cause it means I don't have to get up 3am to watch matches :bounce:

I loved YEC in LA, because Eurosport showed it all.
Now, during daytime, they may have other stuff to show instead

Dan23
Oct 23rd, 2006, 12:20 AM
Maria might get until Wednesday or possibly Thursday before her 1st match, though then she'd have up to 4 in a row again, but at least she'd have a good rest!

Good luck here Maria :yeah:

Aaron68
Oct 23rd, 2006, 12:26 AM
The way I see it, she said that she was in pain in Zurich, but she clearly was able to perform (to say the least!).

She will have 3 days to rest before needing to play, and then will have a week off before Madrid.

I think she'll be there and ready to kick butt.

Go Maria!

bellascarlett
Oct 23rd, 2006, 05:47 AM
The Russian teenager joked when asked about how she'll celebrate Sunday's win.

"Celebration, what celebration? The closest thing I'm going to get to a party will be getting on the plane to Linz tomorrow morning!"

http://www.tennis-x.com/story/2006-10-23/d.php

:) hope everything works out well for her in linz.

msharafan
Oct 23rd, 2006, 06:55 AM
thats good to know looks like shell play zurich! :)

Maria Croft
Oct 23rd, 2006, 08:15 AM
Looks like Maria is trying to go for the #1 ranking at the end of this year :yeah:

~lollipop_girl~
Oct 23rd, 2006, 08:24 AM
That is a pretty soft draw for a Tier 2, Maria should feel very confident with this field. I would love to see her win another title but she has to do what is best. We will find out in the coming days, I would love to see her play Ivanovic though that is the match up i have been waiting for.
Ana is coming back from injury so it won't be as high quality match as it should be, provided Ana gets there! :unsure:

Good luck Masha, stick it to em'! ;)

Teemu
Oct 23rd, 2006, 10:25 AM
Best of Luck Maria! :)

Doc
Oct 23rd, 2006, 01:34 PM
Looks like Maria is trying to go for the #1 ranking at the end of this year :yeah:

Mmmm. She says that's not her top goal,
http://www.zurichopen.net/index.php?pn=interviews_details&id_categories=177&id_selected=969
but.....

I'm not too happy about her going to Linz since she should be concentrating on the Masters. I don't want her getting too tired.

Hope she has easy matches. ;)

markspot
Oct 23rd, 2006, 01:49 PM
There are two qualifiers right beside her,
Masha may have to play Agnieszka Radwanska either in octofinal (R2) or in quarterfinal (R3)
Again, the first match may be the toughest.
I hope Aga is in the bottom half of the draw.

johnoo
Oct 23rd, 2006, 04:21 PM
I loved YEC in LA, because Eurosport showed it all.
Now, during daytime, they may have other stuff to show instead
from there schedule there showing it all even the doubles,BTW coverage for linz on E/ES2 is insane,8 hours on tuesday :D ;mostly ES2 though and final is only live on ES2.

Maria Croft
Oct 23rd, 2006, 05:17 PM
Her second round match will be either Rubin or Daniilidou.

johnoo
Oct 23rd, 2006, 07:22 PM
Her second round match will be either Rubin or Daniilidou.
will that be thursday again then?

morningglory
Oct 23rd, 2006, 08:01 PM
well... Radwanska's been place pretty close to Maria... but she'll have to get thru Misa/Ana/ALG... so I'm still not sure if the anticipated matchup will happen

Dan23
Oct 24th, 2006, 12:21 AM
more anticipated would be a match between Maria and Ana wouldnt it?

Dan23
Oct 24th, 2006, 12:31 AM
comments from Maria in Linz..

"Tired? I'm looking forward to booking a room at the hospital," she said. "That's an understatement but that happens to all the players. At the end of the year you're just trying to find a way to recover after your matches. You're hoping that the little aches and pains that you have won't bother you too much and you can play through them."

Her list includes the right-foot injury that forced her to default her quarter-final match in Moscow.

"The foot's the same, mediocre," she said. "When you play a match you don't really think about it. You think about it more when you're losing the point, but winning the point you don't think about it. But it got no worse during the week."

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20061023/sp_nm/tennis_linz_dc_1

markspot
Oct 24th, 2006, 12:44 AM
more anticipated would be a match between Maria and Ana wouldnt it?

Probably. I would like to see Ana - Aga first too.

ioni
Oct 24th, 2006, 08:07 AM
good luck masha at linz :)

Maria Croft
Oct 24th, 2006, 12:19 PM
will that be thursday again then?

I don't know, maybe.

johnoo
Oct 24th, 2006, 06:24 PM
more anticipated would be a match between Maria and Ana wouldnt it?
WTF is this Nicole Vaidisova thing a joke or what :confused:

Maria Croft
Oct 25th, 2006, 12:37 PM
Daniilidou defeated Rubin 6-1 and 6-2

She will play Maria in the 2nd round.

Maria leads Daniilidou 3-0 in H2H.

johnoo
Oct 25th, 2006, 06:28 PM
can anyone work out if maria's match will be on eurosport cause to me it looks like its not.

Maria Croft
Oct 25th, 2006, 07:26 PM
Good luck Maria!

bellascarlett
Oct 25th, 2006, 11:00 PM
Good Luck Maria! :D Please win it!

morningglory
Oct 25th, 2006, 11:43 PM
Davai! Good luck angel! :armed:

Andy.
Oct 26th, 2006, 12:09 AM
Well Maria should be really confident in her first round, it should set her up nicely for the tournament. Good luck Masha.

Dan23
Oct 26th, 2006, 12:37 AM
Good luck Maria :yeah:

Dan23
Oct 26th, 2006, 04:52 PM
7-5 6-1 for Maria to start with :cool:

Eleni was struggling with a neck problem and made Maria work on serve in the 1st set...attacking her 2nd serve which was unusually low %age today.
Well done Masha :clap2: :yeah:

Dan23
Oct 26th, 2006, 04:53 PM
its late here :o

Shoulderpova
Oct 26th, 2006, 04:54 PM
Good night Dan :wavey:
Next up is Ana Ivanovic :scared:

morningglory
Oct 26th, 2006, 05:00 PM
Ana next! Bring it on! Let's do it angel!!! :armed:

Maria Croft
Oct 26th, 2006, 05:05 PM
Maria played great :yeah:

Eleni was injured in the second set though.

shad9480
Oct 26th, 2006, 05:09 PM
Yippee...Masha wins again. Congrats gal :yeah: :hug: :banana:

Ana next. No worries. Masha will step it up. I believe in you. Good luck :bounce:

Dan23
Oct 26th, 2006, 05:10 PM
damn eurosport viewers :fiery: :p

johnoo
Oct 26th, 2006, 05:15 PM
damn eurosport viewers :fiery: :p

what do you mean by that?

Maria Croft
Oct 26th, 2006, 05:16 PM
what do you mean by that?

They showed this match from 5-5 in the first :)

Dan23
Oct 26th, 2006, 05:18 PM
what do you mean by that?
the match was on ES and we'll be lucky to get the SF's and Final here :tears:

Maria Croft
Oct 26th, 2006, 05:33 PM
She will play Ivanovic next, it's their first match against each other :)

Teemu
Oct 26th, 2006, 05:36 PM
Congrats Masha!
Best of Luck for the Quarterfinal. Should be an interesting match. :)

johnoo
Oct 26th, 2006, 06:11 PM
the match was on ES and we'll be lucky to get the SF's and Final here :tears:

actually we where lucky(or unlucky damn snooker ran late or it would have been full match:mad: ) to get it live,was suppose to be highlights only.

the cat
Oct 26th, 2006, 06:18 PM
Masha has the incredible record of having never lost a singles match to a younger tennis player on any level of tennis. :) But I think that record could be in danger of being broken tomorrow as Ana Ivanovic who is younger than Masha poses a real threat to her mind boggling streak of having never lost a singles match to a younger player. Udachi Maria! :bounce:

xan
Oct 26th, 2006, 06:26 PM
Good win, Masha. Eleni might have been a difficult first match. On normal form she should beat Ana. Let's hope Masha continues to play well.

http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k57/Xandar_2006/linzVdanil.jpg

Best of luck, Maria.

msharafan
Oct 26th, 2006, 09:14 PM
good luck 2mrw masha!!! you can do it! :)

Maria Croft
Oct 26th, 2006, 09:55 PM
Good luck Maria!

waratahsrock
Oct 26th, 2006, 10:33 PM
:D Nice win today Maria.
Good luck in the next round :yeah:

morningglory
Oct 26th, 2006, 10:34 PM
why do people imply that Maria "can" do it :lol:
As if Masha's not the heavy fave for this one... don't let those dudes on GM sway you :lol:

If she plays as she usually does and Ana doesn't have any "oversoul" moments, the match won't even be THAT close...
May the Siberian Angel be victorious! :armed:

bellascarlett
Oct 26th, 2006, 10:37 PM
Good Luck Maria! :dance:

You can do it! Keep up the good work!

bellascarlett
Oct 26th, 2006, 10:38 PM
F#$%, I think our TTC is skipping this match and showing the other 3 QFs. How retarded is that right???? It just had to be Maria and Ana'a match- the highlight match of the day. I think there was some miscommunication there. They obviously wouldn't choose to skip Maria's match. And why didn't they put Maria as the night match? I dont get it.

Someone please record it! Johnoo will you be able to? I hope our TTC notices the scheduling the Linz organizers have done and adusts their schedule to show Maria.

bellascarlett
Oct 26th, 2006, 10:47 PM
why do people imply that Maria "can" do it :lol:
As if Masha's not the heavy fave for this one... don't let those dudes on GM sway you :lol:

If she plays as she usually does and Ana doesn't have any "oversoul" moments, the match won't even be THAT close...
May the Siberian Angel be victorious! :armed:

:lol: I just said it as well but I didn't mean anything by it other than that I know this is winnable for her if she plays as well as she has been in the past week. My only concern is that she might be a bit exhausted. She never was able to complete (meaning win) 2 tournaments back to back. Should have won Miami though but aside from being tired, she was probably more affected by the semis bruhaha. And LA this year, losing without much fight to Dementieva whom she owns? I'll put that down to exhaustion and lack of energy. She has yet to prove that she can win back to back tournies (someone correct me if I am wrong) like Kim, Sveta, Nadia, and the others have done. Her endurance for back-to-back tournies is still suspicious in light of this.

However, this is only the quarterfinals, so based on her history, she should be able to get past this (she has to I think to be able to have a chance at YE number 1, a semifinal might do it to still be in contention at the YEC). Anyway, I hope she proves all my suspicions and doubts worthless/unnecessary and wins Linz. I still think she could win it (or she will win it based on her good form and great serving) but I'm just saying I won't be surprised if she doesn't.

Good Luck again Maria! :)

morningglory
Oct 26th, 2006, 10:54 PM
:lol: I just said it as well but I didn't mean anything by it other than that I know this is winnable for her if she plays as well as she has been in the past week. My only concern is that she might be a bit exhausted. She never was able to complete (meaning win) 2 tournaments back to back. Should have won Miami though but aside from being tired, she was probably more affected by the semis bruhaha. And LA this year, losing without much fight to Dementieva whom she owns? I'll put that down to exhaustion and lack of energy. She has yet to prove that she can win back to back tournies (someone correct me if I am wrong) like Kim, Sveta, Nadia, and the others have done. Her endurance for back-to-back tournies is still suspicious in light of this.

However, this is only the quarterfinals, so based on her history, she should be able to get past this (she has to I think to be able to have a chance at YE number 1, a semifinal might do it to still be in contention at the YEC). Anyway, I hope she proves all my suspicions and doubts worthless/unnecessary and wins Linz. I still think she could win it (or she will win it based on her good form and great serving) but I'm just saying I won't be surprised if she doesn't.

Good Luck again Maria! :)
what'd different this time however, is that Zurich was a short tourney for Maria : 4 matches and no top ten players...
Contrast that with IW/Miami... and you see she's got extra matches
HOWEVER one long hard match will still be enough to drain Masha of all her energy left for her next match (e.g Dinara at LA)
If she keeps on cruising, stamina should not be a problem...

So pls win tomorrow's match 6-0 6-1! You CAN do it MASHA! :kiss: ;) (there, that's much better)

bellascarlett
Oct 26th, 2006, 11:11 PM
what'd different this time however, is that Zurich was a short tourney for Maria : 4 matches and no top ten players...
Contrast that with IW/Miami... and you see she's got extra matches
HOWEVER one long hard match will still be enough to drain Masha of all her energy left for her next match (e.g Dinara at LA)
If she keeps on cruising, stamina should not be a problem...

So pls win tomorrow's match 6-0 6-1! You CAN do it MASHA! :kiss: ;) (there, that's much better)

Yes IW/MIAMI was a looong two weeks. I still think she would have won that match if that controversy and craziness of a semifinal :rolleyes: didn't happen. she got booed in the semis. it was in her head in the final.

Yes in San Diego she played 5 matches and in LA, she succumbed in her fourth. (Why is it that LA a tier II has a draw of 56 while Moscow and Zurich - both tier I - have draws of 28 :scratch: ) Based on those numbers, she could still win this! Just 3 more matches! :yippee:

And really, she expends so much energy whenever she plays Dinara for some reason. Even I get exhausted watching their matches. There is just something about that match up that is so exhausting for both. I think it comes from the fact that Dinara so wants to beat Maria that she tries to go head to head with Maria in the grunting and "CMON-ing" contests. They end up grunting even louder and screaming cmon at every point won. So much intensity when they play each other. I hate that match up.

Dan23
Oct 27th, 2006, 12:33 AM
And really, she expends so much energy whenever she plays Dinara for some reason. Even I get exhausted watching their matches. There is just something about that match up that is so exhausting for both. I think it comes from the fact that Dinara so wants to beat Maria that she tries to go head to head with Maria in the grunting and "CMON-ing" contests. They end up grunting even louder and screaming cmon at every point won. So much intensity when they play each other. I hate that match up.
Maria is a class or 2 above Dinara so on a normal day she'll have more than enough intensity to win that :p

Andy.
Oct 27th, 2006, 01:31 AM
She showed very promising form in that second set i just hope that is the girl that shows up against Ana, im really looking foreward to this match up.

Eugenia
Oct 27th, 2006, 01:34 AM
Nice start of the tournament Masha! :bounce: Best of luck against Ivanovic!!! :kiss:

~lollipop_girl~
Oct 27th, 2006, 01:54 AM
I'm excited... :bounce:

Umm, Good luck Maria! (but not too much luck) ;)

Dan23
Oct 27th, 2006, 07:29 AM
Good luck today Maria :yeah:

ioni
Oct 27th, 2006, 10:14 AM
win this match masha :)

Shoulderpova
Oct 27th, 2006, 11:11 AM
Lots of luck to Masha. Udachi tebe :woohoo:

Andy.
Oct 27th, 2006, 11:16 AM
Good luck today Masha

msharafan
Oct 27th, 2006, 11:19 AM
will this match be on eurosport?

furrykitten
Oct 27th, 2006, 12:19 PM
Good Luck today Maria :)

Shappica
Oct 27th, 2006, 02:15 PM
Eurosport international from 17:45 cet!

Kipling
Oct 27th, 2006, 02:22 PM
She has yet to prove that she can win back to back tournies (someone correct me if I am wrong)




I thought when she won at Tokyo in early 2005 she followed that up with the title at Doha? Or did she play something else in between?



Um, and she also went Birmingham-Big W in 2004.

markspot
Oct 27th, 2006, 03:23 PM
I thought when she won at Tokyo in early 2005 she followed that up with the title at Doha? Or did she play something else in between?



Um, and she also went Birmingham-Big W in 2004.

She withdraw from Paris in between, with a cold.

msharafan
Oct 27th, 2006, 03:36 PM
Eurosport international from 17:45 cet!

thanks for that! :)

msharafan
Oct 27th, 2006, 03:50 PM
the match has started but wer still waiting for eurosport to show it i wisg warinka would just hurry up and win his match! im so nervous!

Coffee&TV
Oct 27th, 2006, 04:17 PM
Go Masha!!! :worship: :kiss:

Kipling
Oct 27th, 2006, 04:19 PM
That's funny--Eurosport is not showing it yet? The Tennis Channel is. They listed it as starting at 12:30 local time, so I just went home for lunch to start recording, and it was already 1-1 in the first set. Arrrggg. I guess I'll have to catch the replay tonight.

morningglory
Oct 27th, 2006, 04:45 PM
well after a choke-to-be serving for the 1st and 1/7 bp conversion...
Masha's won the 1st in a TB... Focus Angel, focus! Let's try to keep this lead! :D :armed:

morningglory
Oct 27th, 2006, 05:19 PM
omg she blew serving for the 2nd set AGAIN :o
:help: embarassing...

morningglory
Oct 27th, 2006, 05:31 PM
well she did it :o
wouldn't have been this close if she'd just learn to serve out sets tho :o :help:

play even better next match Masha!

Maria Croft
Oct 27th, 2006, 05:39 PM
Good match, horrible game at 5-3 though :eek:

But she played a good match :yeah:

Teemu
Oct 27th, 2006, 05:44 PM
It still amazes me how she always keeps fighting. Considering what she's already achieved and how long the season has been. But she's a true champion. :)
Btw. one of my friends is a huge Ana Ivanovic fan so it was kinda friendly "battle of fans" between us too. :p

She coulda served 'em out better, but in the end she won. Congrats Maria!
Best of Luck for the Semifinal!

Kim's_fan_4ever
Oct 27th, 2006, 05:57 PM
I'm really surprised that Maria played a poor game when she was serving for the match, 2DF it's just too many. But apart from that everything seemed to be just fine. I hope she'll have a much easier SF match than today :lol: But well I think she needed to be tested in this match so that she can be ready for Nadia's hard hitting in the final :p

TennisPlayingFox
Oct 27th, 2006, 06:02 PM
Aside from closing it out nice match Masha! Good luck in the semis!

Confident
Oct 27th, 2006, 06:45 PM
I saw just few games today but apart from closing it out, she played well. Good luck in the SF!;)

bellascarlett
Oct 27th, 2006, 06:54 PM
I'm really surprised that Maria played a poor game when she was serving for the match, 2DF it's just too many. But apart from that everything seemed to be just fine. I hope she'll have a much easier SF match than today :lol: But well I think she needed to be tested in this match so that she can be ready for Nadia's hard hitting in the final :p

It's actually not surprising. Maria on an off serving day tends to serve consecutive dfs or more than one df in a game. She struggles with that still. Remember that game against...was it Loit as the Open? :help:...She gets impatient when she's not making her first serves and aside from that always goes for her second serves. Today, she even had to face a good returner. Yeah she has to work on that but she's been playing much so to have an off serving day when she has been serving amazingly since the Open is to be expected.

I'm just hoping that the match today was the bad match of the week. Hopefully she'll perform better tomorrow. :)

All that said, congrats Maria! :D Could have been a lot easier but glad you won in straights! Rest up and please win tomorrow! :D

bellascarlett
Oct 27th, 2006, 06:58 PM
I thought when she won at Tokyo in early 2005 she followed that up with the title at Doha? Or did she play something else in between?



Um, and she also went Birmingham-Big W in 2004.

Talking about back-to-back tournaments...meaning winning 2 in consecutive weeks. She hasn't done that yet.

She had a week off after she won Birmingham. :)

johnoo
Oct 27th, 2006, 07:51 PM
maria is on first tomorrow 2pm uk time.

morningglory
Oct 27th, 2006, 08:05 PM
7 AM for me :( on a Saturday...
oh well... *sets alarm*

waratahsrock
Oct 27th, 2006, 08:49 PM
:D Congrats on the win today Maria!
A win tomorrow will move her up to #2 on the rankings. Good luck Maria :yeah:

Maria Croft
Oct 27th, 2006, 09:35 PM
Good luck Maria!

Hope you're ready to go :yeah:

Kitten63
Oct 27th, 2006, 09:52 PM
hello everyone! i'm new here.
good luck against patty masha.

Kitten63
Oct 27th, 2006, 09:55 PM
can someone please tell me how to get an avatar? thanks.

Andy.
Oct 27th, 2006, 11:14 PM
Yay well done Masha, Im so happy she got thru this one, I was a bit worried, and she keeps her record against younger opponenets intact. Good luck in the semis Masha

bellascarlett
Oct 27th, 2006, 11:16 PM
Good Luck in the semifinals Masha!

Will be taking my test during the time the match is on. :scared: So hope we both survive our tasks tomorrow! :)

Il Primo!
Oct 27th, 2006, 11:24 PM
I love the way Maria's career is turning...

If she wins the MASTERS, I predict a terrific 2007 season with at least two GS wins :)

Dan23
Oct 28th, 2006, 01:50 AM
nice win Maria :yeah:
She cant serve perfectly everyday and the good thing is she is still winning sets when not serving her best :cool:

~lollipop_girl~
Oct 28th, 2006, 01:54 AM
Congrats Masha... I am glad it was close! :D

meggz_star
Oct 28th, 2006, 01:57 AM
7 AM for me :( on a Saturday...
oh well... *sets alarm*

8 am for me :angel:

Best of luck to her in the semis :D

Dan23
Oct 28th, 2006, 02:12 AM
is UK time GMT+1 atm??

so it would be 8 or 9pm here on a saturday night :unsure: :lol:

myxomatosis
Oct 28th, 2006, 02:18 AM
Come on Maria! Grab that number 2 ranking! :bounce:

Dan23
Oct 28th, 2006, 03:43 AM
Good luck today Maria :yeah:

morningglory
Oct 28th, 2006, 06:39 AM
OK my angel, Patty will be a world different from Ana... be consistent and you can afford to take just a bit off the 2nd serve to avoid DF's... otherwise just continue the aggression and you should blow her off the court...
May the angel be victorious! :armed:

Shappica
Oct 28th, 2006, 10:38 AM
is UK time GMT+1 atm??

so it would be 8 or 9pm here on a saturday night :unsure: :lol:
UK time is GMT!
GMT + 1 is Central European Time
:wavey:

Kim's_fan_4ever
Oct 28th, 2006, 11:06 AM
Good luck Maria! :D

Doc
Oct 28th, 2006, 11:17 AM
Good luck today Maria :yeah: Ditto. :wavey:

Shoulderpova
Oct 28th, 2006, 12:07 PM
Play starts.............

Dan23
Oct 28th, 2006, 01:57 PM
got ppl over but had to sneak in and check the score :bolt:

Masha won 7-5 7-5 :woohoo: another great tough win :cool:
Into another final :clap2:

Maria Croft
Oct 28th, 2006, 01:58 PM
She looked really tired, but it didn't look like it effected her play.

lost her serve at 5-4 again in the first :o

and I so didn't see that break coming at 5-5 in the second, closed it out with an ace again :yeah:

Kitten63
Oct 28th, 2006, 01:59 PM
good win maria. seventh final of the year, make it five titles tommorow masha!
good luck!

Dan23
Oct 28th, 2006, 02:01 PM
will be a tough final then if shes very tired, hopefully Nadia/Nicole play a long one too :p

meggz_star
Oct 28th, 2006, 02:01 PM
Great job Maria. Another tough match but she pulled through.

Best of luck in the final :yeah:

Teemu
Oct 28th, 2006, 02:06 PM
Best of Luck for the Final, Maria! :)

Shoulderpova
Oct 28th, 2006, 02:08 PM
Phew :o

shad9480
Oct 28th, 2006, 02:14 PM
Congrats Masha. Though you seemed to be struggling at times. Good job :yeah: :smooch:

Keep the banana dancing :banana: :kiss:

Now, please take the title tomorrow. Good luck :angel:

morningglory
Oct 28th, 2006, 02:20 PM
closer than I think I should be... again
anyhow an early start might've been a blessing since she's got more time to rest...
rest now...

Shappica
Oct 28th, 2006, 02:29 PM
She looked really tired, no wonder Yuri was mixing her so much energy drinks!(I don't even wanna go to GM to see what r haters saying about that). Hopefully Nadia/Nicole will be tired in the final, too!

madame_maria
Oct 28th, 2006, 03:21 PM
Nadia breezed through Nikky with 6-1 6-2. so she wasn't exactly hard-pressed.

DAMN! MARIA! i'm praying for an off-day for Nadia and Maria screaming her lungs out there.

johnoo
Oct 28th, 2006, 03:25 PM
She looked really tired, no wonder Yuri was mixing her so much energy drinks!(I don't even wanna go to GM to see what r haters saying about that). Hopefully Nadia/Nicole will be tired in the final, too!

there not saying nothing because no rules were broken,might have been better handing to a ballboy though,nadia will certainly not be tired,the 2nd semi was crap,and eurosport showed that and not the full masha match,eurosport has sucked big time over the last few days:fiery:

msharafan
Oct 28th, 2006, 03:35 PM
well done masha i was a bit worried in the 2nd set because she just looked so excited but good job to maria for fighting through i just hope she has enough energy to win tommorow i hope so! good luck masha! and your now back to world #2! :) well done! :)

Dan23
Oct 28th, 2006, 03:41 PM
its great for Maria to be back up at number 2, shes worked very hard for it :clap2: :cool:

Good luck in the Final Maria :yeah:

morningglory
Oct 28th, 2006, 03:50 PM
well... here's to hoping Maria has a full tank tomorrow... :drink:
Fight and win the final, my angel! :armed:

myxomatosis
Oct 28th, 2006, 04:04 PM
Great fight and a new number 2 ranking! :woohoo:
But I agree, tomorrow's going to be tough...

Craigy
Oct 28th, 2006, 04:08 PM
Just droppin in to say Good Luck to Maria tomorrow :)
Hope she kicks the crap outta Nadia tomorrow :lol: :yeah:

~lollipop_girl~
Oct 28th, 2006, 04:13 PM
got ppl over but had to sneak in and check the score :bolt:

Masha won 7-5 7-5 :woohoo: another great tough win :cool:
Into another final :clap2:
People over hey? :hehehe:
I wonder how Masha feels about that? :p

Great win Masha, congrats! Woohoo another final & number 2! :woohoo: :banana:

Even more exciting, thank u Nadia... Take that Nicole! :bounce:

Kim's_fan_4ever
Oct 28th, 2006, 04:30 PM
Tomorrow it's gonna be real tough as Nadia's really on fire in Linz.
I hope Maria will take the title :yeah:
Congrats for reaching #2 spot :hug:

TennisPlayingFox
Oct 28th, 2006, 04:38 PM
Good luck Maria! Hopefully it will be a really good match!

Kipling
Oct 28th, 2006, 04:44 PM
Congrats, Masha! Good luck vs. Nadia!

:yeah:

Lefty.
Oct 28th, 2006, 05:41 PM
Good luck to Maria tomorrow! :) Unfortunately she's probably going to be pretty tired, but hopefully the thought of another title and not losing to Nadia puts some fire in her belly. :bounce:

Coffee&TV
Oct 28th, 2006, 05:43 PM
Good luck Masha!!! :yeah:

daniela86
Oct 28th, 2006, 05:47 PM
Congrats Masha!! :hug: :rocker: :rocker2: and good luck against Nadia!:yeah:
Maria leads in the H2H 4/1 but she is tired :unsure: so I have to admit I'm not very optimistic! :unsure: :scared: Prove me wrong Masha and plz beat Nadia:bigclap: :bigclap: :clap2:

Maria Croft
Oct 28th, 2006, 07:39 PM
Maria is tired and Nadia is playing really well this week, not having any troubles at all, will be very difficult for Maria to win this.

But anyway,

Good luck!

Confident
Oct 28th, 2006, 08:28 PM
Congrats!:bounce:
It will be a really tough final tomorrow. This is an other Petrova, who can win matches. But I believe Maria'll show what is to be a real champion! Good luck, Davaj!;)

msharafan
Oct 28th, 2006, 09:19 PM
c'mon masha i know your exhausted but please try your very best dont give up and just fight as much as you can it would really be great to end these two weeks winning back to back tournies! :) then you can have a well deserved rest and come back and tryb your best at yec! good luck masha i know you can do it! just one more win! :)

jacobruiz
Oct 28th, 2006, 09:21 PM
Maria has always had tough matches with Nadia (well, except for that YEC tank :o ) and being tired won't help matters.

So come on, Maria - show them what you're made of!:mad: :kiss:

Kitten63
Oct 28th, 2006, 09:24 PM
c'mon masha i know your exhausted but please try your very best dont give up and just fight as much as you can it would really be great to end these two weeks winning back to back tournies! :) then you can have a well deserved rest and come back and tryb your best at yec! good luck masha i know you can do it! just one more win! :)

i agree with that. good luck masha!

waratahsrock
Oct 28th, 2006, 09:57 PM
Good luck tomorrow Maria :yeah:

Congrats on gettin back to #2 on the rankings :D

Andy.
Oct 28th, 2006, 11:04 PM
Huge congrats to Masha on her victory an getting back to world number 2. Good luck in the final Masha.

morningglory
Oct 28th, 2006, 11:18 PM
ONE more win! CMON Angel!!! :armed:
To hell and back! if necessary...

morningglory
Oct 29th, 2006, 03:58 AM
Alright I'm gonna go to bed now... and I'll wake up expecting a victory...
so once again I'm giving my blessing...

Masha I've followed your career and I know you are such a fighter... even tho a win today put urself in contention for YE no.1, but I know you aren't stopping at that. You will win the whole thing and earn more points to keep that number one ranking into the next year. And I've never seen you fold in a final... and against a Russian like Nadia... So go out and give it all ya got Masha! No holding back!

May the angel be victorious! :armed: :yeah:

bellascarlett
Oct 29th, 2006, 07:12 AM
Good Luck in the final Masha! :clap2:

Maria is obviously tired so this could be pretty tough. I just saw part of Nadia' match against Nicole though and I must say, this is still very winnable for Maria. She just needs to get back that strength and accuracy on her serve (which may not be easy at this point) and not choke or give away leads or breaks like in her previous matches.

Again, Good Luck Maria and please win the title! :D

bellascarlett
Oct 29th, 2006, 07:13 AM
Congrats on being world number 2 btw! :woohoo:

msharafan
Oct 29th, 2006, 07:20 AM
i agree if maria can get some energy out of somewhere and play well she could win this match :) nadia won easily but vaidisova played terrible nadia was just being very consistent with deep baseline rallies and 89% first serves which i doubt she will keep up well at least hope so! c'mon masha ou can do this! just fight! fight! fight!

Meridius
Oct 29th, 2006, 08:43 AM
Good luck Maria!

Shoulderpova
Oct 29th, 2006, 10:50 AM
Good luck Masha. Do your best :hug: :smooch:
I'm in big dilemma now :(

Dan23
Oct 29th, 2006, 11:26 AM
wish they'd start already :p
seems CET is 7 hours behind then :yawn:

Kim's_fan_4ever
Oct 29th, 2006, 11:42 AM
Good luck Maria :hug: I hope you can win it :D

madame_maria
Oct 29th, 2006, 12:00 PM
started!

and Maria broke immediately!

Craigy
Oct 29th, 2006, 12:03 PM
:)

Dan23
Oct 29th, 2006, 12:49 PM
Exhibit A of why I love Maria:
the 1st set of the final...fighting to save SP's and then holding from 15-40 to win the set

go Maria :yeah:

Dan23
Oct 29th, 2006, 01:19 PM
:worship: Masha won :banana: :woohoo:

Dan23
Oct 29th, 2006, 01:19 PM
:woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:
:woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:

so proud of her :hug:

meggz_star
Oct 29th, 2006, 01:20 PM
:bigclap: :woohoo: :aparty:

Another title for the year!!

morningglory
Oct 29th, 2006, 01:20 PM
:rocker2:
I knew she'd win!
Never doubt Maria's fighting spirit!

Andy.
Oct 29th, 2006, 01:21 PM
Yay wooooo hooooooo well done Masha, just awesome her fifth title of the year and her 16th win in a row. She just doesnt accept loss she just keeps fighting and refuses to lose.

Dan23
Oct 29th, 2006, 01:27 PM
:rocker2: :rocker2:
great fight saving SP's and BP's in the 1st set...found some energy from somewhere but she will just never give up

Maria Croft
Oct 29th, 2006, 01:28 PM
This is so awesome :woohoo:

I have to be honest and say I so wasn't expecting her to win, but she did :bounce:

Maria's amazing :yeah:

Shoulderpova
Oct 29th, 2006, 01:28 PM
MARIA SHARAPOVA IS SIMPLY THE BEST :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown:

meggz_star
Oct 29th, 2006, 01:29 PM
You can't deny that Maria is a great fighter :yeah:

Kim's_fan_4ever
Oct 29th, 2006, 01:31 PM
She gave a solid performance today. I was impressed by the way she got the 4-2 lead and then how she saved 2 SPs for Nadia.
Now I'm quite sure that she's gonna win YEC, with that form there's no doubt about it :D
Take rest Maria and prepair for YEC :hug:

shadowsecret
Oct 29th, 2006, 01:34 PM
congrats maria!! on yet another title! :bounce:

Kitten63
Oct 29th, 2006, 01:43 PM
congratulations maria! i'm so proud of her..

shad9480
Oct 29th, 2006, 01:44 PM
Maria...
without playing that great...
without dropping a set...
without that much energy...
Just :worship: :eek: :bigclap: :smooch: :hearts: :worship:

Congrats for your 5th title of the season...now make it six please :angel:
Keep the banana dancing at the YEC, Masha :banana: :banana: :banana:

johnoo
Oct 29th, 2006, 01:50 PM
wow shes just so strong mentally:) I've got the full match captured so will be putting it up on the blog in a hour or two.

shad9480
Oct 29th, 2006, 02:00 PM
wow shes just so strong mentally:) I've got the full match captured so will be putting it up on the blog in a hour or two.

As always...thanks Johnoo :hug: Don't forget the ceremony :angel:

Dan23
Oct 29th, 2006, 02:09 PM
I will personally :bowdown: to anyone who posts the whole ceremony ;)

since the match was quickish they might have time to fit it into our bodgy 2hr coverage we get from Eurosport

myxomatosis
Oct 29th, 2006, 02:12 PM
johnoo you rock!!

Congrats Maria! woohoo title 5 this year and 15th in her career! :worship:

:inlove:
Oct 29th, 2006, 02:12 PM
:worship: :worship: What a fight in the 1st set. :bigclap: Amazing. :drool:

waratahsrock
Oct 29th, 2006, 02:42 PM
:woohoo: Congratulations Maria. Superb form at the moment.
Good luck for the final tournament of the year :yeah:

johnoo
Oct 29th, 2006, 02:43 PM
I will personally :bowdown: to anyone who posts the whole ceremony ;)

since the match was quickish they might have time to fit it into our bodgy 2hr coverage we get from Eurosport

you have no chance of eurosport showing it,live ES2 did'nt and they were not even allowed to show the interview by the local brodcasting station,best bet is if someone from austria(or maybe usa-tennis channel?)

tabieonelove3
Oct 29th, 2006, 03:04 PM
umm im recording the replay in about a hour and a half.. umm if someone would help me id def post the ceremony for you peepz.. i dont have a dvd ripper though.. what's the best free one?

johnoo
Oct 29th, 2006, 03:14 PM
umm im recording the replay in about a hour and a half.. umm if someone would help me id def post the ceremony for you peepz.. i dont have a dvd ripper though.. what's the best free one?

so where are you capturing from,austrian tv or eurosport?

tabieonelove3
Oct 29th, 2006, 03:17 PM
the tennis channel..

Eugenia
Oct 29th, 2006, 03:31 PM
Congratulations Maria!!! :woohoo: First back-to-back titles! :bigclap: :bigclap: Amazing year for Masha!!! :worship: :bounce:

furrykitten
Oct 29th, 2006, 04:31 PM
Great season Maria!! :hug:
What a great last couple of months for her!

johnoo
Oct 29th, 2006, 05:30 PM
the tennis channel..
do you want a dvd ripper then? do you think this would be ok for you http://www.mediatox.com/aurora-dvd-ripper.htm

Il Primo!
Oct 29th, 2006, 05:32 PM
Another dimension reached by Maria..Awesome:worship:

Confident
Oct 29th, 2006, 06:38 PM
Congratulations!!!
:bounce: :woohoo: :yeah: :bigclap:
Wow, she is unbeatable! OMG, what a great match, what an amazing performance. Maria is soo confident and played like a master all week. She deserved this title. I'm so proud and happy!
Thank you Masha!:hug:

Teemu
Oct 29th, 2006, 06:54 PM
Congratulations Masha! Well played!
She's got a real winning streak going. :)

up!
Oct 29th, 2006, 07:11 PM
So good Maria!

Milli
Oct 29th, 2006, 07:41 PM
:woohoo:

Another one:bounce: Great job girl:worship: And now...
Off to Madrid:D Let's kick some butts:cool:

pimpie
Oct 29th, 2006, 08:37 PM
Congrats Maria :yeah:
Keep it up and win the YEC

tabieonelove3
Oct 29th, 2006, 08:49 PM
do you want a dvd ripper then? do you think this would be ok for you http://www.mediatox.com/aurora-dvd-ripper.htm

thanks for that.. ill try and upload the vid as soon as possible :)

johnoo
Oct 29th, 2006, 09:03 PM
thanks for that.. ill try and upload the vid as soon as possible :)

ok will send you a link by pm;)

tabieonelove3
Oct 29th, 2006, 09:07 PM
ok will send you a link by pm;)

ok..

F-R-E-A-K
Oct 29th, 2006, 10:47 PM
Congratulations Masha! :hearts: :hearts:
Nice FIGHTING!! :yeah:

~lollipop_girl~
Oct 30th, 2006, 05:05 AM
You can't deny that Maria is a great fighter :yeah:
You can but u would be lying! :p

Just Amazing stuff... :worship:
Maria should get an official site more often, look at the results since it was launched & also that black band has brought some mighty luck too! :D :bounce:

Btw, thought I may as well post what Ana said about Maria & their match... "She is playing very well at the moment, probably better than anyone, so I can take a lot of confidence from this, knowing that I was able to compete well." She also said how the serves were important in the match & that she hoped it was exciting to watch...

Sharapovafan4eva
Oct 30th, 2006, 07:33 AM
Great job Masha!

Meridius
Oct 30th, 2006, 08:39 AM
Well done Maria!

xan
Oct 30th, 2006, 01:59 PM
brilliant win, Maria.

I have to admit i was frightened about this match with petrova losing only nine games in the tournament so far, and looking so dominant.

But Maria really showed her mental strength and took it to her!

Amazing.