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Maria Croft
Nov 3rd, 2006, 10:27 AM
Maria will play the following tournaments in the first half of 2007:

January 3-6
Watsons Water Challenge - Hong Kong
Exhibition - Hardcourts

January 15-28
Australian Open - Melbourne, Australia
Grand Slam - Rebound Ace

January 29-February 4
Toray Pan Pacific Open - Tokyo, Japan
Tier 1 - Indoors

February 19-25
Dubai Tennis Championships - Dubai, UAE
Tier 2 - Hardcourts

March 5-18
Pacific Life Open, Indian Wells, USA
Tier 1 - Hardcourts

March 21-April 1
Sony Ericsson Open - Miami, USA
Tier 1 - Hardcourts

April 21-22
Fed Cup vs Spain - Moscow, Russia

May 14-20
Internazionali d'Italia - Rome, Italy
Tier 1 - Clay

May 27-June 10
Roland Garros - Paris, France
Grand Slam - Clay

June 25-July 8
Wimbledon, London, Great Britain
Grand Slam - Grass

Maria Croft
Nov 3rd, 2006, 10:30 AM
I'm a little disappointed that she will again only play one clay tournament before Roland Garros, she really could gain a lot of points in the clay season next year.

As usual Birmingham isn't in the list, as always it will depend on her Roland Garros performance if she will enter there or not.

Shoulderpova
Nov 3rd, 2006, 10:54 AM
YEs, its shocking that she has never won a claycourt title :rolleyes:
She should enter Berlin.

jacobruiz
Nov 3rd, 2006, 02:41 PM
Thanks for posting this, Summon!:)

Lefty.
Nov 3rd, 2006, 02:49 PM
Too bad she doesn't play more clay tournaments. Not too many, but enough to get some good consistant wins on the surface.

xan
Nov 3rd, 2006, 04:07 PM
Clay tennis can be very draining. probably best for Masha only to play as much as she needs.

As for the rest, it's all Tier 1s except Dubai (and Birmingham - she has to play some grass before Wimbledon)

PS For some reason my sig has gone all double-space and I can't change it.

morningglory
Nov 3rd, 2006, 04:13 PM
Strangely I'm glad she doesn't play many clay tournies... I mean with Wimbledon tacked right after FO, she has to a) prevent injury (and clay is the surface that most often causes it) and b) reserve her energy for grass
c) Clay tournies = Tier II tournies Masha prob won't win, not good for confidence, and also she needs to stay inside the head of the likes of Nadia. If she allows Nadia to beat her in a meaningful match, even on clay, what else is she gonna do when she faces a mentally-rectified Nadia on hard?
d) I think she doesn't like clay, so why play that much?

In fact I wouldn't mind if she doesn't play Rome either.... she could just take the season off :p

Piotr'ek
Nov 3rd, 2006, 06:28 PM
Why no Warsaw :bigcry:

Dexter
Nov 3rd, 2006, 06:35 PM
Why no Warsaw :bigcry::yippee:






:p

Piotr'ek
Nov 3rd, 2006, 06:47 PM
jerk :ras:



:p

johnoo
Nov 3rd, 2006, 06:55 PM
In fact I wouldn't mind if she doesn't play Rome either.... she could just take the season off :p
its too long a gap to be even ready for wimbledon without match practice,berlin would have been nice to include.

morningglory
Nov 3rd, 2006, 07:56 PM
its too long a gap to be even ready for wimbledon without match practice,berlin would have been nice to include.

well there's always Birmingham and Eastbourne...
You don't really get much match practice from clay if ur gonna play on grass... in fact the surface transition is a challenge for some players...

Kitten63
Nov 3rd, 2006, 08:43 PM
i also wish she would play more on clay. i really hope she can win the french open one day.

Maria Croft
Nov 3rd, 2006, 09:30 PM
I think she should try and play Warsaw, it's a Tier II and that would still give enough rest I think, but prepare her better.

Il Primo!
Nov 3rd, 2006, 10:45 PM
....Disapointed. The reason why she only plays one clay tourney is the FED CUP.

Andy.
Nov 3rd, 2006, 11:19 PM
I think she always has such a smart schedule and really picks her tournaments well getting a good blance of play and rest.

Il Primo!
Nov 3rd, 2006, 11:25 PM
I think she always has such a smart schedule and really picks her tournaments well getting a good blance of play and rest.

I wished she played the Open Gaz de France at Paris-Courbetin. I would have been so happy to see her play there :sad:
I don't wanna go to RG, my faves suck too much on clay:o

Maria Croft
Nov 4th, 2006, 07:59 AM
I wished she played the Open Gaz de France at Paris-Courbetin. I would have been so happy to see her play there :sad:
I don't wanna go to RG, my faves suck too much on clay:o

I guess that won't ever happen again, since it's the week after Tokyo, and that would mean she would play 4 weeks in a row.

I agree with Andrew, her schedule is very good, but still I would like to see her add another clay tournament.

Ksenia.
Nov 4th, 2006, 09:31 AM
I don't think she has to play more clay tournies.. Fed Cup and Rome are enough or she'll be tired at RG cuz clay is an exhausting surface.

btw, did Nasdaq 100 open change its name?

as_redland
Nov 4th, 2006, 10:09 AM
Thanks for Maria's 2007 schedule, I hope she plays well without injury :)

Maria Croft
Nov 4th, 2006, 10:44 AM
I don't think she has to play more clay tournies.. Fed Cup and Rome are enough or she'll be tired at RG cuz clay is an exhausting surface.

btw, did Nasdaq 100 open change its name?

But the Fed Cup isn't on clay and she will only play 2 matches there (at the most)

But Maria has a good schedule, so I believe she knows what's best for her.

Lefty.
Nov 4th, 2006, 02:44 PM
I don't think she has to play more clay tournies.. Fed Cup and Rome are enough or she'll be tired at RG cuz clay is an exhausting surface.

btw, did Nasdaq 100 open change its name?

Yes it did, now the Sony Ericsson Open.

johnoo
Nov 4th, 2006, 03:32 PM
is the fed cup moscow on that awful carpet?

TaliaSecondServe
Nov 4th, 2006, 05:01 PM
Now they say it will be on clay.. don't know why. Probably cause it's before RG and they don't want to make mess with the surfaces for players. But obviously, Russian team will be stronger on hard.

johnoo
Nov 4th, 2006, 05:26 PM
Now they say it will be on clay.. don't know why. Probably cause it's before RG and they don't want to make mess with the surfaces for players. But obviously, Russian team will be stronger on hard.

sounds about right,I would actually prefer maria to play on clay than carpet just before FO,still a bit cold in russia though at that time of year I would imagine?

TaliaSecondServe
Nov 4th, 2006, 09:00 PM
At the beginning of May it's usually warm. In the end of April.. who knows.. But it's spring, the snow is gone, the rains are rare, new leaves on the trees :lol: so hopefully not so depressing as autumn :D For me in April the weather is alredy rather good, don't know how it will be for Floridian girl though :cool:

Dan23
Nov 5th, 2006, 07:11 AM
I like the schedule...nicely put together. Maria needs a decent amount of rest after IW/Miami and having Fed Cup in there splits it into 2 and gives her time to prepare for her short clay season and the move to grass which is probably still the most important time of year to her.

~lollipop_girl~
Nov 9th, 2006, 09:15 AM
Overall I think its not that great... I certainly think they could make much smarter choices with her schedule every year but its a typical one again so meh!

Shimizu Amon
Nov 13th, 2006, 11:50 AM
Of course I would like to see Maria play more gravel tournaments. Because I would really like to see Maria overcome her biggest challenge and win RG. Even though she only plays 2 gravel tournaments (incl RG), she will enter a T1. So one can only hope that this time around she has more feeling on this kinda surface.

Kipling
Nov 13th, 2006, 12:13 PM
Just out of curiosity, are Amelia Island and Charleston the only Har Tru (green "clay") tournaments left? There used to be alot of them over here in the 70's and 80's--Indianapolis (US Clay Courts), Houston, Boca Raton, St. Pete, Cincinnati, etc. The US Open was Har Tru for three years, before the switch to asphalt. Chris Evert made a killing on those courts, thus attaining her title "Queen of Clay".

I wonder why Maria doesn't play those American clay tournaments. At some point in her career, if she is going to go down as one of the best, she has to make more of an effort on clay.

Dan23
Nov 13th, 2006, 01:15 PM
Patience people :p there is plenty of time for Maria to make a name on clay courts. Conquering RG is a long term goal of hers.

Princeza
Nov 13th, 2006, 01:24 PM
hope ill see her again at RG,winning this time

Maria Croft
Nov 13th, 2006, 03:24 PM
Just out of curiosity, are Amelia Island and Charleston the only Har Tru (green "clay") tournaments left? There used to be alot of them over here in the 70's and 80's--Indianapolis (US Clay Courts), Houston, Boca Raton, St. Pete, Cincinnati, etc. The US Open was Har Tru for three years, before the switch to asphalt. Chris Evert made a killing on those courts, thus attaining her title "Queen of Clay".

I wonder why Maria doesn't play those American clay tournaments. At some point in her career, if she is going to go down as one of the best, she has to make more of an effort on clay.

I think because it would not go well with her preparation for the red clay, and it's too quickly after the big Indian wells Miami tournaments, not to mention that she will play the Fed Cup next year as well.