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Slampova
Dec 30th, 2006, 11:33 PM
Well, there's only a few days left til we finally see Masha on court again. Anyone else excited by the prospect? :p

Maria's first event of 2007 will be the Watson's Water Champion Challenge in Hong Kong.* Hong Kong is an exhibition which runs from January 3rd - 6th.

The tournament consists of 8 players and they play from the quarters onwards.* Maria is the top seed and will play Yan Zi of China.* Maria has never played Zi before.* This match will be played on the 4th January and will begin at 18.30 Hong Kong time.

Maria will also be playing doubles here and will team up with Patty Schnyder of Switzerland.* Maria has never played with Schnyder before and this will be her first doubles match since Birmingham 2005.* The doubles event consists of 4 teams and play from the semis onwards.* Maria and Schnyder will play the #2 seeds Kim Clijsters of Belgium and Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia.* This match will also be played on Thursday evening following a 30-45 minute break after Maria's singles match.

Good Luck Maria! ;)

Princeza
Dec 31st, 2006, 10:31 AM
can't wait to see masha playing again, but i thik ill have to wait to Oz open

Shimizu Amon
Dec 31st, 2006, 10:34 AM
Well enjoy your time Maria. I hold the good luck wishes for the AO :).

perseus2006
Dec 31st, 2006, 05:21 PM
The site for WWCC:

http://www.watsonswaterchallenge.com

The site talks about LiveWebcam so maybe we can watch the matches live!?!

There's a live scoreboard, too.

I am looking forward to seeing Pova back in action! Singles, of course, but also the doubles with Patty should be fun.

Andy.
Jan 1st, 2007, 03:45 AM
I cant wait for this event and to see Masha play again.

ioni
Jan 1st, 2007, 09:14 AM
well it's an exihibition so i would say Maria , have fun and it's ok if you win too !

iine:
Jan 1st, 2007, 11:56 AM
Finally there will be some tennis again. :woohoo:

JadeFox
Jan 1st, 2007, 02:31 PM
Anyone knows when she's due to arrive in Hong Kong?

Modiac.
Jan 1st, 2007, 03:23 PM
Masha trained in central court about 2 hrs today,and she looked fine. :)
http://image2.sina.com.cn/ty/t/p/2007-01-01/U397P6T12D2670082F44DT20070101143610.jpg
http://image2.sina.com.cn/ty/t/p/2007-01-01/U397P6T12D2670096F44DT20070101145710.jpg
http://image2.sina.com.cn/ty/t/p/2007-01-01/U397P6T12D2670095F44DT20070101145640.jpg
http://image2.sina.com.cn/ty/t/p/2007-01-01/U397P6T12D2670073F44DT20070101143501.jpg

ImaVeggie
Jan 1st, 2007, 05:01 PM
chrison... Thanks for the photos.

So, New Year's Eve in Hong Kong.
I'm liking the bracelet.

Kitten63
Jan 1st, 2007, 08:02 PM
good luck Masha!

Maria Croft
Jan 1st, 2007, 10:08 PM
Hope she has some fun and good practice :D

Andy.
Jan 2nd, 2007, 06:13 AM
Masha looks awesome and yeah the bracelet looks great too, I see she has changed from Black to Red nails for 07

Munich
Jan 2nd, 2007, 08:24 AM
Maria will pair up with Schnyder :bolt:
Anyway, good luck to them :)

Princeza
Jan 2nd, 2007, 08:25 AM
press conference


http://img404.imageshack.us/img404/7127/fullgettytennishkgsharaxr9.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

http://img404.imageshack.us/img404/1655/72912409lb5.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
http://img404.imageshack.us/img404/424/fullgettytennishkgsharabl6.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

Modiac.
Jan 2nd, 2007, 12:41 PM
More here: :hearts:
http://image2.sina.com.cn/ty/o/p/2007-01-02/U1226P6T12D2671147F44DT20070102173158.jpg
http://image2.sina.com.cn/ty/o/p/2007-01-02/U1226P6T12D2671143F44DT20070102173125.jpg
http://image2.sina.com.cn/ty/o/p/2007-01-02/U1226P6T12D2671145F44DT20070102173137.jpg

P_Fer
Jan 2nd, 2007, 02:24 PM
Good luck in HK Masha I know you'll do great

Princeza
Jan 2nd, 2007, 03:08 PM
http://img409.imageshack.us/img409/299/72912856ls8.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

XCoco
Jan 2nd, 2007, 06:03 PM
Can't wait :bounce: .

She plays doubles with Patty :o ... I really hoped she would play with Caroline. But it doesn't matter :) .

Maria Croft
Jan 3rd, 2007, 04:14 PM
Maria is playing tomorrow :)

6:30pm: Singles Quarter Final (Best of 3 tie break sets)
Maria Sharapova vs Yan Zi

Followed by: 30 - 45 Minutes Break

Followed by: Doubles (One 8 game Pro-Set)
Kim Clijsters & Svetlana Kuznetsova
vs
Patty Schnyder & Maria Sharapova

miura
Jan 3rd, 2007, 08:35 PM
Only 1 hour and 25 minutes until her first match, yes?

Andy.
Jan 4th, 2007, 08:25 AM
OMG I cat wait good luck Masha

~lollipop_girl~
Jan 4th, 2007, 09:58 AM
Wow 1st match of the season about to start :bounce:
Feels pretty awesome :D

boffaloraa
Jan 4th, 2007, 10:10 AM
Anyone knows if there's any tv coverage of this event in Europe?:rolleyes: :)

ImaVeggie
Jan 4th, 2007, 10:18 AM
Is the Webcam on the exhibition's website working for anyone?

Princeza
Jan 4th, 2007, 10:25 AM
the site doesnt even work for me

ImaVeggie
Jan 4th, 2007, 10:35 AM
The scoreboard worked for a second and I saw that the score was 5 all, Zi serving 15-40. That was about 5 minutes ago.

kjn
Jan 4th, 2007, 11:18 AM
:bounce: :bounce: Masha won!!!!!!!!! 7-5 6-3 She's a little rusty though...

Andy.
Jan 4th, 2007, 11:22 AM
Yeah definalty not at her best but a win is a win and her season is under way, welcome back Masha, lets hope she improves for the later rounds.

Princeza
Jan 4th, 2007, 11:33 AM
do u know what outfit was she wearing?

~lollipop_girl~
Jan 4th, 2007, 11:40 AM
She'll fix that with match play, but YAY for right now :bounce:

kjn
Jan 4th, 2007, 11:55 AM
Here's a pic of masha she's wearing lavender again:http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/photo;_ylt=AkjPCIxmfY06w6UhNK99SuY4v7YF?slug=getty-tennis-hkg-sharapova_7_47_26_am&prov=getty

Princeza
Jan 4th, 2007, 12:03 PM
Here's a pic of masha she's wearing lavender again:http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/photo;_ylt=AkjPCIxmfY06w6UhNK99SuY4v7YF?slug=getty-tennis-hkg-sharapova_7_47_26_am&prov=getty


thanks!
im not fan of this colour :ras:
put the black one masha!

Princeza
Jan 4th, 2007, 12:15 PM
http://img162.imageshack.us/img162/6430/fullgettytennishkgsharaxl0.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

http://img156.imageshack.us/img156/8376/fullgettytennishkgsharapg9.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

http://img82.imageshack.us/img82/3948/captxvy10501041249hongkhp0.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

iine:
Jan 4th, 2007, 12:16 PM
thanks!
im not fan of this colour :ras:
put the black one masha!

Yeah me neither. :( But the shoes with the gold are pretty awesome.

Viktymise
Jan 4th, 2007, 01:08 PM
Anyone know when the next match is gonna start :shrug:

Modiac.
Jan 4th, 2007, 01:08 PM
I'll upload the two matches later. :)
I strongly recommend the doubles match.The four top players played with a lot of fun,and the match is full of excellent volleys. ;)

Maria Croft
Jan 4th, 2007, 01:26 PM
This is just her outfit from last year (Zurich, Linz), it's not new.

And since it's only an exhibition match I don't care about the result, just happy that she got her first win of the season :)

meggz_star
Jan 4th, 2007, 01:32 PM
Nice win Maria. Glad to see her back :bounce:

Kipling
Jan 4th, 2007, 01:37 PM
First things first--congrats, Masha! :yeah:

However, the Official FASHIONISTA of the Maria Mafia is not amused by this outfit. A lovely pullover top, but the poodle skirt belongs in the 1950's, Maria. Tsk tsk.

Still, I forgive you because you are so cute.

:hearts:

xan
Jan 4th, 2007, 04:18 PM
Maria didn't bother to take her jacket off to play this match!

Kitten63
Jan 4th, 2007, 04:33 PM
Good win Masha.

Shimizu Amon
Jan 4th, 2007, 05:15 PM
It's a win, yay. Glad about that one. Go Masha!

And for now I don't care about the outfit. For the AO I will care though :).

Lefty.
Jan 4th, 2007, 05:17 PM
:yeah:

XCoco
Jan 4th, 2007, 05:36 PM
That's what she said after her match against Yan Zi :

"I was disappointed that I let her back in the match at 5-2," said Sharapova.

"Against the top players, if you let them back into the match they gain confidence really quickly and the match might be over," said Sharapova.
"When you are up two breaks the set should be on your side but that will come with just playing matches."

"It wasn't disappointing being broken; she has a really good return. She attacks the ball well after playing a lot of doubles, returning is a big part of that game."

"It was my first match of the year after not playing for a while and after just training it was a bit weird. Before the match I was talking to my coach and I said it was strange actually preparing for a match."

"When you step out on to the court it feels a bit different than what I've been doing. You have to adjust and it took a little time."

It's a win, yay. Glad about that one. Go Masha!

And for now I don't care about the outfit. For the AO I will care though :).

Yeah ;) . Just an exhib. right now. :) .

Dan23
Jan 4th, 2007, 10:38 PM
Good start to the year :cool:


My 2007 resolution is to try not to get nervous and :scared: :shout: :crazy: during Maria's matches :p

XCoco
Jan 4th, 2007, 10:54 PM
My 2007 resolution is to try not to get nervous and :scared: :shout: :crazy: during Maria's matches :p

pfftss :p . Impossible :p ,your 2007 resolution will fizzle out in 2 weeks :kiss: .

If you're not :scared: :shout: :crazy: during all the year, I will pay you a ticket for the FO ;) .

You're not the only one who is always :scared: :shout: :crazy: during her matches. :D .

Dan23
Jan 4th, 2007, 11:06 PM
Maria and Patty lost the doubles 8-9(4) good effort tho :cool:


ppl in the GM seem to think Maria never plays a volley and doesnt know how to play doubles ffs :rolleyes: shes has 3 titles :unsure:

Dan23
Jan 4th, 2007, 11:07 PM
pfftss :p . Impossible :p ,your 2007 resolution will fizzle out in 2 weeks :kiss: .

If you're not :scared: :shout: :crazy: during all the year, I will pay you a ticket for the FO ;) .

You're not the only one who is always :scared: :shout: :crazy: during her matches. :D .
Hmm a ticket to RG...sounds good :D

Doubt ill be able to do it tho :angel:

P_Fer
Jan 5th, 2007, 03:17 AM
I'm glad that she won her singles match and that she and Patty put up such a good fight in doubles

XCoco
Jan 5th, 2007, 06:40 AM
Wednesday's schedule (Hong Kong time) :

4:30pm : Silver Group - Singles Semi Final
Yan Zi vs Nicole Vaidisova

Followed by :
Not before 6:00pm : Gold Group - Singles Semi Final
Maria Sharapova vs Elena Dementieva

Followed by :
30 - 45 Minutes Break

Followed by :
Gold Group - Singles Semi Final
Kim Clijsters, Patty Schnyder

Followed by :
Silver Group - Singles Semi Final
Zheng Jie vs Svetlana Kuznetsova

Hmm a ticket to RG...sounds good :D

Doubt ill be able to do it tho :angel:

Yeah you won't :p :ras: , I bet you won't , everyone here is :scared: :shout: :crazy: during her matches :D .

Maria Croft
Jan 5th, 2007, 09:20 AM
Good start to the year :cool:


My 2007 resolution is to try not to get nervous and :scared: :shout: :crazy: during Maria's matches :p


That will never happen :lol: :p

Andy.
Jan 5th, 2007, 09:54 AM
I know I get soooo nervous and end up biting all my finger nails off and start pacing

bellascarlett
Jan 5th, 2007, 10:10 AM
Hey all! :wavey: Happy New Year! :aparty:

Good start to the year :cool:


My 2007 resolution is to try not to get nervous and :scared: :shout: :crazy: during Maria's matches :p

Heck, I didn't think I'd get nervous for a freaking exhibition match. :tape: Is she losing to Dementieva???? My sb last time said Lena was serving for 1st set. :rolleyes:

Andy.
Jan 5th, 2007, 10:18 AM
Masha lost the first set 64 but is up 30 in the second :yippee:

bellascarlett
Jan 5th, 2007, 10:25 AM
Masha lost the first set 64 but is up 30 in the second :yippee:

oh yey! :yippee: stupid sb wont work anymore...:fiery:

can you do an update on the scores please? :D

Maria hates to lose so I hope she fights this out.

Andy.
Jan 5th, 2007, 10:33 AM
Apparently she isnt playing well at all its now 32 in the second set

XCoco
Jan 5th, 2007, 10:34 AM
Damn site... :fiery: Too bad :o . 5-2 for Maria

ImaVeggie
Jan 5th, 2007, 10:35 AM
MightyMashaFan... how are you getting the score?

bellascarlett
Jan 5th, 2007, 10:37 AM
Thanks guys! Keep it coming pls...Serve perhaps is a slight issue? She would never lose to Lena if she serves really good.

Cmon Masha! :bounce: :lol:

Andy.
Jan 5th, 2007, 10:52 AM
MightyMashaFan... how are you getting the score?
From the exhibitions part of the forum, Masha takes the second set 62 :D :worship:

ImaVeggie
Jan 5th, 2007, 10:56 AM
From the exhibitions part of the forum, Masha takes the second set 62 :D :worship:

Thanks so much. I didn't know that forum was there.

Thanks again.

morningglory
Jan 5th, 2007, 11:21 AM
Hey people chill :lol: It's only an exho

morningglory
Jan 5th, 2007, 11:23 AM
Well, Masha won in 3! :kiss: Try to save some energy for the AO, angel!
Elena :hug:

ImaVeggie
Jan 5th, 2007, 11:24 AM
Hey people chill :lol: It's only an exho

Yes, but it must add to Maria's confidence.

XCoco
Jan 5th, 2007, 11:24 AM
Maria won !!!! :bounce: :woohoo: :banana:
4-6 6-2 6-3
yep, more confidence after this match :) .

Maria Croft
Jan 5th, 2007, 11:28 AM
Glad she won, she worked for it even though it's just an exhibition match :yeah:

First final of the year ;) :lol:

Kipling
Jan 5th, 2007, 11:47 AM
Good for Masha. It's nice to see her getting stronger toward the ends of matches as she matures physically.

ioni
Jan 5th, 2007, 12:16 PM
Yes, but it must add to Maria's confidence.

something like that !

perseus2006
Jan 5th, 2007, 01:50 PM
It's official, Pova v Kim Final.

Patty went down in three.

Kipling
Jan 5th, 2007, 02:42 PM
Nice! Maria and Kim have had some great matches in the past. I think they respect each other quite alot.

Hope both play well!

P_Fer
Jan 5th, 2007, 02:45 PM
Well done Masha! Good luck in the final

meggz_star
Jan 5th, 2007, 03:03 PM
Congratulations Maria. Sounds like a great final :yeah:

Andy.
Jan 5th, 2007, 06:48 PM
I know its only an exo but Im sooo happy :D every win no matter where helps her confidence for the AO, well done Masha, good luck against Kim

Kim's_fan_4ever
Jan 5th, 2007, 07:10 PM
I'm looking forward to this final :D

Lefty.
Jan 5th, 2007, 07:28 PM
I'm looking forward to this final :D

Me too. :yeah:

Maria Croft
Jan 5th, 2007, 07:42 PM
Hope it's gonna be a fun match, with Maria winning of course ;)

XCoco
Jan 5th, 2007, 08:17 PM
I'm looking forward to this final :D

Who will you support ? Kim ? :ras: :p .

Kitten63
Jan 5th, 2007, 09:19 PM
Good win Masha!

msharafan
Jan 5th, 2007, 09:36 PM
good luck masha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you can do it! :)

Shimizu Amon
Jan 5th, 2007, 10:31 PM
Yay she won, I just knew it. Well looking forward to the final.
Hope she can play a great match and by that I mean win it :).

myxomatosis
Jan 6th, 2007, 04:21 AM
GOOOOOOO Maria! :D

perseus2006
Jan 6th, 2007, 05:59 AM
Is nobody interested in the Pova v Kim match?

montanajade
Jan 6th, 2007, 07:05 AM
lol well maria is losing right now so im not too interested

montanajade
Jan 6th, 2007, 07:31 AM
Maria lost 6-3, 7-6 (10-8) :(

myxomatosis
Jan 6th, 2007, 07:33 AM
:sobbing: She was up 4-2 in the tb, too.
All well, at least now she's got some matches under her belt going into the Aussie :yeah:

Andy.
Jan 6th, 2007, 07:43 AM
O well its only an EXO but I would have loved to have seen her win that would have given her a huge mental edge coming into the open. Good tournament though, well done Masha

ioni
Jan 6th, 2007, 07:44 AM
Maria :sad: ,loosing in a tie break :sad:

good luck in AO ! :)

myxomatosis
Jan 6th, 2007, 07:49 AM
Well, if nothing else, at least now I can go to bed :lol:
it's almost 4am here :tape:

Princeza
Jan 6th, 2007, 08:02 AM
maria & martina lost:ras:

ioni
Jan 6th, 2007, 08:08 AM
maria & martina lost:ras:

:awww: that's got to hurt a little ! :hug:

Andy.
Jan 6th, 2007, 08:09 AM
maria & martina lost:ras:
Yeah i know, Im not very happy with that :mad: O well the AO is where it really counts and thats where Masha will shine

Kim's_fan_4ever
Jan 6th, 2007, 08:12 AM
Who will you support ? Kim ? :ras: :p .

Haha isn't that obvious Corinne? :p
It was only an exhibition match, AO is way more important and I think that Maria haf her practice here and that in AO she'll do great and I hope she wins it all ;)

Princeza
Jan 6th, 2007, 08:32 AM
Yeah i know, Im not very happy with that :mad: O well the AO is where it really counts and thats where Masha will shine

yeahhh cant wait to see that, now that JHH wont beat her in semis lol

:awww: that's got to hurt a little ! :hug:
:kiss:

Shimizu Amon
Jan 6th, 2007, 08:37 AM
I'm just a little bit upset :bigcry:. But as it has been said before, it was just an exhibition match and I think this was a great warm up for Maria. I still believe that Masha is going to win the AO. I will cheer my ass of for her!

ioni
Jan 6th, 2007, 09:13 AM
it's ok at least for the beginning of the year she did just well ,she went to a final not loosing from the first match . this goes for Martina too she LOST in A FINAL , ;)

ioni
Jan 6th, 2007, 09:20 AM
[QUOTE=i am what i am;9748144]yeahhh cant wait to see that, now that JHH wont beat her in semis lol


somehow i do think JHH not playing in AO it's not a good thing . even if Maria will win the AO everyone ,well most of all will say something like Justine didn't played and was to easy for Maria .same goes for nr 1 spot taking this spot and justine not playing people will say that was to easy for her ,something isn't right for a legitimate win you have to compete with the best ..ok you can shout at me now cause i said it .sorry but this is how things are [ in US OPEN ] when she beat amelie and justine she was the best cause she beat those two and it was a splendid win .so without justine playing maria has an advantage but it wont look good .

morningglory
Jan 6th, 2007, 09:27 AM
Oh well, is AO next? Hopefully Masha can take some lessons from this loss :D
It's only an exo, people! The real work is yet to come!

Maria Croft
Jan 6th, 2007, 09:40 AM
I'm not sad that she lost :)

And I definitely do not care what people will say should she win the AO, I mean, then she would have 3 slams!

But we can worry about stuff like this once she makes the final, and that is still a long way to go ;)

Kim's_fan_4ever
Jan 6th, 2007, 11:01 AM
Ok I managed to see tiebreak of the second set from 4-1 for Maria. From that moment Maria played without any idea, Kim was dominating and Maria did nothing. It's an only an exhibition so it doesn't matter that much but I hope that she'll improve her tactics for AO

TeaMMashA
Jan 6th, 2007, 11:14 AM
:sad:

Kim's_fan_4ever
Jan 6th, 2007, 11:15 AM
:sad:
:hug:

Princeza
Jan 6th, 2007, 11:23 AM
somehow i do think JHH not playing in AO it's not a good thing . even if Maria will win the AO everyone ,well most of all will say something like Justine didn't played and was to easy for Maria .same goes for nr 1 spot taking this spot and justine not playing people will say that was to easy for her ,something isn't right for a legitimate win you have to compete with the best ..ok you can shout at me now cause i said it .sorry but this is how things are [ in US OPEN ] when she beat amelie and justine she was the best cause she beat those two and it was a splendid win .so without justine playing maria has an advantage but it wont look good .

lol
it will be good for me, i dont care what other people say about maria, we cant blame mauresmo for winning last year after henin withdrew, so if masha wins this year, i wont say it's because henin was absent.
she proved she cant beat her in slams.

Kim's_fan_4ever
Jan 6th, 2007, 11:27 AM
lol
it will be good for me, i dont care what other people say about maria, we cant blame mauresmo for winning last year after henin withdrew, so if masha wins this year, i wont say it's because henin was absent.
she proved she cant beat her in slams.

You won't say it but the haters will :p Not that I care what they will say :p

Princeza
Jan 6th, 2007, 11:36 AM
You won't say it but the haters will :p Not that I care what they will say :p

yeah we dont care, thats the most important:angel:

Doc
Jan 6th, 2007, 11:38 AM
It's better, if Kim is going to have a win against Maria, that it's in Hong Kong rather than anywhere else.

Maria still seems a bit slack after the off-season. Her serve seemed to be back as it was in early 2006, getting broken far too often. Hopefully she can get her form brushed up by the AO.

XCoco
Jan 6th, 2007, 02:03 PM
maria & martina lost:ras:

:sad:

:hug: .

pffftsss, Maria lost :ras: ... But it doesn't matter, it's just an exhibition and Maria played some good matches :) , for the opening season, not bad ;) .

Lefty.
Jan 6th, 2007, 03:34 PM
I'm a little disappointed with this loss, having beaten Kim twice in 06, but it is an exo, and she probably wasn't nearly as intense in a real match. Hopefully she picks her serve up and if she does, she'll have a good run at Oz. :yeah:

Princeza
Jan 6th, 2007, 04:37 PM
masha had such nice words for kim during the ceremony :angel:

shad9480
Jan 6th, 2007, 10:55 PM
masha had such nice words for kim during the ceremony :angel:

Yess...really nice words and one of the commentators even said Kim was a bit teary eyed after hearing it. Kim also said Maria is a great champion and a nice girl...lol.

I saw the whole match on tv and I'm a bit dissapointed with Maria...not because she lost but because of her attitude on court. She didn't have her usual determination and intensity. No fist-pumping, slapping her thighs or skipping before she served. She just looked lost and moping around the court even the commentators said that :o

But the only light I can see in this is that it was still a tight match and a lot of winners from both sides even though Maria's attitude was a letdown :rolleyes: For sure we would not see this at the AO. Come on Masha :bounce:

I wonder if Yuri was on the court side. The camera surely didn't focus on him which was really strange :scratch:

Masha...sorry for all the names I called you during the tight intense moment :p :hehehe:

meggz_star
Jan 7th, 2007, 12:44 AM
Despite the loss I'm still proud of Maria for making it to the final of the exhibition. I'm sure after playing these few matches she'll be ready for the AO :D

Dan23
Jan 7th, 2007, 07:52 AM
I turned the tv on this morning and there was a replay of Maria v Kim :eek: I didnt even know the tournament was being covered here :o :lol: Maria had her chances and definitely wasnt playing at her usual intensity level....that can be saved for the AO :cool:

Shimizu Amon
Jan 7th, 2007, 08:36 AM
I turned the tv on this morning and there was a replay of Maria v Kim :eek: I didnt even know the tournament was being covered here :o :lol: Maria had her chances and definitely wasnt playing at her usual intensity level....that can be saved for the AO :cool:

I absolutely agree with that. Come on guys it was just an exo.
It's not that big o' deal!

Maria Croft
Jan 7th, 2007, 09:45 AM
Yess...really nice words and one of the commentators even said Kim was a bit teary eyed after hearing it. Kim also said Maria is a great champion and a nice girl...lol.

I saw the whole match on tv and I'm a bit dissapointed with Maria...not because she lost but because of her attitude on court. She didn't have her usual determination and intensity. No fist-pumping, slapping her thighs or skipping before she served. She just looked lost and moping around the court even the commentators said that :o
But the only light I can see in this is that it was still a tight match and a lot of winners from both sides even though Maria's attitude was a letdown :rolleyes: For sure we would not see this at the AO. Come on Masha :bounce:

I wonder if Yuri was on the court side. The camera surely didn't focus on him which was really strange :scratch:

Masha...sorry for all the names I called you during the tight intense moment :p :hehehe:

What did you expect? It's an exhibition, I'm glad she didn't gave it a 100% for a match that didn't count.

P_Fer
Jan 7th, 2007, 04:07 PM
This was the first time that I saw Masha and Kim do the double kiss at the net.
I think Masha wasn't so intense beacuse it was just an exhibition. I hope she does well at AO.

What did Masha say about Kim at the ceremony?

Princeza
Jan 7th, 2007, 04:24 PM
she wished her an amazing last year, said she will be missed by everyone and that she has a great career.

andrewbroad
Jan 10th, 2007, 01:35 AM
=================================
WATSONS WATER CHAMPIONS CHALLENGE (Hong Kong; outdoor hard; exhibition)
================================= http://www.watsonswaterchallenge.com/ (http://www.watsonswaterchallenge.com/)

MARIA SHARAPOVA [1,EF]:
qf + Yan,Zi [s], 7-5 6-3
sf + ELENA DEMENTIEVA [4], 4-6 6-2 6-3
_f - KIM CLIJSTERS [3], 3-6 6-7 (8/10)

A good start to the year, but Maria will have to step it up considerably if she is to be the one to take full advantage of Justine Henin-Hardenne's withdrawal from the Australian Open. We'd better hope that Clijsters lands in Mauresmo's half of the AO-draw instead of Maria's!

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Photos
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Search Getty Images for "sharapova"
http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/news/?c=news_photos&p=sharapova (http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/news/?c=news_photos&p=sharapova)
http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=99305&page=516 (http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=99305&page=516) (pp.516-521)
http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=278581 (http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=278581) (pp.1-2)

Okay, I'll admit it! I'm not a leg-man, but Maria's look amazing! ;)

Maria in Teen Vogue magazine:
http://www.maria-sharapova.net/ (http://www.maria-sharapova.net/) (2nd January 2007)

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Videos
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Hong Kong party:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RCzuO3b2l4 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RCzuO3b2l4)

Maria posing for Teen Vogue:
http://www.teenvogue.com/magazine/videos/070102vi_sharapova (http://www.teenvogue.com/magazine/videos/070102vi_sharapova)

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Pretournament quote from Maria
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"This tournament is the only one I will play before Melbourne, so it's an important event for me."

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Quarter-final (Thursday 4th January)
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+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [1,EF] d. Yan,Zi [s], 7-5 6-3

I had expected Maria to beat this #166-ranked doubles-specialist 6-1 6-2, but she made quite a meal of it, losing a double-break *5-2 lead in the first set, having to save three break-points at *6-5, and letting a 5-1* lead in the second set become 5-3* - where she needed all three of the match-points she had at 0/40.

Yan beat Nicole Vaidišová 7-5 6-3 in the Silver Group semi-finals, so perhaps she's ready to take on the world at singles now?

I always thought Yan was a Selesian (two hands on both sides), but the photos from Hong Kong show her hitting one-handed forehands, and www.wtatour.com (http://www.wtatour.com) currently describes her playing-style as "Right-handed (two-handed backhand)" - so perhaps she is a lapsed Selesian?


Maria quotes
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"It was my first match of the year after not playing for a while, and it's always weird coming back after just training for so long. You're never going to play your best tennis in your first match. Before the match, I was talking to my coach, and I said it was strange actually preparing for a match!

"When you're playing in front of a great crowd - a full crowd - when you step out on the court, it feels a little bit different from what you've been doing. You have to adjust, and it took a little time.

"It wasn't disappointing being broken - she has a really good return. She attacks the ball well after playing a lot of doubles - returning is a big part of that game.

"I was disappointed that I let her back in the match at *5-2. Against the top players, if you let them back into the match, they gain confidence really quickly and the match might be over. When you are up two breaks, the set should be on your side, but that will come with just playing matches."

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Gold Group semi-final (Friday 5th January)
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+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [1,EF] d. ELENA DEMENTIEVA [4], 4-6 6-2 6-3

Second set: Maria *3-0 -> *3-2 -> 6-2
Third set: Maria *1-2 -> *3-2, 3-3* -> 6-3

I've often wondered why big servers like Maria and Nicole struggle as much as they do against Dementieva and her weak sliced serve, which produces so many double faults at key moments, and can only go to the right-hander's forehand. I think Dementieva makes up for it with her unusual ability to neutralise her opponent's initiative early in the rally, as well as superior fitness and a great crosscourt forehand.

Min Lee, Associated Press Writer:
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Sharapova, ranked No. 2, was broken four times in the first set. She broke the eighth-ranked Dementieva, twice in the second set to go up 3-0, but lost the next two games. Leading 5-2, she needed six set points to win the second set.

The final set went on serve until the fifth game, when Sharapova broke for a 3-2 lead.

Trailing 5-3, Dementieva double-faulted to give Sharapova match-point, then netted a backhand.

Despite the loss, Dementieva put on an impressive display of clean, heavy hitting. Sharapova said the close match was good preparation for the Australian Open, which starts on 15th January.
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Maria: "To be in that situation, to get out of it, to come up with a win, I think that's definitely going to help me. I felt like I improved as the match went on."

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Gold Group final (Saturday 6th January)
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- MARIA SHARAPOVA [1,EF] lt. KIM CLIJSTERS [3], 3-6 6-7 (8/10)

Second set: Maria *0-2 -> 3-2*, *3-3, 4-3*,, 5-4*,,, 6-6

Judging by the photos, it was windy during the final. This has favoured Clijsters over Maria in the past, because Maria has flat groundstrokes of flairsome power whereas Clijsters has muscular power - although Maria did play much better in the wind in 2006 (in winning Indian Wells and the US Open!).

shad9480: "I saw the whole match on tv and I'm a bit dissapointed with Maria...not because she lost but because of her attitude on court. She didn't have her usual determination and intensity. No fist-pumping, slapping her thighs or skipping before she served. She just looked lost and moping around the court even the commentators said that"

Min Lee, Associated Press Writer:
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HONG KONG (AP) -- Belgium's Kim Clijsters kicked off her final season the best way she could on Saturday, beating Maria Sharapova 6-3 7-6(8) in the final of the Champions Challenge.

In a duel between the last two US Open champions, Clijsters rallied from 2-3 down to win the first set with an ace.

Sharapova, the world No. 2, missed a backhand to give Clijsters the break in the first game of the second set. The Russian used heavy hitting to break back in the fourth game to tie it at 2.

Clijsters' groundstrokes were more accurate, but she struggled with her serving. She double-faulted on break-point in the sixth game to give Sharapova a 4-2 lead.

At 6-6, Sharapova squandered a 4/1 lead in the tiebreaker with three consecutive errors.

Clijsters hit a backhand winner to save set-point; a mishit backhand by Sharapova gave her match-point, then the Belgian converted by charging the net and hitting a forehand volley-winner.

Sharapova, who is using the Champions Challenge as her only preparation for the Australian Open, said she isn't worried about her form.

Sharapova: "You're never going to guarantee a win in every single match. At some points in the match I felt a little bit flat. I'd like to get myself going. Other than that, I'm happy with the match I played here."

Clijsters, who has long said 2007 will be her final year on the WTA Tour because she wants to start a family, isn't approaching this season with the preoccupation that it's her last.

Clijsters: "I'm not thinking about that at all. It's not something I want to worry about until that last match is there. I know this is the last time I'm going to be here, but to me, my goal is to still improve my tennis."
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Doubles: Semi-final (Thursday 4th January)
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- Maria Sharapova/Patty Schnyder lt. KIM CLIJSTERS/SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [2], 8-9 (4/7)

One pro-set, played to 8 games rather than 6, with a tiebreak at 8-8.

This was Maria's first doubles-match since she and Maria Kirilenko lost in the first round of Birmingham 2005 - having won the doubles-title together at Birmingham 2004!

I would like to see Maria play more doubles, as her movement and judgement at the net aren't second nature yet, and this can let her down in singles. I know she needs to conserve her energy for singles, but perhaps the odd exhibition (such as this) or doubles-only tournament?


Maria's Nike+ challenge:
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/1/newsroom/stories/?ContentID=1038 (http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/1/newsroom/stories/?ContentID=1038)

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http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sizzlingsharapova/ (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sizzlingsharapova/)
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P_Fer
Jan 10th, 2007, 07:31 PM
she wished her an amazing last year, said she will be missed by everyone and that she has a great career.

Thanks