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Maria Croft
Jan 27th, 2007, 06:39 AM
Well, we don't have to wait long to see Maria in action again :)
And see her bounce back from that heartbreaking AO match by taking the title in Tokyo ;)

The maindraw will probably be out sometime today!

Good luck Maria! :worship:

Here is the Main Draw!

Singles Main Draw

(1)Maria Sharapova (RUS) v BYE
Francesca Schiavone (ITA) v (wc)Erika Takao (JPN)

Ai Sugiyama (JPN) v Elena Vesnina (RUS)
(7)Shahar Peer (ISR) v Maria Kirilenko (RUS)

(4)Jelena Jankovic (SRB) v BYE
Jie Zheng (CHN) v Q

Mara Santangelo (ITA) v (wc)Aiko Nakamura (JPN)
(5)Ana Ivanovic (SRB) v Shenay Perry (USA)

(8)Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) v Q
Marion Bartoli (FRA) v Severine Bremond (FRA)

Elena Likhovtseva (RUS) v (wc)Gisela Dulko (ARG)
(3)Elena Dementieva (RUS) v BYE

(6)Na Li (CHN) v Q
Samantha Stosur (AUS) v Vera Zvonareva (RUS)

Meghann Shaughnessy (USA) v Q
(2)Martina Hingis (SUI) v BYE

shad9480
Jan 27th, 2007, 06:55 AM
Thank you Summon for starting this thread now :D . Need something to really cheer me up today. Masha...please bounce back with a vengeance :kiss: .

Hmmphh...Seems like Maria is flying out to Tokyo asap. So she wouldn't be able to celebrate her mom's birthday. I hope Yelena will be able to console Maria. And really hoping to God Yuri is doing it also in private because he sure didn't from the player's box when Maria needed him the most :(

Good luck and take the title in Tokyo...

Adal
Jan 27th, 2007, 07:01 AM
Her only main opponents there are Dementieva and Hingis. She owns Dementieva and won the last 2 meetings of Hingis. I'm expecting her to win in Tokyo.

Teemu
Jan 27th, 2007, 07:05 AM
Best of Luck Maria! :)

chloejoey
Jan 27th, 2007, 07:11 AM
any idea when she'll fly to tokyo? cause i'm staying in melbourne, maybe i could catch a glimpse of her in Crown before she leaves

Princeza
Jan 27th, 2007, 07:16 AM
"Unfortunately, it was my mom's birthday today and I couldn't win for her. But, you know, she still made me happy, made me realize this is just another loss. "

win tokyo for her masha!

ioni
Jan 27th, 2007, 08:54 AM
:hug: Maria , forget AO ,forget Serena , forget everything and win Tokyo ! you can do it ! COME ON Masha ! :clap2: :clap2: :yeah:

:inlove:
Jan 27th, 2007, 09:03 AM
Bounce back Maria! :hearts: :yeah:
Serve up some Japanese style bagels. :armed:

Kim's_fan_4ever
Jan 27th, 2007, 10:33 AM
Good luck in Tokyo Maria :wavey:

Porcupine
Jan 27th, 2007, 10:46 AM
"Unfortunately, it was my mom's birthday today and I couldn't win for her. But, you know, she still made me happy, made me realize this is just another loss. "


Oh really? Happy Bday to Mrs. Sharapova :D

It's Marat Safin Bday today as well :p

And good luck in Tokyo Maria! Take the title! The Jpese love you! :worship:

Btw anyone have the draw?:confused:

Andy.
Jan 27th, 2007, 10:50 AM
She will probably do a little bit of retail therapy in Melbourne and then fly out. Hopefully Maria can play herself into form and build up her confidence again, this is an important tournament for her. Good luck Masha. I always like this tournament because they have the big meet & greet player party thing with heaps of pix.

bellascarlett
Jan 27th, 2007, 02:44 PM
Oh really? Happy Bday to Mrs. Sharapova :D

It's Marat Safin Bday today as well :p


Yup Happy Birthday Marat! (tennis related thing that made me cheer up today) Happy Bday as well to Mother Sharapova. Hope Yuri remembered to give her a wonderful present. :o

I knew Maria would suit Marat well. Lovely coincidence. :p :o

Maria Croft
Jan 27th, 2007, 02:46 PM
Hingis and Jankovic are probably her toughest opponents in Tokyo, hope she can find her serve and gain some confidence :yeah:

bellascarlett
Jan 27th, 2007, 02:49 PM
I honestly don't know if she'll be ready for this. But if she is, she better kick ass. :)

Please double bagel everyone Masha!!! You're capable of it. In that way, maybe you could take out most of the frustration from the AO final. You might feel better. ;)

P_Fer
Jan 27th, 2007, 03:35 PM
Bounce back Maria! :hearts: :yeah:
Serve up some Japanese style bagels. :armed:

:lol:

Good luck in Tokyo Masha!

Lefty.
Jan 27th, 2007, 04:51 PM
Good luck in Tokyo Masha! :yeah: Just remember it's another week, another tournament. :hug:

johnoo
Jan 27th, 2007, 05:05 PM
good news tokyo is for the first time live on eurosport.
Sat 03/02 04:00 British Eurosport 2 Semi-finals WTA Toray Pan Pacific Open
Sun 04/02 04:00 British Eurosport 2 Final WTA Toray Pan Pacific Open

jacobruiz
Jan 27th, 2007, 05:31 PM
Good luck here, Masha!:kiss: :kiss:

Mow down the field!!:bounce: :bounce:

myxomatosis
Jan 27th, 2007, 05:38 PM
Please double bagel everyone Masha!!! You're capable of it. In that way, maybe you could take out most of the frustration from the AO final. You might feel better. ;)Oh I like that thought bella - Maria out for revenge! :devil:

Kitten63
Jan 27th, 2007, 07:15 PM
Good luck Masha!

schorsch
Jan 27th, 2007, 10:50 PM
my first post in this forum... come on maria! get that title!

i hope to see a janko/masha semi and a masha/marti final... and maria will win all of those matches! come on !!! DAVAI !

myxomatosis
Jan 28th, 2007, 01:20 AM
my first post in this forum... come on maria! get that title!

i hope to see a janko/masha semi and a masha/marti final... and maria will win all of those matches! come on !!! DAVAI !Welcome!! :dance:
I'm Laura :)

Shimizu Amon
Jan 28th, 2007, 06:42 AM
The best of luck to you Masha.
I still believe and I know for sure you own that title :)!!

And happy after B-Day for Masha's mom and Marat!

:inlove:
Jan 28th, 2007, 08:34 AM
Here's her quarter:

(1)Maria Sharapova (RUS) v BYE
Francesca Schiavone (ITA) v (wc)Erika Takao (JPN)

Ai Sugiyama (JPN) v Elena Vesnina (RUS)
(7)Shahar Peer (ISR) v Maria Kirilenko (RUS)

Win the title, Masha! Great draw! :bounce:

:inlove:
Jan 28th, 2007, 08:34 AM
Actually Shahar in the quarters could be very very tough! :scared:

Maria Croft
Jan 28th, 2007, 08:37 AM
Well, she has to work for it, Schiavone in the 2nd round, Peer in the QF who just played her best tournament in her career, Jankovic in the SF who is playing amazing as well, and then in the final Hingis will probably be waiting for her. It will be tough.

Princeza
Jan 28th, 2007, 08:47 AM
that will be hard but vamoooos

Steve-o
Jan 28th, 2007, 09:27 AM
It is tough and the way Maria is playing right now, I can't see her just breezing through this tournament. Maria against Jankovic in the SF could be great, thats a matchup I want to see.

Shimizu Amon
Jan 28th, 2007, 09:56 AM
What a strong draw! Wish you the best of luck.
I know you can beat every single one of them.

Kim's_fan_4ever
Jan 28th, 2007, 11:46 AM
Wow first tough opponent probably Shahar, that will be a great tournament, I just can't wait :yeah:

~lollipop_girl~
Jan 28th, 2007, 03:36 PM
Actually Shahar in the quarters could be very very tough! :scared:
Won't happen... My MK will find form and take Peer out right away, so then we get a Big vs Lil' Masha match up in the QF :banana:

Good luck Masha :D :hug:

schorsch
Jan 28th, 2007, 06:11 PM
i dont know about that. i think peer will win against lil'masha. and well argh its so unfair that maria has got such a touch draw! she's the number one seed after all. look at elenas draw. till the semis there's pretty much no inform/topplayer :/

daniela86
Jan 28th, 2007, 06:20 PM
Incredibly tough draw for Masha :eek: I'm very :scared: of Shahar :tape: She played great since the beginning of the year and we know she dislikes Maria so I guess she will be very motivated to beat her :scared:
Jankovic is also very tough as Summon said:scared:I agree with the poster above me and I think Maria's part of draw is much stronger than the bottom part:scared: but best of luck Maria! Prove you deserve to be the number 1 :bigclap: and take the title :bigclap: :bounce:

Dan23
Jan 29th, 2007, 09:36 AM
Why are people getting scared of all these opponents? :o :p
Maria is a level above them all in toughness and provided she improves her serve with more matchplay she will be very, very tough to beat.

Porcupine
Jan 29th, 2007, 09:50 AM
Incredibly tough draw for Masha :eek: I'm very :scared: of Shahar :tape: She played great since the beginning of the year and we know she dislikes Maria so I guess she will be very motivated to beat her :scared:
Jankovic is also very tough as Summon said:scared:I agree with the poster above me and I think Maria's part of draw is much stronger than the bottom part:scared: but best of luck Maria! Prove you deserve to be the number 1 :bigclap: and take the title :bigclap: :bounce:

:scared: so many :scared: in your post :scared:

Dislikeness may leads to another way as well. You can easily be angry with mistakes, and there she is - the one you dislike - across the net. Well confuses your mind a lot :lol: Maria knows how to Peer. Plus Peer showed that she couldn't hold her nerve at big points, so I don't think there will be prob for Maria ;)

Well, there's not so many players capable of beating Maria atm, imho :devil:

Andy.
Jan 29th, 2007, 11:00 AM
TOugh tough Draw but lets remember these girls are no Serena Williams, Maria played below par at the Aussie and still made it to the final beating some quality opponents. All she needs is to get a win under her belt and she will start to get her confidence back. Good luck Masha

Il Primo!
Jan 30th, 2007, 10:26 AM
Why are people getting scared of all these opponents? :o :p
Maria is a level above them all in toughness and provided she improves her serve with more matchplay she will be very, very tough to beat.

Exactly my thoughts.

Even playing badly Maria reached the OZ final so she's very likely to win this Tournament without real issues

myxomatosis
Jan 30th, 2007, 04:36 PM
Just a requisite GO MARIA!!! post! :yeah: :D

VAMOS DAVAI & C'MON!!! :woohoo:

Kim's_fan_4ever
Jan 30th, 2007, 06:44 PM
First Schiavone, shouldn't be tough especially that Francesca isn't at her best.

Maria Croft
Jan 30th, 2007, 08:17 PM
Schiavone hasn't been playing well, should be a good first match for Maria to get used to this fast court again :)

Kipling
Jan 30th, 2007, 08:41 PM
a good first match for Maria to get used to this fast court again :)

You're not kidding. That court is wicked fast. The 3rd set of the '05 final between Maria and Davenport was an acefest.

morningglory
Jan 30th, 2007, 09:11 PM
Good luck Masha! As my tests are coming up (booooooooo :ras: ) I won't be able to follow any tennis for quite a while... good luck a bag a few titles this HC season!

dybbuk
Jan 30th, 2007, 09:29 PM
Won't happen... My MK will find form and take Peer out right away, so then we get a Big vs Lil' Masha match up in the QF :banana:

Good luck Masha :D :hug:


Preach it Katie! :bounce:

miura
Jan 31st, 2007, 07:36 AM
Sharapova vs. Kirilenko then, if not Maria mess up versus Schavione, but that's not going to happen :P

Dan23
Jan 31st, 2007, 08:29 AM
Preach it Katie! :bounce:
:clap2: :clap2: :yeah:

TeaMMashA
Jan 31st, 2007, 09:35 AM
Good Luck Masha! Anyone know when the first match is in GMT?

I don't like the Masha's playing each other, something could happen, worries me :sad: (falling out over something that happens on court etc) I love doubles together though.

XCoco
Jan 31st, 2007, 10:08 AM
Good luck Maria ! ;) .

I don't know if the schedule of Thursday is released... The website is a bit :confused: ...

XCoco
Jan 31st, 2007, 11:31 AM
Schedule of Thursday (Tokyo Time) :

Court 1 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Jankovic vs. Zheng
2. Likhovtseva vs. Dementieva
3. Sugiyama vs. Kirilenko
4. Sharapova vs. Schiavone
5. Jankovic/Mattek vs. Dulko/Tu
6. Raymond/Stosur vs. Dementieva/Savchuk (NB 17.00hrs)

Court 2 (from 12.00hrs)
1. Vinci vs. Bremond
2. Santangelo vs. Ivanovic (NB 13.30hrs)
3. N.Li vs. Stosur
4. Dushevina/Kirilenko vs. Yan/Zheng

schorsch
Jan 31st, 2007, 01:38 PM
ya, the website is really stoopid when you're not japanese hahaha!

uhm, does anybody know where i could find interviews. gush those japanese sure dont know how to take care of certain things.

Maria Croft
Jan 31st, 2007, 01:40 PM
Schedule of Thursday (Tokyo Time) :

Court 1 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Jankovic vs. Zheng
2. Likhovtseva vs. Dementieva
3. Sugiyama vs. Kirilenko
4. Sharapova vs. Schiavone
5. Jankovic/Mattek vs. Dulko/Tu
6. Raymond/Stosur vs. Dementieva/Savchuk (NB 17.00hrs)

Court 2 (from 12.00hrs)
1. Vinci vs. Bremond
2. Santangelo vs. Ivanovic (NB 13.30hrs)
3. N.Li vs. Stosur
4. Dushevina/Kirilenko vs. Yan/Zheng

Thanks for posting :)

dybbuk
Jan 31st, 2007, 03:44 PM
First off..... what the hell is Ana doing on Court 2? :ras:


Big-Lil' Masha quarter! :woohoo:

xan
Jan 31st, 2007, 04:27 PM
Best of luck, Maria!

Slampova
Jan 31st, 2007, 05:10 PM
Good Luck against Schiavone Maria. Bounce back and take the title!

bellascarlett
Jan 31st, 2007, 07:05 PM
well the website does suck...dont even know where to look for the proper schedule. :o

but anyway...onto more impt things: go masha! :bounce:

please win this match! ya gotta! :)

Maria Croft
Jan 31st, 2007, 07:31 PM
Good luck Maria!

meggz_star
Jan 31st, 2007, 08:05 PM
Best of luck to Maria against Schiavone :yeah:

Andy.
Jan 31st, 2007, 09:03 PM
Good luck today Masha

Kim's_fan_4ever
Jan 31st, 2007, 09:04 PM
Good luck Maria :wavey:

Kitten63
Jan 31st, 2007, 09:13 PM
Good luck Maria!

Lefty.
Jan 31st, 2007, 09:15 PM
Good luck today Masha. :bounce: :yeah: :bounce:

Emina.
Jan 31st, 2007, 09:29 PM
Masha!!! take it!!!:worship: :D :D

Kipling
Jan 31st, 2007, 09:44 PM
Go get 'em, Tigress.

schorsch
Jan 31st, 2007, 10:50 PM
bah, schiavone hasnt played well in singles lately. she's no thread to maria at all! pff. double-bagel her maria!

i want to watch that match :( i cant just stare at the scoreboard not knowing what is going on. >:-(

Dan23
Feb 1st, 2007, 01:32 AM
IMO there should be a rule against placing the 2 Masha's in the same half of any draw :p

Porcupine
Feb 1st, 2007, 01:35 AM
IMO there should be a rule against placing the 2 Masha's in the same half of any draw :p
You should create that rule dan :p

Sharapova's_Boy
Feb 1st, 2007, 01:50 AM
Davai Masha. :worship:

markspot
Feb 1st, 2007, 08:14 AM
good news, seems that Serena was not so good, after all,
the same result with anybody
So there is a chance to fight for other grand slams

Princeza
Feb 1st, 2007, 08:17 AM
maria is really struggling:mad:

brokenflowers
Feb 1st, 2007, 08:29 AM
Seems like she's playing not up to par. :( Struggling indeed.

markspot
Feb 1st, 2007, 08:31 AM
not only 1st serve percentage is 35-40% in the 2nd set,
but she wins only 25% 1st serve points when 1st serve is successful!
I think she should go straight home, no more tournaments until Indian Wells,
practice serving until then.

markspot
Feb 1st, 2007, 08:36 AM
2nd set ended.
Even better:
1st serve points won : 20%
2nd serve points won: 29%
With this percentage of points won, the lower the 1st serve percentage, the better, 42% was way to high to win the 2nd set....
but 8 doublefaults in the 2nd set alone make you want more 1st serves in

Princeza
Feb 1st, 2007, 08:39 AM
I think she should go straight home, no more tournaments until Indian Wells,
practice serving until then.

agree

Porcupine
Feb 1st, 2007, 08:43 AM
Maria's playing with Lena D's serve :o

markspot
Feb 1st, 2007, 08:51 AM
such thing happend to her after Wimbledon 2004 when she changed the racquet, adapting to the new one was very painful, many many double faults,
but I don't thing she changed her racquet recently, still playing with O3 White. Or is she? Now Hybrid Tour and Tour racquets is a better choice, probably.
That would explain everything

On the other hand, look what's going on in the 3rd set:
78% 1st serves in, 86% points won on 1st, 100% on 2nd
Crazy. She may not want to go home now....

Princeza
Feb 1st, 2007, 08:52 AM
even if she def sugiyama, i think jankovic is waiting for her:help:

schorsch
Feb 1st, 2007, 09:05 AM
ya, do you think you can pull that against anyone ? ? ?
jelena will smile and think of what she should say to the press
"definately it was tough match today, but i did best and its good that i won. you know, maria is great player, but i am happy i was better today." or something like that... >:( you know i love them both, but masha comes first. so fix that problem of yours. whatcha got an entourage for with ya ?
HELP HER!

ioni
Feb 1st, 2007, 09:15 AM
what an ugly match ! don't care she has points to defend she shouldn't played Tokyo TO MANY DF :rolleyes: i was thinking that after all that struggle she will not be able to close the match at 5-0 it went 5-1 but thank God she did ..she needs some time off to work on her serve and her confindence [with so many DF even if you win at the end you still might be a little shaky ] but she won and it does count an ugly match but she didn't lose it ! ;)

Sharapova's_Boy
Feb 1st, 2007, 09:20 AM
Maria :D

But geez, WTF is happening to her serve? :unsure:

ioni
Feb 1st, 2007, 09:21 AM
even if she def sugiyama, i think jankovic is waiting for her:help:

remeber semifinal AO ? against Kim ? she didn't played that good untill than either ..you never know how Maria will appear on court ..semi ..the final at AO two different stories and who said that Jankovic will be the one waiting for her ..maybe someone else will be waiting for her maybe Maria will lose before semi ..maybe ..maybe the beauty of this sport is that is impredictibale and can give me heart attacks anytime ..:lol: ;)

Princeza
Feb 1st, 2007, 09:25 AM
remeber semifinal AO ? against Kim ? she didn't played that good untill than either ..you never know how Maria will appear on court ..semi ..the final at AO two different stories and who said that Jankovic will be the one waiting for her ..maybe someone else will be waiting for her maybe Maria will lose before semi ..maybe ..maybe the beauty of this sport is that is impredictibale and can give me heart attacks anytime ..:lol: ;)

i know ;) but all these DF are :eek: and im sure AO final still more in her head than she shows in press conf

Porcupine
Feb 1st, 2007, 09:30 AM
Yeah, all Maria has to do now is fix her serve. Can't believe today the serve turned out to be her weakness :o

ioni
Feb 1st, 2007, 10:10 AM
i know ;) but all these DF are :eek: and im sure AO final still more in her head than she shows in press conf

;) of that i'm sure ! that she didn't forget the final ! ;) this year is for the first time when i see Maria fighting with her serve and not with her opponent ! imagine how easy it was for Fran to stay on the other side of the net and watch Maria giving her free points 17DF that's more than 2 games right ? so if Maria would have lost this match she could say quite easily that she lost to her self ..:eek: i don't like what i see Maria playing AGAINST Maria instead of playing her opponent ..but she can rise her game hopefully from time to time when it's crucial ..so there's still hope for her at Tokyo [it's not a good thing that she playes here so soon after the final ]..but i don't cut her [yet ] from the list the third set was quite good even if she made some DF [at the end of the match :rolleyes: ] but she closed it and she didn't fall out like she did with Pin from 5-1 ..at least she didn't do that.. i give her the credit for a good 3rd set if it counts :lol: now i'm quite interested to see Dementieva /Maria match before i always gaved the edge to Maria now ...the one who beats her self will be the one to lose :lol:

Andy.
Feb 1st, 2007, 10:29 AM
What is going on with her game and her serve I dont get it what has happened to her over the off season. Things are not looking good. At least she picked things up in that last set but for Masha her serve is the most vital part of her game when its on she is on she needs to get it back and soon.

TeaMMashA
Feb 1st, 2007, 10:38 AM
What is going on with Maria's game?

It's great she won of course

Andy.
Feb 1st, 2007, 10:39 AM
I just dont understand what is happening, what has happened to one of the best serves in the game ? is it pressure or something else ? I didnt see the match but what was the rest of her game like ?

TeaMMashA
Feb 1st, 2007, 10:42 AM
I didn't see the match either but 17 DF's is just not the Maria we know, it is a little worrying actually especially if it is happening in early stages of tournaments.

Princeza
Feb 1st, 2007, 10:44 AM
http://img101.imageshack.us/img101/8113/92479540gr4.png (http://imageshack.us)

well thats not a world N1 way to play for me

Andy.
Feb 1st, 2007, 10:48 AM
definatly not, things are not looking good at all. The thing is its sort of come out of nowhere and for no apparent reason this season ?

TeaMMashA
Feb 1st, 2007, 10:50 AM
What exactly did she do in the off season?

Emina.
Feb 1st, 2007, 11:20 AM
went to Costa Rica ,had fun ...

Masha:(

find a way to win...please, you need it:)

brokenflowers
Feb 1st, 2007, 11:25 AM
I hope she gets back on form like she was superb on last year's USO. Now she has way too many double faults. Needs to work on the serves really.

Dan23
Feb 1st, 2007, 11:33 AM
Well done Masha :yeah:
Bit of a dodgy start but thats often the way. Maria will improve....theres just times where the rythmn on serve goes off (mines like that all the time :tape: :lol: ) 2nd serve is the problem...have faith she'll work on it

Kim's_fan_4ever
Feb 1st, 2007, 11:45 AM
I'm happy that Maria won but I'm not pleased with the way she played... Improve Maria!

dybbuk
Feb 1st, 2007, 11:48 AM
no Big-'Lil Masha quarter. Makiri lost in three to Sugi. :sobbing:

Come on Masha! I can at least hope for a Masha-Ana semi now. :p

Maria Croft
Feb 1st, 2007, 11:48 AM
You guys are acting like she is hitting 17 double faults every match now :lol:

Those are some horrible stats though, the aces look normal and then, 17 double faults and so many break points on both sides :eek:

But she will fine her game again, she fought for it, and won :bounce:

Hope she can get her game together for the QF.

Dan23
Feb 1st, 2007, 12:02 PM
Maria can get revenge for Maria K and at the same time work on tuning her serve up hopefully :cool:

Andy.
Feb 1st, 2007, 12:24 PM
Hopefully thats what will happen, its just very strange that she hasnt found her serve so far this season. Anyhow at least she is still winning

Maria Croft
Feb 1st, 2007, 12:25 PM
I just assume that Maria demanded her serve to work for her, when it was 15-0, 0-40 or even 40-0, she still wanted a big serve, first or second, that or injury is the only explanation I can find for it. The AO must still be in her head, hope she can get it out of her system soon.

Andy.
Feb 1st, 2007, 12:30 PM
Well if you can win playing like that, thats the sign of a champ which we all know she is.

Emina.
Feb 1st, 2007, 12:33 PM
its been only one week since her first huge humiliation...please give her some time,you'll see our champion will be back soon enough :)

Kipling
Feb 1st, 2007, 03:36 PM
Well done Masha :yeah:
Bit of a dodgy start but thats often the way. Maria will improve....theres just times where the rythmn on serve goes off (mines like that all the time :tape: :lol: ) 2nd serve is the problem...have faith she'll work on it

Yeah, sometimes, you just get on a streak like this. I don't think she needs to do anything drastic. As Pam Shriver said at the AO, she was serving "so bad" that beat Kim Clijsters 6-4, 6-2. We should all have a serve that bad.

17 doubles is atrocious. For pretty much anybody, that kind of performance would guarantee a loss. Yet the rest of her game must be pretty decent, since she won the 3rd set 6-1. Maria's not dumb. She knows she has to play better. Serve better. Maybe it's a slight mechanical glitch in her service motion. Maybe it's a lingering consequnce of her growing so much, and she just hasn't fully adjusted or compensated.

Bottom line is she is capable of playing much better--she's done it before, so it's not an issue of her being able to get there again. But realistically, what can she do now, in the middle of playing tournaments? She won't have time to do extensive work on her serve until she gets a break from the schedule. She'll have to grit it out this week, I imagine.

XCoco
Feb 1st, 2007, 03:56 PM
Well done Maria ;) , her serve was too bad :o . She needs improving that if she wants to win.

Lefty.
Feb 1st, 2007, 03:58 PM
Nice that you won the match Maria, but 17 double faults? :smash: Just terrible. Those are like Lena D numbers. :help: Hope you can get that late 06 serve back soon.

Good luck vs. Ai and I hope you serve much better. :)

xan
Feb 1st, 2007, 04:11 PM
Aaaagh

7 breaks of Maria's serve! That's awful.

And only 51 % first serves in.

She's continuing from Melbourne with poor serving. Hopefully it will pick up. She's relying on her rallying to win matches.

best of luck, Maria. Work on that serve!

SuperMaria
Feb 1st, 2007, 04:15 PM
Aaaagh

7 breaks of Maria's serve! That's awful.

And only 51 % first serves in.

She's continuing from Melbourne with poor serving. Hopefully it will pick up. She's relying on her rallying to win matches.

best of luck, Maria. Work on that serve!

Is 17 double faults a world record?

ioni
Feb 1st, 2007, 04:17 PM
Is 17 double faults a world record?

:lol: NO

XCoco
Feb 1st, 2007, 04:20 PM
Is 17 double faults a world record?

No, Anna K. gets the record ;) .

Il Primo!
Feb 1st, 2007, 04:37 PM
Anna K performed 36 DF... The hotter you look, the more DFs you do! (but LenaD who is ugly to me :tape: )

I'd rather Maria make people talk about her for another reason. She needs to get her mess together, I can't wait to see her hold a trophee in 2007!

ioni
Feb 1st, 2007, 04:48 PM
Anna K performed 36 DF... The hotter you look, the more DFs you do! (but LenaD who is ugly to me :tape: )

I'd rather Maria make people talk about her for another reason. She needs to get her mess together, I can't wait to see her hold a trophee in 2007!

don't get me wrong but one look at your avatar and hurts :awww: :bigcry:

Il Primo!
Feb 1st, 2007, 05:01 PM
don't get me wrong but one look at your avatar and hurts :awww: :bigcry:

:hug:

SuperMaria
Feb 1st, 2007, 05:02 PM
i mean 17 DF and winning the match, is it a record? Anna K and winning don't go together too well so i assume she lost the match when she served to many DF

Il Primo!
Feb 1st, 2007, 05:05 PM
You assumed wrong, Anna K did win the match :p

SuperMaria
Feb 1st, 2007, 05:07 PM
You assumed wrong, Anna K did win the match :p

who was she playing against? a wheelchair player?

Il Primo!
Feb 1st, 2007, 05:16 PM
^^:lol: Dunno, Im not a fan of AnnaK, I just love her flawless plastique :drool:

SuperMaria
Feb 1st, 2007, 05:25 PM
^^:lol: Dunno, Im not a fan of AnnaK, I just love her flawless plastique :drool:

she used to be hot, but now is not hot anymore.

shame we didn't see much of her during her playing days as she rarely made it past the first round in tournaments

daniela86
Feb 1st, 2007, 05:47 PM
:o performance,Maria,but congrats for winning all the same :bounce: :bounce:
I think she will play better against Ai :bounce: :bounce: Davai!! :rocker:

Kim's_fan_4ever
Feb 1st, 2007, 06:48 PM
Anna K performed 36 DF... The hotter you look, the more DFs you do! (but LenaD who is ugly to me :tape: )

I'd rather Maria make people talk about her for another reason. She needs to get her mess together, I can't wait to see her hold a trophee in 2007!

So true :help:

Maria Croft
Feb 1st, 2007, 07:08 PM
Good luck against Sugiyama, hope you can improve your game a little Maria!

Shimizu Amon
Feb 1st, 2007, 07:22 PM
Well I wish she would have gotten off to a better start here in Tokyo. But a win is still a win. And she has her first win on this surface so she'll only improve from this match on.

Masha good luck against Ai! Come on!

Andy.
Feb 1st, 2007, 08:03 PM
Good luck Masha, hopefully her serve is a little better its such an essential part of her game.

schorsch
Feb 1st, 2007, 08:56 PM
come on maria. step it up.

it would be so sad if you couldnt at least give your best. and we know that your best is so good. so keep it together girl. concentrate. go with your natural serve and beat ai.

cause if she does she'll have more points again as the points changed. over 4000 ! ! ! right? we need to have a big difference. because justine (gah.. i hate JH) is coming back soon and she is NEVER to return at the number 1 spot again.

Kitten63
Feb 1st, 2007, 09:11 PM
17 Df, what's up with that ? At least she won.
Get your game together and win Maria.
Good luck against Ai!

Steve-o
Feb 1st, 2007, 10:10 PM
Serving :o Where's the timing gone...I had 300 v-cash on her to win in straights :p She needs to sort this out before Jankovic...

I love Joyce's on court coaching, he doesn't give Maria too many things to think about and says it in a calm reassuring way. I can only imagine what It'd be like if Yuri did it. :help:

SuperMaria
Feb 1st, 2007, 10:32 PM
good luck masha

bellascarlett
Feb 1st, 2007, 11:30 PM
I think it's all mental now...at least a big part of it...

the more she thinks about her serve troubles, the more troubles come her way...she needs to calm down and let her serve flow naturally...i dunno, i really dont understand what's going on...:confused:...

the entire AO, i was hoping every match to see improvements on her serve - for her to get it back to the way it was during the US Open...never came, not even close...with what's going on now, it's most likely gonna take some time...just hope she gets it back before dubai.

anyway, cmon masha!!!!!!!!! you can do this! you're a two-time slam champion for christ's sake!

Porcupine
Feb 2nd, 2007, 01:48 AM
I think Maria knows now what's wrong with her serve. There's no reason for a natural great server like Maria suddenly drop the serve like that ;) She'll find it again today. In the 3rd set she served quite OK, ne?

I smell bagel :devil: Good luck Maria :yeah:

And btw I have a 15-min Chem test this afternoon. I'm gonna do it great so I want Maria to win the match too :devil: :p

meggz_star
Feb 2nd, 2007, 02:20 AM
Hope she works on the serve. Best of luck to Maria against Sugiyama :yeah:

UDACHi
Feb 2nd, 2007, 03:51 AM
this serve is really starting to worry me. at the australian, i didn't even think she was serving too badly. :shrug:

she just lost the first set to sugiyama 4-6 and hit 6 double faults.

she just isn't herself right now. :sobbing:

fight maria. a good run is all it takes to get the confidence back.

Lefty.
Feb 2nd, 2007, 04:11 AM
this serve is really starting to worry me. at the australian, i didn't even think she was serving too badly. :shrug:

she just lost the first set to sugiyama 4-6 and hit 6 double faults.

she just isn't herself right now. :sobbing:

fight maria. a good run is all it takes to get the confidence back.

She bageled the second, but still, 9 df's. :help:

Langers
Feb 2nd, 2007, 04:17 AM
Why is she serving so many DF's? :eek:

Langers
Feb 2nd, 2007, 04:20 AM
She just served 5 double's in 1 game. 5!!!! :eek:

Lefty.
Feb 2nd, 2007, 04:31 AM
She just served 5 double's in 1 game. 5!!!! :eek:

Not surprisingly, she lost that game. :help: At least she's up 4-1 in the third.

Shimizu Amon
Feb 2nd, 2007, 04:36 AM
My oh my, where are these DF's coming from?!?

Dan23
Feb 2nd, 2007, 04:40 AM
4-6 6-0 6-1 :clap2: :clap2:

very nice win considering....the last 2 sets were an improvement :cool: the only game lost in them was a game she was broken which included 5 DF's. 14 overall.

Great job to win while missing one of her weapons...she took her frustration out on the returns ;)

TennisPlayingFox
Feb 2nd, 2007, 04:41 AM
Nice job Maria! Other than the doubles, it was good! Good luck in the semis!

morningglory
Feb 2nd, 2007, 04:42 AM
hmmm I have a calculus test and a chem quiz tomorrow aiyiyiyi... I shouldn't be dropping by here but gl Masha!

Shimizu Amon
Feb 2nd, 2007, 04:43 AM
YAY Masha!! Good win, please get rid of the DF's ASAP and you'll be okay in the semis :yeah:


BTW: my avatar's gone and I can't save another one, anyone else having this problem??

Lefty.
Feb 2nd, 2007, 04:47 AM
*sigh* Not boding very well for the semis. :help: The groundstrokes look like they're fine, but Maria can't rely on those all the time. Still, just WTF w/ the serve.

Good luck vs. Ana or Jelena though Maria.

Lefty.
Feb 2nd, 2007, 04:47 AM
YAY Masha!! Good win, please get rid of the DF's ASAP and you'll be okay in the semis :yeah:


BTW: my avatar's gone and I can't save another one, anyone else having this problem??

Try going to the bug reporting forum and ask a mod to put it in for you. :)

Dan23
Feb 2nd, 2007, 04:50 AM
Maria's 1st serve and winning %age on it are fine and normal. Putting the 2nd serve into court seems to be the problem...she just mustnt be able find the timing on it right now.

shad9480
Feb 2nd, 2007, 04:52 AM
Nice win Maria. That's my gal :bounce: :kiss: .
Good luck in the semis...with all the dfs, U need it ;)

ioni
Feb 2nd, 2007, 04:58 AM
well much better than yesterday ! well done Maria ! :clap2: :clap2: :

Good Luck in semifinal ,Maria ! :hug: :yeah:

Teemu
Feb 2nd, 2007, 05:11 AM
Congrats!
Best of Luck for the Semis, Maria! :)

DOUBLEFIST
Feb 2nd, 2007, 06:03 AM
Maria's 1st serve and winning %age on it are fine and normal. Putting the 2nd serve into court seems to be the problem...

If that's the fact then I have a feeling all can stop worrying about her serve. What that sounds like to me is a player WORKING TO IMPROVE her second serve, and willing to take the things she's working on and apply them in match situations. IF that's the case then as the second serve comes together, it could really take her game to the next level. HOWEVER, the glaring hole in my little theory here is the implication that Shapo was willing to "work" on her second serve during the AO finals. I tend to doubt she'd be willing to do that. The other alternative is that she's been working on it and has sort of lost her way and can't get back to her old second serve, but can't master whatever she might be working on.

:lol: :lol: Of course all this could be a bunch a BS. :confused: Actually, I have no idea what the hells goin' on with her serve.:unsure: It's truly strange though to see a world #1's serve abandon them so completely.

Steve-o
Feb 2nd, 2007, 06:47 AM
I'm starting to think that Maria has the yips. :lol:

Porcupine
Feb 2nd, 2007, 07:04 AM
I'm at school atm :p It's great to hear that Maria won! :woohoo:

Altho the DFs still piss me off :o

Good luck next round Maria ! :yeah:

Princeza
Feb 2nd, 2007, 07:25 AM
Yay Masha!!!!, i cant believe ana won too:woohoo:

markspot
Feb 2nd, 2007, 07:31 AM
If that's the fact then I have a feeling all can stop worrying about her serve. What that sounds like to me is a player WORKING TO IMPROVE her second serve, and willing to take the things she's working on and apply them in match situations. IF that's the case then as the second serve comes together, it could really take her game to the next level. HOWEVER, the glaring hole in my little theory here is the implication that Shapo was willing to "work" on her second serve during the AO finals. I tend to doubt she'd be willing to do that. The other alternative is that she's been working on it and has sort of lost her way and can't get back to her old second serve, but can't master whatever she might be working on.

:lol: :lol: Of course all this could be a bunch a BS. :confused: Actually, I have no idea what the hells goin' on with her serve.:unsure: It's truly strange though to see a world #1's serve abandon them so completely.

I think similarly, sort of.
I think that the problem with these DFs is mental.
Although different than, for example, Dementieva's.

I think Maria knows that she can eliminate those DFs whenever she wants.
She serves them not because of the fear of the opponent's returns,
but because of disrespect to the opponent, so to speak.
She is mad at herself because of the problems with her 1st serve,
and she uses 2nd serves to practice her 1st ones.
She would not do that (hopefully) with a really strong opponent.

ioni
Feb 2nd, 2007, 07:43 AM
good luck against Ana tommorow ! :hug: :clap2: :yeah: finally i'm going to see the match on TV ! no more staring at the score board :rolleyes:

Andy.
Feb 2nd, 2007, 07:49 AM
Well Im happy she won but still her serve is a massive worry. She must have played heaps better in the last two sets but she must be having real issues out ther and a mental battle. Hopefully she will be able to drop the double fault numbers a little more against Ana and if she gets thru that maybe a little more again. I think it will be a process of ganing confidence and workjing then out of her game. Well done Masha

Andy.
Feb 2nd, 2007, 07:50 AM
If that's the fact then I have a feeling all can stop worrying about her serve. What that sounds like to me is a player WORKING TO IMPROVE her second serve, and willing to take the things she's working on and apply them in match situations. IF that's the case then as the second serve comes together, it could really take her game to the next level. HOWEVER, the glaring hole in my little theory here is the implication that Shapo was willing to "work" on her second serve during the AO finals. I tend to doubt she'd be willing to do that. The other alternative is that she's been working on it and has sort of lost her way and can't get back to her old second serve, but can't master whatever she might be working on.

:lol: :lol: Of course all this could be a bunch a BS. :confused: Actually, I have no idea what the hells goin' on with her serve.:unsure: It's truly strange though to see a world #1's serve abandon them so completely.

I hope your right, Justine and Serena went thru the same periods.

DOUBLEFIST
Feb 2nd, 2007, 08:01 AM
I hope your right, Justine and Serena went thru the same periods.

Justine, yes, but not Serena- at least not so dramatically as what Shapo's going through now.

Serena's gone through tough periods with her first serve, but not so much with her second, except for periods where it's less effective than others. Justine has gone through tough periods, but for different reasons. Justine completely retooled her serve to compete with the big hitters. Serena's serve hasn't really fundamentally changed sinced '99. The thing that concerns me about Serena was watching her throw in ill-timed DFs. She didn't do it a lot, but she did it at some very tense times.

Masha- IF she's retooling her serve- reminds me more of Henin rough patch. I just hope Shapo's isn't the result of a nagging injury.

Andy.
Feb 2nd, 2007, 08:27 AM
Whatever it is I hope it wont be a talking point in a few months

Shimizu Amon
Feb 2nd, 2007, 11:11 AM
Try going to the bug reporting forum and ask a mod to put it in for you. :)

thank you :yeah:

Shimizu Amon
Feb 2nd, 2007, 11:21 AM
I'm not going to worry much longer about her serve. I have good faith in Maria and I'm sure she knows what she's doing.

So Masha go and defeat Ana so you'll have the title in your grasp.
I know that you have a real good shot at your first title this year. What better then to start of with the AO final and a win here in Tokyo.
Go Masha :yeah:

XCoco
Feb 2nd, 2007, 11:32 AM
Oh ! Maria :banana: ...

Too many DFs again :o ... She really needs improving her serve against Ana :scared: .

Good luck Maria ! :)

Kim's_fan_4ever
Feb 2nd, 2007, 11:58 AM
I'm really disappointed with Maria's game :shrug: If she wants to beat Ana she'll have to play much more better cos Ana's game id for sure more dangerius than Ai's

Emina.
Feb 2nd, 2007, 12:13 PM
best of luck Maria...prove everyone wrong one more time :clap2: :bounce:

dybbuk
Feb 2nd, 2007, 12:15 PM
Maria needs to do something. Her serve is awful. She is putting up Lena numbers. Ana has a better serve than Sugi and will be able to put more pressure on the Sharapova service because of that. 17 doubles won't get it done against her. Hopefully they can make it a close match.

Maria Croft
Feb 2nd, 2007, 12:40 PM
It's just so weird, how she is serving so many double faults all of a sudden, but still only dropping 1 game in the last two sets is impressive :yeah:

And now she has another match to get her serve back again :) ;)

the cat
Feb 2nd, 2007, 01:46 PM
Masha better beat Ana or GL will be furious with her! :fiery: ;) And I hope Masha gets her serve under control soon before poor serving becomes a habit with her.

I'm glad Big Masha took revenge on Sugiyama for beating Little Masha! :devil: I really wanted a Sharapova/Kirilenko match in the quarters. But I'm now happy because Masha will be playing Ana and that should be an interesting and exciting match.

ioni
Feb 2nd, 2007, 02:01 PM
Masha better beat Ana or GL will be furious with her! :fiery: ;) And I hope Masha gets her serve under control soon before poor serving becomes a habit with her.

I'm glad Big Masha took revenge on Sugiyama for beating Little Masha! :devil: I really wanted a Sharapova/Kirilenko match in the quarters. But I'm now happy because Masha will be playing Ana and that should be an interesting and exciting match.

GL ?? :confused:

Maria Croft
Feb 2nd, 2007, 02:25 PM
Could someone post the stats from this match please?

Lefty.
Feb 2nd, 2007, 02:28 PM
GL ?? :confused:

Goldenlox :)

ioni
Feb 2nd, 2007, 02:34 PM
Goldenlox :)

oh that will make her furious .because she won't be able to post :" since Wimbledon ,Sharapova played 30 matches she lost to Justine and Serena and won the other 28 ,including USO .." in case if Maria loses she has to do some math again ..

shad9480
Feb 2nd, 2007, 03:06 PM
oh that will make her furious .because she won't be able to post :" since Wimbledon ,Sharapova played 30 matches she lost to Justine and Serena and won the other 28 ,including USO .." in case if Maria loses she has to do some math again ..

OMG...too funny :haha:. But seriously...GL is freaking me out with her new found love for Maria :tape:.

Anyway, good luck Maria against Ana :wavey:

XCoco
Feb 2nd, 2007, 03:19 PM
I love her new found love for Maria :kiss: :p .

Oh, and she has lost 3 matches since Wimbledon, everyone forgets her defeat against LenaD :ras: .

dybbuk
Feb 2nd, 2007, 03:19 PM
Could someone post the stats from this match please?



Aces - 1
DF's - 14
1st Serve % - 58%
1st Serve Points Won - 31/37 (84%)
2nd Serve Points Won - 8/27 (30%)
Break Points Saved - 3/6 (50%)


1st Serve Return Points Won - 24/44 (55%)
2nd Serve Return Points Won - 14/20 (70%)
Break Points Won - 8/11 (73%)

the scoreboard didn't give an error-winner count.

markspot
Feb 2nd, 2007, 03:20 PM
Could someone post the stats from this match please?

I have all the stats together to see at a glance, very convenient,
1st set, 2nd set, 3rd set, whole match
but posting here will distort them, even fixed-width font will not help because all the spaces will be lost.
Better go to the website of the tournament and look yourself,
I could post screen captures but why when you can see yourself the original

Here is my pile of garbage, probably useless:


1st set 2nd set 3rd set match
MS AS MS AS MS AS MS AS

Aces 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Double Faults 6 1 3 2 5 1 14 4
1st Serve % 54% 75% 75% 71% 50% 59% 58% 69%
1st Serve Points Won 12/15(80%) 14/21(67%) 11/12(92%) 2/10(20%) 8/10(80%) 4/13(31%) 31/37(84%) 20/44(45%)
2nd Serve Points Won 3/13(23%) 4/7(57%) 1/4(25%) 0/4(0%) 4/10(40%) 2/9(22%) 8/27(30%) 6/20(30%)
Break Points Saved 0/2(0%) 0/1(0%) 0/0 1/4(25%) 3/4(75%) 2/6(33%) 3/6(50%) 3/11(27%)
Service Games Played 5 5 3 3 3 4 11 12

1st Return Points Won 7/21(33%) 3/15(20%) 8/10(80%) 1/12(8%) 9/13(69%) 2/10(20%) 24/44(55%) 6/37(16%)
2nd Return Points Won 3/7(43%) 10/13(77%) 4/4(100%) 3/4(75%) 7/9(78%) 6/10(60%) 14/20(70%) 19/27(70%)
Break Points Won 1/1(100%) 2/2(100%) 3/4(75%) 0/0 4/6(67%) 1/4(25%) 8/11(73%) 3/6(50%)
Return Games Played 5 5 3 3 4 3 12 11

Total Service Points Won 15/28(54%) 18/28(64%) 12/16(75%) 2/14(14%) 12/20(60%) 6/22(27%) 39/64(61%) 26/64(41%)
Total Return Points Won 10/28(36%) 13/28(46%) 12/14(86%) 4/16(25%) 16/22(73%) 8/20(40%) 38/64(59%) 25/64(39%)
Total Points Won 25/56(45%) 31/56(55%) 24/30(80%) 6/30(20%) 28/42(67%) 14/42(33%) 77/128(60%) 51/128(40%)

ioni
Feb 2nd, 2007, 03:26 PM
I love her new found love for Maria :kiss: :p .

Oh, and she lost 3 matches since Wimbledon, everyone forgets her defeat against LenaD :ras: .

well than you have to tell her to change her speach ! :lol:

markspot
Feb 2nd, 2007, 03:28 PM
ha-ha, as I suspected
you have to count from left to right, to get the number you want.
It would be possible to copy the whole thing to an editor with the line length of at least 128 and to use a fixed width font, and then to add some work, to re-align the whole thing with spaces in appropreate places.

xan
Feb 2nd, 2007, 03:32 PM
Maria's returning continues to be awesome!

Her first serve points won is awesome too - it's just those missed first serves!!!

So best of luck in the Semis Maria!

dybbuk
Feb 2nd, 2007, 03:34 PM
LMAO. :haha: I feel so pathetic with my little Maria-only, entire match overview stats. :p

I'm not sure great returning and crap serving can win Masha this event, or any event. I don't see how anyone can take much good out of this. There is something seriously wrong with her serve.

morningglory
Feb 2nd, 2007, 04:11 PM
LMAO. :haha: I feel so pathetic with my little Maria-only, entire match overview stats. :p

I'm not sure great returning and crap serving can win Masha this event, or any event. I don't see how anyone can take much good out of this. There is something seriously wrong with her serve.

Well Elena D won Tokyo last year ya know? :lol: And she's got a handful of events. Quite obvious you can bag a few titles even without a serve... not slams tho...
Up is Ana Ivanovic. But I'm not too worried. Masha always owns headcases simply when Masha's behind, the headcase starts to lose her way... I've seen it plenty before :lol:

dybbuk
Feb 2nd, 2007, 05:22 PM
Well Elena D won Tokyo last year ya know? :lol: And she's got a handful of events. Quite obvious you can bag a few titles even without a serve... not slams tho...
Up is Ana Ivanovic. But I'm not too worried. Masha always owns headcases simply when Masha's behind, the headcase starts to lose her way... I've seen it plenty before :lol:


Lena's game doesn't rely on her serve either. Her whole game is built to win matches with a crap serve. Maria's is not. She is like Lindsay, the serve is too important for her to find her best success without it.


I find the other part to be a little uncalled for. I won't respond to it. :shrug: :tape:

daniela86
Feb 2nd, 2007, 05:44 PM
Masha :woohoo: :rocker: :bounce:!Convincing 2nd and 3rd sets :yeah: :bounce: but 14 DFs :help: :help: :o!I still think Masha is too mentally tough for Ana :p (Masha seems to have borrowed Lena's efficiency in the 3rd sets as well :p) even if Ana's serve has been better than Masha's in Tokyo so far.I'm confident about this match :bounce: Prove me right Masha!! :rocker: Davai :hug: !!

dybbuk
Feb 2nd, 2007, 05:57 PM
Please, be gentle to Ana:tape: :help: :lol:

didn't you say that about Ana's match with Jankovic too? :scratch: :p

tojja
Feb 2nd, 2007, 08:03 PM
I believe Maria think to much on here serve.
Don´t think and just do it :)

Maria Croft
Feb 2nd, 2007, 08:07 PM
I have all the stats together to see at a glance, very convenient,
1st set, 2nd set, 3rd set, whole match
but posting here will distort them, even fixed-width font will not help because all the spaces will be lost.
Better go to the website of the tournament and look yourself,
I could post screen captures but why when you can see yourself the original

Here is my pile of garbage, probably useless:


1st set 2nd set 3rd set match
MS AS MS AS MS AS MS AS

Aces 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Double Faults 6 1 3 2 5 1 14 4
1st Serve % 54% 75% 75% 71% 50% 59% 58% 69%
1st Serve Points Won 12/15(80%) 14/21(67%) 11/12(92%) 2/10(20%) 8/10(80%) 4/13(31%) 31/37(84%) 20/44(45%)
2nd Serve Points Won 3/13(23%) 4/7(57%) 1/4(25%) 0/4(0%) 4/10(40%) 2/9(22%) 8/27(30%) 6/20(30%)
Break Points Saved 0/2(0%) 0/1(0%) 0/0 1/4(25%) 3/4(75%) 2/6(33%) 3/6(50%) 3/11(27%)
Service Games Played 5 5 3 3 3 4 11 12

1st Return Points Won 7/21(33%) 3/15(20%) 8/10(80%) 1/12(8%) 9/13(69%) 2/10(20%) 24/44(55%) 6/37(16%)
2nd Return Points Won 3/7(43%) 10/13(77%) 4/4(100%) 3/4(75%) 7/9(78%) 6/10(60%) 14/20(70%) 19/27(70%)
Break Points Won 1/1(100%) 2/2(100%) 3/4(75%) 0/0 4/6(67%) 1/4(25%) 8/11(73%) 3/6(50%)
Return Games Played 5 5 3 3 4 3 12 11

Total Service Points Won 15/28(54%) 18/28(64%) 12/16(75%) 2/14(14%) 12/20(60%) 6/22(27%) 39/64(61%) 26/64(41%)
Total Return Points Won 10/28(36%) 13/28(46%) 12/14(86%) 4/16(25%) 16/22(73%) 8/20(40%) 38/64(59%) 25/64(39%)
Total Points Won 25/56(45%) 31/56(55%) 24/30(80%) 6/30(20%) 28/42(67%) 14/42(33%) 77/128(60%) 51/128(40%)

That's the reason why I'm asking, flash hasn't been working for me lately :sad:
Thanks for posting though :yeah:

Kitten63
Feb 2nd, 2007, 09:12 PM
Good win Masha,but she still needs to fix her serve.
Good luck against Ana!

Maria Croft
Feb 2nd, 2007, 09:13 PM
Good luck Maria!

dybbuk
Feb 3rd, 2007, 03:33 AM
Maria has dropped the first set 6-1 to Ana. Masha has two doubles to zero aces, Ana has three aces to zero doubles. Ana is having a heyday with the Sharapova second serve. Ana seems to be playing quite well. Sharapova needs to kick it up a notch to stay alive....

madame_maria
Feb 3rd, 2007, 03:38 AM
what is up with Maria's game. i wish i could watch this.

dybbuk
Feb 3rd, 2007, 03:46 AM
Sharapova retired down 1-6 1-0. hope everything is alright. I have been wondering if her shoulder had been giving her trouble.... :hug:

Emina.
Feb 3rd, 2007, 03:47 AM
Masha retired :sad:

Porcupine
Feb 3rd, 2007, 03:51 AM
Her leg was hurt or something.

Oh well, it was strange. I didn't see much fighting spirit form Masha. Dunno what was going on tho. But I need a good reason for this.

Hope Maria'll recover form this.

dybbuk
Feb 3rd, 2007, 03:58 AM
Her leg was hurt or something.

Oh well, it was strange. I didn't see much fighting spirit form Masha. Dunno what was going on tho. But I need a good reason for this.

Hope Maria'll recover form this.

you saw the match? her leg? did she fall or something? :confused:

brokenflowers
Feb 3rd, 2007, 04:02 AM
I hope she's feeling better soon. There must be a reason she retired.

Dan23
Feb 3rd, 2007, 04:06 AM
Maria has a hamstring strain or tear :sad:

2 week job usually if its not bad

Porcupine
Feb 3rd, 2007, 04:10 AM
you saw the match? her leg? did she fall or something? :confused:

I watched the match but no she didn't fall. I think it was some problem with the muscle. ES commentators thought so too.

Masha :sad: :hug:

Dan23
Feb 3rd, 2007, 04:29 AM
It looks like lower back/upper leg area in the pics of Maria being treated :(

dybbuk
Feb 3rd, 2007, 04:33 AM
It looks like lower back/upper leg area in the pics of Maria being treated :(

can you post a pic?

Lefty.
Feb 3rd, 2007, 04:40 AM
Oh dear. I wouldn't have been surprised had Ana beaten Maria but...an injury. :sad:

Hopefully Maria can come back nice and strong in Dubai. At least this gives her some time to work on her serve.

Dan23
Feb 3rd, 2007, 04:47 AM
can you post a pic?

http://img264.imageshack.us/img264/1004/japanpanpacificopentennmq5.jpg

XCoco
Feb 3rd, 2007, 05:46 AM
Damn :( ... That sucks ! I hope nothing serious hapened to her... :sobbing: .
Moreover, she made many double faults again !

shad9480
Feb 3rd, 2007, 05:47 AM
Oh Maria :hug: :sad:. I'm quite happy that she chose to retire. I can sense something was wrong with all the dfs and bad serving plus playing big tournaments back to back. Hopefully it is just precautionary :scared:. Get some rest and come back firing in Dubai :yeah:.

Teemu
Feb 3rd, 2007, 06:27 AM
Get well soon, Maria! :hug:

Shimizu Amon
Feb 3rd, 2007, 06:37 AM
It's a shame this happened. I really thought Masha was going to win this tournament. But her health is more important than that. So Masha get well soon!! :hug:

XCoco
Feb 3rd, 2007, 06:47 AM
From her official website :

MARIA RETIRES INJURED IN TOKYO

Maria has pulled out of her match against Ana Ivanovic of Serbia in Tokyo with a hamstring injury. The score was 1-6 1-0 when she retired.

Maria has been feeling pain since the Australian Open, but was hoping she could play through it. This is what Maria said:

"It's always difficult to end the tournament this way, I was hoping the pain would settle or get better, but against a top player it is hard to get away with not serving or returning well."

"My left hamstring has been having tightness since the Australian Open but after a grand slam you are tight all over," said Sharapova, who lost to Serena Williams in the Melbourne Park final last weekend.

"But this was a sudden sharper pain after I landed after the serve. I asked the trainer and she said these kind of strains take seven or 10 days to recover from, so hopefully I can recover quickly."

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A hamstring injury ? :scratch:

Princeza
Feb 3rd, 2007, 07:08 AM
Damn that sucks!

Maria Croft
Feb 3rd, 2007, 07:52 AM
She looked okay and all of a sudden she retired, didn't see that coming :eek:

Hope you can make a quick recovery Maria! :hug:

ioni
Feb 3rd, 2007, 08:01 AM
it's ok Maria :hug: ! better luck next time ! a break now and then ready for Dubai ! hope everything will be fine ! :hug:

-SheLL-
Feb 3rd, 2007, 08:33 AM
Get better Maria...

Shoulderpova
Feb 3rd, 2007, 09:03 AM
:tears::tears:

Kim's_fan_4ever
Feb 3rd, 2007, 09:47 AM
Weird tournament :shrug:
I hope that she's ok. Good luck next time Maria :)

Steve-o
Feb 3rd, 2007, 09:57 AM
awww, get well soon Masha :hug: At least we know why Maria's been struggling so much. She's been worried about the hamstring which probably made it hard to get up on her serves. Should be fit for Dubai hopefully :)

TeaMMashA
Feb 3rd, 2007, 01:14 PM
Get well soon Masha :hug:

the cat
Feb 3rd, 2007, 01:20 PM
I'm upset Maria is injured yet again and had to retire from her match against Ivanovic down a set. :( But I'm glad it has nothing to do with that right shoulder and right pectoral injury that lingered for parts of late 2004 much of 2005 and early 2006 which her her preperation for the Australian Open.

This loss to Ivanovic has to be very hard on Maria because it's the first time she has ever lost a singles match to a younger player as a professional or junior. And to get shelled 6-1 in the fist set by Ana had to stun Maria. :eek:

Emina.
Feb 3rd, 2007, 01:35 PM
honestly i think the real shock was the AO Final and not this match ,for obvious reasons .

Masha:hug: come back soon!

Il Primo!
Feb 3rd, 2007, 01:41 PM
I don't wanna see my saturday ruined by one of my fav anymore :sad:
What worries me is more her injury than her poor form. I'm sure she can always find a way to win, no matter what as long as she's not injured.

She will rock that Dubaî! And think positive. She realised her best beginning of the season so far, playing poorly! It's encouraging for the following!:yeah:
Come back stronger Maria, with a tremendous outfit :hug:

daniela86
Feb 3rd, 2007, 04:50 PM
:sad: Our poor Maria :sad: :sad: :sad: Get well the soonest possible!!:sad: :sad:

Kitten63
Feb 3rd, 2007, 05:48 PM
Poor Maria, get well soon!

Andy.
Feb 3rd, 2007, 07:43 PM
Well not the way I wanted the tournament to end. Poor Maria I hope she will get well soon. Hopefully she will recover in time for dubai and that will give her time to sort out any issues she is having with her game.

bellascarlett
Feb 4th, 2007, 12:15 AM
Much needed rest...physically and mentally. Hope the retirement was precautionary more than anything...nothing major...and that Maria will be ready to go for Dubai. I want the USO 2006 Maria back!!!...:sobbing:

Andy.
Feb 4th, 2007, 12:43 AM
GM are really pissing me off right now calling her a sore loser and faker but I wouldnt expect anything less.

bellascarlett
Feb 4th, 2007, 12:47 AM
Expect those trolls and haters at GM to act the way they are now everytime they think they have a chance at putting Maria down. I feel like were back to early 2006...:help: :lol: :o

Il Primo!
Feb 4th, 2007, 12:47 AM
I'm watching Masha-Kuzie (a.k.a Momo's bitch) at the YEC last year. Maria just played so fucking well. I miss this Maria! :sad:

And GM is pissing me off too. They're soooooooooooooooo unobjective. Can't stand it.

dybbuk
Feb 4th, 2007, 12:53 AM
GM are really pissing me off right now calling her a sore loser and faker but I wouldnt expect anything less.


I know. I have to listen to the 'Maria is a faker!' people, and then the 'Ana only won because Maria was injured and Jelena was tired!' idiots :o

Porcupine
Feb 4th, 2007, 01:43 AM
Just ignore them. Unless we act like those trolls do not exist, they will never shut up. As long as they don't get attention from us, they will go away.

*singing* just ignore them lalalala :singer:

Maria Croft
Feb 4th, 2007, 08:29 AM
GM are really pissing me off right now calling her a sore loser and faker but I wouldnt expect anything less.

typical hater stuff, nothing new, they must be having so much fun right now :o

Dan23
Feb 4th, 2007, 08:34 AM
occasions like this are becoming less frequent for them...allow them some slack :lol:

Piggy
Feb 7th, 2007, 03:57 PM
get well soon!! maria!

~lollipop_girl~
Feb 8th, 2007, 01:38 PM
:o No comment :tape:
I'm just glad I was away for this tournament :tape:

How the hell did I forget this... Get well soon sweetie! :hug:

xan
Feb 8th, 2007, 04:36 PM
Maria never fakes and is more likely to hide an injury than go to the media about it, like some players. As for withdrawals, she is one of the least likely players to withdraw fropm a match.

The haters are just lunatics, consumed with jealousy. Get well soon Maria.

andrewbroad
Feb 9th, 2007, 08:11 PM
======================
TORAY PAN PACIFIC OPEN (Tokyo, Japan; indoor carpet; WTA Tier I)
====================== http://www.toray-ppo.co.jp/ (http://www.toray-ppo.co.jp/)

MARIA SHARAPOVA [1,EF]:
1r bye
2r + Francesca Schiavone, 7-5 2-6 6-1
qf + Ai Sugiyama, 4-6 6-0 6-1
sf - ANA IVANOVIĆ [5,DF], 1-6 1-0 retired (left-hamstring strain)

I was kind of surprised that Maria even played this tournament after reaching the Australian Open final the week before. I guess she's not the kind of person to renege on her commitments.

She continued to struggle with her serve - as she had done in the AO final - with 31 double faults in her first two matches here! I hope this was just due to the injury, which was expected to take 7-10 days to heal.

Ana becomes the first player who is younger than Maria, ever to defeat her in a match that counts towards the WTA rankings! I had hoped that this record would fall to Nicole Vaidišová after a tough three-setter (Nicole did beat Maria in a World Team Tennis rubber in July 2004), but I don't mind too much that it was Ana, of whom I'm a demi-fan. It's just a shame that it had to be by retirement - there's a part of me that still feels that Maria has never lost to a younger player!

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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=539 (http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=99305&page=539) (to 543)
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/2/photogallery/ (http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/2/photogallery/)
http://www.toray-ppo.co.jp/web/pc/photo_gallery/ (http://www.toray-ppo.co.jp/web/pc/photo_gallery/)
http://www.toray-ppo.co.jp/web/pc/english/news/ (http://www.toray-ppo.co.jp/web/pc/english/news/)
Search Getty Images for "sharapova"

It's always a special pleasure to see the Super Maria Sisters together. Sometimes, when I see them apart, I think that Maria Kirilenko looks prettier, but then when I see them together, Big Maria always makes a point of outprettying Little Maria! ;)

Having said that, I must admit Little Maria's on-court beauty was better than Big Maria's - or anyone's! - that week. :hearts:

It's strange to think that Little Maria is already 20 while Big Maria is still 19!

It's great to see that they're still good friends after all these years, as their careers diverge.

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Pretournament quotes from Maria
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"Martina took me out last year in the semis. Hopefully I can get some revenge this year in the final."

http://www.toray-ppo.co.jp/web/pc/news/ (http://www.toray-ppo.co.jp/web/pc/news/)
>>>
Dear Fans in Japan

Thank you very much for your warm support at all times. I appreciate your warm welcome that Japan is my lucky place and I like Japan a lot. I will try my best to win the title at Toray Pan Pacific Open Tennis again, and I look forward seeing you in 2007.

Sincerely,
Maria Sharapova
<<<

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Second round (Thursday 1st February)
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+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [1,EF] d. Francesca Schiavone, 7-5 2-6 6-1

The match lasted 2h13m. Maria served 17 double faults!

The first set alone lasted 1h07m! Maria recovered from 1-3 and 3-5 to take it 7-5, so it could so easily have been a straight-sets defeat.

But Maria definitely has a knack of winning sets from behind, as she demonstrated several times during her 19-match winning-streak last year.


Articles
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Alastair Himmer (Reuters):
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World number one Maria Sharapova responded to a scolding from her coach to beat Italy's Francesca Schiavone 7-5 2-6 6-1 and reach the quarter-finals of the Pan Pacific Open on Thursday.

The 19-year-old Russian twice fought back from a break down to take the opening set, but suffered a total meltdown in the second, earning her a ticking off from coach Michael Joyce.

With on-court coaching allowed in Tokyo, Joyce did not mince his words when he sat next to a sulking Sharapova at the change of ends.

"Find a way to win!" he snapped at her.

Still scowling, Sharapova hit back with steely resolve, storming through the deciding set to book her place in the last eight of the $1.3 million tournament.
<<<

Jim Armstrong, AP Sports Writer:
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The world's No. 1 women's player turned her game around after a courtside lecture from coach Michael Joyce during the break between the second and third sets.

"It all goes back to your serve," Joyce told Sharapova. "You've just got to get it together and find a way to win."
<<<

Maria quotes
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"I always find it tough to get into a rhythm in my first match here. It took longer than I wanted, but I'm happy to get the win.

"It takes time to get used to everything. I came from Melboune - the sun, outdoors - and now I'm playing indoors under the lights on a different surface. This year, I didn't have as much time to get used to conditions as in the past, because before, I lost in the semis in Melbourne and was able to come earlier."

[Re. Michael Joyce's coaching]

"He just told me to keep fighting. I didn't play my best tennis in the second set - or the first for that matter - and he just told me to fight for every point."

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Quarter-finals (Friday 2nd February)
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+ MARIA SHARAPOVA [1,EF] d. Ai Sugiyama, 4-6 6-0 6-1

It was only their second-ever meeting, but both times Maria dropped the first set, and came back to win in three. Their first meeting, of course, was the Wimbledon 2004 quarter-final, which Maria won 5-7 7-5 6-1. Sugiyama is 31 now, so I guess it only takes one set to tire her out! ;) (I can say that because I'm 31 too.)

www.wtatour.com (http://www.wtatour.com):
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Sharapova again struggled with her serve - her 14 double faults were three less than her tally on Thursday - but after a slow start, the Russian teen steamrolled local favorite Ai Sugiyama, 4-6 6-0 6-1.
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Jim Armstrong (AP Sports Writer):
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Sugiyama broke Sharapova to win the first set, but was no match for the No. 1 seed from then on.

As in Thursday's match against Francesca Schiavone, Sharapova struggled with her serve, conceding 14 double-faults and hitting just one ace.
<<<

Alastair Himmer (Reuters):
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World number one Maria Sharapova battled her way into the semi-finals of the Pan Pacific Open with a 4-6 6-0 6-1 victory over Japan's Ai Sugiyama on Friday.

The Russian, who won the Tokyo title in 2005, moved a step closer to a potential showdown with Martina Hingis in Sunday's final despite struggling mightily with her serve.

Sharapova squandered a 3-1 lead to drop the first set, but quickly recovered after a calming head-to-head with coach Michael Joyce to whitewash Sugiyama in the second.

Sharapova has dismissed on-court coaching as a gimmick, but she only clicked into gear in her opening match against Italy's Francesca Schiavone following an ear-bashing from Joyce.

Watched by Japan's Prince Akishino, Sharapova made another rapid transformation after dropping the first set, winning 12 of the next 13 games to advance to the last four.
<<<

www.mariasharapova.com (http://www.mariasharapova.com):
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Maria stormed back, thanks specially to her return game, she overpowered Sugiyama in the second and third set. The Japanese player was unable to hold serve in the last two sets, and her only game-win came from breaking Maria's serve at the beginning of the third.
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Maria quotes
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{before the match}
"I haven't played her in a while, but we've practised together, and I know her game. She's a tough opponent; she will have the crowd behind her. She's a feisty player, can get to a lot of balls."

{after the match}
"It's never easy against Sugiyama. She had the crowd behind her, and was able to take the first set, but I'm glad I was able to come back and win.

"I was worried about my serve a little too much in the first set, which resulted in me not being aggressive. There are going to be days when part of your game is off, and here, it's my serve. And when that happens, you just have to concentrate on the things that are going well. But I did a good job of focusing on the things I was doing well, and continued to do that.

"I was giving Ai all the time in the world to do her thing. I wasn't going for my shots in the first set. Michael told me to step in and be more aggressive.

"She was playing aggressively in the first set and I wasn't making my shots. Michael told me to move it around and play more aggressively, and I started making my shots and gave her less time to do what she wanted to do.

"I'm not going to win too many matches serving the way I'm serving. I don't think I'm going to get away with it too many times, especially against higher-ranked players. I've been able to step up my game in other ways, and I can't keep worrying about [my serve]. It's just a matter of going out there and focusing on what I'm doing well. I can't let it affect me."

[Is any tweaking of your service-action to blame for all the double faults?]
"No. Don't need a translation for that!"


Sugiyama quotes
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{before the match}
"I think Sharapova has really developed as a player. She's worked on her weaknesses, and has really improved all around."

{after the match}
"I ran her around in the first set, then she did the same to me in the second! She was dominating, and I couldn't answer her points. She raised her level and I couldn't hurt her; she was hitting deep and on the lines. Except the serve, she was just perfect today."

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Semi-finals (Saturday 3rd February)
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- MARIA SHARAPOVA [1,EF] lt. ANA IVANOVIĆ [5,DF], 1-6 1-0 retired (left-hamstring strain)

I've said it once before, but it bears repeating: Ana is the first player who is younger than Maria, ever to defeat her on the WTA Tour, the ITF Women's Circuit, or in a Grand Slam!

www.wtatour.com (http://www.wtatour.com):
>>>
The 19-year-old, who regained the world No.1 ranking on Monday, had called for the Tour's primary healthcare-provider at the set-break, and was able to play just one more game before retiring.

Prior to the retirement, Ivanović had displayed impeccable serving, firing three aces, and not facing a break-point in the abbreviated, 33-minute encounter.
<<<

James Mulligan (Reuters):
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Fifth-seeded Ivanović stormed into a one-set lead as an out-of-sorts Sharapova struggled on serve, and the top seed called for her trainer at the end of the first set.

With on-court coaching allowed in Tokyo, Sharapova and coach Michael Joyce had a testy exchange with the umpire after the player was initially denied treatment for her injury.

An angry Sharapova, who won the tournament in 2005, demanded to see her trainer, and Joyce accused the umpire of not knowing the rules.

The trainer was eventually allowed on court.
<<<

If there's one thing that gets my blood up, it's dealing with jobsworth officials who try to b******* me out of my rights because they don't know the rules! :fiery:

It's safest to carry a copy of the rules with you, so that you can always prove that you are right!

To the best of my knowledge, Maria was right and the umpire was wrong. I hope they lodged a complaint against that umpire with the appropriate ombudsman (oh, how I love that word).


Maria quotes
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"It's always {difficult/disappointing} to end the tournament this way. I started to feel pain in the second game of the first set. I tried to go on, but you can't get away with it when you are playing against a top player.

"I started to feel the tightness at the Australian Open, but this was not the same pain. After six or seven matches in 14 days, you're bound to be sore, but suddenly it was a sharper pain. I was serving, and when I pushed off and then landed, I really felt it.

"The pain didn't get any better, but I tried to continue. I couldn't push off on my serve and couldn't return as well, which is tough because those are the two most important shots.

"My left hamstring has been having tightness since the Australian Open, but after a Grand Slam you are tight all over.

"But this was a sudden sharper pain after I landed after the serve. The physio told me that it usually takes about seven to ten days to recover, so hopefully I can recover quickly. I was hoping the pain would settle, but against a top opponent like Ana, you're not going to get away with too many things: it is hard to get away with not serving or returning well.

"I have a simple and easy schedule compared to the other girls. There's no doubt it's difficult when you come straight from a Grand Slam. The surface here is quite different, and the change in court might have something to do with it."


Maria's doodle of 6th February <www.mariasharapova.com (http://www.mariasharapova.com)>:
>>>
So here's the 411 on the injury.....My hamstring had been sore for a couple of weeks now, started in the middle of the Open, but I was able to keep it under control. Then in the second game of my last match I landed on my left leg after a serve and felt a much sharper pain than I had felt before and it didn't get any better after a couple of games. It's the worst feeling having to retire in a match! I can't even tell you! I'll have to get treatment everyday now and hopefully be able to hit some balls again tomorrow.
<<<

I've no idea what a "411" is - it looks like an Americanism to me.


Ana quotes
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{before the match}

"Always, as a professional, you want to play and beat the top players, so I am excited about playing Sharapova tomorrow. It will be an extremely tough match. On this fast surface, it is tricky: you have to be very focused, or you can lose a point before you realise it.

"Maria is in good form. She's coming off a final in Melbourne where she won some good matches. We had a tough match at Linz at the end of last year. I lost, but it was still a good match for me, and I think I'm continuing to improve."


{after the match}

"It's unfortunate that she had to retire - it's not the way I like to end the match. However, I felt confident during the match; I was able to play aggressively, which is very important against Maria. You don't want to give her much time."

^[This is a very classy reaction to Maria's retirement IMO. A less classy person might have said, "I was playing well enough to win, so I deserved to win, and it's no less of a victory because she retired on me."]

"During the off-season, I worked on my serve because it needed improvement. I also worked on my upper-body strength; I'm happy to see the results already."

--
Dr. Andrew Broad
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http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sizzlingsharapova/ (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sizzlingsharapova/)
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/jeldani/ (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/jeldani/)