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Aravanecaravan
Feb 13th, 2007, 08:25 PM
I still can't find an official confirmation of it, but GM is obviously salivating over the prospect. What the h*ll is it with those people? Really? How can anyone with a conscience take pleasure in someone being hurt? I especially like like the "Maria is chicken to play Serena and Ana" comments. They don't know her very well, do they?

As for Maria, I had a feeling this would happen. I guess it's for the best. My guess, and until I hear differently I'm sticking to it, is that something happened during her training or the vacation in Costa Rica. Maybe she fell, pulled the hamstring there, something. She obviously was in poor form in the Hong Kong exhibition--serving badly, moving poorly--though I didn't see that until TTC aired those matches after the AO. It didn't get much better in the AO. A healthy and in-form Sharapova would have killed Pin, heat or no, in 45 minutes. Whatever problem she was having was compounded by the heat in that match.

I think this has been building all year. For whatever reason, she wasn't ready for the AO and probably should not have tried to play Tokyo.

Hopefully, a few weeks off will allow that hamstring to recover fully. Maybe this is even precautionary--I'm sure that she doesn't want to compromise her Fed Cup committment by playing too much tennis at this point in the year.

Get well, Masha!

schorsch
Feb 13th, 2007, 09:59 PM
this just ruined my day and its gonna be tomorrow in 2 minutes!

rockwithme
Feb 14th, 2007, 06:12 AM
this just ruined my day and its gonna be tomorrow in 2 minutes!

that's a good thing :p

bellascarlett
Feb 14th, 2007, 06:32 AM
that's a good thing :p

:lol:

bellascarlett
Feb 14th, 2007, 06:35 AM
No official confirmation yet but it looks likely. It probably is for the best as you said. The last thing she needs now is another bad loss. Better to skip Dubai to get entirely healthy and ready for IW/Miami. Hoepfully, she'll have healed and sorted out whatever needs sorting by then. She has a lot of points to defend.

And yes, I really dont know what happened in the off-season. She said she trained for more than a month I think and was even saying how it was one of the best off-seasons she's had training-wise. So looking back, that was pretty ironic since she's done so much better at the AO/beginning of the year before coming off of an injury. Go figure, right! This season has been pretty messed up! :help:

And speaking of Costa Rica, just wondering, do we know who she went to Costa Rica with? If I remember correctly, her pix on the site only show her.

Steve-o
Feb 14th, 2007, 06:47 AM
I thought Maria would be struggling to make Dubai and yeah she really needs to be in the best shape for IW and Miami. :)

Dan23
Feb 14th, 2007, 06:49 AM
Not a good time to be injured :( poor Masha

Hopefully shes 100% for IW/Miami

JadeFox
Feb 14th, 2007, 07:44 AM
Okay there's still no confirmation. Is it really a possibilty or is this just a rumor, cause I haven't seen anything that would even hint at it. Just a post on GM that was started by someone who didn't post a link from where they heard this from.

Aravanecaravan
Feb 14th, 2007, 09:42 AM
Okay there's still no confirmation. Is it really a possibilty or is this just a rumor, cause I haven't seen anything that would even hint at it. Just a post on GM that was started by someone who didn't post a link from where they heard this from.

Well, as many "Amelie is in/out of Antwerp" threads as there were in GM, it wouldn't surprise me if it was a hoax. I checked Maria's own website before starting this thread, and there was no news, not even on her message board.

However, if there is even the slightest possibility of lingering injury, she should definitely withdraw and fully recover rather than try to limp along throughout a good part of the season.

Andy.
Feb 14th, 2007, 09:44 AM
This suxI was worried this was going to happen. It has been a strange start to the season but hopefully she will be OK for IW/Miami plus she has basically nothing to defend on clay so there is a lot of chance for her to make up points then. I just hope this doesnt become a bigger problem. And also do you guys think this was the main reason she served so bad in Tokyo becasue of her injury ?

Aravanecaravan
Feb 14th, 2007, 09:47 AM
And yes, I really dont know what happened in the off-season. She said she trained for more than a month I think and was even saying how it was one of the best off-seasons she's had training-wise. So looking back, that was pretty ironic since she's done so much better at the AO/beginning of the year before coming off of an injury. Go figure, right! This season has been pretty messed up! :help:

And speaking of Costa Rica, just wondering, do we know who she went to Costa Rica with? If I remember correctly, her pix on the site only show her.

I'm not sure, but I thought she went with one of her friends. Wasn't there something about her doing something pretty physical and adventurous down there?

Then again, it could be just a freak thing with her hamstring. Clearly she hasn't been moving all that well since the beginning of the year, which may be a big part of why she was forcing the serve, to end points quickly.

All speculation of course. I just hope she gets better soon.

Dan23
Feb 14th, 2007, 09:48 AM
Okay there's still no confirmation. Is it really a possibilty or is this just a rumor, cause I haven't seen anything that would even hint at it. Just a post on GM that was started by someone who didn't post a link from where they heard this from.
Im willing to bet it is true. The WTA would know about it and it would be in official lists etc but they wont be releasing it publicly yet, unless news breaks earlier .

1star
Feb 14th, 2007, 10:26 AM
Im willing to bet it is true. The WTA would know about it and it would be in official lists etc but they wont be releasing it publicly yet, unless news breaks earlier .Sounds reasonable. I also have a feeling she would skip it due to her poor performances with Serena and Ana. She's obviously not in good shape.

Andy.
Feb 14th, 2007, 10:33 AM
Hopefully by the time IW comes around the real Masha will be back Im sure she will be very motivated to play the kind of tennis we all know she can.

Dan23
Feb 14th, 2007, 10:50 AM
Sounds reasonable. I also have a feeling she would skip it due to her poor performances with Serena and Ana. She's obviously not in good shape.
I doubt Maria would back away from a contest with either of those 2 but she does not like to play when shes unable to give 100%.

Andy.
Feb 14th, 2007, 11:18 AM
I doubt Maria would back away from a contest with either of those 2 but she does not like to play when shes unable to give 100%.
I totally agree, when Maria plays with such passion and intesity its tough when things arent going right with the body. Im sure when she comes back she will be 100% again she wont come back anything less than that

WC6320
Feb 14th, 2007, 12:17 PM
What date does the Dubai tournament start?

Emina.
Feb 14th, 2007, 12:22 PM
19 Feb

Il Primo!
Feb 14th, 2007, 01:47 PM
Still none confirmation, still have your (toes) fingers crossed, it can be, I hope it's a rumor.
She really doesn't need this now (who does anyways?)/
It seems like she's cursed every single time she tops the rankings. It's soooo frustrating.

Haz
Feb 14th, 2007, 02:39 PM
omg, it never really occoured to me that there was a chance of her pulling out, a little nieve of me i guess. i am just the etrenal optmist haha. This totally sucks!!!...Although this is the first i have heard of it. As it has been said nothing "offcial" So i am keeping an optmistic mind set haha. She would lose quite a few points if she did...having got to the final last year

xan
Feb 14th, 2007, 04:07 PM
It seems very likely that Maria will pull out if there is any trace of her hamstring injury left. That would be the wisest thing to do. It is stupid to play when you are in danger of worsening an injury.

But the idiots who say its because Maria is "frightened" of Serena or even Ana :lol: are just off their heads. As fran said on the GM thread. I suppose Serena pulled out of India because she was frightened of meeting Bammer!

Its sad that Maria gets to No 1 twice, and twice instantly gets injured - but let's hope that this is only a slight injury and she's fine for Indian Wells and Miami.

Shimizu Amon
Feb 14th, 2007, 05:01 PM
Well it's too bad, but if she's still injured it's for the best. I really hope she will take her time to fully recover.

And we all know that Masha would NEVER withdraw from any tournament just to avoid another player. Masha is highly competitive. So she wants to get back at Serena. And Ana isn't even on the radar. Come on guys Masha retired from that match.

So Masha take good care of yourself and I just know you have a good reason to withdraw from Dubai.

So good luck to you in Indian Wells and Miami.

Go Masha :yeah:

Aravanecaravan
Feb 14th, 2007, 05:31 PM
And we all know that Masha would NEVER withdraw from any tournament just to avoid another player. Masha is highly competitive. So she wants to get back at Serena. And Ana isn't even on the radar. Come on guys Masha retired from that match.


Only those with an agenda would believe or say they believe something like that. I'll bet that Clijsters would get a big laugh out of that one. After all, wasn't she on that big "winning streak" over Masha going into the AO? And Masha DARED show up for the "rematch"? How DARE she?

Yet because of the situation, it gives the haters ammunition, because no matter what the reason Maria is on the sidelines (IF she is) they will come out from under their rocks long enough to pretend that she is "avoiding" playing.

But Xan is right--by the same criteria, I guess Williams was avoiding getting her ass kicked by Santangelo in the rematch at Bangalore. After all--Serena had to be having her best ever day as a pro to get by the higher-ranked Santangelo Down Under....

See, this stuff can work both ways.

:wavey:

Lefty.
Feb 14th, 2007, 05:39 PM
I'm still confused on whether she withdrew or not. :scratch:

johnoo
Feb 14th, 2007, 06:32 PM
I'm still confused on whether she withdrew or not. :scratch:

you me and everyone,that pierce troll poster is getting worried because theres no official confirmation yet and he/she has provided no link to any info.

Aravanecaravan
Feb 14th, 2007, 07:42 PM
you me and everyone,that pierce troll poster is getting worried because theres no official confirmation yet and he/she has provided no link to any info.

You mean pierce3-and-a-half?

Dan23
Feb 14th, 2007, 10:07 PM
im pretty sure Pierce has official info

Maria Croft
Feb 15th, 2007, 07:29 AM
Well if she is still injured it's a good thing she withdrew, she can use the rest, it's a long season :)

But of course I'm still hoping to see Maria back in action and healthy next week.

Porcupine
Feb 15th, 2007, 08:58 AM
Well doesn't matter if she won't play next week. Masha needs to rest and be 100% ready for IW and SEO. Her injury must be the top priority atm, and Maria of course never want to risk her health.

But oh well, despite saying that, I hope Masha comes back healthy next week, which means she took good care of the hamstring.

TeaMMashA
Feb 15th, 2007, 01:07 PM
Maria's official site has confirmed her withdrawal now, doctors have advised her to let it heal 100% :sad: It seems for the best. Get Well Soon Masha :hug:

Aravanecaravan
Feb 15th, 2007, 01:23 PM
Maria's official site has confirmed her withdrawal now, doctors have advised her to let it heal 100% :sad: It seems for the best. Get Well Soon Masha :hug:


It's good advice. Here in the States, hamstring injuries are extremely common in American football, and players can be plagued by nagging hamstring injuries all season long if they keep trying to play when not 100% healed.

It's unfortunate, and I'm sure she's disppointed, but better safe now than sorry later. She can always add tournaments later in the year.

Teemu
Feb 15th, 2007, 02:47 PM
Yep, better let it heal properly. Get well soon Maria! :)

schorsch
Feb 15th, 2007, 05:19 PM
yap, you should never joke around with injuries... though hehe i couldnt keep myself from playing tennis yesterday although i have a minor wrist strain... (it hurt a lot in the beginning, but the pain wasnt there in the last half hour or so) its just that we pay in advance and i love it so much ... so i couldnt do anything else, but playing :( stupid me i know.

hmm... i will masha aww... was waiting for her to play dubai aww... and well what worries me is that justine will most probably play and masha will lose all her points. i just hope that justine will have touch matches and lose early.. i know its unfair, but she is the one player atm that could take away mashas top ranking...

morningglory
Feb 15th, 2007, 06:10 PM
yap, you should never joke around with injuries... though hehe i couldnt keep myself from playing tennis yesterday although i have a minor wrist strain... (it hurt a lot in the beginning, but the pain wasnt there in the last half hour or so) its just that we pay in advance and i love it so much ... so i couldnt do anything else, but playing :( stupid me i know.

hmm... i will masha aww... was waiting for her to play dubai aww... and well what worries me is that justine will most probably play and masha will lose all her points. i just hope that justine will have touch matches and lose early.. i know its unfair, but she is the one player atm that could take away mashas top ranking...

Justine won last year so the most she could do is defend her points. Masha's #1 rank is safe for quite a while... until the US hardcourts IW and Miami, I believe where if Amelie wins both of them she might overtake Masha.

Lefty.
Feb 15th, 2007, 06:19 PM
Justine won last year so the most she could do is defend her points. Masha's #1 rank is safe for quite a while... until the US hardcourts IW and Miami, I believe where if Amelie wins both of them she might overtake Masha.

Amelie doesn't play Indian Wells I think.

Aravanecaravan
Feb 15th, 2007, 06:27 PM
I just hope she's ready to go for Miami. If I have to sit through two days without Maria, I'll be one hot tamale--and I don't mean sun tanned.

Maria Croft
Feb 15th, 2007, 08:20 PM
IW, here we come :bounce: :yeah:

Kitten63
Feb 15th, 2007, 08:30 PM
Get well soon Maria!

Andy.
Feb 15th, 2007, 08:55 PM
Sad news this hasnt been the best start to the season for her but with another 2 weekns rest she should be fine for IW.

Dan23
Feb 15th, 2007, 10:33 PM
looks like Serena is scared to play as well now :o

Andy.
Feb 15th, 2007, 11:06 PM
looks like Serena is scared to play as well now :o
:haha: I dare you to go post that in GM now

Maria Croft
Feb 16th, 2007, 06:00 AM
looks like Serena is scared to play as well now :o

I have a feeling Serena will probably come back for Wimbledon :lol: Maybe Miami but I don't see her playing anything on clay either.


Get better soon Maria!

bellascarlett
Feb 16th, 2007, 06:09 AM
looks like Serena is scared to play as well now :o

Pretty ironic after everything that happened in GM the other day...but as the arguments were occuring with some again getting arrogant, I kinda knew in my heart that Serena would most likely withdraw as well.

Anyway, as I said, regarding Maria...this just confirms what we knew basically...we were all just awaiting an official statement. Well, I'm still sad as I love dubai lol...but she has to be 100%. I can't believe I have to wait till March to watch her play again but I'd rather have the long wait as long as she gets back completely healthy and ready to kill on court again. ;)

Lefty.
Feb 16th, 2007, 06:21 AM
Pretty ironic after everything that happened in GM the other day...but as the arguments were occuring with some again getting arrogant, I kinda knew in my heart that Serena would most likely withdraw as well.

Anyway, as I said, regarding Maria...this just confirms what we knew basically...we were all just awaiting an official statement. Well, I'm still sad as I love dubai lol...but she has to be 100%. I can't believe I have to wait till March to watch her play again but I'd rather have the long wait as long as she gets back completely healthy and ready to kill on court again. ;)

IW's just the weekend after Doha, so it's not that long of a wait. :) I hope Maria can work out all her issues and come out of the blocks well there. :)

I'm just happy that there's gonna be some live tennis on TV now. :lol: Still don't have TTC. :smash:

bellascarlett
Feb 16th, 2007, 06:31 AM
IW's just the weekend after Doha, so it's not that long of a wait. :) I hope Maria can work out all her issues and come out of the blocks well there. :)

I'm just happy that there's gonna be some live tennis on TV now. :lol: Still don't have TTC. :smash:

I dunno she hasnt played since tokyo so to have Maria not playing from tokyo to IW is a pretty long time to me. :lol:

Oh and espn2 is still covering IW and Miami extensively right?? hopefully. That's why I love those two tournies.

I'm gonna get my tennis fix tomorrow on TTC...Theyre showing the SAP Open live! finally tennis! :bounce:

-SheLL-
Feb 16th, 2007, 08:55 AM
:sad:

Aravanecaravan
Feb 16th, 2007, 02:41 PM
Oh and espn2 is still covering IW and Miami extensively right?? hopefully. That's why I love those two tournies.

I just hope it's as extensive as in the past, and not clips of matches shown during changeovers of men's matches. ESPN has been cutting back on their tennis coverage as of late--especially women's tennis. With so few Americans, I guess they figure nobody's watching.

Lefty.
Feb 16th, 2007, 07:54 PM
I dunno she hasnt played since tokyo so to have Maria not playing from tokyo to IW is a pretty long time to me. :lol:

Oh and espn2 is still covering IW and Miami extensively right?? hopefully. That's why I love those two tournies.

I'm gonna get my tennis fix tomorrow on TTC...Theyre showing the SAP Open live! finally tennis! :bounce:

:sobbing: You get to watch the SAP Open and I live so close to it. :sobbing: It's on some random channel that I don't have here and I decided not to go because crappy seats are hella expensive. :fiery:

schorsch
Feb 17th, 2007, 09:36 AM
:/ maaaaaaaashaaaaaaaaaa