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:inlove:
Mar 5th, 2007, 09:52 PM
Here's her quarter:

(1)SHARAPOVA, Maria vs BYE
ARVIDSSON, Sofia vs KRAJICEK, Michaella
CHAN, Yung-Jan vs DECHY, Nathalie
BYE vs (31)PENNETTA, Flavia
(22)ZHENG, Jie vs BYE
QUALIFIER vs LOIT, Emilie
CRAYBAS, Jill vs CAMERIN, Maria Elena
BYE vs (16)ZVONAREVA, Vera

(12)LI, Na vs BYE
RUANO PASCUAL, Virginia vs PRATT, Nicole
QUALIFIER vs QUALIFIER
BYE vs (23)BONDARENKO, Alona
(28)MULLER, Martina vs BYE
QUALIFIER vs TU, Meilen
PERRY, Shenay vs QUALIFIER
BYE vs (7)JANKOVIC, Jelena

Not too bad. :unsure: Davai Maria. :armed:

Shoulderpova
Mar 5th, 2007, 10:14 PM
Jelena :scared::unsure:

Slampova
Mar 5th, 2007, 10:28 PM
Jelena :scared::unsure:

If Maria finds form in the first few rounds, Jelena won't be a problem for her. Especially with Jelena's current injury situation...

Dan23
Mar 5th, 2007, 10:28 PM
Not a bad draw for Maria....hopefully she gets a chance in the 2nd Round to work back into things comfortably. Hingis is seeded to be Maria's SF opponent should they both make it :cool:

Steve-o
Mar 5th, 2007, 10:36 PM
Some dangerous players there. Don't see Arvidsson or Krajicek posing too much threat, they both look to be out of form. Zvonareva, Li Na and especially Jankovic (if her ankle holds up) could be tough.

If Maria's injury is completely gone then I expect her to win really, it's a pretty weak field for IW and the American hardcourts are where she plays her best tennis. But more than anything I just want to see her healthy and playing some good ball again.

Lefty.
Mar 5th, 2007, 10:44 PM
Good luck Maria! :yeah: I hope everything got sorted out and you can play your best :yeah:

Slampova
Mar 5th, 2007, 10:56 PM
Some nice memories to get us all in the mood... :P

Last Years Result

http://img125.imageshack.us/img125/6531/65623315wk3.th.jpg (http://img125.imageshack.us/my.php?image=65623315wk3.jpg)

1R - BYE
2R - W - Jamea Jackson - 6-4, 6-3
3R - W - Lisa Raymond - 6-4, 6-0
4R - W - Shahar Peer - 7-6(2), 6-1
QF - W -Anna-Lena Groenefeld - 6-1, 6-3
SF - W - Martina Hingis - 6-3, 6-3
F - W - Elena Dementieva - 6-1, 6-2



http://img125.imageshack.us/img125/2567/47913424hs0.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

morningglory
Mar 5th, 2007, 11:04 PM
hmmm not bad!

Andy.
Mar 5th, 2007, 11:17 PM
Not a bad draw at all there are a few toughies in there but if Maria has recovered from her injury Im confident in her abilities to get thru this draw. Good luck Masha

dybbuk
Mar 5th, 2007, 11:22 PM
not a bad draw whatsoever. I think she will make the quarters without much trouble. Jankovic could be tricky if they meet. I am still undecided if I want a Masha-Makiri, or Masha-Juicy Lucie semi :awww:

Dan23
Mar 6th, 2007, 12:26 AM
Some people seem to think Maria would like to avoid playing Pin again :o :lol:
I'd like to see Maria play her again and hand her the correct score she would have given her had they not been playing in an oven :p

TennisPlayingFox
Mar 6th, 2007, 01:24 AM
I like this draw alot. Maria should be able to get through.

Sharapova's_Boy
Mar 6th, 2007, 02:29 AM
Good luck Masha. :yeah:

Her draw could've certainly been a lot worse.

LDF
Mar 6th, 2007, 05:52 AM
Not a bad draw at all :)

Zvonareva could prove to be a tough match in the R16 if she keeps her heads together.

I'm a little surprised Jankovic didn't withdraw to rest her ankle, but I guess she's prepared to go for it because of the rest day between matches. Sure, if it's healed then she'll be a tricky opponent, though Maria should still be able to come through.

Go Maria :dance:

Emina.
Mar 6th, 2007, 06:01 AM
not bad at all..C'mon Maria!! take it :D :rocker2: :bounce:
best of luck!

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bellascarlett
Mar 6th, 2007, 10:23 AM
I really don't know why some in GM are saying it's a tough draw (finally I guess :o ). As you guys say, it's not bad at all. I like it actually. If Maria has fully recovered and has sorted out her serving woes, she has a very good chance to do well here again and retain her title.

I'm just excited to see her playing again.

Dan23
Mar 6th, 2007, 11:22 AM
They cant seem to decide between Indian Wells having a tough draw or a joke of a draw :scratch: :o

bendoyle
Mar 6th, 2007, 11:47 AM
Gogo Masha!!!!!

Foot's Fingers
Mar 6th, 2007, 12:20 PM
Good Lcuk in defending 1st ranking position

Shimizu Amon
Mar 6th, 2007, 12:36 PM
I like the draw, it will get Masha the practice she needs to get match tough and if she wins the tournament it also gives her the confidence she needs to stay in the race for the number 1 position and for another GS victory this year.

:bounce: GO MASHA!:bounce:

gary
Mar 6th, 2007, 12:37 PM
good luck Masha :bounce:
defending your title :rocker2:

Princeza
Mar 6th, 2007, 01:01 PM
i missed the girl

Vamos!

Maria Croft
Mar 6th, 2007, 01:18 PM
It's a good draw, some nice possible matches to get her into form before the QF :)

Kim's_fan_4ever
Mar 6th, 2007, 03:34 PM
The draw is rather an easy one, only Jankovic can cause some problems and really Hingis won't do any harm to Maria (of course if she gets past Daniela :drool: )... There's no one in this draw that Maria is not capable of beating.
She should use this tournament as a preparation for Miami, the field there is much stronger than in IW.

Mikey B
Mar 6th, 2007, 04:31 PM
i think its a good draw... exciting if she meets jankovic in the quarters and hingis in the semis... they would be great matches if both players are fit... i dont want to see maria vs kuznetsova in the final, im really hoping for a sharapova/vaidisova final...

cant wait till she gets on the court now!!!!

XCoco
Mar 6th, 2007, 05:23 PM
Decent draw for Maria! ;) She shouldn't have any trouble before the quarters... Well hopefully :unsure: . She's in a good shape as she said but I think she needs some matches to really be warmed-up.

Anyway, best of luck Maria! :bounce: ... You better don't disappoint us! ;) .

Kitten63
Mar 6th, 2007, 08:09 PM
Decent draw,good luck Masha!

Kipling
Mar 7th, 2007, 01:00 PM
Anyone know when Maria will/should play her first match? Friday or Saturday?

myxomatosis
Mar 7th, 2007, 01:36 PM
Keep the whale Maria! :rocker: :rolls:

I hope Maria plays Friday. I'm getting a bit impatient for some Maria action. It's been too long...

myxomatosis
Mar 7th, 2007, 01:38 PM
They cant seem to decide between Indian Wells having a tough draw or a joke of a draw :scratch: :olol and that surprises you Dan? :lol: Some of the people in GM - I wonder if they're capable of even clothing and feeding themselves properly. :weirdo:

ioni
Mar 7th, 2007, 02:21 PM
good luck Maria ! :rocker2: :rocker2: win or lose doesn't matter at least she's playing again !

Maria Croft
Mar 7th, 2007, 03:57 PM
good luck Maria ! :rocker2: :rocker2: win or lose doesn't matter at least she's playing again !

I would still prefer her to win :lol: ;)

ioni
Mar 7th, 2007, 04:03 PM
I would still prefer her to win :lol: ;)

:lol: of course ! but it seems like ages since Maria actually was playing so for now i'm just happy to see her on court again ...

Il Primo!
Mar 7th, 2007, 04:56 PM
Sounds good to me :cool: I hope she's really injury free. Don't be afraid of Jelena. The only players Maria can fear are not in the draw so...;)

P_Fer
Mar 7th, 2007, 09:35 PM
Good luck in IW Masha!

Porcupine
Mar 8th, 2007, 10:14 AM
Good luck Maria http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i32/MaratMaria/dance.gif

Gotta keep, ah no conserve that whale Maria http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i32/MaratMaria/shakefist.gif

shad9480
Mar 8th, 2007, 11:54 AM
Yeahhh...keep the whale Green Eyes :armed: :bounce:

xan
Mar 8th, 2007, 03:25 PM
She looks good in the pics

Shoulderpova
Mar 8th, 2007, 05:36 PM
Davai Mashenka :rocker2::rocker2:

Shimizu Amon
Mar 8th, 2007, 05:47 PM
I'm so excited, can't wait for Masha to win her first match after Tokyo.

morningglory
Mar 8th, 2007, 07:10 PM
Good luck Maria http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i32/MaratMaria/dance.gif

Gotta keep, ah no conserve that whale Maria http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i32/MaratMaria/shakefist.gif

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/f/f4/Whale_meat_on_dish.jpg/200px-Whale_meat_on_dish.jpg
Anyone want a bite? ONce she brings that whale home we'll have plenty of whale sashimi to last the entire year! :drool:

j/k :p

Andy.
Mar 8th, 2007, 11:25 PM
Hopefully her serving woes are behind her and she will be ready from the word go to keep the Whale. Good luck Masha

PS I also cant wait to see what her knew outfit will be.

Dan23
Mar 9th, 2007, 05:38 AM
Maria will play her 1st match on Friday night 1900 IW time :cool: ...against Misa Krajicek of course

Lefty.
Mar 9th, 2007, 05:45 AM
Good luck Maria! :yeah: First real match in a long time, I hope you come out well! :D

dybbuk
Mar 9th, 2007, 05:52 AM
best of luck Maria :kiss:

Dan23
Mar 9th, 2007, 05:56 AM
...were waiting for a new doodle from IW as well :rolleyes: :yawn: ;)

Go Maria :yeah:

Dan23
Mar 9th, 2007, 06:51 AM
some comments from the all-access hour...

http://wm.world.mii-streaming.net/media/atp/tournaments/indianwells/2007/sharapova3.mp3
http://wm.world.mii-streaming.net/media/atp/tournaments/indianwells/2007/sharapova2.mp3
http://wm.world.mii-streaming.net/media/atp/tournaments/indianwells/2007/sharapova1.mp3

Porcupine
Mar 9th, 2007, 10:37 AM
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/f/f4/Whale_meat_on_dish.jpg/200px-Whale_meat_on_dish.jpg
Anyone want a bite? ONce she brings that whale home we'll have plenty of whale sashimi to last the entire year! :drool:

j/k :p
:hearts: sashimi :drool:
Conserve the whale no it tastes so good no conserve the whale blah blah...:tape:
--> Eat it :devil:

Good luck tonight Maria :yeah:

Lefty.
Mar 9th, 2007, 02:24 PM
:hearts: sashimi :drool:
Conserve the whale no it tastes so good no conserve the whale blah blah...:tape:
--> Eat it :devil:

Good luck tonight Maria :yeah:

Sashimi :tape: :o Yea, I know it's weird but I really really really don't like sashimi. :help:

Porcupine
Mar 9th, 2007, 02:36 PM
Sashimi :tape: :o Yea, I know it's weird but I really really really don't like sashimi. :help:

:lol: I like sashimi :cool: , just hate sushi :tape:

bellascarlett
Mar 9th, 2007, 02:46 PM
some comments from the all-access hour...

http://wm.world.mii-streaming.net/media/atp/tournaments/indianwells/2007/sharapova3.mp3
http://wm.world.mii-streaming.net/media/atp/tournaments/indianwells/2007/sharapova2.mp3
http://wm.world.mii-streaming.net/media/atp/tournaments/indianwells/2007/sharapova1.mp3

I can't open it :crying2:

this from the pac life site?

bellascarlett
Mar 9th, 2007, 02:52 PM
Maria will play her 1st match on Friday night 1900 IW time :cool: ...against Misa Krajicek of course

:fiery: I don't think we can get to see Maria's first match here in the US. Coverage starts tomorrow! :fiery: :sobbing:

Can someone record if it's being shown somewhere in the world?

dulkogii
Mar 9th, 2007, 03:28 PM
Friday, March 9, 2007
STADIUM 1 start 10:00 am
ATP - G Monfils (FRA) vs J Benneteau (FRA)
WTA - K Kanepi (EST) vs [14]D Hantuchova (SVK)
ATP - G Kuerten (BRA) vs J Del Potro (ARG)
WTA - [3]M Hingis (SUI) vs C Wozniacki (DEN)

Not Before 7:00 PM
WTA - [1]M Sharapova (RUS) vs M Krajicek (NED)
ATP - R Ginepri (USA) vs R Kendrick (USA)

Kipling
Mar 9th, 2007, 03:43 PM
No TV coverage. :tears:

C'mon, Masha, just win, baby!

:crazy: :inlove: :hearts:

Maria Croft
Mar 9th, 2007, 04:14 PM
Good luck Maria! :D

xan
Mar 9th, 2007, 04:49 PM
Best of luck to Maria!

Shoulderpova
Mar 9th, 2007, 06:23 PM
7 PM = 4 AM hier :sobbing: :help:
Just win it Masha :hearts:

Andy.
Mar 9th, 2007, 09:51 PM
Good luck Masha :banana:

Lefty.
Mar 9th, 2007, 10:21 PM
3 hours and 20 more minutes! :dance:

Ballbasher
Mar 9th, 2007, 11:01 PM
Masha vs Misa :o Hope Misa gives Masha a nice fight!

Porcupine
Mar 10th, 2007, 01:43 AM
No TV coverage. :tears:

C'mon, Masha, just win, baby!

:crazy: :inlove: :hearts:
Same here :o

C'mon Maria !!!!http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i32/MaratMaria/shakefist.gif
Gotta conserve the lovely *coughtastycough* whale :p

Lefty.
Mar 10th, 2007, 03:02 AM
How the hell did you let 5-2 go to 5-6 Maria? :tape:

morningglory
Mar 10th, 2007, 03:13 AM
Masha takes the first set... serving problems still there I see... 9 DF's :(

Kipling
Mar 10th, 2007, 03:14 AM
That's just impossible to comprehend. Her serve mechanics are first rate. She's never had problems like this before. What in the world is going on?

morningglory
Mar 10th, 2007, 03:15 AM
No her 2nd serves were once first-rate, reliable, solid and unattackable... WTH's been going on?

Lefty.
Mar 10th, 2007, 03:18 AM
Whew, she has the first set. But she should have won that set at least 20 minutes ago when she was serving for it!

I don't understand why this is happening to her. Hitting 3-4 straight double faults is nearly unheard of from her. And she did it when she was serving for it.

morningglory
Mar 10th, 2007, 03:24 AM
Well she's did it b4... remember against Loit where she won 6-0 6-1 or something? serving for a double bagel and 5 DF's in one game or something

Dan23
Mar 10th, 2007, 03:24 AM
Masha really seems to be struggling still :sad: fighting for each game. She is playing purely on her toughness right now. Needs something to spark her

Kipling
Mar 10th, 2007, 03:29 AM
Wish to hell we could see what is going on. A healthy Sharapova wouldn't be serving that way.

Lefty.
Mar 10th, 2007, 03:30 AM
Well she's did it b4... remember against Loit where she won 6-0 6-1 or something? serving for a double bagel and 5 DF's in one game or something

I thought that was more like she was going for a second serve ace DF. :shrug: Here I would think that she would want to just make them in to start with. :(

This is so hard to watch, even the scoreboard. :sad:

Kipling
Mar 10th, 2007, 03:31 AM
This looks like a really ugly match. Krajicek has six doubles herself.

morningglory
Mar 10th, 2007, 03:31 AM
Her 1st serve is fine. She just needs to get more 2nd serves in...

Kipling
Mar 10th, 2007, 03:33 AM
Wow--she now has half as many aces as DFs.

Kipling
Mar 10th, 2007, 03:36 AM
Her 1st serve is fine. She just needs to get more 2nd serves in...

Well, for the first time in the match, it's over 60%, so she's going in the right direction at least. But this isn't a tape I'd watch again, if I was her or her coaching staff. Burn it.

Dan23
Mar 10th, 2007, 03:36 AM
cmon Masha :rocker: :rocker:
got the break and held to make it 4-1....break again now!!

morningglory
Mar 10th, 2007, 03:37 AM
Well, for the first time in the match, it's over 60%, so she's going in the right direction at least. But this isn't a tape I'd watch again, if I was her or her coaching staff. Burn it.

She needs to learn from her mistakes tho...

Dan23
Mar 10th, 2007, 03:38 AM
yea her 1st serve was always fine....its just been the 2nd. not being able to spin it into the right places. She had a similar problem early last year if I remember rightly

Dan23
Mar 10th, 2007, 03:44 AM
cmon Masha :hug: :rocker:
nice hold

Lefty.
Mar 10th, 2007, 03:45 AM
yea her 1st serve was always fine....its just been the 2nd. not being able to spin it into the right places. She had a similar problem early last year if I remember rightly

Her serve wasn't as much of a weapon as it was later in the year, but still, she never had any double fault issues like this before.

Kipling
Mar 10th, 2007, 03:47 AM
I have a question--do we know what the wind conditions are out there right now? IIRC, the last couple of years IW has been plagued by some atrocious winds. Not trying to make excuses for her, but...

Dan23
Mar 10th, 2007, 03:50 AM
dang it...3 MP's gone
the only time Misa has saved BP's in the whole match....Maria cant take a trick atm :(

big hold now...cmon

morningglory
Mar 10th, 2007, 03:50 AM
double match point wasted... well Masha'll have to serve it out now...

Lefty.
Mar 10th, 2007, 03:53 AM
Broken. :fiery:

morningglory
Mar 10th, 2007, 03:54 AM
broken :shrug: why am I not surprised?

Dan23
Mar 10th, 2007, 03:54 AM
Masha :bigcry:

morningglory
Mar 10th, 2007, 03:59 AM
And she breaks to survive another day... good golly... 11 DF and 5 aces... I'd be much more pleased is she takes a bit off her 1st serve next match...

Lefty.
Mar 10th, 2007, 03:59 AM
Finally. This match was very worrying though. :sad:

Lefty.
Mar 10th, 2007, 04:00 AM
And she breaks to survive another day... good golly... 11 DF and 5 aces... I'd be much more pleased is she takes a bit off her 1st serve next match...

It looks like she did in the second set, she started getting a higher serve percentage and was losing more points when she made it in.

Kipling
Mar 10th, 2007, 04:03 AM
She doesn't make it easy, does she?

That's going to have to get alot better if she's going to do anything in the next month. Hopefully it's just some rust she's working off. She needs to hit the practice court tomorrow and spend the day serving.


But at least she's on to round 3

:yeah:

dybbuk
Mar 10th, 2007, 04:05 AM
she toughed it out. :dance:

a wins a win. she has to do better than that though. :unsure:

Dan23
Mar 10th, 2007, 04:06 AM
:faint: :faint: :faint: :faint:

Masha :hug: shes the shadow of her usual self right now

Dan23
Mar 10th, 2007, 04:07 AM
one things for sure she doesnt give up on it though

shad9480
Mar 10th, 2007, 04:20 AM
Yippeee :bounce: . But way too close for comfort. I thought the 1 month break would fix her serves, apparently not. Joyce...you should start worrying .

Anyway, good luck in the 3rd round, Green Eyes. You'll need it with those dfs :p.

Relying on mental toughness alone can be draining to the mind. That's what happened at the Aus 07 final and she admitted it herself :sad:.

TennisPlayingFox
Mar 10th, 2007, 04:29 AM
Good job Masha! Closer than I was expecting but you got it done! Good luck in round 3!

Dan23
Mar 10th, 2007, 04:37 AM
Nathalie Dechy is next

Andy.
Mar 10th, 2007, 04:48 AM
Im really happy she won but Im really worries about this serve. Im not sure whats happened with it. Hopefully she will pull it togehter, she will need to if she wants to defend this title. Im sure she is doing everthing she can to fix it and I have faith that its only a matter of time before her real serve returns. Good luck against Dechy Masha

Dan23
Mar 10th, 2007, 04:53 AM
The 2nd set was better but her 2nd serve was still fragile. Only won 33% of them and 31% for the match. I dont know how she can make an imediate fix for that...she needs to gain confidence in it with a few solid sets.

Lefty.
Mar 10th, 2007, 04:58 AM
The 2nd set was better but her 2nd serve was still fragile. Only won 33% of them and 31% for the match. I dont know how she can make an imediate fix for that...she needs to gain confidence in it with a few solid sets.

I think she should just take it game by game and focus on making her serves in in that game because I noticed that after she had a couple games where she didn't DF, she served better.

McQuest
Mar 10th, 2007, 06:08 AM
Haven't you ever been in one of those places where nothing you do seems to work the way it's supposed to? You know - you do everything exactly the same way you've been doing for the last x months or even years, but now, for some reason, it just doesn't work any more? So the coach is watching and he's seeing the same thing he's been seeing forever, and you watch film and tape but what you see is exactly the same but now it diesn't work for some reason? And then all of a sudden, you discover that you have grown an inch and you didn't realize it, or you gained an extra 2 pounds in your butt, and you haven't weighed in ages.

That's what's going to turn out to be Masha's problem. She probably grew another inch or two since the YEC last year and just hasn't figured it out yet. And when something like that happens it's so small nobody notices but it totally destroys your synchronicity and your timing and your power and everything. See, that's the whole problem. She's just too damn tall! But she will figure it out and get it back together again. I just hope she does it in the next 48 hours.

Shimizu Amon
Mar 10th, 2007, 06:29 AM
Congrats to her first win since her injury.
Hope she feels okay.

Though match though, but in all honesty, one could expect that after not playing for over a month.

Now go and get yourself another kill against Dechy, eat her alive :lol:

Do your thing honey!

Maria Croft
Mar 10th, 2007, 07:36 AM
Well, I wasn’t expecting her to come back and play like nothing has happened. It’s an improvement from Tokyo at least, her double faults will go down eventually, give her some time, it’s not going to happen over night.

Yay! Back with a win, and in straight sets this time :D

Mikey B
Mar 10th, 2007, 07:57 AM
honestly i was hoping she would turn up and play brilliant tennis after the month off!!! bit naive!! lol!

should have won 62 62 but at least it was in straight sets...

maybe she needs a new outfit to help with her confidence! the cursed AO and Tokyo dress!! lol!

she might have something new for later on in the tournament, or mabye she likes that dress so much shes just determined to lift a trophy wearing it!!!!

great to see her back! good luck in the next round....

Il Primo!
Mar 10th, 2007, 08:20 AM
Haven't you ever been in one of those places where nothing you do seems to work the way it's supposed to? You know - you do everything exactly the same way you've been doing for the last x months or even years, but now, for some reason, it just doesn't work any more? So the coach is watching and he's seeing the same thing he's been seeing forever, and you watch film and tape but what you see is exactly the same but now it diesn't work for some reason? And then all of a sudden, you discover that you have grown an inch and you didn't realize it, or you gained an extra 2 pounds in your butt, and you haven't weighed in ages.

That's what's going to turn out to be Masha's problem. She probably grew another inch or two since the YEC last year and just hasn't figured it out yet. And when something like that happens it's so small nobody notices but it totally destroys your synchronicity and your timing and your power and everything. See, that's the whole problem. She's just too damn tall! But she will figure it out and get it back together again. I just hope she does it in the next 48 hours.

I didn't think about that at all!:eek: You might be right though...


I expected better from Maria. It seems like her confidence level is at zero. I'm kind of worried due to her serve. Hopefully, Dechy is a crappy player, TRUST ME :lol:

Vamos Masha!:hearts:

Princeza
Mar 10th, 2007, 08:20 AM
Pour toi Franck :haha: , c'est mieux?

Davai Mashaaaaa

http://www.stuff.co.nz/images/280184.jpg

LDF
Mar 10th, 2007, 08:39 AM
Well done Maria :)

But as you guys have already mentioned the serve is still an issue...hopefully she can get the confidence back on it soon :(

XCoco
Mar 10th, 2007, 11:24 AM
The match was pretty average, 11 DFs and 50 UEs, it's too much :o . I expected an easier match for Maria :unsure: ...
Sha had a good serve though.

Anyway, well done :cool: ...
Best of luck against Dechy! ;)

Dan23
Mar 10th, 2007, 11:29 AM
Sharapova did not appear for a post-match news conference, customarily mandatory. A WTA Tour official, Amy Binder, the tour's senior manager, communications, said the player was not feeling well. Binder said she did not know if Sharapova had become ill during her match.
Dont know what to read from that...hopefully shes well

swissmr
Mar 10th, 2007, 11:35 AM
Haven't you ever been in one of those places where nothing you do seems to work the way it's supposed to? You know - you do everything exactly the same way you've been doing for the last x months or even years, but now, for some reason, it just doesn't work any more? So the coach is watching and he's seeing the same thing he's been seeing forever, and you watch film and tape but what you see is exactly the same but now it diesn't work for some reason? And then all of a sudden, you discover that you have grown an inch and you didn't realize it, or you gained an extra 2 pounds in your butt, and you haven't weighed in ages.

That's what's going to turn out to be Masha's problem. She probably grew another inch or two since the YEC last year and just hasn't figured it out yet. And when something like that happens it's so small nobody notices but it totally destroys your synchronicity and your timing and your power and everything. See, that's the whole problem. She's just too damn tall! But she will figure it out and get it back together again. I just hope she does it in the next 48 hours.

I hadn't thought of that and the last time she grew it certainly affected her for a while. But surely it is very unlikely she's grown again just before her 20th birthday.

xan
Mar 10th, 2007, 12:32 PM
Not the best start for Maria. 50 UEs! That's 12 games worth on its own! So MAria must have won everything else.

She seems to be back where she was before the lay-off. Hopefully she can parallel Justine, who also started her recent tournaments playing poorly, and then came through to win.

ioni
Mar 10th, 2007, 12:38 PM
Maria :shrug: what's hapenning ? :confused: glad you won but still something is wrong isn't the score i expected ! might be the rust ..hope you'll do better next time ! good luck ! :rocker2: :hug:

Steve-o
Mar 10th, 2007, 12:51 PM
I kinda thought Maria might struggle a bit but not that much, she squandered 5-2 leads in both sets, it must be a confidence thing. She can only get better hopefully.

Craigy
Mar 10th, 2007, 01:03 PM
Did anyone see the match? How was her leg? Hope she's better :(

Kitten63
Mar 10th, 2007, 01:03 PM
Good win Masha, but you have got to fix that serve.

McQuest
Mar 10th, 2007, 01:06 PM
I hadn't thought of that and the last time she grew it certainly affected her for a while. But surely it is very unlikely she's grown again just before her 20th birthday.

Trust me. Nothing having to do with Maria Sharapova is out of the question. I've already seen stranger things. And it doesn't even have to be that much - a half-inch can affect her swing, her power line, her timing, everything. But like I said, I just hope she gets it together. I didn't really expect her to come out strong after laying out for as long as she did, but I figured she would be back to form by the second set, not the third round!

But she is nothing if not determined. She can perservere. But like someone else said earlier, strength of charagter and strength of mind can't win it all.

Maria Croft
Mar 10th, 2007, 01:57 PM
If Maria is not feeling well it's not out of the question she might withdraw :sad:

Confident
Mar 10th, 2007, 02:23 PM
Great she won is straight sets:worship:

ioni
Mar 10th, 2007, 02:42 PM
Great she won is straight sets:worship:

i like your way of thinking ! optimistic ;)

Shimizu Amon
Mar 10th, 2007, 06:36 PM
Dont know what to read from that...hopefully shes well

Oh no, hopefully it's nothing serious and she did this out of precaution.

But here's a big :hug: anyways...

Lefty.
Mar 10th, 2007, 06:43 PM
Maria apparently had 3 successful challenges in the first set. :) Not too bad. :p

Kim's_fan_4ever
Mar 10th, 2007, 07:38 PM
It was her first match after a long time so maybe she just didn't hit the ball quite well, let's hope it has nothing to do with her injury.
Good luck in the next round Masha :hug:

McQuest
Mar 10th, 2007, 08:11 PM
Maria apparently had 3 successful challenges in the first set. :) Not too bad. :p

Viv, I thought you were going to this one? Is that later on in the competition or did your plans change? Or maybe I'm just imagining things.

Lefty.
Mar 10th, 2007, 08:30 PM
Viv, I thought you were going to this one? Is that later on in the competition or did your plans change? Or maybe I'm just imagining things.

Nah, that's only the summer events. :lol: I don't have time to fly down to IW on Friday and fly back home on Sunday and still be prepped for school. :lol:

McQuest
Mar 10th, 2007, 09:23 PM
Nah, that's only the summer events. :lol: I don't have time to fly down to IW on Friday and fly back home on Sunday and still be prepped for school. :lol:

Well, then I guess I should be happy to know that my imagination has not left me completely. :banana: :cool:

nelsondan
Mar 10th, 2007, 10:41 PM
I hadn't thought of that and the last time she grew it certainly affected her for a while. But surely it is very unlikely she's grown again just before her 20th birthday.

In most places her weight is still listed at 130---same as Wimbledon, 2004.

I think she looks better, and looks stronger than she did then. She weighs more than 130 now--I suspect it has helped her in endurance and strength of serve----I have seen a lot of tournaments where she gets stronger as it goes along.

:inlove:
Mar 10th, 2007, 10:48 PM
She'll ace her way past Dechy. :woohoo:

-SheLL-
Mar 11th, 2007, 01:08 AM
Goodluck Maria!! :bounce:

dulkogii
Mar 11th, 2007, 01:30 AM
STADIUM 1 start 11:00 am
ATP - [21]M Fish (USA) vs P Mathieu (FRA)
WTA - [1]M Sharapova (RUS) vs N Dechy (FRA)
ATP - [1]R Federer (SUI) vs G Canas (ARG)
ATP - [19]L Hewitt (AUS) vs J Tipsarevic (SRB)

Lefty.
Mar 11th, 2007, 01:42 AM
Daylight savings tomorrow, I hope I don't get mixed up. :lol:

dybbuk
Mar 11th, 2007, 01:52 AM
come on Masha!! :kiss:

meggz_star
Mar 11th, 2007, 03:00 AM
Best of luck to Maria :yeah:

Lefty.
Mar 11th, 2007, 03:20 AM
Good luck Maria. :D Keep working the rust off. :)

ioni
Mar 11th, 2007, 06:41 AM
come on Maria :rocker2: :rocker2:

Andy.
Mar 11th, 2007, 07:00 AM
Good Luck Masha

jacobruiz
Mar 11th, 2007, 09:48 AM
C'mon Maria!:bounce:

Man, I sure hope whatever is troubling her game will be worked out soon! I think she needs another opinion, some new insight maybe.

Dan23
Mar 11th, 2007, 10:53 AM
thats roughly a 6am start here :(

Keep improving Masha...and have confidence in yourself :clap2: :yeah:

Porcupine
Mar 11th, 2007, 10:59 AM
It will be a 5am start here :o

Good luck Maria! Keep playing with a cold head and a warm heart! :yeah:

Gotta conserve the whale!

Maria Croft
Mar 11th, 2007, 11:36 AM
I have a feeling her serve will be a lot better today, just hope she isn't feeling ill and can give it her best, good luck Maria!

XCoco
Mar 11th, 2007, 01:12 PM
So do I... I think everyone's first match after an injury isn't the best. So I hope she'll do better against Dechy ;) .

Not too late for me for once :banana: .

Dan23
Mar 11th, 2007, 02:32 PM
good luck Maria :yeah:

:inlove:
Mar 11th, 2007, 03:57 PM
Good luck Maria. ;) :D

Emina.
Mar 11th, 2007, 07:01 PM
C'mon Maria!!! :bounce: :worship:

Shoulderpova
Mar 11th, 2007, 07:11 PM
i can follow her match :dance: Win in babe :rocker2:

perseus2006
Mar 11th, 2007, 07:18 PM
Is the live scoreboard working for anybody?

I hope it is fixed before the Pova match. What a mess this is!

Lefty.
Mar 11th, 2007, 07:22 PM
Is the live scoreboard working for anybody?

I hope it is fixed before the Pova match. What a mess this is!

The changing numbers is working, but when I click on a match for stats, it gives me gwifyowey57ogiuewfu835tjw3otgu0wg8surwetug1325802u f0wfj0gu9wruwjgwf. :mad:

Kitten63
Mar 11th, 2007, 09:02 PM
Good luck Maria!

Kipling
Mar 11th, 2007, 10:17 PM
Masha wins the first set.

Look at the positives here--her first serve percentage has to be pretty high. I've been listening on the radio since 3-1 and she hasn't had to hit many 2nd serves. Has only made one DF in that time (not sure about games 1-4). Dechy is obviously returning well--lots of long rallies. It looks like the problem for Maria today is UEs, rather than the serve.

Lefty.
Mar 11th, 2007, 10:17 PM
Why the hell did you let 5-2 go to 5-5 again Maria? :rolleyes:

At least you won the first set. :tape: Which was longer than it should have been. :o

Princeza
Mar 11th, 2007, 10:19 PM
Yuri :lol:

Lefty.
Mar 11th, 2007, 10:22 PM
Finally! 7-5... Yuri got a coaching violation once again! Damnit! Ahh! Come On Maria!

Yuri. :rolleyes: :smash: :rolleyes:

PerfectLie.
Mar 11th, 2007, 10:23 PM
Oh, Maria.
"Live" scoring isn't working for me.
So she won the first set 7-5? Eh.

& well I'm Phil. (=

Steve-o
Mar 11th, 2007, 10:27 PM
Finally! 7-5... Yuri got a coaching violation once again! Damnit! Ahh! Come On Maria!

Not again! :smash: Still struggling to close out sets, at least she's winning. :o

Lefty.
Mar 11th, 2007, 10:48 PM
Could somebody with stats tell me how many DF's Maria has? :tape:

Princeza
Mar 11th, 2007, 10:49 PM
whats the score

Shoulderpova
Mar 11th, 2007, 10:52 PM
5-2 first set :D

Princeza
Mar 11th, 2007, 10:53 PM
yay thx :banana: vamos

Maria Croft
Mar 11th, 2007, 10:58 PM
That's more like it Maria! messy first set, but she closed the match out with a love game and served a lot better, looks like she is shaking off the rust :D

Well done Maria :yeah:

nelsondan
Mar 11th, 2007, 10:58 PM
Buried in some soccer scores on this site---it looks loke Maria is winning the second set 4-2.

I checked about 12 sites which stated the match had not yet begun---including Maria's.

http://www.xscores.com/LiveScore.do?state=promptTennisLiveScore&gameType=All&gameDate

Dan23
Mar 11th, 2007, 11:00 PM
Is the time still screwed up in here??

2nd set looks a lot better

Lefty.
Mar 11th, 2007, 11:00 PM
7-5, 6-2

Found some stats, she had 6 DFs today. 3 aces. She served at 69%.

At least she didn't choke a second set lead this time. :o

Shoulderpova
Mar 11th, 2007, 11:02 PM
she just let double break lead slip away :weirdo:
5-5

nelsondan
Mar 11th, 2007, 11:02 PM
6-2 Maria in second set?

Kipling
Mar 11th, 2007, 11:03 PM
Congrats, Masha!

7-5 6-2.

It sounded like Dechy was playing pretty well, from the radio broadcast. Maria still had loads of UEs, and not a whole lot of winners. Missing shots wide and long by small margins. That's definitely rust, and she'll get better as she plays more. The serving was better. Still not 'awesome', but much better.

Dan23
Mar 11th, 2007, 11:04 PM
Damn this screwed up time...

Maria served a bit today it seems so thats good to see :cool:

Princeza
Mar 11th, 2007, 11:05 PM
:rolleyes: the girl is kiling me

Steve-o
Mar 11th, 2007, 11:06 PM
Well, Maria is moving in the right direction :D Hope for even better in the next round. Not impressed With Yuri :rolleyes:

Shoulderpova
Mar 11th, 2007, 11:11 PM
she breaks again on 5th bp :weirdo:
shell serve for the first set on 3rd attempt :rolleyes:

tabieonelove3
Mar 11th, 2007, 11:17 PM
Finally! 7-5... Yuri got a coaching violation once again! Damnit! Ahh! Come On Maria!

Shoulderpova
Mar 11th, 2007, 11:18 PM
:o

dybbuk
Mar 11th, 2007, 11:22 PM
second set was much better. :kiss: congrats Masha :bigclap:

morningglory
Mar 11th, 2007, 11:23 PM
no choke in the 2nd set this time :)

Andy.
Mar 11th, 2007, 11:26 PM
Thats a nice improvement on the first match and the df numbers were heaps better. If she can keep taking these little steps her form will keep improving. Well done Masha especially in the second set good luck in the fourth round.

perseus2006
Mar 12th, 2007, 12:10 AM
Pova breaks the "5-2" jinx in the second set, finishes strong and looks good for more improvement in the next match.

Kudos to Dechy. Like the energizer bunny, she just keeps going. I think she is one of the best journeywomen out there. She does her job making the better players step up and beat her.

TennisPlayingFox
Mar 12th, 2007, 12:12 AM
Nice win Maria! Good luck in the next round against probably Vera!

Porcupine
Mar 12th, 2007, 12:45 AM
:woohoo:

Congrats Maria! :yeah:

Lefty.
Mar 12th, 2007, 01:06 AM
Nice win Maria! Good luck in the next round against probably Vera!

Yup, shes gonna be playing against Vera. Keep picking up your game Maria! :clap2:

Sharapova's_Boy
Mar 12th, 2007, 02:04 AM
Maria :woohoo:

ioni
Mar 12th, 2007, 06:55 AM
well done Maria :yeah: ! good luck next round ! :clap2: :clap2:

Andy.
Mar 12th, 2007, 09:19 AM
Good luck against Vera Masha :banana:

as_redland
Mar 12th, 2007, 09:47 AM
Nice win Masha :yeah: Good Luck next round :)

Adal
Mar 12th, 2007, 10:41 AM
Much better than in previous round (except for the first set).
Masha needs to raise her game to win next match against Vera.

Kim's_fan_4ever
Mar 12th, 2007, 11:00 AM
Goo win though she again had problems in the first set.
Good luck against Zvonareva :yeah:

Kipling
Mar 12th, 2007, 11:30 AM
I've been seeing the word "choke" alot in connection with Maria's play at IW. How the &%^$ can you be "choking" if you're four for four in sets won?


http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/news/story?id=2795030

Top-ranked Maria Sharapova, the defending champion of the Pacific Life Open, stayed on course to repeat with a 7-5, 6-2 win over Nathalie Dechy of France in the third round Sunday.

Sharapova is playing in her first tournament since early February and continues to struggle to regain her form. She had four double faults and just one ace, and made 47 unforced errors to go with 24 winners in a match that was played in 90-degree heat and lasted 1 hour, 40 minutes. She has made 97 errors in her two wins, overcoming her miscues by playing well on key points.

"I think that's to be expected," she said after moving into the fourth round of this $2.1 million event. "When you don't compete for that amount of time, it's normal. I definitely feel like these matches are getting the rough stuff [out of the way].

"It's just good to be back on court and being in some tight situations. I miss that after a while."

Sharapova had been idle since retiring from her semifinal at Tokyo with a left hamstring strain, and she said some of her service inconsistency stems from the injury.

"In Tokyo I struggled with [the serve] a little bit," she said. "Part of it was probably the leg because that's how I injured it. That limited me from serving a lot in practice."

Sharapova's next opponent will be No. 15 seed Vera Zvonareva, who advanced with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Victoria Azarenko on a day that the top women advanced.

Maria Croft
Mar 12th, 2007, 01:10 PM
That's more like it Maria! messy first set, but she closed the match out with a love game and served a lot better, looks like she is shaking off the rust :D

Well done Maria :yeah:

What happened :confused:

My post got thrown back a couple of pages, I also notice some other posts in this thread are mixed up, some sort of error going on?

xan
Mar 12th, 2007, 01:58 PM
The board has been behaving strange recently. It kept logging me off yesterday.

As for Maria, her interview sounds good, the poor serving has had a cause and hopefully she will keep improving. She has a potyentially tough match-up in the next round though. Good luck, and keep on going Maria!

rockwithme
Mar 12th, 2007, 02:11 PM
a lot of posts everywhere are getting mixed up in all sorts of [dis]order

anyway..so glad sharpie is on the come up again :clap2:

quahogster
Mar 12th, 2007, 02:57 PM
Go Maria! I know she'll do it.

:worship:

Kipling
Mar 12th, 2007, 05:04 PM
As at the Australian Open, I'm gonna post a warning about Vera Zvonareva--I think she's one of the few players who can beat Maria even when Maria is playing well. A super defender, solid serve, good, hard groundies and a solid net game. If it weren't for her head, she'd be top ten for sure.

I suspect that this will be a very close match yet again. If Maria wins in two, it'll be something like 7-5 7-5, but I think a 3-setter is a possibility. Much like her matches with Golovin and Kirilenko, when she plays a training partner/friend, it's close.

I do think Masha will prevail, however. She's just tougher in those big point situations.

As far as her game, in my opinion quite alot of the murmurs of her decline are greatly exaggerated. She is playing as the number 1 in the world, something that is still new to her. When you are number 1, there is a target on your back. Everyone who plays her plays just a little harder now. For almost everyone she plays, a win over a number 1 would (and likely will) be their greatest ever accomplishment. She's winning matches, even though she's not at her best. And winning them in straight sets. Some of her peers at the top, who are playing lots of 3-set matches in early rounds, should be more worried, IMO.

I think more than anything, she really needs to work on keeping her focus at the beginning of a new set. Long before her recent serve problems started, she has had this tendency to win a set and then drop serve in her next service game. Not sure why that is, but it will become a big problem for her against good servers. Fortunately, there doesn't seem to be anybody she can't break when she's on her game and really puts her mind to it.

Lastly--is this finally the time we get to see a Masha-Nicole match? I'm hoping.

Emina.
Mar 12th, 2007, 05:11 PM
C'mon Maria win it!!:bounce:

Mikey B
Mar 12th, 2007, 05:29 PM
good luck maria, wouldnt be suprised if it went to a third set 2morow, zvonereva will be tough, as always but especially when maria's still finding her form..

havent seen any of her matches yet, hopefully i'll catch the 4th round...

McQuest
Mar 12th, 2007, 06:26 PM
I agree that Zvonereva is going to be a much stronger opponent than her ranking would imply, but I also believe that Maria has fouond her spot - that secret niche where the mindset is in focus, the body is working the way it was intended to, the serve is finally on, the groudstokes are finally hitting the sweetspot, just everything is comng together. And she is just going to get stronger and stronger as this tournament and all her remaining tournaments throughout this season progress.

In the time that I have been watching and cheering for Maria, I have always felt that one day she would get to that secret place, and suddenly there would be a Siberian TennisStorm that would simply devistate the competition and sweep the earth as Maria rose to the throne of her Queendom. If you watch her carefully and listen to her, you can see it in her eyes, you can see it in the way she carries herself, you can hear it in her voice. In fact you can even read it in her words as she writes her "Weekly Doodles" to her fans.

Yes, I know this is all speculation based on nothing but faith, but I am the Official Guardian of the Maria Mafia after all. And Faith is what being a fan is all about. Have faith in your chosen one, so everybody join hands and together we will send our faith and respect and well wishes to our champion. Cuz if ya don't I'm gonna have to hurt ya!!! :armed:

XCoco
Mar 12th, 2007, 06:39 PM
Well done Maria! :yeah: .

She better not let Zvonareva coming back if she is leading again :unsure: .

Best of luck Maria! ;) ... It won't be easy! :unsure:


I agree that Zvonereva is going to be a much stronger opponent than her ranking would imply, but I also believe that Maria has fouond her spot - that secret niche where the mindset is in focus, the body is working the way it was intended to, the serve is finally on, the groudstokes are finally hitting the sweetspot, just everything is comng together. And she is just going to get stronger and stronger as this tournament and all her remaining tournaments throughout this season progress.

In the time that I have been watching and cheering for Maria, I have always felt that one day she would get to that secret place, and suddenly there would be a Siberian TennisStorm that would simply devistate the competition and sweep the earth as Maria rose to the throne of her Queendom. If you watch her carefully and listen to her, you can see it in her eyes, you can see it in the way she carries herself, you can hear it in her voice. In fact you can even read it in her words as she writes her "Weekly Doodles" to her fans.

Yes, I know this is all speculation based on nothing but faith, but I am the Official Guardian of the Maria Mafia after all. And Faith is what being a fan is all about. Have faith in your chosen one, so everybody join hands and together we will send our faith and respect and well wishes to our champion. Cuz if ya don't I'm gonna have to hurt ya!!! :armed:

I'm Agreed :yeah: .

Adal
Mar 12th, 2007, 06:43 PM
Zvonareva is always a very tough opponents, no matter in what form you are. She's always getting so many balls back. Masha must serve/return good so that some points could be faster. So she did in Australia.

Kitten63
Mar 12th, 2007, 09:04 PM
Well done Maria!
Good luck against Vera.

Shimizu Amon
Mar 13th, 2007, 06:38 AM
Masha take Vera down in 2. I know you can do it!

:bounce: GO MASHA:bounce:

ioni
Mar 13th, 2007, 06:58 AM
come on Maria ! you can beat her ! :armed: :armed: :rocker2: :rocker2:

Dan23
Mar 13th, 2007, 07:24 AM
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
STADIUM 1 start 11:00 am
WTA - [1]M Sharapova (RUS) vs [15]V Zvonareva (RUS)


good luck Maria :yeah:

Andy.
Mar 13th, 2007, 07:32 AM
Good hopefully I wake up to an awesome win I hate watching the live score I get too nervous. Good luck Maria

Kim's_fan_4ever
Mar 13th, 2007, 07:58 AM
One word: awesome. Maria's match is on ES tonight :drool: Finally we'll be able to see where's Maria with her form and are there any signs of injury and what's with this freaking serve. In other words I can't wait for the evening :D
Go Masha, show them girl :rocker2:

XCoco
Mar 13th, 2007, 01:33 PM
One word: awesome. Maria's match is on ES tonight :drool: Finally we'll be able to see where's Maria with her form and are there any signs of injury and what's with this freaking serve. In other words I can't wait for the evening :D
Go Masha, show them girl :rocker2:

:yeah: . Finally, Eurosport will broadcast it :D ... Fortunately she is not playing at the same time as a French player :o .

Confident
Mar 13th, 2007, 01:54 PM
Great, Eurosport will broadcast it:) I can't wait for the match, I haven't seen Masha since the AO. Come on!:bounce:

Lefty.
Mar 13th, 2007, 02:25 PM
Good luck today Maria. :yeah:

xan
Mar 13th, 2007, 03:32 PM
Good luck today Maria. :yeah:

Doubled!

Maria Croft
Mar 13th, 2007, 03:40 PM
Good luck Maria! :)

ioni
Mar 13th, 2007, 03:46 PM
the quarters are waiting for you Maria :rocker2: :rocker2:

tojja
Mar 13th, 2007, 03:56 PM
She have 4-2 in match agains Vera,so i think it be a hard match :)

Kipling
Mar 13th, 2007, 04:35 PM
Hard time choosing! :unsure: I hope both Maria and Vera play great tennis and whatever happens, happens.

Best of luck to both ladies.

Porcupine
Mar 13th, 2007, 04:35 PM
Good luck Maria. :yeah:

:inlove:
Mar 13th, 2007, 04:48 PM
Finally I can get my Masha fixture. :drool: :p :D
Hopefully it will be a good match, like their AO meeting. :) With the same outcome of course. :rocker:

dybbuk
Mar 13th, 2007, 04:56 PM
come on masha! :rocker: best of luck :kiss:

McQuest
Mar 13th, 2007, 05:04 PM
Today is the day, Ladies and Gentlemen! Today is the day that Maria will rise up, and unleash a TennisStorm that will crush the opposition and begin her rise to absolute dominion. The Queen will appear in only one more hour! Prepare yourselves oh ye doubters!

Princeza
Mar 13th, 2007, 05:36 PM
Today is the day, Ladies and Gentlemen! Today is the day that Maria will rise up, and unleash a TennisStorm that will crush the opposition and begin her rise to absolute dominion. The Queen will appear in only one more hour! Prepare yourselves oh ye doubters!

:worship:

McQuest
Mar 13th, 2007, 06:25 PM
Hey Naima, Thanks for the endorsement! How's life at the top?

XCoco
Mar 13th, 2007, 06:27 PM
Maria's serve sucks again! :o

morningglory
Mar 13th, 2007, 06:28 PM
omg 3 df's already...

Princeza
Mar 13th, 2007, 06:29 PM
Hey Naima, Thanks for the endorsement! How's life at the top?

everything's ok except i cant see masha playing:sad:

How's u?

morningglory
Mar 13th, 2007, 06:29 PM
both players win more points on their returns :eek: It's like seeing Demetieva Vs Pin :lol:

XCoco
Mar 13th, 2007, 06:31 PM
both players win more points on their returns :eek: It's like seeing Demetieva Vs Pin :lol:

lmao :rolls: .

Il Primo!
Mar 13th, 2007, 06:33 PM
OMG Maria can't serve anymore... There's a strange atmosphere on the court.. I don't have the usual feeling I have each time I'm watching Maria. Her serve sucks, really.
:unsure:

McQuest
Mar 13th, 2007, 06:33 PM
everything's ok except i cant see masha playing:sad:

How's u?

So far so good, except I'm ready to take back my prediction. Maybe it will be in the quarters that Maria Rises UP.

Lefty.
Mar 13th, 2007, 06:43 PM
So far so good, except I'm ready to take back my prediction. Maybe it will be in the quarters that Maria Rises UP.

If she gets there, she HAS to rise up; Jankovic or Li will definitely punish bad serving.

Princeza
Mar 13th, 2007, 06:44 PM
id like to know how u can lose a serve you've been practising since you are 4years old

McQuest
Mar 13th, 2007, 06:47 PM
If she gets there, she HAS to rise up; Jankovic or Li will definitely punish bad serving.

Well that's true but it's beginning to look like she's going to have to get a step stool just to get out of this match. She's starting to turn ir around now, it looks like but I'm following the live score and its making me a nervous wreck.

Shimizu Amon
Mar 13th, 2007, 06:53 PM
6-4 first set Masha, COME ON!

XCoco
Mar 13th, 2007, 06:53 PM
First set! :) ... hopefully she won't loose the second :o .

(Frank, elle m'inquiète moi aussi :unsure: )

morningglory
Mar 13th, 2007, 06:54 PM
She SERVED out the set to love!!!!!! :eek:
Our Masha's starting to show some glimpses of her old self :D

Lefty.
Mar 13th, 2007, 06:54 PM
Well that's true but it's beginning to look like she's going to have to get a step stool just to get out of this match. She's starting to turn ir around now, it looks like but I'm following the live score and its making me a nervous wreck.

She won the first set with a love service game and hopefully she can keep it rolling in the second set, but i'm still a little :unsure:.

LDF
Mar 13th, 2007, 06:58 PM
First Sets Stats

First serve %:
Maria - 67%
Vera - 46%

Aces:
Maria - 0
Vera - 2

DFs:
Maria - 4
Vera - 4

Winners:
Maria - 12
Vera - 12

Unforced Errors:
Maria - 10
Vera - 12

BPs won:
Maria - 3/3
Vera - 2/7

Kipling
Mar 13th, 2007, 06:58 PM
Told you guys and gals this was going to be close. That's 12 sets out of 14 they've played that have gone at least 10 games. They match up well with each other.

Good fight from both.

Il Primo!
Mar 13th, 2007, 07:02 PM
Maria has clean groundies!:D

Il Primo!
Mar 13th, 2007, 07:06 PM
First set! :) ... hopefully she won't loose the second :o .

(FranCk, elle m'inquiète moi aussi :unsure: )

Much better

And finally Maria's improving, rising her game now. She tries to serve heavy, it doesn't really work but she's gonna find a way to have her serve back, let's hope this :unsure:

But I repeat, she hits very good groundies!Even her FH is lethal

Shimizu Amon
Mar 13th, 2007, 07:10 PM
It's not really a good match so far. They're both making lots of mistakes.
And Masha just made a crucial df having a for 2-0, now it's 2-1 and her serve but still... Hope she can raise her serve.

morningglory
Mar 13th, 2007, 07:11 PM
Much better

And finally Maria's improving, rising her game now. She tries to serve heavy, it doesn't really work but she's gonna find a way to have her serve back, let's hope this :unsure:

But I repeat, she hits very good groundies!Even her FH is lethal

Well if she can't serve heavy, she might as well try to at least serve CLEAN. That way there'll be less pressure on her 2nd serve...

XCoco
Mar 13th, 2007, 07:14 PM
Sorry Franck... I thought it's without 'C' :) .

She plays quiete today but her serve sucks, especially in the first set, now it's ok ;) .

McQuest
Mar 13th, 2007, 07:23 PM
Sorry Franck... I thought it's without 'C' :) .

She plays quiete today but her serve sucks, especially in the first set, now it's ok ;) .

Hey Corinne, are you watching the match and, if so, is her form improving?

XCoco
Mar 13th, 2007, 07:28 PM
Hey Corinne, are you watching the match and, if so, is her form improving?

:wavey: ...
Yeah, I am, she's not at her best. But she tries to make some good points. She tries to play on the net :) . But it tough for her because her game is not as well as usual, and sometimes, her serve is : :help: .

Il Primo!
Mar 13th, 2007, 07:37 PM
Coco :hug:

Il Primo!
Mar 13th, 2007, 07:38 PM
Maria's done a good match to me. She's improving

Il Primo!
Mar 13th, 2007, 07:42 PM
Should have said nothing.

morningglory
Mar 13th, 2007, 07:42 PM
uh oh the choke again...

LDF
Mar 13th, 2007, 07:43 PM
The forehand drive volley into the net at 15-30 was particularly bad :o :help:

Hopefully she'll recover to win 7-5 :awww:

Conor
Mar 13th, 2007, 07:46 PM
Sharapova broken serving for the match at 5-4.... now 6-5 Vera!!!!! COME ON ZV!!!!! :lol: :lol: Jankovic has dropped the first set to Li btw :rolleyes:

morningglory
Mar 13th, 2007, 07:46 PM
Sigh well, she's gotta refocus now...

Shimizu Amon
Mar 13th, 2007, 07:51 PM
OMG she lost the 2nd :sad:

Conor
Mar 13th, 2007, 07:51 PM
YES!!! Set Zvonareva, 7-5 :) :) :) Looks like the number 1 is heading back to Belgium..... :drool:

LDF
Mar 13th, 2007, 07:51 PM
Oh my, 3 DFs in that last game! :o :sad:

Please regroup and win the third, Maria!

XCoco
Mar 13th, 2007, 07:51 PM
Coco :hug:

:kiss: .

The forehand drive volley into the net at 15-30 was particularly bad :o :help:

Hopefully she'll recover to win 7-5 :awww:

I don't even know what did she think when she hit that volley :speakles: .

Sharapova broken serving for the match at 5-4.... now 6-5 Vera!!!!! COME ON ZV!!!!! :lol: :lol: Jankovic has dropped the first set to Li btw :rolleyes:

What's wrong with you ? :rolleyes:

XCoco
Mar 13th, 2007, 07:52 PM
OMG, she lost the second set :eek: :mad: .
So many DFs :o .

Il Primo!
Mar 13th, 2007, 07:52 PM
Pfff 7-5 Vera... Ho wcome she can't serve out sets/matches more often?
Nevermind
Do something now! We believe in you!:bounce:

morningglory
Mar 13th, 2007, 07:53 PM
df on sp :help: and irishJHfan, stay out of our forum! :ras:

McQuest
Mar 13th, 2007, 07:53 PM
So much for my career as an Oracle. I shoullda kept my mouth shut! :sad: :confused: :fiery: