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Princeza
Mar 14th, 2007, 06:31 PM
A bit soon but Vamos Masha! :rocker2:

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ioni
Mar 15th, 2007, 03:38 AM
i don't have many hopes for Maria at Miami :unsure: :scared: ,but still she can feel free to prove me wrong ! come on Maria ,one more try ! :rocker2:

Emina.
Mar 15th, 2007, 04:04 AM
i hope she plays some good tennis.

xan
Mar 15th, 2007, 03:38 PM
I really hope that Maria can get it together and do better here.

Go Maria!

Confident
Mar 15th, 2007, 09:08 PM
IW is an old story now...:sad: I wish Maria would win in Miami, she needs a title. Well, maybe a new outfit helps. I like the old one too, but you know, the new can bring her some luck:p :)

Shimizu Amon
Mar 16th, 2007, 05:35 AM
Welcome to Miami Masha.

Feel the fresh air, it's a new start and there's no pressure whatsoever.
Just do your thing honey. You'll be fine.

I don't care where she goes in this tournament as long as she finds her form and plays a couple of matches.

Canīt wait to see her new outfit. Still believe the AO outfit was jinxed :lol:


Go Masha :bounce:

xan
Mar 16th, 2007, 02:59 PM
Canīt wait to see her new outfit. Still believe the AO outfit was jinxed :lol:


Could be... :eek:

Princeza
Mar 16th, 2007, 03:12 PM
yep i really hope she'll change this outfit
reminds me of losses

XCoco
Mar 16th, 2007, 04:11 PM
Best of luck Maria! ;) ... In hope she wins the tournament, 2 finals in a row is too much for me :p ... But it won't be easy for sure :scared: , she is not at her best.

Hopefully she won't wear that outfit :scared: .

The "Maria will :bounce: back in Miami!!" is here ;) .

Sharapower8
Mar 16th, 2007, 04:53 PM
Wish her the best for Miami !! Come on Maria :bounce:

Il Primo!
Mar 16th, 2007, 08:07 PM
If any of you knows when the draw's out, please post it here.

xoxo :kiss:

XCoco
Mar 16th, 2007, 08:47 PM
If any of you knows when the draw's out, please post it here.

xoxo :kiss:

The draw will probably be released on Monday ;) .

Princeza
Mar 16th, 2007, 08:57 PM
the french delegation is here :lol:

we got a lot of masha fans

Kipling
Mar 16th, 2007, 09:28 PM
Here's hoping I'll get to see her second and third round matches in person.

Il Primo!
Mar 16th, 2007, 10:13 PM
Thanks Sweetie Corinne!
Yep Naï, I thought almost every french hated Maria!!??:eek: How come were are so many to support such a beautiful player?

:inlove:
Mar 16th, 2007, 10:38 PM
Davai Maria. :hearts: Time to get it back. :banana:

Slampova
Mar 16th, 2007, 11:36 PM
Best of luck in Miami Masha :)

perseus2006
Mar 17th, 2007, 02:32 AM
At IW, I thought Pova would go Whaleing, instead, the PovaPartisans went wailing! So:

Is she injured?
Is she ill?
Is it possible she is that rusty and out of form?

I like her attitude during the interview after the Vera match: "I am not making excuses. There's no need for that".

But it does leave us fans with little to pin our hopes on. Pova has not played well starting in the 2006 YEC Semi Final and continuing to present. I am very worrried about her prospect for Miami and 2007, in general. Whatever the issues are, I hope Miami is the beginning of the recovery - if she plays.

Regardless of all that, Shriek on, Pova!!! Best of luck in Miami!

TaliaSecondServe
Mar 17th, 2007, 08:28 AM
Yeah, in Russian "Pova" sounds awful...

XCoco
Mar 17th, 2007, 10:18 AM
Thanks Sweetie Corinne!
Yep Naï, I thought almost every french hated Maria!!??:eek: How come were are so many to support such a beautiful player?

I thought that either... If you go to the French Open to watch one of Maria’s matches, you can notice almost all people in the stadium want her to lose :confused: .

Sharapower8
Mar 17th, 2007, 10:38 AM
I thought that either... If you go to the French Open to watch one of Maria’s matches, you can notice almost all people in the stadium want her to lose :confused: .

I agree.
Well French public is strange ;)

Doc
Mar 17th, 2007, 12:55 PM
Win your first Miami title Maria!

Andy.
Mar 18th, 2007, 03:05 AM
I cant say that Im overly optimistic but with quite a number of days to practice and if she gets a good draw she may be able to play herself into form. Good luck Masha

Maria Croft
Mar 18th, 2007, 09:51 AM
I hope she can improve her game and get some confidence back.....and I really hope she get's a good draw ;) :D

Kim's_fan_4ever
Mar 18th, 2007, 11:51 AM
If she is to lose, I hope she loses to a big name, not to someone like Vera :shrug:
Just do your best Masha and produce some great tennis :yeah:

Mikey B
Mar 18th, 2007, 01:52 PM
she's due a win in miami, finalist twice in a row... she should lift the trophy this year, fingers crossed!!!

xan
Mar 18th, 2007, 02:19 PM
she's due a win in miami, finalist twice in a row... she should lift the trophy this year, fingers crossed!!!

Make it this time, Maria!

M-K
Mar 18th, 2007, 02:47 PM
Come on Maria!! I hope she has forgot all about IW.. And I'm looking forward to see her outfit!!

AH85
Mar 19th, 2007, 09:10 AM
when does the draw get announced?

maria will go far, there's not doubt about it, it's time for a tournament win!

dybbuk
Mar 19th, 2007, 11:29 AM
come on Maria! it's 'bout time you win the last 1/3 of the three biggest US titles! :bigclap: :yeah:

XCoco
Mar 19th, 2007, 12:10 PM
The draw will be released soon, I can't wait :bounce: . Hopefully she has a good draw :scared: .

Mikey B
Mar 19th, 2007, 01:56 PM
got a feeling serena williams will be in her half... but that doesnt bother me, i'd prefer her to have a tough draw, beat hard opponents and take the title rather than an easy draw where she walks through the tournament...

XCoco
Mar 19th, 2007, 03:35 PM
got a feeling serena williams will be in her half... but that doesnt bother me, i'd prefer her to have a tough draw, beat hard opponents and take the title rather than an easy draw where she walks through the tournament...

I'm agreed. But I don't think she is in a good shape :scared: ... So I would prefer her to have an easy draw today :p .

ioni
Mar 19th, 2007, 03:43 PM
I'm agreed. But I don't think she is in a good shape :scared: ... So I would prefer her to have an easy draw today :p .

what happened with the times when the draw didn't count and she always reached the semifinals ? :sad: now we hope for an easy draw ? hope she takes the toughest ,at least that would give me a clue in what shape she is ..

XCoco
Mar 19th, 2007, 03:59 PM
what happened with the times when the draw didn't count and she always reached the semifinals ? :sad: now we hope for an easy draw ? hope she takes the toughest ,at least that would give me a clue in what shape she is ..

Well, I have confident that she can do a great tournament. But she has to play more matches to have more confident, and if she has tough players so early, it will be hard for her, I'm just quite pessimist.
And everytime, I hope she won't have a tough draw, so don't be suprised :p .

ioni
Mar 19th, 2007, 04:19 PM
Well, I have confident that she can do a great tournament. But has to play more matches to have more confident, and if she has tough players so early, it will be hard for her, I'm just quite pessimist.
And everytime, I hope she won't have a tough draw, so don't be suprise :p .

tough players early ,hard for her ? isn't she supposed to be a tough player as well ?

XCoco
Mar 19th, 2007, 04:35 PM
tough players early ,hard for her ? isn't she supposed to be a tough player as well ?

I said, it would be hard for her to have more confident if she plays tough matches during her first matches, not hard to beat tough players.
Moreover, I have never said she isn't a tough player :rolleyes: . I'm not those persons who underestimate Maria.

ioni
Mar 19th, 2007, 04:54 PM
tough matches ??? Krajicek or Dechy ,Zvonareva ,[and even Jankovic ]don't look like a tough draw to me and still she managed to have tough matches with them [we all know how it ended the last ] so dispite your :rolleyes: or :p at me :confused: just want to make a difference between having a really tough draw and making your self what is supposed to be an easy draw a much tougher one ...so it isn't about the draw is about her and how confident she is , Zvonareva didn't beat her ,she beat her self ,Krajicek or Dechy didn't give her a hard time ,she did that to her self ..even if in the second round she will have to play Serena that doesn't scare me ,what scares me it 's her atitude on court [doesn't look like a fighter right now ] and the fact that she doesn't look confident anymore ..

xan
Mar 19th, 2007, 05:33 PM
what happened with the times when the draw didn't count and she always reached the semifinals ? :sad: now we hope for an easy draw ? hope she takes the toughest ,at least that would give me a clue in what shape she is ..

Maria is human. There's no reason she should have the toughest road to the title!

Anyway, all players can do with an easy couple of matches to play themselves into a tournament.

XCoco
Mar 19th, 2007, 05:35 PM
tough matches ??? Krajicek or Dechy ,Zvonareva ,[and even Jankovic ]don't look like a tough draw to me and still she managed to have tough matches with them [we all know how it ended the last ] so dispite your :rolleyes: or :p at me :confused: just want to make a difference between having a really tough draw and making your self what is supposed to be an easy draw a much tougher one ...

Well, I was nice with you, but now, you're really getting on my nerves.

First, why are you distorting my words?

I don't know if you know the meaning of 'tough', because Maria played tough matches during Indian Wells.
A tough player who Maria plays against is not necessarily a top 5 player or whatever, sorry, but you have to know that.
Between 'tough draw' and 'tough matches', there is a difference, Maria had a good draw in Indian Wells, but she didn’t play easy matches.

Moreover, I don’t even know why you're underestimate Jankovic and others.

I just said I wanted her to get an easy draw to have more confident after her bad lose, that's all. I didn’t mention what is an easy draw or a tough one :o .

So stop aggressing me, I'm fed up.
I just notice you really want to get the last word, so, if you answer to my post, I won't answer to you, I'm not a kid.

Natasc
Mar 19th, 2007, 05:46 PM
tough matches ??? Krajicek or Dechy ,Zvonareva ,[and even Jankovic ]don't look like a tough draw to me and still she managed to have tough matches with them [we all know how it ended the last ] so dispite your :rolleyes: or :p at me :confused: just want to make a difference between having a really tough draw and making your self what is supposed to be an easy draw a much tougher one ...

I disagree with you...I'm a huge ELENA DEMENTIEVA fan and also a fan from ROGER FEDERER and I have to say, for me would be better to put just the top seeds on their way than low seeds
low seeds are desparete to win and they have nothing to lose
and the top ranked player has a way more pressure

So, if you ask me: pick a draw to Lena and Roger, easy one or hard one?
I would say, wihtout blink: HARD ONE

so yeah, play low ranked players can be a way worse sometimes....

ioni
Mar 19th, 2007, 05:48 PM
Well, I was nice with you, but now, you're really getting on my nerves.

First, why are you distorting my words?

I don't know if you know the meaning of 'tough', because Maria played tough matches during Indian Wells.
A tough player who Maria plays against is not necessarily a top 5 player or whatever, sorry, but you have to know that.
Between 'tough draw' and 'tough matches', there is a difference, Maria had a good draw in Indian Wells, but she didn’t play easy matches.

Moreover, I don’t even know why you're underestimate Jankovic and others.

I just said I wanted her to get an easy draw to have more confident after her bad lose, that's all. I didn’t mention what is an easy draw or a tough one :o .

So stop aggressing me, I'm fed up.
I just notice you really want to get the last word, so, if you answer to my post, I won't answer you, I'm not a kid.

:lol: no you 're just a :baby: ,extreme reaction from your part ! you might want to calm down a little !

ioni
Mar 19th, 2007, 05:51 PM
I disagree with you...I'm a huge ELENA DEMENTIEVA fan and also a fan from ROGER FEDERER and I have to say, for me would be better to put just the top seeds on their way than low seeds
low seeds are desparete to win and they have nothing to lose
and the top ranked player has a way more pressure

So, if you ask me: pick a draw to Lena and Roger, easy one or hard one?
I would say, wihtout blink: HARD ONE

so yeah, play low ranked players can be a way worse sometimes....

a hard draw for Roger ? :eek: :help:

Kipling
Mar 19th, 2007, 06:20 PM
Who cares who Maria has to play? She can't control anything but the way she plays. If she is healthy and in form, she can win this. Against *anybody*. If not, she will struggle.

That goes for every one of the top players. An off day and they will get bounced. No one is immune to that. Look at the carnage that happened in the 4th round at IW if you need an example. Only 2 of 8 favorites advanced that day.

Honestly, if Maria had Henin, Kuznetsova, Mauresmo, Hingis, Clijsters and both Williams in her path, and each of them lost before playing Maria, people would still find a way to say Maria had it easy. That is the nature of the beast when you make more money than the rest combined. She is hated because she is a success story.

Fact is, Maria, just like anybody else, will have to play the players who win their matches. She isn't playing prospective or potential matches. And she isn't afraid of anybody.

ioni
Mar 19th, 2007, 06:28 PM
Who cares who Maria has to play? She can't control anything but the way she plays. If she is healthy and in form, she can win this. Against *anybody*. If not, she will struggle.

That goes for every one of the top players. An off day and they will get bounced. No one is immune to that. Look at the carnage that happened in the 4th round at IW if you need an example. Only 2 of 8 favorites advanced that day.

Honestly, if Maria had Henin, Kuznetsova, Mauresmo, Hingis, Clijsters and both Williams in her path, and each of them lost before playing Maria, people would still find a way to say Maria had it easy. That is the nature of the beast when you make more money than the rest combined. She is hated because she is a success story.

Fact is, Maria, just like anybody else, will have to play the players who win their matches. She isn't playing prospective or potential matches. And she isn't afraid of anybody.

tought so as well ,as long as she is in a good form than the draw doesn't count ! why don't they understand that ? it isn't the draw the reason that she lost in IW cause she had to deal with players that she can beat ..she lost because she wasn't in a good form ,case closed the draw doesn't coun't !

XCoco
Mar 19th, 2007, 07:07 PM
:lol: no you 're just a :baby: ,extreme reaction from your part ! you might want to calm down a little !

Sorry, but I didn't attack you, so I don't know why you're complaining. I just wrote what I was thinking.

tought so as well ,as long as she is in a good form than the draw doesn't count ! why don't they understand that ? it isn't the draw the reason that she lost in IW cause she had to deal with players that she can beat ..she lost because she wasn't in a good form ,case closed the draw doesn't coun't !

Oh please, I really don't understand because you're always changing your mind.
I know the draw doesn't count if she is in a good shape, but as much as you know, she isn't. And you want her to get a tough draw... So, I don't know what your true opinion is.

Anyway, I don't care... End of the discussion.

Natasc
Mar 19th, 2007, 07:09 PM
a hard draw for Roger ? :eek: :help:

hey..are you forgetting what he did to andy in Auzie'07?
gonzo..and others...the guy play better when he face the tops
thats why if you wanna win over him you should get a 1round against him or something like this...

and yes, I agree with you and I Heart Masha, but I still think that is also something going on her mind those days....
nothing, to worry IMO...

LDF
Mar 19th, 2007, 07:17 PM
R2: Chan/Llagostera Vives
R3: Venus :scared:
R4: Serena :scared: (or Lucie)
QF: Nicole
SF: Sveta/Martina
F: ?

Oh my. :o

Lefty.
Mar 19th, 2007, 07:18 PM
Oh dear. :o We'll see how Round 2 goes first and then we'll start thinking about round 3. :help:

Kim's_fan_4ever
Mar 19th, 2007, 07:19 PM
You wanned a tough draw? You got one :lol:
Venus in the 3rd and she gets past her there's Serena in the 4R.
She couldn't get tougher draw.

XCoco
Mar 19th, 2007, 07:20 PM
R2: Chan/Llagostera Vives
R3: Venus :scared:
R4: Serena :scared: (or Lucie)
QF: Nicole
SF: Sveta/Martina
F: ?

Oh my. :o

Thanks for posting...
OMG, she can meet Venus in third if she gets through the second round and Serena in fourth :eek: .
Good luck Maria ;) .

Princeza
Mar 19th, 2007, 07:26 PM
she will need luck for sure

Lefty.
Mar 19th, 2007, 07:41 PM
Fuck ESPN for not starting coverage until the R16. :rolleyes:

I'm even more worried about Maria's serve now. :help: It's definitely going to be under a lot of pressure.

Kipling
Mar 19th, 2007, 07:49 PM
You have to wonder if somebody at ESPN had a hand in that draw, just to make it interesting.

I doubt that a player at the elite level gives two cents about who they might possibly play--it's about who they are playing next.

Right now, Maria needs to worry about round 2, just play her game. If she does that, she can beat either/both Williams. Anyone who's seen them play knows that. If they all win a match or two, things might get interesting, but that's a long way off. Bammer, Saferova, Kirilenko will all have a say in how it shakes out as well.

Kipling
Mar 19th, 2007, 07:52 PM
Fuck ESPN for not starting coverage until the R16. :rolleyes:

I'm even more worried about Maria's serve now. :help: It's definitely going to be under a lot of pressure.


I might be seeing that one live on Sunday.

Don't be so quick to write Maria off. She can break serve as well as anyone--especially when she needs to.

She'll be mad and motivated. There's nothing as scary as a woman scorned...

dybbuk
Mar 19th, 2007, 08:34 PM
ah crap. that is the worst draw imaginable! :o

Venus then Serena? Venus was amazing in the Memphis final, I am worried about her alone, forget Serena for the moment. I do hope/wish that Maria's serve is much better, Venus will be looking for it. She was 3/4's of the way to the service line, blasting return winners against Peer. Maria can do it though :hug: :yeah:

Lefty.
Mar 19th, 2007, 08:34 PM
I might be seeing that one live on Sunday.

Don't be so quick to write Maria off. She can break serve as well as anyone--especially when she needs to.

She'll be mad and motivated. There's nothing as scary as a woman scorned...

I don't think she's going to survive on just breaking serve though, esp. with this draw.

I sure hope she is motivated, she's going to need all the motivation she's got to get through this.

Mikey B
Mar 19th, 2007, 08:43 PM
OMG! LOL! Have u heard about the draw???

we were talking about tough draws and thats what she's got!!!! Venus/Kirilenko in the 3rd, Serena in the 4th, Nicole Vaidisova in the quarters, Kuznetsova in the semi's and Justine in the final!!!

quite interesting how we were questioning draws and toughness etc.. i guess we got what we wanted, and we'll see how she plays agaisnt a draw like this....

Emina.
Mar 19th, 2007, 08:44 PM
R2: Chan/Llagostera Vives
R3: Venus :scared:
R4: Serena :scared: (or Lucie)
QF: Nicole
SF: Sveta/Martina
F: ?



OMG!...:(

Shimizu Amon
Mar 19th, 2007, 09:04 PM
I don't like this draw :sad:
Well Masha is gonna step up her game and she's gonna win the tournament :cough: ;).

Andy.
Mar 19th, 2007, 09:12 PM
Could she have gotten a worse draw this is just crap. Poor Masha she is already under so much pressure and struggling and now this. Thi is going to be tough.

Maria Croft
Mar 19th, 2007, 09:32 PM
This has got to be her worst draw ever :lol:

I can't wait to see what she's gonna do with this though, this could turn very ugly or maybe these next two weeks could be awesome :D

Andy.
Mar 19th, 2007, 09:35 PM
Who knows this might be what she needs to get that spek back in her game. I cant say Im confident but Masha has suprised us before.

Il Primo!
Mar 19th, 2007, 09:58 PM
No more cakewalk draws excuses this time for haters! Maria can go through this.
Vamos :bounce:

Kitten63
Mar 19th, 2007, 10:40 PM
What a fucked up draw.
Good luck Masha!

Steve-o
Mar 19th, 2007, 10:49 PM
:haha: They couldn't of hand picked a worse draw :eek: oh well, maybe Maria can surprise us all..... She could take out both of the WS, now that would be fun ;)

Dan23
Mar 19th, 2007, 11:09 PM
interesting draw :p
good opportunity for some tough matches if Maria is up for them....dont be writing her off

Kipling
Mar 19th, 2007, 11:12 PM
I don't think she's going to survive on just breaking serve though, esp. with this draw.

I sure hope she is motivated, she's going to need all the motivation she's got to get through this.


Didn't say she'd have to rely on it. Even in her worst serving performances, she gets enough free points with her first serve and hits enough winners to be "in" every game she plays. It isn't like she's losing her all of her service games at love.

She struggled last week because she hit 150 unforced errors in three matches. You do that, you aren't going to win very often. She hits a third less UEs, she gets by Vera in two. She was rusty. She has enough game to beat 95% of the players out there even serving double digit DFs. Hopefully she learned a lesson and has hit the practice court this past week.

Tired of hearing all this shit about the Williams. All because of one match in a tournament where Maria was clearly subpar from the start. Watch her wipe the court with Venus at Miami '05 and Zurich '04, when her game wasn't anywhere near as developed as it is now, and when Williams was closer to being at her best. If Masha is "on", she can make this easy.

Effy
Mar 20th, 2007, 12:18 AM
Didn't say she'd have to rely on it. Even in her worst serving performances, she gets enough free points with her first serve and hits enough winners to be "in" every game she plays. It isn't like she's losing her all of her service games at love.

She struggled last week because she hit 150 unforced errors in three matches. You do that, you aren't going to win very often. She hits a third less UEs, she gets by Vera in two. She was rusty. She has enough game to beat 95% of the players out there even serving double digit DFs. Hopefully she learned a lesson and has hit the practice court this past week.

Tired of hearing all this shit about the Williams. All because of one match in a tournament where Maria was clearly subpar from the start. Watch her wipe the court with Venus at Miami '05 and Zurich '04, when her game wasn't anywhere near as developed as it is now, and when Williams was closer to being at her best. If Masha is "on", she can make this easy.

respect :worship: :yeah:

JimM
Mar 20th, 2007, 12:33 AM
I doubt if she is 100% fit, and has been struggling since the pre-season EXO in HK. If she plays, I hope she does not aggravate whatever injury is the problem - leg or shoulder.

The last thing she needs is to get pasted again by one of the Williamses.

Crap draw for Lil Masha as well. :(

TennisPlayingFox
Mar 20th, 2007, 12:56 AM
A rough draw, I believe in Masha to get through this though! Good luck Maria!

meggz_star
Mar 20th, 2007, 01:05 AM
Quite an interesting draw :eek:. Maria's a fighter and can get through these matches.

Best of luck to her :yeah:

AH85
Mar 20th, 2007, 04:01 AM
it's a really tought draw, the draw from hell! but i think she can still go far, she is a fighter, and she'll fight. i would rather her playing players who are up at her level then having it easy until the last few rounds

Stroba
Mar 20th, 2007, 07:55 AM
Iīm happy with this draw. If she can get past Venus and Serena, it can only be good for her confidence. Of course, with Mariaīs current form, itīs a BIG if.

I wasnīt able to see any Maria matches from IW, but sounds like she is still stuggling with her serve. I donīt know if itīs only confidence-related, but if it is, I think itīs only good for Maria having tough matches early on that might fire her up and get the best out of her.

Maria Croft
Mar 20th, 2007, 09:40 AM
IF she can past Venus and Serena (if all of them make the 3rd and 4th round that is) it will do wonders for her confidence, if she would lose early however.....that would just be aweful for her confidence I think.

xan
Mar 20th, 2007, 02:47 PM
Why does Maria get such crap draws!

unseeded player Venus

Low seed Serena!

tennisjunky
Mar 20th, 2007, 03:53 PM
not happy one bit, the worse draw she's had yet. she is a fighter and that means a lot, she could surprise a lot of people. if she was playing like normal i would have faith, but i'm a little unsure. think if she gets past venus, she'll also beat serena. venus scares me for both maria and for serena.

schorsch
Mar 20th, 2007, 04:26 PM
at least she's gonna look hot :D i hope she's gonna wear the new dresses (in the image thread) she seems to do fine when she's wearing hot apparel.

(us open / san diego....)

Kipling
Mar 20th, 2007, 04:44 PM
Brashkoala says TTC will be airing men's and women's matches starting 3/24--that means the possibility of at least one and maybe two Masha matches on the tube this weekend.

I can't record these since I'll be down there--I hope someone with TTC wil record them and share.

I want to see how I look on TV.

;)

LDF
Mar 20th, 2007, 06:34 PM
Brashkoala says TTC will be airing men's and women's matches starting 3/24--that means the possibility of at least one and maybe two Masha matches on the tube this weekend.

I can't record these since I'll be down there--I hope someone with TTC wil record them and share.

I want to see how I look on TV.

;)

Eurosport's coverage doesn't start until the 4th round :(

I still can't believe that 2 of my 3 favourite players will definitely be gone so early in the tournament. :o

Kipling
Mar 20th, 2007, 06:38 PM
Eurosport's coverage doesn't start until the 4th round :(

I still can't believe that 2 of my 3 favourite players will definitely be gone so early in the tournament. :o


This may be the first time in history that American TV has better coverage of a women's event than Europe.

Well, the good news for you is that the one who survives probably becomes the favorite to win the tournament. Or at least a co-favorite.

Mikey B
Mar 20th, 2007, 06:51 PM
i think that this has been done for ratings purposes..

this way 3 of the biggest names in the sport are almost garunteed (sp?) to face off... if venus, serena, and maria were scheduled to meet later on in the tourney, in the quarters, semi's or even the final then there's no way of being sure that the 3 of them will survive, but by having them so close together so early they have a couple of matches that are worthy of grand slam status...

schorsch
Mar 20th, 2007, 11:11 PM
thats what i thought, too. totally otherwise they wouldnt have taken the pre pacific life open rankings... last year the took the post plo rankings...

grrr, i hope masha will kick their butts. this way a title will mean so much more. you know beating such strong players from the 3rd round on. not even a grand slam is this hard ! ! !

Sharapova's_Boy
Mar 21st, 2007, 04:00 AM
Davai Masha.

dybbuk
Mar 21st, 2007, 04:18 AM
Eurosport's coverage doesn't start until the 4th round :(

I still can't believe that 2 of my 3 favourite players will definitely be gone so early in the tournament. :o

I know. Lucie, Maria K, Maria S, Serena, and Venus. Only one will make it. :sobbing:

AH85
Mar 21st, 2007, 04:48 AM
at least you guys see it, we don't get wta events on tv in australia, only the final or semis of some events. i know some people who have satellites for eurosport. any aussies know if fox is showing the last stages of miami?

Shimizu Amon
Mar 21st, 2007, 05:30 AM
:worship: :bounce: GO MASHA! DO YOUR THING HONEY!:worship: :bounce:

bellascarlett
Mar 21st, 2007, 06:25 AM
Wow just wow...:eek:

Dan, where's that fainting smiley??? lol be good to bring that out to express how I feel about this crap of a draw. It would have been better if Masha was playing with confidence and serving well...but nooooo....

*sigh* and all the arrogance at GM just turns me off...bleh...havent been posting there for days...

I just hop for the best for Maria...cant stress enough how impt her serve will be. :awww:

Kipling
Mar 21st, 2007, 06:38 PM
Along with most (all?) of you I've been a little bummed at Maria's stroke of luck, and her play, lately, and have been searching for some answers. Maybe part of that is due to the lambasting she's taken over in GM. Reading this thread at Maria's forum put things into perspective for me:

http://bb.twiihosting.net/sharapova/viewtopic.php?t=2021

This post, in particular, says alot:



"I agree with Pen84guins. Let's see: Finalist at Melbourne... that's bad? Pulls a hamstring in Tokyo and has to nurse it, comes back up with her serve a bit dicey... I have to say, if this represents the worst downturn Maria experiences in her career, then she really will be the luckiest girl in the world.

So she was out of Indian Wells before the quarterfinals? Well, [B]so were Hingis, Jankovic, Petrova, Chakvetadze, Safina, and Ivanovic. (Kuznetsova was the only top ten woman still standing at that point and she fell in the end.) On the men's side, Blake went down early, Hewitt, Safin and the mighty Federer himself!

Interesting that in none of those cases did we read dire warnings of career-theatening disaster.

I would have liked to read a story about why so many of the top tens prematurely crashed and burned in the desert--but I did not get to. Granted, the subject is probably too deep for "Friday Night Lights" mentalities poorly equipped to comment on global sports.

But I suspect that, if you check back, you'll find that many of the ominous prognoses are penned by pundits who have dug Maria's grave at every opportunity since the morning after she won Wimbledon in 2004. Agendas are being polished there and I take them with a grain of salt.

Sure, I'm a FAN, bigtime. To me, Maria is the greatest thing to come along since the Internet, and will be throughout her career, whatever her ups and downs. But I've seen enough in my life to feel safe ignoring the doomsayers. She has many wonderful surprises ahead for us.

BTW, I'm totally proud about Maria's forthcoming participation in the Fed Cup. There's a great little MP3 interview with her through the Fed Cup site at www.fedcup.com."

***************

And with that, I am going to sign off by saying that I will be cheering for Maria through thick and thin, this weekend and forever, and no one is going to make me feel bad about it. I feel like I am going into battle--I will try and pull her through, from way up in the nosebleed section, but these Williams fans are going to be obnoxious, I fear. It could be ugly. I will go down swinging, however.

Looks like I'll get to watch Masha twice in person.

Take care, enjoy the tennis on TV, and I'll "talk" to you guys and gals next week when I get back from Miami.


Brent

Dan23
Mar 21st, 2007, 11:06 PM
Have fun and cheer loudly :wavey:

Apparently that shoot Maria did for Vogue is in this months US Issue

Winfield
Mar 22nd, 2007, 08:12 PM
Man I actually live in Miami... this would be my chance to actually see Masha live. Wonder if I should go? Wonder how much the tix are for reasonable seats.

schorsch
Mar 22nd, 2007, 08:41 PM
DO IT!

there's nothing like seeing masha live and feeling like a gnome, because of it... hehe j/k. no, i mean just do it. it'll be fun.

ImaVeggie
Mar 22nd, 2007, 11:09 PM
Man I actually live in Miami... this would be my chance to actually see Masha live. Wonder if I should go? Wonder how much the tix are for reasonable seats.

Go see Maria live!!! What are you waiting for? Get a ticket!

Il Primo!
Mar 22nd, 2007, 11:18 PM
not happy one bit, the worse draw she's had yet. she is a fighter and that means a lot, she could surprise a lot of people. if she was playing like normal i would have faith, but i'm a little unsure. think if she gets past venus, she'll also beat serena. venus scares me for both maria and for serena.

Same thoughts. For having seen Venus destroy Peer and serve/return like a killer, I'd say Venus is probably the hardest test for Maria. She has to fix her game in the 2nd round if she wants to try to beat her.

Dan23
Mar 22nd, 2007, 11:22 PM
Its well worth going to see Maria play...you'll find yourself yelling CMON and VAMOS along with her! :lol: :cool:

Maria Croft
Mar 22nd, 2007, 11:29 PM
Its well worth going to see Maria play...you'll find yourself yelling CMON and VAMOS along with her! :lol: :cool:


I even do that in front of the TV :lol:

Steve-o
Mar 22nd, 2007, 11:31 PM
So Joyce isn't with Maria at the moment due to his mother being very sick, just add this to the list of problems...... I wonder, will Yuri do the on court coaching?

Mikey B
Mar 22nd, 2007, 11:54 PM
ah, cool mini doodle... hope the joyce fam are okay...

wonder if yuri will do the coaching? would be very, very interesting if he does... every camera and mic would be on those two at the end of sets if he does come on!!!!

Dan23
Mar 23rd, 2007, 12:20 AM
This is not a normal Maria doodle. I just wanted to let you know that I am without my coach Michael Joyce this week because his mother has been very sick. This is the first tournament since 2004 that I have been without Michael and it is so wierd. I wanted to share this with all my fans because I know once people notice Michael is not in my player box or on my practice court, rumors will start to spread. My heart and prayers are with Michael and his family.

Maria
hope things are ok for Michael

Dan23
Mar 23rd, 2007, 12:21 AM
I even do that in front of the TV :lol:
yea me too :hehehe:
..doing it at the matches is more fun because Maria can probably hear you as well :lol:

AH85
Mar 23rd, 2007, 02:21 AM
watching her on tv is great, seeing her play in person is even better. i was just in awe when i watched her play last year (which was the last time i saw her)

Pink Princess
Mar 23rd, 2007, 02:31 AM
http://img444.imageshack.us/img444/7783/mashasp5.png

Go Masha!

Pink Princesshttp://1000smilies.com/princess2.gif

Porcupine
Mar 23rd, 2007, 02:42 AM
I even do that in front of the TV :lol:

Is there anyone of us who doesn't? :lol:

Shimizu Amon
Mar 23rd, 2007, 05:03 AM
Well the best of luck for Michael and his family, hope everything turns out to be okay.

Shimizu Amon
Mar 23rd, 2007, 05:03 AM
I even do that in front of the TV :lol:

I don't even wanna go there, the things I do in front of the TV during a Masha match :lol:

Lefty.
Mar 23rd, 2007, 05:12 AM
I usually try to run the elliptical while she's playing, so probably the stuff in front of a TV I would do is all mental. :p

Maria Croft
Mar 23rd, 2007, 09:17 AM
hope things are ok for Michael

It's nice that she lets us know :)

XCoco
Mar 23rd, 2007, 03:07 PM
That sucks, Maria doesn't play today... Anyway, Eurosport will might broadcast the match :D .

By the way, I hope all is ok with Michael ;) .

miura
Mar 23rd, 2007, 03:22 PM
Eurosport doesn't start broadcasting from Miami before Monday (quarters) for me :(

Winfield
Mar 23rd, 2007, 03:54 PM
Its well worth going to see Maria play...you'll find yourself yelling CMON and VAMOS along with her! :lol: :cool:

Where can I see the dates she's playing on?

(-clueless-)

Princeza
Mar 23rd, 2007, 04:19 PM
Man I actually live in Miami... this would be my chance to actually see Masha live. Wonder if I should go? Wonder how much the tix are for reasonable seats.

yes u should go if it's not too late to have tickets

See her live is great, it's totally different from Tv (for me)
Not to mention that to see Yuri moving his hands and shouting vamos during a match is priceless

Lefty.
Mar 23rd, 2007, 04:23 PM
Where can I see the dates she's playing on?

(-clueless-)

She should definitely be playing tomorrow as she isn't in the schedule today and the other half of the second round would be tomorrow.

Lefty.
Mar 23rd, 2007, 04:24 PM
yes u should go if it's not too late to have tickets

See her live is great, it's totally different from Tv (for me)
Not to mention that to see Yuri moving his hands and shouting vamos during a match is priceless

:spit: Yes it is priceless. :lol: :p

xan
Mar 23rd, 2007, 05:20 PM
Sad about Michael.

But Go Maria! We're rooting for you.

Mikey B
Mar 23rd, 2007, 11:07 PM
would be a great time to be in the stadium 2morow, maria, venus, serena all in one night!!! good luck in the 2nd round... im hoping that she brings on yuri at the end of the sets and hopefully he will bring out her killer instincts!!! lol!

eurosport viewers do u think we'll get to see the third round matches, (that hopefully include maria!!) as maria is playing her 2nd round match 2morow i doubt she'll be playing the very next day... miami is sort'ov like a slam, they giv players a day off after matches right? and eurosports coverage begins on monday...

if it ends up being maria vs venus, they know thats gona get alot of viewers so i think they'll schedule it to make sure that most tv networks and stations can watch that match...

dybbuk
Mar 23rd, 2007, 11:50 PM
TTC coverage starts tommorow, I am hoping to see both Ana and Maria :unsure:

Winfield
Mar 24th, 2007, 01:09 AM
She should definitely be playing tomorrow as she isn't in the schedule today and the other half of the second round would be tomorrow.

Hmm... day or night? I've decided to go. :) "CMON!!"

Lefty.
Mar 24th, 2007, 01:16 AM
Hmm... day or night? I've decided to go. :) "CMON!!"

She's the second day match tomorrow. :) If you can stay longer, Venus and Makiri should be a fun match to stay for too. :)

~Kiera~
Mar 24th, 2007, 01:27 AM
http://tennisworld.typepad.com/thewrap/2007/03/kb_rosenberg_go.html

Later, I walked past a few practice courts with WTA players. Here are a few of the pairings I noticed...

Svetlana Kuznetsova and Maria Sharapova. Intense practice. They played out points, both of them hugging the baseline and hitting shots right on the lines, so it almost looked like they were hitting rapid half-volleys. After one scorching return of serve by Kuznetsova that nailed the sideline, Sharapova examined the line, looking for a mark for a good 15 seconds. Was she practicing for instant replay?

ioni
Mar 24th, 2007, 07:20 AM
good luck Maria against Chan ,today ! a 2 sets win pleasee ! :rocker2:

Shimizu Amon
Mar 24th, 2007, 08:01 AM
Can't wait for the match to come.

Come on Maria! Start kicking some ass!

Maria Croft
Mar 24th, 2007, 08:33 AM
Good luck Maria! :D

Andy.
Mar 24th, 2007, 09:06 AM
Good to see her practicing with the other top players. Hopefully these few days have helped her serve. Good luck today Masha

Kim's_fan_4ever
Mar 24th, 2007, 09:08 AM
Good luck Maria today, time to kick some ass :drool:

brokenflowers
Mar 24th, 2007, 10:41 AM
All the best to Masha!

XCoco
Mar 24th, 2007, 10:43 AM
Good luck, Maria! :yeah: . I can't wait for the match :bounce: .

Adal
Mar 24th, 2007, 12:39 PM
GL Masha

dybbuk
Mar 24th, 2007, 01:29 PM
good luck, Maria :kiss:

straight set win, please! :bounce:

daniela86
Mar 24th, 2007, 02:00 PM
Davai Maria :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: Don't choke please :unsure: :bounce:

xan
Mar 24th, 2007, 02:05 PM
Later, I walked past a few practice courts with WTA players. Here are a few of the pairings I noticed...

Svetlana Kuznetsova and Maria Sharapova. Intense practice. They played out points, both of them hugging the baseline and hitting shots right on the lines, so it almost looked like they were hitting rapid half-volleys. After one scorching return of serve by Kuznetsova that nailed the sideline, Sharapova examined the line, looking for a mark for a good 15 seconds. Was she practicing for instant replay?

:lol:

Good to hear of maria and Kuzzie practising hard. They're probably hoping for a repeat matching of the 2006 final.

All the best, Maria!

DaniMasha3
Mar 24th, 2007, 02:37 PM
Good Luck Masha

morningglory
Mar 24th, 2007, 04:31 PM
sigh I'm a bit worried her coach isn't there...

perseus2006
Mar 24th, 2007, 05:08 PM
The scoreboard is set!

The time is now.

Lets hope for some good tennis, Pova Style!!!

Shriek on, Pova!

markspot
Mar 24th, 2007, 05:23 PM
The match is live on Eurosport France,
but not on Eurosport International nor on British Eurosport, it seems

Princeza
Mar 24th, 2007, 05:56 PM
1st set 6-3 vamos

XCoco
Mar 24th, 2007, 06:00 PM
63 :banana: ... Her serve sucked sometimes at the begining, now it's quite ok ;) .
Some good returns from her too :cool: .

Adal
Mar 24th, 2007, 06:13 PM
Serve isn't getting MUCH better, but still not too bad for now. Saved all breakpoints faced (5/5) so hasn't been broken yet.
6-3 3-0

XCoco
Mar 24th, 2007, 06:24 PM
ah! It's raining. The match is suspended.

Adal
Mar 24th, 2007, 06:59 PM
This is her outfit btw:
http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070324/capt.989b8d2d9e234487859558b4fd1a588d.sony_ericsso n_open_tennis_flla111.jpg?x=208&y=345&sig=CONeVcfcy28UdE_XA_Ljww--

Lefty.
Mar 24th, 2007, 07:05 PM
This is her outfit btw:
http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070324/capt.989b8d2d9e234487859558b4fd1a588d.sony_ericsso n_open_tennis_flla111.jpg?x=208&y=345&sig=CONeVcfcy28UdE_XA_Ljww--

A few more:

http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070324/capt.f821d525d2504ec895cf371f1c56c644.sony_ericsso n_open_tennis_flla110.jpg

http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070324/capt.42533bff8e2541c89cf8b53797f98558.key_biscayne _tennis_flla112.jpg

http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070324/capt.e6c5be3685d441d9afdb731d5e974a55.sony_ericsso n_open_tennis_flla116.jpg

http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070324/capt.0d75c72e80ea4d238102996c5bfd84ff.sony_ericsso n_open_tennis_flla117.jpg

http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070324/capt.f49fd3f5d09b4c2a92fdaea303675b3b.sony_ericsso n_open_tennis_flla120.jpg

http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070324/capt.b207ac854df24073a9a635ce1f9c8d51.sony_ericsso n_open_tennis_flla121.jpg

http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070324/capt.cd3f3718a59c4691b5ceda9e78ccb6a6.sony_ericsso n_open_tennis_flla122.jpg

http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20070324/capt.66f841e320a84a67ab8c1dc2583c2a4c.sony_ericsso n_open_tennis_flla123.jpg

XCoco
Mar 24th, 2007, 07:06 PM
Well done, Maria :banana: , 6-3 6-2.

Lefty.
Mar 24th, 2007, 07:07 PM
Good, 6-3, 6-2. Still there was that one game with like 3 dfs or something; can't do that in her next match whether she plays Makiri or Venus.

Mikey B
Mar 24th, 2007, 07:13 PM
63 62! go maria!!

best match in a while it seems.. hopefully this is the start of something great!!!

nice to see pics of her already, didnt think i'd like the outfit but she looks really good in it...

Teemu
Mar 24th, 2007, 07:14 PM
Congrats Maria! :)

Maria Croft
Mar 24th, 2007, 07:14 PM
Not broken today, that's good :D
Looks like she is slowly finding her serve again, hope it's enough to get past Venus though.

Nice outfit, not what I was hoping to see but at least it's different :)

Well done Maria! :yeah:

the cat
Mar 24th, 2007, 07:24 PM
Eight double faults in a straight set win is unacceptable. :( Maria needs to clean up her serve before the majors come or she won't be making deep runs in those majors.

XCoco
Mar 24th, 2007, 07:25 PM
Not a bad match despite that serve. She has to improve it in the next round :scared: .

Best of luck Maria ;) .

Not bad her outfit by the way :) .

shad9480
Mar 24th, 2007, 07:28 PM
Congrats Masha. Now good luck in the next round :scared: . New outfit. Showing off her :drool: legs nicely...loving it :inlove: .

nelsondan
Mar 24th, 2007, 07:43 PM
Congrats Masha. Now good luck in the next round :scared: . New outfit. Showing off her :drool: legs nicely...loving it :inlove: .

She looks a little thinner than a couple weeks ago, or, it is the outfit, or, I am just imagining it.

Confident
Mar 24th, 2007, 07:52 PM
Congrats on winning the first match here:bounce: But the double faults...
Oh, I like the new outfit a lot!:worship:

Kitten63
Mar 24th, 2007, 07:59 PM
Well done Masha!
Nice outfit too.

morningglory
Mar 24th, 2007, 09:25 PM
well... winning the Dementieva way I see... still Elena D doesn't win that many points on her 2nd serve

Steve-o
Mar 24th, 2007, 10:40 PM
Nice scoreline but the df's are still there, it's a result to build on though.

Shimizu Amon
Mar 24th, 2007, 11:37 PM
Congrats Masha on your nice win. It seems to me that she's improving.
Hopefully she can step it up in her upcoming match. She needs to.

Good luck Masha.

Well I hoped for another outfit then the one she is wearing, but hey it beats the AO dress.

-SheLL-
Mar 25th, 2007, 12:23 AM
:bounce: Go Maria!!

dybbuk
Mar 25th, 2007, 01:30 AM
still not as good as we know Masha is capable of, but still a much cleaner match than she has been having lately. she's improving it seems :)

Lefty.
Mar 25th, 2007, 02:41 AM
Oh dear, Venus coming up. I just hope that Maria will be up for the occasion and that she can serve much better than today.

dybbuk
Mar 25th, 2007, 03:05 AM
so excited for that match! :bounce:

swissmr
Mar 25th, 2007, 03:10 AM
If Maria was playing like she was at the end of last year, I would be excited; but the way she is playing lately, I'm just worried.
Still, Maria might just step it up and if she does win it could be the huge confidence booster that she needs.
IMO confidence is all that is missing from her at the moment.

CDGS22
Mar 25th, 2007, 04:23 AM
Maria just has to stay mentally tough and take it to Venus. the moment Venus thinks she has Maria in a corner she will destroy her. Maria just has to play hard the entire time...which she always does anyway... We just all have to stay positive.

schorsch
Mar 25th, 2007, 05:02 AM
swissmr... we share the exact same thoughts. i just wrote that today in my blog. confidence + what a match this could be :-) imagine a us open masha against vee... wohohohhoooooooooo that would be great.

morningglory
Mar 25th, 2007, 05:08 AM
Against Venus, well... :shrug: I just don't like her chances at all...

morningglory
Mar 25th, 2007, 05:10 AM
still I know Masha can win this... needs to break Venus a lot if she can't serve consistent though... well we can just wait and see

ioni
Mar 25th, 2007, 06:24 AM
6-3 6-2 ,expected the score to be more like 7-5 6-4 ,so it's not bad..well done Maria ,good luck next round ! :clap2: :yeah: :rocker2:

Adal
Mar 25th, 2007, 06:29 AM
Stadium: 11:00 AM Start

1. Women's Singles: 3rd Round
Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) vs. Martina Hingis (SUI) [5]

Not Before 1:00 PM
2. Men's Singles: 2nd Round
Carlos Moya (ESP) [27] vs. Fabrice Santoro (FRA)

3. Men's Singles: 3rd Round
Gilles Simon (FRA) [32] vs. Andy Roddick (USA) [3]

4. Women's Singles: 3rd Round
Maria Sharapova (RUS) [1] vs. Venus Williams (USA)

Maria Croft
Mar 25th, 2007, 08:08 AM
I think we are all :unsure: for this match.

Hope she can find a way to win.
Fight for every point Maria! :rocker2:

Good luck Maria!

jacobruiz
Mar 25th, 2007, 08:20 AM
Guys, don't forget that Maria beat Venus in 2 sets 6-4 6-3 right there at Miami in 2005. And Venus was playing very well, too. And Maria had just beaten Justine in the round before.

I really think, besides her injuries, the difference is her CONFIDENCE. If Maria could get back some of the fearlessness she felt at 17 .... anything would be possible!

But we'll just have to see how things pan out tomorrow.:shrug:

~lollipop_girl~
Mar 25th, 2007, 09:17 AM
ok I know I am slow but :eek: at the draw... ok next, great win Masha :banana: I must admit I was :scared: a little about it but u proved me wrong :hug:
good luck next match :scared:

Princeza
Mar 25th, 2007, 09:23 AM
She looks a little thinner than a couple weeks ago, or, it is the outfit, or, I am just imagining it.

i thought the same


Congrats Masha now beat the sisters, vamos!

Dan23
Mar 25th, 2007, 10:54 AM
good to see a comfortable win to start this tournament :clap2:

all the best in the 3rd Round Masha :yeah:



btw I doubt Maria is noticably gaining and/or losing weight between these tournaments...

Princeza
Mar 25th, 2007, 10:56 AM
btw I doubt Maria is gaining and then losing weight between these tournaments...

true, was probably the outfit
still she seemed fitter for me :shrug:

Emina.
Mar 25th, 2007, 10:58 AM
C'mon Masha!! :) good luck against Veeee !!! :D

swissmr
Mar 25th, 2007, 12:29 PM
Gutted this match won't be televised :fiery:
Still, watching the scoreboard for a couple of hours is almost as good :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

Lefty.
Mar 25th, 2007, 04:17 PM
Good luck today Masha. :yeah: Just go out there playing your game. :yeah:

Shoulderpova
Mar 25th, 2007, 05:38 PM
would be pleased if she can take a set off Venus :)

TaliaSecondServe
Mar 25th, 2007, 06:40 PM
there is no chance the match will be shown on ES-2? Probably "no comment" way.. Damn, how can they miss such a historic match!!! I can't believe it. What we'll have instead? Kind of handball or something?

Anyway, GOOD LUCK, Maria!!!

Сузи
Mar 25th, 2007, 07:31 PM
I hate ESPN 2 they have barely shown any tennis coverage this year :( . But good luck to Maria in todays match! :yeah:

Shimizu Amon
Mar 25th, 2007, 07:34 PM
GO MASHA!


KICK HER ASS!! OR JUST WIN!! :bounce:

morningglory
Mar 25th, 2007, 08:47 PM
ARod is finished. Masha Vs Venus up next... hopefully Masha won't be humiliated like at AO...

Emina.
Mar 25th, 2007, 08:50 PM
OMG!! C'mon Maria just take your chances please :D

Mikey B
Mar 25th, 2007, 08:52 PM
come on maria!!! i know you can prove everyone wrong and win this one! ur the underdog, use that mentality!!! (number 1 seed underdog! lol!)

really annoying that we cant watch it live, have to settle for point tracker!!!

good luck maria, just play the best u can...

morningglory
Mar 25th, 2007, 08:56 PM
Gotta serve well, that's crucial! Hopefully Masha doesn't miss much on the groundstrokes too... and no CHOKING!

morningglory
Mar 25th, 2007, 09:06 PM
So it has begun....

bellascarlett
Mar 25th, 2007, 09:07 PM
Is anybody watching????

Go Mashaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!! :bounce:

Mikey B
Mar 25th, 2007, 09:07 PM
wow a break!!!! keep it up!!!

Emina.
Mar 25th, 2007, 09:09 PM
C'mon C'mon C'mon!!!

morningglory
Mar 25th, 2007, 09:11 PM
Masha has the early edge! Gogogo!!!

Emina.
Mar 25th, 2007, 09:12 PM
yaaay keep it up Mashenka please!!!

bellascarlett
Mar 25th, 2007, 09:22 PM
and her first df to give away the break...:(

Masha please!!!!!!! no time for dfs! fight fight fight!

morningglory
Mar 25th, 2007, 09:28 PM
.... ah it seems this match will become a dogfight

bellascarlett
Mar 25th, 2007, 09:30 PM
she really cant afford to df...:(

cmon Masha!!!

morningglory
Mar 25th, 2007, 09:30 PM
3rd Df... I have a feeling this is it...

bellascarlett
Mar 25th, 2007, 09:32 PM
oh god here we go.....:crying2:

please lord have mercy!!!!! ugh i hate her serve!

Mikey B
Mar 25th, 2007, 09:32 PM
just remember guys, if she loses its not the end of the world!!! sometimes its good to look at the situation and realise that its not the most important thing in the world...


but if she wins, then it is!!! lol!

morningglory
Mar 25th, 2007, 09:32 PM
4 games in a row now... the 1st set will be over soon if she doesn't break here...

morningglory
Mar 25th, 2007, 09:35 PM
Oy vey I wonder if Masha should let go of this game on purpose to get to serve SECOND in the 2nd set... :o I mean I like her chances returning better than her serving

bellascarlett
Mar 25th, 2007, 09:37 PM
oh i hope she holds here...please...

man i really dont know what's going on with her.

bellascarlett
Mar 25th, 2007, 09:38 PM
this is becoming a routine match...blah...

morningglory
Mar 25th, 2007, 09:40 PM
oh i hope she holds here...please...

man i really dont know what's going on with her.

Simple: she needs a new coach. Still it's not nice to fire someone right after his mother just died...

bellascarlett
Mar 25th, 2007, 09:40 PM
And a df to give away the set....shit!!!!!!!!!!! :smash:

bellascarlett
Mar 25th, 2007, 09:42 PM
Simple: she needs a new coach. Still it's not nice to fire someone right after his mother just died...

Did his mom die? I thought his mom was just sick?

I really think she should go back to Lansdorp.

Emina.
Mar 25th, 2007, 09:43 PM
soo easy for venus ..unbelievable this match will be over soon :sad:

morningglory
Mar 25th, 2007, 09:45 PM
Did his mom die? I thought his mom was just sick?

I really think she should go back to Lansdorp.

:o I thought she died... but I could've listened wrong...
Nah Landsdorp pride won't take her back, she's on her own now... Seriously maybe Martina N might do...

morningglory
Mar 25th, 2007, 09:46 PM
Hah that's why I wanted Masha to serve 2nd... see?

Lefty.
Mar 25th, 2007, 10:33 PM
She actually won the second set 6-2. :bolt:

Venus held to start the 3rd.

nelsondan
Mar 25th, 2007, 10:46 PM
http://www.livescore.com/tennis.dll

don't know if the link works.

They must have traded breaks---it is 2-1 venus in the third.

Emina.
Mar 25th, 2007, 11:08 PM
4-4

nelsondan
Mar 25th, 2007, 11:09 PM
yikes! 4-3 Maria. Fighting back is a victory in itself---ahhh---who am I kidding? She has to win!!

miura
Mar 25th, 2007, 11:33 PM
6-5, Maria up a break I think :D

miura
Mar 25th, 2007, 11:37 PM
7-5, she did it! :D

Emina.
Mar 25th, 2007, 11:38 PM
thank u so much Mashenka !!! u did it girl!! Congrats!!! :worship::bounce:

morningglory
Mar 25th, 2007, 11:41 PM
:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D
Humongous relief for all of us!
13 Df but 8 aces also with that! The thing is that Masha is forced to go for it on the 2nd serve and I think she's managed to scrape away this time. This will surely boost her confidence... still... Serena left so Masha must stay focused here...

ImaVeggie
Mar 25th, 2007, 11:41 PM
I am so happy right now but nowhere near how happy Maria must be. I am so psyched for her!:bounce:

Lefty.
Mar 25th, 2007, 11:42 PM
OHMYGODMARIAWON

She actually hit 8 aces! :bolt:

I'm slowly waiting for my heart rate to come down.

markspot
Mar 25th, 2007, 11:43 PM
All statistics very similar, including double faults.
Venus served even worse than Masha.
So Masha was lucky that Venus played recently even less

Teemu
Mar 25th, 2007, 11:44 PM
Wonderful win for Maria! :)
Should give her a lot of confidence.
Best of Luck for the next round!

Maria Croft
Mar 25th, 2007, 11:44 PM
It’s strange, but I can’t even remember the last time I was this happy about Maria winning a match :woohoo:

I was a nervous wreck for the last 2:30 hours lol, I can’t believe she actually did it, being down 1-3 in the third and two points away from defeat at 4-5 :eek: and even a double in that last game :lol: Awesome win Maria! :yeah:

Still, it didn’t look (looking at the stats) like she played that well but at this point I don’t care :bounce:

nelsondan
Mar 25th, 2007, 11:48 PM
I think it speaks well for her fitness and endurance.

Lefty.
Mar 25th, 2007, 11:53 PM
Seeing from the comments, it doesn't look like either of them played well. :lol: But she survived on grittiness and this should be great for her confidence. :D We'll see whether she gets the rematch with Serena or if she plays against Safarova. But gosh, I am so happy about that win. :D

Finally I can really concentrate on my homework now. :o

swissmr
Mar 25th, 2007, 11:54 PM
:bounce: :bounce:
I'm so happy she won!
On the other hand though, the match stats look awful :eek:

Effy
Mar 25th, 2007, 11:56 PM
Maria, keep winning plz!!! :hug: this win over Venus was very important :worship:

Dan23
Mar 25th, 2007, 11:59 PM
Really well done Masha :hug: :clap2:
Way to get the season going again...now build on this :yeah:

Spiritof42
Mar 26th, 2007, 12:02 AM
:woohoo: :bounce: :bigclap: What a relief! Great comeback win! They were both struggling on their serve in the 3rd set, but Maria showed once again what a tremendous fighter she is. I really hope she carries something positive from this into her next match.

Following the live score during this kind of match without actually seeing the action is a very stressful experience. It gives me palpitations. :lol: Sometimes the scoreboard takes a long time getting updated, and I go :crazy: wondering what's happening. As soon as the match was over I got up and did a Jimmy Connors-style (c. 1991 US Open) victory celebration. :lol:

schorsch
Mar 26th, 2007, 12:04 AM
maria... you're so friggin' awesome. WE LOVE YOU ! ! !

come on safarova kick serena's butt just to have yours kicked tomorrow or whenever.

Lefty.
Mar 26th, 2007, 12:08 AM
When was the last time she came back to win after losing the first set? It seems like it's been forever since the last time she did that.

daniela86
Mar 26th, 2007, 12:09 AM
Omg :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: I still can't believe she won :rocker2: :rocker2: :rocker2: :rocker2: :rocker2: Amazing fight Maria :yeah:!!!After last week's choke,it is such a relief to see Maria fighting and winning the important points :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :rocker2: Congrats and good luck tomorrow :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:!! Hope Maria will have a nice Williams sandwich :toothy: :rocker2: :p

morningglory
Mar 26th, 2007, 12:11 AM
Hope Maria will have a nice Williams sandwich :toothy: :rocker2: :p

If she does eat the sandwich I fear that even the whole world cannot stand against the great upheaval such as there never has been before which is destined to take place on GM :o :lol:

Maria Croft
Mar 26th, 2007, 12:15 AM
When was the last time she came back to win after losing the first set? It seems like it's been forever since the last time she did that.


She did that in Tokyo this year actually ;)

Her serve stats are not so bad actually, she does have 13 double faults, but the match lasted 2:30 hours, she served 8 Aces and even 1 on her second serve, winning 67% of first serve points, which was below 50% in the first set, so in these windy conditions that's not so terrible :)

meggz_star
Mar 26th, 2007, 12:16 AM
Congrats to Maria. What a fight :worship:

Lefty.
Mar 26th, 2007, 12:32 AM
She did that in Tokyo this year actually ;)

Her serve stats are not so bad actually, she does have 13 double faults, but the match lasted 2:30 hours, she served 8 Aces and even 1 on her second serve, winning 67% of first serve points, which was below 50% in the first set, so in these windy conditions that's not so terrible :)

Yup, somebody informed me on GM. :o That was a preferably forgetable match. :o But to do that against one of the biggest fighters in the game. :D

Kitten63
Mar 26th, 2007, 12:34 AM
Great win Masha!!

bellascarlett
Mar 26th, 2007, 12:36 AM
I don't care what others say...impt thing is Maria won!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

:bounce: :banana: :dance: :yippee:

She needed this win. Hope it helps her confidence a bit. She still has a long way to go and another heck of a match next round. But I'm glad she fought well today. She seemed to really fight for every point despite the serving issues and the missed opportunities. I'm so proud.

I take the match as it is...H2H now against Venus is 3-1. :woohoo:

Good luck next round Masha! Just believe in yourself always and trust in your capabilities...especially ummm your serve!

She got lots of aces in today which was nice. but still too many dfs. But a win is always better so good job!!!! :D

Dan23
Mar 26th, 2007, 12:47 AM
geez this really did cut up a few Venus fans :o

bellascarlett
Mar 26th, 2007, 12:55 AM
geez this really did cut up a few Venus fans :o

tell me about it...:lol: Well, most of them expected her to win.

So, Maria won, Venus lost...and look who seems to be taking over that 'Maria won' GM thread...;)

Lefty.
Mar 26th, 2007, 12:56 AM
Maria is up 4th again on Stadium Court tomorrow. :)

Sharapova's_Boy
Mar 26th, 2007, 01:03 AM
QUeeN vEE iS GoNNa RInG Da alArM!!!!11111111 MarIA STanDS nO CHancE

I love it when everyone underestimates Maria. That's when you know she's going to find a way to win, and pull through.

:worship:

Dan23
Mar 26th, 2007, 01:22 AM
QUeeN vEE iS GoNNa RInG Da alArM!!!!11111111 MarIA STanDS nO CHancE:haha:


I love it when everyone underestimates Maria. That's when you know she's going to find a way to win, and pull through.

:worship:true :yeah:

blumaroo
Mar 26th, 2007, 02:44 AM
:hearts: at her reaction when she hit that crosscourt forehand passing shot and :lol: at her yelling Vamos to herself after she shook hands. She really wanted this one. Loving the intensity.

Lefty.
Mar 26th, 2007, 02:51 AM
Maria is up 4th again on Stadium Court tomorrow. :)

Oopsies, never mind, Serena needs to play her match tomorrow, so Maria plays on Tuesday. :)

morningglory
Mar 26th, 2007, 02:55 AM
well at least GM won't erupt tomorrow... (unless lucie somehow wins...)

bellascarlett
Mar 26th, 2007, 03:05 AM
Okay I'm watching some highlights...and it shows Maria requesting for her coach....Did Yuri come on the court???? :hearts:

And if so, what did he say?

Lolagirl
Mar 26th, 2007, 03:09 AM
highlights on what channel?

bellascarlett
Mar 26th, 2007, 03:18 AM
I just exited the link...you could find it in the GM thread about her match win...one of the last pages.

bellascarlett
Mar 26th, 2007, 03:20 AM
:hearts: at her reaction when she hit that crosscourt forehand passing shot and :lol: at her yelling Vamos to herself after she shook hands. She really wanted this one. Loving the intensity.

:haha: yeah that cmon after the passing shot was hysterical. but i love it whenever she's this intense.

Adal
Mar 26th, 2007, 03:37 AM
Masha :hearts:
Kinda reminded me of 2004-2005 type with all these reactions at the end. So emotional and intense.

Shimizu Amon
Mar 26th, 2007, 04:18 AM
Amazing win, I knew she could pull it off.
Now keep improving Masha and win the next round and after that the entire tournament :yeah:.

:worship: :lol: just love the fact nobody thought she could make it in GM.

Maria Croft
Mar 26th, 2007, 05:18 AM
:hearts: at her reaction when she hit that crosscourt forehand passing shot and :lol: at her yelling Vamos to herself after she shook hands. She really wanted this one. Loving the intensity.

Her reaction after that passing shot was :hearts:

AH85
Mar 26th, 2007, 05:57 AM
hooray, maria won! :D i just saw a bit of it on eurosport news when i got home before, she's looking great

bellascarlett
Mar 26th, 2007, 06:34 AM
Okay I'm watching some highlights...and it shows Maria requesting for her coach....Did Yuri come on the court???? :hearts:

And if so, what did he say?

Just watched the match and Yuri didn't come on court. I don't get it. :confused: Are they preventing getting embarrassed or something? I mean, it's not as if Maria doesn't look to her father after every single point. :lol:...I would think he'd be the best one out there. But I guess because of his intensity and reputation, they are being quite careful.

Her hitting partner for Miami came out today. It was funny to watch really even Maria couldn't help but smile. He basically looked like a semi-scared dude out there. I guess this is his debut performance so it's pretty understandable. :lol: I mean is the guy even a coach? It didn't help that he looked small next to Maria. Everything he said, Yuri could have easily said. I really want Yuri out there. :lol:

ioni
Mar 26th, 2007, 06:44 AM
well done Maria ,amazing win don't care if it was an ugly match or the fact that you made to many DF, in the end at least you won and that's more important ! hope next round you'll play Lucie .one Williams per tournament is enough ,good luck !