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Dan23
May 22nd, 2007, 01:10 AM
A bit early yes but this is almost the best time of the year :hehehe: and there seems to be a change to Maria's preparation for Wimbledon possibly due to the long period of time off she has had.

Maria is on the entry list for Eastbourne. Not on the Birmingham one I saw though but that will probably change late as usually happens. It was stated somewhere that Maria should be a certainty for Birmingham.

The Eastbourne website doesnt have Maria yet so it may be a recent change.

Mikey B
May 22nd, 2007, 07:45 AM
i'd like to see her enter eastbourne, the competition is a little fiercer than in birmingham so i think its good for her to get practice agaisnt opponents she could meet in the 2nd week of wimbly, not the first few rounds like the opponents she faces in birmingham!!!! plus its televised! lol!

Maria Croft
May 22nd, 2007, 09:31 AM
I think picking Eastbourne over Birmingham isn't a bad idea, since Birmingham has many great players this year as well, but I still don't think she should play the week before Wimbledon.

No Doubt
May 22nd, 2007, 01:16 PM
Selfishly I'd like her to play Eastbourne because I was planning on going!! :D

But seriously, it would sort of make sense for her to enter Eastbourne over Birmingham. Maria's just coming back from an injury, if she tweaks something in her shoulder in the next week or during the French open, entering Eastbourne gives her an extra week to recover and still be prepared for the change to grass. Obviously playing potentially 3 weeks solid Eastbourne to Wimbledon is still an issue, but no one she isn't 100% prepared for physically I reckon
(First post in Maria's forum so :wavey: )

Giovanna
May 22nd, 2007, 04:38 PM
I prefer Maria pick Birmingham because I love this tournament.I think its a very tradicional tournament that why I love there but I never went to Birmingham to see it

heytennis
May 22nd, 2007, 09:00 PM
I think an Eastbourne title is much more impressive than a Birmingham one.

Andy.
May 22nd, 2007, 11:31 PM
I think it will all depend on how far she can get at the French Open. Birmingham has always been a happy hunting ground for her but maybe its time for a change. But at the same time why fiddle with a winning formula.

Sharapova's_Boy
May 24th, 2007, 11:53 AM
Good too see Maria finally playing Eastbourne. I hope she doesn't withdraw and play Birmingham instead.

Dan23
May 24th, 2007, 12:29 PM
It looks like she'll be playing both....as long as shes feeling fit then I suppose its a good idea. She loves playing on the grass!

heytennis
Jun 8th, 2007, 04:56 AM
What does everyone think Maria will do? She said in her interview that she will probably play Birmingham next week. Will she pull out of Eastbourne?

Good Idea/Bad Idea?

Dan23
Jun 8th, 2007, 05:26 AM
Maria should see how Birmingham goes IMO....I like that better as preparation so she can have a week off before Wimby. If she goes to Eastbourne too then she'd need to be feeling pretty healthy because that will be 5 weeks of play in a row before she hits Wimby.

Rod the Bama
Jun 8th, 2007, 05:31 AM
I think it`s more likely that Maria will only play one of the tournaments before Wimbledon, which i think she should do.

Maria Croft
Jun 8th, 2007, 06:51 AM
I think she should go for Birmingham and not hold back on her serve and see how it goes.
I don't think being easy on the shoulder is gonna get her the Wimbledon title.
We saw in her match against Ivanovic that it really didn't do anything when she served some big first serves, so I think she needs some practice getting back her placement and consistency.
Hitting a few doubles more on grass vs. confidence on holding your serve seems to be a fair deal if you ask me.

Birmingham looks to me like the perfect tournament for that, she can practice, get her footing on grass and get a week off before Wimbledon starts.

Ksenia.
Jun 8th, 2007, 09:40 AM
I hope she will play Birmingham ;)

Sharapower8
Jun 8th, 2007, 09:47 AM
I hope it too
Come on Maria kick their ass !!! :bounce:

Ballbasher
Jun 8th, 2007, 09:53 AM
I hope Masha plays Birmingham

Shimizu Amon
Jun 8th, 2007, 12:42 PM
I just have one word: FINALLY :lol:

Oh another: RELIEF

Andy.
Jun 8th, 2007, 01:02 PM
I have always likied Birmingham as a prep. A nice middle level tournament that should give her a lot of confidence plus a week to work out the kinks before Wimbledon.

Sexysova
Jun 8th, 2007, 02:21 PM
I hope Masha will play Eastbourne as Nicole and they will meet each other in final :)

btw if Masha will play as yesterday she will be totally crushed by players out of TOP 100 :sad: :sad:

good luck Masha!!! :kiss:

xan
Jun 8th, 2007, 04:07 PM
Masha shouldn't play Eastbourne in preference to Birmingham.

1st. Maria likes a week off before a slam, to acclimatise and prepare, and also so she's not too tired to play two hard weeks of tennis.

2nd. Look at the eastbourne winners list down the years. Everybody crowds in there - and guess what - practically no one who wins eastbourne goes on to win at Wimbledon!

There's a reason for that, with so many top players in action, the Eastbourne winner is usually a worn-out wreck by the time Wimby starts.

3rd. As for the Eastbourne title, nobody remembers who has won it three days later. No one would trade it for a good run at Wimbledon.

peterc10000
Jun 8th, 2007, 04:39 PM
The Birmingham website has announced that Maria has been given a wildcard. Good choice!

Rod the Bama
Jun 8th, 2007, 07:47 PM
Also i must add that she has withdrawn from Eastbourne, which i think is the right move since she needs a little rest before Wimbledon.

Ksenia.
Jun 8th, 2007, 08:13 PM
Whoaaa, it's right decision. I enjoy her playing Birmingham for some reason :)

Mike_from_Russia
Jun 8th, 2007, 08:22 PM
So, finally grass season! :) I agree that Birmingham is a good choice. Eastbourne too close to Wim... It's better to play now and then take a week off for good preparation. So, yeah, that's right decision.
Best of luck on English grass courts, Maria!!

Zombielicious
Jun 8th, 2007, 11:51 PM
Good luck, Maria. Kick some ass and be prepared for Wimbly. :hug:

Sexysova
Jun 9th, 2007, 05:30 AM
good luck Masha!!! :hug: :wavey:

Vikapower
Jun 13th, 2007, 08:22 AM
Good luck, Maria. Kick some ass and be prepared for Wimbly. :hug:

Well, Well, Well, their's not much to say on that. I just hope she doesn't miss Serena if they meet !

Mariah Sharapova our '06 Us open and '07 Wimbledon Champion
Tatianna Golovin our '06 Amelia Island Champion
Daniela Hantuchova our '07 Idian Wells Champion

:hearts: I love you Maria Kirilenko, when would you be our n°1 and reveal your talent and your beautiful beauty to the world?:hearts:

Clay is for Justine as Us open is for Sharapova as grass is for Tatianna Golovin as Australian open is for Alicia Molik... only one can win the four of them like Federer ; who ?