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LDF
May 25th, 2007, 09:54 AM
Here is Maria's draw:

R1: Loit
R2: Craybas/Dominguez Lino
R3: (29) Dulko
R4: (14) Schnyder
QF: (5) Mauresmo/(9) Chakvetadze
SF: (3) Kuznetsova/(7) Ivanovic
F: Blah.

A few clay-court experts in her section...it's not going to be easy!

That said, considering the possibilities, it's a decent draw.

Drawing Mauresmo in her quarter is pretty good, when you factor in Amelie's history at Roland Garros, but Schnyder could be a big obstacle to overcome.

Mikey B
May 25th, 2007, 10:02 AM
looks a pretty decent draw if she's playing well... schnyder may be tricky, but she has to get that far herself! glad that the williams sisters arent in her half! she had a pretty decent draw last year too, lets hope that she can improve in 07...

Il Primo!
May 25th, 2007, 10:05 AM
Loit has a stricky game "a la Santoro" so on clay Maria will have to show some patience and carefulness.
Mauresmo is gold shit so I assume Chacky is due to play Maria in the quarters and if Maria is OK, it will be OK
To be honest, only Patty "scares me".
Other than that, Maria has a good shot to reach the final to me consedering I don't see Sveta beating her, even on clay. :)

Kim's_fan_4ever
May 25th, 2007, 10:11 AM
Oh I can't wait to see how Maria haters will get mad if Maria makes it fair here. They will claim that she has easy draw and so on...
The draw is good and I hope she goes far this year :D

Emina.
May 25th, 2007, 10:30 AM
yessss!!! pretty nice draw not excellent but still good :cool: :bounce:

Vamos Maria!!! :rocker2:

Ksenia.
May 25th, 2007, 10:32 AM
pretty good draw.. thanx ;)

morningglory
May 25th, 2007, 10:43 AM
she faces Patty but I think she can get thru!

Andy.
May 25th, 2007, 11:21 AM
Not a bad draw. Under healthier and more match fit circumstances I would expect Masha to at least get to the quarters or semis but we will have to take it match by match especially seeing its on clay. Loit will be a very tricky first round match as will schnyder in the 4th round. Good luck Masha

Dan23
May 25th, 2007, 01:04 PM
2nd thread on RG :o

Maria sure could have got a worse draw than that. Most of those players she can battle against.

Princeza
May 25th, 2007, 02:23 PM
Wow she avoids the amazing 1st half of the draw.
It's not an easy draw but she has good chances to go far. Vamos!

Sharapower8
May 25th, 2007, 02:29 PM
Mauresmo Kuznetsova Schynder Jankovic...Tough draw I think :o

Emina.
May 25th, 2007, 03:25 PM
i changed my mind its a tough draw indeed for this Maria :sad: :help:

Maria Croft
May 25th, 2007, 04:01 PM
I think it's a good draw for Maria :)

I'm not worried about Schnyder in the 4th round because I wasn't expecting Maria to get beyond the last 16 anyway this year :o

Emina.
May 25th, 2007, 04:05 PM
i dont know shoulder is hurting its obvious , she should not play imo :sad: a tennis player cannot play with such things it might get worse:sad:

Dan23
May 25th, 2007, 04:21 PM
we can only assume Maria will do whats best for herself

Lefty.
May 25th, 2007, 04:32 PM
The first few rounds seem ok. Very wary of Schnyder though, she's playing much better lately. We'll just see what happens.

xan
May 25th, 2007, 04:44 PM
Just hoping Masha gets over her shoulder problems and plays well.

It's so frustrating Maria not being at her best.

Rod the Bama
May 25th, 2007, 06:20 PM
Maria`s portion of the draw looks very tricky with a lot of good clay court players. Still i really hope that she can go on a nice run in RG. Hopefully her shoulder will finally get better so that she can get back to where she needs to be.

schorsch
May 25th, 2007, 09:01 PM
the draw isnt too shabby. i'm a bit scared of schnyder, but who knows just how confident she will be :haha: maybe masha is going to suprise us :-)

sveta is a tough girl on every surface and especially on clay, but if masha gets better from round to round she can even beat her.

how much i would give for a jelena/maria final...

Andy.
May 26th, 2007, 12:33 AM
Im a little more worried about Loit especially with her shopulder again under dark clouds. I just hope she will be fit enough to play.

heytennis
May 26th, 2007, 04:44 AM
I'd love to see Sharapova vs. Safarova in the fourth round!

kjn
May 26th, 2007, 08:06 AM
Hey, isn't Schnyder injured? She withdrew from her match against Bondarenko in Istanbul as I remember...

Sharapower8
May 26th, 2007, 09:03 AM
Yes she is :D (great new for maria)

Jovana.
May 26th, 2007, 11:37 AM
I dont know about Loit,shes a very strong opponent,lets just hope maria makes it trough the first round.:bounce:

Shoulderpova
May 26th, 2007, 11:47 AM
Maria and her RG first round match :scared:
2005: Linetskaya
2006: Washington :help:
:unsure::unsure::unsure::unsure:

xan
May 26th, 2007, 11:53 AM
My main worry for Maria is her fitness. At 100% she can beat most anybody on any surface - even if clay is her worst. If she can play at a high level she will be hard to beat.

Kim's_fan_4ever
May 26th, 2007, 01:21 PM
Hey, isn't Schnyder injured? She withdrew from her match against Bondarenko in Istanbul as I remember...

I can bet it was because she wanted to go to Paris sooner and it's nothing serious. Same is with Jankovic..

schorsch
May 26th, 2007, 05:37 PM
hmm, yes i think so, too. schnyder is more likely to lose a match, because of lack of confidcence than some injury anyways.

swissmr
May 26th, 2007, 07:00 PM
I'm really not sure Maria should be playing here :unsure: . Her shoulder is obviously still causing her problems and I think it would be better for her to just take as much time of as she needs for it to be completely healed, however long that may take. Still, I guess she knows what's best for her.

schorsch
May 26th, 2007, 09:09 PM
how come i havent got an email yet from maria's site? they always send emails right before grand slams :/// argh me wants one!

TennisPlayingFox
May 26th, 2007, 11:00 PM
The draw's not too bad. I think Maria should get through the first three rounds okay but Patty will be tough. All of the matches that they have played have been close. Still I think Maria can get through that. Good luck Maria!

DaniMasha3
May 27th, 2007, 12:28 AM
Good luck Masha!

Shimizu Amon
May 27th, 2007, 10:26 AM
2nd thread on RG :o

Maria sure could have got a worse draw than that. Most of those players she can battle against.

I know....everyone's missing my thread :sad:

But I'm happy with this draw, she should make it to round 4.
Schnyder will be a tough opponent, but I don't want to look too much forward into the tournament. First both players have to get to the 4th round.

Masha the best of luck and please watch your health!

Maria Croft
May 27th, 2007, 04:10 PM
I think (hope I'm right) that her shoulder is fine and that we should not look at her loss at Istanbul as a parameter of her current form.

Emina.
May 27th, 2007, 04:15 PM
i hope you are right.

Mikey B
May 27th, 2007, 07:03 PM
she's not on tommorow's schedule... so we'll be seeing her on tuesday!!!

Andy.
May 27th, 2007, 10:49 PM
Im glad she will not have to play untill Tuesday, thats what I was hoping for. That has given her plenty of time to rest and prepare.

heytennis
May 28th, 2007, 12:33 AM
Maria has an easy draw on paper and in last years form, getting to the semis would be a breeze. But who knows what will happen now?

Im a little disappointed to see Maria shopping in Paris.. she should be working on her terrible second serve. :lol:

Andy.
May 28th, 2007, 12:34 AM
Maria has an easy draw on paper and in last years form, getting to the semis would be a breeze. But who knows what will happen now?

Im a little disappointed to see Maria shopping in Paris.. she should be working on her terrible second serve. :lol:
You cant train all day long, she needs a break and what better thing to do in Paris than see the sights and go shopping.

nelsondan
May 28th, 2007, 12:55 AM
I hope shopping makes her smile again----and maybe resting her shoulder will help, too.

swissmr
May 28th, 2007, 01:06 AM
Im a little disappointed to see Maria shopping in Paris.. she should be working on her terrible second serve. :lol:

Maybe she's buying a new one? :lol:

morningglory
May 28th, 2007, 01:46 AM
oh well... not many expectations on my part... just, avoid a first-round humiliation Masha...

Shimizu Amon
May 28th, 2007, 07:57 AM
:worship: :bounce: GO MASHA!:worship: :bounce:

dybbuk
May 28th, 2007, 11:37 AM
Good luck, Masha. :hug:

Time to shut the haters up (For a while at least). :p

Princeza
May 28th, 2007, 04:46 PM
Im a little disappointed to see Maria shopping in Paris.. she should be working on her terrible second serve. :lol:

:lol: you can't be in Paris without shopping but you're right go to work masha!

Doc
May 28th, 2007, 06:23 PM
Go Masha!

swissmr
May 28th, 2007, 06:48 PM
Maria not on Tuesdays OOP either! Looks like she won't play her first round until Wednesday. Still, at least she's had a lot of time to rest her shoulder.

Mikey B
May 28th, 2007, 07:11 PM
more resting time is ok with me!!! only annoying this its another day without maria on our screens.. i think this is the longest a slam has been on without seeing masha once!! lol!

Dan23
May 29th, 2007, 12:58 AM
the problem with taking so long to play her 1st Round is that the other rounds will become closer together....not as many days off.

Andy.
May 29th, 2007, 01:10 AM
Well hopefully she will get to play tomorow and then she will only have to play two days in a row then it should be back to normal, weather permitting.

Porcupine
May 29th, 2007, 06:11 AM
the problem with taking so long to play her 1st Round is that the other rounds will become closer together....not as many days off.

Yeah agree ;) I think it'd be great if Maria's scheduled to play today (If it's not raining, 'course, plus, I don't like waiting :p :p ) Playing on Wed may mean 2nd round is on Thurs. Who knows? That's just not gonna be good.

Well just wish Maria the best then :cool: :cool:

Mike_from_Russia
May 29th, 2007, 08:21 AM
What an awful weather in Paris! :o I hope tomorrow it will be better... :rolleyes: And Masha can play finally...

Princeza
May 29th, 2007, 06:24 PM
CHATRIER 11:00

Emilie Loit (FRA) Maria Sharapova (RUS)[2]

She plays first! vamoooos

Emina.
May 29th, 2007, 06:27 PM
wow shes first!! Good luck Maria! :)

Mikey B
May 29th, 2007, 06:31 PM
she's finally going to play!!!! just hope the weather's good and she gets on court without delay... good luck 2morow, even playing below her best she should easily beat loit... hopefully she'll be back to her very best and walk all over RG!!!!

swissmr
May 29th, 2007, 06:35 PM
:bounce: She'll be on at the same time I get up! What better way to start the morning than seeing Maria kick some butt?

dybbuk
May 29th, 2007, 06:35 PM
Good luck, Maria :yeah: :hug:

I'll be able to watch her :cool:

LDF
May 29th, 2007, 06:41 PM
Good luck Maria :D

I'll be able to watch her too :cool:

Lefty.
May 29th, 2007, 07:35 PM
Good luck Maria. :D

I will be asleep when her match starts. :lol: (if it doesn't rain that is :unsure:) Hopefully I will be able to wake up to a nice score. :yeah:

Maria Croft
May 29th, 2007, 08:49 PM
Good luck Maria! :yeah:

meggz_star
May 29th, 2007, 09:58 PM
Best of luck to Maria in her 1st round match :cool::yeah:

Zombielicious
May 29th, 2007, 10:03 PM
Good luck Maria!

Andy.
May 29th, 2007, 10:29 PM
Good luck today Masha *fingers crossed* for the weather and for an awesome result.

Dan23
May 30th, 2007, 12:03 AM
dammit...why first match :fiery: :fiery: :fiery:
will miss at least the first hour of the match :fiery:

shad9480
May 30th, 2007, 04:25 AM
dammit...why first match :fiery: :fiery: :fiery:
will miss at least the first hour of the match :fiery:

Err...I think Dan you are going to miss the whole match coz Masha is going to take care of business in just under an hour :devil: ;)...hopefully

Play ur best Masha and good luck...Masha BOLEH! Come on! :bounce: :kiss:

Lefty.
May 30th, 2007, 05:08 AM
dammit...why first match :fiery: :fiery: :fiery:
will miss at least the first hour of the match :fiery:

Not anymore since you have a "dentist appointment". :angel:

Dan23
May 30th, 2007, 05:44 AM
Not anymore since you have a "dentist appointment". :angel:
:angel:

good luck Maria :yeah: :cool:

marion127
May 30th, 2007, 05:57 AM
good luck !!!

Porcupine
May 30th, 2007, 07:42 AM
Good luck today Maria :worship:

I'm gonna watch this match at my friend's house since my satellite TV has gone crazy all day :o What a right time! :mad: :mad: :mad:

morningglory
May 30th, 2007, 08:03 AM
Masha pls don't suck! This is a slam, baby! Go out there and do your thang!

Mike_from_Russia
May 30th, 2007, 08:09 AM
Good luck today, Masha! :D

Shoulderpova
May 30th, 2007, 08:27 AM
only half an hour to go. Iam so nervous thinking back to her first round matches at RG 05 06 :unsure:
ВПЕРЁД, МАША!!!!!!!!

Andy.
May 30th, 2007, 08:33 AM
Good luck Masha, as long as she does her best thats all we can ask.

Mikey B
May 30th, 2007, 09:04 AM
iv got the same nervous feeling i had before her match with serena at the aussie open!!! hope its not the same outcome!!

Princeza
May 30th, 2007, 09:09 AM
Weather is coooold :fiery:
davai masha!

love the outfit :lol: http://img503.imageshack.us/img503/2761/adsltv124811nb7.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

morningglory
May 30th, 2007, 09:33 AM
Loit is injured...

morningglory
May 30th, 2007, 09:36 AM
The serve a bit problematic methinks... but Loit is in no shape to punish it...

Il Primo!
May 30th, 2007, 10:05 AM
Maria plays really, really well

Il Primo!
May 30th, 2007, 10:21 AM
A shame Maria can't fully serve. Her game is so fixed. At least she doesn't double fault that much.

Princeza
May 30th, 2007, 10:23 AM
Stupid french commentators who watch tennis only during RG...

morningglory
May 30th, 2007, 10:53 AM
wow Masha is so inconsistent but we'll have to see...

Il Primo!
May 30th, 2007, 10:53 AM
Stupid french commentators who watch tennis only during RG...

I'm thinking the same. They don't even know Maria's right shoulder injury is serious and are always making catty comments about her.
To top that, they called Maria "the american player" :tape:

morningglory
May 30th, 2007, 11:00 AM
So :cuckoo: at times but so AWESOME at times too! :lol: :yeah: Those last two points were :hearts:
Masha had so many brilliant winners but I'm sure she missed at last 10 half-court sitters today :lol: hopefully it's only rust...

morningglory
May 30th, 2007, 11:02 AM
Oh and why do I think the net-cord fairy hates Masha today? :lol:

Princeza
May 30th, 2007, 11:03 AM
:banana: i think she did a good match, vamoooos for next round against craybas

ImaVeggie
May 30th, 2007, 11:05 AM
Maria wins! One down.
:banana:

I hope ESPN2 shows it later; fingers crossed!

Maria Croft
May 30th, 2007, 11:11 AM
Hell yeah Maria! :woohoo:

That was some tie-break, god I love how she fights :D :yeah:

She didn’t really serve that hard, but I was happy to see that she actually tried to be consistent over powerful. Still, her serve was shaky and I’m not sure whether or not she felt pain, I hope not.

She slided a lot as well :bounce:

And it’s a straight set victory for the first time in 3 years in the first round, also happy about that ;)

Not the best match, but that awesome tie-break and the straight set win make up for that :)

Dan23
May 30th, 2007, 11:12 AM
wow that was a great fight Maria :woohoo: :banana:
really concentrated and took care of the problems areas!

great defence throughout the match too...that was really impressive and her BH was just :drool: As the match went on she incorporated some sliding too

meggz_star
May 30th, 2007, 11:13 AM
6-3, 7-6 :banana: :woohoo:

Now I can finally go back to bed:zzz: :p

Dan23
May 30th, 2007, 11:14 AM
Hell yeah Maria! :woohoo:

That was some tie-break, god I love how she fights :D :yeah:Yea amazing.....absolutely love it :worship: :rocker2:

Dan23
May 30th, 2007, 11:15 AM
I'm thinking the same. They don't even know Maria's right shoulder injury is serious and are always making catty comments about her.
To top that, they called Maria "the american player" :tape:
yea they match the annoying crowd then :o
what is that stupid noise theyre always making?

Sharapower8
May 30th, 2007, 11:16 AM
Well done Maria :hug:

meggz_star
May 30th, 2007, 11:16 AM
wow that was a great fight Maria :woohoo: :banana:
really concentrated and took care of the problems areas!

great defence throughout the match too...that was really impressive and her BH was just :drool: As the match went on she incorporated some sliding too

Yeah. Quite impressive :worship:

Maria Croft
May 30th, 2007, 11:17 AM
Yea amazing.....absolutely love it :worship: :rocker2:

Can't wait to see this tie-break again actually :D

Maria Croft
May 30th, 2007, 11:18 AM
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Yeah. Quite impressive :worship:

I was like :eek: when she did most of those

I've never seen her slide so much as today :)


She still looked out of balance a lot though :p

Andy.
May 30th, 2007, 11:19 AM
I was soooo impressed with her today. Considering the conditions and her lack of play she did so well. She wasnt servinf 100% but I think that was because of the wind. Her movement has improved out of sight and she was hitting some awesome shots. I am very happy with what I saw and I think that is a great base from which she can work and improve on. Well played Masha its great to have you back playing Grand Slam Tennis.

Il Primo!
May 30th, 2007, 11:20 AM
yea they match the annoying crowd then :o
what is that stupid noise theyre always making?


Nobody knows it. They just suck, that's all.:o

Mikey B
May 30th, 2007, 11:27 AM
good match! very exciting to watch.. not your typical 1st round match, but then again none of maria's 1st round matches are typical!!!!
this match should have given maria alot of confidence, she played really well, brilliantly at times, hit some great winners, including dropshots!!! her serve seemed abit with-held, didnt have the bite that it used to, but good to see her just getting it in...
she looked so hot! i think i prefer this to her AO one, she looks in great shape...
cant really think of too many negative points for her, nice little touch at the net with loit at the end of the match.. maria usually saves kisses for semi-finals, finals and maria kirilenko so loit should count herself lucky! lol!

Porcupine
May 30th, 2007, 11:29 AM
:banana:

Good tough match! Great to see that there's only 3 DF today. And I'm pleased with her BH :hearts:

Keep it up :yeah: :yeah:

Mike_from_Russia
May 30th, 2007, 11:33 AM
YEAH!! Good job, Masha, well done! :yeah:
Next opponent - Jill Craybas.

Dan23
May 30th, 2007, 11:34 AM
I agree...Maria should really be pleased with that :cool:
A lot of things she did really well. A few points on return games at 4-4 and 5-5 were disappointing, handing points away with poor shots, but her fightback was extremely impressive. Made a couple of good volleys and a few dodgy ones but looked pretty solid all round off the ground.

Confidence returning on serve a little hopefully :hug:

cindy
May 30th, 2007, 11:44 AM
maria played an impressive match!!! congrats!!! the ball was always on the line, she hit so stongly...it was realy a pleasure to watch it! (even if I don't realy like the dress...but I love her bracelet!)
I hope she'll play as well during all the week and the week after! good luck maria!

the cat
May 30th, 2007, 12:12 PM
I'm sorry to have not seen this match. But I'm happy Masha won in straight sets.

Foot's Fingers
May 30th, 2007, 12:31 PM
i am pleased and glad she won first match on RG but....

pls tell her smbdy that's it is CLAY not hard
or as she playing once in a year she deciedes not to learn how to move on clay?

Dan23
May 30th, 2007, 12:31 PM
Try and catch a replay if possible Scott....well worth it. :cool:
very encouraging stuff!

xan
May 30th, 2007, 12:35 PM
Maria has a good record in tie-breaks.

I haven't seen the match yet, but from reports her shoulder injury didn't show too much.

However her serve was very weak Only 90mph average 1st serve from the stats! She got a lot in though at over 80%. If she gets her serve back to what it was Autumn last year, she'll be devastating.

Anyhow. good First round win Maria! Keep on going.

http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/rids/20070530/i/r3188892355.jpg?x=217&y=345&sig=TonyWuZ1k0C8vJA8pl2T3w--

Shoulderpova
May 30th, 2007, 12:35 PM
Good job well done :D
Good luck against Craybas

Dan23
May 30th, 2007, 12:48 PM
Yea xan...Masha didnt seem to be troubled by her shoulder, though she was often stretching it between points....probably hoping to keep it loose in the cold conditions.

iine:
May 30th, 2007, 01:03 PM
I had my doubts about this match. Gladly Maria managed to close it out in straight sets! :D

nelsondan
May 30th, 2007, 01:25 PM
What time does she play tomorrow?


Same as today---whatever that was. (I looked it up)


I want the sun to come out and for it to be warm for them.

Foot's Fingers
May 30th, 2007, 01:37 PM
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/interviews/2007-05-30/200705301180531255859.html - Masha's interview

Maria Croft
May 30th, 2007, 02:34 PM
And I play tennis because I love challenges. I love going out here and I love competing. And as long as the doctors give me an okay, as long as I can, you know, play through the little aches and pains that I get from time on, then I'm okay and I'm willing to do it. I mean, you know, I take the good and the bad. You know, I have absolutely nothing to prove about my career. And, you know, this is just another challenge that I want to have with myself, you know. Because I know inside of me that I can do it. I know it's going to be the toughest thing in my career to win this tournament, but I'm willing to do it.


:worship:

Dan23
May 30th, 2007, 03:04 PM
nice interview! Its good to get some more info straight from Maria :cool:

Lefty.
May 30th, 2007, 03:09 PM
Sounds like she was a little rusty, but overall not too bad of a first match. :D

Good luck in the next round Masha! :yeah:

Kipling
May 30th, 2007, 03:36 PM
Good for Maria. Looks like she knows how to change her game now--I think she'd have taken more chances with her serve against a different kind of player. I saw he second set and she was moving better than I have ever seen her. There was a point she played in that last break of Loit's serve that was incredible. I didn't think there was any chance she'd get to those balls, but she played some great defense.

3 doubles--that's "normal" for Maria. Looks like her shoulder's better, but maybe too soon to know for sure. 33 winners was impressive, though.

Editorial: Masha, lose that dress/outfit. Whatever it is, it's worse than the Babydoll.

LDF
May 30th, 2007, 03:39 PM
Solid start to the tournament for Maria. :cool:

She started off rather sluggishly, particularly movement-wise, but as the match went on her level of play, on the whole, went up, and she showed us the fighting spirit that we all love about her. :worship:

In the end I thought she pulled off some great defensive shots!

She was pretty good off the ground, especially the backhand (as usual), though there were times when she seemed to have little lapses in concentration and threw away games with sloppy shots.

I was very impressed by some of the touch she showed, especially the forehand drop shots! :clap2:

Her first serve was not too powerful, but it was good to see that she didn't double fault too often. I think she realises that on clay, there's no point going for huge serves as it's tough to win free points that way, so it's much more beneficial to take a bit of pace off and maintain a high first serve percentage, which is exactly what she did. It's also less strenuous on her shoulder.

Good luck in R2, Maria! :bounce:

Emina.
May 30th, 2007, 04:43 PM
yesss!!! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Maria Croft
May 30th, 2007, 06:36 PM
Maria is second on Lenglen tomorrow :)

Good luck Maria!

Princeza
May 30th, 2007, 06:37 PM
LENGLEN 11:00
Novak Djokovic (SRB)[6] Laurent Recouderc (FRA)

Jill Craybas (USA) Maria Sharapova (RUS)[2]


good luck !

Princeza
May 30th, 2007, 07:18 PM
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/multimedia/console/mflash.html?targetLink=/media/video/INT.sharapova.maria.30052007_EN_480x360_400kbps.fl v&lang=en_FR&localisIE=true

Interview from today.
Sorry if already posted

Emina.
May 30th, 2007, 08:03 PM
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/multimedia/console/mflash.html?targetLink=/media/video/INT.sharapova.maria.30052007_EN_480x360_400kbps.fl v&lang=en_FR&localisIE=true

Interview from today.
Sorry if already posted

lovely :)

Andy.
May 30th, 2007, 09:59 PM
Craybas should be a comfortable match. A classic counter puncher that should allow Maria to continue to find her groove, Masha will be in control of the points. Good luck Masha

Warrior
May 30th, 2007, 11:36 PM
Today's performance certainly gives me hope. I am glad that she's making an effort to adapt to clay court game. Her defensive skills are definately improving.

meggz_star
May 31st, 2007, 03:29 AM
Best of luck to Maria against Craybas :yeah::cool:

Lefty.
May 31st, 2007, 03:42 AM
Best of luck in round 2 Masha! :bounce:

marion127
May 31st, 2007, 05:55 AM
yes, it will be good for her !!!

Spiritof42
May 31st, 2007, 06:42 AM
Good win against a somewhat tricky opponent playing in front of her home crowd. Some great stuff in the tie-break. :yeah:
Good luck against Craybas! :cool:

msharafan
May 31st, 2007, 08:40 AM
good luck maria! :)

Dan23
May 31st, 2007, 08:46 AM
good luck Maria :yeah: :clap2:


hopefully djokovic takes his time in that match before Maria's....so I can get home in time to watch :o

Shoulderpova
May 31st, 2007, 08:55 AM
damn, Maria's match was scheduled at the same time as Serena's. If Hewitt and Djokovic finish their matches at the same time Eurosport will probably show Serena's match :bigcry: :rolleyes:

Shimizu Amon
May 31st, 2007, 09:26 AM
:bounce: GO MASHA!:bounce:

Good luck with your 2nd round match :worship:

Sharapower8
May 31st, 2007, 09:55 AM
Good luck Maria I'm sure she'll do it :hug: :bounce:

ImaVeggie
May 31st, 2007, 10:57 AM
Good luck today, Miss Maria.

morningglory
May 31st, 2007, 11:11 AM
Let's play even better Maria! Cmon my angel!

Princeza
May 31st, 2007, 11:38 AM
Vamos Masha :banana:

LDF
May 31st, 2007, 11:48 AM
Let's go Maria! :bounce:

Unfortunately I can't watch it, as both Eurosport and the BBC are showing Hewitt-Gaudio :(

msharafan
May 31st, 2007, 11:54 AM
yeh me too! :( marias 2-1 down but its on serve. but so far she hasnt hit any winners 5 unforced errors! c'mon maria! :)

LDF
May 31st, 2007, 11:57 AM
yeh me too! :( marias 2-1 down but its on serve. but so far she hasnt hit any winners 5 unforced errors! c'mon maria! :)

Don't trust the RG stats; they're always wrong :o :p

LDF
May 31st, 2007, 12:00 PM
Phew, Maria wins 5 straight points from 0-40 on her serve to level at 2-2 :)

swissmr
May 31st, 2007, 12:01 PM
I don't think I've ever seen a player pull back so many games from 0-40 down as Maria does. :armed:

Shoulderpova
May 31st, 2007, 12:02 PM
break to love :yeah:
3*-2

Princeza
May 31st, 2007, 12:03 PM
Can't see the match, fed up with men tennis now :(

Shoulderpova
May 31st, 2007, 12:08 PM
Can't see the match, fed up with men tennis now :(

indeed :(
and boring Hewitt vs boring Gaudio :yawn::smash:

LDF
May 31st, 2007, 12:10 PM
Maria on Eurosport :woohoo:

swissmr
May 31st, 2007, 12:15 PM
Damn I wish I had Eurosport! I'm stuck with BBCi who are showing Hewitt's match and the Serena's :mad:

Shoulderpova
May 31st, 2007, 12:17 PM
Maria on Eurosport :woohoo:

Yessss:woohoo:

Shoulderpova
May 31st, 2007, 12:21 PM
To love and 6-2 :yeah:
and the stats on RG website is pure rubbish. From 4-2 she has hit at least 5 winners.

Mikey B
May 31st, 2007, 12:22 PM
wow! sliding, drop shots, great second serves!!!! maria was certainly back in the end of that set!!! hope it continues and gets better!

Shoulderpova
May 31st, 2007, 12:22 PM
Holy crap, Eurosport switches to Gaudio-Hewitt :hysteric::rolleyes:

Emina.
May 31st, 2007, 12:23 PM
Maria on Eurosport :woohoo:

hewitt again :mad:

Kipling
May 31st, 2007, 12:45 PM
We got to see some of it this morning on TTC. I set the DVD recorder. Their coverage is a bit odd, switching back and forth between several matches, like USA network does at the USO.

I see that Maria's up 6-2 5-0 at this point. I guess I should have recorded it in SP.

Kipling
May 31st, 2007, 12:49 PM
Congrats Maria!

Princeza
May 31st, 2007, 12:50 PM
Never in doubt, bravo :worship:

ImaVeggie
May 31st, 2007, 12:50 PM
Congrats! Can't wait to see the match on ESPN2 later.

Maria Croft
May 31st, 2007, 12:51 PM
What a beating she gave :eek:

Well done Maria :yeah:

Emina.
May 31st, 2007, 12:52 PM
:woohoo:

but no bagel today :fiery:

Maria Croft
May 31st, 2007, 12:53 PM
This is actually her easiest win all year :woohoo:

meggz_star
May 31st, 2007, 12:54 PM
6-2, 6-1 Go Maria :banana::woohoo:

The livescore stats are :tape:. There's no way Maria had only three winners :o

Il Primo!
May 31st, 2007, 12:57 PM
Wow, what a bitchslapping!:eek: Maria was bossy on this afternoon :drool:
I wish she made the match last a little bit longer as TV only broadcasted when she was up 6-2 5-0

daniela86
May 31st, 2007, 01:05 PM
Maria :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :rocker2: :rocker2: Great scoreline :drool: :drool: Keep it up! :bounce: She seems to be better and better :cool: Good luck in the 3rd round! Hope she will face Gisela,she has a nice record against her and I prefer Gisela over Alla :p

Porcupine
May 31st, 2007, 01:05 PM
Congrats Maria!!! :woohoo:

Mike_from_Russia
May 31st, 2007, 01:07 PM
Nice win :clap2: Well done Masha! :D
but no bagel today
well, that's not important ;) With or without 6:0 - Maria did well today. Good luck in next round!

Emina.
May 31st, 2007, 01:11 PM
next oppnent :Alla Kudryavtseva! :)

Vamos Masha!!! :)

Mike_from_Russia
May 31st, 2007, 01:13 PM
Kudryavtseva :eek: That's interesting...

Mikey B
May 31st, 2007, 01:26 PM
shame she never got the bagel, but an awesome win none the less!! i really want her to keep up this good form and get better and better with each match! hope she gets a rest and plays on saturday or sunday... dont know anything about her 3rd round opponent, whats her game like? really impressed with the slides and drop shots!!!

morningglory
May 31st, 2007, 01:28 PM
Kudryavtseva :eek: That's interesting...

How so?... :confused:
Is she a talented rookie that Masha better not underestimate?

LDF
May 31st, 2007, 01:47 PM
Another solid win for Maria today. I saw just over half of the first set and the end of the second, and she was striking the ball very cleanly. Her serve looked better than in the opening match, and she moved well again - she even did a few good slides! :eek: :lol:

Dan23
May 31st, 2007, 01:58 PM
:woohoo: very impressive Masha....
only got to see the 2nd set but that was very nice....her forehand was :drool: Jill was keeping the ball away from Maria's BH to lessen the damage but Masha gave it to her with the FH :hearts:

Dan23
May 31st, 2007, 02:04 PM
Maria's friend is there too :lol: they had the camera on her a fair bit

Shimizu Amon
May 31st, 2007, 02:14 PM
Well done Masha! What a beating she gave today. Love it!
Keep it up!

:worship:

Sharapower8
May 31st, 2007, 02:21 PM
Maria's friend is there too :lol: they had the camera on her a fair bit

Wich one? :eek:


Well done Maria ! :hug:
That was a great match !

Shoulderpova
May 31st, 2007, 02:42 PM
and :speakles: at some dropshots that Craybas had no chance to reach :speakles::worship:

Lefty.
May 31st, 2007, 03:23 PM
Nice to see a good scoreline. :yeah: Good to see some decent serving again today. :D

Rod the Bama
May 31st, 2007, 03:59 PM
Excellent win by Maria. :clap2: It wasn`t much of surprise to see her win so easily. I`m really loving that she`s showing much needed variety in her shots, especially with the dropshots. The only negatives is that she didn`t get the bagel in the last set and the 2nd serve still isn`t where it needs to be. Other than that it was an excellent showing today for Maria.

Maria Croft
May 31st, 2007, 04:16 PM
Q. On Monday you said your shoulder was still giving you a bit ‑‑ or was it Tuesday, your shoulder was giving you a bit?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Wednesday, yeah.


Q. How did it feel today?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I mean, I feel it at times in the match, but I don't know. I try not to think about it, yeah. It's still there at times.


Q. It seems like you're moving pretty well. So is there some benefit of having that time off just conditioning‑wise, footwork‑wise?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, in a way. For one week I couldn't do anything just because I couldn't really move my shoulder up and down because there was a significant amount of pain when I did so. So I really couldn't do much for a week.

But after that, for one week I was basically, you know, in the gym and on the court without a tennis racquet for four hours a day. And you know, that's something new. That's probably something I will get to do in the off‑season, November and December. So it was something new for me.

Yeah, I worked a lot physically as well, but it kind of has to be what you're doing because you don't have another choice.


Q. So do you feel when you get back on court after not hitting balls, do you actually feel stronger and faster as a result?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, I feel terrible. I feel like a cow on ice. Especially on clay.


Q. Really?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, the first few days, definitely, in the first few matches you play.


Q. Why, because the first step doesn't come back?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Why? Because I don't play on clay for the other ten months of the year, yeah. It's not as natural for me, just because I don't play that much on it.


Q. Does it come back faster though because you've been playing now, whatever it is, five, six years on clay? Does it come back faster than say it would last year, just the movement, the sliding, the planting, all of that?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, fortunately and unfortunately, but last year I had a foot problem, so I really couldn't do a lot of movement. I could do shoulder stuff and I could do all of the things, I could do the bike, but I couldn't really move on the court and off as well. So there's not a lot of preparation movement‑wise. Whereas this year I could do a lot of movement and I just had to take it easy on the shoulder.


Q. Players in the past, I think of Rafter or Henman, who have invested a lot of time playing on clay, that's not their natural surface, because they're convinced it will help them with their game on other surfaces. Do you think there is anything about the time you invest on clay that will help you on grass or hard courts?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, the only time you can significantly play on clay is basically after Miami, and that's really when I had to take the time off. So basically, it is about eight to ten weeks where you can spend, because Miami is the last tournament. If you do well, there's only like eight weeks of preparation. So it's just ‑‑ on hard, even indoors, it's a lot similar to a hard court.

Grass is obviously very different, but I adjust and I feel more comfortable there, just because of the gripping of the court.


Q. Two new faces next to your father in the stands. Does it mean that you are not working anymore with Michael Joyce and your physical trainer?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, no. Michael's coming to Birmingham. His mom passed away a few weeks ago, so he's been with his family at home. And he's joining us, yeah. But I talk to him every day. He's actually more tired now than he is on the road, because I talk to him in the middle of the night and he's watching my matches, so...

I told him to get his butt over here, yeah. I'm with his hitting partner, that is with my dad right now, Eric. He's Mike's friend, and I've known Eric since I was very young as well, so...


Q. Has there been a time since during the season since you turned pro when you've had this much time sort of off as you've had the last few weeks?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Have I what? Say it again.


Q. During the season, has there been a time since you turned pro where you've had this much time away from tennis and off?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Probably not, no.


Q. What do you think about that? How did that feel?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: It's incredible. I don't know if it was good for me or not, because I want more of that sometimes. You know, like I said in my first interview, I don't think you actually realize what your career has given you or brought you until you actually get to spend the time there and see it for yourself.

I was able to live a normal life alone by myself for a few weeks where, you know, I got to go to the grocery store, and I had to cook my own breakfast and my lunch. It was just so unusual for me because when I'm a week here or week there at home. Either my mom comes and I see her, and she'll do all of that great stuff, and she'll be the one going to Target and buying toilet paper. I think I seriously ran out and I had to go to a friend's house next door to get some, which is very unusual, a new experience for me.

I know I'm 20 years old, but in a way, I am so mature because of what my career has brought me, but in ways I've missed out on the normal things of life which I'm really not used to. And it was wonderful, I love it.


Q. Can a grocery store be a little overwhelming if you haven't spent much time there?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Absolutely, the first time I was lost, absolutely lost. Now I've got it under control. I know where the vegetables are, where my favorite cheese is, I've got it all going.


Q. So how's the cooking?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: The cooking is awful (laughing). It's completely awful. I always call my friends over to help me, yeah. I'm not very patient, and I can't wait for things to boil and to fry and make sure it's not red and all of that. But I usually go to my friends house and help them cook, which is just cutting up a vegetable, yeah.


Q. Just for someone as focused as you are all the time, that kind of a mental break, do you think it will really help you, or do you think it's something that might actually be somewhat of a distraction?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Definitely is not a distraction. You know, once I'm back on the road, I actually start to miss it. I mean, after a while, when I was talking to my friends the day before I left, I, you know, was telling them, "It's crazy. I'm not going to see you guys for the next eight weeks because I've seen you for so long."

They're like, "That's actually a good thing, Maria."

They were very happy I was leaving, because they don't get to do a lot of work when I'm there. So they're actually pretty pleased that I was going away.


Q. In what way, what did they mean?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: They were relieved that they could actually earn some money while I'm gone, and go to the office and get some work done. Because when I'm there, after my practices, I'll call them up and I'm like, "All right, we're doing things together," you know, because I don't get to see them that much.

So when I'm home, I like to spend time with them. But, I mean, it gave me a different perspective on life as well. Because also the things going on with Michael's family. It was a lot of ups and downs injury‑wise, family‑wise. You know, no one really that close to me has ever passed away before, so that was a little bit of a ‑‑


Q. Were you there when his mom passed away?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I was in Los Angeles, yeah.


Q. Did you go to the funeral?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah.


Q. Have you ever been to a funeral before?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: No. It was pretty sad. It just makes you realize that, you know, I'm sure his mom would have loved getting a cortisone shot instead of chemotherapy. It just makes you realize that there are so many worse things in life. And that's why being home, being around his family also helped me a lot. I'm very close to them, and I've known his family for a very long time, since I was 10 or 11 years old.


Q. So that must have been just a little bit different for you, for you to be in the supportive role for Mike, instead of him being in the supportive coaching‑friends role, too?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Definitely. But it was, you know, I didn't feel the need ‑‑ he made a lot of effort to be on the practice court when he could. You know, when she was going through the chemotherapy and when she was really sick, he would practice with me in the morning and then go straight to see her and be with her. Then I'd see her once in a while.

But it's sad, you know, because she gets the perspective of the people around her she's never going to see again. So it was a very ‑‑ it was a very different experience because there is only so much you can say to make someone feel better. Tons of people can say I'm sorry, but Michael and his family are the only ones that can really feel what it's about, because it's their mother.


Q. Totally different question. Do you know Alla Kudryavtseva?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, I saw her play a little bit before I went on. I saw a few points on Dulko, but other than that, I've never seen her play or anything, no.

xan
May 31st, 2007, 04:39 PM
Great win for Maria.

Her play so far (apart from serve) has been really impressive. It seems she has been using injury time-out to improve her movement and add a few shots.

Her serve too seemed better today though, but still not anywhere near top form on speed and aces.

Keep it up, Maria.

nelsondan
May 31st, 2007, 04:53 PM
Maria can be so incredible in the way she communicates.

What a treasure she is.

swissmr
May 31st, 2007, 05:05 PM
Agree, it's a really nice interview. I wish I could have seen the match today because by the sound of it she played pretty well.

Kipling
May 31st, 2007, 05:31 PM
So she's not a domestic. LOL.

That was nice what she said about Mike Joyce. She said more or less the same thing yesterday on TTC. I'm sure it's been hard on her, too, seeing her friend go through that.

Mike_from_Russia
May 31st, 2007, 05:49 PM
How so?... :confused:
Is she a talented rookie that Masha better not underestimate?
No, I mean, I just wanna say that it was a little bit surprising result (Alla against Dulko)... And now we'll see a Russian derby.
Of course, Maria is a strong favourite in this match! :cool: Just hope her shoulder is okay.

Confident
May 31st, 2007, 05:56 PM
Wow, nice win today!:) She did well in the first two rounds. And her new outfit is so pretty! Mostly with the pants yesterday.;)
The interview is so funny, I mean the cooking and grocery part, it makes me love her more and more:D But poor Michael...:sad:

kasia1992
May 31st, 2007, 07:33 PM
Today I watched program that is the end of every day of Roland
Garros with Mat Willander and he piss my of saing that Maria have no change to win FRENCH OPEN and serena is favorite with justin,but I watch today match sereny and I dont think that she is better on clay court that Maria ok she hitting harder but her movement isnt better.:mad: :mad: :mad:
What are you gus thinking?

Emina.
May 31st, 2007, 07:37 PM
i watched game ,set & mats too, thats his honest opinion ,i respect it though i dont agree obviously :)

Mikey B
May 31st, 2007, 08:27 PM
i think EVERYBODY is underestimating maria this tournament!! i really really want her to prove them all wrong... if you listen to the commentators actually watching her WHOLE matches they're saying she's puting herself into the title picture and i agree, i think she can slip under the radar with her new skills and if that serve gets working later on the tournament i think she's a big threat! i think its really going to take a great player to stop maria this year, and even if its patty schynder in the 4th round thats better than most people thought she'd do!! it does upset me to hear the presenters write her off without even looking at her matches! but all this just makes each point, game, set and match even sweeter!!! go maria!!!!

kasia1992
May 31st, 2007, 08:52 PM
mikey b you right.I want that maria prove everyone ho dont beliving in her
game that she can play great tennis on rolland garros.

Kitten63
May 31st, 2007, 10:06 PM
Well done Masha!

Dan23
Jun 1st, 2007, 12:05 AM
it was a nice interview to read from Maria again :cool:

mats wilander :help:

Vikapower
Jun 1st, 2007, 01:23 AM
Fisrt of all, I particularly like the way she's dressed in Rolland Garros 2007. Her "ensemble" just illuminates her beautiful face and keeps her all sexy !

She played beautifuly the other weeks, and, today, against Craybas (6-2 6-1). A very good tennis game, not much double faults a lot of power and she even permitted herself to end the match at the net with two non academical volleys. It would be such a surprise but a so great hapiness for me if I could see her lift the "coupe des mousquetaires" !

Masha you're are princess on the court and a sunshine for everyone !

I love you !!

Love to :
Anastasya Myskina
Nicole Vaidisova
Jelena Jankovic
Daniela Hantchuthcova
Elena Dementieva
Tatianna Golovin
Maria Kirilenko
Elena Vesnina

morningglory
Jun 1st, 2007, 01:26 AM
i think EVERYBODY is underestimating maria this tournament!! i really really want her to prove them all wrong... if you listen to the commentators actually watching her WHOLE matches they're saying she's puting herself into the title picture and i agree, i think she can slip under the radar with her new skills and if that serve gets working later on the tournament i think she's a big threat! i think its really going to take a great player to stop maria this year, and even if its patty schynder in the 4th round thats better than most people thought she'd do!! it does upset me to hear the presenters write her off without even looking at her matches! but all this just makes each point, game, set and match even sweeter!!! go maria!!!!

yeah I was like :speakles: How the heck did she gain a set of completely new skills this far into her career while being out injured... (she forgot how to serve but in the process learned how to slide and dropshot and retrieve on clay) :lol: Where did these skills suddenly come from?

the cat
Jun 1st, 2007, 02:06 AM
The Queen of calves seems to be getting back into the tennis groove. :) I'm hoping Maria is feeling and playing well enough to make an impact in the second week of Roland Garros.

Dan23
Jun 1st, 2007, 03:02 AM
yeah I was like :speakles: How the heck did she gain a set of completely new skills this far into her career while being out injured... (she forgot how to serve but in the process learned how to slide and dropshot and retrieve on clay) :lol: Where did these skills suddenly come from?
You never thought she'd make some effort to further round off her skills? :p
Shes been capable of this since a young age...growing up made her more awkward but shes getting over it.

Confident
Jun 1st, 2007, 09:06 AM
Mats Wilander :boxing: :lol: He should play tennis instead of speak about tennis...

Dan23
Jun 1st, 2007, 09:11 AM
Good luck in the 3rd Round tomorrow Maria :yeah: :clap2:

Andy.
Jun 1st, 2007, 11:43 AM
Wow she has really impressed me so far in this tournament. Considering how little she has played and on this surface her game is really coming together well. She is serving smartly and getting her confidence back. Good luck in round 3 Masha

Kipling
Jun 1st, 2007, 01:33 PM
Where did these skills suddenly come from?

She just turned 20. She's still a tennis "baby."

Martina Navratilova was still fat at that age.

It takes time and match practice to play well on a surface that's unfamiliar to you. She'll win it someday. Maybe, with some breaks, this year. Can't rule her out.

xan
Jun 1st, 2007, 03:20 PM
Maria will probably need to be 100% to actually win RG.

But she plays a lot better on clay than most giove her credit for

Princeza
Jun 1st, 2007, 04:51 PM
CHATRIER 11:00 3rd round

1st match : Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS) Maria Sharapova (RUS)[2]

morningglory
Jun 1st, 2007, 05:30 PM
Up first again! Let's go my angel!
btw I bet some change in V-cash on her opponent... :o sorry guys but the odds were freakin unbelievable...

Shoulderpova
Jun 1st, 2007, 05:55 PM
Maria first up on Chatrier tomorrow :D
Glad that she didn't play today. Today is not a good day for the Russians. Poutchkova, Dementieva lost, Safina is going to lose :o:help:

msharafan
Jun 1st, 2007, 07:09 PM
good luck tommorow maria and safina did win in the end.

Emina.
Jun 1st, 2007, 07:21 PM
Masha :worship:

Vamonos!!! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: 2 easy sets please !!

marion127
Jun 1st, 2007, 08:17 PM
good luck masha !!

Kitten63
Jun 1st, 2007, 08:25 PM
Good luck Maria!

meggz_star
Jun 2nd, 2007, 12:08 AM
Best of luck to Maria against Kudryavtseva :yeah:

Lefty.
Jun 2nd, 2007, 12:22 AM
Good luck in your match Maria! :D

shad9480
Jun 2nd, 2007, 04:03 AM
Good luck Masha today :bounce:. Masha BOLEH! Come on! :kiss:

msharafan
Jun 2nd, 2007, 07:03 AM
cmon maria! i love rolland garros the tournament and i hate it when and if you go out early cause it ruins it in many ways! so keep winning masha! VAMOS!

Shimizu Amon
Jun 2nd, 2007, 07:06 AM
:bounce: GO MASHA!:bounce:

I just now you're going to reach round 4!
Go and do you thing honey :wavey: :worship:

Spiritof42
Jun 2nd, 2007, 08:27 AM
Good luck Masha. :)

Kipling
Jun 2nd, 2007, 09:41 AM
Quick first set. Watching point tracker and match stats, it appears that Maria is serving with a bit more pace today--not her best, but harder than the last two matches. I think she's probably saving her shoulder for the tougher matches. Hope so, anyway.

But she looks pretty good today.

Princeza
Jun 2nd, 2007, 09:52 AM
Wow i dont get what's happening.

Kipling
Jun 2nd, 2007, 10:19 AM
Yea, Maria!

:bounce: :worship:

LDF
Jun 2nd, 2007, 10:20 AM
Maria wins 6-1 6-4 :yeah: :)

But I'm worried about her shoulder...her serve went downhill in the second set, and she was flexing the shoulder after almost every serve that she missed. :unsure:

Princeza
Jun 2nd, 2007, 10:21 AM
Strange how she was away at the beginning of the 2nd set
Fortunately she's a great champ, vamos!

ImaVeggie
Jun 2nd, 2007, 10:22 AM
Yeah, Maria's into the 4th Round! :bounce:

Maria Croft
Jun 2nd, 2007, 10:24 AM
Her shoulder was bothering her in the second set :sad:

Still happy she fought for a straight set win, not sure if she should continue to play though, let's wait what she has to say first.

meggz_star
Jun 2nd, 2007, 10:24 AM
Well done Maria :banana::woohoo:

A little trouble in the 2nd set, but she pulled through

Mikey B
Jun 2nd, 2007, 10:27 AM
great win maria! went walk about in the early second but managed to come through in just over an hour!!! never gave up.. great 1st set. 6 doubles in the 2nd, not great but better than previous tournaments.. and considering this is the first time we've seen her double faulting in the french i dont think its anything to worry about... she'll be ready to fight in the 4th round! go maria!

Kipling
Jun 2nd, 2007, 10:39 AM
Maria wins 6-1 6-4 :yeah: :)

But I'm worried about her shoulder...her serve went downhill in the second set, and she was flexing the shoulder after almost every serve that she missed. :unsure:

Unless she was noticeably wincing, that could simply be precautionary. My doctor told me that the two things an injured shoulder tends to respond to are 1) heat and 2) keeping it loose. He told me to keep rotating and flexing my shoulder as it was healing.

Maria always has bad spurts in matches, particularly at the beginning of the 2nd set. I dunno what it is with her, but usually, after winning a set, she takes a mental vacation for a game or two. to me, what was more impressive was that from 1-4 she got on with it and didn't drop another game.

Shimizu Amon
Jun 2nd, 2007, 10:46 AM
Great first set, Masha played amazing.
Too bad the injury acted up in the 2nd which cost a lot of damage on her serve.
But her groundstrokes in both sets where amazing.
If her shoulder is okay tomorrow she really has a chance getting into the QF.
Big comfort :hug: for you Masha, get a good rest!

No Doubt
Jun 2nd, 2007, 10:52 AM
She was definitely flexing her shoulder more today than she did in her other matches but like other people have said that probably just loosens it up a bit.

The first set was a bit too routine, which is possibly why she had that mental dip early in the second. Its quite hard to keep that kind of play going if theres nothing to feed off on the other side of the court

Natasc
Jun 2nd, 2007, 10:54 AM
Maria wins 6-1 6-4 :yeah: :)

But I'm worried about her shoulder...her serve went downhill in the second set, and she was flexing the shoulder after almost every serve that she missed. :unsure:

Me too!!
The commentators were talking about that all the time...
Her forehand was totally out together with her serve...

I really want Maria to win that thing, but she gotta take care with herself...

daniela86
Jun 2nd, 2007, 11:03 AM
Congrats Maria :yeah: You're a true fighter :D :D I really really hope she doesn't retire :sad: :sad: and that her shoulder will heal a bit till tomorrow :( :sad:

JadeFox
Jun 2nd, 2007, 11:04 AM
Unless she was noticeably wincing, that could simply be precautionary. My doctor told me that the two things an injured shoulder tends to respond to are 1) heat and 2) keeping it loose. He told me to keep rotating and flexing my shoulder as it was healing.

Maria always has bad spurts in matches, particularly at the beginning of the 2nd set. I dunno what it is with her, but usually, after winning a set, she takes a mental vacation for a game or two. to me, what was more impressive was that from 1-4 she got on with it and didn't drop another game.

It's true what you said about the shoulder because I've had some shoulder problems when I was younger. Rotating and felxing is really the only way to keep it from getting tight and sore on you.

It's a good thing she won this in straights. Gives her more time to rest.

Porcupine
Jun 2nd, 2007, 11:31 AM
Good win Masha :D :D :D Great comeback at 2nd set :yeah:

And yeah I'm really worry 'bout her shoulder. It obviously won't be a good thing if she goes far in this tourney but worsen her injury. Hope Maria takes good care of her shoulder.

Good luck in 4th round tho. (But why does it have to be tomorrow :mad:)

Mikey B
Jun 2nd, 2007, 11:32 AM
she's got patty tommorow, hoping for a great match from maria and a classic patty schnyder walk-about!! lol! good luck agaisnt the swiss, you can do it maria!

Natasc
Jun 2nd, 2007, 12:15 PM
there's a video interview of Maria after today's match here:
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/interviews/2007-06-02/200706021180786027515.html

Leroymerlin
Jun 2nd, 2007, 12:18 PM
in the less-creepy way... is it me or maria has really grown lately, if u know what i mean :tape: :p

xan
Jun 2nd, 2007, 12:32 PM
Great first set, Masha played amazing.
Too bad the injury acted up in the 2nd which cost a lot of damage on her serve.
But her groundstrokes in both sets where amazing.
If her shoulder is okay tomorrow she really has a chance getting into the QF.
Big comfort :hug: for you Masha, get a good rest!

This injury is really annoying! Maria is playing a lot better on clay, but doesn't have her serve

Why does Maria get these long-lasting problems?

Part of me is saying, "Give up and be as fit as possible for Wimbledon." But then Maria is not a quitter. However Patty is never a good draw on clay. If Maria is not at her best it will be a hard match for her.

Anyway - good result, Maria. Injured and makes fourth round. :yeah:

Go Maria!

I see Momo has just made a third round exit to Safarova!

shad9480
Jun 2nd, 2007, 02:21 PM
Maria :woohoo: Great come back in the 2nd...had me worried :o. Her serves gone downhill in the 2nd set :awww:. I don't like her chances against Patty if her shoulder is bothering her :sad: . However, hoping for Patty's mental walk-about in the match :hehehe: :devil: . Amelie is out...Maria's quarter is opening up ;)

Good luck in the next round. Masha BOLEH! COME ON! :bounce: :kiss:

Maria Croft
Jun 2nd, 2007, 02:46 PM
Q. You had double faults in the second. Were they caused by shoulder problems, were they?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, like I said, I can't expect a lot from my shoulder this week. Just try to loosen it up as the match goes on. Sometimes I feel it during the match, but it's normal. It's okay.


Q. Is it likely to threaten your continued participation here?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: What?


Q. Here, are you likely to have to pull out because of it, do you think?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, hope not.


Q. And the cortizone injection, have you just had the one this year?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Mm-hmm, just one.


Q. So when did you finally figure her out in that match?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I figured her out pretty quickly. I think I played a pretty solid first set, but I had a little bit of a letdown. It was a bit strange. I was making a lot of unforced errors in a period of a very short time and just got to -- in a way I was happy that I was able to come back and find a way to win after being 3-All and 4-1 down to two breaks.

But in a way, it was also lousy because I know not a lot of people are going to let me get away with that. So it's a good reminder for the future to not let that happen again.


Q. You said a few days ago you think you can win a lot of matches without your serve. You've won some. But does the level go up, and might you not need that shot in the next round or always looking ahead?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I threw in some bigger first serves today. In my previous matches, it was just -- I don't really -- I don't have, you know, a big first serve, and I was doing fine. I had a high percentage of first serves, and especially here, even if the conditions are lighter than the other days, you know, I don't think you can get a lot of advantage from hitting a huge first serve here.

You know, if I keep my percentage up, I feel a lot better about myself.


Q. You said two days ago that during your time off, you'd got grips with cooking and shopping. Is that one of the reasons you want to keep on playing with your shoulder injury, that the cooking and shopping didn't go too well?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Is that what?


Q. Is that one of the reasons?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Am I the only one not getting the joke?


Q. Is that one of the reason you wanted to keep playing with your shoulder injury was because the cooking and shopping didn't go too well?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, it was a good time away from, you know, all the hustle and bustle that goes with the tour. But after a while, you come to realize that, you know, I really missed it and I wanted to go back on court. And I missed the competition. I really did. And after a while, it became, you know, boring, and I actually wanted to go to restaurants instead of staying home.


Q. Some of the TV people are suggesting that it might be an idea if you did pull out to save yourself for the grass court season. Has that occurred to you and are you concentrating on your shoulder?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: That's the first time someone's had an opinion about me. No, everyone is going to have suggestions and opinions, and in my career, I'm going to have a lot of those. But the most important person in this situation is myself and I listen to myself.


Q. Playing on with an injury problem can cause even more damage, can't it? Have you worked out that calculated risk of playing or no?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I think I've made it pretty clear that the doctors have given me an okay to play with it, even though, I mean, it's impossible to feel 100 percent healthy, even if it's not the shoulder.

I mean, you're always going to feel aches and pains somewhere, especially on clay courts. It's normal. As long as I know I can't damage anything further, then I'm cool to play.


Q. What sort of treatment do you get on it when you come off the court? Is there any specific treatment you have after every match?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, after the match, yeah, I loosen it up a little bit. I mean, I probably spend about an hour, hour and a half doing rehab every single day just on the shoulder.


Q. Is that ice or is that --

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Is that?


Q. Ice?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, more like strengthening and exercising. After the shot, I mean, it is weak and it gets weak, but so are other parts of my body. Everything seems to be weak, and everything needs to be worked on. So, but, obviously, right now, the shoulder is the No. 1 thing.


Q. What percentage would you put yourself out of your full potential at the moment?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I don't like to put percentages on myself. I don't think that's -- no reason to. I just go out and play.


Q. So if you play Schnyder and she's in a tough match right now --

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Mm-hmm.


Q. That's a long, drawn-out kind of tricky match on clay, on a surface that's obviously not your favorite surface and it's one of hers. So how do you approach that kind of battle?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I'm ready for any battle. It's definitely not an easy match. She's also a lefty, also likes the clay, and I got through that just fine. I'll need to be patient. It's going to be my mindset going into the match. But I also need to be playing my game.

I mean, I've played her on clay before. I think last time I did before was in Rome a couple, few years ago, and I lost in three sets. But, you know, it's a different situation. I mean, I've got to do the things that I still do best and compete and fight, and hope that, you know, I don't have any letdowns. Because, obviously, she has more experience than the girl I played today, and she's not going to let you get away with that.


Q. Here on clay, is it a bigger test of the mind or bigger test of the body?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Probably the body, yeah.


Q. I know that sometimes you work in Valencia, on clay court. But for your game, do you think it's possible to shoot security and risk, because by the shoulder last year got to the semis last year by hitting hard. But this is clay. Do you practice this?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Practice what?


Q. Patience in the court, let's say.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Patience on the court.


Q. Yeah.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I don't -- yeah. The last time I practiced in Valencia was, I think, two years ago. But I've been just fine since that. So, I don't know. I mean, I don't think it matters where you actually practice it or not. I mean, you know, some people have their own strengths and weaknesses and try to work on their weaknesses. But I don't think patience is necessarily one of my weaknesses and something I need to go to Valencia to work on.


Q. When you play on clay, sometimes you're hitting the ball hard, hard. If it doesn't come in, you must be more patient with --

MARIA SHARAPOVA: You're maybe a coach? I mean, it's like more of a coaching advice rather than a question here. As I said before, I only play on clay for about a month and a half, two months a year, and especially in the last few years. Last year I was injured. This year I was injured. It's been quite unfortunate, but it's also a very short amount of time.

There are tournaments during the year where you can go to Europe and play clay courts, but that's not an option. I'd much rather play on a preferred surface. So, you know, that's just the way it is. Everybody's different.

KV
Jun 2nd, 2007, 03:07 PM
Job done :) Good luck vs. the luckiest player on the tour for the past years. Just avoid the off-day.

Princeza
Jun 2nd, 2007, 03:08 PM
Last match on Lenglen
Patty Schnyder (SUI)[14]Maria Sharapova (RUS)[2]


:bounce: I'll see her tomorrow
Pleaaaaaase win

Mikey B
Jun 2nd, 2007, 03:24 PM
Last match on Lenglen
Patty Schnyder (SUI)[14]Maria Sharapova (RUS)[2]

:bounce: I'll see her tomorrow
Pleaaaaaase win

ah your lucky!!! Hope she puts on a good show for you!! i hope our tv networks show this match over davydenko vs nalbandian...

morningglory
Jun 2nd, 2007, 03:25 PM
LAst match... rest that shoulder!

Warrior
Jun 2nd, 2007, 03:35 PM
Maria played very well so far. Now it's a real test. Schnyder on clay won't be easy. Also, it's good that Mauresmo is gone. The road to the SF is now open!

Lefty.
Jun 2nd, 2007, 03:38 PM
Good to see her come back in the second :yeah: but not good to hear about some shoulder troubles. :( Hopefully it will be ok tomorrow because Patty won't be easy. Good luck Masha! :D

shad9480
Jun 2nd, 2007, 03:39 PM
Q. You said two days ago that during your time off, you'd got grips with cooking and shopping. Is that one of the reasons you want to keep on playing with your shoulder injury, that the cooking and shopping didn't go too well?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Is that what?


Q. Is that one of the reasons?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Am I the only one not getting the joke?


Q. When you play on clay, sometimes you're hitting the ball hard, hard. If it doesn't come in, you must be more patient with --

MARIA SHARAPOVA: You're maybe a coach? I mean, it's like more of a coaching advice rather than a question here.


Lol...haha Maria :haha: :devil:

Shoulderpova
Jun 2nd, 2007, 03:40 PM
Good luck Masha. Patty will be tough but i think Maria can do it. Just do it Masha :kiss:

morningglory
Jun 2nd, 2007, 03:41 PM
Well Patty had to dig deep today and so... hey maybe she'll give MaSha a "relatively-free" pass to the QF's?! :devil: Just do your best angel! And take another cortisone shot if you need to :o

Rod the Bama
Jun 2nd, 2007, 03:41 PM
Another good win for Maria today. :clap2: The only negatives were all the unforced errors, the lapse in the 2nd set and the shoulder acting up. The latter is definitely most worrisome, especially with Patty tomorrow. Still i expect Maria to play hard and fight on like she usually does. BTW i`m very glad that the match is the last one scheduled on Lenglen, which means i get to see it and Maria can have some more time to rest. :)

Slampova
Jun 2nd, 2007, 05:13 PM
Today's interview was quite encouraging actually. I expected her to hint at withdrawing due to her injury or something, but she seems to be ok playing with it... Good Luck against Patty tomorrow.

Confident
Jun 2nd, 2007, 05:32 PM
It was typical Maria today, I was sure she'd do it in 2 sets.:) Patty will be tough, but I believe Masha will do her best to beat her.

nelsondan
Jun 2nd, 2007, 05:45 PM
Today's interview was quite encouraging actually. I expected her to hint at withdrawing due to her injury or something, but she seems to be ok playing with it... Good Luck against Patty tomorrow.

I read the interview---then i watched it. I don't know how she can keep her composure when they are asking such dumb questions. Not hostile so much as just plain dumb. Some of the reporters seem ill-prepared.

Yesterday she had a good interview----every day is different, i guess.

ImaVeggie
Jun 2nd, 2007, 05:49 PM
:confused: Why oh why did Maria "argue" the call when Alla's ball, that was going long, hit Maria's leg? She knows the rule. It pissed me off and I like her.:confused:

Emina.
Jun 2nd, 2007, 05:52 PM
Patty :unsure:

Vamos Masha!!! you can do it :rocker2: :worship:

Emina.
Jun 2nd, 2007, 05:56 PM
:confused: Why oh why did Maria "argue" the call when Alla's ball, that was going long, hit Maria's leg? She knows the rule. It pissed me off and I like her.:confused:

well i guess its very easy to judge...its not easy to play there injured with all that pressure ...Maria was tired, she was nervous..shes human after all!

Mikey B
Jun 2nd, 2007, 05:59 PM
:confused: Why oh why did Maria "argue" the call when Alla's ball, that was going long, hit Maria's leg? She knows the rule. It pissed me off and I like her.:confused:

i think that was just a way of getting out some frustration of the double faults...

shad9480
Jun 2nd, 2007, 06:04 PM
:confused: Why oh why did Maria "argue" the call when Alla's ball, that was going long, hit Maria's leg? She knows the rule. It pissed me off and I like her.:confused:

Yes...I noticed that too. I wonder why Maria didn't get bashed in GM for that :scratch:. I'm not pissed off but I think it's funny and amusing :rolls:. How she acted innocent and asked the umpire about it :lol:. Oh Masha :o. Or maybe she's delusional again under the influence of the cortisone shot as she was delusional in the heat :shrug: :p

Cut Masha some slack, Maria ;)

ImaVeggie
Jun 2nd, 2007, 06:10 PM
Hmm... do her fans, and I am one of, have to simply accept & excuse a bad move on her part? I used the phrase "pissed off"; it was really more like irked. It just didn't seem right.