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azdaja
May 30th, 2007, 09:35 PM
i feel that this great partnership deserves a separate thread in this forum :banana:

and i also feel like starting threads tonight :o

good luck tomorrow :bounce: it would be so cool to see them winning some titles :drool:

Dexter
May 30th, 2007, 09:41 PM
Good idea, Srdjan. Let it be a thread to cheer/celebrate the best/hottest team that has ever graced tennis courts. :hearts:

AJDE/DAWAJ!!! :bigclap:

azdaja
May 30th, 2007, 10:08 PM
yeah, go girls :bounce:

and how cool is this picture?

http://i139.photobucket.com/albums/q295/onestupiddogg/ana-ivanovic-marija-kirilenko-001_4.jpg

ce
May 30th, 2007, 10:36 PM
the prettiest picture:awww:

dybbuk
May 31st, 2007, 12:14 PM
Good luck today :banana:

DAVAJ MKirilenko
May 31st, 2007, 04:23 PM
Looks like the last match of Maria at RG 2007.
1-6 1-3 down :help:

Dexter
May 31st, 2007, 04:42 PM
16 26. :awww:

Who cares! Our girls are hott... plus they're totally gonna PWN on grass. :cool:

Tenis Srbija
May 31st, 2007, 06:40 PM
yeah, go girls :bounce:

and how cool is this picture?

http://i139.photobucket.com/albums/q295/onestupiddogg/ana-ivanovic-marija-kirilenko-001_4.jpg

:hearts: :hearts:

azdaja
May 31st, 2007, 08:17 PM
it's a pity, but it was a tough draw for them. better luck next time. i'm sure at some point they will start winning again :yeah:

Rod the Bama
May 31st, 2007, 11:13 PM
What a terrible match for our favorite team. :sad: I also hope that they can get it going soon starting with grass court season.

dulkogii
May 31st, 2007, 11:44 PM
What a terrible match

kirilenko_ishot
Jun 10th, 2007, 04:08 AM
This is an interview with ana and maria taken from ana's website.


We recently talked to Ana about her doubles partnership with Maria Kirilenko:

How exactly did you and Maria first start playing together?
In Australia last year we had a couple of practices together after we had lost in singles. We were both waiting to go to Tokyo. She asked me if Iíd like to play doubles. At the time I wasnít planning to play, but then I thought it would be good to get some more matches. We played well and reached the semi-finals. She had a partner at that time, [Gisela] Dulko, but after that we became a team.

Itís obvious by looking at photos of you and Maria in action that you are both enjoying your matches. Some doubles teams say that they play for fun and donít take it so seriously. Is this your attitude too?
Of course we always want to win the tournament! We have goals, but for us itís important that we have fun on the court. We realised that when we are smiling and enjoying it, thatís when we are winning; when we get disappointed we start losing. We just want to enjoy and smile and play some good tennis, and practice. But of course our goal is always to win.

Apart from the enjoyment factor and the extra competition, are there any other benefits to playing doubles?
It helps with the serve, volleys and tactics. Itís much faster than singles so itís exciting and very interesting. Sometimes you try different serves or volleys, different angles that you might not use in singles.

Is it more exciting than singles?
Itís a very different game. I would say it is already more entertaining than singles because there are more players on the court and volleys are coming quickly to each player. This can be more entertaining for the crowd.

Following yesterdayís interview with Ana about their doubles partnership, today we talk to Maria Kirilenko about the team game:

You and Ana are usually the team that the crowd supports. Does this add pressure, or does it give you more confidence?
Thatís right, Ana and I have a lot of supporters, which is great. Maybe itís because of our blonde-brunette combination?! :) The crowd support for sure provides more confidence and gives us the strength to do better. For sure, I feel no pressure.

You played with Gisela Dulko for some time before you and Ana became a team. Is it difficult to tell a partner who you have played with regularly that you would like to play with someone else?
Of course itís difficult to tell your partner that you are going to play with someone else, especially when you become friends with your long-term doubles partner. Usually my partner and I discuss the calendar and choose the tournaments we will play doubles at well in advance. If during playing together we feel that it is not working well anymore, we make the mutual decision to go ahead and find ourselves other partners. But again, in my history it has always been mutually beneficial changes and there is never any ill feeling.

You have excellent reflexes and have enjoyed a lot of success in doubles. Do you think you can reach the top 10 in doubles?
Thank you! Yes, I enjoy playing doubles very much and I also like the fact that I can practice some areas of my game to use it in singles. At this moment I have agreed to play doubles with Ana and I believe if we do well we have good chances to reach the top 10 and hopefully make it to Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Championships in doubles!

You are still learning English Ė is communication ever a problem on the court? Did you ever have a funny misunderstanding with your partner because you were not speaking your native language?
Ana and I try to speak simple phrases on the court so we donít make our game more complicated. Playing doubles for a number of years now, I do not have any misunderstanding with my partners. Ana and I speak English to each other, but sometimes we can talk Russian-Serbian so our opponents do not understand us. :)

Cp6uja
Jun 13th, 2007, 02:21 AM
Two announcements! / June 12, 2007

...

The other thing is that I’m going to be playing less doubles. I had planned to play some tournaments with Maria Kirilenko but now I decided that I need to focus more on singles. Doubles is great fun, but it can cause problems for singles, especially when there is a rain delay, or you need extra recovery time.
The worst thing would be if I had to withdraw from the doubles competition during a Grand Slam, because I was tired and needed to rest for singles – I would feel very bad, letting down a partner like that. Actually I would play anyway out of obligation, and that would not be a good situation.
So I decided it was best not to commit to anything. Maria and I are good friends and she also thinks it’s a good decision.

This is end of one of hottest tennis doubles in history :sad: ... but Ana :angel: have right decission. TOP5 players have more troubles with doubles than help.

kirilenko_ishot
Jun 13th, 2007, 06:42 AM
its probably too much tennis for her if she continues to make the semis and finals of events. i wonder who will be makiri's new partner, perhaps back to dulko?

Dexter
Jun 13th, 2007, 07:10 AM
But she said she would play with Maria from time to time. ;) Maybe some event on HCs. ;)

dybbuk
Jun 13th, 2007, 05:01 PM
its probably too much tennis for her if she continues to make the semis and finals of events. i wonder who will be makiri's new partner, perhaps back to dulko?

I am hoping she continues to play some with Hingis. They would be a great team and Maria would learn so much from her. :worship:

Dexter
Jun 13th, 2007, 05:19 PM
Apparently Ana is going to play doubles with Daniela @ SW19. :unsure:

dybbuk
Jun 13th, 2007, 05:25 PM
What in the world is Ana thinking? :spit: Granted it would be a very nice eye candy team, she still should have went with someone else. :p

azdaja
Jun 13th, 2007, 07:36 PM
:unsure:

Natalicious
Jun 13th, 2007, 09:50 PM
really strange choice

Rod the Bama
Jun 13th, 2007, 11:19 PM
I was pretty surprised by this news when it first came out. I have a feeling that Ana and Makiri likely made a decision to go with other partners for now, especially since the results in tournaments has been disappointing. I`m willing to give Ana and Dani`s partnership at Wimbledon a chance, but at the same time, i do hope that Ana and Makiri will eventually team up again soon.

Borislove
Jun 14th, 2007, 12:16 PM
Ana has never played against Dani yet. So she realized that she should know Hantuchova's game better before the Serbia-Slovakia Fed Cup tie. And Ana decided to play together with Dani in doubles to learn her game. Very clever decision Ana! ;)

dybbuk
Jun 14th, 2007, 05:16 PM
What in the world is Ana thinking? :spit: Granted it would be a very nice eye candy team, she still should have went with someone else. :p

Someone by the name of Hellion badrepped me for this post :spit:

Dexter
Jun 14th, 2007, 06:09 PM
Someone by the name of Hellion badrepped me for this post :spit:You should've been prepared already for badreps without valid reason. ;) Especially since Ana's switched up a gear in her career-vehicle. :drive: