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heytennis
Jun 18th, 2007, 01:13 AM
Hey everyone,

I thought someone should start a thread about Wimbledon as it's getting pretty close! We can post interviews, articles, opinions, the draw.. pretty much anything Wimbledon!!

:bounce: Go Maria!! :bounce:

Zombielicious
Jun 18th, 2007, 01:29 AM
First of all, GOOD LUCK MARIA!!

and...well. Kick some ass. Because we all know you can hun! :hug:

Dan23
Jun 18th, 2007, 04:03 AM
*wheels out favourite Wimby pic again* :lol:

http://img260.imageshack.us/img260/1833/wimbledon04148hy1.jpg

Long may there be more of those! :cool:

Maria is slowly getting back to some good form and put together some good patches in Birmingham....now its about doing it more regularly and making her serve a fortress as it was last year. Good luck Masha!

Andy.
Jun 18th, 2007, 07:35 AM
Im have been very encouraged by Masha's improvment over her last 3 events. She is on her way back and her serve is making gradual strides. With another week of practice I expect her to be even better come Wimbledon and for once she wont have all the pressure on her to win. That now falls with Justine, Serena, Ana and Jelena and I think Masha will enjoy being in that position.

sharapovarulz1
Jun 18th, 2007, 11:47 AM
Great idea to start a thread, Wimbledon is drawing in on us and I believe Masha's form is coming back just in time :D

Zombielicious
Jun 18th, 2007, 04:53 PM
http://i176.photobucket.com/albums/w195/AnyasRextasy/wim183101395368576.jpg
http://i176.photobucket.com/albums/w195/AnyasRextasy/wim164081722259521.jpg

You can do it Maria! :yeah::bigclap:

Mikey B
Jun 18th, 2007, 05:05 PM
yay! bring on the white and green!!!! this is my favourite time of year in the tennis season, being a londoner i think the atmosphere of wimbly is just so strong!!!

i really hope and believe maria will do well this year, a win would just be amazing! good luck and cant wait to see you get to your best tennis again at your favourite tournament!!!

sharapovarulz1
Jun 18th, 2007, 07:35 PM
I have to agree i love this time of year not only is it my birthday but it's wimbledon and i always take 2 weeks off work so i can sit at home and watch the championships! Highlight of my summer! lol

schorsch
Jun 18th, 2007, 07:45 PM
i cant wait for wimbledon to start again. i just love this tournament so much. its so classy. masha can win it again this year, no doubt. go masha ! :D

sharapovarulz1
Jun 18th, 2007, 09:40 PM
Here, here!

ImaVeggie
Jun 18th, 2007, 10:52 PM
... it's wimbledon and i always take 2 weeks off work so i can sit at home and watch the championships! Highlight of my summer! lol

That's awesome! Good for you! I love it!

tennisvulture
Jun 19th, 2007, 08:49 AM
I know Maria has not been playing that well recently, but i have this weird feeling that Wimbledon will turn her season around. It is going to be huge as she has what it takes to get back that dish she wants so badly. Davai Maria. Make my summer lady...

Maria Croft
Jun 19th, 2007, 09:07 AM
Maria in a slam let alone Wimbledon will be very tough to beat.
If we look at the Australian Open and Roland Garros this year were she had her best runs so far without playing that well.

Wimbledon really looks like this could be her third slam, seeing as how she is finding her serve again :)

trisco
Jun 19th, 2007, 12:55 PM
I have to agree i love this time of year not only is it my birthday but it's wimbledon and i always take 2 weeks off work so i can sit at home and watch the championships! Highlight of my summer! lol


lol :D

Same here, I shall be having 2 weeks off glued to the TV cheeering on Maria, I think it is a ritual for Brit tennis fans to take holiday around this time of year!

P_Fer
Jun 19th, 2007, 02:34 PM
Good luck Masha! I know you can win it :)

ImaVeggie
Jun 19th, 2007, 03:06 PM
lol :D

Same here, I shall be having 2 weeks off glued to the TV cheeering on Maria, I think it is a ritual for Brit tennis fans to take holiday around this time of year!


You too! How truly awesome!

heytennis
Jun 19th, 2007, 04:46 PM
I cant wait for a rematch with Serena. My dream run for Maria would be Ivanovic in the quarters, Jankovic/Serena in the semis and then Mauresmo in the final.

sharapovarulz1
Jun 19th, 2007, 05:59 PM
You too! How truly awesome!

I think it is a ritual because I know atleast 8 people who are taking the 2 weeks off work :D We British love our wimbledon :worship:

Princeza
Jun 19th, 2007, 06:37 PM
i wont be able to watch it :sobbing:
Counting on you guys to make great reports!

Emina.
Jun 19th, 2007, 06:44 PM
I cant wait for a rematch with Serena. My dream run for Maria would be Ivanovic in the quarters, Jankovic/Serena in the semis and then Mauresmo in the final.

that would be awesome!! :) :bounce:

born to play
Jun 19th, 2007, 06:48 PM
Sharapova confident ahead of Wimbledon
Monday June 18, 2:08 PM

Maria Sharapova returns to her favourite tournament next week feeling stronger than ever and confident she can repeat her 2004 success.

The Russian surprised many people, including herself, by reaching the French Open semi-finals earlier this month, on one of her least favourite surfaces and while still recovering from a shoulder injury that sidelined her for two months.

"I think that definitely gives me a lot of confidence moving on to the grass season," the 20-year-old world No.2 said.

"If my shoulder holds up and goes the way it went the last two weeks then I'm definitely really confident."

On grass she is a far cry from the 'cow on ice' description she gave herself on clay in Paris and her record at Wimbledon of two semi-final appearances since her win backs up her belief that she is a top contender this year.

"Grass definitely suits my game. With the power and the big first serve I feel I can get a good start on the point," she said.

Since winning Wimbledon as a 17-year-old, Sharapova has worked on the physical aspect of her game and gone from what she described as "a little skinny girl the size of spaghetti" to a more powerful-looking player.

"That's something that I've been working on for the last few years and I feel like I'm getting there. Year by year I feel stronger than last year so I've definitely made progress," said Sharapova, who won the US Open last year.

Booed by sections of the crowd in Paris following perceived gamesmanship during one match, Sharapova said she expected onlookers in southwest London to show much less hostility.

"The crowd in London is definitely more traditional. I think they're respectful and very proper," she said.

Even if they should turn against her, she will not let it bother her.

"I don't usually focus on the crowd because when I'm playing tennis I'm in my own little bubble and that's when I play my best when I go without any other distractions," Sharapova said.

She said the players posing the greatest threat to her title bid could be the lesser known ones rather than the big names on the WTA Tour.

"Sometimes girls that have nothing to lose are the most dangerous because they come out swinging," she said.

Sharapova admitted that while a second Wimbledon crown would never be as special as the first, it would still be very meaningful.

"I haven't held up that trophy in three years so I definitely want to put my name back on the board and update it," she said.

http://au.sports.yahoo.com/070618/2/1a3iv.html

Natasc
Jun 19th, 2007, 07:03 PM
Great words from Maria!!
Thank you a lot and again BTP (born to play)!!

born to play
Jun 19th, 2007, 07:04 PM
Great words from Maria!!
Thank you a lot and again BTP (born to play)!!
You're welcome ;)

born to play
Jun 19th, 2007, 07:06 PM
http://img136.imageshack.us/img136/2070/fullgetty71355408dm054wimbledo.jpg

Good luck Masha!! Удачи Маша!!

born to play
Jun 19th, 2007, 07:24 PM
Sharapova to try to overcome injuries at Wimbledon
June 19, 2007

By Bill Pierce Special to PA SportsTicker

First she was "The Dream Girl." Then she became known as "The Scream Girl."

But recently, the tortured noise Maria Sharapova makes on court when she releases her lacerating artillery of match-winning strokes have largely been caused by sheer pain.

Is it the most beautiful sound in the world you ever heard? Or just another facet of the interminable question of how do you solve a problem called Maria?

Ah, Maria Sharapova. The towering, self-confident pin-up idol of the women's game.

Yet suddenly there are doubts over the Russian-born blonde beauty, now 20, who graduated from the famous Nick Bolletieri academy in Florida with a career that broke the stranglehold of the rampaging Williams sisters. The star with the catwalk model looks who three years ago became Wimbledon's third-youngest winner, after Britain's Lottie Dod and Martina Hingis.

Last year, Sharapova tamed the technocratic brilliance of Belgium's Justin Henin to lift the U.S. Open crown, but she has suddenly been hit by the agony of her art. Hamstring and shoulder injuries have badly hampered her preparations to land the fabulous double of both those British and American Grand Slams in the same year.

After a sad defeat by comeback queen Serena Williams in January's final of the Australian Open - Sharapova took just three games from the barnstorming American, whom she beat to win Wimbledon in 2004 - followed by a series of top tournaments in which she had to retire hurt, it was not until late May she was able to step back into the arena.

Despite that humiliation by Williams, the cold-eyed blonde from Siberia briefly regained her No. 1 ranking - for a third time - in the same month. But her early exits on tour in Tokyo, Dubai and Charleston have put a huge question mark over her latest Wimbledon adventure.

A tentative return to action in Istanbul after two months of rehabilitation was precious little preparation for the French clay in Roland Garros, where she rarely finds her peak form. She reached the semifinals before losing to Ana Ivanovic but has lost none of her determination.

"It has been tough, but the positive thing was not having to live out of a suitcase and get up at 5 a.m. for two months," she said. "Hopefully, the break will have refreshed me and brought back the motivation that was always there."

Sharapova remains the world's highest-paid female athlete, although a huge percentage of her wealth has been accumulated through sponsorships, endorsements and modeling.

From her June 2004 triumph until her Wimbledon semifinal appearance in 2005, Sharapova won 22 straight matches on grass, including back-to-back Birmingham titles and the Wimbledon crown. But last year, she lost to Jamea Jackson in failing in a bid for a "three-peat" at Birmingham and again in the semifinals of Wimbledon to eventual winner Amelie Mauresmo.

Sharapova, who would love to land another Wimbledon crown, has never forgotten her roots. He parents moved from Gomel, Belarus, to Siberia in 1986 after the Chernobyl nuclear accident. She was born in Nyagan the following year and is a generous contributor to the charity funds which support the victims of that disaster.

Her tennis potential blossomed so quickly that she was taken to the United States by her father. She has lived there since but retains Russian citizenship. Last year, she bought a beachfront home in Manhattan Beach, California, but when not on tour lives most of the year near the IMG training facility in Bradenton, Florida.

Sharapova has also been featured in several Nike marketing campaigns, including one last year that had her walking and riding through the streets of New York and Arthur Ashe Stadium while everyone around her sings "I Feel Pretty" - until she returns a serve with her trademark loud grunt. The money from her multiple endorsements dwarf what she has won as a player.

"It's never enough," she said in one interview. "Bring on the money. There's no limit to how much you can make."

But in another TV interview, she explained that the money is merely a way to help.

"One of the greatest things about being an athlete and making money is realizing that you can help people in the world, and especially children, who I absolutely love working with," she said.

If she triumphs at Wimbledon again, the children can expect a little windfall as well.

http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/news?slug=txwimbledonsharapova&prov=st&type=lgns

Сузи
Jun 19th, 2007, 08:07 PM
Thanks born to play! :)

Natasc
Jun 19th, 2007, 08:07 PM
thanks for the articles
and I would say... keep the great pictures coming!!

sharapovarulz1
Jun 19th, 2007, 09:36 PM
Great articles thanks!

Zombielicious
Jun 19th, 2007, 09:37 PM
http://i176.photobucket.com/albums/w195/AnyasRextasy/sharapova11.jpg
http://i176.photobucket.com/albums/w195/AnyasRextasy/untitled-11.jpg
http://i176.photobucket.com/albums/w195/AnyasRextasy/aweta.jpg

Maria Croft
Jun 20th, 2007, 07:42 AM
Early exit is a Tier 1 SF?

And she didn't even play Charleston and Dubai :lol:

Still a nice article though ;)

Dan23
Jun 20th, 2007, 08:55 AM
Yea i noticed the inaccuracies...then gave up reading it :o

sharapovarulz1
Jun 20th, 2007, 11:26 AM
Lol there good aint they!

bellascarlett
Jun 20th, 2007, 11:57 AM
:wavey: guys!

Funny I was superstitious about staying away during RG as it started out that way for me but oh well didn't work enough...but good to get to a semi, her best showing ever. So pretty good. :lol:

Anyway, don't mind me. Just to say I feel really good about this year's Wimbledon and Maria's chances. She's shown much improvement in the last month and even though she lost in Birmingham, it indicated that her serve is heading in the right direction. Just a matter of adjusting a few things here and there. She was totally in control of her destiny in the Birmingham final. Just didn't take it. I'm hoping she does take it at Wimbledon though if given the chance as she's got a great one in my view. :)

Here's to all of us having a great Wimbledon 2007! :rocker2:

Natasc
Jun 20th, 2007, 12:10 PM
yeah...I was messing you Bella!! :hug:
anyway, you will be with us for Wimby?

Andy.
Jun 20th, 2007, 12:45 PM
Yeah for some reason I feel really good about this years Wimbledon. Masha could really do things here, I just can feel it.

msharafan
Jun 20th, 2007, 01:12 PM
ye i too feel maria can do really well here its just a suspicicious feeling that she really could do some damage to the draw. of course though it all depeneds if she gets serena in the quaters if she does i dont see her getting past serena but well have to wait and see im feeling very positive about a good run here! good luck maria! :)

Doc
Jun 20th, 2007, 01:23 PM
A lot depends on how kind the draw is to Maria. You can't win with a really stinking draw. But Maria has at least as much chance as any of the other top five players. You can never discount the Williams either. Hoping she gets things going for her this time and keeps fit and well!

heytennis
Jun 20th, 2007, 05:06 PM
A lot depends on how kind the draw is to Maria. You can't win with a really stinking draw. But Maria has at least as much chance as any of the other top five players. You can never discount the Williams either. Hoping she gets things going for her this time and keeps fit and well!

I hope Maria gets a terrible draw to prove haters wrong! Then she will beat everyone in her path and prove she is number one!:worship:

jacobruiz
Jun 20th, 2007, 11:10 PM
I hope Maria gets a terrible draw to prove haters wrong! Then she will beat everyone in her path and prove she is number one!:worship:


Yeah - my dream would be for Maria to beat Venus in the quarters, Justine in the semi and Serena in the final!:drool: Which she could certainly do, seeing as she has already beaten Ree and Justine in slam finals and Venus numerous times before.

I suppose I would have to fit JJ in there someplace now.

zayos_10
Jun 20th, 2007, 11:27 PM
Yeah - my dream would be for Maria to beat Venus in the quarters, Justine in the semi and Serena in the final!:drool: Which she could certainly do, seeing as she has already beaten Ree and Justine in slam finals and Venus numerous times before.

I suppose I would have to fit JJ in there someplace now.

Well, justine is the No. 1 seed and Maria is the No.2, so I think it would have to be Serena in the semis and Justine in the final :)

Natasc
Jun 21st, 2007, 12:12 AM
Yeah - my dream would be for Maria to beat Venus in the quarters, Justine in the semi and Serena in the final!:drool: Which she could certainly do, seeing as she has already beaten Ree and Justine in slam finals and Venus numerous times before.

I suppose I would have to fit JJ in there someplace now.

you forgot Janko and Ana during her run to the title!! :devil:
I'm with you on Henin and Serena!!
I'm dying for see she beating Serena!!
but now everytime she sees Serena I got scared...after all the beating...
I really think that Serena deeply hates Maria...
which make one more reason for me want to Maria to beat the crap out of her (beside some of her annoying fans... :o )

sharapovarulz1
Jun 21st, 2007, 11:38 AM
Yeah - my dream would be for Maria to beat Venus in the quarters, Justine in the semi and Serena in the final!:drool: Which she could certainly do, seeing as she has already beaten Ree and Justine in slam finals and Venus numerous times before.

I suppose I would have to fit JJ in there someplace now.

That would be heaven!:drool:

Maria Croft
Jun 21st, 2007, 04:16 PM
I hope Maria gets a terrible draw to prove haters wrong! Then she will beat everyone in her path and prove she is number one!:worship:

Lol, she could draw (not that it's possible) Serena, Henin, Jankovic and Ivanovic all in the first round and the haters would still think she would have an easy draw :p

You can't prove anything to the haters, so instead I want her to have a good draw and be ready to do some massive damage by the time she's in the second week ;)

sharapovarulz1
Jun 21st, 2007, 05:36 PM
Lol, she could draw (not that it's possible) Serena, Henin, Jankovic and Ivanovic all in the first round and the haters would still think she would have an easy draw :p

You can't prove anything to the haters, so instead I want her to have a good draw and be ready to do some massive damage by the time she's in the second week ;)

Hear, hear! :D

schorsch
Jun 21st, 2007, 08:32 PM
go masha :) play stellar tennis in your little garden ;)

i'm so looking forward to wimbledon.

Mike_from_Russia
Jun 21st, 2007, 08:52 PM
According to www.wimbledon.org (http://www.wimbledon.org), Draw is on Friday at 10.00 AM local time... Which means 13.00 Moscow time... Can't wait for it! Good luck with the draw, Maria, and GOOD LUCK on the tournament! Удачи, Маша! :clap2:

sharapovarulz1
Jun 21st, 2007, 09:18 PM
I am so excited about the draw tomorrow!

Rod the Bama
Jun 21st, 2007, 09:54 PM
I also can`t wait to see it. I`m very interested to see who will be in Masha`s section.

domon17th
Jun 22nd, 2007, 06:08 AM
Other than obviously the draw, I'm also kind of interested to see what masha would be wearing for this year's wimbledon.

Kim's_fan_4ever
Jun 22nd, 2007, 10:15 AM
Maria's quarter

Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS [5] vs. Julia Vakulenko UKR
Bethanie Mattek USA vs. Vasilisa Bardina RUS
Tsvetana Pironkova BLR vs. Agnieszka Radwanska POL
Martina Muller GER [32] vs. Anna Smashnova ISR

Tatiana Golovin FRA [17] vs. Su-Wei Hsieh TPE [Q]
Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE [Q] vs. Tamira Paszek AUT
Catalina Castano COL vs. Iveta Benesova CZE
Elena Dementieva RUS [12] vs. Nathalie Dechy FRA

Dinara Safina RUS [13] vs. Kateryna Bondarenko UKR
Alberta Brianti ITA vs. Akiko Morigami JPN
Shuai Peng CHN vs. Hana Sromova CZE [Q]
Venus Williams USA [23] vs. Alla Kudryavtseva RUS

Ai Sugiyama JPN [26] vs. Melanie South GBR [WC]
Maria Kirilenko RUS vs. Alize Cornet FRA [LL]
Severine Bremond FRA vs. Ekaterina Bychkova RUS
Maria Sharapova RUS [2] vs. Yung-Jan Chan TPE

Mauresmo in semis.

Kim's_fan_4ever
Jun 22nd, 2007, 10:16 AM
Possible 4R match with Venus, the previous rounds rather easy.

xan
Jun 22nd, 2007, 10:24 AM
There are some good players in Maria's quarter - but hopefully she will be able to overcome them.

A possible semi with Mauresmo again. Hopefully Maria makes it there easy and gains a revenge.

Princeza
Jun 22nd, 2007, 10:29 AM
Possibly Vee :scared:

Shoulderpova
Jun 22nd, 2007, 10:33 AM
:scared::scared::scared::scared::scared:

domon17th
Jun 22nd, 2007, 10:48 AM
I'm worried about e 4th round matchup. But if vee is still playing like she did in Miami, then Masha would triumph. But again this is grass. Quarters shldn't be much to worry about, Kuznetsova's form seem questionable.

And yes a revenge over Mauresmo in the semi would be great, highlighted by a triumph over Serena/Henin in the finals would be almost orgasmic. :P

Emina.
Jun 22nd, 2007, 01:03 PM
the draw is ok. :)

Aravanecaravan
Jun 22nd, 2007, 01:41 PM
An excellent draw. Not easy at all, but it will get her prepared. Maria's the #2 player in the world, she has a superb record against Williams, so that isn't anything to worry about IMO. Two years ago was two years ago--an eternity in tennis time. Sharapova's a much better all-around player now, and Williams is 27 and woefully inconsistent. In Miami, with zero weapons and playing arguably her worst tennis of the year, Maria still managed to beat her. If Maria plays a solid match, she'll breeze through that--if Venus gets there.

Kuznetsova will be tougher, if she's playing her best, but I still think Maria can get through that fairly easily. Mauresmo will be a good match for her, because if there is one thing that Maria can't stand, it's losing to the same player twice. She'll be motivated to avenge that unfortunate loss to Momo last year.

I'm confident that Masha will be in the semis, and likely the final.

If her shoulder holds up for 7 matches, I give her a good shot at winning.

Natasc
Jun 22nd, 2007, 02:29 PM
Mauremos on Semis and Serena on final..... a rematch of the title that give ths star condition to Maria!! :hearts:
Come On Maria!! Just hope you fight hard enought to get there!!

Slampova
Jun 22nd, 2007, 03:05 PM
Possible Maria/Maria 3R Matchup :drool::hearts:
I actually really like this draw... I can't see Maria losing to Venus in the 4R and a QF against Kuznetsova is very winnable. Mauresmo could be tough, but theres also the possibilty of the first ever Maria/Nicole encounter which would be great :lol:

Win it all Maria, end the title drought. Take it one match at a time and reclaim your crown :)!

Maria Croft
Jun 22nd, 2007, 04:00 PM
I think it's a great draw, I also agree that Venus isn't that tough as a 4th round opponent compared to some of the others she could have gotten, but a challenge of course, she is still a Williams on a grass court, but I wouldn't be surprised to see Safina make it to the 4th round.

Kuznetsova as a possible QF opponent isn't bad either, especially once Maria gets herself going being in the second week and all that :)

sharapovarulz1
Jun 22nd, 2007, 04:17 PM
Possible Maria/Maria 3R Matchup :drool::hearts:
I actually really like this draw... I can't see Maria losing to Venus in the 4R and a QF against Kuznetsova is very winnable. Mauresmo could be tough, but theres also the possibilty of the first ever Maria/Nicole encounter which would be great :lol:

Win it all Maria, end the title drought. Take it one match at a time and reclaim your crown :)!

Maria/Maria 3R, i know where your coming from :hearts: :hearts:

schorsch
Jun 22nd, 2007, 04:18 PM
i "quite" like the draw. i hope this wimbledon she goes at least one further and absolutely demolished everyone on her way.

jelena vs masha in the finals would be :drool:

sharapovarulz1
Jun 22nd, 2007, 05:02 PM
Oh yes maybe a little bit of revenge there on Jankovic!

Lefty.
Jun 22nd, 2007, 05:10 PM
Rather worried about that 4th round. :( Vee is usually a different story at Wimbledon. We'll see I guess.

Zombielicious
Jun 22nd, 2007, 05:51 PM
Good luck Maria!

swissmr
Jun 22nd, 2007, 06:30 PM
Rather worried about that 4th round. :( Vee is usually a different story at Wimbledon. We'll see I guess.

Yep I agree, you can never underestimate Venus at Wimbledon. If she can make it past this though, I think she's in the final. I don't think she'll lose to Mauresmo again on grass, and Vaidisova shouldn't be a problem for her either.

daniela86
Jun 22nd, 2007, 08:54 PM
Yep I agree, you can never underestimate Venus at Wimbledon. If she can make it past this though, I think she's in the final. I don't think she'll lose to Mauresmo again on grass, and Vaidisova shouldn't be a problem for her either.

Indeed,Venus would be a very tough opponent and I agree that Masha is likely to reach the final if she beats Vee despite the fact that I watched Mauresmo-Santangelo and Mauresmo played great. :unsure: :unsure:
Davai Masha,best of luck! :rocker2: Davai:rocker2: :rocker2:!! Take the title :bigclap: :bigclap:!

Kitten63
Jun 22nd, 2007, 10:32 PM
Good Draw. I am worried about Venus though.
Good luck Masha!

Andy.
Jun 23rd, 2007, 03:24 AM
I would say that she has got a pretty tough draw, Venus is sooo goood on grass and just becomes a different player at Wimbledon. Masha will really have to be on her game for that match up if it happens. If she can get past that she has a great chance to make the final.

Dan23
Jun 23rd, 2007, 09:30 AM
As good a draw as you could hope for I reckon with a lot of quality players around. Being the #2 seed thats the way it should be up to the QF/SF's.

If Maria can continue to improve over the opening week then who knows what she can achieve here :cool:

Porcupine
Jun 23rd, 2007, 11:32 AM
Just 1 more day and we''l see Maria back on grass again. :D:D:D I'll probably just be able to watch the first week :sad: and maybe some matches of the 2nd week. Vacation :p:p:p

Maria has a quite good draw. The 4th R encounter with Venus is a bit worry. If Venus remembers her 2005 Wimbly it's gonna be a nail-bitting match. But what I'm saying "what if" for? :lol: I'm gonna enjoy each matches and not thinking 'bout 4R until it comes :p Good luck throughout the whole tourney Maria!

Sharapower8
Jun 23rd, 2007, 02:17 PM
Good luck Maria ! :hug: I know you can do it !! :bounce:

Confident
Jun 23rd, 2007, 02:27 PM
As she'll begin the "big" tournament, I'll finish my "big" exams. So good luck both of us, haha!:angel: ;)

heytennis
Jun 23rd, 2007, 07:12 PM
I think she will be going through Chan, Bremond, Kirilenko, Safina, Kuznetsova, Mauresmo and then Jankovic. Good Luck Masha!

Natasc
Jun 23rd, 2007, 07:17 PM
Janko beating Henin and/or Serena??
don't think so... if she (Maria) manage to reach the final she will face either Henin or Serena
I'm cheering for a replay of Wimby'04 final here :D :yeah:

Natasc
Jun 23rd, 2007, 08:50 PM
ATTENTION...Maria's WIMBY interview from today!! YEAY!!


Maria Sharapova

M. Sharapova - 23 June
Saturday, 23 June, 2007


Q. You've had a week off, got some grass court matches in, probably two more than you wanted in one day. But can you tell us about the shoulder? How much better is it? Can you stand up there and hit 110 miles an hour serves right now?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I can. Some days are better than others. It's still not exactly where I want it to be. But I've said that in the last few weeks and I've been able to play good and steady.
I'm happy that I got to play. My goal in Birmingham was to play as many matches as I can, and I did that. After playing that many matches in a couple days my shoulder held up well. That was a really good sign.
It's always good to get a few days off, just practice on the courts here before we start.

Q. Will you compensate for that by maybe taking a little pace off the serve, try to be more careful with the location of the first serve?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, I wouldn't say -- I don't have the strongest or the biggest serve on tour. I do rely a lot on placement most times. It depends who I play, what I feel will be necessary.
But I've always thought that placement is more important than speed, especially in my case.

Q. What does the institution of equal pay here mean to you?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: It's incredible. I think all the girls have stood up as a team and have been fighting for such a long period of time. I remember last year it was one of the questions that was greatly asked in all the press conferences that most of us got.
We just kept fighting. We believed we were going to get what we asked for, and we did. At the end of the day I don't think anyone really thought that it was about dollars, a few pounds here and there. I think it was just about, you know, the fact that we were equal to men, which is incredible.

Q. This time last year you came to Wimbledon, you had your one Grand Slam title. People were saying, Is that it?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I remember that (laughter).

Q. I'm sure that was beginning to annoy you. Here we are now. You have a second Grand Slam title. What does that US Open win mean in terms of a statement? What does it mean in terms of your mood, your view coming to Wimbledon now?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I just think there's more of a rush outside me. I didn't have any rush feeling within myself because I knew what I was capable of. I always told people, Look, I have won a Grand Slam, but I won it when I was 17. I never really thought that I was ready to do that.
Last year's US Open, I really thought that I was physically and mentally ready to do it. It showed, especially beating Amélie in three sets and going the next day and beating Justine in two.
Of course, you never know what can happen on a particular day. You might get an injury, might not feel as great. But with a little bit of luck, with confidence, I had a good few weeks coming up to the Open where I got a lot of good matches. I beat Kim for the first time in my career with a really solid win.
I was just playing really good tennis. I was comfortable out there. It all came together. It was one of those moments where that's what you hope for. That's just what happened. That definitely gives me confidence looking on. If I could do it on hard court, I can definitely do it on grass again.

Q. Is it necessarily important that you haven't won a tournament this year going into Wimbledon, although you've come close?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I have. It's been a little bit of an up-and-down year, considering that I did get to the final of the first major, then had a little bit of a slump, had the shoulder injury, which was quite a long time being out of the game. I'm doing better than I thought I could have done, considering I didn't even know if I was going to play the French.
Yeah, I mean, it's been a little bit up and down, but I'm still grateful for doing whatever I was capable of doing.

Q. Can you compare the Maria Sharapova who came here at 17 and won the Wimbledon title with the Maria Sharapova sitting here today?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Uhm, I don't know. I was asked that in Birmingham actually. I said, I don't know. I said maybe my hair is a little shorter, a little darker. I don't know.
I took every match. With every match I played at 17, I mean, probably from the fourth round on, I was really thinking that I'm going to be gone soon. I was like, Oh, yes, I'm so excited. When I was playing against Lindsay and we had that rain delay, when I was down a set and a break, I was really telling everyone, We're flying out tomorrow. I'm really tired. Let's go.
I remember my dad telling me, You can do it. I'm like, Listen, you need a reality check here. I'm down a set and a break. Somehow I was able to do it. It wasn't like I could or I couldn't, I just didn't expect much. I don't think anyone else did. It took a long time to register. Physically I never thought I would be able to do it.
That was probably the most extraordinary thing. It wasn't really about the tennis or the pressure. I just never thought that I was physically strong to go in day in, day out and compete against top players for two weeks in a row.

Q. If it comes against you and Serena again, do you think it will be the same result?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: The last couple times I played her, it was a completely different result. I'm definitely looking forward to the challenge of changing that, yeah.

Q. She was saying earlier she feels when she's playing well, on top of her game, there's no one to beat her. Do you agree with that assessment? Who are your main rivals for the title?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I mean, look, when she's playing well and she's serving the way she can really serve, what you're hoping to do is probably hold your serve, which does put a lot of pressure on her. She has one of the biggest serves on tour. She's physically one of the strongest.
Look, you never know what can happen. I mean, tennis, there's a very thin line in tennis. A lot of it is mental. A point here, a point there can change many things. On any given day things can be different.
As for the main rivals here, I mean, Justine has been probably the most consistent and top player this year, as well as last. You can never really underestimate your opponents that are not even in the top 20 because when they go out against you, they really have nothing to lose. Sometimes that's when they play their best tennis.
Any opponent is going to be a great challenge. It's just a matter of how you deal with it.

Q. Do you think Serena is really is sort of mentally a tougher player, or is she better at talking up that part of her game?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, she is definitely mentally tough. You can see that on the court. She's a fighter. She goes for her shots. If she's going to lose the match, she wants to lose it on her terms.

Q. More so than any other player? I mean, obviously all you guys have that to some level. Is she tougher than anyone else out there, or is it more she kind of speaks about it in more of a frank way?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I mean, she's won -- she must be tougher than many players because she's won a lot more Grand Slams than most of them, yeah.

Q. At the French Open, although you didn't foreclose the possibility entirely, you didn't seem terribly positive playing in the next Fed Cup round. Anything changed in that respect in your mind?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, it's still the same. I think I really have to see how it goes here. This has been, I don't know what, my seventh week on the road. After this I definitely feel like my shoulder will probably need some rest, at least a couple of weeks.
I don't know. It's tough to say right now.

Q. Would it be fair to say it's unlikely or less than 50/50?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: It's 50/50.

Q. Do you ever miss those innocent days when you turned up here, nobody knew who you were? Now you're one of the contenders.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: There's a different feeling, yeah, definitely. Even when I was 16 I got to the fourth round here. I definitely felt like that's the first time on an international level I was starting to get some recognition, when I actually realized that people are starting to look at me and to watch my tennis and all that, pay attention more closely than they did before.
But now it's just I go with the flow of things. When I walk around the streets, I don't really feel aware of people looking at me, asking me for my autograph. I just go on with my life. I'm still very surprised when I see myself in publications, when people recognize me. It's still an amazing feeling. I think I'm more freer now. I don't know. It's a different feeling. It is.

Q. How much more do you want to achieve in your career? Do you want to try to complete the set of all the four slams?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Oh, yeah.

Q. How many more Wimbledons do you think you can win, or want to win?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I'd love to win the other two. I came pretty close. Like I said, the French Open's probably going to be one of the toughest challenges in my career, but one I think I'm very capable of, especially in a few years to come. Becoming No. 1 again, maintaining it. It's a lot harder to maintain it than it is just to get there and keep it for a couple of weeks.
I'd love to win this title as many more times as I can probably more than any other tournament.

Q. It's special to you, this tournament?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Oh, yeah. It's amazing. I mean, I get goosebumps every time I drive through the village, I see my name on the board, by the trophies. It's an incredible feeling. I don't know, it's a bit surreal because I feel like it happened so long ago.
When I do see my name, it's a bit of a reality check because I'm like, Yes, that did really happen. Every year I get my member's badge. I'm like, ha-ha. It's really special because you don't think about it on a daily basis, Wow, I'm a Wimbledon champion.
You're a tennis player. You know you've achieved things. When those little things come up, you see your name as a past champion, you get your little badge, then you're like, Wow.

Q. It's history, in black and white there.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah. I think that's what's really incredible, is that no one can take that away from me. 20 years from now I can just walk around the members' area and still see my name there. It will still be on that trophy.
I was looking through a pamphlet that they gave us, to all the players, with all the information. There's this one picture of the trophy. There was my name with all the others around it. I was just staring. I'm going to tear it, frame it, put it on my black-and-white wall in my house.

Q. Did you look for your name, or did it jump out at you?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, it was -- it just hit me. I don't know. I just saw the trophy. I was like, Whoa. I kind of leaned in, That's my name.

Q. This afternoon Justine and Amélie have been battling it out in Eastbourne. Serena said she was happier to be here. What is your feeling about that? Happier to be practicing instead of playing in a tournament two days before?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I definitely prefer having a week break before a Grand Slam. That's what I've done for as much as I can remember until the French Open this year - injury provided (sic).
I do like to have that break. I was fortunate to get a Wednesday start at the French. I couldn't play tennis for two days, which helped me a lot because it was raining there.

Q. Jankovic, when she was there at Nick's, she was a little older, taken her more time to develop as an elite player. When you were there in your earlier teenage years, was there a sense that she was going to be a great champion?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Definitely. Oh, yeah. We were in a group with Tatiana, Jamea, Jelena. We didn't really practice together on a daily basis. We were really the four girls that were always trying to be surrounded by the best coaches, the best trainers.
Nick would take us, pull us aside. There would be Florida tournaments that we'd always play in. We'd play against each other all the time. I remember after the matches, we'd be going on computers, because that's when computers were first invented. It was a completely different world.
But everyone expected great things from her. She was always a very good and solid player. It's tough to say because everyone becomes themselves at a different time. Everyone matures in different ways. It takes some people longer than others. Everyone is going to have their ups and downs, everyone is going to have their peak moments at different points. It definitely took her longer. I think she's 21, something like that.

Q. Do you think she's emotionally ready to win a Grand Slam?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I mean, why not? She's playing the best tennis of her career right now. She's No. 3 in the world. She clearly doesn't have a deficit in matches. She's been playing a lot of tennis this year. I played her last week.
You can definitely sense that because coming from my experience, when I play a lot of matches, when I'm in difficult situations, I kind of had the confidence of going up to the line, not really caring, coming up with a big serve. She definitely has that right now. There's no reason why she's not ready.

Q. They always say when sports people win something at a very young age, that it kind of goes over their heads. When they get a second chance when they're older, they take it in more. At 17, did it all kind of happen too easily? Now that you're really old at 20, if you were to win again, you might take it in a bit more?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: There was the little difference with winning the US Open. When I won Wimbledon, I flew to New York, I was on talk shows, doing this and that.
After the US Open, I was just surrounded by my friends and my family. I got to appreciate it a little bit more. I kind of settled in. And I learned. After Wimbledon even the next few tournaments I played, I thought I had to win every single little thing, not realizing that was simply impossible.
After the Open, the only big thing that I did was just go on Letterman. But it was mostly just celebrated within my little group. It was really incredible.

Q. Since 17, stronger, more experience, improving your game, do you feel this Wimbledon more than ever you're ready to take the crown, provided the shoulder is okay?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Definitely. I mean, I don't see why not. I mean, I'm clearly physically fitter than I was. Each year, that's sort of a goal. When I lost against Venus in '05 my level completely dropped from the first set to the second. It was only because I couldn't really maintain that level for more than an hour.
Against top players, that is what I've improved on so much. You're always going to have your little concentration lapses throughout the match, but that's something I've definitely improved. I'm much more experienced than I was even, say, a year ago. I feel it. It's hard to explain sitting in a room. But when you're actually in the situation, you know what you're capable of. You know that you've been in those situations before. You know you can do it. That gives you a tremendous amount of confidence.
With that, all I really have to do is just step out on Centre Court. The feeling of being so grateful, that's what's most important to me, just going out on court and enjoying the atmosphere.
Winning is a lot better than losing, but that's not always the reality. I still appreciate every moment I can go out there and be healthy.

Q. We heard how special it is for you to have won Wimbledon. What about the prospect of competing for an Olympic gold medal when the games come here in 2012?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: That's pretty exciting. I always joke with my team that maybe that will be my last event that I play because it's in five years. I'm like, I'll be 25.
To be playing on Centre Court, but you know it's not for a Wimbledon title, that's something that's pretty surreal and unbelievable, considering it's a gold medal and it's something that you're doing more for your country more than ever. Tennis is an individual sport. You play for your country on a daily basis. But in the Olympics, it's more so. It's more for the pride. It's going to be a completely different experience. Fingers crossed, I'll be able to be part of it.

Q. What about your outfit here at Wimbledon this year? Anything special about it?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, it's Swan Lake inspired.

Q. I have no clue what that means.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: When you see it, you'll see a swan. You'll be inspired. My coach saw it the other day and he said he started feeding bread to it, so he got it (smiling).




My fav one:

Q. If it comes against you and Serena again, do you think it will be the same result?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: The last couple times I played her, it was a completely different result. I'm definitely looking forward to the challenge of changing that, yeah.

Mikey B
Jun 23rd, 2007, 09:02 PM
really nice interview, she always seems the most relaxed at wimbledon than possibly any other event... really hope she does well here, she deserves it after her year so far!

swan lake inspired dress? maria's into ballet?!

Kitten63
Jun 23rd, 2007, 09:30 PM
Great interview,thanks for posting Nat.

Natasc
Jun 23rd, 2007, 09:55 PM
okay stupid question alert:

IS Wimby courts already with a "roof" this year?

ImaVeggie
Jun 23rd, 2007, 09:59 PM
Thanks for the interview.

Andy.
Jun 23rd, 2007, 11:45 PM
Great interview, thanks for posting it.

sharapovarulz1
Jun 24th, 2007, 12:47 AM
No roof at Wimbledon. Great interview she's seems relaxed and ready for her first match! Yipee!

Maria Croft
Jun 24th, 2007, 12:56 AM
That really is a fantastic interview :yeah:

tennisvulture
Jun 24th, 2007, 01:02 AM
She is such a mature young lady. Good luck at W Masha!!!

Rod the Bama
Jun 24th, 2007, 01:06 AM
Thanks for posting that great interview.

domon17th
Jun 24th, 2007, 09:03 AM
ATTENTION...Maria's WIMBY interview from today!! YEAY!!


Q. What about your outfit here at Wimbledon this year? Anything special about it?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, it's Swan Lake inspired.

Q. I have no clue what that means.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: When you see it, you'll see a swan. You'll be inspired. My coach saw it the other day and he said he started feeding bread to it, so he got it (smiling).






:lol: Swan Lake inspired, wonder how it'd look like. Anyway classy interview masha.

schorsch
Jun 24th, 2007, 09:35 AM
lol i hope her fans wont throw bread onto center court, that would be a little bit weird. but it would be funny if someone took a "duck whistle" or something like that with him and used it during her match. she'd be like... mauahahhahaha my dress is inspiring :haha:

go maria you can do it!

littlemermaid
Jun 24th, 2007, 11:23 AM
:lol: I wonder what her dress will look like then? Swan lake? What did the dress in swan lake look like? A tu-tu probably!! :lol:

Andy.
Jun 24th, 2007, 11:40 AM
:lol: I wonder what her dress will look like then? Swan lake? What did the dress in swan lake look like? A tu-tu probably!! :lol:
This is her dress for Wimbledon, I guess you could say it looks swan like, I cant wait to see it on her Im sure she will look stunning in the outfit :hearts:

http://rs.tennis-warehouse.com/tw/big/NWTPD-big.jpg

xan
Jun 24th, 2007, 12:09 PM
Another great interview from Maria.

Now make it another great tournament!

Sharapower8
Jun 24th, 2007, 12:11 PM
Great interview
Thanks for posting :worship:

domon17th
Jun 24th, 2007, 12:44 PM
This is her dress for Wimbledon, I guess you could say it looks swan like, I cant wait to see it on her Im sure she will look stunning in the outfit :hearts:

http://rs.tennis-warehouse.com/tw/big/NWTPD-big.jpg

Hmm not that impressive seeing the dress alone. Collar's looking kind of like the black cocktail dress last year, hoping for a deja vu victory again?

Anyway I think the dress would look fabulous on masha!

ImaVeggie
Jun 24th, 2007, 01:26 PM
I'm liking the dress. The collar & back detail are quite interesting.

morningglory
Jun 24th, 2007, 03:28 PM
I've been gone for some time :wavey:
the reason: summer classes :o
GL MAria at W!

sharapovarulz1
Jun 24th, 2007, 03:38 PM
Wow it does look swan like lol

littlemermaid
Jun 24th, 2007, 04:05 PM
The dress is nice, maybe to simple though? I dunno, it'l probably look amazing on her though, everything does!

Natasc
Jun 24th, 2007, 04:09 PM
The dress is nice, maybe to simple though? I dunno, it'l probably look amazing on her though, everything does!

for me the most simple dress that she ever used was the WIMBY'04 one and for me was the prettiest one of all.....

littlemermaid
Jun 24th, 2007, 04:26 PM
for me the most simple dress that she ever used was the WIMBY'04 one and for was thre pretties one of all.....

That is very true, i just think that maybe she could have done a little more with the dress to make it intresting - although as you say the wimbledon dress '04 was one of her best.

Natasc
Jun 24th, 2007, 04:33 PM
That is very true, i just think that maybe she could have done a little more with the dress to make it intresting - although as you say the wimbledon dress '04 was one of her best.

you know what... I'm curious about the USO'07 dress!
She said that she meet nike people for plan him...so I'm really very very curious about it...

schorsch
Jun 24th, 2007, 05:08 PM
curious? you want pictures :devil: ....?
here they are:

http://www.mrs-tennis.ch/shop/out/oxbaseshop/html/0/dyn_images/1/235899_010_p1.jpg
http://www.mrs-tennis.ch/shop/out/oxbaseshop/html/0/dyn_images/1/235900_010_p1.jpg

i dont know wether she's gonna have two dresses again...

heytennis
Jun 24th, 2007, 07:20 PM
curious? you want pictures :devil: ....?
here they are:

http://www.mrs-tennis.ch/shop/out/oxbaseshop/html/0/dyn_images/1/235899_010_p1.jpg
http://www.mrs-tennis.ch/shop/out/oxbaseshop/html/0/dyn_images/1/235900_010_p1.jpg

i dont know wether she's gonna have two dresses again...

How do you know that's her dress for the USO?

Doesn't she do a big release thing closer to August?

sharapovarulz1
Jun 24th, 2007, 07:29 PM
That wont be it will it? it is nice though!

Natasc
Jun 24th, 2007, 07:47 PM
I belive that if that is what she's going to use then will be probably 2...'cause she made a big deal about it and that outfit is not really in for "big deal"
and also comparging him with the black one from USO is too simple....
so, maybe she will use 2

schorsch
Jun 24th, 2007, 08:03 PM
it is called us open 2007 dress. so i guess this will be one of them. i dont know why she chose black though. obviously i love that choice, but in the sun... ugh :)

i cant wait for the 2nd dress though :D there must be one!

kasia1992
Jun 24th, 2007, 08:17 PM
I dont think that dress is for uso 07 is too simply For Maria Is gonna very hard to beat the dress from last year This dress can wear any other player but Maria has always something special and her dresses everyone always remember but that dress not gonna stick in your mind

Mikey B
Jun 24th, 2007, 09:05 PM
i think thats the nike dress for the players that arent really big.. just a general outfit... maria will have something better, and will probably show it after wimbly..

Andy.
Jun 25th, 2007, 03:47 AM
curious? you want pictures :devil: ....?
here they are:

http://www.mrs-tennis.ch/shop/out/oxbaseshop/html/0/dyn_images/1/235899_010_p1.jpg
http://www.mrs-tennis.ch/shop/out/oxbaseshop/html/0/dyn_images/1/235900_010_p1.jpg

i dont know wether she's gonna have two dresses again...

Were did you get these from?

Maria Croft
Jun 25th, 2007, 07:39 AM
That outfit is probably for the US Open series leading up to the US Open.

Shimizu Amon
Jun 25th, 2007, 09:56 AM
Just wanted to wish Masha the best of luck during Wimbledon 2007.
May this by your tournament only!

:bounce: GO MASHA!:bounce:

Il Primo!
Jun 25th, 2007, 10:01 AM
That outfit is probably for the US Open series leading up to the US Open.

Thinking the same too.

ImaVeggie
Jun 25th, 2007, 10:25 AM
It starts today... It starts today. I am so excited! We won't see Maria today but...

It starts today!


Have a great tourney Maria!

schorsch
Jun 25th, 2007, 10:29 AM
well it is sold under this name so... i dont know. maybe its a leading up dress. maybe its her day-dress ? :i

Emina.
Jun 25th, 2007, 10:41 AM
C'mon Masha!!!!!! Good Luck :worship: :bounce:

Dan23
Jun 25th, 2007, 01:36 PM
Looking forward to Masha's 1st match at Wimby :clap2:

well it is sold under this name so... i dont know. maybe its a leading up dress. maybe its her day-dress ? :iIts not an actual dress which leads me to also think its more likely to be the outfit for lead-up events. :cool:

Kitten63
Jun 25th, 2007, 10:41 PM
Good luck tomorrow Masha!

Lefty.
Jun 25th, 2007, 11:05 PM
3rd on Court 1 after Blake vs. Andreev and Hewitt vs. Bloomfield. Bleh scheduling. :o Shouldn't the women's matches be before the mens? :o Hopefully they don't go 5 sets. (I have doubts about it being short in Blake-Andreev though)

sharapovarulz1
Jun 25th, 2007, 11:11 PM
Why put Blake v Andreev before Maria! For the love of god!

Andy.
Jun 26th, 2007, 12:19 AM
Great her match is going to be after an almost certain marathon mens match which means probably 2 am here at least LOL. O well good luck today Masha

meggz_star
Jun 26th, 2007, 02:06 AM
3rd on Court 1 after Blake vs. Andreev and Hewitt vs. Bloomfield. Bleh scheduling. :o Shouldn't the women's matches be before the mens? :o Hopefully they don't go 5 sets. (I have doubts about it being short in Blake-Andreev though)

Worst scheduling ever :o

Best of luck to Maria :cool:

Andy.
Jun 26th, 2007, 02:10 AM
Im hoping Blake and Hewitt come out on fire and win their matches in straight (wishfull thinking)

Rod the Bama
Jun 26th, 2007, 03:25 AM
I`m also disappointed with the scheduling for tomorrow. :rolleyes: Maria should be going first. After all she is one of the marquee stars at the All England Club. Still it doesn`t matter when her match is as long as it`s played and get to see it on TV.

zayos_10
Jun 26th, 2007, 03:25 AM
Worst scheduling ever :o

Best of luck to Maria :cool:

I know!! i dont understand why they didnt put Maria after blake, i mean, it makes more sense since a women‘s match is shorter. oh well, the important thing is that Maria gets to play and that she wins.

Good Luck Maria :bounce:

Maria Croft
Jun 26th, 2007, 05:42 AM
Yeah, the schedule is horrible, looks like Maria will probably not be able to play until early evening tomorrow.

Dan23
Jun 26th, 2007, 06:30 AM
Good luck today Maria :yeah:

Dan23
Jun 26th, 2007, 06:37 AM
Yeah, the schedule is horrible, looks like Maria will probably not be able to play until early evening tomorrow.
tomorrow?? dont you mean Tuesday?

Mikey B
Jun 26th, 2007, 07:04 AM
bad scheduling!!! its meant to be ladies day and looking at this order of play i dont think any lady will get to play on court 1!!!

i think i'll be home to see the match, cant wait to see her on the grass of wimbledon again, good luck maria!

Mike_from_Russia
Jun 26th, 2007, 07:12 AM
I think schedule is ok. Only 2 matches before this game, weather forecast is not that bad, much better than yesterday... We'll see.

Good luck, Maria! :bounce: :clap2:

morningglory
Jun 26th, 2007, 07:55 AM
Lleyton will be quick... but Blake Vs Andreev might take a while... still I expect Masha to be able to finish her match, even if it goes on until the night

Il Primo!
Jun 26th, 2007, 10:26 AM
Lleyton will be quick... but Blake Vs Andreev might take a while... still I expect Masha to be able to finish her match, even if it goes on until the night

Don't worry, Andreev can't play on grasss, really can't while James plays good on it.
It should be two easy three setters.

Porcupine
Jun 26th, 2007, 10:36 AM
Good luck today Maria :D :yeah:

:o at the schedule. No way mom's gonna let me stay up that late to watch :mad::mad:

bellascarlett
Jun 26th, 2007, 11:01 AM
Wimbledon has so far had really bad scheduling. Second day now. Who makes these schedules???? Can't they even have an equal number of men's and women's matches on centre court??? Too much to ask? Djokovic (who hasn't done anything) over former champ Maria on centre? Don't get it. And then put Masha after two men's matches. :o :rolleyes:

- End of whining -

Whatever. Hopefully Maria gets to finish her match today. And my main point, good luck Mash! :)

Maria Croft
Jun 26th, 2007, 11:07 AM
tomorrow?? dont you mean Tuesday?

Yeah I do mean today, my bad, sorry :p :lol: ;)

Good luck Maria!

Zombielicious
Jun 26th, 2007, 11:31 AM
Good luck Masha!

jacobruiz
Jun 26th, 2007, 12:32 PM
Crush them all, Masha!!!:rocker2:

Dan23
Jun 26th, 2007, 12:55 PM
Blake not exactly cruising so far :tennis:


Yeah I do mean today, my bad, sorry :p :lol: ;)

Good luck Maria!:yeah:

morningglory
Jun 26th, 2007, 12:58 PM
Blake and Andreev having trouble breaking each other's serves :o

Lefty.
Jun 26th, 2007, 01:15 PM
Blake is up 2 sets to love so hopefully it'll be over quickly.

morningglory
Jun 26th, 2007, 01:40 PM
Ugh Blake is choking! :o

morningglory
Jun 26th, 2007, 01:47 PM
Finally Blake wins!
NOw hurry up Lleyton!

Lefty.
Jun 26th, 2007, 02:47 PM
Lleyton :mad: 5-2 to 5-all facing bp. :help:

Jacey
Jun 26th, 2007, 02:55 PM
what the hell....this is gonna take forever :rolleyes:

morningglory
Jun 26th, 2007, 04:10 PM
Lleyton wins! Masha up next!!! :woohoo:

Aravanecaravan
Jun 26th, 2007, 04:28 PM
Lleyton wins! Masha up next!!! :woohoo:


NBC keeps saying it's 2-1 Hewitt....?

Edward.
Jun 26th, 2007, 04:44 PM
Nice start from Maria.

The dress is fab. Really fab. One of my faves.

ImaVeggie
Jun 26th, 2007, 05:14 PM
Here in the USA, ESPN2 is not showing Maria's match. I do hope they will show it later on in their coverage. Fingers crossed. If not, I do hope someone will upload it.

Princeza
Jun 26th, 2007, 05:19 PM
http://img71.imageshack.us/img71/5312/fulljgetty74808410mt217vu9.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

Seems like a cool dress , bit weird though :lol:

Maria Croft
Jun 26th, 2007, 06:02 PM
How did she play? I wasn't able to watch this match.

Congrats on the win Maria! :D

ImaVeggie
Jun 26th, 2007, 06:04 PM
Congratulations!!

http://img523.imageshack.us/img523/3002/picture4yo3.png

I like this dress a lot. I love the ribbed fabric on the underlying layer of the skirt.

Emina.
Jun 26th, 2007, 06:09 PM
weird? that dress is awesome :cool:

Congrats Masha!!!!!!!! :worship: :bounce: :clap2: :rocker2:

TennisPlayingFox
Jun 26th, 2007, 06:20 PM
Nice win Masha! Good luck in round 2!

ImaVeggie
Jun 26th, 2007, 06:21 PM
I'm so psyched ESPN2 is showing the match now. Unfortunately they started in the 2nd set at 2-2. Oh well.

The back of the dress is way cool! Now I understand why Maria referred to it as the Swan dress. Stunning!

.david.
Jun 26th, 2007, 06:23 PM
Thx for posting Pics of the Dress. I love it:hearts: Much better then the one last year.

Congrats Maria:worship: Looks like she served pretty good.

morningglory
Jun 26th, 2007, 06:23 PM
How did she play? I wasn't able to watch this match.

Congrats on the win Maria! :D

1st set and a half: Lindsay-ish. Very snappy, very clean, very aggressive.
2nd set up 4-2* and break points: loss of concentration + Latisha suddenly not missing and returning MAsha's GOOD serves (100+ mph and well placed) back on the line several times! She also retrieved like crazy and seriously some of her shots were unbelievable! :eek:

4-4 Masha holds tentatively while Latisha holds easily...
5-5 Masha holds after a tough game! Latisha returned everything but MAsha was BLAZING swinging her side to side before finally landing the killing blow (CMON + fist pump!!!) and Latisha gets sloppy goes down 0-30... 15-30... 2 mp... mp... GSM MAsha after a FIERCE FH winner DTL!

All in all the only thing I was unsatisfied was the mental lapse in the 2nd... surely she cannot afford that against more experienced players... 1st serve was GREAT. 2nd serve decent, not so weak anymore... 4 df's meh... I'd prefer she does even less DF's.

Rod the Bama
Jun 26th, 2007, 06:24 PM
Good win for Maria. :clap2: She looked very impressive in the 1st set, but played sloppy in the 2nd set. I like to see Maria cut down on the unforced errors. If she can do that, then she`ll be alright. In all it was a good start to Wimbledon for her.

Topspin2
Jun 26th, 2007, 06:32 PM
Good job Maria!!! :bounce: 6:1 7:5 :worship:

Lefty.
Jun 26th, 2007, 06:32 PM
The first set was great stuff, sharp hitting, solid serving/returning. In the second the errors started to come in and Yung-Jan started to play better and return a lot of balls. A bit disappointed with the second set but not too bad of a first round. Good luck in the next round Maria. :D

Mike_from_Russia
Jun 26th, 2007, 06:34 PM
Congrats with the win, Masha! :bigclap:
Some lack of concentration in the middle of 2nd set... But strong finish, 7:5. :yeah: We don't need no TB's!
BTW, this dress is cool! :yeah:

LDF
Jun 26th, 2007, 06:37 PM
Good start to the tournament for Maria. :clap2:

She was impressive in the opening set, hitting the ball cleanly and finishing the points quickly. The mental lapse in the second set wasn't what we hoped for, but I think it's good that she's already had a bit of a test to prepare herself for the coming rounds.

Her serve is looking fine; she hit a few 110mph+ serves, and generally was placing it well. The second serve needs to be a tad deeper though.

Il Primo!
Jun 26th, 2007, 06:41 PM
I didn't see it. Too bad!:mad:
Keep it going Maria!

Mikey B
Jun 26th, 2007, 06:57 PM
good match, im not disapointed because chan played so so well in the second!!! she would have given any top player a good run... was hoping for the bagel in the first but cant complain!!!!

Natasc
Jun 26th, 2007, 07:50 PM
Players

M. Sharapova - June 26




Maria Sharapova

M. Sharapova - June 26
Tuesday, 26 June, 2007


Maria Sharapova (RUS) [2] beat Yung–Jan Chan (TPE) 6-1, 7-5

Q. Are you happy with that?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I was happy with the way I started, you know, with the way I controlled the match. Didn't feel like I did the same thing the second set. I was a little bit passive, especially on her second serves, which I attacked really well in the first but didn't really take advantage of in the second. I think that was clearly the difference, especially in the score.

Q. When you feel yourself doing that during the set, you're not the same in the first, but you can't change it?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I think I started thinking about it later in the second set. Especially when you're in the match, I served pretty well, was able to hold my serve when I needed to. I lost that one break in the second.

Other than that, if you look at what really was the difference, I think it was just I wasn't as aggressive on my return game.

Q. Seemed almost to be more frustrated with yourself than with the challenge in front of you. Was that the case, particularly during the second set?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I wasn't really frustrated, no, not at all.

Q. We all know how competitive you are. If you were to take eight to ten weeks off and just get rid of the shoulder problem, you'd miss the US Open, a lot of tennis that you don't want to miss. But thinking long range, why isn't that the best solution for you?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Uhm, because doctors say it doesn't really make a difference if I take time off or not. I don't know why, but they say if I can play with it, if the pain is not too severe.

I think it's more they tell me it's more of a strength issue, and that's something that's going to be very important after this tournament. Probably the three weeks I'll have of no tournaments I'm going to be working on a lot of strength.

Right now during the tournaments and between the tournaments, the week you have, you're not going to be lifting 15 pound weights. You're going to be doing tube exercises, more protection stuff, rehab stuff. So basically preventing injury.

Whereas I think for the stability of my shoulders, my upper body, I think I'll need to do a little bit more strength, which I'll have time for hopefully.

Q. If after taking those three weeks off you work diligently on that, by the time San Diego, Stanford, you don't feel any significant improvement, will you rethink what you want to do?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Then you think of step B. I mean, I was out for two months pretty much. I didn't play a tournament for about two months, which was pretty long term.

Are you saying absolutely no tennis for two months?

Q. You're so young, so much career ahead of you. Is there an endangerment this will linger on for two or three more years?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: As long as the doctors give me a green light. After I took the MRI after the Miami tournament, they said, You have a pretty serious injury. Would you rather take a shot or rest for eight weeks, because you'll be able to recover faster with the shot? The shot was clearly the better option.

Q. You could take another shot at some point this year if you needed it mid summer, the fall?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I want to try to stay away from the shots as much as possible?

Q. Because?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, first I hate needles. Second of all, I don't think cortisone is the best thing for your body, especially when you're 20 years old.

Q. Are you able to play around the shoulder now? Are you used to the pain? You can say that you'll rip big serves, go all forehand, forget about the pain, that's what you need to do during the match?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Some days are better than others. Some days I don't have as much confidence in my arm as I do. During this tournament, I will have to be on anti-inflammatories if anything. Especially in these conditions when it's so cold, the balls are heavy, even heavier than they were at the French Open. It's like everything's going against it.

But it's just really how you deal with it. Like I said, as long as I get an okay from the doctors, you know, I saw them before this tournament began. They did a checkup. I got a scan.

They've given me a green light as long as I can manage the pain. It's in my hands to manage it as much as I can.


Q. What would Yuri like you to do?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yuri (laughter)? What would he like me to do? I know what he'd like to do. He'd like to go up in the mountains and ski all year long. But as for myself, he wants me to be healthy. That's the bottom line. Because, first of all, when I'm not healthy, I'm not happy. It's hard going on the court and not being happy, yeah.


Q. You really did look like a swan in that dress.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Thank you. I'm glad you got the point. I hope everyone else did (laughter).

Q. Do you identify with swans in some way?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: In what way?

Q. You made a point of it being a sort of a swan inspired dress.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: It is, yeah.

Q. Do you feel some sort of kinship with the bird?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I don't think that was the initial inspiration with the dress. Originally it didn't have as many pleats in the back. I wanted there to be more of a pleat effect in the back, and I think the end result made it look more like a swan. Even on a hanger, it doesn't look as swan-ish as it does on me (laughter).

I don't know. I just put reference to it because a swan is usually white, right, unless it's weird.

Q. They are a protected bird here.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Was that really necessary (laughter)?

Q. Do you think they have a hawk here?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: A hawk? It's a swan.

Q. They have a real hawk patrolling the grounds every day at 9:00.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Does the hawk usually bite the swan? I don't know, does it? Jesus, I might have to cut those pleats away.

Q. Is it your favorite dress from all the dresses they made for you?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I wouldn't say it's my favorite. I mean, there's only so much you can do with white, and it's always going to be traditional. You just think of little creative things and details you can add to a dress.

I'd probably say the black dress I wore at the US Open last year has to be one of my favorites just 'cause it was well, I won in it, and it was very beautiful. The whole idea behind it, you know, Breakfast at Tiffany's, everything came together. It was like a perfect solution.

What other favorites do I have? I mean, I think the one at Nasdaq that I wore, the corset top with the skirt, that was another one of my favorites because that was a little more risque than others.

Q. Basically other than everything, which is the expected response, what has to work for you specifically in order for you to win the tournament, what part of your game?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Just confidence, knowing that I can first of all, knowing that I've won here before and taking that to the court again and visualizing myself, when I'm down in a certain situation, knowing that I can come up with a good shot, forcing it in your mind more than anything.

I know that I've got it. I know I can do it. It's just about taking that situation and coming up with the shots when I need it.

Q. Is it mind over matter with your shoulder the way it is?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, definitely.

Q. Does it make it that much harder to be confident when your shoulder's in the state it is?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: The less you think about it, the better, yeah. That's why if you ask me another question, I'll start thinking about it more.

Q. At the French Open I saw your dad laughing and smiling.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Really? Shocking.

Q. Can you talk about him. We really don't know that much about your dad.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: My dad's a character. But unfortunately you only get to see my dad when I'm playing tennis matches, and you only get to see him on the stands. I mean, he by himself would make a really good reality show. That's one of the things I propose to him actually now or after my career is over. He's a really hilarious guy in his own way without even thinking about it or trying to be funny. He is.

He has a huge heart. I don't think a lot of people see it. For both my mom and dad to sacrifice so much, I mean, he's got to have a heart. I'm very lucky because he probably loves me more than anyone else in the world. He's been with me through all the good times, through all the bad times. We always have our good moments. We always have our bad moments, daughter/dad moments, plenty of those.

But we get over it really fast. At the end of the day, we're very close. Our family is very close. I think that's what really has helped me so much in my career, has held me so grounded. At the end of the day, I have my mom, who I can just call and she'll give me like a story of life and make me feel so good.

And my dad, who really just wants me to be happy. Win or lose a tennis match, he can get off the court, and if I played terrible, he's like, Are you kidding me? That was not Maria. It's your sister. Bring her back.

So in his own way he's tough and he's definitely taught me to be tough in life and in tennis. But at the end of the day he has a huge heart, and that's what makes him really special.

Q. Does his humor come from his innocence or love of life?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Not a lot of people get his humor. You have to really understand it. If you're around him, he just does things. I always say, Are you serious? He's like, What, what did I do?

Princeza
Jun 26th, 2007, 07:59 PM
Players

Q. At the French Open I saw your dad laughing and smiling.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Really? Shocking.



:haha: :haha:

Jacey
Jun 26th, 2007, 08:17 PM
that was really sweet, Maria talking about her dad. It makes him seem like any other father, u know, only wanting the best for ur kid. And more importantly wanting them to be happy & healthy in life.

Maria Croft
Jun 26th, 2007, 08:34 PM
1st set and a half: Lindsay-ish. Very snappy, very clean, very aggressive.
2nd set up 4-2* and break points: loss of concentration + Latisha suddenly not missing and returning MAsha's GOOD serves (100+ mph and well placed) back on the line several times! She also retrieved like crazy and seriously some of her shots were unbelievable! :eek:

4-4 Masha holds tentatively while Latisha holds easily...
5-5 Masha holds after a tough game! Latisha returned everything but MAsha was BLAZING swinging her side to side before finally landing the killing blow (CMON + fist pump!!!) and Latisha gets sloppy goes down 0-30... 15-30... 2 mp... mp... GSM MAsha after a FIERCE FH winner DTL!

All in all the only thing I was unsatisfied was the mental lapse in the 2nd... surely she cannot afford that against more experienced players... 1st serve was GREAT. 2nd serve decent, not so weak anymore... 4 df's meh... I'd prefer she does even less DF's.

Thanks, that was a great summary :)

Also a really great interview :D

Natasc
Jun 26th, 2007, 08:43 PM
My fav

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Was that really necessary (laughter)?

Q. Do you think they have a hawk here?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: A hawk? It's a swan.

Q. They have a real hawk patrolling the grounds every day at 9:00.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Does the hawk usually bite the swan? I don't know, does it? Jesus, I might have to cut those pleats away.


and btw, somehow I can't see Yuri as a funny guy!!

Mike_from_Russia
Jun 26th, 2007, 08:59 PM
Q. Are you able to play around the shoulder now? Are you used to the pain? You can say that you'll rip big serves, go all forehand, forget about the pain, that's what you need to do during the match?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Some days are better than others. Some days I don't have as much confidence in my arm as I do. During this tournament, I will have to be on anti-inflammatories if anything. Especially in these conditions when it's so cold, the balls are heavy, even heavier than they were at the French Open. It's like everything's going against it.

Oh no, not injury again... :sad: She will be on anti-inflammatories during the tournament... Hold on Masha!!

Mikey B
Jun 26th, 2007, 09:16 PM
LOL! at the hawk comment!!!! maria's back with the best quotes!!!

Kitten63
Jun 26th, 2007, 09:41 PM
Well done Masha!
Nice interview.

Dan23
Jun 26th, 2007, 11:57 PM
Good win to start the tournament Masha :clap2: :cool:

From what I saw she served quite well....lots of good 1st serves!

Dan23
Jun 27th, 2007, 12:10 AM
Q. At the French Open I saw your dad laughing and smiling.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Really? Shocking.
:haha:

Сузи
Jun 27th, 2007, 01:22 AM
Q. They have a real hawk patrolling the grounds every day at 9:00.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Does the hawk usually bite the swan? I don't know, does it? Jesus, I might have to cut those pleats away.


:haha:

Ah i love Masha. :lol:

Andy.
Jun 27th, 2007, 02:04 AM
All in all not a bad performance she was challanged and responded well, chan played quite well in the second so Maria did well to get out of it. Stunning outfit too :hearts:

meggz_star
Jun 27th, 2007, 02:39 AM
Good win for Maria. I loved how she pulled through in the 2nd set :worship:

Great interview btw, especially the hawk comment :lol:

Porcupine
Jun 27th, 2007, 03:21 AM
It was a good match from Maria :D, tho it should have been 62 or 64 in the 2nd set ;)

But she had some really good shots :hearts: but try to reduce the dfs tho ;)

Good luck next rounds Maria :bounce:

Shimizu Amon
Jun 27th, 2007, 11:14 AM
Great first round match by Masha :hug:.
Hope she keeps up the good form
And of course I'm hoping her shoulder holds.
Good luck for your 2nd round match.

:bounce: GO MASHA!:bounce:

the cat
Jun 27th, 2007, 02:47 PM
I would like to be happy about Maria's straight set win. But her inability to close out a match she led by a set and a break is alarming to me. :eek: Especially after blowing the Birmingham title to Jelena Jankovic. This should not be happening to Maria on a grass court.

xan
Jun 27th, 2007, 04:23 PM
Good win by Maria and some great stats! :)

Keep it up, Maria!

sharapovarulz1
Jun 27th, 2007, 07:28 PM
God she is just great in her interviews, so funny and down to earth :D

Zombielicious
Jun 27th, 2007, 08:05 PM
Good luck in your next match Masha!

The dress is gorgeous :inlove:

Lefty.
Jun 27th, 2007, 08:48 PM
Oh dear, 2nd on Centre, after Tim's match. Hopefully that won't be like Tim's first rounder. :unsure:

swissmr
Jun 27th, 2007, 08:57 PM
Really great interview.
I'm worried about the shoulder problem though, even Maria doesn't seem to know when it will finally be cleared up.

Kitten63
Jun 27th, 2007, 10:03 PM
Good luck tomorrow Masha!

meggz_star
Jun 28th, 2007, 12:20 AM
Best of luck to Maria tomorrow :yeah:

zayos_10
Jun 28th, 2007, 01:44 AM
Oh dear, 2nd on Centre, after Tim's match. Hopefully that won't be like Tim's first rounder. :unsure:

I was thinking that too :rolleyes: hopefully it wont be. Either way, good luck Maria :bounce:

Porcupine
Jun 28th, 2007, 05:31 AM
Timmy should finish his match quick! and I don't want another 1st round-like match :o:o:o Stay up late again is really not good :angel::angel:

Good luck today Maria :cool::bounce:

Dan23
Jun 28th, 2007, 06:00 AM
Good luck Maria :yeah: :banana:

Emina.
Jun 28th, 2007, 06:56 AM
Good Luck against Bremond !!! :worship:

Foot's Fingers
Jun 28th, 2007, 07:37 AM
Good Luck Maria!!!

And need to chear Tim or Lopez who will win first set in order to speed up process on main court

Foot's Fingers
Jun 28th, 2007, 07:42 AM
but this swan dress which was designed by MAria.... don't like it honestly

Andy.
Jun 28th, 2007, 08:19 AM
Good luck tonight Masha

Maria Croft
Jun 28th, 2007, 09:03 AM
Good luck Maria!

Shoulderpova
Jun 28th, 2007, 09:46 AM
Good luck Masha. Bremond shouldn't be a problem ;)

sharapovarulz1
Jun 28th, 2007, 12:06 PM
Good luck Maria for later today :)

gsm
Jun 28th, 2007, 12:20 PM
gl masha v bremond!

Aravanecaravan
Jun 28th, 2007, 01:16 PM
Go get her, Masha!

I have a feeling we could be in for a long wait, with the Henman match.

Lefty.
Jun 28th, 2007, 01:46 PM
Tim's down 2 sets and a break so maybe it won't be as long unless Tim puts up a real fight in the third.

Lefty.
Jun 28th, 2007, 02:08 PM
Well now he's up a break in the third. :lol:

morningglory
Jun 28th, 2007, 02:22 PM
CMON FELICIANO! Finish Chickenman off pls!

Aravanecaravan
Jun 28th, 2007, 02:49 PM
Five setter...ugh...


I bet it's going to start just before I can get home to put a fresh DVD in. &*&$#^!

LDF
Jun 28th, 2007, 03:53 PM
Great start from Maria to this match; 4-0* up already :D

She's serving with a lot of pace and placing it well :hearts:

ImaVeggie
Jun 28th, 2007, 04:03 PM
Oh my, what a way to win the 1st set; coming back from 0-40. Maria... what a fighter!! Keep it up!

Zombielicious
Jun 28th, 2007, 04:15 PM
Wow. Deuce #8 in the 2nd set. :tape:

C'mon Maria, you can do it. Bremond is trying her best to make Maria run around the court...

Edward.
Jun 28th, 2007, 04:43 PM
Yeah, its official, the serve is back. It has been completely immense today.

And Maria is playing extremely well. :D

Emina.
Jun 28th, 2007, 04:55 PM
yaaaaaaaaaaay great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Aravanecaravan
Jun 28th, 2007, 04:56 PM
Yeah, its official, the serve is back. It has been completely immense today.

And Maria is playing extremely well. :D

Maria played well, from what I saw (second set), but I still don't think the serve is as fast as it has been.

Great win, however.

Zombielicious
Jun 28th, 2007, 05:00 PM
Good job Maria, congrats!

Dan23
Jun 28th, 2007, 05:03 PM
woohoo well done Masha....she was really pumped up then :cool: :yeah:

the 1st 5 games of the match were the Maria of old :D :clap2:

LDF
Jun 28th, 2007, 05:07 PM
Maria was superb in the first set :worship:

There were a few too many unforced errors in the second, but they were balanced out with numerous winners.

The serve is looking pretty good; not quite back to top form, but it's close. :D

Maria Croft
Jun 28th, 2007, 05:08 PM
Very good win :)

Strong first set, the first half of the second was weak but she finished strong.

She wasn't serving so powerful today but that was probably because of the strong wind around the court.

And I just love the dress :)

morningglory
Jun 28th, 2007, 05:23 PM
It was a gusty day today and frankly, Masha did tone down her serve speeds a bit in exchange for a better % and that worked nicely today with only 1 DF.
1st set was nice. 2nd set was patchy and reminiscent of her 1st rnd match except that Severene, unlike Latisha, could not as effectly return MAsha's serve so it bailed her out and allowed her to keep her 1 break lead.
All in all the difference between the sets was also Masha starting to miss EASY (and by easy I mean real easy) putaways, a thing she cannot afford later in the tourney.
A decent performance and I would love to see her hit her serves and groundies with more pop on less windy days.

Mikey B
Jun 28th, 2007, 05:23 PM
great win again maria!!! perfect first set, good second set too.. a lot more errors in the second, only 3 in the first compared to about +20 in the second... the dress is really growing on me now, from the back she looks like a swan!! lol! hope the form continues and improves in the next rounds, if she kept her unforced error count down she'll be unstopable!!

TennisPlayingFox
Jun 28th, 2007, 05:49 PM
Very nice win Maria! Nice job! Next up is Sugiyama! Good luck Masha!

markspot
Jun 28th, 2007, 05:53 PM
are you watching the press conference right now?

markspot
Jun 28th, 2007, 05:54 PM
I mean,
http://www.channelsurfing.net/ the first wimbledon link "Press Feed"

kasia1992
Jun 28th, 2007, 06:10 PM
The Maria press conference was or gonna be?

markspot
Jun 28th, 2007, 06:23 PM
it just ended, I'm not sure if that feed have them live or what.
I kept that feed on the screen, for an hour it showed nothing but Wimbledon 1, and people chatting in the background, and then they had Maria.
It was a rather long press conference first in English then in Russian.
What a treat it was, so delightful. It is good to see her relaxed and funny and wise and nice,
during matches you see her only focused and driven.

Natasc
Jun 28th, 2007, 06:34 PM
M.Sharapova - 28 June
Thursday, 28 June, 2007


Maria Sharapova (RUS)[2] beat Severine Bremond (FRA) 6-0, 6-3

Q. Feel good after that?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I do. I think I played a really solid first set and I uhm you know, it was really hard with the conditions because the wind was swirling, so I was quite happy that.

I, you know, was able to hold my serve after getting that break in the second set. And I was able to follow through.

Q. You had to be very focused in the first game of the second set. Seemed to drag on and on.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, it was a very, very long game. It seemed like a huge part of the match. Sometimes even when you lose that game, although it's just one game, sometimes that can really change the momentum of the match.

You know, I thought that was a really important game.

Q. What was working well today?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Uhm, you know, I think she's a very tough grass court player. She has good slice, serves, and volleys. Clearly that's what she did last year to get to the quarterfinal.

Uhm, in the past when I used to play those kind of opponents, that was probably, you know, I wasn't patient enough. I used to go for too much off the slices, try to win the point as quickly as I could.

You know, that's one of the things that I've definitely improved. When you guys ask me what I've been, you know, improving, that's definitely one of the things that I feel like tremendously I improved on is when I play these players, I'm much more patient.

I still didn't feel like I came in as much as he could have, especially in the second set. I had so many opportunities that I didn't take.

But, it's still a work in progress.

Q. You're working the points better. Is part of that experience?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, definitely.

Q. Or are there specific things that Mike and your dad are working on with you?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, just realizing that, you know, against those kind of opponents you've got to make them hit another shot, especially in the wind like that. When their game is based on variety and slices, you know, serve and volleying, I think the wind favors more the person that drives the ball, is able to hit through the wind.

So knowing that, I'm a lot more patient. And physically I can withstand it a lot more than I used to. I know even if I play an opponent like that, it goes into the third set, I'm not tired like I used to get.

Q. You hit a perfect forehand dropshot the Spanish way.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: The Spanish way, okay (laughter).

Q. Have you been specifically practicing these kind of touch shots?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, not really. I mean, I try to incorporate little things in my game. It's not like I hit 200 balls a day of forehand dropshot. You know, it's something that you work on over the years and you add to your game. Sometimes you use it.

I mean, I don't necessarily you're not going to see a lot of that from me. But at certain times, yeah, that's definitely something new. You probably won't see that from me like a year ago.

Q. How is the shoulder?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: It's holding up, yeah.

Q. I could see you this morning in training do some exercises. Can you tell us a little bit about what you do to keep it going.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Oh, well, the beginning of the day, before I warmed up, you probably saw me doing some rehab exercises with the tubing, right? Yeah, just to get the blood going to the muscles and all that stuff.

Q. It's not to do with the shoulder?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, it is. Just warming up the shoulder.

Q. How will it hold, do you think, through the tournament?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: That's the future. Do I look like Ms. Cleo? I don't know, we'll see. I'll tell you what I'm done playing here.

Q. Do you feel more confident in your game now than when you won the title here?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: It's a different year, different match, different circumstances. You know, you're playing in new surroundings, new Centre Court. It's really hard to compare. I'm definitely confident.

I've played a lot of matches in the last few months. Despite the injury, I still feel like you know, today was a big improvement from my first round. I know it's only going to get tougher from here.

But as long as I keep going out there and enjoying myself as much as I've been doing in the last couple matches, I'll be fine. If it's a bad day, then it's a bad day.

Q. Do you sense this could be your year again?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Sure, why not? I try to sense that every year (laughter). You know, and then sometimes you're proved wrong. But, uhm, yeah, I mean, like I said, it's pretty I mean, I'm physically a lot fitter than I was, say, especially when I won it, a lot fitter than I was back then.

When I lost to Venus in '05, that was the first thing that I just told myself. It's tough for me at that level to withstand that level of play for a long period of time. I played a great first set, and then the intensity and level dropped. That's what I'm a lot better at.

I have the confidence on the court when I'm in those situations and when it's tough, I'm able to dig it out, not just mentally but physically as well. So, yeah, that gives me a lot of confidence.

Q. Did it feel weird without the roof?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah. It's like someone took off the torch from the Statue of Liberty. It's like they took the arc from the Arc de Triomphe. It's my favorite court to play on, but it's definitely so weird, the atmosphere. It's missing that little touch, missing that something that I think all the players, you know, love to see.

It's not just about the roof. You know, it's the whole feeling of it.

Q. Does that make it harder to play out there?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Uhm, it was good for me to kind of look around in the beginning. I haven't I'd just seen pictures of it. I didn't see it until I actually walked on court and see it with my own eyes. So that was a little bit of a change, yeah.

Q. What are your preferences regarding equipment? Do you like stiff racquets, stiff strings? Could it be related to your injury?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, I used to play with a pretty stiff racquet. That's why I changed a couple of years ago. That has helped my game and my arm tremendously. But, no, I try to stay away from the stiff equipment.

Q. And the strings?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: And the strings? The strings? Well, the strings, it depends on where I'm playing and the circumstances and the tension. Especially here when the balls are so heavy, you want to make sure, especially with my shoulder problems that I'm having, I want to make sure I go a few pounds looser.

You know, I mean, I'm pretty good at being able to control the ball. I mean, I've hit tennis balls since I was four. So, you know, if I need to do that for you know, for injury reasons, I'm pretty easy with that.

Q. Do you have to play patient against Sugiyama, or is she the type of player you can hit through if you're having a very good day?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I mean, I'm still going to be able to you know, I'm still going to go out and play my game on grass because that's how I win matches here, you know, is driving the ball and seeing my ball go through the court rather than just letting them play their game.

You know, she's a fighter. She's feisty. She gets a lot of balls back. You know, I'll definitely need to be looking to come in more, unlike in the second set today. But, yeah, I mean, I played her on grass when I won here. It was a pretty tough match, but that was a long time ago and this is going to be a new one.

Rod the Bama
Jun 28th, 2007, 06:40 PM
Good win for Maria today. :clap2: She looked very sharp out there, especially in the first set. I really like the nice shots she made in that set. She had to put in a bit more work in the second set, but did good enough to clinch the win. In all i thought today`s performance was an improvement. The only negative the easy putaways that Maria missed in the second set. She needs to straighten that out. Other than that it was a pretty good showing for Maria. :clap2:

markspot
Jun 28th, 2007, 06:48 PM
yes, it is a part of that press conference, perhaps even the whole English part of it,
I'm not sure what exactly was in English and what in Russian.
But the transcript does not convey fully her attitude, it was much more fun to watch it.

Aravanecaravan
Jun 28th, 2007, 06:48 PM
"Do I look like Ms. Cleo?"

:haha:

markspot
Jun 28th, 2007, 06:50 PM
you have to take into account the wind, especially in the second set.
It caused big problems for both of them.

markspot
Jun 28th, 2007, 06:52 PM
Oh, the two beauties are about to get eliminated.
Do something! Somebody?

markspot
Jun 28th, 2007, 06:55 PM
Too late, they are out.
Goodbye Ana and Daniela.

Mike_from_Russia
Jun 28th, 2007, 07:28 PM
Good win, Masha! :bigclap: I like her serve today: 80% 1st serve, 70% win on 1st serve, only 1 DF :yeah: Too many UE in 2nd set though...

Best of luck in 3rd round against Sugiyama, Maria!

Andy.
Jun 28th, 2007, 08:47 PM
That was awesome, Wimbledon is starting to bring out vintage Masha. Great to see her improving from the first round. Well done Masha

Slampova
Jun 28th, 2007, 09:12 PM
Its basically guaranteed that if Maria beats Ai she'll play Venus in the 4th, due to Dinara's loss to me. In my opinion, its an exciting prospect - Perfect chance for 05 Wimbly revenge :D

Lefty.
Jun 28th, 2007, 09:27 PM
Nice win for Maria today. :D Great first set. A lot more errors came in in the second set but at least she was able to win the big points when she needed too. :) Ai's gonna be running a lot of balls down so hopefully Maria will be prepared to have some long points and having to hit good finishing shots.

schorsch
Jun 28th, 2007, 09:35 PM
exactly lefty. i feel masha should raise her level when it comes to finishing shots. she's so good at it, but she really needs to step it up :D

Kitten63
Jun 28th, 2007, 11:26 PM
Well done Masha!

Il Primo!
Jun 29th, 2007, 01:15 AM
I liked this match. Nice to see Maria on TV :) It should be an interesting match against Ai.

meggz_star
Jun 29th, 2007, 01:25 AM
Great match by Maria. The stats in this match were impressive :worship:
Hope she keeps it up :yeah:

Porcupine
Jun 29th, 2007, 03:38 AM
A good match from Maria according to the highlight I watch early this morning :p Great 1st set btw. She hit great dropshots, great forehand,.. Keep that up! :yeah:
A il bit down on the 2nd set but Maria knows when to close it :D Loooong 1st game in the 2nd :lol::lol:
Good luck next round Maria!

Maria Croft
Jun 29th, 2007, 07:21 AM
Sugiyama should be a good workout for her, just hope the weather is gonna hold up Saturday.

Mikey B
Jun 29th, 2007, 08:47 AM
Sugiyama should be a good workout for her, just hope the weather is gonna hold up Saturday.

yeh she's been lucky so far, playing in the sunshine! they're saying they might not even get any play on saturday!!!!

Shimizu Amon
Jun 29th, 2007, 11:18 AM
It was a good match by Masha, the first I got to see :). Me happy now.

:bounce: GO MASHA!:bounce:

Aravanecaravan
Jun 29th, 2007, 01:35 PM
Bremond actually picked it up and played better in the second set. She served pretty well herself. She clearly has the talent and teh shots to succeed on grass. Remember, this was the gal who gave Henin trouble in the QF just last year. Love and 3 over her is pretty darned impressive IMO.

Maria Croft
Jun 29th, 2007, 02:32 PM
Bremond actually picked it up and played better in the second set. She served pretty well herself. She clearly has the talent and teh shots to succeed on grass. Remember, this was the gal who gave Henin trouble in the QF just last year. Love and 3 over her is pretty darned impressive IMO.

Yeah but that was last year, Bremond hasn't done anything special this year, I do agree though that she really didn't play so bad, it was just Maria really didn't let her into the match at all.

Aravanecaravan
Jun 29th, 2007, 02:48 PM
Yeah but that was last year, Bremond hasn't done anything special this year,

If you are saying that on current form she had about as much chance to play well against Maria as venus williams does, I agree.

Maria Croft
Jun 29th, 2007, 03:43 PM
If you are saying that on current form she had about as much chance to play well against Maria as venus williams does, I agree.

That post just doesn't make any sense at all.

Aravanecaravan
Jun 29th, 2007, 06:25 PM
That post just doesn't make any sense at all.


Sure it does.

You suggested that I had no business comparing Bremond '06 and Bremond '07, and I extended your logic to all of the bunk I've been hearing about williams. If one year is enough to be significant, than surely two years with virtually no success is even more significant?

Edward.
Jun 29th, 2007, 06:40 PM
You really don't like the Williams Sisters do you? :lol:

I worry about the matchup against Venus. She's a Williams, and when she turns it on, she's a nightmare.

Comparing Venus to Bremond is ridiculous if you ask me.

LDF
Jun 29th, 2007, 06:45 PM
I'm getting worried about the match-up with Venus too. She was awful in her opening match, but good in her second and at Wimbledon you'd expect her to put a fight against a top player.

Anyway, they've still got to win their third round matches first ;)

Zombielicious
Jun 29th, 2007, 07:48 PM
Good luck tommarow, Maria. Hopefully ESPN will show her match on time... :(

Il Primo!
Jun 29th, 2007, 08:35 PM
You really don't like the Williams Sisters do you? :lol:

I worry about the matchup against Venus. She's a Williams, and when she turns it on, she's a nightmare.

Comparing Venus to Bremond is ridiculous if you ask me.
You said it all.

Concerning Venus, I have to agree that this match is finally not as granted to Maria. Williams hits a lot of aces and pounds.

nelsondan
Jun 29th, 2007, 09:34 PM
Some questions have answers so well known that you feel foolish asking---I don't know who or where to ask---so here it is.

Does Maria ever play doubles---if so---when was the last time?

Maria Croft
Jun 29th, 2007, 10:00 PM
Some questions have answers so well known that you feel foolish asking---I don't know who or where to ask---so here it is.

Does Maria ever play doubles---if so---when was the last time?

She used too, she has 3 double titles, the last time she played doubles was at Birmingham, I believe two years ago.

Edward.
Jun 29th, 2007, 10:23 PM
Some questions have answers so well known that you feel foolish asking---I don't know who or where to ask---so here it is.

Does Maria ever play doubles---if so---when was the last time?

She plays mixed too occasionally. I remember her playing with Max Mirnyi a few years ago at the US Open.

Kitten63
Jun 29th, 2007, 10:29 PM
Good luck tomorrow Masha!

Natasc
Jun 29th, 2007, 10:33 PM
You really don't like the Williams Sisters do you? :lol:

I worry about the matchup against Venus. She's a Williams, and when she turns it on, she's a nightmare.

Comparing Venus to Bremond is ridiculous if you ask me.

true
but for me worse was if was going to be Serena...jesus...she's getting really good...
If you ask me, Maria can't get worse with Venus as Jelena did with Safarova...
the girl (Saf) was just hiting winners from both sides and full of heavy balls...besides the fact that she's a left hand
that was a hard match...I finished my lunch and they were yet playing ONE game on the second set!! Jeez :help:

And let's look for the bright side, a hard match right now would prove that at least in part equal prize are good (cause till now, IMO, wasn't, women are having much more easy wins then men) and would prove for the haters that she had a hard draw!!

Natasc
Jun 29th, 2007, 10:38 PM
She plays mixed too occasionally. I remember her playing with Max Mirnyi a few years ago at the US Open.

wow that would be nice!!
a giant double!!
wow :lol: