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martinafan
Jun 23rd, 2007, 11:24 PM
Sorry, i know there is a tradition, but i keep forgetting....lol

just wondering whether Hingis will play Monday or Tuesday

vejh
Jun 23rd, 2007, 11:26 PM
Momo's side plays tuesday, JH's plays monday.

vw.
Jun 24th, 2007, 12:25 AM
Yeah, Hingis is scheduled for Monday.

faboozadoo15
Jun 24th, 2007, 12:31 AM
Momo's side plays tuesday, JH's plays monday.

:haha: "Momo's side"....

hablo
Jun 24th, 2007, 12:33 AM
It should be Sharpie's side, no doubt. :lol:

Orion
Jun 24th, 2007, 12:34 AM
Well, since Mauresmo is the defending champion and just reached the final of a Tier II on grass, while Sharapova is only a defending semifinalist three years removed from her Wimbledon victory, and most recently lost in the final of a Tier III, I think it's fair to call it Mauresmo's side.

Bruno71
Jun 24th, 2007, 12:35 AM
Well, since Mauresmo is the defending champion and just reached the final of a Tier II on grass, while Sharapova is only a defending semifinalist three years removed from her Wimbledon victory, and most recently lost in the final of a Tier III, I think it's fair to call it Mauresmo's side.

The first reason is what determines the schedule anyway, right?

faboozadoo15
Jun 24th, 2007, 12:37 AM
It should be Sharpie's side, no doubt. :lol:

Actually, I should retract. Momo is the dfefending champ, and doesn't that make her the reason the bottom plays Tuesday?

hablo
Jun 24th, 2007, 12:39 AM
I just said that because is Sharpie's the second seed (so it's "her half").

But yes, Momo is the defending champ and that's why the bottom half gets to play on tuesday.

trufanjay
Jun 24th, 2007, 12:39 AM
I forgot the defending champion always plays first on Tuesday, right? And the defending men's champion first on Monday? Something like that.

So I should expect to see Serena on Monday I guess.

faboozadoo15
Jun 24th, 2007, 12:40 AM
Well, since Mauresmo is the defending champion and just reached the final of a Tier II on grass, while Sharapova is only a defending semifinalist three years removed from her Wimbledon victory, and most recently lost in the final of a Tier III, I think it's fair to call it Mauresmo's side.

You'd be hard pressed to find people willing to put money on Momo on a fast court against Sharapova after she annihilated her at the US Open.

Sharapova played 4 matches in 2 days and lost to Jankovic (who's been beating Mauresmo), so it's not like Maria wouldn't have been in the final in Eastbourne...

faboozadoo15
Jun 24th, 2007, 12:40 AM
I just said that because is Sharpie's the second seed (so it's "her half").

But yes, Momo is the defending champ and that's why the bottome half gets to play on tuesday.

Exactly.

Orion
Jun 24th, 2007, 04:36 AM
You'd be hard pressed to find people willing to put money on Momo on a fast court against Sharapova after she annihilated her at the US Open.

Sharapova's serve isn't at all the same as it was in August-October of '06. Without that setup shot, Sharapova's got no distinct advantage in a rally.

Bruno71
Jun 24th, 2007, 04:48 AM
You'd be hard pressed to find people willing to put money on Momo on a fast court against Sharapova after she annihilated her at the US Open.

Um, you do know that Mauresmo beat Sharapova at last year's Wimbledon, right? When Maria's serve was working well for her?

Andy.
Jun 24th, 2007, 04:52 AM
Sharapova's serve isn't at all the same as it was in August-October of '06. Without that setup shot, Sharapova's got no distinct advantage in a rally.
Apart from the fact that her groundstrokes are more accurate, powerfull and penetrating.

lecciones
Jun 24th, 2007, 04:55 AM
Monday! Yipee! Hope to be able to watch!

G1Player2
Jun 24th, 2007, 04:59 AM
Um, you do know that Mauresmo beat Sharapova at last year's Wimbledon, right? When Maria's serve was working well for her?

Mauresmo can beat ANYBODY on grass. ANYBODY. If Maria and Mauresmo meet again Sharapova will have to play the match of her life to win.

littlemermaid
Jun 24th, 2007, 11:06 AM
I have confidence in Maria that she will win against Mauresmo. And to the post above, does that meen that Mauresmo can beat Serena on grass?

Viktymise
Jun 24th, 2007, 11:07 AM
Ladies defending Champion always starts play on centre on a Tuesday

Orion
Jun 24th, 2007, 06:47 PM
Apart from the fact that her groundstrokes are more accurate, powerfull and penetrating.

When Sharapova has control of a point, she wins it 85% of the time. She can't gain control of the point as effectively without her serve clicking. Davenport had the same problem her entire career.

Also, Mauresmo has never seemed terribly troubled by penetrating groundstrokes on grass. The net lets her take away the advantage of a power baseliner.

Orion
Jun 24th, 2007, 06:52 PM
I have confidence in Maria that she will win against Mauresmo. And to the post above, does that meen that Mauresmo can beat Serena on grass?

Well, I think Serena's probably the best all-around player in the world, but she hasn't played on grass since '05. Mauresmo has, and has done well. Mauresmo came the closest of anyone to beating Serena in her '02-'03 run at Wimbledon, and that was when Serena was the best mover on tour. Now, when Serena has lost a step (maybe two), a volleyer can do a lot of damage.

I'd love to see them play on grass again, but I don't know if it will happen this year. Neither is a sure-thing for the final. I think it's a toss up who would win on grass.

Also, I lack your confidence in Maria. I thought she would do it last year, but she didn't, and her serve was significantly better last year than now.