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SerenaSlams
Jun 24th, 2007, 10:45 AM
by Matthew Cronin
FoxSports - Tennis

Even the proud Sharapova, who says her injured shoulder has healed to the point where she should be able to rip some big serves, is giving Serena's style a nod on grass. She knows better than anyone that when Serena is hitting the right spots with her serve and launching huge returns, that it's almost impossible to get into points against her. When Serena is enforcing her style of first-strike tennis and shortening points like she's grabbing the end of a noose, she becomes so confident that she can cut loose on her groundstrokes without a care in the world. Hence, Sharapova's 6-1, 6-2 loss to Williams in the Australian Open final.

"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," Sharapova said. "She has one of the biggest serves on tour. She's physically one of the strongest. But you never know what can happen. There's a very thin line in tennis. A lot of it is mental. A point here, a point there, can change many things. Serena 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."


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eye2eye
Jun 24th, 2007, 10:47 AM
Sharapova is hopeless against Serena , Serena is too strong for Masha

s_j
Jun 24th, 2007, 10:51 AM
Sharapova is hopeless against Serena , Serena is too strong for Masha

Serena was amazing in the AO final and Maria hadn't played that great throughout the whole tournament despite reaching the final. Then in Miami, Maria's shoulder was really playing havoc. Maria has beaten Serena twice, so I wouldn't say she was hopeless against her. I can't wait til they play again when Maria's shoulder is back to normal.

eye2eye
Jun 24th, 2007, 10:55 AM
Serena was amazing in the AO final and Maria hadn't played that great throughout the whole tournament despite reaching the final. Then in Miami, Maria's shoulder was really playing havoc. Maria has beaten Serena twice, so I wouldn't say she was hopeless against her. I can't wait til they play again when Maria's shoulder is back to normal.

yeah :wavey: MAsha didn't play good at AO only because Serena didn't allow her because she was whipping the court with Masha , of course she can beat Serena but last results were :eek:

MrSerenaWilliams
Jun 24th, 2007, 11:05 AM
if you're talking about injuries being a reason for a loss:

2004 YEC Final :wavey: and she was 6 points away from winning :wavey:

Try again :hug:

hectopascal
Jun 24th, 2007, 11:58 AM
But how about the Wimbledon 2004 final? Was Serena really playing that bad..... I think the matches will become closer once Sharapova's shoulder is healed, so I, too, can't wait for another match-up when both players are healthy.

Craigy
Jun 24th, 2007, 12:01 PM
Nice words from Maria :)

MrSerenaWilliams
Jun 24th, 2007, 12:06 PM
Very nice :hug:

bandabou
Jun 24th, 2007, 12:14 PM
We'll see...at least she got one thing right. Serena needs to serve well. Her serve was very weak at RG, couldn't save bp's, getting broken all the time. Can't afford that at Wimby.

Thanx4nothin
Jun 24th, 2007, 12:16 PM
Nice words from Masha.

tennisvulture
Jun 24th, 2007, 12:43 PM
Masha- always giving credit where credit is due. so graceful!

Bijoux0021
Jun 24th, 2007, 12:50 PM
if you're talking about injuries being a reason for a loss:

2004 YEC Final :wavey: and she was 6 points away from winning :wavey:

Try again :hug:
HELLO!

supergrunt
Jun 24th, 2007, 01:01 PM
Well if Masha wins one again all that will change. :lol:

ce
Jun 24th, 2007, 01:05 PM
i love serena .................and maria

Tennisaddict
Jun 24th, 2007, 01:05 PM
Maria really has changed her attitude. In 2004 she really was disrespectful maybe because of her age or because she let the hype get to her. From 2006 on she really became polite and in 2007 she´s really gracious.
I like her more now. She´s right about Serena tough. Serena will have to serve very well because when she does the rest of her game clicks easier and on grass that´s just deadly.

Pureracket
Jun 24th, 2007, 01:08 PM
The second post of the thread was meant to incite. Look @ the signature.

bellascarlett
Jun 24th, 2007, 01:28 PM
Maria really has changed her attitude. In 2004 she really was disrespectful maybe because of her age or because she let the hype get to her. From 2006 on she really became polite and in 2007 she´s really gracious.
I like her more now. She´s right about Serena tough. Serena will have to serve very well because when she does the rest of her game clicks easier and on grass that´s just deadly.

When has Maria been disrespectful? :confused: Even kick-her-ass Sesil K. never got anything from Maria except a loss. Myskina and her bitchiness never got anything...the list goes on...Maria is just above that...

As tennisvulture says, she's always been the one to.......

Masha- always giving credit where credit is due. so graceful!

And I'm always proud of Maria for that.

mykarma
Jun 24th, 2007, 01:32 PM
by Matthew Cronin
FoxSports - Tennis

Even the proud Sharapova, who says her injured shoulder has healed to the point where she should be able to rip some big serves, is giving Serena's style a nod on grass. She knows better than anyone that when Serena is hitting the right spots with her serve and launching huge returns, that it's almost impossible to get into points against her. When Serena is enforcing her style of first-strike tennis and shortening points like she's grabbing the end of a noose, she becomes so confident that she can cut loose on her groundstrokes without a care in the world. Hence, Sharapova's 6-1, 6-2 loss to Williams in the Australian Open final.

"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," Sharapova said. "She has one of the biggest serves on tour. She's physically one of the strongest. But you never know what can happen. There's a very thin line in tennis. A lot of it is mental. A point here, a point there, can change many things. Serena 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."


[B]Simply Stunning, Simply Serena
:worship: 57 Consecutive Weeks as World #1 :worship:
:worship: Olympic Gold Medalist ('00 Doubles w/ Venus) :worship:
Since Maria said it I guess we won't have to listen to all of the nay sayers talk about Serena's arrogance even though Maria is saying the same thing that Serena says.

Mikey B
Jun 24th, 2007, 01:43 PM
maria has always appeared very honest and is always giving credit where its due, wether thats to herself or another player...

Tennisaddict
Jun 24th, 2007, 01:44 PM
When has Maria been disrespectful? :confused: Even kick-her-ass Sesil K. never got anything from Maria except a loss. Myskina and her bitchiness never got anything...the list goes on...Maria is just above that...

As tennisvulture says, she's always been the one to.......



And I'm always proud of Maria for that.

She was disrespectful after the final of the YEC 2004 was played. She didnīt mention Serena at all in her speech and didnīt seem to care about Serenaīs injury. Compare that to her OZ 2007 speech and you see a completely different Maria. Maybe it was about maturing I donīt know but she has definitely changed for the better. Hopefully her father will follow suit.

Mikey B
Jun 24th, 2007, 01:53 PM
She was disrespectful after the final of the YEC 2004 was played. She didnīt mention Serena at all in her speech and didnīt seem to care about Serenaīs injury. Compare that to her OZ 2007 speech and you see a completely different Maria. Maybe it was about maturing I donīt know but she has definitely changed for the better. Hopefully her father will follow suit.

im not 100% but that final seemed to have abit of bad blood between the two, im sure she was just getting serena back for what she said earlier in the week about maria's wimbledon win being a fluke and that 'serena williams' didnt turn up for the match or something like that... but i agree with the fact that she's probably just matured, any 17 year old in a press conference would probably say something they shouldnt!!

10s4life
Jun 24th, 2007, 02:01 PM
exactly why sharapova is losing to williams, although sharapova likes the underdog role. sharapova is intimidated.

justine henin knows better.

xan
Jun 24th, 2007, 02:54 PM
Injured not intimidated

10s4life
Jun 24th, 2007, 03:46 PM
Injured not intimidated

that too.

SV_Fan
Jun 24th, 2007, 03:51 PM
Maria really has changed her attitude. In 2004 she really was disrespectful maybe because of her age or because she let the hype get to her. From 2006 on she really became polite and in 2007 sheīs really gracious.
I like her more now. Sheīs right about Serena tough. Serena will have to serve very well because when she does the rest of her game clicks easier and on grass thatīs just deadly.


Yeah I used to hate sharapova, but now I am coming to like her now. I hope Serena has been working on her serve because if she has that serve from Australia and Miami, she will be hard to beat.

supergrunt
Jun 24th, 2007, 03:56 PM
Yeah I used to hate sharapova, but now I am coming to like her now. I hope Serena has been working on her serve because if she has that serve from Australia and Miami, she will be hard to beat.

Its easy to like her when she gets humbled and starts to say nice things instead of trying to be catty which she can't because she has no room to. :)

Reuchlin
Jun 24th, 2007, 03:59 PM
Sharapova will wipe the court with Serena in due time.

CORIA01
Jun 24th, 2007, 04:33 PM
Nice Words From Masha
I Am Sure She Can Win Against Serena!

Reuchlin
Jun 24th, 2007, 04:35 PM
Its easy to like her when she gets humbled and starts to say nice things instead of trying to be catty which she can't because she has no room to. :)

Oh, I can sure name "another" player who would have come up with a ten-point list of excuses before the match even finished...she shall remain nameless...:tape: :lol:

Natalicious
Jun 24th, 2007, 04:36 PM
really nice words

Tennisaddict
Jun 24th, 2007, 04:38 PM
im not 100% but that final seemed to have abit of bad blood between the two, im sure she was just getting serena back for what she said earlier in the week about maria's wimbledon win being a fluke and that 'serena williams' didnt turn up for the match or something like that... but i agree with the fact that she's probably just matured, any 17 year old in a press conference would probably say something they shouldnt!!

Serena never said that Mariaīs win at Wimbledon was a fluke. She said that she wasnīt there which in the context of other slam finals that Serena played is true. Win or lose Serena has always fought in her slam final matches. Not at Wimby 2004 as she was overwhelmed with nerves.
But hey itīs good to see this Sharapova :yeah:

jacobruiz
Jun 24th, 2007, 04:48 PM
Its easy to like her when she gets humbled and starts to say nice things instead of trying to be catty which she can't because she has no room to. :)


Please show us a quote where Maria says ANYTHING "catty" or disrepectful to anyone. Maria was ALWAYS respectful. She hasn't changed her attitude; she's a very nice, well-brought up girl who takes a lot of shit for noreason whatsoever.

bellascarlett
Jun 24th, 2007, 04:53 PM
She was disrespectful after the final of the YEC 2004 was played. She didn´t mention Serena at all in her speech and didn´t seem to care about Serena´s injury. Compare that to her OZ 2007 speech and you see a completely different Maria. Maybe it was about maturing I don´t know but she has definitely changed for the better. Hopefully her father will follow suit.

Watch the final again. I don't think anything that happened there proves Maria was disrespectful even considering the fact that she didn't mention Serena in her speech. There may be other reasons she didn't mention Serena aside from her being straight out disrespectful. This was the second most important match in Maria's career. She was clearly excited and overwhelmed in the end. The young girl was put into an unfamiliar circumstance of an opponent suddenly not being able to serve. Still she found herseld 4-0 down in the third. Maria was excited to have pulled out the win. As I said, it doesn't really prove she was disrespectful. It's just all assumptions.

im not 100% but that final seemed to have abit of bad blood between the two, im sure she was just getting serena back for what she said earlier in the week about maria's wimbledon win being a fluke and that 'serena williams' didnt turn up for the match or something like that... but i agree with the fact that she's probably just matured, any 17 year old in a press conference would probably say something they shouldnt!!

That's the thing, what did she say?

Its easy to like her when she gets humbled and starts to say nice things instead of trying to be catty which she can't because she has no room to. :)

Give me an instance she was catty? :o This is stupid. :lol: I can't think of an instance Maria has come across as arrogant and disrespectful in interviews against opponents. Something that can't be said of some. Clearly, you are the one who has no room to say this. :lol:

Tennisaddict
Jun 24th, 2007, 05:03 PM
[QUOTE=bellascarlett;11048527]Watch the final again. I don't think anything that happened there proves Maria was disrespectful even considering the fact that she didn't mention Serena in her speech. There may be other reasons she didn't mention Serena aside from her being straight out disrespectful. This was the second most important match in Maria's career. She was clearly excited and overwhelmed in the end. The young girl was put into an unfamiliar circumstance of an opponent suddenly not being able to serve. Still she found herseld 4-0 down in the third. Maria was excited to have pulled out the win. As I said, it doesn't really prove she was disrespectful. It's just all assumptions.


To me not mentioning Serena in her speech was disrespectful. It was as if she tought that Serenasīs best day were over that she had arrived to dominate the womenīs field. Caught up in the moment of winning her first YEC or not, she should have mentioned Serena.

Callystarr
Jun 24th, 2007, 05:14 PM
Man Sharapova probably never wants to be on Serena's side of the draw, those last two crushings WHEW goodness.

Slumpsova
Jun 24th, 2007, 05:16 PM
Maria :hearts:

Kunal
Jun 24th, 2007, 05:32 PM
im lookin for complete dominance from serena

heytennis
Jun 24th, 2007, 06:37 PM
The only thing I think was disrespectful at the YEC was crazy Yuri jumping onto the court to congratulate Maria. I really think that he is insane and Maria is bothered by him. When he goes on his rants in russian during matches, she ignores him or tells him to be quiet a lot of the time.

Bijoux0021
Jun 24th, 2007, 07:11 PM
Man Sharapova probably never wants to be on Serena's side of the draw, those last two crushings WHEW goodness.
There's no question that as long as Sharapova is guaranteed to have cupcake draws, tennis organizers are going to make sure she's not in the side of draws as Serena, not after those two humiliating back to back beatdowns Serena gave their "IT" girl/"face of women's tennis." Sharapova won't have to worry too much about facing Serena for a long time to come unless they meet in the finals. She'll get Venus on her side of the draw instead, because many people including the organizers believe that she (Venus) is in "decline."

VS Fan
Jun 24th, 2007, 07:29 PM
There's no question that as long as Sharapova is guaranteed to have cupcake draws, tennis organizers are going to make sure she's not in the side of draws as Serena, not after those two humiliating back to back beatdowns Serena gave their "IT" girl/"face of women's tennis." Sharapova won't have to worry too much about facing Serena for a long time to come unless they meet in the finals. She'll get Venus on her side of the draw instead, because many people including the organizers believe that she (Venus) is in "decline."

Serena was on the OPPOSITE side of the draw in Australia. Uhhh... Remember is was the FINAL in a slam and that NO ONE gave Serena a chance.

Of course they were on the same side in Key Biscayne and Serena did even better.

DOUBLEFIST
Jun 24th, 2007, 07:50 PM
Maria is much too smart to give Serena any kind of bulletin board material for inspiration. If Maria has ever been disrespectful, I don't think it was intentional. I've always thought she shows a good measure of respect toward Serena.

These comments, however, are- imo- nothing more than stating the obvious. It's hard to get all excited over info that everybody already knows. Actually, to NOT say these things would be more revealing than actually saying them.

Matt01
Jun 24th, 2007, 07:53 PM
There's no question that as long as Sharapova is guaranteed to have cupcake draws, tennis organizers are going to make sure she's not in the side of draws as Serena,

And how exactly are the "tennis organizers" going to make that sure? :rolleyes:

Craigy
Jun 24th, 2007, 07:53 PM
exactly why sharapova is losing to williams, although sharapova likes the underdog role. sharapova is intimidated.

justine henin knows better.

This thread has nothing to do with Justine.
Go take you OCDness elsewhere troll.

cnelson575
Jun 24th, 2007, 08:01 PM
If Maria was in form injury free and playing like she did during US Open and last part of
2006 I can guarantee you would not be seeing a 6-1 6-2 type of score. Lets be real. Serena
was playing well and either way may have still won, but it would not have been a demolishing
victory. Lets be real, Maria is losing matches to other players she would not have prior to
her issues this year.

Donny
Jun 24th, 2007, 08:06 PM
If Maria was in form injury free and playing like she did during US Open and last part of
2006 I can guarantee you would not be seeing a 6-1 6-2 type of score. Lets be real. Serena
was playing well and either way may have still won, but it would not have been a demolishing
victory. Lets be real, Maria is losing matches to other players she would not have prior to
her issues this year.

Besides Indian Wells, what loss of hers was completely unexpected?

Derek.
Jun 24th, 2007, 08:09 PM
There's no question that as long as Sharapova is guaranteed to have cupcake draws, tennis organizers are going to make sure she's not in the side of draws as Serena, not after those two humiliating back to back beatdowns Serena gave their "IT" girl/"face of women's tennis." Sharapova won't have to worry too much about facing Serena for a long time to come unless they meet in the finals. She'll get Venus on her side of the draw instead, because many people including the organizers believe that she (Venus) is in "decline."

That's ridiculous. :rolls:

SerenaSlam
Jun 24th, 2007, 08:39 PM
maria made a good point that if serena is going to lose and match she is going to lose it on her terms, hence why serena and alot of her fans always state how she is the one winning and losing the matches (not to discredit the opponent). But hell its clealy evident.

pcrtennis
Jun 24th, 2007, 08:53 PM
Serena was amazing in the AO final and Maria hadn't played that great throughout the whole tournament despite reaching the final. Then in Miami, Maria's shoulder was really playing havoc. Maria has beaten Serena twice, so I wouldn't say she was hopeless against her. I can't wait til they play again when Maria's shoulder is back to normal.

Oh shut up...excuses excuses. Serena owns her now, plain and simple.

Bijoux0021
Jun 24th, 2007, 09:04 PM
And how exactly are the "tennis organizers" going to make that sure? :rolleyes:
The same way they make sure Sharapova always gets the cupcake draws to the semis or finals of every tounamant and slam, except for Miami of this year.

supergrunt
Jun 24th, 2007, 09:18 PM
Please show us a quote where Maria says ANYTHING "catty" or disrepectful to anyone. Maria was ALWAYS respectful. She hasn't changed her attitude; she's a very nice, well-brought up girl who takes a lot of shit for noreason whatsoever.

when before the final she was talking trash. and then she was like "the match is in my hands"- and then she was like "I dunno blah blah blah but the final did happen"- and you could just hear the bitchiness oozing from her mouth whenever she spoke about Serena... before the Ao final. :p

heytennis
Jun 24th, 2007, 09:28 PM
when before the final she was talking trash. and then she was like "the match is in my hands"- and then she was like "I dunno blah blah blah but the final did happen"- and you could just hear the bitchiness oozing from her mouth whenever she spoke about Serena... before the Ao final. :p

:haha: :spit:

She didn't talk trash. The commentator said that she owed Serena one and Maria agreed. She pretty much said she wanted revenge for 2005. What was she supposed to say? "I'm about to get my ass kicked"?

Donny
Jun 24th, 2007, 09:32 PM
:haha: :spit:

She didn't talk trash. The commentator said that she owed Serena one and Maria agreed. She pretty much said she wanted revenge for 2005. What was she supposed to say? "I'm about to get my ass kicked"?

Of course not, that would make her a clairvoyant.

heytennis
Jun 24th, 2007, 09:33 PM
Of course not, that would make her a clairvoyant.

Good one:rolleyes:

Pretty sure that's what my post said:tape:

Fedcup
Jun 24th, 2007, 09:34 PM
yeah :wavey: MAsha didn't play good at AO only because Serena didn't allow her because she was whipping the court with Masha , of course she can beat Serena but last results were :eek:

Do you agree then that Serena didn't play good at FO only because Justine didn't allow her because...:wavey:

Donny
Jun 24th, 2007, 09:38 PM
Good one:rolleyes:

Pretty sure that's what my post said:tape:

Indeed. Of course, before the Miami match, she could have made that prediction.

Donny
Jun 24th, 2007, 09:47 PM
Do you agree then that Serena didn't play good at FO only because Justine didn't allow her because...:wavey:

Justine outplayed Serena, to be sure. The outcome was never in doubt. But t ocompare than to the AO final...

switz
Jun 24th, 2007, 10:45 PM
Sharapova knows the right things to say. If she says anything controversial the media will be all over it.