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Maria Croft
Jul 12th, 2007, 04:03 PM
San Diego
1R Bye
2R M. Sharapova def. T. Tanasugarn 6-1 6-3
3R M. Sharapova def. T. Golovin 6-0 6-3
QF M. Sharapova def. S. Mirza 6-2 6-1
SF M. Sharapova def. A. Chakvetadze 6-3 6-2
Final M. Sharapova def. P. Schnyder 6-2 3-6 6-0

LA
1R Bye
2R M. Sharapova def. E. Daniilidou 7-6 3-1 ret.
3R M. Sharapova def. M. Krajicek 7-6 6-7 6-4
QF M. Sharapova def. E. Dementieva 6-3 6-4
SF M. Sharapova vs. N. Petrova w/o


Toronto Withdrawn

heytennis
Jul 12th, 2007, 04:07 PM
She is slated to play San Diego, Los Angeles and Toronto.

Here's to having a great summer Masha!

xan
Jul 12th, 2007, 05:27 PM
She is slated to play San Diego, Los Angeles and Toronto.

Here's to having a great summer Masha!

Hope she gets really fit again and can play these!

Il Primo!
Jul 12th, 2007, 05:31 PM
Maria has never played 3 tourneys in a row so I'm septical about the chances of seing her perform at Toronto.

Doesn't she plays in LA for the sponsors of something?

Nevermind, the draws will be TOUGH and if sh emanages to win one of these tournaments it would be a huge boost for her, definitely.

schorsch
Jul 12th, 2007, 06:09 PM
she's not entered stanford. those are just players. i mean even kim is there. if you got to players list serena is seeded #1 but she wont play.

heytennis
Jul 12th, 2007, 06:35 PM
Maria has never played 3 tourneys in a row so I'm septical about the chances of seing her perform at Toronto.

Doesn't she plays in LA for the sponsors of something?

Nevermind, the draws will be TOUGH and if sh emanages to win one of these tournaments it would be a huge boost for her, definitely.

If Maria decides three tournaments is too much for her, I would rather her just play the two tier ones.

It would be amazing to have her do a complete turn around on her year and win some big tournies this summer.

Lefty.
Jul 12th, 2007, 06:46 PM
Stanford :scratch: I would be thrilled if she plays but their players list is really off, only like Serena, Nicole, and JJ are playing I think. :lol:

I'm going to San Diego as well, so hopefully I can go watch her play a few times there. :D

Maria Croft
Jul 12th, 2007, 07:55 PM
Like I said, the Stanford list looks weird :lol:

She wasn't on the list for LA and Toronto which I tought was weird, but I will just update the first post when we have more information :)

swissmr
Jul 12th, 2007, 08:29 PM
Its very unlikely she will play 3 tournaments. I think she will defend San Diego and drop one of the other two. By the way, the San Diego field is very high quality this year, Justine and Venus are both scheduled to play.

Lefty.
Jul 12th, 2007, 08:32 PM
Its very unlikely she will play 3 tournaments. I think she will defend San Diego and drop one of the other two. By the way, the San Diego field is very high quality this year, Justine and Venus are both scheduled to play.

Though last year, the field was amazing as well, the entire top 10 except for Momo signed up but when it all was said and done, Kim and Maria were basically the only big names left. Granted they played the final which was nice. :p

Il Primo!
Jul 12th, 2007, 11:09 PM
Maria'd rather skip Toronto to L.A, like she did last year. It's a matter of bills :p
I wish it was the contrary though :(

schorsch
Jul 12th, 2007, 11:26 PM
argh, i wish she COULD play all three events and go deep in them. remember her form last year :drool: she was on FIRE. :lol:

jacobruiz
Jul 12th, 2007, 11:45 PM
Those days will return. Maria is nowhere near finished at the top.:cool:

Dan23
Jul 13th, 2007, 12:07 AM
Maria might be best served not playing until San Diego IMO, hopefully thats what she does.

Same old schedule as she has proposed to do for the last few years :cool:

Lefty.
Jul 13th, 2007, 12:07 AM
argh, i wish she COULD play all three events and go deep in them. remember her form last year :drool: she was on FIRE. :lol:

Well except for her match against Lena D in LA. :lol: I was at that one so I remember it quite clearly. :lol:

P_Fer
Jul 13th, 2007, 02:34 AM
I hope Maria plays Toronto! I have never seen her play live so I hope she plays there

Shimizu Amon
Jul 13th, 2007, 11:09 AM
Well I hope Masha stays healthy and has a good run at this years US Open Series.

Maria Croft
Jul 16th, 2007, 09:44 AM
I changed the first posts again, Toronto now also has their players list up and you can check it out in the first post.

LA still doesn't have their players list ready, they are a little slow if you ask me.

Andy.
Jul 16th, 2007, 12:11 PM
I hope this will ignite a spark in Masha and she will finish off the season in similar fashion to last year. Fingers crossed for a healthy finish to the year and some luck too with the draws.

Dan23
Jul 16th, 2007, 02:04 PM
Maria is on the list for LA, Jakim :cool:

San Diego
Los Angeles
Toronto
(week off)
US Open

Il Primo!
Jul 16th, 2007, 02:14 PM
With Venus seeded so low, San Diego draw can be Hardcore :scared:
Best of luck Maria :yeah:

schorsch
Jul 21st, 2007, 06:56 PM
masha's going to play WTT on the 25th july. she'll play against mcenroe's team. she'll have pete sampras in her group. i hope she will play (mixed) doubles and it will be televised and capped somewhere :drool:

Maria Croft
Jul 21st, 2007, 09:10 PM
WTT should be fun :D

xan
Jul 22nd, 2007, 12:53 PM
masha's going to play WTT on the 25th july. she'll play against mcenroe's team. she'll have pete sampras in her group. i hope she will play (mixed) doubles and it will be televised and capped somewhere :drool:

NOT a good idea. Think of all the flak she'll get if she plays WTT after missing Fed Cup. :eek:

Andy.
Jul 22nd, 2007, 01:00 PM
NOT a good idea. Think of all the flak she'll get if she plays WTT after missing Fed Cup. :eek:
Like from who ? meaningless people on a message board. She has gotten critisized from all angles over this I really dont think a little bit more is going to make a difference, Im sure she is over it and plus most of the things she does are critisized so it would be nothing new. I just hope she is healthy and has an awesome finish to the season and hopefully pics up a few titles.

Dan23
Jul 22nd, 2007, 01:48 PM
25th is just before San Diego and after a solid 2 weeks training......so its not that bad

...but still we can expect the IGNORANT FOOLS to talk crap about it without checking the facts and circumstances.

~lollipop_girl~
Jul 24th, 2007, 01:26 PM
Like from who ? meaningless people on a message board. She has gotten critisized from all angles over this I really dont think a little bit more is going to make a difference, Im sure she is over it and plus most of the things she does are critisized so it would be nothing new. I just hope she is healthy and has an awesome finish to the season and hopefully pics up a few titles.
From the Russian tennis Federation too... But Maria can do what she wants in my opinion... she doesn't have to please everyone and she doesn't really have an obligation to the RTF coz its not like they invested a lot in her (did they :scratch: )... This is her career, not their's :shrug:

Rod the Bama
Jul 24th, 2007, 07:08 PM
From the Russian tennis Federation too... But Maria can do what she wants in my opinion... she doesn't have to please everyone and she doesn't really have an obligation to the RTF coz its not like they invested a lot in her (did they :scratch: )... This is her career, not their's :shrug:

I agree with you on this. Maria needs to tell the RTF to kiss her ass. As far as i`m concern they only see dollar signs if Maria decides to play Fed Cup, which looks even more unlikely.

pepsi
Jul 24th, 2007, 09:19 PM
Myskina was right about Sharapova. Sharapova will never play Fed Cup and she shouldn't be part of the Olympics either. Sharapova is not a true Russian.

heytennis
Jul 25th, 2007, 01:50 AM
Serena and Henin are out of San Diego as well as Ivanovic and Vaidisova. Looks like Maria could get some some good wins and extra confidence heading into the Open.

vinzanity15
Jul 25th, 2007, 03:19 AM
I'm currently residing in Toronto, Canada and I was wondering if it's 100% confirmed that Maria will be playing in the upcoming Rogers Cup tournament, held during the week of Aug 13-19.

heytennis
Jul 25th, 2007, 05:39 AM
I'm currently residing in Toronto, Canada and I was wondering if it's 100% confirmed that Maria will be playing in the upcoming Rogers Cup tournament, held during the week of Aug 13-19.

She is scheduled to play there but she could withdraw at any time. Last year she pulled out pretty late (after LA) saying she was too tired and got a huge fine, if I'm not mistaken. She hasn't played in Canada for the past two years so right now no one knows if she will play or not.

Sorry we can't be more specific.:)

jacobruiz
Jul 25th, 2007, 12:51 PM
Myskina was right about Sharapova. Sharapova will never play Fed Cup and she shouldn't be part of the Olympics either. Sharapova is not a true Russian.


Blah, blah, blah... :zzz:

schorsch
Jul 25th, 2007, 04:08 PM
yap she got the fina, because the draw had already been made. but well we'll see. i'd love to see her in toronto. eurosport covers that :drool:

Maria Croft
Jul 25th, 2007, 07:23 PM
Added something to the thread title :)

Less then a week before Maria plays again :woohoo:

Hope she is healthy and ready :yeah:

Confident
Jul 25th, 2007, 09:13 PM
Great that San Diego is coming. I wish she would defend her title. I remember last years final vs. Kim, that was awesome. Can't wait for watching Maria winning matches again :)

vinzanity15
Jul 25th, 2007, 10:45 PM
She is scheduled to play there but she could withdraw at any time. Last year she pulled out pretty late (after LA) saying she was too tired and got a huge fine, if I'm not mistaken. She hasn't played in Canada for the past two years so right now no one knows if she will play or not.

Sorry we can't be more specific.:)

That response was very helpful. I guess I'll just stay tuned and await her decision. I really hope she plays in Toronto, cuz I'll be there for most of the games.

Shimizu Amon
Jul 26th, 2007, 11:35 AM
Only one week before Masha plays again. I'm really looking forward to it. Hopefully she's healthy and can build some confidence and game practice. I don't have much expectations for San Diego but I'm still hoping that she can go all the way. Go Masha :hug:

Andy.
Jul 26th, 2007, 12:10 PM
With all the withdrawel Masha's chances of are looking better. Not that she couldnt have done it before but it would be a nice way to ease herself into the hardcourt season even if she doesnt win. Though Venus and Jankovic are still in the field.

Maria Croft
Jul 27th, 2007, 08:09 AM
I'm a little nervous about San Diego, I'm not to confident in Maria, it has nothing to with her though, I just feel she is not ready to play yet with her injury. Hope I'm wrong of course.

xan
Jul 27th, 2007, 04:38 PM
At this time of year you don't know if anyone is going to play until they appear on court!

morningglory
Jul 27th, 2007, 07:20 PM
Not that positive... but hoping for a repeat of last year! Good luck but I'm not getting my hopes up til she takes a long break (6 months) to heal her shoulder...

Il Primo!
Jul 27th, 2007, 08:59 PM
Call me crazy but I'm pretty confident about her chances for the upcoming events, US Open included. She played great at Wiùbledon, it's just Venus played her best ever.

heytennis
Jul 28th, 2007, 01:53 AM
Good luck Maria.

She has a pretty good draw. I think she will face Jankovic in the final.

Effy
Jul 28th, 2007, 02:16 AM
Lets have a full draw in here ;) good luck, Masha :bounce:

(1) Maria Sharapova vs. BYE
Laura Granville vs. Tamarine Tanasugarn
Akiko Morigami vs. Qualifier
Gisela Dulko vs. (13) Tatiana Golovin

(12) Shahar Peer vs. Sania Mirza
Jill Craybas vs. Eleni Daniilidou
Camille Pin vs. Qualifier
BYE vs. (8) Dinara Safina

(3) Anna Chakvetadze vs. BYE
Olga Poutchkova vs. Meghann Shaughnessy
Ai Sugiyama vs. Qualifier
Kateryna Bondarenko vs. (15) Sybille Bammer

(10) Venus Williams vs. Anastassia Rodionova
Virginie Razzano vs. Qualifier
Victoria Azarenka vs. Yung-Jan Chan
BYE vs. (6) Daniela Hantuchova

(7) Martina Hingis vs. BYE
Michaella Krajicek vs. Qualifier
Alla Kudryavtseva vs. Julia Vakulenko
Jamea Jackson vs. (11) Patty Schnyder

(14) Alona Bondarenko vs. Peng Shuai
Nicole Pratt vs. Katarina Srebotnik
Elena Bovina vs. (WC) Coco Vandeweghe
BYE vs. (4) Nadia Petrova

(5) Marion Bartoli vs. BYE
Milagros Sequera vs. Qualifier
Qualifier vs. (WC) Brittany Augustine
(WC) Catalina Castano vs. (9) Elena Dementieva

(16) Lucia Safarova vs. Meilen Tu
Maria Kirilenko vs. Qualifier
Vania King vs. (WC) Asia Muhammed
BYE vs. (2) Jelena Jankovic

Andy.
Jul 28th, 2007, 02:40 AM
Well Masha has a pretty good draw through the early rounds. If she is healthy she should have no problems getting to the semis but if Venus is waiting thats when its going to get really tough. Good luck Masha, I think she will have a good chance to defend and I really hope she can.

Lefty.
Jul 28th, 2007, 02:58 AM
Potentially Masha vs. Tati so early! :crying2: (although with Tati's form, I have no idea if she will even beat Dulko :o) Some people can give her some trouble so hopefully she'll get through. I'll be there from R16-SF so hopefully i'll see some good matches from her. :)

Rod the Bama
Jul 28th, 2007, 03:56 AM
Maria has a very favorable early draw. I really like her chances in San Diego. In fact it`s time for her to end the title slump.

shad9480
Jul 28th, 2007, 07:42 AM
Come on Masha. Lift that trophy again. I believe in you :kiss: .

Still remember last year's incredible win against Kim...with that fabulous long point :worship:. Maria was so accurate and powerful last year...praying for that Maria to appear in San Diego again :bounce: :angel:

Maria Croft
Jul 28th, 2007, 08:27 AM
I'm just not confident at all, I doubt her injury is really gone at this point, we'll see next week I guess.

Mike_from_Russia
Jul 28th, 2007, 10:41 AM
Finally I'm here, greetings 2 Maria's Mafia! :wavey:
Well, I come back just in time... Summer vacations ended, so now it's time to support Maria. I wish her best of luck in San Diego! C'MON Maria, show your best!! :bounce:

Mike_from_Russia
Jul 28th, 2007, 10:49 AM
By the way: I heard something about a "minor foot injury". Don't know all details... What is it? Is that serious? :confused:

Princeza
Jul 28th, 2007, 10:50 AM
Good luck Masha, time to win :rocker2:

xan
Jul 28th, 2007, 12:26 PM
Lets have a full draw in here ;) good luck, Masha :bounce:

(1) Maria Sharapova vs. BYE
Laura Granville vs. Tamarine Tanasugarn
Akiko Morigami vs. Qualifier
Gisela Dulko vs. (13) Tatiana Golovin

(12) Shahar Peer vs. Sania Mirza
Jill Craybas vs. Eleni Daniilidou
Camille Pin vs. Qualifier
BYE vs. (8) Dinara Safina

(3) Anna Chakvetadze vs. BYE
Olga Poutchkova vs. Meghann Shaughnessy
Ai Sugiyama vs. Qualifier
Kateryna Bondarenko vs. (15) Sybille Bammer

(10) Venus Williams vs. Anastassia Rodionova
Virginie Razzano vs. Qualifier
Victoria Azarenka vs. Yung-Jan Chan
BYE vs. (6) Daniela Hantuchova

(7) Martina Hingis vs. BYE
Michaella Krajicek vs. Qualifier
Alla Kudryavtseva vs. Julia Vakulenko
Jamea Jackson vs. (11) Patty Schnyder

(14) Alona Bondarenko vs. Peng Shuai
Nicole Pratt vs. Katarina Srebotnik
Elena Bovina vs. (WC) Coco Vandeweghe
BYE vs. (4) Nadia Petrova

(5) Marion Bartoli vs. BYE
Milagros Sequera vs. Qualifier
Qualifier vs. (WC) Brittany Augustine
(WC) Catalina Castano vs. (9) Elena Dementieva

(16) Lucia Safarova vs. Meilen Tu
Maria Kirilenko vs. Qualifier
Vania King vs. (WC) Asia Muhammed
BYE vs. (2) Jelena Jankovic

NOT a good draw. All the dangerous players to Maria, except JJ are in Maria's half, and not meeting one another until they come up against her. So we get Golovin 3rd round, Safina Qtr, and possible Venus Semi. What Maria need IMO is a fairly easy run back into competition.

Chakkers or Dani MAY take out Venus, and Safina and Golovin may play down to their recent standard, but these are both players who, annoyingly, often seem to play their best of the year against Maria. I'd far rather see Maria playing seeds on the opposite side of the draw like Dementieva, Bartoli. Petrova, Bondarenko or Hingis.

Il Primo!
Jul 28th, 2007, 01:27 PM
Xan you're too nervous for nothing. The draw is good. It's a TierI and Masha is due to beat all these players, like she's used to doing IMO. Only Venus is a really tough one.
Golovin is in a kind of slump, Safina doesn't do anything for weeks. Plus, I repeat, Maria is not playing bad at all! Don't worry :cool:

domon17th
Jul 28th, 2007, 02:37 PM
Hope that Maria finds her form again. I remember how last year she just suddenly shone in the US summer hardcourt season following the disappointing loss to Mauresmo in Wimbly. So fire on Maria!

Sharapower8
Jul 28th, 2007, 04:07 PM
Good luck Masha ! Bring it back :bounce:

Ballbasher
Jul 28th, 2007, 04:27 PM
All the best Masha :bounce:

Confident
Jul 28th, 2007, 04:47 PM
Not a bad draw. I know nothing about Tati's form but I'm not afraid of the match against her. QF can be tough, but if she win the SF against Venus, she'll win the final too:)

schorsch
Jul 28th, 2007, 06:24 PM
at least tati matches always fire masha up :) they tend to be closely contested just what masha needs even if it is a little bit early in the draw. i saw her play fedcup and she was striking the ball pretty well, but i felt her movement wasnt that good yet and she was mentally a little be weak. so i guess masha will be fine :) i hope she does well and we'll be able to see her on tv :D

Kitten63
Jul 28th, 2007, 07:34 PM
Good luck at defending your title Masha!

xan
Jul 29th, 2007, 01:48 PM
Xan you're too nervous for nothing. The draw is good. It's a TierI and Masha is due to beat all these players, like she's used to doing IMO. Only Venus is a really tough one.
Golovin is in a kind of slump, Safina doesn't do anything for weeks. Plus, I repeat, Maria is not playing bad at all! Don't worry :cool:

I'm just saying it isn't a "good" draw. Maria can certainly beat these players, but there are a lot of the sort of wildcard players there who have given Maria trouble in the past.

Most players play to one level steadily, and you can virtually look at their names and say "Maria will have no trouble with her 95% of the time." A few players are more tricky and, like Venus, can be playing absolute shit for months, and then suddenly come up and start playing unbelievable - usually at just the time you don't want them to. That's why I don't really like to see such players in Maria's draw - at least not when she's not 100%. So Maria needs to be prepared just in case she does get a tough match she doesn't really expect.

So here's wishing Masha all the best - and that she will come through the draw with ease!

Zombielicious
Jul 30th, 2007, 12:48 AM
Good Luck Masha! :bigclap:

heytennis
Jul 30th, 2007, 02:29 AM
This draw is actually pretty hard for Maria. I thought it was fine but now I'm looking closer and there are so many dangerous players near her.

Granville: possible 2nd round opponent, taken Maria to three sets 3 times, given Maria a bagel and a breadstick! Maria is obviously a different player now but Granville is still a bit worrisome.

Morigami: possible 3rd round opponent, playing best tennis of her career right now.

Mirza: possible quarterfinal opponent, playing very well, finals of Stanford last week.

Safina: possible quarterfinal opponent, has given Maria tons of trouble before. She isn't playing the best right now though.

Chakvetadze: possible semifinal opponent, most in-form player on the tour right now. Gave Maria fits on hardcourt twice.

Venus Williams: possible semifinal opponent, very dangerous when she's playing well but she has a very negative hardcourt record with Maria.

Then the final opponent could be anyone!

meggz_star
Jul 30th, 2007, 03:38 AM
Best of luck to Maria :yeah:

Emina.
Jul 30th, 2007, 07:17 AM
Good Luck Maria!!! :bounce:

Shimizu Amon
Jul 30th, 2007, 08:56 AM
Well for this kinda tournament it's a normal draw. But with the current form I don't have high expectations. I just hope that her injury is healed so she get some game practice.

GO MASHA!

xan
Jul 30th, 2007, 03:48 PM
Well for this kinda tournament it's a normal draw. But with the current form I don't have high expectations. I just hope that her injury is healed so she get some game practice.

GO MASHA!

:lol: With your avatar it looks like that is what Masha is shouting!

zayos_10
Jul 30th, 2007, 07:16 PM
Good luck Maria!! :bounce:

schorsch
Jul 30th, 2007, 08:29 PM
lol true. but i dont know if she'd shout go masha :haha:

Shimizu Amon
Jul 31st, 2007, 09:20 AM
:lol: I guess she shouted Come On! or Vamos! But I'm always thinking Go Masha!

Dan23
Aug 1st, 2007, 12:53 AM
Maria will play Tanasugarn on Wednesday night at 7pm local :cool:

Sharapower8
Aug 1st, 2007, 01:10 AM
Good luck Maria ! I think it's gonna be easy for her to win this match :bounce: :bounce:

Сузи
Aug 1st, 2007, 02:04 AM
Good luck Masha! :bounce:

Lefty.
Aug 1st, 2007, 02:20 AM
Best of luck Maria! :yeah:

P_Fer
Aug 1st, 2007, 02:49 AM
Good luck Masha!

Confident
Aug 1st, 2007, 11:24 AM
Good to be back :) Good luck!:bounce:

Zombielicious
Aug 1st, 2007, 02:35 PM
Good luck Masha! :hug:

Doc
Aug 1st, 2007, 03:39 PM
Good luck Masha! :hug:

Squared. :)

Maria Croft
Aug 1st, 2007, 08:33 PM
Good luck tonight Maria! :yeah:

Dan23
Aug 2nd, 2007, 12:22 AM
Good luck Maria :clap2:

Andy.
Aug 2nd, 2007, 12:26 AM
Good Luck Masha

Jacey
Aug 2nd, 2007, 12:27 AM
:eek: Haaaaaa....im so nervous for her.....hope she pulls through & comes out a winner

schorsch
Aug 2nd, 2007, 01:03 AM
omg, there's no match on CC atm and masha's match will start in an hour.

TennisPlayingFox
Aug 2nd, 2007, 01:40 AM
Not long now. Kick some butt Masha!

ImaVeggie
Aug 2nd, 2007, 01:46 AM
15 more minutes. I'll be following the Live ScoreBoard. Good luck Maria!

aceserverr
Aug 2nd, 2007, 01:48 AM
kick tanasugarn's ass maria!!

Dan23
Aug 2nd, 2007, 02:51 AM
6-1 in the 1st set....exquisite so far!! :cool:

4 Aces, 0 DF's, Very solid on 2nd serve

Dan23
Aug 2nd, 2007, 02:55 AM
...and yes I knew it....the first 2 points of the 2nd set are DF's :rolleyes: Ill shut up from now on....

schorsch
Aug 2nd, 2007, 02:58 AM
she already hit 5 aces :) could this be the masha comes back tourna :D ? up until now i'm pretty much happy. go masha ! i want her first serve stat to get a bit better, but thats all :)

Dan23
Aug 2nd, 2007, 03:00 AM
:secret: holds from 00-40 with 2 more aces :hehehe:

Dan23
Aug 2nd, 2007, 03:12 AM
Should never comment in between sets like that :lol: :o

...but its much better again now. That was just a blip. 9 Aces in 6 service games, very impressive :D

swissmr
Aug 2nd, 2007, 03:32 AM
Maria wins 6-1 6-3 :bounce:
Very impressive stats on serve:
9 aces
2 doubles
79% of first serves won
72% of second serves won.

Golovin should give her a tougher test in the next round but this performance is very encouraging.

Rod the Bama
Aug 2nd, 2007, 03:33 AM
The match has just ended and Maria won it 6-1, 6-3. :D Good start to the US hard court season for Maria. She did well as expected to take care of business against an opponent she should beat. Next up for her tomorrow is Tati, who hasn`t quite found her form since returning from her latest injury. However there`s always the looming spector of Tati giving Maria a tough match like she did last year at Miami and the US Open. Still i expect Maria to come out and play hard though. If she can take advantage of Tati`s lackluster at times play, then she should win it in straight sets.

TennisPlayingFox
Aug 2nd, 2007, 03:33 AM
Very nice win! Hopefully she can keep this up. Hope Masha vs Tati is a great match!

Dan23
Aug 2nd, 2007, 03:34 AM
Well done Maria :cool: nice n comfortable....good stats

Andy.
Aug 2nd, 2007, 03:37 AM
That was a nice smooth start to her hardcourt campaign. I was really impressed with those stats. Well played Masha, good luck v Tati

heytennis
Aug 2nd, 2007, 03:39 AM
Golovin seems to play very inconsistently so as long as Maria capitalizes on those opportunities, she'll be fine.

Even today, Tatiana looked to be in total control against Kremer then she loses the set 6-4. I think she's getting better but I'm still thinking Maria in 2.

shad9480
Aug 2nd, 2007, 03:41 AM
Yaayy Maria. Good win. Keep it up next round. Good luck :kiss:
Does anyone know what's her serve speed?

P_Fer
Aug 2nd, 2007, 04:49 AM
Good job Masha! Good luck vs Tati!

Lefty.
Aug 2nd, 2007, 05:16 AM
Looks like a pretty decent serving day. :D Nice solid win. :cool: Although Tati's form is still a little :unsure: she's still a tough cookie and loves the challenge of playing Maria so she better be up to it. Good luck tomorrow Maria! :yeah: Third match on. :)

schorsch
Aug 2nd, 2007, 06:24 AM
heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeey, why arent there any interviews :/

Maria Croft
Aug 2nd, 2007, 06:28 AM
Nice solid win :D

I agree, the next match will be a lot tougher, Golovin hasn't been playing that well lately but will definitely raise her game in the next round.

Maria Croft
Aug 2nd, 2007, 06:55 AM
I did a lot well tonight."

"I had a few lapses but I know I can improve every match. I'm hungry and I'll put in the work, but you never know when it's going to pay off."

The Russian said she was learning to deal with her shoulder problem and was optimistic about a full recovery.

"It's still not perfect, but right now I know it's not going to get any worse," she added. "If I keep doing the right things, I know it will get better."

Shimizu Amon
Aug 2nd, 2007, 07:30 AM
I'm glad Masha won this match so easily. And I just love to read she's hungry for the victory and she's dealing with her shoulder issue. Now go and kick Golovin's ass.

:bounce: GO MASHA!:bounce:

Mike_from_Russia
Aug 2nd, 2007, 07:31 AM
Good start for Masha :clap2: Good luck in next match vs Tati!

Emina.
Aug 2nd, 2007, 07:55 AM
Congrats Masha!! :bounce: and welcome back :worship: :D

Привет
Aug 2nd, 2007, 08:21 AM
Masha! :dance:

She looks great in this new outfit too. Finally it seems to have clicked in the mind of Nike that less is indeed more.

Someone started a thread in GM about Masha's serve being different. Anyone from her forum know anything about this?

Dan23
Aug 2nd, 2007, 08:27 AM
Yep, Maria just abbreviated her action in order to try and ease the strain on her shoulder.

-------------------

"I feel good, I did all the right things," Sharapova said. "I'm moving well. But you never know how you are until you play a match. Things are going well."

"My shoulder doesn't hurt - but I'm not at 100 percent either, But I've been talking about it for so long that I feel I'm repeating myself.

"I just want to go out and play tennis," she said. "It's not getting worse and I know it will eventually get better."

Il Primo!
Aug 2nd, 2007, 10:07 AM
Great stats!9 aces! She really worked on her serve, I'm happy to see that!

morningglory
Aug 2nd, 2007, 10:35 AM
Not getting my hopes up but a good thing she changed her service motion...

Maria Croft
Aug 2nd, 2007, 12:09 PM
Good luck today Maria!

Dan23
Aug 2nd, 2007, 01:36 PM
good luck Maria :clap2:

Aravanecaravan
Aug 2nd, 2007, 02:12 PM
Nice to see the 9 aces. Obviously, she had a pretty good day with her shoulder. I just hope she doesn't overdo it.

So TTC has 2 QFs and ESPN2 will have one. Assuming Masha gets past Tatiana, what are the odds Maria's is the one not shown on US TV, I wonder?

I like that dress.

Emina.
Aug 2nd, 2007, 02:38 PM
Good luck against Tatiana , Maria :bounce: :D

miura
Aug 2nd, 2007, 02:47 PM
I love the La Costa resort and tennis arena, it's very likeable due to it's location a bit outside the city centre. I love the atmosphere there and the intimacy it gives. I'd love to go. Unfortunately I live about 20000km away from San Diego. Slight problematic ;p

the cat
Aug 2nd, 2007, 04:41 PM
I hope Masha has real confidence in her serve again before the U.S. Open starts. She seems to be playing well in San Diego. And her match against Golovin should be filled with fireworks! :yeah: Udachi Maria! :D

xan
Aug 2nd, 2007, 05:50 PM
Great start for Maria. A very good first match win against a solid opponent in Tanasugarn.

I like the sound of this new serve motion. She really needed to improve her serve and get more winners for less effort.

Keep on rolling, Maria!

Kitten63
Aug 2nd, 2007, 06:22 PM
Well done Masha!
Good luck against Tati.

jacobruiz
Aug 2nd, 2007, 07:12 PM
Please destroy Tati, Maria!


Because that would seem to indicate that her shoulder is better and, well, just because.:D

Сузи
Aug 2nd, 2007, 09:12 PM
Good luck today Masha! :bounce:

Lefty.
Aug 2nd, 2007, 10:51 PM
I'm in San Diego!! :hearts:

But I was hoping Maria vs. Tati would have finished by the time I was here. :(

TennisPlayingFox
Aug 2nd, 2007, 10:53 PM
Masha cruising so far. Up *3-0

schorsch
Aug 2nd, 2007, 10:54 PM
she's up 3-0 :hearts:

schorsch
Aug 2nd, 2007, 10:56 PM
I'm in San Diego!! :hearts:

But I was hoping Maria vs. Tati would have finished by the time I was here. :(

````````````````???????????? you're not gonna watch it? how was jelena makiri? was it a great match ? it seemed so :D

schorsch
Aug 2nd, 2007, 11:02 PM
where are the aces ? 3 df already :/

schorsch
Aug 2nd, 2007, 11:16 PM
Maria Just Bagelled Golovin !

Aravanecaravan
Aug 2nd, 2007, 11:17 PM
Considering her shitty serving today, a bagel of Golovin isn't too shabby.

Lefty.
Aug 2nd, 2007, 11:21 PM
````````````````???????????? you're not gonna watch it? how was jelena makiri? was it a great match ? it seemed so :D

Oh i'm just going to the night match today just in case I had some traveling issues. :lol: I should be able to watch most of the QFs tomorrow though. :)

Kitten63
Aug 2nd, 2007, 11:28 PM
She's making a lot of double faults

Dan23
Aug 3rd, 2007, 12:01 AM
6-0 6-3 CMON :rocker2: :rocker:
Nice win again Maria!!
The serve will have its ups and downs as she improves but still with a win like that wer cant complain.

Maria K won too :woohoo:

TennisPlayingFox
Aug 3rd, 2007, 12:03 AM
Awseome win! I was really expecting it to be alot closer then that. Mirza up next which could be tough since she has played very well lately. Good luck Masha!

swissmr
Aug 3rd, 2007, 12:06 AM
Very nice scoreline :bounce:
Mirza could be tough though she is in awesome form.

Maria Croft
Aug 3rd, 2007, 12:06 AM
I so didn’t expect Maria to only lose 3 games :eek: :yeah:

Most games were really close though, but she managed to win them, too bad she let that double break slip in the second but recovered well to take the last 3 games.

Very impressive :D

Maria Croft
Aug 3rd, 2007, 12:07 AM
Very nice scoreline :bounce:
Who does she play next?

Up next is Mirza who has been playing very well the last 3 weeks, it could be a very tough test.

swissmr
Aug 3rd, 2007, 12:11 AM
Mirza has a weak serve, Maria should be okay if she attacks it like she did Golovins.

heytennis
Aug 3rd, 2007, 12:13 AM
Mirza will be tricky but I think Maria should be fine.

Kitten63
Aug 3rd, 2007, 12:15 AM
Congrats Maria!

Rod the Bama
Aug 3rd, 2007, 12:22 AM
Good win for Maria. :clap2: She really went and took care of business against Tati. Other than the lapse in the 2nd set, she played very good.

Lefty.
Aug 3rd, 2007, 12:44 AM
Still a bit wobbly on serve but at least she was able to only lose 3 games. :) Mirza should be a tough test, I should hopefully be at that match tomorrow also. :D Best of luck Masha! :yeah:

Andy.
Aug 3rd, 2007, 01:01 AM
She has a new service motion so we have to expect a few hick ups as she gets used to it but it will really benifit her in the long run. But apart from that, she put on an awesome display against someone who has given her real trouble in the past. Well done Masha

schorsch
Aug 3rd, 2007, 01:44 AM
man, arent there any interviews? i hate acura for that. i hope masha defends her title :hearts:

Jacey
Aug 3rd, 2007, 02:23 AM
man, arent there any interviews? i hate acura for that. i hope masha defends her title :hearts:


thats what im talkin about......where the hell are they.....this is a tier I ...... isn't it???

Il Primo!
Aug 3rd, 2007, 02:26 AM
Nice spanking session! Not expected but well done!

swissmr
Aug 3rd, 2007, 02:35 AM
There is a photo on g e t t y images from today of Maria in a press conference so I dunno why there are no transcripts :shrug:

Shimizu Amon
Aug 3rd, 2007, 02:42 AM
Amazing win today for Masha. Good luck in your next round. :hug:

:bounce: GO MASHA!:bounce:

Jacey
Aug 3rd, 2007, 02:55 AM
There is a photo on g e t t y images from today of Maria in a press conference so I dunno why there are no transcripts :shrug:



I will have to go in search :fiery: damn....why do they have to make this sooo difficult :mad:

schorsch
Aug 3rd, 2007, 04:40 AM
yeah, its a tier I for god's sake.

schorsch
Aug 3rd, 2007, 04:58 AM
play starts at 10 o clock tomorrow with petrova and schnyder. while eurosport will start covering about an hour later. = masha's match. i believe they want to show her :D :D :D

Lefty.
Aug 3rd, 2007, 06:40 AM
Hmm I was hoping the match would be first but ok then i'll arrive during the middle of Petrova-Schnyder and then stay for Maria's match.

Mike_from_Russia
Aug 3rd, 2007, 07:01 AM
Congrats with solid win, good job Maria!
Good luck in QF! Now we can see it on TV i think :bounce:

leftys_rock, you will be there? Cheer for Maria, scream and shout! She needs support ;)

Emina.
Aug 3rd, 2007, 08:20 AM
Congrats Masha :bounce: :D
good luck against Mirza :bounce:

Dan23
Aug 3rd, 2007, 09:08 AM
Good luck in the QF Maria :clap2:

morningglory
Aug 3rd, 2007, 09:33 AM
To me it's still the same old Maria this year :shrug:
Let's hope the new service motion will prove to be more efficient

Not getting my hopes up...

Andy.
Aug 3rd, 2007, 09:47 AM
Good luck in the Quarters Masha

Maria Croft
Aug 3rd, 2007, 12:15 PM
Her match against Mirza will be tough, Mirza will be going for return winners on second serves a lot, so I guess now we will see how well her serve can hold up.

Good luck Maria!

Ballbasher
Aug 3rd, 2007, 12:44 PM
Keep it going Masha :D

Confident
Aug 3rd, 2007, 02:42 PM
Wow, a bagel!:worship:
Good luck today! Hope Eurosport'll show it.

xan
Aug 3rd, 2007, 03:58 PM
Still a bit wobbly on serve but at least she was able to only lose 3 games. :) Mirza should be a tough test, I should hopefully be at that match tomorrow also. :D Best of luck Masha! :yeah:

Give Masha a lot of support! :bounce: Wishing her all the luck. Hopefully Maria will get her improved serve fully honed in soon. But she's done a great job so far of shaking off the rust and beating two good opponents convincingly.

Keep it going, Maria!

Lefty.
Aug 3rd, 2007, 04:49 PM
Congrats with solid win, good job Maria!
Good luck in QF! Now we can see it on TV i think :bounce:

leftys_rock, you will be there? Cheer for Maria, scream and shout! She needs support ;)

Yes I will. :cool: I'll be cheering for her! :bounce: :D

Slampova
Aug 3rd, 2007, 08:08 PM
Demolishes Mirza 6-2, 6-1. Chaky or Venus next in the Semis. Good Luck Maria :)

Emina.
Aug 3rd, 2007, 08:13 PM
Congrats Masha !!! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

good luck in the semis!!! :D

Maria Croft
Aug 3rd, 2007, 08:22 PM
Maria is kicking some ass in this tournament so far :eek: :)

I so didn't think this was going to be easy, Maria is really impressive so far this week :yeah:

Kitten63
Aug 3rd, 2007, 08:25 PM
Congrats Maria!
Good luck in your semi match.

Mike_from_Russia
Aug 3rd, 2007, 08:36 PM
Congrats Maria, good job! :yeah:
Good luck in the semi!!

Natasc
Aug 3rd, 2007, 08:43 PM
what is this:

http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/rids/20070803/i/r4248107881.jpg

Steve-o
Aug 3rd, 2007, 09:55 PM
Maria played great. She was hitting the ball so hard, Mirza didn't stand a chance. It was fun to watch. :D

Andy.
Aug 3rd, 2007, 10:06 PM
what is this:

http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/rids/20070803/i/r4248107881.jpg

I dont like the look of that, I hope its just preventative. All I can say is Masha has been so impressive this week, hitting the ball so well and servinf pretty well considering she has a new motion. Good luck in the semis.

Confident
Aug 3rd, 2007, 10:15 PM
Great, it seems Maria is on fire!:bounce: An impressive victory again - it makes me feel better :)

Rod the Bama
Aug 3rd, 2007, 10:24 PM
Great showing by Maria today. :clap2: She looked very impressive in taking care of business against Sania.

tojja
Aug 3rd, 2007, 10:57 PM
Maria is kicking some ass in this tournament so far :eek: :)

I so didn't think this was going to be easy, Maria is really impressive so far this week :yeah:

But next is probably Williams :help: i hope she have forget Wimbledon :tape:

Aravanecaravan
Aug 3rd, 2007, 11:12 PM
what is this:

Well, according to the experts and know-it-alls, it's proof positive that Maria is bullshitting everyone about being injured.

:rolleyes:

I can't believe the stupidity out there.

Lefty.
Aug 3rd, 2007, 11:13 PM
Back from watching. :D Maria played pretty well, serving was decent. :) Everything except that one break of serve in the second set was pretty good. :) The groundstrokes were very nice and sharp today. :) I also saw the pink bandage on the shoulder and it looks like just to keep it secure and preventing any further damage.

shad9480
Aug 3rd, 2007, 11:20 PM
Back from watching. :D Maria played pretty well, serving was decent. :) Everything except that one break of serve in the second set was pretty good. :) The groundstrokes were very nice and sharp today. :) I also saw the pink bandage on the shoulder and it looks like just to keep it secure and preventing any further damage.

Wow...must be great to watch it live :wavey: .
Saw it on tv, yes Masha's groundies were solid. Congrats Maria :kiss: . Good luck in the semis. I know you can do it :yeah: :rocker2:

morningglory
Aug 3rd, 2007, 11:29 PM
Well Venus is up ahead :help:
At least let's see if Maria can take a set...

TennisPlayingFox
Aug 3rd, 2007, 11:40 PM
Nice job Maria! Good luck in the semis!

Natasc
Aug 4th, 2007, 12:05 AM
Well Venus is up ahead :help:
At least let's see if Maria can take a set...

exactly... at least a hard match I would already be happy...
but let's first see how Venus will do with very on-from Chak...something!!

then we can think in something...

schorsch
Aug 4th, 2007, 12:46 AM
it is called kinesio tapes :) i havent tried it, but i wanted to when i had my shoulder problems. they are really good apparently. your mobility is not affected and it helps prevent pain within minutes and also helps in the healing process. there are heaps of ways to apply them. just google it. from what i've read very good choice masha :D :D :D

TennisPlayingFox
Aug 4th, 2007, 05:08 AM
Well it will be Maria Vs Anna tommorow! Loking forward to this! Should be a fun match!

Lefty.
Aug 4th, 2007, 06:41 AM
Well Maria will actually play Anna tomorrow! :lol: Even though Maria hasn't lost to Anna ever, this will be a tough match for Maria. She will have an advantage though since Anna's match went very late and their match is tomorrow at 12:30. And Anna might be a little tired after 3 tough weeks of tennis. Best of luck tomorrow Maria. :yeah: I'll be at that match too. :D

Shimizu Amon
Aug 4th, 2007, 07:04 AM
I'm really looking forward for this match. Well if Masha is going to play the way she did in her previous matches I'm confident she will win. But anyway I'm already glad she made it into the semis, hopefully it doesn't end there. And may I say what an amazing win against Mirza! You go girl!


:bounce: GO MASHA!:bounce:

morningglory
Aug 4th, 2007, 07:27 AM
And Venus lost! :eek:

tojja
Aug 4th, 2007, 08:35 AM
And Venus lost! :eek:
Yes,and i´m still in a chock :eek:

Maria Croft
Aug 4th, 2007, 08:49 AM
Good luck Maria! :D

Confident
Aug 4th, 2007, 10:50 AM
I hope Maria won't have a feeling like "oh, it's not Venus, no problem, it's easy". But she's not this type of player so she'll beat Chakvetadze as she did lots of times before:p ;)

xan
Aug 4th, 2007, 11:35 AM
Maria was playing very well by all accounts! Great to see her beat a player on such good form.

Great win. keep it going Maria! :D

Natasc
Aug 4th, 2007, 12:24 PM
holy crap Venus lost!!
way to go ana!!
amazing how she recorver and got the match done after waste 3 chances to close out the first set serving.....

I so wanna see the match live!

Emina.
Aug 4th, 2007, 02:28 PM
GOOOO Masha!!!!! :bounce:

P_Fer
Aug 4th, 2007, 02:40 PM
Good luck Masha!

Andy.
Aug 4th, 2007, 02:53 PM
WOW this really opens things up for Masha to win her first title of the season. Good luck against Anna

Jacey
Aug 4th, 2007, 03:12 PM
ok now....Anna should be tired, right? I mean....13 game winning streak,
0-4 with Maria. this should be an easy win.....

tojja
Aug 4th, 2007, 03:56 PM
ok now....Anna should be tired, right? I mean....13 game winning streak,
0-4 with Maria. this should be an easy win.....
Easy win is never a easy win :cool:
But i hope you have right :lol:

Lefty.
Aug 4th, 2007, 04:05 PM
ok now....Anna should be tired, right? I mean....13 game winning streak,
0-4 with Maria. this should be an easy win.....

Oh don't say that, :p Tons of people thought Venus would win yesterday and she still lost. :p

Leaving for the match in about 2 and a half hours! :bounce:

Natasc
Aug 4th, 2007, 04:09 PM
people Ana is playing really well so it seems....
we can't think in an easy win!
I'm still wishing that my freak tv should that match live!! (cause the replay I'm sure the will)

Topspin2
Aug 4th, 2007, 06:14 PM
Good luck Maria! :wavey:

Сузи
Aug 4th, 2007, 07:08 PM
Good luck Masha! :bounce:

Kitten63
Aug 4th, 2007, 07:09 PM
Good luck Masha!

nelsondan
Aug 4th, 2007, 08:44 PM
The tv people say she is struggling. Something is not right.

But she wins first set 6-3. Hmm.

swissmr
Aug 4th, 2007, 09:15 PM
Maria wins 6-3 6-2, another impressive scoreline.
One more to go for first title of the year :bounce:

Maria Croft
Aug 4th, 2007, 09:22 PM
Good match from Maria, a little to many errors perhaps but agressive powerful tennis and good defence :yeah:

Rod the Bama
Aug 4th, 2007, 09:23 PM
Good win for Maria. :clap2: She didn`t exactly play her best match, especially with all the unforced errors, but did good enough to get the win. I like that she showed some touch near the net a couple of times. Now she needs to take care of business tomorrow to get her first title of year. It`s time for the drought to end.

nelsondan
Aug 4th, 2007, 09:23 PM
So now, she is going boogie boarding. What is boogie boarding?

Please do not get hurt boogie boarding----I guess the girl just gotta have some fun.

Сузи
Aug 4th, 2007, 09:23 PM
Congrats to Masha! Lets hope that she can win tomorrow and get her first title of '07. And i also hope that she has fun boogie boarding. :lol:

morningglory
Aug 4th, 2007, 09:28 PM
She finally won... I did NOT like the near-choke in the 2nd last game :o Pls play better 2morrow... but at least she had some aces there... (the 6 DF's have to be gone by tomorrow)

Princeza
Aug 4th, 2007, 09:29 PM
:armed: Vamos, better keep your trophy :armed:

tojja
Aug 4th, 2007, 09:31 PM
Good match Maria :lol:
Anna was very tired today since yesterdays match :cool:
Nice to see Maria playing great again :)

Mike_from_Russia
Aug 4th, 2007, 09:34 PM
Congrats Masha! Well done! :clap2: Just one more match left... You need this title, Maria, now go and get it! :cool:

Kitten63
Aug 4th, 2007, 09:34 PM
Nice win Masha!
Good luck in the finals.

shad9480
Aug 4th, 2007, 09:38 PM
Maria :kiss: :hearts: . Great win :bounce: :rocker2: .
Please oh please keep your trophy! You look so cute with it. Good luck in the final.

Il Primo!
Aug 4th, 2007, 09:50 PM
I'm pretty satisfied! It's a great tournament so far! Hope she doesn't mess up the whole thing by losing tomorow against Patty(likely to me)!:)
But still, Maria, you rock!:yeah:

Natasc
Aug 4th, 2007, 09:51 PM
So now, she is going boogie boarding. What is boogie boarding?

Please do not get hurt boogie boarding----I guess the girl just gotta have some fun.

sorta likes this:

http://www.boogieboard.org/hubbgraphics.jpghttp://windowmanager.blogspot.com/uploaded_images/Boogie-713782.jpghttp://www.ics.uci.edu/~eppstein/pix/campsurf/BoogieBoarding4-m.jpg

it's great..I have one
but you can also rock on waves or make it easy.... it's up to you

nelsondan
Aug 4th, 2007, 10:02 PM
You know---I would love to see some pictures of Maria boogie boarding.

Ballbasher
Aug 4th, 2007, 10:23 PM
Masha :D (although Chaky :sad: ) Get the title now :D

Kim's_fan_4ever
Aug 4th, 2007, 10:38 PM
I love how people in GM are bitching about the schedule :rolls: And that Maria always get easy draws :rolls: Way to go haters :yeah: :weirdo:

Anyway, I haven't seen Maria since Wimbledon and I have to say that I like her new service motion. She played a good match today, well maybe that little choke in the end sucked she won pretty comfortably. I don't see Patty/Elena stopping her so she should win the title tomorrow. Good luck Maria :yeah:

schorsch
Aug 4th, 2007, 10:43 PM
come on masha! ! ! well done :D i hope she wins tomorrow.

Natasc
Aug 4th, 2007, 10:48 PM
I love how people in GM are bitching about the schedule :rolls: And that Maria always get easy draws :rolls: Way to go haters :yeah: :weirdo:

hate is not helthy you know...those people are just wacko...
I mean...Maria got Sania (that was having one of her best career periods) then could take "the unbeatable" Venus or the very good on form Ana
got Golovin who can play very well...
but well...easy draw hum!?

the other side looks clearly more easy for me....

Anyway, I haven't seen Maria since Wimbledon and I have to say that I like her new service motion. She played a good match today, well maybe that little choke in the end sucked she won pretty comfortably. I don't see Patty/Elena stopping her so she should win the title tomorrow. Good luck Maria :yeah:

Unfortunatelly my channel didn't show Maria live!! :o
but they will show the next semi live (looks like) *I'm actually happy about this 'cause make a year and a half that I don't see my other fav Lena D and if for me to pick who I would like to watch I would go for Lena this time 'cause make ages I don't see her and is not like she playes as consistency as Maria does so I be able to watch her...

Anyway, I don't think we should be so sure.
Of course we should trust in Maria (and I will cheer for her if she plays Lena 'cause I think she needs more this title), but Patty it's okay, but Lena D when playing well is nearly close to unbeatable (anyone record her against Martina on Tokyo'06 final?? or was 05)
Besides her week server which she's already used and can send some really counter-attack shots from someone who attacks her server, Lena has great volleys and amazing groundstrokes
as fars Maria is more consistent, Lena is more talented (when she's playing at least well) IMO

I will be cheering for Maria....but hopefully not a humiliating score if final goes against Lena...against Patty I won't argue with a double bagel..

nelsondan
Aug 4th, 2007, 11:25 PM
Maria needs to win and re-establish an important principle---no bad days when you just don't have it. Consistency. It is a must for the Open.

Jacey
Aug 5th, 2007, 12:10 AM
did anyone catch the short interview maria did at the end of the match today?? did she say something about Anna letting her off the hook...or something like that?

Andy.
Aug 5th, 2007, 12:29 AM
Its so awesome to see Masha dishing out these sort of scorelines. Im so happy for her that she finally seems to be finding her form and playing the demolishing kind of tennis we know she can. Well done Masha good luck in the final.

the cat
Aug 5th, 2007, 02:14 AM
I think it's vital Maria win the San Diego title and finally win her first title of 2007 heading into the 2007 U.S. Open. If she wins San Diego her confidence will grow.

schorsch
Aug 5th, 2007, 03:09 AM
i like both elena and patty the same, but i'm actually a bit more afraid of patty than lena atm. i mean she's played really well against petrova. i dont know O_O plus masha hates her spins. lena she can kick of the court when she's playing really well.

schorsch
Aug 5th, 2007, 03:10 AM
plus schynder is serving well atm whereas masha will be able to break lena much easier. althoug you could argue that patty could get "a title omg omg omg omg omg" attacks.

Jacey
Aug 5th, 2007, 04:19 AM
maybe she'll choke.....remember Roland Garros. yes, Maria did fight like I've never seen her fight before but Patty wilted under pressure :)

Natasc
Aug 5th, 2007, 04:21 AM
god...I'm so tired now that I cant' really say that much....tomorrow I try to write something better...

but putting on few words

awful match and I smell bagels from Maria tomorrow....

Andy.
Aug 5th, 2007, 04:28 AM
Masha has a big mental edge over Patty and although Patty is playing well if it gets into a dog fight Masha's fighting qualities shouls see her through over the at times mentally fragile Patty. I really hope Masha wins her first title of the year tomorow, you can imagine how fired up she is going to be tomorow. Good luck in the final Masha

Shimizu Amon
Aug 5th, 2007, 07:36 AM
It was a good match, perhaps not the best of the tournament but still good enough to get her into the final, easily. Now she's just one step from her first title of the year. I'm hoping that she will win it. It would be so good for her confidence heading into the USO. Still confident, nervous as hell but hey that's part of it I guess.

:bounce: GO MASHA!:bounce:

Get your first title baby. It's yours!

Maria Croft
Aug 5th, 2007, 08:34 AM
Maria hasn't had a really tough challenge yet, she might get it from Schnyder today, she has been playing well this week.

But so has Maria, and she does have that 5-1 H2H lead.

I'm nervous though, I really want a first title of the season, don't we all :lol:

Emina.
Aug 5th, 2007, 09:25 AM
Congrats Masha!!! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Good luck against Patty!! :)

morningglory
Aug 5th, 2007, 09:47 AM
Well we shouldn't get our hopes up too soon... Patty will be very tricky...

gary
Aug 5th, 2007, 09:51 AM
Maria hasn't had a really tough challenge yet, she might get it from Schnyder today, she has been playing well this week.

But so has Maria, and she does have that 5-1 H2H lead.

I'm nervous though, I really want a first title of the season, don't we all :lol:

me too :p

Shoulderpova
Aug 5th, 2007, 10:40 AM
I'm quite confident that she will take this title. Come on Masha, crush her :)

Confident
Aug 5th, 2007, 10:48 AM
So it'll be Patty... she must remember Roland Garros:devil:
I really hope Maria'll win this title, she has a really good chance now. I believe she can do it. Good luck! ;)

Dan23
Aug 5th, 2007, 11:03 AM
Great stuff in the QF and SF Maria :yeah:


Good luck today :clap2:

xan
Aug 5th, 2007, 01:04 PM
Maria hasn't had a really tough challenge yet, she might get it from Schnyder today, she has been playing well this week.

But so has Maria, and she does have that 5-1 H2H lead.

I'm nervous though, I really want a first title of the season, don't we all :lol:
We certainly do.

Maria has done excellently so far, and the Semi has been another good win. :D :bounce:

Witrh regard to the final, Maria should have a bit of an edge with respect to this meeting being off the clay, so I'm hoping Maria will carry her form forward, and even pick it up a little.

Her serve was 68% in the Semi, with 75% winning off first serve, whioch are not bad figures.

Keep it going Maria!

Maria Croft
Aug 5th, 2007, 02:16 PM
Good luck Maria!

P_Fer
Aug 5th, 2007, 03:44 PM
Good luck in the final Masha!

tojja
Aug 5th, 2007, 03:58 PM
She need here first win this year,i think she can do it :)

Il Primo!
Aug 5th, 2007, 03:59 PM
Patty is a tough one! Maria woill have to deal with these angles Patty does. Her movement will be exposed to death, but maria should prevail.

This final is crucial for Maria! If she wins, that doesn't mean she will win teh US Open for sure but if she loses, it means she couldn't defend her GS title, for sure.

So she must be focus and go for it. Vamos :rock:

Kitten63
Aug 5th, 2007, 04:37 PM
Win your first title of the year today Maria!

1000
Aug 5th, 2007, 04:54 PM
Good luck and congratulations Maria for a great tournament no matter the result today

Lefty.
Aug 5th, 2007, 07:46 PM
I thought Maria played pretty well in the SF except for that hiccup losing her serve after being up 30-0 in that game. And it would be nice to have the 6 dfs go down some more. Pity I wasn't able to stay for the final today. :( At least I can relax and watch it at home since i'm finally there. :D

Best of luck Maria! :yeah:

Lefty.
Aug 5th, 2007, 11:09 PM
Oh good, finally a title for Masha this year. :D 6-2, 3-6, 6-0. :D There were some pretty damn awful errors in the second set but at least she pulled it together in the third. :D

ImaVeggie
Aug 5th, 2007, 11:10 PM
Wahoo! Maria won! FanFreakinTastic! Congrats!

Natasc
Aug 5th, 2007, 11:10 PM
oww god....
not such a good match, but a win is a win and that's all that matters
she had some probs for see what was happening on the match...Mike appear and sort of told her

but is sort of a relief hum....
now just wait and get a good shot of Maria with the trophy to put as wallpaper on my cell...

Andy.
Aug 5th, 2007, 11:11 PM
YAY WOOOOO HOOOOO Masha just won her first title of 2007 with a 62 36 60 victory over Patty Schnyder. Im so proud of her this year has been tough but its rewards like this that make it worth while. Well done Masha

:banana::rocker2::yippee::woohoo:

Slampova
Aug 5th, 2007, 11:12 PM
Woohoo, congrats Masha. First title of the year. The drought has finally ended. And that bagel was just sexy :p
Keep up the good form in LA!

swissmr
Aug 5th, 2007, 11:13 PM
Yes, she won! :bounce: :worship: :bigclap:
Not the greatest match she's ever played, but she'll get a massive confidence boost from this.
I even changed my sig for the occasion!

Maria Croft
Aug 5th, 2007, 11:16 PM
Finally the first title of the year, and what a title it is :D

Her groundstrokes were just awesome :hearts:

Hate to be negative at this time but I feel like I have to say it, her serve is still so vulnerable, especially her second serve.

Her returns today were just :eek: :yeah:

Really impressive tournament, now I'm even more sad that this was the last time San Diego is played :lol:

Welll done Maria! :woohoo:

Sharapower8
Aug 5th, 2007, 11:16 PM
Congratulations Maria ! So proud of her :cool:
Now the USO :drool:

Kitten63
Aug 5th, 2007, 11:17 PM
Yay! Well done on a great tournament and winning your first title of the year Masha!
Nice bagel in the third too.