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JimM
Aug 4th, 2007, 11:25 PM
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Tier II, East West Bank Classic (Former JP Morgan Chase)

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Dates: 06-12 August
Surface: Hard Outdoors
Official webpage: www.la-open.com


Main Draw Entry list

1 Maria Sharapova RUS
2 Jelena Jankovic SRB
3 Nadia Petrova RUS
4 Martina Hingis SUI
5 Dinara Safina RUS
6 Shahar Peer ISR
7 Tatiana Golovin FRA
8 Na Li CHN
9 Marion Bartoli FRA
10 Sybille Bammer AUT
11 Katarina Srebotnik SLO
12 Alona Bondarenko UKR
13 Lucie Safarova CZE
14 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP
15 Ai Sugiyama JPN
16 Samantha Stosur AUS
17 Mara Santangelo ITA
18 Olga Poutchkova RUS
19 Meghann Shaughnessy USA
20 Gisela Dulko ARG
21 Severine Bremond FRA
22 Meilen Tu USA
23 Kateryna Bondarenko UKR
24 Nicole Pratt AUS
25 Julia Vakulenko UKR
26 Maria Kirilenko RUS
27 Sania Mirza IND
28 Michaella Krajicek NED
29 Shaui Peng CHN
30 Eleni Daniilidou GRE
31 Yung-Jan Chan TPE
32 Virginie Razzano FRA
33 Victoria Azarenka BLR
34 Tamarine Tanasugarn THI
35 Milagros Sequera VEN
36 Alla Kudryavtseva RUS
37 Aravane Rezai FRA
38 Vasilisa Bardina RUS
39 Flavia Pennetta ITA
40 Jill Craybas USA
41 Elena Vesnina RUS
42 Aiko Nakamura JPN
42 Angelique Kerber GER
43 Elena Bovina RUS
45 WC
46 WC
47 WC Gold/Silver only
48 WC
49-57 Qualifier


Next In maindraw/Qualifying List

1 Anastasia Rodionova RUS
2 Akiko Morigami JPN
3 Vania King USA
4 Alicia Molik AUS
5 Angelique Kerber GER
6 Laura Granville USA
7 Camille Pin FRA
8 Ashley Harkleroad USA
9 Yaroslava Shvedova RUS
10 Ioana Raluca Olaru ROU
11 Dominika Cibulkova SVK
12 Tatiana Poutchek BLR
13 MDO Tatjana Malek GER
13 Stephanie Cohen-Aloro FRA
14 Aleksandra Wozniak CAN
15 Catalina Castano COL
16 Ekaterina Bychkova RUS
17 Klara Zakopalova CZE
18 Greta Arn GER
19 Virginia Ruano Pasqual ESP
20 Eva Birnerova CZE
21 Yvonne Meusburger AUT
22 Olga Savchuk UKR
23 Alberta Brianti ITA
24 Varvara Lepchenko UZB
25 Caroline Wozniacki DEN Smile
26 Sandra Kloesel GER
27 Jamila Gajdosova SVK
28 Andrea Petkovic GER
29 WC
30 WC
31 WC
32 WC


Qualifying Next-In List

1 Taintain Sun CHN
2 Youlia Fedossova RUS
3 Tsvetana Pironkova BUL
4 Julia Schruff GER
5 Casey Dellacqua AUS
6 Galina Voskoboeva RUS
7 Lilia Osterloh USA
8 Mathilde Johansson FRA
9 Yuliana Fedak UKR
10 Bethanie Mattek USA
11 Jorgelina Cravero ARG
12 Anne Kremer LUX
13 Ahsha Rolle USA
14 Sofia Arvidsson SWE
15 Renata Voracova
16 Sara Errani ITA
17 Su-Wei Hsieh TPE
18 Pauline Parmentier FRA
19 Anastasiya Yakimova BLR
20 Kristina Barrois GER
21 Melinda Czink HUN
22 Karolina Sprem CRO
23 Yulia Beygelzimer UKR
24 Andreja Klepac SLO
25 Stephanie Dubois CAN
26 Akgul Amanmuradova USB
27 Sandra Zahlavova CZE
28 Abigail Spears USA
29 Kira Nagy HUN
30 Yuan Meng CHN
31 Margalita Chakhnashvili GEO
32 Erika Takao JPN
33 Rika Fujiwara SR JPN
34 Emma Laine FIN
35 Maria Emilia Salerni ARG
36 Barbora Zahlavovo Strycova CZE
37 Katie O'brien GBR
38 Olga Govortsova RUS
39 Jamea jackson USA
40 Julie Ditty USA

Updated 1. August

Serena Williams and Vera Zvonereva withdrew.

The_Pov
Aug 5th, 2007, 12:40 AM
How many points does Maria have to defend here???

MrSerenaWilliams
Aug 5th, 2007, 12:45 AM
1 I think :shrug: Serena beat her in the first round

Rod the Bama
Aug 5th, 2007, 02:44 AM
This would be a great opportunity for Makiri to continue her positive momentium from her nice run in San Diego.

MrSerenaWilliams
Aug 5th, 2007, 03:08 AM
totally :yeah:

JimM
Aug 5th, 2007, 08:23 AM
How many points does Maria have to defend here???

None. Maria lost 1st round last year too Williams S. Maria picked up 110 points for making the QF's at the Acura. So she is out of the 40's into the 30's tomorrow when the new rankings are posted.

So if she can avoid any of the top ten in the 1st round, she has a decent of making the 3rd round. Provided she gives doubles a miss. Taking too much out of her.

Good Luck Maria!!!

JimM
Aug 5th, 2007, 02:09 PM
1st round

Elena Bovina vs Maria Kirilenko
I hate it when two of me favs have tp face off!!

The winner will play Marion Bartoli

Ana I is in on a MD WC.

I wonder if they will play doubles???

Good luck Masha!!

:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Michael_21
Aug 5th, 2007, 03:29 PM
good draw for Maria if she can play like she did last week then theres a good chance of a QF or mabe even better Go maria Good luck :D

Crank
Aug 5th, 2007, 04:20 PM
Your the best Kirilenko ! Come On little Maria :yeah:

Rod the Bama
Aug 5th, 2007, 09:01 PM
The draw looks favorable for Makiri. She got Elena Bovina, who`s just coming back from injury. If she can win that match, then she got Bartoli, who hasn`t been playing that well lately. I really feel that if she can show the good form that she showed this past week, then i think Makiri can go on another nice run.

Sharapower8
Aug 5th, 2007, 11:22 PM
After the tournament she did at San Diego she should trust in her talent ! Go on little Masha :kiss:

Nikkiri
Aug 6th, 2007, 09:34 AM
Good luck lil Masha, believe in yourself

Vassili
Aug 6th, 2007, 02:02 PM
Davaï Maria !

Topspin2
Aug 6th, 2007, 02:21 PM
Good luck Masha!!! :banana:

Kirilenko_Kamp
Aug 6th, 2007, 03:18 PM
Makiri should be in good spirits coming off an excellent showing in San Diego. A major boost in her confidence. I believe she's looking forward to the challenge at the Bank Classic. She can still improve her game and continue her progression up the rankings. Good luck Makiri! Wishing you all the best of luck here! Go for your shots, treat every point as a match point, and FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT!

Crank
Aug 7th, 2007, 12:11 AM
Just the first turn! Come on little MariaK . :tennis: 2r - QF - Final ...

Rod the Bama
Aug 7th, 2007, 12:17 AM
Good win for Makiri eariler today. :clap2: She really did a great job of coming back and saving those set points in the 1st set. I`m very pleased with her comebacks lately.

Anahi
Aug 7th, 2007, 12:33 AM
Cmon Makiri!!!!!!! :P:D

Natash.
Aug 7th, 2007, 12:34 AM
Good win, Masha! Good luck against Bartoli!

Nice try, Elena. :hug:

the cat
Aug 7th, 2007, 01:59 AM
Maria struggled to a win over an out of form Bovina and that's a concern. And Bartoli's aggresive return game could unnerve Masha so she has to be prepared for Bartoli's return of serve as well as the rest of her game.

TennisPlayingFox
Aug 7th, 2007, 02:59 AM
Nice job Makiri! Way to fight! Good luck in round 2!

Michael_21
Aug 7th, 2007, 05:20 AM
Good Win Maria Good Luck in the 2nd Round against Bartoli

Vassili
Aug 7th, 2007, 07:40 AM
Good win Maria :kiss: Davaï Maria !!

sannyak
Aug 7th, 2007, 08:24 AM
Bravo Maria!!!One newer charming result!
She more and more many times be succesful at the end of the dead heat set.
Whether why didn't Eric Van Harpen train already a year ago at Maria???
After all visible,that ever since Maria much better to play.

Mashak
Aug 7th, 2007, 08:52 AM
Absolutely good win for Mariaaaa :cool: :D
Shaky first set :p But a good win!!
Hope she'll beat Marion and go on with these results :cool:

JimM
Aug 7th, 2007, 11:19 AM
Maria struggled to a win over an out of form Bovina and that's a concern. And Bartoli's aggresive return game could unnerve Masha so she has to be prepared for Bartoli's return of serve as well as the rest of her game.

Thers's not much you can do when your opponent is sending aces whizzing past you. Elena served 11 or 12. Elena is finding her form after a long injury time out, and she is no push over. She never was, and next year will see her back to her form I hope. Plus she has been playing better each match.

But Maria beat a big hitter, and she came back from 5-3 in the first set and would rally back from 5-1 in the tie-break. Marion will be a different prospect, so was Jankovic for Maria, and look how that turned out.

Good luck Maria!!

http://www.mm0tsb.plus.com/mashaflag.png

Sharapower8
Aug 7th, 2007, 11:40 AM
Good job Maria ! Now you can beat this Bartoli ! :devil:

Topspin2
Aug 7th, 2007, 01:25 PM
Good win, Masha!:worship: Good luck against Bartoli! :devil:

Kirilenko_Kamp
Aug 7th, 2007, 02:23 PM
Nice to see Makiri find a way to grind out a win in the 1st set tiebreaker against Elena. Keep the winning momentum you found in San Diego rolling on into the next round! Good luck Makiri against Bartoli. Fight! Fight! Fight!

dulkogii
Aug 7th, 2007, 10:49 PM
goo
dulkolenko!

so.krist!na
Aug 8th, 2007, 12:36 AM
Maria beat Marion BARTOLI 76(2) 63 :woohoo:
well done masha and keep wining!!!

RonnieB33
Aug 8th, 2007, 12:36 AM
She's done it again! She upsets the #6 seed Marion Bartoli 7-6(2) 6-3!
She will face her doubles partner Gisela Dulko in the 3rd round. A huge opportunity to get to the quarterfinals again, and possibly face Ana Ivanovic! I will take off work to see that match for sure if that happens!

Rod the Bama
Aug 8th, 2007, 12:36 AM
The match has just ended and Makiri won it 7-6(2), 6-3. :clap2: Another very good win for Makiri. :D I felt that when the draw was released that she could beat Marion and she made it a reality. I smell another nice run for Makiri.

Derek.
Aug 8th, 2007, 12:42 AM
Great job, Maria! :D :banana: :woohoo:

So proud how you've turned it around these last few weeks. :hug:

Good luck in the next round! :)

the cat
Aug 8th, 2007, 01:11 AM
Another nice win for Maria. Having an experienced tennis coach working with her makes a big difference.

Warrior
Aug 8th, 2007, 01:20 AM
Another nice win for Maria. Having an experienced tennis coach working with her makes a big difference.


Who is her coach now?

TennisPlayingFox
Aug 8th, 2007, 01:50 AM
Very nice win Maria! good luck against Gise! You can do it!

Andy.
Aug 8th, 2007, 03:31 AM
Another awesome win by Maria, she has really turned things around its great to see.

yelena
Aug 8th, 2007, 03:42 AM
Hello,

Bovina seems to have lost a lot of weight but continues to have mental problems.

http://www.hereitis.com/pics/2007_Carson/Kirilenko-vs-Bovina/DSC00951.jpg

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http://www.hereitis.com/pics/2007_Carson/Kirilenko-vs-Bovina/DSC01057.jpg

yelena
Aug 8th, 2007, 03:56 AM
I don't understand how this chic go that far a Wimbledon. She seemed exhausted during each point and taking nearly 30 seconds between points. You could see the Chair Umpire watching the clock.

vs. Marion Bartoli

http://www.hereitis.com/pics/2007_Carson/Kirilenko-vs-Bartoli/DSC01245.JPG

http://www.hereitis.com/pics/2007_Carson/Kirilenko-vs-Bartoli/DSC01248.JPG

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Michael_21
Aug 8th, 2007, 04:59 AM
GREAT WIN MARIA :D good luck against Dulko u can win that match and make it to the QFs and mabe even further :D

leo830301
Aug 8th, 2007, 06:52 AM
Another Big and Nice Win, Makiri!
Now, It's time to make your own history!

Also, Thanks yelena for the nice pics!
but it's a pity that there were not many people, I think

sannyak
Aug 8th, 2007, 08:34 AM
Zap stuffed cabbage!I've gotyou scalp of Wimbledon finalist also!!!
It's magnificent!!!Bravo MARIA!!!
Now one such rival come next with who know each other at play well(Dulko),and
afterwards also like this player would be follow(Ivanovic).
I think Maria will be better.Come on MARIA!

Vassili
Aug 8th, 2007, 08:46 AM
wow Good job Maria :banana: :dance: :yippee: i'm proud of you :kiss:

Mashak
Aug 8th, 2007, 08:56 AM
She is doing soooooo great!! :D :cool:
This is so good right now and she has to continue this :woohoo:
Se can :D
Congrats Maria! :cool:

bruce goose
Aug 8th, 2007, 10:24 AM
For a while now I've been drawn to Marion Bartoli's spunk and have enjoyed chatting with some of her more long-term fans on her blog.It seems that some of them may have been offended,though,when I commented that Maria is indisputably gorgeous.Serena stated that it was a FACT that she was unbeatable when playing well(proven untrue at Wimbledon);however,it IS virtually factual that Maria is smokin' hot.

Maria looks great--not just better;WAYYYYY better than most models--even when she's on the court without being dolled up for the camera,and she has a face,ESPECIALLY that smile,that's instant sunshine.Having seen the curvaceous shape of her backside in a side view,I can only imagine how well she fills out her blue jeans.Photographers have EASY jobs with Maria;just point the camera in her direction and you have automatic awesome pictures.I've noticed with similar foxes(Hantuchova,Dushevina,etc.) that they appear almost confused and disoriented when dumb-ass cameramen ask them to adopt some phony,(supposedly)'sexy' pose.Hopefully Maria will avoid idiots such as these;she's perfectly fine when she acts naturally.

Earlier in the year,you almost had to wonder if Maria was using drugs or something since the stunning hottie was getting EASILY snuffed even by petite,everyday players that she SHOULD have overpowered.Although I've never followed her career too closely--and likely won't now,either--it's refreshing to see her regain her old form.No hard feelings for her victory over my gal Marion;good luck to Maria for the remainder of the tourney.

Sharapower8
Aug 8th, 2007, 11:04 AM
Amazing Maria ! I still can't believe she did it ! Continue this way lil' Masha ! :bounce: :bounce:

bruce goose
Aug 8th, 2007, 11:57 AM
Amazing Maria ! I still can't believe she did it ! Continue this way lil' Masha ! :bounce: :bounce: You say that you can't believe it?I'LL tell you what's unbelievable(AND scientifically unfounded)...EVOLUTION!! You're gonna tell me that Maria evolved from a chimpanzee(???)...I DON'T THINK SO!!!....Only the Lord could create such beauty as Lil',or TALL,Masha(either one):hearts: .

Topspin2
Aug 8th, 2007, 01:10 PM
Well Done Maria!!!

morningglory
Aug 8th, 2007, 02:12 PM
wow Makiri has been impressive! Dulko is definitely beatable...

the cat
Aug 8th, 2007, 03:29 PM
Now there is pressure on Maria to beat Dulko and make the quarterfinals. Masha needs to win this match.

Warrior, Masha is now being coached by Eric Van Harpen who is an experienced coach and a tough taskmaster. And that's just what Makiri needed in a coach.

bruce goose
Aug 8th, 2007, 03:30 PM
wow Makiri has been impressive! Dulko is definitely beatable... Yes,even though Dulko is from Argentina(our Latino cousins in South America),she is not my favorite Latina--THAT would be heart-of-gold Catalina Castano.Therefore,I don't mind if Maria beats her again(3-0 vs. Dulko so far in her career).I used to believe that Maria was pretty but I now realize that I was VERY wrong:she is INCREDIBLY GORGEOUS!!!!!:eek: :worship: :drool: :lick: :kiss: :hearts:

bruce goose
Aug 8th, 2007, 03:43 PM
Now there is pressure on Maria to beat Dulko and make the quarterfinals. Masha needs to win this match.

Warrior, Masha is now being coached by Eric Van Harpen who is an experienced coach and a tough taskmaster. And that's just what Makiri needed in a coach. You probably have a lot more insight than I do,Cat,but I tend to agree with you on this.A LOT of people were surprised at Maria's losses to low-ranked players earlier this year,and they questioned her focus.NOW she is much more competitive even against difficult opponents.She just recently made a QF so she shouldn't be too nervous,and she has a good track record vs. Dulko.We'll have to send Van Harpen a birthday card,when the date arrives,with the message:THANK YOU for giving us more glimpses of Makiri:drool: due to your good coaching.

Kirilenko_Kamp
Aug 9th, 2007, 01:47 AM
Another quintessential win for Makiri over Bartoli! Your confidence is growing with every victory. Your tennis play has significantly picked up since San Diego. Winning can do wonders to Makiri's game especially when she knocks out a top seeded opponent. Winning can be contagious! With the guidance from Nick Van Harpen, I strongly believe it's just a matter of time we see Makiri being a formidable threat to the other top seeds. I really like her chances against Gisela. Makiri make Gisela work hard for her service points. Make her earn them. Play every point as a match point and FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT!

I'm keeping my fingers and toes crossed for a possible Makiri vs. Ivanovic showdown in the quarters.

yelena
Aug 9th, 2007, 02:40 AM
Hello, remember they are also friends. Today Partners. Tomorrow Opponents.

Enjoy,

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yelena
Aug 9th, 2007, 02:41 AM
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Rod the Bama
Aug 9th, 2007, 03:46 AM
Thanks for posting these pics from today`s doubles match, although i must say that next time please post them on the pictures threads. Anyway good win for Makiri and Gisela to start out doubles. :clap2: Tomorrow`s matchup between them will be very intriguing.

sannyak
Aug 9th, 2007, 08:41 AM
Maria on hardcourt always defeat at Dulko.
I today also expect at the next victory from Maria!
Come on for quarterfinal!

Crank
Aug 9th, 2007, 01:45 PM
Thanks yelena nices pics :yeah:

Kirilenko_Kamp
Aug 9th, 2007, 02:33 PM
Awesome pics yelena! Makiri looks great with her nice golden tan compared to Gisela. Makiri also has incredible muscle tone to boot! That one pic where Makiri is adjusting her strings, check out the way her left ankle is facing. It looks like our Little Masha is about to twist a knee or ankle doesn't it? Ouch! I didn't know Makiri was a part-time contortionist. Anyways, it's great that you're there yelena. Keep the pics coming please!

bruce goose
Aug 9th, 2007, 03:16 PM
Maria on hardcourt always defeat at Dulko.
I today also expect at the next victory from Maria!
Come on for quarterfinal! Yes,I suspect that Maria could beat her on ANY surface,but they are doubles partners and,apparently,friends so hopefully Makiri won't go too easy on Dulko who is a decent player.

After the match,Maria should give her some dietary advice;Gisela is a very pretty girl but her buns are WAYYY too flat for a Latina.I don't know what kind of food they're eating over in Argentina.It must be different from what we eat here in Mexico because Sabatini is similarly shaped.Gaby is still beautiful even in her late thirties yet her backside is flat like Dulko's.A Latina is supposed to FILL OUT her blue jeans!! Maria is NOT just a lovely face;she has an excellent figure that includes a GREAT 'booty'.It leaves men tempted to give her a spanking--NOT too hurt her,of course,just to make it tingle a little bit;) .

Maria's potential QF matchup with Ivanovic would be quite interesting;not only would it be super tennis,but it'd also be an AWESOME beauty treat for us guys:drool: :hearts: . --BG

Crank
Aug 9th, 2007, 03:53 PM
Yes,I suspect that Maria could beat her on ANY surface,but they are doubles partners and,apparently,friends so hopefully Makiri won't go too easy on Dulko who is a decent player.

After the match,Maria should give her some dietary advice;Gisela is a very pretty girl but her buns are WAYYY too flat for a Latina.I don't know what kind of food they're eating over in Argentina.It must be different from what we eat here in Mexico because Sabatini is similarly shaped.Gaby is still beautiful even in her late thirties yet her backside is flat like Dulko's.A Latina is supposed to FILL OUT her blue jeans!! Maria is NOT just a lovely face;she has an excellent figure that includes a GREAT 'booty'.It leaves men tempted to give her a spanking--NOT too hurt her,of course,just to make it tingle a little bit;) .

Maria's potential QF matchup with Ivanovic would be quite interesting;not only would it be super tennis,but it'd also be an AWESOME beauty treat for us guys:drool: :hearts: . --BG




:haha: :haha: :smash:

Natash.
Aug 9th, 2007, 08:13 PM
With her win against Dulko today, Masha leads Dulko 4-0 in the H2H!

Topspin2
Aug 9th, 2007, 08:22 PM
Well done Masha 6-3 6-4!!!:woohoo:
Break Points Won 2/13 :cuckoo: :hehehe: :spit: :scratch: :haha: :smash: :banghead: :lol: :tape: :help: :eek: :confused:

bruce goose
Aug 9th, 2007, 08:28 PM
With her win against Dulko today, Masha leads Dulko 4-0 in the H2H! The way that Makiri has been playing lately,it would've really surprised me if she had lost to Dulko.She is currently 3-0 versus one of her potential opponents,Safarova,and is 1-2 vs.Ivanovic although Maria won their only recent encounter.

Safarova is kinda cute in an oddball sense,and she could pose some serious problems today for Ana.However,it would almost be a shame if Ivanovic lost because a Maria-Ana matchup,well...let's just say that this an easy,EASY job for the lucky cameramen:drool: . --BG

Vassili
Aug 9th, 2007, 08:53 PM
Great job Maria :kiss:

Rod the Bama
Aug 9th, 2007, 09:18 PM
Good win for Makiri eariler today after Gisela. :clap2: Other than going only 2 for 13 on break chances, she played pretty well to take care of business.

Natash.
Aug 9th, 2007, 09:24 PM
The way that Makiri has been playing lately,it would've really surprised me if she had lost to Dulko.She is currently 3-0 versus one of her potential opponents,Safarova,and is 1-2 vs.Ivanovic although Maria won their only recent encounter.

Safarova is kinda cute in an oddball sense,and she could pose some serious problems today for Ana.However,it would almost be a shame if Ivanovic lost because a Maria-Ana matchup,well...let's just say that this an easy,EASY job for the lucky cameramen:drool: . --BG

Safarova is having problems with her left wrist so Ana will probably win. ;) But I like both of them but I'd rather see Maria - Ana as well so Maria has a chance to make 2-2 and get her second top 5 victory this year.

bruce goose
Aug 9th, 2007, 09:32 PM
Good win for Makiri eariler today after Gisela. :clap2: Other than going only 2 for 13 on break chances, she played pretty well to take care of business.
That's a heckuva nickname that you've got there,'Rod the Bama';I'll bet you that 99.9% of the Europeans don't know what it means....What do you suppose the rules are for women in the Russian Tennis Federation?Does a girl need to win a beauty contest in order to receive funding?Kuznetsova is about the only one I can think of that's normal-looking,and all of the rest are AT LEAST pretty and most of them are GORGEOUS.Besides the famous beauties which include Makiri,even the less-famous ones such as Shvedova and Voskoboeva are delicious:drool: .Stunning ladies AND great tennis...what a combination!!! We'll see if Maria can take it to the next level in this major tournament(hopefully so).

Topspin2
Aug 9th, 2007, 09:45 PM
:worship: http://img521.imageshack.us/img521/4598/mkqx0.png:worship:

TennisPlayingFox
Aug 9th, 2007, 09:59 PM
Very nice job Makiri! Good luck against Ana or Lucie!

bruce goose
Aug 9th, 2007, 10:06 PM
Very nice job Makiri! Good luck against Ana or Lucie! 'Tennis Playing Fox,huh?'...that's a PERFECT way to describe either Makiri(OR Dementieva who's in your photo).Does she understand English well enough to know that this is a high compliment for a woman's appearance?If not,we'll find someone who can translate for our lovely girl:) .

RonnieB33
Aug 9th, 2007, 10:07 PM
Hello, Kirilenko fans!

I just came back from the Home Depot Center where Maria triumphed over Gisela 3 and 4!! Yes, I finally made it to my first live match with Maria and what a great experience it was! I work in Pasadena, California and the Home Depot Center is about a 30 minute drive from where I work. When I saw that Maria and Gisela would be playing at 11am on the outside court, I figured this would be my best chance to watch her up close. I've seen pictures showing how close fans can get to the players on the outside courts. Who knows? Next year when she is more famous and playing better and ranking higher, she may only be playing in the stadium. I had to sneak out of work to get there. This is where I'm very happy I have a job that tends to not notice when you're not there. I am blessed.

I got there at 11am and it's 10 dollars to park, but I have no cash! Yikes! I had to go to a nearby supermarket to get some cash from my Discover card, which made me late. When I finally parked and made my way over to Court 4, it was 1-love Maria and I couldn't believe I was actually there! There were Gisela and Maria right there playing tennis a few feet in front of me. First impression is that Maria is tall and she is very well toned with a nice summer tan. First impression of their tennis is that, man, these girls are good! You really appreciate how well their level of tennis is watching from the sidelines. They both were playing well at the start and serving at a high rate and keeping their groudstrokes deep. I noticed that there is a definite difference between the sound of the shot from Maria's racquet than Gisela's - a noticable pop that comes from her trusty Yonex.

The match was level at 3-all and I knew it was going to be a tense 7th game. The weather was perfect - high 70's, cloudless sky, but now a slight breeze was picking up. Maria went up 40-15, but then lost the next three points to go down break point. Second serve. Uh oh, she hit a double fault earlier. Would she repeat herself? Fortunately, Gisela choked and dumped a forehand return into the net. After an exchange of points, Maria hit two good first serves to win the game. Big hold for her! I identified Maria's coach and father sitting on one corner of the court. They were stoic most of the match, but when she won those big points, they applauded approvingly.

You could feel the momentum going towards Maria and when she got to 15-40, she started grunting. Not Monica Seles like, but enough to show that she was picking up the intensity. After Gisela hit a winner to save one break point, Maria played a strong baseline rally to force an error and get the break. She gave a fist pump knowing that she could serve out the set.

She served out the set easily. Both players asked for their coaches during the between-set changeover. I positioned myself a few feet behind her chair to see her coach talk to Maria. It’s still amazing that I could walk pretty much anywhere around the court. Each sideline has concrete stands with chairs scattered around for you to sit in. I thought that you made need some VIP pass to sit there, but no, any fan could sit there. Most fans sat where they could get some shade leaving the makeshift stands wide open. As I sat behind Maria talking to her coach, I strained to hear what he was saying, but I couldn’t make anything out. He seemed to be very positive as he advised her, pumping her up, and probably telling her she’s doing a good job.

I stayed in this position for the first three games of the set, but eventually would leave because I was in my work slacks and a T-shirt, and I didn’t want to get too much sun. When she changed over after Gisela gift-wrapped the service break to start the second set, Maria stopped by the chair to get a quick drink. She actually made eye contact with me when I was taking pictures about 8 feet from her. Pretty cool!

She played a strong second game and it really looked like she could bagel Gisela when she had a break point for 3-0. Gisela missed a first serve and then on the second serve, Maria went for an inside-out forehand return that barely missed the sidelines. She would lose that game and then after several holds (Maria was really dominating Gisela on serve!), Maria was up 4-2 and looking to get that second break. It was actually a pretty ugly game as Gisela put up 4 double faults and Maria committed some unforced errors on break points including a shank forehand when she had set up the point beautifully and had a nice short ball.

The next big moment came in the next game when Maria served at 30-all up 4-3. Maria showed that she was really concentrating hard on the big points by nailing a forehand winner down the line after a first serve. She converted on the game point and had one more game to go. She was really pumping herself up at this time.

After going up 0-15 on Gisela’s serve, she played a terrific point that ended with two sharp volleys to go up 0-30. She followed that with a crosscourt forehand return winner of a Gisela first serve for 0-40, and the match was going to be over. I stood up so I could take a quick video of match point. I didn’t have much space on my camera and only had enough for one point. I wanted that video to be of match point. Unfortunately, she blew the 0-40 lead and I erased each of those points on my camera. On the fourth match point, I recorded the point again. It was a baseline rally and on Gisela’s 3rd ground stroke, she hit the ball clearly 4 inches beyond the baseline. Maria missed the shot and waited for the call, but none came! She yelled ‘Out!’ but the umpire merely said “Deuce”. I replayed the point on my camera and saw the ball bounce out. Maria was robbed! She lost the next two points and had to serve it out. I kept this video which I’ll share with you later.

I wasn’t nervous because Maria was serving well. I was very confident she would serve it out. I changed my position so that I would be on her side of the court at the corner right next to the court. When she got to 40-0, I prepared my camera for a video shot. I erased some old videos on my picture card so that I could get one more shot. The 40-0 point was a long baseline rally (about 10 strokes) and even though Maria lost it, I liked the video I took of her. After she lost the 40-15, I realized that I was giving her bad luck by trying to record the match point. I turned the camera off and decided just to enjoy the tennis. After a 10-stroke rally, Gisela hit a groundstroke long and it was over. Maria gave no outward emotion after she won. She was very businesslike about it as if she knew she was supposed to win this match. Gisela and Maria exchanged kisses and a few of us gathered to where Maria and Gisela would pass after leaving the court.

Gisela left first and gave a couple of autographs. Then, it was Maria. A young Asian girl took a picture with Maria and Maria flashed her pretty smile. I should have taken that picture. I was too shy to try to take a picture with her. I just took a couple of snapshots of her signing autographs. Then someone mentioned that she got hooked on that fourth match point. I was only two feet away from her, so I spoke to her and said that, “Yeah, that ball was out. I have it on my camera.” She looked up and said, “Yeah”, in a slightly irritating way, as if to say, “Yeah, duh, I should’ve been off the court 10 minutes ago!”

After her autographs, she walked away towards the main stadium where the locker rooms were. I was surprised to see her walking by herself. Her coach and father already left the court and went ahead of her. So there was Maria walking by herself with her racquets. I followed her since it was on the way to the parking lot. An old couple spoke to her saying she played very well. I mustered up the courage to speak to Maria again, saying, “Maria! Congratulations!” She looked over and said, “Thank you.” I said, “Good luck against Ana!” She didn’t respond and after that I left her alone as she went to the locker room and I went to the parking lot to get back to work.

I took some pictures and video and will try to post them when I get the chance for all of you. She wore her white collared top with a light beige skirt and visor.

I am very impressed with her game. She seemed in control of the match for the most part and is clearly playing at a high level. Not only does she have a good first serve, but her second serve is very strong, too. She doesn’t hold back on her second serve and yet, I think she only had one double fault. She’s not a basher by any means, but she keeps her groundstrokes deep and very solid. I wonder if we’ll hear how well she thought she played. I’d be surprised if she thought she wasn’t playing her best as in the Bartoli match. She didn’t go to the net as much as I thought she would, but when she did she was highly successful. She’s really a solid all-around player who’s starting to make her serve a weapon. The only way I could see her take it to the next level would be if she made either her forehand or backhand a real weapon that opponents would fear. Both sides are solid and consistent right now, but not to the point where she could rely on one side to carry her throughout the match.

If I do watch her play again, I’ll try to keep score. But I really wanted to just watch and enjoy the tennis. I hadn’t been to a tournament in almost a decade, and it was just exciting being in that environment. I saw a little bit of Sharapova on the practice court working on her new serve. She’s really very striking in person. I saw a little bit of Mirza warming up. I saw some other players whom I didn’t recognize. When they warmed up, I was in awe of how great tennis players they all were.

But I was there for Maria, and it was nice to leave the Home Depot Center a happy Kirilenko fan. I hope you enjoyed this recap. Please ask me anything you want. I’ll do my best to share this experience with those of you watching from afar.

Topspin2
Aug 9th, 2007, 10:44 PM
RonnieB33,Thank you to you enormous for a story. Very very nice :yeah: :hatoff:

Crank
Aug 9th, 2007, 11:37 PM
RonnieB33 : Wow happy for you ! Me also Kirilenko which my fact of discovering tennis .. years passed when I saw two matchs of it (Rogers Cup 06) I really hung ...



(My english is not very good) sorry :sad:

the cat
Aug 10th, 2007, 02:29 AM
Maria routined Gisela like she should. There was no letdown from Masha in this match and that's a good sign.

Thanks for the report Ronnie. I'm glad you had such a good time at Makiri's match.

bruce goose
Aug 10th, 2007, 02:50 AM
Maria routined Gisela like she should. There was no letdown from Masha in this match and that's a good sign.

Thanks for the report Ronnie. I'm glad you had such a good time at Makiri's match. Yes,indeed,Ronnie gets five stars for being detailed,which is MORE thorough than Maria was if you go by her 2-for-13 break point ratio.Then again,it must be hard to maintain intensity when you're facing a good friend.At least she showed up which is more than we can say for the Williams' girls and their phantom injuries that occur when they lack the resolve to play each other.I'm trying to imagine how the other New York Giants' players would have responded if Tiki Barber had said that he was afraid to compete against his brother Ronde of Tampa Bay...must be a girl thing:lol: .

Warrior
Aug 10th, 2007, 03:14 AM
Will this tournament be televised? If so, when will the coverage start?

Michael_21
Aug 10th, 2007, 03:24 AM
good win against dulko maria and good luck against ana u can beat her just like u did jelena :D

Vassili
Aug 10th, 2007, 08:36 AM
RonnieB33 : wow thanks ! :cool: I'm jealous lol ;) I can't wait to see the pics and videos :cool:

sannyak
Aug 10th, 2007, 08:40 AM
I so happy,that the obligatory win done,though always the obligatory the hardest.
Ivanovic against get very hard match,because Ana be in very good form.
Let's hope for the best from Maria!

Topspin2
Aug 10th, 2007, 09:28 AM
Makiri good luck against Ivanovic :wavey:

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bruce goose
Aug 10th, 2007, 12:07 PM
Makiri good luck against Ivanovic :wavey:

http://img165.imageshack.us/img165/743/untitled9rt7.png WOW,just LOOK at these two beauties!!!:hearts: :hearts: :hearts: You have to ask yourself,'Is this a tennis tournament,or the Miss Universe competition?'

Mashak
Aug 10th, 2007, 12:42 PM
Maria so great!! :D
Another quarterfinal :cool:
Just awesome!! Good luck against Ana :woohoo:

Kirilenko_Kamp
Aug 10th, 2007, 02:44 PM
Thank you so much for the play-by-play recap of the Makiri/gisela match RonnieB33! It was a very extensively detailed report. Great job! It must be great to be able to sneak out of Home Depot without your boss knowing anything about you going MIA. I would have done the same thing too! I can't wait to see your pics and video clips. I'm surprised that there was no security escorting Makiri back to the locker room. Did you get an autograpgh??? Btw, are you gonna try to sneak out to see the Makiri vs. Ana match??? That's DEFINITELY a match I think you gotta go see because I don't think ESPN2 is going to televise it. They're focusing on the ATP Roger's Cup in Toronto instead which pisses me off!!!! I hope you can make it there again and give us all a recap of the match. YOU LUCKY BASTARD! Just kidding....

Kirilenko_Kamp
Aug 10th, 2007, 03:13 PM
Congrats Makiri on making it to your second consecutive Quarterfinals. The so-called "tennis experts" are picking Ana to win this match. Let's surprise them all with an upset win Makiri! :yeah: Go for your shots, attack Ana's backhand, play every point as a match point, and FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT!

bruce goose
Aug 10th, 2007, 03:41 PM
Congrats Makiri on making it to your second consecutive Quarterfinals. The so-called "tennis experts" are picking Ana to win this match. Let's surprise them all with an upset win Makiri! :yeah: Go for your shots, attack Ana's backhand, play every point as a match point, and FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT! Maybe some of the female bloggers can't understand this,but I don't enjoy seeing pretty girls cry(unless they're really evil).Of course,Makiri and Ana are not pretty--they're both a-MAAAAAZ-ingly gorgeous!:hearts: :hearts: ,so someone should be ready to kiss the loser of this match,a LOT:devil: ,to help her feel better;) .Ana has had lots of success already,so maybe this is Makiri's turn.

RonnieB33
Aug 10th, 2007, 04:27 PM
Thank you so much for the play-by-play recap of the Makiri/gisela match RonnieB33! It was a very extensively detailed report. Great job! It must be great to be able to sneak out of Home Depot without your boss knowing anything about you going MIA. I would have done the same thing too! I can't wait to see your pics and video clips. I'm surprised that there was no security escorting Makiri back to the locker room. Did you get an autograpgh??? Btw, are you gonna try to sneak out to see the Makiri vs. Ana match??? That's DEFINITELY a match I think you gotta go see because I don't think ESPN2 is going to televise it. They're focusing on the ATP Roger's Cup in Toronto instead which pisses me off!!!! I hope you can make it there again and give us all a recap of the match. YOU LUCKY BASTARD! Just kidding....
Thanks, KK. I was too shy to get an autograph. Plus, I didn't have anything for her to sign. I should have just let her sign my arm. :lol: I felt a little out of place because I was like the only guy there wearing slacks while everyone else looked like they were about to play tennis after Maria or were going to the beach. Actually, one dude came who looked like he was on his work break. It was really cool. It had the feel of a regular junior tournament I used to play in, but it was professionals! It was a little strange in that there was hardly any applause from the crowd. Just spatterings here and there. Not like any match you'd see on TV, where there'd be clapping on most points. I expect big things from Maria here on out, so when she becomes a more consistent star, she'll only be playing on the outer courts for doubles in these Tier I/II events.

TTN is scheduled to show at least two matches at 12PM PT unless they changed the format, which is what they did last week. ESPN2 will show a match at 8:30pm PT. I don't know if this is a live coverage or tape. You'd think the Tennis Channel would show every match, or at least make sure that whatever was not shown on ESPN would air on TTC. That's what it's there for, right? Who wants to see the Roger Federer story again or the World Stringing competition????

I just looked at the Order of Play:

Friday, August 10, 2007

Stadium (from 12.00hrs)
1. Petrova vs. Razzano
2. Kirilenko vs. Ivanovic
3. Azarenka vs. Jankovic
4. Fusano/Kops-Jones vs. Dulko/Kirilenko (possible court change)
5. Mattek/Mirza vs. Peschke/Stubbs (NB 18.30hrs)
6. Sharapova vs. Dementieva (NB 20.30hrs)

The TTN schedule looks like this:

12:00 PM Carson, Ca. - East West Bank : Singles Quarterfinal #1 (LIVE)
2:00 PM Carson, Ca. - East West Bank : Singles Quarterfinal #2 (LIVE)

Perhaps there really will be a Maria sighting on the tube after all. I have TTC, but it's on a TV at my home that has recording issues, so I'll have to miss it, unfortunately. :( And no, I'm not going to sneak away from work this time around. I'll just have to live blog it with the rest of you!

RonnieB33
Aug 10th, 2007, 04:29 PM
Congrats Makiri on making it to your second consecutive Quarterfinals. The so-called "tennis experts" are picking Ana to win this match. Let's surprise them all with an upset win Makiri! :yeah: Go for your shots, attack Ana's backhand, play every point as a match point, and FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT!
If I were asked my opinion and pretended to be a tennis expert for a brief moment, I'd pick Ana, too. Sure, Maria is playing awesome, but apparently so is Ana I. She is well-rested and doesn't appear to be having any injury problems. She just whooped a player that beat Maria two weeks ago. Based on that alone, I'd say Ana is the favorite, but I still, expect a close match between these two.

Topspin2
Aug 10th, 2007, 05:23 PM
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Maria Come'on!!! :bounce:

King Aaron
Aug 10th, 2007, 05:32 PM
Hello, Kirilenko fans!

I just came back from the Home Depot Center where Maria triumphed over Gisela 3 and 4!! Yes, I finally made it to my first live match with Maria and what a great experience it was! I work in Pasadena, California and the Home Depot Center is about a 30 minute drive from where I work. When I saw that Maria and Gisela would be playing at 11am on the outside court, I figured this would be my best chance to watch her up close. I've seen pictures showing how close fans can get to the players on the outside courts. Who knows? Next year when she is more famous and playing better and ranking higher, she may only be playing in the stadium. I had to sneak out of work to get there. This is where I'm very happy I have a job that tends to not notice when you're not there. I am blessed.

I got there at 11am and it's 10 dollars to park, but I have no cash! Yikes! I had to go to a nearby supermarket to get some cash from my Discover card, which made me late. When I finally parked and made my way over to Court 4, it was 1-love Maria and I couldn't believe I was actually there! There were Gisela and Maria right there playing tennis a few feet in front of me. First impression is that Maria is tall and she is very well toned with a nice summer tan. First impression of their tennis is that, man, these girls are good! You really appreciate how well their level of tennis is watching from the sidelines. They both were playing well at the start and serving at a high rate and keeping their groudstrokes deep. I noticed that there is a definite difference between the sound of the shot from Maria's racquet than Gisela's - a noticable pop that comes from her trusty Yonex.

The match was level at 3-all and I knew it was going to be a tense 7th game. The weather was perfect - high 70's, cloudless sky, but now a slight breeze was picking up. Maria went up 40-15, but then lost the next three points to go down break point. Second serve. Uh oh, she hit a double fault earlier. Would she repeat herself? Fortunately, Gisela choked and dumped a forehand return into the net. After an exchange of points, Maria hit two good first serves to win the game. Big hold for her! I identified Maria's coach and father sitting on one corner of the court. They were stoic most of the match, but when she won those big points, they applauded approvingly.

You could feel the momentum going towards Maria and when she got to 15-40, she started grunting. Not Monica Seles like, but enough to show that she was picking up the intensity. After Gisela hit a winner to save one break point, Maria played a strong baseline rally to force an error and get the break. She gave a fist pump knowing that she could serve out the set.

She served out the set easily. Both players asked for their coaches during the between-set changeover. I positioned myself a few feet behind her chair to see her coach talk to Maria. It’s still amazing that I could walk pretty much anywhere around the court. Each sideline has concrete stands with chairs scattered around for you to sit in. I thought that you made need some VIP pass to sit there, but no, any fan could sit there. Most fans sat where they could get some shade leaving the makeshift stands wide open. As I sat behind Maria talking to her coach, I strained to hear what he was saying, but I couldn’t make anything out. He seemed to be very positive as he advised her, pumping her up, and probably telling her she’s doing a good job.

I stayed in this position for the first three games of the set, but eventually would leave because I was in my work slacks and a T-shirt, and I didn’t want to get too much sun. When she changed over after Gisela gift-wrapped the service break to start the second set, Maria stopped by the chair to get a quick drink. She actually made eye contact with me when I was taking pictures about 8 feet from her. Pretty cool!

She played a strong second game and it really looked like she could bagel Gisela when she had a break point for 3-0. Gisela missed a first serve and then on the second serve, Maria went for an inside-out forehand return that barely missed the sidelines. She would lose that game and then after several holds (Maria was really dominating Gisela on serve!), Maria was up 4-2 and looking to get that second break. It was actually a pretty ugly game as Gisela put up 4 double faults and Maria committed some unforced errors on break points including a shank forehand when she had set up the point beautifully and had a nice short ball.

The next big moment came in the next game when Maria served at 30-all up 4-3. Maria showed that she was really concentrating hard on the big points by nailing a forehand winner down the line after a first serve. She converted on the game point and had one more game to go. She was really pumping herself up at this time.

After going up 0-15 on Gisela’s serve, she played a terrific point that ended with two sharp volleys to go up 0-30. She followed that with a crosscourt forehand return winner of a Gisela first serve for 0-40, and the match was going to be over. I stood up so I could take a quick video of match point. I didn’t have much space on my camera and only had enough for one point. I wanted that video to be of match point. Unfortunately, she blew the 0-40 lead and I erased each of those points on my camera. On the fourth match point, I recorded the point again. It was a baseline rally and on Gisela’s 3rd ground stroke, she hit the ball clearly 4 inches beyond the baseline. Maria missed the shot and waited for the call, but none came! She yelled ‘Out!’ but the umpire merely said “Deuce”. I replayed the point on my camera and saw the ball bounce out. Maria was robbed! She lost the next two points and had to serve it out. I kept this video which I’ll share with you later.

I wasn’t nervous because Maria was serving well. I was very confident she would serve it out. I changed my position so that I would be on her side of the court at the corner right next to the court. When she got to 40-0, I prepared my camera for a video shot. I erased some old videos on my picture card so that I could get one more shot. The 40-0 point was a long baseline rally (about 10 strokes) and even though Maria lost it, I liked the video I took of her. After she lost the 40-15, I realized that I was giving her bad luck by trying to record the match point. I turned the camera off and decided just to enjoy the tennis. After a 10-stroke rally, Gisela hit a groundstroke long and it was over. Maria gave no outward emotion after she won. She was very businesslike about it as if she knew she was supposed to win this match. Gisela and Maria exchanged kisses and a few of us gathered to where Maria and Gisela would pass after leaving the court.

Gisela left first and gave a couple of autographs. Then, it was Maria. A young Asian girl took a picture with Maria and Maria flashed her pretty smile. I should have taken that picture. I was too shy to try to take a picture with her. I just took a couple of snapshots of her signing autographs. Then someone mentioned that she got hooked on that fourth match point. I was only two feet away from her, so I spoke to her and said that, “Yeah, that ball was out. I have it on my camera.” She looked up and said, “Yeah”, in a slightly irritating way, as if to say, “Yeah, duh, I should’ve been off the court 10 minutes ago!”

After her autographs, she walked away towards the main stadium where the locker rooms were. I was surprised to see her walking by herself. Her coach and father already left the court and went ahead of her. So there was Maria walking by herself with her racquets. I followed her since it was on the way to the parking lot. An old couple spoke to her saying she played very well. I mustered up the courage to speak to Maria again, saying, “Maria! Congratulations!” She looked over and said, “Thank you.” I said, “Good luck against Ana!” She didn’t respond and after that I left her alone as she went to the locker room and I went to the parking lot to get back to work.

I took some pictures and video and will try to post them when I get the chance for all of you. She wore her white collared top with a light beige skirt and visor.

I am very impressed with her game. She seemed in control of the match for the most part and is clearly playing at a high level. Not only does she have a good first serve, but her second serve is very strong, too. She doesn’t hold back on her second serve and yet, I think she only had one double fault. She’s not a basher by any means, but she keeps her groundstrokes deep and very solid. I wonder if we’ll hear how well she thought she played. I’d be surprised if she thought she wasn’t playing her best as in the Bartoli match. She didn’t go to the net as much as I thought she would, but when she did she was highly successful. She’s really a solid all-around player who’s starting to make her serve a weapon. The only way I could see her take it to the next level would be if she made either her forehand or backhand a real weapon that opponents would fear. Both sides are solid and consistent right now, but not to the point where she could rely on one side to carry her throughout the match.

If I do watch her play again, I’ll try to keep score. But I really wanted to just watch and enjoy the tennis. I hadn’t been to a tournament in almost a decade, and it was just exciting being in that environment. I saw a little bit of Sharapova on the practice court working on her new serve. She’s really very striking in person. I saw a little bit of Mirza warming up. I saw some other players whom I didn’t recognize. When they warmed up, I was in awe of how great tennis players they all were.

But I was there for Maria, and it was nice to leave the Home Depot Center a happy Kirilenko fan. I hope you enjoyed this recap. Please ask me anything you want. I’ll do my best to share this experience with those of you watching from afar.
Thank you. Very great report. :) Glad you enjoyed the match. :yeah:

bruce goose
Aug 10th, 2007, 05:40 PM
If I were asked my opinion and pretended to be a tennis expert for a brief moment, I'd pick Ana, too. Sure, Maria is playing awesome, but apparently so is Ana I. She is well-rested and doesn't appear to be having any injury problems. She just whooped a player that beat Maria two weeks ago. Based on that alone, I'd say Ana is the favorite, but I still, expect a close match between these two. It shows impressive,clear thinking when you can overlook your liking for someone in picking a winner,'Ronnie'.This is a very hard one for me because I have a positive view of BOTH of these girls.They'd still be pretty even if they scowled most of the time as Sharapova does while remaining a fox--but then they REALLY light us up with sunshine when they flash their SUPER smiles:hearts: .Since it's practically impossible to dislike either one,as an aroused Mauresmo would surely agree:lol: ,we can only hope that the winner earns their victory with skillful play--instead of just waiting for the other to make errors(BTW,that photo of Makiri that accompanies your blogger name:un...be...LIEEEEV-able:hearts: ) .

RonnieB33
Aug 10th, 2007, 06:15 PM
It shows impressive,clear thinking when you can overlook your liking for someone in picking a winner,'Ronnie'.This is a very hard one for me because I have a positive view of BOTH of these girls.They'd still be pretty even if they scowled most of the time as Sharapova does while remaining a fox--but then they REALLY light us up with sunshine when they flash their SUPER smiles:hearts: .Since it's practically impossible to dislike either one,as an aroused Mauresmo would surely agree:lol: ,we can only hope that the winner earns their victory with skillful play--instead of just waiting for the other to make errors(BTW,that photo of Makiri that accompanies your blogger name:un...be...LIEEEEV-able:hearts: ) .
Yes, if you're a fan of both players, like me (though more Maria than Ana), it's best to root for good play. I think the wind will pick up around that time as it did in Sharapova's match with Krajicek. So, there may be some uneven play because of that.

My avatar photo will never change even with the new photos I took of Maria. That one, to me, sets her apart from all other players. I got that from her official site. That photo was part of a nice assortment of casual photos that were all awesome. I wish she'd do more of those. I wish she'd update her website. Maybe there's a Russian one that she updates more frequently.

Crank
Aug 10th, 2007, 06:48 PM
A site as Ana Ivanovic would be perfect ... :D

RonnieB33
Aug 10th, 2007, 11:29 PM
Tough 6-4 6-4 loss for Maria to Ana. She was up 4-1 with a break point for 5-1, after an injure timeout to treat a toe blister. She would give up 7 games in a row, and went down 5-2 with two breaks. But the fighter that we know Maria to be pulled back to 5-4 and won the first point on Ana's serve in the tenth game. She finally succumbed. Disappointing for sure, but she tried her best.

On to Toronto.

Warrior
Aug 10th, 2007, 11:35 PM
Maria had two great weeks. Hopefully, she will get another good draw next week.

BTW, how close is she to #32 seed for USO?

RonnieB33
Aug 11th, 2007, 12:21 AM
Maria had two great weeks. Hopefully, she will get another good draw next week.

BTW, how close is she to #32 seed for USO?

This is how I have it so far:

#32 Medina 818.00
#33 Radwanska 808.50
#34 Krajicek 801.00
#35 Kirilenko 770.00
#36 Muller 673.00
#37 Azarenka 672.50 (still playing)

I'll assume Azarenka doesn't defeat Jankovic.

It should be noted that Medina and Kirilenko are defending 25 points. You subtract that and the standings look as follows:

#32 Radwanska 808.50
#33 Krajicek 801.00
#34 Medina 793.00
#35 Kirilenko 745.00
#36 Muller 673.00
#37 Azarenka 672.50

Radwanska is idle, so the target number for the #32 spot is 808.50. Maria is currently 63.50 points underneath that. A round of 16 performance at the Rogers cup is worth 60 points. She needs a quarterfinal appearance which is worth 110, and should be good enough to get to #32 regardless of what anyone else does.

What's more important is that she's playing like a seed, and that alone will carry her well. What she needs more than anything are good draws. Like draw a lucky loser and then a #15 seed in the next round. She has been getting very favorable draws which as much as her strong play has contributed to her success.

Rod the Bama
Aug 11th, 2007, 12:48 AM
It was sad to see another very good run end for Makiri. :sad: She really missed out on a great opportunity to win the first set up 4-1 and with a break to go up 5-1. After the blister came, she wasn`t the same. Still i`m very proud of her for continuing to fight until the end. :clap2: It`s been very encouraging to see her finally show some good form.

bruce goose
Aug 11th, 2007, 01:13 AM
Tough 6-4 6-4 loss for Maria to Ana. She was up 4-1 with a break point for 5-1, after an injure timeout to treat a toe blister. She would give up 7 games in a row, and went down 5-2 with two breaks. But the fighter that we know Maria to be pulled back to 5-4 and won the first point on Ana's serve in the tenth game. She finally succumbed. Disappointing for sure, but she tried her best.

On to Toronto. Look at the HUGE difference in her play since she got a new coach;earlier in the year she was getting easily wrapped up in a little pink bow even by midget-sized,soft-hitting qualifiers,NOW she's being competitive with Top 5 stars.When this happens over the course of several weeks,it's not just a lucky streak--it's a new trend

You've obviously recognized how BEAUTIFUL she is WITHOUT tons of make-up on and WITHOUT adopting some phony,so-called 'sexy' modelling pose.The truly wonderful things don't need any 'artificial flavoring'.

KevBeep
Aug 11th, 2007, 02:33 AM
Kirilenko is injured !? I hope she will play the Rogers Cup :O !!! I want to see Maria on me tv :O !!!

Rod the Bama
Aug 11th, 2007, 02:35 AM
Well it wasn`t all bad news for Makiri today as she and Gisela won their doubles match a few minutes ago 6-4, 6-0. Great showing by the ladies. :clap2: They got off to a slow start in the first set, but eventually got it going and really dominated Fusano/Kops-Jones. Nice of Makiri and Gisela to serve up a bagel. :D

sannyak
Aug 11th, 2007, 07:54 AM
Poor Maria!Yet so well enter for match...Then from better no shame defeat!
Ivanovic now very good.
I wish they would work in Toronto also reach to quarterfinak for Maria!

Crank
Aug 11th, 2007, 03:24 PM
Kirilenko is injured !? I hope she will play the Rogers Cup :O !!! I want to see Maria on me tv :O !!!


Which are your sources ? :confused:

King Aaron
Aug 11th, 2007, 05:57 PM
Maria :( :tears:
Masha/Gisela :yeah:

Kirilenko_Kamp
Aug 11th, 2007, 06:10 PM
Tough 6-4 6-4 loss for Maria to Ana. She was up 4-1 with a break point for 5-1, after an injure timeout to treat a toe blister. She would give up 7 games in a row, and went down 5-2 with two breaks. But the fighter that we know Maria to be pulled back to 5-4 and won the first point on Ana's serve in the tenth game. She finally succumbed. Disappointing for sure, but she tried her best.

On to Toronto.

If only Makiri could've solidified those breaks in the 1st set, who knows what outcome might have been...I still think it could've gone three sets though if Makiri won the 1st set. I wonder how the handshake went after the match. They haven't played doubles for awhile. Does anybody have a report on that??? Did they smile and say anything after the match??? Did Makiri stick around and sign autographs or did she just walk off the court like so many players do after losing??? Both Makiri and Ana are my favorite players, but I too like Makiri more so. Congrats Makiri on another good showing. Hopefully, she'll be in Toronto next week. I think we have to give kudos to Makiri's dad Yuri for allowing her to hire Van Harpen to coach her. We've been pleading our case and praying for months that Makiri would hire a coach. We now see the fruitful bearings with this move. Let's hope she continues the progression of improvement in her game.

Rod the Bama
Aug 11th, 2007, 06:27 PM
If only Makiri could've solidified those breaks in the 1st set, who knows what outcome might have been...I still think it could've gone three sets though if Makiri won the 1st set. I wonder how the handshake went after the match. They haven't played doubles for awhile. Does anybody have a report on that??? Did they smile and say anything after the match???

The handshake from what i saw on TV was pretty friendly with Ana and Makiri also kissing each other cheeks.

bruce goose
Aug 11th, 2007, 08:15 PM
Although none of enjoy seeing our beautiful queen lose,you guys shouldn't be TOO sad since Makiri has re-gained her focus.If she heeds the guidance of her coach,it's only a matter of time before she's back in the Top 20,and then who knows how good she can be after that?

Mashak
Aug 11th, 2007, 08:15 PM
Aaargh so sad she lost that quarterfinal.. :(
Leading 4-1.. She had to take that first set.. ! :p hehe

Good luck in doubles Mariaaaaaaaa :woohoo: