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Jacey
Aug 22nd, 2007, 04:45 PM
I thought it was time we had a thread for the USO....anything & everything

So I'll start ;)

YahooSports has a great video of Jim Courier talking about Maria that is very postive...

Has anyone heard of Justine's shoulder injury...?

Keep a look out, it seems like alot of players are making tv apperences this week before the USO begins, so we should be seeing Maria on some shows or the topic of discussion....you would think.

swissmr
Aug 22nd, 2007, 04:54 PM
Draw is out:
http://www.usopen.org/en_US/scores/draws/ws/index.html
Chakvetadze and Vaidisova in Maria's quarter.
Likely semi with Kuznetsova or Nadia.
Not a bad draw at all.

Shoulderpova
Aug 22nd, 2007, 05:03 PM
the top half :devil:
Vaidisova and Anna are in her quarter :unsure:

swissmr
Aug 22nd, 2007, 05:05 PM
the top half :devil:
Vaidisova and Anna are in her quarter :unsure:

Anna is Maria's bitch. :D

Mike_from_Russia
Aug 22nd, 2007, 05:16 PM
Well, the draw is pretty good i think! Vaidisova in 4th round, then Anna Ch. Nadia or Sveta in SF. Both Williams sisters are in the top half. Yeah, good draw!
Good luck at the final Grand Slam of the year, Maria! COME ON! :clap2:

Jacey
Aug 22nd, 2007, 05:23 PM
it looks like a pretty good draw....for Maria. Ivanovic, Jankovic, both Williams not in Maria's half.....let the Maria bashing begin....you guys know we're never gonna hear the end of this....blah blah blah. Maria gets another cakewalk, she's got no compitetion, you know all the bullcrap.....but oh well ;) its great news!

Aravanecaravan
Aug 22nd, 2007, 05:32 PM
I'm not sure what all the hollering is about. There are very tough players in Maria's quarter--Chakvetadze, Mirza, who has been red-hot on the hardcourts this summer, Paszek the "future world #1", Radwanska...

That's not easy. For the first 4 rounds, Maria's draw is as hard as anyone's. I think she did get a bit lucky in drawing Kuznetsova/Petrova in the semi slot, rather than Jankovic, but all in all, it isn't a cakewalk.

More important than her draw is whether her shoulder and shin injuries are any better.

swissmr
Aug 22nd, 2007, 05:58 PM
I'm not sure what all the hollering is about. There are very tough players in Maria's quarter--Chakvetadze, Mirza, who has been red-hot on the hardcourts this summer, Paszek the "future world #1", Radwanska...

That's not easy. For the first 4 rounds, Maria's draw is as hard as anyone's. I think she did get a bit lucky in drawing Kuznetsova/Petrova in the semi slot, rather than Jankovic, but all in all, it isn't a cakewalk.

More important than her draw is whether her shoulder and shin injuries are any better.

As far as draws go, it's decent. You can't say the bottom half is as tough as the top half.

Mikey B
Aug 22nd, 2007, 06:01 PM
pretty decent draw... couldnt ask for anything more. i would have loved maria to have the toughest draw, ie venus, serena, ana, jelena etc. just to prove that she doesnt have easy draws and can beat those players but i can settle for this!!

only early scare is if she comes up agaisnt peer or vaidisova.. both players will be so up for facing her, not only because its maria but because she's the defending champion! either way there should be some great matches!!!

go maria! win the last slam of the year!!

@Sweet Cleopatra
Aug 22nd, 2007, 06:04 PM
vamos Masha http://smiles.al-wed.com/smiles/62/russiaC.gif hope she wins , I also mike from Russia likes Masha and Nadal .

Princeza
Aug 22nd, 2007, 06:10 PM
Vamos!

Il Primo!
Aug 22nd, 2007, 06:21 PM
If she doesn't reach the final, it's a huge deception, to me.

Rod the Bama
Aug 22nd, 2007, 06:22 PM
The draw looks very favorable for Maria. She might have a challenge in a potential matchup against Nicole in the round of 16, which i would love to see. I really like Maria`s chances of repeating as champion.

Kim's_fan_4ever
Aug 22nd, 2007, 06:37 PM
I love Maria's draw. Pretty comfortable way right to the final. I will be disappointed if she loses earlier.
Good luck Maria :yeah:

Steve-o
Aug 22nd, 2007, 07:05 PM
Nice draw, bottom half is definitely the place to be. Maria should go deep if her body holds up.

Maria Croft
Aug 22nd, 2007, 07:27 PM
Not a bad draw at all, looks like the tennis fans will finally get the match vs. Vaidisova.

Emina.
Aug 22nd, 2007, 08:09 PM
lol...the draw is... no comment :tape: :p

Go Maria! :bounce:

Natasc
Aug 22nd, 2007, 08:12 PM
Not a bad draw at all, looks like the tennis fans will finally get the match vs. Vaidisova.

so....anyone can smell a night session comming?! :lol:
imagine that... hot blonde1 vs hot blonde2
guys dream match :haha:

Now seriously, don't get me wrong here, but for the first time I can sort of understand any hater comment about Maria's draw...
every possible "threat" to her is on the other side of the draw!! :eek:

I do trust Maria to win anything no matter what, but seriously, if someone give me one dollar and ask me to bet in one side of the draw where the possible champion would emerge... I wouldn't put on Maria's half....

I will be watching very closely every match from the other side of the draw :lol: :tape:


p.s. now for real, if one of the WS manage to reach the finals again here with all those amazing players and whitout playing any tournamente before I will be freaking mad!! :fiery:
It's nothing against them, but is just like the way that they don't give a damn for any tournament that is not a GS or Miami
I do understand that what matters are the GS, but seriously, this whole withdrew from them just strikes me as lack of commitment with tennis itself :shrug:
It's not a hate thought, it's just my personal view over the subject
Doesn't matter how talent you are that you just assume that only matters to play the GS... jeez Roger Federer playes the other tournies!! again: ROGER FEDERER!!

JadeFox
Aug 22nd, 2007, 09:38 PM
so....anyone can smell a night session comming?! :lol:
imagine that... hot blonde1 vs hot blonde2
guys dream match :haha:

Now seriously, don't get me wrong here, but for the first time I can sort of understand any hater comment about Maria's draw...
every possible "threat" to her is on the other side of the draw!! :eek:

I do trust Maria to win anything no matter what, but seriously, if someone give me one dollar and ask me to bet in one side of the draw where the possible champion would emerge... I wouldn't put on Maria's half....

I will be watching very closely every match from the other side of the draw :lol: :tape:


p.s. now for real, if one of the WS manage to reach the finals again here with all those amazing players and whitout playing any tournamente before I will be freaking mad!! :fiery:
It's nothing against them, but is just like the way that they don't give a damn for any tournament that is not a GS or Miami
I do understand that what matters are the GS, but seriously, this whole withdrew from them just strikes me as lack of commitment with tennis itself :shrug:
It's not a hate thought, it's just my personal view over the subject
Doesn't matter how talent you are that you just assume that only matters to play the GS... jeez Roger Federer playes the other tournies!! again: ROGER FEDERER!!



I don't know about the champion emerging from the top half. I think everyone will be so focused on the top half because of potential matchups that the winner just might come out of Maria's half.

And all I can laugh is at Tennis.com's prediction that Maria wouldn't get past the quarters. I guess they thought that Venus or Serena might be in her half. The moral of that story? Don't make predictions without seeing the draw first.:lol:

Talia
Aug 22nd, 2007, 09:38 PM
Now seriously, don't get me wrong here, but for the first time I can sort of understand any hater comment about Maria's draw...

same thing... this is just kind of outstanding luck! (not sure if these two words can be used together in English:confused: :) )

Anyway, we shouldn't forget that Maria never won a major with an easy draw. Last year she had to beat Amelie and Justine to win and those two were exactly the main "threat" to her in 2006.

Kitten63
Aug 22nd, 2007, 09:53 PM
Nice draw for Maria,she has a good shot of getting to the finals.
Good luck at defending your title Masha!

Natasc
Aug 22nd, 2007, 09:56 PM
I don't know about the champion emerging from the top half. I think everyone will be so focused on the top half because of potential matchups that the winner just might come out of Maria's half.

I didn't predict anything
I just say who I would bet if someone ask me
after all I'm cheering for Maria and I do hope that she gets to defend her title there (even that sounds super hard)

Let's be honestly, everyone on WTAtour seems to be ill those days :help:
Henin and Jankovic played AWFUL!! on Toronto final
seriously... they both played 2 amazing points and then stupids UEs on the next 3 or 4 points :tape:

just weird.....

And all I can laugh is at Tennis.com's prediction that Maria wouldn't get past the quarters. I guess they thought that Venus or Serena might be in her half. The moral of that story? Don't make predictions without seeing the draw first.:lol:

I believe that they and all the Red Sox fans thought that
* using Red Sox here just for serve as example of huge amount of people thinking the same thing :lol:

who could prtedict that both would be on the same half and not on Maria's half...

same thing... this is just kind of outstanding luck! (not sure if these two words can be used together in English:confused: :) )

if it can ot not I don't know, but I definatelly couldn't find something better to serve as a example for what I'm feeling :lol:

Anyway, we shouldn't forget that Maria never won a major with an easy draw. Last year she had to beat Amelie and Justine to win and those two were exactly the main "threat" to her in 2006.

and it's not like having Serena or Venus (or Ivanovic) on her half would help her... :tape:
I really believe that Maria is having some sort of mental block agains the WS :help:
she could definatelly try to slice more against them and then when a short ball appear she could attack...
but well.... in her match against Serena on Auzie she just didn't fighted at all... :shrug:
and in Wimby she was like the "UE Queen" :scratch:

Maria definatelly has to fix those confidence issues against the WS....

JadeFox
Aug 22nd, 2007, 10:05 PM
and it's not like having Serena or Venus (or Ivanovic) on her half would help her... :tape:
I really believe that Maria is having some sort of mental block agains the WS :help:
she could definatelly try to slice more against them and then when a short ball appear she could attack...
but well.... in her match against Serena on Auzie she just didn't fighted at all... :shrug:
and in Wimby she was like the "UE Queen" :scratch:

Maria definatelly has to fix those confidence issues against the WS....


If she's somehow thinking about them then she should put them out of her mind for now and just focus on the person across the net. Take it one match at a time and only worry about Venus/Serena when she actually has to play them. That's all she can do really.

TennisPlayingFox
Aug 22nd, 2007, 11:21 PM
Nice draw! Good luck in defending your title Maria! You can do it!

ImaVeggie
Aug 22nd, 2007, 11:24 PM
What do you think my chances of seeing Maria's 1st or 2nd Round match?

I bought tickets to Tuesday Night and Wednesday Day.

Dan23
Aug 23rd, 2007, 12:32 AM
:eek:
easy draws rarely turn out to be easy...Masha will need to play well

heytennis
Aug 23rd, 2007, 01:32 AM
This draw sucked. I wanted rematches.

Jacey
Aug 23rd, 2007, 03:08 AM
so....anyone can smell a night session comming?! :lol:
imagine that... hot blonde1 vs hot blonde2
guys dream match :haha:

Now seriously, don't get me wrong here, but for the first time I can sort of understand any hater comment about Maria's draw...
every possible "threat" to her is on the other side of the draw!! :eek:

I do trust Maria to win anything no matter what, but seriously, if someone give me one dollar and ask me to bet in one side of the draw where the possible champion would emerge... I wouldn't put on Maria's half....

I will be watching very closely every match from the other side of the draw :lol: :tape:


p.s. now for real, if one of the WS manage to reach the finals again here with all those amazing players and whitout playing any tournamente before I will be freaking mad!! :fiery:
It's nothing against them, but is just like the way that they don't give a damn for any tournament that is not a GS or Miami
I do understand that what matters are the GS, but seriously, this whole withdrew from them just strikes me as lack of commitment with tennis itself :shrug:
It's not a hate thought, it's just my personal view over the subject
Doesn't matter how talent you are that you just assume that only matters to play the GS... jeez Roger Federer playes the other tournies!! again: ROGER FEDERER!!


I know exactly what you mean :rolleyes: they don't seem to play many tournies or there injured, then there all better or still injured but will make the sacrifice & play come GS time. And no one seems to talk about this, pff, I can't wait to hear the commentators :rolleyes: during the tournies. oh williams this oh williams that...so what! Maria has been playing with an injured shoulder, yeah she didn't do well @ Wimbly but hey she made it to the semis at the french open...her worst surface. plus she has played less tournies than Jankovic's 20+ tournies & she's still in the top rankings, yeah Yelena is up there but does anyone think that's because she's had to play like more tournies than Maria & Justine? I mean she's played like what....what Maria & Justine have played put together??? come on now :rolleyes: my god....I NEED TO STOP, OK getting off my soap box now :) sorry for the ranting & raving I got a little carried away.

Confident
Aug 23rd, 2007, 09:01 AM
1st round: Vinci
2nd round: Shvedova
3rd round: Radwanska
4th round: Vaidisova / Peer
QF: Chakvetadze / Schnyder
SF: Petrova / Kuznetsova
F: Henin / V. Williams / S. Williams / Ivanovic

am I right?

@Sweet Cleopatra
Aug 23rd, 2007, 09:50 AM
vamos Masha , I pray for you http://www.asmilies.com/smiliespic/psmilie/015.gif (http://www.asmilies.com)

ImaVeggie
Aug 23rd, 2007, 04:28 PM
Come on fellow Maria fans, what do you think are my chances of seeing her play? I have tickets to Tuesday Night and Wednesday Day..

Mikey B
Aug 23rd, 2007, 04:56 PM
Come on fellow Maria fans, what do you think are my chances of seeing her play? I have tickets to Tuesday Night and Wednesday Day..

i'd probably say tuesday night would be your best bet... the william's sisters have the spotlight on monday following the althea gibson tribute thing, n i imagine they'll put maria in a night session so i think it'll be tuesday as monday is full up and wednesday is too far into the tournament not to have the defending champion play her 1st match...

thats just my opinion, not 100%...

hope you have fun and get to see maria play!!!

quasar-x
Aug 23rd, 2007, 04:59 PM
100% if you're determined imaveggie..
just do it..
get organised acc. to her schedule
and if your tickets don't match try best to renew them..
its different watching the girl in the flesh
(if you haven't so far) don't miss it..
100% best wishes..

ImaVeggie
Aug 23rd, 2007, 05:48 PM
get organised acc. to her schedule


Well, that's what I was doing on the ticket line yesterday at the Open. I knew I wanted to get a Night ticket (because I love night matches at the Open) and a Day ticket (3 matches in Ashe plus the outside courts) and was thinking that Maria's first match will definitely be at night and hoping that Tuesday would be the best bet.

I also have tickets to the Final; let's hope we see her there that night.

Natasc
Aug 23rd, 2007, 06:01 PM
Well, that's what I was doing on the ticket line yesterday at the Open. I knew I wanted to get a Night ticket (because I love night matches at the Open) and a Day ticket (3 matches in Ashe plus the outside courts) and was thinking that Maria's first match will definitely be at night and hoping that Tuesday would be the best bet.

I also have tickets to the Final; let's hope we see her there that night.

good luck with this!!
I mean, that's sounds super cool!!
and already the final tickets....

I'm pretty sure you will see her... :scratch:
I will cheer for you to see her anyway!! :bounce:

don't forget to get me a Nadal and a Djokovic signatures :yeah: ;)
:lol:

ImaVeggie
Aug 23rd, 2007, 06:11 PM
don't forget to get me a Nadal and a Djokovic signatures :yeah: ;)
:lol:

Had I known yesterday. I saw Novak practicing yesterday. Took some photos too. http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=108494

xan
Aug 23rd, 2007, 06:37 PM
:eek:
easy draws rarely turn out to be easy...Masha will need to play well

True. Masha mastn't be complacent. Even though the most obvious dangers are in the top half of the draw (for a change), there are still some tough cookies in Maria's half (particularly for the Semi) - and there are always unexpected players who play out of their skins and way above their normal form. Whoever comes out of the top half will either be on top form - or else totally exhausted!

Hopefully Maria can produce her top tennis, and defend her title well :D .

Natasc
Aug 23rd, 2007, 06:43 PM
Had I known yesterday. I saw Novak practicing yesterday. Took some photos too. http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=108494

OW shit!!!
now I'm sad!! I lost a chance to have Novak's signature!! :bigcry:

now seriously.... why didn't you took they signs??
I mean, you could sell them on Ebay and get a good buck!!
I believe Nole could get you 20 dollars.... and Hewitt more maybe!!
*of course that for me would be free once that we are Maria's buddies :lol:

Now for curiosity... have you seen Andy or Nole or anyone famous praticing close to Maria??
that would be a good pic (Andy or Nole and Maria) :hehehe:
:lol:

ImaVeggie
Aug 23rd, 2007, 07:44 PM
Now for curiosity... have you seen Andy or Nole or anyone famous praticing close to Maria??
that would be a good pic (Andy or Nole and Maria) :hehehe:
:lol:

I only saw Maria practicing with Michael on a stadium court yesterday.

I don't ask for autographs; I leave that to all the little kids. She was swamped by them. It was cute!

Natasc
Aug 23rd, 2007, 07:49 PM
I only saw Maria practicing with Michael on a stadium court yesterday.

I don't ask for autographs; I leave that to all the little kids. She was swamped by them. It was cute!

are you kidding me?!

I'm 20....close to go for a Medicine School and I would still try to get her autograph!!
actually.... if one day I get Maria's sign I would SUPERRRRRRRRRRRR happy!!
*I already have Federer, Roddick and Dementieva signs... :bounce:

Wish you super look!!
don't forget to show us a link for see any other female or male pics you get at the USO ;) :yeah:

quasar-x
Aug 23rd, 2007, 11:46 PM
looks like there's no way you're gonna miss her imaveggie..
enjoy all the adrenaline..and don't forget to yell vamos with her
esp if she needs it..

Andy.
Aug 24th, 2007, 05:54 AM
WOW she really did get a nice draw which really helps her if she has any niggles. hopefully she can get through her matches quickly and really save herself for the later rounds when the big tests will arrive. Good luck Masha I can definatly see her making the final if she remains healthy

Shimizu Amon
Aug 24th, 2007, 07:59 AM
I think it's a pretty good draw, it sucks having Vaidisova in the 4th round but still if Masha is on a roll I believe she can go really far into the tournament.
Well Masha it's almost time for you to defend your precious title. I'm going to wish you ALL the luck in the world. Hopefully it all comes together once more for you.
Heart you Masha, good luck! :hug:

morningglory
Aug 24th, 2007, 03:21 PM
a final appearance seems possible...

Sharapower8
Aug 25th, 2007, 01:14 PM
I believe in it ! C'mon Maria !! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :woohoo: :yippee:

Ballbasher
Aug 25th, 2007, 05:29 PM
All the best Masha really a great draw! :D

Doc
Aug 27th, 2007, 01:25 PM
Do your best to defend your title, Maria! :kiss:

BuTtErFrEnA
Aug 27th, 2007, 02:09 PM
Well, that's what I was doing on the ticket line yesterday at the Open. I knew I wanted to get a Night ticket (because I love night matches at the Open) and a Day ticket (3 matches in Ashe plus the outside courts) and was thinking that Maria's first match will definitely be at night and hoping that Tuesday would be the best bet.

I also have tickets to the Final; let's hope we see her there that night.

she may open up play tomorrow because roddick blake and nadal all play tomorrow so she either gets the night match or opens up play...

ImaVeggie
Aug 27th, 2007, 02:19 PM
she may open up play tomorrow because roddick blake and nadal all play tomorrow so she either gets the night match or opens up play...

Well, I'm definitely hoping she'll be at night. Please oh please!

BuTtErFrEnA
Aug 27th, 2007, 07:32 PM
Well, I'm definitely hoping she'll be at night. Please oh please!


well if the organisers are smart she will get the night match...but nothing set in stone since roddick and blake feel a certain set of lips on their posteriors during this fortnight :rolleyes:

Mikey B
Aug 27th, 2007, 09:19 PM
she's first on the night session!!

Natasc
Aug 27th, 2007, 09:38 PM
well if the organisers are smart she will get the night match...but nothing set in stone since roddick and blake feel a certain set of lips on their posteriors during this fortnight :rolleyes:

Maria and Andy on night matches... so precictable from the organisers....
after all...aren't they their dream couple??
:lol:

litle off topic in here...but I really hope that Andy don't F**K it up on his first match


and what a great thing!!
Maria will be the first night match!
yeay!! I won't have to wait that match to watch her first match with her new dress :yeah:

Aravanecaravan
Aug 27th, 2007, 10:18 PM
she's first on the night session!!

Ahh, the dress....

:inlove:

ImaVeggie
Aug 27th, 2007, 10:47 PM
she's first on the night session!!

I'm doing a happy dance.:dance: :yippee: :bigclap: I'm bringing my camera but Maria will look teeny from my nosebleed seats.

Roddick ---> Count along with me the number of times he touches himself.

Natasc
Aug 27th, 2007, 10:56 PM
I'm doing a happy dance.:dance: :yippee: :bigclap: I'm bringing my camera but Maria will look teeny from my nosebleed seats.

Yeay you will see her!!
We told you!! :bounce:
what really matter is that you will be able to yell some "vamos" and "c'ons" for her :D :yeah:

I'm really for you!! :D :cool:

Roddick ---> Count along with me the number of times he touches himself.

I will be cheering with you for Andy in spirit :lol:
pay attention if Maria appears for there as a surprise guest to cheer for Andy :hehehe:

BuTtErFrEnA
Aug 28th, 2007, 12:07 AM
does she have two dresses like last year?? the red one looks really pretty...

swissmr
Aug 28th, 2007, 12:08 AM
does she have two dresses like last year?? the red one looks really pretty...

Yeah, the day dress is like a black and white version of the red one.

Jacey
Aug 28th, 2007, 12:53 AM
Maria and Andy on night matches... so precictable from the organisers....
after all...aren't they their dream couple??
:lol:

litle off topic in here...but I really hope that Andy don't F**K it up on his first match


and what a great thing!!
Maria will be the first night match!
yeay!! I won't have to wait that match to watch her first match with her new dress :yeah:


Dream couple :couple: haha,so true. Organizers did this last year also...& Andy better not f**k it up

Night match...already, hmmmm they just wanted to see Maria in her new duds ;)

Natasc
Aug 28th, 2007, 01:06 AM
Dream couple :couple: haha,so true. Organizers did this last year also...& Andy better not f**k it up

true :lol:
come on Andy!! :rolleyes:

Night match...already, hmmmm they just wanted to see Maria in her new duds ;)

well..... they were not alone on that desire, were they?? :hehehe:
I believe pretty much all of us (and who ever saw the dress) wants to see how will be when Maria goes play with him :yeah:

Emina.
Aug 28th, 2007, 08:16 AM
GOOD LUCK, MARIA !!! :worship: :bounce: :bounce:

Shimizu Amon
Aug 28th, 2007, 08:55 AM
:bounce: GO MASHA!:bounce:

Sharapower8
Aug 28th, 2007, 11:17 AM
Come on Masha ! Kick her ass :kiss:

Andy.
Aug 28th, 2007, 12:08 PM
Good Luck Tonight Masha

Сузи
Aug 28th, 2007, 12:53 PM
Good luck tonight Masha! :bounce:

Zombielicious
Aug 28th, 2007, 03:59 PM
Good luck tonight Masha! Kick some ass! Can't wait to see you on TV. :)

shad9480
Aug 28th, 2007, 04:00 PM
Good luck Masha :bounce: (tomorrow morning for me ;) ). Come on! Roll over her in your red dress...can't wait :hearts:

Kitten63
Aug 28th, 2007, 04:44 PM
Good luck Masha!

xan
Aug 28th, 2007, 04:49 PM
Good luck Masha :bounce: (tomorrow morning for me ;) ). Come on! Roll over her in your red dress...can't wait :hearts:


My thoughts exactly! :yeah:

Shoulderpova
Aug 28th, 2007, 04:55 PM
night session :mad: ;)
that means i have to stay up late :sobbing:
Vaidisova seems to be playing well :unsure: she's getting on my nerves :scared:

ImaVeggie
Aug 28th, 2007, 05:20 PM
what really matter is that you will be able to yell some "vamos" and "c'ons" for her

Since my Mom's from South America, I'll be saying "Vamos" like it should be said... "Bamos" !! ;)

Mike_from_Russia
Aug 28th, 2007, 07:04 PM
Go, Masha, go! Good luck in your first match!!! :clap2:

Mikey B
Aug 28th, 2007, 07:47 PM
only a few more hours to go, come on maria!!! good luck tonight! cant wait to see you in your little red dress!!!!

Maria Croft
Aug 28th, 2007, 08:18 PM
Good luck in your first match tonight Maria! :worship:

Dan23
Aug 28th, 2007, 11:42 PM
go Maria :yeah:

Dan23
Aug 29th, 2007, 12:18 AM
damn it....no double bagel.....dont believe it :o

Natasc
Aug 29th, 2007, 12:20 AM
damn it....no double bagel.....dont believe it :o

funny to see how the crowd really wasn't wanting another bagel :lol:
I have to say that I was sort with them now..
it's kinda of embarrassing to get double bagels in front of 20 thousands people :tape:

TennisPlayingFox
Aug 29th, 2007, 12:23 AM
Very well played from Maria! That was impressive! Great win! Good luck in round 2 Maria!

swissmr
Aug 29th, 2007, 12:25 AM
30 winners
10 unforced
:worship:
Really wanted that double bagel though :o

quasar-x
Aug 29th, 2007, 12:27 AM
message delivered..

Aravanecaravan
Aug 29th, 2007, 12:30 AM
Maria played about as well as I've seen her--at least, as cleanly.

That might have been 50 winners if Vinci had managed to take a couple more games. Maria was on fire.

I think she's pissed, and woe to anyone getting in her way.

meggz_star
Aug 29th, 2007, 12:35 AM
Well played match by Maria :yeah:

the cat
Aug 29th, 2007, 12:42 AM
Easy win for Masha over a lightweight in Vinci. But I still don't like her serve.

Kitten63
Aug 29th, 2007, 12:55 AM
Congrats Maria!

Rod the Bama
Aug 29th, 2007, 12:57 AM
Very impressive showing by Maria a few minutes ago. :clap2: She did a great job of going out there and taking care of business against an opponent she should beat. I like that she showed a backhand with some slice and a couple of lob shots. This is a great start for Maria. BTW it was nice of her to let Roberta win a game.

shad9480
Aug 29th, 2007, 12:57 AM
Congrats Maria :yeah: . Perfect win. But you are too nice :o :rolleyes:. Was hoping for a double bagel :p.


Haha...Maria spilling drinks all over her precious dress and her reaction was hilarious :rolls:. I love this girl...what a goofball :silly: :crazy:.

Natasc
Aug 29th, 2007, 01:05 AM
Maria played about as well as I've seen her--at least, as cleanly.

That might have been 50 winners if Vinci had managed to take a couple more games. Maria was on fire.

I think she's pissed, and woe to anyone getting in her way.

I must say that she looked angry all the time...
even after she won she was still with a bad face
the commentator also noticed that... :scratch:
he even said that her smile at the crowd looked sort of fake :o
*he's a huge Maria fan so for he say something like this is kinda hard....

Haha...Maria spilling drinks all over her precious dress and her reaction was hilarious :rolls:. I love this girl...what a goofball :silly: :crazy:.

DAMN IT!!
I missed this?!
shitttttttttttt

was Nalbandian's fault....
ESPN made we watch that asshole that loves a drama!! :rolleyes:
so I just saw second set 2-0

someone must upload this!!

Andy.
Aug 29th, 2007, 01:32 AM
Great start by the sexy woman in red, thats what I like to see. A double bagel would have been nice but bread sticks are just as tasty. Well done Masha

Il Primo!
Aug 29th, 2007, 01:50 AM
Awesome stuff!:eek: I haven't seen such a focus Maria all year! Her serve was shitty but her groundies and physical shape were at their peak!:yeah:
Her dress is a grower. At first I was not convinced at all but now, she just looks fabulous to me :drool:

zayos_10
Aug 29th, 2007, 02:39 AM
DAMN IT!!
I missed this?!
shitttttttttttt

was Nalbandian's fault....
ESPN made we watch that asshole that loves a drama!! :rolleyes:
so I just saw second set 2-0

someone must upload this!!

I know!!! it‘s always the same thing with him. Why cant he just win or lose in less that 2 hours?. He always has to do something wrong to keep the match going longer and longer. It was just hell to watched him and not Maria :fiery:

Natasc
Aug 29th, 2007, 03:09 AM
I know!!! it‘s always the same thing with him. Why cant he just win or lose in less that 2 hours?. He always has to do something wrong to keep the match going longer and longer. It was just hell to watched him and not Maria :fiery:

totally agreed!!
seriously!!
the guy loves 5 sets!!
and I hate ESPN "we love argentinos" stuff
nothing against them... but the guys love a long game :o

me and the commentators were dying to see Maria :haha:

was very funny to see the commentator saying: "Come on David!! 3 more points and we are going to see Maria!!"
and what about the moon and the commentator saying: "The moon just matches Maria's dress!!"
:haha: loved it!! :lol:

zayos_10
Aug 29th, 2007, 03:24 AM
totally agreed!!
seriously!!
the guy loves 5 sets!!
and I hate ESPN "we love argentinos" stuff
nothing against them... but the guys love a long game :o

me and the commentators were dying to see Maria :haha:

was very funny to see the commentator saying: "Come on David!! 3 more points and we are going to see Maria!!"
and what about the moon and the commentator saying: "The moon just matches Maria's dress!!"
:haha: loved it!! :lol:



Yep!! like you I dont have anything against argentinos, but it just gets annoying when ESPN here wants to tell me what to watch, I mean, they think all latinamerican are automatically going to like Latin players, specially argentinos, which is not true. I personally dont like any of them. Plus, you would think that the match of the defending champion is more important than the one of a player that is going down in the rankings :fiery: but nooooo.... anyway, the important thing is that Maria won :bounce:

Good Job Maria!!! keep it up :)

XCoco
Aug 29th, 2007, 04:42 AM
She was such impressive in this round :eek: . She hasn't played great as she played today many times this year. It seemed she didn't want to drop a game in this match.

Well done Maria, good luck for the next round ;) .

heytennis
Aug 29th, 2007, 04:53 AM
She was awesome tonight, great variety!

morningglory
Aug 29th, 2007, 05:40 AM
Easier than expected MAria, but it only gets tougher ahead... hope this means you are ready for a potential matchup with Nicky...

Maria Croft
Aug 29th, 2007, 07:02 AM
:eek: Now that's what I love to see :drool: :worship:

Emina.
Aug 29th, 2007, 07:23 AM
Congrats Maria!!! :worship: :bounce:

Good luck next round!! :)

Sharapower8
Aug 29th, 2007, 08:29 AM
This match was just awsome !! I loved it congrats Masha :worship: :worship:
She was amazing

Shimizu Amon
Aug 29th, 2007, 08:49 AM
This is the opening I was hoping for. Wow what an amazing stats.
That's what you call sending out a message.

Yeah all you girls/women out there she's here for just one reason: defending her crown.
Come on Masha you can do this!

Shoulderpova
Aug 29th, 2007, 09:34 AM
Her serve was still shitty? :o
how many aces did she have? I could find no stats on the USO official website :sobbing:

Munich
Aug 29th, 2007, 09:36 AM
Keep going that way Masha :dance::yippee:

XCoco
Aug 29th, 2007, 09:49 AM
Her serve was still shitty? :o
how many aces did she have? I could find no stats on the USO official website :sobbing:

Her serve sucked a bit yesterday, fortunately, it didn't bother her game.
For the statistics, here it is : http://www.usopen.org/en_US/scores/stats/day8/2164ms.html ;) .

Aravanecaravan
Aug 29th, 2007, 10:29 AM
Her serve sucked a bit yesterday, fortunately, it didn't bother her game.

That's misleading. Her serve didn't "suck". It wasn't as hard as she can serve, but she hit some wonderful second serves, deep and into the body of Vinci. She never got in trouble on serve.

Two of her three DFs came when she was up 6-0 5-1 40-0, so it it was not an issue.

It was a comfortable win in every way.

KV
Aug 29th, 2007, 11:30 AM
Excellent scoreline :)

markspot
Aug 29th, 2007, 11:37 AM
her 1st serve percentage was probably only 52%, that is not good,
3 aces/3 doubles, but 30 winners, and she had only 5 unforced errors in the whole match before that second to last game where she made 3 errors and let Roberta win.
on the other hand, speaking about Roberta Vinci, she is not as bad as looked yesterday,
just two weeks ago in Rogers Cup Roberta won against Nuria Llagostera Vives (whose career-high ranking is better than Roberta's) 6:0 6:0, and then had a setpoint against Kuznetsova.

markspot
Aug 29th, 2007, 11:45 AM
speaking about that nasty Nalbandian who prevented people from watching Maria,
in Europe Eurosport International also showed Maria's second set only, and, I think, also C+ Eventos,
last time I checked it was still with Nalbandian.
But Sky Sports Xtra showed the whole Maria's match, I got it all recorded as mpeg2
Also, there are 5 live feeds available online, five courts streamed by Eurosport, only 6 euros for the whole tournament, the quality is very good, but those feeds have 15 minutes (!) delay - I almost missed Maria because I had Arthur Ashe streaming and it still showed an empty stadium when the match began!

sharapovarulz1
Aug 29th, 2007, 11:46 AM
Well done Masha she played very well indeed they are full of praise for her on the US Open site and so they should be :) Keep it up Maria!

Doc
Aug 29th, 2007, 01:16 PM
Awesome starter for Maria! :bounce:

I too only saw the 2nd set because Eurosport stuck with the Nalbandian match, but Maria just wasn't letting Vinci play her game. Vinci is not a bad player, but Maria was really awesome and concentrated. Vinci was so glad to get one game - but Maria didn't lose too much concentration and finished it on serve. She didn't get a high 1st serve percentage - but that just shows she has room to get better!

Keep it going, Maria! :D

Shimizu Amon
Aug 29th, 2007, 06:39 PM
:bounce: GO MASHA!:bounce:

Good luck in your 2nd round match!

morningglory
Aug 29th, 2007, 07:30 PM
That's misleading. Her serve didn't "suck". It wasn't as hard as she can serve, but she hit some wonderful second serves, deep and into the body of Vinci. She never got in trouble on serve.

Two of her three DFs came when she was up 6-0 5-1 40-0, so it it was not an issue.

It was a comfortable win in every way.

As long as her second serve holds up, she'll be fine for the earlier rounds... we'll see if she can hold out against power players who'll attack BOTH serves

P_Fer
Aug 29th, 2007, 08:10 PM
Great job Masha! Awesome play!

kasia1992
Aug 29th, 2007, 10:24 PM
I saw on usopen.org that Maria gonna one more time play in night sesion matches
ARTHUR ASHE STADIUM 7:00 PM

1. Women's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Casey Dellacqua (AUS)
v. Maria Sharapova (RUS)[2]

swissmr
Aug 29th, 2007, 10:50 PM
Q. Do you ever feel bad for an opponent when you're beating them that quickly and easily?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: No.

zayos_10
Aug 29th, 2007, 11:19 PM
Q. Do you ever feel bad for an opponent when you're beating them that quickly and easily?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: No.


Why would she? :lol:

morningglory
Aug 30th, 2007, 12:18 AM
Q. Do you ever feel bad for an opponent when you're beating them that quickly and easily?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: No.

She already gave her a game :p :shrug: no double bagel

XCoco
Aug 30th, 2007, 09:15 AM
That's misleading. Her serve didn't "suck". It wasn't as hard as she can serve, but she hit some wonderful second serves, deep and into the body of Vinci. She never got in trouble on serve.

Two of her three DFs came when she was up 6-0 5-1 40-0, so it it was not an issue.

It was a comfortable win in every way.

I'm agreed with your point, her serve was not bad at all as she was never in danger during the match when she was serving, but actually, I was more talking about her first serve pourcentage than her serve in general, I should have made it clear.

Aravanecaravan
Aug 30th, 2007, 10:35 AM
I'm agreed with your point, her serve was not bad at all as she was never in danger during the match when she was serving, but actually, I was more talking about her first serve pourcentage than her serve in general, I should have made it clear.


Ah, I see.

Yes, she wants to be 65% or better for the tournament, I should think.

I have no idea if the usopen.org serve stats are accurate now (they weren't before yesterday--Clement was shown as leading the men in aces) but Maria apparently had a 116mph serve in her first match, which is encouraging.

What I really liked was how aggressive yet clean she looked. She was not playing tentatively as she has been doing all year, nor was she tentative on her second serves. That's a good sign.

She got mad when she spilled water on her dress. LOL.

xan
Aug 30th, 2007, 11:54 AM
maria looked very happy on court and in her Eurosport interview.

Long may it continue! Maria played well in her first match. I'd llike to see her first serve up at 70% or more. Hopefully she will keep up the standard of play and improve her serve consistency.

Keep it up in the next round, Maria.


PS Last year she played 4 night matches out of a total of seven. She clearly is one of the bankers they rely on to sell tickets.

Maria Croft
Aug 30th, 2007, 03:35 PM
Good luck tonight Maria! :worship:

Slampova
Aug 30th, 2007, 05:35 PM
Good Luck tonight Mash :)!

Zombielicious
Aug 30th, 2007, 06:20 PM
Good luck for tonight Maria! I'm excited for a day match, I want to see how the white dress looks oncourt. :)

Kitten63
Aug 30th, 2007, 07:06 PM
Good luck Masha!

Emina.
Aug 30th, 2007, 07:10 PM
best of luck, Masha! :worship:

Rod the Bama
Aug 31st, 2007, 12:27 AM
The match has just ended and it`s one and love again. :clap2: Another pretty good showing for Maria, although i must say that she looked a little more sloppy at times. Still it was another nice comfortable win for the Lady in Red. :hearts:

Andy.
Aug 31st, 2007, 12:30 AM
Another demolision job by Masha. She played brilliantly in parts and really tested herslef to see how aggresive and how well she could play. I was impressed with what I saw. She did well to save all those break points too. Well done Masha.

XCoco
Aug 31st, 2007, 12:30 AM
God, I didn't see the match as Eurosport didn't broadcast it, but the scoreline looks really good :yeah: . I'm wondering if she really served a 126phm 'cause it's really impressive :eek: .

Congrats Maria :yeah: .

Dan23
Aug 31st, 2007, 12:31 AM
another good win :yeah:

Aravanecaravan
Aug 31st, 2007, 12:32 AM
She's razor sharp with her groundies--I don't think I've ever seen her hit better, flatter, more purposeful shots. 30 winners to 2, that's brutal.

Serve was not as good as first round, but I was glad she didn't go conservative on the second serve. She again hit some good, penetrating 2nd serves. But yeah, she does need to get the first serve going.

Still, two games lost and no service breaks in two matches in a grand slam is just sick good!

Natasc
Aug 31st, 2007, 12:43 AM
okay...maria's gorundies are :eek:
but her serve :rolleyes:
seriously... the only reason why she's up to make so many winners is 'cause her oppos aren't putting pressure on her serve and starting to attack first

Maria must put more 1st servers in
is not about to make a great 1st serve, it's about to use the 1st
I can see loads of players who would to take some advantage on Maria's servers

and seriously....after her doodle I thought that she would use or at least lean how to volley...
Maria.. :o

I'm starting to think that Maria and volleys are like bulls and drive
it will just go wrong...

P_Fer
Aug 31st, 2007, 12:47 AM
:yeah: Nice match Masha!

meggz_star
Aug 31st, 2007, 12:49 AM
Nice win :yeah:, but she needs to get more first serves in as Nat said

morningglory
Aug 31st, 2007, 12:59 AM
easy... hopefully she'll be challenged a bit more as she was under absolutely no pressure so she got sloppy

quasar-x
Aug 31st, 2007, 01:47 AM
another warm-up for maria..easy win, easy to say..
best of luck against radwanska..
so the slam starts now..

heytennis
Aug 31st, 2007, 04:22 AM
Her groundstrokes, net play, movement etc were all fantastic. Everything was pretty great but her serve. She needs to raise her 1st serve % and also it wouldnt hurt to hit it a bit harder.

Looking forward to potential Vaidisova-Sharapova match.

markspot
Aug 31st, 2007, 05:20 AM
129 mph second serve, did you see that?
The new technique must be working.

Princeza
Aug 31st, 2007, 07:50 AM
I hope she will play day session so that i can see her match.
Anyway congrats, keep bagelling (?) :woohoo:

XCoco
Aug 31st, 2007, 08:40 AM
129 mph second serve, did you see that?
The new technique must be working.

She never hit a 129 mph serve actually :p , she said it in her interview.

Good luck Maria against Agneszka ;) , she gets her 1st test as Agneszka is a tough player.

Shimizu Amon
Aug 31st, 2007, 08:41 AM
And again a major trashing by Masha :worship:.
Wow hope she can keep this up.
Next round against Radwanska will be quite different to the players she faced this far.
Well wishing you all the luck :hug: you can do this.
Go as far as you can go: aim for the moon, if you miss you'll still be among the stars ;).

Emina.
Aug 31st, 2007, 09:01 AM
Goo Maria!! best of luck against Aga :bounce:

domon17th
Aug 31st, 2007, 09:21 AM
Impressive so far. Scoreline is really one-sided. Hope she continues this form, and well, get more 1st serves. Go Maria!

markspot
Aug 31st, 2007, 12:56 PM
She never hit a 129 mph serve actually :p , she said it in her interview.


One has to believe a precision instrument over a subjective impression, even if it is Maria. Or especially if it is Maria. How many times she was wrong with her challenges?
Almost always.
There is only one way to discard that reading: to play the recording, messure the exact duration of the ball in the air, messure/calculate the exact distance (taking into account also the hight of the ball when it is hit) and calculate the average speed.
That is probably needed for confirmation of records as well, maybe the device was malfunctioning when Roddick was serving, or Venus, or Serena, but they did not hurry to dismiss their own achievements

Maria needs that 129 mph 2nd serve, because her 1st serves barely reach 50% :(

xan
Aug 31st, 2007, 02:09 PM
And again a major trashing by Masha :worship:.
Wow hope she can keep this up.
Next round against Radwanska will be quite different to the players she faced this far.
Well wishing you all the luck :hug: you can do this.
Go as far as you can go: aim for the moon, if you miss you'll still be among the stars ;).

Yeah. Another excellent performance from Masha - even getting the serve percentage up slightly.

When she's playing like that she's a danger to anyone.

Congratulations on the win, Maria - and keep it going! :bounce:

Aravanecaravan
Aug 31st, 2007, 02:56 PM
One has to believe a precision instrument over a subjective impression, even if it is Maria. Or especially if it is Maria. How many times she was wrong with her challenges?
Almost always.
There is only one way to discard that reading: to play the recording, messure the exact duration of the ball in the air, messure/calculate the exact distance (taking into account also the hight of the ball when it is hit) and calculate the average speed.
That is probably needed for confirmation of records as well, maybe the device was malfunctioning when Roddick was serving, or Venus, or Serena, but they did not hurry to dismiss their own achievements

Maria needs that 129 mph 2nd serve, because her 1st serves barely reach 50% :(


That's a decent argument, but I've already seen Hawkeye glitch and fail in this tournament, so it isn't out of the realm of possibility that the speed gun went wacky for a minute.

Pace on serves is the most overrated stat in tennis, IMO. Placement is far more important. Mirza's 2nd in the tournament in aces. As long as Maria's getting it a decent percentage of 1st serves in, and up over 110 she's in great shape, because she places her serves as well as anyone.

roger_maria4ever
Aug 31st, 2007, 05:17 PM
I always fear when she's hitting her 2nd serve, cause sometimes she throws the ball more than once..is she having toss problems? I don't think so..I hope she gets back confidence on her 2nd serve

Kitten63
Aug 31st, 2007, 08:19 PM
Well done Maria!

cheo23
Aug 31st, 2007, 08:23 PM
who is tHis MarshMallow pErSon and why is he SO aggressIvely opposed toWards Maria's aNtics?!!? I mean she is ouT there to TaKe care of BuSiness!!!!!! It's not a ChallengeR tournamenT for goD's Sake!!!!!!!

roger_maria4ever
Aug 31st, 2007, 08:25 PM
who is tHis MarshMallow pErSon and why is he SO aggressIvely opposed toWards Maria's aNtics?!!? I mean she is ouT there to TaKe care of BuSiness!!!!!! It's not a ChallengeR tournamenT for goD's Sake!!!!!!!
cause he's a hater and a troll..They only find a reason to post bad things about her..don't take it seriously:p ..And I LOVE when maria thrashes her opponents..it gives her more confidence..and her shots are soo powerful now:eek:

Natasc
Aug 31st, 2007, 09:02 PM
who is tHis MarshMallow pErSon and why is he SO aggressIvely opposed toWards Maria's aNtics?!!? I mean she is ouT there to TaKe care of BuSiness!!!!!! It's not a ChallengeR tournamenT for goD's Sake!!!!!!!

so you finally meet Marshy??
seriously..... he/she (till today I don't know) is the BIGGEST Maria hater since I came for this forum

seriously...best you can do is don't care or be as sarcastic as possible.....

roger_maria4ever
Aug 31st, 2007, 10:26 PM
so you finally meet Marshy??
seriously..... he/she (till today I don't know) is the BIGGEST Maria hater since I came for this forum

seriously...best you can do is don't care or be as sarcastic as possible.....
I think the bigger maria hater is bijoux, whenever is a maria thread..he'll be there with others like tuna and the canadian one I can't remember

cheo23
Aug 31st, 2007, 10:58 PM
is bis2806 a bIggER hater than MArshmallow??????

roger_maria4ever
Aug 31st, 2007, 11:04 PM
is bis2806 a bIggER hater than MArshmallow??????
for me yes...I can't stand him:mad:

Shimizu Amon
Sep 1st, 2007, 06:10 AM
So Masha today could be your first test. Good luck and show us all again what you're made of.

:bounce: GO MASHA!:bounce:

Velvet kisses
Sep 1st, 2007, 07:02 AM
Goodluck Maria you can beat Agnieska in two easy sets and than possibly a clash with the wannabe Maria:)

Maria Croft
Sep 1st, 2007, 07:08 AM
Finally I can get on this site again, it seems that every time I decide to come online this site just isn't working for me :p

Well done on your second trashing, since she finally has a day match I can watch her play as well :)

Velvet kisses
Sep 1st, 2007, 07:17 AM
Finally I can get on this site again, it seems that every time I decide to come online this site just isn't working for me :p

Well done on your second trashing, since she finally has a day match I can watch her play as well :)

Where do u watch it ? Eurosport ?
Because i want to watch it to but they never broadcast here and the times in the tv guide and on internet aren t right..( i dunno what time eurosport is going live?)

morningglory
Sep 1st, 2007, 07:18 AM
so you finally meet Marshy??
seriously..... he/she (till today I don't know) is the BIGGEST Maria hater since I came for this forum

seriously...best you can do is don't care or be as sarcastic as possible.....

Marshmallow is a homo-male :o
And thus... :shrug: I thought he mentioned it somewhere once

cheo23
Sep 1st, 2007, 08:08 AM
for me yes...I can't stand him:mad:

Awww sweeetIE he's not THAT badd - at least he's MOre BlunT than that Marshy person!!!!!!!!!!!!! And what is wrong wiTh beinG a homo-MalE?!?????

Snapper
Sep 1st, 2007, 08:39 AM
Where do u watch it ? Eurosport ?
Because i want to watch it to but they never broadcast here and the times in the tv guide and on internet aren t right..( i dunno what time eurosport is going live?)

Is there somewhere we can watch it on the internet?

My neighbores have sky, but they hate maria and won't let me back on their property:hearts: .

jacobruiz
Sep 1st, 2007, 08:55 AM
Marshmallow is a homo-male :o
And thus... :shrug: I thought he mentioned it somewhere once


Hey, come on - there are lots of gays of these boards. No need to insult them by associating them with Marshmallow.

I thought Marshmallow was a girl?

MaitaBaby
Sep 1st, 2007, 09:05 AM
More trashing in a few hours aye?

Aravanecaravan
Sep 1st, 2007, 09:51 AM
Hey, come on - there are lots of gays of these boards. No need to insult them by associating them with Marshmallow.

:haha:


That would explain alot, though. Although I would think they would be a little more tolerant.

xan
Sep 1st, 2007, 10:58 AM
Unfortunately Maria's match is too early for showing on Eurosport! Last one was too late!

Anyway hoping that Maria performs as well today as she has done so far. Keep up the good work Maria!

roger_maria4ever
Sep 1st, 2007, 01:06 PM
cmon masha I want to see a bagel again:p

Natasc
Sep 1st, 2007, 01:27 PM
Marshmallow is a homo-male :o
And thus... :shrug: I thought he mentioned it somewhere once

that... explans a lot.

roger_maria4ever
Sep 1st, 2007, 01:38 PM
Marshmallow is a homo-male :o
And thus... :shrug: I thought he mentioned it somewhere once :lol: he's a homo..I'll tell him the next time: is it true you're a homo?

Natasc
Sep 1st, 2007, 01:48 PM
:lol: he's a homo..I'll tell him the next time: is it true you're a homo?

no way!!
don't even think about it!!
seriously!!

not only 'cause is wrong
but that will "unleash" something even worse from him
...and that's the last thing that we need..

Kitten63
Sep 1st, 2007, 02:39 PM
Good luck Masha!

Andy.
Sep 1st, 2007, 02:43 PM
Good luck today Masha

Vaidisova Ruled
Sep 1st, 2007, 04:00 PM
where is the videooooooo ? How can I see the match pleazzzzzz?

Emina.
Sep 1st, 2007, 04:05 PM
she lost the 1st set 4-6 :sad:

TennisPlayingFox
Sep 1st, 2007, 04:09 PM
Come on Maria fight! You can do it. This is not how I wanted to start my day, all of my favorites playing are trailing right now. Both Maria's and Nadia.

Comval
Sep 1st, 2007, 04:31 PM
Hello everyone !
New in the forum, don't know if it's the right place to post it... If not, please excuse me !
I would like to know what will be the next tournament of Maria after US Open, she didn't tell anything in her website.
Does anyone has an answer for me?
Thanks (and sorry for my bad english, I'm writing directly from France!)

the cat
Sep 1st, 2007, 04:34 PM
I'm here to bring Masha some good luck. :D She was outclassed by Radwanska's fine all court play in the first set but there is time for Masha to turn the match around. Udachi Maria! :wavey:

Having 2 very easy matches the first 2 rounds has hurt Masha's game today. :( She wasn't ready to play tough tennis in the first set against Radwanska.

Il Primo!
Sep 1st, 2007, 04:37 PM
Maria's serve is terrible. But the rest of her game is tough! She just lacks confidence on her serve and focus on the key points. That's all

Shoulderpova
Sep 1st, 2007, 04:39 PM
she's double break up in 2nd but i'm not sure if she can win this set since she never feels comfortable holding serve. Even she gets past Radwanska I don't really like her chances against Vaidisova. Is anyone watching the match? Some reports about how Maria is playing would be greatly appreciated.

Shoulderpova
Sep 1st, 2007, 04:40 PM
Russia suffers second big loss with Petrova out :sad:

Shoulderpova
Sep 1st, 2007, 04:40 PM
GP#3 to gop up 5-1

Il Primo!
Sep 1st, 2007, 04:45 PM
she's double break up in 2nd but i'm not sure if she can win this set since she never feels comfortable holding serve. Even she gets past Radwanska I don't really like her chances against Vaidisova. Is anyone watching the match? Some reports about how Maria is playing would be greatly appreciated.

As I said, her serve sucks big time :o But teh rest is actually surprisingly great. She hits (without missing that much) classic volleys, she runs well, she hits hards. BUT she's not as focused as she's used to be on key points. And Radwanska is playing great too. It's an interesting match!

Shoulderpova
Sep 1st, 2007, 04:52 PM
We're a break up in 3rd 2*-0 :unsure:

Comval
Sep 1st, 2007, 04:54 PM
Hello everyone !
New in the forum, don't know if it's the right place to post it... If not, please excuse me !
I would like to know what will be the next tournament of Maria after US Open, she didn't tell anything in her website.
Does anyone has an answer for me?
Thanks (and sorry for my bad english, I'm writing directly from France!)

Any answer ?!

Aravanecaravan
Sep 1st, 2007, 04:57 PM
Is anyone watching the match? Some reports about how Maria is playing would be greatly appreciated.

Maria looked like she came out of the tunnel pretty much thinking about something else. She has not looked very interested today.

Give Radwanska credit, she had a gameplan and executed it perfectly for a set. Maria has figured her out now, I believe, and more importantly, has stopped fighting the wind, which is bad today. This is a tough match up for Maria in these conditions. Masha's a very poor wind player, always has been. Her serve is awful, ten doubles as I type this.

I think if this had been a night match, in calm conditions, Maria'd have been doing her interview by now.

Il Primo!
Sep 1st, 2007, 04:57 PM
Franchement je sais pas du tout.. Je connais pas le programme de Maria, désolé!

Il Primo!
Sep 1st, 2007, 04:57 PM
Any answer ?!

Je ne connais pas du tout le programme de Maria. Désolé ne pas pouvoir t'aider!;)

Shoulderpova
Sep 1st, 2007, 05:05 PM
2-0 to 2-3, abreak down. Not looking good :help:

Princeza
Sep 1st, 2007, 05:11 PM
Nightmare.

the cat
Sep 1st, 2007, 05:15 PM
Masha had won 8 games in a row and was leading 4-6 6-1 2-0 and then promptly lost 4 games in a row to trail 4 - 2 in the final set. :mad: :o She had the match under control or so it seemed. But with Maria's unreliable serve you never know. :(

Shoulderpova
Sep 1st, 2007, 05:21 PM
its over :tears:

Il Primo!
Sep 1st, 2007, 05:22 PM
It's not over yet. I still believe in her chances! C'mon

swissmr
Sep 1st, 2007, 05:28 PM
She lost :sad: I'm in shock. Out in the 3rd round :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

kingdomcome
Sep 1st, 2007, 05:29 PM
Oh,my...I cannot believe this...she lost in 3rd round...

monopoly
Sep 1st, 2007, 05:31 PM
Maria sucks. She should be embarrassed, ashamed, and humiliated. She is nowhere near the player she was three years ago. She has not improved at all. That other girl that nobody has ever heard of thoroughly outplayed her in every facet of the game. Maria looked more like the #102 player in the world instead of the #2 player. Her ranking is going to plummet. Maybe getting her ass kicked out of the top ten will actually make her decide to hire a real tennis coach. Maybe she will actually decide to practice her serve occasionally. Watching her serve today was actually pretty funny. She couldn't hit a second serve to save her life. It's too bad that such a promising career is going nowhere because she is too stubborn to hire a real coach, and is too dumb to be able to think her way through a match. She got her ass kicked VERY BADLY in all four grand slams this year. I can't wait to hear the excuses that everyone comes up with. This was beyond poor. This was embarrassing.

Aravanecaravan
Sep 1st, 2007, 05:31 PM
That's disappointing. I'm not totally shocked, but it was a horrible performance. She's better than that.

I hope she takes some time off and comes back more prepared in '08.

Natasc
Sep 1st, 2007, 05:34 PM
Yuri just went out before the match was over
ridiculous... on the momment that Maria more needs
just ridiculous.....

ImaVeggie
Sep 1st, 2007, 05:37 PM
Yuri left before the match was over. This infuriated me. F him!!

So sad for Maria.

ImaVeggie
Sep 1st, 2007, 05:38 PM
Yuri just went out before the match was over
ridiculous... on the momment that Maria more needs
just ridiculous.....

We are on the same wavelength on this. He's horrible.

Princeza
Sep 1st, 2007, 05:38 PM
Yuri is an idiot.
Well, work for 2008 now.

:inlove:
Sep 1st, 2007, 05:38 PM
The little respect i had for Yuri is now gone.
Oh Maria. :hug: :sobbing: Just awful year. Still got the carpet season to get it back on track though. Come on!

MaitaBaby
Sep 1st, 2007, 05:39 PM
Maria, rest your shoulder and get your serve back on.

Please don't play in '07 anymore. Thanks!

I still love you.

kingdomcome
Sep 1st, 2007, 05:40 PM
I agree with monopoly. Her serves today were surprisingly bad. Yeah, sucks. She is facing a really serious problem, for sure. She should concentrate on tennis, not "fancy tennis dresses".

shad9480
Sep 1st, 2007, 05:47 PM
Maria :sad:. I wish it was a night match :(.
But still I love you and will keep on following you closely. Please bounce back from this lost...fix your serve and everything that's wrong right now. It's tough be a fan at times like this but we'll survive :wavey:. And I'm sure Maria will too.

Will stay away from GM for a few weeks. The haters will be around for a while and don't think I can take it...so sad. This board will crash :tape:

Yuri...why did you leave before the match ends?!! :rolleyes: :o :smash:. The look in Maria's eyes when she looked up for support and realised he's not there :bigcry:. Even the commentators were pointing this out and did not quite believe he could do that to his daughter :help:

Mikey B
Sep 1st, 2007, 05:58 PM
maria! what a breakdown... but congrats to radwanzska who played really well....

im pretty disgusted with yuri, it broke my heart when maria looked up at her box and saw he wasnt there.. she lost the next points on terrible forehands, probably didnt even have her mind on the match!! i hope she leaves yuri now, gets and new coach and leaves her psycho dad at home!

i really thought she was gona win, even at 42 down in the third i though ok this is where she'll pull it back... what a shame!! shows how risky it is to change a service motion in such a short space of time, but her overall play today reminded me of her form from indian wells and miami...

i hope she can come back and get to her best level again, i wouldnt mind if she took some more time off, maybe just play one event before the YEC, if she even qualifies....

she's no longer the number 2 player in the world.... if jankovic, ivanovic and kuznetsova go deep, who knows where she'll end up!!!

yeh i think avoiding GM is a good idea! lol! they must be showing their usual lack of respect...

didnt like the day dress, i think im going to blame that... lol!

Natasc
Sep 1st, 2007, 06:00 PM
Maria :sad:. I wish it was a night match :(.
But still I love you and will keep on following you closely. Please bounce back from this lost...fix your serve and everything that's wrong right now. It's tough be a fan at times like this but we'll survive :wavey:. And I'm sure Maria will too.

Will stay away from GM for a few weeks. The haters will be around for a while and don't think I can take it...so sad. This board will crash :tape:

Yuri...why did you leave before the match ends?!! :rolleyes: :o :smash:. The look in Maria's eyes when she looked up for support and realised he's not there :bigcry:. Even the commentators were pointing this out and did not quite believe he could do that to his daughter :help:

same in here... I haven't seen when Maria look at there, but I saw Yuri getting his stuff and then the camera back to the sit and he wasn't there anymore

The commentator was really mad about it...
few quotes from commentator in here "this is just bad, this Yuri never foolish me, now that his daughter needs most his support he just went out. That was the worst thing that he could probably do at a momment like this. He leaved the ship and and let Maria doen there by herself, just very bad. I have always thought that parent coaching their daughters or sons is more makes more damages than good stuffs." the commentator said

leave your daughter like this isn't such a thing that you supose to do....
seriously, we, that aren't related to Maria, would do more there than Yuri
ridiculous
seriously.... I have never feel so disgusting for someone as I feel for Yuri now...
if was my mother that did that or my dad I would seriously think twice about how I call them.

monopoly
Sep 1st, 2007, 06:12 PM
It's like everytime she gets thoroughly crushed, everyone just shrugs it off and says "Oh Maria, it's ok, just bounce back next tournament." The thing is, she doesn't have the game to just "bounce back" anymore. Many, many of the players have figured her out, especially this year. They have seen that Maria only knows one way to play, and that she doesn't have the game or the mentality to change. How many very very bad defeats has she suffered this year? And to players that nobody has ever heard of? And this is happening to the #2 player in the world? That is a joke. And a very bad joke. She should have won four or five grand slams by now. Everyone keeps pointing out injuries as an excuse, but every player on the tour is injured. Maria needs to hire a coach and actually practice, and quit acting like she should automatically beat every player she plays without even showing up. And there have been many, many times this year when Maria and her "fighting spirit" have failed to show up at all.

Lefty.
Sep 1st, 2007, 06:12 PM
How on earth did she go from the tennis in her first two matches to this disastrous performance today? I suppose the quality of opponent also changed drastically but her serve was just dreadful today. Hopefully she can get something going during the indoor season but this serving issue is incredibly frustrating.

Yuri :help: :rolleyes: :o

MaitaBaby
Sep 1st, 2007, 06:12 PM
I'm not even going to comment about Yuri. Ugh.

There are so many idiots on Maria's official forum.

Lefty.
Sep 1st, 2007, 06:16 PM
There are so many idiots on Maria's official forum.

I would have to say that is the same way on most official player forums. :lol: Probably idiots are much more prevalent on Maria's forum though. :p

MaitaBaby
Sep 1st, 2007, 06:25 PM
I would have to say that is the same way on most official player forums. :lol: Probably idiots are much more prevalent on Maria's forum though. :p

It sucks. I hope she doesn't read any of the posts on there.. well, except maybe for mine and yours(?) LOL

Natasc
Sep 1st, 2007, 06:25 PM
It's like everytime she gets thoroughly crushed, everyone just shrugs it off and says "Oh Maria, it's ok, just bounce back next tournament." The thing is, she doesn't have the game to just "bounce back" anymore. Many, many of the players have figured her out, especially this year. They have seen that Maria only knows one way to play, and that she doesn't have the game or the mentality to change. How many very very bad defeats has she suffered this year? And to players that nobody has ever heard of? And this is happening to the #2 player in the world? That is a joke. And a very bad joke. She should have won four or five grand slams by now. Everyone keeps pointing out injuries as an excuse, but every player on the tour is injured. Maria needs to hire a coach and actually practice, and quit acting like she should automatically beat every player she plays without even showing up. And there have been many, many times this year when Maria and her "fighting spirit" have failed to show up at all.

you are right and sometimes wrong....

Wrong:
- on everything you said you forgot to bring the fact that she didn't played well today
- Maria is trying to add some more variety to her game, she can do more slice than few years a go
- some great dropshots
- and she's even finally learning how to volley
- Agnes is a very good player in case you don't know and she used just the right strategy today
- was very windy today
- 5 or 4 slams?! kidding right? What is she? a Federer?? Say who did this to me, won 5 slams in 3 years counting the year that she turned pro...
Ana Ivanovic is a great player and she still hasn't got 1!!
- maria is trying to add more things to her game... and, have you ever seen Serena do a slice?! :tape: :help:

Right:

- should hire a coach!! that absolutely true!
- something deeplu mess down her confidence this year... and is since the beggining of the year, just doesn't look the same Maria to me
- that previous point goes to another thing that you're right: WHAT HAPPENED TO MARIA'S FAMOUS FIGHTER SPIRIT?! - he just appears against Patty on RG and the got lost again...
looks like one of those "mojo" things :tape: :help:
and I'm adding a new point that you wil definatelly agree with me: MARIA SHOULD SAY "DADDY YOU'RE MY FATHER AND THAT'S ALL THAT YOY ARE REAMING TO DO, FATHER IS FOR DAUGHTER AS A DECENT COACH IS FOR A TENNIS PLAYER"
seriously... I bet that she does nothing
sometimes I think that Maria is some sort of "daddy's pupet" :o

Rod the Bama
Sep 1st, 2007, 06:29 PM
What an absolute disaster from Maria. :sad: This is a huge disappointment, especially since she was playing well heading to the US Open with the title in San Diego and making it to the semifinals in L.A. I think that Maria really needs to take an extensive break and seriously reevaluate her game, because her showings in the grand slams has gotten progressively worser. I don`t know what else to say other than that the US Open has gotten a lot less fun to watch. :sad:

roger_maria4ever
Sep 1st, 2007, 06:29 PM
I'm not even going to comment about Yuri. Ugh.

There are so many idiots on Maria's official forum.
well they r more sentimental lets say..some of them said that cryied:eek: I'm upset but i would never cry for something like this:help:

MaitaBaby
Sep 1st, 2007, 06:33 PM
well they r more sentimental lets say..some of them said that cryied:eek: I'm upset but i would never cry for something like this:help:

I guess. I've secretly cried.. lol don't tell anybody but it was AO '05 against Serena. I kind of died a little during that match.

Sharapower8
Sep 1st, 2007, 06:40 PM
Maria what happened :sad: :sad:
I'm so so so so disappointed :unsure: :hysteric:

Lefty.
Sep 1st, 2007, 06:42 PM
It sucks. I hope she doesn't read any of the posts on there.. well, except maybe for mine and yours(?) LOL

Oh lol I don't post on her forum because it's quite annoying for me to see those "oMg!!!!!!!1111111111111 i luvvvvvvvvvvvvv mAriAaaaaaaaA sOooooOooooo mUcH!!!!!!!!1111111111111" posts. :lol: And plus I couldn't log in for a while so I just stopped trying to. :lol:

°H@wk-€ye
Sep 1st, 2007, 06:42 PM
http://img512.imageshack.us/img512/7168/nap1yx1.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

:sad: :sad: :sad:

Youri left the stadium before the match is over, why ? :mad: .
(in that case, I suggest to him to not attend Maria's matches any more. Because his presence puts Maria under stress more than anything else :( )

Russianboy
Sep 1st, 2007, 07:24 PM
when will be her interview out? :sad:

XCoco
Sep 1st, 2007, 08:03 PM
She totally missed the point during the match. It's too bad cause she really could go far in this tournament, but she made many UFs today and her serve was a mess ; Agnieszka played well though.
She has never been out so early since 3 years ago, but this year isn't lousy, she did her best results at the AO and the FO all the same.

I don't know what the hell Yuri was doing when Maria was about to loose but he should be ashamed of his behavior, he earnestly can't leave his daughter like he did while the match isn't over. His conduct toward Maria and her opponent is thoroughly disrespectful and also non-fair-play.

Oh, and someone is going to be happy, Jelena wanted to be #2, so here she is.

jacobruiz
Sep 1st, 2007, 08:13 PM
:rolleyes: Sigh.

nelsondan
Sep 1st, 2007, 08:18 PM
How on earth did she go from the tennis in her first two matches to this disastrous performance today? I suppose the quality of opponent also changed drastically but her serve was just dreadful today. Hopefully she can get something going during the indoor season but this serving issue is incredibly frustrating.

Yuri :help: :rolleyes: :o

I honestly believe the first two matches gave you some clues of the dangers she faced. She made a lot of breathtaking shots---but---her serving was not very good---which is remarkable when you only loose one game per match. She was missing so many first serves----but her second serves were good enough to compensate.

This seemed like it was an unusual mental breakdown after the 2-0 lead in the third.

She will figure some things out. I have a lot of respect for the person she is, part of which is the will to bounce back.

mrfreeze
Sep 1st, 2007, 08:35 PM
While I'm no big fan of Maria, I think it' absolutely disgusting what Yuri did, take off when she could use your support. That must made her feel great when she looked up and that is gone! I didn't see him leave last year right before the match point.
I guess he sees himself as a coach first of all and not a dad..and it should be the other way around! he should be ashamed

the cat
Sep 1st, 2007, 08:42 PM
This was a devastating year for Masha in the grand slams. :( Maria embarrassed herself with her 4 grand slam losses this year. :o She needs to get rid of her new service motion and perhaps make changes in her team. Maria also needs to start working with a sports psychologist because I don't know if she can overcome this terrible year and bounce back next year and be a tremendous player again.

BuTtErFrEnA
Sep 1st, 2007, 08:47 PM
yuri :o

anyways....don't despair..she's way too tough for this too hit her with any serious impact..confidence may be hit for a bit but once she starts her next tournie and wins a few matches she will be in stride again

mrfreeze
Sep 1st, 2007, 09:00 PM
I just watched her interview and she sounded very objective. She said there are things to be worked on and she's looking forward to get back to "work". It was a very good and mature interview.

Maria Croft
Sep 1st, 2007, 09:21 PM
I'm just not gonna say anything at all :o

quasar-x
Sep 1st, 2007, 11:07 PM
sad here!..
the shoulder needs full recovery, the reason of the recurring habit of DFs..
when that creeps, the confidence fades and UEs follow..the new serve motion also needs to be fully adopted..its yet too new of a change and its no t-shirt..
all needs patience and time..

so the bigpic points at a year of injuries (not much proper practice, the new serve motion etc..)

you can talk on and on about this match lost or that..
take todays, many things can be said..DFs, UEs, unlucky at critical pts,
the wind disadvantage when you got a high ball toss etc.
maria again beat herself today rather than her opponent actually beating her..
aga wasn't playing that surprisingly well..this is her known likely game in her
good day..normally it was nothing that maria could not handle and take care of..
she'd done so on her worse surface clay with aga playing not any differently..
it was maria giving her the chances, letting her back in it, gifting games..
sounds the paradox, but it was marias poor game controlling(!) the match but
not the other side holding the strings..many winner attempts ended as UEs that are normally cakes for maria..in the 3rd when 2-0 up too easy mistakes let aga back in the match..should've cleared the setnmatch there, that i beleive maria normally would have (again like in their previous match, first 3-0 then bagel)

anyway, maria will hold her head up..she's not lost and knows whats going on..
recover the injury for good, adopt the new serve, rest some head and come right back..
athletes do have their fluctuations esp when dealing with tough injuries..
but marias one tough gal herself..

and obviously, THIS is her year to go through..

rough times..
but gotta move on..

Ballbasher
Sep 1st, 2007, 11:13 PM
Oh Masha that's a dissapointing loss :bigcry: but I'm sure you can come back stronger than ever :)

jcshie
Sep 1st, 2007, 11:49 PM
I know I posted it in the other thread, but I think everyone should read it.

A. RADWANSKA/M. Sharapova

6-4, 1-6, 6-2

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Just talk about the last six games because it seemed like everything just fell part.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, although I won many games in a row after losing the first and being down 1-0, you know, you'd think I'd have the momentum in the third set with a break. But I just didn't really feel that way inside of me for some reason today. You know, just going to have those kind of days where you're always trying to come through and always trying to find a way even though you don't feel like things are exactly going your way. You know, that's just what happens.

Q. Can you talk about how much of this match was about you not being there 100 percent or was it more about her just playing great?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: You got to give her a lot of credit for finishing the match and winning it. A lot of girls in her position on a big stage in a big stadium against a top player sometimes get a little nervous. She held on there, and all the credit to her for winning the match.

Q. Did you feel like you were not there this morning before the match or was it just sort of as it got underway?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: There's no excuses. It's not like today I stepped out on the wrong side of the bed or I did something differently. Like I said, I'm going to have these types of days where although I might be up a break in the third set, but it just doesn't go my way.

Q. With the serve was the wind playing a factor with the toss, and was she a little bit distracting when she's kind of dancing around?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I don't worry about what my opponent is doing. You know, I just worry about what I have to do. The conditions were obviously different than the other two matches that I've played. But I'm not going to say I lost the match because it was windy or because she was doing something and I was not.

Q. You played her one other time this year. Is there something about her game that you think is tough for you that makes the matches closer?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, it's hard to say because the last match was on clay and it was my first tournament back, you know, after being away from the game for a few months. It's difficult to say. Definitely a tough opponent. You know, she gets a lot of balls back and makes you work for the points. You know, but I mean, I have to look at today's match and see what I could have done differently in order win it. I know the mistakes I made. But today I just made those mistakes and you just hope that next time it doesn't happen.

Q. After the first set, did you adjust your game at all because you came out so strong in the second set?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah. I mean, I guess I stepped in the court a little bit more. But even though -- I just -- I don't know. I don't feel like I had that belief that I usually do. I don't know whether I put a lot of pressure on myself coming into this event, because I felt like I was starting to play a lot better. I felt like physically -- I felt really good. You know, I felt healthy. Yeah, I don't know. It was just -- it's tough to say.

Q. Did you feel upset that the audience applauding your opponents?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I mean, she was an underdog coming into the match, and you have to understand that the underdog is the girl that's playing well against the top players are always going get applause. That's part of the game. That is normal in any sport.

Q. How is your shoulder?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: It's fine.

Q. Given how well you struck the ball in the first two rounds, didn't you think maybe at some point in the third set your feeling for the ball would come back?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: You would think so, yeah. You wait for it, yeah. It just wasn't there. Like I said, you always try to find a way to, you know -- even though I won a lot of consecutive games, even though I was up a break, I just didn't feel -- I don't know if it was a combination of the circumstance or the wind or the opponent playing well. I don't know what it was. I just didn't quite feel like me out there.

Q. What's the emotion now, the defending champion and sort of an earlier exit than you wanted?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: It's always tough. No matter if you lose in the semis, whatever round it is. But especially being the defending champion, it's tough. Definitely not an easy day at the office for me. But, you know, it's -- I could sit here all day long and come up with excuses and say how bad I played. But at the end of the day my opponent won the match and I lost it. Better go on from here. Clearly it hasn't been my best year. Just hasn't been my year. But that's the way things go. I got take the good and I got take the bad and I got move on, just keep working hard, and someday the work that I did before this tournament, beginning of the year, whenever it was, it's going to pay off. I'm not worried about that.

Q. Have you ever had an opponent move that far up close to the service line on your second serves?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: It's really not about what the opponent does because the ball's in your hands. It's up to you to go out there and serve. I don't usually don't think about where my opponent's standing or not.

Q. We asked her about that, and she said Maria Sharapova didn't like it, did that as a tactic to try to throw you.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: It will be interesting to see if she does it again next time I play her.

Q. Your dad left after 5-3 in the third set.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, he didn't. He was there.

Q. At that point, did you pretty much know at the change that nothing's working for me?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Throughout the match, like I said, it just didn't, you know, it didn't feel steady. You know, whether -- but, I mean, until the last point is played, you can't really think negatively. You know, no matter how bad things are going, you'll always try to be positive about it, even though it was quite difficult to be.

Q. What did you your father tell you after the match?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: You know, I just talked to my team a little bit. It's tough to say because it's not like they're going to say, You should have hit this or you should have done that. You know, it's tough to correct something a few minutes after you just lost a match. Like I said, you just to have move on. I have a whole future ahead of me. I'm not going throw myself a pity party here.

Q. How long does it take to you recover?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: We'll see. Every loss is difficult. But I don't know. I'll tell you at the next tournament. It's tough to say.

Q. Despite all your off court success, you've always been very good at directing yourself, and you enjoy the winning so much on the court. Does a campaign like this year make you feel even more that hunger going forward?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: In the future, you mean?

Q. Yeah.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Sure. That's what I play for. I play to go in the Grand Slams and compete, and I've done it before and I've won two and I know I can do it again. There is no doubt about it. Just because today things didn't go my way and I lost, I'm not going to put my head down and think that I know that that's it. Could have easily gone my way today. She could have started playing worse or I could have played better, but today was just today. I've got to forget it. I'm looking forward to next year. This year is not done. There's no Grand Slam this year, but, you know, I still have a few tournaments to play. There's always years to come.

Q. Does she have what it takes to win a major do you think?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, you know, I think with experience, experience is definitely going to her with every year. She's going to grow as a player. She's going to be -- her game will become more mature. She'll improve a lot things in her game, you know, her serve. I definitely think her second serve is her weakness right now. I'm sure as she plays more tougher matches she'll learn and she'll be a better playing. For sure she has that chance. See if she takes it or not.

Q. What happened to your second serve today?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I mean, it's a combination of everything. Like I said, what happened to all my shots today? I could sit here and try to think, What happened? I could blame the wind and blame my opponent, but I'm not going to find reasons why one shot didn't work today and her shots did.

Q. When pro tennis was really getting started, it was so much about the tennis. It's really grown into such a massive industry and entertainment and the glamour side. When you were growing up, did you ever anticipate how much the emphasis would be on the business side and the exposure and all the great opportunities? Do the players just take this for granted now, that it's really a business?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, once you get on court, for a tennis player, it is all about the tennis. But I mean, you have to realize that people see you as entertainers. When you go to a concert and you see someone perform, you paid your money to see someone perform and see them do what they do best. That's why you spent the amount of money you did on that ticket. So you realize, I mean, when you're growing up I had no idea what would come with -- you don't know what's going to come with a tennis career. You don't know what's going to come with fame until you actually get there and those things come to you and you actually explore them. But you really don't know until you actually get there. There's a whole other world to it.

Q. Your comfortable that though right, and being a role model?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, it's tough being a role model, because when I was growing up I never really had a role model because I never thought that anyone was perfect. So it's tough to hear when kids do say that, you know, I want to be like Maria Sharapova. I say, No you don't. Because I'm not perfect. You know, I might be good at some things but I might not be good at other things. You want to strive for the best. You want to try to be the best. So, you know, so that's what's a little strange is that when kids do come up to me and say, I want to be just like you. I'm like, Okay.

Q. What are you not perfect at?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: There are a few things, but I'll keep them to myself.

Q. There were rumors that you're thinking about not playing for Russia anymore and playing for U.S.; is that true?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: That's not true.

Q. Do you feel shocked a little bit?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: No.

Q. What's the feeling overall going on inside you right now?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: It's disappointment. There's no happiness, I'll tell you that. I mean, look, at the end of the day it really is a just tennis match. You know, some days you win and some days you lose. Some days you lose in the finals and some days you lose in the third round and some days you lose in the first round. You just never know how it's going to play out. Sometimes you work really hard for something and you get it when you want it, and sometimes you work really hard and you don't get it. You never know when God's going to bring down those gifts. So I'm waiting for those Christmas gifts.

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zayos_10
Sep 1st, 2007, 11:52 PM
Q. We asked her about that, and she said Maria Sharapova didn't like it, did that as a tactic to try to throw you.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: It will be interesting to see if she does it again next time I play her.

Q. Your dad left after 5-3 in the third set.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, he didn't. He was there.


Love these two!!!

quasar-x
Sep 1st, 2007, 11:56 PM
its not the shoulder stopped/stopping her in any one particular match or this one..i don't think anyone blamed it on one particular thing for this particular match anyway..
but its the year overall she'd gone thru because of that..injuires, basically..takes its toll at times..
maria never blames it on one particular this or on one particular that anyway..in a bad day and against an opponent on her good day it all could comeout and show (meaning the damage the year and its done on maria)
and if anyone thinks that her surprisingly bad results have nothing to do with the bad year she had to go thru because of lingering injuries and lack of proper practice (which to some do seem to be the reason taking it out on her at times) hey then again its just fine!..no need for indecent judgements on other fans..
debate is a debate, post is a post, opinions are opinions..

anyway..
gotta move on..

Natasc
Sep 1st, 2007, 11:58 PM
Q. We asked her about that, and she said Maria Sharapova didn't like it, did that as a tactic to try to throw you.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: It will be interesting to see if she does it again next time I play her.

you shoudl watch the vid when she said that... :lol:

Q. Your dad left after 5-3 in the third set.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, he didn't. He was there.


Love these two!!!

she meaned that he was there ...in spirit?? :tape: :help: :o
seriously Maria :rolleyes:

Andy.
Sep 2nd, 2007, 12:32 AM
I cant believe it, Im so upset this has to be the worst loss of her career at thye slm level. I think its time to end the season and work hard to get ready for 2008 and tio forget this year ever existed. I think I need a break from this place, 2007 has stressed me out too much.

Natasc
Sep 2nd, 2007, 12:35 AM
I cant believe it, Im so upset this has to be the worst loss of her career at thye slm level. I think its time to end the season and work hard to get ready for 2008 and tio forget this year ever existed. I think I need a break from this place, 2007 has stressed me out too much.

I agreed, but I must add that this is one of the reasons of why I bought my Xbox 360
I don't know any better thing that can chill you more than a good videogame....

domon17th
Sep 2nd, 2007, 12:53 AM
Well, just quite shocked. Although I'm not crazily surprised cos this year isn't really Maria's year. But I think we can use some positivity and optimism over here right? Maria is a tough girl, she'd figure out what to do. The thing is not to lose that belief on her.

quasar-x
Sep 2nd, 2007, 12:57 AM
Well, just quite shocked. Although I'm not crazily surprised cos this year isn't really Maria's year. But I think we can use some positivity and optimism over here right? Maria is a tough girl, she'd figure out what to do. The thing is not to lose that belief on her.

exactly!..

Jacey
Sep 2nd, 2007, 01:45 AM
I cant believe it, Im so upset this has to be the worst loss of her career at thye slm level. I think its time to end the season and work hard to get ready for 2008 and tio forget this year ever existed. I think I need a break from this place, 2007 has stressed me out too much.


I feel the same damn way :sad: I don't think I can stand to read anything about Maria right now & I think I'm more concerned about this "I just wasn't feeling it today" attitude than an injury thing. Im mean she did her interview with such class but she just looked so freakin sad. & I loved the fact that she does not consider or want to consider herself a role model...saying she's "not perfect". I guess I'm going to just keep thinking & looking foward to the charity event that she is doing with Andy Roddick that im going to in Dec. and I hope that she either takes a break for a while & comes back better for 2008....damn 2007 isn't even over yet........f**k, let me just get the hell out of here....im gonna go watch her 2006 US Open win....cheer myself up ;)

the cat
Sep 2nd, 2007, 02:26 AM
I cant believe it, Im so upset this has to be the worst loss of her career at thye slm level. I think its time to end the season and work hard to get ready for 2008 and tio forget this year ever existed. I think I need a break from this place, 2007 has stressed me out too much.
Well said MMF. But the meek and weak way Masha has played in her 4 grand slam losses this year is what's most disturbing to me. :mad: She was crushed by Serena in Oz, pounded by Ivanovic at Roland Garros, Venus routined Masha at Wimbledon and Masha folded against Radwanska today in the thrid set and played like a scared junior. :eek: :scared: I never saw such a terrible 2007 on the horizon for Masha after such a good 2006. She really needs to fix her serve and make it effective again. I aslo think Maria needs to take some time off and re-evaluate her game and the team around her.

BuTtErFrEnA
Sep 2nd, 2007, 02:28 AM
I agreed, but I must add that this is one of the reasons of why I bought my Xbox 360
I don't know any better thing that can chill you more than a good videogame....

really....to me video games piss me off more than my faves losing (goodness gracious me can those things cheat :o ) lol

Natasc
Sep 2nd, 2007, 02:53 AM
really....to me video games piss me off more than my faves losing (goodness gracious me can those things cheat :o ) lol

seriously buddie?!
you're right in parts IMO

Games do pisss you off more than cheer you up, but it's a matter of how big they do cheer you up on those litle occasions that you get a win or pass a hard phase
like once that I was playing tennis here and seriously.. I must have tried more than 25 times to defeat a boss there with Nadal and I got soooo pissed that I keeped trying till I get it
once I defeat him is like all my angry time was passed and I just felt really good

but of course you can always go on GTA and just have fun
it's a matter of which game you play... what you looking for
I'm a very persistent and a person that likes to start and finish things so usually I go for those games that you have loads of missions and stuff like that
really helps me is like a vocation for my mind...

zayos_10
Sep 2nd, 2007, 02:59 AM
I feel the same damn way :sad: I don't think I can stand to read anything about Maria right now & I think I'm more concerned about this "I just wasn't feeling it today" attitude than an injury thing. Im mean she did her interview with such class but she just looked so freakin sad. & I loved the fact that she does not consider or want to consider herself a role model...saying she's "not perfect". I guess I'm going to just keep thinking & looking foward to the charity event that she is doing with Andy Roddick that im going to in Dec. and I hope that she either takes a break for a while & comes back better for 2008....damn 2007 isn't even over yet........f**k, let me just get the hell out of here....im gonna go watch her 2006 US Open win....cheer myself up ;)

Tell me about it!! I mean, I love to watch Maria play but when something like today happens I‘m like “when is this ever going to end?? :confused: and you were right, you could see that she would laught at times just so she wouldnt cry "(maybe i‘m overreacting, but you get the point).

just waiting for better times to come.... :rolleyes:

roger_maria4ever
Sep 2nd, 2007, 03:17 AM
I feel the same damn way :sad: I don't think I can stand to read anything about Maria right now & I think I'm more concerned about this "I just wasn't feeling it today" attitude than an injury thing. Im mean she did her interview with such class but she just looked so freakin sad. & I loved the fact that she does not consider or want to consider herself a role model...saying she's "not perfect". I guess I'm going to just keep thinking & looking foward to the charity event that she is doing with Andy Roddick that im going to in Dec. and I hope that she either takes a break for a while & comes back better for 2008....damn 2007 isn't even over yet........f**k, let me just get the hell out of here....im gonna go watch her 2006 US Open win....cheer myself up ;)
can't u put the 2006 final in you tube? just a thought:p

gary
Sep 2nd, 2007, 04:20 AM
:bigcry: :bigcry:
what's wrong with you,Masha? I can't believe this :sad: :sad:
good luck next time,I hope

what's her next tournament? Stuttgart? Zurich? Linz?

Rod the Bama
Sep 2nd, 2007, 05:21 AM
what's her next tournament? Stuttgart? Zurich? Linz?

The next scheduled tournament is Zurich, although it remains to be seen if she`ll play there.

Il Primo!
Sep 2nd, 2007, 05:52 AM
I dunno what to say. I'm really disappointed by Maria. Really. Hope she bounces back quicly. She can still qualify for the YEC I think.

Lefty.
Sep 2nd, 2007, 06:24 AM
The next scheduled tournament is Zurich, although it remains to be seen if she`ll play there.

She's not playing Moscow? :scratch:

Shimizu Amon
Sep 2nd, 2007, 07:54 AM
Well I just woke up and I didn't had the time yesterday to check the update.
So you'll understand that this isn't the funniest way to wake up.
What a disappointing loss for Masha, well I can say a lot of other things, but it's clearly not her year and I'm confident there's a lot of good things coming her way in the future, so I will just look forward to that.
For now it's better to just say nothing at all.

:hug: to Masha and all her fans.

Princeza
Sep 2nd, 2007, 08:25 AM
She's not playing Moscow? :scratch:

Probably not.

Il Primo!
Sep 2nd, 2007, 08:38 AM
I just got over this pathetic performance. I feel much much better right now. Hope she's in the same state of mind.

Il Primo!
Sep 2nd, 2007, 08:40 AM
Probably not.

I feel so sorry for you. When I think of Ana's ass getting whooped by Venus, you only have Jankovic left(and not for long) :hug::devil:

xan
Sep 2nd, 2007, 11:15 AM
It is shocking for Maria to lose such an important match to a scrub like Radwanska!

This is Maria's worst loss in a Slam since before she won Wimbledon. And such a bad way to lose. I feel really bad about this. Not only does she lose her title, she goes down in the rankings at best to No 4. She'll even lose the Russian No1 to kuznetsova - who once again benefits from a wide-open draw! :mad:

Not many positives here at all. Hopefully Maria can salvage something of 2007 in the indoor tournaments

xan
Sep 2nd, 2007, 11:35 AM
Well said MMF. But the meek and weak way Masha has played in her 4 grand slam losses this year is what's most disturbing to me. :mad: She was crushed by Serena in Oz, pounded by Ivanovic at Roland Garros, Venus routined Masha at Wimbledon and Masha folded against Radwanska today in the thrid set and played like a scared junior. :eek: :scared: I never saw such a terrible 2007 on the horizon for Masha after such a good 2006. She really needs to fix her serve and make it effective again. I aslo think Maria needs to take some time off and re-evaluate her game and the team around her.

Perhaps Maria needs some fresh talent on the coaching side. I don't recommend a break from playing though. Since this would just drop her ranking out of the top 4, and lose her match toughness. Maria needs to get back in the water and win a couple of titles in the Autumn season if possible

Kim's_fan_4ever
Sep 2nd, 2007, 12:14 PM
Well, the only word that comes to my mind is disappointing. Maria had a perfect draw to reach the final but she failed to take advantage of it. What's even more disappointing is the style in which she was playing. She had beaten in brilliant style Vinci and Dellacqua and then this happened :(
That serve is still bad and she really needs to work on it :tape:

Anyway people, losses happen and I'm sure Maria will bounce back earlier than we think :)

Btw I hope that none of you acted like Sweet Cleopatra after Maria's loss :unsure:

Natasc
Sep 2nd, 2007, 02:05 PM
Well, the only word that comes to my mind is disappointing. Maria had a perfect draw to reach the final but she failed to take advantage of it. What's even more disappointing is the style in which she was playing. She had beaten in brilliant style Vinci and Dellacqua and then this happened :(
That serve is still bad and she really needs to work on it :tape:

Anyway people, losses happen and I'm sure Maria will bounce back earlier than we think :)

Btw I hope that none of you acted like Sweet Cleopatra after Maria's loss :unsure:

don't tell me that she went to GM and start to reply back the trolls there :tape: :help:

everyone should learn that when Maria lost YOU MUST AVOID GM!!
they depress you and they can "unleash" the worse that is inside you :o