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Sugar_Kane
Aug 30th, 2007, 11:58 PM
She's screwed when it gets to the later rounds :rolls:

goldenlox
Aug 31st, 2007, 12:00 AM
Her draw will probably allow her to get by without her playing well.

Sugar_Kane
Aug 31st, 2007, 12:01 AM
Her draw will probably allow her to get by without her playing well.

Serena, Venus, Ana, Justine or Jelena won't be so forgiving!!!

hablo
Aug 31st, 2007, 12:01 AM
But her shoulder is supposedly doing fine.

alwayshingis
Aug 31st, 2007, 12:02 AM
It does not matter when you are smacking 15 winners to your opponent's 2.

sfselesfan
Aug 31st, 2007, 12:02 AM
She's screwed when it gets to the later rounds final :rolls:


SF

Shepster
Aug 31st, 2007, 12:02 AM
So was Ivanovic's in the whole of the first match. :shrug:

UDACHi
Aug 31st, 2007, 12:03 AM
who really cares? it's 6-1 1-0. you don't need perfect statistics in round two.

the cat
Aug 31st, 2007, 12:04 AM
I don't like Maria's new serve. She's obviously uncomfortable with it because it doesn't work. Her first serve precentages with her new serve are lower than they used to be woth her fprmer serve. Masha has both shortened and sped up her service motion after playing her entire career with a very deliberate service motion. It doesn't make sense. :confused:

Wayn77
Aug 31st, 2007, 12:06 AM
Ashe is very very very quiet ......

WF4EVER
Aug 31st, 2007, 12:06 AM
It doesn't matter when your opponent is Casey Dellacqua.

goldenlox
Aug 31st, 2007, 12:06 AM
You see Yuri going nuts? Joyce and Eisenbud have to take that crap from him all the time.

WF4EVER
Aug 31st, 2007, 12:07 AM
Ashe is very very very quiet ......

That's impossible.

Oh, you mean outside of Maria's constant shrieking. Okay.

selesbooz
Aug 31st, 2007, 12:09 AM
You got to be kidding me.
Why do you even care.:help:

hablo
Aug 31st, 2007, 12:10 AM
You see Yuri going nuts? Joyce and Eisenbud have to take that crap from him all the time.

Yeah, he really got angry. :lol:

Maria's grunting is so extra. It's not necessary when she's crushing an opponent so mercilessly.

Infiniti2001
Aug 31st, 2007, 12:11 AM
You see Yuri going nuts? Joyce and Eisenbud have to take that crap from him all the time.

Ah shucks!! Bad timing :lol: http://img295.imageshack.us/img295/3005/84834718px8.jpg I always miss the action :(

Andrew Laeddis
Aug 31st, 2007, 12:17 AM
Serena, Venus, Ana, Justine or Jelena won't be so forgiving!!!

you should watch serenas first two matches.

Mightymirza
Aug 31st, 2007, 12:19 AM
shes prolly going for it too much!

Wayn77
Aug 31st, 2007, 12:19 AM
That's impossible.

Oh, you mean outside of Maria's constant shrieking. Okay.

OK - away from Maria's screaming and Yuri's gesticulating.
The atmosphere in the huge Ashe stands is .... somnolent ...


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Dan23
Aug 31st, 2007, 12:24 AM
sugar_kane threads :worship:

Serenita
Aug 31st, 2007, 12:26 AM
Wonder what's gonna happen when she meets someone like, Peer, Nicole.

Mikey B
Aug 31st, 2007, 12:32 AM
yeh, not the best percentage but her second serves were great tonight! i saw radwanska was also serving in the 40's region in her match earlier.. hopefully they'll pick it up for the next round as i think that match could be great!!!!

ps yuri going nuts while maria is cooly winning 61 60 got on my nerves! its times like these why the tennis world dislikes him!!

Erika_Angel
Aug 31st, 2007, 12:33 AM
It was likely that low because she was taking more risks due to who she was playing. Her 2nd serve wasn't being punished at all, and when her first went in, she was winning 80% of the points. It rose to 59% anyway which is decent enough.

Andy.
Aug 31st, 2007, 12:33 AM
She ussually starts off tournaments like that but increses the percentage as she advances and maybe takes a little pace off.

*JR*
Aug 31st, 2007, 12:39 AM
http://img295.imageshack.us/img295/3005/84834718px8.jpg
Those courtside seats are sure in high demand. :help:

goldenlox
Aug 31st, 2007, 12:53 AM
Such a happy group. I liked the shot of Eisenbud with his head in his hands while Yuri was gesturing and yelling.

morningglory
Aug 31st, 2007, 12:55 AM
wow and she only dropped one game :eek: how can that be?

@Sweet Cleopatra
Aug 31st, 2007, 01:00 AM
who cares , 6 1 , 6 0

selesbooz
Aug 31st, 2007, 01:04 AM
Those courtside seats are sure in high demand. :help:

That's the players box.:help:

morningglory
Aug 31st, 2007, 01:09 AM
That's the players box.:help:

:haha: :haha: :haha: :help:
I thought so too...

@Sweet Cleopatra
Aug 31st, 2007, 01:34 AM
That's the players box.:help:

:tape: :tape:

*JR*
Aug 31st, 2007, 01:37 AM
That's the players box.:help:
I know. But especially with a marquee player who's an IMG or Octagon client, the agency wants to "comp" all sorts of ppl, especially those who sponsor its players (even ones in other sports). And besides those folks, IMG Models is also based in NYC. Max (and Masha's agent Tony Godsick) were being slackers here, I guess.
:shrug:

heytennis
Aug 31st, 2007, 02:01 AM
She has 2 weeks to improve aspects of her game. I doubt she will serve that badly every match. Her groundstrokes and everything else were still good.

SharapovaFan16
Aug 31st, 2007, 02:10 AM
This is what I don't get. You hear people say Serena is playing herself into the tournament, slowly working her game up for the tougher matches. Maria goes out wins 6-1,6-0 against a professional (don't give a shit who it is), and still does so serving 39%. If I have anything to say about that it'd be the fact that if Maria finds her serve the whole damn draw is in trouble.

AcesHigh
Aug 31st, 2007, 04:01 AM
This is what I don't get. You hear people say Serena is playing herself into the tournament, slowly working her game up for the tougher matches. Maria goes out wins 6-1,6-0 against a professional (don't give a shit who it is), and still does so serving 39%. If I have anything to say about that it'd be the fact that if Maria finds her serve the whole damn draw is in trouble.

:weirdo: look at her opponent. This happens often where Sharapova crushes her early round opponents and then meets a higher caliber opponent and is outplayed.

Look at SErena who struggled through AO and then crushed Maria in the final. WS usually work out the kinks in the early rounds and then get hot later on.. Sharapova has done the opposite a few times. Btw, Serena hasn't played since Wimby so she's likely to have rust.

That being said, I think Maria has enough time to work it out especially with her soft draw.

Tennisstar86
Aug 31st, 2007, 04:02 AM
This is what I don't get. You hear people say Serena is playing herself into the tournament, slowly working her game up for the tougher matches. Maria goes out wins 6-1,6-0 against a professional (don't give a shit who it is), and still does so serving 39%. If I have anything to say about that it'd be the fact that if Maria finds her serve the whole damn draw is in trouble.

:haha: :haha: :haha: Maria is not Serena Williams.... Serena= anomally.....
The fact that Sharapova served 39% and whooped up on some scrub just proves her draw is a cake walk.... lol Maria finds her serve the draw is in trouble... If Maria finds her serve it doesnt change anything....her draw is still weak. When she gets to the final she'll play she best hope there isnt an actual contender against her..... IMO maria will have to play out of her mind in that final to win...

Tennisstar86
Aug 31st, 2007, 04:06 AM
:weirdo: look at her opponent. This happens often where Sharapova crushes her early round opponents and then meets a higher caliber opponent and is outplayed.

Look at SErena who struggled through AO and then crushed Maria in the final. WS usually work out the kinks in the early rounds and then get hot later on.. Sharapova has done the opposite a few times. Btw, Serena hasn't played since Wimby so she's likely to have rust.

That being said, I think Maria has enough time to work it out especially with her soft draw.

the problem with maria is i dont think she will work it out... As the announcers and anyone who knows tennis Maria doesnt have a plan B. Why are her matches so quick in the early rounds against bad players? because unlike a Justine/ Venus/ Serena/Hingis. Sharapova isnt work on things. Shes sticking with what she knows (smacking the **** out of the ball.) Maybe that'll change with age. But this is her problem. If She meets Venus (someone who plays her game but better because she moves better she cant mix it up.....

mankind
Aug 31st, 2007, 04:10 AM
the problem with maria is i dont think she will work it out... As the announcers and anyone who knows tennis Maria doesnt have a plan B. Why are her matches so quick in the early rounds against bad players? because unlike a Justine/ Venus/ Serena/Hingis. Sharapova isnt work on things. Shes sticking with what she knows (smacking the **** out of the ball.) Maybe that'll change with age. But this is her problem. If She meets Venus (someone who plays her game but better because she moves better she cant mix it up.....

That's a good point I've never thought of before. Sharapova has hardly changed anything in her game and, aside from some embarassing attempts at s/v during her first 2 matches, she hasn't shown any desire to experiment and test new things. Some things just never change.

heytennis
Aug 31st, 2007, 04:12 AM
the problem with maria is i dont think she will work it out... As the announcers and anyone who knows tennis Maria doesnt have a plan B. Why are her matches so quick in the early rounds against bad players? because unlike a Justine/ Venus/ Serena/Hingis. Sharapova isnt work on things. Shes sticking with what she knows (smacking the **** out of the ball.) Maybe that'll change with age. But this is her problem. If She meets Venus (someone who plays her game but better because she moves better she cant mix it up.....

You have no idea what you were talking about. If you had paid attention to any of her recent matches or had read any of her interviews, you would see that she has started to add variety to her game. She says she knows she needs to work on it now so she can be better in the future.

heytennis
Aug 31st, 2007, 04:19 AM
That's a good point I've never thought of before. Sharapova has hardly changed anything in her game and, aside from some embarassing attempts at s/v during her first 2 matches, she hasn't shown any desire to experiment and test new things. Some things just never change.

Q:It's not even that you serve and volley. You did that a couple times tonight. Coming into the tournaments that what, you were saying you could do that once in a while as a change-up?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, my serve becomes better when I jump forward and I move in. It just gives me more confidence on the serve. It's a good way to practice it when you're up 30-Love or 40-Love. I mean, why not? I mean, like I said, I'm going to be playing for a few years to come. If I can add these things to my game now it'll only make me a better player in the coming years.

She was serve and volleying, lobbing, slicing etc.

AcesHigh
Aug 31st, 2007, 04:32 AM
Q:It's not even that you serve and volley. You did that a couple times tonight. Coming into the tournaments that what, you were saying you could do that once in a while as a change-up?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, my serve becomes better when I jump forward and I move in. It just gives me more confidence on the serve. It's a good way to practice it when you're up 30-Love or 40-Love. I mean, why not? I mean, like I said, I'm going to be playing for a few years to come. If I can add these things to my game now it'll only make me a better player in the coming years.

She was serve and volleying, lobbing, slicing etc.

The problem is that it only occurs in these situations. When she plays Venus, Serena, Justine, etc. she never pulls these weapons out and when she does, it's usually at the wrong time and she fails miserably.

I hope she's practicing these things with Yuri constantly. It's not about trying different tactics at random points in a match when you are up by a lot. It's about integrating them into your game so they become a constant fixture, or at least a weapon you can pull out when things aren't working.

heytennis
Aug 31st, 2007, 04:40 AM
The problem is that it only occurs in these situations. When she plays Venus, Serena, Justine, etc. she never pulls these weapons out and when she does, it's usually at the wrong time and she fails miserably.

I hope she's practicing these things with Yuri constantly. It's not about trying different tactics at random points in a match when you are up by a lot. It's about integrating them into your game so they become a constant fixture, or at least a weapon you can pull out when things aren't working.

She's just starting with this variety. She has only played Serena and Venus twice each this year and Justine zero times. I wouldn't say she fails miserably either. Thats a bit dramatic. She has a few bad losses to the Williams' this year but she can obviously beat all of those players.


She has used spins etc against other top players successfully as well as her swinging volleys but I think she wants to incorporate a more traditional net game into her repertoire.

DimaDinosaur
Aug 31st, 2007, 04:46 AM
ugh, that serve is terrible. without this weapon, she's not a threat against top 9 opponents. they will treat her like atp players treat andy roddick, which is not a good thang