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Iceland
Sep 15th, 2007, 06:21 PM
Marion starts her glorious way in Kolkata.

Here is the draw :wavey: :

[1]Marion Bartoli vs Vania King
Mariya Koryttseva vs Q
Alberta Brianti vs Sofia Arvidsson
Tatiana Poutchek vs [5]Alla Kudryavtseva

[3]Sania Mirza vs Sunitha Rao
Sara Errani vs Anne Keothavong
Casey Dellacqua vs Aleksandra Wozniak
Tzipora Obziler vs [6]Alizé Cornet

Not a very difficult draw, Marion should be able to reach her second final of the year. She will have to stay cautious obviously but it's definitely doable. Allez, allez Marion !!!!

Super_Marion
Sep 15th, 2007, 07:09 PM
thanks Iceland :)

sharapovarulz1
Sep 15th, 2007, 07:49 PM
Thanks Iceland :) Looks like a fairly easy draw for Marion!

bruce goose
Sep 15th, 2007, 10:57 PM
Thanks Iceland :) Looks like a fairly easy draw for Marion! Yeah,you're right;it looks like her biggest threat might be Mirza who'll be playing on her home soil.Hantuchova is the top seed in the bottom half and she's made it to the Bali final this week,but Daniela appears to be such a gentle soul that she just can't maintain much intensity for longer than one tournament...if Marion makes it to the Kolkata final she'll probably defeat whomever her foe is.

Forgive me for not doing my homework,but I believe that there is a minimum number of tourneys that one must enter in order to be eligible for the YEC(it might not kick in until the 'Roadmap Plan 2010' is officially introduced).If this is true,then Serena might be shut out of the YEC unless she gets off her ass--and Marion would take her place.Though I don't care for her conniving,slimy ways,Serena IS excellent and I'd rather see her get motivated by a lower-limit rule so that she will focus more on tennis.Despite her virtually complete lack of class or sportmanship,she DOES add lots of drama to the women's game and she has forced others--such as Henin--to raise their commitment if they want to compete with her.It'd be better if Marion simply earned it through superior performance;however,it'd still be fun to watch her in Madrid if one of the Williams girls withdraws.

sharapovarulz1
Sep 16th, 2007, 12:03 AM
Yeah,you're right;it looks like her biggest threat might be Mirza who'll be playing on her home soil.Hantuchova is the top seed in the bottom half and she's made it to the Bali final this week,but Daniela appears to be such a gentle soul that she just can't maintain much intensity for longer than one tournament...if Marion makes it to the Kolkata final she'll probably defeat whomever her foe is.

Forgive me for not doing my homework,but I believe that there is a minimum number of tourneys that one must enter in order to be eligible for the YEC(it might not kick in until the 'Roadmap Plan 2010' is officially introduced).If this is true,then Serena might be shut out of the YEC unless she gets off her ass--and Marion would take her place.Though I don't care for her conniving,slimy ways,Serena IS excellent and I'd rather see her get motivated by a lower-limit rule so that she will focus more on tennis.Despite her virtually complete lack of class or sportmanship,she DOES add lots of drama to the women's game and she has forced others--such as Henin--to raise their commitment if they want to compete with her.It'd be better if Marion simply earned it through superior performance;however,it'd still be fun to watch her in Madrid if one of the Williams girls withdraws.

Marion has had some superior performances this year and getting to her first grand slam final at Wimbledon should put her in YEC alone in my opinion!

bruce goose
Sep 16th, 2007, 12:17 AM
Marion has had some superior performances this year and getting to her first grand slam final at Wimbledon should put her in YEC alone in my opinion!Like you said,Marion is a Wimbledon finalist and not too many women can claim that distinction.If she DOES make it to the YEC due to a withdrawal,no one will complain except for maybe McEnroe or Navratilova:rolleyes: ...still,it's not as special when you win a tourney on an injury walkover as it is when you defeat your opponent.In the same way,I'd prefer to see Marion make the Top 8 so that no 'experts' can utter their snide comments.Does that make sense?

sharapovarulz1
Sep 16th, 2007, 01:00 AM
Like you said,Marion is a Wimbledon finalist and not too many women can claim that distinction.If she DOES make it to the YEC due to a withdrawal,no one will complain except for maybe McEnroe or Navratilova:rolleyes: ...still,it's not as special when you win a tourney on an injury walkover as it is when you defeat your opponent.In the same way,I'd prefer to see Marion make the Top 8 so that no 'experts' can utter their snide comments.Does that make sense?

It does indeed :D

Super_Marion
Sep 16th, 2007, 06:28 AM
Marion has had some superior performances this year and getting to her first grand slam final at Wimbledon should put her in YEC alone in my opinion!

Also, Marion has played more tournaments this season than anyone else in the top 100! Sunfeast will be her 26th so far. She works harder than anyone on the tour, nevermind the top 8 or 10..... So I dont wanna hear another word from anyone "weight." :mad:

sharapovarulz1
Sep 16th, 2007, 11:21 AM
Also, Marion has played more tournaments this season than anyone else in the top 100! Sunfeast will be her 26th so far. She works harder than anyone on the tour, nevermind the top 8 or 10..... So I dont wanna hear another word from anyone "weight." :mad:

More than Jankovic? Thats hilarious because Jankovic is already having a meltdown and Marion is fine!

Super_Marion
Sep 16th, 2007, 03:19 PM
More than Jankovic? Thats hilarious because Jankovic is already having a meltdown and Marion is fine!

See for yaself.. Janko played 22
www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/2/rankings/race/singles.asp

course gotta factor into how many actual matches the players are playing.

Bartoli's Boy
Sep 16th, 2007, 06:22 PM
Good luck Mar!

Oh and btw, does anyone else think the music on the Sunfeast Open site is awesome? :rocker2: Haha. http://www.sunfeastopen.com/

sharapovarulz1
Sep 16th, 2007, 07:30 PM
See for yaself.. Janko played 22
www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/2/rankings/race/singles.asp

course gotta factor into how many actual matches the players are playing.

Very nice indeed :worship:

cometz9
Sep 17th, 2007, 04:51 AM
Go Marion!!! Time to win your first title of 2007 :rocker2:

Iceland
Sep 17th, 2007, 09:13 PM
Yep :yeah:.

Marion plays her first match tomorrow. Good luck !
BTW Mirza & Cornet withdrew, so the part of the draw becomes really easy. Marion should reach the final without any damages. A place in the top 10 is at stake :).

sharapovarulz1
Sep 17th, 2007, 10:06 PM
Go Marion :)

Sund7101
Sep 18th, 2007, 02:29 AM
Marion's draw has really opened up, she should be able to gain some crucial points here heading into the YEC.

Go Marion Go :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

UDACHi
Sep 18th, 2007, 02:32 AM
marion really should win her first title of the year without trouble this week, especially if she plays the way she did at the us open. i am hoping to see her keep up her top ten form throughout the remainder of the year.

Iceland
Sep 18th, 2007, 10:15 AM
Marion is in the ALT list for Luxembourg. She will really try to win as much points as possible to get into the YEC. I just hope she doesn't tire herself.

If she doesn't enter the field thanks to withdrawals, she should secure one WC.

BartoliBabes
Sep 18th, 2007, 03:59 PM
c'mon mar! 'allez, allez!'

sharapovarulz1
Sep 18th, 2007, 05:15 PM
Marion is in the ALT list for Luxembourg. She will really try to win as much points as possible to get into the YEC. I just hope she doesn't tire herself.

If she doesn't enter the field thanks to withdrawals, she should secure one WC.

Thanks for the info :D

Iceland
Sep 18th, 2007, 05:25 PM
For the moment, Marion has not the greatest start ... She is led 4/1 by King :o.
I hope she manages to come back as she often did against young players like Errani or Govortsova.

Allez Marion, please enter the match !

Iceland
Sep 18th, 2007, 05:32 PM
Argh, very tough time for Marion, she wasted 3 game points & now she is led 5/1. I really wonder why she is sometimes so inconsistent. King is far from being a dangerous player ... Regroup Marion, you are a top 10 player now (almost).

Iceland
Sep 18th, 2007, 05:35 PM
Well 1/6 :unsure::o:tape:.

UDACHi
Sep 18th, 2007, 05:38 PM
embarrassing.
hopefully she can rebound.

Iceland
Sep 18th, 2007, 05:57 PM
3 BPs saved, 2 GPs wasted ... but Marion held for 2/1 :).

Iceland
Sep 18th, 2007, 06:17 PM
4/3 without break. Still no BP for Marion & on the other side, she saved plenty.
Allez!

UDACHi
Sep 18th, 2007, 06:23 PM
hopefully she can get the crucial break and finish this set off. :unsure:

this can either be a very good win or a very bad loss.

UDACHi
Sep 18th, 2007, 06:52 PM
this can either be a very good win or a very bad loss.

bad loss, it is.

marion really should stop coming to these tier 3 and tier 4 tournaments. they don't really do much for her game. she should be challenging for beijing this week, a very weak tier 2.

Jimmyconnors
Sep 18th, 2007, 07:10 PM
:sad: :sad: :sad: :sad:

sharapovarulz1
Sep 18th, 2007, 08:12 PM
Marion :sad:

Iceland
Sep 18th, 2007, 08:30 PM
Weird loss :(, it seems that she really struggles with matches she should easily win.

A big opportunity missed. She may put too much pressure on her with the YEC just as Safina did last year.

Good luck in Luxembourg ! :hug:

bruce goose
Sep 19th, 2007, 01:10 AM
Loyalty and love often co-exist,and one of their common traits is that they are faithful even in trying times.Although I don't LOVE Marion per se,I HAVE invested myself in her and wish to see her succeed.

Lost interest in James Bond a long time ago during my late youth;he's such a stupid joke of a hero with his absurd situations,and he's never in jeopardy because there's like a 0% chance that he'll die.Therefore,he's NOT one of us who faces real-life struggles in our everyday encounters.Marion is different...she's quite pretty but not so unbelievable that we can't relate to her.She's highly talented yet not so amazingly athletic that the game comes easily for her even when she's been away...THAT'S a big reason why it feels so natural to cheer for her.Marion,you MUST stop losing so frequently to the Vania Kings of this world.:mad: We are still in your corner,though.:)

Bartoli's Boy
Sep 19th, 2007, 01:53 AM
Awww Marion... :sad:

Alizé Molik
Sep 19th, 2007, 07:48 AM
uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu uugh.

Iceland
Sep 19th, 2007, 08:14 AM
Marion Bartoli était la tête de série n°1 du tournoi de Calcutta, mais ce statut n'a pas impressionné son adversaire, l'Américaine Vania King, 90e joueuse mondiale, qui s'est imposée mardi au premier tour en deux sets (6-1, 7-5).


La n°12 mondiale a payé ses trop nombreuses fautes directes, notamment au premier set où l'Américaine de 18 ans s'est facilement détachée. La Finaliste de Wimbledon avouait avoir eu du mal avec la surface : «La lenteur de la surface lui a donné plus de chances de renvoyer la balle, a-t-elle expliqué. Je ne l'avais jamais joué auparavant, je n'ai pas pu me préparer tactiquement.»

From L'Equipe.fr
____

Overall, they said that Marion lost because she made too many unforced errors. I remember that an Indian poster said that she missed after a 5 or 6 shots rally. Apparently, she struggled with the surface, she confessed that as the surface is very slow, her opponent had more opportunities to put the ball in the court. And as she didn't know her before, she didn't have chances to get prepared tactically.

Iceland
Sep 19th, 2007, 08:20 AM
Well, from what I understand, Marion hasn't worked enough for this tournament. Being a top 10 mustn't change her way of preparing the events. If she is there, it is thanks to a hard work. I can't believe that she got surprised by the surface, she has surely experienced it with trainings, right ?

Luxembourg should be a faster surface I think, I hope she can get into the draw. She will have to keep her best form because Daniela is accumumating easy points now and may overpass her.

Super_Marion
Sep 19th, 2007, 02:41 PM
Weird loss :(, it seems that she really struggles with matches she should easily win.

When Marion plays there are no hard opponents, and no easy opponents, just.. opponents. She is capable of beating the best, and losing to the least... never a dull moment!

Super_Marion
Sep 19th, 2007, 02:55 PM
Well, from what I understand, Marion hasn't worked enough for this tournament. Being a top 10 mustn't change her way of preparing the events. If she is there, it is thanks to a hard work. I can't believe that she got surprised by the surface, she has surely experienced it with trainings, right ?

Luxembourg should be a faster surface I think, I hope she can get into the draw. She will have to keep her best form because Daniela is accumumating easy points now and may overpass her.

From what I have read from online news reports and gleaned from the guys at tennis palace... The speed of the court appears to have been a factor.

It would be better if we could hear what Marion herself says about what happened.

sharapovarulz1
Sep 19th, 2007, 08:38 PM
I am guessing there are no after match interviews of Marion then?

Super_Marion
Sep 19th, 2007, 11:35 PM
dunno babe

Iceland
Sep 22nd, 2007, 09:10 AM
Ok, so Marion is for sure in Luxembourg MD, she has been added in the field while Dechy secured the last WC.
Here are the other contenders:

1. Ana Ivanovic (H2H 0-2)
2. Anna Chakvetadze (H2H 0-0)
3. Nadia Petrova (H2H 2-1)
4. Daniela Hantuchova (H2H 1-2)
5. MARION BARTOLI
6. Patty Schnyder (H2H 1-3)
7. Shahar Peer (H2H 1-5)
8. Tatiana Golovin (H2H 1-0)
9. Sybille Bammer (H2H 1-1)
10. Lucie Safarova (H2H 1-0)
11. Alona Bondarenko (H2H 0-0)
12. Francesca Schiavone (H2H 0-1)
13. Vera Zvonareva (H2H 1-4)
14. Agnieszka Radwanska (H2H 0-0)
15. Michaella Krajicek (H2H 2-0)
16. Viktoria Azarenka (H2H 0-1)
17. Emilie Loit (H2H 2-2)
18. Tamira Paszek (H2H 0-0)
19. Meghann Shaughnessy (H2H 2-1)
20. Meilen Tu (H2H 1-1)
21. Elena Bovina (H2H 0-1)
22. Sorana Cirstea (H2H 0-0)
23. Nathalie Dechy (H2H 1-1)
24. Anne Kremer (H2H 0-0)

+ 4 Q/ 4 BYE.

Actually, I am afraid of most of the girls here ... :unsure: There is no one Marion cannot beat, but she can clearly be beaten by anybody here. I hope she has a clement opponent to begin. I don't know how confident she will be when entering the court ... Everything depends on her.

Good luck Marion! :yeah:

Iceland
Sep 22nd, 2007, 08:32 PM
Luxembourg draw has been revealed today: not a great draw like Hantuchova but not a bad one either.

Anna Chakvetadze (1) vs BYE
Meilen Tu vs Julia Vakulenko
Sybille Bammer vs Tamira Paszek
Alona Bondarenko vs Marion Bartoli (5)

Daniela Hantuchova (4) vs BYE
Meghann Shaughnessy vs Q
Emilie Loit vs Q
Q vs Patty Schnyder (6)

Good luck Marion, go as far as possible and above all farther than Daniela! :bounce:

Iceland
Sep 22nd, 2007, 08:34 PM
I expect Alona to be tense as she is the title defender in Luxembourg. Marion has to put her under pressure!

bruce goose
Sep 22nd, 2007, 10:30 PM
Luxembourg draw has been revealed today: not a great draw like Hantuchova but not a bad one either.

Anna Chakvetadze (1) vs BYE
Meilen Tu vs Julia Vakulenko
Sybille Bammer vs Tamira Paszek
Alona Bondarenko vs Marion Bartoli (5)

Daniela Hantuchova (4) vs BYE
Meghann Shaughnessy vs Q
Emilie Loit vs Q
Q vs Patty Schnyder (6)

Good luck Marion, go as far as possible and above all farther than Daniela! :bounce:You're on the money in mentioning Daniela,in my opinion;I have a hunch,FAR from scientific,that Serena may blow off the YEC.It's NOT that Marion's incapable of overtaking her or others,but it certainly clears things up if that 'free' spot comes open.SW seems to have very sporadic motivation this year,and she might not be willing to make much effort after having her ego humiliated by Henin.Also,the smaller YEC field makes it that much more likely that the sisters will have to face each other early on for a place in the semis,and that tends to disturb both of them.

That leaves Hantuchova...like Marion she's quite inconsistent,but I'll give our girl the nod for greater intensity.If she can stay close to her best most of the way,then she SHOULD wind up higher than Daniela in the standings.

Super_Marion
Sep 23rd, 2007, 10:25 AM
That is a possibility. But i'm sure Marion will be aiming to qualify off her own back, not through withdrawals.

She shouldnt be intimidated by the FORTIS field. In a way i'm glad she is playing top 20 players. I know she can beat them. At least with FORTIS she know's the calibre, the players, she knows where the ground lies. Unlike banana skins such as Vania King and Sunfeast!

sharapovarulz1
Sep 23rd, 2007, 11:26 AM
Hmmm thats an iffy draw! But I have full faith in Marion :)

bruce goose
Sep 23rd, 2007, 02:13 PM
That is a possibility. But i'm sure Marion will be aiming to qualify off her own back, not through withdrawals.

She shouldnt be intimidated by the FORTIS field. In a way i'm glad she is playing top 20 players. I know she can beat them. At least with FORTIS she know's the calibre, the players, she knows where the ground lies. Unlike banana skins such as Vania King and Sunfeast!WOW!!So I EXIST again?:lol: Yes,one of my earlier posts echoes this same thought about Marion earning her way directly.However,since this WOULD be her first time at YEC,I'm hoping she makes it via any available route.Perhaps being surrounded by nothing but top-tier players would be a sort of epiphany for Marion,like:"So THIS is the level I need to maintain to be a champion..."

You probably know better than I how Marion typically fares versus first-time opponents(currently Allie Bondarenko).With the PREVIOUS first-time foe,Vania King,the results weren't good so...AUX ARMAS,MARION!!

Zombielicious
Sep 23rd, 2007, 04:32 PM
Good luck Mari! :)

Iceland
Sep 25th, 2007, 04:33 PM
Marion won 63 62 :woohoo: ! Fantastic performance against the defending champion, it's part of the very convincing victories of the year!
Great stats on serve with 3 aces and 75% of the points won after a first serve! She only got broken once :yeah:.

Nice way to rebounce after a very disappointing Kolkata! Sybille comes next, after the way Marion handled Alona, I am confident. She will have to be very consistent & accurate though. Good test before Chak.

Allez :banana:!

Zombielicious
Sep 25th, 2007, 04:53 PM
Great win for Marion! Good luck in the next round, Mari! :)

UDACHi
Sep 25th, 2007, 05:25 PM
what a terrible draw. :eek: two players ranked right around 20. :(
i do think these type of fields suit marion better than weak little tier 3 and tier 4 tournaments.
good luck vs. sybille. :kiss:

Iceland
Sep 26th, 2007, 07:42 AM
Marion after her win over Bondarenko:

September 25, 2007

http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/3/global/graphics/space.gifBartoli Ousts Bondarenko, Bammer Up Next


LUXEMBOURG, Luxembourg - In a clash between one of this year's breakout stars and the FORTIS Championships Luxembourg winner a year ago, it was the more recent form player that prevailed. No.5 seed Marion Bartoli overpowered an unseeded Alona Bondarenko on Tuesday as the first round continued at the Tier II indoor stop.


"It was a good match," Bartoli said. "I'm very happy with my performance and satisfied with winning in two sets. It was a good level of tennis. I knew coming in that every match would be tough, so I didn't set any goals for this week. But, my main objective for this season is to qualify for the Sony Ericsson Championships."

Awaiting Bartoli in the second round will be Sybille Bammer, who bounced Tamira Paszek earlier in the day, 60 62. They two women are 1-1 head to head, with the Frenchwoman winning in Sarasota qualifying four seasons ago and the Austrian winning last summer in Stanford. Both of those matches went to three sets.

"She is a very dangerous player," Bartoli said. "I'll have to be very focused and stay that way. I think I'll have my chances if I play like I did today."

Super_Marion
Sep 26th, 2007, 10:55 AM
great to hear Marion's own thoughts.

Nice work iceland :)

BartoliBabes
Sep 26th, 2007, 03:28 PM
wel done mar, fantastic result! keep it up!

Zombielicious
Sep 26th, 2007, 04:11 PM
Mari plays tommarow

COURT N°1
1:30 pm
Sybille BAMMER (AUT) vs Marion BARTOLI (FRA)
followed by
Klara ZAKOPALOVA (CZE) vs PATTY SCHNYDER (SUI)
followed by
Sorana CIRSTEA (ROU) / Yanina WYCKMAYER (BEL) vs Victoria AZARENKA (BLR) / Shahar PEER (ISR)
followed by
Yung-Yan CHAN (TPE) / Meghann SHAUGHNESSY (USA)vs Vera DUSHEVINA (RUS) / Tatiana PEREBIYNIS (UKR)

Good luck honey! Show her what your made of! :):yeah:

Bartoli's Boy
Sep 26th, 2007, 10:36 PM
Good win over Bondarenko, go Marion! :D Good luck tomorrow.

Alizé Molik
Sep 26th, 2007, 10:49 PM
come on Marion!! Bammer is surely beatable if she's back on a court that she's comfortable on.

sharapovarulz1
Sep 27th, 2007, 11:47 AM
Good luck against Bammer she shouldn't be to hard to overcome :)

Bartoli's Boy
Sep 27th, 2007, 01:14 PM
Why must they show Chakvetadze on Eurosport :crying2: Anyway, good start, Marion leads 6-2, 4-4 in the second. Come on Mar!

Iceland
Sep 27th, 2007, 01:24 PM
Marion wasted a MP and now has to hold for a 6/5 lead in the second set... Very tight match now!

Iceland
Sep 27th, 2007, 01:27 PM
62 65 for Marion :). I hope she can win without TB & 3rd set.
Allez, break for the match!

Bartoli's Boy
Sep 27th, 2007, 01:33 PM
:bounce: Hurray, she wins 6-2, 7-5 :bounce:

Iceland
Sep 27th, 2007, 01:41 PM
I'm very proud of her, Sybille was definitely a tricky opponent especially after the way she destroyed the poor Tamira.
I am glad of the way she fought in the second set staying each time at Sybille's contact. She saved one GP to go to 5/3 and one BP to go to 5/4. :worship:
Still 7DFs, she will have to cut down her errors if she wants to beat Chakvetadze. But Sybille was a kind of good test to prepare the next match.

Allez Marion :banana:!

Super_Marion
Sep 27th, 2007, 01:47 PM
I'm proud of her too. :) great win.

Zombielicious
Sep 27th, 2007, 03:10 PM
Mmm. Delicious win for Mari!! :):bounce: It was hard, but she overcame it and that is wonderful.

Good luck in the next round babeh! :)

UDACHi
Sep 27th, 2007, 07:00 PM
sybille has played some great tennis this year. so we have two solid wins over players ranked right around twenty. she should be ready for a tough one with chakvetadze. she'll have to be on top of her game to take that one.

Zombielicious
Sep 27th, 2007, 11:33 PM
CENTER COURT 02.00 PM
- Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) vs Patty Schnyder (SUI)
- Anna Chakvetadze (RUS) vs Marion Bartoli (FRA) - NB 04.00 PM - Ana Ivanovic (SRB) vs Tatiana Golovin (FRA) - NB 06.30 PM

Good luck tommarow Marion!! Show 'em what you got!

sharapovarulz1
Sep 28th, 2007, 11:13 AM
Good luck today Marion it's going to be a tough match but she can pull this off :)

Iceland
Sep 28th, 2007, 05:06 PM
Marion won :sobbing:, fantastic victory, it's her third top 5 upset :yeah:. I saw nothing of the match, but she has surely played great! I am so happy for her, she really believes in herself and stayed so strong mentally!!

On t'aime Marion !:hearts:

Zombielicious
Sep 28th, 2007, 05:18 PM
6-4 4-6 6-4 for Mari!

How AMAZING!?! :sobbing::yeah:

Good luck in the semis hun!

up!
Sep 28th, 2007, 06:42 PM
Come on Marion ! She will have to beat one of her most serious rival for the YEC qualification: Daniela Hantuchova ! A win is due if she wants to go to Madrid ...

UDACHi
Sep 28th, 2007, 07:24 PM
wow! who woulda thunk marion has a real shot at yec this year!? :banana:

great win. hantuchova would be a huge win for rankings/confidence/etc.

Zombielicious
Sep 28th, 2007, 10:40 PM
In the very same amount of time, No.5 seed Bartoli pulled off the biggest upset of the tournament, battling past No.1 seed Anna Chakvetadze in another thriller, 64 46 64. Facing Chakvetadze for the very first time Bartoli came out firing, a break in the third game of the match being all she needed to secure the opening set and another one in the third game of the second giving her a 6-4, 3-1 lead.

Chakvetadze, who recently became the newest member of the world's Top 5 after a remarkably consistent season (this was her 13th quarterfinal of the year), held her nerve and mounted an impressive comeback, capturing that set and staying even through 3-3 in the third. But her opponent again pulled out a critical break of serve at that juncture and held her serve the rest of the way.

"It was a very good match - I think the fans really appreciated the great level of tennis, not only from our match, but from the previous one as well," Bartoli said. "I think the key to my victory was being aggressive and stepping in after Anna's second serve. I hope that I can recuperate well enough for tomorrow. I'll have to take my chances and I hope it's a good match."

:)

Super_Marion
Sep 28th, 2007, 11:04 PM
After the way Chak played in SF of US Open, I felt sure that Marion had the nerve and the ability to win.

Well done Marion :) Plenty of pasta, rest, and sleep, for you tonight.

Good luck for tommorrows match!

Alizé Molik
Sep 29th, 2007, 07:48 AM
GAH! Now Marion has a serious chance of making the final and possibly winning a tier 2 title! Why not after beating the number 1 seed?

god I hope she beats Dani and overtakes her in the ranking again...but Marion will have to be careful because Hantuchova is just as likely to be 6-0 5-0 0-40 down and win as she is to loose in the same way, it all depends on how she plays.

Schnyderfreak
Sep 29th, 2007, 09:42 AM
ALLEZ MARION!!:bounce: :bounce: Do your thing against Dani.:devil:
this is a straight fight for ranking as well as getting another final

got some pics but am a poor photographer:o

http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/ff266/Johndj5/P9250376.jpg

http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/ff266/Johndj5/P9250377.jpg

http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/ff266/Johndj5/P9250382.jpg

Bartoli's Boy
Sep 29th, 2007, 01:39 PM
:sad: Daniela was just too good. Everytime Marion started to make a comeback, she got broken again the next game. It was so frustrating to watch and Marion obviously felt the same way playing. :sad:

Super_Marion
Sep 29th, 2007, 03:18 PM
Tired Marion :sad:

I suspected that after yesterdays match it was going to be difficult to turn it on again today.

Just a pity she lost to Hantu ranking-wise. But I proud of her performances this week. She should play more Teir 2 and Teir 1 tournaments.

Super_Marion
Sep 29th, 2007, 03:31 PM
Hey Shnyderfreak, check ya pm.

Zombielicious
Sep 29th, 2007, 04:18 PM
She did very good in this tournament and I am proud. :hug:

Schnyderfreak
Sep 29th, 2007, 07:38 PM
Marion gave everything she had yesterday against Chakve, so maybe this was expectable.

If she played her normal game of spreading the balls across the court with acute angles and returning serve with winners (her thing!!) Dani wouldn't have won like this ,although she was playing well with strong serves and good cross court action
Good tournament for Marion and good luck in Stuttgart. ALLEZ MARION !!

Iceland
Sep 29th, 2007, 08:21 PM
Quite expected indeed after this fantastic fight against Anna :sad:, fitness is still an issue for Marion. But this has been an excellent week, by far, the best one since Wimbledon :). Hope it continues in Stuttgart! Does anyone know if she will be seeded?

Iceland
Sep 29th, 2007, 09:36 PM
I have checked and sadly Marion won't be seeded in the German tournament. It will be a hell if she wants to reach another QF, but with Marion, everything is possible :worship:.
On a numerical side, Marion will lose 120 points next week from her final in Tokyo (:help:) and Hantuchova only 55. Anyway, what matters is this qualification for the YEC, Marion can do it ... but it will be so hard! Apparently, Sharapova is out till the end of the year and Marion is "only" at 550 points from her. I expect Venus or Serena to withdraw (the best would be both :tape:) .. so Marion has a chance! I'm sure she will fight for it :).

Go, go Marion!!!

Schnyderfreak
Sep 29th, 2007, 09:52 PM
I have checked and sadly Marion won't be seeded in the German tournament. It will be a hell if she wants to reach another QF, but with Marion, everything is possible :worship:.
On a numerical side, Marion will lose 120 points next week from her final in Tokyo (:help:) and Hantuchova only 55. Anyway, what matters is this qualification for the YEC, Marion can do it ... but it will be so hard! Apparently, Sharapova is out till the end of the year and Marion is "only" at 550 points from her. I expect Venus or Serena to withdraw (the best would be both :tape:) .. so Marion has a chance! I'm sure she will fight for it :).

Go, go Marion!!!

iN that case losing today which off course wasn't planned isn't that bad cuy she can recuperate to be fit on tuesday.
She didn't have easy matches at all this week facing A.Bondarenko, Bammer, chakvetadze and Hantuchova so that says enough abt her performace this week.
let's hope next week she has a easier start into the tournament so she can be better in the later stages.it would be great if she made it to Madrid!!!!!!!!!!!! but let's take it one tournament at a time for now!
ALLEZ MARION!!

Iceland
Sep 29th, 2007, 10:09 PM
iN that case losing today which off course wasn't planned isn't that bad cuy she can recuperate to be fit on tuesday.
She didn't have easy matches at all this week facing A.Bondarenko, Bammer, chakvetadze and Hantuchova so that says enough abt her performace this week.
let's hope next week she has a easier start into the tournament so she can be better in the later stages.it would be great if she made it to Madrid!!!!!!!!!!!! but let's take it one tournament at a time for now!
ALLEZ MARION!!

Yeah that's what I think, it may not be bad at all. It just puts in highlight that Marion has to improve her fitness to be able to play two long matches in a row, it's the only disappointing part of the story. Otherwise you're right, it's better for her to have those two days rest :).
I just hope she faces some WC or Q to begin and that she has Petrova in her QF :drool:.

We will have the answer tomorrow!

Super_Marion
Sep 29th, 2007, 11:35 PM
I think Williams, Henin, anyone, would have found it hard to come out and perform their best after that mammoth duel Marion had just 20 hours earlier.

I question this stuff about Marion not being fit enough. Besides, it's hard to be fit enough to play a full week against top twenty players on the back of some day 1 exits.

And hey, Marion looks fit to me. tehe :angel:

Iceland
Sep 30th, 2007, 09:59 AM
I think Williams, Henin, anyone, would have found it hard to come out and perform their best after that mammoth duel Marion had just 20 hours earlier.

I question this stuff about Marion not being fit enough. Besides, it's hard to be fit enough to play a full week against top twenty players on the back of some day 1 exits.

And hey, Marion looks fit to me. tehe :angel:

Yes, you're right on certain points! Marion is not unfit at all, but I still think that if she wants to secure one Tier II title, she has to improve her physical form because you have to beat top 20 players to get one. Hantuchova also had a very difficult QF against Patty (won 63 57 75) and she still managed to crush Marion. That's what I want Mar' to do the next times ;).

BTW, Hantuchova has really been lucky with draws being ranked one spot over Marion. She had a BYE in Lux and now is seeded in Stuttgart. Easier way for her to go to Madrid :(.

Super_Marion
Sep 30th, 2007, 10:19 AM
Well you said it yourself chillboy

Super_Marion
Sep 30th, 2007, 10:24 AM
and she is having the best season of her career so far.. not just in one slam, but in all of them :cool:

Iceland
Sep 30th, 2007, 10:28 AM
Well you said it yourself chillboy

Just because I am unbearable being too demanding :lol:.
The next times, Marion will crush Chakvetadze in two sets and will win her first title of the year :rocker2:.

Nah honestly I don't think Marion is unfit, she just can improve her form from fit to very fit. I don't want her to look like Henin who has a very strict diet during the year, but it's sad to see her losing this way in two sets without having expressed her talent on court.
God, I will ask Marion for too much :lol:!
No really I will thank & praise her for having improved so much during thr year, we just can't be unhappy as fans :).

Merci Marion :hearts:!

Iceland
Sep 30th, 2007, 10:30 AM
and she is having the best season of her career so far.. not just in one slam, but in all of them :cool:

Yes completely! And she could have even gove farther in the US if she were in the bottom draw! Fast surfaces are really made for Marion ;).

Iceland
Sep 30th, 2007, 02:31 PM
Marion's draw in Stuttgart:


Ana Ivanovic (5) vs Patty Schnyder
Q vs Q
Tatiana Golovin vs Martina Müller
Anna Chakvetadze (4) vs BYE

Serena Williams (8) vs Elena Bovina
Q vs Julia Görges
Marion Bartoli vs Agnieszka Radwanska
Svetlana Kuznetsova (2) vs BYE


As weird as it may seem, I am very happy with her draw. Aga is a tough opponent for a first round but at least, she is more beatable than a seed or than Patty, Amélie or Elena. Marion has the shots to overpower her, but she will have the right challenge to prepare a fight against Kuznetsova.

As regards our new 2nd player in the world, I am quite optimistic for Marion:
- Svetlana sucks indoors.
- Marion has just reached a SF and is playing extremely well whereas Svetlana won't have any references.
- Pressure on Svetlana as the US Open finalist.

Go, go Marion!!! Get into the QF please! :D:bounce:

Super_Marion
Sep 30th, 2007, 02:46 PM
Sure, Marion could Marionate the whole entry list. That's not hubris innit... That's just Marion Bartoli.

Mari doesnt have a h2h with Aga does she?

Mari can beat Sveta. But one match at a time, Radwanska is a talented young player.

As I say, It doesnt matter whether her opponent is ranked #1 or #100, Mari can win or lose against anyone.

Zombielicious
Sep 30th, 2007, 04:14 PM
Come on MARI! :)

Kick some ass plz. :)

sharapovarulz1
Sep 30th, 2007, 09:15 PM
Good luck Marion :)

Lets do some damage!

Schnyderfreak
Oct 1st, 2007, 09:29 AM
:bounce: Allez Marion!! let's make a fresh start this tournament by beating another talent in the first round.:devil:
let's Marionate this talent with some Bartoli game and see what she's made of :bounce:

Here are some other pics from Luxemburg.

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Super_Marion
Oct 1st, 2007, 05:51 PM
ouch.. that arrow aches sweetly. :angel:

thank you shnyderfreak :hug:

Iceland
Oct 1st, 2007, 08:38 PM
Marion is first on CC tomorrow at 2p.m, the match will be broadcast on Eurosport :yeah:.
Sadly I will be at the university at that time :sobbing:.
Allez!

Zombielicious
Oct 1st, 2007, 09:41 PM
Good luck tommarow Mari! Kick some ass babe!

Alizé Molik
Oct 2nd, 2007, 07:50 AM
hopefully Nouf will get the match if it is being broadcast!

dulkogii
Oct 2nd, 2007, 02:46 PM
Marion lost 6-0 1-6 2-6

Iceland
Oct 2nd, 2007, 04:08 PM
Horrible, just a nightmare. I am so sick of these bad losses. :sad:

Zombielicious
Oct 2nd, 2007, 04:23 PM
I just... can't believe it... :speakles:

She just HAD that first set! What happened? Did Radwanska just outplay her? Or maybe she was just tired from Luxembourg...

:sad: Just a very horrible loss for Mari. I don't know what this will do to her confidence... At least she have a chance to rest and train now.

Iceland
Oct 2nd, 2007, 04:41 PM
It is her birthday today, how sad to lose her hope to play in YEC on this special day :sad::hug:.
Bon anniversaire still Marion ;).

Schnyderfreak
Oct 2nd, 2007, 08:41 PM
:sobbing: pity you couldn't Marionate this one :sobbing: looked like weird turnaround. Icould'nt folow it anyway cuz I had to work and my internet is once again letting me down :rolleyes: posting at a friend here.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARION !! At least now you have time to celebrate it properly !

Just Do It
Oct 2nd, 2007, 09:50 PM
What a match :spit:

Zombielicious
Oct 2nd, 2007, 09:58 PM
Have a very very happy birthday Marion! We love you! :hug::hearts::inlove:

Super_Marion
Oct 2nd, 2007, 11:18 PM
Scunnered. Gutted.

Super_Marion
Oct 2nd, 2007, 11:22 PM
Have a very very happy birthday Marion! We love you! :hug::hearts::inlove:
Yes, we do. No matter the result. No matter what anyone else says. We believe in you Marion.

bruce goose
Oct 4th, 2007, 10:33 PM
No loyal fan jumps ship when the chips are down(nor do they EVER,for that matter),but my concern is for Marion's confidence.FORGET the skeptics...the question is:will she wonder HERSELF if Wimbledon was only a hot streak unless she gets some victories over Top 10 foes soon? She's already crossed a few thresholds;can she take the next step toward being a semi-regular quarterfinalist at Tier 1s and Slams?Her run at qualifying for the YEC might give all of us some answers.

Super_Marion
Oct 4th, 2007, 11:53 PM
erm, are you aware she defeated Chaky last week? #5.

bruce goose
Oct 5th, 2007, 03:23 AM
erm, are you aware she defeated Chaky last week? #5. Yes,I know...nor did I forget her impressive spanking of Luxembourg defending champ Allie Bondarenko.However,it seems that the substandard losses such as the ones to King and Radwanska have become commonplace lately...I'm wondering if nerves play a part.Last year Schiavone was on the verge of becoming the first Italian top 10 performer(#11)when she suddenly began collapsing versus ITF-caliber performers.You've cited Marion's inconsistency but I'm wondering if it's something else....Incidentally,I get a strange pleasure in no longer being an Orwellian 'non-person' in your world.:lol: Also,your Brit cousin,Katie O'Brien,actually made it to a tour quarterfinal---when you combine that with Keothavong's semi in Kolkata it's like a British tennis renaissance;)

Super_Marion
Oct 6th, 2007, 05:30 AM
non person... my world.... wuuuuuuuuu..... ???

bruce goose
Oct 6th, 2007, 06:57 PM
non person... my world.... wuuuuuuuuu..... ???My sincere hope is that there is at least a trace of pleasure in your bewilderment at my odd phraseology...it sure has been lots of fun:bounce: :D hearing from YOU again even when the message is delivered in your sometimes-stuffy Brit manner....By the way,you should type a little more slowly;in re your 'Marion's Schedule' entry,Kremlin is a TIER 1 event,not a 'TEIR' 1.It was surely a typo but,if you kept this up,you might get people thinking that you're a dim-witted Cockney:lol: .

Also,Serena got her ass kicked in 70 minutes in Germany because of her 'errors'--in HER feeble,cult-twisted mind,that means that Svet didn't deserve to win but the reality is that SW wasn't skilled or disciplined enough to place her shots within play...translation:LOOOOOSER.I think that she's still psyched out by her losses to Henin and it simply re-surfaced against a challenging opponent.If a similar sequence transpires in Moscow,then she'll probably quit for the rest of the year(she'll cite some deadly injury such as 'tangled nostril hairs').Although the sports fan in me strongly agrees with you that it would be nicer if Marion didn't BACK in to the YEC,I'd like to see make it somehow so that she can mentally measure herself with the elite players.In other words,"What must I do to reach and maintain this level of play?"

Zombielicious
Oct 6th, 2007, 10:25 PM
Kremlin Cup Main Draw

S. Kuznetsova - BYE
G. Dulko - S. Mirza
E. Daniilidu - V. Dushevina
A. Bondarenko - M. Bartoli
S. Williams -BYE
M. Krajicek - Qualifier
E. Vesnina - Qualifier
N. Vaidisova - Qualifier
A. Mauresmo - V. Zvonareva
M. Kirilenko - A. Radwanska
M. Muller - D. Safina
A. Chakvetadze - BYE
P. Schnyder - E. Loit
E. Dementieva - Qualifier
V. Azarenka - S. Bammer
M. Sharapova - BYE

Allez Marion!

Iceland
Oct 7th, 2007, 08:45 PM
She plays tomorrow, allez! :D
I like this draw even though she was an awful record against Dushevina. Kuznetsova is very beatable, even though it won't be easy.

This quick surface will be on Marion's side! :)

Zombielicious
Oct 7th, 2007, 09:08 PM
Good luck tomarow Marion! :)

Iceland
Oct 8th, 2007, 02:31 PM
Marion won 62 75 against Bondarenko, I am very happy she went through because the second set began to be highly tense. After a nice lead to 62 42, Marion started to struggle on serve ... she won a very tough game to give her 5/4, saving 2 BPs and after, it went better. She received treatment for a blister at 6/5 though.

My bet is that Marion is tired. I just hope she reaches QF to get more points under her belt for next year. She faces Dushevina and has as well all know an awful record against this average girl. Last loss was a heartbreaking one for Marion. I hope she crushes her cleanly.

Allez :banana:!

Zombielicious
Oct 8th, 2007, 03:01 PM
Great win for Marion even through the sticky second set. Hopefully she can find time to rest up. :)

Good luck in the next round Mari!

Schnyderfreak
Oct 8th, 2007, 04:00 PM
ALLEZ MARION!!! :bounce:
Great to have beaten her again in such a short time.I hope that blister heals well.I hope you have one day rest to prepare yourself for the Dushevina match. This is a great moment to turn that record around against her at home soil.

Just Do It
Oct 8th, 2007, 07:34 PM
Nice win :)

Super_Marion
Oct 9th, 2007, 08:18 AM
Great win Marion. Good luck against Dushevina.

Hope Marion gets at least 48 hours between matches anyway.

Zombielicious
Oct 9th, 2007, 07:25 PM
Marion plays tommarow:

Court 2

Start Time 11:00 Men, Singles, Main Draw
8 Kohlschreiber Philipp (GER)
Cilic Marin (CRO)


followed by Women, Singles, Main Draw
Dushevina Vera (RUS)
5 Bartoli Marion (FRA)


followed by Women, Doubles, Main Draw
Benesova Iveta
Voskoboeva Galina (CZE)
(RUS)
Daniilidou Eleni
Woehr Jasmin (GRE)
(GER)


Good luck tommarow Mari! Do your best! :)

Iceland
Oct 9th, 2007, 08:09 PM
Good luck Marion :D! Hope she is in form, she looked so exhausted at the end of her match against Alona.

Schnyderfreak
Oct 9th, 2007, 09:21 PM
ALLEZ MARION!!
Good luck against Dushevina tommorrow!!!!
Time to settle a score ey?:devil:

Iceland
Oct 10th, 2007, 12:53 PM
No YEC for sure for Marion :sobbing:. She lost in a pitiful way against Dushevina "zero talent" 26 60 64 :rolleyes::help:.
I guess she is really tired, because she is losing once again after having easily won the first set. I would prefer her to end her season after Zurich and to prepare 2008 without being down on herself.
Because those pathetic shows may destroy her confidence. Three bad losses this fall (King, Radwanska -in the way it happened because Aga is a very smart player- & now Dushevina).

Regroup please, marion :hug:.

Schnyderfreak
Oct 10th, 2007, 04:48 PM
No YEC for sure for Marion :sobbing:. She lost in a pitiful way against Dushevina "zero talent" 26 60 64 :rolleyes::help:.
I guess she is really tired, because she is losing once again after having easily won the first set. I would prefer her to end her season after Zurich and to prepare 2008 without being down on herself.
Because those pathetic shows may destroy her confidence. Three bad losses this fall (King, Radwanska -in the way it happened because Aga is a very smart player- & now Dushevina).

Regroup please, marion :hug:.

I agree there. It's a pity not to qualify for the YEC,but it should not ruin her great season!!
It could be a good idea to end the season after Zurich get a good rest, enjoy last season and then make a good start for next season working on the weak spots in her game.
the way this season went after wimbledon shows she IS able to perform at the highest level and live up to expectations.

Zombielicious
Oct 10th, 2007, 05:46 PM
A simply terrible loss for Mari... and yes, I agree with you guys. It will give her time to rest and practice. You had an amazing season Marion and you will for sure make YEC next year! :hug:

bruce goose
Oct 10th, 2007, 10:44 PM
A simply terrible loss for Mari... and yes, I agree with you guys. It will give her time to rest and practice. You had an amazing season Marion and you will for sure make YEC next year! :hug: Maybe you guys are right...after all,Marion HAS played an exhaustive schedule,so perhaps that accounts for her up-and-down play.Either physical OR mental fatigue is tough to overcome,but it's extra challenging when both of them set in on someone.Let's see how she fares in the '08 Aussie Open:D !

Bartoli's Boy
Oct 10th, 2007, 11:34 PM
Aww :sad: I feel really bad for Marion not being able to reach her goal of getting to the YEC. She should look at all the positives since around the FO until now, which is that she has beaten lots of top players. Unfortunately, the negatives would be losing to all these not-so-good players. It's a real rollercoaster ride, isn't it? :crying2:

We still love her though. :inlove:

Zombielicious
Oct 11th, 2007, 12:35 AM
Of course! Your fans will always love you Mari! We're always cheering for you, through the good times and the bad.

:yeah::hug:

Alizé Molik
Oct 11th, 2007, 10:11 PM
ugh, Marion has always been prone to long spells of really bad losses before she starts to play well again, it's something that has always annoyed me about her. I feel like she should play Québec before the end of the year...if only to save some of those points.

Super_Marion
Oct 13th, 2007, 04:10 PM
Well Marion is playing Zurich, and is provisionally down for Linz and Quebec. But nothing confirmed. Mathematically it's possible for her to qualify. But admittedly a very long shot

Iceland
Oct 13th, 2007, 08:58 PM
The draw of Zurich is out:

Jelena Jankovic (3) vs BYE
Nicole Vaidisova vs Katarina Srebotnik
Alona Bondarenko vs Timea Bacsinszky (WC)
Marion Bartoli vs Amélie Mauresmo (8)

Tough first round, extremely tough because Amélie will make her work if she wants to get the win. Of course, she is out of form and confidence, but she is physically superior to our Marion. If this goes in three set, Amélie has huge chances to get through. On a more positive note, Marion will be extremely motivated by this encounter, all the more so as the FFT gave the first rank of the French rankings to both girls (Amélie has doen nothing this year! :o). At least, the 2nd match will be more clement after ... but one thing at a time ;).

Very interesting match anyway. I hope we'll see it live! :D

Good luck Marion!!! :bounce:

bruce goose
Oct 13th, 2007, 10:59 PM
As a few 'Marionettes' have already commented on,it's DEFINITELY more prestigious to gain direct entry into the YEC instead of benefitting from a withdrawal.However,I have a decent-sized hunch that one of the Williams sisters will skip this event after chatting it over amongst each other.Other than the Slams,they tend to strenuously avoid playing one another and neither likes the prospect of knocking off her sis to end the year....If my suspicion is correct,then Marion need only catch up to the inconsistent Hantuchova to reach #9 in the YEC standings....I'd really like to see how Marion would fare in this elite tourney.:)

Iceland
Oct 14th, 2007, 11:42 AM
Marion won't be in top 10 again next week just for one point :lol:. Elena will be back where she belongs though, Marion has still to prove herself in my opinion, she will have to work harder for it. I just hope she will be fresher physically and that above all she will stop playing every week. Here is the reason why she is so inconsistent. It helps her when she is out of confidence, but this is clearly not the case!

Another thing that scares me is that Serena will probably withdraw from Zürich and Marion is next to be seeded ... If she replaces her, she will have Patty in first round and then Dementieva in the 2nd :help:.

Iceland
Oct 14th, 2007, 12:28 PM
Apparently, Marion will be the 9th seed to replace Ana Ivanovic who got moved to the 4th seed due to Sharapova's late withdrawal.
If so, she has a Q in R1 and then Mirza (:unsure:) or Krajicek (...). Easy on paper, but with Marion's tiredness, it will be hard.

Iceland
Oct 14th, 2007, 04:12 PM
It's confirmed, Marion takes Ana's place.

Here is the new draw:

Marion Bartoli (9) vs Q/LL
Sania Mirza vs Michaella Krajicek (WC)
Maria Kirilenko (WC) vs Tatiana Golovin
Ana Ivanovic (5) vs BYE

Marion has a shot to reach the QF at least, it's really up to her if she is fit enough. I hope she won't disappoint us. She can still make it to YEC by the way, she will be 11th next Monday as Dementieva is back in the competition. With Maria very unlikely to play, Marion's chances are still existing! :) Venus is not that far as well.

Allez Marion, we are with you!

Zombielicious
Oct 14th, 2007, 08:29 PM
Good luck Mari!

Schnyderfreak
Oct 15th, 2007, 09:47 AM
ALLEZ MARION!!
Good luck in Zurich!

Alizé Molik
Oct 15th, 2007, 12:07 PM
COURAGE MARION! t'est presque là!!!

Iceland
Oct 15th, 2007, 03:44 PM
Marion plays tomorrow on CC against .... Peng Shuai :o:help:. Very tough match for Marion, I am quite pessimistic. This match should be shown on ES, but I will be at uni once again! ^^

Good luck!

Schnyderfreak
Oct 15th, 2007, 07:43 PM
Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Centre Court (from 14.00hrs)

1. Bartoli vs. Peng ALLEZ!! :bounce: :bounce:

2. Daniilidou vs. Mauresmo
3. S.Williams vs. Schnyder (NB 17.50hrs)
4. Safina vs. Hantuchova (NB 10.30hrs)

Court 2 (from 13.00hrs)
1. Peschke/Stubbs vs. Kirilenko/Vesnina
2. Knapp vs. Zvonareva (NB 14.00hrs)
3. Bammer vs. K.Bondarenko
4. A.Radwanska vs. Peer
5. Husarova/Zvonareva vs. Srebotnik/Sugiyama (NB 19.00hrs)

Yes this is a very tough draw indeed. Beating peng means playing the winner of Mirza/ Krajicek which is no walk over either and then to play Ana Ivanovic :sad: If she reaches this QF it would be a very good achievement.
CMON MARION!! GIVE EVERYTHING TO WIN :bounce: :bounce:

Zombielicious
Oct 15th, 2007, 07:44 PM
Good luck Mari! Do your best tommarow!

Schnyderfreak
Oct 16th, 2007, 03:07 PM
:woohoo: Marion won with 6-7(4) 6-1 6-0 :woohoo:
After a tough first set somebody got marionated if I'm allowed to use the term :lol:

Iceland
Oct 16th, 2007, 05:36 PM
Too bad that she didn't manage to win in 2 sets, apparently she had her chances in the first having a ball for a 5/2 lead ... but she came back strong & motivated :yeah:. I have to say that I didn't expect this victory and I am very pleased with it :).

I hope she plays on Thursday now. Good luck :bounce:!

Bartoli's Boy
Oct 16th, 2007, 05:49 PM
Wow, well done Marion! :bigclap:

UDACHi
Oct 16th, 2007, 05:50 PM
this is a very strong win. marion should feel confident in her game with the beatdown after the first two sets. she seems to love blowing leads in the first set of every match, though. :o

krajicek should be much too weak for marion. anything less than a quarterfinal would be surprising.

Zombielicious
Oct 16th, 2007, 06:11 PM
Allez Mari! :)

Iceland
Oct 16th, 2007, 06:57 PM
Oh God, no! She is playing tomorrow at 2p.m and on Court 2 :mad:. We'll have Dementieva again on ES :o.
God luck Marion!

Schnyderfreak
Oct 16th, 2007, 07:04 PM
yeah this sucks indeed :fiery:
She should be able to beat Misa but Marion is a bit inconsistent lately.
Nevermind just fight for Victory Marion!!

:clap2: :clap2: AAAAALLLLEEEEEEEZZZZZ :clap2: :clap2:

Zombielicious
Oct 16th, 2007, 09:25 PM
Mari plays tommarow!

Court 2


14:00 2. Runde Einzel
Marion Bartoli (FRA) vs.
Michaella Krajicek (NED)

anschliessend 1. Runde Doppel
Dechy (FRA)/Safina (RUS) vs.
Molik (AUS)/Santangelo (ITA)


nicht vor 17:00 1. Runde Doppel
Medina Garrigues (ESP)/Pennetta (ITA) vs.
Hantuchova (SVK)/Peer (ISR)


anschliessend 1. Runde Doppel
Peng (CHN)/Tu (USA) vs.
Mirza (IND)/Schnyder (SUI)


nicht vor 19:30 1. Runde Doppel
Chan (TPE)/Chuang (TPE) vs.
Bondarenko (UKR)/Dushevina (RUS)

Good luck!

Iceland
Oct 17th, 2007, 01:59 PM
Despite the few time granted to her to have rest, Marion wins today 64 61 against Misa in 98minutes :).
It just confirms the fact that Marion is in great form on fast surfaces :yeah:. Now, she has 110pts in her pocket to consolidate her potential 9th position in top 10 and above all, she gives a new momentum to her YEC hopes!

The bad point today was a very low percentage of first serves: 50% is too little, but as she was serious on 2nd serves, she managed to compensate a bit...

Allez, Marion, good luck in QF!

Zombielicious
Oct 17th, 2007, 02:23 PM
Allez Mari! So glad she got through this round okay. :)

Yay for QFs and for the YEC. :)

Just Do It
Oct 17th, 2007, 03:30 PM
Great win :yeah:

UDACHi
Oct 17th, 2007, 07:34 PM
oh my god, golovin is her next opponent. :spit:

gotta win that one! :yeah:

Zombielicious
Oct 17th, 2007, 08:32 PM
Oh god... who am I going to cheer for!?!?

Good luck Mari!

Schnyderfreak
Oct 17th, 2007, 09:28 PM
ALLEZ MARION!!

Good solid win today!! Now take a nice rest and be prepared to take on Tati:drool:.
I'm actually free on friday so I can watch the match:D :D

Iceland
Oct 17th, 2007, 09:44 PM
Oh god... who am I going to cheer for!?!?

Good luck Mari!

Yes, me too, I am so torn!!! I guess that Marion needs more the win than Tati does. She is extremely motivated by this encounter and said that she established a strategy to beat her on Friday. It reminds me her words before her match against Rezai and she indeed played she right shots.
I watched a bit of her match against Peng and she was very impressive on return. Her strokes were very powerful too, so that she was sure of winning the point when she started to be aggressive. If she lets Tati dictate the points, she won't be able to win. For that, she will have to put more first serves in.

Good luck Marion! :)

Iceland
Oct 18th, 2007, 01:47 PM
With Daniela out already, Marion would have good chances to qualify for YEC/be the first ALT .... if she beats Tati :unsure:.
It will be THE match to win for her. Ah la la, what a cruel encounter:sad:.

Zombielicious
Oct 18th, 2007, 06:44 PM
Freitag 19. Oktober

Centre Court

14:00 Viertelfinal Einzel
Nicole Vaidisova (CZE) vs. Alona Bondarenko (UKR)

anschliessend Viertelfinal Einzel
Francesca Schiavone (ITA) vs. Sybille Bammer or Svetlana Kuznetsova

nicht vor 17:50 Viertelfinal Einzel
Justine Henin (BEL) vs. Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)

nicht vor 20:30 Viertelfinal Einzel
Marion Bartoli (FRA) vs. Tatiana Golovin (FRA)

Good luck tommarow Mari.

Iceland
Oct 18th, 2007, 09:12 PM
Pathetic schedule, this match won't be on ES :fiery: I HATE THEM!

Go Marion, I will be on your side! :D YEC is not dead :rocker:!

bruce goose
Oct 18th, 2007, 10:38 PM
Pathetic schedule, this match won't be on ES :fiery: I HATE THEM!

Go Marion, I will be on your side! :D YEC is not dead :rocker:!Yeah,'Iceland',I'm glad that you've chosen Marion over Tatiana inside THIS forum.It's odd that,being a blonde myself,I almost never meet a fake rubio/a that I actually like too much.Although I don't know her personally,there's some sort of air of prissiness about Tati whereas Marion is Everywoman while still being lovely.

The chances have DOUBLY perked up:not only is 'Shapes' likely to rest her lame shoulder but Serena probably has a legitimate injury,too.Nothing against Patty,but even on clay it's highly doubtful that she could skunk a healthy Serena.It's no secret that SW isn't my favorite player yet I take no pleasure in her being hurt.She's been surprisingly civil in recent weeks,and I hope that she takes care of herself no matter what she decides...in the meantime,let's get ready for Marion to paddle Tati!:bounce: :D

leviathane
Oct 19th, 2007, 08:57 AM
Marion ,Tati :hearts:

but Marion need to win today !

Go Marion :fiery:

Schnyderfreak
Oct 19th, 2007, 09:53 AM
Pathetic schedule, this match won't be on ES :fiery: I HATE THEM!

Go Marion, I will be on your side! :D YEC is not dead :rocker:!

ES SUCKS !@#$%^&*():mad: UNBELIEVABLE!!!

ALLEZ MARION!! :bounce: :bounce:
Good luck against Tati.
A very tough match indeed ,le bataille des Francaises and still hope for the YEC.
Just fight like hell and be sharp from the first ball:bounce:

:clap2: clap2: AAAAAAALLLLLLLLEEEEEEEEEZZZZZ :clap2: :clap2:

Super_Marion
Oct 19th, 2007, 11:25 AM
What time is 20:30 UK summertime? I guess 20:30 isnt a fixed schedule just depends when other matches are completed. I guess i'll be out my nighttime run when she's playing. And wishing for a Marion win! :)

Iceland
Oct 19th, 2007, 08:36 PM
:bigcry:

Left knee injury for Marion. She injured herself when running for a forehand. I just hope it is not as bad as Mary's...
Please Marion, be healthy.....

:hug:....

Zombielicious
Oct 19th, 2007, 08:38 PM
Oh Mari... :sobbing:

Please let it be not serious!

Iceland
Oct 19th, 2007, 09:32 PM
From Eurosport.fr
Il n'y a pas eu de réglements de compte, espérons qu'il n'y ait pas de rupture de ligaments. Après un début de partie très équilibré, Marion Bartoli (http://www.eurosport.fr/tennis/personnews_prs16634.shtml) a obtenu une première balle de break à 3-3, puis un break à 5-4, mais sans pouvoir confirmer. Sous tension depuis l'US Open, la machine a en effet cédésur un coup droit. Touchée au genou, la Française a tenté de poursuivre avec un bandage au genou, en vain. Incapable de mettre le moindre poids sur sa jambe au service, elle a quitté le court en pleurs, trop bouleversée pour donner une conférence de presse. Elle devait retourner chez elle samedi en Suisse pour passer des examens médicaux.

They said that Marion indeed injured herself on a forehand shot. She tried to continue with a bandage on her knee, but she was unable to put weight on her leg to serve. She left the court in tears without making press conference. She will be back at home on Saturday to make medical exams :sad:.

At least, it means that she was capable of walking, Mary wasn't for example. I think she is done for 2007 but it shouldn't threaten her chances to be back for 2008. I just hope it doesn't last too long so as she has time to prepare herself.

GET WELL SOON MARION!!! :hug:

Bartoli's Boy
Oct 19th, 2007, 11:24 PM
Aww no, this is awful news. :sad: Actually glad I didn't get to see the match. Really hope it's not too bad an injury. Get well soon Marion. :sad:

Alizé Molik
Oct 19th, 2007, 11:31 PM
what happened??! This is quite possibly the worst news I have heard all year!

Lunatiq
Oct 20th, 2007, 10:59 AM
so sorry...

UDACHi
Oct 20th, 2007, 03:45 PM
ugh. it sucks even more that she was in a winning position when it happened. :sad:

either way, marion is still in the linz draw. :eek: hopefully it was just some exagerated journalism trying to make it seem a little more dramatic. maybe marion will be good to go.

M.Bartoli (FRA/3) has a bye
T.Paszek (AUT) vs A.Medina Garrigues (ESP)
M.Kirilenko (RUS) vs J.Vakulenko (UKR)
S.Bammer (AUT/8) vs A.Sugiyama (JPN)

Schnyderfreak
Oct 20th, 2007, 04:40 PM
:sobbing: :banghead: WHYYYYYY ??:sad: :sad: the match was going your way :(
I hope the results of the scan are not too bad :confused:
Better to recover fully instead of more damage Marion :hug: :hug:

bruce goose
Oct 20th, 2007, 07:48 PM
Not that I EVER wished any harm upon other players,but it's sort of morbid that I posted several times on how injuries or withdrawals might open the YEC door for Marion--and now SHE'S hurt:eek: .It's probably a good indication that you're a Marion fan if you feel the desire to gently wipe away her tears,cheer her up amidst trying times and make her giggle just so that you can see her smile again.To echo a common refrain,she HAS had a solid year and it'd be better if she recuperated fully instead of rushing back and worsening her condition.Vous etes ma reine,Marion!!!:D :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :D

Zombielicious
Oct 21st, 2007, 12:36 AM
I hope she just pulls out of Linz. She needs to give her knee time to heal no matter how serious her injury is. :(

UDACHi
Oct 21st, 2007, 10:46 PM
if the knee injury isn't too bad, why not play on it? :shrug:
sorry, i think i'm in the minority here. i say she should test it and see how it goes. if it really is problematic, she can always retire. it wouldn't be her first retirement. :tape:
no real risk in giving it a go if she is able to run on it. a couple months off are coming up for marion.

Schnyderfreak
Oct 22nd, 2007, 10:10 AM
If she was injured enough to retire inthe match Against Tati three days ago with a knee injury I can't imagine that she'd be recovered now three or four days later and playing again !!
If she does it it could only damage her knee even more playing on.
Suppose she does that in order to qualify for the YEC and does that with one and a half knee then she would retire anyway because by then she'd have seriuosly injured her knee to god knows what extent?? :confused:
I really don't see the point in playing on if she's not 100% fit.Better to think long term IMO
Any news on her injury ??

Iceland
Oct 22nd, 2007, 02:30 PM
They still don't know about the nature of the injury that's why she didn't pull out of Linz. The news are from the worst to the best. We'll have further information in the next days.

Iceland
Oct 23rd, 2007, 08:53 AM
Ok, some positive news of Marion in l'Equipe
Her father said that it was just the kneecap that got moved provoking then an acute pain, which is not serious at all. Marion will play then on Thursday :speakles::unsure:.

Wow, she is really determined to go to this YEC. I just fear she is making the wrong choice... we'll see how she does on Thursday. She has a good draw that could lead her to a new final. To go to Masters, she has to win Linz and reach SF in Québec... It will be extremely difficult and the travel will tire her even more ... unless Sharapova withdraws obviously.

Schnyderfreak
Oct 23rd, 2007, 11:16 AM
Ok, some positive news of Marion in l'Equipe
Her father said that it was just the kneecap that got moved provoking then an acute pain, which is not serious at all. Marion will play then on Thursday :speakles::unsure:.

Wow, she is really determined to go to this YEC. I just fear she is making the wrong choice... we'll see how she does on Thursday. She has a good draw that could lead her to a new final. To go to Masters, she has to win Linz and reach SF in Québec... It will be extremely difficult and the travel will tire her even more ... unless Sharapova withdraws obviously.

wow this is risky business indeed.
ok Although she has a good draw she will face opponents like Bammer and Chakvetadze so she needs to be fit to beat them.Even if Sharapova withdraws she'll still have Hantuchova on her back so getting to the YEC is still a very difficult task even if she was 100% fit.
We'll see on thursday how she is really feeling and playing.Hopefully we worry too much

Bartoli's Boy
Oct 23rd, 2007, 06:20 PM
I hope that she's fit enough to play and not just desperate to get into the YEC. I mean, even if she is completely fit, it would still be tough, so if she injured at all, it would be a very unrealistic hope. Hopefully she knows something we don't. :hug:

UDACHi
Oct 24th, 2007, 10:14 PM
Centre Court (from 14.00hrs)
1. Dulko vs. Hantuchova
2. Vaidisova vs. Meusburger (NB 16.00hrs)
3. Molik vs. Schnyder
4. Bartoli vs. Paszek (NB 20.15hrs)

paszek is at home and always a tough player, so i'm less than confident about this one.
marion has to dictate play from the start.

Zombielicious
Oct 24th, 2007, 11:46 PM
Allez Mari! :bounce:

Sund7101
Oct 25th, 2007, 01:40 AM
Good luck tomorrow Marion :)

Schnyderfreak
Oct 25th, 2007, 04:56 PM
Good Luck against Tamira Marion !!!
please keep yourself injury free !!!!

UDACHi
Oct 25th, 2007, 06:52 PM
the first set goes to marion, 6-2. :)
keep it up!

Iceland
Oct 25th, 2007, 07:27 PM
62 61!!!!

Wow, I am so impressed! :D:yeah: Great form from Marion after all the fears we had last week.
We are proud of you!! It would be so amazing if she could get her biggest title here. Fast surfaces really suit her game and she is very motivated this week. Even her serve is working well!

Bravo Marion, congrats on another QF :). Good luck against Julia, she has really her chances even though it can be a tough one.

UDACHi
Oct 25th, 2007, 09:42 PM
look, marion didn't pull out and did well. :ras:

good job, mar. didn't expect that at all, but tamira has been off form lately.
vakulenko is next. that's a very good chance to make a tier 2 semifinal. :D

bruce goose
Oct 26th, 2007, 01:39 AM
look, marion didn't pull out and did well. :ras:

good job, mar. didn't expect that at all, but tamira has been off form lately.
vakulenko is next. that's a very good chance to make a tier 2 semifinal. :DAlthough I'm NOT a doctor---don't everybody laugh all at once at the notion of Dr.Bruce Goose---it's fair to assume that Marion must be halfway healthy since Paszek is no ordinary 16-year-old.Tamira has had two competitive matches with Henin yet Marion destroyed her today:D .

Although Vakulenko is beautiful--in MY eyes--she has had lots of emotional ups-and-downs in her life(the poor doll):sad: ,so it's hard to predict which Julia will show up tomorrow;therefore,Marion'll have to be ready just as she was vs. Tamira.Another performance like today's will give her a strong chance,and this is crucial since Hantuchova has also made the QFs.

Bartoli's Boy
Oct 26th, 2007, 02:21 AM
Well... I guess she is not that injured after all! Way to go Mar!

Zombielicious
Oct 26th, 2007, 01:51 PM
Allez Mari! Good luck today hun! :yeah:

Super_Marion
Oct 26th, 2007, 02:07 PM
I agree that it was a good win over, because Paszek is an agile young player.

One match at a time.

Iceland
Oct 26th, 2007, 05:26 PM
61 16 64 against Vakulenko !!! :D:yeah:

I am very pleased with this result, because she was in huge trouble for almost one set and a half. She saved 2 GPs at *3/2 and managed to break back. Then, she held after having been 15/30 twice. I saw the match from 4/3 and commentators said she has been defending extremely well. If I believe the stats, Marion hit 16 winners for 14 errors, Julia 40 for 33.
At 4/3, Marion played very well the crucial points, for example with one big rally at 4/4 40/30, when Julia was at the net, she hit the passing on her 5th attempt & also at 5/4 30/30 with an awesome return on a sliced first serve :).

She looked tired obviously, but so relieved and happy :D!!! Bravo Marion, do your best against Patty!!!! I am pretty confident actually... if Marion stays healthy for sure.

Commentators also said that Marion in the fall, didn't practice very intensively. She stayed alone and made tennis practice on very few occasions to save her energy, but made a physical preparation to compensate :). It seems to be a good choice! :D

Congrats again Marion!! get to the YEC please!!!

PaulHopkins
Oct 26th, 2007, 05:36 PM
Come on Marion! Good luck and please qualify for YEC :)

Schnyderfreak
Oct 26th, 2007, 07:05 PM
61 16 64 against Vakulenko !!! :D:yeah:



:woohoo: :banana: ALLEEEZZZ MARION!! :banana: :woohoo:
Well done!!
Good luck against Patty although I'll try to be a neutral spectator.
Guess I'll have to support the winner :confused:

bruce goose
Oct 27th, 2007, 05:24 AM
Fellow Marionettes,please forgive my ignorance of the points-tabulating formula for YEC.This much seems clear to me:six spots have been secured,and only four players have a shot at the remaining two spots---and NONE of these four are entered in the main draw in Quebec City.This suggests to me that the results of the matches involving Marion and Daniela at Linz will dictate everything.

First of all,has Sharapova officially withdrawn from YEC,and would she even have a chance to make it if she wanted or is this mathematically impossible?Second,what are the various possibilities with Marion and Daniela depending on the outcomes of their upcoming matches?

up!
Oct 27th, 2007, 08:11 AM
marion :D

ClaudiaZ-S
Oct 27th, 2007, 08:35 AM
Fellow Marionettes,please forgive my ignorance of the points-tabulating formula for YEC.This much seems clear to me:six spots have been secured,and only four players have a shot at the remaining two spots---and NONE of these four are entered in the main draw in Quebec City.This suggests to me that the results of the matches involving Marion and Daniela at Linz will dictate everything.

First of all,has Sharapova officially withdrawn from YEC,and would she even have a chance to make it if she wanted or is this mathematically impossible?Second,what are the various possibilities with Marion and Daniela depending on the outcomes of their upcoming matches?

I think Marion can enter in Quebec City draw (if she wants)... if one of main draw player withdraws... I remember Mary Pierce did it once... (to be confirmed, I'm not sure) :scratch:

Iceland
Oct 27th, 2007, 01:46 PM
Marion came really close, but missed it 76 (5) 63 for Patty with a huge comeback from Marion at the end of the match. Too bad she failed to save the last one because she was dictating the point again. She was so impressive from 76 51 to 76 53. Simply amazing :D!!

Marion played very well, with powerful ground strokes, but she missed the variety which was needed to beat a very wise Patty. It would have been enough to beat a top 30 girl, but not a top 10 value Patty.

I would have liked a title to finish the year or another victory over a top 20 girl so as to show she is a real top 10 player. But it's too bad, just a question of good play from Patty on crucial points.

Have a good rest Marion now, too bad for the YEC but she will have another chance next year ;). With a top 10 status, she will have easier draws so she can make it!!! I hope she realizes what Jelena made: it was quite similar, both tried to capture a title in the fall and qualify to the YEC but missed it...

Allez Marion!!! :hearts:

Max Klinger
Oct 27th, 2007, 05:23 PM
I saw Marions match today a I really felt sorry for this girl. I've heard her father is beeing very severe on her concerning the training methods he promotes. I think Marion is a very unhappy young girl, just striving for perfection to satisfy her daddy. :(

bruce goose
Oct 27th, 2007, 06:46 PM
Though I don't know enough about the situation to comment on its accuracy,let's hope that's not the case.Marion is so inspiring with her gutsy style of play--and is the LAST WOMAN WHO HAS DEFEATED HENIN!!:worship: Furthermore,her incredibly warm,lively smile brings added light into my life,and she has probably blessed many others here with that precious jewel of hers.

Although it was sad to see Marion miss out,I gained some joy in catching Hantuchova's victory over Vaidisova.I'm not sure whether or not she and Marion have any friendship on Tour(or any connection at all),but Daniela was 0-4 lifetime vs. Nicole and fought from the brink of defeat to put herself in position for YEC.The soft-hearted Daniela is not known for such valiant efforts,and Marion would have respected this strenuous battle had she seen it...it is typical of Marion's own character:angel: . I saw Marions match today a I really felt sorry for this girl. I've heard her father is beeing very severe on her concerning the training methods he promotes. I think Marion is a very unhappy young girl, just striving for perfection to satisfy her daddy. :(

Schnyderfreak
Oct 28th, 2007, 09:58 AM
:worship: :worship: AALLLLEEEZ MARION!!! :worship: :worship:

You put up a great fight although the match was lost.:worship:
Losing like this is no shame,it only earns respect no matter what those ignorant haters say on this (sometimes) BS forum.

Rest well now after this brilliant season and all the best for next year :wavey:

ClaudiaZ-S
Oct 28th, 2007, 10:34 AM
J'ai tout donné, mais j'ai eu mal tout le temps ŕ la cuisse et au genou gauche, bien que le médecin m'ait donné le feu vert pour jouer, a déclaré Marion Bartoli ŕ l'issue du match. C'était dur, mais je n'ai pas voulu abandonner. J'espčre que je serai rétablie pour le Masters", le 5 novembre ŕ Madrid.


:scratch:

leviathane
Oct 28th, 2007, 11:21 AM
yes, i don't know what she want to say !

Schnyderfreak
Oct 28th, 2007, 11:27 AM
Maybe this was before the mach against patty :shrug:

She still believes she's going to Madrid??:confused:

Ah well c'est Marion toujours rempli d'esprit :drool: :drool:

Iceland
Oct 28th, 2007, 11:33 AM
Well, I think she was refering to the fact that she has to go to Madrid.
1st & 2nd alternate are going to Masters to replace an injured player and to also serve of sparring partners.

Iceland
Oct 28th, 2007, 02:53 PM
Marion's chances to the YEC seem to be still possible... Venus withdrew... Marion is now the 1st ALT. If Maria withdraws as well, Marion will be in. *eek* :worship:

Now, we only have to pray ^^ ... I also hope Marion is healthy enough to compete....! It would be so great... Please...!

ClaudiaZ-S
Oct 28th, 2007, 08:35 PM
Marion's chances to the YEC seem to be still possible... Venus withdrew... Marion is now the 1st ALT. If Maria withdraws as well, Marion will be in. *eek* :worship:

Now, we only have to pray ^^ ... I also hope Marion is healthy enough to compete....! It would be so great... Please...!

I know it's not fair to say that... SHARAPOVA OR SERENA PLZ WITHDRAW!!!!

Alizé Molik
Oct 28th, 2007, 11:37 PM
I am praying to mary AS WE SPEAK

Super_Marion
Oct 29th, 2007, 04:05 PM
Max how can you say that? What evidence is there to show this?

BartoliBabes
Oct 30th, 2007, 12:49 PM
yes, plzz withdraw!!

Super_Marion
Oct 30th, 2007, 05:19 PM
Though I don't know enough about the situation to comment on its accuracy,let's hope that's not the case.Marion is so inspiring with her gutsy style of play--and is the LAST WOMAN WHO HAS DEFEATED HENIN!!:worship: Furthermore,her incredibly warm,lively smile brings added light into my life,and she has probably blessed many others here with that precious jewel of hers.

Although it was sad to see Marion miss out,I gained some joy in catching Hantuchova's victory over Vaidisova.I'm not sure whether or not she and Marion have any friendship on Tour(or any connection at all),but Daniela was 0-4 lifetime vs. Nicole and fought from the brink of defeat to put herself in position for YEC.The soft-hearted Daniela is not known for such valiant efforts,and Marion would have respected this strenuous battle had she seen it...it is typical of Marion's own character:angel: .

well said

Jaded
Oct 31st, 2007, 07:03 PM
Although Marion's not playing in the YEC, I'm sure she is going to have a great 2008 season. She has definitely shown what she can really do this year, and who knows she might qualify for next years YEC. *fingers crossed*

I love Mary
Nov 1st, 2007, 10:11 AM
Nicole out from Quebec City: Marion will close the year in top 10!:bounce: :bounce: :hearts:

Iceland
Nov 1st, 2007, 10:42 AM
Bravo Marion :yeah:.

I have still my fingers crossed for the YEC too ^^.

Iceland
Nov 7th, 2007, 07:27 PM
Apparently, Marion will play the YEC :speakles: I can't believe it!!!!
I don't think Serena is allowed to compete having retired once. What a luck!

I just hope she won't put too much pressure on herself. She has to win her 2 matches if she wants to qualify. It would even be better if Chakvetadze loses tomorrow against JJ.

Marion would play Hénin first :unsure:. Allez!

Just Do It
Nov 7th, 2007, 07:55 PM
Marion :eek: :yeah:

Poova
Nov 7th, 2007, 08:37 PM
It's all a bit confusing right now! :speakles: I can't help feeling excited, even though my hopes will probably be crushed tomorrow when Serena announces that she's going to play on. :(

If Marion does make it though, she has a tough task ahead of her... but she's beaten both Justine and Jelena this year so hopefully she's ready...

BartoliBabes
Nov 7th, 2007, 08:43 PM
it just so happens she's beaten justine, jelena AND anna all this year; i know she doesn't play chak. she can do it but it will be really tough

Poova
Nov 7th, 2007, 08:48 PM
Eurosport says...

Williams was taken to the hospital for a scan and does not have to decide whether or not continue at the season-ending Championships until before her next match. If she was to withdraw from the event, then French Wimbledon finalist Marion Bartoli would take her place as the alternate.

So it looks like it's all in Serena's hands. I'm gonna be so PISSED OFF if she plays on. :rolleyes: Just ridiculous IMO.

Iceland
Nov 7th, 2007, 08:55 PM
She shouldn't be allowed to continue. It would be so unfair, if she is injured, she is out of the tournament. Quite logical to me!

bruce goose
Nov 7th, 2007, 09:04 PM
It's hard to tell sometimes when Serena's really hurting or simply inventing an injury to protect her bruised psyche.However,the circumstantial evidence indicates to me that she probably has a legit excuse right now.If she DOES decide to play on,then we REALLY ought to respect her valor even though we all want to see Marion.For sure,marion would have the same sentiment since she's one of the true battlers in the WTA.

The potential frustration would arise if Marion won two matches and then missed out on the semis due to a tiebreaker.She defeated 'Chalky' in their only encounter and there's no reason to think that she couldn't have performed better than a gimpy Serena;yet,if Chalky beats Jankovic again(5-2 lifetime)then this is a distinct possibility...we'll just see how it goes. Apparently, Marion will play the YEC :speakles: I can't believe it!!!!
I don't think Serena is allowed to compete having retired once. What a luck!

I just hope she won't put too much pressure on herself. She has to win her 2 matches if she wants to qualify. It would even be better if Chakvetadze loses tomorrow against JJ.

Marion would play Hénin first :unsure:. Allez!

Alizé Molik
Nov 8th, 2007, 02:31 AM
Marion is in, but she has a loss registered against the one player she had a good chance to beat :( I don't know how fast the courts are or what her chances of beating the other two girls are?!

Sund7101
Nov 8th, 2007, 03:16 AM
Good luck against Justine, how about another Wimbledon run.

Take Justine out! BRAVO MARION!!!

Iceland
Nov 8th, 2007, 06:01 PM
Allez Marion :banana:!

Bartoli's Boy
Nov 8th, 2007, 06:45 PM
Wow, I was just watching the YEC on Eurosport and it said Bartoli vs Henin. :D I missed Serena getting injured.

Come on Mar! :bounce:

Iceland
Nov 8th, 2007, 07:07 PM
OMG it starts on a bagel :bigcry:.

Iceland
Nov 8th, 2007, 07:38 PM
Marion wasn't ready at all and Justine played amazingly. Marion never had a point to win a game :sobbing:.

Poova
Nov 8th, 2007, 07:44 PM
I am so sad. :bigcry: But really, credit to Justine, she sent a frightening message out there today. I feel sorry for the next player who beats her if this is what she calls revenge. :lol:

But Marion :sobbing::sobbing::sobbing: The score was quite harsh too, most of the games were really close.

Jimmyconnors
Nov 8th, 2007, 07:46 PM
What??????????????????????????????????????6-0 6-0?:confused: :confused: :confused: What had happened?:shrug: I can't believe it!:sad:

bruce goose
Nov 8th, 2007, 08:37 PM
Well,if there wasn't an injury then there really isn't any excuse for today's embarrassment even though Henin is #1.Justine is extremely clutch and efficient but she is NOT the sort of overpowering player who can blow you off the court like the Williams girls are.I'm STILL a big Marion fan,of course,yet you couldn't blame non-Marionettes for suggesting that our girl wasn't ready to join this elite field...as others have said,let's see how well she comes out in 2008 now that she's expected to do well...I hope that she can learn from the failures and build on the successes.

Super_Marion
Nov 9th, 2007, 03:26 PM
Well,if there wasn't an injury then there really isn't any excuse for today's embarrassment even though Henin is #1.Justine is extremely clutch and efficient but she is NOT the sort of overpowering player who can blow you off the court like the Williams girls are.I'm STILL a big Marion fan,of course,yet you couldn't blame non-Marionettes for suggesting that our girl wasn't ready to join this elite field...as others have said,let's see how well she comes out in 2008 now that she's expected to do well...I hope that she can learn from the failures and build on the successes.

Marion is very ready to join them. She's played 4 of the 7 since the summer and beaten 3 of them.

She probably just wasnt match ready. Marion is Mercurial.

Bartoli's Boy
Nov 9th, 2007, 04:22 PM
:sad: Just finished watching the match against Henin recorded from last night. I'm so depressed... poor Marion, I hope she can put this loss out of her mind quickly. You could tell she was really trying hard as well, which must make it even worse to not get a single game. Henin obviously had something to prove in that match. :tears:

I wonder whether Marion will try very hard against Jankovic now. I probably won't be able to watch it until tomorrow (family doesn't share my enthusiasm for WTA).

bruce goose
Nov 9th, 2007, 07:39 PM
Marion is very ready to join them. She's played 4 of the 7 since the summer and beaten 3 of them.

She probably just wasnt match ready. Marion is Mercurial.There's no questioning Marion's talent but the dilemma is found within your own accurate assessment:champions aren't mercurial.They go through difficult stretches sometimes but they're noted for their consistency and also for their ability to turn things around quickly.Marion needs to become a bit LESS mercurial if she's gonna move from Top 10 to Top 3...here's hoping that she finds that consistent delivery,and it's nice that she ended her year with a victory.:bounce:

Iceland
Nov 10th, 2007, 09:02 AM
I am very happy for Marion that she managed to finish on high note with a win in YEC :banana:. What is good is that she has a very solid ranking as a top 10 player: 2226 pts and Elena who is just behind is at 1985.

I feel really sorry for Jelena though.

An interview of Marion here: http://www.eurosport.fr/tennis/wta-madrid/2004/mcplayervideo_vid56295.shtml
She said that:
- she has a good memory of YEC after all finishing 3rd of her pool with no time to get prepared mentally to play.
- she felt really better on court yesteday as she had more time for her shots even though she admitted that Jelena was lowered by her respiratory problems.
- she won't play YEC next year if she is an alternate. But she said she will as she will be already qualified :lol:.
- for 2008, she aims at defending her final, winning titles because it's what missed her this year, staying in top 10, playing Fed Cup and Beijing Olympics. A very interesting & exciting new season for her :).
- so, during this "holy end of season" :lol:, she knows that she has to do contrary to last years, she has targets to achieve during those two months and it will be all. She said that she won't make last years'overtraining errors, so that this time, she arrives fresh in Australia ;).


ALLEZ MARION :banana:!!!! We are proud of you, it was an amazing season!!!!!
Good luck in 2008 & enjoy the rest !! :hug:

Super_Marion
Nov 10th, 2007, 12:13 PM
:sad: Just finished watching the match against Henin recorded from last night. I'm so depressed... poor Marion, I hope she can put this loss out of her mind quickly. You could tell she was really trying hard as well, which must make it even worse to not get a single game. Henin obviously had something to prove in that match. :tears:

I wonder whether Marion will try very hard against Jankovic now. I probably won't be able to watch it until tomorrow (family doesn't share my enthusiasm for WTA).

Dont be depressed Bartoli's Boy :hug: Put the defeat in perspective. Marion had no preparation or anything. She can beat Henin next year.

As for Bruce Goose's point. There is only one player in the game these days that has that level consistency. That player isnt in the womens game.

bruce goose
Nov 10th, 2007, 10:03 PM
Dont be depressed Bartoli's Boy :hug: Put the defeat in perspective. Marion had no preparation or anything. She can beat Henin next year.

As for Bruce Goose's point. There is only one player in the game these days that has that level consistency. That player isnt in the womens game.Well,these are somewhat subjective statements that we're offering here in the sense that you could ask,"Precisely how high must one's winning percentage be in order to be considered consistent?" I think most people would disagree with you in mentioning Henin's four losses in all of 2007 as a STRONG sign of consistency.I'm not demanding that Marion duplicate Henin's 2007 record or become a female Federer;however,it would certainly behoove her to be less mercurial as I mentioned earlier.Even if you look at Nos. 2 and 3(Kuzy and JJ),they didn't win a single Slam this year but they rarely got knocked out in the early rounds of tourneys by players who were seeded substantially lower--as happens to Marion a bit too often.I'm not sure how she'll approach this yet I definitely feel that she's capable of eliminating most of these sub-standard defeats,and I'll cheer her on(win or lose) as she strives to do this.

dulkogii
Nov 11th, 2007, 02:38 AM
Marion..!

perfect match!

Super_Marion
Nov 20th, 2007, 12:45 PM
Yes you cheer her on and i'll make the baguettes? :o I guess consistency means playing to ones potential, ones own level, on a regular basis. And making incremental progress. Have you ever been to Taunton?

bruce goose
Nov 21st, 2007, 01:09 AM
Yes you cheer her on and i'll make the baguettes? :o I guess consistency means playing to ones potential, ones own level, on a regular basis. And making incremental progress. Have you ever been to Taunton?Why don't you post a photo of it,something that might look good on a postcard.Are you inviting me on a romantic getaway to this Taunton?:lol: :wavey:

Bartoli's Boy
Nov 28th, 2007, 02:56 AM
I've been to Taunton!

Well, actually no, not exactly... but I've stopped at Taunton Deane services many times on the way to Cornwall. :p Almost the same thing.

Super_Marion
Nov 30th, 2007, 09:42 PM
How did Taunton get in there? That's pretty random lol.

Bartoli's Boy
Dec 1st, 2007, 02:59 AM
I don't know? You brought it up! :p I guess there is not much else to talk about right now.

Super_Marion
Dec 3rd, 2007, 05:21 AM
How are you anyway? Yes it is quiet. Natural I guess now that season is closed. Havent seen Sharapovarulz here in a while.

bruce goose
Dec 6th, 2007, 05:47 AM
How are you anyway? Yes it is quiet. Natural I guess now that season is closed. Havent seen Sharapovarulz here in a while.BTW,one of your Ulster neighbors from across the Irish Sea is an English teacher at our school...he's a REALLY pleasant fellow.As someone who has had two seriously-near-death experiences,let me wish you folks a nice Christmas NOW just in case my third encounter,perhaps the final one,comes in the interim.I hope that your respective holiday activities prove to be consistently,NOT mercurially:lol: ,enjoyable;Feliz Navidad!

Bartoli's Boy
Dec 7th, 2007, 05:21 PM
Hey, what do you mean Bruce? Have you been ill? Whatever it is, I hope that you'll be OK.

And I'm fine thanks Super_Marion. Worried about bruce goose though.

bruce goose
Dec 7th, 2007, 07:08 PM
Thanks for asking 'Double B',but I'm OK at the present time;it just seemed better to wish the Marionettes a nice Christmas NOW since it'll be several weeks before our favorite lovely French princess starts swinging away again.

You probably have an expression in Britain that's similar to one we have in Las Americas.Loosely translated,we should not miss a chance to do a kind deed or share a warm word because we never know when the Reaper will forever deprive us of these opportunities.Within the last five-odd years I have outlasted a near-fatal brain tumor and also a violent auto collision which later prompted the docs' admission that they were shocked by my survival.

Given that this is the season which recognizes the One Who offers everlasting hope,I thought that I should extend my OWN hopes/well-wishes to the Marionettes.:) :wavey: Hey, what do you mean Bruce? Have you been ill? Whatever it is, I hope that you'll be OK.

And I'm fine thanks Super_Marion. Worried about bruce goose though.

Bartoli's Boy
Dec 7th, 2007, 11:42 PM
Oh, glad to hear that there's nothing wrong with you. I thought you must have some terrible fatal illness, from the way you were talking.

And best wishes to you too!