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Iceland
Jan 7th, 2008, 05:53 PM
Sydney
Welcome back on the courts Marion :aparty:!
We missed you during the off-season, so great to see her name again in a draw ... especially when she is winning such as she did today : she destroyed Karin Knapp 61 60 in one hour to start the year in the best possible conditions. This is definitely good news compared to the poor form of the other top players (Jankovic, Vaidisova, Mauresmo, Chakvetadze, Dementieva). No bad surprises :yeah:.
A good test for tomorrow against another Italian girl, Francesca Schiavone. Allez Marion :).

Schnyderfreak
Jan 7th, 2008, 08:15 PM
ALLEEEZ MARIONN!!:bounce::bounce:

Tommorrow
Court 6 (from 11.00hrs)
1. ATP: Seppi vs. Tsonga

2. Bartoli vs. Schiavone

3. ATP: Jones vs. Minar
4. ATP: Bryan/Bryan vs. Mirnyi/Murray

I hope Schiavone comes to the net alot cuz you´re gonna slaughter her with your passing shots.
You can do it Marion!!

Alizé Molik
Jan 8th, 2008, 12:51 AM
ugh i hope she destroys her! Two Italians in a row :worship: haha

and you are right, it's good to see Marion starting 2008 a lot better than most of the top 10 grls, and infinently better than the way that she started 2007 :help: seeing that she has no points to defend here.

Iceland
Jan 8th, 2008, 06:29 AM
Marion already out of Sydney :sobbing: with a 62 26 36 loss against Schiavone. That's alright considering all the disappointing performances of the beginning of the year ... but still, as she insisted on being ready in 2008, I expected a bit more from her. Apparently, she had a back problem during the second set.
She aims at reaching 4th round in the AO, hope she can do it. :hug:

sorcerer
Jan 8th, 2008, 08:06 AM
Yes I thought she would win this one especially after reading that article. For a language point of view what do you think of my translation?

I also saw something about Marion maybe having an injury during the match. Perhaps it was at 3-3 in the second set which would explain the 7 game slide. But this morning there was nothing to confirm it any injury or any more details, hopefully it is nothing serious but I do hope they mention it on the WTA website.

Super_Marion
Jan 8th, 2008, 04:56 PM
Kangaroo-Marion? :)

We <3 Skippy!!

Iceland
Jan 8th, 2008, 05:18 PM
I forgot that the AO was played on a slow surface! I hope we won't have bad matches just like in Moscow :tape:, this change won't benefit to Marion who will tire herself more, if she has to play more shots in every point :unsure:. She is kind of right to not expect a too deep run here.
We'll be able to have a better idea when we'll have the draw obviously. I just hope she avoids the big names among the 17/24 seeds. Playing Bondarenko would be perfect :angel:.

Sund7101
Jan 9th, 2008, 12:03 AM
I figured she got injured in her match with Fran. She should regroup and be able to play well at the AO. I hope she can make a run here, she has no points to defend.

Schnyderfreak
Jan 9th, 2008, 10:27 PM
Too bad she lost early and cuz of injury. But at least now she has plenty of time to rest recover and focus on Melbourne.

Lighter
Jan 10th, 2008, 10:26 AM
I heard from well informed journalists that there is no fear for Marion. We have to wait for AO draw.

Super_Marion
Jan 10th, 2008, 08:17 PM
You're an enigma Lighter. You'll be at home here at TMR.

:)

Lighter
Jan 10th, 2008, 09:58 PM
I am not an enigma. I am just a lucky french who live in a sunny location. And as french, it is easier for me to know what is going on ? Who know who ? Concerning Marion, I know that Alain Deflassieux from "l'équipe" is close to her and her father. He is always very well informed. And yesterday, I listened him on a french radio speaking about Marion and the other french tennis players.

If you want to listen Alain Deflassieux, here is the link for podcast (January 9th) :
http://podcast.rtl.fr/carrementsport.xml
You can use itunes for example. If you want more details, ask me.

Moreover, this radio rtl-l'équipe features commentary of all matchs.

Super_Marion
Jan 11th, 2008, 05:52 AM
Thank you. You're contribution is appreciated. It's good to have a new face here :) Some people here will be able to listen to those podcasts. Unfortunately I dont speak French :/

Iceland
Jan 11th, 2008, 05:11 PM
Nobody to talk about Marion's draw in Australia?

Here it is :

(8) V.Williams vs Yan
Pin vs Qualifier
Ferguson vs Qualifier
(31) Mirza vs Tulyaganova

(24) Li vs Brémond
Camerin vs Wheeler
Johansson vs Qualifier
(10) Bartoli vs Arvidsson

I don't like this draw at all ... Her first two rounds are quite correct, even though Arvidsson is said to be in good form for having beaten Elena Dementieva. But then Na Li is the in-form girl with Lindsay .. what a bad luck to face her, she is a very difficult opponent to play as she takes the ball so early & is so fast ... She will obviously manage to take advantage of Marion's powerful shots, I'm sure of that. This is a kind of revenge for not playing Fed Cup ^^, she just couldn't avoid China it seems!
I hope she can reach the 4th round as she wanted, to have a rematch with Venus :).
Allez Marion, you're a top 10 girl, don't forget that!

sorcerer
Jan 11th, 2008, 07:36 PM
Hey Iceland :wavey:

Reading about the new courts was quite interesting...faster than Wimbledon but a little bit below Flushing Meadows.

I think we've all got our fingers crossed for that 4th round match with Venus. That would be great. Getting there, hopefully Marion can wrap up the first two matches in straight sets. After winning Gold Coast, Li didn't play this week, so maybe if Camerin or most probably Bremond can take a set, I think it would make Li's progression 'interesting'.

I spose we're all a bit in the dark. The preparation and build up was very impressive, but noone could have forseen the time out against Schiavone and (according to sport365.fr) having to return with a strapped thigh.

Iceland
Jan 11th, 2008, 08:25 PM
Hey :wavey:
Oh is it faster? I thought it was more the contrar! this is good news then, because we all know that Marion tires herself quickly on slow surfaces (Moscow, Stuttgart) so this made me worried.

Li is very inconsistent, she can indeed lose a set against Camerin, but it wouldn't make her less dangerous ...I hope that Marion is 100% healthy before everything, afterwards, she just has to express her talent!

Super_Marion
Jan 11th, 2008, 08:56 PM
could be a recurrence of the quad problem again.

Iceland
Jan 12th, 2008, 12:30 PM
Domachowska entered Marion's part of the draw as a qualifier :unsure:, she could be her R2 opponent. I don't like this at all :o.

BartoliBabes
Jan 13th, 2008, 12:32 AM
i think it's a pretty good draw, no? she can't expect easier. if she's to remain top10 she's gonna have to beat the likes of li (possible 3rd round)

Super_Marion
Jan 13th, 2008, 02:54 PM
Reading comments from several players, they are all making two observations, 1). The new surface is slower, 2). The new ball is heavier.

Now, whether they mean it's slower than the old surface, or just slower than they anticipated the new surface would be.. I cant say for sure. Probably the former.

Some players commented that a heavier ball would suit the stronger player.

Marion doesnt hit 120mph fs. BUT she has clearly bulked and powered up in the past year or so.

I know that Marion's build is the subject of unending controversy and criticism. But the fact is that when you look at the average of her results last year. She is an improved player. She is making the most of her genes and physique. You Go Girl!!

Iceland, dont be pessimistic mate. :) McWilliams is right. She be lookin to beat dem innit.

Jogi
Jan 13th, 2008, 05:33 PM
good luck Marion :)
I'm not worried that she'll reach the 4th round, her draw is decent
hopefully she'll deal well with the new surface
Allez!

Iceland
Jan 13th, 2008, 07:35 PM
I will try to be positive (still I can't overlook the fact that a slow surface doesn't suit Marion's game ^^')! Allez Marion, let's reach the 4th round in every Grand Slam!! :bounce:

Bartoli's Boy
Jan 13th, 2008, 07:47 PM
I know that Marion's build is the subject of unending controversy and criticism. But the fact is that when you look at the average of her results last year. She is an improved player. She is making the most of her genes and physique. You Go Girl!!

I think lots of people mistake her natural body shape for being unfit. But I really like her body shape. :o Our Marion is such a cutie.

It sucks that she's playing Sofia though, I'm kind of a fan of her. I don't want either of them to lose. :sad: Oh well, have to go with Marion though, obviously!

Actually, come to think of it, they both have a similar body shape... but I think that's just coincidence. :p

Schnyderfreak
Jan 13th, 2008, 08:14 PM
[QUOTE=Iceland;12293213 Allez Marion, let's reach the 4th round in every Grand Slam!! :bounce:[/QUOTE]

Well said! It's time to start your consolidation year Marion.
First thing is to be healthy and as fit as possible then good tennis and defending points will come as a result of that

:clap2::clap2:AAALLLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEZZZZZZ:clap2:: clap2:

Super_Marion
Jan 13th, 2008, 09:27 PM
I really like her body shape. :o Our Marion is such a cutie.
You may say that. I couldnt possibly comment ;)

Schnyderfreak
Jan 14th, 2008, 10:00 PM
AAAALLEEEEZ MARION!! :bounce:
Good luck in your match against Arvidsson!! Just play your type of game and you'll be allright

Iceland
Jan 15th, 2008, 07:40 AM
Marion lost 67 64 63 to Arvidsson :help: after having led 76 *43. I watch the match and it's not difficult to see the reason why she lost. It's the damn surface that slows down everything, it just advantages players using topspin as Arvidsson does. Marion's flat strokes were not decisive at all and Sofia always found the right shot to win long rallies. Yet Marion has to learn from this, her serve was not working at all -she served 2nd serves all the time-, she was in the court even to return a first serve (it was not working that great in the 3rd set when she got tired) & her physical condition is not better than last year.
A bit disappointing, but Marion is not the kind of girl that plays well on slow surface. It has given the same bad result as in Stuttgart & Moscow.
I hope she finds some confidence for the tournaments on hard where she can do very well.

Marion :hug:. But change your methods please!

Super_Marion
Jan 15th, 2008, 08:08 AM
Skippy :(

It's dissapointing because she had a good record against Ardvisson on hard. However AO always was Marion's weakest slam. The plexicushion may have added to things.

If I may, i'd like to quote your insightful comments when I blog later today.

Iceland
Jan 15th, 2008, 08:57 AM
Marion's reaction : « Franchement, j'avais vraiment l'impression d'avoir beaucoup bossé cet hiver, donc, forcément, je suis déçue. Mais même chez les juniors, je n'y suis jamais arrivée ici : les conditions ne me conviennent pas. Je ressens de la frustration car j'avais le match en main en menant un set et un break. Mais je savais que ce serait un match difficile car Sofia (Arvidsson), je la connais depuis longtemps. On a joué les juniors ensemble, un coup je gagnais, un coup je gagnais et c'étaient toujours des matches accrochés. La surface qui est assez lente ne m'avantage pas, c'est sûr. Je trouve que c'est encore pire qu'avant, les balles grossissent. Ce n'était pas possible pour moi de réussir sur cette surface contre une fille qui joue aussi bien. »

"Honestly, I had the impression of having worked a lot this winter, so I am obviously disappointed. But even in the juniors, I never managed to do well here : the conditions don't suit me. I feel very frustrated because I was in control of the match leading one set & one break. But I knew it was going to be a difficult match because Sofia and I know each other for a long time! We play the juniors together, one day, I was winning, the other, I was losing, it always went into tough matches. The surface which is slow here doesn't advantage me, for sure. I do think it's worse than ever, the balls even went bigger! It was not possible for me to win on this surface against a girl who is playing as well as she does."

I heard Marion's interview as well on the fft's website, she had a very low & sad voice :sad:

Super_Marion
Jan 15th, 2008, 05:33 PM
She sounds quite philosophical and reasonable about the defeat. Not devastated. Yes she would have preffered to have gone deeper in the tournament, but like she explains, A0 is her weakest slam historically.

Someone in GM said M was crying. But hey, the mean-spirited rubbish they say in GM against M. Stuff the Anti-Marion's

Thank you Iceland for the translation.

Bartoli's Boy
Jan 15th, 2008, 07:33 PM
:sad: Marion. The Australian might not be her favourite tournament, with the heat and everything, but if she wants to be top player, she's got to stop losing in first rounds. In a weird sense, it's good if she was crying, because it shows that it means a lot to her to not go out like this... although I would hate to see her cry. :sad:

I'm not even sure that the surface is a good excuse, considering that she was in a good position to win the match. Oh well, let's just hope she does well in the rest of 2008.