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Michael_21
Jan 11th, 2008, 05:48 AM
Makiri got drawn on the good half of the draw so she has a good chance to do something at the aussie open if she plays well enough. She drew Meilen Tu in the first round and here is the rest of her Quater of the draw

CHAKVETADZE, Anna RUS [6]
PETKOVIC, Andrea GER
PENG, Shuai CHN
QUALIFIER,
MORIGAMI, Akiko JPN
KRAJICEK, Michaella NED
TU, Meilen USA
KIRILENKO, Maria RUS [27]

SAFAROVA, Lucie CZE [22]
CASTANO, Catalina COL
VINCI, Roberta ITA
RUANO PASCUAL, Virginia ESP
CORNET, Alize FRA
FERNANDEZ, Clarisa ARG
KING, Vania USA
HANTUCHOVA, Daniela SVK [9]

PETROVA, Nadia RUS [14]
PRATT, Nicole AUS
LINETSKAYA, Evgenia ISR
KREMER, Anne LUX
GRANVILLE, Laura USA
MEUSBURGER, Yvonne AUT
MAKAROVA, Ekaterina RUS
SZAVAY, Agnes HUN [20]

RADWANSKA, Agnieszka POL [29]
SAVCHUK, Olga UKR
MULLER, Martina GER
PARMENTIER, Pauline FRA
GOVORTSOVA, Olga BLR
PIRONKOVA, Tsvetana BUL
DECHY, Nathalie FRA
KUZNETSOVA, Svetlana RUS

and in the other quater of Makiris side of the draw is Venus and Ana. So hopfully makiri is 100% and can put in a good run at the Aussie open in 2008. Good Luck Makiri:)

kirilenko_ishot
Jan 11th, 2008, 06:16 AM
hopefully she can do well at the australian open this year
should get past meilen, but it will be really tough against krajicek in the second round
also eagerly awaiting her new outfit for AO
best of luck makiri!

RandomShot
Jan 11th, 2008, 07:15 AM
Hopefully whatever the problem with her knee was that forced her to withdraw from Hobart has healed or at least subsided and she can focus on the Australian Open.

Foot's Fingers
Jan 11th, 2008, 07:52 AM
Good draw for Maria

Rod the Bama
Jan 11th, 2008, 08:03 AM
Not a bad looking draw for Makiri. If her knee is better and she can elevate the level of play, then i can her see at best reaching the round of 16. Hopefully she`ll do well in Melbourne.

Mashak
Jan 11th, 2008, 11:00 AM
I think it's a good draw for Maria.. Don't know that much about Tu..
But might be beatable =)
Hopefully she can make it to the second round and play Michaella :D
Good luck Maria!! :bounce:

leo830301
Jan 11th, 2008, 03:46 PM
Good Luck! Makiri!
She may meet Anna Chakvetadze in 3R.
Break Your own Record!
This time, you will still be in the players' draw in 2nd week!

Natash.
Jan 11th, 2008, 03:50 PM
Pretty good draw. Got the weaker of the top 6 seeds I think. At least at the moment.

Krajicek might be tough.

cindy
Jan 11th, 2008, 04:18 PM
the draw is good...if her tennis and her mental are too she can go far! good luck makiri

RonnieB33
Jan 11th, 2008, 04:52 PM
I expect her to dominate the 1st round. Tu lost to Klara Z in Auckland who then lost to Maria soundly the next round. Although she did beat Vakulenko in Luxembourg, but she hasn't beaten a Top 40 player since Berlin in May. She is a veteran of the WTA Tour, about to hit age 30 on Thursday.

They played way back in 2003 in Rome with Tu winning 7-6 6-3. I'm sure Maria's out to avenge that loss. =)

Sharapower8
Jan 11th, 2008, 06:02 PM
Davai little Masha ! You can do it !! :bounce:
We do all believe in you :cool:

Labamba
Jan 11th, 2008, 07:06 PM
I think it's a good draw for Makiri :yeah:

If she's 100% fit, she can do something here. Tu isn't a bad first round opponent, Krajicek would be a good test. Chakvetadze is the most beatable Top 8 player for Maria.

Vassili
Jan 11th, 2008, 07:28 PM
Davaï Maria !

Kirilenko_Kamp
Jan 12th, 2008, 03:38 AM
Good luck Makiri at the 2008 Aussie Open!:) Hopefully your knee has recovered well before your first match. Let's have a good showing here and finally get past the 3rd round in the Slams!:yeah:

dulkogii
Jan 12th, 2008, 03:02 PM
Good draw mariki!

you can do it!

King Aaron
Jan 12th, 2008, 03:14 PM
She should be able to win her first two rounds. After that, Maria has to be at her very best.

Labamba
Jan 12th, 2008, 04:33 PM
Maria's first match will be on Tuesday (top half on Monday).

dulkogii
Jan 14th, 2008, 01:01 AM
Maria Kirilenko RUS (11)
Agnes Szavay HUN (11)
v
Lindsay Davenport USA
Daniela Hantuchova SVK

Gabriela Navratilova CZE
Klara Zakopalova CZE
v
Casey Dellacqua AUS
Jessica Moore AUS


Stephanie Cohen-Aloro FRA
Virginie Razzano FRA
v
Alona Bondarenko UKR
Kateryna Bondarenko UKR

Anna Chakvetadze RUS
Na Li CHN
v
Shuai Peng CHN (8)
Tiantian Sun CHN (8)



Horrible draw!

Foot's Fingers
Jan 14th, 2008, 12:12 PM
crazy dbls draw

Foot's Fingers
Jan 14th, 2008, 12:13 PM
Court 19

11:00 AM Start 1 Women's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Meilen Tu (USA)
v. Maria Kirilenko (RUS)[27]


Good Luck!!!

Michael_21
Jan 14th, 2008, 04:36 PM
good luck in the first round 2morrow makiri hopfully a good start to the open :)

Labamba
Jan 14th, 2008, 05:07 PM
good luck Maria :)

what a doubles draw :eek: I like the new Maria/Agnes doubles combo :cool:

kirivanovic
Jan 14th, 2008, 06:54 PM
Maria is never lucky with the doubles draw :mad:

But her singles draw is better,hopefully,she'll be at least on the 3rd round.

About the 1st round,she has to win as quickly as she can cos' i'm quite worried about her knee.

Davai Maria:bounce:

cindy
Jan 14th, 2008, 07:02 PM
so great! she plays with agnes! I think if their team woks well they can do great though the draw is realy bad for her!
Good luck in single too makiri! show them how great you are!

Kirilenko_Kamp
Jan 14th, 2008, 11:37 PM
I wonder if the new Plexicushion surface will help or hinder Makiri's game. Commentators on ESPN2 said the surface is not as fast like the Rebound Ace and it plays kinda like a fast clay court with high ball bounce. They also say the surface keeps the bounce of slice returns low. I would like to see Makiri make good use of that shot. I'm certainly concerned about her knee. I hope it holds up well and doesn't become a major distraction for her. Good luck Makiri with your singles and doubles match with your new partner Agnes Szavay!:)

RandomShot
Jan 15th, 2008, 12:53 AM
She won the first set 6-4 but Tu just broke her and is serving for the 2nd set... fight back Maria..

the cat
Jan 15th, 2008, 01:09 AM
Maria seems to have fallen apart against Tu and had her serve broken to start the thrid set. I hope her left knee isn't hurting her but I bet it is. :( She needs to play tough tennis the rest of the match or she will lose in the first round.

RandomShot
Jan 15th, 2008, 01:41 AM
Maria won :)

the cat
Jan 15th, 2008, 01:43 AM
Makiri won the final set 6-3 after falling behind 0-2. Masha won the next 5 games and then served out the match at 5-3. Still the way Maria almost lost this match is troubling.
Playing the ultimate lightweight Tu in the first round of the Australian Open will probably be one of the few matches this year where Makiri is taller, heavier and has more power than her opponent.

Droolv
Jan 15th, 2008, 02:40 AM
Well done Maria, nice fight :yeah:

Good luck against Morigami :D

:worship:

Topspin2
Jan 15th, 2008, 02:52 AM
Good job Maria! :D

http://img149.imageshack.us/img149/8513/kiutn5.jpg

Makiri good luck against Morigami :scared:

houseoflords
Jan 15th, 2008, 04:24 AM
Good start for Maria. Hopefully she can keep it going. Maria had 11 aces today. That is a lot of aces for her. If she can have her serve as a weapon, that will really help her game

Rod the Bama
Jan 15th, 2008, 06:01 AM
Glad to see Makiri pull out the win, especially in light of her recent knee injury. :clap2: She showed some toughness, coming back from down 0-2 in the third set. However i think that there`s room for improvement for her.

Michael_21
Jan 15th, 2008, 09:53 AM
well done on making it past the first round makiri good luck in the second against morigami GOOO MAKIRI!!!

Foot's Fingers
Jan 15th, 2008, 10:54 AM
She won That the main thing :)

Congrats!!!

Foot's Fingers
Jan 15th, 2008, 10:55 AM
She told she have not beeing training 5 dyas after her injury and that's why today she was not too fast ahd her legs was too havy


There were a lot of her personal fans (incl Andreev) on her match Maria enjoys when ppl support her during the match

the cat
Jan 15th, 2008, 02:43 PM
After round 1 of the Australian Open Maria Kirlilenko lead's the women's draw with 11 aces! :tennis: :D But it's kind of hard for me to believe the slight of might Makiri served 11 aces in a match! :eek: If Masha can serve effectively this year she can have a good year.

Natash.
Jan 15th, 2008, 02:47 PM
11 aces?! :eek: Masha, what have you been eating? :scared: :hearts:

zwier
Jan 15th, 2008, 03:28 PM
Could you tell me when Maria plays her next match?

leo830301
Jan 15th, 2008, 03:50 PM
Not that bad start considering your injury, Makiri! We need more wins! Come on! We believe in you!

Labamba
Jan 15th, 2008, 05:10 PM
Maria :clap2: nice fightback in the 3rd set

great serving, 11 aces :yeah: I hope the knee problem goes away

Labamba
Jan 15th, 2008, 05:12 PM
Could you tell me when Maria plays her next match?

Thursday

kirivanovic
Jan 15th, 2008, 06:05 PM
Great come back in the 3rd set.

Maria will have to play better against Morigami if she wanna go trough.

11 aces:eek:,Tu must have eyes problems:lol:.

Her knee seems to be good,so hopefully,she'll be more efficient!

dulkogii
Jan 16th, 2008, 12:24 AM
Goo Marikii!

kirilenko_ishot
Jan 16th, 2008, 07:33 AM
shes first up
Court 6
11:00 AM Start
Women's Singles - 2nd Rnd.
Akiko Morigami (JPN)
v.
Maria Kirilenko (RUS)[27]

best of luck makiri! and hopefully she can stay on top of the aces chart!

cindy
Jan 16th, 2008, 11:11 AM
best of luck makiri! win this one too!

Foot's Fingers
Jan 16th, 2008, 02:17 PM
it's tv court :banana:

Foot's Fingers
Jan 16th, 2008, 02:17 PM
hope Masha will makes h2h 1-2 tomorrow!!!

Will wake up to watch the match....... gohhh again 2 am......

Foot's Fingers
Jan 16th, 2008, 02:18 PM
Plus big dbls match tomorow as well

Court 18

4 Women's Doubles - 1st Rnd.
Maria Kirilenko (RUS)[11]/
Agnes Szavay (HUN)[11]
v. Lindsay Davenport (USA)/
Daniela Hantuchova (SVK)

Labamba
Jan 16th, 2008, 03:27 PM
two tough matches, good luck Maria

and finally she plays on a TV court :yeah:

Natash.
Jan 16th, 2008, 03:43 PM
Vamos Masha! :rocker2:

Topspin2
Jan 16th, 2008, 05:44 PM
Good Luck Maria!!! Davaaaaaaaaaaaaaai!!!

Droolv
Jan 16th, 2008, 11:52 PM
Maria won the first set 6-1 :worship:

Keep it going Maria and close out this match :yeah:

TimeyWimey
Jan 17th, 2008, 12:01 AM
I can't watch her match here, VW is live on TV, I checked the Live scoreboard, why she is playing in Court 6? She deserves a match at Rod Laver, Wish next round she can be there or at least Vodafone arena.:lol::lol:

the cat
Jan 17th, 2008, 12:15 AM
Maria is up 6-1 4-1 over Morigami and her statisctics are great. :D But she needs to close out the match and make it an easy win.

TimeyWimey
Jan 17th, 2008, 12:18 AM
Maria is in good shape today, 6-1 6-1 Congratulations!

dulkogii
Jan 17th, 2008, 12:22 AM
Congrats Maria..! fantastic victory!

Droolv
Jan 17th, 2008, 12:23 AM
:banana: Excellent win today :yeah:

:woohoo:

Rod the Bama
Jan 17th, 2008, 12:37 AM
Very impressive showing from Makiri. :clap2: :yeah: Not only is it a huge upgrade from her previous match, but also her best match in a while.

RonnieB33
Jan 17th, 2008, 12:52 AM
Kind of has a feel of Roland Garros 2006. There, she had a tough 1st round where she was down a break in the third. Then a whitewash in the 2nd round. Then, she lost to a higher seed. Will history repeat itself? Gosh, I hope not. I feel her time has come.

the cat
Jan 17th, 2008, 12:55 AM
I'm surprised that Masha routed Morigami because I wasn't expecting that. And Maria was a sterling 11 for 11 at the net. She really does have excellent hands and volleying skills.

Topspin2
Jan 17th, 2008, 12:56 AM
Great win for Maria! :D

http://img529.imageshack.us/img529/1927/staez8.jpg

Natash.
Jan 17th, 2008, 01:00 AM
Masha. :hearts:

Good luck against Alisa or Anna!

Kirilenko_Kamp
Jan 17th, 2008, 01:43 AM
I'm very surprised and impressed with this result!:woohoo: I thought Akiko would make this a tougher match.:smash: Way to go Makiri!:yeah: I guess Mr. Miyagi (Karate Kid) was able to catch a flight "Down Under" with that plane ticket I sent him so he could work his magic on Makiri's knee. Wax on, wax off Makiri-san!!!:tennis:

Michael_21
Jan 17th, 2008, 02:18 AM
well done makiri EXELLENT win against Akiko and good luck in the next round against Chakvetadze this will be a tought match but if she can play like she did 2day then mabe she will be able to get throught the next round :) GOOOO MAKIRI!!!

RandomShot
Jan 17th, 2008, 02:28 AM
Just read that she won 6-1 6-1, awesome win :)

houseoflords
Jan 17th, 2008, 03:55 AM
Excellent job Maria!!! I love the net stat. Hopefully, she'll continue that in her match against Chakvetadze. It is a tough match for Maria, but it is a good test for her. She wants to be a top 10 player by the end of the year. Well, here is her 1st chance to make a statement against a top 10 player and get past the 3rd round of a Grand Slam for the 1st time. Maria needs to stay aggressive and just go for it. Good luck Maria!! You can do this.

Topspin2
Jan 17th, 2008, 04:10 AM
Maria good luck against Anna!!!

http://img227.imageshack.us/img227/2662/28lo7.jpg

TennisPlayingFox
Jan 17th, 2008, 04:21 AM
Great job Makiri! Good luck against Anna!

Foot's Fingers
Jan 17th, 2008, 07:07 AM
Match Reports


Kirilenko surges past Morigami
Thursday, 17 January, 2008
By Luke Buttigieg



Russian No.27 seed Maria Kirilenko has advanced to the round of 32 at Australian Open 2008 with a straight-sets win over Akiko Morigami of Japan.

She may have needed three sets to see off American Meilen Tu on Tuesday, but Kirilenko had a much easier time as she prevailed 6-1 6-1 to set up a third-round clash with one of her countrywomen, either No.6 seed Anna Chakvetadze or Alisa Kleybanova.

Having been unable to maintain the momentum following her first-round win over Dutchwoman Michaella Krajicek, Morigami's 63-minute defeat means her compatriot Ai Sugiyama is the only Japanese player left in singles play at Melbourne Park.

Kirilenko made the ideal start by breaking Morigami's serve in the second game and then did so again in the sixth game as she went a set up after only 31 minutes, and breaks in the first, fifth and seventh games of the second set saw her win comfortably.

A combination of Kirilenko's 18 winners and 27 unforced errors from Morigami were largely the difference, and Morigami managed to win only 36 per cent of the points when she landed her first serves.

Kirilenko was also extremely impressive when she came to the net, winning the point on each of the 11 occasions that she made an approach and she now has the chance to eclipse her best previous finish at Melbourne Park, third-round appearances in the past two years.

Foot's Fingers
Jan 17th, 2008, 07:11 AM
Well she plaied in terrific style today Just amazing!!! :hearts: Have not seen such her game for long time already

Foot's Fingers
Jan 17th, 2008, 07:11 AM
Unfortunatly, Girls lost dbls match just one min ago.... 26 57

only_one_maria
Jan 17th, 2008, 12:27 PM
Wow! I think that's the 1st time i've been really pleased with a Maria match since september.

Shame about the doubles, but if Maria was worried about her knee, I suspect she would have pulled out of it. Hope she doesn't think about the '3rd round' stat before the Anna match.

the cat
Jan 17th, 2008, 01:33 PM
The Kirilenko/Chakvetadze match is an interesting match between two Muscovites who have know each other since they were children. They know each other well as people and are friends and they know each others games well too. And Anna said a couple years ago Maria is an actress on court so there could be some tenison in the match and there will be alot of hometown pride when they play and I think that plays into Anna's hands because she's a top player while Maria isn't yet. They both play against each other with great desire and alot of pride and I'm sure Anna very much wants to keep holding the upper hand on Makiri.

Anna has beaten Maria easily the last 3 times they've played and has the mental edge on her. But Masha is playing well lately and has a better serve than Anna and is a better volleyer as well. Anna is better and more consistent from the baseline and that is where most of the match will be played. Advantage Chakvetadze. It's up to Maria to turn it into an all court match where her suprior volleying , variety and shot making skills are to her advantage.

I hope ESPN2 shows some of the Chakvetadze/Kirilenko match on television. But I have my doubts they will. :(
__________________

leo830301
Jan 17th, 2008, 02:07 PM
Nice and Perfect Win for The 2R Single!
However, We heartily want you to break your own Record - More than 3R!
Do your best! then, You and Your fans' wish comes true!
Come on, Makiri!

TimeyWimey
Jan 17th, 2008, 02:13 PM
I hope ESPN2 shows some of the Chakvetadze/Kirilenko match on television. But I have my doubts they will. :(
__________________

We can check the schedule tomorrow, if their match is arranged in Rod Laver, Vodafone or MCA then we can anticipate a live broadcast on TV.

cindy
Jan 17th, 2008, 03:14 PM
congrats makiri for your win the next match will be tougher so best of luck to you! keep fighting, you can sure do it!

Labamba
Jan 17th, 2008, 04:09 PM
simply awesome stuff from Maria :worship: she had it all...great volleys, clever dropshots, wonderful passing shots :hearts:

and her movement seemed fine, no signs of the knee problem :)

zwier
Jan 17th, 2008, 04:33 PM
My congratulations for Makiri! :*
I thought that I could see this match on Eurosport but the transmission was from another court.
I see Maria beating Henin in final :D
Good luck!

kirilenko_ishot
Jan 17th, 2008, 10:41 PM
great win for maria
best of luck next round!
hopefully the matc will be on tv

dulkogii
Jan 18th, 2008, 12:41 AM
gooo mariki

Kirilenko_Kamp
Jan 18th, 2008, 03:20 AM
Go Makiri! Let's beat Chakky and finally break through the 3rd round barrier in a Slam once and for all!!! Chakky comparing you to an "actress" on the court is an insult, disgrace, a slap in your face Makiri...:mad: Don't take that crap from her, use it as motivation to beat her down!:devil: You're playing well right now. THIS IS YOUR TIME TO SHINE MAKIRI!:yeah:

TimeyWimey
Jan 18th, 2008, 05:47 AM
All right everybody, the schedule is out, tomorrow's match will start at 11am local time at Rod Laver Arena, the very first tomorrow. Good luck Maria!
http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii291/reyeszjj/Snap1.jpg

Droolv
Jan 18th, 2008, 06:25 AM
First up :hearts: I can watch Maria live :woohoo:

saint2
Jan 18th, 2008, 08:55 AM
Anyone knows will ES show match Anna vs Maria?

Foot's Fingers
Jan 18th, 2008, 11:14 AM
Just hope for good match without meltdowns from both sides

Kirilenko_Kamp
Jan 18th, 2008, 03:37 PM
ESPN2 please, please, please...I'm begging you on my hands and knees...:bowdown: Please show this match!!!Please, Please, Please with sugar on top televise this match. This is the only match that means alot to me!!!:drool: Both of my favs are playing against each other!!!:bigclap: I haven't seen Makiri play on television for a long, long, time.:sad: If you televise this match, I'll promise to watch all your other programs including World Poker Tour Series (eventhough they're reruns), World's Strongest Man, etc.:rolleyes: Hell, I'll even watch PBA Bowling on Sundays.:unsure: Just PLEASE, for the LOVE of GOD show this match!!!:bowdown:

RonnieB33
Jan 18th, 2008, 03:41 PM
Cool, on Rod Laver Arena. That must be televised now, huh?

saint2
Jan 18th, 2008, 04:01 PM
Cool, on Rod Laver Arena. That must be televised now, huh?

But wich TV station will show it? I dont have ESPN, only have Eurosport...

Natash.
Jan 18th, 2008, 05:01 PM
This match is first up on their televising schedule. So yes, they will be showing this match . :)

zwier
Jan 18th, 2008, 08:16 PM
But I read that ES will show match Radwanska - Kuznietzowa. Are you sure?

Labamba
Jan 18th, 2008, 08:17 PM
wow, finally Maria on the Rod Laver Arena :yeah: out on the biggest stage...where she belongs

let's hope she can bring her best game to this match, good luck :)

Droolv
Jan 18th, 2008, 10:48 PM
Good luck Maria, I know you'll do well :D

Droolv
Jan 18th, 2008, 10:49 PM
Oh I'm excited because I'm going to watch her live (on TV :lol:)

:woohoo:

RonnieB33
Jan 18th, 2008, 11:34 PM
Wish I could go home and see if she's on ESPN or Tennis Channel. I'm listening to AO Radio right now. Almost as good. Sounds like she was nervous at the beginning starting off the match with a DF, but she seems to have found her range and is up 2-1 on serve.

Droolv
Jan 19th, 2008, 12:24 AM
Maria lost the first set 7-6 (6) :sad: Fight Masha :D

RonnieB33
Jan 19th, 2008, 12:24 AM
First set to Anna C in a tiebreaker 8-6. Maria just couldn't get over the hump. Hopefully, she'll recover in the second. Match is far from over.

the cat
Jan 19th, 2008, 12:28 AM
It's a shame Masha lost the first set. She isn't coming into the net enough. And Masha only had 6 winners in the first set.
I have a feeling Anna will roll over Maria in the second set. But I hope not.

dulkogii
Jan 19th, 2008, 12:38 AM
Goo mariki!!

7-6 2-1 :P and to serve maria!

goldenlox
Jan 19th, 2008, 12:42 AM
Now with Sveta out, this quarter is wide open

goldenlox
Jan 19th, 2008, 01:02 AM
Maria is playing well. She hasn't let down mentally at all.
She's putting pressure on Anna

goldenlox
Jan 19th, 2008, 01:23 AM
Maria has been playing excellent. She leads 52 in the 3rd.

so.krist!na
Jan 19th, 2008, 01:36 AM
well done maria! :woohoo:
I was watching the live match,Maria played really well.She didnt make many UEs.Keep going girl :yeah:

kirilenko_ishot
Jan 19th, 2008, 01:38 AM
:bigclap::clap2::bigclap:
what a win!!
6-7 6-1 6-2
she stayed tough and forced chakvedatze into making a lot of errors
now shes got a pretty good chance of winning her 4th round match against hantuchova or ruano pascal

the cat
Jan 19th, 2008, 01:41 AM
Congrats to Maria on the biggest win of her career. And beating Anna Chakvetadze the 6th seed and her hometown friend and rival who had dominated their last 3 matches has to make this such a sweet and special win for Maria. :D But the main thing is that Makiri has made the round of 16 of a grand slam for the first time in her career. :) :cool:

I think Eric Van Harpen has played a major role in Maria's success since he became her coach last summer.

Rod the Bama
Jan 19th, 2008, 01:56 AM
What a great win for Makiri. :clap2: She really showed a lot of poise and stamina in the match, especially in the last two sets, which she really took control of. This is the type of win that will greatly boost her confidence. I`m so glad that she`s in the round of 16 in a Grand Slam for the time time in her career. :D

goldenlox
Jan 19th, 2008, 01:59 AM
Maria was mentally tough in this match. She lost a close set, and didn't lose focus. And she was steady the whole match.
Someone new is going to be in the SF. It could be Maria.
How about Maria-Ana in a slam SF?

Topspin2
Jan 19th, 2008, 02:18 AM
Great win Maria, Im so happy for you!!! :bounce::bounce::bounce:

Natash.
Jan 19th, 2008, 02:23 AM
Masha! :hearts: Great win! What a great oppurtunity for you.

TimeyWimey
Jan 19th, 2008, 02:28 AM
Maria showed how versatile and resilient she was, Keep going keep going!

houseoflords
Jan 19th, 2008, 03:31 AM
:bounce:Finally!!!:bounce: Maria has advanced past the 3rd round of a Grand Slam. This was a long time coming. What a great win for Maria! An excellent way to start the year. The key was she stayed agressive. She came to net 10 times and won 8 points. In the past, she would stay on the baseline and hardly come in at all. She plays her best when she is aggressive. This is a really good sign. Great job Maria!!!

AK-DH Fan
Jan 19th, 2008, 05:21 AM
Congrats Maria, on you're first 4th round :) She really does seem to be improving :)!!!!

fun_chumm
Jan 19th, 2008, 05:44 AM
OMG! im so happy!! great game for maria, at least she ended the 3rd round slam curse, hahaha! Many thanks to her coach too! :D

Droolv
Jan 19th, 2008, 07:20 AM
http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/articles/2008-01-19/200801191200717780562.html

;)

leo830301
Jan 19th, 2008, 09:14 AM
You really Did it! Makiri!
Now, Prepare for 4R!
We need more!

cindy
Jan 19th, 2008, 09:33 AM
OMG! I can hardly believe it!!! she won!!! and okay, she lost the first set but the 2 others were just amazing!!! congrats makiri!!! good luck for the next roudn makiri! no matter if it is dani or Ruano Pascual (I guess it will be dani btw) you can do it!

Sharapower8
Jan 19th, 2008, 11:26 AM
I'm really happy with this win ! It's bad for Anna but I'm really proud of Maria's game :worship:

daniela86
Jan 19th, 2008, 01:16 PM
:worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: Amazing Makiri :worship: :worship: Good luck against Dani/VRP now :) Makiri beat Dani in Kolkata, she is definitly able to do it again :) :D If she manages to control her nerves and is aggresive,Makiri should reach her first QF and maybe even her first SF. Go Masha :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: Hope GL is right and that we have Makiri vs Ana in semis :bounce:

Vassili
Jan 19th, 2008, 03:22 PM
I'm so happy :woohoo: she will play in the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time ! I'm proud of you :kiss::worship:

Warrior
Jan 19th, 2008, 03:45 PM
Sixth seed Chakvetadze sunk by Kirilenko
(recasts, adds details, quotes, byline)
By Greg Stutchbury
MELBOURNE, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Sixth seed Anna Chakvetadze was knocked out of the Australian Open 6-7 6-1 6-2 by her former club mate and fellow Russian Maria Kirilenko on Saturday.
Chakvetadze was the second top-10 ranked women's player to lose within the space of an hour at a wet Melbourne Park early on Saturday after second seed Svetlana Kuznetsova was bundled out in the third round by Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska.
Kirilenko, who used to train at the same club as Chakvetadze in Moscow, had not beaten her compatriot since 2005 and the three-match losing streak had started to annoy the 27th seed.
"The last few times I lost (to) her, both in Indian Wells, I got really pissed, you know," Kirilenko told reporters. "Oh, my God, I beat her every time and now I'm losing.
"I was always the best ...when I was small, in juniors. Then the last two years she has (been) very successful (and) wins everything, so she became a top 10 player."
The match was evenly poised in the first set with the 20-year-old Chakvetadze prevailing in the tiebreak 8-6 and Kirilenko admitted she had begun to ponder another loss.
"The first set was really tough," said Kirilenko.
"I thought, 'Oh, my God, if it's going to be like (this) all game, it's going to be really difficult'".
Kirilenko, however, said she noticed from watching the television screens above Rod Laver Arena that Chakvetadze was beginning to look fatigued.
"I saw that she was a little bit tired because there's two big screens on the court," she said. "When you see like someone is dying on that side you feel more energy."
Chakvetadze saved four match points but she was unable to halt the momentum of Kirilenko, who won the match at her fifth opportunity when her opponent sent a forehand wide. (Reporting by Greg Stutchbury; Editing by Ed Osmond) \
http://sport.guardian.co.uk/breakingnews/feedstory/0,,-7238557,00.html

dulkogii
Jan 19th, 2008, 04:25 PM
I'm so happy for you Masha! you will play in the fourth round and you can win this match!

Come on Maria!

drgray
Jan 19th, 2008, 05:37 PM
Yay Maria!! Next up (most likely) Daniela. She doesn't have a winning record against her, but she did beat her in Kolkata. Will be a good rematch, since all of their matches have been close. I can't wait :lick:

Labamba
Jan 19th, 2008, 07:43 PM
:woohoo:

so proud of Maria, finally in the 4th round of a slam :worship:

mental toughness and better physical shape were the key aspects of this win...also the fact that Maria realised after losing the first set, that she had to be more aggressive with her shots was crucial :)

now there's a good chance to go even further, rematch of the Kolkata SF is on the cards for Monday :cool:

Labamba
Jan 19th, 2008, 07:52 PM
Maria a bit too modest: "Usually I'm losing like every time first round in the Grand Slam". :lol: :hug:

http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/interviews/2008-01-19/200801191200718365796.html

Maria Kirilenko

Saturday, 19 January, 2008

Q. The score of the first set says it's an easy match, but it wasn't for you, was it?

MARIA KIRILENKO: No, actually, first set was really tough. And first, like six games, like it was like quite long, you know, and I thought, Oh, my God, if it's going to be, like, all game, it's going to be really difficult.

But, well, then it went, you know, I didn't feel so tired. Actually the end of the first set, we start to make easy mistakes because I think of concentration, her, mine.

Then when I lost I thought, So nothing's happened. Just, like, the game like with three sets, so just decide to fight like in the first set, you know, and went much easy, you know, 6-1, 6-2. Pretty good, I think.

Q. Do you see this as a bit of the breakthrough win at a Grand Slam?

MARIA KIRILENKO: Yeah, actually I think it's quite good to win for me. And before, of course, I beat a couple good players, like top 10. Usually I'm losing like every time first round in the Grand Slam.

Really it's good I broke this tradition in the first round already, so I'm quite happy.

Q. Can you talk about maybe the last six or seven months, why your game has been improving so much, and how you've gotten to this stage?

MARIA KIRILENKO: I don't know. I just continue to work really hard. You know, before I work really hard and now, like -- and maybe it's everything together, you know. Now I start to play better.

Actually, like, I started to work with the coach, also with another one, and so I think it's going very good. You know, like, I understand him, and he's saying to me like, the things, you know, which is, like, before I didn't maybe hear.

And so I think we working also like on a good things. You know, like what I didn't do before maybe. I think maybe it's also helped me in this.

Q. So it's that you have confidence in what he's telling you, and then you can bring that to the court?

MARIA KIRILENKO: Yeah, I like it. Like before the match he's saying me some things, like getting more confidence, you know, and I know he's right. Maybe he can say me just simple things, and I'm, like thinking, and of course it's true.

And I'm just going out there and just fight, you know, fight, playing my best game, you know, showing everything what I can.

Q. Were you surprised at how Anna fell away in the second two sets?

MARIA KIRILENKO: Yeah, like I saw that she's little bit tired, you know, because there's like two big screens on the court. Sometimes I watch on that. And it was like big face of Anna, she's like, Oh, like seems like she was really tired.

And actually I wasn't so tired in the second, third set. Just, you know, I was tired in the first set. I don't know why. Then when I broke it, then it was like good.

Q. Gave you a big boost to see she was really struggling?

MARIA KIRILENKO: Of course when you see like someone is dying on that side you feel more energy.

Q. Are you two good friends?

MARIA KIRILENKO: With Anna?

Q. Yeah.

MARIA KIRILENKO: Yeah, I know her from small age. Like we practiced in the same club and also was quite friendly, you know. I

couldn't say that we're like best friends, you know, but, I mean, good friends. Yes.

Q. Does that make it hard for you?

MARIA KIRILENKO: What?

Q. Out there on the court when you're playing somebody you know so well?

MARIA KIRILENKO: Actually not. It's different, you know, when you're like for example in the locker room with the girls, like, everything, like everybody laughing, smiling.

Then when you go on the court you don't really think, She's my friend. Oh, my God. You know, you just going like with everybody. Playing, don't think anything. Just thinking about the right thing, what you should to do.

Q. When you were in the juniors and at the club with Anna, who won most of those matches?

MARIA KIRILENKO: Usually, like actually I was always the best, you know, like when I was small. Like in juniors every time. Then like last two years she had very successful, like, you know, wins everything, so she became like top 10 player.

To be honest, like I was little bit surprised, because -- I don't know, because from the small age I never thought that she could play as good as like she's playing. It's good for her. She always practiced a lot, I remember.

And she always, like she has a good character, you know, like she's like fight and like angry on the court, you know.

I think it's helped her a lot, you know. It's good that I won today. I'm happy.

Q. Do you feel a little bit more calm and patient in the court? And if so, do you think it's a matter of growing, or you work on it with your trainer?

MARIA KIRILENKO: You mean -- I try to -- what?

Q. More calm and patient on the court?

MARIA KIRILENKO: Yeah. Well, like, I try, you know, to be more calmer, you know. Because sometimes I feel like when I'm playing, you know, too much energy, and so I need to keep it more for the game, not for -- like when I have, like this 25 seconds between the points.

And, yeah, I try to be more calm, to show that I'm quite confident, you know, to show that, like, here I am. So it's helped, actually.

Q. You work with your trainer, or it's just a matter of you growing and getting more...

MARIA KIRILENKO: I don't know. Maybe because I'm getting older, you know, "older." I don't know how to say. I don't know how to say.

Yeah. I know like sometimes what I should to do on court, what I should. You know, I already feel inside, like the second voice already telling me what should to do, so it was good.

Q. When Anna passed you in the rankings the last couple years and she beat you three times in a row coming into this match, did that give you sort of a wakeup call? Did it tell you, I have to do something else with my game now, because now I'm seeing players I used to beat and they're going beyond me?

MARIA KIRILENKO: Yes, of course, it's true. Like first time I played against her in Miami, or like in WTA, I remember I beat her like two sets, but it was also like difficult.

And then always like we had like competition between us, you know, like who would be better and better. And last few times I lost her, like, both in Indian Wells, and I got really pissed, you know.

Oh, my God, I beat her every time and now I'm losing, you know, like two times. But it's getting better. It's not really easy to play against her because she playing quite deep and she has good hands.

But today, you know, I felt like I was running good, and it was like the key, also. And I felt like I'm strong, you know, like I can run, you know, like I can play the ball like how I want, not just hitting.

I tried to change -- I think it's also help, because she likes to play when someone is hitting. She just, like make running the opponent.

Q. So now you're in your first fourth round of a Grand Slam. Can you dream a little bit that maybe you can win a couple more matches and belong with the top players?

MARIA KIRILENKO: Yeah, of course. I wish, you know, like I keep going like this. You know, if I'm going to play, like, good game I'm going to go far. Tomorrow I have a rest day. I mean, I will practice, of course, one hour, and just, you know, concentrate on the game.

I don't want to think about, you know,

like -- like how to say? I want to think about each game, you know, like each opponent so I'm not too far away. It's better step by step, so...

kirilenko_ishot
Jan 19th, 2008, 09:05 PM
i like this quote:
"There's always competition between us to see who would be better and the last few times I lost to her I got really pissed off," Kirilenko revealed.
hopefully she can get fired up for her next match as well

Kirilenko_Kamp
Jan 19th, 2008, 10:12 PM
Congrats Makiri on a tremendous win over Chakky!:bigclap: You've stepped through a new threshold of success at the Slams.:) Now, let's not rest on your laurels with your 3rd round success... There's alot more for you to accomplish here. Continue on your incredible run at the Aussie Open and don't look back! I'm so proud of you!:worship: Good luck Makiri in the 4th round!:yeah:

Natash.
Jan 20th, 2008, 01:23 AM
Now to step it up against Daniela. Show em what you got, Masha! :rocker2:

cindy
Jan 20th, 2008, 08:48 AM
I love this interview! looks like makiri loves to say "like" and "you know" and "I don't know how to say" :lol:
stop laughing, this interview is realy great! thx for sharing

Sharapower8
Jan 20th, 2008, 12:51 PM
Come on Maria, good luck in the next round ! You won't fall now :kiss:

Talita Kumi
Jan 20th, 2008, 02:24 PM
c`mon honey! :smoke:

Topspin2
Jan 20th, 2008, 03:42 PM
Maria good luck against Hantuchova!!! :D

http://img135.imageshack.us/img135/1971/hgfhd8.jpg

zwier
Jan 20th, 2008, 06:54 PM
I know she can do it! ;) It looks like there is no sign of the injury and also Maria is in great form now!!

kirivanovic
Jan 20th, 2008, 07:12 PM
Maria can do it! Dani is a great player but Masha has to remember Kolkatta when she played a very great match.

The 2nd set against Chakvetadze was really amazing,Masha showed how mentally strong she is and made some great shots especially with her backhand.

If u wanna hear Maria's voice,this is the audio interview(the script was posted before)

http://www.australianopen.com/media/audio/080119_mcf_kirilenko_64.mp3

the cat
Jan 20th, 2008, 07:40 PM
I think Maria needs to play her best match of the tournament to upset an in form and very confident Daniela Hantuchova. Udachi Maria! :bounce:

Labamba
Jan 20th, 2008, 08:01 PM
Maria vs Daniela is the 2nd match on the Vodafone Arena today

good luck Maria, you can do it :rocker2:

Natash.
Jan 20th, 2008, 08:16 PM
I hope ESPN360 is working :rocker2:

Droolv
Jan 21st, 2008, 01:57 AM
First set to Maria 6-1 :yeah:

Close it out in 2 Maria :D

:woohoo:

TimeyWimey
Jan 21st, 2008, 02:44 AM
Dani won set 2, it'll be a very tough game in set 3, Good luck Maria!

the cat
Jan 21st, 2008, 03:14 AM
Maria is letting a golden opportunity slip away and is down 1-3 in the final set against Hantuchova. :( Dani has the momentum now. I think only Hantuchova's nerves can stop her from beating Maria now.

TimeyWimey
Jan 21st, 2008, 03:23 AM
I'm very unhappy that I haven't seen any clip of Maria's game on TV live in this year's AO. All I can do is staring at the scoreboard and pray.
Maria 3:5 in set 3 now, hope grit can guide her out of trouble.

kirilenko_ishot
Jan 21st, 2008, 03:34 AM
she got one break back!
just hold serve now

TimeyWimey
Jan 21st, 2008, 03:39 AM
Win or go home moment now

TimeyWimey
Jan 21st, 2008, 03:41 AM
4:5,Well Done Maria

houseoflords
Jan 21st, 2008, 03:55 AM
:bigcry:Maria!!!:bigcry: This one really hurts. She's up a set and 3-1 and 30-love and in complete control, having only lost 3 points on her serve and then a double fault causes the roof to fall in. I'm happy that she didn't give up in the 3rd after falling behind but man oh man it never should have gotten to that point. Maria isn't going to be happy about letting this opportunity slip away.

Rod the Bama
Jan 21st, 2008, 04:21 AM
What a tough loss for Makiri. :sad: She really is going to be kicking herself for blowing a great opportunity to take control of the match. This is definitely a tough loss for her. Still i`m very proud of Makiri for making her best run in a Grand Slam. She has nothing to be ashamed of as far as i`m concerned. She just needs to do a better of taking advantage of great opportunities against higher ranked opponents.

Topspin2
Jan 21st, 2008, 04:55 AM
Ohhhhhhhhhh nooooooooooooooooooooooo Maria.............. :sobbing::sobbing::sobbing::bigcry::bigcry::crying 2::crying2:

http://img292.imageshack.us/img292/6338/dahv4.jpg

Droolv
Jan 21st, 2008, 06:42 AM
Maria :sad: :hug:

I'm proud of your 4th round and wish you goodluck for the rest of the year :yeah:

TimeyWimey
Jan 21st, 2008, 06:44 AM
I believe She's definitely learnt a lot from the last two matches. She edged Anna from behind and Dani did the same as she did two days ago. Though not a perfect journey in Melbourne, I hope AO 2008 will be a booster on her road to top 10. Keep going Maria.

cindy
Jan 21st, 2008, 08:42 AM
well so sad she lost but in the same time I'm very proud of her. It was the first time she had the opportunity to play a quarter in a GS maybe she was a lil bit stressed
still she played an amazing AO...hope it will learn her a lot of thing.
She improved a lot so congrats makiri!

saint2
Jan 21st, 2008, 09:49 AM
No need to cry. This was a really great tournament for little Masha. She defeated top10 player, and lost after fight to another. In difrence of many ther players (Jankovic, Petrova) She had realy hard draw and she should be proud of herself.
Again, congratulations of making 1st (I hope not last) 4 round at Grand Slam :hug:

only_one_maria
Jan 21st, 2008, 12:22 PM
Well, I have to say I am gutted. I saw that she had lost this morning and now I'm getting to understand the full nature of the turnaround in the match. Just as I was expecting Maria to lose against Anna, I was expecting her to beat Dani. I hope she can bounce back quickly and there's a few useful ranking points too.

Secondly (and I may regret saying this) but I've seen some worrying signs of late from Maria on court. Neither player really bothered with a handshake at the end of the Anna match and apparently it was pretty similar today with Dani. There's also the point that Maria called for the trainer at 5-3 and at 5-4 in the final set, which again might be seen as gamesmanship gone too far. Don't know what anyone thinks, it's just my concern.

TheBoiledEgg
Jan 21st, 2008, 01:27 PM
Masha was looking so good and confident
6-1 3-1 30-0 up
one silly shot and the wheels came off :sad:

dulkogii
Jan 21st, 2008, 02:33 PM
Maria..! what´s up with you?

TimeyWimey
Jan 21st, 2008, 02:47 PM
Secondly (and I may regret saying this) but I've seen some worrying signs of late from Maria on court. Neither player really bothered with a handshake at the end of the Anna match and apparently it was pretty similar today with Dani. There's also the point that Maria called for the trainer at 5-3 and at 5-4 in the final set, which again might be seen as gamesmanship gone too far. Don't know what anyone thinks, it's just my concern.

I watched Saturday's game today and to be frank I'm a little bit disappointed with their handshake, compared with Gasquet and Tsonga did after their game, Anna and Maria just "touched" their hands as if they were strangers, no hug, no conversation. But you know, it must be extremely despondent after losing a game in which you gained complete control in the early stage and only one step from the next round. (In fact, most losers do the same, they just want to run away from the court as soon as possible, but Gasquet really showed something long-missing today, and none of these players should be blamed)

And as to the gamesmansip you mentioned, I just don't want to think that way but I can't convince myself of what situation it might be with Maria at that time, either.

Now every of us should just let the nightmare go and I do really hope Maria has learnt something from this defeat.
Best wishes to her

Kirilenko_Kamp
Jan 21st, 2008, 03:17 PM
ESPN2 only showed bits and pieces of this match. I was able to catch part of it when Dani was serving for the match in the 3rd set up 5-2. Makiri broke back to 5-3 an then stupid ESPN2 went to the Roger Federer match then some of James Blake match.:mad: They finally got back to Makiri's match with Dani leading 5-4 serving a 2nd time for the match. It was already 30-0 and what bothered me most was Makiri not making Dani work to earn her service game.:fiery: Two quick points and Dani won without even sweating it out. Makiri didn't let Dani's nerves get the best of her in that service game. She could've prolonged the game by just getting the ball back and sustaining some long rallies with Dani, but she didn't. Everyone knows Dani gets nervous at big pressure moments in matches. Makiri just didn't let that come into play. All in all, this was a great Aussie Open for Makiri. She finally broke through the 3rd round barrier in the Slams.:clap2: Hopefully she will shake off this tough loss and take the positives from here. Good luck the rest of the year Makiri!:)

Labamba
Jan 21st, 2008, 04:53 PM
Maria :hug: good chance wasted for a QF or even SF :sad:

everything was going perfect until that game at 3-1 up, she really played like a Top 10 player for the first 11 games...then Daniela went on that 17-point run playing some great tennis herself, there was not much Maria could do in those games :awww:

despite the loss today, Maria had a great AO :) She played some fantastic tennis, reached her first GS 4th round and had a big win against a top 10 player. I hope she can keep improving and have a great year, she needs to be consistent in all of the big events, not just in a few here and there.

the cat
Jan 21st, 2008, 08:14 PM
That was a terrible loss for Maria against Hantuchova. :( Not that she lost to Dani but the way she lost. Following the match online was absolutely torturous! :mad: It's just hard to believe to could play so well for a set and the first 4 games of the second set and then fall apart after that. :scratch: Sure Dani's improved play in the second set had alot to do with that but Masha's lack of toughness hurt her in this match and in the third set when she inexcusably went down 2 breaks of serve in the third set. :rolleyes:

Masha took a step forward in her career by beating Chakvetadze and finally making the fourth round of a grand slam. But she took a half a step back with her collapse against Hantuchova. :(

houseoflords
Jan 21st, 2008, 08:39 PM
The gamesmanship issue is one that is becoming more and more prevelant in women's tennis in general. I even see it in Junior girls matches. Whenever things are going badly, a player calls for the trainer, whether there is an injury or not. Anastassia Pavluchenkova (sp?) did it to Paszek twice at key points in the US Open junior girls final in 2006, including once when Paszek was serving for the match. It is all about changing momentum. As for Maria calling for the trainer at 5-3 & 5-4 in the 3rd set, that really didn't make sense from a momentum standpoint. Maria had all the momentum at that point. The last game after the final injury timeout, it was a pretty weak game from Maria.
As for the handshake with Anna, there has been speculation that their friendship as cooled after Chakvetadze;s actress comments. I don't know if this is the case or not. If it is not, I can imagine that Anna still wasn't in too good of a mood after losing, especially getting blown off the court in the last 2 sets. Maria's handshake or lack there of with Hantuchova can be explained very easily. She was ticked at herself for letting the match get away and obviously wasn't in a good mood. I've certainly been there in games I've played and I have to say my handshakes afterwards were half-hearted. It's a frustration thing. I'm not saying that it is right. It just happens.

Talita Kumi
Jan 21st, 2008, 09:11 PM
Maria :hug:

the cat
Jan 22nd, 2008, 01:05 AM
The gamesmanship issue is one that is becoming more and more prevelant in women's tennis in general. I even see it in Junior girls matches. Whenever things are going badly, a player calls for the trainer, whether there is an injury or not. Anastassia Pavluchenkova (sp?) did it to Paszek twice at key points in the US Open junior girls final in 2006, including once when Paszek was serving for the match. It is all about changing momentum. As for Maria calling for the trainer at 5-3 & 5-4 in the 3rd set, that really didn't make sense from a momentum standpoint. Maria had all the momentum at that point. The last game after the final injury timeout, it was a pretty weak game from Maria.
As for the handshake with Anna, there has been speculation that their friendship as cooled after Chakvetadze;s actress comments. I don't know if this is the case or not. If it is not, I can imagine that Anna still wasn't in too good of a mood after losing, especially getting blown off the court in the last 2 sets. Maria's handshake or lack there of with Hantuchova can be explained very easily. She was ticked at herself for letting the match get away and obviously wasn't in a good mood. I've certainly been there in games I've played and I have to say my handshakes afterwards were half-hearted. It's a frustration thing. I'm not saying that it is right. It just happens.
I just saw the Kirilenko/Hantuchova matchpoint on Youtube and they stopped at the net to talk to each other for a couple of seconds at the net before leaving the court. And it looked like they shook hands too. It seemed much warmer than the Maria/Anna handshake after Masha upset her. But Masha knows it was painful for Anna to lose to her and probably didn't want to press the issue with Anna at the net. That makes sense.

House, Masha said after she beat Anna that she and Anna weren't best friends but they are good friends. I think Masha and Anna are still friends but probably not as close as before. Anna has usurped Masha's career by a wide margin at this point in their careers and that surprised Masha since she was a better tennis player than Anna in childhood and as juniors. But it's been normal the last 2 years for Anna to feel superior to Masha because her results have been so much better. Now Masha has a top coach and some real confidence is ready to challenge Anna and that's not going to be easy for Anna to take. There will be some tension when they play and possibly even when they intereact on the tour and that's kind of sad. They are both 20 and from the same country, same city and same tennis club so their friendship and rivalry run deep. And I don't think Anna will be taking back her actress comment about Maria any time soon. ;)

As for Masha's injury timeouts, if she wasn't hurting then she was a fool for taking the injury timeouts especially the one at 5-4 in the third set when Hantuchova could have imploded from the pressure of serving for the match for the second time. But the injury timeout at 5-4 gave Hantuchova the time to relax and compose herself. And Daniela served out the match at love. Sometimes I think that Maria doesn't have a high tennis IQ. :(

Natash.
Jan 22nd, 2008, 03:16 AM
Masha wasn't the problem in the handshake with Anna. :lol:

As for Daniela, I also saw her and Daniela talk for a bit. Masha does not like to lose. She thinks highly of herself and she wants to win. As long as she doesn't smash waterbottles or doesn't give them a handshake entirely, she's fine.

TimeyWimey
Jan 22nd, 2008, 03:18 AM
Sometimes I think that Maria doesn't have a high tennis IQ. :(

I agree and neither do most of women top players, because they earned fame and trophy when they were very young even before they got challenged, so we can find out that few of them can deal with troubles in a good way. They just play and play without thinking on the court. It's , to some extent, just an unique phenomenon in women's matches.

only_one_maria
Jan 22nd, 2008, 05:08 PM
Well, maybe I was being harsh questioning her sportsmanship after the Dani match. I was only going by what was said on the 'General Messages' board - never very reliable.

As for the IQ, remember Van Harpen's Top10 interview. Said she was the best listener he had worked with. Saying that, Masha's collapse from a set and 3-1 was inexplicable.

houseoflords
Jan 22nd, 2008, 06:31 PM
I think Maria had a high tennis IQ. The problem is she doesn't always use it. She'll go away from what was working if a situation gets tight. Aggressive play turns into tenative play. Maria needs to keep playing her game. Van Harpen needs to get that into her head. I think the fact that she has had so many coaches the past few years and her father, telling her different things, hasn't helped. Maria has said that she trusts Van Harpen. If he can get her to keep playing her game when a situation gets tight, she'll reach the top 10

Labamba
Jan 22nd, 2008, 07:31 PM
I think Maria had a high tennis IQ. The problem is she doesn't always use it. She'll go away from what was working if a situation gets tight. Aggressive play turns into tenative play. Maria needs to keep playing her game. Van Harpen needs to get that into her head. I think the fact that she has had so many coaches the past few years and her father, telling her different things, hasn't helped. Maria has said that she trusts Van Harpen. If he can get her to keep playing her game when a situation gets tight, she'll reach the top 10

I think it's more of a confidence issue with Maria, not so much about having a high tennis IQ (which I think Maria has). Tennis is such a mental game, confident players don't have to question their decisions and tactics during a match. Maria has had (too) many tough losses in the past few years which has resulted in a low self-confidence, even she admits it in her interview by saying things like "I always lose in the Grand Slam first rounds", etc. During the last six months you can notice that she's regaining some of the confidence with the help of a good coach and by having some positive results. Still it's a long road and there's always going to be a few matches like yesterday, but she's going in the right direction. With Maria's talent, fitness and determination (+ Van Harpen as coach), I can only see good things for her in the future. Reaching Top 10 at some point in her career doesn't seem impossible to me at all.

RonnieB33
Jan 22nd, 2008, 07:41 PM
Congratulations to Maria on a breakthrough tournament. Though it hurts to lose a match like that to Daniela, she is correct in labeling this tournament a success. She already knew that she can compete with the Top 10 and this tournament only solidifies that notion. While I didn't see all of her matches, it seems that Maria did not break down physically at the end of either match. It came down to her mental stamina, which was high in the Anna C match, but not enough in the Daniela match.

I don't know what tournaments she will be playing from here till Indian Wells/Miami. She'll probably play Dubai and Doha which means she'll have some time to rest and work on her game. There may be a new Maria this year in that she will play less tournaments and concentrate on fine-tuning her game on the practice court instead of trying to work it out in competitive matches. I hope Coach Van Harpen is taking this route.

See you next tournament!

RonnieB33
Jan 22nd, 2008, 07:45 PM
I also noticed the lack of handshaking in both the Anna and Daniela matches. At least Daniela and Maria reportedly interacted after the match. But I do sense some bad blood between Maria and Anna C. I was listening to AO Radio commentary during the match. Maria slammed her racquet on the ground after she lost the first set the commentators said that Anna C asked for a code violation on Maria for racquet abuse. Can anyone else confirm this? I rarely hear players ask for such a thing and if it's true it may be an indication of the ice between the two. Or perhaps I'm reading too much into this.

I contrast the icy handshakes to the warmth I saw when Maria beat Gisela Dulko and lost to Ana Ivanovic in L.A. last August. The handshake at the end of those matches were kisses to the cheek. Maybe all it is is that Maria's just closer friends with Gisela and Ana I than Anna C and Daniela.

Perhaps it's best we not read too much into anything.

saniapower
Jan 22nd, 2008, 11:15 PM
I wish if she had won the match against Daniella..........

Kirilenko_Kamp
Jan 23rd, 2008, 03:17 PM
Dani is in the Semis. Awwwwe!!! What could have been...:awww:That could have been Makiri in that position...What could have been...Makiri should be there facing her friend Ana in the Semis...leading Dani 6-1, 3-1, but then losing 17 consecutive points...:eek::fiery:Awwwwe!!! What could have been...:awww:Another great opportunity lost...:sad:What could have been Makiri...What could have been...:sobbing:

cindy
Jan 23rd, 2008, 03:21 PM
well as we said in french "ce n'est que partie remise" which means "she didn't do it this time but she'll soon do it" ;)

TimeyWimey
Jan 23rd, 2008, 03:26 PM
I also noticed the lack of handshaking in both the Anna and Daniela matches. At least Daniela and Maria reportedly interacted after the match. But I do sense some bad blood between Maria and Anna C. I was listening to AO Radio commentary during the match. Maria slammed her racquet on the ground after she lost the first set the commentators said that Anna C asked for a code violation on Maria for racquet abuse.

Obviously Maria and Anna became estranged from each other, I've never heard of Maria's racquet abuse or Anna's request, but if true, they've really gone too far.

RonnieB33
Jan 23rd, 2008, 04:38 PM
Obviously Maria and Anna became estranged from each other, I've never heard of Maria's racquet abuse or Anna's request, but if true, they've really gone too far.
I'd rather not jump to conclusions if I'm the only who heard about this. I was listening to AO Radio who made the comment, but then they didn't comment more on it afterward. So, it's probably best to make this a dead issue unless someone else can confirm it actually happened or looked like it happened.

Nikkiri
Jan 23rd, 2008, 04:42 PM
I was listening to AO Radio commentary during the match. Maria slammed her racquet on the ground after she lost the first set the commentators said that Anna C asked for a code violation on Maria for racquet abuse.


I watched this match and Anna was complaining about how far Maria came in to return her 2nd serve and the commentators mentioned her complaining about the noise her shoes made too.

only_one_maria
Jan 23rd, 2008, 05:25 PM
Well, surely Masha can stand where she wants to return serve? As for the shoes, that just sounds weird.

I have a lot of sympathy for Anna C, but it sounds pretty daft.

Langers
Jan 26th, 2008, 01:43 PM
I watched this match and Anna was complaining about how far Maria came in to return her 2nd serve and the commentators mentioned her complaining about the noise her shoes made too.
That's got to be the worst complaint I've ever heard! She's a joke is Anna, cannot stand her.

Nikkiri
Jan 26th, 2008, 01:49 PM
That's got to be the worst complaint I've ever heard! She's a joke is Anna, cannot stand her.

Yeah, and then Maria made an error and Anna won the set, pretty stupid to complain about about something so silly. A lot of uptight players this year? ;)

Langers
Jan 27th, 2008, 02:53 AM
Yeah, and then Maria made an error and Anna won the set, pretty stupid to complain about about something so silly. A lot of uptight players this year? ;)
And not to mention the fans too!

Michael_21
Jan 27th, 2008, 03:23 AM
well done makiri good result in making the 4th round and only just lost the match against daniela. good start to the season good luck in the next tournament :)

Krzysiu.
Jan 31st, 2008, 05:40 PM
i loved watching Makiri in game vs Chakvetadze

Gdog
Jan 31st, 2008, 08:08 PM
I'm an Anna and Maria fan and I've heard nothing about any serious falling out between them. From what I understand the Russians hate playing each other and the matches become very tense. These matches mean a lot to them as it is more than just the tournament that they are playing at that is on the line. Things like FedCup opportunities and Olympic positions are often on the line.

About the squeaking shoes thing, while it is rather absurd, it was complained about by more than one player at this years AO. The way I see it, that is just a player who is too easily distracted. People have said the same thing about Monica Seles and Maria Sharapova's grunting too. If you are focused on your serve after you have heard it about once or twice it should not affect you.

I am very proud of the way Maria Kirilenko played in this years AO and I hope the rest of her year is just as successful if not even more so.

Krzysiu.
Feb 2nd, 2008, 06:35 PM
Maria and Anna are friends from youth years. both played on the same tournaments for years and its simple that they like each other. Kirileno-Chakvetadze match was really very tense for that reason.

HowardH
Feb 4th, 2008, 03:00 PM
Now that I have finally seen the match between Maria and Dani- thanks Dorotek! - I think it's safe to say that Maria had a great chance to win. Maria is improving, she has increased the power on her backhand and forehand, although I think she could still increase her power more, and get more accurate at "lining up" shots for winners. Her backswing seems to be a little longer, which helps her get more power. I'm hopeful this will be a good year for Maria.

I don't think there was much shoe squeaking from Maria, not compared with Ana Ivanovic anyway, whose squeaking was a little too much.

About what happened in the match with Anna Chakvetadze, to be fair to Anna, what happened was this: At the end of the first set tiebreak, on Anna's second serve, Maria moved quite far forward before Anna tossed the ball, then retreated quickly to a normal position as Anna served. Maria missed the return, but I understand why Anna didn't like it, because it seemed to go a little too far in terms of trying to distract your opponent. After all, Maria didn't actually intend to hit a return from that close to the service line, she was just trying to put Anna off, hoping to draw a double fault.

In the tennis rules you aren't allowed to try to distract your opponent, although of course you can stand where you like to return, and the umpire has to decide whether or not you are intentionally trying to distract the opponent. I think what Maria did was a little bit unsportsmanlike, and it was one of the few things I didn't like about what Maria did at this year's AO. Everything else was great.

Oh, and one more thing: Maria is definitely getting stronger, from increased training perhaps? But I'm a little worried about how much she was stretching her lower back and hips in the Australian Open. Is her body handling the extra training? And then she needed an injury timeout against Dani. I hope she is getting enough rest and recovery and stretching/massage etc, because she is young, and she needs to take care of her body. I don't want her to retire young like Kim Clijsters.

Natash.
Feb 4th, 2008, 03:47 PM
I believe that return thing is the same thing Ivanovic does.