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joćo.
Apr 11th, 2008, 07:52 PM
C'MON!!! :hearts::hearts::worship::worship::worship:
Maria: 11 Aces / 8 DFs (1st Serve - 59%)
GL in the semis. :D

zlove
Apr 11th, 2008, 07:54 PM
:worship: :yeah:

Optima
Apr 11th, 2008, 07:54 PM
Well done Maria, nicely fought. :D

Demska
Apr 11th, 2008, 07:54 PM
Masha should have wrapped this up in 2 with 3 set points in the TB :p

Credits to her though, another 2h 43m slug fest on her least favourite surface against a tricky player. Good luck in SF's :yeah:

goldenlox
Apr 11th, 2008, 07:54 PM
Maria is 21-1 this year. Solid last 2 sets

Craig.
Apr 11th, 2008, 07:55 PM
6-2. ;) ANOTHER HARD MATCH, BUT SHE CAME THROUGH! That's my girl. HEART OF A CHAMPION! :hearts:

And did anyone notice the 11 aces? :eek: :bounce:

TheBoiledEgg
Apr 11th, 2008, 07:55 PM
Masha got her act together in end
but that 1st set :o :o all those set pts wasted :help:

saniapower
Apr 11th, 2008, 07:55 PM
Maria :worship: you should win those in 2 sets. anyway congrats :yeah:

swissmr
Apr 11th, 2008, 07:56 PM
Tough, tough biatch!

LDF
Apr 11th, 2008, 07:56 PM
Great fight Maria :worship:

Kim's_fan_4ever
Apr 11th, 2008, 07:56 PM
Maria :bounce:
Bondarenko's behaviour was so annoying today :tape:

anon57
Apr 11th, 2008, 07:56 PM
Good match from both players, Bondarenko did well to take the opening tiebreak but after that Sharapova started playing better, especially on serve, Good third set from Maria, :yeah:

Russianboy
Apr 11th, 2008, 07:56 PM
the last two points were excellent aces from mash :D

great great. congrats babe :)

morningglory
Apr 11th, 2008, 07:56 PM
She goes for too much... on a lot of those first serves nonetheless... shoulda been a good bit easier

IanRadi
Apr 11th, 2008, 07:56 PM
Alona saved 2 MP when she was serving 1-5 15-40 in the last set :o

Princeza
Apr 11th, 2008, 07:56 PM
Phew finally.

Bremen
Apr 11th, 2008, 07:57 PM
6-2. ;) ANOTHER HARD MATCH, BUT SHE CAME THROUGH! That's my girl. HEART OF A CHAMPION! :hearts:

And did anyone notice the 11 aces? :eek: :bounce:

Yeah but she had like 8 dfs...so it really wasn't much of an advantage...

P_Fer
Apr 11th, 2008, 07:57 PM
Great fight again Maria! Good luck in the Semis :)

akosiirwyn
Apr 11th, 2008, 07:57 PM
1st set :o
but good play from then on :) GL in the semis

Kobra
Apr 11th, 2008, 07:59 PM
Well played Maria, but you must win this match in two. :)

Good luck in SF!

Poova
Apr 11th, 2008, 07:59 PM
Good job Maria, bad first set but took care of business in the final two sets. :yeah:

Now against Davenport or Szavay. Good luck! :hearts:

joćo.
Apr 11th, 2008, 08:00 PM
Maria was playing really good in the third set.

pav
Apr 11th, 2008, 08:01 PM
Bugger :fiery: I wanted the better looking up and comer to win! still good tournament Alona :) Masha has plenty of supporters

joćo.
Apr 11th, 2008, 08:02 PM
ANOTHER BATTLE IN FLORIDA

It may not have been as long as yesterday's match but Maria pulled out the tough win today in Amelia Island to reach the semis. Maria won 6-7 6-3 6-2 against #11 seed Alona Bondarenko of the Ukraine in 2 hours and 43 minutes.

In the 4 tournaments that Maria has played this year, she has advanced to at least the semis in each of them.

Maria had a slow start in the 1st set as she went down 0-3, even though Maria battled back to force a tie-break, she narrowly missed out as Bondarenko won the tie-break 11-9.

Maria took the 2nd set 6-3 and piled on the pressure in the third set as she took it 6-2.

In the semis to be played on Saturday, Maria will play either Lindsay Davenport of the United States or Agnes Szavay of Hungary.

- MariaSharapova.com

faboozadoo15
Apr 11th, 2008, 08:03 PM
I'm really impressed. When she dropped that first set in retarded fashion, I thought she was toast, especially after a 3.5 hour match yesterday.

The last 2 sets were simmering.

Craig.
Apr 11th, 2008, 08:04 PM
Yeah but she had like 8 dfs...so it really wasn't much of an advantage...

Yeah, but it's a freaking 3-hour match. You expect her to hit 2 doubles in a match that long? I just meant that she normally doesn't hit 11 aces in a match, whether it's an hour long or 4 hours long. The max is around 5.

sammy01
Apr 11th, 2008, 08:04 PM
well done maria, your fight got you through.

hard luck alona, be more positive!

as for maria and her chances at the french open, im sad to say she hasn't got a chance. 2 players outside the top 20 have caused her to be out there 6 hours and only her mental toughnes has got her through. if this was against henin, ivanovic, jj, sveta she would have been beat in 2 sets, heck even against quality clay courters like fran and flavia she'd have been on a flight home. she may well win this tournament but shes not convincing me. she could reach the semis of the french open like last year if her draw is nice but she cant hide forever, i cant even think of a top players that likes clay that shes beat on clay.

Rod the Bama
Apr 11th, 2008, 08:04 PM
Another good win for Maria. :clap2: I`m glad that today`s match wasn`t another marathon like yesterday`s match. Like it was said eariler, Maria should`ve won the match in straight sets, but she did a great job of making some adjustments like serving wide at times and controlling the last two sets. Like i`ve said eariler, this is another good win for Maria. Hopefully she can make some improvements before tomorrow`s match.

Lucyxx
Apr 11th, 2008, 08:05 PM
Masha played her best when she needed to. She needed to come to net more because Alona was just running side to side getting everything back. I like how Joyce calmed her down, she played back to FedCup form after her exchange 2nd set intermission.

Craig.
Apr 11th, 2008, 08:05 PM
One question, anyone who saw the match on TV... can you tell me how they both played? In detail. Would really appreciate it. Thanks. :)

bellascarlett
Apr 11th, 2008, 08:07 PM
:woohoo:

Masha!!! :dance: :yippee:

Great fight again! I was already thinking she might just throw it away in the second after that first set tiebreak if she didn't get it together quickly in the second set...but good thing she did...:yeah: Should have been a two set win though. But important is that she is through and she ended strongly. 11 aces! :banana:

Rest up for the semis! Good luck Mash! :)

Bremen
Apr 11th, 2008, 08:08 PM
Yeah, but it's a freaking 3-hour match. You expect her to hit 2 doubles in a match that long? I just meant that she normally doesn't hit 11 aces in a match, whether it's an hour long or 4 hours long. The max is around 5.

True.

Emina.
Apr 11th, 2008, 08:10 PM
Masha :kiss:much better imo :)

THE CROWD!!!! :hearts::kiss:

Dodoboy.
Apr 11th, 2008, 08:10 PM
Alona doesn't deserve this :hug:

Maria was just bashing that ball. She got through on her power basically, quite unfair.

I didn't like that at all, it just wasn't the tennis i hope to see after Miami into RG.

beriadan
Apr 11th, 2008, 08:14 PM
Maria did indeed move like a cow on ice initially... it was kind of painful to watch, but as the match progressed she she relaxed into the surface. What really surprised me is that she executed several lobs, slices, and drop-shots consistently. I remember people saying that she couldn't hit those elementary shots... hehe!

handan
Apr 11th, 2008, 08:15 PM
sharapova's volleys were comedy. She really needs to fix it.
Her serve wasn't great either. Her second serve was too weak.

Demska
Apr 11th, 2008, 08:18 PM
Sharapova also played many drop shots, with varying degree of success :tape:

TennisPlayingFox
Apr 11th, 2008, 08:18 PM
Nice job Maria! Good luck in the semis!

sammy01
Apr 11th, 2008, 08:19 PM
Maria did indeed move like a cow on ice initially... it was kind of painful to watch, but as the match progressed she she relaxed into the surface. What really surprised me is that she executed several lobs, slices, and drop-shots consistently. I remember people saying that she couldn't hit those elementary shots... hehe!

she didn't hit any slices, though her drop shot wasn't bad, a couple of duff ones but a couple of beauties. her lob off the back hand has always been good because she can wrap the left wrist around, that why she can get good angle on her backhand as well.

MrSerenaWilliams
Apr 11th, 2008, 08:20 PM
never in doubt :yeah: GL in the semis

Adal
Apr 11th, 2008, 08:21 PM
Alona doesn't deserve this :hug:

Maria was just bashing that ball. She got through on her power basically, quite unfair.

I didn't like that at all, it just wasn't the tennis i hope to see after Miami into RG.
Just bashing the ball? Did you see the match? :rolleyes:

beriadan
Apr 11th, 2008, 08:21 PM
I think it's easy to come here and laugh about how bad Maria is at this or that, but I mean, is anyone here any better at those shots than she is? Would you blow her off the court in a match?

Slutiana
Apr 11th, 2008, 08:22 PM
:o:o:o. Alona was way too passive. Although it won her the first set, those first three games had me on the floor because of Maria's, quite frankly, horrible movement. Instead, she chose to let Maria make the errors instead of going for the win. They never learn.

Emina.
Apr 11th, 2008, 08:22 PM
Maria :bounce:
Bondarenko's behaviour was so annoying today :tape:

i think this is why the crowd were very pro-Masha :cool:

goldenlox
Apr 11th, 2008, 08:31 PM
http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20080411/capt.24684dc17fae4c948f94d8a709a67857.amelia_islan d_tennis_flpc212.jpg
Maria Sharapova, of Russia, returns a shot to Alona Bondarenko during their quarter-final tennis match at the Bausch & Lomb Championships, Friday, April 11, 2008, in Amelia Island, Fla. Sharapova, the number one seed, won 6-7, 6-3 and 6-2.

http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20080411/capt.4e2ed4de75b541b28f4d29c6a2d365cd.amelia_islan d_tennis_flpc209.jpg
Maria Sharapova, of Russia, returns a shot to Alona Bondarenko during their quarter-final tennis match at the Bausch & Lomb Championships, Friday, April 11, 2008, in Amelia Island, Fla.

Destiny
Apr 11th, 2008, 08:33 PM
Her sheer power won her this game

It's not a bad thing as she knows how to use it
But depressing to watch imo
Really did not enjoy the hour i watched
Good game Maria i guess
Alona :hug: Hope she learns from this and becomes more attacking of Maria weaker shots coz it worked on some pionts. :sad:

Elwin.
Apr 11th, 2008, 08:34 PM
Alona :sad:

Expat
Apr 11th, 2008, 08:35 PM
Her sheer power won her this game

It's not a bad thing as she knows how to use it
But depressing to watch imo
Really did not enjoy the hour i watched
Good game Maria i guess
Alona :hug: Hope she learns from this and becomes more attacking of Maria weaker shots coz it worked on some pionts. :sad:
im a williams fan myself but thats the same way serena win on clay
both serena and maria are weaker on clay and depend on their mental grit and power game to go through

Bulgaria
Apr 11th, 2008, 08:36 PM
Good job Maria. :yeah:

Adal
Apr 11th, 2008, 08:39 PM
Actually she had a variety in her game today: she used A LOT of dropshots, lobs and was coming to the net pretty often. Not all of that worked really well, but she did try.
Bashing the ball is what she did against Schnyder on clay last year.

goldenlox
Apr 11th, 2008, 08:41 PM
Her sheer power won her this game

It's not a bad thing as she knows how to use it
But depressing to watch imo
Really did not enjoy the hour i watched
Good game Maria i guess
Alona :hug: Hope she learns from this and becomes more attacking of Maria weaker shots coz it worked on some pionts. :sad:That's interesting, because I really enjoyed watching it. You see a great player fighting thru the match, when she knows she could have won the first set. You can see a lot of the weapons Maria has, both in her strokes and her mental toughness.

Vincey!
Apr 11th, 2008, 08:44 PM
Maria :hearts:

miura
Apr 11th, 2008, 08:44 PM
Keep them coming! I hope Maria can become a contender for the FO title!

Destiny
Apr 11th, 2008, 08:45 PM
im a williams fan myself but thats the same way serena win on clay
both serena and maria are weaker on clay and depend on their mental grit and power game to go through

Is it forgot the last time i had seen Serena
But it doesn't still make it pretty to watch:angel:

schorsch
Apr 11th, 2008, 08:45 PM
I was disappointed most with Masha's return today. She either caught them way to late, went for too much or didnt step into the court at all when returning. That hurt her a lot. Although as goldenlox said for me it's intersting as well how Maria approaches this clay challenge and well it is a working progress and a lot needs to be done, but she tries and thats whats important.

Keep working hard Mashenka :)

Destiny
Apr 11th, 2008, 08:47 PM
Maria mental toughness :worship:

AnyaSerb
Apr 11th, 2008, 08:49 PM
I still can't belive that Lynn Welch or what's the umpire's name,didn't allow Maria to go to the toilet!! What a biatch!!

sammy01
Apr 11th, 2008, 08:56 PM
I still can't belive that Lynn Welch or what's the umpire's name,didn't allow Maria to go to the toilet!! What a biatch!!

:confused: you cant believe the umpire enforced the rules :tape::help:

Rerun
Apr 11th, 2008, 08:58 PM
well in the last two set she served very good and this was one of the keys to win.
Btw today she played some wonderful crosscourt backhands :hearts:

good luck in semi white tiger :yeah:

faboozadoo15
Apr 11th, 2008, 08:59 PM
:confused: you cant believe the umpire enforced the rules :tape::help:

It's a silly rule... bathroom breaks, if necessary should be on the changeover. Maybe they should make the players ask for them before the changeover starts... who knows?

But stopping at 3-1 is :weirdo:

sammy01
Apr 11th, 2008, 09:01 PM
It's a silly rule... bathroom breaks, if necessary should be on the changeover. Maybe they should make the players ask for them before the changeover starts... who knows?

But stopping at 3-1 is :weirdo:

they didn't stop at 3-1, sharapova asked for a bathroom break at 2-1 and was refused, she was then let go at 3-2.
the umpire dosen't make the rules but its her job to enforce them, if the umpires were stricker it would cut out some of the gamesmanship.

perseus2006
Apr 11th, 2008, 09:04 PM
Pova's playing the Har Tru season to practice for RG. That's the only reason. And she has gotten lots of practice! Over 7 hours in three matches with the SF coming up tomorrow, probably against Lindsay!

Keep in mind that this tournament is the first clay tournament Pova has played in a healthy state for years. Not bad and will get much better very quickly.

She played well against a good opponent.

faboozadoo15
Apr 11th, 2008, 09:13 PM
they didn't stop at 3-1, sharapova asked for a bathroom break at 2-1 and was refused, she was then let go at 3-2.
the umpire dosen't make the rules but its her job to enforce them, if the umpires were stricker it would cut out some of the gamesmanship.

I know the rule, and I know what happened. She wanted to go to the bathroom on the break, and Lynn told her she had to go before her service game, and thus, have another break at 3-1.

CrossCourt~Rally
Apr 11th, 2008, 09:21 PM
Keep it up Maria! :worship:

sammy01
Apr 11th, 2008, 09:22 PM
I know the rule, and I know what happened. She wanted to go to the bathroom on the break, and Lynn told her she had to go before her service game, and thus, have another break at 3-1.

well sorry! its so players dont abuse it, so they dont keep taking them before their opponent serves. also if you know the rule im sure maria does as well and was just trying to bend it.

friendsita
Apr 11th, 2008, 09:44 PM
Bravo x Maria!!!!
Go Masha!

morningglory
Apr 11th, 2008, 09:44 PM
Alona doesn't deserve this :hug:

Maria was just bashing that ball. She got through on her power basically, quite unfair.

I didn't like that at all, it just wasn't the tennis i hope to see after Miami into RG.

Well it's definitely not the way clay tennis was intended to be play, but I dont think Maria has fully learned how to play on clay just yet, give her time :lol: So she had to go all-out attack cuz it's her only chance... If she goes tactical then her inferior movement on the surface will ruin her... now if she could learn to slide...

UDACHi
Apr 11th, 2008, 09:49 PM
what a struggle this one was. :help: :lol:
good fighting from maria, but should and could have wrapped this up in two sets.
this is her first time on green clay in a very long time, though.

Coffee&TV
Apr 11th, 2008, 09:53 PM
:yeah: Maria

faboozadoo15
Apr 11th, 2008, 09:53 PM
well sorry! its so players dont abuse it, so they dont keep taking them before their opponent serves. also if you know the rule im sure maria does as well and was just trying to bend it.

But unless the change of ends happens before your serve that will always mean there will be 2 breaks. One on the chenge of ends and then one after the very next game.

I understand why the rule is there, but Maria ended up going on the next change of ends and before Alona's serve anyway.

You're allowed to call you coach on any change of ends, but you can't run in to pee?

Jakeev
Apr 11th, 2008, 09:59 PM
C'MON!!! :hearts::hearts::worship::worship::worship:
Maria: 11 Aces / 8 DFs (1st Serve - 59%)
GL in the semis. :D

Love how Maria totally dominated the points near the end of the match. I mean she went for it. Have a feeling though Lindsay is gonna be a different player this time..........

nelsondan
Apr 11th, 2008, 10:01 PM
One question, anyone who saw the match on TV... can you tell me how they both played? In detail. Would really appreciate it. Thanks. :)

There were some amazing shots by both players---all I saw was the last set. Maria seemed to intentionally slow things down---I could not tell if it was fatigue, or a conscious effort to relax her tension.(or increase the tension for her opponent.)

I was watching in a workout place on the tv with the sound off---when I started watching---I could swear I read that maria's coach was telling her not to worry, because Bondarenko was a psycho, and would blow it in the third set, or something. Maria told him that she was a psycho, too. I think they were having fun with the conversation.

To me, Maria looks 5 or 6 pounds heavier than she was a month ago---and since she was so thin before, anyway, this might have given her some reserves to draw on in these long matches. Of course---I might be wrong on both counts.

I thought Maria was experimenting with a lot of things she does not ordinarily do. She seemed very much in control of her emotions in the last set.

sammy01
Apr 11th, 2008, 10:10 PM
But unless the change of ends happens before your serve that will always mean there will be 2 breaks. One on the chenge of ends and then one after the very next game.

I understand why the rule is there, but Maria ended up going on the next change of ends and before Alona's serve anyway.

You're allowed to call you coach on any change of ends, but you can't run in to pee?

but your only allowed your coach on for that 60 seconds, i can garentee some players would be takin 4 or 5 mins to go to the loo and doing it on purpose. also certain toilets are futher away so its going to take more than 60 seconds, so i guess if your gonna hold someone up from serving you should hold yourself up. the rule is like it is so players dont abuse it.

Dodoboy.
Apr 11th, 2008, 10:17 PM
Just bashing the ball? Did you see the match? :rolleyes:

Of course i did!

It was on ES!

xan
Apr 11th, 2008, 10:37 PM
Great final set from Maria.

Pity about the first. Keep on going, Maria!

goldlion
Apr 11th, 2008, 10:38 PM
She doesn't really have to know how to play on clay.

She only needs to win on clay.

Who say big hitters can't win on clay by bashing the balls?

Winning is winning.

F-R-E-A-K
Apr 12th, 2008, 12:09 AM
:woohoo:

Emina.
Apr 12th, 2008, 12:10 AM
2 more matches please :rocker2:

V-MAC
Apr 12th, 2008, 12:15 AM
great comeback by Maria but you'd expect nothing less from such a champion :) Alona needs to address her on-court attitude though :o awful body language from her in that 2nd set (and of course 3rd set too)

Bounty Hunter
Apr 12th, 2008, 12:15 AM
She doesn't really have to know how to play on clay.

She only needs to win on clay.

Who say big hitters can't win on clay by bashing the balls?

Winning is winning.

Exactly!

Josh.
Apr 12th, 2008, 03:21 AM
Alona, great effort :yeah:

mankind
Apr 12th, 2008, 03:55 AM
Alyona seems to be one of those players whose game troubles Sharapova.

*Jean*
Apr 12th, 2008, 06:26 AM
Well done Masha :hearts: Good fight...

Alona seems to have weapons to beat Masha though...:scared:

.:sk:.
Apr 12th, 2008, 08:46 AM
Masha :)

Alona :sad:

FedererBulgaria
Apr 12th, 2008, 09:13 AM
Great comeback :cool: