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VeeJJ
Apr 12th, 2008, 07:55 PM
I really really want Dominika to win she deserves it. I say Dominika in 3 sets.

Dodoboy.
Apr 12th, 2008, 07:57 PM
I can see Domi taking this in 2 but not in 3. :shrug:

Pova will just fight tooth and nail for this.

Maria def Dominika 4-6 7-5 6-3 :lol: (random)

Domi def Maria 7-6 6-4 :shrug:

DownTheLine21
Apr 12th, 2008, 08:04 PM
I'm picking Cibulkova in three sets. Despite the long match today, I think she's going to come out energized tomorrow and frustrate Maria.

goldenlox
Apr 12th, 2008, 08:06 PM
Dom leads 60 50, but Maria comes back to win 06 75 75. Title #19 at age 20
Maria goes 23-1 in 2008, 10 of her last 11 on clay.

Marco Fernandes
Apr 12th, 2008, 08:06 PM
I don't know... Maria has been struggling and cibulkova is consistent!

starin
Apr 12th, 2008, 08:06 PM
Sharapova's going to be blasting return winners all day off that serve. Sharapova in straights 63 62.

Cibulkova's only chance is if Sharapvoa has one of her off days where she's just spraying balls left and right.

Russianboy
Apr 12th, 2008, 08:07 PM
if maria wants to win like she did in her last matches, cibulkova won't stop her.

Russianboy
Apr 12th, 2008, 08:07 PM
Sharapova's going to be blasting return winners all day off that serve. Sharapova in straights 63 62.

Cibulkova's only chance is if Sharapvoa has one of her off days where she's just spraying balls left and right.

:drool:

3Dcool
Apr 12th, 2008, 08:11 PM
Anyone watched Dominica's game today and wants to discuss it? (:

joão.
Apr 12th, 2008, 08:17 PM
Maria, hopefully. :D

Sean.
Apr 12th, 2008, 08:29 PM
It's Sharapova's to take.

I think only Cornet's angles would have challenged her (and maybe beaten her). Cibu relies on her groundies...you can't do that against Maria.

And I said she would never win a clay title:(

Cp6uja
Apr 12th, 2008, 08:35 PM
They never played before so i dont know what to expect. To predict tommorows winner maybe will be helpfull result of last season ATP Nottingham final when Ivo Karlovic beat Arnaud Clement in 3 sets. Dont ask me why :devil:.

http://cornedbeefhash.files.wordpress.com/2007/06/trophy-nottingham-karlovic.jpg

V-MAC
Apr 12th, 2008, 08:35 PM
I'm picking Cibulkova in three sets. Despite the long match today, I think she's going to come out energized tomorrow and frustrate Maria.

I like your thinking ;)

I'm sure Domi will battle to the bitter end as it in her nature to do so and I'll be happy with that:)


I do expect Maria will be using her kick serve out wide a lot tomorrow.

Myggen
Apr 12th, 2008, 08:35 PM
I can see Domi taking this in 2 but not in 3. :shrug:

Pova will just fight tooth and nail for this.

Maria def Dominika 4-6 7-5 6-3 :lol: (random)

Domi def Maria 7-6 6-4 :shrug:

I don't really see the logic in this. I'd say either Maria in 2 or Domi in 3. Domi has proven that almost nobody's tougher than her in the third set. Maria might blast her off the court, but if she gets into a long match again she might be in trouble. When that is said, if Domi plays like Bondarenko and plays into Maria's hitting zone she will have no chance. She has to get Bambi out on the ice if she wants to win.

Emina.
Apr 12th, 2008, 08:37 PM
I really really want Dominika to win she deserves it. I say Dominika in 3 sets.

No. She does not :)
If she wins than yes ;)

Maria in 2.

morningglory
Apr 12th, 2008, 08:43 PM
Maria of course... Id pick her over anyone outside the top 5 wihtout hesitation this year...

Alex72
Apr 12th, 2008, 08:43 PM
Cibulkova is amazingly consistent on clay. The only way to get past it is to gun her off the court, and Maria can do that. I think she will because she got a day of rest and is hungry for a career GS. This tournament is the start of that mission...

Slampova
Apr 12th, 2008, 08:43 PM
Maria in two hopefully. Her first clay title is well overdue...

hablo
Apr 12th, 2008, 08:45 PM
I just want to see how Sharpie deals with Dominika's topspin and moonballs. Should be an interesting match.

doni1212
Apr 12th, 2008, 08:45 PM
Maria of course... Id pick her over anyone outside the top 5 wihtout hesitation this year...

Even Serena?

Natash.
Apr 12th, 2008, 08:45 PM
I think Domi will bring Masha into the net a lot.

I hope Dominika wins it. :)

Keaka
Apr 12th, 2008, 08:47 PM
Cibulkova 75 64

morningglory
Apr 12th, 2008, 08:47 PM
Even Serena?

aaah forgot bout her :lol: Ya if they meet Ill have to consider their forms...
But Venus, probably.

s_j
Apr 12th, 2008, 08:53 PM
I really, REALLY don't think Cibulkova has any chance. She plays the sort of game Maria eats for breakfast. Average serves and baseline rallies. No way is Domi winning this. However, I hope it's a good match.

Viktymise
Apr 12th, 2008, 09:01 PM
Unless Sharapova has a shocker of a day on her return, she'll win this in 2 sets.

Cibulkova won't be able to move Sharapova around enough and that's really what she stuggles with most on clay. I can't see Cibulkova playing any more aggressively than Bondarenko did.

Emina.
Apr 12th, 2008, 09:03 PM
Bondarenko >> Cibulkova ;)

Russianboy
Apr 12th, 2008, 09:04 PM
I just want to see how Sharpie deals with Dominika's topspin and moonballs. Should be an interesting match.

her moonballs wont help her. maria will run in front and taking them as drive volleys and smack cibimon off the court.

3Dcool
Apr 12th, 2008, 09:05 PM
For those who said Cibulkova was consistent.. I really doubt that after watching todays full match.
Damn!!! She insisted using the Drop-shot without knowing how to use it well.. losing most of the points on that shot.
She doesn't know how to use an open court, firing her shots towards Cornet instead of directing it to the other side of the court and getting a winner. Her net game is really poor, Most of the points she wins are totally by luck (bounces of the net or something else).
Also, I didn't see even one shot of Cibulkova in the whole match which went down the line, all of her shots are towards the center of the court or a bit to the side, she doesn't even aim for the margins of the court for safe and great winners. Those shots could be enough in her level. Not in a higher level.
I think Cibulkova can progress and be a great player cuz she is only 18.. but its definetly stupid to say that she is a consistent player right now. Not as consistent as players like Sharapova.

Costanza
Apr 12th, 2008, 09:05 PM
Marsha.

Olórin
Apr 12th, 2008, 09:08 PM
Maria in two hopefully. Her first clay title is well overdue...

I'm sorry to be nitpicky, but how is it overdue? I don't think she's ever had a top ten win on clay, she's only got to two semifinals on the surface in 11 tournaments and she's never challenged any of the clay court elite on the surface.

She will probably win the title tomorrow but still...I hardly think it's overdue; she's been a little bit lucky in all honesty, at this tournament.

That said, Maria's game has a fair bit of potential on clay and she was going to win a title on it sooner or later.

Natash.
Apr 12th, 2008, 09:08 PM
For those who said Cibulkova was consistent.. I really doubt that after watching todays full match.
Damn!!! She insisted using the Drop-shot without knowing how to use it well.. losing most of the points on that shot.
She doesn't know how to use an open court, firing her shots towards Cornet instead of directing it to the other side of the court and getting a winner. Her net game is really poor, Most of the points she wins are totally by luck (bounces of the net or something else). I think Cibulkova can progress and be a great player cuz she is only 18.. but its definetly stupid to say that she is a consistent player right now. Not as consistent as players like Sharapova.

You watched one match of hers. :confused: :p

She is definitely very consistent and the drop-shot/passing shot combination worked unbelievably well for her in Miami. Last week is last week, today is today, tomorrow is tomorrow. :shrug:

And no. :lol: Most of the points she won were not just by luck. She fought for the win and kept herself motivated throughout. There's a few videos of her on youtube and you can also download her match against Venus but this is only one match.

Nerves are also going to play a part with these two girls playing for their first tier II final and in Dominika's case, her first final on the WTA tour.

And you must have missed a few of Dominika's forehand dtl she hit in the match.

pwayne
Apr 12th, 2008, 09:15 PM
Maria wins match easier than expected as Dominika will be nervous.

Sharapova d. Cibulkova 6-2,6-4

3Dcool
Apr 12th, 2008, 09:18 PM
You watched one match of hers. :confused: :p

She is definitely very consistent and the drop-shot/passing shot combination worked unbelievably well for her in Miami. Last week is last week, today is today, tomorrow is tomorrow. :shrug:

And no. :lol: Most of the points she won were not just by luck. She fought for the win and kept herself motivated throughout. There's a few videos of her on youtube and you can also download her match against Venus but this is only one match.

Nerves are also going to play a part with these two girls playing for their first tier II final and in Dominika's case, her first final on the WTA tour.

And you must have missed a few of Dominika's forehand dtl she hit in the match.

I meant the net points.. Sure she didn't win all of her points by luck..
I saw a few matches of Cibulkova, I don't remember where.. Antwerp, or Paris I think.
She is a good player. There is no doubt at all. However, I think on this week, she isn't playing well at all. She lacks definetly lacks precision, must train more those Drop shots to know when and how exactly they should be used. You could see Cornet using Drop shots, and Cibulkova using drop shots. There was a huge difference. All i'm trying to say is Cibulkova has a plenty of stuff to work on to become a really great and consistent player (:

P.S. Who is the girl on your pics?

DownTheLine21
Apr 12th, 2008, 09:18 PM
I agree that Cibulkova will probably be nervous, but she doesn't really have the type of game that breaks down due to those factors.

hablo
Apr 12th, 2008, 09:25 PM
her moonballs wont help her. maria will run in front and taking them as drive volleys and smack cibimon off the court.

The problem for Sharpie is that the Dominika moonballs I saw today landed on the baseline, so I don't think drive volleys will be possible in that case. But we'll see tomorrow. ;)

3Dcool
Apr 12th, 2008, 09:28 PM
The problem for Sharpie is that the Dominika moonballs I saw today landed on the baseline, so I don't think drive volleys will be possible in that case. But we'll see tomorrow. ;)

Is there actually a name for those kinds of shots far to the air, is that any part of tactics?
Cibulkova is the only player I've seen doing that and I thought it was really dumb actually.

Natash.
Apr 12th, 2008, 09:35 PM
I meant the net points.. Sure she didn't win all of her points by luck..
I saw a few matches of Cibulkova, I don't remember where.. Antwerp, or Paris I think.
She is a good player. There is no doubt at all. However, I think on this week, she isn't playing well at all. She lacks definetly lacks precision, must train more those Drop shots to know when and how exactly they should be used. You could see Cornet using Drop shots, and Cibulkova using drop shots. There was a huge difference. All i'm trying to say is Cibulkova has a plenty of stuff to work on to become a really great and consistent player (:

P.S. Who is the girl on your pics?

No problem. I also think Domi has to work on a few things

The girl in my avatar is Maria Kirilenko.

Craig.
Apr 12th, 2008, 09:36 PM
No problem. I also think Domi has to work on a few things

The girl in my avatar is Maria Kirilenko.

Wow, she looks stunning. :hearts:

Myggen
Apr 12th, 2008, 09:36 PM
For those who said Cibulkova was consistent.. I really doubt that after watching todays full match.
Damn!!! She insisted using the Drop-shot without knowing how to use it well.. losing most of the points on that shot.
She doesn't know how to use an open court, firing her shots towards Cornet instead of directing it to the other side of the court and getting a winner. Her net game is really poor, Most of the points she wins are totally by luck (bounces of the net or something else).
Also, I didn't see even one shot of Cibulkova in the whole match which went down the line, all of her shots are towards the center of the court or a bit to the side, she doesn't even aim for the margins of the court for safe and great winners. Those shots could be enough in her level. Not in a higher level.
I think Cibulkova can progress and be a great player cuz she is only 18.. but its definetly stupid to say that she is a consistent player right now. Not as consistent as players like Sharapova.

I think there are few players more consistent than Cibulkova. She plays a very consistent game putting many balls into the court. She is playing at a consistent level. Sharapova is also consistent, but at a much higher level. One could argue that Sharapova is less consistent than Cibulkova from the baseline, but she is backing it up with better serving and more powerful groundies. Sharapova will probably win this match because of a more powerful and experienced game, but she is not winning because she is more consistent than Cibulkova. And by the way, you are not getting to the final of a Tier II because you're lucky.

faboozadoo15
Apr 12th, 2008, 09:36 PM
I'm sorry to be nitpicky, but how is it overdue? I don't think she's ever had a top ten win on clay, she's only got to two semifinals on the surface in 11 tournaments and she's never challenged any of the clay court elite on the surface.

She will probably win the title tomorrow but still...I hardly think it's overdue; she's been a little bit lucky in all honesty, at this tournament.

That said, Maria's game has a fair bit of potential on clay and she was going to win a title on it sooner or later.

Who are the claycourt elite? Henin? Now there's one! Sharapova hasn't even played Kuznetsova, Jelena, Serena, or Venus on clay.

Sharapova has beaten #10 Lena D (before she made the RG final), Mary Pierce (before she made the RG final), and she's beaten #9 Chaky at RG.

You fail to mention that the only two SF's Sharapova has made were both last year, while her first serve never got out of the 90's... She's made the QF's or better 3 times already too. Players with that good of a record usually can win titles on the surface.

How has Sharapova been lucky in AI? Because Davenport couldn't get out of bed for Maria to beat her again?

faboozadoo15
Apr 12th, 2008, 09:37 PM
Wow, she looks stunning. :hearts:

I agree! Beautiful :hearts:

Uranium
Apr 12th, 2008, 09:40 PM
Dominika in 3, she is just on such a high, with wins over Venus in Doha and Chakvetadze and Mauresmo here, i think on clay will help her win her first title:bounce:

Natash.
Apr 12th, 2008, 09:51 PM
I agree! Beautiful :hearts:

http://gallery.mkirilenko.com/thumbnails.php?album=74

:worship:

starin
Apr 12th, 2008, 09:55 PM
You watched one match of hers. :confused: :p

She is definitely very consistent and the drop-shot/passing shot combination worked unbelievably well for her in Miami. Last week is last week, today is today, tomorrow is tomorrow. :shrug:

And no. :lol: Most of the points she won were not just by luck. She fought for the win and kept herself motivated throughout. There's a few videos of her on youtube and you can also download her match against Venus but this is only one match.

Nerves are also going to play a part with these two girls playing for their first tier II final and in Dominika's case, her first final on the WTA tour.

And you must have missed a few of Dominika's forehand dtl she hit in the match.

:fiery: 4 UE against 40 UE in her match against Venus. so yes she is very consistent.
I don't say this very often but Vamos Sharapova!!

Uranium
Apr 12th, 2008, 09:55 PM
http://gallery.mkirilenko.com/thumbnails.php?album=74

:worship:

:hearts::inlove::drool:
i think i just became a fan;)

Emina.
Apr 12th, 2008, 09:56 PM
http://gallery.mkirilenko.com/thumbnails.php?album=74

:worship:

so pretty ;):)

3Dcool
Apr 12th, 2008, 09:59 PM
I think there are few players more consistent than Cibulkova. She plays a very consistent game putting many balls into the court. She is playing at a consistent level. Sharapova is also consistent, but at a much higher level. One could argue that Sharapova is less consistent than Cibulkova from the baseline, but she is backing it up with better serving and more powerful groundies. Sharapova will probably win this match because of a more powerful and experienced game, but she is not winning because she is more consistent than Cibulkova. And by the way, you are not getting to the final of a Tier II because you're lucky.

Dude, I didn't say she is lucky winning, I said she is lucky with taking some of her net points, cuz her net game is really poor. Could you explain better what makes Cibulkova's game consistent? Maybe my definition to consistent differs yours..
I really wanna discuss this game of today because it was kinda different than any other game I've seen so far. I saw Dominica having so many chances to take shots for winners but she didn't use those chances and went for poor shots straight to the locations where cornet stood. Her smashes were poor also, couldn't make a point of most of them.

sunsfuns
Apr 12th, 2008, 10:03 PM
On any other surface it would be Maria easily, but on clay (albeit green, not the real thing) Cibulkova has a chance. Not because she does anything special, but because Maria's moves much worse than usual on it. Sharapova is a mediocre clay courter, but not so bad that she would never win a clay title!!! Even Lindsay did that several times (no important titles, though)...

3Dcool
Apr 12th, 2008, 10:03 PM
Who are the claycourt elite? Henin? Now there's one! Sharapova hasn't even played Kuznetsova, Jelena, Serena, or Venus on clay.

Sharapova has beaten #10 Lena D (before she made the RG final), Mary Pierce (before she made the RG final), and she's beaten #9 Chaky at RG.

You fail to mention that the only two SF's Sharapova has made were both last year, while her first serve never got out of the 90's... She's made the QF's or better 3 times already too. Players with that good of a record usually can win titles on the surface.

How has Sharapova been lucky in AI? Because Davenport couldn't get out of bed for Maria to beat her again?

He meant that both the games against Bondarenko and AMG could have been ended the other way.
Also I think She was lucky while Davenport retired because She could rest today, Cibulkova played 3 sets. That might be a factor to decide the winner tomorrow.

Natash.
Apr 12th, 2008, 10:17 PM
:fiery: 4 UE against 40 UE in her match against Venus. so yes she is very consistent.
I don't say this very often but Vamos Sharapova!!

:hearts:

You can download the match. :kiss: Domi hit some brilliant passing shots. :drool:

Uranium
Apr 12th, 2008, 10:18 PM
:hearts:

You can download the match. :kiss: Domi hit some brilliant passing shots. :drool:
I hope Cibulkova destroys Maria tomorrow:hearts:, i would love to see that

starin
Apr 12th, 2008, 10:22 PM
:hearts:

You can download the match. :kiss: Domi hit some brilliant passing shots. :drool:

how many winners did she hit? and from what i read Venus hit some crappy approach shots. i don't need to watch the match. i've seen Venus play like shite enough to know what it looks like .

3Dcool
Apr 12th, 2008, 10:25 PM
What match is that? on what tournament?

Rod the Bama
Apr 12th, 2008, 10:26 PM
Maria in two sets.

beriadan
Apr 12th, 2008, 10:28 PM
Maria please winnnnnnnn!

Olórin
Apr 12th, 2008, 10:29 PM
Who are the claycourt elite? Henin? Now there's one! Sharapova hasn't even played Kuznetsova, Jelena, Serena, or Venus on clay.

Sharapova has beaten #10 Lena D (before she made the RG final), Mary Pierce (before she made the RG final), and she's beaten #9 Chaky at RG.

Ok thanks for the info two top ten wins is better than I realised. The fact she hasn't played the elite clay courters is down to: A) in Venus and Serena's case between them not playing and her not playing the chances of her meeting them on clay are low. B) The reason she hasn't faced the others is because they're seeded to meet late and she isn't getting far enough at the big tournaments. RG 2005 and 2007 being the obvious exceptions.

You fail to mention that the only two SF's Sharapova has made were both last year, while her first serve never got out of the 90's... She's made the QF's or better 3 times already too. Players with that good of a record usually can win titles on the surface.
I think basic reading comprehension is in order for you. I said I expected her to win a title on clay sooner or later. I was merely questioning the assertion that her first title was "overdue."


How has Sharapova been lucky in AI? Because Davenport couldn't get out of bed for Maria to beat her again?

Stupid comment, she hasn't had to face a top 30 player and the one who had the best game to beat her and would have been the most motivated couldn't be arsed to get out of bed. Clearly the word luck gets you riled up, so perhaps I'll rephrase it as "fortune has been on Maria's side this week."

Thkmra
Apr 12th, 2008, 10:30 PM
Dominika in 3, she is just on such a high, with wins over Venus in Doha and Chakvetadze and Mauresmo here, i think on clay will help her win her first title:bounce:

I agree, and I think Masha fans shouldn't be over-confident... at all!!!

Cibulkova knows FULL WELL what to expect from Maria: More of the same hard-hitting,intending to to hit her off
the court, so she's smart enough to adjust her tactics accordingly, and at least make Maria play, and come up with the winner, time, and time again...any lull, will be taken advantage off!

I mean you don't beat those players (above) being a pushover, though they may have been off. I wouldn't be so hasty, because, I'm sensing a Huge upset tomarrow...remember Rezai Istanbul!! :tape::help:

Natash.
Apr 12th, 2008, 10:30 PM
how many winners did she hit? and from what i read Venus hit some crappy approach shots. i don't need to watch the match. i've seen Venus play like shite enough to know what it looks like .

From what I saw, Venus started very strong. :shrug: Both played in the wind and Venus did not play her best. But most of the time, your not going to. Domi played quite well though. :)

I'll have to look again to see how many winners she hit.

starin
Apr 12th, 2008, 10:35 PM
From what I saw, Venus started very strong. :shrug: Both played in the wind and Venus did not play her best. But most of the time, your not going to. Domi played quite well though. :)

I'll have to look again to see how many winners she hit.

:lol: i'm not even mad. It's like par for course now. better player won. but as for the topic at hand as much as I would love to see an upset or even just a competitive match I think Sharapova will overpower Cibulkova.

Natash.
Apr 12th, 2008, 10:36 PM
:lol: i'm not even mad. It's like par for course now. better player won. but as for the topic at hand as much as I would love to see an upset or even just a competitive match I think Sharapova will overpower Cibulkova.

Oh I know your not mad. :lol:

And Sharapova should win but as a fan of Dominika, I hope for a competitive match or for Domi to win. :)

AnnaK_4ever
Apr 12th, 2008, 10:46 PM
It's gonna be Sharapova's easiest match of the tournament.

3Dcool
Apr 12th, 2008, 10:47 PM
It's gonna be Sharapova's easiest match of the tournament.

That was something stupid to say dude.

nelsondan
Apr 12th, 2008, 10:53 PM
That was something stupid to say dude.

Dude---quit calling people dude.

Shimizu Amon
Apr 12th, 2008, 10:56 PM
Ok thanks for the info two top ten wins is better than I realised. The fact she hasn't played the elite clay courters is down to: A) in Venus and Serena's case between them not playing and her not playing the chances of her meeting them on clay are low. B) The reason she hasn't faced the others is because they're seeded to meet late and she isn't getting far enough at the big tournaments. RG 2005 and 2007 being the obvious exceptions.


I think basic reading comprehension is in order for you. I said I expected her to win a title on clay sooner or later. I was merely questioning the assertion that her first title was "overdue."



Stupid comment, she hasn't had to face a top 30 player and the one who had the best game to beat her and would have been the most motivated couldn't be arsed to get out of bed. Clearly the word luck gets you riled up, so perhaps I'll rephrase it as "fortune has been on Maria's side this week."

I get your point, but using the word luck or fortune aren't decent here. Maria really played her beautiful behind off the get to the final. Even though she didn't faced a top player. She faced a few really tough challenges for her on clay. And there wasn't any luck or good fortune, just really hard fighting and determination.

So I guess that's what can get people riled up.

For the final, I really and truly believe Maria has a good fighting chance to win her first clay title of her career. I wish her the best of luck.

Shimizu Amon
Apr 12th, 2008, 10:57 PM
:bounce:GO MASHA!:bounce:

3Dcool
Apr 12th, 2008, 10:58 PM
Dude---quit calling people dude.

LOL :eek:

Olórin
Apr 12th, 2008, 11:02 PM
I get your point, but using the word luck or fortune aren't decent here. Maria really played her beautiful behind off the get to the final. Even though she didn't faced a top player. She faced a few really tough challenges for her on clay. And there wasn't any luck or good fortune, just really hard fighting and determination.

So I guess that's what can get people riled up.

For the final, I really and truly believe Maria has a good fighting chance to win her first clay title of her career. I wish her the best of luck.

Ok I can see that using luck or fortune might make it seem like I'm trying to take away credit from Maria who won those matches, mostly with her sheer fighting spirit (to be admired as always). But I do think it is worth noting, if it were just one match, perhaps overlook it; but two close three setters that could have ended either way and a walkover against her biggest threat. I won't call it luck but just point out that it happened.

Anyway, Maria will probably win tomorrow, hopefully the final will be quite good and it will be nice for Maria to have a title on clay :)

Derek.
Apr 12th, 2008, 11:11 PM
how many winners did she hit? and from what i read Venus hit some crappy approach shots. i don't need to watch the match. i've seen Venus play like shite enough to know what it looks like .

Dominika had 16 winners and 4 UEs.
Venus had 22 winners and 40 UEs.

Domi hit a fh crosscourt winner to win the match.

See, Dominika is great at luring her opponents into net.
She does the drop shot/passing shot play better than anyone I've ever seen.

Venus struggled with moving her feet to adjust to the ball moving in the wind.
She was forced to come to net several times by Dominika's drop shot and then often was passed.
She came into net on her own terms several times as well. Due to not adjusting her positioning, her approach shots weren't hit with as much force and was passed.

Cator
Apr 12th, 2008, 11:15 PM
Maria will win. 6-0 6-0

Nikkiri
Apr 12th, 2008, 11:17 PM
No problem. I also think Domi has to work on a few things

The girl in my avatar is Maria Kirilenko.

:inlove: ;)

Natash.
Apr 12th, 2008, 11:24 PM
:inlove: ;)

:rocker2: :hearts:

LUXXXAS
Apr 12th, 2008, 11:42 PM
Dominika in 2 or 3 but I am sure she will win :rocker2:

Il Primo!
Apr 13th, 2008, 01:02 AM
Shara. Period.

Slutati
Apr 13th, 2008, 01:03 AM
Dominika.Sharapova will win a game or two:shrug:

Ryan
Apr 13th, 2008, 01:40 AM
I think Sharapova will win, but some people are really downplaying how good Dominika seems to be playing. AMG loves clay and Sharapova barely beat her, and Cibulkova has beaten a ton of good names this week so I think she'll be pretty competitive. That being said, unless Maria is having a bad day she should eat her serves up, and Maria always seems to raise her level in finals (AO 2007 not included haha).

sunsfuns
Apr 13th, 2008, 01:43 AM
Dominika had 16 winners and 4 UEs.
Venus had 22 winners and 40 UEs.


Venus-Hingis matches 7-8 years ago produced numbers like these :lol:

Uranium
Apr 13th, 2008, 01:45 AM
Venus-Hingis matches 7-8 years ago produced numbers like these :lol:

are you talking about 2001 AO Semis, Venus played like crap that entire tournament, she was lucky to make semis, she looked soo rusty vs. Martina

starin
Apr 13th, 2008, 01:51 AM
Venus-Hingis matches 7-8 years ago produced numbers like these :lol:

and Venus was usually at the losing end of those matches. Venus used to hit a lot UE but she also used to hit a lot winners. She would hit like 40-60 UE but she would hit like 40-60 winners to go along w/ that. Lately, outside of Wimbly she's like that Cibulkova match -18 :o
But I still Veelieve

sunsfuns
Apr 13th, 2008, 02:10 AM
are you talking about 2001 AO Semis, Venus played like crap that entire tournament, she was lucky to make semis, she looked soo rusty vs. Martina

No, I am talking in general - that AO match probably had more extreme numbers. These exact numbers would be an easy win for Martina. If Venus managed to get more winners than errors she won. It wasn't easy though, because most of these errors were not entirely unforced... (final H2H 11-10 for Martina)

Lucyxx
Apr 13th, 2008, 04:35 AM
Masha has to play aggressive and yes COME TO NET if her serve isn't clicking off the bat and winning her free points. Got that day rest, so should be hay fest (ball bash winners!!!). Joyce better come in and lip smack those verbs and adjectives if things start to go awry.

Should be MashaCutie but Domi is LittleFighter.

Mostly, Maria needs to have her teeth flossed and brushed and gargled so we can all hear her beautiful acceptance speech complete with all that funny back and forthness with Joyce wrapped up in Maria's loveable giggles.

.:sk:.
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:52 AM
Domi is a fighter and will take the title in three sets :D

austennis
Apr 13th, 2008, 08:04 AM
id say Maria in 2.. 7-5, 6-3 shes a better player forget the surface and remember that

mankind
Apr 13th, 2008, 08:23 AM
Sharapova to win her first clay title
(..but on green clay)

bavaria86
Apr 13th, 2008, 08:34 AM
Good luck Domi:banana::rocker::rocker2:!

FedererBulgaria
Apr 13th, 2008, 09:05 AM
Maria in 2 sets

CR3WLFC
Apr 13th, 2008, 09:14 AM
sharapova will win quite easy 62 63 or something!!!


cilbulkova will get so many balls back...but she hit does back with pace and thats what maria likes....

and that serve wont be threaten lightly :drool:

nazgul82
Apr 13th, 2008, 09:44 AM
Tall vs small. Most important is that they are both beautiful for me :)

justine schnyder
Apr 13th, 2008, 10:03 AM
I thinkk Dominika deserves it more, but Sharapove will win, and easily :(

InsideOut.
Apr 13th, 2008, 01:36 PM
Masha has to play aggressive and yes COME TO NET if her serve isn't clicking off the bat and winning her free points. Got that day rest, so should be hay fest (ball bash winners!!!). Joyce better come in and lip smack those verbs and adjectives if things start to go awry.

Should be MashaCutie but Domi is LittleFighter.

Mostly, Maria needs to have her teeth flossed and brushed and gargled so we can all hear her beautiful acceptance speech complete with all that funny back and forthness with Joyce wrapped up in Maria's loveable giggles.

OMG that was... hilarious. Nice combination of words. :yeah:

Well Sharapova would win her first clay title sooner or later; it was just a matter of whether it would be Amelia Island or Charleston. :shrug: But I want Domi to win, and she might.

Domi 7-6(21) 1-6 6-4.

Uranium
Apr 13th, 2008, 01:38 PM
sharapova will win quite easy 62 63 or something!!!


cilbulkova will get so many balls back...but she hit does back with pace and thats what maria likes....

and that serve wont be threaten lightly :drool:

Maria fans are too cocky, Maria went 3 sets with Medina and Bondarenko, Cibulkova is better than them and will challenger Maria more with her speed and Maria is gonna make plenty of errors.
I say Dominika 6-4 3-6 7-5;)

cn ireland
Apr 13th, 2008, 01:41 PM
Sharapova to take her first clay court title in 3 sets:).

adrovi
Apr 13th, 2008, 02:40 PM
Masha in 2 sets

Smackie
Apr 13th, 2008, 04:35 PM
I'm expecting an easy match for Maria, 6-3, 6-1?

All credits to Dominika to reach the final but Maria will be all guns blazing from her first step onto the court and it will be tough for Dominika.

Juanes
Apr 13th, 2008, 05:05 PM
kick her ass Domi....


any livestream?

shirley
Apr 13th, 2008, 05:24 PM
I reckon Maria will win this in 2