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Demska
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:09 PM
First clay title for Maria :cool: and 3rd title of the year :bowdown:

Great week, did well to nab that first set and powered through the second

Domi :hug: Could have should have taken the second, but an amazing week and truly credited herself well with some great play in the final. However she did have a injury start of the second which affected her movement quite a bit :sad:

Craig.
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:10 PM
WOOOOOOOOOT! First title on clay. :bounce:

Well done, my love! :D :hearts:

TheBoiledEgg
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:10 PM
Masha ;) :woohoo: :yeah: :banana:

well done ;) 1st clay court title ;) :)

Natash.
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:10 PM
You had your chances, Domi. :hug: Nice try and great tournament. :)

Well done for Sharpie.

iPatty
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:11 PM
Really poor match, but well done to Maria for winning her first title on clay.

shrOOf
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:11 PM
Congrats Masha :)

oleada
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:11 PM
Congrats to Maria, but I don't find her run to the title very impressive. I'd like to see her face off a top 5 player on clay. Sad for Domi. :( She had chances in the first and it seems like she totally gave up in the second.

LDF
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:11 PM
Maria :woohoo:

She's shown incredible fight throughout the week and thoroughly deserves her first clay-court title :worship:

Great week for Dominika too :hug:

Adal
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:12 PM
Maria :hearts: good job on your first clay title.

But you still suck on clay :hug:

DownTheLine21
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:12 PM
I was very impressed with Cibulkova's composure in her first WTA final. She played some great clay court tennis. It's too bad that she got that injury in the second set. At least she ended the match respectably.

goldenlox
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:12 PM
Maria is 22-1 in 2008.
She reached the RG SF and then won this green clay Tier II, so she has won 9 of her last 10 on clay.
She's getting there.

Craig.
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:12 PM
:bounce:

Dunlop1
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:12 PM
EXCELLENT JOB MARIA!!!! Congrats on your first clay court title.

Craig.
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:12 PM
Maria :hearts: good job on your first clay title.

But you still suck on clay :hug:

Agreed. :lol:

TennisPlayingFox
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:12 PM
Nice job fighting through this Maria! Congrats on the title!

hurricanejeanne
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:13 PM
Domi :hug: great tournament anyways. Congrats, Maria! :)

Russianboy
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:13 PM
FIRST CLAY COURT TITLE! wohooo

great great masha :worship:
congrats :D
ur da best baby

morningglory
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:13 PM
mixed performance... for every :bounce: winner played Maria played 2 :cuckoo: errors... esp off Dominika's pretty normal serve :cuckoo:
Still sucking on clay, but she's improving!

DragonFlame
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:13 PM
Maria is 22-1 in 2008.
She reached the RG SF and then won this green clay Tier II, so she has won 9 of her last 10 on clay.
She's getting there.

She did well to win here that's for sure(:)) but she isn't there yet by FAR. This match showed that.

jo„o.
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:13 PM
MARIA :D :D Congrats!!!!
Well deserved first clay title. :hearts: :hearts:

Il Primo!
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:14 PM
The quality was poor. But congrats for your first title Masha :worship:

Slutiana
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:14 PM
Domi :hug:

Pova fought well but its too sad to watch the presentation. :sad:

Emina.
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:14 PM
Congrats Masha! :woohoo::bigclap::clap2::bounce:

mirzalover
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:14 PM
Dominikayou were so close that first set.

Sund7101
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:14 PM
Good try Dominika :hug:

Keep it up next week!

Dunlop1
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:14 PM
Good job on your first of many clay court titles Maria. Keep it up!!!

Derek.
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:14 PM
Dominika. :hug:

Wiggly
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:14 PM
Congratulations Maria! :D
Amazing week for Dominika. Should be proud of herself!

Destiny
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:15 PM
Good try Domi
Maria played good enough really should have been more competitive but Oh well. :smooch:

Congrats on first clay title :p

Emina.
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:15 PM
well done Maria!!! :kiss::bounce::bounce::bounce:

i'm so happy :bounce:

Cp6uja
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:15 PM
http://nemendur.khi.is/berghall/images/supercow.bmp

Nikkiri
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:15 PM
Congrats Maria

Domi :hug:

hacberto
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:15 PM
Maria ain't shit on clay everybody knows that. She played very poorly I mean she didn't face a solid top player and had those long matches.

I just can't wait until next weekto be more specific thursday for a possible Serena vs Maria and watch how she's gonna react.

But anyways Congratulations but I don't think you deserve it 100%

Ballbasher
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:16 PM
Masha :bounce: First Title on Clay already :D But honestly I can't see her winning in Paris ;)

Slampova
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:16 PM
Congrats on your first clay title Maria. Pretty disappointing performance though...

Hopefully the first of many more to come :)

Good week for Domi also :)

Dunlop1
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:16 PM
http://nemendur.khi.is/berghall/images/supercow.bmp

:lol:

Optima
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:16 PM
Congratulations on your first clay title, Maria :D

Dominika, great week. Keep up this form!

Elwin.
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:16 PM
Domi :sad: :hug:

P_Fer
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:17 PM
Big congrats on your first clay court title Maria! :yeah:

Great tournament Domi :hug:

Dave.
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:17 PM
Congrats Maria. She was very close to being eliminated on two occasions but this shows never give up. She got lucky in the semis but still a good win over Domi in the final.

Well done Dominika on a good week!

BluÄ
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:18 PM
Dominika nice week :bigclap::hug:

Matthias13
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:19 PM
Congrats Maria :yeah: You're truly the number 1 of 2008 :)

Dominika :hug: Hope to see more of her in the future. Such an attractive player to watch

Russianboy
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:19 PM
lindsay told maria that amelia island is great and that's also a reason why she entered the tourny :D maria just said in her speech

linzi :kiss:

selesbooz
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:19 PM
I just love you Masha. This is so great, you are putting last year behind you with every tournment played.

Kim's_fan_4ever
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:19 PM
Yeeeees :woohoo: First title on clay for Maria :D

mapaliey
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:19 PM
congrats masha.........u lucky girl...........

Dunlop1
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:19 PM
Maria ain't shit on clay everybody knows that. She played very poorly I mean she didn't face a solid top player and had those long matches.

I just can't wait until next weekto be more specific thursday for a possible Serena vs Maria and watch how she's gonna react.

But anyways Congratulations but I don't think you deserve it 100%

:weirdo: What a loser. Maria hasn't been at her best at clay and yet she has made RG SF and QF. As below par as she is on clay, she is still better than 90% of the tour so please, think before speaking next time.
Later.

Archer16
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:20 PM
A good match until the injury timeout :sad:
Dominika :hug: Great week and here's to many more.
Congrats to Maria for her first clay title.

adrovi
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:20 PM
Masha :worship::worship: Congrats for your first title on clay :drool::bounce::bounce:

DownTheLine21
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:20 PM
So, next week's top five will look like the following, correct?

01. Henin
02. Ivanovic
03. Kuznetsova
04. Sharapova
05. Jankovic

nelsondan
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:20 PM
Lot of trouble in the first set---raised it a level the 2nd---still not that great. But she won.

---lot of trouble managing to win this tournament---she will raise it a level next week. It won't be great---but it will be part of the arc of preparation for France. Especially if she manages to win. She is in unbelievably good physical condition.

hacberto
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:20 PM
Masha :bounce: First Title on Clay already :D But honestly I can't see her winning in Paris ;)

I 100% agree with you I think she'll win it in 2012 or 2013 when the Williams Sisters, Justine, and maybe Kuznetsova won't be in the tour

Thkmra
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:20 PM
Congratz Maria on first clay-court title, great play for the most

part, and title well earned :kiss: Good luck in Charelston... and please
DON'T withdraw!!! :eek:

Cibulkova, congratz to you also, on making it to the final....but THIS girl having all those other string of wins?!! :tape: :help:

denijs
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:21 PM
Great try Domi :hug:
It was really close to whole different ending :yeah:

akosiirwyn
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:21 PM
Domi :hug: hope the injury isn't too bad
Masha :hearts: great fight, congrats on the first clay title!

littlemermaid
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:22 PM
:weirdo: What a loser. Maria hasn't been at her best at clay and yet she has made RG SF and QF. As below par as she is on clay, she is still better than 90% of the tour so please, think before speaking next time.
Later.

I believe the poster is saying that maria isn't that bad on clay??

Rerun
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:22 PM
congrats Masha for your first green clay title ! :bounce: :bounce:
very good match and Dominika played a great defensive tennis!!

:rocker:


btw the chair umpire is a bitch :lol:

Maria Croft
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:23 PM
Well, there is one girl who isn’t going to win Roland Garros this year and her name is Maria :lol:

She sure knows how to make life hard for herself, all week long never able to play consistently well.

But right now that all doesn’t matter, she won her first clay title and already her 3th of the year, congrats Maria!

And just a special note about the point that was robbed from her in the tiebreak, that was unbelievable!

It was good preparation, she faced opponents who are able to get many balls back into play.

beriadan
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:23 PM
Congrats Masha!!!

Rerun
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:23 PM
So, next week's top five will look like the following, correct?

01. Henin
02. Ivanovic
03. Kuznetsova
04. Sharapova
05. Jankovic


yes :yeah:

zlove
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:23 PM
yesss mariaaaaa :banana:
congrats on the first clay title
:woohoo:

Valanga
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:24 PM
domin:sad:
try harder next time:)

Dunlop1
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:24 PM
I 100% agree with you I think she'll win it in 2012 or 2013 when the Williams Sisters, Justine, and maybe Kuznetsova won't be in the tour

Guess what? It doesn't matter when she wins it or who she faces as long as she has the slam title/grand slam. There won't be an asterix that says 'won in absence of Justine, WS, Kuzy'.
I mean Amelie only played 4 complete matches to the Aussie Open title. It doesn't make it any less a title so please stop trying to piss on Maria's moment.:rolleyes:

CrossCourt~Rally
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:24 PM
:worship: Maria really seems to be finding her rhythm on the clay. Some of her shots were just :eek:.
Still a nice tourney from Domi, she has the game to be a future top 10er in my book.:bounce:

Adal
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:24 PM
Maria ain't shit on clay everybody knows that. She played very poorly I mean she didn't face a solid top player and had those long matches.

I just can't wait until next weekto be more specific thursday for a possible Serena vs Maria and watch how she's gonna react.

But anyways Congratulations but I don't think you deserve it 100%
Every title player won is deserved 100% :rolleyes: :p

hacberto
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:25 PM
:weirdo: What a loser. Maria hasn't been at her best at clay and yet she has made RG SF and QF. As below par as she is on clay, she is still better than 90% of the tour so please, think before speaking next time.
Later.

I'm gonna speak what I want to speak even if you call me a loser or a hater I don't fucking care I say what I think and I respect your opinion of whatever you say because I don't pay much attention to it. But anyways I said she ain't shit on clay and I mean it Today she won congratulations to her but who did she face that have could beat her?? But a win is a win I just want to see her play on clay against the top players and see how good she is on clay specially against Justine who is the Queen of clay I mean the goddess and we all know She is the SHIT on clay

Russianboy
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:26 PM
I believe the poster is saying that maria isn't that bad on clay??

believe me, he would never do that :lol:
even if she will win RG she is still can't play on clay in his opinion :p

*Jean*
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:26 PM
Maria :bounce:

A title on all the surfaces :hearts:

Il Primo!
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:26 PM
Guess what? It doesn't matter when she wins it or who she faces as long as she has the slam title/grand slam. There won't be an asterix that says 'won in absence of Justine, WS, Kuzy'.
I mean Amelie only played 4 complete matches to the Aussie Open title. It doesn't make it any less a title so please stop trying to piss on Maria's moment.:rolleyes:

Erm...no

hacberto
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:27 PM
Every title player won is deserved 100% :rolleyes: :p

Well let me think Maria won Wimbledon 2004 and she deserved because she played beutiful
Maria at the 2008 Australian Open she totally deserves it
Serena at the 2007 Australian Open what a fantastic history
Justine at the Us Open 2007 brilliant
Venus at the 2005 Wimbledon

Please...

Dunlop1
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:28 PM
I'm gonna speak what I want to speak even if you call me a loser or a hater I don't fucking care I say what I think and I respect your opinion of whatever you say because I don't pay much attention to it. But anyways I said she ain't shit on clay and I mean it Today she won congratulations to her but who did she face that have could beat her?? But a win is a win I just want to see her play on clay against the top players and see how good she is on clay specially against Justine who is the Queen of clay I mean the goddess and we all know She is the SHIT on clay

Why are you posting this nonsense in a thread celebrating her win and first clay court title?

What are you trying to prove by pointing out that you want to see her play Justine?

Is anybody here comparing Maria to Justine who is clearly the best female clay courter of her generation??

You are trying to spoil her moment and I am calling you out on it. GET LOST!

Mikey B
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:28 PM
woo! congrats maria! first of many clay court titles!!! hopefully... hadnt played her best all tournament, but its been good enough. i think there's lots of potential for her to become a decent clay courter... looking forward to charleston, to see how she measures up with the rest of the tour... hope she can step it up, she always does wen playing tougher opponents but we havent seen her do it on clay yet...

goldenlox
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:28 PM
It's a real debate because Maria isn't winning 62 62, like we would expect on hardcourt.
But I've seen Maria have hardcourt tournaments like LA 2006 where she wasn't blowing people out. Then she won the USO.

As the clay season plays out, we'll all see how close she is to winning the FO. She has to be a little steadier, but she isn't far away.

stevos
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:29 PM
YES Maria. :hearts:
Wow at Domi not congratulating Maria in her speech, oh well. Maria so classy and witty as always in hers. Love it so much.

She's had a very hard-fought week, I'm very proud. 3 titles this year, first clay title, how could I ask for more?! :hearts: Now number four in the world, still seems low, but I'm not complaining. The system is there for good reason. Now she still has a lot of room to make up until the YEC really (other than the RG semis, which I think she can get at least close to again).

First set, first point of the tiebreaker, I thought Lynn had unleashed a beast in Maria and she'd take the tiebreak easily after the foot "touching" of the net cord. At least it was exciting though.
And it was inevitable near the end, somewhat sadly, but most importantly it was Maria winning.

Charleston...:unsure:

Dodoboy.
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:30 PM
Quality was poor but great job Maria, her serving was too strong.

It was really a great week for Domi i hope she keeps it up in Charleston, hopefully the injury doesn't affect her.

Maria still has a long way to go and when she starts facing the likes of Sveta, Ana, Justine and Jelena she will suffer fo sure. She really hasn't played anyone this week up to her mental calibre so Charleston will really be her first test this year. Signs are looking good for her though.

I am really excited about Domi on clay :bounce:

The Daviator
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:30 PM
lindsay told maria that amelia island is great and that's also a reason why she entered the tourny :D maria just said in her speech

linzi :kiss:

Really? :awww:

Maria, stop making me like you :(

Emina.
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:31 PM
:bounce:

MrSerenaWilliams
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:31 PM
nice choke Domi :o

but :hug: at least you know you CAN win tour titles :yeah:


Congrats Maria. You really proved this week that belief and fight can overcome any other deficiencies.

Russianboy
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:31 PM
Why are you posting this nonsense in a thread celebrating her win and first clay court title?

What are you trying to prove by pointing out that you want to see her play Justine?

Is anybody here comparing Maria to Justine who is clearly the best female clay courter of her generation??

You are trying to spoil her moment and I am calling you out on it. GET LOST!

:haha: PWNED!! :drool:

bellascarlett
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:32 PM
Masha, you clay court specialist!!!!!! :haha: :woohoo: :worship: :banana:

Congrats on your first clay title...FINALLY! But that was some terribly inconsistent performance. Got broken more times than she should have been. Movement is still an issue, especially recovery time after she attempts a slide. A great point almost always followed by an error and double faults coming at the worst of times. :help: But...that was all good enough to earn her her third title of the year! :yippee: And this week more than anything served as great practice for her. I'm just glad she came out to play...the title is icing on the cake. :drool:

Dominika...Congrats on a huge week for her. Good fight in the first set. Really nice for me to see someone different and up-and-coming play Maria. She should do well in the coming weeks. :)

Adal
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:32 PM
Well let me think Maria won Wimbledon 2004 and she deserved because she played beutiful
Maria at the 2008 Australian Open she totally deserves it
Serena at the 2007 Australian Open what a fantastic history
Justine at the Us Open 2007 brilliant
Venus at the 2005 Wimbledon

Please...
Please? :help:
It not always means that you have to play absolutely stunning to win a title. It's not even GS. Masha was physically and mentally toughest out there and she deserved her title 100%

Lunams
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:32 PM
wooooooo Maria!!Congrats:hug:

hacberto
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:32 PM
Why are you posting this nonsense in a thread celebrating her win and first clay court title?

What are you trying to prove by pointing out that you want to see her play Justine?

Is anybody here comparing Maria to Justine who is clearly the best female clay courter of her generation??

You are trying to spoil her moment and I am calling you out on it. GET LOST!
Well Im not trying to compare Justine and Maria I juist want to see her fully tested I mean come on Dominicka (she plays great but not at Maria's level) and I ain't trying to say that Maria isn't a great player I think she's a wonderful player and I won't to see how ready she is for the biggest test.

I ain't trying to trash Sharapova please I want do that because I know she's a wonderful player

Craig.
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:33 PM
Really? :awww:

Maria, stop making me like you :(

Is that so bad? :lol:

Adal
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:34 PM
Really? :awww:

Maria, stop making me like you :(
Awww :hug: you liking Sharapova? :help: :lol:

But she does seem to get along well with Lindsay ;)

Thkmra
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:35 PM
I'm gonna speak what I want to speak even if you call me a loser or a hater I don't fucking care I say what I think and I respect your opinion of whatever you say because I don't pay much attention to it. But anyways I said she ain't shit on clay and I mean it Today she won congratulations to her but who did she face that have could beat her?? But a win is a win I just want to see her play on clay against the top players and see how good she is on clay specially against Justine who is the Queen of clay I mean the goddess and we all know She is the SHIT on clay

Trust me, it goes without saying that Maria 'ain't shit' on clay :tape:

But even though your point is well taken: She probally well never
completely master the surface, especially in the face of REAL opposition

Yet and still, you are Hating.

At least give her credit, for her 'seeming' dedication to want to
get better, and improve on this surfac, and not just rely on her power...

even worse look this part of the season over, and prepare for Wimbledon :tape::help:

Bartosh
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:35 PM
Dominika :hug:

Good job Maria...

NeoZod19
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:35 PM
I've watched the match and hope that some will post it soon!

anyway congrats Maria!!1:cool:

Dodoboy.
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:35 PM
And she definitely deserves her ranking at the moment, just blowing her way past the rest.

She will probably be #4 seed at RG. Sorry Jelena :hug:

selesbooz
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:35 PM
Is that so bad? :lol:

When you have a cold dead heart, yes.

Emina.
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:35 PM
Masha, you clay court specialist!!!!!! :haha: :woohoo: :worship: :banana:



:haha::rolls::rocker2::music:

Domi :hug: :)

stevos
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:38 PM
Maria also said in her speech "Maybe I should skip Miami for a few more years! (laughter) But keep that a secret!"
Or something along those lines.

Also was very congratulatory of the Bovine, saying how its funny to play someone younger, and that she has a good future, bla bla bla, we'll play many more times I'm sure. Yeah it was a fun speech. And she also tried to coax Bausch and Lomb into coming back and supporting.

Does anyone know the guy she kissed right after the match? Was that Roberto or whatever? :lol:

Adal
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:40 PM
Was the ceremony shown on ESPN? Did somebody record it?

Russianboy
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:40 PM
And she definitely deserves her ranking at the moment, just blowing her way past the rest.

She will probably be #4 seed at RG. Sorry Jelena :hug:

maria is already close to ivanovic and sveta. after berlin maria should be #2. cuz ivanovic has to defend a T1 and maria doesnt have to defend anything and she is going to play charleston + berlin.

Russianboy
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:41 PM
Was the ceremony shown on ESPN? Did somebody record it?

i saw it :bounce:

Pleasantville
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:42 PM
Maria :hearts: good job on your first clay title.

But you still suck on clay :hug:

LMAO!!!! :lol:
Still, good job Maria!!! Enjoy your first clay title :lick:

Adal
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:42 PM
maria is already close to ivanovic and sveta. after berlin maria should be #2. cuz ivanovic has to defend a T1 and maria doesnt have to defend anything and she is going to play charleston + berlin.
She is also on the entry list of Rome :eek: Hope she will play the whole clay court schedule, that's the only way she'll improve on clay

Lefty.
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:43 PM
Really? :awww:

Maria, stop making me like you :(

:lol: :p ;)

Good that Maria won her first title on clay! :D Although she still has A LOT to work on. :lol: And I thought she played pretty scratchy all week, but at least she got some matches in and toughed them out. :)

Craig.
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:43 PM
Can anyone tell me what she said in the ceremony? In detail. :p

Il Primo!
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:43 PM
maria is already close to ivanovic and sveta. after berlin maria should be #2. cuz ivanovic has to defend a T1 and maria doesnt have to defend anything and she is going to play charleston + berlin.

To be honest with you, I'd be surprised if she decided to play Charleston after all.

bellascarlett
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:44 PM
Why are you posting this nonsense in a thread celebrating her win and first clay court title?

What are you trying to prove by pointing out that you want to see her play Justine?

Is anybody here comparing Maria to Justine who is clearly the best female clay courter of her generation??

You are trying to spoil her moment and I am calling you out on it. GET LOST!

:haha: :rocker2:

Spoiler, go away! :lol:

YES Maria. :hearts:
Wow at Domi not congratulating Maria in her speech, oh well. Maria so classy and witty as always in hers. Love it so much.

First set, first point of the tiebreaker, I thought Lynn had unleashed a beast in Maria and she'd take the tiebreak easily after the foot "touching" of the net cord. At least it was exciting though.
And it was inevitable near the end, somewhat sadly, but most importantly it was Maria winning.


Damnit...my coverage did not show the speeches...:fiery: Can someone say more about it? And I couldn't really tell but did Maria's foot really touch the net? I'm just sure she had already hit the shot way before she got close to the net...:confused:

DownTheLine21
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:45 PM
In the post-match interview with MJF, she said that she was going to play Charleston and probably one or two tournaments in Europe before the French Open.

schorsch
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:46 PM
WEll if she reached the final of Charleston she'd already be #2.

Russianboy
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:48 PM
WEll if she reached the final of Charleston she'd already be #2.

:hearts: looking forward to wimbledon and us open where she has to defend R3 and R4 :lol:

bellascarlett
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:49 PM
Maria also said in her speech "Maybe I should skip Miami for a few more years! (laughter) But keep that a secret!"
Or something along those lines.

Also was very congratulatory of the Bovine, saying how its funny to play someone younger, and that she has a good future, bla bla bla, we'll play many more times I'm sure. Yeah it was a fun speech. And she also tried to coax Bausch and Lomb into coming back and supporting.

Does anyone know the guy she kissed right after the match? Was that Roberto or whatever? :lol:

:lol:That's Roberto...I don't know what his job is exactly though. But anyway, thanks for the speech details...:lol: @ skipping Miami. The tournament should be thankful she skipped Miami as they wouldn't have had her playing here for hours and hours and hours....:zzz: ;)

CrossCourt~Rally
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:49 PM
In the post-match interview with MJF, she said that she was going to play Charleston and probably one or two tournaments in Europe before the French Open.

Hopefully Berlin and Rome :) . She will have a week off before the French to practice on site. :bounce:

Natash.
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:49 PM
Maria also said in her speech "Maybe I should skip Miami for a few more years! (laughter) But keep that a secret!"
Or something along those lines.

Also was very congratulatory of the Bovine, saying how its funny to play someone younger, and that she has a good future, bla bla bla, we'll play many more times I'm sure. Yeah it was a fun speech. And she also tried to coax Bausch and Lomb into coming back and supporting.

Does anyone know the guy she kissed right after the match? Was that Roberto or whatever? :lol:

Domi is no cow. :ras:

Mikey B
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:50 PM
In the post-match interview with MJF, she said that she was going to play Charleston and probably one or two tournaments in Europe before the French Open.

thats great to hear.. the only way for her to improve on clay is to play lots.. if she plays charleston then its a couple of weeks before the berlin/rome double and then a week before the french open so i think thats enough time for her to recover and be ready for each event... more maria on clay is what i want to see!! since 06 this is only her third clay event, so her winning is pretty good, but the real test(S) will come from charleston...

bellascarlett
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:53 PM
:hearts: looking forward to wimbledon and us open where she has to defend R3 and R4 :lol:

:rolls: Love this thread...Maria's fans are in a happy mood...:dance:

I'm pretty surprised she's saying she's playing Charleston. I guess this just means she feels great and that her body can hold up which is good. Always, most important is her health.

zayos_10
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:55 PM
In the post-match interview with MJF, she said that she was going to play Charleston and probably one or two tournaments in Europe before the French Open.

Really?!! Wow, that's great news!! :bounce:

Go Maria!!

Emina.
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:58 PM
http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20080413/capt.2f2c30d2e099495f842ffd807e1e5ec3.amelia_islan d_tennis_flpc206.jpg

:worship::worship::worship:

way to go Mashenka! :kiss:

Arhivarius
Apr 13th, 2008, 07:58 PM
mixed performance... for every :bounce: winner played Maria played 2 :cuckoo: errors... esp off Dominika's pretty normal serve :cuckoo:
Still sucking on clay, but she's improving!

Not exactly.
I believe, it was 38-33 in winner/errors department, +5 it is.
And this is very good for clay.

Actually, I think Maria's game on the clay is underestimated.
She is a smart girl. She knows that her movement on the clay is sub par, so she tries to compensate it with ball bashing to stop all this stupid movements as soon as possible with a winner.
And this is a risky game.
Although she is dictating the pace of the game, the opponent can win just returning the ball consistently until Maria makes an error. It is what Cibulkova was trying to do.

And if Maria can cut the errors significantly, she can beat everybody even on the clay just blowing them off the court without moving much.
In this situation it almost doesn't matter how good the opponent is playing, it's more about Maria's errors. More exactly, about winners- errors differential. It looked like Dominica played much cleaner game with less errors, but her differential was negative against Maria's positive one.

In fact, Maria plays like that on every surface. The clay is just more difficult to hit clean winners and it disrupts her game.
But if she will minimize the number of errors she can beat everybody even on the clay. :)

With play like that when Maria meets somebody who plays similar game, let's say Lindsey or Serena, the results can be unpredictable and very lopsided. Anyone can blow another from the court, depending on their current form, and we have been witnesses to that not once. :)

And BTW she is young and learning. She even begins to slide on the clay. Dropshots now are regular. Who knows what she can learn else in near future.
I hope , it will not be something too naughty. :D

AcesHigh
Apr 13th, 2008, 08:00 PM
I'm pretty surprised she's saying she's playing Charleston.

It's in her best interests to play Charleston. It'll allow her to face difficult competition in increments. Amelia Island's competition was easy.. Charleston's will be a bit harder and then Rome and Berlin will be very difficult. It would be hard to jump from this tourney straight to one where she might have to face any combination of Henin/Kuznetsova/Jankovic/Ivanovic/Serena/Venus, etc.

xan
Apr 13th, 2008, 08:00 PM
:bounce: Congratulations Maria! :bounce:

Jovana.
Apr 13th, 2008, 08:00 PM
:banana: Masha :banana: :worship:

nelsondan
Apr 13th, 2008, 08:01 PM
Maria is well-coached. I noticed after her coach told her to hit more up the middle---her opponent started making more mistakes. He pulled her back from trying to do too much---and made her more patient. Picking up subtle experience like that, is what these early clay tournaments are about---Maria learns---and remembers.

heart
Apr 13th, 2008, 08:03 PM
lucky tournament for you maria! :p
agree with adal you still suck on clay :nerner:

domi :sad:

Craig.
Apr 13th, 2008, 08:05 PM
http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20080413/capt.2f2c30d2e099495f842ffd807e1e5ec3.amelia_islan d_tennis_flpc206.jpg

:worship::worship::worship:

way to go Mashenka! :kiss:

:hearts:

Escape
Apr 13th, 2008, 08:05 PM
Domi :sad: :hug: but still a great week
Congrats Maria on your first clay title :)

Ryan
Apr 13th, 2008, 08:12 PM
I love how there are a bunch of people here insinuating that because the match was poor quality she's less deserving of the title. :lol: ANY title on clay for Sharapova is a positive, even if she has to beat Brie Whitehead 7-6 in the third for 5 matches...well not exactly but this is still a good win. And people saying she didn't beat anyone "good" - they all lost before the final, so its tough to face your "best" competition when they lose to the player you beat in the Semis.

Sha_ra_po_va
Apr 13th, 2008, 08:15 PM
Well done to Maria - 1st title on clay (but surely not the last!):worship::bounce:

bellascarlett
Apr 13th, 2008, 08:17 PM
It's in her best interests to play Charleston. It'll allow her to face difficult competition in increments. Amelia Island's competition was easy.. Charleston's will be a bit harder and then Rome and Berlin will be very difficult. It would be hard to jump from this tourney straight to one where she might have to face any combination of Henin/Kuznetsova/Jankovic/Ivanovic/Serena/Venus, etc.

Yes, I loved how she went here to play when she wasn't even initially scheduled to. She recognizes the need for it and that it will allow her to gradually be used to the surface. I appreciate the effort. Baby steps...

Rod the Bama
Apr 13th, 2008, 08:17 PM
Great job by Maria of winning her first clay court title. :clap2: She responded well in more tough situations and really took control in the latter part of the match. This is a great way for her to start out the clay court season. :yeah:

As for Domi, tough loss for the cutie. :sad: She played well early on, but really missed out on that golden opportunity up 2-1, 40-0 in the second set. After Maria saved the first two points, Domi got pretty tight and it was all downhill from there. Still she has nothing to be ashamed of. She did a great job in getting to her first career final and reaching the top 30. :clap2:

Today`s match was a nice end to a pretty good tournament in Amelia Island. I really need to go there for next year`s tournament, because from i saw on the broadcast, it is a very beautiful place.

Mikey B
Apr 13th, 2008, 08:19 PM
I love how there are a bunch of people here insinuating that because the match was poor quality she's less deserving of the title. :lol: ANY title on clay for Sharapova is a positive, even if she has to beat Brie Whitehead 7-6 in the third for 5 matches...well not exactly but this is still a good win. And people saying she didn't beat anyone "good" - they all lost before the final, so its tough to face your "best" competition when they lose to the player you beat in the Semis.

:worship: nuff said...

wild.river
Apr 13th, 2008, 08:20 PM
yay! 1 GS, 1 Tier I,and 1 Tier II. Nice set of titles for this year.

perseus2006
Apr 13th, 2008, 08:26 PM
Pova didn't play Amelia Island to showcase her highly honed, expert level clay court game. She has said repeatedly that she entered AI and Charleston for practice! Her balance is off on the clay, Har Tru is very slippery yielding poor footing, and that is especially evident in her return game. If she can develop better balance through a few matches at Charleston, she'll be in great shape for the Terre Battue at Berlin. The footing is actually better on red clay.

A few days off, a new tournament at Charleston, a new start ... it will be interesting to see if Pova performs better.

GrafMariaPetraK
Apr 13th, 2008, 08:27 PM
Maria:yippee:

bandabou
Apr 13th, 2008, 08:41 PM
So now Maria can win on clay too!! Scar thought! :scared: :unsure:

miura
Apr 13th, 2008, 08:57 PM
Epic :D

Cakeisgood
Apr 13th, 2008, 09:10 PM
Maria, you still suck on clay. But congrats on your first clay title!

Josh.
Apr 13th, 2008, 09:47 PM
It still mind boggels me how she wins on clay but nethertheless. Congrats.

Domi, great week. Keep it up :yeah:

Vincey!
Apr 13th, 2008, 09:48 PM
Maria :D...Congreats :hearts:

Marco Fernandes
Apr 13th, 2008, 09:58 PM
Maria, you still suck on clay. But congrats on your first clay title!

LOL, I had to make an edit... sorry.

morningglory
Apr 13th, 2008, 10:00 PM
Humm so i guess Ivanovic suck on clay too right?

Maria has 2 semi-finals, 2 quarter-finals and a title on clay

Ana has a final and a title... Humm... :rolleyes: (i'm not sure if ana hasn't other good results on clay but still you can't say Ivanovic is great on clay and Maria sucks... ) :help:

:lol: dude he's a Maria fan... it's Maria's reflection on that plate u noob :lol: No need to bash Ana... and Ana's FAR more experienced on clay she's won Berlin and RG F and etc

Corswandt
Apr 13th, 2008, 10:04 PM
Ghastly match. Maria played shite, spraying errors all over the place. Often seemed lost on the court; got caught out of position heaven knows how many times. And she's up to a Serena Williams level of obnoxious hystrionics.

Serve was still working though, and often bailed her out.

Marco Fernandes
Apr 13th, 2008, 10:06 PM
:lol: dude he's a Maria fan... it's Maria's reflection on that plate u noob :lol: No need to bash Ana... and Ana's FAR more experienced on clay she's won Berlin and RG F and etc

LOL, yeah, my mistake...:tape:

Humm, i don't think Ana is more experienced on clay...

Maria has 2 semi finals, 1 quarter final and a title on clay.

Ana has 1 final and a title (i'm not sure if ana doesn't have other good results on clay)

So i guess we can't say that Maria sucks on clay and Ana is a great clay court player :rolleyes:

new-york
Apr 13th, 2008, 10:07 PM
no big deal, i felt like she was the favorite anyway.
she's good enough to blast the competition she had this week off the court on clay.

grats on her first clay tit.

Andy.
Apr 13th, 2008, 10:41 PM
YAY a clay court title and title number 3 for the year. Well done Masha!!!!!

waratahsrock
Apr 13th, 2008, 11:10 PM
:rocker2: Congratulations Maria :D Continuing her excellent start to the year.

DragonFlame
Apr 13th, 2008, 11:10 PM
LOL, yeah, my mistake...:tape:

Humm, i don't think Ana is more experienced on clay...

Maria has 2 semi finals, 1 quarter final and a title on clay.

Ana has 1 final and a title (i'm not sure if ana doesn't have other good results on clay)

So i guess we can't say that Maria sucks on clay and Ana is a great clay court player :rolleyes:

1.Ana has played more claycourt tournaments then maria in a shorter amount of time
2.Ana has booked better results then maria on clay
3.Ana has had more solid results over decent claycourters maria has also beaten. Like Schnyder, Anabel Medina Guerrigues, Bondarenko(looking at ana/maria's 2007 and maria's Amelia island)
4.Ana has beaten mauresmo,kuznetsova and jankovic on clay. All of whom have good claycourt records and multiple finals/titles on clay and whom can be considered favourites at claycourt events.

I think this more then enough proves ana has more experience on clay.

austennis
Apr 13th, 2008, 11:21 PM
yay maria a job well done.. and to all those people who say it dosnt count cause she didnt beat a top 5 or 10 player she can only beat whos there and the fact that Anna, Dani and Marion all lost early is not her fualt
GO MARIA

AcesHigh
Apr 13th, 2008, 11:38 PM
Is Sharapova leading this season for most titles?

I think she can get to 7 or 8 this year :) which is really impressive. And has she now won a title on all surfaces?

ZeroSOFInfinity
Apr 13th, 2008, 11:41 PM
Good job girl... good job :yeah:

But still a bit unconvincing over your performance on clay... need to see how you play on the RED version, only then we would know your chances in RG....

On to the next tournament :)

Natash.
Apr 13th, 2008, 11:42 PM
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/3/global/photogallery/amelia/f_05.jpg

doni1212
Apr 13th, 2008, 11:45 PM
Is Sharapova leading this season for most titles?

I think she can get to 7 or 8 this year :) which is really impressive. And has she now won a title on all surfaces?

Off the top of my head...NO. She doesn't have red clay and I don't think she has rebound ace. There might be more surfaces she doesn't have as well, :shrug:

Dan23
Apr 13th, 2008, 11:48 PM
Good way to finish the week! The SF w/o certainly helped but a great win anyway, can never have enough titles ;)

Off the top of my head...NO. She doesn't have red clay and I don't think she has rebound ace. There might be more surfaces she doesn't have as well, :shrug:I think AcesHigh meant 2008 titles. Maria has 3.

Ben.
Apr 13th, 2008, 11:53 PM
Congrats Maria :D first title of clay :yeah: it won't be the last.

Domi :hug: fantastic week for you :)

Corswandt
Apr 13th, 2008, 11:55 PM
I don't think she has rebound ace.

Doha is played on Rebound Ace.

doni1212
Apr 13th, 2008, 11:55 PM
Good way to finish the week! The SF w/o certainly helped but a great win anyway, can never have enough titles ;)

I think AcesHigh meant 2008 titles. Maria has 3.

Oh ok, if that's what he meant, :shrug:

V-MAC
Apr 14th, 2008, 12:03 AM
Well, there is one girl who isnít going to win Roland Garros this year and her name is Maria :lol:

She sure knows how to make life hard for herself, all week long never able to play consistently well.

But right now that all doesnít matter, she won her first clay title and already her 3th of the year, congrats Maria!

And just a special note about the point that was robbed from her in the tiebreak, that was unbelievable!

It was good preparation, she faced opponents who are able to get many balls back into play.


Yeah that was a shocker. Maria did well to hang tough though after that. Congrats to her :) not an easy week at the office at all but she grinded her way to the title which is what champions do.

Domi :hug: couldn't have asked more really performance wise for a player making her debut in her first big wta tournament final. She looked really at at home out there, so composed throughout and without a doubt this is the first of many more major finals she'll be reaching in her career ;)

Archer16
Apr 14th, 2008, 12:04 AM
Guess what? It doesn't matter when she wins it or who she faces as long as she has the slam title/grand slam. There won't be an asterix that says 'won in absence of Justine, WS, Kuzy'.
I mean Amelie only played 4 complete matches to the Aussie Open title. It doesn't make it any less a title so please stop trying to piss on Maria's moment.:rolleyes:
Oh yes it does. The fact that most people only remember who won does not make all GS titles equal. Good for Amelie she won a "real" one later that year, because this AO title has some reason to be viewed as one with an asterisk (Asterix is the French comic book warrior).
A career Grand Slam, however, cannot be treated the same, as clearly if a player wins a major on every surface lucky draws would have little to do with it. Personally I don't think that Maria would ever win the RG, though I wouldn't bet my house against it.

V-MAC
Apr 14th, 2008, 12:11 AM
Great job by Maria of winning her first clay court title. :clap2: She responded well in more tough situations and really took control in the latter part of the match. This is a great way for her to start out the clay court season. :yeah:

As for Domi, tough loss for the cutie. :sad: She played well early on, but really missed out on that golden opportunity up 2-1, 40-0 in the second set. After Maria saved the first two points, Domi got pretty tight and it was all downhill from there. Still she has nothing to be ashamed of. She did a great job in getting to her first career final and reaching the top 30. :clap2:
Today`s match was a nice end to a pretty good tournament in Amelia Island. I really need to go there for next year`s tournament, because from i saw on the broadcast, it is a very beautiful place.


Physically, Domi was spent by that stage anyway so a 3-1 lead wouldn't have meant much as she was struggling by that point. I believe Maria would have regained control of that set pretty soon anyway.

-SheLL-
Apr 14th, 2008, 01:19 AM
Maria :bounce:

F-R-E-A-K
Apr 14th, 2008, 01:49 AM
Masha :woohoo: :yeah: :banana:


:hearts: :hearts:

gary
Apr 14th, 2008, 02:32 AM
Masha's 1st clay title!! :woohoo: :banana:

saniapower
Apr 14th, 2008, 02:57 AM
masha will win fo

pov
Apr 14th, 2008, 03:08 AM
Oh yes it does.
No it doesn't. That analysis you use seems flawed. The nature of sports is that there are the factors one cannot directly control - things like luck. All players in every tournament have various amounts of bad and/or good luck come into play. For those individuals who experience more good luck than others, I'd have to count that as another thing that makes them great.;)

tennischick2817
Apr 14th, 2008, 03:11 AM
great job to both of them! xD

Dunlop1
Apr 14th, 2008, 03:34 AM
No it doesn't. That analysis you use seems flawed. The nature of sports is that there are the factors one cannot directly control - things like luck. All players in every tournament have various amounts of bad and/or good luck come into play. For those individuals who experience more good luck than others, I'd have to count that as another thing that makes them great.;)

Exactly. Couldn't have said it better. I mean is it Amelie's fault that 3 of her opponents couldn't finish the match? A big no. Does that make Amelie a 1.5 time grandslam winner? :help:

I don't think so. Sometimes, you get cake draws sometimes you don't.

Princeza
Apr 14th, 2008, 05:32 AM
:woohoo: good job

Leo_DFP
Apr 14th, 2008, 06:44 AM
I actually wouldn't say Sharapova sucked in this match at all. She had a relatively even winners to errors ratio, at least based on the stats that ESPN showed when they showed them. A lot of top players/big hitters will miss some on clay, but strategically she played the right match. I was impressed overall. I still don't like her chances against Henin/Ivanovic/Kuznetsova on the red stuff, but with the right draw and the right day...

I really like this Dominika Cibulkova. Like Radwanska and Cornet, I think she's really exciting for the game. These three youngsters have a lot of talent to go far, and most importantly they play different, interesting games. I like that Dominika and Agnieska will stand far in on Maria's serve and put pressure on her. I like that they can drop shot, mix up the spins, and be consistent. I like that Alize is willing to go to net. I hope they all have a great week in Charleston despite their tough draws!

Shimizu Amon
Apr 14th, 2008, 10:16 AM
:worship: good job Maria! Winning your first clay title.
Also a good match from Cibulkova, too bad she got her leg injured. But good for Maria to step it up from that point on.

domon17th
Apr 14th, 2008, 10:28 AM
Loved this result! Congrats girl! Great fight and determination. Saw snippets of her match VS Alona and AMG as well, what a way to win after being almost down and out. Take next week as a learning experience with an even steeper gradient of difficulty. You can only gain from here!

And cibulkova is a beauty! Great defense.

ce
Apr 14th, 2008, 10:40 AM
:woohoo:
well done Maria :hug:

Sammy 4 eva!!!
Apr 14th, 2008, 11:21 AM
Domi :sad:

But congrats to Maria on your first Clay title :bowdown:

Bounty Hunter
Apr 14th, 2008, 11:29 AM
I was impress with Domi's game. She played quit well. She needs to improve her serve and we should see her winning some tourneys..

Congrats to Maria on her first clay title...

WIMBLY2004
Apr 14th, 2008, 12:04 PM
Congrats to Maria on her first clay title, I hope her commiment and determination in improving her clay result pays off.

barmaid
Apr 14th, 2008, 01:16 PM
Well by all accounts this wasn't "pretty" 33 unforced errors and 5 double faults:rolleyes: for Maria but a win is a win and a first-time clay one at that! :worship: Congrats to Maria!:hearts:

barmaid:wavey:

Langers
Apr 14th, 2008, 02:27 PM
Does this title even mean anything?

Dan23
Apr 14th, 2008, 02:29 PM
Does this title even mean anything?
Same as any other Tier 2 ;)

.:sk:.
Apr 14th, 2008, 02:37 PM
So close Domi :sad: :D :hug: - another milestone in her career :banana:

Congrats Masha :D

Summer_Snow
Apr 14th, 2008, 02:42 PM
just awesome masha!!

goldenlox
Apr 14th, 2008, 02:49 PM
Does this title even mean anything?It's a nonmajor won by a multi-slam winner.
So it's another title, it's more points, more prizemoney. Just like any other nonmajor.
Maybe playing more matches on clay improves her clay game.

Langers
Apr 14th, 2008, 02:51 PM
Same as any other Tier 2 ;)
Yeah but it's green clay, who cares? What does this surface mean?

DA FOREHAND
Apr 14th, 2008, 02:58 PM
Im glad the folks at A.I. showed more class than i.w. in not booing Maria because her semifinal opponent withdrew.

Good match Dom. Cib. Thanks for not falling to your knees and covering your face in mock surprise when you won the match Maria.

Dave.
Apr 14th, 2008, 02:59 PM
Yeah but it's green clay, who cares? What does this surface mean?

It's still clay. Everything is the same except the court is a little faster. On a hot, sunny day the French Open is probably a similar pace.

Emina.
Apr 14th, 2008, 03:00 PM
Does this title even mean anything?

same as 2007 LA and 2007 Luxembourg City :)

Langers
Apr 14th, 2008, 03:01 PM
It's still clay. Everything is the same except the court is a little faster. On a hot, sunny day the French Open is probably a similar pace.
Yeh AI is definitely faster than the French Open is it not? The stupid commentator said the FO is faster. :tape:

Nikkiri
Apr 14th, 2008, 03:10 PM
same as 2007 LA and 2007 Luxembourg City :)

:clap2:

bellascarlett
Apr 14th, 2008, 04:17 PM
Does this title even mean anything?

:tape: Love this post...:help:

With this title win, Maria...got her 1st clay title...earned her 3rd title of the year (most so far this year)...won her 19th WTA tour title overall...maintains her race points leader standing...climbed to number 4 in the world (closes the gap even more)...got some much needed practice and match play on clay...:dance: :yippee:

In other words, that was a stupid question...:lol:

gmak
Apr 14th, 2008, 04:32 PM
congrats masha on your first clay title! :D :hearts: :yeah: :lick:

goldenlox
Apr 14th, 2008, 07:17 PM
http://img231.imageshack.us/img231/6499/10apr200807jb3.jpg

http://img76.imageshack.us/img76/9323/10apr200807jb3cu7.jpg

P_Fer
Apr 14th, 2008, 07:18 PM
http://img231.imageshack.us/img231/6499/10apr200807jb3.jpg

http://img76.imageshack.us/img76/9323/10apr200807jb3cu7.jpg

:lol:

Mikey B
Apr 14th, 2008, 07:25 PM
lol! could you imagine!!

Shoulderpova
Apr 14th, 2008, 07:56 PM
http://img231.imageshack.us/img231/6499/10apr200807jb3.jpg

http://img76.imageshack.us/img76/9323/10apr200807jb3cu7.jpg

Priceless :rolls:

Sefo
Apr 14th, 2008, 09:55 PM
Funny, Masha appears like she's sitting down, but still tall.