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IceSkaTennisFan
Apr 14th, 2008, 04:55 AM
Serena and Maria are in the same Quarter in Charleston this week and it is the match-up of the tournament, despite being their weakest surface. It would be their first meeting on clay. Do you see that match happening and if it does who do you think would win and with what score?

Serena will have to beat possibly Dulko and Srebotnik which is very doable. Serena actually has never played Dulko or Stosur interestingly. Despite the surface change, she's still the clear favorite to get to the QF match.

Sharapova's toughest match would be another meeting with AMG, but the confidence of winning her first title on clay and with some important 3 set victories, Maria should be confident to get through to the quarters which will set up this interesting match.

blackcrave
Apr 14th, 2008, 04:58 AM
i think maria will win

In The Zone
Apr 14th, 2008, 05:16 AM
I foresee a Sharapova withdrawal. Not because of the QF meeting but because not sure her shoulder can keep up. She has to hit TONS more balls than she is used to. Not sure she can take another 5 matches in 5 days.

If they do meet, not quite sure how Serena would lose a set let alone lose the match.

Dave.
Apr 14th, 2008, 05:20 AM
If it happens, I really don't see how Maria could get into the match. Serena just moves too well and she's playing well. But even if she was unfit and out of form I would still favour her to beat Maria on clay.

franny
Apr 14th, 2008, 06:01 AM
It's really tough to say. I think they will play, but I don't see how Serena will lose this match. Clay favors the better mover, which Serena is heaps above Maria. If they were playing on hardcourts or grass though it should be fun. Finally they are both healthy and both playing well at the same time! The only time I consider both playing well and being healthy was their Aus Open match in 05, when Serena fought back and won 8-6 in the third. All the other times they've played one had been struggling with injuries and/or lack of confidence from injuries or rustiness.

doni1212
Apr 14th, 2008, 06:06 AM
I sure hope so!

Bartosh
Apr 14th, 2008, 06:13 AM
Serena in 2 easy sets... 6/2 6/2 ;)

Leo_DFP
Apr 14th, 2008, 06:36 AM
I will be really upset if this match doesn't happen. Having said that, I don't think it will. I also foresee a Maria retirement or withdrawal due to the shoulder/wanting to avoid Serena right now.

I think Sharapova would have a better chance of beating her on red clay. If they do meet this week, I give major edge to Serena but who knows, this new Sharapova is more confident, serving better, and gutting through long matches while winning the key points.

tennnisfannn
Apr 14th, 2008, 07:15 AM
Isn't Srebotnik the one that gives serena nightmares?

Bartosh
Apr 14th, 2008, 07:18 AM
Isn't Srebotnik the one that gives serena nightmares?

Why?? :confused:

Williams leads 2-0
2001 FRENCH OPEN CLAY (O) R64 S. WILLIAMS 6-0 7-5
2002 MIAMI HARD (O) R32 S. WILLIAMS 6-1 6-0

goodlock!
Apr 14th, 2008, 07:23 AM
Maria in 2 6:4 7:6:drool:
Sweet revange:devil:

Boreas
Apr 14th, 2008, 07:26 AM
Isn't Srebotnik the one that gives serena nightmares?

Srebotnik is a nightmare for her fans and not for opponents:lol:
Serena will win in 2 easy sets

tennnisfannn
Apr 14th, 2008, 07:38 AM
Why?? :confused:

Williams leads 2-0
2001 FRENCH OPEN CLAY (O) R64 S. WILLIAMS 6-0 7-5
2002 MIAMI HARD (O) R32 S. WILLIAMS 6-1 6-0
unless it is venus I am thinking about, could you find the h2h again please?

skanky~skanketta
Apr 14th, 2008, 07:39 AM
Why?? :confused:

Williams leads 2-0
2001 FRENCH OPEN CLAY (O) R64 S. WILLIAMS 6-0 7-5
2002 MIAMI HARD (O) R32 S. WILLIAMS 6-1 6-0Maybe Suarez then.

Bartosh
Apr 14th, 2008, 07:52 AM
unless it is venus I am thinking about, could you find the h2h again please?


V. Williams leads 3-0
1999 STANFORD HARD (O) R16 V. WILLIAMS 6-1 7-6(3)
2003 WIMBLEDON GRASS (O) R64 V. WILLIAMS 6-4 6-1
2004 FED CUP WEEK 1 CLAY (O) R1 V. WILLIAMS 6-1 6-2

:p

~Cherry*Blossom~
Apr 14th, 2008, 08:15 AM
If they do play the match Serena would need to dominate by hitting hard and moving Sharapova.

DOUBLEFIST
Apr 14th, 2008, 08:41 AM
Serena 7-5, 6-3 :shrug:

pepaw
Apr 14th, 2008, 08:57 AM
If they play, Maria will win 6-2/3-6/7-6

dya74
Apr 14th, 2008, 08:58 AM
if they play, Maria has no chance

Adal
Apr 14th, 2008, 08:59 AM
Serena will probably win :tears: NOOOO!

Destiny
Apr 14th, 2008, 09:02 AM
Hope it happens
Serena to win 6-16-1 :devil:

Leading to win the title easy :p

Galsen
Apr 14th, 2008, 11:09 AM
Serena in 2 set VERY easy 6-1 6-0 or 6-3 6-1

goldenlox
Apr 14th, 2008, 11:34 AM
I'm sure the people that run this tournament are hoping Maria plays it

Maria is a marketing machine

By Gene Sapakoff (http://www.charleston.net/staff/gene_sapakoff/)(Contact (http://www.charleston.net/staff/gene_sapakoff/contact/))
The Post and Courier
Monday, April 14, 2008



http://media.charleston.net/img/photos/2008/04/14/Australia_Open_Tennis_t180.jpg (http://www.charleston.net/photos/2008/apr/14/9459/)
AP Maria Sharapova (http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=124801&page=101#)

It's not like we didn't see this coming. Maria Sharapova was just 15 when she made her first and only Family Circle Cup appearance. But even in April of 2003, the native Russian spent part of her time on Daniel Island at an autograph table signing Prince racket posters featuring a giant photo and a title:
'Princess.'
So what if Sharapova had finished the 2002 schedule ranked 186th on the Sony Ericsson Women's Tennis (http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=124801&page=101#) Association Tour computer? She was on the fastest track in sports. Within 15 months of her first-round loss at the 2003 Family Circle Cup, Sharapova was a 17-year-old Wimbledon champ celebrating the first of her three Grand Slam singles titles.
The Princess instantly became tennis royalty after her conquest of Lindsay Davenport in the semifinals and Serena Williams (http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=124801&page=101#) in the final at the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club.
No wonder there was so much disappointment, even anger, when Sharapova withdrew from the 2007 Family Circle Cup with a shoulder injury with her photo on the official event program and promotional billboards.
She is due back at the 35th annual Family Circle Cup, which starts with main draw action today. Sharapova officially is ranked No. 5 and coming off a Bausch & Lomb championship on Sunday on Amelia Island, Fla., but unquestionably No. 1 among many tennis fans and people who wouldn't know a half volley from a kick serve.
The first time Sharapova played in Charleston, she was a potential star.
Five years later, she is the player and personality veteran sports business analyst Darren Rovell of CNBC described as 'the most marketable athlete in the history of women's sports.'
The endorsement numbers are as impressive as the competitive spirit Sharapova honed as a committed kid living at Nick Bollettieri's famed tennis academy in Bradenton, Fla.
'Anna Kournikova with game' became just the 15th player to surpass $10 million in WTA Tour career prize money last year, which included her U.S. Open singles championship. She reportedly made $20 million more selling things in 2006 alone and after opening 2008 with an Australian Open title is well on her way to more fun and cash.
Sharapova carefully has crafted what she describes as 'relationships' with sponsors. They include Prince, Nike, Gatorade, Canon, Land Rover, Tag Heuer, Motorola, Tropicana and Colgate.
Part of a 'lifetime' Prince deal called for Sharapova to design a pink racquet bag. CBS Paramount Network TV is working with Sharapova on a sports-themed drama project 'set inside the world of professional women's tennis.'
Nike's 'I Feel Pretty' television campaign full of New York City street scenes was a huge hit before the 2006 U.S. Open.
The Canon contract reportedly was three years for $6 million, and that was signed way back in 2004.
For an estimated $1 million per year, Sharapova is 'the global female face for Gatorade.'
Which is quite a responsibility until you realize Rovell has Sharapova on his list of the three 'most marketable current athletes.' Tiger Woods and LeBron James are the others.
Sports Business Daily recently surveyed 65 business and media executives asking them to rank active athletes for sales potential in the North American market. The list: 1. Tiger Woods, 2. Peyton Manning, 3. LeBron James, 4. Derek Jeter, 5. Dwayne Wade, 6. Dale Earnhardt Jr., 7. Tom Brady, 8. Shaquille O'Neal, 9. Sharapova.
Internationally, Sharapova certainly moves up the list. The status is cemented by her tennis performances, highlighted by a No. 1 ranking for seven weeks in 2005 and a career-high No. 2 finish in '06.
Magazine covers have included Forbes, Sports Illustrated and ESPN The Magazine. Sharapova has been featured in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. She has been named one of People Magazine's '50 Most Beautiful People.'
Sharapova is captivating even while on the frustrating end of a lopsided loss. The 2007 Australian Open final in which she won only three games against Serena Williams drew a 1.9 television rating, the highest ever for an ESPN2 tennis broadcast. The 2006 Australian Open final featuring Amelie Mauresmo's victory over Justine Henin got a 0.9 rating.
No wonder ABC News labeled the 6-2, 130-pound Sharapova 'a moneymaking machine ... and a future icon.'
Not bad for a teen who doesn't turn 21 until Saturday, hopefully celebrating somewhere in Charleston.

Mic-190286
Apr 14th, 2008, 11:42 AM
Clay is neither's best surface, but Serena has won RG so she can obviously deal with the surface better than Sharapova can. In saying that, Maria is obviously trying to rectify that and won some good matches in AI, but i think Serena will be too much of a step up for her. That is of course if Serena keeps up her form, which she's had trouble doing.

Serena in 2 is my guess.

InsideOut.
Apr 14th, 2008, 11:42 AM
^She isn't a teen. :confused:

ElusiveChanteuse
Apr 14th, 2008, 11:47 AM
Maria/Serena will withdraw for certain reason.:p

Chunchun
Apr 14th, 2008, 12:05 PM
^She isn't a teen. :confused:

No. She's (still) Maria "I'm still (my age)" Sharapova

Kunal
Apr 14th, 2008, 12:49 PM
rena will take it

joćo.
Apr 14th, 2008, 01:01 PM
I hope Maria is able to go into the Quarters in Charleston and if that happens I would love to see her win. I could imagine something like Maria def. Serena 0/6 7/6 6/4 if she's in a good form from AI, if not, Serena will def. win in two easy sets like 6/4 6/2. :(

LUVMIRZA
Apr 14th, 2008, 01:08 PM
One of them will retire!!!

thrust
Apr 14th, 2008, 02:13 PM
I foresee a Sharapova withdrawal. Not because of the QF meeting but because not sure her shoulder can keep up. She has to hit TONS more balls than she is used to. Not sure she can take another 5 matches in 5 days.

If they do meet, not quite sure how Serena would lose a set let alone lose the match.

I agree. Maria does not want to play Serena when she is not at her best. Maria played a lot of tennis and accomplished her goal of winning a rather lack luster tournament. Still, she had to struggle much more than she probably thought she would have to. I doubt she will get through this tournament.