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Iceland
May 3rd, 2008, 05:58 PM
As usual, this is the general thread dedicated to the European clay court season which provided Marion many points last year!! It was really her saviour and I hope this miracle will happen twice.

Marion will play Berlin, Rome, Strasbourg & Roland-Garros. Huge schedule, but she is right to consider every possible opportunity to score points before Wimbledon & gets in form for Roland-Garros.

Iceland
May 3rd, 2008, 06:03 PM
Marion's draw in Berlin :

R1 - BYE :drool:
R2 - Razzano or Safarova :unsure:
R3 - Szavay :scared:
QF - Ivanovic :help:

Well the message is clear, Marion will face only hardhitters.
This should give us a pretty good view of her potentiality on clay this season, these are no claycourt specialists but they all scored interesting performance in the past on this surface. Marion had 3 weeks of break to work on her game & preparation on clay, if she worked as intensively as in 2007, results should come.

Allez Marion, beat them all!

bruce goose
May 3rd, 2008, 11:18 PM
Marion's draw in Berlin :

R1 - BYE :drool:
R2 - Razzano or Safarova :unsure:
R3 - Szavay :scared:
QF - Ivanovic :help:

Well the message is clear, Marion will face only hardhitters.
This should give us a pretty good view of her potentiality on clay this season, these are no claycourt specialists but they all scored interesting performance in the past on this surface. Marion had 3 weeks of break to work on her game & preparation on clay, if she worked as intensively as in 2007, results should come.

Allez Marion, beat them all!Well,I'm almost afraid to give you too much praise because you may be one of those deluded,French Sartre-lovers and the compliment might go to your head...but I LOVE the title you've chosen for this thread.:yeah:

Safarova is 1-0 in her career vs. Razzano but has performed like an over-the-hill Yugo with 100,000 miles on it this year.It might not be good preparation for tougher competition if Marion is fortunate enough to face her.Marion is 1-1 against Razzano although the loss occurred back when they were young girls with acne and the win was just this season.I believe that we'll learn by the 2nd match--IF Marion is victorious,of course--whether or not she has started to make her climb again...this is our yearning obviously.Allez Marion:hearts::hearts::hearts:

Super_Marion
May 4th, 2008, 12:54 PM
Well,I'm almost afraid to give you too much praise because you may be one of those deluded,French Sartre-lovers and the compliment might go to your head...but I LOVE the title you've chosen for this thread.:yeah:

Safarova is 1-0 in her career vs. Razzano but has performed like an over-the-hill Yugo with 100,000 miles on it this year.It might not be good preparation for tougher competition if Marion is fortunate enough to face her.Marion is 1-1 against Razzano although the loss occurred back when they were young girls with acne and the win was just this season.I believe that we'll learn by the 2nd match--IF Marion is victorious,of course--whether or not she has started to make her climb again...this is our yearning obviously.Allez Marion:hearts::hearts::hearts:
Just cos JP Sartre and De Beauvior are French doesnt mean that all French people endorse them. :help:

Marion :angel: has more backbone than they ever had i.m.o.

bruce goose
May 4th, 2008, 01:01 PM
Just cos JP Sartre and De Beauvior are French doesnt mean that all French people endorse them. :help:

Marion :angel: has more backbone than they ever had i.m.o.YES,Super M,I'm aware of the 1st part,but I HAVE to have a little fun with Iceland sometimes.;)...and I REALLY agree with your second comment.:D

:inlove:Mademoiselle Bartoli:inlove:

Super_Marion
May 4th, 2008, 01:01 PM
Lovin' the thread title Iceland :cool:

If i'm right, Marion has beaten Razzano and Safarova in the past 12 months.. albeit not on clay.

bruce goose
May 4th, 2008, 01:05 PM
Lovin' the thread title Iceland :cool:

If i'm right, Marion has beaten Razzano and Safarova in the past 12 months.. albeit not on clay.Bartoli d. Safarova 2007 USO 4-6,6-2,6-3..........Bartoli d. Razzano 2008 Paris Indoor 6-1,7-6...didn't look up the tiebreaker points.

bruce goose
May 4th, 2008, 01:11 PM
Bartoli d. Safarova 2007 USO 4-6,6-2,6-3..........Bartoli d. Razzano 2008 Paris Indoor 6-1,7-6...didn't look up the tiebreaker points.Only 3 points for Razz in that tiebreaker,so NOT a cliffhanger.

Super_Marion
May 4th, 2008, 01:53 PM
You just post these to see if I will bite! :D

bruce goose
May 4th, 2008, 02:49 PM
You just post these to see if I will bite! :DWell,it's informative for all of the Marionettes but,yes,even a blind person could see how much I enjoy your commentary.:)

sorcerer
May 4th, 2008, 04:55 PM
Just cos JP Sartre and De Beauvior are French doesnt mean that all French people endorse them. :help:

Prefer a bit of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky myself, but whats that got to do with tennis? :p


What do I expect? Marion to get past the first round with ease. After that anything could happen in R32,R16. ;)

What would be good? Reaching a QF against Ivanovic.

Marion Claytoli...:lol::lol: :yeah:

bruce goose
May 4th, 2008, 05:12 PM
Prefer a bit of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky myself, but whats that got to do with tennis? :p


What do I expect? Marion to get past the first round with ease. After that anything could happen in R32,R16. ;)

What would be good? Reaching a QF against Ivanovic.

Marion Claytoli...:lol::lol: :yeah:Indeed,why don't you tell us what Tolstoy and Dostoevsky have to do with tennis?:lol:

As much as I'd like to see her win,I'm not so sure that a Razzano matchup would be 'easy' for Marion...as long as she wins it,I'll be pleased.:)

Iceland
May 5th, 2008, 06:27 AM
Thanks for your kindness towards my title, c'est très gentil! I'm myself much more interested in Tolstoy and Dostoevsky than Sartre & De Beauvoir, so don't worry for my reaction ^^.

I also think that reaching QF is up to her with this draw. We'll be decided about the name of her 1st match opponent today, I would prefer Razzano to win. Marion would be more in confidence on the court since she has beaten her this year.
Allez!!

Iceland
May 5th, 2008, 08:05 PM
Marion plays Safarova tomorrow on CC at noon, thus her match will be shown on ES! At last! I'm so looking forward to it!
Good luck :D.

Schnyderfreak
May 5th, 2008, 08:33 PM
Tolstoy,Dostoevsk, Sartre & De Beauvoir pffffffff heavy reading this :unsure:
I tried a bit of Kafka myself but could'nt get myself through it :bolt:

Good luck Marion in your match against Lucie tommorrow.Tough match against a tough opponent but never imposible. if you play her the way you've played Vera Zvonareva you have a good chance of winning this match.Just stay positive and keep taking the match point for point game for game. AALLLLLLLEEEEEEEEEZZZZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

sorcerer
May 5th, 2008, 09:24 PM
Tolstoy,Dostoevsk, Sartre & De Beauvoir pffffffff heavy reading this :unsure:
I tried a bit of Kafka myself but could'nt get myself through it :bolt:


It is becoming clear Miss Bartoli is the thinking man's crumpet! :)

Allez Marion!!! :dance:

bruce goose
May 6th, 2008, 12:04 AM
Until Safarova has proven that she has regained her form(which will take her more than one match),I'll remain convinced that Marion is the better clay-court player--and that she should spank Lucie's juicy buns in this matchup.This is a deep field so Marion has to do MORE than just win;she must establish some rhythm to build her confidence...I wonder if Marion would enjoy Henry James.:cool:

sorcerer
May 6th, 2008, 09:58 AM
Just a few minutes to go... :p

sorcerer
May 6th, 2008, 10:29 AM
First set: 6-0.. in just 25 minutes.

Marion looking determined, Walter looking content and watching on from his comfortable red chair. Perfect start. :cool:

Schnyderfreak
May 6th, 2008, 10:33 AM
First set: 6-0.. in just 25 minutes.

Marion looking determined, Walter looking content and watching on from his comfortable his red chair. Perfect start. :cool:

:banana:AAAAALLLEEEEEEEEEEZZZZZZZZ:banana: 1-0 for the "intellectual" Bartoli Followers :lol: FOLLOW THROUGH MARION!!!!!:bounce:

Schnyderfreak
May 6th, 2008, 10:38 AM
6-0 2-0 This is looking great for Marion just keep it going and don't give Lucie even a sniff of getting into this match!!! AAAALLLEEEEEEZZZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

sorcerer
May 6th, 2008, 10:44 AM
At the change of ends, Marion taking a breather.

Safarova held her serve to make it 3-1, and now 0-30 on Marion's serve. Impossible to keep up the level to make it a double bagel hopefully Marion can just hold serve now.

sorcerer
May 6th, 2008, 10:49 AM
Marion came back to 30-30...then 4-1. Safarova comfortable in the next to make it 4-2.

Schnyderfreak
May 6th, 2008, 10:54 AM
6-0 5-2 0-40 cmon marion FIGHTTTTTT

Schnyderfreak
May 6th, 2008, 10:55 AM
5-3 on her own serve!!
CMON MARION FOCUSSSS AND FINISH THE MATCH!!!

Schnyderfreak
May 6th, 2008, 11:01 AM
:worship::worship: convincing victory for Marion :woohoo: :banana:
good way to start this tournament and warn the oppponents that Marion is getting back into form!!

Iceland
May 6th, 2008, 11:17 AM
Pretty good match from Marion :yeah:. 9 winners for 8 UE, Lucie made the rest (more than 20 U.E :lol:). She was extremely relaxed & determined to win during all the play while Lucie was a bit over excited. There were very few rallies, so it's hard to judge Marion's entire game.

What I can say is that her serve was extremely effective with nice variations of zones & a high 1st serve percentage. Marion always needs a good first shot to feel comfortable in the points, so that's what she did, no useless risks, a deep ball all the time with a good defense when Lucie was playing better & some smart shots (including a fantastic moonball with a huge spin!).
Marion got a bit more shaky after 6/0 3/0 hitting shorter balls & missing many returns. She was again too much inside the court to retrieve Lucie's first serve, it was too audacious from her.
MP was a missed return on a very low 2nd serve of Marion. Good for us :D.

Overall a very serious match, Marion had her gameplan & seemed to be in control of her shots. Her level of confidence is there, she has worked on her game to play on clay, you can see it. Lots of positive things to take from this meeting. :) It's good that it was so short too, Marion tires herself quite quickly when she plays in the sun. So it couldn't have been better.

Tomorrow, sightseeing for Marion who will go to the zoo & inside the city (and in its cafés!). ;) She was very happy, but showed no signs of relief in her interview. She endorsed her role of top 15 perfectly, as if she always knew she would get through.

Bravo Marion!!! She will probably face Agi in her next match. A very good claycourter who hits very hard but her serve hasn't been working so well this year. She has her chances!

One more thing, she changed her outfit, now she is in black & dark blue a bit in country style but she really looked nice & fitter :).

Bartoli's Boy
May 6th, 2008, 04:12 PM
Way to go Marion! :clap2: Keep making us proud! :yeah:

Dave.
May 6th, 2008, 05:09 PM
Such a great win. Can't say how great it is to see Marion win this comfortably! :banana:

bruce goose
May 6th, 2008, 05:48 PM
Not surprised to see that Marion handled Safarova so easily and we'll see if she can duplicate that form against the rising Szavay IF they meet(young sprouts such as Agnes can be so unpredicatable).Marion's only meeting with Yan ended in injury retirement so I'd like to think that this won't hurt her confidence any in case this matchup re-curs...as for Iceland's observation that Marion is getting fitter::drool::drool::hearts::hearts::hearts:...as if I needed any further temptation.:D

Schnyderfreak
May 6th, 2008, 08:58 PM
Marion is getting fitter::drool::drool::hearts::hearts::hearts:...as if I needed any further temptation.:D

Just wait untill the clay season is over and she is in lean and mean mode for wimbledon.:drool::drool::hearts:
Ultimate work out this clay courting at 25 degrees for about three hours per match.And indeed she's still beautiful even if she weighed 10kg more(what we off course dont wish her to be)

Super_Marion
May 6th, 2008, 11:14 PM
Excllent report Iceland! Thanks. :)

Super_Marion
May 6th, 2008, 11:26 PM
It is becoming clear Miss Bartoli is the thinking man's crumpet! :)
I promise I wont bite :drool: this time.. But I sure could do with a sugar rush tonight. ;)

Poova
May 7th, 2008, 08:13 PM
Marion vs. Agnes :o If only Agnes was in her shitty form from earlier this year still... but she's so good on clay. :scared:

Good luck Marion! :bounce:

Schnyderfreak
May 7th, 2008, 09:48 PM
AAAALLLLEEEEZZZ MARION!!!
Good luck against Agnes tommorrow, just play aggresively and sharp from the start like against Safarova and there are always chances for you.Give it all you've got and you will know how good your game level is at this moment.

Iceland
May 7th, 2008, 10:08 PM
Good luck Marion, a tough match tomorrow. Sadly I doubt it will be shown on ES :unsure:.

sorcerer
May 8th, 2008, 12:55 PM
Amazing start. Marion's serve already in action. Five first serves later and its 1-0 (game to 15).

Then Marion breaks to 15 to lead 2-0. :bounce:

sorcerer
May 8th, 2008, 12:58 PM
Now the opposite. Three second serves later and Szavay breaks back. game to 15. Now 2-1*

Iceland
May 8th, 2008, 01:02 PM
Too bad that she couldn't keep the advantage, it looks like it's hot in Berlin. Marion has to make this match quick if she wants to win.

Iceland
May 8th, 2008, 01:05 PM
A good game from Marion with pts won on 2nd serve :).

sorcerer
May 8th, 2008, 01:07 PM
:bounce:

Iceland
May 8th, 2008, 01:10 PM
Marion breaks for 4/2. She needs an effective serve now! Allez :bounce:!

sorcerer
May 8th, 2008, 01:13 PM
Important point she took there at 0-30 2nd serve. But oh 15-40..:p

Iceland
May 8th, 2008, 01:18 PM
5/2 miss Bartoli after saving 3 BPs. :D Allez!

sorcerer
May 8th, 2008, 01:20 PM
She came through that somehow despite the two dfs. :)

Iceland
May 8th, 2008, 01:23 PM
Long break here :unsure:.

Iceland
May 8th, 2008, 01:27 PM
Another tough game, Marion had a SP. Allez, fight for it ....
5/3. :scared: Close the set with some bombs on serve please!

Iceland
May 8th, 2008, 01:30 PM
15/40. Agi is tough to beat, good for her but please Marion stay strong!

Iceland
May 8th, 2008, 01:32 PM
Agnes breaks back :sad:. God Marion!!! :o

Iceland
May 8th, 2008, 01:37 PM
5/5. Please react Marion, you can still get the first set!

Iceland
May 8th, 2008, 01:39 PM
2 GPs. Allez Marion, take one!
Marion pushed at deuce :sad:. Allez ....... please ...

Iceland
May 8th, 2008, 01:42 PM
Marion saves BP on 2nd serve, cmon honey!
Another one saved.
GP wasted on 2nd serve :o. Please Marion, regroup!

sorcerer
May 8th, 2008, 01:46 PM
:tape::help:

Iceland
May 8th, 2008, 01:47 PM
Pff, DF & now 5/6*. Pitiful Marion! I'm so sad, it's breaking her confidence!

Poova
May 8th, 2008, 01:48 PM
Wtf!! :fiery: 2008 Marion is such a choker, what is going on with her? :(

Iceland
May 8th, 2008, 01:49 PM
Marion to try a rebreak : 0/15. Allez!

Iceland
May 8th, 2008, 02:25 PM
Marion up 4/3 in the 2nd set, was 0/2 down, won 4 games in a row to get broken on a DF.
Allez, fight!

sorcerer
May 8th, 2008, 02:26 PM
Second set, Szavay breaks and holds. 0-2. Marion breaks back and holds 2-2. Then breaks and holds again 4-2. Szavay breaks 4-3.

sorcerer
May 8th, 2008, 02:27 PM
Hey Iceland..is it just me or does it really feel that this match has been going on for ages already?

Iceland
May 8th, 2008, 02:28 PM
Marion led 0/30 but Agnes holds :mad:.
Win this game now :armed:.

Yes, this bad joke has lasted for too long, but I wouldn't mind if Marion finally confirms her abilities at the end. :angel:

Iceland
May 8th, 2008, 02:31 PM
GP missed. FIGHT!

sorcerer
May 8th, 2008, 02:32 PM
See what you mean! :p

I think it must be the bright warm sunshine outside that is making being here following the score seem like its taking all afternoon. :rolleyes:

Iceland
May 8th, 2008, 02:36 PM
Yes, I understand, it's wasting a beautiful day. Anyway, I'm working in the same time ^^.
Marion drives me crazy, it's terrible to follow her after these missed occasions, comebacks ....

Another GP missed. Please Marion FOCUS!

Marion holds at last :bounce:! I'm proud of her fighting spirit!

sorcerer
May 8th, 2008, 02:39 PM
Ah at last 5-4. Can Szavay hold it together. Or will we be in for a loong three set match.

But on the plus side down here on the Cote d'Azur there will be many sunny days to come. By the way what work are you doing?

Iceland
May 8th, 2008, 02:53 PM
Marion lost :sad:. A match that sums up well her season = disappointing. There were encourageing signs though.

Bartoli's Boy
May 8th, 2008, 03:25 PM
:sad: I couldn't believe she lost the first set after seeing her at 5-3 on the live score. At least 7-5, 7-5 is a respectable scoreline though. Would have to have seen the match to decide whether she really choked, or whether Szavay just played a great game to break back.

Schnyderfreak
May 8th, 2008, 04:23 PM
Marion:sad: The scoreline is respectable, but reading the posts here tells me you didn't manage to take the chances you got to make it a three setter at least which could've been in your favour as well.I guess this is the test against the better players when you dont make the most out of your chances.
Nevertheless your form is steadily improving so keep that going :yeah:

Poova
May 8th, 2008, 09:16 PM
This is getting tiring. Marion losing leads in nearly every match. :weirdo: I think the match against Safarova must have been the first time she didn't do it this year. :o

Onto Rome, and Marion won't have a top 8 seed there so will have to play someone from 5-8 in 3r. Hopefully she gets drawn with Chaky. :p

bruce goose
May 9th, 2008, 12:37 AM
We CAN'T be happy with two blown leads but,on the other hand,we'd be naive if we were shocked by these results given Szavay's impressive rise and great suitability for clay.NO true competitior can be thrilled with a loss,yet maybe Marion can take some heart from the surprising fact that clay-court queen Henin got her ass kicked today on her favorite surface...let's see how 'Claytoli':inlove:bounces back in her next tourney.

bruce goose
May 10th, 2008, 08:18 PM
Marionettes,please forgive me for getting off track with other players,but I'm curious about the Berlin developments and can't turn anywhere else for reliable,intelligent feedback.

Basically,Serena's at it again;she's been pretty charming the last 6 months but now she's back to excuse-making,claiming that Safina didn't do anything at all to beat her--that she had beaten herself.
(1)There ARE times when Serena sems to drift into the Twilight Zone and loses matches due to sloppy,unforced errors...(2)then there are other occasions when her opponent plays a great defensive game.Her best shots are sent right back at her,and she gets frustrated and loses her composure by trying to OVER-hit...(3)then there are rare occasions when she is simply outplayed on the court as with last year's final 3 Grand Slams.

Unless you've actually seen the match,it's hard to know what transpired when Serena loses cuz the excuses are practically identical.Can anyone give me their best analysis on which of the above three scenarios occurred?

Super_Marion
May 11th, 2008, 01:05 PM
Me no bite, no bitey... I shall remain toothless on that one BruceGoose. Couldnt possibly comment.

bruce goose
May 11th, 2008, 01:22 PM
Sorry for wasting space,Marionettes...I actually found an impartial,detailed summary by a Serena fan that was more honest than her favorite player often is following a loss.

Marion is slated to meet Razz or Julia Vakulenko in Rome's 2nd Round,and the human being in me has sympathy for Julia.She has had a multitude of injuries and also had a nervous breakdown in,I think,2004.It might sound strange but I sorta hope that Virginie beats her so that I can cheer more heartily for Marion in our sweetie's first match.

wales1994
May 11th, 2008, 02:27 PM
I really like Bartoli mostly cause im double handed both sides to :)

But shes going to drop out of the world top 20 this year i think cause she'll never defend points from wimbledon :rolleyes:

but hopefully she'll prove me wrong :tape:

Poova
May 11th, 2008, 05:38 PM
Marion has such a nice draw in Rome. Only Patty worries me and she's been in crappy form. There's also some pretty good qualifiers (Cornet, for example) that she could do without though.

Good chance to make the QF anyway, then there can be a match between my two favourites. :hearts:

Schnyderfreak
May 13th, 2008, 09:45 PM
but hopefully she'll prove me wrong :tape:

We're hoping the same ;):p

Schnyderfreak
May 13th, 2008, 09:53 PM
And indeed marion has a good draw to reach the QF and her form is steadily improving!!
Nevertheless Razzano is no walkover but I believe that Marion will beat her tommorrow.
Just keep your form going like in Berlin and this one will be yours!
Third round match you never know with Patty these days but it mostly depends on how steady your own performance is instead of the other player.
AALLEEEZZ!!

bruce goose
May 14th, 2008, 01:01 AM
We're hoping the same ;):pWe can't prove ANYthing until the blasted city quits raining!!:mad:

Iceland
May 14th, 2008, 08:34 PM
Marion won 64 75 :yeah:!!! A much needed win for her! She will return to top 10 next week at her best career rank (9th) thanks to Justine's retirement. I'm really proud that Marion is one of the last girls to have defeated her and even in her best year. She should consider it and thinks even more positively. I would have liked another meeting but now it is too late ... :sad:

The only thing I dislike is her 8 DFs. The rest is correct even though her serve hasn't been sparkling.

Tomorrow Marion plays in first position on court n°1 against her super friend (not!) Patty Schnyder. A real test for Marion who is looking for some form before Roland-Garros. She only had 2 top 30 wins this year. Time for bigger upsets now :armed:. Good luck, this is going to be hard but she will fight for the victory!!

marion127
May 14th, 2008, 09:07 PM
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Schnyderfreak
May 14th, 2008, 09:23 PM
AAALLLEEEEZZ!! :banana::worship: MARION!!:worship::banana:
Good win against a tough player. Also good to read that you're back into the top ten.
it helps with the draws of the next tournaments and when luck smiles at you ,don't look away!
Well if Patty's not your best friend then make it a good bitch fight and go all in under the gun to beat her.you know what you're up against so that makes it easy to motivate you for the task tommorrow!Fight,Fight and Fight and you can be victorious.

Schnyderfreak
May 14th, 2008, 09:26 PM
We can't prove ANYthing until the blasted city quits raining!!:mad:

yeah :lol: the weird thing is that in the rest of western europe a little bit of rain would be welcome!! the shower that Rome got is usually ours to have quite frequently, but as we can see today it was only shortlived

Iceland
May 15th, 2008, 11:54 AM
Marion takes the 1st set on 64 :D. Never faced a BP so far, allez!

Iceland
May 15th, 2008, 12:11 PM
Marion saved 4 Bps, earned 4 GPs to get broken. 0/2 now. :(

Iceland
May 15th, 2008, 12:18 PM
Marion saved 2 more BPs and holds for 1/2*. She has to win in straights.
She breaks back easily and is serving for a 3/2 lead. Please do it!
Marion holds from 15/30 thanks to many 1st serves :yeah:. 64 32. Nice comeback!
Argh, Marion got broken at the worst time : 64 34*. Hope she makes the effort to break back.
Both players hold. Patty serves for the set. Allez MB!

Patty takes 2nd set on 64 as well. Nice stats on serve. :sad:
Win the 3rd Marion :bounce:!

Iceland
May 15th, 2008, 12:47 PM
Marion holds with lots of 1st serves :yeah:. 1/0

Rocket Marion leads now 3/0. 2 easy games in a row. Allez, don't stop now!

Marion wasted a BP for 4/0 and forgot how to crush Patty's 2nd serves :help:. Pretty unusual. She has a job to finish, she has to stay careful. She leads 3/1 but 15/30.
2 BPs saved. It's a crucial game, allez. Adv. Bartoli :D ... and 4/1 thanks to a high 1st serve %. :)

Marion saved 2 GPs, had 2 BPs for 5/1 but failed to convert it. Ace to give Patty a 3rd GP. GP converted on a 2nd serve :(.
Marions leads 64 46 42. :scared: 15/40 :o and break.

43 now. No more break. What a waste while Patty is not a fighter :smash:. Please Marion, don't lose this match :sobbing:

44.
Marion's serving : 30/15. 2 GPs. Take one :o. Both are wasted to give Patty a chance of scoring a 4th game in a row. She is so annoying!

64 46 45*. Got broken, this is PITIFUL! She choked again :help:.

DF of Patty to give a BP. Pleasssssse.

Marion breaks back. 5/5 My heart is beating so fast, I feel so ashamed of myself :lol:. Hold now for God's sake.
30/15. Good. Marion holds on her 3rd ace! Pheeeew.

Now break her and finish this match. :armed:
40/0 :tape: and final tie-break. God. And I'm alone to survive to this ... :sobbing:

Good luck Marion, one more effort please!

Iceland
May 15th, 2008, 01:35 PM
1/0 :).
1/1 :(.
1/2.
1/3. :sad:
2/3.
2/4. Patty is working on her 2nd serves only :o.
2/5. it was again a 2nd serve :help:
3/5.
4/5... (allez)
4/6.
5/6.
6/6 .... (God, Marion!!)
7/6. MP FOR MARION!!! TAKE IT FOR GOD'S SAKE!
7/7 :unsure:
7/8.

7/9. :sad::sad:. Why?

Iceland
May 15th, 2008, 01:55 PM
I have so enough of this attitude. I can understand her previous losses but not this one, she had so many opportunities ... God ... it's not like Schnyder was an in-form player. :o

She should do well in Strasbourg, she will be the topseed there, she'll have the crowd with her but this choke may affect her confidence. I don't really know. Anyway this is not the way we wanted her to celebrate her comeback to top 10.

Poova
May 15th, 2008, 04:43 PM
Marion Choketoli strikes again. :o

Please win more than 1 match in Strasbourg. :unsure:

Schnyderfreak
May 15th, 2008, 09:23 PM
:sad:Marion it's such a pity not to take the chances.Off course it's good to get many chances but you have to try and be more effective with these chances. i'm glad to see you put up a great fight today which is promising. take a rest to prepare yourself for Strassbourg and take it one tournament at a time.
@Iceland thanks for your reports :worship:

Schnyderfreak
May 20th, 2008, 09:40 AM
Well Strasbourg is underway now and Marion is the top seed starting tommorrow!
I hope she can repeat her SF here and she's had a couple of days to rest.
I think she has quite a tough draw with reasonable (Peng) to tough (Srebotnik) players on her way to the SF. Good Luck Marion and start fighting from the first match, Peng is definitely beatable if you play your best!!AALLEEEZZZ!!

Poova
May 20th, 2008, 06:15 PM
Marion could actually win this event. :eek: Unless Choketoli strikes again. :p

She'll probably lose to Peng now I've said that. Meh. :o

Schnyderfreak
May 21st, 2008, 07:48 AM
Not without a good fight :armed:

Schnyderfreak
May 21st, 2008, 08:28 AM
Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Centre Court (from 10.00hrs)
1. Gallovits vs. A.Bondarenko
2. Chan vs. Dellacqua (NB 12.00hrs)
3. Medina Garrigues vs. Vrljic (NB 14.00hrs)
4. Cohen-Aloro vs. Pennetta

5. Bartoli vs. Peng (NB 17.30hrs)


Let the countdown begin and good luck Marion :yeah:

sorcerer
May 21st, 2008, 04:29 PM
So just after 6pm on the third day of a six day event, Marion is finally underway. :bounce:

Peng holdes for 0-1. Marion levels at 1-1 after saving a bp. Peng holds the next for 1-2.

Fourth game with Marion serving goes to deuce, gp, deuce, gp, deuce, bp,...1-3.

15-15 in the fifth game, Marion down 1-3.

sorcerer
May 21st, 2008, 04:40 PM
15-15, 30-30, 40-30, deuce, gp, (ace2#), deuce, gp, deuce, bp, (missed!) deuce, gp,...Peng holds for a 4-1 lead.

sorcerer
May 21st, 2008, 04:42 PM
0-15, 15-30, 15-40, 30-40... 1-5 !!!

Whats up with Marion? :tape:

sorcerer
May 21st, 2008, 04:54 PM
First set to Peng 1-6.

Was there more than meets the eye to the photo of Marion in Rome behind helped off the court last week...which has dictated playing the latest possible this week? This crossed my mind before but I dismissed the late playing time as Marion headlining the tournament and Wednesday being a school half day for kids in France...and you know to the benefit of the tournament.

Ok..Peng has done really well this set..but come on 1-6?! Maybe Marion will make it in three. Peng has won 10 of 13 points on her second serve! Where are those crushing returns Marion?!

Allez in three ...:fiery:

sorcerer
May 21st, 2008, 05:03 PM
0-1 0-15, 0-30, 15-30, 15-40.

Marion retires?! Oh no! :confused:

Poova
May 21st, 2008, 09:12 PM
Marion :sad: I hope it was just precautionary. ;)

Bartoli's Boy
May 21st, 2008, 10:50 PM
:sad: Ooh this would be the worst time of the year to pick up an injury, I hope it's nothing to worry about.

bruce goose
May 22nd, 2008, 02:37 AM
It's very hard to see this loss in a positive light except for the fact that Marion--and pro'bly even Peng--realizes who would win if injuries weren't a factor.Also--and you experienced Marionettes can comment better on this--it seems that our Marion has been neglectful of her health,at times,in the past.I hope that this default signifies a more careful approach that'll allow her to maximize results,and I pray that she doesn't push herself into RG--despite its huge status--if she's not ready.

MARION:hearts::hearts::hearts::hearts::hearts::hea rts::hearts:

Super_Marion
May 23rd, 2008, 06:00 AM
Allow me to switch the light on then. Help you to see better Bruce Goose. Examine closely. See, it wasnt a defeat. And she didnt tank it as some in GM assumed.

No defeat. Her opponent recieved a walkover due to Marion's retirement with a verifiable injury.

It's quite clear now that the wrist problem was affecting her from the beginning of the match.

She says,

"Now I am worried because I never felt any pain in my wrist. We absolutely need to find the cause of the pain less than a week before Roland Garros. We suppose it is a tense nerve because I cannot bend my fingers anymore."

Will the last person out, switch off the lights.

:(

Super_Marion
May 23rd, 2008, 06:01 AM
Has anyone seen Iceland lately?

bruce goose
May 23rd, 2008, 06:23 AM
Allow me to switch the light on then. Help you to see better Bruce Goose. Examine closely. See, it wasnt a defeat. And she didnt tank it as some in GM assumed.

No defeat. Her opponent recieved a walkover due to Marion's retirement with a verifiable injury.

It's quite clear now that the wrist problem was affecting her from the beginning of the match.

She says,

"Now I am worried because I never felt any pain in my wrist. We absolutely need to find the cause of the pain less than a week before Roland Garros. We suppose it is a tense nerve because I cannot bend my fingers anymore."

Will the last person out, switch off the lights.

:(OH,THAT SASSY MOUTH!!:inlove:...yes,Super M,I agree that an injury default isn't a TRUE victory/defeat beyond its notation in the WTA records.Hypothetically speaking,one exception to this thinking might occur if one player were trouncing another 6-1,5-1...and then the trailing player suddenly injured herself.

Again,my earnest wish is that Marion will take sufficient time to recuperate EVEN if this means skipping RG.......and I hope that you weren't traumatized by my opening "forward much" intro.:lol:

...good luck to ALL of us in re-uniting with Iceland as he contributes mightily to this forum...and what about 'Lighter',too?

Iceland
May 23rd, 2008, 05:34 PM
Has anyone seen Iceland lately?

I'm here, I'm here :lol:. I was just so pissed that she lost that I didn't want to post. Anyway, I have to prepare my exams, so the less time I spend here, the better it will be :lol:!
Marion has a tendinitis at her right wrist, I hope it won't bother her too much for Roland-Garros :unsure:. They said on ES that she won't train till Sunday. :o This doesn't look good at all, last year, Marion played many more matches before coming to Porte d'Auteuil; she had her references & a big amount of confidence. Now she will enter the court with worries about her health. It's true that the grass season is her priority, she will do everything to be ready for it.

Marion's draw has be unveiled today and it's not really great :sad:.

R1: Dellacqua
R2: Ditty/Dechy
R3: Mauresmo :o
R4: Venus/Pennetta :rolleyes:

What a lack of luck! She has alwaus been drawing a Williams sister lately, why couldn't she have Chakvetadze instead?!
At least she will be very motivated to defend her French number 1 against Amélie. It may be good as last year against Aravane.

Allez Marion, do what you can. Best of luck!

sorcerer
May 23rd, 2008, 06:43 PM
You've pretty much covered it. :p

Nothing else to say really until we either get...
A) An update on her recovery or
B) failing that we see how the first few games go against Dellacqua.

Super_Marion
May 23rd, 2008, 07:47 PM
OH,THAT SASSY MOUTH!!:inlove:...yes,Super M,I agree that an injury default isn't a TRUE victory/defeat beyond its notation in the WTA records.Hypothetically speaking,one exception to this thinking might occur if one player were trouncing another 6-1,5-1...and then the trailing player suddenly injured herself.

Again,my earnest wish is that Marion will take sufficient time to recuperate EVEN if this means skipping RG.......and I hope that you weren't traumatized by my opening "forward much" intro.:lol:

...good luck to ALL of us in re-uniting with Iceland as he contributes mightily to this forum...and what about 'Lighter',too?

Ok. :)

But just to point out, the 6-1 score didnt reflect how close about 6 out of 7 of those games where. Multiple deuces.

Super_Marion
May 23rd, 2008, 08:01 PM
I'm here, I'm here :lol:. I was just so pissed that she lost that I didn't want to post. Anyway, I have to prepare my exams, so the less time I spend here, the better it will be :lol:!
Marion has a tendinitis at her right wrist, I hope it won't bother her too much for Roland-Garros :unsure:. They said on ES that she won't train till Sunday. :o This doesn't look good at all, last year, Marion played many more matches before coming to Porte d'Auteuil; she had her references & a big amount of confidence. Now she will enter the court with worries about her health. It's true that the grass season is her priority, she will do everything to be ready for it.

Marion's draw has be unveiled today and it's not really great :sad:.

R1: Dellacqua
R2: Ditty/Dechy
R3: Mauresmo :o
R4: Venus/Pennetta :rolleyes:

What a lack of luck! She has alwaus been drawing a Williams sister lately, why couldn't she have Chakvetadze instead?!
At least she will be very motivated to defend her French number 1 against Amélie. It may be good as last year against Aravane.

Allez Marion, do what you can. Best of luck!
Cool. Glad to see you! :) We'd be lost without you!!

We dont do exams in uk we do hoodies and cider :lol:

She beat Dellacqua on clay the other week, but yeh it's a tough section. Let's face it, we never know what to expect from Marion. I just hope that the French crowd will have learned to support her even when she's down a set or losing. Not get on her back like last year.

weary
May 24th, 2008, 01:20 AM
Casey will be tough but if Marion's plays well she'll be able to beat her.

Good luck Marion, I know you can do it!

Schnyderfreak
May 26th, 2008, 10:53 AM
Good luck today Marion!! do your best and you can beat her !!! :bounce:

Iceland
May 26th, 2008, 12:09 PM
Marion plays just after Federer after Gasquet's withdrawal. Allez!

Super_Marion
May 26th, 2008, 02:27 PM
Roger finished over an hour ago. I think there are rain delays. However I cant understand why matches are continuing on other courts regardless of the rain.

Iceland
May 26th, 2008, 02:32 PM
Sorry wrong information delivered by France2 commentators :o. I doubt she will play today anyway, it's raining and many matches are suspended.

Lighter
May 26th, 2008, 04:48 PM
French TV showed very quickly Marion playing cards with her father, waiting for her match. She was smiling, not at all nervous.
If she beats Casey, welcome to French Championship with first of all her friend Nathalie Dechy. And after Amélie or Pauline. Nathalie said that she will watch the match vs Casey.

No news about her injury but she seems to be confident.

Tomorrow will be another rainy day. Not sure she could play.

Schnyderfreak
May 27th, 2008, 05:26 PM
She's finaally playing!!!!:woohoo:
then bloody Eurosport rather watches Safin's match on court 1 instead of Marion's match on Suzanne Lenglen :rolleyes: ALLEEZZ MARIONN!!!!!!

wales1994
May 27th, 2008, 05:47 PM
come on bartoli im sure dellacqua isn't good on caly is she??

wales1994
May 27th, 2008, 05:48 PM
6-5 bartoli :woohoo:

wales1994
May 27th, 2008, 05:48 PM
play suspended

Schnyderfreak
May 27th, 2008, 05:55 PM
Well at least Marion has a pause to think abt her serving!!!!
5-4 up at her own serve not being able to serve it out,thus 5-5 but fortunately for her Casey choked for the 2nd time therefore 6-5 with Marion to serve.
CMON MARION!!! work on that serve and you can definitely beat Casey!!!!!!

Lighter
May 27th, 2008, 06:01 PM
I saw the Marion's first set on French TV. Marion plays well when she wants. No 1st serve in her last service game. Normally, she must beat Casey, but with Marion everything is possible.

She is with her father, waiting for tournament's decision. Sky is grey and it is still raining.

Iceland
May 27th, 2008, 06:12 PM
Marion played indeed a bad game at 5/4 with only 2nd serves including one DF. She was terribly aggressive, playing deep flat strokes in each rally, never going down on intensity. It requires so much work on the accuracy to play the way she is. She struggles a bit with Casey's lefty serve & on her topspin play. I can see why she lost to Patty easily. Marion will be so good for the grass season, her balls are like lightenings :worship:.

I wish she would have closed this set already. But she should finish her quickly tomorrow, I really hope so. I will be in exam if she plays in the morning, too bad for me!
It's a tricky match because Marion doesn't play clay court tennis at all while Casey can. But when the real Marion is on, she is totally safe. The only think I dislike is the colour of her skirt & her grunt who changed a bit. Doesn't sound pleasant. :(

Allez, finish her tomorrow. :bounce:

Bartoli's Boy
May 27th, 2008, 06:12 PM
Argh, this is awful! Come on Marion, stay focused while you're not playing then get back out there and hold your serve... please! :tape:

Schnyderfreak
May 27th, 2008, 06:13 PM
Marion should try to finish this match ASAP considering the amount of unforced errors casey is making!. I hope there's a posiibility the Marion can finish off the first set tonight so that she's got a comfortable set lead.
If Casey raises her game Marion could be threatened with the way she;s servign at the moment.

Super_Marion
May 27th, 2008, 06:18 PM
thanks Lighter for sharing these snippets.

Super_Marion
May 27th, 2008, 06:26 PM
As long as it's a winning grunt, that's all I care about.

She's always kept ahead in the set. Been the more assertive player.

Iceland
May 27th, 2008, 08:52 PM
Allez Marion! She plays tomorrow on 2nd position in the Lenglen court. I will be back on time :D:hearts:!!!! If she can beat Casey, it will be a huge relief...

bruce goose
May 28th, 2008, 06:32 AM
Allez Marion! She plays tomorrow on 2nd position in the Lenglen court. I will be back on time :D:hearts:!!!! If she can beat Casey, it will be a huge relief...Earlier,you referenced Marion's grass-court success and suitability.......she should already feel that she's at Wimbledon with all of this shitty weather:(...let it rain in LIECHTENSTEIN,Lord...we wanna see Marion!

Schnyderfreak
May 28th, 2008, 10:54 AM
Earlier,you referenced Marion's grass-court success and suitability.......she should already feel that she's at Wimbledon with all of this shitty weather:(...let it rain in LIECHTENSTEIN,Lord...we wanna see Marion!

:lol: yeah the wet shitty weather changed into dry wind gusting shitty weather, but at least we get to see some play!
The good thing about the wind is that it's bothering the players so that Iceland can be back on time for Marion's match ;)
ALLEEEZZZ Marion let's beat Casey with agressive returns AND a steady service game!!

Schnyderfreak
May 28th, 2008, 11:35 AM
:banana:7-6 For Marion well done to take the first set!!
Now finish it off!!!

Iceland
May 28th, 2008, 12:57 PM
The wrong Marion was on court today & lost 76 36 26, she suffered from the wind I think, her serve was off & she couldn't keep the ball in the court. Truely disappointing because yesterday she was really good. She was so average today :sad:.
But what truely disgusted me today was her inability to defend, she is so slow & so uninspired! Some fitness trainings are becoming urgent!

She will have more time to prepare her grass court season :). She can do so well there.... Allez Marion.

Schnyderfreak
May 28th, 2008, 01:40 PM
I'ts unbelievable how a player can be in such a different playing form within 24 hrs.
there's nothing else to say that this is a very bad loss and that she REALLY needs to get her act together if she wants to remain in the top 20.
Please let the real Marion return to courts!!!
Prepare yourself well for the grass season Marion

Iceland
May 28th, 2008, 03:50 PM
Nope, Marion won't prepare her grass court season. She is extremely affected by this loss & won't touch a racket for these 2 weeks. There is an interview available here : http://www.lequipe.fr/Tennis/breves2008/20080528_164935_bartoli-dur-a-encaisser_Dev.html

Basically she was disturbed by the spin of Casey's FH. She also mentioned an acute tiredness (so visible!!!!), she just can't handle the rhtythm anylonger. This has been the same since AO.

A wise decision for Marion, hopefully it will work.

bruce goose
May 28th, 2008, 05:41 PM
NOW I regret complaining aboutt he weather;another week of rain would've been preferable to THIS disaster.:sad: Right now I'd like to give Marion a warm hug.......and I actually mean that in a platonic way.

Super_Marion
May 30th, 2008, 09:39 AM
You can cut the collective depression in here with a knife.

Tell tale signs, like not hearing a single word from Bartoli's Boy.

That funerial black Nike outfit all too fitting.

A very latin kind of mourning quietly marches between the margins of The Marion Revolution.

And all the crappy insults we are subject to for standing up for her.

Sigh. This is waaaaaay too Emo for a 35 year old chick...

bruce goose
May 30th, 2008, 11:09 AM
In my opinion,Marion WOULD HAVE won Prague last year had the lucky Morigami not benefitted from an injury default in the 2nd set of the final.However,further research showed me that this was one of only 2 WTA clay tourneys,in Marion's entire career,where she has even reached the semis.The results indicate that this is her weakest surface when the competition is highest,so I didn't feel quite so depressed after this(STILL not thrilled,of course).Even world #1 Sharapova is weak on clay--and it's also Serena's most vulnerable surface--so this puts Marion in elite company.:angel: As with other Marionettes,I'm hoping that the smell of grass will rejuvenate her.......that's ASSUMING that the crappy,God-forsaken British weather doesn't wash out the ENTIRE run of tourneys.;)

Bartoli's Boy
Jun 1st, 2008, 05:16 PM
@ Super_Marion, I tried thinking of something to say and there was nothing. :sad: You're right, you can tell everyone is depressed because this thread has barely moved in days...

Anyway, cheer up everyone. :wavey: Maybe Marion just needs a rest to forget about this year so far, and come back refreshed for the grass season. :umbrella: *crosses fingers and toes*

:bigclap: MA-RI-ON! MA-RI-ON! :bigclap:

Help me out here people, I am trying ;)

bruce goose
Jun 1st, 2008, 09:31 PM
OK...you asked for it!:devil:...I had a strange dream the other day where a gal from your royal nation came to visit my country to blow off some steam and relax after some terrible results by her favorite tennis player.She was obviously extremely bright and ordinarily wouldn't have given me the time of day but she contracted me to serve as a tour guide for her upon bumping into me at the airport.I agreed and eventually took her,near the end of the tour,to one of our top-notch cervezerias(for non-Spanish speakers,that's a brewery where you may sample the goods and also enjoy some excellent food dishes)so that she could wash away her sorrows....a few quality brews later,I helped her see that fanship of her tennis heroine--as with friendship--doesn't require complete AVOIDANCE of tough times,it means remaining loyal AND hopeful even when these hardships occur...and then the brews lowered her reservations quite a bit and she leaned close to me and:kiss::kiss::kiss::kiss::kiss:....it was a lovely 30 seconds spent until my alarm went off:D....I wonder what would've happened next(?????)...hmmmmm.......VAMOS,Marion!!!:bounce: :D @ Super_Marion, I tried thinking of something to say and there was nothing. :sad: You're right, you can tell everyone is depressed because this thread has barely moved in days...

Anyway, cheer up everyone. :wavey: Maybe Marion just needs a rest to forget about this year so far, and come back refreshed for the grass season. :umbrella: *crosses fingers and toes*

:bigclap: MA-RI-ON! MA-RI-ON! :bigclap:

Help me out here people, I am trying ;)

Super_Marion
Jun 2nd, 2008, 08:17 AM
Umbrella emoticon.. Never seen that! A rainbow one at that! lol. How verrry, umm, Brighton. :D

Anyone going to Wimby? I was considering getting a Marion tshirt lol.

Bartoli's Boy
Jun 2nd, 2008, 05:09 PM
I wish I could go. My aunt and uncle will be going to the Ladies' final, which they get tickets for every year from their tennis club. I am always so envious. :awww:

If you're going, you must take lots of pics of Marion training and stuff. :D Oh and at least one of you in your Marion T-shirt, haha, if you're not too shy. :p

Super_Marion
Jun 2nd, 2008, 07:20 PM
ok lol.

I'm just going to enjoy the whole Wimbledon experience. But if I get a chance to watch Marion play, then yehman.. Of course that would be the highpoint of my year so far. :)

I dont want her autograph, or anything. Just to watch her play, then go back to the hotel, happy.. Especially if she wins :cool:

Ok.. Actually, I'd love her autograph, but i'm just not going to push myself forward in that way lol. You're right i'm pretty shy in public.

So It maybe a Marion tee but it's not inyerface. just very small white text on a black boob tee. Modest :)

You seem shy on the board Bartoli's Boy. It's sweet really :)

Bartoli's Boy
Jun 2nd, 2008, 10:49 PM
Somehow I've managed to achieve being shy on the internet as well as real life :help: lol

I don't think I would ask anyone for an autograph either, even if I really wanted one. Wouldn't want to bother somebody who doesn't even know how I am. They might just want to be left alone? :confused:

Super_Marion
Jun 3rd, 2008, 05:23 AM
Yeh you summed it up pretty well, That's how I feel

Schnyderfreak
Jun 7th, 2008, 10:23 AM
I guess you're right when you say they dont want to be bothered. On the other hand they also realise that they're in a position that people want their autographs and that always refusing that and pictures(kuznetsova) doesn't make a player likeable to her fans who adore her for tennis and looks.
Personally I'd be glad to watch the match take some pics from where I sit and most important just see her win and fight in the match.If that's the case my day is good and I dont want to "elbow" my way in front to get an autograph. :o

Super_Marion
Jun 7th, 2008, 01:27 PM
It's about respecting personal boundaries.