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Lighter
Nov 29th, 2008, 03:03 PM
After some days under the sun, Marion prepares Australian tournaments. Her schedule includes Brisbane, Sydney and Australian open.

Marion and her father have decided to change training methods. She practices now in playing sets with men, and from to time with a famous one : Guy Forget.

Iceland
Nov 29th, 2008, 03:10 PM
Good to know! As she always played badly in the Australian Open, it may not be a bad idea to play the 2 previous events to be sure of finding quickly her references to start the year. She really has to reach the 3rd round this year!

Lighter
Nov 29th, 2008, 03:35 PM
Good to know! As she always played badly in the Australian Open, it may not be a bad idea to play the 2 previous events to be sure of finding quickly her references to start the year. She really has to reach the 3rd round this year!To reach at least 3rd round in AO is really her first goal.

Marionated
Nov 29th, 2008, 08:37 PM
After some days under the sun, Marion prepares Australian tournaments. Her schedule includes Brisbane, Sydney and Australian open.

Marion and her father have decided to change training methods. She practices now in playing sets with men, and from to time with a famous one : Guy Forget.

:eek:
Marion loves to play a lot of tournaments, doesn't she? :lol:
Thanks for the update, Lighter :)

Iceland
Nov 29th, 2008, 09:27 PM
Well she hasn't played that much this season compared to 2007. It was a much more reasonable schedule and since she can be prone to little injuries, it's better if she gives her body a rest from time to time ;).

It's important that Marion practices returning big serves ... playing against men should help her a lot in this respect. It's a pretty good idea I think :). Anyway she always loves trying new things ^^!

Lighter
Nov 29th, 2008, 09:33 PM
:eek:
Marion loves to play a lot of tournaments, doesn't she? :lol:
Thanks for the update, Lighter :)She's only playing sets, not tournaments. On my opinion, she understood that top 10 players are more and more powerful. That's why she has decided to compete with men in order to be ready in Australia. Hope that Forget gives her some good advices.

bruce goose
Nov 30th, 2008, 08:18 AM
She's only playing sets, not tournaments. On my opinion, she understood that top 10 players are more and more powerful. That's why she has decided to compete with men in order to be ready in Australia. Hope that Forget gives her some good advices.Indeed,let's hope that Guy helps :hearts:Marion:hearts: achieve an un-Forget-tably good Australian Open result:yeah:

Lighter
Dec 2nd, 2008, 08:59 AM
As expected, Marion will play Brisbane. Entry list HERE (http://www.brisbaneinternational.com.au/2008/12/full-line-up-for-brisbane-international-announced)

Official Brisbane International line-up (women’s)
Ivanovic, Ana SRB (no. 5)
Azarenka, Victoria BLR (no. 15)
Bartoli, Marion FRA (no. 17)
Hantuchova, Daniela SVK (no. 21)
Li, Na CHN (no. 23)
Mauresmo, Amelie FRA (no. 24)
Bammer, Sybille AUT (no. 26)
Kanepi, Kaia EST (no. 27)
Kirilenko, Maria RUS (no. 29)
Schiavone, Francesca ITA (no. 30)
Sugiyama, Ai JPN (no. 31)
Kleybanova, Alisa RUS (no. 32)
Bondarenko, Alona UKR (no. 33)
Peng, Shuai CHN (no. 40)
Errani, Sara ITA (no. 42)
Benesova, Iveta CZE (no. 43)
Kvitova, Petra CZE (no. 44)
Pironkova, Tsvetana K BUL (no. 45)
Niculescu, Monica ROU (no. 47)
Govortsova, Olga BLR (no. 49)
Stosur, Samantha AUS (no. 52)
Garbin, Tathiana ITA (no. 55)
Arvidsson, Sofia SWE (no. 56)

Super_Marion
Dec 2nd, 2008, 11:24 AM
Thanks Lighter for sharing.

Marionated
Dec 2nd, 2008, 06:05 PM
Thanks, Lighter. Marion should have a good run.

Super_Marion
Dec 3rd, 2008, 04:18 PM
Dominguez speaks

http://marionbartoli.blog.co.uk/2008/12/03/dominguez-road-to-damascus-or-road-to-ruin-5155548Dominguez speaks (http://marionbartoli.blog.co.uk/2008/12/03/dominguez-road-to-damascus-or-road-to-ruin-5155548)



Marion Bartoli Fan Blog - Editorial.

http://marionbartoli.blog.co.uk/2008/12/03/regime-change-in-french-tennis-5156791

Lighter
Dec 4th, 2008, 02:29 PM
Dominguez speaks

http://marionbartoli.blog.co.uk/2008/12/03/dominguez-road-to-damascus-or-road-to-ruin-5155548Dominguez speaks (http://marionbartoli.blog.co.uk/2008/12/03/dominguez-road-to-damascus-or-road-to-ruin-5155548)



Marion Bartoli Fan Blog - Editorial.

http://marionbartoli.blog.co.uk/2008/12/03/regime-change-in-french-tennis-5156791
Thanks for correction. Interesting interview. Patrice Dominguez doesn't seem fully convinced by Amélie's "come back". For him, it's more "wait and see" : http://www.lequipe.fr/Tennis/breves2008/20081201_221909_dominguez-densifier-notre-reservoir.html

Lighter
Dec 4th, 2008, 03:51 PM
Following her Schedule, Marion will play, after Brisbane, : SYDNEY (http://www.medibankinternational.com.au/2008/12/star-studded-line-up-heading-to-sydney#more-602)

Serena Williams USA (no.2)
Dinara Safina RUS (no.3)
Elena Dementieva RUS (no.4)
Vera Zvonareva RUS (no.7)
Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS (no.8)
Agnieszka Radwanska POL (no.10)
Nadia Petrova RUS (no.11)
Caroline Wozniacki DEN (no.12)
Victoria Azarenka BLR (no.15)
Alize Cornet FRA (no.16)
Marion Bartoli FRA (no.17)
Dominika Cibulkova SVK (no.19)
Katarina Srebotnik SLO (no. 20)
Daniela Hantuchova SVK (no.21)
Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP(no.22)
Na Li CHN (no.23)
Amelie Mauresmo FRA (no.24)
Sybille Bammer AUT (no.26)
Kaia Kanepi EST (no.27)
Maria Kirilenko RUS (no.29)
Ai Sugiyama JPN (no.31)
Alisa Kleynanova RUS (no.32)
Sorana Cirstea ROU (no.36)
Shuai Peng CHN (no.40)

Lighter
Dec 6th, 2008, 12:05 AM
Marion is not inside first list for Paris OGF : http://www.opengdfsuez.com/open_2008/plateau.html

Nor Marion, neither Amélie :

Serena Williams (USA)
Maria Sharapova (RUS)
Patty Schnyder (SUI)
Alizé Cornet (FRA)
Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP)
Na Li (CHN)
Sybille Bammer (AUT)
Nathalie Dechy (FRA)
Aravane Rezaï (FRA)
Julie Coin (FRA)
Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro (FRA)
Emilie Loit (FRA)
Violette Huck (FRA)

Super_Marion
Dec 6th, 2008, 12:42 AM
That's strange. She has sf points to defend. The calendar is all upside this new year as well as the points system. hm.

Lighter
Dec 6th, 2008, 08:19 AM
That's strange. She has sf points to defend. The calendar is all upside this new year as well as the points system. hm.It's just a first list. I can't imagine that Amélie won't play this tournament. So, we have to wait.

Iceland
Dec 6th, 2008, 09:05 AM
Don't worry, it only includes the players who have committed there first.
I'm 100% sure that Serena won't come for example.

Lighter
Dec 9th, 2008, 07:24 PM
MARION NOMINATED FOR "FEMME EN OR 2009" AWARD

J-3 countdown to opening of 17th "Femmes en Or" trophy - Link and translation here : HERE (http://marionbartoli.blog.co.uk/2008/12/06/marion-bartoli-nominated-for-major-french-women-s-award-5171986)

Official French website : FEMMES EN OR (http://www.femmesenor.fr/nommees2009.html#)
Click on "EXPLOIT"

Iceland
Dec 10th, 2008, 10:56 PM
I may be wrong but it seems like there hasn't been yet any article nor interview about the way Marion prepares the new season. We just know she has played with men but nothing more...
With the change of points, the beginning of the year will be extremely important ... even more since she doesn't have much to defend. I'm really really impatient!!! :D

Lighter
Dec 10th, 2008, 11:25 PM
I may be wrong but it seems like there hasn't been yet any article nor interview about the way Marion prepares the new season. We just know she has played with men but nothing more...
With the change of points, the beginning of the year will be extremely important ... even more since she doesn't have much to defend. I'm really really impatient!!! :DNothing else except that she may receive an award in Courchevel on Saturday evening and what is said by Patrice Dominguez here (http://www.lequipe.fr/Tennis/breves2008/20081201_221909_dominguez-densifier-notre-reservoir.html).

Lighter
Dec 11th, 2008, 11:15 AM
For information, next french fed cup captain will be : Nicolas Escudé or "le Scud".

Lighter
Dec 11th, 2008, 01:39 PM
And Nicolas Escudé confirms that he wants to have a meeting with Marion and her father in order to include her in the team :LINK (http://www.lequipe.fr/Tennis/breves2008/20081211_133929_escude-capitaine.html)

bruce goose
Dec 11th, 2008, 02:14 PM
And Nicolas Escudé confirms that he wants to have a meeting with Marion and her father in order to include her in the team :LINK (http://www.lequipe.fr/Tennis/breves2008/20081211_133929_escude-capitaine.html)Thank you for this fantastic news,Lighter:D....MARION:inlove::inlove:

weary
Dec 13th, 2008, 07:06 AM
Good luck in Australia, Marion!

Iceland
Dec 13th, 2008, 11:08 AM
I love how Marion has become a priority in what regards Fed Cup!

Lighter
Dec 15th, 2008, 12:25 PM
A very interesting Alizé's interview HERE (http://www.welovetennis.fr/interviews/9647-alize-cornet-le-statut-de-numero-1-francaise-est-un-aboutissement) in French. The journalist ask a question concerning her point of view on n°1 ranking criticized by Marion :

The No. 1 status is also the status of the best. Start the 2009 season with this status will change things. In this regard, the controversy Bartoli who said "Why her and not me, it affects you?
I understand this controversy for the past year. I was shocked that she is only No. 1 exaequo with the season after she had made. Only for this season, ranking speaks for itself. When the rankings came out I was French No. 1 in the Race. So I do not see how there can be controversy. At this time, she was behind in points. I made a very good season, too. But in terms of results, mine were more conclusive. If she is not happy, I can't do anything, it is not I who decided!

ALizé just made a little mistake like most technicians of tennis. The French classification is based on the period October 1st- September 30th and January 1st-September 30th (basis of race).
For information, this time, Amélie had to be ranked No. 1 tied with Marion in 2008, it could be argued his final Masters in'06.
So Sept 30th, Marion was before Alizé in the standings. Hence the coup de gueule Marion isn't against Alizé but against the Classification Committee of the fft.

Super_Marion
Dec 15th, 2008, 09:10 PM
Yes we have been over this at length. It's simple. They make the rules up as they go long, to get the classification that they prefer.

Alize is in Wonderland... She did nothing after her clay season. And in almost every tournament since the summer exited before Marion did. I counted them for the blog.

Lighter
Dec 16th, 2008, 10:20 AM
The new french fed cup team trainer is Alexia Dechaume, someone very close to Amélie. My opinion is Marion's integration is almost impossible and she will probably refuse to play for french team.

Lighter
Dec 16th, 2008, 04:15 PM
Patrice Dominguez has organized this afternnon a press conference. Some questions concerned Nicolas Escudé and Marion Bartoli :
HERE (http://translate.google.fr/translate?hl=fr&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.welovetennis.fr%2Ffed-cup%2F9674-patrice-dominguez-dechy-a-lache-le-nom-descude-et-tout-le-monde-a-dit-oui&sl=fr&tl=en&history_state0=&swap=1)

Nothing new, but he confirms that Escudé is going to discuss with Marion as they live in the same erea.

bruce goose
Dec 16th, 2008, 04:42 PM
Patrice Dominguez has organized this afternnon a press conference. Some questions concerned Nicolas Escudé and Marion Bartoli :
HERE (http://translate.google.fr/translate?hl=fr&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.welovetennis.fr%2Ffed-cup%2F9674-patrice-dominguez-dechy-a-lache-le-nom-descude-et-tout-le-monde-a-dit-oui&sl=fr&tl=en&history_state0=&swap=1)

Nothing new, but he confirms that Escudé is going to discuss with Marion as they live in the same erea.Let's hope that Escude's authority will always supersede Balleret's

Lighter
Dec 16th, 2008, 07:17 PM
Marion has decided to skip Paris OGF tournament. She wants to focus her energy on Dubaï tournament. (frm Régis Brunet IMG France in tennis magazine December '08))

Lighter
Dec 17th, 2008, 12:01 PM
As expected, Marion's father said no to Nicolas Escudé : http://sports.nouvelobs.com/cmc/scanner/tennis/200851/fed-cup-bartoli-ne-viendra-pas_207855.html?popup

bruce goose
Dec 17th, 2008, 12:56 PM
As expected, Marion's father said no to Nicolas Escudé : http://sports.nouvelobs.com/cmc/scanner/tennis/200851/fed-cup-bartoli-ne-viendra-pas_207855.html?popupIncompatibility in what respect?Is this for the same reason that existed before with Goven or is this because of Dechaume...or is it a combination of both?(perhaps there's even a neew reason that I'm unaware of)

Iceland
Dec 17th, 2008, 01:04 PM
Im really disappointed about these two decisions made by Marion. Refusing to play Fed Cup and to compete in a French tournament tell really much about how individualistic Marion is ... Really shocking, it's as if she were doing everything to avoid contact with the French team.
I know the calendar completely sucks ... still, she could have made an effort here.

Super_Marion
Dec 17th, 2008, 02:42 PM
Maybe you see things through the lense of patriotism Iceland but i'm sorry friend you just not seeing this as it is, another snub of the Bartoli way.

But even if it was taht she simpl didnt want to represent France, that's her prerogative.

Lighter
Dec 17th, 2008, 04:20 PM
Explanation is very clear now. Nicolas Escudé drew Mr Bartoli yesterday afternoon:
"I did not know the ins and outs of the case. He explained his method of training (fonctionnement). I found it more than respectable, especially since it has produced results, but totally incompatible with the French team because inapplicable inside a group. "

Everyone has defended his arguments. It's just a question of incompatibility.

Marionated
Dec 17th, 2008, 04:57 PM
A shame. I think her game is so well suited to the courts at the Paris open.

Lighter
Dec 17th, 2008, 05:31 PM
A shame. I think her game is so well suited to the courts at the Paris open.Not a shame. Just a logical decision.

Marionated
Dec 17th, 2008, 08:06 PM
Not a shame. Just a logical decision.

Oh. I didn't know Dubai was a higher level tournament than Paris now. I just knew they were both tier 2's this year.

Iceland
Dec 17th, 2008, 09:59 PM
Maybe you see things through the lense of patriotism Iceland but i'm sorry friend you just not seeing this as it is, another snub of the Bartoli way.

But even if it was taht she simpl didnt want to represent France, that's her prerogative.
At times Marion's willingness to be special is a bit boring, it's really a shame that she only sees her career as her job. Well take it as patriotism, but I don't understand how can somebody refuse to play an event on her home land. Some players would love to have such an opportunity and Marion doesn't take it. Yeah yeah she has the right to do what she wants but when you are a public figure, you create expectations, emotions, you communicate with the crowd, this is part of the pleasure of playing... It's not very generous from Marion to turn her back from Paris. People will be disappointed, well I am.

As regards her schedule, I would say that it's not even a smart choice. Dubai will be a tough event, no way she gets seeded so no easy draw. I wish she played Paris & Memphis. She always does well on fast surfaces.

Voilà, that's my opinion, don't bash me for criticizing Marion. She is my favourite tennis player. It's just that at times I wish she would act differently.

Marionated
Dec 17th, 2008, 10:19 PM
At times Marion's willingness to be special is a bit boring, it's really a shame that she only sees her career as her job. Well take it as patriotism, but I don't understand how can somebody refuse to play an event on her home land. Some players would love to have such an opportunity and Marion doesn't take it. Yeah yeah she has the right to do what she wants but when you are a public figure, you create expectations, emotions, you communicate with the crowd, this is part of the pleasure of playing... It's not very generous from Marion to turn her back from Paris. People will be disappointed, well I am.

As regards her schedule, I would say that it's not even a smart choice. Dubai will be a tough event, no way she gets seeded so no easy draw. I wish she played Paris & Memphis. She always does well on fast surfaces.
Voilà, that's my opinion, don't bash me for criticizing Marion. She is my favourite tennis player. It's just that at times I wish she would act differently.

I agree with all this actually.

Regarding Fed cup, tbh it doesn't mean much to me. If Marion was British and declined to play, it wouldn't really bother me in the slighest. I just don't see it as a really important event , but I can see how others think otherwise.

I just hope Marion doesn't get booed at the French open :scared:

Iceland
Dec 17th, 2008, 11:22 PM
No me too, I couldn't care less about Fed Cup, Im totally fine with Marion's refusal ... but I can't get over the fact that she doesnt play in Paris. I had my tickets ordered already, it won't feel the same without Marion.

Lighter
Dec 17th, 2008, 11:46 PM
It's possible that Marion doesn't want to be criticized by French medias and crowd cause fed cup.

Alizé Molik
Dec 21st, 2008, 02:38 AM
No me too, I couldn't care less about Fed Cup, Im totally fine with Marion's refusal ... but I can't get over the fact that she doesnt play in Paris. I had my tickets ordered already, it won't feel the same without Marion.

then i understand your dissapointment, and i agree that it's puzzling.