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Lighter
Jan 2nd, 2009, 01:46 PM
Marion is only focused on her tennis now. Because she has a secret dream.

A poster saw her on central court :
"- Ana Ivanovic & Marion Bartoli were practicing on centre court (heard from AliciaRocks – a fellow poster who I met last year & today)."

Hope she'll achieve her australian secret dream. Waltzing Ma......rion.

Marionated
Jan 2nd, 2009, 02:07 PM
Cool title.
I don't really expect much from Marion at this part of the season. A 3rd round AO appearance would be nice.

Lighter
Jan 2nd, 2009, 02:14 PM
An other poster was more accurate :
"ana and marion didnt practice together, one after the other".

Iceland
Jan 2nd, 2009, 03:17 PM
Me neither, I don't have big expectations for Marion in Australia. I just hope she won't have to wait for too long before she finds her game... Hope she stayed fit as well!

Lighter
Jan 2nd, 2009, 03:25 PM
Don't forget she won Auckland in 2006. She has no pressure, no points to defend. Just to achieve her Australian secret dream. And she has 3 tournaments to do that. So, I'm confident.

Super_Marion
Jan 2nd, 2009, 06:22 PM
http://marionbartoli.blog.co.uk/2009/01/02/mermaid-marion-5313089

Marion picture.

On this discussion, look one of the things I like about Marion is you are permitted to believe that dreams can sometimes come true.

If you believe in dreams and the hard work involved to make it happen, then believe in Marion Bartoli.

Marionated
Jan 2nd, 2009, 06:25 PM
Beautiful pic. Thanks Super M.
According to Alicia rocks, Marion has changed her service motion again :eek:
Also looks a little bit fitter.
He/she will post the picture later in GM.

Lighter
Jan 2nd, 2009, 06:27 PM
AliciaRocks's comment :
Marion was on centre court training with Daddy, seems to have changed her service motion again. Looked a tiny bit fitter, but as you'll see by some pics she's still not in the greatest shape...

Waiting for the pics.

Super_Marion
Jan 2nd, 2009, 07:16 PM
How can you look fitter and not in the greatest shape. Contradiction.

Lighter
Jan 2nd, 2009, 08:26 PM
The French newspaper "l'équipe" gets 10 journalists only for tennis. I don't remember all the names, but there is for example :
- Alain Deflassieux
- Philippe Bouin
- Dominique Bonnot
- Julien Reboullet

And for the second time, they organized a mini-poll (10 answers) on 10 questions.

One question was last year :
Marion Bartoli will be still top 10 end of 2008 ? The answer was NO with 80% : it means that that only two "l'équipe" journalists believed in Marion.
Even they precised that their mini-poll was right, they added following comments : she's 17 at the ranking which is already good.

This year, one of the 10 questions concerns Alizé : Alizé will enter top 10 end of 2009 ? their answer is YES with 60 %. It means that 6 out of 10 journalists believe in Alizé to enter top 10.

Result : end of 2009

Super_Marion
Jan 2nd, 2009, 10:44 PM
You know something, i'm not hugely bothered about rank, as long as it remains high enough not to disadvantage Marion in the draws.

Marion to me is the kind of player who comes over the horizon and wins big tournaments out of the blue, like a theif in the night. So while everyone else is writing her off and qualiying their support she will surely prove people wrong again.

MY HERO. END OF. GOODNIGHT.

Lighter
Jan 2nd, 2009, 11:05 PM
Marion has been top 17 for three years. People forget this. So why not a fourth one. She has still changed her serve motion. It proves that she is really focused on her tennis and that she wants to win tournaments.

Iceland
Jan 3rd, 2009, 09:24 AM
:aparty: The first draw of 2009 has been unveiled and we know the name of the first victim of the Bartolization!
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/3/global/includes/TrackIt.asp?file=http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/1/global/Pdfs/events/2009/brisbane_draws.pdf

Marion will start the season against Monika Wejnert, the talented 16 yo Aussie who has accomplished miracles lately. Can't say it's an easy nor a difficult draw as I don't know how talented Monika is. It's a very exciting match anyway, Marion may feel some pressure against such a young opponent but I hope she will overcome this easily without underestimating her!
Australian posters has mentioned that Wejnert's best asset is her defense ... I hope she won't have the same problem than against Wozniacki, shouldn't be!

Allez Marion, let's all hope for a wonderful start in 2009!

Lighter
Jan 3rd, 2009, 10:38 AM
Monica won 25 K$ Perth Tournament and she won Dokic in 3 sets during AOWC tournament.

Dokic is still ranked 180. It means that Wejnert gets this level, between 150 and 200. Of course Wejnert will be supported by Australian crowd on central court. But there is still a big gap between Marion and Monica.
On Brisbane tournament site :
"Australian Open Play-off runner-up Monika Wejnert was unlucky to be drawn alongside Wimbledon runner-up Marion Bartoli."

Marion's draw is easier than Ana's one with Kvitova in 1st round. Even Amélie must beat Jelena Dokic in 2 sets.

Marionated
Jan 3rd, 2009, 12:21 PM
Good draw for Marion.
Let's hope she can at least make it to the semis, where she'll most likely play Ivanovic.
Marion is 3rd on Centre court (I think) tommorrow.

Lighter
Jan 3rd, 2009, 01:30 PM
Marion with Dad on center court :

http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u234/craig89_2007/DSC00158.jpg

Thanks to AliciaROcks.

Iceland
Jan 3rd, 2009, 03:10 PM
Marion looks fit here, good to see that :D

Order of play for this evening:
Centre Court (starting at 10:30am)
1. Maria Kirilenko (RUS) vs Samantha Stosur (AUS)
2. ATP
3. Marion Bartoli (FRA) vs Monika Wejnert (AUS)

I don't think I'll wake up to follow that ... I prefer to avoid dramas during the night ^^
Allez Marion!

Sund7101
Jan 3rd, 2009, 07:26 PM
I thought she was looking fitter towards the end of last season and she looks really good in that picture. That's good to see, she really does look great!

Lighter
Jan 4th, 2009, 06:11 AM
Marion defeated in two sets Aussie hope Monica Wejnert : 6-1 6-2

This result was expected even we all know that Marion is so unpredictable. Of course, Monica made 9 Df, but it was certainly due to Marion's pressure on 2nd serve.
Only 1 ace on 2nd serve and 53% 1st serves. She now knows what she has to fix and to improve before second round.

Alizé Molik
Jan 4th, 2009, 08:49 AM
hopefully she won't do what she did last year and be a mess in the second round, but I think she will keep things together nicely.

Iceland
Jan 4th, 2009, 09:03 AM
Very very happy about this win! It feels good that she starts the year on such a scoreline! Bravo, bravo :D

Yeah I guess this was an expected result given the lack of experience of her opponent ... but I never feel really confident when she faces a young prospect ^^ This time, she has fully been convincing, I'm even satisfied that the match didn't turn out to a double bagel. Marion needs competitive matches too!

As you all said, we have to hope now that she stays as solid during her second round. She will meet either Alona or Melinda. Marion has a good record against Bondarenko, we can rely on this. Still, it won't be as easy as today for sure ... I remember that their last encounter was a nerve-killer!


On a side-note, the other seed is her quarter, Kaia Kanepi, lost in the first round to Alisa Kleybanova ... Funny to see that Marion's first opponents this season might be ones she had already faced a lot last year.
Allez Marion! :)

Lighter
Jan 4th, 2009, 09:09 AM
Marion smiling with new outfit :

http://i41.tinypic.com/2jc6e1c.jpg

Iceland
Jan 4th, 2009, 09:15 AM
A nice report written by Sammy4ever on Wejnert's thread:

I was at the match today. Here is a little report (Unfourtuantly my camera died so I couldnt take any photos)

When Monika first walked out on to the court the crowd went crazy and she had the cutest smile on. Both players went to the net for the toss which Bartoli won and chose to recive. Then the umpire told Mon that she needed at wta sticker on lol.

They started the warm-up and mon wasnt getting many balls in. She hit a few smashes and most of them hit the back on the full.

She started off the match with a double fault. She was very tentative at the start of the match and was hitting everyting way to short and Bartoli was just hitting heaps of winners.

Slowly she grew in confidence and began to really outplay Bartoli around. She was working her around the court and hit some amazing winners.

However, her serve held her back. She hardly got any first serves in and her second was un reliable. She really needs to improve this aspect of her game.

She was also rushing quite alot. And looked really shy. She did an interview at the end but she didnt really know what to say. Very cute though and the crowd really liked her.

My opionon on her is that she has alot of raw talent. Her shots dont look good at all but they work. The backhand was her storng point today. Hit many winners. The forehand was reliable but the serve was not good at all.

With a little more experience and an improved serve she can go far.

Overall she put in an terrific effort. And for the record Bartoli played very well.

Well done Monika =]

Lighter
Jan 4th, 2009, 09:49 AM
And also from the same poster :

http://www.tennisforum.com/showpost.php?p=14688265&postcount=15

Bartoli played very well today. Monika was nervous and made quite a few errors but Marion was in the zone. She has changed her service motion again. Her legs are really weird in her new motion and has slimmed down quite alot.

She hit so many winners today! She was also practicing alot. Her coach was running her all around the court. I am predicitng Bartoli to have a very good year.

Marionated
Jan 4th, 2009, 11:06 AM
Great start for Marion.
Happy to read that she played so well.
3-0 against Alona. Never played Czink before.

Dave.
Jan 4th, 2009, 11:07 AM
Great start to 09 for Marion :yeah:

I am so pleased about her much improved fitness. That and the score of her first match has made me very excited for this new year. I can't believe how fit she looks after the off-season!

Lighter
Jan 4th, 2009, 11:50 AM
Marion's first comments after the match : http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/01/04/2458818.htm

Bartoli said later that playing a wildcard was a good way to start the tournament.

"It was not an easy match, she was playing really well and she obviously had nothing to lose," Bartoli, the world number 17, said.

"And she's really talented so I had to play a good match, a solid match, but I did and it was pretty good to start like that.

"It was her first match on the WTA tour and playing against me was not easy for her, and this being her home town, it was normal that she was nervous."

bruce goose
Jan 4th, 2009, 03:36 PM
http://marionbartoli.blog.co.uk/2009/01/02/mermaid-marion-5313089

Marion picture.

On this discussion, look one of the things I like about Marion is you are permitted to believe that dreams can sometimes come true.

If you believe in dreams and the hard work involved to make it happen, then believe in Marion Bartoli.Just HAD to respond to my favorite sassy,Scottish gal:smooch:

Fortunately,Marion's:hearts: start to the year has been slightly better than mine.My anti-virus protection expired prematurely:rolleyes: and these sports-related pages are LOADED with viruses;there are usually phony prompts that warn me when I must 'bail out' soon,and my computer whiz friend is SUPPOSED to help me fix this mess tomorrow

Back to Marion:hearts::Obviously,it's hard to gauge a victory over an unseasoned 16-year-old but Allie Bondarenko would serve as a decent barometer due to her familiarity with Marion.Bondarenko is erratic herself except you'd think that she'd be motivated to break her 0-3 schneid vs. Marion and get her year off on the right foot.Czink only rarely escapes qualifying at the bigger events and would be ready to implode if she got past 'Bondo' and faced our Marion...not such a solid test IMO.

Finally,let me add that,although there's an abundant plethora of beauties in the WTA,it is Marion's various battles--NOT just her victories over them--that make her so appealingly human.Although she seems to dislike red clay(truly an absurd surface for a sporting event:rolleyes:),I daydream of Marion vindicating herself to all the Vichy cowards in the FFT,and many of her fair-weather countrymen,by winning RG someday.For ME,her championship smile on center court would be::inlove::inlove::inlove:

....Have pro'bly stayed too long already but let me close with a heartfelt VAMOS MARION:hearts::hearts::hearts:!!!

JOCHEBEL
Jan 4th, 2009, 08:53 PM
BRISBANE

R1: Marion Bartoli FRA def. Monika Wejnert AUS 6/1 6/2

A GOOD START FOR MARION!
I LOVE YOU!

Next Oponent: Alona Bondarenko UKR or Melinda Czink HUN

BartoliBabes
Jan 4th, 2009, 10:05 PM
does anyone else have good feelings for this year? i still believe she can be top 10 again!

bruce goose
Jan 4th, 2009, 10:50 PM
does anyone else have good feelings for this year? i still believe she can be top 10 again!Yes,she can surely REACH the Top 10,but there's a difference between reaching a ranking and solidifying a position.To clarify,you can see a very slight drop-off in caliber of play when you compare A.Radwanska,Petrova and Pennetta to the upper elite.I don't want to see :hearts:Marion:hearts: simply collect enough ranking points to be #8,9 or 10;I'd rather she attained a level of excellence where she regularly threatened at the important events as she did at Wimbledon 2007.A reliable serve will make this a MUCH stronger possibility

Marionated
Jan 5th, 2009, 07:37 AM
Marion's next opponent will be world no 105 Melinda Czink. She beat Bondarenko 7-6 6-1.
Allez! :bounce:

Iceland
Jan 5th, 2009, 08:37 AM
Well maybe not that easier for Marion since she won 4 matches this week ... She must feel pretty confident!
But indeed it shouldn't be very tough, even though Czink did score a couple of upsets. Marion will be fine, allez :).

Alizé Molik
Jan 5th, 2009, 09:24 AM
i'm agree with you Antoine, Marion will have no trouble with Czink.

Lighter
Jan 5th, 2009, 12:18 PM
Marion is so unpredictable. If she's confident, has no head injury, she should beat Melinda Czink. Remember Auckland 2006'.

She'll play this night on court n°2 after Kleybanova's match.

Lighter
Jan 6th, 2009, 05:00 AM
Marion is in Qf and will play Tathiana Garbin. I woke up at 2-1 2nd set. She easily won all serve games and the 3rd set was easy. I don't know what happened during 1st set. But job is done vs player with 4 wins in a row.

5-7 6-3 6-1

Alizé Molik
Jan 6th, 2009, 05:07 AM
i say what i said in GM again; it was obvious that czink had come through qualies and was match hardened, it seemed like either she was serving great or marions return was not so good today, probably it was a bit of both. What is good to see is that Marion improved with every game, rather than the other way around, and from the first set it was always in her control.

allez marion! QF c'est ce que je voulais voir et un match contre garbin c'est presque déjà gagné :D

bruce goose
Jan 6th, 2009, 05:08 AM
Marion is in Qf and will play Tathiana Garbin. I woke up at 2-1 2nd set. She easily won all serve games and the 3rd set was easy. I don't know what happened during 1st set. But job is done vs player with 4 wins in a row.

5-7 6-3 6-1As I implied before,the 2nd round of a main draw is about as far as Czink can usually go.She's easy on the eyes,but also easy prey for our Marion:hearts:.Once our gal woke up from her 1st set nap,she didn't face ONE SINGLE BREAK POINT:).Garbin is a seasoned vet;however,a strong-serving Marion would be a decisive victor....VAMONOS,Marion!!:inlove::inlove:

Lighter
Jan 6th, 2009, 05:21 AM
6 aces but 8 Df

H2H vs Garbin : 1-2 but last win for Marion on grass in Eastbourne 07'

Marionated
Jan 6th, 2009, 06:23 AM
Serve was a bit all of the over place, but most of the doubles came in the 1st set. In the end, the percentages won behind serve were very good.

Garbin next. The draw has really played out quite nicely for Marion. Hopefully she takes this opportunity and gets to the semis.

Iceland
Jan 6th, 2009, 05:19 PM
i say what i said in GM again; it was obvious that czink had come through qualies and was match hardened, it seemed like either she was serving great or marions return was not so good today, probably it was a bit of both. What is good to see is that Marion improved with every game, rather than the other way around, and from the first set it was always in her control.

allez marion! QF c'est ce que je voulais voir et un match contre garbin c'est presque déjà gagné :D
Yeah I agree, Melinda had more matches than Marion, she was better prepared than her. Such a scoreline doesn't surprise nor scare me. Im even pleased that she had to fight for her win, that's always what a player needs to find rhythm. A bit of pression in a match won't hurt her before a Grand Slam!

Marion said conditions on Court n°2 were a bit different from the Central Court hence her inability to consistently break her opponent's serve. Apart of that it has been pretty convincing, her serve didn't let her down. It would only be better if she could raise her 1st serve percentage ;).
Now the tournament is going step by step, Marion will face her first top 100 opponent of the year. Garbin looks pretty in-form, it will surely be a more competitive match than their last encounter but I hope she won't miss the opportunity of going further (and taking the 16th seed in the Australian Open)


Allez baby :hearts:

Lighter
Jan 7th, 2009, 03:15 PM
Doctor Bartoli is really a funny coach. This story comes from "l'équipe" paper version :

After 5 played games vs Melina Czink, Marion called for her coach. What did he say to her daughter ? :

"Marion was a bit too slow and back to back. I told her that she(Czink) liked to think too much she's Sharapova and it certainly won't last."

And it worked. The only remaining problem was the stickers not very well suited on shirt, especially when she served.

Lighter
Jan 7th, 2009, 04:01 PM
Marion will play during night session :

Thursday 8 January 2009
Day session (10.30 am start)

Lucie Safarova (CZE) v Victoria Azarenka (BLR)
Fernando Verdasco (ESP) v Florent Serra (FRA)
Ana Ivanovic (SRB) v Amelie Mauresmo (FRA)
Night session (7.00 pm start)
Marion Bartoli v Tathiana Garbin (ITA)
Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA) v Kei Nishikori (JPN)

They forgot (FRA), funny no.

Lighter
Jan 8th, 2009, 10:39 AM
Job done : 6-3 6-3

Marion seems to be confident. I still hate these 2nd set starts when she's still around the stars.

But she's not tired . Hope a good match vs Amélie.

Iceland
Jan 8th, 2009, 10:54 AM
Marion played very well overall!
I was a bit scared at the beginning when she was hitting every ball so flat again. Marion noticed it wasn't effective at all and asked for advice to Walter. Then she totally cruised. She was still hitting as hard but with more spin. She really had Garbin staying far from the baseline afterwards... That's how I love Marion. With the acceleration the balls make after the first rebound, her game becomes so penetrating. I'm really impressed by her control and her calm.
Garbin is a great fighter, Marion couldn't overpower her easily but she did very well to dictate the rally so as she gets the mistake first. Serve and return are looking perfect, we finally had them effective in the same time :D. There are 7 DFs to deplore though, due to the risk she is taking on the 2nd serve. Not that important compared to the rest of her game.

It's also the best preparation she could ask to play Amélie. Two one-handed backhands, Marion managed to deal with the topspin and slice mix. We'll have an exciting match!!! I don't think I can watch it though because of uni. :sad: Too bad but I will surely have a chance to see her more given the top quality of her tennis :hearts:
Bravo to Marion, great performance! Allez baby, show who's the boss :hearts:

Super_Marion
Jan 8th, 2009, 11:17 AM
lucky you, getting to see the match.

She seems so cool and unfussed just now. Even when she double faults or id broken to love like in one of the games today, she just gets back on track in the next game.

Of course, she will know that against Momo there will be probabaly less room for mistakes than against her previous three opponents, but I think she will win.

Marionated
Jan 8th, 2009, 12:04 PM
Into the semis :hearts:
The double faults are a bit worrying but the 1st serve is very effective.
Against Momo should be great.

Lighter
Jan 8th, 2009, 01:08 PM
Friday 9 January 2009
Day session (11.00 am start)

Sara Errani (ITA) v [2] Victoria Azarenka (BLR)
[8] Radek Stepanek (CZE) v Robin Soderling (SWE)
[5] Amelie Mauresmo (SRB) v [3] Marion Bartoli (FRA)
Night session (7.00 pm start)
[7] Richard Gasquet v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)
Mervana Jugic-Salkic/Shuai Peng (BIH/CHN) v Anna-Lena Groenefeld/Vania King (GER/JPN)

bruce goose
Jan 8th, 2009, 04:22 PM
Marionettes,I don't think that we should read TOO much into Amelie's recent victory b/c ANY halfway-intelligent player can beat Ana right now..."Momo":rolleyes: struggled badly against mediocrity in her other 2 matches.Marion:hearts: has played the her only once in the last 2 1/2 years,and it was a competitive three-setter.It's time for her to end this 0-4 streak and it might be a huge momentum boost for her to start the year with a victory in this French Civil War battle...I will be QUITE joyous with a Marion win here:D...but will stand by her regardless of outcome:angel:

Lighter
Jan 8th, 2009, 08:59 PM
Current betting : 04:00 Mauresmo, A [1,60-1,68] - Bartoli, Marion [2,05-2,19]

Adrian1092
Jan 8th, 2009, 09:29 PM
Its exciting to see marion playing well again :D Bonne chance Marion :hearts:

Alizé Molik
Jan 9th, 2009, 07:34 AM
I'm so happy.

Lighter
Jan 9th, 2009, 10:37 AM
Amélie's and Marion's reaction after match : http://translate.google.fr/translate?hl=fr&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2Fhostednews%2Fafp%2 Farticle%2FALeqM5g2Ewx17RjbZma8WKHHsX50jOvnxQ&sl=fr&tl=en&history_state0=&swap=1 (http://translate.google.fr/translate?hl=fr&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2Fhostednews%2Fafp%2 Farticle%2FALeqM5g2Ewx17RjbZma8WKHHsX50jOvnxQ&sl=fr&tl=en&history_state0=&swap=1)

Brisbane Tennis: Bartoli in the final at the expense of Mauresmo injured

BRISBANE (AFP) — La Française Marion Bartoli, tête de série N.3, s'est qualifiée vendredi pour la finale du tournoi WTA de Brisbane en profitant de l'abandon sur blessure de sa compatriote Amélie Mauresmo (N.5). BRISBANE (AFP) - The Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli, head series N.3, qualified Friday for the final of WTA tournament in Brisbane, taking advantage of the abandonment of his injury compatriot Amélie Mauresmo (N.5).

En finale, Bartoli affrontera la Bélarusse Victoria Azarenka (N.2), victorieuse de l'Italienne Sara Errani, 6-3, 6-1, dans l'autre demi-finale. In the final, Bartoli will face Victoria Azarenka of Belarus (N.2), winner of the Italian Sara Errani, 6-3, 6-1, in the other semi-final.

Lors de ce duel franco-français, Bartoli menait 4 jeux à 0 lorsque Mauresmo a préféré renoncer en raison de douleurs à la cuisse gauche (contracture). At the Franco-French duel, Bartoli was leading 4 games to 0 when Mauresmo has preferred not because of pain in the left thigh (contracture).

"C'est arrivé dans le deuxième jeu, a expliqué Mauresmo, 23e joueuse mondiale. La douleur n'était pas trop forte donc j'ai essayé de continuer mais je ne pouvais pas servir comme il faut ni bouger correctement." "It happened in the second set," said Mauresmo, 23rd player worldwide. The pain was not too strong so I tried to continue but I could not serve it right or move properly. "

"C'est frustrant, ce n'est pas comme ça que vous voulez terminer un tournoi, a ajouté la Française. Mais c'était plus raisonnable si je veux être à 100 % à Melbourne" (pour l'Open d'Australie à partir du 19 janvier). "It's frustrating, it's not like that you want to finish a tournament," said the Frenchwoman. But it was more reasonable if I want to be 100% in Melbourne (for the Australian Open to From 19 January).

L'ancienne N.1 mondiale estime qu'elle devrait avoir le temps de récupérer mais elle ne sera définitivement fixée qu'après avoir passé une IRM (imagerie par résonance magnétique). The former World N.1 it should have time to recover but it will be fixed after having an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging).

"Au pire je pense que 10 jours seront suffisants pour me remettre et être en mesure de jouer, at-elle dit. Mais nous verrons demain (samedi) matin. Je vais passer une IRM ici (à Brisbane) et après on saura vraiment ce qu'il ya et je prendrai une décision." "At worst I think 10 days will be enough for me and be able to play, she said. But we will see tomorrow (Saturday) morning. I'm going to spend an MRI here (Brisbane) and then we will really there and I will take a decision. "

Ancienne vainqueur à Melbourne (en 2006), la Française de 29 ans a déjà été victime d'une blessure à cette même cuisse l'été dernier, ce qui ne l'avait pas empêchée de participer à Wimbledon peu après. Former winner in Melbourne (in 2006), the French 29-year-old has already suffered an injury to the same leg last summer, which had not prevented from attending Wimbledon shortly afterwards.

Bartoli, 24 ans, avait une emprise totale sur la rencontre quand Mauresmo a abandonné. Bartoli, 24, had a total grip on the meeting when Mauresmo dropped. La N.17 mondiale avait breaké sa compatriote dès le premier jeu du match et notamment enchaîné 15 points consécutifs pour mener 4-0. The World N.17 had breaké her compatriot in the first game of the match, including 15 consecutive points chained to lead 4-0.

Bartoli a avoué avoir remarqué que quelque chose n'allait pas chez son adversaire mais elle s'est concentrée sur son jeu: "J'ai essayé de rester concentrée sur ce que j'avais à faire mais c'est sûr que c'est dommage pour Amélie de devoir abandonner". Bartoli admitted that he noticed something was wrong with his opponent, but it focused on his game: "I tried to stay focused on what I had to do but it sure is Amélie of shame for having to abandon. "

De la même manière, Victoria Azarenka n'a jamais été en danger et a pris le service de Sara Errani à six reprises. In the same way, Victoria Azarenka was never in danger and took Sara Errani service six times. La Bélarusse, 16e joueuse mondiale, n'a pas perdu le moindre set dans ce tournoi. The Belarusian, 16th global player, has not lost a single set in this tournament. A 19 ans elle a réussi un parcours brillant en toute discrétion, les projecteurs étant braqués la plupart du temps sur la Serbe Ana Ivanovic et Amélie Mauresmo. At 19 years she has successfully completed a brilliant course with discretion, the spotlight is focused mostly on the Serbian Ana Ivanovic and Amélie Mauresmo.

Mais après deux succès convaincants sur la Tchèque Lucie Safarova en quarts de finale et face à Errani, elle semble idéalement placé pour gagner une marche par rapport à l'an passé, où elle avait échoué en finale du tournoi. But after two successful convincing the Czech Lucie Safarova in the quarter-finals and face Errani, it seems ideally placed to win by a march last year, where she had failed in the final of the tournament.

"Je suis bien sûr très heureuse et j'aimerais faire mieux que l'an dernier, je veux gagner mon premier titre, a indiqué Azarenka. Je vais me battre sur chaque point. Ce sera la dernier match donc vous devez tout donner, peu importe ce qui arrive." "I am obviously very happy and I do better than last year, I want to win my first title," said Azarenka. I'll fight on every point. This will be the last game so you have to give everything, just matter what happens. "

Lighter
Jan 9th, 2009, 12:03 PM
Final during night session (7.00 pm start)
[3] Marion Bartoli v [2] Victoria Azarenka (BLR)

Interesting article here : http://www.brisbaneinternational.com.au/2009/01/bartoli-to-meet-azarenka-in-womens-final

Iceland
Jan 9th, 2009, 12:46 PM
It couldn't be more perfect! :D

So happy about this new win for Marion. It's a shame that these highlighted encounters with other French girls (like against Tati in Zurich 07) finish on an injury. It breaks all the excitement! But this time, hard to not have a grin despite the retirement... Marion is in final of her first tournament of the year, God, it feels awesome!!!!

I was very impressed with her calm and motivation in this SF, Marion was looking so determined and fearless. Hope she will come with the same spirit tomorrow. After the Stanford disappointment, she has to get a new title. Azarenka will be extremely tough to beat, she is really solid and complete. I don't know Marion's plans to beat her but I'm pretty interested into seeing which tactics she will adopt. I wonder if she try to play smarter than her or trying to take the advantage as soon as possible... It feels good that she can count on her serve anyway.

Allez Marion :bounce: Do an Auckland '06 please :hearts:

Thanks Lighter for the article :) Happy about the schedule too!

Marionated
Jan 9th, 2009, 12:57 PM
It would be so great if she could start off the year with a title :hearts:
Vika will be determined to win her first though. It will be tough.

Marcelo.
Jan 9th, 2009, 02:45 PM
Good luck Marion :D
You can do it :bowdown:

Sund7101
Jan 9th, 2009, 06:31 PM
I'm so happy for Marion and I had a hunch that she would be fitter coming into 2009. Marion looks great and is playing wonderful tennis. She is hitting the ball so cleanly and early, I can't wait for the final. Start off the year with a bang Marion! :worship:

BartoliBabes
Jan 9th, 2009, 08:50 PM
oh mommy this has been a gr8 start to 09, now fight 4 the trophy mar!:)

Super_Marion
Jan 10th, 2009, 04:36 AM
I feel like a soon to be dad, pacing a deserted hospital ward at 4am in the morning.

Lighter
Jan 10th, 2009, 08:35 AM
The final will start in 30 minutes.

Sydney MD is out :

Serena - Stosur
Dellacqua - Errani
Bartoli - Q/LL
Cibulkova - Wozniacki

Marion will wait for end of qualies in order to know her next opponent.

Iceland
Jan 10th, 2009, 09:24 AM
Marion is pretty nervous here.
1/2*.

Marionated
Jan 10th, 2009, 11:07 AM
Marion's serve was :help: today, and when she doesn't serve well, it's really hard for her to get into the match.
Still, a final to start the year is very pleasing.
If she wins her first match in Sydney, I hope she doesn't play Wozniacki in the second round :o

Super_Marion
Jan 10th, 2009, 11:38 AM
Well we have to be proud of her efforts this week on this surface. This most important thing is we have a healthy and hungry player.

Marionated
Jan 10th, 2009, 12:12 PM
I didn't realise this was the same surface they play on at the AO :tape:
This week has been more than pleasing then. Getting to a final on her worst surface.

Lighter
Jan 10th, 2009, 12:25 PM
Vika Azarenka was really on fire as expected. Despite 1st serves good stats during 1st set, Marion lost her serve and her confidence. Vika hit the ball so hardly, playing really deep.

Of course, Marion is disappointed, but not so much. She knows that Plexicushion isn't her best surface. And she didn't have big struggles as long as Amélie's one.

So, it's fresh minded that she's going to start Sydney.

Marionated
Jan 10th, 2009, 12:41 PM
Yes, Sydney is our main focus now.
Lucky to get a Q/LL in the first round. I hope she draws someone like Craybas.
I really hope Cibulkova beats Wozniacki.

Bartoli's Boy
Jan 10th, 2009, 12:45 PM
:bigcry:

Well that sucks. I thought if I didn't post anything here, she might win this final. Everytime Marion has been in a final and I've gotten really excited about it, she's lost, so I was counting on the butterfly effect. Perhaps this means I don't quite understand chaos theory. :lol:

Iceland
Jan 10th, 2009, 01:03 PM
It's the 4th final lost on a row by Marion :sad:. Hope she will end this drought soon!

Well, her major letdown was indeed her serve. It was pretty bad today, too much pressure on herself. But she made really impressive winners (down the line especially) and was moving/defending well. It was more of a bad day because of the tension she felt. Maybe the outcome would have been different had she converted her occasions, there were too many GPs/BPs wasted. Let's not forget how solid Victoria has been too, she is a top 10 girl in the making.

Marion is in a fantastic form, I'm so proud of her and her efforts. She was such a sweet heart in her speech and didn't look too disappointed. Vika was pretty friendly too so we have to be happy about this :D First week, already a final. All the best for her! :hearts:
The only bad news is that she will just miss the 16th seed for the AO.

Iceland
Jan 10th, 2009, 01:12 PM
Well we have to be proud of her efforts this week on this surface. This most important thing is we have a healthy and hungry player.
Yep, it's exactly that! Even though Marion looked pretty tired in the end, she is extremely fit and very fresh mentally. I have also seen she had monoclueosis last year too, so all this is behind her. :) Now she doesn't have much to defend and she is in a olympic form!
Yes, Sydney is our main focus now.
Lucky to get a Q/LL in the first round. I hope she draws someone like Craybas.
I really hope Cibulkova beats Wozniacki.
Well, I don't know if we should really expect much from Sydney. I don't think Marion wants to tire herself before the Australian Open. She has had a convincing week already, so I'm not really sure if I want her to go far or not...
At least she should have a clement first round. I just pray that she doesn't get Dushevina :o. We'll see.
:bigcry:

Well that sucks. I thought if I didn't post anything here, she might win this final. Everytime Marion has been in a final and I've gotten really excited about it, she's lost, so I was counting on the butterfly effect. Perhaps this means I don't quite understand chaos theory. :lol:
:hug:
I know, we can't help but being a bit supersticious for finals! I really hope she will find herself what she has to do to win these titles.

Lighter
Jan 10th, 2009, 02:33 PM
It's the 4th final lost on a row by Marion :sad:. Hope she will end this drought soon!

Well, her major letdown was indeed her serve. It was pretty bad today, too much pressure on herself. But she made really impressive winners (down the line especially) and was moving/defending well. It was more of a bad day because of the tension she felt. Maybe the outcome would have been different had she converted her occasions, there were too many GPs/BPs wasted. Let's not forget how solid Victoria has been too, she is a top 10 girl in the making.

Marion is in a fantastic form, I'm so proud of her and her efforts. She was such a sweet heart in her speech and didn't look too disappointed. Vika was pretty friendly too so we have to be happy about this :D First week, already a final. All the best for her! :hearts:
The only bad news is that she will just miss the 16th seed for the AO.

Marion will be 16th seed for AO, Vika 15th and Alizé 17th.
If my calculation is good :
- Alizé : 2982 pts
- Marion : 2740 + 400 - 80 (former 16th best result) = 3060 pts

Please tell me if I'm wrong.

Iceland
Jan 10th, 2009, 03:21 PM
It's just that Brisbane final awards her 200 points and not 400! Unless somebody withdraws, Marion will be 17th. It might not be bad after all, I would like her to face Alizé particularly or Pennetta.
I checked the points for 2009 and the amount is incredibly huge at Grand Slams. So it's really important that she does well there.

Lighter
Jan 10th, 2009, 03:24 PM
It's just that Brisbane final awards her 200 points and not 400! Unless somebody withdraws, Marion will be 17th. It might not be bad after all, I would like her to face Alizé particularly or Pennetta.
I checked the points for 2009 and the amount is incredibly huge at Grand Slams. So it's really important that she does well there.No, it's 200 x 2 = 400 = new rules. WTA has doubled all the rank points at the beginning of 2009.

For example Marion's activity in Sydney Last year : http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/2/players/playerprofiles/PlayerActivity.asp

WTA Championship Pts: 35 WTA Ranking Pts.: 70

bruce goose
Jan 10th, 2009, 03:27 PM
You seasoned Marionettes might off a much better perspective than mine,but I'm wondering if it wasn't difficult to face a strong hard-hitter like Azarenka after facing different types of players in the lead-up.Mauresmo and Garbin certainly can't match Vika in power and,although I don't know enough to compare Czink or Wejnert with Azarenka,the caliber of play with those 2 opponents was far less.The pressure of adjusting to the youngster's hard,quick shots may have increased Marion's nerves in the final.As others have said,I'm proud of her effort and,even though 'momo' spoiled the celebration somewhat by quitting during the match,Marion's 0-4 "jinx" vs. the monster is OVER:cool:

Iceland
Jan 10th, 2009, 03:36 PM
No, it's 200 x 2 = 400 = new rules. WTA has doubled all the rank points at the beginning of 2009.

For example Marion's activity in Sydney Last year : http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/2/players/playerprofiles/PlayerActivity.asp

WTA Championship Pts: 35 WTA Ranking Pts.: 70
I would love you to be right. I checked last year points in Gold Coast though and the finalist had 100pts. Marion has 200 (it's written on the draw actually) so it did get doubled.

Lighter
Jan 10th, 2009, 03:44 PM
I would love you to be right. I checked last year points in Gold Coast though and the finalist had 100pts. Marion has 200 (it's written on the draw actually) so it did get doubled.What it's written concern race :

- For race : 200 pts
- For wta ranking : 400 pts

Gold coast was only a tier III when Brisbane is "international" event with a top 10 player (Ana).

Lighter
Jan 10th, 2009, 04:06 PM
Here : http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=236674, Marion will be 17th but I disagree with Marion's calculation.

Super_Marion
Jan 10th, 2009, 08:44 PM
Hm, this needs checking, because the Medibank International awards 320 points for FINALIST. 470 for winner.

What's rather confusing is that it's called Medibank International, yet it's not an international event, but a premier event, ranking points and prize money wise

Super_Marion
Jan 10th, 2009, 08:50 PM
You seasoned Marionettes might off a much better perspective than mine,but I'm wondering if it wasn't difficult to face a strong hard-hitter like Azarenka after facing different types of players in the lead-up.Mauresmo and Garbin certainly can't match Vika in power and,although I don't know enough to compare Czink or Wejnert with Azarenka,the caliber of play with those 2 opponents was far less.The pressure of adjusting to the youngster's hard,quick shots may have increased Marion's nerves in the final.As others have said,I'm proud of her effort and,even though 'momo' spoiled the celebration somewhat by quitting during the match,Marion's 0-4 "jinx" vs. the monster is OVER:cool:
I'm a monster too, did you know that?

bruce goose
Jan 10th, 2009, 08:57 PM
I'm a monster too, did you know that?:smooch:Nahhh,you're contentious and argumentative sometimes,but no monster IMO:)....nor would you subvert Marion's Fed Cup ambitions by maneuvering behind her back in a slimy manner...this is my biggest beef against that freak...looks like Cornet is going to become Marion's new backbiter for the FFT:rolleyes:

Marionated
Jan 10th, 2009, 09:04 PM
A few points from the final and the ceremony.
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=e2Qe4P5bNZ8 Marion looks very good. I think she'd benefit a bit more if she were to take her shots earlier, like Seles did.

Super_Marion
Jan 10th, 2009, 09:41 PM
A few points from the final and the ceremony.
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=e2Qe4P5bNZ8 Marion looks very good. I think she'd benefit a bit more if she were to take her shots earlier, like Seles did.I'm not sure I want to watch it, I may cry.

bruce goose
Jan 10th, 2009, 09:47 PM
I'm not sure I want to watch it, I may cry.:hug:

Marionated
Jan 10th, 2009, 09:53 PM
I'm not sure I want to watch it, I may cry.

:awww:

Super_Marion
Jan 10th, 2009, 09:54 PM
I just did a word count and found I wrote 9000 words covering the Brisbane International on the blog.

:dog:

Maybe Happy Talk should become the new Marion Bartoli Fan Blog theme tune :)

Super_Marion
Jan 10th, 2009, 10:02 PM
:awww::)


How do you feel?

She's a strong lassie, i'm sure she's just getting on with it and not too dissy, just me who's the sissy! :lol:

Super_Marion
Jan 10th, 2009, 10:04 PM
:hug:
And this :dog: should be me new avatar, it's very me.

bruce goose
Jan 10th, 2009, 10:12 PM
And this :dog: should be me new avatar, it's very me.Your sig pic is one of THE very best at Tennis Forum:)...just so you'll know,I was defending Marion the other day in Dinara's forum since one of my buddies was caught up in the sentiment of Azarenka going for her 1st title...I offered a short synopsis on why Marion's such an appealing figure:cool:

Marionated
Jan 10th, 2009, 10:22 PM
:)


How do you feel?

She's a strong lassie, i'm sure she's just getting on with it and not too dissy, just me who's the sissy! :lol:

I suppose I would feel more disappointed if it were a bigger final against a lesser player, like I was really disappointed when she lost Stanford last year.

But I know this is Marion's worst surface, so to get to a final on it is a big achievement for her, and she didn't look too disappointed her self at the ceremony.

The serve still needs a lot of work though, but I think she knows this, hence the reason she's always changing service motions.

On to Sydney now :)

Super_Marion
Jan 10th, 2009, 10:54 PM
I suppose I would feel more disappointed if it were a bigger final against a lesser player, like I was really disappointed when she lost Stanford last year.

But I know this is Marion's worst surface, so to get to a final on it is a big achievement for her, and she didn't look too disappointed her self at the ceremony.

The serve still needs a lot of work though, but I think she knows this, hence the reason she's always changing service motions.

On to Sydney now :)

That's true, if you'd asked most M fans if they would have settled for a final or a semi final finish before the tournament started then most of you would have said yes I expect.

It has been a profitable week.

weary
Jan 10th, 2009, 10:54 PM
Good job on getting to the final Marion, but it would have been great if she won :sad:

Next Sydney....

Super_Marion
Jan 10th, 2009, 11:01 PM
Your sig pic is one of THE very best at Tennis Forum:)...just so you'll know,I was defending Marion the other day in Dinara's forum since one of my buddies was caught up in the sentiment of Azarenka going for her 1st title...I offered a short synopsis on why Marion's such an appealing figure:cool:Thank you, it took ages to do, and, still needs some work, but I'm afraid the season started before I was halfway through my whole blog designing project. When i have time i'll be back at it.

Dinara's forum? You mean the one on Tennis Forum?

Pandabean. tough draw for Marion at the Medibank International.



Medibank International Main Draw (http://marionbartoli.blog.co.uk/2009/01/10/medibank-international-main-draw-5356215)

bruce goose
Jan 10th, 2009, 11:08 PM
Thank you, it took ages to do, and, still needs some work, but I'm afraid the season started before I was halfway through my whole blog designing project. When i have time i'll be back at it.

Dinara's forum? You mean the one on Tennis Forum?

pandabeanI've taken a liking to Dinara b/c she's extremely passionate about winning...also,she's not a textbook beauty;she's a former tomboy who has blossomed late:)

It doesn't surprise me that you have a perfectionist attitude towards the Marion sig pic,but it's fantastic nonetheless.

....My pretentious Scottish gf got me again with "pandabean";you should feel free to explain that one IF you want me to comprehend your intent:p:p

Super_Marion
Jan 11th, 2009, 12:12 AM
I've taken a liking to Dinara b/c she's extremely passionate about winning...also,she's not a textbook beauty;she's a former tomboy who has blossomed late:)

It doesn't surprise me that you have a perfectionist attitude towards the Marion sig pic,but it's fantastic nonetheless.

....My pretentious Scottish gf got me again with "pandabean";you should feel free to explain that one IF you want me to comprehend your intent:p:p
I was kinda inspired to do an al fresco style or more specifically a color engraving by William Blake called Pity, which I had talked about on the blohg as reminding me of Marion.

Silly lol not pretentious, pandabean is just panda and bean, it doesnt mean anything, just sounds nice and cute, like Bartoli Bear :) (who's real by the way)

Safina, yeh she scrubs up quite nice I suppose if your into girls, I'm not.

Just girl.

bruce goose
Jan 11th, 2009, 12:20 AM
I was kinda inspired to do an al fresco style or more specifically a color engraving by William Blake called Pity, which I had talked about on the blohg as reminding me of Marion.

Silly lol not pretentious, pandabean is just panda and bean, it doesnt mean anything, just sounds nice and cute, like Bartoli Bear :) (who's real by the way)

Suerte with the completion of your artistic tribute to Marion,and thanks for the explanation,Sugar Buns:smooch:

Super_Marion
Jan 11th, 2009, 12:30 AM
Oh no, you've already replied and I was coming to edit out that message. :(

bruce goose
Jan 11th, 2009, 01:10 AM
Oh no, you've already replied and I was coming to edit out that message. :(You are SO adorable when you use the monitas enojadas:inlove::)

Lighter
Jan 11th, 2009, 09:27 AM
As Maria Sharapova decided to withdraw, Marion will be, at least, seeded 16th. It's a good new.

Lighter
Jan 11th, 2009, 11:01 AM
Monday schedule is out : http://www.medibankinternational.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/op2.pdf

Court 6 (from 11.00hrs)
1. ATP: Aspelin/Vizner vs. Goh/Klein
2. Bartoli vs. South

R1 : Marion will play vs Melanie South.

Marionated
Jan 11th, 2009, 11:52 AM
Marion is 2-0 against South.
She lost a set in their last match though in Montreal.
South is a very go for broke player. She hits a lot of winners and errorsl

Super_Marion
Jan 11th, 2009, 08:32 PM
Marion bageled her in a sub 20 minute that final in that Montreal match (http://marionbartoli.blog.co.uk/2009/01/11/medibank-international-preview-r1-m-bartoli-v-m-south-5360277).

Super_Marion
Jan 12th, 2009, 03:40 AM
Marion retired at 1-1 in first set.

I understand it was due to a "calf injury."

Hopefully just precautionary. Had a good week last week, now looking to Aussie Open.

bruce goose
Jan 12th, 2009, 03:57 AM
Marion retired at 1-1 in first set.

I understand it was due to a "calf injury."

Hopefully just precautionary. Had a good week last week, now looking to Aussie Open.:eek:Will be checking the blog daily,morn and night,this week for updates on her health...such as 'Marion expects to recuperate by(whenever)' or ':hearts:Marion:hearts: practiced w/o pain today'

Marionated
Jan 12th, 2009, 06:24 AM
:hug:

Super_Marion
Jan 12th, 2009, 07:24 AM
:eek:Will be checking the blog daily,morn and night,this week for updates on her health...such as 'Marion expects to recuperate by(whenever)' or ':hearts:Marion:hearts: practiced w/o pain today'At the back of my mind I did wonder if something like this would happen. Maybe everyone else did too, and that's why all the patriarchs went to their bed.

Iceland
Jan 12th, 2009, 07:52 AM
Yeah I thought she would withdraw at the very beginning and get replaced by a LL.
I remember that when she won Auckland in 2006, she withdrew from Hobart saying that she didn't want to play back-to-back tournaments. Maybe there is a little something that bothered her and she decided to stop. It feels weird to retire after just 2 games though.

Allez Marion :hug:. Too bad this means that she has one more loss to her record :(.

Iceland
Jan 12th, 2009, 08:05 AM
I was there and saw the match. Marion fell down and hurt her ankle badly. It doesn't look good because she cried and had to carry by two guys to put her on a golf cart. I have a feeling that she won't play the AO next week like Serena did few years ago.

I have just read that in GM.

:bigcry:

Super_Marion
Jan 12th, 2009, 10:00 AM
It's sickening. We can only hope it's largely superficial. But one thing is for sure. It wasnt precautionary, but clearly reactionary.

Remember Linz 2007. She was really upset then, thought her knee was busted. Went to see a specialist. But it turned out she was ok in the end and back playing next tournament.

Ihope it's like that.

Iceland
Jan 12th, 2009, 10:19 AM
Me too, she has 7 days before the Aussie Open starts. There is time to recover if it's superficial.
God I cant stand being so clueless about how bad it is for now. Hope there is more than scare than harm...

Super_Marion
Jan 12th, 2009, 11:46 AM
I just got an email from an official saying that he supplied Walter and Marion with refreshments and seating before the match. He said he spoke with them before the match and wished them luck and stuff, and he said felt as if he jinxed her when the injury happened.

But he didnt shed anymore information on the extent of the injury.

Marionated
Jan 12th, 2009, 05:48 PM
:sad:. Hopefully this is just a repeat of Zurich 07.

Super_Marion
Jan 12th, 2009, 06:02 PM
Hopefully a statement will be released through IMG, or even Walter or Marion speaking directly to the media.

This is the difficult bit friends. The waiting game.

Got so wound up this morning I broke the down arrow key on my notebook.

Bartoli's Boy
Jan 12th, 2009, 07:10 PM
Aaah, like everyone else, I hope this is not an injury that will keep her out of the Aus Open. :awww:

Alizé Molik
Jan 13th, 2009, 11:23 AM
on thursday i'm going to AO qualifying, last year i saw notre marion and dr b at a match, i hope to do the same! and ask her how she is lol

Lighter
Jan 13th, 2009, 04:12 PM
Good new. Marion goes on practicing. Dad first feared it was a calf strain. Marion confirmed that it was very painful. But it was just a muscular spasm. In french "une contracture".

On daily l'équipe paper version, we can see Marion's funny photo. She was lifted off the court by two men with an ice pocket on her left calf.

Iceland
Jan 13th, 2009, 04:35 PM
:woohoo::banana:
Love you Marion, stop scaring us :sobbing:
Thanks Lighter!

Marionated
Jan 13th, 2009, 07:04 PM
Good new. Marion goes on practicing. Dad first feared it was a calf strain. Marion confirmed that it was very painful. But it was just a muscular spasm. In french "une contracture".

On daily l'équipe paper version, we can see Marion's funny photo. She was lifted off the court by two men with an ice pocket on her left calf.

Great news :D
Thanks!

Super_Marion
Jan 13th, 2009, 09:38 PM
It's brilliant news boys!! We're ready to go!! :bounce:

Bartoli's Boy
Jan 13th, 2009, 11:31 PM
:woohoo:

So pleased she's not injured. Now I just hope she can continue her recent form starting next week! :bounce:

mariahdg
Jan 15th, 2009, 08:57 AM
:angel:

Lighter
Jan 15th, 2009, 04:48 PM
As expected, Marion will be seeded 16 for 2009 Australian open : http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/news;_ylt=Amx6kiiJ2OXcwn4ovhSB9NM4v7YF?slug=reu-openseedslist&prov=reuters&type=lgns

Women
1. Jelena Jankovic (Serbia)
2. Serena Williams (U.S.)
3. Dinara Safina (Russia)
4. Elena Dementieva (Russia)
5. Ana Ivanovic (Serbia)
6. Venus Williams (U.S.)
7. Vera Zvonareva (Russia)
8. Svetlana Kuznetsova (Russia)
9. Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland)
10. Nadia Petrova (Russia)
11. Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark)
12. Flavia Pennetta (Italy)
13. Victoria Azarenka (Belarus)
14. Patty Schnyder (Switzerland)
15. Alize Cornet (France)
16. Marion Bartoli (France)

Marionated
Jan 15th, 2009, 06:42 PM
Good news. The draw comes out soon.
I have a horrible feeling Marion is gonna draw a really tough first round unseeded opponent e.g. Vaidisova, Paszek etc...

Marionated
Jan 15th, 2009, 11:37 PM
Mel South in the first round AGAIN! :o

Marionated
Jan 15th, 2009, 11:56 PM
I actually do think she can get to at least the 3rd round with this draw if she plays well, where she'll most likely play Bammer :fiery:. Then if she wins that, a 4th round clash with JJ :sad:. They are my top 2 favourite players.

Alizé Molik
Jan 16th, 2009, 12:08 AM
it's a really good draw for marion i think, i'd love another 4r with Bammer so she can destroy her this time!

Super_Marion
Jan 16th, 2009, 01:17 AM
Yeh guys, I like the way your talking. Unfinished business with Sybille. But before we get ahead of ourselves, this is Australia, one round at a time, and just let's see how far Magical Marion can go this time.

Super_Marion
Jan 16th, 2009, 01:30 AM
Complete Main Draw (http://marionbartoli.blog.co.uk/2009/01/16/australian-open-main-draw-5385407)

Alizé Molik
Jan 16th, 2009, 11:45 AM
well this time she'll have me screaming for her in the stands! all though it didn't help last year :/

Iceland
Jan 16th, 2009, 12:06 PM
Yeah I agree, let's take one match after the other because even though there are lots of possibilities in this draw, we shouldn't disrespect Pironkova, Bammer & Safarova who could be tough cookies.

South is first. I really love how fate can be ironic :lol:. Well I don't think her loss against her in Sydney will affect her confidence by any way... Facts still remain the same, the Brit is in form but Marion shouldn't lose to her. At worst she will make it complicated.
Best of luck :hearts:

JOCHEBEL
Jan 17th, 2009, 12:58 PM
AUSTRALIAN OPEN:

COURT 3

2nd match- R1: Marion Bartoli FRA vs Melanie South GBR

Good luck Bartoli ...you can win this match and more =) good luck my favourite french player!

Ferg
Jan 17th, 2009, 09:49 PM
AUSTRALIAN OPEN:

COURT 3

2nd match- R1: Marion Bartoli FRA vs Melanie South GBR



Great, they have her play in the hottest time of the day again... :o She'll win regardless.

Super_Marion
Jan 17th, 2009, 10:44 PM
Great, they have her play in the hottest time of the day again... :o She'll win regardless.

I know, but she coped with Brisbane pretty well, and say's she feels fitter, so maybe this year she is in a better position to cope with heat.

Bartoli's Boy
Jan 19th, 2009, 02:04 AM
Berdych is 5-2 and 2 sets up, so Marion should be on court soon.

The only thing is, I'm falling asleep here. :zzz: Come on Marion.

Bartoli's Boy
Jan 19th, 2009, 03:57 AM
Well Marion won 6-2, 6-4 :)

Ugly match though and not a convincing performance from Mar. Her serving was awful with many double faults. South was up a break in the first and got a double break in the second. I'd like to say that it was impressive for Marion to come back from 1-4 down in the second set, but Mel practically handed it back to her with constant unforced errors.

Still, at least she fought to win it in two. Perhaps the heat was a factor, but I expect Marion is slightly more adapted to it than Melanie is. :lol: Onto the second round, where she will meet Tsvetana Pironkova. Go Mar. :bounce:

And with that thought I am off to bed. :yawn:

Super_Marion
Jan 19th, 2009, 04:01 AM
She did what she needed to, that's all you can do in the first round of tournaments. they are banana skins. She moved South around well when she had to. And when she took a bit of pace off her own serve she seemed to get the points more often.

Dave.
Jan 19th, 2009, 04:48 AM
Great stuff from Marion for most of the match. Now 5-7 at AO, time to even that up at least this year. :D


Could you guys please vote for Marion in the seed elimination here :wavey: http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=367197

Marionated
Jan 19th, 2009, 06:58 AM
Good comeback and start to the tournament.
Next is Pironkova. Marion leads 2-0 in h2h, but the last match was very close.
I voted, Dave.

FedererBulgaria
Jan 19th, 2009, 07:19 AM
Good comeback and start to the tournament.
Next is Pironkova. Marion leads 2-0 in h2h, but the last match was very close.
I voted, Dave.

Yeah,i like Marion,but i hope Tsveti will win!Last match-2:6, 6:4, 7:5.;)

JOCHEBEL
Jan 19th, 2009, 08:22 AM
go Marion! Last time she lost against Arvidsson but this time she get a victory...defeated Melanie South! ...Pironkova is playin good, last week she def. Schnyder and she is dangerous but Marion must win! i wanna see Bartoli in the 3rd round!

Iceland
Jan 19th, 2009, 08:58 AM
Phew, I'm really relieved that she got through. I decided to wake up to follow this match but now I feel so tired :tape:.

I only watched the 2nd set as ES decided to show Kimiko's fight. I wasn't impressed at all, Marion was far from her Brisbane level. Thanks God that South was so erratic because Marion's strokes were not powerful enough and she seemed pretty affected by the heat. Marion was also terribly unwilling to taking the ball early and dictate the game. I really got the impression that she didn't want to bother :lol:. Winners came only from the return of serve from what I've seen. But it was already the same last year against Arvidsson, so playing at the hottest time doesn't suit Marion at all.

Anyway what matters is that she won in straight sets which is already something good. It could have been worse! Bravo Marion :yeah:.

Alizé Molik
Jan 19th, 2009, 09:33 AM
once again marion looked too hot and bothered to play in melbourne! I want to see her put in a good effort here at least for 1 match! afterwards i waited outside the door of the stadium with some other people to speak to her, and she sort of looked at us, thought about just walking away and then thought better of it and stopped, I said très bien joué marion and she mumbled back merci.

Marionated
Jan 19th, 2009, 09:38 AM
once again marion looked too hot and bothered to play in melbourne! I want to see her put in a good effort here at least for 1 match! afterwards i waited outside the door of the stadium with some other people to speak to her, and she sort of looked at us, thought about just walking away and then thought better of it and stopped, I said très bien joué marion and she mumbled back merci.

Nice to know she at least spoke to you. Some players (e.g. Sharapova, Safina etc... have been to known to ignore their fans completley).

Hopefully she gets a night match for the next round.

Iceland
Jan 19th, 2009, 12:05 PM
Marion is on the top of her form as regards interviews! :lol: There are an audio tape on the FFT website + video on ES and several quotes in the press. Marion was way more inspired than on the court.

She reveals being unhappy with the way she played today:
"Je n'aime pas ce tournoi, la surface ne me convient pas, les balles non plus, j'ai mal au mollet et en plus je retrouve la même joueuse six jours après. J'avais quoi? Une chance sur 96 de tomber sur elle. Et paf. Ce n'était pas évident nerveusement. Mais là au moins on peut dire que Melanie South je suis quand-même au-dessus d'elle."
"I hate this tournament, the surface doesn't suit my game just like balls. My calk was hurting me and on the top of that I was meeting the same girl I played 6 days ago. I had one chance out of 96 to face her and paf :lol: (it's too French to be translated!). It wasn't easy mentally speaking. But on this match I can at least say that I'm above South's level!"

«De toutes les façons, je ne peux pas jouer plus mal que ça. Cela ne peut être que mieux pour le prochain tour. J'étais hyper tendue par le fait de ne pas avoir gagné beaucoup de matches en Australie et d'avoir eu une douleur aussi intense la semaine dernière face à la même joueuse. Ce n'était pas évident nerveusement. J'ai joué avec mon expérience et avec le niveau qu'il me reste. Mais j'ai dû jouer à 20% de ce que je peux faire.»
"I couldn't play worse! So it has to go better in the next round. I was very nervous as I have never won many matches in Australia and also because of the harm I felt against the same player one week ago. I played with my experience and with the weapons I had remaining! I played at 20% of my best."

«C'est bien pour moi d'avoir gagné ce premier tour. Maintenant, je vais pouvoir me relâcher pour jouer correctement."
"It's good that I won this 1st match. Now I will get relaxed to start playing decently."

Random things:

- On the audio/video interviews, Marion was less hard on herself than on this one. You could hear that she is happy overall. She elaborated on how she prepared 2009 playing many sets with men at her training center. She added that she got totally destroyed by Forget :lol:

- She felt some pain in her calf in the second set too but nothing as bad as in Sydney. (I would more say that she focused on this as she was losing 1/4.) She still felt strong enough to compete for a 3rd set.

- she aims at reaching 4th round. Minimum. :p
One more thing that I loved. Marion was asked about her next match against Pironkova. The journalist introduced her as a girl who loves Australia as she has a fabulous memory here (beating Venus). He asked how Marion sees things... and she replied that all she wants is to leave Pironkova with a bad memory after the open :lol:.
(Marion was joking obviously)

Super_Marion
Jan 19th, 2009, 12:20 PM
In another interview she said she felt like a mummy out there :lol: I'm not sure if she meant Mother mummy or stiff life an Egyptain mummy..

Marion and I are kind of similar, the stuff we come out with sometimes. Course, she is a bit more talented than me on the tennis court..

Super_Marion
Jan 19th, 2009, 12:21 PM
Oh and of course she is younger and more beautiful than me too. :)

Super_Marion
Jan 19th, 2009, 12:22 PM
And probably a better cook.

Super_Marion
Jan 19th, 2009, 12:23 PM
And...

Oh no more, I'm away to play mummy and feed Bartoli Bear.

:zzz:

Marionated
Jan 19th, 2009, 12:29 PM
Super M :hug:
Thanks for all the info, Iceland. I love how blunt Marion can be :lol:

Dave.
Jan 19th, 2009, 12:51 PM
Marion :spit: :hearts:

Of all the 128 players, she is the only one who would say that even though alot of the others probably don't like the surface either. :worship:

Thanks for the interviews Iceland :yeah:


I hope this calf thing isn't too serious though. :unsure:

Dave.
Jan 19th, 2009, 12:54 PM
Great stuff from Marion for most of the match. Now 5-7 at AO, time to even that up at least this year. :D


Could you guys please vote for Marion in the seed elimination here :wavey: http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=367197

Remember you can vote every 3 hours :p

I think it's about time Marion does well in one of these things. :lol:

Super_Marion
Jan 19th, 2009, 01:15 PM
Super M :hug:
Thank you that's what I wanted :lol: :hug:

Lighter
Jan 19th, 2009, 01:52 PM
Hi from nowwhere. Good win for Marion. Hope a win vs Pironkova.

bruce goose
Jan 19th, 2009, 04:56 PM
Thank you that's what I wanted :lol: :hug:A lovely Marionette:kiss: once told me that Marion was mercurial....If that's true,then I hope that the mercury is RISING:)....VAMONOS,MARION!:hearts::hearts::hearts :

BartoliBabes
Jan 20th, 2009, 07:29 PM
loved the way she wants to leave pironkova with bad memories lol makes me excited for the match:)

Alizé Molik
Jan 21st, 2009, 01:02 AM
that interview was hilarious, and confirms what i said earlier - she hates playing here.

also, clearly someone noticed that Marion didn't really draw a crowd in her first round match because she has gone froms how court 3 to court 8 which has no television capabilities :/

Super_Marion
Jan 21st, 2009, 03:04 AM
Yeh BBC tennis correspondent Jonathon Overend made a comment about court 3 being empty because Bartoli and South are not interesting to watch.

I think that's bollocks. It's about promotion. I love watching Marion when I get a chance. No one plays like her. I just love the way she sweeps that huge racquet around like a laborers shovel.... Ohh man dont get me started or i'll go on ad infinitum :lol:

Overend also said Bartoli has struggled for form and fitness this year.

HELLO? Final in Brisbane... equal best Aussie Open so far...

Super_Marion
Jan 21st, 2009, 04:45 AM
Iceland I know your up and awake bro. So Salut!

:wavey:

Marionated
Jan 21st, 2009, 06:12 AM
A set and double break :drool:

Renalicious
Jan 21st, 2009, 06:31 AM
4-1 Marion is playing pretty good.

I love her outfit. :D

Renalicious
Jan 21st, 2009, 06:34 AM
Great groundstrokes. Pironkova nets backhand 5-1. :D

Renalicious
Jan 21st, 2009, 06:37 AM
Drop volley. :drool: 30-30

FedererBulgaria
Jan 21st, 2009, 06:37 AM
Great groundstrokes. Pironkova nets backhand 5-1. :D

where`re you watching:p

Renalicious
Jan 21st, 2009, 06:38 AM
5-2. Serve it out, Mar. :)

Renalicious
Jan 21st, 2009, 06:39 AM
where`re you watching:p

TV. :p

FedererBulgaria
Jan 21st, 2009, 06:39 AM
TV. :p

where:eek:

Renalicious
Jan 21st, 2009, 06:42 AM
Great serve down the T. 2MP

Renalicious
Jan 21st, 2009, 06:42 AM
GSM Marion. :D

Fox Sports 3 (Australian TV)

Marionated
Jan 21st, 2009, 06:59 AM
Into the 3rd for the first time :woohoo:
Safarova really struggled with her match(9-7 in the 3rd). It is definitely winnable.

Super_Marion
Jan 21st, 2009, 07:46 AM
This is superb, i'm so happy. Points in the big, Anything now is almosta bonus. But Marion wants more i'm sure. She is working hard to put herself on course for the return to the top 10 that she wants.

:)

Iceland
Jan 21st, 2009, 09:11 AM
Iceland I know your up and awake bro. So Salut!

:wavey:
Héhé yes I was! :wavey:
I had my computer off though, as ES France was broadcasting her match :)

Lighter
Jan 21st, 2009, 09:18 AM
Come on. Safarova is winable.

Iceland
Jan 21st, 2009, 09:33 AM
So my little report on the match :

1st set
Marion was immediately annoyed by the Bulgarian fans who were terribly loud. They were singing and cheering for TP at the very first point! She never managed to really get into her match and find some concentration. So all she could do was fighting! We could judge here how important is to be in good shape. Pironkova was dictating rallies and hitting good backhands. Baba obviously is smart and played everything on her FH which is a terrible shot. TP couldn't accelerate the ball on this shot and had Marion back in rallies every time! She tried to slice a lot with relative success.
Marion wasn't playing her game, she was standing miles away from the baseline again and was unwilling to taking the ball early. So voilà, she accepted rallies and didn't make so many mistakes. She played well when it mattered, especially to close the set.

2nd set
Marion got obviously some relief after this and finally played her game. She was puting pressure on TP's serve. Then TP called the trainer and it slighty disrupted Marion. But it was obvious that MB would win the match, the only pb is that she started to make more mistakes. I don't remember any spectacular winners, she didn't take many risks. But at least she was putting more power and intensity in some of her shots. She prefered more to push TP to the error and that payed in the end :).
I remember a fantastic reply to a dropshot, Marion hit such a weird shot from the very end of her racket. :lol:

Overall, solid stuff from our Baba but pretty far from her Brisbane's level. Her serve was pretty shaky too, she never managed to find her first serve who she prefered to slow it down a bit to have a better %.
Let's just celebrate her very first 3rd round in the AO :yeah:. Marion didn't look that happy, rather angry (in the right way) and determined. She clearly wants to go further than this!!!!!

Big bravo to Marion, it wasn't an easy match and she stayed tough physically and mentally despite an average level of tennis.

Iceland
Jan 21st, 2009, 09:41 AM
Yeah Lucie is beatable, Bammer would have been tougher to play IMO. But she is also a former QFist here, so she seems the favourite to me. I prefer to tell myself that so that I don't expect anything more of this tournament. Im already happy that she reached the 3rd round as this surface is really torturing her :lol: !

It's hard to predict the result though as Lucie's tennis can be so on and off. Marion will have to do what she did today : fight and keep the ball in play. Good serves could help too as Lucie's returns are terrible.

Bartoli's Boy
Jan 21st, 2009, 12:05 PM
So happy she is through to the third round. :bounce: Thanks for the match report Iceland.

Marion should be fairly confident against Safarova, given their head to head. :lick: Come on Mar!

Super_Marion
Jan 21st, 2009, 01:42 PM
Héhé yes I was! :wavey:
I had my computer off though, as ES France was broadcasting her match :)
Oh :confused: Hey you seen the match!! :yeah: What happened at 3-0 in the 2nd?? Big delay.

Renalicious
Jan 21st, 2009, 01:47 PM
So my little report on the match :

I remember a fantastic reply to a dropshot, Marion hit such a weird shot from the very end of her racket. :lol:

I remember that too, Marion juuuuust managed to send the ball crosscourt at an acute angle. :drool:

Iceland
Jan 21st, 2009, 01:48 PM
Pironkova took an injury timeout for a problem with her elbow. It's due to her weird technic on her FH actually. Marion looked totally fine and didn't even mention her calf in the interview. She sounded pretty confident for her 3rd round :)

I've just found out that she will play Monterrey before Indian Wells & Miami. Smart choice!

Super_Marion
Jan 21st, 2009, 02:07 PM
"baba" :angel:

Marion is doing a player blog on official site.

Alizé Molik
Jan 21st, 2009, 02:30 PM
http://timesonline.typepad.com/dons_life/images/2007/07/15/babar.jpg?

bruce goose
Jan 21st, 2009, 05:02 PM
http://timesonline.typepad.com/dons_life/images/2007/07/15/babar.jpg?:lol:No,that's Baba(R),not 'Baba'....I'm actually quite pleased at Marion's defeating the eye-catching Bulgar Pironkova:hearts:.Even though Marion apparently despises the AO,she at least needs to get in the habit of being competitive there on a yearly basis;I'd be happier to see THAT.You could compare it to Venus at RG;she's almost never any kind of threat to win it,yet she doesn't embarrass herself in the process of competing....Can't wait to see how our Queen fares vs. Safarova:).VAMONOS,:hearts:MARION:hearts:!!

Super_Marion
Jan 22nd, 2009, 10:03 AM
http://timesonline.typepad.com/dons_life/images/2007/07/15/babar.jpg?

How interesting. I have seen this character before, but didnt know who it was. Apparently he is French, from a series of childrens stories.

Wiki entry (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babar_the_Elephant)

The French childrens story I like is The Little Prince by Antione De Saint Exupery. My Hungarian friend gave it to me once and said it reminded her of me. :lol:

Lighter
Jan 22nd, 2009, 10:20 AM
No ski today. Marion says she's open for fed cup, even without her father. I guess she feels really in shape. New from Alain Deflassieux.

Wait for her next result vs Lucie Safarova.

Iceland
Jan 22nd, 2009, 02:18 PM
Well since she is not playing Paris indoors, this would be a good decision to participate in Fed Cup!
It indeed shows how confident Marion feels this year!!!!

After such an exciting day (rather morning) of tennis, I really cant wait for her match against Safarova!

Super_Marion
Jan 22nd, 2009, 06:08 PM
Maybe she did it just for you Iceland. :lol:

Get yourself down to Orleans.

Super_Marion
Jan 23rd, 2009, 04:32 AM
Cummon Baby Keep Fightin

Super_Marion
Jan 23rd, 2009, 04:35 AM
oh sh..........

Super_Marion
Jan 23rd, 2009, 04:51 AM
YO CUMMON BABY!!

SHE'S SUPA' BITEY!!! AND MIGHTY FIGHTY!!

:bounce:

Super_Marion
Jan 23rd, 2009, 04:54 AM
wooooohooo got from 0-2 down to 4-2 whoz the bossss!!!!!! ja seeeeeeeeeee may mi blud!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bartoli's Boy
Jan 23rd, 2009, 05:02 AM
Yes! She took the second set. :bounce:

Now win the match please Marion.

Super_Marion
Jan 23rd, 2009, 05:06 AM
WOOP WOOP DADDY'S GIRL IS THE DADDY!!!! :bounce:

bruce goose
Jan 23rd, 2009, 05:28 AM
:woohoo:The power of The Potent Dark Ponytail:D....VAMONOS,4th-Round Marion:inlove::inlove:

Bartoli's Boy
Jan 23rd, 2009, 05:31 AM
What a comeback! :)

And I'm so tired now.

Iceland
Jan 23rd, 2009, 05:41 AM
OMG this match :drool:.

Marion Bartoli at her very best. She did so well to survive the storm because Lucie was hitting winners after winners. Marion never stopped believing in her chances and fought back in such a manner. She was reading Lucie's game at the perfection, keeping the ball in play as much as she could ... and then suddenly errors started to appear. Marion capitalized and did not make an UE in the last two sets. Her sense of anticipation and her aggressive shots saved her in the 2nd set, the serve did the rest in the 3rd.

I loved how hungry she was, she wanted every game and every point. Pure determination :hearts:.
So impressed by our Baba :hearts:

Iceland
Jan 23rd, 2009, 05:46 AM
And her reaction at the end was so cute!!!!!!!
She was just so happy, I loved her little scream! She couldn't leave the court after, signing so many autographs. :lol: Well it's fair because the crowd always encouraged her!

Just a perfect morning for us!!!!!!!!
Allez babaaaaaaaaaaaaaa :hearts:

Marionated
Jan 23rd, 2009, 07:43 AM
I'm so happy :hearts:
Gutted though that she and JJ have to play next :sad:

Lighter
Jan 23rd, 2009, 09:17 AM
Marion won last two matches vs Jelena. Marion made what she had to do. Now, she has no pressure to play n°1. If she's healthy, I'm sure she will fight in order to show that Wimby '07 wasn't a lucky moment.

Come on. Nothing to loose vs Jelena who's not at her max.

Super_Marion
Jan 23rd, 2009, 02:49 PM
I could think of worse opponents for Marion to face at this stage of a slam.

Like she says herself in the interview, Zvonareva or a Williams sisters.

Marion's game matches up well with Jelena. She is in with a chance of causing that upset again.

Iceland
Jan 24th, 2009, 08:34 AM
Marion is first on Rod Laver Arena. So we won't have to wake up ^^

Me too, Im really confident about this. Among top players, Jankovic is the one she knows the best, she has this Wimbledon memory with her as well.
Marion was extremely hopeful and positive in her interviews, it just shows how much she wants to beat her again :lol:. But she's right, I mean, Marion is in danger when there is a big serve or powerful strokes from the baseline. Jankovic doesn't have these qualities but she can drive Marion crazy with her incredible defense.

Every point should be extremely competitive. Marion will need to shorten the rally and be very aggressive ... well, she knows what she has to do anyway :lol:. I will just add something more: she is in way better shape than in Wimbledon. And that makes the difference.

Allez Baba :hearts:.

Lighter
Jan 24th, 2009, 09:32 AM
And Jelena is not at her max. Marion has nothing to loose. So no pressure. Just enjoy and no regrets.

Marionated
Jan 24th, 2009, 09:35 AM
First on? Yes! I'll defitnitely be watching.

Iceland
Jan 24th, 2009, 07:58 PM
I played tennis today for 2 hours and I tried to get myself as motivated as our Baba :p You know, I'm two-handed on both sides so I put myself into a M.Bartoli mode as a kind of preparation for tonight's match. I am just so excited about it that it's even becoming ridiculous!!!!!!!

Marionated
Jan 24th, 2009, 08:41 PM
I played tennis today for 2 hours and I tried to get myself as motivated as our Baba :p You know, I'm two-handed on both sides so I put myself into a M.Bartoli mode as a kind of preparation for tonight's match. I am just so excited about it that it's even becoming ridiculous!!!!!!!

:lol:
I am really looking foward to this match too, but I'm really torn.

Part of me wants JJ to win and then take the whole thing so she can have her first slam and shut all the haters up.

And then part of me wants Marion to win. I'd love for her to have another deep slam run, and, despite her poor record against her, I think Zvonareva (if she wins her match) is beatable, and she is 2-0 against Safina if they were to meet in the semis, so you never know what could happen.

JOCHEBEL
Jan 24th, 2009, 08:59 PM
AUTRALIAN OPEN:

R1: Marion Bartoli FRA def. Melanie South GBR 6/2 6/4
R2: Marion Bartoli FRA def. Tsvetana Pironkova BUL 7/5 6/2
R3: Marion Bartoli FRA def. Lucie Safarova CZE 3/6 6/2 6/1
R4: Marion Bartoli FRA vs Jelena Jankovic SRB


Good Luck Marion...you can win this match!
this performance in the Australian Open is the best of Marion Bartoli because she never reached the 3 rd round and this year is in the 4th round so she is gonna advance in the ranking

Marionated
Jan 24th, 2009, 09:02 PM
AUTRALIAN OPEN:

R1: Marion Bartoli FRA def. Melanie South GBR 6/2 6/4
R2: Marion Bartoli FRA def. Tsvetana Pironkova BUL 7/5 6/2
R3: Marion Bartoli FRA def. Lucie Safarova CZE 3/6 6/2 6/1
R4: Marion Bartoli FRA vs Jelena Jankovic SRB


Good Luck Marion...you can win this match!
this performance in the Australian Open is the best of Marion Bartoli because she never reached the 3 rd round and this year is in the 4t
h round so she is gonna advance in the ranking

She will gain a lot of points, yes, but I don't know if she'll move up if she loses tonight. Alize is also in the 4th round.

Marionated
Jan 24th, 2009, 09:03 PM
With the exception of Paris indoors and Indian wells, she has nothing note-worthy to defend until Eastbourne. I'm hopeful she can get back to the top 10 this year.

Super_Marion
Jan 24th, 2009, 09:16 PM
I played tennis today for 2 hours and I tried to get myself as motivated as our Baba :p You know, I'm two-handed on both sides so I put myself into a M.Bartoli mode as a kind of preparation for tonight's match. I am just so excited about it that it's even becoming ridiculous!!!!!!!
That's funny, I ran 10 miles this morining for samilar reasons, and made a good luck vid. She wont see it now as it's too close to the match. But maybe the Spirit behind it will reach her.

Iceland
Jan 24th, 2009, 09:21 PM
With the exception of Paris indoors and Indian wells, she has nothing note-worthy to defend until Eastbourne. I'm hopeful she can get back to the top 10 this year.
Yeah that's really true. It's so exciting to have Marion confident and in shape. It should really help to have consistent results!
I don't think we should formalize ourselves on getting back to the top ten. I rather want her to score something big this year. Like a big win over Jankovic in the Australian Open :D

Bartoli's Boy
Jan 25th, 2009, 01:48 AM
:eek: Oh my god, she played so well! :bowdown:

:hug: Hugs all around everyone! I honestly don't know what else to say. I'm so proud of her... and to think I was worried after her first round.

Marion Bartoli, world number 1 killer! :boxing:

Paris75
Jan 25th, 2009, 01:53 AM
Wow, she won!:eek: She played unbelievable tennis, and she's so fit !!:woohoo:
I hope she'll face Petrova next! Bravo mademoiselle!:hearts:

Marionated
Jan 25th, 2009, 01:57 AM
She was just ON today.
Of course I'm devastated for JJ, but seeing this version of Marion excites me so much.
If she continues this level then... she could win it all.
It also shuts the haters up that said she would never do anything after Wimby 07:hearts:

bruce goose
Jan 25th, 2009, 01:57 AM
Yeah that's really true. It's so exciting to have Marion confident and in shape. It should really help to have consistent results!
I don't think we should formalize ourselves on getting back to the top ten. I rather want her to score something big this year. Like a big win over Jankovic in the Australian Open :DTime for an update on our expectations...NOT that we'll put heavy pressure on her...but,if Marion is capable of THIS on a surface she hates,then how well can she do under optimum conditions?The answer is:EXTRA SUPER:D........:hearts:Marion:hearts:

Dodoboy.
Jan 25th, 2009, 01:58 AM
Well done Marion! :bowdown:

Super_Marion
Jan 25th, 2009, 02:00 AM
You know, It isnt smugness I feel, just peace. I guess in our heart of hearts we expected this. We've been down this road with Super Marion before.

Well done Marion. *smile*

CEO

OWNED

Iceland
Jan 25th, 2009, 02:01 AM
So so so so HAPPY :banana:

I'm so impressed. It's one of the best matches she has ever played. First time on Rod Laver Arena, a win over World Number One. Marion was so confident about her chances and she proved it. Such a delight to watch, she was at the top of her game in the first set. So aggressive. In the second set, she won it mentally thanks to her courage. This passing shot at 4/4 changed everything. Afterwards, Marion hit this fantastic return winner and deserved the break. The final game was just awesome, her serve did all the job for her.

Thank you, Marion and congratulations. I have so much respect for all the efforts she has accomplished to reach this level. After these tough times last year, she totally deserves it.

Iceland
Jan 25th, 2009, 02:09 AM
You know, It isnt smugness I feel, just peace. I guess in our heart of hearts we expected this. We've been down this road with Super Marion before.

Well done Marion. *smile*

CEO

OWNED
Yeah I agree. I was sure she would win in straight sets but I would have never thought she would win in such a manner. She was so good from the beginning till the end. What I'm enjoying the most is that she wasn't even surprised at the end, she played this match as if she were the Number One. I love this attitude.

Bartoli's Boy
Jan 25th, 2009, 02:11 AM
:woohoo:

Haha, sorry I'm just still excited.

It's funny that everyone said they were excited coming into this match. You would think Marion's fans would all be nervous about playing the number 1, saying things like "well whatever happens now, blah blah"... but I think we all knew somehow that she was going to win it. :confused:

Marionated
Jan 25th, 2009, 02:13 AM
Hopefully she draws Nadia next. No matter how well Marion played today, Vera still scares me.

Iceland
Jan 25th, 2009, 02:29 AM
Yeah I agree. I think we all knew she would prevail. The way Marion talked about this match in her interviews totally convinced me. She just wanted it so much.
Me too, I'm really scared of Vera. :unsure: But for the moment, we should only enjoy what we've seen. ;)

Dave.
Jan 25th, 2009, 07:36 AM
I am still smiling from that match. Wimbledon 2007 was repeated earlier tonight, only an even better version. The start to the year has been almost perfect so far.

I have been racking my brains over and over trying to figure out how this incredible talent was losing to the likes of Arvidsson, Govortsova, Dellacqua, Cetkovska and co. last year. It still annoys me but at least this seems to be a turnaround. :bounce:


Vera next :scared: Who knows what to expect from this match.

Dexter
Jan 25th, 2009, 07:47 AM
Allez Bartolska! Congrats to you guys! :yeah:

Marionated
Jan 25th, 2009, 10:17 AM
I am still smiling from that match. Wimbledon 2007 was repeated earlier tonight, only an even better version. The start to the year has been almost perfect so far.

I have been racking my brains over and over trying to figure out how this incredible talent was losing to the likes of Arvidsson, Govortsova, Dellacqua, Cetkovska and co. last year. It still annoys me but at least this seems to be a turnaround. :bounce:


Vera next :scared: Who knows what to expect from this match.

Agreed :o

With a tour final and, at the least a slam QF, this year has already been better than last year imo :hearts:

She's gonna gain so many points, and she's looking strong for Doha too (ok, maybe I'm getting a bit ahead of myself :lol:, but I can really see her qualifying if she keeps this level up on a consistent basis).

Zvonareva next. It will be tough, but Marion won't hit 49 errors like Petrova did. If Marion comes out the way she did against JJ, she should win.

Allez! :bounce:

Alizé Molik
Jan 25th, 2009, 12:23 PM
I got out of bed for this match when i wanted to sleep till noon, but it was so worth it! From seeing her play in person this week and then on television today, it was like seeing a whole new Marion, because even Marion in 07 was still a mess for the first six months, this is wimbledon Marion and then some! she hasn't had back to back results like this in the longest time.

Super_Marion
Jan 26th, 2009, 11:10 AM
This isnt as new or as surprising as you think. Walter said back in September that her play has never been so high, and Walter also said that they were working on a project that should finally over a relatively high level of play.

So when you rightly praise Marion, dont forget Walter, Because I seem to remember so many calling for his head in the first six months of last year. He is 50% of this win.

No, actually, he is 100% of it, and, and Marion is 100% of it.

Dave, beautiful pic.

BartoliBabes
Jan 26th, 2009, 11:41 AM
love dave's avatar and banner, she looks gorgeous. expecting a good match against vera, but it will be a toughy... she knows this. hope she goes into the match with the same shot conviction as against jankovic, and then she has a real chance of a SF

Dave.
Jan 26th, 2009, 11:56 AM
Marion is stunning isn't she?! :hearts: I had to put that in my sig right away!

I believe I was one of those who were sort of blaming Walter last year. Obviously he deserves full praise now for how well Marion is doing and everything she has done. I understand now that their arrangement is always about trying new things, tinkering with different parts of her game. Sometimes it works sometimes it doesn't. It's just frustrating when half a year goes by and Marion is struggling to get a win to her name. But yeah, all credit to Walter. :worship:



Marion is second on RLA tommorow. Come on Marion! :rocker2:

bruce goose
Jan 26th, 2009, 12:39 PM
Marion is stunning isn't she?! :hearts: I had to put that in my sig right away!

I believe I was one of those who were sort of blaming Walter last year. Obviously he deserves full praise now for how well Marion is doing and everything she has done. I understand now that their arrangement is always about trying new things, tinkering with different parts of her game. Sometimes it works sometimes it doesn't. It's just frustrating when half a year goes by and Marion is struggling to get a win to her name. But yeah, all credit to Walter. :worship:



Marion is second on RLA tommorow. Come on Marion! :rocker2:Your banner and avatar.......Marion:inlove::inlove::inlove:

Renalicious
Jan 27th, 2009, 02:31 AM
Marion breaks. ;) She's playing a good match so far.

Renalicious
Jan 27th, 2009, 02:35 AM
Wow she's playing phenomenal! :hearts:

Renalicious
Jan 27th, 2009, 02:45 AM
3-3 Marion broken again

Renalicious
Jan 27th, 2009, 02:52 AM
Marion broken again 5-3

Was leading 3-1. :sad:

Renalicious
Jan 27th, 2009, 02:56 AM
Set Vera 6-3 :( 5 games lost in a row.

Renalicious
Jan 27th, 2009, 03:04 AM
6 games in a row. 6-3 1-0

Renalicious
Jan 27th, 2009, 03:19 AM
9 games in a row. 6-3 4-0

Renalicious
Jan 27th, 2009, 03:22 AM
10 games in a row 63 50

Super_Marion
Jan 27th, 2009, 03:27 AM
I'm watching this on a rather broken dial up livestream. Marion looks troubled my the heat. Poor baba. She started so brightly. :sad:

Renalicious
Jan 27th, 2009, 03:28 AM
GSM Vera 6-3, 6-0.

What can I say Bartoli. Not much of an improvement! She just can't play against Vera. :lol:

Super_Marion
Jan 27th, 2009, 03:36 AM
I watched some of this on a rather broken dial up livestream.

Marion looked troubled by the heat. Poor Poor baba. She started so brightly. :sad:

Proud of what she has achieved though.

Bartoli's Boy
Jan 27th, 2009, 03:50 AM
Ohh, I have had the worst day today. Three hours of excruciating stomach pain where I couldn't sit down or stand up comfortably, until the doctor gave me something for it, recovering just in time to see Marion get destroyed by Vera again. :sad:

I don't know about you guys, but I was actually pretty confident coming into this match. It felt like it would be a very competitive match this time, and it looked like it was going to be in the first few games. But Marion's serve was just nonexistent today. There's no way she can beat Vera if her serve isn't working. It's so frustrating, because I think it would have been a good match if the serve had been going right. Her groundstrokes looked good early on, but I think all the bad losses to Vera got into Marion's head as soon as her serve broke down.

However, it's still been Marion's best Aussie Open ever, with a win against the number one player along the way. An excellent start to the year really. :hug: Wish I could give her a hug right now. Losing over and over to the same player like this must be so frustrating.

Marionated
Jan 27th, 2009, 06:40 AM
Been a great tournament.
I'm proud of her :hug:

Iceland
Jan 27th, 2009, 09:16 AM
I can't say that I'm disappointed, I knew Vera would beat her especially when commentators announced the level of temperature in Melbourne...

Marion started pretty well with not so many UEs compared to Vera. Really what she needed. And then, she had this disastrous game at 31 with 3 DFs I think and she lost the match there. The only way she could win this match was getting into Vera's head. She was on the brink of achieving it but she did put Vera back on track. She couldn't keep her head under water.

I posted it in GM, but I don't understand why Marion was so passive today. She was staying so far from the baseline, no way she could win playing like this. It's not her game ... her flat strokes were really weak despite some accuracy. For me, it's a big tactical mistake. Marion crushed Jankovic taking the ball super early. As I don't think it was to stay in the shade (:lol:)... so please Super Marion, tell me why she did this tactical choice!! Maybe because taking the ball early is more demanding ?!

Vera in the second set was toying with Marion. I really felt bad for her, every shot was in, she was so inspired controling Marion's strokes at the perfection. Baba has to find a way to play against her. Being in defense is clearly not the solution... Vera's game is in the spirit not that different than Jelena's... top spin balls on FH and pretty aggressive BH... she is just not as patient as Jelena which means she tries to make her opponent move as early as possible. I was really impressed with her game plan and her great execution. She is a great player :).

Personally I can't be sad at all. Now I can focus on my exams :lol:
The AO has always been a bad memory for Baba and this year, her run went to the QF after a fantastic win over World Number 1. It's supposed to be her worst Grand Slam... We should all be happy. There is still a lot of work to do if she wants to go further. She knows it. She has to improve her court coverage, her serve (horrible today, she needs more variations) and her fitness could be even better (to handle the heat). Marion will have a big week of practice before Dubaï.

2009 is definitely an exciting year.
Congrats on this brillant tournament, Marion!

Alizé Molik
Jan 27th, 2009, 09:39 AM
I know Antoine and I am happy with this QF appearance but really I thought she would at least try, she just gave up.

Iceland
Jan 27th, 2009, 10:48 AM
Her mental totally fell apart in the 1st but afterwards, I think she did try. She just played without her brains in the 2nd set, made the wrong decisions as she wanted to shorten the points. But she tried to be more aggressive, coming to the net for example. Without success. For me, it's really a tactical and physical problem on this match.

Marion couldn't stand the heat, she said that at 31 she had the impression of having played for 2 hours :lol:
She's not disappointed though and I believe this loss will help her. Marion can even be in a better shape and she has just realized it. She wants to work even more to be able to win regarless the conditions.
So thanks to this loss, I feel that she will come back even stronger at her next tournament.

Alizé Molik
Jan 27th, 2009, 12:15 PM
It was hotter when she played Safarova, the temperature doesn't peak here until late afternoon, so i don't think we can blame entirely the heat for the result of this match, I guess I'm just dissapointed that once again she was made a fool of by Vera (even though I'm a fan of her too) I guess I was just hoping for more! but i'm greedy :p

anyway Marion has signalled to the tennis world that she is back this year, making a final and a GS QF, I really want her to win some more titles this year! it's been so long.

bruce goose
Jan 27th, 2009, 03:28 PM
Marionettes,I'm typing this from work due to problems with the home computer:(....Honestly,Marion already looked defeated to me near the end of the 1st set,so I agree with the poster who said that she lost her confidence when she lost her serve.Still,Marion was winless vs.Henin before stomping her at Wimby,and she DOES have an Auckland final victory over Vera,so I think that she IS capable of beating this nemesis again at some point.Vera basically admitted that Marion was controlling the flow of play while she served well;therefore,the problem IS solvable:)....I,too,am proud of marion's start to 2009 and remain optimistic that more could follow....Your smile remains dazzling,Marion:hearts::hearts::hearts:....Can't wait to see more of it:D

Lighter
Jan 27th, 2009, 04:03 PM
Marion's schedule :
- Dubaï
- Indian Wells
- Miami

Concerning Fed cup, Nicolas Escudé still says no to her father in the staff. But Alizé must check her right shoulder during a medical exam next monday in Paris. If Alizé declines her cap, there will be on my opinion a new discussion. Wait and see.

Marionated
Jan 27th, 2009, 07:33 PM
Have to wait till February 15th to see her again :fiery:. Off college that week so hopefully it will be televised.

Her blog on the WTA website was so short today :sad: I'm glad I didn't watch the match. It's a shame she doesn't get more respect in GM, but what can you do?

The heat was really bad apparently. It really affected Djokovic too. She served 3 double faults when serving to go up 4-1? Maybe things would of turned out different if that hadn't have happened. But shoulda...woulda...coulda

I think her ranking will move up after this. She is also going to be in the top 8 for the race to Doha too.

Such a great start to year. Hopefully she continues this. A return to the top 10 is definitely looking good.

Dave.
Jan 28th, 2009, 04:31 AM
Shame about the loss although I wasn't expecting much from this match.

This has been the ideal start to the year though. 8 wins already!

In 2007 it took her to Miami to get 8 wins.
In 2008 it took her to Rome to get 8 wins.

So I think it goes without saying this is the best start to a season Marion has ever had. And some of these wins have been top class performances from Marion.

Dave.
Jan 28th, 2009, 04:32 AM
btw guys please keep voting here http://tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=367197&page=98

Marion is in 2nd place and could win this if we vote!

Lighter
Jan 28th, 2009, 02:42 PM
Just one figure :
Marion has never lost a match versus a player with a lower ranking than her since US open 08'. I don't take into account pulling up vs Cibulkova in Moscow and South in Sydney.

Lighter
Jan 28th, 2009, 04:18 PM
As expected, Marion is not inside French fed cup team : http://www.fft.fr/filinfos/default.asp?ID=4605

Players :
- Séverine BREMOND
- Alizé CORNET
- Nathalie DECHY
- Amélie MAURESMO

Alternative :
- Stéphanie COHEN-ALORO

Nicolas Escudé about Marion :
Finalement, n’est-ce pas frustrant de ne pouvoir compter sur la Française la plus
performante à l’Open d’Australie, Marion Bartoli en l’occurrence ?
- Oui, forcément. Si Marion pouvait intégrer ce groupe un jour, l’équipe de France s’en
trouverait renforcée. Mais aujourd’hui, c’est difficilement possible. Je me suis entretenu à
plusieurs reprises avec son père Walter et avec elle, notamment après sa victoire sur Jankovic à
Melbourne. J’ai refait le point avec eux et, pour l’instant, le retour de Marion n’est absolument
pas d’actualité, ce qui est forcément dommageable.
- Sentez-vous que la situation est irrémédiable ?
- C’est bloqué sur le premier tour contre l’Italie. Mais je pense que cela pourrait évoluer, et je
l’espère, favorablement.