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Lighter
Feb 6th, 2009, 03:06 PM
From her return from Australia, Marion is sick : "A viral laryngitis". It means no train, only bed.

As expected, IMG called Marion in order to be an alternate to Maria Sharapova in Paris. But she can't play at the moment. That's why IMG called after her Jelena Jankovic who agreed to play Paris.

She'll fly to Dubaï next wednesday and will take the decision to play or not.

Other new : Jean Gachassin who is about to be the next fft boss on sunday wants to have a discussion with Marion's father.

Marionated
Feb 6th, 2009, 05:23 PM
Bad news :sad:
Hope for a speedy recovery.

Iceland
Feb 6th, 2009, 10:52 PM
Sick again :o Oh dear.... She has no luck.
Hope she withdraws from Dubai if she doesn't feel ready. Better to get prepared for Monterrey I would say.

BartoliBabes
Feb 7th, 2009, 12:46 PM
oh mommy:(

bruce goose
Feb 7th, 2009, 08:56 PM
Hey,FFT.......:haha::haha::haha:....Here's a thought:You might want to use your BEST player instead of your THIRD-best player,whose talent is rapidly fading,in a crucial Fed Cup tie.Mauresmo's only win over Pennetta came almost 3 years ago and Flavia has now whupped her two straight times at major events.......OH,BUT LOOK!Marion actually has a winning H2H vs. Flavia!Too bad she wasn't available:p....Pretty soon these FFT Vichy cowards are gonna realize how fickle the fans can be;they're gonna demand better results than 1st-round eliminations from the Fed Cup crown.How much crow will they have to swallow when they plead with :hearts:Marion:hearts: to join the team??....Of course,there's STILL a mathematical chance of a French comeback tomorrow but,unless they pull off this miracle,my reaction will be :haha::haha::haha: VAMOS,MARION!!:bounce:

Lighter
Feb 8th, 2009, 10:37 AM
Marion is in a better shape and she started to train yesterday. Hope she will be at her peak for DubaÏ.

Lighter
Feb 8th, 2009, 09:03 PM
Nicolas Escudé's reaction after French team defeat : http://www.lequipe.fr/Tennis/breves2009/20090208_202654_escude-un-gros-coup-sur-la-tete.html
One question concerns Marion Bartoli. He confirms that she was sick. And he's still closing the door to her father.

Est-ce que l'absence de Marion Bartoli a pesé ?
Quand on voit l'état physique de Marion Bartoli qui a été au lit pendant une semaine à son retour d'Australie, ce n'est pas sûr que sa présence nous aurait avantagés. Bien sûr, qu'avec Marion dans l'équipe, on serait d'autant plus forts. Mais tout le monde connaît les problèmes de son mode de fonctionnement. Il n'y a rien à ajouter. La porte n'est pas fermée, mais je ne bougerai pas d'un iota. Il est hors de question que je fonctionne avec les venues des coaches privés. Si je fais venir son père, les autres joueuses peuvent demander à faire venir leur coach ou leur mari et c'est la foire du Trône.

bruce goose
Feb 8th, 2009, 09:45 PM
Nicolas Escudé's reaction after French team defeat : http://www.lequipe.fr/Tennis/breves2009/20090208_202654_escude-un-gros-coup-sur-la-tete.html
One question concerns Marion Bartoli. He confirms that she was sick. And he's still closing the door to her father.

Est-ce que l'absence de Marion Bartoli a pesé ?
Quand on voit l'état physique de Marion Bartoli qui a été au lit pendant une semaine à son retour d'Australie, ce n'est pas sûr que sa présence nous aurait avantagés. Bien sûr, qu'avec Marion dans l'équipe, on serait d'autant plus forts. Mais tout le monde connaît les problèmes de son mode de fonctionnement. Il n'y a rien à ajouter. La porte n'est pas fermée, mais je ne bougerai pas d'un iota. Il est hors de question que je fonctionne avec les venues des coaches privés. Si je fais venir son père, les autres joueuses peuvent demander à faire venir leur coach ou leur mari et c'est la foire du Trône.Lighter,there's an expression which,I'm almost positive,derives from Asia.In English,it's called 'saving face' and it means to avoid shaming yourself completely by offering justification for a stupid mistake...or by atoning for that mistake by doing something beneficial...that's where Escude is right now.Somehow,I believe that the fighter Marion could have mustered the strength if she had been called upon for Fed Cup,but the arrogant FFT chose the fading Mauresmo instead and she was exposed by Pennetta and Errani.If they ever get tired of being knocked out of Fed Cup competition prematurely,there's a gorgeous Corsican heroine who's ready to help them....VAMOS :hearts:Marion:hearts:!!!

Lighter
Feb 8th, 2009, 09:56 PM
Lighter,there's an expression which,I'm almost positive,derives from Asia.In English,it's called 'saving face' and it means to avoid shaming yourself completely by offering justification for a stupid mistake...or by atoning for that mistake by doing something beneficial...that's where Escude is right now.Somehow,I believe that the fighter Marion could have mustered the strength if she had been called upon for Fed Cup,but the arrogant FFT chose the fading Mauresmo instead and she was exposed by Pennetta and Errani.If they ever get tired of being knocked out of Fed Cup competition prematurely,there's a gorgeous Corsican heroine who's ready to help them....VAMOS :hearts:Marion:hearts:!!!In French, it is the same : "il faut sauver la face". I just read a new blog. Here is the comment : "c’est une sacrée désillusion pour l’équipe de France qui va peut-être devoir revoir ses méthodes d’entraînement et de préparation, calqués sur la Coupe Davis et inamovibles depuis un bon moment déjà." Exactly what Marion is saying. But Escudé isn't ready yet.

Emile Loit also says that it will be better with Marion : http://www.tennis.gdfsuez.com/article_294918_Emilie_Loit__Je_me_sens_bien_.html

I guess that if French team must play vs Serbia or Slovakia, it's impossible to do something without Marion.

bruce goose
Feb 8th, 2009, 10:02 PM
In French, it is the same : "il faut sauver la face". I just read a new blog. Here is the comment : "c’est une sacrée désillusion pour l’équipe de France qui va peut-être devoir revoir ses méthodes d’entraînement et de préparation, calqués sur la Coupe Davis et inamovibles depuis un bon moment déjà." Exactly what Marion is saying. But Escudé isn't ready yet.

Emile Loit also says that it will be better with Marion : http://www.tennis.gdfsuez.com/article_294918_Emilie_Loit__Je_me_sens_bien_.html

I guess that if French team must play vs Serbia or Slovakia, it's impossible to do something without Marion.It's nice to see Loit speak out;she always struck me as a mature veteran who wouldn't go for the political B.S. that FFT has preached.I'm happy to see that she's not hostile to Marion:)

Lighter
Feb 8th, 2009, 10:36 PM
It's nice to see Loit speak out;she always struck me as a mature veteran who wouldn't go for the political B.S. that FFT has preached.I'm happy to see that she's not hostile to Marion:)Emilie Loit won a tournament with Marion and played with her in fed cup

bruce goose
Feb 8th, 2009, 10:38 PM
Emilie Loit won a tournament with Marion and played with her in fed cupDidn't know that...thanks:)

bruce goose
Feb 10th, 2009, 12:45 PM
Emilie Loit won a tournament with Marion and played with her in fed cupSince we've been on the topic,I'm curious what Dechy's stance is...anti-Marion:hearts:,silently neutral,or pro-Marion:hearts:??Have they had any relationship at all in the past??

Lighter
Feb 10th, 2009, 05:55 PM
Since we've been on the topic,I'm curious what Dechy's stance is...anti-Marion:hearts:,silently neutral,or pro-Marion:hearts:??Have they had any relationship at all in the past??They were friends at the beginning. But now, it seems that they have no more relations. Moreover, they don't play the same tournaments.

bruce goose
Feb 10th, 2009, 06:32 PM
They were friends at the beginning. But now, it seems that they have no more relations. Moreover, they don't play the same tournaments.Dechy is several years older;maybe she mentored Marion a little in her early years on Tour?So you're saying that they're NOT hostile...they simply don't communicate...is THAT it?

Lighter
Feb 10th, 2009, 06:47 PM
Dechy is several years older;maybe she mentored Marion a little in her early years on Tour?So you're saying that they're NOT hostile...they simply don't communicate...is THAT it?That's right. But during a chat this evening , Nathalie Dechy spoke about Marion two times :

Helene : Quelle joueuse française pourrait gagner un Grand Chelem ?
Nathalie Dechy : Je pense que Marion n'était pas loin à Wimbledon et qu'elle joue très très bien sur gazon. Alizé devrait faire partie des favorites sur Roland-Garros dans peu de temps.

Passing : Que pensez vous de la non participation de Bartoli en fed cup ?
Nathalie Dechy : C'est dommage, ça serait un plus si elle était dans l'équipe.

Chat link : http://www.opengdfsuez.com/tips.php?detail=295451&language=fr

bruce goose
Feb 11th, 2009, 05:25 AM
That's right. But during a chat this evening , Nathalie Dechy spoke about Marion two times :

Helene : Quelle joueuse française pourrait gagner un Grand Chelem ?
Nathalie Dechy : Je pense que Marion n'était pas loin à Wimbledon et qu'elle joue très très bien sur gazon. Alizé devrait faire partie des favorites sur Roland-Garros dans peu de temps.

Passing : Que pensez vous de la non participation de Bartoli en fed cup ?
Nathalie Dechy : C'est dommage, ça serait un plus si elle était dans l'équipe.

Chat link : http://www.opengdfsuez.com/tips.php?detail=295451&language=frThanks for the edit;it was nice to see Dechy's support:)

Lighter
Feb 11th, 2009, 10:21 AM
Patrice Dominguez's radio comments on RTL L'équipe (9/02/2009) :
He really wants to convince Marion to come back. He confirms that he's still in contact with her father. But he criticizes her not to play Paris.
But he also said that some players have had some problems with her and are not ready to accept her come back inside French team.

Lighter
Feb 11th, 2009, 12:06 PM
Very interesting interview from Arnaud Di Pasquale who is also Marion's agent :

http://www.opengdfsuez.com/tips.php?detail=295512&language=fr

about Marion :
"J'étais à l'Open d'Australie, j'ai regardé Marion Bartoli dont je m'occupe et qui est allée en quart de finale, j'ai assisté à plusieurs de ses matches et on voit des choses. C'est quand même surprenant, il n'y a forcément pas les mêmes qualités physiques que chez les hommes. Ce ne sont pas les mêmes frappes, c'est différent."

Marionated
Feb 14th, 2009, 02:05 PM
http://www.barclaysdubaitennischampionships.com/4/draws/2009/wmds.pdf

Sugiyama shouldn't be a problem.

Poor record against Schivaone, lost to Dellacqua last time they played in.

In Zvonareva's quarter :sobbing:

Lighter
Feb 14th, 2009, 07:03 PM
http://www.barclaysdubaitennischampionships.com/4/draws/2009/wmds.pdf

Sugiyama shouldn't be a problem.

Poor record against Schivaone, lost to Dellacqua last time they played in.

In Zvonareva's quarter :sobbing:Except if Serena withdraw, Zvo will be replaced by Venus.

I saw Serena this afternoon in Paris who explained why she retired. She walked without any problems. So, we have to wait now.

Super_Marion
Feb 15th, 2009, 01:08 AM
Serena i'm sure retired to save herself for Dubai.

Lighter
Feb 15th, 2009, 07:57 AM
Marion is with Venus on WTA Dubaï 2009 - Preview video on WTA site.

Super_Marion
Feb 15th, 2009, 10:52 AM
Or just click on my blog :)

Marionated
Feb 15th, 2009, 05:58 PM
2nd match up on Centre court tommorrow.
I believe British eurosport will show it.

Iceland
Feb 15th, 2009, 09:09 PM
French ES will be broadcasting this.
Hope to see Marion healthy & motivated. Allez!

Super_Marion
Feb 16th, 2009, 10:02 AM
Bossoli

Ja See Mi

Enjoy The Viewing Iceland.. A Bagel With Love Is Comin Up Just For You

Super_Marion
Feb 16th, 2009, 10:05 AM
Done. ;)

HowardH
Feb 16th, 2009, 10:07 AM
Marion is playing exceptionally well. I'm sure the second set will be closer, but that was a dominant first set (6-0). This fitter, faster Marion looks dangerous. I don't think Ai has an answer.

Marionated
Feb 16th, 2009, 10:41 AM
Eurgh. She's playing terrible in this set.

Super_Marion
Feb 16th, 2009, 10:58 AM
big delay at 4-4

Marionated
Feb 16th, 2009, 11:04 AM
She has to retire :sobbing:

Marionated
Feb 16th, 2009, 11:04 AM
I can't see how she can possibly finish this. She is ill.

Marionated
Feb 16th, 2009, 11:09 AM
It reminds me a lot of the match against Bammer at the US open.

HowardH
Feb 16th, 2009, 11:22 AM
I think she can still win, although it looks difficult now. But Marion has the game to play when she is not feeling well, she can hit winners instead of running. It is possible, but tough.

Marionated
Feb 16th, 2009, 11:23 AM
She's a fighter.

Marionated
Feb 16th, 2009, 11:23 AM
Some WILD errors though.

Marionated
Feb 16th, 2009, 11:26 AM
Sugiyama just not missing the 1st serve.

Lighter
Feb 16th, 2009, 12:24 PM
Never forget Stuttgart 2007 vs Aga. She played extremely well 6-0. And after,.......

I stopped streaming after 2nd set. Too tough to follow.

Marionated
Feb 16th, 2009, 12:29 PM
Well she got through it in the end.

It was so sad when she was wiping away tears in certain points of the match.

I don't know what her chances are like against Schiavone.

Bartoli's Boy
Feb 16th, 2009, 12:33 PM
Wow, what a fighter. :worship: Can't believe she won that match. I hope that she'll be OK to play again in the next round. It must have taken a lot out of her, but it's really good to see that attitude. :yeah: Marion wasn't the one looking beaten at the end, even when she had the three match points against her.

After the match she said that she didn't want to lose because it's her dad's birthday today. How cute. :inlove:

Iceland
Feb 16th, 2009, 01:04 PM
Oh God, Marion........
Such a terrible match to follow. She was playing too well at the beginning, I knew it would hard to keep it on. Yet I was really disgusted at the way she let exterior elements enter her mind in this second set : her Sony Ericsson patch, her skirt, her serve and finally this dizziness... She wasn't focused enough, it should have costed her the match.
Sugiyama really helped her at some points. To save the match points and to get the rebreak especially.
Bravo Baba :yeah:.
Still very proud that she kept fighting. Important win. It can only bring her more mental toughness.

Marionated
Feb 16th, 2009, 01:10 PM
Yes. She was very good in the 1st set. Only 1 point conceded on serve; that was a df :eek:

She should of been up 6-0 3-0 (missed easy drive volley on the second bp of Ai's first service game)

Like you said, she started to let everything bother her, and then hardly any first serves in didn't help, but I'm proud of her for grinding it out.

Schiavone only dropped two games to Dellacqua.

JOCHEBEL
Feb 16th, 2009, 01:15 PM
WTA DUBAI

R1: Marion Bartoli FRA def. Ai Sugiyama JPN 6/O 4/6 7/6(6)

WHAT A FIGHTER!

Next Oponent: Francesca Schiavone ITA

Lighter
Feb 16th, 2009, 08:03 PM
Marion's sum up tie vs Ai on wta site : Monday day session.

Marion is scheduled to play tomorrow on court 3 vs Francesca after Alizé's match.

Super_Marion
Feb 16th, 2009, 08:09 PM
I didnt discover that livestream until 2-2 in the third.

Eccossemama luvs Superbaba!!

Super_Marion
Feb 16th, 2009, 10:34 PM
But i'm worried for her health. I hope that glandular fever isn't back, or something else sinister.

bruce goose
Feb 16th, 2009, 11:00 PM
But i'm worried for her health. I hope that glandular fever isn't back, or something else sinister.:eek:Yes,please keep us updated if you hear anything as,even though I'll be super busy with work the next 2 days,I'll be checking here and on the blog for reports on Marion:hearts:.She is facing an opponent who's been tough for her in the past so a victory here would be a great tribute to her toughness.

Super_Marion
Feb 16th, 2009, 11:32 PM
It's a really tough ask, but she can do it, I firmly believe that.please keep us updated if you hear anything

AND

"please keep us updated if you hear anything"

You cannot always say out loud everything you hear.

bruce goose
Feb 16th, 2009, 11:46 PM
You cannot always say out loud everything you hear.Smart-ass,Scottish gal:lol::smooch:

Super_Marion
Feb 16th, 2009, 11:55 PM
You know what I mean :) Will you get to see Marion play in Monterray?

bruce goose
Feb 17th, 2009, 04:48 AM
You know what I mean :) Will you to see Marion play in Monterray?Sorry for not replying earlier,Sugar Buns,but it's been an extremely busy day full of classes and errands....To answer your question,Monterrey is a good hike from where I live in Estado Chihuhua.You could make the trip in one day but it's not a back-and-forth commute unless you want to wear yourself to the point of clinical exhaustion.My plan is to seek some semifinal or finals tickets with hopes that Marion:hearts: will be part of these matches.If it's the typical Latin America main draw(a Flavia Pennetta special;)),then our gal has a superb chance of making it:wavey:

Lighter
Feb 17th, 2009, 10:49 AM
Marion won 1st set 7-6 over Fran after she wasted one set point at 6-5.

H2H : 3-0 for Fran in 3 sets.
At least, Marion won 1 set as usual.

Marionated
Feb 17th, 2009, 10:57 AM
She's had many break points not converted.

Ferg
Feb 17th, 2009, 11:34 AM
Oh dear, im worried now. If only she took those chancesin the second set she could've won it... :unsure: Hope she pulls out the win!

Lighter
Feb 17th, 2009, 01:00 PM
Nothing to lose now vs Vera.

Marion still didn't loose over lower ranked players since Bammer during USO.

Marionated
Feb 17th, 2009, 01:07 PM
She's probably feeling pretty tired now.
If she loses, I just hope she makes it respectable.

Iceland
Feb 17th, 2009, 01:14 PM
Final scoreline: 76 36 63.
Wow Marion!!!! Didn't see this one coming :banana:

Francesca has been in a pretty impressive form since the Fed Cup. I really thought that after such a marathon and at the hottest time of the day, Marion wouldn't find the energy to overcome this challenge. I'm very proud of her! I'm even happier at the fact that she is keeping this consistency on.
This third set was excellent, no points lost on serve! Nice recovery!!!

I don't have any expectations for this new encounter against Vera. I only hope that she tries something different like trying to take the control of the point as early as possible, otherwise she will be roasted. Anyway it's not like she has something to lose here.

JOCHEBEL
Feb 17th, 2009, 01:56 PM
WTA DUBAI

R1: Marion Bartoli FRA def. Ai Sugiyama JPN 6/0 4/6 7/6(6)

R2: Marion Bartoli FRA def. Francesca Schiavone ITA 7/6(5) 3/6 6/3


Two grats vitories of Marion!

Next Oponent: Vera Zvonareva or Vera Dushevina...neither of them are easy for Marion but she could try to do something different and win!

bruce goose
Feb 17th, 2009, 04:15 PM
One hot,intellectual babe who posts here once mentioned that Marion is mercurial(this mysterious aspect of Marion is part of her appeal:inlove:,but it's encouraging to see her beat 2 straight opponents who get lots of balls back.It requires discipline to win these sorts of 3-set matches.Even though she wasn't flawless,she pulled throuhg when she had to do so:)

Marionated
Feb 17th, 2009, 06:17 PM
She got the first match in the hottest time of the day again :o

Lighter
Feb 18th, 2009, 09:03 AM
Only 7 games played, but a good fight. Too many break points missed. Hope Marion will be in a good shape for Monterrey.

Marionated
Feb 18th, 2009, 09:03 AM
:hug: guys.
It's been a good week. 110 points added to the ranking.

I hope she'll be fine for Monterrey, because it's definitely winnable.

Only slumping Radwanska, and Pennetta, who just lost to the world no 137, are the only other big name players who are there I believe.

Bartoli's Boy
Feb 18th, 2009, 12:29 PM
Yep, a good week. :) Two good wins in tricky situations. I'm really impressed that she beat Schiavone in three sets after that first match.

Iceland
Feb 18th, 2009, 12:44 PM
It was really impossible for her to win in those conditions especially with that bad blister on her foot.
Once again, she couldn't capitalise on Vera's slow start, this is the only disappointing part of this match. She had her chances. She just lacks belief when she faces her. Anyway her mind wasn't really focused on her gameplan.

Great tournament still. :yeah: I hope that she will stop drawing Vera soon because she is playing very well at the moment. She sure can trouble the other top ten players! She has one week of rest to heal this bloody foot, at worst she can withdraw from Monterrey. She will be fine :).

Lighter
Feb 18th, 2009, 01:10 PM
It was really impossible for her to win in those conditions especially with that bad blister on her foot.
Once again, she couldn't capitalise on Vera's slow start, this is the only disappointing part of this match. She had her chances. She just lacks belief when she faces her. Anyway her mind wasn't really focused on her gameplan.

Great tournament still. :yeah: I hope that she will stop drawing Vera soon because she is playing very well at the moment. She sure can trouble the other top ten players! She has one week of rest to heal this bloody foot, at worst she can withdraw from Monterrey. She will be fine :).I agree 100%. As her next goal is Indian wells, I guess that she will retire during a match in Monterrey if not in a good shape (like in Cincinatti 08', Kolkata 07', Strasbourg 08',...).

Marionated
Feb 18th, 2009, 01:23 PM
I agree 100%. As her next goal is Indian wells, I guess that she will retire during a match in Monterrey if not in a good shape (like in Cincinatti 08', Kolkata 07', Strasbourg 08',...).

She didn't reitre there, Lighter. She lost 1 and 5 to King :tape:

Indian wells is easy to get to the QF when your a higher seed though. Last year Marion was very unlucky to draw Davenport.

But Monterrey would be the perfect place to win another title. It's been so long :sad:

Lighter
Feb 18th, 2009, 01:28 PM
She didn't reitre there, Lighter. She lost 1 and 5 to King :tape:

Indian wells is easy to get to the QF when your a higher seed though. Last year Marion was very unlucky to draw Davenport.

But Monterrey would be the perfect place to win another title. It's been so long :sad:OK for Kolkata but she more and more doesn't care smaller tournaments as she really wants to focus all her energy on big tournaments. And I'm sure that she really wants to do something in Indian Wells and Miami.

bruce goose
Feb 18th, 2009, 09:14 PM
Okay,here's the plan:Monterrey is too damned far to commute back-and-forth so I'll leave after work on Friday morning and catch the inter-city bus in order to spare my older car....:hearts:Marion:hearts: will do HER part by recuperating in the interim and then smashing through to at least the semifinals....Now AYE will brush up on my 6 years of French in school so that I can get her attention more easily(can still sing all the words to La Marseillaise;)).If we're blessed,then we'll have some pics posted here with Maid Marion and a few of her Mexican loyalists:)

Lighter
Feb 18th, 2009, 09:27 PM
Okay,here's the plan:Monterrey is too damned far to commute back-and-forth so I'll leave after work on Friday morning and catch the inter-city bus in order to spare my older car....:hearts:Marion:hearts: will do HER part by recuperating in the interim and then smashing through to at least the semifinals....Now AYE will brush up on my 6 years of French in school so that I can get her attention more easily(can still sing all the words to La Marseillaise;)).If we're blessed,then we'll have some pics posted here with Maid Marion and a few of her Mexican loyalists:)As Nathalie Dechy is also inside MD entry list, you could check if they are still friends.

bruce goose
Feb 18th, 2009, 09:35 PM
As Nathalie Dechy is also inside MD entry list, you could check if they are still friends.Don't know if Marion would appreciate such a direct question,so it might be better if I asked her which French players are friends or pleasant acquaintances of hers.If she didn't mention Dechy,then that'd indicate that they weren't too close;)

Lighter
Feb 18th, 2009, 09:49 PM
Don't know if Marion would appreciate such a direct question,so it might be better if I asked her which French players are friends or pleasant acquaintances of hers.If she didn't mention Dechy,then that'd indicate that they weren't too close;)It seems that there will be more french players in Acapulco (Loit, Parmentier, Johansson, Foretz, Sanchez,....) than in Monterrey ( Bartoli and Dechy).
Most of French players prefer red clay.

Lighter
Feb 19th, 2009, 10:33 AM
French journalists comments here on radio : http://radio.rtl-lequipe.fr/player.html
30 minutes remaining

Replay between 14h30 and 15h30 with Alain Deflassieux from l'équipe, Julien Varlet (former pro player) and Myrtille Rambion from l'équipe.fr

Marionated
Feb 19th, 2009, 03:16 PM
Any comments about Marion from the journalists, Lighter.

Lighter
Feb 19th, 2009, 04:36 PM
Any comments about Marion from the journalists, Lighter.Just a story. Alain Deflassieux called by phone Marion when she was sick in order to have more news. During the discussion, Deflassieux said to Marion :
- "It's great. Serena will play Paris tournament to win it"
And Marion answered to Deflassieux :
- "OK, she will play in Paris 1 or two rounds, not more."

And Marion was right. Serena pulled up after her win vs Emilie Loit. Marion knows very well how works Serena.

They spoke during a long time about Amélie's win with Hugo (her coach).

Marionated
Feb 19th, 2009, 04:41 PM
Thanks for letting me know :yeah:

Lighter
Feb 19th, 2009, 05:17 PM
Thanks for letting me know :yeah:You can use this link every thursday morning at 11:00 am (french hour) for tennis news.

Super_Marion
Feb 19th, 2009, 11:50 PM
And notice.. He spoke to MARION, not Walter. It just debunks those who think Marion can't speak for herself.

Marion can speak for herself perfectly well I think, she is just the kind of woman who chooses carefully who she wants to speak to.

Super_Marion
Feb 26th, 2009, 04:00 PM
Okay,here's the plan:Monterrey is too damned far to commute back-and-forth so I'll leave after work on Friday morning and catch the inter-city bus in order to spare my older car....:hearts:Marion:hearts: will do HER part by recuperating in the interim and then smashing through to at least the semifinals....Now AYE will brush up on my 6 years of French in school so that I can get her attention more easily(can still sing all the words to La Marseillaise;)).If we're blessed,then we'll have some pics posted here with Maid Marion and a few of her Mexican loyalists:)

Bruce Goose, will you leave tommorrow for Monterrey?

bruce goose
Feb 26th, 2009, 05:06 PM
Bruce Goose, will you leave tommorrow for Monterrey?Sorry for the vagary,Sugar Buns:o;my original thinking was that the semis were on Saturday and the finals Sunday.Now that I've discovered that this is incorrect,I'll have to take a day off from work next Friday and leave the Thursday prior.My conviction is that :hearts:Marion:hearts: can at least make the finals of this tournament so I'd get to see her play twice.Monterrey is a good 12-hour trip from where I live so commuting is impractical and I can't skip an entire week of work even for our Queen.Therefore,I'm buying tickets for the SFs and Final only---which take place on the weekend

Super_Marion
Feb 26th, 2009, 07:55 PM
Yes, I suspected you neant next week cos you said in time for semi's.

Well, we'll see.

Hows the weather where you are. You know with me being Scot everything and everywhere seems hot to me :lol:

bruce goose
Feb 26th, 2009, 08:11 PM
Yes, I suspected you neant next week cos you said in time for semi's.

Well, we'll see.

Hows the weather where you are. You know with me being Scot everything and everywhere seems hot to me :lol:Wonder if Marion will realize that Monterrey is basically the Spanish version of Montreal:lol:(except 'rey' means "king" not "royal").It'll be MUCH warmer where she is in Estado Nuevo Leon.Monterrey is south and west of here,one state removed from the Gulf of Mexico,and it SHOULD be okay for her,heat-wise.It's much more humid than the desert region in which I live,but it's reasonable during February and most of March....If they ever move this tourney to April or later,then Marion might want to skip it:eek:

As for MY neck of the woods,it can get cold at night--as desert is prone to do--but it's pretty mild during the daytime now;you could walk around comfortably in a short-sleeved shirt.We've gotten past the worst of our winter so I haven't used the heater while sleeping for quite some time....Thanks for asking,Sugar Buns:smooch::wavey:

bruce goose
Feb 27th, 2009, 12:57 PM
Hows the weather where you are. You know with me being Scot everything and everywhere seems hot to me :lol:Don't know why you deleted your post:confused:....the only thing more fun than chatting with sassy Scottish gals is giving them big,wet kisses on the lips:).As for your '70-something,Hotel Panda' comment,the best thing I can tell you is that I DON'T enjoy excessive heat so the dry climate in my region is quite comfortable...especially right now.......and even Monterrey isn't too bad this time of year.During Spring-Summer though....FORGET going there unless you love humidity:eek:

Super_Marion
Feb 27th, 2009, 02:57 PM
I guess I delete 50% of posts I make.

bruce goose
Feb 27th, 2009, 03:07 PM
I guess I delete 50% of posts I make.Alas,the witticisms that are lost:smooch::)