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Charlieflip
Feb 20th, 2009, 02:02 PM
Does anybody know if this field is strong? Anyway, I hope Marion recovers in time to this tournament becuase she is the best fighter in hot outside climate, and would certainly go far.

Best of luck to her!

Marionated
Feb 20th, 2009, 02:07 PM
Welcome to the forum.
No it's not very strong. Radwanska and Pennetta are there, but no one else note-worthy (top 20) to my knowledge.
Marion right now is watching the Williams sisters :hearts:

Lighter
Feb 20th, 2009, 05:25 PM
Players list here : http://www.abiertodetenismonterrey.com/players.htm

Marion will be seed 2.

Joee
Feb 20th, 2009, 09:38 PM
Marion does have a good chance here to build on ranking points and just to get some more wins under her belt.

Marion est ma princesse!!!!!Je t'aime!

Charlieflip
Feb 22nd, 2009, 12:11 AM
Thank you Doa :)
Ah ok, then I really hope she will win the tournament. A final clash between her and radwanska would be amazing, and pretty probable.

Alizé Molik
Feb 23rd, 2009, 09:47 AM
Marion does have a good chance here to build on ranking points and just to get some more wins under her belt.

Marion est ma princesse!!!!!Je t'aime!

la mienne aussi :lick:

Joee
Feb 23rd, 2009, 12:01 PM
lol...

Marion must make the final.... :)

AND WIN :P

Allez Mar

Lighter
Feb 23rd, 2009, 05:32 PM
Comments on Marion inside this good tennis site : http://tenfem.streetreporters.net/ following a scale : rising/stable/falling

Stable
Marion Bartoli : Gagne des matches en ayant l’air complètement à bout, semble en bonne forme physique, puis finit par abandonner pour raison X ou Y (cette semaine, c’était les ampoules, alors qu’elle était menée 5-2 par Zvonareva, sa bête noire). Peut mieux faire, comme souvent.

Joee
Feb 23rd, 2009, 05:46 PM
Comments on Marion inside this good tennis site : http://tenfem.streetreporters.net/ following a scale : rising/stable/falling

Stable
Marion Bartoli : Gagne des matches en ayant l’air complètement à bout, semble en bonne forme physique, puis finit par abandonner pour raison X ou Y (cette semaine, c’était les ampoules, alors qu’elle était menée 5-2 par Zvonareva, sa bête noire). Peut mieux faire, comme souvent.


Encore, merci Lighter :)

Ferg
Feb 24th, 2009, 03:51 PM
Marion should really win this, my only worry is Jie, shes been excellent recently. And thats if Marion doesnt decide to pull out in time for IW. But i think all her fans want a title since its been so long...

Joee
Feb 24th, 2009, 05:31 PM
3 years she has gone without a title....
Prague should of been hers in 2007 :( Silly injuries :(

Charlieflip
Feb 24th, 2009, 06:30 PM
Marion should really win this, my only worry is Jie, shes been excellent recently. And thats if Marion doesnt decide to pull out in time for IW. But i think all her fans want a title since its been so long...

I think you are forgetting about Radwanska. She is more dangerous than Jie when she is in form.

Ferg
Feb 24th, 2009, 06:42 PM
I think you are forgetting about Radwanska. She is more dangerous than Jie when she is in form.

Im not really seeing her as a threat as shes been ill recently and has been having a bad year.

hellas719
Feb 24th, 2009, 08:17 PM
Allez Marion!!!!:bounce::bounce::bounce:

Joee
Feb 24th, 2009, 10:22 PM
I think you are forgetting about Radwanska. She is more dangerous than Jie when she is in form.

Isnt Radwanska the top seed? Marion is seeded 2nd so they cant meet until the final?

So Radwanska could be off form if they do meet....or she could have an early exit :P

Wishing you all the best marion! From MMB

Super_Marion
Feb 25th, 2009, 07:49 AM
Marion should really win this, my only worry is Jie, shes been excellent recently. And thats if Marion doesnt decide to pull out in time for IW. But i think all her fans want a title since its been so long...

I understand you. But speaking personally i'd take a top 10 season finish insteard of one of the smaller titles, which while still great, offer small reward for a lot of effort expended.

Now she'll probably go win it ;)

Lighter
Feb 25th, 2009, 08:16 AM
On my opinion, Marion has Indian wells and Miami in mind.

In Monterrey, she'll wait for Main draw.

Super_Marion
Feb 25th, 2009, 09:56 AM
You might say that, I couldn't possibly comment... ;)

Alizé Molik
Feb 25th, 2009, 01:36 PM
allez jusqu'au but ma pte :D

Lighter
Feb 26th, 2009, 02:00 PM
Is Guy Forget more open-minded than Nicolas Esdudé ? Guy Forget, former french fed cup team captain agrees to work with Jo Tsonga and Gilles Simon's coach for the next Davis cup tie vs Czech republic in Ostrava. Wino and Tulasne won't be in the staff but will be in Ostrava in order to support Forget and Roux in order to give advices.

As Forget has decided to accept player's coachs, it will be difficult for Escudé to refuse this support to Marion.

Charlieflip
Feb 27th, 2009, 06:12 AM
Guy seems to be an elitist in all ways. Close to snob. I sat behind him and heared him talk an entire match during the australian open.

Lighter
Feb 27th, 2009, 11:05 AM
Guy seems to be an elitist in all ways. Close to snob. I sat behind him and heared him talk an entire match during the australian open.And his wife more....He is a good guy, very polite. And he supports Marion. So....

Super_Marion
Feb 28th, 2009, 08:09 AM
Guy seems to be an elitist in all ways. Close to snob. I sat behind him and heared him talk an entire match during the australian open.

Everytime i've heard Guy speak, and everything I have read about him and by him, and also from what I remember of his playing days... Guy Forget strikes me as a totally nice guy. Someone tactful, sensitive, and in touch. He's to tennis what Stevie Wonder is to music. Can say no bad about the guy.

Charlieflip
Feb 28th, 2009, 10:48 AM
He probably is. Im just telling you about the impression he gave me under the short while I heared him. But I guess proffesionalism and agnorance go hand in hand.

Super_Marion
Feb 28th, 2009, 08:58 PM
In life people often make judgments at face value, and end up with a totally distorted picture. But the only people worth the trouble are those who have a bit more depth.

Lighter
Feb 28th, 2009, 09:01 PM
Monterrey draw is out : http://www.abiertodetenismonterrey.com/mds.pdf

1R : Marion will tie vs a qualifier.

Could I say that Marion's draw is easier than Aga's one. I guess it's true.

Marionated
Feb 28th, 2009, 09:32 PM
It's a very good draw.

hellas719
Feb 28th, 2009, 10:00 PM
Allez Marion!!!:bounce::bounce::bounce:

Joee
Mar 1st, 2009, 12:23 AM
Marion should make the final here....or at least the semi.

bruce goose
Mar 1st, 2009, 04:21 AM
Well,I went to the website to buy tickets today...and discovered that an individual ticket costs more than I pay for monthly rent:crying2:.I plan on writing a book within the next year so,if I can make any royalties from that,THEN I'll have enough spending cash to watch Marion down here....For now,I'll just cheer her on....VAMOS :hearts:MARION:hearts:!!!

Charlieflip
Mar 1st, 2009, 07:26 AM
Well,I went to the website to buy tickets today...and discovered that an individual ticket costs more than I pay for monthly rent:crying2:.I plan on writing a book within the next year so,if I can make any royalties from that,THEN I'll have enough spending cash to watch Marion down here....For now,I'll just cheer her on....VAMOS :hearts:MARION:hearts:!!!

Really? how much is a ticket then?

bruce goose
Mar 1st, 2009, 02:19 PM
Really? how much is a ticket then?According to the website,a single ticket for the UPPER bleachers on the west or east wing is 2,200 pesos.North wing bleachers,which apparently offer a better overhead view,are 3,000...and tickets in the stands closer to the court are 30,000 pesos.This doesn't include the cost of transportation to and from Monterrey...or hotel costs for one night...or a lost day's wages if I left on Friday in time to catch Saturday's final.PLUS there'd be the added aggravation if :hearts:Marion:hearts: didn't make it to Saturday.I'd consider a ticket to a Craybas-Zheng final as lots of money flushed down the toilet:eek:

Charlieflip
Mar 1st, 2009, 02:25 PM
According to the website,a single ticket for the UPPER bleachers on the west or east wing is 2,200 pesos.North wing bleachers,which apparently offer a better overhead view,are 3,000...and tickets in the stands closer to the court are 30,000 pesos.This doesn't include the cost of transportation to and from Monterrey...or hotel costs for one night...or a lost day's wages if I left on Friday in time to catch Saturday's final.PLUS there'd be the added aggravation if :hearts:Marion:hearts: didn't make it to Saturday.I'd consider a ticket to a Craybas-Zheng final as lots of money flushed down the toilet:eek:

Wow, yeah that is quite alot for just random tournament. I mean the Australian Open semis was in that price range. Very strange.

bruce goose
Mar 1st, 2009, 02:33 PM
Wow, yeah that is quite alot for just random tournament. I mean the Australian Open semis was in that price range. Very strange.Monterrey has a well-deserved reputation for being one of our pricier cities.Perhaps the tournament organizers are simply keeping the prices consistent with other costly forms of entertainment there

Charlieflip
Mar 1st, 2009, 02:35 PM
Monterrey has a well-deserved reputation for being one of our pricier cities.Perhaps the tournament organizers are simply keeping the prices consistent with other costly forms of entertainment there

That sounds human. Too bad for reality. :( Are you gonna go anyway?

bruce goose
Mar 1st, 2009, 02:42 PM
That sounds human. Too bad for reality. :( Are you gonna go anyway?Only in spirit:o.Actually,I have a wealthy uncle so,even though he's not very close with our branch of the family,he dOES enjoy traveling a lot.Perhaps he'll visit me during the tourney one year and decide that he wants to go;)

Alizé Molik
Mar 1st, 2009, 11:18 PM
sorry bg :(

bruce goose
Mar 1st, 2009, 11:27 PM
sorry bg :(Thanks for the sympathy,Alize:hug:.However,:hearts:Marion's success is the most important thing here;I'll be plenty happy if she's victorious in my absence:bounce::bounce::bounce:.As of this week's rankings,she's the French #1 again and she's #8 for YEC:D

Lighter
Mar 2nd, 2009, 10:35 AM
Marion is now world n°13. Nice Marion's photo inside last official newsletter of the wtatour page 5 :
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/3/global/includes/TrackIt.asp?file=http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/2/global/pdfs/shared/newsletters/notesandnetcords/editions/2009/mar2.pdf

Marion didn't schedule to play Ponte Vedra Beach tournament.

Super_Marion
Mar 2nd, 2009, 01:43 PM
According to the website,a single ticket for the UPPER bleachers on the west or east wing is 2,200 pesos.North wing bleachers,which apparently offer a better overhead view,are 3,000...and tickets in the stands closer to the court are 30,000 pesos.This doesn't include the cost of transportation to and from Monterrey...or hotel costs for one night...or a lost day's wages if I left on Friday in time to catch Saturday's final.PLUS there'd be the added aggravation if :hearts:Marion:hearts: didn't make it to Saturday.I'd consider a ticket to a Craybas-Zheng final as lots of money flushed down the toilet:eek:
I don't know how much that is, but either way it amounts to the same thing. Sorry. :hug:

By this weekend I should have my own arrangements for summer tournaments settled.

Joee
Mar 2nd, 2009, 05:41 PM
I don't know how much that is, but either way it amounts to the same thing. Sorry. :hug:

By this weekend I should have my own arrangements for summer tournaments settled.

Are you going to Wimbledon again :)

Charlieflip
Mar 2nd, 2009, 07:14 PM
Wait, you play proffessionaly supermarion?

Lighter
Mar 3rd, 2009, 05:56 AM
Qualifiers placed :
Monterrey R1 : Marion will played M. Krajicek (night session).

Iceland
Mar 3rd, 2009, 11:08 AM
Tough draw, we'll learn if she can be consistent enough to be top 10 again. Good luck Marion!

JOCHEBEL
Mar 3rd, 2009, 02:09 PM
R1: Marion Bartoli FRA vs Michaella Krajicek NED

Is not an easy match! GOOD LUCK MARION!

Lighter
Mar 3rd, 2009, 02:53 PM
Bet value :
Unibet Krajicek, Michaella 3,30 Bartoli, Marion 1,31
Bet 365 Krajicek, Michaella 5/2 Bartoli, Marion 2/7
888sport Krajicek, Michaella 3,50 Bartoli, Marion 1,28
Bwin Krajicek, Michaella 3,65 Bartoli, Marion 1,24

Charlieflip
Mar 3rd, 2009, 04:38 PM
Now that Aga is out she has a enourmus chance if everything just is ok with her.

Joee
Mar 3rd, 2009, 06:03 PM
Now that Aga is out she has a enourmus chance if everything just is ok with her.

Yup.
Cmon Marion another title :D

Super_Marion
Mar 4th, 2009, 01:18 AM
Tough draw, we'll learn if she can be consistent enough to be top 10 again. Good luck Marion!
Not really. Top 10 ranking isn't depending on the Monterrey's and Birmingham's.

Good to see you. :)

Super_Marion
Mar 4th, 2009, 08:20 AM
Total choas. Different reports about who between Rybarikova and Gallovits. http://tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=372413

PS. Good win by Marion. Boss lady. She huffed and puffed and moaned a wee bit as she sometimes does, but it was all bluff. She was happy after her win. What a lady.

Lighter
Mar 4th, 2009, 08:58 AM
Solid win. Next tie vs M. Rybarikova who defeated Caroline Wozniacki in Pattaya. Tie not so easy. But Marion is strong in her mind. With confidence, everything is possible.

Charlieflip
Mar 4th, 2009, 09:01 AM
Solid win. Next tie vs M. Rybarikova who defeated Caroline Wozniacki in Pattaya. Tie not so easy. But Marion is strong in her mind. With confidence, everything is possible.

Are you kidding? Marion will eat her for breakfast.

Lighter
Mar 4th, 2009, 09:23 AM
Are you kidding? Marion will eat her for breakfast.Rybarikova is in a good run. Of course, Marion should win. But she must be careful of her.

Super_Marion
Mar 4th, 2009, 10:21 AM
Sorry I forgot to answer you Charlieflip, No I don't play pro ;)

Joe - yes, Eastbourne and Wimbledon.

Iceland
Mar 4th, 2009, 03:54 PM
Yeah, this little tournament doesn't mean much, you're right... but I think that the opponents she is facing are all pretty talented and no deprived of a chance against Marion. I also doubt that Marion has come to Monterrey without any motivation. First she needs a good preparation before the big IW and Miami and then, winning a title would make her mentally stronger in these important stages of a tournament.
And statistically speaking, going far here would result into coming extremely close to breaking top 10 again :lol:.

Quite happy with yesterday's win. Quite unhappy to discover this match was shown on a livestream :( Anyway with uni stuff, it wouldn't have been reasonable! I do hope to see a bit of her this week... so please Marion, go as far as possible :p
Magda plays in the same spirit as Misa, big serve and good shots but pretty slow movement. Marion won't be on court without references.

Thanks for the report on your blig SuperMarion :yeah:

Super_Marion
Mar 4th, 2009, 04:02 PM
Oh don't misunderstand me, Monterrey does matter, just not hugely when it comes to attaining top 10, but if she goes all the way which is quite likely, then that will help.

In my gut I felt Na and Zheng were more of a threat that Aga.

Just look at that for a first round draw.. Na v Aga... what was that all about!

Super_Marion
Mar 4th, 2009, 04:11 PM
I'm hoping Czink will take out the Chink.

Don't laugh out loud, because you will be as surprised as I was to learn that the h2h between Zheng and Czink is 2-2!

The removal of Zheng and Na would be helpful.

Charlieflip
Mar 4th, 2009, 04:19 PM
I rather see Marion win over Zheng than any other to be frank.

Lighter
Mar 4th, 2009, 04:20 PM
Marion can increase her points amount if she reachs at least semi final. Her 17th result is Dubaï with 120 points.
- 1/2 : 130 points
- runner up : 200 points
- Winner : 280 points

Iceland
Mar 4th, 2009, 06:17 PM
Zheng would be a tough opponent for Marion despite her ridiculous serve. She absorbs extremely well the power, I would totally see her taking advantage of Marion's big flat strokes by hitting the ball early to find her angles. I wouldn't mind either if she is out before semies...

Thanks Lighter, didn't know that! Well in worst cases, she would still have gotten prepared to IW. ;)

Lighter
Mar 4th, 2009, 06:31 PM
Zheng would be a tough opponent for Marion despite her ridiculous serve. She absorbs extremely well the power, I would totally see her taking advantage of Marion's big flat strokes by hitting the ball early to find her angles. I wouldn't mind either if she is out before semies...

Thanks Lighter, didn't know that! Well in worst cases, she would still have gotten prepared to IW. ;)Don't worry. Be confident in Marion.
Compare Marion's Scoreline vs Czink in Brisbane and Zheng's one in AO : 7-6(0) 5-7 6-3
This tie is winnable for Czink.

Marion seems to be strong in her mind. And she knows that she'll have about 5-6 days free between Monterrey and IW.

Charlieflip
Mar 4th, 2009, 06:33 PM
Come people, where is the spirit? It seems that you rather would see Marion W/O her way through the tournament than to fight for it. I want to see some big clashes :)

JOCHEBEL
Mar 4th, 2009, 07:04 PM
Bartoli vs Rybarikova! GOOD LUCK MARION!

BartoliBabes
Mar 4th, 2009, 07:30 PM
you people are way ahead of yourself... right now she has to beat Rybarikova

Super_Marion
Mar 4th, 2009, 08:10 PM
yes it's a particular ability of the east Asian girls.

But lost GDF semi points lighter.These things balance out over a whole season. The aim isn't to scrape the top 10 for a week or two, but to settle and stay there for a while, showing that she is the undisputed French number 1. This is a seasons project.

Lighter
Mar 4th, 2009, 08:30 PM
yes it's a particular ability of the east Asian girls.

But lost GDF semi points lighter.These things balance out over a whole season. The aim isn't to scrape the top 10 for a week or two, but to settle and stay there for a while, showing that she is the undisputed French number 1. This is a seasons project.You know Marion has IW, Charleston, Berlin and Rome points to defend. But her 17th result is already 120 pts. IW and Miami are mandatory tournaments. So she must be focused on these two tournaments. And Monterrey is only interessant for her from semi final. Is she ready to fight hard only for 10 or 80 points, I'm not sure.

Super_Marion
Mar 4th, 2009, 08:40 PM
This is a funny tournament, it's like whatever round she reaches we will be happy - because what we all know really matters is the now even bigger than ever iw and miami. its genuinely a win-win situation in monterrey, even if she loses... lol....

Lighter
Mar 5th, 2009, 07:55 AM
Monterrey today :
Center Court -- 3:00 start
Agnes Szavay vs. Vania King
(n/b 5:00) Roberta Vinci vs. Iveta Benesova
(n/b 7:00) Magdalena Rybarikova vs. Marion Bartoli
Flavia Pennetta vs. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova

Charlieflip
Mar 5th, 2009, 08:09 AM
This is a funny tournament, it's like whatever round she reaches we will be happy - because what we all know really matters is the now even bigger than ever iw and miami. its genuinely a win-win situation in monterrey, even if she loses... lol....

I agree. And to be honest, that bothers me a bit. The ranking system discourages you from cheering. I mean, I know it certainly is hard to come up with a good ranking system, espcially in tennis, but this one bit totally sucks. I tend to not think of the ranking so much though, as long as the player play great tennis the ranking should come automaticlly.

Lighter
Mar 5th, 2009, 08:46 AM
French staff took a decision, in selecting clay (indoors) for Fed Cup World Group play-off tie in April vs Slovakia.

Weird decision. Alizé is the only one french top player on clay. And she isn't sure to beat Cibulkova. Nobody really knows Cibulkova's potential on clay. Hantuchova had good results on clay in 2007 and Rybarikova entered top 50. The other french top player prefer hard or grass to clay.

Super_Marion
Mar 5th, 2009, 11:11 AM
Oh... what a huge surprise.... the FFT chose CLAY....

:roll:

hellas719
Mar 5th, 2009, 07:49 PM
Go Marion!

JOCHEBEL
Mar 6th, 2009, 01:00 AM
R2: Bartoli leads Rybarikova 6-4 :)

JOCHEBEL
Mar 6th, 2009, 01:24 AM
WTA MONTERREY:

R1: Marion Bartoli FRA/2 def. Michaella Krajicek NED/Q 6-2 6-4

R2: Marion Bartoli FRA/2 def. Magdalena Rybarikova SVK 6-4 6-O

Q: Marion Bartoli FRA/2 vs Vania King USA/Q


Vania King defeated Marion in the only match they had. It was in 2OO7 in Kolkata, India and Vania won 6-1 7-5 so Marion have to put atention and play like she knows!

GOOD LUCK BARTOLI

Super_Marion
Mar 6th, 2009, 01:48 AM
Cruisin'

I was sittin in the bath the night and thought if she gets past Rybarikova she'll go on and win the title.

Let's hope that feeling is right.

Lighter
Mar 6th, 2009, 06:37 AM
Solid win. Good management of crucial points. Take your revenge vs Vania King.

Match in night session : 08:00 pm (02:00 am gmt)

Live stream here : http://www.tennisform.com/

Marionated
Mar 6th, 2009, 09:51 AM
Happy so far with this tournament.
Hope for a bagel against King :drool:

Lighter
Mar 6th, 2009, 02:27 PM
Book. V.King N M. Bartoli
BetClic 4.40 - 1.17
Betsson 5.00 - 1.15
Betway 4.00 - 1.20
Expekt 5.20 - 1.15
Inter. 3.80 - 1.17
Unibet 5.70 - 1.13
SOS P 5.70 - 1.20

Big confidence in Marion's win.

Iceland
Mar 6th, 2009, 03:43 PM
Allez Marion :banana:

Really impressed with this win. I have no more doubt now, she will be top ten again.

Super_Marion
Mar 7th, 2009, 03:52 AM
YES!!!! YA FIGHTER!!!

HOOVER MA BAGG!

Are you lot all in your scratcher? Marion through to semi in 3 sets. :yeah:

bruce goose
Mar 7th, 2009, 04:13 AM
YES!!!! YA FIGHTER!!!

HOOVER MA BAGG!

Are you lot all in your scratcher? Marion through to semi in 3 sets. :yeah:Well,Sugar Buns,we have a celebration here in Estado Chihuahua where,whenever one of our favorite athletes wins a tournament,we men go to the tourist district,find some cute Scottish gal and give her a knee-buckling kiss on the lips:).

Seriously,I was SOOO hopeful when our local channel showed the Benesova and Dulko matches...and then they switched to boxing right before Marion's match started:rolleyes:.Still,I'm very pleased that she beat an opponent who'd upset her before...and came back after losing the 1st set...and then won 5 straight games to close it out and overcome her own service break with three breaks of King....She can TAKE this tourney and really strengthen her YEC position:cool:

JOCHEBEL
Mar 7th, 2009, 04:17 AM
well Done Marion!
Def. King 2-6 6-2 6-3!

Tomorrow She's Gonna Play Against Jie Zheng, Number 18 In The Ranking...i Hope Marion Win Because Zheng Destroyed My Dulko :( ...so Good Luck!

Super_Marion
Mar 7th, 2009, 07:13 AM
Not seen you here this week BG..

Marionated
Mar 7th, 2009, 08:06 AM
If Marion beats Jie, I believe she will have 300 career wins!
Allez :bounce:

Iceland
Mar 7th, 2009, 08:28 AM
:lol: @ King trying to prevent Marion from being crowned Queen of Monterrey. She did well to make Marion doubt but her efforts were due to stay in vain. Very happy about this come back, sometimes a tough match is better than a beatdown.

This makes a prelude for today's big match against Zheng Jie who was pretty convincing against Dulko. It will be played at a decent time so we'll all have a chance to watch it. I did wake up at 5 to watch our Baba but after six points, the livestream fell apart :(. At least I could notice that Marion was still serving well. Allez for tonight!

Iceland
Mar 7th, 2009, 08:30 AM
If Marion beats Jie, I believe she will have 300 career wins!
Allez :bounce:
Yeah I have been looking at this statistic from close for quite a while. It would be a nice feeling to enter a final on the 300th career win! I wonder if she'll have a cake!

BartoliBabes
Mar 7th, 2009, 10:53 AM
happy...:) Marion's having a gr8 year so far... tough match vs Jie but should be very entertaining as i have no idea how their games will match-up... go get that 300th win...:p

Marionated
Mar 7th, 2009, 09:55 PM
She should of won this first set. Double faults are way too costly.
She's lucky Jie has such a weak serve.

Marionated
Mar 7th, 2009, 10:01 PM
:woohoo: Now easier second set!

Iceland
Mar 7th, 2009, 10:03 PM
Marion takes the first set on 75 :D:yeah: After a fantastic start from Jie, she adjusted few things and roared back playing great & smart tennis. I love her mix of aggressive shots and moonballs, it totally put Jie off.
Allez!

bruce goose
Mar 7th, 2009, 10:22 PM
I'm watching the match live from mi patria:D...It's feast or famine for Marion:When she misses and DFs,she gets herself in trouble.When she serves well,she bitch-slaps Zheng all over the court and her groundstrokes seem to be in sync with how she's serving:confused:.

Zheng has whined FREQUENTLY over line calls...even when the replay confirmed that they were correct.She's an overrated player who got overhyped for her wins over a badly-slumping Ivanovic last year...and her fluke SF run at Wimbledon.She's a weaker version of Patty Schnyder;when a top player is on her game,Zheng has NO chance....VAMOS,MARION:hearts::hearts:!!

Marionated
Mar 7th, 2009, 10:34 PM
Trying to go for too much off the second serve.

Marionated
Mar 7th, 2009, 10:35 PM
Serve it out!

Marionated
Mar 7th, 2009, 10:39 PM
Love the reaction :hearts:

Iceland
Mar 7th, 2009, 10:41 PM
So happy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Absolutely fantastic level of tennis in the second set, she has never been serving that well.
A match to remember, Marion clearly wanted to celebrate her 300th win!!!!! :yeah:.

:bowdown:

bruce goose
Mar 7th, 2009, 10:50 PM
:help:Must agree with Iceland;there were a few DFs sprinkled in but it was worth going for it when she was coming up with so many powerful serves.Only 5 aces but LOTS of other weak returns from Zheng when she barely got her racket on the ball...and FEW UEs on groundies in the 2nd set by Marion:hearts::hearts:.

In a way,I'm glad she's not taller,otherwise:inlove::inlove::help:...the crowd was with her ALL the way;Mexicans LOVE Marion(we're not so dumb,huh?;))She played to the crowd,hitting balls into the stands after the match,and looked SOOOOO adorable:hearts:.She outclassed Zheng and is ready to roll into the finals:cool:....VAMOS MARION:inlove:!!

Marionated
Mar 7th, 2009, 10:55 PM
So she will play either Na or Benesova (h2h 0-1 but the match they played was on clay) in the final.
I want her to win this title so much. I don't want her to become Marion Kuznetsova!

Iceland
Mar 7th, 2009, 11:00 PM
Yeah that's true, you just made me notice that Marion is very popular in Mexico. She was warmly supported by the crowd. Overall there was a lovely atmosphere around here :D

I wonder now which opponent would be the toughest for Marion. A red-hot Li is tough to beat but Iveta is a very unpredictable player. She would be the underdog too whereas the chances would be quite equal between Li & Baba.
I desperately want Marion to win this final. Time for a title, she deserves it so much. ALLEZ!

BartoliBabes
Mar 7th, 2009, 11:02 PM
Who's the better final opponent? or is that a silly question LOL 'cuz i want her to play Li Na... i think she'll perform better if she isn't expected so much to win eg. Stanford last year:( either way Marion is a different player this year:) G'luck:D

Lighter
Mar 7th, 2009, 11:07 PM
300 wins today. It's a good day. And tomorrow, no Vika, no Caro and no Bepa.

bruce goose
Mar 8th, 2009, 03:32 AM
It's hard for me to maintain perspective here:Was Marion careless in going for too much on her serve with those 1st set DFs,or was she simply confident that she'd find her rhythm eventually(which she SURE did)?On court,she never seemed overly down on herself following mistakes(at least not to ME).Perhaps she said to herself,"I'll get this going;I can take her if I can just play my game." My only concern is her having an opening set like that vs. a stronger opponent.

In the final,I'll say that Na Li is clearly more talented than Zheng,but maybe not as difficult an opponent for Marion.Zheng gets a lot of balls back and hits a lot of low grounders,whereas Marion might hit more balls past Na Li more easily...perhaps even use her pace against her.......I'm ready for the drought to be over,picturing a smiling Marion:hearts::hearts::hearts: in the winner's position:)

JOCHEBEL
Mar 8th, 2009, 05:17 AM
Amazing match of Bartoli! i could see her and she was so focus in the match. Im very excited, i wanna Marion win the Monterrey Open but first she have to defeat Na LI, another chinese player, who is very dangerous sometimes. Marion Bartoli lost the previous final this year in Brisbane i hope this time would be different. Great Start for Marion, Final in Brisbane, Quarfinals in the Australian Open and now this final...very good job!

HEAD-TO-HEAD: FIRST MEETING! C'MON MARION ...TIME TO WIN YOUR 4TH TITLE

Charlieflip
Mar 8th, 2009, 08:32 AM
Thanks for description of the match guys, Im so happy she won. Zheng isnt an easy opponent.

Alizé Molik
Mar 8th, 2009, 08:56 AM
i'm so happy! but Na will be tough in the final!

Iceland
Mar 8th, 2009, 10:12 AM
It will depend on which Li shows up. Marion has to be steady all the way to the title, it will surely pay in the end. In Brisbane, Marion didn't start very well, made too many UE & overall, her serve was a major handicap. Conditions look pretty different here. She played a very solid match yesterday, showing that she has a plan B in case things are not going her way.

Li is well known for her capacity of hitting incredible winners but on the other hand, she can miss by miles. Marion has to make her 'bug'.
Allez Marion, time for a 4th title :D

BartoliBabes
Mar 8th, 2009, 02:34 PM
Consistency will count in this match... Go Marion:D

hellas719
Mar 8th, 2009, 04:31 PM
Go Marion!!!!

Joee
Mar 8th, 2009, 06:36 PM
oooh Cant wait till 10:30pm

:D

Charlieflip
Mar 8th, 2009, 08:33 PM
Allez Marrioooon!!!!!!

Joee
Mar 8th, 2009, 08:38 PM
Marion va gagner le titre!
J'espere :)

Iceland
Mar 8th, 2009, 10:50 PM
Allez Marion! Hope she's not as nervous as I am!

JOCHEBEL
Mar 8th, 2009, 10:57 PM
MARION IN ACTION! 1-1 vs Na LI :)

JOCHEBEL
Mar 8th, 2009, 11:00 PM
Marion Bartoli Break LI's service....2-1 and service ! :)

Miss Atomic Bomb
Mar 8th, 2009, 11:03 PM
Hello :wavey:

JOCHEBEL
Mar 8th, 2009, 11:03 PM
Li break :( 2-2

JOCHEBEL
Mar 8th, 2009, 11:12 PM
Li saved 3 break points...Li leads 3-2 :( Hello reetard!

bruce goose
Mar 8th, 2009, 11:13 PM
So far,Li has been crushing short balls with excellent shots;most all of Marion's points have been won on UEs or DFs.On the bright side,Marion's not making a lot of mistakes,either,and they're still on serve

JOCHEBEL
Mar 8th, 2009, 11:17 PM
Li break! :( 4-2

JOCHEBEL
Mar 8th, 2009, 11:21 PM
Bartoli break..c'mon 3-4

bruce goose
Mar 8th, 2009, 11:24 PM
Marion missed a cupcake putaway at 0-15,and then made an UE at 40-30 before Li made two great service returns for the break...then Marion had one excellent point at 30-30 to get break point on Li's serve.Once more,she got the break due to 2 DFs and an UE...back on serve...Marion at 40-0...

JOCHEBEL
Mar 8th, 2009, 11:29 PM
Bartoli close a very difficult game....4-4 c'mon barto!

bruce goose
Mar 8th, 2009, 11:30 PM
Heavy deuce game...and then Marion evened it with two strong first serves:)...prior to that her only other good point was when she saved break point with another solid 1st serve

JOCHEBEL
Mar 8th, 2009, 11:33 PM
Bartoli has broken again....5-4 ..she is serving for 1st set :)

bruce goose
Mar 8th, 2009, 11:33 PM
Same formula:Marion showed good movement and placement to get break point at 30-40,and was helped by 3 Li UEs....Now serving for the set:D

Iceland
Mar 8th, 2009, 11:38 PM
First step completed! :D
Quality was dreadful but Marion's consistency has been rewarded. Now there is room for improvement in the second set. Generally Li plays better in the last sets, so another match is starting now.

Allez!

bruce goose
Mar 8th, 2009, 11:39 PM
Marion played an absolutely horrendous lob attempt at 15-0,then followed with two excellent 1st serves.Li had a mental meltdown while arguing the point that took it to 40-30...then sailed her next serve return WAY out...bit of a choke but Marion forced it upon her:cool:

JOCHEBEL
Mar 8th, 2009, 11:40 PM
Bartoli won 4 consecutives games! :) 6-4

JOCHEBEL
Mar 8th, 2009, 11:41 PM
Bartoli break very quickly...6-4 1-O :)

JOCHEBEL
Mar 8th, 2009, 11:42 PM
sorry..the game isnt finished

JOCHEBEL
Mar 8th, 2009, 11:44 PM
6-4 O-1

JOCHEBEL
Mar 8th, 2009, 11:47 PM
Bartoli won the game 1-1

bruce goose
Mar 8th, 2009, 11:47 PM
Li knocks easy putaway into the net on first point,then Marion waits out 3 more UEs for 1-1

JOCHEBEL
Mar 8th, 2009, 11:49 PM
very good game of Bartoli!!! 6-4 2-1 and service :)

bruce goose
Mar 8th, 2009, 11:50 PM
Marion played two NICE,aggressive points for 0-30:),then Li choked a DF after arguing the 'fault' call on the 1st serve...UE at 0-40,now Marion leads:cool:

JOCHEBEL
Mar 8th, 2009, 11:55 PM
6-4 3-1 yeah!!!! :)

bruce goose
Mar 8th, 2009, 11:55 PM
Marion argued a call that took it to 15-15 but,unlike Li,kept her composure.Blazing 1st serve for game point,and then a Li UE brought it to 3-1:p

bruce goose
Mar 8th, 2009, 11:58 PM
Marion drilled the 1st point into the corner then broke with a kick-ass service return....4-1:)

Joee
Mar 9th, 2009, 12:02 AM
4-2

Joee
Mar 9th, 2009, 12:04 AM
li looking in the mood for a comeback....

oh dear....:fiery:

JOCHEBEL
Mar 9th, 2009, 12:04 AM
6-4 4-3...Bartoli must win the next game

bruce goose
Mar 9th, 2009, 12:05 AM
Combination of tough shots by Li...plus crappy serves and a couple UEs by Marion=4-3,Marion still in driver seat...for NOW:eek:

Joee
Mar 9th, 2009, 12:06 AM
its crucial she does.

Joee
Mar 9th, 2009, 12:10 AM
5-3

JOCHEBEL
Mar 9th, 2009, 12:11 AM
Bartoli won a hard game 6-4 5-3!

Joee
Mar 9th, 2009, 12:12 AM
game set match



ahhhhhhhhh

JOCHEBEL
Mar 9th, 2009, 12:13 AM
FINAL: Bartoli def. Li 6-4 6-3!

WELL DONE BARTOLI! THE FIRST CHAMPION OF MONTERREY!

Iceland
Mar 9th, 2009, 12:13 AM
:woohoo:

WELL DONE Marion!!!!!!!!! Finally :banana:

Lighter
Mar 9th, 2009, 12:18 AM
This girl must be really difficult to play. She deserves this title.

Iceland
Mar 9th, 2009, 12:24 AM
Now I can go to bed in peace. I will post more tomorrow about the match itself. It was a kind of remake of yesterday's match. Marion had a slow start and finished playing very solid tennis. Still I would say she was more impressive yesterday... but since she chose not to give angles to Li, it was expected that she wouldn't try to go for the winner. What would be the point when your opponent does the mistake for you?! :p

Love the thought that Marion has her 4th crown :drool:. Good night everyone & big bravo to Queen Marion!

bruce goose
Mar 9th, 2009, 12:53 AM
Na Li controlled the next two games after falling behind 4-1,and then was the better player for most of Marion's next service game until,at break point,Marion pounded a first serve and then followed up with another good point where she sort of forced an error from Li.At game point,a Li UE put Marion up 5-3.What REALLY impressed me was what happened next:Marion simply took charge and kicked Li's ass on the next 3 points for 0-40 until a discouraged Li DF'ed to give Marion the title.

After the match:Glad to see that Marion doesn't speak Spanish too well cuz that'll keep the playboys away;).Very few Spanish-speaking ATPers can handle English(Nadal talks like a kindergartener),and even fewer can communicate in French,so Marion is safe from them:angel:....However,she understood the compliments that the tourney directors were giving here and the fans joyous applause was easy to read:).They were pleased at Marion's ALMOST-guarantee to visit us again in defending her title NEXT year....To recap,Marion played a solid,defensive-minded match vs. a player who HAD been kicking ass this week,and she deserved the win:D.....YEC-bound Marion:inlove:

dulkogii
Mar 9th, 2009, 01:40 AM
Marion, excellent score, and form! congrats!

hellas719
Mar 9th, 2009, 02:18 AM
Marion:woohoo:

Marionated
Mar 9th, 2009, 06:23 AM
So happy with this win!
Back to the top 10 very soon :dance:

Super_Marion
Mar 9th, 2009, 01:47 PM
Bruce Goose abd Jochebel thanks for the commentary. My internet was down for 24 hours It came back on in time for the the presentation.

Iceland, think about it, slow off the mark all week, or at least level pegging.. then she pullred away once her V12 is purring just nicely. :)

RigelMac
Mar 10th, 2009, 04:14 AM
Brilliant week for Marion! :cool:
Has anyone come across any photos? I can't find a one, not even on Getty! :confused:

Lighter
Mar 10th, 2009, 08:59 AM
Brilliant week for Marion! :cool:
Has anyone come across any photos? I can't find a one, not even on Getty! :confused:Photos here : http://marionbartoli.blog.co.uk/ taken from the screen. Other photos on wtatour site

Dave.
Mar 12th, 2009, 06:28 AM
WD Marion :woohoo:

Breaks a streak of 4 finals lost in a row! Good luck in IW :D