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SOA_MC
Mar 19th, 2009, 09:26 PM
Doesn't get much worse than this :o

(16) Flavia Pennetta ITA vs bye
Kateryna Bondarenko UKR vs Maria Kirilenko RUS
(WC) Arantxa Rus NED vs Magdalena Rybarikova SVK
(20) Amelie Mauresmo FRA vs bye

(27) Sybille Bammer AUT vs bye
Sofia Arvidsson SWE vs Samantha Stosur AUS
Mathilde Johansson FRA vs (WC) Sania Mirza IND
(2) Dinara Safina RUS vs bye

SOA_MC
Mar 19th, 2009, 09:27 PM
First time in a while Maria won't be seeded for a tournament :scared:

Nikkiri
Mar 19th, 2009, 09:31 PM
First time in a while Maria won't be seeded for a tournament :scared:

She wasn't seeded in Indian Wells?

SOA_MC
Mar 19th, 2009, 09:44 PM
She wasn't seeded in Indian Wells?

oops :o I'm kinda tired :o

Now watch as she draws Serena second round :rolleyes:

watchdogfish
Mar 20th, 2009, 12:58 AM
Don't say that! :scared:

Good luck in Miami, Maria :hug:

Labamba
Mar 20th, 2009, 04:22 PM
Maria will win a (singles) match here :bounce:

the rest will depend on the draw

felipemiami
Mar 20th, 2009, 04:44 PM
I'm going to a ballboy here at Miami so I hope to see her again :)

VIKA?
Mar 22nd, 2009, 11:34 AM
Maria, at least win one match:sobbing:

VIKA?
Mar 22nd, 2009, 11:35 AM
I'm going to a ballboy here at Miami so I hope to see her again :)

oh have fun there:)

Nikkiri
Mar 22nd, 2009, 11:38 AM
Positive vibes. Maria's time to get the season really started. :)

Dinayer
Mar 22nd, 2009, 07:46 PM
Positive vibes. Maria's time to get the season really started. :)

:yeah: :worship:

Davai Maria :D

Labamba
Mar 23rd, 2009, 01:07 PM
let's pray for a good draw today :angel:

VIKA?
Mar 23rd, 2009, 08:21 PM
MD is out:D

http://www.sonyericssonopen.com/3/en/assets/pdfs/draws/09WTA_MDS1.pdf

VIKA?
Mar 23rd, 2009, 08:22 PM
Maria has a easy first round hope she can beat Kateryna Bondarenko:scared:

but then against Flavia:o

good luck Maria:D

Warrior
Mar 23rd, 2009, 08:27 PM
Not an easy draw. :(

SOA_MC
Mar 23rd, 2009, 10:19 PM
She won't get past second round if that :help:

Nikkiri
Mar 23rd, 2009, 11:00 PM
I don't think its that bad :shrug: Can't ask for anything better when you're ranked 39 in the world, could have been A LOT worse.

Maria playing well can beat Both Bondarenko and Pennetta, according to her she feels like shes on the right way so its only a matter of time before she gets the results. It's a good draw just gotta win her first round match. She leads Pennetta 2-0 in the H2H both times beat her with ease and Flavia isn't having the best year so far.

VIKA?
Mar 23rd, 2009, 11:03 PM
yeah, but Flavia is playing well and Maria no:sobbing:


but who knows:shrug:

Nikkiri
Mar 23rd, 2009, 11:10 PM
Flavia isn't playing that well. Maria well we don't know. She lost that match against Gallovits due to her mentality but her game is improving.

dybbuk
Mar 23rd, 2009, 11:16 PM
Flavia needed multiple chokes from Ana to make it a competitive match, which, granted, Maria is hardly a rock mentally, but Flavia is one of the better seeds Maria could have drawn all things considering. Good luck, Maria.

Droolv
Mar 23rd, 2009, 11:17 PM
Tough draw but Maria can do it :armed:

kirivanovic
Mar 23rd, 2009, 11:51 PM
1st she needs to beat Bondarenko and then we will see...That's not a bad draw,it could have been worse. Kata uses to make a lot of mistakes,so it will help Maria more than playing a defensive player who only knows moonballs.

SOA_MC
Mar 24th, 2009, 06:26 AM
Sorry but potentially in the first 4 rounds Maria could face K. Bonderenko, Pennetta, Mauresmo, Safina

Find another player with a tougher first 4 rounds in the draw :help:

Nikkiri
Mar 24th, 2009, 06:40 AM
First two matches are not that bad. We shouldn't be looking further than that at this point anyways, Maria hasn't even won multiple matches this year. Ranked 39 in the world you don't get many options at great draws. :sad: She could have ended up with a much higher seed in the 2nd round like Cirstea drawing Ivanovic.

DAVAJ MKirilenko
Mar 24th, 2009, 01:00 PM
Maria once beat Ana and later that day they played doubles.
Hopefully she can do the same with Flavia here.

But of course first Bondarenko cause that's already tough enough.

DAVAJ MARIA!!!!

King Aaron
Mar 24th, 2009, 04:40 PM
I think we should just look at the first match. If Maria wins that then we can talk about Pennetta.

Good luck Masha! :kiss:

aleksr
Mar 24th, 2009, 07:06 PM
MAIN DRAW DOUBLES
http://www.sonyericssonopen.com/3/en/assets/pdfs/draws/09WTA_MDD1.pdf

[8] Kirilenko/Pennetta vs. A Radwanska/Szavay
Benesova/Zahlavova Strycova vs. Chuang/Mirza
Gallovits/Poutchek vs. Dulko/Peer
Kleybanova/Niculescu vs. [2] Medina Garrigues/Ruano Pascual

VIKA?
Mar 24th, 2009, 10:48 PM
OOP for tommorrow:

GRANDSTAND start 11:00am
I Ljubicic (CRO) vs O Hernandez (ESP)
K Bondarenko (UKR) vs M Kirilenko (RUS)
A Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) vs [Q] A Rezai (FRA)
M Youzhny (RUS) vs J Chardy (FRA)


good luck Maria:rocker:

Nikkiri
Mar 25th, 2009, 12:58 AM
Go Maria! :D

Protoss
Mar 25th, 2009, 05:49 AM
Ouch. Tough draw for Maria. :(

Please win a match in singles Maria. :)

Good luck Maria. :)

Nikkiri
Mar 25th, 2009, 07:47 AM
Win some matches Maria so we can stop being such a pessimistic bunch. :banana:

Labamba
Mar 25th, 2009, 10:39 AM
best of luck Maria :angel:

important match today

watchdogfish
Mar 25th, 2009, 01:16 PM
Well it could've been a whole lot worse.

Kateryna's in bad form too so that's a winnable match. Maria's beaten Flavia before so that's a winnable match. It's a shame they could meet so early though :sad:

Give it your best Maria :rocker2:

Nikkiri
Mar 25th, 2009, 07:06 PM
No one around? :speakles:

Maria just won the first set 6-4

shae lynn
Mar 25th, 2009, 07:06 PM
Maria won the first set 6-4

VIKA?
Mar 25th, 2009, 07:07 PM
:rocker:

Nikkiri
Mar 25th, 2009, 07:17 PM
Loses focus in the 2nd as always. :(

VIKA?
Mar 25th, 2009, 07:22 PM
4-0 down:tape:

Nikkiri
Mar 25th, 2009, 07:22 PM
Someone needs to tell this girl you need 2 good sets not 1. :o

watchdogfish
Mar 25th, 2009, 07:22 PM
Maria what are you doing? :hysteric:

Nikkiri
Mar 25th, 2009, 07:26 PM
A bagel? Oh lord Maria. :rolls:

VIKA?
Mar 25th, 2009, 07:28 PM
OMG a bagel:help:

watchdogfish
Mar 25th, 2009, 07:29 PM
She probably skipped lunch :lol:

Right after that silly set get your focus back :smash:

Protoss
Mar 25th, 2009, 07:30 PM
Maybe it was a strategic tank after falling behind 4-0 2nd set. :shrug: Please win it in 3 Maria. The match is 1 hour 9 minutes long.

shae lynn
Mar 25th, 2009, 07:51 PM
She was leadind 2-0 in the third set and now it is 2-2 !!

Please break now.

Nikkiri
Mar 25th, 2009, 08:18 PM
Maria was broken serving for the match :(

She really needs this match :tears: gonna be hard if she loses yet another match she should have won.

shae lynn
Mar 25th, 2009, 08:18 PM
Maria was serving for the match at 5-3 got broken again.

VIKA?
Mar 25th, 2009, 08:19 PM
one mp wasted...:o

watchdogfish
Mar 25th, 2009, 08:19 PM
Just missed a MP :(

kirivanovic
Mar 25th, 2009, 08:22 PM
Kata is trying to help her with all her double faults:worship:

VIKA?
Mar 25th, 2009, 08:22 PM
Maria won:banana:

64-06-64:bounce:


:hearts::yeah:

shae lynn
Mar 25th, 2009, 08:23 PM
she finally win 6-4 in the thirt set.

schorsch
Mar 25th, 2009, 08:24 PM
:banana:

kirivanovic
Mar 25th, 2009, 08:25 PM
GSM Maria!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:bounce:

Damned,what a tough match! She still has troubles to finish a match on her serve but thanks to Kata,she was able to break her again.

Winning a match after having been bageled in the 2nd set should give her some confidence :)

DAVAJ MKirilenko
Mar 25th, 2009, 08:27 PM
MARIA!!!!!!!

Was so scared after the 2nd set. Thought would be another 3rd loss after winning the first.

Then got broken at 5-3, but still made it!

Proud of you girl :bounce::bounce: :worship:

Nikkiri
Mar 25th, 2009, 08:28 PM
Much needed win. :D

Warrior
Mar 25th, 2009, 08:32 PM
At last!:D

watchdogfish
Mar 25th, 2009, 08:34 PM
Phew Maria!

Great comeback after the 2nd set :yeah:

only_one_maria
Mar 25th, 2009, 08:51 PM
A win is a win. I'm not going to try and work out what was going on.

Droolv
Mar 25th, 2009, 10:58 PM
Thank god she won that :lol: Well done Maria :yeah:

Maybe this is the confidence boost that she needed :shrug:

Protoss
Mar 26th, 2009, 12:50 AM
Whew...good job Maria. :)

Rod the Bama
Mar 26th, 2009, 12:58 AM
Good win for Makiri. :clap2: Obviously this match was far from her best, but she rebounded nicely after the second set to get the win. This is a good start for her. Next up in the second round is partner is crime Flavia. Man this is so tough seeing the MM loving duo playing each other. :sad: Hopefully Makiri will give it a good effort in the match.

Nikkiri
Mar 26th, 2009, 01:08 AM
This win has hopefully given her some kind of confidence boost and going into the match against Flavia with a 2-0 h2h wont hurt either. Hopefully she can make it 3-0. She has a good chance, I just hope she gives it her all. Flavia is a very good player she had a tough match with Ana last week.. but she is still all over the place this year, so who knows.

killercars
Mar 26th, 2009, 07:17 AM
I was at the match today. Kirilenko finished the 1st set very strong and I thought she was going to continue her strong play in the 2nd. However, she lost serve early in the 2nd and then started to collapse with tons of unforced errors and tentative play while K Bondarenko was really steady. AFter losing the 2nd, Maaria took a bathroom break for maybe 10-15 minutes while Katerina was paid a visit by her "coach" and sister Alona. Not sure what they talked about, but it looked like they were joking and having a good time.

After coming back, Maria played a lot more consistently and aggressively and never really collapsed even after losing serve a couple of times with bad errors. I was impressed by her fight in the 3rd to break in the last game (admittedly, with some help from Katerina who is definitely a choker). After winning match point, she screamed "Yes!" and raised her arms triumphantly. It was awesome.

Labamba
Mar 26th, 2009, 03:03 PM
:woohoo:

great win Maria :worship:

needed this for many reasons (confidence, motivation, ranking)

I was at the match today. Kirilenko finished the 1st set very strong and I thought she was going to continue her strong play in the 2nd. However, she lost serve early in the 2nd and then started to collapse with tons of unforced errors and tentative play while K Bondarenko was really steady. AFter losing the 2nd, Maaria took a bathroom break for maybe 10-15 minutes while Katerina was paid a visit by her "coach" and sister Alona. Not sure what they talked about, but it looked like they were joking and having a good time.

After coming back, Maria played a lot more consistently and aggressively and never really collapsed even after losing serve a couple of times with bad errors. I was impressed by her fight in the 3rd to break in the last game (admittedly, with some help from Katerina who is definitely a choker). After winning match point, she screamed "Yes!" and raised her arms triumphantly. It was awesome.

thanks for the report :yeah:

King Aaron
Mar 26th, 2009, 06:30 PM
I was at the match today. Kirilenko finished the 1st set very strong and I thought she was going to continue her strong play in the 2nd. However, she lost serve early in the 2nd and then started to collapse with tons of unforced errors and tentative play while K Bondarenko was really steady. AFter losing the 2nd, Maaria took a bathroom break for maybe 10-15 minutes while Katerina was paid a visit by her "coach" and sister Alona. Not sure what they talked about, but it looked like they were joking and having a good time.

After coming back, Maria played a lot more consistently and aggressively and never really collapsed even after losing serve a couple of times with bad errors. I was impressed by her fight in the 3rd to break in the last game (admittedly, with some help from Katerina who is definitely a choker). After winning match point, she screamed "Yes!" and raised her arms triumphantly. It was awesome.
Thanks. :)

:woohoo: Maria! :yeah: Phew.

aleksr
Mar 26th, 2009, 09:10 PM
ORDER OF PLAY - FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 2009

COURT 1 start 10:00 am
[15] F Pennetta (ITA) vs M Kirilenko (RUS) - WTA
[Q] M Russell (USA) vs [9] G Monfils (FRA) - ATP
[22] A Chakvetadze (RUS) vs D Hantuchova (SVK) - WTA
[31] P Mathieu (FRA) vs M Baghdatis (CYP) - ATP

SOA_MC
Mar 26th, 2009, 10:39 PM
Interesting match. could be the turning point of Maria's season

Onwards and Upwards Maria :worship:

bad_angel_109
Mar 27th, 2009, 01:17 PM
c'mon maria! im hoping she can finally notch up 2 wins in a row for this year. please maria, dont choke :sobbing:

SOA_MC
Mar 27th, 2009, 03:01 PM
Good morning, afternoon, evening or for some of us very late night

It's 10:00am in Miami and Maria is about to take to the court :)

Labamba
Mar 27th, 2009, 03:14 PM
best of luck Maria :angel:

friendship must take a back seat for a couple of hours

btw, I heard it's really windy in Miami today :unsure:

VIKA?
Mar 27th, 2009, 03:18 PM
:rocker:

bad_angel_109
Mar 27th, 2009, 03:18 PM
yay maria's serving! :)

SOA_MC
Mar 27th, 2009, 03:20 PM
16 mph north-west winds right now, going up to 21 mph by midday

SOA_MC
Mar 27th, 2009, 03:24 PM
Maria holding from 0-30 won the last 4 points

Maria 1-0

SOA_MC
Mar 27th, 2009, 03:26 PM
2 break points :D

VIKA?
Mar 27th, 2009, 03:48 PM
4-3 down:o

Nikkiri
Mar 27th, 2009, 03:50 PM
:shrug:

SOA_MC
Mar 27th, 2009, 03:50 PM
Did the board just crashed for 20 minutes? :confused:

SOA_MC
Mar 27th, 2009, 03:51 PM
3-5 :(

SOA_MC
Mar 27th, 2009, 03:55 PM
Maria holds 4-5

Have to break here [/understatement]

SOA_MC
Mar 27th, 2009, 04:04 PM
4-6

Maria had 2 bp in that game :(

Nikkiri
Mar 27th, 2009, 04:04 PM
It was just 1 break and she had chances, so hopefully she will fight now. :) she doesn't seem to be playing too badly.

VIKA?
Mar 27th, 2009, 04:05 PM
:o

win the second please:D

Nikkiri
Mar 27th, 2009, 04:11 PM
Already down a break in the 2nd :sad:

SOA_MC
Mar 27th, 2009, 04:18 PM
There we go from 0-2 to 2-2 :yeah:

HowardH
Mar 27th, 2009, 04:30 PM
That long game to go down a break 2-3 was really big. She has to break back immediately or that could be the end.

SOA_MC
Mar 27th, 2009, 04:37 PM
The end is nigh :rolleyes:

SOA_MC
Mar 27th, 2009, 04:41 PM
The end is nigh :rolleyes:

Or not :speakles:

Maria holds from 0-40 down, how often does she do that :speakles:

Nikkiri
Mar 27th, 2009, 04:42 PM
....

Nice fight back to hold in that game. :)

VIKA?
Mar 27th, 2009, 04:46 PM
4-4 :D

hold pleasee!

SOA_MC
Mar 27th, 2009, 04:46 PM
And now breaks for 4-4

VIKA?
Mar 27th, 2009, 04:52 PM
5-4 :D

break plss:p

SOA_MC
Mar 27th, 2009, 04:53 PM
5-4

Maria determined :armed:

SOA_MC
Mar 27th, 2009, 05:01 PM
:(:(:(

Nikkiri
Mar 27th, 2009, 05:01 PM
Had game points for 6-5 but got tight and was broken :tears:

SOA_MC
Mar 27th, 2009, 05:06 PM
Match point saved :banana:

VIKA?
Mar 27th, 2009, 05:08 PM
she lost:sad:

Nikkiri
Mar 27th, 2009, 05:11 PM
Obviously very disappointing but she showed a lot of fight today, just didn't play the big points well enough. But things are slowly but surely looking better. Now on to clay, Maria's new fave surface. :hug:

SOA_MC
Mar 27th, 2009, 05:17 PM
Even though she lost, hopefully Maria will play like she did late in that second set more often

No easy games just thrown away

watchdogfish
Mar 27th, 2009, 05:24 PM
^yeah it's kind of a good loss in a way. I mean if you're going to lose at least go down fighting.

Well fought Maria :hug:
It can't be nice playing against your dubs partner :sad:

Good luck in doubles :D

kirivanovic
Mar 27th, 2009, 05:28 PM
Too bad that she wasn't able to lead 6-5 in the 2nd,but well,it was a close match and this tournament should give her some confidence before playing on her favorite surface.

Labamba
Mar 27th, 2009, 06:05 PM
good effort from Maria :hug:

things are going slowly to the right direction, it was important to win atleast the first match here and get the 50 ranking points

now kick some ass in the dubs :rocker2:

schorsch
Mar 27th, 2009, 08:51 PM
:awww:

well fought kiri :hug:

Droolv
Mar 27th, 2009, 10:54 PM
Good effort by Maria today, she had her oppertunities but just couldn't convert. :hug:

Defiently an improvement, and I'm looking forward to clay :armed:

Protoss
Mar 28th, 2009, 04:49 AM
Good try Maria. :) You gotta work on taking game points (or break points for that matter) late in a set though, you can't afford to let those games slip.

Good luck in doubles. :)

shae lynn
Mar 28th, 2009, 10:18 PM
Maria & Flavia won the first set 7-6 .

schorsch
Mar 28th, 2009, 10:50 PM
Kirinetta win 7-6(7) 6-3 :banana:

Warrior
Mar 28th, 2009, 11:16 PM
Good win Maria

VIKA?
Mar 28th, 2009, 11:30 PM
:woohoo:

Droolv
Mar 28th, 2009, 11:38 PM
Good win girls :) Also saved one set point :speakles:

Rod the Bama
Mar 29th, 2009, 01:27 AM
Good win for Makiri this afternoon. :clap2: This is a nice bounce back for her after yesterday`s tough loss.

killercars
Mar 29th, 2009, 02:09 AM
I watched the first set. It was obviously really competitive. Funny thing on the last point of the first set. The ball floated up while Maria was near the net and she hit a 2 handed backhand smash and her ball was about to go out but hit Svazay's racket instead so the point and the set went to Maria and Flavia. Both Maria and Flavia were laughing about it afterwards. Radwanska and Agnes were not happy.

killercars
Mar 29th, 2009, 02:15 AM
Good effort by Maria today, she had her oppertunities but just couldn't convert. :hug:

Defiently an improvement, and I'm looking forward to clay :armed:

Yeah, Maria played much better against Flavia - much better than her quality of play vs. Bondarenko. Maria was really aggressive on her shots and going for a lot of winners (mostly backhands including a few service return winners), and there was much less "pushing" by her. She also hit a few great drop shots that actually won her the points on several occasions. In general, she played really well, but lost a few critical points. Flavia was also playing very well - you can tell that this is the best tennis she's been playing in awhile. I left the match disappointed at the loss but encouraged at her level of play.

Droolv
Mar 29th, 2009, 02:21 AM
Thanks for the report killercars :)

Agi :tape: :rolls:

Nikkiri
Mar 29th, 2009, 02:38 AM
I watched the first set. It was obviously really competitive. Funny thing on the last point of the first set. The ball floated up while Maria was near the net and she hit a 2 handed backhand smash and her ball was about to go out but hit Svazay's racket instead so the point and the set went to Maria and Flavia. Both Maria and Flavia were laughing about it afterwards. Radwanska and Agnes were not happy.

:lol: http://www.buzzjack.com/forums/style_emoticons/default/kink.gif

Dinayer
Mar 29th, 2009, 12:12 PM
:lol:

well done, girls :yeah:

only_one_maria
Mar 29th, 2009, 01:29 PM
:)

What round are they in now?

bad_angel_109
Mar 29th, 2009, 02:52 PM
im so glad they won :D well done girls, and good luck for ur next match! :kiss:

the cat
Mar 29th, 2009, 09:31 PM
Maria has had a disastrous first 3 months of 2009. :( She showed some flashes of fine tennis the past few years but we aren't getting that from her thus far in 2009. It looks liike Masha in on her way to mediocrity in what should be the prime of her tennis career and that is a shame because her talent is much better than that. But Maria never really improved in her tennis mind and that has cost her so many matches she should have won in the past few years.

Labamba
Mar 30th, 2009, 01:34 PM
doubles 2nd round today against Chuang/Mirza

good luck girls :dance:

Nikkiri
Mar 30th, 2009, 01:52 PM
Maria has had a disastrous first 3 months of 2009. :( She showed some flashes of fine tennis the past few years but we aren't getting that from her thus far in 2009. It looks liike Masha in on her way to mediocrity in what should be the prime of her tennis career and that is a shame because her talent is much better than that. But Maria never really improved in her tennis mind and that has cost her so many matches she should have won in the past few years.

Maria's poor results in 2009 aren't due to not trying. I think we've all come to terms with Maria's lack of mental toughness, Maria will always have tough moments thats just something we should get used to because if she were going to seek help for it she would have by now and theres no guarantees that it would even change anything. She has a lot of good results left in her but 2009 has started poorly for a number of reasons a terrible offseason, spliting with her coach throw in a nagging knee injury and illness..its been a bumpy ride. So lets cut her some slack.

Rod the Bama
Mar 31st, 2009, 12:28 AM
Makiri and Flavia`s just ended and sadly they were defeated 6-4, 6-7(5), 4-10. What a tough loss for them. :sad: The ladies were really faded down the stretch. There goes any hope of a nice run in Miami for Kirinetta. :sad: Now it`s on to the clay courts, which i`m sure Makiri will be glad to be back on.

Droolv
Mar 31st, 2009, 12:45 AM
They had a match point at 5-3 second set :crying2:

Oh well, onto the clay :shrug:

VIKA?
Mar 31st, 2009, 05:43 AM
:sad:

Nikkiri
Mar 31st, 2009, 06:19 AM
Oh no, a MP :bigcry:

Anyways on to clay and singles... doubles is great and when she does well it's awesome but we need some singles wins.

only_one_maria
Mar 31st, 2009, 11:35 AM
So disappointing :sad:

Maria is not a clay court player, but if she feels most confident on that surface, then who knows?

kirivanovic
Mar 31st, 2009, 01:08 PM
She'll have some days to train on clay which isn't a bad news.Igor lost yesterday:sad:,so i think that she'll go to Ponte Vedra soon:)

Labamba
Mar 31st, 2009, 03:18 PM
Kirinetta shouldn't have lost that match :awww:

oh well, more time to prepare for clay