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DAVAJ MKirilenko
Jul 4th, 2009, 07:09 PM
First round a qualifier and a possible 2nd round against Pavlyuchenkova.
Doesn't look so bad.

DAVAJ MARIA!!!

Rod the Bama
Jul 4th, 2009, 07:17 PM
The draw isn`t bad looking for Makiri. Hopefully she can get a win or two in Bastad. It`s time for Makiri to get things back in the right direction.

Droolv
Jul 4th, 2009, 11:36 PM
Good luck Kiri :awww:

Nikkiri
Jul 5th, 2009, 01:01 AM
Go Kiri! also her site says she will be blogging for this tournament :D

Protoss
Jul 5th, 2009, 03:16 AM
Go Kiri! also her site says she will be blogging for this tournament :D
For the Wta website?

Is Maria playing doubles here as well?

ivan_swiss
Jul 5th, 2009, 03:20 AM
Pavlyuchenkova will be tough, but she can do it

kirivanovic
Jul 5th, 2009, 10:18 AM
I can't wait to see her blog:lol:

Nikkiri
Jul 5th, 2009, 10:42 AM
No doubles.. Pennetta has teamed up with Dulko.

And yeah I assume her blog will be for the WTA site.

VIKA?
Jul 5th, 2009, 11:04 AM
I like the draw:D I guess she can go far here:awww:

can't wait to read her blog:hearts:

TheBoiledEgg
Jul 5th, 2009, 02:45 PM
just hoping she wins her opener

c'mon Lil Masha !!!!!

kirivanovic
Jul 5th, 2009, 06:25 PM
A livestream will be available for the Swedish open on bet 365 ;)

VIKA?
Jul 5th, 2009, 06:38 PM
:woohoo:

Kiriber
Jul 5th, 2009, 07:28 PM
No doubles.. Pennetta has teamed up with Dulko.

And yeah I assume her blog will be for the WTA site.

Cheating on Kiri?! Not allowed.

Looking good for her chances here, blog should be funny as well.

Topspin2
Jul 5th, 2009, 08:30 PM
Good luck Masha!!!

only_one_maria
Jul 6th, 2009, 12:41 PM
I had no idea where Bastad was.

Well, best of luck. I hope she is now working with Sven and not the hitting partner.

Nikkiri
Jul 6th, 2009, 04:58 PM
Court 1

Starting at 11:00 WS
Irina Buryachok (UKR) v. Maria Kirilenko (RUS)

Won't be a stream probably? So she'd better win so we can see her next round maybe.

VIKA?
Jul 6th, 2009, 05:15 PM
Good luck Maria:)

no stream:sobbing:

lilimi
Jul 6th, 2009, 05:49 PM
please, win that match, maria :unsure: :sad:

Stevecw
Jul 6th, 2009, 08:25 PM
Best of luck Makiri!

Should be winnable, but can't take it for granted as we all know too well! ;)

Hope this is streamed again like the games today were :)

Nikkiri
Jul 7th, 2009, 05:13 AM
Best of luck Makiri!

Should be winnable, but can't take it for granted as we all know too well! ;)

Hope this is streamed again like the games today were :)

They streamed court 1? :)

Protoss
Jul 7th, 2009, 05:50 AM
Not a bad draw for Maria. :)

Please win your first round match Maria. :)

Good luck Maria. :)

NewShoulderPlz.
Jul 7th, 2009, 09:09 AM
Davai Makiri! :)

Nikkiri
Jul 7th, 2009, 09:19 AM
Well no stream. But Maria has made a good start breaking for the first game.

TheBoiledEgg
Jul 7th, 2009, 09:29 AM
*3-0 :)

kirivanovic
Jul 7th, 2009, 09:42 AM
5-0:drool:

Nikkiri
Jul 7th, 2009, 09:42 AM
*5-0 :lick:

VIKA?
Jul 7th, 2009, 09:43 AM
Go Kiri go:hearts:

kirivanovic
Jul 7th, 2009, 09:46 AM
I've just read that Mathieu Montcourt is dead:eek:

1st set Maria, 6-0:worship:

VIKA?
Jul 7th, 2009, 09:46 AM
Bagel:drool::inlove:

NewShoulderPlz.
Jul 7th, 2009, 09:47 AM
1st set Bagel :drool:

Protoss
Jul 7th, 2009, 09:49 AM
Maria holds for 6-0 1st set at 40-30 from 40-0. :) Stay focused Maria. The match is 34 minutes long.

Nikkiri
Jul 7th, 2009, 10:00 AM
Buryachok probably had some coaching after that set.. so Maria just needs to focus on her own game. She's saved a couple of BPs now.

Protoss
Jul 7th, 2009, 10:03 AM
Maria struggling with her serve in her 1st service game of the 2nd set saved 2 break points but failed to convert 2 game points. Hold Maria.

Protoss
Jul 7th, 2009, 10:05 AM
Argh...Maria broken for 0-2 2nd set. :( Break back Maria.

kirivanovic
Jul 7th, 2009, 10:05 AM
Mariaaaaa:mad:

VIKA?
Jul 7th, 2009, 10:10 AM
Maria:weirdo:

Protoss
Jul 7th, 2009, 10:14 AM
Maria holds for 1-3 2nd set at love on 2nd serve. :) Break Maria.

Nikkiri
Jul 7th, 2009, 10:15 AM
Relax guys this is just typical Masha :p She'll break back.

VIKA?
Jul 7th, 2009, 10:16 AM
BP:woohoo:

VIKA?
Jul 7th, 2009, 10:18 AM
wasted:o

Nikkiri
Jul 7th, 2009, 10:21 AM
Buryachok probably had some coaching and was told to do what she obviously couldn't figure out herself.. so now it gets hard for Kiri but she should be able to pull it out. :) I am sick of being so negative. Come on Maria!

kirivanovic
Jul 7th, 2009, 10:22 AM
She missed 2bp:o

VIKA?
Jul 7th, 2009, 10:23 AM
1-4:sobbing:

Protoss
Jul 7th, 2009, 10:23 AM
Ugh...Buryachok holds for 4-1 2nd set from 0-30 down and facing 2 break points, the 1st of which was a 2nd serve. :( Hold Maria.

Nikkiri
Jul 7th, 2009, 10:24 AM
Its still only one break.

kirivanovic
Jul 7th, 2009, 10:25 AM
Maria will probably win in 3 but Buryachok is th umber 233 in the world, it will not give her a lot of confidence.

And...i'm waiting for Maria's blog, she should have written something yesterday even if she didn't play...But Bastad musn't be the most exciting city in the world:lol:.I wonder about what she'll talk about except her matches:rolleyes:

Protoss
Jul 7th, 2009, 10:31 AM
Maria holds for 2-4 2nd set in a long game, converting her 5th game point. :) Break Maria.

Nikkiri
Jul 7th, 2009, 10:32 AM
If she loses today.. she will probably be like "yeah not doing a blog. see you, bye" :worship:

VIKA?
Jul 7th, 2009, 10:36 AM
she breaks back:woohoo::bounce:

hold please:angel: btw did she start her blog?:awww:

Protoss
Jul 7th, 2009, 10:36 AM
Maria breaks for 3-4 2nd set at 40-15. :) Hold Maria.

Protoss
Jul 7th, 2009, 10:37 AM
I don't see anything on the Wta website about her blog. :(

Protoss
Jul 7th, 2009, 10:40 AM
Maria holds for 4-4 2nd set at 40-15. :) Break Maria.

VIKA?
Jul 7th, 2009, 10:41 AM
4-4:)

kirivanovic
Jul 7th, 2009, 10:41 AM
No she didn't start it...Usually, they start it on monday but as there is nothing to do in Bastad, maybe she'll start it today...or never:lol:

4 all, yeah, she can do it in straight sets but as we know her, she's able to lose 6-4 after her good come back.

Nikkiri
Jul 7th, 2009, 10:45 AM
No she didn't start it...Usually, they start it on monday but as there is nothing to do in Bastad, maybe she'll start it today...or never:lol:

4 all, yeah, she can do it in straight sets but as we know her, she's able to lose 6-4 after her good come back.

Too true :hysteric:

kirivanovic
Jul 7th, 2009, 10:45 AM
Why am I so pessimistic all the time with Maria? She broke and will serve for the match now!

Protoss
Jul 7th, 2009, 10:46 AM
Maria breaks for 5-4 2nd set. :) Hold Maria.

Nikkiri
Jul 7th, 2009, 10:46 AM
Well shes more than capable of losing 7-5 after a great comeback too :p seen it many times :lol:

But no come on Kiri :)

VIKA?
Jul 7th, 2009, 10:47 AM
she breaks and 5-4:bounce: I hope she can finish it now;)

kirivanovic
Jul 7th, 2009, 10:50 AM
Well shes more than capable of losing 7-5 after a great comeback too :p seen it many times :lol:

But no come on Kiri :)

Didn't you say that you'd stop being negative?:lol:

Against a normal player, that's probably what would have happened but Buryachok lacks a bit of experience, so Maria has won 6-4:worship:

Zumoq
Jul 7th, 2009, 10:51 AM
Well done, Maria :)

Nikkiri
Jul 7th, 2009, 10:51 AM
See I knew she could do it :p Well done but now it gets harder.

Nikkiri
Jul 7th, 2009, 10:52 AM
Didn't you say that you'd stop being pessimistic?:lol:

Against a normal player, that's probably what would have happened but Buryachok lacks a bit of experience, so Maria has won 6-4:worship:

I am just laughing about past experiences with her :p I totally knew she'd win 6-0 6-4 :worship:

Protoss
Jul 7th, 2009, 10:52 AM
Yay!! Maria holds for 6-4 2nd set at 40-30 from 30-15 to 30-30. :) Good job Maria. :) The match was 1 hour 38 minutes long.

TheBoiledEgg
Jul 7th, 2009, 10:52 AM
she woke up PHEW :D
got job done in 2 :) :yeah:

VIKA?
Jul 7th, 2009, 10:55 AM
Kiri:hearts::woohoo::bounce: nice recovery:yeah:

next Pavlyuchenkova:scared: not sure if Maria can beat her but who knows:shrug:

kirivanovic
Jul 7th, 2009, 10:55 AM
I am just laughing about past experiences with her :p I totally knew she'd win 6-0 6-4 :worship:

You should become her coach, she needs one :p

patre
Jul 7th, 2009, 11:12 AM
yeees...maria can beat Pavlyuchenkova,i belive in her...:woohoo:

Stevecw
Jul 7th, 2009, 11:28 AM
Good job Maria. 2 set win is always great to see no matter who opponent is :)
Nice recovery from 1-4 is 2nd set.

Good luck v Pavlyuchenkova, won't be easy....but can be done! :clap2:

watchdogfish
Jul 7th, 2009, 11:40 AM
Well done Maria :hug:

She can beat Pavly if she puts her mind to it :p

only_one_maria
Jul 7th, 2009, 11:42 AM
Good. I thought there were some positive signs in the 2nd set against Wozniacki, hopefully Maria can build on this.

NewShoulderPlz.
Jul 7th, 2009, 02:26 PM
Well done, FighterKiri! :D Good luck against Pavs! :angel:

King Aaron
Jul 7th, 2009, 03:29 PM
:inlove: A bagel AND a second set fightback. :yeah: Maria.

Nikkiri
Jul 7th, 2009, 04:31 PM
Court 1
Starting at 11:00 WD
Marta Domachowska (POL) /
Natalie Grandin (RSA) Hanne Skak Jensen (DEN) /
Johanna Larsson (SWE)
Not Before 12:30 WS
Flavia Pennetta (ITA) [3] Masa Zec Peskiric (SLO)
Followed by WS
Maria Kirilenko (RUS) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) [6]

No stream again :rolleyes:

VIKA?
Jul 7th, 2009, 04:34 PM
:rolleyes:o

anyway good luck:kiss:

KV
Jul 7th, 2009, 04:37 PM
That was a good win :) Hopefully Masha "ll keep this up.

Topspin2
Jul 7th, 2009, 04:52 PM
Yeah Masha :yeah:

next Pavlychenkova :scared:

good luck! :wavey:

Slampova
Jul 7th, 2009, 07:34 PM
Well done today :hug:
Good luck against Palvy, we need you showing these bitches who the MM claycourt queen is :lol:!!!!

Protoss
Jul 7th, 2009, 07:35 PM
Well done today :hug:
Good luck against Palvy, we need you showing these bitches who the MM claycourt queen is :lol:!!!!
You mean Flavia? :p

Rod the Bama
Jul 7th, 2009, 10:43 PM
Good win for Makiri. :clap2: I`m very pleased with her comeback in the second set from down 1-4. This is a good start for Makiri. Hopefully she can keep it going tomorrow.

joćo.
Jul 7th, 2009, 10:44 PM
Well done Maria! GL for tomorrow.

Why isn't she playing doubles with Flavia? :sad:

Stevecw
Jul 7th, 2009, 10:48 PM
Good luck tomorrow Makiri! :yeah:

But court 1 again, no stream :mad:

kirivanovic
Jul 7th, 2009, 11:25 PM
And what about her blog?:haha:

Nikkiri
Jul 8th, 2009, 05:14 AM
And what about her blog?:haha:

Obviously nothing to blog about :inlove:

Natash.
Jul 8th, 2009, 05:18 AM
Damn I was looking forward to another one of her blogs :sobbing: The one quote in Seoul still makes me :sobbing: :haha: :spit:

kirivanovic
Jul 8th, 2009, 09:08 AM
Hello from Bastad :)

I arrived here on Saturday. It's actually my first time in Sweden. The set-up here is great. The hotel is right next to the club and the courts, so it's just a one minute walk. We don't need to take a car to the tournament each day. Also, from my window I can see the beach. It was the first thing I saw when I came up here. I like it very much when everything is close together. My first impression was that this would be a super tournament!

I haven't really seen the city yet. Because everything is so close together, I've just been practicing and spending time at the hotel mostly. I went for a walk on the beach too, and I've jogged in the forest next to the hotel too. It's just beautiful here. On one side of the hotel it's the sea, on the other side it's a forest and nice houses. There's one very big, beautiful house I saw too. The weather here is perfect too - sometimes there's five or 10 minutes of rain but then it's back to blue skies right away so for most of the time it's perfect!

I had my first match today against a qualifier and I won, 60 64. The first set seems easy from the score but every game was tight, so I was a bit lucky to win it like that. In the second set I was down 4-1, so I was happy to recover and win it in two sets. I really didn't want to play a third set! For my first match back on clay I was happy. We just came from grass. Actually, something funny happened in my first practice session here. When someone serves to you on grass, you take one step and you're there; on clay there's so much kick, you need three steps. So the first time I practiced here I mis-hit my first return and told my father, 'It looks like I'm still playing on grass,' and he said, 'You don't have to tell me, I can see it!'

I brought some nice Russian magazines and crosswords with me, also a set of DVDs, in English it's called "The Tudors". There are two sets of 10 episodes and I finished the first 10 episodes here already, but the second set is still back at home! I'm very disappointed I didn't bring that with me. It's so interesting, it's about the king and queen of England, and I'm really enjoying learning about how they lived so many years ago. It's one of my favorite shows right now.

Tonight we had the player party - it was one of the best I've ever been to! They organized it so well, I'm really happy I went. There were some things that made it really unique. First they brought all the players to one room and were teaching us how to dance. Then, after they brought some really nice food out, they brought out some professional dancers, a man and a Russian woman, who were great. Then there was a guy who was doing tricks with a soccer ball, some unbelievable tricks. He had to be a pro. Then two singers who were really good. The best thing came at the end. There was a magician who was doing some really funny tricks with some of the players, and Caroline Wozniacki had to kiss him for him to do the final trick, and when she did, he pulled a card out of his mouth! It was really funny.

There was one other funny thing I've done here... I did an interview with a men's fashion magazine and they were asking me how I felt about men who take a lot of time to make themselves look nice, and then they asked me about men who shave their legs... I said for me, it's not a very manly thing to do! Haha. I know they're trying to look very nice but for me, I guess men should just have hairy legs. It's the first time I've ever been asked something like this!

I have my second match tomorrow, against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. I played her once before, on hardcourt in Dubai this year, and I lost that match to her. This time it's clay, so it'll be a different match. Hopefully I can get revenge. That's why it's always nice to play someone you lost to, so you can figure out different things and try and do better the next time.

I'm going to bed soon... I'll talk to you all again tomorrow :)

Maria

:)

Nikkiri
Jul 8th, 2009, 09:13 AM
Yay Maria :worship:

Please don't lose, we want more blogs :hysteric:

watchdogfish
Jul 8th, 2009, 10:32 AM
There was one other funny thing I've done here... I did an interview with a men's fashion magazine and they were asking me how I felt about men who take a lot of time to make themselves look nice, and then they asked me about men who shave their legs... I said for me, it's not a very manly thing to do! Haha. I know they're trying to look very nice but for me, I guess men should just have hairy legs. It's the first time I've ever been asked something like this!

Omg my friend and I were talking about this the other day, don't ask! :lol:
So true Maria :worship: :lol:

Nikkiri
Jul 8th, 2009, 12:30 PM
Maria leads 4-1 saved a bp. :)

VIKA?
Jul 8th, 2009, 12:35 PM
She had a BP but Pavlyuchenkova saved it, davai Kiri!

VIKA?
Jul 8th, 2009, 12:36 PM
Another break point:bounce:

VIKA?
Jul 8th, 2009, 12:36 PM
saved:sobbing:

VIKA?
Jul 8th, 2009, 12:40 PM
4-2, come on Maria:)

VIKA?
Jul 8th, 2009, 12:43 PM
5-2:) one more game.

Nikkiri
Jul 8th, 2009, 12:43 PM
Break for the set plz :)

VIKA?
Jul 8th, 2009, 12:47 PM
Two SPs:)

VIKA?
Jul 8th, 2009, 12:48 PM
First set for Kiri:bigclap:

Nikkiri
Jul 8th, 2009, 12:49 PM
Keep your focus this time Maria :p

VIKA?
Jul 8th, 2009, 01:16 PM
3-2 Maria:) time to break her:p

Nikkiri
Jul 8th, 2009, 01:17 PM
Kiri leads 3-2* 2nd set She had chances to break in both of Pavlyuchenkova's service games. :(

VIKA?
Jul 8th, 2009, 01:20 PM
4-2:) finally:banana:

VIKA?
Jul 8th, 2009, 01:26 PM
4-3:o break back Maria, don't choke please:tears:

VIKA?
Jul 8th, 2009, 01:31 PM
Maria breaks back and will serve for the match:bounce:

davai!

Nikkiri
Jul 8th, 2009, 01:32 PM
No choking allowed you hear :hysteric:

only_one_maria
Jul 8th, 2009, 01:35 PM
Only just caught up with the match and suddenly Maria serving to win :bounce:

joćo.
Jul 8th, 2009, 01:38 PM
GSM Maria :woohoo:

Bastad R2: Maria Kirilenko def. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 62 63

only_one_maria
Jul 8th, 2009, 01:39 PM
She knew she had to keep the blog going.

TheBoiledEgg
Jul 8th, 2009, 01:40 PM
Lil Masha ;) :D :bounce:
now take out Pushniacki :armed:

VIKA?
Jul 8th, 2009, 01:41 PM
Kiri:worship::hearts: this is really amazing:bounce: I am really happy she won:)

Divakiri on fire:hearts:

VIKA?
Jul 8th, 2009, 01:50 PM
btw, nice revenge from Dubai;) Kiri said on her blog she really wanted to take the revenge and she did it:D

Nikkiri
Jul 8th, 2009, 02:02 PM
Lil Masha ;) :D :bounce:
now take out Pushniacki :armed:

That would be so sweet :drool: :sad: please Kiri

HowardH
Jul 8th, 2009, 02:51 PM
What a great result for Maria! Caro will be tough though :scared:.

KV
Jul 8th, 2009, 03:44 PM
Well done Masha :) Of course it"ll be difficult vs. Caro, but she's a chance. Hopefully Masha will avoid the UE's.

Topspin2
Jul 8th, 2009, 03:50 PM
Makiri good luck against Wozniacki!!!

King Aaron
Jul 8th, 2009, 04:02 PM
:dance: Crazy stuff Maria. Two wins in a row. :drool: Now get revenge against Caro too. :armed:

Stevecw
Jul 8th, 2009, 04:14 PM
Wow another 2 set win!! :worship: That is great news to come home to!!

Brilliant stuff Maria, 2 wins in a row, and both in 2 sets!! How weird & wonderful is that!! :kiss:

Keep it going and get revenge for Wimbledon v Caro!! :boxing: Take her out in 2 sets! ;)

Natash.
Jul 8th, 2009, 04:46 PM
Omg Maria :worship: :D

I love the Tudors too btw!

Zumoq
Jul 8th, 2009, 04:51 PM
:bigclap: Bravo, Maria, that was a good win! :D
It's been a long time since Maria brought down a top 10 player. Maybe now is the right time? :bounce:

Stevecw
Jul 8th, 2009, 04:56 PM
:bigclap: Bravo, Maria, that was a good win! :D
It's been a long time since Maria brought down a top 10 player. Maybe now is the right time? :bounce:

I sure hope so!! Its good time to do it, she seems on form finally!! :)

Revenge for Wimbledon & the whole Stella McCartney thing too!! :lol: Lots of motivation for Makiri to win!! :devil:

DAVAJ MKirilenko
Jul 8th, 2009, 05:25 PM
How long is she already working with the adidas group?
Nice that she beat a higher ranked player again. And also with a great scoreline!
It's already a good tournament. QF and now against Caro.

Congrats with the nice victory, girl!
Keep it up :bounce:

Rod the Bama
Jul 8th, 2009, 05:28 PM
Good win for Makiri. :clap2: Once again she delivers another very good performance and got some payback in the process. :D Hopefully she can keep it going against Caroline.

VIKA?
Jul 8th, 2009, 05:39 PM
centre court
Starting at 11:00 WS
Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) [7] Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez (ESP)
Not Before 12:30 WS
Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) [1] Maria Kirilenko (RUS)
Followed by WS
Gisela Dulko (ARG) Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) [2]
Followed by WS
Flavia Pennetta (ITA) [3] Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS)

VIKA?
Jul 8th, 2009, 05:41 PM
Stream for Kiri:bigclap: good luck:p

kirivanovic
Jul 8th, 2009, 09:51 PM
Oh i'm very happy for Maria, i hope she'll have a great summer.

And it means that we'll read at least 2 more blog entries :hearts:

NewShoulderPlz.
Jul 8th, 2009, 09:59 PM
Good job, Kiri! :inlove:
Rematch against Caro! :scared: Just do your best and you can beat her this time! :)

Labamba
Jul 8th, 2009, 10:11 PM
Wow, two nice wins for Maria :bigclap:

better chance against Caro here than at Wimby :)

loving the blog too :cool:

Kiriber
Jul 9th, 2009, 12:09 AM
Revenge time :armed::tape::help:

Dinayer
Jul 9th, 2009, 12:26 AM
Maria :eek: :bowdown:

RandomShot
Jul 9th, 2009, 02:06 AM
Great win Maria :yeah:, best of luck v Caro :).

Nikkiri
Jul 9th, 2009, 05:32 AM
Wednesday, July 9, 2009

Hello again everybody :)

Well I can say I played quite well today. I played Anastasia in Dubai this year and lost, but today I was able to get some revenge. I didn't make easy mistakes and played consistently. We actually didn't have many long points, usually just three or four shots each rally because she hits the ball so hard, and luckily I was able to win most of them with a winner or from her errors.

After the match I did some interviews, then I had a chance to do some painting. They have that here for the players, and I really wanted to, so I painted a Christmas tree with a star on the top and snow on it - a Moscow tree :) They gave me the option of keeping the painting or letting them auction it, and I let them keep it - hopefully it will do well for them. They have lots of things for the players here, but one of them - singing - I didn't try. You can record your own version of an Abba song and get the CD after, but I'm just not good enough. I didn't want everyone to laugh at me! If it was dancing I'd do it for sure, because I can do that, but singing... no :)

I really enjoy doubles, but I decided not to play this week. I'm going home to Moscow when I'm done here, and I haven't been back for about three months, since Barcelona in April, so I didn't want to stay here longer just for doubles. I was planning on going home after the French Open but we gave our passports to the British embassy in Paris and it took them a long time to process our visa, so I ended up staying in Paris until I went to England. Of course, it wasn't so bad being stuck in Paris :) But I miss everything. My house, the people I know, the people who know me, the atmosphere... I have lived in Moscow my whole life, and I just love it, the small things, everything... I feel so happy when I'm there.

About the show I was talking about yesterday, The Tudors, today I got a text message from Edina Gallovits saying she read my blog, and that I could find the second season on the internet - and she gave me the website. Thank you Edina! I've already started watching them since dinner, and I'll probably watch some more before bed... I can't say history was my favorite subject in school, well, it's hard to really have a favorite subject in school because you're forced to do your work... but when you choose to learn about something yourself it's very interesting, and I find the history in this show really interesting. Nothing is really fun if you HAVE to do it.

I saw something strange but beautiful this evening. I heard heavy rain outside so I went to close my window, because I didn't want water to come in the room. But there was no rain outside my window... it was about 30 meters away. It was raining over the sea and the bridge - people were running away so fast! But the rain wasn't near the hotel, I saw people just sitting on their balconies. It was just a big wall of rain. And it was just for a short time, just like every day, just five minutes. And now it's blue sky again. Very interesting!

Tomorrow I play Caroline Wozniacki in the quarterfinals. I just played her at Wimbledon and lost to her, so I guess I'm trying to take revenge for the second day in a row :) I just want to show my best tennis. If I play well, I can win. If not, I will lose. It gives me confidence I've beaten Top 10 players before, and I really believe in myself, but there are some really good players in the Top 10 now, so it's not easy. I'll try my best!

Until tomorrow :)

Maria

New blog entry :p

VIKA?
Jul 9th, 2009, 06:02 AM
I love her blogs:hearts::sobbing: I would like to listen Maria singing:lol: I am sure she's better than me:p

kirivanovic
Jul 9th, 2009, 08:08 AM
She's insane:sobbing:

One thing is sure, you musn't be bored when you're with her:lol:

VIKA?
Jul 9th, 2009, 11:20 AM
Kiri on court:bounce: davai:)

kirivanovic
Jul 9th, 2009, 11:30 AM
That's a better beginning than in Wimbledon. The conditions seem to be tough with the wind, maybe it will rain on Caro's part of the court and not on Maria's one:lol:

VIKA?
Jul 9th, 2009, 11:42 AM
Maria breaks back to love and 2.2:)

VIKA?
Jul 9th, 2009, 11:46 AM
3-2:bounce: good hold:)

kirivanovic
Jul 9th, 2009, 11:46 AM
She's so talented:sobbing:

VIKA?
Jul 9th, 2009, 11:51 AM
4-2:woohoo:

VIKA?
Jul 9th, 2009, 11:56 AM
4-3:fiery: she had 2 games points:rolleyes:

Stevecw
Jul 9th, 2009, 11:58 AM
Oh no, broken :(
Terrible shot at the end to give Caro the game :rolleyes:

VIKA?
Jul 9th, 2009, 12:00 PM
4-4:o

VIKA?
Jul 9th, 2009, 12:04 PM
5-4:) break Wozniacki and take the set please:)

VIKA?
Jul 9th, 2009, 12:10 PM
5 all:sobbing: Kiri had a set point:sobbing:

Stevecw
Jul 9th, 2009, 12:11 PM
5-5 now, anybody's 1st set! :eek:

Nikkiri
Jul 9th, 2009, 12:13 PM
Oh no Kiri :awww:

kirivanovic
Jul 9th, 2009, 12:14 PM
:rain::o

VIKA?
Jul 9th, 2009, 12:15 PM
Rain:sobbing:

Stevecw
Jul 9th, 2009, 12:17 PM
Damn rain stops it! :mad:
Hope its just a quick shower

NewShoulderPlz.
Jul 9th, 2009, 12:23 PM
Rain delay! :o

Come back stronger, Kiri! :angel:

only_one_maria
Jul 9th, 2009, 12:36 PM
Looking out of my window I think it's about to start raining here in Cardiff as well (if any of our Australian friends are interested).

kirivanovic
Jul 9th, 2009, 12:36 PM
Stupid rain:mad:

VIKA?
Jul 9th, 2009, 12:36 PM
Caroline breaks Maria:rolleyes:

seriously...

VIKA?
Jul 9th, 2009, 12:39 PM
1st set gone of course:o nice choke Maria.

kirivanovic
Jul 9th, 2009, 12:43 PM
Maria deserved the 1st set, she was unlucky on the SP as her return was close to the line and she played really well before the rain...

Even if she loses that match, her level is very positive.

Nikkiri
Jul 9th, 2009, 12:46 PM
After the rain delay Maria's level dropped and sadly Caro's went up. She was playing much better. Kiri just needs to focus. :awww: There are positives she played so agressive in the first set some points and angles were just :drool: Now that Caro is playing better Kiri has had to resort to pushing.

only_one_maria
Jul 9th, 2009, 12:47 PM
Maria probably doesn't need to change much. If she plays the same way in the 2nd set she'll have a chance.

Zumoq
Jul 9th, 2009, 12:48 PM
Damn :mad: So close to winning the first set.

only_one_maria
Jul 9th, 2009, 12:54 PM
Break back!

only_one_maria
Jul 9th, 2009, 12:56 PM
Caro getting annoyed.

Stevecw
Jul 9th, 2009, 12:57 PM
Pity she lost that 1st set, after rain her level dropped :(

But she is playing pretty well, and has just broken Caro to make it 1-1 in 2nd set :yeah:

only_one_maria
Jul 9th, 2009, 12:59 PM
This is much better tennis from Maria.

Much more depth on her groundstrokes than at Wimbledon.

VIKA?
Jul 9th, 2009, 01:00 PM
2-1:yeah: she's playing really well right now!

only_one_maria
Jul 9th, 2009, 01:02 PM
Unbelieveable moonball by Maria.

Nikkiri
Jul 9th, 2009, 01:03 PM
Protoss has gone to the darkside and is cheering for Caro :lol:

Natash.
Jul 9th, 2009, 01:04 PM
Protoss has gone to the darkside and is cheering for Caro :lol:

:spit: :haha: Darth Caro :sobbing:

VIKA?
Jul 9th, 2009, 01:06 PM
Protoss has gone to the darkside and is cheering for Caro :lol:

:haha:

only_one_maria
Jul 9th, 2009, 01:09 PM
Protoss has gone to the darkside and is cheering for Caro :lol:

The force is with Maria at the moment. 3-2.

kirivanovic
Jul 9th, 2009, 01:12 PM
How will we know the duration of the match now?

:crying2::lol:

Natash.
Jul 9th, 2009, 01:13 PM
How will we know the duration of the match now?

:crying2::lol:

OMG :spit: :haha: :worship: :lol:

only_one_maria
Jul 9th, 2009, 01:16 PM
How did Maria win that point?

3-3 15-0.

Stevecw
Jul 9th, 2009, 01:18 PM
4-3 up! holding well in this set! :)

only_one_maria
Jul 9th, 2009, 01:21 PM
4-3 up! holding well in this set! :)

She's the better player at the moment. Caro doesn't look happy.

only_one_maria
Jul 9th, 2009, 01:25 PM
5-3! There's the break.

Now hold :(

Stevecw
Jul 9th, 2009, 01:26 PM
Yeah!!! a break, 5-3 now. Serving for 2nd set!!
Caro seems to be falling apart, that 1st serve at end of last game was terrible! :lol:

Stevecw
Jul 9th, 2009, 01:28 PM
Oh no!! :( :mad:
She lets Caro break back!! :rolleyes:

VIKA?
Jul 9th, 2009, 01:28 PM
No Maria:mad: two doubles?:o

break her now please:sad:

kirivanovic
Jul 9th, 2009, 01:29 PM
How to choke in one free and quick lesson with Maria :worship:

only_one_maria
Jul 9th, 2009, 01:29 PM
Oh no!! :( :mad:
She lets Caro break back!! :rolleyes:

LETS being the key word. After a great set, she plays a truly awful service game. Caro hardly had to do anything.

only_one_maria
Jul 9th, 2009, 01:36 PM
5-5 :o

I didn't have the sound on. What was Maria discussing with the Umpire?

NewShoulderPlz.
Jul 9th, 2009, 01:38 PM
Kiri!!! :(

Stevecw
Jul 9th, 2009, 01:42 PM
Oh ffs :mad: :rolleyes:
Broken again, Caro now serving for match.

Makiri that was a horrible choke, and a terrible way to throw away the match :sobbing:

NewShoulderPlz.
Jul 9th, 2009, 01:43 PM
Caro serving for the match. :sobbing:

VIKA?
Jul 9th, 2009, 01:44 PM
Kiri when will you stop choking?:sobbing:

kirivanovic
Jul 9th, 2009, 01:47 PM
Kiri when will you stop choking?:sobbing:

When Caro will choke even more:hearts::lol:

only_one_maria
Jul 9th, 2009, 01:48 PM
hey! Caro's choking too now.

Nonetheless a spirited break by maria. 6-6 Tie break.

Stevecw
Jul 9th, 2009, 01:48 PM
Wow, a break back!! Didn't expect that :clap2:

Take tie-break now Makiri!! :yeah:

Stevecw
Jul 9th, 2009, 01:57 PM
Oh no all over, 7-4 in TB :(

Maria you threw that one away with that choke at 5-3 :rolleyes:

only_one_maria
Jul 9th, 2009, 01:57 PM
7-5 7-6 :sad:

VIKA?
Jul 9th, 2009, 02:01 PM
OMG Maria:sad::sad::sobbing: I am really sad... she had a LOT of chances and all of them wasted:o

anyway she played a good match IMO:hug: Wozniacki is so so so annoying:o

joćo.
Jul 9th, 2009, 02:02 PM
:sad:

kirivanovic
Jul 9th, 2009, 02:02 PM
These double faults on key moments killed Maria:mad: and she wasn't really lucky with the net at 4-4 on the tie break.

She played much better than the last months,she deserved to win at least on set but i'll remember all the positive things from this match.She was really agressive and showed all her talent.If she keeps working like that (with the Adidas group),she'll come back to a decent ranking.

So,we'll have her last blog entry then:sad:

NewShoulderPlz.
Jul 9th, 2009, 02:07 PM
7-5 7-6 :sad:

:sobbing:

Zumoq
Jul 9th, 2009, 02:08 PM
What a pity, with all the chances she got :sobbing:

But how familiar it is to see her throw them all away :p

On the positive side, it looks like Maria is starting to recover her game. Inconsistent as she may be, this is at least much better than consistently losing in the 1st round.

-- Z.

Nikkiri
Jul 9th, 2009, 02:10 PM
Another heartbreaking loss.. whats new. Being a Kirilenko fan is hard work. But I wouldn't change it. She makes me want to cry and pull my hair out but I will always admire her never give up attitude and how hard she works. Chin up Maria :tears: Her mentality once again holding her back. :awww:

DAVAJ MKirilenko
Jul 9th, 2009, 02:18 PM
So many chances. She really could have beaten her. 4-2 up in the first and 5-3 in the 2nd.
Then a DF and an unlucky netcord in the TB.
I haven't seen all of it, but at least Maria is going her way up. More aggressive.

But I don't like she's grunting like this :o

poulao
Jul 9th, 2009, 02:19 PM
These double faults on key moments killed Maria:mad: and she wasn't really lucky with the net at 4-4 on the tie break.

She played much better than the last months,she deserved to win at least on set but i'll remember all the positive things from this match.She was really agressive and showed all her talent.If she keeps working like that (with the Adidas group),she'll come back to a decent ranking.

So,we'll have her last blog entry then:sad:

I'm a Caro fan, but I totaly agree with you. She is playing realy well.

Nikkiri
Jul 9th, 2009, 02:27 PM
Maria can go home to Moscow now and be with her friends and family for a bit like she wanted. :hug:

KV
Jul 9th, 2009, 03:54 PM
Very satisfying tournament :) Nevertheless there was more in it vs. Caro, match could have gone either way.

King Aaron
Jul 9th, 2009, 04:01 PM
Chokekiri? :sobbing:

Just like at Wimbledon, there are positives to take out of the match. She's slowly but surely recovering her game and form.

Rest up in Moscow and then train for the hardcourt season Masha. Can't wait for you to kick ass there. :yeah:

watchdogfish
Jul 9th, 2009, 04:27 PM
Aww Maria, at least she can spend time with her friends again in Moscow :hug:

At least she played well this week it seems like she's getting things back on track :)

I'd love to see her write blogs more regularly, she just seems so random but normal :lol:

HowardH
Jul 9th, 2009, 07:32 PM
Poor Maria. :hug: It was a good effort from what I hear. At least it seems that now she has realised that she can attack a player like Caro, that little revival near the end of the Wimbledon match probably gave her some confidence, and this match should give her more. According to what you guys are saying, she is being more aggressive, which is great. Of course she isn't used to it yet, so she is making more errors, but that's fine. Don't know about those DFs though.

Dinayer
Jul 9th, 2009, 11:55 PM
Awwww Maria :hug: :sad:
so many chances :bigcry:

kirivanovic
Jul 10th, 2009, 12:46 AM
Thursday, July 9, 2009

Well, I had so many chances against Caroline today, but I didn't take them. I had set point at 5-4 in the first set but missed a return, and I was up 5-3 in the second set. I lost, 75 76(4). It was a pity, because I feel I played really well. But I can take lots of positives from this. I wasn't pushing the ball, I was trying to play aggressively and make things happen. My problem today was I would lose my concentration sometimes and miss some shots I should make, or at least direct them differently. But I didn't have a good start to this season and now I feel like I'm playing very good tennis again, so I can only be happy :)

Caroline is in very good form. At Wimbledon I felt I didn't have any chances, but here on the clay I feel much better. And I like hardcourts too, so this gives me confidence for the summer hardcourt season. I know I'm playing good tennis again, so now I just have to work on a few things and I think I can do well this summer.

I'm going back home tomorrow morning. We're driving to Copenhagen and I have a flight from there to Moscow. I'll be home for a week and three days. I'm really looking forward to being with my family and seeing my friends. My grandmother and grandfather are there too, so I'm excited to see them. I'm also looking forward to watching more Tudors... the website I am watching them on doesn't have Russian translation so it's hard for me to follow - even when it's in Russian, it can be hard to follow for me sometimes :)

My next tournament is in Stanford in two weeks. I'm going to the US a little bit early, on June 20, a week before Stanford. I have a photo shoot in LA, then I'll go to Stanford to practice for a few days before the tournament. Last time I played on hardcourts was Miami in March, so I'm excited to play on it again. I'm playing a lot of events before the US Open. I miss playing lots of tournaments. I didn't do so well earlier this year so right now I really want more matches.

This was a great week. It was a really nice tournament, a nice atmosphere, and it brought out some nice emotions... I'm very happy I came here this week :) And I had a nice time after my match today, talking to the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Supervisor, Laura. We were talking for almost an hour, just about life... I had just gone jogging so it was nice to just sit and talk about everything! Then I grabbed an ice cream on my way out of the player lounge, which is actually in the hotel... I just finished it. At the beginning of the week the fridge was full of them and now it's half-full - I think I may have taken about a quarter of them...

I am waiting until I get home to watch more of The Tudors, but now I'm watching a movie, called The Gift (I think they renamed it Echelon Conspiracy). It's a thriller. This guy got a phone as a gift, but he gets text messages on it that tell him what's going to happen the next day, or in the future. Nobody knows where the phone came from. It's really good.

I'd like to say a little bit about Michael Jackson. He was the greatest singer. We have some friends in London, and when we were at Wimbledon we saw them, and they had tickets for his concert. It's too bad for them. I hear his songs on the radio all the time. It's very sad what happened. Also, a few days ago there was more sad news, as Mathieu Montcourt, who played on the ATP, died. He was only 24. When my friend Marta Domachowska told me about that it was an unbelievable shock. I played juniors with him, I knew him... With things like this, it seems silly to be angry when you're losing a tennis match. It's nothing. To be healthy and alive is the most important thing. My best wishes to Mathieu's family.

Thanks to all of you for reading my blog this week. Sorry I couldn't make it to the final! I will write again soon. You can also go to my official website, at www.mariakirilenko.com. Damien, who updates it, is doing such a great job. I'm happy he's doing it! I have a diary there. I try to update it when I can :)

Also, happy birthday next week to my boyfriend, Igor. I'm preparing a nice present for him. Hopefully he likes it! See you next week!

I'll talk to you all again very soon :)

Maria



She really needs to see a doctor :hearts: :lol:

Nikkiri
Jul 10th, 2009, 03:35 AM
AWWW :p Maria :awww: :hearts:

BrunoDG
Jul 10th, 2009, 06:43 AM
These double faults on key moments killed Maria:mad: and she wasn't really lucky with the net at 4-4 on the tie break.

She played much better than the last months,she deserved to win at least on set but i'll remember all the positive things from this match.She was really agressive and showed all her talent.If she keeps working like that (with the Adidas group),she'll come back to a decent ranking.

So,we'll have her last blog entry then:sad:

I totally agree. She should get better on these key moments but she did play much better than a few weeks ago! I hope she will have a good rest and come back stronger than before.

lilimi
Jul 10th, 2009, 10:54 AM
maria could have won a set but her game is really improving compared to what i've seen a few months ago. hopefully she'll have a good rest and come back stronger for the US season!
i'm still not convinced by the grunt though :lol:

kirivanovic
Jul 10th, 2009, 12:50 PM
I'm glad that Maria isn't in Israel right now, Igor is playing like a shit and the crowd think that this is a soccer's match:o

Nikkiri
Jul 10th, 2009, 12:51 PM
Cheering first set faults :worship: gotta love Davis Cup.

VIKA?
Jul 10th, 2009, 12:53 PM
Igor:o he better wins this:fiery:

Nikkiri
Jul 10th, 2009, 12:53 PM
He hasn't a chance in hell of winning this. Igor is supposed to be Russia's only "inform" player. :help:

watchdogfish
Jul 10th, 2009, 12:54 PM
I'm glad that Maria isn't in Israel right now, Igor is playing like a shit and the crowd think that this is a soccer's match:o

Russia need Chaky there she'd show the crowd who's boss :lol:

VIKA?
Jul 10th, 2009, 12:56 PM
Russia need Chaky there she'd show the crowd who's boss :lol:

:lol:

kirivanovic
Jul 10th, 2009, 12:56 PM
Well, i hope Youzhny will win the 2nd match because otherwise Russia will be out and Israel will be in the semi finals:help:

Nikkiri
Jul 10th, 2009, 12:57 PM
Why the hell isn't Marat playing. He can actually win Davis Cup matches :worship: :rolleyes:

VIKA?
Jul 10th, 2009, 01:00 PM
He won another game:worship:

kirivanovic
Jul 10th, 2009, 01:00 PM
Marat will probably play the doubles or sunday in singles if Russia isn't eliminated yet:rolleyes:

VIKA?
Jul 10th, 2009, 01:01 PM
I think he's Playing doubles with the other Igor:p

VIKA?
Jul 10th, 2009, 01:02 PM
What a match Igor:sobbing:

only_one_maria
Jul 10th, 2009, 01:03 PM
Also, happy birthday next week to my boyfriend, Igor. I'm preparing a nice present for him. Hopefully he likes it! :


Maria, you are such a tease :lol:

VIKA?
Jul 10th, 2009, 01:11 PM
Thursday, July 9, 2009

Well, I had so many chances against Caroline today, but I didn't take them. I had set point at 5-4 in the first set but missed a return, and I was up 5-3 in the second set. I lost, 75 76(4). It was a pity, because I feel I played really well. But I can take lots of positives from this. I wasn't pushing the ball, I was trying to play aggressively and make things happen. My problem today was I would lose my concentration sometimes and miss some shots I should make, or at least direct them differently. But I didn't have a good start to this season and now I feel like I'm playing very good tennis again, so I can only be happy :)

Caroline is in very good form. At Wimbledon I felt I didn't have any chances, but here on the clay I feel much better. And I like hardcourts too, so this gives me confidence for the summer hardcourt season. I know I'm playing good tennis again, so now I just have to work on a few things and I think I can do well this summer.

I'm going back home tomorrow morning. We're driving to Copenhagen and I have a flight from there to Moscow. I'll be home for a week and three days. I'm really looking forward to being with my family and seeing my friends. My grandmother and grandfather are there too, so I'm excited to see them. I'm also looking forward to watching more Tudors... the website I am watching them on doesn't have Russian translation so it's hard for me to follow - even when it's in Russian, it can be hard to follow for me sometimes :)

My next tournament is in Stanford in two weeks. I'm going to the US a little bit early, on June 20, a week before Stanford. I have a photo shoot in LA, then I'll go to Stanford to practice for a few days before the tournament. Last time I played on hardcourts was Miami in March, so I'm excited to play on it again. I'm playing a lot of events before the US Open. I miss playing lots of tournaments. I didn't do so well earlier this year so right now I really want more matches.

This was a great week. It was a really nice tournament, a nice atmosphere, and it brought out some nice emotions... I'm very happy I came here this week :) And I had a nice time after my match today, talking to the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Supervisor, Laura. We were talking for almost an hour, just about life... I had just gone jogging so it was nice to just sit and talk about everything! Then I grabbed an ice cream on my way out of the player lounge, which is actually in the hotel... I just finished it. At the beginning of the week the fridge was full of them and now it's half-full - I think I may have taken about a quarter of them...

I am waiting until I get home to watch more of The Tudors, but now I'm watching a movie, called The Gift (I think they renamed it Echelon Conspiracy). It's a thriller. This guy got a phone as a gift, but he gets text messages on it that tell him what's going to happen the next day, or in the future. Nobody knows where the phone came from. It's really good.

I'd like to say a little bit about Michael Jackson. He was the greatest singer. We have some friends in London, and when we were at Wimbledon we saw them, and they had tickets for his concert. It's too bad for them. I hear his songs on the radio all the time. It's very sad what happened. Also, a few days ago there was more sad news, as Mathieu Montcourt, who played on the ATP, died. He was only 24. When my friend Marta Domachowska told me about that it was an unbelievable shock. I played juniors with him, I knew him... With things like this, it seems silly to be angry when you're losing a tennis match. It's nothing. To be healthy and alive is the most important thing. My best wishes to Mathieu's family.

Thanks to all of you for reading my blog this week. Sorry I couldn't make it to the final! I will write again soon. You can also go to my official website, at www.mariakirilenko.com. Damien, who updates it, is doing such a great job. I'm happy he's doing it! I have a diary there. I try to update it when I can :)

Also, happy birthday next week to my boyfriend, Igor. I'm preparing a nice present for him. Hopefully he likes it! See you next week!

I'll talk to you all again very soon :)

Maria



She really needs to see a doctor :hearts: :lol:


lovely:hearts: I would like to know what she's preparing for Igor:lol:

Droolv
Jul 11th, 2009, 12:19 AM
Great to read that Maria's playing much better tennis (apart from the chokes) :yeah: :lol:

Good luck on the US hardcourts :armed:

Also, happy birthday next week to my boyfriend, Igor. I'm preparing a nice present for him. Hopefully he likes it!

:hehehe:

kirivanovic
Jul 14th, 2009, 10:25 AM
Happy birthday Igor:bdaycake: . I have an idea for his birthday present, i think Maria bought him all the episodes of the Tudors:hearts: