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Keegan
Sep 2nd, 2009, 12:35 AM
4 DF's :D
She's definitely improving. Her volleys aren't disgraceful anymore and her serve looked good.

Good job Maria :D.

Cakeisgood
Sep 2nd, 2009, 12:35 AM
whooooo!!!!!!! Glimpses of vintage Maria in this match.

4 DFs but some good play all around.

And Mary Carillo loves Bulgaria apparently.

young_gunner913
Sep 2nd, 2009, 12:35 AM
Venus how the fuck did you lose to this girl?! :o

Maria was just beating this girl down. Congrats.

Rod the Bama
Sep 2nd, 2009, 12:36 AM
Good win for Maria. :clap2: I`m pretty pleased with how well her serve looked. However i like to see Maria cut down on the unforced errors.

As for the outfit, i think it`s pretty good looking, but nowhere near the great black outfit from when she won the US Open in 2006. Plus i really love the headband, which is her best one to date. :hearts:

mckyle.
Sep 2nd, 2009, 12:36 AM
Maria played an easy match? How weird :bigcry: Good Job, Maria :inlove:

Dawson.
Sep 2nd, 2009, 12:36 AM
Too good from first moment to last. Well done Maria :yeah:

Markus
Sep 2nd, 2009, 12:36 AM
Good match from Maria

TheBoiledEgg
Sep 2nd, 2009, 12:36 AM
pretty good from Masha ;) :D
nice volleys too :bolt:

John.
Sep 2nd, 2009, 12:37 AM
Maria looked impressive, but then I think anyone would have against Pironkova today :o

Good performance though from maria

Cakeisgood
Sep 2nd, 2009, 12:37 AM
And this Pironkova chick is not very good at all.

Russianboy
Sep 2nd, 2009, 12:37 AM
wow. that was soo good.maria hit some great winners. :worship:

lena :sad:

Tennisstar86
Sep 2nd, 2009, 12:38 AM
hrmm, Im not sure if Dementieva is in trouble yet....

Just cause Pironkova looked aweful tonight doesnt mean she always plays this bad... she was top 40 at one point....

Lucemferre
Sep 2nd, 2009, 12:38 AM
Ballbashing when it's properly done is :hearts::hearts::hearts:

Svetlana.
Sep 2nd, 2009, 12:38 AM
Tsvetana is such a nice girl... good luck to her in the future. I hope to see her winning more.

and Maria congrats with the opening match!

saul1333
Sep 2nd, 2009, 12:39 AM
Good match from Maria.

Will not be tested until possible Lena match.

barmaid
Sep 2nd, 2009, 12:40 AM
Good job by Maria, only one really bad moment when she served at 5-2 and created 4 errors in a row otherwise very convincing effort, a little shaky at first but her serve improved and thus her play improved as well. Nice solid effort, good to see her back playing well!:hearts::worship:

Barmaid:wavey:

pepaw
Sep 2nd, 2009, 12:40 AM
she played great and looked amazing. best dressed for sure.

Cakeisgood
Sep 2nd, 2009, 12:40 AM
Ballbashing when it's properly done is :hearts::hearts::hearts:

Agree. Effective ball bashing is so cool.

BuTtErFrEnA
Sep 2nd, 2009, 12:41 AM
snoozefest...pironkova was serving 64 mph :tape:

Aaric
Sep 2nd, 2009, 12:41 AM
Maria :hearts:
Tons of winners :yeah:

lilimi
Sep 2nd, 2009, 12:42 AM
tsveti:sad:
maria made lots of UE but at least she went for her shots!

slamchamp
Sep 2nd, 2009, 12:42 AM
masha:worship:

pepaw
Sep 2nd, 2009, 12:42 AM
+7 winner/error differential

P_Fer
Sep 2nd, 2009, 12:43 AM
Nice match Maria :) Keep improving :yeah:
Good luck in the next round!

Tsveti :hug: Good luck the rest of the season and in 2010

Craig.
Sep 2nd, 2009, 12:44 AM
So many of Maria's second serves actually landed in :eek: Served well, had two VERY tricky games on her own serve, but got out of them. WD :yeah:

jade001
Sep 2nd, 2009, 12:44 AM
tsveti:sad:
maria made lots of UE but at least she went for her shots!

29winners and 22UE, pretty good to me but not for haters I guess:lol:

faboozadoo15
Sep 2nd, 2009, 12:44 AM
WOW :eek: Sharapova was scary good, so confident, effective, willing to come to net, big even on the second serve. I'm so impressed.

Where did Pironkova's first serve go? She hit several over 100mph in her first two service games.

bellascarlett
Sep 2nd, 2009, 12:44 AM
Maria! :D Thanks for the bagel. Little by little, she's getting there. 29 winners...:)

Keep going! :)

markspot
Sep 2nd, 2009, 12:45 AM
Lots of points on her 2nd serve, very impressive 2nd serves, she will again have fastest (and probably best) 2nd serve on the tour.

Most of the errors in the 3 lost games in the 1st set, so winners/errors count is misleading

HRHoliviasmith
Sep 2nd, 2009, 12:45 AM
Maybe I will not cut class for that Dementieva match after all. :scared:

Donny
Sep 2nd, 2009, 12:48 AM
She hasn't played this well since... her last first round US Open match?

Blackeagle
Sep 2nd, 2009, 12:50 AM
Impressive Maria keep going..:hearts:

Eduardo Oliveira
Sep 2nd, 2009, 12:50 AM
:hearts: :bounce:
:worhip:

Go MASHA!!!

MBM
Sep 2nd, 2009, 12:50 AM
net play was incredible. tbh, everything was incredible. made pironkova look pointless.

best match since she came back. and finally! a match with a positive winners/ue ratio

pepaw
Sep 2nd, 2009, 12:52 AM
i wouldnt go too overboard on the netplay compliments. she was decent at net, putting away volleys that any player of her stature should easily take care of. but thats better than usual for her!

pepaw
Sep 2nd, 2009, 12:57 AM
her average second serve speed was 90mph. that is 10 mph faster than both venus and serena, 12 mph faster than safina, 17 mph faster than kuznetsova, and 1 mph slower than azarenka's FIRST serve speed.

Mike_from_Russia
Sep 2nd, 2009, 12:58 AM
Maria comes back with the win. :drool: Keep it up!

SharapovaFTW
Sep 2nd, 2009, 01:12 AM
3 pages deep and not one of you has yet to mention the most impressive adjustment Maria made tonight?????????? WHAT ABOUT THE BALL TOSS?????????? Clearly it was lower, and gave her much better rhythm on her serve. The ground strokes are there and were scary good tonight. I was extremely impressed with my girl tonight. The UE's don't worry me because Maria was the only player going for winners so those were bound to happen.

goldenlox
Sep 2nd, 2009, 01:13 AM
I expect Maria to win her 1st 2 matches in 2 sets.
If she wins round 3, she has a real shot at being in the final.
Although I think Sveta is the bottom half fav(she was good today), the Lena/Maria winner has a big chance to be there the final Saturday.

slamchamp
Sep 2nd, 2009, 01:15 AM
her average second serve speed was 90mph. that is 10 mph faster than both venus and serena, 12 mph faster than safina, 17 mph faster than kuznetsova, and 1 mph slower than azarenka's FIRST serve speed.omg:eek: masha:lick:

faboozadoo15
Sep 2nd, 2009, 01:15 AM
She hasn't played this well since... her last first round US Open match?

I remember her playing pretty well in 2008, say at the Australian Open.

joão.
Sep 2nd, 2009, 02:03 AM
Well done Maria!

Lefty.
Sep 2nd, 2009, 02:04 AM
Excellent Masha :clap2: :yeah:

Milito22
Sep 2nd, 2009, 02:12 AM
Tsveti :bigcry:

KanSuke
Sep 2nd, 2009, 02:15 AM
Maria :inlove:

Kitten63
Sep 2nd, 2009, 02:22 AM
Well done Masha! :bounce:

Harju.
Sep 2nd, 2009, 02:39 AM
Maria :inlove:

WowWow
Sep 2nd, 2009, 02:57 AM
Maria!:hearts:
That was impressive comparing to the past few months!

DefyingGravity
Sep 2nd, 2009, 02:58 AM
Wow! Maria's back :worship:

Congratulations Maria, now the tour might have semblance of order!

Maria Croft
Sep 2nd, 2009, 03:11 AM
Nice solid win :D

tobi
Sep 2nd, 2009, 03:12 AM
Tsveti lacking confidence,hopefully she can have few good results to build on.

Her play today and opponent she faced isnt gonna help her confidence,thats for sure.

RFSTB
Sep 2nd, 2009, 03:12 AM
Nicely done! :yeah:
1 down, 5 more to go, then it's judgement day.

Dear Tennis God, please please please give us a Sharapova/Serena final, women's tennis sorely needs it.

mdterp01
Sep 2nd, 2009, 03:30 AM
Hellz yeah Maria!!!! :worship:

Keep those DFs around that and I have even more faith you can get far. Keep up that hard hitting game and fighting spirit AND TAKE OUT DEMENTED!!!! :armed:

WIMBLY2004
Sep 2nd, 2009, 03:48 AM
Well done Maria, a bagel :hearts:

domon17th
Sep 2nd, 2009, 04:04 AM
The 2nd serve is most impressive and important improvement made. Keeping my fingers crossed that she'll carry this form, no matter day or night match, into the Lena clash

Mashabator
Sep 2nd, 2009, 04:10 AM
Well Done Maria :hearts:

Huntress55
Sep 2nd, 2009, 04:11 AM
Wooo Masha, keep it up :D

matty
Sep 2nd, 2009, 04:22 AM
Pironkova is a tallish, strong girl--she needs to work on that powder puff serve!
I've seen her play better, even against Maria--tonight she was crap.

Maria did have some good volleys, didn't she?!

GoldenGophers
Sep 2nd, 2009, 04:35 AM
Maria was absolutely magnificent. Really was on top of the baseline and attacking. Her serving was much more consistent and powerful! So great to see her play at such a high level!

DimaDinosaur
Sep 2nd, 2009, 04:38 AM
"Pironkova doesn't win matches. She's just on the court when her oppoenents loses." - Mary "OUCH giver" Carillo

LoLiTa08
Sep 2nd, 2009, 05:10 AM
:worship::worship:

VIKA?
Sep 2nd, 2009, 05:26 AM
Well done Masha:D

F-R-E-A-K
Sep 2nd, 2009, 06:15 AM
Congrats Maria :hearts: :hearts:

Really impressed with her baseline rallying and attacking game today. :worship:
A few serve and volley points too. :eek: :lol:

Ballbasher
Sep 2nd, 2009, 06:51 AM
Maria :inlove: :hearts: :D
Tsveti :hug:

Sharapowerr
Sep 2nd, 2009, 07:05 AM
Very good match from Maria, the best since her comeback , she attacked the first and second serve , Pironkova won only 4 points on her second serve, Maria hit some nice winners and wasn't afraid to do the swingvolley again, if she plays like this she will get far.

ce
Sep 2nd, 2009, 07:07 AM
pironkova is hopeless
maria :hearts:

FedererBulgaria
Sep 2nd, 2009, 07:09 AM
"Pironkova doesn't win matches. She's just on the court when her oppoenents loses." - Mary "OUCH giver" Carillo
:o

Congrats Maria,Tsveti:hug:

NewShoulderPlz.
Sep 2nd, 2009, 07:58 AM
Well done, Maria. :dance: Bagel :drool:

Good luck against Christina. :)

Mistress of Evil
Sep 2nd, 2009, 08:03 AM
Keep it up, Masha!!!

adrovi
Sep 2nd, 2009, 08:18 AM
Masha :bowdown::bowdown:

Daniel
Sep 2nd, 2009, 08:24 AM
as long as the ue and df dont come back when she plays Elena

Joe.
Sep 2nd, 2009, 09:02 AM
masha :yeah: :D

Mikey.
Sep 2nd, 2009, 09:10 AM
:speakles: Nicely done Maria :worship:

Rayyan
Sep 2nd, 2009, 09:16 AM
Maria:hearts:Good Job!!!
Pironkova gud luck next time

Cloon76
Sep 2nd, 2009, 09:19 AM
Well played Masha. In the last few games against Elena at Toronto she just started to go for it and it looks like it has continued here.

If thats what a ruck with Mr Joyce brings us then have one every day

Dini.
Sep 2nd, 2009, 09:22 AM
This headband look is growing on me. :hearts:

Destiny
Sep 2nd, 2009, 10:11 AM
:woohoo:

Roll it gal

Emina.
Sep 2nd, 2009, 10:49 AM
good job!!

:banana:

allrounder
Sep 2nd, 2009, 11:08 AM
Well done Masha :yeah:

Looked pretty good in this match hitting some great forehand winners and the serving was good too.

keep it up :)

Slampova
Sep 2nd, 2009, 01:24 PM
Nice job Maria keep it up in the second round!!!

Ciarán
Sep 2nd, 2009, 02:53 PM
Well done Maria :speakles: Up & up from here :inlove:

Aravanecaravan
Sep 2nd, 2009, 03:09 PM
"Pironkova's on her way back home to your favorite country, Mary..."

:haha:

Good playing, Maria.

mc8114
Sep 2nd, 2009, 03:42 PM
good match from Maria :yeah:
nice to see her form is coming back :)

gmak
Sep 2nd, 2009, 04:56 PM
masha :yeah: :D ;)
never in doubt :drive:

Izzie.
Sep 2nd, 2009, 04:59 PM
I was there last night, she looked great :) Great job Maria, good luck against McHale!

xan
Sep 2nd, 2009, 09:33 PM
Good start for Maria!

Keep it up!

cn ireland
Sep 2nd, 2009, 09:35 PM
Great start Maria:banana:!

Hope this is the beginning of a brill run:hearts:.

Corswandt
Sep 3rd, 2009, 11:58 AM
Second random bump of the day.

All the matches she has choked away and all the bad losses she has suffered this season have clearly taken a huge toll on Pironkova. It was obvious that she isn't enjoying playing tennis right now, and she seemed almost disinterested at times. Her FH, once loopy but reliable, is now leaking errors as a matter of course. She's a good defender for her size, but chasing Sharapova's shots requires some more mobility than Pironkova was able to muster.

Sharapova's level of play during the US Open Series ranged from "top 3 tennis" (on occasion) to "Safarova on a bad day" (far too often). Today she didn't need to play spectacular, so solid-to-quite good was enough. Pironkova's lackadaisical performance gave her plenty of opportunities to unload on the ball, and the serve more or less held; Sharapova makes adjustments to the "pace/spin/placement" equation on a match-by-match basis, and it seemed she was going for decent pace + high 1st serve% rather than trying to win points outright.