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s_j
Jun 12th, 2010, 01:47 PM
Congrats, Maria! 12 aces, 1 DF and 84% won behind the first serve (71% in)! Great serving stats.

Maria had only one sloppy service game, but that was enough for Alison to break and consequently take the 2nd set. However, Maria was too strong (Masha Fierce) in the 3rd.

Great tournament, Alison. :hug: She played like a top 20 player and fully deserves that Wimbledon MDWC.

Julian.
Jun 12th, 2010, 01:48 PM
13 aces, 1 DF. Great serving from Maria except for that one horrible service game in the second set :tape:

Missed so many returns though :help:

Thank God Grasspova is back in the 3rd set. :inlove:

joćo.
Jun 12th, 2010, 01:48 PM
Well done Maria! :bounce: Closing with an Ace :hearts:
Second set :unsure: Couldn't break :help: but Riske seems like a good player though. :eek:
13 Aces, 1 BP :inlove:
Now good luck in the finals!!! :D

Aaric
Jun 12th, 2010, 01:48 PM
Maria on her way to the third Povie Mouse of the season

Ferg
Jun 12th, 2010, 01:48 PM
Riske put up a good fight in taking the second but Sharapova was just far too good in the last set.

Riske had a big smile at the net and heading off court, I hope she sticks around!

hdfb
Jun 12th, 2010, 01:48 PM
Great tournament Alison :wavey:

Mashabator
Jun 12th, 2010, 01:49 PM
:inlove: :hearts: FREAKING AMAZE SERVING.
Returns were a bit off and sometimes sprayed random errors.
But well done for not faltering in the 3rd set!

Mrs. Dimitrova
Jun 12th, 2010, 01:49 PM
Servepova killed Returnapova.

But 13 aces is soooooo goooooood. :sobbing:

Rafito.
Jun 12th, 2010, 01:49 PM
:cheer: 13 aces!!!

Win the title.

narutos
Jun 12th, 2010, 01:49 PM
13 aces, I'm in heaven.:lol:

Craig.
Jun 12th, 2010, 01:49 PM
12 aces.

Shit play for the most part, will need to pick it up for the final.

Riske can play!

Huntress55
Jun 12th, 2010, 01:49 PM
Maria :bounce:

Miss Amor
Jun 12th, 2010, 01:49 PM
Was extremely dissapointed by this Riske girl (she is not exactly quick, has a horrible forehand, poor volleys, and a poor serve), dont know how Maria lost a set :tape: Hope she takes this title.

Chorophyll
Jun 12th, 2010, 01:50 PM
This surface is such a double-edged sword for Sharapova. Sure it compliments most of her flaws, but her weaknesses as well. I said before this tournament I only really wanted to watch her to scout her movement which is still worrying on grass. She's still vulnerable on grass.

s_j
Jun 12th, 2010, 01:50 PM
Maria hit a 121MPH serve!

That's 194.7 KMH.

Vaidisova Ruled
Jun 12th, 2010, 01:50 PM
great serving stats. But... wtf happened in that second set??? Go and get your title girl

Still don't understand how she can serve SO well, and lose a set.

claypova
Jun 12th, 2010, 01:51 PM
wow go maria :rocker2:

good luck in finals :)

adrovi
Jun 12th, 2010, 01:51 PM
Masha :bounce:

Mrs. Dimitrova
Jun 12th, 2010, 01:51 PM
I think Maria broke her own record, she served a 121 mph.

s_j
Jun 12th, 2010, 01:52 PM
great serving stats. But... wtf happened in that second set??? Go and get your title girl

Still don't understand how she can serve SO well, and lose a set.

She just had one bad service game and Alison served too solidly for Maria to break (even though she did have a BP at 4-5). It doesn't matter, though. She's in the final!

Eduardo Oliveira
Jun 12th, 2010, 01:52 PM
acepova!!!:hearts:

C'mon!!.

GL in final :bounce:

Slampova
Jun 12th, 2010, 01:52 PM
12 aces and 1 double :eek: where did she buy that serve :lol:
Congrats Maria really really hope you win the title tomorrow :inlove:

Julian.
Jun 12th, 2010, 01:52 PM
I think Maria broke her own record, she served a 121 mph.

How fast is it in km/h?

s_j
Jun 12th, 2010, 01:52 PM
12 aces.

Shit play for the most part, will need to pick it up for the final.

Riske can play!

The stream I was watching said 13 aces. :shrug:

Feyd
Jun 12th, 2010, 01:52 PM
Oh my, those returns :o:
Just serve to Maria's forehand and you will get the return error.

Billabong
Jun 12th, 2010, 01:52 PM
29 winners to 17 UFES, great stats for Maria:yeah:!! Keep it up girl:bounce:!!!!!!!

terjw
Jun 12th, 2010, 01:53 PM
great serving stats. But... wtf happened in that second set??? Go and get your title girl

Still don't understand how she can serve SO well, and lose a set.

Well - she just had one bad service game.

VIKA?
Jun 12th, 2010, 01:53 PM
Well done Masha:D

Alison:hug:

hdfb
Jun 12th, 2010, 01:53 PM
How fast is it in km/h?

I think 195k ish

Craig.
Jun 12th, 2010, 01:53 PM
The stream I was watching said 13 aces. :shrug:

Yes, I had the same stream. But it's wrong. It randomly added one at some point and stuck with it till the end. Maria hit 12 aces. Not that it matters that much anyways but :lol:

thegreendestiny
Jun 12th, 2010, 01:54 PM
:yeah:

AnnaK_4ever
Jun 12th, 2010, 01:54 PM
Only watched the third set therefore I have no fucking idea how Sharapova could lose a set to this Riske girl. Her forehand is the ugliest shot I've seen in a while (yes, that's counting Dulgheru's).

Sharapowerr
Jun 12th, 2010, 01:54 PM
How fast is it in km/h?

195km

Mrs. Dimitrova
Jun 12th, 2010, 01:54 PM
121mph serve, broke her own record. :bowdown:

shega
Jun 12th, 2010, 01:54 PM
Great third set tennis, but Maria should learn how to voelly. And half volly. Really.

Julian.
Jun 12th, 2010, 01:55 PM
Only watched the third set therefore I had no fucking idea how Sharapova could lose a set to this Riske girl. Her forehand is the ugliest shot I've seen in a while (yes, that's counting Dulgheru's).

She played one horrible service game in the 2nd set and missed all her chances to break back. :tape:

Feyd
Jun 12th, 2010, 01:55 PM
Only watched the third set therefore I have no fucking idea how Sharapova could lose a set to this Riske girl. Her forehand is the ugliest shot I've seen in a while (yes, that's counting Dulgheru's).

Maria could not return a serve to save her life in the second set.

P_Fer
Jun 12th, 2010, 01:55 PM
Wow, great serving stats Maria! :)
And nice job closing it out comfortably in the third after losing the second set :yeah::hearts:
Good luck in the final!

Nice tournament Alison!

Shafanovic.
Jun 12th, 2010, 01:55 PM
returns are horrible but those aces :inlove:

ce
Jun 12th, 2010, 01:56 PM
:dance:

Julian.
Jun 12th, 2010, 01:56 PM
Maria could not return a serve to save her life in the second set.

Yes this. :help:

Mrs. Dimitrova
Jun 12th, 2010, 01:56 PM
Maria could not return a serve to save her life in the second set.

You removed your signature. :inlove:

Sharapowerr
Jun 12th, 2010, 01:57 PM
I m so happy that Maria s serve is back she was so agressive in the 3 th , in 2 nd she wasn“t that focused , but in the 3 th set played , like she did in her best days, there will be no more early exits at the GS.

s_j
Jun 12th, 2010, 01:57 PM
121 Mph = 194.7 Kmh

Feyd
Jun 12th, 2010, 01:58 PM
You removed your signature. :inlove:

Well, I still have doubts about the forehand, but whatever.

Julian.
Jun 12th, 2010, 01:58 PM
Thanks for the speed conversion guys.

gc-spurs
Jun 12th, 2010, 01:58 PM
Dear Nike, thanks for giving Maria a big contract. She bought a serve with that money. From gc-spurs

Break My Rapture
Jun 12th, 2010, 01:58 PM
:woohoo:

narutos
Jun 12th, 2010, 01:58 PM
121 Mph = 194.7 Kmh

194.76km/h to be exact.:lol:

Julian.
Jun 12th, 2010, 01:58 PM
I m so happy that Maria s serve is back she was so agressive in the 3 th , in 2 nd she wasn“t that focused , but in the 3 th set played , like she did in her best days, there will be no more early exits at the GS.

Don't be overconfident yet. :lol:

Sharapowerr
Jun 12th, 2010, 02:01 PM
she hit 13 aces i think, anyway , glad to see that she is near her old form especially in the 3th set, now next step win the title and by the end of the year in the top 5 where she belongs.

tvbsharapova
Jun 12th, 2010, 02:03 PM
13ace go masha

Sharapowerr
Jun 12th, 2010, 02:03 PM
Don't be overconfident yet. :lol:

;) i noticed in Strasbourg allready she wasn“t making too much DF , and her serve is getting better and better , last year it was horrible, matches with 17 DF , and she makes better angles to.

SoClose
Jun 12th, 2010, 02:04 PM
Well done Maria!!! GL tomorrow :)

narutos
Jun 12th, 2010, 02:06 PM
Don't be overconfident yet. :lol:

Sharapova hit 33ACES in 4matches and 7DF, last year it was the opposite so yeah anyone can be confident.

SoClose
Jun 12th, 2010, 02:07 PM
Sharapova hit 33ACES in 4matches and 7DF, last year it was the opposite so yeah anyone can be confident.

Yup, her serve has been great this week, but what worries me is her return...she misses way to much easy returns :confused: Also, lets not forget that these girls she played this week are not one of the most elite playes on the tour lol

gc-spurs
Jun 12th, 2010, 02:07 PM
Sharapova hit 33ACES in 4matches and 7DF, last year it was the opposite so yeah anyone can be confident.

Its rather lovely when you put it that way.

Shafanovic.
Jun 12th, 2010, 02:08 PM
Yup, her serve has been great this week, but what worries me is her return...she misses way to much easy returns :confused:

that's what happens when you focus on one aspect of your game and abandon the others. which is what i think she's been doing.

Lord Choc Ice
Jun 12th, 2010, 02:11 PM
121 Mph = 194.7 Kmh
Jesus Mary and Joseph. :speakles:

That's her fastest serve then. :cheer:

Izzie.
Jun 12th, 2010, 02:12 PM
So was it 12 or 13 aces? Hahah.
But really, it is nice to see her serving like this. One bad service game cost her a set, but she came right back and let Riske win 1 more game. While I cannot be confident (I've been a fan for years, through injuries and slumps), I do feel that she will be able to go a bit farther at Wimbledon this year.

P.C-Tasi
Jun 12th, 2010, 02:12 PM
yesss!Maria's serve is back:bigclap: :banana:

Polikarpov
Jun 12th, 2010, 02:12 PM
Great serving from Maria, but her returns were horrible.

SoClose
Jun 12th, 2010, 02:13 PM
that's what happens when you focus on one aspect of your game and abandon the others. which is what i think she's been doing.

Yup, she really needs to get it all together, 'cuz she is not beating someone with a good serve playing that way, and her serve may be great against Karatantcheva and Riske, but now sure wheter it will be that consistent against the top players and they return way better that these girls she played in Birmingham. I really hope Maria can get it all together for hardcourt season and finally get into the top 10 :)

narutos
Jun 12th, 2010, 02:14 PM
that's what happens when you focus on one aspect of your game and abandon the others. which is what i think she's been doing.

Abandon? I won't go that far it wasn't really bad. Anyway we'll see tomorrow against Li or Rezai they are better test.

AnDrEi.b
Jun 12th, 2010, 02:14 PM
Impressive Maria :hearts:

Shafanovic.
Jun 12th, 2010, 02:16 PM
Abandon? I won't go that far it wasn't really bad. Anyway we'll see tomorrow against Li or Rezai they are better test.

well not abandon but you know, she hasn't focused on it, she'll probably hit 5 mins of returns and about 30 mins for serves.

thegreendestiny
Jun 12th, 2010, 02:18 PM
MMaria is back!

madmax
Jun 12th, 2010, 02:20 PM
Yup, she really needs to get it all together, 'cuz she is not beating someone with a good serve playing that way, and her serve may be great against Karatantcheva and Riske, but now sure wheter it will be that consistent against the top players and they return way better that these girls she played in Birmingham. I really hope Maria can get it all together for hardcourt season and finally get into the top 10 :)

Maria is one of the best returners in women's game...the courts in Birmingham are very fast and that Riske girl has a reliable and good serve - she beat a TOP 20 player just one round before, so I wouldn't pay too much attention to that horrible second set. The most important thing is her serve and if it's working her ground game will follow with it too

NyCPsU
Jun 12th, 2010, 02:24 PM
Alison :hug:

Amaze week for you regardless, now take some more scalps at Wimbledon! :drool:

markspot
Jun 12th, 2010, 02:32 PM
Yes. Riske was not broken even once by Wickmayer, although had to defend breakpoints.
Her 1st serve is very good. So the outcome of the 2nd set was no surprise.
In the 3rd, Masha finally raised the power of her game, started hitting really hard hard and harder, coming for drive volleys, etc.
And her returns in the 3rd were better. Still, I was expecting a better fight from Riske in the 3rd. She seems to be mentally pretty strong.

slamchamp
Jun 12th, 2010, 02:51 PM
Acepova:haha: Where did that new pova come from??:eek:

markspot
Jun 12th, 2010, 02:54 PM
Well, she had the shoulder surgery, dumped Prince racquet, and voila!

NeoZod19
Jun 12th, 2010, 02:57 PM
This surface is such a double-edged sword for Sharapova. Sure it compliments most of her flaws, but her weaknesses as well. I said before this tournament I only really wanted to watch her to scout her movement which is still worrying on grass. She's still vulnerable on grass.

I agree with you. She is not moving as well as she should have. I is still not at her elite level yet.

Slutati
Jun 12th, 2010, 03:02 PM
Who the fuck is Riske? :weirdo: What is happening to the world?

Congrats, Maria. :kiss:

slamchamp
Jun 12th, 2010, 03:06 PM
that's what happens when you focus on one aspect of your game and abandon the others. which is what i think she's been doing.
I think that's it, maybe she's focusing 100% on her serve here and can come with all the shots at wimbledon:hearts:

CrossCourt~Rally
Jun 12th, 2010, 03:27 PM
Congrats Maria~!! I hope her GOATserving is back to stay :bounce:

Alison :hug: AMAZING WEEK :worship: She 100% deserves her Wimby wc :bounce:

Lord Choc Ice
Jun 12th, 2010, 03:30 PM
Maria!

http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m142/AJB4/Animated%20GIFs/Animatedsmhkh.gif

simonsaystennis
Jun 12th, 2010, 03:32 PM
Great week Alison! :) Good luck at Wimbledon! You earned your WC!

Maria :D Your serve was so on today! This bodes well for Wimbledon :)

-sugi-
Jun 12th, 2010, 03:39 PM
:awww: Alison :hug:

Very, very proud of her and this awesome run. May it continue for Wimbledon. :D

Kitten63
Jun 12th, 2010, 03:52 PM
Congrats,Masha :yeah:

gmak
Jun 12th, 2010, 04:40 PM
Masha :yeah: :D
good luck in the final :rocker:

rucolo
Jun 12th, 2010, 04:45 PM
Well done, Maria!:):angel:

Should have been easier though.

12 Aces, 1 DF.:drool:

Kick ass in final, Maria!!!

Cakeisgood
Jun 12th, 2010, 04:51 PM
Maria SERIOUSLY needs to take a bit off the return. There is absolutely no point to her blasting every single one.

Adal
Jun 12th, 2010, 04:57 PM
Nice serving from Maria.
Now good luck against Li in the final!

cn ireland
Jun 12th, 2010, 05:28 PM
Good win Maria:yeah:!

Now win the title please;)

Belmont Lad
Jun 12th, 2010, 05:29 PM
Take this title tomorrow Maria!!!! :kiss: :yeah:

Vikapower
Jun 12th, 2010, 05:31 PM
Nice win Maria now get the title. :yeah:

Szavay #1
Jun 12th, 2010, 05:32 PM
ali :hug:

gl to masha in the final :)

Libertango
Jun 12th, 2010, 07:20 PM
I was at the match today, and was really impressed with Alison Riske. I confess I'd really written her off prior to the match (for obvious reasons I guess) but she really gave a good account of herself. She hits consistently, quite flat and low, gets ALOT of balls back and has a decent serve and good net game. She doesn't hit many winners, and too many of her shots went down the middle of the court, or were simply not deep enough (she really couldn't compare to Maria in terms of consistent depth) but she also made very few UEs and made Sharapova hit alot of balls, plus she's got really good fight in her. I can see her doing well on grass.

Maria, for the most part, played well and served REALLY well (I lost count of how many aces she hit) but had a big lapse in concentration in the 2nd set, and I think was surprised how well Riske closed the set out. She had a point for 5-5 but Riske saved it with a great volley. Maria hit some amazing shots but also some had moments of wild spraying, and her movement wasn't so great. Overall of course though, she was too strong. It was impressive to see her turn it up when she needed to, and toward the end she was hitting the BH really beautifully. Having seen her in person for the first time, I'm definitely a fan.

tonybotz
Jun 12th, 2010, 07:23 PM
I was at the match today, and was really impressed with Alison Riske. I confess I'd really written her off prior to the match (for obvious reasons I guess) but she really gave a good account of herself. She hits consistently, quite flat and low, gets ALOT of balls back and has a decent serve and good net game. She doesn't hit many winners, and too many of her shots went down the middle of the court, or were simply not deep enough (she really couldn't compare to Maria in terms of consistent depth) but she also made very few UEs and made Sharapova hit alot of balls, plus she's got really good fight in her. I can see her doing well on grass.

Maria, for the most part, played well and served REALLY well (I lost count of how many aces she hit) but had a big lapse in concentration in the 2nd set, and I think was surprised how well Riske closed the set out. She had a point for 5-5 but Riske saved it with a great volley. Maria hit some amazing shots but also some had moments of wild spraying, and her movement wasn't so great. Overall of course though, she was too strong. It was impressive to see her turn it up when she needed to, and toward the end she was hitting the BH really beautifully. Having seen her in person for the first time, I'm definitely a fan.

cool, great report!

~MashyOwnThemAll
Jun 12th, 2010, 08:28 PM
I was at the match today, and was really impressed with Alison Riske. I confess I'd really written her off prior to the match (for obvious reasons I guess) but she really gave a good account of herself. She hits consistently, quite flat and low, gets ALOT of balls back and has a decent serve and good net game. She doesn't hit many winners, and too many of her shots went down the middle of the court, or were simply not deep enough (she really couldn't compare to Maria in terms of consistent depth) but she also made very few UEs and made Sharapova hit alot of balls, plus she's got really good fight in her. I can see her doing well on grass.

Maria, for the most part, played well and served REALLY well (I lost count of how many aces she hit) but had a big lapse in concentration in the 2nd set, and I think was surprised how well Riske closed the set out. She had a point for 5-5 but Riske saved it with a great volley. Maria hit some amazing shots but also some had moments of wild spraying, and her movement wasn't so great. Overall of course though, she was too strong. It was impressive to see her turn it up when she needed to, and toward the end she was hitting the BH really beautifully. Having seen her in person for the first time, I'm definitely a fan.

Thanks for your view, really correct! :hearts:

rickxx
Jun 12th, 2010, 09:44 PM
Grasspova:hearts:GOAT serving!Need to work on the returns though.

mdterp01
Jun 12th, 2010, 10:59 PM
Was extremely dissapointed by this Riske girl (she is not exactly quick, has a horrible forehand, poor volleys, and a poor serve), dont know how Maria lost a set :tape: Hope she takes this title.

I LOVE The Tudors pic!! That is awesome!!!!

xan
Jun 12th, 2010, 11:58 PM
Good work, Maria! Keep it up!

Slutiana
Jun 13th, 2010, 12:04 AM
Good result for both, IMO. :yeah: Good luck in the final, Maria.

Corswandt
Jun 13th, 2010, 12:35 AM
First match I ever watched from Edgbdgbgdaston. Hi-quality stream, excellent camera angle, meh match.

Decent match from Sharapova. Engaged too often in neutral rallies in which she mostly looped the ball up (like she did vs scrubs on clay) rather than going for her shots in the first two sets, but it's not like Riske had much to hurt her with from the baseline. Sharapova giftwrapped a break to Riske in the 2nd and that cost her the set as she couldn't break back, even though Riske wasn't actually outplaying her. In the 3rd set Sharapova went for her shots more, and the set became one way traffic as Riske finally began to have trouble dealing with her pace and depth of shot.

Good serving from Sharapova, even after due allowance is made for Riske's subpar return game (younger players without much experience at the WTA level tend to be lousy returners, and get aced wholesale) - particularly late in the 1st set and early in the 2nd, in which she closed out 3 or 4 service games with her serve alone. Closed the match with an ace, too. Even the late 2006 SuperMasha wasn't a flat out ace server, so the ace count was impressive whichever way you look at it.

As for Riske. Her groundstrokes are crude and fug even for her ranking range (and by her ranking range I mean #150-200). She doesn't really hit through the ball as much as she drives her racquet upwards to loop the ball up; this means she almost never nets her FH, and that she manages to hit with fairly decent depth, but of course without much pace (she lacks the racquethead speed to do so) - her play is mostly passive/reactive, and she doesn't really build points from the baseline, and the only winners she hits are midcourt putaways or volleys. Riske's FH is all arm and hit with an abbreviated backswing, while her BH is also quite awkward and less reliable (she struggled to properly time her BH throughout the first set). But ironically it's the very crudeness of her shots that makes her so consistent on grass. Since she hits the ball without proper swings most of the time anyway, she can deal with bad bounces and take the ball late and still control it (more or less; her shot placement can be a bit random). People have been comparing Riske's groundstrokes to Kleybanova's, but The Killer Whale actually flungs her (considerable) body mass forward as she hits the ball, whereas Riske hits nearly every ball while leaning backwards, dissipating any kind of body weight transfer she might otherwise achieve.

Riske moves very well on grass (something which 99% of the Tour is unable to do) and thus she manages to loop or slice a lot of balls back, which, added to her consistency in baseline rallies, makes her tough to beat in a surface in which most players typically dump the second or third ball into the bottom of the net.

Riske's serve is ideal for faster surfaces - flat or sliced, thus staying low, and consistently well placed, decent 2nd serve - and her opponents actually have to work to break her as she doesn't just giftwrap breaks - something which Sharapova experienced in the 2nd set.

Still, there really isn't anything particularly outstanding about Riske's game, and I wouldn't be surprised if it worked only on old skool grass like that at Edgbdgbgdaston, and not even at Wimbledon, for which IIRC she got a MD WC. That a player manages to go deep into a grasscourt tournament on account of something as basic as being able to keep the ball in for more than 3-4 shots really shows how much everybody sux on grass at the moment.

osseous
Jun 13th, 2010, 02:45 AM
Maria. :yeah:

wally1
Jun 13th, 2010, 06:38 AM
First match I ever watched from Edgbdgbgdaston. Hi-quality stream, excellent camera angle, meh match.

Decent match from Sharapova. Engaged too often in neutral rallies in which she mostly looped the ball up (like she did vs scrubs on clay) rather than going for her shots in the first two sets, but it's not like Riske had much to hurt her with from the baseline. Sharapova giftwrapped a break to Riske in the 2nd and that cost her the set as she couldn't break back, even though Riske wasn't actually outplaying her. In the 3rd set Sharapova went for her shots more, and the set became one way traffic as Riske finally began to have trouble dealing with her pace and depth of shot.

Good serving from Sharapova, even after due allowance is made for Riske's subpar return game (younger players without much experience at the WTA level tend to be lousy returners, and get aced wholesale) - particularly late in the 1st set and early in the 2nd, in which she closed out 3 or 4 service games with her serve alone. Closed the match with an ace, too. Even the late 2006 SuperMasha wasn't a flat out ace server, so the ace count was impressive whichever way you look at it.

As for Riske. Her groundstrokes are crude and fug even for her ranking range (and by her ranking range I mean #150-200). She doesn't really hit through the ball as much as she drives her racquet upwards to loop the ball up; this means she almost never nets her FH, and that she manages to hit with fairly decent depth, but of course without much pace (she lacks the racquethead speed to do so) - her play is mostly passive/reactive, and she doesn't really build points from the baseline, and the only winners she hits are midcourt putaways or volleys. Riske's FH is all arm and hit with an abbreviated backswing, while her BH is also quite awkward and less reliable (she struggled to properly time her BH throughout the first set). But ironically it's the very crudeness of her shots that makes her so consistent on grass. Since she hits the ball without proper swings most of the time anyway, she can deal with bad bounces and take the ball late and still control it (more or less; her shot placement can be a bit random). People have been comparing Riske's groundstrokes to Kleybanova's, but The Killer Whale actually flungs her (considerable) body mass forward as she hits the ball, whereas Riske hits nearly every ball while leaning backwards, dissipating any kind of body weight transfer she might otherwise achieve.

Riske moves very well on grass (something which 99% of the Tour is unable to do) and thus she manages to loop or slice a lot of balls back, which, added to her consistency in baseline rallies, makes her tough to beat in a surface in which most players typically dump the second or third ball into the bottom of the net.

Riske's serve is ideal for faster surfaces - flat or sliced, thus staying low, and consistently well placed, decent 2nd serve - and her opponents actually have to work to break her as she doesn't just giftwrap breaks - something which Sharapova experienced in the 2nd set.

Still, there really isn't anything particularly outstanding about Riske's game, and I wouldn't be surprised if it worked only on old skool grass like that at Edgbdgbgdaston, and not even at Wimbledon, for which IIRC she got a MD WC. That a player manages to go deep into a grasscourt tournament on account of something as basic as being able to keep the ball in for more than 3-4 shots really shows how much everybody sux on grass at the moment.Good analysis of this match. I'd emphasise your point about how well Riske moves on this surface - it really is excellent compared to 99% of players, who seem to feel they're about to fall over if they go above a brisk walk. She didn't seem to come to the net that much either compared to her previous matches (probably wise given Sharapova's passing shots), but she really has solid volleys compared to most other young players. I think you're slightly harsh on her backhand though - it looks like a pretty decent and well produced shot to me.

Good point about the old skool grass - Birmingham probably has the fastest courts on the WTA tour.

Anyway, good luck to her - I hope she gets a decent draw at Wimby and can at least win a round there as I quite like her game and personality.

Привет
Jun 13th, 2010, 07:29 AM
Nice to see Masha make a final even if it's just another MM. :)



What is up with America these days? :unsure: Riske's groundstrokes make Oudin's look elegant. :o And that Hardebeck girl with possibly the fugliest groundies of all time. Why can't they produce a player with groundstrokes that aren't a complete eyesore? :shrug:

Andy.
Jun 13th, 2010, 09:01 AM
Is so nice to see Maria serving well again. Best of luck in the final Masha.

Carotastrophe
Jun 13th, 2010, 10:08 AM
Alison :hug: Very good week, however.

Corswandt
Jun 13th, 2010, 11:19 PM
I think you're slightly harsh on her backhand though - it looks like a pretty decent and well produced shot to me.

Riske's BH looks better than her FH (then again, any shot would), but it also leaked the vast majority of her errors.