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Vartan
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:33 AM
:cheer:

Sp!ffy
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:34 AM
10 df :unsure:

Shafanovic.
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:34 AM
AJDE!!!

Other than DFs :yeah:

Craig.
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:34 AM
Everything bar the DFs = perfection.

cellophane
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:34 AM
Sharapova was lucky Tanasugarn was so bad...

flareon
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:34 AM
Masha that was so bad!

TheBoiledEgg
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:34 AM
apart from the serve .............. it was pretty reasonable
got to get that serve going or :o

Masha :bigclap:

cellophane
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:34 AM
Everything bar the serve = perfection.

Perfection? :unsure:

Mrs. Dimitrova
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:34 AM
Bar the serve, great performance. FIERCE GROUND GAME. :hearts: :hearts: :hearts:

BuTtErFrEnA
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:34 AM
that serve....

madmax
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:35 AM
Sharapova was lucky Tanasugarn was so bad...

Tanasugarn was lucky Maria decided to gift her 4 games:wavey:

hurricanejeanne
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:35 AM
A win is a motherfucking win. Allez Pova! :cheer:

scoobz
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:35 AM
Seriously unconvincing - Tammy could barely move and Maria still managed to make that second set look tricky at one point.

claypova
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:35 AM
perfect :drool: but the 10 DF :bigcry:

Carotastrophe
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:35 AM
undeserved, Tami played horrible, and masha was not best as well..

Smitten
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:35 AM
An absolute and total mess.

Martha still struggling off the ground against someone who could barely move. All she had to do was not DF and make a few balls and she could have been off in 50 minutes.

I fully back the fact if Tanasugarn were 100% fit she would have taken a set.

Martha's first AO win since winning the title in 2008. :lol:

crazillo
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:35 AM
Had Tamarine been fit Sharapova would have been in big trouble today.

Pretty cold handshake between them. :(

Eduardo Oliveira
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:35 AM
good!!!

Vee Williams
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:35 AM
Tammy was an easy opponent, as expected. Maria played fine, but she also allowed to to a degree.

cellophane
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:35 AM
Tanasugarn was lucky Maria decided to gift her 4 games:wavey:

That too... but doesn't change what I said :wavey:

VishaalMaria
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:35 AM
I watched the whole match and Maria better thank her lucky stars that Tammy was so bad.

Maria dug a whole for herself, being down 1-3 0/30*. The match could have been totally different.

She really needs to improve on her form.

LDF
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:35 AM
Terrible serving but I was pleased with what I saw in her ground game and movement. However, not much was needed against an opponent who was helpless as soon as she was pulled two metres wide...

Pops Maellard
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:36 AM
That serve. :o A win's a win.

BlackPanther.
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:36 AM
Tammy :hug:
Maria. Get a serve, please. :help:

M-K
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:36 AM
Let's go Maria!! :D
Cut down those df's though :tape:

Sergius
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:36 AM
That was disgusting. My eyes hurt because of the horror I saw

sammy01
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:36 AM
lets be fair tammy was f**king aweful. couldn't move, making errors, sitter of serves.

sharapova almost dragged her into the match to in the 2nd set.

sharapova is going nowhere with her serve like it and game where it is.

homogenius
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:36 AM
:yawn:
Best thing of the match was maria's outfit.

Break My Rapture
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:36 AM
Pleased with the level of Maria's groundstrokes. :) Much better than in Auckland.
10 DFs is still too much though, 2nd serve is still inconsistent. But to hell with that, I'll take any win right now.

Tammy. :hug: Looked hampered by her ankle.

Claycourter
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:36 AM
:rocker2:

Masha successfully navigated past a very difficult first round opponent and sent a clear message to her rivals that she is planning on winning the title :cool: I loved the way she served herself out of trouble on break points. Her serve is a huge weapon these days :D

CoryAnnAvants#1
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:36 AM
Poor Tammy. I'm not even sure if she should have been playing to be honest. She couldn't put any weight on her ankle.

Big improvement off the ground from Maria compared to Auckland though :)

mariavikafan
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:36 AM
Seriously Maria was moving well and hitting pretty damn well too, good returns.:hearts:
But the serve 5aces for 10DF, not happy with that.:rolleyes:

Sexysova
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:36 AM
Maria's serve was a mess today but otherwise she played quite well considering Tanasugarn couldn't move at all :cheer:

simonsaystennis
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:37 AM
Could have been better, but happy she made it through fairly routinely! :)

Sean.
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:37 AM
Difficult to judge anything from this match. Tammy wasn't good at all.

Kim's_fan_4ever
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:37 AM
Maria :cheer: First Sharapova match in a while that wasn't a pain to watch. Great game from the baseline :drool: But like everyone's saying the serve was a real mess :tape:
Let's do some damage this AO, Maria:D

petkoan
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:37 AM
she is in a big big trouble.

Craig.
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:37 AM
Perfection? :unsure:

It's a strong word, but I was impressed with her ground game :shrug:

Mrs. Dimitrova
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:37 AM
Had Tamarine been fit Sharapova would have been in big trouble today.

Pretty cold handshake between them. :(

Did you even watch? That was a great handshake. Smiling and talking = cold handshake in your standards? :spit:

northern lad
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:37 AM
not at all impressed. :o

Slutati
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:37 AM
LOL at Sharapova fans saying this was a good performance. :tape: Y'all have no standards anymore!

Maria is such a hot mess of a player now it's actually hilarious to watch :lol:

claypova
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:38 AM
its been 3 years since she won a match in AO :drool::inlove:

Sharapovian
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:38 AM
So happy for Maria :sobbing:

10 DFs not good, but hopefully that will improve :unsure:

crazillo
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:38 AM
Terrible serving but I was pleased with what I saw in her ground game and movement. However, not much was needed against an opponent who was helpless as soon as she was pulled two metres wide...

Well you have to give Tammy credit she stepped on the court and gave it all she had. She isn't a great mover but would have been a threat to this Pova if her ankle was OK.

Reptilia
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:38 AM
Serve still a mess but the rest of her game was decent:yeah:

Just Do It
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:38 AM
Everything bar the DFs = perfection.

You are joking, right ?

Vikapower
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:38 AM
In the current times this is a good match and convincing (...) the game off the ground is good but that serve (...) :o lots of technical defections with that left arm coming from the trophey pose for example anyways well done. :cheer:

Sp!ffy
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:39 AM
That was disgusting. My eyes hurt because of the horror I saw

Lol @ your pathetic exaggeration. Do you even watch tennis?

Smitten
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:39 AM
It's a strong word, but I was impressed with her ground game :shrug:

Wow Sharapova playing well really must be a distant memory if this was an impressive display of her groundstrokes against an handicapped opponent.

miffedmax
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:39 AM
Plenty of room for improvement for TOB, but a win is a win.

Miss Atomic Bomb
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:39 AM
Oh god, Maria is going to need to pick it up in the next few rounds if she wants to end the draught of Grandslam QFs. Her Movement and the consistency on her serve were atrocious (when the serve went in, it was actually quite heavy). She was returning much better than she was in Aukland (although its not hard against Tammy), and had a bit more zip on her bh whenever she had the time (again, its not hard to hit winners against tammy, who is probably the slowest player on tour). But a win is a win.

PS:- Her dress is pretty! Love the colours.

doooma6816
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:39 AM
So happy she won! Congrats! Win next match too! ;)

Her serve was awful, 10 DF...:o
But her ground game looked very good, apart from one game in second set!:inlove:
This win can give her more confidence. Hope her serve will be much better in the next round. :)

ExXotikal
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:39 AM
That was disgusting. Kanepi's gonna kick her out. Maria stans better be prepared :lol:

Mikey.
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:39 AM
:bigclap:

debby
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:39 AM
Bar the serve, great performance. FIERCE GROUND GAME. :hearts: :hearts: :hearts:

Everything bar the DFs = perfection.

LMFAO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :haha: :haha: you guys are so deluded it is too funny :haha: :haha: :haha:

Tanasugarn could not even move, so obviously Maria's groundstrokes were going to get her off the court :haha:
I wonder how she will play against an opponent who is not injured, moves better and returns better. She will have a tough time.

Maria has a LOT of work to do.

Great outfit BTW. :yeah:

Craig.
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:39 AM
Wow Sharapova playing well really must be a distant memory if this was an impressive display of her groundstrokes against an handicapped opponent.

After all the horrorshows I've watched the last couple years, yeah that was a nice change :shrug:

Why is everyone so fucking critical? Geez.

homogenius
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:40 AM
LOL at Sharapova fans saying this was a good performance. :tape: Y'all have no standards anymore!

Maria is such a hot mess of a player now it's actually hilarious to watch :lol:

True.
If she keep playing like this Maria will lose to the first decent opponent she'll face.

Sergius
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:40 AM
I'm reading the Sharapova fans' posts and I cannot understand whether I saw the same match :unsure:
They both sucked and played awful :lol:

BuTtErFrEnA
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:40 AM
Tanasugarn was lucky Maria decided to gift her 4 games:wavey:

ummm maria is lucky tammy has nothing to hurt her with...maria has to step up to realistically challenge later the players that will take advantage of the lack of serve and movement...

1 match down maria...pick it up and make that 4th rd happen

Cp6uja
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:40 AM
Several wasted game points for Tami at *3-1 in 2nd is wasted opportunity to make this match much more interesting.
Not impressed by Maria game today, but for me she is still player to beat in that 2nd quarter... more than Venus, Li or Vika.

Beny
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:40 AM
Maria wasnt convincing at all. This Tanasugarn was never a threat.
Sharapova once she gets out of her comfort zone, which seems to be done pretty easily these days, is very vulnerable. Better players are gonna punish her.

joćo.
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:40 AM
What a mess. Well, the usual one... she's not getting anywhere with that serve once she faces a healthy opponent that feels like beating a former world number one. But congrats, a win is a win and at least didn't lose another R1.
Keep training and please build on this misleading result to improve! :)

Polikarpov
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:41 AM
Still a pretty loose match from Maria. She had no business going down 3-1 against someone who was spraying errors, and couldn't even bother chasing down balls.

Mr.Sharapova
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:41 AM
:rocker2:

Masha successfully navigated past a very difficult first round opponent and sent a clear message to her rivals that she is planning on winning the title :cool: I loved the way she served herself out of trouble on break points. Her serve is a huge weapon these days :D

Whut?:eek:

Marionated
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:41 AM
Tamarine could hardly move due to injury :hug:, her serve was a sitting duck, and her groundstrokes didn't have much on them either. Anyone would have looked good from the baseline today against her.

I wouldn't draw any conclusions about Sharapova's level from this match, besides her serve.

ExXotikal
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:41 AM
And why is the broad that slow? Does a SHOULDER injury hinder one's mouvement as well? :spit:

pattyclijsters
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:41 AM
jippi!

but from reading the comment i would not be able to judge whether maria played well or not. glad i saw it myself :D

makirilenko
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:42 AM
Sharapova was lucky Tanasugarn was so bad...
This. If Tanasugarn wasn't crippled that could have been a loss for Masha. She needs to really step her game up if she wants to go far and be a threat.

madmax
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:42 AM
That was disgusting. Kanepi's gonna kick her out. Maria stans better be prepared :lol:

Kanepi needs to survive mighty Rybarikova first...

debby
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:42 AM
That was disgusting. Kanepi's gonna kick her out. Maria stans better be prepared :lol:

Kanepi is losing.

Anyway, how sad to see Maria fans' expectations getting down and down :rolls:
now they are really happy only for a win against a handicapped player :/

Sergius
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:42 AM
Lol @ your pathetic exaggeration. Do you even watch tennis?

Lol at your delusion. Maybe you even think Maria can make it to the 4th? :eek:

Ciarįn
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:42 AM
Allez! Don't give me shit that Tanasugarn couldn't move, if she wasn't fit she wouldn't be out there :lol:

Belmont Lad
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:42 AM
Those DF's MAria, yikes! :help: Other than that, decent level, much better than what she brought in Auckland. Things really need to improve steadily though if she wants to keep going deeper here. GL next round Masha. :kiss:

joćo.
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:42 AM
LOL at Sharapova fans saying this was a good performance. :tape: Y'all have no standards anymore!

Maria is such a hot mess of a player now it's actually hilarious to watch :lol:

Yup. She did win a match with a seemingly easy scoreline, which is getting unusual these days though so :rolleyes:

Sp!ffy
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:42 AM
ummm maria is lucky tammy has nothing to hurt her with...maria has to step up to realistically challenge later the players that will take advantage of the lack of serve and movement...

1 match down maria...pick it up and make that 4th rd happen

This. This is what everyone's looking forward to.

Mrs. Dimitrova
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:42 AM
LMFAO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :haha: :haha: you guys are so deluded it is too funny :haha: :haha: :haha:

Tanasugarn could not even move, so obviously Maria's groundstrokes were going to get her off the court :haha:
I wonder how she will play against an opponent who is not injured, moves better and returns better. She will have a tough time.

Maria has a LOT of work to do.

Tammy couldn't move, so? Maria still handled it. We haven't saw her play this good in ages, so it was a nice change. No one gives a shit about the things you say, so stop caring about what other people think. :lol:

Rod the Bama
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:43 AM
This was about the lease impressive 6-3, 6-1 win i`ve ever seen. Maria at times in the match was dreadful. :help: I don`t know why she won`t go with a kick serve, especially on the second serve. While i`m happy that Maria got the win, obviously there is a lot of work for her do if she wants to go on a deep run.

mariavikafan
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:43 AM
Why are you persecuting us? :lol::lol: Maria was pretty good 24winners 22UE. That's not really bad and her movement was decent anyway she can improve her serve and hopefully she will.

Marilyn Monheaux
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:43 AM
This wasn't much of a test and CERTAINLY no indication of what Maria is capable of this fortnight. :shrug:
It's a win and it's great, but who knows how she's gonna play when she plays against an opponent who moves better than Tammy, serves better, hits harder and generally puts more pressure on Maria and especially her serve? :shrug:

I'm happy, but careful not to get too excited over her performance today. :)

GrandMartha
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:44 AM
Had Tamarine been fit Sharapova would have been in big trouble today.

Pretty cold handshake between them. :(
Had Sharapova been in form, Tanasugarn wouldn haven't been able to win a game ;)
Did you watch the different match? The handshake was very ok, they exchanged some words at net as well :shrug:

gc-spurs
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:44 AM
Oh god, Maria is going to need to pick it up in the next few rounds if she wants to end the draught of Grandslam QFs. Her Movement and the consistency on her serve were atrocious (when the serve actually went in, it was actually quite heavy). She was returning much better than she was in Aukland (although its not hard against Tammy), and had a bit more zip on her bh whenever she had the time (again, its not ahrd to hit winners against tammy, who is probably the slowest player on tour). But a win is a win.

PS:- Her dress is pretty! Love the colours.

LMFAO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :haha: :haha: you guys are so deluded it is too funny :haha: :haha: :haha:

Tanasugarn could not even move, so obviously Maria's groundstrokes were going to get her off the court :haha:
I wonder how she will play against an opponent who is not injured, moves better and returns better. She will have a tough time.

Maria has a LOT of work to do.

Great outfit BTW. :yeah:

:yeah: Let's focus on this people!!!

joćo.
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:44 AM
Whut?:eek:

Ironic post.

Kitten63
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:44 AM
Decent win apart from the doubles.

Masha :yeah:

debby
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:45 AM
Several wasted game points for Tami at *3-1 in 2nd is wasted opportunity to make this match much more interesting.
Not impressed by Maria game today, but for me she is still player to beat in that 2nd quarter... more than Venus, Li or Vika.

ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME ???!!!??? :spit:
Li has just won Sydney
Venus is by far superior to Maria
Vika has always played well at the AO

Temperenka
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:45 AM
She played well minus the serve. :)

However, Tammy was....quite....awful.

ExXotikal
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:46 AM
Kanepi needs to survive mighty Rybarikova first...

Whatever seed she faces up then. She's going down as low as a musty hoe in a hood club.

Craig.
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:46 AM
I'm not sure many of you have watched Maria's matches the past couple months and I'm not sure you realize how awful she's been playing. Auckland was one of Maria's worst tournaments, her match against Arn was one of her poorest FOR SURE. No one's saying this is slam winning form, but I'm satisfied, especially after that loss to Arn. That perfection comment was in comparison to that :shrug: Overall yes, she was quite average, but I was expecting a 3-set loss or a win here.

What'd you guys expect, really? It's been a week. She's not a fucking magician, she's human. It takes time. The negativity in here is just ridiculous. I know Maria has her delusional fans, but to come into every single thread 'She's sooo getting routed the second she meets a decent opponent' is kinda annoying. Just saying :shrug:

~MashyOwnThemAll
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:46 AM
Mashy! :bigclap:

but has a lot of work to do yet.

debby
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:47 AM
Tammy couldn't move, so? Maria still handled it. We haven't saw her play this good in ages, so it was a nice change. No one gives a shit about the things you say, so stop caring about what other people think. :lol:

Don't be so defensive :( I am worried for you, I don't want you to live in a bubble world then it would be burst, and you all will cry because Masha has just lost to a journeywoman again. :( And you know how much I love you, Mashabators. My favourite fanbase. :hearts:
And she played better matchs last year and still lost...

mariavikafan
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:47 AM
ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME ???!!!??? :spit:
Li has just won Sydney
Venus is by far superior to Maria
Vika has always played well at the AO

:lol:

debby
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:48 AM
I'm not sure many of you have watched Maria's matches the past couple months and I'm not sure you realize how awful she's been playing. Auckland was one of Maria's worst tournaments, her match against Arn was one of her poorest FOR SURE. No one's saying this is slam winning form, but I'm satisfied, especially after that loss to Arn. That perfection comment was in comparison to that :shrug: Overall yes, she was quite average, but I was expecting a 3-set loss or a win here.

What'd you guys expect, really? It's been a week. She's not a fucking magician, she's human. It takes time. The negativity in here is just ridiculous. I know Maria has her delusional fans, but to come into every single thread 'She's sooo getting routed the second she meets a decent opponent' is kinda annoying. Just saying :shrug:

Don't say she was perfect, then. :lol:
Believing in his fave is one thing, being delusional is another thing.

Ryan
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:48 AM
10 DF - key stat of the match. Shazza wont be able to make the QF without a serve. :(

mariavikafan
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:48 AM
Whatever seed she faces up then. She's going down as low as a musty hoe in a hood club.

Oh just shut up.

winone23
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:49 AM
Tanasugarn is really out of shape.

debby
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:49 AM
:lol:

She made a SF slam last year, at least.
And she is a living legend of the game, unlike Maria.

sandv1
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:50 AM
3 words:

Hawt. Ghetto. Mess.

Craig.
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:50 AM
Don't say she was perfect, then. :lol:
Believing in his fave is one thing, being delusional is another thing.

You're one to talk :tape:

I admitted it was a strong word, but it was just in the moment right after the match. Might've just been happy she got through so easily, I dunno, whatever it was, I was satisfied :shrug: And I actually was impressed with her ground game overall.

And to be fair, I missed the beginning of the second set so it might've seemed better to me than it actually was.

Mrs. Dimitrova
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:51 AM
Don't be so defensive :( I am worried for you, I don't want you to live in a bubble world then it would be burst, and you all will cry because Masha has just lost to a journeywoman again. :( And you know how much I love you, Mashabators. My favourite fanbase. :hearts:
And she played better matchs last year and still lost...

Why are you posting in this thread anyway? Stop trying to convince me she's not going far. I know what she's capable and not capable of. This is a good win and I want to be happy. I guess an online forum is the only place where you can actually express an opinion, and the only place that people can tell you to STFU. :lol:

Mr.Sharapova
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:51 AM
Great job Maria :cheer2:

sandv1
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:51 AM
A win is a motherfucking win. Allez Pova! :cheer:

:lol: Somebody's pumped up. :D

timafi
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:52 AM
allez:woohoo:

Ellery
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:52 AM
Tammy :hug:

mariavikafan
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:52 AM
She made a SF slam last year, at least.
And she is a living legend of the game, unlike Maria.

It is irrelevant, right now she hasn't play her first match and you can't guarantee anything and I don't care if she is a living legend we're talking about OZ right now, her previous results don't matter anymore and you know that and yeah Maria already won AO, Venus:devil:

Vikapower
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:53 AM
Seriously who cares Tamarine couldn't move and bla bla bla :lol: (...) Maria beat the faker in straight (...) Tanasugarn just didn't have to simulate whatever she was simulating if she wanted to win bad strategy against a player like Maria. Next. :lol:

debby
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:53 AM
You're one to talk :tape:

Why? :lol: I know when Justine plays really bad.

Why are you posting in this thread anyway? Stop trying to convince me she's not going far. I know what she's capable and not capable of. This is a good win and I want to be happy. I guess an online forum is the only place where you can actually express an opinion, and the only place that people can tell you to STFU. :lol:

Because it is a public thread, so I am allowed to post where I want. :wavey:
And you are taking things wayyyy too seriously on this forum. Really. :help:

BuTtErFrEnA
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:53 AM
You're one to talk :tape:

I admitted it was a strong word, but it was just in the moment right after the match. Might've just been happy she got through so easily, I dunno, whatever it was, I was satisfied :shrug: And I actually was impressed with her ground game overall.

And to be fair, I missed the beginning of the second set so it might've seemed better to me than it actually was.

understand the need to believe craig...believe me....but that ground game was only good because of the time tammy gave as she basically has no serve/ground game to press maria...wait before being impressed is my advice - ;)

sammy01
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:53 AM
cant believe people were saying sharapova was good off the ground, the moment tammy was even remotely pulled slightly outwide she either threw in a horrible error or plopped the ball back in court for maria to just hit it into an open court with tammy strnaded.

debby
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:53 AM
Seriously who cares Tamarine couldn't move and bla bla bla :lol: (...) Maria beat the faker in straight (...) Tanasugarn just didn't have to simulate whatever she was simulating if she wanted to win bad strategy against a player like Maria. Next. :lol:

Why would she fake her injury?

joćo.
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:54 AM
This match can be very misleading, if she was facing someone, let's say Arn, like the Auckland match, and OBVIOUSLY we can't make such assumptions because we don't know how she would handle it today/etc. but once Greta would put actual pressure on Maria like she did on that match, she'd still lose to her similarly. She's never been a total and complete mess and you all know that, just an average player like most of the other players out there with bad days and better days but since it's Maria we're talking about that's why we have these discussions. :shrug:
But I also understand it takes time to say she really has already improved and I'm already very happy she won too and can continue her form improvement as a player that's still alive in this Slam! :D

Marionated
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:54 AM
Seriously who cares Tamarine couldn't move and bla bla bla :lol: (...) Maria beat the faker in straight (...) Tanasugarn just didn't have to simulate whatever she was simulating if she wanted to win bad strategy against a player like Maria. Next. :lol:

:rolleyes: :help:

homogenius
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:54 AM
I'm not sure many of you have watched Maria's matches the past couple months and I'm not sure you realize how awful she's been playing. Auckland was one of Maria's worst tournaments, her match against Arn was one of her poorest FOR SURE. No one's saying this is slam winning form, but I'm satisfied, especially after that loss to Arn. That perfection comment was in comparison to that :shrug: Overall yes, she was quite average, but I was expecting a 3-set loss or a win here.

What'd you guys expect, really? It's been a week. She's not a fucking magician, she's human. It takes time. The negativity in here is just ridiculous. I know Maria has her delusional fans, but to come into every single thread 'She's sooo getting routed the second she meets a decent opponent' is kinda annoying. Just saying :shrug:

I understand Maria fans are happy with the win but game wise she was not a lot better than in Auckland.Tammy was just too weak to do anything today.Why should people say she's getting better when she's not ?

debby
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:55 AM
understand the need to believe craig...believe me....but that ground game was only good because of the time tammy gave as she basically has no serve/ground game to press maria...wait before being impressed is my advice - ;)

In all seriousness, I actually agree with you :D
Craig is right to be optimist, but he should be careful.

That's what matters... especially at the beginning of a Slam :/

Craig.
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:55 AM
understand the need to believe craig...believe me....but that ground game was only good because of the time tammy gave as she basically has no serve/ground game to press maria...wait before being impressed is my advice - ;)

cant believe people were saying sharapova was good off the ground, the moment tammy was even remotely pulled slightly outwide she either threw in a horrible error or plopped the ball back in court for maria to just hit it into an open court with tammy strnaded.

Guess my standards have gotten lower :shrug:

Randy H
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:56 AM
Tammy :hug: She looked sluggish, slow, and without any of her usual energy out there today. Hopefully she can find the form that won her a title in Osaka last fall, wasn't on her game today

Maria Croft
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:56 AM
Besides that awful second serve her game looks okay, which is IMO very nice to see.

And no matter how you look at it, she has another match to improve :yeah:

mariavikafan
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:56 AM
Oh haters, just get out of there.:lol:

Craig.
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:56 AM
I understand Maria fans are happy with the win but game wise she was not a lot better than in Auckland.Tammy was just too weak to do anything today.Why should people say she's getting better when she's not ?

I honestly thought she was better. Even if it was just a minor improvement.

She had 29 winners today.

She hit 1 winner in her first set against Arn :tape:

I dunno, it's just my opinion.

Sharapovian
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:57 AM
Yes it wasn't the most convincing win, but it's nice to see she won. It was definitely much better than what she played like in Auckland.

Marionated
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:57 AM
It's the not even acknowledging Tanasugarn's injury/claiming she was fine/faking it that's annoying and classless

Claycourter
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:58 AM
Oh haters, just get out of there.:lol:

:yeah:

They are jealous and scared that Masha will crush their favs and take the title after today's impressive performance. I know I am :eek:

Potato
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:59 AM
Tammy was terrible today she missed almost every shot, something like 5-21. She could barely get to any ball, and her serve was terrible. She was moving so bad, a mid paced shot from Maria became a winner.

The ESPN poll said that 74% of people thought Masha can make it to the 2nd week. Those people are delusional, she isn't winning in this form at least.

Mrs. Dimitrova
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:59 AM
I honestly thought she was better. Even if it was just a minor improvement.

She had 29 winners today.

She hit 1 winner in her first set against Arn :tape:

I dunno, it's just my opinion.

Same. :shrug:

mariavikafan
Jan 17th, 2011, 01:00 AM
:yeah:

They are jealous and scared that Masha will crush their favs and take the title after today's impressive performance. I know I am :eek:

Thanks.:rolleyes:

Vikapower
Jan 17th, 2011, 01:01 AM
Why would she fake her injury?

There are players who are strong at playing hurt, desperate, slow (...) to win and they do get the win if you don't put them away (...) e.g. at 3-1 balls for 4-1 where the match could have turned (...) Nice try Tanasugarn !

madmax
Jan 17th, 2011, 01:02 AM
seriously, these Maria haters are trully laughable - they are claiming that we her fans are delusional for being happy that she is through to the next round, like it's a given thing to win slam matches to anyone...and despite her horrible serving she still lost just 4 games. How is that not an improvement from that Auckland disaster? GTFO of here

BuTtErFrEnA
Jan 17th, 2011, 01:02 AM
Guess my standards have gotten lower :shrug:


you're happy with the win :p no problem....just take the advice from someone whose fave went through similar struggles after injury

homogenius
Jan 17th, 2011, 01:02 AM
I honestly thought she was better. Even if it was just a minor improvement.

She had 29 winners today.

She hit 1 winner in her first set against Arn :tape:

I dunno, it's just my opinion.

I suppose we'll have to wait her next match(es) to judge her real level but honestly I'm not convinced (and even if I don't particularly like her game I'd prefer to see a player like her back to a decent level.she's kinda painful to watch these days).

Sp!ffy
Jan 17th, 2011, 01:03 AM
Lol at your delusion. Maybe you even think Maria can make it to the 4th? :eek:

She made it to the 4th round in her last GS, I dont see any reason why she cant this time.

ExXotikal
Jan 17th, 2011, 01:04 AM
you're happy with the win :p no problem....just take the advice from someone whose fave went through similar struggles after injury

Don't tell me you're talking about my boo. Rena ain't never been that bad and shaky even after an injury.

mariavikafan
Jan 17th, 2011, 01:05 AM
seriously, these Maria haters are trully laughable - they are claiming that we her fans are delusional for being happy that she is through to the next round, like it's a given thing to win slam matches to anyone...and despite her horrible serving she still lost just 4 games. How is that not an improvement from that Auckland disaster? GTFO of here

Serve was inconsistent but still she won 75% points after her first serve, 2nd serve though :help: I agree.

mariavikafan
Jan 17th, 2011, 01:06 AM
Don't tell me you're talking about my boo. Rena ain't never been that bad and shaky even after an injury.

Serena didn't win anything in 2006:lol:

Mr.Sharapova
Jan 17th, 2011, 01:07 AM
She made it to the 4th round in her last GS, I dont see any reason why she cant this time.

The last two slams to be more precise :yeah:

Marilyn Monheaux
Jan 17th, 2011, 01:11 AM
Serena didn't win anything in 2006:lol:

She only played four tournaments this year. :rolleyes:

And for your info: 2 tournaments later, she won the Australian Open. ;)

CrossCourt~Rally
Jan 17th, 2011, 01:11 AM
Masha :yeah:

A tough draw for Tammy :hug:

Marilyn Monheaux
Jan 17th, 2011, 01:12 AM
She made it to the 4th round in her last GS, I dont see any reason why she cant this time.

To be fair, she played MUCH better coming into Wimbledon and the US Open.:lol: But I agree. The 4th round is definitely possible this year. :)

Jajaloo
Jan 17th, 2011, 01:13 AM
Tiger! :sobbing:

Maria :cheer:

domon17th
Jan 17th, 2011, 01:14 AM
Cautious optimism for me. At least she won the 1st round match this time, the pressure of trying to right the disappointment last year and being first on RLA all that must have weighed down on her. And she did hit her groundstrokes crisply, and movement has been decent. I guess that's why Masha fans are generally satisfied with the her ground game.

That second serve, however, is atrocious in the second set. Almost averaged 2 DFs per service game, and all at random times! That I believe needs to be rectified through more matches, which I'm happy that Masha has been planning to (Fed Cup, Doha, Dubai, IW, Miami).

BTW who's this claycourter guy, I just don't see the humour in his supposedly sarcasm?

mariavikafan
Jan 17th, 2011, 01:15 AM
She only played four tournaments this year. :rolleyes:

In other words she was really bad. She played 6 events last year and won 2 majors.

And for your info: 2 tournaments later, she won the Australian Open. ;)

Do you really think you need to remind me that:rolleyes:

BuTtErFrEnA
Jan 17th, 2011, 01:16 AM
She only played four tournaments this year. :rolleyes:

And for your info: 2 tournaments later, she won the Australian Open. ;)



coming from where serena was in 02/03...even 04...after AO05-AO07 was horrid...then quaterena appeared after AO07....it wasn't pretty knowing how she could play and win and was simple, well, not :shrug: :lol:

craig is one of the few non delusional maria fans so i simply tried to draw reference ;)

RenaSlam.
Jan 17th, 2011, 01:16 AM
The serve was honestly shit. Decent off the ground.

Marilyn Monheaux
Jan 17th, 2011, 01:23 AM
coming from where serena was in 02/03...even 04...after AO05-AO07 was horrid...then quaterena appeared after AO07....it wasn't pretty knowing how she could play and win and was simple, well, not :shrug: :lol:

craig is one of the few non delusional maria fans so i simply tried to draw reference ;)

Yeah... I remember that... God I hated seeing her lose to Justine again and again and again. :(

mariavikafan
Jan 17th, 2011, 01:27 AM
coming from where serena was in 02/03...even 04...after AO05-AO07 was horrid...then quaterena appeared after AO07....it wasn't pretty knowing how she could play and win and was simple, well, not :shrug: :lol:

craig is one of the few non delusional maria fans so i simply tried to draw reference ;)

Thanks.

Sergius
Jan 17th, 2011, 01:48 AM
She made it to the 4th round in her last GS, I dont see any reason why she cant this time.

Because she had a decent draw like this time. But the first in-form opponent is gonna beat her I think. She's a mess, really.

Sp!ffy
Jan 17th, 2011, 01:53 AM
Because she had a decent draw like this time. But the first in-form opponent is gonna beat her I think. She's a mess, really.

What's your point? You said I probably think she could make it to the 4th round and I said yes. You're bringing up irrelevant shit to cause drama.

Pasta-Na
Jan 17th, 2011, 01:53 AM
tammy :sad: :hug:

claypova
Jan 17th, 2011, 01:54 AM
To be fair, she played MUCH better coming into Wimbledon and the US Open.:lol: But I agree. The 4th round is definitely possible this year. :)

have we really stooped that low? :bigcry: i remember we were saying that a SF was possible in last year's USO :o

edificio
Jan 17th, 2011, 01:54 AM
Not terribly convincing, but it is the first round. She should only get better. Sorry, Tamarine. :(

Sergius
Jan 17th, 2011, 01:57 AM
What's your point? You said I probably think she could make it to the 4th round and I said yes. You're bringing up irrelevant shit to cause drama.

Who tries to cause drama Mr I-insult-other-posters-who-didn't-like-the-match? :eek:
She won't make the 4th, this is my point

madmax
Jan 17th, 2011, 01:59 AM
Who tries to cause drama Mr I-insult-other-posters-who-didn't-like-the-match? :eek:
She won't make the 4th, this is my point

and when she makes it are you gonna stop spamming her threads then?

Marilyn Monheaux
Jan 17th, 2011, 02:01 AM
have we really stooped that low? :bigcry: i remember we were saying that a SF was possible in last year's USO :o

I didn't say anything beyond the 4th round was impossible, no? ;)

Match by match. :angel:

Julian.
Jan 17th, 2011, 02:01 AM
Good luck in the 2R Maria :D

Improve your serve please.

HRHoliviasmith
Jan 17th, 2011, 02:02 AM
LOL at Sharapova fans saying this was a good performance. :tape: Y'all have no standards anymore!

Maria is such a hot mess of a player now it's actually hilarious to watch :lol:

:sobbing:

Sp!ffy
Jan 17th, 2011, 02:03 AM
Who tries to cause drama Mr I-insult-other-posters-who-didn't-like-the-match? :eek:
She won't make the 4th, this is my point

Um ok. Dont really care about your opinion, tbh.
Nice talking to you.

Sergius
Jan 17th, 2011, 02:05 AM
and when she makes it are you gonna stop spamming her threads then?

:lol:
Apparently you can't read :cheer:
I had posted the only one message here, the others were responses to Sp!ffy. You know, when someone refers to me I feel free to answer :)

Um ok. Dont really care about your opinion, tbh.
Nice talking to you.
Bummer :sad:

MBM
Jan 17th, 2011, 02:05 AM
only saw the last few games. Maria looks in OK form, but theres always room for improvement. Its a joy to watch her at her best though, so even if I dont support her much, I hope she can bring it so I can see good tennis!

new-york
Jan 17th, 2011, 02:11 AM
it looked good off the ground but Tammy's shots were begging to get punished.

wait and see.

Pat Bateman
Jan 17th, 2011, 02:17 AM
Underwhelming. Tammy is 10 years older than Masha and has a bad ankle. Against that kind of opposition, Sharapova should have won 6-0 6-0.

Julian.
Jan 17th, 2011, 02:20 AM
Oh btw, gorgeous dress Masha :hearts:

Jajaloo
Jan 17th, 2011, 02:22 AM
Oh btw, gorgeous dress Masha :hearts:

http://img840.imageshack.us/img840/9223/fsharapova1701.jpg

:inlove:

P_Fer
Jan 17th, 2011, 02:32 AM
That was definitely an improvement from Aukland, even though the serve was a mess!
Keep improving Masha! :)
GL in round 2!

The 2nd Law
Jan 17th, 2011, 02:34 AM
Keep improving Maria :cheer:

Vincey!
Jan 17th, 2011, 02:37 AM
Maria is looking gorgeous!

Thankfully she didn't have so much to do against Tanasugarn! But her groundstrokes game was good, the serve was a bit too shaky, but at least she's through to the 2nd round in a good way! Keep this up!

TennisFan66
Jan 17th, 2011, 03:00 AM
and when she makes it are you gonna stop spamming her threads then?

This is so funny. Pot, kettle, black. You, Caro threads :lol:

Nico_E
Jan 17th, 2011, 03:30 AM
thats the kind of draws Sharapova needs...

women who cant move.

of course she still finds a way to DF 10 times

Bonfire
Jan 17th, 2011, 04:06 AM
I have to say...Maria looked amazing in that dress! And...

I'm not one to usually hate on someone's physical appearance BUT what the hell Tammy? I know you are 33 and maybe don't consider yourself to be a huge threat in grand slams now but why spend the end of your professional career so "out of shape" your getting paid to play pro level tennis...yet I know so many people who don't even get off the couch that look more ready to play serious tennis. Please don't think I'm trying to be a bitch...it was just slightly disappointing to see.

duhcity
Jan 17th, 2011, 04:30 AM
Some points were vintage Maria. Otherwise, still a little :tape:

Flavia P.
Jan 17th, 2011, 04:35 AM
Not impressed by Maria, some good moments, but certainly not amazingly high quality. Let's wait until she plays a player who can actually move and keep balls in court consistently.

I'm disappointed in Tammy, since I actually thought she had a big chance to win. She needs to spend the next couple of weeks getting healthy and getting in reasonable shape.

moby
Jan 17th, 2011, 04:37 AM
Even an out-of-shape Tammy would have won a set and maybe more today, had she not been injured. Maria was that bad.

Noctis
Jan 17th, 2011, 04:41 AM
This sucks for Maria's standards

Stamp Paid
Jan 17th, 2011, 04:49 AM
Her dress is cute.

AnDrEi.b
Jan 17th, 2011, 04:49 AM
No surprise

Mistress of Evil
Jan 17th, 2011, 04:59 AM
I will take it as long as it is not a first round exit. :yeah:

jimmy_the_greek
Jan 17th, 2011, 05:47 AM
Well played Masha!! I got very worried after the first game, good thing she turned it around:)

Andy.
Jan 17th, 2011, 07:39 AM
A win is a win no matter how average someone plays. Every new day brings a new match and a new chance to play better. I didnt think Masha played all that bad. Her serve was pretty average at times but her ground strokes were definitly a step up from Auckland. Hopefully she can improve again in the next round.

s_j
Jan 17th, 2011, 07:46 AM
Pretty pleased. She was nervous and needs to work on the serve, otherwise, I'm content!

Betten
Jan 17th, 2011, 07:48 AM
Never in doubt. I didn't see the match so I can't judge her play, but at least she improved on last year's performance :lol:!

freeandlonely
Jan 17th, 2011, 07:54 AM
good to see her again

mariavikafan
Jan 17th, 2011, 08:12 AM
To be fair, she played MUCH better coming into Wimbledon and the US Open.:lol: But I agree. The 4th round is definitely possible this year. :)

She played well in the first rounds in US but then in ONE match she fucked everything.
Her first rounds don't matter anymore IMO, they aren't an indicator for her future matches.

bandabou
Jan 17th, 2011, 08:14 AM
Always a good thing when she doesn't lose in 1r,no?

debby
Jan 17th, 2011, 08:36 AM
I am taking my words back.

akephon35695
Jan 17th, 2011, 08:38 AM
Tammy gonna have hard year if she not pick up her game from today
Maria ground game is alright better than auckland but Razzano will make her try really really hard.

ivanban
Jan 17th, 2011, 08:48 AM
Tamy was HORRID, no movement AT ALL :tape: :help:

Sharapowerr
Jan 17th, 2011, 08:48 AM
Maria was not really tested she played decent, didn't need to raise her level.

Freshi
Jan 17th, 2011, 09:15 AM
surprisingly clear victory

JamieOwen3
Jan 17th, 2011, 09:41 AM
she's through to the 2nd round.
Serve was a piece of shit.
That dress deserves more camera time.
Already added some ranking points.
Although Tammy was :tape: Maria had to get the job done and did so NEXT.

But Maria keep on serving like that and im gonna have to bust a cap in your ass ok :yeah: :kiss:

AnywhereButHome
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:06 PM
10 dfs :help: but good start for Maria!

Hian
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:26 PM
:hearts:

Huntress55
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:27 PM
Nice and easy, Maria :yeah:

atominside
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:31 PM
a win is a win. MUST.FIX.THAT.SHIT.OF.A.SERVE. just spin your 2nd serve in! i dont care if its only 85 mph, just get it in. she only got 45% of 2nd serves IN

alfonsojose
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:52 PM
At leats she looked alive, not the dead zombie of Auckland. Groundies were good, but serve and movement :help: Next Razzano :eek:

alfonsojose
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:55 PM
I have to say...Maria looked amazing in that dress! And...

I'm not one to usually hate on someone's physical appearance BUT what the hell Tammy? I know you are 33 and maybe don't consider yourself to be a huge threat in grand slams now but why spend the end of your professional career so "out of shape" your getting paid to play pro level tennis...yet I know so many people who don't even get off the couch that look more ready to play serious tennis. Please don't think I'm trying to be a bitch...it was just slightly disappointing to see.

I couldn't agree more. A shame for women's tennis. She's an athlete for God's sake :help:

alfonsojose
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:56 PM
IF Pova survives Razzano and Kanepi, i don't see her beating Venus

tennis-insomniac
Jan 17th, 2011, 01:01 PM
Maria :love: Tammy :hug: but please Pattaya is coming and you have a lot of points to defend :o

gorre
Jan 17th, 2011, 01:11 PM
I was surprised how fat and slow Tamarine is :rolleyes:

Lachrymarum
Jan 17th, 2011, 01:34 PM
Tammuy :sad:
I'm just glad that she's still playing.

Super Dave
Jan 17th, 2011, 01:42 PM
At least Maria calmed down as the match went on. 5 bad serves to start the match... I think she'll be OK. Yeah, I liked the dress, too.

gmak
Jan 17th, 2011, 04:18 PM
Maria :D :)

Those DF :scared: :o :help:
please fix that serve

MiiMo
Jan 17th, 2011, 04:22 PM
Maria had a fair match today. Nothing was impressive, but at least she managed to have the work done. By the way, excuse me, but, for someone who couldn't move, Tamarine had some great shots, especially with her forehand.So no, it was not an ugly win.
Talking about Kanepi 3R Match, Maria got chances, particulary if her serve is on. Because actullay, beside the 10 Double faults, when the serve was in, it was really heavy.
I think we had just some "flahs" of the "2008 Sharapova's Aussie Open".
She had so genious moves, but she seems like she lost a little bit confidence.
Reaching this 4R would be a great achievement right now. And beating Venus who seemed quite fragile today against Errani, especially on her serve (she got break once or twice I think) comparing to the entire scoreline.

Monzanator
Jan 17th, 2011, 04:30 PM
Serve is still crap :tape: First set was routine bussiness considering Tammy's movement problems, but the second one brought unneccessary drama, once again triggered by the serving issues. Luckily Razzano beat Vesnina whom I consider a more tricky opponent, but unless Kanepi makes a real mess of it in R3, Maria ain't be meeting Venus in R4 with a similar display :o

Hogstedt looked pretty fierce at one point :lol: Win is a win :cheer:

Break My Rapture
Jan 17th, 2011, 06:16 PM
The second serve was honestly shit. Decent off the ground.
Corrected a bit and I fully agree. Some of you might not realise it, but playing decent off the ground is defo an improvement for Maria compared to Auckland. In Auckland form, she would have not hit so much winners (despite Tammy being very limited in her movement).

Calypso
Jan 17th, 2011, 06:21 PM
Yay Maria! Nice to see her through comfortably.

Joe.
Jan 17th, 2011, 06:32 PM
Meh. Not great from Maria but at least she's got the win..:o

it-girl
Jan 17th, 2011, 06:36 PM
Tammy with her lack of movement never had a chance in this match and the fact that Maria still had 10 double faults against a player who never really had her under any pressure is a concern. Maria's next match with Razzano will be the exact opposite. Razzano had Vesnina so frustrated because she just kept hitting winners even when Vesnina hit a great shot and that is what won that match.

Both Maria & Razzano will be going for their shots and if it really comes down to the serve that will be a problem for Maria.

Polikarpov
Jan 17th, 2011, 06:38 PM
She was decent off the ground because the opponent barely offered any resistance. The next match will be a much better gauge, I would say.

BlameSerena
Jan 17th, 2011, 07:10 PM
Tanasugarn is just a blurb, a big blobby blurb. Pointless match. Maria probably hit the practice courts after this.

Adal
Jan 17th, 2011, 08:16 PM
It's Pova, bitch! Better recognize!

$uricate
Jan 17th, 2011, 08:28 PM
Hardly a slaying, but at least Maria won a match.

sfan
Jan 17th, 2011, 09:03 PM
Maria was played good :D

cn ireland
Jan 17th, 2011, 10:18 PM
Congrats Maria:bounce:

marquis.de.sade
Jan 17th, 2011, 11:53 PM
I was very pleased with Sharapova's footwork. Her forehand looked okay, but the second serve is still crap. Out of 18 second serves, 10 have been DFs. Tammy was so slow and unfit. She made Sharapova look very good.

rucolo
Jan 18th, 2011, 05:14 PM
Nice start, Maria!;):bounce:

Her serve still sucks, 10 DFs.:spit:

Much better than this Auckland shit, but I`m not impressed.
Maria will have to improve vs Razzano, especially her serve.

Sharapowerr
Jan 18th, 2011, 05:17 PM
Ok, her serve wasn't good , but it was windy Maria does have a very high toss,some nerves, but the next round she will win, no doubt about that.

Dominic
Jan 18th, 2011, 05:18 PM
I don't get why her serve isnt much better and more solid by now, we have known it's her main problem for YEARS, what's the matter?