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Marilyn Monheaux
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:07 AM
C'mon!

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Miserable first set, but got much better in the 2nd!:worship:

Some great serving and fight! from her after 2-2 in the 2nd set. Really pulled herself together and elevated her level of play to win that set and eventually the match. :worship:

Little loss of focus in the 3rd, but overall a good performance today! :yeah:

Venus or Petko next! :drool:


Julia. Too bad (for her) that she couldn't keep her level of the first set up.:hug: Better luck next time. :)

Vartan
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:07 AM
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Craig.
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:08 AM
That was such a great match, even though she put me through hell in that last set :hearts:

RenaSlam.
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:08 AM
I didn't even know who Maria was in the first set - 4 winners?!

She turned it around and played some good tennis. Goerges played well, she'll be a threat in the future.

it-girl
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:08 AM
Why Julia? WHY!!!????

Svetlana)))
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:08 AM
Serve is really bad :help: Good fight to hold off the late Goerges challenge though

Smitten
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:08 AM
:lol: I knew she wouldn't lose to the likes of Julia.

Once she started playing the slight CC angle and placing the next shot DTL, she sent overrated and annoying Julia right out of Melbourne.

RenaSlam.
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:08 AM
Maria finally played like herself in the last two sets.

Mashabator
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:08 AM
FUCKING AJDE MARIA!!!! :sobbing:
I was soooo scared early there :D

Mikey.
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:09 AM
Well done Maria. :worship: Some great serving from the 2nd half of the 2nd set onwards. :D

Sp!ffy
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:09 AM
Our fucking chants worked!!!! :inlove:

InsideOut.
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:09 AM
Julia was utter shit for the first 4 games of the third while Maria was raising her game to much higher levels, and that deficit was too much for her to recover from :sad: Still, good learning experience for her and I'm sure she'll reach a fourth round at a Slam very soon :cheer:

Mrs. Dimitrova
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:09 AM
YES MARIA SHARAPOVA!! :sobbing: Great fight as always.

PLP
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:09 AM
Great match, Maria's quality was pretty high in the last 2 sets and Julia wouldn't go away, very competitive. Nice handshake at the end.

BTW, awesome way to finish Maria!!

VikingTennisFan
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:09 AM
Quality tennis. Shame this was only a 3rd round match.

Natash.
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:09 AM
Julia :sobbing: I wish she didn't get down 4-0 in the third. Was playing so passive in the second. Credit to Maria fighting.

Those last few games. :sobbing:

colt13
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:09 AM
The best I have ever seen Goerges play on the big stage.

Maria's last set and a half were awesome.

Carotastrophe
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:09 AM
No.. :tears:

SymphonyX
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:09 AM
I can't believe that Goerges girl was outhitting Pova on many points. She was also redirecting balls really good. But she was pretty much helpless when Sharapova goes on overdrive.

Let's go Masha!!!

edificio
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:09 AM
Got to agree with that commentator. That was a battle royal. Maria's serve was so off in the first set, and then in the third Julia came back. I almost thought she was going to get back on serve. No matter. It was enjoyable, even with all the errors.

marquis.de.sade
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:09 AM
Her game was excellent during the last two sets.

TheBoiledEgg
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:09 AM
nearly choked that one too from 4-0 up in 3rd
well done Masha ;) :hearts: :D
nice ACE to win :) :D

Alejandrawrrr
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:09 AM
If Vee makes it past R3... I just can't.

it-girl
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:10 AM
Anyway congrats Maria.

Eduardo Oliveira
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:10 AM
MARIA wants to kill me :sobbing:
good MASHA!!

TS
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:10 AM
Good match.

We'll be seeing a lot more of Julia I think.

simonsaystennis
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:10 AM
Maria's play in the second and third was awesome!!! Julia was very impressive and intense. Good fight from her. Just happy that Maria is through!! AMAZING!

VeeJJ
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:10 AM
Great match. I look forward to seeing what Julia will accomplish in the next few years.

Mrs. Dimitrova
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:10 AM
Maria :hysteric: thank you for raising for level.

CrossCourt~Rally
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:10 AM
Now THAT was a match :bowdown:! Bravo and a double :worship::worship: to both.

DefyingGravity
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:10 AM
She's got serious game, Goerges. I'm gonna make it my job to try and watch her matches. She's so close to breaking through matches like these against top players. She's just gotta learn to continue to raise her game.

HRHoliviasmith
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:10 AM
julia almost did it...too many errors. god bless her for her efforts. :hug:

SELVEN
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:10 AM
Julia tried her best in this match,sad to see her lost but it's a good tourment for her anyway.
BTW Maria will into the QF at least.

Sailor Vee
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:10 AM
YASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!:bounce::bounce::bounce:

s_j
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:10 AM
Maria really stepped it up in the end. I can see her fight her way through this draw.

7 aces, 35 winners, 29 UEs.

Rafito.
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:11 AM
Sooo frecking happy!!!!!! Besides those DF's her game was really good. I can see her beating Venus or Petkovic in the next round but not getting ahead of myself. Julia has a really nice game defiantly has a bright future ahead of her. It's a pity she had to play against Maria.

VAMOS MARIA!!!

Mrs. Dimitrova
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:11 AM
Quality match needs a highlights video stat. :bowdown:

franny
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:11 AM
That was a fantastically high quality match! Maria in the last two sets was finally showing some signs of her old self.

TheDream
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:11 AM
Great match. I am kinda anticipating a Caro-Maria SF. Which, would be interesting. But, if Caro plays like she did in their 4th round match at the US Open, Maria would have to play the match of her life.

claypova
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:11 AM
omg this match was soooo intense :sobbing::sobbing:

i'm so glad she got through :inlove: Venus vs Masha R4 please :sobbing:

Julia has alot of potential, good luck to her in the future :yeah:

Steven.
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:11 AM
Solid 2nd and 3rd set for Masha. I am the happiest boy in the wooooooooooooooooooorlddd woooooooo.

Thought she lost midway through the 2nd set.

GREAT match from both. Best I've watched in a while maybe. :)

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MaruSharapova
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:11 AM
Great tough win for Maria :worship:

J.Bravo
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:12 AM
I'm glad Maria stepped up.

Belmont Lad
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:12 AM
What a tremendous slugfest, such hard hitting from both.:eek: After a mediocre and rather stiff first set, Maria really raised her level and played great tennis in those last two sets, so pleased! Best I've seen her play since last summer. :) Hopefully her confidence will continue to grow and we can see more of the free and confident tennis she played in those last two sets! :yeah:

cellophane
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:12 AM
Please take her out, Venus!

tommyk75
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:12 AM
I actually think Maria might win this! She fought so well against a tough, tough opponent. Anyhow, it's been a GREAT tournament so far; let's hope all the drama and good tennis continue on.

Dominic
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:12 AM
Gee when did Goerges buy herself a game, I was like get back down to earth girl!

super ana
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:12 AM
Julia:hug:
So close.

madmax
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:12 AM
Clash of the Glamozones:hearts:
One of those rare amazing WTA mathces, filled with drama and winners galore - complete opposite of the pusher shit we've been seeing the last few months

P_Fer
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:12 AM
Lots of credit to Julia, she played great!
Good fight though Maria, nice to see and keep it going! :D :woohoo:

Cakeisgood
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:12 AM
Glimpses of vintage Maria. FINALLY!

All credit to Julia though. From 0-4 down, she just started playing incredibly. The second half of the third set was probably the best tennis of AO 2011 so far. Intense, dramatic, but also high quality.

n1ko0
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:13 AM
so glad maria won, but my word she put me through it at times!

Vikapower
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:13 AM
Why the hell does these two had to face ? :sobbing: Julia played really incredible tennis but Maria just displayed why she has the greatest mental ever. :worship: Maria suddenly a shot to the 1/4 (...)

Julia should be a top 10 player already and hopefully after this third round she gets the click for the bigger events.

pedropt
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:13 AM
Final ace :bowdown:

Well done Maria :hearts:

ExXotikal
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:13 AM
wow. Maria actually played like a motherfucker!! She went HARD. She's on her way back. I might have to swallow my word, the bitch is not messing around, there were winners flying everywhere!

Julia played out of her skin!

Nicky2002
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:14 AM
Julia has become one of my favourite players today.
Well done Maria!

it-girl
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:14 AM
I would not say she banished her with 3 tight sets. I would say she survived her & found a way to win against an inspired opponent.

n1ko0
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:15 AM
goerges would have taken any of the current top 10 to three sets in that form

Slampova
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:15 AM
AMAZING :bowdown:

Fool
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:15 AM
I nearly died. ;o

TheDream
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:15 AM
Maria really stepped it up in the end. I can see her fight her way through this draw.

7 aces, 35 winners, 29 UEs.


I think she'll beat anybody on this side of the draw except for maybe Wozniacki. Caro has high topspin balls, some she can hit really heavy, which will really test that shoulder of Maria. Sharapova would have to serve magnificently. Any long rallies and she doesn't have much of a chance.

TennisPlayingFox
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:15 AM
That was a very high quality match. Definatly the best I have seen Maria play in a while. Julia was also very impressive, I think she will get up to the top 20 this year. Good luck in the next round Maria!

cellophane
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:16 AM
goerges would have taken any of the current top 10 to three sets in that form

Meh, she hits some flashy shots, but she doesn't have consistency...

Kitten63
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:16 AM
Great win Masha :worship:

Good effort Julia :hug:

Reptilia
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:16 AM
First great match of the season for Maria. Keep it up:worship:

Cakeisgood
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:17 AM
I would not say she banished her with 3 tight sets. I would say she survived her & found a way to win against an inspired opponent.

ITA.

Julia was playing out of her mind for a good while and it took Maria's near-A game to topple her.
They were both hitting SO HARD, and not missing. Ridiculous shit.

Fool
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:17 AM
Why do we have two threads? :P

dechygirl
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:17 AM
I think its pretty obvious that Georges is the better player. Just look at the stats! Maria is a champion but still inferior.

Cakeisgood
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:18 AM
On the topic of facing vee, I think Petko will be a big indicator of her injury/form.

I don't foresee Vee/Maria being a high quality match however :tape:

Smitten
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:18 AM
Meh, she hits some flashy shots, but she doesn't have consistency...

Exactly she is so overrated. There's a reason she is ranked where she is.

When Maria got out of hitting only 4 winners in the first set and started mounting actual resistance off the ground, Julia was done for. Sharapova played only average and still beat a hot Julia.

Shafanovic.
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:18 AM
Allez!!! Come on Maria!!!

super ana
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:19 AM
Julia had her chances. It was so sad to see the game that Maria won hitting only 1 winner while the other points came from errors from Julia:tape:

Emina.
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:19 AM
Bravo!!! :bounce::bounce::bounce:

earthcrystal
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:19 AM
I would not say she banished her with 3 tight sets. I would say she survived her & found a way to win against an inspired opponent.

I was scrolling to post just this sentiment. Silly thread title...

That said, all credit to both players; it was a great match. Both had rough patches but by the end were giving it a thorough go. Loved it.

I, too, think Julia is destined for a *much* higher ranking. Good luck to Maria for the rest of the tournement, she's definitely playing herself into contention.

Fool
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:19 AM
I think its pretty obvious that Georges is the better player. Just look at the stats! Maria is a champion but still inferior.

Nice first post. :rolleyes: :lol: :help:

Stonerpova
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:19 AM
Best I've seen Sharapova strike the ball since her 09 French Open run. But yeah, it was a really, really high quality match, and Maria showed that she is the best competitor in the draw. Some great serving in the last set and a half (the body serve was particularly effective) and if she can keep that up, she will go FAR.

So thrilled! What a match! And credit to Goerges who played way above her level and didn't go away. Bright future ahead of her for sure.

On with it Shazza! :D

mariavikafan
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:19 AM
I think she'll beat anybody on this side of the draw except for maybe Wozniacki. Caro has high topspin balls, some she can hit really heavy, which will really test that shoulder of Maria. Sharapova would have to serve magnificently. Any long rallies and she doesn't have much of a chance.

We're not there yet. And Maria right now has a serve for her, Caroline:help:

cellophane
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:20 AM
Exactly she is so overrated. There's a reason she is ranked where she is.

When Maria got out of hitting only 4 winners in the first set and started mounting actual resistance off the ground, Julia was done for. Sharapova played only average and still beat a hot Julia.


Pretty much. Julia couldn't sustain any consistency in long rallies... when Sharapova plays someone who is consistent and makes her hit a lot of balls we'll see what her form is like then

dechygirl
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:20 AM
Maria Sharapova is a good player, but Georges is just better! Look at her career stats. Maria has way more unforced errors in her career!
Look at the stats!

s2crux
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:21 AM
Goegres play her best tennis in 1st set
Thanks God WinnerPova Come back in 2d and 3rd set :) :hearts:

Craig.
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:21 AM
Pretty much. Julia couldn't sustain any consistency in long rallies... when Sharapova plays someone who is consistent and makes her hit a lot of balls we'll see what her form is like then

:lol: Nothing is ever enough, is it?

Raz0r
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:22 AM
Fighterpova :worship:

AnDrEi.b
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:22 AM
Great match, congrats Maria :inlove:
Julia :hug:

TheDream
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:22 AM
We're not there yet. And Maria right now has a serve for her, Caroline:help:

Definitely not there yet, but I just feel that Sharapova should be able to beat a hobbled Venus, and the winner between Li/Azarenka and Kuznetsova as well. I was just saying that Maria should be able to out pace everyone except possibly Caroline.

Cakeisgood
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:22 AM
Maria Sharapova is a good player, but Georges is just better! Look at her career stats. Maria has way more unforced errors in her career!
Look at the stats!

Ooooh yay! A new troll! :hearts::hearts::hearts:

dechygirl
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:22 AM
:lol: Nothing is ever enough, is it?

Hahaha GREAT point. You should be a commentator!

Smitten
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:22 AM
Pretty much. Julia couldn't sustain any consistency in long rallies... when Sharapova plays someone who is consistent and makes her hit a lot of balls we'll see what her form is like then

Julia's game always falls apart when someone applies pace and/or depth to it.

cellophane
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:23 AM
:lol: Nothing is ever enough, is it?

No.... Just saying :shrug: She did play miles better than the first round.

earthcrystal
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:25 AM
Originally Posted by Smitten
Exactly she is so overrated. There's a reason she is ranked where she is.

When Maria got out of hitting only 4 winners in the first set and started mounting actual resistance off the ground, Julia was done for. Sharapova played only average and still beat a hot Julia.
Pretty much. Julia couldn't sustain any consistency in long rallies... when Sharapova plays someone who is consistent and makes her hit a lot of balls we'll see what her form is like then

Interesting perspective from you two. I think the majority of people responding in here must've been watching a different match. :p

Sailor Vee
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:25 AM
:lol: Nothing is ever enough, is it?

IKR! Geessh...:rolleyes:

dechygirl
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:25 AM
No.... Just saying :shrug: She did play miles better than the first round.

I think everyone can agree we all thought Georges was going to make it on the WTA tour. She DOMINATED in juniors! And she has way less unforced errors than many players like Sharapova.
I think with propper training, there's little room for distance in her success.

As Anastasia Myskina said..."She's a real, real fighter!"

madmax
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:25 AM
Pretty much. Julia couldn't sustain any consistency in long rallies... when Sharapova plays someone who is consistent and makes her hit a lot of balls we'll see what her form is like then

did you see the same match that I did? Julia was MURDERING the ball for winners most of the time. Any pusher would have been smoked today. Stop hating on the german, coz her ridiculous level somehow summoned Peak Pova at the end of the match. Goerges is very good and she will prove it soon.

atominside
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:26 AM
Dont wanna sound bad but Julia's tits are...*orgasm*

Njay16
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:27 AM
Match of the tournament thus far :worship: Some vintage Maria in there.

Julia :hug:

mariavikafan
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:27 AM
No.... Just saying :shrug: She did play miles better than the first round.

And earlier you just said, please Venus take Maria out even before congratulating Maria, go away hater.

dechygirl
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:27 AM
Dont wanna sound bad but Julia's tits are...*orgasm*

That's so disrespectful!

cellophane
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:28 AM
And earlier you just said, please Venus take Maria out even before congratulating Maria, go away hater.

:yawn:

JamieOwen3
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:29 AM
why assume when maria plays another player with depth she will falter? maybe she'll be the one doing the dominating? her strokes aren't power puff girls you know! whatever!!!!
champions spirit is what braught her through less df's as the match went on and more aces!!! more punch in the strokes great fight!!

bandabou
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:29 AM
Nice, nice...but it's still just to advance to the 4th round. Now comes the test, been a while since Maria got past the 4th round.

JJ all the way
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:29 AM
Masha is going to be in the finals - i would normally pick vee but hobblvee is not going to beat Masha. The only other person I may worry about is Li. The rest wont beat Masha

Fool
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:29 AM
That's so disrespectful!


Please leave.

cellophane
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:31 AM
did you see the same match that I did? Julia was MURDERING the ball for winners most of the time. Any pusher would have been smoked today. Stop hating on the german, coz her ridiculous level somehow summoned Peak Pova at the end of the match. Goerges is very good and she will prove it soon.

She was murdering the ball yeah, but she can't do long rallies... The fact that Pova was more consistent than her in long rallies speaks volumes.

Stonerpova
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:31 AM
It's 2:30 AM my time and there is no way I'm going to bed now. That match was an adrenaline rush. I only caught the third set, but it was brilliant hitting. Best of the tournament by a long way.

Steff_forever
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:31 AM
Maria :hatoff: :worship:

JULIA :hug: :worship: :bowdown: :worship: :bowdown: :hug:
you kept it so close til the end, wow: a German player who still has confidence after trailing 0-4 against a several GrSl-winner in 3rd set !
Your rise will continue, fight on !!!!!!!

atominside
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:33 AM
If sharapova gets thru the next round, Azarenka IMO still has the edge given their current form.

claypova
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:34 AM
Masha is going to be in the finals - i would normally pick vee but hobblvee is not going to beat Masha. The only other person I may worry about is Li. The rest wont beat Masha

You can't discount Vika. TBH, if Venus and Petko play the way they did in R2, then Masha can topple them. It's Vika/Li thast worrying me :scared:

mariavikafan
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:35 AM
:yawn:

yeah truth hurts.

dechygirl
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:35 AM
Please leave.

I'm sorry, do you not think saying "she's got f'ing hot tits" is disrespectful? Why should I leave beccause of that?

Hmm...I question your morals.

madmax
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:36 AM
She was murdering the ball yeah, but she can't do long rallies... The fact that Pova was more consistent than her in long rallies speaks volumes.

you seem to be a bit slow as far as I can tell - there would no long rallies with the way Julia was hitting the ball, but a simple route to the win against any pusher. Pushniacki can thank gods she didn't have to face Goerges today (like all the other players too).

Mrs. Dimitrova
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:36 AM
If sharapova gets thru the next round, Azarenka IMO still has the edge given their current form.

Which is why we shouldn't worry about future rounds yet. :p

Sp!ffy
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:37 AM
I'm sorry, do you not think saying "she's got f'ing hot tits" is disrespectful? Why should I leave beccause of that?

Hmm...I question your morals.

Hmm...Claycourter? I'm having a hard time guessing who this one is.

cellophane
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:40 AM
you seem to be a bit slow as far as I can tell - there would no long rallies with the way Julia was hitting the ball, but a simple route to the win against any pusher.

Point is - Julia doesn't do long rallies well... hell she was outlasted by Pova today when they had long rallies. When Pova plays someone who *can* do long rallies we'll see what her level is like

Pushniacki can thank gods she didn't have to face Goerges today (like all the other players too).

You have no idea what would have happened had she played Pushniacki... she doesn't play the same kind of flat power hitting like Sharapova... and she would have given Goerges deep balls with spin. Different gamestyle altogether.

Mrs. Dimitrova
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:41 AM
I'm sorry, do you not think saying "she's got f'ing hot tits" is disrespectful? Why should I leave beccause of that?

Hmm...I question your morals.

How is it disrespectful? Much more respectful than saying she has ugly tits IMO. :lol: You sound like you're 10.

atominside
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:42 AM
Which is why we shouldn't worry about future rounds yet. :p
+1

dechygirl
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:42 AM
Hmm...Claycourter? I'm having a hard time guessing who this one is.

I'm not a claycourter. Just because I think talking about people's "tits" publically is a bit rude doesn't mean I like playing on clay. In fact I hate clay. Hard is my favorite surface!

Anyway, Maria will probably make a deep run here. I just think if she has to play someone who can make her hit more than 8 balls in a rally she's in real trouble!

atominside
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:42 AM
I'm sorry, do you not think saying "she's got f'ing hot tits" is disrespectful? Why should I leave beccause of that?

Hmm...I question your morals.

i never wrote 'f'ing'

Smitten
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:43 AM
you seem to be a bit slow as far as I can tell - there would no long rallies with the way Julia was hitting the ball, but a simple route to the win against any pusher. Pushniacki can thank gods she didn't have to face Goerges today (like all the other players too).

Julia couldn't even beat Wozniacki on a quick indoor court in Copenhagen when she was playing just as well as this match.

thegreendestiny
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:43 AM
Maria Sharapova is a good player, but Georges is just better! Look at her career stats. Maria has way more unforced errors in her career!
Look at the stats!

Someone ban this spammer please.

JamieOwen3
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:45 AM
people were saying that about her after her first round, she's played 2 other opponents came out on top and it's still "just wait until she plays someone who makes her play long rallies" maybe she'll blast her way out of a rally? like i said her strokes aren't power puff

Sp!ffy
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:45 AM
Julia couldn't even beat Wozniacki on a quick indoor court in Copenhagen when she was playing just as well as this match.

Ok we get it. Maria sucks. She should retire. You guys drill it into our heads every day.

Joelina
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:45 AM
Maria! :hearts: you have just made my day

good job, Masha was plying some amazing tennis in the second and third set, congratz :D

Julia :hug:

The 2nd Law
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:47 AM
Maria that was awesome :hearts:

I can't decide if I wan't Masha or Vika in the semis :lol:

Smitten
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:50 AM
Ok we get it. Maria sucks. She should retire. You guys drill it into our heads every day.

What about that sentence has any relation to how good Maria is? :lol:

What post have I made in this thread that says Maria sucks?

Natash.
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:50 AM
Julia couldn't even beat Wozniacki on a quick indoor court in Copenhagen when she was playing just as well as this match.

:lol: That match was pretty controversial.

Cakeisgood
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:51 AM
OP This was a R3 match btw :)

madmax
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:53 AM
Julia couldn't even beat Wozniacki on a quick indoor court in Copenhagen when she was playing just as well as this match.

no she wasn't..and she was blatantly robbed in that match too

The 2nd Law
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:55 AM
So this is the third 4r in a row yes? Maybe she just needs a breakthrough (sounds weird saying that about Maria of all people :lol:) to really get her going again.

tvbsharapova
Jan 21st, 2011, 08:10 AM
come on maria!!you can do it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

gc-spurs
Jan 21st, 2011, 08:15 AM
Man these two were so gorgeous and looked good in their MS outfits.

Noctis
Jan 21st, 2011, 08:18 AM
Maria is dangerous now, Thomas what have you done

hdfb
Jan 21st, 2011, 08:20 AM
Damn, I guess it was too hopeful of me to have Maria and Justine losing on the same day

Foot's Fingers
Jan 21st, 2011, 08:30 AM
Masha ;) Levelled up when needed

Lord Choc Ice
Jan 21st, 2011, 09:14 AM
Mash. :bounce:

Gorgeous. :hug: Keep up the good work.

MiiMo
Jan 21st, 2011, 09:25 AM
Masha did a great job today against a really tricky oppenent today. If she faces Petkovic or Venus, she got her chances

sandv1
Jan 21st, 2011, 09:26 AM
I guess it could actually be argued that Maria nearly gave the match away because of all those DFs. Still, I expected a somewhat better performance from her.

I am _very_ mindful of her rotator cuff injury from a few years ago; those situations don't just go away in a year or 2. They're nagging and ongoing injuries based on what little information I've come across indicates, and I expect that Maria will have shoulder issues for some time still into the future. Even withstanding her gradual progress, I would have figured that other parts of her game (aside from her serve) would have been on better display. Her movement wasn't too shabby, so that's encouraging. Also, she had a lot of UEs, but likely more importantly those errors came from pushing the match forward. She's certainly playing a far cry better than when I saw her in person in Los Angeles 2 Summers ago. She actually seems more "together" nowadays. Just based on tonight's performance, I am more inclined to believe that she'll get deep in this tourney (though I'm still not expecting her to even get to the Final.)

I must add that this was quite likely the most entertaining match I've seen so far in this first week of this year's AO. I'm glad that I took breaks from work to tune in since it was well worth it. :lick: If anything, I think several other top players will need to raise _their_ respective games to come up with the goods against Sharapova throughout this year.

Also, I think that this was the first match of Julia's that I've ever watched most of the way through, so I certainly don't have a reference point to use as far as making expectations of her go. WD by both Maria and Julia. :yeah:

Beat
Jan 21st, 2011, 10:18 AM
the fighting spirit is the only thing that gets sharpie through such matches, and not her tennis skills :shrug: but i guess that's exactly what she needs to get better.

Sharakim
Jan 21st, 2011, 10:22 AM
the fighting spirit is the only thing that gets sharpie through such matches, and not her tennis skills :shrug: but i guess that's exactly what she needs to get better.If she didn't have skill, no amount of fighting would have got her through.

MiiMo
Jan 21st, 2011, 10:33 AM
Can anyone tell me about Maria's chances to reach the top 10 please ?

TennisFan66
Jan 21st, 2011, 10:34 AM
Maria finally played like herself in the last two sets.

Whom else would she play as? ..

Ballbasher
Jan 21st, 2011, 10:37 AM
Masha. :bowdown: :yeah: :D Good win, hopefully it supplies her with some confidence.
Julia :hug: Your time will come!

Steven.
Jan 21st, 2011, 10:44 AM
Can anyone tell me about Maria's chances to reach the top 10 please ?

Of course it depends on the others performance, and also it's too early to tell if you want an answer based on form as she only just changed coaches but she played very well today in sets 2 and 3 so who knows?

However, if you're asking for likelyhood she'll be top 10 after AO, it is unlikely, as she needs to reach the SF while Li Na and Shahar Peer do not reach past the QF and R4 respectively.

MiiMo
Jan 21st, 2011, 10:50 AM
Of course it depends on the others performance, and also it's too early to tell if you want an answer based on form as she only just changed coaches but she played very well today in sets 2 and 3 so who knows?

However, if you're asking for likelyhood she'll be top 10 after AO, it is unlikely, as she needs to reach the SF while Li Na and Shahar Peer do not reach past the QF and R4 respectively.

Well talking about Li Na, Maria (if she wins her 4th round match) can beat her and avoid her to get further than QF.
Well, don't know about Shahar's draw actually but I think she's playing Pennetta and to me, the Italian can easily beat her from the 1st round match I saw her play. Really Impressive Falvia.
So, why not for Maria ? :)
But well, It'll be quite hard. And until Roland Garros she has her points from Memphis and Strasoubrg to defend, a 1R loss in Madrid and a 2R loss in Indian Wells.
So, who knows ?

ce
Jan 21st, 2011, 11:03 AM
:dance:

Andy.
Jan 21st, 2011, 12:32 PM
Masha showed amazing fight today. Her intensity was on another level. The most intense player I have ever seen. she really upped her level today and is continuing to play better match by match. So so happy.

Hian
Jan 21st, 2011, 12:34 PM
Maria has been simply better.
The Gorgeous is overrated, she's not beutiful. A good and nice player.

homogenius
Jan 21st, 2011, 12:42 PM
Good job from Maria.Gorges was dominating but one or two points made the difference in the second set and Maria fought well.

Stevecw
Jan 21st, 2011, 12:50 PM
Great effort from Julia :hug:

But well to Maria, stepping it up in those last 2 sets.

Claycourter
Jan 21st, 2011, 12:53 PM
Can anyone tell me about Maria's chances to reach the top 10 please ?

Considering the amount of mugs in top 10 right now? Quite high :wavey:

helio_c
Jan 21st, 2011, 01:10 PM
On facebook :lol:

Maria Sharapova
What a tough battle, did not play my best early in the match, but credit to her she played great. I really liked her outfit!! Ha Ha

mariavikafan
Jan 21st, 2011, 01:16 PM
Considering the amount of mugs in top 10 right now? Quite high :wavey:

Henin is out of top 20. she is 30 actually:help: is she a mug or ????
Anyway Maria served and returned really well in the last 2 sets, notice that Gorges only hit one ACE Maria was really ready for that battle, beat Petko now.:)

Sharapovian
Jan 21st, 2011, 01:18 PM
Missed the match but seems like it was a good one.

Happy that Maria managed to pull through :yeah:

Sorry for Julia though :hug:

Julian.
Jan 21st, 2011, 01:22 PM
Well done Masha :D

miffedmax
Jan 21st, 2011, 01:25 PM
TOB is looking fairly fierce.

Miss Amor
Jan 21st, 2011, 01:26 PM
Well done Pova. I only saw the first set and it was Shazzniacki in action; I am glad she picked it up. Lets keep this Slam among the proven Slam champions please.

tennismaster8820
Jan 21st, 2011, 01:28 PM
Just watched this match, the best match so far! :yeah:
Julia is so great to watch when playing with this much desire and going for it always and making winners.
Maria could not afford to play like she did in all other matches this year, it was much better performance from her.

Conclusion from this match:
Julia :hearts: :hearts: :hearts:

Libertango
Jan 21st, 2011, 01:29 PM
Very impressed with Julia! All the best to her and her future.

Maria :yeah: Love the dress.

Josh.
Jan 21st, 2011, 01:51 PM
Maria of old started to appear in the last two sets. Thank fuck.

doooma6816
Jan 21st, 2011, 02:14 PM
I had to stop watching after 1st set, go to school...after this first set I didn't think she can win it. But no she won it! She's a fighter...and it seems she used her brain and step it up in next two sets...unlike Justine. :help:

Win the title Masha!!!!!!

doooma6816
Jan 21st, 2011, 02:19 PM
Henin is out of top 20. she is 30 actually:help: is she a mug or ????
Anyway Maria served and returned really well in the last 2 sets, notice that Gorges only hit one ACE Maria was really ready for that battle, beat Petko now.:)

After her 3rd round performance I think she is. Maria would have crushed her if they met yeterday...
Still hope for Justine to find her best, but it will be hard.

Maria Croft
Jan 21st, 2011, 03:11 PM
Awesome match to lift your game Maria, well done :worship:

Spiritof42
Jan 21st, 2011, 03:28 PM
Julia :hug:

Hard not to be impressed by the way she managed to get back into the match when she was down 0-4. It was looking like the final set might be a complete blowout. Instead, we got a good 20 minutes of spectacular, take-no-prisoner ball-striking. It's pretty unusual to see two players playing this type of tennis so well at the same time. Julia really took it to her opponent, and Maria's reaction was impressive as well (though not entirely unexpected given her past accomplishments). Maria was pretty poor in the first set and early in the second set, but after that she started to look like the player she used to be. Aces on set point AND match point? Who knows, this might turn out to be the match that finally puts the Sharapova express back on track.

CillyUltra
Jan 21st, 2011, 03:52 PM
http://img593.imageshack.us/img593/8070/julial.png

Julia!

cellophane
Jan 21st, 2011, 03:56 PM
people were saying that about her after her first round, she's played 2 other opponents came out on top and it's still "just wait until she plays someone who makes her play long rallies" maybe she'll blast her way out of a rally? like i said her strokes aren't power puff

It's not about her strokes being powerpuff... it's about her having consistency and being able to keep up in long rallies when she meets someone who can truly move her around and exploit her movement. That said, she is on her way up :scared:

Joe.
Jan 21st, 2011, 04:07 PM
Well Done Maria! :D

I really like Goerges' game and I will be following her in the future. :)

NyCPsU
Jan 21st, 2011, 04:34 PM
Highest quality match we have seen thus far. Credit to both of them for that.

Julia :hug: I said before 2011 started that this would be her breakout year, I hope this motivates her to keep working hard because she will get there eventually. Love her game more and more. So much potential there, actually reminds me a bit of early Dani. :D

Moveyourfeet
Jan 21st, 2011, 04:38 PM
I only saw the first set and was really impressed with what I saw from Julia. I am only interested in youngsters with a good serve and Julia has a pretty good serve. Ball striking is pretty good as well.

Sander.
Jan 21st, 2011, 04:44 PM
Julia played really well! Not bad that Maria needed 3 sets. :hug:

gmak
Jan 21st, 2011, 05:31 PM
Maria :yeah: :D :)
an awful first set, but she was really good in the other 2 :D
overall a good match

Julia :hug: good fight

Temperenka
Jan 21st, 2011, 05:33 PM
Maria :yeah: Good win.

Julia :hug: Good tournament and good effort today!

Craig.
Jan 21st, 2011, 06:02 PM
Top 40 win :cheer:

cn ireland
Jan 21st, 2011, 08:08 PM
Congrats Maria:bounce:

Now please make it past R4 in a GS, it's been a while;).

justineheninfan
Jan 21st, 2011, 08:18 PM
It was a good match but Maria looks like she is still struggling with her serve to me. That is the key ingredient if she is going to be ever back winning slams again or not IMO.

Marchino!
Jan 21st, 2011, 08:20 PM
Maria! :worship::hearts::bounce::banana::rocker2::cheer2:


Julia :hug:
GL in the next round Masha...Make your first QF'slam since French Open 2009!

n1_and_uh_noone
Jan 21st, 2011, 08:35 PM
Surprised at Sharapova's serve holding up that well. Goerges really should have put this away in 2, she went down a bit (the serve speed especially) after that long game in the 2nd. She played far better than I've seen her play before, when she was bashing balls without any inhibitions.

Typical bashfest though. Hard, harder, hardest and all that jazz...

canadia
Jan 21st, 2011, 08:44 PM
Julia couldn't even beat Wozniacki on a quick indoor court in Copenhagen when she was playing just as well as this match.

I saw that match. The only reason Woz won that match was because of the very biased line judges. It was shocking and it finally got to Julia. She outplayed Woz in that match and should have won it. I was :mad:

GoofyDuck
Jan 21st, 2011, 08:44 PM
I have to say, when i started watching in the second set Goerges was definately trying to hit the ball hard as possible.. but Maria was definately more tactical playing, aiming for corners and hitting really nice angled backhands... goerges balls were going faster for sure

Freshi
Jan 21st, 2011, 09:38 PM
very very bad ... Julia has played really well

Richie's
Jan 21st, 2011, 09:54 PM
Julia.... Pff....

LCS
Jan 21st, 2011, 09:56 PM
Come on! Great stuff, now another tough one coming up against Petkovic :spit:

Vincey!
Jan 21st, 2011, 09:57 PM
That was a very good match! Sharapova was shit in the first set but from 2-2 in the 2nd she was MUCH better!! she kinda started struggling when Julia was starting to play a bit better in the last set, but she pulled it out! :D

Julia :hug:

Vikapower
Jan 21st, 2011, 10:02 PM
I saw that match. The only reason Woz won that match was because of the very biased line judges. It was shocking and it finally got to Julia. She outplayed Woz in that match and should have won it. I was :mad:
Smitten barely watches tennis anyways (...) :lol: Julia was theft in all possible manners.

Break My Rapture
Jan 21st, 2011, 10:19 PM
Best match of the year so far IMO. :yeah:

So glad Maria got another win over an opponent playing on a high level. True determination right there. :worship:

Julia is vastly heading towards top 20 if she plays like this more consistently. Put up a great fight. :hug:

Roookie
Jan 22nd, 2011, 12:53 AM
Maria doesnt have it easy...but I really hope she can make the final now.

Slutati
Jan 22nd, 2011, 12:59 AM
Those last few games were fucking ridiculous :eek: Winner after winner from both girls! Awesome match. Win this shit Maria, please.

So Disrespectful
Jan 22nd, 2011, 01:02 AM
We're seeing flashes of the real Maria, I think she can turn it up in the second week.

Corswandt
Jan 22nd, 2011, 01:24 AM
Those last few games were fucking ridiculous :eek: Winner after winner from both girls! Awesome match.

Agreed. If that 3rd set had been just a bit tighter, with a couple more deuce games, it would have been a classic for the ages; but the outcome was in doubt only in the sense that we all suspected that Sharapova's serve could still fall completely apart (it didn't). As it was, it was just about the best a match of this type can be. Flawless first strike tennis from both, with Sharapova (successfully) having a go at several 175 km/h+ serves from Julinha. Positive winner to UE ratio for both IIRC, for both 3rd set and full match overall - something you'll never see in an all-pusher match.

And above all, it was the closest we'll ever get to seeing what a Vaidisova vs Sharapova match would have looked like.

Corswandt
Jan 22nd, 2011, 01:50 AM
Forgot to add that I thought :cheer: Julinha :cheer: would win this fairly handily. :o

Nico_E
Jan 22nd, 2011, 05:47 AM
pathetic result

better and more beautiful woman lost, probably tired

HRHoliviasmith
Jan 22nd, 2011, 05:57 AM
Those last few games were fucking ridiculous :eek: Winner after winner from both girls! Awesome match. Win this shit Maria, please.

ewww...i don't like you that much anymore.

~MashyOwnThemAll
Jan 22nd, 2011, 08:45 AM
pathetic result

better and more beautiful woman lost, probably tired

shut up your boring mouth dickhead.

toby345
Jan 22nd, 2011, 01:52 PM
Is there any hightlights video from this match? :o Can't find anyone, only these commercial-videos on youtube :o

Leo_DFP
Jan 22nd, 2011, 05:16 PM
match of the tournament by far.

Mistress of Evil
Jan 22nd, 2011, 06:01 PM
Agreed. If that 3rd set had been just a bit tighter, with a couple more deuce games, it would have been a classic for the ages; but the outcome was in doubt only in the sense that we all suspected that Sharapova's serve could still fall completely apart (it didn't). As it was, it was just about the best a match of this type can be. Flawless first strike tennis from both, with Sharapova (successfully) having a go at several 175 km/h+ serves from Julinha. Positive winner to UE ratio for both IIRC, for both 3rd set and full match overall - something you'll never see in an all-pusher match.

And above all, it was the closest we'll ever get to seeing what a Vaidisova vs Sharapova match would have looked like.

And was supposed to happen at USO 2007 :bigcry: I really wish they had met in a WTA tourney. :awww:

rucolo
Jan 22nd, 2011, 07:26 PM
Very good fight, Maria!:hearts::D:yeah:

Julia :hug:

Both played great tennis, but Maria was a bit better.
Nice handshake. So many fantastic shots!:worship:

Amazing match!:bowdown:

joćo.
Jan 22nd, 2011, 07:39 PM
And was supposed to happen at USO 2007 :bigcry: I really wish they had met in a WTA tourney. :awww:

:hysteric: :hysteric: :hysteric:

We were almost getting it as the Australian Open 2007 final aswell :sad:

JamieOwen3
Jan 22nd, 2011, 07:46 PM
there we're other times maria and nicole could have played, acura classic 2006 maria made the final nicole lost to kim in the semi's

WTAtennisfan15
Jan 22nd, 2011, 07:58 PM
They met each other in 2004 WTT...

Full match in here:
http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XODMyNjEwMzY=.html

JamieOwen3
Jan 22nd, 2011, 08:06 PM
world team tennis is not quite the same though is it :lol: a competitive match never happened sadly

Slutiana
Jan 22nd, 2011, 10:01 PM
Brilliant. As people have said, the last set was pretty great.

One of Maria's biggest problems over the last year has been the fact that she's so inhibited on her strokes. Looked like that was going to continue after set one, but she finally let loose and glimpses of the old Sharapova (off the ground) reemerged. Petkovic is another player she can hopefully use to further gain some rhythm on her strokes. I'm really rooting for Maria, so KILL HER.

pollison
Jan 23rd, 2011, 07:42 AM
Julia won a fan today, she played great tennis and hats off to Maria, im not her biggest fan but she played really well, that steely look she has is starting to return. 2011 AO winner?? We will just have to wait and see!

Caralenko
Jan 23rd, 2011, 07:50 AM
Fucking frustrating disaster of a match. :o Screamed at my TV.

Leo_DFP
Jan 23rd, 2011, 07:53 AM
uprooted by a new match of the tourney: fran vs. sveta. :worship: