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Vartan
Jan 21st, 2011, 10:20 AM
:(

goldenlox
Jan 21st, 2011, 10:26 AM
I dont know what to expect from Petkovic. I thought she had a chance against Vera at the USO & she was so nervous she couldnt put a ball in play.
So a lot of this is her, and I would not bet on Petkovic in a big match. She doesnt win many of them

madmax
Jan 21st, 2011, 10:27 AM
Maria in comfortable 2 (if she decides to show up from the start of the match that is)

Ballbasher
Jan 21st, 2011, 10:28 AM
Maria. Andrea will be far too nervous!

mckyle.
Jan 21st, 2011, 10:29 AM
I hope Maria, but Andrea's on the verge of a career breakthrough, so who knows.

Marilyn Monheaux
Jan 21st, 2011, 10:31 AM
Masha in 2.
Petko is a good hitter, but she doesn't have the consistency to hang with someone like Maria from the baseline for too long. Andrea's gonna go for it, but I expect her to be very hit or miss. Maria has displayed some great defensive skills and I honestly don't think it's even gonna be a very tight match. :shrug:
That is of course unless Errorpova, Doublefaultpova, Cannothitawinnerpova, Chokepova or Poova show up. :D

Maybe I'm too optimistic, but that's how I see it. :lol:

KBlade
Jan 21st, 2011, 10:31 AM
I saw the end of Maria's match against Goerges, and she looked impressive. If she can get that first serve firing, she should prove far too strong for Petkovic, however, Maria isn't the player she once was, so an upset is very possible.

Rafito.
Jan 21st, 2011, 10:33 AM
Going to be very hard match for both I think! But if Maria plays like she did today then she shall win minus the df's.

InsideOut.
Jan 21st, 2011, 10:34 AM
Hard to call. If Maria could step it up to the frightening level she was at in the 3rd set against Julia, she could very well take this in two no matter how well Andrea plays. One thing that was particularly impressive - even in the second round - is Maria's return, especially off her backhand wing, that were hit very hard and deep. I think that will make quite a difference. On the other hand, if Andrea can get the first strike in rallies and go for her shots and make them, she could turn this into quite a dogfight.

I'm going with Maria 7-6(4) 6-4 on this one :shrug:

Noctis
Jan 21st, 2011, 10:35 AM
Maria should be in the finals already

F-R-E-A-K
Jan 21st, 2011, 10:36 AM
Maria in 2

:unsure:

tvbsharapova
Jan 21st, 2011, 10:37 AM
Maria in 2

young_gunner913
Jan 21st, 2011, 10:38 AM
Don't care for either. But Petkovic just because I think it would be hilarious to see what Sharapova does after she does her dumb little dance.

hdfb
Jan 21st, 2011, 10:38 AM
Petko.

MiiMo
Jan 21st, 2011, 10:39 AM
I would say Maria in 2 or 3 !
Petkovic is a really hard hitter but against top players, she's been often too nervous in the past. I remember that match against Kuznetsova last year at the French Open, she was all in control and then she lost all her mental strengh and let Svetlana come back and eventually win. So, I think, Maria will get through this.

jimmy_the_greek
Jan 21st, 2011, 10:52 AM
Andrea 2:1

doktor
Jan 21st, 2011, 10:57 AM
we all know poova is showing up for this :cry:

please win it Masha, but i think Andrea in 2 :sad:

Mary Cherry.
Jan 21st, 2011, 10:58 AM
I'd like to see the Petkodance. But the match will be on Masha's racket, I can see her edging this one.

gc-spurs
Jan 21st, 2011, 10:59 AM
Masha in 2.
Petko is a good hitter, but she doesn't have the consistency to hang with someone like Maria from the baseline for too long. Andrea's gonna go for it, but I expect her to be very hit or miss. Maria has displayed some great defensive skills and I honestly don't think it's even gonna be a very tight match. :shrug:
That is of course unless Errorpova, Doublefaultpova, Cannothitawinnerpova, Chokepova or Poova show up. :D

Maybe I'm too optimistic, but that's how I see it. :lol:

She has been running stuff down a lot better.
Hopefully that godlikePova show up for a bit :)

John.
Jan 21st, 2011, 11:02 AM
Maria in 3

terceira
Jan 21st, 2011, 11:08 AM
I hope Masha :woohoo:

Emina.
Jan 21st, 2011, 11:47 AM
I hope Maria:)

Mistress of Evil
Jan 21st, 2011, 12:03 PM
Sharapova in two.

<Majmun>
Jan 21st, 2011, 12:03 PM
I would like Andrea to win, but Maria will most likely go thrugh to the next round.

Claycourter
Jan 21st, 2011, 12:03 PM
Masha to flatten the German mug in two sets :rocker2:

Mr.Sharapova
Jan 21st, 2011, 12:04 PM
Imagine Maria winning this match and then doing her own dance in front of Petko :haha:

Stevecw
Jan 21st, 2011, 12:05 PM
Petko in 3 if she can somehow control the nerves. If not obviously Maria in 2.

C'mon hold those nerves and get through! :)

explicit
Jan 21st, 2011, 12:19 PM
I was hoping that both of them would go deep in the AO, I guess I should've checked the draw :( Well, I hope Petkovic will make a big tournament break-through soon, but I’ll be rooting a bit more for Maria in this one. If she plays decent, she should win.

doooma6816
Jan 21st, 2011, 01:23 PM
I think Maria is pretty consistent in her AO 2011 matches...even imrpoving match by match, so Masha in 2. First set maybe tough, but second without any problem.
Maria win it to make QF:inlove:
After awful Justine is out, I want Maria to win the title. ;)

MaruSharapova
Jan 21st, 2011, 02:39 PM
Maria 2:1. Slow starts and such :rolleyes:

Imagine Maria winning this match and then doing her own dance in front of Petko :haha:

I would watch that over and over again :drool:

HRHoliviasmith
Jan 21st, 2011, 02:42 PM
Masha to flatten the German mug in two sets :rocker2:

I know you're being funny...but sadly, she will. :sad:

AcesHigh
Jan 21st, 2011, 02:53 PM
Sharapova in 3 I think
Maria making the final would be great for tennis.

Fool
Jan 21st, 2011, 03:27 PM
Hopefully Maria continues the "getting better each match" thing. :lol:

RenaSlam.
Jan 21st, 2011, 03:29 PM
If Maria serves well, she'll win.

I feel like even if she didn't serve well but played well enough off the ground she could beat Petkovic.

Temperenka
Jan 21st, 2011, 03:30 PM
In my opinion, it's all about Andrea's nerves. If she plays the way she has been lately, this will be quite a match.

I expect her to win in 3 if she is playing with confidence and I expect Maria to win in 3 if not.

Fool
Jan 21st, 2011, 03:31 PM
Wow, so Andrea's nerves are really that big of a problem for her? Seems like everyone in the thread is talking about them... =\

ViceUltramontain
Jan 21st, 2011, 03:41 PM
Wow, so Andrea's nerves are really that big of a problem for her? Seems like everyone in the thread is talking about them... =\

Her nerves are the only thing between Petkovic and the top 10.

Sharapovian
Jan 21st, 2011, 03:52 PM
Come on Maria :cheer:

Smitten
Jan 21st, 2011, 03:55 PM
Martha in 2. If she presses like the last 2 sets of her R3, Petkovic's extreme grip changes(especially on the BH) and outwide movement will be insufficient.

Smitten
Jan 21st, 2011, 03:55 PM
Her nerves are the only thing between Petkovic and the top 10.

:lol:

SOA_MC
Jan 21st, 2011, 05:26 PM
Pova in two easy sets :rolleyes:

Everytime Andrea has had a potential breakthrough match she has choked in spectacular fashion.

Ferg
Jan 21st, 2011, 05:36 PM
Hope Petko just comes out hitting it well, even if she doesnt win Id be pleased with a respectable showing.

Stonerpova
Jan 21st, 2011, 05:36 PM
Maria in two. I'm thinking it won't be that close. 4 and 2 or something like that.

HCGHolland
Jan 21st, 2011, 06:19 PM
maria in 2

I hope it will be a night match...
What do you think?

Sp!ffy
Jan 21st, 2011, 06:57 PM
Oh god.

I hate when people start expecting something out of Maria. :bigcry:

goldenlox
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:01 PM
Oh god.

I hate when people start expecting something out of Maria. :bigcry:Petkovic never won a 3rd round match at a major, neither has Julia.
So people expect Maria to beat them. It would be an upset if Petkovic is in the quarters of a major.

cn ireland
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:01 PM
Maria in 3!

justineheninfan
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:02 PM
I think it depends on if Maria raises her level or not. If she plays like her last 2 rounds she will probably lose since Petkovic is alot better player than anyone she has struggled with so far. However if she raises her level and serves better she can definitely win this match.

MaruSharapova
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:10 PM
I think it depends on if Maria raises her level or not. If she plays like her last 2 rounds she will probably lose since Petkovic is alot better player than anyone she has struggled with so far. However if she raises her level and serves better she can definitely win this match.

Petkovic is ranked higher than Maria's previous opponents but Goerges played above her ranking and Petkovic hasn't really faced opposition yet.. I think Maria will have the upperhand but :shrug:

justineheninfan
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:12 PM
Well I consider Petkovic better than Goerges really. Not that I have seen that much of both but what I have seen Petkovic is definitely better, not just based on rank. I do think Maria will win if she plays well for her standard but she hasnt looked that sharp so far. It will depend on if she can serve better than her previous rounds mostly IMO.

As long as someone survives who can beat Wozniacki and keep her out of the final I will be happy and that definitely isnt Petkovic so hopefully Maria can play better and come through.

it-girl
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:15 PM
Maria in 2.

MaruSharapova
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:15 PM
Yeah we'll see. It's pretty much a on-the-day thing with Maria these days :unsure:

mariavikafan
Jan 21st, 2011, 07:55 PM
Well I consider Petkovic better than Goerges really. Not that I have seen that much of both but what I have seen Petkovic is definitely better, not just based on rank. I do think Maria will win if she plays well for her standard but she hasnt looked that sharp so far. It will depend on if she can serve better than her previous rounds mostly IMO.

As long as someone survives who can beat Wozniacki and keep her out of the final I will be happy and that definitely isnt Petkovic so hopefully Maria can play better and come through.

Goerges has a better serve for sure, at least it was really good against Maria. I don't expect Petkovic to hit that hard on her first serve and that precisely so Maria obviously will have many chances in returns and her second serve is pretty weak.
Then from baseline Maria will have the edge but hopefully this the Maria from the second and third set who will show up.

Gdsimmons
Jan 21st, 2011, 08:29 PM
Come on Petkorazzi:)

HRHoliviasmith
Jan 21st, 2011, 08:31 PM
Come on Petkorazzi:)

THIS.

MiiMo
Jan 21st, 2011, 08:33 PM
I think if Maria plays like she did in the 2nd and 3rd set against Goerges she'll win quite easily. We will see but if she stays a bit consistent she could make a deep run here. I'm not overrating, I promise.

Freshi
Jan 21st, 2011, 08:35 PM
Andrea has the best chance

Stamp Paid
Jan 21st, 2011, 08:35 PM
Meh. Pow her down Maria. I guess. :rain:

Scola
Jan 21st, 2011, 08:59 PM
The draw is wide open now for Maria, can't see why are people here so pessimistic. She's ranked much higher than Patkovic, she's three times GS champion and many more. If Maria would think like some of her fans, she can't win anything. This is a free ticket to quaterfinal. Patkovic = Goerges = no experience on big stage, similar style of play... Maria has to beat her and she definetely will.:yeah:

Ferg
Jan 21st, 2011, 09:06 PM
Patkovic?

claypova
Jan 21st, 2011, 09:12 PM
Masha will win, something like 64 46 62 :shrug:

erschloy214
Jan 21st, 2011, 09:35 PM
Maria in 3!!

sandv1
Jan 21st, 2011, 10:21 PM
No offense to the Petkorazzi crew, but this will be blowout city. Maria in 2 fairly easy sets.

Break My Rapture
Jan 21st, 2011, 10:50 PM
Don't think Petkovic has enough weapons that can gain her the upper hand fast enough in the rallies.
Hoping that Maria keeps improving and if she does, she should be able to win in 2 sets.

s_j
Jan 21st, 2011, 11:04 PM
I was concerned about Goerges and Maria pulled through. I'm not too worried about Petkovic. She isn't exactly playing amazingly.

Pops Maellard
Jan 21st, 2011, 11:20 PM
Andrea in 3. :tears:

Setsuna.
Jan 21st, 2011, 11:48 PM
Petko hopefuly.:hearts:

NeoZod19
Jan 22nd, 2011, 02:22 AM
No Idea who Petkovic is, don't recall seeing her playing!!:confused:
But hope Maria continue to serve well. which is key!!!:wavey:

I know Maria will not take her for granted and Maria needs to start well.

Slutati
Jan 22nd, 2011, 02:26 AM
Beat the living shit out of her, Maria. :hearts: And then dance and scream this is my home or something!

Sergius
Jan 22nd, 2011, 10:46 AM
Maria in 2, Petkovic has nothing to seriously damage Maria

Lapaco
Jan 22nd, 2011, 11:21 AM
Sharapova needs to use this opening and reach the finals. Where Clijsters will wait, ripe for the taking. This is her best chance in ages.

Mrs. Dimitrova
Jan 22nd, 2011, 11:50 AM
Andrea Petkovic is dangerous. Hope Maria can keep her form up, it's all on her now. :scared:

jonny84
Jan 22nd, 2011, 11:57 AM
I hope Maria wins this.

Think Maria - something like 7-5 6-3

The 2nd Law
Jan 22nd, 2011, 12:17 PM
This is where I expect to see Maria's intensity really pull through for her. Andrea is bound to be nervous.

Tuckii
Jan 22nd, 2011, 12:32 PM
Night match :devil:

doooma6816
Jan 22nd, 2011, 01:14 PM
I was more worried about Julia, so this should be easier match for Maria.

Sander.
Jan 22nd, 2011, 01:31 PM
The German want revenge, so Andrea in 2. :p

SymphonyX
Jan 22nd, 2011, 02:58 PM
Sharapova in 2. Yeah, even if she plays below average. Petkovic has absolutely nothing to trouble her continuously.

SVK
Jan 22nd, 2011, 02:59 PM
Petkovic and itīs even not an upset for me if she will...

Temperenka
Jan 22nd, 2011, 03:06 PM
Sharapova in 2. Yeah, even if she plays below average. Petkovic has absolutely nothing to trouble her continuously.

Have you ever even watched Andrea play?

She has good groundtrokes and a solid serve. Her ranking is not representative of her game.

Youtube her and watch some highlights. :cool:

EDIT: I'm not saying Andrea will win. I'm excited for this match because it could go either way. But I'm saying that you shouldn't make a statement like this without even knowing about Andrea's game.

BepaMaria
Jan 22nd, 2011, 03:08 PM
Petko has been playing the tennis of her life but could be a little bit rusty due to lack of match practice after Venus retired in her previous match. If Sharapova plays at 100%, she is bound to take this in straights but seeing that she has become so mentally fragile and lousy game-wise, it could go 3 tight sets before Maria edges out the win.

SVK
Jan 22nd, 2011, 03:15 PM
Petko has been playing the tennis of her life but could be a little bit rusty due to lack of match practice after Venus retired in her previous match. If Sharapova plays at 100%, she is bound to take this in straights but seeing that she has become so mentally fragile and lousy game-wise, it could go 3 tight sets before Maria edges out the win.

But thatīs the problem...she is far away from 100%...and I donīt see playing her near 100% also today...Andrea should take the chance

LUVMIRZA
Jan 22nd, 2011, 03:16 PM
Petko's quirks will induce Masha to beat the shiii... outta her:cheer:

faboozadoo15
Jan 22nd, 2011, 04:34 PM
Andrea isn't really even playing all that well in her previous matches... I think Maria will win. The match being at night will help her.

Vikapower
Jan 22nd, 2011, 04:49 PM
That match is going to be similar to the one against Julia (...) I consider Andrea to be an even much more complete player than Julia (...) she has a serve, penetrating FH/BH, can slice, has a good pair of wheels but her enormous issue is how strong will the mental stay. Maria in 3.

Mrs. Dimitrova
Jan 23rd, 2011, 07:56 AM
Let's see. Was I the only one who thought Andrea would win? :lol: Hope not but Maria is so baaaaaaaaaaaaaad. :spit:

Temperenka
Jan 23rd, 2011, 07:59 AM
Andrea is painfully underrated and Maria is playing awful.

I hate to say it... but I knew the match might look this way.

SVK
Jan 23rd, 2011, 08:01 AM
Let's see. Was I the only one who thought Andrea would win? :lol: Hope not but Maria is so baaaaaaaaaaaaaad. :spit:

Nope:p

mariavikafan
Jan 23rd, 2011, 08:06 AM
Andrea is painfully underrated and Maria is playing awful.

I hate to say it... but I knew the match might look this way.

I don't like when people expect Maria to win, and obviously she doesn't like too.:lol:

SymphonyX
Jan 23rd, 2011, 08:08 AM
Pfft. Go lose Maria. I trusted her to win.

I'm rooting for Schiavone now.

The Witch-king
Jan 23rd, 2011, 08:24 AM
Petkovic desperately trying to choke

BlueTrees
Jan 23rd, 2011, 09:24 AM
I saw this one coming from a mile away :shrug:

Petkovic is really underated..its nice shes finally making bigger strides. Shes had a great start to the year :)

AnomyBC
Jan 23rd, 2011, 09:29 AM
I just voted for Maria in 2. I still have faith in her :)