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TeamUla
Mar 2nd, 2012, 09:53 AM
:)

TTomek
Mar 2nd, 2012, 01:17 PM
about time Ma!

saul1333
Mar 2nd, 2012, 04:32 PM
Good luck! :)

Jerem
Mar 3rd, 2012, 10:17 AM
http://www.wtatennis.com/javaImages/6/f1/0,,12781~10547462,00.jpg

Given the choice between a few days in the Californian sun or the sub-zero temperatures of a European winter, most people would chose the former. But Agnieszka Radwanska is not most people.

Next week the 22-year-old is eschewing the Sunshine state in favor of a bit of rest and relaxation in her home town of Krakow. And while Poland's second city may not boast the world's finest weather, or tennis facilities, for Radwanska there is nowhere better to prepare for one of the biggest tournaments on the tennis calendar, the BNP Paribas Open.

"Actually, I just love being home," Radwanska said in Dubai last week. "I will relax there, just eating in my kitchen, sleeping in my bed, sitting on my couch. I think these are very important things for me. At the moment, I can't imagine practicing somewhere else.

"We are travelling 10 months a year and so when we actually get home we are like guests! But I always like staying at home if it's possible. Even now, you know, I will go for a couple days home before Indian Wells. Even though it's winter, it's always good to be back home. I have family and friends there and I'm just trying to live like a normal girl."

Radwanska's preference for home comforts over five star hotels is refreshing, although she admits it does not always make for ideal pre-tournament preparation.

"To be honest, I don't even have a hardcourt in my city," she said. "I'm in Krakow which is not a small city, but I'm practicing on carpet, which is a really fast surface. Unfortunately, this isn't great before a tournament like Indian Wells."

However, hardcourt or no hardcourt, Radwanska will arrive in Indian Wells with her confidence sky high after a superb opening two months of 2012, culminating in an eighth career title in Dubai on Saturday. Victory in the UAE also propelled the 22-year-old to a career-high No.5 in the rankings and within striking distance of top spot.

"It's great, but it's still far from being No.1," Radwanska said after her final win over Julia Goerges. "It looks pretty close, but it's still far. But I'm not really going to think about it too much. I'm going to keep playing my game and try to keep up my good tennis, especially in big events. I just want to enjoy my tennis and try winning matches."

And with wins comes the trappings of success: public attention and the media spotlight - two things Radwanska is eager to avoid.

"I'm not thinking about if I deserve more attention," she said. "I'm happy to be a little bit outside and have my own life, some private life, so that's why I'm not in the tabloids all the time. I think I'm just going to keep it that way."

Keeping things like this could be easier said than done, though. Particularly if the talented Pole follows up her win in Dubai with another in Paris, London or New York later in the year.


Source: http://www.wtatennis.com/page/OffCourtNews/Read/0,,12781~2628592,00.html

fede33
Mar 3rd, 2012, 01:42 PM
Thanks :)

Cinek
Mar 3rd, 2012, 02:04 PM
Aga 5th seed in IW with bye in R1.
Ula with MD-WC in IW.

Indian Wells - WTA Main Draw – Monday, March 5 at 3:00pm

Good luck sisters :)

Cinek
Mar 3rd, 2012, 06:08 PM
Aga will play her first match just next Friday or Saturday :)

SwingVolley93
Mar 3rd, 2012, 08:51 PM
I love that Agnieszka is keeping her private life private. I was afraid that moving up the rankings and winning more major tournaments would grant her endless exposure and I was hoping her personality wouldn't change. Thankfully it won't :cheer:

Cinek
Mar 6th, 2012, 12:27 AM
INDIAN WELLS MAIN DRAW SINGLES


Azarenka v Bye
Craybas v Barthel
Keothavong v Bacsinszky
Bye v Kuznetsova
Medina Garrigues v Bye
Qualifier v Mirza
Baltacha v Rus
Bye v Goerges

Jankovic v Bye
Hampton v Hercog
Gajdosova v Vandeweghe
Bye v Wickmayer
Pennetta v Bye
Pironkova v Suarez Navarro
Cirstea v Benesova
Bye v A.Radwanska


Kvitova v Bye
Morita v Zahlavova Strycova
Qualifier v Vesnina
Bye v McHale
Kerber v Bye
Stephens v Qualifier
King v Errani
Bye v Pavlyuchenkova

Zvonareva v Bye
Date-Krumm v Parmentier
Pous-Tio v Zakopalova
Bye v Hantuchova
Zheng v Bye
U.Radwanska v Qualifier
Erakovic v Voskoboeva
Bye v Li



Bartoli v Bye
Qualifier v Qualifier
Johansson v Scheepers
Bye v Kanepi
Safarova v Bye
Paszek v Yakimova
Qualifier v Peer
Bye v Schiavone

Ivanovic v Bye
Qualifier v Larsson
Pervak v Qualifier
Bye v Peng
Niculescu v Bye
Qualifier v Arvidsson
Makarova v Mattek-Sands
Bye v Wozniacki


Stosur v Bye
Falconi v Dulgheru
Davis v Martic
Bye v Petrova
Kirilenko v Bye
Begu v Hradecka
Martinez Sanchez v Dominguez Lino
Bye v Lisicki

Cibulkova v Bye
Qualifier v Rybarikova
Brianti v Soler-Espinosa
Bye v Vinci
Cetkovska v Bye
Qualifier v Halep
Dulko v Dokic
Bye v Sharapova


http://www.bnpparibasopen.com/Scores/~/link.aspx?_id=8BD465DECA2A4EF784D2F121A692B74F&_z=z


Aga vs. Vika in QF again :hysteric:
Ula - 2 matches to win! :wavey:

Brad[le]y.
Mar 6th, 2012, 01:00 AM
1. Vika again :bigcry:

2. MaDu got banned :unsure:

SwingVolley93
Mar 6th, 2012, 05:28 AM
why did he get banned?

Cinek
Mar 6th, 2012, 09:58 AM
Why :eek:?

Forever?

Inger67
Mar 6th, 2012, 04:00 PM
I think Ula even has a very very slight chance of making the QF :cheer: Li has played very little this year and is always a question mark and then Dani :oh: She could lose to a qualifier in first round though so I shouldn't get my hopes up :sobbing:

saul1333
Mar 7th, 2012, 05:59 AM
Good luck :)

Inger67
Mar 7th, 2012, 07:43 AM
Good luck to Ula today! She's last on Court 6 though :o

TTomek
Mar 7th, 2012, 10:14 AM
no Agniela in IW :speakles:

Jerem
Mar 7th, 2012, 10:16 AM
They are maybe refocusing on singles this year :shrug: Both have had pretty good results so far this season.

Cinek
Mar 7th, 2012, 10:20 AM
Ula vs. Krajicek :tape:

Cinek
Mar 7th, 2012, 10:47 AM
07.03.2012

Court 6 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Laura Pous-Tio vs. Klara Zakopalova
2. Tsvetana Pironkova vs. Carla Suárez Navarro
3. ATP: Williams vs. Zopp
4. Urszula Radwanska vs. Michaella Krajicek


Go Ula!

Cinek
Mar 8th, 2012, 01:49 PM
Aga nie gra w deblu z powodu tego, że Hantuchova zapomniała je zgłosić do drabinki :lol:

http://img841.imageshack.us/img841/8521/ulap.jpg

Ula prowadziłą 4-2 w trzecim :o

saul1333
Mar 8th, 2012, 02:47 PM
:sad:

Jerem
Mar 8th, 2012, 05:14 PM
Aga nie gra w deblu z powodu tego, że Hantuchova zapomniała je zgłosić do drabinki :lol:
Really? :lol:

Cinek
Mar 8th, 2012, 06:51 PM
Yes - http://sport.onet.pl/tenis/hantuchova-zapomniala-zglosic-debel-do-turnieju,1,5050648,wiadomosc.html

mateusz2904
Mar 8th, 2012, 08:21 PM
Ula had really good draw :sad:
Daniela :lol: it happens, they always hurry so much. However, it reminded me of Jovanovski when she took a flight to another city last year :lol:

Aryman3
Mar 8th, 2012, 09:33 PM
Ula lost winning more points

Cinek
Mar 9th, 2012, 01:18 PM
Stadium 2 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Elena Vesnina vs. Christina McHale
2. ATP: Chardy vs. Baghdatis
3. ATP: Starace vs. Nalbandian
4. Vera Zvonareva vs. Kimiko Date-Krumm
5. Sorana Cirstea vs. Agnieszka Radwanska
6. ATP: Stebe vs. Sweeting


Come on Aga!

saul1333
Mar 9th, 2012, 02:42 PM
Good luck :)

Cinek
Mar 10th, 2012, 02:38 AM
Agnieszka Radwańska def. Sorana Cirstea 6-2 6-4

http://img641.imageshack.us/img641/1778/afaje.jpg


Pennetta next :)

SoBizarre
Mar 11th, 2012, 12:16 PM
It looks like Aga - Flavia match will be shown on Eurosport Player (scheduled 4:30 CET Monday morning, but probably won't start on time), which means there will most likely be streams available in usual places. ;)

rucolo
Mar 11th, 2012, 05:45 PM
Nice start in IW, Aga. Head To Head vs Cirstea now 3-2 :D

R3 vs annoying Pennetta. Come on Aga, play well and kick her ass :devil:

TeamUla
Mar 11th, 2012, 07:57 PM
Back after ban. :worship:

Cinek
Mar 11th, 2012, 08:03 PM
MaDu :hearts:

TeamUla
Mar 11th, 2012, 08:21 PM
(6)Stephanie Dubois (CAN) v (wc)Alexandra Stevenson (USA)
Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) v Mariana Duque-Marino (COL)
Eva Birnerova (CZE) v (wc)Maria Sanchez (USA)
(4)Urszula Radwanska (POL) v (wc)Simone Pratt (BAH)

Ula seeded with "4" in Nassau :D Great draw :worship:
In her quarter there are not many dangerous opponents only: Wozniak, Bondarenko

Cinek
Mar 11th, 2012, 09:47 PM
$100,000+H Nassau (BAH)


Singles Main Draw

(1)Pauline Parmentier (FRA) v Kristina Barrois (GER)
Kristyna Pliskova (CZE) v Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS)
Julia Cohen (USA) v Alize Cornet (FRA)
(8)Mandy Minella (LUX) v Sesil Karatantcheva (KAZ)

(3)Anne Keothavong (GBR) v Petra Rampre (SLO)
Jill Craybas (USA) v (wc)Ryann Foster (USA)
Alison Riske (USA) v Q
(7)Virginie Razzano (FRA) v Mirjana Lucic (CRO)

(6)Stephanie Dubois (CAN) v (wc)Alexandra Stevenson (USA)
Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) v Mariana Duque-Marino (COL)
Eva Birnerova (CZE) v (wc)Maria Sanchez (USA)
(4)Urszula Radwanska (POL) v (wc)Simone Pratt (BAH)

(5)Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) v Olga Savchuk (UKR)
Valeria Savinykh (RUS) v Q
Q v Q
(2)Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR) v Nina Bratchikova (RUS)


Doubles Main Draw

(1)Grandin/Uhlirova (RSA/CZE) v Pliskova/Pliskova (CZE/CZE)
(wc)Foster/Pratt (USA/BAH) v (wc)Fountain/Russell (BAH/BAH)
(4)Craybas/Rodionova (USA/AUS) v (wc)Sanchez/Schnack (USA/USA)
Husarova/Marosi (SVK/HUN) v Savchuk/Savinykh (UKR/RUS)

Minella/Radwanska (LUX/POL) v Fichman/Pelletier (CAN/CAN)
(3)Barrois/Woehr (GER/GER) v Birnerova/Keothavong (CZE/GBR)
Lee-Waters/Moulton-Levy (USA/USA) v Cornet/Parmentier (FRA/FRA)
(2)Fujiwara/Jans-Ignacik (JPN/POL) v Bratchikova/Jurak (RUS/CRO)


Go Ula! :cheer:

Dokisit
Mar 12th, 2012, 05:21 AM
Nice start in IW, Aga. Head To Head vs Cirstea now 3-2 :D

R3 vs annoying Pennetta. Come on Aga, play well and kick her ass :devil:

Aga kicked that arse! She is super.

Rest Maria!
Mar 12th, 2012, 05:21 AM
http://i44.tinypic.com/9u0tpu.jpg
http://i40.tinypic.com/15plsnk.jpg

On to R4. :yeah:

Cinek
Mar 12th, 2012, 01:09 PM
Aga :hearts:
Hampton next ;)

TTomek
Mar 12th, 2012, 02:21 PM
in 1st Aga had 11 winners and 17 UEs
in 2nd it was 10-4 :yeah:

Cinek
Mar 12th, 2012, 03:11 PM
http://img600.imageshack.us/img600/469/ula.jpg

Go Ula! :)

TeamUla
Mar 12th, 2012, 05:44 PM
This tournament doesn't have livescores. :(

BlueTrees
Mar 12th, 2012, 05:58 PM
Aga has such an easy 4R :o I've never even seen Hampton play and tbh don't even know what she looks like :tape:

Cinek
Mar 13th, 2012, 12:04 PM
(4)Urszula Radwanska (POL) d. (wc)Simone Pratt (BAH) 60 61 :)
Next Eva Birnerova (CZE) or (wc)Maria Sanchez (USA)

Today R1 doubles
http://img85.imageshack.us/img85/8374/ulaiw.jpg
Go Ula!


Stadium 2 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Jamie Hampton vs. Agnieszka Radwanska
2. ATP: Tsonga vs. Stepanek
3. ATP: Baghdatis vs. Dolgopolov
4. ATP: Nalbandian vs. Tipsarevic
5. Marion Bartoli vs. Lucie Safarova
6. ATP: Murray/Murray vs. Mirnyi/Nestor

Go Aga! :)

TeamUla
Mar 13th, 2012, 12:08 PM
Maria Sanchez changed from ESP to USA? :eek: Doesn't she play doubles in Indian Wells?

TTomek
Mar 13th, 2012, 01:23 PM
2 different players :lol:

TeamUla
Mar 13th, 2012, 01:24 PM
:oh:

rucolo
Mar 13th, 2012, 04:46 PM
Aga kicked that arse! She is super.

Yes, Aga is so consistent :drool: Head To Head vs Pennetta 4-1 :toothy:

Back after ban. :worship:

Welcome back then. What did you do? :oh:

TeamUla
Mar 13th, 2012, 04:50 PM
I offended Chinese community on tennisforum it seems (it's called racism by the admins ;))

TeamUla
Mar 13th, 2012, 06:15 PM
Ula will play 2nd round vs Maria Sanchez (the American one) :spit:

olivero
Mar 13th, 2012, 07:45 PM
MaDu you were banned? :spit:
in the meantime Aga has just lost a set to Hampton :facepalm:

mateusz2904
Mar 13th, 2012, 08:03 PM
I feel so sorry for Jamie... She was playing great tennis and it was really possible for her to beat Aga...
Anyway, can anybody explain me the rule which gave Aga 3-0 lead? Polish commentators probably didn't know anything about it, I watched the match in English, but I didn't understand what happened. There was something abour regulations and medical time-outs. I have never seen something like this before.

TeamUla
Mar 13th, 2012, 08:05 PM
She got two games penalty as you can't receive medical help due to cramps.

mateusz2904
Mar 13th, 2012, 08:08 PM
I thought so... Is it only about cramps? And what if it lasts even longer? Would Aga get more games? I heard that she would receive one point every 20sec.

TeamUla
Mar 13th, 2012, 08:09 PM
yes. You basically lose point if you don't start rally during 20 seconds since the finishing of the last point. For example Ivanović lost some games I remember as she escaped to toilet during a game. It was in Linz I believe.

8k-7PJ_HodQ

mateusz2904
Mar 13th, 2012, 08:12 PM
Interesting... It seems that tennis can always surprise me ;)
Anyway, Aga was a bit lucky, she seemed not to have an idea how to play against Hampton. I hope she will learn her lesson and show much more in the quarterfinal.

Irute
Mar 13th, 2012, 08:29 PM
Aga was definitely lucky today, but win is a win :shrug:

TeamUla
Mar 13th, 2012, 08:34 PM
I think Agnieszka would have beaten Jamie in 3rd set anyway. Just like she did against Wozniak. She lifts her game up when it really matters.

TeamUla
Mar 13th, 2012, 08:38 PM
http://www.thenassauguardian.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=26373&Itemid=50

Article about Ula's first match. She hopes to win the tournament. :cheer:

Irute
Mar 13th, 2012, 08:48 PM
I think Agnieszka would have beaten Jamie in 3rd set anyway. Just like she did against Wozniak. She lifts her game up when it really matters.

That is probably true, however it is not 100% guaranteed therefore she was lucky.

TTomek
Mar 13th, 2012, 09:52 PM
wow, can't believe that people are so obsessed with everything Aga does...

I really see nothing wrong in Aga's behavior :shrug:

The rules are for a reason for God's sake :rolleyes:

TeamUla
Mar 13th, 2012, 09:54 PM
Now that she got to top5 she will be critisized for everything she does. Even for a fart or whatever.

Irute
Mar 13th, 2012, 09:55 PM
wow, can't believe that people are so obsessed with everything Aga does...

I really see nothing wrong in Aga's behavior :shrug:

The rules are for a reason for God's sake :rolleyes:

At least people are not indifferent, I guess. I guess a lot of people don't understand her success. To be honest I don't understand it either this year. In the past she was capable to produce much higher level tennis than this year. I hope she will pull it together soon.

TeamUla
Mar 13th, 2012, 10:17 PM
Ula won doubles today. Tomorrow vs Birnerova/Keothavong. :)
Semifinal: Bratchikova/Jurak or Lee-Waters/Moulton Levy (Jans/Fujiwara lost :eek:)

Cinek
Mar 14th, 2012, 12:01 AM
Ula won in R1 doubles today, but still no score.

http://img713.imageshack.us/img713/7399/ulak.jpg

Go Ula and Ula/Minella!

---

http://img546.imageshack.us/img546/7371/beztytuu7cj.png

Aga :)
Good first set, but in second too passive game.

QF vs. Vika :facepalm:
Good luck in Miami Aga :p

TTomek
Mar 14th, 2012, 02:18 AM
Aga vs Vika on CC not before 1:30 pm local (9:30 CET)

:scared:

of course live on ES :p

Cinek
Mar 14th, 2012, 12:47 PM
Woz OUT, Aga new #4 :hearts:

Go Aga!

BlueTrees
Mar 14th, 2012, 02:23 PM
Vika again :rolleyes:

At least she'll be #4 no matter what :oh:

saul1333
Mar 14th, 2012, 02:52 PM
Ula :)

Good luck Aga :)

rucolo
Mar 14th, 2012, 03:08 PM
Aga into Indian Wells QF! :D;)

Weak 2nd set, too passive and Aga had huge problems with Hampton serve. Improve or :help:

saul1333
Mar 14th, 2012, 03:16 PM
Back after ban. :worship:

Be on good behavior now :)

rucolo
Mar 14th, 2012, 03:48 PM
wow, can't believe that people are so obsessed with everything Aga does...

I really see nothing wrong in Aga's behavior :shrug:

The rules are for a reason for God's sake :rolleyes:

Of course Aga did nothing wrong ;)

But Aga = relevant, successful, winning many matches, Top 5 -> haters :o

Cinek
Mar 14th, 2012, 03:54 PM
What a BOMBSHELL today :worship:
Aga #4 :hearts: and Robert will come back just for one tournament (Miami) :wavey:

Cinek
Mar 14th, 2012, 07:16 PM
(wc)Maria Sanchez (USA) d. (4)Urszula Radwanska (POL) 62 62

:facepalm:

Kill me :tape:

jomamoto
Mar 14th, 2012, 09:25 PM
Aga You have to hate Azarenka like yuo hate your father advices

Cinek
Mar 14th, 2012, 10:07 PM
0-6 2-6 :sad:

GL in Miami, please no Vika in QF.

gaja kesari
Mar 14th, 2012, 10:13 PM
Wow Agnieszka! That must have hurt. :hug:
Anyway, onwards and upwards.

She still had a bigger ovation after the match than victorious Victoria :lol:

By the way, and let's not bloody forget it, congratulations on making it to number 4 in the world!!! :hearts:

saul1333
Mar 15th, 2012, 04:58 AM
What a loss :help:

Ula :sad:

rucolo
Mar 16th, 2012, 02:31 PM
Aga :tears:

At least Aga avoided the double bagel. It was a horrible day, but Aga has 2 big problems: Her weak serve and her lack of power. And against a super-consistent super-mover like Azarenka you have to play your best tennis. Aga did not believe she could win this match after a while. Hope Azarenka stays far away from Aga in the Miami draw, can`t take another loss.

I have lost some respect for Azarenka. She was super-motivated to beat Aga, wanted to kill her on court. The loud scream and fistpump when she made the point for 6-0 5-0 was completely unnecessary. You would never do this if you are friends, really pathetic. Also Azarenka`s celebration of the win was way over the top. No wonder Aga gave her a short, cold handshake. Azarenka is simply too much :o

fouc
Mar 18th, 2012, 10:22 PM
Ula has a very good qdraw in Miami, Rodina then Hlavackova or Chang

Cinek
Mar 18th, 2012, 10:27 PM
Go Ula :cheer:

Cinek
Mar 18th, 2012, 11:14 PM
Court 8 - 10:00am
1. Kristina Barrois vs. Eva Birnerova
2. Mandy Minella vs. Sesil Karatantcheva
3. Ula Radwanska vs. Evgeniya Rodina
4. Stephanie Foretz-Gacon vs. Yvonne Meusburger
5. Alexandra Panova vs. Laura Robson

GL Ula :)

saul1333
Mar 19th, 2012, 05:44 AM
Good luck. Please qualify :)

saul1333
Mar 19th, 2012, 06:00 PM
1] Victoria Azarenka (BLR) bye
Qualifier - Michaella Krajicek (NED)
[WC] Heather Watson (GBR) - Sorana Cirstea (ROU)
[27] Lucie Safarova (CZE) bye

[18] Angelique Kerber (GER) bye
Jie Zheng (CHN) - Lucie Hradecka (CZE)
Anna Tatishvili (GEO) - Tamira Paszek (AUT)
[16] Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) bye

[11] Francesca Schiavone (ITA) bye
Anastasia Yakimova (BLR) - Ksenia Pervak (KAZ)
[WC] Alisa Kleybanova (RUS) - Johanna Larsson (SWE)
[22] Maria Kirilenko (RUS) bye

[32] Nadezda Petrova (RUS) bye
Simona Halep (ROU) - Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP)
Qualifier - Polona Hercog (SLO)
[7] Marion Bartoli (FRA) bye


[3] Petra Kvitova (CZE) bye
[WC] Venus Williams (USA) - Kimiko Date-Krumm (JPN)
[WC] Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) - Eleni Daniilidou (GRE)
[28] Monica Niculescu (ROU) bye

[20] Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) bye
Qualifier - Qualifier
Vania King (USA) - Laura Pous-Tio (ESP)
[15] Ana Ivanovic (SRB) bye

[9] Vera Zvonareva (RUS) bye
Ayumi Morita (JPN) - [WC] Garbine Muguruza Blanco (ESP)
Lourdes Dominguez-Lino (ESP) - [WC] Bojana Jovanovski (SRB)
[24] Flavia Pennetta (ITA) bye

[31] Kaia Kanepi (EST) bye
Qualifier - Silvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP)
Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) - Qualifier
[5] Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) bye



[6] Samantha Stosur (AUS) bye
Klara Zakopalova (CZE) - Qualifier
Chanelle Scheepers (RSA) - Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU)
[25] Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) bye

[21] Roberta Vinci (ITA) bye
Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) - Petra Martic (CRO)
[WC] Shuai Zhang (CHN) - Elena Baltacha (GBR)
[10] Serena Williams (USA) bye

[14] Julia Goerges (GER) bye
Jarmila Gajdosova (AUS) - Kim Clijsters (BEL)
Marina Erakovic (NZL) - Mathilde Johansson (FRA)
[23] Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) bye

[29] Petra Cetkovska (CZE) bye
Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ) - Christina McHale (USA)
Qualifier - Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE)
[4] Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) bye



[8] Na Li (CHN) bye
Alberta Brianti (ITA) - Qualifier
Elena Vesnina (RUS) - Iveta Benesova (CZE)
[26] Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) bye

[17] Shuai Peng (CHN) bye
[WC] Olivia Rogowska (AUS) - Qualifier
Gisela Dulko (ARG) - Sofia Arvidsson (SWE)
[12] Sabine Lisicki (GER) bye

[13] Jelena Jankovic (SRB) bye
Mona Barthel (GER) - Greta Arn (HUN)
Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) - Jelena Dokic (AUS)
[19] Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) bye

[30] Sara Errani (ITA) bye
Pauline Parmentier (FRA) - Qualifier
Shahar Peer (ISR) - Qualifier
[2] Maria Sharapova (RUS) bye

TeamUla
Mar 19th, 2012, 06:13 PM
At least not in quarter with Vika :p

TTomek
Mar 19th, 2012, 06:53 PM
could be Hampton in 2nd :p

TeamUla
Mar 19th, 2012, 06:57 PM
And?

Rest Maria!
Mar 19th, 2012, 07:01 PM
Or Ula. :oh: If she qualifies, so far 36 61 and into the third...

saul1333
Mar 19th, 2012, 07:40 PM
http://desmond.yfrog.com/Himg10/scaled.php?tn=0&server=10&filename=dnh.png&xsize=640&ysize=640

Rest Maria!
Mar 19th, 2012, 07:42 PM
She was down a break in the last set. :o But won the last 5 games. :yeah:

mateusz2904
Mar 19th, 2012, 07:55 PM
Good job :yeah:
I see some good spots for Ula in MD :devil:

Cinek
Mar 19th, 2012, 09:06 PM
Ula ;)

Rest Maria!
Mar 19th, 2012, 09:56 PM
Regarding the main draw for Aga - her road to quarterfinal might be quite bumpy, it's filled with opponents waiting to get their revenge, especially Zvonareva will be extra motivated if she reaches that round. :scared:

saul1333
Mar 19th, 2012, 10:47 PM
Court 8 - 10:00am
1. Anastasia Pivovarova vs. Eva Birnerova
2. Ula Radwanska vs. Andrea Hlavackova
3. Vera Dushevina vs. Yung-Jan Chan
4. Steph Foretz Gacon or Yvonne Meusburger vs. Aravane Rezai
5. Sloane Stephens or Indy de Vroom vs. Sania Mirza or Irina Falconi

Cinek
Mar 20th, 2012, 12:36 AM
GL Ula :)

TTomek
Mar 20th, 2012, 03:10 PM
And?
she will lose to her :p

TeamUla
Mar 20th, 2012, 03:14 PM
watch out.

saul1333
Mar 20th, 2012, 05:38 PM
(1)Huber/Raymond v Goerges/Stosur
Medina Garrigues/Pennetta v Chuang/Kleybanova
King/Niculescu v Date-Krumm/Zhang
(wc)Cibulkova/Jankovic v (7)Shvedova/Voskoboeva

(3)Mirza/Vesnina v (wc)Pavlyuchenkova/Safarova
Gajdosova/Zakopalova v Llagostera Vives/Parra Santonja
Chan/Erakovic v Kuznetsova/Zvonareva
Hsieh/Peng v (5)Kirilenko/Petrova

(6)Errani/Vinci v Kops-Jones/Spears
Benesova/Zahlavova Strycova v (wc)Groenefeld/Martic
Makarova/Zheng v Grandin/Uhlirova
Birnerova/Jans-Ignacik v (4)Hlavackova/Hradecka

(8)Hantuchova/Radwanska v Begu/Bratchikova
Govortsova/Rodionova v Dushevina/Peer
Kudryavtseva/Panova v Klepac/Rosolska
(wc)Dulko/Suarez v (2)Peschke/Srebotnik

saul1333
Mar 20th, 2012, 06:24 PM
http://desmond.yfrog.com/Himg26/scaled.php?tn=0&server=26&filename=m7ey.png&xsize=640&ysize=640

TeamUla
Mar 20th, 2012, 06:31 PM
Good job :)

mateusz2904
Mar 20th, 2012, 06:46 PM
Looong match. Now hope to get a good spot in MD.

Cinek
Mar 20th, 2012, 07:21 PM
Ula :hearts:.
GL in MD :)

saul1333
Mar 21st, 2012, 12:22 AM
Court 7 - 11:00am
1. ATP
2. ATP
3. Alberta Brianti vs. Melinda Czink
4. ATP
5. Urszula Radwanska vs. Katerina Bondarenko

Cinek
Mar 21st, 2012, 09:27 AM
Go Ula! :)

PS. saul1333: Did you watch Ula-Krajicek match in IW :)?

mateusz2904
Mar 21st, 2012, 04:29 PM
I was hoping for a bit better spot for Ula :tape:
Anyway, good luck! :wavey:

saul1333
Mar 22nd, 2012, 12:31 AM
@Cinek Yes I saw the match but dont remember that much.

http://desmond.yfrog.com/Himg546/scaled.php?tn=0&server=546&filename=r6p.png&xsize=640&ysize=640

Disaster..had 4*-3 in the 3rd.

Court 8 - 11:00am
1. Hantuchova/Radwanska vs. Begu/Bratchikova
2. Birnerova/Jans-Ignacik vs. Hlavackova/Hradecka
3. ATP NB 1:00pm
4. ATP
5. ATP

TeamUla
Mar 22nd, 2012, 07:35 AM
she will lose to her :p

Form of girls like Hampton is not steady. Look at yesterday result. :spit:

Cinek
Mar 22nd, 2012, 02:00 PM
@Cinek Yes I saw the match but dont remember that much.

Did Ula play good/bad? How about Krajicek?

Go Agniela!

saul1333
Mar 22nd, 2012, 05:04 PM
Served for the match 5*-4. Went down 0-2 in the match tiebreak.

http://desmond.yfrog.com/Himg688/scaled.php?tn=0&server=688&filename=3vj.png&xsize=640&ysize=640

Krajicek was bad in the first set. In the 3rd set Ula was getting impatient. Ula didnt call for Tomek until the end and was playing better, but Krajicek was playing well. On one of the bps that Ula had at the end, Ula should have won it but Misa hit a fh winner and it was done :sad:

mateusz2904
Mar 22nd, 2012, 05:56 PM
Ula :fiery: 20 double faults from Kateryna... 20 free points... I hope she didn't have any match points there.

Cinek
Mar 22nd, 2012, 07:23 PM
Krajicek was bad in the first set. In the 3rd set Ula was getting impatient. Ula didnt call for Tomek until the end and was playing better, but Krajicek was playing well. On one of the bps that Ula had at the end, Ula should have won it but Misa hit a fh winner and it was done :sad:

Thanks :)

Agniela :hearts:

saul1333
Mar 22nd, 2012, 09:20 PM
Grandstand Start 11:00 am
[13] Gilles Simon (FRA)v[Q] Roberto Bautista-Agut (ESP)
David Nalbandian (ARG)v[9] Janko Tipsarevic (SRB)
[Q] Madison Keys (USA)v [5] Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)
[11] Francesca Schiavone (ITA)v Ksenia Pervak (KAZ)

Cinek
Mar 22nd, 2012, 10:13 PM
Go Aga!

mateusz2904
Mar 23rd, 2012, 08:02 PM
6-1 6-1
Kanepi and Zvonareva are OUT!

saul1333
Mar 23rd, 2012, 08:06 PM
http://desmond.yfrog.com/Himg268/scaled.php?tn=0&server=268&filename=49f8.png&xsize=640&ysize=640

Soler-Espinosa next

Cinek
Mar 23rd, 2012, 08:30 PM
Aga :hearts:

TeamUla
Mar 23rd, 2012, 08:37 PM
I hope for QF against Venus :inlove:

saul1333
Mar 23rd, 2012, 09:47 PM
Court 6 Start 11:00 am
[5] Mariusz Fyrstenberg (POL)/Marcin Matkowski (POL)v Lukasz Kubot (POL)/Janko Tipsarevic (SRB)
[6] Mahesh Bhupathi (IND)/Rohan Bopanna (IND)vJurgen Melzer (AUT)/Jamie Murray (GBR)
[Q] Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP) v [27] Viktor Troicki (SRB)
[8] Daniela Hantuchova (SVK)/Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) v Olga Govortsova(BLR)/Anastasia Rodionova (AUS) OR Vera Dushevina (RUS)/Shahar Peer (ISR)

Cinek
Mar 23rd, 2012, 10:55 PM
Go Agniela :cheer:

saul1333
Mar 24th, 2012, 09:40 PM
http://desmond.yfrog.com/Himg19/scaled.php?tn=0&server=19&filename=4h2j.png&xsize=640&ysize=640

Grandstand Start 11:00 am
[18] Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR)v[9] Janko Tipsarevic (SRB)
[13] Gilles Simon (FRA)v[22] Jurgen Melzer (AUT)
[26] Milos Raonic (CAN)v[4] Andy Murray (GBR)
Silvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP)v [5] Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)

Jerem
Mar 24th, 2012, 10:54 PM
Agniela :facepalm:
They won't defend their title in Miami, so Aga is no longer a top 30 player in doubles...

Cinek
Mar 25th, 2012, 12:51 AM
Aga should play doubles only in grand slams after Olympics 2012.

Come on vs. Silvia :)

ramoso
Mar 25th, 2012, 09:40 PM
no strean for Aga's match?

Cinek
Mar 25th, 2012, 10:06 PM
http://www.sportlemon.tv/v-2/18/58/v-385957.html

TeamUla
Mar 25th, 2012, 10:06 PM
There is. http://www.sportlemon.tv/v-2/18/58/v-385957.html

saul1333
Mar 25th, 2012, 10:10 PM
Court 2 Start 11:00 am
Vania King (USA)/Monica Niculescu (ROU)v[7] Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ)/Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ)
Not Before 12:00 PM
[22] Maria Kirilenko (RUS)v[7] Marion Bartoli (FRA)
[WC] Garbine Muguruza Blanco (ESP)vSilvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP) OR Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)

Rest Maria!
Mar 25th, 2012, 10:47 PM
Court 2 :sobbing:
Are there even any cameras there?

saul1333
Mar 25th, 2012, 10:48 PM
http://desmond.yfrog.com/Himg40/scaled.php?tn=0&server=40&filename=8k2.png&xsize=640&ysize=640
http://i40.tinypic.com/28b7g9f.jpg
http://i43.tinypic.com/34gsdo3.jpg

Cinek
Mar 25th, 2012, 10:57 PM
Aga :hearts:

GL vs. Muguruza :eek:

rucolo
Mar 26th, 2012, 12:34 PM
Well done for taking out the trash, Aga! :);)

Keys, Soler Espinosa. Now Muguruza. Send her home :toothy:

jomamoto
Mar 26th, 2012, 05:14 PM
The Young spaniard is on 11-0 streak so be carefull

saul1333
Mar 26th, 2012, 07:26 PM
http://desmond.yfrog.com/Himg85/scaled.php?tn=0&server=85&filename=h4h.png&xsize=640&ysize=640

QF v Venus or Ana

Cinek
Mar 26th, 2012, 07:36 PM
Aga :hearts:

rucolo
Mar 27th, 2012, 05:28 PM
Aga into Miami QF! :cheer:

Wonderful to have a fave like Aga. She is so consistent :hearts:

Now Venus. And Venus won the last 5 meetings :help:

saul1333
Mar 27th, 2012, 09:00 PM
http://i43.tinypic.com/juvdqa.png

Cinek
Mar 27th, 2012, 09:11 PM
Go Aga :scared:

GoLdEnSeToV
Mar 28th, 2012, 12:43 PM
Byłoby fantastycznie jakby Aga wygrała;) Szczerze to niewielkie szanse daję jej na to, ale może da radę;) W końcu Wozniacka ograła młodszą Williams:) Mam nadzieję, że to będzie bardzo fajny pojedynek i mimo mojego mega pesymizmu Aga jakoś wygra!

Dawaj Agnieszka! :)

saul1333
Mar 28th, 2012, 06:37 PM
http://desmond.yfrog.com/Himg860/scaled.php?tn=0&server=860&filename=xj67.jpg&xsize=640&ysize=640
http://desmond.yfrog.com/Himg38/scaled.php?tn=0&server=38&filename=vkuu.jpg&xsize=640&ysize=640

Sf v Vika or Marion

Cinek
Mar 28th, 2012, 06:43 PM
Aga :hearts:

Come on Marion! :cheer:

saul1333
Mar 28th, 2012, 10:40 PM
Stadium Start 1:00 pm
[4] Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)v[2] Maria Sharapova (RUS)
Not Before 3:00 PM
[21] Juan Monaco (ARG)v[8] Mardy Fish (USA)
[1] Bob Bryan (USA)/Mike Bryan (USA)v[7] Leander Paes (IND)/Radek Stepanek (CZE)
Starting at 7:00 PM[1] Novak Djokovic (SRB)v[5] David Ferrer (ESP)
Not Before 9:00 PM
Marion Bartoli (FRA) v [5] Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)

TTomek
Mar 29th, 2012, 01:05 AM
Aga vs Marion in SF!1!! :crazy: :scared: :lol:

Cinek
Mar 29th, 2012, 01:29 AM
Marion :worship:

Go Aga! :cheer:

BlueTrees
Mar 29th, 2012, 01:43 AM
Thank you Marion :hearts: :oh:

olivero
Mar 29th, 2012, 08:36 AM
What a great chance for Agnieszka to win a title here. Marion is beatable so is Maria and Caro.
She just has to play like she did against Vee.
Good luck girl!

SoBizarre
Mar 29th, 2012, 10:52 AM
3 AM CET?

Good to be unemployed have a day-off... :tape:

TeamUla
Mar 29th, 2012, 10:58 AM
3 AM CET?

Good to be unemployed have a day-off... :tape:

I have one class at 11:30. So I'll get some good sleep before and after the match ;)

rucolo
Mar 29th, 2012, 04:20 PM
Fantastic win, Aga! :banana::bounce:

6-4 6-1 is wonderful scoreline, unreal. Very strong performance :hearts:

First win over Venus since Luxembourg 2006 (the day I became an Aga fan) :yeah:

saul1333
Mar 30th, 2012, 03:26 AM
6-4, 6-2 over Bartoli

Cinek
Mar 30th, 2012, 03:37 AM
Aga :hearts:

GL in final ;)

rucolo
Mar 31st, 2012, 03:22 PM
Aga into Miami final ! :bowdown:

Head To Head vs Bartoli now 7-0 :hearts:

Jerem
Mar 31st, 2012, 03:47 PM
But in final against Sharapova, and her H2H with her is nearly 0-7 ^^"

She can do well and of course she has the ability to win today. She said she will try to be agressive against Maria, which is already a good attitude.

saul1333
Mar 31st, 2012, 06:22 PM
7-5, 6-4

netimka
Mar 31st, 2012, 06:34 PM
Anyone see the ceremony? they have cut it on British euerosport?

tia

and of course CONGRATS AGA:bounce::bounce::bounce:

SoBizarre
Mar 31st, 2012, 06:41 PM
Crazy result! Big congrats to Aga.:hatoff:

This could be both breakthrough and transitional year for Aga. I'm sure she will improve her game even further, and then she's GOING PLACES. :rocker2:

SwingVolley93
Mar 31st, 2012, 07:00 PM
Aga :sobbing:
so happy love you girl :hearts:

BlueTrees
Mar 31st, 2012, 07:00 PM
So happy right now :inlove: GM is insane :haha:

jomamoto
Mar 31st, 2012, 07:09 PM
Marvelous fight from both. No DF for Maria and Aga still wins. My dreams came true. Thanks

mateusz2904
Mar 31st, 2012, 07:17 PM
:worship:

Cinek
Mar 31st, 2012, 07:18 PM
No Vika = Aga won -> old tennis rule :lol:

Aga :worship:

Isn't Sharapova back to Siberia? :lol:

BlueTrees
Mar 31st, 2012, 07:46 PM
I wonder if Aga is "important enough" for Maria now? :hah:

Brad[le]y.
Mar 31st, 2012, 07:50 PM
I wonder if Aga is "important enough" for Maria now? :hah:

BepaMaria gave her the kiss of death :oh:

Just like she did earlier :rolls:

saul1333
Mar 31st, 2012, 08:18 PM
http://desmond.yfrog.com/Himg878/scaled.php?tn=0&server=878&filename=sklpi.jpg&xsize=640&ysize=640

A.Radwanska vs BYE
Dushevina vs Q
Yakimova vs Lepchenko
Date Krumm vs Hercog

Safarova vs Morita
Q vs Q
Daniilidou vs Kudryavtseva
BYE vs Pavlyuchenkova

Zvonareva vs BYE
Govortsova vs Bondarenko
U.Radwanska vs Hradecka
Q vs Gajdosova

McHale vs Wozniak
Zahlavova Strycova vs Q
Minella vs Q
BYE vs Serena

Lisicki vs BYE
Falconi vs Q
Q vs Panova
King vs Wickmayer

Petrova vs Q
Tatishvili vs Rus
Dubois vs Vesnina
BYE vs Bartoli

Jankovic vs BYE
Q vs Venus
Rodionova vs Erakovic
BYE vs Medina Garrigues

Scheepers vs Q
Dokic vs Voskoboeva
Hampton vs Stephens
BYE vs Stosur

TeamUla
Mar 31st, 2012, 08:55 PM
Hope for revenge vs Safarova in Charleston :worship:
Ula, hope for QF :sobbing:

Cinek
Mar 31st, 2012, 08:59 PM
Not good draw :tape:
Aga vs. Lucie in QF and vs. Serena in SF :help:

Ula :rolleyes: You can win 2 matches, come on!

mateusz2904
Mar 31st, 2012, 09:07 PM
I thought Aga was going to withdraw, but she played only a few hours in Miami for two weeks. Good decision! :yeah: Ula come on! You know I love you but I want to see you more on court, not only when you cheer for Aga!

ramoso
Mar 31st, 2012, 09:56 PM
Anyone see the ceremony? they have cut it on British euerosport?

tia

and of course CONGRATS AGA:bounce::bounce::bounce:

http://video.eurosport.pl/tenis/ceremonia-w-miami_vid225586/

TTomek
Mar 31st, 2012, 10:10 PM
last year won doubles in Miami and now singles :D

well done :yeah:
so happy!

was sooo scared!

Holdsworth
Mar 31st, 2012, 11:09 PM
Congrats, Aga :cheer: :worship:

Jerem
Apr 1st, 2012, 12:00 AM
Excellent interview of Aga on tennis.com : http://blogs.tennis.com/tennisworld/2012/03/by-pete-bodo-miami-shes-plays-in-so-lackadaisical-manner-as-to-appear-apathetic-on-the-rare-occasion-when-she-hits-a.html.

Congrats, Aga :hatoff:

Malva
Apr 1st, 2012, 12:47 AM
Excellent interview of Aga on tennis.com : http://blogs.tennis.com/tennisworld/2012/03/by-pete-bodo-miami-shes-plays-in-so-lackadaisical-manner-as-to-appear-apathetic-on-the-rare-occasion-when-she-hits-a.html.

Congrats, Aga :hatoff:

It also contains by far the best shot from the ceremony:

http://blogs.tennis.com/.a/6a00d83451599e69e20163038851f5970d-800wi

StoneRose
Apr 1st, 2012, 02:29 AM
First time i chime in here, i'd like to share my delight in Aga winning the Miami final with you, great performance, so very deserved also. :yeah: :cheer: :hug:.

Malva
Apr 1st, 2012, 05:25 AM
First time i chime in here, i'd like to share my delight in Aga winning the Miami final with you, great performance, so very deserved also. :yeah: :cheer: :hug:.

Thanks! It's very nice of you.

Brad[le]y.
Apr 1st, 2012, 05:44 AM
after Charleston, does she have a week off before Stuttgart? I wish she would just skip Stuttgart and rest after Charleston :help:

Holdsworth
Apr 1st, 2012, 05:52 AM
I think she should withdraw from Charleston :shrug:

Rest Maria!
Apr 1st, 2012, 07:26 AM
She still might:
Q: [asking about clay court season] The first stop, although on peculiar green clay, is going to be next week's Charleston.
Wiktorowski: Agnieszka has to go to Charleston, but we'll decide there on Sunday whether she'll play. But Ula is definitely going to play.miejscu w niedzielę. Natomiast Urszula na pewno wystąpi w tym turnieju.
http://sport.onet.pl/tenis/wiktorowski-swietny-mecz-radwanskiej-choc-nie-perf,1,5078350,wiadomosc.html

Dexter
Apr 1st, 2012, 07:42 AM
I'm thrilled for Aga. Im also happy that despite shitty connection I was able to see bits of this match. Too bad my livestream froze on both final SP and MP. :lol::o
Aga was so clutch and served so well. I was afraid not if but when she's going to break down on serve as Maria was serving tremendously well in the final giving Aga no chance until the final games of both sets where simply pressure got to her. Brilliant!

I think there's no harm in playing Charleston. Lets take it as a practice before the real clay season. She has a BYE and wont play until Wednesday and Charleston is not that far away from Miami. So she has 3 days off. She should play.

Jerem
Apr 1st, 2012, 11:17 AM
after Charleston, does she have a week off before Stuttgart? I wish she would just skip Stuttgart and rest after Charleston :help:

After Charleston, she should have two weeks off as she plays neither the week of Barcelona/Copenhagen, nor the week of Fed Cup. Then Stuttgart begins on April 23.
Also, she had about 8 days off between Indian Wells and Miami. Her schedule is not that crazy after all :)

rucolo
Apr 1st, 2012, 06:20 PM
Congrats for winning Miami, Aga! :worship::bounce:

WTA title #9 for Aga. And Premier title #6 (Eastbourne 2008, Carlsbad, Tokyo and Beijing 2011, Dubai 2012) :yeah:

fede33
Apr 1st, 2012, 06:21 PM
Aga AWESOME! :worship:
Had a lot of confidence in you! I Knew You Could Do It! Premier Mandator second! :hearts:
expect many more and only 300 points of the TOP 3 :eek::worship:

I love you !!

Rest Maria!
Apr 1st, 2012, 06:27 PM
After Charleston, she should have two weeks off as she plays neither the week of Barcelona/Copenhagen, nor the week of Fed Cup. Then Stuttgart begins on April 23.
Also, she had about 8 days off between Indian Wells and Miami. Her schedule is not that crazy after all :)
+she played in Miami for about 8 hours... Sometimes only three rounds take longer than that. I'd probably be happy if she played Charleston, though if she withdraws it'll be understandable.

I remember sammy01 arguing she wouldn't get properly prepared for American hard courts because she played too much and should not have played Dubai/Kuala Lumpur, but she still found the best form of the year in Miami and has Dubai AND Miami titles.:drool:

TeamUla
Apr 1st, 2012, 06:45 PM
Agnieszka withdraws from Charleston :)

TTomek
Apr 1st, 2012, 06:45 PM
Aga out of Charleston :)

good decision IMO :)

TeamUla
Apr 1st, 2012, 06:46 PM
first :p

TTomek
Apr 1st, 2012, 06:47 PM
back injury is the reason :oh:

saul1333
Apr 1st, 2012, 11:21 PM
http://www.familycirclecup.com/pages/articles/20120401191153.pdf

Cinek
Apr 2nd, 2012, 08:29 AM
Go Ula!

Malva
Apr 2nd, 2012, 11:36 AM
Lots of comments at tennis.com, in their WTA forum, and in Bodo's comment boxes are a must read. Absolutely no comparison with the tons of trash filling GM to the rim.

http://blogs.tennis.com/tennisworld/2012/03/by-pete-bodo-miami-shes-plays-in-so-lackadaisical-manner-as-to-appear-apathetic-on-the-rare-occasion-when-she-hits-a.html

http://www.tennis.com/messageboards/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=20375&start=1

Holdsworth
Apr 2nd, 2012, 12:27 PM
Right decision to skip Charleston :worship:

saul1333
Apr 2nd, 2012, 03:12 PM
Ula also withdraws from Charleston.

http://desmond.yfrog.com/Himg406/scaled.php?tn=0&server=406&filename=xhw.png&xsize=640&ysize=640

rucolo
Apr 2nd, 2012, 04:40 PM
Aga won Miami without losing a set. Beating Venus, Bartoli and Sharapova ! :bowdown:

Very smart play and very strong mentally. So proud of Aga. Poland`s best tennis player ever :hearts:

Cinek
Apr 2nd, 2012, 05:34 PM
Ula :facepalm:

Jerem
Apr 3rd, 2012, 04:58 PM
Excellent story based on Aga's victory over Sharapova: http://wtabackspin.blogspot.com/2012/04/wk13-watch-out-radwanska-might-get-you.html

:p

Malva
Apr 3rd, 2012, 11:40 PM
Excellent story based on Aga's victory over Sharapova: http://wtabackspin.blogspot.com/2012/04/wk13-watch-out-radwanska-might-get-you.html

:p

I can't say I liked the story: I found it labored and bordering on graphomaniac.

If we stay in the press department, I came acros this article that may be of interest. It provides a very good summary of what was going in the match.

Miami Masters 2012: Classy Radwanska tames Sharapova

Agnieszka Radwanska overcomes world No2 Maria Sharapova 7-5 6-4 to win the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami

By Marianne Bevis 10:18pm UK, Saturday 31 March, 2012

http://thesportreview.com/tsr/wp-content/uploads/radw1.jpg
Agnieszka Radwanska sealed her second title of 2012 in Miami


The women’s draw in Miami was worthy of a Grand Slam. So much so, it was the first time that every active Grand Slam winner had appeared in the same place at the same time since Wimbledon 2010. And that included every player on the WTA tour who had won this prestigious event before.

Venus Williams, absent since last year’s US Open with viral illness—and for most of the year before that—was a three-time Miami winner. Her sister Serena, missing for all but three months of 2011—and for the second half of 2010—had won five times.

Kim Clijsters, twice a winner in the Florida Keys, had been able to complete only four matches in 2011 after reaching the quarters in Miami last year. Svetlana Kuznetsova won in 2006 but had since struggled to find the form that took her to two Slams in years past.

The remaining Miami titlist was the defending champion and the newest member of the Grand Slam roll of honour, Victoria Azarenka. With two Sony Ericsson Open crowns already, she was the one to beat, defending not just the title but a 26-match unbeaten streak.

None of them made it past the quarter-finals. A new pair of hands would lift the trophy and they would belong, whichever of the two finalists triumphed, to one of the most popular women in tennis.

The first contender was three-time Grand Slam winner, the tall, elegant and formidably determined Maria Sharapova. She is the most followed female athlete on Facebook, the highest paid female tennis player and the sport’s enduring pin-up after 11 years on the pro tour—though she only turns 25 next month.

Three times Sharapova had been a finalist in Miami and three times a runner-up, including last year to Azarenka. And in both tournaments played this year, she had lost to Azarenka.

The other finalist had neither a Grand Slam to her name, nor was a previous No1, nor even a semi-finalist in Miami before, but 23-year-old Agnieszka Radwanska had one of the best win-loss records of recent months and reached a career-high No4 last week. She, too, had been beaten by only one woman this year: Azarenka—four times.

The slight, nimble and smart Radwanska, six inches shorter than her Miami opponent, was voted the Fans’ Favourite last season, and her varied, occasionally unorthodox, game of guile and touch is one of the reasons why.

The two of them, therefore—with Azarenka’s absence their common denominator—were aiming for a first Miami title.

Sharapova won the toss for her third match in a row and, for the third time, handed the serve to her opponent. On the previous two occasions, Sharapova broke straight away: This time she didn’t.

It was a canny choice, though. Much would come down to how each woman served: Radwanska’s second serve can be vulnerable, Sharapova’s serve in the past has veered between match-winning and match-losing but has of late become a bigger and more dependable weapon.

And much, too, would depend on the return of serve. Both, by nature, step in to take an early return—aggressive players despite their very different styles.

The Sharapova serve performed the better in the early stages: She held to love in the fourth and sixth games while Radwanska came under pressure in the fifth and the seventh to face a break point in each. However, the Pole withstood the bombardment, as she would for the entire match.

Come the ninth game and Radwanska took her first love service game, placing her serve with great accuracy—now wide, now to the body—and following up with ground strokes of varied spin and direction. Sharapova continued to take full-blooded swipes at them, but a few began to fire long.

Having put Radwanska in to serve first, it was Sharapova who had to serve to save the set at 5-6, and she failed to handle a string of returns fired back to her feet. She saved two of three break points but netted the third to concede the first set, 7-5.

But Sharapova is not a player to hold back. She had scored 16 winners and 25 unforced errors against a tactical Radwanska game that yielded few outright winners but few errors either.

The second set began rather as the first, with Radwanska serving and Sharapova in all-out attack. Radwanska withstood deuce to hold, but now there was a subtle shift in momentum as the Pole continued to hold her serve more comfortably—she held to love three times in the set—while Sharapova, though serving well, could not out-pace Radwanska.

The Russian’s frustration started to show—a sharp bang of the court with her racket as she fired one more in a growing tally of errors—but her solution was to hit the ball even harder. Sometimes it worked, but often it did not.

Sharapova earned a break chance in the seventh game but Radwanska, her serve performing just as reliably as Sharpova’s, made three perfectly-placed deliveries to hold. Indeed she lost only four points on her first serve in the set.

Sharapova’s first waver came as she served at 3-4, her first double fault taking her to 0-30, but she hurtled to the net to put away two winners and went on to hold. However, the stats showed who was in the ascendancy—who was channelling their focus the better: Radwanska had 70 points, the Russian 59.

The Pole stayed cool, returned everything Sharapova could throw at her, now with more slice than at any time in the match, and earned two break—and match—points. Another sliced return did the job and Radwanska took the biggest title of her career, 6-4. She had not dropped a set throughout the tournament, and looked the calmest person in Miami.

So Sharapova’s tilt at a 25th title will have to wait until her 41st final—but now she will hope to avoid not just Azarenka but the class act of Radwanska, too.

The Pole has brought a fresh way of winning to women’s tennis, and it will surely only add to her popularity.

http://www.thesportreview.com/tsr/2012/03/miami-masters-2012-agnieszka-radwanska-maria-sharapova-final/

Malva
Apr 4th, 2012, 01:09 AM
A few most relevant excerpts from two articles by Steve Tignor (at «Racket Reaction»):

If you prefer slam-bam tennis, you may not appreciate Radwanska's subtle skill set, but when she's on, she's one of the more entertaining players to watch. The Pole possesses shrewd court sense, exquisite touch, and is a highly-accurate player adept at taking the ball early and creating space for her shots.

http://blogs.tennis.com/racquet_reaction/2012/03/miami-radwanska-d-v-williams.html


http://blogs.tennis.com/.a/6a00d83451599e69e20167647b59aa970b-800wi

this was a vintage Aga performance, no different from a hundred others. On the one hand, she hit very few winners, big serves, or memorable shots. On the other, she made very few errors, got everything back that she could put a racquet on, and changed speeds and spins and directions intelligently. Radwanska didn’t power the ball past Sharapova often, but she did enough with it to make her move, back her up, to keep her off-balance—to bamboozle her. And she saved her best tennis for when it mattered. Radwanska didn’t have a break point until 6-5 in the first set, when she broke to win it. And didn’t have any until 5-4 in the second, when she broke again, this time for the match.

(...)

For today, Radwanska’s win seals the unlikely rise of a finesse player in the Age of Power. She shows that the old virtues still apply, including, above everything else, playing within yourself. Aga knows who she is and what she can do. Mary Carillo and the rest of us are still finding out.

http://blogs.tennis.com/racquet_reaction/2012/03/miami-radwanska-d-sharapova.html

Rest Maria!
Apr 4th, 2012, 01:16 AM
Will Agnieszka get a zero pointer for Charleston withdrawal? Supposedly on-site exception rule exempts you from paying fines, but it doesn't mention protection from point penalties?

This live ranking website updated Agnieszkas points to zero, but since it's unofficial they don't know if Agnieszka was commited to the tournament. Nonetheless, she withdrew after the main draw was out, so maybe she stil gets a zero?
http://tenismaclari.com/agnieszka-radwanska/Rankings.html

edit: I looked up the rules, she'll only get a 0 if she committed before the season. We'll find out next Monday I guess :shrug:

Malva
Apr 4th, 2012, 02:21 AM
A very competent article by Richard Pagliaro of Racquet Reaction (tennis.com)

Miami: Radwanska d. Bartoli 03/30/2012 - 12:21 AM

http://blogs.tennis.com/.a/6a00d83451599e69e20168e96b8a52970c-pi

The moon over Miami was the lone source of constant light during tonight's strange semifinal saga. Agnieszka Radwanska pulled the plug on power merchant Marion Bartoli, 6-4, 6-2, in a wild ride to the Sony Ericsson Open final. This match featured a seven-minute injury time-out, a 17-minute power outage, and a steady stream of service breaks.

Radwanska broke Bartoli in all nine of her service games, winning 40 of the 55 points played on her opponent's serve. The seventh-seeded Bartoli stormed out to a 4-0 lead in snapping world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka's 26-match win streak last night, and picked up where she left off with a slick drop shot-lob combination to convert her fifth break point, capping an 18-point, nine-minute opening game to break.

It took six games and 36 minutes of play for the first hold. Radwanska dropped to her knees, absorbing the pace of a Bartoli blast, then slid a slice pass up the line for game point. When Bartoli scattered a return wide, Radwanska had the rare hold and a 4-3 advantage. Radwanska entered this match with a 6-0 career edge over the former Wimbledon finalist, effectively exploiting the limitations of Bartoli's reach by stretching her with angles. Radwanska is quicker around the court, plays well off power, and can change spins and speeds, denying Bartoli the pace she craves.

Showing her soft hands, Radwanska jerked Bartoli forward forward for a drop shot, then sent her scurrying back to the baseline for a lob, eventually breaking for the fourth straight time for a 5-3 lead. The game took a toll on the Frenchwoman. In between points, Bartoli bent over and clutched her left hip, paced in a stilted shuffle, and cast concerned glances at her father and coach, Dr. Walter Bartoli. Still, she played on, and when Radwanska sprayed a forehand down the line wide, Bartoli broke for 4-5, but wasn't exactly celebrating. She hobbled to the sideline, called for the trainer, and limped off for treatment of a strained left hip at the 53-minute mark.

Returning to the court with her left thigh taped, Bartoli looked to be in pain, but her lateral movement did not appear compromised. Radwanska, who suggested Azarenka exaggerated an ankle injury in her Doha victory over the Pole last month, greeted her opponent's return by breaking at love to seize the 62-minute first set—collecting her 13th straight set against Bartoli.

The second set followed a similar script, with Bartoli appearing on the verge of retiring a few times, only to stand her ground and continue to swing away. Radwanska broke at love for a 4-2 lead then the lights went out, literally, stopping play for 17 minutes. When play resumed, Radwanska ran off eight of the last 12 points, closing a two hour, two-minute soap opera on Bartoli's 35th error of the evening.

The first-time Miami finalist raised her 2012 record to 25-4, with all four losses coming to Azarenka. Radwanska will try to flip the script against second-seeded Maria Sharapova, who has won seven of eight meetings with the clever counter-puncher.

—Richard Pagliaro

http://blogs.tennis.com/racquet_reaction/2012/03/miami-radwanska-d-bartoli.html

Malva
Apr 5th, 2012, 05:53 AM
A thread at Talk Tennis at Tennis Warehouse with lots of interesting posts: even though the thread itself was started by some bitter Sharapova fan, the majority of responses are very favorable to Agnieszka, and give a much more representative picture about reception of Agnieszka's game by active tennis fans at large (several posters were at the Miami tournament by the way). A great read.

http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=419066&page=2

Brad[le]y.
Apr 5th, 2012, 06:16 AM
The thread at Talk Tennis at Tennis Warehouse with lots of interesting posts: even though the thread itself was started by some bitter Sharapova fan, the majority of responses are very favorable to Agnieszka, and give a much more representative picture about reception of Agnieszka's game by active tennis fans at large (several posters were at the Miami tournament by the way). A great read.

http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=419066&page=2

I see the thread starter took an article way out of context...

Sharapova fans mistook a quote from Matt Cronin as her own stating "I guess I never went back to Poland." They were freaking out about it and personally, even if it was her quote, I don't see the reason for getting upset over it.

I understand it must be frustrating to see a player you like not play their best tennis but sometimes people go out of hand. Some of the live commentary comments in the Live Commentary thread were also completely out of line and downright rude.

Rest Maria!
Apr 5th, 2012, 10:15 AM
I don't understand why people insist it was a poor match from Sharapova. I guess it was not good in the way that she didn't adapt to her opponent and didn't try anything different (netplay, loopy balls, whatever to throw Agnieszka offbalance), but her shotmaking and especially serve were really good by her standards. Anyone who saw her against Makarova should know how she plays on a bad day.

Chrissie-fan
Apr 5th, 2012, 03:22 PM
I don't understand why people insist it was a poor match from Sharapova.
Because she lost. 'She didn't play her best' is the excuse that fans use everytime their fave loses a match. True or not, it doesn't matter. Didn't play your best? Well, PLAY your best then. :shrug: Nobody's stopping you.

Except for the girl on the other side of the net perhaps.

Rest Maria!
Apr 5th, 2012, 08:37 PM
Because she lost. 'She didn't play her best' is the excuse that fans use everytime their fave loses a match. True or not, it doesn't matter. Didn't play your best? Well, PLAY your best then. :shrug: Nobody's stopping you.

Except for the girl on the other side of the net perhaps.
Yes, but I seriously wonder why people post that sort of cheap excuse. In AO and IW finals, I don't think Sharapova played badly because it was a final or whatever, I think she has no clue how she should play against Azarenka given her (Pova's) skillset and Renka's playstyle.

Ironically, I'd say Agnieszka was playing badly for her standards against Azarenka in Doha and IW but I'd say she played rather badly in the prior matches despite winning them. Dubai was also not that good, it seems losing 0 and 2 was a wakeup call and she played her best tennis this year in Miami.
Still, Azarenka would have been probably out of reach even if Agnieszka had been playing her best tennis (maybe not in Sydney...). Hopefully she's using 3 weeks between Miami and Stuttgart to improve a little and be in great form for clay court season. :yeah:

Malva
Apr 5th, 2012, 09:39 PM
Because she lost. 'She didn't play her best' is the excuse that fans use everytime their fave loses a match. True or not, it doesn't matter. Didn't play your best? Well, PLAY your best then. :shrug: Nobody's stopping you.

Mean-spirited, hateful, bitter, cynical individuals loitering in GM who may also be fans of this or that player. All of this going on from bad to worse due to lack of proper moderating.

You observed very aptly in the 'miffedmax' thread in the Non-Tennis section, that a casual visitor to GM may get an impression that this forum is for people who love but rather hate tennis.