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Vuvurenka
May 16th, 2012, 05:28 PM
Bad start from Venus but consistently got better towards the end :)

Ekat :hug:

GL in the next round against Sam :yeah:

Serenus Christ
May 16th, 2012, 05:29 PM
http://29.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lyl8ruBrW81ql5yr7o1_400.gif

sweetadri06
May 16th, 2012, 05:29 PM
Bad start but got it going in the second. GL against Sam. :)

Stonerpova
May 16th, 2012, 05:29 PM
:cheer:

Good luck against Sam. She really needs that one.

LeRoy.
May 16th, 2012, 05:29 PM
After the game at 4-5 in the first set she played solid tennis. :yeah:

Beat Stosur now.

Kon.
May 16th, 2012, 05:29 PM
Good win for Venus. :yeah:
Good luck next round.

Leo St
May 16th, 2012, 05:29 PM
GREAT performance!!

Young 8
May 16th, 2012, 05:30 PM
Makarova CHOKED the first set

pedropt
May 16th, 2012, 05:30 PM
Good job :cheer:

Mixal
May 16th, 2012, 05:30 PM
Okayish, I guess.

2moretogo
May 16th, 2012, 05:30 PM
Nice recovery during the 1st set. After a pretty compelling TB, Makarova went away.

volta
May 16th, 2012, 05:30 PM
Over thinking and rushing stuff in the first set specially the first games but hey, managed to closed it.

Sam next right? Good luck Vee :dance:

MalJackson
May 16th, 2012, 05:30 PM
veeeeeeeeee

duhcity
May 16th, 2012, 05:31 PM
Cronin tweeted yesterday that she'd be 51 if she won this - she's now in the Olympics cutoff and qualifies if King/Lepchenko don't pass her

MalJackson
May 16th, 2012, 05:31 PM
olympic gold veee

you can do it!!

starin
May 16th, 2012, 05:31 PM
Makarova CHOKED the first set

lol no. Venus almost choked the first set. Makarova was toast as soon as Venus stopped making ridiculous errors on every ball she hit. Makarova is a good matchup for Venus.

supergrunt
May 16th, 2012, 05:31 PM
Venus :) !

Pump-it-UP
May 16th, 2012, 05:31 PM
Brilliant from Venus in the last half of the match. :drool: Please bring that level tomorrow.

Also the best her defense has looked BY FAR in this comeback. Still not close to 2010 levels even, but she seems at least half a step quicker than she was a month ago. And she looks much less labored when yanked out wide.

MajesticVenus
May 16th, 2012, 05:32 PM
As the match went on, she finally started clicking. Venus was composed and intense at the same time.

Until 3-1 in the second set: "Let's stop hitting errors"

http://i45.tinypic.com/2qkunwo.png


The reaction after missing her first match point seriously needs a gif. It was so ghetto! :lol:

http://i50.tinypic.com/f7ubk.png

Andrewraven
May 16th, 2012, 05:32 PM
Some woeful tennis in the beginning from venus, but what a difference it makes when she loosens up! When there was much less pressure on her, her level of tennis was great, goodluck against sam, she needs the win more than stosur :)

Dodoboy.
May 16th, 2012, 05:32 PM
Revenge for AO, thanks Big Sis!

Routine in the end, Vee played OK after the first 8 games. Nothing is GREAT at the moment, movement probably her most impressive asset at the moment. I can't see what she could do to beat Stosur, I just can't. Then again, I didn't see her winning a set today, so prove me wrong Venus!

Larrybidd
May 16th, 2012, 05:32 PM
Good stuff from the middle of the 1st set (although Vee never should have let it get to a tie break). Vee was steady from the baseline. Imagine that. :-) She even threw in a couple of good defensive lobs. That's pretty new to her game. Venus doesn't usually do lobs (well).

volta
May 16th, 2012, 05:34 PM
Brilliant from Venus in the last half of the match. :drool: Please bring that level tomorrow.

Also the best her defense has looked BY FAR in this comeback. Still not close to 2010 levels even, but she seems at least half a step quicker than she was a month ago. And she looks much less labored when yanked out wide.

Amen. Her movement was good and she didn't look tired

jrm
May 16th, 2012, 05:34 PM
oh God, get a different shorts or stop readjusting :help:

Maddox
May 16th, 2012, 05:36 PM
:bounce: Vee!!! Time to make Stosur your bitch again

Young 8
May 16th, 2012, 05:36 PM
lol no. Venus almost choked the first set. Makarova was toast as soon as Venus stopped making ridiculous errors on every ball she hit. Makarova is a good matchup for Venus.

Lol, HOMER ALERT

3-1 40-0*

then *5-4

Mistress of Evil
May 16th, 2012, 05:36 PM
Yay! :cheer: One step closer to the Olympics! :bounce:

Ntosake
May 16th, 2012, 05:36 PM
Good win Venus!

xr6turbo
May 16th, 2012, 05:37 PM
Great finish from Venus there :cheer: She looked so relaxed at the end and her shots were just flowing!

GL in the next round! :yeah:

Queen_Vee_92
May 16th, 2012, 05:38 PM
Great second set by Venus, that kind of tennis would probably get the win against Sam tommorow but nothing under, and if she plays like she did in the first set then she's toast.

A mixture of pushing and puffball hitting by Vee, and then some ferocious attacking tennis, really don't know what to expect with her anymore.

edificio
May 16th, 2012, 05:39 PM
Once Venus warmed up and snatched away the first, Makarova went away. Another win for Queen Vee! :cheer:

VeeJJ
May 16th, 2012, 05:39 PM
She just needs a 4R at RG and we're safe.

Charlatan
May 16th, 2012, 05:40 PM
:dance: :dance: :dance:
Good luck against Sam, Vee :kiss:

kwilliams
May 16th, 2012, 05:40 PM
Makarova did not choke in the first set. Venus quite noticeably upped her level/stopped making so many errors!

I saw some really good stuff from her in the last few games of the first set. Glad that she didn't let Makarova back into it.

She'll still need some luck against Stosur though!

Queen_Vee_92
May 16th, 2012, 05:40 PM
Brilliant from Venus in the last half of the match. :drool: Please bring that level tomorrow.

Also the best her defense has looked BY FAR in this comeback. Still not close to 2010 levels even, but she seems at least half a step quicker than she was a month ago. And she looks much less labored when yanked out wide.


This.

Completely agree. Not moving anywhere near 2010 nevermind 2008 and before but she's improving and i think she can still get a bit better. She'll never move the way she did 5 years ago, but something close to that would be nice.

Really impressed by her defense out of her backhand corner, really turned some defensive positions around with that shot.

Rena P
May 16th, 2012, 05:41 PM
Nice win over that Macaroni woman :banana:

pov
May 16th, 2012, 05:42 PM
The reaction after missing her first match point seriously needs a gif. It was so ghetto! :lol:


Chin Flick

Meaning: Get lost
Used in: Belgium, France, Northern Italy, Tunisia

In Italy, this gesture simply means “No.”

hankqq
May 16th, 2012, 05:42 PM
Venus gifted those opening games of the match and barely scraped through a hold when she was down 1-4 :lol: Then she almost let Makarova off the hook by blowing all those set points and getting herself into a tricky tiebreaker. After Venus cleaned up her act, Makarova was toast. While this is a decent win, it doesn't say anything about how Venus will fare against Stosur. Makarova isn't a great player on clay, and of course her game is different from Stosur's.

leon charles
May 16th, 2012, 05:44 PM
poor katya :hug: great effort in the first set, though!!

BluSthil
May 16th, 2012, 05:49 PM
One thing you can always count on from Venus is her determination, win or lose. She will need it when she meets Stosur. Stosur has much more power than Makarova, and when she's on, she's on !

Makarova is like so many of the other players. She lacks real power, her serve is so so, and her mental toughness is weak.

TheBoiledEgg
May 16th, 2012, 05:51 PM
Makarova folded like a cheap tent once she blew that set.
Should have won that set long before she served for it at 5-4.

Foxy
May 16th, 2012, 05:52 PM
Venus played an excellent game today. It's a proven fact that some of you guys don't know how to analyze a tennis match. Makarova got off to a good start. She was hitting a lot of spins and the ball was going low and Venus couldn't generate the pace to get it over the net. Makarova is a lefty and they balls bounce differently on the clay surface.

However, after Venus adjusted her game and her court coverage in the first set, the last set was an easy win.

These girls are suppose to make Venus or Serena work for their win. Damn, after years of being professional tennis players and playing all year long; Makarova and the other girls should have some wins against the sisters by now. This is Venus' fourth tournament back from an illness and she's been doing excellent.

She won in two sets, whereas it took Serena a LONG three sets to win because Nadia was playing very well. And look at how the other top seed were dropping like FLIES TODAY, and they were dropping to lower ranked players. So kudos to Venus and I think she'll be ready for Sam Stosur when they meet. Like Venus stated it had been a couple of years since she had played Sam and she had to get use to her type of ball again.

I think Venus is going to beat Sam, and we know she can beat Maria with ease. Look how Venus was eating her up at Wimbledon and in their other matches. Why do you think the WTA was purposely keeping Maria out of Venus and Serena's draws these past couple of years. That was "RIGGED" because the sisters were beating her like she stole their money.

Doully
May 16th, 2012, 05:52 PM
All the Willytards jumped on me when I said Makarova was the favorite. Where are they?

http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f337/Gainsy/tumblr_ljjwpko1JG1qzjix8.gif

Libertango
May 16th, 2012, 05:53 PM
Chin Flick

Meaning: Get lost
Used in: Belgium, France, Northern Italy, Tunisia

In Italy, this gesture simply means “No.”

Oh thank you! I've always wondered what exactly that meant - I've seen it in The Golden Girls and Friends, too :lol:

starin
May 16th, 2012, 05:54 PM
Lol, HOMER ALERT

3-1 40-0*

then *5-4

except makarova got to that score by doing nothing. Venus was hitting ridiculous errors.

tennisbum79
May 16th, 2012, 05:55 PM
First congratulations.

I did not see the match, but from what I am ready, it appears she is gradually improving on the physical sides.
No body mentioned how missearble she looked(and sounded) the fist time she came back; it was painful to watch her then.
I am glad she is coming along nicely.

BluSthil
May 16th, 2012, 05:58 PM
TheBoiledEgg,

Very weak mental toughness !

Pump-it-UP
May 16th, 2012, 05:58 PM
I think Venus is going to beat Sam, and we know she can beat Maria with ease. Look how Venus was eating her up at Wimbledon and in their other matches. Why do you think the WTA was purposely keeping Maria out of Venus and Serena's draws these past couple of years. That was "RIGGED" because the sisters were beating her like she stole their money.

:speakles:

dragonflies
May 16th, 2012, 06:01 PM
oh God, get a different shorts or stop readjusting :help:





After a match like that, the ass short is your sole impression? :help:


Congrats Venus, btw

shoryuken
May 16th, 2012, 06:03 PM
http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f337/Gainsy/tumblr_ljjwpko1JG1qzjix8.gif

:lol:

Juju Nostalgique
May 16th, 2012, 06:04 PM
Congrats Vinas! :yeah:

Uranium
May 16th, 2012, 06:06 PM
Lol, HOMER ALERT

3-1 40-0*

then *5-4

4 of the next 5 points were winners by Venus:lol: She stopped giving away free points with errors.

The Witch-king
May 16th, 2012, 06:09 PM
Yay! What were the stats?

dragonflies
May 16th, 2012, 06:09 PM
Lol, HOMER ALERT

3-1 40-0*

then *5-4






Have you been watching WTA or ATP matches? Players came back from 0-40 on serves have happened very often, you fool. Up a break is not clearly an advantage on the women tour as opposed to the men tour, especially when Venus' errors at the beginning were what got Makarova the early lead. Venus had 3 set points, comparing to none of Makarova, and wasted it before seal it up. Learn the English meaning of " choked" first before stunk up all the places here, Thanks :kiss:

V-MAC
May 16th, 2012, 06:13 PM
Really sweet win...well done Vee:D
No expectations against Sam now. Just hope Vee gives it 100% :bounce:

Serenus Christ
May 16th, 2012, 06:13 PM
:speakles:

I see no lies?

supergrunt
May 16th, 2012, 06:15 PM
Surprising win, honestly. Venus showed some good form. :bounce:

Just Do It
May 16th, 2012, 06:19 PM
Maka, Vee is not Serena :lol:
Venus :yeah:

Valanga
May 16th, 2012, 06:20 PM
Good win Vinas :lol:
poor Ekat :(

it-girl
May 16th, 2012, 06:29 PM
Congrats Venus!!!!!!! Really pleased with this result.

new-york
May 16th, 2012, 06:42 PM
Sweetness. :D

6-1 ending. :inlove:

Kairi
May 16th, 2012, 06:42 PM
As the match went on, she finally started clicking. Venus was composed and intense at the same time.

Until 3-1 in the second set: "Let's stop hitting errors"



The reaction after missing her first match point seriously needs a gif. It was so ghetto! :lol:



please STOP...

donellcarey
May 16th, 2012, 06:46 PM
Solid 2nd set Vee, nice win:cheer:

V.e.s.W
May 16th, 2012, 07:16 PM
Great win Venus :) Keep it up and good luck against Stosur :)

MBM
May 16th, 2012, 07:17 PM
scary bad early in the first, started looking comfortable in the second set, there was less of that uneasy feeling in watching her take on a shot where you really didnt know what was going to happen. Much less erratic. I hope she can bring it against sam. Just an even w-ue will make me happy

flareon
May 16th, 2012, 07:20 PM
Venus well done :)

.Andrew.
May 16th, 2012, 07:30 PM
1st set was key and by the end of that set, I felt Makarova really invested everything she could and if she didn't win that set, she'd be toast :awww: Venus broke her down mentally and was physically superior - Makarova was SO far gone in that second set. :hug: It was nice to see Venus willing to extend herself physically and clearly thinking out there, willing primarily to get into 5+ ball rallies with Ekat (and winning majority of them :bounce:), using the whole court, and being more selective when to be aggressive. Some of those short angle BHs Venus hit were just :drool:

If she's going to try to be patient against Sam like when she was successful today, she's going to have to be more precise in getting the ball deeper into the court. No way Sam is gonna let her get away with some of the mid-court fluff she did against Ekat today. She also needs to hold on to her serve and be aggressive in Sam's service games when she can. Honestly don't think she'll beat Sam, but definitely hopeful. Come on Vee :bounce:

miffedmax
May 16th, 2012, 07:41 PM
Vee!

Ekat :hug:

Chip.
May 16th, 2012, 07:56 PM
:worship: Sweet revenge. Good luck against Ogresur.

GoofyDuck
May 16th, 2012, 07:58 PM
Vee's first serve doesn't seem to be as good as it was :confused:

Makarova is so random :lol:

happy Vee won :yeah:

Would be nice though to see Vee desgin clothings she doesn't have to adjust every single point :o

winone23
May 16th, 2012, 08:04 PM
Congrats Venus!

MrSerenaWilliams
May 16th, 2012, 08:21 PM
Win thisnext round please, so Serena doesn't have to play doubles with a complete local :)

nadlinds
May 16th, 2012, 09:21 PM
Great win Venus. :)

Great fight in the Tie-Break. :worship:

cn ireland
May 16th, 2012, 09:58 PM
Venus:yeah:

Jane Lane
May 16th, 2012, 09:59 PM
Did Makarova literally burst into tears at the end of the 1st or was I imagining that?

Harry.
May 16th, 2012, 10:30 PM
Best win since the comeback. In terms of her performance. Thought she moved amazingly today.

tennisbum79
May 16th, 2012, 10:37 PM
Best win since the comeback. In terms of her performance. Thought she moved amazingly today.
Nice to hear that she is making steady progress.
I did not see any her 2 matches, but from I read, there is reason for optimism about her health and match readiness.

The smart girl she is, she obvioulsy has made some adjustment after Charleston.
Charleston was painful to watch, she was laboring on every shot; it got to apoint where I just wshed she loses to save her the agony.
A couple of weeks later, it looks like she can hang in there much better now.

Bayo
May 17th, 2012, 12:13 AM
Once Venus decided to play, she made this gal look B-level.

toxina90
May 17th, 2012, 12:16 AM
Ekaterina needs to keep her emotions inside if she wants to improve.

Venus is so polite and regal at the net :hearts:

Renalicious
May 17th, 2012, 12:57 AM
Awful start but once she got going, it was hard to stop her.

I like the "new Vee's" approach to the game; it isnt simply about hitting the hardest shot anymore or getting the big first strike, I actually see her constructing points a lot better - using lobs, slices, coming into the net, angles, top spin balls, especially that forehand loop down the line was really effective in drawing a short ball from Katya. Also, she moved very well.

Well done Vee :)

Foxy
May 17th, 2012, 04:24 AM
Did Makarova literally burst into tears at the end of the 1st or was I imagining that?

You know what dentine, I could have sworn I saw the same thing. No you were not imagining that. She did burst into tears, but the camera's were taken off of her immediately. :rolleyes: