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Steadyniacki
Nov 22nd, 2012, 08:05 AM
Marion will play Shenzhen MM in the first week, the top 8 seeds are:

1.Li
2.Bartoli
3.Jankovic
4.Hsieh
5.Zakopalova
6.Peng
7.Robson
8.Jovanovski

If she's playing MM's she needs to make at least the final.

I'm praying she will be playing Sydney as well, the WTA tournament I visit every year :)

Lighter
Nov 22nd, 2012, 03:12 PM
As expected, no agreement between Marion and Amélie Mauresmo :
http://www.lequipe.fr/Tennis/Actualites/Bartoli-reste-a-l-ecart/328574

Steadyniacki
Nov 22nd, 2012, 03:21 PM
As expected, no agreement between Marion and Amélie Mauresmo :
http://www.lequipe.fr/Tennis/Actualites/Bartoli-reste-a-l-ecart/328574

Could you please give a quick summary of the article? :)

Lighter
Nov 22nd, 2012, 05:59 PM
Could you please give a quick summary of the article? :)It's easy. Problems remain the same. Marion requests to be prepared physically by her dad during fed cup weeks. And Amélie says that it doesn't match with a team spirit. But there is no animosity at all between two of them. They are still in touch when needed. And Amélie is still open to a change. And of course, clay choice was made after their discussion in NYC.

Anyway, i also know that there is a big misunderstanding between one french staff member and her. That's why i've never thought about a comeback. That's the way it is.

Ferg
Nov 24th, 2012, 06:40 PM
Weird choice to begin the year. Im guessing they're offering her a lot to play here. Still, weak field so hopefully she'll open the year well. Hope she plays Sydney as well, I wouldnt be too happy with her going straight into Melbourne having not played anything in Australia.

Lighter
Nov 25th, 2012, 02:24 PM
Big discussion on radio this morning(RMC) about fed cup between 3 very well known coachs :
- Patrice Dominguez (former tennis pro)
- Jacques Monclar (basket ball)
- Daniel Constantini (Hand ball)
And former rugby union player and doctor :
- Serge Simon

Coachs concluded that there is no change between Escudé and Mauresmo's period, except that Amélie is still in discussion with Marion and her coach. And think that Amélie could try at least one time to let Marion managing her matches on her own.
And Serge as usual disagrees. Because rules are beyond everything even these rules are bad.

Video here : http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xvdc3p_gg-du-sport-patrice-dominguez-l-avocat-des-bartoli_sport

Lighter
Nov 25th, 2012, 06:11 PM
Dunno if some of you already read this article ? http://espn.go.com/tennis/story/_/id/8191599/tennis-marion-bartoli-ditch-dad-play-olympics

It clearly explains why Marion will never make herself available for fed cup without her coach. Because he is the only one to know when adjustements are needed for the next practice sessions and which drills could be changed. As he said :
"My approach is quite different, because I'm not a tennis player". For example, "The shoulder, I view in a mechanic way," he said. "The shoulder of each athlete is completely different, so you need to take care of every specific thing, purely mechanically, for each athlete."
"you know, it's very important to be confident in the way that you practice," he said. And Marion's confidence is only for her coach, and anyone else.

Lighter
Nov 27th, 2012, 04:55 PM
http://ww1.sinaimg.cn/bmiddle/677497c3gw1dz9qlqmjrlj.jpg

heejin
Nov 27th, 2012, 06:44 PM
It's easy. Problems remain the same. Marion requests to be prepared physically by her dad during fed cup weeks. And Amélie says that it doesn't match with a team spirit. But there is no animosity at all between two of them. They are still in touch when needed. And Amélie is still open to a change. And of course, clay choice was made after their discussion in NYC.

Anyway, i also know that there is a big misunderstanding between one french staff member and her. That's why i've never thought about a comeback. That's the way it is.


Who is this staff member ?

Lighter
Nov 27th, 2012, 07:46 PM
Who is this staff member ?Xavier Moreau.

heejin
Nov 28th, 2012, 10:38 PM
Xavier Moreau.

Ok. Thanks !
No hope to see again Marion in fed cup, i think ...

Lighter
Nov 28th, 2012, 11:11 PM
Ok. Thanks !
No hope to see again Marion in fed cup, i think ...Maybe i'm wrong. But i'm very pessimistic. I had a hope before OG. But now, it's probably over.
She's gonna play 4 tournaments in a row (Shenzen, Sydney, AO and Paris). She wants to play more tournaments on clay in order to be ready for RG. So, no time for fed cup, especially with some people in the staff with whom she had a bad communication.

Lighter
Nov 30th, 2012, 01:55 PM
No Sydney owing to Tennisboss.

2013 start schedule : Schenzen-Melbourne-Paris

Press review :

In French : http://www.servicegagnant.net/2012/11/25/a-la-decouverte-de-marion-bartoli/

In Spanish : http://espndeportes.espn.go.com/news/story?utm_medium=referral&s=ten&type=story&id=1668705&utm_source=t.co

Steadyniacki
Nov 30th, 2012, 03:09 PM
:(

Ferg
Nov 30th, 2012, 10:15 PM
goddammit. Dont like this.

Lighter
Dec 3rd, 2012, 05:03 PM
I just finished to read a 4 pages interview in french tennis magazine of december 2012. Nothing really new except 2 things :
- She really wants to be more physically prepared
- During clay season, she really felt out of gas with lowest peak in Roma. Brain worked, but body refused to follow brain orders until San diego.

Lighter
Dec 5th, 2012, 02:32 PM
Alexandra Fusai who's in charge of elite french players gave an interview this morning : http://www.lequipe.fr/Tennis/Actualites/Fusai-une-evolution-positive/331379

And as usual, Marion is in core of the discussion :
"J'ai un dialogue normal avec Marion même si à l'année c'est plus compliqué car elle a vraiment avec son père sa propre structure. Il y a du respect. Maintenant on a bien vu que lorsque les meilleures jouent en équipe de France, il y a une transmission avec les jeunes. Quand Amélie Mauresmo, Nathalie Dechy et Emilie Loit viennent par exemple parler à une trentaine de jeunes joueuses à la FFT, c'est un dialogue bénéfique. Alors oui quand notre meilleure joueuse est en marge, c'est compliqué. Les gens se posent du coup des questions sur le système. Le problème est plus grand aujourd'hui car nous sommes dans une période de creux où Marion est isolée en haut."

Between the lines, Fusai is focusing on one big point.It's difficult for FFT to be credible to people who must trust you (parents, relative, hopes,...) when the only good active player has established her own organization far from Paris and official staff.

Lighter
Dec 9th, 2012, 07:55 PM
https://fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/430790_515935798426014_1274898819_n.jpg

Lighter
Dec 16th, 2012, 10:34 AM
Australian open countdown : Marion's analyse by Mary Jo Fernandez

http://2013.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/articles/2012-12-15/201212141355465836886.html?promo=rss&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Australian-Open+%28Australian+Open%29

Lighter
Dec 16th, 2012, 07:43 PM
On a big french TV program, Marion's training in Switzerland : http://sport.francetv.fr/stade2/?page=reportage&id_article=183508 from 19:45 and her comments about fed cup.

Lighter
Dec 17th, 2012, 01:47 PM
Or HERE (http://sport.francetv.fr/stade2/?page=reportage&id_article=183594)

Love when her dad smiles when he says that she only plays 50% of what she can do.

heejin
Dec 17th, 2012, 11:05 PM
Or HERE (http://sport.francetv.fr/stade2/?page=reportage&id_article=183594)

Love when her dad smiles when he says that she only plays 50% of what she can do.

la mise en scène avec les deux chaises vides autour de la table :rolleyes:
Manifestement la présence du père de Caroline Garcia ne pose pas tant de problèmes. Cela ne me paraît pas dès lors incensé que Walter Bartoli assite également aux entrainements et soit présent dans le stade au cours des matchs.

Lighter
Dec 18th, 2012, 08:59 AM
la mise en scène avec les deux chaises vides autour de la table :rolleyes:
Manifestement la présence du père de Caroline Garcia ne pose pas tant de problèmes. Cela ne me paraît pas dès lors incensé que Walter Bartoli assite également aux entrainements et soit présent dans le stade au cours des matchs.Walter demande à ne pas être simplement présent, mais à échauffer Marion et à organiser sa préparation physique pendant les semaines fed cup. Il est là le noeud du problème. Parce qu'il craint que les exercices proposés par le staff ne soit pas adaptés à sa morphologie et à ses qualités physiques. Toutes les tentatives d'intervention ou de collaboration externes ont échoué jusqu'à présent que ce soient avec Georges Goven, Laurent Raymond, Pat Etcheverry ou Pierre Cherret.

Lighter
Dec 22nd, 2012, 08:57 PM
Patrick Mouratoglou gives his opinion about Marion's game : http://video.eurosport.fr/tennis/wta-tour/2012/patrick-mouratoglou-marion-bartoli-a-une-equation-a-resoudre_vid257241/video.shtml

He thinks that she really needs to serve like in 2011 and to be more agressive if she wants to be a good slam challenger.

misty1
Dec 24th, 2012, 01:26 AM
I agree. I miss 2011's serve:sad:

Lighter
Dec 24th, 2012, 10:57 AM
Dunno how deep i can analyse this new Momo's interview : http://www.lefigaro.fr/tennis/2012/12/23/02004-20121223ARTSPO00182-mauresmo-je-ne-desespere-pas-de-convaincre-bartoli.php

As she managed a new meeting with fed cup players last week in Roland Garros, she still hoped in Marion's decision turnaround. On video, she feels not really convinced.

Ferg
Dec 24th, 2012, 01:14 PM
I agree about the increased aggressiveness, especially as shes getting older now.

Ollie.
Dec 27th, 2012, 01:27 PM
I loved her 2011 serve, it was a great weapon. :yeah:

This new one is so unpredictable..

Anyway, allez Marion! :cheer:

Lighter
Dec 29th, 2012, 09:15 AM
Shenzen draw out

R1 : vs Chan

H2H : 2-0 for Marion

Ferg
Dec 29th, 2012, 10:57 AM
Potentially tricky draw... Shes had trouble with Klara and Peer before.

Steadyniacki
Dec 29th, 2012, 11:47 AM
What's Marions overall H2H vs. other 2 handers?

Marionated
Dec 29th, 2012, 12:17 PM
From what I know, against active players she is:

.8-0 vs Morita
.6-4 vs Peng
.1-0 vs Hradecka
.1-0 vs Niculescu
.2-0 vs Parra Santonja

So overall 18-4. She has yet to play Hseih or Lertcheewakarn, and I don't believe that there is anybody else.

Steadyniacki
Dec 29th, 2012, 12:39 PM
I thought Chan, or another chinese player was also 2 handed, but I can't remember

misty1
Dec 29th, 2012, 12:59 PM
I think its a pretty nice draw. Id expect her to be able to make the final with this.

XanaX626
Dec 29th, 2012, 01:49 PM
Australia is the country of Marion !

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Marionated
Dec 29th, 2012, 08:12 PM
I thought Chan, or another chinese player was also 2 handed, but I can't remember

Chan has a one handed forehand. I think you might mean Yan Zi but I don't believe she is active anymore, at least not in singles.

Lighter
Dec 29th, 2012, 09:03 PM
I was wrong, Marion will play WC Chan from Hong Kong, not Chan from taipeh she played 2 times before.

Lighter
Dec 31st, 2012, 08:21 AM
Easy win i didn't watch : 6-1 6-0
R2 vs Stefanie Voegele who's back in top 100 business with some good wins. A good test.

misty1
Dec 31st, 2012, 01:05 PM
7 double faults is bad

but for the most part an expected win

now voegele will be a tougher test but i still expect her to win that

Ferg
Dec 31st, 2012, 01:11 PM
Really want a good run here.

Ferg
Dec 31st, 2012, 01:54 PM
If she gets to the final she can get back to #10 too. Would be hilarious for her to lose that spot in the last week of 2012 only to get it straight back in the first week of 2013 :lol:

Lighter
Dec 31st, 2012, 06:19 PM
R1 outfit :

http://www.shenzhenopentennis.com/2013/eng/news_use/20121231a_w250.jpg

Alizé Molik
Jan 1st, 2013, 01:40 AM
worried if it is so cold in China for thermals and then she will come to 30+ degrees celcius in Australia. She has struggled with the heat before.

Lighter
Jan 2nd, 2013, 12:39 PM
A win is a win. Really up and down. And stefanie has improved her game. Already watched her in France in october 2012 vs Alize Cornet. And i knew that it could be more difficult than expected.
7-5 6-4

Fix that f...g 1st serve.

misty1
Jan 2nd, 2013, 12:57 PM
i thought she said she had worked out this new motion so why has she served 15 double faults in 2 games?

hopefully she'll pick it up from here

Lighter
Jan 2nd, 2013, 01:02 PM
i thought she said she had worked out this new motion so why has she served 15 double faults in 2 games?

hopefully she'll pick it up from here15? More 5, no. Only 9 for the whole match. Compared to San Diego semi, it's low.

Ferg
Jan 2nd, 2013, 01:16 PM
Slightly worried about her poor play but shes actually winning so... When she played poorly last year she just lost rather than grinding the win out. But the serve really does need to be fixed.

Alizé Molik
Jan 2nd, 2013, 01:23 PM
I'm considering this her first real match of the year so that considered I think she played pretty well. Like everyone else I would love the serve to be as solid as it was. This new motion has been a disaster.

misty1
Jan 2nd, 2013, 01:26 PM
15? More 5, no. Only 9 for the whole match. Compared to San Diego semi, it's low.

6 last match and now 9 in this one

that's 15 doubles in 2 matches played.

Lighter
Jan 2nd, 2013, 01:45 PM
6 last match and now 9 in this one

that's 15 doubles in 2 matches played.Ah ok. DFS, when she starts to serve or when she leads 40-0 or 40-15, don't disturb me. Because that's her game. But 2 or 3 df in one game or 1 df on set point like Beijing semi vs Vika is really embarassing. I don't want to see that again.

I just want her to hold serve like all the other top player do. And we all know that she always can break, even Serena and Vika. Contrary to many other players.

Lighter
Jan 2nd, 2013, 08:19 PM
One point at the end of this video : http://sg.sports.yahoo.com/video/li-na-impresses-shenzen-open-173412449.html

Steadyniacki
Jan 2nd, 2013, 09:11 PM
A win is a win. She really could take this title if she steps it up.

Iceland
Jan 3rd, 2013, 11:08 AM
Drops first set to Klara on 63. Her level of play is abysmal. :tape:
At least there's room to improvement for Melbourne.

Alizé Molik
Jan 3rd, 2013, 11:48 AM
horrible.

jedw
Jan 3rd, 2013, 12:04 PM
Controversial statement;

I wish Marion would do some work with.. a real coach.

Alizé Molik
Jan 3rd, 2013, 12:42 PM
Controversial statement;

I wish Marion would do some work with.. a real coach.

lol we've all said that here at one point. It will never happen.

Ferg
Jan 3rd, 2013, 01:10 PM
Called on Klara being a tough opponent when the draw came out but not even I thought such a beating was coming :facepalm: Another early loss in Melbourne then.

F4CU
Jan 5th, 2013, 07:00 PM
good luck in AO

F4CU
Jan 5th, 2013, 07:00 PM
:)

Lighter
Jan 8th, 2013, 09:43 PM
I feel Marion really disappointed after her loss :

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Ollie.
Jan 9th, 2013, 06:42 PM
Yes, this serve is a hindrance to her...and she had such a powerful serve before too. :sobbing: :(

Allez Marion at the AO! I hope she makes it to the 4R at least...

Lighter
Jan 10th, 2013, 10:48 AM
Today in l'équipe, a lot of answers to questions. In fact, she expected nothing from Shenzen as she was not ready for competing, too tired. She has worked a lot physically in Switzerland during 6 weeks and in Dubaï the last 2 weeks before Shenzen. She says that this preparation has been the most intensive she never has. Goals :
- More power in hitting
- More power in the legs
And a little change in serve motion with a more profiled feet positionning. Anyways, she knows that she needs to stay on base line in order to be more agressive.

She's now in Melbourne. So, wait and see now.

Ferg
Jan 10th, 2013, 11:48 PM
R1 vs. Medina Garrigues
R2 vs. Rogowska/Qualifier
R3 vs. Makarova
R4 vs. Kerber

Djezonfly
Jan 11th, 2013, 12:00 AM
Crap, Medina proved she was in form in Perth. Marion owns her outside of clay tho.

Lighter
Jan 11th, 2013, 12:06 AM
Crap, Medina proved she was in form in Perth. Marion owns her outside of clay tho.Even on clay....remember Strasbourg 2011. If she defeats AMG, draw is open.

Steadyniacki
Jan 11th, 2013, 12:26 AM
Pretty good draw. But AMG is looming.

At least there is no Zheng :sobbing:

Alizé Molik
Jan 11th, 2013, 02:07 AM
It all depends on Marion whether this is a good draw or not. I think all those players (baring Rogowska) have the ability to counter-punch Marion to death like people have in Melbourne before.

Lighter
Jan 11th, 2013, 02:41 PM
Where is Marion ?

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BAVUUxnCYAAIwDI.jpg

Ferg
Jan 11th, 2013, 03:00 PM
It says a lot about the state of french womens tennis that I can only name 2 of those players...

Lighter
Jan 11th, 2013, 03:05 PM
It says a lot about the state of french womens tennis that I can only name 2 of those players...French top 6 except number 1 and number 5 + Julie Coin who will go home on sunday.

Ollie.
Jan 11th, 2013, 04:43 PM
Marion will open up against Medina Garrigues, which is a tricky start imo. :( The seed in her section is Ekaterina Makarova, who is a very dangerous player on a good day. :unsure:

Lighter
Jan 11th, 2013, 09:36 PM
And for the ones still in doubt with long Marion's training, look at this schedule : http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/scores/schedule/practice.html

On court 17, Marion has started her training for half and hour, 2 hours lonely and the 3rd hour with Petra Kvitova.

Lighter
Jan 12th, 2013, 03:23 PM
And 4th hour with Gilles Simon : http://www.fft.fr/les-francais-lopen-daustralie/actualites/mannarino-surfe-sur-la-vague

Double mixte pour “Gilou“ et Marion.
Marion Bartoli et Gilles Simon se sont transformés chacun en sparring de luxe l’un pour l’autre ce samedi à Melbourne Park. De 11h à 12h sur le court 17, la 11e joueuse mondiale et le 16e au classement ATP se sont en effet entraînés de concert, “Gilou“ ne se privant pas, malgré une douleur au cou tenace, pour faire faire à la n°1 française quelques diagonales bien cadencées.

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BAX6hHVCEAAe1u-.jpg

Marionated
Jan 12th, 2013, 10:40 PM
Pretty good draw but her form is :scared:

Lighter
Jan 13th, 2013, 03:34 PM
Many french journalists in Melbourne = press conference

A lot of questions about Fed cup and tax issues (big big french current subject) : http://www.rtl.fr/actualites/sport/tennis/article/tennis-exil-fiscal-tsonga-et-bartoli-s-expliquent-7756815987

And video on Eurosport questions about preparation and especially about the serve : http://video.eurosport.fr/tennis/marion-bartoli-je-suis-capable-de-battre-les-meilleures_vid259813/video.shtml

She explains she modified ball toss, more in front of her. During training, she confirms that it's working.

Ferg
Jan 13th, 2013, 04:23 PM
We saw your serve in Shenzen Marion :scared:

Lighter
Jan 14th, 2013, 07:40 AM
Job done : 6-2 6-4
As expected, AMG fought. But Marion was solid enough to finish it in 2 sets.
Rogowska leads by 6-5 in 3rd set.

Lighter
Jan 14th, 2013, 07:52 AM
R2 : Marion vs Vesna Dolonc
Like 2 years ago. Hope no injury this time.

Alizé Molik
Jan 14th, 2013, 07:57 AM
I was there in person for the match today and it was the best I've seen her hitting the ball in the last 4 years (in Melbourne). She looked confident and held it together at 5-2 in the first during the marathon game. AMG was hit off the court until 5-1 in the first and then Marion's level dropped a bit. The serve stats have a lot to do with some pretty gusty wind today but the ball toss is still a hot mess. She should be in good enough form to knock Dolonc on the head.

Lighter
Jan 14th, 2013, 08:13 AM
I was there in person for the match today and it was the best I've seen her hitting the ball in the last 4 years (in Melbourne). She looked confident and held it together at 5-2 in the first during the marathon game. AMG was hit off the court until 5-1 in the first and then Marion's level dropped a bit. The serve stats have a lot to do with some pretty gusty wind today but the ball toss is still a hot mess. She should be in good enough form to knock Dolonc on the head.Did you watch video on Eurosport? She explains well that she could still be in between previous and new toss.
As she said, work always pays. Hope she can go far in this tournament.

Lighter
Jan 14th, 2013, 10:08 AM
The last 3 games :

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Kəv.
Jan 14th, 2013, 11:04 AM
I have a GOAT pic here :lol:

http://sphotos-h.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/227787_10200283059143637_1309325627_n.jpg

Lighter
Jan 14th, 2013, 11:40 AM
I have a GOAT pic here :lol:

http://sphotos-h.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/227787_10200283059143637_1309325627_n.jpgThanks for the pics i also saw in GM. Maybe in the stands to Marion vs Vesna in 2 days......And other pics....

Ferg
Jan 14th, 2013, 12:15 PM
Nice start, was potentially tricky. 2nd round should be easier.

Djezonfly
Jan 14th, 2013, 12:47 PM
What a stunning winner to finish the match :inlove:

King Halep
Jan 14th, 2013, 07:53 PM
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8219/8381493794_430a8e3c0c_c.jpg

heejin
Jan 14th, 2013, 10:42 PM
Marion :fiery::bounce:

Who knows Pauline Parmentier :confused:

Lighter
Jan 16th, 2013, 05:44 AM
Job done in straight sets : 7-5 6-0

During 1st set, she probably dealt with 2011 flash back. Now, it'over. Makarova next.

Bartoli's Boy
Jan 16th, 2013, 06:10 AM
Thank god for that! :)

Alizé Molik
Jan 16th, 2013, 08:55 AM
I think Marion has profited from the lower temperatures this week. 4r looks pretty good.

Steadyniacki
Jan 16th, 2013, 11:30 AM
Marion pretty much back in the top 10, with a win on Friday, Caro would need a SF to pass her.

misty1
Jan 16th, 2013, 01:09 PM
very happy and relieved

i agree, she's benefited from the lower temeperatures. Thank goodness she didnt have to play on thursday because thats when its supposed to get hot again

Lighter
Jan 16th, 2013, 05:08 PM
On WTA website : Bartoli overcomes 2011 demons (http://www.wtatennis.com/news/article/3043357/title/bartoli-overcomes-2011-demons)

And highlights on Eurosport : http://video.eurosport.fr/tennis/open-d-australie/2013/bartoli-dolonc-les-temps-forts_vid260767/video.shtml

Marionated
Jan 16th, 2013, 08:09 PM
Points defended :)

Makarova up next. H2H is very comfortable for Marion (4 games lost in 4 sets), but this is the AO so I do think it could go either way. Hopefully it'll be played on a quicker court than the one she played on today.

misty1
Jan 16th, 2013, 09:07 PM
Points defended :)

Makarova up next. H2H is very comfortable for Marion (4 games lost in 4 sets), but this is the AO so I do think it could go either way. Hopefully it'll be played on a quicker court than the one she played on today.

yeah, id expect her to win that but makarova seems to be a different player at the slams so we'll see

Alizé Molik
Jan 17th, 2013, 01:23 PM
Makarova plays just the sort of tennis Marion likes. She hits flat with little to no variety, she makes mistakes and she's not a fantastic mover. Temperatures should hopefully stay a bit cooler too. Thank god she did not have to play today or it would have been another performance like Zvonareva QF.

Lighter
Jan 17th, 2013, 02:13 PM
Makarova plays just the sort of tennis Marion likes. She hits flat with little to no variety, she makes mistakes and she's not a fantastic mover. Temperatures should hopefully stay a bit cooler too. Thank god she did not have to play today or it would have been another performance like Zvonareva QF.And she's leftie. Marion has less problems with leftie players, especially leftie serve, Safarova, Kvitova, Robson....Makarova's game is based around the leftie serve. To be confirmed....
Maybe some doesn't know. But Marion is leftie, but her dad taught her tennis with the opposite hand (Contrary to Nadal).

Alizé Molik
Jan 18th, 2013, 02:27 AM
and she's about to lose :(

Steadyniacki
Jan 18th, 2013, 02:37 AM
Well this is disappointing especially after the first set.

misty1
Jan 18th, 2013, 02:48 AM
she gets one break back

needs to hold now. If she can it puts all the pressure on makarova

15-0

15-15

15-30

hold!

30-30

40-30

deuce

adv. makarova

come on marion!!!!!

deuce

adv. bartoli

deuce

adv. marion

misty1
Jan 18th, 2013, 02:54 AM
hold

3-5 down

now break again marion!

misty1
Jan 18th, 2013, 02:58 AM
shit

2 match points makarova:sad:

40-15

40-30

deuce

misty1
Jan 18th, 2013, 03:00 AM
Yes!!!!

Alizé Molik
Jan 18th, 2013, 03:01 AM
makarova is a mental midget but Marion doing a good job of getting in her head. Sone of her return of serves were almost at the service line.

Bartoli's Boy
Jan 18th, 2013, 03:21 AM
Really tough loss. She looked about to cry and didn't acknowledge the crowd. :sad:

My opinion of this match: Makarova was executing her game really well. She was killing some good first serves in the second set. I thought she was the better player for most of the first, so it's a credit to Marion's fighting spirit that she was able to come back for 6-6, then come back again to win the tiebreak. I thought she would run away with the second after that, but I guess Makarova has improved as a player.

So glad she didn't get bagelled. Oh well.

Ferg
Jan 18th, 2013, 01:22 PM
:facepalm:

Marionated
Jan 18th, 2013, 09:35 PM
Not suprised. Expectations for Australia really shouldn't be much higher than on the clay.

Plexicushion really isn't a good surface for her. In memory, she's played just 2 good matches on it since it was introduced, and combining Australian heat with the slow, high bouncing surface itself and these are the results you get.

Still it's disappointing that she played such a disastrous last game after winning four games in a row. Whether the second serve issue is that of a technical one or just simply going for way too much on it (average second speed of 148kph to Makarova's 120 resulting in 13 double faults to just 1), only she knows. Will it ever be fixed though? Doubtful.