View Full Version : A Saturday Qualifying Report

Apr 6th, 2003, 01:59 AM
Two Stars today: Dally and Maria!

Dally d. Sybille Bammer 6-7(?-?), 7-6(?-?), 6-4. I saw very little of this match, but what I saw was Bammer playing VERY well - so Dally must have played up to her reputation! (Although this was no upset, with Dally seeded #6 and Bammer unseeded.)

I saw a lot of Maria Sharapova (unseeded) d. Akiko Morigami (seeded #16): 7-5, 5-7, 6-4. Maria is FOR REAL!! Akiko played very well, returning excellently, but Maria also did good returns, and had some AWESOME winners.

I think Maria was down 4-5 in the 1st, then won 3-in-a-row. Maria then went up 5-3, serving for the match, and 30-0, then 30-40, then had match-points (2, I think), then lost 4-in-a-row: 5-7. Maria then went down 2-4, and won 4-in-a-row: 6-4. WOW!

In a sense, Akiko played better, but Maria won it fair-and-square. Maria is also very entertaining and "intense" - fun to watch (and cute++!). I think she is 15, but turns 16 later this month. She has much SPIRIT!!

(By the way: I saw Maria win her way to a grade 4 juniors title barely a year-and-a-half ago, and very much enjoyed watching her then, also!)

Other observations: Milagros Sequero seems to be quite good - Cochran and Cargill are capable of playing much better than they did today (both lost miserably). Marlene retired with back-pain, but hopefully it's not real serious. I much enjoyed watching her play 3 years ago, when she looked very young. She looked more than 3 years older today, though. Robinson might be good - she lost the 1st set (3-6, then I left), but apparently won the match. She didn't look very good in that 1st set, though....

Win again, Maria!!

Apr 6th, 2003, 03:58 AM
By the way: Maria's match was about 3 hours, and was played under bright midday sun in temps of 80+.

Here's a pic of the winner!

Apr 6th, 2003, 04:00 AM
Thanks for the report!! I can't believe Maria was able to pull through when she was down 2-4 in the 3rd :o. Go Maria, kick as$! :D

Apr 6th, 2003, 04:06 AM
Thanks :)

Apr 6th, 2003, 04:17 AM
Thanks so much, gzimman!!! :kiss: :kiss:

An awesome report to read! :wavey: I am glad you got the chance to watch her playing. Yes, she is for real, totally agree! So much talent, you can see that. Oh yes, she is absolutely fun to watch. It takes time before she becomes an experienced player. She will do some great damages in a few years.

Maria looks really good in the picture. Thanks so much again! :) :kiss:

I hope you can watch her again tomorrow. If so, have super fun! ;)

Apr 6th, 2003, 04:32 AM
thank you so much :D

Apr 6th, 2003, 01:04 PM
Thanks for the pic!

King Aaron
Apr 6th, 2003, 02:22 PM
Thanks for the report and the picture. :)
Do you happen to have any pictures of Ansley?

Yes, I'm not too happy about the way Ansley lost. She was doing so good at Sarasota. I kind of half expected a let-down after such a good tournament at Sarasota and unfortunately she proved me right. :sad: Maybe she was tired? Is it possible for you to elaborate a little more?

Apr 6th, 2003, 02:37 PM
thanx Gary for the report/pics :)

Apr 6th, 2003, 03:14 PM
Thanks for the report and pic!

Apr 6th, 2003, 03:32 PM
Very good photo of Maria :) Thanks

Apr 6th, 2003, 07:57 PM
great pic

Apr 6th, 2003, 07:57 PM
great pic

Apr 7th, 2003, 05:14 AM
Thank you for the report :wavey: