View Full Version : Mary wins and Sharapova looses

Mark Spruce
Sep 4th, 2004, 08:40 PM
WELL DONE !!!!!!!!!!!

Mary I am so proud of you.



Sep 4th, 2004, 08:46 PM
Mary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:D :D :D :D :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:
I saw the match and I can say she played very well. She moved a litle bit slow in the beggining but then she did better. I'm so happy!!!:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Sep 4th, 2004, 08:47 PM
Woohoo way to go Mary! :) u da best!

Sep 4th, 2004, 08:47 PM
i told you she is going to WIN.SHE KNOWS TENNIS

Sep 4th, 2004, 08:50 PM
Awesome for Mary to come back from 3-1 down in the 3rd set

I was in tears after this match

Mark Spruce
Sep 4th, 2004, 08:52 PM
I sure was in tears, and I was lets say very nervous when Mary lost her first game of the 3rd set. But as soon as it went to 3-3 and Mary then held her serve I knew we have a WINNER and it is MARY PIERCE

Oh I have added like over 50 net cam pics to my site from todays match. Please go and take a look.



Sep 4th, 2004, 08:54 PM
Well done Mary! So proud of you! Good luck next round!!

Sep 4th, 2004, 09:01 PM
WOW!! :bounce: What an amazing match! I'm so exhausted after watching that - feel like I've just played three sets myself! ;)

I honestly thought Mary had lost her chance when she couldn't break Sharapova despite several chances at 0-1 down. But she showed such character and never gave up. She had break points on almost every one of Maria's service games.

At the end after they had shaken hands, Mary went down on her knees and looked so emotional. She's back! :D

Sep 4th, 2004, 09:01 PM
The Queen beats the princess :worship: :worship: :worship:

So wonderful, so incredible... I'm dead right now cause I was so nervous and excited !!! Mary had so much occasions in this match, it would be awful if... :tape: Anyway, she played so great. Do you realize she beats Petrova, Venus and Sharapova in 3 weeks! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: She wasn't slower than in the first rounds, it's just that Sharapova's missiles come faster than Ruano pascal's balls.

Take a good rest Mary :kiss: (me too...) and go on, you are doing something realy great :kiss:

Sep 4th, 2004, 09:04 PM
What brilliant, brilliant news!! I've been a wreck the last two hours, scared to even turn on the TV or computer until I thought it was over... Do you realise this is only Mary's second three set win all year? SHE IS BACK WITH A VENGEANCE!!!!!

Mark Spruce
Sep 4th, 2004, 09:08 PM
Hi ALI, yeah what a picture that is, I have to have that as one of my all time favourite Mary pics.



Sep 4th, 2004, 09:11 PM
:woohoo: Mary :rocker2:

Sep 4th, 2004, 09:11 PM
Only one thing to say:

Stronger:eek: ... Mary's match tonight against Maria sharapova was her best by far since the season 2000:worship: :eek: :bounce: . Mary was doing the right thing at the rights moments.:worship:
Amazing match:eek: :worship: with some terrific points.Mary is just.....................................

Back:hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts:

Sep 4th, 2004, 09:14 PM
I can't find words, i was crying me too at the end.....

What a come-back !

Since a long time Mary in this kind of tournament, played at a so high level than today.This win i think will be very very important for her, now she knows that she definitely returned ather best....INCREDIBLE and AMAZING !

And yes she moved very well and i think she can have her revenge against Justine, she can do it !

But let's take it match after match, but this timeshe prooved the world that she should deserve to be in the top ten !

Such a geat champion, oh i am so proud of her and i can imagine what she can feel......She takes again more confidence in herself after the Olympic, a very very good thing for the future.

Respect Miss Pierce ! You are the best. :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :worship: :worship: :worship:

Sep 4th, 2004, 09:15 PM
Still trying to recompose myself after watching that match :drool:

Not often that I get emotional for sports but this one was unbelievable :D

Sep 4th, 2004, 09:30 PM
I'm so glad I got to see this match :bounce:

well done, Mary! :D

Mark Spruce
Sep 4th, 2004, 10:04 PM
Hello again.

Mary showed so much heart, she wanted it so much more and never gave up.

Oh please would there be any chance of getting a copy of this match. I hope that some one could please help me out. I will pay of course.

Lets see what coverage Mary gets becasue of this match.

WELL DONE MARY !!!!!!!!!




Sep 4th, 2004, 11:48 PM
You're right Mark - Mary showed so much fighting spirit and heart in this match. You could see how much it meant to her, especially winning such a close three setter.

I taped the match but don't have any way of making a copy, I'm so sorry. But there's a poster on here called tennisvideos who I'm sure will have a copy, if not I can give you the name of someone else who sells/trades tapes.

Sep 4th, 2004, 11:59 PM
M. PIERCE/M. Sharapova

4-6, 6-2, 6-3

An interview with:


THE MODERATOR: First question for Mary, please.

Q. Have you been plotting to take the bubble away from this young lady?

MARY PIERCE: Hi, Bud (laughter). No. I've just, you know, just been -- since I've been here at this tournament, just really taking everything day by day, match by match, like I always do really at every tournament.

Q. You were very emotional after that win. What does it mean to you?

MARY PIERCE: Uhm, yeah, it's just really nice. You know, it just feels really good. You know, after everything that I have been through, and the last few years have been really difficult, you know, I just -- those moments just are a lot sweeter and mean a lot more to me. You know, I just love what I do so much more now than I did before, and I just appreciate it so much more. You know, it's also nice because I believe in myself, and it's nice to have that confirmation actually happen in reality.

Q. Can you go through the injuries that you had the last couple years.

MARY PIERCE: Oh, my goodness. We don't have enough time for that. No, I'm just kidding. I had a shoulder injury in 2000 that kept me out for three months, and then I had a back injury in 2001 that kept me out for seven months, where I pretty much had to start over from zero physically-wise. My tennis was okay, my tennis was always there, it was just the physical side that really took a long time to get back whereas, you know, now this year, 2004, so it's two years, two and a half years that I am now starting to feel pretty much how I want to. You know, I'm not completely there yet, but I am feeling really good.

Q. Did you have to have surgery for any of them?

MARY PIERCE: No, I didn't. I took the time off. Tried to stay away from that.

Q. What was the low point?

MARY PIERCE: The low point (laughter)?

Q. What was the low point of which you could never see something like today ever happening to you again?

MARY PIERCE: What do you mean by "never happening"?

Q. In terms of you wouldn't imagine from that point that you could be here.

MARY PIERCE: Well, I never thought that, and I never felt that. I did have a moment during my back injury when I took the seven months off, and then I started coming back, and two weeks into my coming back of training, I had pain again in my back, and I had to stop again for a few weeks. And that moment was really - uhm - a trying time because I thought, "Well, okay, I felt okay, and now all of a sudden it hurts again, I have to stop." It was something my back would feel great one day, then terrible the next day, and there was really no reason why. So it didn't feel like there was anything I could do to prevent that. That was concerning me because I thought maybe I won't be able to ever play again. So that was a moment that was kind of, you know, I didn't know for sure if I was going to play again or not.

Q. She talked a lot about your experience. What has been your impression of her to this point in the way she exploded on the scene? Do you think your experience helped you a lot late in that match?

MARY PIERCE: Uhm, you know, I don't know. I try not to think too much about that kind of stuff. When you get out on the court, yeah, of course it does make a difference. You know, she's 17 and I'm 29, so there's 12 years of tennis on the tour that really means a lot. You know, I know when I was 17 how I felt. I know how I feel now. So, you know, I can feel the difference definitely now than I did when I was younger. So, I mean, I'm not Maria, I don't know how she thinks, I don't know how she feels. But I think definitely, you know, her young age, my older age and experience, you know, both things have good things, advantages and disadvantages.

Q. How did you feel when you were 17, and how do you feel now?

MARY PIERCE: 17... I think I was a lot more emotional. I would get mad at myself a lot when I would miss a shot or a game. If I lost the first set, I thought I was going to lose the match. Yeah, I think I made a lot more mistakes than I do now. You know, now, just with the experience, I'm able to be calm and to look at things really objectively while I'm playing on the court and what I'm doing, what's working, what's not working, what I need to change, those kind of things.

Q. Are you playing for different reasons now than you do when you're 17?

MARY PIERCE: Well, I mean, I think so. Definitely, when you're younger, when you haven't yet, you know, established yourself on the tour, had success as far as ranking or tournament-wise, you know, all those things, I feel like I've accomplished those pretty much. And I haven't accomplished everything that I want to yet in my career, that's why I'm still playing. But I forgot what I was going to say now... Yeah, it's a difference.

Q. Why you're playing now.

MARY PIERCE: Yeah, it's just different. You know, it's different. I play because I just love it and I want to, and I still believe that I can play, you know, great tennis.

Q. What haven't you accomplished that you would think would be realistic for yourself at this point?

MARY PIERCE: I don't know. I just do know that I still have something left inside of me to accomplish, and I don't know exactly what that is. Hopefully I'll know one day soon.

Q. There's been a couple of pulls on your nationality. Did the atmosphere today make you feel a little more American than some other times?

MARY PIERCE: No. It's been like that really my whole career. When I play in France, when I play here, when I play in Canada, they all cheer for me every year. It's really nice. That's just who I am. I'm a little bit of everything.

Q. A lot of people are sitting there saying, "Mary is through because she's going in a third set, she won't be able to last, not ready to play three hard sets," have you been working hard on conditioning?

MARY PIERCE: That's great. I love it when people say things like that. I heard someone saying this morning, "Does Mary still have the hunger or desire?" Something like that. I was like, "Hmm." But I understand people saying those kinds of things. I haven't done well the last couple years. But this year I feel great, I feel different. My game is starting to come together. Physically I'm fine. You know, I mean, the end of the match, I was okay. So, you know, I can keep playing.

Q. We saw you genuflect after the match.

MARY PIERCE: What's that?

Q. Do a little praying. That's something I don't think we've seen you do before. Is that something new to you? Are you in a new place?

MARY PIERCE: No, no. I mean, I have a strong faith. My relationship with God has been growing over the few years, I guess the last four years actually. You know, at the end of the match, I just walked over to the side of my chair, and just felt like doing that. So, yeah.

Q. Did you feel all those double-faults were a God send?

MARY PIERCE: The double-faults of who?

Q. The other player.

MARY PIERCE: Oh, I don't know.

Q. Were they pleasant to see? They came at critical moments.

MARY PIERCE: Double-faults, no. I don't think those are pleasant to see. I like to have a good ball to hit and hit a good shot on.

Q. At what point during the summer did you feel like you turned the corner where you could be beating a Top 10 on this kind of a stage? Was it Olympics against Venus? Grass court warm-up to Wimbledon?

MARY PIERCE: I think it was the moment after Roland Garros. I kind of, yeah, found myself alone there, made some changes, started training in Paris at the Federation. And, you know, just when you feel really relaxed, really happy, I know for me that that's really important and makes a big difference in my play. I just started working differently physically-wise, and I know that that started making a difference. Yeah, winning that grass tournament was really a good feeling. I hadn't won a tournament in I think it was four years. Last time was Roland Garros. So that helped a little bit. Then being in Athens there, you know, just being with the Federation, Fed Cup and the whole team and everybody, it's just a great experience, great training, great atmosphere. Just started coming together there, you know, just the belief and confidence in my game. In the match against Venus, I felt things I hadn't felt in years when I was moving out on the court. It felt great. Nice to see it all starting to come together.

Q. How do you think we should read this result today? Mary Pierce is still able to win matches at this level in a big tournament, or Maria Sharapova is in a little bit of trouble after Wimbledon or to show which is the real Maria?

MARY PIERCE: Which is the real Maria or Mary?

Q. Which one is the real Mary.

MARY PIERCE: The real Mary?

Q. Between Mary and Maria.

MARY PIERCE: I'm confused (laughter).

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I love Mary's attitude - its great to hear her say that she's still got something big to achieve. I think joining up with the French federation again has done so much for her confidence and given her a new dimention. Its so lovely to read things like this! :hearts:

Mark Spruce
Sep 5th, 2004, 12:14 AM
You're right Mark - Mary showed so much fighting spirit and heart in this match. You could see how much it meant to her, especially winning such a close three setter.

I taped the match but don't have any way of making a copy, I'm so sorry. But there's a poster on here called tennisvideos who I'm sure will have a copy, if not I can give you the name of someone else who sells/trades tapes.
That is a shame. You are so lucky to have seen the match. I hope that I can get hold of this match one day soon.

take care


Sep 5th, 2004, 01:50 AM
Mary played very well i watched the whole match and she made me so proud. it was a bit of an emotionless match for me because they are my two favourite players and i did not know who to go for. congratulations Mary good luck in the next round.

Sep 5th, 2004, 03:21 AM
Allez Mahree!

She was just fabulous. I honestly didn't think Mary could win it in three, but I'm glad she proved me wrong. I think Maria may have heard a few of those returns, but I don't think she saw a few of them :eek: Unbelievably good stuff from Mary. I'm feeling good about her chances against Sveta.

Sep 5th, 2004, 03:50 AM
Congratulations Mary :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship:

I said it in the Mary cheer thread in the USO, but I think it bears repeating;

It would make a great fairy story if Mary won the whole tournament.

Sep 5th, 2004, 04:09 AM
I was at the match today :) There was a whole Mary cheering section in the stadium - we were screaming! :lol: Mary was amazing - as cool as a cucumber out there! :D

Allez and good luck for her next match!

Sep 5th, 2004, 05:49 AM
the articles in USopen website 's really giving her respect also :)

Mark Spruce
Sep 5th, 2004, 07:11 AM
Yes I am happy with the coverage, but the Video part of the interview does not seem to want to work for me :sad:

I know what is the good luck for Mary, it is the RED nails and all of ou cheering for her.


Sep 5th, 2004, 09:48 AM
Yeah....this is SENSATIONAL!!!!!:worship: :worship:

This is a great win for Mary....I saw her match and Mary sure played well...hitting the ball as hard as it can get....Sharapova certainly pounded the ball especially in the 1st set....but Mary managed to increased her level of play at the 2nd set...this just shows that Mary's win is no fluke...she beat Sharapova by producing high quality tennis and I'M JUST LOVING IT!!!!!!!:bounce: :bounce:

I managed to tape the match...but I'm jealous of some of u guys who was at her match and cheered for her...wish that I can do the same!!!!!:angel:

Yeah Mark...red nails for Mary certainly did the job today!!!:bounce:

Mary just continues to inspire me...her faith is something that i really admire...her cool demeanour on court shows that Maria and the rest of the youngsters still need to learn more about proper attitude on court....:rolleyes:

Good luck Mary...rest well...:angel:

Good luck for your next opponent!!!!:bounce:

Go Mary!!!!!!!!!!!!:bounce:

Sep 5th, 2004, 10:47 AM
I went out and bought three newspapers today, (two broadsheets and a tabloid), to add reports of the match to my Mary file, and yes, all three featured the match prominently -but all three had a MASSIVE photos of Sharapova accomanying their articles! And the headlines were all about Maria! "The Sunday Times" was worst, as it took until the fourth paragraph before Mary's name was even mentioned -it was all about Sharapova! Unbelievable!

Sep 5th, 2004, 11:01 AM
Damn it...:mad:

I hate it when that happens to Mary....it seems that the media is not appreciating what Mary has done to get back in her form....:sad:

Never mind Mary...at least u'r more happier now...:angel:

Remember we're always behind ya Mary!!!!!:bounce:

Go Mary!!!!!!!!!:bounce:

Sep 5th, 2004, 12:39 PM
i watched that match!!! didn't tape it because i was not home :( mary was a little bit impatient at first. and i was nervous from the beginning, even can't stop shaking :)
but when she was broke, i don't know why, i was just stop worry, and very sure that mary will win~ she played awesome in the end of the second set, and stay calm after that overrule (which is correct) cost her one break down. she cried during the on-court interview, with the crowd cheering her all along...

Sep 5th, 2004, 12:41 PM
What a fantastic win for Mary :bounce: I wish I had seen that match :sad: I forgot to tell my sister to tape it for me when I was making phone to Poland yesterday :banghead:

But they will show her again I`m sure :bounce:

Sep 5th, 2004, 12:49 PM
Did anyone read Sharapova's interview on the US Open web-site? She didn't mention Mary by name, and I thought that she was very reserved in her references to Mary's play other than a couple of references to her greater experience. It was as if she was saying that she had lost the match rather than Mary's winning it. I would have hoped for more -or am I being over-sensitive?.

Sep 5th, 2004, 01:08 PM
Did anyone read Sharapova's interview on the US Open web-site? She didn't mention Mary by name, and I thought that she was very reserved in her references to Mary's play other than a couple of references to her greater experience. It was as if she was saying that she had lost the match rather than Mary's winning it. I would have hoped for more -or am I being over-sensitive?.
I thought the interview was okay considering the questions were focussed on Maria's double faults and unforced errors. Maria gets a lot of stick but I feel that she handles the pressure well for someone so young. I'm sure a lot of other players (mentioning no names :angel: ;) ) would have said they played at 20% and threw the match away!

Mary's interview was great though! She's obviously really enjoying her tennis again and I love hearing that she's enjoying the game and still has things left to achieve. The 4th round match will be really hard but I just feel that Mary is on a roll at the moment. Go Mary! :D

Sep 5th, 2004, 02:30 PM
It's so great
I watched the match and I'm very happy about Mary's game
My favourite moment was at the end when Mary was down on her knees, she was so happy :bounce:

I know for sure now she can handle her next opponent

:angel: :angel: :angel:

Sep 5th, 2004, 02:54 PM
I feel great, I knew she will win. I still happy for her especially when she had a short interview where she cried and thank the LORD, few players could do that.
GO MARY, we are always here for you

Sep 5th, 2004, 03:26 PM
Woohoo :bounce:

Congratulations and good luck for the next round girl !!!!!

jessie Nai
Sep 6th, 2004, 04:52 AM
:bounce: Congratulations Mary

Well done! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Sep 6th, 2004, 06:01 AM
Congrats Mary!!! :woohoo:

She really bore down and survived a very determined Maria. :yeah: Good luck in the next round against Svetlana :kiss:

Mark Spruce
Sep 6th, 2004, 09:31 AM
Best of luck Mary is 3rd match on one of the main courts. I can't remember the name of it LOL



Sep 6th, 2004, 01:15 PM
Mark, it's Louis Armstrong Stadium ;) :wavey: