PDA

View Full Version : Mary wins in 3 sets 4-6 7-6 9-7


Mark Spruce
Jun 23rd, 2005, 05:55 PM
yipeeeeeeeeee

What a match

Mark

rsunderji
Jun 23rd, 2005, 05:56 PM
wow what a match! Mary is truly something! what a total fighter!

Mark Spruce
Jun 23rd, 2005, 05:59 PM
I have to agree.

I thought OH NO after the first set.

And when she served for the 2nd lost her server and it went to the tie break, she saved a match point. GGGGGWIZZZZZZZZZZZ my heart was going really fast.

And then serving for the match and lost her serve, and then breaking J. Vakulenko serv then loosing hers. OH WOOOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW

But Mary did it in the end

What a fighter

mark

Ambrosia
Jun 23rd, 2005, 05:59 PM
I wish it didn't go on so long but Mary showed a lot of guts! :D

pierce_fanatic
Jun 23rd, 2005, 06:01 PM
omg what a match ! i thought it would never end. it's 4am over here and omg my toes are frozen but i had to stay up and watch mary ! :p

that was just awesome ! well done mary ! :kiss:

:worship: :worship: :worship: :worship:

Frenchragazzo
Jun 23rd, 2005, 06:02 PM
But did Mary play bad or was it just Julia who was playing great ?

Anyway, Mary fought so well and it's great to see her winning this kind of match :bounce: :bounce:

Bravo Mary :) :)

Mark Spruce
Jun 23rd, 2005, 06:02 PM
I think that it will give her confidence that she got though it.

Mark

Mark Spruce
Jun 23rd, 2005, 06:04 PM
Net cam pic of stats of the match.

Mark

Frenchragazzo
Jun 23rd, 2005, 06:07 PM
Net cam pic of stats of the match.

Mark

Well it seems that Julia was the one who directed the match: she made more UE and more winners than Maam... It's not often the case concerning a match with Mary :p :p

pierce0415
Jun 23rd, 2005, 06:14 PM
Julia was serving BIG so that is why there were very few breaks in this match

Mark Spruce
Jun 23rd, 2005, 06:16 PM
But in the end Mary got the most important one

2 sets to 1 jejejejejeej

Mark


Well it seems that Julia was the one who directed the match: she made more UE and more winners than Maam... It's not often the case concerning a match with Mary :p :p

saby
Jun 23rd, 2005, 06:18 PM
Julia forehand is terrible, she didn't miss one.... Oh my god Mary she fought like a lion !!!
Both players play great, julia has a terrific serve (weird but terrific)

I wacthed the match on canal+ and Fred Viard asked one question to Guy forget,
He said, I'm worry when Mary is roaring on each shot, is it because she is in difficulty or tired?
Guy said, oh no when she does that it's very good, it means she is going to fight until the end


next is ana, come on mary go get her !!! Avenge Amélie

sebbe
Jun 23rd, 2005, 06:20 PM
I almost died in the tiebreak, no kidding but Mary you did scare me alot. It was so frustrating cuz Mary could never break Julia's serve. But she did when she really had to. This must give Mary so much confidence, to finally win after this struggle.
So happy to still see Mary's name in the draw. Next is Ana and that will be much harder then today. So Mary, be ready.

Good Luck in next round

Mark Spruce
Jun 23rd, 2005, 06:31 PM
Hi Sebbe.

"There is soming about mary fans" what we have to go though LOL

I was tearing my hair out so much in the tie break. And when Mar broke her serve, she would loose hers straight away. I WAS GOING NUTS !!!!!!!!

I am so glad that Mary is in the next round

mark

Mark Spruce
Jun 23rd, 2005, 06:33 PM
Hello Saby,

Thanks for letting us know. Very interesting.

Mark

Julia forehand is terrible, she didn't miss one.... Oh my god Mary she fought like a lion !!!
Both players play great, julia has a terrific serve (weird but terrific)

I wacthed the match on canal+ and Fred Viard asked one question to Guy forget,
He said, I'm worry when Mary is roaring on each shot, is it because she is in difficulty or tired?
Guy said, oh no when she does that it's very good, it means she is going to fight until the end


next is ana, come on mary go get her !!! Avenge Amélie

saby
Jun 23rd, 2005, 08:51 PM
Hello Saby,

Thanks for letting us know. Very interesting.

Mark

I thougt too, I read mary's interview on eursport and she said Julia and her are good friend and it's always hard to play against a friend

saby
Jun 23rd, 2005, 09:11 PM
Mary Pierce scraped past a player ranked 220 in the world to edge into the third round early this evening. The revival which took her to the French Open final last month was nowhere in evidence on Court No.3 as Pierce struggled to beat Julia Vakulenko of the Ukraine 4-6, 7-6 (9-7), 9-7.

Is this really only Pierce's 10th Wimbledon? It seems she has been coming here for a couple of decades. But maybe it is an illusion created by her style of play, and especially her ever-lengthier build-up to serving. Gone are the days when she felt obliged to make a dozen minute adjustments to her hair and dress before being able to deliver the ball. Now she merely gazes into the distance for so long that observers feel sure she must have caught sight of some spooky incident beyond their own line of vision.

Not that this trademark preparation necessarily helps the job in hand. It wasn't as if she began the match in the sparkling style of a champion, commencing with a double fault. After that, a forehand down the line drifted wide to give Vakulenko break point, whereupon Pierce managed to double fault again. It was an inauspicious start. Powering away from the baseline, she found Vakulenko's serve difficult to deal with. Meanwhile Vakulenko - herself a devotee of the baseline as a clay court specialist - was thumping away contentedly. A powerful forehand gave her set point, and an unreturned serve secured the set in 32 minutes.

Of course on paper this match was a straightforward task for Pierce. That said, just a year ago the Ukrainian was ranked 68, but her game has not progressed. The last of her ITF titles came two years ago, the same year as she reached the third round at Roland Garros. But even today's second round match was new Wimbledon territory for her, as she had not got beyond the first round in her two previous main draw appearances in SW19.

Pierce had not played a match between her dismal French Open final defeat to Justine Henin-Hardenne last month and the start of her Wimbledon campaign. But the Frenchwoman remains nothing if not unpredictable. Her clay court season was solid, but in no way hinted at the startling run of results she would string together at Roland Garros.

Yet there was no reason to think she would make such a meal of this match, even allowing for the fact that she has never got beyond the quarter-finals here. In the second set she looked to be resuming normal service by breaking Vakulenko for 5-4, but a disputed line call gave the Ukrainian the break back. Pierce secured three more break points but watched them all leave as fast as they arrived. Vakulenko's backhand was doing Pierce serious damage, and the Frenchwoman required an ace to save match point in the tiebreak. Pierce muffed one set point before capturing a second, and carried on the muddled theme throughout the third set before finally closing out the match.

A third round meeting with the charismatic 17-year-old Ana Ivanovic beckons for Pierce.

Declan
Jun 23rd, 2005, 09:13 PM
Firstly, is this the longest match Mary has ever played? Off the top of my head I can't remember her ever having played a longer match in terms of score...

This was awful for me. I was at work and had to rely on a friend to text me the result -his first one said 'Sorry, Mary lost 6-7 in the third'. I was SO disappointed, but texted him back saying that Wimbledon doesn't have final set tie-breaks....Ten minutes later I heard; 'Sorry...she won 9-7 in the third'!!! I was- and am ECSTATIC!!!!!

MissTennisFan
Jun 23rd, 2005, 09:45 PM
I enoyed this match but it was a little nerve-wracking... I got to watch it on Canal + and Frederic Viard's question regarding Mary's grunt also drew my attention, Guy's answer was really good, LoL.

Best of luck on Saturday, Mary!

ali
Jun 23rd, 2005, 10:44 PM
I enoyed this match but it was a little nerve-wracking... I got to watch it on Canal + and Frederic Viard's question regarding Mary's grunt also drew my attention, Guy's answer was really good, LoL.


So what was his answer? :p

What a nerve wracking match, so glad to see Mary come through it :) David looked as though he was about to have a nervous breakdown too!

It was great to hear the Wimbledon crowd get behind her, she's very popular over here. Hopefully she'll get on a show court on Saturday.

MissTennisFan
Jun 24th, 2005, 12:08 AM
So what was his answer? :p

Oh I was commenting on something that Saby mentioned slightly higher up. Frederic Viard, one of the French commentators seemed a little skeptical about the fact that Mary was grunting on virtually every shot and he was wondering if it was a sign of exhaustion, but like Saby said, Guy answered that on the contrary it was a good sign and if anything it indicated that Mary would fight for every point... or something to that effect!

What a nerve wracking match, so glad to see Mary come through it :) David looked as though he was about to have a nervous breakdown too!

It was great to hear the Wimbledon crowd get behind her, she's very popular over here. Hopefully she'll get on a show court on Saturday.

Did you get to go to Wimbledon? I am actually glad Mary played on Court 3, it sure beats playing on court 18, LOL... but yeah, naturally a show court would be nice.

I also thought David seemed a little worried about the whole thing, but I was so relieved to see him there, I just hope they keep working together. It was also nice Mary's Mom was there to cheer her on. I hadn't seen her at any of Mary's matches for a while.

ali
Jun 24th, 2005, 12:44 AM
Oh I was commenting on something that Saby mentioned slightly higher up.
Oops, sorry! Must keep up! Thanks :)

Did you get to go to Wimbledon? I am actually glad Mary played on Court 3, it sure beats playing on court 18, LOL... but yeah, naturally a show court would be nice.

I also thought David seemed a little worried about the whole thing, but I was so relieved to see him there, I just hope they keep working together. It was also nice Mary's Mom was there to cheer her on. I hadn't seen her at any of Mary's matches for a while.
I'm going to Wimbledon on Saturday and will be there for a few days. Hopefully Mary will still be in the tournament into the middle of next week :D

David was funny. The commentators mentioned how he had a cigarette behind his ear and looked desperate to smoke it!! As soon as the match was over, they showed him leaving the court and lighting up :lol: It was a nail biter, but hopefully she's in her groove now and is feeling confident for the next match. I was impressed at her serving when she was behind in the match - especially the ace on match point down :worship:

Mark Spruce
Jun 24th, 2005, 04:07 AM
MissTennisFan- A little nerve wrecking, well you are made or harder stuff that I am LOL, I was a complete basket case in the last 2 sets.

Yeah I spotted David in the crowd, maybe Mary's dad as well. Not to sure though. There was a guy that could have looked like him.

Mark

Scotso
Jun 24th, 2005, 04:26 AM
:bounce:

cakiteror
Jun 24th, 2005, 04:43 AM
oh,guys,i bit my nails the whole time!
i am happy she won,but i dont want to see those tipe of matces!
she proved she is a fighter!
and,now ana comes,
i think that mary should just relax and enjoy the play!

MaryPierceFan
Jun 24th, 2005, 06:39 AM
What a match! Not typically for women's tennis. They played like men, Ya know, only one break in 1st set. And the rest, not few breaks. I'm so happy that Mary's won. I hoipe she'll rest enough and be ready for Ivanovic. Go girl! You can do it!

saby
Jun 24th, 2005, 11:07 AM
Firstly, is this the longest match Mary has ever played? Off the top of my head I can't remember her ever having played a longer match in terms of score...

I think Mary's RG 2000 semi final against Martina and the quarter against Lindsay at the USO 1999 were longer than this one.


There was a guy that could have looked like him.
Mark

Are you sure about that? Mary's dad is around 69 year old and he hates planes...
Mary's mother was here for sure it was not her aunt, but her dad...

Does somebody knows?

isaboulou
Jun 24th, 2005, 11:29 AM
This is an interview that i find, but this is in french :

J'ai sauvé cette balle de match en servant un ace au centre. J'ai d'ailleurs très bien servi dans les moments importants, c'est l'expérience. Julia est une amie, on va à l'église ensemble. Elle est jeune et elle s'est arrêtée après l'US Open pendant six mois", a expliqué la Française.

"Le match était vraiment difficile. Elle jouait à plat, en commettant un minimum de fautes. Je me suis accrochée. Je sentais que, physiquement, j'étais en meilleure forme qu'elle, elle commençait à forcer ses coups."

Au troisième tour, Mary Pierce se mesurera à la jeune Serbo-Monténégrine Ana Ivanovic, tête de série numéro 19.

"Je l'ai vue battre Amélie Mauresmo à Roland-Garros. Elle est jeune et en pleine progression. En fait, je m'attends à peu près au même match qu'aujourd'hui. Elle cogne très fort dans la balle."

Andy.
Jun 24th, 2005, 11:34 AM
Wow this was a real contest Mary showed real mental strength to get thru and i think that can really help her for the rest of the tournament

saby
Jun 24th, 2005, 11:43 AM
Julia est une amie, on va à l'église ensemble

I understand now why Julia and Mary are friends !!! lol

MissTennisFan
Jun 24th, 2005, 11:48 AM
I am sure Mary's Dad wasn't there, her Mom definitely was on the other hand. Had her Dad been there, it would have been at least mentioned... I saw most of the match and I don't recall seeing anyone who looked like him.

Mark Spruce
Jun 24th, 2005, 12:07 PM
Hi,

Maybe you are just right. He just look like Mary's Dad.

Mark

I am sure Mary's Dad wasn't there, her Mom definitely was on the other hand. Had her Dad been there, it would have been at least mentioned... I saw most of the match and I don't recall seeing anyone who looked like him.

mamno_MARYFAN
Jun 24th, 2005, 01:59 PM
Great win for Mary...!!!:angel:

In a way...its good that Mary has wins like this...she is sure a fighter to win a tough match like that...I've watched Vakulenko played before and what u guys have been talking about her is the same...she's tough...great serve...:eek:

But the main thing is Mary made it in the end...and made my dream of seeing Mary win Wimbledon alive still...!!!:angel:

Next opponent...Ivanovic is a tough cookie...But I've no doubt that Mary is going to be even tougher for Ivanovic to handle...:cool:

GO MARY!!!!!!!!!:bounce:

rsunderji
Jun 24th, 2005, 03:27 PM
I could see the match on live scoring and heard parts of it on wimbledon radio; she really showed mental toughness by being able to save that match point with an ace and hanging in there. I hope this can push her past ivonovic and into the second week at wimbledon. Go Mary!

Mark Spruce
Jun 24th, 2005, 03:49 PM
Yeah saving a match point with an ace !!!!!!!!!! COOL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I would so love to see Mary in the 2nd week of SW19

Mark

saby
Jun 24th, 2005, 03:58 PM
Today article about Mary says,
Mary was not there on the first set and after she "woke up", saving the match point by a terrific ace, and wining the match after almost 2h30min.

At the end of the match, Mary invited Julia at her appartement for a dinner, they said Julia is one of her best friends on tour

MissTennisFan
Jun 24th, 2005, 04:50 PM
At the end of the match, Mary invited Julia at her appartement for a dinner, they said Julia is one of her best friends on tour

Alors ça, c'est de la classe!

Declan
Jun 24th, 2005, 05:16 PM
[QUOTE=saby]I think Mary's RG 2000 semi final against Martina and the quarter against Lindsay at the USO 1999 were longer than this one.



Sorry saby, but neither of those matches were even close to this one in terms of games played. RG 2000 Semi Mary won 6-4 5-7 6-2 = 30 games.
US 1999 Quarter Mary lost 2-6 6-3 5-7 = 29 games
This Wimbledon match Mary won 4-6 7-6 9-7 = a whopping 39 games!!!!

saby
Jun 24th, 2005, 05:53 PM
Sorry saby, but neither of those matches were even close to this one in terms of games played. RG 2000 Semi Mary won 6-4 5-7 6-2 = 30 games.
US 1999 Quarter Mary lost 2-6 6-3 5-7 = 29 games
This Wimbledon match Mary won 4-6 7-6 9-7 = a whopping 39 games!!!!

You were talking about games, ooops sorry I thought you were talking about the time

Mark Spruce
Jun 24th, 2005, 07:32 PM
Hello Saby,

Oh so Mary is friends with Julia I did not know that. Well I do now.

Mary is the best.

regards

Mark

Today article about Mary says,
Mary was not there on the first set and after she "woke up", saving the match point by a terrific ace, and wining the match after almost 2h30min.

At the end of the match, Mary invited Julia at her appartement for a dinner, they said Julia is one of her best friends on tour

PamShriverRockz
Jun 24th, 2005, 07:35 PM
Hey! :wavey:

I was at this match, although I had to go before the end...I was also at the first round match...I think Mary is playing well, she's in great shape and is chasing everything down!

(Mark I took some pics, would you like me to email them to you for your web site?? :) )

Go Mary!

Berlin_Calling
Jun 24th, 2005, 08:08 PM
Pierce struggles past qualifier

June 24 2005 at 07:38AM
Wimbledon - Mary Pierce saved a match point and needed more than two hours to defeat Ukrainian qualifier Julia Vakulenko 4-6, 7-6 (7), 9-7 and reach the third round at Wimbledon on Thursday.

It was a real struggle for the French Open finalist, who had little rhythm, made a succession of unforced errors and was unable to rally consistently until the final set.

Pierce began and ended the opening game with double-faults, and she was then unable to win any of four break points in the fourth game as Vakulenko held with her third ace.

Vakulenko, ranked 220th, was the more consistent player and went on to take the first set when Pierce netted a return.

Pierce saved a match point at 6-5 with an ace
In the second set, Pierce often hit out at the ball with little apparent effort at accuracy. Vakulenko was more prepared to rally and build a winning position, but she also became erratic and a backhand error gave Pierce a break at 4-3.

But Pierce failed to serve out for the set, sending a disputed forehand wide after Vakulenko saved a set point with backhand pass, and she also failed to win any of the three break points at 5-5.

In the tiebreaker, Pierce saved a match point at 6-5 with an ace, before taking the set on her third set point.

In the final set, Vakulenko held a break point when leading 2-1 but made a poor return. Then Pierce, playing with increasing authority and making far fewer errors, broke to lead 6-5 by forcing an error from her service return.

Pierce again failed to serve out the set, making a backhand error on break point, but she broke again to lead 8-7 when Vakulenko netted a forehand and clinched victory when her opponent netted a return. - Sapa-AP