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tenn_ace
Nov 7th, 2006, 06:19 PM
wow! too easy :eek:

ps. almost blew it :scratch::help:

DaNieLa RoCkZ
Nov 7th, 2006, 06:19 PM
It was 6-2 6-2

cosmoose
Nov 7th, 2006, 06:20 PM
correction 6-2 6-2

narrisch
Nov 7th, 2006, 06:20 PM
congrats Nadia :yeah:

Amelie :hug:

tenn_ace
Nov 7th, 2006, 06:20 PM
It was 6-2 6-2


thanks corrected

Viktymise
Nov 7th, 2006, 06:20 PM
:eek: what a drubbing of the defending Champ, Nadia must have played really well from what i hear

Piotr'ek
Nov 7th, 2006, 06:20 PM
6-2 in 2nd :p

TheBoiledEgg
Nov 7th, 2006, 06:20 PM
Nadya ;) :yeah:

i would have gone and :smash: her myself had she lost that :o

flyingmachine
Nov 7th, 2006, 06:21 PM
Oh dear.

!Gio!
Nov 7th, 2006, 06:21 PM
Wow Amelie got spanked, poor Amelie
but great job Nadia, great win

~Carsten~
Nov 7th, 2006, 06:21 PM
very impressive win from Nadia! :)
Congrats

tenn_ace
Nov 7th, 2006, 06:21 PM
Has Nadia played well or Amelie gift rapped to her?

cellophane
Nov 7th, 2006, 06:21 PM
Damn, Nadia, you had scared me there....

Great stuff, girl. Keep going.

DaNieLa RoCkZ
Nov 7th, 2006, 06:21 PM
There is the number #1 player in the world for you :rolleyes:

Vaidisova
Nov 7th, 2006, 06:22 PM
Amelie:tape:

Shoulderpova
Nov 7th, 2006, 06:22 PM
in the last 2 games both lost serve despite being up 40*-0 :tape:
Nadia :hearts:

goldenlox
Nov 7th, 2006, 06:22 PM
There is a chance that Justine and Amelie aren't in form, and Nadia got lucky with her group.
This was important, now she has to take out Hingis tomorrow

*Jean*
Nov 7th, 2006, 06:22 PM
I felt Amélie wasn't ready for this YEC...I just hope she isn't injured on anything...or maybe Nadia has played the match of her life...it's hard for me, I'm fan of both girls :sad: Happy for Nadia, but so sorry for Amélie :sad:

tenn_ace
Nov 7th, 2006, 06:22 PM
Damn, Nadia, you had scared me there....

Great stuff, girl. Keep going.


so it was Nadia :worship:


Amelie though :sad: Win the other 2 matches :bounce:

Wannabeknowitall
Nov 7th, 2006, 06:22 PM
It was bound to happen.
We all know that Nadia wants this more than anyone playing this round robin.

She wants to be where Mauresmo is right now.
To be there she needs to win this YEC.
I think she could do it.
It would mean beating Sharapova but I think she's up for the challenge on this slower surface.

hingisGOAT
Nov 7th, 2006, 06:22 PM
mauresmo sucks. she officially has the absolute WORST return of serve of any top 10 player and of any Slam champion in the last 10 years, probably the worst return of serve of any Slam champion in the Open Era. bad forehand, erroneous backhand, average serve etc. Justine Henin-Hardenne should be ashamed of herself.

Both Mauresmo and Petrova will be badly beaten by Henin and Hingis :devil:

Duramont
Nov 7th, 2006, 06:22 PM
Amélie :o :o :o


You have to really improve if you want to win a match here! :(

Nicolas
Nov 7th, 2006, 06:23 PM
Amé this is quite embarassing

Hope you can play at your best in the next match, because if you are not fully fit, no need to play even for 100,000$........ :o

cypher_88
Nov 7th, 2006, 06:23 PM
well done Nadia!!she was the better player!:woohoo:

tenn_ace
Nov 7th, 2006, 06:23 PM
both lost serve despite being up 40*-0 :tape:
Nadia :hearts:


yeah that was :smash: from both of them

Solitaire
Nov 7th, 2006, 06:23 PM
Congrats to Nadia

Ame :sad: just too flat today

skanky~skanketta
Nov 7th, 2006, 06:23 PM
honestly, for a top player, she gets beaten badly quite a bit. other top players ( those who make it past the top3 that is) never lose this badly. it's not surprising when people say she's not the "true" number one.

MisterMan
Nov 7th, 2006, 06:23 PM
Remember that thread a few weeks ago..
"Is Amelie the 'weakest' number 1 ever ?"

Lunaris
Nov 7th, 2006, 06:24 PM
Five threads, ha ha. I clearly see those posters with all the stuff already prepared and waiting till the end of the match to plague the GM. :lol: :help:

honeyke
Nov 7th, 2006, 06:24 PM
shocking and impressive...nadia played great!

saki
Nov 7th, 2006, 06:24 PM
That was a real drubbing. Well done Nadia!

denisgiann
Nov 7th, 2006, 06:24 PM
Amelie wasnt baggeled today.It was a good day for Amelie:angel: .

Kim's_fan_4ever
Nov 7th, 2006, 06:26 PM
That was a fantastic performance by Nadia, of course I'm not counting that terrible choke in the end.
I'm proud of Nadia :D

itzhak
Nov 7th, 2006, 06:26 PM
Eurosport hinted that Momo will withdrew....

.david.
Nov 7th, 2006, 06:27 PM
wow impressive stuff Nadia

I can see her finish first in her Group

:inlove:
Nov 7th, 2006, 06:27 PM
How pathetic Ame. :help: :sad:
Those linespeople really know their stuff. :help: At least 5 incorrect calls! Nadia was 3 for 3, including 2 in the first 3 points! :haha:
Bad bad start to the tournament.

DaNieLa RoCkZ
Nov 7th, 2006, 06:27 PM
Stats:

Amelie- 11 winners & 19 errors, 55% 1st serve pts won and 1/1 on BP's
Nadia- 17 winner & 17 errors, 75% 1st serve pts won

Russianboy90
Nov 7th, 2006, 06:27 PM
YAY!!!!! CONGRATS NADIA!!!!!!!! :kiss: :kiss: :kiss:
YOU DESTROYED AMELIE TODAY!!!!!!!!:devil: :D

Wannabeknowitall
Nov 7th, 2006, 06:27 PM
Eurosport hinted that Momo will withdrew....

I wouldn't be surprised.
So Patty's practice with Justine might pay off after all. :devil:

Magic07
Nov 7th, 2006, 06:27 PM
Amélie :banghead:

griffin
Nov 7th, 2006, 06:28 PM
fuck.
shit.
piss
corruption.

Nicolas
Nov 7th, 2006, 06:29 PM
Eurosport hinted that Momo will withdrew....

I think it would be better for her to withdraw......
I don( want her to be beaten by everyone in her group in straights...... :o

She is clearly struggling to reach her best level and this is too hurting to watch

Anyway, congrats Nadia..... ;)

cheo23
Nov 7th, 2006, 06:29 PM
that was expected, since Mauresmo has been STRUGGLING w/ her SHOULDER & is not 100%...at least I knew Nadia Petrova would win in STRAIGHT SETS!!! :sobbing: :lol:

Mauresmo, JUST WITHDRAW ALREADY!!!!!!!

No.1Hingis
Nov 7th, 2006, 06:29 PM
If Amelie withdrew next days.. Patty will face Martina.. and that group can be a great chance to pass next round..

JackFrost
Nov 7th, 2006, 06:29 PM
Nadja! :bounce:
Who thought, that she would be so strong after her struggeling month after her injury.
Go into the semis, Nadja. :)

Wintermute
Nov 7th, 2006, 06:30 PM
Nadia played well and is a real threat here. Amelie seems to me like she turned up out of some contractual obligation. She's not 100% fit and therefore she doesn't have much of a chance.

A few other points not related to the players. The line-calling has already been pretty abysmal in this first match. At least there's Hawkeye. However, at least on Eurosport you couldn't see the Hawkeye result and the players couldn't seem to see it either.

And weren't they supposed to use male models as ballboys. Did they chuck that idea or are they starting later? I'm sure I spotted Larry Scott sitting courtside. I think he'll have a few stern words for the organisers.

Dexter
Nov 7th, 2006, 06:30 PM
thx for vCash Nadia :wavey:

Ksenia.
Nov 7th, 2006, 06:30 PM
Well playd Nadia!

Kim's_fan_4ever
Nov 7th, 2006, 06:31 PM
People that's only one match and you are saying that she'll withdraw? It would be stupid of her to do that... Gosh, she's fighting for the #1 position, even though she has almost no chances to claim it at the end of the tournament, she should play to the end.. And she's defending the title too.

John.
Nov 7th, 2006, 06:32 PM
Amelie :hug: :sad:

Nadia. Great win. :bounce:

AnnaK_4ever
Nov 7th, 2006, 06:32 PM
Well, guess we know who is the first player to be sent packing home.
Amelie, it was pathetic.:o Your post-Wimbledon performances are shameful. Damn injury!
At least you won two Slams this season.
The other hand Nadia's determination is impressive (though a little wobble in the end was... :tape: )

LH2HBH
Nov 7th, 2006, 06:32 PM
Well done Nadia!

xin_hui
Nov 7th, 2006, 06:32 PM
amelie :sad: :hug:

Billabong
Nov 7th, 2006, 06:33 PM
Nadia:yeah::eek:

ViennaCalling
Nov 7th, 2006, 06:33 PM
Well done Nadia :) :bounce:

:inlove:
Nov 7th, 2006, 06:33 PM
thx for vCash Nadia :wavey:

Oh yeah! :banana: That's cheered me up. ;)

tennisIlove09
Nov 7th, 2006, 06:34 PM
Whoa!

No Name Face
Nov 7th, 2006, 06:35 PM
Nadia played very well. She should be proud of herself. I'm starting to really like her.

And yeah, Amelie isn't really a great #1. She did win two slams this season but...I mean...

Ferosh
Nov 7th, 2006, 06:35 PM
:woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:
Nadia you played so aggressive and powerful. :hearts:
Keep it going, Nadia! :bowdown:

leviathane
Nov 7th, 2006, 06:36 PM
Nadia :worship: you deserve it

Amé :smooch: it doesn't matter, 2 matchs to go in semis

FrenchY52
Nov 7th, 2006, 06:36 PM
Amélie :lol: :tape:
Petrova :help:

Hugo24
Nov 7th, 2006, 06:37 PM
Amelie is just rusty she needs to play more but congrats to petrova .Did anyone she that blister on mauresmo hand? she will come back and win her next match.

Devenport
Nov 7th, 2006, 06:38 PM
Well done Nadia!! Keep it up (but not against Hingis...)

MistyGrey
Nov 7th, 2006, 06:45 PM
Well Done Nadia!

Wayn77
Nov 7th, 2006, 06:47 PM
YES YES YES Nadia we are on our way :bigclap: :bigclap: :bigclap: :bigclap:

Amelie - regroup, bitchslap the other two and qualify for the semi's.

bellascarlett
Nov 7th, 2006, 06:47 PM
I expected Nadia to win against a rusty Amelie...but my gosh, not by this scoreline, not in the way Amelie lost it. I'm sorry but Amelie played badly. Nadia was agressive and played well enough but Amelie's game was nowhere at all. :help: Hope she plays better in her next match.

Congrats to Nadia.

QuicKyMonSter
Nov 7th, 2006, 06:48 PM
Very well done, Nadia! I got a bit scared at the end though :unsure: that shouldn't have happened! :o

Keep it up! :bounce:

bellascarlett
Nov 7th, 2006, 06:49 PM
I wouldn't be surprised.
So Patty's practice with Justine might pay off after all. :devil:

I wouldn't be surprised as well. She had a tough time out there.

RJWCapriati
Nov 7th, 2006, 06:51 PM
wow how easy

soccerjock
Nov 7th, 2006, 06:52 PM
Impressive stuff from Petrova!
Not looking good for Year-Ending No.1 for Mauresmo!

cheo23
Nov 7th, 2006, 06:54 PM
did more people attend this match than in LA??????????? :lol:

tennismaster8820
Nov 7th, 2006, 06:55 PM
Well done Nadia! :yeah:
Amelie wasn't herself, maybe her shoulder is troubling her too much! :shrug:

Jenny.C.Fan
Nov 7th, 2006, 06:58 PM
:sad: A real shame Ame is nowhere near fit :hug: Pat on the back for Amelie though for showing up and playing, a lot of people wouldn't of.

Nickitos2006
Nov 7th, 2006, 07:05 PM
Why the hell people think that Amelie should withdraw??? From what I saw she didn't have any problems with her injury during the match. She just lacked the match practice going to the YEC. And for such a great player like Nadia it was more than enough to blow Amelie away. :wavey:
Congrats Nadia!

morningglory
Nov 7th, 2006, 07:07 PM
:eek: :D
I didn't think it would be this easy, tho I expected Nadia to win

chris whiteside
Nov 7th, 2006, 07:08 PM
Has everyone forgotten that Amelie is carrying a shoulder injury which is restricting her serving? She would probably have been better not to play the event at all.

That's not Nadia's problem, of course, and good luck to her.

Princeza
Nov 7th, 2006, 07:09 PM
1st half of the season for amelie & justine and second for maria & nadia that's it!

StarDuvallGrant
Nov 7th, 2006, 07:13 PM
Freaking awesome! :clap2:

charmedRic
Nov 7th, 2006, 07:14 PM
Very Nice Win For Nadia.

Nicky2002
Nov 7th, 2006, 07:20 PM
oh Momo .. what's wrong? :sad:

thedragon
Nov 7th, 2006, 07:23 PM
vbet won :cool:

i'm not at all suprised, I thought Petrova would win it convincingly :p

gmak
Nov 7th, 2006, 07:32 PM
nadia :worship: :yeah:
played well, now go and beat the other two :devil: and qualify in style ;)

momo :sad: still far from her best :hug:

star
Nov 7th, 2006, 07:33 PM
BAD from Mauresmo :mad:

Good from Petrova though.

Jorn
Nov 7th, 2006, 07:34 PM
Mauresmo said to the press she won't withdraw, but continue to play.

silverwhite
Nov 7th, 2006, 07:37 PM
Has everyone forgotten that Amelie is carrying a shoulder injury which is restricting her serving? She would probably have been better not to play the event at all.

Are you the only sensible person here? :confused:

illianna
Nov 7th, 2006, 07:43 PM
don't be so hard on Amelie...It sucks that she can not defend her title but...nothing we can do about it - the woman is injured

very well done to nadia though, very impressive preformance

Bumsby
Nov 7th, 2006, 07:58 PM
Let's not forget that in 2003 Amélie got to the final winning only one RR match

Si_Hi
Nov 7th, 2006, 08:02 PM
There is a chance that Justine and Amelie aren't in form, and Nadia got lucky with her group.
This was important, now she has to take out Hingis tomorrow
how do you know justine isn't in form?:rolleyes:
Congrats to Nadia! good job!:)

goldenlox
Nov 7th, 2006, 08:06 PM
Petrova too powerful for Mauresmo

POSTED: 2:24 p.m. EST, November 7, 2006


MADRID, Spain -- World number one Amelie Mauresmo made a disastrous start to the end-of-season WTA Championships on Tuesday when she lost 6-2 6-2 to Russian Nadia Petrova in Madrid.
With Maria Sharapova breathing down Mauresmo's neck in the rankings and with four former champions and five current or former world number ones on the draw card, the Frenchwoman was hoping to survive an opening tussle as she returned from a shoulder injury.
Instead, the Australian Open and Wimbledon champion, nursing an injured shoulder which forced her to pull out of her last tournament in Zurich, never got into gear.
With the race on for the year end number one slot, which is a three-way tussle between Mauresmo, Sharapova and Justine Henin-Hardenne of Belgium, it was not the start Mauresmo wanted as she bowed to Petrova in 73 minutes.
Petrova raced into a 3-0 lead and didn't look back.
Mauresmo hung in as she held for 2-4 but Petrova sent down a cross-court passing shot to wrap up the set after briefly losing her concentration when a line call went against her.
Mauresmo limited the unforced errors in the opener to six compared with 12 for her rival but the statistic of 59 percent of first serves in compared with 68 told its own story.
She held for 1-1 in the second set but Petrova then hit a purple patch to motor 4-1 ahead.
Petrova's nerves frayed briefly as she squandered three match points and allowed defending champion Mauresmo to break back in the seventh game.
But a poor volley and double fault soon had her in trouble again and the Russian closed out the win to stamp her early authority on the yellow group.

Erika_Angel
Nov 7th, 2006, 08:37 PM
Nadia :worship:

cometz9
Nov 7th, 2006, 08:40 PM
Nadia :eek: :worship: well done!!!!!!
Momo :tape: :o she has to pick it up now or never.

Ellery
Nov 7th, 2006, 08:43 PM
Nice win Nadia :worship:

fOxYLiCiOuS
Nov 7th, 2006, 08:44 PM
:eek: :eek: Nadia :worship:

Europe rocks
Nov 7th, 2006, 08:49 PM
Nadia :D Expected you to win, but not that scoreline :eek:
Momo :sad: Hope your shoulder isn't too bad

vettipooh
Nov 7th, 2006, 08:55 PM
Momo :bigcry: :bigcry: :sad:
Congrats to Nadia nonetheless.

Ben.
Nov 7th, 2006, 08:57 PM
Congrats Nadia, great win & a great way 2 start off your YEC campaign :yeah:

Amelie's quest 4 year-end no.1 is really in deep shit now. she's gonna have count on a miracle 2 win both her matches & hope that justine & maria stuff up somewhere early :help:

brent-o
Nov 7th, 2006, 09:01 PM
Has Nadia played well or Amelie gift rapped to her?

I feel like Amelie didn't play particularly bad (her backhand was uncharacteristically off though). Petrova played really well and never let up to allow Amelie back into the match.

Dani12
Nov 7th, 2006, 09:02 PM
Yay! Go Nadia!

mc8114
Nov 7th, 2006, 09:02 PM
I didn't see this coming :shrug: Nadia won so easily.

goldenlox
Nov 7th, 2006, 09:16 PM
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AFP via Yahoo! News - 38 minutes ago


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http://us.news1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20061107/2006_11_07t143958_119x150_us_tennis_madrid.jpg (http://rds.yahoo.com/S=53720273/K=petrova/v=2/SID=e/l=NIR/R=3/;_ylt=A9htfMOB91BF4A0AUTvRtDMD;_ylu=X3oDMTBjcXBoZj EwBHBvcwMzBHNlYwNzcg--/SIG=13o1drg58/EXP=1163020545/*-http%3A//news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/061107/photos_sp/2006_11_07t143958_357x450_us_tennis_madrid) Nadia Petrova of Russia returns the ball to Amelie Mauresmo of France during their WTA Championships tennis tournament match in Madrid, November 7, 2006. Reuters via Yahoo! News - 1 hour, 34 minutes ago

http://us.news1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20061107/2006_11_07t143944_150x149_us_tennis_madrid.jpg (http://rds.yahoo.com/S=53720273/K=petrova/v=2/SID=e/l=NIR/R=4/;_ylt=A9htfMOB91BF4A0AUjvRtDMD;_ylu=X3oDMTBjb3ZrYj NkBHBvcwM0BHNlYwNzcg--/SIG=13obbmn91/EXP=1163020545/*-http%3A//news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/061107/photos_sp/2006_11_07t143944_450x448_us_tennis_madrid) Amelie Mauresmo of France returns the ball to Nadia Petrova of Russia during their WTA Championships tennis tournament match in Madrid, November 7, 2006. Reuters via Yahoo! News - 1 hour, 34 minutes ago

http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/rids/20061107/t/r808611205.jpg (http://rds.yahoo.com/S=53720273/K=petrova/v=2/SID=e/l=NIR/R=5/;_ylt=A9htfMOB91BF4A0AUzvRtDMD;_ylu=X3oDMTBjZGM1ZG E1BHBvcwM1BHNlYwNzcg--/SIG=130fkv5dd/EXP=1163020545/*-http%3A//news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/061107/ids_photos_sp/r808611205.jpg) Amelie Mauresmo of France returns the ball to Nadia Petrova of Russia during their WTA Championships tennis tournament match in Madrid November 7, 2006. REUTERS/Andrea Comas Reuters via Yahoo! News - 1 hour, 36 minutes ago

http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/rids/20061107/t/r3205048196.jpg (http://rds.yahoo.com/S=53720273/K=petrova/v=2/SID=e/l=NIR/R=6/;_ylt=A9htfMOB91BF4A0AVDvRtDMD;_ylu=X3oDMTBjcDR2NT N2BHBvcwM2BHNlYwNzcg--/SIG=131oilaj1/EXP=1163020545/*-http%3A//news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/061107/ids_photos_sp/r3205048196.jpg) Amelie Mauresmo of France returns the ball to Nadia Petrova of Russia during their WTA Championships tennis tournament match in Madrid November 7, 2006. REUTERS/Andrea Comas Reuters via Yahoo! News - 1 hour, 36 minutes ago

http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/rids/20061107/t/r2777683054.jpg (http://rds.yahoo.com/S=53720273/K=petrova/v=2/SID=e/l=NIR/R=7/;_ylt=A9htfMOB91BF4A0AVTvRtDMD;_ylu=X3oDMTBjZmpxdm w3BHBvcwM3BHNlYwNzcg--/SIG=131rvdd4v/EXP=1163020545/*-http%3A//news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/061107/ids_photos_sp/r2777683054.jpg) Nadia Petrova of Russia serves to Amelie Mauresmo of France during their WTA Championships tennis tournament match in Madrid November 7, 2006. REUTERS/Susana Vera Reuters via Yahoo! News - 1 hour, 37 minutes ago

http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/rids/20061107/t/r1787020639.jpg (http://rds.yahoo.com/S=53720273/K=petrova/v=2/SID=e/l=NIR/R=8/;_ylt=A9htfMOB91BF4A0AVjvRtDMD;_ylu=X3oDMTBjYzZubX M2BHBvcwM4BHNlYwNzcg--/SIG=131a7eesd/EXP=1163020545/*-http%3A//news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/061107/ids_photos_sp/r1787020639.jpg) Amelie Mauresmo of France returns the ball to Nadia Petrova of Russia during their WTA Championships tennis tournament match in Madrid November 7, 2006. REUTERS/Andrea Comas Reuters via Yahoo! News - 1 hour, 46 minutes ago

http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/rids/20061107/t/r996673321.jpg (http://rds.yahoo.com/S=53720273/K=petrova/v=2/SID=e/l=NIR/R=9/;_ylt=A9htfMOB91BF4A0AVzvRtDMD;_ylu=X3oDMTBjMzRvMD BnBHBvcwM5BHNlYwNzcg--/SIG=130pismmf/EXP=1163020545/*-http%3A//news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/061107/ids_photos_sp/r996673321.jpg) Nadia Petrova of Russia returns the ball to Amelie Mauresmo of France during their WTA Championships tennis tournament match in Madrid November 7, 2006. REUTERS/Andrea Comas Reuters via Yahoo! News - 1 hour, 47 minutes ago

http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/rids/20061107/t/r1556375533.jpg (http://rds.yahoo.com/S=53720273/K=petrova/v=2/SID=e/l=NIR/R=10/;_ylt=A9htfMOB91BF4A0AWDvRtDMD;_ylu=X3oDMTBkYTNuNG k0BHBvcwMxMARzZWMDc3I-/SIG=1313nifog/EXP=1163020545/*-http%3A//news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/061107/ids_photos_sp/r1556375533.jpg) Nadia Petrova of Russia returns the ball to Amelie Mauresmo of France during their WTA Championships tennis tournament match in Madrid November 7, 2006. REUTERS/Andrea Comas Reuters via Yahoo! News - 1 hour, 48 minutes ago

goldenlox
Nov 7th, 2006, 09:22 PM
MADRID (Reuters) - Defending champion and world number one Amelie Mauresmo was overpowered by fifth-ranked Russian Nadia Petrova 6-2 6-2 in her opening round-robin match at the WTA championships in Madrid on Tuesday.

Mauresmo, who with Sharapova and Justine Henin-Hardenne is involved in a three-way battle for the year-end number one spot, had been out of action for 10 days with a shoulder problem and looked rusty in her match.

"The shoulder didn't hurt me, but the lack of play did," said Mauresmo who had beaten Petrova in five of their previous seven meetings. "Obviously it can't get worse and hopefully there is enough time to put things right."


Petrova quickly cranked up the pressure on Mauresmo and broke serve in the second on the way to a 3-0 lead.
She used her aggressive play at the net to stop the Frenchwoman finding her rhythm and broke again at 5-2 up, taking the set with a fine running cross-court return.

It was one-way traffic in the second set as Petrova raced into a 5-1 lead and, although Mauresmo broke back in the seventh and saved four match points, the Australian Open and Wimbledon champion eventually succumbed 6-2.

Although she leads the rankings, the only way Mauresmo can claim the year-end top spot is if she successively defends her title and her rivals slip up badly.

Petrova said she had benefited from Mauresmo's lack of match practice, but added she was pleased with her own performance.

"It helped me that she wasn't 100 percent, but I played smart tennis, served well and was patient. I felt I was always in control."

tenn_ace
Nov 7th, 2006, 09:24 PM
^^

So no mention of Amelie withdrawing :bounce:

Kart
Nov 7th, 2006, 09:28 PM
My two current faves playing each other :(.

Well done Nadia :hearts: but you'd better keep it up :armed:.

Amelie :hearts: - thrash the other two please :angel:.

goldenlox
Nov 7th, 2006, 10:14 PM
“There's nothing to say about that match except it could be worse in the next couple of matches,” Mauresmo said. “It's hard to say anything positive about a match like that. I speak better Spanish than I played today.”

Later Tuesday, Henin-Hardenne played former winner Martina Hingis and Sharapova, the U.S. Open champion, played Elena Dementieva.
The fifth-ranked Petrova broke in the third game of the first set. Mauresmo challenged to save one set point in the eighth, but a forehand passing shot by the Russian sealed it on her second attempt.
Mauresmo broke Petrova in the seventh game of the second set after the Russian had triple-match point. But the Frenchwoman dropped serve the next game for the fifth time and lost the match.
“Petrova didn't have a great game,” Mauresmo said. “She had a good game, a smart game, and that's what's frustrating.”
Mauresmo played her first match since withdrawing from the Zurich Open last month because of a right shoulder injury. “There was no pain in my shoulder – I just feel a little behind the play and I made stupid mistakes,” Mauresmo said. “It's the kind of match I would play after missing competitions.”

ZeroSOFInfinity
Nov 7th, 2006, 10:18 PM
Momo won only 4 GAMES??? :eek:

The next match against Justine seems REALLY IMPORTANT right now... :tape:

selyoink
Nov 7th, 2006, 11:38 PM
Good job Nadia.

DavidEllul
Nov 7th, 2006, 11:51 PM
great job , way to go nadia!

fufuqifuqishahah
Nov 8th, 2006, 02:03 AM
THIS MAKES MY DAAAAAAAAY!!!!!

all the outcomes of the matches i predicted correctly ;)

gocanadago
Nov 8th, 2006, 03:13 AM
Nadia :bounce:

Sir Stefwhit
Nov 8th, 2006, 03:55 AM
Nadia gets overlooked as a serious contender mostly becaue of her mental lapses. As a fan of her for years that's what I worry about the most. That's why her matches with Sharapova are so annoying, if the difference comes down to mental fortitude, she's usualy out. This time around she seems to be taking a totally different approach to the tournament. I think she's really starting to believe in her game- well I hope anyways. You can't get too excited over beating MoMo, even with her being the number one player at the moment. She needs to remain focused and bring the same aggression to Hingis.

Nice start for my soldier.

vejh
Nov 8th, 2006, 03:55 AM
Henin mentioned that Petrova is up next for her, could this be true? I would have thought it would haev been Momo.

MinnyGophers
Nov 8th, 2006, 04:13 AM
I'm not surprised....
Amelie doesnt seem like she cares much about the year end number one anyways, since it seems it would be a long shot for her to stay number one.
She had a great year already, so i wouldn't blame her if she chose to not play with as much intensity.

Anyways, Petrova :eek:

jisung
Nov 8th, 2006, 04:27 AM
nadia:worship:
keep going

Kunal
Nov 8th, 2006, 07:13 AM
damn im surprised at the ease with which she did it?

Sharapova's_Boy
Nov 8th, 2006, 08:06 AM
Nadya :woohoo:

galadriel
Nov 8th, 2006, 08:54 AM
Momo :sad: Please fight in your next matches !!!!!!

Foot's Fingers
Nov 8th, 2006, 08:59 AM
great match Nadia :inlove:

Very good start of YEC and a win over number 1 :)

tennisrox
Nov 8th, 2006, 09:02 AM
Nadia played really well, but Amelie :help:

Pasta-Na
Nov 8th, 2006, 12:24 PM
momo, my vbet :fiery:

.Andrew.
Nov 8th, 2006, 12:26 PM
Well done, Nadia! :bigclap: Nice try, Momo. Probably still has a lack of match play. Good luck to both girls in the next round :worship:

sapir1434
Nov 8th, 2006, 12:36 PM
She'll get better I hope.