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DragonFlame
May 30th, 2008, 10:49 AM
LOL, the n1. fave for RG is maria now. She's the only in-form accomplished player that knows how to win a grandslam and has the toughness to do it. Who would have guessed her to be that at the beginning of the year?:tape:

Anyway also: The moment maria loses this tournament will be wide open!:eek:Can anyone say: New grandslamchampion?

Interesting spin of events, RG just got interesting for me!:bounce:

Adal
May 30th, 2008, 10:51 AM
With they she has played so far... NO WAY!

Uranus
May 30th, 2008, 10:52 AM
Maria is struggling a lot atm. 2 pts from losing against Rodina in R1 and actually, losing 5 games to Mattek on clay is too much.
I think Ana & Jelena are the favourites. My pick for the win is Ana.

ElusiveChanteuse
May 30th, 2008, 10:54 AM
I think Maria has her hands on the trophy now.:shrug:
Unless someone manages to step up and not to fear against her(which I fail to see except maybe for a couple of players),she's going to win Roland Garros.:o

ZeroSOFInfinity
May 30th, 2008, 10:55 AM
After nearly having some humble pie served to her in the 1st round?

I don't think so.

Slutati
May 30th, 2008, 10:55 AM
NO she's not:rolleyes: Elena is whooping her ass in the QF if Mattek doesn't beat her today that is.

DragonFlame
May 30th, 2008, 10:56 AM
After nearly having some humble pie served to her in the 1st round?

I don't think so.

Camille Pin AO first round?:tape:

Anyway this is maria's biggest chance to win it by far now.

Shoulderpova
May 30th, 2008, 10:56 AM
:o

Slumpsova
May 30th, 2008, 10:56 AM
she isn't. i will kill myself if she wins.

goldenlox
May 30th, 2008, 10:58 AM
We are going to have a 1st time RG winner next week.
It's wide open. Everyone knows that.

Emina.
May 30th, 2008, 10:59 AM
Ana.

Derek.
May 30th, 2008, 11:01 AM
Come on Jelena. :tape:

Meteor Shower
May 30th, 2008, 11:02 AM
go Jelena or Ana

Olórin
May 30th, 2008, 11:03 AM
Jelena and Ana must be liking their chances. I would put them as joint favourites depending on how well Jelena does today.

I would like to see Elena finally do it...but she's nuts!

Destiny
May 30th, 2008, 11:04 AM
She is not going to win at all Dina is taking her down

Slaughter house here we come

Destiny
May 30th, 2008, 11:04 AM
JJ or sveta are taking this

Uranium
May 30th, 2008, 11:04 AM
Maria is not winning, if she does it will officially equal the death of tennis:o

Aravanecaravan
May 30th, 2008, 11:06 AM
She's unlikely to win playing the way she is now, but that said, there's no reason she can't play her way into better form.

The Serbs and Kuznetsova are probably the top favorites at this point, with Dementieva and Safina just behind them.

Mikey.
May 30th, 2008, 11:06 AM
Na. Maria wont win. It's whoever gets through the bottom half. Either Ana or Jelena I think.

Slumpsova
May 30th, 2008, 11:06 AM
one of the Serbians will take the crown even i hate to see Jankovic with RG trophy :help:

Kworb
May 30th, 2008, 11:07 AM
Jelena, Svetlana, Elena and Dinara are the top favorites.

Uranium
May 30th, 2008, 11:09 AM
Na. Maria wont win. It's whoever gets through the bottom half. Either Ana or Jelena I think.

Venus is still in the draw!
my vote goes to Venus to winning this

Dodoboy.
May 30th, 2008, 11:10 AM
The winner of Venus v Jelena will win RG!

Maria is facing SP :tape:

Dodoboy.
May 30th, 2008, 11:11 AM
:drool: Dinara with RG

Maria in a 3rd :eek:

Uranium
May 30th, 2008, 11:11 AM
Maria just lost a set to Beth, that's our RG 2008 champ for us:hearts:

Slumpsova
May 30th, 2008, 11:12 AM
The winner of Venus v Jelena will win RG!

Maria is facing SP :tape:
she lost a set to Mattek :haha:

NeoZod19
May 30th, 2008, 11:13 AM
Na. Maria wont win. It's whoever gets through the bottom half. Either Ana or Jelena I think.

Unfortunately, I have to agree with you! :(

Destiny
May 30th, 2008, 11:15 AM
she lost a set to Mattek :haha:

at least she won one:o

Uranium
May 30th, 2008, 11:17 AM
at least she won one:o

wow there Serena fan?

StephenUK
May 30th, 2008, 11:19 AM
I don't think Maria will even make the final as she is only about the fifth best Russian on clay on her side of the draw. Maria has never won a WTA tournament on red clay which would make her just about the only person in the Open era to win Roland Garros as her first red clay event, an event even more unlikely given her shaky form. She just does not have the movement and cannot cope with the balls coming back that would be winners on another surface. I've seen her struggle with my own eyes at Roland Garros (2hr 30 mins toil v tichy Linetskaya in 2005) and it was not pretty. Dementieva, Zvonareva, Safina and Kuznetsova should put her away or hang their heads in shame.

Marshmallow
May 30th, 2008, 11:30 AM
:spit: The should re-name GM to Comedy Central! :haha: Ooooooooh, Oh I need to catch my breath... hold on.... :spit:

Dodoboy.
May 30th, 2008, 11:34 AM
Maria is a huge joke !

If she didn't have such a pissy draw she would be out of here!

Mattek just broke back !

Mattek, BETHANIE frigging MATTEK!!!

If she had the opponnents Serena has had i doubt she would still be here.

TennisFanForever
May 30th, 2008, 11:35 AM
Maria topfavourite :lol:

Struggling against Rodina :rolleyes:
Struggling now against Mattek (3-2 in 3rd set) :rolleyes:

Mashafaaaaan
May 30th, 2008, 11:35 AM
To be honest, definitely not, Kuznetsova is the topfavourite.

sunsfuns
May 30th, 2008, 11:36 AM
To be honest, definitely not, Kuznetsova is the topfavourite.


Ana is the favorite. Particularly if Jelena beats Venus for her ;)

sunsfuns
May 30th, 2008, 11:36 AM
You mean the same girl who is playing Mattek? :lol:


Surely you must be kidding...

hayleytrotter
May 30th, 2008, 11:40 AM
Maria? In form?

whut whut

Dodoboy.
May 30th, 2008, 11:40 AM
Mattek is such a pissy player :fiery:

And she still is winning some games!

hayleytrotter
May 30th, 2008, 11:41 AM
To be honest, definitely not, Kuznetsova is the topfavourite.

if neither maria or kuzzie makes the RG final, i will be :mad::mad::mad:

Slutati
May 30th, 2008, 11:41 AM
Mattek is such a pissy player :fiery:

And she still is winning some games!
Hey, Mattek is a great player.

nicidle
May 30th, 2008, 11:42 AM
kuzzie can beat maria i think..
but there may not be any maria in the semi..
haha..

hayleytrotter
May 30th, 2008, 11:44 AM
Mattek is such a pissy player :fiery:

And she still is winning some games!

I know, its killing my insides slowly.:smash:

Mina Vagante
May 30th, 2008, 11:45 AM
The same player that has been taken to three sets in her first two rounds by much lesser players? :confused:

hayleytrotter
May 30th, 2008, 11:45 AM
Hey, Mattek is a great player.

define great :tape:

Andy.
May 30th, 2008, 11:45 AM
I dont think so. This thread is just bait for people to jump on a hate.

Dan23
May 30th, 2008, 11:46 AM
she isn't. i will kill myself if she wins.
vamos Masha :rocker:

serenus_2k8
May 30th, 2008, 11:47 AM
:lol: I think Maria would have been eaten alive by Srebotnik!

Im cheering for Ana and Maria now, but I dont want them both in the final :shrug:

However that works :lol:

A'DAM
May 30th, 2008, 11:51 AM
If Maria will win against Safina I will be surprised!!!

theFutureisNow
May 30th, 2008, 11:53 AM
Obviously Maria isn't the favorite to win right now, but she is better than the people on this thread seem to think.

The way they are talking you would think that Maria had never won a French Open match before. But she has done better there in the last 3 years than all but a few players. Looking at the last 3 years, only Kuznetsova and Ivanovic have outperformed her(well besides Justine ;)).

I don't think she'll win because she just isn't playing well. But if she is playing up to her potential she would have a chance. My guess is that Ivanovic is the favorite,Kuznetsova, Jankovic, then Maria. There are worse spots to be in than the 4th favorite or so.

KUZNETSOVA, SVETLANA --4 4 F Q
IVANOVIC, ANA ------------- - Q 3 F
SHARAPOVA, MARIA --------Q Q 4 S
JANKOVIC, JELENA ----------1 1 3 S
VAIDISOVA, NICOLE --------- 2 S Q
WILLIAMS, SERENA ---------Q - - Q
CHAKVETADZE, ANNA -------- 3 2 Q
SAFINA, DINARA ------------2 1 Q 4
WILLIAMS, VENUS ----------Q 3 Q 3
MAURESMO, AMELIE -------Q 3 4 3
DEMENTIEVA, ELENA -------F 4 3 3

homogenius
May 30th, 2008, 11:54 AM
She lost a set to Mattek and made 10 df.We'll see how she plays against a decent opponent...

Matt01
May 30th, 2008, 12:08 PM
Maria is only the top favorite when you go by the rankings...going by any other thing, she is not....



If she had the opponnents Serena has had i doubt she would still be here.

Same here :angel:

Malva
May 30th, 2008, 12:39 PM
LOL, the n1. fave for RG is maria now. She's the only in-form accomplished player that knows how to win a grandslam and has the toughness to do it.

You must be kidding yourself. With the form displayed in the two matches she played against the players from the second hundred?

handan
May 30th, 2008, 01:07 PM
She could easily be bageled by a decent opponent with her current form

@Sweet Cleopatra
May 30th, 2008, 01:08 PM
i am sure she will God bless her ...

SharapovaFan16
May 30th, 2008, 01:12 PM
She could easily be bageled by a decent opponent with her current form

That's not true. If Maria didn't have to serve she would be winning her matches easily. She hasn't had 1 single problem putting pressure on her opponent's serve it's her own serve where she is having all the issues. Don't just open your mouth to open it k champ?

As for being the favorite my top 5 to win this tournament now are as follows:

1. Jelena Jankovic
2. Venus Williams
3. Ana Ivanovic
4. Maria Sharapova
5. Alize Cornet

AnnaK_4ever
May 30th, 2008, 01:15 PM
Now that Serena is gone it's all in Ivanovic's hands really.

SharapovaFan16
May 30th, 2008, 01:17 PM
Now that Serena is gone it's all in Ivanovic's hands really.

I don't agree. Ivanovic is still not ready to win a GS. She crumbles in the big moments. That is not the mark of a champion. I'll take Venus & Jelena over her on that side of the draw.

handan
May 30th, 2008, 01:22 PM
That's not true. If Maria didn't have to serve she would be winning her matches easily. She hasn't had 1 single problem putting pressure on her opponent's serve it's her own serve where she is having all the issues. Don't just open your mouth to open it k champ?
As for being the favorite my top 5 to win this tournament now are as follows:

1. Jelena Jankovic
2. Venus Williams
3. Ana Ivanovic
4. Maria Sharapova
5. Alize Cornet
:confused::confused:Why are you so defensive when it comes to Sharapova. She lost a set to Mattek who she twice bageled at the start of the year.

Sharapowerr
May 30th, 2008, 01:22 PM
Doesn t said anything about the match 2day.. how she will play the next round .. at the AO 2007 she was allmost out in the first round and made it to the final.. she played terrible 2day.. the worst 2 matches i ve ever seen her playing are the first round here and 2 day.. but i think she ll go far

AnnaK_4ever
May 30th, 2008, 01:25 PM
I don't agree. Ivanovic is still not ready to win a GS. She crumbles in the big moments. That is not the mark of a champion. I'll take Venus & Jelena over her on that side of the draw.

Venus is owned by Jankovic on clay and Jankovic is owned by Ivanovic, simple as that.

The Daviator
May 30th, 2008, 01:28 PM
I don't agree. Ivanovic is still not ready to win a GS. She crumbles in the big moments. That is not the mark of a champion. I'll take Venus & Jelena over her on that side of the draw.

And yet you tip Jankovic :o

Ana thrives in the big moments, her last 4 GS results are -

RU
4R
SF
RU

Each time she was just outplayed on the day.

joão.
May 30th, 2008, 01:28 PM
She could but have you seen her last two matches? O__O

Il Primo!
May 30th, 2008, 01:34 PM
Hum..not really, unfortunately. I think that if Vee passes Jelena, she wins RG. That would be awesome :hearts:

DragonFlame
May 30th, 2008, 03:50 PM
Until someone actually finishes her off i give her a good chance to win it. She has the fighter mentality and can grind out matches like the best.

Can't wait for the maria vs. safina match. That would be good if it happens.

Julian
May 30th, 2008, 04:03 PM
hmm..Maria has a chance but she hasn't shown yet that this title is hers.

Mikey B
May 30th, 2008, 04:19 PM
i think the biggest difference to maria this year than any other year is that she's now willing to grind out matches as long as they take... in previous years i think she just wanted to hit the winner and leave, but this year she's ready to stay on court for hours if she needs to... i think she needs to find a middle ground of hitting winners and grinding, because at the moment her matches are going on far too long! i dont recall a time before this year when maria has played so many 3 set matches in such a short space of time!

faboozadoo15
May 30th, 2008, 04:38 PM
I think she turns her form around with wins over Knapp and Safina. Then, who knows?

SOA_MC
May 30th, 2008, 04:41 PM
In the WWW Roland Garros poll I picked Sveta but now I think Safina is the favorite

CORIA01
May 30th, 2008, 04:43 PM
Maria is not the favorite. Her game on clay is just "average" and she will need to step up her game to win RG
I do not think she will go further than SF

Shimizu Amon
May 30th, 2008, 04:56 PM
I hope that Maria will win this title. But she still has miles to go. So let's just see what happens. I wish her all the luck of the world.

NeoZod19
May 30th, 2008, 05:47 PM
:lol: I think Maria would have been eaten alive by Srebotnik!

Im cheering for Ana and Maria now, but I dont want them both in the final :shrug:

However that works :lol:


would have....should have....bla bla!! it's just the no value talk!!