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joćo.
May 25th, 2009, 03:30 PM
Well done, Maria! :bounce:

But if you play like you did in the 1st set against Nadia she'll crush u. :)

Expat
May 25th, 2009, 03:30 PM
Allez

mckyle.
May 25th, 2009, 03:30 PM
:inlove:

n1ko0
May 25th, 2009, 03:31 PM
Really good 2nd and 3rd sets from Maria, made up for the nervous start! now beat petrova! :D

Emina.
May 25th, 2009, 03:31 PM
Congrats Masha!!! well done :woohoo: good luck against Petrova :bounce:

Horizon
May 25th, 2009, 03:31 PM
Didn't expect her to comeback :eek:

Well fought :yeah:

InsideOut.
May 25th, 2009, 03:31 PM
Well done Masha. :)

Nastya :hysteric::hug:

n1ko0
May 25th, 2009, 03:31 PM
her serve seemed much more on form today than last week :D, apart from the first set maybe

Mikey.
May 25th, 2009, 03:32 PM
Yay well done Maria :banana:

AnomyBC
May 25th, 2009, 03:32 PM
YES!!! :woohoo:

Next Up: Petrova, Shvedova and Li :)

Andrew Laeddis
May 25th, 2009, 03:32 PM
Everything after the 1st set was really good.

DarkchildSwiss
May 25th, 2009, 03:32 PM
i don't think that she will stand a chance to can beat petrova, although i would like it esp. with regard to the rankings.

:inlove:
May 25th, 2009, 03:32 PM
Wish I could have seen this match. :sad:

Well done Maria! Can“t wait for the match vs Petrova. Nastya, good effort :hug:

hablo
May 25th, 2009, 03:32 PM
Sharapova's grunting was disgusting. :rolleyes:

Jacey
May 25th, 2009, 03:33 PM
Maria cleaned it up after that 1st set

ZeroSOFInfinity
May 25th, 2009, 03:33 PM
Oh boy.... still not convincing enough from Maria. Gonna be slaughtered in next round... :tape:

joćo.
May 25th, 2009, 03:33 PM
She was playing quite good in the last sets.

disco_rage
May 25th, 2009, 03:33 PM
Well done Maria.

ZeroSOFInfinity
May 25th, 2009, 03:33 PM
Still needs some improvements, especially that horrible 1st set... :tape:

A win is a win though... :yeah:

shaktincredible
May 25th, 2009, 03:33 PM
oh yes!!!!!!! next is petrova!

2moretogo
May 25th, 2009, 03:34 PM
Well done indeed. A little rusty in the 1st set, but she cleaned up her game nicely. There are problems however; Maria isn't hitting strong serves, nor is she penetrating with her shots.

You could tell that Yakimova wasn't out there to win, I was surprised she won a set.

serenus_2k8
May 25th, 2009, 03:34 PM
:cool:

LDF
May 25th, 2009, 03:34 PM
After a simply dire first set, I'm pretty happy with what I saw from Maria today. :D

I haven't looked at the stats but I'm sure her service speed picked up as the match went on, and the double faults did seem to become less prevalent. Generally she's hitting the ball well - she hit some scorching backhands in the third set in particular. :inlove:

If she continues her form from the last 2 sets against Petrova, I give her a very good chance of progressing.

n1ko0
May 25th, 2009, 03:34 PM
theres no reason why she cant beat petrova really, she's beaten her maaaaany times before in the past before she had developed her game more so its definitely possible! I BELIEVE!! :D

joćo.
May 25th, 2009, 03:34 PM
M. Sharapova
Aces: 3
Winners: 39
DF: 7
UE: 29

A. Yakimova
Aces: 0
Winners: 12
DF: 6
UE: 17

Kampi
May 25th, 2009, 03:35 PM
Step by step it will be better and better. Well done Masha:worship::kiss::worship:

volta
May 25th, 2009, 03:35 PM
she's playing who next?

LDF
May 25th, 2009, 03:35 PM
she's playing who next?

Petrova.

fouc
May 25th, 2009, 03:35 PM
Stream quality was so bad that I couldn't see much, but it seemed like she was going for a winner with every shot, not caring for constructing anything... Well, ok

comfortably.numb
May 25th, 2009, 03:36 PM
I'm beyond happy she is finally BACK. Congrats Maria!!! :D Gl next round.

V-MAC
May 25th, 2009, 03:36 PM
well done Maria;)

homogenius
May 25th, 2009, 03:36 PM
Not convincing at all.Yakimova was really bad in the last two sets and Maria raised her game but she won't be a threat to Nadia playing like that.

Golovin said that she met Maria before the match and she told her she doesn't expect much from the tourny.She wants to get some matches before the grass.

joćo.
May 25th, 2009, 03:37 PM
MARIA INTO PARIS 2ND ROUND
5/25/2009 2:09:00 PM

Maria played and won her first Grand Slam match in nearly a year today at Roland Garros in Paris.  Maria defeated Anastasiya Yakimova of Belarus 3-6 6-1 6-2 in 1 hour and 59 minutes.

Maria came from 0-2 in the 1st set to lead 3-2 but then Yakimova broke Maria's serve to level the set 3-3 and reeled off the next 3 games to take the set 3-6 in 45 minutes.

In the 2nd set, Maria started to take control of the match as she raced into a 4-0 lead, Yakimova then broke Maria's serve and had treatment for a back injury.  After the injury time-out for Yakimova, Maria took the next 2 games to take the set.  Maria took the set 6-1 in 38 minutes.

The 3rd set started with a break for Maria and she built on that to take a 4-1 lead.

Maria's 2nd round opponent will be #11 seed Nadia Petrova of Russia.  Petrova will be the highest ranked player that Maria has played in her comeback.  They have played 6 times before and Maria leads the series 5-1.  Maria won the last match in Linz at the end of 2006, they have never played on clay.

- MariaSharapova.com

darkangel5452
May 25th, 2009, 03:38 PM
Sharapova's grunting was disgusting. :rolleyes:

STFU
I didn't see the match:sad::sad: but I'm still happy:hearts::hearts:

joćo.
May 25th, 2009, 03:39 PM
Golovin said that she met Maria before the match and she told she doesn't expect much from the tourny.She wants to get some matches before the grass.

:hearts:

Adal
May 25th, 2009, 03:39 PM
Well done Maria :hearts: Good luck in R2.

Mashabator
May 25th, 2009, 03:39 PM
ILY MARIA
:inlove:

ElusiveChanteuse
May 25th, 2009, 03:40 PM
Not even scared of her losing really.:p
Maria :)
Good luck with Nadia.:devil:

Rumkin
May 25th, 2009, 03:40 PM
the cow on ice likes to create some drama first :armed: she finally woke up after the first set loss. She needs to do better against Petrova for sure.

VIKA?
May 25th, 2009, 03:40 PM
:woohoo::bounce:

CrossCourt~Rally
May 25th, 2009, 03:41 PM
A slow start, but i'm glad to see her rollin in the 2nd and 3rd sets :bounce:

WIMBLY2004
May 25th, 2009, 03:41 PM
3 setter in 1st round of RG, typical Maria :lol:

Good luck in your next match!

WowWow
May 25th, 2009, 03:42 PM
:) good, good...now prepare to play Petrova.

AndreConrad
May 25th, 2009, 03:42 PM
Congrats Maria :yeah:
Good to see her getting back into swing; good luck!

Vaidisova Ruled
May 25th, 2009, 03:43 PM
I'm happy that she didn't lose but that was awful. That serve is really BAD. I'm afraid for her future.
She should use her old good serve just for the slams. I hope she will play better but I don't see how she can beat Petrova. And people were saying that she has an easy draw. I want the old Maria back.

KV
May 25th, 2009, 03:44 PM
well done :)

GrafMariaPetraK
May 25th, 2009, 03:45 PM
Maria:worship: Maria's fastest serve was 14mph

Calliope.
May 25th, 2009, 03:47 PM
Masha :D

Lucas_Arg
May 25th, 2009, 03:47 PM
She played good after the first set, and the serve was good.

SAEKeithSerena
May 25th, 2009, 03:48 PM
Oh boy.... still not convincing enough from Maria. Gonna be slaughtered in next round... :tape:

agree.

Jarl_02
May 25th, 2009, 03:49 PM
Amazing performance after loosing the first set :bounce:

I hope she can play as well as today against Petrova

s_j
May 25th, 2009, 03:49 PM
Contrary to what some people are saying, I was impressed with her serve. The fastest one she hit was 185kph... which is the equivalent to 115mph. She can't get too much faster than that, even with a perfect shoulder!

Tatianadove
May 25th, 2009, 03:50 PM
:bounce:

:inlove:
May 25th, 2009, 03:50 PM
Maria's fastest serve was 14mph

:crying2:

NewShoulderPlz.
May 25th, 2009, 03:50 PM
Well done, Maria. :D :angel:

Sexysova
May 25th, 2009, 03:50 PM
that first set was really bad :help: but then Maria woke up! good job Maria :D

vrp1
May 25th, 2009, 03:51 PM
The best thing is....she`s back...:hearts::hearts::hearts:
.....and with a win....:kiss:

Vaidisova Ruled
May 25th, 2009, 03:51 PM
Oh, and I love the dress. I don't know why some of you say that it doesn't fit her. I think it's the best outfit of this RG.

franny
May 25th, 2009, 03:51 PM
Good to just see her playing matches. This is really a warm up for grass, so the more balls she can hit, the better. I hope she at least pulls Petrova to three. It would be good to get a long match out of that against a quality opponent.

Elwin.
May 25th, 2009, 03:53 PM
well done Maria :yeah:

GrafMariaPetraK
May 25th, 2009, 03:53 PM
sorry i got it wrong it was 15Mph :lol:

alfonsojose
May 25th, 2009, 03:54 PM
I watched the last two sets and her serve wasn't bad at all. I don't see her beating Nadia but her fighthing spirit and Petrova's love for choke could help.

Dancing Banana
May 25th, 2009, 03:59 PM
Masha! Let's dance! :banana: :banana: :banana:

I'm afraid the one dancing after the next match will be Petrova. Well, nevermind. Let's celebrate while we can: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana:

nelsondan
May 25th, 2009, 03:59 PM
Bondarenko was eliminated. Venus lost a set today.

There is nothing that big that happened with Maria being rusty in the first set. Her endurance was good---she did not seem to be getting weaker towards the end as she did in a couple of last week's matches.

WowWow
May 25th, 2009, 04:00 PM
Oh, and I love the dress. I don't know why some of you say that it doesn't fit her. I think it's the best outfit of this RG.

By far!

Taniaaa
May 25th, 2009, 04:01 PM
:inlove::yeah:

Go masha :rocker:

2moretogo
May 25th, 2009, 04:03 PM
I watched the last two sets and her serve wasn't bad at all. I don't see her beating Nadia but her fighthing spirit and Petrova's love for choke could help.
So true.

gmak
May 25th, 2009, 04:08 PM
maria :yeah: :woohoo: :D
well done :)

but now the nightmare starts for me :(

WIMBLY2004
May 25th, 2009, 04:09 PM
Considering 5 of the 7 double fault came in the 1st set, her serve in the last two set wasn't too bad. Well it's understandable for that awful 1st set, after all this is her first grand slam match after such a long time.

I am glad that she takes RG just as a preparation for the later season, nobody expects much from her on clay anyway, so I hope she gets as much match play as she can and gets better for the coming season.

Roookie
May 25th, 2009, 04:09 PM
Maria 3rd set was just pure raw intensity. Ballbashing Queen Is Back :hearts:. Good Luck against Nadia Petrova.

RenaSlam.
May 25th, 2009, 04:11 PM
Good win. She fought through it.

Serve is nothing like what it used to be though...hopefully she adjusts.

adrovi
May 25th, 2009, 04:13 PM
Masha :yeah:

TennisPlayingFox
May 25th, 2009, 04:15 PM
Nice recovery Maria, played pretty well overall. The match against Nadia is going to be very interesting.

Matt01
May 25th, 2009, 04:17 PM
Maria:worship: Maria's fastest serve was 14mph


Really? :tape: :help:

Adal
May 25th, 2009, 04:18 PM
Really? :tape: :help:
Naive.

joćo.
May 25th, 2009, 05:00 PM
:lol:

Sharpie4me
May 25th, 2009, 05:11 PM
Struggling in 1 round at RG has been Maria's trademark. I wonder it didn't go to 8-6 in 3rd.
Now against Nadia :tears: But Masha needs it more :angel:

Kenny
May 25th, 2009, 05:13 PM
Go Nadiaaa!!!

Tennis Ball
May 25th, 2009, 05:19 PM
Yakimova :hug:

Sharapowerr
May 25th, 2009, 05:24 PM
Petrova won't crash Maria, Maria owns Petrova, well played 2day 2nd and 3th set:)

Koon
May 25th, 2009, 05:30 PM
Maria :yeah:
outfit :inlove:

Joe.
May 25th, 2009, 05:32 PM
well done masha:) but u will have to play better against nadia;)

Russianboy
May 25th, 2009, 06:05 PM
Sharapova's grunting was disgusting. :rolleyes:

what was different? :confused:

VenusSerenaBlvd.
May 25th, 2009, 07:00 PM
I didn't see the match, but Maria's grunting was the same. I just think it's been awhile since people have heard it, so I think some people were bothered by it. But Sharapova could beat Petrova, but Nadia is playing nice tennis at the moment.

cn ireland
May 25th, 2009, 07:01 PM
Good win Maria:bounce:!

It'd be great if she could beat Petrova;)!

P_Fer
May 25th, 2009, 07:01 PM
Good comeback Maria :) :woohoo:
Good luck against Nadia :yeah:

Slampova
May 25th, 2009, 07:09 PM
Good luck against Nadia :hearts:

Craig.
May 25th, 2009, 08:30 PM
Maria :D Expected scoreline, and I would be really surprised to see her win against Petrova.

Her dress isn't as bad as some people are saying either; it's MUCH MUCH better live.

Lefty.
May 25th, 2009, 08:31 PM
Maria and her first round RG struggles :lol:

Good she got through it, looks like she played well in the 2nd and third sets. :yeah:

Don't think she'll beat Nadia though. :o I hope i'm wrong.

Kitten63
May 25th, 2009, 09:35 PM
Congrats Masha!

Привет
May 25th, 2009, 09:57 PM
Well done, Masha! :yeah: Please play well against Nadia now.

Leo_DFP
May 25th, 2009, 09:58 PM
Maria played well after the first.

Petrova is absolutely not a shoe-in. Remember when she was supposed to beat Serena at the AO when Serena was out of shape and playing terribly. She was up 6-1, 5-3, and totally choked. She is no guarantee against Sharapova ever, especially given their history in the Slams and Sharapova's tenacity.

FoxyliciousKhat
May 25th, 2009, 10:42 PM
Petrova won't crash Maria, Maria owns Petrova, well played 2day 2nd and 3th set:)

:lol::lol::lol:

People are gonna be shocked but Maria will win.

Foxy

Coffee&TV
May 25th, 2009, 10:51 PM
:woohoo: I hope the Balls will replay the match.

rucolo
May 25th, 2009, 10:55 PM
Well done, Maria!:hearts::yeah:

I`m very happy with the way she played in sets 2 and 3!:D;)

Interesting match vs Nadia Petrova next.:eek:

Sha_ra_po_va
May 25th, 2009, 11:52 PM
People are being wayyyyyy too critical of maria at the moment. She fought well today, she picked up her serve in 2nd and 3rd sets, her intensity was great and the dress is magical! I would love her to beat petrova (whom I actually really dislike for being an underachiever AND for letting serena off the hook at the Oz Open), but I do think it will be tough, as they had hard-fought matches even when maria was at her best. still, go masha!:hearts:

F-R-E-A-K
May 26th, 2009, 12:28 AM
:hearts: :hearts: :hearts:

morningglory
May 26th, 2009, 05:08 AM
OMG what kind of a fan have I been? :lol:
Been busy with finals and whatnot... forgot that Maria already came back... was surprised she's playing RG :lol:
Go Maria! Step by step with your comeback!

Matt01
May 26th, 2009, 09:20 AM
People are being wayyyyyy too critical of maria at the moment. She fought well today, she picked up her serve in 2nd and 3rd sets, her intensity was great and the dress is magical!


:lol: