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LH2HBH
May 20th, 2010, 03:47 PM
Some of these are losses but they were great just the same!

We all make fun of the Cow on Ice but she shows a glimmer once in a while! Here are my picks!

2005 French Open QF - loses to Justine Henin 6-4, 6-2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3n_siVSUVY

2007 French Open R16 - Maria beats Patty Schnyder 3-6, 6-4, 9-7

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvZxxf5VXT8&feature=related

2008 Amelia Island FINAL - Maria takes the title from Dominika Cibulkova 7-6, 6-3, her first and only on clay

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pf8SVQ6VD0

2008 Charleston QF - loses to Serena Williams 7-5, 4-6, 6-1 Maria loses but plays better than expected!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCDBkJsEe5Q

2008 Rome QF - beats Patty Schnyder 6-7, 7-5, 6-2 in another topsy turvy yet entertaining match!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JF0FHbKEyE

2008 French Open QF - loses to Safina 6-7, 7-6, 6-2. Another screwball match for Maria on clay.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vl9n10d5j3E&feature=related

2009 French Open R16 - Maria beats Na Li 6-4, 0-6, 6-4. Maria comes out on top again!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJJyKul4o7A

Discuss!

Monzanator
May 20th, 2010, 03:54 PM
There is also R16 in Amelia Island 2008 vs clay speciallist Medina Garrigues which lasted 3h 30 mins but that was pure mindset victory in the end :worship: Her match vs Li Na at RG is probably the best on red clay she'd won, Cibulkova in AI really should have won the first set but choked it and then pulled a thigh in the second and that was that.

darkchild
May 20th, 2010, 03:57 PM
RG 2009 QF Dominika Cibulkova - Maria Sharapova 6-0 6-2 :drool:

LoLex
May 20th, 2010, 03:59 PM
The match against Schnyder at RG 2007 :o

Apoleb
May 20th, 2010, 04:00 PM
Maria played a great match in 2005. But that was one of Justine's most impressive clay court performances. (it's sort of equivalent to Serena's demolishing jobs on other surfaces).

Reptilia
May 20th, 2010, 04:03 PM
Schnyder 2007!

LoLex
May 20th, 2010, 04:03 PM
There was also a good performance against Petrova last year, if I'm not wrong?

Chorophyll
May 20th, 2010, 04:04 PM
Maria played a great match in 2005. But that was one of Justine's most impressive clay court performances. (it's sort of equivalent to Serena's demolishing jobs on other surfaces).

I agree. Sharapova was in that first set for sure.

I love watching Sharapova on clay. She's so vulnerable and she's well aware so it only heightens her initial intensity just like today.

babsi
May 20th, 2010, 04:04 PM
You forgot some of her 04 wins especially Elena D in Rome and Vera Z at RG, 2 very good wins.

Chorophyll
May 20th, 2010, 04:06 PM
I think my personal favourite is the fight back against Mashona Washington in R1 of 2006 RG.

Mr. Federerpov
May 20th, 2010, 04:16 PM
I voted for her match against Safina at Roland Garros since it was probably the most spectacular and amazing fight on a tennis court I´ve seen in 2008.

Well, Masha lost but nevertheless she played outstandig tennis.


Just awesome :)

Olórin
May 20th, 2010, 04:26 PM
Probably that match again Schnyder, but she was also playing very well against Safina. Both were exciting matches to watch. Maria either seems to have really long, or really short matches on clay.

slamchamp
May 20th, 2010, 04:28 PM
against petrova last year

cellophane
May 20th, 2010, 04:35 PM
Maria played really well against Dinara in 2008.

jamatthews
May 20th, 2010, 04:38 PM
I remember her win over Pierce in Rome(?) 2005 being impressive.

toby345
May 20th, 2010, 04:45 PM
Don't ever remember me of that match against Safina in 2008 :sobbing: :crying2: But wasn't it 4th round?

danieln1
May 20th, 2010, 05:21 PM
2007 against Schnyder was the best match of her, full of drama...

If she had won against Dinara that would have been her best performance

Maria Croft
May 20th, 2010, 06:54 PM
Beating Schnyder in 2007 at Roland Garros, beating her with one arm pretty much with such a crazy score was quite something special.

Mr.Sharapova
May 21st, 2010, 08:56 AM
IMO the best match maria played on Clay so far is the one against Schnyder in Rome:worship:..She was playing really good and she made some amazing and unbelievable points..and the one match I'd like to point out is the one match against Safina in RG 2008..Maria was playing really good but she couldn't finish it out:tape::help:

andrewbroad
May 21st, 2010, 03:54 PM
The 2009 French Open 2r win over Petrova is the one that springs to mind.

shaktincredible
May 21st, 2010, 05:45 PM
I think my personal favourite is the fight back against Mashona Washington in R1 of 2006 RG.

AGREE. She saved two Match-points to avoid 1st round losses at GS. FIGHTERPOVA!!!

shaktincredible
May 21st, 2010, 05:48 PM
must watch video : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNK2hNCeGCQ&playnext_from=TL&videos=Y8Jxp2NW5U8

Vikapower
May 21st, 2010, 06:10 PM
I voted Schnyder Rome 2007 but RG 2007 against Patty was just great. These 2 matches are just plain illustration of the fighting competitive spirit she has even on her worst ever surface.

Eduardo Oliveira
May 21st, 2010, 06:28 PM
against Patty..:p
Nadia was good too.
Against Safina in 2008 :sobbing: was great.
and Domi :drool: in AI.. RG 09 :ras:

Sharapowerr
May 21st, 2010, 07:13 PM
Against Dinara in 2008, Maria should have won that match , but it was Dinara's RG untill the finals.

pokey camp
May 21st, 2010, 11:27 PM
Beating Schnyder in 2007 at Roland Garros, beating her with one arm pretty much with such a crazy score was quite something special.
Same goes for v. Safina at 2008 RG. I don't mind that loss at all in retrospect. It was an amazing performance considering the circumstances. One armed, on her worst surface, the entire crowd against her and she still fought like hell and nearly won.

I'd add v. Serena at 2008 Charleston to that list too for the same reasons: Taking Serena to 3 sets on her worst surface with a torn rotator cuff. (A very curious result in retrospect. :scratch:)

I hated both of those loses at the time, but after the withdrawal from RC and knowing what we know now? Those are two of my favorite Maria matches ever. :hearts:

I voted Schnyder Rome 2007 but RG 2007 against Patty was just great. These 2 matches are just plain illustration of the fighting competitive spirit she has even on her worst ever surface.
Clay really does bring out the best of Maria's fighting spirit. That's why I don't mind the clay season wrt Maria, we usually get at least one classic Fighterpova match a year from it. And that’s why I never rule out the possibility of her eventually winning RG. :drink:

My fav: RG 2006 v. Washington.

First Sunday drama. Mashona played amazing. Mashona's dad. The ankle. Three match points. The pigeons. That shot at 6-5, 30-30: "If anyone could, she could."

This:
http://i46.tinypic.com/amwodd.jpg

And the call by Sam Smith: "May well she beat her chest... She was wonder girl out here today." :worship:

I'd add Petrova at 2009 RG too. Even though Petrova is a basket case, esp. v. Masha, I still love that match. Nadia didn't blink until the very end with that DF and missed easy FH put away.

claypova
May 22nd, 2010, 03:36 AM
masha def. nadia last year's FO. :drool:

Mr.Sharapova
May 22nd, 2010, 01:10 PM
The most Dramatic win maria had was against Marona Washington in the first round in Roland Garros 2005 when maria saved 3 match points to win it..

Mr Brightside
May 23rd, 2010, 04:18 AM
CLAYPOVA :hearts: definitely against mashona washington!! classic match!!

joão.
May 14th, 2011, 11:41 PM
Dare I say "Other"? :lol:

LenaDMania0003
Jun 9th, 2012, 08:54 PM
Bump.
the most important: RG 2012 Final, against Errani, of course
the best performance: Stuttgart 2012 Final, against Azarenka
the most dramatic: Roma 2012 Final, against Li

Maria Croft
Jun 10th, 2012, 07:54 AM
Every match in this poll can be replaced by matches she played this year alone ;)

Mr.Sharapova
Jun 10th, 2012, 09:49 AM
My favorite clay court performances from Maria this year were definitely the matches against Azarenka,Kerber and Venus :yeah:.

vozas
Jun 10th, 2012, 10:33 AM
The Stuttgart final, hands down. Best match she has played since the 2008 AO QF against Justine.

cautiouslip
Jun 10th, 2012, 11:03 AM
stuttgart final definitley

Kon.
Jun 10th, 2012, 01:39 PM
Bump.
the most important: RG 2012 Final, against Errani, of course
the best performance: Stuttgart 2012 Final, against Azarenka
the most dramatic: Roma 2012 Final, against Li

This. And also Stuttgart 2012 QF against Stosur. That match was really high quality from both of them.

heelsrule1988
Jun 10th, 2012, 07:28 PM
Every match in this poll can be replaced by matches she played this year alone ;)
Definitely... this thread needs an update now. :lol:

Stonerpova
Jun 10th, 2012, 08:33 PM
Every match in this poll can be replaced by matches she played this year alone ;)

This :lol:

cautiouslip
Jun 10th, 2012, 08:53 PM
This. And also Stuttgart 2012 QF against Stosur. That match was really high quality from both of them.


yeah, actually that QF is my favourite match in recent memory, such a high level on both sides. But in terms of maria dominating on the clay the vika final has to be her best match.

jameshazza
Jun 10th, 2012, 10:25 PM
Stosur tops Schnyder for me.

LenaDMania0003
Jun 7th, 2014, 07:45 PM
now I would say 2014 Roland Garros Final against Halep

Sharakim
Jun 7th, 2014, 07:51 PM
This one.

http://cdn.tennis.com/uploads/img/2014/06/07/1406071138419080350_o/article.jpg

Chrisjames
Jun 8th, 2014, 01:10 AM
I would say 2010 against Justine henin at Roland garros