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Sharapovian
Apr 28th, 2011, 12:22 AM
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The Clay season has finally arrived! First stop for Maria is Madrid.
Hopefully Maria will have a good start to the clay season.

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Sharapovian
Apr 28th, 2011, 12:22 AM
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Sharapovian
Apr 28th, 2011, 12:22 AM
P.S Thanks Teerin for the Bambi graphic, and Nicky for the Cowpova one. Just put them here for fun :oh:

If you have any ideas for a thread title feel free to suggest one. I did have one idea in mind but will wait and see if I can think of something better. And I'm not great at making graphics so that's why I had to do those simple text banners, which I know aren't great :lol:

18majors
Apr 28th, 2011, 12:28 AM
Good luck, Maria!

Reptilia
Apr 28th, 2011, 12:35 AM
So excited! :cheer:

gc-spurs
Apr 28th, 2011, 01:15 AM
So pumped for Masha on clay!
Haven't had a fiercepova fix in a while!

Vartan
Apr 28th, 2011, 04:13 AM
:cheer:

Lachy
Apr 28th, 2011, 06:01 AM
I have good vibes :eek: But I always say that :facepalm:

claypova
Apr 28th, 2011, 06:52 AM
:)

Crux Squall
Apr 28th, 2011, 08:02 AM
Amazing :cheer:

Mrs. Dimitrova
Apr 28th, 2011, 09:08 AM
*subscribes*

When is the draw? I cannot wait for this tournament to start any longer. :sobbing:

MaruSharapova
Apr 28th, 2011, 10:13 AM
I think she's gonna do really well here! :D
Can't wwait to see her next dress! :drool:

JamieOwen3
Apr 28th, 2011, 12:47 PM
There's something about this years French Open that makes me feel Maria possibly has the biggest chance she's ever had to go all the way, but lets just watch as she slides (slips) into a backhand winner ;) :lol:

Marilyn Monheaux
Apr 28th, 2011, 12:54 PM
Go Masha!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :bounce:

18majors
Apr 28th, 2011, 12:57 PM
There's something about this years French Open that makes me feel Maria possibly has the biggest chance she's ever had to go all the way, but lets just watch as she slides (slips) into a backhand winner ;) :lol:

The first match in Madrid will tell a lot!

Maria Croft
Apr 28th, 2011, 01:32 PM
Keep the thread title, nice and simple :)

Sp!ffy
Apr 28th, 2011, 02:13 PM
The tournament starts tomorrow?? :scratch:

BuckJaysRock
Apr 28th, 2011, 02:38 PM
i hope maria does well in madrid

doomsday
Apr 28th, 2011, 02:54 PM
The tournament starts tomorrow?? :scratch:

Hopefully, I'm so fucking bored right now:rolleyes:

Shafanovic.
Apr 28th, 2011, 03:26 PM
Maria :dance:

18majors
Apr 28th, 2011, 03:29 PM
Good luck Maria and please play 6 matches starting on Monday, May 2.

Break My Rapture
Apr 28th, 2011, 08:35 PM
:bounce:
The tournament starts tomorrow?? :scratch:
First MD matches are on Saturday, so expect the draw tomorrow.

joćo.
Apr 28th, 2011, 08:47 PM
Bambipova <3

Kitten63
Apr 28th, 2011, 09:17 PM
So excited :bounce:

Feyd
Apr 28th, 2011, 10:42 PM
The first match in Madrid will tell a lot!

Hmmm, no it won't. :lol:

shaktincredible
Apr 29th, 2011, 02:08 AM
SHAZZA IS GOING TO EARN SO MANY POINTS HERE :drool:

top 8 seed, eh? :oh:

BuckJaysRock
Apr 29th, 2011, 05:09 AM
what time does the draw come out tomorrow

Mr.Sharapova
Apr 29th, 2011, 09:04 AM
:cheer:.

!VamosRafa!
Apr 29th, 2011, 10:29 AM
I think she's gonna do really well here! :D
Can't wwait to see her next dress! :drool:

http://img.tennis-warehouse.com/new_product/NWMSTA-YE-1.JPG
http://lh4.googleusercontent.com/public/VP9y-9mXwdeWS_W5ixlEKN1jJ_BS60B-D1dCEklRrjIyDLxPdznej_z6ZhKxpR3b9rYEZXK0qTDb_-EqKd2FZPhCqJ-SiOjDDKCYSu5AfGmUlXYJww6-CTF7My6qLKOfa2DY2sh4iFk7FtRVipJNK2BhjTPk=s180

!VamosRafa!
Apr 29th, 2011, 10:32 AM
She should play in Strasbourg:tape:
She's gonna have at least 1 early exit in Madrid/Rome so she really should defend the title in Strasbourg...

I'd be thrilled with a QF in Madrid:drool:
Hopefully she doesn't draw any good clay courter before the QF:scared:
(and no Wozniacki)

Mistress of Evil
Apr 29th, 2011, 12:27 PM
Claypove :cheer: The Cow on ice to slay all claycourter mugs and win the title :rocker2:

Lachy
Apr 29th, 2011, 12:53 PM
Dead at the draw. Ahell no.

Sharapovian
Apr 29th, 2011, 01:00 PM
Dead at the draw. Ahell no.

I've still to look at it :scared:

Andy.
Apr 29th, 2011, 01:03 PM
Could she have had a tougher draw :rolleyes:

Sharapovian
Apr 29th, 2011, 01:04 PM
Okay the PDF thing won't open for me :rolleyes:

Who is her first opponent?

Jack89
Apr 29th, 2011, 01:10 PM
Heres the draw:

http://www.wtatennis.com/SEWTATour-Archive/posting/2011/1038/MDS.pdf

Arantxa Rus is her first round opponent.

Tough draw though.

Andy.
Apr 29th, 2011, 01:11 PM
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Mistress of Evil
Apr 29th, 2011, 01:13 PM
Arantxa is pretty but she has no game like at all. :awww:
She should reach QF, hopefully :cheer:
Sexlana is a mess, and Bitchmayer should not be a problem. :o

Sharapovian
Apr 29th, 2011, 01:15 PM
Thanks, well hopefully she should get through the 1st round. Wickmayer was injured, Makarova hasn't been playing well recently. Then after that we'll see :p

And what, there are like 3 qualifiers in Zvonareva's section :spit:

doomsday
Apr 29th, 2011, 01:36 PM
Maria's draw:spit: do the best you can.:bounce:

Maria Croft
Apr 29th, 2011, 02:36 PM
The draw isn't bad at all.

It will get tough after her first match though.
We will just have to see how it will play out I guess.

Break My Rapture
Apr 29th, 2011, 02:41 PM
The draw isn't bad, Rus shouldn't be underestimated though.

:cheer:

18majors
Apr 29th, 2011, 02:54 PM
There is possible repeat of Azarenka-Sharapova 2011 SE Open final! Hope the result will be reversed this time.

Mr.Sharapova
Apr 29th, 2011, 03:29 PM
Maria can do it :shrug:.

I fear Kuznetsova though :sobbing:.

Break My Rapture
Apr 29th, 2011, 03:51 PM
Maria can do it :shrug:.

I fear Kuznetsova though :sobbing:.
Kuznetsova is making a R1 exit here.

Mr.Sharapova
Apr 29th, 2011, 03:56 PM
Kuznetsova is making a R1 exit here.
I wouldn't be so sure :shrug:. Sveta made the semis in Marbella and maybe could be in for a good run here. But still if it is Cibulkova even better cause Maria will remember that shame loss she suffered from her at the French and gain Revenge :angel:.

Sharapovian
Apr 29th, 2011, 04:04 PM
The draw looks tough on paper, but in reality half those players in Maria's quarter are either injured or are not in good form. Maria has nothing to lose in this tournament, so hopefully she will make the most of it.

joćo.
Apr 29th, 2011, 04:24 PM
Arantxa? Really? Out of all the other 3819381231 possibilities :sobbing:

Craig.
Apr 29th, 2011, 05:22 PM
Could have been worse, could have been better. I'd be really happy with a QF.

Sharapovian
Apr 29th, 2011, 05:31 PM
Heard that Maria will be playing on Monday.

Mr.Sharapova
Apr 29th, 2011, 05:37 PM
Monday :sobbing:. Why can't she play on Sunday!!

Vikapower
Apr 29th, 2011, 06:11 PM
Maria's draw is pretty cool and Kuzzie :spit: I wonder where does her relevance in the actuals come from anymore...

Anyways best of luck Maria. :cheer:

18majors
Apr 29th, 2011, 06:11 PM
The tournament hopes to keep Maria around as long as possible. They are worried that she may lose in R1 like last year.

JamieOwen3
Apr 29th, 2011, 06:16 PM
The tournament hopes to keep Maria around as long as possible. They are worried that she may lose in R1 like last year.

NO ONE here knows what you're talking about there as Maria never played Madrid in 2010 :secret: :devil:

18majors
Apr 29th, 2011, 06:19 PM
NO ONE here knows what you're talking about there as Maria never played Madrid in 2010 :secret: :devil:

You're right. She was hurt in 2010.

!VamosRafa!
Apr 29th, 2011, 07:40 PM
:o@ the draw...
Do your best Maria...
Maria will probably lose to Cibulkova in R3:scared:

18majors
Apr 29th, 2011, 07:45 PM
:o@ the draw...
Do your best Maria...
Maria will probably lose to Cibulkova in R3:scared:

I hope 2009 French Open doesn't repeat itself!

!VamosRafa!
Apr 29th, 2011, 08:14 PM
I hope 2009 French Open doesn't repeat itself!
It will happen,just this time Cibulkova will hold her serve at 6-0 5-0:lol:

doomsday
Apr 29th, 2011, 08:23 PM
I hope 2009 French Open doesn't repeat itself!

It sure won't if they both reach R3.

madmax
Apr 29th, 2011, 08:56 PM
I'm surprised so many people are afraid of freaking Cibulkova...did you see her play recently or what? Her serve is a huge mess and she is spraying everywhere with her groundies - reaching a 3rd round would already be a huge achievement for her

MiiMo
Apr 29th, 2011, 09:06 PM
Kuznetsova is making a R1 exit here.

I hope not. Do you remember the last claycourt match between Maria and Dominika :help:

MiiMo
Apr 29th, 2011, 09:11 PM
Maria will easily win against Rus then against Wickmayer. She will probably go through tough matches against Kuznetsova and Zvonareva but will manage to win this. In the semis, I think she'll face Peng or Ana and will win this. In the finals, everything's possible

Break My Rapture
Apr 29th, 2011, 09:30 PM
I'm surprised so many people are afraid of freaking Cibulkova...did you see her play recently or what? Her serve is a huge mess and she is spraying everywhere with her groundies - reaching a 3rd round would already be a huge achievement for her
First of all, I'm only commenting on this because I disagree. Domi's ground game is in decent shape and the same goes for her serve. The thing is, she used to be a good player on clay but now she turned into a brainless ballbasher since Krajan came into the picture. This could be an advantage.

But secondly and most importantly, Maria needs to win her first 2 matches before she gets there so let's not look too far ahead yet please. Remember this is Maria's first clay tournament of the year.

claypova
Apr 29th, 2011, 11:25 PM
what a gross draw :o

Wickmayer :unsure: Cibulkova :unsure: Zvonareva :unsure:

:sad: just make it as far as you can, please :hug:

Tweety Snape
Apr 29th, 2011, 11:41 PM
Meh, tough draw :scared:
Do your best Masha, anything can happen in tennis! :cheer:

goldlion
Apr 30th, 2011, 01:31 AM
Well the draw is the way it is - it is challenging but she's trained hard enough to compete I believe.

I think Cibulkova has a good chance to pull an upset but if she chooses to destroy herself there, I'm confident that Maria has a good chance against Svetlana - it'll only be 50-50

Lucas_Arg
Apr 30th, 2011, 02:39 AM
Monday really? It should be Sunday...

Sp!ffy
Apr 30th, 2011, 05:18 AM
You guys are so...:facepalm: sometimes

shaktincredible
Apr 30th, 2011, 05:33 AM
MONDAY? fuck. :help:

Maria Croft
Apr 30th, 2011, 07:28 AM
So it's a fact she won't play until Monday?

That sucks.

Mr.Sharapova
Apr 30th, 2011, 07:32 AM
It's a good thing in a way. I can't wait till I see what level of play are her opponents in the couple of days to come. I think Maria's first match will tell a lot on how her form is :)

The Witch-king
Apr 30th, 2011, 11:10 AM
So what's the deal with the blue clay? All the pictures have the brown clay on the courts.

goldlion
Apr 30th, 2011, 11:56 AM
It's a good thing in a way. I can't wait till I see what level of play are her opponents in the couple of days to come. I think Maria's first match will tell a lot on how her form is :)

It normally is crappy and she needs more matches to find the grip.

Reptilia
Apr 30th, 2011, 12:02 PM
Miami feels like it was ages ago! I hope she hasn't lost all her momentum.

joćo.
Apr 30th, 2011, 12:51 PM
She better be playing tomorrow :o

!VamosRafa!
Apr 30th, 2011, 01:09 PM
Guys,I realized we shouldn't be crying over opponents like Wickmayer,Cibulkova,Zvonareva and so on...These are the kind of player that Masha will HAVE to play on this surface in order to learn something new,despite losing or winning....She will have to be challenged so that she can learn what she needs to do the next time they play...

She could have an early exit here,but life goes on,right?She will probably do better in Rome...besides...she has shown she can play really well on clay...Remember the match vs Henin..if she can play 60% of that she will beat Wickmayer and Cibulkova...She just needs to cut down the DF and the UE:tape:,also she should try and finish her matches sooner...Last year(unlike the other years)she had troubles closing out matches,but last year she struggled in only 2 matches on clay(and even those were relatively easy sets),so I really hope she will do well on clay this year and I think she will!!!GO MASHA!!!

CR3WLFC
Apr 30th, 2011, 01:11 PM
Rus SHOULD be no problem

interesting draw. but lets win that first round first :angel:

Mrs. Dimitrova
Apr 30th, 2011, 01:37 PM
Well this draw isn't too bad. Ain't scared of nobody and Maria isn't either. Bring it! :rocker2:

!VamosRafa!
Apr 30th, 2011, 01:38 PM
So what's the deal with the blue clay? All the pictures have the brown clay on the courts.

Nope,sorry mate...It's still "red" orange clay...
This was taken yesterday on the Main Court:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nriDK5K9qU0&feature=player_embedded#at=43

JamieOwen3
Apr 30th, 2011, 01:49 PM
blue clay still would be better for tv audiences IMO rolleyes:

The Witch-king
Apr 30th, 2011, 02:23 PM
Nope,sorry mate...It's still "red" orange clay...
This was taken yesterday on the Main Court:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nriDK5K9qU0&feature=player_embedded#at=43

:fiery: I was genuinely excited for the blue clay. I'm actually disappointed! :(

Sharapovian
Apr 30th, 2011, 06:42 PM
So it's a fact she won't play until Monday?

That sucks.

Nope it wasn't confirmed, the person I read it from was probably just guessing :lol:

She plays tomorrow, first on centre. (11AM local time)

Lucas_Arg
Apr 30th, 2011, 06:45 PM
Livestream for tomorrow?
Way to early for me, 7 AM , maybe I arrive at home by then after going to the club but it will be a big effort.

Break My Rapture
Apr 30th, 2011, 06:48 PM
Probably no stream. :rolleyes:

Good luck Maria. :hearts:

18majors
Apr 30th, 2011, 06:57 PM
This is a big moment; Maria's first 2011 WTA clay court match!

Craig.
Apr 30th, 2011, 07:00 PM
Oh ffs. Not down to get up at 5AM on a Sunday :o

Mistress of Evil
Apr 30th, 2011, 07:03 PM
No stream, most probably :o so might follow it on scoreboard but since she is 99% winning might as well even skip that. :shrug:

18majors
Apr 30th, 2011, 07:07 PM
6:00 AM for me and I'll be up. She will win if she wins more than 70% of her first serves.

Mr.Sharapova
Apr 30th, 2011, 07:17 PM
Thats why I love European tournaments :inlove:. Perfect timing :inlove:.

Is a stream available for this match?

Jack89
Apr 30th, 2011, 07:25 PM
I don't think coverage starts till Monday.

madmax
Apr 30th, 2011, 07:28 PM
finally the tour is in European time zones:hearts: No more waking up 4 AM in the morning for me

Mr.Sharapova
Apr 30th, 2011, 07:30 PM
:inlove:

Is there a stream?

18majors
Apr 30th, 2011, 07:34 PM
It's a shame if there are no streams. Like today, there are plenty of good matches tomorrow.

18majors
Apr 30th, 2011, 07:43 PM
Meelis confirmed that ES will start the coverage on Monday and presumely live streams will start.

By the way, all seeded players won today with Svetlana still yet to play.

Mr.Sharapova
Apr 30th, 2011, 07:46 PM
Maybe tomorrow we'll have a stream cause also Wozniacki is playing :shrug:.

MaruSharapova
Apr 30th, 2011, 07:49 PM
finally the tour is in European time zones:hearts: No more waking up 4 AM in the morning for me

IKR :hearts:
I think it's good she's having such an easy opener, just to get to feel the court a bit and get used to playing matches on clay again.

JamieOwen3
Apr 30th, 2011, 07:51 PM
lets get the live tennis for the WTA red shit court Madrid on tv ASAP! it's crap with no Maria and the Williamses not playing.

Maria Croft
Apr 30th, 2011, 09:02 PM
Very happy to see that she plays her first match tomorrow, and not Monday, first on court as well :D

If she gets far in this tournament, an early start is good to conserve energy :)

18majors
Apr 30th, 2011, 09:53 PM
Cibulkova beat Svetlana. She will be tough to beat!

Reptilia
Apr 30th, 2011, 11:53 PM
^ two matches to win before we even get there!
I was looking forward to the blue clay :sad:

Andy.
May 1st, 2011, 12:10 AM
I realy glad she is playing on Sunday and not Monday. Hopefully she hasn't lost any momentum from her fabulous March hardcourt run and infact has continued to improve. I'm hoping for an easy straight sets match.

Cherry.
May 1st, 2011, 12:57 AM
Kuznetsova is making a R1 exit here.:worship:

Mr.Sharapova
May 1st, 2011, 07:45 AM
Revenge for Cibulkova :worship:.

gc-spurs
May 1st, 2011, 07:49 AM
Wait, to get my Eurobearings clear, game on bitches in 1hr 10 mins?

cyannnnn
May 1st, 2011, 08:15 AM
it's not in her advantage to play under the sun at 11AM...
she often has problems with heat and she plays better on the evening

Dieter.
May 1st, 2011, 08:23 AM
it's not in her advantage to play under the sun at 11AM...
she often has problems with heat and she plays better on the evening

I don't think it's that hot in Madrid at the moment, so she should be fine.

lylux
May 1st, 2011, 08:30 AM
someone knows why the match has not started?

Dieter.
May 1st, 2011, 08:38 AM
someone knows why the match has not started?

Because it's not 11.00 AM yet. ;)

Mr.Sharapova
May 1st, 2011, 08:42 AM
No Streams :sobbing:.

Cherry.
May 1st, 2011, 08:42 AM
someone knows why the match has not started?
It will start in 20 minutes.:)

Mr.Sharapova
May 1st, 2011, 08:44 AM
Not gonna be able to watch it :sad:. Hopefully she wins :)

Mr.Sharapova
May 1st, 2011, 08:45 AM
Not gonna be able to watch it :sad:. Hopefully she wins :)

lylux
May 1st, 2011, 08:51 AM
Because it's not 11.00 AM yet. ;)

Madrid's website
http://i56.tinypic.com/bezm87.jpg

:sad:

ralfreinecke
May 1st, 2011, 08:55 AM
Madrid - Photos

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ralfreinecke/sets/72157626495165747/

lylux
May 1st, 2011, 08:56 AM
can't be, I woke up 1 hour before for nothing, I hate Madrid's website

MaruSharapova
May 1st, 2011, 08:57 AM
I can't believe I'm actually excited, even though I have to watch this match on the scoreboard. :o
Must be because she hasn't played in a month :rolleyes:

Cherry.
May 1st, 2011, 08:58 AM
Gonna start very soon. Scoreboard's already out.

Crux Squall
May 1st, 2011, 08:58 AM
no livestream :mad:

Reptilia
May 1st, 2011, 09:00 AM
:bounce:

Dieter.
May 1st, 2011, 09:03 AM
I can't believe I'm actually excited, even though I have to watch this match on the scoreboard. :o
Must be because she hasn't played in a month :rolleyes:

Same feeling here. :) Go Masha! :cheer:

Mistress of Evil
May 1st, 2011, 09:07 AM
Go Mashinka :cheer:

Cherry.
May 1st, 2011, 09:10 AM
Rus'll serve first.

perseus2006
May 1st, 2011, 09:13 AM
Game On!

goldlion
May 1st, 2011, 11:15 AM
Well, knew it'd be scratchy. At least she moves on to R2 :)

Reptilia
May 1st, 2011, 11:15 AM
She gonna need to improve to beat Wicky :unsure:

Maria Croft
May 1st, 2011, 11:17 AM
Well, that was a lot more difficult than it should have been, at least she won and earned some points.

Unless she improves a lot she's not making the QF's here.

Crux Squall
May 1st, 2011, 11:19 AM
The 1st match on clay in 2011
Not a lose :lol:

Sharapovian
May 1st, 2011, 11:19 AM
Well yeah it was tougher than it should have been, but I guess I can be a bit lenient on her today. She was playing someone she hadn't played before, first match on clay, and well at least she won it the end :)

She is going to have to step it up in round 2 though, that's for sure!

Andy.
May 1st, 2011, 11:21 AM
I'm really happy with the win. Were some of you thinking she was going to come out playing GOAT tennis? Its her first match in a while and its on clay. Do people remember her first match at IW. This match doesnt really have much baring IMO for the rest of the tournament or the clay season.

Steven.
May 1st, 2011, 11:22 AM
Let's hope she destroys Wickmayer.

perseus2006
May 1st, 2011, 11:29 AM
C'mon people! Pova did good after a slow start. Especially for her first match on red clay in rather cool conditions. 74% first serves in and winning 61%. On return, she won 51% of the points! Great stats considering a lack luster first set!!!

Craig.
May 1st, 2011, 11:30 AM
OMG, if she loses to Wickmayer :o

claypova
May 1st, 2011, 11:32 AM
OMG, if she loses to Wickmayer :o

that would be a nightmare :sad:

Sharapovian
May 1st, 2011, 11:33 AM
Someone who was at the match:

alvarorama (http://twitter.com/alvarorama)
@FootFault_ From 1 to 10, I would give her a 6.5

@FootFault_ Great reaction after a pretty erratic start against an inexperienced foe. More consistency would be advisable in later rounds.

Steven.
May 1st, 2011, 11:33 AM
Actually, correct me if I'm wrong but I believe her service stats have looked much better since Indian Wells than in the past like 2 years. Let's just hope this progresses in a positive direction.

18majors
May 1st, 2011, 11:43 AM
It's a good sign that Maria won 70% of her first serves on the third set. Gool luck and keep it up.

Mistress of Evil
May 1st, 2011, 11:45 AM
a win is a win :sobbing: but an utter mess :sad:

Andy.
May 1st, 2011, 11:50 AM
Some of you are such drama queens ;). Its her first match in a while and her first match on clay, calm down.

Shafanovic.
May 1st, 2011, 12:01 PM
2nd round tomorrow or Tuesday?

MaruSharapova
May 1st, 2011, 12:17 PM
After seeing how this went I feel even more that she should've played in Stuttgart too so she would've had more match practise..
and lol at everyone being convinced that her R2 will be against Wicky :oh:

MiiMo
May 1st, 2011, 12:20 PM
Did anyone see the match ?

Dieter.
May 1st, 2011, 12:23 PM
Happy with the win. :) Well done Maria! :yeah:
It took her some time to find her rhythm, but since this was her first match in a while and the first one on clay this year, that's normal.
Hopefully she can step it up in the next round and have a good run here.

Kitten63
May 1st, 2011, 12:56 PM
I'm really happy with the win. Were some of you thinking she was going to come out playing GOAT tennis? Its her first match in a while and its on clay. Do people remember her first match at IW. This match doesnt really have much baring IMO for the rest of the tournament or the clay season.

Agree with this.

I'm sure she'll be better in the next round.

Jack89
May 1st, 2011, 01:06 PM
Happy that Maria won! Half-expected it to go to three sets, what with it being her first clay match of the year.

And only 3 double faults for a 3-set match is pretty good.

domon17th
May 1st, 2011, 01:08 PM
People forgot that she lost her 1st clay match last yr at this very same venue... So I'd take a 3 sets win anyday

MiiMo
May 1st, 2011, 01:25 PM
And people seem to forget that playing the first match on clay against a left-handed player is tricky !

JadeFox
May 1st, 2011, 01:30 PM
People forgot that she lost her 1st clay match last yr at this very same venue... So I'd take a 3 sets win anyday

Yeah so she's improved from last year.

I do have one question though: Did she slide?

joćo.
May 1st, 2011, 01:32 PM
Are we getting an interview from this too?

Reptilia
May 1st, 2011, 01:35 PM
I don't see why we wouldn't? :shrug:

joćo.
May 1st, 2011, 01:38 PM
I can't find the player interviews/press conference section on the tournament website :sad:

18majors
May 1st, 2011, 01:54 PM
I hope Maria continue to improve her serves. She will go very deep considering her return games are awesome!

AniaSharapova
May 1st, 2011, 02:01 PM
I don't judge Maria today. I supposed it'll be very difficult match. She didn't play any tournament over a month. It was her first match on clay which is never easy especially for player who don't like this surface. Also she played with left-handed player which is always tricky.
I'm happy that Maria won i and I hope she'll improve her game in the next round ;)

18majors
May 1st, 2011, 02:38 PM
ESPN's Madrid preview article: http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/columns/story?columnist=ubha_ravi&id=6460028

"No. 8 Maria Sharapova

Sharapova is making progress, appearing in the Indian Wells semis and Miami final. Last year, Sharapova had an uplifting clay-court season -- a first-round loss in Madrid the exception.

The signs are good as Sharapova embarks on this year's dirt journey. She won her opener in three sets and ousting Yanina Wickmayer and Dominika Cibulkova, two feisty competitors, in potential second- and third-round matches, will be hard work. Yet if she gets past that, a spot in the final isn't out of reach.

She's in the right half of the draw."

Craig.
May 1st, 2011, 02:55 PM
20,000 posts :cheer:

18majors
May 1st, 2011, 02:59 PM
20,000 posts :cheer:

Remarkable!

18majors
May 1st, 2011, 03:04 PM
Wickmayer-Makarova match will begin soon!

Vikapower
May 1st, 2011, 03:51 PM
Good win Maria... 1st. match on red clay and it's not always easy to get the marks. :yeah:

Mistress of Evil
May 1st, 2011, 03:56 PM
20,000 posts :cheer:

postwhore :hug:

Break My Rapture
May 1st, 2011, 04:03 PM
In this case (to quote Maria herself) getting the W really is the only thing that matters.

First clay match of the season, bad start or not she got the win and that's the most important. Good to see her DF count so low. :yeah:

18majors
May 1st, 2011, 04:19 PM
Makarova won first set and is up one break on the second set.

Sharapovian
May 1st, 2011, 04:24 PM
So next up for Maria is Makarova, had a feeling she would win - Wickmayer was injured from Fed Cup.

Craig.
May 1st, 2011, 04:25 PM
Ugh, another lefty :rolleyes:

pedropt
May 1st, 2011, 04:27 PM
Makarova was really impressive :scared:

Watch out Maria.

Mistress of Evil
May 1st, 2011, 04:30 PM
Makarova was Serve GOAT :sobbing: Masha is SUCK SERVE GOAT :crying2:

18majors
May 1st, 2011, 04:33 PM
Makarova was Serve GOAT :sobbing: Masha is SUCK SERVE GOAT :crying2:

Makarova served 11 aces, one DF.

She won 87% of her first serves (33/38).

She will be tough to beat!

Break My Rapture
May 1st, 2011, 04:35 PM
Tough one.

Sharapovian
May 1st, 2011, 04:35 PM
Makarova did have very good serving stats :scared:

Mr.Sharapova
May 1st, 2011, 04:41 PM
Makarova is a really tough opponents. But Maria can do it. She just has to move her around and serve well and she'll move to the next round :)

joćo.
May 1st, 2011, 04:48 PM
:unsure:

18majors
May 1st, 2011, 04:48 PM
[QUOTE=Miloti;19479344]Makarova is a really tough opponents. But Maria can do it. She just has to move her around and serve well and she'll move to the next round :)[/QUOTE

Maria's return games will be put to a stern test. Wickmayer didn't have a single break point in the entire match.

Mr.Sharapova
May 1st, 2011, 05:29 PM
[QUOTE=Miloti;19479344]Makarova is a really tough opponents. But Maria can do it. She just has to move her around and serve well and she'll move to the next round :)[/QUOTE

Maria's return games will be put to a stern test. Wickmayer didn't have a single break point in the entire match.

Wickmayer was injured after her FED CUP matches, and Makarova won't hold that kind of level two matches in a row. Don't worry :angel:. I am not saying it will be easy but Maria can do this :yeah:.

If she faces Cibulkova I just know she will give it her all. Can't wait for that to happen :)

18majors
May 1st, 2011, 05:35 PM
[QUOTE=18majors;19479386]

Wickmayer was injured after her FED CUP matches, and Makarova won't hold that kind of level two matches in a row. Don't worry :angel:. I am not saying it will be easy but Maria can do this :yeah:.

If she faces Cibulkova I just know she will give it her all. Can't wait for that to happen :)

I've just noticed that we both have Maria and Juan Martin Del Potro as our favorite players.

Today is a great day that Maria won in 3 sets and Del Potro 6-2, 6-2 to Estoril champion.

Mr.Sharapova
May 1st, 2011, 05:38 PM
[QUOTE=Miloti;19479579]

I've just noticed that we both have Maria and Juan Martin Del Potro as our favorite players.

Today is a great day that Maria won in 3 sets and Del Potro 6-2, 6-2 to Estoril champion.

Del Potro is :inlove:. I am so happy that he is returning to the top of his game and his form and I'm just waiting for his big break through this year :). He totally demolished Verdasco today :eek:.

joćo.
May 1st, 2011, 05:38 PM
Still no interview/quotes? :fiery:
I want to know what she says about Aran. :rolleyes:

Maria Croft
May 1st, 2011, 05:40 PM
Well, maybe facing Rus -another lefty- will turn out to be a blessing in disguise, seeing as how Makarova is also a lefty.

I don't think the stats from her match against Wickmayer mean all that much if she was injured though. Still, if Maria doesn't step it up she could very well lose this next one.

18majors
May 1st, 2011, 05:53 PM
Well, maybe facing Rus -another lefty- will turn out to be a blessing in disguise, seeing as how Makarova is also a lefty.

I don't think the stats from her match against Wickmayer mean all that much if she was injured though. Still, if Maria doesn't step it up she could very well lose this next one.

Maria's serving game is the biggest concern.

She won't win if she can't break Makarova because she will lose at least one or two serving games.

Maria will have the edge if it comes down to tie breakers.

Marilyn Monheaux
May 1st, 2011, 05:57 PM
Congrats. Good luck in the next round. :D

joćo.
May 1st, 2011, 06:05 PM
Monday 2nd May 2011

Manolo Santana - Starting at 12:00 noon
1. Na Li vs. Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez
2. Maria Sharapova vs. Ekaterina Makarova
NB 4pm
3. ATP
NB 7pm
4. ATP
5. Nuria Llagostera Vives vs. Dinara Safina

Mrs. Dimitrova
May 1st, 2011, 06:07 PM
Is that like around the same time as the match today? But like, a little later?

Break My Rapture
May 1st, 2011, 06:08 PM
Ugh why didn't they put Maria's match NB 4 PM? :( :o Now I can't watch.


Good luck Maria. :hearts:

18majors
May 1st, 2011, 06:09 PM
Is that like around the same time as the match today? But like, a little later?

It's 2-3 hours later than today.

Sharapovian
May 1st, 2011, 06:10 PM
Oh so not a days rest then.

The time seems okay, hopefully I'll be able to follow it :unsure:

Craig.
May 1st, 2011, 06:15 PM
Ahmagad, she's playing tomorrow :hearts: Awesome. Will really help her if she goes far in the draw.

Sharapovian
May 1st, 2011, 06:22 PM
I checked out the ES schedule and, British ES are starting their coverage from tomorrow :bounce:

Hopefully they show Maria's match! but their coverage will only last 1 hour 45 mins :unsure:

CR3WLFC
May 1st, 2011, 06:27 PM
Eurosport will only show the first match.

Eurosport 2 will show the 2nd match, finally maria on my tv again :bounce:

Sharapovian
May 1st, 2011, 06:28 PM
Eurosport will only show the first match.

Eurosport 2 will show the 2nd match, finally maria on my tv again :bounce:

I have both :) so that's fine for me!

Break My Rapture
May 1st, 2011, 06:29 PM
ES2 coverage tomorrow should normally feature (a part of) Maria's match since only mens matches are going on at the same time on the televised courts.

ES International will only show Na Li/MJMS if I'm not mistaken. :scratch:

18majors
May 1st, 2011, 06:31 PM
Ahmagad, she's playing tomorrow :hearts: Awesome. Will really help her if she goes far in the draw.

Yes, it is. She will have 6 days to play the next 4 matches if she beats Makarova tomorrow.

CR3WLFC
May 1st, 2011, 06:34 PM
i thought maria was 2nd on the main court ?

Sharapovian
May 1st, 2011, 06:39 PM
i thought maria was 2nd on the main court ?

Yes she is, but play starts at 12pm tomorrow, not 11am.

Mistress of Evil
May 1st, 2011, 06:43 PM
Playing in back to back days :awww: Good luck Mashinka :cheer:

Maria Croft
May 1st, 2011, 07:12 PM
Well, it's great she plays her first two matches so early so she has more recovery time for her other matches if she wins tomorrow. If she loses it sucks because then she is out of the tournament, and it will only be Monday.

rucolo
May 1st, 2011, 07:19 PM
Oh no, Maria back on clay. :sobbing:

At least a win in R1. Now beat Makarova somehow! :);)

perseus2006
May 1st, 2011, 07:36 PM
Yazoo

Do we get a 2nd Star for the 2nd Round?

Mr.Sharapova
May 1st, 2011, 07:53 PM
So she plays Tomorrow right?

Sharapovian
May 1st, 2011, 07:54 PM
So if Maria wins tomorrow, it will be Cibulkova in the 3rd round, she got a Walkover because Szavay withdrew.

Yazoo

Do we get a 2nd Star for the 2nd Round?

Oh I didn't think of it that way. :lol:

Do you want me to change it?

perseus2006
May 1st, 2011, 08:12 PM
I think it would be appropriate, fun and a new tradition!

Sharapovian
May 1st, 2011, 08:14 PM
Changed it ;)

Break My Rapture
May 1st, 2011, 08:14 PM
Love the idea too. :lol:

Mistress of Evil
May 1st, 2011, 08:20 PM
two stars :hearts:

JamieOwen3
May 1st, 2011, 08:21 PM
yay great now she gained a few points by even that win, it's progress people! was there a stream?

Sharapovian
May 1st, 2011, 08:37 PM
yay great now she gained a few points by even that win, it's progress people! was there a stream?

No, there wasn't but a Spanish TV Channel showed it.

Mr.Sharapova
May 1st, 2011, 08:55 PM
Good Luck Maria. Can't wait to watch you play tomorrow :)

Sasja
May 1st, 2011, 09:26 PM
Good luck tomorrow Masha :kiss:

Can't watch it :sobbing:
Maybe I will record it....

!VamosRafa!
May 1st, 2011, 09:28 PM
I wouldn't be surprised if Makarova beats Maria:shrug:
If she plays like she did vs Wickmayer she will beat Maria,no doubt..
Things aren't looking good for Maria in Madrid:tape:
Better luck in Rome,I guess...

anyway...GL 2moro

18majors
May 1st, 2011, 09:42 PM
It will be a tough match against Makarova tomorrow and will be a disppoinment if she loses. But life moves on. Maria will have her chances as long as she stays healthy.

Jack89
May 1st, 2011, 09:44 PM
Makarova is definitely not an easy opponent but I don't think she's unbeatable.

Even though she served well, its really hard to say how well someone is playing when there are no streams.

Anyway, we'll found out tomorrow, hopefully Maria can get the win! :)

Vikapower
May 1st, 2011, 10:16 PM
I wouldn't be surprised if Makarova beats Maria:shrug:
If she plays like she did vs Wickmayer she will beat Maria,no doubt..
Things aren't looking good for Maria in Madrid:tape:
Better luck in Rome,I guess...

anyway...GL 2moro

:spit: Ugh...Come on this is only just Makarova... There's no need to rate her more than usual because she pulled off 1 good match out of how much this year... Against a very doubtful Wickmayer...

I don't diminish Mak but Maria will do the job as usual in 2 or 3 but she'll do it... ;)

Best of luck.

Slampova
May 1st, 2011, 10:51 PM
Good luck Maria :cheer:

Reptilia
May 1st, 2011, 11:27 PM
Should be able to stay up for this :cheer:

pedropt
May 1st, 2011, 11:43 PM
I'll be watching the match as well :hearts:

Good luck Maria :cheer:

Kitten63
May 1st, 2011, 11:55 PM
Good luck Maria :bounce:

Cherry.
May 2nd, 2011, 12:09 AM
I wanna stay up and watch it, but maybe I shouldn't given the fact that her match will probably start no early than 4am my time, and I'm gonna have to get up early to play some tennis myself.
If I'm not gonna watch it then I'll have my alarm clock set and have some peeks at the score.
:)

gc-spurs
May 2nd, 2011, 12:17 AM
Day off tomorrow so i can stay up!

perseus2006
May 2nd, 2011, 02:34 AM
C'mon, Pova. Force another Star out of Yazoo tomorrow!

Go girl. Play tennis.

!VamosRafa!
May 2nd, 2011, 11:08 AM
Ugh...I can't wait for the Li-MJMS shitfest to end and Maria to start:mad:
Li just retire,your gonna lose anyway,I wanna watch POVA!!!!!

Marilyn Monheaux
May 2nd, 2011, 11:12 AM
Ugh...I can't wait for the Li-MJMS shitfest to end and Maria to start:mad:
Li just retire,your gonna lose anyway,I wanna watch POVA!!!!!


:rolleyes:

claypova
May 2nd, 2011, 11:12 AM
oh, she is playing today? :eek:

GL :cheer:

Go Li :yeah:

doomsday
May 2nd, 2011, 11:14 AM
Ugh...I can't wait for the Li-MJMS shitfest to end and Maria to start:mad:
Li just retire,your gonna lose anyway,I wanna watch POVA!!!!!

:rolleyes:

Reptilia
May 2nd, 2011, 11:19 AM
Li is nearly done anyways. Not long :cheer:

!VamosRafa!
May 2nd, 2011, 11:24 AM
:rolleyes:

OK,fine!
Cmon Li win that match already!!!! WE WANT POVA:rocker2:

gc-spurs
May 2nd, 2011, 11:40 AM
NaNa couldn't serve it out

Reptilia
May 2nd, 2011, 11:46 AM
Of course she couldn't... :o

Shafanovic.
May 2nd, 2011, 11:49 AM
Li :rolleyes:

madmax
May 2nd, 2011, 11:49 AM
Watch Na Li losing 6-7 in the third now:facepalm:

Shafanovic.
May 2nd, 2011, 11:50 AM
http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lian7gbW051qz6g3w.gif

Shafanovic.
May 2nd, 2011, 11:53 AM
A tiebreak?

http://30.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lkig4nGGXR1qj5reio1_500.gif

Reptilia
May 2nd, 2011, 11:54 AM
ugh....

Shafanovic.
May 2nd, 2011, 12:04 PM
Li...

http://30.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lkidbp5bvk1qzk7c5o1_500.gif

Shafanovic.
May 2nd, 2011, 12:05 PM
http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lj0u30fhZ81qh7na3.gif

Our beloved is next.

Sharapovian
May 2nd, 2011, 12:05 PM
Finally!

Good luck Masha :cheer:

gc-spurs
May 2nd, 2011, 12:06 PM
And NaNa finally wins it.
Masha time!

gc-spurs
May 2nd, 2011, 12:07 PM
Li...

http://30.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lkidbp5bvk1qzk7c5o1_500.gif

http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lj0u30fhZ81qh7na3.gif

Our beloved is next.

She is actually so gorgeous!
I feel Pretty/Unpretty has been the best so far this season. About time they did a Rachel/Quinn number.

Reptilia
May 2nd, 2011, 12:08 PM
Did the commentator just say 40 minutes? :unsure:

Sharapovian
May 2nd, 2011, 12:10 PM
Are ES even going to show the match? The guy said 'See you in 40mins on ES2'

They better not be showing snooker :lol:

Mr.Sharapova
May 2nd, 2011, 12:10 PM
^^Yes he did :eek:.

Sharapovian
May 2nd, 2011, 12:12 PM
Yes they are showing snooker :rolleyes:

Crux Squall
May 2nd, 2011, 12:13 PM
Good Luck Maria :)

Reptilia
May 2nd, 2011, 12:15 PM
Yes they are showing snooker :rolleyes:

Do you know if the match starts later or are they just gonna show delayed coverage??

pedropt
May 2nd, 2011, 12:17 PM
It seems we won't be able to see the match from his very beginning :o

Marilyn Monheaux
May 2nd, 2011, 12:18 PM
They will show tennis on Eurosport 2 from now till tonight. :o
After snooker, they will show football, football, WATTS and two replays of snooker on the main ES channel. :o :o


Helllooooooo livestreams. :D














:mad:

Sharapovian
May 2nd, 2011, 12:18 PM
Do you know if the match starts later or are they just gonna show delayed coverage??

At the moment on ES2 they are showing a motorbike race, so maybe when that finishes they will put on the tennis - the guy did say in 40 mins but I didn't hear what match he was talking about.

Crux Squall
May 2nd, 2011, 12:19 PM
damn, 7mins to start and no links, WTH:fiery:

pedropt
May 2nd, 2011, 12:19 PM
Maria will serve first.

Marilyn Monheaux
May 2nd, 2011, 12:19 PM
^^Masha's.

ETA: 6 rounds to go in the Superbike race.

claypova
May 2nd, 2011, 12:19 PM
oh dear ...

Sharapovian
May 2nd, 2011, 12:19 PM
Okay they just switched to tennis :D

Shafanovic.
May 2nd, 2011, 12:20 PM
She is actually so gorgeous!
I feel Pretty/Unpretty has been the best so far this season. About time they did a Rachel/Quinn number.

Yeah I know right!!

I Feel Pretty/Unpretty must be like... one of the most amazing songs they've done.

And yeah, I hope they do another duet :inlove:

pedropt
May 2nd, 2011, 12:20 PM
Okay they just switched to tennis :D

Not here :unsure:

Reptilia
May 2nd, 2011, 12:21 PM
:cheer: