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Nikkiri
Jan 5th, 2012, 07:57 AM
So Kiri is actually in Qualies.


(1/wc)Maria Kirilenko (RUS) v Varvara Lepchenko (USA)
Erika Sema (JPN) v Sofia Arvidsson (SWE)
Iryna Bremond (FRA) v Anastasija Sevastova (LAT)
Monique Adamczak (AUS) v (10)Alexandra Dulgheru (ROU)

She plays 2nd tomorrow. I'll be there :cheer:

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Remix13
Jan 5th, 2012, 08:35 AM
She plays 2nd tomorrow. I'll be there :cheer:


Great, hopefully you could be her lucky charm there :)

by the way why is she not in MD ? late registration, not good enough ranking (even so she's top30) ?

Come on Maria :cheer:

Nikkiri
Jan 5th, 2012, 09:36 AM
Strong field she was only like 3 out of MD. Basically the whole 20 is there minus like 3 players.

I hope I am. I'll take lots of pics :p

kirivanovic
Jan 5th, 2012, 10:19 AM
Who are the WC?:rolleyes:

She better qualifies...

Nikkiri
Jan 5th, 2012, 10:24 AM
There were 2 top 20 WCs but no one took them so they go to the top 2 alts Hantuchova and Safarova. It's kinda better for her to play Q's instead of straight in MD anyways.

kirivanovic
Jan 5th, 2012, 10:34 AM
Okay, that's fair. Yeah, maybe playing matches against less good players will give her rythm before the MD and we'll see how ready she is after her training/holidays in the USA.

watchdogfish
Jan 5th, 2012, 09:42 PM
I think qualies will be good considering she didn't play this week. Make it to the main draw Maria! :dance:

GoMasha23
Jan 5th, 2012, 09:54 PM
lets start off 2012 with a nice win.

cosmoose
Jan 6th, 2012, 02:33 AM
fuckety fuck. Kiri is about to lose to Lepchenko in the Q1. AHHHHHHH!!!!!

cosmoose
Jan 6th, 2012, 03:04 AM
nevermind...she came back from 2-5 down in the third, saving matchpoint to win in tiebreak.

that's our Kiri!

GoMasha23
Jan 6th, 2012, 03:06 AM
good to get the win. Watching kiri on livescore is rough.

Remix13
Jan 6th, 2012, 07:39 AM
good to get the win. Watching kiri on livescore is rough.

I knew she was playing this night (in France), thanks to this 10h lag I was sleeping and not following the livescore :lol:

Glad she finally won after being 2-5 down in 3rd :help:

Hopefully she will improve for next match.

Protoss
Jan 6th, 2012, 07:48 AM
nevermind...she came back from 2-5 down in the third, saving matchpoint to win in tiebreak.

that's our Kiri!
For reals?

I didn't even realize that she was playing today.

Remix13
Jan 6th, 2012, 07:58 AM
For reals?

I didn't even realize that she was playing today.

Hard to believe she has to play qualies ^^

Nikkiri
Jan 6th, 2012, 08:57 AM
She should have been up 4-0 in the final set. Had gps and break points but couldn't convert. Lepchenko kept getting coaching even after her coach came down twice, he was standing on the balcony where players can sit and watch giving her all kinds of hand signals. I can't believe she saved mpps and won, she's a fighter. :) Her serve needs some work. Far too many annoying DFs. At one stage she let out the biggest sigh. :lol:

I'll upload some more pics later.

http://i40.tinypic.com/b9gco0.jpg

Remix13
Jan 6th, 2012, 09:43 AM
Glad you survived this match, it should have been really tough to see it live. You said her serve was quite bad, how was the rest of her game ?

Can't wait for more pics :bounce:

kirivanovic
Jan 6th, 2012, 10:31 AM
Not a great performance but glad that she won saving a MP

Nikkiri
Jan 6th, 2012, 10:54 AM
Rest of her game was okay.. lacking a bit of power but she prob just needs a few matches to get going. Also she didn't come forward enough.

Nikkiri
Jan 6th, 2012, 11:04 AM
http://www.flickr.com/photos/nikstarr/sets/72157628743142075/

some of my pics :)

Celeborn
Jan 6th, 2012, 01:14 PM
Very very close... But it was only the first match of the year, hopefully she can rise her form.

It's actually good that she plays qualifying in the end, imagine she would have played only main draw directly against someone really good...

Good luck for your next match!

@Agronsky: Have fun ;) (Actually I'm a little jealous ;) )

Nina.
Jan 6th, 2012, 01:28 PM
wow, very close match but I'm happy that she could come back and win in the end. After all it's just the first match of the year so it's understandable that she needs some time to find her rhythm.
Arvidsson is next, haven't seen her play in ages but I hope Kiri can get through a bit easier :)

Remix13
Jan 6th, 2012, 02:11 PM
Maria has never played against Arvidsson and I have no clue how Arvidsson plays. Considering this plus Kiri is not at her best yet, this match is uncertain :confused:

Hopefully Maria will prevail :angel:

Remix13
Jan 6th, 2012, 02:26 PM
http://www.flickr.com/photos/nikstarr/sets/72157628743142075/

some of my pics :)

Oh you've seen Ivanovic, Radi, Bepa and Lucie too, great :)

Maria has the same dress than at the end of 2011, I wonder if she will have a new one for AO :confused:

Anyway thx for the photos ;)

Protoss
Jan 7th, 2012, 03:13 AM
Ugh. Maria is down 6-3 4-0 to Arvidsson. :( Fight Maria.

Protoss
Jan 7th, 2012, 03:20 AM
Sigh. Maria broken for 0-6 2nd st at love. :rolleyes: The match was 1 hour 14 minutes long.

GoMasha23
Jan 7th, 2012, 03:33 AM
seems like she did not have any good preparation for the season. I blame ovie...

cosmoose
Jan 7th, 2012, 03:34 AM
match report from Nikkie (Agronsky)

https://si0.twimg.com/profile_images/1731640383/Untitled-1_bigger.png@badasskiri (https://twitter.com/#!/badasskiri)
Serve is up the shit again

Kiri not a happy baby right now

2 terrible calls against Kiri and she asks "are you joking" then she just leaves a ball that was going in... not happy at all.

Kiri just threw her racquet... nothing working at all

getting bageled and losing in qualies to arvidsson totally amazing prep.

Well Kiri tanked the final games just terrible didn't even care

Shouldn't have switched racquets. She's hitting with even less power than before


http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lxd6urCgiL1qet42y.gif

GoMasha23
Jan 7th, 2012, 03:46 AM
Is it possible to go back to the old stick? I think Yonex discontinued her old one.

Nikkiri
Jan 7th, 2012, 07:53 AM
Yeah it was bad. Hoping maybe she just thinks she's too good for qualies :lol: didn't want to be there. She can do much better. Too passive. The Kiri who beat Stosur twice last year was nowhere to be seen. She started well to go up 2-0 and I thought wow this will be good, she even served well.. then I dunno what happened. At 0-4 down Jimy was still trying to encourage her but she just didn't want to be there anymore.

Remix13
Jan 7th, 2012, 09:35 AM
Oh that doesn't look good for AO :help:

Nikkiri
Jan 7th, 2012, 10:26 AM
OQ7gyU7uNDY

all you need to see tbh.

Celeborn
Jan 7th, 2012, 10:38 AM
Oh no, that doesn't look good :(. The same as last year :(. Should have played Auckland...

kirivanovic
Jan 7th, 2012, 10:46 AM
She couldn't, she would have missed the new year's celebration with her boyfriend.

Nikkiri
Jan 7th, 2012, 11:23 AM
http://www.flickr.com/photos/nikstarr/sets/72157628758328409/

some more pics

Celeborn
Jan 7th, 2012, 12:01 PM
She couldn't, she would have missed the new year's celebration with her boyfriend.

Okay, fine. If she just plays well at the Australian Open everything is good. I'm just not optimistic...

MK Ultra
Jan 7th, 2012, 01:07 PM
Honestly, I wasn't optimistic since I heard about Ovi, the fact that she was only gonna play Sydney before the AO, and why was she practicing with male juniors? I get the feeling she dislikes the new racket, as well. I'm pretty sure she'll lose first round at the AO. Must she have a boyfriend? I mean, some of her best results came when she was single...

watchdogfish
Jan 7th, 2012, 01:28 PM
Well that's disappointing. Not the fact that she lost but her attitude :(

Nina.
Jan 7th, 2012, 03:15 PM
Kiri :awww: not a great start into the year at all... But I hope the AO is going a bit better, I'm going to be optimistic.
So she screwed up qualies but I think it's still way too early to blame her new bf on the performance :shrug: (in general I'm not a fan of blaming the partner when a player sucks cause they're all adults who know what they have to do, it's their own fault when they have their priorities wrong ;))

MK Ultra
Jan 7th, 2012, 03:18 PM
Kiri :awww: not a great start into the year at all... But I hope the AO is going a bit better, I'm going to be optimistic.
So she screwed up qualies but I think it's still way too early to blame her new bf on the performance :shrug: (in general I'm not a fan of blaming the partner when a player sucks cause they're all adults who know what they have to do, it's their own fault when they have their priorities wrong ;))

Ovi's fans named Kiri as the reason why he was slumping. Just doing our part.:devil::lol:

Milk_Shakespeare
Jan 7th, 2012, 03:55 PM
Her thigh looks so strong!

http://flic.kr/p/b8hLav

jimmy_the_greek
Jan 7th, 2012, 08:22 PM
does the racket make such a big difference though? she uses the exact same string with the ezone now, which she used on her previous racket.

ezone
Jan 8th, 2012, 04:33 AM
don't think she would switch if she wasn't 100 percent confident in the racket; remember she spent the off season in u.s. with boyfriend, a new routine for her; probably practicing a lot less. relationships and tennis don't always go hand in hand. if it's the racket she will switch back; her head obviously wasn't into the match. we will see what will happen.

Nikkiri
Jan 8th, 2012, 09:39 AM
I also agree with not blaming it on her being in a relationship. Personally it bothered me when Ovi fans were calling her a jinx and whatever so I'm not about to do the same thing. Her coach said she had a good off season.. maybe she did. She just arrived in Australia later than she probably should have. It was only her 2nd match of the year.. there's no need to panic just yet. I believe she will have better results in Melbourne. And hopefully in doubles still.

Natash.
Jan 8th, 2012, 09:40 PM
I think she'll be fine for the Aussie. Just working out the kinks. Her season basically just started and definitely don't think it's her bf. :lol: If she's happy with him, I'm happy.

cosmoose
Jan 9th, 2012, 06:05 AM
I think she'll be fine for the Aussie. Just working out the kinks. Her season basically just started and definitely don't think it's her bf. :lol: If she's happy with him, I'm happy.

you make too much sense to post at tennisforum! :lol:
Kiri is lucky to have such a nice supporter like you :)

Remix13
Jan 10th, 2012, 07:53 AM
Maria is still in Sydney, playing doubles with Petrova. They should have played Aga/Dani but apparently these two withdrawn. Maria/Nadia are playing an australian pair, any news ?

King Aaron
Jan 10th, 2012, 08:41 AM
Early days yet, with Maria it always takes a few tournaments...or a few months. :sobbing:

Nikkiri
Jan 10th, 2012, 11:05 AM
I met Maria yesterday :inlove: and saw her play doubles today.. she played well but Petrova was a little off :lol:

Remix13
Jan 10th, 2012, 12:05 PM
I met Maria yesterday :inlove: and saw her play doubles today.. she played well but Petrova was a little off :lol:

I saw they won 7-6 6-4 :)

When you say you met her, you mean you just saw har or actually talked a bit with her ??

Nikkiri
Jan 10th, 2012, 01:24 PM
Well I got a photo with her :)

Protoss
Jan 10th, 2012, 02:12 PM
Well I got a photo with her :)
Lucky. :)

kirivanovic
Jan 10th, 2012, 08:04 PM
Did you ask her news about Igor and how is he feeling?:lol:

Remix13
Jan 10th, 2012, 09:38 PM
Well I got a photo with her :)

I'm jealous :lol:

MH0861
Jan 11th, 2012, 03:19 AM
LOL @ Maria/Nadia losing so many games to that team. :sobbing:

Remix13
Jan 11th, 2012, 10:46 AM
Kiri and Nadia won 6-4 4-6 10-6 against Grandin/Uhlirova, nice to see they stayed mentally strong in the super tiebreak :)

I think they will play the well known old witches in 1/2. Good luck.

Remix13
Jan 12th, 2012, 08:22 AM
They lost 7-6 6-4... :sad:

Next : AO

Nikkiri
Jan 12th, 2012, 08:43 AM
They were up 5-2 in the first set :o

Remix13
Jan 12th, 2012, 10:16 AM
They were up 5-2 in the first set :o

Typical.

Someone is volunteer for making an AO thread ? I can do it if you want.

Nikkiri
Jan 12th, 2012, 11:18 AM
Yeah you give it a shot.. I wasn't much luck :lol:

Remix13
Jan 12th, 2012, 12:50 PM
Yeah you give it a shot.. I wasn't much luck :lol:

superstitious :lol:

Last thread I made were Tokyo and Beijing, hopefully she will have the same results :angel:

Nikkiri
Jan 12th, 2012, 12:53 PM
Oh! I would not mind that at all :p