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Marilyn Monheaux
Feb 10th, 2012, 05:08 PM
:rocker2:

MaitaBaby
Feb 10th, 2012, 05:10 PM
I'll be there to stalk for y'all. Deal?

Crux Squall
Feb 10th, 2012, 05:10 PM
1 month to go, too early =.=

Cherry.
Feb 10th, 2012, 05:11 PM
Wow that's fast. :lol:
C'mon Masha. :cheer:

~MashyOwnThemAll
Feb 10th, 2012, 05:11 PM
fail... -.-

JoPova
Feb 10th, 2012, 05:12 PM
Isn't it a bit early? :lol:

Trih
Feb 10th, 2012, 05:14 PM
Like a month wasn't already a long wait, every time I'll open SS I'll see this title. :mad:

Cherry.
Feb 10th, 2012, 05:14 PM
I'll be there to stalk for y'all. Deal?You're going?
I so want to go as well, but can't find someone to go with me. :sobbing: None of my friends around me is interested in tennis and those who are tennis fans are all in other parts of the world. :sobbing:

doomsday
Feb 10th, 2012, 05:19 PM
You're going?
I so want to go as well, but can't find someone to go with me. :sobbing: None of my friends around me is interested in tennis and those who are tennis fans are all in other parts of the world. :sobbing:

I feel bad for you.

Marilyn Monheaux
Feb 10th, 2012, 05:25 PM
1 month to go, too early =.=

fail... -.-


F*ck off, then. :wavey:

Cherry.
Feb 10th, 2012, 05:36 PM
I feel bad for you.:sobbing: Yeah that sucks big time. All of my friends who like tennis are scattered around in different places and none of them is at the same place with me. :o Plus we're all super far apart from each other.

~MashyOwnThemAll
Feb 10th, 2012, 05:40 PM
F*ck off, then. :wavey:

Deal with it. :hatoff:

JamieOwen3
Feb 10th, 2012, 05:41 PM
Lets go and give the haterz a big
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http://i40.tinypic.com/30idthc.gif

A bit early but who gives a rat in GM's ASS? VAMOS mutha fuckas

Marilyn Monheaux
Feb 10th, 2012, 05:50 PM
Deal with it. :hatoff:


Deal with what? :confused:

MM_1257
Feb 10th, 2012, 06:00 PM
OMG what is going on in this thread :haha:

JamieOwen3
Feb 10th, 2012, 06:03 PM
Early Partay :aparty:

Steven.
Feb 10th, 2012, 06:04 PM
thank you for making this thread. It'll help quicken getting over Paris. :cheer:

Marilyn Monheaux
Feb 10th, 2012, 06:09 PM
Early Partay :aparty:


A Bitch Fight Fiesta in honor of my 15,000th post! :aparty:


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JamieOwen3
Feb 10th, 2012, 06:31 PM
Yeahh CONGRATULATIONS 15,000

http://cnps2.edublogs.org/files/2011/08/congratulation_graphics_2-1lnhym6.gif

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lefty24
Feb 10th, 2012, 07:52 PM
I don't think it's too early, otherwise we would have to use the Paris thread as the chat thread and that's kind of depressing.

graffite
Feb 10th, 2012, 10:16 PM
:sobbing: Yeah that sucks big time. All of my friends who like tennis are scattered around in different places and none of them is at the same place with me. :o Plus we're all super far apart from each other.

Me too! I wanna go and it'll be my first time at IW, so not sure if I'll brave it alone...don't want to look lost :P

Have you bought your tickets yet? I'm waiting for the draw as I'm mostly only interested in matches with my favs but hope it doesn't get sold out.

jameshazza
Feb 10th, 2012, 11:12 PM
It's gonna be along month...

Cherry.
Feb 11th, 2012, 12:40 AM
Me too! I wanna go and it'll be my first time at IW, so not sure if I'll brave it alone...don't want to look lost :P

Have you bought your tickets yet? I'm waiting for the draw as I'm mostly only interested in matches with my favs but hope it doesn't get sold out.No I haven't bought tickets yet. Will still be having classes during IW, so only able to go during weekends most likely. I'm gonna try to ask around and see if I could get someone to go together with me. Not possible for me go alone.

dsanders06
Feb 11th, 2012, 02:38 AM
Even though winning the Paris title wouldn't've meant much in itself (as in, it wouldn't've been something that at the end of the season we would've picked out as one of her highlights), it probably would've been good in giving her some momentum heading into the events that matter....so today's loss kind of sucks in that regard.

But hopefuully now she takes a few days off to recover from her cold and emotionally, and then REALLY steps it up in practice over the next few weeks. I'm going to need her to win either IW or Miami. To do which she needs to work on her forecourt game :facepalm: At both the AO and here, she squandered so many points by either missing swing volleys/short ball putaways, or hitting them tamely and right to her opponent. I can only assume it's because she just hasn't been pracitising it, because she used to be so good at it as recently as 2009 (i.e. post-surgery). Her serve and footwork which were her undoing most of the time last season have looked much better sofar this season, so hopefully that does free her up to work on her forecourt game in practise now. Rushing to the net and killing off the points there is an absolutely ESSENTIAL tactic for her against the Azarenkas and Wozniackis, who really aren't that quick in raw footspeed and wouldn't be able to chase down her swing volleys/putaways if she actually executed correctly.

perseus2006
Feb 11th, 2012, 03:08 AM
Me too! I wanna go and it'll be my first time at IW, so not sure if I'll brave it alone...don't want to look lost :P

Have you bought your tickets yet? I'm waiting for the draw as I'm mostly only interested in matches with my favs but hope it doesn't get sold out.

Just go! It's the USA, it's easy to make friends on the grounds (just avoid people off the grounds, as always at tennis tournaments).

perseus2006
Feb 11th, 2012, 03:10 AM
I think Giselle should open the Miami Thread! Opening a thread for a February tournament is certain to be a disaster!

graffite
Feb 11th, 2012, 04:54 AM
No I haven't bought tickets yet. Will still be having classes during IW, so only able to go during weekends most likely. I'm gonna try to ask around and see if I could get someone to go together with me. Not possible for me go alone.

Yeah, I can only go during the first weekend, waiting to see which day Masha plays. Does she typically play nights on the weekends, does anyone know?

Just go! It's the USA, it's easy to make friends on the grounds (just avoid people off the grounds, as always at tennis tournaments).

Actually, this is my first live tennis tournament. What's the thing about avoiding people off the grounds?

I heard they have a recycling programme (http://www.bnpparibasopen.com/News/Tennis/2012/Pretournament/Recycle-Program.aspx) though, can trade-in old balls for new. Not sure if it's only for members of USTA etc.

Cherry.
Feb 11th, 2012, 05:51 AM
Yeah, I can only go during the first weekend, waiting to see which day Masha plays. Does she typically play nights on the weekends, does anyone know?
If I was able to go, I would most likely go during the first weekend as well cos after the second weekend it's our finals week. Not sure about what time she plays though. Really have to wait and see the schedule. Does IW also sell tickets of day and night sessions separately?
I think I'm gonna ask a friend and see whether he's willing to go. Even if he does we still have some other problems to sort out like transportation etc.
I went to US Open last year and despite witnessing Masha losing it was still a great experience. So really want to attend IW since it's the biggest and nearest tourney for me to go.

Fighterpova
Feb 11th, 2012, 02:41 PM
A bit too early isn't it? :tape:

Anyway, good luck Masha :cheer:
Hopefully she wont lose before the Quarters :)

Qetusi
Feb 11th, 2012, 07:03 PM
Maria's results at IW

2002 - R2
2003 - R1
2004 - R4
2005 - SF
2006 - W
2007 - R4
2008 - SF
2010 - R3
2011 - SF
2012 - ?


and for a good mood this winning pic :P



http://img52.imageshack.us/img52/7066/final5kn.jpg

Fighterpova
Feb 11th, 2012, 07:30 PM
I remember she beat Dementieva in the final it was something like 6-1 6-2? :awww:
And it was so windy!

I miss the old trophy it looked nice :hearts:
I also liked the old Miami trophy, bu they had to change it too :sobbing:

Qetusi
Feb 11th, 2012, 08:02 PM
I remember she beat Dementieva in the final it was something like 6-1 6-2? :awww:
And it was so windy!

I miss the old trophy it looked nice :hearts:
I also liked the old Miami trophy, bu they had to change it too :sobbing:

yeah, it was 6-1 6-2

belive me , if maria wins IW and miami, you WILL LOVE both of these trophies, for sure :lol: :rolleyes:

gc-spurs
Feb 12th, 2012, 01:49 AM
I'll be there to stalk for y'all. Deal?

Ugh jelly. You better stalk right.

Mistress of Evil
Feb 12th, 2012, 08:02 AM
http://i1014.photobucket.com/albums/af264/JamieOwen3/this-is-my-home-gif.gif

Rerun
Feb 12th, 2012, 08:03 AM
Maria's results at IW

2002 - R2
2003 - R1
2004 - R4
2005 - SF
2006 - W
2007 - R4
2008 - SF
2010 - R3
2011 - SF
2012 - ?


and for a good mood this winning pic :P



http://img52.imageshack.us/img52/7066/final5kn.jpg

she was so young and so bright :inlove:

JoPova
Feb 12th, 2012, 11:39 AM
http://i1014.photobucket.com/albums/af264/JamieOwen3/this-is-my-home-gif.gif

So beautiful in this gif!!! :hearts: How old was she?

Qetusi
Feb 12th, 2012, 12:07 PM
So beautiful in this gif!!! :hearts: How old was she?

20 - IW 2008, 1/4 final vs Hantuchova

JoPova
Feb 12th, 2012, 12:17 PM
20 - IW 2008, 1/4 final vs Hantuchova

Thanks! ;)

Lachy
Feb 12th, 2012, 12:23 PM
Ajdemo!

madmax
Feb 12th, 2012, 02:26 PM
IW is a big tourney, but I personally prefer Miami and I think her chances there are much bigger anyway...either way, good luck on shaking off that cold and improve your game even more champ:cheer:

JoPova
Feb 13th, 2012, 03:00 PM
IW is a big tourney, but I personally prefer Miami and I think her chances there are much bigger anyway...either way, good luck on shaking off that cold and improve your game even more champ:cheer:

I'd love to see Maria win Miami as well. She's made three finals there in her career so far, but she hasn't won one yet! ;)

jameshazza
Feb 13th, 2012, 03:44 PM
I'm just really hoping she makes at least 2 SF like last year. Hopefully she can win one as well, but so long as she doesn't lose too many points.

18majors
Feb 13th, 2012, 07:09 PM
Tough to get over Maria's early loss in Paris, it looks like she ran out of gas again.

Martina Navratilova doesn't think Maria is fit enough to rival Azarenka or Kvitova, hope Maria prove her wrong.

http://www.livetennisguide.com/2012/02/13/martina-navratilova-doubts-on-maria-sharapova-and-hails-kvitova-azarenka/

killerqueen
Feb 13th, 2012, 09:00 PM
I'm optimstic about this PM double header. Considering how good Maria's results were last year despite her pathetically poor form heading into it, I'm hoping that she can go one or two steps further this time, given that her overall level of form has improved a lot since then. (Even if it's not her best!)

This is MY home! :lol:

JamieOwen3
Feb 13th, 2012, 10:21 PM
my gif you hoes :p :lol:

Mr.Sharapova
Feb 14th, 2012, 05:36 PM
Since Maria is now a Clay court specialist I think that her best chance is to win Miami rather than Indian Wells:oh:.

However a title here wouldn't hurt, Mashenka def. Ajdenovic 6-1,6-2 :rocker2: in the final :cheer:.

Tennisvampire
Feb 14th, 2012, 11:36 PM
I would actually prefer her to win IW, for some reason I like it more. Although, it would be time for her to finally win Miami. But, as long as she goes deep enough in the draw, like semis (maybe I'm asking for too much :devil:), I'll be happy. Just please don't lose to Vika again, or even worse Pushniacki, I don't think I could survive that :(
P.S. Why, oh why did they change the whale trophy? It was so beautiful, one of the best on tour (except the Slam trophies, although men's are better that women's). Well, at least my favorites have it in their collection, Masha and Nole :hearts:

shaktincredible
Feb 15th, 2012, 11:44 AM
the title should be:

Indian Wells 2012 : this is Masha's home! :oh:

Fighterpova
Feb 15th, 2012, 02:01 PM
I just want her to stay away from Wozniacki and Azarenka in IW.

Mr.Sharapova
Feb 15th, 2012, 02:03 PM
Actually I want a Maria-Woz or Maria-Azarenka encounter as soon as possible, preferably in Indian Wells :angel:. Maria should beat these bitches sooner or later.

Fighterpova
Feb 15th, 2012, 02:18 PM
I want her to stay hell away from Vika or Woz in a final of IW/Miami. She just gets too tense in finals(5-7 since comeback), but she's won Tokyo,Memphis,Strasbourg,Rome & Cincy. She's lost Toronto, Birmingham, Stanford, Cincy, Miami, WImbledon & AO.

She can beat Wozniacki if she's in form, but she is still far from an easy match up for her. It's basically 50-50.
When it comes to Azarenka, I don't want her to play Maria ever, but of course that is impossible :lol: She is the absolute worst match up for Maria, Azarenka's last 3 wins were 6-4 6-1, 6-1 6-4 and 6-3 6-0 :sobbing: The only person who can give her more consecutive beatdowns is probably Serena, but Serena plays too little to meet Maria very often anyway :lol:

So, a lighter draw would be appreciated in IW :hearts:

Fighterpova
Feb 15th, 2012, 02:23 PM
There is obviously much that can go wrong, but it will be easier to breathe if Vika loses before the semis :lol: Then she might have a good chance of winning if she avoids Vika.
But again,it will be hard since she isn't in good form at the moment. I hope she raises her form in IW :cheer:

~MashyOwnThemAll
Feb 15th, 2012, 02:26 PM
I want her to stay hell away from Vika or Woz in a final of IW/Miami. She just gets too tense in finals(5-7 since comeback), but she's won Tokyo,Memphis,Strasbourg,Rome & Cincy. She's lost Toronto, Birmingham, Stanford, Cincy, Miami, WImbledon & AO.

She can beat Wozniacki if she's in form, but she is still far from an easy match up for her. It's basically 50-50.
When it comes to Azarenka, I don't want her to play Maria ever, but of course that is impossible :lol: She is the absolute worst match up for Maria, Azarenka's last 3 wins were 6-4 6-1, 6-1 6-4 and 6-3 6-0 :sobbing: The only person who can give her more consecutive beatdowns is probably Serena, but Serena plays too little to meet Maria very often anyway :lol:

So, a lighter draw would be appreciated in IW :hearts:

Well said. :worship:

Fighterpova
Feb 15th, 2012, 03:36 PM
Well said. :worship:

I hope that wasn't sarcastic :unsure:
Since I often get bashed when I point out Masha has weaknesses or is not in great form :lol:

Fighterpova
Feb 15th, 2012, 03:37 PM
And just for the record, I'm not saying anything bad, just that I don't want her to face Azarenka basically :shrug:

Wozniacki is definitely washed up by now :help: Another early round exit for her :tape:

Tennisvampire
Feb 15th, 2012, 03:42 PM
I wouldn't actually mind her facing Woz because Caro is in terrible form, she just lost in Doha to Safarova after having match points, and I can't help it, but feel happy :devil: Pushniacki doesn't stand a chance against any hard baseline in-form hitter. Vika on the other hand... I want revenge for AO, but Maria is still semi-long way from making that happen xD

~MashyOwnThemAll
Feb 15th, 2012, 03:50 PM
I hope that wasn't sarcastic :unsure:
Since I often get bashed when I point out Masha has weaknesses or is not in great form :lol:

Wasn't. ;) She can not play well against her for years so that's all true. :lol:

Yeah I know, in turn before the AO while that EXO match against Vesnina - on some of your post i just was :haha: like 'unbeaten exo queen over' and about her dress/shoe favoreds etc. i cant recall :)

Fighterpova
Feb 15th, 2012, 03:58 PM
That was obviously trolling plus I was pissed of she lost to Vesnina twice in a row :facepalm:
Vesnina sucks so much she won 1 game vs Niculescu :help: :rolls:

~MashyOwnThemAll
Feb 15th, 2012, 04:00 PM
That was obviously trolling plus I was pissed of she lost to Vesnina twice in a row :facepalm:
Vesnina sucks so much she won 1 game vs Niculescu :help: :rolls:

I know, i mean i loved that humor but the others don't. :lol:

18majors
Feb 15th, 2012, 04:11 PM
Got to admire Maria that New York Fashion Week this week and Indian Wells in 3 weeks. So many balls in the air that she balances all the time.

Come to think about it, it's unfair for her to compete with full time jocks like Azarenka and Kvitova. Maria can't afford to become as strong because she can't lose her model look.

It will be near miracles if Maria wins more slam titles but will continue to hope for it.

Fighterpova
Feb 15th, 2012, 04:25 PM
Got to admire Maria that New York Fashion Week this week and Indian Wells in 3 weeks. So many balls in the air that she balances all the time.

Come to think about it, it's unfair for her to compete with full time jocks like Azarenka and Kvitova. Maria can't afford to become as strong because she can't lose her model look.

It will be near miracles if Maria wins more slam titles but will continue to hope for it.

:o
I may be harsh on Maria sometimes, but I am still very positive about her chances. Look at where she was exactly a year ago- #18 in the world, without a Slam QF in 3 years, lost to Arn in Auckland, got demolished by petkovic in AO and suffered a humiliating loss to Razzano in Fed Cup :facepalm:
Not to mention she was completely out of form and ill, she even missed 2 months of play :help:

A year later, she is ranked #2 in the world, with a Slam semi and 2 finals, wins over #1 Wozniacki, #4 Azarenka(at that time), #2 Kvitova, 2 big titles, many great results too.

She improving slowly and is very shaky in finals, but there will come a day when she will be ready and the mental barrier that's kept her from reaching her full form since comeback will be gone and she will win a Slam again.

Kvitova's career is just starting so it's easier now, but look at Azarenka, Li, Stosur, Schiavone who have been at the top for ages and couldn't win a Slam, but they finally did it when their head clicked.

Same thing with Maria to be honest, we just have to wait and hope it will be soon :angel:

madmax
Feb 15th, 2012, 04:34 PM
Masha just has a mental barrier in finals these days it seems - the last (and only) convincing final match she played was against her pigeon Shanksur in Rome for christ sake. Other than that, her form has been absolutely horrible in those deciding matches...I just hope that she finally shakes it off, because I don't want her to become another Lendl of WTA:help:

~MashyOwnThemAll
Feb 15th, 2012, 04:42 PM
Well now, i need to agree with 18majors. :sad:



She improving slowly and is very shaky in finals, but there will come a day when she will be ready and the mental barrier that's kept her from reaching her full form since comeback will be gone and she will win a Slam again.

The problem with this, there is no time for her. Maybe She'll stay on the tour for more 1-2 years but from now, her body is no longer fit enough to deal with those tanks into the late stages. If after all, then mentaly just... :tape:


Kvitova's career is just starting so it's easier now, but look at Azarenka, Li, Stosur, Schiavone who have been at the top for ages and couldn't win a Slam, but they finally did it when their head clicked.


Yes, but you forgot something: they not suffered a rotator cuff injury at age of 20. Of course the stars of nowadays would be out of top 100 forever after an operation like that.

Trih
Feb 15th, 2012, 05:08 PM
Kvitova's career is just starting so it's easier now, but look at Azarenka, Li, Stosur, Schiavone who have been at the top for ages and couldn't win a Slam, but they finally did it when their head clicked.


Vika is only 23 this year, like Petra, and they won a slam at 22.
They are very different from Li, Stosur and Schiavone who won their first slam at 27 or 29. ;)

JamieOwen3
Feb 15th, 2012, 05:24 PM
Some people talk about Maria like she's 29 or 29 sometimes :lol:

madmax
Feb 15th, 2012, 05:27 PM
you still have delusional WS stans who are dreaming of their faves winning slams being 31+ years of age, yet some of Maria fans are writing her off at the age of 24...we sure aren't greedy fanbase, now are we?

~MashyOwnThemAll
Feb 15th, 2012, 05:42 PM
be skeptical about her slam chances in the future does not mean writing her off. ;) She is the world nr.2 ffs :worship:

but you need to see: thx my God, the wta is so shit for years otherwise there would be no chance for her to grab a new slam in the old WTA :lol: Ok, she started to play on a new level this year (:hearts:) whats is much closer to her pre-surgery form than the post~ so we'll see. :)

JamieOwen3
Feb 15th, 2012, 05:48 PM
you still have delusional WS stans who are dreaming of their faves winning slams being 31+ years of age, yet some of Maria fans are writing her off at the age of 24...we sure aren't greedy fanbase, now are we?


Max if no one mentioned the WS don't bring it up, why talk like that if there's no need to? Just believe in Maria is all we need to. She's been to the final in the last 2 of 3 slams and the other Serena was there. As a WS and Maria fan those kinds of post piss me right off. No offence meant but you could cool it down a little if there's no reason for it.

madmax
Feb 15th, 2012, 06:15 PM
Max if no one mentioned the WS don't bring it up, why talk like that if there's no need to? Just believe in Maria is all we need to. She's been to the final in the last 2 of 3 slams and the other Serena was there. As a WS and Maria fan those kinds of post piss me right off. No offence meant but you could cool it down a little if there's no reason for it.

it's OK Jamie - usually I don't mention WS in my posts at all and I know that you seem to be a fan of one of them for some obscure reason, so from now on I'll just keep my opinion on them away from SS:lol: I guess I just find this lack of belief in some of Maria fans a bit irritating, when we have stans of old farts dreaming about multiple slams still...

JamieOwen3
Feb 15th, 2012, 06:30 PM
We should just TRY at least keeping the positivity alive in here instead on drifting on what other fanbases think is what i mean. We know Maria can do it again and i said after australia i believe it will happen, it's only a matter of time.

jameshazza
Feb 15th, 2012, 07:51 PM
This ffs. Next season Masha, Vika and Petra will more than likely be the only three players truly contending for Slams. NID Vika will be injured for a few future GSs and they both could be upset. Masha has IMO at least 15 more slams where she will be able to play at a high level. C'mon guys if Na/Stosur/Fran can sneak slams are you really gonna write Masha off. In fact IMO she still has two years to just continue to improve her game before worrying about another slam.

Also, Vika and Petra aren't experienced enough on clay, there's a reason why at RG'11 Masha was the youngest in the SF and at Wimbly'11 Masha was the oldest in the SF. Petra/Vika will have to learn the lessons Masha did in her career with regards to clay.

Also, if anything we shouldn't be hooked up on the slams this year as although I feel she could still be a top player by the time the next OG comes around, she should look to win them now.

Maria has consistently proved me wrong since she came back, and done so at the most unexpected times. Before last year who ever thought she'd be a realistic favourite for RG. Also, I thought she's never win AO again 'cus its at the beginning of the season and we all know how Masha relies on matches and momentum for form. But yet despite no match play and coming off an injury she shows up with the pre-op attitude of "It doesn't matter if I haven't played - I'm Maria Fucking Sharapova and I'm making the second week." Do you really that loss against Vika will crush her mentally. Please, she's suffered worse defeats from better players.

Keep the Faith Bitches, time is not running out.

dsanders06
Feb 15th, 2012, 08:52 PM
I just want her to stay away from Wozniacki and Azarenka in IW.

Oh I don't. I want her to play and beat Azarenka in IW (preferrably in the semis). If she wants to win a Slam this year, there's a strong chance she's going to have to go through Azarenka to get it, so there's no point just hoping to avoid her :shrug: She needs to get a win over her in one of the smaller events so that she has confidence when she goes up against her in a Slam.

Maria would have little difficulty against Woz at this point, let's be serious :lol: I mean Woz is a shadow of the player she was even when Maria brushed her aside in Rome (making the semis at that tournament was Wozniacki's second-best Tier1 result in the entire past 12 months :happy: ). I really want her to play Kvitova again too - the AO win was a little too close for comfort, and I want her to make a statement that she's capable of outplaying her rather than just outfighting her.

I'd probably pick IW over Miami for her to win, purely because I wouldn't like her chances of winning Miami if she'd just gone deep in IW the week before...I doubt her stamina would be up to it. Even in 2006, when she was near-unbeatable on hardcourts, she eventually ran out of steam over those 4 weeks and played a horrible last couple of matches in Miami. Yeah, dream scenario for me this year would be a win in IW beating Azarenka and Kvitova, then a respectable 3-set defeat to Kim in the QFs of Miami, or something like that :inlove:

jameshazza
Feb 15th, 2012, 09:00 PM
Oh I don't. I want her to play and beat Azarenka in IW (preferrably in the semis). If she wants to win a Slam this year, there's a strong chance she's going to have to go through Azarenka to get it, so there's no point just hoping to avoid her :shrug: She needs to get a win over her in one of the smaller events so that she has confidence when she goes up against her in a Slam.

Maria would have little difficulty against Woz at this point, let's be serious :lol: I mean Woz is a shadow of the player she was even when Maria brushed her aside in Rome (making the semis at that tournament was Wozniacki's second-best Tier1 result in the entire past 12 months :happy: ). I really want her to play Kvitova again too - the AO win was a little too close for comfort, and I want her to make a statement that she's capable of outplaying her rather than just outfighting her.

I'd probably pick IW over Miami for her to win, purely because I wouldn't like her chances of winning Miami if she'd just gone deep in IW the week before...I doubt her stamina would be up to it. Even in 2006, when she was near-unbeatable on hardcourts, she eventually ran out of steam over those 4 weeks and played a horrible last couple of matches in Miami. Yeah, dream scenario for me this year would be a win in IW beating Azarenka and Kvitova, then a respectable 7-6,7-5 defeat to I always find it hard to decide who she can lose to in the QFs of Miami, or something like that :inlove:
:angel: The 3 set Queen could never...

Tennisvampire
Feb 15th, 2012, 09:04 PM
This ffs. Next season Masha, Vika and Petra will more than likely be the only three players truly contending for Slams. NID Vika will be injured for a few future GSs and they both could be upset. Masha has IMO at least 15 more slams where she will be able to play at a high level. C'mon guys if Na/Stosur/Fran can sneak slams are you really gonna write Masha off. In fact IMO she still has two years to just continue to improve her game before worrying about another slam.

Also, Vika and Petra aren't experienced enough on clay, there's a reason why at RG'11 Masha was the youngest in the SF and at Wimbly'11 Masha was the oldest in the SF. Petra/Vika will have to learn the lessons Masha did in her career with regards to clay.

Also, if anything we shouldn't be hooked up on the slams this year as although I feel she could still be a top player by the time the next OG comes around, she should look to win them now.

Maria has consistently proved me wrong since she came back, and done so at the most unexpected times. Before last year who ever thought she'd be a realistic favourite for RG. Also, I thought she's never win AO again 'cus its at the beginning of the season and we all know how Masha relies on matches and momentum for form. But yet despite no match play and coming off an injury she shows up with the pre-op attitude of "It doesn't matter if I haven't played - I'm Maria Fucking Sharapova and I'm making the second week." Do you really that loss against Vika will crush her mentally. Please, she's suffered worse defeats from better players.

Keep the Faith Bitches, time is not running out.

Well said :D Maybe I'm too optimistic, but I really think she has a great chance of winning RG some time in the next couple of years, mainly because of Petra's and Vika's mentioned inexperience on the surface :)

Tennisvampire
Feb 15th, 2012, 09:07 PM
:angel: The 3 set Queen could never...

3-set Queen ruined couple of days of my life with that loss to Penneta. Not only did she lose after working so hard to come back, but she also lost to one of the close-to-the-top players I can't stand :fiery: But, it was the only one, after all :bounce:

Trih
Feb 15th, 2012, 09:13 PM
Oh I don't. I want her to play and beat Azarenka in IW (preferrably in the semis). If she wants to win a Slam this year, there's a strong chance she's going to have to go through Azarenka to get it, so there's no point just hoping to avoid her :shrug: She needs to get a win over her in one of the smaller events so that she has confidence when she goes up against her in a Slam.

Maria would have little difficulty against Woz at this point, let's be serious :lol: I mean Woz is a shadow of the player she was even when Maria brushed her aside in Rome (making the semis at that tournament was Wozniacki's second-best Tier1 result in the entire past 12 months :happy: ). I really want her to play Kvitova again too - the AO win was a little too close for comfort, and I want her to make a statement that she's capable of outplaying her rather than just outfighting her.


Absolutely. :bowdown: You wrote exactly what I think about Petra and Vika, and Caro too. And the proof about Caro is today's loss against Safarova. :shrug:
Maria can't dream about winning slam having the luck to avoid Vika and Petra who are the other 2 dominating players right now, she has to improve her game to beat them. And she already proved she can in AO SF, so I think she's on the right way but she needs to keep on the good work.

Qetusi
Feb 15th, 2012, 09:23 PM
Oh I don't. I want her to play and beat Azarenka in IW (preferrably in the semis). If she wants to win a Slam this year, there's a strong chance she's going to have to go through Azarenka to get it, so there's no point just hoping to avoid her :shrug: She needs to get a win over her in one of the smaller events so that she has confidence when she goes up against her in a Slam.

Maria would have little difficulty against Woz at this point, let's be serious :lol: I mean Woz is a shadow of the player she was even when Maria brushed her aside in Rome (making the semis at that tournament was Wozniacki's second-best Tier1 result in the entire past 12 months :happy: ). I really want her to play Kvitova again too - the AO win was a little too close for comfort, and I want her to make a statement that she's capable of outplaying her rather than just outfighting her.

I'd probably pick IW over Miami for her to win, purely because I wouldn't like her chances of winning Miami if she'd just gone deep in IW the week before...I doubt her stamina would be up to it. Even in 2006, when she was near-unbeatable on hardcourts, she eventually ran out of steam over those 4 weeks and played a horrible last couple of matches in Miami. Yeah, dream scenario for me this year would be a win in IW beating Azarenka and Kvitova, then a respectable 3-set defeat to Kim in the QFs of Miami, or something like that :inlove:

But Masha is much stronger physically now, then she was even 2006 and may be stronger then ever http://imgsrv2.tennisuniverse.com/wtaworld/images/smilies/shrug.gif

last year she had some realy tough/long matches but she maneged to reach IW SF and Miami F

IW

R128 Bye
R64 Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) 7-5 6-7(3) 6-1
R32 Aravane Rezai (FRA) 6-2 6-2
R16 Dinara Safina (RUS) 6-2, 6-0
QF Shuai Peng (CHN) 6-2 5-7 6-3
SF Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) 1-6 2-6

Miami

R128 Bye
R64 Martic, Petra (CRO) 6-3 6-2
R32 Lisicki, Sabine (GER) 6-2 6-0
R16 (4) Stosur, Samantha (AUS) 6-4 6-1
Q (26) Dulgheru, Alexandra (ROU) 3-6 7-6(6) 7-6(5)
S (21) Petkovic, Andrea (GER) 3-6 6-0 6-2
F (8) Azarenka, Victoria (BLR) 1-6 4-6

dsanders06
Feb 15th, 2012, 11:02 PM
:angel: The 3 set Queen could never...

:lol: Good point. A close, respectable straight-sets defeat in the QFs of Miami (after storming to the IW title) it is, then :hearts:

Maria can't dream about winning slam having the luck to avoid Vika and Petra who are the other 2 dominating players right now, she has to improve her game to beat them. And she already proved she can in AO SF, so I think she's on the right way but she needs to keep on the good work.

My thoughts exactly.

Sp!ffy
Feb 16th, 2012, 04:39 AM
it's OK Jamie - usually I don't mention WS in my posts at all and I know that you seem to be a fan of one of them for some obscure reason, so from now on I'll just keep my opinion on them away from SS:lol: I guess I just find this lack of belief in some of Maria fans a bit irritating, when we have stans of old farts dreaming about multiple slams still...

:lol::lol::lol:

gc-spurs
Feb 16th, 2012, 04:59 AM
:lol::lol::lol:

:speakles: Spiffy's back

Sp!ffy
Feb 16th, 2012, 05:05 AM
Don't draw attention....:secret:

Steven.
Feb 16th, 2012, 05:35 AM
spiffy!!!! :hearts:

lefty24
Feb 16th, 2012, 06:08 AM
Someone needs to tell Miloti!
He was just Expressing his love for Spiffy a couPle weeks ago.
Anyways welcome back!!!

Mistress of Evil
Feb 16th, 2012, 06:43 AM
Let the fun begin. :cheer:

Hopefully, it lasts a bit more than last time. :)

Mr.Sharapova
Feb 16th, 2012, 09:23 AM
Sp!ffy :inlove:. Great to have you back :cheer:.

JamieOwen3
Feb 16th, 2012, 11:07 AM
:lol: yo sp!iffy behave from now on you bitch :p :haha:

i know it's hard :oh:

perseus2006
Feb 16th, 2012, 11:34 AM
IW could work out well. Pova has a reality check on her training at a Mar 5 exhibition v Woz and then several days to spiff up her game for tournament play.

lefty24
Feb 16th, 2012, 04:38 PM
IW could work out well. Pova has a reality check on her training at a Mar 5 exhibition v Woz and then several days to spiff up her game for tournament play.

Is anyone going to that exhibition?
I still need to buy tickets.

18majors
Feb 16th, 2012, 04:55 PM
Is anyone going to that exhibition?
I still need to buy tickets.

It isn't cheap:

https://www.ticketmaster.com/checkout/order?v=wB5sjF4mu0zXH3X8bEEoPtt6b2t0EWvLNUsqTp-KlBaSX6O94PUinkq0HkREDm1RSNGjfoFO-6penNFC4EF59PIYS4pcffhV_sPuu7zncjJanIhkKckVnhxqTi9 522O2Yw

Charlatan
Feb 16th, 2012, 06:04 PM
I completely love it when maria fans start having some serious discussion on her chances in slam finals and her potential matches against vika and petra :cheer:

Believe me, she will follow the steps of Ivanovic after her loss in 08 AO final and of Na Li after her loss in 11 AO final. Of course, on the soil of the almighty clay in Roland Garros :dance:

on a serious note, i have some thoughts, which are irrelevant to this post: why maria volleys (especially touch volleys) are so fucking underrated? I have been watching almost all of her highlights and damn, she has been showing some lovely touch at the end since she came out on scene in 2004. People talk like she can barely move her hands to touch with a ball at the net

lefty24
Feb 16th, 2012, 06:44 PM
It isn't cheap:

https://www.ticketmaster.com/checkout/order?v=wB5sjF4mu0zXH3X8bEEoPtt6b2t0EWvLNUsqTp-KlBaSX6O94PUinkq0HkREDm1RSNGjfoFO-6penNFC4EF59PIYS4pcffhV_sPuu7zncjJanIhkKckVnhxqTi9 522O2Yw

Sadly that's why I haven't bought tickets yet.
Madison Square Garden is huge and even the seats at the very top are pricey.

Sp!ffy
Feb 17th, 2012, 03:17 AM
:lol: yo sp!iffy behave from now on you bitch :p :haha:

i know it's hard :oh:

I'll try.........:devil:

No, but really. The SS needs me too much to be banned. :hug:

JoPova
Feb 18th, 2012, 11:23 AM
How many days left till IW? :D

Fighterpova
Feb 18th, 2012, 11:29 AM
How many days left till IW? :D

Around 16, I think :shrug:

JoPova
Feb 18th, 2012, 11:39 AM
Around 16, I think :shrug:

It's not that long! :cheer: Maria will start practising and getting ready for it soon!

Tennisvampire
Feb 18th, 2012, 01:41 PM
I completely love it when maria fans start having some serious discussion on her chances in slam finals and her potential matches against vika and petra :cheer:

Believe me, she will follow the steps of Ivanovic after her loss in 08 AO final and of Na Li after her loss in 11 AO final. Of course, on the soil of the almighty clay in Roland Garros :dance:

on a serious note, i have some thoughts, which are irrelevant to this post: why maria volleys (especially touch volleys) are so fucking underrated? I have been watching almost all of her highlights and damn, she has been showing some lovely touch at the end since she came out on scene in 2004. People talk like she can barely move her hands to touch with a ball at the net

For start, because she is the queen of drive volleys :D As far as I'm concerned, she is the one who made that shot popular in women's tennis. Seriously, ever noticed how men use it a lot less frequently? xD On the other hand, I remember that when I watched her Wimbledon final against Serena, I wondered why doesn't she play "regular" volleys anymore? Nowadays, it's like they don't even exist in her game, every net appearance is about the drives... Although, when she was playing Kerber in Paris, she did look like she was trying to get some of it back in her game, with drop shots, and more frequent net play. Plus, I barely ever see her hit a smash, she always waits for some higher version of the drive. Kind of understood why when she missed one routine against Azarenka at AO. Now, to conclude this semi-long observation of her game xD I really think that she should work on implementing more of net play in her game. She even has the perfect constitution for it. Remember Venus? She didn't have the most perfect volleys, but her arms were so long that it was nearly impossible to pass her unless the passing shot was perfect. Maria is sort of the same, she is really tall, which can only help her net game. Plus, as much as I love her aggressive baseline play, her life on the tennis court would be so much easier if she could finish the point with a good volley. This would work tremendously well against players like Vika and Woz. And she would definitely lower the chances of missing the next shot all the way from the baseline. She should add diversity in the net game for sure, before it was like "oh, she's preparing for a drive-great, I know she's not gonna miss it", and nowadays it's more like "oh, a drive-c'mon, concentrate and please don't miss it".
lol, this turned out to be a really long post :oh:

lefty24
Feb 18th, 2012, 04:02 PM
For start, because she is the queen of drive volleys :D As far as I'm concerned, she is the one who made that shot popular in women's tennis. Seriously, ever noticed how men use it a lot less frequently? xD On the other hand, I remember that when I watched her Wimbledon final against Serena, I wondered why doesn't she play "regular" volleys anymore? Nowadays, it's like they don't even exist in her game, every net appearance is about the drives... Although, when she was playing Kerber in Paris, she did look like she was trying to get some of it back in her game, with drop shots, and more frequent net play. Plus, I barely ever see her hit a smash, she always waits for some higher version of the drive. Kind of understood why when she missed one routine against Azarenka at AO. Now, to conclude this semi-long observation of her game xD I really think that she should work on implementing more of net play in her game. She even has the perfect constitution for it. Remember Venus? She didn't have the most perfect volleys, but her arms were so long that it was nearly impossible to pass her unless the passing shot was perfect. Maria is sort of the same, she is really tall, which can only help her net game. Plus, as much as I love her aggressive baseline play, her life on the tennis court would be so much easier if she could finish the point with a good volley. This would work tremendously well against players like Vika and Woz. And she would definitely lower the chances of missing the next shot all the way from the baseline. She should add diversity in the net game for sure, before it was like "oh, she's preparing for a drive-great, I know she's not gonna miss it", and nowadays it's more like "oh, a drive-c'mon, concentrate and please don't miss it".
lol, this turned out to be a really long post :oh:

this post is :worship::worship::worship:
well said!!!

goldlion
Feb 18th, 2012, 10:50 PM
The only difference between Maria and Vika&Petra is her quickness.

Azarenka is playing the best tennis of her career at the moment and when you're firing the balls, you are always a step quicker and more precise than your opponent. And that's what she's been doing. But I'm sure it won't last long as Djokovic of course.

Kvitova compensates her quickness by her ball strikes. Being a lefty and tall, she is able to create awkward angles and generates tremendous racquethead speed and depth and her opponent is often put out of position. To beat her you have to be on top of her in terms of running speed and retrieving because she can really miss an easy ball if you managed to just put it back in.

Maria's game has no problem but she can't really produce on big occasion. The consistency is still not there. What I like about her game at this moment is that she gives more variation to her service direction and she seems to be able to control her serve now which is a must if you wanna win big. Her forehand is lethal when on and backhand is brilliant. But she seems to take her drive volley away from her game now and let it bounce instead. I don't know why but she should definitely bring it back.

18majors
Feb 18th, 2012, 11:50 PM
The only difference between Maria and Vika&Petra is her quickness.

Azarenka is playing the best tennis of her career at the moment and when you're firing the balls, you are always a step quicker and more precise than your opponent. And that's what she's been doing. But I'm sure it won't last long as Djokovic of course.

Kvitova compensates her quickness by her ball strikes. Being a lefty and tall, she is able to create awkward angles and generates tremendous racquethead speed and depth and her opponent is often put out of position. To beat her you have to be on top of her in terms of running speed and retrieving because she can really miss an easy ball if you managed to just put it back in.

Maria's game has no problem but she can't really produce on big occasion. The consistency is still not there. What I like about her game at this moment is that she gives more variation to her service direction and she seems to be able to control her serve now which is a must if you wanna win big. Her forehand is lethal when on and backhand is brilliant. But she seems to take her drive volley away from her game now and let it bounce instead. I don't know why but she should definitely bring it back.

We'll certainly know whether Maria can compete with either Azarenka or Kvitova in the next 6-9 months.

Charlatan
Feb 19th, 2012, 04:45 AM
For start, because she is the queen of drive volleys :D As far as I'm concerned, she is the one who made that shot popular in women's tennis. Seriously, ever noticed how men use it a lot less frequently? xD On the other hand, I remember that when I watched her Wimbledon final against Serena, I wondered why doesn't she play "regular" volleys anymore? Nowadays, it's like they don't even exist in her game, every net appearance is about the drives... Although, when she was playing Kerber in Paris, she did look like she was trying to get some of it back in her game, with drop shots, and more frequent net play. Plus, I barely ever see her hit a smash, she always waits for some higher version of the drive. Kind of understood why when she missed one routine against Azarenka at AO. Now, to conclude this semi-long observation of her game xD I really think that she should work on implementing more of net play in her game. She even has the perfect constitution for it. Remember Venus? She didn't have the most perfect volleys, but her arms were so long that it was nearly impossible to pass her unless the passing shot was perfect. Maria is sort of the same, she is really tall, which can only help her net game. Plus, as much as I love her aggressive baseline play, her life on the tennis court would be so much easier if she could finish the point with a good volley. This would work tremendously well against players like Vika and Woz. And she would definitely lower the chances of missing the next shot all the way from the baseline. She should add diversity in the net game for sure, before it was like "oh, she's preparing for a drive-great, I know she's not gonna miss it", and nowadays it's more like "oh, a drive-c'mon, concentrate and please don't miss it".
lol, this turned out to be a really long post :oh:

nice observation. but a few things, though: she went for more net plays back in 2004 than she'd now, and as the year passes by, her net game just keeps dwindling, almost to the point that it'd have been completely gone from her game. And it's become such a generalized statement that sharapova sucks at net, sharapova "never" volleys, sharapova "can't" volley, etc. after going through most of her matches since a few weeks ago, that ignorant comment about her sucky net play is not totally true.

like i said, she has amazing touch. severely underrated in that department. and that's probably why i decided to compile those shots from her and made a video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEMw8XK6Jao&feature=g-all-lik&context=G2e3f046FAAAAAAAAAAA

for god's sake, an oversmash never should be the problem for her, considering her tall ass length :tape: it always makes me wonder why she bothers hitting those laborious drive volleys instead of making quick smashes.

about the venus comparison, venus is much more athletic and her body is considerably more robust than sharapova..so we just can't apply the same case to maria here. but again, most of the missed volleys from maria when players on the other side hit the passing shot is because she didn't even bother to stretch her frigging arms for whatever reason :rolleyes: it looks like her not trying to risk and stretch and hit volleys, rather than being unable to do so.

but overall, looks like she would add much more to her game, especially under thomas' coaching. we can evidently see it when she is on clay. she tries to hit drop shots, come to net more often on clay than she usually does on other surfaces.

jameshazza
Feb 19th, 2012, 05:01 AM
@sickfalsetto Great Vid!

doooma6816
Feb 19th, 2012, 09:24 PM
thanks for video, many amazing volleys!

Tennisvampire
Feb 20th, 2012, 09:42 PM
this post is :worship::worship::worship:
well said!!!
Thanks ;)
nice observation. but a few things, though: she went for more net plays back in 2004 than she'd now, and as the year passes by, her net game just keeps dwindling, almost to the point that it'd have been completely gone from her game. And it's become such a generalized statement that sharapova sucks at net, sharapova "never" volleys, sharapova "can't" volley, etc. after going through most of her matches since a few weeks ago, that ignorant comment about her sucky net play is not totally true.

like i said, she has amazing touch. severely underrated in that department. and that's probably why i decided to compile those shots from her and made a video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEMw8XK6Jao&feature=g-all-lik&context=G2e3f046FAAAAAAAAAAA

for god's sake, an oversmash never should be the problem for her, considering her tall ass length :tape: it always makes me wonder why she bothers hitting those laborious drive volleys instead of making quick smashes.

about the venus comparison, venus is much more athletic and her body is considerably more robust than sharapova..so we just can't apply the same case to maria here. but again, most of the missed volleys from maria when players on the other side hit the passing shot is because she didn't even bother to stretch her frigging arms for whatever reason :rolleyes: it looks like her not trying to risk and stretch and hit volleys, rather than being unable to do so.

but overall, looks like she would add much more to her game, especially under thomas' coaching. we can evidently see it when she is on clay. she tries to hit drop shots, come to net more often on clay than she usually does on other surfaces.

I never said she can't volley, but you are totally right, she has an amazing touch, and some of her drop volleys are just... :hearts: But like I said, she doesn't use regular volleys a lot, which is really a shame.

Smash is one of the biggest mysteries about her game for me... I mean clearly, she doesn't feel comfortable hitting it, but I really can't see a reason for that. She is so tall, it should be easier for her :confused: I thought it might have something to do with the shoulder, but I play tennis, and a smash is very, very similar to a service motion, except that the serve is more elongated. And she got the serve pretty much under control now, so no reason to not do the same with a smash.

I compared her to Venus because of their height, but Venus was definitely more athletic, there's no question about that. Still, when Maria is forced or when she chooses to go to the net, her positioning is just... Terrible usually. It's actually rare when somebody passes her with a winner, she usually hits the ball with her frame. But, I got the same feeling as you did, like she could stretch more for those balls. But positioning, positioning, positioning!!! And another thing that baffles me: her movement after she hits a drop shot. Those shots are usually pretty good, if not even great, but God forbid if her opponent barely gets it back inside, she misses easy balls, because she didn't move an inch from the spot form which she played the shot...

All in all, I say bring the net game! ;) Like I previously wrote, I think it would help a lot in finishing off the points against pushers, primarily Woz. If she could implement that in her game, and work a little bit more on her speed and foot work, she can become the Killer Masha that she was back in '08 (AO '08 :hearts::hearts::hearts::hearts:)

jameshazza
Feb 22nd, 2012, 02:16 AM
I know this starts during the week beginning March 5 but I'm near sure the actual play doesn't start till the Wednesday or Thursday, and as Masha gets a bye her first match is what Saturday/Sunday? at the earliest? Am i right :shrug:

Mr.Sharapova
Feb 22nd, 2012, 09:46 AM
Thanks ;)


I never said she can't volley, but you are totally right, she has an amazing touch, and some of her drop volleys are just... :hearts: But like I said, she doesn't use regular volleys a lot, which is really a shame.

Smash is one of the biggest mysteries about her game for me... I mean clearly, she doesn't feel comfortable hitting it, but I really can't see a reason for that. She is so tall, it should be easier for her :confused: I thought it might have something to do with the shoulder, but I play tennis, and a smash is very, very similar to a service motion, except that the serve is more elongated. And she got the serve pretty much under control now, so no reason to not do the same with a smash.

I compared her to Venus because of their height, but Venus was definitely more athletic, there's no question about that. Still, when Maria is forced or when she chooses to go to the net, her positioning is just... Terrible usually. It's actually rare when somebody passes her with a winner, she usually hits the ball with her frame. But, I got the same feeling as you did, like she could stretch more for those balls. But positioning, positioning, positioning!!! And another thing that baffles me: her movement after she hits a drop shot. Those shots are usually pretty good, if not even great, but God forbid if her opponent barely gets it back inside, she misses easy balls, because she didn't move an inch from the spot form which she played the shot...

All in all, I say bring the net game! ;) Like I previously wrote, I think it would help a lot in finishing off the points against pushers, primarily Woz. If she could implement that in her game, and work a little bit more on her speed and foot work, she can become the Killer Masha that she was back in '08 (AO '08 :hearts::hearts::hearts::hearts:)

She will bring her net game for clay don't worry :yeah:. Last year she was playing so good on the surface. Can't wait to see this year how she plays.

Tennisvampire
Feb 22nd, 2012, 04:26 PM
She will bring her net game for clay don't worry :yeah:. Last year she was playing so good on the surface. Can't wait to see this year how she plays.

I agree :D Clay Maria was perhaps her best tennis from last year (despite Wimbly final). Although, that match against Li... :rolleyes: Gosh, I just want her so much to win that freakin' Roland, and after that she can do whatever she wants xD But, seriously, how many players have won all 4 Slams winning only once at each tournament? :worship:

Btw, she will probably stay second, due to Petra's withdrawals from Doha and Dubai, right? So no Vika until the final, and then hopefully REVENGE :fiery: Btw, Vika finally realized that she couldn't have possibly kept the pace that she set up, with all the tournaments she planned to play, so she withdrew from Dubai as well. Now I can cheer for JJ's comeback, or Sam's and Sabine's good result :D Pretty much, I'll take anything except Woz :bounce:

jameshazza
Feb 22nd, 2012, 11:32 PM
I agree :D Clay Maria was perhaps her best tennis from last year (despite Wimbly final). Although, that match against Li... :rolleyes: Gosh, I just want her so much to win that freakin' Roland, and after that she can do whatever she wants xD But, seriously, how many players have won all 4 Slams winning only once at each tournament? :worship:



I'm pretty sure she'd be the first, think everyone who has won all four have achieved it on their 5th or 6th Slam title at the earliest. :shrug:

pedropt
Feb 23rd, 2012, 12:43 AM
Meanwhile, and according to TBE, Maria has entered Charleston :cheer:

jameshazza
Feb 23rd, 2012, 12:48 AM
Meanwhile, and according to TBE, Maria has entered Charleston :cheer:

Charleston, Stuttgart, Madrid, Rome and RG is her clay court schedule now then, there is no way she will play all of them. I think she'll play Charleston maybe 'cus she's missed it past couple of times but she committed to Stuttgart at the beginning of the year and it would suit her preparation for RG better. Plus, its red clay.

Fighterpova
Feb 23rd, 2012, 01:47 AM
Charleston and Stuttgart, really? :lol:
She'll probably play in Madrid and Rome only :)

s teddy
Feb 23rd, 2012, 01:48 AM
Playing all of those tournaments would mean that she would play for three straight months with only three weeks off. I seriously doubt that's going to happen. I only see her playing Charleston if she loses early in Miami (which obviously isn't going to happen, right?).

pedropt
Feb 23rd, 2012, 01:51 AM
The irony is that Karolina is not defending her title...

jameshazza
Feb 23rd, 2012, 04:47 AM
I actually cannot bear waiting for this tournament any more. February/April are by far the dullest months on tour :o

Tennisvampire
Feb 23rd, 2012, 08:21 AM
Charleston, Stuttgart, Madrid, Rome and RG is her clay court schedule now then, there is no way she will play all of them. I think she'll play Charleston maybe 'cus she's missed it past couple of times but she committed to Stuttgart at the beginning of the year and it would suit her preparation for RG better. Plus, its red clay.

lol, there's no way she is going to play all those tournaments, I really don't think she could take it physically, especially if she gets through to the later stages of each tournament (hopefully :rolleyes:). She'll definitely play Rome and Madrid since they are the biggest two clay court events before RG, and maybe Charleston/Stutgart. The problem with clay court season is that it's not very long, and there are strong tournaments practically every week. But, I see something else in this schedule: our girl is trying to get as many matches on clay as she can :D So, maybe she is preparing herself to attack that Roland :hearts: A girl can only hope that she is :rolleyes:

The irony is that Karolina is not defending her title...

:haha: Caro not playing a tournament with decent amount of points? We must be headed for the end of the world xDD
I actually cannot bear waiting for this tournament any more. February/April are by far the dullest months on tour :o

I can't wait either, but I've accepted the fact that my faves can't always play. And I think it's better if they take some time off, and then storm through an important tournament, than do something like Maria did with Paris :rolleyes: Case in point-Nole and 2011 :hearts:

MM_1257
Feb 23rd, 2012, 12:06 PM
Whuuuut? Charleston? Why that all of a sudden? Naaah, doubt she'll play all that. Her body needs rest.

nelsondan
Feb 23rd, 2012, 02:18 PM
I actually cannot bear waiting for this tournament any more. February/April are by far the dullest months on tour :o

Is it more, or less than 150 hours until Maria plays her next match? Let's see...24 times 7 is 168.....

Mistress of Evil
Feb 23rd, 2012, 02:22 PM
She is just probably fulfilling her obligation as a TOP 10 player to enter two Premiers. :shrug: She didn't play Brisbane so Stuttgart ain't enough, cannot come up with a more reasonable explanation of this WTF, out of the blue entry.

Qetusi
Feb 23rd, 2012, 03:16 PM
She is just probably fulfilling her obligation as a TOP 10 player to enter two Premiers. :shrug: She didn't play Brisbane so Stuttgart ain't enough, cannot come up with a more reasonable explanation of this WTF, out of the blue entry.

2 pramiers are enough http://imgsrv2.tennisuniverse.com/wtaworld/images/smilies/shrug.gif(Paris and Stuttgart)
Top 10 players choose 2 premiers to play and if they withdraw , they can't replace it with another tournament, ger 0 points in rankings (like Azarenka , Li, Petkovic in Dubai)

unfortunately , I don't know which premiers Maria choose, but Charleston, Stuttgart, Madrid, Rome will be too much clay for her
May be she plays Charleston if loses early in Miami http://imgsrv2.tennisuniverse.com/wtaworld/images/smilies/shrug.gif (but I think she won't )

Tennisvampire
Feb 23rd, 2012, 04:00 PM
lol, maybe she was just trying to be practical... If I lose in Miami, at least I'll score more time on clay (plus, it's in States, so she wouldn't have to travel too far away for that one). And after that, Europe's red clay, and hopefully good preparations for RG :cheer: But, I hope she's not thinking like this, that is not a winning attitude. I remember that she once said that she enters every tournament believing that she'll win, otherwise, it would be pointless to compete in the first place :worship:

dsanders06
Feb 23rd, 2012, 04:22 PM
Ugh, why is she entering Charleston. Green clay isn't going to help her atall...

Just Stuttgart-Madrid-Rome please.

Trih
Feb 23rd, 2012, 06:25 PM
I actually cannot bear waiting for this tournament any more. February/April are by far the dullest months on tour :o

UnPZRRT-ZGw

Mistress of Evil
Feb 23rd, 2012, 09:49 PM
2 pramiers are enough http://imgsrv2.tennisuniverse.com/wtaworld/images/smilies/shrug.gif(Paris and Stuttgart)
Top 10 players choose 2 premiers to play and if they withdraw , they can't replace it with another tournament, ger 0 points in rankings (like Azarenka , Li, Petkovic in Dubai)

unfortunately , I don't know which premiers Maria choose, but Charleston, Stuttgart, Madrid, Rome will be too much clay for her
May be she plays Charleston if loses early in Miami http://imgsrv2.tennisuniverse.com/wtaworld/images/smilies/shrug.gif (but I think she won't )

Oh, yes, my bad. :) Totally forgot erased from my memory that she played Paris. :oh:

JuliaMasha
Feb 24th, 2012, 12:36 AM
Hello everyone! I'm new here, please let me cheer for Masha here with you all :wavey:. Hope Masha will get good result in next tours :). My English is not really, so if i have any mistake, please overlook it :) Thank you!

I'm dying to see Masha on court. I really did not understand her decision about playing Paries and skipping 2 big Premier Doha and Dubai. Anyways, it was her decision, i completely respect it. Hope Masha have the best performances in IW:bounce::kiss:

lefty24
Feb 24th, 2012, 12:59 AM
Hello everyone! I'm new here, please let me cheer for Masha here with you all :wavey:. Hope Masha will get good result in next tours :). My English is not really, so if i have any mistake, please overlook it :) Thank you!

I'm dying to see Masha on court. I really did not understand her decision about playing Paries and skipping 2 big Premier Doha and Dubai. Anyways, it was her decision, i completely respect it. Hope Masha have the best performances in IW:bounce::kiss:

Welcome!!!! :wavey:
You're in for a ride.

Tennisvampire
Feb 24th, 2012, 09:42 PM
Hello everyone! I'm new here, please let me cheer for Masha here with you all :wavey:. Hope Masha will get good result in next tours :). My English is not really, so if i have any mistake, please overlook it :) Thank you!

I'm dying to see Masha on court. I really did not understand her decision about playing Paries and skipping 2 big Premier Doha and Dubai. Anyways, it was her decision, i completely respect it. Hope Masha have the best performances in IW:bounce::kiss:

Welcome :cheer:

Mr.Sharapova
Feb 24th, 2012, 10:28 PM
Hello everyone! I'm new here, please let me cheer for Masha here with you all :wavey:. Hope Masha will get good result in next tours :). My English is not really, so if i have any mistake, please overlook it :) Thank you!

I'm dying to see Masha on court. I really did not understand her decision about playing Paries and skipping 2 big Premier Doha and Dubai. Anyways, it was her decision, i completely respect it. Hope Masha have the best performances in IW:bounce::kiss:

Welcome :hug:.

Trih
Feb 24th, 2012, 10:42 PM
Welcome JuliaMasha :)

Steven.
Feb 25th, 2012, 04:00 PM
Masha better do some damage at Indian Wells. I'm really lusting for a title there.

Fighterpova
Feb 25th, 2012, 04:42 PM
Welcome JuliaMasha :cheer:
Hang on, it's going to be a bumpy ride :lol:

nelsondan
Feb 25th, 2012, 05:29 PM
Is it more, or less than 150 hours until Maria plays her next match? Let's see...24 times 7 is 168.....

Just adding 72 to 168,and a couple moe hours, I think it will be between 242 and 250 more hours. If she plays on Monday, instead of Tuesday, subtract 24 from that estimate.

jameshazza
Feb 26th, 2012, 06:55 AM
Just checked the website, first match will be Friday or Saturday. Only 2 weeks then... :hysteric:

Fighterpova
Feb 26th, 2012, 08:13 AM
Ugh, why is she entering Charleston. Green clay isn't going to help her atall...

Just Stuttgart-Madrid-Rome please.

Don;t worry :lol:
She'll withdraw from Charleston and Stuttgart probably.

Tennisvampire
Feb 26th, 2012, 10:10 PM
Just checked the website, first match will be Friday or Saturday. Only 2 weeks then... :hysteric:

2 weeks is too long :mad: I get really cranky when I don't get my regular dose of Masha matches xD I guess I can only pray that she is using this time off appropriately :rolleyes:

JoPova
Feb 27th, 2012, 03:37 PM
God, these last two tournaments (Dubai and Doha) have been so boring! All of my faves were either injured/unable to play or lost early! Can't wait to see Maria in Indian Wells! Talking about fashion, does anybody know something about her outfit?

perseus2006
Feb 29th, 2012, 10:20 AM
Pova is still playing Woz in an exhibition on Monday March 5, isn't she?

jameshazza
Feb 29th, 2012, 10:34 AM
Pova is still playing Woz in an exhibition on Monday March 5, isn't she?

Yup, keep forgetting about that actually :lol:

Shafanovic.
Feb 29th, 2012, 12:44 PM
Subscribe :)

Steven.
Feb 29th, 2012, 01:50 PM
Don;t worry :lol:
She'll withdraw from Charleston and Stuttgart probably.

Even though Stuttgart doesn't really help preparing for Rome/RG I actually hope she'll stick with her commitment because I absolutely love the tournament. It's probably my favourite tournament of the entire clay season (yes maybe even ahead of RG). Probably because it's indoors lol...

But yeah, Charleston is so useless. Leave it for the vultures or something. She is better off using that week to train harder and work on her all-court tennis and serve.

JoPova
Feb 29th, 2012, 05:35 PM
Pova is still playing Woz in an exhibition on Monday March 5, isn't she?

I totally forgot about that exhibition!!! Hopefully there'll be a stream so that we can follow it live! :hearts:

Tennisvampire
Feb 29th, 2012, 08:31 PM
Yes, hopefully we'll get to see her destroy Woz xD With the level of play that they showed so far in this season, I'm not asking for too much, I believe :devil:

Steven.
Mar 1st, 2012, 08:36 AM
who cares if she loses it's just an exhibition. Not gonna even bother watching it if it's on at a bad time :sobbing:

madmax
Mar 1st, 2012, 10:52 AM
who cares if she loses it's just an exhibition. Not gonna even bother watching it if it's on at a bad time :sobbing:

GM will care, that's for damn sure...:lol: Remember the post count when she lost a freaking practice set to Vesnina?:haha:

Mr.Sharapova
Mar 1st, 2012, 04:09 PM
GM will care, that's for damn sure...:lol: Remember the post count when she lost a freaking practice set to Vesnina?:haha:

This :lol:.

Steven.
Mar 2nd, 2012, 01:25 PM
Maria threads in GM will be the death of me... I don't bother visiting them once they hit pg 3 cuz that's when the shitfest starts lol.

dsanders06
Mar 2nd, 2012, 05:44 PM
Even though I KNOW her match against the Woz is just an exhibition ....... I can't stop myself from wanting Maria to win it so bad :o

jameshazza
Mar 2nd, 2012, 07:02 PM
Even though I KNOW her match against the Woz is just an exhibition ....... I can't stop myself from wanting Maria to win it so bad :o

This. But I think Woz is a good tuneup as Masha will be hitting a lot of balls. Although I don't get the feeling she's practiced much since Paris :shrug:

heelsrule1988
Mar 2nd, 2012, 07:12 PM
Even though I KNOW her match against the Woz is just an exhibition ....... I can't stop myself from wanting Maria to win it so bad :o
I still get a kick out of the little rivalry you guys have with Caroline. :lol:

Fighterpova
Mar 2nd, 2012, 07:25 PM
IW is gonna be tough. Wind, lack of matches, in form players.. I hope she can do well :hug:

Qetusi
Mar 2nd, 2012, 09:23 PM
This. But I think Woz is a good tuneup as Masha will be hitting a lot of balls. Although I don't get the feeling she's practiced much since Paris :shrug:

We don't know how she practiced or what she did ....the information we get from her is very poor,especially about her practice side
It's an Olympic year, IW and Miami are very big and important events. so it will be silly from her if she not gets ready like she needs to be :shrug:

I hope her mind and head is on her shoulders :lol: and she understands the importance of her form + around Maria are people who can remaind this to her :lol: first of all, her dad - Yuri :kiss: and her coaches of course :rolleyes:

So, I really want to think that everything, with our girl, will be Ok :wavey:

JoPova
Mar 3rd, 2012, 11:29 AM
IW is gonna be tough. Wind, lack of matches, in form players.. I hope she can do well :hug:

I'm already praying for a nice draw! ;) I want her to do well in IW, especially because it'll be extremely difficult to defend a F in Miami with both Serena and Kim playing!

Steven.
Mar 3rd, 2012, 12:52 PM
^ I hope she gets revenge on Kim for that ridiculous Cincy '10 loss.

Sharapovian
Mar 3rd, 2012, 01:20 PM
^ I hope she gets revenge on Kim for that ridiculous Cincy '10 loss.

+1
You can add Li Na to that list too.

Crux Squall
Mar 3rd, 2012, 01:28 PM
Draws for the 2012 BNP Paribas Open will be posted beginning March 4.

nelsondan
Mar 3rd, 2012, 03:39 PM
We don't know how she practiced or what she did ....the information we get from her is very poor,especially about her practice side
It's an Olympic year, IW and Miami are very big and important events. so it will be silly from her if she not gets ready like she needs to be :shrug:

I hope her mind and head is on her shoulders :lol: and she understands the importance of her form + around Maria are people who can remaind this to her :lol: first of all, her dad - Yuri :kiss: and her coaches of course :rolleyes:

So, I really want to think that everything, with our girl, will be Ok :wavey:

I get a feeling she will play really well. I also think there will be something different about her.....something about the timing of her highest levels of intensity. I am glad she sort of stepped back a little.

I have absolutely no expertise, and nothing to back this up. I do get a feeling.

JoPova
Mar 3rd, 2012, 04:28 PM
^ I hope she gets revenge on Kim for that ridiculous Cincy '10 loss.

OMG! THIS! I want her to beat Clijsters as well! It'll give her a lot of confidence especially after that loss!

Tennisvampire
Mar 3rd, 2012, 05:58 PM
OMG! THIS! I want her to beat Clijsters as well! It'll give her a lot of confidence especially after that loss!

I really like Kim, but Maria needs to avenge that stupid Cincy loss... As well as many others, but there's time for that (for instance, the Penneta 2011 USO match o.O). With Kim, it's until the end of the season, otherwise it just stays like this forever xD Like JJ and Henin :facepalm: As a huge Jelena fan, it was extremely painful seeing her come SO freakin' close in majority of their matches, and then she would always find a way to lose like only she is capable of doing. When Henin definitely retired, I think it was sth like 14, 15:0 in her favor -.- so, Maria, pick up that (beautiful, may I add) racquet of yours and get ready to bust some asses and take that trophy home :D

Btw, I know it's just an exhibition, but do you seriously think Maria won't play like it's a regular match? We know how competitive our girl is :D She barely loses those exhibitions, even though they are supposed to be just for fun xD And charity/to see where you stand with your game (if it's in the middle of the season like this one)

jameshazza
Mar 3rd, 2012, 05:58 PM
That 05 USO SF against Kim also... :facepalm:

Mr.Sharapova
Mar 3rd, 2012, 06:37 PM
Maria needs to play and win against Serena first :lol:, then go and snatch Kim's wig.

But all I want right now is Maria beating Vika in Indian Wells :angel:, and in one Clay tournament as well so that she can get ahead on their H2H :lol:.

~MashyOwnThemAll
Mar 3rd, 2012, 06:44 PM
:rolleyes:


"Maria needs to play and win against Serena first" - I'm not sure about this too.

lefty24
Mar 3rd, 2012, 06:45 PM
I really like Kim, but Maria needs to avenge that stupid Cincy loss... As well as many others, but there's time for that (for instance, the Penneta 2011 USO match o.O). With Kim, it's until the end of the season, otherwise it just stays like this forever xD Like JJ and Henin :facepalm: As a huge Jelena fan, it was extremely painful seeing her come SO freakin' close in majority of their matches, and then she would always find a way to lose like only she is capable of doing. When Henin definitely retired, I think it was sth like 14, 15:0 in her favor -.- so, Maria, pick up that (beautiful, may I add) racquet of yours and get ready to bust some asses and take that trophy home :D

Btw, I know it's just an exhibition, but do you seriously think Maria won't play like it's a regular match? We know how competitive our girl is :D She barely loses those exhibitions, even though they are supposed to be just for fun xD And charity/to see where you stand with your game (if it's in the middle of the season like this one)

I agree with everything you said.
About the exhibition, I think she'll take it serious. Like Maria said, she's super competitive, even when it comes to sill things. I think the Parbias Showdown exhibition is a serious one, not sure though. There will probably be a couple funny moments here and there.
Hopefully Mash won't get too much second hand embarrassment from Caro.

Tennisvampire
Mar 4th, 2012, 11:36 AM
I agree with everything you said.
About the exhibition, I think she'll take it serious. Like Maria said, she's super competitive, even when it comes to sill things. I think the Parbias Showdown exhibition is a serious one, not sure though. There will probably be a couple funny moments here and there.
Hopefully Mash won't get too much second hand embarrassment from Caro.

Judging by how Caro played these starting tournaments, I don't really think that we should worry that much :lol: Although, I guess I shouldn't underestimate her xD But, still, every win is good for your confidence, whether it's when you are training or playing an exhibition, and Maria knows it better than anyone :D Btw, sb who wrote this is right: she first needs to avenge that AO final loss :bigcry: I won't object if we have to wait until, let's say, RG final and then her beating the crap out of Vika :D game-wise of course xD

dsanders06
Mar 4th, 2012, 05:04 PM
I agree with everything you said.
About the exhibition, I think she'll take it serious. Like Maria said, she's super competitive, even when it comes to sill things. I think the Parbias Showdown exhibition is a serious one, not sure though. There will probably be a couple funny moments here and there.
Hopefully Mash won't get too much second hand embarrassment from Caro.

Yeah, the Madison Square Gardens exhibitions are more in the vein of the Hopman Cup - taken pretty seriously by the players. It's not like off-season exhibitions in really small countries, where the tickets are SUPER cheap so as to attract average members of the public (i.e. not particularly interested in tennis but just have an interest in their local player), and so there's a more lighthearted feel to it - the tickets for MSG are pretty expensive and geared towards genuine tennis fans, and the audience goes there expecting to see quality tennis. So Maria and Caroline will probably take it pretty seriously (well, Caroline might start cringeworthily dicking about if she's getting outplayed, like she did against Kim at the Belgian exhibition).

Though of course, if Maria loses, then it wasn't a serious exhibition :angel:

Maria rocks
Mar 4th, 2012, 05:53 PM
You're going?
I so want to go as well, but can't find someone to go with me. :sobbing: None of my friends around me is interested in tennis and those who are tennis fans are all in other parts of the world. :sobbing:

I wish i could go:(

Steven.
Mar 5th, 2012, 10:37 AM
does anyone know what time it's on btw?

Mistress of Evil
Mar 5th, 2012, 12:17 PM
yeap, how many hours from now does the match start? Is is the first one to be played or second after the men's one? :scratch:

s teddy
Mar 5th, 2012, 12:23 PM
yeap, how many hours from now does the match start? Is is the first one to be played or second after the men's one? :scratch:

A little under eleven hours from now, according to my TV schedule. I have no idea who's playing first.

Steven.
Mar 5th, 2012, 12:24 PM
11 hours? Great, I'll be at uni.

Tennisvampire
Mar 5th, 2012, 12:30 PM
Masha and Caro are playing the first match :) Although I don't know exactly when -.-

Qetusi
Mar 5th, 2012, 12:30 PM
7 PM
NY time

First Masha - Caro , then Roger - Andy

Trih
Mar 5th, 2012, 02:16 PM
Will it be on TV? So maybe we can get a stream?

s teddy
Mar 5th, 2012, 02:22 PM
Will it be on TV? So maybe we can get a stream?

It will be on TV, but I doubt you'll find a stream. American TV companies aren't very friendly toward third-party online streams.

jameshazza
Mar 5th, 2012, 03:35 PM
12AM isn't that late for me,I'll stay up to see If a stream is available and then if not just hit the sack. There's bound to be one though.

T496
Mar 5th, 2012, 05:04 PM
When's the draw for this?

doni1212
Mar 5th, 2012, 05:52 PM
For those of you in the U.S., the exho will be streamed live on ESPN3. :bounce:

dsanders06
Mar 5th, 2012, 06:50 PM
Apparently this isn't going to be broadcasted... ESPN are apparently only showing Federer-Roddick :(

Tennisvampire
Mar 5th, 2012, 08:52 PM
There was a brief statement that Maria gave at the press conference posted on her website... From what I read, she is taking this pretty competitively :D God, that's one of the reasons why I like her so much: everything is a challenge, a competition :worship: That's a right mindset of an athlete, but of an ordinary person as well, IMO :cool: And it really seemed like she was excited for IW as well :bounce:

T496
Mar 5th, 2012, 09:49 PM
When's the draw for this?

By this I obviously meant Indian Wells, lost in all the exhibition chatter haha.

jameshazza
Mar 5th, 2012, 09:51 PM
By this I obviously meant Indian Wells, lost in all the exhibition chatter haha.

I actually forgot about that, the draw was supposed to be out today :shrug:
EDIT: That was qualifying draw, but it can't be much longer than a couple of days.

Qetusi
Mar 5th, 2012, 09:54 PM
I actually forgot about that, the draw was supposed to be out today :shrug:
EDIT: That was qualifying draw, but it can't be much longer than a couple of days.

It will be

BNP Paribas Open ‏ @BNPPARIBASOPEN

The WTA Draw Ceremony will take place at 3pm in Corona Plaza. Goerges and U. Radwanska will be helping out. There will be prizes!

jameshazza
Mar 5th, 2012, 09:57 PM
It will be

BNP Paribas Open ‏ @BNPPARIBASOPEN

Just seen tweet so the draw is 5 min away then?

Qetusi
Mar 5th, 2012, 10:03 PM
Just seen tweet so the draw is 5 min away then?

yeah ,if someone will be tweeting it online, if not a little bit later ...
anyway, we will now the draw within an hour,for sure ...

jameshazza
Mar 5th, 2012, 10:07 PM
Hopefully we get to look at it before this exhibition, if we even get a stream of the exhibition :rolleyes:
At least there'll be something interesting stream or no.

T496
Mar 5th, 2012, 10:07 PM
Thanking you guys!

Craig.
Mar 5th, 2012, 10:09 PM
When's the exho?

Sharapovian
Mar 5th, 2012, 10:10 PM
No. 2 Maria Sharapova faces winner of Dokic-Dulko. Tough cluster. #bnppo12

Both haven't been playing that well so should be fine. Stosur in the quarters, Woz in her half. Petra-Vika in the other half.

perseus2006
Mar 5th, 2012, 10:10 PM
The exho starts in less than an hour. It will be streamed on espn3.

ARod v Fed will be streamed and shown on espn2.

jameshazza
Mar 5th, 2012, 10:12 PM
No. 2 Maria Sharapova faces winner of Dokic-Dulko. Tough cluster. #bnppo12

Both haven't been playing that well so should be fine. Woz in her half. Petra-Vika in the other.

Not worried bout that, I hate draw ceremonies. I always have to wait until the full things on Wiki to look at it properly :lol:

dsanders06
Mar 5th, 2012, 10:15 PM
No. 2 Maria Sharapova faces winner of Dokic-Dulko. Tough cluster. #bnppo12

Both haven't been playing that well so should be fine. Stosur in the quarters, Woz in her half. Petra-Vika in the other half.

Stosur in the QFs, whichever scrub overpowers Woz in the SFs... that's about as easy as it gets for Maria :lol:
Hence we can expect her to screw it up by losing in the 3rd round as is her norm when she gets cakewalks (exhibit A being last year's US Open).

Craig.
Mar 5th, 2012, 10:20 PM
Stosur in the QFs, whichever scrub overpowers Woz in the SFs... that's about as easy as it gets for Maria :lol:
Hence we can expect her to screw it up by losing in the 3rd round as is her norm when she gets cakewalks (exhibit A being last year's US Open).

:lol: THIS.

jameshazza
Mar 5th, 2012, 10:21 PM
Stosur in the QFs, whichever scrub overpowers Woz in the SFs... that's about as easy as it gets for Maria :lol:
Hence we can expect her to screw it up by losing in the 3rd round as is her norm when she gets cakewalks (exhibit A being last year's US Open).

If this happens I will be unofficially done with Masha until Miami starts :lol:

Plus the first televised matches are the R3 on Sunday. Imagine that after not seeing her since AO Paris does not count.

Mistress of Evil
Mar 5th, 2012, 10:24 PM
I want Stosur to be slaughtered, I am still not over the fact that Martha ruined that perfect H2H :(

jameshazza
Mar 5th, 2012, 10:26 PM
I want Stosur to be slaughtered, I am still not over the fact that Martha ruined that perfect H2H :(

I will allow that memory to resurface from the many suppressed Masha moments for enough time to type 'This.'

Now that never happened...

10-0 :rocker2:

Sharapovian
Mar 5th, 2012, 10:28 PM
Just to make it easier (based on seedings). So far...

R1: Bye
R2: Dulko/Dokic
R3: Cetkovska
R4: Cibulkova
QF: Stosur
SF: Woz/Bartoli
F: Vika/Petra

Stosur in the QFs, whichever scrub overpowers Woz in the SFs... that's about as easy as it gets for Maria :lol:
Hence we can expect her to screw it up by losing in the 3rd round as is her norm when she gets cakewalks (exhibit A being last year's US Open).

I like the look of the draw, and hopefully she doesn't screw it up. :scared:

dsanders06
Mar 5th, 2012, 10:29 PM
I want Stosur to be slaughtered, I am still not over the fact that Martha ruined that perfect H2H :(

THIS! I do like Sam, but nonetheless, I hope that pathetic YEC defeat motivates Maria to give her the 'Radwanska treatment' in all their future matches.

madmax
Mar 5th, 2012, 10:31 PM
normal draw, one could even say a cakewalk into the final...:devil:
Delivering a nice beatdown to Shanksur would be just an icing on the cake:hearts:

jameshazza
Mar 5th, 2012, 10:33 PM
Just to make it easier (based on seedings). So far...

R1: Bye
R2: Dulko/Dokic
R3: ?
R4: Cibulkova
QF: Stosur
SF: Woz
F: Vika/Petra



I like the look of the draw, and hopefully she doesn't screw it up. :scared:


I don't even care that this draw is a cakewalk. She has to make the final and beat Vika playing good fucking tennis :armed:

Craig.
Mar 5th, 2012, 10:40 PM
It seriously cannot get easier than this. Don't fuck this up Maria :o (Which she will of course)

dsanders06
Mar 5th, 2012, 10:42 PM
Bartoli is probably the more likely semifinal opponent rather than Woz (which I'm not just saying to take a cheap shot at Woz, it's my genuine prediction :lol: ) which I think could be potentially tricky :shrug:

Mistress of Evil
Mar 5th, 2012, 10:43 PM
So no chance for a stream, tell me so I can finally hit the sheets? :sobbing:

Tennisvampire
Mar 5th, 2012, 10:45 PM
Stosur in the QFs, whichever scrub overpowers Woz in the SFs... that's about as easy as it gets for Maria :lol:
Hence we can expect her to screw it up by losing in the 3rd round as is her norm when she gets cakewalks (exhibit A being last year's US Open).

I laughed at the chances you gave to Woz (and I completely support them :devil:). Now for the rest of your post, I couldn't agree more... I'll never get over the fact that she screwed up that USO. I mean, as much as I love Sam, her taking a Slam at this point? :rolleyes:

I want Stosur to be slaughtered, I am still not over the fact that Martha ruined that perfect H2H :(

It's like she's not capable of maintaining the perfect record against anyone :( Well, we still have Sabine xD (although, I really like her as well)

I don't even care that this draw is a cakewalk. She has to make the final and beat Vika playing good fucking tennis :armed:

THIS! We need to see some nice beating from Maria.

It's nice that Petra is in the other half of the draw, although I'm not really optimistic about her chances. According to some news I read on her branch of this forum, she was injured and sick, so didn't get too many court practice hours under her belt. Oh well, I guess it would be sweeter if Maria can avenge that AO final loss herself :worship:

P.S. Do we know where Serena is? Because, quite frankly, it's not possible to not doubt Maria when they play :lol: although, it's about time for Mash to beat her, it's been 7,5 years after all :eek:

Sharapovian
Mar 5th, 2012, 10:48 PM
Bartoli is probably the more likely semifinal opponent rather than Woz (which I'm not just saying to take a cheap shot at Woz, it's my genuine prediction :lol: ) which I think could be potentially tricky :shrug:

Well she *should* get to the SF at least based on that draw. Don't know who her R3 opponent is yet though.

Of course there's always a chance of Poova showing up. :tape:

s teddy
Mar 5th, 2012, 10:49 PM
Plus the first televised matches are the R3 on Sunday. Imagine that after not seeing her since AO Paris does not count.

In the United States, the first televised matches are on Saturday (I don't know whether that's the case with Europe as well, but there would presumably be streams), which is the second half of the women's second round. If we don't get to see Maria in her first match, we'll have the consolation of knowing that she'll get an extra day of rest. :lol:

Craig.
Mar 5th, 2012, 10:51 PM
I laughed at the chances you gave to Woz (and I completely support them :devil:). Now for the rest of your post, I couldn't agree more... I'll never get over the fact that she screwed up that USO. I mean, as much as I love Sam, her taking a Slam at this point? :rolleyes:



It's like she's not capable of maintaining the perfect record against anyone :( Well, we still have Sabine xD (although, I really like her as well)



THIS! We need to see some nice beating from Maria.

It's nice that Petra is in the other half of the draw, although I'm not really optimistic about her chances. According to some news I read on her branch of this forum, she was injured and sick, so didn't get too many court practice hours under her belt. Oh well, I guess it would be sweeter if Maria can avenge that AO final loss herself :worship:

P.S. Do we know where Serena is? Because, quite frankly, it's not possible to not doubt Maria when they play :lol: although, it's about time for Mash to beat her, it's been 7,5 years after all :eek:

Serena doesn't play IW.

jameshazza
Mar 5th, 2012, 10:52 PM
P.S. Do we know where Serena is? Because, quite frankly, it's not possible to not doubt Maria when they play :lol: although, it's about time for Mash to beat her, it's been 7,5 years after all :eek:

Williams sisters don't play Indian Wells. We'll see her in Miami.

dsanders06
Mar 5th, 2012, 10:52 PM
Live stream of ESPN (which is showing it) here:

http://mypremium.tv/

jameshazza
Mar 5th, 2012, 10:53 PM
Live stream of ESPN (which is showing it) here:

http://mypremium.tv/

That page is confusing... :shrug:

jameshazza
Mar 5th, 2012, 10:58 PM
Figured it out, ESPN or ESPN America?

dsanders06
Mar 5th, 2012, 11:00 PM
Figured it out, ESPN or ESPN America?

Apparently it's NOT on ESPN America (God knows why :lol: ) it's only on the UK ESPN *, so go for the one that's under the Eurosport tab!



* I had no idea til now a UK ESPN even existed :lol:

Andy.
Mar 5th, 2012, 11:00 PM
Not a bad draw at all. If she is on any sort of form she should be able to work herself into the tournament anf go deep. If she makes the final I really hope its Petra over the other side of the net and not Vika.

Mistress of Evil
Mar 5th, 2012, 11:02 PM
Fuck, there is a stream aka going to sleep at 4 or 5 am :bigcry:

vozas
Mar 5th, 2012, 11:04 PM
What is that fat mess?

Qetusi
Mar 5th, 2012, 11:05 PM
Fuck, there is a stream aka going to sleep at 4 or 5 am :bigcry:

http://www.deportodo.net/2012/02/canal-3-by-deportodo.html

lefty24
Mar 5th, 2012, 11:05 PM
Is ESPN3 not working for anyone else?

Milk_Shakespeare
Mar 5th, 2012, 11:05 PM
thank you for the streaming.

it is working at good quality.

jameshazza
Mar 5th, 2012, 11:06 PM
Hate online adds.

jameshazza
Mar 5th, 2012, 11:08 PM
loving dress colour.

vozas
Mar 5th, 2012, 11:09 PM
Loving Maria's hair!!!!

swissmr
Mar 5th, 2012, 11:10 PM
This blue dress looks so good on her! As for Wozniacki's outfit, no comment :scared:

Craig.
Mar 5th, 2012, 11:10 PM
Woz looks :tape:

vozas
Mar 5th, 2012, 11:13 PM
Lob looks like she's going to gym class in New Haven high :shrug::shrug::shrug:

Milk_Shakespeare
Mar 5th, 2012, 11:14 PM
wozniacki is dressed like... like.... wtf??!?!?!?!?!?!

lefty24
Mar 5th, 2012, 11:14 PM
So pissed ESPN isn't showing the match.
Masha looks amazing! (no surprise)

lefty24
Mar 5th, 2012, 11:15 PM
lol the ball boys are really ball men.

Craig.
Mar 5th, 2012, 11:15 PM
Can the commentators STFU for one second?

Charlatan
Mar 5th, 2012, 11:18 PM
caro's bf looks ewww..

jameshazza
Mar 5th, 2012, 11:19 PM
I want ugly Rory to witness a Masha beatdown. Let it be so.

Sharapovian
Mar 5th, 2012, 11:19 PM
So Maria is wearing that dress, maybe she will have something else for Miami then :shrug:

Just to make it easier (based on seedings). So far...

R1: Bye
R2: Dulko/Dokic
R3: Cetkovska
R4: Cibulkova
QF: Stosur
SF: Woz/Bartoli
F: Vika/Petra


I know you are all busy watching the exho, but the full IW draw is now available ;) http://www.wtatennis.com/SEWTATour-Archive/posting/2012/609/MDS.pdf

gc-spurs
Mar 5th, 2012, 11:21 PM
caro's bf looks ewww..

I love mocking Rory, but I was watching the golf the other day and he's just such a legit golfer. So much young talent in Mr New World No. 1. Too bad Woz had to give it up for him to get it :oh:

lefty24
Mar 5th, 2012, 11:21 PM
caro's bf looks ewww..

Yeah but he usually looks ewwwwwww so it's not really surprising. :P

Andy.
Mar 5th, 2012, 11:23 PM
I love the earrings :hearts:

lefty24
Mar 5th, 2012, 11:30 PM
stream not working

doooma6816
Mar 5th, 2012, 11:31 PM
what a bh dtl!

Trih
Mar 5th, 2012, 11:35 PM
stream not working

:sad:

Tennisvampire
Mar 5th, 2012, 11:37 PM
Williams sisters don't play Indian Wells. We'll see her in Miami.

Wow, I missed that piece of info somehow :rolleyes: I knew about Kim and Venus, but not about Serena... Although, now that I think about it, I remembered that the Williams sisters always skip IW, there was something about that tournament, that they got offended and decided not to play again there, or sth like that, right? xD

lefty24
Mar 5th, 2012, 11:47 PM
Cute.

gc-spurs
Mar 5th, 2012, 11:48 PM
My heart be still, she laughed and smiled.

Shafanovic.
Mar 5th, 2012, 11:48 PM
I can't find a stream. The one everyone is using isn't working for me :sad:

Tennisvampire
Mar 5th, 2012, 11:49 PM
Maria having a chat with the line judge and having a smile :hearts::hearts: Now that's sth we don't get to see that often xD She is playing pretty good from 2 games that I was so far :worship: And she has her game face on :worship:

Shafanovic.
Mar 5th, 2012, 11:51 PM
Found one! :D

nelsondan
Mar 5th, 2012, 11:52 PM
I said this earlier somewhere, not sure why....."Maria will wear a tennis outfit showing how spectacularly toned and fit she is....she is just kidding around with this dress to make you wonder a little.." Glad I was at least half right.

http://imgbox.com/aaqHocGe

gc-spurs
Mar 5th, 2012, 11:53 PM
Exho-Pova exists?? :speakles:

lefty24
Mar 5th, 2012, 11:53 PM
That was one of the most adorable things I've seen her do.

perseus2006
Mar 5th, 2012, 11:54 PM
why isn't Pova shrieking???

dsanders06
Mar 5th, 2012, 11:55 PM
Should've been 6-1 or something (she was up 0-30 in two of the games Woz won iirc), but nonetheless, solid set of tennis - footwork looks on point!

Tennisvampire
Mar 5th, 2012, 11:55 PM
Damn it, I have school early tomorrow, so I'll have to quit watching now. Hopefully Mash will continue in this manner :D And how amazing was she at the end of the set giving a five to the lines person :worship: Woz is just so off: poor performance and dreadful outfit :rolleyes:

lefty24
Mar 5th, 2012, 11:57 PM
Lol at Mash and caro conversing.

madmax
Mar 6th, 2012, 12:05 AM
my stream just died LOL

Fighterpova
Mar 6th, 2012, 12:05 AM
I have to go to bed, school in the morning ://

Good luck to Masha, although it looks like it's going to go to a 3rd set, but I'm hoping for a win :yeah:

lefty24
Mar 6th, 2012, 12:06 AM
Lol Mash thought thought caro was doing those moon balls jokingly, but no Masha that's just her game.

nelsondan
Mar 6th, 2012, 12:07 AM
Maria now missing everything. 0-2,0-40, she finally wins a point.