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Siderophyre
Apr 26th, 2012, 11:23 AM
i know this is off-topic but did anyone know this fact:-Sam is ambidextrous; she writes with her left hand and plays tennis with her right.

http://au.lifestyle.yahoo.com/womens-health/life-features/celebrities/article/-/9678810/the-team-behind-sam-stosur/

A bit odd really - doesn't she always sign autographs and the camera after matches with her right hand?

Siderophyre
Apr 26th, 2012, 11:27 AM
:yeah:

I think home support is a two edged sword: if you can give the crowd something to cheer about it can really help a lot, but if you fail to deliver it can be embarrassing and constrictive. I think for Julia on Saturday (and for Sam in Australia :bigcry:) it was the latter. That's why it's important for Sam to get off to a good start today, so that Julia doesn't have any reason to start using her annoying Ana-fistpump.



True - but remember that match against Schiavone in Rome? Sam managed to silence the screaming crowd by beating Francesca that day.

stromatolite
Apr 26th, 2012, 11:33 AM
A bit odd really - doesn't she always sign autographs and the camera after matches with her right hand?

You are observant! :worship:

http://img690.imageshack.us/img690/5746/wpid12636cs70466.jpg

True - but remember that match against Schiavone in Rome? Sam managed to silence the screaming crowd by beating Francesca that day.

I remember it well, and think that Sam can do the same again today. I'm not too worried about the crowd's effect on Sam (she was basically thrown to the lions in NY after Serena's outburst and despite a momentary lapse of concentration she didn't flinch). But Julia definitely fed on the crowd's support last year and if she gets a good start today could get similarly pumped up today. Even then I fancy Sam's chances, but if she can keep her foot firmly planted on Julia's neck for the whole match it will be a lot easier.

SilverPersian
Apr 26th, 2012, 01:43 PM
The bookies have Sam as favourite :D

SilverPersian
Apr 26th, 2012, 01:48 PM
Bp for Sam :D

SilverPersian
Apr 26th, 2012, 01:48 PM
UE :sad:

sunsets21
Apr 26th, 2012, 01:50 PM
YES! Well done!

Huntress55
Apr 26th, 2012, 01:51 PM
Nice BH down the line :)

Good start but she has to hold now.

sunsets21
Apr 26th, 2012, 01:51 PM
*2-0!

SilverPersian
Apr 26th, 2012, 01:51 PM
Yeah Sam! Gets the BP with a beautiful BH down the line :D

Julia's looking a little bit...fidgety or something.

SilverPersian
Apr 26th, 2012, 01:51 PM
Woah!

SilverPersian
Apr 26th, 2012, 01:53 PM
:lol: at Sam's ace hitting the camera and knocking it down

Huntress55
Apr 26th, 2012, 01:53 PM
Haha commentators full of Sam love :)

sunsets21
Apr 26th, 2012, 01:53 PM
Sweeeeeeet! She's looking good!

SilverPersian
Apr 26th, 2012, 01:53 PM
3-0 :)

sunsets21
Apr 26th, 2012, 01:54 PM
^ Haha they are! "Just a good, honest Aussie. That's the way they make them"

Huntress55
Apr 26th, 2012, 01:54 PM
She looks very in control atm. Business Sam.

SilverPersian
Apr 26th, 2012, 01:54 PM
I'm really stoked she's gotten off to a good start. Hopefully Julia will be feeling very uncomfortable and under pressure, and won't be able to relax into the match.

Territory
Apr 26th, 2012, 01:54 PM
Sam Smith is wet for Sam Stosur :oh:

sunsets21
Apr 26th, 2012, 01:55 PM
Sam Smith is wet for Sam Stosur :oh:

She always has been :lol:

stromatolite
Apr 26th, 2012, 01:55 PM
^ Haha they are! "Just a good, honest Aussie. That's the way they make them"

:lol: just tuned in time to catch that remark. Great start from Sammy!

SilverPersian
Apr 26th, 2012, 01:58 PM
Little bit of a sloppy game from Sam.
3-1

SilverPersian
Apr 26th, 2012, 01:59 PM
Sam's serve has looked great this tournament :drool:

SilverPersian
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:00 PM
4-1 :cheer:

Huntress55
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:00 PM
Totally in control right now.

Another break would be nice. :p

stromatolite
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:00 PM
Some amazing serving from Sam :worship:

Territory
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:01 PM
She always has been :lol:

She has, hasn't she. :lol:

Great start for Sam. Keep it going.

stromatolite
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:04 PM
Lovely aggression from Sam :drool: BP!

Huntress55
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:05 PM
Wow nice BH return.

SilverPersian
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:05 PM
Sam's BH today is better than I've seen it all year :worship:

stromatolite
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:05 PM
Deadly BDTL return!

stromatolite
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:06 PM
Went for it, just out :(

stromatolite
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:07 PM
Lovely point!!!

sunsets21
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:08 PM
Beautiful shot to break!

Huntress55
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:08 PM
Wowsa!! What a shot to break!

SilverPersian
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:08 PM
Fucking lol :worship:

For once she gets the second break 5-1 :cheer::banana:

Siderophyre
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:08 PM
Fuuuuuuuuck!! Great shot!

stromatolite
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:08 PM
God-like! 5-1 :worship:

stromatolite
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:09 PM
No Sam, not a wobble, please?

SilverPersian
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:10 PM
0-40 :(

Of course...

sunsets21
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:10 PM
Oh Sam.

stromatolite
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:10 PM
Shit, 0-40 :(

Huntress55
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:10 PM
Of course she is broken serving for the set.

She just wants to break Julia so she can serve first next set ;)

sunsets21
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:11 PM
Oh Jesus. Oh course.

Siderophyre
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:11 PM
:lol: So predictable...

stromatolite
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:11 PM
Broken to love :bigcry:

SilverPersian
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:12 PM
Oh Sammy...:sad:

It always makes me a bit nervous when she's playing really well. She always becomes conscious of how well everything is going, and then rushes or over thinks everything :hug:

5-2

SilverPersian
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:13 PM
0-30

Two more errors please Jlulia

SilverPersian
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:13 PM
3SPs :banana:

stromatolite
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:14 PM
3 SPs. Come on Sammy!

SilverPersian
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:14 PM
30-40...:(

sunsets21
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:14 PM
Wee! 6-2!

SilverPersian
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:14 PM
6-2 :cheer:

Huntress55
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:15 PM
Yay. And now shes serving first. It was her plan :)

Great set besides the little wobble serving for it. Hopefully she can keep it up in the second.

stromatolite
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:17 PM
Too cool Sammy :worship:

SilverPersian
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:18 PM
:lol:

Wasn't it Stuttgart where Bepa's rackets kept breaking last year?

sunsets21
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:18 PM
Poor rackets :lol:

stromatolite
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:18 PM
Sam Stosur, Racquet Assassin :lol:

Huntress55
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:19 PM
:lol:

Wasn't it Stuttgart where Bepa's rackets kept breaking last year?

Exactly what came to mind:lol:

sunsets21
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:19 PM
Oh. Oh dear. Oh well!

SilverPersian
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:20 PM
Blargh Sammy :sad:

1-0 Julia with a break

Huntress55
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:20 PM
Dammit, break back Sam! Dont let her get into the match.

stromatolite
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:20 PM
BP again :( Come on Sammy!

SilverPersian
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:21 PM
Yay. And now shes serving first. It was her plan :)



Was it also her cunning plan to get broken right away? :sad:

sunsets21
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:22 PM
Wow. Such an impressive shot.

SilverPersian
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:22 PM
What a return :worship:

The highlights reel for this match will be amazing.

SilverPersian
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:23 PM
2-0 :bigcry:

stromatolite
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:24 PM
Rallies like that make me glad I'm not a tennis ball :lol:

SilverPersian
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:26 PM
2-1

Huntress55
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:26 PM
That was better from Sam.
Time to break!

stromatolite
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:27 PM
Great serving from Sam to settle things down a bit. Now get the break Sammy!

stromatolite
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:29 PM
Julia looking pretty confident right now

sunsets21
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:29 PM
:( C'mon Sam!

SilverPersian
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:29 PM
3-1

This set has a bad feeling about it. Sam needs to chill :sad:

sunsets21
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:30 PM
Shit.

Huntress55
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:30 PM
Ew, time to change up that serve Sam!

stromatolite
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:31 PM
Jesus, Julia is really getting onto Sam's serve

sunsets21
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:31 PM
Oh sweet Jesus, c'mon Sammy!

Huntress55
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:32 PM
Feck. Well if Julia wins this set then that means its Sams turn to win the third. Great logic I know. And plain hope too of course.

sunsets21
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:32 PM
Bollocks.

SilverPersian
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:33 PM
4-1 double break

:sad:

stromatolite
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:34 PM
Not good :(

sunsets21
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:34 PM
Feck. Well if Julia wins this set then that means its Sams turn to win the third. Great logic I know. And plain hope too of course.

Of course. Sam does like to induce early heart attacks in her patients...oh sorry, I mean fans.

SilverPersian
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:35 PM
Oh Sammy

SilverPersian
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:35 PM
Does Julia quack after every ball she hits? :unsure:

sunsets21
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:36 PM
Oh fuck. Damn it! C'mon Sammy!

stromatolite
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:36 PM
Desperation stuff from Sam right now. This is not pretty :(

sunsets21
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:36 PM
Gahhhhhhhhhhhh!

SilverPersian
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:36 PM
5-1 :bigcry:

Grigorpova
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:38 PM
If Sam loses I'll be so embarrassed :facepalm:

SilverPersian
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:38 PM
Good job Sam. Make her serve it out.

sunsets21
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:38 PM
Good serving! Phew!

SilverPersian
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:39 PM
If Sam loses I'll be so embarrassed :facepalm:

I'll be sad and disappointed. But she tries her hardest every match and that's all you can ask :shrug:

stromatolite
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:39 PM
Great serving again, but hard to see her pulling this set back from here.

stromatolite
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:40 PM
Sam has not lost a match this year after winning the first set. Including about 4 3-setters if memory serves. All is not lost.

stromatolite
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:40 PM
Would be great to get a break here, just for the momentum.

dok-stos
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:41 PM
Go Sammy :cheer:
I need to go to bed too girl!!!

Grigorpova
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:41 PM
I hope she's able to pull through like that Scheepers match.

sunsets21
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:42 PM
3rd set, new start. Lets do this, Sammoid!

SilverPersian
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:43 PM
6-2 2-6

dok-stos
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:45 PM
Hit the ball inside the lines Sam and half the battle is won :cheer:

stromatolite
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:45 PM
Sam needs to start well in this set :unsure:

sunsets21
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:47 PM
Wow. Honestly thought that was out.

sunsets21
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:48 PM
Good. Now just break her...

SilverPersian
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:48 PM
Holds serve.

Maybe if she keeps holding serve Julia will start thinking about being the defending champ and get a bit nervous again.

Grigorpova
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:48 PM
One game down, five to go.

stromatolite
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:49 PM
1-0, well done. But tbh she doesn't look totally in control

stromatolite
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:50 PM
Lucky return, but at this stage I'll take anything

sunsets21
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:50 PM
Geez, poor rackets!

SilverPersian
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:50 PM
Oh God. STOP BREAKING SAM'S STRINGS

Huntress55
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:51 PM
Gees alot of racquets between them!

stromatolite
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:51 PM
Sam's swinging a bit too wildly atm

sunsets21
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:51 PM
What was that, Goerges?

sunsets21
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:51 PM
4 rackets each, right?

stromatolite
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:51 PM
Nice gift from Julia. 30-30, half a chance Sam!

SilverPersian
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:52 PM
Deuce

Come on Sammy. Pile on the pressure.

stromatolite
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:53 PM
Deuce. Come on Sammy!

dok-stos
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:53 PM
Ugh stream died.

SilverPersian
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:53 PM
Bit wild Sammy :sad:

1-1

sunsets21
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:54 PM
Groan! The match started so beautifully as well :sad:

SilverPersian
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:54 PM
Ugh stream died.

My one from www.sportlemon.tv is working well :)

dok-stos
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:55 PM
My one from www.sportlemon.tv is working well :)

:worship:

stromatolite
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:55 PM
I think Sam maybe needs to go the FH side a bit more with her own FH, just to keep Julia guessing.

SilverPersian
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:55 PM
30-30

SilverPersian
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:56 PM
30-40 :(

sunsets21
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:56 PM
This is way to stressful. BP :sad:

SilverPersian
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:57 PM
Good serve

SilverPersian
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:57 PM
Come on Sammy :)

SilverPersian
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:57 PM
That's better Samambo 2-1

sunsets21
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:57 PM
YES! Well held!

stromatolite
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:58 PM
great serve to save BP. Come on Sam!

stromatolite
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:58 PM
Good hold in the end, but god is this stressful!

SilverPersian
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:59 PM
That return was cray

*insert GM gif here*

stromatolite
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:59 PM
0-30! Come on!!!!

sunsets21
Apr 26th, 2012, 03:00 PM
What the hell was that?

SilverPersian
Apr 26th, 2012, 03:00 PM
Yes Julia. Embrace the darkside.

SilverPersian
Apr 26th, 2012, 03:00 PM
Three SPs!!!
Come on Sam :D

stromatolite
Apr 26th, 2012, 03:00 PM
0-40!!!!! Come on Sammy, this is your chance!

SilverPersian
Apr 26th, 2012, 03:01 PM
15-40

dok-stos
Apr 26th, 2012, 03:01 PM
Spanked that forehand :cheer:

SilverPersian
Apr 26th, 2012, 03:01 PM
30-40 :(:(

stromatolite
Apr 26th, 2012, 03:01 PM
2 SPs gone :( :(

Grigorpova
Apr 26th, 2012, 03:02 PM
Gonna cry if Sam doesn't hold serve :spit:

sunsets21
Apr 26th, 2012, 03:02 PM
YES! Finally!

stromatolite
Apr 26th, 2012, 03:02 PM
yes fuckingyes!!!

SilverPersian
Apr 26th, 2012, 03:03 PM
FUCK YEAHHHHHH

3-1 :D

I have to say, the German crowd isn't being very nice. Sam barely gets an applause on a winner. Not that Australian crowds are so great all the time...

stromatolite
Apr 26th, 2012, 03:03 PM
Time to show us how sublimely you can serve Sam!

SilverPersian
Apr 26th, 2012, 03:03 PM
30-0

SilverPersian
Apr 26th, 2012, 03:05 PM
4-1 :D:D:D

She can't lose from here...right?

sunsets21
Apr 26th, 2012, 03:05 PM
Two more games :cheer:

sunsets21
Apr 26th, 2012, 03:05 PM
4-1 :D:D:D

She can't lose from here...right?

NOOOOO! DON'T JINX IT :sad:

stromatolite
Apr 26th, 2012, 03:05 PM
Time to show us how sublimely you can serve Sam!

That's exactly what I meant :worship:

4-1, come on Sam you have this now!

bertisonline
Apr 26th, 2012, 03:05 PM
Now, I feel good again! B

stromatolite
Apr 26th, 2012, 03:08 PM
Now, I feel good again! B

I'll have whatever you're having then :lol: I still feel like a wreck

bertisonline
Apr 26th, 2012, 03:08 PM
She can push it to the maximum now. B.

stromatolite
Apr 26th, 2012, 03:09 PM
2 BPs!

SilverPersian
Apr 26th, 2012, 03:09 PM
NOOOOO! DON'T JINX IT :sad:

Nothing will stop Sam now! Not even the actions of some random sitting on a computer on the other side of the world! ;)

2BPS!

SilverPersian
Apr 26th, 2012, 03:09 PM
Deuce :(

sunsets21
Apr 26th, 2012, 03:10 PM
Nothing will stop Sam now! Not even the actions of some random sitting on a computer on the other side of the world! ;)

2BPS!

:lol: We tennis fans are a superstitious bunch though :p

SilverPersian
Apr 26th, 2012, 03:10 PM
4-2

Julia starting to feel it again :bigcry:

Grigorpova
Apr 26th, 2012, 03:11 PM
You jinxed her :facepalm:

stromatolite
Apr 26th, 2012, 03:11 PM
BPs gone, 4-2. Come on Sam, stay tough!

Territory
Apr 26th, 2012, 03:11 PM
This male commentator is shitting me. He seems to be on Julia's side :sad:

SilverPersian
Apr 26th, 2012, 03:11 PM
30-0 :cheer:

stromatolite
Apr 26th, 2012, 03:12 PM
Serve is working like a charm now :drool:

sunsets21
Apr 26th, 2012, 03:12 PM
This male commentator is shitting me. He seems to be on Julia's side :sad:

It's okay, we'll always have Sam Smith.

SilverPersian
Apr 26th, 2012, 03:13 PM
5-2

Come on indeed!

bertisonline
Apr 26th, 2012, 03:13 PM
Only one game now to the victory now! B.

Grigorpova
Apr 26th, 2012, 03:14 PM
One more Sam :woohoo:

stromatolite
Apr 26th, 2012, 03:14 PM
Cool as a cucumber, what great serving under pressure!

Huntress55
Apr 26th, 2012, 03:15 PM
A 62 third set would appropriate.

stromatolite
Apr 26th, 2012, 03:16 PM
Sam finding her rhythm again on her groundies as well!

Grigorpova
Apr 26th, 2012, 03:16 PM
Ace all you want Julia, you're still going down :haha:

SilverPersian
Apr 26th, 2012, 03:16 PM
A 62 third set would appropriate.

Yes. Very symmetrical.

stromatolite
Apr 26th, 2012, 03:17 PM
30-30, 2 points Sam!

Huntress55
Apr 26th, 2012, 03:18 PM
Wow I didnt even realise its 130am! This match is messing with me.

I really dont want Sam to have to serve it out haha

stromatolite
Apr 26th, 2012, 03:19 PM
Deuce again. This is getting nerveracking

sunsets21
Apr 26th, 2012, 03:20 PM
Ah fuck. Sam has to serve it out. Damn.

SilverPersian
Apr 26th, 2012, 03:20 PM
5-3

Come on Sam. PLease hold :D

Huntress55
Apr 26th, 2012, 03:20 PM
But it looks like she'll have to! Oh gee... now im nervous.

stromatolite
Apr 26th, 2012, 03:21 PM
Shit, 5-3, she has to serve for it :unsure:

SilverPersian
Apr 26th, 2012, 03:21 PM
Fuckfuckfuck

SilverPersian
Apr 26th, 2012, 03:21 PM
First serves Sam

SilverPersian
Apr 26th, 2012, 03:21 PM
15-15

stromatolite
Apr 26th, 2012, 03:22 PM
15-15

SilverPersian
Apr 26th, 2012, 03:22 PM
30-15

Huntress55
Apr 26th, 2012, 03:23 PM
Mps!!

SilverPersian
Apr 26th, 2012, 03:23 PM
2 Mps :d

stromatolite
Apr 26th, 2012, 03:23 PM
30-15, can't buy a 1st serve atm.

bertisonline
Apr 26th, 2012, 03:23 PM
2 MPs !!

Huntress55
Apr 26th, 2012, 03:23 PM
YES!!! Yay Sam!

sunsets21
Apr 26th, 2012, 03:23 PM
Beautiful ace to finish it!

stromatolite
Apr 26th, 2012, 03:23 PM
Mp!!!!!

SilverPersian
Apr 26th, 2012, 03:23 PM
Closes it out like a boss :worship:
62 26 63

sunsets21
Apr 26th, 2012, 03:24 PM
6-2, 2-6, 6-3 :cheer:

Sharapova next :scared:

stromatolite
Apr 26th, 2012, 03:24 PM
Way to finish Sammy! :worship:

Huntress55
Apr 26th, 2012, 03:24 PM
Nicely done in the end. Happy with how Sam handled the third set after Julia dominated the second.

dok-stos
Apr 26th, 2012, 03:25 PM
:wavey: Julia and fist pump
Good to get revenge :cheer:

Siderophyre
Apr 26th, 2012, 03:25 PM
Love it when she closes out with an ace.

SilverPersian
Apr 26th, 2012, 03:25 PM
The draws aren't really helping Sam much this claycourt season. At Charleston, the Williams sisters consecutively; at Stuttgart, the defending champ followed by Masha. Maybe she's saving up all her luck for RG.

Territory
Apr 26th, 2012, 03:25 PM
:woohoo:

Sam did really well to dominate again in the 3rd. Very satisfying :)

stromatolite
Apr 26th, 2012, 03:29 PM
Great effort from Sam to regroup in the 3rd to keep her record of winning all her matches this year after winning the 1st set. She's also whittling away at the list of players she's never beaten.

maturedgirl
Apr 26th, 2012, 03:32 PM
Well done Sammy, you're bringing Mona closer to the OG's :devil:

Huntress55
Apr 26th, 2012, 03:35 PM
Masha next... I dont know what to expect to be honest.

SilverPersian
Apr 26th, 2012, 03:38 PM
Masha hasn't had much match practice on clay, so hopefully the "cow on ice" will come out a little. But she's such a professional that I'm expecting her to come out and play very well anyway, and to fight like a velociraptor.

stromatolite
Apr 26th, 2012, 03:39 PM
^Masha is not nearly as good as Julia on clay, but she's so tough you can never expect an easy match. I think Sam's got a decent chance, but she'll have to play well.

Huntress55
Apr 26th, 2012, 03:42 PM
Sam has a chance but she needs to start well.

Maria has def. her on clay before so although its not Marias best surface she can still play well on it. Sam needs to dominate early. And hope Maria is a little rusty, she didnt even get a full match against Cornet.

SilverPersian
Apr 26th, 2012, 03:44 PM
Ok. I'm now going to go and finish reading the Hunger Games to calm me down from that match :wavey:

bertisonline
Apr 26th, 2012, 03:44 PM
Thinking about it: really unusual to see Sam breaking her racquet. And it happened several times.
I don't know if it's due to the preparation (some string origin), or an unusual and intense use of the racquets by the two players.

Siderophyre
Apr 26th, 2012, 03:57 PM
Thinking about it: really unusual to see Sam breaking her racquet. And it happened several times.
I don't know if it's due to the preparation (some string origin), or an unusual and intense use of the racquets by the two players.

Yes, strange. The ES commies were saying that Sam and Julia use the same strings and they can be quite delicate. If you hit a ball coming at you with major spin in the wrong spot they just go right where the knot at the top is. Apparently it only really happens if you are playing someone who's hitting with a lot of topspin. So I guess it usually happens to Sam's opponents and not her!


Masha hasn't had much match practice on clay, so hopefully the "cow on ice" will come out a little. But she's such a professional that I'm expecting her to come out and play very well anyway, and to fight like a velociraptor.

:happy: I will think of Masha like that from now on!

stromatolite
Apr 26th, 2012, 04:09 PM
I think this was a good match for Sam to prepare for Masha. Not in terms of how they play, Maria obviously hits the ball a lot flatter than Julia, but in terms of intensity and pressure. You can be sure that Maria will come at her with all she's got, so it's crucial that Sam keeps a cool head. Even though her game went off the boil in set 2, and her serve in particular was taking a bit of a hammering, Sam backed herself to come good and in the end she did. First her serve returned, and in the last few games she started hitting her groundies a lot more crisply again as well. Great stuff!

Huntress55
Apr 26th, 2012, 04:10 PM
Maybe Masha will have one of those double fault days. Would certainly help.

bertisonline
Apr 26th, 2012, 04:30 PM
In only a few days, Sam defeated on the same court almost all the German players: Kerber, Petkovic, Goerges. It sounds the Russians at the USO11, doesn't it, but without the mega t-breaks :) And she has only lost one set so far… B.

maturedgirl
Apr 26th, 2012, 04:37 PM
Masha next... I dont know what to expect to be honest.

Against Masha Sammy will have a home match anyhow ;)
And Sharapovas form yesterday was all but impressive:cool:

In only a few days, Sam defeated on the same court almost all the German players:

almost,right! But not the two best...:devil:

stromatolite
Apr 26th, 2012, 04:41 PM
In only a few days, Sam defeated on the same court almost all the German players: Kerber, Petkovic, Goerges. It sounds the Russians at the USO11, doesn't it, but without the mega t-breaks :) And she has only lost one set so far… B.

:lol: Maybe they're getting sick of the sight of Sammy by now. But I must say Julia was very sweet in her congratulations to Sam at the end. She also had some very kind words about her before the match :hearts:

It would certainly be nice if the 3 German wins was a good omen, like the Russians at the USO. Actually then she beat 3 Russians in a row and then a German, so maybe we can get some nice symmetry tomorrow! :)

Huntress55
Apr 26th, 2012, 04:44 PM
It would certainly be nice if the 3 German wins was a good omen, like the Russians at the USO. Actually then she beat 3 Russians in a row and then a German, so maybe we can get some nice symmetry tomorrow! :)

Oh yeah. Thatd be kind of funny if it happened :lol:

SilverPersian
Apr 27th, 2012, 03:08 AM
Against Masha Sammy will have a home match anyhow ;)
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I don't think Sammy really wants the feeling of a home match :bigcry:

sunsets21
Apr 27th, 2012, 04:21 PM
Dave Taylor casually eating those chocolate stick things while watching Azarenka vs Barthel. He makes me laugh sometimes :lol:

SilverPersian
Apr 27th, 2012, 04:35 PM
I'm a little bit in love with Dave Taylor :inlove:

I wish Mona and Vika would hurry up. I wants me some SamSam action.

sunsets21
Apr 27th, 2012, 04:59 PM
I really wish they would stop breaking each other's serve :sad:

SilverPersian
Apr 27th, 2012, 05:19 PM
3:20am in Australia now :bigcry:

sunsets21
Apr 27th, 2012, 05:22 PM
Yay, finally! Sam time!

sunsets21
Apr 27th, 2012, 05:23 PM
^ Eek. Sorry to hear that. Hopefully Sam will have a flawless match to make up for it...

stromatolite
Apr 27th, 2012, 05:27 PM
3:20am in Australia now :bigcry:

That's horrible!:hug: You must have felt like smashing something by the end of that match.

SilverPersian
Apr 27th, 2012, 05:32 PM
It'll all be worth it when Sam sends Maria back to Siberia :D

(Or leaves me tired and sad if she loses :sad:)

SilverPersian
Apr 27th, 2012, 05:33 PM
Sam looks like a wizard in her Strong is Beautiful photo

sunsets21
Apr 27th, 2012, 05:34 PM
So Sam Smith thinks Sam is the favourite. Sure...

stromatolite
Apr 27th, 2012, 05:39 PM
Why do I always feel sick at moments like this?

SilverPersian
Apr 27th, 2012, 05:42 PM
Oh dear. Not a great start :lol:

sunsets21
Apr 27th, 2012, 05:43 PM
Oh, I love it when Sam Smith talks about Sam. It's cute :lol:

SilverPersian
Apr 27th, 2012, 05:43 PM
1-0

Sam looking solid

sunsets21
Apr 27th, 2012, 05:44 PM
Good hold :yeah:

stromatolite
Apr 27th, 2012, 05:44 PM
No surprises at Maria's strategy, Sam kept her cool well.

bertisonline
Apr 27th, 2012, 05:45 PM
Good start, she is going for it! B.

SilverPersian
Apr 27th, 2012, 05:47 PM
Nice BH :yeah:

sunsets21
Apr 27th, 2012, 05:47 PM
Beautiful backhand!

SilverPersian
Apr 27th, 2012, 05:48 PM
These two commentators say the same three or four things about Sam everytime. I wonder if the woman will mention Sam's renovations again :lol:

bertisonline
Apr 27th, 2012, 05:48 PM
Another nice BH! B.

SilverPersian
Apr 27th, 2012, 05:48 PM
Arghhh

stromatolite
Apr 27th, 2012, 05:48 PM
Shit, let her off the hook there :(

SilverPersian
Apr 27th, 2012, 05:49 PM
1-1

stromatolite
Apr 27th, 2012, 05:50 PM
Good aggression from Sam.

stromatolite
Apr 27th, 2012, 05:52 PM
Shit, from 40-15 to deuce :(

stromatolite
Apr 27th, 2012, 05:53 PM
Good hold Sam!

Huntress55
Apr 27th, 2012, 05:54 PM
Time to break Sam:)

SilverPersian
Apr 27th, 2012, 05:54 PM
2-1

stromatolite
Apr 27th, 2012, 05:54 PM
Sam looks pretty relaxed, but I'm struggling to keep my dinner down :lol:

SilverPersian
Apr 27th, 2012, 05:57 PM
Sam leaking a few too many errors at the moment. Just needs to settle a bit.

SilverPersian
Apr 27th, 2012, 05:58 PM
2-2

stromatolite
Apr 27th, 2012, 06:00 PM
Wish they'd cut out these arty farty low camera angles. You have no idea where the ball is going.