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Stonerpova
Dec 20th, 2012, 10:20 PM
We've talked about her best performances of the season here a bit, but I'm curious as to what everyone's favorite Maria match from this year is.

For me it's no doubt the Rome final. Hotmesspova defeating Errorli during a monsoon gave me LIFE.


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Runner-up would be her Olympics match against Lisicki. I was screaming and swearing and throwing highlighters at the wall during that match and she was a mess mentally, but I don't know if I've ever seen her outwardly want a match more than that. I just wish we could have HL on Youtube.

Post yours!

Cosmic Voices
Dec 20th, 2012, 10:23 PM
im sure there was a thread already started in SS about this? :shrug:

Stonerpova
Dec 20th, 2012, 10:37 PM
:o

Charlatan
Dec 20th, 2012, 11:37 PM
im sure there was a thread already started in SS about this? :shrug:

That thread is 'her best match' while this is your favorite match. Slightly different :p

Mine would be AO 12 SF. In a sense, I kind of agree with dsanders that it probably affects petra's mentality to play against Pova. And I hope the pattern continues and martha adds miss unbeatable 111 to her punchbag list soon :drool:

I also love all the grueling hard-fought 3-hour mark matches she played throughout 2012: IW QF, Stuttgart QF, Olympics 3R, YEC RR. And the fact that she was barely affected by the marathon matches on the following days just shows how strong she has become physically, stamina wise. I like the way her team and physio focus on her recovery process.

Cosmic Voices
Dec 21st, 2012, 12:07 AM
Ah my bad, post as you will :lol:
I'll choose mine later :oh:

domon17th
Dec 21st, 2012, 05:46 AM
That thread is 'her best match' while this is your favorite match. Slightly different :p

Mine would be AO 12 SF. In a sense, I kind of agree with dsanders that it probably affects petra's mentality to play against Pova. And I hope the pattern continues and martha adds miss unbeatable 111 to her punchbag list soon :drool:

I also love all the grueling hard-fought 3-hour mark matches she played throughout 2012: IW QF, Stuttgart QF, Olympics 3R, YEC RR. And the fact that she was barely affected by the marathon matches on the following days just shows how strong she has become physically, stamina wise. I like the way her team and physio focus on her recovery process.

All of this. Particularly about the AO SF against KvittyGOAT. Probably also because I skipped school to watch it live, and my heart literally died a few times during that final set. Exhausting match.

I'm grateful I didn't see the Rome final live though. :oh:

TrollPova
Dec 21st, 2012, 11:18 AM
Gosh, there are so many to pick from this year, especially from her bucket of RevengePova classics. The Stuttgart QF against Stosur is definitely my favorite of the year quality-wise. They were both playing unbelievably well. And that Rome final..good Lord. I don't like to think about what my mental state would have been had she lost that match. Probably the most terrifying/y shitty final I've ever seen her play. The conditions were absolutely hilarious and dramatic. Then it's a toss-up between her Olympics match vs. Lisicki and her YEC RR match against Radwanska. She was just so demonstrable in both those matches in ways we haven't really seen until this year. I loved it. Gah. I loved this season

shaktincredible
Dec 21st, 2012, 03:48 PM
my personal fave:

Stuttgart final vs Azarenka
Rome QF vs V Williams
French Open final vs Errani
Olympic 3rd round vs Lisicki
Olympic QF vs Clijsters
US open 4th round vs Petrova
US open QF vs Bartoli
Beijing QF vs Kerber

gc-spurs
Dec 22nd, 2012, 06:46 AM
Aus Open semi vs Kvitova

JoPova
Dec 22nd, 2012, 10:32 AM
AO SF vs Petra Kvitova

also:

Olympics 3r vs Sabine Lisicki
YEC RR vs Agnieszka Radwanska
Miami SF vs Caroline Wozniacki

Cosmic Voices
Dec 22nd, 2012, 10:40 AM
AO SF vs. Kvitova
Stuttgart QF vs. Stosur
Rome F vs. Na :hysteric:
Olympics 4th vs. Lisicki
YEC SF vs. Vika

Asanty
Dec 22nd, 2012, 01:40 PM
Olympics QF? You made me laugh. It was mediocre match. She completely lost herself after 2 first games, so many outs were there... Match with Kirilenko and Lisicki are much much better!

heelsrule1988
Dec 27th, 2012, 04:50 AM
Got to be the US Open QF against Bartoli. I honestly didn't think she'd be able to get out of that one.

The Stuttgart QF against Stosur is definitely my favorite of the year quality-wise. They were both playing unbelievably well.
I always say that was like watching a men's match... I enjoyed watching service games being held on a consistent basis.

Silas
Dec 27th, 2012, 05:10 AM
Got to be the US Open QF against Bartoli. I honestly didn't think she'd be able to get out of that one.


I always say that was like watching a men's match... I enjoyed watching service games being held on a consistent basis.


i felt so bad for Bartoli though... http://operationgaga.com/public/style_emoticons/default/hbb4.gif she tried SO hard to win but just couldn't...http://operationgaga.com/public/style_emoticons/default/negativeman-55f.png

claypova
Dec 27th, 2012, 05:14 AM
Of the ones I watched: AO SF, RG final :bounce:

Stonerpova
Dec 27th, 2012, 06:13 AM
The AO SF was incredibly special to me, too. Like I remember I was having a shitty-ass day. I just found out my dog had died, I bombed a test, my dude and I were fighting, I was sick, etc. etc. I sat up till like 3 am watching the match, white-knuckled the entire time. Maria was outplayed for a majority of it, but the way she defended her serve in the third set was some of the gutsiest stuff I've ever seen from her. And when she won I was on cloud 9. So happy that on a horrible day like that I got a tennis memory that I will never forget: my favorite player leaving it all on the court. Fighting till the bitter end. Re-watching the highlights just now kinda brought that whole moment back to me and it's just great. The way she played in the final takes away from it a bit, because I was certain she was going to bludgeon Azarenka in that match (whoops), but still, what a moment.

heelsrule1988
Dec 27th, 2012, 10:06 PM
I didn't have the unfortunate bad day you had prior to that, but I agree. This match was probably my second choice, if only for that third set. There are few times that I've been more intense during Maria's matches.

http://www.tennisforum.com/showpost.php?p=20846030&postcount=2465 :D

Mr.Sharapova
Dec 27th, 2012, 10:10 PM
Rome match versus Venus. I just love the feeling when she beats a Williams :drool:.

YEC Semifinal vs Vika :drool:.

JoPova
Dec 27th, 2012, 10:27 PM
Rome match versus Venus. I just love the feeling when she beats a Williams :drool:.

I watched it live in Rome! It was amazing supporting her there! :hearts:

Mr.Sharapova
Dec 27th, 2012, 10:35 PM
I watched it live in Rome! It was amazing supporting her there! :hearts:

Really?!:eek:. I love the venue in Rome :inlove:. Were they cheering more for Maria or Venus?

JoPova
Dec 27th, 2012, 10:41 PM
Really?!:eek:. I love the venue in Rome :inlove:. Were they cheering more for Maria or Venus?

It's beautiful! Such a peaceful place! I really enjoyed my time there. I attended the final against Na as well :oh:

There were people that cheered for both, but the more vocal ones were definitely Maria's fans :hearts:

Mr.Sharapova
Dec 27th, 2012, 10:46 PM
It's beautiful! Such a peaceful place! I really enjoyed my time there. I attended the final against Na as well :oh:

There were people that cheered for both, but the more vocal ones were definitely Maria's fans :hearts:

Lovely. Would love to visit that venue someday, it's one of my favorites :angel:.

JoPova
Dec 27th, 2012, 10:55 PM
Lovely. Would love to visit that venue someday, it's one of my favorites :angel:.

I'll definitely attend this year again! I had such a great time there, even if it was just for a few days. Money well spent :hearts: