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Jan 31st, 2006 11:15 PM
Dementirilenko Well now, let me shortly sum up what we have learned from this tourney at Melbourne. First of all I wanna thank all the Fans of Makiri that you all don't put o much pressure on her shoulders. This is very important. Before the AO started we all wanted her to reach the third round. This was definetly the right way, we should make small steps, and for shure Makiri should make small steps as well. It was just her ninth Slam and what she achieved at Melbourne is something very important for her career, because she has made a great experience by playing the world #1 Lindz Davenport at Rod Laver Arena, and millions of people around the world where watching her and they all saw her great talent. Makiri lost in three sets, in the end she was a bit too tired, but the whole match showed that she is able to compete with the world's greatest players.
Well, at the beginning of her career, Makiri walked on a small road. Now this road became bigger and if she is able to walk this road to the end, she will be on top in a few years.
Jan 30th, 2006 02:43 PM
Keraj Some stats from AO official site:

Masha, 9 on the double fault leaders list

http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/...double_ws.html


but also 16 on ace leaders list

http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/...s/aces_ws.html
Jan 25th, 2006 05:46 PM
Dementirilenko
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Originally Posted by Keraj
I would love to see Masha playing with Max Mirnyi, I like his style of play, so aggressive, plus he speaks Russian... so, a perfect pair
Sounds good to me!
Jan 25th, 2006 05:49 AM
Keraj I would love to see Masha playing with Max Mirnyi, I like his style of play, so aggressive, plus he speaks Russian... so, a perfect pair
Jan 24th, 2006 07:12 PM
King Aaron @ the doubles loss but good tournament overall.

Masha needs to get a good mixed partner.
Jan 24th, 2006 06:14 PM
Zoltan83 Good tournament (except mixed doubles ) for her!
Jan 24th, 2006 04:49 PM
KirilenkoRulz
Quote:
Originally Posted by Keraj
don`t be harsh on Igor... poor guy probably couldn`t concentrate on the match, especially if Masha played in the same outfit as in doubles
Now that you mention it, Makiri went out in the first round in mixed at the USO 2005 playing with Graydon Oliver, a trend starting. But you think Makiri's partner would play the match of his life to get to play again with her in a second round match.
Jan 24th, 2006 03:43 PM
Ravsieg
Quote:
Originally Posted by Keraj

don`t be harsh on Igor... poor guy probably couldn`t concentrate on the match, especially if Masha played in the same outfit as in doubles


BTW, my mother heard on Eurosport that there was some Miss of the Tournament election:
TOP 3:
1.Ivanobich
2.Kirilenko
3.Domachowska

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Whereas I cannot see on what area Ivanovic is pretty, that was expected due to her popularity and hype.
Jan 24th, 2006 02:58 PM
Langers
Quote:
Originally Posted by Keraj
don`t be harsh on Igor... poor guy probably couldn`t concentrate on the match, especially if Masha played in the same outfit as in doubles
Oh no poor Igor, what a problem he had to face!
Jan 24th, 2006 02:53 PM
Keraj
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Originally Posted by KirilenkoRulz
Mixed 0 wins - 1 loss (hmmm, don't know about that guy Igor)

don`t be harsh on Igor... poor guy probably couldn`t concentrate on the match, especially if Masha played in the same outfit as in doubles


BTW, my mother heard on Eurosport that there was some Miss of the Tournament election:
TOP 3:
1.Ivanobich
2.Kirilenko
3.Domachowska

NO COMMENT
Jan 24th, 2006 02:31 PM
KirilenkoRulz Hmmm, sure everyone has seen this but just to be complete

Lisa Raymond USA (1)
Samantha Stosur AUS (1) 6 6

Gisela Dulko ARG (10)
Maria Kirilenko RUS (10) 3 2

It was like 2-2 in the first set when Lisa and Sam pulled away. The second set was never a contest. So Makiri officially done with the Australian Open 2006 -
Singles 2 wins - 1 loss (the loss to the #1 seed)
Doubles 3 wins - 1 loss (the loss to the #1 seed)
Mixed 0 wins - 1 loss (hmmm, don't know about that guy Igor)
Over all a 5-3 record. Played 8 matches over 9 days, never more than one match in any day. As best I can tell Makiri will move up to #24 in the WTA Singles Rankings when they are released on 30 Jan. I saw someone on the Russian site calculates Makiri to move up to #23, either way she will hit her new high ranking ever in singles.
Jan 24th, 2006 01:43 AM
Zoltan83 Amazing victory! I didn't expect this result

Vamaļ Dulkolenko! You've nothing to lose in the next round!!
Jan 23rd, 2006 10:23 PM
SzavayFi Wow a demolition over Dani and Sugiyama Weldone girls I hope Danis leg isnt still bothering her though
Jan 23rd, 2006 06:05 PM
Dementirilenko Great to hear that Makiri and Gisela reached the fourth round at Melbourne in the doubles - competition with this really strong 6.1, 6.1 victory over Hantuchova/Sugyiama. I didn't expect such a clear result. It will give our darling a lot of confidence, cause now she defiently has a great start into the new season, after reaching the singles third round and after playing a great match against Davenport. Let's see how far Dulkolenko will bring it in Doubles.
Jan 23rd, 2006 06:04 PM
houseoflords Tennis in America has different levels. There are places where it is more popular than others, places where a lot of people do it. Other places, it is a class thing. Where I live currently in Pennsylvania, it is mainly a rich kid thing. Many kids believe it is too expensive and spend their efforts on other sports like soccer, basketball, football and baseball. Part of the reason for this is, in the winter there is no public place to play tennis in the winter. The Tennis & Racquet Clubs have very high membership fees. More public tennis centers are needed and more efforts need to made to draw kids to the game.

As for the interest in the pro tours, it varies. Many of my friends are tennis fans, but then again I've met many of them while working the US Open the past six years. There are a lot people who only know a few players and if they aren't playing, they don't watch. Basically, many tennis fans in America are casual tennis fans. ESPN2 has aired more tennis at the Australian Open so far this year which is good. More coverage is a good thing, but the American broadcasters really need to stop the total American bias.

As for players, right now the future of American tennis isn't that bright. KirilenkoRulz is right when he says that there really isn't any young player with top 20 potential. Alexa Glatch made it to the US Open junior girls final last year, but I don't see a lot of room for growth i her game. None of the other juniors have made much of a dent. I know junior tennis success isn't necesarrily an indicator of success as a pro, but most successful pros were at least in contention as a junior. I always watch the junior girls tournament at the US Open and I see a lot of potential future Top 20 players from Europe. But there aren't any players like Viki Azarenka, Agnes Szavay, Michaella Krajicek, Dominika Cibulkova, Tamira Paszek in the American ranks.
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