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Jul 4th, 2011 04:06 PM
Rovegun
Re: Grass is always green on Kiri's lawn

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Originally Posted by Remix13 View Post
Oh I just realized that Wimbledon 2011 was Maria's 30th Grand Slam participation in a row (from RG2004 she entered all GS events). Congrats Maria

Hopefully this serie will continue for years and years
oh didnīt know that... itīs an incredible amount! well done, Maria
Jul 4th, 2011 02:17 PM
Remix13
Re: Grass is always green on Kiri's lawn

Oh I just realized that Wimbledon 2011 was Maria's 30th Grand Slam participation in a row (from RG2004 she entered all GS events). Congrats Maria

Hopefully this serie will continue for years and years
Jun 28th, 2011 12:10 PM
Celeborn
Re: Grass is always green on Kiri's lawn

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You can't be happy with Maria's routine loss to Serena Williams yesterday and Maria's fan can't be happy with that loss and Maria's only winning 5 games but is Maria happy with the result?
Maybe I formulated it inaccurate. Its just that the loss was more routine (as you said) than I hoped. But of course thats just sport, sometimes there is just a stronger player and thats it, of course I can accept that. But still not happy about it

The mixed result is bad, didn't see that coming. Maybe I shouldn't have said that I like the draw...
Jun 27th, 2011 09:23 PM
whoaduh
Re: Grass is always green on Kiri's lawn

I can't remember seeing Maria play a doubles match and not smile like today. She's usually always smiling. Hope she plays with Nenad again as they are constantly smiling and they play really well together.
Jun 27th, 2011 05:37 PM
GoMasha23
Re: Grass is always green on Kiri's lawn

Its a shame they lost the mixed dubs today. But on a good not, Maria should move up to 24 since the Williams sisters lost today.
Jun 27th, 2011 03:42 PM
Remix13
Re: Grass is always green on Kiri's lawn

6-2 -> 6-8 !

Nicely done. Only Igor & Maria could achieve such a performance
Jun 27th, 2011 03:41 PM
cosmoose
Re: Grass is always green on Kiri's lawn

they look cute together. too bad they suck at tennis

Jun 27th, 2011 12:01 AM
SOA_MC
Re: Grass is always green on Kiri's lawn

Oh the irony by two posters on page 5

I'm supposed to leave some positive fan comment or such
Lets hope Maria reaches a few QF's on the US Open lead up tourneys. If she does she could find herself in the top 20 by years end without alot to defend till Roland Garros
Jun 26th, 2011 07:03 PM
the cat
Re: Grass is always green on Kiri's lawn

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Yeah, disappointing day .

I still think she played well against Serena, but Serena also played a good match, so the outcome is normal I think. Nevertheless I had some hope before the match, so can not be happy with this. And doubles, well Julia isn't exactly a specialist, so also bad luck with this...

Let's hope for the best in mixed, I think she has a good partner
You can't be happy with Maria's routine loss to Serena Williams yesterday and Maria's fan can't be happy with that loss and Maria's only winning 5 games but is Maria happy with the result? I would imagine she's okay with it and therein lies the major problem in Makrii's under achieving career. Maria may well be satisfied with having a nice tennis career. But she could be doing so much more results wise. Makiri played fairly well against Serena but Serena played well and served well and her great numbers in the match were clearly too much for Maria to overcome. Serena kept her pinned behind the baseline most of the match and wore her down and overpowered Kirilenko as well. But I was pleased with the compliments Chris Evert gave Maria's game during the match on ESPN2. Evert said Maria had a fine all around game and moved beautifully on court and Evert couldn't understand why she hasn't done better in her career. I agree with Evert and so does Lindsay Davenport who broke down Maria and Serena's match in a detailed preview which I have copy and pasted below. Davenport like Evert knows Kirilenko has real tennis talent and is a fine all around player but she like Evert and many other tennis experts doesn't understand why Maria isn't better than she is. Davenport thinks Maria doesn't want it enough. She may be right. Here are her interesting pre - match comments on Kirilenko / Williams.



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Davenport on Williams v Kirilenko



Serena Williams is battling to regain form after her long spell out of the game


Reigning Wimbledon ladies' singles champion Serena Williams faces a third-round match against 27th seed Maria Kirilenko on Saturday.
Four-time winner Williams is battling to find her best form again after being out of the game for a year following foot surgery and suffering life-threatening blood clots.
Kirilenko has five WTA titles to her name, but the Russian has failed to build on the potential she showed as a junior and has had a poor 2011 so far.
Lindsay Davenport, who faced both players during her career, analyses where the match could be won or lost and the respective strengths and weaknesses of both players.



By Lindsay Davenport
1999 Wimbledon champion



WHO IS MARIA KIRILENKO?
Maria Kirilenko is a real enigma. It's so funny, she is one of those players that I scratch my head about and don't know why she has not done better than she has.
The Russian enjoyed her best performance at a grand slam at the Australian Open in 2010, when she reached the quarter-finals.
MARIA KIRILENKO

Age: 24
Nationality: Russian
Turned pro: 2002
World ranking: 27
Highest ranking: 18 (July 2008)
ATP singles titles: 5 (9 in doubles)
Career prize money won: $3,800,414
Boyfriend is world number 79 Igor Andreev

Her Wimbledon record, though, is derisory and in seven visits to Wimbledon she has made it past the first round just three times.
It's puzzling, she has a great all-round game and if you see her on the practice courts she absolutely rips the ball.
The problem for her is when she gets on the match court she tends to be much more passive, she gets really tentative and then she doesn't have a weapon to hurt the big players with.

CURRENT FORM AND WIMBLEDON PEDIGREE?
WILLIAMS
I don't actually think she has been playing that badly. She has lost a couple of sets but the strokes are there and the timing is there. It is just a case of getting on the court more and returning more, and starting to move a little bit more like she used to before injury.
As for her pedigree, she has won four Wimbledon titles and is the defending champion.
KIRILENKO
After a terrible start to the year, she has defied that form to have two routine straight sets victories thus far, but in seven visits to Wimbledon she has gone out in the first round four times.
She grew up and moves well on clay so she has done well at the French Open but she should be better on grass than she is. She has the game but she starts not going for her shots despite being able to volley well. Watch on Saturday to see what I mean, it's crazy I don't get it.

WHAT IS THE KEY SHOT FOR BOTH PLAYERS?
WILLIAMS
Serena's serve is the best serve in the history of women's tennis. Simple as that.
KIRILENKO
Because of the monster serve Serena possesses it has to be how good her return is.

WHAT WEAKNESSES DO THEY HAVE IN THEIR GAMES?
WILLIAMS
Right now, Serena is a little short of that first step. To expect her to come back and play at the same level that she did when she won here last year, though, would be putting unfair expectations on her.

She [Kirilenko] is going to be really hard pressed to try and create anything due to that lack of power to her game



LINDSAY DAVENPORT

KIRILENKO
She has a lack of power against the big hitters in pretty much every aspect of her game. She just starts massaging balls around the court and you can't do that against players that can step in.
Her all around game is very good, she has a good serve, good looking strokes, but she is going to be really hard pressed to try and create anything due to that lack of power to her game.

HOW IS THEIR FITNESS AND MOVEMENT?
WILLIAMS
Unsurprisingly, Serena's reactions seem a split second slower than what we are used to seeing from her - but that will come back with more matches.

S WILLIAMS v KIRILENKO HEAD-TO-HEAD
Three meetings (Two clay, one hard)
Williams 3 wins, Kirilenko 0 wins

KIRILENKO
Kirilenko is one of the fittest players out there. She moves so well but she needs to try and move forward a bit better. She likes to move around the baseline yet she is a good volleyer so she should be coming forward.

HOW MENTALITY STRONG ARE THEY ON COURT?
WILLIAMS
Serena has fought through such a lot his year and she is a different person now than that she was 12 months ago when she won here. She is one of the best competitors, along with Steffi Graf, that women's tennis has ever seen.
KIRILENKO
Kirilenko's struggle is believing that she can close it out against the top players. I don't think she believes she can do it against the very best.
She beat Maria Sharapova in the first round of the Australian Open last year but she hasn't built on that result. She just sometimes seems too satisfied when she gets to play those types of players.

WHAT IS YOUR VERDICT?
Serena has lost a set in both her opening matches and has lost her way a bit in both games. Despite that, you get the sense the more she is around, the more she practises, the more she plays, her game is going to click pretty soon.
I'm going for Serena in straight sets.

Lindsay was talking to BBC Sport's Paul Birch


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Jun 26th, 2011 02:20 PM
GoMasha23
Re: Grass is always green on Kiri's lawn

In next weeks rankings she could move up to 24, if Serena does not win and Venus does not make the semis. Though She does have a ton of points to defend before the US Open.
Jun 26th, 2011 11:51 AM
Remix13
Re: Grass is always green on Kiri's lawn

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I was just looking at the rankings, and Maria should be moving up a few spots since she held her R3 points.
Reaching top 24 before US Open could be a good objective (avoiding [1-8] in the draw if I remember the rules correctly).

Her held in Wimbly will help but she needs to do well on summer hardcourts. It should be OK hopefully
Jun 26th, 2011 01:10 AM
GoMasha23
Re: Grass is always green on Kiri's lawn

I was just looking at the rankings, and Maria should be moving up a few spots since she held her R3 points.
Jun 25th, 2011 11:09 PM
kirivanovic
Re: Grass is always green on Kiri's lawn

Maria tried her best but what do you want to do against an opponent like that. She tried everything but she's lacking of power,so it was impossible to win easy points. To win a point, she had to fight really hard when Serena only needed one shot...I'm happy about her performance hoping that she'll manage to win some matches with Igor(who wasted a big chance to go far on this tournament in singles)
Jun 25th, 2011 10:59 PM
MK Ultra
Re: Grass is always green on Kiri's lawn

probably not...
Jun 25th, 2011 10:40 PM
GoMasha23
Re: Grass is always green on Kiri's lawn

Does anyone know if Maria will play another tourney before the US hard court tourneys?
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