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Dec 5th, 2012 10:12 AM
ElusiveChanteuse
Re: S7 - 21: Tour Championships, Madrid/Bali (YEC)

Nice article MK. Misa and Ju both got mentioned, I'm honoured.

Did Rezai or Aga won another title other than their slam win?
Dec 5th, 2012 10:08 AM
ElusiveChanteuse
Re: S7 - 21: Tour Championships, Madrid/Bali (YEC)

I wonder if I should retire Justine and bring someone else?
Dec 5th, 2012 02:54 AM
Natash.
Re: S7 - 21: Tour Championships, Madrid/Bali (YEC)

Kiri Partyy time.
Dec 5th, 2012 01:29 AM
MH0861
Re: S7 - 21: Tour Championships, Madrid/Bali (YEC)

Kirilenko cruises to second Year-End Championships title


Caption: MK screams after hitting an ace on match point

Second ranked Maria Kirilenko capped off her incredible comeback season late Tuesday, by winning her second Year End Championship in Madrid over the top seeded Daniela Hantuchova, 6-1 6-3.


Caption: Finalists Kirilenko and Hantuchova share a laugh at the trophy ceremony

"I'm just elated" beamed Kirilenko during her on court interview. "To come through such a tough field and go undefeated again is something I didn't expect to do again in my career, it's a huge accomplishment for me and a career highlight".

The sold-out crowd of 15,250 jammed the stands to watch the Top 2 players of the season go at it one more time. Kirilenko went into the match as a clear underdog, having been blitzed by Hantuchova two weeks previously in the finals of Moscow 6-2 6-4.

"I really did not show my best tennis in front of my home fans that day. I was really nervous and Daniela really controlled the rallies, so I knew I had to come in with a better mindset and a new approach or the same thing would happen again. I must thank my incredible coach for all the scouting and preparations that helped me to triumph today".

"Daniela just doesn't lose matches lately, so it takes a really special performance to get the win against her. She is one of my favorite players on tour and I'm so happy to see her achieve the success she deserves. We are both veterans and it really felt like a special moment to share between us at the trophy ceremony. I wish her all the best for next season, but I'd rather she stopped winning so much!"


TMZ Exclusive Photo: Did Hantuchova try to push Kirilenko over at the ceremony to hamper her S8 preparations?!"

Kirilenko will finish the season at #2, her best year end rank ever, and a huge improvement from her #10 rank at the end of last season. Her other season highlights include a return to #1 after triumphs in Auckland, Gold Coast, s'Hertogenbosch and Eastbourne, a Bronze Olympic Medal, along with finals appearances at Roland Garros, Birmingham, and Moscow.

"Many people continue to point out I still don't have a Grand Slam, but I hope this wonderful end of the season will fuel me towards that goal. I still have so much to be proud of this season. Winning any title is an incredible feeling, and I just love winning no matter where it is. It's sweeter across so many surfaces too. I would rather win 5 titles than have a season like Justine, who did win a slam but lost everywhere else."


Caption: Will MK's slam prayers ever be answered?

In terms of her thoughts on next season, Kirilenko said "I look forward to the challenges next season presents, with new and old faces mixing it up. I hope some of the girls bring their personalities to the court next season so things don't get boring. I miss the days where big personalities like Krajicek, Dechy, and Mauresmo really added an extra spark and excitement to the matches and fueled rivalries. We seem to be missing that lately on tour, so I'll do my best to bring it back"
Dec 4th, 2012 11:39 PM
.Andrew.
Re: S7 - 21: Tour Championships, Madrid/Bali (YEC)

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Originally Posted by The Daviator View Post
That's right, but you were within the 24 hours when you posted so had you sent then they would have counted, but nevermind, you still had quite an epic season Definitely a few ATC awards coming your way
Yes, definitely no complaints here Thanks for as usual a great season!

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Dani only 4 games against a 0-acer?
But well done MK! Keep winning these non slam titles.
I knew if Kiri changed points, I would've been toast so I guess no the smartest move on my part.

But anyway happy to play the finals and where were you again...

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OH YESSSS Very pleased, I may not have a slam but two YECs is pretty damn good

Dani Congrats on an amazing breakthrough season

And thanks Dav for running such an amazing game and another successful season The format and atmosphere in this game is what keeps us all coming back

Article later See you all at the MK Open in Auckland
Congrats again
Dec 4th, 2012 11:11 PM
MH0861
Re: S7 - 21: Tour Championships, Madrid/Bali (YEC)

OH YESSSS Very pleased, I may not have a slam but two YECs is pretty damn good

Dani Congrats on an amazing breakthrough season

And thanks Dav for running such an amazing game and another successful season The format and atmosphere in this game is what keeps us all coming back

Article later See you all at the MK Open in Auckland
Dec 4th, 2012 11:05 PM
ElusiveChanteuse
Re: S7 - 21: Tour Championships, Madrid/Bali (YEC)

MK will be the POY.
Dec 4th, 2012 11:04 PM
ElusiveChanteuse
Re: S7 - 21: Tour Championships, Madrid/Bali (YEC)

Dani only 4 games against a 0-acer?
But well done MK! Keep winning these non slam titles.
Dec 4th, 2012 11:03 PM
The Daviator
Re: S7 - 21: Tour Championships, Madrid/Bali (YEC)

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Originally Posted by .Andrew. View Post
Ahh I didn't realize I thought you didn't post the final yesterday because you were busy

But such a beatdown I knew I should've sent new points But huge congrats to Kiri Happy you can end the year with a big one

And also still really pleased about this season, so excited for next
That's right, but you were within the 24 hours when you posted so had you sent then they would have counted, but nevermind, you still had quite an epic season Definitely a few ATC awards coming your way
Dec 4th, 2012 10:53 PM
.Andrew.
Re: S7 - 21: Tour Championships, Madrid/Bali (YEC)

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Originally Posted by The Daviator View Post
You could have sent at the time of this post Dani, you had 24 hours after the semis to send new points

Final coming up!
Ahh I didn't realize I thought you didn't post the final yesterday because you were busy

But such a beatdown I knew I should've sent new points But huge congrats to Kiri Happy you can end the year with a big one

And also still really pleased about this season, so excited for next
Dec 4th, 2012 10:46 PM
suckulentaces96
Re: S7 - 21: Tour Championships, Madrid/Bali (YEC)

Kiri
Dec 4th, 2012 10:42 PM
The Daviator
Re: S7 - 21: Tour Championships, Madrid/Bali (YEC)

Thanks to all who contributed to another great season! Sign-up thread for S8 will be posted in a few days
Dec 4th, 2012 10:39 PM
The Daviator
Re: S7 - 21: Tour Championships, Madrid/Bali (YEC)

Final




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MK! Unbelievable! Second undefeated win the at YEC with 0 aces And now joint most titles in ATC HISTORY! She proved that all you need to succeed in this game is smart play and good strategy, she studied the Moscow final carefully and eased to victory despite a 3-ace deficit, well done! Dani You've had a superb run lately and you're a well deserved season-ending #1, no doubt more success will be coming your way in S8
Dec 4th, 2012 10:30 PM
The Daviator
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Dec 4th, 2012 10:27 PM
The Daviator
Re: S7 - 21: Tour Championships, Madrid/Bali (YEC)

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Originally Posted by .Andrew. View Post
Ahh didn't know semis went on But Dani

I wanted to change points for the finals so hopefully it'll be enough Good luck Kiri
You could have sent at the time of this post Dani, you had 24 hours after the semis to send new points

Final coming up!
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