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Feb 10th, 2013 01:49 PM
the cat
Re: Raymond for doubles

Kiri may go back to doubles someday to win that elusive doubles grand slam. But the truth is doubles has drained her singles game on occasion when she has made the QF and beyond. For Kiri to go deep into tournaments things have to be right for her like her health and feeling fresh. She wants to give singles a real run for a year or so and not have the fatigue in her singles game that doubles sometimes caused her. I doubt Kiri would have won Pattaya if she played doubles there too and won a couple rounds in doubles. She barely had enough energy to finish off the singles title against the much bigger and stronger Lisicki.


I still wish Maria would play doubles in the grand slams but for now she has put doubles to the side. It's kind of shocking because she's so good at doubles but it's her decision. I understand her decision because if you look back to the Olympics Kiri was exhausted making the semi's in singles and doubles and she barely had enough energy left to win a bronze medal in doubles after Vika routined her in singles for the bronze medal. Playing big and strong girls like Georges, Sharapova and Azarenka the way Maria did in the London Olympics with no days off took a toll on Kiri and took something out of her singles game. She knows it and she lives with it which is why she made this interesting doubles decision. Kiri and Petrova did well to win the bronze medal in doubles.
Feb 8th, 2013 05:18 PM
Iblis
Re: Raymond for doubles

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Originally Posted by obama08 View Post
Well, now you have heard it directly from Masha....

I actually stopped playing doubles and decided to concentrate on my singles, Kirilenko commented. I think it was a logical decision because I feel that I am playing well in singles and if you play doubles, you lose so much energy so I want to focus all my efforts on trying to improve my singles game.
Right.
However, good decision, it seems that she's really going to put a lot of effort into trying to break top ten.
Feb 8th, 2013 03:21 PM
obama08
Re: Raymond for doubles

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Originally Posted by Iblis View Post
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However, is there any source of what obama08 reported?
Well, now you have heard it directly from Masha....

I actually stopped playing doubles and decided to concentrate on my singles, Kirilenko commented. I think it was a logical decision because I feel that I am playing well in singles and if you play doubles, you lose so much energy so I want to focus all my efforts on trying to improve my singles game.
Feb 5th, 2013 10:25 AM
Iblis
Re: Raymond for doubles

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Originally Posted by MaKiri rulezzz View Post
I do also think this is a good decision!!
Maria seems to be at her top in singles, she is still young but already has a lot of experience, the perfect combination! She should make use of that to get out the maximum of her career in singles. This season could be her best ever, maybe she can reach the top ten and maybe a GS semifinal! Playing singles AND doubles all the time would be too much for her..
Kiri has won many tournaments in doubles, an olympic medal and the Year End Championships..only a GS is missing, and I would say she can try that again when she is a bit "older", in 5-6 years or so...
So true, she already had the satisfaction of reaching important achievement in doubles, now is time to do something great on singles.
However, is there any source of what obama08 reported?
Feb 5th, 2013 09:42 AM
peterlein
Re: Raymond for doubles

I do also think this is a good decision!!
Maria seems to be at her top in singles, she is still young but already has a lot of experience, the perfect combination! She should make use of that to get out the maximum of her career in singles. This season could be her best ever, maybe she can reach the top ten and maybe a GS semifinal! Playing singles AND doubles all the time would be too much for her..
Kiri has won many tournaments in doubles, an olympic medal and the Year End Championships..only a GS is missing, and I would say she can try that again when she is a bit "older", in 5-6 years or so...
Feb 5th, 2013 08:51 AM
Iblis
Re: Raymond for doubles

That's the right decision, she has to concentrate on singles this year, it's time to reach the top 10. She's 26 now, I think doubles actually takes from her lots of energy.
Plus, I always found doubles quite boring, I won't miss them too much.
Feb 5th, 2013 06:44 AM
Remix13
Re: Raymond for doubles

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Originally Posted by obama08 View Post
I heard that Masha is no longer going to be playing doubles at all. She has been having some knee issues and told Raymond in Australia that she doesn't think she can give 100% to both so is giving up doubles entirely.

Sad as she is such a good doubles player but her body is not able to handle the wear and tear of both. That could also explain the disappointing start to their relationship. Masha was not her normal self in Sydney or in Melbourne on the doubles court. She didnt seem to have the confidence when coming in or in her volleys.

Maybe her knee will get healthy again and she will decide to play again in the future?
If she's indeed done with doubles, I think that's quite a good decision, especially in order to save energy for singles, where she has actually chances to reach top 10. Also we all know she has chronicle knee issues...

Of course I'd like to see her play doubles too (and win) but she's not a cyborg...
Feb 5th, 2013 01:42 AM
the cat
Re: Raymond for doubles

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Originally Posted by obama08 View Post
I heard that Masha is no longer going to be playing doubles at all. She has been having some knee issues and told Raymond in Australia that she doesn't think she can give 100% to both so is giving up doubles entirely.

Sad as she is such a good doubles player but her body is not able to handle the wear and tear of both. That could also explain the disappointing start to their relationship. Masha was not her normal self in Sydney or in Melbourne on the doubles court. She didnt seem to have the confidence when coming in or in her volleys.

Maybe her knee will get healthy again and she will decide to play again in the future?
Really? That is surprising. I thought Kiri would cut back some on her doubles this year to concentrate more on singles but you make it sound like she is eliminating doubles altogether. I still hope Kiri plays doubles at the Tier 1 tournaments and grand slams if she has a good partner. I think they player Masha beat in the Pattaya final Sabine Lisicki with her huge serve and great power would be a great doubles partner for Kiri. No doubt doubles has drained Kiri in some singles tournaments and if Kiri was playing doubles in Pattaya and made the semi's in doubles and the finals in singles that doubles effort may have cost her the singles title she won yesterday. I would still love to see Kiri win a doubles slam in her career. It is alot more likely than her winning a singles slam.

On a side note I have to admit it's tough knowing powerpuff hitters Errani and Vinci are a great doubles team and they are very good in singles too. Especially Errani. Masha can do that too. But maybe the doubles and all that extra serving and on court time has taken something out of Kiri physically. With less doubles I hope to see Maria best ever season in singles. That is possible. She can still play doubles in Fed Cup and hopefully in the slams too. When she lost that brutal match to Hlvackova in the 2012 U.S. Open Kiri and Petrova beat the Williams sisters in doubles the next day. That was a great moment in Maria's career even though they didn't win the title. The doubles saved Maria's U.S. Open last year. I really hooe she still plays grand slam doubles if she has the right partner.
Feb 5th, 2013 12:01 AM
obama08
Re: Raymond for doubles

I heard that Masha is no longer going to be playing doubles at all. She has been having some knee issues and told Raymond in Australia that she doesn't think she can give 100% to both so is giving up doubles entirely.

Sad as she is such a good doubles player but her body is not able to handle the wear and tear of both. That could also explain the disappointing start to their relationship. Masha was not her normal self in Sydney or in Melbourne on the doubles court. She didnt seem to have the confidence when coming in or in her volleys.

Maybe her knee will get healthy again and she will decide to play again in the future?
Jan 25th, 2013 02:59 PM
Thaleia
Re: Raymond for doubles

It were better with Petrova...
Jan 5th, 2013 05:55 PM
F4CU
Re: Raymond for doubles

good luck
Nov 28th, 2012 03:56 AM
Protoss
Re: Raymond for doubles

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Originally Posted by Remix13 View Post
I don't expect anything from this awkward team... Maria should focus on singles. But who knows...
Maria needs a doubles partner with a lot more power than Raymond.

But she's better at doubles though.
Nov 15th, 2012 06:36 AM
Remix13
Re: Raymond for doubles

I don't expect anything from this awkward team... Maria should focus on singles. But who knows...
Nov 10th, 2012 12:28 PM
JimM
Re: Raymond for doubles

Vika pulling out of that Dubs final last year might have influenced her playing with a Dubs partner only. Vika never twitters anything about MAria now. Wonder if there was a bust up over that?
Nov 8th, 2012 07:04 AM
JimM
Raymond for doubles

News from Jorn

"This is a danish text translated from Russian, Maria will play with Lisa Raymond. They want there doubles partners to be as fresh as possible so plays with a doubles only player..."



Maybe she thinks they can be as good as Errani & Vinci?

Their last outing together was awful. We can only hope they can do better in 2013

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