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Feb 3rd, 2013 06:48 PM
antonella
Re: Australian summer-start of 2013!

I wonder if Kiri will take on her husband's surname, since he's her closest family now: Maria Yuryevna Ovechkinova??
Feb 1st, 2013 07:57 PM
misH@
Re: Australian summer-start of 2013!

I opened two threads, and Maria reached finals in New Haven and 4. round in AO, so not bad at all!
I`m happy with way she played AO, Serena was great in that match, over 80% of 1st serve, I don`t remember i saw that from her.

Don`t know what to say about doubles, girls that won against Maria/Raymond were in finals, but our team choked a lot in that match!
Jan 27th, 2013 09:42 PM
Iblis
Re: Australian summer-start of 2013!

Could anyone open a new thread for incoming Pattaya Open?
Jan 22nd, 2013 11:45 PM
the cat
Re: Australian summer-start of 2013!

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Originally Posted by Remix13 View Post
Maria does a perfect impersonation of a cat
It was awesome and purrrfect. Makiri The Russian Lynx could play Catwoman in the next Batman movie.
Jan 22nd, 2013 06:53 PM
NYKiriFan
Re: Australian summer-start of 2013!

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Originally Posted by the cat View Post
Well I finally watched the match. There wasn't much Kiri could do with Serena playing so well, cleanly and powefully. Serena served an amazing 87% on first serves. Wow. That is unreal since she generally goes for alot on her first serves. She pinned Kiri to the baseline in rallies and overwhelmed her with depth and power. I only wish Kiri played more slices and forehand fades in this match. But that's easier said than done because Serena's ball comes hard and heavy and there isn't much time for Maria to prepere for slices, fade shots or drop shots. I really hoped Kiri would do much better in this match than win only 2 games but it wasn't to be.
I fully agree. And even when Maria had the opportunity to be more creative, those opportunities were so few and far between that she never could achieve the momentum or confidence with those shots that we would've liked to see.

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Originally Posted by GoMasha23 View Post
here is a nice video of Maria to lighten the loss to Serena. http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/...ame=open_drive
Thanks
Jan 22nd, 2013 03:43 PM
Celeborn
Re: Australian summer-start of 2013!

We will see if Serena will even be tested this tournament. It is a long time since Sharapova managed to do this and Azarenka is maybe not in her best shape. So no shame in loosing to her.

Overall a great tournament, Wickmayer and Peng are very good players and she beat both convincingly. I believe the top 10 are really possible for her.
Jan 22nd, 2013 02:21 PM
Ollie.
Re: Australian summer-start of 2013!

Poor Maria, it's a shame Serena had to play so well in that match.

Oh well, onwards MaKiri! Break the top 10 this year.

Her cat impression.
Jan 22nd, 2013 06:39 AM
Remix13
Re: Australian summer-start of 2013!

Quote:
Originally Posted by GoMasha23 View Post
here is a nice video of Maria to lighten the loss to Serena. http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/...ame=open_drive
Maria does a perfect impersonation of a cat
Jan 22nd, 2013 03:42 AM
the cat
Re: Australian summer-start of 2013!

Well I finally watched the match. There wasn't much Kiri could do with Serena playing so well, cleanly and powefully. Serena served an amazing 87% on first serves. Wow. That is unreal since she generally goes for alot on her first serves. She pinned Kiri to the baseline in rallies and overwhelmed her with depth and power. I only wish Kiri played more slices and forehand fades in this match. But that's easier said than done because Serena's ball comes hard and heavy and there isn't much time for Maria to prepere for slices, fade shots or drop shots. I really hoped Kiri would do much better in this match than win only 2 games but it wasn't to be.
Jan 21st, 2013 10:43 PM
Iblis
Re: Australian summer-start of 2013!

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Originally Posted by JimM View Post
Thanks for that link. Nice to see her laughing
Well, actually the grandfather part was kinda sad.
Jan 21st, 2013 09:33 PM
JimM
Re: Australian summer-start of 2013!

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Originally Posted by GoMasha23 View Post
here is a nice video of Maria to lighten the loss to Serena. http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/...ame=open_drive

Thanks for that link. Nice to see her laughing
Jan 21st, 2013 08:56 PM
GoMasha23
Re: Australian summer-start of 2013!

here is a nice video of Maria to lighten the loss to Serena. http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/...ame=open_drive
Jan 21st, 2013 08:25 PM
malthof200
Re: Australian summer-start of 2013!

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Originally Posted by wagner1912 View Post
I think there is a simple analysis, Serena was in [COLOR="Red"]his day and played perfect. There is nothing to criticize Maria, she did what was within reach. Even the mistakes are understandable because the pressure I had was important because his opponent was very inspired, even so deserved to win a game more.
In doubles I think she needs a companion more aggressive and powerful as it was petrova or Azarenka at the time, Maria was always thinking that defined or points in the network, while their other companions marked difference with their serves and strokes background.
don't know if this was on purpose, but exactly true. "His" , tennis is not going to be the same until, "He" retires.....
Jan 21st, 2013 07:25 PM
wagner1912
Re: Australian summer-start of 2013!

I think there is a simple analysis, Serena was in his day and played perfect. There is nothing to criticize Maria, she did what was within reach. Even the mistakes are understandable because the pressure I had was important because his opponent was very inspired, even so deserved to win a game more.
In doubles I think she needs a companion more aggressive and powerful as it was petrova or Azarenka at the time, Maria was always thinking that defined or points in the network, while their other companions marked difference with their serves and strokes background.
Jan 21st, 2013 06:58 PM
Protoss
Re: Australian summer-start of 2013!

It was a good Australian Open for Maria in singles.

Doubles was pretty dissappointing though. I expect more from her there.
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