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Sep 11th, 2006 03:15 PM
Michael Pemulis First, big congratulations to Maria for the great run. She really surprised me for the game displayed in semifinal and in the final. After a sluggish start of the tournament, Masha changed gear and produced his best tennis ever, showing all her greatness. Sincerely, I thought she wasn't able to do it. I mean, Maria’ best quality, as she confirmed during the press release, is the mental strength. She never gives up, she doesn’t like to lose. I couldn’t believe neither she would have served that good, mixing up pace and loop, nor she would have hit the ball so good, building the points with patience and surgical precision. It seems she learned very well how to manage a match against a top player, worked on her weaknesses such as movement and a predictable pace of the ball. So congrats to Yuri, Michael and the trainer for that. I dunno why so many people are still focused on Yuri telling Maria to eat a banana. That’s the funny part of a very complex Dad, coach and tennis guru. Illegal coaching from the sidelines is widespread in tennis, I dunno why Yuri is the only to blame for that. Maybe ‘coz is not that good to hide his signals ? Relating to her opponent in the final, I would say Justine didn’t play bad at all, even though she remained too passive, too defensive, and showed the new serve mechanic takes some getting used to. I was thinking that Jelena better deserved that spot in the final. But it was just a thought, we will never know how it would have gone, because JJ had thrown a match almost won in that horrendous way.
Sep 11th, 2006 12:23 PM
WC6320 Maria, you are a legend! Well done and congrats!!!!!!
Sep 11th, 2006 10:19 AM
per4ever Congratulations to Maria! Great win from her!

Too bad for Justine, but I'm sure that many victories will follow Continue that great year Justine and now help Belgium to conquer the Fed Cup!
Sep 11th, 2006 10:08 AM
Sharapower I'm obviously very happy that Maria won her second GS title.
I just don't understand why some people found the final was boring. Justine didn't play bad at all, though not super-good and Maria just displayed awesome tennis and impressive shotmaking.
Sep 11th, 2006 10:04 AM
disco_rage Well done Maria!
Sep 10th, 2006 05:58 PM
Wintermute Gotta say well done to Maria. That was one of the best matches I've seen her play. Her serving was sensational and you can see she is starting to develop her overall game and work on her weaknesses such as forward movement and net play.

Justine. Lost to the better player on the night. I've been amazed this summer how Justine came back with a really altered service motion to ease pain in her shoulder. I think she has not had the time to develop consistency in the new service action and that became apparent in the final and semi-final against Jankovic. She seemed incredibly disappointed to lose. But her year has been amazingly consistent and I hope now she makes the YEC final in top shape.

The acceptance speeches were very gracious and I was a little surprised by how much Maria made a point of thanking Billie Jean King (she said it twice). They didn't do the usual thanking the sponsors rubbish either.

And I still don't understand why they make these trophies with a removable lid. It's obvious what'll happen when the winner excitedly hoists it into the air.
Sep 10th, 2006 05:57 PM
the cat I'm so happy for Maria finally winning her second grand slam title. Now she can never be considered a one slam wonder by anyone. And it's nice to see her so happy. She has a certain glow about her now.
Sep 10th, 2006 04:59 PM
furrykitten Brilliant win Maria, you are awesome!!
Sep 10th, 2006 04:36 PM
Originally Posted by Wazza
Both players were also very classy in the trophy presentation, which would've surprised the non-fans
I agree. Justine was gracious, said the better player won today. and Maria thanked BJK and congratulated Justine on a fabulous year.
Sep 10th, 2006 04:26 PM
Sweep Absolutely brilliant. Well done Maria. After reading all the rubbish on here about her being a one-slam wonder over the past year, she blows everyone away with a fantastic performance to take her second GS title.

Credit to Henin-Hardenne for making four finals this year.
Sep 10th, 2006 04:25 PM
fnc An impressive win from Maria. Like the commentators said it looked like henin was doing all she could and Maria had something in reserve. She looked so happy.
Sep 10th, 2006 04:24 PM
Wayn77 Congratulations to Maria Championova - fully deserved Slam
Sep 10th, 2006 04:15 PM
Bumsby Congrats to Maria on a pretty impressive tournament, totally deserved win

On the other hand, Justine's year was not too shabby with 4 GS finals and an almost-sure finish as year-end #1
Sep 10th, 2006 04:06 PM
Belmont Lad Phenomenal match from Maria. Tremendous serving, great ground game, and much improved movement. A deserved championship
Sep 10th, 2006 03:55 PM
Carmen Mairena Expected...


Maria What an Americanized celebration...
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