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Lighter Apr 5th, 2010 09:39 AM

From green to red clay
 
From WTA, upcoming Marion's schedule for clay tourney is :
- Charleston : premier
- Stuttgart : premier
- Madrid : premier mandatory
- Roland Garros : GS

She would skip Rome compared to last year.

Ferg Apr 5th, 2010 09:46 PM

Re: From green to red clay
 
Good schedule. No use tiring herself out on that stuff before her real season begins.

Depending on draws... I would aim for 8 clay wins this year hopefully. :scared: Points to defend in Charelston and Stuttgart, a good decision to play Charlston I think, and though Stuttgart is a hard field, she will do better than most clay tournaments because of the indoors. Cutting Rome out of her schedule was a clever idea.

Lighter Apr 6th, 2010 12:03 PM

Re: From green to red clay
 
I remember Marion to say last year that Roma clay was too slow. So, she will have a week off between Stuttgart and Madrid where she could earn many points.

Leucoptera Apr 6th, 2010 12:15 PM

Re: From green to red clay
 
I think that the idea this time is to go to defend ranking points before Madrid and RG. She cannot take the risk of a slight fall in the ranking before the 2 major events, because it is slow clay, you know, slow clay.

Iceland Apr 6th, 2010 02:29 PM

Re: From green to red clay
 
Since she doesn't play Rome, she has to play Charleston!
Quite a smart schedule I think. She should be relatively fresh for the grass season.
Hope for a better fortune than last year on clay!

Ferg Apr 6th, 2010 09:55 PM

Re: From green to red clay
 
Marion on the Warsaw entry list. :confused: I hope she doesnt play it.

Lighter Apr 6th, 2010 10:14 PM

Re: From green to red clay
 
You're right : http://www.polskitenis.eu/

As Warsaw entry list is not very competitive (Marion seed 3), it's certainly a good way to earn points.

Ferg Apr 6th, 2010 10:29 PM

Re: From green to red clay
 
Its a strange decision. Playing both weeks before RG. I prefer her to play Warsaw to Rome though. And you're right Lighter, a good way to earn points. I suppose if she does well at Madrid (:lol:) she wont play it.

Lighter Apr 6th, 2010 11:01 PM

Re: From green to red clay
 
I guess that it's also a decision to be far from french journalists just before Roland Garros. For example, last year, she made some clinics and spoke many times to journalists.

Warsaw is a good town to avoid any pressure.

Iceland Apr 7th, 2010 07:26 AM

Re: From green to red clay
 
Yeah Warsaw isn't a bad idea! It's perfect as a back-up plan in case of bad results the weeks before. Plus she got to the 4th round in 2007 after reaching Strasbourg SF. So it could work again!

Ferg Apr 7th, 2010 11:49 AM

Re: From green to red clay
 
Yeah, that makes sense about the journalists. This way, shes avoiding a week of pressure in Paris building up on here, she'll avoud it all in Warsaw. And, 3rd seed in a premier? Thats good.

Lighter Apr 7th, 2010 12:17 PM

Re: From green to red clay
 
As Warsaw courts are slow, i also think that Marion will be more prepared for Roland Garros.

Funny to read from Andy Roddick's coach that Central court is much more faster than Suzanne Lenglen one : "un véritable bac ŕ sables".

bruce goose Apr 7th, 2010 05:13 PM

Re: From green to red clay
 
Clay is boring;it's better used for making pottery than playing a tennis match:rolleyes:.Also,it's pretty dorky that they only have two colors.Why not make some blue or sterling silver clay to spice up that slow-ass surface?Anyway,Dinara is hurt,Elena's biological clock is distracting her,and Ana is still trying to wake up from a mental coma....So :hearts:Marion:hearts: will probably be my only Queen for this clay season.VAMOS,Marion!!!:bounce:

Iceland Apr 9th, 2010 07:54 AM

Re: From green to red clay
 
Marion will be he 5th seed in Charleston. Many big names have withdrawn which could make Marion's fortune. :)
I don't expect a title here but defend her SF points don't appear as such a foolish idea anymore!

Ferg Apr 9th, 2010 11:13 AM

Re: From green to red clay
 
Pity that one more person couldnt withdraw. :tears: Still, she could easily make the QF here if she gets a nice draw.


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