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Old Sep 9th, 2013, 01:09 PM   #1681
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In that wind anyone's first serve percentage goes down. And she couldn't go for her second serve as much either because she would have DF-ed too much.
OG final 2012 Serena's serve was amazing and it was way more windy than yesterday, it's true that her form was also great but I'm just saying that Serena doesn't let anything disturb her against Maria. It's insane.
I really hope Maria touched a nerve with her comments about Serena's relationship, it might help who knows
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Old Sep 9th, 2013, 01:15 PM   #1682
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Re: Off Topic....Anything Goes vol5

I'll admit that wishing players not to win is an awful attitude towards sports, but like all of you here I just can't stomach Vika having 3 slams. So Sarin winning is a good result.

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I still maintain that Maria is capable of doing most of the things that Azarenka does against Serena, but I do genuinely think Aza really spent a LOT of time during last offseason studying Serena and coming up with a thorough gameplan (there was just too dramatic an improvement in her tactics from her poor performance against ListlessRena at the YEC compared to her matches against her this year), and that's something Maria will have to do.
Yep. Look at how Vika struggled in Cincy and this USO and basically the whole 2013, but brought some of her best (relative) game against Sarin. Clear game plan, focused mind, and good execution, she has Sarin as her ultimate goal for 2013 and is inevitably inching closer to solving this riddle. Sumyk deserved more credit than he's given, while OTOH you have people like Mouratoglou...

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Which is key. That's the way the game is going. Even on the mens side - Djokovic, Nadal, Murray - all of them are great on defense as well as attack.
Spot on. I really see that prototype now on both tours as represented by Djokovic and Vika.

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Y'all have to admit though, she goes all Jameka Williams on Martha's ass.
I used to think Sarin has lots of respect for Martha, hence that laser like focus against her. We all know how Martha can make a comeback if you give her an opening. But perhaps after the nth beatdown, Sarin is just too confident to even entertain the thought of losing games, much less matches against Martha
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Old Sep 9th, 2013, 01:46 PM   #1683
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Re: Off Topic....Anything Goes vol5

Anyway I know I shouldn't be reading GM but I am.
Gosh when she's not even in the tournament, with Sarin winning, with Vika pulling a respectable 3 set scoreline, the haters are still out on full force tramping on someone out with injury??

To be honest I don't mind all that crap they are throwing at Martha, because there's no single doubt in me that she'll come back and make these very trolls who predicted R1 and R2 losses eat their words. All the more sweeter it feels then.
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Old Sep 9th, 2013, 02:09 PM   #1684
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According to the tv schedule, Maria's supposed to be on Chelsea Lately tomorrow, Sept. 10th.
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Old Sep 9th, 2013, 02:22 PM   #1685
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Re: Off Topic....Anything Goes vol5

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I used to think Sarin has lots of respect for Martha, hence that laser like focus against her. We all know how Martha can make a comeback if you give her an opening. But perhaps after the nth beatdown, Sarin is just too confident to even entertain the thought of losing games, much less matches against Martha
OT, but did people actually think until recently that Maria and Serena were "friendly" off court? I always thought people were just joking because of the infamous "Maria should ask Serena out on a date" thread.

They've always despised eachother. I remember on the BBC's Wimbledon coverage a few years ago, they interviewed the owner of one of the most popular restaurants in Wimbledon village, and they said that if Serena and her entourage ever came in and saw Maria was eating in there, they'd immediately leave

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Found it: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7491025.stm
From 3:00. "The Williams sisters and Sharapova...if Sharapova's in, they don't come in, but when she gets knocked out, they then appear"
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Old Sep 9th, 2013, 03:36 PM   #1686
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According to the tv schedule, Maria's supposed to be on Chelsea Lately tomorrow, Sept. 10th.


This should be so interesting now that they're friends . I just hope 95% isn't going to be about Sugarpova, but I won't be holding my breath
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Old Sep 9th, 2013, 03:41 PM   #1687
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She has Sugapova accessories to sell.
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Old Sep 9th, 2013, 05:18 PM   #1688
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Re: Off Topic....Anything Goes vol5

Gotta love those thread titles at GM: "BOMBSHELL - Pova watched USO final."......Sensational, ain't it? Who would have thought that a professional tennis player would watch tennis? Shocking!
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Old Sep 9th, 2013, 05:31 PM   #1689
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Re: Off Topic....Anything Goes vol5

TBH I was happily surprised she tweeted that obviously teasing everyone about what her feelings towards Serena and Vika I really don't know what I'd give to have been in that room with her watching the final
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Old Sep 9th, 2013, 10:33 PM   #1690
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Re: Off Topic....Anything Goes vol5

Watching rally after rally make me feel sick. Especially in ATP
They make good points, but how many shot to make one good point??
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Old Sep 9th, 2013, 11:15 PM   #1691
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Actually, Novak is playing quite aggressive, but it's just Rafa defends so well. That's why they have many long rallies.
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Nole has been 90% flop this year.
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Old Sep 10th, 2013, 12:20 AM   #1693
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Re: Off Topic....Anything Goes vol5

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OT, but did people actually think until recently that Maria and Serena were "friendly" off court? I always thought people were just joking because of the infamous "Maria should ask Serena out on a date" thread.

They've always despised eachother. I remember on the BBC's Wimbledon coverage a few years ago, they interviewed the owner of one of the most popular restaurants in Wimbledon village, and they said that if Serena and her entourage ever came in and saw Maria was eating in there, they'd immediately leave

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Found it: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7491025.stm
From 3:00. "The Williams sisters and Sharapova...if Sharapova's in, they don't come in, but when she gets knocked out, they then appear"
She was way too fake-nice after the FO final this year to ever give the illusion she actually likes Maria .
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Re: Off Topic....Anything Goes vol5

That's really the only problem I have with Serena: her phoniness. I get that you can hardly ever directly say what you feel as an athlete, particularly in a non-team sport. But her fakery is so damn obvious it's almost comic. I appreciate that Maria is as honest as she can be.
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Re: Off Topic....Anything Goes vol5

Fucking pathetic from Novak. So mad right now.

The hate towards Maria from the Serena/Azarenka fans in GM is ridiculous. Especially considering the two of them just played a slam final and Maria wasn't even in the tournament.
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