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Old Jan 26th, 2008, 06:48 AM   #616
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Look at that draw. Davenport, Dementieva, Henin, Jankovic and then Ivanovic. Wow Masha, I so love you!!!
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Ivanovic was her toughest opponent. This could be a classic rivalry that lasts for years. I kind of hope Maria dominates so often it isn't---but Ivanovic will remain a challenge.
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Old Jan 26th, 2008, 07:05 AM   #618
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Amazing 2 weeks Maria! A pity the final was a bit anticlimactic, it just didn't have the same buzz for me as the US Open final did, but she was amazing in this tournament and didn't drop any sets! 3 slams already! *WOOT*
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Oh my I'm so happy, I can't even find the words how happy I am now.
After she won I was jumping wildly up and down my living room, if it would've been filmed I guess it would've ended up on youtube .
Congrats to Masha on your third GS. How impressive. And how proud I am. Well I guess I can say WE all are.
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Congratulations to Maria & her fans on my behalf. As much as it pains me to say this she was the best this tournament and deserved this title, like nobody else. So well done, and I'm looking forward to another final between them, maybe already in the Middle East.
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Congratulations to Maria & her fans on my behalf. As much as it pains me to say this she was the best this tournament and deserved this title, like nobody else. So well done, and I'm looking forward to another final between them, maybe already in the Middle East.
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There's nothing's left to say ! Congratulations Maria
She proved us again she was simply the best !! I can't wait for the rest of the season
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Old Jan 26th, 2008, 07:37 AM   #623
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CONGRATULATIONS MARIA !!
I'm so so so so happy for her !! There's only French Open's left
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First, big congratulations to Maria. Finally, after being so close a few times.

I have not posted for a long time, and I have not read a lot of the traffic lately, so if I'm repeating some themes already discussed, please forgive me:

-in the first set, when Ivanovic hit a ball out, and it was correctly called out, but was then overruled by the umpire (Molina?), Maria challenged the overrule, and Hawkeye proved Maria right. The point was replayed, to my shock. Shouldn't the point have gone to Maria then? IMO, it should have been 30-30 at that time, since Ivanovic hit an error. Since Ivanovic also served a double fault during the 'replay', who knows what might have been. It could have easily been 30-40, break point for Maria. Instead, Ivanovic was able to hold her serve during that game. It's all water under the bridge, I know, but still, I think it was a wrong decision to replay. let's just say it's just as well Maria won that first set. Had it gone the other way, I think umpire's decision to replay the point could have turned the match around.

-Ivanovic I think is still too girly-girly-nice. That's the only problem I see with her so far. the physical aspects of her game are solid. she said she now believes she's a top player, but I don't know how hard she believes that. she squeals and tiptoes and twists when she hits a winner, and fans find that endearing, but I think it also reveals an inner doubt that she doesn't admit she still has.
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Congratulations Maria Hoping for a superb 2008
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I'm surprised that Masha has shown such fine form to start 2008 after having serious right shoulder problems in 2007. If Maria stays healthy this year she could have a great year.
we had some indication she's on her way back because of the form she displayed in last year's YEC. Still, winning over Henin 6-0 in the 2nd set was amazing.
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Well done to Maria

Lets hope she can win French Open also
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It was one of the best tournaments won by Masha, she truly deserved the title from the very start. Not the best showing in the final, but she won and that's what matters in the end
I so loved the speech, it was so emotional and touchy, she nearly made me cry
Thanks Maria for winning
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Very happy for Maria and her fans.
If she goes on like this, well, she may just do even better this year. Anyway there's never been any doubt in any sound tennis fan's mind that she was cut out to be one of the greats.
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I posted a gazillion times congrats, but hey I can give one more to Masha.

So congrats to you. You did an AMAZING job!
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