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View Poll Results: What is Maria's Best Performance on Clay?

2005 - French Open QF - l. to Justine Henin 2 3.51%
2007 - French Open R16 - def. Schnyder 20 35.09%
2008 - Amelia Island FINAL - def. Cibulkova 5 8.77%
2008 - Charleston QF - l. to S Williams 5 8.77%
2008 - Rome QF - def. Schnyder 4 7.02%
2008 - French Open QF - l. to Safina 7 12.28%
2009 - French Open QF - def. Na Li 7 12.28%
OTHER - Specify! 7 12.28%
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Old May 20th, 2010, 04:45 PM   #16
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Re: Maria's Best Clay Performances!

Don't ever remember me of that match against Safina in 2008 But wasn't it 4th round?
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Old May 20th, 2010, 05:21 PM   #17
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Re: Maria's Best Clay Performances!

2007 against Schnyder was the best match of her, full of drama...

If she had won against Dinara that would have been her best performance
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Old May 20th, 2010, 06:54 PM   #18
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Re: Maria's Best Clay Performances!

Beating Schnyder in 2007 at Roland Garros, beating her with one arm pretty much with such a crazy score was quite something special.
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Old May 21st, 2010, 08:56 AM   #19
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Re: Maria's Best Clay Performances!

IMO the best match maria played on Clay so far is the one against Schnyder in Rome..She was playing really good and she made some amazing and unbelievable points..and the one match I'd like to point out is the one match against Safina in RG 2008..Maria was playing really good but she couldn't finish it out
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The 2009 French Open 2r win over Petrova is the one that springs to mind.
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Re: Maria's Best Clay Performances!

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I think my personal favourite is the fight back against Mashona Washington in R1 of 2006 RG.
AGREE. She saved two Match-points to avoid 1st round losses at GS. FIGHTERPOVA!!!
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Re: Maria's Best Clay Performances!

must watch video : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNK2h...os=Y8Jxp2NW5U8
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Re: Maria's Best Clay Performances!

I voted Schnyder Rome 2007 but RG 2007 against Patty was just great. These 2 matches are just plain illustration of the fighting competitive spirit she has even on her worst ever surface.
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Re: Maria's Best Clay Performances!

against Patty..
Nadia was good too.
Against Safina in 2008 was great.
and Domi in AI.. RG 09
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Re: Maria's Best Clay Performances!

Against Dinara in 2008, Maria should have won that match , but it was Dinara's RG untill the finals.
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Re: Maria's Best Clay Performances!

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Beating Schnyder in 2007 at Roland Garros, beating her with one arm pretty much with such a crazy score was quite something special.
Same goes for v. Safina at 2008 RG. I don't mind that loss at all in retrospect. It was an amazing performance considering the circumstances. One armed, on her worst surface, the entire crowd against her and she still fought like hell and nearly won.

I'd add v. Serena at 2008 Charleston to that list too for the same reasons: Taking Serena to 3 sets on her worst surface with a torn rotator cuff. (A very curious result in retrospect. )

I hated both of those loses at the time, but after the withdrawal from RC and knowing what we know now? Those are two of my favorite Maria matches ever.

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I voted Schnyder Rome 2007 but RG 2007 against Patty was just great. These 2 matches are just plain illustration of the fighting competitive spirit she has even on her worst ever surface.
Clay really does bring out the best of Maria's fighting spirit. That's why I don't mind the clay season wrt Maria, we usually get at least one classic Fighterpova match a year from it. And that’s why I never rule out the possibility of her eventually winning RG.

My fav: RG 2006 v. Washington.

First Sunday drama. Mashona played amazing. Mashona's dad. The ankle. Three match points. The pigeons. That shot at 6-5, 30-30: "If anyone could, she could."

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And the call by Sam Smith: "May well she beat her chest... She was wonder girl out here today."

I'd add Petrova at 2009 RG too. Even though Petrova is a basket case, esp. v. Masha, I still love that match. Nadia didn't blink until the very end with that DF and missed easy FH put away.
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masha def. nadia last year's FO.
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The most Dramatic win maria had was against Marona Washington in the first round in Roland Garros 2005 when maria saved 3 match points to win it..
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CLAYPOVA definitely against mashona washington!! classic match!!
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Dare I say "Other"?
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