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Old Apr 2nd, 2013, 02:35 AM   #196
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SMH @ April Fool's One of my friends told me that our midterm this week was postponed till next week and I believed her and didn't study all day Now I'm fucked
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Poor Craig

My friend texted her ex boyfriend today "I miss you." And he texted back saying "is everything ok, kiddo?" And she was like "lolZ yeah April fools".
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Mexicola, sorry to disappoint you, but Maria has been repeating she can/will/hopes to etc. etc. to beat Serena for years now... On Saturday she was a few inches away from that yet she couldn't carry on in the momentum and managed to crumble like a house of cards in the last set.. Until I see it, I won't believe it. I have said this for a lot of things in the past I think about Maria, so I will just wait to see.
While I still do remain in the "I'll believe it when I see it" category when it comes to Serena, I think it's good to grab onto any shred of hope you can get from a match like this when there has been so little of it in recent meetings. What's most important, though, is what Maria takes from it and what her level of belief is. This is the first time I can remember Maria saying point blank that she thinks she will beat Serena and that's a good sign in my mind.

I can see similarities with the Azarenka/Serena rivalry. At the US Open, Vika had it in her hands at 5-3 in the 3rd, then, boom, she loses 4 straight games and it's heartbreak for her. With Maria in Miami, she's looking great up a set and a break, then, boom, she loses 10 straight games and it's heartbreak for her. But after every loss, Vika kept an upbeat attitude and kept saying she believed her time would come. And whether or not you want to put an asterisk next to her Doha win, considering Serena being well below 100%, it still goes down as a win and a big psychological breakthrough for Azarenka. I think belief in herself helped. Now, trust me, it's extremely painful to even suggest just a little that Maria would take a page out of Vika's book, but I think those post-match comments by Maria showing a confidence that she will beat Serena someday are in line with Vika's approach and I like that. I want Maria thinking like this.

I found Maria's whole press conference after the Miami final reassuring and inspiring. The way she got annoyed and gave it to the reporter's questions, the way she brazenly said she'll defeat Serena some day, and the way she tersely chose Wimbledon as the site she'd most like to battle her. It's almost like Maria knows something we don't about her own potential.

Now, I could be reading too much into what I'm seeing in just four tournaments this year. But I sense something different about her overall game. I sense a clarity with what she wants to do out there. While she did show improvement and moments of greatness in 2011 and 2012, I could still see doubt cloud her when things started to go wrong, whether it was her serve or her forehand breaking down, or her return game failing. I think that's why we still saw several lopsided defeats. But when I watch her now, I don't see that uncertainty or doubt or panic when mistakes happen. I see resolve. For the first time since the shoulder surgery, Maria knows she has all her weapons at her disposal and they are reliable. Even with the occasional wobble, she has the serve, she has the return, she has the backhand, and she has a better-then-ever forehand to count on.

It's why she had an 11-match winning streak and took 23 consecutive sets. That confidence in her game is what helped her through those rough first sets she had. It's almost like a little of that old teenage fearlessness and unwavering belief is back. It wasn't enough to get her past Serena this time, but I think it will serve her well against the WTA overall in the months ahead. She knows she has the game to beat anybody, anywhere, anytime. It's just a matter of staying healthy, staying consistent, and staying hungry. Then you'll see the top 10 opponents fall more often, the doubt building in their minds for a change, and the titles come to Maria. Bet on it.

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I would've read your short novel above Mexicola but tbh three paragraphs is my limit
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While I still do remain in the "I'll see it when I believe it" category when it comes to Serena, I think it's good to grab onto any shred of hope you can get from a match like this when there has been so little of it in recent meetings.
I know that it's a cliché that's used much too often, but "Maria has time on her side." And Serena has been winning so much lately that the hunger and the need she feels to prove something may go down by just a fraction, which at this level can make all the difference. Maria on the other hand seems as eager as ever and still seems to be improving. Her best chance (knock wood) to get a win may come in the upcoming claycourt season, and once that monkey is of her back their rivalry may be more evenly matched from that point onwards.
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I can't wait to see what she'll wear in Stuttgart. I like both the Lavander and Navy version
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On the contrary, I have fairly high expectations for Maria on the clay this year.

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Mexicola, sorry to disappoint you, but Maria has been repeating she can/will/hopes to etc. etc. to beat Serena for years now... On Saturday she was a few inches away from that yet she couldn't carry on in the momentum and managed to crumble like a house of cards in the last set.. Until I see it, I won't believe it. I have said this for a lot of things in the past I think about Maria, so I will just wait to see.
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Who do you guys prefer Maria to face in the early rounds (pre-SF)? For me I'd like Petko/Barthel/Lisicki/Ana/JJ () in R2, Stosur/Errani/Petrova in the Quarters
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Well, one of Ivanovic's great career moments came at the French Open when she beat Maria in the 2007 semis 6-2, 6-1. So it would be interesting to watch them on clay and see how much confidence Ana has. And they've only played twice on clay overall.

I welcome any opportunity for Maria to pound that one-surface-wonder Lisicki. Sabine's lone career highlight will always be that 4th round win at Wimbledon last year against a fatigued Maria. I don't see her ever beating Maria again. Jankovic is a complete waste and a baby, so I have no desire for that matchup again.

Stosur and Errani would both be quite difficult on this surface. We all remember the epic quarterfinal between Maria and Sam here last year. And Sara is a much better player 12 months later. Combine that with being on her favorite surface and you have a formidable problem.

Basically, I wouldn't mind any player that can challenge Maria on this surface and quickly get her attention. There are still many great players in this tournament, so this will be a good test to get Maria sharp again on clay and ready for Madrid, Rome, and Paris.
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Even if Maria loses because certain opponent's this year will be very very tough, it's still experience for the FO and something she can learn from/work on. That's the positive thing. And besides, there are still other clay tournaments too. If she loses, it will just be experience for the FO, and if she wins them all again then that's a strong signal she's in GOAT mode for RG
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