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Maria at home - Kremlin Cup in Moscow

Little Masha is at home and hopefully ready for her last tournament of the season.
It's the last test before the big FedCup final in Italy in three weeks.

The draw came out some hours ago and Maria is the 3rd seed, which means that she has a BYE in R1

So she "only" has to win one match to defend her QF points from last year.

In R2 she plays the winner of Rybarikova-Pervak, in the QF most probably Suarez Navarro. Possible SF opponents are Pavlyuchenkova, Kerber, Hantuchova, Cibulkova or Halep.
Stosur, Ivanovic, Kuznetsova and Vinci are on the other side of the draw.

the field is pretty strong I have to admit, but if Maria plays like she did in Peking, she has chances to reach the final...

two of the top seeds, Kerber and Ivanovic, still have to play the Linz final tomorrow, so they could be exhausted...

let's hope Maria is fine, and that she somehow can fulfil her dream of winning her home tournament
she came really close in 2010, when she only lost the final to Vika

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Re: Maria at home - Kremlin Cup in Moscow

I think the draw of the Kremlin Cup (Moscow) is quite promising. The first dangerous opponent (Carla Suarez-Navarro) is coming in the best 8. I think Suarez-Navarro has a "Halep-like" gaming style, though, not so well-timed and focused, therefore Kirilenko has a very good chance against her, just be offensive. If Halep will come in the best 4, Kirilenko will already be somewhat prepared. If Kerber, she will already be looking for the VB. (And even the final against Ivanovic/Vinci/Kuznetsova will possibly not so difficult.)
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As predictable Angelique withdrew, the draw is kinda different now.
Kiri took her place and became #2 in the seeding.


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A Pavlyuchenkova vs C Garcia
Qualifier vs D Hantuchová
Qualifier vs D Cibulková
S Halep vs Bye
M Rybáriková vs K Pervak
V Lepchenko vs A Kleybanova
Qualifier vs C Suárez Navarro

S Stosur vs K Kanepi
E Svitolina vs A Cornet
Qualifier vs K Zakopalová
Bye vs A Ivanovic
S Kuznetsova vs L Tsurenko
Qyalifier vs G Voskoboeva
E Vesnina vs Y Shvedova
Bye vs R Vinci

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Re: Maria at home - Kremlin Cup in Moscow

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As predictable Angelique withdrew, the draw is kinda different now.
Kiri took her place and became #2 in the seeding.
yeah I just read it on twitter.

that's Maria's typical luck, once the draw looks good, there is someone to fuck it up...Thank you Kerber
now it's either Pavs or Garcia in R2, in QF then already Hantuchova or Cibulkova

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Re: Maria at home - Kremlin Cup in Moscow

Things got a little more complicated indeed, but it still doesn't look that impossible to make a decent run.

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Things got a little more complicated indeed, but it still doesn't look that impossible to make a decent run.
well, you are right. It just depends, as always, on Kiri's health conditions if she can make a deep run.

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Re: Maria at home - Kremlin Cup in Moscow

First match against Payvluchenkova. I hope Kiri is fully healthy as you said .

I also really hope she will play Fed Cup final, it would be a waste of all her efforts in the first two rounds otherwise. Together with Kuznetsova it would be two strongest singles players anyway, if we exclude Sharapova.
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First match against Payvluchenkova. I hope Kiri is fully healthy as you said .

I also really hope she will play Fed Cup final, it would be a waste of all her efforts in the first two rounds otherwise. Together with Kuznetsova it would be two strongest singles players anyway, if we exclude Sharapova.
It seems that Kuznetsova won't play FC final, she already confirmed it.

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Re: Maria at home - Kremlin Cup in Moscow

Maria Kirilenko: ‘It’s the tournament you wait for the whole year’: http://www.kremlincup.ru/db/news/2870
Press-conference with Maria Kirilenko: http://www.kremlincup.ru/db/news/2876
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Tough draw for Maria. Show your home crowd what you can do Maria.

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Re: Maria at home - Kremlin Cup in Moscow

Kiri will play the 4th match on Centre Court (not before 4:30 p.m. local time) against Pavlyuchenkova. Needless to say it'll be a tough one, 50/50 in my opinion.

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Kiri will play the 4th match on Centre Court (not before 4:30 p.m. local time) against Pavlyuchenkova. Needless to say it'll be a tough one, 50/50 in my opinion.
I would also say the chances are about 50/50

It's the third meeting, and either Kiri and Pavs won one match.
They met twice in 2009, Pavs won on hardcourt and Kiri on clay

I hope I can the watch the match tomorrow! DAVAI Maria!!

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I would also say the chances are about 50/50
It's the third meeting, and either Kiri and Pavs won one match.
They met twice in 2009, Pavs won on hardcourt and Kiri on clay
I hope I can the watch the match tomorrow! DAVAI Maria!!
Well, 2009 was sooo long ago, and both of them play much better now. Pavlyuchenkova has some very good results lately:
- Brisbane, final, 320 points,
- Kuala Lumpur, semi final, 130 points,
- Monterrey champion, 280 points,
- Estoril, champion , 280 points,
- Seoul, final, 200 points

The main lesson from all these is, that now Pavlyuchenkova is able to win several matches in a row - she is strong enough, mentally and physically as well. She is in much better shape now - less extra weight, for example.

Who could beat her in the important cases?
- Serena (Brisbane),
- Mattek-Sands (Kuala Lumpur),
- Kvitova (New Haven),
- Aga Radwanska (US Open),
- Aga Radwanska (Seoul),
- Halep (Tokyo, retired),
- Jankovic (Beijing, melt-down)

Her loss against Aga Radwanska, Halep and Jankovic may show, that keeping the error rate low enough might be a key factor in beating her. Also, she could loss some of her physical form for the last part of the season.
A first match against such a strong opponent is very far from being optimal for Maria (she is a slow starter). Nevertheless, a play like Maria showed vs. Serena (in Beijing), would be enough!

The biggest danger for Maria is if she lets Pavlyuchenkova to be the aggressor (controlling the rallies), and if she thinks too early that the point is already won. Also, she must NOT give up the fight too early, even if she is in handicap.

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Re: Maria at home - Kremlin Cup in Moscow

ATP match on CC is over (157'!), Kiri's about to start.

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Re: Maria at home - Kremlin Cup in Moscow

Unfortunately, Kiri plays not sharp enough, in many cases she just puts the ball back right in the hands of Pavlyuchenkova (who does what she has to). Kirilenko-Pavlyuchenkova: 14 15-30
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