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Jun 16th, 2007 10:35 AM
DokicForever
Re: Dfs Classic Birmingham

I agree!! It was a great match!
Jun 16th, 2007 09:58 AM
sharapovarulz1
Re: Dfs Classic Birmingham

I think she played well Maria can take alot of positives from this match!
Jun 16th, 2007 04:47 AM
Spiritof42
Re: Dfs Classic Birmingham

So close to pulling out a major upset... and on grass!
It's a shame she keeps losing all these tight matches, but she gave the #3 player a scare, and that counts for something.
Don't give up, Maria
Jun 15th, 2007 10:00 PM
kirilenko_ishot
Re: Dfs Classic Birmingham

she did pretty well considering that jankovic was #3, but perhaps this helped mariak:

Jankovic advanced to the quarterfinals despite being hampered by a sore neck.

"When I woke up my neck was so stiff, I couldn't turn to the left," Jankovic said. "I got some treatment and I think it will take a couple of days to loosen up. I was struggling a little bit and I didn't play my best tennis. I just tried to stay focused."

its guess its still pretty disappointing cause Jankovic saved a break point when down 0-2 in the second set and then broke mariak's serve twice in a row. she could have won!!
Jun 15th, 2007 05:03 PM
the cat
Re: Dfs Classic Birmingham

I would love to see Sven Groeneveld coaching Makiri. He was the travelling coach of Mary Pierce when she won the 1995 Australian Open. He has alot of coaching experience and would likely help Maria alot.
Jun 15th, 2007 04:48 PM
JimM
Re: Dfs Classic Birmingham

They tried to hire Nigel Sears mate. He was offered a "Lucrative" one year contract but opted for the WTA coaching post. Whether its was Maria's folks or Adidas that made the offer I dont know.

Adidas have Sven Groenfeld (hope thats the right spelling) acting as a "floating coach" for Adidas players. Its he who Helped Ana I improve so much. Maybe the could make him an offer? Maybe he has tried coaching Maria in the past without result. Maybe its just Maria, and it wouldnt make any difference who coached.

I'm like you, agonising over the losses, but it might just be her confidence that needed boosting for things to click in. A good run at Eastbourne and Wimby would help her no end in that respect.
Jun 15th, 2007 03:13 PM
the cat
Re: Dfs Classic Birmingham

Quote:
Originally Posted by JimM View Post
Lets keep sensible here. You dont get too be #3 in the world unless you can stop lower ranked players from closing it out.

It is was a tall order, the world #44 against the in form #3. But Masha took it too Jelena. The last time they played Maria lost 1-6 4-6, and Jelena has a years more experience as a pro than Masha. So its not all doom and gloom. True the DBLF's didnt help her. But how may higher ranked players have take Jelena too 3 sets recently? Not many.

Maria is finding her game at last. Lets hope she can carry this forward to Eastbourne and Wimbledon.

Take it too them Masha!!!

I Know I sound negative but I'm also being realistic about Maria and her game. I think that unless Maria hires a good coach who can help her win close matches she will contunue to struggle. Masha can't outsmart her opponents on her own so she needs a good coach to help her with stragtegy. But Maria doesn't have one and it's hurting her career alot. It's been a year and a half of these kinds of agonizing losses for Makiri with no end in sight. And it has to be taking a toll on her mental toughness. Masha can be so much better than she is. But she doesn't know how to go about hiring the right people to help her. Nor do her parents.
Jun 15th, 2007 02:46 PM
JimM
Re: Dfs Classic Birmingham

Lets keep sensible here. You dont get too be #3 in the world unless you can stop lower ranked players from closing it out.

It is was a tall order, the world #44 against the in form #3. But Masha took it too Jelena. The last time they played Maria lost 1-6 4-6, and Jelena has a years more experience as a pro than Masha. So its not all doom and gloom. True the DBLF's didnt help her. But how may higher ranked players have take Jelena too 3 sets recently? Not many.

Maria is finding her game at last. Lets hope she can carry this forward to Eastbourne and Wimbledon.

Take it too them Masha!!!

Jun 15th, 2007 02:15 PM
the cat
Re: Dfs Classic Birmingham

Another sad loss for Maria in a close match. Beating Jankovic would have been a huge win too. But Masha is terrible in close matches and that is crippling he career.
Jun 15th, 2007 01:42 PM
cindy
Re: Dfs Classic Birmingham

oh so sad...she realy fought great! I'm proud of her!
Jun 15th, 2007 01:31 PM
aime
Re: Dfs Classic Birmingham

Masha lost 63 36 57! Too many DFs!11
Jun 15th, 2007 07:59 AM
kirilenko_ishot
Re: Dfs Classic Birmingham

from the dfs website
DFS washed out on day four

Persistent rain prevented players from taking to the courts on day four of the DFS Classic in Birmingham, setting the stage for a spectacular line-up for Friday with play beginning at 10.30am and competitors expected to play two matches (weather permitting).

Tournament No.2 seed Jelena Jankovic kicks off the action on centre court taking on Maria Kirilenko of Russia in their third round match.

Jankovic and Kirilenko, the No.16 seed, have faced each other once before, in 2006 in the first round in San Diego. Serbian Jankovic was the winner there, 6-1, 6-4, on a hard court.

Currently the world No.3, Jankovic has settled well on the grass courts of the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour event, despite a late arrival to Birmingham. “For my first match I did quite well,” said Jankovic. ”I hit quite a flat ball so it suits me, suits my game more, the faster surfaces. I am looking forward to my next match.”
Jun 14th, 2007 03:16 PM
sharapovarulz1
Re: Dfs Classic Birmingham

Looks like it has been rained off?
Jun 14th, 2007 09:26 AM
cindy
Re: Dfs Classic Birmingham

Quote:
Originally Posted by aime View Post
Good luck today Masha! Just play your best!
I wouldn't have said it better!
Jun 14th, 2007 08:30 AM
aime
Re: Dfs Classic Birmingham

Good luck today Masha! Just play your best!
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