Janie, I have missed you! Maria is 19-2 in the 18's. Her record won't be a problem. Nice to have you back.
P.S. - What is it you like about the CNNSI messaage boards?
P.P.S. - Didn't you have a problem with what 14 year old Maria Sharapova was wearing a few months ago? I remember you complained about her outfit. Right? Well, at the recent Eddie Herr tournament, 13 year old Tatiana Golovin wore an outfit that should have gotten your attention. Perhaps it's a Bollettieri/IMG martketing strategy. Did you see it? If not, a photo of Tatiana in that outfit is available at <a href="http://www.juniortennis.com/Tournaments/International/EddieHerr2001.htm" target="_blank">www.juniortennis.com/Tournaments/International/EddieHerr2001.htm</a>
cat :<br />How kind of you to notice my absence! <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> I had a last-minute trip to London for a week! <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0"> (then took a week to recover from it!) <img src="redface.gif" border="0">
I found your link to the pic of Golovin's outfit elsewhere and have subsequently turned against her. <img src="wink.gif" border="0">
I like cnnsi because it was my first experience on a message board and I have made some friends there. Also because it is attached to teh cnnsi site itself, which I always read for NBA and tennis news!
Regarding this Topic, I don't think Maria's Orange Bowl results have helped her chances of getting a wild card into the main draw in Miami; it may be run by IMG, but it would be pretty hard for them to justify that choice.
I now see her being offered a wild card into the Qualifying there, or into the Qualifying OR main draw in Sarasota, which I think would be a better choice anyway because the competition will be a lot less stiff there. And Nick will definitely be wanting to showcase his latest protege.
Janie, Maria Sharapova had a good Orange Bowl. She upset the highly ranked Barbora Strycova in the second round. Beating Strycova and then Marion Bartoli back to back is asking too much of Maria at this stage. Remember, 14 year old Maria only started playing the 18's in July. I'm not sure any junior girl can beat Strycova and Bartoli back to back. Also Janie, don't underestimate the power of IMG. They are a force in the tennis world. And if IMG wants Maria to play the 2002 Ericsson Open, they will find a way for her to be entered.
P.S. - Janie, you turned against Tatiana over an outfit? I am surprised at you! Why haven't you jumped on board of the Ashley Harkleroad bandwagon yet?
Since I know next to nothing about EVERY Junior player, I can freely turn against them because of their tennis outfits <img src="tongue.gif" border="0"> , or, just as silly, turn in favor of them because i like the sound of their name <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> . That is part of the fun of being a Know-Nothing fan! <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0"> <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0"> <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">
I am not saying that Maria had a BAD Orange Bowl, just that her results show she is not ready for the big leagues quite yet. If competing with the best players in the 18s is so hard (I am referring to the lopsided score of her last match), Maria is clearly not quite ready yet to tangle with the pros. So IMG may give their wild card to another horse in their stable who is older and more ready for prime time.
Janie, you are not a know nothing junior tennis fan. I always respect your thoughts. Whether I agree with them or not.
P.S. - Of course Maria Sharapova isn't ready for the big leagues yet. She just started playing the 18's this past July. But next year, she will be ready to play a few challengers, and perhaps a couple WTA tournaments. Don't forget that Maria upset Babora Strycova in 3 sets at the Orange Bowl. And Barbora is ready to play the WTA tour. That was a great win for Masha! And a hard fought one, too!
Guess what? That's interesting as I just have analyzed the statistics, now you see:
Please note that Maria Sharapova will be playing the 7th tournament next week so her ranking will about 45-50 depend how far she can go next week...<br />Let's say if Maria advances and loses in the SF, then she will be moved up to about #30!!
<br />At age 14:
Strycova: Trns played: 14 Year-End Ranked: #31
Sharapova: Trns played: 7 Year-End Ranked #45-50
Safina: Trns played: 9 Year-End Ranked #71
Harkleroad: Trns played: 10 Year-End Ranked #123
<br />So, I really expect Maria will be going up in the top 10 easily at the end of next year! Even top 5, I bet! So eventually, she will be a tough and fun player! <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">
So, take a chill pill, guys! <img src="graemlins/kiss.gif" border="0" alt="[Kiss]" /> <img src="graemlins/kiss.gif" border="0" alt="[Kiss]" />