Ha! Maria said she gets good vibes on court 2 in her interview so they arranged it for her! Hope she is right and will win easily.
Clarification: new Court 2 is not the "graveyard". Old court 2, the "graveyard of champions" is NOW new Court 3. New Court 2 is the other new stadium court farther on down.
Good luck to Maria tommorrow. I wish these matches weren't so early!!!!
Davaï Masha. We all believe in you (:It's great to see her in such good shape.. she's a real champion!
I was hoping her serve will be more effective this time. SHe lose her confidence when she's not serving in high percentages.
Not mentioning when she was double faulting in the 1st set, she just struck a 66 mph FIRST serve into the net. She lost a little bit of confidence. But at the second set, her serve was booming, and so as her game.
So the key in her next match is whether she'll serve good or not.
Da, most interesting. ESPN2 ref "hitting partner", "former player", "Volchov". Now, I'm not 100% sure, but he may be Alexander Volkov--friend & former coach of Marat, associated with Moscow Spartak, Shamil, etc. First time to note a distinct Moscow presence in the entourage.
Maria played better today in terms of DFs and UEs but she really needs to step up next week.
Well done, Maria on your win.
On a different note, they just showed Bartoli sending her dad off the stands. She started winning after that.
To Walter's credit, he packed up & left. Knows when he needs to get outta there. These two got a good thing going on. I believe Marion can break Serena on Monday.
Me too, Paul. Serena hasn't had any real challenge yet and I believe Bartoli will give her a heart attack. She always looks so unfit huffing and puffing. So many top seeds have gone out this year!! Serena and Venus don't count as their seeding is unreal. How come players like Schiavone, Vera, Na Li, are out and the Williams sisters who haven't played for nearly a year are still in? Is it the luck of the draw or what??? I hope Venus gets rid of that outfit next week. Jeez....no account for taste.
Maria has a day to practise those serves. Tomorrow is a good day for practise, plenty of sunshine.
Nope. It's no luck. It's many-year experience, it's what a real champion possesses. That makes the difference between the sisters and players like Na Li, Schiavone or Zvonareva, Stosur and the rest of the players. Not that I'm the sisters' fan but I have to give them credit on this. No matter how fit they are, they still find the way to defeat their opponents. I'm not saying the sisters will win Wimbledon - I think they won't- but I guess they will go far, like in the semi, at least one of them.
I know Bartoli is a rising star since Roland Garros and grass is her favorite surface, but I won't bet my 2 cents on her. She has a chance to stop Serena and Serena has a chance to get past Bartoli. Let's wait and see.
Nope. It's no luck. It's many-year experience, it's what a real champion possesses. That makes the difference between the sisters and players like Na Li, Schiavone or Zvonareva, Stosur and the rest of the players. Not that I'm the sisters' fan but I have to give them credit on this. No matter how fit they are, they still find the way to defeat their opponents. I'm not saying the sisters will win Wimbledon - I think they won't- but I guess they will go far, like in the semi.
Okay, but bring it up to date. "What a champion possesses", if applied to the sisters today, also includes:
Suspension of all play rules for them alone; allow then to play only majors with NO consequence; give them only Centre Court--which USTA has apparently already agreed to re the USO!
Design cake-walk draws to allow them to "play their way in", ie, show up hung-over & outta form. In the process, design the draw to self-eliminate their most serious competition.
Seat a "pet" umpire in the chair as often as possible to provide favorable calls in tight situations. Allow for corrupt tournament officials to intervene directly in their matches if they get in real trouble, like with "creative" heat-rule applications.
Go figure, y'all: Your sport has already been turned into an ugly joke to accommodate these women--to maintain the illusion of Yankee prowess at a sport where the Americans generally are no longer worth a hot damn!
How long will we ignore all this & pretend we're seeing great achievement from these clowns?
It'd be terrible if the Williams win this year!! Terrible, really. The reality is they have won many GSs because they were very strong physically and mentally. But I'm not their fan at all, au contraire. I mean Serena is HUGE..!!
Not a whole lot of players can beat them consistently.
Back to Maria, She needs to play her best to beat Peng. Peng is a another smart chinese player who does not hit big but can trouble her opponent tactically.
But I still believe in Maria!!
haahahaha! i agree, Serena is huge. in fact she scares me a bit. If she wins this year i might lay in the road.
WERE the sisters great? Sure they were--and remember, they had NOTHING to do with what we laughingly call the American "player development system". lol But ARE they great? Why then does the tennis establishment have to constantly cheat & prop them up to help keep them "on top"?
Peng Shuai: Absolutely she's a threat. Most Chinese players are. They're a different mentality not easily read or victimized by psychobabble. Least of all by idiot commentators.
Round of 16:
C.WOZNIACKI  v D.CIBULKOVA 
PENG S.  v M.SHARAPOVA 
S.LISICKI v P.CETKOVSKA
M.BARTOLI  v S.WILLIAMS 
T.PASZEK v K.PERVAK
N.PETROVA v V.AZARENKA  (This quarter wraps up All England's "Final Solution of the Rus Problem".)
P.KVITOVA  v Y.WICKMAYER 
V.WILLIAMS  v T.PIRONKOVA 
Hey! It's rude to call someone huge! . Anyway, huge or not, she won't get pass the semis. Who beat her at Eastbourne? Is she still around??
To beat Peng, Maria must get her first serves in. The reason she lost to Na Li at RG was her sevice game let her down big time. She should have learnt from that and not repeat the same mistakes with her second serves.