Eurosport.Williams destroys SharapovaSat, 30 Jul 06:34:00 2011 Serena Williams stormed into the semi-finals of the WTA event in Stanford with a straight-set dismantling of second seed Maria Sharapova.The meeting of the two former world number ones - both recovering from injury and illness - proved to be a one-sided affair, with the American announcing her intentions early on by breaking in the first game.Williams went on to take the first set with the loss of just a single game.Sharapova fared little better in the second as Williams closed out a 6-1 6-3 victory in just over an hour to book a date with Sabine Lisicki for a place in the final.
What is this crap about 'Both' recovering from injury. Maria is totally fit now. She can't beat Serena because she's scared of her.
And I bet they are still the best of friends...... My Ass. If Joyce were still her trainer he would have told her to kill the black bitch. Richard told Serena to kick her Russian ass back to Moscow.
Υou guys talk as if Maria actually doesnt care or doesnt want to beat Serenna... What the hell? If there is one person in this world that wants to do that it IS Maria. Yes she has a bad run and I can understand fans frustration to some degree, but really you guys should try and realize what an athlete is sacrificing to get where he is. As a semi pro bball athlete (playing minor league) I can tell you it is hard on you when you are having a poor run versus a particular someone. It affects you it is true and it plays tricks in your head. Some people can get past that fairly quickly, others cannot so easily. 17 wins out of 20 last matches -i'll say it again- is not "bad" in my book...you make it sound like Maria is nonexistent, when the reality is that -overall- she is playing the best tennis after lots of years post injury. That is a fact. It just wasnt "there" yesterday", it didnt work, out she was off. She certainly didnt forget how to play tennis in just a day...Also people seem to forget that this draw was a joke from the beggining and was clearly DESIGNED and intended... that says quite a lot. And all the "pep talk" and clear favoritism of the press over Serena is really disgusting.I am not trying to say that losing yesterday was "not a big deal" it was a big deal, mostly for her, not you and me. Trust me. Bashing her wont make her work harder. She has proven that she is very tough on herself and I am sure she knows how to use this loss in a way that is going to improve her game and build her confidence, not the other way around.
Maria did not play her best. This is what Serena would have said about herself if she had lost. I woke up very early to watch Maria play. It was so painful to watch those UEs and DFs against Serena who serves aces like nobody's business. Rather than stressing myself out, I decided to go back to bed at 0-2 in the second set. It is frustrating when she plays like that. If she was playing her best, getting first serves in, serving aces, hitting winners etc, and still lost, then I am happy to accept that Serena was a better player. Maria hardly made her run like the other players did. She lacked the fighting spirit and looked like she gave up too easily. There were not many deuces or close games. I hope Lisicki gives Serena a run for her money.
Worst match ever since clay court season. Lots of work to be done still. Mainly consistency. Maria, you know you did not play your best. You can beat anyone when you do.
Valkyre - Most of us here are Maria's true fans. We support her through thick and thin. She has done incredibly well to be ranked no.5 within a few months. Only frustrated that she was not playing her best. Of course, we know she is hard on herself. She also knows where she needs improvement. She will never give up no matter what people say.
I know my friend and as I said I can understand the frustration. But I am getting a negative vibe all over this. And that doesnt mean that we should "pep talk" Maria or claim that yesterday's performance was ok. It wasnt and she knows that. But I think imho some people are overeacting with some comments. Maria is not no5 in the world by "chance". Winning Rome, going to the semis in RG and runner up in Wimbledon was not chance. It was hard work. And it paid off.
Dont forget that the injury came to a point when she was playing her best tennis. (total dominance in AO 2008 is enough proof of that) Thats hard for an athlete (and a very young one at that only 21 yrs old) and it wasnt "just another injury" it was a serious one.
But you are exactly right, she will not give up no matter what we, the press or anyone says. and thats what I totally respect about her!
This is what happen when Maria does not serve well so expected result. However, I didn't expect to be this bad but a lost is a lost and hope she will learn from how to play against the best player like the Williams.
The question is can Maria and her team do anything about helping her serve? Her game is all about based on that. This is another reality check I must say.
^ I am totally agree with all this, hope Masha will have revenge soon
Really am disappointed about Maria's lost, just hope she can do better next time...
Well not much to say about this one. Maria was not even close to being at her best, but Serena did not give her anything to get it going. Serena was really on her game and Masha couldn't hit her shots at all. And her serve...... Well, off to the next tourney and hope that she doesn't draw Serena again early on. The loss to Kvitova may have affected Masha's confidence, as she didn't look all that great against Dani either. Well we know that this will just make Maria work harder. Who knows what was going on in Masha's world, but Serena did not give any quarter at all. Credit to her for getting her foot on Maria's throat early on and never taking it off for a second. This was worse that the AO 07 final loss, but a lot less people were watching this one!!!! Maria will bounce back. Serena never forgives her for beating her at Wimbly 04 or for making more advertising $ than her, due to her much more pleasant appearance. Well this certainly wrecked my weekend!!! But I'll bounce back too!!!Back to the drawing board Maria. I still believe in you and I know you still believe in yourself too! GO MASHA!!!!
It`s all about how WELL you serve since you know how well your opponent can be! I'm certain that her confidence has dropped quite a bit after the first few games and as a result there is no surprise there!! it's just a shame for folks that are there with HIGH expectation!!!!
^^ 1. Because she knows she is not serving well and hasn`t been well enough to create serious threats. Serena returns very well so it gives more pressure to any server in this case Maria. At this point, the only thing she needs to concentrate on is her moves and surely her serve. I mean she is a 6'2 and should give her an advantage but au contraire it`s so UP and DOWN. She made 18 DFs in only 2 matches.
Don`t get me wrong as I'm happy to see changes from her team and few improvements from her so far but at this point in time I have to express tough opinion towards her because I know she can do better than last night!! she can do much better as a champion ususaly should do and will do!!