I can't believe Maria was able to hang in that match. One of the matches where her service games were really holding. I think there are 35 service games all in all and it was calculated that 33 of those are service holds! She also hit 10 aces with less double faults for a 3 setter! That's pretty stunning numbers. What worries me is her movement, Sam was molving her around the court with her heavy top spin forehand and wicked slice backhands.
Anyway, next would be Petra, her flat shots would be easier for Sharapova to hit compared to Stosurs
The fact that Maria survived that match point was outstanding. Her serve didn't deserted her. I was on the verging of turning off my laptop during that match point. But somehow she managed to held her serve and won the set and match eventually. Credits to Sam too, she served really well! She kept Sharapova guessing where she is gonna land that freaking kick serve. And what surprised me the most is Sam's backhand! She outnumbered Maria in terms of winners on that department.
Kvitova is next, her serve and movement will be vital here. She needs to keep that 1-2 punch going.
BTW. How many points will Maria earn reaching this far?
Congratulations to Maria on winning against Sam on indoor clay. Great achievement. That was the Maria I love watching. Maria the fighter, the believer in herself, never giving up.
Hope she can recharge her batteries to play Petra who had only 2 sets against Kerber which was somewhat surprising.
Congratulation Maria! Good job!That was really tough match but Maria beat Stosur.Next match will be against Petra Kvitova. Maria should play well and beat Kvitova,too!
I hope Maria beat Kvitova and go to Final match.
Match Highlights of Maria Sharapova vs Samantha Stosur (Quarterfinals)
And this video is one of the best point of the match, the great slide of the so called "cow on ice"
Can't wait for Sharapova's match. Hope she will server well like yesterday. Yesterday proved that Sharapova's serve has gotten better since her return from that injury.
Maria needs to put a lot of first serves in her next match to take some pressure of from her service games. I mean Petra hit really good returns, she hit the ball really hard, almost like a slap type shot :D
Are you afraid of Petra? I think Masha has already found the solution to defeat Petra at her last match against her.
I don't think Petra is a big problem for Masha.
Masha just need to play a good tennis without mistakes.
Maria does look like a cow on ice but who cares as long as she wins the point.
I'm not really saying I'm afraid of Petra. Maria defeated her during their last encounter, but conditions this time are different. And in terms of movement, Petra is better. Anyway, I believe Maria can win this one.
About the movement Masha has improved it.
Masha will play a strong tennis and she will fight until the last point against her opponents.
Maria Sharapova: "The match is only over after the last point and when you shake hands at the net," Sharapova said. "Up until that point, you always have to battle hard. It's a one-on-one situation on the court. That's the way I play the game."
Masha will show to everybody that she is the real N°1 by defeating Azarenka at the Suttgart tournament and winning a new white Porshe.
Davai Masha Champion !!!!!
Congratulation&Courage Masha !!!!
Congratulation Maria!That was really fantastic match from Maria. Maria played very well and beat Kvitova. Maria will play in final against Azarenka. I hope Maria beat Azarenka this time.Azarenka is really unbeatable!
Go Go Maria!!