Finally, someone nice posted the match against Bartoli. Maria didn't serve that well and too many DFs. She cannot play like this against Vika.
It's going to be very tough.......Best of luck Maria!!!
Gosh! Maria survived another thriller from Bartoli! Great job from Bartoli though, she defended really well and her serves were incredible! Bartoli's 2nd serves were clocking faster compared to Sharapova, those bombs gave Maria very little opportunity to attack the serve.
Well, in the semi-final, she'll be playing world number 1 Azarenka.
Thoughts for this match:
Everything depends on Maria's serve. Sharapova can overpower Azarenka with her groundstrokes, so she wouldn't really have much problems in controlling the point. Serve is the key here, if she can serve all throughout the match, she'll win it. Praying that Sharapova can pull this one. I mean, Sharapova is definitely enjoying the best season of her career! She'ss been into the finals of Australian Open, Indian Wells, Miami, Stuttgart, Rome, French Open and London Olympics! The statistics where INCREDIBLE!
To me, the 2006 US Open remains the pinnacle of Maria's career. She had it all working in that tournament. A lot of people don't remember that Mauresmo and Henin dominated women's tennis that year. Amelie won two majors that year and Henin made it to the final in all four. And Maria gave Amelie two bagels sandwiched around losing that second set, which was amazing. And then she dominated Henin in the final, facing only one break point for the whole match. To beat those two players back to back in that setting, under that kind of pressure was incredible. Maria's serve was lethal. I miss the days when you didn't have to cringe or hide your eyes when she served. You had a feeling of confidence watching her.
I agree. Maria needs to serve really really well. Let's hope the weather conditions are in her favour. Hot and no wind. Maria can do this. We all know that. She has to fight for every point and stay focused. Vika will be the toughest opponent in this tournament......so far.
Too bad! Maria's semifinal match against Victoria is at 7:00 PM -New York time- and I can't watch it because I will be in my bed that time.I wish Maria beats Victoria!Go Go Maria
Match is at 1:45 PM EDT, not 7:00 PM Ali, so hopefully that helps.