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TEB PNB Paribas WTA Championships - October 23rd - 28th
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#21 Posted : Monday, October 22, 2012 2:53:03 PM(UTC)
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Let's hope that Serena is rusty and Azarenka is tired ! At the end of this season Maria has a bone to pick with the 2 ladies. I expect a lot from her this time,  she is warned. The most enjoyable so far is that Azarenka was not in the centre of the official group picture. Great desicion.  PS;  Watch out for Philli, she is waiting to attack.

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#22 Posted : Monday, October 22, 2012 7:05:25 PM(UTC)
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I want all players to be in top shape and I certainly want Masha to beat the best as well.


Best of luck Maria!!!

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#23 Posted : Monday, October 22, 2012 11:19:07 PM(UTC)
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Does anyone know what time Maria's match is? 


The article on the Maria's website says it's at 5pm (aka 7am Pacific) , but when I google, it says it would be 11am Pacific. The order of play on the WTA website says Maria's match is the 3rd, so I assume the 11am time makes more sense? 

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#24 Posted : Tuesday, October 23, 2012 12:26:00 AM(UTC)
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tiramiisu;319998 wrote:


Does anyone know what time Maria's match is? 


The article on the Maria's website says it's at 5pm (aka 7am Pacific) , but when I google, it says it would be 11am Pacific. The order of play on the WTA website says Maria's match is the 3rd, so I assume the 11am time makes more sense? 



Hmmm, well she is last, so i'd assume at least that the 2 matches before her will go for about 3hours in total.


So around 8-9pm Istanbul time?

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#26 Posted : Tuesday, October 23, 2012 1:06:50 AM(UTC)
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http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/

Always keep this one in your favorites or go see in Pauls' topic "LIVE STREAMS"



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#27 Posted : Tuesday, October 23, 2012 2:55:32 AM(UTC)
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Really. Always need it. Just added to the favorite, haha.
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#28 Posted : Tuesday, October 23, 2012 3:06:24 AM(UTC)
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Good luck to my girl Maria Sharapova today in her first match in the WTA Championships!

Davai Masha!! :D
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#25 Posted : Tuesday, October 23, 2012 3:51:37 AM(UTC)
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Hey, Val.  


tiramiisu;319998 wrote:


Does anyone know what time Maria's match is? 


The article on the Maria's website says it's at 5pm (aka 7am Pacific) , but when I google, it says it would be 11am Pacific. The order of play on the WTA website says Maria's match is the 3rd, so I assume the 11am time makes more sense? 


 


Masha in about 8 hours now.


You can set the LSH links page to display in your own time zone. http://www.lshunter.tv/t...ive-streaming-video.html

"That's the way the world works... right now." --Maria Sharapova at 17
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#29 Posted : Tuesday, October 23, 2012 6:21:36 AM(UTC)
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Did somebody tell Maria is was a 'casual' affair? She is the worst dressed person on those pics. While everybody else showed elegence, she turned up looking like she's just got back from a shopping trip and didn't have time to change.
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#30 Posted : Tuesday, October 23, 2012 7:09:45 AM(UTC)
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maria was stunning,you like this ugly faces in red dresses?
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#31 Posted : Tuesday, October 23, 2012 7:10:04 AM(UTC)
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Hello dear Philli; everything allright i hope? Yes, she doesn't look that great on that

ensemble-pic.Some others neither,admit u must:)...Are they gonna burn Agnie? She looks

ready for it as Jeanne d'Arc did LOL...


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#32 Posted : Tuesday, October 23, 2012 2:23:03 PM(UTC)
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I thought she looked absolutely fine.


Sure, she didn't show the same elegance, but it was still fashionable. Can't called it badly dressed. 


Anyways, Maria played quite well today! Still quite a lot of unforced errors, but she made it. She shows how much she wants it everytime! I LOVE love love watching her all the time! 

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#33 Posted : Tuesday, October 23, 2012 2:25:35 PM(UTC)
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Nice Turkey appetizer, Maria! Hoping for a full course early Thanksgiving feast for you and your fans, Ms. Sugarpova ;}

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#34 Posted : Tuesday, October 23, 2012 2:31:44 PM(UTC)
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What the hell are you talking about guys ?

Anyway, very good match from Maria today, she showed that she could beat everyone and this is really important but, as usually, she made a lot of unforced errors... Next match against Radwanska I think, so this will be I think, excluding the final or semi, which are really important too, the most important match for Maria. Radwanska is seeded #4 and Kvitova #6 so yes :)
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#35 Posted : Tuesday, October 23, 2012 2:41:33 PM(UTC)
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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Stadium (from 17.00hrs)
1. Serena Williams vs. Li Na
2. Victoria Azarenka vs. Angelique Kerber
3. Maria Sharapova vs. Agnie Radwanska

Third match ;-)
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#36 Posted : Tuesday, October 23, 2012 3:27:32 PM(UTC)
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Maria, Fantastic win today you were on fire  jp jnr

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#37 Posted : Tuesday, October 23, 2012 10:15:22 PM(UTC)
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good start and I'm sure she'll find a way to beat Radwanska.

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#38 Posted : Wednesday, October 24, 2012 3:26:52 AM(UTC)
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Excellent match from masha very very good performance! I hope she can keep this up! Good luck for today Maria DAVAI!!!

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INSTANBUL—As Maria Sharapova said before the WTA Championships began, when she was asked what it felt like to be the most popular tennis player in Turkey: There is no statistical evidence to support that contention. But at least on opening night, far more fans in attendance cheered for the Russian by way of Manhattan Beach then they did for her opponent, Italy’s Sara Errani. And the majority got their wish, with Sharapova prevailing, 6-3, 6-2.

The contest was a rematch of this year's Roland Garros final, and what transpired was not dissimilar to their Paris clash. Although players are saying that the court at the Sinan Erdem Arena in Istanbul is playing substantially slower than last year, Sharapova no longer minds facing players who hit with high-bouncing topspin, like her opponent today. Sharapova is tall, for one, and over the years she has developed better timing when it comes to deciding when to jump on high balls.

As she is wont to do, Sharapova got off to a slow start, but Errani wasn't locked in herself, and had trouble keeping balls low enough and away from the center of the court.

Sharapova began to find her range in the sixth game, when she broke Errani to 4-2 with a stinging forehand winner. By then she was comfortable employing her standard attack, and Errani could do little to counter it. Again and again, Sharapova would slice a serve out wide to the deuce court and then belt a winner off a mediocre Errani return into the open court. Or, she’d crunch a serve down the T into the ad court, and put together a three-groundstroke combination that left Errani shaking her head.

As for her return game, Sharapova took any Errani serve that wasn’t deep and well placed and ripped the reply. The world No. 2 went cross-court until she got a clean look down the line, and ate up almost every short ball that was presented to her.

There were a few moments during the match when Errani showed the crowd why she managed to crack the final eight—in singles (she's also entered in the doubles draw with Roberta Vinci). Blessed with quick feet and good hands, Errani doesn't shy away from the net. Down 2-5 in the first set, she took a short ball, pushed Sharapova wide to her backhand side, and caressed a low backhand drop volley into the open court for a winner.

But to pull off the upset, Errani needed to frequently move Sharapova around and make her grind out points, but was unable to do so. Sharapova hit with tremendous depth and accuracy, not only powering flat balls, but also adding some top spin to both her forehand and backhand when she was in defensive positions, something she has been working on with her coach, Thomas Hogstedt.

Sharapova’s two-handed backhand has always been her most consistent weapon, but it's her forehand that wins her big matches. She would end the contest with her 22nd forehand winner and 39th overall, playing a workmanlike point where she got herself into a comfortable position in the left-hand corner and scalded an inside-out forehand on the line.

If Sharapova can keep her forehand cranking at the same rate, she has a good chance to win the White Group (which includes Petra Kvitova and Agnieszka Radwanska) and has at least a puncher’s chance to upset her two nemeses—Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka—on the weekend.


DAVAIIII!! :D
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#39 Posted : Wednesday, October 24, 2012 7:09:41 AM(UTC)
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Petra Kvitova, victim of a bronchitis, has withdrawn from the WTA Championships. She's replaced by Samantha Stosur, world #9.
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#40 Posted : Wednesday, October 24, 2012 7:46:44 AM(UTC)
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WTA Championships - Sick Kvitova pulls out of Istanbul finals, Stosur in
Defending champion Petra Kvitova has withdrawn from the WTA Championships due to a viral illness and will be replaced by Samantha Stosur.


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