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Internazionali Bnl d'Italia - Rome 2013
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#21 Posted : Thursday, May 16, 2013 12:47:57 AM(UTC)
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Clearly a message as that other one with "US"...provocation or publicity towards the paparazzi???


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#22 Posted : Thursday, May 16, 2013 1:54:36 AM(UTC)
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Sharapova rolls in Rome opener


Rome, Italy – Reigning two-time champion Maria Sharapova resumed her winning ways in Rome with an easy second-round victory Wednesday at the $2.37 million Italian Open, a clay-court French Open tune-up.

The second-seeded former world No. 1 star drilled Spanish qualifier Garbine Muguruza 6-2, 6-2 on the red clay at Foro Italico. Sharapova was last week's Madrid runner-up to the great Serena Williams.

The French Open champion Sharapova captured a second straight Italian Open title last year by beating Chinese star and former French Open titlist Li Na in the final.

Up next for Sharapova will be American slugger Sloane Stephens.

A fifth-seeded Li also reached the third round here on Wednesday by blasting fellow Chinese Zheng Jie 6-3, 6-1. The Australian Open runner-up will battle former world No. 1, two-time Rome champion and former runner-up Jelena Jankovic on Thursday. Jankovic whipped Serb Bojana Jovanovski 6-2, 6-0.

Seventh-seeded Italian crowd favorite Sara Errani, last year's Roland Garros runner-up to Sharapova, defeated American Christina McHale 7-5, 5-7, 6-2, while ninth-seeded former French Open and Rome runner-up Samantha Stosur doused Chinese Peng Shuai 7-6 (7-5), 6-0.

In other second-round action involving seeds, No. 12 Russian Maria Kirilenko mauled American Varvara Lepchenko, 6-3, 6-1; No. 13 Italian Roberta Vinci handled wild card and fellow countrywoman Nastassja Burnett 6-1, 6-4; No. 14 Slovak Dominika Cibulkova overcame American qualifier Melanie Oudin 5-7, 6-1, 6-3; and a No. 16 Stephens fought back to beat Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. Cibulkova is rewarded with a third-round match against the mighty Serena.





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#23 Posted : Thursday, May 16, 2013 4:55:43 AM(UTC)
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RAIN DELAY !!! Forecast looks bad for the next days !!!


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#24 Posted : Thursday, May 16, 2013 11:41:42 AM(UTC)
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Masha looks fully prepared for tonight:)



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#26 Posted : Thursday, May 16, 2013 2:08:42 PM(UTC)
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Maria vs S. Errani tomorrow, not before 7.30 pm!!! :D
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#25 Posted : Thursday, May 16, 2013 4:35:58 PM(UTC)
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Masha looks fully prepared for tonight:)



 


Yankee Doodle went to town
A-riding on a pony,
Stuck a feather in his cap
And called it macaroni'.

 

"I'd love to open a tennis school for children in my hometown of Sochi." said Sharapova Maria.



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CROUCHING TIGER on 5/17/2013(UTC)
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#27 Posted : Friday, May 17, 2013 12:26:21 AM(UTC)
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MISSION TWO - DONE


All kinds of bad things happen when you’re in a slump, not all of them obvious, like double-faults or errors that spin out their miserable lives in the net. There’s also a tendency, among other things, to watch rather than participate, to pull up or back out of a shot at a critical moment, to toss the service ball too low, and to rely too much on retrieving, thereby allowing your opponent to dictate.

Sloane Stephens was plagued by many of those shortcomings in her third-round match with Maria Sharapova today, and the net result was a dispiriting, one-hour and 20-minute, 6-2, 6-1 loss.

Stephens looked like the reluctant competitor as the first set began, and surrendered a break in the second game. She showed signs of wanting to get right back into it though, picking up two break points in the very next game. But Sharapova, doing what she does best—which is, go for it—fended them off with a service winner followed by what is becoming her (and everyone else’s) go-to shot, the inside-out forehand winner.

Stephens won her next game for 1-3, and continued to press Sharapova. At 30-40, the women played an intense, crisp rally that ended with a Sharapova backhand error. Stephens had broken back, but her general lack of confidence these days wasn’t easily dismissed, and it probably contributed to the fact that she was unable to keep the pace. Hitting with more power and unwavering focus, Sharapova took advantage of Stephens’ increasingly defensive posture in the next game and broke again with a backhand down-the-line winner off a slice backhand. Sharapova now led 4-2.

Although Stephens was playing reactive rather than proactive, aggressive tennis—some of which had to do with her opponent’s customary belligerence—she still managed to retrieve and rally her way to another break point with Sharapova in the next game. Stephens hit a short angle cross-court, almost a drop shot, that looked a winner, but Sharapova raced forward to make an unexpected get and dumped the reply deep enough to force an error. She went on to hold for 5-2, and broke Stephens to seal the set.

Stephens’ coach, David Nankin, trotted out to speak to his protégé, and told her that instead of 6-2, the women might still be going at it, tied at four-all. It was true, but Stephens seemed in no mood to be inspired. She complained gently about how Sharapova was finding so many lines and angles, to which Nankin provided the intelligent response: “If she can hit those, it’s just too good. Don’t worry about it.”

Sharapova opened the second set with a routine hold, after which she pressed Stephens in the ensuing game. By this time, Stephens was really counting on her retrieving ability, but the slice return of pressing, flat or topspin shots is just begging for trouble—and Sharapova is always willing to provide it.

Sharapova worked her way to deuce in that second game, but Stephens hung in there, as she would through three more deuces. After the fifth deuce, Sharapova achieved her second break point of the long game in classy fashion. Stephens tried to end a lively rally with a lovely drop shot to Sharapova’s backhand side—only to watch, helpless, as the Russian sprinted up, reached the ball with her racquet outstretched and scraping the red dirt, and dumped it parallel to the net all the way across to the far sideline.

The shot seemed to break Stephens’ spirit. Sharapova returned her next serve, and Stephens made a sloppy cross-court backhand error to surrender the break.

With the 2-0 lead, Sharapova continued to press her advantage. Her confidence, already high, continued to swell and produce stinging, deep, offensive shots that rendered even Stephens’ considerable retrieving skills moot. It was becoming ugly, but Stephens managed a face-saving hold in the sixth game before she gave up the ghost.


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Hi to everybody, I'm Massimo from Italy, I'm in Roma today that it's 680 km far from my town in the north of Italy. After a long trip I received this news fromthe ogranization of "Internazionali di Italia di Roma": Maria retired! I have the ticket for today but without Maria I'm not interest: I' m very sick of Masha, it's not the first time!!! What's her problem?? Injury?? Boh, I'm bored and I'm very angry!!!!!!

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#29 Posted : Friday, May 17, 2013 5:28:21 AM(UTC)
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FROM TWITTER !!!

I'm sorry for having to withdraw from the tournament this morning. Didn't recover after being sick last week and it got me again last night,

Maria.


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#31 Posted : Friday, May 17, 2013 5:29:59 AM(UTC)
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I'm sorry for having to withdraw from the tournament this morning. Didn't recover after being sick last week and it got me again last night...(twitter)

Masha pulled out !!!


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#33 Posted : Friday, May 17, 2013 5:36:01 AM(UTC)
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Hi to everybody,I'm Massimo from Italy, I'm in Rome today that it's 680 km far from my town in the north of Italy and I just received this news: Maria retired!!!!! I'm very sick of Masha!!! What's her problem??? A fals and fantasious injury???? I've the ticket for today but without Masha I'm not interested!!!! Who will rembours me my money??? Maria perhaps??? I'm very angry and bored!!!!!
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Sharapova pulls out of Rome event

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FROM TWITTER !!!

I'm sorry for having to withdraw from the tournament this morning. Didn't recover after being sick last week and it got me again last night,

Maria.


It's a litlle bit strandge! she played well last evening and she won 6/2 6/1 and now she's sick???

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I't very strange to know that now Maria is sick, yesterday evening she played very well and she won 6/1 6/2, and now she is in no in conditions to play??? It's not reasonable!!!
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Tennis – Sharapova pulls out of Rome Open

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#37 Posted : Friday, May 17, 2013 5:57:26 AM(UTC)
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Problably afraid catching a cold over there; she's not sick...RG in a week !!!


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According to Eurosport she withdrew due to physical problems. Ha.  At the end of the day, she is physically scared shitless of taking another hammering in the final from Serena.  Also, it said she wasn't feeling too well in Madrid.  Strangely enough, the time before that when she got hammered by Serena she also wasn't feeling well either.  She has already kissed this tournament win goodbye, so it looks like RG is going down the tube for her as well.

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According to Eurosport she withdrew due to physical problems. Ha.  At the end of the day, she is physically scared shitless of taking another hammering in the final from Serena.  Also, it said she wasn't feeling too well in Madrid.  Strangely enough, the time before that when she got hammered by Serena she also wasn't feeling well either.  She has already kissed this tournament win goodbye, so it looks like RG is going down the tube for her as well.



I agree with you, probably she has fear to play and loose again with Serena, she's not ill, which temperature???

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#41 Posted : Friday, May 17, 2013 7:39:46 AM(UTC)
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But what are you saying? Fear of S. Williams? Ahahah!!!

I'm so sorry...but have a good rest and feeling well very soon, Maria! :-D
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...only S. Williams' fans could agree with you.... :D
Fear of Williams? What are you saying?

The important thing is that Maria could feel well very soon...Go Masha!!!
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