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CROUCHING TIGER
#41 Posted : Tuesday, October 15, 2013 11:04:27 AM(UTC)
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In Sweden...mmmmhhh,something special over there?



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#43 Posted : Tuesday, October 15, 2013 10:21:15 PM(UTC)
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In Sweden...mmmmhhh,something special over there?



few more photo of Masha in black and white.


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#42 Posted : Wednesday, October 16, 2013 12:45:55 AM(UTC)
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In Sweden...mmmmhhh,something special over there?



"something special" : her very close friend, obviously...

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#46 Posted : Wednesday, October 16, 2013 5:03:33 AM(UTC)
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WHO ELSE ? LOL...just kiddin'


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#44 Posted : Wednesday, October 16, 2013 1:50:17 PM(UTC)
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In Sweden...mmmmhhh,something special over there?


How sure are we that this is Maria , this photo is photoshopped !!  That she is in Sweden can be because of two reasons; 1.  Begging Thomas if he can be her coach again or picking up all of Grigor''s belonings at the acadamy .

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#45 Posted : Thursday, October 17, 2013 12:46:43 AM(UTC)
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How sure are we that this is Maria , this photo is photoshopped !!  That she is in Sweden can be because of two reasons; 1.  Begging Thomas if he can be her coach again or picking up all of Grigor''s belonings at the acadamy .



I bet (but I am sure of this) that "Grigor" is the true reason !

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#47 Posted : Thursday, October 17, 2013 6:15:29 AM(UTC)
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Of course it is:) i was kiddin'...Midaso had allready posted it higher up...


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#48 Posted : Thursday, October 17, 2013 9:36:34 AM(UTC)
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Istanbul: Just Five Days To Go...


Time to go ...

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Istanbul: Just Five Days To Go...


Time to go ...


I just can't believe seeing these pics that this is the top 8 in women's tennis !?!?!?!  Who are the numbers 5 to 8 ?? Don't look familiar to me.  Ps;  Istanbul, great city but very very busy ( 18 million people )

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#50 Posted : Friday, October 18, 2013 12:20:38 AM(UTC)
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Get used to it, fangirl,in the next years most of these familiar faces will be GONE !!!

THE NEW, YOUNG GENERATION IS COMING VERY, VERY FAST AND I LIKE THAT !!!


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#51 Posted : Friday, October 18, 2013 10:35:33 AM(UTC)
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My lovely CHINAGIRL in Turkey:)

Highlights: Shenzhen (champion), Australian Open, Stuttgart (runner-up)
Grand Slam Highlights: Australian Open (runner-up), Roland Garros (second round), Wimbledon (quarterfinals), US Open (semifinals)
Win/Loss Record: 40-13
Record Against Top 10: 4-8
WTA Championships History: Round Robin (2011, 2012)

While a second major proved elusive, 2013 saw Li Na enjoy arguably her most consistent season on tour to date, securing her a spot once again at the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships - Istanbul.

For Li, the season begun with a bang, winning in Shenzhen and then reaching the semifinals in Sydney where she lost out to the year's other early pace-setter, Agnieszka Radwanska. She carried this form over to Melbourne, cruising through the draw, taking out Radwanska and Maria Sharapova along the way, and into her third major final.

Here she faced defending champion Victoria Azarenka. The two produced an early contender for match of the season, with Azarenka eventually prevailing in three rollercoaster sets.

The Chinese No.1 recovered well from the setback, reaching the quarterfinals in Miami and then finishing runner-up to Maria Sharapova in Stuttgart. However, her remaining assignments on the dirt did not go according to plan as she suffered early exits at Madrid, Rome and finally the French Open.

In recent years Li has struggled on grass, but at Wimbledon she looked in fine form, negotiating a tricky draw to set up the latest encounter of her ongoing rivalry with Radwanska. On this occasion it was the Pole that prevailed, riding out a storm of Li winners to reach the semifinals.

Just as she had 12 months ago, Li enjoyed a fruitful summer on the cement, reaching the last four at Toronto, Cincinnati and the US Open, losing out to the irresistible Serena Williams on two of these occasions, before securing her spot in Istanbul with another deep run in Beijing.

"I'm so happy to have qualified again for the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships - Istanbul as one of the Top 8 players this season," Li said after qualifying. "I had a great time in Istanbul last year and I'm looking forward to coming back and playing my best tennis for the fans in Turkey."


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#52 Posted : Friday, October 18, 2013 10:38:37 AM(UTC)
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#53 Posted : Friday, October 18, 2013 11:16:44 AM(UTC)
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Love this city ...

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#54 Posted : Saturday, October 19, 2013 5:28:10 AM(UTC)
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The "alternates"...



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#55 Posted : Sunday, October 20, 2013 11:01:13 AM(UTC)
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Draw ceremony just streamed live thru youtube & wta:


RED GROUP:
Williams
Radwanska
Kvitova
Kerber


WHITE GROUP:
Azarenka
Li
Errani
Jankovic

"That's the way the world works... right now." --Maria Sharapova at 17
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#56 Posted : Sunday, October 20, 2013 1:41:19 PM(UTC)
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"Easy" opponents for Serena , actually Kerber and Radwanska aren't big problems for her these days but perhaps Petra can make a challenge but MAYBE !!! Azarenka seems to have difficult ones, Li is always dangerous ....
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#57 Posted : Monday, October 21, 2013 12:25:02 AM(UTC)
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ISTANBUL'S EIGHT !!!



The eight competitors at the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships - Istanbul were divided up into their two round robin groups at the draw ceremony on Sunday, with play set to begin at the $6 million event on Tuesday. Here's how the elite eight stack up against each other...

RED GROUP: Williams, Radwanska, Kvitova & Kerber

(1) Serena Williams (USA)
~ 2013 Titles: 10 (Brisbane, Miami, Charleston, Madrid, Rome, Roland Garros, Bastad, Toronto, US Open, Beijing)
~ 2013 Record: 73-4 (6-0 fall record)
~ Best Grand Slam result in 2013: Won French Open & US Open
~ H2H vs rest of group: 13-1
~ H2H vs rest of field: 48-9
~ WTA Championships history: 8th appearance (20-5 record - champion in 2001, 2009 and 2012)
~ Quote: "It's a tough group. I have to be ready. That's the thing about this tournament and why it's so tough, you have to be ready from the first match on."

(3) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)
~ 2013 Titles: 3 (Auckland, Sydney, Seoul)
~ 2013 Record: 56-16 (11-2 fall record)
~ Best Grand Slam result in 2013: SF at Wimbledon
~ H2H vs rest of group: 6-14
~ H2H vs rest of field: 25-35
~ WTA Championships history: 5th appearance (5-4 record)
~ Quote: "It's never an easy draw, of course, because you're playing against the Top 8 players in the world. It's especially tough with Serena in my draw, and also the lefties. It's never easy, but I hope I can try to play my best tennis, as I have been the whole year, and just enjoy it."

(5) Petra Kvitova (CZE)
~ 2013 Titles: 2 (Dubai, Tokyo)
~ 2013 Record: 49-21 (8-1 fall record)
~ Best Grand Slam result in 2013: QF at Wimbledon
~ H2H vs rest of group: 6-7
~ H2H vs rest of field: 21-13
~ WTA Championships history: 3rd appearance (5-1 record... champion in 2011)
~ Quote: "Both of the groups are very tough and I don't think you can choose anyone who you think is weaker. This means that it's going to be a big fight every day, every match. I'm looking forward to it."

(8) Angelique Kerber (GER)
~ 2013 Titles: 1 (Linz)
~ 2013 Record: 44-21 (11-2 fall record)
~ Best Grand Slam result in 2013: 4r at Australian Open, French Open & US Open
~ H2H vs rest of group: 6-9
~ H2H vs rest of field: 9-21
~ WTA Championships history: 2nd appearance (0-3 record)
~ Quote: "Of course it's never easy, but I'm feeling good and I have nothing to lose here. I will try my best. I'm going to have fun, enjoy my tennis, and let's see what happens."

WHITE GROUP: Azarenka, Li, Errani, & Jankovic

(2) Victoria Azarenka (BLR)
~ 2013 Titles: 3 (Australian Open, Doha, Cincinnati)
~ 2013 Record: 42-7 (0-2 fall record)
~ Best Grand Slam result in 2013: Won Australian Open
~ H2H vs rest of group: 17-8
~ H2H vs rest of field: 37-28
~ WTA Championships history: 5th appearance (7-8 record)
~ Quote: "It's the best eight players in the world. Anybody who is here is going to be a challenge. It's exciting, and I can't wait to play all those players."

(4) Li Na (CHN)
~ 2013 Titles: 1 (Shenzhen)
~ 2013 Record: 40-13 (3-1 fall record)
~ Best Grand Slam result in 2013: R-Up at Australian Open
~ H2H vs rest of group: 14-10
~ H2H vs rest of field: 31-28
~ WTA Championships history: 3rd appearance (2-4 record)
~ Quote: "In the WTA Championships, no one ever has an easy draw. You have to be ready when you come to the court from the beginning. It's a big challenge."

(6) Sara Errani (ITA)
~ 2013 Titles: 1 (Acapulco)
~ 2013 Record: 46-22 (2-2 fall record)
~ Best Grand Slam result in 2013: SF at French Open
~ H2H vs rest of group: 1-12
~ H2H vs rest of field: 5-32
~ WTA Championships history: 2nd appearance (1-2 record)
~ Quote: "It's the best eight, so it will be tough for sure. But I'm happy to be here and to play."

(7) Jelena Jankovic (SRB)
~ 2013 Titles: 1 (Bogotá)
~ 2013 Record: 45-18 (6-2 fall record)
~ Best Grand Slam result in 2013: QF at French Open
~ H2H vs rest of group: 8-10
~ H2H vs rest of field: 14-24
~ WTA Championships history: 5th appearance (4-10 record)
~ Quote: "It's a tough group. Playing the WTA Championships, you are playing against the best players in the world so there is no easy match. Playing this format, the round robin, you have to play your best tennis from the first match. There is no warm up. There is no getting your rhythm. You have to bring your best performance from the start. I look forward to playing in my group and doing my best."


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#58 Posted : Monday, October 21, 2013 10:56:13 AM(UTC)
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First matches tomorrow at 05PM...dunno if that's GMT or Turkish time



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#59 Posted : Monday, October 21, 2013 11:02:20 AM(UTC)
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http://www.wtachampionsh...rOfPlay/0,,12910,00.html

Official site also says 17:00 PM


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#60 Posted : Monday, October 21, 2013 12:56:39 PM(UTC)
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Official site also says 17:00 PM


 


Believe that is Istanbul, which is same as EEST


CEST:


Tuesday (22 October) CEST Day One Round Robin
16:00 Azarenka - Errani (WTA Championships Istanbul)
18:00 S. Williams - Kerber (WTA Championships Istanbul)
20:00 Kvitova - A. Radwanska (WTA Championships Istanbul)

"That's the way the world works... right now." --Maria Sharapova at 17
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