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#21 Posted : Monday, March 21, 2011 12:55:07 PM(UTC)
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The draw seems ok for Maria...best of luck to her.
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#22 Posted : Monday, March 21, 2011 1:50:33 PM(UTC)
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On the whole, yeah--though I suspect the pattern of probable meetings (like with Petrova in the 3rd round) are as much contrived as several others I see through the draw (Kirilenko-Radwanska again! I mean, gimme a break.)


But it is as I surmised this morning: HALF the Russians at Miami (inc Shvedova as a Russian) are crammed into Zvonareva's SECTION of the 3rd quarter--ASSIGNING WC Safina as Vera's first opponent. 


...it just happened that way...? 


Bullsh!t


Nobody can believe that anymore. You can spot a half-dozen other examples. This stuff is visibly contrived, malcious, and even petty. (1st round Makarova-Dushevina) And with three qualifier spots stacked up against Azarenka, god knows what they'll pull there.


But my hunch is the stitched draw is only half the story.  Expect Kerrilyn Cramer & perhaps Zhang Juan (aka Jennifer Zhang) in the chair for critical Russian matches. Too early to assume Masha has a level playing field.

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#24 Posted : Monday, March 21, 2011 2:06:40 PM(UTC)
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Kick some butt Maria!

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Ok i don't get it. Miami official website says the following: "Note: Rankings positions are shown as of February 7, the entry deadline for the tournament. (Tournament seedings are based on rankings as of March 21".

Based on this why is Masha seeded #16 instead of #11 ? anyone ?
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#23 Posted : Monday, March 21, 2011 2:35:06 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: paul_pipkin Go to Quoted Post


On the whole, yeah--though I suspect the pattern of probable meetings (like with Petrova in the 3rd round) are as much contrived as several others I see through the draw (Kirilenko-Radwanska again! I mean, gimme a break.)


But it is as I surmised this morning: HALF the Russians at Miami (inc Shvedova as a Russian) are crammed into Zvonareva's SECTION of the 3rd quarter--ASSIGNING WC Safina as Vera's first opponent. 


...it just happened that way...? 


Bullsh!t


Nobody can believe that anymore. You can spot a half-dozen other examples. This stuff is visibly contrived, malcious, and even petty. (1st round Makarova-Dushevina) And with three qualifier spots stacked up against Azarenka, god knows what they'll pull there.


But my hunch is the stitched draw is only half the story.  Expect Kerrilyn Cramer & perhaps Zhang Juan (aka Jennifer Zhang) in the chair for critical Russian matches. Too early to assume Masha has a level playing field.


They fucked it up allright...BIG TIME(seen Wicky?)...nice job



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#26 Posted : Monday, March 21, 2011 2:38:24 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Linsted Go to Quoted Post
Ok i don't get it. Miami official website says the following: "Note: Rankings positions are shown as of February 7, the entry deadline for the tournament. (Tournament seedings are based on rankings as of March 21".

Based on this why is Masha seeded #16 instead of #11 ? anyone ?


That would've put her where Kuzi is--and WTA wants those two Russians, if necessary, to self-eliminate in the quarters. lol!

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#27 Posted : Monday, March 21, 2011 4:07:48 PM(UTC)
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Let's see if Maria can keep up her level of last week ! Same side of the draw as 'Bunny girl' so time for revange !
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#29 Posted : Monday, March 21, 2011 6:17:57 PM(UTC)
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Why are you so obsessed with Russians, Paul? (Not saying it's wrong, just wondering.)

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#30 Posted : Monday, March 21, 2011 8:22:20 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: s teddy Go to Quoted Post


Why are you so obsessed with Russians, Paul? (Not saying it's wrong, just wondering.)



 Masha is Russian isn't she?


Anyway Russian girls are pretty and play good tennis, aren't they?


Paul is not obsessed, he noticed that Russian girls play good tennis in general.


Right.

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#32 Posted : Monday, March 21, 2011 8:48:49 PM(UTC)
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I hate checking the draw but ooks ok. I hope Maria will one day able to play a good level of tennis so we don't have to worry who on the other side of the net.


Unfortunately it's not the case ....for now anyway. Her physical strength is simply not there yet.


but again I'll do my part...wish you well and best of luck!

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#33 Posted : Monday, March 21, 2011 10:10:11 PM(UTC)
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I hate checking the draw but ooks ok. I hope Maria will one day able to play a good level of tennis so we don't have to worry who on the other side of the net.


Unfortunately it's not the case ....for now anyway. Her physical strength is simply not there yet.


but again I'll do my part...wish you well and best of luck!



Yes you are right. 


Masha can improve her tennis. As I said before she should play patiently with precision. She should control her serves and always win when she serves. Second serve should be softer and she has to use a technic and strategy to win. 


You can't only serve stronly and win a game. Even if the best players have an excellent serve, they have to play a good tennis on the court using the right strategy against their opponent. A tennis match is like a chess game but u have also to be prepared physically. 

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#34 Posted : Tuesday, March 22, 2011 12:09:48 AM(UTC)
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Good Luck Maria! I wonder what day she starts her match
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#38 Posted : Tuesday, March 22, 2011 3:34:16 AM(UTC)
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The draw seems pretty good for Maria.
But to come through she needs to improve a lot.
She has to work on her serve and she needs her big weapon back: aces.
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#40 Posted : Tuesday, March 22, 2011 5:28:40 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: shrapilova Go to Quoted Post
The draw seems pretty good for Maria. But to come through she needs to improve a lot. She has to work on her serve and she needs her big weapon back: aces.


I agree. Doesn't matter who Maria's opponent is. She HAS to improve on her first serves to beat even a qualifier. Nowadays unseeded players are the most dangerous.

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#35 Posted : Tuesday, March 22, 2011 5:48:37 AM(UTC)
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Good Luck Maria! I wonder what day she starts her match


From the homepage: In the second round Maria will play either Kristina Barrois of Germany or Petra Martic of Croatia.  This match will be played on either Friday or Saturday.

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#28 Posted : Tuesday, March 22, 2011 8:38:20 AM(UTC)
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Let's see if Maria can keep up her level of last week ! Same side of the draw as 'Bunny girl' so time for revange !


 


Er.....heard that one before!!

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#31 Posted : Tuesday, March 22, 2011 8:39:08 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: s teddy Go to Quoted Post


Why are you so obsessed with Russians, Paul? (Not saying it's wrong, just wondering.)



I have a personal affinity with Russia, true, and boost all the Russian players. But specifically, for our purposes here:


Maria is a member of Team Russia--an identification that will intensify as we move toward next year's Olympiad.


She is NOT immune to WTA & tennis media's pronounced bias against Russians. The dirty tricks they ran against Dementieva, Safina, and now Zvonareva can rub off on Sharapova as well. 


ANY draw that contains a distinct "Russian Section" or "Russian Quarter" is corrupt & contrived from the outset. That the Miami "draw" did not shove her into the Russian ghetto doesn't mean there isn't something up the crooks' sleeves.

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#36 Posted : Tuesday, March 22, 2011 8:49:16 AM(UTC)
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Good Luck Maria! I wonder what day she starts her match


From the homepage: In the second round Maria will play either Kristina Barrois of Germany or Petra Martic of Croatia.  This match will be played on either Friday or Saturday.



Probably no live stream. IF Saturday, maybe a remote chance, but past experience suggests the first streams will all be ATP.


If we could watch, I would hope for the opponent to be Martic as I like watching Petra's game develop. 


But Masha can dismiss either of these opponents


 


Ksenia Pervak and Vesna Manasieva just qualified.  Among other possible qualies could be Anastasia Pivovarova & Anastasiya Yakimova of Belarus.


Another "Rus" qualifer: Dutch hottie Arantxa Rus

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#39 Posted : Tuesday, March 22, 2011 12:14:59 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: shrapilova Go to Quoted Post
The draw seems pretty good for Maria. But to come through she needs to improve a lot. She has to work on her serve and she needs her big weapon back: aces.


But if the big weapon doesn't work, she has to find another weapon. You can't win all the matches with aces only. You have to use different weapons, different strategies and technics.


Today the big weapon doesn't work well, and this weapon forces her to make many double faults.


Masha should use a new weapon, the second serve should be less strong and she has to use the right strategy on the court to defeat her opponent.  When she serves she should win the point not only with an ace. It is important. 

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#37 Posted : Tuesday, March 22, 2011 1:35:53 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: paul_pipkin Go to Quoted Post


Originally Posted by: tgj92 Go to Quoted Post


Originally Posted by: katmilr Go to Quoted Post
Good Luck Maria! I wonder what day she starts her match


From the homepage: In the second round Maria will play either Kristina Barrois of Germany or Petra Martic of Croatia.  This match will be played on either Friday or Saturday.



Probably no live stream. IF Saturday, maybe a remote chance, but past experience suggests the first streams will all be ATP.


If we could watch, I would hope for the opponent to be Martic as I like watching Petra's game develop. 


But Masha can dismiss either of these opponents


 


Ksenia Pervak and Vesna Manasieva just qualified.  Among other possible qualies could be Anastasia Pivovarova & Anastasiya Yakimova of Belarus.


Another "Rus" qualifer: Dutch hottie Arantxa Rus


Kalm aan met dat ROKJE, Paul....



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