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#222 Posted : Wednesday, June 01, 2011 6:13:46 AM(UTC)
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French Open - Buntes - Diskussion um neuen "Petko-Dance"
Di 31.Mai. 15:13:00 2011

Immer wenn Deutschlands Tennis-Star tanzt, haben die Gegner nichts zu lachen. Andrea Petkovics "Petko-Dance" gibt's jetzt in einer neuen Variante.

Bei den US Open hatte die 23-Jährige ihren alten "Petko-Dance" beerdigt.

Doch schon damals hatte sie erklärt, dass sie sich etwas Neues einfallen lassen könnte, wenn sie den Court mal wieder als Siegerin verlassen würde.

Nun scheint sie sich mit einer neuen Tanz-Variante angefreundet zu haben: Es ist der "Moonwalk", den Michael Jackson einst so populär gemacht hatte. Oder besser gesagt: Es ist die Petko-Variante des Tanzes.

Schließlich ist es nicht ausgeschlossen, dass sich der "King of Pop" beim Anblick des neuen Petko-Tanzes vor Schreck in den Schritt greift, um dann mal ordentlich in seiner Luxus-Gruft zu rotieren.

Ist das der Tanz der Arroganz?

Vorwürfen, nach denen ihr Tanz Ausdruck von Arroganz sei, begegnet die Deutsche cool: "Die Menschen, die mich kennen, wissen, dass das Unsinn ist. Das bin einfach ich. Und ich versuche, mein Leben authentisch zu leben", erklärt sie gegenüber der "Bild".

Nach ihrem 6:2, 2:6, 6:4-Erfolg über die Russin Maria Kirilenko packte sie die Nummer wieder aus und gab danach grinsend zu: "Der sah nicht schön aus, aber ich konnte einfach nicht mehr."

Was soll's? Lieber schlecht tanzen und gut Tennisspielen als anders herum...

Oder was meinen Sie?

TV-Tipp:

0531 Petkovic Moonwalk



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#223 Posted : Wednesday, June 01, 2011 6:17:26 AM(UTC)
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French Open - Der Tennisvater der besonderen Art
Mi 01.Jun. 11:54:00 2011

Der Vater von Andrea Petkovic ist der Stratege im Hintergrund und der wichtigste Berater. Eine Tenniskarriere der Tochter wünschte er sich aber nicht. Nur für die vier Major-Wettbewerbe der Tour verstärkt er die ohnehin schon größer gewordene Entourage der berühmten Tochter.

Länger als zwei Wochen hält es Zoran Petkovic (50) nie in der großen, weiten Tenniswelt aus, ob nun in Melbourne, Paris, Wimbledon oder New York. Anschließend muss der Vater von Deutschlands neuem Centre-Court-Star Andrea Petkovic wieder dringend zurück ins beschauliche Alltagsleben, heim nach Darmstadt, wo er gern "Frau Müller und Herrn Meier einen schönen Volley beibringt". Petkovics geliebter Brot- und Butter-Job ist, Tennislehrer beim TEC Darmstadt zu sein, nur für die vier Major-Wettbewerbe der Tour verstärkt er die ohnehin schon größer gewordene Entourage der berühmten Tochter.

Echte Stars und allerlei Wichtigtuer, drängelnde Agenten und Sponsorenvertreter, andere Tennisfamilien – all das verträgt Papa Petkovic im ganz normalen Chaos auf den Grand-Slam-Bühnen eben nur sehr dosiert und bleibt grundsätzlich distanziert: "Es ist unglaublich, was bei so einem Event alles an Geschwätz und Gerüchten umläuft." In Paris, bei den French Open 2011, ist seine Anwesenheit indes noch weiter gefragt, nun erst einmal rund um das Kracherspiel von Andrea im Viertelfinale gegen Maria Sharapova am Mittwoch auf dem "Court Central",dem "Spiel der Spiele" im bisherigen Turnier.

Pakt zwischen Vater und Tochter

Petkovic ist trotz seiner sporadischen Präsenz immer noch die wichtigste Figur im Team der Weltranglisten-Zwölften, in einer kunterbunten Truppe, die alle möglichen Aufgaben und Dienste für die Senkrechtstarterin erledigt. "Er ist aber der einzige, den ich nicht bezahle. Und mit dem ich über viele andere Sachen, aber auch noch über Tennis rede", sagt Tochter Andrea. Worauf es im professionellen Geschäft ankommt, weiß Vater Zoran ganz genau - schliesslich war er mal Davis-Cup-Spieler für Jugoslawien, bevor er in den Wirren des Bürgerkrieges die junge Familie schnappte und Anfang der 90er Jahre nach Deutschland übersiedelte. Petkovic senior weckte zwar die Liebe fürs Tennis bei der kleinen Andrea, doch der älteren Andrea, der Teenagerin, empfahl er mehrfach, wegen der exzellenten Schulnoten auf die unsichere Karriere im professionellen Damentennis zu verzichten.

"Ihr standen alle Möglichkeiten offen, mit einem Einser-Abitur", sagt Petkovic, "wir hatten damals sogar Streit." 2006 schlossen Vater und Tochter einen Pakt: Schafft es Andrea binnen zwei Jahren nicht, unter die Top 50 zu kommen, ist Schluss. Schafft sie es, geht die Karriere weiter. 2008 erlitt die mehrfache deutsche Jugendmeisterin dann einen Kreuzbandriss bei den Australian Open, das verabredete Ultimatum wurde verlängert. Doch dann verlief das Comeback so glanzvoll und vielversprechend, dass es keinen Zweifel mehr gab: Alle Petkovics würden nun auf die Karte Profitennis setzen.

Kein Verwöhnprogramm für Andrea

Vater Petkovic bleibt selbst dann im Spiel, wenn er nicht vor Ort ist, an einer der Stationen der weltweiten Tour. Als Andrea in Miami gegen die ehemalige Weltranglisten-Erste Jelena Jankovic zurücklag, rief sie in einer Regenpause daheim in Darmstadt an. Der Papa korrigierte ein paar Kleinigkeiten, riet dazu, die "Bälle schlicht höher übers Netz zu spielen, um mehr Sicherheit zu bekommen", und erst dann wieder "auf Risiko zu gehen." Der Tipp half, die Tochter gewann, und Petkovic ging tags darauf wieder ganz schlicht und ergreifend zur Arbeit beim TEC Darmstadt. Sie sind eben Tenniseltern der ganz besonderen Sorte, er und Ehefrau Amira, die der Tochter auch schon mal den Marsch bläst, wenn die sich zuhause einfach auf die Coach fläzt und sich nicht an den familiären Hausarbeiten beteiligt: "Dann wird ruckzuck zum Abwaschen oder Putzen eingeteilt. Verwöhnprogramm ist da nicht drin", sagt Andrea Petkovic.

Zoran Petkovic, drahtig wie zu seinen aktiven Zeiten, ist und bleibt der einflussreichste Ratgeber, ganz gleich, ob da noch ein Trainer Petar Popovic, ein Berater Heinz Günthardt oder auch noch ein Mentalcoach im Team sind. Das exzellente Gespür für strategische Planung ist dem 50-Jährigen als Drahtzieher im Hintergrund dabei genau so wenig abhandengekommen wie das feine Auge für kleinere und größere sportliche Fehler. "Mein Vater war mein erster Trainer. Und ist sozusagen mein Trainer auf Lebenszeit.

Er kennt alle Schliche und Kniffe", sagt Tochter Andrea. So abgebrüht wie sie selbst neuerdings an ihre Aufgaben herangeht, ohne langes Lamentieren und Diskutieren, so cool hält auch Teilzeitbeobachter Zoran Petkovic auf der Tribüne die Matches durch, allerdings in einem Akt enormer Selbstverleugnung: "Innerlich kocht es gewaltig. Das kostet mich echte Überwindung, da ein Pokerface aufzusetzen." Um das Potenzial der Tochter in den Topmatches der ersten wirklich anspruchsvollen Saison nicht zu gefährden, verordnete der Papa inzwischen auch ausreichend Pausen zum Luftholen: "Wir müssen Schwerpunkte setzen, wollen nicht, dass die Lust und Kraft verloren gehen."

Daheim in Griesheim, dem Darmstädter Stadtteil, hat das Telefon der Petkovics in den letzten Wochen kaum stillgestanden. Marketingagenturen und Manager boten ihre Dienste an, mal mehr, mal weniger seriös. Doch Zoran Petkovic will, jedenfalls in absehbarer Zukunft, selbst den Finger draufhaben bei der Geschäftstätigkeit um Tochter Andrea. "Wir sind alle der Meinung, dass uns niemand die Entscheidungen abnehmen muss", sagt er. Und auf das "große Ding", den geldschweren Deal mit einem namhaften Sponsor, könne man auch ruhig noch "ein bisschen warten": "Niemand leidet, wenn das noch dauert."

VIDEO: Petkovic im Interview mit Eurosport: "Ich hoffe, sie haben Angst":


Petkovic-Triumph im "schwersten Match"
Buntes - Diskussion um neuen "Petko-Dance"
Video:Petkovic: "Ich hoffe, sie haben Angst"
Video:Petkovic tanzt den Moonwalk Video:

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#224 Posted : Wednesday, June 01, 2011 9:35:21 AM(UTC)
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Great match from Maria! NEVER EXPECTED a FIRST SET BAGEL! SHE'S getting CLOSER! Tough match ahead against Li. She took out two big hitting players, Azarenka and Kvitova. Can she take Sharapova out too? I DON'T THINK SO!

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#225 Posted : Wednesday, June 01, 2011 9:47:43 AM(UTC)
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1/2 final a RG ! quel match remarquable et plein face a Petcovic ! bravo Maria 


Maintenant Li Na sur la route pour la final ! perso j'y crois donc a Samedi 15h pour ta final a RG !!!! kiss 

Choucy
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#226 Posted : Wednesday, June 01, 2011 10:09:27 AM(UTC)
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Maria sizzles in Paris


Posted on June 1, 2011




Maria is through to the semis at Roland Garros in Paris after she put up a sizzling display against No.15 seed Andrea Petkovic of Germany.  Maria won 6-0 6-3 in 1 hour and 31 minutes.

Maria now has 10 straight match wins dating back to Rome and this is Maria's second appearance in the semis here - last time was 2007.

It took Maria only 32 minutes to wrap the first set 6-0.  Maria broke Petkovic in the first game and always looked in control as everything in her game was working.

The second set was closer.  Maria immediately went out to a 2-0 lead (winning eight straight games) but Petkovic started to find some form as she came back to level the set 2-2.  The next three games were breaks as Maria leads 4-3 with a break.  Maria then takes the two games she needs for victory.

In the semis to be played on Thursday, Maria will play No.6 seed Na Li of China. Maria has played Li seven times before and leads the series 5-2, here are the seven matches they have played:
 


Australian Open 2005 3R - Maria won 6-0 6-2
Miami 2006 2R - Maria won 6-2 6-4
Birmingham 2006 3R - Maria won 6-2 6-4
US Open 2006 4R - Maria won 6-4 6-2
Roland Garros 2009 4R - Maria won 6-4 0-6 6-4
Birmingham 2009 SF - Li won 6-4 6-4
Birmingham 2010 F - Li won 7-5 6-1

In the WTA rankings, Maria is provisionally up to No.6 with 5221 points. 

Talk here with other Maria fans about the match.




 

"That's the way the world works... right now." --Maria Sharapova at 17
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Yes, I have to say it.... She is playing really good right now. 5 Matches...two to go. She hasn't played that many since AO 2008. It will be interesting to see if she really has the stamina to see it through. And, after that a couple of weeks off then playing juniors and qualifiers in Birmingham with a first round bye. Then it's the big one...Wimbledon.

I do wish somebody would tell her that pretty looks and a nice dress do not make a lady. Wiping the snot out of her nose and then spreading around her chin with the back of her hand is really a gross habit that she has and very unlady-like. You may have noticed that even the French cameras picked up on it and showed her doing it every time was well as a couple of times when she just used her finger to swish the snot off too. A disgusting habit, Thomas should tell her about it


Hey what happened to our pics.

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#234 Posted : Wednesday, June 01, 2011 11:26:47 AM(UTC)
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#228 Posted : Wednesday, June 01, 2011 11:29:38 AM(UTC)
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Philli;308048 wrote:


Yes, I have to say it.... She is playing really good right now. 5 Matches...two to go. She hasn't played that many since AO 2008. It will be interesting to see if she really has the stamina to see it through. And, after that a couple of weeks off then playing juniors and qualifiers in Birmingham with a first round bye. Then it's the big one...Wimbledon.

I do wish somebody would tell her that pretty looks and a nice dress do not make a lady. Wiping the snot out of her nose and then spreading around her chin with the back of her hand is really a gross habit that she has and very unlady-like. You may have noticed that even the French cameras picked up on it and showed her doing it every time was well as a couple of times when she just used her finger to swish the snot off too. A disgusting habit, Thomas should tell her about it


Hey what happened to our pics.



Avatars? They come & go, lol. Seems they are back now. 


Hey, Masha's nose was evolved for pre-heating volumes of Arctic air. Snot goes with the territory. I'm good with her snot. :P


Forget the crowd--the Parisians are gonna be down on Masha this time no matter what. Various reasons, none of which are personal. Firstly, the understandable Bartoli-factor, but construe:


The French organizers have pulled crap on the Russians all thru this RG: the Russian Quarter, targeting Masha with the "wildcard" phenom--Yank commentariat pre-scripted to drag in the testimony of Navratilova. Tell me that "just happened".  


Then take a glance at how Caroline Garcia "just happens" to be set up to take out the top Russian girls thru quarters, semis & final of the Juniors.  That may not work so well, but it IS the "plan".


There is no doubt in my mind the crowd is salted with "cheerleaders" to guarantee the "correct" expressions. If that doesn't work well enough, broadcasters will simply mechanic the audio input to support their "narrative" (also pre-written.)


Fortunately, Masha is no Princess who must be loved to play well. 



"That's the way the world works... right now." --Maria Sharapova at 17
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#229 Posted : Wednesday, June 01, 2011 11:40:51 AM(UTC)
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paul_pipkin;308051 wrote:


Philli;308048 wrote:


Yes, I have to say it.... She is playing really good right now. 5 Matches...two to go. She hasn't played that many since AO 2008. It will be interesting to see if she really has the stamina to see it through. And, after that a couple of weeks off then playing juniors and qualifiers in Birmingham with a first round bye. Then it's the big one...Wimbledon.

I do wish somebody would tell her that pretty looks and a nice dress do not make a lady. Wiping the snot out of her nose and then spreading around her chin with the back of her hand is really a gross habit that she has and very unlady-like. You may have noticed that even the French cameras picked up on it and showed her doing it every time was well as a couple of times when she just used her finger to swish the snot off too. A disgusting habit, Thomas should tell her about it


Hey what happened to our pics.



Avatars? They come & go, lol. Seems they are back now. 


Hey, Masha's nose was evolved for pre-heating volumes of Arctic air. Snot goes with the territory. I'm good with her snot. :P


Forget the crowd--the Parisians are gonna be down on Masha this time no matter what. Various reasons, none of which are personal. Firstly, the understandable Bartoli-factor, but construe:


The French organizers have pulled crap on the Russians all thru this RG: the Russian Quarter, targeting Masha with the "wildcard" phenom--Yank commentariat pre-scripted to drag in the testimony of Navratilova. Tell me that "just happened".  


Then take a glance at how Caroline Garcia "just happens" to be set up to take out the top Russian girls thru quarters, semis & final of the Juniors.  That may not work so well, but it IS the "plan".


There is no doubt in my mind the crowd is salted with "cheerleaders" to guarantee the "correct" expressions. If that doesn't work well enough, broadcasters will simply mechanic the audio input to support their "narrative" (also pre-written.)


Fortunately, Masha is no Princess who must be loved to play well. 



But Maria Sharapova is not the first Russian girl who has a chance to reach the final of Roland Garros. Kuznetsova won this trophy 2 years ago. So I think that the French people know that our Russian girls are champions.


And many french men are going to support Maria SHarapova for her beauty and talent. 




 

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



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#233 Posted : Wednesday, June 01, 2011 11:43:35 AM(UTC)
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Philli;308048 wrote:


Yes, I have to say it.... She is playing really good right now. 5 Matches...two to go. She hasn't played that many since AO 2008. It will be interesting to see if she really has the stamina to see it through. And, after that a couple of weeks off then playing juniors and qualifiers in Birmingham with a first round bye. Then it's the big one...Wimbledon.

I do wish somebody would tell her that pretty looks and a nice dress do not make a lady. Wiping the snot out of her nose and then spreading around her chin with the back of her hand is really a gross habit that she has and very unlady-like. You may have noticed that even the French cameras picked up on it and showed her doing it every time was well as a couple of times when she just used her finger to swish the snot off too. A disgusting habit, Thomas should tell her about it


Hey what happened to our pics.



Wimbledon is another story. Roland Garros is more important for Masha's tennis career this year. 

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



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Haven't watch the match yet but VERY VERY HAPPY with the result!!!


Na Li is another tough opponent, Best of Luck Maria!!!

Don't Give Up - Peter Gabriel
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#230 Posted : Wednesday, June 01, 2011 11:50:04 AM(UTC)
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Dartagnan;308053 wrote:


paul_pipkin;308051 wrote:


Philli;308048 wrote:


Yes, I have to say it.... She is playing really good right now. 5 Matches...two to go. She hasn't played that many since AO 2008. It will be interesting to see if she really has the stamina to see it through. And, after that a couple of weeks off then playing juniors and qualifiers in Birmingham with a first round bye. Then it's the big one...Wimbledon.

I do wish somebody would tell her that pretty looks and a nice dress do not make a lady. Wiping the snot out of her nose and then spreading around her chin with the back of her hand is really a gross habit that she has and very unlady-like. You may have noticed that even the French cameras picked up on it and showed her doing it every time was well as a couple of times when she just used her finger to swish the snot off too. A disgusting habit, Thomas should tell her about it


Hey what happened to our pics.



Avatars? They come & go, lol. Seems they are back now. 


Hey, Masha's nose was evolved for pre-heating volumes of Arctic air. Snot goes with the territory. I'm good with her snot. :P


Forget the crowd--the Parisians are gonna be down on Masha this time no matter what. Various reasons, none of which are personal. Firstly, the understandable Bartoli-factor, but construe:


The French organizers have pulled crap on the Russians all thru this RG: the Russian Quarter, targeting Masha with the "wildcard" phenom--Yank commentariat pre-scripted to drag in the testimony of Navratilova. Tell me that "just happened".  


Then take a glance at how Caroline Garcia "just happens" to be set up to take out the top Russian girls thru quarters, semis & final of the Juniors.  That may not work so well, but it IS the "plan".


There is no doubt in my mind the crowd is salted with "cheerleaders" to guarantee the "correct" expressions. If that doesn't work well enough, broadcasters will simply mechanic the audio input to support their "narrative" (also pre-written.)


Fortunately, Masha is no Princess who must be loved to play well. 



But Maria Sharapova is not the first Russian girl who has a chance to reach the final of Roland Garros. Kuznetsova won this trophy 2 years ago. So I think that the French people know that our Russian girls are champions.


And many french men are going to support Maria SHarapova for her beauty and talent. 



That's all true--and why the question of perception is so important the broadcasters will mechanic it. The mercurial character of the Paris mob is legendary & their reception of Maria is no exception. One year they love her, another they hate her. This year the atmosphere is not so good--but outcomes don't need to be overly influenced by that.


Roddick, Williams, Wozniacki may drop the ball 'cause they get their feelings hurt--but Sharapova is made of tougher stuff. 



"That's the way the world works... right now." --Maria Sharapova at 17
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Haven't watch the match yet but VERY VERY HAPPY with the result!!!


Na Li is another tough opponent, Best of Luck Maria!!!



When Masha plays without her bad faults, she can win any tennis player of this planet. So we have to advice her to avoid all her bad faults and be patient. Using the corners and weak point of her opponents

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paul_pipkin;308057 wrote:


Dartagnan;308053 wrote:


paul_pipkin;308051 wrote:


Philli;308048 wrote:


Yes, I have to say it.... She is playing really good right now. 5 Matches...two to go. She hasn't played that many since AO 2008. It will be interesting to see if she really has the stamina to see it through. And, after that a couple of weeks off then playing juniors and qualifiers in Birmingham with a first round bye. Then it's the big one...Wimbledon.

I do wish somebody would tell her that pretty looks and a nice dress do not make a lady. Wiping the snot out of her nose and then spreading around her chin with the back of her hand is really a gross habit that she has and very unlady-like. You may have noticed that even the French cameras picked up on it and showed her doing it every time was well as a couple of times when she just used her finger to swish the snot off too. A disgusting habit, Thomas should tell her about it


Hey what happened to our pics.



Avatars? They come & go, lol. Seems they are back now. 


Hey, Masha's nose was evolved for pre-heating volumes of Arctic air. Snot goes with the territory. I'm good with her snot. :P


Forget the crowd--the Parisians are gonna be down on Masha this time no matter what. Various reasons, none of which are personal. Firstly, the understandable Bartoli-factor, but construe:


The French organizers have pulled crap on the Russians all thru this RG: the Russian Quarter, targeting Masha with the "wildcard" phenom--Yank commentariat pre-scripted to drag in the testimony of Navratilova. Tell me that "just happened".  


Then take a glance at how Caroline Garcia "just happens" to be set up to take out the top Russian girls thru quarters, semis & final of the Juniors.  That may not work so well, but it IS the "plan".


There is no doubt in my mind the crowd is salted with "cheerleaders" to guarantee the "correct" expressions. If that doesn't work well enough, broadcasters will simply mechanic the audio input to support their "narrative" (also pre-written.)


Fortunately, Masha is no Princess who must be loved to play well. 



But Maria Sharapova is not the first Russian girl who has a chance to reach the final of Roland Garros. Kuznetsova won this trophy 2 years ago. So I think that the French people know that our Russian girls are champions.


And many french men are going to support Maria SHarapova for her beauty and talent. 



That's all true--and why the question of perception is so important the broadcasters will mechanic it. The mercurial character of the Paris mob is legendary & their reception of Maria is no exception. One year they love her, another they hate her. This year the atmosphere is not so good--but outcomes don't need to be overly influenced by that.


Roddick, Williams, Wozniacki may drop the ball 'cause they get their feelings hurt--but Sharapova is made of tougher stuff. 





If Bartoli loses her next match; Paris is going to support Masha at the final.


If Masha plays with any bad faults, she will beat the french or italian girl at the final. 


Let's concentrate our effort on Na Li who is also dangerous. Sharapova should play her best tennis to defeat this chinese girl. 0 DF and good shots on corners are necessary. 



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Maria had an impressive match today against Petkovic, only few ups and downs in the 2nd set but she never lost the control of the match. She is playing some smart tennis, serving well, lot of winners and a fantastic fight spirit.
The most important thing to me is that she found her confidence and playing with confidence she can beat anyone.
Now let's see what tomorrow brings, Li is a tough player and Maria has to play solid, she must avoid to have many unforced errors and she has to serve well. She is confident so she can fight for it. Go Maria!
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M. SHARAPOVA/A. Petkovic

6 0, 6 3


MARIA SHARAPOVA


Q. You had a tough first game there, and then you kind of rolled. You know, you have had a problem sort of revving your engines here in matches, sort of getting behind, but clearly that wasn't the case here before. 
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, there were a few games in the beginning that went to deuce and ad in and ad out. Even though the first set was 6 0, we played it for quite a bit of time because of those long games.
You know, I just did really well in those, you know, those important points in the first set. I think that was the difference in the beginning.
And then, yeah, there was a little bit of an up and down in the second, but... 

Q. This is your first time at this stage of a major since Australia '08. Can you just talk about that journey and I what it feels like to be back here?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, it's really exciting to be back in the semis here, you know, in general. I put a lot of work in, you know, to be in this stage of the Grand Slams. You know, I'm really happy that it's here. I'm going to have a chance to go further.

Q. When we look especially at the second set, was it like in general a tougher match than what the score of 6 0, 6 3 reflects? The second question is when we look at your general performance, tennis, and moral condition, can we say that this is the best Roland Garros, the best Sharapova we've seen at Roland Garros so far?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, to answer the first, yeah, it was definitely tougher than the scoreline says. Because like I said, in the first set there were a lot of games that could have gone either way. 
I thought I just, you know, played really smart in the important points and the deuce points and when I had advantage. It was a long first set, even though the scoreline was 6 0. Yeah, I have been really strong and I've been put into tough situations in some of the matches here being down and sometimes down in the beginning, and, you know, facing tough challenges.
But I've found a way to overcome them and, yeah, here I am.

Q. Were you always confident that you'd get back to this stage in a major? Did you always think, It's just a matter of time; I'm putting in the work I'm going to get there? Or were there tough moments there?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: There's no doubt there's tough moments. I don't think without tough moments the good ones would feel so good. I have certainly put in a lot of work, and I never you know, I was never hesitant. I always tried to push myself as much as I could. 
You know, I have a really good team of people around me that, you know, support me and that have helped me in the tough moments and tough decisions that I've had to make in my career.
It's a long process. Like I said, I don't think the great moments or the great feelings feel as good as when everything comes easy to you.

Q. How would you assess your level in this tournament versus maybe some of the last few slams?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, in the last slam I lost to Petkovic; today I beat her in the quarterfinal stage. I would say I improved definitely, yeah.

Q. I guess what I'm saying is considering some of your past comments about the surface and maybe this is not the major where you would have expected sort of things to start to fail into place for you. 
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, there's no doubt that I've improved on this surface. There's no doubt that I felt you know, as the years went on that I felt better and better. Towards the end of the clay season for me, I would always feel like, Oh, I'm feeling good. I want to actually play more tournament.
It's a pretty short season. We only play a few events. Yeah, I feel like I've physically overcome many challenges that maybe a few years ago, four years ago, would have been tough for me. 
And just the recovery process after matches, and, you know, sliding and recovering after tough shots, I feel like I'm better in that.

Q. Not everybody expected two pair of players, Sharapova, Li Na, Schiavone and Bartoli being in the semifinals at Roland Garros. There is one name out of these that surprises you most, that you didn't expect to the in the semis? You are the only one that won three slams; Schiavone won one, and the other two never won one. Do you think that favors you in a way in terms of experience, or the fact that Schiavone won last year helps her to be more confident?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I don't think those numbers really matter, because this is just a new tournament. You know, obviously experience definitely helps me. I know that I've been I mean, I can only speak for myself. I know that I've been in these types of situations; I've been in this stage of a Grand Slam before.
You know, here, this is my second time at Roland Garros, and my goal just looking at myself is just to take it a step further and try and take it to the finals and see what happens.
But what was the first question? 

Q. Out of the first four... 
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Sorry. His questions are longer than my answers, so I forget. 

Q. I'll try to be []... 
MARIA SHARAPOVA: You have to write it down. You can't remember it? 

Q. No, I'm afraid to miss, to mistake. I know that you're very precise. 
MARIA SHARAPOVA: (Laughing.) Am I surprised?

Q. Are you surprised more about one of these names than the others?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: No. To be honest, I think at Roland Garros, with every year you see some surprises more than other Grand Slams. I'm not surprised at all.

Q. What do you think about the level of Marion Bartoli's game on clay right now?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I haven't seen too much of the matches. I haven't seen too much of her matches here, so I don't think I would evaluate that well. 

Q. If you win this tournament, you would complete all four slams. Is that kind of thought already in your mind?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: No. I'm in the semifinal stage of this tournament, and my goal is just to take it a step further right now. 

Q. Just on the crowd, they were behind you against Radwanska, and today they were behind you, too. It helps you? 
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, I think crowd support is really important. I think it's you know, when people go out to see you and they support, you know, tennis and they support good tennis, I think it raises you know, it raises our levels. 
You know, I heard a lot of people cheering my name in Russian, which means a lot to me. Yeah, I've you know, support always feels really good. I think when you're in the moment, I really try to zone out and really just concentrate on what I have to do. 
But I've been in situations where, you know, I haven't felt my best or my tennis wasn't there, and the crowd has helped me tremendously. Sometimes that's very, very important. Absolutely. 

Q. Tough Melbourne; tough early go this year; then you began to step it up. Could you talk about how your game has progressed, how you're sort of getting into the swing of things here?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: What if I say that I already answered that question? What will you do? Will you just read the transcript? 
No, I haven't been asked that. Something similar, but not that. Um, yeah, I've definitely stepped it up, and I feel like I'm playing better. You know, most importantly, I feel like I'm making adjustments in the match situations, but I'm also playing a lot by instinct. 
I think because I played a lot of matches, I think that's helped me. You know, I've said from the beginning of this year that it will be really important for me to play a lot of matches and stay healthy, because that will really you know, my I think when you go out on the court and when you're playing matches, I was lacking. I was thinking a little bit too much in certain situations because I didn't have I didn't feel like I had those matches behind my back. 
Things just come a little bit naturally. You don't think about certain situations when you play a lot. That's helped me tremendously.

Q. Has it felt at times as if your shoulder had a mind of its own? Are the two of you back in sync now?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Oh, god. (Laughter.)
Back in sync? Yeah. I mean, my shoulder I still do a lot of work on it and I still treat it every day. I do a lot more exercises on it than any other part of my body. But it's normal. 
Sometimes I have to, you know, adjust if sometimes if the weather changes, things like that. But my shoulder feels really good.

Q. Do you ever say, "Come on" in Russian? You always seem to say is in English during a match. 
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I do sometimes. I do say other things in Russian, too, that you don't want to know.

Q. I think the only tennis player ever to win their first four slams on different surfaces was Agassi, and then he wins more. Of course if you win this you're going to have four on different surfaces. I know you know him a little bit. He's a little bit older. He started fast like you did, kind of went down, and had the comeback. Any similarities between you and him? And did you ever take inspiration from what he did?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Um, I think he's achieved way more in his career than I have, so it's pretty tough to sit here and compare myself. I admire him for all his achievements, for the way that he was able to come back and not really care about the outside world and just go for what he believed he had in him.
I think he's also been an incredible example of someone that's done way beyond, you know, what he ever thought that the sport would give him. And even though he's not part of the sport now and he's not playing, I feel like he's helping so many children and people around the world. 
That, I think, is more incredible than tennis itself.

Q. Outside of the slams, younger players have been doing extremely well in the slams. Like this time again, all four semifinalists are veterans: a 29 year old, 31 year old, and then you and Marion are close in age. Is that because of experience? Is that because their quality isn't quite there? Can you just talk a little bit about that?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I'm not sure. I don't know. I don't know, really. I'm not really sure how to answer that question.
I think experience helps, but I don't know. Tough question. Sorry.

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#240 Posted : Wednesday, June 01, 2011 2:09:51 PM(UTC)
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tgj92;308062 wrote:



Q. I think the only tennis player ever to win their first four slams on different surfaces was Agassi, and then he wins more. Of course if you win this you're going to have four on different surfaces. I know you know him a little bit. He's a little bit older. He started fast like you did, kind of went down, and had the comeback. Any similarities between you and him? And did you ever take inspiration from what he did?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Um, I think he's achieved way more in his career than I have, so it's pretty tough to sit here and compare myself. I admire him for all his achievements, for the way that he was able to come back and not really care about the outside world and just go for what he believed he had in him.
I think he's also been an incredible example of someone that's done way beyond, you know, what he ever thought that the sport would give him. And even though he's not part of the sport now and he's not playing, I feel like he's helping so many children and people around the world. 
That, I think, is more incredible than tennis itself.


Agassi is also the tennis player who said that he used "drugs" to win tournaments. It is a bad example, he is not a perfect tennis player. 


Nadal or Djokovic are prefect tennis players. 

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



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#237 Posted : Wednesday, June 01, 2011 2:15:09 PM(UTC)
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Dartagnan;308058 wrote:


Imnumber2;308056 wrote:


Haven't watch the match yet but VERY VERY HAPPY with the result!!!


Na Li is another tough opponent, Best of Luck Maria!!!



When Masha plays without her bad faults, she can win any tennis player of this planet. So we have to advice her to avoid all her bad faults and be patient. Using the corners and weak point of her opponents



I totally agree.


Shame they are playing first tomorrow which means I will miss the match as I have a very important meeting.


Good luck Maria! Just keep those first serves in, zero DFs and minimum UEs. I want to see you in the final hopefully against Francesca.

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#241 Posted : Wednesday, June 01, 2011 3:25:11 PM(UTC)
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5th and 6th Match back to back. This will be a real test for her.
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#242 Posted : Wednesday, June 01, 2011 4:23:57 PM(UTC)
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Philli;308067 wrote:
5th and 6th Match back to back. This will be a real test for her.


BS. She's been doing this all year.
The simple two set matches she had earlier in the tournament will help her the further she goes :-)

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