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#243 Posted : Wednesday, June 01, 2011 4:28:19 PM(UTC)
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Game , set and tennis racket for Maria Sharapova ! A bit late in my reply but wanted to see the match first ! Good match of Maria with luck aswell , as Andrea was not playing well. Azarenka out, is the surprise of the day !!
Na Li will be difficult to beat, run's up and down the court and has a good game plan. Will be a great match in the hope Maria will win. Let's see if Maria has the benifit of Thomas as choach, as he has been Na's choach the last few years. When it comes to the last stages of a Grand Slam , Maria is always very deturment to go all the way and that's what I expect her to do tomorrow. On the way to the final ! Have fun !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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#244 Posted : Wednesday, June 01, 2011 4:35:12 PM(UTC)
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OK. I'm really nervous right now. Great win and I don't say that because of the scoreline but because of what this win means. However, Petkovic was nowhere near to her best during most of the match. Li must be playing great if she beat Azarenka, who was playing quite well. Maria has to play very well. As always it will depend on both how her opponent plays and above all how does Maria play because Li is a great athlete so she's gonna stay in the rallies for quite a while I guess. Did anybody see the Azarenka-Li match? I would like to have an idea of what happened, I mean why did Li win that second set with such ease. I don't know what to think about tomorrow's match. Let's just hope for the best. She's got to stay tough and give it her all. Oh my... she's so close, yet so far...Good luck Maria!!!
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#245 Posted : Wednesday, June 01, 2011 4:36:04 PM(UTC)
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Woohooooooo Maria in the Semis. Love it! Won't be able to watch the match bcuz of school but i will have my mom text me everything that happens.

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#231 Posted : Wednesday, June 01, 2011 4:52:58 PM(UTC)
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paul_pipkin;308057 wrote:


Dartagnan;308053 wrote:


paul_pipkin;308051 wrote:


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. 


No matter how Maria plays, she isn't the French's sweetheart. The reasons? First, she's Russian. Second she's too American. Third, she can't say a single word in French. The only Russian girl that French fans truly appreciate and love is Elena, simply because Elena speaks French, she loves Paris (she has an appartment in Paris suburb where she used to stay when she came to the French Open). Even Myskina wasn't in the crowd's heart when she won RG. I can remember fans supported Elena over Myskina in that final.


French people love beautiful tennis, great style and classy players, not glamorous players. They made an exception for Anna Kournikova; they don't love her for her tennis but for her hotness (who wouldn't?). French fans find Maria a little arrogant in her press conferences and vulgar for her shrieking on court although they appreciate her beauty. Her tennis is very powerful, sometimes unstoppable, but she doesn't have a beautiful tennis like Graf or Henin, the two most appreciated by French fans.


How the crowd is going to react in the next two matches? In the semifinals, I think the crowd will pick Na Li over Maria because Maria is supposed to be the favorite. If she plays against Bartoli in the final, she definitely will have the whole stadium against her. If Schiavone is the finalist, the Italian will have the crowd's favor.


In short, Maria can only count on herself and her power to outmatch her opponents and win the trophy.

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#246 Posted : Wednesday, June 01, 2011 5:13:17 PM(UTC)
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Thanx, M-Lover. All good, arguable propositions.


Just one additional tid-bit: In the American ESPN2 replay of the quarterfinal, the Paris crowd reactions sound (perhaps oddly) not nearly as adverse to Maria as the Eurosport original. 


One or the other broadcaster mechaniced the audio. Just saying... 

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#247 Posted : Wednesday, June 01, 2011 5:41:02 PM(UTC)
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paul_pipkin;308076 wrote:


Thanx, M-Lover. All good, arguable propositions.


Just one additional tid-bit: In the American ESPN2 replay of the quarterfinal, the Paris crowd reactions sound (perhaps oddly) not nearly as adverse to Maria as the Eurosport original. 


One or the other broadcaster mechaniced the audio. Just saying... 



Meh. The crowd were great with her today, the best they've been the whole tournament, even heard a few "Allez Maria's"


I think they're starting to realize she's not so bad after all. Even so i imagine she'll still get rough treatment later in the tournament, if she progresses that is :-) Not to worry, she thrives on it. Keep booing i say!

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#251 Posted : Wednesday, June 01, 2011 5:55:36 PM(UTC)
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I woke up this morning thinking it was time to watch the match...when in reality I overslept and entirely missed it! What an amazing surprise to wake up to. 6-0, 6-3 is great, even though after watching the match- it was not as easy as the score may assume.

Regardless, I am SO HAPPY with this win :D!! She seems to be improving with every match and will have to continue to improve to take on Li Na. Hopefully, she blasts her right off the court :).

Does anyone think that Maria has a great advantage over Li Na (having her former coach)? Do you think that will be a factor?
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#252 Posted : Wednesday, June 01, 2011 6:25:56 PM(UTC)
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goran.k@gmail.com;308079 wrote:
I woke up this morning thinking it was time to watch the match...when in reality I overslept and entirely missed it! What an amazing surprise to wake up to. 6-0, 6-3 is great, even though after watching the match- it was not as easy as the score may assume.

Regardless, I am SO HAPPY with this win :D!! She seems to be improving with every match and will have to continue to improve to take on Li Na. Hopefully, she blasts her right off the court :).

Does anyone think that Maria has a great advantage over Li Na (having her former coach)? Do you think that will be a factor?


Absolutely! A few people have mentioned this now. Could be crucial. I'm sure Thomas has briefed Maria earlier, now all she has to do is execute the plan as she did against Petkovic today and we'll be sorted. According to the commentary earlier Maria was quoted as saying shes delighted that Hogstedt had coached a player against her in the past, as he's analyzed her game from a different perspective, has seen flaws and thus i imagine has endeavoured to resolve them. 


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#253 Posted : Wednesday, June 01, 2011 7:48:42 PM(UTC)
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tgj92;308081 wrote:


goran.k@gmail.com;308079 wrote:
I woke up this morning thinking it was time to watch the match...when in reality I overslept and entirely missed it! What an amazing surprise to wake up to. 6-0, 6-3 is great, even though after watching the match- it was not as easy as the score may assume.

Regardless, I am SO HAPPY with this win :D!! She seems to be improving with every match and will have to continue to improve to take on Li Na. Hopefully, she blasts her right off the court :).

Does anyone think that Maria has a great advantage over Li Na (having her former coach)? Do you think that will be a factor?


Absolutely! A few people have mentioned this now. Could be crucial. I'm sure Thomas has briefed Maria earlier, now all she has to do is execute the plan as she did against Petkovic today and we'll be sorted. According to the commentary earlier Maria was quoted as saying shes delighted that Hogstedt had coached a player against her in the past, as he's analyzed her game from a different perspective, has seen flaws and thus i imagine has endeavoured to resolve them. 


Welcome to the forum 



Thank you for the welcome :D


Now that you mention it, I do remember when she said that. I hope she puts the knowledge to good use (as I'm sure she will). Can't wait for the match!

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#254 Posted : Wednesday, June 01, 2011 8:38:05 PM(UTC)
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Compare to other opponents Na Li is more mature and steady" Mindwise". However, I think Maria is well aware how good Na Li has been playing so far, but not because I'm a fan of Maria I think Maria confident is very strong, thanks to her new coach and her fiance with her. I think she is ready for a battle!!


 


Best of Luck Maria!

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#255 Posted : Wednesday, June 01, 2011 10:09:58 PM(UTC)
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Well, I really don't know how Li Na played during her quarterfinal match, but my Mom told me she was playing so good. Another big test here. Thomas known Li Na for quite some times, so he should be able to give Maria some advise regarding this match, but the thing is, Li Na is different from before. Hope I'll be able to watch the match!

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#256 Posted : Wednesday, June 01, 2011 10:31:43 PM(UTC)
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The longer the amtch goes, the more it favors Li. Sharapova should start strong here because Li Na tends to be slow at the beginning of a match. Sharapova should take all her chances hit accurate strokes and make Li off balance. Li, absolutely a better mover than Sharapova and that's very important when playing on clay. 


Sharapova was just confident in her quarterfinal match, she should be able to cary that momentum against Li. Plus she lost 2 CONSECUTIVE times to Li Na. Losing thrice is TOO MUCH fore her. The grit for revenge is gonna be there for Sharapova.

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#257 Posted : Wednesday, June 01, 2011 11:15:45 PM(UTC)
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Well, well, well!!!!!! What a great performance!!! Hopefully tomorrow will be even better. Li Na will be tougher though. I think Masha will continue to ride the wave of confidence. 10 straight match wins!!! The next one is most important, unless she wins it, in which case the next one will be most the important. Come on Mashenka, you can do it!!! Will be working during the match, but I will watch it later, as I'm pvr'ing it! it will be hard not to look up the score before watching it, but it is much more exciting if one doesn't know the outcome.
COME ON MARIA!!!! DO IT!!!! I KNOW YOU CAN!!!
Masha is my #1!!
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#258 Posted : Wednesday, June 01, 2011 11:47:17 PM(UTC)
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Bonne chance Maria! ALLEZZZZZZZZZZZ
J'y crois. GO GO GO!!
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#259 Posted : Wednesday, June 01, 2011 11:48:00 PM(UTC)
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Oh Yeah~Masha in semifinal.Cheers!!! ^^
Congrats to dear Masha sis for played well in yesterday match!What a great match. ;D
The best of luck for Maria Sharapova on semifinal match.Come on Masha,GOGOGO!Support you forever. xD


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#260 Posted : Thursday, June 02, 2011 5:57:44 AM(UTC)
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Good luck today Maria in RG semi-Final
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#261 Posted : Thursday, June 02, 2011 9:35:57 AM(UTC)
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Dont you just hate me when I'm right? Maria's slogging game was no match for a player that uses her head as much as her racquet. Na Li completely outplayed her and made her look like an average player who gets in one or two good shots but mostly they are way off or double faulted. Na Li played exactly the same tactics that she used to beat Maria in Birmingham last year. Seems like Maria has a very short memory.
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Exceptional stuff from Maria this clay court season, the entire world knows she despises the surface yet she managed to win one of the major tournaments and make it to the semi of the slam in Paris, her best results in any single year. I'm sure she'll be a little down right now but there are so many positives to take from the last few weeks. Can't wait for Birmingham and Wimbledon :D


On the match today, Li was excellent, great tactics and she handled the wind better thus she won. Had the conditions been still, there was only one winner imo. It's no coincidence that Maria won 90-95% of the points when it was calmer and she attacked, Li couldn't handle it her. Unfortuantely there were far too few points like that with the balls swerving around. Anyway well done Maria!!!

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#248 Posted : Thursday, June 02, 2011 10:11:50 AM(UTC)
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tgj92;308077 wrote:


paul_pipkin;308076 wrote:


Thanx, M-Lover. All good, arguable propositions.


Just one additional tid-bit: In the American ESPN2 replay of the quarterfinal, the Paris crowd reactions sound (perhaps oddly) not nearly as adverse to Maria as the Eurosport original. 


One or the other broadcaster mechaniced the audio. Just saying... 



Meh. The crowd were great with her today, the best they've been the whole tournament, even heard a few "Allez Maria's"


I think they're starting to realize she's not so bad after all. Even so i imagine she'll still get rough treatment later in the tournament, if she progresses that is :-) Not to worry, she thrives on it. Keep booing i say!



The ESPN2 broadcast of the semifinal: We could discern no crowd involvement at all--either way. Which makes sense when players in whom they are not invested contend professionally & relatively dispassionately.  But that makes almost too much sense for the Parisians.


When I got Masha on my big HD plasma screen, I'm not looking at Eurosport, so I dunno how the match sounded there. 

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#262 Posted : Thursday, June 02, 2011 10:18:57 AM(UTC)
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Philli;308101 wrote:
Dont you just hate me when I'm right? Maria's slogging game was no match for a player that uses her head as much as her racquet. Na Li completely outplayed her and made her look like an average player who gets in one or two good shots but mostly they are way off or double faulted. Na Li played exactly the same tactics that she used to beat Maria in Birmingham last year. Seems like Maria has a very short memory.


I repeat my answer on the yahoo group while we couldn't access the forum:



And you probably noticed no wind at all, duh? :p Which for several obvious reasons affects Masha's play more than most other women players. The play today was nothing to write home about--by either player in either set.


I'm intrigued by the medium-level grudge both Eurosport (which I did hear during the warmup) & ESPN2 hold at Thomas. Did they suppose his China deal (which was broader than simply his involvement with Li) obligated him to sign onto the Yankee Cold-War agenda? /:) Stay tuned.


I'm gonna irritate some fans in that I temper this loss with some relief:-? I wasn't gonna say so before the outcome, but I kept recalling the Dementieva situation. Arguably, to some small degree we lost her thru the wrong-headed notion her "last chance" at a major had passed.


I could too easily visualize Maria receiving an RG victory as WellI've done everything now except the Olympics--and we'd need to fear retirement after London next year. In that I believe the cold war in tennis & sport generally will heat up from that time, I'd like Maria to remain on court for another two-three years. This (still needs to win RG) adds further motivation.  


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