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Alain44
#101 Posted : Friday, January 31, 2014 12:10:47 PM(UTC)
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Maria has defeated Kirsten Flipkens (6-2, 6-2) !! She is in semi final.
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#102 Posted : Friday, January 31, 2014 12:34:26 PM(UTC)
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No surprise there...


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#103 Posted : Saturday, February 01, 2014 12:58:58 AM(UTC)
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* Alizé Cornet has defeated Andrea Petkovic : 7-6, 5-7, 6-3


* Sara Errani has defeated Elina Svitolina : 6-2, 6-3


* Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova has defeated Angelique Kerber : 5-7, 6-3, 7-6



TODAY (semi-finals) - AUJOURD’HUI :


* Maria against (contre) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova : 15 heures 30


* Alizé Cornet against (contre) Sara Errani



THE FINAL (LA FINALE) :

Maria against (contre) Sara Errani ?
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#104 Posted : Saturday, February 01, 2014 3:49:33 AM(UTC)
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#105 Posted : Saturday, February 01, 2014 1:10:22 PM(UTC)
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DAVAI Nastya...RUSSIAN Matches y'know...


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#106 Posted : Saturday, February 01, 2014 1:11:57 PM(UTC)
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Maria Sharapova falls in Paris semis...

http://espn.go.com/tenni...apova-loses-paris-semis

Too much "SUGA"?:)


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#107 Posted : Saturday, February 01, 2014 9:53:17 PM(UTC)
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A BIG disappointment. I saw the match on screen TV.

Unfortunately, I think that it will be very difficult for Maria to win an another tournament...
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#108 Posted : Sunday, February 02, 2014 2:43:27 AM(UTC)
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All her own fault ! When it get's tense she get's nervous and loses matches. We have sen this many times before. How can you play so well the first two and then loose so badly in the next. I agree , not sure if she can win an other tournament, as the new generation is better at this moment.
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Alain44 on 2/2/2014(UTC)
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#109 Posted : Sunday, February 02, 2014 7:04:41 AM(UTC)
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http://tennis.quickfound...ttaya_results_2014.html

Maybe this can help if u have questions?


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Alain44 on 2/2/2014(UTC)
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#110 Posted : Sunday, February 02, 2014 10:39:02 AM(UTC)
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Makarova Conquers Pattaya City...DAVAI :)

Ekaterina Makarova won her second WTA title at the PTT Pattaya Open, following a string of three-setters with a straight set win against Karolina Pliskova in the final.

Having been pushed to three sets in three of her previous four rounds - including battling back from 2-0 down in the third set to beat Kimiko Date-Krumm in the quarterfinals - the No.4-seeded Makarova showed some steely nerves not to let Pliskova push her the distance too, fighting off two set points in the second set tie-break to edge the Czech in about as tight a two-setter as possible, 63 76(7).

The two players also put on an impressive serving display with 20 of the 21 games going to the server (Makarova got the lone break in the second-to-last game of the first set) and Pliskova showing a penchant for serving up aces - she blasted 10 in the match, including six in her opening service game.

At the end of the day Makarova was just too tough though, collecting the second WTA title of her career. Her first came at the Premier-level grass court tournament in Eastbourne back in 2010.

"I was a little bit angry in the tie-break because she served really well twice and then returned one just on the line, and then it was 5-all again," Makarova said. "Then I missed an easy ball, and it was set point - luckily she hit her first double fault of the match then. But she had another set point after that and I just tried to keep playing everything in the court and be aggressive at the same time.

"Of course, I'm really happy I could win today. It was a nervous ending and a really tough match, and she was playing really great tennis today. She was serving especially well. I needed to be very focused on my returns to make the points. This is my second WTA title, so I'm really happy about it."

And how will the Russian celebrate her triumph at the picturesque WTA tournament? "Actually we have a flight at 2:30 in the morning, so I think we'll celebrate here a little bit and then in the plane also.

"The next day and the next week you're always moving on to a new tournament, so you want to make these moments longer. It goes by really fast. So I will try to hold onto this moment as long as I can."

Pliskova had taken out two seeds - No.7 seed Bethanie Mattek-Sands and No.3 seed Sorana Cirstea, saving two match points against the Romanian - en route to her second WTA final. Her first WTA final came last year in Kuala Lumpur, where she actually ended up beating Mattek-Sands for the title.

"I think she played better than me the whole match," Pliskova said of Makarova. "The last two matches I won from two match points down and from 0-3 in the third, so I just tried to stay in the match in the second set and just tried to fight, because I thought it might happen again. But in the end it didn't.

"I was really close to getting it to a third set but she was playing too well today. And I was feeling tired in the second set already - so I don't know what the third set would have been like anyway."


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#111 Posted : Sunday, February 02, 2014 12:42:39 PM(UTC)
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ANOTHER SHOCKING RESULT. LETS BE HONEST.
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Alain44 on 2/2/2014(UTC)
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#112 Posted : Sunday, February 02, 2014 12:51:04 PM(UTC)
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Pavlyuchenkova Wins In Paris (double for Russian girls with Makarova:)...

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova tamed her game when it mattered most and outdid Sara Errani in three sets in the final of the Open GDF SUEZ. It was the biggest title of her young career.

Watch highlights, interviews and more video from Paris all week here on wtatennis.com!

The championship match was a clear contrast of styles. Pavlyuchenkova the aggressor, ripping her big serves and groundstrokes; the No.3-seeded Errani was the crafty counterpuncher, not just tirelessly running everything down but using angles, spins and volleys to off-set her opponent's rhythm.

It couldn't have been streakier. Pavlyuchenkova came out firing, building a 3-1 lead in the first set, but Errani reeled off the next seven games to build a 63 20 lead, even holding a point for 63 30. Pavlyuchenkova struck back with seven games of her own to take the second set and move ahead 1-0 in the third, but Errani retaliated with three straight games to build a 3-1 lead in that decider.

One last swing sealed it though. Her huge groundstrokes on fire again, Pavlyuchenkova ran off five games in a row - dropping just six points in the process - to run away with the match, 36 62 63. The Russian crushed an inside out forehand winner on match point, her 48th winner of the day.

It was an amazing end to an amazing week for Pavlyuchenkova, who had beaten three seeds in a row en route to the final already - No.7 seed Carla Suárez Navarro, No.4 seed Angelique Kerber and No.1 seed Maria Sharapova. With wins over the No.9-ranked Kerber, the No.5-ranked Sharapova and the No.7-ranked Errani, she beat three Top 10 players in the same tournament for the very first time.

And she came away with her biggest career title - her first Premier-level title. It was the Russian's sixth overall WTA title, her first five coming at International-level tournaments (she is a three-time winner at Monterrey, in 2010, 2011 and 2013, plus capturing Istanbul in 2010 and Oeiras in 2013).


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#113 Posted : Sunday, February 02, 2014 10:25:35 PM(UTC)
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* http://tennis.quickfound.net :

Maria said : "I started the match really well, but as the match continued I wasn't doing the things that really helped me in the first set. I wasn't being aggressive, I wasn't in the court. [Anastasia] was playing with a lot of confidence in the match and I gave her that opportunity to step in and play her game. She was serving really well out there. She just played a really good match today."

The match ended with two double faults by Maria. Maria said : "They obviously came at the wrong time. When I was down in games in the first couple of sets I felt my serve really helped me, but in the third set I didn't keep that level up. I definitely need to improve that percentage going forward."


* Some comments on front page :

"It happened, Maria. You made a lot of incredible errors, really a poor tennis. Watching your match was a suffering. You looked confused, bewildered, another person. It's difficult to understand. But life continues. You need to regain confidence in yourself, aggressiveness and determination. I wonder if Sven Groeneveld is the right person for you. Now you have a month ahead of you before Indian Wells, you must succeed at all costs in this reconstruction. Best wishes. Kisses. Maria forever."


Here the comment by a "fan" (?) (who criticizes Maria and sells on e-bay what he wins about her) :

"Well you can always fire your coach... again ! Or, you can look in the mirror and realize that playing and practicing tennis PART TIME does not work for you ! What good is it going to do you to continue this embarrassing sham until the 2016 Olympics in Rio ? By then, have the women on the tour will be able to beat you on any given day! Your tennis, like your candy after opening the bag, has gone stale ! You look bored and uninspired on the tennis court. You had a decent 10 year run on the tour. Tennis was good to you and you were good for tennis, but as George Harrison sang " All Things Must Pass". You are SUGAR-OVER !"

An objection by a (true) "fan" :

"You have been saying the same old crap for several years now. Lucky she ignores you because she went and won the French Open ! You must be one of the most boring people ever to infest the internet, repeating the same old crap again and again. Do you find people walk away from you in bars mid-conversation ?? No-one is listening to you and many others on here have told you to f... off, so do us all a favour and do it !!"

The answer by the (false) "fan" :

"So, we are 3 coaches later since she won the French Open ! And as I predicted, her ranking is dropping faster than the sales of her candy - Sugarpova ! The whole fake injury thing is getting old. Her endurance in 3 set matches is no where to be found due to her lack of training ! Her serve is still sub-par and she has trouble holding it, let alone breaking her opponent. Her fashion line went further at the Australian Open than she did (Eugene Bouchard). If you are just defending Maria because of her fading good looks and not her fading tennis, then I suggest that you buy a Playboy magazine or visit a porn site and do your thing. Maria will not make the year end championships this year. That means that she will not finish in the top 8 in the world this year! If I were one of her sponsors, I would make it mandatory in her contract that she finish in the Top 8 or works for free. Maybe then, she would put some effort into her game and stop being beaten by mediocre players."

We can notice this formulation : "her fading good looks". Yet, when this "nice fan" met Maria last year in New York (at a sugarpova event), he was "mesmerized by her beauty"...
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I am quite happy with Maria's 2014 performance overall - she is back in the game. The semifinal against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova had very high quality, Anastasia playing far beyond her usual level. When watching the final against Errani, I was surprised how (relatively) well Errani was able to play. My guess: The combination of (relatively slow) surface and/or (heavy?) balls did suit Errani well - and Anastasia who usually is the queen of unenforced errors as well.
Maria's defeat against Cibulkova at the AO depended on two lousy, more precisely too ambitious, returns into the net by Maria after two slow second serves by Cibulkova at 5:4 0:15 in the second set. Here is a real weakness in Maria's current game: Far more errors on slow second serves, Cibulkova even played a few slow first serves with success. Maria has to balance the risk better between immediately killing said second serves and only playing them powerfully with getting the initiative in the exchange but avoiding the immediate error, especially at big points. Same is true for her double faults which all are due to taking high risk, i.e. by effectively playing another first serve. What Maria's needs is a selection of safe but rather different second serves. Among them, I could even think of the old Elena Dementieva's fully sliced 90 km/h second serves (as a surprise element): Nobody was ever able to make a winner out of them.
Maria's defeat against Serena in Brisbane gave me a lot of hope. Serena's level went down dramatically in the second set. Instead of clearly taking this set with 6:1 or so, Maria gave away two games in this set while leading 40:15 in both cases. It is simply stupid to double-fault twice at 40:15, especially when Serena is far away from her best. But even with donating two games in this set, Maria reached the tie-break: this makes hope for future encounters with Serena.
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Some additions about her current strengths and weaknesses. Maria has clearly improved in the execution of short balls (now rightly always using her forehand) and in some very nice short backhand winners cross-court when being under pressure. Also some nice volleys and lobs. On the contrary, many, many unnecessary errors when being under pressure on the forehand side. I hate her emergency shots forehand longline into the "corridor", especially if they were due to her - unnecessary - aiming too closely at the lines. Also when Maria reaches a dropshot, she often does not play it very intelligently - there is room for improvement!
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#116 Posted : Monday, February 03, 2014 1:21:14 PM(UTC)
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She has been going backwards since the French. There are now so many players who are capable of beating her it is frightening. The whole 'sugarpova' thing is annoying. She will be lucky to be in the top ten at this rate. And bouchard will take her glamour-girl title too at this rate. VERY VERY POOR!!
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#117 Posted : Monday, February 03, 2014 10:17:49 PM(UTC)
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Robb, I agree with the first part of your comment, but, according to me, it's Maria that will have, still, the "glamour-girl title" !
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#118 Posted : Tuesday, February 04, 2014 11:12:24 AM(UTC)
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Maria Sharapova needs to look herself in the mirror and decides which is more important: business or tennis? Cause her tennis has clearly deteriorated! Her serve is still very poor, if not worse! Why can't any coach teach her how to spin that damn second serve in??? her supposedly top notch return of serve is average at best! What the hell has she been working on all these months? Unforced errors everywhere... I can only attribute her poor play to her sugarpova line and everything else outside of tennis. And now, what does she do? off to Russia working for NBC during the Olympics! It's hard to watch Sharapova's tennis these days. She has only and only herself to blame! Play tennis or retire Maria cause you can play so much much better than this.
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#120 Posted : Tuesday, February 04, 2014 8:33:25 PM(UTC)
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The Indian Wells (California) tournament : in march. Maria won it in 2006 and 2013. For me, 2014 : is impossible for her to win. In February, she is at Sochi. Therefore, no training. And Serena Williams should play...
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