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Old 06-01-2012, 08:05 AM   #31
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oh..Ana...

Ana...Ana...Ana...

...every time I am ready to believe she's back....
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Old 06-01-2012, 10:06 AM   #32
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Isn't that what Meagan Francella had, too?

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Old 06-01-2012, 11:01 AM   #33
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oh..Ana...

Ana...Ana...Ana...

...every time I am ready to believe she's back....
I assume she's gone...errrrrrrrrrrr.
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Old 06-01-2012, 11:30 AM   #34
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Originally Posted by Mr3putt View Post
I assume she's gone...errrrrrrrrrrr.
Sadly...to me...yes. Now to be fair...she lost in three sets to Sara Errani...I haven't cover Sara Errani as much because her victories came in smaller tournaments...as you know the WTA has more than one event during the same week very often...but Sara is a clay court specialist who won three straight events on clay this year...Acapulco, Barcelona and Budapest...man, I should have been a pro tennis player...they go everywhere...I was going to post about her streak on my blog and here but never got around to it...so on the clay it's not an embarrassment for Ana to lose to Sara...but Agnieszka Radwanska torched Sara to end her streak in Madrid love and 1. Of course...that is the blue clay and at altitude...still...I thought Ana would win...

...also...Radwanska was upset today by 2 time Major winner Svetlana Kuznetsova...
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Old 06-01-2012, 08:53 PM   #35
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Originally Posted by Buzzer View Post
Isn't that what Meagan Francella had, too?

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Yes, Meaghan had the same problem LYME DISEASE. Probably got it in Europe while playing at RICOH in 2010. It was diagnosed right away and it was not severe. She missed one or two events and come back with poor results for the rest of the year. I doubt there is any relation between the disease and her playing, but Meaghan has not been the same player since RICOH 2010.
With so much talk about illness, including that strange tumor Buzzer (real glad all is well ), Sjodren's Syndrome and Lyme disease; and now in other thread there are talking about a poster with delusional disorder (will find what that is all about) and another with mythomania. I am becaming a medical expert, instead of learning more about golf and tennis.

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Old 06-03-2012, 12:24 AM   #36
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more pics and video on my blog: Maria Sharapova, Li Na Still On Collison Course At Roland Garros 2012; Caroline Wozniacki Falls | Fairways and Forehands

Maria Sharapova


Maria Sharapova continues to look dominant through the first 3 rounds of Roland Garros 2012. After losing only 2 games total in her first two matches (6-0 6-0 and 6-1 6-1), she powered past the 28th-seeded Peng Shuai, 6-2 6-1. Granted, she hasn’t yet played an opponent who could truly challenge her if she’s on. I thought that player would be Caroline Wozniacki…but I’ll get to that in few moments. As it is, it seems we might get a semifinal rematch from last year between Masha and Li Na, which of course was won by eventual champion Li Na. The defending champion had a slight first set hiccup against the up and coming American Christina McHale before righting the ship and dismissing the rising star, 3-6 6-2 6-1. We will see more of Christina McHale (I hope). It’s not her time yet, but it will come (again, I hope).









Caroline Wozniacki


I thought Caroline Wozniacki would be the player that, win or lose, would let us know truly how well Masha is playing right now. Alas, it will not be Caroline after all. She made a valiant comeback from 1-6 1-5 and two match points down to force a third set again Kaia Kanepi. However, in the end Kaia would not let Caro off the hook, taking down the 9th seed, 6-1 6-7 (3) 6-3. Kanepi is one of those players you just never know about. She is very streaky. She won the title in Brisbane to start the year…but also has three first round losses this year as well. For Caroline, I still believe she has the talent to win a Major, but her game and ranking are slipping quickly. She was the #1 player in the world at Roland Garros last year. Now, she’s the 9th seed. That said, I still believe in her talent and her fighting spirit.

Masha


Li Na


Petra Kvitova


Caroline Wozniacki


Singles - Third Round
(2) Maria Sharapova (RUS) d. (28) Peng Shuai (CHN) 62 61
(4) Petra Kvitova (CZE) d. Nina Bratchikova (RUS) 62 46 61
(7) Li Na (CHN) d. Christina McHale (USA) 36 62 61
(23) Kaia Kanepi (EST) d. (9) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) 61 67(3) 63
Varvara Lepchenko (USA) d. (14) Francesca Schiavone (ITA) 36 63 86
Klara Zakopalova (CZE) d. (22) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 63 75
Arantxa Rus (NED) d. (25) Julia Goerges (GER) 76(5) 26 62
(Q) Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) d. Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) 64 75
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Old 06-03-2012, 10:59 PM   #37
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Dominika Cibulkova


That sound you hear emanating from Roland Garros 2012 is the door opening wider and wider for Maria Sharapova to complete the career Grand Slam. With potential threats Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki already shown the exit, Dominika Cibulkova eliminated the woman who beat Masha in the Australian Open final, Victoria Azarenka, 6-2 7-6 (4). This was no fluke. Dominika has played Vika tough before and generally plays her best when facing top opponents. She beat then-number 1 Caroline Wozniacki twice last year and had Vika on the ropes at Miami 2012 before Azarenka staged a comeback. There would be no comeback this day as Cibulkova regained her early aggression in the second set tie-break to close out the world #1.





Samantha Stosur


For the second straight day, there was a match I looked upon with conflicted loyalties. Yesterday, one of my favorites, Li Na , won a match but did so at the expense of up and coming American Christina McHale. Today, another one of my favorites, Samantha Stosur, also advanced but again at the expense of up and coming American Sloane Stephens, 7-5 6-4. Give Sloane credit. She came out gunning and had Stosur in a hole with Sloane serving for the first set at 5-3. But not only could she not hold her serve to win the set, Samantha turned up the heat and won 9 of the next 10 games. That’s what a champion does; goes from 3-5 down to 7-5 5-1 up. Earlier I said the door was open for Masha, and it is. She is the clear favorite now. But Stosur, Li Na and Petra Kvitova will have a lot to say about that. Add in giant slayers like Cibulkova and Sara Errani, not to mention rising star Angelique Kerber, and it promises to be a second week with potentially more surprises.

Dominika Cibulkova


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Singles - Fourth Round
(15) Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) d. (1) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) 62 76(4)
(6) Samantha Stosur (AUS) d. Sloane Stephens (USA) 75 64
(10) Angelique Kerber (GER) d. Petra Martic (CRO) 63 75
(21) Sara Errani (ITA) d. (26) Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) 60 75
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Old 06-04-2012, 07:55 AM   #38
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I loved Victoria Azarenka's press conference.

''I'm going to kill myself''. It was just the way she delivered the line.

The women's draw is getting very interesting...

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Old 06-04-2012, 11:01 AM   #39
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Originally Posted by Saint-Just X View Post
I loved Victoria Azarenka's press conference.

''I'm going to kill myself''. It was just the way she delivered the line.

The women's draw is getting very interesting...

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Her delivery was what made it great...man it has really opened up for Masha now...she got through in 3 sets today but the big news is potential semifinal opponent Li Na was ousted by doubles specialist Yaroslava Shvedova...let's see whether Petra Kvitova can survive the day in moist conditions that are slowing the ball down...which is why big hitters like Masha are suddenly vulnerable...the court was dry and playing fast the first week...now it's getting soft and moist...slowing down shots and evening the skill disparity between top players and lower ranked players...
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Old 06-04-2012, 01:18 PM   #40
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Originally Posted by bangkokbobby View Post
Her delivery was what made it great...man it has really opened up for Masha now...she got through in 3 sets today but the big news is potential semifinal opponent Li Na was ousted by doubles specialist Yaroslava Shvedova...let's see whether Petra Kvitova can survive the day in moist conditions that are slowing the ball down...which is why big hitters like Masha are suddenly vulnerable...the court was dry and playing fast the first week...now it's getting soft and moist...slowing down shots and evening the skill disparity between top players and lower ranked players...
I had Masha's match on in the background,this afternoon.There were a few occasions when she was holding her right wrist and flexing her hand as if there was some kind of discomfort.

It wasn't a fluid performance from her,by any means,but her path to the final is looking easier by the day.

Although,in this tournament,nothing is coming easy to anyone...

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