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Old 06-04-2012, 04:54 PM   #41
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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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it worries me about the wrist for sure...but also...when somebody has been around for as long as Masha...despite her still young age in the sport she is a tour veteran getting a few years away from 10 years...and one title eludes them...sometimes you just get the feeling it isn't meant to be...that even with the path opening up for Masha...she won't win...I hope she proves me wrong...just like Goran did at Wimbledon when he finally won it...
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Old 06-05-2012, 04:50 AM   #42
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more pics on my blog: Yaroslava Shvedova Knocks Defending Champion Li Na Out Of Roland Garros 2012; Maria Sharapova Advances In Three Sets | Fairways and Forehands

Yaroslava Shvedova


Wow. Now that’s the way to end a match emphatically. Yaroslava Shvedova trailed 2011 Roland Garros champion Li Na 3-6 2-2 when she absolutely caught fire, winning the final 10 games of the match to pull off a shocking 3-6 6-2 6-0 upset. Shvedova is a two-time Major winner in doubles with Vania King, but had her ascension derailed in 2011 with a knee injury. She has a big game, but few would have seen this kind of performance against Li, who has been playing very well in 2012. However, before her knee injury Yaroslava did reach her first quarterfinal in singles at Roland Garros 2010. On the one hand, I am very disappointed not to see Li advance. However, it is nice to see a player like Yaroslava get such a meaningful victory after the struggles she has endured.



Maria Sharapova


Roland Garros 2012 is now on Maria Sharapova’s racquet. It’s her tournament to win or lose. There, I said it. With her major threats dropping like flies, her path to the championship is getting wide open. Of course, there are still a few big guns out there, notably Wimbledon 2011 champion and 2011 WTA Player of the Year Petra Kvitova, but with the form Masha has displayed coming in to Roland Garros, this is her best opportunity ever. That said, she looked for a while like she was trying to lose to Klara Zakopalova before getting things back together for a 6-4 6-7 (5) 6-2 victory, easily her hardest match of the tournament.



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Singles - Fourth Round
(2) Maria Sharapova (RUS) d. Klara Zakopalova (CZE) 64 67(5) 62
(4) Petra Kvitova (CZE) d. Varvara Lepchenko (USA) 62 61
(Q) Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) d. (7) Li Na (CHN) 36 62 60
(23) Kaia Kanepi (EST) d. Arantxa Rus (NED) 61 46 60
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Old 06-06-2012, 10:19 AM   #43
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solid win by Masha today...but next up is the talented 2011 WTA Player of the Year, Petra Kvitova...if Masha can win and advance to the final she will regain the world #1 ranking...go Masha!
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Old 06-07-2012, 01:08 PM   #44
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Congratulations to Maria Sharapova! With her win over Petra Kvitova in the Roland Garros semifinals Masha regains the world #1 ranking. If she also wins the final she will complete the career Grand Slam.

More later... really busy the last two days.

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Old 06-08-2012, 12:01 AM   #45
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more pics and video on my blog: Maria Sharapova Regains #1 Ranking Following Semifinal Victory At Roland Garros 2012; Sara Errani Awaits In Final | Fairways and Forehands

Maria Sharapova (center) holds WTA #1 Ranking Trophy with WTA CEO Stacey Allaster (r) and Roland Garros Tournament Director Gilbert Ysern (l)


A few years ago, in the midst of a serious shoulder injury, Maria Sharapova wondered if she would ever play professional tennis at a high level again. A three time Major winner, who in 2004 at the ripe age of 17 stunned 2-time defending Wimbledon champion Serena Williams to take her first Major, Sharapova followed her shoulder surgery with a journey back that was full of lots of ups and downs. Honestly, along the way I saw her lose some matches that made me wonder if she would ever reach the tennis summit again. Boy, was I wrong. After some rocky performances over the last few years, Masha has reached the final of 3 of the last 4 Majors. She reached the final of both “mini-Majors” this year, Indian Wells and Miami. She won in Stuttgart, beating then-number 1 Victoria Azarenka and came into Roland Garros 2012 off a title in Rome, beating Li Na. It would be her decisive 6-3 6-3 victory over 2011 WTA Player of the Year and Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in the Roland Garros semifinals that would make her journey back to the top of the tennis world complete.

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Sara Errani


However, Masha would be the first to tell you that the big prize has not been won, the 2012 Roland Garros title. A win in the final would earn Sharapova the career Grand Slam. Standing in her way is clay court ace Sara Errani. Before they start engraving Masha’s name on the trophy, remember that Errani’s countrywoman Francesca Schiavone was a big underdog going into the Roland Garros 2010 final against Samantha Stosur but finished that day with the trophy. Sara beat Samantha in three sets, 7-5 1-6 6-3, to earn her shot at Sharapova. And Sara can win the title. That is not to say Masha isn’t the heavy favorite. She is. But Errani has three clay court titles this year and basically is playing with house money. If she can mix up her attack and take Masha out of her rhythm, especially by making Masha run to test her movement, anything can happen. Adding to the intrigue of what might happen is the fact that they have never played an official match against each other. Do I expect Masha to win. Yes, I do. Would it shock me if Sara won? No, it would not.

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Singles - Semifinals
(2) Maria Sharapova (RUS) d. (4) Petra Kvitova (CZE) 63 63
(21) Sara Errani (ITA) d. (6) Samantha Stosur (AUS) 75 16 63

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Old 06-08-2012, 01:02 AM   #46
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I don't follow tennis much except to watch some, not much, majors.

Just did a Google on Errani....a supposed clay court specialist.
What are your odds on a Masha win?
I'll have to wake up @ 6am to watch.

That would be a good bucket list....attend all 4 majors with their own uniqueness.
I like how tennis majors are played in 4 countries and more spread out.
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Old 06-08-2012, 01:38 AM   #47
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Bobby, I think Masha will win her slam on Saturday. She looked good in winning her Semi 6-3 and 6-3, and don't forget Sara had that 1-6 loss in her semis. And that's NOT good. GO MASHA! WIN that SLAM!!!!!
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hi updev and 3putt! it's basically an odds on match for Masha to win or lose. At the same time, most tennis "experts" said the same thing two years ago about Samantha Stosur over Francesca Schiavone but that didn't turn out well for Samantha. All it takes is a bad serving day for Masha's game to go south. And Errani has already won 3 clay court events this year so she is not to be taken lightly. But at the end of the day Masha is playing big time tennis right now. She took care of Kvitova much easier than I thought.

On a side note...after losing Serena in the first round you had better believe that NBC and the WTA are doing cartwheels over Sharapova making the final and the whole #1 and career Grand Slam angle.

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Old 06-08-2012, 09:33 PM   #49
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WTA CEO Stacey Allaster and Masha


A few words from the (once again) world #1 Maria Sharapova!

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Congrats to Masha.
But I was more excited to see Monica at the trophy presentation. She looked freakin gorgeous....nothing finer than a lady in a smartly tailored suit with simple styled heels.

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What's up with Tracy Austin?.....no longer on contract w/ NBC?....another of my favs.
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