AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2010


Melbourne, Australia

18-30 January 2010
Surface: Hardcourt/outdoors
* * Grand Slam * *
Rod Laver Arena


1st RND lost Maria Kirilenko RUS 6-7 6-3 4-6


  Melbourne, 18 january 2010

Maria’s avontuur in Australie snel voorbij.

Na haar schouderoperatie eind 2008 wil het maar niet lukken met Maria. Zoals een Kim Clijsters bijvoorbeeld na een lange afwezigheid schijnbaar moeiteloos haar oude niveau oppakt, de sterren van de hemel speelt en met sneltreinvaart de top 10 nadert, zo blijft het kwakkelen met Maria.

18 januari 2010:Een aangeslagen Maria tijdens de persconferentie na
haar snelle uitschakeling.

Zo ook vandaag, uitgerekend op " BLUE MONDAY " , tegen Maria Kirilenko, de # 59 van de WTA ranking. De verwachtingen waren hoog gespannen, de nieuwe Australian Open outfit van Nike supercool, maar het vertoonde spel van Maria liet nog veel te wensen over.

Zo waren er weer de dubbele fouten op cruciale momenten, de onnodige fouten stonden niet in verhouding tot de winners en het wisselvallige spel van Maria konden de kleine Maria Kirilenko geen moment in verlegenheid brengen.
De eerste set ging via de tiebreak naar Kirilenko en in de 2e set kon Maria haar niveau nog enigszins opvijzelen en met 6-3 winnen.
In de 3e set keek Maria al snel tegen een 5-2 achterstand aan en wist dit verschil niet meer te overbruggen.

Het lijkt wel of Maria Kirilenko zich wil verontschuldigen bij Maria nadat
zij haar uit het AO toernooi heeft geslagen.

Maria after the match:
"It’s a bad day and you have to get on with your life. There are many worse situations in life. A bad day will not stop me from doing what I love.
I am still going to go back on the court and work hard."
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  Melbourne, 16 january 2010

AUSTRALIAN OPEN DRAW RELEASED

The draw for the first Grand Slam of the decade at the Australian Open in Melbourne has been released and Maria is seeded #14 and will face Maria Kirilenko in the 1st round. Maria has played Kirilenko 3 times before and leads the series 2-1, the last meeting was in Miami in 2006 which Maria won in 3 sets. This match will be played on Monday.

The 1st seed Maria can meet is #23 seed Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia in the 3rd round. #2 seed Dinara Safina could be a possible opponent in the 4th round. The 8th seed Jelena Jankovic of Serbia is the player seeded to go through to the quarters. In the semis, #3 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova, #5 seed Elena Dementieva, #15 seed Kim Clijsters or Justine Henin could be possible opponents in the semis. The Williams sisters round off the draw in the top half.

Maria didn’t play here last year as she was recovering from shoulder surgery but in her last appearance in 2008 she won.

source:mariasharapova.com

Maria tijdens de training in Melbourne.

Hong kong

Hong Kong Tennis Classic 2010

Maria had 2 wins out of 2 in Hong Kong as she helped put Team Russia in the final. In Maria’s singles match she defeated Jie Zheng of China 6-7 6-4 6-2 and then later on in the night she teamed up with Yevgeny Kafelnikov and they defeated Ayumi Morita and Paradorn Srichaphan 6-4 7-5.

6 January 2010:Maria defeated Jie Zeng in 3 sets

In Maria’s singles win against Zheng, Maria lost the first set in a tie-break, Maria started to up her level as she took the next 2 sets 6-4 6-2 to clinch victory.

In the final Team Russia will play either Team Americas or Europe.

Team Europe

Team Russia

DEN Caroline Wozniacki RUS Maria Sharapova
BLR Victoria Azarenka RUS Vera Zvonareva
SWE Stefan Edberg RUS Yevgeny Kafelnikov

Team Americas

Team Asia Pacific

USA Venus Williams CHN Zheng Jie
ARG Gisela Dulko JPN Ayumi Morita
USA Michael Chang THA Paradorn Scrichaphan

Headlines 2010

Hong Kong Tennis Classic 2010

MARIA DEFEATS WOZNIACKI IN HONG KONG

Hong Kong: 9 January 2010

Maria defeated Caroline Wozniacki of Team Europe at the Hong Kong Tennis Classic in the final to give Team Russia the one point they needed for the win. Maria won 7-5 6-3 in 1 hour and 37 minutes.

In the 1st set that lasted 56 minutes, Wozniacki took a 5-3 lead but Maria saved 2 set-points as she came back to take the next 4 games to take the set 7-5.


9 January 2010:Maria of team Russia holds the trophy after defeating
Caroline Wozniacki in 2 sets.

Maria took a 4-1 lead in the 2nd set, Wozniacki broke Maria as she took the next 2 games but Maria rebounded to break Wozniacki again and take the next 2 games to seal the win.
Earlier on in the day Yevgeny Kafelnikov gave Team Russia their first point as he defeated Stefan Edberg of Team Europe 7-6 6-4.

source: mariasharapova.com


Hong Kong: 6 January 2010.

Maria had 2 wins out of 2 in Hong Kong as she helped put Team Russia in the final. In Maria’s singles match she defeated Jie Zheng of China 6-7 6-4 6-2 and then later on in the night she teamed up with Yevgeny Kafelnikov and they defeated Ayumi Morita and Paradorn Srichaphan 6-4 7-5.


6 January 2010:Maria defeated Jie Zeng in 3 sets

In Maria’s singles win against Zheng, Maria lost the first set in a tie-break, Maria started to up her level as she took the next 2 sets 6-4 6-2 to clinch victory.

In the final Team Russia will play either Team Americas or Europe.

Team Europe

Team Russia

DEN Caroline Wozniacki RUS Maria Sharapova
BLR Victoria Azarenka RUS Vera Zvonareva
SWE Stefan Edberg RUS Yevgeny Kafelnikov

Team Americas

Team Asia Pacific

USA Venus Williams CHN Zheng Jie
ARG Gisela Dulko JPN Ayumi Morita
USA Michael Chang THA Paradorn Scrichaphan

MARIA WINS IN HUA NIN

2 January 2010

Maria defeated Venus Williams of the United States 6-3 6-4 in 1 hour and 23 minutes at the Hua Hin Cenntenial Invitational exhibition in Hua Hin, Thailand in her first match of 2010.


2 Januari 2010:Maria wint haar 1e wedstrijd in 2010 van Venus Williams.

In the hot conditions in Thailand Maria took a 5-1 lead in the 1st set, lost 2 games but took the 1 game she needed to take the 1st set, the 2nd set was a little closer and Maria edged it 6-4.

source: mariasharapova.com

Maria after the match:
good to be back. Ixe2x80x99m glad to play against Venus in my first match of the year,xe2x80x9d

xe2x80x9cI still remember when I first came here (in 2005). I was still young and had a great match with Venus,xe2x80x9d
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Maria’s eerste trofee in 2010


Hua Hin Centennial Invitation with Maria Sharapova vs Venus Williams

The Lawn Tennis Association of Thailand under the patronage of His Majesty the King and the city of Hua Hin are proud to present the Centennial Invitation tennis match between tennis superstars Maria Sharapova and Venus Williams.

The Centennial Invitation will be held at Centennial Park, Hua Hin on Saturday 2 January 2010 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Hua Hin and usher in the New Year in exciting fashion with two of the most popular tennis players in the world.

Maria Sharapova and Venus Williams have been two of the most dominant presences in womenxe2x80x99s tennis for the last decade. Between them they have won an amazing 10 Grand Slam, and 61 WTA, singles titles. Their rivalry is intense and their head-to-head record stands at three wins each. Maria will be celebrating New Yearxe2x80x99s Eve at the new InterContinental Resort, Hua Hin and said, xe2x80x9cI am delighted to be able to spend my New Year in Hua Hin, Thailand. I am sure it will be an exciting time and I am looking forward to competing in the Centennial Invitation.xe2x80x9d

Venus is also looking forward to competing in Thailand again. xe2x80x9cI have very fond memories of my previous visits to Thailand and am really looking forward to returning for the Centennial Invitation match in Hua Hin,xe2x80x9d she said.


Maria arrives at Bangkok airport.