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« Reply #5060 on: June 26, 2011, 02:41:26 AM »
Ok so the schedule SUCKS for me, there's no other way of describing it so here it is on Monday:

Maria is the first match of the day on Centre Court vs the 20th seed Shaui Peng who Maria beat in 3 sets earlier this year in Indian Wells.

GO GO GO MARIA!!! :cheer: :cheer: :cheer:
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« Reply #5061 on: June 27, 2011, 07:50:57 AM »
What an hour and a half that is for me :yahoo: :grind dance: :applause:

Maria beats Peng and just got better and better as the match went on to see her off 6/4, 6/2 and next face either Wozniacki or Cibulkova :yahoo: :grind dance: :applause: That 1st set was absolutely perfect for Maria to be honest as Peng was extremely tough and made Maria work like something not right to keep in the set and keep serving from behind and then at 4/4 with no breaks Maria stepped it up further and got the crucial break and then served it out extremely well. 2nd set with Maria having the momentum she carried it on perfectly as she broke Peng immediately and really from then on in there was never any doubt Maria was going to take this as she continued to play great tennis and serve extremely well. Maria hit 26 winners to 8 unforced errors which if Maria can keep to and play that similar level of tennis then its going to either take a big dip from her or somebody to play incredible tennis to beat her :)
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« Reply #5062 on: June 27, 2011, 09:48:17 AM »
Maria into Wimbledon Quarters :yahoo: :grind dance: :applause:

Maria defeated No.20 seed Shuai Peng of China 6-4 6-2 in 1 hour and 21 minutes to reach the quarters at Wimbledon.

This will be Maria's fourth appearance in the quarters at Wimbledon and her first appearance at this stage of the tournament since 2006.  In four matches, Maria hasn't dropped a set.

The first set took 46 minutes which Maria won 6-4, a single break of serve by Maria in the ninth game decided the set.

Maria carried over her form from the first set into the second set as she dropped only two games on her road to the quarters.

In the quarters to be played on Tuesday, Maria will play either No.1 seed Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark or No.24 seed Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia.

In the WTA rankings, Maria is provisionally No.6 with 5241 points.
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« Reply #5063 on: June 27, 2011, 09:49:42 AM »
Wimbledon 2011: Maria Sharapova sweeps past Peng Shuai :yahoo: :grind dance: :applause:

Maria Sharapova screamed and sparkled in equal measure here in the Wimbledon sunshine, wasting no time in despatching China’s Peng Shuai in straight sets and booking her place in the quarter finals.

Russia’s former Wimbledon champion, who has been improving with quiet efficiency – no, make that noisy efficiency - throughout the tournament, evidently did not fancy hanging around for too long in the energy-sapping conditions as she took just 81 minutes to defeat the 20th seed 6-4 6-2.

In the blazing heat, Peng initially promised to make this a war of attrition but the accuracy of her groundstrokes was more erratic than usual as Sharapova, whose comeback to something near her best has been one of tennis’s more inspiring tales this season, gradually bullied her into submission with the uncomplicated power of her game.

Sharapova’s first service game, a five-deuce 12 minute affair during which she saved two break points, immediately suggested it could be an awkward affair for her out in the Court Two bowl, watched by her boyfriend, NBA star Sasha Vujacic

Indeed, Peng, who has ended the hopes of British number one Elena Baltacha in the second round, served impressively,allowing Sharapova, herself a victor over Laura Robson at that stage, little opportunity for a breakthrough until a lack of concentration at 4-4.

A couple of unforced errors – about half the amount she normally delivers every match – allied to some spectacular, never say die retrieving from the Russian, enabled Sharapova to make the crucial breakthrough. She then confirmed the advantage by serving out to love to take the first set in 46 minutes.

Peng’s hopes of emulating French Open champion Li Na by becoming China’s latest tennis heroine were quickly extinguished when she was immediately broken at the start of the second set.

Her spirit seemed to have been shattered as Sharapova’s run of six straight games took her to within sight of a quick victory but Peng stopped the rot to break her duck at 4-0 down and then demonstrated considerable resilience to save a match point at 5-1 down with a courageous backhand down the line.

It was only a temporary respite, though, as the fifth seed served out to love to set up a possible mouth-watering last eight clash with world number one Caroline Wozniacki, who was set to meet Dominika Cibulkova in the following match on Court Two.
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« Reply #5064 on: June 27, 2011, 09:51:28 AM »
Maria Sharapova cruises past Peng Shuai :yahoo: :grind dance: :applause:

• Sharapova wins 6-4, 6-2 against world No20
• Victoria Azarenka beats Nadia Petrova to reach last eight

The defending champion Serena Williams went out at the last 16 stage after an epic struggle with ninth seed Marion Bartoli.

Williams, seeded seven, saved three set points in the first set and another four match points in the second but Bartoli held her nerve to win a high-quality match 6-3, 7-6.

Elsewhere it took Maria Sharapova about half an hour to find her range on Court No 2 but once she did it was like old times for the former champion as she battered her way into the quarter-finals with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Peng Shuai of China.

The Russian served beautifully and thundered 27 winners as she moved into the last eight for the first time since 2006 – without losing a set so far this year. The world No1 Caroline Wozniacki is likely to be waiting in the next round and on this form the Dane's tennis shoes may just be squeaking a little.

"It's great. Last year I lost in the fourth round to Serena [Williams] and this year I find myself in the quarter-finals and giving myself an opportunity to go further," Sharapova said.

Wozniacki will have to get past Dominika Cibulkova first and in the early stages against Peng it looked as if Sharapova was in for a real battle. The world No20 was matching her from the baseline and when she got a look at a second serve, took her chances to attack.

The Chinese, who had equalled her previous best grand slam performance by reaching the fourth round, forced two break points in a long second game but Sharapova held. Games then stayed on serve to 4-4 when Sharapova finished off a great point with a pinpoint forehand volley on to the baseline to break.

Sharapova then served out for the first set and from then on it was completely one-way traffic as the Russian clicked into top gear, racing to a 4-0 lead thanks to two breaks. She lost just five points on her first serve in the whole match and though Peng held a couple of times, it was too little too late.

The Russian duly wrapped up victory after an hour and 21 minutes with another thunderous forehand. The bookmakers made her the second favourite before a ball was struck last Monday but the 2004 champion said she still had "to be realistic". "I hadn't got past the fourth round in several years but this is a step forward," she said. "I just have to take care of business in my next match."

Also into the last eight is the fourth-seeded Victoria Azarenka, who looked in imperious form as she dispatched Nadia Petrova.

Azarenka just edged past Petrova in a meeting between the pair here two years ago, but the 21-year-old made light work of her opponent on Court No3 this time around, winning 6-2, 6-2 to set up a quarter-final with either Tamira Paszek or Ksenia Pervak.

The result seemed unlikely at the start of the match as Petrova held to love before breaking Azarenka's serve with a composed backhand to move 2-0 up. That was to be the last game Petrova won for a while though, as Azarenka produced winner after winner, breaking her opponent's serve three times before taking the first set when the Russian cleared the baseline with a backhand.

It was much the same story in the second set as Azarenka pinned Petrova on the baseline in the first game, causing her opponent to plant into the net and lose another service game. Petrova then held serve for just the second time, but Azarenka broke in the fifth game to move 4-1 up in the second set.

The Belarusian then survived a rare break point before serving out to seal victory in just an hour and three minutes.
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« Reply #5065 on: June 27, 2011, 09:52:55 AM »
Wimbledon 2011: Maria Sharapova beats Shuai Peng :yahoo: :grind dance: :applause:

Maria Sharapova reached the quarter-finals of the women's singles with a 6-4 6-2 win over China's Shuai Peng.

The Russian took time to find her rhythm and faced break points in the first set but Peng could not convert and was broken in the ninth game.

The 2004 champion then broke in the first game of the second set and ran out a comfortable winner on Court Two.

Fourth seed Victoria Azarenka breezed through her match, beating Russian Nadia Petrova in 64 minutes.

The Belarussian has given herself a great opportunity to reach her first Grand Slam semi-final and has already equalled her previous best showing at the All-England Club where she made it to the 2009 quarter-finals.

Azarenka, 22 in July, will next face Austrian Tamira Paszek or Russian Ksenia Pervak.

Meanwhile, German Sabine Lisicki came through a tight opening set to finally see off Petra Cetkovska 7-6 (7-3) 6-1.

The German's serve was dominant throughout the 68-minute encounter and she will play French ninth seed Marion Bartoli or American Serena Williams, seeded seven, in the last eight.

Sharapova now faces world number one Caroline Wozniacki or 24th seed Dominika Cibulkova in the last eight.

It was the first time Sharapova, the fifth seed, had played Peng, seeded 20th, on grass and both struggled with their serves and range early on with error-strewn games.

It went with serve until the ninth game when a double-fault by Peng set the tone and she was broken to 30 with Sharapova serving for the set and winning the game to love with some blistering ground strokes.

It was much easier for Sharapova in the second set and she wrapped up the match in one hour, 21 minutes, with her fiance, the 6ft 7in New Jersey Nets shooting guard, Sasha Vujacic, a very vocal supporter.
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« Reply #5066 on: June 27, 2011, 10:11:48 AM »
Some pictures of Maria from her 4th round win at Wimbledon over Peng :)

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« Reply #5067 on: June 27, 2011, 10:12:16 AM »
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« Reply #5068 on: June 27, 2011, 10:12:44 AM »
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« Reply #5069 on: June 27, 2011, 10:13:10 AM »
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