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« Reply #5100 on: June 28, 2011, 11:24:54 AM »
OMG Perfecto so far is this :yahoo: :grind dance: :applause:

Maria back into the Wimbledon Semi Finals after an absolutely sensational performance to beat Cibulkova 6/1, 6/1 :yahoo: :grind dance: :applause: That was all Maria out there today, there was simply very little that Cibulkova could have done to stop her as she was just constructive points as well as she has for long time and then hitting winner after winner with devastating effect. Right from the get go after Cibulkova had held her first service game Maria just fired from there on in and rolled through the 1st set in no time at all. The 2nd set had a long 2nd game that went to quite a few deuces but Maria broke Cibulkova to lead 2/0. Then Maria's only poor game of the whole match as she was broken after a couple of errors but that didn't put her off the task ahead as she was straight back onto it breaking Cibulkova to love and from there on in it was always Maria who was advancing to the Semi Finals. Maria 1 match away now from another Wimbledon Final and 2 away from completing 1 of the most remarkable comebacks to tennis ever as next to nobody has ever been able to come back from shoulder surgery and gone onto win Wimbledon. This title without question would mean more than any other and would remain that way whatever else Maria may do in her career :cloud 9: :cheer: :cheer:

Now I just need Victoria to make it through very soon on Court 1 and this will be perfect :cheer: :cheer: :cheer:

Incredible that my biggest dream in tennis to see Maria and Victoria walk out and play a Grand Slam Final against each other could be just 1 round away :cloud 9: :shakey: :cheer:
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« Reply #5101 on: June 28, 2011, 01:24:41 PM »
Maria breezes into Wimbledon Semis :yahoo: :grind dance: :applause:

Maria has booked herself a place in the Wimbledon semis under the Centre Court roof as she defeated No.24 seed Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia.  Maria won 6-1 6-1 in exactly an hour.

This is Maria fourth appearance in the semis at Wimbledon and her second appearance in a Grand Slam semi this year.

Maria broke three times to take the first set, the first break was to lead 2-1 when Cibulkova hit the ball into the net.  Maria broke to lead 4-1 when Cibulkova double-faulted and again to take the set when Cibulkova hit a forehand long.

Again, Maria dropped only one game in the second set.  Maria took the first advantage in the set when she broke to lead 2-0 with a flawless forehand and in the next game Cibulkova got the break back.  Maria then took the next four games to take the match when Cibulkova hit a shot long.

In the semis Maria will face Sabine Lisicki of Germany.  They have played once before at Miami in March this year and Maria won 6-3 6-0.

In the WTA rankings, Maria provisionally remains at No.6 with 5641 points.
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« Reply #5102 on: June 28, 2011, 01:25:50 PM »
Sharapova storms into Wimbledon semis :yahoo: :grind dance: :applause:

Maria Sharapova stormed into the Wimbledon semi-finals for the first time since 2006, blasting aside Dominika Cibulkova with an emphatic 6-1, 6-1 quarter-final victory.

Cibulkova, who had stunned world number one and top seed Caroline Wozniacki in the last 16, never looked like repeating that  upset against Sharapova, who is the heavy favourite to repeat her 2004 triumph.

   The 6ft 2in Russian fifth seed unleashed a string of thunderous groundstrokes to overwhelm her Slovakian opponent, and now faces German wildcard Sabine Lisicki in the last four for a place in the final.

   “It’s an honour to be in the semi-final. It’s a few years since I’ve got past the fourth round so it’s a great chance to take it a step further,” Sharapova said.

   “Every opponent is different. I have a tough opponent coming up and I’m looking forward to the match. She’s confident and playing great grass court tennis.”    Sharapova, who had not dropped a set en route to the quarter-finals, was quickly into her groove, stretching the 5ft 3in  Cibulkova with an array of shots that left the Slovakian flailing.

   A superb forehand winner set up Sharapova’s first break in the third game, and with the Russian’s powerful serve functioning smoothly, Cibulkova was always struggling to claw back the initiative.

   Sharapova clinched a double break in the fifth game — and a 4-1  lead — when Cibulkova double-faulted at 30-40 down.

   After Sharapova held to go 5-1 up, Cibulkova’s frailties on serve were exposed once more when she squandered a 40-0 lead to be broken again, Sharapova clinching the set when her opponent smashed  a forehand long.

   Cibulkova was soon in trouble in the second set, being broken in  her first service after Sharapova unfurled another corking forehand  winner to go 2-0 up.

   Yet Cibulkova halted what was in danger of becoming a rout in the next game, breaking back immediately to make it 2-1.

   But having worked her way back into the match, Cibulkova promptly surrendered the initiative once again, smashing a forehand  wide to suffer her fifth consecutive service break and go 3-1 down.

   Another break in the sixth game left Sharapova serving for the match, and she duly completed the win when Cibulkova smacked a forehand long.
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« Reply #5103 on: June 28, 2011, 01:27:38 PM »
Wimbledon 2011: Maria Sharapova overpowers Dominika Cibulkova :yahoo: :grind dance: :applause:

Maria Sharapova swept Dominika Cibulkova aside to march into her first Wimbledon semi-final since 2006.

The 24-year-old Russian took exactly an hour to complete a 6-1 6-1 victory and set up a clash with Sabine Lisicki.

Cibulkova, who beat top seed Caroline Wozniacki in the last round, could not live with the power or accuracy of the 2004 champion's thumping groundstrokes.

Sharapova crashed down 23 winners to clinch a runaway win and show why she is favourite to reclaim her title.

The fifth seed, who is the only Grand Slam winner left in the tournament following the departure of the Williams sisters on Monday, lived up to that billing with a devastating display of power and panache under the Centre Court roof.

She attacked from the start, winning eight games in a row after Cibulkova had held in the opener, and produced some stunning shots from either flank.

Sharapova did make mistakes but showed her quality when it mattered, hitting two blistering backhands for her second break that put her 4-1 up, and recovering from 40-0 down to break again and clinch the first set in 27 minutes.

Her Slovakian opponent had lost the opening set 6-1 in her fourth round victory over Wozniacki on Monday but, although she did break back to 1-2 at the start of the second, a repeat of that fightback rarely looked on the cards here.

Cibulkova, who stayed rooted to the baseline, only won 40% of points on her first serve and was broken six times in total as Sharapova completed the most comfortable of victories.

"It's a few years since I got past the fourth round here, so it is nice to be in the semi-finals with a great chance to take it further," Sharapova told the BBC afterwards.

"But I've got a tough match coming up. Sabine is playing with a tremendous amount of confidence and really great grass court tennis so it won't be easy."

Sharapova thumped Lisicki 6-2 6-0 in their only previous meeting, in Miami earlier this year.
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« Reply #5104 on: June 28, 2011, 01:28:58 PM »
Dominant Sharapova powers into Wimbledon last four :yahoo: :grind dance: :applause:

Tournament favorite Maria Sharapova powered into the Wimbledon women's singles semifinals on Tuesday, crushing Dominika Cibulkova for the loss of just two games.

Fifth seed Sharapova, the 2004 champion and only grand slam winner left in the women's draw, proved in a different league to Slovakian Cibulkova, taking just under an hour to reach the last four 6-1 6-1.

Cibulkova, seeded 24th, had stunned world number one Caroline Wozniakci in the last 16, but could not match that performance on Centre Court, as Russian Sharapova reached the semifinals at the All England Club for the first time since losing to Amelie Mauresmo in 2006.

The 24-year-old Sharapova told reporters: "It's an honor to be in the semifinal at Wimbledon.

"It's a few years since I've got past the fourth round so it's a great chance to take it a step further," she added.

"Every opponent is different. I have a tough opponent coming up and I'm looking forward to the match.

"She's confident and playing great grass court tennis," continued Sharapova, who has yet to drop a set in the tournament so far.

Sharapova's semifinal opponent is unseeded German Sabine Lisicki, who continued her remarkable run of form by defeating Marion Bartoli of France in three sets.

Ninth seed Bartoli came into the tournament on a high after winning the warm-up event at Eastbourne, and she maintained that momentum by putting out defending champion Serena Williams in the last 16.

However, wild card entrant Lisicki, who had beaten French Open champion Li Na in an earlier round, proved far too strong in the decisive third set, going through 6-4 6-7 6-1 to become the first German woman to reach a grand slam semifinal since compatriot Steffi Graf in 1999.
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« Reply #5105 on: June 28, 2011, 01:30:21 PM »
Loads of pictures of Maria of Maria as she beats Cibulkova to make the Wimbledon Semi Finals :)

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