Discussion in 'Pro Match Results and Discussion' started by Bones08, Feb 3, 2006.
Hingis won the first set 6-3.
Maria is also in big trouble in the 2nd set
She is down 3-1, she just had 2 breakpoints.
She is down 4-1.
I will be sooo happy if Hingis wins this. I was a front row witness to the Sharapova/Hantuchova match at the Oz Open. Two women who possess a serve, forehand, backhand and... that's it. Not once did either of them venture to the net until midway through the second set and then only for a drive-volley. Don't know why they even warm up their volleys. So depressing... like most women's matches!
Big ups to Hingis the all-court strategist! It's a sad indictment of the women's game that Martina can come back after three years and easily handle anyone outside the top ten... go Martina!
Right... rant over
Hingis up 5-1.
Looks like Hingis has it in the bag. I had the feeling her game would match up well. Sharapova is powerful, but not like the Williams sisters used to be. She also doesn't have the court movement that they, well, used to have. Martina would take advantage of that in a second. Plus she's brimming with confidence from the Australian Open, and will probably be twice as confident after this win. If the WTA rankings work at all, she should be in the top 10 where she deserves to be by the end of the year.
Shara's too tall now. This is becoming a major prob.
Also, she can't volley! lol
Sharapova just got pwned! 6-3, 6-1
Hantuchova has one of the best drop shots, the one of the best lobs, and some of the best volleys in the women's game. When she's nervous, she doesn't use them.
"Hantuchova has one of the best drop shots, the best lob, and some of the best volleys in the women's game. When she's nervous, she doesn't use them."
Okay, I'll take your word for it, mate. She must've been nervous from the first point that day lol.
Martina 3 & 1 eh..? Oh dear. Oh dear oh dear oh dear...
I would have given anything to see Yuri's face whilst his daughter was receiving this beatdown!
How about when Agassi made his comeback ranked well outside the top 100 and was beating all the top players? Would you say the state of the men's game was so sad then too? BTW Hingis had a good win but still hasn't beaten Henin or any of the other top players this year, only this once.
She should do well and start to beat some of the other top 10 players too. You know she was ranked #1 in the world for a long long time. The only reason she had to take the time out was due to her ankle injuries. When she was healthy, the power didn't faze her and now that she is healthy again, she is absorbing the power without too much difficulty again.
Dr. Hingis made mince meat out of The Scream Teen. Proving once again that power is overrated.
Way to go Martina. One more win and you are back in the Winner's Circle.
That is absolutely correct. I have seen Daniela execute all the shots you mentioned in singles and doubles. Let's not forget that she won all the grand slams in doubles. Another player who possesses all the shots but really doesn't try them when nervous is Mary Pierce. There is no reasoning with most people on this board regarding the WTA. They love to defame the women's game which I find quite odd. There is so much depth in the WTA these days, much more than the ATP and I am so happy that Drysdale and Gilbert said exactly that on the air.
This is a NICE pic. I don't know where to put this but I can tell you that they have so much in common: They're russian, they're good-looking and they've been crushed by Hingis...
should leave the game for the runway, and leave the courts to the true pros like Hingis
I think due to their young ages, they are not mentally strong yet. That's my guess...Well that's a lovely pic. Oh I forgot that they shares the same first name.
Yeah, I cringe everytime I see Shriekapova run up to the service line to hit a short groundstroke and then immediately run backwards back to the safe haven of her beloved baseline. Everytime she does that, I just scream at my T.V. , "Geez....you're already there, just move forward one more step and volley the next weak return into the open court, for chrissakes!!!!!!" It makes me want to puke! IMO, she's got one of the ugliest games on the tour.
Now, I hope people understand why Federer owns one-dimensional baseliners like Roddick, Agassi, and Hewitt.
Hingis just "Federered" Sharapova!!!
I hate to say this but I agree. Pretty face but her tennis is not easy on the eyes...
Hingis opened a can of Whoop @ss!!
I admit that I like the sound of that. Thanks for the laugh.
Good point also about volleying ocassionally. I thought that Sharapova's power might overwhelm Hingis, but clearly, either Maria was off or Hingis is just on a roll. Nice to see that brain still triumphs over brawn.
... and, finally, there is hope for the game's future...
Once again Dr. Hingis proves, Power is Over-rated!
Meet the new boss-- same as the old boss!
For a brief moment ... agreement. Then....
Touché! A good point, tennissavy. (Just as Blake and Haas made “comebacks” from low rankings. They were -- and Hingis is -- merely reacquiring their natural levels.)
Then you had to go and ruin one of the few times we agreed ... with this nonsense. The only people who can (and do) “defame” the WTA ... is the girls playing in it. Hingis’ rapid rise *does* point out the one-dimensional nature of most of these girls’ games.
This is absolutely laughable! What drivel!!!
Big deal. As tennis commentators, Cliff is a "has-been;" Brad is a "never-was." (I also suspect the folks in the Booth are given “talking points” by the WTA and the Tournament Organizers. “The great depth of the women’s game” is one of their propaganda points. It is a GIANT myth.)
But you keep right on believing the WTA has tremendous depth, Sweetheart. While you’re at it ... decide you don’t believe in gravity either. That makes about as much sense...!
Hey Kaptain ! Why don't you say what you really think
How many times did I read from "experts" on this message board that players like Sharapova will overpower Hingis, that power rules, and that there is nothing the Hingis can do against that higher level of raw power, and blah, blah blah ?
Different ways to effectively play this game, power is one good way, but it is not the only one, time to realize it for some members here.
The hardest thing to face in tennis is pure talent, and Hingis probably has more of it than everybody else on WTA, I don't doubt that she will soon become a strong contender for Slam titles and the N°1 spot, just give her some time, and you will see.
Good for Martina, so i guess she can beat strongers hitters ah?
I agree with BreakPoint !!!!!!
I've seen the match and Hingis totally outplayed Sharapova...if she had converted more of her BP's it could have easily been 6:1 6:0.
Sharapova had no shot at Hinigs service game and once Maria's first serve wasn't a service winner she was running left and right. Hinigs was moving her like a marionette, the fast court made it even more obvoius. I mean Martina had more winners than Sharapova and some were really powerfull!
If Sharapova is the next best thing - women tennis is indeed in trouble....
Martina came back to tennis after she looked at the WTA and said "I can beat any of these women". Smart Martina, on & off the court.
By Alastair Himmer
TOKYO, Feb 4 (Reuters) - Martina Hingis stunned top seed Maria Sharapova 6-3 6-1 at the Pan Pacific Open on Saturday to reach her first final since coming out of retirement.
The former world number one, a Tokyo winner in 1997, 1999, 2000 and 2002, outclassed defending champion Sharapova in every department to earn a place in her seventh Pan Pacific final.
Wildcard Hingis will face another Russian, Elena Dementieva in Sunday's championship match after the second seed's 6-4 3-6 6-4 victory over compatriot Anastasia Myskina.
"It feels like being back in time," a grinning Hingis told reporters. "I knew I still had some game in me. You just have to start believing. I believe I still can play really good tennis.
"It took me three years to recharge my body and my brain. This week I've shown a better game than at the Australian Open. I'm improving with every tournament."
Sharapova, who was just 15 when ankle injuries forced the Swiss into premature retirement in 2002, simply had no answer to Hingis's guile and precision, surrendering in just 66 minutes.
Hingis returned to the game last month, reaching the Australian Open quarter-finals and winning the mixed doubles title with India's Mahesh Bhupathi.
The "Swiss Miss", who won five grand slam singles titles between 1997 and 1999, rolled back the years, mixing power with sublime touch and making Sharapova look ordinary at times.
Sharapova resorted to delaying tactics, turning her back several times as Hingis, playing in her 99th career semi-final, prepared to serve -- but to no avail.
Hingis secured the crucial break to go 4-3 up in the first set when her backhand clipped the top of the net and stopped dead.
The second set was one-way traffic.
Hingis broke in the third game when Sharapova netted a backhand and again to go ahead 4-1 after a wild forehand from the world number four.
"She still has a lot of experience and feel for the game," shrugged Sharapova. "In the second set I didn't really have that fighting spirit I usually have.
"You know, 'could've, would've, should've' but didn't."
The 25-year-old Hingis was unranked three weeks ago but climbed to 117th after her strong run in Melbourne. Her victory over Sharapova will lift Hingis to just outside the top 50.
In the later match, Dementieva outlasted fourth seed Myskina in a fiercely contested encounter to set up a fifth career meeting with Hingis.
"For me Martina is the best player in the world," said Dementieva, who won her last two matches against Hingis in 2001 and 2002.
"I'm so excited to play her. But that doesn't mean I'm not going to play tomorrow. I'll do everything I can to beat her."
There seems to be an inherent difference between Agassi going through a bad stretch for about a year or so and dropping in the rankings to a player (Hingis) being completely out of the game for three years. Its apples and oranges. I didnt like Hingis in the past but I am hoping that she is successful this go around.
for anyone who saw the match...how did Hingis look on service games? Sharapova is usually a pretty good returner...how did she not break her?
i dont think that anybody except for people who live in japan saw the match....but from the match reports, it seems that hingis did pretty good serving because sharapova didnt have a look at a break point.....
WOW! Sharapova got "pwned" lol!!! Wat a domintion. She is back!
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