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Thirty All 01-13-2013 03:32 AM

Maria Sharapova defeats Australia Junior Boy's Champion
 
Apparently to get some practice in Pova played practice sets against Australians most promising juniors, one of which received a wildcard into the main draw. She didn't get to finish the match against the boy Jr. champ, but did beat other local top juniors.

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/sharapova-shak...8581--ten.html
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Short of tournament sharpness in the build-up to the Australian Open because of injury, Maria Sharapova has found a novel way of playing herself into form - roughing up the local boys.

The Russian world number two has been getting into the groove by beating up on Australia's top young players, having pulled out of Brisbane with a neck injury last week.

Sharapova has found some willing opponents in a couple of Australians, including Luke Saville, last year's junior champion at Melbourne Park.

"I played a couple of the junior boys here - actually a good couple of Australian kids," Sharapova told reporters on Saturday.

"I think one of them got a wild card in the main draw."

That was Saville, who gave French Open champion Sharapova a real run for her money as she looked to blow away the cobwebs in time for her run at a second Australian Open title.

"We didn't actually finish," the four-time grand slam champion said. "The set took too long." The other hitting partner was 16-year-old Thanasi Kokkinakis, a player tipped as having a bright future and who impressed when stepping in for the injured John Isner at the Hopman Cup last week. Unfortunately for Kokkinakis, Sharapova's fiercely competitive streak ensured that she would not allow him the pleasure of a victory.

"One of them was really on top of me and then I got really mad," said the 25-year-old, who tried to protect his identity. "I think he had eight set points and I ended up winning the set. "I'm not going to tell who it is," she laughed. "Too embarrassed. I don't think he slept well after that one! "It was just nice to be able to have different types of game styles as well."

Sharapova woke up with pain in her neck and collarbone area on December 23 and immediately pulled out of a planned exhibition in South Korea. Having spent almost a year off the women's tour in 2008-09 after surgery on a career-threatening shoulder injury, Sharapova admitted she was wary of any pain in that part of her body.
But the 2008 Australian Open champion said she hoped her experience would see her through if her game hits full throttle in time.

"You maybe give yourself that extra slack in case you do make a few more errors (or) you don't concentrate maybe as well as you would if you were in that match groove," said Sharpova. "But just because you're rusty doesn't mean you're not going to play well," she added. You might maybe go for a little bit more in certain situations." Sharapova takes on fellow Russian Olga Puchkova in the first round on Monday.

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:wavey: to all your WTA-haters and to Janko :devil: Now what were u guys saying? :kiss:

MuzzahLovah 01-13-2013 03:33 AM

Re: Maria Sharapova defeats Australia Junior Boy's Champion
 
lol I'd like to watch that

rocketassist 01-13-2013 03:35 AM

Re: Maria Sharapova defeats Australia Junior Boy's Champion
 
The junior, yes, junior, had eight. yes eight, set points.

Fuck off, GURL.

Mark Lenders 01-13-2013 03:38 AM

Re: Maria Sharapova defeats Australia Junior Boy's Champion
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by rocketassist (Post 12689833)
The junior, yes, junior, had eight. yes eight, set points.

Fuck off, GURL.

This. Why are there topics about mindless WTA ballbashers and shriekers on a tennis forum? Thread should be deleted.

Thirty All 01-13-2013 03:41 AM

Re: Maria Sharapova defeats Australia Junior Boy's Champion
 
Mark Lenders, you mug..
you WISH your fave could win a set against Serena

Sham Kay 01-13-2013 03:41 AM

Re: Maria Sharapova defeats Australia Junior Boy's Champion
 
Sharapova has more mental toughness and technical ability than juniors.

Shocker

Thirty All 01-13-2013 03:42 AM

Re: Maria Sharapova defeats Australia Junior Boy's Champion
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by rocketassist (Post 12689833)
The junior, yes, junior, had eight. yes eight, set points.

Fuck off, GURL.

But sharapova still beat him.. you were saying?

mental toughness is part of tennis, fyi :rolleyes:

Mark Lenders 01-13-2013 03:44 AM

Re: Maria Sharapova defeats Australia Junior Boy's Champion
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Thirty All (Post 12689873)
Mark Lenders, you mug..
you WISH your fave could win a set against Serena

Even Ferrer would double bagel that scrub without losing any point :wavey:

rocketassist 01-13-2013 03:45 AM

Re: Maria Sharapova defeats Australia Junior Boy's Champion
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Thirty All (Post 12689897)
But sharapova still beat him.. you were saying?

mental toughness is part of tennis, fyi :rolleyes:

He's a JUNIOR. Serena beat a 10-year old Roddick once.

ATP 900-1000 player would still kick WTA #1 ass in a proper match.

Piss off back to your own forum.

rocketassist 01-13-2013 03:45 AM

Re: Maria Sharapova defeats Australia Junior Boy's Champion
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Sham Kay (Post 12689881)
Sharapova has more mental toughness and technical ability than juniors.

Shocker

No.

Thirty All 01-13-2013 03:47 AM

Re: Maria Sharapova defeats Australia Junior Boy's Champion
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Mark Lenders (Post 12689905)
Even Ferrer would double bagel that scrub without losing any point :wavey:

And that "scrub" would beat you without even losing half a point :kiss:

Thirty All 01-13-2013 03:48 AM

Re: Maria Sharapova defeats Australia Junior Boy's Champion
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by rocketassist (Post 12689913)
He's a JUNIOR. Serena beat a 10-year old Roddick once.

ATP 900-1000 player would still kick WTA #1 ass in a proper match.

Piss off back to your own forum.

ur just insecure that sharapova could beat a junior, when u (and most of the forum) believed that serena couldnt even beat a top1000 player on the atp

Sham Kay 01-13-2013 03:49 AM

Re: Maria Sharapova defeats Australia Junior Boy's Champion
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by rocketassist (Post 12689921)
No.

By that I mean, she can use her assets to their potential due to vast amounts of experience, while juniors are too raw. But that's an unnecessary mouthful for this thread.

Let the kid have his/her day

rocketassist 01-13-2013 03:50 AM

Re: Maria Sharapova defeats Australia Junior Boy's Champion
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Thirty All (Post 12689937)
ur just insecure that sharapova could beat a junior, when u (and most of the forum) believed that serena couldnt even beat a top1000 player on the atp

She wouldn't. She couldn't even beat a cigarette smoking shandy drinker.

A 16 year old junior is not a top 1000 player. :stupid:

Mark Lenders 01-13-2013 03:50 AM

Re: Maria Sharapova defeats Australia Junior Boy's Champion
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Thirty All (Post 12689929)
And that "scrub" would beat you without even losing half a point :kiss:

I doubt it. As prone as WTA clowns are to making double faults, I could probably win a game just by standing there doing nothing :lol:


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