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Azarenka/Sharpie: What would you consider a successfull comeback?

Another Mariazerenka thread, yes. There is so much focus on what they could do in their respective (different) returns to the tour, but i seldomly read about what would be considererd a succesfull comeback.

Sharpie: I'd say to play around the same level as she was in 2015 minus the "come back" difficulties. So at least some QFs or better at slams (just as some other players were misinterpreted...) would qualify at successfull, as she "has to prove" that she can play tennis without meldonium (sp?). Return to top 10 at one point.

Mamarenka: SF at slams or better. There was nothing enhancing taken away from here, so it MIGHT be easier to get back on track. We will se hot it goes. Top 5?

So Maria has to do less in my eyes to have a successfull comeback

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Re: Azarenka/Sharpie: What would you consider a successfull comeback?

Successful for Sharapova would be for her to come back and leave well-liked

Successful for Azarenka would be for her to come back and win a slam

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Re: Azarenka/Sharpie: What would you consider a successfull comeback?

What's the deadline?

In the short run, I would consider her Magnificent Evil to have sufficiently darkened the world if she makes the 2nd week at the USO and picks up a minor title.

In the long run, I fully expect her to feast on the souls of young padwans and add a least one more major to her list. You underestimate the powers of the Dark Side.


I agree with you on Martha. I don't see her being a major threat at this point. She'll do well and add some titles here and there, and make some deep runs. But I just don't think she's going to have the drive when she comes back, and her playing style is being done better by others who are younger, stronger and not dealing with old injuries.

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Re: Azarenka/Sharpie: What would you consider a successfull comeback?

You don't give a time limit so I'll interpret the question to mean regarding this season/the first months after returning.

For Vika I would be content with a decent level of play, not losing to players she really shouldn't lose to, no injuries and going far in the draw (SF) of at least two tournaments. I'm keeping my expectations low until I can see her actual level.


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Re: Azarenka/Sharpie: What would you consider a successfull comeback?

Chose the deadline for yourself To me it was til the end of their careers.

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Re: Azarenka/Sharpie: What would you consider a successfull comeback?

Success for Sharapova would be adding another French.

Not sure about Azarenka. I guess another slam, but it's all about health with her. She also hasn't made a slam semi in almost four years.

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Re: Azarenka/Sharpie: What would you consider a successfull comeback?

I don't really think anyone is expecting huge things from Sharapova, so I don't know what would constitute a successful comeback for her.

Vika will definitely struggle upon returning, but I'd consider her comeback a success if she can make a GS SF or better sometime in the future.

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Re: Azarenka/Sharpie: What would you consider a successfull comeback?

Sharapova to win RG once more = success. It's hard to say because RG is so physical and she will be past 30, so typically your chances diminish with age there. She won't contend elsewhere.

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Re: Azarenka/Sharpie: What would you consider a successfull comeback?

To win a slam.
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Re: Azarenka/Sharpie: What would you consider a successfull comeback?

Vika can start with a mid-Level title and USO QF. Then back to full steam 2018.

Sharpie? Don't know.
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Re: Azarenka/Sharpie: What would you consider a successfull comeback?

It did take Vika quite a while to recover her ranking so I expect similarly for Maria, though assuming she is fit and finds a level of play that she was used to, and gets some decent draws she should find herself in the top 30 by year end. I would not think about slams immediately. However with the current WTA climate there is uncertainty.

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Re: Azarenka/Sharpie: What would you consider a successfull comeback?

I think both players should aim to get themselves in a seeded position for AO 2018 and take their opportunities to really go for it in 2018.

I expect Vika to take at least one hard court title before the end of the year but it is really hard to predict what Azarenka will turn up initially. Her best chance at a slam will be US Open 2018 where she should have racked up a few PM hard court titles prior too, giving her confidence. With her talent she should be top 5 after a full year back on the circuit.

Sharapova seemed to play well against Puig and I would like her to gain confidence at the lower level tournaments and rack up a title or two before the end of 2017. She should play grass warmups and the Asian swing to gain confidence in non clay tournaments. Sharapova should set her sights on French 2018 or even Wimbeldon 2018 where I would hope she would be seeded top 16.

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