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Sharapova vs Williams - If it should happen - Thoughts?

'Thoughts' BTW, implies something more than 'Venus will kick her ass' and/or 'Maria will demolish Venus'. How do you think the match will actually unfold? What will each player attack? Where will they try to get their points?

You know, maybe this thread is a mistake. Maybe I should just delete it now. This sort of thing always fills up with really stupid comments. Oh well, let me give it half an hour and see.

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If it does happen and that still quite far away.

But if it does it will be a battle from the baseline. Venus serve will hold to the key to match I think as well as the forehand.
Also Sharapova will have to be ready to play two or three shots more than she would normaly play. Her Cross court backhand will have to find the spot cus she is going in to a better (not by much) But a better Double backhand than hers. But Sharapova Forehand is a better shot that Venus forehand.
I think Venus will try to get Sharapova on the move Venus is alot better mover than Sharapova.
Sharapova will hit 90% of the balls to Venus forehand in a rally hopeing for a short ball of ufe.
It hard to judge who will win it. If both play there best I would pick Venus hands down as much as I admire Sharapova Venus is near unplayble when playing her best I mean she can hit a winner nearly off of anything.
But Venus is no where near that level and has not been for nearly two years now. I think I would give Sharapova the win purly cus I think she wants it maybe that little bit more.
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Masha should take her out too so she can have two Williams heads to put on her wall

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One thing Venus: backhand down the line.....just open the court with the shot. Maria isn´t the best mover, so if you can consistently go dtl than you should be fine.

Plus: Serve down the middle.....Maria doesn´t have any clue what to do with those serves.,

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It will all be up to Venus IMO. Venus hits harder, moves better, volleys better... Venus is just better. Sharapova hasn't done anything since Wimbledon. Venus will go into this match with a gameplan - run around the forehand, hit serves down the tee and make Sharapova move.

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Ban you make it sound so easy but Shaz does keep a great lenth with her cross court back hand so it will be hard for Venus to go dtl all the time.But is she can chuck it in it could even out one of Shrarapova greatest weapons. Cus it put pursure on Shrarpova to hit the down the line back hand which I do no not think is as good as the cross court one.
I disagree I think Sharapova has a very good return of serves from all courts
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One thing Venus: backhand down the line.....just open the court with the shot. Maria isn´t the best mover, so if you can consistently go dtl than you should be fine.

Plus: Serve down the middle.....Maria doesn´t have any clue what to do with those serves.,
u know i noticed that about her. she has wonderful reutrns with her forehand don't get me wrong. but she acts like she is not with the progam when it comes to her backhand.

i think she will underestimate venus right now. knowing she isn't doing all that good. venus can pick it up drastically at times.

i think venus' forehand will be the key. b/c her backhand will start out doing the damage. its will be a nice match to see. they will be trading some nice clean shots.

venus in 2 though if it happens. 6-4 6-3.

know that if venus is on her game, and Maria is on her game, venus would even better like 6-2 6-3. but right now we don't know where or what venus is doing or where she is at.

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Ban you make it sound so easy but Shaz does keep a great lenth with her cross court back hand so it will be hard for Venus to go dtl all the time.But is she can chuck it in it could even out one of Shrarapova greatest weapons. Cus it put pursure on Shrarpova to hit the down the line back hand which I do no not think is as good as the cross court one.
I disagree I think Sharapova has a very good return of serves from all courts
Her return of serve in general is nothing special.

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they match up evenly, I think.

first serve: edge to Venus
second serve: edge to Maria
Forehand: edge to Maria
backhand: edge to Venus
net play: edge to Venus

they both run well and are good on defense. I hope it happens!
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Ban you make it sound so easy but Shaz does keep a great lenth with her cross court back hand so it will be hard for Venus to go dtl all the time.But is she can chuck it in it could even out one of Shrarapova greatest weapons. Cus it put pursure on Shrarpova to hit the down the line back hand which I do no not think is as good as the cross court one.
I disagree I think Sharapova has a very good return of serves from all courts

Maria does many things right, but returning isn´t one of them...yeah, she has a decent return, but she CAN´T return the serve down the middle...go back watch that WImbledon against Lindsay before the rain...Maria was clueless with that serve.

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Actually that match is only one win away....when Venus beats Ivanovic, she'll face Sharapova in the quarterfinals. (Oh by the way the 6th - 8th qualifiers for the YEC are Masha, Serena, and Venus!)

I think that if Venus plays the way she played against Sprem (a top 20 player), she will beat Sharapova no matter what Masha does. That's not so likely so in all honesty, if Richard, or Oracene did a good job of scouting out Masha and looking at the patterns she found herself in during her first match, Venus should have a pretty good idea of what kept that Hantuchova match so close. If Venus can keep her forehand side clean and hit lots of those beautiful down the line backhands, she should win, regardless of her serve.
Sharapova should win if she plays energetically (a la Serena match) and goes for everything, and it goes in....she kinda plays like Sprem with a lot more court sense (thanks to Bolliteri). If she serves bigger than Venus, and gets a HUGE 1st serve %, she might keep it close.
I think that Venus will win because she has more experience playing against players with lots of variety. Sharapova has not played players like Seles and Graf or developed career rivalries with Serena, Davenport, Dementieva, and other top players, so I think that Venus' experience should pull her through unless she has a dismal performance not unlike the 3rd round of the Oz Open, the quarters of the French, the 2nd round of Wimbledon, the finals of Bank of the West, and the quarters of Moscow.

This will be a good match of Wimbledon Champs, but I pick Venus to win in three tough sets.

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