Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: The consulting room
Yuri likes her to practice and was reportedly annoyed when she took that time off after Wimbledon, while he was stuck in Russia.
It's really about getting the balance rght.
Too little play, and she loses her edge and gets prone to injury. Too much play and she gets drained and risks burnout. And it needs taking into account that a player who expects to reach QFs, Semis and Finals, is playing a lot more matches than someone attending the same number of tournaments but who rarely gets past the 2nd round.
So Maria should probably stick to around 20 or so tournaments next year with sensible spacing.
Sabine Lisicki, Maria Sharapova, Elena Dementieva,
Victoria Azarenka, Dinara Safina, Maria Kirilenko
Nadia Petrova, Samantha Stosur, Ana Ivanovic.
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