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Players will have to learn HOW to play Sharapova

Again, congrats to Maria winning the YEC

BUT, I think players will have to learn how to deal with Maria's play,
Just like they had to with Serena and Venus.

Do I sound as if I don't make any sense? Quite possible,
but I still think I'm right. Although Maria is a FIIINE player, I can
see a lot of weaknesses which can easily be exploited by crafty players.

I'm not really talking about Serena here, since I think she did all she could
(seeying the circumstances) last night...

BUT, don't you guys think a lot of players undrestimate Maria?
I think they should take her more seiously and THINK about a startegy before
playing her, because there certainly are things that can trouble Maria...

I wonder what will be the solution.
Making her run from left to right sure isn't one!!!

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I suggest grunting louder than she does ...
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Good point, pigam.....that´s why I can´t wait for next year. It´s easy to come out of nowhere and win..but next year Maria is the one who will be the big bounty everybody wants to beat. Interesting to see how she copes with that.

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This girl is not a complicated player to beat. Did you see Serena in the third set when she was up 4-0? Serena gave her plenty of gifts last nite.
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I suggest grunting louder than she does ...
I agree.

But I read that she began grunting when she was four.
I think that for a player to surpass her in this area would be very difficult.

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I agree.

But I read that she began grunting when she was four.
I think that for a player to surpass her in this area would be very difficult.
Yep, she was recorded around 100 dB at the Wimbledon gruntometer.
Being able to produce so many decibels and in the same time hitting those strokes is in itself a performance that I would qualify "artistic" !!!
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Being able to produce so many decibels and in the same time hitting those strokes is in itself a performance that I would qualify "artistic" !!!

Yeah. I think she over-grunted Serena today. I think if Maria had not have the habit of grunting, coming back from 0-4 deficit would have been a little bit more difficult.

At the end of the 3rd set, Serana grunted and said 'come on' repeateldy. But Maria responded with really loud gurntings.

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People have beaten her in the past [obviously] - Mary Pierce! - and will again. Maria's style of play isn't hugely different from Lindsay's [big serve, going for winners, average movement] or maybe Serena's or Venus's to say the players have to learn how to play her. The more the players see Maria then closer it will get... at wimbledon she was underestimated and at the YEC she was good whilst others were flat [Davenport,Myskina - in the semi, Kuznetsova, Dementieva].

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Yeah. I think she over-grunted Serena today. I think if Maria had not have the habit of grunting, coming back from 0-4 deficit would have been a little bit more difficult.

At the end of the 3rd set, Serana grunted and said 'come on' repeateldy. But Maria responded with really loud gurntings.


C'mon Maria !!!!
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wow, so many constructive replies in this thread!
Thanks

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Well, I think there's several players that know how to beat Sharapova quite well.

Myskina for example, had she not been mentally irritable at the YEC, she would have beaten her. You have to have the right amount of defense and offense. Serena, had she not been injured would have done it in the finals too.

Serena when she's playing well, like she was off the ground at the beginning of the 3rd set, is able to Out-hit Maria out of the point right away, and also defend with strategy and try to make her hit one more shot when she is on the offense.
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It's not really the style of the top players, but Suarez played Sharapova perfectly at Roland Garros. Mid pace balls up the middle of the court with no angle and good length until she got the error or had a chance to go for a winner herself.
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Davenport is #1! the best player in the world not Serena or Venus Congrats Maria & Lyndsay Good luck Jen in 2005!
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Maria's movement needs to be exploited, but not side to side, more about moving her to the front of the court. She is not good at moving forward to low shots. Or short angles.

Also, the pace of shots to her forehand needs to be varied. High loopy ones help, unless you have a FH like Serena or Elena D.

Hitting into the body of Maria is good too, she doesn;t have enough speed to move around as well as others. Risky tactic, but could work 60% of the time.

Slice to her FH side is a good one.

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