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What Can Serena Do To Beat Sharapova?

I love Serena and I am one of her biggest fans but Im going to be honest to say I don't think she can beat Sharapova. Watching Sharapova last nite make some unbelievable shot making I don't think Serena have a chance without playing strategic tennis to beat her.Serena won't defeat her slugging out at the baseline.I remember when she played Serena during Wimbledon, she had Serena pinned behind the baseline and Serena couldn't return her balls. If there are tennis experts out their what can Serena do tacticaly to beat her?
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You're probably right about the slugging situation. If Maria Sharapova knows nothing else, it's power tennis; however, Serena's angles and touch seem to be clicking for this tournament. If she can manage to change up the pace and hit angle shots(especially to Maria Sharapova's forehand), then she has a good chance.

Also, Serena's serve needs to be working.

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If there are tennis experts out their what can Serena do tacticaly to beat her?
Play the same way she did at the YEC, but be able to raise her arm over her head to serve. If you had seen that match, you'd feel more confident about Serena winning.

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What can serena do?
It's simple, just not to let broke her serve.

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SERENA can't Hit every BAll REAlly Hard to Maria
She's gotta CHANGE IT Up
like How Myskina does so well against Maria
another Key is since Maria is Exhausted
SERENA's gotta MOVE HER Around
Make Her RUN ALL DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Maria chance is to STRIKE Hard to SERENa's Forehand
BUT Stay close to SERENA
& RETURN WELL AGAINST SERENA
don't give her SHORT RETURNS
GOOD LUCK TO BOTH Players!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Enjoy the Match EVERYONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
CAN MARIA BEAT SERENA 3 MATCHES in a ROW
or WiLL SERENA GET Her REVENGE??????????//
We'll SEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Play the same way she did at the YEC, but be able to raise her arm over her head to serve. If you had seen that match, you'd feel more confident about Serena winning.
Exactly. She had Maria on the ropes, and it looked for all the world like she was going to take that match until her abdominal muscle pulled- and even then she gave it a pretty good shot and almost stole that third set before Maria figured out she had a lame duck on the other side of the net.

If she comes out firing like she did against Mauresmo, and cleans up her unforced errors just a tiny little bit, I think she'll take out Maria in straight sets!

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Exactly. She had Maria on the ropes, and it looked for all the world like she was going to take that match until her abdominal muscle pulled- and even then she gave it a pretty good shot and almost stole that third set before Maria figured out she had a lame duck on the other side of the net.

If she comes out firing like she did against Mauresmo, and cleans up her unforced errors just a tiny little bit, I think she'll take out Maria in straight sets!
SERENA Played AWESOME
but I think Maria was Surprised SERENA would repeatedly go
for the WINNER in the 3 SET since she was INJURIED
prior to that ..2nd SET Maria Won 4 GAMES in a ROW to start 3rd SET
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Stay calm and focused, and just enjoy herself.
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To be honest, I fear for Maria in this match.

Maria played a tough 3 setter in blistering heat and I worry about her physical condition for the match. I worry even more when I think of the calibre of the opponent she will be facing.

There is something about the name "Williams" that still sounds fearsome in todays game.
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what can she do? play her tennis that´s all she needs Maria should be the one worried with it not Rena its more like what can Maria do to defeat Rena if Rena is on in her game i say almost nothing.

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Besides, I read that they are giving out extra points this year for players with the largest breasts, so Serena wins it tits-down before the first ball is even struck...

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Besides, I read that they are giving out extra points this year for players with the largest breasts, so Serena wins it tits-down before the first ball is even struck...
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Basically, Serena just has to play her game and execute.

She was never consistent and agressive off the ground in 2004 like she was in 02-03, But she seems to have found her ground game back. When Serena's game is on, she hits alot more winners per match than even Sharapova, and such has been the case in this tournament.

When Serena is playing well off the ground, she can outplay and outhit Maria with power tennis from the baseline (just look at thte first 4 games of the YEC 3rd set) Rena just blasted winner after winner past Maria who looked defensless, until her injured serve got the best of her.

That being said, I still don't think she should only stay back, even if she is outplaying Sharapova from the back court. Serena volleys alot better than Maria, so she should come to net behind good approaches, and if her serve is on, then its bye bye Sharapova.
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What can Serena do??????? SHOW UP!!!! Sharapova is still believing in her own hype, still under the assumption that Serena has only one game plan, still believes that she deserved the win at the YEC. Yeah, all Serena has to do is show up, play agressively, come to net (as she has been), and serve the way she did against Mauresmo - and she'll come out on top....
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