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Will Maria be the dominant player in 2006?

I have heard a lot of people talk of Maria Sharapova dominating the tour as soon as she gains a little more experience and is done growing up physically. I would like to know why some people assume this is going to happen. I mean she has a good game no doubt, but i tend to agree with Mashona Washington's assessment last year "Maria is a good player but she doesnt have any Oh My God shots".....she reminds me of a safer venus (when venus was at her peak of course)....she can't hit the amazing winners that venus and serena can but she can hit a lot of good ones in a match. I would be hard pressed to believe that if Clijsters,Henin,Serena,Venus,Molik, and Mauresmo are all still on the tour in years to come that she will dominate all of them in the slams. Maybe I am missing something but i just find her to be a very good player....and not necessarily a future great.
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my gut says i dont think she will dominate

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There will be so many good players about that nobody will be able to dominate week in week out like they used to. IMO.

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There will be so many good players about that nobody will be able to dominate week in week out like they used to. IMO.
I think there is the very real possibility that one or two players will dominate the slams though... i personally believe that if serena wanted to she could dominate the slams for the next 3 or 4 years at least...but that all depends on the amount of effort she is willing to put in.
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No, Petrova will dominate. ALL 4 Slams, dammit.


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There will be so many good players about that nobody will be able to dominate week in week out like they used to. IMO.
my thoughts exactly.
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I think and hope that she will.
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I think there is the very real possibility that one or two players will dominate the slams though... i personally believe that if serena wanted to she could dominate the slams for the next 3 or 4 years at least...but that all depends on the amount of effort she is willing to put in.
Thats stupid. 3 or 4 years at least? Whatever.

Well you think what you like, in my opinion there will be no real dominant player over the next couple of years with Kim, Justine, Serena, Maria all set to play great tennis.

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Thats stupid. 3 or 4 years at least? Whatever.
don't you know, her problem is like Venus she hasn't wanted to play well enough.

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Thats stupid. 3 or 4 years at least? Whatever.

Well you think what you like, in my opinion there will be no real dominant player over the next couple of years with Kim, Justine, Serena, Maria all set to play great tennis.
how is that stupid....have you seen serena play lol....i didnt say serena would dominate the tour completely but yes i do believe that if she really put in the right amount of effort she could average 2 to 3 slams for the next 3-4 years...why is that so hard to believe...graf did it on a number of occasions..i dont think some of you remember just how good serena can be....she dominated henin,clijsters,venus in the slams all when they were at their bests...minus maria and i dont see much of a difference in the tour from 02-03'....and serena dominated the slams then...she can do it again
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Thats stupid. 3 or 4 years at least? Whatever.
Serena has the greatest Grand Slam record out of anyone on tour, and was only slamless for 5 months. 2 finals out of 4 slams played. 1 Win, 2 Quarters. I dont see how that suggestion is stupid. Maybe something that you dont find desirable, but definitely not stupid. Winning 7 rounds in a Grand Slam defeating three of the world's Top 5 consecutively doesnt spell well for the rest of the tour's chances on non-Clay surfaces for the next 3 years as long as Serena stays healthy.


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don't you know, her problem is like Venus she hasn't wanted to play well enough.
its not that she doesn't want to play well.....its that she doesnt want to do all the other stuff that it requires to be at her peak...her movement can be better...her consistency can be better...her serve can be better than they are right now....its all a matter of her being willing to put the extra practice and off-court training into it like she did in 02'
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no player will dominate in the next 2 3 years and this is good for the wta

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