sharapova, how would you rate her improvement?
maria has obviously made huge improvements to her game, and its now that theyre all coming together and starting to shine threw. this week her back hand was on fire aswell as her forehand, her footwork was fab, and so was her movement and defense. but what impressed me most was her patience especially against hingis, maria didnt try to win the points too early and in a result she hardly made any ue. she moved hingis around the court well and turned offense into attack with ferocious cross court back hands and forehands. she stepped up into the court a lot, which also impressed me, and she really is starting to move forward more. all of this is probably coming together after maria now has finally stopped growing and has adjusted her body, and her speed around the court can now only improve.
also i think its funny how all of a sudden since losing to hingis in tokyo she has started to play so much better. i think hingis gave maria a wake up call when looking at maria herselves own tactics in matches. maria probably thought after that match why did i lose, when i know i have the weapons to beat her. well maria for sure did improve and even now i think has more of a plan B to be more patient to step up more, or be more defensive. all this can only mean good things for miss sharapova, and talk of future dominence seems a lot more obvious and clearer if she continues to improve(im sure she will). also with winning indian wells she has gained a lot of confidence, and i for one thinks she deserved it 100%!
but guys whay has impressed you most in this tournie about maria?