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Wimbledon 2006 is very important for Sharapova

After her Wimbledon win, she was promoted as the next great champion who will win many slams and dominate the field. In the last 2 years she was very consistent in top 5 but failed to reach any GS finals. If she fails to reach the finals again this year sponsors may start reconsidering their lucrative deals with her. Right now Maria seems like someone who can win 1-2 more slams in her career with a good draw, rather than someone who can win 5+ in total.

But maybe she will prove me wrong and win Wimbledon, who knows...
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She's reached four semis out of seven grand slams since Wimbledon and only surrendered one of those in straight sets I think.

Given her age and likeliness to improve her game, I doubt her sponsors are worried that she's not threatening for slam titles.
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her endorsements have never been purely about tennis, so her result won't matter as much as it will for some.

as long as she's around in the latter rounds more often than not, she will be making good on her endorsements.
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After her Wimbledon win, she was promoted as the next great champion who will win many slams and dominate the field. In the last 2 years she was very consistent in top 5 but failed to reach any GS finals. If she fails to reach the finals again this year sponsors may start reconsidering their lucrative deals with her. Right now Maria seems like someone who can win 1-2 more slams in her career with a good draw, rather than someone who can win 5+ in total.

But maybe she will prove me wrong and win Wimbledon, who knows...
She could fall out of the top ten and sponsors wouldn't care. It's not about her results at all at this point.
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I don't know why anyone is making a big deal out of this, yeah by Maria's age Martina hingis was dominating but that's not how the game is working right now.

No other girl Maria's age (right now) has achieved half as much as she has.
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as stated already - her success helped her sponsers, but she made her deals because of her looks, grace and charm. let's be PC and say that Graf would have never been the frontwomen for any earing or shoe based on her looks (though i'd marry her any given day!) - something sharapova (and her former, miss K) will be able to do if ranked 1000 in the world.

other than that - she has a decade to give. that's 10 Wimbledons that she will be entering as "former champion" and thus - a threat.

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If she fails to reach the finals again this year sponsors may start reconsidering their lucrative deals with her.
And instead give them to Kournikova? Big endorsements have little association with playing well, or playing at all. AK is proof.

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She's reached four semis out of seven grand slams since Wimbledon and only surrendered one of those in straight sets I think.

Given her age and likeliness to improve her game, I doubt her sponsors are worried that she's not threatening for slam titles.
I don't see that likliness. She's not willing to play enough doubles to help her net game. Her movement is at a plateau now. She doesn't anticipate well. She doesn't use the whole court even on her groundstrokes. She still doesn't play good defense and she still doesn't have a good consistent backhand slice. On the plus side her lob is good and her forehand drop shot is not bad. She needs to really show some progess on that backhand.

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Her endorsements will not run out if she has a bad Wimbledon!

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Her endorsement comes from looks like Anna K. It doesn't matter seem to matter how she does.

I'm not sure why they thought from one big win she would be like Martina, Serena, Venus, Davenport, Seles, Graf and so on. I mean really it would be nice if they would give people time.
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shell be fine as far as sponsers go b/c shes hott... but if she fails to have a good wim expect to see more girls believe they can beat her.

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Yes as if Anna K is earning as much as when she was playing tennis and Serena and Venus are offered the same deals as when they were at the top of the game.
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I don't know why people are doubting Sharapova's success.
Serena Williams won her first grand slam in 1999. When did she dominate? 2002, 2003. A good 3-4 year span after. Maria dipped her feet into the waters of being a Grand Slam Champion.

She needs to improve a lot. I don't see anything improving in her. She just seems to hit the ball and fight, similar to what Venus did before she got a net game.

Venus knew she had to fix her game, it wasn't working enough. And that brought her the 2005 Wimbledon Championship. If Maria doesn't want to change, the next step to being a champion may never come but she has time. Serena needed three, four years.
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I don't see that likliness. She's not willing to play enough doubles to help her net game. Her movement is at a plateau now. She doesn't anticipate well. She doesn't use the whole court even on her groundstrokes. She still doesn't play good defense and she still doesn't have a good consistent backhand slice. On the plus side her lob is good and her forehand drop shot is not bad. She needs to really show some progess on that backhand.
Are you serious that backhand is one of the best double handed ones in the game.
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I don't see that likliness. She's not willing to play enough doubles to help her net game. Her movement is at a plateau now. She doesn't anticipate well. She doesn't use the whole court even on her groundstrokes. She still doesn't play good defense and she still doesn't have a good consistent backhand slice. On the plus side her lob is good and her forehand drop shot is not bad. She needs to really show some progess on that backhand.
She's only at a plateau because her game has been good enough to beat almost everyone else for the last two years.

Once the other girls catch up as they're starting to, she will have to respond and she has scope to do so on all the points you've mentioned.
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