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Sharapova hopes improving fitness will lift season

Sharapova hopes improving fitness will lift season
By Matthew Cronin
SAN DIEGO, July 31 (Reuters) - Russia's Maria Sharapova hopes her improving fitness will help turn her season around at this week's Acura Classic.
"The past two weeks have been the first time that I've had full practice where I didn't need to see the trainer every day," the world number four told reporters.
The 19-year-old, seeded second in San Diego, has failed to win a tournament since Indian Wells in March.
A twisted ankle before the French Open has hampered her campaign, seeing her exit Roland Garros in the fourth round and lose a hard-fought Wimbledon semi-final to eventual winner Amelie Mauresmo.
"The last time (I was fully fit) was Indian Wells and that was a good week for me. I've been doing progressively better. I'm excited going into a tournament feeling healthy and playing pretty well."
Sharapova, who struggled with a shoulder injury in 2005, feels like she is in much better shape than when she won the 2004 Wimbledon crown at the age of 17.
"Physically I've improved a lot," she said. "If you look at my body shape two years ago to now, I never felt like I was ready then. I feel a lot stronger and I experienced a lot more.
"Then, I never had big injuries and now I've learned to deal with the world expecting me to play when I've been injured."
Nearly a month after her Wimbledon defeat, Sharapova is still smarting from her defeat to Mauresmo.
"I tactically didn't play smart especially in the third set when I had the momentum," she said.
"I need to adjust to the situations better. Top players have plans in their pockets and are not one-dimensional. When things were going my way, I stopped and I was brain dead. But that's something that you learn and hopefully the next time it will naturally be there."
Sharapova believes she has matured to the point where she can win another Grand Slam title and take down the more seasoned players.
"I've done it before and I've been consistently doing well, but it's a matter of doing it better," she said.
Sharapova will play the winner of the match between Vasilisa Bardina and Meng Yuan in her second-round match in San Diego.
Belgium's Kim Clijsters, who won the title at Stanford last week, is the tournament's top seed.


dont know if this has already posted but just in case! anyway i think its an interesting article and sounds like maria is finally injury free!

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Very nice to hear but you should just post this in Maria's player forum

It will just attract negativity in here.
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I guess this is the negative post coming.
What annoys me about some players is the misinformed ego.
There's no way you can be in the top 10 right now and not be a better player, physically and emotionally than you were 2-3 years ago.
The rest of the women out there are doing the same thing.
Her fitness might be better but something has to be done about the other things.
She still needs to improve on the defensive side. She needs to work on her volleys and her movement towards net.
She absolutely needs to work on opening the court up. That's her biggest weakness against the top players.
She came into Wimbledon in 2004 and overpowered the field with her game. That isn't going to work anymore.
I like that she admits she's a bit one-dimensional.
I don't like that she expects it to come natural as time goes by. It's never going to come natural as a offensive-minded player.

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A twisted ankle before the French Open has hampered her campaign, seeing her exit Roland Garros in the fourth round and lose a hard-fought Wimbledon semi-final to eventual winner Amelie Mauresmo.
So according to Cronin, that's why she lost
How enlightening.

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I guess this is the negative post coming.
What annoys me about some players is the misinformed ego.
There's no way you can be in the top 10 right now and not be a better player, physically and emotionally than you were 2-3 years ago.
The rest of the women out there are doing the same thing.
Her fitness might be better but something has to be done about the other things.
She still needs to improve on the defensive side. She needs to work on her volleys and her movement towards net.
She absolutely needs to work on opening the court up. That's her biggest weakness against the top players.
She came into Wimbledon in 2004 and overpowered the field with her game. That isn't going to work anymore.
I like that she admits she's a bit one-dimensional.
I don't like that she expects it to come natural as time goes by. It's never going to come natural as a offensive-minded player.
dumbest post of the day prize goes to you for posting this gem!

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Maria Sharapova talking about one dimensionality and not being smart, nawh it's easy to take apart that
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Maria Sharapova talking about one dimensionality and not being smart, nawh it's easy to take apart that
go on then..
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Great article thanks for posting
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Quite frankly maria has been amazing in the slams, she has gone into just about every slam since the middle of last year with an injurym, very little tune ups and still managed to make the semis. Clay is not quite there for her yet but even then she still lost to a quality player in safina.

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go on then..
frankly I am tired of going of about her and I said too much already. I want her to open up , she has never been critical of herself, this is a fresh appproach that may just give me something to think about
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Go Maria! Its nice to hear she is healthy and able to get into better shape.
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frankly I am tired of going of about her and I said too much already. I want her to open up , she has never been critical of herself, this is a fresh appproach that may just give me something to think about
I dont think that is true. She has never hidden from what she thinks are her weaknesses and hasnt been under the illusion that theres no improvement to be made.
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i still love the bitch...hoping serena can come back and have another epic match with maria. with serena winning of course

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