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Maria Sharapova: Fact or fiction?

We know Maria Sharapova has the power to contend with the other girls but does she has much else? I believe she has come to her rise based on her power alone. Serena and even Camille Pin exploited her movement, errors, and inability to do much else besides whack the ball. Nothing can be taken from her Wimbledon 2004 and US Open 2006 triumphs for she whacked the ball better than anyone else. Sharapova will always be a threat on grass but anywhere else? She is currently down a break to the streaky Ivanovic and after serving 17 then 14 double faults in her past two rounds; Maria Sharapova, Can she create a legacy similar to Hingis, Serena or Justine or will she falter and remain stagnant. Better to come or is this the real Sharapova, fact or fiction?

Correction*: Down a set, 6-1, to Ivanovic.
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Oh and by the way, I love and respect the girl. So I don't want to get any bad reps on this one. I am being truthful and observant.
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She does a little more than just whack the ball hard. She has very deep, fast, accurate shots and one of the better serves. That's enough to beat just about anyone ranked outside the top 10 without much of a sweat if everything's working.
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I would have agreed with you a couple of years ago, but my opinion on Sharapova has changed recently. Yes, she does hit the ball very hard, and I can see why people would observe that that's all she does. In that same breath, we have seen constant improvement in Sharapova's game; her movement, accuracy, and fitness overall, have improved greatly.

The problem with Sharapova is that she does not have that natural "finesse" that the Williams Sisters, Hingis, or even Davenport had. She opens up the court well with angles and power, but she barely uses dropshots or slices, or traditional volleys in the ways that Serena or Capriati use(d). Things like these are what separate her from reaching her full potential and the rest of the other legends.

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Serena has at least some brains to back up her power, but Sharapova I still doubt it.

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Well she already has a place booked in the Hall of Fame!

I mean, there is no reason to think that Maria can't keep improving and winning big titles. Will competition continue to get more fierce!? Of course! But she will pick some more GS's IMO, no question.
She is #1 now and everyone is going to do there best to beat her and she has to get used to that.

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I love how these topics always comes up when Maria is not playing at her best. I don't know if you've heard but she is actually injured, there's a reason for her recent lack of serve-success. You're pretty retarded if you think a player can play at her best even with a stinging injury.

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she is too robotic hence her future is questionable
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She is injured.

A hamstring "tweak" which will put her out for at least a week to ten days.

Hopes she takes care of it and comes back healthy.

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How can anybody doubt the authenticity of a world number one? Fact or fiction?
Do you really think she's been pumped by the media all this time? That's ridiculous.
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WTF is up with all these dooms-day theories about Maria?



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Sharapova not only hits hard, when she's playing well, she hits with depth.
She is currently #1 with 2 majors and still 19.

She at a level where she's going to be judged on # of majors won, and # of weeks at #1.

Right now, she's finished playing majors at 19. The next 4 are at 20. She's #1 this week and next week, then we'll see how many more.

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wait...isnt sharapova "injured"

so can we stop saying that she is faltering in her career....

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We know Maria Sharapova has the power to contend with the other girls but does she has much else? I believe she has come to her rise based on her power alone. Serena and even Camille Pin exploited her movement, errors, and inability to do much else besides whack the ball. Nothing can be taken from her Wimbledon 2004 and US Open 2006 triumphs for she whacked the ball better than anyone else. Sharapova will always be a threat on grass but anywhere else? She is currently down a break to the streaky Ivanovic and after serving 17 then 14 double faults in her past two rounds; Maria Sharapova, Can she create a legacy similar to Hingis, Serena or Justine or will she falter and remain stagnant. Better to come or is this the real Sharapova, fact or fiction?

Correction*: Down a set, 6-1, to Ivanovic.
I think her talent is able to whack the ball with some precision and consistency thats how she was able to win many titles. But aside from whacking the ball hard and screaming at the same time too, I don't know what else to say about how she plays.

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She does a little more than just whack the ball hard. She has very deep, fast, accurate shots and one of the better serves. That's enough to beat just about anyone ranked outside the top 10 without much of a sweat if everything's working.
Agree.

And please note that depth and accuracy won Chris Evert 18 GS singles titles. Power, with depth and accuracy, won Monica Seles nine GS singles titles. Neither of those players liked coming to net. Neither was the best server of their day. Neither was a great volleyer, though both were adequate if forced to come to net.

Sharapova needs a better head for controlling the point, and keeping opponents from expliting her relative lack of footspeed. And like most very tall players, if you get her running from side to side, it's tougher for her to reverse direction than shorter players.

But saying all she does is whack the ball betrays a certain ignorance,or lackof observation. The best example of a player who ALL they did was hit the ball hard is Jennifer Capriati. She did NOT take risks. She just got back every ball, and made sure she whacked the hell out of it. And won three slams that way.

Sharapova is certainly one of the four best players in the world right now, and the reigning US Open champion. That implies that her deficiencies, whatever they may be, are not that easily exploited.

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