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Maria’s Serve Woes – Annabel Crofts theory.

Annabel Croft – Former tennis player and tennis commentator – basically said after the match that Maria’s serve problems were caused by her thrashings to Serena. [I’m not even lying, I’m sure someone else watching the sky sports coverage can confirm]. Anyway, apparently, Maria’s beatdowns in the AO and in Miami scarred Maria SO badly, that while she puts on an aggressive front, tries to intimidate opponenents (keep in mind these are HER words) and stomps around the place – inside, her confidence is SHATTERED. It’s all a shell! Can be compared to a shellfish if you think about it.

To what extent do you agree with Annabel?

Does it explain why she behaves so monstrously against even the weakest opponents?

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Re: Maria’s Serve Woes – Annabel Crofts theory.

Well she was having serviing problems in the AO before the final, she was just able
to get away with it, when she played Serena , Serena was on and was able to take
advantage of her poor serve. I do believe her confidence is shattered but its because
her serve is poor now and she has not only had several lobsided losses she is starting
to lose to opponents outside of the top 10 which was rare before.
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Re: Maria’s Serve Woes – Annabel Crofts theory.

whatever..
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Re: Maria’s Serve Woes – Annabel Crofts theory.

I didn't buy it at the time, but Maria is not the same player as before. I mean, Radwanska is a horrible loss...just embarrassing. All Maria had to do was get the ball in play and not double fault.

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Re: Maria’s Serve Woes – Annabel Crofts theory.

I can understand that argument, but I don't agree with it. She won a Tier I this summer and beat the crap out of her first two opponents here. She might be intimidated by Serena, but certainly wasn't intimidated when she stepped on court to play Radwanska.
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Re: Maria’s Serve Woes – Annabel Crofts theory.

Coming from the most incompetant commentator in the history of the universe this means very little...
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Re: Maria’s Serve Woes – Annabel Crofts theory.

well we'll have to wait for the interview to come up..reporters will defenetily be asking about the serve
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Re: Maria’s Serve Woes – Annabel Crofts theory.

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I can understand that argument, but I don't agree with it. She won a Tier I this summer and beat the crap out of her first two opponents here. She might be intimidated by Serena, but certainly wasn't intimidated when she stepped on court to play Radwanska.
She just lost confidence in her serve. Now that all her opponents know to attack her serve, once she missed her first serve, she got scared and started to panic, and then comes the double faults.

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Re: Maria’s Serve Woes – Annabel Crofts theory.

could be true.....that's how it all started with Hingis....maybe Sharapova will take the same path.....Serena has that way of doing those things....she's such a great player.

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I didn't buy it at the time, but Maria is not the same player as before. I mean, Radwanska is a horrible loss...just embarrassing. All Maria had to do was get the ball in play and not double fault.
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Re: Maria’s Serve Woes – Annabel Crofts theory.

I agree with Annabel Croft and have already made a thread before this one.
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Re: Maria’s Serve Woes – Annabel Crofts theory.

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I didn't buy it at the time, but Maria is not the same player as before. I mean, Radwanska is a horrible loss...just embarrassing. All Maria had to do was get the ball in play and not double fault.

Well, it sure is nice to see you have finally acknowledged what has been so obvious for so long. I remember being the bearer of a similar opinion voiced by a commentator earlier and getting no ends of crap from some fans like you who didnt want to see the obvious. Well if you are anything to go by, lets hope her camp have opened their eyes too. Otherwise Yuri will be having many (more) sleepless nights. I wont be surprised if they give Joyce the boot too. Maria's problem is mental and she has not gotten over her yips. Once she senses danger the serve errors come in droves. You dont lose a good serve just like that. I dont buy their shoulder injury problems. Even if that was the case she hardly got a workout before today so they cant claim aggravation of it like they are known to do after each loss.
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Re: Maria’s Serve Woes – Annabel Crofts theory.

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Coming from the most incompetant commentator in the history of the universe this means very little...
actually croft's commentating skills have improved dramatically this week. very insighful and concise and well-reasoned. hopefully this is not a flash in the pan.

anyway, to deny that there is any emotional element to the problems sharapova is having this year is, i think, unjustified.

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Re: Maria’s Serve Woes – Annabel Crofts theory.

i think she dosen't know what to do with a 2nd serve anymore! shes never had a kick serve so she cant use this as most of the women do now to fall back on. i think if i was in her coaching corner thats what i would be trying to get her to do on 2nd serves kick it up high (i mean shes 6ft 2 she could have a great kick safe unattackable 2nd serve!)

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i think she dosen't know what to do with a 2nd serve anymore! shes never had a kick serve so she cant use this as most of the women do now to fall back on. i think if i was in her coaching corner thats what i would be trying to get her to do on 2nd serves kick it up high (i mean shes 6ft 2 she could have a great kick safe unattackable 2nd serve!)
She should hire Krajicek to teach her or Sampras. Or Serena!
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