2008: The best year to date for Maria?
After a very promising final display from Maria at the YECs last week, I can't help but feel Maria's best career year to date will be 2008. Quite often, players with a very strong mentality and attitude who come back from injury, like Serena AO 2007, make an impressive comeback and produce some of the best results of their career. Maria could very well do the same. Her entire game, as a whole, has improved and now the injury's gone I feel like she'll make a rise to the top again, especially at AO. The surface has changed (and to the sounds of things, it works in her favour) and she always does reasonably well in Australia. If she wins the tournament, which is possible (I'd say she's second favourite at the moment), it could set the tone to what could be a fantastic 2008. Also, Maria seems to like even-numbered years. We all know what happened in 2004 and 2006 so could 2008 be the best one yet?
“I’m not the next anyone. I’m the first Maria Sharapova...” Australian Open Champion 2008 - French Open Champion 2012 & 2014
Wimbledon Champion 2004 - US Open Champion 2006
YEC Champion 2004 - London 2012 Olympics Silver Medalist