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After today's match, anybody who calls Sharapova...

a "brainless ball basher" should be shot.

She was hitting the ball hard, yes, but it was the placement of her shots that today
that enabled her to keep Henin on the back foot and off balance, preventing her from
counter punching effectively.
Contrary to popular WTA opinion, she wasn't trying to hit every ball as hard as she could possibly.
She used some really good angles today.
She also was wise enough to come up the court after good shots to take advantage of weak replies from Henin.

I like this quote from the match thread.

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After her previous performances here, I expected Maria to win, but the way she did it is amazing! And Henin wasn't playing bad tennis at all! She wasn't at her best, but still decent.

I'm not a big Maria fan (can't stand grunting ), but i raise my hat to her. She showed us the essence of the modern tennis. Strong, fast, attacking AND clever. Beautiful. Congratulations, Masha!
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Re: After today's match, anybody who calls Sharapova...

Sharapova can beat anybody and nobody can beat Sharapova provided Sharapova controls her unforced errors like what she did today.

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That´s right. She mixed it up pretty well today.


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I'm a big admirer of the variety and control Sharapova demonstrated today and I hope to see more of it. It shows what she CAN do.
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Re: After today's match, anybody who calls Sharapova...

Sharapova is not 1.0 anymore. She's now the newly improved 2.0 version.

The others will also have to go 2.0 if they want to beat her. Ok... maybe Justine or Serena needs to be 3.0...

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Re: After today's match, anybody who calls Sharapova...

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a "brainless ball basher" should be shot.

She was hitting the ball hard, yes, but it was the placement of her shots that today
that enabled her to keep Henin on the back foot and off balance, preventing her from
counter punching effectively.
Contrary to popular WTA opinion, she wasn't trying to hit every ball as hard as she could possibly.
She used some really good angles today.
She also was wise enough to come up the court after good shots to take advantage of weak replies from Henin.

I like this quote from the match thread.
The other thing you didn't mention is that her movement was superb.

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The other thing you didn't mention is that her movement was superb.
You're right. That's an important point.
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Her movement was very superb and her variety definitely improved 70%, using slice approach shots, well-executed drop shots, opened up the court well with her mixed placement of serve = sharapova re-invented herself. Thus, she deserves to be at the top of women's tennis
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Re: After today's match, anybody who calls Sharapova...

shooting is a bit extreme, don't you think?
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Re: After today's match, anybody who calls Sharapova...

Did Bijoux and Doni go on vacation together today?

I miss their charming insights on Maria's abilities.


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Did Bijoux and Doni go on vacation together today?

I miss their charming insights on Maria's abilities.

They just took a one way ticket to the moon to escape all the laughter against them

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Re: After today's match, anybody who calls Sharapova...

I think there are a few things that make her outstanding in AO so far:

Aggressiveness - I've yet to see her back off in any shot yet.
Determination - You can see flames in her eyes. Whilst this happen rather often, it's a contrast to many players you see here.
Movement - Huge improvement.
Fitness - This improves her movement as well. It's a little disgusting to see all the tummies on these girls after a short winter break. Most everyone's got a tummy, some have even grown a size or two. Even Hennin's got a small tummy. Masha's among the rarity who's maintained a flat stomach. It's a little amazing to me as I've had the impression she's a big party girl (she may still be, but apparently works very hard after the parties.)
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Re: After today's match, anybody who calls Sharapova...

she was perfect , she did every thing ,
her movement was great + her hight = she covered all the land ,
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It's great to hear all you guys saying this and it's true Maria played some beautiful tennis today and I am proud to be her fan

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Re: After today's match, anybody who calls Sharapova...

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I think there are a few things that make her outstanding in AO so far:

Aggressiveness - I've yet to see her back off in any shot yet.
Determination - You can see flames in her eyes. Whilst this happen rather often, it's a contrast to many players you see here.Movement - Huge improvement.
Fitness - This improves her movement as well. It's a little disgusting to see all the tummies on these girls after a short winter break. Most everyone's got a tummy, some have even grown a size or two. Even Hennin's got a small tummy. Masha's among the rarity who's maintained a flat stomach. It's a little amazing to me as I've had the impression she's a big party girl (she may still be, but apparently works very hard after the parties.)
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