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Maria's one handed BH slice

Is this new, I can't seem to remember her doing it before?
It was at 2-0 in the 2nd set if I'm not mistaken, one of the finest shots in this match.
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Re: Maria's one handed BH slice

I didn't observe that woooooooooooow !!!
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Re: Maria's one handed BH slice

It's not new. She did it during the YEC as well, just not as fluent as the one she's having atm.
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Re: Maria's one handed BH slice

She's added new shots to her game and this is one of them.

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Re: Maria's one handed BH slice

Maria throws in a slice or 2 in most matches....tonight she used it as an attacking ploy which is good to see.
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Re: Maria's one handed BH slice

She's done it in plenty of matches. It's been quite effective some times as a surprise tactic, getting an error from her opponent.
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Re: Maria's one handed BH slice

this is certainly new to me
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Re: Maria's one handed BH slice

vedio ?
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Re: Maria's one handed BH slice

There'll never be a slice to match Graf's!
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post #10 of 16 (permalink) Old Jan 23rd, 2008, 12:16 AM
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Re: Maria's one handed BH slice

I think Maria is finally maturing. You'd see her using her left hand on the run but now I saw some slices ( which is better than a lobbing left hand ). As well, she is getting to the ball lower. Good for Maria. This is good for women's tennis. I hope more good tennis is to come.
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Re: Maria's one handed BH slice

OMG a one-handed backhand slice :shock horror: Sharapova has so much variety now! *end sarcasm*

It's not like it's a totally new shot for Maria, but she's improved a lot of aspects in her game and has more shots to choose from, but it's her precision on the hard groundstrokes that makes her a top player.
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Re: Maria's one handed BH slice

Um.. is a one-handed backhand slice so hard?

Maria was on-fire.. but these little extra shots aren't what's making her win. It's her precise, penetrating groundstrokes and attacking power game.. the same strengths she's had for the last 4 years. She's just making improvements here and there and better shot selection..better precision and better serving & consistency.

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Re: Maria's one handed BH slice

This is a shot I mentioned that she needed to put in her game to stay above the curve.
You cannot play a left handed defensive shot all the time when you can make things easier for you with a slice.

She's playing great defense for such a tall girl. She's serving well.
And if you also haven't noticed she is putting a lot of variety in her shot selection.
She put some spin on some shots, she flattened some, the slice is working and it's a wicked one, she's hitting true volleys, and coming to net with her swining volley whenever she sees the opportunity to.

I have to say she's the first player I ever seen who might drop in the rankings (because of Venus) whose shown such immense growth in her game.

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Good for her. It's about time she included this shot in her arsenal.
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Re: Maria's one handed BH slice

She played amazing with Henin, it wasn't her usual tennis , it was very varient + great covering

go Masha
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