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Sharapova: Best Performance of Recent Years

Henin played very well. Sharapova was out of this world. Everything she did came off, she hit with such power and angle. I've never seen her play better, or anyone for this matter. This wasn't Maria destroying some unranked opponent, this was her beating up the world # who was on a 30+ winning streak.

UNBELIEVABLE performance.
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Re: Sharapova: Best Performance of Recent Years

How soon you forget. Wasn't it only last year that Serena blew Maria off the court in Melbourne?
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Maria put on a real serving/aggression display out there. She added a little variety to some strokes as well, probably hit two or three slices, some nice volleys and finished points off at the net after hitting deep, hard approach shots.

That said, Justine did not play very well. She made 11 winners to 21 errors and tactically played a wrong match. Her idea of going with heavy topspin into the middle of the court played right into Maria's hands.

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11 winners from Justine doesn't shout 'very well' to me

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How soon you forget. Wasn't it only last year that Serena blew Maria off the court in Melbourne?
Yes, but Maria wasn't 100% and tonight she played Hein who is the best player on tour who's on a huge winning streak. She destroyed the best, with them playing near their best. Amazing.
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11 winners from Justine doesn't shout 'very well' to me
Maria was playing unreal, that's why. Henin was always, always on the back foot. Henin did all she could, but it wasn't nearly enough to stop the Maria express.
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Re: Sharapova: Best Performance of Recent Years

From memory that was the best I have seen Sharapova play.

Haven't seen anybody put Justine under that sort of pressure from the back of the court. She was forced to raise her level in the first set because of what Maria was throwing at her.

Dunno about Justine being at her best.

Compared to New York she's look vulnerable all week.
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I had say if she continues to play like this the tournament is hers ( and I dont even really like Maria). She played unbelievable today. Justine might not have been at her best but she was beaten convincingly today. I do hope Vee will find that next level and take this tournament. But She would have to improve a 1000 times if Masha maintains this form.
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Congrats to Maria. She deserved this win.

Clearly, Justine is not the "Federer" of the WTA. I'm happy with this result because it creates some interesting storylines for the rest of the year.
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Maria was playing unreal, that's why. Henin was always, always on the back foot. Henin did all she could, but it wasn't nearly enough to stop the Maria express.
11 winners to 21 Unforced.... srry, as well as Sharapova played.... when your unforced are double the winners for henin, shes clearly not at her best. Regardless of how much sharapova had her on her "back foot" back foot shots dont count as unforced...
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Maria was playing unreal, that's why. Henin was always, always on the back foot. Henin did all she could, but it wasn't nearly enough to stop the Maria express.
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Yes, but Maria wasn't 100% and tonight she played Hein who is the best player on tour who's on a huge winning streak. She destroyed the best, with them playing near their best. Amazing.
You contradict yourself.

And sorry. Serena's performance over Sharapova at the AO 07 still beats this, easily.

Maria played fantastically but you're making too strong of a claim.
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I had no doubt that Maria was gonna beat Justine like she did at the USO 2 years ago.

Maria is a big girl and her weight of shot was too much for Justine just like it was at the USO.

Because Justine is petite she did not have time to set up for her shots and she was on the defensive because Maria came out banging the ball.

Justine wasn't able to return Maria's serves with any depth on them and it allowed Maria to control the center of the court throughout the match. And Justines topspin did not have that much depth on them either.

Now when she plays Jelena it will be more a game for Maria because Jelena can hit hard and change the direction of the ball, and she's faster than Maria.

I do predict that Maria will also beat Jelena and meet Venus in the final where Venus will stand on the baseline and eat her first serves for dinner. Venus has such a good read on Maria's serve and she's faster and can hit harder than Maria.

I kept saying that this is gonna be a Maria-Venus final with Venus winning her first AO title.
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Re: Sharapova: Best Performance of Recent Years

i think Maria's game is so ugly, however, it used to be nice to watch her play when she was younger and won wimbledon. she seemed to really move around the court well. after winning wimbledon, her game started to become really ugly to watch, seemingly using only brute force from the baseline, little angle, so many errors, and moving kind of awkwardly around the court -- and then combine that with her scream. however, just from the highlights, it seems like Maria is getting some of that old flavor back, which i personally prefer.

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