Re: How far will Maria go?
Depends on how healthy she stays, and that's a big question mark. I've always believed that the ideal number of tournaments for Maria is 15-16 a year, spaced out so that she 1) doesn't play more than 2 weeks in a row, and 2) has a week of rest before the majors. When she gets more ambitious, bad things happen. She is tall, but still relatively frail for someone 6'2", and more prone to injuries than players who are shorter and more muscular. At the moment, she appears to have the injuries under control and is keeping a reasonable schedule, so who knows?
On the other hand, if she does play Dubai, Indian Wells and Miami (and I am hoping she pulls the plug on Dubai), she's going to have played a ton of tennis by the time Miami is over, and probably won't have been as successful as we fans of hers might be hoping.
Hard courts are her thing though, and I would say that it's possible she could do the IW/Miami double (came within one match of that in 2006) and head into the clay season not having lost since Madrid last year. Possible. But women's tennis is so unpredictable that all it takes is one bad day and poof.
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