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What will Maria need to add to her game to nab the French Open title?

Based on her performance yesterday -v- D.C., she could def improve her movement, although she actully began to slide a little in the second set.

She would need to keep her service percentage up
Drive all short balls and move forward
A tad more consistancy
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Not trying to finish the point of early I watched Maria's QF and F and she was still playing like a hardcourt to me Of course she has more firepower and expierence then those other girls so its what got her through

I really wanted to see her play Lindsay...too bad

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Re: What will Maria need to add to her game to nab the French Open title?

She has the mental toughness to succeed on clay. I don't think her movement will improve that much so she should focus on her strengths. She needs to be more consistent from the back of the court. Perhaps add a bit more height to her strokes and focus more on depth and placement rather than power. This will involve improving her forehand alot. She also needs to work on her transition game and be able to finish points at the net regularly. I think the stuff I just mentioned are more vital than movement. She's never going to be in Henin's league in movement, so she should focus on what she does well.
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Her movement is improving i think so she just needs practice to get around and learn how to be consistent and techniques to play on clay.
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Sliding right after hitting is not the sliding on clay, if u wanna see the pure sliding watch some more Nadal,Justine,Sveta,Jelena match on red clay.

its better to discuss it after Berlin, that green fake clay thing which's invented for US hardcourters means nothing for RG...

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That's a big part of it. She can't control points from the baseline as easily as on hardcourt.
She has to play steadier, then when she attacks, she has to finish it quick, and not hit 5 or 6 aggressive shots to win one point.

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I really think movement is not a factor for her to win RG. Mary Pierce won it with power tennis and Lindsay beat a good mover like Clijsters at RG too.
What she needs to do is try to have more variety with her shots. She needs to add more slices and topspins instead of a hardcourt tennis ball bashing from side to side. She can use ball bashing side to side but she needs to aim for the lines consistently to be effective. I said consistently. Also she needs patience to look for opportunity for winners and not try to convert everything into a winner shots.
All being said, she won't win RG. well not with her current game.

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Based on her performance yesterday -v- D.C., she could def improve her movement, although she actully began to slide a little in the second set.

She would need to keep her service percentage up
Drive all short balls and move forward
A tad more consistancy
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I would love to see her win the French Open, and of course beating Justine enroute would be the icing on the cake.
I don´t really buy this "Drive all short balls and move forward", even Maria said something similar yesterday, just the imagination of having Sharapova at the net on clay it´s really ridiculous. She does not even have a great volley to start up with.

Still Sharapova´s best weapons on clay are her groundstrokes and her desire, she has that mental attitude and she will never give up, similar to what Seles had (eventhough Seles was way better on clay and used more topspin and angles than Sharapova).

Not sure if she can win it someday, i just can´t see it happening with Henin around.

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I don“t really buy this "Drive all short balls and move forward", even Maria said something similar yesterday, just the imagination of having Sharapova at the net on clay it“s really ridiculous. She does not even have a great volley to start up with.

Still Sharapova“s best weapons on clay are her groundstrokes and her desire, she has that mental attitude and she will never give up, similar to what Seles had (eventhough Seles was way better on clay and used more topspin and angles than Sharapova).

Not sure if she can win it someday, i just can“t see it happening with Henin around.
I agree. Moving foward constantly on clay doesn't really work for Venus, why would it work for Sharapova?

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I really think movement is not a factor for her to win RG. Mary Pierce won it with power tennis and Lindsay beat a good mover like Clijsters at RG too.
What she needs to do is try to have more variety with her shots. She needs to add more slices and topspins instead of a hardcourt tennis ball bashing from side to side. She can use ball bashing side to side but she needs to aim for the lines consistently to be effective. I said consistently. Also she needs patience to look for opportunity for winners and not try to convert everything into a winner shots.
All being said, she won't win RG. well not with her current game.
Clijsters was not a typical clay courter either. Movement and clay are surely a problem for Maria.

Having a variety game of topspin and slice does not necesarily is a guarantee for sucess on clay. Remmember that those kind of shots are variety shots and you usually employ them while being on defensive positions, and i´m sure that Sharapova won´t win an important clay court title by playing defensive, varied tennis.

She has to do it by dominating from the first shot, by having her oponnent on the move.

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I agree. Moving foward constantly on clay doesn't really work for Venus, why would it work for Sharapova?
And Venus is way better at the net also, not only by execution but also on how to cover the net. Sharapova is really hopeless up there, she can only go there when the point is almost over.

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Re: What will Maria need to add to her game to nab the French Open title?

I thought her coach gave her good advice telling her to return more balls up the middle. It had the effect of throwing her opponent with the quick movements off her patterns, and allowed maria to survive points longer to win long rallies---because when she finally gets the chance to drive it somewhere else, she often succeeds.

Keep playing matches---keep learning tiny little things which can make the difference.
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