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If Sharapova were to win The Grand Slam this year...

Now, I know, a lot of you are going to say: "not going to happen," or maybe just ""


But listen for a second. If Maria Sharapova were to win Roland Garros, Wimbledon, and the US Open, and thus complete the Grand Slam for this year, how would you respond?

What I mean is, would you consider this Grand Slam to be not as good as when past players did it?

The surfaces vary more than they used to, so a lot of people say that if you win on Clay, Hard and Grass today you're more of a better all around player than the former Grand Slam champions...

But with today's game, would Sharapova's accomplishment be more amazing or less amazing?

The way I see it is that women's tennis is at a low. I mean, the #1 player in the world BY FAR in not only the rankings but game play (at least last year) just retired, we just saw the only former Roland Garros champion get blown off the court, along with her sister who were considered two of the top favorites. Six of the top 10 players in the world have never won a grand slam, including the #2 and #3 players in the world.... All of these things, to me, say that Sharapova winning wouldn't be as amazing. Granted, it would still be incredible to win the 4 biggest tournaments of the year, but when your competition isn't much, is it really that amazing?

On the other hand, like I said before, the game is advancing so much today; not only the surfaces varying so greatly, but the amount of power that is used and how absolutely physical the game has become. It's tough for a player to be healthy for all 4 grand slams nonetheless win them!


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Re: If Sharapova were to win The Grand Slam this year...

It would be an amazing achievement.

But Maria is no Serena.

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Re: If Sharapova were to win The Grand Slam this year...

It's just a changing time in tennis, that's all. This slam is just perhaps the true start of it.

If Sharapova won four grand slams this year that is pretty fucking impressive, regardless of who she beats. She beat Henin, Jankovic, and Ivanovic in Melbourne. If she wins Paris, she'd have to beat, probably, Safina, Dementieva, Kuznetsova, and Jankovic/Ivanovic.

Even without a slam, plenty of players are really good. Ivanovic and Jankovic will win slams and I'm sure Sveta will get another plus whoever else comes out and wins one. I'm excited about the changes. Elena does better against these younger girls anyway.
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Re: If Sharapova were to win The Grand Slam this year...

It would definetly be an amazing achievement for sure.

BUT, if justine was at this tournament she would have sweeped the floor with all of them. It's not the highest quality claycourt tennis what i'm seeing at RG right now.

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Re: If Sharapova were to win The Grand Slam this year...

I would be extremely impressed and rank her among the top 10 greats of all time.

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Re: If Sharapova were to win The Grand Slam this year...

I've said it before... Maria will no doubt have a sparkling career trophy case, surpassing many if not all of her contemporaries... and she will do this despite being an obviously inferior tennis player to all of them.

Something has to be said for consistency, determination, and weak competition.

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Re: If Sharapova were to win The Grand Slam this year...

I am no fan but should this happen , then I would have to admit that is quite an achivement, few players have able to accomplish such feat, including one of my fave (still time). I don't buy into the argument that she would not be as good as past winners, you can only defeat who is in front of you. Having said this, I hope she loses to Safina.
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Re: If Sharapova were to win The Grand Slam this year...

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I've said it before... Maria will no doubt have a sparkling career trophy case, surpassing many if not all of her contemporaries... and she will do this despite being an obviously inferior tennis player to all of them.

Something has to be said for consistency, determination, and weak competition.
exactly, maria might end up with more grandslams then justine and serena for example. But can you honestly say she is a better player then them? I really think not.

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Re: If Sharapova were to win The Grand Slam this year...

I don't think she's gonna win Roland Garros or any more major this year if she does I'll be very surprise.

I think her shoulder or calf (sorry,don't know very well) is having problems again, maybe she needs surgery, I don't know.

But anyways I can bet you one million dollars that Sharapova won't win the next slams, so you know I think she's gonna loose in the next round to Dinara. It's sad but I think it'll be great for her so no she can recover and rest.

Like I say. The top players who loose early in Roland Garros have a better shot at Wimbledon, they rest more, they train more, they can study their opponents more, they can fix there game with a lot of time, can train better in grass I mean they have a great shot at Wimbledon. Take for example Venus, she lost in the third round in 2005 and 2007 and went to win Wimbledon. Roland Garros is so difficult to win, I don't know why the bad player are so good on clay it's really strange.

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Re: If Sharapova were to win The Grand Slam this year...

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exactly, maria might end up with more grandslams then justine and serena for example. But can you honestly say she is a better player then them? I really think not.
Yeah that's what I'm saying. I mean if Maria won the grand slam, you wouldn't automatically say she is better than Justine. I'll always say Justine was a better player unless Maria really ups her career (and there is still time!) I'd also say Venus and Serena were better...

Winning the grand slam would be amazing, but let's face it the seeds today are not the same caliber as they used to be.

When Graf won it, she beat Evert twice, Sabatini twice, NAVRATILOVA... all of whom I'd rank above Ivanovic, Jankovic, Kuznetsova, at this moment in their career and I guarentee I'll be saying the same thing once their careers are over.


Whoever said: "you can only beat who is placed in front of you" has a point, but you have to agree that who you beat largely determines how good the accomplishment truly was?

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Re: If Sharapova were to win The Grand Slam this year...

It would be an amazing achievement but there is a huge amaount of matches to win for that to happen.
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Re: If Sharapova were to win The Grand Slam this year...

If she wins RG, she has a shot.
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Re: If Sharapova were to win The Grand Slam this year...

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Whoever said: "you can only beat who is placed in front of you" has a point, but you have to agree that who you beat largely determines how good the accomplishment truly was?
It's definetly different times in tennis right now. Some have lost form and a lot of great players have retired. The world no1. retiring says a lot.

We can't say anything on maria yet cause she has time to improve but when we look at opponents you can definetly put those statements down... Maria is definetly a topcontender though.. she has beaten serena and justine to win slams but she could never do it on a consistently basis like she could with ivanovic and kuzzie as her opponents..

Hmmm very interesting issue.

And before mariafans start barging in, this isn't anything to discredit maria! Really!

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Re: If Sharapova were to win The Grand Slam this year...

It would be slightly less impressive without Henin around, but definitely a huge achievement regardless. It would probably make her at least one of the Top 15 female players of all time and if she followed it up with a few more majors after that then she'd definitely be in the all time Top 10. That's probably not going to happen though. I think she's going to win at least 1 more major this year, maybe even 2, but all three would be incredibly unlikely. Of course, if she somehow manages to win the French, then the possibility of her achieving a Slam would increase substantially.
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Re: If Sharapova were to win The Grand Slam this year...

If she does it you have to put some sort of an asterix on RG with Henin's absence. It'd be a huge achievement to win the grand slam for 2008 that would make her the greatest of her generation (Ivanovic, Jankovic etc.) for the next few years.
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