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Will Sharapova Start Playing Some Doubles?

Having seen the success of the Williams Sisters at Wimby, partially due to honing their form in the doubles, do you think Sharapova will try employ that strategy and/or would it be wise for her to do so?

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Re: Will Sharapova Start Playing Some Doubles?

She's won doubles titles with Tanasugarn and Kirilenko. I wouldn't mind a reunion of either of those pairs.

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Re: Will Sharapova Start Playing Some Doubles?

No, I doubt she would be very good in doubles in the Slams, I can't see her winning any IMO.


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Re: Will Sharapova Start Playing Some Doubles?

No. She has problems with the serve that need to be sorted out on the practise court.
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I would love to see her playing doubles.

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Re: Will Sharapova Start Playing Some Doubles?

What about at net? Don't you think she would benefit from and develop confidence in her net game and come in more?

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Re: Will Sharapova Start Playing Some Doubles?

Sharapova's only priority is singles at the moment & it will stay that way for a while.

Maybe it wouldn't be such a bad idea for her to play a few doubles here & there just to hone her skills, vary her game a bit. Whether she will succeed at it, is another thing. But then again since she's so good singles, maybe she might not think its necessary to play doubles. But again this is just my opinion.
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Doubles is not her thing and I don't think that's going to change. She just showed amazing form at AO so no need to complain or change direction drastically.

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Re: Will Sharapova Start Playing Some Doubles?

Beside the level of play she could express in the doubles (high, low, average or whatever), I think that currently it's at the bottom of her "to do" list (and personally, I guess it will always stay so).

She *might* experiment a little during the fall or early next year, but no way this summer with the packed schedule leading to (and after) the Olympics.

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What about at net? Don't you think she would benefit from and develop confidence in her net game and come in more?
Maybe a bit, but I don't see her playing doubles again any time soon.

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Maria has absolutely no stamina!!

She is always pulling out of tourneys because of fatigue or stress on her shoulder or something. Putting in extra work during doubles would be impossible for her. If she wants to stay healthy anyway.
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no....i dont think sharapova wants to put the effort in to find a girl to practice with/ worry about while she chaces single slams...

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Re: Will Sharapova Start Playing Some Doubles?

Only the very best have the physical and mental stamina, the talent and versatility in their game to win singles and doubles slams.


Anyway, I'm sure Sharapova is confident enough for her singles year. She's had a tough couple of losses to Safina and Kudryavtseva but she started the year in amazing form. Sharapova has ALWAYS managed to recover from setbacks (e.g. after losing to Lindsay 0 and 0 at IW she made the Miami final right after). I think she is already working on what went wrong and she'll probably be in the semis/final of her next tournament (Olympics?)
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Re: Will Sharapova Start Playing Some Doubles?

It just seems like it be a good idea regardless of whether she has GS success in it. It seems like it'd be good for her game. She's rangy, she's capable of excellent approaches off both wings, her volleys- if not consistent- are fundamentally sound- at least as a place to develop from.

...I just don't get it?

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