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View Poll Results: What should Maria consider doing on her return?
She needs to do further work on her movement because her power is no longer enough 26 25.24%
She needs to develop more shots (lob, regular volleys, drop shots) 29 28.16%
She needs to try to ingratiate herself more with other players to feel less lonely 9 8.74%
She needs to seriously consider getting an independent coach and play more for herself 20 19.42%
She needs to realise that her time at the top is up and move on to something different 21 20.39%
She doesn't need to do anything differently. She was just unlucky to be injured 48 46.60%
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Question What should Maria work on to take her game to the Serbs and the Williams sisters?

When Maria returns, I cannot help but think that she'll need to bring something different to her matches than in the past. Simply hitting her way out of trouble on one Game Plan will not be good enough to win her the multiple slams that many people felt she could rack up by her mid-20s (even conservative estimates were in the 3-5 range).

with this long absence, maria has had an opportunity to think about her game and try different things. what do you think she'll need to get back into the mix with Jelena, Ana, Serena, Venus and Dinara?

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Re: What should Maria work on to take her game to the Serbs and the Williams sisters?

Maria at her best is practically unmatched by anyone except Venus or Serena at their best.

She doesn't need to do anything differently.
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Re: What should Maria work on to take her game to the Serbs and the Williams sisters?

She needs to realize that her time at the top is up and move on to something different


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Re: What should Maria work on to take her game to the Serbs and the Williams sisters?

Ask Alizé!

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Re: What should Maria work on to take her game to the Serbs and the Williams sisters?

She doesn't need to improve anything to beat the Serbs.
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Re: What should Maria work on to take her game to the Serbs and the Williams sisters?

I think her game is solid. She needs to stay healthy and she'll be fine.

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for start she needs to return.
wta tour is not the same without her.
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Re: What should Maria work on to take her game to the Serbs and the Williams sisters?

Maria's game can beat anyone when it is on from all aspects. The only thing I think she can improve on is her net game. But her groundies are so solid to begin with, she does not need to volley often.

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@ some of the options. Since when has Masha been lonely? And since when do players have to have tennis playing friends?

4 votes for Maria moving on from tennis. Why don't people realise that when you let your hate cloud your judgement, it makes you look stupid?

Maria doesn't need to improve on much to beat the Serbians, but I voted to get rid of Papa Yuri as coach. If she comes up against the Williams sisters in good form, she struggles. She needs to work at that.
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Nothing. Her only rival is Serena Williams and there is nothing she could about that either so nothing
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Re: What should Maria work on to take her game to the Serbs and the Williams sisters?

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When Maria returns, I cannot help but think that she'll need to bring something different to her matches than in the past. Simply hitting her way out of trouble on one Game Plan will not be good enough to win her the multiple slams that many people felt she could rack up by her mid-20s (even conservative estimates were in the 3-5 range).

with this long absence, maria has had an opportunity to think about her game and try different things. what do you think she'll need to get back into the mix with Jelena, Ana, Serena, Venus and Dinara?
I think it says a lot about the state of women's tennis that Dinara Safina is even considered a threat to Maria. Maria came within one point of beating Dinara on clay with half a shoulder and even less of a serve. Maria leads Jankovic 4-1 and Ivanovic 3-2 (and bitch slapped Ana when it mattered most.) She has not lost to Venus off of grass. That leaves Serena. Serena is a faster, more athletic but less consistent version of Maria. When Serena plays her best, Maria can't beat her and she never will be able to, but Serena won't always be at her best. It's as simple as that.

But it is almost insulting to say that Dinara Safina is at a level above the former world no. 1 and three time slam champion.

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Re: What should Maria work on to take her game to the Serbs and the Williams sisters?

I don't think there is much she can work on. Maybe working on the mental side of her game for when she plays against the WS, otherwise... she isn't doing too bad.

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For starters she needs to go back on the court and fix that shoulder.



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she needs to learn how to hit her forehand without that horrible wrap around. its whats causing her shoulder injury and its really unnecessary.
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Re: What should Maria work on to take her game to the Serbs and the Williams sisters?

Work on technique that doesnt cause her any serious injury.

Other than that.. she's fine. She destroyed the field at Australia. She'll be a huge contender there again and at Wimby and USO.

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