Originally Posted by Steffica Greles
I've just chosen a few...
Like your analysis. It's pretty reasonable, but this...
Make or break year for her. Her backhand is one of the best in the history of women's tennis
...not so much. Sorry, but you're the one that mentioned "stop gap" and that's exactly what I think she is/was.
Also, I think Maria is likely down-playing how important tennis is to remove some of the external pressures of being "Maria Sharapova." Now, for a couple of years, ever since the revelation of the shoulder thing, I've said, much to the disdain the the most militant Mashabaters, that Maria's shoulder injury would require significant change on her part otherwise it would threaten her career. When I said this, thought my computer would explode from the verbal bombs hurled my way ("verbal bombs"
). So many of them will, perhaps, find it surprising that I feel like Maria's going to be okay. She just has to weather this storm. Sooner or later, my beloved Sisters, Clijsters and Juju will be riding off into the sunset, leaving her the Sheriff in town, and believe me - IF she can get through whatever she's going through now - she will impose some frontier (dare I say, "Siberian") justice on all those other girls. 23 is not old.
As for Venus, I think you've got it pretty much right, but HOW she lost this year seemed so much more pathetic in years past. It was infuriating. But, Venus is Venus and being a fan of hers is like playing the stock market - previous performance doesn't guarantee future results.
* , I'm gonna stay "invested."
I like your observations about Clijsters. I, too, think we'll continue to see more erratic result than her usual erratic results. Being a Mom, I think, as a good bit to do with that. The pull and the need a baby --> toddler has for their Mother is tremendous. I don't know a single committed mother who's life is not deeply affected by this - including a certain wife and mother I'm extremely close to
Henin..., Well, what can I say. Kudos to her for being back and in such fine form, but I have a feeling if she doesn't get the results she wants soon, as in RG, the pressure, speculation and second guessing surrounding her will be too great. Her game will crumble followed by another retirement. However, if she can put together a string of quality victories, win RG, she'll be clear sailing. (though she ain't winnin' wimby).
I don't need to say anything about Serena!!
If she can keep herself healthy, undistracted and improve her form from here and SOMEHOW eek out RG, she could be looking at a Grandslam this year.
Anyway, good analysis.
I'm also pleased that you, limited the "fat" jokes. Though SOME of them are funny.