Re: Question: Who is in the worst situation: Sharapova or Safina?
Depends on the nature of the back injury. Mauresmo had to change her entire game because of a chronic back injury. Or it could be something minor, that rest will fix.
Sharapova, OTOH, is dealing with a shoulder that will never be what it was. Doesn't mean she can't learn to be an elite player with what she's got, but the people saying she just lacks confidence have never had rotator cuff surgery. Your shoulder rotates in the joint differently, it makes noises it didn't make before, it changes angles in mid-swing for no apparent reason, and it fatigues differently than it did before.
A rotator cuff isn't one muscle, it's four muscles, plus connective tissue, all surrounding the shoulder joint. You tear it, and then keep putting stress on it, it tears more and more. Sharapova played at least six months with that shoulder seeming to bother her.
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