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View Poll Results: Will Sharapova win another slam?
No. She'l be back in the top five, win a few tournaments, but no more slams 31 34.44%
Yes! She's too young, too skilled and too mentally strong NOT to win another slam 59 65.56%
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post #1 of 54 (permalink) Old Jul 12th, 2010, 04:23 AM Thread Starter
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What level is Sharapova returning to?

Obviously, there's no 'general agreement' on anything about Sharapova. But IMHO< she has not shown the consistent form that she eventually will. I also do not think she'll be the player she was. Virtually no player in the last 20 years who had a traumatic injury, and then won at least one slam, Seles, Graf, Venus, Serena, Pierce ... has return to their former level of dominance, even though they did return to slam-winning form.
  • Graf had less of a drop-off than most, but even she went from winning double-digit tournaments a year, to 'only' winning six or seven a year.
  • Seles had a huge drop-off, but the physical damage of being stabbed was relatively minor.
  • Venus had only won four slams before her worst injury. Three more after, but far fewer none slam tournament wins.
  • Tracy Austin, OTOH, never won another.
  • Serena has actually won MORE slams post injury. But her non-slam record dwindles to the ordinary.
Sharapova's young, which favors her, but a rotator cuff is about the worst injury a pitcher or a racket sport player can suffer. They don't 'fix' a rotator cuff as much as re-stabilize it. Your shoulder literally doesn't work the same way.

I don't think she'll be ranked #1 again. I'm shocked Venus got to #2 again, but that's a matter of the tour having a relatively even distribution of talent to a historical depth, plus Serena's unusual ability to peak for slams. Right now, #2 is closer to #10 than #1, performance-wise.

Can Sharapova win slams? Wait, that's is it more or less LIKELY that Sharapova will win slams? As was proven recently, virtually any player in the top twenty with an average draw and the ability to perform their best under pressure CAN win a slam. But if you had, mobsters with a gun at your head HAD, to bet the money for your mother's heart operation on whether or not Sharapova's wins another slam, which way would you bet?

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Re: What level is Sharapova returning to?

She could win a slam maybe after Serena and Henin call it quits though. She's played decently besides her random AO loss..She was unlucky at the French to play Justine so early and Serena at Wimbledon. Had she been in Caro's quarter at Wimbledon she probably would have made the Semis, but that's irrelevant
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Re: What level is Sharapova returning to?

Second option, she'll win another.
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Re: What level is Sharapova returning to?

I don't care for her, but in within the next five or so years I could see her winning one. All it takes is for the top players to have an off day/get injured/eliminate eachother in the early rounds. I'd have thought Maria's chances were better than Schiavone's...
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I don't care for her, but in within the next five or so years I could see her winning one. All it takes is for the top players to have an off day/get injured/eliminate eachother in the early rounds. I'd have thought Maria's chances were better than Schiavone's...
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Re: What level is Sharapova returning to?

I hope she wins another slam. But she has to train harder and focus on tennis.
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Sharapova is a champion and will ALWAYS be one. I don't care if people count her OUT she will prove them wrong like she usually does.
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You can't rule out a player who's won multiple majors, and who has ice running through their veins.

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Sharapova is a champion and will ALWAYS be one. I don't care if people count her OUT she will prove them wrong like she usually does.
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But in all seriousness, I do think that we've seen peak Maria (USO 2006, AO 2008 is as good as it's gonna get) but I think she'll get a couple more before calling it quits.

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masha will win a slam soon. at least R4 in wimby means she will win a slam this year or at latest the following year!!!!!!!

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post #13 of 54 (permalink) Old Jul 12th, 2010, 07:19 AM
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I dont agree with this assesment of the other players at all. I think what you see in their later years has much more to do with at that point adding to their legacy (AKA winning slams) and not caring about the lesser tournaments.(Is that because they were ijured and thus put things into perspective? maybe) I mean don't get me wrong the other tournys count, but in the grand scheme of things, when you have 30+ tournament wins. People stop paying attention to your tourny count and look more at how many slams you've won. Will Sharapova win another slam? tough to say..... Shes "back on form" supposedly, In the last two slams shes played she actually made it to the players who are suppose to beat her as oppossed to the scrubs she had been losing too. That was the problem before. If she keeps this up. Maybe.....Others say that Sharapova could have dominated when Venus/Serena/Henin/ Clijsters left the game. And while with the talent and shananegans we've seen this year it is STILL possible. I forsee the retirements of Clijsters/Henin/Sharapova/Venus&Serena all occuring between 2012-2014. In that Order....So she will have to beat Serena for a slam. Serena is hungry to get to 18...she says she doesnt pay attention to that, but I believe that as much as I believe her being a virgin....and lets face it she owns Pova...

If Maria gets another slam, it will probably be at the Us Open if I had to guess...

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She'll be back. Needs to start beating some top players to get her ranking up, so she can avoid playing Serena/ Juju before the Qf's. She's good.

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Re: What level is Sharapova returning to?

If her fans think that in order to win a slam Sharapova needs other top players to eliminate each other or be upset early, it just shows how much confidence they have in their player.

Anyway, I never appreciated Sharapova's style and her shrieking, so I hope she doesn't win another slam
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