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?