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post #1 of 48 (permalink) Old Sep 27th, 2010, 05:44 PM Thread Starter
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Will Maria ever be in a TOP 5 again?

Will she ever reach to Top 5 in the overall rankings, or is this just a rollercoaster season for her?

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Let her work on getting back into the top 15/20 first.
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I had been thinking she was on an upward trend and only losing to really good players..... until this.

This loss is so uncharacteristically bad, deplorably bad, inexplicably bad.

This is the type of loss that really makes me think she won't get back to the top of the game. She doesn't play often enough for this type of thing to be shrugged off.
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Honestly? I think it is possible. But in saying it is possible I also want to make it very clear I do not consider it a foregone conclusion. It is something that might happen but equally it is something that might not happen.

Also I have to say very strongly it is clear to me and has been for some time that she is not of top 5 standard or even terribly close right now, although that said she is still capable of having good days. But being top 5 means having those types of days regularly and right now Sharapova is not at that point. As for next year and the year after and even the year after that, who knows. We can only wait and see.

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Do we all still think her shoulder is to blame? No good shoulder, no serve. No serve = average player. If she no longer believes her biggest weapon is there for her, then she can't have much confidence about the rest of her game.

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Her only chance is to get over the mental issue she developed with her serve post-shoulder surgery. She has a chance of course, but she's going to have to sort a lot of things out to get there again. And the longer it takes her to get over the hump, the smaller her chances become.

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Will she ever reach to Top 5 in the overall rankings, or is this just another bad season for her?
Sorry, but wasn't last season technically better? She made a Slam quarterfinal (winning 7 GS matches in 3 events while she only won 8 in 4 this year) and won a Premier event (only MMs this year).
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Sorry, but wasn't last season technically better? She made a Slam quarterfinal (winning 7 GS matches in 3 events while she only won 8 in 4 this year) and won a Premier event (only MMs this year).
Yeah, maybe i could describe this season as a rollercoaster season!
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Sorry, but wasn't last season technically better? She made a Slam quarterfinal (winning 7 GS matches in 3 events while she only won 8 in 4 this year) and won a Premier event (only MMs this year).
I mean I guess she'll have her chances in Beijing and Moscow to get a premier.

She made some finals this year too.
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Do we all still think her shoulder is to blame? No good shoulder, no serve. No serve = average player. If she no longer believes her biggest weapon is there for her, then she can't have much confidence about the rest of her game.
The serve is only a small part of the problem.


I find it hilarious to see people writing off a 3-time slam champion at only 23 years old.
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Re: Will Maria ever be in a TOP 5 again?

No threads for whether GOATs Kleybanova or Groth will ever win a match again?

The WTA is so up and down anymore that it's become almost a week to week proposition as to who's up and who's not. The days of players having dominant seasons like Court, King, Evert, Navratilova, Graf are gone until the players' bodies catch up, physically, with the physical demands of playing the kind of punishing tennis they play now. Serena knows better than to play week to week--she just cherry picks majors. Clijsters caught on to that. That will probably be the wave of the future.

Newsflash--Maria is never going to be a dominating No. 1 like all the tennis analysts once predicted. Big deal. Tennis hasn't had a dominant #1 since Graf. It's no big loss. What will be a big loss is if she can't get her mojo back in the big ones.

Will Sharapova win more majors? Yeah, I think so. Will she get back to No. 1? Maybe. I think she's a better pure talent than any of the players of her generation or younger. The losses come when she doubles the UEs of her opponents. Her game is too high risk for her level of confidence at the moment, and that is where Joyce needs to step in and make some changes.

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Re: Will Maria ever be in a TOP 5 again?

sure, next year
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Re: Will Maria ever be in a TOP 5 again?

Obviously not, she is washed up, Martha Doublefaultapoova is so OVA.






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The serve is only a small part of the problem.


I find it hilarious to see people writing off a 3-time slam champion at only 23 years old.
seles, a 9 time champion, was finished winning slams at 23. and martina hingis, 5 time champion, was finished before then.

sharapova doesn't move nearly as well as she used to, and her getting older is not going to help in that area.

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sure, next year
We thought she would hold a slam title this year at this point in time last year.

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seles, a 9 time champion, was finished winning slams at 23. and martina hingis, 5 time champion, was finished before then.

sharapova doesn't move nearly as well as she used to, and her getting older is not going to help in that area.
Her footwork did seem to improve with the hiring of Ana's old physio, there is hope. I just wish she got a new point of view in her coaching team.






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