What happened to Sharapova's swinging volley?
Ever since she came back from her shoulder injury, she seemed to have retired that shot, perhaps because she thinks the swinging volley will re-ignite her shoulder injury. But I feel that retiring this shot is one of the key reasons why her game has never come back to its pre-injury greatness. Without this shot, she cannot pile the pressure on her opponents like she used to, since the opponents now know they can just dik the shot back for the rally to be set to neutral again. Maria can theoretically use the conventional volley instead, but we know she's such a joke at the net.
Overall, in my opinion, retiring the shot has put more pressure on her ground game, making her either go for too much, or just trying to keep the ball in play, and she still hasn't found the right balance between the two. It could also explain her second serve woes, in addition to lack of confidence, also perhaps going for the big one because she doesn't want to get absorbed in rallies she is definitely winning less often than in the past.
What do you guys think?
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