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Sharapova talks about Wozniacki and Hingis's style

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Q. One of criticisms of Caroline's game is she can't hit a forehand for a winner. Is it a heavier ball than it looks from the outside?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I don't think it really matters if you don't miss. I mean, then why do you need to hit winners?
No, she does have a heavy ball both off her -- I think she has a little bit more spin off the forehand, and she flattens out a backhand a little bit more. But, you know, she get in position for it, so she's never usually late. That says a lot about her footwork, I guess.

Q. Is she the most consistent player who still has power that you've ever faced, if you know what I mean? In terms of someone who is not just a puffball, but who is just so hard to hit through, a backboard, sort of that incredible defensive skills?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I had the pleasure of playing Hingis a few times, and, I mean, sometimes that was just -- that was difficult. (Laughter.)

Q. Depressing?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, it wasn't. No, I mean, playing against Hingis, it's kind of like a cat and mouse game out there. You know, you know you're not going to completely overpower her, and you just have to find, you know, little ways to, yeah, kind of outthink, like the mouse has to outthink the cat.
I don't know. I have always felt that against her. She has that great hand/eye coordination, and won here actually in Palm Springs -- or we had a three setter in the semis, I believe, and that was a really fun match.

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The biggest difference is that Hingis was always working actively to turn the point in her favour, while Wozniacki feels more confident defending than needing to attack.

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The biggest difference is that Hingis was always working actively to turn the point in her favour, while Wozniacki feels more confident defending than needing to attack.
Exactly. They really play nothing alike. Hingis stood close to the baseline and tried to be offensive.

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Re: Sharapova talks about Wozniacki and Hingis's style

Hingis was a prodigy, getting Hall of Fame results at 16.
Wozniacki is a slowly improving grinder, who keeps getting better results as she gets older.
What they have in common is that Hingis spent 4 full years at #1, 209 weeks.
Caroline at 20 is #1 for 6 months, and seems on the way to a long period as the #1

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Exactly. They really play nothing alike. Hingis stood close to the baseline and tried to be offensive.
Martina in her comeback didn't often try to be offensive.
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Martina was a great doubles player, great near the net. I never thought stamina was a strength for Martina. That AO final with Capriati, it seemed if Martina didnt win in 2, it was Jennifer's match. That's what Caroline does, wear you down.
They arent that much alike, except they both dont blast winners like Kleybanova.

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Martina in her comeback didn't often try to be offensive.

This is correct.
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The biggest difference is that Hingis was always working actively to turn the point in her favour, while Wozniacki feels more confident defending than needing to attack.
Not to mention Hingis could hit drop shots, lobs, volleys, half volleys, swing volleys and drop volleys.

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Not to mention Hingis could hit drop shots, lobs, volleys, half volleys, swing volleys and drop volleys.

And Wozniacki can't?
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And Wozniacki can't?
She tries but she is bad at it.

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And Wozniacki can't?
No, she can't...that one element is missing in her game at the moment...."variety"...did you see Bartoli demolish Caro 6-2 in their final match at IW? Marion drop-shotted her to death besides sending some screaming forehands down the line.

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And Wozniacki can't?
Her lobs are good, which out of the list is the only defensive shot, so naturally she can play that. A dropshot or any kind of volley requires a player to take the initiative. Naturally she sucks at it.

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