Was 'now' supposed to be Maria's time....
This isnt a bashing thread nor a stan thread but honestly looking back,does anybody else think that these past few years should have been "prime" Maria's time to really stand out and dominate the sport?? Henin gone,Mauresmo gone,Serena and Kim part time players and the tour being full on mental midgets and random streak players.
Back when Maria burst on the tour she was a very consistent top player but more often than not one of the Henin/Mauresmo/Clijsters group would always block her(Slam SFs, number 1 rank etc). And then when she finally figured those players out Serena was back as well as a few new faces.It just seems to me back when she was a teenager,though a superb player, she always had the more experienced, faster and versatile triple threat in front of her but once those players were gone then it seemed it would have been her unrivaled time to shine. But given her 2008 start/form and the state of womens tennis recently how many people would have predicted come 2011 Maria would only have 3 slams??? Honestly speaking if Maria were to find her form of old(which before haters chirp in,she was very close to last summer) i really think she would be dominating the tour(and unlike Woz,the majors as well).
I know injuries,and time away from the tour are unfortunate and have stopped reasonably some of the best potential era for players(Seles in 93-95, S&V in 03/04) but its also part of the sport.
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