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post #1 of 57 (permalink) Old Aug 21st, 2011, 10:26 PM Thread Starter
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Sharapova would be so much better if she would just go the damn net

Every time I watch her play - with the exception of that Wimbledon final - I'm amazed and completely frustrated by her never taking advantage of the momentum she has in rallies. Soooo many points wasted because she refuses to approach! It's sooo annoying.

Let me add that I know that this has been said for years and I could understand that she didn't feel the need to improve this aspect of her game in the beginning when everything was going well and she was a little more consistent but you'd think a way of shortening points would be the first thing she would have added to her game when she became more erratic off the ground and lost the agility she had when she was younger. But you never hear her coach telling her to move forward during the changeovers. What's that about?

Even damn Jankovic is looking like a pro at the net.

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So true.
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Re: Sharapova would be so much better if she would just go the damn net

She should work with a former player who knows how to play at the net. Navratilova for example, who is a phenomenal serve and volleyer. I'm sure Navratilova could do wonders with Sharapova, especially as she is so tall and as a huge wingspan. However, I think her movement stops her from utilising the court.

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Re: Sharapova would be so much better if she would just go the damn net

Completely true. She totally loses momentum in the rally because of this.
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i totally agree..
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Re: Sharapova would be so much better if she would just go the damn net

There is a reason why she stays away from the net: she just doesn't have the skills to be up there.

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There is a reason why she stays away from the net: she just doesn't have the skills to be up there.
I don't buy that. That's the old Tennis Forum underestimation schtick that I find absolutely ridiculous. That's the same rhetoric that says Venus doesn't know where her serve is going or Serena is fat or Wozniacki is a pusher. It's popular opinion but it's simply not true.

Sharapova's a professional tennis player, OF COURSE she can volley. She hits volleys on for like a minute before she plays every match and every time she does that I don't see her spraying the ball around like someone who doesn't know what she's doing. What she lacks IMO is either confidence to hit those shots in matches or a game plan that revolves around approaching the net. Or both.

Also, I'm not suggesting she chip and charge the net like Navratilova or S&V every point I just think she would benefit from taking advantage of the points where she has that forward momentum which would give her a relatively easy first or second volley to knock off. I also think just being up at the net would score her easy points against opponents that are not used to having to hit good passing shots by putting a bunch of pressur on them to produce.

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Hold on, she sucks at the net. Well I guess she's good enough to do put-aways.

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It might be because she doesn't have the natural anticipation for the balls at the net and has given up trying.
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Re: Sharapova would be so much better if she would just go the damn net

Meh, the net isn't the biggest issue. Her problem is she's serving like a sack of potatoes. Fortunatly for her in this match she's playing someone who might have a worse serve then her...

Lots and lots of drama, but mostly pathetic quality of play in the servicegames. I just can't believe these girls have no clue what to do on serve.

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Meh, the net isn't the biggest issue. Her problem is she's serving like a sack of potatoes. Fortunatly for her in this match she's playing someone who might have a worse serve then her...

Lots and lots of drama, but mostly pathetic quality of play in the servicegames. I just can't believe these girls have no clue what to do on serve.
You know why her serve has been so off, right? Because she has to rely on her hit or miss baseline game. If you knew there was a way to consistently and easily win points there would be a LOT less pressure on her to hit great serves all the time.

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Amelie worked wonders with Mika Lllodra who is a master at the net last year so if Maria wants to spare her body more she should consider it

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Re: Sharapova would be so much better if she would just go the damn net

When she won the Australian Open, she came to net more than anyone else in the draw. I think she needs to get back to that mindset, even if it's with the drive volleys.
Several times against Vera and Jankovic she stayed back when she would have had a putaway at the net.
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Re: Sharapova would be so much better if she would just go the damn net

First time I can ever recall agreeing with the OP.

I think it's understand that she refuses to smash, because there it really would just put too much stress on her shoulder. But, when she was in her prime, she was always charging the net... her touch volleys were always horrible, but she used to have a great swinging volley. She needs to get back to that... I guess in practise she's just been focussing so much on her serve that netplay has been neglected somewhat.
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