Re: Sharapova victory over Jankovic proves she still has mental hold over some top pl
Originally Posted by theFutureisNow
It's not strange.
Jankovic is a defensive player.
Sharapova is an offensive player who often struggles against offensive players but usually does well against defensive ones. The best way to beat Maria is to put pressure on her- just returning all her groundstrokes is a losing proposition.
Serena is just the opposite of Maria in terms of how to beat her. She does great against offensive players but struggles against defensive ones. Pressuring her never works, which is why Maria does so bad against her(attacking is Maria's main weapon). The way to beat Serena is to defend well and hit everything to the lines.
Well, not quite. Her three main nemesis on the tour currently are Serena, Azarenka & Li Na, neither of them a defensive speciallist. The biggest problems she's ever had with were players who can mix up a fairly good offense with a very solid defense, Kuznetsova & Henin being the prime examples. But then generally I also prefer seeing her against offensive ballbashers rather then defensive pushers. Azarenka & Li are still a thorn in the side. I agree on the Serena part though.
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