This needed to be pointed out by going back into the archives for that specific underrated aspect of Maria's game which in our opinion she does better than her compatriot. Maria has innumerable qualities : kindness, passion, devotion... talents too and in the one she outshines the best, tennis, there's something for which she never gets recognition. Venus, praised as she could have been or can be for that does not reach in our opinion the height or flight of that specific attribute between the bigger ladies.
"She's indeed at her very best a better [...] than Venus Williams" -- This statement is not bold it's more than reality when one ventures him/herself into the periods of Maria's brilliance... her footwork/movement is a fine piece of art but these are not the focus, just her defenses, how, what [...] she does in defensive situations is certainly.
The phrase then completes on it's own with the missing word to become as a whole "Maria at her very best defends better than Akgul Amanmuradova, Ana Ivanovic and [...]". It becomes inappropriate then to justify our claims with illustrations...
Quick extract from the 2007 Ivanovic highlights to illustrate (one of many other matches) (1) :
4:36 - Forehand defense (requires exquisite amount of touch, quick hands/reactions, no/little time), cross-court backhand defense flick to get the angle (good left hand, balance moving backwards) and sprint forward to the dropper (how easy she gets there, could have even nagged the opponent).
7:00 - Again, forehand defense, anticipates too fast quick readjustments for the inside-out backhand, measured forehand lob.
7:25 - Back-hand pass #1 and #2, superb dropper [Opponent], anticipates good (could have only been another dropper) and wrong (not in the forehand side) readjusts dynamically to get to the back-hand, great lucidity and measures the lob.
8:47 - How she reads the game early and great improvisation, probably resumes all the above.
It then becomes convinient to establish Maria as one of the greatest thus most complete player to have ever played the WTA game.
Yes, I love Maria, but at their very best I think Venus would win 2 out of 3 times, which is really a complement for Sharapova. They are both scary good at their very best but Venus has just a bit more to offer.
LOL ok...... Im sure Maria doesnt even believe this nonsense. Venus post 03' has been able to take care of Maria on the big stage. Maria can hardly content with Venus 2.0 lets not get started on the demolotion job she would have given in healthier times.Im sure your response will be filled with all kinds of silly and ridiculous arguments but Ill rest easy knowing that inside you know Im right contrary to what you may post
Princess of Power: Serena Williams
21 time grand slam champion, Tours best fighter, Olympic Champion
Queen of Grass: Venus Williams
7 time grand slam champion, Olympic Champion,
The Tour Standard! .... still haha!
I think peak Sharapova could take a set off of peak Venus, because I think at their very best Sharapova has a little more belief (not that Venus lacks it) and could snatch a few crunch points in at least one set. However, I think Venus at her very best is just such an imperious hitter and insane mover that even Sharapova at her accurate, flat best would not be able to beat her.
Even though this is a joke thread, and everyone knows venus wins at their peaks,I would like to mention that the one thing Sharapova does better than Venus is return serve (especially given how mediocre Venus's FH return was).