Re: Who will win, Peak Sharapova vs. Peak Azarenka?
In 2007, an 18 year old Azarenka straight stetted Sharapova just weeks before Maria went on to reach the YEC finals, and only a couple of months before Maria's AO 2008 run. And all of this in Sharapova's home tournament too.
Maria was battling a chronic shoulder injury back then and Kremlin Cup was her first and only event she played after US Open until YEC. That loss to Azarenka is not exactly representative as happening during Peak Sharapova period
Maria Sharapova: Mind Over Matter
FITD: Winner - Portoroz '10, Tashkent '11, Istanbul YEC '11; Suicide: Winner - Fes '11, Memphis '12, Nuernberg '13, Sofia TOC '13, Hobart '15, Tianjin '15, Zhuhai ET '15, Tianjin '16
TT: Winner - (Singles) Tashkent '12; ITF Macon '16, Stockton '16, Scottsdale '16 (Doubles) - (w/Broseghini) Cuneo 100k '10; (w/Peek-A-Boo) Contrexeville 50k '10; (w/JustPetko) Bucharest 75k '10, Nantes 50k '10, Marbella '11, Washington '11, Linz '11, Istanbul YEC '11, Opole 25K '11, Pattaya City '12, Tashkent '12, Pune 125k '12, Memphis '13, Carlsbad '13, Marrakech '14, Washington '14, Hong Kong 25k '16