Re: Who will win, Peak Sharapova vs. Peak Azarenka?
The Australian Open loss vs Maria in 2008 was probably one of the only good matches Henin played all year. Definitely far better than her other matches at the Australian, her matches at the warm up, her matches in Miami. Henin had trouble with Maria while she was dominating the game, she had more trouble with Maria than Serena or anyone else in fact. While the Azarenka-Sharapova and Sharpova-Henin matches are all totally different, that is still noteable, as I am sure Henin in her anywhere near prime days would easily beat even the current Azarenka on all surfaces. I cant think of even one thing Azarenka did better than a prime Henin. There are things Maria at her best can do better than Henin, and things Azarenka can do better than even a prime Maria, which gives either party a chance in the matchup, but 2004-2008 Maria would still be far too powerful, potent in shotmaking ability, and sheer hungry for Azarenka more often than not, even if she doesnt like Azarenka's game much.
That said I doubt we will see a prime Sharapova again. Some areas of her game, like the serve especialy, will never be all the way back, nor consistency off the ground. It is a question of how close she can get, and if she can compensate with some of the things she might have improved with age such as point construction to compensate.
Last edited by justineheninfan; Mar 22nd, 2012 at 05:41 PM.