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Can Agatha or Martha win RG?

I still think that once again some dark horse will get to the finishing line (Errani? )

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Agnieszka Radwanska says that she was born with some type of instinct that allows her to play thinking women’s brand of tennis, one that is creative and flexible. No one is born is a certain type of tennis style, at least that’s what most social studies instruct is about how so called talented people pick up sports skills.
So really, some credit must be given to her intense father Robert, whom she gave the boot to last summer as her traveling coach, but whom she still uses at home and on the phone. She is a more independent woman now at 23, full of a soft-spoken bravado and seemingly ready to take on all challenges.
After somewhat shocking Maria Sharapova in the Miami final, she has now won five WTA Priemer titles in the past eight months and has risen to No. 4 in the world. She is close to No. 3 and outside of her losses to Victoria Azarenka this season, she has looked very close to being the world’s No. 2 player, right next to Sharapova, who has had a very good, but not great season.
It is now high time for her to make breakthrough at Slam. Just image say, if Azarenka got hurt, could not compete through Wimbledon, and Radwanska won Rome, Madrid and reached the semis of Roland Garros and Wimbledon and gained No. 1? What would the tennis world think then, that a woman who (hypothetically as she has even yet reached a Slam semi) did not reach her first Slam final four until 2012 Roland Garros is actually deserving of the top spot? I shudder at the thought of trying to defend how and why that occurred.
Radwanska is not a tall person with strong upper body, but she is terrific mover with ample power off the ground and good first serve. There is no reason why she cannot counterpunch, and even punch, herself to a Slam title at the French Open. There is currently no obvious favorite on clay amongst the women. Francesca Schiavone has really faded, Li Na is way too up and down and while Samantha Stosur has the capability of winning the title, but she has not had a good start to the year and has to work of rebuilding her confidence. And of Azarenka, who has only lost one match this year: she has never had great clay court results and must prove herself on the surface. So at the every least give Radwanska a very good chance to triumph.
I would also give Sharapova a chance at winning her first French crown too (who would have thought that when she first began her career?), as she has been very consistent this year and has been close to playing at the top of her game on many occasions. She is without question a frustrating player to watch at times because when she is off she does not commit to playing enough defense. Yes, on most days she can hit herself out of trouble but on some days, like against Radwanska on Saturday, she cannot. She is also not thinking hard enough on court when she is getting frustrated and should have picked up on a few of Radwanska’s tendencies, like her love of going to right-handers forehand with her first serve.
Anyone who thinks that just because Sharapova gives gracious runners-up speeches that she is pleased with losing three finals this year without winning a set does not know her at all. That’s her public mask, not her private face and she knew she let go of a big opportunity go on Saturday. She is entered in Stuttgart at the end of April and it will be very interesting to see if she actually plays, or just goes and does the Madrid-Rome swing. If she can continue to commit to her swing volley and moving forward, as well as trusting her legs on defense, she’ll be quite formidable on dirt because even though she’s banger, her point construction has improved a ton. She appears to be way overdue to win her fourth Slam, but all the WTA’s Young Big 4 (Azarenka, Radwanksa, Kvitova and Woznaicki) have room to improve so the time is upon her to do so.
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Re: Can Agatha or Martha win RG?

Well they're hardly clay court goddesses so I would usually say no. But the clay court field is so depleted these days that almost anyone in the top 20 is a contender.
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Re: Can Agatha or Martha win RG?

The quoted text was written by Matthew Cronin who covers professional tennis for two decades.
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Re: Can Agatha or Martha win RG?

They both can win it, but the question is "Will one of them do that?"
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Re: Can Agatha or Martha win RG?

Claypova gonna slay as long as her final opponent is not in the top 20
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Re: Can Agatha or Martha win RG?

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The quoted text was written by Matthew Cronin who covers professional tennis for two decades.
Yup, I wasn't able to put the link from TR, and forgot to sign him.
Anyhow, I think he is dead wrong
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Re: Can Agatha or Martha win RG?

Azarenka has this.

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Re: Can Agatha or Martha win RG?

Radwanska yes.

The other no.
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Radwanska yes.

The other no.
Pls check 2011 RG results

Sharapova in SF with Radwanska beaten by Pova in 4th round

Aga played the same consistent tennis , but lost to 47W/44UE Sharapova
http://blogs.tennis.com/racquet_reac...radwanska.html
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Re: Can Agatha or Martha win RG?

No I think either Vika, Petra or Stosur will win.

Stosur knows what she has to do to prepare for a final now, so I'm not gonna count her out.
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Re: Can Agatha or Martha win RG?

No.

Agatha is obvious favorite to win RG, so she won't win. Martha won't win, cause she will have another mental problems in final.

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Re: Can Agatha or Martha win RG?

Why single out the two? As we know, the RG has always been open for most top players.
If I have to answer it, NO! vika, petra, serena, sam are stronger contenders. Plus, I can kind of see maria exiting at around R4

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Re: Can Agatha or Martha win RG?

Last year was Li-Schiavone in the final.
I think at least 5, maybe 10 players have a chance
This is the most open major. Where a player can get hot, and big servers cant overpower them. But the big servers have their chances too

The way Vika is playing, she's probably the favorite now, but who knows if she holds this form into early June.

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Re: Can Agatha or Martha win RG?

I think both have a shot, based on the fact that RG is going to be open for pretty much all of the Top 20. That being said, I wouldn't expect Aga to win here - I actually think she can eventually win a slam, but I don't see it being on clay. Maria has improved so miuch on the surface, but apparently can't play in finals anymore, so even if she gets there, I can't see her beating whoever she would face up against.

I'd give the edge to Maria over Aga though, just because Aga has never done much on clay, whereas Maria had a solid season last year and has the benefit of a half-decent serve to help her out this time around. Vika is still my tip though.

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Why single out the two? As we know, the RG has always been open for most top players.
If I have to answer it, NO! vika, petra, serena, sam are stronger contenders. Plus, I can kind of see maria exiting at around R4
I didn't, Cronin did
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