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Maria about Serena: I am flattered that she likes to do that against me.

Maria Sharapova believes Serena Williams changes her game when the pair meet, but is ready for the challenge ahead of a potential final at Foro Italico next Saturday.

Second seed Sharapova is looking to retain the title she won here last year but in-form Serena promises to be a big test after the American won in Madrid to make it 13 straight clay court match victories in 2012.

Sharapova has won just two of nine meetings in the battle of the big servers and sees Serena as a big threat to her title.

“I see some of her previous matches and then she plays against me and produces 13 aces,” joked the Russian. “What about the other matches? I am flattered that she likes to do that against me. She is serving very well and playing a second serve ace is also very tough for her as she goes for the lines. Clay court rallies are especially hard because they are long but obviously you have to believe you are strong.”

Sharapova won in Stuttgart this year to provide belief that another title in Rome is possible, and the memories of last year’s final triumph against Samantha Stosur are still fresh in the mind.

“I’m feeling much more comfortable,” said Sarapova. “This time last year I started to pick up my confidence. I was able to adjust my racquet and my coach. It took a while to start feeling comfortable but I was able to find my ground and it was a good win here especially because I beat some good players.

“When you play on clay then the season is short and you need to be physically ready. You often have five days in a row with three hour matches and so I have improved on recovering effectively. I understand my own body and I know how long it takes me to recover.”

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Re: Maria about Serena: I am flattered that she likes to do that against me.

She remembers Wimbledon 2004. And she won't ever forget it.
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Re: Maria about Serena: I am flattered that she likes to do that against me.

Didn't Maria throw a similar challenge to Serena back in summer of 2011?

I get the impression that player want to go against Serena to gage where their game and progress is.

I remember Ivanovic being glad and content that she was not blown off the court after she has just lost to Serena

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Re: Maria about Serena: I am flattered that she likes to do that against me.

She really is a masochist isn't she
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Re: Maria about Serena: I am flattered that she likes to do that against me.

Serena has definitely gotten into Maria's head. Good.

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Re: Maria about Serena: I am flattered that she likes to do that against me.

Hmm... Okay. Conversely, Serena should be insulted Maria brings what she does against her.
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What? Ah, I guess it's good Maria takes her beat downs as a compliment... I guess!
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Re: Maria about Serena: I am flattered that she likes to do that against me.

I mean how else is she supposed to take it

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Re: Maria about Serena: I am flattered that she likes to do that against me.

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Hmm... Okay. Conversely, Serena should be insulted Maria brings what she does against her.

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Serena has definitely gotten into Maria's head. Good.
And vice versa, that's clearly what Maria is saying
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And vice versa, that's clearly what Maria is saying
Fair enough; BUT while Serena seems to be active in Maria's head(by what we see on the court), Maria is so idle in Serena's head, she does not even know she (Maria) is there
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Re: Maria about Serena: I am flattered that she likes to do that against me.

I'm starting to feel sorry for Martha. Shame man

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Fair enough; BUT while Serena seems to be active in Maria's head(by what we see on the court), Maria is so idle in Serena's head, she does not even know she (Maria) is there
I mean these conclusions are based off of what she said, so she probably does know


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Re: Maria about Serena: I am flattered that she likes to do that against me.

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Fair enough; BUT while Serena seems to be active in Maria's head(by what we see on the court), Maria is so idle in Serena's head, she does not even know she (Maria) is there
She doesn't mind at all apparently

On a more serious note, Maria would love to play Serena a lot more and not once every year therefore their form will obviously play a big part in their matches just like against Azarenka, Maria got the better of Vika finally you could tell that Vika was too good at the beginning of the year while Maria wasnt and then it changed in Stuttgart.
Maria started to play better and Vika less, see what I am saying.

Serena shows up every 3 months playing light out tennis, noone can keep up when she is that good players barely play her week in week out. Media were already talking about a rivalry between Maria and Vika since they met in three finals already in 5 months, Maria and Serena played 3 times in three years, it's true that Serena was out for a very long time but even before that they weren't playing each other a lot. Once in 2005, twice in 2007, once in 2008 and then once in 2010 this is absurd.

Anyway my point is that it would obviously affect Serena's strengths a lot more if she was playing a lil more like Maria and Vika people are already arguing about a walkover in Rome what the hell is that?

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