Re: Peak Venus VS Peak Maria
Some of you guys suggesting Venus would beat Maria on slower surfaces should watch the match between Seles and Venus at the AO in 2002. Venus had beaten Monica in all their previous matches on super-quick surfaces, but the one time they played on a slow surface, Venus's more powerful first strike wasn't good enough to get the job done -- even as slow a player as Monica (slower than Maria for sure) was able to get Venus's first couple of big shots back, and then the fact that Monica got better consistent length on her shots than Venus beyond the first few shots in a rally (as Maria would) meant the match heavily tilted to her favour. And the Sharapova-Venus match-up would play out similarly.
(And I don't think Sharapova and Seles are similar players generally, but I do think they would play a broadly similar role in the match-up against Peak Venus.)