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Let's talk about the Kvitova-Sharapova rivalry.

One last thread to get us through the dying embers of the off-season

Let's be honest, this time 12 months ago, a lot of us (myself included) thought Maria would really struggle with Kvitova. Why exactly did the match-up pan out the way it did in 2012? Is it because it's actually a good match-up for Maria? Was it just Petra messing it up and/or playing shit those days? And what will happen in their matches in 2013? Will Maria sustain her advantage over her? Or will Petra turn the tables? Might Maria even welcome Petra to the "Multi-Slam Winners Club"? Will David Kotyza again say he'd rather Petra draws Serena rather than Maria?

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Re: Let's talk about the Kvitova-Sharapova rivalry.

Sharapova has the drive/determination and Kvitova doesn't, thus she's winning all their matches now.
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Re: Let's talk about the Kvitova-Sharapova rivalry.

Because Petra got fat and sloppy while Maria improved her footwork & speed.
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Re: Let's talk about the Kvitova-Sharapova rivalry.

I think Maria figured out how to play Petra. The matchups are always close though so you never know what will happen in 2013. Absolutely love their rivalry though
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I think Maria figured out how to play Petra. The matchups are always close though so you never know what will happen in 2013. Absolutely love their rivalry though
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Sharapova has the drive/determination and Kvitova doesn't, thus she's winning all their matches now.
Pretty much this. I really though Petra was ready to dominate in 2012 after her amazing 2011 season but seems like instead of it inspiring her to work harder over the off season she slacked off. I hope she's back to her best in 2013 because her game is so impressive when it's on.

That said I still think even 2012 standard Maria would win her fair share of matches vs peak Kvitova, and she definitely has the edge on clay. Plus, I think all Maria fans are hoping she will continue to improve even more this year...
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Re: Let's talk about the Kvitova-Sharapova rivalry.

Petra has more variety, and more game overall, but Sharapova is WAY more mentally tough.
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Re: Let's talk about the Kvitova-Sharapova rivalry.

It's not that Petra doesn't have the game to stay with or beat Maria, it's her motivation, fitness and drive which is stopping her from going to the next level. If all those things come together she can beat anybody. I think everyone will agree with that. This is what separates great players from pretenders.

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Re: Let's talk about the Kvitova-Sharapova rivalry.

Maria had the edge in 2012 because she fought harder and improved her movement. That's how she won the AO SF match. Then on their other matches of the season Petra started to be a bit off and mentally weaker agaisnt Maria. SO I'd say is a mix of Maria figuring out how to play Kvitova and Petra being more erratic than her Wimbledon 2011 from.

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Sharapova has the drive/determination and Kvitova doesn't, thus she's winning all their matches now.
Essentially this. It's not really something technical or mechanical for me, more intangible. A bit like how I often felt about Sharapova-Davenport. Two slow huge flat hitters, they can go blow for blow off the ground but when it comes down to the wire Petra and Lindsay always had something missing in terms of the fire or killer instinct. They can get away with it frequently, but when up against someone like Sharapova who has it in spades it's always exposed. Look at what happened in Stuttgart. You simply don't have a chance with ghastly break point conversions like Petra had in that match. If you don't have the killer instinct and ability to take your chances as soon as you get them like Serena and Vika have, and Justine had when she was on tour you might as well not step on the court against Martha if she's playing decent tennis.

A shame, the way Petra outclassed Sharapova in the Wimbledon final had me thinking she would really live up to my expectations of her, but in hindsight all Maria really needed to do to win that one was probably bring it to a third set

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Re: Let's talk about the Kvitova-Sharapova rivalry.

Last year it all came down to Kvitova's break point conversion, which was abysmal against Sharapova. Strange because this is something a lefty should have the advantage in. If she can put that right then it could well swing Petra's way again. You have to give credit to Sharapova though, she played a lot of those break points extremely well.
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I really think Petra could be a multiple grand slam winner. Her fitness level and drive has really put her at a road block though.
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For what it's worth though, Sharapova typically does very well against one dimensional players(all out offense or all out defense.) It's the aforementioned players like Serena, Vika, Justine, Amelie and Kim(?) who can give her trouble. You have to have great defense AND offense and a little something special to make her uncomfortable. She slays Petra, Lindsay, Ana(IIRC) on the offensive end of the spectrum, and Wozniacki, Jankovic, Radwanska(when playing well anyway) on the defensive end. Of course mental resilience is the #1 thing. In light of this, I find Petra to be in a tough situation here. She has a good slice and can handle herself at the net, so she COULD in theory put herself in the group of players who perform well against Sharapova, but I just don't think she has the determination to develop these aspects of her game into true weapons. She could be a force if she does.

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Re: Let's talk about the Kvitova-Sharapova rivalry.

From watching their matchups I think Maria clearly has the advantage the next time the two play. I think Maria has her figured out for the most part and it will be an uphill battle for Kvitova to win.

Petra lost her fitness and I think that was a big part of her problem against all of the top players in 2012. If she gets fit she has a much better chance against Maria. The H2H makes me think Maria hasn't forgotten that loss at Wimbledon and with her play style she can go out and dictate enough against Petra to win consistently. I also believe that Kvitova has the potential to win another slam but if she is going to do that she has to get back to that 2011 form.

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