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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old Nov 10th, 2006, 06:43 PM Thread Starter
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Makiri's style of play...

Can Makiri's style of play prove to be fruitful in 2007? Is there any room in women's tennis for the type of game Makiri plays? Power is all the rage and players are coming out in droves with that style of play every year.
The reason I ask this is because I watched Hingis (who has a similar game) plat at the YEC Championship against Mauresmo last night. Martina struggled with the power at times and looked winded which is disheartening because that's the dilemma I see Makiri will have to face with in 2007. She lacks the craftiness and guile that Martina possesses. As we all know, Makiri lacks a big weapon that the other power hitters have and can't blow players off the court. She has to rely more on her movement and ability of returning every ball back with her feet like being a "human backboard" (Amanda Coetzer style). That in turn means Makiri has to work even harder to win points in matches than the other big hitters who have the ability to win cheap points with a big serve, huge FH, and BH. I just don't know if Makiri's game will allow her to win a slam. I dearly hope Makiri proves me wrong in 2007.
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Re: Makiri's style of play...

I've watched Maria matches lately and her style is quite fitting if she can make use of it. Her serve and strokes get stronger as time goes, and she still has the ability of mixing things up, which she seldom uses now.
Yes, she'll have a hard time against heavier hitters but if she keeps her pace and gets her mind on playing smart (she's showed she can do it) she can beat anyone.

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Re: Makiri's style of play...

Leg strength, foot speed, upper body strength, and increased stamina are demanded in Makiri's style of play. Hopefully, she'll work hard on these criteria during the off season. I would really like her to work to improve on her abilities in constructing a point, learning to be PATIENT during rallies, and avoid mental mistakes like trying an ill advised drop shot at critical points in a match, etc. She's got the variety of shots in her repertoire, but just doesn't use them often enough. Is it too late for her develop a big FH or BH? She's only 19. How about flattening out her groundstrokes? I just don't know if she has an answer in beating the big hitters. Hingis is having a hard time dealing with that now. More than likely, she'll encounter one big hitter in a draw, in every tourney she enters.
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I would really like her to work to improve on her abilities in constructing a point, learning to be PATIENT during rallies, and avoid mental mistakes like trying an ill advised drop shot at critical points in a match, etc. She's got the variety of shots in her repertoire, but just doesn't use them often enough.
I think that is so important for Maria...
The way her game develops during tournaments & away from it will completely depend on if she can keep her emotions under control enough to allow her to make the correct decision whilst under pressure & if she can stay completely focused... Unfortunately in my eyes, Sears can't help her with this, he spent years trying to get Daniela to work this part of her game out and things only started to fall in place once they split up... Hopefully, Makiri proves to be very different to Daniela and she can work this part of her game out a lot faster...

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Re: Makiri's style of play...

Yeah I think she has to try to get stronger. She does look very fit nowadays, but she's not hitting the ball as hard consistantly compared to other players. I think part of it is because of her height. But at the same time her quickness is one of her best assets, so she's got to be careful how much muscle she puts on,if she decides to. I havent heard anything about her doing that but I think she should. It would definately improve her game imo

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If I were Maria, I'd do anything to develop groundstrokes of flairsome power, which is exactly the change that Anna Chakvetadze has made to her own game in the last year or so. Timing, not muscle!

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Re: Makiri's style of play...

... or maybe nigel sears is not effective for her.. lol

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Either way, I wouldn't be pleased if she changed into another ball blaster even if that meant better results. Having the constructive and thoughtful style of play is without doubt one of the biggest reasons I'm a fan of her.

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Re: Makiri's style of play...

I think the fact that she does play a little different could help her if she continues to play agressive and use her craftyness and net skills. Players arent used to having to play against that sort of game and if she can really perfect her style she will be a tough opponent to play.
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Re: Makiri's style of play...

Maria must first decide what her style of play is. She has to choice one and stick with it. I think Maria is more effective when she is more aggressive & uses a variety of shots and tactics in her games. Her chances for success are better when she uses her slice backhand, serves & vollies, returns & vollies, comes to net and moves her opponent around. This is what Masha did in the fall of 2005 when she enjoyed her best results in her career. She gets into trouble when she stands on the baseline and tries to outlast her opponent in rallies.

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Maria must first decide what her style of play is. She has to choice one and stick with it. I think Maria is more effective when she is more aggressive & uses a variety of shots and tactics in her games. Her chances for success are better when she uses her slice backhand, serves & vollies, returns & vollies, comes to net and moves her opponent around. This is what Masha did in the fall of 2005 when she enjoyed her best results in her career. She gets into trouble when she stands on the baseline and tries to outlast her opponent in rallies.
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Yeah, she must play hoter.
Baseline rallies alone are too boring...
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Re: Makiri's style of play...

Little Masha is a fine all court tennis player who plays excellent defense and has a wide variety of shots to keep her opponents off balance. Masha does alot well on the tennis court. But she doesn't play smartly and doesn't play the right shots and the right time enough of the time. Makiri has tremendous hands and is a good volleyer. But getting to the net against the big babes of women's tennis is hard for her to do because of the power and depth most of the WTA Tour plays with these days.

I would like for Makiri to player smarter tennis in 2007. Most players will beat themselves if given the chance. And that's how Maria loses alot of matches. Players give her the chance to beat herself and she does quite often. She should do the same to her foes.

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Re: Makiri's style of play...

Maria will never have a big weapon, but she can definitely improve things.

She just needs her confidence back.
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Re: Makiri's style of play...

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Maria will never have a big weapon, but she can definitely improve things.

She just needs her confidence back.
Agreed. Confidence & courtcraft. I hope the knee injury is cleared up and by the end of 2007 she has moved back into the #20's
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