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~SunFlower~
Apr 18th, 2005, 12:30 AM
I am afraid that she will win Aussie Open and US Open in the near future but will strugge to win French Open like Davenport and Hingis. :sad: :scared:

If she wins French Open, it will be the happiest day of my life. It's the most difficult title to win in her case. I wouldn't worry about Aussie Open and US Open.

What do you think? :)

416_Man
Apr 18th, 2005, 12:33 AM
I have a feeling that Sharapova will win either 3 - 4 GS in her career. I doubt she'll win a French unless she is blessed with a great draw, but then again you can say the same about Davenport. Her best please to win her next slam would be Wimbledon, but with the Belgians back the US and Australian will be tough.

Asmus
Apr 18th, 2005, 12:34 AM
I agree. I still think that if Serena and Myskina can win it, Maria can as well but it's hard to see her beating Clijsters or Henin-Hardenne on clay. She'll need quite a bit of luck.

Knizzle
Apr 18th, 2005, 12:38 AM
I agree. I still think that if Serena and Myskina can win it, Maria can as well but it's hard to see her beating Clijsters or Henin-Hardenne on clay. She'll need quite a bit of luck.

Serena moves alot better than Maria and was just overall more aggressive. She was a beast at the FO. So strong when she needed to be.

Bezz
Apr 18th, 2005, 12:40 AM
hingis didnt struggle cos she didnt have the right game to win the french, she lost cos some people played better that year and not forgetting the mental break down against graf.

deja_entendu
Apr 18th, 2005, 12:44 AM
Hingis didn't win the French because of some mental collapses and 'the nose' -- Davenport doesn't even try at RG quite frankly. Maria will try, that's for sure, and unless she has strange circumstances following her at that tournament a la Hingis, I definitely think she has "the game".

tennnisfannn
Apr 18th, 2005, 12:46 AM
maria has become so underrated on clay, the girl has barely played on it and some of you are already writing her off. She made the QFs last year whcih is very good for her second year on tour. Just because lindsay hasn't won it does not mean maria won't win it. Look at all previous winners bar myskina, all power players: pierce, seles,jen, serena, justine etc. Doesn't maria look like she belongs in this group? lindsay doesn't believe she kind do it on this surface, maria on the other hand believes she can walk on water, big difference!
if the FO was only won by players whose games were most suited to clay, hingis and amelie would totally own the event.
I cannot believe some of you give kim a higher chance of winning the FO than you do Maria.
maria serves well, attacks well, defends very well and most importantly she knows how to win the championship point at a slam!

RenaSlam.
Apr 18th, 2005, 12:52 AM
maria has become so underrated on clay, the girl has barely played on it and some of you are already writing her off. She made the QFs last year whcih is very good for her second year on tour. Just because lindsay hasn't won it does not mean maria won't win it. Look at all previous winners bar myskina, all power players: pierce, seles,jen, serena, justine etc. Doesn't maria look like she belongs in this group? lindsay doesn't believe she kind do it on this surface, maria on the other hand believes she can walk on water, big difference!
if the FO was only won by players whose games were most suited to clay, hingis and amelie would totally own the event.
I cannot believe some of you give kim a higher chance of winning the FO than you do Maria.
maria serves well, attacks well, defends very well and most importantly she knows how to win the championship point at a slam!

My sentiments exactly. She reaches the quarters in one of her FIRST ever GS events...it's not her favorite surface, but she will adapt. She can outhit anyone, no matter what the surface. Plus, she fights exceptionally well and that will serve her well at Roland Garros.

~Cherry*Blossom~
Apr 18th, 2005, 01:38 AM
If Sharapova had the draw she had last year, she would easily win the French. She wouldn't lose to Suarez, she would beat Dementieva and destroy Myskina. It's just the luck of the draw.

10nisfanofruz
Apr 18th, 2005, 02:37 AM
Maria has something similar to Lindsey = tall and agressive players.
Winning FO is tough task but you never know what will happen. ;)

azinna
Apr 18th, 2005, 03:41 AM
maria has become so underrated on clay, the girl has barely played on it and some of you are already writing her off. She made the QFs last year whcih is very good for her second year on tour. Just because lindsay hasn't won it does not mean maria won't win it. Look at all previous winners bar myskina, all power players: pierce, seles,jen, serena, justine etc. Doesn't maria look like she belongs in this group? lindsay doesn't believe she kind do it on this surface, maria on the other hand believes she can walk on water, big difference!
if the FO was only won by players whose games were most suited to clay, hingis and amelie would totally own the event.
I cannot believe some of you give kim a higher chance of winning the FO than you do Maria.
maria serves well, attacks well, defends very well and most importantly she knows how to win the championship point at a slam!


tennisfan, I agree with the general thrust of your post. It's too early to say Maria has issues with the clay of Roland Garros.

But you must admit that the games of Justine and Kim are better suited to winning the French than Maria's. And that Jen and Serena, at the top of their games, have superior mobility and defensive skills (ditto Justine and Kim).

Meanwhile, as Kim showed us in the Key Biscayne final, Maria's current game shares certain crucial deficiencies with Lindsay's: one-dimensionality to the game, discomfort and confusion when being moved around, impatience at seeing winners float back to the baseline, reluctance to cut off points at the net, etc.....

Mary Pierce's win should give the current Maria the best hope. That's it for now. But the child may just improve several aspects of her game....

VeeReeDavJCap81
Apr 18th, 2005, 03:42 AM
I think she'll eventually win it. No one thought the Williams' would win it, and Serena did it in 2002 with Venus as the runner up. But the French is the hardest slam for ANY player to win, regardless if they have the "game" to do it or not.

Andy.
Apr 18th, 2005, 10:55 AM
She has a much better attitude and mental approch then Lindsay so that means a lot.

lindsayno1
Apr 18th, 2005, 11:58 AM
id never compare sharapova to lindsay!!! but yeah, tall and powerful. i think personally its clear the way maria is with lindsay and how she looks at her, that she aspires to be like her

skanky~skanketta
Apr 18th, 2005, 02:29 PM
If Sharapova had the draw she had last year, she would easily win the French. She wouldn't lose to Suarez, she would beat Dementieva and destroy Myskina. It's just the luck of the draw.

she would hardly destroy myskina let alone defeat her. myskina has a 3-1 edge over sharapova and sharapova still needed 3 sets to beat her at los angeles.

Alan
Apr 18th, 2005, 03:26 PM
hingis didnt struggle cos she didnt have the right game to win the french, she lost cos some people played better that year and not forgetting the mental break down against graf.

not the right game? in spite of being two points away from the championship against graf? in spite winning RG as a junior? ;) in spite winning other matches/tournaments on clay?

densuprun
Apr 18th, 2005, 03:35 PM
Maria is not the next Davenport/Hingis. She is the next Sampras :)

23TwentyThree23
Apr 18th, 2005, 04:53 PM
not the right game? in spite of being two points away from the championship against graf? in spite winning RG as a junior? ;) in spite winning other matches/tournaments on clay?

I'm afraid the closest martina got to the title was 3 points.

bandabou
Apr 18th, 2005, 05:05 PM
hmm.....I think there might be some truth to this thread. Justine and specially Kim is gonna have a totally field day with Maria on clay......if Kim can frustrate Maria on hardcourts and fast hardcourts at that, can you imagine what she's gonna do with Maria on clay?

Maria does have the confidence.....but even with that she's looooong shot at best for the French.

Calimero377
Apr 18th, 2005, 08:30 PM
I'm afraid the closest martina got to the title was 3 points.


And then came that top-spin cross-court passing shot - woooshh ....
:worship: :worship: :worship:

K.U.C.W-R.V
Apr 18th, 2005, 08:34 PM
Sharapova will doubtless win many slams, but unless the draw falls apart one year, I would be shocked if she ever won the French.

Brooks.
Apr 18th, 2005, 09:06 PM
hmm.....I think there might be some truth to this thread. Justine and specially Kim is gonna have a totally field day with Maria on clay......if Kim can frustrate Maria on hardcourts and fast hardcourts at that, can you imagine what she's gonna do with Maria on clay?

Maria does have the confidence.....but even with that she's looooong shot at best for the French.

i agree with this....kim will always be trouble for maria... its absolutely the worst match up for her... but still myskina won the french last year so anything is possible... think about it this way

Maria draws:
rd. 16 petrova
qf. molik
semi. momo
final. ??? (serena,justine,kim should all beat her on clay...she would have to hope she wouldnt meet one of them before the final i think)

its definitely possible that maria could do well...but she'll have to get the right draw

flyingmachine
Apr 18th, 2005, 09:25 PM
I know clay is Maria's worse surface but I think is still too early to written her off yet. Her attitude is certainly helps her on that. Anyway I don't think her game is yet fully develped so we have to wait and see.

Kart
Apr 18th, 2005, 09:32 PM
Several players that have won the French open could only dream of the record Martina Hingis has there - aside from their win obviously.

As for Sharapova winning the French, never say never ... she's a lot closer to being capable than many like to admit.

selyoink
Apr 18th, 2005, 10:01 PM
I agree with those saying Maria is an under rated clay court player. She did get to the quarters last year which most people seem to forget. She will only improve on clay and eventually win the French Open.

Alan
Apr 18th, 2005, 10:52 PM
I'm afraid the closest martina got to the title was 3 points.

oh was it three? hehehe.. ;) wel, it still only three points

thelittlestelf
Apr 18th, 2005, 10:59 PM
The only reason why Hingis and Davenport haven't won the French is because they both have mental blocks there. Sharapova does not have a mental block at any tournament, really, and there's no reason why she can't eventually win the French.

andrewbroad
Apr 21st, 2005, 12:29 AM
Maria will be runner-up to Vera Zvonareva at the French Open 2005, and will win her first French Open title in 2006 (as part of her first calendar-year Grand Slam).

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