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CDGS22
Jan 27th, 2006, 10:55 PM
I was just thinking and it seems to me that Maria will most likely be a newer version of Gabriela Sabatini. that is not a bad thing considering that Gaby was very consistent, but she never broke though many tournaments. Gaby and Maria a both considered to be big attractions in women's tennis and they both have very powerful games. I see Maria only winning like two or three slams. What do you guys think.

nelsondan
Jan 28th, 2006, 12:40 AM
There are parallels, but there are differences. Maria was 17 when she won Wimbledon; Gaby was 20 when she won the U.S. open defeating Steffi Graf. (She lost to Graf in the U.S. open when she was 18). Graf was her partner in 1988 when they won the Wimbledon doubles.

Besides her win, Gaby reached the finals of a Grand Slam just two other times. She won 27 tournaments.

Comparing 18 year olds, Maria is ahead of her in achievements and experience and business ventures. At the risk of offending, I would say there are unanswered questions regarding Maria's health and body development. Gaby was 5' 9" and 130 pounds. Maria is finishing out at 6' 1 or 2" and appears to be several pounds past the 130 she has been listed at for a couple of years. Her growth might have slowed her or caused other difficulties, but I believe it is more likely to eventually give more strength and devastating power.

I would be very surprised if Maria does not eventually win several grand Slams and spend a significant time listed number one. I have never seen a more amazing 18 year old woman.

andrewbroad
Jan 28th, 2006, 12:07 PM
Maria is nothing like Gabriela Sabatini. The biggest differences are the following:

Maria is a power-player. Sabatini relied on spin and finesse.
Maria is much stronger mentally than Sabatini, who lost the Wimbledon 1991 final after twice serving for the match, and lost to Mary Joe Fernández in the quarter-finals of the French Open 1993 after leading 6-1 5-1.
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Maria Croft
Jan 28th, 2006, 12:18 PM
very simple, no!

Natasc
Jan 28th, 2006, 12:49 PM
I agree with Sum, simple as that: NO WAY..

Dementinator
Jan 28th, 2006, 01:00 PM
its possible

Andy.
Jan 28th, 2006, 01:02 PM
Definatly not she is a very determined young women fighting for every point with huge pashion the depth of womens tennis is huge now

Sweep
Jan 28th, 2006, 01:05 PM
There's much more to Sharapova than there was to Sabatini. As good as Sabatini was, Masha's simply better.

CDGS22
Jan 28th, 2006, 01:18 PM
Remember Gaby beat Graf several times...do you honestly think that Maria could have beat Graf many times......Honestly? No

Steve-o
Jan 28th, 2006, 01:27 PM
Remember Gaby beat Graf several times...do you honestly think that Maria could have beat Graf many times......Honestly? No

It's impossible to compare player's from different era's but 'honestly' the game has moved on since the days Graf was dominating.

Natasc
Jan 28th, 2006, 01:37 PM
its possible
alright, say why u think that
justify ur answer as we all did

~lollipop_girl~
Jan 29th, 2006, 08:15 AM
I don't think they actually play similar tennis but that is because the world of women's tennis has changed! But, from what I have heard about Gaby (her match records and such) it does seem like they are on a similar path! I don't really know much about Gaby so I'm not fully sure but I can understand what CDGS22 is saying (I think)!

Portobello
Jan 30th, 2006, 05:26 PM
i dont know much about gaby too

but i dont think maria will lost the match after shes leading 6-1,5-1.

lakan kildap
Jan 31st, 2006, 01:36 AM
I don't think it was meant to say their tennis games are similar. What I think this simply means is that like Gabriela Sabatini in her days, Maria could end up being both the glamour queen of her time (she already is) and a one Slam wonder.

Now before you all dismiss this, remember what Dan Marino of the Miami Dolphins recently said. He was in the Super Bowl (1985) in his sophomore year at age 23, very young in NFL terms, lost, then thought it was OK because he'd get other chances. He thought every year would end with him in the Super Bowl. We now know what happened; he never got another chance.

I'm not saying Maria won't get her chances. Barring serious injury or a spell of funk, she will get her chances. But she better get there, starting this May. The world will not wait for her, it will move on.

UDACHi
Jan 31st, 2006, 03:00 AM
Nahh, Maria's too good for that kinda career.

andrewbroad
Jan 31st, 2006, 09:13 PM
Remember Gaby beat Graf several times...do you honestly think that Maria could have beat Graf many times......Honestly?

Absolutely, if Graf would have been using that lazy sliced backhand against Maria.

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johnoo
Jan 31st, 2006, 10:40 PM
I don't think it was meant to say their tennis games are similar. What I think this simply means is that like Gabriela Sabatini in her days, Maria could end up being both the glamour queen of her time (she already is) and a one Slam wonder.

Now before you all dismiss this, remember what Dan Marino of the Miami Dolphins recently said. He was in the Super Bowl (1985) in his sophomore year at age 23, very young in NFL terms, lost, then thought it was OK because he'd get other chances. He thought every year would end with him in the Super Bowl. We now know what happened; he never got another chance.

I'm not saying Maria won't get her chances. Barring serious injury or a spell of funk, she will get her chances. But she better get there, starting this May. The world will not wait for her, it will move on.

NHL is a team game,don't matter how good you are if the rest of the team is crap forget it so thats not a good comparison,maria does not have that problem and her future sucess is in her hands and hers alone,of course luck always plays it's part.

lakan kildap
Feb 1st, 2006, 12:19 AM
NHL is a team game,don't matter how good you are if the rest of the team is crap forget it so thats not a good comparison,maria does not have that problem and her future sucess is in her hands and hers alone,of course luck always plays it's part.

you misunderstand. what I mean is that just because you're a precocious athlete with Hall of Fame talent and success at such a young age (as was the case with Marino) doesn't mean you'll be able to repeat your results every year. team sports or individual sports, it applies.

and there really is no use arguing among us, if Masha proves this "Next Gaby" theory wrong herself.

Me personally, I'd like Masha to become something like a second Seles. Even though I never liked Seles.

lakan kildap
Feb 1st, 2006, 03:18 AM
:topic:
the general tone of the media during and after the AO is "Sharapova was/has been a disappointment"..."after winning Wimbledon in 2004, she hasn't reached another GS final" and so on.

this is rather unfair, I think because it's not like she was the only former major winner who hasn't won again. Davenport, Kuznetsova and Myskina come to mind, especially Davenport, who always comes in ranked 1st and expected to win (why she never won the '04 USO still baffles me), but always failing to win. (And since Justine, Serena and Venus have just won recently, and Justine even made the AO final, I think they've earned a pass.)

But it just shows us how much people- the fans, the media- are expecting from Maria.

She really needs to win another major, if for nothing else, then for herself.

Porcupine
Feb 1st, 2006, 05:28 AM
"I'm not the next anyone,I'm the first Maria Sharapova."
Maria said this when she was 15 years old.So it's nothing I can say but agree with her.

Maria Croft
Feb 1st, 2006, 07:51 AM
Maria herself said it best ;)