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msharafan
Aug 1st, 2006, 01:41 AM
Sharapova hopes improving fitness will lift season
By Matthew Cronin
SAN DIEGO, July 31 (Reuters) - Russia's Maria Sharapova hopes her improving fitness will help turn her season around at this week's Acura Classic.
"The past two weeks have been the first time that I've had full practice where I didn't need to see the trainer every day," the world number four told reporters.
The 19-year-old, seeded second in San Diego, has failed to win a tournament since Indian Wells in March.
A twisted ankle before the French Open has hampered her campaign, seeing her exit Roland Garros in the fourth round and lose a hard-fought Wimbledon semi-final to eventual winner Amelie Mauresmo.
"The last time (I was fully fit) was Indian Wells and that was a good week for me. I've been doing progressively better. I'm excited going into a tournament feeling healthy and playing pretty well."
Sharapova, who struggled with a shoulder injury in 2005, feels like she is in much better shape than when she won the 2004 Wimbledon crown at the age of 17.
"Physically I've improved a lot," she said. "If you look at my body shape two years ago to now, I never felt like I was ready then. I feel a lot stronger and I experienced a lot more.
"Then, I never had big injuries and now I've learned to deal with the world expecting me to play when I've been injured."
Nearly a month after her Wimbledon defeat, Sharapova is still smarting from her defeat to Mauresmo.
"I tactically didn't play smart especially in the third set when I had the momentum," she said.
"I need to adjust to the situations better. Top players have plans in their pockets and are not one-dimensional. When things were going my way, I stopped and I was brain dead. But that's something that you learn and hopefully the next time it will naturally be there."
Sharapova believes she has matured to the point where she can win another Grand Slam title and take down the more seasoned players.
"I've done it before and I've been consistently doing well, but it's a matter of doing it better," she said.
Sharapova will play the winner of the match between Vasilisa Bardina and Meng Yuan in her second-round match in San Diego.
Belgium's Kim Clijsters, who won the title at Stanford last week, is the tournament's top seed.


dont know if this has already posted but just in case! anyway i think its an interesting article and sounds like maria is finally injury free! :bounce: :)

Dan23
Aug 1st, 2006, 01:43 AM
Very nice to hear but you should just post this in Maria's player forum :)

It will just attract negativity in here.

Sharapova's_Boy
Aug 1st, 2006, 01:58 AM
Masha :hearts:

Wannabeknowitall
Aug 1st, 2006, 02:11 AM
I guess this is the negative post coming. :rolleyes:
What annoys me about some players is the misinformed ego.
There's no way you can be in the top 10 right now and not be a better player, physically and emotionally than you were 2-3 years ago.
The rest of the women out there are doing the same thing.
Her fitness might be better but something has to be done about the other things.
She still needs to improve on the defensive side. She needs to work on her volleys and her movement towards net.
She absolutely needs to work on opening the court up. That's her biggest weakness against the top players.
She came into Wimbledon in 2004 and overpowered the field with her game. That isn't going to work anymore.
I like that she admits she's a bit one-dimensional.
I don't like that she expects it to come natural as time goes by. It's never going to come natural as a offensive-minded player.

hablo
Aug 1st, 2006, 02:19 AM
A twisted ankle before the French Open has hampered her campaign, seeing her exit Roland Garros in the fourth round and lose a hard-fought Wimbledon semi-final to eventual winner Amelie Mauresmo.
So according to Cronin, that's why she lost :speakles::tape:
How enlightening.

Reuchlin
Aug 1st, 2006, 02:38 AM
I guess this is the negative post coming. :rolleyes:
What annoys me about some players is the misinformed ego.
There's no way you can be in the top 10 right now and not be a better player, physically and emotionally than you were 2-3 years ago.
The rest of the women out there are doing the same thing.
Her fitness might be better but something has to be done about the other things.
She still needs to improve on the defensive side. She needs to work on her volleys and her movement towards net.
She absolutely needs to work on opening the court up. That's her biggest weakness against the top players.
She came into Wimbledon in 2004 and overpowered the field with her game. That isn't going to work anymore.
I like that she admits she's a bit one-dimensional.
I don't like that she expects it to come natural as time goes by. It's never going to come natural as a offensive-minded player.

dumbest post of the day prize goes to you for posting this gem! :)

SAEKeithSerena
Aug 1st, 2006, 02:45 AM
best of luck to her

ezekiel
Aug 1st, 2006, 03:05 AM
Maria Sharapova talking about one dimensionality and not being smart, nawh it's easy to take apart that :cool:

Dan23
Aug 1st, 2006, 03:06 AM
Maria Sharapova talking about one dimensionality and not being smart, nawh it's easy to take apart that :cool:
go on then..

Andy.
Aug 1st, 2006, 03:09 AM
Great article thanks for posting

tennnisfannn
Aug 1st, 2006, 03:12 AM
Quite frankly maria has been amazing in the slams, she has gone into just about every slam since the middle of last year with an injurym, very little tune ups and still managed to make the semis. Clay is not quite there for her yet but even then she still lost to a quality player in safina.

ezekiel
Aug 1st, 2006, 03:17 AM
go on then..

frankly I am tired of going of about her and I said too much already. I want her to open up , she has never been critical of herself, this is a fresh appproach that may just give me something to think about :)

Mother_Marjorie
Aug 1st, 2006, 03:18 AM
Go Maria! Its nice to hear she is healthy and able to get into better shape.

Dan23
Aug 1st, 2006, 03:21 AM
frankly I am tired of going of about her and I said too much already. I want her to open up , she has never been critical of herself, this is a fresh appproach that may just give me something to think about :)
I dont think that is true. She has never hidden from what she thinks are her weaknesses and hasnt been under the illusion that theres no improvement to be made.

SAEKeithSerena
Aug 1st, 2006, 05:09 AM
i still love the bitch...hoping serena can come back and have another epic match with maria. with serena winning of course:)

faboozadoo15
Aug 1st, 2006, 05:46 AM
i'm really excited to see her playing again. she's come out of some tough times and tough matches, and i'm really hoping she can lift her season on the north american hardcourts.

msharafan
Aug 1st, 2006, 10:20 AM
good luck maria for the american hardcourt season, im looking forward to seeing her back in action! i mean last year she was hampered with her pec muscle injury and had hardly no match practice going into the us open and still took kim to 3 sets, what might happen now...! well im excited but first well have to see her form this week at san diego but if she plays like she did at indian wells ie according to maria was the last time she was injury free she should do quite well i would say so good luck mash!

The_Pov
Aug 1st, 2006, 11:27 AM
Maria Sharapova talking about one dimensionality and not being smart, nawh it's easy to take apart that :cool:
And yet she still does far better than Ana!

Sidneygod
Aug 1st, 2006, 11:29 AM
And yet she still does far better than Ana!

Maria with playing with her left hand would do better :tape:

ezekiel
Aug 1st, 2006, 12:16 PM
And yet she still does far better than Ana!

IF Ana was talking about fitness, dedication and ambition , her weak points by the way, then you'd have a point but you are just trying to bite me :lol:

Sidneygod
Aug 1st, 2006, 01:00 PM
IF Ana was talking about fitness, dedication and ambition , her weak points by the way, then you'd have a point but you are just trying to bite me :lol:

I quite like Ana, but there is not one single aspect of her game that can rival Maria's. :o

Chrysanthemum
Aug 1st, 2006, 02:09 PM
Oh well, its funny, it takes 2 years for masha to realized that she played one dimensional game. I was like : "Helloooowww..???"

Chrysanthemum
Aug 1st, 2006, 02:11 PM
good luck maria for the american hardcourt season, im looking forward to seeing her back in action! i mean last year she was hampered with her pec muscle injury and had hardly no match practice going into the us open and still took kim to 3 sets, what might happen now...! well im excited but first well have to see her form this week at san diego but if she plays like she did at indian wells ie according to maria was the last time she was injury free she should do quite well i would say so good luck mash!


Im so tired with this injury excuses.... :)

goldenlox
Aug 1st, 2006, 02:19 PM
Im so tired with this injury excuses.... :)With Sharapova, there are always a million excuses. :rolleyes:
I'm only 27 - that ones's coming

msharafan
Aug 1st, 2006, 02:24 PM
no i wasnt using at as an exscuse i just meant she had an injury and had hardly any match practice but yet still got to the semis, im not using the injury as an exscuse but its plain to see that maria had hardly any match practice and was injured as her injury has only healed this year so you know im not making exscuses for her im just saying now that she is fully fit and hopefully going into the us open with some good wins behind her some match practice and confidence that maybe she will do even better but who knows what might happen! im not using an exscuse im just stating the facts im not saying kim didnt deserve the win because she did what is your problem with maria?

Chrysanthemum
Aug 1st, 2006, 02:24 PM
With Sharapova, there are always a million excuses. :rolleyes:
I'm only 27 - that ones's coming


:lol: :lol: :lol:

IceHock
Aug 1st, 2006, 02:27 PM
Hello!!!!Maria,if fitness is the only thing your going to work on,your still screwed!!YOU NEED VARIETY!!!!

Chrysanthemum
Aug 1st, 2006, 02:31 PM
no i wasnt using at as an exscuse i just meant she had an injury and had hardly any match practice but yet still got to the semis, im not using the injury as an exscuse but its plain to see that maria had hardly any match practice and was injured as her injury has only healed this year so you know im not making exscuses for her im just saying now that she is fully fit and hopefully going into the us open with some good wins behind her some match practice and confidence that maybe she will do even better but who knows what might happen! im not using an exscuse im just stating the facts im not saying kim didnt deserve the win because she did what is your problem with maria?

My problem with maria ? I dont like her, as simple as that :lol:

Its funny that she always had injuries while she dont really had a tight schedule back in 2005.

Oh well whatever, dont really care about the statistics. I did like her motion when she came to the net and Amelie "God Loves U" Mauresmo, just passed her with a short passing shots from her backhand. Then maria look like a fool.

Chrysanthemum
Aug 1st, 2006, 02:33 PM
Hello!!!!Maria,if fitness is the only thing your going to work on,your still screwed!!YOU NEED VARIETY!!!!

Well, maybe she think shes smart enough.... especially with that dropshot she hit in Dubai againts martina hingis, its not even touch the net. :lol:

Dan23
Aug 1st, 2006, 02:33 PM
Hello!!!!Maria,if fitness is the only thing your going to work on,your still screwed!!YOU NEED VARIETY!!!!
Hello!!! maybe learn something about her before crapping on!!!

Sidneygod
Aug 1st, 2006, 02:33 PM
Maria will be fine as she is still developing. The other top players are in their prime aged around 24-27.

Young players take time to develop, I mean take a look at the current teenagers on tour apart from Maria. :tape: :tape: :tape: Maria is light years ahead of them and a lot more talented.

msharafan
Aug 1st, 2006, 02:34 PM
you know you really are so sad and pathetic maria will be much more successful than mauresmo will ever be! how long did it take for amelie to win her first grand slam oh and i forgot the first one was by a fluke! well you know you really should just get lost!

Chrysanthemum
Aug 1st, 2006, 02:34 PM
Maria will be fine as she is still developing. The other top players are in their prime aged around 24-27.

Young players take time to develop, I mean take a look at the current teenagers on tour. :tape: :tape: :tape: Maria is light years ahead of them and a lot more talented.

yeah..shes only..what ?? 19 ??

Dan23
Aug 1st, 2006, 02:35 PM
Well, maybe she think shes smart enough.... especially with that dropshot she hit in Dubai againts martina hingis, its not even touch the net. :lol: Maria is obviously a hell of a lot smarter than yourself..


btw did I sense some sarcasm from goldenlox :speakles:

IceHock
Aug 1st, 2006, 02:36 PM
Hello!!! maybe learn something about her before crapping on!!!


If you think she has variety,then your highly mistaken,everyone on this board I guess but you knows she has none,something she needs to win another slam.

Sidneygod
Aug 1st, 2006, 02:38 PM
If you think she has variety,then your highly mistaken,everyone on this board I guess but you knows she has none,something she needs to win another slam.

What exactly does your fav Daniela exactly have? No skill, no variety, no talent. nothing

Dan23
Aug 1st, 2006, 02:39 PM
If you think she has variety,then your highly mistaken,everyone on this board I guess but you knows she has none,something she needs to win another slam.
Did I say that? :p Though she has more than you'd care to think about...and to say she would only be working on fitness shows you are ignorant of most things she says.

IceHock
Aug 1st, 2006, 02:41 PM
What exactly does your fav Daniela exactly have? No skill, no variety, no talent. nothing

too bad this thread isn't about Daniela.It's about Maria.Daniela actually has variety,she has a wicked good dropper and angle shots that she uses,ALOT.

IceHock
Aug 1st, 2006, 02:42 PM
Did I say that? :p Though she has more than you'd care to think about...and to say she would only be working on fitness shows you are ignorant of most things she says.


lol,it says in the article she needs to improve fitness,theres nothing about any variety.

Chrysanthemum
Aug 1st, 2006, 02:42 PM
you know you really are so sad and pathetic maria will be much more successful than mauresmo will ever be! how long did it take for amelie to win her first grand slam oh and i forgot the first one was by a fluke! well you know you really should just get lost!

Masha won that wimbledon title becoz shes very lucky at that time.
a lot of top players was sidelined due to their injuries and that was also happened with serena. Serena didnt played her best game and yet she looked she dont want to win it.

Same thing happened with kuznetsova and myskina who won each slam @ that year. They got lucky honey....

But when all the top ten players are playing again in 2005 and 2006, u can see masha, myskina and kuznetsova are struggling. And guess what ? they dont win another slam didnt they ??? So thats what i called lucky honey...they got so lucky in 2004. But dont speak too much about the past, coz u see a different result at present..hehehe

Chrysanthemum
Aug 1st, 2006, 02:44 PM
Maria is obviously a hell of a lot smarter than yourself..


btw did I sense some sarcasm from goldenlox :speakles:

Well, i dont know who's smarter, but my dropshots always passed the net.

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

msharafan
Aug 1st, 2006, 02:45 PM
can we please just stop all the bickering it really is pathetic! this was an article i posted to update tennis fans or anyone who was interested in what maria had to say about being injury free and how she feels going into this weeks tournie, other fans do it with there players so why not me? anyway enough of that just please stop! maria has has exscuse of late as she has been injured and because of this lacking in match practice when people state this they are only stating the obvious facts, by making such exscuses it just proves that maria has been going through some terrible and unfortunate injurie since last summer, but now that she is back and fully fir after s few tournie we can expect the best from her so now can we all just please leave it at that before world war 3 breaks out on here!

Dan23
Aug 1st, 2006, 02:47 PM
lol,it says in the article she needs to improve fitness,theres nothing about any variety.
oh god :o

Sidneygod
Aug 1st, 2006, 02:48 PM
Well, i dont know who's smarter, but my dropshots always passed the net.

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

She's smart enough to win wimbledon, become world number 1 and earn 25 million a year.

You however..... :tape: :lol: :tape: :help: :smash: :spit:

Dan23
Aug 1st, 2006, 02:48 PM
Well, i dont know who's smarter, but my dropshots always passed the net.

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
In the Wimby final, JHH served a ball that hit the grass before the net does that make her a poor server? :p

msharafan
Aug 1st, 2006, 02:48 PM
Well, i dont know who's smarter, but my dropshots always passed the net.

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

you know you really are so sad looking back on that match youde swear martina won maria may have lacked in the drop shotting department many times ive seen players like kim justine and patty miss drop shots or hit shockers it happens to the best of them! at least maria was trying to add variety to her game youve got to give her credit for trying!

The_Pov
Aug 1st, 2006, 02:51 PM
In the Wimby final, JHH served a ball that hit the grass before the net does that make her a poor server? :p

Yeah well Chrysanthemum is so great she/he/it always gets a perfect match and never ever makes any errors. He/she/it probably decided not to wastes it's time on such contest like Wimbledon because the competition is beneath it!

goldenlox
Aug 1st, 2006, 02:56 PM
If she doesn't do well in NY, she'll say she was reinjured.
So these articles are jokes, meaningless

hablo
Aug 1st, 2006, 03:03 PM
you know you really are so sad and pathetic maria will be much more successful than mauresmo will ever be! how long did it take for amelie to win her first grand slam oh and i forgot the first one was by a fluke! well you know you really should just get lost!
How long it takes a player to win a slam is not indicative of how well their career is going to go, imo... If you were to go by your logic : then sharapova will never have the career that Hingis has enjoyed :shrug:

Oh and the second part of your post wreaks of bitterness : just because you're upset that your fav is somehow getting criticized because of the article that you posted doesn't mean you have to stoop so low :rolleyes:

Serge007
Aug 1st, 2006, 03:23 PM
Serena didnt played her best game and yet she looked she dont want to win it.
So what? Who cares that Serena dont want to play tennis. Sharapova, Hantuchova, Jankovich, Schiavone, Craybas, Sun and Zvonareva want to play and want to win. It's enough.
Serena was interesting in 2002-2004, partly in 2005. In 2006 Mauresmo, Clijsters, Henin, Sharapova, Kuznetsova, Hingis and Vaidisova are more interesting. Because it's smart tennis (as though in forums did not declare differently). Just watch it.

especially with that dropshot she hit in Dubai againts martina hingis
and what about dropshot againts Henin-Hardenne... It's dropshot of this year.

Chewie
Aug 1st, 2006, 03:36 PM
Very nice to hear but you should just post this in Maria's player forum :)

It will just attract negativity in here.

Dan, are those your legs? :D

adison-hingis
Aug 1st, 2006, 03:52 PM
I wacthed her practicing yesterday. She looked the best I have ever seen her....really fit. She was hitting solid ..no doubt about it. But one interesting thing I have seen from her practice is that she was hitting on her left hand really well. It was totally shocked seeing that. She was hitting good on both swings. It was like she was confusing me there because every stroke she hit was the same in range of power, pace and topspin. She's really a talented player!

xan
Aug 1st, 2006, 04:50 PM
I wacthed her practicing yesterday. She looked the best I have ever seen her....really fit. She was hitting solid ..no doubt about it. But one interesting thing I have seen from her practice is that she was hitting on her left hand really well. It was totally shocked seeing that. She was hitting good on both swings. It was like she was confusing me there because every stroke she hit was the same in range of power, pace and topspin. She's really a talented player!

Great. Nice to hear Maria's feeling better.

I see the haters are still exercising their bile as normal too. :rolleyes:

saki
Aug 1st, 2006, 04:54 PM
I don't understand why everyone seems to think Maria needs variety. How much variety do/did Lindsay and Mary have? They still won multiple slams. Maria basically needs to do what she does extremely well and add a little more to her game and especially to her fitness and she'll be fine.

sukova1978
Aug 1st, 2006, 05:00 PM
How can she not be fit at 19? What she been doing to be unfit?

franny
Aug 1st, 2006, 05:38 PM
I don't understand why everyone seems to think Maria needs variety. How much variety do/did Lindsay and Mary have? They still won multiple slams. Maria basically needs to do what she does extremely well and add a little more to her game and especially to her fitness and she'll be fine.

And when was the last time either Mary or Lindsay won a slam? Both in 2000. Pure ball bashers are not going to win multiple slams anymore. In order to win in todays' game, you have to either have variety or be extremely athletic and fast(a la Clijsters or Williams).

furrykitten
Aug 1st, 2006, 05:39 PM
Lets hope Maria increasing her fitness levels will lead to more success :hug:

franny
Aug 1st, 2006, 05:41 PM
If Maria can really train that left hand, man it'd be great. Out of nowhere if she hits a left handed shot that's just as hard, it'd really shock her opponents. I've always thought that it'd be a great idea to implement a left-handed shot into her game. When stretched out wide and she can't hit a two handed backhand, a just as hard one handed lefty forehand would be just as good. Of course a slice would also be good since it will give her more time. I just don't like when she hits with her left hand but its a weak reply back and her opponents just hit a winner off the next shot.

jacobruiz
Aug 1st, 2006, 06:07 PM
How can she not be fit at 19? What she been doing to be unfit?


Maria has had injuries and a little trouble growing into her 6'2" height.

I'm glad to see that she's feeling good about herself physically.:D

faboozadoo15
Aug 1st, 2006, 06:12 PM
How can she not be fit at 19? What she been doing to be unfit?
someone with the name SUKOVA doesn't understand how someone could be injured or unfit??? :retard:

saki
Aug 1st, 2006, 06:14 PM
And when was the last time either Mary or Lindsay won a slam? Both in 2000. Pure ball bashers are not going to win multiple slams anymore. In order to win in todays' game, you have to either have variety or be extremely athletic and fast(a la Clijsters or Williams).

Lindsay was within a point of the Wimbledon title in 2005. What's held her back from more Slams has been her head not her game. Ditto Mary - she got to 2 Slam finals last year despite being in the twilight of her career and significantly less fit than Maria.

I'm not saying Maria doesn't need to improve - she does and she knows it - but she doesn't need to turn herself into Justine or Hingis to win more Slams, she needs to fine tune her existing game.