was wondering what shots maria could/should add to her repetoire to improve her game...
aside from the obvious work needed on her serve recently, any new shots she could use?
i was thinking with her improved movement, she should maybe try a slice shot on the run as well as her attempts to hit winners whislt running, this could cause alot of problems for her opponents, rather than them just waiting for the attempted winner...
she's tried it many times but i'd love her to perform more successful drop shots!!! she could win points so easily with a big serve, big groundstrokes pushing her opponent back and then playing a successful drop shot. i think more variety would be really good for maria, she's made it to the top of womens tennis with one way of playing, so imagine her with a wide variety of game-play, that would ensure her world number one and grand slam success for years!!!!
wot do u guys think??
Feb 22nd, 2007, 06:47 PM
I think working on some conventional volleys would be nice, her swing volleys are pretty good, but not all balls can be hit with swing volleys and sometimes her conventional ball sits up a bit. She's getting better at slices and etc. but being more comfortable with them would really help in the long run. I really think doubles would help with these, I hope she will play some doubles events.
Feb 22nd, 2007, 10:20 PM
The only thing she really should have is being able to hit a normal volley, other then that her game is fine.
Feb 22nd, 2007, 11:53 PM
As we know her backhand is the best 2 hander around :cool: and her forehand can do just as much damage when its landing. Plus serve is up with the best. With all these shots she needs to take advantage of the way her opponent gets pushed onto the back foot.
The most important thing I think is Maria coming forward to the net at the right times. She did it pretty much right against Clijsters at the AO but quite often you see her begin to move forward and then change her mind which gets her stuck in an awkward position trying to make a very hard shot. Against players like Clijsters who do a lot of fetching there are a lot of opportunties to put away balls that are just floated back.
Feb 23rd, 2007, 01:44 AM
I think she needs to improve her judgement of when to come to the net, i sometimes watch her and im thinking, why did you go the net why?!? Also i think she needs to improve her volleys, although her drive volley is great the rest needs to be sorted out she needs a better feel around the net. Also i think slice/drop shot would be great for Maria to have at her disposal she pounds the ball so hard her opponent is forced side to side or at the back of the court when she has her opponent in a dash or in an orquid position after retrieving a Maria shot and Maria can then have not only a great abillity to hit a thunderous winner with her opponent nowere near but also has the abillity to hit a drop shot, also could be very suprising if their in a rally and Maria out of nowhere hits a stunning drop shot winner.
Feb 23rd, 2007, 07:40 PM
What Dan said, plus a decent BH slice would help Maria's defence, better than the left-handed stuff. :p
Feb 24th, 2007, 12:38 PM
She could still use a bit more variety and consistency on her serve.
Volleys, of course are up there to work on.
As for drop shots, I hate them!!! Most players seem to create more losers with them than winners, but I suppose they come in useful occasionally.
Mar 2nd, 2007, 07:20 PM
She needs a classic volley and a BH slice. If she gets those two shots and she plays cleverly, she will dynamite everyone on the tour. She really needs to vary her game like one slice or topspin here and there and BOOM a huge crosscourt BH/FH. She did that pretty well at San Diego against Kim.
Mar 3rd, 2007, 07:32 AM
I think masha is going better and better at the net
don't you think so?
soon she will be unstopable :)
Mar 3rd, 2007, 10:28 AM
I really don't think she needs a dropshot with her game, like someone else said, there is no guarantee that you win the point even if you hit a good drop shot, and too much variety in her game isn't what she needs when she has all that power. She just needs to be able to make an easy volley when she has to.
Mar 3rd, 2007, 11:00 AM
To my opinion the only thing Masha needs is a good volley, besides that her game is marvellous. She has all that power and she uses that with so much accuracy that she's a lethal power player. If however she would improve on her volley she could become unbeatable and I for one would love to see an unbeatable Masha on court.
Mar 13th, 2007, 01:48 PM
Maria has a lot more variety than her detractors give her credit for. While it's true that she hasn't added a lot of spins to her game, she varies her line of attack so well, and varies her tactics with lobs, serve & volley, dropshots and stop-volleys. In 2006, she had added more variety to her serve and backhand, and was more willing to come to the net than in the past. And instead of going for broke all the time, she now mixes up her game with some shorter angles and higher balls. She's much better on the defensive than she was in the past.
Dr. Andrew Broad