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Maria Croft
Aug 12th, 2007, 07:30 AM
I definitely think she should.

This has been a horrible year for her injury wise, and even now she has withdrawn from LA because of an injury, when she hasn't even recovered from her shoulder injury.

I think after the US Open she should end her season, get some rest and work on her serve and be healthy again by the time 2008 comes around.

Shimizu Amon
Aug 12th, 2007, 08:32 AM
As much as I enjoy watching Masha play, I think it should be wisely to give her body rest and work on her health and serve.
So yes I do think Masha should cut her season short, if she can play the USO (what I'm hoping) injury free (which I doubt) she should end this year.
There's nothing more to gain, it has been a horrible year for her health, so I can only hope she will take her time to give her body some rest and time to recover.

Mikey B
Aug 12th, 2007, 09:26 AM
it seems her season has been really short this year anyway... but i think it could be for the best if she just misses the indoor season and if she can, just return for the YEC if she even qualifies!!!

its just so ironic, her best year last year followed up by the worst of her career!!! i believe everything happens for a reason maria, hope it all works out for the best...

Andy.
Aug 12th, 2007, 12:35 PM
I would actually like her to finish her season this year after the US Open and concentrate on getting healthy and getting her game back in order because once that happens she will be back to her slam winning best.

Aravanecaravan
Aug 12th, 2007, 01:20 PM
I definitely think she should.

This has been a horrible year for her injury wise, and even now she has withdrawn from LA because of an injury, when she hasn't even recovered from her shoulder injury.

I think after the US Open she should end her season, get some rest and work on her serve and be healthy again by the time 2008 comes around.


Yes.

Maria is a fantastic player, but I am starting to fear that she is too brittle for playing regularly in the modern women's power game. The effort she expends hitting so hard is taking its toll. Some players, like Mirza, create power from excellent timing. With Maria, it really looks like she is wailing away as hard as she can, using force (weight) and momentum as much as if not more than technique.

That could turn out OK if she adds more weight and muscle. With the exception of Henin, who is lithe and compact, and Jankovic, who doesn't play a power game, it seems that all of the top players nowadays have some weight to them. Maria's played too long with a lightweight frame, and the injuries from years of doing that are piling up. I doubt we are ever going to see Maria play a "Jankovic" type of schedule. Twelve to 15 events a year seems ideal for her, more than that and her body starts to suffer.

I never thought she should have tried to play the Open, but since she is so close to it now, she might as well, and then seek some second opinions on her shoulder.

the cat
Aug 12th, 2007, 03:07 PM
Yes Maria should cut her season short. Her last match in 2007 should be at the U.S. Open. She should take the rest of the year off and only play the 2008 Australian Open only if she feels great. Masha has had so many injuries since 2004 and I think those numerous injuries have lowered her potential as an all time tennis great. :sad: Masha will be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame someday. But I now doubt she will go down as an all time great tennis player. Her many serious injuries have alot to do with that. :( Young tennis players that suffer alot of injuries never seem to be able to stay healthy for long periods of time in their careers. I hope Masha doesn't suffer the same fate even though I fear she will.

heytennis
Aug 12th, 2007, 07:24 PM
I think she should do whatever it takes to get healthy again. She needs some serious time off. I personally don't care about her ranking falling.

Steve-o
Aug 12th, 2007, 08:09 PM
Does anyone actually think that Maria would consider it? She seems determined to play on.

Rod the Bama
Aug 12th, 2007, 10:40 PM
I might be in the minority saying this, but i don`t think that Maria should take the rest of the year off. I think that she should be more selective on her schedule after the US Open.

Lefty.
Aug 12th, 2007, 11:13 PM
I might be in the minority saying this, but i don`t think that Maria should take the rest of the year off. I think that she should be more selective on her schedule after the US Open.

I agree with this as well. I mean her serve has been getting better even with more double faults as usual. It's getting back to speeds at the end of last year. So I don't really see why she would need to stop playing completely after NY unless some other serious injury sprouts up.

heytennis
Aug 12th, 2007, 11:14 PM
Does anyone actually think that Maria would consider it? She seems determined to play on.

I don't think she would even consider it. She played on clay even though she probably shouldn't have, so I can't imagine her taking time off from her best surface. I think she just needs to fix her shoulder once and for all in the off season.

JadeFox
Aug 12th, 2007, 11:27 PM
I'm going against the grain here and say no. While she's had injuries in the past few years, that's hardly uncommon, not just for Maria, but for the WTA Tour as well.

To be honest the only reason why it seems like it's a bad year is because of the bad losses she's had in Slams. Any lesser player would sell their soul to get to a Slam final, a Slam semi on their worst surface and a Tier One title and consider it to be a disappointment.

Her primary injury, the shoulder injury seems to be in check and will eventually heal. Once she gains more confidence and strengthens her serve, she'll be fine.

nelsondan
Aug 13th, 2007, 02:18 AM
This might sound wishy-washy. I hope not.

I trust her to decide what to do.

She has a history of making good decisions in a lot of areas of her life. Playing tennis is the most important thing. I trust her to decide.

xan
Aug 13th, 2007, 03:31 PM
If Maria takes the rest of the year off, her ranking will plummet. Not a good idea

Maria Croft
Aug 15th, 2007, 12:38 PM
If Maria takes the rest of the year off, her ranking will plummet. Not a good idea

Is that really more important than being healthy?

Besides, two titles and a YEC SF, that's not gonna make her drop that much, and will give her a chance to collect many points there next year.

Doc
Aug 15th, 2007, 01:31 PM
Some people are being over melodramatic. All players have injuries. Maria has had some shoulder trouble, and a shin injury which may be minor. Let's not be too dramatic about it at the moment - I'm sure Maria has very good advice on when it is safe to play

xan
Aug 15th, 2007, 04:03 PM
Is that really more important than being healthy?

Besides, two titles and a YEC SF, that's not gonna make her drop that much, and will give her a chance to collect many points there next year.

If playing would harm her, of course she should not play.

But most players do play with some injuries. Virtually every professional has very few days without some pain or other. So it is all about getting the balance right. So let's not panic before we have to. The shin injury is hopefully minor. The shoulder is again hopefully slowly improving. Even if Maria pulls out of tournaments she still has to practice and keep fit. So if Maria can play safely a limited schedule, that might well be the best option.

What I was saying was that if Maria pulls out of US Open and the Autumn championships, her ranking will crash - and she will lose match readiness. She should avoid that if she can. Look what happened to Alicia Molik for example

Steve-o
Aug 15th, 2007, 06:57 PM
If playing would harm her, of course she should not play.

But most players do play with some injuries. Virtually every professional has very few days without some pain or other. So it is all about getting the balance right. So let's not panic before we have to. The shin injury is hopefully minor. The shoulder is again hopefully slowly improving. Even if Maria pulls out of tournaments she still has to practice and keep fit. So if Maria can play safely a limited schedule, that might well be the best option.

What I was saying was that if Maria pulls out of US Open and the Autumn championships, her ranking will crash - and she will lose match readiness. She should avoid that if she can. Look what happened to Alicia Molik for example

Molik had a debilitating illness, it's a bit different. To the other extreme look what Clijsters did after a lengthy layoff in 2005. I do agree with you in principle though.

Maria Croft
Aug 15th, 2007, 08:49 PM
I was thinking about posting this thread long before the shin injury that (thank god) doesn't seem so bad right now.

But I think that her shoulder could really use some rest, she is having these problems on and off since Zurich 2004, so I think taking good care of it is very important, like others have said, I don't want it to lead to an early career end.

But I also agree that if Maria and the doctors around her think she is okay to play why not? I guess.

Natasc
Aug 15th, 2007, 09:13 PM
now that you /\/\
mention the career time

read in some news, Maria herself as a source, that she pretends to play for other SEVEN years
2 more than her previous 25 end...

Maria Croft
Sep 1st, 2007, 09:22 PM
Well ain't it obvious :shrug:

Snapper
Sep 4th, 2007, 11:27 AM
Very.