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howardean
Aug 26th, 2007, 05:59 AM
I watched her whole semi (with Sania, vs. Peschke and Stubbs/Crankypants), and I was rooting for her all the way! However, I really don't understand her game. Her serve was very inconsistent, her groundstrokes are way too flat and whenever she goes for them they seem to go several feet long, and she missed every volley that wasn't right to her. She also was pretty negative and doesn't seem very mobile. Was she having an off day? She's so accomplished as a doubles player, and she's won a singles title, so there's obviously something there, but I just don't see it. What are her strengths? Anyone?

DimaDinosaur
Aug 26th, 2007, 06:08 AM
Nope, you describe her game exactly right. So......um.........yeah now we wait for someone to explain how she's so accomplished..... :tennis:

howardean
Aug 26th, 2007, 06:47 AM
haha guess so

Thanx4nothin
Aug 26th, 2007, 06:48 AM
When she gets her first serve in it can be a weapon, her groundstrokes are very good when they go in as well.

howardean
Aug 26th, 2007, 06:53 AM
but they don't!

mankind
Aug 26th, 2007, 06:54 AM
Blonde....about 5'8

alexia1huff
Aug 26th, 2007, 07:30 AM
her forehand is the most akward shot i've herever seen, backhand is pretty strange too... Her serve is probably considered a weapon and her forehand is so strange that it may surprise the opponent, it also goes very close the lines and very flat, so it's just if it's her "day" she wins with the better players and on an average day she somehow wins with the lesser players....

Hahahaha is that an explanation??

LeonHart
Aug 26th, 2007, 08:15 AM
She hits it very very flat, and when she can get them in consistently she's dangerous. Also she can hit wacky angles...kinda like what Myskina used to do with her shots....that's all I can think of.

Lee-Waters
Aug 26th, 2007, 09:43 AM
And she looks like Tea Leoni

Jeff
Aug 26th, 2007, 09:46 AM
And she looks like Tea Leoni

That's what i've been trying to think up :lol: I knew she something was familiar about her, but i couldn't grasp it. Thanks for saying that :tape::p

FORZA SARITA
Aug 26th, 2007, 09:54 AM
Mara is having a lots of problems with her foot and maybe this can't help her confidence :sad:

sammy01
Aug 26th, 2007, 09:56 AM
i have no idea how she wins! having seen her play several times i wished i hadnt!

schorsch
Aug 26th, 2007, 09:59 AM
she's got bad feet so that + height explains why she isnt a good mover.

Lee-Waters
Aug 26th, 2007, 10:00 AM
You're welcome Jeff :) The first time i saw her play i noticed the resemblance! :D

unkowilly
Aug 26th, 2007, 11:30 AM
She's dangerous on grass with that flat ground stroke. She's can be a factor on carpet too. Her forehand resembles Steffi's. I can't believe she grew up playing on claycourt because nowhere in her game can you see top spin.

Darop.
Aug 26th, 2007, 12:03 PM
She was probably on an off day, but she's kind of awkward always. In some interview her opponents admit having difficuly because she's such a strange player :lol: Her movement's crap because she has some skeletical problems with her feet. Her groundstrokes are so flat they have side spin on them. I remember a british Eurosport commentator who played Mara sayed "I went out on court and saw all these balls swerving around, I though 'oh god, what now?'" :lol:

Apoorv
Aug 26th, 2007, 12:26 PM
I watched her whole semi (with Sania, vs. Peschke and Stubbs/Crankypants), and I was rooting for her all the way! However, I really don't understand her game. Her serve was very inconsistent, her groundstrokes are way too flat and whenever she goes for them they seem to go several feet long, and she missed every volley that wasn't right to her. She also was pretty negative and doesn't seem very mobile. Was she having an off day? She's so accomplished as a doubles player, and she's won a singles title, so there's obviously something there, but I just don't see it. What are her strengths? Anyone?

But they still won! A match report is welcomed. :angel: please :awww:

partbrit
Aug 26th, 2007, 02:03 PM
She can play a decent serve-and-volley game and do well with it. Her foot problem has really messed her up, though.

stefi62
Aug 26th, 2007, 02:10 PM
She is great to watch, especially on clay, I love watchin her serving/volleying! And she is a very nice girl!

416_Man
Aug 26th, 2007, 03:15 PM
She's fresh. Inconsistent, but a game that when on can be very damaging.

LudwigDvorak
Aug 26th, 2007, 03:22 PM
Mara's got a great game, to me. Her movement is a problem, but what's the deal with her foot? I've been hearing about it but is it going to be a permanent problem for her now or is it going to go away?

I dunno, she's pretty good at net and can absorb pace well. Great serve too. I just wish her success in doubles would get into her singles game as well; top 30 is great but I want to see her top 20 and competing with Schiavone for #1 Italian.

howardean
Aug 27th, 2007, 04:27 AM
But they still won! A match report is welcomed. :angel: please :awww:

they did win! but i'm not really sure how...

they were totally dominated in the first set. stubbs was all over the place and that, coupled with her pumping herself up by slapping kveta in the butt, led them to an easy first set. in the second set sania really started to find her groundies, but it was still pretty tense. at one point, stubbs hit a lob that was CLEARLY long, but mara was blocking the line judge so the chair ump had to overrule. i guess he did it a little late, because stubbs absolutely LOST it! she laid into him for like five minutes, and then they lost the set and the tiebreaker. sania hit some amazing forehands, and stubbs never really recovered. mara and kveta were basically non-factors it seemed like.

the best part was, after the match, stubbs continued to argue with the umpire. she's in her late thirties and still acts like a little baby. i booed her!!

Apoorv
Aug 27th, 2007, 05:41 AM
they did win! but i'm not really sure how...

they were totally dominated in the first set. stubbs was all over the place and that, coupled with her pumping herself up by slapping kveta in the butt, led them to an easy first set. in the second set sania really started to find her groundies, but it was still pretty tense. at one point, stubbs hit a lob that was CLEARLY long, but mara was blocking the line judge so the chair ump had to overrule. i guess he did it a little late, because stubbs absolutely LOST it! she laid into him for like five minutes, and then they lost the set and the tiebreaker. sania hit some amazing forehands, and stubbs never really recovered. mara and kveta were basically non-factors it seemed like.

the best part was, after the match, stubbs continued to argue with the umpire. she's in her late thirties and still acts like a little baby. i booed her!!


:lol: Thanks :worship:

switz
Aug 27th, 2007, 05:47 AM
it's low margin game. when it's one it's she's capable of taking it to any player on tour. when it's slightly off she can look like a club player. they won didn't say so obviously she wasn't so bad.

FORZA SARITA
Aug 27th, 2007, 09:30 AM
the best part was, after the match, stubbs continued to argue with the umpire. she's in her late thirties and still acts like a little baby. i booed her!!

as always :rolleyes:

Mara's got a great game, to me. Her movement is a problem, but what's the deal with her foot? I've been hearing about it but is it going to be a permanent problem for her now or is it going to go away?

I dunno, she's pretty good at net and can absorb pace well. Great serve too. I just wish her success in doubles would get into her singles game as well; top 30 is great but I want to see her top 20 and competing with Schiavone for #1 Italian.

seems a permanent problem :sad:

AlexBarrington
Aug 27th, 2007, 09:35 AM
this year won 5 titles and sf in wimbledon, probably she had only a bad day, difficult to think? :rolleyes:

unkowilly
Aug 28th, 2007, 08:33 AM
Santangelo is a funny name if you ask me. What does it mean? Her name sounds like some animal which I can't recall. She plays very good when she's on and she plays horrid when she off. I think she's an inconsistent player and if she can be more consistent with herself, she can beat many people. I hope she will find her range soon. She's supermodel material by the way.