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Volcana
Sep 1st, 2007, 05:43 PM
Radwanska said that about Sharapova right after the match, when asked why she stood so far up the court on Sharapova's 2nd serve.

That begs a few questions.

1) How did she know? I've never seen anybody do that Sharapova before.

2) How often is Sharapova going to see that same tactic. I doubt the Williams sisters, or Henin or Jankovic would bother, but non-slam winners outside the top ten are likely to try it.

3) I'd have expected the fact that Radwanska was moving when the serve was coming at her would affect her. Guess you learn something new every day.

Wiggly
Sep 1st, 2007, 05:50 PM
Maybe she meant "pressure on her 2nd serve".

I mean when you're one step away from the serve line. :eek:
Even Bartoli would never go that far.

Pheobo
Sep 1st, 2007, 05:50 PM
She might have figured so after trying the tactic a few times. :shrug:

mei62
Sep 1st, 2007, 05:54 PM
Well actually Ivanovic was using that tactic when they played in the French Open semis. She would move in tight when Sharapova was serving and bounce around a bit and by the time she was going through her actual service motion she moved back to receive the serve.

Beny
Sep 1st, 2007, 05:54 PM
She outsmarted her, like Marion did against Justine...in different ways but they were just smart :kiss:

hablo
Sep 1st, 2007, 05:55 PM
I like how she was putting pressure on Sharpie's second serve.

I remember Capriati doing that to Dementieva at the USO (2004) but it didn't really work out as well.

Ivanovic takes a weird position on the court when her opponent is serving.

Bartoli does step into the court quite a bit (noticed that against JH and Venus). Same with Razzano against Peer in Toronto. She really unerved her opponent.

Hence, these are not tactics that only Radwanska uses.

I'm sure other players will do the same versus Sharpie in the future.

40-0
Sep 1st, 2007, 05:55 PM
Yeah that was a great tactic today. Wind does not help Flat hitters ala Sharapova. Too bad sharapova. But that girl what she had to. Step it up take the first ball and fight it. Good.

sundoulos
Sep 1st, 2007, 05:56 PM
She was up to the service line but moved back near the baseline just before the serve. I guess this distracted Maria and she would try to hit the second serve deeper that she would have. Anyway, the tactic apparently worked. This is not good for Maria's psyche.

Serenidad.
Sep 1st, 2007, 06:13 PM
Venus and Serena are all up in the baseline for her serve. This isn't new. They intimidate DFs from Sharapova all the time.

HippityHop
Sep 1st, 2007, 06:13 PM
Maybe Maria needs to step up the power on her serve. I can't imaging somebody doing that to Venus or Serena unless they want their heads taken off with a 120 mph serve. :lol:

Volcana
Sep 1st, 2007, 06:22 PM
Venus and Serena are all up in the baseline for her serve. This isn't new.NOT the same thing. Venus and Serena move up on everybody's 2nd serve. But they don't move around. Radwanska was literally halfway to the service line, then she'd in different directions before finally retreating near the baseline. Ot may or may not be new, but it definitely is NOT what Venus and/or Serena do on Sharapova's 2nd serve.

Giovanna
Sep 1st, 2007, 06:24 PM
Ana did the same thing agains Maria at RG but not so far as Radwanska

BoucharDRules
Sep 1st, 2007, 06:26 PM
It wasn't fair. She was trying to distract her!

Jasmin
Sep 1st, 2007, 06:28 PM
Well if she can do it and it's not illegal then oh well.

Hashim.
Sep 1st, 2007, 06:30 PM
nice tactic!!

Dawn Marie
Sep 1st, 2007, 06:36 PM
Serena used that tatic to beat her in straights. Venus did at Wimby! Ana did at RG!

In all fairness to Maria's serve a lot of times Aggie didn't move in and Maria still doublefaulted! That kid has balls! Calm, cool and destroying! What underspin.

Volcana
Sep 1st, 2007, 06:40 PM
Serena used that tatic to beat her in straights. Venus did at Wimby!We didn't see the same matches with Venus and Serena. Unless you DON'T mean the Australian Open, Miami, and Wimbledon of 2007.

Morrissey
Sep 1st, 2007, 06:46 PM
Very smart shrewd move by the kid you can tell Sharapova was very irritated by that. And that's what tennis is ALL ABOUT doing whatever it takes on court to upset your opponent great strategy. VERY SMART PLAY.

LoveFifteen
Sep 1st, 2007, 06:47 PM
It is just as "fair" as Sharapova's hideous scream. :shrug:

friendsita
Sep 1st, 2007, 06:51 PM
Today Masha seemed unconfortable about the way the girl was moving during her serve, specially the 2nd.

Lulu.
Sep 1st, 2007, 06:55 PM
Very smart tactic :yeah:

A'DAM
Sep 1st, 2007, 06:57 PM
It wasn't fair. She was trying to distract her!

And all that screaming while Maria hit the ball is fair :o :confused:

jdyshrky
Sep 1st, 2007, 06:58 PM
I don't know whether it is perfectly legal to move around WHILE THE OTHER PLAYER IS SERVING. Does anyone have the rules on this?

VivalaSeles
Sep 1st, 2007, 06:59 PM
It is just as "fair" as Sharapova's hideous scream. :shrug:

Go eat a banana.

Freewoman33
Sep 1st, 2007, 07:26 PM
When you have a player like Maria who takes forever between serves, opponents have to find things to occupy their time. After all, the kid did move back a little upon Maria's serves, but while Maria was fixing her hair, the kid was bouncing around.

Wojtek
Sep 1st, 2007, 07:39 PM
Radwanska said that about Sharapova right after the match, when asked why she stood so far up the court on Sharapova's 2nd serve.

That begs a few questions.

1) How did she know? I've never seen anybody do that Sharapova before.



They were practising together in Istambul for few days

DownTheLine21
Sep 1st, 2007, 07:48 PM
I found it to be a brilliant and bold tactic. I loved it.

KoOlMaNsEaN
Sep 1st, 2007, 07:55 PM
I found it to be a perfect tactic by Agi. It worked every time and she unnerved Masha a great deal. More people should do it. A great performance stamping her foot on the WTA Tour.

Shvedbarilescu
Sep 1st, 2007, 08:01 PM
I found it to be a brilliant and bold tactic. I loved it.

Agree. I liked it a lot. Against players who have an intimidating aura about them if you can show them you are not afraid of them and actually turn the tables on them well hats off to you. It takes a strong and confident mind to do it however. :hatoff:

CoolDude7
Sep 1st, 2007, 08:33 PM
Players are following suit on how the williams beat her. Pressure her second serve. It's nothing new. As far as moving around, they did that because in reality they can't punish the return, more like faking and trying to really rub her weakness. Surely her coach watched the williams match and told her to do that!

sfselesfan
Sep 1st, 2007, 08:39 PM
it's nice to see some of these younger girls apling the monica seles method of service returns. the fnny thing is that maria herself frequenty uses thattactic in tight matches (a la vs. venus I miami).

SF

starin
Sep 1st, 2007, 09:35 PM
It wasn't fair. She was trying to distract her!

it's not illegal so she did nothing wrong. But it was a little weird. She would run all the way up and then move back to the baseline when Sharapova served. I've never seen that before. It was def. a mind trick but I'm shocked that Sharapova fell for it. That's not going to work again. It's one of those one time trick things.

BoucharDRules
Sep 1st, 2007, 09:55 PM
Maria should have just teed one off right at her face to make her back off.

SV_Fan
Sep 1st, 2007, 09:58 PM
Yeah I saw that in the Deuce court she was 2 steps away from the service line. But Maria double-Faulted.

disco_rage
Sep 1st, 2007, 10:21 PM
I didn't see the match so can't really comment on what she did...

HOWEVER, i wonder if some of the people saying, she did nothing wrong, would be saying the same if she had beaten their fave player, using the tactic??

I'm no Sharapova fan, by the way! LOL

Veronique
Sep 2nd, 2007, 12:15 AM
I didn't see the match so can't really comment on what she did...

HOWEVER, i wonder if some of the people saying, she did nothing wrong, would be saying the same if she had beaten their fave player, using the tactic??

I'm no Sharapova fan, by the way! LOL

I know my favs would show no mercy and chop her head off. I can't believe Maria (Miss mental toughness) got affected by it. The kid stepped up and dared her to hit a perfect 2nd serve and more often than not, she couldn't.

DA FOREHAND
Sep 2nd, 2007, 12:31 AM
Agree. I liked it a lot. Against players who have an intimidating aura about them if you can show them you are not afraid of them and actually turn the tables on them well hats off to you. It takes a strong and confident mind to do it however. :hatoff:

Or you can get bitch slapped like Venus did Capriati after their staredown at the Us Open a few years ago..:worship: :eek: :worship: