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Geisha
Sep 1st, 2007, 10:48 PM
I'm just thinking. I mean...when Venus was in her late teens, she got six months off due to injury. This was at the end of 1999 when she had a heartbreaking loss to Hingis at the US Open, not to mention tough losses in the Grand Slams for the previous two years. When she got her break, she came back and began her domination.

Even Serena. When she got injured at the beginning of 2002, she returned to the tour and began her domination. Maybe some players need these extended breaks.

Does Maria need a break like this?

brayster87
Sep 1st, 2007, 10:58 PM
Absolutely! She is playing horrible at the moment....The worst year she has had!

Morrissey
Sep 1st, 2007, 11:09 PM
I kind of wish the new good players coming up were from other parts of the world. It would of been nice if Sania had won today. Women's tennis really needs more then just Easttern Europeans coming up. Just my opinion. And yes Sharapova needs help with her game she needs to add more. I think Maria should play doubles she clearly needs to add to her game and get a plan B.

mankind
Sep 1st, 2007, 11:09 PM
She needs to expand her crap game. She thinks she can just blow everyone away, but she clearly can't.

DemWilliamsGulls
Sep 1st, 2007, 11:12 PM
Sharapova should take a little break...but not too long because the girls will continue to improve. Sometimes I think some of these girls burn themselves out.

SharapovaFan16
Sep 1st, 2007, 11:19 PM
As a competitor you never want to take a break and want to play, usually. That seems to be Maria's attitude... but sometimes a break makes sense. Maybe mentally and physically. I wouldn't mind if she took a break not at all.

goldenlox
Sep 1st, 2007, 11:20 PM
She's taking a break from Russia, but not from tennis. Stuttgart Zurich Linz Madrid

delicatecutter
Sep 1st, 2007, 11:21 PM
Yes. I think she should take a two year sabbatical, at least. Maybe even three.

OMFG
Sep 1st, 2007, 11:25 PM
Please Maria, take a break until 2012 so we don't have to hear your shrieks for a few years.

Goai
Sep 1st, 2007, 11:41 PM
Please take a long break!

Geisha
Sep 2nd, 2007, 12:22 PM
How about if she played a doubles schedule until the end of the year? Unlikely, but it could be a good idea.

hdfb
Sep 2nd, 2007, 12:28 PM
How about if she played a doubles schedule until the end of the year? Unlikely, but it could be a good idea.

Oh my. :spit:

roger_maria4ever
Sep 2nd, 2007, 01:01 PM
Please Maria, take a break until 2012 so we don't have to hear your shrieks for a few years.
can you take take a long break until 2012 so we don't have to read your stupid comments for a few years?:lick:

DimaDinosaur
Sep 2nd, 2007, 01:08 PM
Maria needs a break to learn how to play tennis instead of ball-machine tennis and those weird volleys that she hits. ALSO Please FIRE Yuri and get a real coach.....a coach who WILL STAY when you are about to lose your matches. :sad:

CoolDude7
Sep 2nd, 2007, 01:12 PM
Everyone has their bad tennis days. I'm not sure if she needs a break or not.

Elwin.
Sep 2nd, 2007, 01:14 PM
She needs to keep playing to regain her good form.

mankind
Sep 2nd, 2007, 01:14 PM
Maria needs a break to learn how to play tennis instead of ball-machine tennis and those weird volleys that she hits. ALSO Please FIRE Yuri and get a real coach.....a coach who WILL STAY when you are about to lose your matches. :sad:

Yuri was there, he just moved a few rows back. People seemed to have missed that fact.

But yes, he is a terrible "coach" and is responsible at least partially for her bad play this year.

Williams#1
Sep 2nd, 2007, 01:23 PM
But here's the big difference between Maria and Venus. Venus had tendonitis in both wrist. :wavey: She didn't take the long extended break for nothing. Ain't nothin wrong wit Sharapova, she even said so herself. She just needs to regain form and confidence. She's young, and is still learning. Maybe once she tells her crazy ass daddy to shut da hell up and calm da hell down, she'll be ok. :help: Plus, wit all the ass whoopings she's been takin this year, maybe some new influences would be nice for her. Not a hater, just stating the facts.

Beny
Sep 2nd, 2007, 01:24 PM
No she doesn't :D

Beny
Sep 2nd, 2007, 01:25 PM
Yuri was there, he just moved a few rows back. People seemed to have missed that fact.

But yes, he is a terrible "coach" and is responsible at least partially for her bad play this year.

Really???????
Please startd a thread because i think many people stil don't know.

Why the crappy Eurosport showed only empty seat while Yuri was sitting a couple of rows higher :tape:

roger_maria4ever
Sep 2nd, 2007, 01:28 PM
well maria is gonna play stuggart, zurich and linz..she'll be playing from october the 1st

hingis-seles
Sep 2nd, 2007, 01:46 PM
I'm not so sure, because the situations are completely different. Maria is a much more accomplished tennis player at this moment than either Venus or Serena were when they took their extended breaks "pre-domination". I don't think the extended break will work. Some players have bad losses and then bounce back. Seles lost to Linda Ferrando at US Open 1990 and then owned the game for the next couple of years. We could draw an analogy from that as well, but again, it's different situations.

Geisha
Sep 2nd, 2007, 01:52 PM
I'm not so sure, because the situations are completely different. Maria is a much more accomplished tennis player at this moment than either Venus or Serena were when they took their extended breaks "pre-domination". I don't think the extended break will work. Some players have bad losses and then bounce back. Seles lost to Linda Ferrando at US Open 1990 and then owned the game for the next couple of years. We could draw an analogy from that as well, but again, it's different situations.

Monica lost one match. Maria got ass-whoopings from Venus, Serena (twice), and Ivanovic.

You can expect maybe one or two losses like these, but she's had it done to her four times.

Geisha
Sep 2nd, 2007, 01:54 PM
I think it's her groundstrokes more than anything right now. Against average players, she's going to always smother them. But, she always hits power, power, power. She barely slices, barely dropshots, barely volleys. She needs to seriously re-tool her game before the lesser ranked find ways to beat her in similar fashions as Venus, Serena, and Ana this year.

RenaSlam.
Sep 2nd, 2007, 02:24 PM
First of all, she needs her serve back.

Second of all, she needs to realize that she isn't the only one on the tour that can blow an opponent away with a big game.

Third of all, the fitness needs to improve even more, she needs to get faster...it's the only way she will be able to deal with players like Justine, Williamsx2, the Serbs (Ivanovic moves faster than Sharapova, don't even...)

roger_maria4ever
Sep 2nd, 2007, 02:35 PM
First of all, she needs her serve back.

Second of all, she needs to realize that she isn't the only one on the tour that can blow an opponent away with a big game.

Third of all, the fitness needs to improve even more, she needs to get faster...it's the only way she will be able to deal with players like Justine, Williamsx2, the Serbs (Ivanovic moves faster than Sharapova, don't even...) for the 1st time I agree with you

brickhousesupporter
Sep 2nd, 2007, 04:11 PM
Yuri was there, he just moved a few rows back. People seemed to have missed that fact.

But yes, he is a terrible "coach" and is responsible at least partially for her bad play this year.

Why do people automatically assume that Yuri is a bad coach. Maybe he has coached her to the height of her potential, in fact making him a great coach.

MakarovaFan
Sep 2nd, 2007, 04:13 PM
She needs to expand her crap game. She thinks she can just blow everyone away, but she clearly can't.

This was her first loss since Wimbledon(and 3rd tourney)...Obviously u missed her first two matches and her Tier 1 San Diego run......

LeRoy.
Sep 2nd, 2007, 04:19 PM
If her serve isn't fixed soon she will be in trouble most of the time.....

MakarovaFan
Sep 2nd, 2007, 04:20 PM
I think it's her groundstrokes more than anything right now. Against average players, she's going to always smother them. But, she always hits power, power, power. She barely slices, barely dropshots, barely volleys. She needs to seriously re-tool her game before the lesser ranked find ways to beat her in similar fashions as Venus, Serena, and Ana this year.

Are people not watching her losses....when things get tight she becomes a different player,she gets tight and tense....AO she got her ass kicKed and RG same but in Miami and even against Venus and the 3rd against Aga...she played very tight and tenative;something she NEVER did before.OBVIOUSLY any good player will start hammering her.Her groundies can still blow most players off i mean(she did beat Kim in straights and Anna C this summer losing 5 games) she was on an 8 game run just demolishing Aga and then she fell apart and become a nervous mess.

Njay16
Sep 2nd, 2007, 05:10 PM
I think she can still physically become stronger. If she had the movement and athletisism Venus posses, she would have won that match against Radwanska. She has a lot of points to defend in the fall season but I think after Australia of 08 she take a month or so off.