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joćo.
May 9th, 2008, 07:15 PM
The stunning Russian and former world No.1 will attempt to complete a career Grand Slam at the French Open. But can she triumph on the clay?

Maria Sharapova's baseline power has given her a solid record at the French Open, with five attempts at the most elusive of all the Grand Slams.
After a first-round exit aberration in 2003, she has twice made the quarter-finals, and last year made the semi-final, being defeated by Ana Ivanovic. She has an impressive 19-5 record on the clay of Paris, but will have it all to do to beat four-time champion Justine Henin.

Sharapova has the momentum behind her to do so, winning the first Grand Slam of the year with an impressive victory in Melbourne. She has won three titles in 2008 so far, but her most significant title coming towards France was less than a month ago when she claimed her first clay-court title of her career at the Bausch & Lomb Championships in Amelia Island, Florida. She defeated Dominika Cibulkova 7-6(7), 6-3 – she was, however, the top seed in the tournament.

The Russian glamour girl is a power player, preferring to volley from the baseline, and having a consistent weapon with her double-handed backhands and offensive serves. A lot of this comes from her considerable height, which is coupled with remarkable agility for a statuesque woman. Often playing her shots on the run, she is particularly dangerous on fast-playing courts, with a solid record on grass and rebound ace style venues.

This is her weakness as such on clay. Not being a defensive-minded player, the slowing down of the ball and the higher bounce leads her to be vulnerable on the volley. She has vocally stated that she is trying to add to her all-power game, as complete players with power games can capitalise on this - particularly the Williams sisters.

Winning the clay-master title at Paris may be as much mental as it is a physical challenge, with Maria describing herself as “a cow on ice”.
Sharapova turned professional in 2001, playing in the Slams but not progressing beyond the fourth round on any tournament. She won two minor titles but impressed enough to be name WTA newcomer of the year.

Leading up to 2004, the young Russian became a regular competitor at Tier One and Masters events, reaching the latter stages of numerous tournaments. It was then that she reached the quarter-finals of Roland Garros, then her best-ever Grand Slam result.

At Wimbledon in 2004 she beat Lindsay Davenport and defending champion Serena Williams to cause one of the biggest upsets in tennis history, winning the elite grass title, and become at the time the lowest seed to win and the first Russian. She finished the year ranked No.4 in the world.

In 2005 she participated in more clay-court events, reaching the quarter and semi-finals at the German and Italian open respectively. At Roland Garros she was eliminated by eventual champion Henin in the quarter-finals. In 2005 she was eliminated in every Grand Slam by the eventual champions – reaching three semi-finals. She was also temporarily the No.1 ranked woman in the world, and finished the year as the top-ranked Russian.

In 2006 she played at Roland Garros without entry to any warm-up events because of injury. She was eliminated by Dinara Safina. However, she won the US Open , beating the first and second ranked players in the world to take the championship. She finished the year with a 59-9 record, her best return on the tour.

Last year began with her losing to Serena Williams in the Australian Open final, where she was No.1 seed. That was the highlight of her poor year, in which she won just one title and suffered dramatically inconsistent form.

This year, she defeated Henin at the first Slam of the year, breaking the world No.1’s 32-game winning streak on her way to becoming the first Russian woman to win at Melbourne Park.

She won her most significant title coming towards France less than a month ago, then competed at the Family Circle Cup, another clay championship, but lost to Serena Williams in the quarter-finals. She did, however, climb to be the third-ranked woman in the world due to this result.

Sharapova has the necessary build-up and momentum to win the title - more than she has ever had before. Either way, the Russian star is an impressive sight, both to watch and to look at – as she attempts to win her first full house of Grand Slams.

http://www.sportingo.com/tennis/a8547_no-better-time-maria-sharapova-break-her-roland-garros-duck

:bounce:

Becool
May 9th, 2008, 07:18 PM
dream on my friend

Optima
May 9th, 2008, 07:18 PM
Maria can win Roland Garros IMO.

AndreConrad
May 9th, 2008, 07:20 PM
Maria has as much chance as many other players... I would say there is probably 10 to 20 of them

ninanina19
May 9th, 2008, 07:21 PM
Maria can win Roland Garros IMO.She can but that's not to say that she will this year.

Destiny
May 9th, 2008, 07:21 PM
Prefect time for her to win but she won't :devil:

Emina.
May 9th, 2008, 07:22 PM
:unsure: dunno..

goldenlox
May 9th, 2008, 07:25 PM
This year looks as wide open as ever. Lets see how Maria plays in Rome. And Vera in Rome too.

AcesHigh
May 9th, 2008, 07:25 PM
She can. So can Marion Bartoli but they both probably wont

Becool
May 9th, 2008, 07:27 PM
She can. So can Marion Bartoli but they both probably wont

lol, exactly

joćo.
May 9th, 2008, 07:27 PM
She can. So can Marion Bartoli but they both probably wont

Who will probably win it then? Safina? :rolleyes:

Mashafaaaaan
May 9th, 2008, 07:30 PM
Who will probably win it then? Safina? :rolleyes:

She beat Serena, she has her chances:lol::lol::lol:

Becool
May 9th, 2008, 07:31 PM
Who will probably win it then? Safina? :rolleyes:

Well she showed she can beat Juju and Serena on clay

Sharapova in the other hand :angel:

joćo.
May 9th, 2008, 07:33 PM
Well she showed she can beat Juju and Serena on clay

Sharapova in the other hand :angel:

:lol:

Marcelo.
May 9th, 2008, 07:37 PM
I don't think so :hehehe:

goldenlox
May 9th, 2008, 07:39 PM
If Maria wins RG this year, she might win a few more. She just turned 21.

SOA_MC
May 9th, 2008, 07:40 PM
There's too much hype around Sharapova being a contender at RG she's only won big events when nobody expects her to

Mashafaaaaan
May 9th, 2008, 07:45 PM
Well she showed she can beat Juju and Serena on clay

Sharapova in the other hand :angel:

Oh please, did you see how Justine played, she was pathetic even Maria would have beat her in straight sets.

joćo.
May 9th, 2008, 07:46 PM
There's too much hype around Sharapova being a contender at RG she's only won big events when nobody expects her to

Well, people think Serena, Justine or Ana will win this year and that Sharapova still sucks on clay so she isn't really expected to win it and i think people find her a contender for every single tournament she enters so i would say it's a good time for her to win it maybe. :p

Mikey B
May 9th, 2008, 07:50 PM
im suprised that this interview talks about maria's record at RG as a good one, and while it actually is a decent record we're just used to her being in the latter stages of slams consistently, which she hasnt been at the french which makes it seem like she has had bad results... this could be the perfect time for her to take the title, i just hope she doesnt believe the hype and thinks she's won it before she does!!!

Dodoboy.
May 9th, 2008, 07:58 PM
She is pursuing this in a very open period, so chances are she just might.

But i don't think she will, well it all depends on her draw really!

SOA_MC
May 9th, 2008, 08:00 PM
Well, people think Serena, Justine or Ana will win this year and that Sharapova still sucks on clay so she isn't really expected to win it and i think people find her a contender for every single tournament she enters so i would say it's a good time for her to win it maybe. :p

Not by the media with Justine in such bad form and with Sharapova winning her first clay court title this year (Even tho it was on green clay and she didn't beat one top 20 player) You just wait and see when RG comes around I bet there will be more media hype on Sharapova winning the title than Justine, Serena, Ana, Sveta or any other player.

Emina.
May 9th, 2008, 08:03 PM
There's too much hype around Sharapova being a contender at RG she's only won big events when nobody expects her to

first time i agree with u :rolleyes::o:p
too much pressure on her im afraid...

SOA_MC
May 9th, 2008, 08:12 PM
first time i agree with u :rolleyes::o:p

:)

debby
May 9th, 2008, 08:25 PM
Oh please, did you see how Justine played, she was pathetic even Maria would have beat her in straight sets.

Oh please, Maria is so pathetic on clay even Safina has beaten her 75 26 75 though she was lead 1/5 in the last set.

:o

Matt01
May 9th, 2008, 10:00 PM
Oh please, did you see how Justine played, she was pathetic even Maria would have beat her in straight sets.


Justine even at her worst beats Pova on clay easily ;) :wavey:

Thanx4nothin
May 9th, 2008, 10:02 PM
Who will probably win it then? Safina? :rolleyes:

She is twice the clay court player Sharapova is.

frenchie
May 9th, 2008, 10:05 PM
No way

Red clay is very different than green clay
I see at least 8 players she can't beat on that surface

goldenlox
May 9th, 2008, 10:12 PM
There's no one Maria can't beat, on any surface.
She's already beat Dementieva on red clay, a RG finalist who's the favorite to win Berlin right now.

Thanx4nothin
May 9th, 2008, 10:15 PM
There's no one Maria can't beat, on any surface.
She's already beat Dementieva on red clay, a RG finalist who's the favorite to win Berlin right now.

:rolleyes: So she can beat Henin on red clay/ Serena on red clay/ Kuznetsova on red clay / JJ on red clay / Ivanovic on red clay - all because you say so. There is no evidence to suggest she can do those feats, in fact there is only abundant evidence to the contrary. If Henin/Serena/Kuzzie/Ivanovic played to 70% on this surface Sharapova would be dismissed in straight sets.

@Sweet Cleopatra
May 9th, 2008, 10:15 PM
I wish her luck on RG....it's very good to win a grand slam .....

Thanx4nothin
May 9th, 2008, 10:17 PM
I wish her luck on RG....it's very good to win a grand slam .....

Yes....it is.....:sad:

Slutati
May 9th, 2008, 10:17 PM
Too bad Elena Dementieva is winning the title this year and Tatiana Golovin the next...Poor Masha:sad:Keep trying:yeah:

goldenlox
May 9th, 2008, 10:18 PM
Yeah. Golovin's the winner.

Slutati
May 9th, 2008, 10:20 PM
Yes Golovin is a winner. Thanks for noticing:wavey:

mal
May 9th, 2008, 10:26 PM
There's too much hype around Sharapova being a contender at RG she's only won big events when nobody expects her to

Nobody that is except her. Although she's capable of winning against all the top players, there's more expectation on her to win Wimbledon again, so I'm sure she's going to be more angry on herself if she fails to win that than winning her first title at Roland Garos. Being only 21 she has at least four or five years of improving in front of her, an she's already at #1 level, so even with younger players improving fast behind her, she's starting to learn the games of the experienced players she has to beat. Clay notwithstanding, it is probably Serena and Venus she fears more than anybody, and we all know how badly they can play on clay. I'd say just because you believe you're better on clay than a better player on grass, it doesn't necessarily follow. So much depends on first serves and returns of serve still. Sorry to say that, but nobody is going to give a way a match just to put on a spectacle, unless they really don't want to win all that much.
A good analogy would be weight lifting or high jumping. Once you have done it once, you really start to believe you're capable of that.

selesbooz
May 9th, 2008, 10:28 PM
There's too much hype around Sharapova being a contender at RG she's only won big events when nobody expects her to

yeah an d how many have Ana won.

SOA_MC
May 9th, 2008, 10:51 PM
yeah an d how many have Ana won.

Did I even mention Ana, The thread is about Sharapova winning RG I think my comment is a fair one if you can't handle people who don't think she'll win. Go to the Sharapova forum where it's safe

Talk about being sensitive:weirdo:

zlove
May 9th, 2008, 11:33 PM
Yeah. Golovin's the winner.

:haha:


maria...
maybe. my hopes arent too high though. i think her performance in rome will really determine my opinion on her chances at roland garros

Mashafaaaaan
May 9th, 2008, 11:42 PM
Oh please, Maria is so pathetic on clay even Safina has beaten her 75 26 75 though she was lead 1/5 in the last set.

:o

Safina is a good player on claycourt, can you tell me what she did to Henin and Serena, beside like you said Maria was lead 5/1, she would have won 61 or 62 in the third but she made stupid mistake, she was always leading in this match, anyway, I know and you know Maria can beat Safina on claycourt.

Mashafaaaaan
May 9th, 2008, 11:43 PM
Justine even at her worst beats Pova on clay easily ;) :wavey:

I really but really wanna see that.

Mashafaaaaan
May 9th, 2008, 11:44 PM
She is twice the clay court player Sharapova is.

Maybe but who reach QF and SF in RG, thank you.

pov
May 10th, 2008, 12:45 AM
If Sharapova is on her game, she stands an excellent chance. I'd say Henin(if she gets her mind-set back), WS, Sharapova are all in the running.

kinglear
May 10th, 2008, 01:03 AM
I know Maria has got to be feeling major pressure. Just imagine, she'd join the elite few to complete a career Grand Slam. I'd like that happen, but not at the expense of Dementieva winning Roland Garros. ahha :)

Chunchun
May 10th, 2008, 02:57 AM
Maybe but who reach QF and SF in RG, thank you.

4-time champ doubles 1 SF. No I'll say JH is 4 times a clay court player Maria is, thank you.

SOA_MC
May 10th, 2008, 03:18 AM
Safina is a good player on claycourt, can you tell me what she did to Henin and Serena, beside like you said Maria was lead 5/1, she would have won 61 or 62 in the third but she made stupid mistake, she was always leading in this match, anyway, I know and you know Maria can beat Safina on claycourt.

I really but really wanna see that.

Maybe but who reach QF and SF in RG, thank you.

http://i29.tinypic.com/beh6gx.gif

Just trying to help:wavey:

Mashafaaaaan
May 10th, 2008, 08:09 AM
http://i29.tinypic.com/beh6gx.gif

Just trying to help:wavey:

Yeah, I won't forget next time.

Nikkiri
May 10th, 2008, 08:14 AM
Did I even mention Ana, The thread is about Sharapova winning RG I think my comment is a fair one if you can't handle people who don't think she'll win. Go to the Sharapova forum where it's safe

Talk about being sensitive:weirdo:

It's easier to use your fave player to defend his instead of actually trying to come up with something intelligent. Which would probably be asking for too much anyways.

Mashafaaaaan
May 10th, 2008, 08:23 AM
4-time champ doubles 1 SF. No I'll say JH is 4 times a clay court player Maria is, thank you.

I was talkin' to Serenafan who said Safina is twice better than Maria on clay, however it's Maria who has better results on clay.

I know Justine is better than Maria so far on clay, but excuse me, this Justine 2008 really sucks, I'm pretty sure Maria can beat on anysurface her if Ju plays like that. Wait and See.

Joseph73
May 10th, 2008, 08:55 AM
The stunning Russian and former world No.1 will attempt to complete a career Grand Slam at the French Open. But can she triumph on the clay?

Maria Sharapova's baseline power has given her a solid record at the French Open, with five attempts at the most elusive of all the Grand Slams.
After a first-round exit aberration in 2003, she has twice made the quarter-finals, and last year made the semi-final, being defeated by Ana Ivanovic. She has an impressive 19-5 record on the clay of Paris, but will have it all to do to beat four-time champion Justine Henin.

Sharapova has the momentum behind her to do so, winning the first Grand Slam of the year with an impressive victory in Melbourne. She has won three titles in 2008 so far, but her most significant title coming towards France was less than a month ago when she claimed her first clay-court title of her career at the Bausch & Lomb Championships in Amelia Island, Florida. She defeated Dominika Cibulkova 7-6(7), 6-3 – she was, however, the top seed in the tournament.

The Russian glamour girl is a power player, preferring to volley from the baseline, and having a consistent weapon with her double-handed backhands and offensive serves. A lot of this comes from her considerable height, which is coupled with remarkable agility for a statuesque woman. Often playing her shots on the run, she is particularly dangerous on fast-playing courts, with a solid record on grass and rebound ace style venues.

This is her weakness as such on clay. Not being a defensive-minded player, the slowing down of the ball and the higher bounce leads her to be vulnerable on the volley. She has vocally stated that she is trying to add to her all-power game, as complete players with power games can capitalise on this - particularly the Williams sisters.

Winning the clay-master title at Paris may be as much mental as it is a physical challenge, with Maria describing herself as “a cow on ice”.
Sharapova turned professional in 2001, playing in the Slams but not progressing beyond the fourth round on any tournament. She won two minor titles but impressed enough to be name WTA newcomer of the year.

Leading up to 2004, the young Russian became a regular competitor at Tier One and Masters events, reaching the latter stages of numerous tournaments. It was then that she reached the quarter-finals of Roland Garros, then her best-ever Grand Slam result.

At Wimbledon in 2004 she beat Lindsay Davenport and defending champion Serena Williams to cause one of the biggest upsets in tennis history, winning the elite grass title, and become at the time the lowest seed to win and the first Russian. She finished the year ranked No.4 in the world.

In 2005 she participated in more clay-court events, reaching the quarter and semi-finals at the German and Italian open respectively. At Roland Garros she was eliminated by eventual champion Henin in the quarter-finals. In 2005 she was eliminated in every Grand Slam by the eventual champions – reaching three semi-finals. She was also temporarily the No.1 ranked woman in the world, and finished the year as the top-ranked Russian.

In 2006 she played at Roland Garros without entry to any warm-up events because of injury. She was eliminated by Dinara Safina. However, she won the US Open , beating the first and second ranked players in the world to take the championship. She finished the year with a 59-9 record, her best return on the tour.

Last year began with her losing to Serena Williams in the Australian Open final, where she was No.1 seed. That was the highlight of her poor year, in which she won just one title and suffered dramatically inconsistent form.

This year, she defeated Henin at the first Slam of the year, breaking the world No.1’s 32-game winning streak on her way to becoming the first Russian woman to win at Melbourne Park.

She won her most significant title coming towards France less than a month ago, then competed at the Family Circle Cup, another clay championship, but lost to Serena Williams in the quarter-finals. She did, however, climb to be the third-ranked woman in the world due to this result.

Sharapova has the necessary build-up and momentum to win the title - more than she has ever had before. Either way, the Russian star is an impressive sight, both to watch and to look at – as she attempts to win her first full house of Grand Slams.

http://www.sportingo.com/tennis/a8547_no-better-time-maria-sharapova-break-her-roland-garros-duck

:bounce:



Maria simply doesn't have the game to succeed at the French Open. Her powerful groundstrokes are her forte which is not that important on slow clay. And she lacks the patience, too (you need that in those long rallies at Roland Garros).

chris whiteside
May 10th, 2008, 09:36 AM
It would be an absolute nightmare and disaster for women's tennis if Miss Sharapova were to win RG. However despite the fact that it is her worst surface the state the women's game is in today make this a frightening possibility.

She could very well win the event on her will-power. Henin is but a shadow of herself and does not seem likely to recover her form by then, Kuznetsova, Ivanovic and Jankovic have really gone off the boil and Dementieva probably doesn't have the bottle to go the whole way.

Serena is possibly the only player who could stop her and it was looking good until this week but the defeat to Safina gives cause for concern.

RG is wide open this year and YES the unthinkable could happen.

TomTennis
May 10th, 2008, 10:29 AM
Potentially, she could do it, so long as she doesnt have to play against any other slam winner. E.g. If she had her AUS Open 2008 draw, but Henin replaced with a non slam winner.

But then again, that could be said for any top player.

StephenUK
May 10th, 2008, 12:10 PM
I think it is possible for Maria to win, but only if the draw opens up for her and all the difficult players lose. That may well happen with the poor form of the likes of Justine and Kuznetsova. But surely someone like Safina or Zvonareva could take Maria out anyway! Let's face it, which top 15 players has Maria beaten on clay?

joćo.
May 10th, 2008, 12:16 PM
She is twice the clay court player Sharapova is.

But she isn't half of the champion that Maria and on Roland Garros that will matter a lot seeing how most of the players are looking this year in clay so far.

mal
May 10th, 2008, 01:03 PM
It would be an absolute nightmare and disaster for women's tennis if Miss Sharapova were to win RG. However despite the fact that it is her worst surface the state the women's game is in today make this a frightening possibility.

She could very well win the event on her will-power.

:haha:
Alone?
Seriously, why do you say that? She may not have quite the range of shots which some other players have, but the ones she has she uses very effectively. I still maintain that anyone who can beat Venus Williams is an excellent player, and very lucky. Women's tennis has never been a more popular sport, but remember there are lots of men, and women who just couldn't be bothered with it.