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DOUBLEFIST
Jul 6th, 2008, 03:20 AM
Having seen the success of the Williams Sisters at Wimby, partially due to honing their form in the doubles, do you think Sharapova will try employ that strategy and/or would it be wise for her to do so?

Thoughts...?

Please no, gloating, flaming, belittling. This is meant to be a serious question for fair, wise analysis.

Kworb
Jul 6th, 2008, 03:22 AM
She's won doubles titles with Tanasugarn and Kirilenko. I wouldn't mind a reunion of either of those pairs.

Uranium
Jul 6th, 2008, 03:24 AM
No, I doubt she would be very good in doubles in the Slams, I can't see her winning any IMO.

Apoleb
Jul 6th, 2008, 03:26 AM
No. She has problems with the serve that need to be sorted out on the practise court.

Pureracket
Jul 6th, 2008, 03:28 AM
I would love to see her playing doubles.

DOUBLEFIST
Jul 6th, 2008, 03:28 AM
What about at net? Don't you think she would benefit from and develop confidence in her net game and come in more?

Ben.
Jul 6th, 2008, 03:28 AM
Sharapova's only priority is singles at the moment & it will stay that way for a while.

Maybe it wouldn't be such a bad idea for her to play a few doubles here & there just to hone her skills, vary her game a bit. Whether she will succeed at it, is another thing. But then again since she's so good singles, maybe she might not think its necessary to play doubles. But again this is just my opinion.

AcesHigh
Jul 6th, 2008, 03:30 AM
Doubles is not her thing and I don't think that's going to change. She just showed amazing form at AO so no need to complain or change direction drastically.

Lucas
Jul 6th, 2008, 03:33 AM
Beside the level of play she could express in the doubles (high, low, average or whatever), I think that currently it's at the bottom of her "to do" list (and personally, I guess it will always stay so).

She *might* experiment a little during the fall or early next year, but no way this summer with the packed schedule leading to (and after) the Olympics.

Wimbledon is a peculiar place: lots of players, both this year and in the past, paired in London for a "once in a lifetime" occasion, so to say. I wouldn't exclude Maria trying in 2009.

InsideOut.
Jul 6th, 2008, 03:35 AM
What about at net? Don't you think she would benefit from and develop confidence in her net game and come in more?

Maybe a bit, but I don't see her playing doubles again any time soon.

Mchstnate
Jul 6th, 2008, 03:37 AM
Maria has absolutely no stamina!!

She is always pulling out of tourneys because of fatigue or stress on her shoulder or something. Putting in extra work during doubles would be impossible for her. If she wants to stay healthy anyway.

Tennisstar86
Jul 6th, 2008, 03:37 AM
no....i dont think sharapova wants to put the effort in to find a girl to practice with/ worry about while she chaces single slams...

Dave.
Jul 6th, 2008, 03:39 AM
Only the very best have the physical and mental stamina, the talent and versatility in their game to win singles and doubles slams.


Anyway, I'm sure Sharapova is confident enough for her singles year. She's had a tough couple of losses to Safina and Kudryavtseva but she started the year in amazing form. Sharapova has ALWAYS managed to recover from setbacks (e.g. after losing to Lindsay 0 and 0 at IW she made the Miami final right after). I think she is already working on what went wrong and she'll probably be in the semis/final of her next tournament (Olympics?)

DOUBLEFIST
Jul 6th, 2008, 03:42 AM
It just seems like it be a good idea regardless of whether she has GS success in it. It seems like it'd be good for her game. She's rangy, she's capable of excellent approaches off both wings, her volleys- if not consistent- are fundamentally sound- at least as a place to develop from.

...I just don't get it?

Mchstnate
Jul 6th, 2008, 03:45 AM
...I just don't get it?


Me either:shrug:

CrossCourt~Rally
Jul 6th, 2008, 03:50 AM
I think its a great idea. I'm always impressed at how top doubles players like Dechy and Srebotnik stay in points ( during singles matches ) with there amazing net play:bounce:. It will add a whole new facet to her game.

drake3781
Jul 6th, 2008, 03:50 AM
It's because to play doubles you have to put yourself on the same level as your partner, communciate with that person, share strategies, be vulnerable, and also doubles can be more of a fun game which requires the player to loosen up and laugh a bit, communicate with the audience. Maria has been trained to be a robot and be under control. Playing doubles simply does not compute.

DOUBLEFIST
Jul 6th, 2008, 03:57 AM
It's because to play doubles you have to put yourself on the same level as your partner, communciate with that person, share strategies, be vulnerable, and also doubles can be more of a fun game which requires the player to loosen up and laugh a bit, communicate with the audience. Maria has been trained to be a robot and be under control. Playing doubles simply does not compute.

:lol: I know (or at least THINK) you're being facetious, but your point is taken. You think her "handlers," ie, Yuri, would simply say "nyet!"(sp?)

Dave.
Jul 6th, 2008, 03:59 AM
It just seems like it be a good idea regardless of whether she has GS success in it. It seems like it'd be good for her game. She's rangy, she's capable of excellent approaches off both wings, her volleys- if not consistent- are fundamentally sound- at least as a place to develop from.

...I just don't get it?

I think it's just a case of balancing how much she can improve against how much effort doubles would take up.

Sharapova has already won 3/4 slams and many other titles, been no.1 etc. at her age. Now of course she wants to win more slams but with the current opposition there is, there is nobody really that could force Sharapova to have to change things up (apart from Serena and Venus who she rarely plays). It was only at the start of the year where Sharapova was close to dominating the tour with her game as it is now.

It'd take alot more effort IMO for her to play doubles. She is known to be the most routined player on the tour and much of her success comes from her perfect preparation for tournaments and matches. To add in doubles matches might throw everything out of proportion, and of course take more time, effort, energy. Plus, like many of the top singles players, she wouldn't exactly want to play with someone who could get a better read of her game and use that against her.

IMO, Sharapova cares most about singles. She played doubles when she was just breaking onto the tour (like most do), but when she "made it" she stopped. Her game is not built for it and her biggest weapon (her mental steel) isn't really significant on a doubles court. She will probably be known as a great singles player when she retires but not a great overall player.

DOUBLEFIST
Jul 6th, 2008, 04:13 AM
I think it's just a case of balancing how much she can improve against how much effort doubles would take up.

Sharapova has already won 3/4 slams and many other titles, been no.1 etc. at her age. Now of course she wants to win more slams but with the current opposition there is, there is nobody really that could force Sharapova to have to change things up (apart from Serena and Venus who she rarely plays). It was only at the start of the year where Sharapova was close to dominating the tour with her game as it is now.

It'd take alot more effort IMO for her to play doubles. She is known to be the most routined player on the tour and much of her success comes from her perfect preparation for tournaments and matches. To add in doubles matches might throw everything out of proportion, and of course take more time, effort, energy. Plus, like many of the top singles players, she wouldn't exactly want to play with someone who could get a better read of her game and use that against her.

IMO, Sharapova cares most about singles. She played doubles when she was just breaking onto the tour (like most do), but when she "made it" she stopped. Her game is not built for it and her biggest weapon (her mental steel) isn't really significant on a doubles court. She will probably be known as a great singles player when she retires but not a great overall player.

I see, and what you're saying makes a lot of sense IF all things stay pretty much the same. But what about the growing sense- at least from my perspective- that other, younger players are starting to feel more competitive with her. With Ana, and JJ out there mounting a charge, with Safina starting to believe, wouldn't she be wise to utilize doubles to add dimensions to her game- especially if she's wanting to play fewer GS warm ups as she did with Wimby?

drake3781
Jul 6th, 2008, 04:27 AM
:lol: I know (or at least THINK) you're being facetious, but your point is taken. You think her "handlers," ie, Yuri, would simply say "nyet!"(sp?)

Nope. ;) I'm being serious (again).

Dave said it well for me (I'll take the credit for putting the idea in his head, but he expressed it better :p )



.... She is known to be the most routined player on the tour and much of her success comes from her perfect preparation for tournaments and matches. To add in doubles matches might throw everything out of proportion, and of course take more time, effort, energy. Plus, like many of the top singles players, she wouldn't exactly want to play with someone who could get a better read of her game and use that against her.

....

Dave.
Jul 6th, 2008, 04:39 AM
I see, and what you're saying makes a lot of sense IF all things stay pretty much the same. But what about the growing sense- at least from my perspective- that other, younger players are starting to feel more competitive with her. With Ana, and JJ out there mounting a charge, with Safina starting to believe, wouldn't she be wise to utilize doubles to add dimensions to her game- especially if she's wanting to play fewer GS warm ups as she did with Wimby?

Oh yeah there's no doubt playing doubles would help her but only so much. I'm not sure Sharapova has the capacity to really get all the adavantages doubles gives you (the natural instinct at net or approaching the net, more accurate placement on the return etc.)

I don't see a Safina or a Kudryavtseva beating Sharapova on a weekly basis. Serena (and probably Venus) are her only real nemesis right now and Sharapova's only played Serena once this year andhas not played Venus.

Ivanovic/Jankovic/Kuznetsova will always be competitve with her, but for now I think the improvements/adjustments she does on the practice court are enough to keep her with them. Luckily for her it's just these things in her game that are the problem for her. She's mentally tougher than the others I mentioned which will always give her an edge in the big matyches.

Dave.
Jul 6th, 2008, 04:44 AM
Nope. ;) I'm being serious (again).

Dave said it well for me (I'll take the credit for putting the idea in his head, but he expressed it better :p )

:lol: sorry for taking your idea :p

though your point about her loosening up is good, i just can't picture her laughing with someone in a doubles match.

Vincey!
Jul 6th, 2008, 04:47 AM
I actually thought about that few days ago, I think it would be great for her game...she could enjoy mixed double with Novak at least during the slams :p...

But I'm not sure if she's fit enough to do that....I doubt she'll ever play double again anyway

Chance
Jul 8th, 2008, 02:37 PM
If there is one thing Sharpy should copy Serena in- it's playing mixed doubles ;)

ladydiana
Jul 8th, 2008, 02:46 PM
Maria doesn't have the natural talent like Serena and Venus, and playing doubles will aid her game. Venus and Serena need to play more doubles when they can and I think they will.


Maria doesn't want to play because she thinks she a one person wonder. Well her overall game stinks at the moment. Yes she can bang the ball, but playing doubles would develop other skills like her serve and net game, and quick hands, etc. It's these little undeveloped skills that are killing her. So I would recommend that she play some doubles tournaments.


She doesn't have to play doubles at the slams if she doesn't want to, but during some of these other tournaments she should play a few doubles games on a consistent basis.


These other players have caught on to her style of play and they are ready for her too and they are knocking her out in the first week of these grand slams as well.

Adal
Jul 8th, 2008, 02:48 PM
She won't play doubles. She's always deadly tired even after playing 2 tournaments in a row. I can't imagine her playing doubles, she won't be able to.

ladydiana
Jul 8th, 2008, 02:52 PM
She won't play doubles. She's always deadly tired even after playing 2 tournaments in a row. I can't imagine her playing doubles, she won't be able to.



Why is she always tired. She should be use to the schedule by now. She's young and has a lot of energy.

court70
Jul 8th, 2008, 03:00 PM
Having seen the success of the Williams Sisters at Wimby, partially due to honing their form in the doubles, do you think Sharapova will try employ that strategy and/or would it be wise for her to do so?

Thoughts...?

Please no, gloating, flaming, belittling. This is meant to be a serious question for fair, wise analysis.

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Hell, she copies everything else why not copy something good from their tennis.

OsloErik
Jul 8th, 2008, 03:05 PM
her body can't hold up to singles play; how will doubles benefit a walking medical case? Venus and Serena barely played in the past four years because of their injuries, and Sharapova wasn't a full-time doubles player even when she rose up in '03.

slamchamp
Jul 8th, 2008, 03:17 PM
She won't play doubles. She's always deadly tired even after playing 2 tournaments in a row. I can't imagine her playing doubles, she won't be able to.well it's like replacing practise between matches for doubles matches, which is a much better

QUEENLINDSAY
Jul 8th, 2008, 03:18 PM
of course she can play doubles, but I dont think she's a team player so I guess it wont work for her.

slamchamp
Jul 8th, 2008, 03:20 PM
she could play doubles with kirilenko cause she gets along with her, I can't think of anyone else

OsloErik
Jul 8th, 2008, 03:22 PM
I also can't imagine many partners willing to put up with the screaming.

court70
Jul 8th, 2008, 03:31 PM
I am like the rest of you guys I don't get it why she would not give doubles a try.

court70
Jul 8th, 2008, 03:33 PM
It's because to play doubles you have to put yourself on the same level as your partner, communciate with that person, share strategies, be vulnerable, and also doubles can be more of a fun game which requires the player to loosen up and laugh a bit, communicate with the audience. Maria has been trained to be a robot and be under control. Playing doubles simply does not compute.

:lol: That comment goes right along with your post.

Pheobo
Jul 8th, 2008, 03:37 PM
She can't even stay healthy for 2 months straight playing singles :shrug:

thegreendestiny
Jul 8th, 2008, 03:57 PM
I'd love to see her partner with Ana against the Williams in the US Open.