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spiceboy
Mar 20th, 2009, 03:00 PM
http://www.********************/

Sharapova Out of Miami;
Targets Rome Return

FROM THE BNP PARIBAS OPEN IN INDIAN WELLS, MARCH 17 - Former No. 1 Maria Sharapova pulled out of next week’s Sony Ericsson Open in Miami on Wednesday and is targeting a return on clay at Rome at the beginning of May, ******************** has learned. After going to Miami on Tuesday do sponsor visits, media and attend the player party, Sharapova will head to Phoenix, where she spent part of fall recovering from shoulder surgery, to continue her training.

While Sharapova competed at doubles at Indian Wells where she and Elena Vesnina lost a first round match, she finds that getting practice court time at Miami is more difficult and fells that she’d be better off continuing her rehab and training in Phoenix, which is why she chose not to play doubles in Florida. Her shoulder is said to be progressing nicely and she was pleased that at Indian Wells, she was able to hit fairly high service speeds.

Three-time Grand Slam champion Sharapova, who has said that she won’t be comfortable returning in singles until she can contest two of three set matches for a minimum of seven days in a row, is also planning on competing at the new tournament in Madrid the week after Rome, and at Roland Garros.

In The Zone
Mar 20th, 2009, 03:04 PM
Not sure I'd like Sharapova to go to clay for less than a month and then extend herself to grass and hard. It depends on the health of the shoulder. If she is 100%, clay will give her the opportunity to strengthen and hit extra balls. If she has any weakness whatsoever, just wait for Birmingham.

Kworb
Mar 20th, 2009, 03:06 PM
We'll see. I hope she comes back soon.

Venus+Serena#1fan
Mar 20th, 2009, 03:15 PM
It's never good to have top players injured for so long. I hope she plays Madrid, I'll be there.

tennisIlove09
Mar 20th, 2009, 03:31 PM
i hope, but i am not getting my hopes up.
in reality, she should probably skip clay (which her game is not suited for anyways) and come back on grass.

Stamp Paid
Mar 20th, 2009, 03:48 PM
I agree, she prolly should come back at Birmingham or something.

Sammm
Mar 20th, 2009, 03:54 PM
If she's sure she's fit then no way should she skip Roland Garros. It's a slam for goodness sake, and even with just one or two tournaments on clay under her belt she could still win it. There is no favourite this year, no dominant clay force, and a player with Sharapova's class is up there on any surface.

schorsch
Mar 20th, 2009, 04:20 PM
Hmm, I thought she wasn't setting timetables for herself, I wonder if Eisenbud told the press about these plans.

It's not suprising she wouldn't go defend her title at Ponte Vedra Beach no matter what form she's in. Birmingham has been one of her favourite tournaments ever and I think she wants to go there :)

Isn't this Birmingham's last year :tears: ?

Ciarán
Mar 20th, 2009, 04:25 PM
On clay? :o
I was almost sure Maria would wait until Birmingham at least. At least then she would be playing on consecutive favoured surfaces (Grass & Hard). Weird decision, I don't have much faith in it, though.

Noctis
Mar 20th, 2009, 04:40 PM
i expect she was hungry to comeback.Well do well in Rome:devil:

Lulu.
Mar 20th, 2009, 04:41 PM
She'll withdraw. A Birmingham return seems more realistic.

joão.
Mar 20th, 2009, 04:52 PM
She better be playing really well when she comes back and win Roland Garros! :mad: :hearts:

BuTtErFrEnA
Mar 20th, 2009, 05:08 PM
If she's sure she's fit then no way should she skip Roland Garros. It's a slam for goodness sake, and even with just one or two tournaments on clay under her belt she could still win it. There is no favourite this year, no dominant clay force, and a player with Sharapova's class is up there on any surface.

if that's the logic to use then she shouldn't have missed AO, a surface that would have favoured her more than clay does...:shrug: she shouldn't come back because there is no "dominant force", she should come back when she is 100% and the shoulder doesn't hurt after 2 weeks of play...if not she would set herself up for this sort of extended absences from the tour for the rest of her career...

Black Mamba.
Mar 20th, 2009, 05:10 PM
if that's the logic to use then she shouldn't have missed AO, a surface that would have favoured her more than clay does...:shrug: she shouldn't come back because there is no "dominant force", she should come back when she is 100% and the shoulder doesn't hurt after 2 weeks of play...if not she would set herself up for this sort of extended absences from the tour for the rest of her career...

Miss all the time you need at the front end to save time at the back end.

Rocketta
Mar 20th, 2009, 05:19 PM
I'm not understanding that part about the practice courts? Why would she have to practice at the facility and not near by? :scratch:

frenchie
Mar 20th, 2009, 05:21 PM
I don't think she'll come back in Rome, a tier 1 red clay event

Birmingham is more realistic

Adal
Mar 20th, 2009, 05:22 PM
Hopefully :inlove:

nelsondan
Mar 20th, 2009, 05:27 PM
Hmm, I thought she wasn't setting timetables for herself, I wonder if Eisenbud told the press about these plans.

It's not suprising she wouldn't go defend her title at Ponte Vedra Beach no matter what form she's in. Birmingham has been one of her favourite tournaments ever and I think she wants to go there :)

Isn't this Birmingham's last year :tears: ?

Not setting timetables was a direct quote you could hear Maria say.

This reporter, who was way off the mark in December, "has learned" she is targeting Rome.

I think Maria will still decide based on medical factors---but I do not like the idea of someone sending out contradictory information.

Maria--as elusive as she has been, lately, is still the only source I trust. I saw the videos of her practicing---I believed what I saw. I saw her show up to play a doubles match---I believed the photos.

If she shows up at Rome, or she says I feel good 7 days in a row, or whatever--I will believe her.

Lucas_Arg
Mar 20th, 2009, 05:28 PM
The article seems reliable.

spartanfan
Mar 20th, 2009, 05:55 PM
I'm not understanding that part about the practice courts? Why would she have to practice at the facility and not near by? :scratch:
Exactly, like the Miami Stadium is the only place that has tennis courts. And why back to Phoenix when she lives in California? I find it curious that she would still need to be in Phoenix for rehab. That shoulder must not have felt so well after that doubles match.

Apoleb
Mar 20th, 2009, 05:58 PM
:rolleyes:

Sammm
Mar 20th, 2009, 06:38 PM
if that's the logic to use then she shouldn't have missed AO, a surface that would have favoured her more than clay does...:shrug: she shouldn't come back because there is no "dominant force", she should come back when she is 100% and the shoulder doesn't hurt after 2 weeks of play...if not she would set herself up for this sort of extended absences from the tour for the rest of her career...

My point was this: if the shoulder is ready she should come back, doesn't matter what the surface is. If she is ready for Rome she should come back at Rome. If she's not ready, then of course she should wait.

But the view of some people on this forum seems to be Maria should miss the French open and just focus on Wimbledon, because it's a good surface for her, which I don't agree with. And they were saying this after Australia. There just seemed to be too much eagerness to write off the whole clay court season for Maria.

Izzie.
Mar 20th, 2009, 07:44 PM
Though clay might not be her game, coming back on it would be easier on her body. And I totally agree, she should come back when she's ready, despite if it's clay or grass or whatever. I don't think skipping RG and just going to Wimbledon is the way to go, either.

goldlion
Mar 20th, 2009, 08:02 PM
I will remain to be patient. Her practice clips showed everything.

pov
Mar 20th, 2009, 08:06 PM
It's great that so many posters here know what players should do about their rehab and return. That's great - I guess those posters are well-paid as athletic consultants.:haha:

Svetlana.
Mar 20th, 2009, 08:07 PM
I hope it's not another teas and attempt to cell more tickets by having a Maria's name in it.

cn ireland
Mar 20th, 2009, 08:10 PM
Hope she returns soon!

I miss her:sad:!

Brooklyn90
Mar 20th, 2009, 08:18 PM
She has targeted about three different return this year, and none of them have happened.

Rumkin
Mar 20th, 2009, 08:18 PM
Not setting timetables was a direct quote you could hear Maria say.

This reporter, who was way off the mark in December, "has learned" she is targeting Rome.

If she shows up at Rome, or she says I feel good 7 days in a row, or whatever--I will believe her.

Exactly. For now this is all speculation, I will believe it until she walks on court and play.

RenaSlam.
Mar 20th, 2009, 08:47 PM
Not going to happen. Mark my words.

duhcity
Mar 20th, 2009, 08:57 PM
I say she gets a Wimbledon return, a WC if she doesnt have the ranking for it.

Direwolf
Mar 20th, 2009, 09:15 PM
she sure has lots of targets...
cant she just play when shes fine...

shes been targetting tournaments since the beginning of the year...

Warrior
Mar 20th, 2009, 09:40 PM
Theoretically she would've recovered right around this time. But you never know.

danieln1
Mar 21st, 2009, 12:35 AM
Clay is not a very good option for her, she can´t get a lot of free points with her serve... I think she should wait until Birmingham, a tournament she had a lot of success and grass completely favours her game!

iPatty
Mar 21st, 2009, 12:40 AM
Didn't she just say a week ago that she wasn't setting timetables anymore?

goldenlox
Mar 21st, 2009, 01:33 AM
This isn't her timetable. It belongs to whoever wrote the article
Maria is in a timeless dimension, like Sam Beckett of Quantum Leap

jacobruiz
Mar 21st, 2009, 04:47 PM
Posters who keep insisting that Maria won't or shouldn't play on clay because it isn't her best surface seem to forget that Maria thrives on competition and challenges. She has always wanted to improve her game and win on clay.

If she does skip the clay season, it will be because her shoulder is not ready - not because of any fear of performing poorly on clay.

soul
Mar 21st, 2009, 08:00 PM
Clay is nt the favourite but she is targeting to win French Open; because of this she wont waste any enery till then.
As I have been telling from the beginning she will return to French Open

Craig.
Mar 21st, 2009, 08:28 PM
She won't miss another slam. I guarantee it.

Mikey B
Mar 21st, 2009, 09:19 PM
nice if she could win it.. i'll believe her return when i see her on court. in singles!

youizahoe
Mar 21st, 2009, 09:35 PM
She better be playing really well when she comes back and win Roland Garros! :mad: :hearts:

that's 2010 not 2009 :p

barboza
Mar 21st, 2009, 09:36 PM
where's cleo?

Adal
Mar 21st, 2009, 09:52 PM
Not going to happen. Mark my words.
http://i44.tinypic.com/345xvk5.gif

Harvs
Mar 21st, 2009, 10:08 PM
just return on grass maria..

VenusSerenaBlvd.
Mar 22nd, 2009, 02:39 AM
She should come back during Wimbledon. I mean on clay, she will have to hit more serves because how slow clay is. points will be closer than usual, just because the big serve is neutralized.

madlove
Mar 22nd, 2009, 08:18 AM
skip clay and return at grass.

DOUBLEFIST
Mar 22nd, 2009, 08:54 AM
http://www.********************/

Sharapova Out of Miami;
Targets Rome Return

FROM THE BNP PARIBAS OPEN IN INDIAN WELLS, MARCH 17 - Former No. 1 Maria Sharapova pulled out of next week’s Sony Ericsson Open in Miami on Wednesday and is targeting a return on clay at Rome at the beginning of May, ******************** has learned. After going to Miami on Tuesday do sponsor visits, media and attend the player party, Sharapova will head to Phoenix, where she spent part of fall recovering from shoulder surgery, to continue her training.

While Sharapova competed at doubles at Indian Wells where she and Elena Vesnina lost a first round match, she finds that getting practice court time at Miami is more difficult and fells that she’d be better off continuing her rehab and training in Phoenix, which is why she chose not to play doubles in Florida. Her shoulder is said to be progressing nicely and she was pleased that at Indian Wells, she was able to hit fairly high service speeds.

Three-time Grand Slam champion Sharapova, who has said that she won’t be comfortable returning in singles until she can contest two of three set matches for a minimum of seven days in a row, is also planning on competing at the new tournament in Madrid the week after Rome, and at Roland Garros.

Well of course she's "targeting" Rome and RG. She was "targeting" IW and Miami.

doujyr
Mar 22nd, 2009, 10:47 AM
It's great that so many posters here know what players should do about their rehab and return. That's great - I guess those posters are well-paid as athletic consultants.:haha:

Given how badly her team fcked up diagnosing her shoulder i think the posters on here would do a better job.

SAEKeithSerena
Mar 22nd, 2009, 01:18 PM
who is ANYONE to say when she should come back? she obviously is being mature and taking this seriously, if anyone knows when to come back and when the time is proper, it will be her, herself.

can't wait to see you back on tour maria! rome or whenever:)

Dawson.
Mar 22nd, 2009, 01:33 PM
Why bother? In her own words, shes like a "cow on ice" on clay. I can't really see it happening. My money is still on a Birmingham return.

slamchamp
Mar 22nd, 2009, 02:59 PM
maybe on clay she doesn't have to hit many big serves:shrug: