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ZeroSOFInfinity
Jul 15th, 2009, 05:06 AM
Last 3 years' French Open and Wimbledon results....

FRENCH OPEN - SF (2007), 4r (2008), QF (2009)
WIMBLEDON - 4r (2007), 2r (2008), 2r (2009)

Her last clay court title... Bausch & Lomb Championships (Amelia Island) in 2008.
Her last grass court title... DFS Classic (Birmingham) in 2006.

Is she going to win the French Open to complete the Grand Slam soon? :hearts::hearts::hearts:

LoLiTa08
Jul 15th, 2009, 05:14 AM
i hope she wins roland garos

faboozadoo15
Jul 15th, 2009, 05:42 AM
It's weird. While the clay takes some sting out of her ground strokes, she's at least in control. Many women don't move well on clay, so her shots are still hard to handle.

I think she's not aggressive enough on grass, and her footing has been miserable the last few years. It's quite odd to see.

Hard is far and away her best surface though, surely.

Nicolás89
Jul 15th, 2009, 05:48 AM
She gets over-injured by that time of year.

thongcarmen
Jul 15th, 2009, 06:00 AM
i dont think so. Maria plays unstably now but her best surface still grass.

fufuqifuqishahah
Jul 15th, 2009, 06:05 AM
her best surface is not grass

Sharapower
Jul 15th, 2009, 06:17 AM
Hardcourt is her best surface.
She's still pretty good on grass, she made SF in Birmingham this year. Let's say she's been bad at Wimbledon the last two years. From 2005 to 2007, she lost only to the eventual champions.
It's a little bit of a myth that she sucks on clay. People are like "she doesn't slide, that's soo bad!" but actually she loses only to clay court "specialists". For example at RG since 2004, she lost to: Paola Suarez, Justine Henin, Dinara Safina, Ana Ivanovic, Dinara Safina and Dominika Cibulkova. She's efficient and I think she will eventually win it at RG.

bandabou
Jul 15th, 2009, 07:28 AM
Not as good on grass as people thought and not as bad on clay as people thought.

On grass, we all know..with perfect health who the top two players are. Maria kinda peaked and cashed in with her win in 2004. Right now as long as the sisters are around, can't see anybody else winning Wimby.

On clay it's funny..clay seems to give her more time and she can load her shots better.

faboozadoo15
Jul 15th, 2009, 08:35 AM
i dont think so. Maria plays unstably now but her best surface still grass.

There's really no evidence for that.
She lost to Li and Dulko this year, last year to Alla K.

While I don't think these losses are indicative of her potential, she's done better on hard courts since winning Wimbledon in 2005.

She'd really like to have that 2006 SF back...

Sharapower
Jul 15th, 2009, 08:36 AM
since winning Wimbledon in 2005.

2004 it was

pindica
Jul 15th, 2009, 08:46 AM
Is she going to win the French Open to complete the Grand Slam soon? :hearts::hearts::hearts:

not in 2010 because every 2 years, she lose to safina after leading on 2nd set ;)

Sharapower
Jul 15th, 2009, 08:48 AM
not in 2010 because every 2 years, she lose to safina after leading on 2nd set ;)
In 2010 cause she wins a different GS every two years :p:lol:.

pindica
Jul 15th, 2009, 09:00 AM
In 2010 cause she wins a different GS every two years :p:lol:.

only if she haven't safina in her draw:):lol:

rockstar
Jul 15th, 2009, 10:00 AM
Last 3 years' French Open and Wimbledon results....

FRENCH OPEN - SF (2007), 4r (2008), QF (2009)
WIMBLEDON - 4r (2007), 2r (2008), 2r (2009)

Her last clay court title... Bausch & Lomb Championships (Amelia Island) in 2008.
Her last grass court title... DFS Classic (Birmingham) in 2006.

Is she going to win the French Open to complete the Grand Slam soon? :hearts::hearts::hearts:

gee, i know you need to fill your quota of at least 1 thread per week but there has already been a thread on this :o

Miss Amor
Jul 15th, 2009, 10:01 AM
Mr. Obvious strikes again :tape:

MechWarrior2k
Jul 15th, 2009, 11:51 AM
Sharapova's game is not typically conducive to doing well on grass. The fact she went deep at 2 Wimbledons is more of an exception and not the rule. Masha fans are delusional to compare her with Venus and Serena on grass.

To do well on grass, one typically needs a solid serve, quick reflexes with return of serve, control the paceof the points, ability to strike an aggressive approach shot (not necessarily a winner), and follow that up with consistent net play. Sharapova comes up short on several of those elements and given her one-dimensional bash her way to victory/inglorious defeat, it's quite safe to say she won't ever win another Wimbledon.