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heelsrule1988
Apr 29th, 2012, 07:54 PM
I've been wondering about this, and it certainly has to be asked after today's splendid result... why is Maria so good on clay now? It's almost becoming her best surface! One of the main things that intrigues me about this is that this rise to success on clay has happened post-injury. Is there any correlation with that? Discuss.

jameshazza
Apr 29th, 2012, 08:12 PM
The kick and slice on serve, weight of shot which keeps lower than other players', and a shot that aggressive grinder cannot do much with.

There were a few points today Masha won just by redirecting the ball into the corner with mammoth spin, Vika could hardly reach them.

Charlatan
Apr 29th, 2012, 08:44 PM
I just hope she can carry/ improve this form onwards the RG...she needs to be wise with her scheduling and match play and makes sure she peaks at the right moment at RG...i hope she does :)

MiiMo
Apr 29th, 2012, 10:13 PM
She actually learnt to slide on clay, what she was simply not used to do pre surgery. It allows her to be much better at defense than on hard and in plus, she's got the shots to go from defense to attack and that's why she's so effective on clay nowadays.

heelsrule1988
Apr 30th, 2012, 05:32 AM
That's why I want to play on a clay court sometime... just so I can slide. :lol:

*Nefertiti*
Apr 30th, 2012, 09:22 AM
She improved a lot, but she is still not moving on clay as clay specialists, still foreign on clay. It reminds me of Nadal playing on hard-courts, he wins matches and even won US open but you still feel this is not his favorite surface. As long as she doesn't face clay specialists (which in case of WTA they are very few) she can win more, because she fights and rarely gives up which is very important on clay. But I don't have the feel she can win Roland Garros. It's very hard! It will literally be a miracle.

Rerun
Apr 30th, 2012, 09:28 AM
I have the same feeling too but honestly its the feeling I have now for any other slam she is going to face

clay now is just one other surface, where she can have some problems into moving
but then there is grass with her problems to balance between risky shots and percent of errors
and then we have hard courts and her footwork that is not comparable to some other specialists, and we have wind too, very bothering in some of the tourneys played out there

the thing is that this is a new Maria, more fierce, stronger, but less invincible at her peak

*Nefertiti*
Apr 30th, 2012, 09:33 AM
Maria improved on all surfaces and is more mature. Her problem is that most players now know what is needed to beat her. She needs new tactics, you can't depend on fighting spirit only to win slams. She needs to have consistent good serve.

nelsondan
Apr 30th, 2012, 02:29 PM
I posted a theory, or speculation or whatever, which no one said I am right or wrong. I think her physical condition is spectacularly strong...especially in the area of endurance...I don't know if she is doing anything differently in that area, but in spite of her frequent references to good food, she looks as thin as I can remember for a long time.

heelsrule1988
May 2nd, 2012, 06:40 AM
But I don't have the feel she can win Roland Garros. It's very hard! It will literally be a miracle.
I'm not sure how you can say that... honestly, I think this will be the best chance she's ever had to finally complete her career Grand Slam. She most certainly can do it.

Shivank17
May 2nd, 2012, 07:09 AM
That's why I want to play on a clay court sometime... just so I can slide. :lol:

Trust me its not that much of fun :p :tape: Especially if you are playing a grinder/pusher it gets you REAL frustrated.(that is if you are an aggressive player. :angel: )

*Nefertiti*
May 2nd, 2012, 05:00 PM
I'm not sure how you can say that... honestly, I think this will be the best chance she's ever had to finally complete her career Grand Slam. She most certainly can do it.

It's not that easy. She needs good serve first. She's still struggling with her serve.

*Nefertiti*
May 2nd, 2012, 05:02 PM
Trust me its not that much of fun :p :tape: Especially if you are playing a grinder/pusher it gets you REAL frustrated.(that is if you are an aggressive player. :angel: )

That's why I still don't understand how can Nadal play consistently that good and move that way on clay :confused: I don't get it? How is that even possible?

Shivank17
May 2nd, 2012, 05:02 PM
Struggling with her serve? :weirdo:

Did you see any of her matches at Stuttgart? :unsure:

Charlatan
May 2nd, 2012, 05:09 PM
It's not that easy. She needs good serve first. She's still struggling with her serve.

huh? :confused:

are you even a fan?

*Nefertiti*
May 2nd, 2012, 06:18 PM
Yes, but I am trying to be realistic. Winning roland garros is very hard, especially for Maria.
Her serve is not weak, but to win slams she needs to be very confident of her serve.

Shivank17
May 2nd, 2012, 06:34 PM
^She was very confident with her serve at Stuttgart. :rolleyes:

Serving so well at clutch moments. :worship:

*Nefertiti*
May 2nd, 2012, 08:01 PM
You guys are strange, if she loses you say she's done and will never win again, if she wins you say she'll win roland garros. I hope she wins but I am realistic, she just won a tour on clay, I hope she continues to pay good, but we have seen her play good in slams and then suddenly plays with shaky serve and get overpowered in the final or the semi-final.

heelsrule1988
May 3rd, 2012, 06:28 PM
She was very confident with her serve at Stuttgart. :rolleyes:

Serving so well at clutch moments. :worship:
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NashaMasha
May 3rd, 2012, 06:38 PM
You guys are strange, if she loses you say she's done and will never win again, if she wins you say she'll win roland garros. I hope she wins but I am realistic, she just won a tour on clay, I hope she continues to pay good, but we have seen her play good in slams and then suddenly plays with shaky serve and get overpowered in the final or the semi-final.

She used to try to bash through opponents defense very often , when her serve was shaky and "hawk eye switched off". She tried it against non-top players , but it didn't work against players , who were playing the best match in their full career as it usually happens whem players face Sharapova

Now Masha seems to have more clever game, hopefully it is not a mirage

abesky
May 5th, 2012, 02:41 PM
Well. I love Masha, and I want her to dominate clay ala Nadal but I will not celebrate until she wins RG.