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JoPova
Aug 13th, 2012, 05:08 PM
Maria won Rome both in 2011 and in 2012. Where do you think she displayed the better set of tennis?

Even though Maria dominated the clay season in 2012, I pick Rome 2011.

MM_1257
Aug 13th, 2012, 05:14 PM
Hard to decide. Up until the final she was ok. It's the final that messed it up. And in 2011, well, we were a bit lucky with Vichka withdrawing...

JoPova
Aug 13th, 2012, 05:17 PM
Hard to decide. Up until the final she was ok. It's the final that messed it up. And in 2011, well, we were a bit lucky with Vichka withdrawing...

I think the 2012 final is the thing that made me pick 2011 the most! But every match between Maria and Na is almost a guaranteed shitfest!:lol:

MM_1257
Aug 13th, 2012, 05:28 PM
I think the 2012 final is the thing that made me pick 2011 the most! But every match between Maria and Na is almost a guaranteed shitfest!:lol:

And between Na and *insert a random player* ;) :p

humanabstract
Aug 13th, 2012, 05:34 PM
Well, I'll go with 2011. In 2012 there was shitfest in the final, besides, 2011 SF victory vs Caro was significant for Maria imo

Trih
Aug 13th, 2012, 05:38 PM
2012 except the final > 2011 only Stosur/Wozniacki matches.

Break My Rapture
Aug 13th, 2012, 06:02 PM
I feel like she beat more quality opponents this year, but the level she showed against Wozniacki was better than anything she showed there this year.

Stonerpova
Aug 13th, 2012, 07:45 PM
I feel like she beat more quality opponents this year, but the level she showed against Wozniacki was better than anything she showed there this year.

This.

NashaP
Aug 14th, 2012, 06:01 AM
Definitely 2011, she was sublime that tournament. If bitch played like that during RG, then she would have won RG 2011 as well...

cautiouslip
Aug 14th, 2012, 06:32 AM
I think Rome 2011 is a little bit less credible just because of Vika retiring. Who knows what would of happened but Vika was winning when the match ended.

massive
Aug 14th, 2012, 11:01 AM
The semi against Wozniacki last year was the best Maria played in 2011, but she has been playing MUCH better this year at several tournaments.

I think her game was much sharper and agressive this year, not only the serve but also the movement, and she beat much tougher opposition. She was sublime against Ivanovic, Kerber and Venus (in patches) and tough as nails against Li. 2012 takes the cake for me. Plus I have to agree that Victoria retiring last year takes a bit away from the sweetness of that title.

Regardless, Stuttgart 2012 > all her other clay titles. She was magnificent from the QFs on, especially in the final.

MM_1257
Aug 14th, 2012, 11:30 AM
The Stosur match in Stuttgart was top for me.

Tennisvampire
Aug 14th, 2012, 11:49 AM
The Stosur match in Stuttgart was top for me.

For me, her top claycourt match of the season (I won't be as cocky as to say of her career because I have thoroughly watched only her more recent matches) was Stuttgart final against Vika. She demolished her after suffering all those beatdowns against that same player :eek: As far as Rome is concerned, she had really good matches in both years, with Wozniacki 2011 SF being the best of them all. I think her Rome 2011 display was probably one of the best in that season for her, but I think we overrate it a bit just because it was actually pretty unexpected (at least it was for me). Rome 2011 marked the beginning of her clay court dominance (And yes, she'll never be as dominant as Henin on this surface, but still, she wiped out the competition this year in the same manner Rafa always does :lol:). So for me, because of the entire performance and her amazing comeback in the final, Rome 2012 does it more than 2011. Plus, it's always harder to defend than to take it in the first place ;)

gc-spurs
Aug 14th, 2012, 01:08 PM
Rome 2011. That was her coming out party for clay and the moment she became an actual ball bashing claycourter.

zigga
Aug 14th, 2012, 03:01 PM
Rome 2011 :hearts:

massive
Aug 14th, 2012, 03:05 PM
Wow, really? I thought she was much stronger this year. Her shots were SO heavy and her BH slide was better than ever. She was not nearly as good last year.

cautiouslip
Aug 15th, 2012, 02:41 AM
Wow, really? I thought she was much stronger this year. Her shots were SO heavy and her BH slide was better than ever. She was not nearly as good last year.

I think this is not entirely based on level, its just Rome 2011 is a better memory as it came out of nowhere and suddenly she was showing her best tennis in years and on clay of all surfaces.

Personally I prefer Rome 2012 as I only started following tennis closely this year :p

JamieOwen3
Aug 15th, 2012, 03:23 AM
So Maria 2011 Rome

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than 2012? ok :oh: Yeah I agree because of the SF and Final but she beat some better players this year just the level wasn't as high.

Shivank17
Aug 15th, 2012, 03:32 AM
Well, this year the conditions did not suit her as well, and she played much better clay court tennis at Stuttgart and RG. Last year, it was completely unexpected from Maria to turn so GOAT on clay, so I would say 2011, especially that match against Woz.