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pov Jun 18th, 2012 06:34 PM

Any thoughts on why Sharapova isn't playing any Wimbledon tuneups?
 
Most years before 2011 she played Birmingham. Why the change in approach?

GrandMartha Jun 18th, 2012 06:37 PM

Re: Any thoughts on why Sharapova isn't playing any Wimbledon tuneups?
 
- She just had two weeks full of tennis, so some rest would help.
- She (almost) never played in the week before a slam.

madmax Jun 18th, 2012 06:43 PM

Re: Any thoughts on why Sharapova isn't playing any Wimbledon tuneups?
 
because
-there's no point wasting energy to beat up on some scrubs
-practicing with male hitting partner is probably much more benefitting in a long run anyway

canadia Jun 18th, 2012 06:46 PM

Re: Any thoughts on why Sharapova isn't playing any Wimbledon tuneups?
 
She's probably "dog tired" and could use the break. She made it to the end of the 3 previous tournaments. What other player could boast that? :hi5:

18majors Jun 18th, 2012 06:48 PM

Re: Any thoughts on why Sharapova isn't playing any Wimbledon tuneups?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by canadia (Post 21665870)
She's probably "dog tired" and could use the break. She made it to the end of the 3 previous tournaments. What other player could boast that? :hi5:

Technically, Maria didn't make it to the end of Madrid.

canadia Jun 18th, 2012 06:59 PM

Re: Any thoughts on why Sharapova isn't playing any Wimbledon tuneups?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by 18majors (Post 21665881)
Technically, Maria didn't make it to the end of Madrid.

okay 3 of the last 4!

Kon. Jun 18th, 2012 07:02 PM

Re: Any thoughts on why Sharapova isn't playing any Wimbledon tuneups?
 
It would have been too much tennis for her if she played a tournament before Wimbledon this year. And she wouldn't really gain anything much.

stegall Jun 18th, 2012 08:57 PM

Re: Any thoughts on why Sharapova isn't playing any Wimbledon tuneups?
 
She's played the Birmingham one some in years past..It's good she didn't this year..was a mess with all the rain delays etc..

ziros Jun 18th, 2012 09:01 PM

Re: Any thoughts on why Sharapova isn't playing any Wimbledon tuneups?
 
She never played so many matches on clay before ahead of the grass season

dsanders06 Jun 18th, 2012 10:35 PM

Re: Any thoughts on why Sharapova isn't playing any Wimbledon tuneups?
 
She doesn't need one. She did very well at last year's Wimbledon and this year's Australian without playing any warm-ups, so she's obviously found an effective pre-Slam routine. And even if she doesn't go in with any grasscourt matches under her belt, she's had PLENTY of matchplay this year (I think her matches so far this year is a personal record for this early in the year), so she certainly isn't going to be rusty from a mental standpoint.

Much as it pains me to say it, I think we'll only see her play Birmingham again if she loses early at RG one year (and let's be honest, Claypova won't be losing early :cool: :p ).

MashaFan01 Jun 18th, 2012 10:38 PM

Re: Any thoughts on why Sharapova isn't playing any Wimbledon tuneups?
 
She didn't play any last year and reached the finals - So maybe she (or her coach) thinks that it is a good approach for her?

Stonerpova Jun 19th, 2012 12:19 AM

Re: Any thoughts on why Sharapova isn't playing any Wimbledon tuneups?
 
Because she needs a break to come down from Paris. It's probably got more to do with emotional exhausiton than anything else :shrug:

gc-spurs Jun 19th, 2012 12:23 AM

Re: Any thoughts on why Sharapova isn't playing any Wimbledon tuneups?
 
Because she won Rome in 2011 and 2012 and then went far in RG. She'd probably love to play Birmingham, we all know she loves it, but management of her schedule is more important than sentiment for a MM.

JoPova Jun 19th, 2012 10:45 AM

Re: Any thoughts on why Sharapova isn't playing any Wimbledon tuneups?
 
Her clay season was extremely long and tough! So most of all she needs some rest. Moreover, last year she did fine without any warm-up tournament. The most important thing for her in Wimbledon is to serve well, as thing which wasn't working last year, so I hope she is working on that too!

pov Jun 21st, 2012 01:18 PM

Re: Any thoughts on why Sharapova isn't playing any Wimbledon tuneups?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by gociku (Post 21665833)
- She (almost) never played in the week before a slam.

I'd checked before posting this thread and - at least with Wimbledon -she almost always played a tuneup.


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