Originally Posted by Sharapower
The need for a new coach is not essentially for technical matters or fitness/training per se, it's more about perspective, game-plans, tactics, morale. Cerebral stuff. What I would call a "mirror": someone who's sending back an accurate reflection of herself as a player.
That used to be Yuri, but now that he has stepped back, Maria may want to make sure that Michael is the right alternative.
I'm sure many will disagree with me, but for me, notwithstanding the hindering injuries, she's underachieved, considering her huge potential. 1 slam every 2 years, it's great but a minimum of 1/year would be more like it, she's capable of at least that.
Good points. Maria should have had a lot more slams by now - at least double. I think she does need a good coach to help her improve her game and work with Michael. Her serve obviously needs work to make it a more reliable weapon. At the moment, despite the speed, it doesn't do the damage it should. It doesn't want somebody coming in and changing everything for the sake of it, but Maria definitely needs some expert help on serve and other elements. her shot selection is also awful sometimes - and volleys and slice would be added elements.
She needs to have extra weapons to use when they are needed - and to be confident enough in them to be able to execute at the right time.