Originally Posted by Sharapower
I don't quite agree with this (see my post above). Yes, when she won USO and AO, she knew exactly what to do and succeeded at executing it, but the point is that these moments are too rare.
For me, Maria 1.0 (2004-2008) played tennis like jazzmen play music: a lot of improvisation that can be absolutely gorgeous when she's inspired but crappy when she's not. Now we have Maria 2.0: grown-up, recovering from a career-threatening injury, having a woman's private life and not anymore Daddy's girl; and, like all other players, as age advances the daring and explosiveness will decrease, replaced by more thoughtful tactics, more patience and so on.
Normally that process is a progressive one, palyers don't drastically change overnight. But, in the specific case of Maria, the 9 months break was disruptive so actually she's facing two challenges in the same time: getting back to competitive form AND constructing the bases of her grown-up tennis. That's two very tough tasks and that's why a coach that's got proven experience of the very top could help tremendously.
I'm not saying she should dump Michael Joyce, absolutely not. But I don't see what harm it would do, for a few months, to get a different insight by someone who's out of the box as a complement. I'm thinking about someone like Lundgren or Paul Anacone... Or Richard Williams (j/k
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, definitely. I don't know, second game of the match, 15-40, I missed two returns in a row. I mean,that's just, you know, stupid. You give your opponent so much confidence.
And many games after that it was 30-All. Yeah, obviously when you lose a few of those in a row, your opponent all of a sudden gains momentum and gains confidence, and then it's pretty difficult to get those opportunities back again.
So you've got to take advantage of them when you have the opportunities
A HARD WORK IS WAITING MASHA TO HAVE LESS FAULT EITHER DOUBLE OR ENFORCED ONE
THIS PROBLEM IS OLD I THINK AND AM VERYY SURPRISED BECAUSE ANY ONE OF COACTHS NEVER TRIED TO MAKE HER WITH LESS FAULT I DONT KNOW REALLY WHAT HE IS DOIN WITH HER