Re: time to hire up a coach?
I agree that Michael Joyce is not enough high quality input. Maria's serve is the main thing holding her back at the moment , and I think she needs serious input from a good serve specialist. She needs better tactics. She's DFing so much on her second serve -and there seems to be no point, since she's winning very little with it when it does go in. There might be a point taking risks if, when the 2nd serve went in it was dominating the points - but it isn't. So there's no need to take such risks.
What Maria needs is to have a lot more variety on 1st and second serve so that she can put in secure but testing second serves, and ensure that players don't get grooved on her first. This was a problem with the old serve too. Most of the time she wasn't getting top value out of it because of its sameyness. As soon as she's able to hold serve easily, she will be very hard to beat.
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