Originally Posted by the cat
Someone needs both a sports psychologist and a good serve coach to help her save her career as an elite tennis player and that someone is Maria Sharapova. Her losses in the 2011 French Open semifinal to Li Na, 2011 Wimbledon final to Petra Kvitova and the 2011 U.S. Open third round were crushing losses where she just didn't fire partly because Maria is scared of her own serve. She knows her serve problems will do her in and they do. Will that ever change? I doubt it unless Masha gets help. Her effort during matches is commendable as always but Sharapova needs help from outside her circle of friends and team to help her become a grand slam champion again. I would like to see Maria hoist a grand slam singles title again. But that seems to be a long way off even though she made the semi's of the French Open and the Final of Wimbledon this year. Her serve is such a huge hindrance to her game.
What a shame. I really don't think Maria can recover from her major double fault issue unless she hires a serve coach. Thomas Hogstedt can stay on as Maria's main coach but Hogstedt like Michael Joyce before him and Maurecio Hadad before him had weak serves as players so how could they really help Maria's serve? Sharapova needs help from a serving expert and it's high time she realized that and actually did something about it. And she most likely needs help from a sports psychologist because of her monumental double fault problem that's hampering if not ruining her once great career. Masha carries fear of her own serve into every big grand slam match she plays and it shows when she serves to try to stay in a set or match. We know what's coming (double faults) and there is really no stopping it. Only Maria can stop it if she gets the help she needs. But bbecause she is so stubborn I doubt she will get the help she needs.
Really great post but like you said it's been 2 years now and nothing has changed, she is giving those service games when things are getting tough and she is so stubborn that she continues do so.
If there is no improvement at the beginning of 2012 then I think there never will be.