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Old Jan 19th, 2012, 03:41 PM   #3634
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Re: ** Masha News and Articles! ** Vol. 2

It's fascinating to see Sharapova, whose shots sometimes look as straight as the grim, green flat line on a heart monitor, able to shape that straight shot to create a sharp angle. Another Nick Bollettieri protegee, Monica Seles, was one of the best I've ever seen at driving opponents deep behind the baseline, then bending a sharp-angled crosscourt shot slathered with spin to make the ball dip. Sharapova did exactly that in one backhand exchange today, battering her double-hander deep to put Hampton on the defensive, then firing a flat backhand that nearly skimmed the net as it found the short court. That's one of the dangers Sharapova poses on rhythm: She drives the ball so deep that she forces you on your heels trying to defend, so when she works the width of the court it almost seems unfair to the unfortunate opponent on other end.

http://blogs.tennis.com/racquet_reac...d-hampton.html
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