Originally Posted by dsanders06
If she doesn't withdraw (which I'm still not 100% sure about), I REALLY hope she draws Kim
Even though I'd give Kim a slight edge on hardcourts (assuming she's inform), I just want to see them play atleast one more time before Kim retires, firstly for the sake of the WTA
and also because for whatever reason Maria just always seems to be really up for it whenever she plays any of the old guard bar Serena. Probably her best tennis of 2009-10 was in those first two sets against Kim in Cincinnati (before the choke), and also the way she was so fearless against Justine at RG back in 2010. Compare that to the way she always seems so unsure of herself against Azarenka. I don't know why, maybe it's just because she always has memories brought back of playing great against the old guard back at her peak even when she plays them now
THIS SO MUCH. I still think the stretch from RG10 to Cincy 2010 was some of the best tennis Maria played post-surgery. Most impressed with how inspired she played against Henin (The dropshots, even the serve & volley!!), as well as against Serena-ServeGOATmode. Kinda makes me wonder what happened during that stretch in 2010.
But oh well, we're in 2012 now, no point looking back. If there's no injury scare, please Masha, your FOOTWORK! Move those feet and you can blast off those groundstrokes and returns just fine.