Originally Posted by dsanders06
Better in some ways, worse in others. She's definitely a better mover than ever before, and I'm inclined to say her backhand at points this claycourt season was better than it ever was pre-surgery? She barely missed off it at all the whole time. And her tactical/strategic sense is definitely better.
That said, her forehand is still a fair bit worse than before surgery, her serve while much improved recently still probably isn't as reliable as it was pre-surgery, and her nerve while still formidable isn't quite as rock-solid as it used to be.
Good analysis! What's never stopped to impress is Maria's desire to get better. Her serves and FH, while not totally relialbe yet, are already day and night better than at 2012 AO.
Title wise, Maria can have her best career run from now until she decides to quit, the only thing that can potentially slow her down is injury.