Originally Posted by massive
As of today, her best year was 2006. Slaying Clijsters, Mauresmo and Henin Titles at IW, San Diego, USO and that glorious indoor streak which Henin had to end (Maria ended an even more impressive streak 2 years later, bagel included, so no biggie
). Too bad she was clearly burned out by the time she got to the YEC otherwise she would've given Henin a match in those semis. She should've also made it to the AO finals in that weird semi against Henin.
There is no way Maria would've lost to Mauresmo there. She'd win her 3rd slam there and be proclaimed Queen of the Hardcourts, but oh well.
Maria had been injured for the better part of six months and she almost didn't play that Aussie Open. Semis was a good enough result, and besides, those losses to Henin gave Maria the impetus to switch things up like she did at the US Open final
What's so great to see is that 2012 could very well be the best season of Maria's career if she has great results at the Open and/or the YEC. This is already the only season when she's reached multiple slam finals.