Originally Posted by obama08
I heard that Masha is no longer going to be playing doubles at all. She has been having some knee issues and told Raymond in Australia that she doesn't think she can give 100% to both so is giving up doubles entirely.
Sad as she is such a good doubles player but her body is not able to handle the wear and tear of both. That could also explain the disappointing start to their relationship. Masha was not her normal self in Sydney or in Melbourne on the doubles court. She didnt seem to have the confidence when coming in or in her volleys.
Maybe her knee will get healthy again and she will decide to play again in the future?
Really? That is surprising. I thought Kiri would cut back some on her doubles this year to concentrate more on singles but you make it sound like she is eliminating doubles altogether. I still hope Kiri plays doubles at the Tier 1 tournaments and grand slams if she has a good partner. I think they player Masha beat in the Pattaya final Sabine Lisicki with her huge serve and great power would be a great doubles partner for Kiri. No doubt doubles has drained Kiri in some singles tournaments and if Kiri was playing doubles in Pattaya and made the semi's in doubles and the finals in singles that doubles effort may have cost her the singles title she won yesterday. I would still love to see Kiri win a doubles slam in her career. It is alot more likely than her winning a singles slam.
On a side note I have to admit it's tough knowing powerpuff hitters Errani and Vinci are a great doubles team and they are very good in singles too. Especially Errani. Masha can do that too. But maybe the doubles and all that extra serving and on court time has taken something out of Kiri physically. With less doubles I hope to see Maria best ever season in singles. That is possible. She can still play doubles in Fed Cup and hopefully in the slams too. When she lost that brutal match to Hlvackova in the 2012 U.S. Open Kiri and Petrova beat the Williams sisters in doubles the next day. That was a great moment in Maria's career even though they didn't win the title. The doubles saved Maria's U.S. Open last year. I really hooe she still plays grand slam doubles if she has the right partner.