Originally Posted by Mexicola
One thing that's both sad and funny was that before last year's Olympics, Maria actually still had a winning 2-1 record in finals against Serena. And I know there were Maria fans clinging to that stat for the longest time.
But now it's a 2-5 career finals record. Then you can add the disgusting 1-5 record Maria has in finals against Azarenka and you realize that nearly half of Maria's losses in championship matches are to 2 players.
I didn't think it was even fathomable, but I'm actually starting to wonder if Maria will end her career with a below .500 record in finals. When you look at the landscape of the WTA, it's not hard to imagine 10-15 more title matches combined against those 2 in the next few years if everyone remains healthy. Maria is dominating everyone else, so she's going to make deep run after deep run in tourneys and there's a good chance one of those two will be waiting for her. I'm confident Maria can get the upper hand in her rivalry with Vika, but given her record against both at the moment and her continued helplessness against Serena, I'm concerned about what Maria's win/loss total will look like by 2016 if things don't change.
I hate to demand even more from Maria because she's been so consistent over the past 2 years and she's doing the best she can. But when it comes to her 2 biggest rivals, it's still not good enough. She needs to get better mentally and physically if she wants to reach the goals she set for herself, like winning Wimbledon and the US Open again.
Obviously they both are the best returners in the game along with Maria. Given their returns and Maria's slow reaction after she serves it is difficult for her to construct the point, and Maria's game now very much dependant on clay court like point construction rather than first strike tennis she used to play from 2004 - 2008. Vika is not as powerful as Maria and Serena so Maria somehow manages to beat her but Serena is too powerful she overwhelms her with her power.