Originally Posted by Mexicola
On grass, 17-19 year-old Maria would absolutely demolish today's Maria. In fact, clay is probably the only surface I'd give current Maria an advantage over teenage Maria.
I don't have the belief you do. I'm still in the camp that thinks pre-surgery Maria was better than post-surgery. She had more variety and shot-making ability. She didn't have the strength or endurance of today's Maria, but she was much more fearless.
And that's the key isn't it? Martha 04-06 was always about confidence, with confidence she can pull off anything, drive volleys, conventional volleys, dropshots... USO06 encapsulates Martha at her attacking best.