Originally Posted by denny5576
With all problems which exist now in Maria's game Maria model 2012 & 2013 most probably will win against Maria models 2004 - 2008. Even Maria's serve is better now in some parameters than before. For example the serve speed. Maria never before had so powerful serve. Why is she not using it regularly is a question of tactics, not of ability.
Not really sure what kind of 'tactical' genius decided she shouldn't hit her biggest serves, and serve 90% of her serves to the forehand, especially on the AD court. Azarenka, Serena and even Lisicki literally just wait on that serve every time.
Also I don't believe that today's Maria would beat the Maria of 2004-2008. Only a few times in the last few years has she approached that level IMO, in particular last year's clay court season, and the odd random match, like the one against Kerber in Beijing.