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Old Jul 21st, 2013, 10:50 PM   #31
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Re: Toronto 2013: About time to finally grab the glass racket, eh? (SharaConnors Chap

real overhead ?! girl is gonna be posessed !
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Re: Toronto 2013: About time to finally grab the glass racket, eh? (SharaConnors Chap

Maria at the net?

Hopefully not, she always looks so silly and misses 90% of volleys

I'm looking forward to the overheads tho
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Old Jul 22nd, 2013, 08:52 AM   #33
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Maria at the net?

Hopefully not, she always looks so silly and misses 90% of volleys

I'm looking forward to the overheads tho
now now, it's one thing to be overly pessimistic, but our girl Maria is actually prety efficient when she comes to the net. There's no need to spread disinformation only to justify your agenda...
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Maria at the net?

Hopefully not, she always looks so silly and misses 90% of volleys

I'm looking forward to the overheads tho
Eh, what are you smoking?

Sure, Maria doesn't have that certain 'touch' at the net, but she nearly wins every point when she gets there.
There's a simple reason for that. Hit a good approach shot, and then finish it quickly at the net.

Maria at her most brutal (US Open 2006) and confident (Australian Open 2008) would blast a shot into a corner and then follow up to the net to finish it quickly.
You don't need good volleys for that. A drive volley will do.

Honestly, it annoys me when she stays back or refuses to hit an overhead. So hearing this actually makes me hopeful about a more aggressive approach from Maria.
Still, practicing it and doing it in a real match are two very different things.
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2008 AO vs Lena D. Now that was net play
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Re: Toronto 2013: About time to finally grab the glass racket, eh? (SharaConnors Chap

I thought her shoulder is not comfortable when she hit real overhead before? If it can harm her shoulder, She shouldn't do it
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Re: Toronto 2013: About time to finally grab the glass racket, eh? (SharaConnors Chap

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Eh, what are you smoking?

Sure, Maria doesn't have that certain 'touch' at the net, but she nearly wins every point when she gets there.
There's a simple reason for that. Hit a good approach shot, and then finish it quickly at the net.

Maria at her most brutal (US Open 2006) and confident (Australian Open 2008) would blast a shot into a corner and then follow up to the net to finish it quickly.
You don't need good volleys for that. A drive volley will do.

Honestly, it annoys me when she stays back or refuses to hit an overhead. So hearing this actually makes me hopeful about a more aggressive approach from Maria.
Still, practicing it and doing it in a real match are two very different things.
Exactly, Maria in her best tournaments in 2004-08 was CONSTANTLY coming forward, and usually had a very high % of points won at net. Her reluctance to swing-volley has definitely been one of the missing links in her game usually over the past few years -- as I always say, her game was NEVER about just hitting one massive unplayable shot from the back of the court a la Kvitova, it was about hitting a few very good shots and suffocating her opponent with the relentless length on her shots, and when she doesn't kill off the short balls that she elicits then she's wasting huge opportunities.

I feel her reluctance to swing-volley is possibly the best example of how her mindset has been holding her back over the past few years.... take Miami 2012, in the semifinal against Woz, Maria generally had a relaxed and aggressive mindset (aside from that strange 5-game losing streak at the end of the 1st set) and was constantly sprinting into the net and taking balls out of the air and killing off the point virtually everytime. Then just a couple of days later, in the final against Radwanska, Maria was visibly more uptight and anxious, and it translated into far more tentative play -- she was slower to actually start moving forward when she spotted a short ball, would often let the ball bounce rather than swing-volleying it, and would often just guide it into the court and give Radwanska a chance of hitting a passing shot.
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Re: Toronto 2013: About time to finally grab the glass racket, eh? (SharaConnors Chap

PEAK NetPova was at the USO 2010

Even though she lost to Woz, she had 16/18 points won at the net

That's the most times she's come to the net in a match (that I can remember).
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Re: Toronto 2013: About time to finally grab the glass racket, eh? (SharaConnors Chap

Great Opening

So weird that Maria didn't really like playing this tournament in the past...

But this is one of the tournaments I really want her to win along with Miami ( ) and Madrid.

First tournament since Wimbledon, and the first with Connors as her coach.

She will probably rusty But it will be interesting nonetheless.

Still remember watching that horror show live on stream against Voskoboeva


This tournament is good for streaming though

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Great Opening

So weird that Maria didn't really like playing this tournament in the past...

But this is one of the tournaments I really want her to win along with Miami ( ) and Madrid.

First tournament since Wimbledon, and the first with Connors as her coach.

She will probably rusty But it will be interesting nonetheless.

Still remember watching that horror show live on stream against Voskoboeva


This tournament is good for streaming though

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I still really can't quite figure out how she lost to Voskoboeva to this day
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PEAK NetPova was at the USO 2010

Even though she lost to Woz, she had 16/18 points won at the net

That's the most times she's come to the net in a match (that I can remember).
Not really...even though she was successful when she did come in, she squandered plenty of opportunities to come in and slaughter weak-ass Wozniacki puffballs. That was the most frustrating thing about that match actually, because she was striking the ball fairly well early in rallies but was mentally such a tentative mess that she just couldn't kill off the points once she'd got the initiative. I'm fairly sure there were plenty of matches in 2006-08 where she came in more than 18 times.
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