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Old Aug 3rd, 2013, 10:53 PM   #826
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Old Aug 4th, 2013, 01:35 AM   #827
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I hope so, but I feel like Cronin often BSes to try and make himself sound "in the know" Although he did call Connors being her new coach a couple of days before it was announced iirc.
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Old Aug 4th, 2013, 01:38 AM   #828
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One thing that bothers me about article after article dissecting Maria's game is that these writers continue to pair Vika with Serena as if Maria struggles equally with both. Maria has NO Vika problem. Any perceived mental block ended in Stuttgart last year. She crushed her there, she should have won in New York, because she was the better player, she beat her easily in Istanbul, and she was the dominant player in Paris. The only reason that match even went 3 was because of Maria herself getting sloppy. Any match aginst these 2 is always on Maria's racquet. If she plays anywhere near her best, Vika gets beaten like a drum every time. That isn't the case with Serena. Even if Maria plays well, she still needs help.

I realize that Aussie Open final in 2012 stands out because it was a major and it was ugly for Maria. And I think this continued misconception that Azarenka "owns" Maria was born from that one match. No doubt she played really badly and it was Vika's breakthrough, so she deserves all the praise. But it was ONE match. And even if you want to go back to those other hard court losses in 2011 and early 2012 as proof of Vika problem, you have to remember that Maria's game still ranged from being a mess to just adequate in those days. If wasn't until the clay season of 2012 where everything finally clicked in. Of course she was going to stumble against a good player like Azarenka with that kind of form.

So when Maria is playing close to her elite level, as she has frequently been over the past 15 months, at best, Vika is even with her, at worst, Maria dominates her. It's only when Maria gets error-prone that she can lose to her. I will continue to laugh at writers who continue to laud Vika as her superior and a "mystery" to Maria. If anything, I see Vika as the one getting more nervous and frustrated with her recent results against Maria. She realizes that Maria can bully her and overpower her whenever she wants if she's playing well and it's getting harder for her to dictate anything.
Yup. This has frustrated me to no end for a while.
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Let's hope so!
I really hope, but don't get my hopes up yet. We already had some tweets about her hotel booking in Toronto....
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Yup. This has frustrated me to no end for a while.
Even as someone who regularly defends Azarenka, I get a major eye-twitch whenever someone in GM describes Maria as Azarenka's "pigeon"/"bitch" You'd think it was still early 2012 where Maria had lost however many matches in a row, not late 2013 where there's one match between them in their head-to-head.
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By the way some Belarusian tennis fan said that Volchkov won't be back as her hitting partner, he was offered job in Belarusian tennis federation.
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I really really hope she will come back at Cincy - those high bouncing fast courts suit her game perfectly and she always does well at this event. Please god, let her be healthy and play at least one warm up before the Flushing Meadows...
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I really really hope she will come back at Cincy - those high bouncing fast courts suit her game perfectly and she always does well at this event. Please god, let her be healthy and play at least one warm up before the Flushing Meadows...
True, regardless of the result I think it will help her. She needs the matches, preferably a couple of Sharapova specials too to get the 'rust' out of her game.

These past few AO's and last year's USO she's shown that she's more than capable of coming out firing but she runs out of steam at the latter stages when she needs it most. Cinci would be good for her IMO.
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Maria Sharapova plays her first tournament of the summer hardcourt season in Cincinnati this week. How's her hip doing? How has Jimmy Connors been helping her? Read on for that and more...


CINCINNATI, OH, USA - Since falling at Wimbledon, Maria Sharapova has been out for seven weeks with a hip injury, having to withdraw from scheduled stops in Stanford and Toronto. But she's back now and hoping to make an impressions in Cincinnati. She met the press Monday - here's what she said...

On her hip...
"Everything's feeling fine. I didn't want to come back to my first tournament not being 100%. I feel it's important to spend extra time to get ready and heal and make sure I'm ready to go once I play tournaments again. Obviously it's very unfortunate to miss tournaments, but sometimes that's just the way it goes, and sometimes playing your full calendar just doesn't happen. I'd rather play when I'm feeling good and healthy than when I'm not. You definitely learn what your priorities are with time."

On how her recently-announced coaching arrangement with Jimmy Connors is working...
"I got a chance to work with Jimmy a few years ago for a few weeks, and he had a lot of great things to say. A lot of it was through his experience and his knowledge. It wasn't really about teaching me anything technically. I enjoyed the time I had working with him. And I loved his philosophies about no substitute for hard work - he certainly emphasizes that in every single practice session we have.

"At this stage of my career, his experience is really priceless, and his work ethic as well."

On how the new coaching arrangement compares to Andy Murray and Ivan Lendl...
"It's a little bit different. I started working with Jimmy after winning four Grand Slams. So I know what it feels like to accomplish that already - I've been there before. It was more the work ethic that I knew he would put in, and the experience and the knowledge as well. He's definitely been there."

On whether we'll see a higher level of intensity now because of Connors...
"I don't know... I'm pretty intense as it is!"

On how she feels with the US Open around the corner...
"To be honest, nothing else matters until you go on the court. You still have to go on the court and do your job. I haven't played a match in many weeks - I might feel a bit rusty here and there this week, maybe I'll have to get through a few tough matches and make a few more unforced errors than I would expect myself to make. But obviously the goal is the US Open, and I'm here to prepare for it."

On how strong Sugarpova has been going...
"It's mindblowing. I never expected it to be so global. We've kind of settled ourselves in the tennis world. It's incredible the amount of packages I'm signing nowadays at tennis events. I'm enjoying seeing how people have adopted it in a way and are really excited about it, and following it on social media too, like Instagram and Twitter... I'm just enjoying the process and seeing it grow."

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Old Aug 13th, 2013, 03:04 PM   #835
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Maria Sharapova likes Jimmy Connors' fire

Don’t expect her to suddenly sport his vintage Dutch Boy haircut or swing that unwieldy Wilson steel racket. Jimmy Connors’ influence on Maria Sharapova will be considerably more subtle. But she hopes it’ll be no less substantial.

It’s been less than a month since Sharapova, in the wake of a second-round loss to a qualifier at Wimbledon, announced she was parting with coach Thomas Hogstedt to work with Connors, who personified grit in a playing career spanning more than 20 years (five straight as No. 1) and eight Grand Slam singles titles.

This is their first tournament since the pairing was announced.


“His philosophy is there’s no substitute for hard work,” Sharapova, the 2011 Western & Southern Open champion and No. 3 seed this year, said Monday. “He certainly emphasizes that in every single practice.

“At this stage of my career, no one’s going to come in and change something drastically. But his experience and work ethic are priceless. It’s been nice.”

At 26, with a career Grand Slam and more than $26 million in prize money on her resume, Sharapova wasn’t looking for someone to reinvent the wheel. She was more interested in situational help and motivation, she said, and flashed back to spending a few weeks working with Connors five years ago, when she was coached by Michael Joyce.

“He had a lot of great things to say,” Sharapova said. “A lot of it was from his experience and his knowledge. ... I enjoyed the time and the work.”

Sharapova said she understands the parallel some might draw between her choice of Connors and Andy Murray’s decision to work with another accomplished former player in Ivan Lendl, a partnership that has paid major dividends – an Olympic gold and Murray’s first two Grand Slam wins.

“It’s maybe a little bit different because I started working with (Connors) after winning four Grand Slams,” Sharapova said. “Certainly I know what it takes to accomplish something. I’ve been there. It was more about the work ethic that I knew he was going to put in, and the experience. He’s been there, done that.”

Connors, 60, who worked with a high-profile player in Andy Roddick from 2006-08, put Sharapova through an hour-long practice in the midday sun Monday at the Lindner Family Tennis Center.

Connors sometimes hits with her, Sharapova said, but not Monday. Dressed in long pants and a pink sweater vest, Connors deferred the rallying to a hitting partner, instead mostly standing behind the baseline with Sharapova, feeding balls and offering occasional counsel.

Walking briskly off court afterward, Connors wasn’t expansive as to what he can bring to the table.

“We’re just starting,” he said.

What does he hope to help Sharapova accomplish?

“We’re just starting,” he repeated.

Of course, Connors wasn’t chosen for his chatter; rather for his candor.

“When you have a partnership between a player and a coach, he wants me to be better and greater; he’s not going to (just) tell me that I’m great,” Sharapova said. “He’s going to make me work hard and get the best out of me.”

Sharapova was asked if she expected Connors’ intensity to rub off.

“I don’t know, I’m pretty intense,” she said, laughing. “We’ll see.”

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Maria Sharapova

If you were a reality TV show what would your TV show name be?
I think my reality TV show would be very boring, so we’ll skip that one. (laughter)

If you could have any actor play you in your life story, who would it be?
I think Gwyneth Paltrow.



How do you like your eggs?
Poached.

Have you ever seen a UFO or a ghost?
I have not. (laughter)

Do you believe in either of them?
I haven’t really thought about it.



What side of the bed do you sleep on?
When I am at home on the right, but in hotels I change.

On a scale from 1-10 how weird do you think you are?
Extremely weird. Like, over the borderline weird.

So you would give yourself over 10?
Yeah, a lot

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Maria Sharapova

If you were a reality TV show what would your TV show name be?
I think my reality TV show would be very boring, so we’ll skip that one. (laughter)

If you could have any actor play you in your life story, who would it be?
I think Gwyneth Paltrow.



How do you like your eggs?
Poached.

Have you ever seen a UFO or a ghost?
I have not. (laughter)

Do you believe in either of them?
I haven’t really thought about it.



What side of the bed do you sleep on?
When I am at home on the right, but in hotels I change.

On a scale from 1-10 how weird do you think you are?
Extremely weird. Like, over the borderline weird.

So you would give yourself over 10?
Yeah, a lot

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Does somebody actually get paid to ask these incredibly stupid questions?
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How did Maria agree to sit down and answer these absolute idiotic questions . Honestly. Just embarrassing
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