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Old Jun 28th, 2010, 07:50 PM   #106
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Re: time to hire up a coach?

Lindsay as coach ASAP!
Michael can stay as a friend who makes Maria laugh, like a buddy.
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Old Jun 28th, 2010, 09:07 PM   #107
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Re: time to hire up a coach?

I agree that she needs someone to direct and consult her how to play those important points in a big matches...she is losing way too many close matches nowadays - I could care less that she was playing Serena, she still should have taken that first set tiebreak
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Old Jun 28th, 2010, 09:57 PM   #108
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Re: time to hire up a coach?

I was very impressed with Maria's performance today. her serve was doing real damage, and she took Serena to the limit.

I find it hard to fault Maria for losing that tiebreak. She made a couple of crucial errors - but everyone is human. I do agree though that Maria should build on this, and get the additional psychological-tactical coaching that will make her WIN those crunch points.
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Old Jun 28th, 2010, 10:51 PM   #109
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Re: time to hire up a coach?

Yes she could use a new coach..everyone agrees..today the commentators frm espn latinamerica were talking about it and thought she could hire a new coach to keep improving. I feel she doesn't do that cause she's been with mike forever
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Old Jun 29th, 2010, 04:20 AM   #110
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Re: time to hire up a coach?

Everytime Pova loses a match, there are those that think she should dump Mike. Everyone does NOT agree. No tennis player has ever come back from rotator cuff surgery except Pova.

Mike and a plethora of doctors, specialists and trainers have gotten her back on court playing good tennis. If Pova stays healthy she'll be back better than before by the end of 2010.

Why would she even consider dumping the guy responsible for that? and there is still her Father helping her but out of the lime light. She is in a good environment, making steady progress tournament by tournament.

I respect the impatience but remember she isn't recovering from a hang nail! And, today, she went toe to toe against Serenka and had chances to actually win the match. Next time...
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Re: time to hire up a coach?

Read the posts. People aren't calling on her to "dump" Mike.

We're saying that like most top players Maria needs some additional specialist coaching to improve her tactics, mental problem at clutch points, and to open up new aspects of her game. This remains true. Maria didn't win her 4th round match - and a lot of people here were worrying that she might not even reach the 4th round.

Mike is not a proper coach - he's a hitting partner who has taken on the coaching role, but without the experience and deep knowledge. Any one who has heard his advice to Maria during matches, knows that its of the "keep going and she'll fall apart" type. Face it. Maria has underperformed - some of it, as at RG and Wimbledon, due to very bad luck - but other stuff less so.

Anything that will help Maria to start winning the matches she SHOULD win, quickly and easily, and help her to actually win the clutch matches she keeps losing, is very necessary. I hope the "good" perfermance against Serena will not stop her seeking the much needed new advice.
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Old Jun 29th, 2010, 02:11 PM   #112
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Re: time to hire up a coach?

Yury must come back to her coach! Yury was way tougher than Mike!
Yury yelled to her if she played badly, but then she played much better in her next match!
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Re: time to hire up a coach?

Winning key points in matches is not something you can teach though

We don't know what goes on behind the scenes so I'm not so quick to say that she should change or add to her team (I think there was only one time that I actually agreed to change coaches, and that was after her AO loss I believe) when bad results keep happening then yes, but right now she seems to be on the right track.
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Old Jun 29th, 2010, 09:16 PM   #114
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Re: time to hire up a coach?

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Winning key points in matches is not something you can teach though

We don't know what goes on behind the scenes so I'm not so quick to say that she should change or add to her team (I think there was only one time that I actually agreed to change coaches, and that was after her AO loss I believe) when bad results keep happening then yes, but right now she seems to be on the right track.
A good coach can do several things to HELP Maria win those key points though:

* Teach her techniques to steady herself in clutch moments, and get to the root of nerves that may be occurring on key points.

* Get her to alter ways of thinking that are holding her back, and develop new tactics.

* Teach her a range of techniques and shots to use in key situations, for example serve variations to use to surprise opponents getting grooved to her normal serves. Varying the pace of groundstrokes, to unsettle opponents, avoiding DF etc.

If Maria is caught in a tense 3 set match, she would have the added confidence of knowing she had options A, B and C to use to change things up, rather than just hoping to break through with her normal game.

Again she often doesn't get enough "value" from her serve in terms of free points. Some girls with slower serves seem to get more free points in the form of unreturned serves than Maria usually does. She needs to find out why this is. Upping her unreturned serve rate would help her hold serve more easily, and again lead to increased confidence.
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Re: time to hire up a coach?

Maria's improved game was good to see at Wimbledon. However she still went out in the fourth round. Indeed, this was largely due to (another) very unlucky draw - Maria being in the only quarter which did not collapse. Serena, Maria and Li (along with Zvonareva) were the only good players performing at an acceptable level on grass.

However Maria had her chances of taking the 1st set - and maybe then the Championship - which were wrecked by serving a DF instead of an Ace in the key tiebreak.

Despite her performance, I was still not thoroughly convinced she is back as solid as she was. If she had beaten Serena, would she have fallen to Li Na? So I still think she should seek extra coaching to settle her confidence issues and improve her tactical game.
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Re: time to hire up a coach?

Hmm. Losing to Azarenka is more evidence in the "new coach needed" category.
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Re: time to hire up a coach?

^^Don't think so. If anything, her fitness needs improvement. She's got Scott now, so we'll see how that will work out.
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Re: time to hire up a coach?

I still think her groundstrokes are a hot mess, compared to how they used to be, watching old videos actually makes me sad.
I would love to see her go back to Bollitieris or work with Lansdorp just to get the groundstrokes as smooth and lethal as they used to be, her forehand especially is cringeworthy at times.

On the positive side her movement does seem to be improving, it definitely looked better in Stanford.
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I still think her groundstrokes are a hot mess, compared to how they used to be, watching old videos actually makes me sad.
I would love to see her go back to Bollitieris or work with Lansdorp just to get the groundstrokes as smooth and lethal as they used to be, her forehand especially is cringeworthy at times.

On the positive side her movement does seem to be improving, it definitely looked better in Stanford.
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Re: time to hire up a coach?

*Bump*

Did she have the right game plan today? Did she just lack the right execution? Could a coach have prevented that loss? How?
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