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Old Oct 4th, 2010, 03:52 PM   #346
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Old Oct 4th, 2010, 05:36 PM   #347
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In my case, since English is the only language in which I could ever be interviewed, I cannot get real
critical about that. It might be a device used to give someone a fraction more time to think, before they say something, you know, that is thoughtless or, you know, just stupid. I don't know if there is something similar which is used when speaking Spanish or Russian.
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Old Oct 4th, 2010, 05:52 PM   #348
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In my case, since English is the only language in which I could ever be interviewed, I cannot get real
critical about that. It might be a device used to give someone a fraction more time to think, before they say something, you know, that is thoughtless or, you know, just stupid. I don't know if there is something similar which is used when speaking Spanish or Russian.
It has become a habit for Maria I think I don't think it is purposely any more.
Even Andy Murray, Andy Roddick say it a lot
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Old Oct 6th, 2010, 10:13 AM   #349
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Maria's Bind

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Maria Sharapova lost her second-round match in Beijing with Elena Vesnina, a friend and fellow Russian, 7-6 (3), 6-2, in an encounter that was more resonant than might have been expected. In their last meeting, their only previous one, Sharapova gave Vesnina just three games in an early-round Australian Open encounter. Thus, Sharapova's loss today seemed to speak volumes about her struggle to return to the top.

Sharapova, now 23, is an enormous international star. As a former No. 1, three-time Grand Slam champion, and marketing dynamo, she's a made woman. But the relevant question here is, are her days as a contender at major events over? She's played well, but only in fits and starts. She's always done the most damage at hard-court tournaments, and while she reached the final at Cincinnati (she lost a three-setter to Kim Clijsters) and the fourth-round at the U.S. Open, she's played just three matches on the current Asian swing and won just one.

We all know she's been plagued by debilitating injury—a bum shoulder that drove her off the tour in May of 2008, just a few months after she beat Ana Ivanovic for the Australian Open title. She had shoulder surgery in October of that year and was out for almost 10 months. When she returned in 2009, she played for periods, but won only one event—when her opponent in the Tokyo final, Jelena Jankovic, retired before the first set was finished.

This year, Sharapova has struggled at the majors. She lost to Maria Kirilenko in her first match of the Australian Open. She won a relatively minor event in Memphis, rekindling the hopes of her fans, but lost in the second third round of Indian Wells, missed Miami, and was dismissed from Madrid in the first-round by Lucie Safarova.

Although Sharapova made a great effort to win Strasbourg on clay in May, she lost to Justine Henin in the third-round of the French Open— nothing to be ashamed about there, nor in her performance at Wimbledon, where she again demonstrated that she's one of the few women who can stand up the the heat and mental pressure brought to fray by Serena Williams. Sharapova played brave, sometimes impressive tennis, but lost without winning a set. In other words, it was a tense match if not really a close one. And despite her excellent effort in Cincinnati, Sharapova was soundly beaten by Caroline Wozniacki (6-3, 6-4) at the U.S. Open. And it's not like Wozniacki went on to win the tournament.

There appears to be a pattern here, some of which probably is related to her state of fitness. She just can't seem able to break through and establish herself as a reliable Top 5 performer. Currently, she's ranked No. 15 21. The best spin you can put on it is that despite her unsuccessful Asian experience this fall, she's brought herself a little bit closer to striking distance. But let's face it, in order to get back in the conversation about top players, Sharapova would have helped her cause with a strong Asian swing — especially in light of the fact that she wouldn't have to contend with the likes of Venus and Serena Williams, Clijsters or even Henin. She failed to take advantage, which must be disappointing.

Following her loss to Vesnina, Sharapova said, "I'm definitely not as good as I wanted to be. After the U.S. Open I wasn't able to train as much as I would've wanted to, and I feel like the last couple of weeks I've just been trying to play catch-up. My rhythm hasn't been where it should be. Obviously it's disappointing, but I've lost and won many matches in my career. I'll just have to regroup and move forward."

That's a brave attitude, but there's never been any question about Sharapova's heart. It's her game that seems wanting. She's never really found that groove; she's become unpredictable.

She said of Vesnina, "I have to give a lot of credit to my opponent. She played extremely well. She was really aggressive and hit the ball really deep and consistently. I wasn't able to do the things I do. She served extremely well and had me off-balance. It was definitely her day."

The stat of the match: Vesnina served five aces and no double faults; Sharapova served two aces and double-faulted seven times. When you watch players who are on the upswing, or regaining something lost, you generally see a measure of momentum. But it seems that just when it looks like Sharapova is ready to contend again, the wheels fall off. Her problem is that many girls hit the ball "really deep and consistently" these days. You can't hang back and wait for them to self-destruct, especially if your stock in trade has been, like Sharapova's, the inclination and ability to dictate.

The hallmark of a great, even an aspiring-to-be-great player, is consistency, and that's what Sharapova has lacked ever since her shoulder troubles started. Her game has always been effortful, slightly wooden, effective but more of a testament to determination and competitive fitness than talent or even that wild card factor, self-regard. Sharapova needs to be careful that the game doesn't pass her by, or be prepared to accept diminished status in the event that it does.

It's a tough bind for a young player whose status may be out of sync with her degree-of-impact, but Sharapova has shown the ability to handle pressure before; she'll need to demonstrate that capacity again.
I think that's actually a pretty accurate article.
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Pretty dead on. Sad too- so promising after grass.
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she might start thinking about a possible retirement, sounds pretty obvious to me at the moment
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I thought it was a pretty good article, but I disagree with this. Her game, over and over, has been good enough---until it is time to finish the deal. She can be up 40-0, and lose a game. She can be up 4-2 and not put away the set. Something is missing in her heart nowadays-----she is wealthy, she has won a lot in other years, she has romance-----the grit and determination are missing. Her game is better than her record.
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^^The problem is not her heart, but her brain, imo.
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she might start thinking about a possible retirement, sounds pretty obvious to me at the moment
If her 2011 is going to be a train wreck, this might come sooner than 2016.
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^^The problem is not her heart, but her brain, imo.
Modify that sentence a bit and you've got yourself a poetic one liner.
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It is not the brains that matter most, but that which guides them -- the character, the heart, generous qualities, progressive ideas
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There will be a day when Maria retires and there is nothing we can do to stop that. All we need to do is just savor the moments we have seeing her now.
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