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Old Apr 2nd, 2012, 03:13 PM   #1096
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Re: Miami. 2012

It's been two days but I still can't figure out how she managed to lose to ARan. (It was such a shame to put a pusher's name on the trophy!)
Maria really needs to do more than just "hang in there" the way she did in the previous rounds. Looks like she was hoping things were gonna change around all of sudden. In finals, she gotta step up to change things around. Not mentally positive as it seemed.
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Old Apr 2nd, 2012, 03:52 PM   #1097
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Re: Miami. 2012

It's been disappointing that Maria lost three big finals in 2012. However, other than 2008, this has been Maria's best start of the year and 2012 can still be Maria's best year on tour.

Go Maria, have a great clay court season starting with Stuttgart in three weeks!
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Re: Miami. 2012

I'm still paralysed with shock/shame.

I mean, Radwanska. RADWANSKA.
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Old Apr 2nd, 2012, 06:35 PM   #1099
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I'm still paralysed with shock/shame.

I mean, Radwanska. RADWANSKA.
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This is what i managed to do. It was HARD but in the end we just have to....

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Re: Miami. 2012

This was the best matchup she could have to finally get a BIG title! WTH was she thinking?? Maybe she needs to win a MM to get some confidence in finals..I'm so pissed
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Old Apr 2nd, 2012, 10:35 PM   #1102
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Stuttgart isn't a bad place to start the title runs!
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Stuttgart isn't a bad place to start the title runs!
Noooo. That's Julia's tournament.


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it's always easier to leave a comment on sites when u don't have to register/log in many people won't bother commenting if they have to do that, though
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Old Apr 3rd, 2012, 12:07 AM   #1106
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Thanks for the feedback! I'll work on that.
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Re: Miami. 2012

Someone's probably already said words to this effect at some point (I really have been too disgusted with Maria / the rest of the WTA for letting Agatha win such a big title to spend time on TF the last couple of days ), but it really is strange how Maria's situation right now seems to be the exact reverse of how it was just a few months ago... at the end of last year, I felt like her game was still way off where it needed to be for her to win a Slam, but that mentally she was as tough as ever and relished any opportunities on the big stage and that her nerve would NEVER fail her in a big match even if her game did (indeed, it was her nerve that actually pulled her through numerous big matches last year even when her game was utter shite, like the Wimbledon semifinal or the Cincinnati final) .... whereas now, we've seen in various matches this year that her game is fundamentally in great shape (serve working better than I thought it would EVER get again, her ground game in certain matches looking like vintage Maria), but now her nerve is failing her when she gets to a big match. I don't know which situation is better

I mean, the match against Radwanska, it's one of the only times I've ever seen Maria play the big points significantly worse than she plays in the match as a whole... I mean, if you take the match as a whole, she played OK-ish (though not spectacularly), but she saved her worst play of the match for when she had a chance to get a break or when she was serving to stay in both sets....so that's a pretty clear sign that it was the mental side that let her down. Maybe it's just that she actually wants it too much? Maybe having Sasha come to tournaments with her (will he be joining her for the European tournaments like last year? is it his off-season?) could help her relax on court and not get so uptight in big matches? I don't know.

This might be just me deluding myself, but I still can't help but instinctively have a really good feeling about the claycourt season but objectively I can't think why. Hopefully my instinct is right
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Re: Miami. 2012

I've refrained from posting about Maria from a few days, just because I've been full of seething bitterness and disappointment, but I think I'm finally over that! Truth be told, I'm still gutted about the result, but there's nothing that can be done about that now!

It is hard to keep up eternal optimism when Maria is losing to Radwanska of all people, (and not even a Radwanska playing her smart game which I actually like!) but I guess it's still another final, which still leaves her in the Top 3 for this year so far. I kind of agree that I want Maria to whore a MM or two, just to get the winning feeling back, but saying that, Paris essentially became a glorified MM and look what happened there!

To be honest, there isn't that much else that can be changed. Maria's game is pretty solid, and even though there's still lots of room for improvement, if she can get over that mental barrier, I think she's at a level where she can be fruitful in big events! Hopefully she'll get over stage fright in time for RG, because I want that freaking title!

Thinking about it, I actually don't think it would particularly hurt if Papa Yuri came along for the clay court season, or at least came to a few of the big events. I really think he could psyche Maria up into a level where she can win again, because she's really not as far away as people seem to think!
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Re: Miami. 2012

The problem with Maria that she can't seem to change is how well her opponents play agianst her in finals. Kvitova, Azarenka and now Radwanska have all played great against Masha in finals in the past year. What player is next to play great against Maria in a big final? I'm scared to even think about it.
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