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Peak Sharapova 119 72.56%
Peak Azarenka 45 27.44%
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Old Mar 19th, 2012, 11:36 AM   #1
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Who will win, Peak Sharapova vs. Peak Azarenka?

I know the current Sharapova is completely hopeless against Peak Azarenka and has become her bitch

I'm wondering who is going to win a match between the peak pre-injury Sharapova and the peak current 2012 Azarenka?

Peak Sharapova: 2008 Australian Open or Sharapova in 2006 (2006 US Open)
Peak Azarenka: Azarenka in 2012

Do you think it's simply just a matchup issue and Peak Azarenka of 2012 would still beat Peak Sharapova back in 2006 or 2008?
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Re: Who will win, Peak Sharapova vs. Peak Azarenka?

It would be very close. Sharapova at her peak has much better footwork to cope with Azarenka's grinding, and will have the best chance to win on faster hard courts, if they still exist.

In 2007, an 18 year old Azarenka straight stetted Sharapova just weeks before Maria went on to reach the YEC finals, and only a couple of months before Maria's AO 2008 run. And all of this in Sharapova's home tournament too.
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Re: Who will win, Peak Sharapova vs. Peak Azarenka?

Peak Azarenka will lose to Peak Woz
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Re: Who will win, Peak Sharapova vs. Peak Azarenka?

Azarenka might not have peaked yet.
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Re: Who will win, Peak Sharapova vs. Peak Azarenka?

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Azarenka might not have peaked yet.
+1. Yeah, I don't think she has reached her full potential yet but it's enough for her now to dominate the tour.
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Re: Who will win, Peak Sharapova vs. Peak Azarenka?

Julian, you little twerp.

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In 2007, an 18 year old Azarenka straight stetted Sharapova just weeks before Maria went on to reach the YEC finals, and only a couple of months before Maria's AO 2008 run. And all of this in Sharapova's home tournament too.
True. However, that was Martha's first match after the USO. Her home tournament is a bit of overstatement Her results in Moscow are beyond abysmal.

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Re: Who will win, Peak Sharapova vs. Peak Azarenka?

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Re: Who will win, Peak Sharapova vs. Peak Azarenka?

I have no problem admitting that Maria fans are drama queens
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Re: Who will win, Peak Sharapova vs. Peak Azarenka?

I still think 2008 AO Maria would be tough for anybody to beat. And we never saw her get to develop beyond that or even hold that form because of her surgery.

Vika is still early in her career, and this is a great run, historic if she can win Miami also.

But time is the ultimate judge. Vika still has only made 1 slam final, only 2 slam semis.
Lets see how this year goes, and the next 5-10 years
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Re: Who will win, Peak Sharapova vs. Peak Azarenka?

What peak?When they screaming loudest?
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Re: Who will win, Peak Sharapova vs. Peak Azarenka?

i dont see maria ever winning another slam. if maria cannot win without, the williams, kimmie, and henin playing on tour..., she wont ever win. maria to be honest, cannot beat the second tier players.., kerber, rowanska, and most of the europeans and american scrapers pick=ems... maria is the weakest "2 ever and it's really sad. her serve is the least of her problems. her biggest problem is movement...lilly white gal is no athlete, all she does is try to hit it hard and harder.
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Old Mar 19th, 2012, 12:48 PM   #13
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Re: Who will win, Peak Sharapova vs. Peak Azarenka?

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I still think 2008 AO Maria would be tough for anybody to beat. And we never saw her get to develop beyond that or even hold that form because of her surgery.

Vika is still early in her career, and this is a great run, historic if she can win Miami also.

But time is the ultimate judge. Vika still has only made 1 slam final, only 2 slam semis.
Lets see how this year goes, and the next 5-10 years
Maria, at her best, would beat the Vika of today. Maria was always somewhat inconsistant, primarily due to her high risk game and less than great technique and movement.
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Re: Who will win, Peak Sharapova vs. Peak Azarenka?

When Maria won the AO in 2008, she was still only 20, which is younger than Vika, Caro, are now. We'll never know what would have happened.
Maria now grinds thru long matches, like vs Kirilenko.
At 2008 AO she beat Justine 64 60, and Dementieva only got 2 games. I saw that whole match, it was as onesided as the score. Maria was pounding the ball into corners & coming to net to end the point. Elena had to hit passing shots on the run to win a point
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Re: Who will win, Peak Sharapova vs. Peak Azarenka?

Peak ballbashers defeat peak grinders if they are in the same overall league. Their peak, however, is usually more brittle and shorter. On her best day Sharapova would have won easily against Azarenka playing her best as of now. But over a season, with both in their prime, it would be relatively close and down to surface and match dramaturgy.
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