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Old Jan 14th, 2014, 11:47 AM   #241
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Re: Official Australian Open 2014: New Season, New Coach, 'New Shoulder' and New Slam

This was not pretty. But she won and that's what matters. I believe she will improve in next rounds.
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Old Jan 14th, 2014, 11:49 AM   #242
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Re: Official Australian Open 2014: New Season, New Coach, 'New Shoulder' and New Slam

She did appear very anxious and nervous. I believe that will pass now that she has gotten into the tournament.
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Re: Official Australian Open 2014: New Season, New Coach, 'New Shoulder' and New Slam

I guess Maria had jitters.. Which is quite normal for a first round match. But then again, her serve was getting the better of her.. I honestly felt the sweat all over my body even with the very low temp at my place. I should say that BMS scared me. She pushed Maria a little more than expected. But hurray! Maria in 2! Oh I love her outfit, I really do :-)
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Far from her best but a win is a win. Great to get the first round hurdle out of the way.

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Old Jan 14th, 2014, 11:54 AM   #245
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Same the outfit look way better than I pictured.
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Old Jan 14th, 2014, 11:59 AM   #248
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Re: Official Australian Open 2014: New Season, New Coach, 'New Shoulder' and New Slam

The problem with the serve is the new stance, particularly as she's in a different position for the toss. She's made numerous changes to her serve over the years, but most were swing related, her core positioning hasn't really changed that much. Needs more time to prove hit or miss though.

It seems to make it easier for her to hit out wide on the Ad side, although she shouldn't overplay it like she did in 2011. She just needs to mix it up in big points, her T serve is still >>>>>>>>>>. Hope the lack of speed isn't here for much longer either.

Nice BH DTLs, some really great stuff off the ground actually, I'd rather she improves as she goes on than the past couple of years.
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Re: Official Australian Open 2014: New Season, New Coach, 'New Shoulder' and New Slam

I think this match is a combination of the jitters, the rust from not playing, and the problems on serve (throughout her whole career). She will only get better from here. That was probably one of the worst serving displays she's had in awhile, and she still mixed in some awesome aces and unreturnable serves. So like always, it's inconsistent. I'm happy that she had a tough match, this is just the kind of thing she needs to help her get her timing down, and return to match shape. She faced a lot of pressure moments tonight, and I like that. I think looking forward, she really has no one who can beat her until maybe the Qtrs, but even then I expect her to beat JJ. Trust me guys, I think Maria still has a great chance to reach the final, and if she does, whos to say she won't lift her 5th slam?
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Old Jan 14th, 2014, 12:11 PM   #250
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Re: Official Australian Open 2014: New Season, New Coach, 'New Shoulder' and New Slam

Maria showed some good stuff along with the bad. I like how she is approaching the net more.

At any rate, after winning this she should be calmer and more focused.
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Old Jan 14th, 2014, 12:13 PM   #251
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Re: Official Australian Open 2014: New Season, New Coach, 'New Shoulder' and New Slam

Embarrassing performance.
and the most worrying part is the DFs seem to be back in full force
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Re: Official Australian Open 2014: New Season, New Coach, 'New Shoulder' and New Slam

That was pretty horrid, but you have to take into consideration at what time they played.
Not only that, but the match before them ended quite suddenly. I don't think either of them was prepared for that.

It was a tricky first round match, and I'm glad she won in straight sets, even with her serving and forehand problems.
She'll definitely improve for her next match.
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Re: Official Australian Open 2014: New Season, New Coach, 'New Shoulder' and New Slam

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Serena's R1 vs. #155
Vika's R1 vs. #91
Na's R1 vs. #241
Aga's R1 vs. #112

and Maria vs. #41
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Vika's R2 vs. #84
Na's R2 vs. #187
Aga's R2 vs. #98
Maria's R2 vs. #44
UnluckyPova, so many things to improve in next match.

2nd round Maria will face #44 Karin Knapp. H2H: 1-0 for Maria(6 years ago)
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Re: Official Australian Open 2014: New Season, New Coach, 'New Shoulder' and New Slam

And yet people were still crying cakewalk when the draw came out
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Re: Official Australian Open 2014: New Season, New Coach, 'New Shoulder' and New Slam

Maria and Karin were supposed to meet in R3 of Wimbledon last year. They finally have to really meet soon. I remember Maria playing her in R3 of 08 RG - her only straightforward match in that tournament
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