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If Maria had been in Pliskova's situation today, she would surely have got broken at *4-5. I'm so sure. Hats off to Pliskova for still staying tough and focused, coz an injured Serena is still pretty dangerous.
 

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Guys does Maria's latest Instagram post regarding competing in Australia feels a little bit odd to you? Especially "I'll miss you Australia" line. :scared:
 

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Guys does Maria's latest Instagram post regarding competing in Australia feels a little bit odd to you? Especially "I'll miss you Australia" line. :scared:
it got me a little bit worried too; but i still believe she might compete one more season because of the olympics games
 

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Guys does Maria's latest Instagram post regarding competing in Australia feels a little bit odd to you? Especially "I'll miss you Australia" line. :scared:
Agree. Looks like a message to thank Australia and the AO for all those years spent there for competing. Hope it's a wrong feeling.



it got me a little bit worried too; but i still believe she might compete one more season because of the olympics games
Well, not sure she plans to play the Olympics since she's not in Team Russia for Fed Cup tie in 2 weeks. And she needs to be in the team for 3 ties.
 

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If it was her last AO - she gave it all she had in that match. She fought and did she best she could. She probably wanted to have a full year as her final year rather having to step back and recover from injuries like what had happened last year. Let me say it - last year was bad except for that little resurgence during the clay season.
 

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I honestly don't think she even knows when her last year is gonna be. <img src="https://www.tennisforum.com/images/smilies/laugh.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Laugh Out Loud" class="inlineimg" /> Seems like she hasn't decided how long she's gonna play for, probably depending on how things turn out. At least that's what she alluded to when she was asked about Tokyo 2020 in Shenzen.
That is my feeling too - she probably is just feeling how she goes this year and will decide.

I mean it is still January 2019 and far from 2020.

If Lucie Safarova can postpone a pending retirement anything can change.
 

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If Lucie Safarova can postpone a pending retirement anything can change.
I'm pretty sure nothing will be spontaneous in Maria's retirement - from the date to organization. She's an A star of the WTA tour, and, more importantly, Maria's future is business - she'll make the most out of her retirement announcement just like she did with the meldo incident. So I assume she'll be very well prepared for the goodbye moment - it won't be a sudden overnight decision.
 

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Her start of 2019 doesn't feel refreshing at all. Old injuries, new injury. Numerous double faults. Another grand slam R4 exit after a top-10 win. It's almost a repetition of her last US Open season in a shorter time span. I can't lower my expectation to a meaningless level, because her goal is winning a slam again, not just beating top players at times, or giving some good fights in difficult matches. Did the first 2 tournaments in 2019 bring her considerably closer to the goal? Unfortunately, No.
 

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I'm pretty sure nothing will be spontaneous in Maria's retirement - from the date to organization. She's an A star of the WTA tour, and, more importantly, Maria's future is business - she'll make the most out of her retirement announcement just like she did with the meldo incident. So I assume she'll be very well prepared for the goodbye moment - it won't be a sudden overnight decision.
Only instance I would see her do this spontaneously, is if she wins a slam and retires a la Pennetta
 

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Only instance I would see her do this spontaneously, is if she wins a slam and retires a la Pennetta
But that's also planning and not spontaneous (if I win a slam, I'm retiring - and I'm also sure that'd be shared with her team, sponsors, WTA, etc.)
 

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Still pissed that Maria lost in Aus Open R4 to Barty :ras:

And so close. 4-6 in 3rd set. That match was so winnable ...

Maria's serve became pathetic bad in 2nd set and 3rd set too :help:
That was the biggest difference. Maria should have won the match !

Fighting hard is not enough when your serve is SHIT for 2 sets and you make stupid UEs.
Some UEs from Maria on Barty slices were really embarrassing ...

The serve was a HUGE difference.
HORRIBLE serving from Maria in last 2 sets :eek:

The serve is very important. I really hope Maria improves her serve ...
Maria's shaky serve is a huge problem. I want her old strong reliable serve back !

Barty was solid, served better and moved better than Maria.
 
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