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At 17, there are undoubtedly areas of her game the newest Wimbledon champion would like to improve. There are other dimensions she could add as well, don't you think? Also, what role will her still growing body play in the evolution of her already formidable game? Do you think she will become more muscular? Assuming she stays healthy and avoids other pitfalls, just how good do you think she can become?
 

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Maria, at age 17, has all the physical and mental tools to become a truly dominating player in the future.

First off, she's very mature and focused, and has a good head on her shoulders. Pressure and expectations don't seem to affect her adversely; if anything, it gives her the drive and will to succeed all the more.

Secondly, she has the physical makeup to truly exploit her potential. She's tall (6'2" for sure); lean and strong (and will only get stronger); very mobile and athletic for her size; and she has massive reach. As she becomes more comfortable with her body, you can expect many of her current weaknesses to become less pronounced.

Thirdly, she's shown that she can adapt and mix up her game to some degree (not enough right now). We've seen her incorporate some all-court play into her game at Wimbledon to compliment her formidable ground game. She has very nice touch and feel around the net; you can probably expect her to become more opportunistic at the net in the future. And, she already has a pretty good serve; hard, relatively accurate, with lots of depth. It'll become stronger with time as she get's stronger, and more effective as she learns to add some variety (spins) to it.

To sum up, she is very reminiscent of Venus Williams in terms of makeup and potential. But I think with Maria, her upside is higher. As long as she stays 100% focused on her tennis, and doesn't let outside distractions (fame, overexposure, etc...) affect her; we're looking at a future world number one in the making! :bounce:
 

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It depends; was her level this Wimbledon a zone she can consistently play in, or will she sort of come down to Earth now? Remember that Serena won the 1999 U.S. Open in a similar form, and then it took her nearly 3 years to figure out how to maintain that level.

Maria played incredible this Wimbledon, no doubt, but that doesn't mean she will now play at this level every tournament. And while there are obviously things she can work on, I don't see where she can (or needs to) change all that much. Her strokes are technically sound, and she seems to hit them fairly consistently. Her serve is pretty strong (she mixes it up well, and she has nice pace). Maybe she can add a few mph to it, but there isn't a lot more she can do with it. She could obviously add a backhand slice to her game and maybe come to net a bit more, but there aren't huge changes to be made.
 

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She could end up being better or she could have already peaked. Hingis was expected to win more Wimbledons, but she never reached the final after 1997 and she was 1-2 in USO finals. In fact, her best year was 1997 and that was it. Maria is nowhere near the amout of titles won as Hingis when she was 17 so that is why it is too early to tell.
 

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She has one Gs which is great but please do remember when u are 17 u are fearless but as u get older injuries and nerves kick in alot more. Let's not hype her up too soon otherwise their could be dissapointment.
 
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