Yes, but I would not get your hopes up :lol:It would be absolutely amazing if Maria could pull this off :hysteric:
I admit I won't see this match, I just have repulsion for this matchup :shrug:
No way Maria would allow a Serena loss to be the last Grand Slam match of her career. :lol:Yes, but I would not get your hopes up :lol:
Maria is in quite weak form and looked bad in her last matches.
Serena is Serena and reached the Wimbledon final (Maria lost to Parmentier).
I can understand that you hate this match-up. And to see Maria lose AGAIN to Serena.
The (clear and many) losses to Serena hurt. Serena also seems very motivated to beat Maria. Somehow she always peaks against Maria and looks extra-motivated and extra-focused. I think she is still pissed because of the painful loss in the 2004 Wimbledon final and also in the 2004 YEC final to Maria. And also maybe jealous because Maria is beautiful and gets so much attention. So Serena wants to show in the matches that she is better. I expect Serena to be very focused and in killer-mode vs Maria - once again.
But on the other hand this could be Maria´s only US Open and last Grand Slam match of the year.
And it could even be the last Grand Slam match of her career - if everything goes bad.
So I would not miss it. The Grand Slams are the important events, I won´t watch her China matches.
As I said I will watch this match very relaxed - because I have zero expectations
Serena is a horrible match-up for Maria and Maria is in weak form too. So a Maria win is not realistic.
I hope Maria can make at least one set a bit close (like 4-6), but I am not optimistic ...
Maria vs Serena matches are must-see matches to me. And this could be their last meeting.
I like both a lot (equally), both are my favourite players, world-wide superstars = must-watch for me
Also I want to see at what level Maria plays (if she has improved her serve/movement/consistency).
Sadly no matter how well Maria played, Serena's serve killed it allLearning from the past - no expectations at all and frankly I am expecting a loss
If she can somehow play some inspired tennis out of nowhere ...
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2016?In retrospect, playing the grass season and losing the PR was not a good move.
I watched highlights of 2015 AO last night. Maria could have won the first set.
There is no mention of the surgery this year. I think it is speculation.I don’t know if anyone has seen this article, but it says this about Maria’s shoulder, which doesn’t sound good:
‘Sharapova, according to tennis insiders, is not so fit and stands as a big long shot. The right shoulder that was operated on 10 years ago still is bothering her and she’s also had forearm issues. Eventually Sharapova will need another shoulder surgery, but that likely will come after retirement, according to sources.’
There is no source named so could just be speculation.
That aside, I really really hope she can make it competitive tonight, but I’m not optimistic and definitely won’t be staying up to watch this one.