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@taiping11 @MsCocoa You are correct. Year end was last year. She hasn't beaten a Top Ten player this year.
12 months ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/03/miami-s-williams-d-li/51046/
I knew if Li didn't pull off that first set that the match would be over, quickly. Must be devastating to come out and see Serena so off her game and then to watch her roll right by you to win in straight sets. Li's ball striking is so beautiful to watch. But her (losing) record against Top Ten players explains why she doesn't have more Slams. She hadn't beaten a Top 10 player in almost a year.
Hope Rafa and Djokovic don't get booed all day by fans. Sounds crazy right? But that's what the weird people of Indian Wells did to 17-year-old Serena. Her sister withdrew in the semis and the crowd booed Serena so loud she cried. No wonder they don't go back.
12 months ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/03/busted-day/51044/
@franchise Or when Venus withdrew and the entire stadium at Indian Wells took it out on Serena!
@tennissunshine Something similar happened on WTA at Indian Wells. It's horrible for fans who have taken time. Tickets for semis cost so much more than tickets from earlier rounds. Problem is that many players travel to the next tournament. They aren't sticking around.
I think Maria is about to go on a huge skid. She played well. She came out guns blazing. She had a good game plan and executed it pretty good. Serena was not at her best. Which is why I think Sharapova will feel even worse.
She will drop to at least No. 9, maybe even 10. So she is getting further away from her goal. She also has all those points to defend.
1 year ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/03/stillborn-rivalry/51028/
@vikki good @sportsfan11972 Exactly
What kind of headline is that with two women?
@Soleil de minuit Maria is playing well. This is the A game versus C+ game. I don't think Serena is playing horribly. I think Maria is playing more relaxed. Serena seems to be under more pressure.
1 year ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/03/serena-sharapova-meet-miami-semifinals/51009/
@mytennisfan1-aka-JACKSON @mzFinFan @wbgarilla43 In all honesty, Maria photographs well and is presented well. But if you asked 100 women, randomly, if they'd rather be 5'9" with curves or 6'3" with tiny breasts and flat behind and big broad shoulders, almost all would prefer Serena's body. And most men would prefer a woman with Serena's body.
I think both women are attractive (they are world class athletes).
Only in America, when the athlete is black, would Americans cheer for a Russian woman who carries the Russian flag and torch in a time when we are nearly at war with Russia, over an American.
@wbgarilla43 Just because Sharapova is taller than the average man, that's no reason to call her a beast.
@sharapo attack You're wrong. Maria does not have "the game" to beat Serena. Serena's game is about so much more than power. If they are both playing their A game, no way Maria can compete. She needs to bring her A game (like she did at French Open) and Serena has to arrive with her C game for Masha to win.
What do endorsement have to do with tennis? Kournikova earned more than Graf? Roddick earned close to what Rafa does in endorsements. Why do people use endorsements to minimize the athletic accomplishments of women?
We never hear the "endorsement" race brought up among male tennis players. It's an insult to women.
@MashasFan @sportsfan11972 I agree, as stated above. I don't think this has anything to do with revenge. Serena's record against all Top 10 players is amazing. She likes the big stage and big matches. Sharapova speaks of Serena way more than Serena mentions Sharapova. I just think it's a bad matchup for Maria, tennis wise.
Serena is usually tripped up by players she doesn't know. She hasn't had time to study their game. She's seen Maria so many times, a testament to both their winning ways. Serena doesn't get enough credit (with exception of Chris Evert, Rene Stubbs and John McEnroe) as a student of the game. She has keen court awareness. She knows Sharapova's game better than Sharapova does.
If Sharapova came out attacking the net and slicing, it would throw Serena off. We've seen Maria try it with some success. But the problem is, Maria doesn't have faith in her game. Serena has faith in her game, even when it's not going well, she believes she can dig deep to get it.
If Serena jumps on Sharapova early, early break, Sharapova has even less confidence in her game.
Sharapova needs a good, early start. She needs to serve well. Not more aces, but higher percentage of first serves in. Serena will make errors because she goes for winners. Sharapova can't afford to get behind early. Because she hasn't won in 10 years. Serena knows she can come back. Because she did it last year. So a quick start. Even if it's still on serve at 5-5, is a plus for Sharapova.
If she gets down early, Serena will pull out the hammer and start pounding nails in the coffin.
@the queen of tennis I think Maria believes. This is just a bad matchup for her. Too many people think it's revenge, mental meltdowns. Problem is that Maria's strength, power, can be easily defused by Serena. And Maria's weaknesses, lack of movement, fear of going to the net, weak second serve, are easily exploited by Serena.
Kerber doesn't have Sharapova's serve, but she moves really well. Some of those balls she got back against Serena would have been winners against Sharapova. Sharapova played her two best matches against Serena last year, Miami and French Open. I think she was playing better then. To go from caving Kvitova to Serena is like going from a Fiat to a Ferrari. Serena will not have to adjust as much having gone from Kerber to Maria.
Love Cibulkova's game and fight. He movement on the court is amazing. I'm a fan. I think she could grow a larger fan base if she'd stopped doing her version of "c'mon" even when an opponent makes an unforced error.
All players have something they do to fire themselves up. I'm cool with that. But sometimes she crosses the line from congratulating herself to an in your face "take that."
Sometimes, especially after hitting an amazing winner, not saying anything punctuates the point better. Like when Serena tees off on a second serve and just walks to the other side. It's like she's saying "No big deal. I can do this all day."
1 year ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/03/miami-cibulkova-d-v-williams/50997/
@Ralph Not so. Sharapova is 6 inches taller than Serena and gets thrashed.
Watching Sharapova match. How is this not called cheating? Her screams continue after the ball clears the net. WTA needs to step up and stop this. It's ok to grunt, scream or whatever you need to do. But it's clear that the more trouble Sharapova is in, the longer her screams last. It's straight up cheating.
1 year ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/03/miami-s-williams-d-garcia/50972/
Eugenie goes down. And man, Vinci not having a good year.
1 year ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/03/serena-saves-three-set-points-straight-sets-win-over-shvedova/50956/
Love the Miami Dolphins colors. Serena's outfit is designed the same as her Aussie Open outfit. Similarly she wore the same designs last year with different colors. She owns a minority stake in the Miami Dolphins so it makes sense that she'd wear team colors.
@Sammie18 Murray's just not all back, yet.
1 year ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/03/20-minutes-11-match-points-1-game-epic-end-6-1-6-4-match/50877/
Has Li Na even faced a Top 20 opponent this year? She's in good position because she didn't play IW last year. These are bonus points. Meanwhile Sharapova and Serena have massive points to defend through the French Open. Serena has 6,000 point cushion. Sharapova could skid out of Top 10 in a hurry.
Hey, anybody ever fact-check the profiles on Tennis.com. They have Dolgopolov turning pro in 2000 and born in 1988. He turned pro at 12? They say 15 years on tour, and that he's 25. That would mean he turned pro at 10? Did he? Or is this as I suspect, totally out of whack.
1 year ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/03/tktktktktkt/50879/
@Hartt @the queen of tennis Sloane Stephens was at the same point last year. It's easier to climb the rankings when you have no points to defend. Next year let's see how Genie does.
1 year ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/03/tktktktktkt/50870/
@lexxlutz She has the advantage of having the WTA backing her. But it will backfire as it puts a target on her back. Players will get up for those matches and want to beat her. No doubt someone like Halep, who puts in as much time and work as Bouchard, must resent all the extra publicity going Bouchard's way. Sharapova won Wimbledon before she started getting all the extra attention.
Congrats to Halep. The crowd was solidly behind Bouchard, just as the WTA is. You wonder how all the promotion of Bouchard by the WTA impacts the earning potential of someone like Halep? I'd be upset if I were her. The WTA should promote all its members. Heck, Bouchard has gotten more PR from WTA than Li Na and Serena Williams combined. And they are No. 1 and 2.
Sharapova drops to at least No. 7. If Kvitova reaches QF, Sharapova drops to 8.
She needs to reach finals at Indian Wells to defend her points. Has to win Stuttgart, reach finals in Madrid and French Open. Not gonna happen. At this point I see her falling out of Top 10 before Wimbledon.
1 year ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/03/top-seed-li-beats-pliskova-reach-fourth-round-indian-wells/50858/
Sharapova's seems to be struggling to trust her coach. In her first match she came out charging the net. I thought, whoa, if she plays like this she'll be tough to beat. But she's regressed. Back to her baseline bashing. She's stubborn, perhaps uncoachable at this point.
I'm looking at Sharapova match and the stadium is near empty. It's a Saturday afternoon and she's on court 1. They can add money and more sponsors but you can't tell me the WTA doesn't suffer with the Williams skipping this tournament. The only reason that tournament is getting more money is because the ATP is so much more competitive. There were more people in the stands for a Federer/Wawrinka doubles than for Sharapova's first match.
1 year ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/03/foot-injury-leaves-azarenka-questionable-miami/50837/
@Northernboy @mamiejane She's the worst. I never forget the time a few years ago, before Venus was diagnosed with her illness, that Mary went on and on about Venus' serve and the many things she could do to improve it. And I thought "Venus has won 7 Grand Slams. Mary didn't win jack in singles. She is so critical of players.
1 year ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/03/indian-wells-davis-d-azarenka/50835/
@lexxlutz @mzFinFan She wore it as Aussie Open, when Sharapova was there. She also wore in that photo shoot with Grigor. That may have been when Pova said "Enough!"
1 year ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/03/indian-wells-bouchard-d-peng/50830/
@Tennislovez @tennisfan2331 @mzFinFan I'd wonder about a man who wants to show that much leg. ;-)
@chris ford Good points. She aims to be Sharapova. Her looks will get her endorsements. She would be wise to aim to be Serena and not play every freak'n tournament on the planet early in your career. She needs to improve her game. Veterans like Li Na and Serena have exposed her weaknesses. Work on those. The endorsements always come to winners. Yes, Sharapova is the chosen pitch girl, but Li Na will pass her. Also, Serena and Venus are both worth nearly $100 million. That's not exactly the poor house.
Become a great player and the money will follow.
@Davineaux89 Or how they accept without doubt her explanation of injury. If Serena even talks about an injury she is hit with "excuses excuses! Classless! Poor sport!" I have no doubt that Vika is injured. Just as I have no doubt that Serena's back is an issue. I also don't have double standards.
Notice she has changed her outfit to solid. I think Sharapova is wearing the stripe dress Eugenie was wearing for the past few weeks. Trying to show Genie who is boss.
It's not just about the absence of Serena and Venus. The so-called top players, Azarenka and Sharapova, aren't playing that great. And Li Na, the "hot player now" hasn't played anyone in the Top 20 this season!
1 year ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/03/california-dreams/50803/
@sportmac In Baltimore area?
1 year ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/03/indian-wells-townsend-d-knapp/50822/
Let's see, Vika and Serena are cool. Serena and Radwanska are cool. But Sharapova at odds with Vika, Radwanska and Serena. Vika at odds with Sharapova and Radwanska. Radwanska at odds with Vika and Sharapova. Yet folks think Serena's the trouble maker. ;-)
1 year ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/03/cautious-azarenka-returns-indian-wells-less-weeks-practice/50821/
Posted this way below. But bringing it up high in response to people trying to minimize the accomplishments of Roger Federer.
Hate it when people try to minimize the accomplishments of Federer and Serena, claiming they played in a weak era. Fed's career began when Agassi, Safin and Sampras were still on tour. It continues through Nadal, Djokovic, Murray and Delpo.
Serena's career began with Capriati, Davenport, Graf, Hingis and Henin still on tour. It continues through Sharapova, Venus, Azarenka and Li Na.
When was the weak era?
1 year ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/03/roger-and-son/50807/
@HugoPo @nicky1 Hate it when people try to minimize the accomplishments of Federer and Serena, claiming they played in a weak Era. Fed's career began when Agassi and Sampras were still on tour. It continues through Nadal, Djokovic, Murray and Delpo.
Where is the weak era?
@Candeee I don't see it. Or get it. There at least 20 men on tour better looking than this dude.
Roger and son? Insulting headline.
Is Sloane serious? She's rehashing 2012 matches? No wonder she's on a skid.
1 year ago on tennis.com - Fourhand: Time pegs Richard Williams as one of the greatest coaches ever
Throwback! First Venus, now Federer. Enough with the retirement talk. They still got game.
1 year ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/03/dubai-federer-d-berdych/50778/
@TennisFashionGirl Reads like a promo for Fila. Horrible.
1 year, 1 month ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/gear/2014/02/bnp-wardrobe-fila/50723/
Venus won a tournament? You sure it wasn't Eugenie Bouchard? Shameless promotion of Bouchard on WTA Facebook page. On website, more Bouchard. Enough already.
1 year, 1 month ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/02/expectations-game/50722/
Every time I see these women with their coaches courtside I think, why don't they ask themselves: "If Serena and Venus never call out a coach, why should I?"
Working through problems to find a solution yourself is one of the ways you build mental toughness. It's not going to be allowed in a Slam. So why do it at all?
1 year, 1 month ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/02/dubai-v-williams-d-cornet/50699/
@TedTennis I've been reading post, and I don't see any crazy by anyone except you. I don't see anybody making excuses. Lots of congrats to Alize. Seems like you're manufacturing outrage.
1 year, 1 month ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/02/dubai-cornet-d-s-williams/50689/
Point at about 8:59, amazing.
1 year, 1 month ago on Conversation @ http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/02/jankovic-my-dream-win-one-grand-slam/50668/
2007 Aussie Open is most remembered for the beat down Serena gave Sharapova. But the earlier match between Jankovic and Serena was a pleasure to watch.
The match was much closer than the score. Both women were fearless. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNygauC0wEw