Good point. We may see whether or not there is much of anyrhing to that.
Looks like the usuals are back!!
and I'm getting excited already. Maria is looking GOOD and beautiful, gorgeous as usual.
Best of Luck Maria!!!
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brisbaneinternational.com.au with AAP Tuesday 1 January 2013
UPDATE 2.55pm: Second seed Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from the Brisbane International citing an ongoing right collarbone injury.
Sharapova had initially played down concerns over her availability in Brisbane after pulling out of a recent exhibition tournament in South Korea due to a neck concern.
But the reigning French Open champion pulled the pin on the Brisbane International for the second time after the right collarbone problem restricted her on the practice court.
“I had a bit of inflammation in my collarbone, and I sent it to my doctor in New York and he told me I couldn’t really do much overhead training for about a week. That week was actually on Monday,” Sharapova said.
“So to be fair, I haven’t really given myself a chance to pretty much hit any serves or anything over my head. Just been practicing groundstrokes. So I just kind of ran out of time here.
“I started practicing once I got here but couldn’t serve much ‑ actually at all until yesterday.
“Just a couple days of serving is not really enough to go out tomorrow and compete at a high level, which is unfortunate. I tried to give myself a chance, like I said, I just ran out of time a little bit.”
Tournament director Cameron Pearson released a statement with Sharapova a sufficient recovery to take the court for the Australian Open.
“We feel for Maria because we saw first-hand how badly she wanted to play for the people of Brisbane,” he said. “She has been fantastic since she got here and worked hard in the gym, on court and in the medical room to do everything she could to get herself right. Unfortunately she didn’t make it.”
She is replaced in the draw by lucky loser Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine, who will meet Australian wildcard Jarmila Gajdosova in the second round.
Very likely Dr Altchek, who dealt with her shoulder. http://www.hss.edu/physicians_altchek-david.asp A TOP man.
SIGH!!!! Seriously so damn sad that she had to withdraw!!! I was soooo looking forward to seeing her play again for several weeks already!!! ;'(((((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Such a bad start to the New Year!!!!
I really hope she recovers completely for the Aussie Open though!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Really want her to be at her best!!! So sad there always seems to be injuries T_T
Will be praying for her!!!
Hope she takes these two weeks to rest well and practice comfortably!!!!! Do you guys think she'll be fit enough by then??
And I'm also hoping time flies so I can watch her soon :(
I just watched the Serena/Alize Cornet match. To be honest, Alize played very good tennis compared to what I've seen from her over the last year. Her shots were hard and well placed...problem is....Serena played like Kim and she went after every shot and most times got them. Serena is extremely fast now, and it is clear from the size of her boobs (sorry boys) that she has lost a lot of weight and is extremely fit. Wether or not she can maintain this level of play through a whole tournament or a Grand Slam remains to be seen, but right now she is playing like the No. 1 she will most likely be after the AO.
Now to Maria's problems.. Have to read between the lines here. She is not saying it directly but if you know your biology you will know that if you have a damaged collar bone, or inflamed joints at either end of it, you cannot raise your arm above shoulder level. Such injuries usually come from over exerting the muscles and joints or an old injury that has returned to haunt you because you never gave it time to heal properly. I bet on the latter. Remember last year...at the beginning, she said she had gone back to her old serve....and it worked too.....BUT it was making that serve that caused her problems in 2007/8 in the first place. Are you following me? So we are going to be hearing all kinds of excuses...lies...about what is really wrong. She wont admit to making the same mistake again. Neck, collar bone, ...so long as she doesn't say shoulder problem, people will not relate..... she thinks.
Hmmm, i don't know Philli, Maria tore her supraspinalus (i'm quite positive) which is one of the 4 rotator cuffs. It has absolutely no attachment to the clavicle. The subscapularis rotator cuff is the lone cuff on the chest (whereas the other three are on the back) and if that's the one she had torn, then definitely we could relate it to the collarbone. However, i just think she's done a lot of strengthing around the general shoulder area (for obvious reasons) and has pushed maybe a little too far.
Time will tell.
Your descriptive terminology is quite correct...the general movement of the arm is indeed supported back and front, but to balance out the movement and to compensate for correct movement within the shoulder joint, the collar bone is required to hold it all in place, much like the track rods on a steering system in a car. Nothing works right if one piece is not in order. Strange that she sent the inflamation to her doctor in NY. How did she do that?
On another note...or perhaps the same one.... have you noticed how they picked up, in both pics, the fact that she is constantly fiddling with her hair when talking to reporters. That's a distinct sign of nervousness and uncertainty and probably because she is hiding something and not telling them what she knows is the real reason.