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MASHA CHANGED HER TRAINER
leopold2
#21 Posted : Wednesday, July 31, 2013 9:51:56 AM(UTC)
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Hi Crouching Tiger - I understand you, me and many other fans have no greater wish than Maria exploiting her full potential and winning every match winnable. If I understand correctly, you are very concerned about (a) Maria's change of coach - and maybe also (b) (?) that her boyfriend may substantially distract her from playing her best tennis. I wish to focus on (a) and want to stress that I am not as skeptical as you obviously are. Please note Maria had various encounters with Serena recently where Maria - easily recognizable from her face , also for Serena btw. -was mentally in such a bad shape that she had lost the match before the first point was played. Especially in Paris where Serena's power was limited by clay, there would have been a good chance to stop the negative streak with an above average performance. You may of course say that was Maria's failure not that of Thomas but I see at least a partial responsibility with him.
Please watch Maria's 2008 final in Australia against Henin: It is astonishing how well she had been able to play in the past. By playing well I mean, in particular, that she did not give away easy points when it counts, e.g. at breakpoints. Rather she was able to play flawlessly when it was needed. Nowadays, and I have to assume it was due Thomas' influence, she is happy to play 50 winners but also 35 unenforced errors in a match. This is enough to beat most players but it isn't enough to beat Serena or Vika (at her best). It seems a kind of arbitrary whether there will be a winner or an error. As a result, how many of her, easy looking, 40:15s, even against weaker opponents, do go to deuce or finally even result in a break - solely based on Maria's easy faults but not on good play of the opponent. The art is to play the ball as safe and hard as possible but with full consideration of the seriousness of the ball approaching you. Maria's goal must be to detect the harmless balls to her (very often her second shots be it after serve or after a good return) and fully exploit them: by a safe, hard ball giving her the clear initiative in the point at least.
Well, it was said that Jimmy had been working with Maria in 2008 - let's hope he will be able to reduce her number of unenforced errors substantially. Leo
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#22 Posted : Wednesday, July 31, 2013 10:53:35 AM(UTC)
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Hi, leopold2, may i begin with a question about Justine's forum? Didn't u write similar posts as these

in her forum? Can be wrong but someone wrote about her first serve in the net and why she did that??? Not u, sorry:)

No, i'm not a Masha-fanboy and i can see her loose. Doesn't has to win EVERY match. You're right about Thomas,

i do regret she changed him for Connors problably playin' the "Lendl/Murray"-card. Although she'll play with

Thomas' "tennis" in the head we will see if Jimmy can bring her something more to her game(OZ '08 is indeed

a good example). I'm not in "gossip"-talk and i couldn't care less about her 3th-4th...BF:). Those DF or other

UE are in her game, just as Justine played her first into the net and took advantage of her second or other "tricks".

Thomas isn't an übermensch and even IF he made some bad decisions; change Masha mentally is the biggest issue of

them all...if it can be done. My opinion, i don't speak for anyone else...



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Tennis Maria Sharapova News Preview with her new trainer !

http://topsportshunt.com...&utm_medium=twitter

NOT REALLY NEWS, but interesting article...


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#24 Posted : Friday, August 16, 2013 3:18:15 AM(UTC)
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BREAKING NEWS !!!!


 


MARIA STOPS WORKING RELATIONSHIP WITH CONNORS, WOWWW ! WHO WILL BE NEXT ??

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Maria Sharapova calls time on Jimmy Connors

http://www.thetimes.co.u...nnis/article3844449.ece

Just an "experiment" ?


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#26 Posted : Friday, August 16, 2013 9:33:38 AM(UTC)
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Maria Sharapova calls time on Jimmy Connors

http://www.thetimes.co.u...ennis/article3844449.ece

Just an "experiment" ?
Well, that will make a lot of people happy.  What a colossal waste of time and


effort; and at this time of year.  What is Maria going to do now?  She's just flapping in the wind.  She was


reportedly paying Jimmy $20,000 U.S. a week.  Ouch!  Maybe Max will step in and pick up a racquet.  As


much as I care about her, perhaps some tough love is in order.  A spanking?  Just sayin'.

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#27 Posted : Friday, August 16, 2013 9:51:29 AM(UTC)
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Well, She knows how to make things exciting isn't she? It's better to stop now then later. I'm sure many people will jump on her and blame her from leaving Tom. I thought about it and let me tell you something, Tom is a good coach and certainly not the best one. However, he did a great job with Maria and helped her being the best on clay, no doubt but give Maria credits as well. Tom has coached Li Na, IMO a great tennis player but didn't do much as a result, right?


The question is who is a GOOD coach that WILL be able to help Maria to step up her game and beat Serena and who is available right now? Plus who will be able the coach to have the ability to convince Maria to adapt changes? IMO, it's not easy coahching a CHAMP!


I wouldn't be surprised to see Michael Joyce back for this year.

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Well, She knows how to make things exciting isn't she? It's better to stop now then later. I'm sure many people will jump on her and blame her from leaving Tom. I thought about it and let me tell you something, Tom is a good coach and certainly not the best one. However, he did a great job with Maria and helped her being the best on clay, no doubt but give Maria credits as well. Tom has coached Li Na, IMO a great tennis player but didn't do much as a result, right?


The question is who is a GOOD coach that WILL be able to help Maria to step up her game and beat Serena and who is available right now? Plus who will be able the coach to have the ability to convince Maria to adapt changes? IMO, it's not easy coahching a CHAMP!


I wouldn't be surprised to see Michael Joyce back for this year.


Well Thomas certainly helped Maria on clay.  And I would never diminish the time and work that


Maria has put in, nor the pain she has endured.  She is faster, quicker and her foot-work has improved


immensely.  Michael Joyce?  Ya think?  Maybe think "b'in there, done that".  Maybe she has to diversify


her game. Serve and volley?  That might throw some off.  Unless she bulks up, she will never have the


power (I don't think) to beat williams.  Don't forget, that lithe and sinewy body is part of her overall


package.  Change that at her peril.  So whom do we pick for her? Hmmmm.....

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#29 Posted : Friday, August 16, 2013 10:45:16 AM(UTC)
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I don't have a effin' CLUE what she'll do next.


I'll volunteer to deliver that spanking, however.  


Hey, do THIS: lez get Yuri back in the mix.

"That's the way the world works... right now." --Maria Sharapova at 17
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#31 Posted : Friday, August 16, 2013 11:09:59 AM(UTC)
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I find it's best to think when I'm still dizzy, either that, or start with the table saw.


 


$20,000 per week?

Ouch.

An experiment?

That's as far as I've read so bear with me.

Then I saw the word 'Yuri' and 'tough love'.

I'm gonna find out what the hell's going on here.

To be honest Yuri has been lurking in my mind since the Sloan match. I just didn't want to actually say it. He probably knows more about her than anyone, including herself. The whole banana thing was blown all out of proportion, and I only heard about the throat slashing gesture while doing research on Central American cartels. To be honest, I was never sure why they split...


I must take a sawdust break, or maybe stare at the sun until my mind clears. 


I know she was constructing a puzzle, the other night, and later on, playing 'Sequence', after the match. I was having trouble just looking at the board game. The design was bugging my eyes. After that, she tweeted something about a game called 'Pigs' being exciting, or fun....and I was like...she needs me...she's asking for help. I used a proxy server to look up the 'Pigs' game. Then I realized she is sitting around the table with her family, her blood relations, and I was about to tweet something about playing 'Twister', using coconut oil, but only if you're on the plane. Now I feel like such a fool.


That she likes winning more than she hates losing, is a vital concern. I can tell you that there are places where this sort of thinking is damning. Such as in a casino.


In a gambling environment, one must never become mentally agitated about anything. Excitation=entrainment of impulses, exactly like coke. And the entrained gambler will stop at nothing, so to gain these mental delights. If one becomes mentally entrained, when winning, then it will all be over in very short order. You can bet your orange panties and everything inside them on that. Many a European prince sought a landed American belle, because they had lost everything, except their title. Such are the ways of a house edge, no matter how much wealth is exposed to it. 


She is better off, if she must find herself flustered about an outcome, to be more annoyed by losing, than excited by winning. She will leave the casino early, with her flesh and soul intact. It'd be better to not have to gamble at all.


I included this gambling fugue because professional athletics are saturated with temptations. The doping. The lab enhancements that cannot be detected and are certainly within reach of anyone with a lot of cash and a little know how. The psychological, and physical, terpalitum. In the long run, these attractions will cause harm; somewhere, someone, will become hurt.


'Buy money', so to speak. 


The dark underbelly. The things we do for it. With it.


The only thing that I am certain about, regarding Maria, is that she is most certainly spending time here.


Her eyes are looking at this thread. 


So I must posit this question: What will it cost you...to have Yuri back? 


Time to cut some wood.

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paul_pipkin;326273 wrote:


I don't have a effin' CLUE what she'll do next.


I'll volunteer to deliver that spanking, however.  


Hey, do THIS: lez get Yuri back in the mix.


Ha Ha Ha !!!!!!!


 


   I can see you now, Paul, with paddle in hand, salivating.


   Maybe we could bring Vlad in.  He seems to be able to handle a shotgun.  Perhaps he's picked up


   a racquet on occasion.  Work with Maria?  All for the good of the country, you know...


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

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"STUPID" was my first reaction when she dropped Thomas...was i wrong?



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(The president might consider guest-coaching if she plays Кубок Кремля in Moscow in the fall. Hey, invite Edward Snowden to the tribune--just to piss people off. LOL)


Podge posted: http://www.tennis.com/pr...atch/48759/#.Ug5Wve0o5jp 


"It is unclear whether Sharapova will try to hire a coach prior to the U.S. Open, which starts in 10 days, or work with an interim coach. She could ask one of her regular hitting partners, such as former Wimbledon semifinalist Vladimir Voltchkov, to assume that role.


"The third-ranked Russian will likely work with her father this week while she’s in Florida, but he has not traveled with her since she underwent shoulder surgery in October of 2008 so it’s questionable as to whether he would want to coach her again at a tour event."


Yet, USO is what's on the table, and was it not Yuri who coached her when she WON it?

"That's the way the world works... right now." --Maria Sharapova at 17
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#34 Posted : Friday, August 16, 2013 12:06:14 PM(UTC)
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I suddenly love this new drama!!!

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I don't like this new drama at all ! Keep in mind that an other summer went down the drain and there are only 3 years left before career end. No time for experiments. It's time for winning tournaments and Slam results. Don't see daddy coming back . He is not in for traveling anymore. How about Navratilova??

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Paul, there's no chance of her training with her father in Florida.  Read the Homepage bullshit about Sugarpova.  She's opening an accessory store for Sugarpova rubbish in New York on Tuesday, so she'll need to be there on Monday.  Wednesday, sleep off the evening and then PR shit with Nike and Head.  Practice...who's got time to practice.  And right there, my friend, is the major problem.  She has lost complete sight of her priorities...or has she?  No Trainer will take her on as things are.  They know what she is like.  Thomas did well to put up with her moodiness and crap for 3 years, and making up all the rubbish about being injured so she had time for all her other stuff. 


It's almost gone full circle now.  It's time the Press stopped treating her with kid gloves and started asking some hard questions and getting straight answers not her usual crap.  She's a big girl now...or at least she thinks she is.

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She fired Jimmy already? I can't believe it,thought she'd wait till the end of the year. At least she'll have a new entry in the Guiness Book Of Records - shortest time a player has worked with a coach
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midaso;326287 wrote:
She fired Jimmy already? I can't believe it,thought she'd wait till the end of the year. At least she'll have a new entry in the Guiness Book Of Records - shortest time a player has worked with a coach
I don't know who's decision it was to work together with Connors but it clicks or doesn't click. Personally I tought from the beginning he was too old , it's an other generation who does not fit in the fast day to day life. He was also not willing to travel with her to all tournaments. Let's see what happens next . Maybe she can work together with the coaches of the academy of Grigor.

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LOL...good one MidasAngel


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#39 Posted : Saturday, August 17, 2013 7:20:15 AM(UTC)
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midaso;326287 wrote:
She fired Jimmy already? I can't believe it,thought she'd wait till the end of the year. At least she'll have a new entry in the Guiness Book Of Records - shortest time a player has worked with a coach
I don't know who's decision it was to work together with Connors but it clicks or doesn't click. Personally I tought from the beginning he was too old , it's an other generation who does not fit in the fast day to day life. He was also not willing to travel with her to all tournaments. Let's see what happens next . Maybe she can work together with the coaches of the academy of Grigor.



Grigor's people are the third option considered by Matt Cronin, who usually* has the best intel available--along with Yuri & Vladimir Voltchkov. If not Yuri, I would opt for Vlad. As Philli raises, however, Vlad is also a serious professional--and that's the question, isn't it? Are we still being serious here or not?  


*I've seen Cronin talk trash, but not often.

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