Can Maria Sharapova Repeat As French Open Champion in 2013?

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Can Maria Sharapova Repeat As French Open Champion in 2013?

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  1. AngieB

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    Can Maria Sharapova repeat as French Open Champion in 2013? Discuss.
     
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  2. FedExpress17

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    I think she can. Statistically I think the French is Serena's worst slam (does she only have one singles title at Roland Garros?) The potential is there for a Serena upset and for Sharapova to retain her title.
     
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  3. Tanya

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    It will be a sad day in tennis if Maria Sharapova wins back-to-back French Open titles.
     
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  4. v-verb

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    I'm hoping Maria does. I can't stand Azarenka
     
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  5. kishnabe

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    Hope it is either Serena, Georges or Stosur.

    Won't stand it if Sharapova or Azarenka win it.
     
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  6. Backbored

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    Yes I think she can. But giving how things have played out at the French, it’s anybody’s guess on who will hold the trophy.
     
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  7. Cfidave

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    Slim chance. Serena has her number, so does Azarenka. She will need some major help from the field to knock one or both out.
     
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  8. NEW_BORN

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    Please God NO!
     
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    LOL. For sure it won't be either of those two.
     
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    Sure, I don't see why Sharapova can't win the FO this year. If Serena loses earlier and Sharapova does not have to play Serena, Sharapova could easily win it. Even though Sharapova is a better clay court player than Serena is now, if they happen to meet in the final, I think Serena will beat her because of the match-up/mental issue. So Serena has to lose earlier imo for Sharapova to take the title.
     
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  11. Overdrive

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    There are no WTA clay court specialists on the tour. None.

    So, it is fair game for anyone to win the French Open.

    P.S. I'm hoping for Jelena. :cool:
     
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  12. FedererDropShot

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    Yeah she can :)

    Hoping either Maria or Li Na takes it.

    Those 2 are such great clay-courters.
     
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  13. Lukhas

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    Well, maybe. Depends of the draw and how the things uncoil. If she happens to meet a greedy Azarenka or S. Williams, it's not happening IMO. Maybe if Azarenka happens to meet S. Williams, wins and is tired and then Sharapova just grab the leftovers.
     
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    Errani, Vinci, Schiavone, and Suarez Navarro come to mind. The issue is that even their clay-suited games can't stand up to Serena's/Maria's rocket forehands.
     
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    "everyone harbors a secret hatred for the prettiest girl in the room"..Ani Difranco from.."Not a pretty girl".

    GO MASHA!
     
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  16. NadalAgassi

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    Sure she can. Will she, probably not. As I said in another thread the womens French Open is a total crapshoot these days. There is no one specific player who has more than 20% shot to win probably. However she is probably one of only about 4 women with a 10% chance or better.

    However as others have noted Serena must lose before they play for her to have any chance. Sharapova and Serena play there is only one possible outcome, especialy in a slam, and it doesnt matter where or when it is. The good news for her is it looks like they will be the 1st and 2nd seeds and cant meet until the final, increasing the likelihood they wont even play as one or both might well lose before then.
     
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  17. Tanya

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    Moot point considering Sharapova is far from being the prettiest female tennis player out there.

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  18. tennisbuck

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    the question is can. Obviously she "can". she already did it before. So i voted yes. Now will she? I don't know. But i think she will be one of the favorites
     
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    I am watching him against Li right now and he is playing the best I have seen her play in quite some time.

    When you ask the question you just look at her opponents, there is simply no one who can stop her, unless she gets into one of these streaks of bad serving days or injury she she should be able to defend her title.
    She just beat Li convincingly and she is no joke on clay. She is my favorite to win it.
     
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    I like that quote, and it is true I say.

    Maria just has too many gifts given to her in this life.
     
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    Serana and Vika don't like the clay and could get knocked out before the semi's. I also think she can beat Vika on the dirt. If she doesn't have to play Serena in the final, I think she has a decent chance of repeating.
     
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    Maria Sharapova just defended her Porsche Grand Prix title said no one ever. What has gotten under Maria's skivvies that she is defending...(gasp)...clay court tennis tournaments?

    It is possible that Maria could hold two French Open titles before winning two of any other grand slam title. I find that remarkable for a player of Maria's playing style.

    Given Maria's recent good fortune on clay, (some say her most difficult surface to play and win on) is this the first time we've seen a WTA grand slam champion emerge from clay court exile to stake an historical claim on this surface?


    Maria's record at grand slam events:


    Australian Open 39–9 (81%)
    French Open 37–9 (80%)
    Wimbledon 37–9 (80%)
    US Open 29–8 (78%)


    She is remarkably consistent on all surfaces in the grand slam events according to her record. Is anyone else surprised by this statistic, because I always thought the French Championship was Maria's cryptonite historically.

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  23. AngieB

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    I am admittedly jealous of Maria's legs and height. I wish I were three inches taller and had long legs like she does.

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    I don't think she can defend it, personally.
     
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  25. dafinch

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    Can she? Sure. Will she? I doubt it. She's the 3rd betting favorite, that's probably about right.
     
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  26. Colin

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    She has been undefeated on red clay, I believe, since the 2011 semi against Li Na ... I remember that being a fairly windy day that screwed up her serving. She likely would have won the title had she gotten past Li.

    Before that, her results at the French were decent, I think: 1 semi, 3 quarters and she hadn't lost before the fourth round since 2003 except at her comeback tournament in a three-setter against Henin (no slouch on clay) in the third round.

    She's won back-to-back Stuttgarts, back-to-back Romes. Obviously we need to see what happens in Madrid (back on red clay) and this year's Rome, but I'd say she's still the favorite. With Serena likely on the other side of the draw from her, there's plenty of opportunity for her to be knocked out. And I think she can take Azarenka on clay.
     
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  27. single_handed_champion

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    Players I'd LIKE to see win it (and it is not out-of-the-world impossible that they should): Li Na, Stosur, Jankovic, Petrova, Kuznetsova.
     
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    I could see all these making the QF's really.

    I'd love JJ or Petrova to win a slam. JJ especially, though I don't think she will
     
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  29. Apun94

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    Yea, not the biggest fan of Sharapova but anyone other than Azarenka
     
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    Absolutely.
     
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