Maria Sharapova racket and strings(as of July 2010)?

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  1. Buckethead

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    Hi there fellas
    I saw the match between MS and Dementieva yesterday,which I really enjoyed,great hitting from them,maybe the best I've seen from the 2.
    I paid attention to Sharapova's racket and strings and it seems that her new racket is very thin.
    I am going to shoot the beam width on the head to be around 18mm and She was using a black main string with probably her M2 crosses with a head size around 95-98 I am guessing and a very dense string pattern,either because of the size of the racket or because more strings than just 18x20.
    So I am curious and I know some of You will answer my questions easily.
    Thanks to all.
     
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  2. 15-0

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    Pretty sure its a YT Rad Pro rackets With RPM Blast 17 Mains And Vs Gut 17 Crosses. Not 100% sure though...
     
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  3. Buckethead

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    You are pretty sure,but not 100% sure???:confused:
    Jump on the boat and assume with me.
    What makes you and everybody else think that every black string the Pro's use is RPM?
    Prince may have developed a new Black string or Luxilon.
    I think there is one stringer from the board doing that tournament.
    So We'll wait for the answer.
    Thanks though
     
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  4. vsbabolat

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    It definitely a HEAD racquet and 16x19. It is in my opinion the YT Radical Pro. Also it has been reported before that it is RPM Blast and Natural Gut.
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  5. ayuname

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    The strings are actually Sampras' chest hair hybrided with Sharapova's locks.
     
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  6. Don't Let It Bounce

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    So that's why the last opponent who failed to win a game against her complained of being locks & bageled!
     
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  7. HiroProtagonist

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    Deff a Head.

    BUT looks EXACTLY like the Vantage I made yesterday on their website w the simulator lol.

    So everybody KNOWS it's a Head, but what my post is presupposing is..........maybe it isnt? :)
     
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    1mil points to the person who gets that reconfigured quote/reference.

    Its just the last line, and its from a movie.
     
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  9. ryushen21

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    Apparently I've been under a rock. When did she ditch prince?
     
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    I had doubts about this at first, but now, I agree with you 100%...
     
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    Owen Wilson in The Royal Tenenbaums. Get me paid, fool!
     
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  12. Don't Let It Bounce

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    In case SteveJ didn't get it, here's an obscure guess: the mock meeting, hidden in an Easter Egg on one of the Lord of The Rings DVD's, where Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn pitch Peter Jackson on a sequel to the LOTR trilogy?
     
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  13. gino

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    Head Tennis For Maria!!!
     
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  14. HiroProtagonist

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    Bloody brilliant!!!!

    U have my utmost respect till i die, sorry 1million pts didnt fit in the mail, I tried!
     
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  15. drakulie

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    Notice she can't use the Prince stencil.
     
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    i observed that, why would that be the case
     
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  17. Bartelby

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    This has been documented. She is definitely still with Prince, but with permission to experiment far and wide, probably because of the shoulder problem.

    Most people think it's a rad pro given its appearance and as it's also a very soft stick and around her usual swingweight this would make sense.




     
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  18. BradThomas2121

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    I don't know if this helps but I got one of her old speedport frames for christmas and it had prince natural gut or natura; it's kind of hard to read because it was used. and it also had luxilon MR2 Pro in 17 g. Actually both were 17g.
     
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  19. baseline_monster

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    If her contract with Prince is water tight, and she wants to still endorse the brand they will make a version of that racket for her. They could just release it as a Sharapova signature stick and she would end up making more money from the royalties. Or head might take the step to sign her and pay the $$$ for it, would be worth it, they would dominate if they had her officially.
     
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  20. 15-0

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    o_O Post pics? Specs?
     
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  21. Rockitdog

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    Wow... this is quite a change in racquets for her. Hope it works out for her.
     
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  22. RafaPan

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    Saw this on twitter

    So yeah. She's playing with a different racket until Prince has copied it for her. Wonder what they'll call this new, super innovative technology? :D
     
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    maria's racket

    i can't tell what stick is under the paint job, but thanks to the excellent hi def photos posted here, i can count and see it is an 18x20 string pattern.
    dense control oriented grid, now if we could see the butt cap........
     
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  24. Jinx

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    I'm sure I counted 16X19 from those pictures
     
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  25. vsbabolat

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    It is 16 x19 string pattern with a HEAD butt cap with the logo taken off.
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  26. gromit

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    Prince has a name for the new technology already: Highly Engineered Advanced Dynamics.
     
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  27. bfactor61

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    she could be using barb wire
     
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  28. christo

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    Caveat Emptor, when it comes to racquets, use what works for YOU!
    I would imagine very few player's frames are not tweaked in some way.
    It's almost if not outright fraud what is being passed off to the public.
     
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    i heard from a fella at prince that they arent really too concerned that she is using a "head" and that they are actually looking to end her contract so they can free up some money to sponsor more players
     
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  30. BradThomas2121

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    Maria's racquet I have has a ton of lead at the 3 and 9 o'clock. I would bet it weighs 13 ounces at least but im not exactly sure. How or where do I get it weighed accurately
     
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    Good, I hope they do. They need to free up money so a real company like Nike can buy them. They make stiff phony rackets IMO.
     
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  32. marosmith

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    I could imagine her racket being very heavy for a woman. She hits a classic forehand and hits very flat so she doesn't need a lighter whippier HL racket like most.
     
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  34. Mm10

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    really strange to see her using a blacked out racket
     
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  35. darthpwner

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    What logo is on the butt cap. Nice practice picture.
     
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  36. sruckauf

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    Looks like a P1, or Priority One logo.
     
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  37. RafaPan

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    Is there any way we could merge these threads?
     
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