Maria Sharapova (RUS) – Player Profile

by Michael on September 1, 2008 · 5 comments

in Player Profiles

Maria SharapovaName: Maria Yuryevna Sharapova
Country: Russia
Birthdate: April 19, 1987
Birthplace: Nyagan, Soviet Union
Residence: Bradenton, Florida, U.S.
Plays: Right-handed with a double handed backhand
Height: 188 cm or 6ft 2in


Scouting: What can you say about Maria Sharapova? Maria has some of the best ground strokes in the game and on a good day is pretty much unbeatable from the baseline. Both her forehand and backhands have great power and she loves to really go for her shots.

Maria’s first serve is top notch and she really likes to hit it hard, but this can also lead to not a very high first serve percentage. However, her second serve is the opposite, its quite weak and doesnt really do too much. When tired or tight Maria tends to really slow down her second serve which either ends up in double faults or falls short in the court.

Approaching is a very strong point for Maria as her ground strokes lay a good path to net. However, when at net she isnt too assured of herself. Normally, her racquet head drops which causes her to lose control and try to feel the ball over the net instead of moving forward into it.

Maria also plays a very slow game so be prepared to wait and take your time.

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