Warning: This is a very Maria Sharapova fangirl entry.
Yesterday’s loss to Kim Clijsters made me want to hurl myself into incoming traffic on Ventura Boulevard. It also made me doubt that Masha will make a deep run in New York City. I was so convinced she would after her performance against Marion Bartoli last Friday in Cincinnati but when she couldn’t serve it out yesterday, doubt planted it’s ugly seed in my brain.
“You have to be a little cocky,” Sharapova told FOXSports.com. “As athletes we have to be or we wouldn’t be so tough on court. After the Serena match I knew I played solid, but I was bummed out because I know I could have won. I believed that then and still do.”
Leave it to Masha to keep me from hurling myself. And make me doubt less.
“I want to perform my best at the Open and peak there,” she said.
She’s definitely not one to lack self belief and her work-hard-no-matter-what attitude has helped her achieve a steady climb in performance and results these past few months. Peaking at The Open should be inevitable. I can’t tell you what “peaking” would be for her, I’m going to guess it’s winning #4 but if she plays a very solid tournament off the ground, on her serve and up there, then that’d be “peak” for me regardless of the result.
Believe, believe, believe, believe, I keep telling myself.
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