First the reason I even mentioned that I was a competitive player so that you could have some understanding of why I see things from my perspective. Maybe it's just me I like to know why people think the way they do. So you can understand why I believe it doesn't take allot of strategy or tactics to play Sharapova's style of play, and why I beileve she and Sprem play the same style. Or why I think Sprem has better technique than Maria particularly on the forehand. What you call being more tactically aware I call being Mental tougher, having the will and belief, Playing the elite players more often then Sprem, better coaching. When Sharapova walks on the court she feels she should win no matter who it is, I've only seen this from Sprem maybe all of 3 matches. When Sharapova walks on the court with Daveport she see's herself as the one to beat, Sprem see's herself as the underdog. Sharapova is a force but it is my belief that when she learns to use strategy more effectively she will be even more of a force.
In most of my post I've had nothing but good things to say about Sharapova so for you to classify me as a anti-Sharapova fan is not fair. I'm not ant-anyone, I know how hard these athletes work so I don't put any of them down. As far as your opinion, everyone has one, how is my trying to give you why I see things from my perspective trying to keep you from expressing your opinion? As far is me not knowing you, as hostile as you seem in your post I'm not interested. I came to this board to discuss tennis with people from diffrent backgrounds and perspectives and I thought that is what was going on here but maybe I'm wrong. If your unclear about what I meant by something I've posted why don't you ask me to clarify instead of attacking me. My whole point was to say that Sprem plays a similar style to Sharapova and Clisjters played well agaisnt that style so I felt she'd match up well agaisnt Sharapova. That's my opinion from my perspective. If I've said something to offend you I apologize, sometimes things don't come out the way I really mean them. But to be honest I'm not interested in engaging in anymore conversations with you, you just seem to hostile and I dont want things like that in my life, I try to be as positive as possible. I'm only interested in friendly tennis conversation not hostile arguments.
Well I dont consider you any more qualifed to say I am pro-Sharapova than I am to say I feel you are anti-Sharapova. I have spoken highly of Sharapova, but I was not aware I showed myself to be so oriented on her, and admiring of her, to appear to be an obvious fan. It is only natural to speak very highly of a player already ranked 2 or 3 in the world, winning a Wimbledon and year-end title, at only age 17, and being one of the most powerful hitters off every part of the court, with renowned mental strength at such a young age. Truth be told I do not consider myself a defined Sharapova fan, nor opposed to her, I am more or less neutral as far as the fan regard goes. As for my assumption on your dislike for Sharapova, most of your messages seem to dismiss or reduce her chances of doing something, along with some views on certain players prospects versus her, players far outside the upper elechon of the game, that make me suspect you might have a certain opposition to her. It wasnt meant as criticsm, since I openly dislike certain players and root against them, Roddick, the Williams sisters, Mauresmo, Phillipousis. It was just indicating there was as much reason to believe you might be biased as I, based on any prior comments.
If I misread your being a player comments, it was not my intent. However it seems natural to me to assume those followed by an I can see you are a Sharapova fan comment, to be somewhat condescending. I was actually not bothered, I like a hardcore debate, I admit to being a feisty person online.
I am aware the difference in tactics, and mental toughness. I believe Sharapova to be superior to Sprem by a long ways in both. The only area they are close, in my eyes, are power minus serve, and movement(where both are well below power). I was simply stating I never claimed Sharapova to be the best tactically, just clearly better than Sprem, and sufficient enough to contend to win big matches and big titles. That is all.
If you can live avoiding me, that is fine. The feeling is mutual.