When Sharapova won her three majors, she would always have the same rituals, and the same nerve-breaking routine before winding up for her serve. It is always a positive sign when a champion is back to his or her old routine.
The Russian star lost her touch over the past couple years after undergoing a shoulder injury, which could have ended her career. However, her recent results and attitude prove Sharapova is slowly but surely back at her best level.
Of course, as the highest-paid female athlete in the world, Maria knows it takes a lot more than luck to win a match.
The former world No. 1 player recently reached the final of Stanford, where she lost to Victoria Azarenka (BLR), and the same level of Cincinnati against reigning US Open champion Kim Clijsters (BEL).
The Russian also won smaller events in Memphis (TN), and Strasbourg (FRA) this year. As for Grand Slam events, there were already positive signs at both Roland-Garros and Wimbledon.
In Paris, Sharapova lost to four-time French Open champion Justine Henin in the third round after taking a set from the Belgian. While in London, Maria lost to the current world No. 1 Serena Williams after testing the American during the whole first set.
Statistics prove that Sharapova only lost to the best ones due to her lower rank status. Losing to Justine Henin and Serena Williams after putting a real treat to both is nothing but a positive.