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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old May 28th, 2004, 07:42 PM Thread Starter
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Maria Kirilenko gave up a career as a ballerina to try to become a tennis player!

And it's a move that is paying off big time for Maria. Because she just floats and glides around the tennis court I've wondered if Masha ever had any ballet training in the past. She is like a Bolshoi ballerina in tennis sneakers! And an AP article about Makiri's match against Serena Williams also talks about her ballet background as well as the match. The article is located at http://www.telegram.com/apps/pbcs.dl.../APS/405280628

P.S. - There is also a picture of Maria accompanying the article. But it's not Maria Kirilenko. I guess that's a mistake that's easy to make.

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i thought you had to be a certain height for that dancing?.....she looks quite dainty...although she seems to have grown from the us open last year


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link does not work.
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hey cat! link doesnt work!

Didn't kno that about Makiri but man she rocks anywho!

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The link works now. I had to make a change. But they actually had a picture of Maria Sharapova next to the article thinking it was Maria Kirilenko. But now there is a picture of Marat Safin pulling his tennis shorts back up after he briefly dropped them!

Jack, you do need a certain height to be a ballerina. And Maria is listed at 5'8" tall by the WTA Tour. Although most people think she is in the 5'7" range.

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the cat...i seen maria playing amelie at the us open....she looked so tiny then...but quite talented..i am surprised that she has not been mentioned at all on the board...up to now
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Makiri hasn't been mentioned, because the majority of her results have been pretty awful.

Tennis was the right choice.

Keep improving, and beat the less talented Maria.
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i never understand that...why cheer for a player who is winning..whats the point
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Lina, you could have gone without getting in that dig at Maria Sharapova.

Jack, I think part of the fun of being a tennis fan is seeing players like Maria Kirilenko and Maria Sharapova from the beginning of their careers and watch them develope into good tennis players and good people.

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Jack, I think part of the fun of being a tennis fan is seeing players like Maria Kirilenko and Maria Sharapova from the beginning of their careers and watch them develope into good tennis players and good people.
i agree to an extent.....but the majority of fans dont do that
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Hi Lakeway! I gather you like the ballet.

Jack, being a fan doesn't mean the same thing to everyone. And i think WTA World proves that.

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I was soooo impressed by Makiri yesterday! OMG, thx god I recorded that match! I'm so happy for her, even though she lost. She showed some Hingis-like guts out there on the court.

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Well said Leonhart. In addition to showing guts and fighting spirit, Maria showed a nice all court game and a natural feel for the game of tennis.

Happiness is like a cat. If you try to coax it or call it, it will avoid you. It will never come. But if you pay no attention to it and go about your business, you'll find it rubbing up against your legs and jumping into your lap. - William Bennett

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