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Myskina Ponders Early Retirement but Wants No. 1 First

Myskina Ponders Early Retirement but Wants No. 1 First
Sharapova’s back: ‘I’m always hungry to win’

By Matthew Cronin
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Myskina looking for number one.
FROM THE ACURA CLASSIC IN CARLSBAD, CA - Being in Moscow with friends and family for the past two weeks has given Roland Garros champion Anastasia Myskina a new perspective --- she wants to be home more.
The third-ranked Russian has grown weary of being a world traveler and sees herself retiring in four years. She’s downright homesick.

"It will be too much by then," the 23-year-old said. "I don’t want to play all my life. I may [retire] even earlier. Life goes on. I want to study design and do other stuff. I don’t want to play tennis all my life. I know it will finish sooner or later. You have to find something else for yourself."

Even though Myskina would rather be kicking back with her boyfriend at home, she says that she’ll put her game face on the rest of the summer. She knows she has a terrific shot at the Olympic gold, the US Open and the year-end number one, given that the Belgians are till on the sidelines, the Williamses are struggling and Lindsay Davenport is unlikely to grind thorough the fall Euro swing.

"I'll do my best the next couple of years. I don’t want to leave just as a top 10 player. I really want to be No. 1," Myskina said.

The good-natured brunette says that the Davenport is the player to watch on tour right now and seemed to imply that Wimby champ Maria Sharapova has an uphill climb in proving herself on hard courts. "Lindsay’s number one in the race and she’s the hardest to beat now," Myskina said. "Wimbledon is a great surface for Maria because she plays really fast. It’s going to be tough, but if she stays focused like she did at Wimbledon, she’s going to be great."

One thing is for sure: Myskina’s coach, the ambitious Jens Erlach, won’t let her rest on her laurels. He knows she has enough game to make a huge impression on US cement.
"That what he keeps telling me and that’s what I want to do," said Myskina, who will face Barbara Schett on Tuesday. "I have goals and until I reach them, I'm not going to quit. Right now I have to believe in myself. If I am physically and mentally strong, I think I can do really good at the US Open."

Sharapova’s summer of confirmation
Maria Sharapova will return to regular tour play on Tuesday and face qualifier Lilia Osterloh at the Acura. Sharapova is a very difficult quarter. She could meet Venus Williams in the third round (if Williams doesn’t pull out with a wrist injury) and Myskina, whom she has never beaten, in the quarters.

"It will be a challenge and I like challenges,’ Sharapova said. "It’s my first tournament since Wimbledon and everyone is expecting me to do well. But I didn’t have any expectations going into Wimbledon and it worked out well. I need to keep winning. I knew what it took to win Wimbledon and I will try to achieve a lot more."

The cameras are still mobbing Sharapova. How she will deal with the attention over the summer will largely determine whether she can seriously compete for the US Open title. She’s now a marked 17-year-old who’s more vulnerable on hard courts than she is on grass. She’s no longer an unknown, but could care less. "I know the players better as well," she said. "I’m sure a lot more people want to beat me now, but to me, it doesn’t make a difference.

Whether Sharapova has the physical staying power to impose her relentless game on the elite payers is a question only she and her trainers can answer. But mentally, she’s already there.

"I have confidence I can compete with top players," she said. "But if I go out and it’s not my day there’s not much I can do. Hopefully, it will be my day. For the two weeks at Wimbledon, all the days were my days.…I’m always hungry to win. Now I know I can do it and if you have the confidence and the will, you can."

Sharapova and Lindsay Davenport are the only top players who won’t be at the Olympics. Sharapova didn’t make the Russian team due to her lower ranking at the time. The Russian is playing this week and will have three weeks off before New Haven, which should put her in prime condition for a run in NY.

"It’s important to make sure my body holds up leading up to the US Open," she said. "I need to get some matches in, but the training will be tough and will build me up going into the US Open."
This is without question the deepest draw that the Acura has had in the past decade. How are these for round two match-ups: Serena v. Jankovic; Venus v. Dulko, Mauresmo v. Molik and Kuznetsova v. Hantuchova. But the best one of all is the revenge match between Croatian teenager Karolina Sprem and Lindsay Davenport. Davenport knocked the 20th-ranked Sprem out of the Wimbledon quarter-finals 6-2, 6-2.

"There was nothing I could do that day," said Sprem, who moved ahead with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Spain’s’ Marta Marrero. "She was just too good for me. But I’m not scared because I have nothing to lose."

Of note: Svetlana Kuznetsova says that had she grabbed her match point against Myskina in the fourth round of Roland Garros, she could have gone on to twin the title.



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Wow. Kim and Anastasia have spoken of early retirements
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Wow. Kim and Anastasia have spoken of early retirements
So does everybody.
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So does everybody.
um no. Venus and Serena have said they want to play into their 30's. Sharapova has said she wants a long career. JHH hasn't said anything.
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um no. Venus and Serena have said they want to play into their 30's. Sharapova has said she wants a long career. JHH hasn't said anything.
Um, yes. Venus and Serena both talked of early retirement in prior years, Graf wasn't going to play past 25, neither was Monica, etc etc etc. JHH will no doubt tell us she won't last past 25, so will Maria.

99% of the time, players just love the life more than they think.
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Um, yes. Venus and Serena both talked of early retirement in prior years
True. I know that Venus at least has said at one point that she was going to quit at 25. I remember her saying that on one of the late night talk shows - I think Leno.
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Somehow i don't see Venus still playing at age of 28

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The dough will stop pouring in, she should work herself to death until she can't handle it anymore, and retire with loads and loads of cash. She can't do Lifetime TV movies to pay the bills once she's over the hill, so she better make it and save it now.

The fact that she's so quickly talking about retirement doesn't look good to me, especially when all she wants now is No. 1 and it's likely she'll get it by the end of the year. Sometimes winning an Oscar kills your career like Luise Rainer, but maybe winning a tennis major does too! Myskina it too good to be a Luise Rainer!

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um no. Venus and Serena have said they want to play into their 30's. Sharapova has said she wants a long career. JHH hasn't said anything.

I'm sure most of that longevity talk is to appease thier sponsors.

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Um, yes. Venus and Serena both talked of early retirement in prior years, Graf wasn't going to play past 25, neither was Monica, etc etc etc. JHH will no doubt tell us she won't last past 25, so will Maria.

99% of the time, players just love the life more than they think.
Totally agree.
I can understand her wanting to travel less,but what else could she do that would pay her as well at her age?Thats legal.Also,I'm not sure what she means by "all her life"...whats the life expectancy in Russia?Does she think she is going to die when she hits 30.

Even if she retires in the next few years I'm not sure that many ppl would notice anyway.
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Luise Rainer was a pretty fair country actress, but the lead in "The Good Earth" should have gone to Anna May Wong. Unfortunately, Hollywood projudice against Asians kept Anna May from getting lead roles, and even kept her out of films like "Good Earth" because she "looked too Chinese."

As for Anastasia, it may be premature of her to talk of hanging up her rackets, but it is almost bound to become the new trend. Chris Evert told me the days of players hanging around for 15 or more years as she did are pretty much over and done with. There will always be the occasional exception, but today's women's game is so tough on both mind and body, that players are going to feel worn out after 8 to 10 years for the most part.

And those who get to the top, who win slams and get high rankings, will feel they have achieved their dreams and get out, especially if they have made a bundle. The idea of hanging around long enough to beat Graf or Navratilova's record is out of the question now for many players.
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she will never get number one so she should retire now
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[QUOTE=TonyP]Luise Rainer was a pretty fair country actress, but the lead in "The Good Earth" should have gone to Anna May Wong. Unfortunately, Hollywood projudice against Asians kept Anna May from getting lead roles, and even kept her out of films like "Good Earth" because she "looked too Chinese." QUOTE]

The only person to win an Oscar for playing a Chinese peasant with an Austrian accent!

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Now the players are following V&S. They are all now talking about a career after tennis they never talked about that before only since V&S talked about it but I guess when the other players start doing it it will be alright for them. V&S are always raising the bar in everything they do and then others follow. They are truly leaders.
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Now the players are following V&S. They are all now talking about a career after tennis they never talked about that before only since V&S talked about it but I guess when the other players start doing it it will be alright for them. V&S are always raising the bar in everything they do and then others follow. They are truly leaders.
Maybe that's true, but Myskina is more of a Martina Hingis person, she speaks about Martina nicely. Perhaps seeing Martina retired and apparently happy in her early 20's has been the "model" for Myskina that there's life outside of tennis. Myskina didn't earn Martina's dough, though, and most dames on the tour aren't going to earn Williams money either. It's all shits and giggles to walk away from the game when you're worth like $30 million instead of like $3 million.

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