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Why is Sharapova playing Hansol?

Yes, of course she can make her schedule as she likes. But, her best-case scenario at hansol is 127 points. And now that 5 of the 8 seeds are out, it's dow to about 111. This assumes she'll beat Shinobu Asagoe in the final, which, while likely, isn't a given. It moves her ahead of Capriati in the YEC race, but not by much for a weeks work. Hasselt, it seems to me, offered more points even if she didn't win. Making the semis there is as good as winning Hansol.

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Maria Sharapova is the tennis player equivalent to what we at WTAWorld call, "rep whores."

THAT'S why.


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considering her lack of form of late i think it was a good tournament to play. she'll get some confidence from it.

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It's all about money. As reported in another thread, Maria's appearance fee at Hansol is $200,000. That's more than the prize money of winning a tier I. Besides, Korea is a potential market for sponsorship and endorsements.

Remember that Maria's agents will get a percentage (10-15% I guess) of all of her earnings. No wonder they work hard to get these deals through.
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Because she can plan her schedule as she likes.

Anyway, I think it's great for Korean tennis - getting a superstar like Sharapova playing in their innaugural event.


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She's doing a nice job expanding tennis into other countries, which love tennis, plus she gets a load of appearance fee money. The WTA will fix it so she gets into the YEC. The only reason Volcana doesn't like that is that is because she's one of the recent players who gets preferential and bullshit treatment by the WTA after Venus got it for years and he can't stand it. If she was Black, he'd be writing about how amazing it was that she would play these lower events or that the WTA forced her to do it because it's all prejudice, and she's a good sport. But because she's white, it's suspect. Face it, Volcana, Maria is the new darling of the WTA tour. She's going to play a bunch of dumb events at their request, make a fortune, and they'll take care of her. At least she doesn't sign up for events and pull out "injured" at the last minute.
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At least she doesn't sign up for events and pull out "injured" at the last minute.


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How does Maria get confidence from beating 5 players outside the top 50?
wins are wins.... that's the same reason why some slumping players drop down to play these events-- to get some wins under their belt. however, maria is just honoring her commitment to the tournament and getting paid well to do it. luckily for her, she's also slumping, and these wins could do her some good.
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i still dont see how this builds confidence. With the exception of Mashona, Maria routinely wins easily against lower ranked players every week. And its not often you see a top 10 player in Tier IV
well, like i said, she committed to this before she won wimbledon...
but it just so happens that she is slumping, and wins over anyone can be great especially when it leads up to a trophy. just look at what her little title before wimbledon did for her.
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well, like i said, she committed to this before she won wimbledon...
but it just so happens that she is slumping, and wins over anyone can be great especially when it leads up to a trophy. just look at what her little title before wimbledon did for her.
Exactly.

And imagine if Masha didn't play Seoul - we would all be talking about how weak the field would be.


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She's doing a nice job expanding tennis into other countries, which love tennis, plus she gets a load of appearance fee money. The WTA will fix it so she gets into the YEC. The only reason Volcana doesn't like that is that is because she's one of the recent players who gets preferential and bullshit treatment by the WTA after Venus got it for years and he can't stand it. If she was Black, he'd be writing about how amazing it was that she would play these lower events or that the WTA forced her to do it because it's all prejudice, and she's a good sport. But because she's white, it's suspect. Face it, Volcana, Maria is the new darling of the WTA tour. She's going to play a bunch of dumb events at their request, make a fortune, and they'll take care of her. At least she doesn't sign up for events and pull out "injured" at the last minute.
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It's retarded that she's playing there. There's no need for the money, she already has tons of it. She wants to go there and make herself feel good by demolishing sub-top 50 players, good for her. But then she has no right to bitch about her AER "restrictions" ever again.

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It's retarded that she's playing there. There's no need for the money, she already has tons of it. She wants to go there and make herself feel good by demolishing sub-top 50 players, good for her. But then she has no right to bitch about her AER "restrictions" ever again.
How the hell do you know what her finances are? Are you her personal banker or something? The woman is supporting loads of people, so how do you know?
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