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Sharapova slammed for taking appearance fee in Korea

Russian Press Slams Sharapova's Korea Visit Maria Sharapova The Russian press has criticized tennis star Maria Sharapova's visit to South Korea, saying that her decision to come here was soley based on money.

Russian NTV and some Internet sites have reported that Sharapova received US$300,000 to simply play in the Hansol Korea Open, earning more than the grand prize of US$140,000 being offered at the tournament. The press also noted that the competition is only at the 4th tier in international competition. The press did not forget to add that it would be hard to find a 20th ranked player at the games, which makes it surprising that 8th ranked Sharapova is here. (Chung Byung-sun, bschung@chosun.com )

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Why can't she make her money??
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A tier IV?

Well, with that Wimbledon Fluke she needs to bill back the confidence

"I told her, `You don't want to get into a hitting battle with Sharapova, because it would be uneven for Sharapova, because Sharapova only has one good side and that's her backhand,"'. "`You don't want to get into that for the simple reason you would win. So try to hit some balls to her strong side, to her backhand, and that would help you with your match for tomorrow

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I'd go play in the Antarctic if they paid me $300,000, Sharapova should be able to do whatever she wants.
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She can do whatever she wants. $300000+( prize money) and a title for 1 weeks work is not too bad.
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There's a minor error in that article. Previously, the appearance fee was reported by the Korean sources as $200,000. Perhaps there are other bonus I don't know. Also, the $140,000 prize money is not for the sole winner, but for all participants (winners, runners-up, etc, for both singles and doubles). The singles winner of a tier IV gets only around $25,000. (So, the appearance fee is almost 10 times the potential prize money.)
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I'd spend a day with Damir after being introduced as Jelena's lesbian girlfriend for US$300,000.

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Originally Posted by ti-online
Sharapova should be able to do whatever she wants.
End of discussion .

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BTW, I wonder why the Russian media slams Maria at this particular time. Could it be because Maria is not playing Moscow? Or just sour grape?
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Originally Posted by ti-online
I'd go play in the Antarctic if they paid me $300,000, Sharapova should be able to do whatever she wants.
Ditto.

However, any top 10 player would be critisized
for playing a Tier IV and even more so after having
won a Grand Slam.

Not only does she get the appearance fee, she has no competition so
she'll take home the bulk of the prize money for winning this title.

I think people are upset about the money issue
as well as her having no competition and the girls who
would've benfitted most from this tournament monetarily
and confidence building game wise, things just got that much
more difficult.

Either way Sharapova will be critisized.

She wins, it's because she had no competition
and showed up simply for a pay day and another title.

She loses, it's a major upset.
She lambasted for being beaten by a player outside the
top 80 and for taking the appearance fee money.

Even if she wins, she loses.
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I thought taking appearance fees is not allowed ?!??!!???!!!????!!!!?????!!!!!
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BTW, I wonder why the Russian media slams Maria at this particular time. Could it be because Maria is not playing Moscow? Or just sour grape?
One would think though that she'd
want to play Moscow being a Tier I
event and in her homeland no less.
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Quote:
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I thought taking appearance fees is not allowed ?!??!!???!!!????!!!!?????!!!!!
Obviously, it is allowed otherwise she'd
have never showed up.

She really couldn't have shown up for the competition and
her play isn't so bad that she'd have to play a Tier IV just to
win another title.
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