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post #1 of 62 (permalink) Old Dec 1st, 2004, 11:41 AM Thread Starter
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Does Maria Sharapova and her fans, get a rough deal?

I was just thinking back to when the YEC tournament was on. A few friends and myself decided to stay and watch the tennis coverage. Maria Sharapova was playing, it doesn’t really matter who her opponent was, because this will relate to most of the players (and their fans).
Well when she was playing they were cheering on her opponent, I sshouted ‘Come on Maria’ to which they replied, ‘We want anyone but her to win’!
I asked ‘what do you mean’? Then they said that they didn’t care who won (if it wasn’t their favourite) as long as Maria lost. Now I know all fans aren’t like this, and some are very fair towards all players. But do some fans approach a tournament with this thought “ They wish their favourite to win, then if not, Maria to lose is the most pleasure they get from the rest of the tournament”?
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I c nothin wrong with it.
I would think u r takin the matter way too seriously.
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I c nothin wrong with it.
I would think u r takin the matter way too seriously.
Well I didn't disown my friends over what happened.But I can't figure out what it is that Maria has done or said, to have so many people dislike her, probably just jealousy.
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do u think she would be gettin as much media attention as she is if she had been born ugly? ppl may be jealous but her pretty face helps just as much as her tennis.
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Everyone cheers for someone to lose at some point or another.
Just because that player is your fave you take offence, but its quite normal. I bet you do it too sometimes.
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do u think she would be gettin as much media attention as she is if she had been born ugly? ppl may be jealous but her pretty face helps just as much as her tennis.
Good points. Case in point: If the sisters were ugly, and lacked talent, they would be long gone by now [from the public eye, that is]. Beauty combined with talent is a lethal combination, and people are jealous of it, subsequently, turning that jealousy into hatred.
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Many of Maria's fans are a little over zealous. At the US Open this year, they wouldn't allow her to breathe. They followed her in droves as she was leaving a match. They were yelling and trying to get to her. Security had to keep them away. When she does sign autographs, they push and shove and knee people in the back (I know it happened to me) to get through. When fans act like that, it easy for people to start to root against the player because you want those fans to be dissappointed. I really can't stand her fans or her team for that matter. I'm not a Sharapova hater but I'm not a Sharapova lover either. The simple fact is when you have success, some people aren't going to like you. Try not to worry about it

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IMG wants to make Masha an international icon and I'm against that. I think everything should happen naturally for her including winning. There is already a backlash against Masha and that's too bad.

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IMG wants to make Masha an international icon and I'm against that. I think everything should happen naturally for her including winning. There is already a backlash against Masha and that's too bad.
But if Maria can maintain her steely, determined self, I think she can overcome all that and move on. She is loved as much as she is hated so I really don't think she much to worry about right now.
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I dont believe that Maria and her fans are treated very nicely in this place, Mind you there are some weirdos who follow her but the Majority of her fans are great. She does not deserve this bad tag any more than any other player and her fans. She is not the one creating all the hype about herself and quite frankly she really has shown us this year that she is a lot more than Hype she has the game.
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Maria is suffering from the embarrassment of riches syndrome. Right now she seems to have it all and some people don't like that. I think most of them, however, are people who see Maria stealing the thunder of their favorite players. She went largely ignored by many of these critics until she convincingly beat Serena Williams at Wimbledon. Suddenly, she developed villain status almost over night. Now, even the most innocuous move on her part is soundly criticized, i. e. John Wertheim's attack on her for her hideous fist pumping at Staples Center. You would have thought she'd flipped Serena the bird the way he talked. All she did was pump her fist after the allegedly injured Serena had hit winner after winner, following a five minute injury time out.

And don't forget, this is the same Serena who constantly belittled Maria's Wimbledon victory, implying it only happened because Serena was playing at 20 percent or some such nonsense.

Maria is not perfect and I am not particularly a fan of her's, but I think bad behavior should be a lot worse behavior than Maria is guilty of before the press starts taking them to task publicly.
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But if Maria can maintain her steely, determined self, I think she can overcome all that and move on. She is loved as much as she is hated so I really don't think she much to worry about right now.
the mass media and the normal people love maria because when maria wins, it isn't a loss for their favorite. when maria wins, it's at the cost of someone else... and on this site, when you're kickin ass, you're hated by a lot of people because it's keeping their favorite from winning.
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Maria is suffering from the embarrassment of riches syndrome. Right now she seems to have it all and some people don't like that. I think most of them, however, are people who see Maria stealing the thunder of their favorite players. She went largely ignored by many of these critics until she convincingly beat Serena Williams at Wimbledon. Suddenly, she developed villain status almost over night. Now, even the most innocuous move on her part is soundly criticized, i. e. John Wertheim's attack on her for her hideous fist pumping at Staples Center. You would have thought she'd flipped Serena the bird the way he talked. All she did was pump her fist after the allegedly injured Serena had hit winner after winner, following a five minute injury time out.

And don't forget, this is the same Serena who constantly belittled Maria's Wimbledon victory, implying it only happened because Serena was playing at 20 percent or some such nonsense.

Maria is not perfect and I am not particularly a fan of her's, but I think bad behavior should be a lot worse behavior than Maria is guilty of before the press starts taking them to task publicly.

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