Masha: "I came out to be No.1 in the world. It's only a matter of time, & I know it."
1 September 2003
Maria Sharapova has a big opportunity at this month's US Open. But until she holds up the trophy, the 16-year old tennis star - six feet tall and beautiful a la Kim Alexis in her modelling prime - may be more widely recognised as the shrieking second coming of Monica Seles. This June at Wimbledon, Sharapova struck her way into the fourth round, and when she finally lost, she walked away with a new nickname: 'The Queen of Scream.' (She has received warnings following complaints not only from opponents but even from players on nearby courts. A British newspaper went so far as to bring a decibel counter to her matches.)
'I've always done it,' she says. 'But the press needed a new scoop, and I guess that was me.' Soon enough, they'll be writing about her tennis. The Siberian-born Sharapova's brilliant, muscular play at Wimbledon convinced many commentators that a worthy successor to the Williams sisters has finally arrived.
A successor to Anna Kournikova had arrived, too. While Sharapova bristles at comparisons to tennis's perky but feckless pin-up, the similarities are striking. Both are blond, bombshell Russian graduates of Nick Bollettieri's Florida academy; both have a knack for attracting the tabloids, and both exploded as 16-year-olds at Wimbledon. But Sharapova is focused on beating Serena Williams, not landing on the cover of Maxim.
'I have no doubt that I can beat Serena,' says Sharapova, whose intimidating solemnity and almost scornful confidence on the court resemble two of Williams's most fearsome qualities. 'I came out to be No.1 in the world,' she adds. 'It's only a matter of time, and I know it.'
PS. I just want to post this old article because it's very likely that Masha will become a new world #1 in the near future.
Very few people in September 2003 believed Masha would be able to beat Serena in the next year and become a #1 at such a young age.
YVera Brezhneva of Nu Virgos * ВИА-Гра
Vera – You are my #1!! Я тебя так благодарна!!
* Maша Sharapova * Nicole V * Venus * Лена Dementieva * K-Lina Šprem *
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