Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: The consulting room
A lot of commentators have said Maria was mature and well-balanced - even when she was 16.
She doesn't answer back when other players start bitching about her, she just ignores them. She knows how to handle the media, she's coped well with the sudden stardom that came after Wimbledon last year. On the court in the Final against Serena she played one of the most mature tennis games of any first time finalist in a Grand Slam, not panicking, not choking, just playing her game and finishing off the champion.
When she loses, she doesn't panic or blame illness, having bad line-calls or anything else. She just says she has to get back to hard work on her game. Of course Masha likes shoes and flashy clothes. But at 18, Masha is one of the most mature players out there.
Sabine Lisicki, Maria Sharapova, Elena Dementieva,
Victoria Azarenka, Dinara Safina, Maria Kirilenko
Nadia Petrova, Samantha Stosur, Ana Ivanovic.
0026..Eternal follower of the Golden Girl .... Official Political Advisor to the Maria Mafia.