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A very good Maria Sharapova interview!

The interview/article is called "Russian Rocket". The interview covers a variety of topics, including Maria becoming an American citizen, her weight and her schedule.

Thanks to Bubble for finding this interview, and posting it in "Russian Roulette"! But I want to give the interview greater exposure. So I've started a thread about here, where alot more people will read it.

Maria seems very poised for a 15 year old phenom!

Some of you might remember a thread I had in General Messages a couple of weeks ago about the USTA recruiting Maria to become an American citizen and play tennis for America. It looks that that will happen at some point in the future. Aferall, her life and future are in America. But I would prefer Maria stay a Russian citizen, and become the greatest female Russian tennis player of all time. She certainly has a better chance to do that, than she does in becoming the next Venus or Serena Williams, Lindsay Davenport, Jennifer Capriati, Chris Evert, Tracy Austin or Billie Jean King.

Speaking of Billie Jean King, once she gets a hold of Maria and her talent, she will ask Maria to play for America. And how can you say no or nyet to Billie Jean King and her unparalled enthusiam? You can't!

The interview is located at http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/news/cnn...ianrocket.html

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Thanks Cat, it's a great interview and you're right - Maria seems very level-headed and laid-back. Very impressed that she's reading Chekhov at 15 - good on her.
I don't know whether she'll eventually agree, but it certainly looks like the USTA are going to try and persuade her to play for USA...
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sartrista7, don't say that with theboiledegg, ys, tenn_ace, Fresh2Flash and Nina_Rus around!

Actually, I hope Maria stays a Russian citizen. But she has never, to my knowledge, played a team event for Russia. Nor has she played a junior tournament in Russia. Maria has fewer ties to Russia than Anna Kournikova does. And to the surprise of some people, Anna is still a Russian citizen at age 20. I hope Maria remains a Russian citizen, too! But don't bet on it!
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I definitely want her to remain Russian (if only to break the Russian curse ) and she doesn't appear all that keen to be American... so I don't think we have anything to worry about for now. But the USTA are 99% to approach her soon...
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sartrista7, don't say that with theboiledegg, ys, tenn_ace, Fresh2Flash and Nina_Rus around!
lol@cat...

I've been saying it all along... at least when it was first time mentioned here (a month ago).

Vassilissa is my girl............
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sartrista7, you make a good point about the Russian curse. Maybe Maria will be the one to break the Russian curse!

tenn_ace, I thought you'd like that quip!
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