Maria makes scents
CARLSBAD – Get a whiff of this: “Maria” is ranked higher in Mexico than Maria Sharapova is in women's tennis.
“Maria” is the fragrance in which she has an interest that is named for the Russian tennis star. By her account, “Maria” is No. 1 in sales in Mexico and either No. 2 or No. 3 in Japan.
On the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, Sharapova is ranked No. 4. A year ago at about this time, on Aug. 22, she was ranked No. 1, but on the day she ascended to the pinnacle of the rankings, she suffered a right pectoralis muscle strain that blighted the remainder of her season.
“Last year was one of the toughest parts of my tennis career,” Sharapova said yesterday. “It was difficult. It was a time when you are trying to find answers, and you can't.”
Still, for her, tennis beats acting. Whether it beats making television commercials would be another matter; she has profited mightily from lending her regal presence to various products. “I can't say I don't like acting,” Sharapova said, “but I can't imagine a career when I have to spend 70 percent of my time in a trailer eating Snickers bars.”
(I guess that is what Maria thinks Serena does?)
Sharapova unburdened herself concerning any wish she might have to become a thespian during an “all-access hour” offered in conjunction with the opening shots in the Acura Classic. It's a time when the media can get together with a tournament's eight leading seeds.
Some of what developed yesterday:
continues to regard this as her final season in tennis. In her seventh year as a professional, she said that at 23 she no longer has the recuperative powers she once possessed. “I love the sport,” said the Belgian woman, the Acura's ranking seed, “but I don't want to risk the rest of my life for playing two or three years more.”
is the Acura's defending champion, but she has not played for months because of a partially torn tendon in a foot.
“I'm coming here without expectations,” Pierce said. “I just want to go out and have a good time.”
a crack cook, shared her chicken recipe. “Season the chicken with salt and pepper and rub olive oil on it. Put it in the oven at 400 degrees. From time to time, take it out. After 20 minutes,” she said, “I add potatoes.” For meeting with the media, Sharapova chose black exercise pants. She had her hair tied back by a black knit head band and wore earrings of the finest gold that were at least three inches long and were in an Asian motif. That woman knows what it means to be eclectic.