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interesting article on maria sharapova

You may not be a tennis fan, but even if you are not you may recall Maria Sharpova's pledge not to be "another Kournikova" selling her body for soft porn while her game goes into the tank. From the photo you can see how reliable this Russian's word is.

Russian female tennis players had an impressive year in 2004. Five of the eight slots in grand slam event finals were filled by Russians, and three of the four slams were won by Russians. In addition to Wimbledon, Russia’s Maria Sharapova also won the season-ending WTA Tour Championship title, making 2004 the best year by far for Russian tennis and Sharapova Russia’s apparent golden girl.

But if we look below the surface, we see a different picture entirely, especially as far as Sharapova is concerned. In 2005 and so far in 2006, no Russian has even reached a grand slam final, much less prevailed there, making 2004 seem very much like the fluke some commentators saw it as at the time.

As for Sharapova, first of all, it is questionable whether it is even appropriate to refer to her as “Russian.” She left the country as a small child, speaks English on the court, lives in Florida, spends virtually no time in Russia, has consistently refused to play for the national team and donates almost none of her vast fortune to the relief of Russian poverty.

Sharapova has claimed that she “needs” to live in the USA for her tennis, but that is an absurd fantasy. Svetlana Kuznetsova lives in St. Petersburg, and won the U.S. Open. Anastasia Myskina lives in Moscow, and won the French Open. Elena Dementieva lives in Moscow, and was a finalist in 2004 at both the French and U.S. Opens. What Sharapova “needs” is the glamour and money to be found in the American marketplace.

The next factor to be considered is luck. The only reason, for instance, that Sharapova reached the finals at Wimbledon in 2006 is that a sudden downpour interrupted her semi-finals match with Lindsey Davenport, not once but several times, while Davenport was in the midst of pulverizing Sharapova, who’d barely managed to win a single game. After the sequence of rain delays, the aging Davenport lost focus and physical edge while the youthful Sharapova rebounded. Wimbledon is planning to erect a roofed stadium to avoid problems like this in the future.



Indeed, Sharapova seems to lead a charmed existence. How else to explain her miraculous ability to travel from Siberia to the world renown Bolletari tennis academy in Florida, while so many wait so long for U.S. visas, where she was able to study tennis at the highest level for free. Reviewing Sharapova’s tournament victories, it’s amazing how often she has been able to reach and win a final without having had to play a top-five opponent, as was the case in her most recent tournament victory, the Pacific Life Open at Indian Wells, California. In 2005, she was 3-3 against top five opponents, winning just three tournaments in 15 tries, and in only one of those three wins did she have to face a top-five player; in one of her other three tournaments wins, she did not even have to face a player in the world's top fifteen.

Then, quality of play must be considered. A person even casually familiar with tennis who compares the 2005 Wimbledon final between Davenport and Venus Williams to the 2004 match between Sharapova and the other Williams sister, Serena, cannot but be struck by the dramatic difference in the quality of play and watchability of the two matches, one scintillating and the other a yawner. A serious fan would be very hard-pressed to name a single match where Sharapova produced truly compelling, championship-caliber tennis against a highly-ranked opponent. For every significant win against a credible opponent, there are two calamitous disasters against also-rans. Maria plays with an entirely one-dimensional baseline power game bereft of shotmaking, and her unforced errors are regularly twice as many as her winners. In other words, she’s Ivan Lendl light.

Finally, there is the character issue. When she broke onto the tour, Sharapova promised that she would not be “another Kournikova” and would focus on only tennis, not soft porn. So it was rather surprising to see Maria appear in a cheesecake spread in the most recent Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. Time and again, Sharapova has proved herself unable to handle long, demanding three-set matches, and she has repeatedly been blown off the court by higher-ranked opponents, several times registering the infamous “bagel” or “double bagel” in which she wins not a single game. One might attribute this to Sharapova’s youth, expecting her to improve with age like a fine wine, but there is no evidence of that so far and she has repeatedly implied she may not be in it for the long haul anyway; apparently, Sharapova thinks there’s much more to her than tennis (which wouldn’t be hard to believe).

But the most damning evidence of Maria’s flawed character came at her most recent tournament, the so-called “fifth major” at the Nasdaq-100 event in Miami. In her semi-final match with fellow Russian expatriate Tatiana Golovin, Sharapova had a dominant position against the much lower ranked player in the second set after winning the first, then once again imploded. Golovin reeled off game after game and denied Sharapova four match points whereupon, as Golovin stood to serve out the set, Sharapova suddenly decided she needed a bathroom break, unheard of in tennis etiquette on an opponent’s serve. Despite her pathetic gamesmanship, which drew caustic boos from the audience, Golovin closed Sharapova out in the second set.

But the worst was yet to come. In the tightly fought third set, Golovin sustained a horrific injury to her ankle that ultimately forced her to withdraw. As she stood on the court writhing in pain with tears of agony flowing from her eyes, Sharapova stood callously at the other end of the court taking no notice. Later, Sharapova would claim, bizarrely, that she had no idea Golovin had been injured, eerily reminiscent of Bill Clinton’s claim that, while he smoked marijuana, he did not inhale. The audience was not fooled, and booed Sharapova off the court after her “victory” when Golovin resigned. When questioned about the boos, Sharapova said she had no idea what they possibly could have been about.

It seemed, though, that the world was on to Sharapova’s con game long before the match started, since the Miami centercourt stadium was half empty despite Sharapova’s alleged sex appeal and drawing power. With so many flaws in her game, real tennis fans realized long ago that she’s simply not worth watching, incapable of producing the thrilling pyrotechnics of a true champion.

In other words, eerily like Russia itself, Sharapova is a triumph of form over substance, a grand illusion. Just as Russia hides behind its oil and gas revenues, Sharapova hides behind her looks, which are ordinary by model standards but superlative by professional athletic standards. Behind these facades, though, there is a crumbling edifice built on shifting, uncertain foundations that will not endure the test of time. Just like the former USSR, when faced with unpleasant reality Sharapova chooses to stick her pretty head into the sand and deny everything. And we all know how far the USSR got copping that attitude.

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Re: interesting article on maria sharapova

Intresting? I stopped reading it after he strated to wonder if she is Russian or not..

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who wrote this?
let me guess: a hater of her?
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This was posted a long time ago...
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THat's way to long to read
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just like martin solveig would say
Ahaaa! Somebody set me free
Ahaaa! I'm tired of your sympathy

Ahaaa! Jealousy!

Let's make a brand new start
Open up your mind
Get rid of some of this this jealousy
It's bothering me
For al this jealousy!

Somebody help me!
Somebody! Somebody! Somebody!
Stop this jealousy!
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I stopped reading after it said no Russians reached a final or won a Slam in '06. It may have been written around the French/Wimbledon (presumably), but to ignore Kuznetsova is just dumb.
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I stopped reading after it said no Russians reached a final or won a Slam in '06. It may have been written around the French/Wimbledon (presumably), but to ignore Kuznetsova is just dumb.
I think it's written just before the start of clay in 06...
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I think it's written just before the start of clay in 06...
Well I mean, then DUH, it's only been one slam only 2 people could get to the final of a slam.
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just like martin solveig would say
Ahaaa! Somebody set me free
Ahaaa! I'm tired of your sympathy

Ahaaa! Jealousy!

Let's make a brand new start
Open up your mind
Get rid of some of this this jealousy
It's bothering me
For al this jealousy!

Somebody help me!
Somebody! Somebody! Somebody!
Stop this jealousy!
Ahaaa! Jealousy!
Ha this reminded me of one old anecdote
in the beginning of Soviet Era in Russia it was very common to slander or libel people to authorities out of spite or for personal gains in order to get them arrested and sent to Siberia to work in labour camps in horrible conditions. Basically if that happened to you your life was ruined. Things that could be incriminated to you usually were outright ridicolous for example I could get arrested for telling this very anecdote to someone:

The head of Secret Service(Lavrentij Beria) comes to Stalin and says:
Koba(Stalin's nickname), do you know that General Rokosovskij has a secret love affair with an actress Semionova?

Stalin: So?

Beria: he is also sleeping with the wife of minister of healthcare

Stalin: So?

Beria: he has also seduced his personal secretary, comrade Stalin

Stalin(impatiently): your point Lavrentij?

Beria: what are we going to do about it, Koba?

Stalin: What are we going to do, Lavrentij? oh very simple: to envy
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the point being leave Maria and her millions in peace and if you can't then keep to envy

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It's pretty true I think
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That was a terribly strange article. Terrible and strange it was. And an embarrassment that some editor would have that article printed.

And how would the author know how much money Maria does or doesn't donate to aid Russian poverty? Maria is held to a very high standard by the media as far as being a humanitarian goes. But maybe the media could let her grow up first before she plays a major role as an ambasador to Russia and world charities. What were Graf, Seles, Evert, Becker, Agassi and Federer doing at age 19 as far as being a humanitarian, world leader or making major donations to their country of birth go? I'm sure Maria will donate alot of money to worthy causes in her career. She should. And I'm sure she already has.

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she has donated to russia: when she won the 2004 YEC she won a porsche cayenne and donated it to help with the beslan hostage relief.

anyway that article seems overly critical and very harsh. i can't believe something like that would get published

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Well said jazar.

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I agree with most of the article.

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