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Sharapova dangling at career crossroads

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Maria Sharapova has always walked a fine line. On the one hand, she's as driven as they come on the court. Her game might not be the most aesthetically (and aurally) pleasing, but there's never been any mistaking her desire to win once the first ball is in play. In this regard, Sharapova is much like Monica Seles in her prime, someone who gave the impression that she'd run over her own mother to win a match. Yet, despite this intensity, Sharapova's hardly had tunnel vision. Off-court ambitions, from fashion to photo shoots, have always figured prominently in her life.

Since turning pro in 2001, Sharapova's done a decent job of balancing her interests. It's hard, after all, to give someone too much stick when they've won three majors and reached the final of another. But as she attempts to return from shoulder surgery, you get the feeling that the 24-year-old Russian is at a career crossroads.

Last week, in an effort to see how her shoulder would respond in a match, Sharapova played doubles at Indian Wells with fellow Russian Elena Vesnina. They lost in three sets, and Sharapova, who hasn't competed in a singles tournament since last August, said she doesn't have a timetable for when she'll play again.

For her sake, it won't be too much longer. Unless your name is Serena or Andre, an extended layoff is not going to do your game any favors. Just ask Lleyton Hewitt. At this level, as the competition constantly improves, losing even a half a step can mean the difference between getting the ball back and getting beat. Sharapova's wheels are fine, of course, and though she's no speed merchant, she can work her way back to match fitness.

But what about the shoulder? Her serve was one of her biggest weapons. Stripped of a powerful delivery, Maria Sharapova becomes Elena Dementieva -- a good, but not great, player. (Indeed, I'd probably pick Dementieva in that head-to-head scenario.)

In the midst of Sharapova's comeback came word that she may executive produce a MTV reality show based loosely on her life. Though it's too early to put much stock in this (Sharapova once explored a tennis-themed show for the CW that never got off the ground), the news is ill timed. If ever there was a moment in Sharapova's career when she should cast off all off-court distractions, throw away the fashion doodle pads, and focus only on her tennis, it's now.

I'm also reminded of a conversation I had with Sharapova last spring in Manhattan. I asked her if she saw herself competing well into her twenties. After flashing me an "Are you kidding?" look, she emphatically dismissed the idea, saying that she didn't see herself as one of those careerist tennis types.

But that was before rotator cuff surgery. Perhaps the extended layoff has changed her outlook. Perhaps it's ignited a newfound passion for tennis. She'll need one, because it doesn't take much for this sport to pass you by.


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again i ask, when did sharapova turn 24?

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Since turning pro in 2001, Sharapova's done a decent job of balancing her interests. It's hard, after all, to give someone too much stick when they've won three majors and reached the final of another. But as she attempts to return from shoulder surgery, you get the feeling that the 24-year-old Russian is at a career crossroads.
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It might just be a typo.
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Maria Sharapova has always walked a fine line. On the one hand, she's as driven as they come on the court. Her game might not be the most aesthetically (and aurally) pleasing, but there's never been any mistaking her desire to win once the first ball is in play. In this regard, Sharapova is much like Monica Seles in her prime, someone who gave the impression that she'd run over her own mother to win a match. Yet, despite this intensity, Sharapova's hardly had tunnel vision. Off-court ambitions, from fashion to photo shoots, have always figured prominently in her life.

Since turning pro in 2001, Sharapova's done a decent job of balancing her interests. It's hard, after all, to give someone too much stick when they've won three majors and reached the final of another. But as she attempts to return from shoulder surgery, you get the feeling that the 24-year-old Russian is at a career crossroads.

Last week, in an effort to see how her shoulder would respond in a match, Sharapova played doubles at Indian Wells with fellow Russian Elena Vesnina. They lost in three sets, and Sharapova, who hasn't competed in a singles tournament since last August, said she doesn't have a timetable for when she'll play again.

For her sake, it won't be too much longer. Unless your name is Serena or Andre, an extended layoff is not going to do your game any favors. Just ask Lleyton Hewitt. At this level, as the competition constantly improves, losing even a half a step can mean the difference between getting the ball back and getting beat. Sharapova's wheels are fine, of course, and though she's no speed merchant, she can work her way back to match fitness.

But what about the shoulder? Her serve was one of her biggest weapons. Stripped of a powerful delivery, Maria Sharapova becomes Elena Dementieva -- a good, but not great, player. (Indeed, I'd probably pick Dementieva in that head-to-head scenario.)

In the midst of Sharapova's comeback came word that she may executive produce a MTV reality show based loosely on her life. Though it's too early to put much stock in this (Sharapova once explored a tennis-themed show for the CW that never got off the ground), the news is ill timed. If ever there was a moment in Sharapova's career when she should cast off all off-court distractions, throw away the fashion doodle pads, and focus only on her tennis, it's now.

I'm also reminded of a conversation I had with Sharapova last spring in Manhattan. I asked her if she saw herself competing well into her twenties. After flashing me an "Are you kidding?" look, she emphatically dismissed the idea, saying that she didn't see herself as one of those careerist tennis types.

But that was before rotator cuff surgery. Perhaps the extended layoff has changed her outlook. Perhaps it's ignited a newfound passion for tennis. She'll need one, because it doesn't take much for this sport to pass you by.


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Oh for crying out loud, leave her alone. If doing other things while she heals will help her not think to much about her injury I say go ahead Maria. I'm not happy the show will be on MTV if it does get picked up but diversity is good, so go for it Maria.

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A) I dont think her career is at a cross roads. She is just experiencing her first really major injury woes, which happens to nearly every player at some stage or another. 'Big Babes' power tennis types are way more injury prone than previous generations due to the nature of their games... harder on the body...

B) A lot of players never really plan to play til they hit 30. Serena said she wouldnt, Venus said she wouldnt at various stages. Its easy to say that when you are 22 and have lots of offers for things outside tennis on your plate. But take a year or two out of tennis, and the player is nowwhere near the celebrity they were when they were actually winning tennis tournaments. I still think she will be around til her early 30's or however long she remains a competitive force on tour.

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That was some party, back in 2011.

An extremely drunk Paris Hilton tried to crash Maria's 24th birthday party and ended up with a black eye. Maria was unapologetic the next day, saying "I just hit her with a light left jab. She is lucky I did not land a right hook---my right arm is a lethal weapon since my full recovery from my shoulder operation in 2008."

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well she seems to be bit scared of losing She just has to go out ther and play! There is no escape from losing if you eventually wanna win

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There do seem to be a few articles saying she's 24 at the moment. I've read this several times recently. I am not at all suggesting it is correct. I myself am quite happy to accept the age that she was born as April 19 1987. But there must by some incorrect date going around somewhere that journalists are using. Or maybe they are just guessing she is 24 because she has been around a while. Whatever, it is not a mistake journalists should be making and that this isn't the 1st time I have seen this. Weird.


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A) I dont think her career is at a cross roads. She is just experiencing her first really major injury woes, which happens to nearly every player at some stage or another. 'Big Babes' power tennis types are way more injury prone than previous generations due to the nature of their games... harder on the body...

B) A lot of players never really plan to play til they hit 30. Serena said she wouldnt, Venus said she wouldnt at various stages. Its easy to say that when you are 22 and have lots of offers for things outside tennis on your plate. But take a year or two out of tennis, and the player is nowwhere near the celebrity they were when they were actually winning tennis tournaments. I still think she will be around til her early 30's or however long she remains a competitive force on tour.
I don't know how long Sharapova will play til. But I have learnt about life that no really knows what they will feel years down the road. I could say I will never do this and five years later feel totally differently. I am sure Henin never planned on retiring before she reached her 26th birthday. But she did. No player ever really knows how long they are going to play for. Indeed I don't think anybody really knows who they will be or what they will feel like in three or four years time so to make plans for the future based on how one feels in the present is always a rather silly endeavor.

Basically any plans any player has whether they are indicating that they plan to play for a long time or a short time, I take it with a grain of salt.

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An article full of errors and speculation

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Pointless article
I really do not see what it is trying to say . If it is hinting at Marias immediate retirement from the game, then it's a complete joke. Maria is uber competitive and would not just give up the game without making an attempt at a comeback.


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... because it doesn't take much for this sport to pass you by.


This is the funniest line in the whole article. What does he think she needs to do to keep up--practice double faulting more? Women's tennis has devolved in the past three years and is presently teetering on the brink of ineptitude, such that Henin, Clijsters or Sharapova could come back, play left handed, and still win against 99% of this field.

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