Q. Your father's very visible. How would you say your mother contributes in a positive way to your career?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: My mom is just – she brings such good energy and positive chi into myself and all the people that are around her. She's a very quiet and intelligent woman that, you know, that just is happy with life, with her life, you know, is happy for me.
You know, both of my parents sacrificed so much in their life to get me where I am today. You know, and my mom was very keen on keeping me educated and, you know, when I – when she came to the United States after – I didn't see her for a couple of years.
She just – she kept working me on my Russian essays and she made me read. She's like, You didn't do this for two years. I can tell.
And she's the one that always takes me to museums. She knows when this exhibition is going on. She'll take me to the musicals. She's a very wonderful woman.
Q. What would happen if she had to sit beside your father during matches?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: She has before. When I played juniors, she went to some tournaments. But it's – it's one of those things I feel like if she did travel around I would really feel like I'm taking her life away from her, because I – I mean, it's wonderful having one parent around you that knows you best.Maria Sharapova and her parents
I mean, apart from my dad I also have Michael, who I've known since I was 10 years old. The people around me I can trust and believe in because they've been with me since I was young, before all of my success.
But my mom, my mom takes care of, you know, all the things at home, and she looks after both of my hoists, and, you know, she just – she does all my fan mail and all that, you know.
Q. How often do you see her? I mean, how often it happens that are there, within one year?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: When I'm done with tournaments, yeah. She sometimes comes like the week before Grand Slams and stuff.
tennis.com: Monday, May 16, 2011
Maria Sharapova says she doesn’t try and spend time making friends on tour. Sharapova, who just won Rome, will travel to Paris with her fiancée Sasha Vujacic, her coach Thomas Hogstedt, her physical therapist Juan Reque and her hitting partner Cecil Mamiit. Sharapova’s mother Yelena, who traveled with her for the first time to Indian Wells and Miami this year
, will not be going to Europe.