Thanks for your info!
Especially the Russian point of view!
Eggy, where did Vera say she doesn't know Maria that well? It makes sense though. And Nina is a mind reader, too!
I sure hope Vera gets a couple of respectable contracts soon. But there shouldn't be any rush to sign anything. You don't want to take the hunger factor away from her. You know that when Vera Douchevina looks at Maria Sharapova, she see's Anna Kournikova, publicity and money. And I don't blame Vera for wanting to beat Maria for reasons other than just tennis.
But that beautiful heartwarming photo of Vera and Maria during the trophy presentation, shows that everything is fine between them. But Maria must be shocked that Vera is pounding her in their matches!
Aren't the tennis companies offer contrasts to the Russian girls now the way they used to to the German girls? What are they waiting for?
As for Vera Douchevina, is she with IMG or Octagon? She has had a brilliant first year in the 18's. She has dominated the top seeds in a stunning fashion!
Haven't the tennis people realized her potential and approahed her parents or agents about deals? What are they waiting for? At the 2000 U.S. Open, the then 18 year old Elena Dementieva was without a contract when she made her surprising charge to the semi's. And Elena is good looking and had already won the 16u and 18u Orange Bowl tournaments. So tennis people should have known about her. Vera is good looking, too. Not that it should matter. But it does and we all know it. Vera is sitting pretty right now. I hope she gets a couple of nice deals. But nothing that would take the hunger away from her.
Nina, you speak English very well. Is it mandatory in Russian schools?