I have been pretty ambivalent about Masha Sharapova until this week. I would usually cheer for her, but I would wince when I would hear of yet another photo shoot. Was Maria going down the Anna-Daniela road?
Also, it seemed she was floundering on the tenn is court.lsoing matches I thought she ought to win. She was hyped to the sky, yet she could not get career off the ground. Was she any good after all?
This week, though, Masha answered all my questions. She fought and fought and fought! People complained about her shrieks, so she stopped, and played even better!
How heartbreaking to lose in a 3rd-set tiebreak today, then, after so much spirit shown all week long.
But it doesn't matter. It's another learning experience for her; everything this week was new to her and I know she is soaking it up and learning from everything around her.
Maria's fierce will to win
is, now don't get mad, everybody
, a little unusual among the Russians we all cheer for. Her trip to the top levels may not be a quick one, because she is so young and inexperienced, but I don't picture that her road will have so much of the "one step forward, two steps back" or plateau-ing elements that are the familiar territory of fans of the Russian women.
Maria, PLEASE don't lose your fighting spirit as your career and popularity take off!!! Focus on your tennis; it will reward you greatly. Just keep on fighting as you did in your matches this week, and I know you will do great. And I will be cheering you on.