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I was just wondering if anyone here ever have had the opportunity and pleasure to meet Makiri in person whether it's at the practice courts, after a match, at a restaurant, autograph session, etc. She seems to have a very nice personality and is easily approachable. Please share your experiences...
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I can't say that I've met her in person, but I doubt that she is easily approachable although I base this on a single experience.
After the victory in the doubles semi-finale at the Ordina Open with Ana Ivanovic against Dementieva/Pennetta, people came towards their seats asking for autographs. While Ana was happy to oblige the fans, Maria stayed in her chair with her back towards the crowd in spite of them calling her name. Only after Ana was done signing autographs and came towards her, she stood up and left for the exit, while in the meantime complete ignoring the fans.
There were also some people waiting at the exit of the court, and maybe she gave them some autographs. I can't tell because by that time I already left and was very distracted by Lena D almost bumping into me. And believe me, when you come suddenly face to face with Lena at less than half a meter distance, that IS very distracting...
But I must admit that I was a little disappointed with Maria's behavior at that time...
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I can't say that I've met her in person, but I doubt that she is easily approachable although I base this on a single experience.
After the victory in the doubles semi-finale at the Ordina Open with Ana Ivanovic against Dementieva/Pennetta, people came towards their seats asking for autographs. While Ana was happy to oblige the fans, Maria stayed in her chair with her back towards the crowd in spite of them calling her name. Only after Ana was done signing autographs and came towards her, she stood up and left for the exit, while in the meantime complete ignoring the fans.
There were also some people waiting at the exit of the court, and maybe she gave them some autographs. I can't tell because by that time I already left and was very distracted by Lena D almost bumping into me. And believe me, when you come suddenly face to face with Lena at less than half a meter distance, that IS very distracting...
But I must admit that I was a little disappointed with Maria's behavior at that time...
I can agree with her kinda being slightly stand offish... I think she just gets shy though....

I met her at the practice courts in Sydney this year and the was probably about 6/7 people there wanted an autograph, when she finished the practice she went down the line and signed all the stuff without saying a word to anyone or even looking at them... Mind you I was quite annoyed with my fellow Australians seeing I was the only one to say thank u to her as well which I think she didn't pay much attention too... In her credit she did get her photo taken with a fan but when they asked for it she just simplier stood behind them and didn't say a word at all... It kinda pissed me off a bit at the time coz Ana was at a court across from her, smiling and giggling and get all these photos and autographs with the fans and that was about an hour before her match with Amelie but she still managed to be relaxed and friendly with everyone (I was too shy to go over to Ana ) & Maria was coming across as a snob... But like I said I think she is pretty shy...
She looked adorable though so that made up for it!

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I think Maria is a little shy maybe and not too confident talking to people in English. At the AO this year she signed many autographs at practice sessions and after Doubles matches. People asked her for towells etc as well and she gave them out. Since we saw her a few times I think she began to recognise us and then was a bit more talkative. It was pretty cool to be able wish her happy birthday in person...she was pretty happy that we knew, no-one else there did
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I think Maria is a little shy maybe and not too confident talking to people in English. At the AO this year she signed many autographs at practice sessions and after Doubles matches. People asked her for towells etc as well and she gave them out. Since we saw her a few times I think she began to recognise us and then was a bit more talkative. It was pretty cool to be able wish her happy birthday in person...she was pretty happy that we knew, no-one else there did
I hope she is more comfortable at Sydney next time seeing I want to give her, her present and I'll break the ice by saying
Privet! Menya zovut Katya...
So hopefully that helps

I think with experience she will warm up to the attention...

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I hope she is more comfortable at Sydney next time seeing I want to give her, her present and I'll break the ice by saying
Privet! Menya zovut Katya...
So hopefully that helps

I think with experience she will warm up to the attention...
Aww What present do you want to give her then?

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Aww What present do you want to give her then?
Its a necklace with a special gemstone on it with significant meaning... The one I want for her is blue & is suppose to help with confidence, it comes with a little card explaining it too... I know its dorky but I want to get Ana, Masha & Dani one also but I don't know when I will be able to get Masha & Ana theirs....
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Its a necklace with a special gemstone on it with significant meaning... The one I want for her is blue & is suppose to help with confidence, it comes with a little card explaining it too... I know its dorky but I want to get Ana, Masha & Dani one also but I don't know when I will be able to get Masha & Ana theirs....
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Thats a really sweet thing to do, hope you can complete all 3

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Thats a really sweet thing to do, hope you can complete all 3
oh forgot to mention they are all unique so only MK gets the confidence one (Ana=strength (black), Masha=power (tiger eye), Dani= highest potential (hard to explain colour ))

MK has the nicest one (and Ana's)

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I can't say that I've met her in person, but I doubt that she is easily approachable although I base this on a single experience.
After the victory in the doubles semi-finale at the Ordina Open with Ana Ivanovic against Dementieva/Pennetta, people came towards their seats asking for autographs. While Ana was happy to oblige the fans, Maria stayed in her chair with her back towards the crowd in spite of them calling her name. Only after Ana was done signing autographs and came towards her, she stood up and left for the exit, while in the meantime complete ignoring the fans.
There were also some people waiting at the exit of the court, and maybe she gave them some autographs. I can't tell because by that time I already left and was very distracted by Lena D almost bumping into me. And believe me, when you come suddenly face to face with Lena at less than half a meter distance, that IS very distracting...
But I must admit that I was a little disappointed with Maria's behavior at that time...
Hopefully Makiri will open up and be more receptible towards her fans when 2007 comes around. She should take a page out of Ana's book on how to be more appreciative and receptive towards her fans. Hopefully, the reason IS because she's just shy. Signing autographs without making eye contact or saying anything can be a sign of this. Katie, I hope you do get the chance to give her that necklace. What a great idea! Awwwwwww! So sweet of you! Hopefully, it will make Makiri smile and warm up to her fans. Plus, give her the confidence like you described! When you see her, tell Makiri to smile more often will you??? Does anybody else have any stories to share with us??? I'm sort of surprised that there are so few posted so far.
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At the Ordina open last year after she won the doubles 1st round i believe there where about 25 people who wanted there autograph or take a picture with here and she signed them all and let people take pictures with here. She didn't say much. Maybe she is a little shy like some others here said.

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Well I had a pretty good experience with her.. I'm a ballboy at Nasdaq-100 Open.. I was at her practice in the morning before her match that day against Maria Sharapova.. There was only me, my friend and this other lady.. Maria Kirilenko was practicing with James Blakes brother.. When she finished practice I asked her if she wanted to take a pic with me.. I actually forgot what she said but I know that I posed to take a pic with her after that lol.. After that I said thank you and she left with her coach.. Heres a link of the pic.. Notice that shes smiling.. She is talented and at the same time drop-dead gorgeous.. take care everybody..

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Well I had a pretty good experience with her.. I'm a ballboy at Nasdaq-100 Open.. I was at her practice in the morning before her match that day against Maria Sharapova.. There was only me, my friend and this other lady.. Maria Kirilenko was practicing with James Blakes brother.. When she finished practice I asked her if she wanted to take a pic with me.. I actually forgot what she said but I know that I posed to take a pic with her after that lol.. After that I said thank you and she left with her coach.. Heres a link of the pic.. Notice that shes smiling.. She is talented and at the same time drop-dead gorgeous.. take care everybody..

http://img148.imageshack.us/img148/7...rilenkorv3.jpg
That's great you had a pic taken with Makiri and that she SMILED! I actually have that match on tape! I'm glad you and daandaan had positive experiences with her.
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oh forgot to mention they are all unique so only MK gets the confidence one (Ana=strength (black), Masha=power (tiger eye), Dani= highest potential (hard to explain colour ))

MK has the nicest one (and Ana's)
Aww! You're cute, and that's really nice of you!
Hope you manage to give it to her
...you never told me you'd met her!!

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oh forgot to mention they are all unique so only MK gets the confidence one (Ana=strength (black), Masha=power (tiger eye), Dani= highest potential (hard to explain colour ))

MK has the nicest one (and Ana's)
Hey lollipop, don't give Masha the tiger eye gemstone! She doesn't need it considering she's been winning alot of tourneys lately. Give it Makiri instead. I think she needs it more than Masha.
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