Jul 4th, 2004, 05:54 PM
I don't believe I have ever seen an athlete with such determination and heart play an individual sport like tennis in a long time. My glass is raised to you Maria - outstanding. Congratulations and best wishes for a very bright future. I pray God will bless you and help you to bless others (especially those young kids in Russia who are looking for a rolemodel). I can just imagine what kind of new pressures present themselves with your newly enhanced celebrity status and pray that you live your life with as much passion for strong morals as you show playing tennis. Best of luck from a proud texas aggie.