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Jericho
Jul 27th, 2004, 06:28 AM
Myskina Ponders Early Retirement but Wants No. 1 First
Sharapova’s back: ‘I’m always hungry to win’

By Matthew Cronin
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Myskina looking for number one.
FROM THE ACURA CLASSIC IN CARLSBAD, CA - Being in Moscow with friends and family for the past two weeks has given Roland Garros champion Anastasia Myskina a new perspective --- she wants to be home more.
The third-ranked Russian has grown weary of being a world traveler and sees herself retiring in four years. She’s downright homesick.

"It will be too much by then," the 23-year-old said. "I don’t want to play all my life. I may [retire] even earlier. Life goes on. I want to study design and do other stuff. I don’t want to play tennis all my life. I know it will finish sooner or later. You have to find something else for yourself." :worship:

Even though Myskina would rather be kicking back with her boyfriend at home, she says that she’ll put her game face on the rest of the summer. She knows she has a terrific shot at the Olympic gold, the US Open and the year-end number one, given that the Belgians are till on the sidelines, the Williamses are struggling and Lindsay Davenport is unlikely to grind thorough the fall Euro swing.

"I'll do my best the next couple of years. I don’t want to leave just as a top 10 player. I really want to be No. 1," Myskina said.

The good-natured brunette says that the Davenport is the player to watch on tour right now and seemed to imply that Wimby champ Maria Sharapova has an uphill climb in proving herself on hard courts. "Lindsay’s number one in the race and she’s the hardest to beat now," Myskina said. "Wimbledon is a great surface for Maria because she plays really fast. It’s going to be tough, but if she stays focused like she did at Wimbledon, she’s going to be great."

One thing is for sure: Myskina’s coach, the ambitious Jens Erlach, won’t let her rest on her laurels. He knows she has enough game to make a huge impression on US cement.
"That what he keeps telling me and that’s what I want to do," said Myskina, who will face Barbara Schett on Tuesday. "I have goals and until I reach them, I'm not going to quit. Right now I have to believe in myself. If I am physically and mentally strong, I think I can do really good at the US Open."

Sharapova’s summer of confirmation
Maria Sharapova will return to regular tour play on Tuesday and face qualifier Lilia Osterloh at the Acura. Sharapova is a very difficult quarter. She could meet Venus Williams in the third round (if Williams doesn’t pull out with a wrist injury) and Myskina, whom she has never beaten, in the quarters.

"It will be a challenge and I like challenges,’ Sharapova said. "It’s my first tournament since Wimbledon and everyone is expecting me to do well. But I didn’t have any expectations going into Wimbledon and it worked out well. I need to keep winning. I knew what it took to win Wimbledon and I will try to achieve a lot more."

The cameras are still mobbing Sharapova. How she will deal with the attention over the summer will largely determine whether she can seriously compete for the US Open title. She’s now a marked 17-year-old who’s more vulnerable on hard courts than she is on grass. She’s no longer an unknown, but could care less. "I know the players better as well," she said. "I’m sure a lot more people want to beat me now, but to me, it doesn’t make a difference.

Whether Sharapova has the physical staying power to impose her relentless game on the elite payers is a question only she and her trainers can answer. But mentally, she’s already there.

"I have confidence I can compete with top players," she said. "But if I go out and it’s not my day there’s not much I can do. Hopefully, it will be my day. For the two weeks at Wimbledon, all the days were my days.…I’m always hungry to win. Now I know I can do it and if you have the confidence and the will, you can."

Sharapova and Lindsay Davenport are the only top players who won’t be at the Olympics. Sharapova didn’t make the Russian team due to her lower ranking at the time. The Russian is playing this week and will have three weeks off before New Haven, which should put her in prime condition for a run in NY.

"It’s important to make sure my body holds up leading up to the US Open," she said. "I need to get some matches in, but the training will be tough and will build me up going into the US Open."
This is without question the deepest draw that the Acura has had in the past decade. How are these for round two match-ups: Serena v. Jankovic; Venus v. Dulko, Mauresmo v. Molik and Kuznetsova v. Hantuchova. But the best one of all is the revenge match between Croatian teenager Karolina Sprem and Lindsay Davenport. Davenport knocked the 20th-ranked Sprem out of the Wimbledon quarter-finals 6-2, 6-2.

"There was nothing I could do that day," said Sprem, who moved ahead with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Spain’s’ Marta Marrero. "She was just too good for me. But I’m not scared because I have nothing to lose."

Of note: Svetlana Kuznetsova says that had she grabbed her match point against Myskina in the fourth round of Roland Garros, she could have gone on to twin the title.

tennisIlove09
Jul 27th, 2004, 07:16 AM
Wow. Kim and Anastasia have spoken of early retirements

SerenaVenusNo1
Jul 27th, 2004, 07:27 AM
Wow. Kim and Anastasia have spoken of early retirements

So does everybody.

tennisIlove09
Jul 27th, 2004, 07:28 AM
So does everybody.
:confused: um no. Venus and Serena have said they want to play into their 30's. Sharapova has said she wants a long career. JHH hasn't said anything.

SerenaVenusNo1
Jul 27th, 2004, 07:31 AM
:confused: um no. Venus and Serena have said they want to play into their 30's. Sharapova has said she wants a long career. JHH hasn't said anything.

Um, yes. Venus and Serena both talked of early retirement in prior years, Graf wasn't going to play past 25, neither was Monica, etc etc etc. JHH will no doubt tell us she won't last past 25, so will Maria.

99% of the time, players just love the life more than they think.

tazban1
Jul 27th, 2004, 07:24 PM
Um, yes. Venus and Serena both talked of early retirement in prior years
True. I know that Venus at least has said at one point that she was going to quit at 25. I remember her saying that on one of the late night talk shows - I think Leno.

jrm
Jul 27th, 2004, 07:27 PM
Somehow i don't see Venus still playing at age of 28

Helen Lawson
Jul 27th, 2004, 07:30 PM
The dough will stop pouring in, she should work herself to death until she can't handle it anymore, and retire with loads and loads of cash. She can't do Lifetime TV movies to pay the bills once she's over the hill, so she better make it and save it now.

The fact that she's so quickly talking about retirement doesn't look good to me, especially when all she wants now is No. 1 and it's likely she'll get it by the end of the year. Sometimes winning an Oscar kills your career like Luise Rainer, but maybe winning a tennis major does too! Myskina it too good to be a Luise Rainer!

DA FOREHAND
Jul 27th, 2004, 07:53 PM
:confused: um no. Venus and Serena have said they want to play into their 30's. Sharapova has said she wants a long career. JHH hasn't said anything.


I'm sure most of that longevity talk is to appease thier sponsors.

ToeTag
Jul 27th, 2004, 07:58 PM
Um, yes. Venus and Serena both talked of early retirement in prior years, Graf wasn't going to play past 25, neither was Monica, etc etc etc. JHH will no doubt tell us she won't last past 25, so will Maria.

99% of the time, players just love the life more than they think.
Totally agree.
I can understand her wanting to travel less,but what else could she do that would pay her as well at her age?Thats legal.Also,I'm not sure what she means by "all her life"...whats the life expectancy in Russia?Does she think she is going to die when she hits 30. :lol:

Even if she retires in the next few years I'm not sure that many ppl would notice anyway. :sad:

TonyP
Jul 27th, 2004, 07:59 PM
Luise Rainer was a pretty fair country actress, but the lead in "The Good Earth" should have gone to Anna May Wong. Unfortunately, Hollywood projudice against Asians kept Anna May from getting lead roles, and even kept her out of films like "Good Earth" because she "looked too Chinese."

As for Anastasia, it may be premature of her to talk of hanging up her rackets, but it is almost bound to become the new trend. Chris Evert told me the days of players hanging around for 15 or more years as she did are pretty much over and done with. There will always be the occasional exception, but today's women's game is so tough on both mind and body, that players are going to feel worn out after 8 to 10 years for the most part.

And those who get to the top, who win slams and get high rankings, will feel they have achieved their dreams and get out, especially if they have made a bundle. The idea of hanging around long enough to beat Graf or Navratilova's record is out of the question now for many players.

azza
Jul 27th, 2004, 08:00 PM
she will never get number one so she should retire now :)

Helen Lawson
Jul 27th, 2004, 08:14 PM
[QUOTE=TonyP]Luise Rainer was a pretty fair country actress, but the lead in "The Good Earth" should have gone to Anna May Wong. Unfortunately, Hollywood projudice against Asians kept Anna May from getting lead roles, and even kept her out of films like "Good Earth" because she "looked too Chinese." QUOTE]

The only person to win an Oscar for playing a Chinese peasant with an Austrian accent!

boggs570
Jul 27th, 2004, 08:20 PM
Now the players are following V&S. They are all now talking about a career after tennis they never talked about that before only since V&S talked about it but I guess when the other players start doing it it will be alright for them. V&S are always raising the bar in everything they do and then others follow. They are truly leaders.

Helen Lawson
Jul 27th, 2004, 08:29 PM
Now the players are following V&S. They are all now talking about a career after tennis they never talked about that before only since V&S talked about it but I guess when the other players start doing it it will be alright for them. V&S are always raising the bar in everything they do and then others follow. They are truly leaders.
Maybe that's true, but Myskina is more of a Martina Hingis person, she speaks about Martina nicely. Perhaps seeing Martina retired and apparently happy in her early 20's has been the "model" for Myskina that there's life outside of tennis. Myskina didn't earn Martina's dough, though, and most dames on the tour aren't going to earn Williams money either. It's all shits and giggles to walk away from the game when you're worth like $30 million instead of like $3 million.

boggs570
Jul 27th, 2004, 08:58 PM
Maybe that's true, but Myskina is more of a Martina Hingis person, she speaks about Martina nicely. Perhaps seeing Martina retired and apparently happy in her early 20's has been the "model" for Myskina that there's life outside of tennis. Myskina didn't earn Martina's dough, though, and most dames on the tour aren't going to earn Williams money either. It's all shits and giggles to walk away from the game when you're worth like $30 million instead of like $3 million.


Helen, what is martina's second career...commentating on tennis...pls anyone you tennis genuises on this board can do a better job than what the current commentators are doing now. I think most of you guys here know more about tennis than those guy claiming to be commentators. Didn't that article say that Myskina thought or is thinking about designing?

BTW Helen, I really like reading your post.....were you really an actress? I always get a good laugh out of them.

Helen Lawson
Jul 27th, 2004, 09:02 PM
Helen, what is martina's second career...commentating on tennis...pls anyone you tennis genuises on this board can do a better job than what the current commentators are doing now. I think most of you guys here know more about tennis than those guy claiming to be commentators. Didn't that article say that Myskina thought or is thinking about designing?

BTW Helen, I really like reading your post.....were you really an actress? I always get a good laugh out of them.
You have a point about a whole new career, I just think Myskina is tight with Martina. I've never heard Martina commentate, I'd be interested in someone who's not an old bag and who has actually played the current cast of broads on the tour, but maybe she sucks like the rest of them, who knows.

I'm still available for acting work, but being 86, even Lifetime TV won't hire me anymore!

TonyP
Jul 27th, 2004, 09:04 PM
Hingis knows more about tennis than almost anyone out there today, that's for sure. Her stint at number one -- 209 weeks-- is longer than almost all of the players in her generation put together.

And she is doing a number of things in retirement, commentating on tennis, conducting tennis clincis, and undertaking a career for now as an amateur show jumper.

As per usual, the Williams sisters are following in her footsteps and not the other way around.

Hingis, as Tennis Magazine proclaimed back in '97, was always first in her class.

boggs570
Jul 27th, 2004, 09:14 PM
You have a point about a whole new career, I just think Myskina is tight with Martina. I've never heard Martina commentate, I'd be interested in someone who's not an old bag and who has actually played the current cast of broads on the tour, but maybe she sucks like the rest of them, who knows.

I'm still available for acting work, but being 86, even Lifetime TV won't hire me anymore!

To be honest with you she is very fair in her commentating at some points she's just a little difficult to understand.

boggs570
Jul 27th, 2004, 09:15 PM
You have a point about a whole new career, I just think Myskina is tight with Martina. I've never heard Martina commentate, I'd be interested in someone who's not an old bag and who has actually played the current cast of broads on the tour, but maybe she sucks like the rest of them, who knows.

I'm still available for acting work, but being 86, even Lifetime TV won't hire me anymore!


Helen, are you really 86? I know most of the time you are kidding around.

boggs570
Jul 27th, 2004, 09:17 PM
Hingis knows more about tennis than almost anyone out there today, that's for sure. Her stint at number one -- 209 weeks-- is longer than almost all of the players in her generation put together.

And she is doing a number of things in retirement, commentating on tennis, conducting tennis clincis, and undertaking a career for now as an amateur show jumper.

As per usual, the Williams sisters are following in her footsteps and not the other way around.

Hingis, as Tennis Magazine proclaimed back in '97, was always first in her class.

How are the Williams following in her foot steps..please explain. V&S has had careers long before Martina and they main focus was always education. I think you are dreaming.

Spunky83
Jul 27th, 2004, 09:20 PM
You know the funny thing is that Nastya always like to tell stories and they are all different! When you have read interviews with her in the past few years, they really differ. When asked about her fave court-surface, she used to say Clay, but well because her first French Open tourneys she changed her opinion to carpet, then again it was hardcourt, after the FO she mentioned Clay again...I still wait for her to say grass.

Asked about which job she would like to have instead/after tennis it was medical doctor, designer (though she couldn´t name one italian designer), some sort of social worker, detective (or something like that).

I don´t know what it is, but she always answers different things. It´s funny. I wouldn´t really rely on her thoughts, seems like she often doesn´t know what to think;)

justine&coria
Jul 27th, 2004, 09:26 PM
she will never get number one so she should retire now :)
i think she will by the end of the year ! In a way, she's a more "deserving" number 1 than Mauresmo.

CJ07
Jul 27th, 2004, 09:26 PM
Martina Hingis is a pro equestrion now I believe.
Also she is taking classes in college.

Truthwillout
Jul 29th, 2004, 04:41 PM
The only person to win an Oscar for playing a Chinese peasant with an Austrian accent!

And to win another one the year after for playing a French actress, still with an Austrian accent. :wavey:

CJK
Jul 29th, 2004, 04:59 PM
she will never get number one so she should retire now :)
She can reach #1 in one month.
There is no "never" in tennis. We've seen some more surprising things happening before.

Princess Fiona
Jul 29th, 2004, 05:09 PM
The life of a top tennis player looks very glamorous - all the travel and the money and the rewards... (I sit here and it's POURING with rain outside - torrential rain!! If I were a top WTAer, aah, I'd have a home in Monte Carlo or something and I'd go there for sun... *siiiigh* ;) ) But I can see how there must be homesickness and how the life can be lonely and the sport can be punishing on the body...

I think Anastasia is fabulous and I wish her all the success in the world with her tennis!! And her 'off tennis' life too... :) Good luck, Princess Anastasia. :) ;)

vogus
Jul 29th, 2004, 07:05 PM
Nastya is a well adjusted and pleasant person, she's achieved a lot in tennis without being the most naturally talented or powerful player, won a GS title and she doesn't have that much left to prove. I'd say three more years for her on tour, until age 26/27, would be a good guess to how much longer she plays.

Jasmin
Jul 29th, 2004, 07:12 PM
she will never get number one so she should retire now :)


I was thinking how is this going to happen if she's already tired but I guess she's close but she could drop in the standings if she loses. Has she won anything since the french open? She will have to play and win a bunch a tournaments like Kim Clijster for that to happen.

CJK
Jul 29th, 2004, 07:57 PM
I was thinking how is this going to happen if she's already tired but I guess she's close but she could drop in the standings if she loses. Has she won anything since the french open? She will have to play and win a bunch a tournaments like Kim Clijster for that to happen.
She can reach #1 by winning either San Diego or Montreal, then reach SF in on to gain around 700 points to pass, she even committed to Sopot which can give her crucial points to take the lead as Lindsay will be resting until the end of the Olympics.