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harloo
Jul 30th, 2004, 09:23 PM
french open v. wimbledon champ in quarters
By Matthew Cronin
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Susan Mullane/Camerawork USA

FROM THE ACURA CLASSIC IN CARLSBAD, CA - The so-called real Russian willplay the so-called Russian-American in the quarterfinals of $1.3 million Acura Classic on Friday and a tremendous amount of pride is on the line.
French Open champion Anastasia Myskina has never lost Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova on court and as it stands, is also currently winning the battle for the hearts and minds of other Russian players.

The brunette Myskina is acknowledged leader of the deep Russian squad in the locker room while to some, the blonde Sharapova is little more than interloper when it comes to things Russian. French Open finalist Elena Dementieva said last week that Sharapova is "not really Russian" and on Thursday, the Moscow born and bred Myskina said Sharapova’s "mentality is American" and that she doesn’t think Sharapova "has ever to been to Russia."

Those comments didn’t set well with the ferociously competitive teenager, who didn’t exactly call for a Lear Jet to take her from Sochi to Florida when she was seven. Sharapova’s ambitious father, Yuri, sat with her in coach and upon landing took a public bus to the Bollettieri Academy so she could receive proper training.

[b]"We’ve had totally different ways of growing up and developing our careers," Sharapova snarled. "Even though I train in America, I’m still Russian. That’s where I come from. No one going is going to tell me where I'm from because I know where I’m from. Just because I made the decision to develop my tennis somewhere else -- I think I made the right decision."

With all that said, Myskina said that she would welcome Sharapova on the Russian Fed Cup team and that Maria speaks Russian "pretty well" for someone who has spent 10 off her 17 years in the US.
"Maria has lived in the United States and she's more comfortable in English that she is in Russian," Myskina said. "But if she wants to play Fed Cup next year, why not? We want to have al the good players, because it’s easier to win matches.

Sharapova was bred on MTV and has had more media-training than her compatriot, Anna Kournikova ever had at this age. She rarely has a rough moment. But under an intense spotlight and being questioned about her true nationality, she grew angry and went after questions with same verve that she returns second serves.

You can criticize Kournikova all you like for at times being disingenuous with her tennis intentions, but she always said that she loved living in the US, even though her blood ran Russian red. Sharapova said that being in the US is only a career decision.

"I don’t feel American at all," she said. "I feel this is part of my job. I don’t know where I would be living. I came to the United States because of my tennis. Maybe I would still be in Russia or maybe I would have wanted to live someone else. I moved here because of my tennis, not for anything else."

Sharapova –who takes both American and Russian correspondence courses -- did say that she’s quite comfortable in US culture and would be equally as comfortable in Russia. She’s willing to play for Russia if they ask her. But will they have her?

BOTH gunning for No. 1


Susan Mullane/Camerawork USA
Like Myskina, Sharapova wants to dominate the US Open hard court season. Myskina wants it real bad, because she wants to show the world that her tremendous run to the Roland Garros title was no fluke. Because of her relatively low profile, most folks have already forgotten that the 23-year-old Myskina took down Venus Willaims, Jennifer Capriati and Dementieva en route to the crown.
"I really want to win right now, because I want to prove that the French Open was not only one tournament I was playing good," Myskina said. "I am No. 1 in Russian, and I want to be No. 1 in the world. That's motivation for me to win the match."

After chopping down Lindsay Davenport and Serena Williams to win Wimbledon, few folks doubt Sharapova's potential, but the Russian crew still thinks Myskina has the edge. Svetlana Kuznetsova says that Myskina is still the smarter player and more creative on hardcourts. Vera Zvonareva (who by the way does think that Sharapova is a "real" Russian) says that Myskina’s experience could be the deciding factor. However, she cautions that Sharapova’s victory should not be seen as surprising.
"She’s going up and up and up," Zvonareva said.

The winner will be determined by who handles the pressure better and whether Myskina --- who owns a 2-0 record against Sharapova including a three-set win at the ’04 Aussie Open and a 6-2 6-1 wipeout at Indian Wells in March – can move the gangly teen around again.

"It's going to be really tough against Maria because now she's playing much better than when we played last time," Myskina said. "She's improved a lot, like her serve and groundstrokes. I might have to try to do something else."
Sharapova says that Myskina’s movement, patience and ability to "trick when you think you have the point" is what sets her apart. She says that Indian Wells was merely a terrible day and with the experience she gained the last few months, she should be a much greater force on Friday.

Even though she easily could be mistaken for a South Florida beach girl, when it comes to discussing her athletic prospects, Sharapova’s eyes become as dark and full of lightening as any Russian athlete’s. She's ready to say "Nyet" to Myskina.

It’s a very big challenge," she said. "I haven’t beaten her yet and I like those kind of challenges."


Well at least Anna has some respect for this country. :rolleyes:

!!!--Duiz™--!!!
Jul 30th, 2004, 09:25 PM
stop these topics please!!!

Brαm
Jul 30th, 2004, 09:29 PM
Where is she "dissing" the US? :rolleyes:

DA FOREHAND
Jul 30th, 2004, 09:31 PM
Typical.....

Cybelle Darkholme
Jul 30th, 2004, 09:31 PM
Interesting.

So does simply being born in russia make you russian? Does that mean if kobe bryants parents had given birth to him in russia on a vacation and then went back to the states, he would be Russian?

How many years in russia does it take make you russian? One. Two. Three.

So if its not being born there that makes you russian does that mean if you move there after being born in the us that after a seven years you become russian?

is it a mentality? Is it a state of mind? or is simply whats on your passport? Do african immigrants to Russia who have babies consider them russian babies or africans living in russia?

Ivan C
Jul 30th, 2004, 09:33 PM
If she SAYS she's Russian then she IS Russian. Its as simple as that. Some dumbasses just do not understand.

Cybelle Darkholme
Jul 30th, 2004, 09:35 PM
If she SAYS she's Russian then she IS Russian. Its as simple as that. Some dumbasses just do not understand.
actually i think its what her passport says not her.

!!!--Duiz™--!!!
Jul 30th, 2004, 09:35 PM
If she SAYS she's Russian then she IS Russian. Its as simple as that. Some dumbasses just do not understand.

watch your language or you'll be banned soon...

Ivan C
Jul 30th, 2004, 09:37 PM
actually i think its what her passport says not her.
Thats doesn't really matter too much.
What if she has 2 passports? I mean many people including myself have 2 passports.

thelittlestelf
Jul 30th, 2004, 09:37 PM
The best part about America is that it doesn't tell people how to feel about certain things, INCLUDING one's nationality. If Sharapova doesn't feel American, then she is merely being honest and should not be ridiculed for that.

DA FOREHAND
Jul 30th, 2004, 09:39 PM
The best part about America is that it doesn't tell people how to feel about certain things, INCLUDING one's nationality. If Sharapova doesn't feel American, then she is merely being honest and should not be ridiculed for that.
YOu're right, she should just continue to take advantage of the great training facilities here, pay her taxes, and enjoy living the good life in the States.

Warrior
Jul 30th, 2004, 09:39 PM
Interesting.

So does simply being born in russia make you russian? Does that mean if kobe bryants parents had given birth to him in russia on a vacation and then went back to the states, he would be Russian?

How many years in russia does it take make you russian? One. Two. Three.

So if its not being born there that makes you russian does that mean if you move there after being born in the us that after a seven years you become russian?

is it a mentality? Is it a state of mind? or is simply whats on your passport? Do african immigrants to Russia who have babies consider them russian babies or africans living in russia?
She left Russia when she was seven years old. But after that she did not stay in US permanentely. She occasionally came back to Russia.

DA FOREHAND
Jul 30th, 2004, 09:45 PM
She left Russia when she was seven years old. But after that she did not stay in US permanentely. She occasionally came back to Russia.


You would think she would have made a trip to Russia after winning Wimbledon....but she did the "american" media machine instead...

harloo
Jul 30th, 2004, 09:54 PM
Maria is Russian, but I just find her attitude to be very off putting when it comes to respecting this country. The commentators and the American press will most likely not even mention anything about these comments. They will let their dream girl say what she wants to say.

I am not in the least bit overly patriotic, but their is something called respect. However, I also think Maria is hurt by her fellow Russians saying that she is a fraud. Maybe they are a bit jealous of her success thus far, but that's something she needs to learn how to deal with.

DA FOREHAND
Jul 30th, 2004, 09:57 PM
Maria is Russian, but I just find her attitude to be very off putting when it comes to respecting this country. The commentators and the American press will most likely not even mention anything about these comments. They will let their dream girl say what she wants to say.

I am not in the least bit overly patriotic, but their is something called respect. However, I also think Maria is hurt by her fellow Russians saying that she is a fraud. Maybe they are a bit jealous of her success thus far, but that's something she needs to learn how to deal with.


How has she disrespected america? I haven't heard her say she loves russia or america.

Which country do you all think she knows the most about?

Martian Willow
Jul 30th, 2004, 09:58 PM
YOu're right, she should just continue to take advantage of the great training facilities here, pay her taxes, and enjoy living the good life in the States.

...I agree...she should do that...who says she shouldn't...? :)

*hingis_forever*
Jul 30th, 2004, 10:47 PM
Maria is Russian, but I just find her attitude to be very off putting when it comes to respecting this country. The commentators and the American press will most likely not even mention anything about these comments. They will let their dream girl say what she wants to say.

I am not in the least bit overly patriotic, but their is something called respect. However, I also think Maria is hurt by her fellow Russians saying that she is a fraud. Maybe they are a bit jealous of her success thus far, but that's something she needs to learn how to deal with.
:rolleyes: She hasn't once disrespected USA! Just because she says she's not American doesn't mean she's disrespected it!

CJK
Jul 30th, 2004, 10:54 PM
Well, I dont think we need anymore of these kind of posts asking about her nationality.
I mean, why is this the topic in the first place. Because the other Russians dont admit that Maria is a real Russian? or because the press wants try make her American. I dont understand this. I mean Mary Pierce turned French because she wants to and righteously so. But Maria stayed true to Russia which is more patriotic than ever. As much USA wants to get its credit, she is Russian.

hablo
Jul 30th, 2004, 11:02 PM
Well, I dont think we need anymore of these kind of posts asking about her nationality.
I mean, why is this the topic in the first place. Because the other Russians dont admit that Maria is a real Russian? or because the press wants try make her American. I dont understand this. I mean Mary Pierce turned French because she wants to and righteously so. But Maria stayed true to Russia which is more patriotic than ever. As much USA wants to get its credit, she is Russian.

I'm no Sharapova fan but I sympathize. No matter what she says, she's still gonna get haters. On the one hand, from the american press who wants to claim her as an american. On the other hand, from the russian peops who don't think she's a "true" russian (although that's so debatable what makes one a true canadian or russian or american, for instance). If she claims she feels more russian, good for her!! She should be proud that she's russian and it's good that she can still speak the language too . .!! Nowadays, many people have more than one heritage anyways (she gets the best from both worlds!!). :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Doc
Jul 30th, 2004, 11:04 PM
There's two factors to this silliness being bought up time and time again:

1. A couple of the Russian players are angry at being overtaken by the younger Maria, and are indulging in some backbiting to put her down.

2. Some in America, worried by the shortage of replacements for Capriati, Davenport and the Williamses, are hoping that she will do a Seles or a Navratilova, and "save" US tennis by becoming an adopted American star.

DA FOREHAND
Jul 30th, 2004, 11:09 PM
"As much USA wants to get its credit, she is Russian"

USA doesn't need to get credit......her game was born and groomed here, she's the player she is today because she was trained in America, not because she was born in Russia.

bandabou
Jul 30th, 2004, 11:30 PM
There's two factors to this silliness being bought up time and time again:

1. A couple of the Russian players are angry at being overtaken by the younger Maria, and are indulging in some backbiting to put her down.

2. Some in America, worried by the shortage of replacements for Capriati, Davenport and the Williamses, are hoping that she will do a Seles or a Navratilova, and "save" US tennis by becoming an adopted American star.

Think great britain is in more need of that than the U.S...

Freewoman33
Jul 30th, 2004, 11:31 PM
Why can’t people put this topic to rest and leave this child alone? She is not an American. She was born in Russia, her parents are Russians and she SPEAKS Russian. What more do people want? I am sure she respects America and appreciates all that she has achieved here. I don’t think it’s disrespect, when she says she doesn’t feel American. I think she means that because she was raised in a Russian household, probably ate the traditional food and probably made frequent visits back to Russian, she feels connected with her heritage. People really need to lighten up. She is what she is and nothing is going to change that.

I hope that with all the commotion about her looks and nationality, she doesn’t lose focus. Although she has already won a GS title, she could easily end up like Kournikova who let all the media attention and her extra curricular activities derail her tennis career. Maria seems to have a good head on her shoulders so I truly don’t expect her to act like the next Kournikova. Besides, it’s not her fault that the media is all over her. She has all the qualities white men that control the media look for in their stars.

tenn_ace
Jul 30th, 2004, 11:35 PM
Well at least Anna has some respect for this country. :rolleyes:

how has Maria showed her disrespect for this country? :rolleyes: by saying that she feels Russian???... by saying that she doesn't care where to live and that living in America is career decision?

I mean, please, tell us how she shwoed disrespect?

Atrixo
Jul 30th, 2004, 11:35 PM
Think great britain is in more need of that than the U.S...

If she got her training and coaching in Great Britain, instead of the U.S., I don't think we'd be seeing the Sharapova we see now! I don't think Maria would even be on anyone's radar screen, and would probably be ranked outside the top 100. :o

Maybe if Great Britain opens up the royal treasury, that might entice Maria to play for them. Oh, and they would have to "knight" her as well! :p

Ivan C
Jul 30th, 2004, 11:42 PM
If she got her training and coaching in Great Britain, instead of the U.S., I don't think we'd be seeing the Sharapova we see now! I don't think Maria would even be on anyone's radar screen, and would probably be ranked outside the top 100. :o

Maybe if Great Britain opens up the royal treasury, that might entice Maria to play for them. Oh, and they would have to "knight" her as well! :p

Hey she has unbelivable natural talent, she'd still be extremely successful to say she would be ranked outside top 100 is obsured.

Venus Forever
Jul 30th, 2004, 11:43 PM
If she wants to be Russian, than be Russian.

I just don't understand how a person can claim to be something, and experience very little to no life as that something.

She basically knows nothing of the Russian life, and of being Russian, as she has not experienced it.

But, whatever. Be what you want to be Maria.

DA FOREHAND
Jul 30th, 2004, 11:46 PM
Hey she has unbelivable natural talent, she'd still be extremely successful to say she would be ranked outside top 100 is obsured.
"natural talent?" :rolleyes: :wavey:

define please. If she had so much "natural talent" why did her family sacrifice to send her to America, especially since she lives and breaths the russian culture.? :rolleyes:

Atrixo
Jul 30th, 2004, 11:48 PM
Hey she has unbelivable natural talent, she'd still be extremely successful to say she would be ranked outside top 100 is obsured.

Having natural talent can only get you so far. Maria's had top flight, world class training, coaching and facilities, since the time she was 9. I'm sorry, but Great Britain currently doesn't provide that in abundance. Maria's tremendous natural talent was harnessed and developed by her coaches and trainers in the U.S.. If she was developed in Great Britain, she'd definitely be a different player than she is today. :(

the cat
Jul 30th, 2004, 11:48 PM
Maria isn't knocking America. She's just letting eveyone know she wants to be considered Russian. And this should not be a big deal or controversial.

DA FOREHAND
Jul 30th, 2004, 11:50 PM
why didn't they hone this abundance of "natural talent" in Russia, where all of the other Russian upstarts trained?

Hant Hant
Jul 30th, 2004, 11:50 PM
whatever, if she feels russian then she is russian. that's all that matters. we are in no position to judge her. she likes america too so i doubt she meant any disrespect to this country.

Ivan C
Jul 30th, 2004, 11:51 PM
Having natural talent can only get you so far. Maria's had top flight, world class training, coaching and facilities, since the time she was 9. I'm sorry, but Great Britain currently doesn't provide that in abundance. Maria's tremendous natural talent was harnessed and developed by her coaches and trainers in the U.S.. If she was developed in Great Britain, she'd definitely be a different player than she is today. :(

I agree, but ranked outside top 100? now thats impossible.

DA FOREHAND
Jul 30th, 2004, 11:53 PM
whatever, if she feels russian then she is russian. that's all that matters. we are in no position to judge her. she likes america too so i doubt she meant any disrespect to this country.
lol

if there were no judging going on here there'd be no post in any of these threads.

Ivan C
Jul 30th, 2004, 11:56 PM
lol

if there were no judging going on here there'd be no post in any of these threads.

Not judging her nationality though. Its like judging whether you are american or not. Its stupid.

le bon vivant
Jul 31st, 2004, 12:34 AM
http://wtaworld.com/ubb/rolleyes.gif

~ The Leopard ~
Jul 31st, 2004, 02:27 AM
Why can’t people put this topic to rest and leave this child alone? She is not an American. She was born in Russia, her parents are Russians and she SPEAKS Russian. What more do people want? I am sure she respects America and appreciates all that she has achieved here. I don’t think it’s disrespect, when she says she doesn’t feel American. I think she means that because she was raised in a Russian household, probably ate the traditional food and probably made frequent visits back to Russian, she feels connected with her heritage. People really need to lighten up. She is what she is and nothing is going to change that.
My god, you don't really expect to convince anyone by being sane and logical do you? No one ever believes me when I do it, so why should they believe you? :lol:

Martian Willow
Jul 31st, 2004, 02:50 AM
...why is Maria the first player ever who's expected to change her nationality to match her coach...? :awww:

Julian
Jul 31st, 2004, 02:54 AM
I agree I dont think she is disrespecting the U.S. just claiming that she is indeed Russian at heart..and also maybe because she is pissed off of this topic as is I!

so like I said before..PLEASE let this topic go to rest..her passport is Russian so that is wat she is..

besides if she hated America then why is she still here??

mykarma
Jul 31st, 2004, 02:56 AM
Interesting.

So does simply being born in russia make you russian? Does that mean if kobe bryants parents had given birth to him in russia on a vacation and then went back to the states, he would be Russian?

How many years in russia does it take make you russian? One. Two. Three.

So if its not being born there that makes you russian does that mean if you move there after being born in the us that after a seven years you become russian?

is it a mentality? Is it a state of mind? or is simply whats on your passport? Do african immigrants to Russia who have babies consider them russian babies or africans living in russia?Kobe's parents are both American, so that makes him an American.

SerialKiller#69
Jul 31st, 2004, 03:09 AM
:yawn:

If she doesn't feel American at all, who are we to argue. It speaks a lot though about her. For someone who has had considerable amount of media training, she could have phrased her answers a bit better.

Hawk
Jul 31st, 2004, 03:11 AM
I think the US commentators should really respect her decision on this matter and stop saying things like she's basically american, cause she isn't.

Heck I'm sure more than half of all Canadian athletes live and train in the US..that doesn't make them American. It's no different with Maria.

Rocketta
Jul 31st, 2004, 03:34 AM
I'm interested in this part of the article...

Just because I made the decision to develop my tennis somewhere else -- I think I made the right decision."

Ok, no 6 or 7 year old makes that decision and for the record neither does a 17 year old...so this tells me that she's doing what many teenagers do (especially on this board) and that's parrot what they heard their parents say. Give her a break she doesn't probably know what 'she' thinks about it. When she's on her own and completely in charge of her own life she may realize that these are her feelings for herself or she may realize she feels something else. :shrug:

Martian Willow
Jul 31st, 2004, 03:37 AM
...or maybe she can visit a tennis forum where people who've never met her can tell her how she feels about things... :)

Nicky2002
Jul 31st, 2004, 03:41 AM
I think the US commentators should really respect her decision on this matter and stop saying things like she's basically american, cause she isn't.

Heck I'm sure more than half of all Canadian athletes live and train in the US..that doesn't make them American. It's no different with Maria.
well said babe :kiss:

the bambi
Jul 31st, 2004, 03:53 AM
sharapova may not feel "american" but she sure behaved like an "american" immediately after she won the wimbledon title. the way she grabbed that cellphone and rolled her eyes in disgust when her call don't go through right away was "american". then there's her "american" accent which is so authentic that you'd think maria worked at the gap and ate lunch at the california pizza kitchen. anyway i'm glad she clarified everything. she's only training here. chernobyl is where her heart is.

vogus
Jul 31st, 2004, 04:24 AM
Sharapova IS American and it's just funny that she goes to all this effort to try and deny it. It's for publicity reasons i'm sure, she's copying the Kournikova formula. Real Russians know that Maria speaks Russian with an American accent and while she's technically Russian, she's also not one of them. Dementieva has already said as much.

Knizzle
Jul 31st, 2004, 04:41 AM
What probably bothers some of her Russian compatriots who still live their lives in Russian is that she is claiming Russia, but she's not living a Russian lifestyle in Russia. That's like me being born on the Westside of Chicago and moving to the suburbs when I'm 6 and still shouting "Westside!!" 10 years later. How can I rep a hood that I don't have anything to do with anymore?? :shrug: Russians like Dementieva and Myskina probably find it disrespectful.

Crazy Canuck
Jul 31st, 2004, 05:06 AM
Bah. Another stupid thread. Let her call herself whatever she wants to call herself. Who gives a flying fuck what piece of land she chooses to associate herself with.

Crazy Canuck
Jul 31st, 2004, 05:08 AM
...or maybe she can visit a tennis forum where people who've never met her can tell her how she feels about things... :)
Ha

t_fan
Jul 31st, 2004, 05:11 AM
What probably bothers some of her Russian compatriots who still live their lives in Russian is that she is claiming Russia, but she's not living a Russian lifestyle in Russia...
"Opinions are like assholes. Everyone's got one" (c) unknown
Being a Russian (or American, or anyone) isn't necessarily clearly visible from outside. You may lead whatever style you want or even say whatever you want but it's down to inner feelings. They affect your actions and it can be seen but you need to look deeper. All this bs about 'behaving like an American' or 'speaking perfect English' is at least shallow argumentation.

Shenanigans
Jul 31st, 2004, 05:12 AM
This thread is so fucken stupid. I live in France but no one in France would call me French. It is how u feel within yourself, my parents are Scottish I would always consider myself Scottish.

10nisfanofruz
Jul 31st, 2004, 05:14 AM
I think that the press made this story out of hand. Myskina and Dementieva just said their opinions about Masha and Masha did the same. I don't understand why try to break them apart. They are friends and russians. Poor Maria.

CJK
Jul 31st, 2004, 07:32 AM
Sharapova IS American and it's just funny that she goes to all this effort to try and deny it. It's for publicity reasons i'm sure, she's copying the Kournikova formula. Real Russians know that Maria speaks Russian with an American accent and while she's technically Russian, she's also not one of them. Dementieva has already said as much.
She is a Russian descendent born in Russia, how much more Russian does she have to prove for you not to call her an American. Remember, USTA didnt fund her like French did with Mary. It's Nick what gave her the scholarship. She is not denying anything:rolleyes:. And she is not copying Anna:rolleyes:. I'm sure the Americans want to adopt her, but please stop trying to do that. You guys are just lucky Nick established his academy in America rather than somewhere else like in France or Japan.

blablabla
Aug 1st, 2004, 07:48 AM
sharapova may not feel "american" but she sure behaved like an "american" immediately after she won the wimbledon title. the way she grabbed that cellphone and rolled her eyes in disgust when her call don't go through right away was "american". then there's her "american" accent which is so authentic that you'd think maria worked at the gap and ate lunch at the california pizza kitchen. anyway i'm glad she clarified everything. she's only training here. chernobyl is where her heart is.
Chernobyl is in the Ukraine, Pizza is Italian and her phone was probably a Sony-Ericsson. Dumbo.

Maybe your brain is mashed from living too close to Sellafield.

Bankhead Bounce
Aug 1st, 2004, 09:58 AM
I think the US commentators should really respect her decision on this matter and stop saying things like she's basically american, cause she isn't.

Heck I'm sure more than half of all Canadian athletes live and train in the US..that doesn't make them American. It's no different with Maria.

i don't give a shit one way or the other how maria feels. i was just playing along. :lol: i know what you mean about canadians that live and train here. they shouldn't feel american. it was the same way for me with going to canada. i never felt canadian because i felt like i never left the states. no wonder they film so many american movies and tv shows in toronto, vancouver and winnipeg. most people wouldn't even know the difference. except for maria sharapova of course. :lol: anyway the topic's not that deep. ;)