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~SunFlower~
Apr 27th, 2005, 03:32 PM
Superstar Maria Sharapova Coming to Toronto



April 26, 2005- Tennis Canada announced today that defending Wimbledon Champion and international celebrity Maria Sharapova is on the official player entry list for the women's 2005 Rogers Cup, to be held August 13-21 at the Rexall Centre in Toronto this summer.

“As a top Tier I tournament, the Rogers Cup is a very important date on my summer calendar,” said Sharapova, who is followed by film crews from shows like Inside Edition and Access Hollywood in addition to tennis-based media. “The Rogers Cup is a key event amongst the US Open Series and will also be the best way for me to prepare for the US Open.”

The US Open Series, launched in 2004, links the 10 major women's summer tournaments, including the Rogers Cup, to the US Open, creating a cohesive summer hard court season. The US Open Series Bonus Challenge directly links players' performances at US Open Series events with their earnings at the US Open. Sharapova is among the favourites who have a chance at doubling their prize money at the year-end Grand Slam.

The complete 56-player main draw entry list for the 2005 Rogers Cup is expected to be announced next week . Four wild cards – distributed at the discretion of Tennis Canada – will be announced in the weeks preceding the tournament .

“Having the world's most popular player in the field will add an extra level of excitement to the women's 2005 Rogers Cup,” said Tournament Director Stacey Allaster. “The unique combination of world-class athletics and celebrity power make this the must-see event of the summer.”

Sharapova was awarded the 2004 Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Player of the Year Award after rising from No.13 to become the third youngest player in history to win at Wimbledon and winning the year-end tour championships. Of the three Tier 1 events she has played in 2005 she has been a semi-finalist, finalist and winner. Sharapova electrified the tennis world with an exciting 8-6 third set battle with Serena Williams at this year's Australian Open.

A native of Siberia, the 18-year-old has taken both the tennis and celebrity worlds by storm. Following her Wimbledon win, Sharapova appeared on NBC's Today Show, Live with Regis and Kelly, Entertainment Tonight, Inside Edition, and MTV's TRL (Total Request Live). She also became the first tennis player in more than two years to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated, was featured in August 2004 Vogue Italia and was the top search on KaZaZZ! Personalized Search Engine during the week ending October 10, 2004, beating out Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, Pamela Anderson, New York Yankees, New England Patriots, Christina Aguilera, Tiger Woods, Alicia Keys and Usher.


Oh, that's so wonderful to hear, Maria. :yippee:
Made my day! :) :dance:
Will eat some popcorn when Maria is on! ;)
It will be third time in a row for Maria to play at Rogers Cup. :)
I know she loves Canada. Why? :hearts:
Vancouver and Quebec City in 2002.
Toronto in 2003.
Montreal in 2004.
Toronto in 2005.
Will she beat Moncia's 4 titles in a row record?
Only time will tell.
Full of excitement ;)

goldenlox
Apr 27th, 2005, 03:34 PM
Maria has played the Roger's Cup the last 2 years.
She's only won 1 match, Brandi.
Lina K. and Lena L. made the last 2 finals.

lizchris
Apr 27th, 2005, 03:45 PM
Superstar Maria Sharapova Coming to Toronto



April 26, 2005- Tennis Canada announced today that defending Wimbledon Champion and international celebrity Maria Sharapova is on the official player entry list for the women's 2005 Rogers Cup, to be held August 13-21 at the Rexall Centre in Toronto this summer.

“As a top Tier I tournament, the Rogers Cup is a very important date on my summer calendar,” said Sharapova, who is followed by film crews from shows like Inside Edition and Access Hollywood in addition to tennis-based media. “The Rogers Cup is a key event amongst the US Open Series and will also be the best way for me to prepare for the US Open.”

The US Open Series, launched in 2004, links the 10 major women's summer tournaments, including the Rogers Cup, to the US Open, creating a cohesive summer hard court season. The US Open Series Bonus Challenge directly links players' performances at US Open Series events with their earnings at the US Open. Sharapova is among the favourites who have a chance at doubling their prize money at the year-end Grand Slam.

The complete 56-player main draw entry list for the 2005 Rogers Cup is expected to be announced next week . Four wild cards – distributed at the discretion of Tennis Canada – will be announced in the weeks preceding the tournament .

“Having the world's most popular player in the field will add an extra level of excitement to the women's 2005 Rogers Cup,” said Tournament Director Stacey Allaster. “The unique combination of world-class athletics and celebrity power make this the must-see event of the summer.”

Sharapova was awarded the 2004 Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Player of the Year Award after rising from No.13 to become the third youngest player in history to win at Wimbledon and winning the year-end tour championships. Of the three Tier 1 events she has played in 2005 she has been a semi-finalist, finalist and winner. Sharapova electrified the tennis world with an exciting 8-6 third set battle with Serena Williams at this year's Australian Open.

A native of Siberia, the 18-year-old has taken both the tennis and celebrity worlds by storm. Following her Wimbledon win, Sharapova appeared on NBC's Today Show, Live with Regis and Kelly, Entertainment Tonight, Inside Edition, and MTV's TRL (Total Request Live). She also became the first tennis player in more than two years to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated, was featured in August 2004 Vogue Italia and was the top search on KaZaZZ! Personalized Search Engine during the week ending October 10, 2004, beating out Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, Pamela Anderson, New York Yankees, New England Patriots, Christina Aguilera, Tiger Woods, Alicia Keys and Usher.


Oh, that's so wonderful to hear, Maria. :yippee:
Made my day! :) :dance:
Will eat some popcorn when Maria is on! ;)
It will be third time in a row for Maria to play at Rogers Cup. :)
I know she loves Canada. Why? :hearts:
Vancouver and Quebec City in 2002.
Toronto in 2003.
Montreal in 2004.
Toronto in 2005.
Will she beat Moncia's 4 titles in a row record?
Only time will tell.
Full of excitement ;)


Not to nitpick, but Serena won that battle (and the AO trophy) and she was on the SI cover in 2003, a full year before Maria.

tennisIlove09
Apr 27th, 2005, 03:53 PM
yay! Maria! And we get FULL TV coverage here :woohoo:

lizchris
Apr 27th, 2005, 04:14 PM
1) They didn't say Maria won that battle

2) Serena was on the SI cover in 2003... And? Did they deny that?


The article implies that she did.

If you can subtract (and I assume you can) July 2004-May 2003 = 1 year and about five weeks.

tennisIlove09
Apr 27th, 2005, 04:22 PM
How boring your life must be. :)

JP! :hug: I miss you :hug: I want to come back tomorrow :( :sad:

tennisIlove09
Apr 27th, 2005, 04:25 PM
I miss you too :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: Take the next plane (CANUCK will pay the bill :o ).

:p yes he will :haha:

Spice Boys...we SO have to do it at Mado's this summer :haha:

Maria Croft
Apr 27th, 2005, 04:45 PM
Good choice Maria !!

daffodil
Apr 27th, 2005, 07:24 PM
Well, at least Serena will have a little bit more competition to win the title again.

¤CharlDa¤
Apr 27th, 2005, 07:49 PM
Sharky, Maria's win at the bell challenge was in 2003 btw, not in 2002! In 2002 it was Bovina/Mgm in the finals!

lizchris
Apr 27th, 2005, 10:06 PM
Well, at least Serena will have a little bit more competition to win the title again.

Is Serena playing in Toronto? I thought only Venus was going.

faboozadoo15
Apr 27th, 2005, 10:07 PM
doesn't matter. monica should be back by then. guaranteed title.

Wiggly
Apr 27th, 2005, 10:18 PM
I can't wait until next week :hearts:

Full Tv coverage and in Toronto, we can saw action form Central Court AND Court 1 but in Montreal, nly on Central Court :rolleyes:

VeraNuVirgosFan
Apr 28th, 2005, 03:20 AM
I know she loves Canada.
Why? :hearts:
Because Masha knows that one of a handful long-time biggest fans of hers in the world - Sharky - is from Canada!