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Sam L
Jun 5th, 2005, 02:26 AM
Sharapova would give up on other Grand Slams to keep winning at Wimbledon
Robert Millward Canadian Press
Saturday, June 04, 2005

BIRMINGHAM , England (AP) - Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova says she wouldn't mind missing out on all the other Grand Slam titles if it meant she kept on winning at the All England Club.

The Russian, who produced a stunning performance last year by winning Wimbledon as a 17-year-old, said she was happy to be labelled a grasscourt specialist.

"If I could win 10 Wimbledons and not another Grand Slam I'd take that," she said Saturday. "It's amazing. It's the best tournament in the world."

On Monday, Sharapova returns to the low-key grasscourt tournament that served as a warmup to her winning performance at the All England Club.

Last year's triumph at the DFS Classic was a just a glimpse of what was to come at Wimbledon as Sharapova - the tall Russian teenager with the looks of a model - outplayed two-time defending champion Serena Williams 6-1, 6-4 in the final to become the third youngest winner in the 127-year history of the championship

In two years, the 18-year-old Russian has gone from promising teenager with a headline-making on-court grunt to the best grasscourt player in the world.

Back then, she was asked about her dreams as a rising tennis star. Now the questions are about whether she fears burnout.

"It's been a year and I haven't seen myself burn out yet," she said. "There's 365 days in a year and that's a long time to get burned out. I'm still here fresh as a daisy. If you see fire coming out of me let me know."

It was here at the Priory Club two years ago that Sharapova was warned by tournament officials to reduce the noise of her on-court grunting whenever she hit the ball. Her high-pitched shrieks brought complaints from the players on the next court.

Eventually it was the standard of her play that took over and now she is one of the most recognized faces in the sport.

"I have gotten so used to being recognized that I don't have time to think about it because it's normal now," she said. "Before, it might have been a bit of a surprise that people recognized me but now it has become a part of my life that I have to deal with.

"But, if I wasn't winning, then people wouldn't be recognizing me and you people wouldn't be writing about me. When they don't write about you you know you're in trouble."

Sharapova's height and power makes her a natural on grass and she has joined the likes of Lindsay Davenport and the Williams sisters - also tall players - on the list of winners at the All England Club.

"I think I have a better chance than anybody on grass because it's my favourite surface and because it suits my game and I love it," she said.

"I think (the DFS Classic) is just a really great warmup for Wimbledon because it's a low-key tournament. It still has great competition. I have played well here for the past two years so I'm glad to be back."

She has lost just once at the Priory, in the semifinals two years ago to Japan's Shinobu Asagoe, and that was after a third set tiebreak. None of her big rivals are here and the biggest danger is second-seeded Alicia Molik of Australia.


Sharapova was beaten in the French Open quarter-finals by Justine Henin-Hardenne, who went on to win the title at Roland Garros on Saturday.

The Russian said she was confident she could deal with the extra pressure of being Wimbledon champion.

"I have really never taken pressure too seriously because it's always part of the sport," she said. "I'm the defending champion here and at Wimbledon so there is extra pressure. But pressure drives me and I enjoy it."


Source: http://www.canada.com/sports/tennis/story.html?id=505064e7-f724-4da1-a977-644334d92c53&page=2


The next Navaratilova?

Sharapova's_Boy
Jun 5th, 2005, 02:35 AM
"There's 365 days in a year and that's a long time to get burned out. I'm still here fresh as a daisy. If you see fire coming out of me let me know."

:lol:

Brooks.
Jun 5th, 2005, 03:02 AM
yeah and something tells me that myskina would say the same thing about the french open and kuznetsova about the us open....its easy to have a favorite grand slam when you've only won 1 :tape: :devil:

RVD
Jun 5th, 2005, 03:06 AM
"If I could win 10 Wimbledons and not another Grand Slam I'd take that," she said Saturday. "It's amazing. It's the best tournament in the world."OK! Where's my flag?! Oh there is is....

:bs:

If that were really the case, she wouldn't play anything but Wimbledon as far as slam are concerned.

Shane54
Jun 5th, 2005, 03:08 AM
Love ya, Maria! Wimbledon is the best! Keep fightin!

Derek.
Jun 5th, 2005, 03:11 AM
Masha :help: :p

She knows she wants to win more than Wimby. :p

decemberlove
Jun 5th, 2005, 03:21 AM
"If I could win 10 Wimbledons and not another Grand Slam I'd take that," she said Saturday. "It's amazing. It's the best tournament in the world."


That sounds awfully familar. Didn't Federer say something about he'd rather win an 11th Wimbledon than a first RG?

Billy Moonshine
Jun 5th, 2005, 03:22 AM
She's talking crap. She just wants all the love from the crowd. No doubt she 'll milk it to death.

Junex
Jun 5th, 2005, 04:07 AM
OK! Where's my flag?! Oh there is is....

:bs:

If that were really the case, she wouldn't play anything but Wimbledon as far as slam are concerned.



I think the Wimbledon officials has something to do with this!

didn't Roger said the same thing about him to choose between RG & Wimbledon trophy?

waratahsrock
Jun 5th, 2005, 05:19 AM
That's just a tad too narrow minded Maria!
She's gotta win the Australian Open too!

Rocketta
Jun 5th, 2005, 05:44 AM
That sounds awfully familar. Didn't Federer say something about he'd rather win an 11th Wimbledon than a first RG?

Frankly that sounds like a defeatist attitude. I rather win 10 of the championships I think I have a chance at over the one that would require the most work to win? :tape:

franny
Jun 5th, 2005, 06:03 AM
Or she just really likes Wimbledon. I'd rather have 10 Wimbledons than like 5 Wimbledons and 5 French Opens. Quite frankly, the other slams just aint as prestigious. However, I'd settle for 5 Wimbledons and 5 U.S Opens.

tennnisfannn
Jun 5th, 2005, 07:12 AM
shw will sing a different tune after she has won a different slam. Justine says her favourite is RG, maybe becuse it is where she knows she is beat at.

gopher
Jun 5th, 2005, 08:33 AM
and nevertheless this year she won't win Wimbledon either

Tennisaddict
Jun 5th, 2005, 11:02 AM
Roger said something like that too, but you could see the dissapointment on his face when he lost to Nadal in the semis of RG.

I don't understand why Wimbledon always is being labeled as most prestigious. I would think RG and OZ are the most prestigious, those surfaces especially red clay seem to demand the most from tennisplayers. You have to be fit, mentally tough, patient and crafty. Sharpie took Wimbledon by surprise last year, the other grass courters and top players will be aware of her now. I think her chances are as good as Lindsay's and Serena's chances.

gladysharon
Jun 5th, 2005, 11:11 AM
Reading that made me think she is only good at grasscourts...
and only wants to win the one she feels more comfortable at cos she already won it before. Well I must say...the year she won that the women's field was weak...let's see what this year will be like.

SJW
Jun 5th, 2005, 11:30 AM
Roger said something like that too, but you could see the dissapointment on his face when he lost to Nadal in the semis of RG.

I don't understand why Wimbledon always is being labeled as most prestigious. I would think RG and OZ are the most prestigious, those surfaces especially red clay seem to demand the most from tennisplayers. You have to be fit, mentally tough, patient and crafty. Sharpie took Wimbledon by surprise last year, the other grass courters and top players will be aware of her now. I think her chances are as good as Lindsay's and Serena's chances.

because in general the ultra greats win Wimbledon (would love Monica to win here :))

Wimbledon doesnt have competition for most prestigious. Roland Garros likes to pretend, but its not even close. the Aus is great because its the most relaxing slam. the USO is typically American, loud and brash (thats a good thing btw). Wimbledon has class, history and tradition. i would prefer to win this slam rather than any other also.

Doc
Jun 5th, 2005, 11:48 AM
Wimbledon is the first and best. :D

Mercury Rising
Jun 5th, 2005, 12:34 PM
...said the brits...


This is just a personal thing, if she feels like that, it's her good right, but others might not feel the same way.

jimbo mack
Jun 5th, 2005, 02:01 PM
she's just trying to get the british public to love her :rolleyes:

it ain't working maria!

Smackie
Jun 5th, 2005, 02:06 PM
If you see sour grapes coming out of my arse, let me know.

Smackie
Jun 5th, 2005, 02:08 PM
Roger said something like that too, but you could see the dissapointment on his face when he lost to Nadal in the semis of RG.

I don't understand why Wimbledon always is being labeled as most prestigious. I would think RG and OZ are the most prestigious, those surfaces especially red clay seem to demand the most from tennisplayers. You have to be fit, mentally tough, patient and crafty. Sharpie took Wimbledon by surprise last year, the other grass courters and top players will be aware of her now. I think her chances are as good as Lindsay's and Serena's chances.

Exactly, it's like saying Steffi would love to exchange all her other GS titles to all Wimbledon....obsurd.

hingis-seles
Jun 5th, 2005, 03:20 PM
Wimbledon has to be the worst of the four Slams in terms of the level of tennis player, especially on the men's side. It's like you step out of the room for ten minutes and you come back and the set is nearly over.

Martian KC
Jun 5th, 2005, 04:07 PM
Yay for future excuses!

Dan23
Jun 5th, 2005, 04:08 PM
Nowhere did Maria say she'd give up on the other slams...she just said Wimbledon is her favourite Grand Slam and she wouldnt be complaining if she won 10 of them alone..;)

Tennisaddict
Jun 5th, 2005, 06:51 PM
because in general the ultra greats win Wimbledon (would love Monica to win here :))

Wimbledon doesnt have competition for most prestigious. Roland Garros likes to pretend, but its not even close. the Aus is great because its the most relaxing slam. the USO is typically American, loud and brash (thats a good thing btw). Wimbledon has class, history and tradition. i would prefer to win this slam rather than any other also.

Why is Wimbledon more prestigious then? Because it has existed longer than the other three slams? Even if it has I still think it's an individual opinion, it might look classy and have a lot of tradition but I don't think it's as hard to win as OZ and/or RG, even the US Open seems tougher to win than Wimbledon. The game goes very quick on the grass and any tennisplayer with a mediocre serve can almost forget about his/her chances to get far in the tournie because it's a crucial asset. OZ and especially RG challenges a tennisplayer to dig as deep as possible and give everything they posses to win and make it trough the draw. Well, maybe not so much on the women's side these last couple of years, but definitely on the men's. I think that a title at the first two slams of the year is much more difficult to win and makes the title and logically the tournament, much more prestigious than Wimbledon. But hey to each their own I guess.

ezekiel
Jun 5th, 2005, 07:15 PM
Maria :bs: :crazy: :cuckoo: :silly: :smash:

goldenlox
Jun 5th, 2005, 07:24 PM
Maria is enthusiastic about every major. She talked about how she enjoys playing on red clay.
Of course, she loves Wimbledon. That one tournament changed her life.

Coming up to the US Open, Maria will say how she enjoys New York.

ezekiel
Jun 5th, 2005, 07:27 PM
Why is Wimbledon more prestigious then? Because it has existed longer than the other three slams? Even if it has I still think it's an individual opinion, it might look classy and have a lot of tradition but I don't think it's as hard to win as OZ and/or RG, even the US Open seems tougher to win than Wimbledon. The game goes very quick on the grass and any tennisplayer with a mediocre serve can almost forget about his/her chances to get far in the tournie because it's a crucial asset. OZ and especially RG challenges a tennisplayer to dig as deep as possible and give everything they posses to win and make it trough the draw. Well, maybe not so much on the women's side these last couple of years, but definitely on the men's. I think that a title at the first two slams of the year is much more difficult to win and makes the title and logically the tournament, much more prestigious than Wimbledon. But hey to each their own I guess.

Wimbledon is not prestigious by default of its history but it's more like something for other tournaments to measure against or look up to. Because of it's high class, well organized event and gorgeous courts, it's the reason and reputation people look up to it. EVery slam is different but Wimbledon is special for a good reason.
However , in this article I don't think Maria had that in mind. In her mind, if she won once, she can do it everytime and that makes her content. That's a very narrow minded thinking and attitude that may hamper her in the future especially if she doesn't win at wimbledon.

xan
Jun 5th, 2005, 07:36 PM
Why is Wimbledon more prestigious then? Because it has existed longer than the other three slams?
Yes. It's the oldest, the biggest in terms of respect, has the best coverage, and is the virtual World Championship of Tennis. Ask most young players in the US and elsewhere which Championship they want most - they say Wimbledon. if you want to go down as one of the Tennis Greats, you have to win Wimbledon. People like Barker, Jausovic, even Lendl, may win other Slams, but aren't considered as great as the players who take Wimbledon.

Even if it has I still think it's an individual opinion, it might look classy and have a lot of tradition but I don't think it's as hard to win as OZ and/or RG, even the US Open seems tougher to win than Wimbledon. The game goes very quick on the grass and any tennisplayer with a mediocre serve can almost forget about his/her chances to get far in the tournie because it's a crucial asset. OZ and especially RG challenges a tennisplayer to dig as deep as possible and give everything they posses to win and make it trough the draw.
You have to win seven matches against the best to win any Slam. The US and Australian both used to be on grass until recently, so any change in their surface is not relevant. Grass is the premier and original surface of the game - which is known as Lawn tennis. As for saying grass is "easier".. I might as well say that all you have to do on clay is keep the ball in play until your opponent makes an error. or on hard you just need to have a power game.

Well, maybe not so much on the women's side these last couple of years, but definitely on the men's. I think that a title at the first two slams of the year is much more difficult to win and makes the title and logically the tournament, much more prestigious than Wimbledon. But hey to each their own I guess.

A lot of players traditionally haven't been that bothered about the first two slams of the year. Serena didn't show up for RG, and Davenport was there in name only. The fact is Wimbledon is the Senior and prestigious title - just as the Derby is more prestigious than Lingfield Race track. It's not a matter of opinion, its history, quality, coverage and reputation.

Kart
Jun 5th, 2005, 07:43 PM
"If I could win 10 Wimbledons and not another Grand Slam I'd take that," she said Saturday. "It's amazing. It's the best tournament in the world."


Well she is about to play in England so I'm not surprised she said this.

If that's what she believes then good for her although she could achieve more though if she aimed for it - I can see her winning more hard court grand slams than Wimbledons.

Personally, maybe because I live very near to the town itself, I don't see the big deal about Wimbledon - the tournament comes across as rather self important, as exemplified by their attitude to tradition and equal prize money.

If people gave it a bit less respect I suspect it would fall off its high horse and into line.

Tennisaddict
Jun 5th, 2005, 07:49 PM
Thanks for the information Ezekiel and Xan :wavey:.

I see now why Wimbledon is perceived as the most prestigious tournament to win, the fact that grass is the original and premier surface where tennis used to be played on and still in Wimbledon validates that.

The general perception among tennisplayers, spectators and tennis experts is underlining it too.
However it still doesn't make it the most prestigious tournament in my book since it still is a matter of individual preference to me :p.

FaceyFacem
Jun 5th, 2005, 08:25 PM
i'd rather win a career slam (just one title at each) than just one of the majors for the rest of my life, but different strokes for different folks. To reach the levels of Margaret, Steffi, Martina, and Chris, she'll have to start winning a few others though

*Karen*
Jun 5th, 2005, 08:27 PM
Probably cos thats the onethat makes her the most money

harloo
Jun 5th, 2005, 08:39 PM
Now she's copying Federer, he must be her new target for material.:lol:

Stamp Paid
Jun 5th, 2005, 08:40 PM
Serena better not ever ever say anything like this.

VeeReeDavJCap81
Jun 5th, 2005, 08:45 PM
I think most players would agree that winning Wimbledon is the best. However, winning RG to me is more of an accomplishment because of what you have to go through during the two weeks. Digusting crowds, rain delays, weird bounces, crazyed clay courters (especially on the men's side), and having to constantly look at the score board if you don't speak french ;)

THE NET
Jun 5th, 2005, 09:11 PM
Bla bla bla!!

I don't think all the Russians can defend their title! One slam wonder!!

;)

hotandspicey
Jun 5th, 2005, 09:18 PM
Frankly that sounds like a defeatist attitude. I rather win 10 of the championships I think I have a chance at over the one that would require the most work to win? :tape:What did you expect, Rocky??:lol: After all "she's ONLY 18!!" :tape: :lol: :lol: :lol:

denzuko
Jun 6th, 2005, 12:47 AM
"If I could win 10 Wimbledons and not another Grand Slam I'd take that,"

I think what she really means something like: 3 Wimbledons, 3 US Opens, 2 AUS Opens, and 2 French Fries... err Opens. :D

dreamgoddess099
Jun 6th, 2005, 01:28 AM
"If I could win 10 Wimbledons and not another Grand Slam I'd take that," she said Saturday. "It's amazing. It's the best tournament in the world." So I guess this means if she ever wins the USopen, she'll give the title back for fear that she'll never win another Wimby.