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bellascarlett
Dec 17th, 2005, 08:08 AM
I posted this on GM...just thought I'd post it here too...it's quite a cute story...


These are just exerpts from the article about Ryan. I just took out the ones relating to Maria and that practice match we were talking about on this board a few weeks ago...


Ryan Sweeting has Sharapova's endorsement, but he's in no hurry to turn pro.

By Charles Bricker
Staff Writer
Posted December 17 2005

Rising from obscurity to win the U.S. Open junior tennis tournament in September sent Ryan Sweeting's confidence soaring, and beating Maria Sharapova a few weeks later in a practice match gave his personal wealth a nice little boost......

........So who, many wondered, is Ryan Sweeting?

Agents from IMG, SFX and Octogon came calling. So did representatives of the Bollettieri Tennis Academy, who asked him to train there for two weeks.

While Sweeting was there, coaches arranged a practice match with Sharapova, who pulled her own surprise victory in 2004 by winning Wimbledon.

"She came on the court and I asked her if she wanted to play for money," Sweeting said. Sharapova dug $25 out of her purse. Sweeting matched it, then rolled up the $50 and wedged it into one of the holes in the net, where it stayed during the match.

It wasn't long before Sharapova was up 5-0. ( )

"It was kind of hard to concentrate," Sweeting said. "She's very attractive. But I wasn't going down six-love. I stopped looking at her for a while and won 7-5, 6-3.

"At the net, she just said, `Too good,' with a little smile on her face. She doesn't like to lose."

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/...la-sports-front


Good job Maria...5-0! But this just proves that she really has a problem with closing out sets...

Maria Croft
Dec 17th, 2005, 12:09 PM
:lol:

You think she has trouble closing out sets based on this match?

He's already arrogant so it seems :tape:

Dan23
Dec 17th, 2005, 12:12 PM
Yea seems like a smart arse to me :tape: but maybe thats coz im jealous that I havent had a hit with Maria :lol:
I doubt she was busting her gut to beat him tho

Steve-o
Dec 17th, 2005, 12:19 PM
"It was kind of hard to concentrate," Sweeting said
Can't blame him, I don't think I could put a ball in court. :)

At 5-0, Maria probably felt a little sorry for him.

mashenka best 1
Dec 17th, 2005, 12:22 PM
gr8 story

just admit it male pros hit the ball with a lot more spin than female

but the gals make up for lack of brute force

** intangibles...lmao... where would any of us be without them (***

Doc
Dec 17th, 2005, 03:05 PM
Maria! :fiery:

You should have whipped his ass!

bellascarlett
Dec 17th, 2005, 07:16 PM
:lol:

You think she has trouble closing out sets based on this match?

He's already arrogant so it seems :tape:

:lol: of course i was just kidding about this match...just playing with ppl in GM...state it before they do...haha...but i really do think she has to work on taking advantage of opportunities...i.e. serving out for the set and having match points... :)

Derek.
Dec 17th, 2005, 08:24 PM
He's a cool guy. I'd be pretty stoked to beat Maria too if I was him. Even if it was a practice match. :lol:

johnoo
Dec 17th, 2005, 08:24 PM
:lol: of course i was just kidding about this match...just playing with ppl in GM...state it before they do...haha...but i really do think she has to work on taking advantage of opportunities...i.e. serving out for the set and having match points... :)

stil its kinda odd 5-0 up and she lost seven in a row,maybe more as we dont know how the second set went.

bellascarlett
Dec 17th, 2005, 08:59 PM
stil its kinda odd 5-0 up and she lost seven in a row,maybe more as we dont know how the second set went.

maybe he was starstruck...or if maria was screaming all throughout, maybe he just coudnt concentrate during the beginning...:lol:...however, maria leading 5-0 is kinda dumb for the guy actually whatever his excuse may be...if it was 3-0 up then maybe he really was just taking his time to settle into playing against someone like maria...but 5-0? hellooo....haha...

Maria Croft
Dec 18th, 2005, 10:43 AM
maybe he was starstruck...or if maria was screaming all throughout, maybe he just coudnt concentrate during the beginning...:lol:...however, maria leading 5-0 is kinda dumb for the guy actually whatever his excuse may be...if it was 3-0 up then maybe he really was just taking his time to settle into playing against someone like maria...but 5-0? hellooo....haha...


Maria wouldn't grunt in a match like that ;)

johnoo
Dec 18th, 2005, 01:27 PM
just playing with ppl in GM.
yeah well don't play too hard cause I think they have got you down as a racist now and will keep throwing that back in your face :tape:

Dan23
Dec 18th, 2005, 11:26 PM
I seriously dont think he could comeback from 0-5 unless Maria let him, so I think that part is untrue :lol:

xan
Dec 19th, 2005, 12:37 AM
It shows Maria still needs to improve her serve. Nobody should be able to come back from 0-5 down if Maria was serving at a level equal to Davenport, Petrova, or even Vaidisova.

bellascarlett
Dec 19th, 2005, 12:51 AM
yeah well don't play too hard cause I think they have got you down as a racist now and will keep throwing that back in your face :tape:

:lol:...I know I think I've learned my lesson...that somehow was bad judgment on my part...but I really didnt mean to cause harm...but it just sucks that i sometimes feel like im walking on eggshells when commenting on certain players...meanwhile some posters on the other hand, feel free to talk negatively and put down maria whenever they please :rolleyes: oh well...life...

Dan23
Dec 19th, 2005, 01:49 AM
:lol:...I know I think I've learned my lesson...that somehow was bad judgment on my part...but I really didnt mean to cause harm...but it just sucks that i sometimes feel like im walking on eggshells when commenting on certain players...meanwhile some posters on the other hand, feel free to talk negatively and put down maria whenever they please :rolleyes: oh well...life...
Thats GM...its fine for everyone to pick on Maria but not so in reverse :p

bellascarlett
Dec 19th, 2005, 01:53 AM
Thats GM...its fine for everyone to pick on Maria but not so in reverse :p

Yup and I just had to learn that the hard way, I'm afraid... :o

Whatever though... ;)

Dan23
Dec 19th, 2005, 02:03 AM
Yup and I just had to learn that the hard way, I'm afraid... :o

Whatever though... ;)
yea ignore it :p ;)
we at least dont stoop as low :cool: