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andrewbroad
Apr 20th, 2006, 02:58 AM
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Maria in Ace Tennis Magazine
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There's a one-page interview (with a photo) on p.86 of the May 2006 issue of British tennis-magazine Ace, which someone has posted a scan of:
http://www.wtaworld.com/showpost.php?p=7819705 (http://www.wtaworld.com/showpost.php?p=7819705)

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Off-court photos
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Recent photos including Maria and Tatiana Golovin at a basketball-game:

http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/photogallery/Default.asp (http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/photogallery/Default.asp)
http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/news/?c=news_photos&p=sharapova (http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/news/?c=news_photos&p=sharapova)
Search Getty Images for "sharapova"
http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=99305&page=129 (http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=99305&page=129) (to p.135)
http://www.wtaworld.com/showpost.php?p=7755030 (http://www.wtaworld.com/showpost.php?p=7755030) (HQs of Maria and Tatiana for those who couldn't be bothered to wade through all the above)

It's great to see Maria and Tatiana are {still/again} friends. I know the haters think that Maria kidnapped Tatiana and forced her at gunpoint to sit next to her as a publicity-stunt following their controversial Miami semi-final, but that theory doesn't convince me why they:
(a) looked at each other and smiled;
(b) sat with their shoulders touching;
(c) wore identical nail-varnish on their fingers and toes, and matching orange wristbands.

I like Tatiana very much too, and I love the matches that they play against each other (having attended their Birmingham 2004 & 2005 matches, and read about their Miami 2006 one - which I have just ordered from Tennis Videos International (http://www.users.bigpond.com/tennisvideos1/)).

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Ranking
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Maria went back up to #3 in the WTA singles-rankings this week, thanks to Justine Henin-Hardenne's failure to defend the Charleston title.

1. Amélie Mauresmo (3511 points)
2. Kim Clijsters (2941)
3. Maria Sharapova (2753)
4. Justine Henin-Hardenne (2693)

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Birthday
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Maria turned 19 on 19th April, so a slightly belated Happy Birthday to her.

Her record of never losing a professional singles-match to a player who is younger than herself is still intact, as is her place in the teenage subset of the WTA singles-rankings:

3. Maria Sharapova (19 years 0 months)
15. Nicole Vaidišová (16 years 11 months)
17. Ana Ivanovic (18 years 5 months)
18. Dinara Safina (19 years 11 months)
22. Maria Kirilenko (19 years 3 months)
26. Lucie Šafárová (19 years 2 months)
27. Tatiana Golovin (18 years 3 months)
34. Anna Chakvetadze (19 years 1 month)
36. Shahar Peer (18 years 11 months)
40. Sania Mirza (19 years 5 months)
47. Vera Dushevina (19 years 6 months)
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It certainly does feel strange that Big Maria is younger than Little Maria! Big Maria looks much older than 19; Little Maria looks much younger (both in the nicest possible ways).

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JoJoCircus
Apr 20th, 2006, 03:06 AM
Yeah, I loved the hysteria over the basketball game, yeah I doubt it would have happened if the Miami SF turns out different, but if Tatiana went to the basketball game she couldn't have been too pissed so why can't people who don't even know either of them let it go.

Doc
Apr 21st, 2006, 02:05 AM
Nice quote:

"I don't go out on the court to be recognised as having good looks. I go out on the court to beat the crap out of my opponent." :lol:

Maria Croft
Apr 21st, 2006, 07:57 AM
As nice as that comment sounds, I doubt she really said that lol