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BaRaDang22
Jun 25th, 2006, 11:05 PM
I don't know if this thread topic was made before, but I think it's great to start it.

I became a Maria fan in April of 2005 when I saw her beat Justine Henin-Hardenne in Miami. I was amazed how well she played. Then I was rooting for her in the final against Kim Clijsters, that's when I found out she won Wimbledon. After that I followed her on tv waiting for tournaments she entered and searched for fansites about her. It's because of her I started playing tennis.

johnoo
Jun 26th, 2006, 05:02 PM
I think its kinda eurosports fault,I got rid of my sky sports late 2003 and only had ES and I love watching sports and kinda noticed her there,of course wim 2004 helped :) the why was not because of her looks but her attitude,fist pumping will to win etc on court.

shadowsecret
Jun 26th, 2006, 05:46 PM
well i think i first watched her.. miami match against venus i think.. or justine.. either one.. i wanted to change channel but somehow got hook haha after that i went online to search about maria sharapova and then i started to keep myself up to date on her matches.. and thanks to the many videos uploaded here, i can watch the wimbledon 2004 matches! (since i didn't catch any of it)

UDACHi
Jun 26th, 2006, 06:06 PM
2004 Wimbledon Semifinals. :worship:

Maria Croft
Jun 26th, 2006, 06:31 PM
I'm sure I already said how multiple times in other threads, but to make it short, just look at my sig ;)

shadowsecret
Jun 26th, 2006, 06:34 PM
I'm sure I already said how multiple times in other threads, but to make it short, just look at my sig ;)

:worship:

johnoo
Jun 26th, 2006, 07:34 PM
I'm sure I already said how multiple times in other threads, but to make it short, just look at my sig ;)
yeah but that does not say why.

furrykitten
Jun 26th, 2006, 07:37 PM
I'm not sure, I was a fan from the first time I saw her which was way before Wimbleon 2004.

BaRaDang22
Jun 26th, 2006, 07:50 PM
I cannot wait to see her play... it's been a while for me - since Miami final.

Steve-o
Jun 26th, 2006, 07:59 PM
First saw Maria in Wimbledon 2003 girls final, followed her progress but didnt become a die hard fan untill Wimby the next year, her performance in that tournament was so inspiring for me. :worship:

pimpie
Jun 26th, 2006, 08:13 PM
I noticed her for the first in RG 2004, but I realy became a fan of hers
during wimbledon. She was :worship:

Lillibet
Jun 26th, 2006, 08:47 PM
Well, I think I may be one of the people who has liked/known her for the shortest time!
I watched Wimbledon 2005, and that's when I really got into tennis, I used to play tennis as a kid, but don't ever remember liking to watch it. But Maria caught my eye then, and she's the main one I follow.
Just liked the way she came out on court and played her game.
Also didn't hurt that I saw a repeat of the 2004 final, which just made me fall in love with her game!

tabieonelove
Jun 26th, 2006, 09:34 PM
^..lol.. no ur not.. ive been Maria's fan since like the '05 US open.. i saw her match against Petrova.. i dunno.. she had that something about her that was like undescribable... i searched for things about Maria.. at first i was even.. WTF she's just 18.. i was surprised... she became my idol...

Dan23
Jun 27th, 2006, 12:13 AM
When? also said it a few times before but I first saw Maria during the AO in 2002. How? Saw her name in the results first and thought 'Sharapova' sounded like a good name :lol: then saw a pic from the presentation after the final of her holding the toy kangaroo :hearts: Why? Doesnt need explaining....

Edit: ....this pic is enough to explain the 'why?'

http://img67.imageshack.us/img67/6518/wimbledon041488ln.jpg

Dan23
Jun 27th, 2006, 12:14 AM
First saw Maria in Wimbledon 2003 girls final, followed her progress but didnt become a die hard fan untill Wimby the next year, her performance in that tournament was so inspiring for me. :worship:
*2002?? ;)

waratahsrock
Jun 27th, 2006, 12:24 AM
First time i saw her was during the Wimbledon '04 QF v Sugiama. Flicked the tv on towards the end of the second set, and just that determination, and sublime ball striking had me hooked. She's the reason i became interested in Tennis. :lol: feels like i'm only a newbie!

andrewbroad
Jun 27th, 2006, 12:28 AM
When: 28th June 2003, when she beat Jelena Dokic (http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/dokic/) in the third round of Wimbledon and I didn't mind.

How: To induct a player into my Eternal Fanship, I make a vow to follow her for the rest of her career (or my life) with the same level of dedication as the players of whom I'm already an Eternal Fan, to the maximum extent that my personal circumstances and available resources will allow. This vow is permanent and irrevocable, and I seal it with my Word of Honour.

Why: Because she's a brilliant player; I especially love her flairsome power. I only induct a player into my Eternal Fanship if I can justify it in terms of her tennis-qualities; see my Maria Sharapova Biography (http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/shara/biography.html) for details.

--
Dr. Andrew Broad
http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/ (http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/)
http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/ (http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/)
http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/shara/ (http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/shara/)

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sizzlingsharapova/ (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sizzlingsharapova/)
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/jeldani/ (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/jeldani/)

lakan kildap
Jun 27th, 2006, 02:03 AM
*2002?? ;)

Agree, Dan. That should have been 2002. Maria was already playing in the "Ladies" by 2003 Wimbledon.

Wimbledon 2002 was also the first time I became a Maria fan. Saw her picture on ESPN, but ESPN's file pic of her was from the AO girls final, so she wasn't wearing all-white.

I never figured out why they named her a Kournikova-clone. I've said this before: Anna never appealed to me the way Maria did.

(I was never in the Anna bandwagon in the first place. I actually think Hingis is more appealing.)

As to why? If you have to ask...

Martian Jeza
Jun 27th, 2006, 02:29 AM
I'm not a fan of Masha but I dislike the hate around her here on wtaworld and maybe on the wtatour... You always can count on me if some idiots bash her without any valid reason... And as I already have told, I like a lot Dan23 which is a real true fan : such fans have my entire respect !

stevos
Jun 27th, 2006, 02:48 AM
I became a fan at AO 2005, when I first got into tennis, I heard the shriek and that was that! At first it was because she was so hot, then I loved her intensity, now I love everything about her! All my friends know her as my future wife, current girlfriend ;) I know, a little creepy :lol:

Maria Croft
Jun 27th, 2006, 06:50 AM
Okay then, one more time ;)

when: Wimbledon 2003
how: I saw an interview after her third round win over Dokic and I immediately liked her.
why: many different reasons, her power game, her fighting spirit, her looks, her determination and her fun personality

Teemu
Jun 27th, 2006, 08:48 AM
Wimbledon 2003.
How? By turning on the TV at the perfect time. :)
The 'why' is a bit more tricky question. I guess what struck me first was her attitude. She was playing with such determination and when she went on to reach the 4th round she was celebrating almost like she had won the tournament. :) It was just so refreshing to watch her, it seemed like she was having the time of her life but still being a total professional about it at such a young age. She has such an exciting personality. She was cute too ofcourse but she was just a kid back then. Since then I started watching her whenever I had the chance, and here I am three years later, completely head over heels :inlove: . :D

Steve-o
Jun 27th, 2006, 10:34 AM
*2002?? ;)

oops, sorry :o I didnt see her in 2003 Wimbledon ;)

~lollipop_girl~
Jun 27th, 2006, 11:11 AM
Well I am the odd one out it seems! :p

First time I saw Masha play was 3rd round Wimby 04 when she beat my darling Daniela... The hatred a felt for her was incredible and I remember bitching to mum for days about that stupid teenager, with the ugly long earrings (I have changed my opinion of them now too), who jumped around and screamed like a bloody arrogant brat... Like I said, intense hatred... That only lasted for the next 2 rounds and by the time it was the SF and Final of Wimby 04 I couldn't help but love her, and I cried my eyes out at 1am when she won! Oh the memories! :awww:

Her game play was a MAJOR part as to why it was so short a time for me to change my opinion but I also warmed up to her bubbly personality so I couldn't help but want her to beat the shit out of Serena! :p

Now you all know my horrible secret! :tape: :o ;)

Sweep
Jun 27th, 2006, 03:22 PM
Wimbledon 2003, thanks to my mate who told me to watch this Russian girl. Round Three. And that's when it began.

Vikapower
Jun 30th, 2006, 07:21 PM
Hi I'm new, my name's john. I'm from Guadeloupe.

Well, I became an absolute fan of masha when I saw her play and win Wimbledon. She's beautiful, sexy and has a great tennis all in strength. I wish her good luck in all her carreer and hope for her to take back her crown in Wimbledon. :worship: She's a real princess and we owe her all respect. :worship:

Je t'aime, Je t'adore et je t'admire !

Otherwise I like Maria Kirilenko, Elena Dementieva, Nicole Vaidisova , Anastasia Myskina The Venus sisters and Tatianna Golovin

iine:
Jun 30th, 2006, 09:22 PM
I've been a Maria fan since the final of the Zurich Open in 2004. She lost the finals against Molik in three tough sets, I remember.
What amazed be about her, is her great fighting spirit. I liked (still like!) her attitude on court, the whole 'Come on!'s and the positive vibe coming from her. I also admired her for her achievements at already such a young age. It's simply unbelievable!:worship:

CRonaldo_is_god
Jul 15th, 2006, 11:18 AM
I know about her since wimbledon 2004 and became an instant fan and following her tennis matches. I went to wimbledon this year and saw her play Dementieva in the Quarter finals. First time I have ever seen her play live, so now I am supporting her more and more. so great seeing her, didn't get to speak to her though she was only a few meters away from me.

Lillibet
Jul 15th, 2006, 12:31 PM
Lucky you!! I mean to go to Wimbledon every year, but I never quite get there!!

schorsch
Feb 9th, 2007, 09:00 PM
indian wells 2006 final.

ImaVeggie
Feb 10th, 2007, 12:55 AM
Well, I think I have you all beat as the most recent fan. It was the 2006 US Open and probably for a very different reason to why you may be a fan of Maria's. I have been a big fan of tennis since I was around 8 years old when I started to play. So it's been 34 years as I'm 42; a very immature 42. :) Of course I knew of her before the US Open but became a fan after I was inspired by her win to get my life in order and to focus on losing the excess pounds I desperately wanted to; I've lost 25 so far. I wrote about "The Sharapova Connection" in my blog (http://imaveggieon.blogspot.com/search?q=%22Sharapova+Connection%22).

TeaMMashA
Feb 10th, 2007, 01:59 AM
Im not going to lie i was first alerted to Maria because i thought she was beautiful saw her on TV and i had seen her in the newspaper in the early stages of the fortnight. Then people at my work experience would have Wimbledon on and she would be playing and i started following Maria's Wimbledon progress. I had always liked tennis but not to the extent i would follow it. So Maria introduced me into a whole new sporting world and im greatful for that. Of course being a male im alerted to beautiful females and that was the first reason but now i follow her more then my favourite football team, i got alot more upet over Maria failing to win grandslams then when my country fails to win the world cup(football). Of course beyond the Wimbledon fortnight i started watching her on Eurosport checking out her sites etc and i got to know Maria Sharapova beyond the looks and i wasn't let down at all, i love her style, personallity everything really, the videos i watched definatly made a huge impression on me, this wasn't going to be a little celebrity fantasy i knew she was something much more special then a pretty face. So now it has gone way beyond liking her just because of looks and i know im a very dedicated and i mean very dedicated fan and im very proud to say it and no matter what happens i will be oen of her top fans to the very end. Tennis is now my favourite sport i would say, im not sure but i definatly show more emotion towards it so i guess that means it is?

Il Primo!
Feb 10th, 2007, 10:56 AM
I was a Maria's hater!:lol:

She ruined Serena's 2004 season. She ruined Nastya's 2004 YEC. Enough to hate her as hell!
I was sooooooooo happy when Reena beat her at Malbourne teh following year!

So I kept on hating her until the 2005 US Open SF. I was rooting for Trova in the quarter but I wanted Maria to beat fatty Kim in the semies because that bitch had kicked Venus out of the tournament!:mad: Maria struggled with her game that day. But I admired her bravery in the second set! That changed it all! Plus her game really really pleases me. She plays like Venus, I love that kind of game.

SuperMaria
Feb 10th, 2007, 11:22 AM
I was a Maria's hater!:lol:

She ruined Serena's 2004 season. She ruined Nastya's 2004 YEC. Enough to hate her as hell!
I was sooooooooo happy when Reena beat her at Malbourne teh following year!

So I kept on hating her until the 2005 US Open SF. I was rooting for Trova in the quarter but I wanted Maria to beat fatty Kim in the semies because that bitch had kicked Venus out of the tournament!:mad: Maria struggled with her game that day. But I admired her bravery in the second set! That changed it all! Plus her game really really pleases me. She plays like Venus, I love that kind of game.

HAHA! Thats strange, from such hate into pure love.:eek:

miura
Feb 10th, 2007, 11:41 AM
I was a small fan of her since Wimbledon 2004 but she became my favorite after San Diego 2006 :)

Emina.
Feb 10th, 2007, 12:12 PM
i liked her since 2003 but the Big Moment was...

http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c399/Laurra_/k8vap378060.jpghttp://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c399/Laurra_/t0xap377995.jpg

:D :worship:

~lollipop_girl~
Feb 10th, 2007, 02:58 PM
I was a Maria's hater!:lol:

She ruined Serena's 2004 season. She ruined Nastya's 2004 YEC. Enough to hate her as hell!
I was sooooooooo happy when Reena beat her at Malbourne teh following year!

So I kept on hating her until the 2005 US Open SF. I was rooting for Trova in the quarter but I wanted Maria to beat fatty Kim in the semies because that bitch had kicked Venus out of the tournament!:mad: Maria struggled with her game that day. But I admired her bravery in the second set! That changed it all! Plus her game really really pleases me. She plays like Venus, I love that kind of game.
So I'm not the only one who went from hater to fan ;)

XCoco
Feb 10th, 2007, 03:22 PM
So I'm not the only one who went from hater to fan ;)

No ... I used to be a Maria's hater too ;) .

Aravanecaravan
Feb 10th, 2007, 04:13 PM
Ladies Quarterfinal Day at Wimbledon 2004.

I hadn't watched women's tennis in several years owing to the fact that an ex girlfriend hated sports. Fortunately, that didn't work out, and Wimbledon '04 was the first time I actually paid attention in years. ESPN was showing the Sugiyama/Sharapova match that day.

She struck me as unusually pretty for a tennis jock, which was why I didn't flip the channel. However, within minutes, my fixation changed from her looks to her unbelieveably electric game. Watching her come back from a set down to gain the Wimbledon semis at 17 was exciting. There was something undeniably magical about her. It was Chris Evert redux. I knew right there on the spot that she was going to be the future of women's tennis.

In the years since, Maria has impressed me more and more each time I watch her. She's possibly the most mature and level headed 19 year old I have ever seen, articulate, professional, focused, gracious in defeat, and always wanting to improve herself. She doesn't make excuses or lay blame on others, unlike so many in her sport. Not too many people her age have those same kinds of qualities--at least not in that abundance.

She is an impressive young woman.

Shimizu Amon
Feb 10th, 2007, 04:33 PM
Well since Birmingham 2003 I knew of the existence of Masha and I was mesmerized by her. Thanks to Masha (and of course Mary Pierce) I re found my love for women's tennis. Since Steffi retired I really missed a player who touched my 'tennis soul' (sound corky I know), but then came Masha and you know what, I'm loving tennis as much as I ever did, perhaps even more. So I didn't love her in that very moment although she mesmerized me even back then (Birmingham), but Masha grew on me throughout the years and now I'm a Masha addict :lol:

SuperMaria
Feb 10th, 2007, 05:42 PM
I became fan of Maria at China Open 2005. She is loved by fans and the media in China, we can only say nice things about Maria and she is very popular.

I saw her play Peer in the first round and I just thought she was gorgeous and of course knew she was the best player as she was world number 1 at that point and won wimbledon. from then on I supported her and tried to watch and follow every match of her's.

Princeza
Feb 10th, 2007, 05:45 PM
i didnt really care about her until 2005 i think

Kim's_fan_4ever
Feb 10th, 2007, 05:46 PM
I think it was during Maria's match against Capriati in Berlin 04 ;) I loved her fighting spirit and her game ;)

Emina.
Feb 10th, 2007, 05:50 PM
I became fan of Maria at China Open 2005. She is loved by fans and the media in China, we can only say nice things about Maria and she is very popular.



not only in China she's very popular everywhere except the GM :) ;)

Kim's_fan_4ever
Feb 10th, 2007, 05:52 PM
not only in China she's very popular everywhere except the GM :) ;)

I'm curious what would happen if she came to Poland :p I guess it won't ever happen as Warsaw is a clay tournament, well, maybe someday :p

SuperMaria
Feb 10th, 2007, 05:52 PM
not only in China she's very popular everywhere except the GM :) ;)

I know but in China there is not a single bad word said about her, only praise. In USA the media are sometimes nasty, not just to her but to a lot of celebs as well.

Emina.
Feb 10th, 2007, 06:05 PM
I wrote about "The Sharapova Connection" in my blog (http://imaveggieon.blogspot.com/search?q=%22Sharapova+Connection%22).




very nice words, Maria!:hug: :)


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ioni
Feb 11th, 2007, 09:28 AM
indian wells 2006 final.

:lol: one match earlier , indian wells 2006 semifinal ;)

Porcupine
Feb 11th, 2007, 02:08 PM
Okay I know this is wierd :lol:

When: Rite after Winbly 04 final. Yes on Sunday I mean.

How: (long) I visited my uncle on a way-too-hot Sat night. He was watching tennis. Honestly i didn't care much about the match. I never got any interested in tennis at that time. I did watched a lil bit, and indeed that match charmed a non-tennis-junky like me. Amazing tennis. :cool:

Why: (this is gonna be longer!) you can never believe this, but what I remembered the most 'bout that match was the moment when Yuri kissed Maria. I was like: "Dirty old man! :mad: How can you take advantage like that?!?" :lol: Sorry but I didn't know he was her pops until Sunday :p LOL my bad! Well the super tennis she performed the previous day combined with the misunderstanding kissy thingy was enough for a reason, ne? :p

kjn
Feb 12th, 2007, 11:51 AM
Since tennis is not that popular here in the Philippines and Maria Mania didn't start until she actually won Wimby in '04, I only knew a handful of players and one of them was Serena Williams. The first tennis match I've ever watched was the Wimby final. It was kinda weird because in that match I was actually cheering for Serena and got disappointed when she lost. It was after she beat Serena in WTA Championships that I became a fan. I realized that someone has overshadowed the once mighty Serena and she didn't beat her just once but twice!!! Since then I've been following Maria's results up until now.
I think it was really destined that I will be a Maria fan because for 2 months we were not allowed to turn on the television because it was a mourning period for my father's death and when I actually turned on the TV it was the Wimby final that I saw.

rockwithme
Feb 12th, 2007, 04:24 PM
i'm the same with you guys :)
was really rooting for serena during wimby '04 and was utterly gobsmacked maria took her out :eek: anyways, she made an impression and became my firm favourite during AO '05 :)

SuperMaria
Feb 12th, 2007, 04:27 PM
I have always cheered against the Williams ever since they started playing tennis, so in the wimby final i cheered for Maria even more than I would have cheered for her had she played someone else.

But now I cheer for her just as much no matter who she is playing

rockwithme
Feb 12th, 2007, 05:04 PM
yeh i was really hoping sharpie could win back-to-back slams at Aus..oh wells..awesome victory for serena though:)

xan
Feb 13th, 2007, 03:34 PM
Ladies Quarterfinal Day at Wimbledon 2004.

I hadn't watched women's tennis in several years owing to the fact that an ex girlfriend hated sports. Fortunately, that didn't work out, and Wimbledon '04 was the first time I actually paid attention in years. ESPN was showing the Sugiyama/Sharapova match that day.

She struck me as unusually pretty for a tennis jock, which was why I didn't flip the channel. However, within minutes, my fixation changed from her looks to her unbelieveably electric game. Watching her come back from a set down to gain the Wimbledon semis at 17 was exciting. There was something undeniably magical about her. It was Chris Evert redux. I knew right there on the spot that she was going to be the future of women's tennis.

In the years since, Maria has impressed me more and more each time I watch her. She's possibly the most mature and level headed 19 year old I have ever seen, articulate, professional, focused, gracious in defeat, and always wanting to improve herself. She doesn't make excuses or lay blame on others, unlike so many in her sport. Not too many people her age have those same kinds of qualities--at least not in that abundance.

She is an impressive young woman.

Yes. That quarterfinal was a very impressive match for me too. Her attitude in battling through that tough match to a win was amazing, and made me a real fan. I first really registered her at Wimbledon 2003 when she beat Bovina and then Dokic. Before that I just thought she was an irritating ball-basher, who won by intimidating her opponents, but her qualities soon showed through.

Giovanna
Feb 16th, 2007, 02:30 PM
I became Masha fan in 2005 US Open...
There were rumors that Masha and Adam Levine from Maroon 5 were date.
And I'm a big fan of Maroon 5 so I said to myself "I need to see one Sharapova's match" and I watched and I really liked Maria and tennis.
Now I'm a big Maria fan and I love tennis!!

Gonzo Hates Me!
Feb 17th, 2007, 05:19 PM
Sometime in late '02 when the hype was really starting to build :hearts: :hearts:

Natasc
Feb 17th, 2007, 05:56 PM
I became her fan at the YEC'04
At the beggining I didn't like her.... I was a Elena fan before (I'm still a huge Lena fan, she and Maria are my main faves) as you can see, Lena fans, don't ask me why, but most of them don't like her and I kinda of went on that "hate wave"... :rolleyes:
so, I was watching Maria vs Miskina (semifinal)
I was trying to cheer for Myskina, 'cause she's Lena old friend, but god, I don't know why, but I just don't like Myskina at all
even when I try to cheer for her for Lena :lol:
so, in a certain time of the match I saw myself cheering for Maria like crazy :lol:

I think that's because of her atitude
I just always tend to like player that fight hard for each point (Hewitt, Nadal....)
anyway, I'm a huge fan now :D

rockwithme
Feb 18th, 2007, 04:04 AM
i dont like myskina either..she has a reeking attitude. some of her comments towards the other players are just appalling to read :(