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f_torres
Oct 3rd, 2006, 11:47 PM
Maria Sharapova has made herself available for Russia's Fed Cup team for the first time, the 19-year-old said on her Web site on Tuesday.

Russia, champions in 2004 and 2005, play Spain in Moscow in April next year and the world number three said she expected to be involved.

"I'm really excited to make my first appearance in the Fed Cup for my country and it is great to be playing the tie in Moscow," she said.

"Hopefully, myself and the team will put up a strong showing against Spain, who have a good team."

Sharapova always claimed she intended to play for Russia, although doubts were raised earlier this year when she opted out of the country's tie against Belgium in March.

Good luck Maria!!!!

Dan23
Oct 4th, 2006, 12:11 AM
:clap2:
as expected ;) there was no question Maria would play Fed Cup it was just a matter of when

myxomatosis
Oct 4th, 2006, 12:41 AM
That's great news!
But I hope that she at least considers playing the SF tie after Wimbledon...

Sharapovafan4eva
Oct 4th, 2006, 07:07 AM
That's great, go Maria!

Maria Croft
Oct 4th, 2006, 07:10 AM
I knew it would happen next year, it's the perfect opportunity :worship:

Sharapovafan4eva
Oct 4th, 2006, 07:11 AM
Yes it will be, I hope Russia wins!

Teemu
Oct 4th, 2006, 09:43 AM
I knew she would when she's good and ready, well, I guess all her fans did. :)

Shoulderpova
Oct 4th, 2006, 09:43 AM
can't wait :)

Maria Croft
Oct 4th, 2006, 12:45 PM
Some people are already going crazy in GM just thinking about her playing the Fed Cup and the Olympics in 2008 :lol:

meggz_star
Oct 4th, 2006, 12:49 PM
This is the best news ever! :D

Andy.
Oct 4th, 2006, 01:08 PM
GM is going into overdrive. Im happy that she is playing as long as it doesnt interfere with anything as this is ussually her rest time. I hope it all works out awesomely.

TeaMMashA
Oct 4th, 2006, 04:30 PM
Made my day actually!

morningglory
Oct 4th, 2006, 06:57 PM
now she can play Olympics! :rocker2:
Anyway... Spain shouldn't be that tough even IF it's on clay...

TaliaSecondServe
Oct 4th, 2006, 07:07 PM
Spain shouldn't be that tough even IF it's on clay...
The match will be played in Moscow so I guess Russians will choose the surface, yeah? If so, they will choose hard, that's for sure.

furrykitten
Oct 4th, 2006, 07:25 PM
Great news, I hope she can do well for Russia :)

Dan23
Oct 5th, 2006, 12:20 AM
Dementieva welcomed the announcement that U.S. Open champion Maria Sharapova wanted to join Russia's Fed Cup campaign next season.

Russia have been drawn at home against Spain in the first round in April.

"If she (Sharapova) plays it's going to be very helpful for the team," said Dementieva. "She's a very strong player and we have a lot of chances to win if she's playing."

Anastasia Myskina once said she would refuse to play if Sharapova's father Yuri was present.

But Dementieva dismissed the idea of unrest in the Russian camp.

"I don't see any problems with her father," said Dementieva.

"He's an emotional guy but it is nothing to do with his daughter. Maria is a nice girl and I don't see any problems."
If they get on well...what a nice team :cool:

lakan kildap
Oct 5th, 2006, 03:44 AM
I've always believed that the decision of Russian tennis heads not to include her in the past was their loss. I also think it's hypocritical now for anyone in the Russian camp to once again raise the issue of her "residence" when they've taken in Tursonov (spelling?), practically a Californian. (And yeah, Russia's favorite red blooded hero Marat Safin has been out of Russia for most of his life too, having gone overseas for training very early.)

The only problem now is how the line up will be selected. Obviously, if Maria is in the line up, she gets one of the singles spots, but with so many Russians in the top 50 of the WTA tour, it's hard to satisfy everyone. Who would be the second singles player? And it's also hard to pick which one would be 'relegated' to playing doubles, since Kuznetsova, Myskina, Dementieva and Safina are all capable.

TaliaSecondServe
Oct 5th, 2006, 05:23 AM
I've always believed that the decision of Russian tennis heads not to include her in the past was their loss.
They've always invited her...and Maria said "yes, I'll be playing, but not now". It's for the first time she said she is ready to play for Fed Cup, so it's not their loss, it was Maria who refused to play cause she wasn't ready and wanted to improve in singles.
And yeah, Russia's favorite red blooded hero Marat Safin has been out of Russia for most of his life too, having gone overseas for training very early.
That's true, but Marat is always near... I mean he is on our TV, in our press, he is at all Kremlin Cups and Davis Cup, he has friends among our athletes (non-tennisists) and so on... That's why people reveal him as true Russian although he doesn't live here. With Maria it's a bit different, she is very patriotic but only those know it who read her interviews, try to find out more about her. For the rest she is a bit "far away". These days (I mean this year or about so) it is changing (in my opinion), they began to speak about her more, people are appreciating her more and more. We'll see what will be at her Kremlin Cup matches so it will be possible to say if I am right in this feeling or not.

Maria Croft
Oct 5th, 2006, 06:44 AM
If they get on well...what a nice team :cool:

wow, that's really nice of her if she really did say that :)

Ksenia.
Oct 5th, 2006, 11:18 AM
Finally... Cant wait! :)

~lollipop_girl~
Oct 5th, 2006, 01:10 PM
Some people are already going crazy in GM just thinking about her playing the Fed Cup and the Olympics in 2008 :lol:
Well to be honest, that would be the only reason why she has finally decided to play it... We all know she wants the Olympics and we all know the rules with that so smart of Maria to do it now! ;)

I'm thinking she will only play one tie, but I couldn't be happier that she finally doing it! :p :banana:

~lollipop_girl~
Oct 5th, 2006, 01:13 PM
YAY Elena seems to being warming up to Maria finally! :D :bounce:

Maria Croft
Oct 5th, 2006, 02:22 PM
It would be amazing to see her play for Russia, I don't know why. somehow it's something really special.

Confident
Oct 5th, 2006, 02:38 PM
It's great that the best Russian player will play for her country. The team needs something new and Maria is the best solution. :)

CDGS22
Oct 6th, 2006, 01:00 AM
Do you know what I think? That Maria should give back the American dollars she has and move to Russia...and no I am not anti- Russia, I just find it pretty stupid that a person spends most of their life in another country, then plays for someone else, like Tursonov. I think that there should be rule that you have to live in the counrty that you plan to play for, for a few years, then you can qualify.


Don't take this post seriously, I am just an angry American tennis fan, who just realized that our prospects in future fed cups are pretty dim. I just need to vent off some steam....Please be gentle on me. :)

lakan kildap
Oct 6th, 2006, 05:05 AM
Even though you asked not to be taken seriously, I'll reply something.

Do you know what I think? That Maria should give back the American dollars she has and move to Russia

this should also be directed to Mary Pierce, who was born to an American father, and a French-speaking Canadian mother, who grew up in America and trained there, and now plays for France. At least, ethnically, Maria is all-Russian.

Maria worked for those dollars. It's not like they were handouts. Why should she return them? You pay more to non-American movie stars and musicians, actually, than you pay athletes, except there's no Davis/Fed Cup for movie stars and musicians. Oh, I need to remind myself, "not to be taken seriously."

...I just find it pretty stupid that a person spends most of their life in another country, then plays for someone else, like Tursonov. I think that there should be rule that you have to live in the counrty that you plan to play for, for a few years, then you can qualify.

To be fair, let it be said that Tursunov has repeatedly applied for US citizenship, and he has been repeatedly denied US citizenship. You can't blame him for not playing for the US, he hasn't been given by the US
the right to do so. Accept him as a citizen, then he's yours as a player.


Don't take this post seriously, I am just an angry American tennis fan, who just realized that our prospects in future fed cups are pretty dim. I just need to vent off some steam....Please be gentle on me. :)

I see what you mean there. Not only has the world game caught up with the traditional tennis powerhouses, but the number of Americans committed to playing Davis Cup/Fed Cup is dwindling. Where are the John McEnroes and Andre Agassis? Oh, wait, they've retired. And the Williams sisters and Lindsay are not in tiptop shape.

Maria Croft
Oct 6th, 2006, 01:25 PM
Do you know what I think? That Maria should give back the American dollars she has and move to Russia...and no I am not anti- Russia, I just find it pretty stupid that a person spends most of their life in another country, then plays for someone else, like Tursonov. I think that there should be rule that you have to live in the counrty that you plan to play for, for a few years, then you can qualify.


Don't take this post seriously, I am just an angry American tennis fan, who just realized that our prospects in future fed cups are pretty dim. I just need to vent off some steam....Please be gentle on me. :)

Then why even bother posting? :weirdo:

TaliaSecondServe
Oct 6th, 2006, 01:49 PM
this should also be directed to Mary Pierce, who was born to an American father, and a French-speaking Canadian mother, who grew up in America and trained there, and now plays for France. At least, ethnically, Maria is all-Russian.
Let's also mention Tatiana Golovin, who was born in Russia and has Russian parents, represents France and lives in Miami, USA...
It's just such a stupid talk... :help: Maria worked for everything she has and btw she promotes your American giant companies around the globe! So, in fact she works for your country as well :D

~lollipop_girl~
Oct 6th, 2006, 02:41 PM
Awww come on guys, just let him be... He isn't hating/bashing on her, if he was he would have said things very differently... He is just stating his opinion, no need to get worked up over it! :hug:

bellascarlett
Oct 6th, 2006, 08:10 PM
Don't take this post seriously, I am just an angry American tennis fan, who just realized that our prospects in future fed cups are pretty dim. I just need to vent off some steam....Please be gentle on me. :)

:lol:

The opponents are already scared I see...:lol:

CDGS22
Oct 7th, 2006, 02:03 AM
Thanks lollipop girl!

Dan23
Nov 8th, 2006, 10:04 AM
I just saw in the news that Maria has been selected by Russia to play against Spain along with Petrova, Kuznetsova and Dementieva :cool: :clap2:

Theres an article here: http://www.mosnews.com/news/2006/11/08/sharapovafedcup.shtml

bellascarlett
Nov 8th, 2006, 10:19 AM
I just saw in the news that Maria has been selected by Russia to play against Spain along with Petrova, Kuznetsova and Dementieva :cool: :clap2:

Theres an article here: http://www.mosnews.com/news/2006/11/08/sharapovafedcup.shtml

:eek: :eek: :eek: :speakles:

Tarpi fielded the best group possible! :eek: Unbelievable!

:bounce: I'm so excited! but who will be second in singles? maybe lena so petrova and kuzzy will play doubles.

Dan23
Nov 8th, 2006, 10:38 AM
Great to see its official now...and its in Moscow too :cool:

Should be exciting times for Maria!

Andy.
Nov 8th, 2006, 10:39 AM
Thats a really strong team and it will be awesome to see how Masha responds to a tram situation I cant wait.

andrewbroad
Nov 8th, 2006, 02:38 PM
Tarpi fielded the best group possible! :eek:

My idea of the best possible Russian Fed Cup team would be Maria, Vera Zvonarëva, Anna Chakvetadze and Maria Kirilenko, because I define "best Russian" in terms of cuteness and flair - not necessarily in terms of the best chance of winning.

--
Dr. Andrew Broad
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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/)

Kitten63
Nov 8th, 2006, 07:55 PM
good to hear.

Maria Croft
Nov 8th, 2006, 07:59 PM
That's a great team, good to see Maria's name there :)

markspot
Nov 8th, 2006, 09:14 PM
Do they need to specify the players so early?
In half a year the top russian players may be very different, except Masha, of course. At least counting the race points only, i.e. what really matters to determine the currently strongest players for Fed Cup.

lakan kildap
Nov 9th, 2006, 05:11 AM
I just saw in the news that Maria has been selected by Russia to play against Spain along with Petrova, Kuznetsova and Dementieva :cool: :clap2:

Theres an article here: http://www.mosnews.com/news/2006/11/08/sharapovafedcup.shtml

Obviously Maria was referring to the men's Spanish team when she described them in glowing terms. After all, that team boasts of Nadal, Robredo, etc. :)
Seriously, while I'm not taking the Spaniards lightly, the way I see it, barring injury, Russia should win this tie.

Obviously, Maria won't be playing doubles, but selecting the 2nd singles player must be the toughest decision for Tarpischev. Both Petrova and Kuznetsova are strong enough to be the first seed in any other country. And both are such good accomplished doubles players they might be given the dobles duty as well, which would leave Dementieva in a reserve role.

Wow! Such talent depth.

~lollipop_girl~
Nov 9th, 2006, 10:31 AM
My idea of the best possible Russian Fed Cup team would be Maria, Vera Zvonarëva, Anna Chakvetadze and Maria Kirilenko, because I define "best Russian" in terms of cuteness and flair - not necessarily in terms of the best chance of winning.

--
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/)
:rolleyes:

andrewbroad
Nov 9th, 2006, 08:17 PM
^ You can roll your eyes at me all you like, but it all comes down to whether I would prefer to watch hulking muscular specimens, or cute girls with flairsome power. Isn't the whole point of professional tennis to entertain?

--
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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/)