I think this is the best article I've read on Maria. It has details about her life and background. And her Father Yuri is a focal point of the article.
Maria and her Father had it tough when they first came to America and the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy. They were not treated nearly as well as Anna Kournikova and her parents were. When Anna came to Bollettieri's, she was immediately put on a pedestal and treated like a Princess. But that wasn't the case with Maria. But she worked herself up to become the top Cat at Bollettieri's! :bounce:
Enjoy the article! :wavey:
The article, called "From Russia With Love", is located at http://library.northernlight.com/UU20020506040000192.html?inid=cFXCRAQcF0F5D3UWAmMl WwpU&cbx=0#doc
Jun 12th, 2002, 10:56 PM
You can call 15-year-old Maria Sharapova the new 'wunderkind of tennis' or the 'next big thing'. Just don't call her the next Anna Kournikova.
I wonder why she wouldn't like to be compared with Kournikova?:rolleyes: ;).
Jun 13th, 2002, 01:39 AM
Cassius, are you asking a real question? Or are you pulling my leg again? Its hard to tell with you. You are like the boy who cried Wolf! ;)
Jun 13th, 2002, 01:55 AM
That's the best article I have read. Maria's story is all you need to know about. Almost everything about her. Just awesome. I couldn't stop reading this.
Thank you, you save my life, Cat! :kiss: :kiss:
Jun 13th, 2002, 03:50 AM
I'm glad you liked it Sharky! :D But you had to pay for it, right?
Was that the best Maria Sharapova article you ever read? :confused: I bet it was. Right?
Jun 14th, 2002, 12:51 AM
Cassius, are you asking a real question? Or are you pulling my leg again? Its hard to tell with you. You are like the boy who cried Wolf!
Jun 14th, 2002, 02:09 PM
I would like to read the article, but not if I have to pay for it. :o
I am glad to hear that Maria was NOT put on a pedestal at Bollettieri's. It's not pleasant when you have to climb down from there, as we have seen with Anna K. for 3 years now ... If Maria has to EARN her attention, and on the tennis court at that, then I have high hopes for her.
Jun 15th, 2002, 02:01 AM
I agree with JANIE. Its seems as though all the fame and fortune came to Anna too easily, while other players her age have had work harder to get only a fraction of the recognition. It seems like all the fame went straight to Anna's head.
Jun 15th, 2002, 02:50 AM
Maybe Nick Bollettieri learned his lesson after Anna, that in the long run, it does not help a youngster to be elevated above all others prematurely.
I look forward to learning more about Maria, Dinara, Katya Afinogenova, Tatiana Golovin, Salome Devidze, and all the other kids who, I hope, will start to shake up the WTA in a couple of years!
Jun 15th, 2002, 07:08 PM
Janie, the article is on it's way to you. You should get it by Tuesday. Please post your comments on the article in this thread. I hope you enjoy the article! :wavey: