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Ben.
Jan 13th, 2007, 10:02 AM
Saturday January 13, 8:21 PM

MELBOURNE, Australia (AFP) - Australian Open top seed Maria Sharapova has said she will consider early retirement when she loses her motivation for top-level tennis and wants to start a family.

The 19-year-old Russian world No.2 said she was still hungry for more Grand Slams but would eventually examine the option taken by Kim Clijsters, who will retire at the end of the year aged 24 to have children and settle down.

"As long as I have the motivation, I'll definitely be playing," Sharapova said. "But I definitely think there are a lot of other things in life than tennis. I want to have a family, of course. I want to try other things in my career.

"Yeah, I can definitely see myself retiring at that age."

Sharapova, who made the semi-finals for the second time in Melbourne last year despite carrying an injury, said she wanted to maintain the momentum built up with her US Open win last September.

"I'm just ready to take it to the next level, hopefully get to the final or win it," she said Saturday.

"I'm glad that I could take the confidence that I played with at the (US) Open and take it through the end of the year, and hopefully start with that."

The Florida-based teen ended 2006 ranked a career-best world number two after a 19-match winning streak that was only ended by Belgian Justine Henin-Hardenne in the last tournament of the season.

Success at Flushing Meadows brought Sharapova's second Grand Slam, following the Wimbledon title she won in 2004.

She has had relatively little preparation heading into Melbourne, limiting herself to the Champions Challenge in Hong Kong, where world No.5 Clijsters beat her in the final.

"I always like to take a week off with just training before a Grand Slam," she said.

"That's worked for me pretty well. I don't think I could physically play four, five matches and in two days start a two-week Grand Slam. I just don't think I'm ready for that yet."

Sharapova said her status as top seed would give her opponents extra motivation at the Australian Open, where she faces France's Camille Pin in the first round.

"The level of women's tennis right now is pretty high. I think a lot of people would want to beat the No.1 seed," she said.

"It's just a matter of going out there and coming out with a win."

Sharapova said she would not be wearing the powder-blue dress resembling a baby-doll nightie she sported at last year's tournament.

"Fashion-wise? I'm not doing baby doll any more. Baby doll has gone out the window," she said.

Instead, Sharapova will consolidate her position as the tour's glamour drawcard by wearing a high-waisted lemon-coloured chiffon number with a bow and "a little corset detail in the back".

"It's a pretty classy dress," she said.

jas_aussie
Jan 13th, 2007, 10:05 AM
ok i will be sad to see her go

Mina Vagante
Jan 13th, 2007, 10:07 AM
me too

s_j
Jan 13th, 2007, 10:07 AM
Well that's 5 years away and I think this comment should be taken with a pinch of salt... maybe we could talk about it again in 2011

Ben.
Jan 13th, 2007, 10:10 AM
yeah i doubt maria will retire when she gets to the age of 24. she is a competitor & will still have that fighting spirit with her all the way.

TomasUli
Jan 13th, 2007, 10:19 AM
I wouldn't be surprised... imagine being in tour 4 more years with that high pitched overbearing father.

PLP
Jan 13th, 2007, 10:20 AM
She didn't say she WOULD retire, just that she could see herself considering it, which at some point all players do...Don't panic!! It's not happening anytime soon. :lol:

Ben.
Jan 13th, 2007, 10:24 AM
I wouldn't be surprised... imagine being in tour 4 more years with that high pitched overbearing father.

:lol:

Slumpsova
Jan 13th, 2007, 10:47 AM
:byebyemaria:

illianna
Jan 13th, 2007, 08:15 PM
I think by 24 she will have won everything that could be won and will make a career in fashion or something like that...With Amelie, Justine and Kim retiring in the next couple of years I can totally see that one coming

P_Fer
Jan 13th, 2007, 08:20 PM
Masha please don't retire so soon

Nicolás89
Jan 13th, 2007, 08:24 PM
yeah i doubt maria will retire when she gets to the age of 24. she is a competitor & will still have that fighting spirit with her all the way.

well the same thing we could say about kim back in 02-03

morningglory
Jan 13th, 2007, 08:53 PM
Well, I suppose if her future husband wants her to retire... but then again as long as she's this busy, maybe she won't have time for a proper bf...
And I honestly don't think her body will be able to sustain that power game til she's 30+ anyway but I was hoping she'd retire at least around 27-29

hablo
Jan 13th, 2007, 08:56 PM
:speakles:

Ben.
Jan 13th, 2007, 08:58 PM
well the same thing we could say about kim back in 02-03

yes, especially since she was in form that year :)

Derek.
Jan 13th, 2007, 09:02 PM
I never thought Maria would retire at that age unless she was forced to by injuries or something.

tennisjunky
Jan 13th, 2007, 09:04 PM
do think by 24 she would have won several slams and won almost everything there is to win. even still, she'll want more. she's way too competitive to think about retiring at that early of an age. in the blink of an eye she'll be 24, think whe you're in your teens 24 seems a lot older than it is. i'll be heartbroken if her career ended that soon, so i refuse to believe its even a possibility at this point. see her playing until her late 20's or early 30's.

Sefo
Jan 13th, 2007, 09:04 PM
I think Yuri has let her a bit loose lately. :help:

KoOlMaNsEaN
Jan 13th, 2007, 09:06 PM
Nice to see she knows that tennis isn't the most important thing in life

jazar
Jan 13th, 2007, 09:09 PM
she isnt going to retire for years. she is a fighter and she always wants to win, the motivation will stay for ages, unless she starts losing to everyone and getting serious injuries, which i hope will not be the case

LudwigDvorak
Jan 13th, 2007, 09:10 PM
I can't be the only one that's excited.

:inlove:
Jan 13th, 2007, 09:11 PM
OMG she's gonna retire after the AO then. :sobbing: :sad: :o

LH2HBH
Jan 13th, 2007, 09:14 PM
The Florida-based teen ended 2006 ranked a career-best world number two after a 19-match winning streak that was only ended by Belgian Justine Henin-Hardenne in the last tournament of the season.



I hate it when these supposed sports journalists don't even check all their facts :rolleyes:

sweetpeas
Jan 13th, 2007, 09:15 PM
Life goes on!

Sefo
Jan 13th, 2007, 09:18 PM
I have a feeling she'll retire before Kim. :(

bellascarlett
Jan 13th, 2007, 09:23 PM
Now I can sympathize more with Kim's fans - your fave talking about retirement is :awww:...a bit dramatic I know but still it's not nice to hear about. :lol:

Anyway, I wouldn't take this seriously. She was probably asked if she could imagine herself "doing a Kim Clijsters" and of course just said she probably could and not that she would. Nothing more to it. You can see now that Maria is different from Kim. Kim had a bf really early and has been talking weddings and kids for years. I doubt Maria has had a serious bf. She's too focused on tennis even with her many off court interests. Tennis has been her life so it'll be hard to turn away from it. But I see her getting involved more and more with fashion in the future. But we'll see how she'll be once she gets in a serious relationship.

Anyway, she's just 19 and has her best tennis years ahead of her...It's best to enjoy her and game now that her focus is still on tennis. I wish she'll be like Graf or something in her commitment to being a champion. But I doubt she'll last till she's 30. Like morningglory, I'd like to think 27-29. :)

Oh yeah and hope to God to major career threatening injuries for Maria...:angel:

Emina.
Jan 13th, 2007, 09:23 PM
Maria's career will end ...but not just yet :)

though i have to agree Yuri has let her a bit loose lately :lol:

Ben.
Jan 13th, 2007, 09:25 PM
I hate it when these supposed sports journalists don't even check all their facts :rolleyes:

yes :lol: shows how much they know

bellascarlett
Jan 13th, 2007, 09:26 PM
I think Yuri has let her a bit loose lately. :help:

:lol: oh your obsession with Yuri. ;)

I can't be the only one that's excited.

:lol: Don't get your hopes up. :p

Shimizu Amon
Jan 13th, 2007, 09:34 PM
We'll see...

As long as she's out there I'm gonna enjoy every match that she plays and I will not think about this kinda stuff.

Tennace
Jan 13th, 2007, 09:39 PM
She is probably just saying this for attention, since Kim is getting it for retiring after this year.

But if she is serious, then she will be missed :sad:

Andy.
Jan 13th, 2007, 09:41 PM
All she is saying is that she would consider retiring that young if had had achieved everything she wanted to and she was no longer motivated, its not saying that she will retire in 5 years.

Ben.
Jan 13th, 2007, 09:47 PM
All she is saying is that she would consider retiring that young if had had achieved everything she wanted to and she was no longer motivated, its not saying that she will retire in 5 years.

exactly. besides tennis is her passion :)

bellascarlett
Jan 13th, 2007, 09:50 PM
She is probably just saying this for attention, since Kim is getting it for retiring after this year.


:help: you actually think she said this out of the blue without being asked a question pertaining to kim's retirement? wowww....:rolleyes:

Steffica Greles
Jan 13th, 2007, 10:01 PM
We scoff at this comment from a 19 year-old, just as I dismissed Jana Novotna's prophecy in c1999 that within a decade it would be customary for top professionals to retire before the age of 25.

But let's look at it, shall we. Hingis took a long sabbatical from the game at 22. Venus and Serena have never really been full-timers. Henin struggles and often talks of retirement in two or three seasons. Mauresmo has only stuck around in her quest for grandslam glory, but we'll see how motivated she is now. Clijsters appears adamant that she's on her way out.

Only Davenport really used her late 20s as a time during which she could reach a new level. And, much to her credit, even she could easily have gone at the end of 2001, when she was forced to miss 8 months of tennis with a chronic knee injury that threatened her career. Seles and Capriati were both over by the age of 29, but had they not been playing to make up for lost time, it is doubtful whether either would have played beyond the age of 26.

So it really does look as if there is a trend starting towards early retirement from those players who have already achieved their dreams. Novotna was spot on.

terjw
Jan 13th, 2007, 10:44 PM
:help: you actually think she said this out of the blue without being asked a question pertaining to kim's retirement? wowww....:rolleyes:

Exactly. This is really something we can safely ignore for now. And anyway she said if she loses her motivation. Who knows when / if that will happen. Ask any teenage player if they would consider doing what Kim has done. I bet they'd all come up with the same answer.

When / if Masha does a Kim and announces very specifically the year she will retire - you can start taking the retirement issue seriously.

Slumpsova
Jan 13th, 2007, 10:52 PM
She is probably just saying this for attention, since Kim is getting it for retiring after this year.

But if she is serious, then she will be missed :sad:
i had to agree with you. that's Maria, she does that all the time.
she always wants to be involve with everything that others (top players) do :o

*Jool*
Jan 13th, 2007, 10:55 PM
these young girls earn a lot more money than players from other generations, no wonder they think about shorter careers imo ;)

henmanhill
Jan 13th, 2007, 11:32 PM
Nice when you can talk about retiring in a few years when you're only 19!

bellascarlett
Jan 13th, 2007, 11:38 PM
i had to agree with you. that's Maria, she does that all the time.
she always wants to be involve with everything that others (top players) do :o

007 could be a defining year

Nirmal Shekar

GORGEOUS: Top-seeded Maria Sharapova, a big attraction both on and off the court, is determined to do well at the Australian Open beginning on Monday.

Melbourne: With question marks looming over the careers of many of her peers in the higher reaches of the women's game, 2007 could well turn out to be a defining year in Maria Sharapova's life as a tennis player.

If everything goes well for her, it could be the sort of year that the Russian diva can proudly look back on long years from now and say that she boldly seized her moment when she saw it — the sort of year when she'd much rather shut out the distractions and concentrate on her game.

Fat chance that this is likely to happen; even the most reckless of gamblers would not bet on it.

Interesting interaction


Sample this, a juicy slice of the offering at a press conference on Saturday featuring Sharapova, the women's top seed in the Australian Open championship beginning on Monday:

Question: You were a little bit so-so fashion-wise last year. You were a big hit at the U.S. Open.

Sharapova: Fashion-wise? I am not doing Baby Doll anymore. Baby Doll has gone out of the window.

Question: What do you have in store here this year?

Sharapova: It's a pretty classy dress. It's like lemon chiffon colour, bottom of the dress. It is a little high-waisted. I tend to pay a lot of attention to detail. It is so weird talking fashion with a guy in a tennis conference. A few giggles earlier, she was asked if she can imagine quitting the game at age 24, something that Kim Clijsters has said she was going to do.

For heaven's sake, this woman is still in her teens! Sharapova doesn't turn 20 until April 19, 2007.

But, given the many, many years of growing up in public — a time during which she has good-humouredly dealt with every conceivable trivia question that has come her way — Sharapova wasn't exactly shocked to hear questions about retirement.

"It's hard to think when you are going to stop," said the two-time Grand Slam singles champion. "I am definitely enjoying what I am doing right now. But there are a lot of other things in life than tennis. I want to have a family. I want to try other things in my career."

http://www.hindu.com/2007/01/14/stories/2007011411011600.htm

There ya go...now what were you saying again?! :o

Some people here need to use their brains more...unbelievable...:lol:

Aaron.
Jan 14th, 2007, 12:39 AM
i had to agree with you. that's Maria, she does that all the time.
she always wants to be involve with everything that others (top players) do :o :tape: :tape: :haha:

stevos
Jan 14th, 2007, 01:09 AM
She better go longer than that, I really hope. :sad:

Why did she even have to mention it, it scares me! Oh well, she still has a bunch of years in her. And she'll be at the top for awhile when all of these top girls are gone, so she'll enjoy that and maybe stay?

Ruski
Jan 14th, 2007, 01:12 AM
With the money she is earning right now, she won't have to worry the living for the rest of her life!

So, why not do something ease that she will enjoy when she is still young?

Marcus Jordan
Jan 14th, 2007, 01:17 AM
We know she loves wearing maternity dresses so no surprises here :)