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TeaMMashA
Feb 9th, 2007, 01:37 PM
As we approach Maria's 20th Birthday and the end of her teenage years i thought it would be a nice idea to vote on what was her greatest achievement as a teenager.

1/. Debuting On The Tour Rankings

2/. Cracking The Top 100

3/. First Tour Title In the Japan Open, youngest winner on Tour in 2003 (16 Years, 5 Months and 16 Days)

http://82.197.197.197/pictures/2003/Tokyo/lux705,087369680405.jpg

4/. Winning Wimbledon (1st Grandslam Title, Lowest Seeded (Since Been Passed), 3rd Youngest Champion and 1st Russian Champion)

http://82.197.197.197/pictures/2004/Wimbledon/wim158.jpg

5/. Breaking The Ranking In 2004 (Top 20 debut at No.19 (April 5), Top 10 debut at No.8 (July 5, after Wimbledon), Top 5 debut at year end (November 15)

6/. Qualifying for the first time and winning the Season Ending Championships.

http://82.197.197.197/pictures/2004/los_angeles/907749062109554.jpg

7/. Becoming The World Number One (15th Women, 1st Russian and the 5th Youngest)

http://mashafan.free.fr/galeriephoto/albums/troph%E9/troph%E9%20numero%201%202005/maria_number1.jpg

8/. Winning US Open (2nd Grandslam Title)

http://mashafan.free.fr/galeriephoto/albums/photoshoot/2006/usopen2006trophy/normal_sharapova_fr_poseuso2006_021.jpg

9/. Season Ending 2006 Ranked World Number 2 (Her highest season ending rank)

10/. Other (Please State)

Kipling
Feb 9th, 2007, 03:08 PM
Winning Wimbledon at 17 and only a couple of months.

While I personally think she's a better player now and has played better matches since then, when you put that into perspective, it is an amazing accomplishment. She beat arguably the then two best grass court players in the world back to back, issuing a complete and total beat down during the final three sets she played.

Becker-like.

Even if she were to win a dozen slams, I doubt any accomplishment would come close to that one for sheer brilliance.

TeaMMashA
Feb 9th, 2007, 03:15 PM
I agree with you I Heart Masha (sorry don't know your name) it is going to take something special to beat that.

Seems pretty convincing so far what her greatest achievement is :lol:

Shimizu Amon
Feb 9th, 2007, 05:07 PM
I voted winning the US Open, but I think they are all huge achievements.
And she will have lots of them to come in her near future.

SuperMaria
Feb 9th, 2007, 05:13 PM
Best achievements were wimbledon and us open wins but I voted wimbledon as she was the underdog there. At Us Open she was not the underdog really.

Outlander
Feb 9th, 2007, 05:17 PM
The U.S. Open

Proving the first slam was not a fluke !

Maria Croft
Feb 9th, 2007, 06:01 PM
Winning the US Open

Dan23
Feb 10th, 2007, 06:21 AM
Winning Wimbledon without doubt :worship:

At the time I was stunned by the achievement...it was a brilliant tournament.

Ksenia.
Feb 10th, 2007, 10:36 AM
Wimbledon. I think it was a turning point in her career.

Emina.
Feb 10th, 2007, 12:16 PM
deffinetly Wimbledon--the one that started it all :)

XCoco
Feb 10th, 2007, 01:39 PM
Winning Wimbledon definitely...

I think, without Wimbledon, she would not be here as she is now.

shad9480
Feb 10th, 2007, 06:36 PM
The world may forget how she ends her career but the world will never forget how she announces her arrival in the tennis world...Wimbledon 2004 :worship:

Kim's_fan_4ever
Feb 10th, 2007, 09:10 PM
Winning Wimbledon, that was a crucial moment in her career

Kitten63
Feb 10th, 2007, 09:53 PM
Winning wimbledon,that was amazing.

bellascarlett
Feb 11th, 2007, 04:52 AM
Wimbledon 2004, without a doubt.

Will always be a classic. It was on that magical day that a star was definitely born. :)

She just seemed destined for that win at 17. And when one looks at the other young players, one all the more appreciates how amazing that win was for Maria at that time.

It's probably the Maria match that I will never tire of watching the most. Everytime I watch it, the Maria in that match still never ceases to amaze me.

Andy.
Feb 11th, 2007, 07:06 AM
It has to be Wimbledon, it came out of no where and she just played brilliant tennis. It was the begining of the Sharapova empire and made her the star that she is today.

lakan kildap
Feb 11th, 2007, 10:02 AM
Winning Wimbledon at 17 and only a couple of months.

While I personally think she's a better player now and has played better matches since then, when you put that into perspective, it is an amazing accomplishment. She beat arguably the then two best grass court players in the world back to back, issuing a complete and total beat down during the final three sets she played.

Becker-like.

Even if she were to win a dozen slams, I doubt any accomplishment would come close to that one for sheer brilliance.

I agree. Nothing beats Wimbledon in my book. Even if it becomes the last grasscourt tournament standing 20 years from now, it will still be the greatest event in tennis.

Dan23
Feb 11th, 2007, 10:58 AM
Wimbledon 2004, without a doubt.

Will always be a classic. It was on that magical day that a star was definitely born. :)

She just seemed destined for that win at 17. And when one looks at the other young players, one all the more appreciates how amazing that win was for Maria at that time.Exactly...it separated Maria from all the other young up-and-comers. It showed she was special.

It's probably the Maria match that I will never tire of watching the most. Everytime I watch it, the Maria in that match still never ceases to amaze me.:worship:

Craigy
Feb 11th, 2007, 11:08 AM
Winning Wimbledon. That win hurt me the most :p
But she played scarily good in that match :scared:

xan
Feb 11th, 2007, 12:24 PM
Its a toss-up between winning Wimbledon and No 1.

But i voted for No 1, since fewer people achieve No 1 asa a teenager than winning a slam.

Porcupine
Feb 11th, 2007, 01:47 PM
Well, definitely Wimbledon, without any doubt in my mind. It was just amazing, even with an non-tennis-fan like me (at that moment). It was a moment that made me smile, just that ;)

Plus, if she didn't win it I wouldn't be here today :p

Il Primo!
Feb 11th, 2007, 01:48 PM
Wimbledon. She seemed so fragile in the early 2004. The way she improved was really astounding

Steve-o
Feb 11th, 2007, 03:23 PM
Has to be Winning Wimbledon. An amazing achievement for someone so young and inexperienced at that level, it was one of the most inspiring performances I've seen in sport. :worship:

myxomatosis
Feb 11th, 2007, 09:50 PM
The Wimby win rocked, no doubt, but I think her US Open win topped even that. It really cemented her place in the top echelon of elite players and forever cast aside the Wimbledon "fluke win" argument that her detractors so loved to bandy about. The USO win confirmed what we already knew: that Maria was no "One Slam Wonder" and that there will be plenty of GS titles coming her way in the future :rocker:

Dan23
Feb 11th, 2007, 10:17 PM
I dont know how anyone can rate anything higher than that magic Wimby win :p

myxomatosis
Feb 11th, 2007, 10:31 PM
I believe I just did Daniel! :p

Dan23
Feb 11th, 2007, 10:43 PM
Yes you did, but I dont know how you can do that. :scratch:

Watch the Wimby 3R/4R/QF/SF/F videos again and then come back and tell me that it isnt the best :p

myxomatosis
Feb 12th, 2007, 12:04 AM
Yes you did, but I dont know how you can do that. :scratch:

Watch the Wimby 3R/4R/QF/SF/F videos again and then come back and tell me that it isnt the best :pActually I only have the final on DVD :tape:

And I'm sticking to my guns! :armed:

USO is the way to go! :banana:

TeaMMashA
Feb 12th, 2007, 12:53 PM
Yes you did, but I dont know how you can do that. :scratch:

Watch the Wimby 3R/4R/QF/SF/F videos again and then come back and tell me that it isnt the best :p

I have them :D and i agree with you i don't know how anything can top Maria's Wimbledon win it is almost unthinkable!

Maria Croft
Feb 12th, 2007, 09:03 PM
I dont know how anyone can rate anything higher than that magic Wimby win :p


Because that's what it was, just like magic, it was so unreal, even for Maria, her reaction to winning the US Open after all her hard work, that was so awesome to see, so that's why I chose the US Open victory over Wimbledon.

SuperMaria
Feb 12th, 2007, 10:40 PM
Because that's what it was, just like magic, it was so unreal, even for Maria, her reaction to winning the US Open after all her hard work, that was so awesome to see, so that's why I chose the US Open victory over Wimbledon.


The US Open win was more or less expected. She was the favourite or at least joint favourite going into the tournament. Wouldn't call it unreal, however the wimbledon win was like a fairytale story

Shimizu Amon
Feb 12th, 2007, 10:46 PM
The US Open win was more or less expected. She was the favourite or at least joint favourite going into the tournament. Wouldn't call it unreal, however the wimbledon win was like a fairytale story

I'm surprised that you said it was more or less expected!?! It's tennis we're talking about. One can never expect this, only hope. And Masha didn't play amazingly in the first week. She started to play better and better and besides that she had to defeat players who she had a negative H2H balance. So who expected her to win the US Open!?! Hoped yes, expected no.

So I share the thoughts of Summon. Not saying anything negative about her dream run taking the Wimbledon title.

rockwithme
Feb 13th, 2007, 06:40 AM
wimbledon.. it really put her on the map

good lord this girl has accomplished so much and she's still a wee baby..just fucken amazing

myxomatosis
Feb 13th, 2007, 07:05 AM
Because that's what it was, just like magic, it was so unreal, even for Maria, her reaction to winning the US Open after all her hard work, that was so awesome to see, so that's why I chose the US Open victory over Wimbledon.Vindication! :nerner:

Rock on Jakim!! :rocker2:

Dan23
Feb 13th, 2007, 07:21 AM
nah thats not enough :p

If it wasnt for her performance at Wimby, Maria wouldnt be known as the player she is today....only 2 people had EVER won Wimbledon at a younger age :p plus Maria beat very experienced (and former champion) players enroute to the title, and with style too ;). The way she handled that final was too good! The US Open was a great achievement but Maria was a name player by then and had been a former #1 seed.

xan
Feb 13th, 2007, 03:12 PM
HaHa. I like the new avatar, Dan. :lol:

Mikey B
Mar 20th, 2007, 05:24 PM
winning wimbledon for sure...

yeah theres been plenty of teenage champions but they all won at a time when the women's tour wasnt as physical or powerful as it was in 04 and is today...

also when you see players such as vaidisova and jankovic reach their first grand slam semi's and 'choke' it makes you appreciate how impressive it was for her to be so strong and confident in herself to take the title at such a young age...

but all those other acomplishments are awesome too, not many adult tennis players have done those things that she's done as a teen...

Kipling
Mar 20th, 2007, 05:48 PM
also when you see players such as vaidisova and jankovic reach their first grand slam semi's and 'choke' it makes you appreciate how impressive it was for her to be so strong and confident in herself to take the title at such a young age...

Precisely.

History is littered with tennis prodigies who did "well" in slams (see also Jaeger, Capriati, Kournikova, et al) but the more you see that happen, the more you realize it takes something exceedingly speacial to break through and be a champion.

Maria won the first two slam finals she made--that's pretty impressive no matter who you are.

LDF
Mar 20th, 2007, 06:32 PM
Winning Wimbledon - to see a relatively inexperienced teenager stay so composed in the latter stages of a Grand Slam was very impressive. She played superb tennis in those two weeks. :worship:

nelsondan
Mar 20th, 2007, 07:57 PM
Take me at my word. I am not joking about this.

I think her doodles are among her greatest accomplishments, because......

She lives a life full of huge accomplishments. It involves training, performing in front of huge audiences, making business decisions, speaking and answering all sorts of questions, knowing that any misstep in what she says or does will be magnified and amplified.

She has a great life, but an enormously complicated life.

Then I get to read her doodles, and think----how remarkable for her to have such an honest perspective and sense of humour about it all.

A lot of famous people do not.

tennisjunky
Mar 20th, 2007, 09:45 PM
picked us open because it was her second slam and you couldn't say she just got lucky. she can never be considered a one slam wonder, two slams is almost a guarentee into the hall of fame.

!!!--Duiz™--!!!
Apr 10th, 2007, 10:02 AM
Winning Wimbledon without doubt :worship:

At the time I was stunned by the achievement...it was a brilliant tournament.

I mirror your sentiment... hand down!:worship: