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Sep 16th, 2007, 08:35 AM
(Transworld Sport may be televised in other countries, but the details in this message are specific to the UK.)

There will be a 7-minute documentary on Maria in next week's Transworld Sport, looking back to the original documentary they did on her when she was 14.

It will be televised on Channel 4 on Sunday morning, 23rd September. It's too far in advance to give a start-time, but recent editions of Transworld Sport have started at 07:00, 06:30 and 06:35 BST.

The preview of the documentary is in this week's Transworld Sport, which is repeated with sign-language at 04:30 BST on {Friday night/Saturday morning} on Channel 4.

The preview was 51 minutes into today's broadcast of Transworld Sport, so I recommend 05:15 as a safe start-time for timer-record (the repeat is 5 minutes shorter than the original broadcast), and 05:27 as a safe stop-time (Transworld Sport has been known to start up to 5 minutes late).

There's also a brief glimpse of Maria after the US Open finals in this week's Transworld Sport, which were 2 minutes into today's broadcast (safe start-time 04:31, safe stop-time 04:40). And for those of you who will want to know who was the last woman to win four US Opens in a row, the answer was 42 minutes into today's broadcast.

Dr. Andrew Broad


Sep 16th, 2007, 08:43 AM
can you record this program aboat Maria?

Sep 21st, 2007, 11:36 AM
would any good guys record this episode and then upload it here? please!!!

Sep 21st, 2007, 05:44 PM
:yeah: Cheers for the heads up Andrew.

Sep 23rd, 2007, 04:47 PM
(Transworld Sport may be televised in other countries, but the details in this message are specific to the UK.)

There is a 7-minute documentary on Maria in this week's Transworld Sport, looking back to the original documentary they did on her when she was 14.

Transworld Sport is repeated with sign-language at 04:00 BST on {Friday night/Saturday morning} on Channel 4.

There is a 10-second trailer for the documentary in the first minute of Transworld Sport. For this, I recommend 03:59 as a safe start-time for timer-record, and 04:06 as a safe stop-time (Transworld Sport has been known to start up to 5 minutes late).

The documentary itself is preceded by a 3-minute round-up of last week's tennis (Fed Cup final + ATP China Open). This 10-minute block of tennis started 16 minutes and 58 seconds into today's broadcast of Transworld Sport (safe start-time 04:15, safe stop-time 04:32).

All they show of the Fed Cup final is four points from the Svetlana Kuznetsova v Francesca Schiavone rubber that gave Russia an unassailable 3:0 lead. But there are close-ups of Maria cheering for Russia, and joining in the post-match hugs with captain Shamil Tarpishchev, muscular Nadia Petrova, ultracute Anna Chakvetadze and beautiful Elena Vesnina.

The Maria-documentary is set at the Nick Bollettieri Academy in Florida, and takes the form of a video-diary filmed by the 14-year-old Maria. It starts with her on a tennis-court, swinging around with the video-camera pointing at herself. She's wearing a white shirt, orange skirt and white tennis-shoes. She also gets her father on camera, telling him to say 'hi'.

The next scene is Maria practising with some blonde guy. She hits a serve - accompanied by her famous grunt - followed by some forehands and backhands (the camera is on the players, not the rally).

Nick Bollettieri: "She's a very determined young lady. That's what stands out. She's another Seles. She's very selfish in her own ways - she wants to help herself. And that's what it really takes to be a great warrior or great business-person: is taking care of yourself. She's not mean to other people - by far she's not mean - but it's Maria Sharapova. And that's what's required to be the best."

The next scene shows Maria running on a road outside the Academy, along with then-unknown players of whom I recognise Tatiana Golovin and Jelena Jankovic. Maria is wearing a cyan open-shouldered top, white shorts and grey trainers, while Tatiana looks very fetching in a tight, black, long-sleeved outfit with a bare midriff.

Then Maria is giving an interview, wearing a bright cyan shirt. She looks cute and extremely pretty, whereas nowadays she looks sexy and sophisticated instead.

Maria: "I went to an exhibition in Moscow, where Navrátilová was there, and she just saw me hit couple of balls, and she said that I had a lot of talent, and when we were back home, you know, just decided that it is better to... to come to the United States, and the first place we thought of was Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy."

There is another brief glimpse of Maria practising groundstrokes and working her way up the court, then she gives us a tour of her living-quarters. The first thing we see is a door with "MARIA" on it in large, colourful letters with teddy-bear heads at the top and shoes at the bottom.

Maria: "Well, this is my room. Okay. You see; you walk; you see my name: it's 'Maria'. Luckily I don't have my last name because it would be too long for the door. But when you come in, it's all nice."

She goes through the door. There's a double bed with a laptop (which is on) and a teddy-bear. As she pans left with the video-camera, we see a chest of drawers with three lighted candles, a lamp, a little book called "Aromatherapy A-Z", a card, an alarm-clock, a little teddy-bear, a tall candle in a golden candlestick, and an indescribable ornament, and we see Maria herself in the mirror. She's wearing a cyan closed-shouldered shirt, white trousers and bare feet.

Maria: "Wow, look at this. Okay. Let me tell you more about myself, because I'm very into candles and aromatherapy and relaxing and stuff, so whenever you come here, the first thing you'll probably see is a candle! <laughing> And like you see, I have a little booklet: aromatherapy-booklet. Oh, my lamp. Oh, and that's me! See - hi! <waving>

"This is my bed. It looks so comfy, so I just can't wait to jump on it! <laughing> Woooh! <jumping onto the bed>

"Oh, and look who this is! <pointing the camera at a toy-dog> Well this guy came from France, erm, he's not real, of course, but this is a little... oh, he's so, so, so, so, so, so cute!"

Then she pans the camera past a TV and a toy-kangaroo that she obviously acquired at the Australian Open, and up to a large plastic wallet with several small photographs stuck to it with diagonal strips creating a pattern of diamonds. The photos are evidently from the Australian Open 2002, where she reached the Girls' Gingles final: in the top row, she's wearing red, and shaking hands with a girl - presumably Elke Clijsters from what she says below - in a top with white and orange stripes. In the lower photos, it's Maria who's wearing that top.

Maria: "And up here, this is the wall of fame. This is my wall; erm, I put new pictures wherever I go, and this, right now, is set in the Australian Open mood where some of the pictures... upgrade the pictures... that was when I won my quarter-final, signing some autographs, and erm... some close-up pictures of me."

The next scene shows Maria in some sort of training-room, bouncing an enormous purple ball that's half as tall as herself at that age! She's wearing the same outfit as in her bedroom, plus white sandals. Then she's sitting on the side of a swimming-pool, splashing water at the camera, and laughing.

And then it cuts back to the interview to discuss the first-ever WTA tournament of Maria's career: Indian Wells 2002, where she beat Brie Rippner 5-7 6-1 6-2, and was beaten in the second round 6-0 6-2 by the greatest tennis-player of all time: Monica Seles.

Maria: "What's unbelievable: I won my first round, and I played Monica Seles, and that's the most unbelievable feeling you can get, because, you know, it's Monica Seles on the other side of the net, so I felt like it was the best match that I ever played, because I did play a really, really great match, and I felt it was... it was like a one-life opportunity, so it just felt unbelievable."

Then it cuts back to Maria's bedroom, where she now has albums of stamps open on her bed - and a closed one entitled "Maria's Stamps". The media would ridicule Maria for being a stamp-collector when she revealed it in an interview at Wimbledon 2006, but anyone who saw the original Transworld Sport documentary had already known since 2002!

Maria: "We are back. I'm a very big stamp-collector, and as you may see, all of this on the bed is stamps - albums and albums of stamps. You see 'Maria's Stamps' - that was my first album that I had. And I'm very into... very into collecting animals and many plants, and you see I have a lot of American stamps; I have Russian stamps, French stamps. I have very different stamps on here, and they're very old, and my uncle and my mom collected them, and now they passed it on to me. So, you know, it's a very old album as you can see! But I still love to collect it, because I know some day they're gonna be very, very... famous, worth a lot, so I'm glad that I'm collecting it right now."

Then there's some new footage from 2006 of Maria boarding a private aeroplane: she's wearing a pink hat, white coat, brown bag, blue trousers and brown boots, and is with this other girl who's quite cute - I think I've seen her in other off-court photos with Maria, and I speculate that she might be Estelle or Erryn - a couple of friends who've recently been mentioned on Maria's official website <http://www.mariasharapova.com/>.

Back in 2002, Maria is filming herself in a grassy area with trees and fences outside her living-quarters at the Bollettieri Academy.

Maria: "This is me again. <singing> It's a beautiful day to live your life on the grass, 'cause you've got no satisfaction, ooh! </singing> I like music too. Well, I am walking to the Academy; this is a little passageway from my house. See you a bit later, okay. See ya!"

There is then some footage of Anna Kournikova - the Russian trailblazer who ultimately became more famous for her glamour than her tennis-achievements. In 2002, Maria was billed as "the new Kournikova".

Maria: "Well, I respect all the players on the Tour, including Anna. I just try to be myself all the time: try to be Maria Sharapova and not try to be anyone else."

Interestingly, Maria pronounces "Sharapova" with the stress on the 'o' rather than on the middle 'a'. In an interview at Wimbledon 2004, she explained that it's correct to pronounce it the former way when speaking English, and the latter way when speaking Russian.

And talking of Wimbledon 2004, they then showed the final point of her final-triumph! Serena Williams, receiving, dumped a forehand into the bottom of the net on the fourth stroke, whereupon Maria sank to her knees in triumph. The documentary concludes with Maria holding aloft the Venus Rosewater Dish.

Sue Carpenter: "Since we first met her, Sharapova has well and truly eclipsed everything Kournikova achieved in tennis, and she's replaced her as the planet's most marketable sportswoman."

Dr. Andrew Broad


Sep 25th, 2007, 01:46 PM
Thanks for that.

Sep 25th, 2007, 04:53 PM
i watched it and it was great lol she was so cute back then and in the no strings one which is very similar u dont get to see her sing that much but in this one you and she sounds so cute too :D