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Marcell
Mar 18th, 2009, 05:38 PM
Sharapova dangling at career crossroads




Posted by James Martin, TENNIS.com

Maria Sharapova has always walked a fine line. On the one hand, she's as driven as they come on the court. Her game might not be the most aesthetically (and aurally) pleasing, but there's never been any mistaking her desire to win once the first ball is in play. In this regard, Sharapova is much like Monica Seles in her prime, someone who gave the impression that she'd run over her own mother to win a match. Yet, despite this intensity, Sharapova's hardly had tunnel vision. Off-court ambitions, from fashion to photo shoots, have always figured prominently in her life.

Since turning pro in 2001, Sharapova's done a decent job of balancing her interests. It's hard, after all, to give someone too much stick when they've won three majors and reached the final of another. But as she attempts to return from shoulder surgery, you get the feeling that the 24-year-old Russian is at a career crossroads.

Last week, in an effort to see how her shoulder would respond in a match, Sharapova played doubles at Indian Wells with fellow Russian Elena Vesnina. They lost in three sets, and Sharapova, who hasn't competed in a singles tournament since last August, said she doesn't have a timetable for when she'll play again.

For her sake, it won't be too much longer. Unless your name is Serena or Andre, an extended layoff is not going to do your game any favors. Just ask Lleyton Hewitt. At this level, as the competition constantly improves, losing even a half a step can mean the difference between getting the ball back and getting beat. Sharapova's wheels are fine, of course, and though she's no speed merchant, she can work her way back to match fitness.

But what about the shoulder? Her serve was one of her biggest weapons. Stripped of a powerful delivery, Maria Sharapova becomes Elena Dementieva -- a good, but not great, player. (Indeed, I'd probably pick Dementieva in that head-to-head scenario.)

In the midst of Sharapova's comeback came word that she may executive produce a MTV reality show based loosely on her life. Though it's too early to put much stock in this (Sharapova once explored a tennis-themed show for the CW that never got off the ground), the news is ill timed. If ever there was a moment in Sharapova's career when she should cast off all off-court distractions, throw away the fashion doodle pads, and focus only on her tennis, it's now.

I'm also reminded of a conversation I had with Sharapova last spring in Manhattan. I asked her if she saw herself competing well into her twenties. After flashing me an "Are you kidding?" look, she emphatically dismissed the idea, saying that she didn't see herself as one of those careerist tennis types.

But that was before rotator cuff surgery. Perhaps the extended layoff has changed her outlook. Perhaps it's ignited a newfound passion for tennis. She'll need one, because it doesn't take much for this sport to pass you by.


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HRHoliviasmith
Mar 18th, 2009, 05:42 PM
again i ask, when did sharapova turn 24?

AnnaK_4ever
Mar 18th, 2009, 05:47 PM
Sharapova dangling at career crossroads

Posted by James Martin, TENNIS.com

Since turning pro in 2001, Sharapova's done a decent job of balancing her interests. It's hard, after all, to give someone too much stick when they've won three majors and reached the final of another. But as she attempts to return from shoulder surgery, you get the feeling that the 24-year-old Russian is at a career crossroads.


James Martin, you FAILED! Next moron, please!

KournikovaFan91
Mar 18th, 2009, 05:49 PM
:lol: It might just be a typo.

Svetlana.
Mar 18th, 2009, 05:50 PM
anyone can write nowadays :lol:

FoxyliciousKhat
Mar 18th, 2009, 05:54 PM
Sharapova dangling at career crossroads




Posted by James Martin, TENNIS.com

Maria Sharapova has always walked a fine line. On the one hand, she's as driven as they come on the court. Her game might not be the most aesthetically (and aurally) pleasing, but there's never been any mistaking her desire to win once the first ball is in play. In this regard, Sharapova is much like Monica Seles in her prime, someone who gave the impression that she'd run over her own mother to win a match. Yet, despite this intensity, Sharapova's hardly had tunnel vision. Off-court ambitions, from fashion to photo shoots, have always figured prominently in her life.

Since turning pro in 2001, Sharapova's done a decent job of balancing her interests. It's hard, after all, to give someone too much stick when they've won three majors and reached the final of another. But as she attempts to return from shoulder surgery, you get the feeling that the 24-year-old Russian is at a career crossroads.

Last week, in an effort to see how her shoulder would respond in a match, Sharapova played doubles at Indian Wells with fellow Russian Elena Vesnina. They lost in three sets, and Sharapova, who hasn't competed in a singles tournament since last August, said she doesn't have a timetable for when she'll play again.

For her sake, it won't be too much longer. Unless your name is Serena or Andre, an extended layoff is not going to do your game any favors. Just ask Lleyton Hewitt. At this level, as the competition constantly improves, losing even a half a step can mean the difference between getting the ball back and getting beat. Sharapova's wheels are fine, of course, and though she's no speed merchant, she can work her way back to match fitness.

But what about the shoulder? Her serve was one of her biggest weapons. Stripped of a powerful delivery, Maria Sharapova becomes Elena Dementieva -- a good, but not great, player. (Indeed, I'd probably pick Dementieva in that head-to-head scenario.)

In the midst of Sharapova's comeback came word that she may executive produce a MTV reality show based loosely on her life. Though it's too early to put much stock in this (Sharapova once explored a tennis-themed show for the CW that never got off the ground), the news is ill timed. If ever there was a moment in Sharapova's career when she should cast off all off-court distractions, throw away the fashion doodle pads, and focus only on her tennis, it's now.

I'm also reminded of a conversation I had with Sharapova last spring in Manhattan. I asked her if she saw herself competing well into her twenties. After flashing me an "Are you kidding?" look, she emphatically dismissed the idea, saying that she didn't see herself as one of those careerist tennis types.

But that was before rotator cuff surgery. Perhaps the extended layoff has changed her outlook. Perhaps it's ignited a newfound passion for tennis. She'll need one, because it doesn't take much for this sport to pass you by.


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Oh for crying out loud, leave her alone. If doing other things while she heals will help her not think to much about her injury I say go ahead Maria. I'm not happy the show will be on MTV if it does get picked up but diversity is good, so go for it Maria.

Foxy

Philbo
Mar 18th, 2009, 05:54 PM
A) I dont think her career is at a cross roads. She is just experiencing her first really major injury woes, which happens to nearly every player at some stage or another. 'Big Babes' power tennis types are way more injury prone than previous generations due to the nature of their games... harder on the body...

B) A lot of players never really plan to play til they hit 30. Serena said she wouldnt, Venus said she wouldnt at various stages. Its easy to say that when you are 22 and have lots of offers for things outside tennis on your plate. But take a year or two out of tennis, and the player is nowwhere near the celebrity they were when they were actually winning tennis tournaments. I still think she will be around til her early 30's or however long she remains a competitive force on tour.

nelsondan
Mar 18th, 2009, 05:59 PM
That was some party, back in 2011.

An extremely drunk Paris Hilton tried to crash Maria's 24th birthday party and ended up with a black eye. Maria was unapologetic the next day, saying "I just hit her with a light left jab. She is lucky I did not land a right hook---my right arm is a lethal weapon since my full recovery from my shoulder operation in 2008."

Emina.
Mar 18th, 2009, 06:01 PM
:sad::sad::sad:

Mightymirza
Mar 18th, 2009, 06:02 PM
well she seems to be bit scared of losing :shrug: She just has to go out ther and play! There is no escape from losing if you eventually wanna win :shrug:

Shvedbarilescu
Mar 18th, 2009, 06:02 PM
There do seem to be a few articles saying she's 24 at the moment. I've read this several times recently. I am not at all suggesting it is correct. I myself am quite happy to accept the age that she was born as April 19 1987. But there must by some incorrect date going around somewhere that journalists are using. Or maybe they are just guessing she is 24 because she has been around a while. Whatever, it is not a mistake journalists should be making and that this isn't the 1st time I have seen this. Weird.

Shvedbarilescu
Mar 18th, 2009, 06:16 PM
A) I dont think her career is at a cross roads. She is just experiencing her first really major injury woes, which happens to nearly every player at some stage or another. 'Big Babes' power tennis types are way more injury prone than previous generations due to the nature of their games... harder on the body...

B) A lot of players never really plan to play til they hit 30. Serena said she wouldnt, Venus said she wouldnt at various stages. Its easy to say that when you are 22 and have lots of offers for things outside tennis on your plate. But take a year or two out of tennis, and the player is nowwhere near the celebrity they were when they were actually winning tennis tournaments. I still think she will be around til her early 30's or however long she remains a competitive force on tour.

I don't know how long Sharapova will play til. But I have learnt about life that no really knows what they will feel years down the road. I could say I will never do this and five years later feel totally differently. I am sure Henin never planned on retiring before she reached her 26th birthday. But she did. No player ever really knows how long they are going to play for. Indeed I don't think anybody really knows who they will be or what they will feel like in three or four years time so to make plans for the future based on how one feels in the present is always a rather silly endeavor.

Basically any plans any player has whether they are indicating that they plan to play for a long time or a short time, I take it with a grain of salt.

VeeReeDavJCap81
Mar 18th, 2009, 06:41 PM
An article full of errors and speculation :rolleyes:

Ciarán
Mar 18th, 2009, 06:46 PM
Pointless article :lol:
I really do not see what it is trying to say :shrug:. If it is hinting at Marias immediate retirement from the game, then it's a complete joke. Maria is uber competitive and would not just give up the game without making an attempt at a comeback.

Kipling
Mar 18th, 2009, 06:51 PM
... because it doesn't take much for this sport to pass you by.





This is the funniest line in the whole article. What does he think she needs to do to keep up--practice double faulting more? Women's tennis has devolved in the past three years and is presently teetering on the brink of ineptitude, such that Henin, Clijsters or Sharapova could come back, play left handed, and still win against 99% of this field.

Davenport should have waited for baby 2 because she could have won another slam in this environment.

tonybotz
Mar 18th, 2009, 06:57 PM
I Heart Masha, I totally agree. This article was totally overreacting... Kimiko Freakin' Date has even made a successful comeback at 38, i'm sure Maria can come back. The only thing that worries me is the severity of the injury.

RenaSlam.
Mar 18th, 2009, 07:01 PM
Not a very good article.

frenchie
Mar 18th, 2009, 07:01 PM
Maria and her fans never liked the comparison but Maria's career is going the same way as Kournikova's one!

How funny

Bounty Hunter
Mar 18th, 2009, 07:05 PM
If ever there was a moment in Sharapova's career when she should cast off all off-court distractions, throw away the fashion doodle pads, and focus only on her tennis, it's now.



:rolleyes::rolleyes:

watchdogfish
Mar 18th, 2009, 07:17 PM
(...)For her sake, it won't be too much longer. Unless your name is Serena or Andre, an extended layoff is not going to do your game any favors. Just ask Lleyton Hewitt. At this level, as the competition constantly improves, losing even a half a step can mean the difference between getting the ball back and getting beat(...)

Well Martina Hingis managed to get back into the top 10 after 3 years out :lol:

It's silly to throw in Hewitt there too. Different circumstances and the men's game is a totally different animal :shrug:

Vaidisova Ruled
Mar 18th, 2009, 07:21 PM
Maria and her fans never liked the comparison but Maria's career is going the same way as Kournikova's one!

How funny
I hope Maria will recover and win another grand slam (I don't like to talk in that way) but Maria won 3 slams, AO, US Open and Wimbledon. When you win a grand slam, you are in history.
Maria will never be like Anna Kournikova. Maria is in history, Anna is in US Weekly.

Rumkin
Mar 18th, 2009, 07:23 PM
Maria and her fans never liked the comparison but Maria's career is going the same way as Kournikova's one!

How funny

:haha: not surprising to see you in a Maria thread...again.

While Anna never won a singles title Maria already won 3 Majors before the age of 21....yeah not quite the same.

ImaVeggie
Mar 18th, 2009, 07:23 PM
Maria and her fans never liked the comparison but Maria's career is going the same way as Kournikova's one!

How funny

Yeah as I remember it, after Anna won her 3 majors, she just started slippin'. Thanks for your insight... Not !!

Talula
Mar 18th, 2009, 07:52 PM
Maria is injured. She is quite rightly taking all the time she needs to recover. And then she will be back.

If only others had done the same: Austin (played under treatment when it was dangerous to do so), Hingis (foot), Seles (foot) etc.

This does NOT mean she does not take tennis seriously, it means she DOES. Maria does not play if she shouldn't, Maria will play when it is safe to - because she wants a long career.

goldenlox
Mar 18th, 2009, 08:06 PM
This is a bland article that anyone can write.
She's trying to get back but there's no rush. She's 21, and it's a slow process after rotator cuff surgery

saul1333
Mar 18th, 2009, 08:10 PM
comparing an injured maria to lena :fiery:

DA FOREHAND
Mar 18th, 2009, 08:53 PM
This is the funniest line in the whole article. What does he think she needs to do to keep up--practice double faulting more? Women's tennis has devolved in the past three years and is presently teetering on the brink of ineptitude, such that Henin, Clijsters or Sharapova could come back, play left handed, and still win against 99% of this field.

Davenport should have waited for baby 2 because she could have won another slam in this environment.

you think? A healthy top of her game Lindsay hadn't won a slam in nine years.

Which major do you think she could bag?

young_gunner913
Mar 18th, 2009, 08:53 PM
Masha will come back and be better then ever :worship:

Grand Phantasm
Mar 18th, 2009, 08:53 PM
Poor Maria I feel sorry for her

DA FOREHAND
Mar 18th, 2009, 08:55 PM
I Heart Masha, I totally agree. This article was totally overreacting... Kimiko Freakin' Date has even made a successful comeback at 38, i'm sure Maria can come back. The only thing that worries me is the severity of the injury.

Kimiko, made a successful comeback? Where did she comeback to? I'm sure plenty of retired players can make some coins on the ITF circuit. :rolleyes:

DA FOREHAND
Mar 18th, 2009, 08:55 PM
Poor Maria I feel sorry for her

she's rich ! get over it!

Rumkin
Mar 18th, 2009, 08:58 PM
she's rich ! get over it!

That's the most ridiculous thing :rolleyes:

spartanfan
Mar 18th, 2009, 09:00 PM
A) I dont think her career is at a cross roads. She is just experiencing her first really major injury woes, which happens to nearly every player at some stage or another. 'Big Babes' power tennis types are way more injury prone than previous generations due to the nature of their games... harder on the body...

B) A lot of players never really plan to play til they hit 30. Serena said she wouldnt, Venus said she wouldnt at various stages. Its easy to say that when you are 22 and have lots of offers for things outside tennis on your plate. But take a year or two out of tennis, and the player is nowwhere near the celebrity they were when they were actually winning tennis tournaments. I still think she will be around til her early 30's or however long she remains a competitive force on tour.
Finally, a voice of reason. I personally think the break will do her a world of good. Heal the shoulder, give her body a break, give her mind some down time. I don't see what the problem is. If the shoulder heals properly, she should be back within the top 5 in less than a years time.

Kipling
Mar 18th, 2009, 09:21 PM
you think? A healthy top of her game Lindsay hadn't won a slam in nine years.

Which major do you think she could bag?

An Australian or USO wouldn't be out of the question for a player like Davenport against a field without Henin or Sharapova in it.

The difference is that women's tennis is in the doldrums now. Mauresmo hasn't been a factor in anything since 2006. Ivanovic has ability, but her head appears to be in outer space at the moment. Jankovic is too slow afoot at the moment from her physical training over the offseason. All due respect to players like Safina and Dementieva, but they have never impressed me as players capable of winning a slam without a plethora of upsets helping them out. Davenport has beaten both Williamses and while she wouldn't be the favorite against either, knowing you can do it is half the battle. Nobody else is even close to being a slam contender, IMO.


Davenport has a big serve that's normally very reliable, fluid, penetrating groundstrokes and experience. I don't say that Davenport would be a favorite, but under the right set of circumstances, she could win one now, sure.

Poiree
Mar 18th, 2009, 09:22 PM
hope she will return soon... even I don't want her to retire yet

Radix2
Mar 18th, 2009, 09:59 PM
Maria should not feel pressured by these so called journalists to come back. She should return when she is 100% ready. This is the same crap they started when Serena took time off. I remember Serena saying that she'll come when she is sure she is able to perform at a high level. Maria should do the same.

crazillo
Mar 18th, 2009, 10:04 PM
Quote of the article:

"At this level, as the competition constantly improves, losing even a half a step can mean the difference between getting the ball back and getting beat."

Disgraces the whole article and makes it pointless. ;)

Slutiana
Mar 18th, 2009, 10:51 PM
Omg, did he just copy and paste the same type of articles that were being written for the WS 5 or so years ago? :sobbing: Maybe that would explain the 24 year old typo. :crying2:

tennisbum79
Mar 18th, 2009, 11:04 PM
Yet, despite this intensity, Sharapova's hardly had tunnel vision. Off-court ambitions, from fashion (http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=373619#) to photo shoots, have always figured prominently in her life.


Same crap they say about Serena.
While there could have some truth to this about Serena, Sharapova is not out because of fashion. She is out because of health reasons.

And there is not much she can do about it. But for soem tennis writers, if you are not playing tennis, you should be seen doing somehting in preparation to coming back to tennis.

God forbid you are seen at an event, private or official, that has no tennis boot camp feeling to it, then you don't care about tennis anymore.

One thing, will they ever get her age right?

Slammer7
Mar 19th, 2009, 01:40 AM
Same crap they say about Serena.
While there could have some truth to this about Serena, Sharapova is not out because of fashion. She is out because of health reasons.

And there is not much she can do about it. But for soem tennis writers, if you are not playing tennis, you should be seen doing somehting in preparation to coming back to tennis.

God forbid you are seen at an event, private or official, that has no tennis boot camp feeling to it, then you don't care about tennis anymore.

One thing, will they ever get her age right?

That tennis for ya. They want you to love tennis more than your mommy and daddy, your supposed to love tennis more than your brothers and sisters, your supposed to love tennis more than to your boyfriend or girlfriend, your supposed to love tennis more than your faith. Your supposed to wait until your 30 to fall in love, love and be with your family and apply to your faith. What do they want, for Maria to sit home starring at her shoulder screaming WHY, WHY, WHY? Tennis, it's commentators, it's writers and columnist and executives are the ultimate controlling boyfriends and girlfriends screaming YOU MUST LOVE ONLY MEEEE NO ONE ELSE ONLY MEEEEEEEE!:devil:

I say let Maria have fun while she is recovering from her injury, the girl deserves to live her life and be happy even when she cannot play. As a Williams fan I like to see the girls out and about after a loss or while out injured. If they aren't sitting in a room sulking and depressed then why should we. Do your thing Maria,:wavey: don't be an obsessive robot like the media want you to be, see what that has done to so many others.:mad:

tennisbum79
Mar 19th, 2009, 01:52 AM
That tennis for ya. They want you to love tennis more than your mommy and daddy, your supposed to love tennis more than your brothers and sisters, your supposed to love tennis more than to your boyfriend or girlfriend, your supposed to love tennis more than your faith. Your supposed to wait until your 30 to fall in love, love and be with your family and apply to your faith. What do they want, for Maria to sit home starring at her shoulder screaming WHY, WHY, WHY? Tennis, it's commentators, it's writers and columnist and executives are the ultimate controlling boyfriends and girlfriends screaming YOU MUST LOVE ONLY MEEEE NO ONE ELSE ONLY MEEEEEEEE!:devil:

I say let Maria have fun while she is recovering from her injury, the girl deserves to live her life and be happy even when she cannot play. As a Williams fan I like to see the girls out and about after a loss or while out injured. If they aren't sitting in a room sulking and depressed then why should we. Do your thing Maria,:wavey: don't be an obsessive robot like the media want you to be, see what that has done to so many others.:mad:
The thing is, it is not like Sharapova does not care.
If anything, she was clearly distraught after her double loss at IW.

Although, trying to be professional about it and saying thing were ccoming long fine, you could sense some disappointment when she said she is not sure when she is coming back tto play.
I think she was hoping and wishing her healing was further along than she felft during that macth.

slamchamp
Mar 19th, 2009, 01:55 AM
she's rich ! get over it!That was soo funny:haha: money is not everything in the world my friend..

Cybelle Darkholme
Mar 19th, 2009, 08:36 AM
I wonder if Maria will get a letter printed in Tennis Magazine from Chris Everett?

Slammer7
Mar 19th, 2009, 08:41 AM
I wonder if Maria will get a letter printed in Tennis Magazine from Chris Everett?

As if.:haha:

Evert doesn't have the guts.:mad: Maria isn't down enough for Chris to kick her yet. If Maria suffered some tragedy then that vulture might swoop in to pick at the carcass.:devil: Hopefully Maria never has to go through that bullsh*t.:fiery:

As you can tell I'm not a big Chris Ever fan.:devil::lol:

DOUBLEFIST
Mar 19th, 2009, 09:55 AM
This is a bland article that anyone can write.
She's trying to get back but there's no rush. She's 21, and it's a slow process after rotator cuff surgery

Or is it a "bland article..." that is obvious (in the main) to anyone?

'lox, I thought you as a Maria fan knew..., Maria is only and forever 17..., right?

Ellen Dawson
Mar 19th, 2009, 10:00 AM
But what about the shoulder? Her serve was one of her biggest weapons. Stripped of a powerful delivery, Maria Sharapova becomes Elena Dementieva -- a good, but not great, player. (Indeed, I'd probably pick Dementieva in that head-to-head scenario.)

In the midst of Sharapova's comeback came word that she may executive produce a MTV reality show based loosely on her life. Though it's too early to put much stock in this (Sharapova once explored a tennis-themed show for the CW that never got off the ground), the news is ill timed. If ever there was a moment in Sharapova's career when she should cast off all off-court distractions, throw away the fashion doodle pads, and focus only on her tennis, it's now.

I'm also reminded of a conversation I had with Sharapova last spring in Manhattan. I asked her if she saw herself competing well into her twenties. After flashing me an "Are you kidding?" look, she emphatically dismissed the idea, saying that she didn't see herself as one of those careerist tennis types.

But that was before rotator cuff surgery. Perhaps the extended layoff has changed her outlook. Perhaps it's ignited a newfound passion for tennis. She'll need one, because it doesn't take much for this sport to pass you by.

The writer hit it out of the park! :worship: I hope Maria frames this article!!!

FoxyliciousKhat
Mar 19th, 2009, 01:05 PM
There do seem to be a few articles saying she's 24 at the moment. I've read this several times recently. I am not at all suggesting it is correct. I myself am quite happy to accept the age that she was born as April 19 1987. But there must by some incorrect date going around somewhere that journalists are using. Or maybe they are just guessing she is 24 because she has been around a while. Whatever, it is not a mistake journalists should be making and that this isn't the 1st time I have seen this. Weird.


Just saw this elsewhere, don't know if it has been posted here yet.

Sony Ericsson WTA Tour - Correction to 2009 Media Guide

To all media,

It has come to our attention that the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour's 2009 Media Guide incorrectly lists Maria Sharapova's birthday as February 28, 1985. The correct birthday is April 19, 1987. We apologize for any errors this may have caused.

Foxy

TennisViewer531
Mar 19th, 2009, 01:58 PM
oh my... too bad for Maria. hope she's well for the claycourt season..