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Break My Rapture
Apr 13th, 2011, 04:36 PM
That's Saturday then, hopefully it is televised. :o Exos are the only occasions when Maria thrashes Dulko. :lol:

Lucas_Arg
Apr 13th, 2011, 11:33 PM
It is played on clay?

Break My Rapture
Apr 13th, 2011, 11:37 PM
:lol: It better be!

~MashyOwnThemAll
Apr 14th, 2011, 08:36 AM
:sobbing:
Clay-GOATPova is just preparing to demoralize some cocky ass .. :spit:

ReboundAce
Apr 14th, 2011, 10:12 AM
Where is Masha right now, she just doesn't wanna come in europe does she ?

denny5576
Apr 14th, 2011, 01:12 PM
It is played on clay?
there are 3 "green" clay and 3 hard courts there

Mistress of Evil
Apr 14th, 2011, 03:42 PM
From Facebook;

Hello from the Cove in the Bahamas!! What a place!! Training hard and having fun!! My long time sponsor TAG Heuer just gave me the best birthday present, the Lady Steel and Ceramic Chronograph. I had worn a prototype at a photo shoot a few months ago and fell in love with this watch immediately. I am such a lucky girl!!

:cheer:

Break My Rapture
Apr 14th, 2011, 03:51 PM
:hearts: I wuv her updates.

QuietPlease
Apr 14th, 2011, 08:00 PM
Bahamas Exo is on 16th April

http://www.atlantis.com/promotions/tennis.aspx?CID=ban_SharapovaSite

Not really sure but I don't think it'll be televised.

Why is playing an exo with Dulko instead of the Fed Cup SF?:confused:

gc-spurs
Apr 14th, 2011, 08:37 PM
omg what a spoiled one!!

Shivank17
Apr 15th, 2011, 08:08 AM
Why is playing an exo with Dulko instead of the Fed Cup SF?:confused:

I think it's a good decision to NOT play the Fed Cup,cause its in Moscow again.And it's on Hard courts I guess.Whenever she goes to Russia,she anyway does not play well and ends up getting sick for weeks,so it's a good decision to not go cause anyway Italy will be without Schiavone and Pennetta and Vera is playing so,should be easy for Russia.

QuietPlease
Apr 15th, 2011, 12:15 PM
I think it's a good decision to NOT play the Fed Cup,cause its in Moscow again.And it's on Hard courts I guess.Whenever she goes to Russia,she anyway does not play well and ends up getting sick for weeks,so it's a good decision to not go cause anyway Italy will be without Schiavone and Pennetta and Vera is playing so,should be easy for Russia.

Okay, thanks.

LoveMasha2008
Apr 15th, 2011, 01:30 PM
Why is playing an exo with Dulko instead of the Fed Cup SF?:confused:

Masha agreed to play QF and Final. Vera promised Tarpischev to play SF. :)

lefty24
Apr 15th, 2011, 03:02 PM
If both Vera and Masha play the final... that would be :hearts:
I wonder how friendly they are.

Sp!ffy
Apr 16th, 2011, 03:26 PM
Maria is in 2nd place in the WTA for return games won at 51.9% according to tennis channel, this year.

Maria Croft
Apr 16th, 2011, 04:20 PM
I wonder at what place she is for service games won :help:

Mistress of Evil
Apr 16th, 2011, 04:45 PM
She is really the best returner in 2011. :cheer:

Masha tops the chart "POINTS WON RET 2ND SERVICE" with 61.3 :drool: and is second on "POINTS WON RET FIRST SERVICE" with 45.9; and she is third on break points converted with 57.1 :bounce:

Keep it up, gurl :hearts: it would not be that bad to get into the TOP 10 of some serve stats as well :awww:

denny5576
Apr 16th, 2011, 05:16 PM
http://img860.imageshack.us/img860/3212/breakpointsconvertedapr.gif

denny5576
Apr 16th, 2011, 05:16 PM
http://img845.imageshack.us/img845/5920/pointswonreturnfirstser.gif

denny5576
Apr 16th, 2011, 05:17 PM
http://img801.imageshack.us/img801/1104/pointswonreturnsecondse.gif

denny5576
Apr 16th, 2011, 05:18 PM
http://img12.imageshack.us/img12/116/returngameswonapr112011.gif

Sp!ffy
Apr 16th, 2011, 05:19 PM
Niculescu only played 8 matches..she doesn't even count. :lol:

Break My Rapture
Apr 16th, 2011, 05:31 PM
The Bahamas exo is today right?

MaitaBaby
Apr 16th, 2011, 06:37 PM
ReturnGOAT! Yes, the exho is today. Not a sniff of photo. Sadz.

Break My Rapture
Apr 16th, 2011, 06:38 PM
I know, I expected more from the Bahamian (?) press. :o

alfonsojose
Apr 20th, 2011, 03:10 AM
A question. Is She really using the Radical?
http://www.wtatennis.com/player/maria-sharapova_2257889_9499
http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/Head_YOUTEK_Radical_Midplus/descpageRCHEAD-HYTRMP.html

gc-spurs
Apr 21st, 2011, 09:22 PM
Maria Sharapova
Hello from clay court boot camp! I can almost slide (just joking!) my team and I are finishing up a tough 3 weeks of training before we head to Europe. Going a little early this year! Just starting to come down a little bit from an amazing birthday, I never wanted the day to end. Check out the latest evian ad, I was supposed to be in this, but we could not get my schedule to fit. I love these

evian baby inside - US version
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Like it? Now you can be part of it on http://www.letsbabydance.evian.com/ 2 years after the roller babies, evian offers a new Live young experience: a film and an interactive music video.
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From Fb

Mr.Sharapova
Apr 21st, 2011, 09:27 PM
"I can almost slide (Just joking)" :spit:.

Break My Rapture
Apr 21st, 2011, 09:53 PM
:rolls:

Crux Squall
Apr 22nd, 2011, 04:55 AM
TennisReporters
Sharapova off to Madrid on Friday. Big 4 months coming up for the birthday girl
about 4 hours agovia web

cyannnnn
Apr 22nd, 2011, 07:02 AM
"I can almost slide (Just joking)" :spit:.

:lol: just curious to see how she slide now
just remember last year when she make one or two slides at RG. commentator said:"it's not perfect but few years ago she can't do that"
hope she will progress this year

cyannnnn
Apr 22nd, 2011, 07:03 AM
TennisReporters
Sharapova off to Madrid on Friday. Big 4 months coming up for the birthday girl
about 4 hours agovia web

does she go alone or with hubby:angel:?

Mistress of Evil
Apr 22nd, 2011, 07:07 AM
"I can almost slide (Just joking)" :spit:.

the girl certainly has a sense of humour and some self-irony :spit:

Crux Squall
Apr 22nd, 2011, 07:15 AM
does she go alone or with hubby:angel:?

I dont know, maybe with her hubby:o

Shivank17
Apr 22nd, 2011, 07:36 AM
Big 4 months
I think even Matt Cronin expects Maria to do well at French and Win Wimbledon this year. :rocker2:

Mr.Sharapova
Apr 22nd, 2011, 07:37 AM
:lol: just curious to see how she slide now
just remember last year when she make one or two slides at RG. commentator said:"it's not perfect but few years ago she can't do that"
hope she will progress this year

Yeah, I think she handled it pretty well last year. But the funny fact is that Sliding is an important part of a players game on clay and she is making fun of it :lol:.

Lets see her this year, if it improved a little or not :angel:

Mr.Sharapova
Apr 22nd, 2011, 07:38 AM
the girl certainly has a sense of humour and some self-irony :spit:

IKR:devil:

JamieOwen3
Apr 22nd, 2011, 07:50 AM
well maria wasn't completely terrible at sliding in 2008, she did slide into some backhands in her matches on the clay that year :lol:

pedropt
Apr 22nd, 2011, 10:09 AM
:haha:

WTAtennisfan15
Apr 22nd, 2011, 10:21 AM
Well this is old, but still interesting acticle about Maria form 1997 ;)

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=nSAfAAAAIBAJ&sjid=fX0EAAAAIBAJ&pg=3160,6456040

nelsondan
Apr 22nd, 2011, 06:41 PM
Well this is old, but still interesting acticle about Maria form 1997 ;)

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=nSAfAAAAIBAJ&sjid=fX0EAAAAIBAJ&pg=3160,6456040

That article about Maria when she was ten years old, and 4'10" tall is absolutely amazing.

madmax
Apr 22nd, 2011, 06:43 PM
Well this is old, but still interesting acticle about Maria form 1997 ;)

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=nSAfAAAAIBAJ&sjid=fX0EAAAAIBAJ&pg=3160,6456040

good to read that her groundstrokes were atomic even at 10 years old:worship:
A true talent always shines through the field of mediocrity

cyannnnn
Apr 22nd, 2011, 07:46 PM
nice article

lol when bollettieri says "she is not afraid to come to the net"
now it's like "wow she makes a volley":angel:

so it's not a lie when they say she works hard

and :lol: for "much more disciplined than kournikova" and "much more down to earth"

goldlion
Apr 23rd, 2011, 02:02 AM
nice article

lol when bollettieri says "she is not afraid to come to the net"
now it's like "wow she makes a volley":angel:

so it's not a lie when they say she works hard

and :lol: for "much more disciplined than kournikova" and "much more down to earth"

I think Maria came to net quite often when she played in 2004.

Shivank17
Apr 23rd, 2011, 05:01 AM
Good read! :)
Lol,Bolleteri"She Listens,She is very coachable"
Yaa,how often we see it during match time outs. :rolleyes: :spit:

CR3WLFC
Apr 23rd, 2011, 05:22 PM
Because Maria is really focused. She has ears, just because she doesn't interact with her coach on court doesn't mean anything.

joão.
Apr 23rd, 2011, 08:21 PM
Big 4 months
I think even Matt Cronin expects Maria to do well at French and Win Wimbledon this year. :rocker2:

Or just getting married.

Mr.Sharapova
Apr 23rd, 2011, 09:15 PM
Or just getting married.

No, you didn't :o

joão.
Apr 24th, 2011, 09:01 PM
^:sobbing:

denny5576
Apr 25th, 2011, 02:53 PM
Master class of Sharapova in Madrid.
Time: Thursday, April 28th, 16:30 PM (local)
Place: Plaza de Callao

denny5576
Apr 25th, 2011, 02:55 PM
WebCam: Madrid, Plaza de Callao - calle Gran Vía
http://www.webcams.travel/webcam/1226962148-Weather-Madrid,-Plaza-de-Callao-calle-Gran-V%C3%ADa,-Spain-Centro

Marilyn Monheaux
Apr 25th, 2011, 04:31 PM
Masha teaching a master class on clay?????? :hysteric:

denny5576
Apr 25th, 2011, 05:34 PM
Masha teaching a master class on clay?????? :hysteric:
More precisely – on street …
:)

MaitaBaby
Apr 25th, 2011, 06:20 PM
Masha teaching a master class on clay?????? :hysteric:

:lol:

gc-spurs
Apr 25th, 2011, 07:13 PM
From FB:

Maria Sharapova
Day 2 at the Mutua Madrileña Madrid Open and the clay is finally red!!!. Looking forward to competing again, I have had enough of these hard training sessions. I thought you would enjoy some photos from my birthday dinner. It was a great evening with family and close friends.
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Mistress of Evil
Apr 25th, 2011, 07:21 PM
:cheer:

Craig.
Apr 25th, 2011, 07:25 PM
I love that she's there so early :hearts:

Mr.Sharapova
Apr 25th, 2011, 07:30 PM
I think this is the first time that I hear Maria being optimistic about playing on Clay :scratch:.

I think she will win this French Open. I just know it :angel:.

Sharapovian
Apr 25th, 2011, 07:39 PM
:yeah:

Looking forward to see her play on clay.

pedropt
Apr 25th, 2011, 07:50 PM
Can't wait :inlove:

Jack89
Apr 25th, 2011, 08:09 PM
Looking forward to Madrid! :)

Break My Rapture
Apr 25th, 2011, 08:47 PM
So the clay is red after all and not blue?

18majors
Apr 25th, 2011, 09:29 PM
I think this is the first time that I hear Maria being optimistic about playing on Clay :scratch:.

I think she will win this French Open. I just know it :angel:.

Wouldn't it be great if she won RG? Then again she may decide to retire earlier!

kimgurl
Apr 26th, 2011, 01:15 AM
Wouldn't it be great if she won RG? Then again she may decide to retire earlier!

she have just found her rhythm, and besides she loves the sport so much, even marriage cant make her retire early:lol::lol:

18majors
Apr 26th, 2011, 03:46 PM
http://www.twackle.com/articles/Maria-366Sharapova-Donates--250-000-To-Benefit-Children-In-Countries-Affected-By-Chernobyl-Disaster

Maria Sharapova Donates $250,000 To Benefit Children In Countries Affected By Chernobyl Disaster

AniaSharapova
Apr 26th, 2011, 07:42 PM
Maria about Chernobyl catastrophy

A message from Maria
Posted on April 26, 2011

25 years ago today, my life changed forever and I was not even born yet!! I know that sound impossible, but when the worst nuclear disaster in the history of the world happened 40 miles from where my entire family lived, life changed for many families like mine. Soon after the disaster my mother became pregnant with little old me!!! My parents had to act fast because this was no place to be pregnant and have a baby. Luckily, my Grandparants were working in western Siberia and we fled to the city of Nyagan, where I was born. Two years later, my parents still did not want to bring me back near the disaster and we moved to Sochi, Russia. I started playing tennis at age 4 and I think everyone knows the story from there.

BUT!!! The story people don't know is what I want to focus on today. How one disaster completely effected one area in the world and how 25 years later it still haunts my people. But today I want to thank and remember all the great heroes and their families that sacrificed their lives to help people during this disaster. I want to focus on the future and give everyone hope in this region that they can live normal lives, and dream BIG. Please take the time to "click" around my special Chernobyl page on my site if you would like to learn more about Chernobyl and how you can help.

Maria

goldlion
Apr 26th, 2011, 10:04 PM
She is a good girl with a good heart.

Lucas_Arg
Apr 26th, 2011, 10:19 PM
Love her.

Shivank17
Apr 27th, 2011, 02:02 PM
She donated 250,000$ last year as well.How great of her. :inlove:
And people call her arrogant. :facepalm:

JamieOwen3
Apr 27th, 2011, 02:04 PM
such a big heart :hearts: love her.

joão.
Apr 27th, 2011, 08:28 PM
So the clay is red after all and not blue?

I thought it was supposed to be blue this year too? :confused:
Although it's apparently just normal red clay dyed blue... :shrug:

goldlion
Apr 28th, 2011, 01:34 AM
What's the point of being blue anyways?

gc-spurs
Apr 28th, 2011, 01:40 AM
Cause red clay is so fugly.

Mistress of Evil
Apr 28th, 2011, 04:16 AM
blue clay :inlove:

JamieOwen3
Apr 28th, 2011, 05:37 AM
not sure what this means but is this what the courts are gonna look like? :bounce:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PoeWVZmPLO0

doni1212
Apr 28th, 2011, 04:18 PM
Yeah, they're talking the new blue courts and a photo shoot that is taking place with models and the ballkids. The second girl was saying that there is a controversy about them but she likes it. She said something about how the center court will be blue next year too so I'm not sure if she meant that it isn't blue this year or just that they will continue the tradition again next year. Does anyone else know?

doni1212
Apr 28th, 2011, 04:23 PM
What's the point of being blue anyways?

The last lady on the video said it's because the cameras can see the bounce of the ball better and it makes it easier to resolve any problems with the ball being in or out.

That's confusing because they don't use the cameras to decide mark issues.

atominside
Apr 28th, 2011, 06:13 PM
^theyr obviously talking bout viewers being able to see the mark..

JamieOwen3
Apr 28th, 2011, 06:20 PM
i for one welcome blue clay :woohoo: plz let it happen! i hope that we doget them :) wonder what rafa might think of it? :lol: would it have a different feel somehow?

doni1212
Apr 29th, 2011, 10:04 AM
^theyr obviously talking bout viewers being able to see the mark..

But she said to resolve problems and viewers obviously can't do that. Only the umpire can so it doesn't matter.

joão.
Apr 29th, 2011, 04:22 PM
Is Yuri also in Madrid?

Craig.
May 1st, 2011, 05:19 PM
Eighth seed Maria Sharapova struggled in her first clay contest of the season, with the three-time Grand Slam champion coming through for a defeat of Alexandra Rus of the Netherlands 2-6, 6-3, 6-2.

The challenger saved a match point on her own serve before the Russian seed moved ahead into the second round on her second winning opportunity.

"She started well and playing aggressive," said the Russian, already training for a week in Madrid. "I was the tentative one and she took advantage.

"But I'm happy I was able to turn it around. It was my first match on clay in some time (almost a year). I was in a similar situation here last year and I lost. I'm happy I came back for the win."

Sharapova finished with a disappointing 37 unforced errors and just 14 winners on the high-altitude clay of the capital.

The eighth seed converted on seven of 14 break points against a teenaged opponent ranked 99th who lost in first round at Marbella and Fez.

Sharapova is still hopeful of improving on her 2007 French Open semi-final placing when the second Grand Slam event of the year rolls around.

"I wasn't even in my best shape when I did it. I've improved a lot in my game, I'm recovering better and I've improved my fitness. It all adds up."

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5gthwBDQYtLhwM63c6Ee1dak2bosA?docId=CNG.5531a 5fdacd2913af0d710c9a6a041f8.01

Alexandra Rus :hysteric: Those stats though :unsure:

Mistress of Evil
May 1st, 2011, 05:31 PM
37 UEs :sobbing: Errorpova was involved :crying2:

Maria Croft
May 1st, 2011, 05:43 PM
Gosh, let's hope those stats are wrong (and they usually are when articles mention them) because that's just awful.

Vodkapova
May 1st, 2011, 05:48 PM
Wow. That's some God awful stats. :lol:

joão.
May 1st, 2011, 05:50 PM
Alexandra Rus?! :o :facepalm: :facepalm:

pedropt
May 1st, 2011, 06:00 PM
37 UE? :scared:

Break My Rapture
May 1st, 2011, 06:10 PM
14W/37UE is terrible, but understandable.

18majors
May 1st, 2011, 06:13 PM
14W/37UE is terrible, but understandable.

37UE is not unusal but 14W is a big concern.

madmax
May 1st, 2011, 06:15 PM
14 winners and 37 UE's? LOL, I'm glad this match wasn't streamed then...one thing is for sure - this kind of play won't cut it against Makarova

Vodkapova
May 1st, 2011, 06:26 PM
How does she even win with those stats though? Winner count should be slightly higher.. or her opponent was probably really, really bad and she stepped it up. :lol:

atominside
May 1st, 2011, 07:19 PM
Remember its clay, so higher UE to Winners is the norm

nelsondan
May 1st, 2011, 07:58 PM
How does she even win with those stats though? Winner count should be slightly higher.. or her opponent was probably really, really bad and she stepped it up. :lol:

here is a view from a different perspective:

Posted by Arantxa's fan on May 1, 2011 at 7:26 AM comments (1)

An inspired Maria Sharapova defeated Aran 2:6 ; 6:3 ; 6:2 in the first round of the Mutua Madrid Open. Arantxa was unable. to reproduce her fantastic recent form and the Russia brilliantly and experience took advantage, triumphing in two hours.

Arantxa started great, without fear and soon she was leading with one break. She managed to keep that advantage and to lead 1:0 in sets.

But then, Arantxa was in a shadow of the player who won three Grand Slam titles so far. She made a sluggish start and was broken.. 9th-ranked Sharapova, on the other hand, played superbly. She hit to each corner of the court and often moved in to swat away and took first of three break points to equal result in sets - 1:1.

Though Aranntxa saved two match points with , but Sharapova earned her victory thanks to her consistent brutal hitting, and a first serve strike rate of 61 per cent.

Steven.
May 2nd, 2011, 09:17 AM
You'd have to assume over half of those UEs came from set 1 alone...

Mr.Sharapova
May 2nd, 2011, 09:38 AM
Maria's serve has to be in a high note today against a GOAT serving Makarova or she will be dead meat .

goldlion
May 2nd, 2011, 10:31 AM
Or she really has to focus on her ROS today, can't mess up too much

Marilyn Monheaux
May 2nd, 2011, 01:47 PM
Maria Sharapova serving in Madrid with the new HEAD INSTINCT racquet
May 2nd, 2011

At the Madrid WTA Masters event Maria Sharapova, the newest arrival to the HEAD pro-player team, premiered the new HEAD YouTek IG INSTINCT racquet in her first round victory over Arantxa Rus.

The Russian 2004 Wimbledon champion Sharapova played a key on-court role in the development of the new HEAD INSTINCT Series, which promises club and professional players ‘Effortless Power’. <--- Tbh, I was about to say how effortless Masha's strokes look compared to Makarova. :eek:

“The game became a lot more powerful, a lot more physical”, Maria Sharapova admits. “I was really looking for a powerful racquet, and am thankful that HEAD provided me with exactly that", she commented on her new weapon. HEAD CEO Johan Eliasch is pleased with the contribution from the newest addition to the HEAD stable. "Maria gave a lot of input to help develop this new series of racquets. We are proud that she joined our team and trusts our products."

The YouTek Instinct IG series launches in two versions, the MP and the S model. Both will allow players to create power in their strokes much easier, due to better manoeuvrability of the racquet during the swinging movement and less energy loss at ball impact. They also feature HEAD's innovative Innegra™ technology, which reduces vibration on ball impact and allows for more control.

The new HEAD Instinct racquets will also be played also by ATP Tour players going forward, and will be available in Retail worldwide from August onwards.


:)

MiiMo
May 2nd, 2011, 02:13 PM
This racquet is anyways seeming to help her a lot talking about serve

Vodkapova
May 2nd, 2011, 02:52 PM
August? That long? I'm looking for a racquet and I was going with Head Youtek IG Speed Elite but this one sounds interesting too. :p

Mistress of Evil
May 2nd, 2011, 02:54 PM
It looks great hope Masha wins a bunch of titles with it :D

Crux Squall
May 3rd, 2011, 03:12 AM
Maria's FB

Two tough matches, but glad to get through!! I am really enjoying my time at the Mutua Madrileña Madrid Open. Not sure if you guys noticed but my brand new Head racket is finally ready! I premiered it during my 1st round match. I worked really close with Head on this, they really did a great job. We are calling it the YouTek IG Instinct, I love the design. For more info click here
http://www.facebook.com/media/set/fbx/?set=a.10150230097876388.359538.22253026387

Crux Squall
May 3rd, 2011, 03:17 AM
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/articles/2011-04-28/201104141302740528123.html


It ain’t over for Sharapova


Thursday, April 28, 2011
By Guillaume Baraise

http://www.rolandgarros.com/images/pics/large/b_COC5899_sharapova.jpg

Love her or hate her, Maria Sharapova is one of the stars of women's tennis. You may not like her affectations of glamour and pretention, but the Russian is a force to be reckoned with out on court. Despite being around for the best part of a decade, she is still only 24, but her career has been blighted by persistent shoulder injuries. The former world no.1 now seems to be returning to something like her best however, and is targeting a fourth Grand Slam crown. "If I do win another it would be worth even more than the previous ones because there was a time when I thought that I would never be able to play tennis again," the Siberian recently admitted.

And what if she surprised us all and returned to the Grand Slam winners' circle at Roland Garros? When you take into account the shoulder operation she underwent in October 2008, which eventually saw her slump to 126 in the world rankings by 18 May 2009, her relatively poor performances at the French Open (her best result in eight attempts being a semi-final appearance in 2007) and her deeply-held mistrust of clay, then she is far from being one of the favourites to lift the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen on June 4. Her most recent tournament win did come on red dirt, but that was back in May 2010 in Strasbourg.

And yet despite all this, Sharapova has as good a chance as anyone. For one, women's tennis is currently in a state of flux. Serena Williams has been out since Wimbledon 2010 after suffering a foot injury followed by a pulmonary embolism. Caroline Wozniacki and Vera Zvonareva have still to win their maiden Slam, Kim Clijsters is currently struggling with right shoulder and wrist issues and defending champion Francesca Schiavone finds herself under immense pressure having not made the final of a tournament since last June.

Maria meanwhile is on the up. After reaching the semis at Indian Wells in March, she followed that with an appearance in the final in Miami in early April. Her reputation also tends to work in her favour - in Florida she managed to overcome Romania's Alexandra Dulgheru despite spraining her left ankle, and she also seems to have the Indian sign over plenty of the main figures on the WTA circuit, particularly those from Eastern Europe. Among her main rivals, only Serena, Kim and her Miami conqueror Victoria Azarenka have positive head-to-head records against her.

Will that be enough to carry her to Roland Garros glory? Her game is more suited to the hallowed lawns of Wimbledon, but the fact that she is back in the top 10 can only be good news for women's tennis - and of course for Sharapova. "If you'd seen me back in May 2010 when I had to pull out of The French, I was totally out of shape," she said in Florida. "I've made a real come-back and it's something that I'm very proud of." And something which gives her every right to fancy her chances at The French.

Sp!ffy
May 3rd, 2011, 08:06 AM
I forgot all about braidpova :inlove:

gc-spurs
May 5th, 2011, 10:03 PM
Maria Sharapova
Arrived today in Rome a few days too early, but what a nice city. We are having major hotel issues but should be resolved soon. Don’t you hate when websites false advertise? These hotels spend all their money on a fancy website then you arrive at the hotel and you’re like, this is not the same hotel I just saw on line?” Back to the practice court tomorrow!!!!

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Masha was duped!!!

Break My Rapture
May 5th, 2011, 10:14 PM
:o

Marilyn Monheaux
May 5th, 2011, 10:21 PM
Masha was duped!!!

ROFL. What kind of hotel is Masha staying in? Hasn't she been to Rome before? :lol: Just stay where all the rich people stay, Mash.;)

nelsondan
May 6th, 2011, 12:10 AM
Masha was duped!!!

How much of the advertizing budget of this hotel will it take to undo the damage done by the honest observations of Maria?

Crux Squall
May 6th, 2011, 03:43 AM
anybody know what she said after her loss, i cant find this interview

Mistress of Evil
May 6th, 2011, 04:55 AM
Poor homeless Masha :hug:

cyannnnn
May 6th, 2011, 05:23 AM
lol i had the same problem when i went to Rome few years ago with school

we are like where is our hotel

lylux
May 8th, 2011, 11:04 PM
Sharapova looking forward to clay

Russian pin-up Maria Sharapova says she is feeling more confident on clay this year because her body has matured.

The gangly 24-year-old has never looked fully comfortable on the red stuff and at times has looked rather ungainly when playing on clay.

But the former world No 1 and Wimbledon champion, who is seeded seventh here at the Italian Masters, says things are looking up.

"Part of it is experience and part of it is coming to Europe earlier, now I have a few weeks to prepare whereas before I was arriving just a few days before my matches," she said.

"Before I never felt physically strong enough to play six matches in seven days but my body has definitely matured and it's easier for me to move on clay now than it was three or four years ago."

Sharapova is probably the top drawcard in the women's competition here, especially with the likes of the Williams sisters and Kim Clijsters all absent.

But the Russian feels that regardless, women's tennis is much more open than it once was.

"As far as (ranking) points go it's more open and it's as deep as it's ever been," she said.

"A few years ago when I came into tournaments I felt the first couple of matches were a warm-up but now the first match is very tough.

"You have to be ready to face someone who's had great results, it's deep, it's difficult and you just have to take every match as it comes."

And Sharapova says it would be far too simple to consider her the favourite here given the absentees.

"It's easy to say that but I've been part of draws where everyone has been in the draw and I won, and others where I felt I had an easy draw but I haven't won, so it's not something I think about."


http://supersport.com (http://supersport.com/tennis/wta/news/110508/Sharapova_looking_forward_to_clay)

18majors
May 8th, 2011, 11:10 PM
i hope she is right and go deep this week!

18majors
May 8th, 2011, 11:44 PM
One sports star who has embraced social media more than most is tennis glamour girl Maria Sharapova, the world's highest-paid female athlete for the past several years and now the most followed of her gender on Facebook with more than four million "likes."

Sharapova's Facebook following has doubled in the past two years to more than that of her peers Venus and Serena Williams, Ana Ivanovic and Caroline Wozniacki combined, despite her lengthy playing absences due to injury problems.


http://www.cnn.com/2011/SPORT/tennis/05/04/tennis.sharapova.federer.nadal/

Vodkapova
May 9th, 2011, 10:33 AM
As I look through her FB page for the past 5 months it does grow incredibly fast. I don't know why. She's not doing as many appearances as she did in the past nor are the results are as strong as in the past. She's not getting too much exposure these days compared to several years ago. Or perhaps people are more exposed to FB?

goldlion
May 10th, 2011, 09:34 AM
She's spending more time on Internet, probably she finally realised how easy it is to use Internet to communicate.

Marilyn Monheaux
May 12th, 2011, 07:20 AM
NEW YORK, NY (May 11, 2011)

Tiffany & Co. today announced that three-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova will wear Tiffany diamond earrings at the 2011 French Open, May 17 through June 5, at Roland Garros Stadium in Paris.

The drop earrings that Ms. Sharapova has selected feature rose-cut diamonds, an early faceting style that resembles the petals of a rose. The diamonds are set in platinum and reflect both the beauty and quality of Tiffany design.

“These earrings sparkle with every movement,” Ms. Sharapova said, “and they are so lightweight which makes them perfect to wear on the court.”

The partnership between Ms. Sharapova and Tiffany & Co. covers the four Grand Slam events: the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open. During each event, the tennis champion wears earrings from Tiffany for Maria Sharapova, a select group of earrings that are available at Tiffany & Co. stores around the world.

TIFFANY & CO. operates jewelry and specialty retail stores and manufactures products through its subsidiary corporations. Its principal subsidiary is Tiffany and Company. The Company operates TIFFANY & CO. retail stores and boutiques in the Americas, Asia-Pacific and Europe and engages in direct selling through Internet, catalogue and business gift operations. For additional information, please visit tiffany.com.

http://press.tiffany.com/Shared/media/images/03f4657fe1fb46f5b5614eda3d7efd20.jpg


:)

gc-spurs
May 12th, 2011, 09:01 AM
^Had a browse online. In platinum, price = US$3200. Lol low for Masha standards.

Vodkapova
May 12th, 2011, 09:03 AM
Hope those earrings won't be cutting her earlobes in half like her current one. :o

Marilyn Monheaux
May 12th, 2011, 09:25 AM
^^Don't think it's the earrings. It's the lobes. :tears:

http://13thumb.skins.be/2/1/4/6/7/2/7/13895-maria-sharapova-2010-australian-open-day-1-0.jpg (http://image.skins.be/2146727/13895-maria-sharapova-2010-australian-open-day-1-0/)

gc-spurs
May 12th, 2011, 09:44 AM
Yeah, my mom's are like that too. Mine were sort of, but they can get better.

Vodkapova
May 12th, 2011, 10:01 AM
I don't wear earrings so obviously I don't know what is wrong with her earlobes but, really, what happened there? :unsure: Is it normal? Just looks so freakin' painful, like the bottom of her lobes are about to tear apart. :sobbing:

Shafanovic.
May 12th, 2011, 10:05 AM
I think it's that she wears earrings that were sort of heavy on court and when she hits the balls and when she runs the gravity force pulls the earrings and etc etc.

I don't know if that makes sense but yeah.

Sharapovian
May 12th, 2011, 10:10 AM
Yeah it usually just because of heavy earrings but they do try and make them as light as possible for Maria. This type is probably the worst for your earlobes:

http://www.geminidreamsbeads.com/prod_images_blowup/gold_fishhook_w_ball1.jpg

gc-spurs
May 12th, 2011, 10:19 AM
I don't wear earrings so obviously I don't know what is wrong with her earlobes but, really, what happened there? :unsure: Is it normal? Just looks so freakin' painful, like the bottom of her lobes are about to tear apart. :sobbing:

I asked my mom, she say's she doesn't feel it :sobbing:

Andy.
May 12th, 2011, 10:22 AM
I'm sure it also has to do with how you got your ears pierced and how low on the lobe the piercing is.

Mistress of Evil
May 12th, 2011, 01:00 PM
The earrings look cute :D

cyannnnn
May 14th, 2011, 05:26 AM
Maria Sharapova: "Sono dispiaciuta per Victoria. Credo abbia fatto bene a ritirarsi perché un infortunio puo sempre aggravarsi. Sono contenta del mio gioco anche se adattarsi alla terra non é facile. Devi avere più pazienza, ma nello stesso tempo essere aggressiva, muoverti bene, non é facile ma sto prendendo confidenza. Non ho più 17 anni, ho giocato con tante tenniste che adesso si sono ritirate. Completare il Grande Slam ad esempio sarebbe bello, ma non ne faccio ne un obbiettivo ne un'ossessione. Gioco giorno per giorno e prendo quello che viene senza stressarmi. Non ricordavo di aver già battuto la Wozniacki a Roma 3 anni fa. E' in forma ed é la numero uno del mondo, ma quando scendo in campo non mi preoccupo delle altre, ma di me stessa e di fare bene il mio gioco. Non passo molto tempo negli spogliatoi, vengo faccio il mio lavoro e riparto. Ci sono posti molto più piacevoli dove passare il tempo. Non mi innervosisce avere il mio fidanzato in tribuna a guardarmi..."

google translate
Maria Sharapova: "I'm sorry for Victoria. I think he was right to withdraw because of an accident can always get worse. I am happy with my game even though it is not easy to adapt to the ground. You have more patience, but at the same time be aggressive, good move It is not easy but I'm taking confidence. I no longer 17 years, I played tennis with many now have retired. Complete the Grand Slam for example, would be nice, but I do not make it a goal it an obsession. Game day day and take what is stress free. I did not remember that he has already defeated Wozniacki in Rome three years ago. E 'in form and is the world number one, but when I go on the field I do not care about the others but with myself and make good on my game. I do not spend much time in the locker room, I am doing my work and allotment. There are much nicer places to spend the time. It irritates me to have my boyfriend in the stands watching me :eek:... "

Cherry.
May 14th, 2011, 05:31 AM
It irritates me to have my boyfriend in the stands watching meWhen I put the original text into Google translate it comes out like this "I'm not nervous to have my boyfriend in the stands watching me". I think this makes more sense. :lol:

cyannnnn
May 14th, 2011, 05:35 AM
When I put the original text into Google translate it comes out like this "I'm not nervous to have my boyfriend in the stands watching me". I think this makes more sense. :lol:


lol google translate with 2 versions:lol:
yes now it's more sense:lol:

Sp!ffy
May 14th, 2011, 05:53 AM
I like the irritate version better. :D

Lucas_Arg
May 14th, 2011, 06:13 AM
When I played tennis to have my family watching me pumped me a lot.

Rerun
May 14th, 2011, 07:40 AM
I'm italian and she says Having my bf in the stands watching me doesnt bother me at all ;)

The Norwegian
May 14th, 2011, 10:16 AM
^^Poor Sasha, he'll probably have his first heart attack when Caroline takes a deep breath and serves out the match tonight.

Mistress of Evil
May 14th, 2011, 10:53 AM
duh, Sasha is such a stan himself :spit:

MaruSharapova
May 14th, 2011, 11:29 AM
Omg the translation cracked me up :D
I like seeing Sasha urging her on every now and then!

Dieter.
May 15th, 2011, 07:06 PM
From her Facebook :)

Maria Sharapova
What a great week!! I want to share this win at Internazionali BNL d'Italia with all my die hard fans (you know who you are) who never stopped believing that I would win BIG tournaments again. It has been a very long road back and we still have more road to travel!!!

Cherry.
May 15th, 2011, 07:12 PM
:awww: She's so sweet.

Craig.
May 15th, 2011, 07:15 PM
I love the BIG in caps :inlove:

Break My Rapture
May 15th, 2011, 07:25 PM
:hearts: Davai Mash.

Lucas_Arg
May 15th, 2011, 07:28 PM
love love love her

Maria Croft
May 15th, 2011, 07:28 PM
"Die hard fans" :D

Mistress of Evil
May 15th, 2011, 07:30 PM
Masha :hearts: many more big titles to come :bounce:

Vodkapova
May 15th, 2011, 07:37 PM
She was talking about me us. :hearts:

Mr.Sharapova
May 15th, 2011, 07:38 PM
Maria :inlove:. I know This was meant to me :inlove:, and to all SS posters here :inlove:.

joão.
May 15th, 2011, 07:40 PM
:cheer:

Jack89
May 15th, 2011, 07:43 PM
So sweet of Maria! She's amazing! :D

pedropt
May 15th, 2011, 08:18 PM
:awww:

I love her :inlove:

Kitten63
May 15th, 2011, 10:21 PM
Masha :inlove:

NewShoulderPlz.
May 16th, 2011, 08:59 AM
Tennis - Victory signals new beginning for Sharapova

By Richard Allen
ROME | Mon May 16, 2011 4:00am BST

ROME May 16 (Reuters) - Former world number one Maria Sharapova described her victory over Samantha Stosur at the Italian Open on Sunday as a new start.

"It's a new journey. It's not about me looking back and getting better or worse," said the 24-year-old Russian who defeated Australian Stosur 6-2 6-4 in a one-sided final. "This is about starting from the beginning and getting better than I was before and improving.

"I don't think about how I played years ago. I'm not a 17-year-old girl anymore and the tour has changed with different players. You can't rely on what you had in the past how you were in the past. You have to look to be better."

Although the victory was her third on clay from a career total of 23, the Russian said she was confident going into Roland Garros.

"It would be the most challenging grand slam for me to win but I accept challenges," she said. "I love them and that's why I'm a tennis player It would be wonderful to be able to achieve that. It's just a coincidence I have won other grand slams."

Sharapova, who took a long period off the circuit following surgery two years ago, said she kept to herself on the circuit.

"It is tough to have really good friends on the tour," she said. "I find it difficult to be having dinner with someone one night and then having to play them two days later because it is at the end of the day an individual sport and we are all very competitive.

"It's typical in sport to try to beat each other. You know we are not on a team and as far as really close friends goes I have my family who come with me on the road.

"I don't hang around in the locker room - it's my least favourite place in the world. I do my job at the site, I play matches do what I have to do and live my world away from the site and don't talk tennis all day. It's not in my best interests."

(Editing by John Mehaffey; To query or comment on this story email sportsfeedback@thomsonreuters.com)

Maria Croft
May 16th, 2011, 09:02 AM
"It's a new journey. It's not about me looking back and getting better or worse. This is about starting from the beginning and getting better than I was before and improving."

"I don't think about how I played years ago. I'm not a 17-year-old girl anymore and the tour has changed with different players. You can't rely on what you had in the past how you were in the past. You have to look to be better."

I absolutely love these parts, you can always count on Maria saying something inspirational :hearts:

gc-spurs
May 16th, 2011, 10:52 AM
Excuses lonerpova.
Jks, totally makes sense to me. I personally don't see how Woz does it.

Craig.
May 16th, 2011, 10:52 AM
I love how she thinks/knows she can be even better than she was before her injury (getting my hopes up :sobbing:) Love her so much :inlove:

Andy.
May 16th, 2011, 12:47 PM
Excuses lonerpova.
Jks, totally makes sense to me. I personally don't see how Woz does it.
Especially given the way Masha is so in your face and intense when she competes. I dont think she could do it if she was friends with players on the tour. I think it makes complete sense. Its like real like you have your work colleagues but then you have your private life and real friends.

18majors
May 16th, 2011, 02:24 PM
I love how she thinks/knows she can be even better than she was before her injury (getting my hopes up :sobbing:) Love her so much :inlove:

The only thing Maria needs now is a more powerful first serves to get more free points.

Otherwise, she is already better than before her shoulder surgery.

madmax
May 16th, 2011, 02:32 PM
The only thing Maria needs now is a more powerful first serves to get more free points.

Otherwise, she is already better than before her shoulder surgery.

well, she is returning better than I ever saw her do it actually:drool: Nowadays you almost feel surprised if her opponent gets away without at least deuce in her service game.:lol: She's murdering those those serves left and right, giving Azarenka a good run for her money. And yeah, her serve still needs a lot of work, sicne she was serving better this time arround last year...

Mistress of Evil
May 16th, 2011, 02:47 PM
Masha always so smart and sophisticated :inlove:

Sharapovian
May 16th, 2011, 02:50 PM
Q: Well done Maria. When was the last time you felt that good on the tennis court?

Sharapova: When I felt that good -- I cannot remember what day or time it was …. it is tough to compare -- every time it is different and it has been a while since I won the title and I have gotten really close and I have got good results but winning this title in Rome means a lot to me. I surely was not the favourite and going into an event like this on clay and I to play with players who have had great results on clay means a lot to me.

Q: Do you think your story in Rome has changed in the quarter-final match with Azarenka?

Sharapova: Well, it is difficult to say. I started to play really good from the beginning of this tournament. I have played really good tennis from the beginning and I felt that that was good and then the momentum changed in the match for the quarter-finals with her and I started to pick up the pace. It was important the way that match ended.

Q: You have won 3 Slams that have won only two tournaments on clay. The green clay in Amelia Island and last year in Strasbourg and so, Rome means something also in terms of progress in this surface and do you have more trust in yourself and confidence at the Roland Garros. How much?

Sharapova: Yes -- absolutely. Is a big event for us on clay. As I said -- I have beaten players that have had great results on clay and Sam has been in the French Open final a couple of times. She is someone that knows this surface really well and it was going to be -- I expected a really tough match today and I was really ready to fight from the start and I stepped in and tried to take time away and that I think is why she has such good results here. The clay gives her time to do so many things and create pace and plays great tennis. I tried to take that away from her and overall, I am definitely happy with the title here and I feel like I said this before and I will say it again because I feel better and better that way I am playing and although I might not be the best mover on clay or the best slider or strongest player with the strongest legs -- there is a lot more to these things in tennis and that is the reason why I won.

Q: You said yesterday that you do not want to talk about the resurrection. Excuse me for being rude but do not you see your right back and you are also a favourite for Roland Garros

Sharapova: I feel as if I am playing better tennis and my tournaments and I am playing more matches and I feel as if I am really stepping up on it and this matters. I feel like my thing is getting better but like I said, I do not like to look back on what I was three or four years ago that way ….. I think playing tennis in general has changed and you have an opponent and yes, I just go about as a new journey and you know, I treat every match with a lot of respect us no matter whom my opponent is and what my work is against that person. I treat it as a new match and a new opportunity and I really fight to win that match and sometimes I do not. I try to learn from that and look over.

Q: Can I ask a little about Thomas Hodstedt and what you saw in him as a coach. He has done a fantastic job with the Chinese like Li Na. What did you see in him that he could bring to your game and what did you do in your time together.

Sharapova: Actually I saw him a little bit because he worked with Tommy for a few years -- for many years and I say him training a lot at the Academy in Florida and so I knew him a little bit more and maybe other people or other coach this and I really liked his work and I think that is the number 1 thing. They have got a lot of energy and there are a lot all new thing in tennis and also his professionalism of course. This was really great and he really helped me on the practice courts. Yes, I also liked the fact that he coached against me in matches.

Q: Maria, in the interview yesterday you wanted to play down the chances that you have in the Roland Garros as a real contender. Let us be honest -- you have just beaten the world number 1 and last year's finalist in the last two matches so that must count for something.

Sharapova: I am not really playing down my chances. I am just saying that it is not really my job to critique or to predict. I think this is the journalist's job and my job is to go out there and play tennis and try to win the tournament . You never know from the first match if it is going to be a tough Slam …. if it is the French Open or Wimbledon -- it is going to be tough.

Q: Can we know how you will celebrate it out with your fiancée?

Sharapova: Well I am not sure when, so I will probably take a day off and we have a pretty big thing coming up and there is not much time to celebrate. A day off on tour is a good day and so probably I’ll go shopping or something.

Q: Maria -- in terms of where tennis is at the moment leaving yourself out of it, do you think this is the most open Roland Garros tournaments and surely there will be dozens of players who could win…..

Sharapova: I have heard this question many times in the past year or so. It is tough to say. I think women's tennis is deeper than before and again I guess that you get your first or second round and maybe before, you used it as if it was a warm up—a little bit easier and you get criticised ………… the tournament so that makes it tough and as far as a contender for the Slam, I do not know. It is not really my job.

Q: You have had some amusing things to say about your own performances on clay in the past and how you looked on the court and felt on the court. Do you feel as good on it now as you have ever done?

Sharapova: Yes -- I think I’m moving better and I feel better and better with every year. I am stronger and is one of the most important thing that has helped me is that I recover a lot better. I feel stronger.

Q: Being perverts it -- as you know, I saw in a video in Youtube some sort of movies about to dressed like in the 1950s with long hair and long dresses and things like that. Do you remember that?

Sharapova: I have done many things in my life.

Q: Did you like yourself in that dress and dressed up in that way like in the with long hair like Audrey Hepburn.

Sharapova: You can’t use the word pervert and Audrey Hepburn in the same category. But I would say yes -- I love to try different things and I love clothes and I love fashion and dialogue because I feel like I get to go into someone else's shoes and step away from the normal reality and get your hair and make-up done and you just feel different and you play the role -- and then come home and look in the mirror and everything is great and you just wash it off and go back to reality and this …. and it is like watching TV and for those 6 hours that you are doing different things and in front of a camera and expressing yourself in a different way then it is fine. You go into a different world from the ordinary …………

You can tell it's been translated because of some of the words :lol: but it's not that bad.

The ones from the rest of the week are here:

http://it.internazionalibnlditalia.com/News/Tennis/2011/Interview-Transcripts/Copy-of-Interview-Transcripts.aspx

Sharapovian
May 16th, 2011, 02:54 PM
Q: Maria -- tomorrow you play Samantha. You lead 7, 0 ……..
Sharapova: Yes, I have just and is at the same question. Where were you then? At the supermarket or something?

...................

Q: When you dive on clay -- some people were hoping that you are going to change your shirt but did not
Sharapova: What?

Q: That you are going to change your shirt
Sharapova: What, on the court?

Q: Yes (laughter)
Sharapova: Was that your idea or other peoples? It is your idea or someone else's?

Q: Yes.
Sharapova: Okay -- you are a pervert. (Laughter)

:hysteric:

Reptilia
May 16th, 2011, 03:28 PM
:hysteric:

Mr.Sharapova
May 16th, 2011, 04:16 PM
:lol:. What :shrug:, It would be sexy :inlove:.

Break My Rapture
May 16th, 2011, 06:14 PM
TennisReporters Matt Cronin
Sharapova fans: neither her mom or dad will go to Paris but Vujacic, Hogstedt, physical therapist Juan Reque, hitting partner Mamiit will
41 minutes ago Favorite Retweet Reply

slamchamp
May 16th, 2011, 06:29 PM
lol at that reporter:tape:

Break My Rapture
May 16th, 2011, 06:41 PM
What's wrong?

joão.
May 16th, 2011, 06:51 PM
I will probably take a day off and we have a pretty big thing coming up and there is not much time to celebrate

Big thing? :bounce:
And :spit: the pervert reporter, loll
I wish Yuri would attend RG tho. :sobbing:

cyannnnn
May 16th, 2011, 06:53 PM
TennisReporters Matt Cronin
Sharapova fans: neither her mom or dad will go to Paris but Vujacic, Hogstedt, physical therapist Juan Reque, hitting partner Mamiit will
41 minutes ago Favorite Retweet Reply

lol four guys and one girl. they make a good team together (madrid, rome)

slamchamp
May 16th, 2011, 07:11 PM
What's wrong?The perverted one:lol:

Break My Rapture
May 16th, 2011, 07:19 PM
The perverted one:lol:
Oh you meant that one. :lol: My bad.

MaitaBaby
May 16th, 2011, 08:15 PM
Masha brings out everyone's inner perv.

Hi Teerin

s_j
May 16th, 2011, 10:23 PM
Big thing? :bounce:
And :spit: the pervert reporter, loll
I wish Yuri would attend RG tho. :sobbing:

Roland Garros.

Shafanovic.
May 17th, 2011, 01:19 AM
TennisReporters Matt Cronin
Sharapova fans: neither her mom or dad will go to Paris but Vujacic, Hogstedt, physical therapist Juan Reque, hitting partner Mamiit will
41 minutes ago Favorite Retweet Reply

Sasha :inlove:

lefty24
May 17th, 2011, 01:43 AM
Maria in Oprah magazine. I can't read what it says.
http://www.mariasharapova.com/photos.aspx?tag=Oprah%20Magazine%20-%20June%202011

nufflemutts
May 17th, 2011, 01:57 AM
When I need to push myself, I think of all those nicely polished trophies waiting to be lifted up by the winner and how that winner might be me.

All I was able to read.

roddo1234
May 17th, 2011, 02:25 AM
Maria in Oprah magazine. I can't read what it says.
http://www.mariasharapova.com/photos.aspx?tag=Oprah%20Magazine%20-%20June%202011

Can you read it now??
http://hostingb.hotchyx.com/adult-image-hosting-00/349oprah-magazine-june-2011-.jpg (http://hotchyx.com/)

Sp!ffy
May 17th, 2011, 03:32 AM
"If I'm nervous, it means I had to work hard to get there, whether it's playing in a tournament or speaking at an event. So I try to stop and be proud of getting to live in that moment."

Wow, what an inspirational perspective. :worship:

lefty24
May 17th, 2011, 03:45 AM
"If I'm nervous, it means I had to work hard to get there, whether it's playing in a tournament or speaking at an event. So I try to stop and be proud of getting to live in that moment."

Wow, what an inspirational perspective. :worship:

I mean, it is Oprah after all. :p

Maria Croft
May 17th, 2011, 07:22 AM
Incredible as always, and in Oprah magazine no less :)

goldlion
May 17th, 2011, 10:02 AM
What actually is Sasha doing at the moment? Season off for the basketball at the moment?

Mistress of Evil
May 17th, 2011, 10:07 AM
so cute and inspiring :D

Shafanovic.
May 17th, 2011, 10:19 AM
http://www.melikethis.com/1331/

does everyone see what I see? O_O

gc-spurs
May 17th, 2011, 10:49 AM
What actually is Sasha doing at the moment? Season off for the basketball at the moment?

Off season until October, training camp will start after summer probably.

Jovana.
May 17th, 2011, 01:04 PM
Oprah :bowdown: great article, it just always hurts my eyes to see that she's a fan of the shittiest, most overrated band ever to exist. :o

Shivank17
May 17th, 2011, 01:07 PM
Best place to be a tourist-Hong Kong
True!! Its one of the best places to be in vacations,the city has everything I miss it so much. :sobbing:
It's a must visit place,really enjoyable,till the time you have to make the McDonalds staff understand what you want to order,cause they are weak in English. :hysteric:

Shivank17
May 17th, 2011, 01:12 PM
http://www.melikethis.com/1331/

does everyone see what I see? O_O

Ya I saw that on some other likes too. :eek:
Seems like winning Rome,has made Maria famous again-everywhere. :tape:

18majors
May 17th, 2011, 01:15 PM
^I thought Maria is always on spotlight!

lefty24
May 17th, 2011, 01:17 PM
Oprah :bowdown: great article, it just always hurts my eyes to see that she's a fan of the shittiest, most overrated band ever to exist. :o

Seriously she talked about U2 before... so disappointing. That band sucks.
There is a lot better inspirational pump up music out there.

Shivank17
May 17th, 2011, 01:22 PM
^I thought Maria is always on spotlight!

Not with the tennis news right? I mean everyone before Rome,was spotlighting Caro and Kim ,now Maria is in every tennis article with one title. :oh: Wonder what will happen if she wins RG. :speakles:

18majors
May 17th, 2011, 01:28 PM
^Career slam Maria! Russia will change the name of the country to Maria.

trimtrab
May 17th, 2011, 02:18 PM
Oprah :bowdown: great article, it just always hurts my eyes to see that she's a fan of the shittiest, most overrated band ever to exist. :o

they're not overrated:) i'm not a fan of U2 but they're a great band. love them or hate them - they're great. one of the best live in concert, too.
i think the problem is that they've been releasing shit albums since like the year 2000. i for one only truly like the single song of theirs since 2000 - it's "Electrical storm (William Orbit mix)", this song is fantastic and the video directed by Anton Corbijn, too.

also, the problem is that Bono is who he is :lol: my favourite music joke is about U2 concert:
in Glasgow, Scotland, [Bono] asked the audience for total quiet.

Then, in the silence, he started to slowly clap his hands, once every few seconds. Holding the audience in total silence, he said into the microphone, “Every time I clap my hands, a child in Africa dies.”

From the front of the crowd a voice with a broad Scottish accent pierced the quiet …

“Well, fuckin stop doin it then, ya evil bastard!”
:lol:


btw, this song "Where the streets have no name" is amazing (i prefer the Pet Shop Boys version though) - it's from the album "Joshua Tree" (1987), the best U2 album, in my opinion. U2's "Achtung baby" (1991) is one of the best pop albums ever.


so i would say Maria has good taste - she always picked the best U2 songs, not their shit songs from 2000s ;)

Jovana.
May 17th, 2011, 02:28 PM
they're not overrated:) i'm not a fan of U2 but they're a great band. love them or hate them - they're great. one of the best live in concert, too.
i think the problem is that they've been releasing shit albums since like the year 2000. i for one only truly like the single song of theirs since 2000 - it's "Electrical storm (William Orbit mix)", this song is fantastic and the video directed by Anton Corbijn, too.



no. that's just dumb. You either like a certain artist or not, I could say the same thing about lets say Rebecca Black... love her or hate her - she's great. And she sings a song about a fucking Friday :shrug: see how retarded that is?

yes, joking about death in Africa is hilare. :lol: :weirdo:

The Norwegian
May 17th, 2011, 02:36 PM
^^Give the girl a break. She just wanna do good.

trimtrab
May 17th, 2011, 03:41 PM
no. that's just dumb. You either like a certain artist or not, I could say the same thing about lets say Rebecca Black... love her or hate her - she's great. And she sings a song about a fucking Friday :shrug: see how retarded that is?

no i don't. this is U2, not some freaking Rebecca Black. there's a difference between liking smt/smb and making an assessment. one can hate a certain tennis player (JH, a WS, Roger, Rafa, you get the idea) but this hating doesn't make him/her any less greater. same goes to U2. they're great and it doesnt matter you love them or hate them.

WTAtennisfan15
May 17th, 2011, 04:32 PM
Usually Maria's taste of music kills me, but I actually like U2...:haha:

slamchamp
May 17th, 2011, 04:38 PM
lol at you shitting at U2:weirdo: It's a great band why insulting it?:o Everyone has different tastes

Fool
May 17th, 2011, 04:46 PM
They actually mentioned Maria on an ESPN show yesterday. I was so shocked!

18majors
May 17th, 2011, 06:19 PM
Maria on Facebook:

Madrid, Rome and now Paris!! Another amazing city. I have had a very relaxing day and half with a light hit this afternoon. My team has been working with the LTA who stage the AEGON Classic in Birmingham where I won back to back titles in 2004 and 2005 (that seems like another lifetime ago) on a really cool contest to meet me in person in Birmingham, another city which I love! Click here to win: http://bit.ly/l0t6fL

Break My Rapture
May 17th, 2011, 06:28 PM
:bigclap:

Jack89
May 18th, 2011, 07:06 PM
http://www.forbes.com/wealth/celebrities/list

Maria is No 80 on Forbes "Worlds most powerful celebrity" list.

Fool
May 18th, 2011, 07:10 PM
That's awesome! But that list sucks. Gaga over Oprah? Please.

Mistress of Evil
May 18th, 2011, 07:14 PM
Star Power :rocker2:

18majors
May 18th, 2011, 08:45 PM
It's only fair that Wozniacki is nowhere to be seen on the list.

Maria Croft
May 18th, 2011, 09:46 PM
It's a womens world, just look at the top 3 :p

But seriously though, Oprah should really be above hype by now, shouldn't she be?
Maria is the highest ranked WTA player on the list as well :)

Shyra
May 19th, 2011, 09:30 AM
she's always on anybody's list!

heart
May 19th, 2011, 06:25 PM
Sharapova has some pricey earrings to go with engagement ring
By Chris Chase

Thanks to her victory at last week's Italian Open, Maria Sharapova enters the French Open as one of the favorites in the wide open women's draw. Her deal with Tiffany & Co. ensures she'll have some of the nicest jewelry as well.
Sharapova will wear a pair of $3,200 diamond earrings made by the venerable American jeweler during matches at the year's second Grand Slam. The cobblestone earrings feature rose-cut diamonds set in platinum.
"These earrings sparkle with every movement and they are so lightweight which makes them perfect to wear on the court," Sharapova said in a statement that was clearly her own words and not something written by a public relations team at Tiffany.
Though it's a hefty price, it might not seem like much compared to the $525,000 watch Rafael Nadal wears on the court. Unlike Nadal's Richard Mille timepiece, though, Sharapova's Tiffany earrings are designed to sell to the general public; or the public that spends $3,200 on earrings, that is.
Between the earrings and her quarter-million dollar engagement ring from New Jersey Nets guard Sasha Vujacic, Sharapova should be the most blinged-out player at Roland Garros. Unless Roger Federer shows up with his diamond grills again.

http://mit.zenfs.com/218/2011/05/tiffany_cobblestone_earrings_rose_cut_diamonds.jpg

i think maria is already wearing it during practice.

Rerun
May 19th, 2011, 09:17 PM
That's awesome! But that list sucks. Gaga over Oprah? Please.

Oprah is almost an unknown out of USA ;) I do like her but still if u are not american she doesn't mean so much for you while Gaga is a world wide famous artist ;)

NewShoulderPlz.
May 21st, 2011, 11:10 AM
French Open 2011: Williams sisters have made Paris an open goal for Maria Sharapova, says Martina Hingis

This French Open is a great opportunity for Maria Sharapova to complete a career grand slam.

By Martina Hingis

Maria Sharapova’s greatest strength has always been her mental toughness – she gives opponents nothing – and she will believe in herself even more after winning her first title for a year with victory at Rome’s Foro Italico last weekend.

Sharapova is undoubtedly a great competitor, so strong in the mind, and that is often key in Paris, as it is the most mentally draining of the grand slam tournaments. When Sharapova is playing well, she just never lets go. I suppose that could be seen as being mean on the court, but I have always viewed it as professionalism.

From the very first time I saw Sharapova play, which would have been when she was 14 or 15 and she was still in the juniors, I have always thought how professional she is. You always know what you were going to get with her. She is pretty straightforward. It has not always been good enough, but she has always given everything.

It is fantastic for Sharapova, and for women’s tennis, that she is winning again. With the Williams sisters, Venus and Serena, both missing the French Open, the women’s game needs some big names and faces.

Sharapova exploded on to the scene when she won the 2004 Wimbledon title at 17, and she went on to win the 2006 US Open and the 2008 Australian Open.

Completing the career grand slam would show everyone just what she is capable of. No one can ever say after you have done the career slam that you cannot play on one particular surface. I came close to completing the career grand slam, as I won three Australian Open titles and Wimbledon and the US Open once each, and for me it is a great pity that I threw away the second of my French Open finals, when I played Steffi Graf in 1999.

It would mean a lot to Sharapova to have won all four grand slams, though at this stage of her tennis life, after coming back from a serious shoulder injury that could have ended her career, I would imagine she is motivated simply by the possibility of winning any sort of tournaments and titles again.

Winning matches and titles tends to be even more satisfying after returning from an injury, than it was before, as you have had to deal with so many obstacles to get back to where you were.

The clay courts at Roland Garros almost play like hard courts, as the sand on them is very fine. The surface in Paris is much faster and has a much truer bounce than at the other clay-court tournaments around Europe, and that is to Sharapova’s advantage, as her game is better suited to quick conditions.

Much could depend on the weather, though. If it stays hot and dry in Paris, that will help her. But if it is cold and rainy, and the balls and the clay both become heavy and wet, that could harm her chances.

There is no real reason, though, why Sharapova, whose victory in the Italian Open in Rome came against last year’s French Open runner-up Sam Stosur, cannot also win this year’s title at Roland Garros.

The key with Sharapova has always been whether she stays healthy or not. She is still young, just 24, so she has many more years left in her if she can avoid injury, and her shoulder is OK.

I was also very pleased to hear that Kim Clijsters will be in the draw in Paris. She has missed the entire clay-court season so far after damaging her ankle while dancing at a cousin’s wedding, but she can come from nowhere to win the title.

The courts suit her game. When she plays, it is usually all about her. She does not wait for her opponent to come to her as she is the one going for her shots. I imagine that a lot could depend on whether she serves well.

One advantage she does have is that she will be completely fresh. I remember when I was preparing for the French Open, and playing a number of tournaments, that you had to try to ensure that you were not tired when you arrived in Paris. That will not be a problem for Clijsters.

It has been unfortunate for women’s tennis that Serena Williams has not played for almost a year because of two foot operations and then emergency treatment for a blood clot on her lung, and her sister, Venus, has not competed much either because of injuries – her last tournament was January’s Australian Open.

This is the first time for eight years that a grand slam tournament is missing both the sisters. It would be premature to say with any certainty that the Williams era is over and they will never win any more slams, but of course it all depends on whether they can regain their health and fitness and start playing again. If they are fit and well, of course they can win more slams, because they are great champions.

It is a great story, how the sisters started from nothing to achieve so much in tennis, and if they can return to the court – they have always been stronger on the Wimbledon grass than on the Paris clay – they could add to their collections. The sisters are so strong mentally, especially Serena, that they can win tournaments when they are not quite at their best physically.

But really I would love to see Caroline Wozniacki win in Paris, especially as some would argue that until the world No1 wins a grand slam event she will struggle to have the respect of everyone in tennis. Until she does, some people will think she does not deserve or live up to that number.

She has already achieved so much and has done a lot for the sport but until she wins a slam, there will always be a lot of discussions that Wozniacki has somehow not established herself as the No 1. It would be helpful for the sport, as well as for her, if the No 1 was also a grand slam champion.

I hope that Wozniacki, a tough cookie, can make an impression this coming fortnight. Perhaps Francesca Schiavone, last year’s surprise champion here, can win again, though we have not heard so much from her recently.

Every girl finds one tournament where she immediately feels comfortable and I am sure Schiavone will be at home again in Paris when she walks on court to start the defence of her title. However I think this just might be Sharapova’s year.

Martina Hingis, a former world No1 who won five grand slam titles, was twice a runner-up at the French Open

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/tennis/frenchopen/8524422/French-Open-2011-Williams-sisters-have-made-Paris-an-open-goal-for-Maria-Sharapova-says-Martina-Hingis.html

Mistress of Evil
May 21st, 2011, 11:40 AM
Martina :hearts:

StrippedToBasics
May 21st, 2011, 11:56 AM
Well nothing we didn't already know, with an open draw like this and Maria winning Rome(confidence), she has a good chance of winning the whole shizz

Break My Rapture
May 21st, 2011, 01:25 PM
You better be right, Wingis. :oh:

18majors
May 21st, 2011, 01:38 PM
Martina's article is well written and to the point. I feel the same when she wrote ".......when she was 14 or 15 and she was still in the juniors, I have always thought how professional she is."

Maria Croft
May 21st, 2011, 01:48 PM
This was also posted in GM so I will just repeat myself here.

It's a nice article, but the title is misleading because she actually mentions a lot of top names that could win, not just Maria.

Dieter.
May 21st, 2011, 02:35 PM
Maria's facebook

I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend. I had an early practice today and decided to enjoy the city. I am trying to push myself these days to take the time to enjoy these amazing places I travel to. So many times all I see is the hotel, airport and tennis courts. Going to have a nice dinner tonight with my team and have an early night.

Vodkapova
May 21st, 2011, 03:29 PM
Martina, I miss you. :sobbing:

Many believe do believe that cold and rainy conditions will harm Maria's chances at RG, but last year—she almost beat Justine just because it was raining and the balls became heavier. Maria has a lot of upper body strength, and I think it would be advantageous against a lot of WTA players (particularly smaller players like Cibulkova).

MAERSK
May 21st, 2011, 05:33 PM
Martina, I miss you. :sobbing:

Swiss Miss will always be my #1. Come on Maria prove her wrong/right and beat Caro again! :cheer:

doomsday
May 21st, 2011, 08:11 PM
Just saw a video on eurosport about Kim saying nice things about Maria, that she was playing well again and she is going to be difficult to beat at the French, that she saw her winning Rome and she was really happy for her.
Can't wait QF, girls don't mess up.

Break My Rapture
May 21st, 2011, 09:02 PM
Our "choose a player" feature reveals the fun, friendly side of the stars appearing at this year's French Open. Germany's former world number two Tommy Haas is up first.
If you were to choose another player…

To share a good bottle of wine with?
Andre Agassi

To take to your favourite restaurant?
If I'm with my wife and kids, I'd choose Roger Federer.

To go on a walk with in the forest?
I'd go alone, no need for company.


To accompany you to the Cannes Film Festival?
Patrick Rafter

To go out on the town with in Las Vegas?
Andre Agassi. I've already done it once and, since he lives there, it was really fun.

To talk about life with and change the world?
Roger Federer

Never to train with?
Ivo Karlovic

To play in a band with?
Gael Monfils

To take to a football match?
Alex Waske

To interview if you were a journalist?
Steffi Graf

To take fishing?
Max Mirnyi

To take to see your favourite band?
Philipp Petzschner

To play mixed doubles with?
Maria Sharapova

To open a bar with?
John McEnroe

To be your spokesperson?
Boris Becker

To go with to see a stand-up comedian?
My friend Glenn Weiner. He's only ranked no.391 in the world but I assume I can still pick him!


So they really are friends, didn't Maria practice with Tommy during Miami? :cheer:

Lucas_Arg
May 22nd, 2011, 01:27 AM
They would have the hottest babies ever.

Mistress of Evil
May 22nd, 2011, 06:35 AM
He has taste :hehehe:

LoveMasha2008
May 22nd, 2011, 10:02 AM
Mr and Mrs Sharapova

Recent Rome winner Maria Sharapova seems to be enjoying her tennis more than ever at the moment, no doubt due to the presence in her entourage of her fiancé, New Jersey Nets basketball pro Sasha Vujacic. She gave Roland Garros TV an exclusive video interview (which will appear soon on the site), and the Russian confirmed the persistent rumour, saying "Yes, we will be getting married soon".

http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/articles/2011-05-20/201105201305910345788.html

:eek:

Marilyn Monheaux
May 22nd, 2011, 10:05 AM
July wedding after winning RG and Wimbledon! :inlove: :woohoo: :bounce:

gc-spurs
May 22nd, 2011, 10:26 AM
English countryside!
Or royal style?

Reptilia
May 22nd, 2011, 11:07 AM
:eek: Didn't realize it was happening so soon.

Marilyn Monheaux
May 22nd, 2011, 11:12 AM
English countryside!
Or royal style?

Saddle River? RHONJ is calling! :hearts::hearts::hearts:

JadeFox
May 22nd, 2011, 12:25 PM
Mr and Mrs Sharapova

Recent Rome winner Maria Sharapova seems to be enjoying her tennis more than ever at the moment, no doubt due to the presence in her entourage of her fiancé, New Jersey Nets basketball pro Sasha Vujacic. She gave Roland Garros TV an exclusive video interview (which will appear soon on the site), and the Russian confirmed the persistent rumour, saying "Yes, we will be getting married soon".

http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/articles/2011-05-20/201105201305910345788.html

:eek:

She should have a fall wedding. Summer weddings are overrated. :rolleyes: :p

Mistress of Evil
May 22nd, 2011, 12:34 PM
Wedding :cheer: please, make sure you have the RG and Wimby trophies on the wedding table :lick:

Craig.
May 22nd, 2011, 12:34 PM
Wedding :cheer: please, make sure you have the RG and Wimby on the wedding table :lick:

:worship:

18majors
May 22nd, 2011, 01:16 PM
I wonder how much longer will Maria continue to play WTA.

Mr.Sharapova
May 22nd, 2011, 01:20 PM
Are you trying to bring up the R word :eek:.

18majors
May 22nd, 2011, 01:35 PM
^I would like to see Maria play for as long as she can but I'm realistic about it.

Mr.Sharapova
May 22nd, 2011, 01:40 PM
She'll play at least until she's 27 I think thats for sure :)

18majors
May 22nd, 2011, 01:43 PM
^That's great, it would be better than my expectation.

perseus2006
May 22nd, 2011, 03:29 PM
Through the 2016 Olympics would be my guess.

Mr.Sharapova
May 22nd, 2011, 04:42 PM
^ I guess :shrug:.

s teddy
May 22nd, 2011, 05:04 PM
I'm looking forward to hearing chair umpires try to pronounce Sasha's last name. :oh:

cyannnnn
May 22nd, 2011, 05:09 PM
just see on Tv. maria wishes a happy birthday to Djoko. lol she says "welcom to the club"

Break My Rapture
May 22nd, 2011, 05:17 PM
Wedding :cheer: please, make sure you have the RG and Wimby trophies on the wedding table :lick:
She should dine out of Venus Rosewater Dish and drink out of Couple Suzanne Lenglen. :oh:

lefty24
May 22nd, 2011, 05:59 PM
I'm looking forward to hearing chair umpires try to pronounce Sasha's last name. :oh:

I'm almost 100% sure she's not going to change her last name.

Vodkapova
May 22nd, 2011, 06:14 PM
I'm almost 100% sure she's not going to change her last name.

This.

Maria Sharapova has become a brand. I'm almost 100% certain she'll keep it that way—even if she wanted to change. There was a survey on Yahoo! I read last week about women keeping their maiden name. Usually women who are independently successful in their respective careers keep their maiden name. I think it's more common in the Western world for women to take their husband's surnames once they are married, since my mother kept her maiden name.

Sp!ffy
May 22nd, 2011, 06:23 PM
Sascha reminds me of the kind of guy that would take her last name...

Craig.
May 22nd, 2011, 06:24 PM
Sascha reminds me of the kind of guy that would take her last name...

Masha and Sascha Sharapova :hearts:

s teddy
May 22nd, 2011, 08:23 PM
I'm almost 100% sure she's not going to change her last name.

I agree, but it doesn't matter. At Wimbledon, the umpires always call married players by their husbands' names.

Maria Croft
May 22nd, 2011, 08:30 PM
I agree, but it doesn't matter. At Wimbledon, the umpires always call married players by their husbands' names.

That's news to me.

I'm also sure she will keep her own surname, it's just too well known.

s teddy
May 22nd, 2011, 08:33 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Championships,_Wimbledon#Referring_to_players

Thus Spake Wikipedia.

Craig.
May 22nd, 2011, 08:35 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Championships,_Wimbledon#Referring_to_players

Thus Spake Wikipedia.

I think that's only in case Maria officially changes her name to Sharapova-Vujacic or Vujacic, which I doubt she'll do.

Break My Rapture
May 22nd, 2011, 08:36 PM
I hope to god she doesn't change her surname.

Mistress of Evil
May 22nd, 2011, 08:51 PM
She should dine out of Venus Rosewater Dish and drink out of Couple Suzanne Lenglen. :oh:

Amen :drool:

18majors
May 23rd, 2011, 12:19 AM
I agree, but it doesn't matter. At Wimbledon, the umpires always call married players by their husbands' names.

Kim Clijsters went with her maiden name at 2010 Wimbledon.

nelsondan
May 23rd, 2011, 01:58 AM
Sascha reminds me of the kind of guy that would take her last name...

I don't know if it could be interpreted this way, but I think it would be a very classy thing to do.
It would be sort of groundbreaking, and it might reflect two realities:
1.He is aware of just what a spectacular woman he is marrying,

2.Her love and appreciation of him is so overwhelming it does not really matter about the name. I guess some might feel like they have to make fun of him in the locker room or other places, but he could just let them eat their envious hearts out over it. They should be so lucky as he.

kimgurl
May 23rd, 2011, 04:06 AM
they're getting married soon??:eek::hearts:how soon is soon for masha??:lol:isnt wedding preparations are crucial and long??unless its a rush wedding which i higly doubt:lol:im guessing hmmm after the olympics next year:confused:
i think she's not gonna change her last name..well they're both celebs so maybe she will use sharapova, but in real life sharapova-vujacic??lol yeah whatever, its their prob not mine:lol::lol:

kasia1992
May 23rd, 2011, 05:43 AM
Maria will be in Vogue
Me and Maria Sharapova (Tennis superstar) did a photoshoot with Annie Leibovitz (Photography superstar) that’s going to be in Vogue. They’ve really stepped up in the surfing department too, and because they’re such a massive company they can do things surf companies can’t.”
http://www.surfinglife.com.au/news/asl-news/6133-just-doing-it

The Norwegian
May 23rd, 2011, 05:29 PM
Leibovitz & Sharapova? What good can possibly come out of that?