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StrippedToBasics
May 23rd, 2011, 05:44 PM
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
So no cover ?

Nina.
May 24th, 2011, 11:32 AM
I agree, but it doesn't matter. At Wimbledon, the umpires always call married players by their husbands' names.

I'm pretty sure Davenport remained Davenport just the Ms. changed to Mrs.

Maria Croft
May 24th, 2011, 11:53 AM
That would already be wierd enough to hear, game, set and match, Mrs. Sharapova :p

lylux
May 24th, 2011, 07:14 PM
Sharapova proves she is a real contender
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
By Matt Cronin

Currently showing her best ever form on red clay, Maria Sharapova cruised past Mirjana Lucic 6-3, 6-0 in the first round and proved that she is a true contender for the Roland Garros title for the first time. The three-time Grand Slam champion barely missed a shot in running off the last ten games of the match, serving big, tearing apart Lucic's second services and hitting the corners with both her forehands and backhands.

The former French Open semi-finalist has been to the second week of the tournament on a few occasions, where she would eventually tire and get run over by faster opponents who could move her around. But after winning Rome 10 days ago with three notable wins over no.4 Victoria Azarenka, no.1 Caroline Wozniacki and 2010 Roland Garros finalist Sam Stosur, the Russian has proved that is she can control the court and has improved her footing enough to win on any surface.

"I started [Rome] off really well, and I felt like I continued with that. Even though I lost the first set to Azarenka, I felt like I adjusted well, and I did that really well throughout the tournament. If something wasn't quite working, I always had a plan B and was able to find a way to win."

Sharapova seriously struggled to regain her no.1 form after her 2008 shoulder surgery, occasionally playing at a very high level but also growing frustrated with the inconsistency of her once effective service as well as her forehand. Only five of her 23 titles have come since that surgery and only two, Tokyo and Rome, were at prestigious tournaments.
She has only reached one Grand Slam quarterfinal since returning to the tour in May 2009, at Roland Garros a month later when she lost to Dominika Cibulkova. But for the most part, she has kept her head down and now ranked No. 8, is showing more self-belief and consistency.

"I don't think any road is particularly easy," she said. "If you don't have the tough days and don't go through adversity, I don't think that the good ones and the wins mean as much as when everything seems to be going your way. I've put a lot of work in, and starting from the off-season, I had a tough period at the beginning of the year, being sick for a while and having to wait to play a tournament. But I trained really hard. I don't think I had that work ethic last year. At some points I didn't push myself as much as I wanted to, but that motivation has really kicked in this year, and I hope I keep going with that."

Sharapova took a risk in January, separating from her long-time coach and friend Michael Joyce to work with Swede Thomas Hogstedt, who once coached Na Li and Tommy Haas. She also brought in a new hitting partner this spring - former ATP player Cecil Mamiit - but it was her willingness to try to institute Hogstedt's technical changes with her service and forehand as well as some strategic moves that have opened the gate to improvement.

"You just try to get the best possible thing for you, and add or sometimes take away things that maybe you feel are ultimately going to make you better," she said. "The most important thing is just realizing that it's never just going to come together in a matter of minutes. It's always going to take time. Adjustments ultimately hopefully will get you to a better place, and it was a tough change for me. I had the same sort of routine and the same stuff for so many years, but in a way it was refreshing and new."

18majors
May 24th, 2011, 07:20 PM
^Good article!

18majors
May 25th, 2011, 10:03 PM
Huge Maria article on New York Times:

Expanding her reach into the unexpected, she is about to announce a new partnership with Jeff Rubin, the man who helped create Dylan’s Candy Bar in 2001 and a chain of candy shops inside F. A. O. Schwarz stores (called F. A. O. Schweetz) in the 1990s, to develop her own brand of candy and sweets. Gumballs will be shaped like tennis balls, and gummy candies will be packaged in containers shaped like tennis-ball cans, according to plans drawn up by Mr. Rubin, who hopes to have them ready in time for a rollout at the United States Open in August.

The name of her brand? Sugarpova.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/26/fashion/maria-sharapovas-campaign-to-establish-herself-as-a-brand.html

Break My Rapture
May 25th, 2011, 10:09 PM
NO. FUCKING. WAYYYYYYYY.

I can't. :hysteric: :rolls: :inlove: :crying2:

DiogoP.
May 25th, 2011, 10:15 PM
Sugarpova :hearts:

Amazing News :worship:

18majors
May 25th, 2011, 10:29 PM
It's almost unheard of getting this huge coverage from the New York Times.

Kitten63
May 25th, 2011, 10:38 PM
Sugarpova :lol: :hearts:

Cherry.
May 25th, 2011, 10:44 PM
OMG Sugarpova :haha:
I'll be going to US Open this year and maybe I'll be able to try some Sugarpova at that time :drool::lol:

Craig.
May 25th, 2011, 10:51 PM
Just when I thought I couldn't love her any more :hysteric:

Sp!ffy
May 25th, 2011, 10:52 PM
Sugarpova? Lmao wtf.:hysteric:

lefty24
May 25th, 2011, 11:10 PM
I would really recommend the whole article. One of the best ones I've read about her. It really is amazing for New York times. Three pages is a lot even for a star like Maria.
You can really tell how serious she is about doing extremely well and how important it is to her. I also love how she has the same answer as she did years ago to what was more important.

I'm so happy about "Sugarpova"! My two favorite things Maria and candy. ;)

nelsondan
May 25th, 2011, 11:19 PM
Something seems off, or out of sync with everything else about Sugarpova. Maybe if it is healthy candy...but... I don't know.

Jack89
May 25th, 2011, 11:20 PM
Sugarpova! :lol:

nelsondan
May 25th, 2011, 11:21 PM
I would really recommend the whole article. One of the best ones I've read about her. . ;)

+

definitely.

Shafanovic.
May 25th, 2011, 11:30 PM
I need some sugarpova in me :drool:

18majors
May 25th, 2011, 11:56 PM
I would really recommend the whole article. One of the best ones I've read about her. It really is amazing for New York times. Three pages is a lot even for a star like Maria.
You can really tell how serious she is about doing extremely well and how important it is to her. I also love how she has the same answer as she did years ago to what was more important.

I'm so happy about "Sugarpova"! My two favorite things Maria and candy. ;)

As a New York Times subscriber, I could attest that the paper rarely has this type of extensive personal coverage. It happens about 3-4 times a year.

Sp!ffy
May 26th, 2011, 12:01 AM
I don't know if she would ever be able to achieve the same sort of brand success that Jordan did. I mean...I knew what Jordans (the shoes) before I even knew who he was. :o Besides, her clothes are super expensive. :tape: But I wish her the best of luck!

Sharapovian
May 26th, 2011, 12:02 AM
Lol cool.

lefty24
May 26th, 2011, 02:14 AM
I don't know if she would ever be able to achieve the same sort of brand success that Jordan did. I mean...I knew what Jordans (the shoes) before I even knew who he was. :o Besides, her clothes are super expensive. :tape: But I wish her the best of luck!

Her clothes actually isn't expensive at all for Nike. How do you even know since you're not a girl? Her two pieces especially are pretty much the same as all the other nike tennis clothes.

claypova
May 26th, 2011, 02:20 AM
sugarpova :worship::bigcry:

Sp!ffy
May 26th, 2011, 03:06 AM
Her clothes actually isn't expensive at all for Nike. How do you even know since you're not a girl? Her two pieces especially are pretty much the same as all the other nike tennis clothes.

Isn't her RG dress like $120? And I know everything about Maria.

lefty24
May 26th, 2011, 03:14 AM
Isn't her RG dress like $120? And I know everything about Maria.

It is but it's not a lot compared to other Nike tennis dresses. The cheapest one is $70 and then the next cheapest $90.

Mistress of Evil
May 26th, 2011, 04:19 AM
Sugarpova :cheer:

Maria Croft
May 26th, 2011, 07:50 AM
Sugerpova :spit:

Of all the nicknames this forum comes up with, I actually don't think I've heard that one used before :lol:

AniaSharapova
May 26th, 2011, 08:58 AM
Interview after match against Lucic:

Question: You didn't pretty much miss a ball the last nine games. Looks like you're completely in rhythm now.
Maria Sharapova: Yeah, it was a tough beginning because she started off serving really big, and I didn't get too many looks on second serves, and once I got a good rhythm, you know, I felt like I started playing better and better.
Yeah, it's a good way to start. First round is always a little tricky, especially when you don't know your opponent too well.

Question: So confidence-wise, when do you think you really find it? Was it against Wozniacki or Sam? Now it looks like you can pretty much hit any shot.
Maria Sharapova: Thank you. Um, I felt, you know, I started the tournament off really well, and I felt like I continued with that. You know, even though I lost the first set to Azarenka, I felt like I adjusted well, and I did that really well throughout the tournament, felt that like if something wasn't quite working, you know, always had a plan B, and was able to find a way to win and do it in good manner.

Question: It's been quite a road back, maybe a little bit longer and tougher than you thought, but do you think things are kicking in; that it's all paying off now both in terms of strokes and results in terms of all your work? Could you talk about that process, please.
Maria Sharapova: Yeah, I don't think any road is particularly easy. If you don't have the tough days and if you don't go through adversity, I don't think that the good ones and the wins mean as much as when everything seems to be going our way.
You know, I've put a lot of work in, and, you know, starting from the offseason, no matter-- you know, I had a tough period in the beginning of the year, being sick for a while and having to wait to play a tournament. I was just really positive. I trained really hard. I don't think maybe I had that work ethic last year. At some points I didn't push myself as much as I wanted to.
But, yeah, as far as that motivation, it's really kicked in this year, and I hope I keep going with that.

Question: I'd like to speak a bit about jewelry. Can you give me some details about your earrings? Are they new? Which company made them?
Maria Sharapova Yeah. I wear Tiffany earrings at Grand Slams. They're provided by Tiffany. Unfortunately I have to give them backafter the tournament. I would prefer to keep them as I think these are one of my favorite pairs I've worn.
But, yeah, I might keep them for a couple of tournaments.

Question: Critically important question: How do these earrings compare to, say, the Gehry earrings you wore at the US Open?
Maria Sharapova Well, they're not as architectural, and these have a lot more diamonds in them. So it's a tough balance. It's like Gehry or diamonds.
Well, the experience with Frank Gehry was one of the coolest of my careers. I think going into a studio and working with one of the most famous architects in the world on a pair of earrings that you're going to showcase in front of many people was great, special, and something I'll have for the rest of my career, or life.

Question: Do you plan to visit Slovenia with Sasha?
Maria Sharapova: At some point. We haven't yet, but at some point, we will.


Question: Is it fair to say that this year you knew with the coaching change and Cecil coming in as the hitting partner that there was going to be some time for adjustment and you had to put the faith in Thomas to a certain degree because he wanted to do a couple of changes? You had to have faith but eventually things would come around and it would start clicking?
Maria Sharapova: I don't think you ever quite know. There's never certainty. There's-- I think you just try to get the best possible thing for you, and you always try to-- whether add or sometimes take away things that maybe you feel are ultimately going to make you better. And the most important thing is just realizing that it's never just gonna come together in a matter of minutes. It's always gonna take time.
Things-- I mean, adjustments ultimately hopefully will get you into a better place, and that's what-- it was a tough change for me, definitely. You know, I had the same sort of routine and the same stuff for so many years, but in a way it was refreshing and new. Yeah.

Question: How much are you aware of her backstory, being part of the Hingis-Kournikova-Williams sisters generation? Not that you're going to feel sorry for any player today, but do you sympathize and sort of admire her for all she's been through?
Maria Sharapova: Lucic?

Question: Yes.
Maria Sharapova: Actually I've never faced against her and we've never practiced together, but we have seen a lot of each other growing up at the academy in Florida. She trained there for many years. She was already a professional. I was still training there, and then during her time off when she didn't play for a while, you know, I used to see a lot of her because she lived close to the academy.
So we would always bump into each other but we didn't quite know each other that well. I knew that she's had great results in the past and that she can play.

Question: You have a Russian passport?
Maria Sharapova: Uh-huh.

Question: You sound like an American. The question is: What language do you think in? Do you think in the same languages every time or is there different circumstances, that you dream in Russian maybe?
Maria Sharapova: I dream more in Russian than I do in English. I think in English sometimes more than Russian.

Question: On court, is it like when you're on court, do you think in Russian or in English?
Maria Sharapova: I'm not sure why that's so important.

Question: Just out of curiosity.
Maria Sharapova: Something you're gonna write about?

Question: Yeah.
Maria Sharapova: Oh, okay. Nothing-- I don't know. I think both. Yeah, I mix a lot of languages when I'm at home, and when I'm with my parents you find yourself speaking Russian all the time, and then all of a sudden there's an English word that's in there, and I always make fun of my dad for doing it. He's the best for that. He says three words in Russian and there is an English word, and he's like, I forgot how to say that in Russian.


Question: Coming into this tournament, because it's so open-ended, do you have a greater sense of opportunity about, you know, taking the title there? And, secondly, you know, even in the years when you've come in here and you've maybe won a major, did you ever feel like, you know, more sort of pressure that maybe this is your time?
Maria Sharapova: I never have. I never had a reason to feel like that, because every Grand Slam is a new opportunity, whether you've won it before or not.
If you feel pressure, it's part of the business. It's part of the sport. If-- that means there's something on the line. That means you want it bad. It's how you handle it.Without pressure, what's the sport about? It's how you really handle the situation.

Question: Do you feel like you're kind of a favorite at this point considering what you've been through the last couple of years?
Maria Sharapova: To me, it's not a big deal, because even, no matter if I'm ranked 100 or if I'm in the top 10, I think that no matter who I play against, they want to beat me because of what I've achieved in the past and I've been No. 1 in the world and I've won Grand Slams. My opponents always raise their level, and that makes me want to raise mine even more. To me, I certainly don't think about the favorite or the ranking or what position I'm in to win the tournament.
Question: Off court, I'm sure you don't have that much time away from the courts, but what hobbies do you have and what do you enjoy doing with those hobbies? How long have you been involved and what caught your fancy as far as any hobbies are concerned?
Maria Sharapova: Just away from the courts?

Question: Yeah.
Maria Sharapova : I do a lot of inspiration for Nike and Cole Haan, especially in cities like this. I have been to really cool cities in the last few weeks starting in Madrid and Rome and here, and I love walking around. I love-- I find a lot of inspiration in street style and watching women walk, the way they wear things and what they're wearing. I take a lot of pictures. I do a lot of collages, and that ultimately goes to Cole Haan and Nike.

Mrs. Dimitrova
May 26th, 2011, 09:54 AM
It was a great article from the NY Times. Really. I didn't know Maria was that concerned for her image. But that separates her from the rest. It's why she has all those endorsements. She does care a lot about building her brand.

cyannnnn
May 27th, 2011, 05:17 AM
RUSSIANS on COURT 4

http://blogs.montrealgazette.com/2011/05/26/russians-to-court-4/

gc-spurs
May 27th, 2011, 05:36 AM
Awesome! Russians ftw

Mistress of Evil
May 27th, 2011, 11:33 AM
From Facebook:

What can I say about yesterday? Sorry to put all my fans through that, but gosh did that girl play well!! If she keeps developing she will be a very good player. Light practice today and get ready for tomorrow.

:happy: apology accepted :lol:

claypova
May 27th, 2011, 11:35 AM
Maria :hug: so thoughtful of her to apologise :awww: :rolls:

Andy.
May 27th, 2011, 11:53 AM
Haha she knows us to well. I had just started to grow my nails back again and then yesterday happened.

lefty24
May 27th, 2011, 07:58 PM
Big Masha third on best dressed list and little Masha number 1. :bounce::bounce:

http://sports.yahoo.com/tennis/blog/busted_racquet/post/The-best-and-worst-dressed-players-at-the-2011-F?urn=ten-wp967

Fool
May 27th, 2011, 08:06 PM
So I wasn't the only one that though Kim's outfit was horrid. Hahaha

Maria Croft
May 27th, 2011, 08:29 PM
That is so funny that she said sorry to us, she must realise that because of her we're all going to die young, cause of death: heart attacks :p

Break My Rapture
May 27th, 2011, 09:04 PM
Big Masha third on best dressed list and little Masha number 1. :bounce::bounce:

http://sports.yahoo.com/tennis/blog/busted_racquet/post/The-best-and-worst-dressed-players-at-the-2011-F?urn=ten-wp967
Personally, I think that list makes no sense at all. :lol:

lefty24
May 27th, 2011, 09:06 PM
Personally, I think that list makes no sense at all. :lol:

lol me neither but I love both Marias so I don't really care. :p
all of these lists are based on one persons opinion that probably know nothing about fashion. I just always hate when masha is on the worst dressed list.

Mrs. Dimitrova
May 27th, 2011, 09:08 PM
Chris Chase is the worst tennis blogger out there. I cannot understand why he writes for Yahoo. And that list... Domi and Sam are wearing the same outfit but Domi is on the best-dressed list while Sam is on the worst. Ok then.. :lol:

Mistress of Evil
May 28th, 2011, 06:21 PM
M. SHARAPOVA/Y. Chan

6 2, 6 3

MARIA SHARAPOVA


Q. Can we say you were totally in control today?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I felt like I was in control most of the match. I only got broken once I believe in the second set, and I served really well throughout the match. You know, I took my chances when I had them.
So, yeah, I was quite pleased after playing a three set match that I had a quicker one today.

Q. So you've got Radwanska. You've played her a number of times, I think only once on clay, though, Istanbul. But she's obviously a tough out on clay. She moves well, gets a lot of balls back. You want to just talk about that?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, it will be a really tough match because I think this is one of her best surfaces. She's a really good mover and moves well on clay and gets a lot of balls back, and just be important to be aggressive and look for my opportunities to move forward.

Q. So is there any shot you're really not confident in right now?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I think I can still be a little bit more aggressive. I definitely feel like some balls I was a little bit late today.
But, yeah, just looking to move forward a little bit more.

Q. You had a very long injury to the shoulder some time ago. I wanted to know how it is difficult to live eight months without playing tennis. Do you have time to think for the first time to the life behind tennis? How did you live that time?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, it definitely opens your eyes and you see things from a different view, because usually when you're waking up every single morning everything is on autopilot; that you're going to wake up and put my Nike clothes on and go and train. It's a routine. And then you have a tournament.
So when you don't have that for a long time, you, you know definitely opens your eyes and you start thinking a little bit.
I missed it a lot, and I wanted to get back to it as quickly as I could.

Q. Do you think that your amazing comeback that you did against Garcia, do you think that it added some kind of self confidence to what you might do here in Roland Garros; that maybe this might be the year where you'll be more successful than the others? Has it given you any extra belief?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: You know, I was just really happy to come back, you know, from that, from the position that I was in. I certainly wasn't thinking, Oh, if I come back in this match and I end up winning it's going to give me so much confidence.
You just try to fight for every point in order to win the match. And then when you do, you have the next match ahead of you, and that keeps going.
Every day is different, and you face different opponents. And you can never be overly confident, because if you are, then I don't think you push yourself, you motivate yourself enough, you know.

Q. You're obviously getting deep into a run at a slam, but if you could step back and just talk about women's tennis in general. A lot of developments are going on. Older players, a lot of upsets, near upsets, no dominant player. Fewer Americans. Can you give us a sense of what your read is?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I honestly don't know. I have enough trouble focusing and knowing what's on my agenda and my schedule.
You know, I'm mostly just selfishly worrying about myself and just trying to win matches. It's tough to focus on what's going on around you and whether, you know, someone's on a comeback or playing well or losing or what.
It's really none of my business, to be honest.

Q. Well, in terms of your business, do you think now that you've been on the circuit for a good while and a lot of ups and downs, do you think this experience is really kicking in and is a significant plus at this point?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, it's definitely beneficial, because I know no matter what position I am in my career, I have the experience. I've been on the tour many years. I have played many matches. I've won some. I've lost tough ones. I've won tough ones.
I look back to that, and I know that I have that in my mind when I'm playing current matches. That helps me a lot.
So it's certainly helpful to have, you know, big wins at Grand Slams and to have tough losses from which I've come back and made myself stronger. You learn a lot from before.

Q. Patty Schnyder called an end to her career today. Can you comment on her impact in tennis in general and maybe about your experiences with her?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, she gave me lots of trouble. She did. She had a nasty left hander everything. I remember playing a tough match against her here, I think. I don't know if she had a couple of match points or something, but it was one of the early rounds at Roland Garros.
Especially when I was younger, she just played this cat and mouse game, and sometimes you just felt like the silly mouse.
No, she gave me tough ones. And she's had a really long career. I mean, when I was young and coming up, she was actually in the top 10, top 20 or something. Yeah.

Q. Before what you did in Rome, would you have expected to get into the second week here looking so strong, feeling so confident?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Um, I mean, you plan on it, because that's where you want to be. I just plan on trying to win my next match, whether that's before my first round, my second, before the second week or whatever it is.

Q. You have changed your racquet and you have changed your long time coach in the beginning of this year, and looks like you are really eager to win another slam or to come back to No. 1. In order to do that, I assume you have made top 10 a decision. Could you talk a little bit about that?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I made a couple of changes. I switched racquets in November, which I was very happy about. It was one of the first few racquets I picked up and I loved from the first ball I hit with it, and I knew I would be making that switch.
As far as the coaching, yeah, it was definitely a tough change, because I worked with Michael Joyce for almost seven years. You know, he was a really good friend of mine.
I had a certain routine. After a really long time when that changes, it's tough to mentally make that big of a change to say I'm going to go for something different. But I think it was the right thing. I needed a new perspective. Yeah.

Q. Rafael Nadal said earlier today he is 24 but feels like he's been playing on the tour for 100 years. How do you feel to that regard?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, I'm sure he said that because we even though maybe we started playing professionally, I think I did when I was 14 or something, and we started playing tennis from a very young age, and, you know, we've done this for almost all our lives, so we feel like we're on this sort of hamster carousel and we just keep going. It's true.
I think that's why it feels like every year we come back and, you know, like, Oh, nothing changes, and next year you come back, Oh, nothing changes. Same old same press conference room, same court, same people. Yeah. I think that makes you feel old.

Shivank17
May 28th, 2011, 07:15 PM
Q. Patty Schnyder called an end to her career today. Can you comment on her impact in tennis in general and maybe about your experiences with her?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, she gave me lots of trouble. She did. She had a nasty left hander everything. I remember playing a tough match against her here, I think. I don't know if she had a couple of match points or something, but it was one of the early rounds at Roland Garros.
Especially when I was younger, she just played this cat and mouse game, and sometimes you just felt like the silly mouse.
No, she gave me tough ones. And she's had a really long career. I mean, when I was young and coming up, she was actually in the top 10, top 20 or something. Yeah.

That was not a good way to pay regards to someone retiring. :oh: :spit:

Shivank17
May 28th, 2011, 07:18 PM
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Roland Garros: Sharapova d. Chan 05/28/2011 - 2:08 PM


Who would have guessed just a few months ago that the biggest question on the women’s side would be whether Maria Sharapova could complete a career Grand Slam at this year's French Open? But Sharapova won the biggest clay-court title of her career at Rome a few weeks ago, then Kim Clijsters and Caroline Wozniacki confirmed they wouldn’t win their third in a row and first majors, respectively, this week. So here we are, awaiting the answer to a question we didn’t think we’d ask.

Playing this week on courts and with balls said to be faster than usual, Sharapova hinted at the answer again today with a straightforward, 6-2, 6-3 victory over Yung-Jan Chan.

Chan, the lowest-ranked player and only qualifier remaining in the women's draw, did well to get this far and managed to hit a pleasant 15 winners in the loss. What happened? Sharapova overpowered her opponent with big-as-usual groundstrokes and better-than-usual serving. One of the stats that’s most important to Sharapova is first-serve percentage, and hers was an impressive 75 percent. What’s more impressive—and shocking, frankly—is that she served no double faults. And when she did serve a second serve, she was actually likelier to win the point (77 percent of the time) than on a first serve (66 percent).

In the first set, when Sharapova was especially dominant, Tennis Channel’s Lindsay Davenport and Justin Gimelstob entertained themselves (and us) with chitchat about Sharapova’s basketball player fiance, Sasha Vujacic. There was this exchange:

Gimelstob: “You’ve seen the ring. Is it Kim Kardashian-esque?”
Davenport: “I have not. I’ve heard it’s big.”

And this one, soon after Sharapova glanced at her box about a call:

Gimelstob: “Would you say Sasha Vujacic is one of the most animated significant others in the players’ box?”
Davenport: “There hasn’t been a point that’s gone by without a fist pump… ”
Gimelstob: “‘Emotionally vested’ seems like the term… ”
Davenport: “A nervous cute, I’m going to give it to him…”

:spit: Nervous Cute. :haha:

slamchamp
May 28th, 2011, 07:55 PM
lool

Jacey
May 28th, 2011, 10:03 PM
Did Maria just say that Michael Joyce "was a really good friend of mine"??

Sooo....what, no longer friends?

Mrs. Dimitrova
May 29th, 2011, 07:15 AM
Nah, I don't think so. If they're no longer friends she wouldn't want to mention him probably, knowing her, like Camilla. :sobbing:

Reptilia
May 29th, 2011, 07:58 AM
What actually happened with Camilla? :confused:

Shafanovic.
May 29th, 2011, 09:28 AM
Maria wasn't ready to come out :hysteric:

MM_1257
May 29th, 2011, 12:51 PM
Maria wasn't ready to come out :hysteric:

:confused::lol: Seriously where is Camilla? Didn't she date some time with Fernando Verdasco?
When was the last time we saw Masha and Camilla hanging around? They used to be BFFs... It is a pitty if they are not friends anymore. BTW I am not buying that "they were a couple" thing...

Lachy
May 29th, 2011, 01:04 PM
^^ The year she won her last GS :oh:

Nina.
May 29th, 2011, 01:26 PM
:confused::lol: Seriously where is Camilla? Didn't she date some time with Fernando Verdasco?
When was the last time we saw Masha and Camilla hanging around? They used to be BFFs... It is a pitty if they are not friends anymore. BTW I am not buying that "they were a couple" thing...

maybe they had a fight :shrug:

gc-spurs
May 31st, 2011, 12:46 AM
http://www.tennisforum.com/showpost.php?p=19646134&postcount=129

M. SHARAPOVA/A. Radwanska

7 6, 7 5

MARIA SHARAPOVA

Q. Congratulations.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Thank you.

Q. It was a big fight again. Can you talk about each time you got your back on the wall you're finding your way back in the match and to turn this around.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, from the beginning I had quite a slow start today. It was 1 4 and 15 40, so I think the one thing that really saved me in the first set was I served really well and kept her off balance and started playing better.
That gave me a lot of confidence. I had the chance to be up 3 0, could have been 4 0 in the second set, and just kind of rolled the other way. She had so many chances.
Overall it was just really tough. I played smart when I needed to be smart and was patient at the right times.
Yeah.

Q. Now you're going to play against Petkovic like in Melbourne. Talk about this next battle.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, we played in Melbourne. Also in played Miami, you know, a month or so ago. Yeah, she's a very tough opponent. She is also quite good on this surface and moves very well. She'll use that to her advantage.
But, yeah, it'll be tough. I'll go out there and try to win that match.
Are you observing the picture?

Q. Yes. I'm trying to frame my question.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Oh, around the picture?

Q. Yes.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Why are you giving it to me?

Q. Because I want to ask you a question.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Okay.

Q. So, Maria, we had some fun in the pressroom about the official publication of the tournament's with that little headline. Does that give you a laugh? What you are your thoughts?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: No. It's just a cover of a paper. That's it for me.
About, you mean, the headline?

Q. Yes.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Oh, there have been so many headlines thought my career, and this is just another one. (Laughing.)

Q. If I could switch to tennis...
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yes. Let me give this back to you. I don't want myself staring at me. (Laughter.)

Q. So just talk about your serve. How is your feel on it? Number of double faults today, but you seemed to be going for it on the second.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I did. Um, yeah, I thought the serve saved me in the first set. I served really well. I think that that gave me confidence throughout my whole game, because from the beginning I was just making I was making errors, all of them kind of went long.
I thought I served my way out of the first set there. You know, there was a little dip in the second set, but overall I felt pretty good and I felt confident on it.

Q. What would it mean to you win this tournament, Maria?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, this tournament has a very rich history. It's one that I've always said would be the most challenging for me to win. But I've always worked really hard on trying to get myself prepared as well as I could for it, you know, physically and mentally, knowing that sometimes you just have to be more patient than maybe in other points in other tournaments.
Yeah, a lot of it is preparation and just going out there and believing in what you have done before and the way you prepared.

Q. The first two matches you had with her this year you split, and they were on hardcourt. Do they have really no impact on your preparation? Is it a whole different thing going out on clay against her?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Um, I guess. I think every match for me is different. I mean, you look back at a few things that maybe helped you or maybe changed things around if you were down or what you did to change.
You know, I had lost that first set in Miami, so, yeah, just maybe looking back on those things.
But as far as, yeah, it's really about it's really another match, a new one.

Q. Can you tell us a little bit what your coach Thomas mean to you and how it all started, why you started working together?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Why?

Q. What does he mean to you?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I've said it a few times. He's brought a really great work ethic into my tennis, into my practices. A lot positive energy. He's been a great new voice for me and something that I needed.
When you've had a coach for many, many years, sometimes it's not even about new things that are being said. Maybe sometimes it's the same things, but coming from a different person in a little bit of a different way, gets to you differently.
Yeah, he's pushed me and believes in me. He's also coached against me, which I like.
So, yeah.

Q. You won three tournaments on clay, and then Rome. How important was Rome for you? Before you had just Strasbourg and not great, great clay court season. How important was Rome? And what is the difference that you find between the Rome tournament and this one?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, Rome brought me a lot of confidence because I beat players that have had a lot of their success on clay and were maybe favorites against me on clay courts and I was able to beat them.
And, yeah, I felt like I improved as the tournament went on. That certainly gives me a lot confidence.
But when you get to the next tournament it starts from scratch. You start from the first round and you face different opponents and it's a new day.
Everything is different. We have a different ball. The courts are a little bit different. The atmosphere.
Yeah, but it's really about adjusting and taking that confidence, but also knowing that it's not going to be the same.

Q. You once famously described yourself on clay as cow on ice.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Uh huh. And I don't regret it. I really don't.

Q. What is your comfortable level now on it? Obviously you've come a long, long way.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I've certainly improved. When I said that comment I was referring to the first few days and weeks on clay when you're after you've played on hard court for such a long time, it's such a different feeling.
Used to be tough for me to move around and get back into position. Also I mentioned recovering from tough matches and going into the next ones was quite difficult for me maybe four years ago or so. I feel like that's the one thing that I've really improved and I've really worked hard on.

Q. The other day you spoke of your love of street culture. Obviously Paris is quite different from L.A. or New York or other capitals. Talk a little bit about Paris's culture, street culture.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I think it's classic and I think it's unpretentious. The whole city is beautiful. I think people take part in the beauty of it and they come here and enjoy every little angle and aspect of it.
I unfortunately haven't had that amount of time to be able to browse and to go in different areas as much as I would have liked to in the past.
But that's something I can't wait to come back when I have more time. It's one of the cities I would love to even have an apartment or just browse.
You know, I'm kind of stuck around the hotel. But hopefully one day.
__________________

AniaSharapova
Jun 3rd, 2011, 04:36 PM
From Facebook- 3th June 2011:

Put myself in a position to win the BIG one and came up short!! No excuses!! All the credit to Li Na for playing a great match. I need to get better and keep working. I want to thank all my die hard fans for cheering me on the past 2 weeks. Can't wait to smell the grass!!!

18majors
Jun 4th, 2011, 01:07 AM
^I guess she meaned the Wimbledon grass only!

slamchamp
Jun 4th, 2011, 02:44 AM
Maria dont make me remember the great oportunity you just screwed!

18majors
Jun 8th, 2011, 02:48 AM
Women's Tennis: 5 Reasons Maria Sharapova Will Never Win Another Major
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/725421-womens-tennis-5-reasons-maria-sharapova-will-never-win-another-major#/articles/725421-womens-tennis-5-reasons-maria-sharapova-will-never-win-another-major

Prove them wrong, Maria!

lefty24
Jun 8th, 2011, 03:55 AM
Women's Tennis: 5 Reasons Maria Sharapova Will Never Win Another Major
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/725421-womens-tennis-5-reasons-maria-sharapova-will-never-win-another-major#/articles/725421-womens-tennis-5-reasons-maria-sharapova-will-never-win-another-major

Prove them wrong, Maria!

lol I just finished reading that a second ago.
Fortunately this article makes no sense. According to it she can't win because she's only been number one for a short period of time and she's consistent on different surfaces.
Going by this articles standards the only person who can win a slam ever again is Serena.
While Serena is almost guaranteed to win another slam she's obviously not going to be the only one until she retires.

gc-spurs
Jun 8th, 2011, 05:29 AM
Reason 1: killed by Caro
Reason 2: killed by many
Reason 3: relevant now but totally disregards 2005-06 and the bitch known as Semipova, also career prize money says otherwise
Reason 4: killed by Fran, Na, Serena, Kim. Lol looking at the GS winners of the past 8yrs, its way better to be old.
Reason 5: killed by Maria. Consistent on all surfaces is a downside? lol whut. Pretty sure that gave her 3 different slams.

That was the most ridiculous read ever. Only reason 3 holds merit (it is a BIG reason) but not for the reasons the author gives.

And the number one reason why this is a bullshit read:

world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki (20) and No. 3 Victoria Azarenka (21) are both looking like the Sharapova of 2006.


Fuck no. Semi-pova vs. Semi-less-renka. 2x GS winner vs. Slamless 'winner-watch' number 1. The comparison is vomit inducing.

18majors
Jun 8th, 2011, 07:26 AM
It should give Maria more incentive to win her next slam title.

MM_1257
Jun 8th, 2011, 07:45 AM
:lol: wow, what an article. Amazing. Written by experts themselves. LOL She has a very good career so I think people should just remain quiet and wait and see. Aynthing can happen on WTA.
Davai Masha! :bounce:

Steven.
Jun 8th, 2011, 09:30 AM
Prove them wrong baby girl. Win the 2011 Wimbledon title.

ace33
Jun 8th, 2011, 11:24 AM
In the last year almost every article I have seen about her on bleacher report is about how hot she is/what a terrible couple her and Sasha are and complete analysis of the "hottest NBA WAGs" or "hottest sports couples". I don't know about the rest of their sports analysis but I can't take anything they say about her tennis seriously at this point.

18majors
Jun 8th, 2011, 11:56 AM
^How could you have 1 post if you joined TF in 2002?

swissmr
Jun 8th, 2011, 12:00 PM
That article is not only rubbish but it's also inaccurate :o

"Her Australian Open victory came after an impressive Fed Cup showing against Israel."

Fed Cup was after the Australian Open. :lol:

ace33
Jun 8th, 2011, 12:06 PM
^How could you have 1 post if you joined TF in 2002?
I don't know, I used to post here a couple years ago and then I stopped. I signed in today and this is what it said:help:

ace33
Jun 8th, 2011, 12:08 PM
That article is not only rubbish but it's also inaccurate :o

"Her Australian Open victory came after an impressive Fed Cup showing against Israel."

Fed Cup was after the Australian Open. :lol:
They previewed Wimbledon and said neither Williams would make a deep run, then in the blurb about Maria they said she needed to win the French because it would be the last Slam without Serena for a while.:smash:

Shivank17
Jun 8th, 2011, 12:22 PM
That article is not only rubbish but it's also inaccurate :o

"Her Australian Open victory came after an impressive Fed Cup showing against Israel."

Fed Cup was after the Australian Open. :lol:

Such rubbish statements are a testament to the fact that that Article has been written by tennis wannabe's who consider themselves above all,and hate Sharapova,because she is a successful women in everything she does. :angel:

WTAtennisfan15
Jun 8th, 2011, 01:53 PM
^^and hot as hell :hearts:

Sharapower8
Jun 8th, 2011, 05:23 PM
:confused::lol: Seriously where is Camilla?

THIS. :worship:

lefty24
Jun 8th, 2011, 06:08 PM
I never really knew the story of Mamilla but a couple days ago I started looking into it and :eek:

I'm pretty sure there was something going on. I always thought of it as a joke before.

perseus2006
Jun 8th, 2011, 06:45 PM
The BR article was absolutely absurd. Comparable to Sarah Palin's alternate history of Paul Revere.

ace33
Jun 8th, 2011, 06:46 PM
I never really knew the story of Mamilla but a couple days ago I started looking into it and :eek:

I'm pretty sure there was something going on. I always thought of it as a joke before.
:tape::help:

ace33
Jun 8th, 2011, 06:47 PM
The BR article was absolutely absurd. Comparable to Sarah Palin's alternate history of Paul Revere.
One might say it's a bit like having a President who thinks we have 57 states or that the automobile was invented here.:rolleyes:

nelsondan
Jun 8th, 2011, 07:06 PM
One might say it's a bit like having a President who thinks we have 57 states or that the automobile was invented here.:rolleyes:

Are you having a good time? Where were these guys from?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IP8G4clUJBY

ace33
Jun 8th, 2011, 07:14 PM
Are you having a good time? Where were these guys from?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IP8G4clUJBY
I'm having a great time. Apparently Israel Bissell and the Raiders wasn't catchy enough.

nelsondan
Jun 8th, 2011, 07:39 PM
I'm having a great time. Apparently Israel Bissell and the Raiders wasn't catchy enough.

I have to admit....when Sarah sends the Beastie boys off to negotiate a peace settlement in the middle east....It will likely become a little story that we all know well....

http://video.search.yahoo.com/video/play?p=paul%20revere%20beastie%20boys&tnr=21&vid=890120634957&l=221&turl=http%3A%2F%2Fts2.mm.bing.net%2Fvideos%2Fthumb nail.aspx%3Fq%3D890120634957%26id%3D17005ae8887dc9 2ac5d17887eb8cda8b%26bid%3D%252fZy3ubPU24vMLA%26bn %3DThumb%26url%3Dhttp%253a%252f%252fwww.youtube.co m%252fwatch%253fv%253dEt6poVaLZEE&rurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DEt 6poVaLZEE&sigr=11a3vefaa&newfp=1&tit=Beastie+Boys+-+Paul+Revere

Mrs. Dimitrova
Jun 8th, 2011, 07:42 PM
WTF. SS has politics drama in here now. :lol:

nelsondan
Jun 8th, 2011, 07:54 PM
WTF. SS has politics drama in here now. :lol:

Well, the story about Maria seemed so silly, that I thought we might restore some dignity to the forum by considering the implications of Sarah Palin sending the Beastie Boys on an important foreign policy assignment. Personally I hope she is not actually president when she decides to do that.

ace33
Jun 8th, 2011, 08:20 PM
WTF. SS has politics drama in here now. :lol:
Well when you think about it all the drama and heavy breathing over a private citizen who isn't running for anything is really funny.:worship:

MM_1257
Jun 8th, 2011, 09:34 PM
I never really knew the story of Mamilla but a couple days ago I started looking into it and :eek:

I'm pretty sure there was something going on. I always thought of it as a joke before.

:confused:
Can't a woman have BFF nowadays? :confused::help:

lefty24
Jun 8th, 2011, 10:02 PM
:confused:
Can't a woman have BFF nowadays? :confused::help:

I completely understand how someone can think they are BFFs but the evidence just points to them being more than that.
But really, no one has any idea.

MM_1257
Jun 8th, 2011, 10:20 PM
hmmm... Again the rumours? Well whatever it was she surely won't ever tell it, because that would be worse than an Earthquake in the media & sponsors IMO. Anyway now she has Sasha so... ;) past in past

ace33
Jun 8th, 2011, 10:21 PM
I completely understand how someone can think they are BFFs but the evidence just points to them being more than that.
But really, no one has any idea.
Like what?:lol:

ace33
Jun 8th, 2011, 10:23 PM
hmmm... Again the rumours? Well whatever it was she surely won't ever tell it, because that would be worse than an Earthquake in the media & sponsors IMO. Anyway now she has Sasha so... ;) past in past
Exactly, she is about to get married and wants a family. I don't really get this.:help::lol:

lefty24
Jun 8th, 2011, 11:07 PM
Exactly, she is about to get married and wants a family. I don't really get this.:help::lol:

What does that have to with Camilla?
Maybe she was just really attracted to Camilla and no other girls?

I'm completely on team Sasha, I love him!

and you should read some of this
http://s9.zetaboards.com/L_Anonymous/topic/379557/1/

ace33
Jun 8th, 2011, 11:31 PM
What does that have to with Camilla?
Maybe she was just really attracted to Camilla and no other girls?

I'm completely on team Sasha, I love him!

and you should read some of this
http://s9.zetaboards.com/L_Anonymous/topic/379557/1/
Wow those people know alot of loose lipped "tennis insiders":secret:

lefty24
Jun 8th, 2011, 11:36 PM
Wow those people know alot of loose lipped "tennis insiders":secret:

I completely ignored all that "insider" stuff. Doesn't change a thing. They were obviously fake.

nelsondan
Jun 8th, 2011, 11:56 PM
What does that have to with Camilla?
Maybe she was just really attracted to Camilla and no other girls?

I'm completely on team Sasha, I love him!

and you should read some of this
http://s9.zetaboards.com/L_Anonymous/topic/379557/1/

Without getting too specific about it...I think 2011 Maria is a lot more attractive than 2008 Maria.

ace33
Jun 9th, 2011, 12:09 AM
Without getting too specific about it...I think 2011 Maria is a lot more attractive than 2008 Maria.
I actually loved this look at Wimbledon
http://www.womenstennisblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/sharapova-wimbledon.jpg
Too bad she was only present at Wimbledon for about 5 minutes that year.:sad:

gc-spurs
Jun 9th, 2011, 12:12 AM
Without getting too specific about it...I think 2011 Maria is a lot more attractive than 2008 Maria.

Being specific- 2008 Maria had the best hair. BANGS and pinned back BANGS!

lefty24
Jun 9th, 2011, 12:25 AM
Without getting too specific about it...I think 2011 Maria is a lot more attractive than 2008 Maria.

I agree with GC-SPURS I LOVED her full bangs. I really want to get that haircut.

And let's be truthful, Maria in every year is attractive!

18majors
Jun 9th, 2011, 12:34 AM
^Absolutely!

MM_1257
Jun 9th, 2011, 06:33 PM
Being specific- 2008 Maria had the best hair. BANGS and pinned back BANGS!

Yup, I have to agree I liked that hairstyle too. Will Sasha be present during Wimby? I hope he will, he is cute cheering for her and being even more nervous than she is. :lol:

lefty24
Jun 9th, 2011, 07:32 PM
Yup, I have to agree I liked that hairstyle too. Will Sasha be present during Wimby? I hope he will, he is cute cheering for her and being even more nervous than she is. :lol:

Sasha made all her recent tournaments so much better! Me and my mom are in love with him. I actually do think he was a big help to her recent success.
You can really tell how much he loves her. :hearts:
The support probably means a lot to Maria.

MM_1257
Jun 9th, 2011, 09:01 PM
I couldn't wach all her Rome and RG matches... Is there any direct non verbal communication between them during the match?

nelsondan
Jun 9th, 2011, 09:29 PM
I agree with GC-SPURS I LOVED her full bangs. !

I have never seen a post where anyone did not like her bangs, unless I made one myself. I am outnumbered...I must be wrong.

Unless actions speak louder than words...in which case I gotta wonder if Maria was not all that crazy about them, herself.

goldlion
Jun 9th, 2011, 10:13 PM
I couldn't wach all her Rome and RG matches... Is there any direct non verbal communication between them during the match?

OF course NOT, that's considered code violation: coaching even tho he's not her coach apparently but any direct verbal interaction is forbidden.

MM_1257
Jun 9th, 2011, 10:58 PM
OF course NOT, that's considered code violation: coaching even tho he's not her coach apparently but any direct verbal interaction is forbidden.

I didn't mean verbal? Did I say verbal? :) My mistake... I meant any kind of interaction in the form of looks, fist pumps whatever... the usual stuff that players do with their box.

lefty24
Jun 10th, 2011, 01:33 AM
I didn't mean verbal? Did I say verbal? :) My mistake... I meant any kind of interaction in the form of looks, fist pumps whatever... the usual stuff that players do with their box.

I thought you made it clear that it was NON verbal communication. :p

It was mostly just Sasha fist pumping/looking nervous. He would always high five with Mashas hitting partner and I think her physio. At the end of a match if she wins, they do a cute three way high five thing. I don't think Masha really looked up to the box that much unless she was in trouble.

I'm sure Masha wears the pants in the relationship. ;)

ace33
Jun 10th, 2011, 01:52 AM
I thought you made it clear that it was NON verbal communication. :p

It was mostly just Sasha fist pumping/looking nervous. He would always high five with Mashas hitting partner and I think her physio. At the end of a match if she wins, they do a cute three way high five thing. I don't think Masha really looked up to the box that much unless she was in trouble.

I'm sure Masha wears the pants in the relationship. ;)
From what I've seen even his fans thinks so.:lol:

Jacey
Jun 10th, 2011, 02:20 AM
I thought you made it clear that it was NON verbal communication. :p

It was mostly just Sasha fist pumping/looking nervous. He would always high five with Mashas hitting partner and I think her physio. At the end of a match if she wins, they do a cute three way high five thing. I don't think Masha really looked up to the box that much unless she was in trouble.

I'm sure Masha wears the pants in the relationship. ;)

:lol: you know thats true. One thing that can be said about SheShe, he knows a good thing when he sees it. :p

he ain't f-ing that shitz up...but stranger things have happened in this day and age :drink:

Jacey
Jun 10th, 2011, 02:27 AM
Sasha made all her recent tournaments so much better! Me and my mom are in love with him. I actually do think he was a big help to her recent success.
You can really tell how much he loves her. :hearts:
The support probably means a lot to Maria.



:scratch: you know, I don't think Masha was ever that excited at Sasha's games...the occasional clap but not much else. And he did have some moments during his games where some cheering was well deserved.

and I agree, Masha's matches were better with him there. I think even the commies were amused by it all.

gc-spurs
Jun 10th, 2011, 03:11 AM
:lol: you know thats true. One thing that can be said about SheShe, he knows a good thing when he sees it. :p

he ain't f-ing that shitz up...but stranger things have happened in this day and age :drink:

Bo, does it get stranger than Sasha Vujacic getting Maria effing Sharapova?!?! I mean.......... how???

I'm as amused as the commies.

Jacey
Jun 10th, 2011, 03:39 AM
Bo, does it get stranger than Sasha Vujacic getting Maria effing Sharapova?!?! I mean.......... how???
I'm as amused as the commies.



:haha:


you got me there :drink:

cyannnnn
Jun 10th, 2011, 06:58 AM
lol with all the discussions with maria and sasha. the good thing is she plays better when he is here. but in the video of wimbledon practice, he looks like very very bored.

curious to know who wears the pants in the relationship when she was with charlie...

gc-spurs
Jun 10th, 2011, 10:38 AM
From FB:

Back on the grass and could not be happier!!!, my team and I are all settled in and training is going really well. The weather could be better but I am not complaining. In early March I did a nike shoot with famous fashion photographer Annie Leibovitz, check out the photo!! I always love working with these amazing photographers and Annie was better than I imagined, just so talented and so creative, I hope to work with her again.

Added 8 minutes ago · Like ·

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18majors
Jun 10th, 2011, 11:06 AM
She means it. She wants to win!

MM_1257
Jun 10th, 2011, 02:22 PM
I thought you made it clear that it was NON verbal communication. :p

It was mostly just Sasha fist pumping/looking nervous. He would always high five with Mashas hitting partner and I think her physio. At the end of a match if she wins, they do a cute three way high five thing. I don't think Masha really looked up to the box that much unless she was in trouble.

I'm sure Masha wears the pants in the relationship. ;)

yup, from what I saw I think the same... Especially the part in bold. :p (um, he is half Serbian, let's not forget that Serbians are very emotional)
Masha looks a bit bored when he plays. :lol::angel:

Crux Squall
Jun 10th, 2011, 02:28 PM
Why didnt She train in grass???
Come to London earlier and train in hardcourt??

Mr.Sharapova
Jun 10th, 2011, 02:44 PM
^ Someone on Youtube gave a very good explanation on why Maria is training on Hard and not on Grass. I think it had to do, with being comfort in speedy surfaces again, before heading to Grass!

gc-spurs
Jun 10th, 2011, 02:56 PM
Could also be raining outside..

denny5576
Jun 10th, 2011, 03:07 PM
^ Someone on Youtube gave a very good explanation on why Maria is training on Hard and not on Grass. I think it had to do, with being comfort in speedy surfaces again, before heading to Grass!
Training on hard courts because no grass courts were available - it was raining.
When it is not possible to train outdoor Maria always practice indoor

Mr.Sharapova
Jun 10th, 2011, 05:40 PM
Training on hard courts because no grass courts were available - it was raining.
When it is not possible to train outdoor Maria always practice indoor

:yeah:, Had no Idea. Just interpreted the youtube poster thought, which I thought was correct :o.

Thank you for enlightening me :angel:

Break My Rapture
Jun 10th, 2011, 06:16 PM
Could also be raining outside..
:crying2: :hysteric:

18majors
Jun 10th, 2011, 08:05 PM
She is so determined!

MashaFan01
Jun 11th, 2011, 12:30 PM
Dates and places to bookmark and remember

Bank Of The West - Stanford (http://www.bankofthewestclassic.com/) July 25 - 31

Roger's Cup - Toronto (http://www.rogerscup.com/women/english/home.php) August 6 - 14

W & S Open - Cincinnati (http://www.cincytennis.com/) August 13 - 21


The US Open 2011 starts:
The US Open (http://www.usopen.org/) August 29 - September 11

Also read: Tennis: Sharapova to play at Wimbledon 2011 (http://www.redswhitesandblacks.com/blog/entry/1897053/tennis-sharapova-to-play-at-wimbledon-2011)

Mr.Sharapova
Jun 11th, 2011, 01:20 PM
I don't think she'll play Cincinnati :shrug:. I think she'll play Toronto and then play USO :angel:.

I think for the USO series she'll enter Stanford, San Diego, Toronto :shrug:.

MashaFan01
Jun 11th, 2011, 01:24 PM
I don't think she'll play Cincinnati :shrug:. I think she'll play Toronto and then play USO :angel:.

I think for the USO series she'll enter Stanford, San Diego, Toronto :shrug:.Um - Did you read the attached article? :)


The Russian star next event is Wimbledon following with the three hard court tournaments ahead of the US Open along with WTA Stanford, WTA Toronto, and WTA Cincinnati, later she will take part in the two Premier Mandatory tournaments.

Mr.Sharapova
Jun 11th, 2011, 01:27 PM
Haven't you heard of Withdrawals :shrug:?

Marilyn Monheaux
Jun 11th, 2011, 01:30 PM
^^She intended to play Stanford - Cincy - Canada last year and I think she'll do the same this year. Stanford - San Diego - Toronto doesn't make sense for a Top 6 player. ;)

MashaFan01
Jun 11th, 2011, 01:34 PM
Haven't you heard of Withdrawals :shrug:?

:lol: :lol: :lol: - Funny!!

Mr.Sharapova
Jun 11th, 2011, 01:50 PM
I think she'll play San Diego this year. She loves playing there :shrug:.

Hopefully she enters as many tournaments as she can cause I want to see her play so bad :angel:.

Reptilia
Jun 11th, 2011, 01:52 PM
She seems to really like Stanford and there is no point in playing Premier San Deigo over Premier 5 Cincy. More than 3 tournaments would be too much :shrug:

doomsday
Jun 11th, 2011, 01:55 PM
Sounds like a fair schedule, she better not withdraw like last year.

gc-spurs
Jun 11th, 2011, 02:38 PM
She seems to really like Stanford and there is no point in playing Premier San Deigo over Premier 5 Cincy. More than 3 tournaments would be too much :shrug:

[Insert Wozniacki joke]

Feyd
Jun 11th, 2011, 03:04 PM
San Diego is a too much of a hassle. 56 player draw with 8 byes, which means 5 matches to the title for 470 points. Too much work when you can play Stanford with 4 matches to the title.

cyannnnn
Jun 11th, 2011, 03:09 PM
it seems that she will not to marry this summer

Jacey
Jun 11th, 2011, 07:24 PM
it seems that she will not to marry this summer

My thinking is if Maria's still playing, she waits until her season is over. I predict the fall/winter time for wedding bells, it just makes sense for her. Not so much for Sasha but who cares, he just needs to show up ;)

nelsondan
Jun 11th, 2011, 07:59 PM
Haven't you heard of Withdrawals :shrug:?

I thought that was what you suffer when you get used to seeing new photos of Maria almost every day....and then......where is she? What is she doing?

Mr.Sharapova
Jun 11th, 2011, 09:25 PM
^:lol:.

Andy.
Jun 13th, 2011, 06:23 AM
Masha will be wearing McQueen for the Wimbledon Player Party :hearts:

New ballgowns please
By Carola Long
Published: June 10 2011 22:02 | Last updated: June 10 2011 22:02

From Björn Borg’s headbands to Roger Federer’s monogrammed cardigans, fashion is as integral to Wimbledon as Murray Mount, or Henman Hill, as it used to be known. Whether through sports labels sponsoring players or designers revisiting traditional whites, clothing is a key part of the spectacle.

Stacey Allaster, chief executive of the Women’s Tennis Association, says: “Overall, we are in the entertainment business and tennis is one of the most theatrical sports stages. Players are on stage by themselves so their unique personality comes through and the costume is part of the show.”

Players are increasingly under scrutiny for what they wear off the court as well as on. Cue a new collaboration to celebrate Wimbledon’s 125th anniversary between the WTA and the British Fashion Council that will see British (or British-based) designers dressing tennis stars for the WTA Wimbledon party next week, which officially kicks off the tournament. The dresses will then be auctioned for charities.

In the tennis world, big fashion brands such as Ralph Lauren, the official Wimbledon outfitters, and sports labels such as Nike tend to dominate through sponsorship and partnerships. Indeed, well-known British brands Burberry and Stella McCartney are involved in the BFC/Wimbledon project, making dresses for Serena Williams and world number one Caroline Wozniacki (the latter is the face of Adidas by Stella McCartney) respectively. However, newer designers, such as Richard Nicoll and David Koma, are also taking part, not to mention those considered “daring” or “experimental”, such as Giles Deacon, Mary Katrantzou and Hussein Chalayan, hardly the usual red-carpet suspects for sports stars.

“It’s an opportunity for players to make introductions that will hopefully last, so that when they’re going to events they will think of new designers,” says Caroline Rush of the BFC. The red carpet is also a chance to dress up without prioritising practicality. Former world number one Ana Ivanovic, who will be wearing a Matthew Williamson dress for the party, says: “I love to dress up because I don’t get the opportunity very often. I spend most of the time in sports wear.”

It’s a view shared by other players taking part, who seem to regard red-carpet dressing as a pleasure rather than a pressure. Wozniacki says: “Fashion interests me so I like to take a bit of a risk and wear something different.” Allaster believes that the collaboration will showcase a traditional sport in a different way to what she calls its conventional “quiet, please” manner.

The benefits to designers are also clear. Just as sports stars are making money from moving into fashion – Maria Sharapova has brand extensions with Cole Haan and a line for Nike; Venus and Serena Williams have clothing lines, Björn Borg has a line of men’s underwear – smaller labels can gain global exposure by working with sports stars. Deacon has created a dress for Chinese player Li Na and he must have been thrilled when she won the French Open last week. Dressing a champion with a potential fanbase of 1.3bn is the marketing equivalent of an ace.

The Dresses
Vera Zvonareva - Hussein Chalayan
Andrea Petkovic - Richard Nicoll
Jelena Jankovic - Vivienne Westwood
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova - David Koma
Li Na - Giles Deacon
Maria Sharapova - Alexander McQueen
Serena Williams - Burberry
Caroline Wozniacki - Stella McCartney
Ana Ivanovic - Matthew Williamson


http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/ddfe4d72-92d5-11e0-bd88-00144feab49a.html?ftcamp=rss#axzz1OuzBMOAG

I would love to see Masha wear this dress from the Spring 2011 collection. I think she would look amazing in this dress. Although Kylie Minogue has already worn this dress. She wore it a few weeks ago to the Billboard Awards.

http://www.redcarpet-fashionawards.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/kylie-minogue-alexander-mcqueen.jpg (http://www.tennisforum.com//api.viglink.com/api/click?format=go&drKey=73&loc=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.tennisforum.com%2Fshowthread. php%3Fp%3D19714870%23post19714870&v=1&libid=1307950799793&out=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.****************%2FSearch%2FS earch.aspx%3FcontractUrl%3D2%26language%3Den-US%26family%3Deditorial%26assetType%3Dimage%26ep%3 D3%26p%3Dkylie%2B%2Bminogue%2B2011%2Bbillboard%2Bm usic%2Bawards&ref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.tennisforum.com%2Feditpost.ph p%3Fdo%3Deditpost%26postid%3D19714870&title=British-based%20fashion%20designers%20to%20dress%20WTA%20s tars%20for%20Wimbledon%20party%20-%20Page%202%20-%20TennisForum.com&txt=)

claypova
Jun 13th, 2011, 06:27 AM
San Diego is a too much of a hassle. 56 player draw with 8 byes, which means 5 matches to the title for 470 points. Too much work when you can play Stanford with 4 matches to the title.

then why does Maria play Birmingham if its too much hassle? :sad:

18majors
Jun 13th, 2011, 07:03 AM
^Maria plays Birmingham because it's a special place for her. She won 2004 Birmingham before Wimbledon.

goldlion
Jun 13th, 2011, 07:26 AM
18majors, in fact she always has good results there, the worse is SF.

Plus, it's the only grass tournament that is available not a week before Wimbledon.

Mrs. Dimitrova
Jun 13th, 2011, 07:26 AM
Maria in McQueen. :worship:

Steven.
Jun 13th, 2011, 07:35 AM
San Diego is a too much of a hassle. 56 player draw with 8 byes, which means 5 matches to the title for 470 points. Too much work when you can play Stanford with 4 matches to the title.

But she's had such a good record there. Won the titles the two last time it was Tier 1.

Mr.Sharapova
Jun 13th, 2011, 08:06 AM
San diego is a special place for her as well. She won there many times :shrug:.

Steven.
Jun 13th, 2011, 08:10 AM
Maria in McQueen. :worship:

Oh please, Maria in ANYTHING. :worship::drool:

Mistress of Evil
Jun 13th, 2011, 09:25 AM
the dress will look fabulous on Queen Masha :hearts:

lefty24
Jun 13th, 2011, 09:35 AM
Masha will be wearing McQueen for the Wimbledon Player Party :hearts:

New ballgowns please
By Carola Long
Published: June 10 2011 22:02 | Last updated: June 10 2011 22:02

From Björn Borg’s headbands to Roger Federer’s monogrammed cardigans, fashion is as integral to Wimbledon as Murray Mount, or Henman Hill, as it used to be known. Whether through sports labels sponsoring players or designers revisiting traditional whites, clothing is a key part of the spectacle.

Stacey Allaster, chief executive of the Women’s Tennis Association, says: “Overall, we are in the entertainment business and tennis is one of the most theatrical sports stages. Players are on stage by themselves so their unique personality comes through and the costume is part of the show.”

Players are increasingly under scrutiny for what they wear off the court as well as on. Cue a new collaboration to celebrate Wimbledon’s 125th anniversary between the WTA and the British Fashion Council that will see British (or British-based) designers dressing tennis stars for the WTA Wimbledon party next week, which officially kicks off the tournament. The dresses will then be auctioned for charities.

In the tennis world, big fashion brands such as Ralph Lauren, the official Wimbledon outfitters, and sports labels such as Nike tend to dominate through sponsorship and partnerships. Indeed, well-known British brands Burberry and Stella McCartney are involved in the BFC/Wimbledon project, making dresses for Serena Williams and world number one Caroline Wozniacki (the latter is the face of Adidas by Stella McCartney) respectively. However, newer designers, such as Richard Nicoll and David Koma, are also taking part, not to mention those considered “daring” or “experimental”, such as Giles Deacon, Mary Katrantzou and Hussein Chalayan, hardly the usual red-carpet suspects for sports stars.

“It’s an opportunity for players to make introductions that will hopefully last, so that when they’re going to events they will think of new designers,” says Caroline Rush of the BFC. The red carpet is also a chance to dress up without prioritising practicality. Former world number one Ana Ivanovic, who will be wearing a Matthew Williamson dress for the party, says: “I love to dress up because I don’t get the opportunity very often. I spend most of the time in sports wear.”

It’s a view shared by other players taking part, who seem to regard red-carpet dressing as a pleasure rather than a pressure. Wozniacki says: “Fashion interests me so I like to take a bit of a risk and wear something different.” Allaster believes that the collaboration will showcase a traditional sport in a different way to what she calls its conventional “quiet, please” manner.

The benefits to designers are also clear. Just as sports stars are making money from moving into fashion – Maria Sharapova has brand extensions with Cole Haan and a line for Nike; Venus and Serena Williams have clothing lines, Björn Borg has a line of men’s underwear – smaller labels can gain global exposure by working with sports stars. Deacon has created a dress for Chinese player Li Na and he must have been thrilled when she won the French Open last week. Dressing a champion with a potential fanbase of 1.3bn is the marketing equivalent of an ace.

The Dresses
Vera Zvonareva - Hussein Chalayan
Andrea Petkovic - Richard Nicoll
Jelena Jankovic - Vivienne Westwood
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova - David Koma
Li Na - Giles Deacon
Maria Sharapova - Alexander McQueen
Serena Williams - Burberry
Caroline Wozniacki - Stella McCartney
Ana Ivanovic - Matthew Williamson


http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/ddfe4d72-92d5-11e0-bd88-00144feab49a.html?ftcamp=rss#axzz1OuzBMOAG

I would love to see Masha wear this dress from the Spring 2011 collection. I think she would look amazing in this dress. Although Kylie Minogue has already worn this dress. She wore it a few weeks ago to the Billboard Awards.

http://www.redcarpet-fashionawards.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/kylie-minogue-alexander-mcqueen.jpg (http://www.tennisforum.com//api.viglink.com/api/click?format=go&drKey=73&loc=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.tennisforum.com%2Fshowthread. php%3Fp%3D19714870%23post19714870&v=1&libid=1307950799793&out=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.****************%2FSearch%2FS earch.aspx%3FcontractUrl%3D2%26language%3Den-US%26family%3Deditorial%26assetType%3Dimage%26ep%3 D3%26p%3Dkylie%2B%2Bminogue%2B2011%2Bbillboard%2Bm usic%2Bawards&ref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.tennisforum.com%2Feditpost.ph p%3Fdo%3Deditpost%26postid%3D19714870&title=British-based%20fashion%20designers%20to%20dress%20WTA%20s tars%20for%20Wimbledon%20party%20-%20Page%202%20-%20TennisForum.com&txt=)

I would love to see her in that but looking at the other dresses, it's too pretty to be worn.

Andy.
Jun 13th, 2011, 12:31 PM
I would love to see her in that but looking at the other dresses, it's too pretty to be worn.
:lol: Vera's dress is pretty vile! hopefully it will look nice on her. I think Westwood and JJ is a good partnership on paper. I'm sure she will rock the hell out of what she is given. I'm really interested to see what Beth will be wearing. Masha will surely stand out in McQueen regardless of what piece has been chosen for her, McQueen doesnt do subtle or understated :lol:. I really like the conspect behind this partnership and it really adds the the event itself. Its going to make the player party that little bit more interesting.

Shivank17
Jun 13th, 2011, 01:01 PM
Pippa Middleton wore Alexander McQueen's dress at the Royal Wedding.And she looked pretty good in that.

http://www.redcarpet-fashionawards.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/113265018.jpg

Catherine Middleton’s sister Philippa Middleton is the chief bridesmaid.

She also wore an Alexander McQueen dress which was designed and created by Sarah Burton.

The ivory satin-based crepe dress with a cowl front has the same button detail and lace trims as the Bride’s dress.

Pippa’s dress is similar in style to the red Alexander McQueen Pre-Fall 2009 dress Cameron Diaz wore to the 2010 Golden Globe Awards.

Can't wait to see Maria wear McQueen's dress. :drool:

cyannnnn
Jun 13th, 2011, 04:05 PM
we must give a price for who find the right dress:lol:

nelsondan
Jun 13th, 2011, 07:29 PM
the WTA Wimbledon party next week, which officially kicks off the tournament.




And this happens...Saturday night.....8 p.m. London time? If not----when?

Craig.
Jun 13th, 2011, 07:33 PM
:lol: Vera's dress is pretty vile! hopefully it will look nice on her. I think Westwood and JJ is a good partnership on paper. I'm sure she will rock the hell out of what she is given. I'm really interested to see what Beth will be wearing. Masha will surely stand out in McQueen regardless of what piece has been chosen for her, McQueen doesnt do subtle or understated :lol:. I really like the conspect behind this partnership and it really adds the the event itself. Its going to make the player party that little bit more interesting.

Look who got premium :hearts:

Andy.
Jun 14th, 2011, 02:27 AM
Look who got premium :hearts:
Good spotting ;)

nelsondan
Jun 14th, 2011, 09:14 PM
the WTA Wimbledon party next week, which officially kicks off the tournament.




And this happens...Saturday night.....8 p.m. London time? If not----when?

Thursday night? Complaining about those left out in a gm thread.

Andy.
Jun 16th, 2011, 12:35 PM
Masha's Wimbledon earrings are :hearts: perhaps the best she has ever worn!

From Masha's FB: Revealing what Tiffany & Co. (http://www.facebook.com/Tiffany) earrings I will wear before a slam is always one of my favorite posts!! I have such a special relationship with the brand. So when I opened the "little blue box" this time, I found the most amazing Tiffany Legacy diamond drop earrings, just the right amount of glamorous sparkle. I am a lucky girl!!! You can see more of them here: http://bit.ly/l6aZnj (http://bit.ly/l6aZnj)

http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/254596_10150203643762680_65920772679_7722079_69626 72_n.jpg

gc-spurs
Jun 16th, 2011, 12:41 PM
$3900 US dollars.... getting stingy are we Tiffany's? :p

gc-spurs
Jun 16th, 2011, 12:45 PM
As an aside, I want my future engagement ring to be similar to a yellow gold Tiffany Setting ring. Those are just so simple and classic. And I'm totes into the yellow gold over platinum. If I get proposed to with platinum, I might say no.

MM_1257
Jun 16th, 2011, 12:47 PM
I am not so much into earrings, but these are awsome.

Mrs. Dimitrova
Jun 16th, 2011, 01:00 PM
$3900 US dollars.... getting stingy are we Tiffany's? :p

:rolls:

Like, her fans would like, buy it, no?

Maria Croft
Jun 16th, 2011, 01:57 PM
Yay for long earrings, feels like the good old times :hearts:
Doesn't hurt that they look amazing either :lol:

Monzanator
Jun 16th, 2011, 02:51 PM
I have no clue about earrings but is 3900 an expensive price for Tiffany's standards? :wavey:

Marilyn Monheaux
Jun 16th, 2011, 02:54 PM
^Not really.

Monzanator
Jun 16th, 2011, 02:56 PM
Thx! Still most of casual fans won't be able to afford it methinks :lol:

But what did you do with Virgin Mary? :sobbing:

Jack89
Jun 16th, 2011, 06:34 PM
Maria talking about her fashion line in Independent:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/profiles/maria-sharapova-a-double-life-of-sales-and-serves-2297889.html

Loved this part:

Were there times, conversely, when she saw women buying her dresses who might not look so good in them? "No, I've never thought that. Think of the sales!"

:lol:

Mrs. Dimitrova
Jun 17th, 2011, 05:41 AM
I would love to see Masha wear this dress from the Spring 2011 collection. I think she would look amazing in this dress. Although Kylie Minogue has already worn this dress. She wore it a few weeks ago to the Billboard Awards.

http://www.redcarpet-fashionawards.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/kylie-minogue-alexander-mcqueen.jpg (http://www.tennisforum.com//api.viglink.com/api/click?format=go&drKey=73&loc=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.tennisforum.com%2Fshowthread. php%3Fp%3D19714870%23post19714870&v=1&libid=1307950799793&out=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.****************%2FSearch%2FS earch.aspx%3FcontractUrl%3D2%26language%3Den-US%26family%3Deditorial%26assetType%3Dimage%26ep%3 D3%26p%3Dkylie%2B%2Bminogue%2B2011%2Bbillboard%2Bm usic%2Bawards&ref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.tennisforum.com%2Feditpost.ph p%3Fdo%3Deditpost%26postid%3D19714870&title=British-based%20fashion%20designers%20to%20dress%20WTA%20s tars%20for%20Wimbledon%20party%20-%20Page%202%20-%20TennisForum.com&txt=)

Was it this dress that she wore? It looked the same. But dude, if it is, then you called it! :worship:

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2011/06/16/article-2004507-0C99AEDF00000578-970_306x706.jpg

Andy.
Jun 17th, 2011, 11:44 AM
Was it this dress that she wore? It looked the same. But dude, if it is, then you called it! :worship:

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2011/06/16/article-2004507-0C99AEDF00000578-970_306x706.jpg
I could be Masha's stylist :lol::angel:

Yes its the same dress just made in a different material and colour.

Reptilia
Jun 17th, 2011, 11:47 AM
Quite similar shoes to Kylie too. I think Maria wore it better :p

18majors
Jun 17th, 2011, 05:43 PM
Good article on Maria:

She is by no means undaunted however, and seems to have the kind of long-term focus that many of her opponents are lacking, particularly those from the younger generation. "You don't get from the first step to the 30th step in one jump. I have always said it's a long journey, and there's going to be… there have been tough moments," Sharapova said just a few weeks ago. "There's going to be good moments ahead, plenty of good ones that I'm going to cherish - I really have no doubt in that. That's why I go out and I keep working." If she can combine this calm confidence with a solid service, then a fourth Grand Slam title could be hers come Saturday 2 July.

http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/news/articles/2011-06-17/201106171308306908143.html

18majors
Jun 17th, 2011, 06:02 PM
Sharapova looks ace at tennis bash

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/showbiz/bizarre/3644824/Maria-Sharapova-looks-ace-at-tennis-bash.html

lefty24
Jun 18th, 2011, 01:22 AM
http://blog.oregonlive.com/tennis/2011/06/wimbledon_preview_maria_sharapova_serena_williams_ and_a_nice_girl_to_be_named_later.html

article about maria being the favorite. Just warning you he says some not so nice things about Maria. And apparently because we are fans of her we all love The Human Centipede. :rolleyes:

Sharapovian
Jun 18th, 2011, 04:59 PM
Sharapova hoping to savour her biggest triumph

http://www.wimbledon.com/images/pics/large/b_00_sharapova_10_aeltc_n_tingle.jpg

For Maria Sharapova, winning this year's title at Wimbledon will mean more to her than the three Grand Slam titles she has already collected.

Speaking on the eve of her ninth campaign at the All England Club, the Russian says she will appreciate the feat of winning a major that much more, given her well-documented struggles with a chronic shoulder injury. "If I do achieve that, if it's here, if it's somewhere else, I think it would be my biggest achievement in my career," she says.

"Before the injury everything was kind of moving up … You just naturally woke up, you went to practise, and then all of a sudden one day it was kind of taken away from you.

"So you kind of have to step back and look at things from a different angle. And then when you get back there, you basically start from zero. You try to get yourself to a level where you can compete with the top players, beating them day in, day out. Yeah, it's a long process."

The world No.6 is many people's pick for the title, despite not having won a Grand Slam in three-and-a-half years. With the Williams sisters an unknown quantity following lengthy absences, Kim Clijsters missing from the tournament and top seed Caroline Wozniacki failing to play up to her No.1 ranking, 2004 Wimbledon Champion Sharapova finds herself a hot favourite thanks to her big-match experience and a game tailor-made for grass.

But she is quick to quash discussion of favouritism. "I think we have to treat each match as if it's the final of the tournament, and you can't underestimate your opponent at any point. I think it's really important to just focus on your next one," she says. "I've never really been one to name favourites. It's not really been my job. I think that's more the media's job than anyone else's."

Interestingly for a fast-court player and a former Wimbledon winner, Sharapova has played her way back into form this year on clay, winning the Premier-level title in Rome and reaching the semi-finals at Roland Garros. It has bolstered her confidence heading into The Championships.

"I'm improving my tennis. I'm playing a lot better," she says. "I played a lot of matches on clay, which I really wanted to do. I always feel like one of the reasons I love the transition is because I feel like you learn so much about the game when you're on the clay courts. You think a little bit more constructing the points and all those things. I played a few tough three setters. But it's always good, like I said, to get back on the grass."

It's hard to believe her Wimbledon success came seven years ago. After all, she's just 24. But after following up her 2004 victory with runs to the semi-finals in 2005 and 2006, Sharapova has failed to pass the fourth round since.

Not that she's let her poor recent record tarnish the memories of her improbable victory over Serena Williams as a 17-year-old. "I think the fact that no matter what I achieve or how I do here, that when I retire from my career, I know that I was a very small part of Wimbledon's history," she says.

"You know, it's incredible to be part of the tradition and all the champions. Hopefully I can repeat that. That would be a dream of mine. But I have only the best memories from here."

Even though she could have side-stepped the exhaustive rehabilitation process and retired comfortably with her three major trophies and millions of dollars, Sharapova believes she can add to that bank of happy memories.

"I think I had many opportunities in my time to say that I've had enough or that I've achieved plenty, more than I ever thought I would, that I have all these accomplishments, but yet I still felt like there was something missing. I still felt like there was a lot more inside of me when I wanted to play," she reveals.

"When I was injured, I did many things. I worked on many projects, I spent holidays with friends and family. But at the end of the day, those didn't mean anything compared to what it means to win tennis matches."

If she wins seven this fortnight, they'll be the sweetest victories yet.

http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/news/articles/2011-06-18/201106181308412559065.html

denny5576
Jun 18th, 2011, 05:42 PM
http://blog.oregonlive.com/tennis/2011/06/wimbledon_preview_maria_sharapova_serena_williams_ and_a_nice_girl_to_be_named_later.html

article about maria being the favorite. Just warning you he says some not so nice things about Maria. And apparently because we are fans of her we all love The Human Centipede. :rolleyes:
Why did you post it?
That guy does not know anything about tennis. He is talking what he likes.
Save your energy and time for finding and reading something meaningful

joão.
Jun 18th, 2011, 05:57 PM
:worship:

Mistress of Evil
Jun 18th, 2011, 05:58 PM
If she wins seven this fortnight, they'll be the sweetest victories yet.

they indeed will be :crying2:

lefty24
Jun 18th, 2011, 06:02 PM
Why did you post it?
That guy does not know anything about tennis. He is talking what he likes.
Save your energy and time for finding and reading something meaningful

wow dude relax.
I just thought people might be interested in reading that another person thinks she's a favorite.
No need to get harsh about it.
And please don't tell me what I should and shouldn't read. That's my decision.

cyannnnn
Jun 18th, 2011, 08:09 PM
for who want hear what sasha said yesterday on bbc5live

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b011wcdl/5_live_Sport_17_06_2011/

it begin at 1:46:00

jacobruiz
Jun 18th, 2011, 08:10 PM
wow dude relax.
I just thought people might be interested in reading that another person thinks she's a favorite.
No need to get harsh about it.
And please don't tell me what I should and shouldn't read. That's my decision.

Agree. I think everyone is really on edge waiting for this tournament to be played out.:lol:

18majors
Jun 18th, 2011, 11:04 PM
It would be wonderful if Maria gets her sweetest victory in a fortnight!

Steven.
Jun 18th, 2011, 11:10 PM
Maria :hug: I feel like a dork for saying this, but I love her so much. I hope she does indeed add to that bank of happy memories.

nelsondan
Jun 18th, 2011, 11:19 PM
Maria :hug: I feel like a dork for saying this, but I love her so much. I hope she does indeed add to that bank of happy memories.

Related to DORK
Synonyms: bookworm, dink [slang], nerd [slang], geek, grind, swot [British], weenie, wonk


Swot? Even when they are dorks, the british have to be pretentious about it.

18majors
Jun 18th, 2011, 11:41 PM
Steve Tignor of Tennis.com picked Maria:

Semifinals: Sharapova d. Li; V. Williams d. Hantuchova

Final: Sharapova d. V. Williams

http://blogs.tennis.com/thewrap/2011/06/mamas-house-again.html

Steven.
Jun 19th, 2011, 12:35 AM
Related to DORK
Synonyms: bookworm, dink [slang], nerd [slang], geek, grind, swot [British], weenie, wonk


Swot? Even when they are dorks, the british have to be pretentious about it.

:happy:

Steve Tignor of Tennis.com picked Maria:

Semifinals: Sharapova d. Li; V. Williams d. Hantuchova

Final: Sharapova d. V. Williams

http://blogs.tennis.com/thewrap/2011/06/mamas-house-again.html

Don't think I've head of him... is he good at predictions? Outside of RG11 I mean..

lylux
Jun 19th, 2011, 01:42 AM
The tennis experts pick Federer and Sharapova to win the Wimbledon title this year.

http://espn.go.com/sports/tennis/picks

lefty24
Jun 19th, 2011, 02:02 AM
The tennis experts pick Federer and Sharapova to win the Wimbledon title this year.

http://espn.go.com/sports/tennis/picks

:eek: That's pretty one sided. I did not think she was going to be that much of a favorite.

Last time it was really one sided for the womens was at the Australian Open and their choice ended up winning so hopefully this is a good luck charm.

lylux
Jun 19th, 2011, 02:27 AM
:eek: That's pretty one sided. I did not think she was going to be that much of a favorite.

Last time it was really one sided for the womens was at the Australian Open and their choice ended up winning so hopefully this is a good luck charm.

really? wow now I'm more anxious :bounce: and nervous :unsure:

18majors
Jun 19th, 2011, 02:37 AM
It's nice to know Darren Cahill picked Maria. He knows tennis.

perseus2006
Jun 19th, 2011, 02:48 AM
Wow! ESPN giving shine to Pova. That's remarkable!

If Pova does win W, I will be curious to see if the WTA can get over it's years long grudge against her...

Maria Croft
Jun 19th, 2011, 09:25 AM
You know, I didn't like it that she was considered the favorite by many during Roland Garros, it added unnecessary pressure.

However, here at Wimbledon I don't mind. After all, she did make the Roland Garros SF, is now a solid top ten player again and won the title before. Not to mention that both Williams sisters are playing and most people would wisely still count on one of them to lift the trophy, and not Maria.

It shouldn't be seen as a jinx this time around, but more like a compliment that she is considered again after most of her recent Slam results.

18majors
Jun 19th, 2011, 11:34 AM
^Well said, can't agree more.

Reptilia
Jun 19th, 2011, 12:45 PM
Didn't expect so many people to pick her. And Roger too, :speakles:

Mr.Sharapova
Jun 19th, 2011, 01:20 PM
Didn't expect so many people to pick her. And Roger too, :speakles:

Mainly because nobody expected Roger to beat Djockovic at the French, and he reached the final there taking Nadal to 4 sets :shrug:, maybe they think that Roger will do well and win the title here since its WIMBLEDON duh.

As for Maria, a sane mind would pick her, so there is no surprise. She reached the Semis of the French in her worst surface, we'll see what she does in her favourite one :angel:.

MM_1257
Jun 19th, 2011, 03:24 PM
http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/news/interviews/2011-06-19/201106191308488913398.html - transcript of Maria's pre-Wimby interview.

WTAtennisfan15
Jun 19th, 2011, 07:01 PM
^^"When I was injured, I did many things. I worked on many projects, I spent holidays with friends and family. But at the end of the day, those didn't mean anything compared to what it means to win tennis matches."

that's a strong statement... :)

Jacey
Jun 19th, 2011, 08:30 PM
It's nice to know Darren Cahill picked Maria. He knows tennis.


whoa...isn't he semi-coaching Ana, its good to know that he can be very objective.


Wow! ESPN giving shine to Pova. That's remarkable!

If Pova does win W, I will be curious to see if the WTA can get over it's years long grudge against her...

:confused: WTA has a grudge against Masha :scratch:

18majors
Jun 19th, 2011, 08:33 PM
^^"When I was injured, I did many things. I worked on many projects, I spent holidays with friends and family. But at the end of the day, those didn't mean anything compared to what it means to win tennis matches."

that's a strong statement... :)

That's why I like her and wish her the best on tennis courts!

Steven.
Jun 19th, 2011, 08:50 PM
You know, I didn't like it that she was considered the favorite by many during Roland Garros, it added unnecessary pressure.

However, here at Wimbledon I don't mind. After all, she did make the Roland Garros SF, is now a solid top ten player again and won the title before. Not to mention that both Williams sisters are playing and most people would wisely still count on one of them to lift the trophy, and not Maria.

It shouldn't be seen as a jinx this time around, but more like a compliment that she is considered again after most of her recent Slam results.

This. I'm sure her confidence is pretty up there, especially since it's hardly windy a SW19.

MM_1257
Jun 19th, 2011, 09:39 PM
Cahill is a coach with a long successful history. He is a very good coach and yes, he is capable of being objective, except when it comes to Murray. :lol:
And whoa... we are running quite fast... I am afraid of this. People picking Masha left and right for the victory, I get my hopes up too much. I am gonna be very very very disappointed if it doesn't happen. Experts, bookies, whoever, stop it. Let me be sane and calm and take it step by step.

perseus2006
Jun 19th, 2011, 10:36 PM
:confused: WTA has a grudge against Masha :scratch:

It may have been 2008, thereabouts anyway, The WTA wanted Pova to spend the Saturday before W, I am pretty sure it was W but it could have been RG, in a promotional shoot for their "Hero" campaign, the one with the phone calls... Pova had a hissie fit about it saying she just didn't do day-long photoshoots or promotional work or parties or anything but tennis preparation the Saturday before a Major. They eventually compromised on an hour and Pova's part was sitting in the back seat of a car placing a phone call...

Before that, Pova was the WTA Poster Girl, her pics all over the site, stories about her accomplishments featured prominently, etc and so forth. Since then, the WTA has given minimal exposure to Pova: including her results in articles about other players, showing pics of her opponents in articles about her matches. Stuff like that. This was somewhat covered up by Pova's shoulder injury escapade, her resultant absence and lackluster performances in 2009 and 2010.

But even this year with her steady climb in the rankings and some very good results, Pova get a lot more shade than shine from the WTA. Can they keep that up if she wins W?

18majors
Jun 19th, 2011, 10:43 PM
^Do you think it might also have something to do with the fact that WTA is WTA and is no longer SEWTA. As you know, Maria is Sony Ericsson's biggest star.

lefty24
Jun 20th, 2011, 01:02 AM
Just another article on Maria being the favorite

Josh’s Championship: (5) Maria Sharapova (RUS) over (23) Venus Williams (USA). Sharapova’s serve is the biggest concern coming into the tournament, but if she can harness it like she did at the French Open, the sky’s the limit for the 2004 champ. Venus has not played since January, so (lack of) conditioning will definitely play a significant role in her attempt to win a sixth Wimbledon title. After winning the Rome Masters a month ago, and most recently reaching the semis at the French Open, Maria’s game has been in cruise control and she has a ton of momentum at her back, which most of the other players in the field don’t. She is also playing with a swagger and overall sense of confidence that resembles the Maria of old.


Tyrone’s Championship: (5) Maria Sharapova (RUS) over (25) Daniela Hantuchova (SVK). Not playing one grass-court match before Wimbledon starts has me at odds whether the 2004 Golden Girl in London can win. However, Sharapova’s confidence is back and she would like nothing more than to take a shower when the Slam is over, with her second All England Champion’s Trophy. While the Internet would go crazy for such viral video, the Russian despite pulling out of the AEGON Classic in Birmingham is still one of the favorites at the third Major of the year. Missing her annual Wimbledon tune-up has certainly made news in whether she can flip the dial without any match play on her favorite surface. Give Maria a few matches to soak her feet on the green grass as resting her shoulder will prove to be the right move against a watered down field. Denmark's (1) Caroline Wozniacki, who has never won a Major, could await for a berth in the semifinals.

http://sportschatplace.com/tennis/josh/2011/june/20/2011-wimbledon-championships-ladies-preview-spots-chat-place-tennis-staff-picks-and-preview/

Mrs. Dimitrova
Jun 20th, 2011, 06:12 AM
I thought that photoshoot drama was during Rome or something. Anyway, it was one hell of a drama. Maria even posted a poll on her website asking her fans what she should do about it. :lol: Well most her fans mostly voted for the poll option that would benefit her anyway. :lol:

Marilyn Monheaux
Jun 20th, 2011, 08:17 AM
The WTA still gives plenty of exposure to Masha. :lol: She's front and center most of the time. She just doesn't attend every function unlike players like The WoZZZzz who will not miss a red/ blue/ green/ no-carpet event. :lol:

goldlion
Jun 20th, 2011, 09:45 AM
That was gutsy and I remembered she mentioned something like she 'talked' to some players about it and she initiated the boycott.

Had the person not been Sharapova, WTA wouldn't give a shit. But apparently she's one of the rare stars to keep on tour.

They don't have to please her, but simply can't force her to do anything more.

goldlion
Jun 20th, 2011, 09:46 AM
The WTA still gives plenty of exposure to Masha. :lol: She's front and center most of the time. She just doesn't attend every function unlike players like The WoZZZzz who will not miss a red/ blue/ green/ no-carpet event. :lol:

I was thinking that top ranked player has some obligations.

gc-spurs
Jun 20th, 2011, 11:54 AM
Q. What has the tour missed when they're not playing? It's not just a matter of them doing well on grass. They've been gone for a year basically. What does the tour lack when the Williams sisters aren't on the tour?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Uhm, I think it's the matchups, the real matches that the people look forward to. They expect to see great tennis. You know, there's a point in time where I played Serena a few times in a row; it almost created a rivalry. It's more about the tougher matches, the ones people really look forward to.

Good point, I didn't really think of this. The marquee match ups are another reason its awesome they're back.

cyannnnn
Jun 21st, 2011, 06:25 AM
after sasha now maria

maria sharapova visits kcs
Tennis star Maria Sharapova dropped into King’s for a flying visit last week prior to Wimbledon fortnight. Winner of no fewer than 3 Grand Slam titles, Sharapova is vying with Serena Williams to be the bookies favourite in this year’s championships, but still found time to pause her training schedule to visit the school. She is photographed here with Jack O’Shea, one of KCS’s own tennis champions
http://www.kcs.org.uk/system/files/page/2302/web_news_sharapova.jpg

http://www.kcs.org.uk/node/2302

Mrs. Dimitrova
Jun 21st, 2011, 06:29 AM
Did she go with Sasha? He went to the same place to play basketball with the kids or something. Anyway, that is kid is TALL. :lol: He's just as tall as Maria, I hope she wasn't wearing heels. :spit:

Mistress of Evil
Jun 21st, 2011, 07:18 AM
His facial expression is :spit:

lylux
Jun 21st, 2011, 11:46 PM
M. Sharapova -Interview first round

Q. How did it feel to be back on the grass?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, it was great to be back on Centre Court, considering that I didn't play a warmup tournament. I felt like I had to be ready from the first point. I played against an opponent that's been in the top 10 before. Hasn't had the best results this year. But you don't quite know what to expect. I'm sure, you know, she'd come out in the match and have nothing to lose. I thought she played a really good match, and I really had to step it up. I thought I did a good job of that.

Q. It was all Russian once again. In the past you've talked about Russian tennis. You've said there's not too many alternatives. Also talk about some of the other elements, the toughness of the culture, the roles of Kournikova, Yeltsin, the Olympics, if you would.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, it's a really big country, full of incredible culture, and many great athletes have come from the country, not just from the sport of tennis. We're very fortunate because I think we were given the drive from our parents. That really encouraged us and sacrificed a lot in our careers to get us to a point where we want to be in our certain careers. I think we have to thank them for that. Because when you're at a young age, everything is in their hands from the drives to the practices to the encouragement on bad days. Yeah, in the beginning it was a lot about the Olympic sports and hockey, in the beginning of my life, and gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics. Now tennis is one of the biggest sports there.

Q. Obviously your father is an incredible man. Comes to America, puts you on a bicycle taking you to the tennis lessons. How does he express the Russian culture with that determination?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I just think he never really believed that he didn't have much. I think coming from a place where that amount of money didn't exactly mean that you were poor. We were living as a normal family. They could have had a normal job and I could have gone to school and they would have supplied my school and everything around that. But they sacrificed their lives because they saw a talent in my game and they got recommendations from outer people, because it certainly wasn't my parents' expertise, the sort of tennis. It was just a fun activity for my dad, and my mom couldn't really care less about it. They made that big decision to go to a country where tennis was a lot bigger, more facilities. It's tough. But I think his drive came from the fact that he never really thought that he didn't have much. Even though it was really tough, I think he kept believing that one day he would have more, even if it was one trophy, even if it was one more dollar, one victory over another, yeah.

Q. Inside yourself, so many years in L.A., do you feel more like a Russian than an American internally?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I just have always had the Russian feeling inside of me. There was a point in my career where I got a lot of questions living in the United States for such a long time, leaving when I was young from my country, why I never chose to change citizenships. One of the reasons is 'cause deep down inside of me, I know where I'm born. I'm really proud of it, of my Siberian roots, moving to Sochi. Apart from my parents, all my family lives there. It's all about Russian culture. We speak Russian. We talk Russian. I talk to my grandparents constantly. I call them. I speak to my parents in Russian, eat Russian food, all of that. I leave my house, and most of my friends some of foreign, some are American. I speak to my coaches in English. It's different.

Q. You've talked about how you feel that everything is more meaningful to you now after coming back from your injury. How important is it to you at this point to win another Grand Slam?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Of course it's important. It would be a wonderful achievement. But I'm really happy to be playing something that I really love. I don't look ahead and think how amazing it would be to hold the trophy. Obviously I'm very fortunate to have had that feeling before and knowing how good that feeling is. That's what drives you deep down inside. But I also think on the other hand if you want something so bad that you can't sleep over it, where is that going to get you, as well? I think time will tell and you just have to be patient and work as hard as you can and give it all you have, and then the rest will take care of itself.

Q. You said you spoke Russian, ate Russian food.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: It's a character that I feel is inside of me. There is I think something natural about it, and it's within me. I don't think it's something that you can really explain, that you can put into someone. I think it's more of a feeling than anything else.

http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/news/interviews/2011-06-21/201106211308691476863.html

MM_1257
Jun 21st, 2011, 11:57 PM
Journalists, audience, stop digging in her. If she says she feels Russian, than she does feel Russian. And I understand her so much...

goldlion
Jun 22nd, 2011, 01:17 AM
This discussion dated back to 2005 and people still keeping talking about it.

I don't understand the worth of it honestly.

Mistress of Evil
Jun 22nd, 2011, 05:45 AM
Masha :awww:

Maria Croft
Jun 22nd, 2011, 08:05 AM
Of course it's important. It would be a wonderful achievement. But I'm really happy to be playing something that I really love. I don't look ahead and think how amazing it would be to hold the trophy. Obviously I'm very fortunate to have had that feeling before and knowing how good that feeling is. That's what drives you deep down inside. But I also think on the other hand if you want something so bad that you can't sleep over it, where is that going to get you, as well? I think time will tell and you just have to be patient and work as hard as you can and give it all you have, and then the rest will take care of itself.

I love this answer :hearts:

I had completely forgotten that during 2004, and probably all the way up until she won her second Slam in 2006 people couldn't stop talking about whether she should be Russian or American. Like those people had any say in it.

I remember once a journalist said something about her speaking American so well, and Maria replied "I don't speak American nothing, I speak English" :p

GrandMartha
Jun 22nd, 2011, 09:36 AM
those questions :yawn:

MM_1257
Jun 22nd, 2011, 10:28 AM
Are journalists dumb or what? For God's sake have they gone to school? Of course she would speak "american" so well after being there from the age of 7. Duuuh... And she answered him great. Thumbs up. I really do not get them. If she wanted to be American, she would have been 100 yrs ago. And maybe she'd vene get more money to play for USA. however she wants to play for Russia. So all of you (journalists) just stop it please.

Mrs. Dimitrova
Jun 22nd, 2011, 11:04 AM
Huh? Why do they keep asking the same questions over and over again for several years? And then they complain about losing their jobs? OK.

gc-spurs
Jun 22nd, 2011, 11:27 AM
Huh? Why do they keep asking the same questions over and over again for several years? And then they complain about losing their jobs? OK.

Exactly. Fuck at this point they could ask us any of those questions and we could give a word for word Sharapova-esque answer. One doesn't even have to read a transcript anymore, you could just write up an article, throw in some of the same ol' quotes because someone *will* have asked it. Have they not seen how much more coverage the livlier pressers get?

nelsondan
Jun 22nd, 2011, 05:58 PM
Probably a good thing that she eats Russian enough that she does not eat like Americans.

MM_1257
Jun 22nd, 2011, 06:50 PM
Hahahha, I just remembered of one of her blog entries, an old one, where she wrote about being and Russia and eating Russian food and how she gained weigth. LOL

Slampova
Jun 23rd, 2011, 02:30 AM
This is always my favourite article of the year. You know, the one where everyone complains about Maria's grunting :lol:

http://houston.culturemap.com/newsdetail/06-22-11-maria-sharapova-offends-the-british-with-her-loudness-wimbledon-rallies-to-ban-women-tennis-grunting/

Very intellectual article, the writer has obviously gone to great lengths for research. I agree that The 'Serena sisters' and that Azarenka girl who reached the semifinals in 09 (:oh:) are quite loud also :spit:

Shyra
Jun 23rd, 2011, 03:45 AM
they keep asking the same question, maybe in wishful thinking they would get a different answer...

18majors
Jun 23rd, 2011, 04:45 AM
^I think you're right.

Maria Croft
Jun 23rd, 2011, 08:30 AM
No wonder that Maria often doesn't seem to care when she answers when you've heard the same questions a million times before.

The grunt articles are also so ever predictable, especially during Wimbledon and the AO.

18majors
Jun 24th, 2011, 05:18 PM
Maria on Facebook:

"Not my best tennis today, but glad to fight through!! These 17 year olds are playing some great tennis against me."

atominside
Jun 24th, 2011, 05:27 PM
interview anyone?

The Norwegian
Jun 24th, 2011, 07:25 PM
interview anyone?

Interview? Oh yeah, I wanna see Maria whispering words of wisdom!

lefty24
Jun 24th, 2011, 07:33 PM
It hasn't been released yet but there's a short video

lylux
Jun 24th, 2011, 08:04 PM
Sharapova: 'Robson has great potential'

Some wins are served up on a plate, but when Maria Sharapova tasted 7-6(4), 6-3 victory over Britain's Laura Robson, she had to earn it. The 2004 champion - many observers' favourite for the title this year - was facing a player world ranked No.254, who only earned her maiden career Slam victory in the first round here this week. But after the match Sharapova, a notoriously tough competitor, was impressed by her opponent's refusal to cave in mentally.

"I thought she played really well," said Sharapova. "She started off really good, quite the opposite of me. She hit the ball deep, on the line many times, and was serving really well. I found myself on the defence just retrieving."

Robson, junior champion here three years ago, said before the match she had dreamed of playing Sharapova or one of the Williams sisters on a Wimbledon show court for years. No doubt in her dream the end result was somewhat different, but it is difficult to imagine the dream featured her in more gamely competitive mode. Far from being overawed by the occasion or the stage, she engaged with both - and for a long time in the first set the results were enthralling. But Sharapova made the point that while competitive innocence has its uses, experience is never anything less than a further weapon in the armoury.

"She has great potential," affirmed Sharapova, before adding cautiously: "I think for everyone it's a really long road. There will be many tournaments, many losses, many wins. It will be important to learn from all those situations. It's great, and important, to play in front of thousands of people, and with the support of a British crowd. But as you develop your game it's just as important to play the lower tournaments, where there are fewer people watching and you win in the third set. She'll get that experience behind her back and she'll be a better player. Experience is priceless."

Good point, well made. This match was patently several classes beyond anything Robson had previously encountered, her best previous career win coming over the world No.55 Anastasija Sevastova last autumn. Besides, Sharapova knew better than to under-estimate a huge underdog playing in front of her home crowd.

"The match was absolutely not tougher than I expected," said the Russian. "I expected her to play really well. I don't think she had anything to lose and that brings out the best in someone."

The Russian also struck an interesting footnote about the debate involving the theoretically unfair scheduling of some women's matches outside Centre and No.1 Courts.

"I have no problem with playing on Court Two or Three," declared Sharapova robustly. "They're pretty big courts. I believe I played on Court Two in my first round last year. It gave me that vibe, like one of my favourite courts which is at Roland Garros. It's that second court, as well. I think it's a great feeling inside, similar to Court Two [here]. Maybe it's a little longer walk, but it's a good warm-up."

http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/news/articles/2011-06-24/201106241308916974687.html

Mrs. Dimitrova
Jun 24th, 2011, 09:00 PM
I like reading what she has to say.

Mrs. Dimitrova
Jun 24th, 2011, 09:24 PM
Pointless but interesting semi-artcile from Wimbledon. Rock-paper-scissors. :lol:

Who gets to walk with Maria?

There are 590 security guards employed during the Championships, a small number of them given the sought-after "task" of escorting players safely through the crowds to and from their court.

To ensure fairness within that elite group as to who gets to accompany their favourite players (a walk alongside Maria Sharapova is deemed the top gig for the male security guards, while the now-departed Andy Roddick had the female guards' vote), those on the duty roster rely on the playground game of Scissors, Paper, Rock.

http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/news/blogs/2011-06-24/201106241308934857676.html

lleytnkim
Jun 29th, 2011, 05:19 AM
Long article on Sasha and Maria's relationship.


A Fan, a Fiancé, a Fellow Athlete By KAREN CROUSE (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/c/karen_crouse/index.html?inline=nyt-per)

Published: June 28, 2011

WIMBLEDON, England — Watching Maria Sharapova (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/s/maria_sharapova/index.html?inline=nyt-per)’s power and precision, the Centre Court crowd at Wimbledon fell into an awed silence Tuesday, one that was broken before or after some points by the clapping of one person. Without a word, Sasha Vujacic was communicating everything his fiancée, Sharapova, needed to hear during her 6-1, 6-1 (http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/scores/stats/day16/2501ms.html) quarterfinal victory against Dominika Cibulkova.

Sharapova and Vujacic have a telepathy usually seen in old, married couples, never mind that they have yet to set a wedding date. If anyone can understand the loneliness and loveliness of the sporting life, it is Vujacic. As a member of the Los Angeles Lakers, he performed in pressure-filled games in front of large and often hostile crowds and won two N.B.A. championships.

Full article at.....
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/29/sports/tennis/wimbledon-2011-sharapova-and-vujacic-athletes-who-are-a-couple.html

MM_1257
Jun 29th, 2011, 10:10 AM
From the NY time article:
“You just spoke a foreign language to me,” said Sharapova, who is fluent in Russian and English, and conversant in French. “I can speak N.B.A. I can’t speak anything else.”
French? :confused::scratch:
ow are they different? “I think he likes to practice more than I do,” she said, laughing, then added: “He just loves his sport so much. I mean, he slept with his first pair of basketball shoes. I certainly never slept with mine.” With a sparkle in her eyes, Sharapova said, “I slept with a pair of high heels.”
:happy::spit:

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Mrs. Dimitrova
Jun 29th, 2011, 10:27 AM
New York Times always has really nice articles to read. All of the Maria articles they wrote in the past few months have been very interesting. :)

gc-spurs
Jun 29th, 2011, 10:34 AM
Once the session was over, Sharapova collected her racket bag and her fiancé, and they left the court side by side. On days of her matches, Vujacic walks a few paces behind her, exchanging smiles and hellos and handshakes with players, trainers, coaches — anybody who crosses his path, it seems — while Sharapova moves as if wearing blinders.

Awesome to see that she's the same old gal.
Dunno if its Hoggy or if it's She-She, but I'm loving how this posse is going.

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Jun 29th, 2011, 01:30 PM
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Maria Croft
Jun 29th, 2011, 03:57 PM
Thanks for posting, how much is it though?

Marilyn Monheaux
Jun 29th, 2011, 04:46 PM
^^ $169.95 :)

Shafanovic.
Jun 29th, 2011, 04:53 PM
:eek: cheaper than Prince ones.

I want one but I'm quitting :hysteric:

Break My Rapture
Jun 29th, 2011, 05:04 PM
^^ $169.95 :)
How much € is that?

Maria Croft
Jun 29th, 2011, 05:10 PM
^^ $169.95 :)

Thanks.

That's about €120 if I'm not mistaken. Not as expensive as I thought.

Marilyn Monheaux
Jun 29th, 2011, 05:10 PM
How much € is that?

~ 120€. :) The Euro freaking pwns! :oh:


ETA: Dunno if they are really gonna be sold for 120, though. Most HEAD rackets are being for 140 - 170 € here in Germany at least.

Break My Rapture
Jun 29th, 2011, 05:22 PM
€120 is indeed rather cheap. :eek: Those Djokovic/Azarenka racquets range from like 140-180€ here.

Marilyn Monheaux
Jun 29th, 2011, 05:28 PM
^^Just for comparison, Djoker's racket is $199.95 and Vika's is $169.95. So Masha's should cost about as much as Vika's, no?

Break My Rapture
Jun 29th, 2011, 05:39 PM
Yeah something like that. :lol: I've been thinking about getting a new racquet, in particular a HEAD racquet.

MashaFan01
Jun 29th, 2011, 07:45 PM
By Alix Ramsay: Sharapova's serene image hides a street-fighter (http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/news/articles/2011-06-29/201106291309347415359.html)

18majors
Jun 29th, 2011, 09:51 PM
^Good article.

gc-spurs
Jun 29th, 2011, 10:17 PM
By Alix Ramsay: Sharapova's serene image hides a street-fighter (http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/news/articles/2011-06-29/201106291309347415359.html)

Nice read.

My dad spent and sacrificed so much in his life and his career. He never missed one practice of mine, no matter if he was sick or didn't want to be there, or if I was mad at him and gave him bad attitude. He was always there, even if I told him to be quiet.

Marilyn Monheaux
Jun 29th, 2011, 10:23 PM
What happened to the days when y'all would post full articles / interviews and not just links? :crying2:

Mrs. Dimitrova
Jun 29th, 2011, 10:29 PM
Can't wait to read the TW reviews on her new racquet! They're waaaay too light for me though.

MM_1257
Jun 29th, 2011, 11:36 PM
Not totally Maria related... Tennis' most stylish list - http://blog.nielsen.com/nielsenwire/media_entertainment/for-wimbledon-nielsen-serves-up-tennis-most-stylish-list/

lylux
Jun 29th, 2011, 11:48 PM
King talked to the press after Sharapova's recent victory. King:

Sharapova's playing the best tennis I've ever seen her play. One thing I love about her is that when I met her when she was 13 I asked her, 'Do you have a dream?' She said, 'I want to be a star.' I asked her what does that mean. Do you want to be like [Anna] Kournikova and make lots of money and be Top 10? And she said, 'No, no, no. I want to be No. 1.'

I think she still has that fire in the belly.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/739742-wimbledon-2011-latest-news-tv-schedule-info-and-more/entry/103465-maria-sharapova-sharapova-looks-unstoppable-at-wimbledon?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

gc-spurs
Jun 30th, 2011, 12:35 AM
Lol from your quote I thought you were talking about Vania King

lleytnkim
Jun 30th, 2011, 04:51 AM
Billie Jean also talked about Sasha.....

King also is a fan of Sharapova's fiance, NBA player Sasha Vujacic. Sharapova introduced King to Vujacic last summer.
"When I met him during Team Tennis last July I told her, 'He's a keeper,' King said. "He's just so grounded. He understands her and sports, and what it is to be a professional athlete. That is huge to have as a partner because you know the guy gets it and knows how hard it is."

http://espn.go.com/espnw/news-opinion/6717187/wimbledon-legendary-compliment-maria-sharapova


Sasha really seems like a great guy. Obviously, having him around has helped Masha a lot. They're both lucky to have each other.

gc-spurs
Jun 30th, 2011, 07:15 AM
Billie Jean also talked about Sasha.....


Sasha really seems like a great guy. Obviously, having him around has helped Masha a lot. They're both lucky to have each other.

They're lucky? More like we're lucky. Since Sasha's joined the entourage we've been given a clay court title and 2 coonsecutive slam semis. She-She ftw!

Maria Croft
Jun 30th, 2011, 07:17 AM
They're lucky? More like we're lucky. Since Sasha's joined the entourage we've been given a clay court title and 2 coonsecutive slam semis. She-She ftw!

I know :lol:

I actually might miss him if he isn't around to follow her matches, because she seems to pick her game up a lot more with him around.

Shyra
Jun 30th, 2011, 08:18 AM
Sasha is quite the good luck charm... and you can see that his really into it(tennis), with all the fist pump!