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MM_1257
Jun 30th, 2011, 09:55 AM
:) he is a sweetie. :hearts:

Mrs. Dimitrova
Jun 30th, 2011, 09:58 AM
They are good for each other methinks. It would be even more perfect if he cut his hair. OK I will stop now.

MM_1257
Jun 30th, 2011, 10:02 AM
LOL about the hair issue. yeah, he was very hot with shorter hair, but I guess he likes it this way.

gc-spurs
Jun 30th, 2011, 11:16 AM
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.

What a show off haha.

I hope the Nets lose early (lol, I don't even have to hope, it will happen) next year so Sasha-boy is around so Maria can finally complete the CGS.

Marilyn Monheaux
Jun 30th, 2011, 11:35 AM
^^I hope the NBA lockout happpens so that Masha can win the next 5 slams. :angel:

kimgurl
Jun 30th, 2011, 11:44 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.
:worship:

They are good for each other methinks. It would be even more perfect if he cut his hair. OK I will stop now.
:lol:i agree..

What a show off haha.

I hope the Nets lose early (lol, I don't even have to hope, it will happen) next year so Sasha-boy is around so Maria can finally complete the CGS.
:haha:well that is if the nets will resign him..signing of free agents is on july,.hopin some "playoff team" will resign him, but ok since masha havent won this years RG title, then 2nd round lost in the playoffs will do;)yay we're :devil::lol::lol:

JadeFox
Jun 30th, 2011, 11:47 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.

Sasha is quite the good luck charm... and you can see that his really into it(tennis), with all the fist pump!

They are good for each other methinks. It would be even more perfect if he cut his hair. OK I will stop now.

What a show off haha.

I hope the Nets lose early (lol, I don't even have to hope, it will happen) next year so Sasha-boy is around so Maria can finally complete the CGS.

^^I hope the NBA lockout happpens so that Masha can win the next 5 slams. :angel:

And to think, a year ago everyone was all bitchy about Sasha. How things can change. :lol:

lefty24
Jun 30th, 2011, 12:00 PM
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.

I think Sasha really is the guy who changed Masha around. She needed that support. Of course Hogsted was a huge help too. As long as they stay, Maria should be good.

gc-spurs
Jun 30th, 2011, 12:45 PM
^^I hope the NBA lockout happpens so that Masha can win the next 5 slams. :angel:

Oh yes the lockout! Finally an upside!

And to think, a year ago everyone was all bitchy about Sasha. How things can change. :lol:

Dw, we still gonna be hating all over his hair.

Marilyn Monheaux
Jun 30th, 2011, 01:52 PM
And to think, a year ago everyone was all bitchy about Sasha. How things can change. :lol:

I still think he's a rubbish BB bench warmer, with at best mediocre looks. :angel:


Oh yes the lockout! Finally an upside!


:rocker2:


Dw, we still gonna be hating all over his hair.

:oh:

lefty24
Jun 30th, 2011, 03:46 PM
Guys you can't hate on his hair. It's his "power"

JadeFox
Jun 30th, 2011, 04:19 PM
Dw, we still gonna be hating all over his hair.

I still think he's a rubbish BB bench warmer, with at best mediocre looks. :angel:
h:

Denial is such a sad thing to see. :lol:

kimgurl
Jun 30th, 2011, 04:28 PM
Denial is such a sad thing to see. :lol:
:spit::oh:

Marilyn Monheaux
Jun 30th, 2011, 06:49 PM
Denial is such a sad thing to see. :lol:

:p

MM_1257
Jun 30th, 2011, 09:35 PM
:banghead: http://gregcouch.com/2011/06/30/wimbledon-maria-sharapova-double-faulting-her-way-to-the-top/#more-1374

MM_1257
Jul 1st, 2011, 04:12 PM
http://www.tennischannel.com/news/NewsDetails.aspx?newsid=9373 :hysteric:

pokey camp
Jul 1st, 2011, 09:25 PM
http://www.tennischannel.com/news/NewsDetails.aspx?newsid=9373 :hysteric:
How can it be a streak when she's only played a younger player in a GS final once? A one match streak? Okay... :lol:

franny
Jul 1st, 2011, 09:46 PM
How can it be a streak when she's only played a younger player in a GS final once? A one match streak? Okay... :lol:

Wow that was a very sloppy article by Matt Cronin. In addition to that ridiculous "streak could be over comment" (what streak?), he had the following gems:

"Ana Ivanovic played a fair match against Sharapova in her first major final at the 2008 Australian Open, but played a far better contest in her second appearance five months later when she won her sole major at Roland Garros." I'm pretty sure Ana's first final appearance was in Roland Garros 2007.

"Sometimes, experience matters, other times, players are blessed with the ignorance of inexperience. Kvitovaís hoping for the former rather than the latter." Really? I'm pretty sure you mean she's hopping for the latter rather than the former.

pokey camp
Jul 2nd, 2011, 05:22 AM
^^Wow. I started skimming after the first paragraph. Looks like I made the right decision. :tape:

A fairly annoying (even if somewhat true) take on the importance of Maria’s return to the big stage and what it means to the American "casual fan":
She waited through shoulder surgery in the summer of 2008. Through the ensuing layoff that lasted until spring of 2009. And through 1,001 grunts, screams and cries of "Come on!" It's taken her awhile, but Maria Sharapova has finally battled her way back to Grand Slam relevancy.

And thank goodness.

Not just for her. For us, too.

Without Sharapova, the casual tennis fan in this country wouldn't have a clue about the women's finalists at Wimbledon this year. Heck, we barely know who the best men's players are these days, outside of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. The women's side? I challenge you, Mr. or Ms. Casual Fan, to come up with the names, much less the bios, of the three Wimbledon semifinalists not named Sharapova.
That's not a knock on the talent level of the players. It's just an observation about who is moving the needle right now.

A quick scan of BusinessWeek's 100 most powerful athletes of 2011 shows there are no tennis players of any gender in the Top 10. Nadal had one of the most successful seasons in history and he actually fell in the rankings, from 11th to 16th. Meanwhile, the most powerful American tennis player hasn't played much tennis in a year and turns 30 in a few months, which is pretty old for this sport. I love Serena Williams -- and her sister -- but tennis won't be able to depend on them very much longer because, well, they won't be around very much longer.

If you thought America's interest in tennis waned when Andre Agassi retired, wait until those two go.

The Williams sisters' popularity boosts the prime-time broadcasts of the U.S. Open women's final when one (or both) of them are playing, according to Nielsen. It snagged a 7.2 rating in 2002 when Serena beat Venus in straight sets. But those kinds of numbers are as good as over now, unless a new, marketable face can come in and take their place. Last year's final between Kim Clijsters and Vera Zvonareva drew a 1.9, and that was an upgrade from 1.1 in 2009 for Clijsters' match against the current No. 1 player in the world, Caroline Wozniacki.

Speaking of Wozniacki, BusinessWeek listed her as one of the top five athletes to watch this year. She's obviously talented -- and attractive -- but she still hasn't won a major title. America likes to root for the underdog; but when you're the No. 1 player in the world and you can't win the big one, you aren't an underdog.

You're a loser.

And America hates those.

Which is why women's tennis needs Sharapova to play well at Wimbledon and then keep on playing well, especially in the Slams. The more she shines in the biggest moments, the more we'll tune in to see her. She was born in Russia, yes, and -- when she plays in it -- she competes for Russia in the Federation Cup; but her game, her brand, her story is all America. Sharapova and her father arrived in Florida when she was 7; they didn't speak English and had $700 to their name. That she's become an international superstar after that start is the kind of narrative we love, which might help explain the 3.2 rating she drew when she beat Justine Henin to win the U.S. Open in 2006. That's the highest-rated women's final (not featuring Serena) at the Open since 2002.

That number isn't great, but it might be something to build on.

Because she's only 24, there's time to build a sport around her. And considering that Nike reportedly just signed her to a $70 million deal, I'm obviously not the only one who thinks so.

But she's got to win so her popularity isn't just based on camera commercials, short skirts and long blonde hair. Those things aren't going to help tennis. They'll help her bank account -- Anna Kournikova, anyone? -- but not the sport. And it's tennis' popularity in America that really needs a bailout.
More at the source. (http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/commentary/news/story?page=granderson-110701)

Maria Croft
Jul 2nd, 2011, 08:56 AM
America likes to root for the underdog; but when you're the No. 1 player in the world and you can't win the big one, you aren't an underdog.

You're a loser.

Oh dear, that was mean.

Funny how they talk about how important it is for tennis for Maria to play well and win, but don't even mention once how important it would be for herself. In the end, that's all she cares about. What winning would mean to herself.

Mr.Sharapova
Jul 2nd, 2011, 09:22 AM
^ Well said about Wozniacki :bowdown:.

perseus2006
Jul 2nd, 2011, 09:51 AM
No, it wasn't well said about Woz.

It was mean hearted, ignorant and cruel. Perhaps the author needs a little education on how the Ranking system works and what it means. Perhaps he needs to learn how to market Women's Tennis. Perhaps he needs to learn how to do research for his articles. It's clear he needs to learn how to be respectful.

I totally disagree with the author's pontification on things he knows nothing about.

Mr.Sharapova
Jul 2nd, 2011, 10:07 AM
^ A 1# player on WTA needs to be the favorite in every slam she enters right, or one of the three main contenders? When was Caroline considered as the favorite to win a slam since she's been 1# :scratch:?

Break My Rapture
Jul 2nd, 2011, 10:14 AM
Wow. I can't believe a grown up thinks it's justifyable to talk like that. :facepalm: I admit I dislike Woz but that was flat-out arrogant.

JadeFox
Jul 2nd, 2011, 10:29 AM
The Fail is strong in that article.

As a Wozniacki fan I'll admit to bias but I think the harshness is less about her Grand Slam results and more about being butthurt about her success coming at the expense of Americans. Whens she became number one she was replacing Serena. And don't forget she was the one who popped the Oudin Beleive bubble at the 2009 US Open.

And I don't give a fuck what this guy thinks of Maria's resurgance being good for women's tennis. I still remember how almost two years ago when Maria lost to Melanie, to the American press she became just another Russian. And now I'm hearing Ted Robinson and company trying to make the age old "She's not really Russian!" argument again during her semifinal. What a bunch of phonies. :rolleyes:

MM_1257
Jul 2nd, 2011, 10:39 AM
I am by no way Wozniacki's fan, but what was written there is pathetic. The whole article is pathetic tbh... Kournikova? Didn't she show them already she is no Kournikova?

Mrs. Dimitrova
Jul 2nd, 2011, 10:42 AM
I'm not a fan of Wozniacki but that line was so, so harsh. God.

Marilyn Monheaux
Jul 2nd, 2011, 10:45 AM
I hate how they paint Maria as the great, white, commercial, AMERICAN, hope of tennis. :facepalm: They act as if anyone else are non-motherf*cking-factors compared to Maria and her endorsement portfolio. :facepalm:
Horrendous article. Absolutely pathetic. :facepalm:

perseus2006
Jul 2nd, 2011, 10:59 AM
^ A 1# player on WTA needs to be the favorite in every slam she enters right, or one of the three main contenders? When was Caroline considered as the favorite to win a slam since she's been 1# :scratch:?

Why, Miloti? The #1 Ranked player is the one who has earned the most points on court playing tennis in her 16 best tournaments over a rolling 52 week period. That's it. That's all it means. It doesn't imply anything about any particular tournament!

Your strawman argument dies on the definition of the WTA Ranking System. See the Official Rules on the WTA Site.

There is no requirement in the Official WTA Rules Ranking System explanation that mentions any requirement for the #1 Ranked player in regards to Major tournaments, not winning them, not being a favorite to win them or even playing them! (Not playing a Major yields zero points for one of the "Best 16" tournaments.

However, I would like to add that being the #1 ranked player without winning a Major is an extraordinary achievement given the 2000 points for winning one. But Woz has done it! Give her the credit she earned through amazing performance rather than ridiculing superb effort because she doesn't meet some imagined non-existent standard. You are sounding like Serenka with her "True #1" crap.

Mr.Sharapova
Jul 2nd, 2011, 11:05 AM
^ I'm not sure what you mean really. I dislike Wozniacki, and thats why I don't give her credit at all for her 1# rank :shrug:, she's not a worthy 1# player until she wins a slam. She's been entering the most tournaments from all players and thats why she is 1# :shrug:.

Her style of play leaves a lot to desire, and I know it's not her fault that she is 1# but she has to change her style of play to win a slam, cause in the end she'll end up just like Jankovic or Safina :shrug:.

perseus2006
Jul 2nd, 2011, 11:45 AM
^ I'm not sure what you mean really. I dislike Wozniacki, and thats why I don't give her credit at all for her 1# rank :shrug:, she's not a worthy 1# player until she wins a slam. She's been entering the most tournaments from all players and thats why she is 1# :shrug:.

Her style of play leaves a lot to desire, and I know it's not her fault that she is 1# but she has to change her style of play to win a slam, cause in the end she'll end up just like Jankovic or Safina :shrug:.

That is a giant load of crap! Being the #1 Ranked player has nothing to do with winning a Major. That's why I tried to explain to you what the #1 Rank means. I think you need to understand that before you spout off about it anymore and continue making ignorant and foolish statements.

Furthermore, it doesn't matter how many tournaments Woz plays, only her "16 best" tournaments count in her ranking. If she plays 30 tournaments, the results of 14 of them don't count in her ranking.

She is not #1 Ranked because of the number of tournaments she plays. She's #1 Ranked because her 16 best tournaments yield the highest number of points of any other player. Actually, right now she is about 2500 points ahead of #2 Ranked Kim!

Finally, it doesn't matter whether or not you like Woz, her style of play or her eventual career resume. What matters is being informed, truthful and honest about what you post. You haven't been on this subject.

If you want to continue to post this sort of inaccurate, foolish, silly and denigrating propaganda against the current #1 ranked player, I suggest you go the Serenka's forum where you will get lots of support for your studied ignorance about the issue because I will call you out on it every time I notice it here.

Marilyn Monheaux
Jul 2nd, 2011, 12:10 PM
Caro is the No.1 ranked player.
In the past being the #1 meant that you were the favorite for any tournament you entered. Including Grand Slams. Caro is not.
However, you cannot deny the success she had over the past 52 months. She won 2 Premier Mandatory titles and 3 Premier 5 titles, beating a crop of top players along the way.
Of course you could argue that Caro likely wouldn't sit atop of the rankings if Serena and Kim hadn't gotten injured, but it is what it is and we all have to deal. :lol:

18majors
Jul 2nd, 2011, 12:15 PM
^Players who play more than 16 tournaments a year has the advantages because their best results will be used for the rankings.

Players who play 16 tournaments or less don't have the options.

s teddy
Jul 2nd, 2011, 12:22 PM
That part of the article certainly was a bit cruel, but I think you're taking it out of context. I think he was trying to show the perspective of a casual American sports fan. Since Wozniacki is the No. 1 in the world and hasn't won anything important, she isn't seen as a star. Most Americans aren't going to watch women's tennis unless it involves a star whose name they recognize. The part about Wozniacki's "being a loser" was unnecessary, but I don't think he was trying to pick on her.

Mr.Sharapova
Jul 2nd, 2011, 12:33 PM
That is a giant load of crap! Being the #1 Ranked player has nothing to do with winning a Major. That's why I tried to explain to you what the #1 Rank means. I think you need to understand that before you spout off about it anymore and continue making ignorant and foolish statements.

Furthermore, it doesn't matter how many tournaments Woz plays, only her "16 best" tournaments count in her ranking. If she plays 30 tournaments, the results of 14 of them don't count in her ranking.

She is not #1 Ranked because of the number of tournaments she plays. She's #1 Ranked because her 16 best tournaments yield the highest number of points of any other player. Actually, right now she is about 2500 points ahead of #2 Ranked Kim!

Finally, it doesn't matter whether or not you like Woz, her style of play or her eventual career resume. What matters is being informed, truthful and honest about what you post. You haven't been on this subject.

If you want to continue to post this sort of inaccurate, foolish, silly and denigrating propaganda against the current #1 ranked player, I suggest you go the Serenka's forum where you will get lots of support for your studied ignorance about the issue because I will call you out on it every time I notice it here.

It's ok. I have my own opinion, and when I say that I don't consider Caroline as a worthy 1# I say it based on my opinion, and not on some stupid WTA rules :shrug:.

And I am truthful and honest when I say that Caroline is not a worthy 1# as far as my opinion is concerned. She is selfish, she does the impossible to retain her ranking playing tons of tournaments, and then being beaten heavily in Slams by other players.

I respected Safina a lot more than Caro, only because she was up there, fighting with the best in Tennis, not playing shitty tournaments, and beating good players to get that ranking.

You can call me out anytime, its ok. My opinion will never change about her, she is a spoiled brat, pushing her way up to the top, making the impossible to be popular and liked, caring too much about other people think about her(Not like our Maria, many think she's a bitch, she's not gonna get a kangaroo in her press conference to try and be funny:tape: )
, and she's not a champion. Deal with it :shrug:.

perseus2006
Jul 2nd, 2011, 12:40 PM
Caro is the No.1 ranked player.
In the past being the #1 meant that you were the favorite for any tournament you entered. Including Grand Slams. Caro is not.
However, you cannot deny the success she had over the past 52 months. She won 2 Premier Mandatory titles and 3 Premier 5 titles, beating a crop of top players along the way.
Of course you could argue that Caro likely wouldn't sit atop of the rankings if Serena and Kim hadn't gotten injured, but it is what it is and we all have to deal. :lol:

It doesn't now and it never did. That statement is simply not true. I know you have the ability to look it up...

perseus2006
Jul 2nd, 2011, 12:44 PM
^Players who play more than 16 tournaments a year has the advantages because their best results will be used for the rankings.

Players who play 16 tournaments or less don't have the options.

All players set their own schedules. I can't remember the last time Pova played 16 tournaments. Probably not since the early years.

perseus2006
Jul 2nd, 2011, 12:48 PM
It's ok. I have my own opinion, and when I say that I don't consider Caroline as a worthy 1# I say it based on my opinion, and not on some stupid WTA rules :shrug:.

And I am truthful and honest when I say that Caroline is not a worthy 1# as far as my opinion is concerned. She is selfish, she does the impossible to retain her ranking playing tons of tournaments, and then being beaten heavily in Slams by other players.

I respected Safina a lot more than Caro, only because she was up there, fighting with the best in Tennis, not playing shitty tournaments, and beating good players to get that ranking.

You can call me out anytime, its ok. My opinion will never change about her, she is a spoiled brat, pushing her way up to the top, making the impossible to be popular and liked, caring too much about other people think about her(Not like our Maria, many think she's a bitch, she's not gonna get a kangaroo in her press conference to try and be funny:tape: )
, and she's not a champion. Deal with it :shrug:.

Just be sure to state it's you personal opinion, that clears up the discrepancy with the truth.

You are entitled to your personal opinion, regardless of it's factual basis.

Mr.Sharapova
Jul 2nd, 2011, 12:48 PM
It doesn't now and it never did. That statement is simply not true. I know you have the ability to look it up...

:lol:, Yeah right. All the top players or 1# player at a slam was expected to go deep in it, or even win it :shrug:.

pokey camp
Jul 2nd, 2011, 01:28 PM
No, it wasn't well said about Woz.

It was mean hearted, ignorant and cruel. Perhaps the author needs a little education on how the Ranking system works and what it means. Perhaps he needs to learn how to market Women's Tennis. Perhaps he needs to learn how to do research for his articles. It's clear he needs to learn how to be respectful.

I totally disagree with the author's pontification on things he knows nothing about.

Wow. I can't believe a grown up thinks it's justifyable to talk like that. :facepalm: I admit I dislike Woz but that was flat-out arrogant.

The Fail is strong in that article.

As a Wozniacki fan I'll admit to bias but I think the harshness is less about her Grand Slam results and more about being butthurt about her success coming at the expense of Americans. Whens she became number one she was replacing Serena. And don't forget she was the one who popped the Oudin Beleive bubble at the 2009 US Open.

And I don't give a fuck what this guy thinks of Maria's resurgance being good for women's tennis. I still remember how almost two years ago when Maria lost to Melanie, to the American press she became just another Russian. And now I'm hearing Ted Robinson and company trying to make the age old "She's not really Russian!" argument again during her semifinal. What a bunch of phonies. :rolleyes:

I am by no way Wozniacki's fan, but what was written there is pathetic. The whole article is pathetic tbh... Kournikova? Didn't she show them already she is no Kournikova?

I hate how they paint Maria as the great, white, commercial, AMERICAN, hope of tennis. :facepalm: They act as if anyone else are non-motherf*cking-factors compared to Maria and her endorsement portfolio. :facepalm:
Horrendous article. Absolutely pathetic. :facepalm:
ITA, but at the same time, I really believe that guy represents the POV of a lot of "casual fans" here in the US. That's what I meant when I said it was annoying, even if somewhat true. :shrug: If you're not a winner, then you're a LOSER, LOSER, LOSER!!!! Simple as. And if you're not American, you'd better speak perfect English or you don't matter. He doesn't know a thing about tennis, that much is obvious, but neither does the average "casual fan." They care about who moves the needle, has the commercials, etc. There's a reason why tennis has dropped in popularity so much over the last decade here. :sad:

That part of the article certainly was a bit cruel, but I think you're taking it out of context. I think he was trying to show the perspective of a casual American sports fan. Since Wozniacki is the No. 1 in the world and hasn't won anything important, she isn't seen as a star. Most Americans aren't going to watch women's tennis unless it involves a star whose name they recognize. The part about Wozniacki's "being a loser" was unnecessary, but I don't think he was trying to pick on her. This. Turn on sports talk radio, or watch a non-tennis sports show (like PTI) when they talk about tennis and that's exactly the kind of stuff you'll hear. :o

Marilyn Monheaux
Jul 3rd, 2011, 03:18 AM
It doesn't now and it never did. That statement is simply not true. I know you have the ability to look it up...

Serena, Justine, Maria, Amelie, Venus, Lindsay... they were always among the faves for every tournament they entered at their prime. :shrug:

perseus2006
Jul 3rd, 2011, 06:29 AM
Serena, Justine, Maria, Amelie, Venus, Lindsay... they were always among the faves for every tournament they entered at their prime. :shrug:

Those you mentioned were nearly always among the favorites at every tournament, I completely agree. They were favorites though regardless of being the #1 Ranked player. In fact those players were not usually the #1 Ranked player when they were the favorites! For example, Serenka was considered the favorite at 2011 W with a ranking of 320!

So you can pontificate all you want about the #1 Ranked player but the WTA has not changed its definition: the #1 Ranked player is the one with the most points in her "best 16 tournaments" over a rolling 52 week period. That's the definition. That's it. That's all it means.

One little thing: a player's best 16 tournaments, for top 10, must include:

The Majors
The Premiere Mandatories
Two best Premier 5's

I know having the actual information about a thing or issue can be inconvenient. Facts just mess up otherwise brilliant one liners and devastating propaganda initiatives. It is seen everyday and it's an extremely serious problem for our fact-challenged politicians in the USA.

Marilyn Monheaux
Jul 3rd, 2011, 12:01 PM
Those you mentioned were nearly always among the favorites at every tournament, I completely agree. They were favorites though regardless of being the #1 Ranked player. In fact those players were not usually the #1 Ranked player when they were the favorites! For example, Serenka was considered the favorite at 2011 W with a ranking of 320!

So you can pontificate all you want about the #1 Ranked player but the WTA has not changed its definition: the #1 Ranked player is the one with the most points in her "best 16 tournaments" over a rolling 52 week period. That's the definition. That's it. That's all it means.

One little thing: a player's best 16 tournaments, for top 10, must include:

The Majors
The Premiere Mandatories
Two best Premier 5's

I know having the actual information about a thing or issue can be inconvenient. Facts just mess up otherwise brilliant one liners and devastating propaganda initiatives. It is seen everyday and it's an extremely serious problem for our fact-challenged politicians in the USA.


Not to the general public / casual tennis fan, though.

They think a No.1 is someone like Fed / Rafa or now Nole who's winning shit (incl. slams) left, right and center. :shrug:

18majors
Jul 3rd, 2011, 01:21 PM
I don't mind Maria getting back her No. 1 ranking but I'd be thrilled if she wins US Open or any other slams.

goldlion
Jul 3rd, 2011, 02:09 PM
IF, that's a bit IF, she's aiming at returning to Number 1, 2012 February will be the time for her provided that she will need to do well in Australia and then Middle East.

The ranking will take care of itself if the results are great. What I hope now is Maria returning to Top Four prior to US Open. She just needs another tough training regime and matches to build up the momentum and I am starting to feel that she believes she can do better.

gc-spurs
Jul 3rd, 2011, 02:15 PM
IF, that's a bit IF, she's aiming at returning to Number 1, 2012 February will be the time for her provided that she will need to do well in Australia and then Middle East.

The ranking will take care of itself if the results are great. What I hope now is Maria returning to Top Four prior to US Open. She just needs another tough training regime and matches to build up the momentum and I am starting to feel that she believes she can do better.

Yup the rankings are already working out with these good results- she's round about where she should be given her results. All I'm keen for is hopefully a top 4 seeding in the USO so she can own a quarter, but again not too fussed because the top 8 is wonky. Its doable if she stay healthy during the USO series and can play her 3 scheduled tourneys.

goldlion
Jul 3rd, 2011, 02:18 PM
Yup the rankings are already working out with these good results- she's round about where she should be given her results. All I'm keen for is hopefully a top 4 seeding in the USO so she can own a quarter, but again not too fussed because the top 8 is wonky. Its doable if she stay healthy during the USO series and can play her 3 scheduled tourneys.

I think physically she can handle it. She managed to play back to back tournaments in March after her illness. So she can do better for the three tournaments given that her ranking now allows more byes.

gc-spurs
Jul 3rd, 2011, 02:25 PM
If she made deep i.e. final runs in the 2 first tourneys (I think thats Stanford and Toronto), do you reckon she'd play Cincinnati given she wasn't injured?

goldlion
Jul 3rd, 2011, 02:29 PM
If she made deep i.e. final runs in the 2 first tourneys (I think thats Stanford and Toronto), do you reckon she'd play Cincinnati given she wasn't injured?

I actually think she would because as one of the top seeds, she enjoys byes in first rounds which gives her more rest. So it sounds reasonable to me. My hope is that she wins Stanford and Toronto, and a deep run in Cincinnati. But they're all different courts: Stanford seems to be the fastest among them all while Toronto is kinda the slowest in comparison. Cincinnati is more like USO court speed.

But I just hope this year's open won't be windy as last year's.

Break My Rapture
Jul 3rd, 2011, 02:31 PM
I actually think she would because as one of the top seeds, she enjoys byes in first rounds which gives her more rest. So it sounds reasonable to me. My hope is that she wins Stanford and Toronto, and a deep run in Cincinnati. But they're all different courts: Stanford seems to be the fastest among them all while Toronto is kinda the slowest in comparison. Cincinnati is more like USO court speed.

But I just hope this year's open won't be windy as last year's.
It better not be. It was windy like the entire fortnight in NY last year, much like RG this year.

lylux
Jul 4th, 2011, 09:46 PM
Maria Sharapova To Buy £10,000 House In Burnley, Lancashire

Beaten Wimbledon Ladies Singles finalist, Maria Sharapova has been outed as the mystery buyer of a £10,000 terraced house, on Pritchard Street, in Burnley, Lancashire.

It is an established fact that Maria Sharapova has a massive fan base in the Lancashire mill town, and that she wanted to buy a retreat for herself, where she can relax and be among friends.

The property, listed as being possibly the UK's cheapest house, by no less an authority on such matters than The Daily Mail is in need of extensive renovation and refurbishment, but it is within easy walking distance of Scott Park, which conveniently has some tennis courts.

Locals in the BNP biased town welcomed the prospect of Miss Sharapova moving to Burnley, even though she is Russian.

"At least she's not from Pakistan," one local halfwit remarked.

Sources close to Miss Sharapova today revealed that she plans to extend the modest terraced dwelling by constructing a £6 million underground complex underneath it.

"She's going to have an underground ballroom with chandeliers and that," one local explained. "Apparently she's been emailing some idiot down south called Martin Shuttlecock, and he's going to draw up the plans with a pencil, on the back of a fag packet. Seems he's a leading authority on underground extensions, and we think it'll help promote the town in a more positive light."

However, local BNP councillor, Ted Slocombe stated that he had reservations about Miss Sharapova moving to the town, but said that he thinks he can overcome his prejudices on account of Maria Sharapova being white, blonde, and in his own words: "Fit as a butcher's dog, and well worth pinning a tail on."*


http://www.thespoof.com/news/spoof.cfm?headline=s1i97901

s teddy
Jul 4th, 2011, 10:15 PM
The underground complex is probably a missile silo from which she will nuke the Czech Republic.

Marilyn Monheaux
Jul 4th, 2011, 10:23 PM
Maria Sharapova To Buy £10,000 House In Burnley, Lancashire

Beaten Wimbledon Ladies Singles finalist, Maria Sharapova has been outed as the mystery buyer of a £10,000 terraced house, on Pritchard Street, in Burnley, Lancashire.

It is an established fact that Maria Sharapova has a massive fan base in the Lancashire mill town, and that she wanted to buy a retreat for herself, where she can relax and be among friends.

The property, listed as being possibly the UK's cheapest house, by no less an authority on such matters than The Daily Mail is in need of extensive renovation and refurbishment, but it is within easy walking distance of Scott Park, which conveniently has some tennis courts.

Locals in the BNP biased town welcomed the prospect of Miss Sharapova moving to Burnley, even though she is Russian.

"At least she's not from Pakistan," one local halfwit remarked.

Sources close to Miss Sharapova today revealed that she plans to extend the modest terraced dwelling by constructing a £6 million underground complex underneath it.

"She's going to have an underground ballroom with chandeliers and that," one local explained. "Apparently she's been emailing some idiot down south called Martin Shuttlecock, and he's going to draw up the plans with a pencil, on the back of a fag packet. Seems he's a leading authority on underground extensions, and we think it'll help promote the town in a more positive light."

However, local BNP councillor, Ted Slocombe stated that he had reservations about Miss Sharapova moving to the town, but said that he thinks he can overcome his prejudices on account of Maria Sharapova being white, blonde, and in his own words: "Fit as a butcher's dog, and well worth pinning a tail on."*


http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=415399&page=187


:spit:

nelsondan
Jul 4th, 2011, 11:15 PM
I thought this search site seemed to have a lot of stories. On the bottom of the second page, was this June 16th article...I do not remember seeing it.

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


http://www.independent.co.uk/search/index.jsp?eceExpr=sharapova

MaitaBaby
Jul 5th, 2011, 12:41 AM
Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

:o

It's from a "spoof" news website.

18majors
Jul 5th, 2011, 03:26 PM
ESPN acquires all rights to Wimbledon

In acquiring the U.S. television rights to Wimbledon, ESPN will present the tournament, including the men's and women's singles finals, across a variety of platforms -- and all of the coverage will be shown live.


http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/news/story?id=6739076

Great news for US fans.

lylux
Jul 6th, 2011, 09:17 PM
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-2k4sgbWfiww/Tg5oA7Pdt8I/AAAAAAAADzM/xB7FkejAu4E/s1600/teem%2Bchoice%2Baward.bmp

Vote for Maria Sharapova on Teen Choice Awards 2011 Age limit 13 to 19 years http://t.co/mXHmTq5 Remember you can vote Every day

lefty24
Jul 6th, 2011, 10:54 PM
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-2k4sgbWfiww/Tg5oA7Pdt8I/AAAAAAAADzM/xB7FkejAu4E/s1600/teem%2Bchoice%2Baward.bmp

Vote for Maria Sharapova on Teen Choice Awards 2011 Age limit 13 to 19 years http://t.co/mXHmTq5 Remember you can vote Every day

lol I feel like it's been forever since she's been nominated for one of these things.

Too bad she's not gonna go. :sad:

18majors
Jul 7th, 2011, 03:36 PM
Wimbledon Singles? Despite losing in the finals, Nadal and Sharapova still win the hearts of tennis fans

For the women, Sharapova was the winner in this case with 47 percent of the men saying they would want to go on a date with her. In second place with 26 percent of the vote was Maria Kirilenko, followed by Ana Ivanovic (16%), Julia Goerges (8%) and Caroline Wozniacki (3%).

http://www.prurgent.com/2011-07-05/pressrelease181280.htm

Steven.
Jul 8th, 2011, 03:49 PM
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-2k4sgbWfiww/Tg5oA7Pdt8I/AAAAAAAADzM/xB7FkejAu4E/s1600/teem%2Bchoice%2Baward.bmp

Vote for Maria Sharapova on Teen Choice Awards 2011 Age limit 13 to 19 years http://t.co/mXHmTq5 Remember you can vote Every day

I'm voting for her every day :)

lylux
Jul 8th, 2011, 04:01 PM
I'm voting for her every day :)

Me too and I have over 19 years haha :lol:

lefty24
Jul 8th, 2011, 04:09 PM
I forgot to vote yesterday. If Maria is not there and another one of the athletes is their than they are probably gonna win.

I can't believe they didn't put Nadal, Fed, or Novak for the mens. Stupid America.

WTAtennisfan15
Jul 8th, 2011, 06:16 PM
http://www.thespoof.com/news/spoof.cfm?headline=s1i97901

Maria Sharapova To Buy £10,000 House In Burnley, Lancashire

Monday, 4 July 2011

Beaten Wimbledon Ladies Singles finalist, Maria Sharapova has been outed as the mystery buyer of a £10,000 terraced house, on Pritchard Street, in Burnley, Lancashire.

It is an established fact that Maria Sharapova has a massive fan base in the Lancashire mill town, and that she wanted to buy a retreat for herself, where she can relax and be among friends.

The property, listed as being possibly the UK's cheapest house, by no less an authority on such matters than The Daily Mail is in need of extensive renovation and refurbishment :o, but it is within easy walking distance of Scott Park, which conveniently has some tennis courts.

Locals in the BNP biased town welcomed the prospect of Miss Sharapova moving to Burnley, even though she is Russian.

"At least she's not from Pakistan," one local halfwit remarked.

Sources close to Miss Sharapova today revealed that she plans to extend the modest terraced dwelling by constructing a £6 million underground complex underneath it. :eek: :drool:

"She's going to have an underground ballroom with chandeliers and that," one local explained. "Apparently she's been emailing some idiot down south called Martin Shuttlecock, and he's going to draw up the plans with a pencil, on the back of a fag packet. Seems he's a leading authority on underground extensions, and we think it'll help promote the town in a more positive light."

However, local BNP councillor, Ted Slocombe stated that he had reservations about Miss Sharapova moving to the town, but said that he thinks he can overcome his prejudices on account of Maria Sharapova being white, blonde, and in his own words: "Fit as a butcher's dog, and well worth pinning a tail on."*:rolleyes:

*Translation - Good looking and sexually attractive.

http://images.spoof-media.com/thespoof/pdi/21107-4346door.jpg

Steven.
Jul 8th, 2011, 06:31 PM
http://www.thespoof.com/news/spoof.cfm?headline=s1i97901

Maria Sharapova To Buy £10,000 House In Burnley, Lancashire

Monday, 4 July 2011

Beaten Wimbledon Ladies Singles finalist, Maria Sharapova has been outed as the mystery buyer of a £10,000 terraced house, on Pritchard Street, in Burnley, Lancashire.

The property, listed as being possibly the UK's cheapest house, by no less an authority on such matters than The Daily Mail is in need of extensive renovation and refurbishment :o, but it is within easy walking distance of Scott Park, which conveniently has some tennis courts.

:hysteric:

s teddy
Jul 8th, 2011, 08:49 PM
Is that the source of the article lylux posted?

Mrs. Dimitrova
Jul 9th, 2011, 10:30 AM
Maria just hit 5 million fans on FB.

Marilyn Monheaux
Jul 9th, 2011, 11:13 AM
Cool Beans.

NewShoulderPlz.
Jul 12th, 2011, 01:33 AM
@brisbanetennis
Maria Sharapova will begin her 2012 season at the Brisbane International.

Lachy
Jul 12th, 2011, 01:49 AM
@brisbanetennis

OH. MY. GOD. PLEASE. :sobbing: :sobbing:

pedropt
Jul 12th, 2011, 02:18 AM
Cool :hearts:

Julian.
Jul 12th, 2011, 02:19 AM
IeNO5w7vEKk

gc-spurs
Jul 12th, 2011, 02:21 AM
Sweet I don't have to feel bad about not being in Auckland again. Brisbane is the best choice since it gives a week break and is upgraded to Premier (right?)

Lachy
Jul 12th, 2011, 02:22 AM
^^ Yep :ajde:

gc-spurs
Jul 12th, 2011, 02:33 AM
Fuck that area's on a roll this past week! First the Reds win Origin, then the OTHER Reds win Super 15, and now they secure Masha. Fucking win for Queensland sports. Oh and throw in the netball too.

Reptilia
Jul 12th, 2011, 02:35 AM
Brisbane field is gonna be amazing next year. Good decision :yeah:

Lachy
Jul 12th, 2011, 02:50 AM
Fuck that area's on a roll this past week! First the Reds win Origin, then the OTHER Reds win Super 15, and now they secure Masha. Fucking win for Queensland sports. Oh and throw in the netball too.

Can't complain :shrug: :p

goldlion
Jul 12th, 2011, 03:40 AM
She now means business and I like it! Those stupid exhibitions should stop messing around with the tour when it's about to begin. Maria doesn't need them. Just give them to Wozniacki. But it really does sound early to talk about 2012.

Mrs. Dimitrova
Jul 12th, 2011, 10:23 AM
^ Maybe she wants to prematurely end her 2011 season. :p

Mistress of Evil
Jul 12th, 2011, 11:04 AM
wow Masha playing another warm-up event b4 AO :eek: great to hear :cheer:

18majors
Jul 12th, 2011, 01:30 PM
^She is serious.

doooma6816
Jul 12th, 2011, 02:34 PM
:cheer: This tournament is amazing...and now it's Premier:oh:!

Break My Rapture
Jul 12th, 2011, 02:35 PM
She now means business and I like it! Those stupid exhibitions should stop messing around with the tour when it's about to begin. Maria doesn't need them. Just give them to Wozniacki. But it really does sound early to talk about 2012.

^ Maybe she wants to prematurely end her 2011 season. :p
Or Brisbane is, only natural, really excited to announce her participation, tickets will sell like hot cakes now (anyone remember her influence on Auckie last year? :worship:)

Lachy
Jul 12th, 2011, 02:41 PM
Or Brisbane is, only natural, really excited to announce her participation, tickets will sell like hot cakes now (anyone remember her influence on Auckie last year? :worship:)

That's it. Allllll over the news today :lol:. They even went and got the QLD Premier to make a comment about her attending...I was like wtf she knows who Mash is? :spit: :lol:

doooma6816
Jul 12th, 2011, 03:27 PM
From her facebook page:

Vacation over and back on the courts!!! I had a great little vacation and it was just the perfect amount of time because I was really itching to get back to work. One thing I like about the summer is a lot of new music appears. Let me know what some of your favorite new songs are this summer, maybe you guys know a few good ones that I donít know. Ok, I will be looking for your answers, to see if I need to make some additions to my music collection.
:)

18majors
Jul 12th, 2011, 03:45 PM
Off we go to Stanford.

Mistress of Evil
Jul 12th, 2011, 06:39 PM
Practice time :cheer: please, fix that serve of yours :awww:

Jack89
Jul 12th, 2011, 06:44 PM
Wimbledon finalist Maria Sharapova, French Open champion Li Na and world number one Caroline Wozniacki will headline this year's Pan Pacific Open, Tokyo organizers said on Tuesday.

Sharapova and Danish rival Wozniacki, the defending champion, will fly to Japan early to take part in charity events in support of the victims of the deadly earthquake and tsunami on March 11.

http://ca.reuters.com/article/sportsNews/idCATRE76B1MT20110712

Mr.Sharapova
Jul 12th, 2011, 08:45 PM
Sharapova has confirmed that she'll play Brisbane next year :cheer:.

doomsday
Jul 12th, 2011, 08:49 PM
Sharapova has confirmed that she'll play Brisbane next year :cheer:.

:lol: there is enough time before 2012. Let's just hope she kick everyone's ass in this HC season first.

lefty24
Jul 13th, 2011, 01:39 AM
http://ca.reuters.com/article/sportsNews/idCATRE76B1MT20110712

Does that mean her and Karolina are going to be doing things together? :tape:

Steven.
Jul 13th, 2011, 07:32 AM
Practice time :cheer: please, fix that serve of yours :awww:

There's actually not much to fix. I forget in which Wimbledon match in the second week, but in one of them she didn't go all out on her second serve and she only hit 1 df to 5 aces. :o It's not as if she doesn't get very few first serves in either. She usually hits around 65%-70% first serves in. :shrug:

18majors
Jul 13th, 2011, 10:40 AM
^Maria needs to improve her serves. She was broken 5 times by Petra and she can't win a grand slam if she doesn't serve better.

Mistress of Evil
Jul 13th, 2011, 11:13 AM
There's actually not much to fix. I forget in which Wimbledon match in the second week, but in one of them she didn't go all out on her second serve and she only hit 1 df to 5 aces. :o It's not as if she doesn't get very few first serves in either. She usually hits around 65%-70% first serves in. :shrug:

well, the one thing that let her down in all her recent big matches was the serve :shrug: yeah, its improved a lot :bowdown: but still when she panics, it gets bloody :crying2:

Mrs. Dimitrova
Jul 13th, 2011, 11:27 AM
Um, she doesn't need to technically fix her serves. They're fine and she's shown that they are there. She needs to fix her brain. :o It's mental, it happens. Sometimes you don't even know why. She probably doesn't know why she DFs vs certain players but doesn't vs others, or maybe she does but she doesn't know what to do about it.

Shivank17
Jul 13th, 2011, 12:23 PM
Sharapova has confirmed that she'll play Brisbane next year :cheer:.

:eek: Niceeeee!
It has turned Premier right? :cheer:
And I think it ends a week before AO,so perfect preparation.
Hopefully she will do better than she did at Auckland this year. :o

18majors
Jul 13th, 2011, 06:19 PM
2011 US Open base prize money reaches record $23.7 million

http://www.usopen.org/2011_us_open_base_prize_money_reaches_record_237_m illion/

Both the men’s and women’s US Open singles champions will earn a record $1.8 million with the ability to earn an additional $1 million in bonus prize money (for a total $2.8 million potential payout) based on their performances in the Olympus US Open Series.

goldlion
Jul 13th, 2011, 11:36 PM
Um, she doesn't need to technically fix her serves. They're fine and she's shown that they are there. She needs to fix her brain. :o It's mental, it happens. Sometimes you don't even know why. She probably doesn't know why she DFs vs certain players but doesn't vs others, or maybe she does but she doesn't know what to do about it.

So true. Couldn't agree more.

When pressure's up, she DFs a lot and a lot of times it's her ball toss. You can almost sense a DF is coming. Please, bring back the consistency.

18majors
Jul 14th, 2011, 12:15 PM
^Everytime Maria lost a match it's because she doesn't win enough points on her first serves. DF's won't hurt her if she wins 80% of her first serves.

She needs to have a more powerful first serve. She can either use the raw power to win points or scale back the power for good placement.

Lachy
Jul 14th, 2011, 02:37 PM
This was from ages ago but it cracks me up :lol:

http://i52.tinypic.com/ilm5ir.jpg

Break My Rapture
Jul 14th, 2011, 02:57 PM
:hysteric:

Marilyn Monheaux
Jul 14th, 2011, 03:57 PM
:sobbing:

pedropt
Jul 14th, 2011, 04:28 PM
:spit:

doooma6816
Jul 14th, 2011, 04:57 PM
:hysteric::lol:

Mrs. Dimitrova
Jul 14th, 2011, 05:04 PM
:tears:

lefty24
Jul 16th, 2011, 12:32 AM
Kinda random but in this article the top players were put into houses and Masha got Gryffinfor :bounce:

That got me thinking; if the biggest names in tennis went to Hogwarts and sat under the Sorting Hat, in which house would they be placed? Because it's a Friday in July, I was able to ponder this question for a lot longer than any grown man should. The decisions are below.
(Note: I pulled the house descriptions from Wikipedia because I'm not actually dorky enough to have the first Harry Potter book sitting on my bookshelf -- just the sixth and the seventh. Also, Robson's pose? Fantastic. She earns top O.W.L.s for that and her self-deprecating Tweet.)

Gryffindor (courage, bravery, loyalty, nerve and chivalry)
Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Francesca Schiavone, Andy Roddick, Laura Robson (if you want it, you get it)

Ravenclaw (intelligence, creativity, learning, and wit)
Venus Williams, Novak Djokovic, Vera Zvonareva, Andrea Petkovic

Hufflepuff (hard work, tolerance, loyalty, and fair play)
Rafael Nadal, Kim Clijsters, Andy Murray, Caroline Wozniacki, Juan Martin Del Potro

Slytherin (ambition, cunning, leadership, resourcefulness)
Serena Williams, Robin Soderling, Victoria Azarenka, Stanislas Wawrinka (the first email I get complaining about putting Serena in Slytherin will be returned with a howler)

http://sports.yahoo.com/tennis/blog/busted_racquet/post/What-if-tennis-players-went-to-Hogwarts-with-Har?urn=ten-wp2313

Break My Rapture
Jul 16th, 2011, 12:50 AM
:spit: I can't.

Reptilia
Jul 16th, 2011, 01:45 AM
Oh Jesus Harry Potter is everywhere :hysteric:
And what? Rafa ain't no lame ass Hufflepuff :lol:

cowsonice
Jul 16th, 2011, 02:13 AM
Masha's sorting makes sense.
But Petko in Ravenclaw..:facepalm:

doooma6816
Jul 16th, 2011, 02:57 AM
Masha in Gryffindor. :inlove:
Ravenclaw...:spit:

Mr.Sharapova
Jul 16th, 2011, 07:55 AM
Maria, Roger :worship:.

Shivank17
Jul 16th, 2011, 08:40 AM
Maria Roger in Gryffindor. :hearts:

cyannnnn
Jul 16th, 2011, 12:00 PM
twitter OlympicTennis12 :US-based Russian Maria Sharapova, refused carrying national flag at the 2008 Olympic opening ceremony, aims to carry flag at London Games :)

Break My Rapture
Jul 16th, 2011, 12:44 PM
:hearts: Please let it happen.

18majors
Jul 16th, 2011, 01:03 PM
Fun.

lefty24
Jul 16th, 2011, 02:36 PM
That would be HUGE honor!
How did she refuse in 2008? She wasn't even in the olympics.

18majors
Jul 16th, 2011, 03:28 PM
^That's probably why.

Break My Rapture
Jul 16th, 2011, 03:47 PM
I think she was refused IIRC, but that was before she was forced to pull out of Olympics and USO.

cyannnnn
Jul 16th, 2011, 03:59 PM
remember
(Reuters) - Officials have rejected Maria Sharapova's request to carry the Russian flag at the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony.

"She wanted to be a flag-bearer (on August 8) but I advised against it," Russian tennis chief Shamil Tarpishchev told reporters on Wednesday.

"I don't want her to spend three or four hours in hot weather waiting to march in the opening ceremony. We want her to be fresh, not tired, during her matches."

World number two Sharapova has decided against living in the athletes village during the Games.

"She said she didn't want to stay in the Olympic village because it's very noisy there and she needed plenty of rest between matches," said Tarpishchev.

Sharapova will lead the Russian women's tennis team in China. She is joined by Svetlana Kuznetsova, Elena Dementieva and Dinara Safina, ranked number four, five and nine in the world respectively.

Tarpishchev said Dementieva, who won the silver medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, also turned down a chance to stay in the athletes village.

"That's not a problem for us and we will book a hotel room for them," he said. "The problem might be the traffic and transportation from the hotel to the tennis venue and back."

(Editing by Tony Jimenez)
link: http://www.reuters.com/article/2008/06/25/us-olympics-tennis-sharapova-idUSL2504521320080625

The Norwegian
Jul 16th, 2011, 04:29 PM
Tarpishchev for the next Bond Villain!

gc-spurs
Jul 16th, 2011, 05:06 PM
Masha's soring makes sense. Most of the others do too... but yeah not petko

lefty24
Jul 16th, 2011, 05:32 PM
I hope they will let her do it this time.

Too bad she doesn't want to stay in the village, I feel like that's probably a great experience but I can completely understand why she doesn't want to.

The Norwegian
Jul 16th, 2011, 05:38 PM
I like village people

goldlion
Jul 17th, 2011, 02:46 AM
With the amount of privacy Maria needs, the village will definitely disturb the most.

She's not only a tennis player, she's a star.

Steven.
Jul 17th, 2011, 03:35 AM
Wow, I almost forgot how tough the Russians were once in tennis. World No. 2, 4, 5 and 9 in the olympic games sure is something.

18majors
Jul 17th, 2011, 12:05 PM
With the amount of privacy Maria needs, the village will definitely disturb the most.

She's not only a tennis player, she's a star.

Yes, I can't picture Maria staying at the village. The paparazzis won't give her a moment of peace.

Break My Rapture
Jul 17th, 2011, 01:22 PM
Dementieva didn't stay in the village in 2008 either and she won. :oh: So it's surely a good decision if Maria doesn't stay there.

Anyway as of now, I'm just keeping my fingers crossed as much as possible that Maria is able to play this time.

Break My Rapture
Jul 18th, 2011, 11:13 AM
@AnnaK_4ever kind of BOMBSHELL! Sharapova & @TursunovTales may team up for OG MXD. Kuz wants to play with Mitya too.

:eek: I thought Maria said she wanted to play with Kirilenko in WD? Maria should play with Marat damnit!

Marilyn Monheaux
Jul 18th, 2011, 11:47 AM
Maria Sharapova, Singles, Doubles & Mixed Doubles Olympic Gold Medalist? :hearts:

Mistress of Evil
Jul 18th, 2011, 12:17 PM
Mixed Doubles :hearts: with Dmitry :inlove: though, she so sucks as a doubles player :sobbing: still glad to see her that pumped and excited about the Olympics :D
Off topic, AnnaK_4ever is deeply missed on TF :awww:

18majors
Jul 18th, 2011, 12:32 PM
Kirilenko doubles would be great to watch.

Break My Rapture
Jul 18th, 2011, 12:37 PM
Am I the only one who thinks that Dmitry will likely chose Sveta over Masha? :lol:

Mrs. Dimitrova
Jul 18th, 2011, 01:51 PM
Why would anyone choose our lovely Masha over anyone when choosing a partner for doubles? :sobbing: :tears:

Shivank17
Jul 18th, 2011, 02:53 PM
Maria winning a doubles medal at Olympics would be awesome. :hearts:
But well I will be satisfied with a Singles Gold Medal as well. :cool:

Marilyn Monheaux
Jul 18th, 2011, 03:49 PM
Maria to play in Taipei against Zvonareva

Posted on July 18, 2011

On September 22nd, Maria will play against Vera Zvonareva at the Taipei Arena in Taiwan.

Here is what Maria and Vera say:

Dear Tennis Fans,

On Thursday, September 22nd, we are playing a historic tennis match at the Taipei Arena in Taiwan. It will be the first time that both of us visit Taiwan, a country with a proud tennis history in Asia. As we learned about Taiwan before confirming our visits shortly after the devastating earthquake that hit Japan earlier this year, we learned that both Taiwan and Japan are islands, both countries rely on nuclear power and both have suffered from devastating earthquakes over the years. Having visited and played in Japan on many occasions, we thought it would be very appropriate to ad a charity component to our match in Taipei, as a way to raise funds for the many that have and are still suffering from the earthquake and tsunami and nuclear catastrophe in Japan in 2011.

By bidding and ultimately purchasing the autographed items and experiences on this website, you, the tennis fans of Asia, will have the opportunity to not only own these items and enjoy these once in a lifetime experiences, but also help out in a small way the many people in Japan that are still suffering the consequences of a horrific natural disaster.

Please give generously and with heart and we promise you all a night to remember in Taipei on September 22nd.

Thank you for your donations and generosity,


Maria Sharapova and Vera Zvonareva

:)

18majors
Jul 18th, 2011, 04:21 PM
:)

That's a very generous gift from Maria if she donates part or all of her Taiwan earnings to Tsunami victims.

Over the years, groups in Tawian have been tirelessly putting a fund of at least US$500,000 together in order to invite Maria to Taiwan.

MM_1257
Jul 18th, 2011, 09:35 PM
Am I the only one who thinks that Dmitry will likely chose Sveta over Masha? :lol:

Nope. I have a feeling like that, too. If any of this is true ofc.

Reptilia
Jul 18th, 2011, 09:40 PM
Maria playing doubles :hearts: It's been a while :lol: She should probably play some tournies before the Olympics if she is serious about it.

doooma6816
Jul 18th, 2011, 10:02 PM
Maria and doubles:spit:...But single, doubles, mixed doubles champion is better than only single :oh:

atominside
Jul 19th, 2011, 03:33 AM
Am I the only one who thinks that Dmitry will likely chose Sveta over Masha? :lol:

Dmitry Tursunov? nope he'll pick maria. He and maria are practically americans ;)

!VamosRafa!
Jul 19th, 2011, 03:37 AM
Wait, don't tell me Maria is playing doubles and mixed too at the Olympics??? :help:
Maria....and doubles???embarrassing much???:spit:

MaitaBaby
Jul 19th, 2011, 06:17 AM
Masha/Dima dubs for USA, obvs. ;) Hilarious that Masha is playing dubs. Who she gonna play WD with? Bepa? Sveta? How many qualify per country again?

AniaSharapova
Jul 19th, 2011, 08:34 AM
From Facebook:

I hope everyone had a great weekend, I had one very nice day off and it was really enjoyable. Back on the hard courts today and looking forward to playing the summer hard court season. Not sure if I have any fans in Taiwan? But Vera Zvonareva and I are coming to play a charity exhibition match in Taiwan before the Tokyo WTA event. Thanks everyone for sharing their favorite summer music with me. I knew my fans had great taste in music.

Mistress of Evil
Jul 19th, 2011, 09:42 AM
She'd better be excited for the hard courts :lol:

Mr.Sharapova
Jul 19th, 2011, 10:04 AM
I don't know why but I'm so excited just by knowing that Maria is gonna play The Olympics.

Marilyn Monheaux
Jul 19th, 2011, 10:18 AM
I don't know why but I'm so excited just by knowing that Maria is gonna play The Olympics.


It's still a year away... I was excited to see her play in the Olmypics once before... a lot can happen in 12 months... or less...

Mistress of Evil
Jul 19th, 2011, 10:29 AM
It's still a year away... I was excited to see her play in the Olmypics once before... a lot can happen in 12 months... or less...

don't cha dare mention it :tears: it is all in the past now :awww: and it shall not happen again ever again :crying2:

gc-spurs
Jul 19th, 2011, 10:33 AM
Is she friends with Vera? She seems to do a feq exhos with her.

denny5576
Jul 19th, 2011, 11:00 AM
Masha/Dima dubs for USA, obvs. ;) Hilarious that Masha is playing dubs. Who she gonna play WD with? Bepa? Sveta? How many qualify per country again?
Probably (>90%) Maria will not play doubles or mixed doubles. She is the worst double player of Russia. Sveta, Vera, Vesnina, Petrova, Pavluchenkova, Makarova, etc. are better. At OG there are 6 players, 4 for singles. Any of the 6 could play doubles and mixed doubles. Russian singles: Maria, Vera, Sveta, Pavluchenkova. Most probably the Russian doubles will be Vesnina-Zvonareva and Kuznetsova-Pavluchenkova. In the mixed Vesnina will play for sure, but in the other pair could be Vera, Sveta, Makarova, Petrova...

goldlion
Jul 19th, 2011, 12:34 PM
Maybe with Vesnina? IW 2009 repeat? although it didn't end well.

But seriously, why does she want to play doubles? It's not like she can help because it's already lucky that she didn't sabotage the chance LOL.

18majors
Jul 19th, 2011, 12:49 PM
Maria teamed up with Kirilenko to win WD title at Birmingham in 2004.

Mrs. Dimitrova
Jul 19th, 2011, 03:42 PM
Agree. I don't know why she would even be allowed to play doubles for Russia. :shrug:

MM_1257
Jul 19th, 2011, 08:02 PM
That's a very generous gift from Maria if she donates part or all of her Taiwan earnings to Tsunami victims.

Over the years, groups in Tawian have been tirelessly putting a fund of at least US$500,000 together in order to invite Maria to Taiwan.

Is she planning to donate her earnings?

NewShoulderPlz.
Jul 20th, 2011, 11:50 AM
ďOn The CallĒ with Maria Sharapova
July 19, 2011 By Tennis Panorama News

The USTA held a first of a series of conference calls with players who will take part in the Olympus US Open Series tournaments. On Tuesday, Maria Sharapova spoke to the media about her participation in the US Open Series. She will begin her US Open Series schedule by playing the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford, California. Here are a few excerpts from the conference call in which she discusses her game, her schedule and potentially playing Serena Williams in the early rounds of the US Open.

Q. Youíre No. 5 in the world as we speak right now. First time youíve been in the top 10 since I guess 2008 you finished at No. 9. To what do you owe your success this year?

Maria Shrapova: I feel like itís been a really great progression. I feel like Iíve been really improving with every tournament that Iíve played. Little by little, Iíve taken the small steps and improved little things in my game. Made a few changes in my team. I changed racquets at the end of last year.

So I think there was a few things. But those little sacrifices that you kind of make, you never quite know when the results will kick in. I feel like little by little Iím getting those.

Q. Your serve, do you still consider it an iffy area, or are you confident in where it is now?

MS: I certain see that itís something that I can definitely improve in terms being more consistent with it, and getting it a little faster and stronger as well.

Itís definitely something that I can still improve. You know, that gives me a lot confidence, because Iíve been able to win a lot of matches this year where maybe a few of those I felt like I didnít serve my best.

But I was able to return and play really well, so that gives me a tremendous amount of confidence that I can get it even better.

Q. When we were at Wimbledon, you seemed to leave there with a positive feeling about how your game has progressed and that you were able to get back to the form of being a finalist and potential winner at a Grand Slam tournament. Talk about a few weeks away, are you still seeing it as a positive? Any disappointments? Where do you put that now?

MS: I mean, to be honest, itís still nice to come home with a nice plate, so I was glad I didnít come home afterWimbledonempty handed. To have that moment where youíre walking out in the final stage of Wimbledon, even though you didnít leave with the big trophy, you know, gives me a great and tremendous amount of confidence that Iíve been doing something right in the last few months and Iíve been getting better.

I think I always like to let the game talk instead of saying, Okay, Iím feeling better. Everything is going well. Iím pretty realistic about my results. I always feel like the more matches you win, the ranking is always going to take care of itself.

So to find myself in that stage of the tournament, it means that I did a few things right to get there. Definitely proud, because I hadnít been at that stage in many years inWimbledon.

Q. Can you talk a little bit about the run‑up to the US Open? I think a lot players feel with the summer heat and humidity in theU.S.and everything, it probably makes or breaks and you and really helps you get into gear.

MS: Yeah, itís a tough series. Like you said, itís summertime. It can get hot, especially inCincinnati. Cincinnati is probably one of the warmest, sometimes even warmer than the Australian Open, so I have to be extra prepared.

I grew up in the Florida heat since I was seven years old, and the humidity and the sun, Iíve gotten used to that over my career. So when it gets above 100 or something, it doesnít matter how well you prepared. Itís going to affect you at some point.

Itís really good how you handle it, how you come through, and how tough you are.



Q. Now, youíve come back from injury a couple years ago, and Serena (Williams) is now making her attempt at a comeback. What do you see in her game right now? If you were to give her any advice about how to play this summer, what would you say?

MS: Yeah, I donít think Iím the one to give advice to her. (Laughter.) Sheís an incredible champion and sheís been through injuries before and has gotten herself back. Been a few more injuries than I have in my career, so I think she has it already figured out.

Q. Talking about Serena reminded me, if she comes into the Open unseeded, is that fair for the other players? If you drew her in the first round, how tough would that be?

MS: Yeah, I guess I went through that. I got some tough draws in the beginning of not being seeded and ranked very high. Itís just something you have to go through. Itís almost the luck of the draw as well.

Q. Is it unfair to the seeded player, for example, that if youíre seed fourth or fifth and she unseeded and you got her in the first roundÖ

MS: Yeah.

Q. It would be tough for you, wouldnít it?

MS: Yeah, but Iíve always had a philosophy: If you canít beat them in the first round, why do you think you can beat them later on.



Q. Ideally though, you wouldnít want to see her name across from yours in the first round, would you?

MS: To be honest, I love playing against her. Weíve had very, very tough matches against each other. You know, I donít have a great record against her, and I would love to change that. There is no doubt I would love to play her this summer at some point.

http://www.tennispanorama.com/archives/14463

Maria Sharapova is one of more than 200 of tennisí top players that will compete during the 2011 Olympus US Open Series, the six-week North American summer tennis season in its eighth year that links 10 ATP World Tour and WTA summer tournaments to the US Open.

Players will compete during the Series for $40 million in prize money. Additionally, through the Olympus US Open Series Bonus Challenge, the USTA will offer up to an additional $2.6 million in bonus prize money at the US Open to the top three menís and top three womenís singles finishers in the Olympus US Open Series.

Last year, Caroline Wozniacki and Andy Murray won the Olympus US Open Series.

Throughout the summer, the Series will feature nearly 200 live television hours on ESPN2, Tennis Channel and CBS Sports, highlighted by back-to-back menís and womenís finals on Sundays on ESPN2 and select finals on CBS Sports.

gc-spurs
Jul 20th, 2011, 11:59 AM
Hey, what do ya know. It's different questions from the normal shiraz.

And talking about what cincy's like... alluding to playing?

Break My Rapture
Jul 20th, 2011, 12:13 PM
Cincinnati is probably one of the warmest, sometimes even warmer than the Australian Open, so I have to be extra prepared.

That should mean she's playing.

18majors
Jul 20th, 2011, 02:06 PM
It's a good interview and it helped to understand Maria's thought processes.

Mistress of Evil
Jul 20th, 2011, 02:09 PM
Please, please play Cincy :cheer:

NewShoulderPlz.
Jul 20th, 2011, 06:07 PM
Olympus US Open Series Conference Call‏
http://www.mariasharapova.com/news/olympus-us-open-series-conference-call%E2%80%8F.aspx


Q. What's your summer schedule after Stanford?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I believe it's Toronto and Cincinnati.

Break My Rapture
Jul 20th, 2011, 06:15 PM
:yeah:

doomsday
Jul 20th, 2011, 08:22 PM
Olympus US Open Series Conference Call‏
http://www.mariasharapova.com/news/olympus-us-open-series-conference-call%E2%80%8F.aspx

Great news, please don't withdraw from Cinci.

Mistress of Evil
Jul 20th, 2011, 09:44 PM
fingers crossed, she really plays it :D

lylux
Jul 21st, 2011, 03:44 AM
Maria Sharapova eager to face Serena Williams this summer.

Former Number one, Maria Sharapova will kick start her hard-court summer session next week in Stanford along with Serena Williams. She says that she would like a shot at the 13-time Grand Slam champion this summer. Three time Grand Slam champion Sharapova surprised Serena the first time they met, in the 2004 Wimbledon final, but then Williams has showed Russian the exit in the last five times they have faced each other. Sharapova and Serena are scheduled to play four of the same events, including Cincinnati, Stanford, Toronto and the U.S. Open.

Sharapova said in a press conference, "I love playing against her. We've had very, very tough matches against each other. I don't have a great record against her, and I would love to change that. There is no doubt I would love to play her this summer at some point."

http://www.tennisearth.com/news/tennisNews/Maria-Sharapova-eager-to-face-Serena-Williams-this-summer-838872.htm

Maria Croft
Jul 21st, 2011, 11:02 AM
I still don't think she's playing there. Guess we have to wait and see ;)

18majors
Jul 21st, 2011, 01:15 PM
The important thing is to play well at US Open.

Break My Rapture
Jul 21st, 2011, 02:46 PM
http://www.mariasharapova.com/news/maria-in-us-weekly.aspx

Maria in US Weekly
Posted on July 21, 2011

Maria is in the August 1st edition of US Weekly in a feature titled "Stars Scarlet Fever!". Maria is pictured wearing the red Alexander McQueen dress that she wore at the Pre-Wimbledon Party last month. Other stars featured are Brooklyn Decker, Diane Kruger, Nicole Kidman, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Jennifer Lopez.

AniaSharapova
Jul 22nd, 2011, 06:13 PM
Maria in LiveSpa Magazine:

Maria is featured in the latest edition of LiveSpa magazine and she talks about what inspires her, how she unwinds and, ultimately, live the spa lifestyle. Here is the interview:

LiveSpa: After winning yout first major tennis title, the 2004 Wimbledon, what was you greatest splurge?
MS: I splurged at Harros in London the next day with a Marc Jacobs jacket.

LS: As a competitive athlete, you breathe and live the concept of winning and losing. How do you recover from a defeat?
MS: Defeats are always tough, but it's the perspective you have after a loss (that matters). Sometimes you learn more from a loss than a win.

LS: As a United Nations Development Programme Ambassador of Goodwill, you have made it your personal mission to provide gifted students in Chernobyl-affected areas in Belarus the opportunity to invest their future through education. What inspired you to give back?
MS: Is is such an incredible feeling to put a smile on someone's face. I have had a really long journey with Chernobyl's background and I have always been passionate about helping those regions.

LS: If you can have an afternoon latte with a sports icon, who would it be?
MS: Bille Jean King...she did so much for our sport.

LS: Given you Russian roots, what healthy meal reminds you of home?
MS: The soups! Especially borscht. Not everyone's favorite as it's main ingredient is red beets - but it is yummy!

LS: If a genie can only grant you one travel with, where would you want to escape to?
MS: Maldives, because you get the ocean and jungle experience all a few hours from each other.

LS: You are know on and off-court for you fashion sense as much as you are known for your killer backhand. What's the one thing in your closet that you can't live without?
MS: I always wear my watch. I don't like to travel with too much jewelry as it's always a big weight issue, so having a staple like my watch that goes with every outfirt makes my life a lot easier on the road.

LS: Despite being constantly on the go, you consciously embrace a fit and healthy lifestyle. How do you live the spa lifestyle?
MS: I love to treat myself to spa getaways. Even if it's to me local deep tissue Thai (massage) place, there's nothing live saving time for yourself. And it's so important to slow down and make time for something that's beneficial for the mind and body.

LiveSpa is ISPA's consumer magazine, and explores a variety of fascinating and useful spa topics and answer spa-goer questions. With insights coming straight from the experts - spa professionals - LiveSpa provides consumers with the practical information they need to better embrace this important aspect of their overall wellness routine. Dedicated to both the new and active spa-goer, LiveSpa is your chance to affordably reach spa-goers throughout the world and in your community. Also, LiveSpa will once again be distributed at the 2011 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York this fall!

18majors
Jul 22nd, 2011, 06:33 PM
^Good read.

Break My Rapture
Jul 22nd, 2011, 11:11 PM
http://tennisviewmag.com/pre-order-next-issue/

http://tennisviewmag.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/6/files/2011/07/TVMSeptcover2.png

Crux Squall
Jul 26th, 2011, 03:01 AM
Sharapova: 'I don't need the red carpet'

Even though her father Yuri put a racket in her hands at the age of four and she cannot remember not playing tennis, Maria Sharapova said she has never resented the career that was chosen for her or considered opting out of it once she became an adult

"There is no reason to and although you have difficult moments, itís a pretty good gig and we are fortunate to do what we do," Sharapova said at Stanfordís Bank of the West Classic, where she is the second seed. "You have your moments of frustrations growing up when your friends can catch the 10 p.m. movie and you have to catch the 6-7 p.m. movie even though you want to go with them, but you canít because you have to wake up and practice. But itís worth it when you lift the trophies and receive the texts and emails and well wishes."

Sharapova, who could face rival Serena Williams in the quarterfinals, says that she cherishes the simple life she leads at home and rarely feels overwhelmed.

"Even though Iím constantly thinking of wanting to win and improving, when Iím at home Iím really happy and settled into my life,Ē she said. ďI donít feel like I need to go to a red carpet event for people to see me and notice me and I donít feel my career is in the hands of someone who can put me on the cover of a magazine. I think those are really big worries that [other] people have and itís tough to live like that. Iím fortunate my career is driven from something I created with my own hands, whether I win or lose. Thatís what keeps my sane."

http://www.tennis.com/articles/templates/news.aspx?articleid=13429&zoneid=25

goldlion
Jul 26th, 2011, 03:55 AM
That's the attitude.

She does keep her privacy and public exposure to a minimum during her free time and show up at the right times. Pragmatic, down to earth, polished, that's why she's successful.

18majors
Jul 26th, 2011, 01:30 PM
That's the attitude.

She does keep her privacy and public exposure to a minimum during her free time and show up at the right times. Pragmatic, down to earth, polished, that's why she's successful.

...and that's why we like her.

gc-spurs
Jul 27th, 2011, 08:01 PM
From FB:

Maria Sharapova
I have had a lot of down time at the Bank of The West Classic in Stanford so I have been looking through some of my photos from my mini vacation after Wimbledon. I thought you guys would enjoy this one of me and my friend being silly on a lake just outside of Paso Robles.

Added 3 minutes ago ∑ Like ∑

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/254790_10150243354802680_65920772679_8057779_32535 73_n.jpg

Break My Rapture
Jul 27th, 2011, 08:19 PM
That picture is too awesome. Sigh Maria's life is so nice.

Mistress of Evil
Jul 27th, 2011, 08:53 PM
did not know Masha is so adventurous :eek: anyway, great pic :D

Craig.
Jul 27th, 2011, 09:47 PM
I adore her :sobbing: I really don't get how anyone could not like this girl.

AniaSharapova
Jul 28th, 2011, 10:44 PM
Tennis.com:
Sharapova hires Voltchkov as hitting partner

Maria Sharapova has hired Vladimir Voltchkov as her full-time hitting partner. Voltchkov worked with Sharapova during the grass court season and is with her at Stanford, along with her coach, Thomas Hogstedt. Sharapova also worked with hitting partner and part-time ATP player Cecil Mamitt of Los Angeles this year.

"It was more of a feeling," Sharapova told TENNIS.com said of her decision to go with the Belarusian, who reached the 2000 Wimbledon semifinal before falling to Pete Sampras. "Cecil worked with me tremendously on clay — there isn’t a ball he couldn’t run down, I was like, ‘When am I going to hit a winner?’ But at Fed Cup earlier in the year I hit with Voltchkov a few times and I asked him if there was a time during the year we could work together and it worked during the grass season. I like his ball and the way he hits shots and he can actually make me better."

Sharapova, who attempted a co-coaching relationship between her former coach Michael Joyce and her new coach Hogstedt at the end of last year and at the start of the this year that did not work out, cautioned that Voltchkov would not be in a similar leadership position as Hogstedt.

"It’s pretty tough to have two cooks in the kitchen. He’s great cause he willing to travel full time – it’s a sick Russian mentality, you just want to stay home I’m not sure why, we are crazy," she said with a laugh. "There are also some weeks when Thomas can’t come because he has to be with his family and then I can have [Voltchkov] for a few weeks. I’m excited about it."

jo„o.
Jul 29th, 2011, 12:55 AM
What's the best part of being 6-foot-2?
Maria: You have a great serve.

:sobbing: From her 2007 interview with the nypost http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/tennis/it_about_time_aLsPrZHQVrE3ui37lVad5I

Mistress of Evil
Jul 29th, 2011, 08:50 AM
Is the new hitting partner hot ? :D :sobbing:

gc-spurs
Jul 29th, 2011, 08:58 AM
Is the new hitting partner hot ? :D :sobbing:

No. Though feel we as Mashafans deserve a Zvonereva situation of nom noms.

Mistress of Evil
Jul 29th, 2011, 09:16 AM
No. Though feel we as Mashafans deserve a Zvonereva situation of nom noms.

just checked him out :crying2:
We indeed deserve a Sergay of our own, I mean duh
http://i864.photobucket.com/albums/ab210/_svetlio_/Maria/mash1.gif

Reptilia
Jul 29th, 2011, 10:49 AM
Tommy is the eyecandy of her team. :cool:
Put another hottie in the mix and the poor lass wouldn't be able to focus. :awww:

doooma6816
Jul 29th, 2011, 11:27 AM
:sobbing: From her 2007 interview with the nypost http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/tennis/it_about_time_aLsPrZHQVrE3ui37lVad5I

hahahaha:lol:

goldlion
Jul 29th, 2011, 12:08 PM
How come Maria's so easy to find a committed team while Ivanovic can't?

gc-spurs
Jul 29th, 2011, 12:15 PM
How come Maria's so easy to find a committed team while Ivanovic can't?

Cause Maria is capable of offering a better pay package :shrug:

Marilyn Monheaux
Jul 29th, 2011, 01:06 PM
How come Maria's so easy to find a committed team while Ivanovic can't?


Well, Ana just got Scotty back... :hearts:
With Ana it's most of the time not a problem to find someone, but to keep 'em. Ana tends to let people go too quickly... hope that's changed... :tears:

Break My Rapture
Jul 29th, 2011, 01:07 PM
Because Maria is not irrelevant. :hearts: Oh wait, she will be tonight.

gc-spurs
Jul 29th, 2011, 01:14 PM
Because Maria is not irrelevant. :hearts: Oh wait, she will be tonight.

http://i941.photobucket.com/albums/ad255/zevavavoom/mashacloseup.gif

MASHA FTW! MASHA ALL DAY! MASHA MASHA MASHAMASHAMASHAMASHApotatoesMASHAMASHAMASHA MASHA GONNA WIN!

doooma6816
Jul 29th, 2011, 02:32 PM
http://i941.photobucket.com/albums/ad255/zevavavoom/mashacloseup.gif

MASHA FTW! MASHA ALL DAY! MASHA MASHA MASHAMASHAMASHAMASHApotatoesMASHAMASHAMASHA MASHA GONNA WIN!

:haha::yeah:

gc-spurs
Aug 1st, 2011, 03:25 AM
From FB:

Maria Sharapova
Sometimes in my profession you have to have long term and short term memory loss, so enough about last week!!! I thought you guys would enjoy this short video my friend sent me last week, she was babysitting Dolce for me.

http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=10150721161525635

2 minutes ago ∑ 664 ∑ Like ∑ ∑ Share

DOLCE RETURNS!

Mrs. Dimitrova
Aug 1st, 2011, 05:40 AM
Because Ana fires all her team. :sobbing:

Mistress of Evil
Aug 1st, 2011, 06:57 AM
Dolce :speakles: good to know he is still alive :awww:

Lachy
Aug 1st, 2011, 12:56 PM
LOVE the part about short term memory loss :spit: Get rid of that match Mash :hysteric:

18majors
Aug 1st, 2011, 01:10 PM
Dolce hasn't changed at all.

abi
Aug 1st, 2011, 04:24 PM
Wonder what would be her long term memory loss :lol:
I love how Maria's turned more 'extrovert' and openly humorous. I guess that's what a good relationship can do for you. :)

18majors
Aug 1st, 2011, 04:44 PM
^This is so true. The question is whether Maria's sense of humor can produce more wins.

atominside
Aug 1st, 2011, 09:14 PM
^This is so true. The question is whether Maria's sense of humor can produce more wins.

i dont really understand why. But you annoy me:weirdo:

Rerun
Aug 1st, 2011, 10:19 PM
i havent been on the board for a while but i kept following out princess :sobbing:
and well those kind of losses make me fell like :hysteric: seems now she never has a chance against players she used to fight with in the past

shes turning in something opposite from what she used to be, now she beats every kind of lower ranked player while she has problem with every top ten

18majors
Aug 1st, 2011, 10:26 PM
^It's still better than losing to Greata Arn and Virginie Razzano earlier this year.

I hope it's a logical progression that she starts by beating lower ranked players, then higher ranked players then Serena.

18majors
Aug 1st, 2011, 11:59 PM
While Sharapova has bounced back on the court, off the court she never left. Sharapova is the world’s highest-paid female athlete for the seventh straight year and this year it is not even close. Sharapova earned $25 million over the last 12-months, double the amount of any other female athlete in the world.

http://blogs.forbes.com/kurtbadenhausen/2011/08/01/the-highest-paid-female-athletes/

Fighterpova
Aug 2nd, 2011, 10:04 AM
That shoulder injury ruined everything :hysteric:

Mrs. Dimitrova
Aug 2nd, 2011, 03:16 PM
i dont really understand why. But you annoy me:weirdo:

I don't understand why either. I cannot seem to find the perfect word to describe 18majors. :sobbing: But I know how to reenact his personality. :lol:

That shoulder injury ruined everything :hysteric:

C'est la vie.

Mistress of Evil
Aug 2nd, 2011, 06:42 PM
i dont really understand why. But you annoy me:weirdo:

I don't understand why either. I cannot seem to find the perfect word to describe 18majors. :sobbing: But I know how to reenact his personality. :lol:


Some poster said that he is another version of goldenlox :sobbing: which is spot-on comparison :lol: though, goldie is way more annoying :angel:

Craig.
Aug 3rd, 2011, 01:27 AM
i dont really understand why. But you annoy me:weirdo:

He's more of a robot than Goldenlox.

Mrs. Dimitrova
Aug 3rd, 2011, 05:20 AM
Agree that he seems like a robot. :sobbing:

Fighterpova
Aug 3rd, 2011, 11:15 AM
Anyway, I just want Maria to stay healthy and be in the top 8 as long as she can :hearts:
Good luck in Toronto and please get an easier draw :angel:

Reptilia
Aug 3rd, 2011, 11:53 AM
Poor 18majors :lol:
I just can't help but skip all of his posts now. There are just way too many of them and they all say around about the same thing. :sobbing:

gc-spurs
Aug 4th, 2011, 12:11 AM
Maria Sharapova
Vera Zvonareva and I are playing an exhibition match in Taiwan for a great cause. If you are interested in making any donations or bid on auction items, please check out this link: https://bitly.com/nwVFRK
Wall Photos
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Fuck if I was in Taiwan I'd pay megabucks for the 5mins with Maria or 5mins with Maria/Vera.

18majors
Aug 4th, 2011, 01:23 PM
Fuck if I was in Taiwan I'd pay megabucks for the 5mins with Maria or 5mins with Maria/Vera.

I know quite a bit about Taiwan.

Maria is very popular in Taiwan and people in Taiwan are crazy about celebrities. It will be a mega-event and Maria will be surprised at the out-of-this-world reception she gets from Taiwan.

The Norwegian
Aug 4th, 2011, 05:00 PM
Hey Maria, let's make it better!

18majors
Aug 4th, 2011, 11:09 PM
Maria's Toronto interview on Thursday, August 4:

Toronto: http://t.co/fqkKzyF

AniaSharapova
Aug 5th, 2011, 05:07 PM
Maria answers fan's questions:

1. Maria, how is Dolce? People miss seeing him on tv with you. Joanna
Thanks for asking about Dolce, he is doing great. I miss him a lot when I am travelling. I just posted a very short video of him on my facebook page if you want to check it out.

2. Maria, First of all, I'm a huge fan! My question is what do you like to do in your free time? Besides tennis and working out. For example a hobby you have that most do not know about? Doug
I spend a lot of my free time with my family and friends because I am travelling so much. I also spend time working on my different business projects, like my Nike collection and my Cole Haan collection.

3. Hey Maria! I'm planning on having a movie marathon at some point, any movies you recommend? By the way, I'm hoping to see you at the Brisbane International next year :) Alisara
A Movie marathon sounds like a lot of fun, I watch a lot of movies when I am on the road. I would maybe start with some 007 and then get into some movies like the Hangover and Old School.

4. Hi Maria, I'm 12 from Australia and my question is when you play a tough opponent, what goes through your mind and how do you deal with it and win? Aleksandra
This is a great question. I love playing the tough opponents, this is what I live for. I try to be really focused in my preparation and when I step onto the court, I just want to fight fight fight for every point!!

5. Hey Maria! My question is this : which would you say was better, your basketball skills or Sasha's tennis skills? Laura
I think we should both stick with our own sports!!! Ha Ha

6. How important do you feel it is to connect with your fans? Sehrene
I have some of the best fans in the entire world, I think social networking has been a great way for me to connect with my fans. I also think my fans have enjoyed my new website, so I am trying to do as many things as possible to keep my fans updated on my life on and off the court.

7. Will you ever play doubles again in your career such as the 2012 Olympics? Padraic
I think my doubles should stayed retired!!!

8. Hi Maria! I've always wondered what's inside your tennis bag during the tennis match? Evgenija
I like to keep my racket bag very simple inside. I carry about 6-8 rackets on the court. I have some string, grips, my music and that's about it. Nothing too exciting.

9. I'm Joanna from Hungary and I've been a big fan of you for 7 years now! I'd like to ask you what it would mean to you to win the Olympic Gold Medal? It must be a wonderful moment when they're playing the Russian anthem for you :) Joanna
I can't wait to play the Olympics!!! It is a dream of mine to be an Olympic athlete. I was crushed when I could not play in Beijing.

10. If you had a wish now, what will it be? Nella
My wish is to stay healthy and I know good things will happen on the court.

Break My Rapture
Aug 5th, 2011, 05:11 PM
Oh look Sehrene, Maria answered your question. :yeah:

"I was crushed when I could not play in Beijing." :awww:

Mr.Sharapova
Aug 5th, 2011, 06:57 PM
Sehrene Maria answered your question :cheer:.

Sharapovian
Aug 5th, 2011, 07:18 PM
Oh look Sehrene, Maria answered your question. :yeah:

Sehrene Maria answered your question :cheer:.

Haha Thanks :lol:

Sent a few questions thinking maybe she'll pick the most interesting one, but most of them were boring so surprised she even answered! Nice of her to be doing something like this.

rafaelaugusto
Aug 5th, 2011, 07:25 PM
maria sharapova

Mrs. Dimitrova
Aug 5th, 2011, 09:38 PM
So she's probably not doing dubs at Olympics. :lol:

Sehrene. :cheer:

jo„o.
Aug 5th, 2011, 09:56 PM
7. Will you ever play doubles again in your career such as the 2012 Olympics? Padraic
I think my doubles should stayed retired!!!

:lol:

BILAL..MESSI
Aug 6th, 2011, 02:19 AM
Toronto Draw

http://www.mariasharapova.com/media/416158/toronto1_bannerImageCrop.jpg

The draw for the Rogers Cup in Toronto has been released and Maria is seeded No.5 and has a bye in the first round. In the second round on either Tuesday or Wednesday, Maria will play either Jelena Dokic of Australia or a qualifier.

The first seed Maria can face is No.9 seed Marion Bartoli of France in the third round.

Click here for the full draw.

Maria didn't play the Rogers Cup last year but she has played this event four times before and her best result was reaching the final in 2009.

Mistress of Evil
Aug 6th, 2011, 04:35 AM
7. Will you ever play doubles again in your career such as the 2012 Olympics? Padraic
I think my doubles should stayed retired!!!

:spit:

Clever girl :lol:

Reptilia
Aug 6th, 2011, 04:44 AM
maria sharapova

Great first post. :worship:

claypova
Aug 7th, 2011, 02:19 AM
facebook:

Hello from Toronto, we arrived yesterday and had a good day of training today. I always forget what a nice city Toronto is and how nice the people are. They always seem so appreciative that the players have come to their home town. Do any of my Canadian fans have any restaurant suggestions?

she's so fan friendly now :sobbing:

well, canadians?

Mistress of Evil
Aug 7th, 2011, 08:12 AM
nah, I am sure she never checks the feedback :spit: she just says it for the sake of it :lol:

Marilyn Monheaux
Aug 12th, 2011, 02:56 PM
G. VOSKOBOEVA/M. Sharapova

6 3, 7 5

An interview with:

MARIA SHARAPOVA

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. When the week began, everyone was talking about the parity on this tour. Was today an example of that?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: About what?

Q. Was today an example of the parity on this tour about how many dangerous players there are?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, obviously she played really well this tournament. You could tell today that she came to the match with a lot of confidence, swinging away, you know, going for the first serve and her shots.
You know, I think if she consistently could play like that, obviously, you know, she wouldn't be ranked where she is today. She showed that she can play really great tennis.

Q. Was there anything that you felt you were missing today?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Oh, I felt in the first set, you know, I didn't break her once, and I don't think I even saw break point, which is, you know, not really great, because then obviously she has a tremendous amount of confidence when she's returning. You know, she doesn't feel anything when she's stepping on the line on the service game. I don't think I really did enough on those.

Q. Even before this tournament there was talk about the women's side of tennis and how maybe the top 10 is not always as consistent as the top 4 like on the men's side of tennis. Here we are less than three days into the tournament, and I think it's 10 of the top 16 seeds being out, you being the 10th, and I think another one was about to fall as I walked in the room. Wondering what your thoughts are on the current state of tennis. Does this hurt or help the game that anyone can win on any given day, or is it hurting that you don't have that consistent core at the top like the men's side does?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, I think it makes for an exciting story, because, you know, at the end of the day, no matter what you're ranked or seeded, you know, the reason we go out and play the match is, you know, to know who's gonna be the winner on that day.
Whether you're No. 1 in the world or you're facing someone that's 100 or so, you still have to go out and win. That's what the sport is all about.
Obviously you want to put yourself in the best position, and, you know, be as high as you can in the rankings, but you still have to go out and win those matches where, you know, you're not necessarily playing a top player but playing someone that's come in and is playing extremely well.


Q. Can you explain how the lack of preparation and playing tournaments, like you've only this is only your second tournament since Wimbledon, the final. How does that affect your game? We have seen that like across the board today, like favorites losing today.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, it's obviously you know, we have a pretty long summer, and it starts in the clay season, and, you know, you gear up for that. And it's a pretty short turnaround from the French to Wimbledon.
You know, then I think all of us give ourselves a bit of a vacation after that, because, you know, we're on the road and traveling with back to back Grand Slams.
So I think after that it takes everyone a little bit of time to get the rust off again and to get going, because to always obviously we want to win every tournament, but we also have to be realistic in terms of, you know, sometimes it's not gonna go our way or we're not gonna feel great.

Q. When you were facing the three match points, she double faulted twice and then sent it back into the net. She seemed very frustrated at that point. At that point did you think that the match could turn? Did you think you were back in control or had a chance to get control?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I did, but, you know, it was still 5 All in the second, and she played a really great game there. She didn't give me any easy points, and, you know, I thought I served well in that game and, you know, she just I think she was just really going for it.

Q. Did you feel rusty at all today?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Oh, I mean, I guess you could say that because I haven't played too many matches since Wimbledon, but at the end of the day, it doesn't really matter.

Q. You don't think it matters, then, to be rusty, to not have so many games under your belt or to have such a long layoff?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I can't really think that way. Obviously if you're thinking that way it's obviously the reality and that's the way it is, but you're you know, if you come in thinking that, you know, even in a situation where you don't feel you're playing great or something's not working, I can't go into a match having that attitude. You always have to be positive.

AniaSharapova
Aug 12th, 2011, 10:20 PM
From Facebook:
Well losing here means free time to check out the city.
Free time means visiting the Cole Haan store in Toronto.
The fall collection just arrived!
http://i51.tinypic.com/2a1bt5.jpg

slamchamp
Aug 12th, 2011, 11:01 PM
:o

doooma6816
Aug 12th, 2011, 11:14 PM
:spit:

Cherry.
Aug 12th, 2011, 11:19 PM
:help:

Break My Rapture
Aug 12th, 2011, 11:20 PM
Better get her ass to Cincy and train that ass off there. :rolleyes:

Effy
Aug 12th, 2011, 11:28 PM
Masha :happy:

Craig.
Aug 12th, 2011, 11:33 PM
I hate her fucking interviews. So fucking politically correct. HATE IT, HATE IT, HATE IT. Show some frustration for fuck's sake.

Marilyn Monheaux
Aug 12th, 2011, 11:43 PM
:facepalm:

FurqanMashaFan#1
Aug 13th, 2011, 12:07 AM
:oThat,s the first time ever somebody is actually happy for her own loss:no:

lylux
Aug 13th, 2011, 12:38 AM
Better get her ass to Cincy and train that ass off there. :rolleyes:

I agree

Andy.
Aug 13th, 2011, 12:38 AM
I dont even have to read the interview to know what she said, going by everyones reactions.

gc-spurs
Aug 13th, 2011, 12:47 AM
I dont even have to read the interview to know what she said, going by everyones reactions.

This.

18majors
Aug 13th, 2011, 08:54 PM
http://twitpic.com/65lgrd

Is Maria's wrist hurting?

doooma6816
Aug 13th, 2011, 09:36 PM
No injury please!

Break My Rapture
Aug 13th, 2011, 09:43 PM
I meant work your ass off, not your wrist. :rolleyes:

jacobruiz
Aug 13th, 2011, 09:53 PM
From Facebook:

Quote:
Well losing here means free time to check out the city.
Free time means visiting the Cole Haan store in Toronto.
The fall collection just arrived!


Oh, fuck fashion and clothes! :(

Mr.Sharapova
Aug 13th, 2011, 11:46 PM
:lol:. She's rubbing her wrist and bam there's rumors about an injury :lol:.

Mistress of Evil
Aug 18th, 2011, 09:40 PM
From Facebook :oh:


HAHAHA did you see what Novak Djokovic posted? Hey @Novak, is that your new road to success - trying to be me? I am a little disappointed you did not wear my dress and think you could work on your body language a bit more! And the hair... no comment on that... what do you guys think?

Break My Rapture
Aug 18th, 2011, 09:42 PM
:haha: Love it.

AniaSharapova
Aug 18th, 2011, 09:42 PM
:lol::lol::lol:

I love her :hearts:

Kitten63
Aug 18th, 2011, 09:49 PM
From Facebook :oh:

Awesome :lol:

Cherry.
Aug 18th, 2011, 09:53 PM
http://imgsrv2.tennisuniverse.com/wtaworld/images/smilies/haha.gifhilarious

gc-spurs
Aug 19th, 2011, 03:48 AM
Novak Djokovic posted to Maria Sharapova
I just had a bad hair day Maria! It's hard to make my hair perfect all the time :D But I'll try to improve I promise! Apart from criticizing me, you should help me out ;)

12 minutes ago ∑ 49314 ∑LikeUnlike ∑ 314 people like this.

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Novak and Maria wall to wall!

Dieter.
Aug 19th, 2011, 09:56 AM
:lol: :lol: :lol:

Break My Rapture
Aug 19th, 2011, 11:48 AM
:bigcry:

These two are perfect for each other.

jo„o.
Aug 19th, 2011, 02:51 PM
Ugh.

http://i56.tinypic.com/6iv5mx.gif

cyannnnn
Aug 19th, 2011, 03:22 PM
maria need a twitter:lol: