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lylux
Aug 19th, 2011, 07:01 PM
maria need a twitter:lol:

I agree, so I created this http://twitition.com/6oq8y :bounce:

AniaSharapova
Aug 19th, 2011, 07:31 PM
Maria to Novak ;)

@Novak: Good for you! See you in New York then for this on-court lesson?

lefty24
Aug 19th, 2011, 07:42 PM
I can't wait!
I love Sasha but Maria and Novak is still my dream couple. :hearts:

Cherry.
Aug 19th, 2011, 07:43 PM
I can't wait!
I love Sasha but Maria and Novak is still my dream couple. :hearts:THIS. :hearts:

cyannnnn
Aug 19th, 2011, 07:48 PM
infidelity begin when fiancé left the country:lol:

Cherry.
Aug 19th, 2011, 07:52 PM
Nole's reply:
Yo guys! Got an answer from Maria down there in comments. This is what she said: "I would offer to give @Novak a lesson...on court! What do you guys think?"
Ok guys, i see you all find this a good idea - so let's do it :) @Maria: Well, I can’t think of an excuse to say no, so, I’m in!
@Maria Ok, it's a deal. See you on #US Open! Ah yeah, congrats for your win today! :)

cyannnnn
Aug 19th, 2011, 08:03 PM
from yesterday interview
Q. Did Sasha get an invitation to Kris Humphries' wedding this weekend?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: We did get an invitation.

Q. Will he go without his plus one?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: He's flying to Turkey today, so unfortunately both of us can't attend.

Q. So another long absence for you guys?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Oh, it's life. We're young and we have got many more years to spend with each other. Obviously while we're young and have the energy, and in our crazy young years, we might as well take care of our careers and do what's best for that.
You know, I love to see him doing what he loves to do. I don't want him to be short of that. Unfortunately with the situation, you know, he wouldn't be playing much, so it's great that he has a chance to play somewhere.

Q. This is the first sort of more high-profile relationship you've been in. Obviously you're engaged now to another athlete. Caroline Wozniacki was here with Rory McIlroy earlier in the week. Is that something you had to get used to, having a new dimension of attention towards you?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I think it's just interest and something to write about for people other than forehand and backhand. I'm sure it's just a little more information.
Just another question for me, and I'm sure for everyone else.

atominside
Aug 19th, 2011, 08:12 PM
Nole's fans on fb increased by 100,000 :O since their walltowall thingy.

cyannnnn
Aug 19th, 2011, 08:54 PM
HEAD Tennis
Did you all follow the postings between Novak Djokovic and Maria Sharapova yesterday? Novak imitates Maria in her spot for the new HEAD Instinct racquet (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBTmOMT2he4). Really funny! Now, Maria is offering Novak to teach him on court how to even better imitate her! So, let's stay tuned to see what's coming up next...

all this is commercial:rolleyes:

nelsondan
Aug 19th, 2011, 10:56 PM
all this is commercial:rolleyes:

Wow! I am so disillusioned. I thought it was some sort of breakthrough in how to play tennis.

I guess Maria must enjoy that 25 million dollars a year she receives for making commercials. What a self-centered bitch. Does she still play tennis, nowadays?

Reptilia
Aug 20th, 2011, 03:10 AM
Eww, so glad she will be nowhere near that Kardashian wedding. Cannot stand those fame whores.

lefty24
Aug 20th, 2011, 03:17 AM
infidelity begin when fiancé left the country:lol:

:oh:...

Marilyn Monheaux
Aug 20th, 2011, 10:20 AM
Wow! I am so disillusioned. I thought it was some sort of breakthrough in how to play tennis.

I guess Maria must enjoy that 25 million dollars a year she receives for making commercials. What a self-centered bitch. Does she still play tennis, nowadays?

Shut up.

Is it so wrong to believe hope that it would have been more than just some stupid ass marketing gimmick. You know, seeing as Nole and Masha actually do get along rather well. :rolleyes:

nelsondan
Aug 20th, 2011, 03:19 PM
Shut up.

Is it so wrong to believe hope that it would have been more than just some stupid ass marketing gimmick. You know, seeing as Nole and Masha actually do get along rather well. :rolleyes:

Oh, get over your holier than thou self. Maria being herself is part of what makes her marketable at such an unbelievable level. My apologies to both you and cyannnnnnnnnnn for my failure to be sufficiently puritanical.

The Norwegian
Aug 20th, 2011, 04:04 PM
I love my bitch self-centered.

Marilyn Monheaux
Aug 20th, 2011, 08:14 PM
Oh, get over your holier than thou self. Maria being herself is part of what makes her marketable at such an unbelievable level. My apologies to both you and cyannnnnnnnnnn for my failure to be sufficiently puritanical.

WTF, dude?
Maria being herself is one thing.
One of HEAD's PR people using Masha's facebook account to spark a fake-ass staged convo with pretend(?) Nole is another. :rolleyes:

cyannnnn
Aug 20th, 2011, 08:28 PM
i just want say that maria and nole make is for Head commercial.
it's not their decision to make their facebook like twitter but decide in advance by head (in my opinion)

i have nothing against maria make commercial.

but i find this is not the best way because maria is parodied by nole
and with their message on facebook, they will make rumor, speculation of their relationship (like i did in preview post) and it's not the best image for a fiance's girl.

sasha is a good boy for her, very behind her in her match

nelsondan
Aug 20th, 2011, 09:03 PM
I am too confused. I thought it was just a simple matter of commercial stuff between two athletes for whom that sort of stuff is pretty important, and that is fine. Maria's response is not perfectly scripted--perhaps I am just naive. It seems like a basic idea, and we will see if it plays out in an entertaining way.

I just watched two you tubes four years apart----Maria on Letterman after winning the Open, (monkey on his back), and recently at the espys, (high heels, comfort, bling on the guy)---Maria is image conscious, but that does not keep her from being natural and spontaneous in reacting. It is in interviews after her matches that I sense guardedness and a level of discomfort.

atominside
Aug 20th, 2011, 10:19 PM
y'all need help.:tape:

Julian.
Aug 21st, 2011, 02:30 AM
AllaK11 Alla Kudryavtseva
“@stefan_sjolund: @AllaK11 What's your favourite tennis victory...?" I have 2. Sharapova @Wimbledon and Vesnina in finals of Tashkent.

:hysteric:

domon17th
Aug 21st, 2011, 02:38 AM
AllaK11 Alla Kudryavtseva
“@stefan_sjolund: @AllaK11 What's your favourite tennis victory...?" I have 2. Sharapova @Wimbledon and Vesnina in finals of Tashkent.

:hysteric:

Oh no SHE DID NOT:tape::fiery:
I still remember her comment about Masha's tuxedo dress

claypova
Aug 21st, 2011, 02:41 AM
it's ironic how she said she beat Masha cos the tuxedo was bad, but when you look at her outfit ...

http://www2.pictures.gi.zimbio.com/Championships+Wimbledon+2008+Day+4+SYchGyWO9Iql.jp g

:spit:

Julian.
Aug 21st, 2011, 02:55 AM
^ :sobbing::rolls:

shaktincredible
Aug 21st, 2011, 04:22 AM
she's just jealous with maria (like any other useless girl in WTA) :oh:

shaktincredible
Aug 21st, 2011, 04:23 AM
IMO her tuxedo and that shorts is one of her best outfit ever. i like them. even it's masculine and not represent maria's style.

doomsday
Aug 21st, 2011, 08:20 AM
she's just jealous with maria (like any other useless girl in WTA) :oh:

this. The only way for people to talk about is to talk about Sharapova that's why she made this comment, pathetic bitch.

Craig.
Aug 21st, 2011, 04:44 PM
Who the fuck does she think she is? Jesus Christ :rolls:

Mr.Sharapova
Aug 21st, 2011, 05:06 PM
AllaK11 Alla Kudryavtseva
“@stefan_sjolund: @AllaK11 What's your favourite tennis victory...?" I have 2. Sharapova @Wimbledon and Vesnina in finals of Tashkent.

:hysteric:


:facepalm:. Maria's gonna get her in the locker room :lol:.

Who does she think she is :sobbing:. Thank god Maria took revenge over her in Birmingham but I want a televised match against Alla asap.

Marilyn Monheaux
Aug 21st, 2011, 06:21 PM
Hmmmm... if you're a WTA journey woman who happens to beat the then-No.2 player at Wimbledon... doesn't it make sense that this would be one the best / biggest / most significant wins in your career? :scratch:

AniaSharapova
Aug 21st, 2011, 06:53 PM
Hmmmm... if you're a WTA journey woman who happens to beat the then-No.2 player at Wimbledon... doesn't it make sense that this would be one the best / biggest / most significant wins in your career? :scratch:

Exactly.
It's obvious that for Alla (the player who never achieved something important in tennis), winning over Sharapova at Wimbledon is her biggest success and most memorable match in her career. I don't find it like a rude or something.

Mistress of Evil
Aug 21st, 2011, 06:58 PM
The bitch is just pathetic and vile :lol: insulting Maria's outfit like that, I mean no class, at all :o

Break My Rapture
Aug 21st, 2011, 07:49 PM
Alla was joking about using Maria's outfit, which she disliked (and that's perfectly possible), as motivation to beat her. She could've sugarCOATED (:oh:) it more but she said afterwards that it was just a joke and that the press blew it out of proportion.

Craig.
Aug 21st, 2011, 07:50 PM
Alla was joking about using Maria's outfit, which she disliked (and that's perfectly possible), as motivation to beat her. She could've sugarCOATED (:oh:) it more but she said afterwards that it was just a joke and that the press blew it out of proportion.

Sugarcoding :sobbing:

Mistress of Evil
Aug 21st, 2011, 07:58 PM
Alla was joking about using Maria's outfit, which she disliked (and that's perfectly possible), as motivation to beat her. She could've sugarCOATED (:oh:) it more but she said afterwards that it was just a joke and that the press blew it out of proportion.

Sugarcoding :sobbing:

http://i864.photobucket.com/albums/ab210/_svetlio_/GIFS/tumblr_lm17kaLzh21qaay1oo1_500.gif

Craig.
Aug 21st, 2011, 08:00 PM
Love you boo. :kiss:

joão.
Aug 22nd, 2011, 12:54 AM
Not my best tennis today, but was very proud of my fight and glad to get the win. Rushing to the airport!! Hoping for some yummy cupcakes on the way!!

http://www.facebook.com/Sharapova

Julian.
Aug 22nd, 2011, 02:27 AM
:lol: Guys someone asked whether Alla hates Maria or something and this is her reply:

AllaK11 Alla Kudryavtseva
"Do you hate Sharapova or something?" hahaha no,I admire her character and attitude!It's just my biggest win and at a Gran Slam!

Break My Rapture
Aug 22nd, 2011, 11:22 AM
http://i864.photobucket.com/albums/ab210/_svetlio_/GIFS/tumblr_lm17kaLzh21qaay1oo1_500.gif
THIS GIF. :hysteric:

NewShoulderPlz.
Aug 22nd, 2011, 07:23 PM
Cincinnati Final Interview

Q. Kind of a topsy-turvy crazy game really.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: It was a really tough one out there. It was so physical, and obviously it's something to expect when you're playing Jelena. You know, there is no secret she's a great mover and gets so many balls back.
Yeah, in the end, it could have gone either way. We kept breaking each other in the beginning. Felt like one of us played a few good points and than the other one and the levels were up and down throughout the match.
So, yeah, I'm just fortunate that at the end of the day I'm the winner.

Q. At 2-3 in the second set tiebreaker, you were down and went on a run of life 5 straight points to win the second set. What was the key to putting those 5 points together to really get back in the match?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, that's pretty much it: Putting 5 points together that were well-played. I think I really forced her to make those mistakes. I hit the ball deeper than I probably was.
But, yeah, like I said, there were ups and downs. You know, I felt like when I had my chances and breakpoints, I would go for the shot and then sometimes miss quite long. Sometimes it was only an inch.
It was like when are you actually going to put a few games together and things are going to go your way. It's a little frustrating.
Overall, on a day like this when it's up and down and you're not playing your best tennis, sometimes it's even better when you end up being the winner.

Q. Was there a point where you felt, Okay, now things are definitely going my way; this is it?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I think you just feel like maybe you were stepping up and playing better. But as far as, okay, knowing you're going to win the match, I don't think that's really a good way to look at things. You can encourage yourself and know that you're playing better, that you're starting to maybe do the right things again.
But, yeah, I don't really think that, oh, I'm going to win the match.

Q. With this title and your previous title in Rome and Wimbledon final, you're now No. 1 in the year in the rankings race. Talk about how your year is going. Obviously pretty well.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: You just answered your own question right there. (Laughter.) Is that a journalist mistake?

Q. Probably.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Obviously to follow up on your answer, yeah, it's been a great year so far. It can always be better and can always be worse. So I'm definitely proud that I've gone further and better than I did last year.
It means a lot to me after a disappointing loss here last year. Of course to be in that position in the race it's always nice, because it's pretty much from the beginning of the year. So to be up there, it's nice.

Q. Seemed like right after the second set tiebreak going into the third set, three straight breaks on both sides.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Uh-huh.

Q. What was causing that? Conditions a little too humid? Gripping the racquet? It's unusual.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, of course. But you find yourself in the third set and you've played over two hours, so it's the final match. Obviously a lot of emotions going through both of us.
But, yeah, I felt like actually both of us were up in those games and then the other one got them. So like I said, it was a little bit of up and down within those games as well.

Q. I felt like you had a lot of crowd support out there. Probably 75% or more. Did it feel like that to you?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I mean, the crowds here have been great throughout the whole week I felt like, from the beginning of the tournament, which usually you see a lot more people coming in towards the end of the week and for the bigger matches.
But I think because of so many good players that were here this week there was so much support. When the crowd is there and they're into their sport and their tennis, of course you feel that energy, no doubt.

Q. As far as form, fitness, and confidence going into the US Open, is this about as good as you could have hoped for?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, it's great to have a win under your belt going into a major. Absolutely. I played some good matches. Yeah, it's great to have this win. I came here wanting to play matches and wanting to raise my level, and I think I did that.

Q. 61 unforced errors seems like a lot in a three-set match for you. Is that a concern going into the Open? What's driving that? How do you cut that down?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, it's definitely up there. But then again, I think we had really long games and a lot of points were played. It was about a three-hour match, so, you know, statistics I think can only tell you some things. It's very relative.
But, yeah, that's the way it is, I guess. But I would love to see that number down, no doubt.

Q. Because you finished as runner-up last year, was that additional incentive or something that stuck in the back of your mind as you headed into this tournament run?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, it was a tough one. I was so close last year, so it's nice to have that feeling of being the champion after going through a tough one last year.
It wasn't really something I thought about coming in this week. I just knew that I played some good tennis here last year, and I hoped that I could take it a step further.

Q. How much pressure do you put on yourself going into the US Open this year?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Pressure is part of our sport, and nerves and all that, adrenaline. I think if nobody feels that, it's pretty unhuman. So it's really about how you deal with it. It's a Grand Slam. It's a huge event for us, and the matches and the opponents and the pressure and the crowd, it's all part of the package. And it's really about how you handle everything.

Q. You obviously did a lot well to win here. What are the things you feel like you want to work on going into the US Open?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, of course I would love to, you know, have those unforced errors a little bit lower than, say, this match. I could definitely serve better as well and have a higher percentage.
But then again, at some points in this tournament I felt like a few times it's actually saved me in placement and sometimes speed.
So I think you can always improve in different areas of the game. You can always be quicker, anticipate faster, you know, be better from the beginning of a match, things like that.

18majors
Aug 23rd, 2011, 12:00 PM
This is cute:

Twitter.com@thedoublebagel

The internet says the darnedest things. Love you, internet. http://t.co/zht4yZE

Steven.
Aug 23rd, 2011, 01:02 PM
I'm glad Maria is looking at Cincinnati as a big picture rather than just focusing on the hot mess of a final match. :) That's how you keep your confidence up.

AniaSharapova
Aug 24th, 2011, 09:37 AM
Cole Haan Fall 2011 collection:

From Facebook:
Hi everyone, now that my fall Cole Haan collection has finally arrived in stores, I wanted to share a couple photos with you.
http://i55.tinypic.com/33omzyd.jpg
This one is from back in November perfecting the Euphemia boot.

http://i56.tinypic.com/r286jp.jpg
And this is my personal order i received right before I left for Toronto...now you can see why I dont need to buy shoes anymore!!

Nina.
Aug 24th, 2011, 09:51 AM
Cole Haan Fall 2011 collection:

From Facebook:

http://i55.tinypic.com/33omzyd.jpg


That. Shoe. Me. Wants. NOW!

gc-spurs
Aug 24th, 2011, 12:56 PM
Cole Haan Fall 2011 collection:

From Facebook:

http://i55.tinypic.com/33omzyd.jpg


http://i56.tinypic.com/r286jp.jpg

I'm feeling those two in the middle (the grey and beige-ish). I die of envy that someone can just have those in one freaking order.

Cherry.
Aug 24th, 2011, 11:05 PM
From Facebook:
Getting ready for the HEAD Tennis event with...
:oh:
http://www.tennisforum.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=58451&d=1314227104

Steven.
Aug 25th, 2011, 11:33 AM
Forget Novak, Maria looks so scary in that picture. :scared:

NewShoulderPlz.
Aug 25th, 2011, 12:16 PM
Djokovic and Sharapova Laugh it Up at Head Tennis Event (Podcast and Videos)

http://www.tennispanorama.com/archives/16962

atominside
Aug 25th, 2011, 07:02 PM
Forget Novak, Maria looks so scary in that picture. :scared:

:confused: she looks HOTTT

AniaSharapova
Aug 26th, 2011, 06:33 PM
Sharapova to play Wozniacki at Garden Tennis Event

It will be Blonde Night at Madison Square Garden when the World's Most Famous Arena holds its annual tennis event in late February/early March.
The Post has learned Maria Sharapova will headline the BNP Paribas-sponsored event and face the U.S. Open's No. 1 seed, Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark.
The men's match, according to a person familiar with the Garden's negotiations, is expected to be Roger Federer vs. Andy Roddick. The renovated Garden has not announced the card.
Last winter, the Garden tennis card went with a old-timer doubleheader: Andre Agassi vs. Pete Sampras and McEnroe vs. Ivan Lendl.

Mistress of Evil
Aug 26th, 2011, 06:38 PM
Karolina vs Masha :lol:
No against an American aka Serena :eek:

18majors
Aug 26th, 2011, 07:11 PM
Maria interview:

http://hamptons-magazine.com/features/articles/maria-sharapova

kasia1992
Aug 26th, 2011, 08:30 PM
from twitter
AniaPova Ania
Maria Sharapova will be a guest in E!FASHION POLICE today!!! Can't wait to see her in this program :)

Andy.
Aug 26th, 2011, 10:00 PM
^^^

OMG I love that show, cant wait.

Vodkapova
Aug 26th, 2011, 11:11 PM
I've seen ads for that Maria will be on E! on TV. :lol:

Mistress of Evil
Aug 27th, 2011, 12:03 AM
Maria interview:

http://hamptons-magazine.com/features/articles/maria-sharapova

What is one career moment of which you are most proud?
MS: Being so fearless at my first Grand Slam final at Wimbledon, when I was 17 years old.

:hearts:

Somebody should open a thread in GM, this sentence will get so much love there :oh:

Marilyn Monheaux
Aug 27th, 2011, 12:24 AM
^^Masha's going Hollywooooooooood. :cheer:

Maria Sharapova to Wear Tiffany Earrings at the US Open

NEW YORK, NY (August 25, 2011)

Tiffany & Co. today announced that tennis champion Maria Sharapova will wear diamond drop earrings from the new Tiffany Grace collection at the 2011 US Open, August 29–September 11, at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, New York.

The Tiffany Grace collection features princess-cut diamonds that are bezel set in square designs and paired with round brilliant diamonds in platinum. The collection’s earrings that Ms Sharapova has selected radiate glamour with every movement, reflecting Tiffany’s heritage of legendary style.

“Tiffany diamonds sparkle in the light like no other jewelry,” Ms. Sharapova said. “It is a pleasure to wear them both on and off the court.”

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

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

http://press.tiffany.com/Shared/media/images/a60b6dc4f7f648f5b71d836b6d4bda21.jpg

US$ 7,000 :oh:

gc-spurs
Aug 27th, 2011, 01:14 AM
Thats almost as much as my car..

Steven.
Aug 27th, 2011, 01:31 AM
Thats almost as much as my car..

:hysteric: that's the highest earning female athlete for you...

canadia
Aug 27th, 2011, 01:36 AM
I saw Maria on E fashion police. Maria had to show her ring off for Joan. Joan's response is "she must be great in bed, to get a ring like that you have to have a trick pelvis." Joan is so irreverent!

goldlion
Aug 27th, 2011, 01:40 AM
Jealousy LMAO

MM_1257
Aug 27th, 2011, 01:42 AM
I saw Maria on E fashion police. Maria had to show her ring off for Joan. Joan's response is "she must be great in bed, to get a ring like that you have to have a trick pelvis." Joan is so irreverent!

:help::tape: Is Joan jealous? :devil::kiss::hehehe:

gc-spurs
Aug 27th, 2011, 01:47 AM
I saw Maria on E fashion police. Maria had to show her ring off for Joan. Joan's response is "she must be great in bed, to get a ring like that you have to have a trick pelvis." Joan is so irreverent!

Hahaha omg I have to watch that.

canadia
Aug 27th, 2011, 02:07 AM
Hahaha omg I have to watch that.

This is the website

http://ca.eonline.com/videos/Fashion_Police__Trendy_Athlete/169073

WTAtennisfan15
Aug 27th, 2011, 07:39 PM
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111903461304576524903825415010.html

FASHION - AUGUST 27, 2011

http://si.wsj.net/public/resources/images/OD-AJ882_QA_SHA_DV_20110826020738.jpg

Maria Sharapova
"The tennis champ chats about spy novels, shoes and the shot her opponents should watch out for at the U.S. Open next week"

Tennis champ Maria Sharapova is known as a tough, aggressive player. Her grunting during matches is as legendary as her signature swinging volley. When off court, she's a striking blend of steeliness and unabashed femininity. She loves high heels but also tough Rick Owens leather jackets. She loves Pippi Longstocking books and fluffy rom-coms and the challenging paintings of experimental artist Ed Moses. That mix of girliness and brass has made the Russian-born 24-year-old a favorite in the sports and fashion worlds.

Brands including Evian, Tag Heuer and Sony Ericsson have asked her to work on endorsement deals, and Cole Haan tapped her to design a line of shoes and handbags in 2009. Her ballet flats, featured in Vogue, among other fashion magazines, have become one of the brand's top-selling shoes. She also has an apparel line with Nike, Cole Haan's parent company.

Forbes recently ranked Ms. Sharapova as the world's highest-paid female athlete for the seventh straight year: She earned $25 million, double the amount of any other female athlete in the world.

But back to tennis. Once plagued by injuries and erratic playing, over the past year she has muscled her way back into the top 10. In July, she reached her first Wimbledon final since her landmark win over Serena Williams in 2004 at age 17. Last Sunday, she clinched the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. She is now ranked fourth as she heads to the U.S. Open in New York, which begins Monday.

We caught up with Ms. Sharapova, who splits her time between homes in Sarasota, Fla., and Manhattan Beach, Calif., fresh off her on-court victory.

I much prefer heels to sneakers. As a girl, it was "Give me my great Jimmy Choos." The other girls wanted new Nikes.

Every time I go to Paris, I have to stop at the Rick Owens store and get a new jacket. I have about seven.

I have so many favorite designers. Stella McCartney is definitely on the list. Sarah Burton has done an incredible job for Alexander McQueen. I'm wearing her a lot on the red carpet. I worked with her on my ESPY Awards dress.

My favorite purchases of all time are pieces from painters Chris Gwaltney and Ed Moses. I love to collect modern art.

Recently, I've been listening to Adele a lot. I like "Someone Like You," :hearts: the emotions of it are strong, powerful. Music is a part of my life all the time—on the plane, before matches, driving out to the court.

My guilty TV pleasure is "Chelsea Lately." I love Chelsea Handler.

My swinging volley is my most dangerous shot. It's a rewarding shot. I don't know if it catches my opponents off guard but I hope it does.

The one piece of jewelry I almost never take off is my cross necklace I got from my parents when I was very young.

After a match, I go shopping if I lose. If I win, I prepare for the next match.

My favorite thing about playing in the U.S. Open is the crowd. They're always great and enthusiastic. You really feel that energy when playing.

During tournaments, I like to read something that is easy and quick. I'm a big fan of Pippi Longstocking books. I've always loved children's literature. It's feel-good reading. And I like Sherlock Holmes. I love the world of spying.

I'm terrible at other sports. I don't even try. :lol:

My favorite shampoo is Kérastase.

My favorite perfume is Stella McCartney. It's really fresh. You can wear it day and night. I like things that are practical.

The best time is when I'm around family and friends cooking or having an afternoon tea party or doing karaoke.

My favorite restaurants are Mari Vanna in New York and MB Post, a new restaurant in Manhattan Beach. Pelmenis would be my favorite dish at Mari Vanna; at MB Post, braised short ribs with pomegranate couscous.

The last purchase I made was a navy and blue Céline sweater. It's practical for everyday life.

My favorite drink is a glass of red wine or a good sangria.

The best lesson I've learned, in terms of being an athlete, is when faced with adversity keep a balance line. Whether you win a match or lose a match, in terms of your emotions, it's important to be pretty levelheaded.

AniaSharapova
Aug 27th, 2011, 07:56 PM
I like this type of interviews :) Something fresh after this all the same tennis questions.

I didn't know she likes karaoke :)

Marilyn Monheaux
Aug 27th, 2011, 08:02 PM
My favorite shampoo is Kérastase.

Whoops. There goes her CLEAR contract. :oh:

Mistress of Evil
Aug 27th, 2011, 08:15 PM
My favorite shampoo is Kérastase.

Whoops. There goes her CLEAR contract. :oh:

:oh:

Gotta love her :hearts:

Break My Rapture
Aug 27th, 2011, 08:17 PM
:hysteric:

swissmr
Aug 27th, 2011, 08:41 PM
I love how she's so enthusiastic about food :lol:

MM_1257
Aug 27th, 2011, 10:46 PM
Ahahahaha, I thought the same. Woooopsie. Mash, you have a contract with CLEAR! :tape: :oh:
Next: Recently, I've been listening to Adele a lot. - :hearts: I cannot stop listening to Adele, either.
The one piece of jewelry I almost never take off is my cross necklace I got from my parents when I was very young. - awwwww :hearts: bless her
My favorite restaurants are Mari Vanna in New York and MB Post - Russian restaurant, YAY!
My favorite drink is a glass of red wine or a good sangria. - :yeah:

gc-spurs
Aug 27th, 2011, 10:52 PM
She even has classy choice in drinks, though hideously boring. Doubt she'd like Jagebombs which is a pity because you're not allowed to hangout with me if you don't dink jagerbombs.

lefty24
Aug 28th, 2011, 12:29 AM
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111903461304576524903825415010.html

FASHION - AUGUST 27, 2011

http://si.wsj.net/public/resources/images/OD-AJ882_QA_SHA_DV_20110826020738.jpg

Maria Sharapova
"The tennis champ chats about spy novels, shoes and the shot her opponents should watch out for at the U.S. Open next week"

Tennis champ Maria Sharapova is known as a tough, aggressive player. Her grunting during matches is as legendary as her signature swinging volley. When off court, she's a striking blend of steeliness and unabashed femininity. She loves high heels but also tough Rick Owens leather jackets. She loves Pippi Longstocking books and fluffy rom-coms and the challenging paintings of experimental artist Ed Moses. That mix of girliness and brass has made the Russian-born 24-year-old a favorite in the sports and fashion worlds.

Brands including Evian, Tag Heuer and Sony Ericsson have asked her to work on endorsement deals, and Cole Haan tapped her to design a line of shoes and handbags in 2009. Her ballet flats, featured in Vogue, among other fashion magazines, have become one of the brand's top-selling shoes. She also has an apparel line with Nike, Cole Haan's parent company.

Forbes recently ranked Ms. Sharapova as the world's highest-paid female athlete for the seventh straight year: She earned $25 million, double the amount of any other female athlete in the world.

But back to tennis. Once plagued by injuries and erratic playing, over the past year she has muscled her way back into the top 10. In July, she reached her first Wimbledon final since her landmark win over Serena Williams in 2004 at age 17. Last Sunday, she clinched the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. She is now ranked fourth as she heads to the U.S. Open in New York, which begins Monday.

We caught up with Ms. Sharapova, who splits her time between homes in Sarasota, Fla., and Manhattan Beach, Calif., fresh off her on-court victory.

I much prefer heels to sneakers. As a girl, it was "Give me my great Jimmy Choos." The other girls wanted new Nikes.

Every time I go to Paris, I have to stop at the Rick Owens store and get a new jacket. I have about seven.

I have so many favorite designers. Stella McCartney is definitely on the list. Sarah Burton has done an incredible job for Alexander McQueen. I'm wearing her a lot on the red carpet. I worked with her on my ESPY Awards dress.

My favorite purchases of all time are pieces from painters Chris Gwaltney and Ed Moses. I love to collect modern art.

Recently, I've been listening to Adele a lot. I like "Someone Like You," :hearts: the emotions of it are strong, powerful. Music is a part of my life all the time—on the plane, before matches, driving out to the court.

My guilty TV pleasure is "Chelsea Lately." I love Chelsea Handler.

My swinging volley is my most dangerous shot. It's a rewarding shot. I don't know if it catches my opponents off guard but I hope it does.

The one piece of jewelry I almost never take off is my cross necklace I got from my parents when I was very young.

After a match, I go shopping if I lose. If I win, I prepare for the next match.

My favorite thing about playing in the U.S. Open is the crowd. They're always great and enthusiastic. You really feel that energy when playing.

During tournaments, I like to read something that is easy and quick. I'm a big fan of Pippi Longstocking books. I've always loved children's literature. It's feel-good reading. And I like Sherlock Holmes. I love the world of spying.

I'm terrible at other sports. I don't even try. :lol:

My favorite shampoo is Kérastase.

My favorite perfume is Stella McCartney. It's really fresh. You can wear it day and night. I like things that are practical.

The best time is when I'm around family and friends cooking or having an afternoon tea party or doing karaoke.

My favorite restaurants are Mari Vanna in New York and MB Post, a new restaurant in Manhattan Beach. Pelmenis would be my favorite dish at Mari Vanna; at MB Post, braised short ribs with pomegranate couscous.

The last purchase I made was a navy and blue Céline sweater. It's practical for everyday life.

My favorite drink is a glass of red wine or a good sangria.

The best lesson I've learned, in terms of being an athlete, is when faced with adversity keep a balance line. Whether you win a match or lose a match, in terms of your emotions, it's important to be pretty levelheaded.

This interview rocks. I love hearing about her favorites. and Russian restaurants rock. :hearts: I might go to the first one when I'm in New York.
I also love how honest and modest Maria has always been. It's something that I really look up to her for.
Also, what's up with Russians and their love of Karaoke? I swear all of them say it's their favorite thing to do. Weirdos.

LoveMasha2008
Aug 28th, 2011, 03:15 AM
From US Open official site:

An Interview With: Maria Sharapova

Saturday, August 27, 2011
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THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. How do you feel going into this tournament winning in Cincinnati? Must have given you a lot of confidence.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I came into Cincinnati, you know, asking to play a lot of matches for myself, as many as I could at that tournament. It was great to win the tournament. I beat some really good opponents, played some good matches. You know, the final was a little whacky, but I just managed to win that one. Yeah, it's great. Obviously coming into the Open it's great to have a title under your belt.

Q. How different are you this year compared to last year at the same time for the US Open?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, I'm seeded higher. I've won two titles this year. You know, I feel like my tennis is at a much better level than it was last year. Yeah, I'm a better player, definitely.

Q. How do you expect to deal with the expected hurricane in the next 24 hours? What are your plans and what are your thoughts about being here for this?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, I'm a Florida girl so I'm used to this stuff. (Laughter.) I think everyone's a bit overreacting about everything, but of course you have to take precaution and all that. But, I mean, where are we gonna go? All hundreds of us? So I just hope that our hotel is nice and tough and sturdy, you know. That's all we can do, right?

Q. What do you know about Heather Watson?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Not too much. I've never played her before. I saw a little bit of her matches in the past I think at Wimbledon her first rounds. Yeah, she's someone that's up and coming, and those are sometimes dangerous because they're quite fearless when they go on the court, don't have much to lose. It's not too often that you play an opponent you haven't played against before, so, yeah, it's not an easy first round.

Q. You had experience of that obviously at Wimbledon against another British youngster in Laura Robson.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Uh huh.

Q. Sort of a similar situation?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I guess, but they're two different players.

Q. In the (Head) advertising you were on the court with Djokovic or it's...

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah. I was there watching it happen.

Q. You always say you enjoy the process, but now that the process is paying off, where is your level of enjoyment in competing right now?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, it's a lot more enjoyable when you're winning more matches, that's for sure. Actually it's a lot easier to go out on the practice court. I mean, even when you take a few losses it's a little bit easier to shrug them off because you know you have that level. You just need maybe sometimes a little time or just a few things to click to get it back. Whereas when you haven't had it for a while, you kind of are trying to find it, trying to find it. You play one good match, and then, Do I have it now? Do I feel it? It's definitely different.

Q. Coming to a tournament now, fourth seed, obviously people think you're one of the favorites here. Do you feed off that? Does it give you confidence coming into a tournament like this? Do you feel a bit more pressure now that you've got more of an X on your back?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, I mean, to be honest, I have been seeded a lot lower and I've still been one of the favorites, so it's not anything new for me that people expect me to do well.

Q. How do you look back now on your run to the final at Wimbledon? What do you come out of that tournament with?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, I mean, my opponent played a really unbelievable match. You know, I had my chances, and it's quite important in tennis to take them. She was able to find an answer, you know, in things that I kind of challenged her with. It was a really great match for her at a big stage. That's the only way you can really look at it.

Q. She hasn't had a great summer since then. Is that pretty normal when you come off a great breakthrough win like that?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, it's not easy, that's for sure, especially after your first one, definitely. Yeah, I think she's a good enough player to find her form back here.

Q. In all the time since your shoulder problems, how would you compare how you feel now with the process which was discussed earlier? Getting over that, the surgery, everything till now, what is your feeling now compared to all the times since then?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, it's just great to still be a tennis player. I've said this many times. I'm very fortunate to do what I do, obviously, to do it at a high level and to win tournaments and to win big matches obviously. It gives you tremendous amount of confidence and delight that the work you've put in, you know, is paying off. It's the time that you spend away from the courts, the time that people don't see what you put into the sport of trying to get back there. Just to play a match, and then do it over and over again, not many people experience that feeling, see it. So to be able to prove to yourself that you've put in that work and there you are at that stage again, giving yourself these opportunities to win Grand Slams again, it's a good feeling.

Q. But your level of play now and your level of confidence, how would you compare it with all the time since your shoulder problem?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, I just feel like this year I've improved. Last year I felt like I would play a couple good matches and then I'd play a bad match. I didn't have that sense of consistency, and that's something I felt like something that has changed this year.

Q. Do you have any memories of working out with Freddy Adu at IMG?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: No.

Q. Somebody was doing something on him and said you guys might have crossed paths for a couple weeks.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I think we worked out at the same facility in Florida, but I don't think I've ever, I mean, I sure hope I wasn't doing a soccer workout.

Q. Just one of those questions we needed to ask. Were you in the city at all this morning? Could you characterize the mood here?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: This morning?

Q. Yeah.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I left pretty early. I left at 8:00 a.m., so I'm not really sure if everyone was sleeping in New York on a Saturday morning or if it's the hurricane effect. But it was pretty quiet.

Q. You were talking about your chances and things like that. When you see the news that somebody like a Kim Clijsters is not playing, what goes through your mind? Do you feel like it opens up another alley?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I can't really think like that. I don't think that's a mindset of a winner, to be honest. You've got to be ready to face anyone at any given moment. It's obviously unfortunate that she can't come back as a defending champion. But on the other hand, you know, she is the one that has the memory of holding up that trophy last year. It's I have been in that position before. It's definitely tough, there is no doubt about it, to not be able to defend such a big title. It's sometimes the adversity that we're faced with.

http://www.usopen.org/en_US/news/interviews/2011-08-27/201108271314460991412.html

gc-spurs
Aug 28th, 2011, 05:42 AM
Q. How different are you this year compared to last year at the same time for the US Open?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, I'm seeded higher. I've won two titles this year. You know, I feel like my tennis is at a much better level than it was last year. Yeah, I'm a better player, definitely.

You had 2 titles going into the USO last year as well Mash :oh:

Q. You were talking about your chances and things like that. When you see the news that somebody like a Kim Clijsters is not playing, what goes through your mind? Do you feel like it opens up another alley?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I can't really think like that. I don't think that's a mindset of a winner, to be honest. You've got to be ready to face anyone at any given moment. It's obviously unfortunate that she can't come back as a defending champion. But on the other hand, you know, she is the one that has the memory of holding up that trophy last year. It's I have been in that position before. It's definitely tough, there is no doubt about it, to not be able to defend such a big title. It's sometimes the adversity that we're faced with.

:yeah:

Steven.
Aug 28th, 2011, 05:48 AM
true mind of a champion right here. :worship:

but she sure is an early bird. Awake at 8 am on a Saturday morning? You've got to be kidding me.

You had 2 titles going into the USO last year as well Mash :oh:

lol I was thinking that too, but obviously she doesn't care about her MM titles. :spit:

18majors
Aug 28th, 2011, 02:39 PM
There is something unreal about Maria, she possesses so many positive human qualities such as beauty, passion, athleticism, perseverance, professionalism and so many more.

Lachy
Aug 29th, 2011, 02:23 AM
So they interviewed Baltacha about her thoughts on Heather vs. Maria and damn she revealed some fierce stuff about their meeting in Memphis :devil:


Elena Baltacha, Watson's mentor as Britain's experienced No1, plays the American wild card Jamie Hampton on Wednesday and had a mixed time of it in Dallas last week. Burdened by serial disappointment in her career and hips that take half an hour to warm up every morning, the world No61 deals only in facts.

"It will be great for her," Baltacha said on Sunday night, "but, where she is at the moment, it would have been good for her to play her maybe in the second round at least. But it's good. She's young. You go into a match [like this] believing that you can win. You have to, especially against someone like Sharapova, because you know that she'll want to beat you love and love."

Baltacha painted a revealing picture of Sharapova, the enigmatic world No4 adored as much for her beauty as her withering forehand. On court, Sharapova is a cold-eyed killer. On the circuit, she is aloof.

"I've spoken to her," said the Ukrainian-born Baltacha, whose Russian remains valid. "I've seen her around. But she doesn't speak to many players. She does her own thing. She doesn't come into contact a lot with anyone. Everyone's shocked when she comes into the locker room, because you hardly ever see her.

"I drew her in Memphis [in the quarter-finals last year] and spoke to two or three of the girls she had played in the previous rounds. She blew them away love and one and, even then, she was annoyed that it wasn't love and love. They were having a joke in the changing room: 'She won't even give you a ball to hit in the warm‑up.' And she didn't. The first ball she hit, like, a million miles an hour. It was hilarious. I went into the first point and had not hit a ball. I'd had no warm-up, apart from serves.

"With someone like that, you have to give them no respect. You have to go in there and play your game and if it's not working, change it – but you've got to keep believing because if you're, like, 'Well, I'm going to go out and I'm going to lose,' what's the point?

"What was funny was that she didn't know I spoke Russian. So when I started shouting :'Come on' and talking in Russian she went: 'All right, OK.' Next point she hit this unbelievable drive volley – and that was it, off she went. The Russian curses came out. She didn't like it and I knew she didn't like it. [At the end] the handshake was comical. It was so good. It was perfect. Obviously she never said anything, but hopefully she thought: 'Actually, I've got to give it to her. Not a lot of people would do that.'"

lefty24
Aug 29th, 2011, 03:24 AM
Haha jealous biaatch.

We've all seen Masha practice and you can see she gives her opponents balls to hit. Especially watching from the stream when she played Huntachova at Stanford.
Then again Masha respects Huntachova cause she can actually play tennis. :oh:

gc-spurs
Aug 29th, 2011, 03:27 AM
Ahaha thats some good shit I remember that handshake too... guess we know why now.

cowsonice
Aug 29th, 2011, 04:28 AM
:rolleyes::tape:

pokey camp
Aug 29th, 2011, 04:50 AM
:lol: This girl. I'd bet Maria didn't spend 5 seconds thinking about her after that match. Probably couldn't even id her in a line up.
Ahaha thats some good shit I remember that handshake too... guess we know why now.

http://i49.tinypic.com/14ty3ae.jpg

gc-spurs
Aug 29th, 2011, 05:08 AM
:lol: This girl. I'd bet Maria didn't spend 5 seconds thinking about her after that match. Probably couldn't even id her in a line up.


http://i49.tinypic.com/14ty3ae.jpg

Haha that's it. Man that was good!

Steven.
Aug 29th, 2011, 05:14 AM
:lol: This girl. I'd bet Maria didn't spend 5 seconds thinking about her after that match. Probably couldn't even id her in a line up.


http://i49.tinypic.com/14ty3ae.jpg

Omg I love this bitch so much. :hearts:

Baltacha is such a tryhard. I hope Jamie Hampton eliminates her in 1R.

Reptilia
Aug 29th, 2011, 05:14 AM
:haha: Love it. It's great when players speak out about all the behind the scenes stuff we never see.
Reading all that just makes me love her even more. Aloof, Pova. :hearts:

shaktincredible
Aug 29th, 2011, 05:14 AM
what was the score? is it something like 75 63?

Reptilia
Aug 29th, 2011, 05:16 AM
That bally chick had been running her mouth on her twitter before that match too. :spit: Talk about obsessed.

Reptilia
Aug 29th, 2011, 05:16 AM
what was the score? is it something like 75 63?

62 75 i think. :p

Papillon.
Aug 29th, 2011, 05:26 AM
:hysteric: Yeah, she and Keothavong were bitching up a storm about Vaidisova IIRC...

OMG :sobbing: Maria's face in the GIF.. disgusted that she has to touch the trash she already took out :tears:

Steven.
Aug 29th, 2011, 05:26 AM
:hysteric: Yeah, she and Keothavong were bitching up a storm about Vaidisova IIRC...

OMG :sobbing: Maria's face in the GIF.. disgusted that she has to touch the trash she already took out :tears:

lolol I love you forever. :hysteric::kiss:

pokey camp
Aug 29th, 2011, 07:37 AM
That bally chick had been running her mouth on her twitter before that match too. :spit: Talk about obsessed.
Yep and on twitter after iirc. She just keeps going on about it like a routine straight set beatdown was a career highlight:

“One time, Maria punched me in the face. It was AWESOME!!!!” :o :sobbing:

claypova
Aug 29th, 2011, 07:58 AM
:spit:

MM_1257
Aug 29th, 2011, 09:49 AM
I do not understad what does she want to say with this:
"What was funny was that she didn't know I spoke Russian. So when I started shouting :'Come on' and talking in Russian she went: 'All right, OK.' Next point she hit this unbelievable drive volley – and that was it, off she went. The Russian curses came out. She didn't like it and I knew she didn't like it. [At the end] the handshake was comical. It was so good. It was perfect. Obviously she never said anything, but hopefully she thought: 'Actually, I've got to give it to her. Not a lot of people would do that.'"
I assume Baltacha was cursing and Maria didn't like it??? And what does the knowing she spoke or didn't speak Russian have to do with any of this? Or was Maria cursing? LOL

Mistress of Evil
Aug 29th, 2011, 10:45 AM
:hearts: @ that desperate loser trying to get some attention. :awww: So adorable :crying2:

Yep and on twitter after iirc. She just keeps going on about it like a routine straight set beatdown was a career highlight:

“One time, Maria punched me in the face. It was AWESOME!!!!” :o :sobbing:

http://i864.photobucket.com/albums/ab210/_svetlio_/Mean%20girls/0000z8gk.gif

Mr.Sharapova
Aug 29th, 2011, 11:02 AM
Elena :facepalm:. They are trying to make Maria look like a cold bitch in the locker room or something :haha:. But what they don't realize is that she doesn't speak to below top 20 girls :lol:. She's not Kim :spit:.

Jealous bitches :facepalm:.

MM_1257
Aug 29th, 2011, 11:03 AM
Elena :facepalm:. They are trying to make Maria look like a cold bitch in the locker room or something :haha:. But what they don't realize is that she doesn't speak to below top 20 girls :lol:. She's not Kim :spit:.

Jealous bitches :facepalm:.

:lol: :haha::devil:

Andy.
Aug 29th, 2011, 11:05 AM
And people have the hide to call Masha a bitch. All these jealous trolls run their mouth whenever they get the chance but Masha has never said a bad word about anyone. The closest she has come to being openly bitchy is the "is her last name Jankovic" comment.

Lachy
Aug 29th, 2011, 11:05 AM
:hearts: @ that desperate loser trying to get some attention. :awww: So adorable :crying2:



http://i864.photobucket.com/albums/ab210/_svetlio_/Mean%20girls/0000z8gk.gif

This gif fits so well here :hysteric:

doomsday
Aug 29th, 2011, 11:15 AM
It's true that Maria is hardly in the locker room with others players, even Emilie Loit said that on France 2 coples of years ago that noone really sees her but where is she then?:lol:

Reptilia
Aug 29th, 2011, 11:21 AM
It's true that Maria is hardly in the locker room with others players, even Emilie Loit said that on France 2 coples of years ago that noone really sees her but where is she then?:lol:

She probably hides in a toilet cubicle cos she knows nobody likes her. :crying2:

Lachy
Aug 29th, 2011, 11:28 AM
It's true that Maria is hardly in the locker room with others players, even Emilie Loit said that on France 2 coples of years ago that noone really sees her but where is she then?:lol:

I think she is the sort of person that spends as little time at the venue as possible. Whereas players like Baltacha grunge around the player's lounge looking for scraps and autographs from the big girls :lol:

gc-spurs
Aug 29th, 2011, 11:53 AM
And people have the hide to call Masha a bitch. All these jealous trolls run their mouth whenever they get the chance but Masha has never said a bad word about anyone. The closesnt she has come to being openly bitchy is the "is her last name Jankovic" comment.

IKR? So above it all. For a tennis megastar she really appears to have a lot of balance.

She probably hides in a toilet cubicle cos she knows nobody likes her. :crying2:

:awww: Maria Heron

Break My Rapture
Aug 29th, 2011, 12:01 PM
Baltacha, just like Keothavong for that matter, is such a tennis farce. :lol:

MM_1257
Aug 29th, 2011, 12:28 PM
And people have the hide to call Masha a bitch. All these jealous trolls run their mouth whenever they get the chance but Masha has never said a bad word about anyone. The closesnt she has come to being openly bitchy is the "is her last name Jankovic" comment.

I missed that. And oh, how much would I love to see it, but unfortunately it is cut out of every video I found of the match... :sad:

On another note... Serbian newspaper Novosti claimed last year that Maria and Sasha would marry in Serbian Orthodox Curch in Chicago - Sasha denied that saying he heard the news where he'd marry in the papers firts. LOL They strike again, this time Novosti write that they are going to marry in Serbian Orthodox Church in Orange County, CA.

Jack89
Aug 29th, 2011, 01:12 PM
Funny how all these girls can only make themselves relevant by spreading shit about Maria.

Baltacha should be thankful Maria didn't punch her in the face because she is really obnoxious and rude on court.

And to be honest, theres a difference between someone being aloof and someone not having to be everyones best friend.

gc-spurs
Aug 31st, 2011, 03:03 AM
Maria's R1 interview
From usopen.org

Q. Where would that rank as tough first round matches in a Grand Slam?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, no doubt that it was one of the toughest that I've had. To be honest, it's quite expected. Obviously not really knowing too much about my opponent and not facing against her before, I don't know, she just came out and played really smart. There's no doubt that I wasn't playing my best tennis. She was smart in making me hit another ball. I was making so many errors out there. She stuck to her game plan. She kept grinding. Yeah, for me it was just a matter of trying to be consistent out there and winning not just one, two, but three points in a row.

Q. Is there a human tendency to think that reputation could be a strong intangible asset in a first round match? Does that play into any part of this, the mental aspect?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, I think the opponent, that's one of the reasons I say that I think it's such a boring answer but taking it one match at a time. Because no matter what your opponent is ranked, if they're young or old, if you've played them or not before, it's a new match, it's a new day, and they're going to go out there and try to beat you.

Q. But psychologically, is it harder playing unranked opponents?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I think it depends on the day. I mean, I think the story would have been a little bit different if I played better, if I wasn't making so many unforced errors.

Q. What did you make of her performance today?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I mean, I thought she did many things well. She's a great mover on the court. She made me hit a lot of balls. She was really, really steady. She handled pace pretty well. But on the other side, I don't think I did enough to make her feel like she had any pressure in the first set. You know, I'd hit one, two good balls, then hit an error. Whether it was a centimeter or two out, it doesn't matter, it's still an error. For me it was just getting that consistency in the match. And she was smart because, you know, she stuck with her game plan. She was steady. She made me play. She saw that I was making those errors, and she just kept doing the same thing. She wasn't trying to do something else, yeah.

Q. What did you know about her before the match?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: One match I saw was at Wimbledon, I think. She was playing Date in the first round. I just saw a little bit of that from home. Other than that, I didn't know too much about her game.

Q. What do you attribute the unforced errors to?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Uhm, I'm not sure actually. I had a good practice week. I think the last couple days have been tough on players. Obviously none of us practiced yesterday. The day before was raining. Everybody was trying to get 30 minutes on an indoor court, which is always a little bit tough. So I think it was just going out there and trying to find that consistency.

Q. Did you find something out there today as the match went on? Can you walk away from this saying, This was okay for a first round match?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I mean, I kept fighting. I knew that I wasn't playing my best tennis. I mean, I'm really realistic usually. I knew that, you know, no matter how I was playing I still have a chance to win the match. That's kind of the mindset that I had.

Q. You've been working on your volley now for years. Some matches you'll come, take some risks. Today she's making you play a lot of balls. Sometimes she's floating them back. Is there a hesitation about going to net and closing points out, or is it based on the day?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: You know, I thought when she was on the defense, I mean, there were some balls I could have put away and I shouldn't even see a volley, to be honest. I mean, part of that was due to the fact that she was really quick. I think she anticipated the balls quite well. But, yeah, I think it all has to do with being just a bit more aggressive, looking to come in, not hitting a shot, just waiting around.

Q. So what about the three set record this year?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: It's great. I mean, it's a good number, I guess.

Q. You were talking last month about glass half full, glass half empty. You shouldn't be going to three, but you're winning three setters. Talk about that a little bit.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, sometimes in the past you have a match like this where you're not playing your best, you get through it, you give yourself a chance to keep going, to find your rhythm, and you find yourself in the later stage of the tournament. So, obviously that's what I hope it is. You know, it's good I have a day to practice tomorrow. I'll hit the court then have another match. The best thing about this match is I gave myself a chance to play another one.

Q. Do you have a great amount of confidence going into third sets knowing how much success you've had?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I do. But I think it's just a matter of belief, whether I haven't won three set matches here or whether I have a great record. I think it's just a matter of belief within myself that no matter how well or bad or good I'm playing or my opponent is playing, I know I can tough it out. No matter what the situation is, I have the belief. I've had it. And, yeah, sometimes it doesn't happen even if you have it. Sometimes you can be playing the best tennis of your life, you go into the third set, and things don't work out.

Q. How are you feeling about your serve coming out of the match?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: It could have been better, no doubt. You know, I started sloppy in the beginning of the first set. I think that gave her, you know, a good amount of confidence. Always nice to be up a break early in the first set, especially first round of the US Open. At some points I felt like I came out strong, whether it was a second or first serve. I hit a few aces in the third set. Yeah, that's definitely a part I have to work on still.

Q. What's the biggest difference between playing at the US Open and the other Grand Slams?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Uhm, I think every Grand Slam is unique. They're all so different. Obviously nothing is like playing in New York City and New York fans. I think everyone is so passionate about the sport. They're loud, they're antsy, and they want to see good tennis. It's the biggest stadium that we play on. So, yeah, it's a pretty incredible event.

Q. How tired do players get at this point of the season? How tired are you after playing all year?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: It's not like this year is different than any other year. I mean, it's so important to find that balance of having your mind and your body fresh. Obviously, you know, I always say how important being healthy is. It's just such an important tool if you're able to keep your body on a high level and fresh and ready to go, you know, injury free hopefully. That's the greatest gift you can ask throughout the whole year.

Q. The men's tour is cutting down their tournaments by two weeks. I wonder if you are fine with the women's tour schedule now or if you would prefer to have more time off?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, we actually finish a few weeks before they do, so I'm not sure if we're going to finish equally now next year or... It seems like they play forever, so...

Q. What did you do during the hurricane to entertain yourself? Did you just stare out the window?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I went to the gym; I did a little workout; I played with my dog; I had room service. Everything else was just about closed. Everything that was opened was completely packed. There's an antique store open down the street, which I thought was probably the best day of their life because of everyone walking around. They never thought they were going to sell that old giraffe that's been there for a hundred years (laughter). Yeah, even my dog kept like going back to his little bag. It kind of freaked me out because that's a sign he wanted to go home. Maybe the hurricane was going to be bad. We were lucky, yeah, that it was just a little rain.

Q. A little fashion question. What were some of the colors? That was a nice outfit. I didn't know how to describe the colors.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: It's like lavender gray and fluorescent pink accents.

Some decent questions and answers in there IMO. Decent respect for Watson- I feel she normally doesn't give pusher type players that much props. Quite critical of herself too which is good. It pissed me off last year when she kept saying she was serving OK. She has to sort out when the right time to be aggressive is. Sometimes she hits down the middle to much especially off the short ball, sometimes she goes for it at the wrong time.

Craig.
Aug 31st, 2011, 03:10 AM
Well, Baltacha officially just went on my shitlist :spit:

atominside
Aug 31st, 2011, 05:02 AM
what did she do?

gc-spurs
Sep 1st, 2011, 10:10 AM
By Neil Edward Schlecht
Wednesday, August 31, 2011



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Andy Roddick and Maria Sharapova, former Grand Slam champions and world No. 1s, who a few years back were a romantic item around the grounds of Flushing Meadows, shared the night program at Arthur Ashe Stadium united by a common quest: to return to former glory on this stage.

Both have struggled recently. Roddick, the 2003 US Open champ, hasn’t been back to a Slam winner’s circle since and in 2011 has suffered from injury, poor results and a lack of confidence. Sharapova, a three-time Grand Slam titlist (including the 2005 US Open), has also had to overcome injury and a series of shaky performances, although she entered the tournament as the third seed, as well as the Wimbledon finalist and the winner of two WTA events this year.

Both survived; Roddick was severely tested, and Sharapova had the much easier time advancing, after taking to the court at 11 p.m.

In the opening match Roddick, looking for a boost of confidence after a dip in the rankings, outlasted 96th-ranked Michael Russell, 6-2, 6-4, 4-6, 7-5. It was an all-American matchup of veterans: one a former US Open champion, the other a 33-year-old career journeyman who’d never won a match in seven US Open appearances.

Roddick is looking to resurrect his year, and perhaps career, with a good performance here. He moved out to an early lead on the strength of net approaches, but as the match wore on, Roddick played defensive, counter-punching tennis that didn’t trouble Russell, a scrappy 5-foot-8 player who’s the third-oldest in the men’s draw.

Roddick got the win but probably not a whole lot else to encourage him as he moves forward. It’s a troublesome indication of where Roddick’s game and head are that Russell, who has few real weapons and in 17 tournaments this year had lost in the first round seven times, was able to give him real difficulty.

“I don’t really care if it’s ugly,” Roddick told ESPN’s Chris Fowler after the match. “I got through.”

Roddick, who turned 29 on Tuesday, entered the 2011 US Open as the No. 21 seed, his lowest seeding ever at a Grand Slam. The former top-ranked American not only surrendered that distinction to good friend Mardy Fish earlier this year, he dropped out of the Top 20 for the first time in a decade.

After deep disappointments at recent majors, a Davis Cup shellacking in July at the hands of Spain in his hometown Austin, and nagging injuries, Roddick is hardly brimming with confidence. Roddick looked to be cruising after recovering from a break down in the second set, but Russell – called “Iron Mike” in the locker room and one of the few remaining players still to don a sleeveless shirt, looking more middleweight boxer than elite tennis player – hung tough, breaking Roddick early in the third set and making a match of it by extending rallies.

In fact, in the final two sets, it was the diminutive Russell who was dictating play and pushing his larger opponent around the court.

“I’m not going to pretend I’m in championship form,” Roddick said.

Sharapova’s form looked much stronger, and she made much quicker work of her similarly unheralded opponent, 84th-ranked Anastasiya Yakimova of Belarrus, 6-1, 6-1, in just 70 min.

Sharapova struck 27 winners compared to just two for Yakimova. The Russian’s serve, so problematic in her belabored first-round victory, was much more effective tonight, as was the rest of her game; her groundstrokes were precise and penetrating, and Sharapova confidently finished off 13 of 15 points at the net. Perhaps most important, she committed only three double faults.

Sharapova’s performance answered a lot of questions, while Roddick’s only solidified the nagging concerns about his game.

Match Facts
- Roddick hit 42 winners and had just 22 unforced errors.

- Roddick is the last American male to win a Grand Slam (the 2003 US Open).

From the usopen.org

heh, for being the official USO site, you'd think they could at least get Maria's winning year right...

Steven.
Sep 1st, 2011, 11:48 AM
From the usopen.org

heh, for being the official USO site, you'd think they could at least get Maria's winning year right...

omg :help: I think one of the older articles (fixed now though) said she was the 2007 US Open champion. Although it was probably a typo since further down the same article said she won the 2006 US Open.

Steven.
Sep 1st, 2011, 12:39 PM
NEW YORK, NY, USA - Maria Sharapova kept her perfect record in night matches at the US Open alive on Wednesday night, overpowering Belarusian Anastasiya Yakimova in a match that ended after midnight, 61 61.

Sharapova, seeded No.3, struggled in her first round against Heather Watson on Monday, battling back from a set down to beat the athletic Brit, 36 75 63; she had far fewer problems with Yakimova, improving to 14-0 in her career in night matches at the Open (more specifically 13-0 in night matches on Ashe).

"I played a pretty tricky opponent tonight who didn't play the typical kind of tennis. Sliced a lot, a lot of high balls. Maybe the first couple of games I was a little bit impatient," Sharapova said. "Then I got really steady. I was aggressive. I still felt I could have moved in a little bit more, but overall I played solid."

Sharapova was asked about Venus Williams' withdrawal from earlier in the day. "I hope it's not obviously the end of her career. I still feel like, although she's a bit older, she's still one of the fittest players on tour and one of the most dangerous when she's playing well. It's obviously tough in sport - I always mention how important health is. It's just the way it goes sometimes."

Source: http://www.wtatennis.com/news/20110831/queen-of-the-night-reigns-in-new-york_2256076_2438227

why is this girl so GOAT in arbitrary stats? :hysteric: Why can't she just be one of the GOAT in tennis instead? :sobbing:

Shivank17
Sep 1st, 2011, 12:51 PM
Ya it's s great stat to have never lost a night match at the open , hopefully she will get more of night matches this year unlike the last year!

NewShoulderPlz.
Sep 3rd, 2011, 05:14 AM
An Interview With: Maria Sharapova
Friday, September 2, 2011

Q. How are you?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Good.

Q. Where was your A Game today? What happened? Seemed hitting you were in the back court, you were hitting double faults. Did you lose your concentration or your focus? What was going on with you?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Um, yeah, I made way too many unforced errors. I fought back to get myself back in the match in the third set. I think the first three, four games on every game I had a chance to win that game, whether it was a breakpoint or it was a game point on my serve, and I didn't win those games. When you're done 1 4 and you get yourself back in a position where can you win again and start making errors, it's just too inconsistent to win the match against her.

Q. Did you feel like you could rely on your forehand in this match at any point? Did you ever feel comfortable with it?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Um, I didn't feel comfortable with most of my game today.

Q. Your first match you were forced to fight back; your second match which was quite routine. When you're in the throes of a match like this, does your mind waft back to either of those two previous matches you played at this tournament?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: No. Every match is new, every opponent is different, and it's never goes the same way as the previous match or the match you played 10 matches ago. It's about today and what you have to do now. Obviously, like I said, I came back. I had chances. There's no doubt I had chances. But I guess today was the day I didn't take them.

Q. You came up with big stuff in Cincinnati, but coming here did you ever feel like you really got into a groove in any of your matches, or was it just you lost something along the way?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah. I mean, I lost the match along the way today.

Q. Yeah, but in the course of the three matches you've played.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: In terms of what?

Q. Do you feel like you didn't have the rhythm that you had a couple weeks ago or...

MARIA SHARAPOVA: It was just one of those days. Unfortunately it was at the US Open.

Q. You obviously love the Open. You've worked really hard on your comeback pointing to this tournament. Can you just describe your disappointment, your feelings inside?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: It's disappointing. It's disappointing to lose in the middle of nowhere. It's disappointing to lose in New York. Losing isn't fun for anyone because we work to win. We don't work to try to lose. So when we're faced with a position where, you know, we can win and we didn't in the end, it's tough. But it's all right.

Q. You lost to Pennetta in Los Angeles last time you played. Any difference between this match and that one?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: It's tough to compare a match that was so long ago.

Q. This year you never lost when you were in the third set. Today do you think you were going to win when you came back from 1 4 to 4 All?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I never think I'm gonna lose the match, no matter if I'm 1 4 or 0 5. I don't have that mentality that I'm gonna lose no matter how bad or how good I'm playing. You can't have that mentality.

Q. After making the final at Wimbledon and losing the third round here, is that a big set back in terms of the bigger picture?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: No. I've had a much better year this than last year. Obviously it's disappointing and it's not where I want to to be in this position, but, I mean, it's the way it is, you know. It's called tennis.

Q. The first two games of the third set went to nine and ten minutes each, and she won both of them. They were such long games and so hard fought. Was that a little dispiriting to lose both of those?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, on one hand you're glad that they weren't easy. Like I said, those are the games in the first three or four games I had either break points or game points, and I didn't win those games. When you're in the third set and you got a 75 miles an hour second serve and you get an error, I mean, not only are you giving your opponent a lot of confidence, but you're also having extra unforced errors. So it was just one of those days where, you know, like I said, I had chances and didn't go my way.

Q. Can you talk a little bit about whether or not you felt you played the match on your terms or sort of largely on hers?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, I thought certainly not. I mean, I think she played really smart. That's her game, and she makes you hit a lot of balls. Even when I had balls in the middle of the court, I just didn't do much with them. I thought I could have done a lot more.

Q. What are your plans when you leave the National Tennis Center right now? Do you have anything planned for the evening? How are you gonna deal with this loss as you go forward now?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I don't have anything planned. I didn't write up an agenda last night.

Q. You were moving your arm around at one point. Were you in any pain?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: No.

Q. Do you feel like in a way you beat yourself today?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: What do you mean?

Q. Rather than you go out and you play a great match, you're simply outplayed by an opponent today maybe?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: No. I thought my opponent played really well, but I did make a lot of errors, a lot of unforced errors that cost me the match.

Q. Are those kind of losses harder to take than when you go out and play, you know, a great match but you just happen to run into somebody who plays a little bit better?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: No. It just means that I have to improve that. I can't make those errors. I have to make them in.

Q. When you get home and settle in, what will you do? I've lost this. What are you gonna do to regain and bring your A Game back? You certainly have a fabulous game.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I'll call you in a few days and let you know.

Q. Will you call me? I'll give you my number.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Sure.

Q. How would you describe the challenge that you had serving today and what you need to do to maybe get more consistent with it?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: You know, just sometimes I come in on a day and I don't quite have my rhythm, and, you know, run into those errors where, you know, not only do I feel like I have to, you know, get a high percentage of first serves, but my opponent gains, you know, tremendous amount of confidence on their return. So it's kind of a lose/lose situation.

Q. Mentally when you do suffer a double fault at crunch time, how do you try and handle that mentally? Do you try and just block it out? Do you try and accept it? What goes through your mind?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, obviously, you know, think of what I mean, think of the things that you need to do in order to make the serve, whether you feel like you're missing a lot of first serves or you have to hit a lot of second serves, but to hit more first serves in and things like that. But, yeah.

Q. You talk a lot about playing aggressive. Do you feel like today you were moving forward enough?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Um, I mean, I probably have to look at the match to see that, but I probably say I was playing too far back. I think that's kind of where she wants you to be. It was kind of her game.I'm sure I didn't. I think if I would, I mean, my ball would have a lot more on it, which would give her more trouble.

Q. Will you go back and watch this match, try to learn from it?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Oh, sure.

Q. Last year after the Open you got sick and the fall in Asia wasn't that good. I know it's tough, but looking forward, how motivated and pumped up are you to go to Asia and go to the Championships and keep moving on?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Not right now, but maybe a bit later. (Smiling).

Q. You know what I'm saying?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I'm not really looking forward to a 14 hour flight in a couple of weeks. Yeah, the year is not over. We've still got I think I still have three tournaments to go or so. Yeah, once they come then it will be time to play again and raise my level. Until then, I just have to, you know, keep working in order for me to go out in the match and raise it.

Shivank17
Sep 3rd, 2011, 02:23 PM
These interviews sound really uncool and annoying now. :o :(

Craig.
Sep 3rd, 2011, 03:12 PM
Throw a tantrum or something :hysteric:

perseus2006
Sep 3rd, 2011, 04:39 PM
Pova did not want to do that interview! The vid of it on the USOpen site is woeful. She looks like someone is trying to rip her fingernails off with a pliers. But she braved her way through it and said the things she was supposed to say and not a single word of what she felt or she wanted to say! For example, the very first question:

Press: "How are you?"
Pova: "Good."

What Pova wanted to say: "Terrible! Beaten and oppressed! For christs sake I just lost third round at the USO! If I felt anymore miserable, Hogg would be planning a wake! I don't want to be here! As it is, I need to be shopping to find something to wear for an unplanned pity party! And shoes. A lot of shoes..."

Somehow, the girl held her composure and answered with all the trite phrases the press wanted. What a girl!

canadia
Sep 3rd, 2011, 04:44 PM
Pova did not want to do that interview! The vid of it on the USOpen site is woeful. She looks like someone is trying to rip her fingernails off with a pliers. But she braved her way through it and said the things she was supposed to say and not a single word of what she felt or she wanted to say! For example, the very first question:

Press: "How are you?"
Pova: "Good."

What Pova wanted to say: "Terrible! Beaten and oppressed! For christs sake I just lost third round at the USO! If I felt anymore miserable, Hogg would be planning a wake! I don't want to be here! As it is, I need to be shopping to find something to wear for an unplanned pity party! And shoes. A lot of shoes..."

Somehow, the girl held her composure and answered with all the trite phrases the press wanted. What a girl!

And with a little piss and vinegar thrown in for good measure. Some the questions asked were just :confused:

MM_1257
Sep 3rd, 2011, 04:47 PM
No way. She did not answer the way they wanted. Because they kept repeating the pathetic question over and over... I guess they would love your version of her answering. :)

AniaSharapova
Sep 5th, 2011, 05:49 PM
from mariasharapova.com

Maria is one of the first players to qualify for the TEB-BNP Paribas WTA Championships, which will be hosted at the state of the art Sinan Erdem Arena in Istanbul, Turkey. The WTA's year-end finale, to be held in Istanbul through 2013, will feature the Top 8 singles players and Top 4 doubles teams competing for the coveted title and a share of $5 million in prize money.

After qualifying, Maria said: "I am so happy to have booked my spot in Istanbul. I haven't been to the year-end Championships since 2007 and I've really missed competing in one of the most exciting and important events of the year. I'm looking forward to making the most of playing in Istanbul."

Maria has played this event four times before from 2004-2007 and her best result was winnning it in 2004 in Los Angeles.

cyannnnn
Sep 5th, 2011, 05:52 PM
go to see sasha:secret:

cowsonice
Sep 5th, 2011, 06:42 PM
go to see sasha:secret:

+1
:lol: I wanna see him fistpumping in the stands again.

AniaSharapova
Sep 5th, 2011, 08:43 PM
I'm sure that after WTA Championship she'll have vacation in Turkey with Sasha :)

Mistress of Evil
Sep 5th, 2011, 08:47 PM
make the SFs, please :bounce:

**mashafierce**
Sep 6th, 2011, 03:35 PM
Does anyone know the ticket prices for the YEC tournament?

MM_1257
Sep 6th, 2011, 04:27 PM
Does anyone know the ticket prices for the YEC tournament?

Check here: http://web03.biletix.com/etkinlik/MZIC4/TURKIYE/en

Feyd
Sep 6th, 2011, 04:38 PM
Check here: http://web03.biletix.com/etkinlik/MZIC4/TURKIYE/en

They look pretty cheap. Too bad I will probably not be in Turkey at that time.

**mashafierce**
Sep 6th, 2011, 10:34 PM
They actually are pretty cheap

AniaSharapova
Sep 7th, 2011, 08:35 PM
From mariasharapova.com

Maria to play BNP Paribas Showdown in March

A huge night of tennis is in store for New York area tennis fans, with some of the world's top players scheduled for the first tennis matches in the transformed Madison Square Garden on Monday, March 5th, 2012, as the BNP Paribas Showdown returns for its fifth year at the World's Most Famous Arena. The night starts with Maria against Caroline Wozniacki followed by Roger Federer against Andy Roddick. Both matches will be best of three sets.

"Playing in Madison Square Garden has always been a dream of mine," said Maria. "Everyone wants to play there at least once in their career. I look forward to coming back to New York for the Showdown."

The BNP Paribas Showdown is produced by MSG Sports and StarGames. Tickets starting at $50.00 will go on sale October 3 @ 10:00 a.m. and can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden box office, online at www.thegarden.com and all Ticketmaster outlets. For more information and an opportunity to sign up for pre-sale alerts prior to tickets going on sale fans can visit www.tennisshowdown.com.

After an eight year hiatus professional tennis returned to The World's Most Famous Arena on March 10, 2008 with the sold-out NetJets Showdown between World No. 1 Roger Federer and former Grand Slam record holder Pete Sampras.

The following year women's tennis returned to The Garden with the BNP Paribas Showdown for the Billie Jean King Cup in 2009 and 2010. Players who have participated include: Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Kim Clijsters, Ana Ivanovic, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Jelena Jankovic. Last year four legends of the game took to the court when Ivan Lendl squared off against John McEnroe followed by Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras.

cyannnnn
Sep 8th, 2011, 04:54 PM
In Sharapova's Words
By ROSEMARY FEITELBERG

Defined as she is by how she plays and what she wears on the tennis court, Maria Sharapova is far from a one-hit wonder, as indicated by her many interests.

Despite having nearly 5.4 million Facebook fans, she insists on remaining a private person. “I’m so bad at saying things about myself even though I have to do this all the time,” the tireless competitor said. But throughout a two-hour interview, the 24-year-old proved to be candid about a number of subjects — from how she likes nothing more than doing a puzzle with her grandmother to the fun of having a Russian tea party with her friends.

Here, Sharapova’s thoughts on everything from her fashion tastes to magazines to any hidden talents.

The long and short of it
“When you’re tall and have long legs, I think all my fans expect me to wear short dresses — tight and short — and I’m like, ‘No.’ I love playing with different silhouettes. I live in pants and tops by Rick Owens. Every time I go to Paris, his store near the Royal Palais is one of my first stops. And Alber Elbaz knows what a woman will look good in no matter what shape and size. In my everyday life, I am a little more simple. I like Isabel Marant and Zara. I have a lot of Zara cardigans I put on with Rick Owens long pants, which I have to cut. Helmut Lang is good for everyday, and Chloé I wear on the red carpet. The shapes fit really well — even the sample sizes, which I’m not.”

Asking Karl Lagerfeld and Anna Wintour for a rain check
“After the European tournaments, Anna sent me an e-mail asking if I wanted to go to the Chanel couture show. I thought, ‘That sounds amazing, really it does.’ And [to miss it] this would be the second time I would have turned Karl down. A few years ago he had a Russian-inspired couture show. I was doing rehab three days a week on my shoulder and I couldn’t go. I was so bummed. He probably thinks I’m ignoring him — joking. I was just boarding the plane and she was like, ‘The show is tomorrow, come join me,’ and I was like, ‘I’m sorry. I’m sure you’ll understand I just want to go home and sleep in my own bed.’”

Vogue versus Sports Illustrated
“When I was 17, I was in Vogue and on the cover of Sports Illustrated, which I had no idea what that was. My agent Max said, ‘This is crazy — you’re on the cover of SI and you’re more excited about being on this page in Vogue…” Anna has come to Wimbledon for my last couple of matches. She has always really guided me in a good direction in fashion. She’s always there to respond. I’ve presented my Nike and Cole Haan designs to her.”

Fans in unexpected places
“I don’t necessarily feel comfortable with that. I know they’re really your fans but then I think if they were your fans they wouldn’t be at your hotel. A true fan would understand when you’re not training or you’re at your hotel or going to a restaurant, you don’t want to create a scene. But fans who come out to watch you practice, sit in the sun and wait for two hours to get a photo are incredible.”

Gender issues
“For women, a lot is about the fit, feel and the luxury of an item. For men, they buy a T-shirt with a logo and it’s great even if it’s two sizes too big. Most men don’t really care. Women really pay attention to a garment.”

Fiancé Sasha Vujacic
“I was not at the time in my life where a relationship was really what I was going out looking for, or pursuing or desperate for. I had just gotten out of one and it just came about. We had some mutual friend who just got us together. It wasn’t really a setup or anything. It was easy, really relaxed, you never really felt like you had to be somebody else. That’s when you know you’re comfortable, you’re happy. He is very family oriented. He is a great, hard worker, who understands what it takes to achieve just a little bit in sport. There is that mutual understanding that you have to be up at 7 in the morning to go train, so you can’t have a late dinner or go to a birthday party even if it’s for one of your best friends.”

Wedding plans
“There’s no rush. We’re not going to do this in a few months. We want to take our time and have a normal wedding and not try to fit it in between two tournaments. It will be small. I would love it to be in nature with beautiful scenery. We’re both Orthodox so we were thinking of maybe doing a church ceremony, but we don’t know for sure. There are so many beautiful places in the world. I have a lot of people who I would love to work with to design it who are not necessarily bridal designers. But I won’t actually design it. I will definitely design my shoes. I’ve never been a big wedding dreamer, as some young girls have already thought of the perfect dress. I’ve never really had that.”

Hidden talents
“I am terrible at any other sport. I always say, ‘If I didn’t play tennis, I don’t know what I would do.’”

Stamp collecting
“I don’t any more but I did. And I have my mom’s collection from when she was young. It was fun when I was young and I used to travel a lot. There weren’t a lot of unusual stamps out there. It would be tough to find them. It was kind of a mission for me to keep me entertained on the road. My agent Max made me promise I wouldn’t talk about it anymore. When I did a few years ago he started getting all these calls from stamp companies. He said to me, ‘I’ve done a lot of things in my life, but I can’t…’”

Regrets
She said not learning more languages. She is fluent in Russian, and understands French and a little Spanish. “Unless you have the time to work on it and practice with people who are around you, it’s impossible to do.”

Downtime
“I like to spend time with parents and Sasha obviously. After the French Open, we took a road trip to Paso Robles, where his family has a vineyard, and then drove up to Big Sur. We have game nights playing Yahtzee. I like Monopoly, though it never ends. And Scrabble, but we always get into arguments because we’re so competitive.”

Flaws
“I have many, many. I am always touching my face. I don’t take care of my skin as much as I should, especially since I am in the sun as much as I am. Pretty low-key. I always say, ‘My eyes are my best quality because I have long eyelashes and I have green eyes.’ And that’s it.”

Biggest misconception about me
“A lot of people think I’m this he-man, very tough, fighting on the court and then very professional when I am doing my job. They think I’m a very stiff person in real life, which I’m quite the opposite of. Unless people know you the only thing they see of you is from the outside world, so it’s totally understandable.”

nice article

link: http://www.wwd.com/eye/people/what-goes-on-off-the-court-5092933

18majors
Sep 8th, 2011, 05:36 PM
Good reading.

AniaSharapova
Sep 8th, 2011, 05:49 PM
I love when Maria talks about Sasha :hearts:

Very nice article. Great to read something like that after this all boring press conferences during tournaments.

Lachy
Sep 8th, 2011, 09:42 PM
The last answer :hysteric: He-man :rolls:

Kitten63
Sep 8th, 2011, 10:56 PM
Nice article :)

nelsondan
Sep 8th, 2011, 11:23 PM
Wonderful article. Interesting details. But not really that wide ranging. I would like to know more about how everything feels to her, physicallly. Does she feel as strong, or stronger than five years ago? How have things changed, if at all, with her new coach? Any idea of what to expect in 2012?

Regrets
She said not learning more languages. She is fluent in Russian, and understands French and a little Spanish. “Unless you have the time to work on it and practice with people who are around you, it’s impossible to do.”

Shame on you, superwoman. (I don't know how to say that in Russian, French, or Spanish).

Qetusi
Sep 9th, 2011, 12:01 AM
Maria Sharapova

My heart and prayers are with all the families of the tragic plane crash in Russia.

http://www.facebook.com/Sharapova?ref=ts

AniaSharapova
Sep 15th, 2011, 07:33 PM
From Facebook :)

Back to work this week, training really hard. It’s nice to have good energy this late in the season. Leaving for Asia soon, making a quick stop in Taiwan to play Vera in an exho. My first time in Taiwan, so I am excited to see a new country and new fans. Don’t forget about the auction Vera and I are doing to raise money for the Japan earthquake and Tsunami relief. Click here to get involved!

Mistress of Evil
Sep 15th, 2011, 07:51 PM
That hard training better pay off as a title or two :bounce:

Break My Rapture
Sep 15th, 2011, 07:56 PM
Good to hear from her again.

Also, feel like it would be better if Maria plays a warm-up indoor tournament before YEC, like Linz for example. Adequate prep since there are a couple of tough players there. Maria hasn't a played an actual indoor tournament since 2007. :eek:

Mistress of Evil
Sep 15th, 2011, 07:59 PM
^ How could you forget that almighty Memphis win :crying2: it was last year and indoors from what I recall :shrug:
Playing Tokyo + Beijing is more than enough preparation, we all know that she plays as less tourneys as possible. That 2006 indoors streak was amaze, she does so well indoors :hearts:

AniaSharapova
Sep 15th, 2011, 08:14 PM
Maybe she'll decide to play some indoor tournament when she won't have a good run in Tokyo and Beijing ;)

Break My Rapture
Sep 15th, 2011, 08:20 PM
Oh yeah I was thinking that I forgot something. :lol: Well winning Memphis didn't turn out to be that useful haha.

But she should really consider playing Linz to get used to match play in these conditions though. Tokyo and Beijing play nothing like indoors (unless the roof is closed in Tokyo).

Mr.Sharapova
Sep 15th, 2011, 08:22 PM
I'm pretty sure that she'll have a good run in Tokyo, unless she faces Serena in the early rounds or something. Hope not.

As for Beijing, I'm not sure.

nelsondan
Sep 15th, 2011, 08:32 PM
That hard training better pay off as a title or two :bounce:

She is just shopping, dining, partying, having a good time, and laughing as she types "really training hard"....I hope. She can start training today or tomorrow as far as I am concerned....I think she needed a break.

Craig.
Sep 15th, 2011, 09:08 PM
Good to hear from her again.

Also, feel like it would be better if Maria plays a warm-up indoor tournament before YEC, like Linz for example. Adequate prep since there are a couple of tough players there. Maria hasn't a played an actual indoor tournament since 2007. :eek:

Memphis 2010.

Marilyn Monheaux
Sep 15th, 2011, 09:33 PM
Memphis 2010.


MMs like that shouldn't count. :spit:

MM_1257
Sep 15th, 2011, 11:51 PM
Good to hear from her again.

Also, feel like it would be better if Maria plays a warm-up indoor tournament before YEC, like Linz for example. Adequate prep since there are a couple of tough players there. Maria hasn't a played an actual indoor tournament since 2007. :eek:

I agree. I would like her to play one European indoor tournament, too. But somehow I think she won't. She seems not to like them so much. lol

Reptilia
Sep 16th, 2011, 12:00 AM
Asian swing is such a good opportunity for points! Hope she takes it seriously, because nobody else seems to. :lol:
A cakewalk or two and she'll be so close to year end no.1 :spit:

pedropt
Sep 16th, 2011, 12:11 AM
Don't really know why, but I'm totally not excited for this part of the season :yawn:

denny5576
Sep 16th, 2011, 12:11 AM
I agree. I would like her to play one European indoor tournament, too. But somehow I think she won't. She seems not to like them so much. lol
May I ask you - what is common between the courts in Linz and Istanbul, the weather in the two towns, the climate, the altitude, etc.?

goldlion
Sep 16th, 2011, 12:31 AM
The reason Maria played that many indoor tournaments in 2006 was that she aimed at the year end No.1 ranking. She even went to Moscow to play a match until she ran out of gas and gave A Chak. a walkover.

I'm more than happy if she can pick up a title in the remainder of the year.

slamchamp
Sep 16th, 2011, 12:49 AM
Don't really know why, but I'm totally not excited for this part of the season :yawn:

Who is?:lol: It doesn't have the Grand-Slam vibe that's why:yawn:

gc-spurs
Sep 16th, 2011, 12:51 AM
The good thing about this swing is the time zone. Right in my afternoon tea and dinner zones.

goldlion
Sep 16th, 2011, 12:23 PM
Yes and she better gets better schedule of play.

MM_1257
Sep 16th, 2011, 01:10 PM
May I ask you - what is common between the courts in Linz and Istanbul, the weather in the two towns, the climate, the altitude, etc.?

Nothing? LOL
I thought she should et used a bit to indoors.
And now a friend of mine confused me, is it YEC played indoors or outdoors? I thought it was in.

JamieOwen3
Sep 16th, 2011, 03:25 PM
Do better in tokyo and beijing this year maria ;)

denny5576
Sep 16th, 2011, 04:03 PM
Nothing? LOL
I thought she should et used a bit to indoors.
And now a friend of mine confused me, is it YEC played indoors or outdoors? I thought it was in.
YEC is an indoor tournament. See "Sinan Erdem Dome"
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinan_Erdem_Dome
Your idea of having practice at another indoor tournament is not bad, but when the conditions have nothing common with YEC then such practice will be contra-productive.

Reptilia
Sep 17th, 2011, 11:56 AM
The good thing about this swing is the time zone. Right in my afternoon tea and dinner zones.

amen!!

Mr.Sharapova
Sep 17th, 2011, 06:03 PM
^ :scratch:

MM_1257
Sep 18th, 2011, 12:12 AM
My Masha-fan friends, I need your help! I was browsing a little the internet and ran into this old article http://www.belarus-magazine.by/en.php?subaction=showfull&id=1175671768&archive=1181651147&start_from=&ucat=7 - you have all probably discussed it back then when it was published, so I apologize in advance for bringing old news back here. (if someone thinks this should be deleted, I am ok with it, but i would love somebody to answer my question here or on private messages) The article gives a detailed report of the live of Mara's dad (forget the Russian, Belarusian issue, that will never be cleared) and has this sentence in it: And when the panic around Chernobyl had a little bit subsided, The Sharapovs returned to Gomel and till the end of 1990 they lived in the town, from which they moved to Sochi. Now... As far as I know the Sharapovs never returned from Russia to Belarus... Have watched several documentaries about Maria and not her nor her dad have ever said of going to Belarus from Nygan. I am confused. Is this false?

denny5576
Sep 18th, 2011, 12:52 AM
As far as I know the Sharapovs never returned from Russia to Belarus... Have watched several documentaries about Maria and not her nor her dad have ever said of going to Belarus from Nygan. I am confused. Is this false?
It is not true.

joão.
Sep 22nd, 2011, 02:49 PM
INTERVIEW-Tennis-Tour is no grind for resurgent Sharapova

(Reuters) - You will not find Maria Sharapova moaning about crowded schedules after a year in which the Russian has returned to within sight of the summit of women's tennis.

The world number two has some sympathy for the top male players who have made rumblings about possible strike action over what they see as a too punishing calendar but after having her career knocked sideways by injury she is clearly happy to be globe-trotting again and winning tournaments.

"I really missed doing what I've done since I was four years old and I really felt that there is so much more in me that I could bring to the court," the 24-year-old told Reuters in Taipei where she will play an exhibition match against fellow Russian and world No.4 Vera Zvonareva on Thursday.

"(The schedule) is so much better than it was years ago," she added, when asked about the demands on the serving shoulder that needed major surgery in 2008 and kept her out of the game for 10 months, in which time she dropped to 126 in the world.

"We finish two or three weeks before the men do. You can say that's nothing but it's huge in our sport, it gives us more time to take a breather whereas before after the season you could maybe take a week off. Now you can take two weeks off and not feel guilty about it."

Sharapova, who returned to the top 10 in March after reaching the final in Miami, was a semi-finalist at the French Open and runner-up at Wimbledon and recently won her 24th career title in Cincinnati.

While she did suffer bouts of illness early in the season she has crucially remained injury free this year -- a major factor in her rise up the rankings.

Now she is looking forward with renewed optimism.

"That's what drives me, that's the reason why today I find myself in that position and a position also to even do better," she said. "I'd love to win Wimbledon again, that's always a goal of mine, the French Open is one that I haven't won but I feel like with every year I compete I play better at the French Open.

"I have many goals and that's what's drives me to keep getting better."

With no dominant force in the women's game this year, the path does seem open for Sharapova to add to her three grand slam titles, although the depth of the field makes it tricky.

Three of the four grand slam titles went to first-timers this year and Sharapova dismissed any suggestion that it was evidence of a lack of top quality.

"A few years ago you would come into a tournament in the first few rounds and people were saying 'well women's tennis you're winning first rounds 6-0 6-1,' and now it's kind of like 'well why are the first few matches so tough'," she said.

While Sharapova probably does not want the year to end, Zvonareva was less enthused about the calendar.

She said the current WTA schedule was "quite tight" and said players would like to have more flexibility and choice over which tournaments they could play in.

"With this kind of schedule we have to play every single weekend and sometimes you feel good but sometimes you don't feel good but you still push yourself hard and at the end of the day you could get sick or get injured," she told Reuters.

She said players want more discussion on the issue, though there were different views with some players wanting to play more and some less.

"We have to find some solution where we can find the right balance, because right now it's a little bit too busy for us. We travel too much, but on the other hand we get a lot of opportunities to play, so we have to think about it and we're working on it and we're trying to find the right balance."

Next stop on the Tour for Sharapova and Zvonareva is the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo starting on Sept 25.

http://uk.reuters.com/article/2011/09/21/tennis-sharapova-idUKL3E7KL1MF20110921?feedType=RSS&feedName=tennisNews

joão.
Sep 22nd, 2011, 02:56 PM
Maria defeats Zvonareva in Taiwan

http://www.mariasharapova.com/media/440967/img00247-20110922-2230_bannerImageCrop.jpg

Maria defeated Vera Zvonareva 6-3 6-4 in a charity exhibition match at the Taipei Arena in Taiwan.

Maria will now head west to play the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, Japan. Main draw action starts on Sunday and Maria will seeded No.2. The main draw will be released on Friday.

http://www.mariasharapova.com/news/maria-defeats-zvonareva-in-taiwan.aspx

Mistress of Evil
Sep 22nd, 2011, 03:46 PM
a second Wimbledon and a RG title - You should have won them this year, you idiot :crying2:

Break My Rapture
Sep 22nd, 2011, 05:58 PM
a second Wimbledon and a RG title - You should have won them this year, you idiot :crying2:
MTE. :sobbing: Especially RG.

Cherry.
Sep 29th, 2011, 10:28 AM
http://sports.yahoo.com/tennis/news?slug=ap-tokyo

“I hit a serve and then landed awkwardly on my left ankle,” said Sharapova, who went to a hospital for an MRI. “I felt a sharp pain and next thing I knew I was on the floor. It swelled up immediately and I knew there was no way I could continue.”

Thursday’s quarterfinal was a rematch of this year’s Wimbledon final, where Kvitova beat Sharapova 6-3, 6-4 for her first major title.

“It’s sad because we were both playing so well,” Kvitova said. “It was a great match but I could see (the ankle) was really big. Hopefully, she will be OK.”

Reptilia
Sep 29th, 2011, 10:40 AM
a second Wimbledon and a RG title - You should have won them this year, you idiot :crying2:

OMG this :sobbing:

Lachy
Sep 29th, 2011, 10:54 AM
:sobbing: Results of MRI please :hysteric:

Lachy
Sep 30th, 2011, 12:59 AM
Good news :D

Hi everyone! Good news is that the mri showed no big damage in the ankle. Will do my best to recover in time for Istanbul.
It better recover soon because I can become quite the annoying patient! I will keep everyone posted with my progress.

claypova
Sep 30th, 2011, 01:01 AM
yay :D

gc-spurs
Sep 30th, 2011, 01:34 AM
Shot. Been waiting for that FB update :D

joão.
Sep 30th, 2011, 01:53 AM
:hug:

Crux Squall
Sep 30th, 2011, 02:06 AM
Thank God :)

Cherry.
Sep 30th, 2011, 02:34 AM
Speedy recovery Masha. http://imgsrv2.tennisuniverse.com/wtaworld/ubb/biggrin.gif
Can't wait to see you kicking some ass in YEC. :devil:

Reptilia
Sep 30th, 2011, 03:33 AM
No Beijing :( sucks, but i'm glad she should be good for YEC :D

Andy.
Sep 30th, 2011, 04:53 AM
So gald that the damage is not too serious.

AniaSharapova
Sep 30th, 2011, 06:42 AM
I'm feeling a big relief right now :)
My worst nightmare: it was her last match in 2011
But now I know that she and her team will do everything to play in YEC :)

Trih
Sep 30th, 2011, 07:44 AM
Veeeery good!:):D

Break My Rapture
Sep 30th, 2011, 09:56 AM
Good news. :) She'll be really rusty in Istanbul though. :unsure: But that's still a month away so we should just hope Maria fully recovers first.

Sharapovian
Sep 30th, 2011, 10:25 AM
Glad to hear that it's nothing serious. :)

Mistress of Evil
Sep 30th, 2011, 11:07 AM
So relieved that Mashenka is OK :crying2: Get some rest and kick butt at Istanbul!!! :bounce:

gc-spurs
Sep 30th, 2011, 11:10 AM
From FB:
Maria Sharapova
Its healthier to laugh than to cry...from the MRI center last night.

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/295822_10150302987647680_65920772679_8530701_15429 43876_n.jpg

Reptilia
Sep 30th, 2011, 11:38 AM
Good thing the Japanese adore her. I bet she got treated like royalty. :inlove:

claypova
Sep 30th, 2011, 11:41 AM
:worship:

asian countries love hot blonde ppl for some reason :tears::sobbing:

gc-spurs
Sep 30th, 2011, 11:43 AM
:worship:

asian countries love hot blonde ppl for some reason :tears::sobbing:

Lol and then the asians try to turn themselves into hot blonde ppl

18majors
Sep 30th, 2011, 01:28 PM
Good news! Recover and stay healthy, Maria.

lefty24
Sep 30th, 2011, 02:15 PM
Lol and then the asians try to turn themselves into hot blonde ppl

hahaha so true!

Kitten63
Sep 30th, 2011, 02:40 PM
Good news about the ankle :)

Break My Rapture
Sep 30th, 2011, 02:58 PM
I'm not sure what to think of that huge "cast" of bandage around her foot. :spit:

nelsondan
Sep 30th, 2011, 04:14 PM
Maria does not have to run, jump, practice serving, or anything but eat and sleep for a while. I hope that is good break for her.

Monzanator
Sep 30th, 2011, 04:40 PM
She doesn't really need any breaks. Shes played the least tournaments among Top 10 players and I fear this lay-off will hurt her chances come Istanbul :sobbing:

Sha_ra_po_va
Sep 30th, 2011, 05:50 PM
She doesn't really need any breaks. Shes played the least tournaments among Top 10 players and I fear this lay-off will hurt her chances come Istanbul :sobbing:

I feel quite the opposite. If Maria gets to YEC, she has absolutely no pressure. If she loses to anyone - it was the ankle's fault! And they'll be so gutted to lose to a "hobbled" Sharapova, they'll put too much pressure on themselves. Masha can just come out swinging and take some scalps. At least that's how it plays out in my head...:help:

nelsondan
Sep 30th, 2011, 08:09 PM
She doesn't really need any breaks. Shes played the least tournaments among Top 10 players and I fear this lay-off will hurt her chances come Istanbul :sobbing:

Maria plays and practices with a lot of intensity, and it seems like there are always various things like photo shoots, etc. It might not be a totally bad thing for her to just take things easy.....you know how serious she will be about everything as soon as she possibly can.

denny5576
Sep 30th, 2011, 09:59 PM
TennisReporters Matt Cronin
From on site staffer in Tokyo on Sharapova: Left ankle sprain, MRI showed no bone damage, but swelling was size of a tennis ball
5 hours ago

MM_1257
Sep 30th, 2011, 10:52 PM
We knew that. Masha also wrote it. And Cronin also told me she probably made a mistake on fb, wanting to say no bone damage instead of no big damage. IMHO Masha is good enough in English to say what she really thinks and she wanted to write no big damage. ;) However we knew how the swelling was supposed to be big, since it was seen after a few seconds of the injury... And ofc it got worse probably later in the day and today... For some days, the leg is going to be swollen and painful... Now I just hope she did not damage the ligaments too much...

JamieOwen3
Sep 30th, 2011, 11:24 PM
i twisted my ankle little over a month ago and it twisted similar way to maria's, it took around 2 maybe 3 weeks for me to not feel it so hopefully maria can recover quickly.

Andy.
Oct 1st, 2011, 12:01 AM
I have no doubt that Masha will play the YEC Sprained ankles dont take too long to recover from. I hope she goes in and destroys the field YEC circa 2007 style (minus the final of course).

claypova
Oct 1st, 2011, 12:03 AM
I have no doubt that Masha will play the YEC Sprained ankles dont take too long to recover from. I hope she goes in and destroys the field YEC circa 2007 style (minus the final of course).

playing the level she had in the 2007 final is more then enough to cream the whole field :oh:

trimtrab
Oct 1st, 2011, 02:30 AM
I have no doubt that Masha will play the YEC Sprained ankles dont take too long to recover from. I hope she goes in and destroys the field YEC circa 2007 style (minus the final of course).

you can lull yourselves all you want into thinking oh come Istambul Maria will be ready to swing. she won't. she's out of form now (as she was since the USO series). now she needs to recover from injury. no practice. no match practice. her this year game sucks big time. and now she definitely has ZERO chance of winning the YEC. sure, she wants to play the YEC after all those years. sure, she'll be there, in Istambul. but not to play tennis. it's very much possible she already knows she won't play (or has no chance to be ready to play to win) - she's the biggest name on tour, tickets need to be sold. and she'll withdraw in the very last minute.
i remember YEC-2007 perfectly but that situation wont happen again.

inglorious ending of a poor season with lots of blown chances to win big.


hope she'll recover and be alright. hope she'll be ready for the AO-12. but if she sticks to the game she played this year (way too passive, two meters behind the baseline, no attacking flat shots, no in-court game, no lines and corners. and lots of scrambling, scrambling and scrambling even againts no-names) there's absolutely NO chance to win major.

claypova
Oct 1st, 2011, 02:36 AM
you can lull yourselves all you want into thinking oh come Istambul Maria will be ready to swing. she won't. she's out of form now (as she was since the USO series). now she needs to recover from injury. no practice. no match practice. her this year game sucks big time. and now she definitely has ZERO chance of winning the YEC. sure, she wants to play the YEC after all those years. sure, she'll be there, in Istambul. but not to play tennis. it's very much possible she already knows she won't play (or has no chance to be ready to play to win) - she's the biggest name on tour, tickets need to be sold. and she'll withdraw in the very last minute.
i remember YEC-2007 perfectly but that situation wont happen again.

inglorious ending of a poor season with lots of blown chances to win big.


hope she'll recover and be alright. hope she'll be ready for the AO-12. but if she sticks to the game she played this year (way too passive, two meters behind the baseline, no attacking flat shots, no in-court game, no lines and corners. and lots of scrambling, scrambling and scrambling even againts no-names) there's absolutely NO chance to win major.

thankyou for your positive input. muchly appreciated :awww:

MaitaBaby
Oct 1st, 2011, 02:39 AM
you can lull yourselves all you want into thinking oh come Istambul Maria will be ready to swing. she won't. she's out of form now (as she was since the USO series). now she needs to recover from injury. no practice. no match practice. her this year game sucks big time. and now she definitely has ZERO chance of winning the YEC. sure, she wants to play the YEC after all those years. sure, she'll be there, in Istambul. but not to play tennis. it's very much possible she already knows she won't play (or has no chance to be ready to play to win) - she's the biggest name on tour, tickets need to be sold. and she'll withdraw in the very last minute.
i remember YEC-2007 perfectly but that situation wont happen again.

inglorious ending of a poor season with lots of blown chances to win big.


hope she'll recover and be alright. hope she'll be ready for the AO-12. but if she sticks to the game she played this year (way too passive, two meters behind the baseline, no attacking flat shots, no in-court game, no lines and corners. and lots of scrambling, scrambling and scrambling even againts no-names) there's absolutely NO chance to win major.

:lol:

Didn't you say Maria had no clue how to win in Canada, Cincy or USO? Whoops. She is such a fluke. :rolleyes:

Lachy
Oct 1st, 2011, 02:44 AM
you can lull yourselves all you want into thinking oh come Istambul Maria will be ready to swing. she won't. she's out of form now (as she was since the USO series). now she needs to recover from injury. no practice. no match practice. her this year game sucks big time. and now she definitely has ZERO chance of winning the YEC. sure, she wants to play the YEC after all those years. sure, she'll be there, in Istambul. but not to play tennis. it's very much possible she already knows she won't play (or has no chance to be ready to play to win) - she's the biggest name on tour, tickets need to be sold. and she'll withdraw in the very last minute.
i remember YEC-2007 perfectly but that situation wont happen again.

inglorious ending of a poor season with lots of blown chances to win big.


hope she'll recover and be alright. hope she'll be ready for the AO-12. but if she sticks to the game she played this year (way too passive, two meters behind the baseline, no attacking flat shots, no in-court game, no lines and corners. and lots of scrambling, scrambling and scrambling even againts no-names) there's absolutely NO chance to win major.

Cool story.

MaitaBaby
Oct 1st, 2011, 02:45 AM
Cool story.

Muy bueno, no?

trimtrab
Oct 1st, 2011, 04:41 AM
:lol:

Didn't you say Maria had no clue how to win in Canada, Cincy or USO? Whoops. She is such a fluke. :rolleyes:

did you lol after her match against Flavia? maybe after her matches againts Kvitova and Li? also the way Serena beat Maria gave you lots of reasons to be happy and positive about the future?

i'm glad Maria won at least in Cincy and i was wrong about no titles. but it does seem like a fluke, no? Serena withdrew before the match against Maria (as it was obvious after her back to back titles) - and if she didn't? do you remember how Maria played in the Cincy final and against who?
Cincy does seem like a fluke.

Maria was soundly beaten in all of her big matches this year. with no chances to win them. do you like that fact? do you like watching Maria scramble against, players like, say, 34 year old Tanasugarn?

you have no idea how i want to be wrong. but so far i was right. well, mostly - Cincy being an exception :lol:. but in a bigger picture it doesnt matter - the quality of Maria's game has dropped greatly comparing with the previous year (and 2009, too). if you don't see it, that's too bad. keep mocking me then, i dont mind.

MaitaBaby
Oct 1st, 2011, 06:14 AM
did you lol after her match against Flavia? maybe after her matches againts Kvitova and Li? also the way Serena beat Maria gave you lots of reasons to be happy and positive about the future?

i'm glad Maria won at least in Cincy and i was wrong about no titles. but it does seem like a fluke, no? Serena withdrew before the match against Maria (as it was obvious after her back to back titles) - and if she didn't? do you remember how Maria played in the Cincy final and against who?
Cincy does seem like a fluke.

Maria was soundly beaten in all of her big matches this year. with no chances to win them. do you like that fact? do you like watching Maria scramble against, players like, say, 34 year old Tanasugarn?

you have no idea how i want to be wrong. but so far i was right. well, mostly - Cincy being an exception :lol:. but in a bigger picture it doesnt matter - the quality of Maria's game has dropped greatly comparing with the previous year (and 2009, too). if you don't see it, that's too bad. keep mocking me then, i dont mind.

Dude. I always LOL. Remember, it's healthier to laugh than to cry.

gc-spurs
Oct 1st, 2011, 07:10 AM
:lol:

Didn't you say Maria had no clue how to win in Canada, Cincy or USO? Whoops. She is such a fluke. :rolleyes:

Hahaha yeah... nekk minnit.

trimtrab
Oct 1st, 2011, 07:58 AM
Dude. I always LOL. Remember, it's healthier to laugh than to cry.
:) whenever i hear "dude" i think of The Big Lebowski :lol: "nobody fucks with the jesus" :lol:

actually, it's healthier being a realist than a dreamer ;)

Trih
Oct 1st, 2011, 09:48 AM
Well trimtrab, being realistic imho is to watch things as they are: Maria's 2011 has been much better than 2010 and 2009, and that is a fact. Hoping for an even better 2012 is just, indeed, an hope, but it seems you're not being realistic... it seems you only look at the dark side of things. Maybe i'm too optimistic, but having had a season with some good chances (SF in Paris, Final in Wimbledon - never been there since 2004) in my opinion is better than a season without any chances to win. :)
About Istanbul, well, i don't think anyone here has a magic ball to see the future, so we can just wait and time will tell. :)

**mashafierce**
Oct 1st, 2011, 09:49 AM
I think that this year was actually great.Ok maybe she didn't win any grandslams and there were some letdowns and I agree her game isn't half as powerfull as it was but I do believe that she is the best player of the tour right know and that's why the draws fell empty when she loses early or withdraws.We can analyse as much as we want her current playing condition but she's so unpredictable that she might go and win YEC and then lose first round in AO .

Crux Squall
Oct 1st, 2011, 09:50 AM
About Istanbul, well, i don't think anyone here has a magic ball to see the future, so we can just wait and time will tell. :)


agree

JamieOwen3
Oct 1st, 2011, 12:36 PM
Rome was no fluke though :oh: goatpova ripping ppl's arms beating world #1's and her bitch in the final.

MaitaBaby
Oct 1st, 2011, 02:44 PM
actually, it's healthier being a realist than a dreamer ;)

Disagree.

effedcamel
Oct 1st, 2011, 03:46 PM
:) whenever i hear "dude" i think of The Big Lebowski :lol: "nobody fucks with the jesus" :lol:

actually, it's healthier being a realist than a dreamer ;)

no it's not cause you'll end up bogging down your own ambitions because you're so based in your "reality"

Cherry.
Oct 1st, 2011, 11:18 PM
:) whenever i hear "dude" i think of The Big Lebowski :lol: "nobody fucks with the jesus" :lol:

actually, it's healthier being a realist than a dreamer ;)Being a realist =\= being a pessimist. :shrug:
You can be a realist while having a positive attitude toward the future.
If to you being a realist means people can only look at things from all negative prospects, then I bet there's no way that can be healthy. ;)

lefty24
Oct 2nd, 2011, 01:24 AM
deep

MaitaBaby
Oct 2nd, 2011, 05:41 AM
deep

:clap2:

Lucas_Arg
Oct 3rd, 2011, 04:52 PM
Maria should take a WC and play freaking Moscow.
Her ankle should be ok, it's only a bruise ffs!!!
We are 18 days away from her potentially first match, four easy matches (the field is depleted), it's played indoors hard and IT'S HER HOME TOURNAMENT!!!
It's the tournament I want her to win the most after RG.

madmax
Oct 3rd, 2011, 07:08 PM
Maria should take a WC and play freaking Moscow.
Her ankle should be ok, it's only a bruise ffs!!!
We are 18 days away from her potentially first match, four easy matches (the field is depleted), it's played indoors hard and IT'S HER HOME TOURNAMENT!!!
It's the tournament I want her to win the most after RG.

you know damn well how she performs in front of her "home" crowd:lol: I don't remember a single good match of hers in that arena...she better be playing Linz then

Cherry.
Oct 3rd, 2011, 09:32 PM
:lol: Yeah, she can never play well in Moscow. I even think that the reason for her not to play Fed Cup after YEC is that it is also in Moscow and she knows she's not gonna play well (like that horror show in February) so she doesn't want to bring the team down. :oh:
That being said, I would also really like to see her win Moscow someday.

denny5576
Oct 3rd, 2011, 10:15 PM
Pray for Maria to be ready for Istanbul. Do not think for any other tournament.

MM_1257
Oct 4th, 2011, 04:57 PM
Yes, she said it herself (ok, her team) that she feels too pressured in Moscow. :awww: Because she wants to do well and whenever she wants something :help: (again the RG, Wimby and USO come to my mind)...

18majors
Oct 5th, 2011, 05:33 PM
3-time slam winner Maria Sharapova #8 (and ONLY female) on @Forbes's 'World's Most Valuable Sports Brands' list http://onforb.es/pWDGrO

http://www.forbes.com/pictures/mlm45jemm/8-maria-sharapova

pedropt
Oct 5th, 2011, 09:50 PM
Facebook update:

Maria Sharapova Getting better little by little...

http://i.imgur.com/uzHkY.jpg

Mistress of Evil
Oct 5th, 2011, 10:06 PM
So many updates in such a short period of time recently so unMashalike :sobbing:
Anyway, get that ankle in shape, Mashenka :cheer:

Lucas_Arg
Oct 5th, 2011, 10:45 PM
Thank God it looks complety fine, no tape, no bruise.
Play Moscooooooooooooow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Reptilia
Oct 5th, 2011, 10:46 PM
yay! back to work :cheer:

goldlion
Oct 5th, 2011, 11:56 PM
I know right! She probably wants to kick some arse in Istanbul!!

JamieOwen3
Oct 6th, 2011, 12:10 AM
Keep it up MashaFierce

Trih
Oct 6th, 2011, 12:19 AM
Yes! Go go Maria :hug:

Lachy
Oct 6th, 2011, 01:18 AM
:cheer:

gc-spurs
Oct 6th, 2011, 02:12 AM
SHot, her ankles are officially skinnygurl ankles again.

Lucas_Arg
Oct 6th, 2011, 10:01 PM
Check her fb page, she is already hitting the ball again. Play Moscow!!!!!!!!!

madmax
Oct 7th, 2011, 11:08 PM
Get your lazy arse to Moscow and deny Push of YE #1 spot!!!

Lucas_Arg
Oct 8th, 2011, 02:10 AM
Get your lazy arse to Moscow and deny Push of YE #1 spot!!!

Thissssssssssss, only 4 matches against her pidgeons (Vera, Sam, Aga)

18majors
Oct 8th, 2011, 03:48 PM
Maria should be fresh for Istanbul, hoping for a good tournament.

Break My Rapture
Oct 8th, 2011, 03:50 PM
The good side is that YEC is indoors this year, so no wind to fuck everything up. :) If Maria works hard on her serve, she could do really well.

madmax
Oct 8th, 2011, 05:28 PM
The good side is that YEC is indoors this year, so no wind to fuck everything up. :) If Maria works hard on her serve, she could do really well.

:hearts:
Awesome...I always feel confident about her chances indoors, since there are no disturbances to her highly risky game. Unless she's totoally off-form, she should do well there

Mr.Sharapova
Oct 8th, 2011, 06:11 PM
I expect of her to at least pass the RRS :shrug:. A Semifinal would be a decent result there, but I'm expecting a title to be honest :angel:.

doomsday
Oct 8th, 2011, 06:42 PM
I expect of her to at least pass the RRS :shrug:. A Semifinal would be a decent result there, but I'm expecting a title to be honest :angel:.

We ALL are.:lol:

Break My Rapture
Oct 8th, 2011, 09:01 PM
If she ruins her RR record here. :o She has always reached at least semis, if she fails now with this crop of players...

Mr.Sharapova
Oct 8th, 2011, 09:15 PM
^ IKR. She might get Vera,Sam and Wozniacki as her group players :inlove:.

Sharapovian
Oct 8th, 2011, 11:15 PM
^ IKR. She might get Vera,Sam and Wozniacki as her group players :inlove:.

She definitely can't get Woz in her group, they'll be in 2 separate groups (if she is still no.2 then which I think she will be). Could get Vera and Sam though.

Cherry.
Oct 9th, 2011, 12:14 AM
^Yup. Maria and Woz will be in separate groups.

Steven.
Oct 9th, 2011, 05:37 AM
The good side is that YEC is indoors this year, so no wind to fuck everything up. :) If Maria works hard on her serve, she could do really well.

That is GREAT news. Not to mention her groundies will shoot through the court even more and be much heavier.

I expect of her to at least pass the RRS :shrug:. A Semifinal would be a decent result there, but I'm expecting a title to be honest :angel:.

She will be placed alongside with one of:
- Azarenka or Kvitova (both are dangerous, but Kvitty less so on hc and I believe Maria can beat her).
- Li or Zvonareva (both erratic, and Maria can easily take Zvonareva out. I wonder if Maria will mentally fold against Li though, like she does against Serena)
- Stosur or Aga / Petkovic / Bartoli (none are a match for Maria)

So I'm really expecting she goes 2-1 here at least, considering everyone's form. Ideal RR group would contain Kvitova, Zvonareva and Stosur, where she could very easily go 3-0.

And I agree, anything less than a title here will be disappointing. She could've easily won Tokyo had she not gotten injured, so let's hope nothing tragic occurs, and let's hope she doesn't get upset by anyone.

Anyway, is Maria entering Moscow?

Qetusi
Oct 9th, 2011, 09:09 AM
.

Anyway, is Maria entering Moscow?

No
2 days ago at the official press conference Shamil Tarpishchev said that Maria won't play this years Kremlin Cup

Lucas_Arg
Oct 9th, 2011, 02:24 PM
No
2 days ago at the official press conference Shamil Tarpishchev said that Maria won't play this years Kremlin Cup

:crying2::sobbing:

She can still change her mind though.... Moscow wasn't on her original schedule but after the injury she may realize she needs match practice...

Maidenhair
Oct 9th, 2011, 02:35 PM
No
2 days ago at the official press conference Shamil Tarpishchev said that Maria won't play this years Kremlin Cup

:sad: But I guess we should all be happy if she makes the YEC.

Qetusi
Oct 9th, 2011, 02:54 PM
:crying2::sobbing:

She can still change her mind though.... Moscow wasn't on her original schedule but after the injury she may realize she needs match practice...

It's so hard to undestand? :o She is not playing Moscow - It's already desided
If there was a little chanse of Maria playing Krmlin Cup Tarpishev would tell about it

He said - she is not playing and you must understend that she can't play there
Masha is not healthy yet, she needs to be ready for YEC , But we don't know if she would be
we don't know how her ankle feels :sad:

Lucas_Arg
Oct 9th, 2011, 03:53 PM
It's so hard to undestand? :o She is not playing Moscow - It's already desided
If there was a little chanse of Maria playing Krmlin Cup Tarpishev would tell about it

He said - she is not playing and you must understend that she can't play there
Masha is not healthy yet, she needs to be ready for YEC , But we don't know if she would be
we don't know how her ankle feels :sad:

:sad:

Trih
Oct 10th, 2011, 12:30 AM
http://www.tennisnow.com/News/Sharapova-Should-Thank-Pennetta-For-Shot-At-Number.aspx

Cherry.
Oct 10th, 2011, 12:36 AM
^But it was also Pennetta who denied her the chance to gain points at the USO to close the gap. :lol:

Lucas_Arg
Oct 10th, 2011, 01:03 AM
The scenario is doable.