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Slampova
Dec 27th, 2011, 11:36 PM
Hobart chance to lure Russian Maria by: Adam Smith From: The Mercury December 28, 2011 9:05AM Increase Text SizeDecrease Text

RUSSIAN glamour girl Maria Sharapova could make a shock appearance at the Moorilla Hobart International next month.
The three-time Grand Slam champion withdrew from the Brisbane International which kicks off this Sunday on Christmas Eve due to an ankle injury but with the Hobart main draw not starting until January 8, the extra week could prove the sealer.

Tournament director Mark Handley told the Mercury yesterday he has spoken to Sharapova's management team about the possibility of her joining the 2012 field.

Australians Casey Dellacqua and rising star Ashleigh Barty have been handed two of the four Hobart wildcards, and Handley will now hold on to another for as long as possible while the lure of landing Sharapova remains.

Handley also revealed he is still in contact with Venus Williams, but is less optimistic about securing the American compared to Sharapova.



Williams has not played an official match since her first-round victory at the US Open after being diagnosed with
Sjogren's syndrome, and pulled out of the ASB Classic in Auckland, putting her Australian Open campaign in doubt.

Sharapova first hurt her left ankle at the Pan Pacific Championships in Tokyo in September, and was forced to withdraw from the China Open and later the WTA Championships in Istanbul following two losses.

Although the 24-year-old traditionally does not play any Australian-based lead-up tournaments before the first Grand Slam of the season, a lack of decent match practice may see her play in Hobart.

The only other tournament available before the Open, which starts on January 16, is the Sydney International where Sharapova is the only top 10 player not participating.

``We are not expecting to hear anything until really late, there will be no early answer either way unfortunately,'' Handley said. ``Nominations for the qualifying draw are open until lunchtime on the fifth, so she has pretty much until then to make her mind up.

``At the moment though we are holding one [a wildcard] for her just in case.

``If we could get her it would be massive, a huge boost for the tournament.''

In total, 15 of the top 50 female players have entered the Hobart International, headlined by former world No.12 Yanina Wickmayer.

Shafanovic.
Dec 27th, 2011, 11:40 PM
AS IF NOT COME TO SYDNEY?! :speakles:

claypova
Dec 27th, 2011, 11:41 PM
no maria, come to sydney :sobbing:

Shafanovic.
Dec 27th, 2011, 11:42 PM
I know right :hysteric:

But I understand I guess, she wants to win a few matches.

nelsondan
Dec 27th, 2011, 11:52 PM
This sounds like a good thing, to me. At least we might get new pictures of her.

Mistress of Evil
Dec 28th, 2011, 05:46 AM
I'd love for her to play some matches before AO, so I am all in for Hobart :bounce:

goldlion
Dec 28th, 2011, 10:03 PM
She's gonna play 2 matches max to save up the energy for Melbourne. But I doubt she'll play Hobart.

Slampova
Dec 28th, 2011, 11:48 PM
Maria Sharapova likely to play in Moorilla Hobart International

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011 at 12:58 pm , filed under Tennis News by Terry Lawrence


The former World No. 1 Maria Sharapova is likely to play in the 2012 Moorilla Hobart International championship at the Hobart International Tennis Centre in Hobart next month.

The three-time Grand slam champion Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from the Brisbane International championship with ankle injury, where she has sustained the pain at the Pan Pacific Championships in Tokyo in September. Sharapova is expected to play in the Moorilla Hobart International, before heading into the Australian Open, which will begin on 16th January at Melbourne Park. Hobart International director Mark Handley said tournament main draw will begin till 8th January, which the additional week could prove the sealer.

The 24-year-old Sharapova, who has enjoyed her off court season a lot, but she was disappointed to skip Brisbane International with ankle injury. Mark Handley said he had spoken with Sharapova’s management team, where she is expected to appear in the Moorilla Hobart International, which will take place at the Hobart International Tennis Centre in Hobart, being played on outdoor hard courts. Russian beauty hopes to be fit to play in Moorilla Hobart event, who was suffering from ankle injury.

Sharapova has played great tennis in 2011 season with winning two WTA titles at Rome and Cincinnati, where she also reached the Wimbledon final at All England Club in July.

Shivank17
Dec 29th, 2011, 04:24 AM
I dont think she will play Hobart.
So not getting my hopes high at all. :o
Especially after the big bam she gave for Brisbane :bigcry: :o I was sooo excited for Brisbane. :o

Andy.
Dec 29th, 2011, 04:50 AM
I very much doubt she will play Hobart. Its only a week after Brisbane and if she could play Hobart she probably could have played Brisbane. If she is healthy it would be a very smart choice though. Her opponents wont be too tough and she should get a lot of match practice and confidence.

goldlion
Dec 29th, 2011, 05:19 AM
Doing well in an International event is nice, but it's nothing comparable to doing well in a Premier, especially for elite players. But one may have a good fortnight as Jelena Jankovic said, only it hasn't happened on her tho.

MiiMo
Dec 29th, 2011, 01:17 PM
http://wtaupdates.blogspot.com/2011/12/lets-take-look-at-wta-top-10-maria.html


Article on Maria's 2011 great season ! Check it out :)

lylux
Jan 4th, 2012, 12:53 AM
@tennisbettor (https://twitter.com/#!/tennisbettor/status/154292907787034625)

Maria Sharapova has until lunchtime Thursday to decide if she will play @HobartTennis . She is currently in Melbourne

Reptilia
Jan 4th, 2012, 12:56 AM
:lol: Come on Maria....dooo it.

Shafanovic.
Jan 4th, 2012, 12:57 AM
Win 2 matches and then pull out please.

Break My Rapture
Jan 4th, 2012, 12:58 AM
If she's gonna play before the AO, it should be Sydney and not Hobart.

Steven.
Jan 4th, 2012, 04:27 AM
lol why would she go to Melbourne, to go to Hobart and then back to Melbourne?

Mistress of Evil
Jan 4th, 2012, 06:08 AM
Please, please, please! :sobbing: Fingers crossed! :crying2: Gosh, where is Maja when we need her for some voodoo magic, a spell or whatever what was she doing some time back :spit:

If she's gonna play before the AO, it should be Sydney and not Hobart.

lose 1st round and get that much needed confidence boost, I agree :yeah:

claypova
Jan 4th, 2012, 06:10 AM
lose 1st round and get that much needed confidence boost, I agree :yeah:

because losing in a QF of an MM to a mug journeywoman is so much more comforting :yeah:

Mistress of Evil
Jan 4th, 2012, 06:29 AM
because losing in a QF of an MM to a mug journeywoman is so much more comforting :yeah:

well, I prefer winning two matches and given a walkover but yeah it will be way better than being trashed by the likes of Ivanovic, Schiavone, Petkovic in her very first match in Sydney. I guess, you are mad since you want to see her live there :lol:

claypova
Jan 4th, 2012, 06:33 AM
well, I prefer winning two matches and given a walkover but yeah it will be way better than being trashed by the likes of Ivanovic, Schiavone, Petkovic in her very first match in Sydney. I guess, you are mad since you want to see her live there :lol:

losing a match in straight sets against a quality player in sydney is way better than losing a match in straight sets against a mug player :shrug:

and :facepalm: i dont even want Maria to play in sydney ... she's already in melbourne and she should just stay there and not waste time in hobart

Mistress of Evil
Jan 4th, 2012, 06:51 AM
Winning matches prior to the inevitable loss will be better than winning no matches, at all. :shrug: Against mugs or not it is still match practice which is quite needed to shake off the rust and relax her mentally.

claypova
Jan 4th, 2012, 06:59 AM
she can win matches in Sydney if she played, no?

Mistress of Evil
Jan 4th, 2012, 07:12 AM
Frankly, not sure seeing the entry list and having in mind that she didn't feel ready to play Brisbane, though she went to Australia so early.

doomsday
Jan 4th, 2012, 08:09 AM
What the hell is she doing? :facepalm: It's a great thing I don't expect much from her in Australia.

Break My Rapture
Jan 4th, 2012, 01:45 PM
losing a match in straight sets against a quality player in sydney is way better than losing a match in straight sets against a mug player :shrug:
Exactly. Match play against quality opposition will do so much more for her than dragging down her own level and scraping past/losing to scrubs (like in Auckland last year). Martha's willpower alone is still good enough to drag her through matches against most top 30 players in Sydney anyway.

doomsday
Jan 4th, 2012, 02:21 PM
losing a match in straight sets against a quality player in sydney is way better than winning a match in straight sets against a mug player :shrug:

fixed it for you.:lol:

Sharapovian
Jan 4th, 2012, 05:01 PM
TennisReporters (http://twitter.com/TennisReporters)
Sharapova update: Maria will decide after her morning practice whether to play Hobart.

Is she going to play or not? :sobbing:

Break My Rapture
Jan 4th, 2012, 05:04 PM
:silly:

The emoticon above showcases my reaction to that perfectly.

Mistress of Evil
Jan 4th, 2012, 05:23 PM
Gosh, this girl will kill me. :sobbing: What a suspense about playing a fucking MM!

18majors
Jan 4th, 2012, 05:39 PM
Gosh, this girl will kill me. :sobbing: What a suspense about playing a fucking MM!

It will be a good sign if she decides to play Hobart.

GrandMartha
Jan 4th, 2012, 07:12 PM
don't have high hope that she'll play Hobart.
Prepare yourselves for another first round exit in Melbourne :yawn:

Fighterpova
Jan 4th, 2012, 07:56 PM
don't have high hope that she'll play Hobart.
Prepare yourselves for another first round exit in Melbourne :yawn:

Yeah, I'm not expecting much :o

At least if she's healthy she could rack up some points at the AO 2013 :lol:

cyannnnn
Jan 4th, 2012, 08:12 PM
TennisReporters (http://twitter.com/TennisReporters)
Sharapova update: Maria will decide after her morning practice whether to play Hobart.

Is she going to play or not? :sobbing:

she will not play (for me) it's a olympic year,i don't think she will risk to injury herself

claypova
Jan 4th, 2012, 09:21 PM
Will Maria pleeeeeeease just decide :sobbing:

fixed it for you.:lol:

maria put a great performance in the QF of Auckland last year :yeah:

Break My Rapture
Jan 4th, 2012, 09:32 PM
If she decides after her morning practice (it's about 9:30 AM in Melbz if I'm not mistaken), we should be hearing about her soon.

claypova
Jan 5th, 2012, 12:28 AM
any news yet? :lol:

lefty24
Jan 5th, 2012, 12:43 AM
any news yet? :lol:

nope. But I'm checking twitter every couple of minutes. Hopefully we'll find out soon.

lefty24
Jan 5th, 2012, 02:39 AM
She's not playing Hobart. Ankles not feeling good enough.
This is not good news. :(
I was trying to be optimistic but the ankle is a lot more serious than I thought.

Edit: TennisReporters (http://twitter.com/TennisReporters)
Maria Sharapova WILL NOT take a wild card into Hobart. Apparently her ankle does not feel good enough yet

pedropt
Jan 5th, 2012, 02:43 AM
:scared:

claypova
Jan 5th, 2012, 02:43 AM
i really doubt thats the real reason :shrug:

lang26
Jan 5th, 2012, 03:16 AM
Maria Sharapova will not accept a wild card into next week's tournament in Hobart, TENNIS.com has learned. Three-time Grand Slam champion Sharapova withdrew from thisweek's tournament in Brisbane because of her continuing recovery from a left ankle injury, which she suffered at the Pan Pacific Championships in Tokyo in late September.

Sharapova has been training in Melbourne and still plans on participating in the Australian Open, which she won in 2008 and begins Jan. 16 in Melbourne. She last played at the year-end WTA Championships in late October, when she withdrew after her second match. - Matt Cronin

Fighterpova
Jan 5th, 2012, 03:25 AM
2nd withdrawal already :sobbing:
I hope this doesn't turn into 2009 :unsure:

hobahobaspirit
Jan 5th, 2012, 03:34 AM
i really doubt thats the real reason :shrug:

I don't believe it either. It was clear from the beginning that she wasn't going to play Hobart since she already was in Melbourne.

I'm still not sure why she withdrew from Brisbane. I don't think the ankle is bothering her. To me, it seems like she didn't have enough time to practise and work on certain things during the off-season. Maybe she started her off-season training late cause of the ankle.

Lachy
Jan 5th, 2012, 03:36 AM
I don't believe it either. It was clear from the beginning that she wasn't going to play Hobart since she already was in Melbourne.

I'm still not sure why she withdrew from Brisbane. I don't think the ankle is bothering her. To me, it seems like she didn't have enough time to practise and work on certain things during the off-season. Maybe she started her off-season training late cause of the ankle.

Agree with this (hope :lol:)

Mistress of Evil
Jan 5th, 2012, 04:11 AM
Cannot imagine how nervous her first round march is gonna be for her + mainly for us :sobbing:

Julian.
Jan 5th, 2012, 05:10 AM
Please surprise us and play like a GOAT like you did before in 2008 :sobbing:

Shafanovic.
Jan 5th, 2012, 05:19 AM
^ :happy:

Fighterpova
Jan 5th, 2012, 06:17 AM
Please surprise us and play like a GOAT like you did before in 2008 :sobbing:

:spit: :facepalm: :haha: :rolls: :lol: :sobbing: ::hysteric:
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GOAT :worship:

I like the optimism though :lol:

JamieOwen3
Jan 5th, 2012, 06:59 AM
show em bitch!

**mashafierce**
Jan 5th, 2012, 08:20 AM
Well at first I wasn't expecting good results in AO but I figured that she's so unpredictable.We can never predict her results we are always wrong

Crux Squall
Jan 5th, 2012, 09:58 AM
Dont know why but i dont feel nervous.
i hope she can hit the ball harder, in the corner, not alway in the middle. i know she can do it, just find her old game backs

Sharapovian
Jan 5th, 2012, 10:03 AM
Fine with her not playing Hobart but really the ankle still doesn't feel good? that's worrisome if true. :unsure:

Nina.
Jan 5th, 2012, 10:48 AM
She's not playing Hobart. Ankles not feeling good enough.
This is not good news. :(
I was trying to be optimistic but the ankle is a lot more serious than I thought.


Right :lol:
It's not that I really expected her to play Hobart but I still think it's a bad decision to go into a Grand Slam without having a played a match since October... Back in the days she used to play the Hong Kong exo which was pretty competitive prior to the AO at least.

MashaFan01
Jan 5th, 2012, 06:53 PM
Whatever the case with Masha's ankle - true or not true that it's still bothering her - I'm sure she (and her team) knows what she's doing - I remember all the upset posts when Masha didn't play any tournaments on grass before Wimbledon and the doubts some people had - but she surprised us all - even if she didn't go all the way - Who would have thought?

How ever it goes in the AO 2012 - I'm sure Masha won't participate if she doesn't think that she's a chance to play good tennis and go deep - and I'll be happy if she can go passed the R4 - We always can dream about her winning the whole event - but then the Gods really must favor her - implant some feeling of invincibility in her and give her loads of luck in the draw - I'm just looking forward and excited to see her play again - even if it was only for a couple of matches and even if I'll be devastated if she's kicked out early - I was close to tears in her USO match vs Flavia Pennetta :lol: - but at the end of the day - I still love her to pieces as you all will - right?

YOU GO GURL!!!

18majors
Jan 5th, 2012, 07:50 PM
Whatever the case with Masha's ankle - true or not true that it's still bothering her - I'm sure she (and her team) knows what she's doing - I remember all the upset posts when Masha didn't play any tournaments on grass before Wimbledon and the doubts some people had - but she surprised us all - even if she didn't go all the way - Who would have thought?

How ever it goes in the AO 2012 - I'm sure Masha won't participate if she doesn't think that she's a chance to play good tennis and go deep - and I'll be happy if she can go passed the R4 - We always can dream about her winning the whole event - but then the Gods really must favor her - implant some feeling of invincibility in her and give her loads of luck in the draw - I'm just looking forward and excited to see her play again - even if it was only for a couple of matches and even if I'll be devastated if she's kicked out early - I was close to tears in her USO match vs Flavia Pennetta :lol: - but at the end of the day - I still love her to pieces as you all will - right?

YOU GO GURL!!!

Right.

madmax
Jan 5th, 2012, 09:29 PM
Whatever the case with Masha's ankle - true or not true that it's still bothering her - I'm sure she (and her team) knows what she's doing - I remember all the upset posts when Masha didn't play any tournaments on grass before Wimbledon and the doubts some people had - but she surprised us all - even if she didn't go all the way - Who would have thought?

How ever it goes in the AO 2012 - I'm sure Masha won't participate if she doesn't think that she's a chance to play good tennis and go deep - and I'll be happy if she can go passed the R4 - We always can dream about her winning the whole event - but then the Gods really must favor her - implant some feeling of invincibility in her and give her loads of luck in the draw - I'm just looking forward and excited to see her play again - even if it was only for a couple of matches and even if I'll be devastated if she's kicked out early - I was close to tears in her USO match vs Flavia Pennetta :lol: - but at the end of the day - I still love her to pieces as you all will - right?

YOU GO GURL!!!

:worship::bounce:
finally an uplifting post amongst all the DramaLama queens

jameshazza
Jan 6th, 2012, 02:51 PM
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/tennis/open-season-for-stargazers/story-fn77kxzt-1226238601399

http://resources3.news.com.au/images/2012/01/06/1226238/601047-maria-sharapova.gif


MELBOURNE'S summer of tennis has arrived with the sport's hottest players hitting town to tune up for this month's Australian Open.

Russian glamour Maria Sharapova and world No. 1 Novak Djokovic hit the courts at Melbourne Park for practice sessions yesterday, with more stars expected to arrive over the weekend.

Serbian ace Djokovic warmed up on Margaret Court Arena as he kick-started his campaign to defend his Australian Open crown.

The 24-year-old ended the 2011 season with a record $12.6 million in prizemoney and 10 titles to his name, including three Grand Slams - Wimbledon, the US Open and the Australian Open.

He will start favourite to claim his third Australian Open title.

Sharapova, who has been practising in Melbourne all week, hit up on Rod Laver Arena as workers and cleaners busied themselves in the stands around her.

Dressed in low-key black and white, Sharapova spent time honing her serves and return shots.

She showed no signs of being hampered by the ankle trouble she cited as the reason for pulling out of this week's Brisbane International.

More than 650,000 fans are expected to pass through Melbourne Park for the opening Grand Slam of the year, which starts January 16.

Australian Open organisers said ticket sales were already tracking ahead of last year.

The $360 million redevelopment of Melbourne Park is not expected to affect spectators, who will already see plenty of changes to the precinct.


This gives me more faith that they know what they are doing. Tbh I think its because she got next to nothing done during off-season.

dsanders06
Jan 7th, 2012, 07:53 PM
I had a dream last night that she won the Australian Open, beating Kvitova in an epic semifinal before beating Azarenka in the final :hearts:

Please let it be so :awww:

atominside
Jan 7th, 2012, 07:56 PM
I had a dream last night that she won the Australian Open, beating Kvitova in an epic semifinal before beating Azarenka in the final :hearts:

Please let it be so :awww:

:sad:thats so wonderful. Last time i had a dream about maria was before wimbledon. i dreamt she won it, beating venus in the final. When Venus lost to pironkova in the 4th round i lost some hope, but maria powered through to the final. but. it couldnt be :sad:

Mr.Sharapova
Jan 7th, 2012, 08:13 PM
I had a dream last night that she won the Australian Open, beating Kvitova in an epic semifinal before beating Azarenka in the final :hearts:

Please let it be so :awww:

Exactly my dream a while ago. She beat Kim in R3 in my dream though :lol:.

lefty24
Jan 7th, 2012, 09:04 PM
I had a dream last night that she won the Australian Open, beating Kvitova in an epic semifinal before beating Azarenka in the final :hearts:

Please let it be so :awww:

that would be amazing!
I love Vika and Petra is left handed so I like her too.

Plus they both give her trouble so it would be awesome for her to beat them. (although it looked like Masha was on the right path during the Petra Tokyo match.)

18majors
Jan 7th, 2012, 10:26 PM
that would be amazing!
I love Vika and Petra is left handed so I like her too.

Plus they both give her trouble so it would be awesome for her to beat them. (although it looked like Masha was on the right path during the Petra Tokyo match.)

Yes, Maria played Kvitova tough in Tokyo before she hurt her ankle.

jameshazza
Jan 8th, 2012, 02:59 PM
http://www.smh.com.au/sport/tennis/sharapova-seeks-victory-to-put-all-others-in-the-shade-20120108-1pq49.html

Heard most of it before... but these interviews get me everytime :hearts:

Craig.
Jan 8th, 2012, 05:20 PM
http://www.smh.com.au/sport/tennis/sharapova-seeks-victory-to-put-all-others-in-the-shade-20120108-1pq49.html

Heard most of it before... but these interviews get me everytime :hearts:

Reading these interviews make me realize how wrong I am to doubt her at times.

goldlion
Jan 8th, 2012, 06:42 PM
Same old article. Does it even worth an interview? Maybe it was just a copy and paste (80%)

jameshazza
Jan 8th, 2012, 09:14 PM
Same old article. Does it even worth an interview? Maybe it was just a copy and paste (80%)

It did seem a bit like it... well I also came across an article today about a facebook message she posted about withdrawing from Brisbane. It tried to tell me it only happened today :facepalm:

Mr.Sharapova
Jan 8th, 2012, 10:05 PM
It's always nice to her anything from her though :yeah:.

I don't know about you guys but It's been like 3 months since we've seen Maria play and I can't wait to see her at the AO.

JoPova
Jan 8th, 2012, 10:26 PM
It's always nice to her anything from her though :yeah:.

I don't know about you guys but It's been like 3 months since we've seen Maria play and I can't wait to see her at the AO.

I feel the same!! It's been so long since the last time we saw her play!!

moemoe
Jan 9th, 2012, 10:11 AM
So the first tournament of the year for Maria will be the AO??

jameshazza
Jan 9th, 2012, 10:14 AM
So the first tournament of the year for Maria will be the AO??

This, we can confirm.

Steven.
Jan 9th, 2012, 10:28 AM
It's always nice to her anything from her though :yeah:.

I don't know about you guys but It's been like 3 months since we've seen Maria play and I can't wait to see her at the AO.

Well said. I miss the super intense adrenaline rush from just watching tennis.

denny5576
Jan 9th, 2012, 01:11 PM
http://www.smh.com.au/sport/tennis/sharapova-seeks-victory-to-put-all-others-in-the-shade-20120108-1pq49.html

Heard most of it before... but these interviews get me everytime :hearts:
It is not a new interview. Nothing is new in this article. It is a compilation of Maria's old interviews.

jameshazza
Jan 9th, 2012, 05:44 PM
It is not a new interview. Nothing is new in this article. It is a compilation of Maria's old interviews.

Yeh we figured out that out :shrug:. Still nice though. :hearts:

18majors
Jan 10th, 2012, 05:13 PM
Nice interview:

Maria Sharapova: The granny of tennis, age 24
http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/tennis/maria-sharapova-the-granny-of-tennis-age-24-6287470.html

"I love competing and there's nothing else in my life that gives me that, whether it's designing or doing a photo shoot. Many things in life are controlled by other people, especially in their work. In my work, in my career, everything is controlled in my hands.

"That gives me such a freedom in a way, because I know that if I lose a match it was in my hands. I could have won it, but I lost it. There are people around you in the team who help you and prepare you and get you ready, but at the end of the day it's about you, and it's you trying to beat your opponent. That's the best feeling."

Steven.
Jan 11th, 2012, 03:06 AM
Nice interview:

Maria Sharapova: The granny of tennis, age 24
http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/tennis/maria-sharapova-the-granny-of-tennis-age-24-6287470.html

"I love competing and there's nothing else in my life that gives me that, whether it's designing or doing a photo shoot. Many things in life are controlled by other people, especially in their work. In my work, in my career, everything is controlled in my hands.

"That gives me such a freedom in a way, because I know that if I lose a match it was in my hands. I could have won it, but I lost it. There are people around you in the team who help you and prepare you and get you ready, but at the end of the day it's about you, and it's you trying to beat your opponent. That's the best feeling."

GOAT. :worship: Looking forwrd to AO for sure. Miss you bb girl! So glad that she can't draw Sarin in R4.

jameshazza
Jan 11th, 2012, 04:16 AM
GOAT. :worship: Looking forwrd to AO for sure. Miss you bb girl! So glad that she can't draw Sarin in R4.

Serena is 13...she can :sad:

doni1212
Jan 11th, 2012, 04:34 AM
Andrea pulled out so Serena is now going to be seeded 12th.

jameshazza
Jan 11th, 2012, 05:13 AM
Andrea pulled out so Serena is now going to be seeded 12th.

OMG...relief.
A Li Na vs Serena R4 could be interesting, Stosur wouldn't cope with the hype of a rematch on home turf

Mistress of Evil
Jan 11th, 2012, 05:42 AM
I am so not thinking about the 4th round.
Anyway, somebody should open the AO thread already, I know nobody wants to be the black sheep and responsible for the failure, but come on. :lol:

jameshazza
Jan 11th, 2012, 06:00 AM
I am so not thinking about the 4th round.
Anyway, somebody should open the AO thread already, I know nobody wants to be the black sheep and responsible for the failure, but come on. :lol:

I can't I'm not here long enough. I say wait till a few hours before the draw and we can let out nerves :D
Will there be a live thread for maria matches here as well as GM or just GM

Andy.
Jan 11th, 2012, 08:31 AM
WOW thats a bit of a lucky break for Masha and all of the top 4. Not very nice that it had to come as a result of a withdrawal but hey we'll take it.

claypova
Jan 11th, 2012, 09:17 AM
I am so not thinking about the 4th round.
Anyway, somebody should open the AO thread already, I know nobody wants to be the black sheep and responsible for the failure, but come on. :lol:

THIS we need it in time for the draw :sobbing:

ofc i can't open it ... the threads I opened were Auckland and Tokyo :crying2:

Mistress of Evil
Jan 11th, 2012, 09:24 AM
THIS we need it in time for the thread :sobbing:

ofc i can't open it ... the threads I opened were Auckland and Tokyo :crying2:

the graphics you did in one of these threads were amazing, though as far as I remember :sobbing:

claypova
Jan 11th, 2012, 09:26 AM
IIRC, i put Maria's face into Dementieva holding the auckland trophy :oh:

Mistress of Evil
Jan 11th, 2012, 09:40 AM
Actually, I was referring to the layout you did for Auckland with the pics of Maria's AO dresses through the years. :lol: But, yeah, Tokyo was nice, too.

claypova
Jan 11th, 2012, 09:44 AM
oh :lol:

someone just open the thread please :sobbing:

Lachy
Jan 11th, 2012, 09:49 AM
I took the liberty of creating the thread. I couldn't contain my excitement anymore :sobbing:

rucolo
Jan 12th, 2012, 04:15 PM
http://www.smh.com.au/sport/tennis/sharapova-seeks-victory-to-put-all-others-in-the-shade-20120108-1pq49.html


Sharapova seeks victory to put all others in the shade

January 9, 2012
Injury-plagued Russian says winning this year's Australian Open title would be the finest moment of her career, writes Linda Pearce.

Maria Sharapova won Wimbledon in 2004 as a 17-year-old starlet, the 2006 US Open as a glamorous global brand, and the 2008 Australian Open as a dethroned No.1 who had returned - for the first time - from the shoulder injury that would plague her. She believes her next major title, if there is one, will be her finest.

''If I'm able to win a grand slam after my injury it would be my biggest victory in my career, definitely,'' said Sharapova, who dipped to No.126 in the rankings in 2009 just before resuming from shoulder surgery.

''Knowing what I had to go through in order just to play tennis, mentally and physically, and knowing that I had that desire in me to keep going.

''Whereas when you do something from when you're four years old and it's just on automatic pilot, and you're young, you're bound to improve because you're learning.

''You're learning from experience, learning from matches. So when you're kind of at a standstill and you have to start from scratch, that's when you really test your motivation levels and that determination.''

Sharapova is renowned as one of the game's steeliest and most driven competitors, but she is far more likeable in an intimate interview situation than the slightly haughty figure who presides over the world's press rooms.

She is physically striking, of course: tall, lean and green-eyed, with a presence and star power exuded by very few. She is also a young veteran of 24, as hard as that is to reconcile with the fact that she won her first, biggest and most surprising slam more than seven years ago.

If, to us, Sharapova seems to have been around for an age, she admits that ''in a way'' it also feels that way to her. After all, she started playing at four, moved from Russia to Nick Bollettieri's academy in Florida at seven, turned professional on her 14th birthday and won her first title two years later.

''Someone was saying how young Petra [Kvitova] was, and she's 21, right, and I was thinking to myself, 'Oh my God, 21. What does that make me? I'm like a grandma! I'm just three years older than her','' Sharapova laughs. ''I think just because I've been on the tour and obviously winning at a young age, I think that makes me feel like I've been on the tour longer, but I don't regret that.''

So if tennis years are like dog years, does that make her a thirtysomething? ''Oh, I still feel like a teenager,'' she declares.

The world No.4 is also a wife-to-be. Sharapova got engaged last year to basketball player Sasha Vujacic, who is based in Turkey until mid-year after moving from the New Jersey Nets to Anadolu Efes Istanbul during the NBA lockout.

Sharapova says her professional/personal mix is ''a great balance'', describing a life far from the A-list parties and red-carpet affairs of which another tennis uber-celebrity, Serena Williams, is so fond.

''I have a very normal life away from tennis, and it's simply because I choose to be normal and I choose to have simplicity and enjoy simplicity in life,'' she says. ''To me, going back home, the first days at home, are always the best of my year, because after travelling and being on the road where everything is taken care of, and you're driven around and you're going to restaurants, it's nice to have that realistic feel about life. And to obviously have someone that you can share it with makes it even better.''

Yet her private contentment has apparently not affected her tennis desire, for the owner of 24 career titles and a 2011 Wimbledon finalist works as determinedly as ever. ''I think it actually settles you in a way, because you know what you have in life, and you know a tennis career can only go for so long. You can only be physically capable of doing what you do to a certain extent.

''You know [that] at a certain point both of our bodies are not going to allow us to keep doing our jobs after a certain age. So we're very content in a way where we know that when we are done with our crazy hectic lifestyles and our travels and our sports that we're going to have so much time to spend together and that makes us very happy to know that we already have that and established that.''

She is also the highest off-court earner in women's sport, her $17 million in career prizemoney dwarfed by an array of mostly blue-chip endorsements ranging, slightly incongruously, from an anti-dandruff shampoo to the top-end jeweller Tiffany & Co, and a lucrative long-term deal with sportswear giant Nike.

Yet a love of competing is still what drives her, and pushed Sharapova to return from her shoulder operation more quickly than she was told she could. ''There's nothing else in my life that gives me that, whether it's designing, doing a photo shoot … in my work, in my career, everything is controlled in my hands, and that gives me such a freedom, in a way, because I know that if I lose the match it's because I lost the match. It was in my hands.''

The cloud now is over Sharapova's left ankle, injured in Tokyo in October, not quite right by Istanbul and still insufficiently healed to allow her to play in the Brisbane International.

After eventually deciding against a wildcard into the small Hobart tournament, she has spent almost a full week practising in Melbourne, where she will remain in the lead-up to next week's Australian Open. ''Maria's a big unknown,'' says the former tour player and now commentator Rennae Stubbs.

She is also the highest off-court earner in women's sport, her $17 million in career prizemoney dwarfed by an array of mostly blue-chip endorsements ranging, slightly incongruously, from an anti-dandruff shampoo to the top-end jeweller Tiffany & Co, and a lucrative long-term deal with sportswear giant Nike.

Yet a love of competing is still what drives her, and pushed Sharapova to return from her shoulder operation more quickly than she was told she could. ''There's nothing else in my life that gives me that, whether it's designing, doing a photo shoot … in my work, in my career, everything is controlled in my hands, and that gives me such a freedom, in a way, because I know that if I lose the match it's because I lost the match. It was in my hands.''

The cloud now is over Sharapova's left ankle, injured in Tokyo in October, not quite right by Istanbul and still insufficiently healed to allow her to play in the Brisbane International.

After eventually deciding against a wildcard into the small Hobart tournament, she has spent almost a full week practising in Melbourne, where she will remain in the lead-up to next week's Australian Open. ''Maria's a big unknown,'' says the former tour player and now commentator Rennae Stubbs.

''There's a lot of boxes that aren't being ticked right now. Her health, for one, and mentally that affects you because you haven't had a lot of matches, and she really hasn't played a lot since the US Open, so there's massive question marks.

''When Maria's on [form], she's one of the best players in the world for sure, but she just hasn't had a lot of matches. So she's coming in pretty cold, and she's a confidence player, like most players.

''Someone like Kim Clijsters can have a bad week and and then come out the next week and play 'lights out'. Maria's not like that, but if she gets through a few rounds there's no question: she's dangerous.''

And still hungry. Sharapova is a proven winner, but it is also four years since her last success. The first three slams were thrilling, satisfying, rewarding. A fourth would, for many reasons, be something more again.


Nice article and nice words from Maria! :)

Can`t believe it`s been 4 years now since her last Grand Slam title :sobbing:

Sharapovian
Jan 14th, 2012, 09:54 AM
Sharapova doing whatever it takes

Hundreds of children – some laughing, others crying, one even imitating her infamous shriek – are bracing Maria Sharapova for any unexpected courtside distractions in the coming fortnight.

Desperate for court-time, having withdrawn from her only Australian Open lead-up event in Brisbane, the Russian fourth seed agreed to play a practice set against Elena Vesnina yesterday on the unfamiliar surrounds of an outside court, amid hordes of her youngest fans.

After dusting off the cobwebs on Margaret Court Arena, Sharapova made it clear the injury-interrupted lead-ups to some of her biggest Australian Open threats – such as Serena Williams, Kim Clijsters and Caroline Wozniacki – made no difference to her approach.

“To be honest, I think everyone's really selfish and just thinking about themselves,” she said.

And does that extend to Sharapova?

“Yes, yes, yes,” she laughed.

The 2008 Australian Open champion was quick to allay any concerns for her injured ankle and declared herself fit to begin the year’s first Grand Slam campaign.

“I prefer to be going into the first Grand Slam healthy, not necessarily thinking that I've not played a lot of matches. To me health is the most important,” she said.

“My injury was a sprained ankle, so it was a little bit unlucky. Everyone has a few nagging injuries. It's just part of our careers.”

While a veteran of nearly 11 years on tour and drawing on her own memories of her first visit to Melbourne Park as a junior back in 2002, it is easy to forget Sharapova is still only 24.

When it was suggested she belonged somewhere in the middle-aged bracket – between the veterans, such as the Williams sisters and Clijsters and the younger brigade, including 21-year-old Petra Kvitova – Sharapova was having none of it.

“Define ‘young’,” she said. “Because 24 is not past 25 so I’m early 20s.

“I just woke up a couple weeks ago and I thought to myself when I was 18 … ‘Gosh, would I still be playing at 25? Wow, seven years’.

“But now I'm 24 and I wake up and I still feel like I have so many more years ahead of me.”

Sharapova remembers being one of those starstruck fans, much like those surrounding her on Margaret Court Arena yesterday.

“I had that experience more so growing up in Florida and going to the Miami tournament every year. I remember my parents and I would drive down just to go and see the matches,” she said.

“I actually preferred going and seeing the men playing. I remember loving going to Marcelo Rios’s matches and having a good laugh, watching some fun tennis, Kafelnikov as well.”

Four years since she held aloft the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup at Melbourne Park, Sharapova said her game was now more consistent as she looked to add to the three grand slam titles to her name.

But she agreed her title run in 2008 was among the best tennis she has produced.

“I think throughout a two‑week stage, for sure,” she said.

“No matter who you are, it's pretty tough to have a high level over seven matches in 14 days. You're bound to have some letdowns.

“It was the toughest draw that I think I ever had in my career, as well.”

Sharapova begins her 2012 Australian Open campaign against Argentina’s Gisela Dulko.

http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/articles/2012-01-14/201201141326529089384.html

Steven.
Jan 14th, 2012, 10:33 AM
YASSSSSSSSS CONSISTENCY IS WHAT YOU NEED, BEB. Suddenly optimistic again. :sobbing:

domon17th
Jan 14th, 2012, 01:24 PM
I like that she acknowledges that THE AO08 run was her best display of tennis consistently throughout a 2 weeks period, and also the insane draw she was given. So much pride till even today when I recall her blasting her way through the field.

denny5576
Jan 14th, 2012, 01:55 PM
14 JanMaria Sharapova press conference before the Australian Open 2012.

Q. How is the body feeling at the moment?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, good. I′ve been in Melbourne for some time now. Came here a little bit early. I was thinking of maybe playing a tournament the week before. Just thought it would be good to stay here and train and get ready.
I wasn′t really in a hurry to go and play a tournament when I didn′t feel like, you know, I had enough practice and all.
But, yeah, it′s been really good. The body feels really good.

Q. You had a set on Margaret Court.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, it was good. I spoke to Craig Tiley a week ago and he mentioned the Kids′ Day, if somehow I wanted to be involved in it. I knew there was little doubles and stuff going on. I knew I hadn′t played a lot of matches. I thought it would be great if I could go out and play a set. It was good.

Q. Is the ankle healed right now or are you unsure of some moves?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, it′s healed pretty well. It just didn′t heal as fast as I thought it would. But, yeah, it feels good now.

Q. Are you worried about lacking matches and starting your season in a Grand Slam?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I prefer to be going into the first Grand Slam healthy, not necessarily thinking that I′ve not played a lot of matches. To me health is the most important.

Q. There′s a lot of the top players carrying injuries coming into this tournament. Is that a little unusual?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Uhm, I′m not sure. You know, it′s a pretty tough sport. We play for many months out of the year. My injury was a sprained ankle, so it was a little bit unlucky. Everyone has a few nagging injuries. It′s just part of our careers. It′s just how we go about it and try to heal it at fast as possible.

Q. Does it make it any easier to deal with?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: To be honest, I think everyone′s really selfish and just thinking about themselves (laughter). I′ll be really honest with you.

Q. Does that include yourself?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yes, yes, yes (smiling).

Q. You have the younger players on the tour emerging and some of the older players like Serena Williams and Kim Clijsters. You′re in the middle. Where do you feel like you fit in?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Do I need to feel like I fit in, placement on the grid?

Q. How do you see the battle between the younger and older players and where you fit into that?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Uhm, define ′young′.

Q. Early 20s, Kvitova, Wozniacki.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Because 24 is not past 25, so I would say that′s still kind of early 20s. I just woke up a couple weeks ago and I thought to myself, When I was 18, I′d be thinking, Gosh, would I still be playing at 25. Wow, seven years. But now I′m 24 and I wake up and I still feel like I have so many more years ahead of me.

Q. Do you remember your first year here?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: In the juniors or in pros?

Q. In the juniors even.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I remember losing in the final of the juniors and not being too happy about it.

Q. Just coming to Australia, what type of person were you, what type of player? What was the experience like?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, at that age it′s all about experience. I don′t think there′s really a bad experience you can have. When you′re at that point in your career, you′re just learning and everything is coming to you. You win or lose, you′re benefitting from all of it. You learn if you lose the matches. If you win, you improve your ranking and so on, people notice you and all that.
Yeah, it was an important time in my career ′cause those were the years where I kind of went from the juniors and started playing more pros. It′s a pretty important transition for any player.

Q. Wozniacki was saying when she first came here she was 13. You got to be around the stars. Did you ever feel that way, wide eyed, not thinking, Oh, my God, there′s Steffi or Monica?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Was Steffi still playing then?

Q. No, sorry. She stopped in ′99.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Actually I had that experience more so growing up in Florida and going to the Miami tournament every year. I remember my parents and I would drive down just to go and see the matches.
I actually preferred going and seeing the men playing. I remember loving going to Marcelo Rios′ matches and having a good laugh, watching some fun tennis, Kafelnikov as well. Yeah, that was my real experience where I wasn′t there to play but just to see the players and to watch tennis.

Q. It′s hard for us to get an understanding who the favorite might be on the women′s side of things. We don′t know how bad all the injuries are. Do you see as a competitor somebody that stands out?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Is it any different than other years?

Q. Probably not. But there were four different Grand Slam winners last year. It′s tough to get a read on it.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: You just want me to help you with that?

Q. Yes.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: That′s a tough one because we all come in here trying to be as prepared as we can. This is the start of a new year for us. We′re coming off a little bit of an off season where we′re training on the things maybe we feel we needed to improve. It just kind of gives us time to settle down and get away from the tour life for a little bit. This is just where it begins.
I think it′s not just for you or anyone in this room, but for me, too, it′s cool to see how everyone comes out of it, where they are, where they′re playing, where their level is.

Q. What was it like when you went to Miami as a player?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: First time I went to Miami as a player, they had like a junior version of the Miami tournament. I think it was maybe eight girls. I remember playing Gisela Dulko in the finals of this tournament actually. We had quite the battle, one of those Court 17s or something.
Yeah, I think I won. Maybe I lost. I don′t know. I remember it was three sets because it was probably the longest junior match I ever played.
Yeah, it′s all experience. Like I said, that′s one of the most important transitional stages as a tennis player, from the juniors going to the pros.

Q. Is it fair to say that 2008 when you won here was the best level you ever had?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I think throughout a two week stage, for sure. No matter who you are, it′s pretty tough to have a high level over seven matches in 14 days. You′re bound to have some letdowns, maybe conditions, your opponent, maybe just not a good day. I actually thought the final was probably one of the worst matches I played in the whole couple of weeks as far as level goes.
But, yeah, it was the toughest draw that I think I ever had in my career, as well, so...

Q. Then your level over the last year compared to 2008 at times.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I think my level was much more consistent than where I saw it at the couple years before that, you know, following the shoulder surgery. It was a big step for me in the right direction. We talked about all my changes that I made in the beginning of the year, new coach, new racquet. Obviously a lot of uncertainty. One level where I wasn′t going up or down. It′s tough. You make those changes and you want to benefit from them, but you′re not quite sure when and how.
Yeah, I didn′t really start the year off on the best note. I lost here in the fourth round. I got sick playing Paris. Didn′t play in Fed Cup. It was kind of, Where is this going? Then all of a sudden things clicked because ultimately when you put in the work, it′s going to pay off. Maybe not tomorrow, maybe not in one week, but maybe in many months.

Q. Can you talk about the things that you′ve been working on in your game now.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I mean, for me it′s just being aggressive and finding ways to move forward and finishing the points closer to the net. I mean, if I′m running around and playing 10 , 20 ball rallies, it usually means I′m not playing my game.
You know, first ball after the serve, being aggressive on the return, the first balls are very important. Yeah, things like that, moving forward, getting faster, yeah.

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Mr.Sharapova
Jan 14th, 2012, 02:24 PM
Nice interview :yeah:.

hobahobaspirit
Jan 14th, 2012, 05:08 PM
Maria liked Marcelo Rios ? :eek:

lefty24
Jan 14th, 2012, 06:07 PM
Love the interview!
I always love when she says she has many years ahed of her in her career.

18majors
Jan 14th, 2012, 06:40 PM
A nice picutre of Maria:

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/tennis/sharapova-set-for-a-glam-slam/story-fn77kxzt-1226244542610

Qetusi
Jan 14th, 2012, 07:20 PM
A nice picutre of Maria:

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/tennis/sharapova-set-for-a-glam-slam/story-fn77kxzt-1226244542610

It's from last years player party ;)

Monzanator
Jan 14th, 2012, 08:20 PM
Maria liked Marcelo Rios ? :eek:

How can you dislike him? :sobbing: Shame it was Guga who won all the majors :p

dsanders06
Jan 14th, 2012, 09:10 PM
Encouraged by that interview tbh :shrug: She's usually pretty realistic about where her health is (like at the YEC, she admitted before the tournament started that the ankle wasn't really that great and that she wouldn't be playing if it wasn't a big tournament), so if she says her ankle's good now, I believe her.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Because 24 is not past 25, so I would say that′s still kind of early 20s. I just woke up a couple weeks ago and I thought to myself, When I was 18, I′d be thinking, Gosh, would I still be playing at 25. Wow, seven years. But now I′m 24 and I wake up and I still feel like I have so many more years ahead of me.

:hearts:

Break My Rapture
Jan 15th, 2012, 10:11 AM
Maria has a new minion, Veronika Kudermetova.

Check the "Who's wearing Sharapova?" section: http://www.mariasharapova.com/

Julian.
Jan 15th, 2012, 10:19 AM
Maria has a new minion, Veronika Kudermetova.

Check the "Who's wearing Sharapova?" section: http://www.mariasharapova.com/

Yeah, I already posted it in her outfit thread a few days ago :D
http://www.tennisforum.com/showpost.php?p=20693315&postcount=974

Break My Rapture
Jan 15th, 2012, 10:26 AM
Haha sorry, didn't see it. ;)

Julian.
Jan 15th, 2012, 01:02 PM
^ Seems like nobody gives a damn about it :lol:

Break My Rapture
Jan 15th, 2012, 01:05 PM
Well no one has heard of her I think. :lol: I certainly haven't.

Julian.
Jan 15th, 2012, 01:07 PM
I haven't either :lol:

jameshazza
Jan 15th, 2012, 01:34 PM
I haven't either :lol:

I think there was only ever 2/3 i had heard btw... who is that in your pictures julian? You've probably been asked a million times. :hearts: Also in one article I was reading about Maria it said there was some sort of event she had revealing her dress similar to other years. But I can't find any articles actually on it, which is strange cus there always is

Julian.
Jan 15th, 2012, 01:37 PM
^ The guy in my avatar is Penn Badgley :lol: The guy from Gossip Girl :p

shaktincredible
Jan 15th, 2012, 02:20 PM
@julian : i prefer nate archibald rather than dan humphrey :p

Julian.
Jan 15th, 2012, 02:21 PM
I prefer Dan Humphrey :lol: He is so my type :p

Steven.
Jan 15th, 2012, 02:22 PM
Maybe if nate got a haircut. Seriously, his hair style is a travesty.

nelsondan
Jan 15th, 2012, 03:34 PM
How many hours from the time I post this...about 25 minutes until noon in NYC..will it be until maria's opening match?

18majors
Jan 15th, 2012, 03:46 PM
How many hours from the time I post this...about 25 minutes until noon in NYC..will it be until maria's opening match?

Can't verify this:

Today's 'HD Hottie' is Maria Sharapova who will play today in the first round of The Australian Open on ESPN 2 at 9 p.m., Jan 16 ET.

http://www.tvpredictions.com/hotmaria011612.htm

atominside
Jan 15th, 2012, 03:48 PM
you all have been here on TF for a good while. Why are you all acting like noobs? The order of play for the first day doesnt have maria playing. jeez.

nelsondan
Jan 15th, 2012, 04:38 PM
you all have been here on TF for a good while. Why are you all acting like noobs? The order of play for the first day doesnt have maria playing. jeez.

My experience in figuring out what day is what in Australia is that it can be tricky. This article uses the old bikini photo of Maria, which makes it suspect. Where I am, the date is January 15th, but the article says the 16th, so when they say today, I am not sure what it means. 9 p.m. in nyc on the 16th, is Monday evening.
Since you obviously know a great deal more than I do, is there any possibility that 9 p.m. in nyc on the 16th is actually Tuesday in Australia?

18majors
Jan 15th, 2012, 04:42 PM
My experience in figuring out what day is what in Australia is that it can be tricky. This article uses the old bikini photo of Maria, which makes it suspect. Where I am, the date is January 15th, but the article says the 16th, so when they say today, I am not sure what it means. 9 p.m. in nyc on the 16th, is Monday evening.
Since you obviously know a great deal more than I do, is there any possibility that 9 p.m. in nyc on the 16th is actually Tuesday in Australia?

9:00 PM NYC, Monday, January 16 is 1:00 PM, Tuesday, January 17 Melbourne time.

atominside
Jan 15th, 2012, 05:16 PM
My experience in figuring out what day is what in Australia is that it can be tricky. This article uses the old bikini photo of Maria, which makes it suspect. Where I am, the date is January 15th, but the article says the 16th, so when they say today, I am not sure what it means. 9 p.m. in nyc on the 16th, is Monday evening.
Since you obviously know a great deal more than I do, is there any possibility that 9 p.m. in nyc on the 16th is actually Tuesday in Australia?

melbourne is 16 hours ahead of you. work it out from there.

Ksenia.
Jan 15th, 2012, 05:38 PM
@julian : i prefer nate archibald rather than dan humphrey :p

I prefer Dan Humphrey :lol: He is so my type :p

Ed Westwick FTW :lol: He's HAWT.

nelsondan
Jan 15th, 2012, 06:29 PM
melbourne is 16 hours ahead of you. work it out from there.

I get 30 hours, 30 minutes from the time I post this.

jameshazza
Jan 15th, 2012, 06:31 PM
I get 30 hours, 30 minutes from the time I post this.

That would be 13.00 on Jan 16th Oz time. So you've got it now... ;)

nelsondan
Jan 16th, 2012, 05:26 PM
I think it is now scheduled 6 hours, 50 minutes from this post. Not completely sure---going by livescore.com.

http://www.livescore.com/tennis/

nelsondan
Jan 17th, 2012, 12:48 AM
Tennis channel says espn2 will pick up the coverage in about 13 minutes. Lisicki is ahead 1-0 in her third set.

jameshazza
Jan 17th, 2012, 02:51 AM
Not often you hear about her Cole Haan Sales

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-01-16/maria-sharapova-rises-in-tennis-rankings-as-her-shoes-boost-nike-unit.html

Maria Sharapova Rises in Tennis Rankings as Her Shoes Boost Nike Unit

Maria Sharapova finished last season inside the top 5 in women’s tennis for the first time since 2007. At Nike Inc.’s Cole Haan unit, she’s No. 1.
The fourth-seeded Russian, who plays her Australian Open opening round match today against Gisela Dulko of Argentina, suffered a serious shoulder injury in 2008 after winning in Melbourne, the third of her major titles. The time off gave the 24-year-old a chance to pursue another interest: fashion.
The $148 flat ballet shoe she designed is one of the best sellers for the Nike wholly-owned subsidiary. She was forced into a nine-month break from the game in mid-2008 because of shoulder surgery, giving her a chance to focus on something other than tennis, Sharapova said. Her first Cole Haan collection was introduced in the spring of 2009.
“It was really an experiment for me,” said Sharapova, who gets a percentage of sales from both her Cole Haan line and a collection of Nike tennis dresses, which she also designs. “I certainly did not think I would be making any money from this because I had zero experience.”
Sharapova won her first major at Wimbledon age 17 in 2004. Grand slam titles followed at the 2006 U.S. Open and the 2008 Australian Open, making her the highest-paid female athlete in the world. The Russian, who moved to the U.S. aged seven, earns $25 million a year from prize money and endorsements with companies including Nike Inc. and Swiss luxury watch brand Tag Heuer, according to Forbes. In tennis, only 16-time major winner Roger Federer and second-ranked Rafael Nadal earn more.
No. 126
Having dropped to No. 126 three years ago following surgery, Sharapova last year climbed back up the rankings thanks to a semifinals spot at Roland Garros and a runner-up place at Wimbledon. She also won in Rome and Cincinnati. The Russian has beaten Dulko two of the three times they’ve met, although the 68th ranked Argentine won the last match at the 2009 Wimbledon.
Also in action today at Melbourne Park, No. 4 seed Andy Murray of Britain plays Ryan Harrison of the U.S. while defending champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia starts against Italy’s Paolo Lorenzi. Former champion Serena Williams of the U.S. faces Tamira Paszek of Austria.
Sharapova gives Nike and Cole Haan, a clothing, shoes, handbag and accessory brand based in Yarmouth, Maine, access to a global audience, Nigel Currie, director of London-based sports marketing agency brandRapport said in an interview.
“There are very few sports stars, in particular in women’s sports, that are instantly recognizable around the world, and Sharapova is one of them,” Currie said.
Cole Haan generates less than 3 percent of total sales at Nike, the world’s largest sporting-goods company. The company declined to release sales figures for Sharapova’s shoe line.
Getting Sharapova on board gave the brand the chance to connect with a “younger” audience, said Ivan Wicksteed, Cole Haan’s chief marketing officer.
Chasing Grand Slam Success
Sharapova comes into 2012 with more confidence after getting further into majors last year, which allowed her to finish inside the top 10 for the first time since 2008. She was No. 1 in May 2008.
“It was really important to have that type of year, with better results,” Sharapova said. “As with any sport, you gain confidence on where your game is and belief.”
An ankle injury sustained in Tokyo in September derailed a shot at taking over the No. 1 ranking from Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki at the end of last year.
To end the season that way was “disappointing,” said Sharapova, who pulled out of a lead-up event Brisbane two weeks ago because of her left ankle. “Injuries are always the toughest part.”
Entering the Australian Open having last played on the WTA Tour in October is going to be “a bit different,” said the Siberian-born right-hander, who has been training in Melbourne for the past two weeks.
“But you don’t have too many options, you just go with what you have and believe in what you have and train as well as you can and put all that effort onto the training court.”
Coming up with a new design that will rival the success of the ballet shoe is also not going to be easy.
“When you start with - let’s call it a ‘luck shoe’ - it’s pretty tough,” Sharapova said. “The great thing is that now you have customers that are coming back to get another pair in a different color when the one that they bought wears out.”

jameshazza
Jan 17th, 2012, 04:45 AM
R1 Interview:

Q. Do you want to break it down? It's been a while since you played. Talk about how you struck the ball, movement, all that.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah. You know, I had a pretty tough first‑round opponent coming into my first event of the year, someone that's beaten me the last time we played at a major.

She can definitely play some really good tennis. I think I was just mentally prepared for that. I was getting ready, I've been practicing here.

Overall, you know, I think I played pretty good and aggressive, and she's someone that likes to have time to create her shots. You know, she has great hands. It was just important to try to take that away from her.

Yeah, I was a little bit sloppy in a couple of the games. Other than that, I thought it was good for a first round.



Q. Did you have fear of the ankle?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: No.



Q. Or when you went out, did you feel you practiced hard enough?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah. You know, I think from the past I could have gone into Brisbane, maybe another event, and said I might not be a hundred percent tennis‑ready, but I want to come into the Grand Slam with a few matches.

That's not really the way my mentality is. I'd rather come in feeling good physically than feeling like I played a lot of matches. It's more important to me than anything.

I've been on the tour for many years, played enough tournaments, I just want to be as ready as I can for the big ones.



Q. It was pretty hot out there. How did it affect you?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I've been through many stages of weather here in the last couple of weeks. I came here. First couple days I think it was 40 degrees. Actually had to close the roof for practice, in one of the practices, and then we went into winter weather, then back into the heat. It's quite random.

But, yeah, you know, I like this weather. Obviously I prefer it to be a little bit cooler. This is part of the Australian Open: you just never know what you're going to get. Maybe the next few days it will cool down. But it does get, on the court, pretty warm.



Q. I know she beat you at Wimbledon. You played exhibitions with her. Is that familiarity level, you kind of know what's coming?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah. We know each other's games really well. Like you say, we grew up together in the juniors. She's one of the few that I played doubles with actually in my so‑called short‑term doubles career.

Yeah, you know, I know how she can play. I know the quality that she can produce. Some of her best tennis is on clay. I think that's when she likes the ball to be kind of a little bit higher. She likes to get you off the court. She has many weapons when you give her that time.

I think it was just important, you know, not to give her that, what she likes.



Q. Walking on the court, talk about what kind of feeling do you get? Is the excitement still there? You can't wait to start?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, especially this one, I couldn't wait to start. It feels like forever since I've been, you know, playing a match where I feel pretty good physically. It's just nice to go into a match you know that you're going to compete again at such a high level in front of so many people, especially a place where I've won before.

Yeah, I've had enough training. After the off‑season, you're ready to play, ready to go out and play matches.



Q. Back to what you said before, you've been on the tour now a while. Do you feel like you need a lot of matches going into tournaments, or are you experienced enough now and you've obviously hit enough balls in training where you feel you can go out there and it doesn't matter as much?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: It sometimes depends. Of course I would have preferred to have played a few matches, there's no doubt. But really, my thought process is maybe a little bit different, as I told you before.

But I have experience, you know, in how to handle going into a Grand Slam maybe with not as many matches. You know, went into Wimbledon not having played an event before; whereas maybe years before I played Birmingham and all that.

I feel like if you can put in the time on the practice court and if you're healthy enough, you have that energy, because sometimes when you go out on the court, you keep practicing, practicing, sometimes the concentration, the level is not as high as when you go out and you compete and play a match.

But if you can have that intensity pretty high and if you feel pretty good, then sometimes it's even better to have that practice week.



Q. I'm guessing you don't know much about your next opponent.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, I don't, not too much. I think my coach will do a little scouting.

cowsonice
Jan 17th, 2012, 08:12 AM
Things missing this AO:
-Tiffany earrings press release/endorsement
-That Nike video featuring the creative director talking about Maria's kit with the word "breathability" somewhere in there.

18majors
Jan 17th, 2012, 10:08 AM
"Maria Sharapova Rises in Tennis Rankings as Her Shoes Boost Nike Unit"

Nice to know.

shaktincredible
Jan 17th, 2012, 03:18 PM
Things missing this AO:
-Tiffany earrings press release/endorsement
-That Nike video featuring the creative director talking about Maria's kit with the word "breathability" somewhere in there.

THIS :(

Crux Squall
Jan 19th, 2012, 02:05 AM
R2 Interview

Q. Do you draw a lot of satisfaction from a match like that?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: As opposed to what?

Q. It's not a real test for you.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, in the first five or six games, I think four of those went to deuce. We went back and forth. A few of those games she was up 40‑15 and I came back. Those are tough games because you put yourself in a position where you have to pull through.
Yeah, she has a big game. I didn't know too much about her, but saw a little bit on video. When you haven't played someone before, it's more a matter of how you're playing and how you're figuring out about her game from the beginning rather than thinking too much of what is she going to do.

Q. Can you tell yet where your level is or you need to be pushed and tested more? Can you feel how you're hitting the ball at this point or not yet?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I mean, I think every match is a test. Whichever next one comes, I mean, the goal is to get through and keep playing more. I came in here not playing too many at all.
It's just about taking it one at a time and improving, because it's only going to get tougher from here. That's the goal.

Q. How do you feel on court? How do you feel you're striking the ball?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: For the first couple rounds, not having played competitively for a while, I feel pretty good.

Q. And that approach is working for you, better to feel fit and strong rather than having a lot of matches under your belt?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I've been on tour for many years. I've played many matches, many tournaments. I've never really been a player that just goes to a tournament to add a tournament on her agenda or, you know, go out there just to play.
My goal is to be ready for the important ones, for the big ones. That's what matters at this stage in my career to me. I try to prepare as best as I can for them.
I would have loved to have played a tournament before, but things don't always go according to plan. This is one of those times where I had to come here and train instead. Thought it was a better scenario.

Q. With the time change, your schedule, Sasha's schedule, do days go by where you have no contact with him?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, we do, twice a day, morning and evening.

Q. You get it done?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Oh, yeah, absolutely. It actually works out as good as it can. When I wake up, it's evening time there. Going to sleep, it's morning time here. It's as good as it can be.

Q. After the events of last night, Baghdatis breaking his racquet, how do you feel about breaking your racquet on court?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I didn't know he broke a racquet, but I'm not surprised that he broke a racquet. Personally I haven't broken too many in my career. Don't recall breaking one during a match. Have broken a couple at practice.
Um, but must be a good feeling. I mean, yeah, just let it all go, I guess.

Q. Serena Williams was afraid of the bugs out on center court. Just wondering, are you afraid of insects or anything like that?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I don't know. Are you? You look like someone that could be afraid of bugs.

Q. I am actually a little bit.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah? Okay.

Q. Do you have any phobias like that?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I mean, I don't like spiders and all that stuff. But I think they're staying away from center court, so I think I'll be okay.

Q. It's been pointed out that a fifth of the women's matches in the last several days have opponents winning one or two games. Today you had a pretty good run. Serena just bageled her opponent, as well. What is your comment about the depth of the women's tour at the moment?


MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, you never know what you're going to get. Sometimes we come out and we play three‑set matches from the beginning, and then it's a question of, well, you're top 5 in the world. Why is someone challenging you to three sets from the beginning?
I think it's just an excuse to make another story. That's really what it all comes down to. I think personally, you know, my goal is to go into a match and play my game. If I do it well enough and come out winning 6‑0, 6‑1, then I've done a good job.

Q. Not stronger or weaker than necessarily any other time in your career?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: It's always different. You know, players come, players go. You have a newer generation coming up, and also players that when I started are still playing.
I mean, it's always going to change, obviously. We're not getting any younger. Yeah, time moves on.

Q. What keeps you going? Those next Grand Slam opportunities?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: As far as career‑wise?

Q. Yes.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: This year is a big year for me because I'll be playing in the Olympics, which has been a dream of mine since I was a young girl. Growing up in Russia, tennis wasn't a big sport back then. It was all about being an Olympian, especially the winter sports.
Fortunately we've been able to change that a little bit and tennis has become extremely popular back in Russia.
Overall, I was extremely disappointed I missed Beijing. This year, to have a long grass court season, will be fun.

Q. Do you have any mixed doubles aspirations?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Um, well, I haven't really given it a thought. I haven't even thought about the doubles yet. I think that's something that maybe we'll be discussing when I go to Moscow in a few weeks, see what the plans are, yeah, all of that.

Q. Who could you see yourself playing with?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I think the only doubles partner I had was Max Mirnyi. I take pride in beating Cara Black and her brother actually at the US Open. Go doubles!
Yeah, that's my only real experience in mixed doubles. I actually played with Yevgeny Kafelnikov once, I believe, in an exhibition in Hong Kong. That was a disaster.

Q. Have you talked to Alex, Dmitry, any of those guys?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I haven't discussed any mixed doubles yet.

Q. They say the world is going to end this year. What would you like to do or achieve before the world blows up?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Why do you have to ask the most ridiculous questions?

Q. Sorry, it's just our show.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: What would I like to do? I mean, is there any proof to this?

Q. The Mayan calendar predicts it. There's no real proof.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I don't know. I really don't know. It's really pointless right now.

Q. Did you have a mentor when you came on tour, someone assigned to you?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: On tour?

Q. Yes.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I think Mary Joe Fernandez was. It was part of the program of the tour, but I think we only met a couple of times. We might have cheated a bit (laughter).

Q. What do you mean? How so?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I think you have to fill out the form and stuff. But I've known Mary Joe since I was young, so...
Yeah, we did meet a few times. It's all very basic, educational things. It's very important when you're 14, 15, 16, going into that stage of being a professional
But I think I'd been on the tour for a couple years then.

Q. Was there anybody that was playing that helped break you into the tour when you came on, an older player?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I mean, I did get a chance to play with Monica Seles a bit. She was one of my idols growing up. I just loved her determination on court. I think when I just started playing professionally in big tournaments, she was kind of ending her career.
And Lindsay Davenport was also someone that was extremely nice when I was growing up.

Q. Have you talked to them about being on tour or have they talked to you?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, nothing really like tennis‑wise. I think it's more conversational.



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JamieOwen3
Jan 19th, 2012, 02:16 AM
i knew she liked monica JUST KNEW IT. Maria you should have mentioned that before now. :p

Lefty.
Jan 19th, 2012, 02:18 AM
Whoops posted about this in the AO thread. :lol: Some of those questions :hysteric:

gc-spurs
Jan 19th, 2012, 07:14 AM
Haha some smart ass answers it seems. But nice knowing she's broken rackets in practice and that Lindsay is nice :hearts: LINDS

Mistress of Evil
Jan 19th, 2012, 07:38 AM
Martha putting illiterate peasants in their place. :spit: :hearts:

Reptilia
Jan 19th, 2012, 09:29 AM
Haha some smart ass answers it seems.

lol i'm guessing those horrible questions were from A Crowd Goes Wild again :o:facepalm:

18majors
Jan 19th, 2012, 03:41 PM
It's fascinating to see Sharapova, whose shots sometimes look as straight as the grim, green flat line on a heart monitor, able to shape that straight shot to create a sharp angle. Another Nick Bollettieri protegee, Monica Seles, was one of the best I've ever seen at driving opponents deep behind the baseline, then bending a sharp-angled crosscourt shot slathered with spin to make the ball dip. Sharapova did exactly that in one backhand exchange today, battering her double-hander deep to put Hampton on the defensive, then firing a flat backhand that nearly skimmed the net as it found the short court. That's one of the dangers Sharapova poses on rhythm: She drives the ball so deep that she forces you on your heels trying to defend, so when she works the width of the court it almost seems unfair to the unfortunate opponent on other end.

http://blogs.tennis.com/racquet_reaction/2012/01/australian-open-sharapova-d-hampton.html

lefty24
Jan 19th, 2012, 05:30 PM
Does anyone have a link to that long new york times sugarpova article?
I need it for school.
Thanks!

Edit: Never mind! I found it.

~MashyOwnThemAll
Jan 21st, 2012, 03:44 AM
M. Sharapova/A. Kerber

6-1 6-2

Q. Pretty good. First three matches, lost five games.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, this one became pretty tough in the second set. She certainly stepped it up, got that break back, got more confidence, started going for her shots.

I never faced her before, but knew she's been on the big stage. Last Grand Slam she did pretty well. She's been on that stage, has beaten good players.

Yeah, I felt like I was aggressive enough. In the first set I didn't give her a chance to do what she likes. In the second set, it became a bit more of a battle. But I felt like I stepped it up when I had to here and there. It ended up being 62, so...



Q. Yesterday Bernard Tomic said during a match there's 15,000 people making noise, he doesn't hear anything during the point. Is that something that comes naturally to you since you were young?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah. It's just about playing a lot of matches. There's so many people. Obviously I'm sure not everyone is in the match. Some are talking, some are doing their thing. I think if your concentration is there, you're only there for a certainly amount of time, you're not there for 24 hours. I think your time and commitment has to be on the court, the ball and racquet, what you're doing with it, instead of paying attention to what's around you.



Q. Kim said last night, she hasn't played as much as you, over the last year when she came back on tour after her retirement she pretty much felt like she knew how to play. Once she got back on court she could read things better because she wasn't such a young player anymore, so there was no panic. Do you feel the same way?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: You mean, after not playing for a year?



Q. Even playing sporadically, not having any warmup matches coming in here, hitting the ground running.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I mean, I think you just have to take it as, okay, you go into an event, whether it's a Grand Slam or anywhere else in the world, if you're committed to playing that tournament, you have to be ready from the first match. Sometimes you have to be realistic in terms of knowing that your level might not be exactly where you'd want it to be in the first round and you're going to be a bit rusty.

But ultimately you have enough experience, you certainly played enough matches, it's just about hopefully getting through this one, getting better.

Of course, playing is important. There's nothing that can substitute that, whether it's practice, gym, running, anything. But if you don't have the chance or if you're injured, any time off, when you come back, it's about also being realistic. Sometimes you can't come out and perform your best tennis from the beginning. It's just the way things are.



Q. She also said it's an accumulation, meaning she understands her own game much better. I assume from 2004 Wimbledon till now you have a much better understanding of what you can and can't do.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, absolutely. You know your strengths. You know what's won you matches before, what's won you Grand Slams. You know what's gotten you to the top.

I don't think necessarily all those things, if you repeat them the same way, will maybe get you the same result because everything always changes. You have to adapt to whatever comes your way. I mean, not one day is ever the same, not one match is ever the same. You have some good ones, some disappointing ones.

But, yeah, you stick to what you do best.



Q. Given you haven't played much since October, would you have preferred to have been tested a little bit more than you have done in the first week?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I take it as it comes. You don't know what the score is going to be before the match. If you prepare yourself well enough, you go out there, you play well enough to win with a comfortable scoreline, then I'll take it.



Q. Would you say you're happy with all aspects of your game so far then?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah. You know, like I said, it became a bit more challenging in the second set. She broke back. She certainly stepped it up and played with much more confidence. You could tell she got her groove going in the second. Sometimes when the player kind of picks up and starts going for her shots, sometimes you're going to have to let that ride. Although, if she can do that for three sets or so, then credit to her.



Q. When you get through the end of the first week of a Grand Slam, do you start looking forward to a quarterfinal or semifinal opponent, or pretty much the next game?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, it's pretty much the next match.



Q. Thoughts about your next match?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I've played each before. Svetlana I played in Cincinnati last year. Lisicki I played at Wimbledon.

Both are tough opponents. Both have very different games. Lisicki has a lot of power, big serve. Kuznetsova is more of an allaround player, has won Grand Slams before, has experience, is playing well. Either way it will be a tough match.



Q. Is it possible to enjoy your inbetween days at the slams?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I enjoy my afternoon naps (smiling). I love them.



Q. After practice, can you put tennis a little bit behind you and have dinner, shopping, have a little bit of fun?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Not so much shopping. But it's pretty routine. You practice. I usually do 30 minutes of shoulder work and exercises. Go back, take a nap, read my book, watch some tennis, do some treatment, have dinner, go to sleep.



Q. What are you reading?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: George Orwell's 1984.



Q. Very light reading.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: You're telling me. I know, I'm not going to say the gentleman, but the guy that asked me the ridiculous question about the world ending. I was going to say, I really hope I can finish that book by the time the world ends (smiling).



Q. Are you glad he's not here today?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Doesn't really matter to me. One less question, right?



Q. It's a good book. Pretty heavy.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: It was never really given to me in my high school years. So decided that this is a good time. I don't know. My trainer actually picked it up for me. I have to be nice and read it. He spent $20 on it, so... Got to be nice. Got to use my gifts. It was either that or the running book by Haruki Murakami, where he wrote about running. I was like, I don't think so. I was like worst thing about running is reading a book about running.

hobahobaspirit
Jan 21st, 2012, 04:03 AM
I don't remember 1984 being a long book, it's like 300 to 400 pages.

cowsonice
Jan 21st, 2012, 04:22 AM
That's pretty long (and deep) if you're in Australia playing tennis most of the time :lol:

gc-spurs
Jan 21st, 2012, 10:44 AM
Ahh more Pova snark.

jameshazza
Jan 21st, 2012, 12:33 PM
I don't remember 1984 being a long book, it's like 300 to 400 pages.

Thematically it is very deep though, I really can't believe that's what she's reading at AO but it would definately take your mind off tennis. But page wise it isn't overly long.

Mrs. Dimitrova
Jan 21st, 2012, 11:04 PM
Hahaha. All my classmates love 1984. Murakami is great author. She should read him.

MashaFan01
Jan 22nd, 2012, 03:30 PM
I just want to share this article with all you Masha fans to give you some encouragement:

Maria Sharapova: Brutal Draw Won't Keep Red-Hot Russian from Aussie Open Title (http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1033547-maria-sharapova-brutal-draw-wont-keep-red-hot-russian-from-aussie-open-title)

I found it a good analysis and yes - Masha has some demons to fight IF she's able to enter the QF and IF she'll meet Serena there - The latter hasn't been looking that fit while Masha seems to be health personified - So - if Masha is ever going to beat Serena again - it would be now - I bet that IF Masha can get around Serena - the title will be hers - I know - it's an optimistic opinion - but not that unrealistic

Also - I want to remind y'all that looking back to the AO 2008 - Masha played her best tennis in the QF vs Justine Henin - Maybe history will repeat itself 2012? - I sure hope so

Jamrock,20
Jan 22nd, 2012, 03:53 PM
I approve and believe in this post! She can do it!:bounce:

jameshazza
Jan 22nd, 2012, 04:05 PM
I just want to share this article with all you Masha fans to give you some encouragement:

Maria Sharapova: Brutal Draw Won't Keep Red-Hot Russian from Aussie Open Title (http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1033547-maria-sharapova-brutal-draw-wont-keep-red-hot-russian-from-aussie-open-title)

I found it a good analysis and yes - Masha has some demons to fight IF she's able to enter the QF and IF she'll meet Serena there - The latter hasn't been looking that fit while Masha seems to be health personified - So - if Masha is ever going to beat Serena again - it would be now - I bet that IF Masha can get around Serena - the title will be hers - I know - it's an optimistic opinion - but not that unrealistic

Also - I want to remind y'all that looking back to the AO 2008 - Masha played her best tennis in the QF vs Justine Henin - Maybe history will repeat itself 2012? - I sure hope so

I've got a good feeling too, it may end in disappointment, but I doubt it'll be a beatdown if she make QF. Masha always plays her best tennis in GS QFs IMO - there's a reason why outside of RG she hasn't lost one. But first Lisicki.

~MashyOwnThemAll
Jan 23rd, 2012, 11:20 AM
M. SHARAPOVA/S. Lisicki

3‑6, 6‑2, 6‑3



Q. You're obviously happy to advance in the tournament, but how happy were you with your game tonight?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, the first three games were good, then it went south for a bit, and then I got it together in the second. The third was a battle. No doubt, she played some really good tennis. I think the level was pretty high. You know, she had some opportunities and some breakpoints. You know, I came up with a good couple of second serves, you know, won that game, and felt pretty confident after that.

Yeah, obviously a few ups and down, but really happy to be through and a step further than last year.



Q. What part of her game gave you the most trouble tonight?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, she's a really solid player. She has a big game. Big weapons. Serves really well. You know, started returning well, but that wasn't working for me. Got that back. But, you know, returning's obviously really important against her.



Q. How much do you think your experience counted out there tonight?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: In the match, during the match, you don't really think about it. You're really in the battle. So you don't think about how much experience you have compared to her.

I've been in those situations before many times. It's more about trying to carry the momentum, you know, in the situation, in the match, after winning the second set and hoping to continue that and improving the level, not worrying so much about experience.



Q. Must be hard to get a read on her game because she's slapping at the ball pretty hard the whole time.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah.



Q. Did you think just in the second set to play more rally balls, but in a sense you have to dictate, too, because if you don't she's going to clock a winner from anywhere?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, if you played her strengths, if you give her time, I mean, that's what she really does best: she gets a good strike on the ball and can hit a good winner from, you know, any side of the court. But if she can do that for three hours straight, I mean, at the end of the match you end up losing and that's just too good.

But obviously I was trying to create those opportunities where, you know, maybe she had to go for a little bit more and force the errors out of her.



Q. I don't want to beat a dead horse, but movement‑wise you're looking pretty good out there. You got balls back with something on them.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Thank you.



Q. Just talk about that, because that's not a part of your game that's discussed very often.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, it's a part of my game that I constantly work on, being quick, working on the physical part. It's one of the most important things in the game because it has become a lot more physical and much more demanding on the body. Also in the last few years I'm stronger, I'm able to withstand much longer matches which helps me, and also the recovery. I think that's why my success has been a lot better on the clay.

But, yeah, it's an area that I always try to improve. I'm 6'2" and I think for somebody at that height, I still feel like I can be better.



Q. Did you watch Serena's match today?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I watched the last couple of games. That's it.



Q. Were you happy to see her get out of your path here?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I thought that Makarova, the few points that I saw, played really solid and well, forced unforced errors from her.

Yeah, but either way, I mean, it doesn't matter. For her to come in and win in straight sets and to play at that level means she's obviously on a pretty big, high note right now confidence‑wise, and that's always dangerous. :drool: :drool:



Q. How do you approach a match against someone like her?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: You got to concentrate on yourself. You know that you're in a quarterfinals stage of a tournament. It's only going to be tough from here. I mean, the further you get, the tougher it gets.

Obviously it's focusing on what I have to do. I played her a couple of times last year. It was on clay. We haven't played on hard, I don't think. So that will be a different matchup. But another lefty. I think it will help me that I already played against a lefty in this tournament. So, yeah.



Q. You beat her what, Madrid, Rome last year? Madrid was fairly close, but Rome you got her pretty good. Did you see her make a big jump from there to today's tournament?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: It's tough to say. I didn't get a good chance to see a lot of games. I watched a few points. I usually don't like to watch too much tennis going into a match.



Q. Is it becoming more difficult to make you smile at the press conferences now, to find a way to have a cheerful answer?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, maybe you should start asking cheerful questions and I'll have cheerful answers (smiling). You always ask silly ones, so... I know you do. You're Italian.



Q. What do you consider your age is when you look at yourself?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: My what?



Q. Your age.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: My age?



Q. Do you feel yourself you are young or so many years on tennis that maybe you're older than your age? In relationship with what you have done in the tennis...

MARIA SHARAPOVA: The fact is I've been on the tour for many years, so you don't get away from that fact. I mean, I'm fortunate to be sitting in this position and saying that I achieved great success at 17 years old. Obviously maybe if I had achieved it a few years later, I wouldn't feel like I've been on the tour for so long.

But I'm certainly not complaining for that because that will probably be the highest note of my career. But I'm 24 years old, almost 25. I love this sport as much as I loved it, you know, when I was at that age.

Every day I feel like I wake up and I go out, I feel like I can improve, and that makes me feel young.

I feel like I still have a lot of energy and desire. Maybe the year before last I was on a steady line, maybe didn't have that energy and passion, and everything was kind of at a standstill. But I feel like I've regained that energy, yeah.



Q. Why would it be the highest note of your career when you were 17?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Because I never had expected that that would come to my career. I was so naïve. I mean, I don't think at that point, when I had won Wimbledon, I understood what it meant. I thought it was just an incredible feeling, and it's Wimbledon, but I don't think I actually logically knew what I had done.

And, yeah, I don't know. I mean, you never quite know when your success is going to come. But I think it was just something that happened, the stars aligned for me to achieve that.

I've also been through a lot of tough times. I've also said the success that I can achieve, the fact that I got myself back to being top 5 in the world, playing tennis again, playing at a high level, competing at this level is pretty remarkable from where I was on a surgery table, not knowing if I'd ever be able to hit a serve again.

So just a lot of perspective. If I do achieve, you know, a Grand Slam win, something on that level, there's no doubt that that will be another big moment in my career.



Q. You were asked a question about being cheerful. When you hit a great winner, you do the fist pump, do you feel happy or is it just satisfaction?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: It's interesting. During a match, there's so many emotions. Sometimes I'm sure it's almost like you look angry in a way. In the end of the match it's more happiness and just joy, the fact that you won. I mean, whenever I win, it's more like just a really, really happy feeling.

I don't know. I mean, you work towards winning those types of matches ‑ tough or easy ‑ and it gives you a good satisfaction when that match point ends and you're the champion.

It is for many athletes. But when you're in the moment, I'm very competitive, so when I fist pump, it's more like, All right, I won this but we still have many more to go so I'm not celebrating that much yet.

Crux Squall
Jan 23rd, 2012, 01:49 PM
Q. Is it becoming more difficult to make you smile at the press conferences now, to find a way to have a cheerful answer?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, maybe you should start asking cheerful questions and I'll have cheerful answers (smiling). You always ask silly ones, so... I know you do. You're Italian.

May I miss something about Italian?:confused:

Trih
Jan 23rd, 2012, 01:55 PM
I don't know who she was talking to, but it doesn't surprise me that an italian journalist asked such a silly question. :oh:
Maybe it's the same guy who asked her that stupid thing about the world ending in 2012. :lol:

~MashyOwnThemAll
Jan 25th, 2012, 04:37 AM
M. SHARAPOVA/E. Makarova



6‑2, 6‑3



Q. Pretty commanding performance.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, it was solid today. You know, I thought she was going to play really well today coming off a big win, probably her biggest in her career. It was just really important for me to not give her much of a look at the open court.

You know, I just really wanted to take advantage of my game and improve from the previous match. I think I stepped up when I had to.



Q. A bit of impatience and excitement to put it away at the end?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Of course. It's a big stage. I played well throughout the match. Obviously it went back and forth. She got a lot of balls back.

But it was great to finish it.



Q. How do you feel going up against Kvitova in the next match?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: It will certainly be tough. I've lost to her the last couple of times ‑ obviously the big one in Wimbledon where she played really well.

I think she's the one to beat right now, playing the best tennis in her career. Coming off of so many wins last year, I'm looking forward to the matchup. I don't like losing so many times in a row. So I'll certainly be going out there and trying to play my best.



Q. Out of that Wimbledon final, what do you take from that?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, she played quite deep and hard, served extremely well. The chances that I had, she just came up with better shots in that match. She was certainly the better player.

Yeah, so I'm looking forward to tomorrow and see how that goes.



Q. I guess before playing your match you didn't have the time to watch the other match. Did you see little pieces of that and what was your impression of both Errani and Kvitova in that match?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I did get a chance to watch a little bit. Very different styles of play. Errani is someone that moves extremely well, gets a lot of balls back, mixes up the pace, whereas I think Petra kind of dominates more with her pace. I think in the end that's what hurt her opponent today.

Yeah, she obviously played the better match today.



Q. How is your fitness? Do you feel confident in your body, being able to get around the court?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, good. I came in here without any matches. Taking some extra time to just practice, get physically a hundred percent. So I think that was really important for me.

But obviously when you do that, you also take the chance of coming in a little bit rusty, not knowing how things will go, where your game is. But I'm very happy to be at this stage.



Q. Roger Federer said yesterday he was quite surprised to see how intense the women are during their matches, a lot of fist pumping. You've always done a bit of that. Do you sense that the women are expressing themselves a bit more or is that an indication of how competitive it is at the moment?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I think I can only speak for myself in terms of how I feel on the court. I've always been a big competitor. I treat every opponent with respect. I know my opponent can play good tennis. So I try to be tough with every point that comes, no matter if it's easy or hard.

I certainly fight, give it my all till the end, yeah.



Q. What is your reaction to the fact that Errani is only 10 days younger than you and they say is a newcomer, and you're not a newcomer? They almost call you a veteran. Two different ways to be 24 years old. How do you see it?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I always say that everyone achieves different things at different times in their career. Everyone has a different path to their success. Everyone has a different path in their careers. Not one person is the same. Everyone is different. Some people start playing tennis later. Some become professional later. Some play juniors, some don't.

I mean, it doesn't really matter. I think it's maybe more of a story in a way. I mean, I personally have taken the only route I've known, and I guess everyone else has their own ways of developing and achieving this and that in different ages, yeah.



Q. I remember a few years ago you said you didn't see yourself able to play until 30 years old or so. Have you changed your mind?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I don't think I ever said 30. I think when I was 18, I probably would have said 25 (laughter). But things change.

Yeah, I'm sure when I was 17 years old and someone said, You'll be playing for another eight years, it would be like, Yeah, really, you're not going to see me at a press conference at 25 years old.

But years go on. I missed a year in my career. I didn't play that year. I've said this, just before the tournament, a few weeks before, I woke up and I was jut so happy to be going back on the court. I felt so fresh, full of energy, just with a really good perspective.

Times change, obviously. I see myself playing this sport for many more years because it's something that gives me the most pleasure in my life. I think it helps when you know you're good at something, and you can always improve it. It obviously helps with the encouragement.



Q. Jimmy Connors stopped at 40 years old.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I can guarantee right now you're not going to see me here at 40 years old. If I'm here at 40 years old, I have major problems (laughter). Oh, goodness.



Q. Physically how do you feel compared to Wimbledon coming into this match against Petra?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, we're playing on a different court. Obviously, the grass is different. The ball stays a lot lower. Here the conditions are a lot slower than a grass court. Very difficult to compare. The points are a lot quicker on a grass court than they would be. I'm sure even if you're playing the same opponent, they're going to be a bit longer here than on grass.

It's tough to compare physically how you feel. But movement‑wise I feel really good.



Q. A bunch of players this week have made comments talking about how they think the noise that you and Azarenka in particular make is excessive.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Who?



Q. Radwanska was one player that said she thinks the noise you and Azarenka make is excessive and she'd like to see the WTA change the rules to prohibit that.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Isn't she back in Poland already?



Q. Yes.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: When did she get a chance to say that?



Q. After she lost her quarterfinal.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: She lost the match? :oh:



Q. Yes.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: You've sure obviously asked me this question before. I've heard it a few times over my career. You've watched me grow up, you've watched me play tennis. I've been the same over the course of my career. No one important enough has told me to change or do something different.

I've answered it many times before. I'm sure I'll answer it many more times ahead. I'm okay with that.



Q. If there was a rule change, how do you think it would affect you if you had to stop?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Right now there is no rule change. I don't hear that there will be one, so it doesn't really matter what my answer would be, would it?



Q. With the No. 1 spot up for grabs this week, how much of a motivation is that for you?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: It is. But I think I've been fortunate enough to be in that position before. I think the girls that are trying to get that position haven't been in that position before. It's a little bit different because I feel like I've experienced both things in my career: winning Grand Slams and being No. 1 in the world. You can't compare the two.

I try to improve in order to win Grand Slams. That's my goal. The more Grand Slams you win, the better your ranking is going to be, yeah.

gc-spurs
Jan 25th, 2012, 05:02 AM
Fuck thats some good answering. Last one.

18majors
Jan 25th, 2012, 11:29 AM
What separated Sharapova and Makarova today was, indeed, Maria’s superior pace, her smarter point construction, and her bigger serve. The most telling stat was forced errors: Sharapova commited just nine, while pushing Makarova to make 25; clearly she was controlling the action. But Sharapova didn't win on that stat alone. She won because after a long rally at 15-all on her serve in the middle of the second set, she took a very good Makarova approach and found the one foot of room down the sideline for the winning pass. She won because, after drilling a sitter backhand into the net to give Makarova a break point at 4-2 in the first set, she shrugged it off and followed it up with an ace. She won because, after Makarova handed her a game point at 4-2 in the second, she took advantage with a big serve and a big forehand on the next point to hold. She won because, when Makarova broke to take a lead early the second set, the lower-ranked player double-faulted twice rather than seizing the moment.

http://blogs.tennis.com/thewrap/2012/01/surviving-and-advancing.html

Maria Croft
Jan 25th, 2012, 12:24 PM
I love her for finally calling out Radwanska for all her stupid hateful comments.

Shivank17
Jan 25th, 2012, 03:31 PM
Btw, FedCup on twitter confirmed Maria is in the Russian team for tie against Spain.
She will be accompanied by:
Petrova
Kuznetsova
Makarova.

lefty24
Jan 25th, 2012, 03:37 PM
Btw, FedCup on twitter confirmed Maria is in the Russian team for tie against Spain.
She will be accompanied by:
Petrova
Kuznetsova
Makarova.

Awww does anyone know why Vera isn't playing?
Anyways I can't wait to see her in Russia, but it's gonna be so cold.

~MashyOwnThemAll
Jan 26th, 2012, 08:41 AM
M. SHARAPOVA/P. Kvitova

6-2, 3-6, 6-4



Q. Your emotions at the end of the match seemed to show that this just meant a fair bit to you, this opportunity.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Absolutely. It means so much to be back in a Grand Slam final, a stage I have been to before few years ago here. It's nice to get that far again after losing quite early in the last couple of years.

So, yeah, it means a lot to me. I played someone that's just had really great results and has beaten me the last couple of times. I just really wanted it today.

Yeah, I fought to the last point. You know, she had so many opportunities in that third set, and I just hung on and just really went for it.



Q. That last win here seems a long time ago. How different are you from now till then?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Um, yeah, it's a few years ago. I don't know. Every year is different. Just in terms of obviously you grow a little bit older, you know, a lot of things in your life happen.

But at the end of the day, to get back at that stage is special.



Q. How daunting will be it be for Azarenka going into her first Grand Slam final. How do you think she will be feeling?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, I played Petra in her first Grand Slam final. She played really highquality tennis out there on the grass, and, you know, she went out there and it didn't really affect her.

So, you know, even though Victoria hasn't really been in that stage of a Grand Slam before, she's certainly won big titles and she has the experience.

This is a stage she's wanted to be at for a long time, so I do expect her to play really good tennis.



Q. What do you think is different today compared to that Wimbledon final? What do you think you did better?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, in the first set I felt like my pace hurt her a bit. I was just really aggressive. I didn't give her a chance to really step in and do what she does really well.

You know, it was really  it's always, you know, against an opponent where you have kind of similar games where we're both very aggressive players and pretty powerful shots, you know, if she's dictating from the start and I'm always in the defense, and points are usually going to go her way.

I try to take that away from her. In the second set it was one break and I couldn't get it back. Obviously she was up a break in the third. I managed to get it back. Just hung on.

There were so many games where it was 1540, Love30 on my serve, and actually on those points hit some pretty big serves, and then, you know, in the last game made some returns, you know; whereas in the whole third set she was serving quite well.

I didn't feel like I had too many good looks on returns. In the third set, that last game of the third, I really managed to get some returns back.



Q. That challenge you made at 4All in the third it was Love30, would have been Love40 how sure were you of that call, and how much of a turning point do you think that was? Seemed the momentum totally changed in the end after that.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: You never really know until you challenge and you just see on the screen. Um, yeah, sometimes you feel like it was in by a mile, and you look at the challenge and just embarrassing that you even asked for the call. (Smiling).

But I did feel like that one was very close, and it was right on the line. So, yeah, it's obviously an important point.



Q. Did that change momentum?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Um, yeah, but it was still  you know, it's not like I got that point. It was still Love30, so you had to play that point over and still try to win the game from Love30.



Q. You had some trouble with your serve. You had the 10 double faults and everything. What was going on there?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Um, I did, but I felt like in the important moments I had some really good serves. And like I said, in the games where I was down Love30 and 1540, I hit some really good second serves. I think she wanted to step in and maybe go for it, and I was smart about that.

Yeah, so in the end obviously would like to see that number lower. But when you're playing, you know, an opponent that has a really good return, sometimes you go for it a little bit more. If you end up missing some, sometimes it can help you.

Because if you hit pretty slow first serves just to get them in or second serves, your opponent is going to take advantage of that.



Q. You won a title so early in your career. Do you get the sense you can appreciate the opportunity a little bit more now?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I do. This is obviously what I train for and why I go out on the court and try to improve for moments like this.

You have them four times a year, and these are the big ones for us, the important ones. It's really where you kinda have to find a way to win and step up when it really matters.

You know, today was just a good example of that for me. I felt like I was down and out. There are times where, you know, I felt like she was just returning too good. I just kept going for it.



Q. Has it been frustrating at times to not get back to that Grand Slam title after having that success earlier?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: It's the way my career path has gone, and I don't regret anything that has happened. Obviously it would have been nice not to have a serious injury at 21 years old, but sometimes it's just the way things go.

Good thing is that I found a way to come back.



Q. Did you ever consider you wouldn't get back to your best?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Um, I mean, as positive as I always try to be, you always question what you're doing, obviously, because sometimes things work out and sometimes they don't.

And especially just with the shoulder I think it was I knew some examples of some people that did not quite recover from surgery and that was a little frightening, but I really had no option.

So it was either give it a go or not do anything about it. Of course it took a long time and it was a process, but it was just something that was in my steps that I had to go through.

And I did.



Q. Do you feel better than ever now?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I feel happy and excited that I still have a chance to play the sport and play it at this level and be in a Grand Slam final.



Q. How long did it actually take you to find a serve that you were comfortable with once you came back to the game?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, when I came back I had to start with a different motion because, I mean, I wanted to come back so early. I couldn't quite come back as early as I wanted to.

It came to a point where if you don't want to hurt things, then, you know, maybe you have to make some adjustments. That was probably a tough adjustment, because even though I changed motions many times in my career, I had to really go to a really different one which was very short and very compact.

I was not used to that because I have long arms and I'm just used to kind of longer things and longer swings. But I had to do that in the beginning, and that was the toughest thing, yeah.



Q. Victoria has beaten you in two finals before?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I mean, she's a really, really good player, and like you said, I haven't had great success against her in the last couple of events that we've played against each other.

I'd really like to change that. Yeah, it will be important to tactically play right. You know, she makes you hit a lot of balls and she's aggressive, as well.

But, yeah, it's the final, so...



Q. So is there a really aggressive mindset that you need, too?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah. If I'm playing well, that's usually kind of how my game is. If I'm playing defensive or on the defense, then my chances are pretty bad.



Q. Is it tough to play an opponent that has such a similar game to you?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Um, today or in general?



Q. Well, Victoria I think might have a more similar game to you than Petra does.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, but everyone is different, and I guess that's why we play against each other. I don't think two players are the same. Everyone has their strengths and weaknesses.

But, yeah, I don't think it really matters.



Q. This is going to be a headtohead battle for No. 1 ranking. Does that add anything to it, do you think?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Um, having been in the position before, doesn't really to me. I think personally, for me, it's more about the Grand Slam win than the No. 1 ranking.

That's just always been the goal for me.




:)

JoPova
Jan 26th, 2012, 09:03 AM
Maria doesn't give a damn about the #1! :lol: That means less pressure on her, I guess! :bounce:

gc-spurs
Jan 26th, 2012, 09:09 AM
I disagree with her about the defense. Some of her defensive skills today deserve major kudos and got her back into some points. Obviously she's gonna be aggressive, but don't underestimate your D Mash.

JadeFox
Jan 26th, 2012, 09:19 AM
I disagree with her about the defense. Some of her defensive skills today deserve major kudos and got her back into some points. Obviously she's gonna be aggressive, but don't underestimate your D Mash.

The match between her and Kvitova to me was always going to boil down to who is willing to use defense at times. I'm just thrilled that it was Maria. :bounce:

Julian.
Jan 26th, 2012, 10:09 AM
Please surprise us and play like a GOAT like you did before in 2008 :sobbing:

^ :happy:

:spit: :facepalm: :haha: :rolls: :lol: :sobbing: ::hysteric:
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GOAT :worship:

I like the optimism though :lol:



:happy:

Shafanovic.
Jan 26th, 2012, 10:23 AM
But she did not play like 08 lol

Glad she made final though

Julian.
Jan 26th, 2012, 10:28 AM
^ Who cares :lol:

Still much better than what we expected before the tournament began :cheer:

Shivank17
Jan 26th, 2012, 10:41 AM
MUCH better.
I actually was expecting a R1 loss considering her injury and she had Dulko R1. :hysteric:
So good to see she is in the finals, and about the defence, Maria has surely increased her defensive skills under Hogstedt :yeah:

Steven.
Jan 26th, 2012, 11:22 AM
absolutely! Her serve regressed, but she picked up her newfound ROS and 'counterpunching' ability as a result.

Mr.Sharapova
Jan 26th, 2012, 02:33 PM
Can't believe I'm saying this but the serve really got her through to where she is right now. I mean the DF's are there but she isn't coming with those on crucial moments of the match. In contrary is her serve who has been saving her throughout the tournament.

shaktincredible
Jan 26th, 2012, 04:15 PM
if you guys were doubt her chance against dulko in the first round, sorry to say, you're not a real fan.

i'm delusional and even picked her to be the champion in my FITD and now i'm the contender to win the title :sobbing:

i always believe maria in every single tournament, and always expect her to be the winner, honestly.

deep in my heart i know i'll always believe in her. my inspiration. Maria Sharapova.

Shivank17
Jan 26th, 2012, 04:32 PM
if you guys were doubt her chance against dulko in the first round, sorry to say, you're not a real fan.


Its very easy to say that now that she is in the finals.
But never have I lost faith in Masha.For any player to haven't play any warm up tourney cuz of injury and come into slam and to start off against someone whom she has lost to before, there are chances to lose.You never know abt her match fitness and so the doubts.
But you have mixed two very contrary subjects.
Even I pick Maria as the winner in every tournament she plays.

Shivank17
Jan 26th, 2012, 04:33 PM
if you guys were doubt her chance against dulko in the first round, sorry to say, you're not a real fan.


Its very easy to say that now that she is in the finals.
But never have I lost faith in Masha.For any player to haven't play any warm up tourney cuz of injury and come into slam and to start off against someone whom she has lost to before, there are chances to lose.You never know abt her match fitness and so the doubts.This doesn't make me a 'not -real' Masha fan,IMO.
You have mixed two very contrary subjects.
Even I pick Maria as the winner in every tournament she plays.

shaktincredible
Jan 26th, 2012, 05:13 PM
Its very easy to say that now that she is in the finals.
But never have I lost faith in Masha.For any player to haven't play any warm up tourney cuz of injury and come into slam and to start off against someone whom she has lost to before, there are chances to lose.You never know abt her match fitness and so the doubts.This doesn't make me a 'not -real' Masha fan,IMO.
You have mixed two very contrary subjects.
Even I pick Maria as the winner in every tournament she plays.

sorry i wasnt trying to offend you :lol:

i'm just dissapointed some of the fan here was doubt her chance even in the very first round.

yes i always pick maria to win in my FITD because i always believe she'll win the tournament :)

i dont know if it's delusional or a true love :angel:

doesnt matter anyway as she's now making us proud!!!! :worship:

Nina.
Jan 26th, 2012, 11:08 PM
Nick's Picks (http://nickstennispicks.com/)
2012 Australian Open – Women’s Final Prediction and Breakdown
Maria Sharapova vs. Victoria Azarenka

This is definitely going to be one of the louder finals you have ever heard! Both women grunt and both are known to shriek so I suggest your purchase a set of earplugs and sit back to watch a battle with a ton on the line. The winner not only receives $2.3 million dollars, but also the title and the #1 ranking in the world! Let’s breakdown each player…

Maria Sharapova

I am very familiar and friendly with the Sharapova family as Maria has been a part of the IMG Bollettieri Tennis Academy since she was 9 years old. Looking back to her early years, I must say that her father, Yuri, had a big influence on her life. Yuri stayed on the court hours and hours per day, not only watching every move she made, but also wrote down everything I said. He had a limited background in tennis, but was very wise to put her int he hands of the coaches who had great experience. Believe me when I say, Yuri was a big factor in her success, but let’s not put aside that he knew when to step aside and hire a full-time coach (Michael Joyce). This was a big decision and the results have been tremendous. Maria is now working with Thomas Hogstedt and they seem to be a great team.

Sharapova’s game is very simple. She stands close to inside the baseline taking the ball early. She hits it hard and flat from both sides, has quick preparation on her backhand side, goes for broke on the return of serve, will angle her shots when she moves the opponents deep behind the baseline, has worked on her serve which has really become a weapon, is extremely strong mentally and loves to hit the swinging volleys. Her best asset though is her will to win. She always finds a way, no matter what and if she loses it is only because she has run out of time!

Victoria Azarenka

Azarenka is one heck of a player and will match Sharapova grunt for grunt with her powerful shots! She is a big hitter with a powerful, killer forehand. She plays the important points very well and this is a sign of a champion. She often lets her opponents off the hook by not coming up and hitting a few swinging volleys, has a solid backhand and will constantly put pressure on her opponents throughout the match. She has yet to lose this year, and I know she doesn’t want that first “L” now!

Nick’s Pick – This is not an easy match to pick, but to me this comes down to forced and unforced errors. I don’t know Azarenka as well as I know Sharapova, but I know for a fact that Sharapova will not have any mental lapses. If Sharapova serves well I give her the edge, but regardless this is going to be close. There is no way I can pick against my girl, Maria! Sharapova in three sets!

Shafanovic.
Jan 26th, 2012, 11:34 PM
Just because we don't always pick her to win, doesn't mean we're not real fans. I'm just more realistic with her chances. She's not going to win ALL her matches, we all know that. And sometimes I do doubt her chances but I'm VERY happy when she proves me wrong and it NEVER means I'm going for the other person.

perseus2006
Jan 27th, 2012, 05:49 AM
Nice words from Nick. It's pretty clear Pova means more to him than just being a former student.

Nina.
Jan 27th, 2012, 12:29 PM
Just because we don't always pick her to win, doesn't mean we're not real fans. I'm just more realistic with her chances. She's not going to win ALL her matches, we all know that. And sometimes I do doubt her chances but I'm VERY happy when she proves me wrong and it NEVER means I'm going for the other person.

well said :yeah:

goldlion
Jan 27th, 2012, 07:44 PM
The reason I like reading her interviews is that she's giving realistic answers and doesn't muck around giving official responses like Wozniacki. Azarenka is pretty good too in press conferences.

Break My Rapture
Jan 27th, 2012, 08:05 PM
Just because we don't always pick her to win, doesn't mean we're not real fans. I'm just more realistic with her chances. She's not going to win ALL her matches, we all know that. And sometimes I do doubt her chances but I'm VERY happy when she proves me wrong and it NEVER means I'm going for the other person.
Thank you. You said it much better than I ever could.

shaktincredible
Jan 28th, 2012, 02:20 AM
Just because we don't always pick her to win, doesn't mean we're not real fans. I'm just more realistic with her chances. She's not going to win ALL her matches, we all know that. And sometimes I do doubt her chances but I'm VERY happy when she proves me wrong and it NEVER means I'm going for the other person.

even i declare myself as a die-hard fan, i never expect her to win ALL her matches though :o

that's ridiculous and delusional (even you are serena fan for example).

if you're doubt her (sharapova) chance against kvitova or azarenka that's normal. but if u doubted her chance against dulko :rolleyes: (yeah i know what happened in 2009) but seriously who will stand beside her when everyone doubting her? :sobbing:

Shivank17
Jan 28th, 2012, 03:26 AM
Just because we don't always pick her to win, doesn't mean we're not real fans. I'm just more realistic with her chances. She's not going to win ALL her matches, we all know that. And sometimes I do doubt her chances but I'm VERY happy when she proves me wrong and it NEVER means I'm going for the other person.

Exactly. :yeah:

JadeFox
Jan 28th, 2012, 04:10 AM
I love this article. I love it so much i want to marry it.

http://www.stltoday.com/sports/tennis/column-stop-shrieking-about-women-s-tennis-noise/article_7721765e-709b-5a0a-ab8e-d807076a24d2.html

On serve and when whipping his forehand, Novak Djokovic's grunt is that of a bullfrog, "WooooAH-UH." Rafael Nadal goes for a throatier, "AAArrgggHH." Occasionally, Andy Murray offers up a more hushed, constricted, "Eeeeeehhh." From Roger Federer, of course, we tend to get the sound of silence.
Yet here is a selection of headlines you'll never read about tennis' top men: "Earplugs ready, it's the scream queen final," "Shrieks of nature," or "It's squeally not on."
I didn't make those up. Oh-so-witty, that is all stuff written about Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova before their women's final at the Australian Open on Saturday.
Anyone else spot the sexist double-standards here?
The issue, if it really deserves to be called that, of women players disturbing fans and perhaps the odd opponent with their shrieks is not new but it's an easy story for reporters to reheat and serve up when a ready excuse presents itself. The Azarenka-Sharapova match was one such moment, because, yes, they both make a fair bit of noise.
The WTA also is partly to blame for this hoary old chestnut again becoming a topic of discussion. It played to the gallery with a statement this week saying it is "exploring how to reduce excessive grunting, especially for younger players just starting out" and is "aware that some fans find it bothersome."
Which is surprising and somewhat confusing given that just three months ago, the WTA's CEO, Stacey Allaster, said: "Grunting is part of our sport, full stop. Athletes hitting the ball as hard as they do, they expel, and there are sounds. Guys do it, women do it, been doing it for a long time."
Noise, of course, is a very personal issue. To some, Bob Dylan or Yoko Ono singing is music, to others it's torture. If we all agreed on such things then the drone of South Africa's vuvuzela trumpets at the soccer World Cup of 2010 would have been universally loved or universally recognized as the nuisance they were.
Azarenka and Sharapova's tennis is far more interesting and noteworthy than the noise they make when hitting a ball. Yes, some people find their hoots too loud and too shrill and that irritates them. But my ears seem to screen out the racket. Is that perhaps because I'm marveling at the athleticism, shot-making and mental strength it takes to win and didn't tune to the tennis to poke fun at the women? Or is that unfair to those genuine tennis fans who say the din really does spoil their enjoyment?
Possibly. In which case, I sympathize and suggest a simple answer: the volume button.
But there are others with minds like a railway through a rural backwater _ one track and dirty _ who seemingly can only think of the bedroom. Maybe the same sort of people for whom women tennis players are eye candy to be seen but not heard and who don't want their fantasies punctured by high-pitched yelps.
For such dinosaurs, there can be no sympathy at all. Unfair? Possibly. But, again, why isn't this an issue with the men? Because their grunts and groans are manly, and thus acceptable, even expected?
Please.
Being aware of what fans want is important for any sport that wants to keep revenues flowing. But so, too, is educating them and not pandering to their every whim or basest instincts. Allaster said in October that she does seem to be getting more comments now from fans about grunting. She wondered whether that might be because improved technology has cranked up the volume on TV broadcasts. She promised the WTA will share fans' concerns with players and, "if this is a real issue," speak to coaches about what might be done.
But more important than fans' enjoyment must be what the athletes think.
Some, when asked, do complain. Agnieszka Radwanska did so this week about Sharapova, calling her noise "pretty annoying and it's just too loud" _ which was somewhat uncalled for given that the Pole didn't actually play against the Russian in Melbourne. Radwanska did play Azarenka, losing in three sets, but said she's grown accustomed to her hoots having known her for years _ proof, again, of how tolerance to noise is a personal thing.
Sharapova returned Radwanska's swipe with interest _ "Isn't she back in Poland already?" she said _ and made clear she's not about to gag herself.
"No one important enough has told me to change or do something different," she said.
Nor should she.
As Allaster noted in October: "No one is doing this on purpose. It's the way they've trained. It's the way they hit the ball. The athletes are very ritual and habitual, and it might be such that this generation, this is the way it's going to be."
Even more to the point, she added: "I have not had one player come to me and complain, not one. It is not bothering the athletes."
Azarenka and Sharapova reached Saturday's final because of better tennis and stronger will, not the loudest shrieks.
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Read more: http://www.stltoday.com/sports/tennis/column-stop-shrieking-about-women-s-tennis-noise/article_7721765e-709b-5a0a-ab8e-d807076a24d2.html#ixzz1kjnx4ZLW

Shivank17
Jan 28th, 2012, 04:17 AM
Great article. :yeah:
Must read for Aga :oh: and the irrelevant Patrick Woz. :rolleyes:

Charlatan
Jan 28th, 2012, 05:15 AM
great article..i might do a video about grunting some days and debunk all the generalized sexist perspectives of many people

Crux Squall
Jan 28th, 2012, 10:50 AM
V. AZARENKA/M. Sharapova



6‑3, 6‑0



Q. She's pretty tough once she can get on top of you. Seemed like you started okay, and then when she got the momentum was hard to push her away.

VICTORIA AZARENKA: Yeah, she did everything better than I did today. You know, I had a good first couple of games, and that was about it. Then she was the one that was taking the first ball and hitting it deep and aggressive. I was always the one running around like a rabbit, you know, trying to play catchup all the time.

Yeah, I mean, she was, you know, a step quicker. Her shot was, you know, bigger. First shot was bigger. Just not a good combination, I guess.



Q. You made more unforced errors than you usually make. Did you feel okay? Was everything okay in your warmup? Did you have an okay day?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, it was just one of those days where maybe I just, you know, I think maybe because I felt like I wasn't being aggressive enough and I knew that I have to be and I knew that I had to change that.

There was no way I was gonna win the match if I was gonna let her dictate and be the one that's aggressive and, you know, go for the lines and change down the lines like she likes to do.

But, yeah, I think maybe I just kind of overdid it.



Q. Looked like in the beginning that she was going to be struggling to handle the situation. She sort of got back into it. Did you feel that she was nervous and then sort of found her composure?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, the first couple of games, only two out of so many games, and, you know, you know the match is not over until it's over.

No matter what the first two games, I mean, I had a lot of matches in my career where I had terrible starts. Sometimes those just don't really matter until you see what happens in the end.

So, yeah, I mean, she definitely ‑‑ there's a reason why she was ‑‑ you know, it wasn't just that she was making mistakes. I mean, there is a reason why she was making those mistakes in the beginning.

And from my side, I think I just kind of, I don't know, the switch went off.



Q. Were you surprised by how composed she was at the end of the match, given that it was her first Grand Slam final?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, it was her Grand Slam final, but she certainly has been in big tournaments. She's won big events before.

It's not that she's coming in here as an unexperienced player. She's beaten a lot of top players in her career, and it hasn't happened that she hasn't been in a Grand Slam final and hasn't won that.

But I certainly knew that she had the experience. She beat me in Miami last year. It's a pretty big event for us. She was in the finals of the Championships. She does have that experience.



Q. Does experience on your side make the disappointment easy to cope with?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Um, well, it's tough either way. Obviously to get to the final is a good achievement, but to end up being the one that loses is always tough, no matter what sport you're in.

But I'm proud of the fact that I made it this far. It's been a few years since I've been, you know, in the finals of the Australian Open.

It's a good start to the year, I guess, for me. I have a lot to look forward to this year.



Q. Do you think nerves were an issue for tonight at all?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: No. I actually wasn't nervous. I was just making errors. (Smiling.)



Q. You have won plenty of matches when you haven't been at your top level. So the difference tonight being what going into the second set maybe?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, it's tough to not play on a high level when your opponent is playing on a high level. It's just obviously not ‑‑ I mean, the ratio there is not very good.

So, I mean, she's a top player. She's had a fantastic tournament. She won the event before this, so she's playing with a lot of confidence, as well.

Yeah, I think that really showed.



Q. Losses must be one thing, but Grand Slam losses must really hurt. How do you deal with it? Do you go home and close the curtains and get your boxing gloves out? How long does it take to get the pain away?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: It's frustrating, but I have a pretty good head on my shoulders in terms of having a good perspective on sport and life.

And as hard as it is, you know, and as much as you want to be the champion, you know, there's only one. That's why the feeling is so special when you do achieve that. That's why the work is so hard and extreme. That's why the pleasure that you get and the excitement is what you work for, because you know how special it is.

I don't regret the work that I put in at all. Getting to the stage is great for me, I mean, especially not having played matches for three months. I honestly didn't know what to expect health‑wise and game‑wise. You just don't know.

So to be at this stage is good for me. That's why I'm, you know, looking forward to the rest of the year.



Q. Do you think your best tennis is still ahead of you?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I believe it is. Absolutely. I believe that there's still a lot of work that I can do to improve. That's why I'm still playing.

I think if an athlete wakes up, no matter what sport they're in, and thinks they can't be better or they can't improve or they're not gonna have good days ahead of them, it's pretty tough to put in the work.



Q. It's the fifth different Grand Slam winner in a row now. Does it make it an exciting time to be on the women's tour at the moment?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, it does. She's someone that's really been the one that's been working towards that goal, as well, and someone that, you know, everyone has had a lot of expectations on. Everyone expected her to win a Grand Slam.

So, yeah, she certainly deserves that spot.



Q. You have played her since I think the first time maybe in 2007, so looks like even since 2009 not just her strokes but her movement has improved a lot. Is that one of the keys there, where she can dig out a lot of balls where maybe she didn't a couple years ago?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I feel like she's always been a good athlete. She's always moved pretty good around the court. But I feel like she's much more consistent, you know. That's what it felt like today.

She certainly got a lot more balls back, but she also makes you play. She created ‑‑ you know, she created offense from defense today, which is, you know, which is important and something that I think she's improved, definitely.



Q. Six women could have been No. 1 at the end of this tournament. We have a new Grand Slam champion. The 2012 season ahead for the WTA, what are your thoughts?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: A lot to look forward to. We also have the Olympics this year. Personally it's something I've been look looking forward towards for a long time, and that's a big goal of mine. To have a long grass season will be really fun.

But in terms of what the tour has to offer, I hope that we have a lot of great tennis, and personally, I hope I do, too.



Q. A lot of talk this week is about this grunting debate. Is it a bit frustrating that going on away from the game?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Absolutely not. I have heard it before and I will hear it again. I'm in the finals. You know, I'm happy that I was in the finals.

If somebody ‑‑ if you want to talk about anything else or write about anything else, that's obviously your choice and not mine.

But, hey, we do our press conferences, we answer your questions, and we get on with our lives.



Q. What do you think about the thought that it should be banned? What do you say about people who say grunting should be banned? What's your view?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I think everyone has an opinion, and I think you do too ‑‑ and everyone in this room does.

As I said, it's something I have done since I was a young girl, and I've continued to do. Everyone who follows my career knows I haven't done a thing about it.

So, yeah.



Q. You have had a lopsided loss in a Grand Slam final before here and then came back the next year and won the title. Do you turn this into a positive in any way? Does it become motivation or bulletin board material for you?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, it's a positive, because, like I said, I didn't know what to expect from myself coming into this event. I didn't know at what level I'd play. I didn't play for so many months and I had a pretty tough injury.

I mean, it's pretty unusual to come into the first tournament of the year having it be a Grand Slam. I'm certainly happy with the level that I produced in the six matches.

Today I faced someone that, you know, came out who was too good and my level was not there. I was not competitive enough against her today.

So, yeah, everything is still a work in progress, you know, whether I won today or not. It's still a moving train.



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~MashyOwnThemAll
Jan 28th, 2012, 11:03 AM
Q. Do you think your best tennis is still ahead of you?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I believe it is. Absolutely.

:rolleyes:

doomsday
Jan 28th, 2012, 11:50 AM
:rolleyes:

:lol: she is delusional. Your serve is gone Maria so is your best tennis.

Charlatan
Jan 28th, 2012, 12:29 PM
don't be mocking, maria :lol:
she hit as many winners as vika today, except vika forced her some errors. her serve has improved a lot since 2011, though.
and i love this answer from her "It's frustrating, but I have a pretty good head on my shoulders in terms of having a good perspective on sport and life." :yeah:

Trih
Jan 28th, 2012, 04:39 PM
http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/articles/2012-01-28/201201281327751516476.html :awww:

Maria Sharapova deserves full credit for reaching her second Grand Slam final in the past six months, given the injuries and layoffs that have marred the more recent years of her decorated career.

After suffering several early round Grand Slam defeats, losses to lowly-ranked foes and a floundering ranking in her quest to come back from shoulder surgery, her persistence has been remarkable, and her career revival wonderful news for women’s tennis.

But unfortunately, it’s becoming increasingly apparent that the three-time major champion may never be quite the formidable opponent she once was before that shoulder injury cruelly struck her down in her prime.

That prime was in evidence right here at Melbourne Park in 2008, when the Russian ripped through the draw to claim her first Australian Open title. It was one of the more devastating performances in women’s tennis history. Sharapova swatted aside quality opposition including Lindsay Davenport, Elena Dementieva, Justine Henin, Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic – all in straight sets – to claim an emphatic victory.

It precipitated a fabulous 24-1 start to the 2008 season before her right shoulder troubles took hold.

Although it was the site of her most impressive career performance, Rod Laver Arena on women’s final day has also been the scene of some of her most devastating losses. There was the 6-1, 6-2 thumping at the hands of Serena Williams in 2007, and tonight, a similarly lopsided 6-3, 6-0 loss to new women’s world No.1 Victoria Azarenka.

Sharapova remained upbeat in the post-match press conference, highlighting the positives of reaching her first Australian Open final in four years.

“Obviously to get to the final is a good achievement, but to end up being the one that loses is always tough, no matter what sport you're in,” she said.

“But I'm proud of the fact that I made it this far … It's a good start to the year, I guess, for me. I have a lot to look forward to this year.”

It was a brave front being presented by the Russian, because just a little earlier at the trophy presentation, she looked to be holding back tears. Defeat is always a bitter pill to swallow, but when you’ve had your head handed to you on a plate for the second straight time in a Grand Slam decider – Sharapova was straight-setted by another young upstart in her first major final, Petra Kvitova, at Wimbledon last year – it is especially draining on your emotions.

There must also be the realisation that her game simply still isn’t what it was compared to when she was a frequent major contender in the mid-to-late 2000s. The flow and confidence present in her game during her 2008 Australian Open run – powerful, confident serving coupled with fluid yet shattering groundstrokes – just isn’t apparent.

Although her serve has improved enormously beyond the shaky delivery that characterised her return to professional tennis in mid 2009, her take-back is comparatively laboured and her ball-toss more erratic. Her groundstrokes err more frequently under pressure than in her prime – witness the horrendous tally of 30 errors compared with Azarenka’s tidy 12 tonight. And it was obvious that Sharapova had no plan B to counter an opponent playing irresistible tennis. When faced with the onslaught, the Russian responded with all that she knows, and that was to simply hit harder. This inevitably lead to more errors.

Sharapova put her unforced error count down to Azarenka’s superior performance, and had glowing praise for her 22-year-old conqueror.

“She did everything better than I did today … I was always the one running around like a rabbit, you know, trying to play catch-up all the time. She was a step quicker. Her shot was bigger. First shot was bigger. Just not a good combination (for me), I guess,” Sharapova recounted.

“She's a top player. She's had a fantastic tournament. She won the event (in Sydney) before this, so she's playing with a lot of confidence, as well. I think that really showed.”

So what does Sharapova have to do to reverse these kinds of results? While to a lesser degree, her game was also taken away from her at Wimbledon during the loss to Kvitova, and if she continues coming up against younger yet equally-hungry opponents on the biggest stages, she could find herself struggling to ever again lift the silverware she covets so dearly.

Although she didn’t pin-point a specific part of her game that needed addressing, Sharapova said she would continue to put in the hard work to get herself in the same position that Azarenka herself enjoyed.

It’s this positivity and refusal to dwell on the past that has been a cornerstone of her previous successes, and that could ultimately see her return to her lofty perch.

“It's frustrating (to lose in the final), but I have a pretty good head on my shoulders in terms of having a good perspective on sport and life,” Sharapova said.

“And as hard as it is, and as much as you want to be the champion, there's only one. That's why the feeling is so special when you do achieve that. That's why the work is so hard and extreme. That's why the pleasure that you get and the excitement is what you work for, because you know how special it is.

“I don't regret the work that I put in at all. Getting to this stage is great for me … That's why I'm looking forward to the rest of the year.”

Dieter.
Jan 28th, 2012, 07:42 PM
Maria's facebook:

Hi everyone!
Its been a great couple of weeks despite the loss. Thank you to all my fans here in Australia who have been so supportive and cheerful during my matches.
I can't believe I have been here for a whole month already, is that long enough to pick up an Australian accent?
Its finally time for me to pack up my summer dresses and get those big fluffy winter jackets out for my trip to Moscow! Brrr!!
Ill make sure to give plenty of updates from there.
See you soon!!

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/401537_10150496900437680_65920772679_9334384_15410 29423_n.jpg

jameshazza
Jan 28th, 2012, 08:22 PM
God, she updated her facebook quickly.

18majors
Jan 28th, 2012, 09:15 PM
God, she updated her facebook quickly.

This is something admirable about Maria that she always looks forward no matter what.

lefty24
Jan 29th, 2012, 12:38 AM
It's so depressing that you can see the reflection of the winners trophy on the runners up trophy.

graffite
Jan 29th, 2012, 04:52 AM
From Michael Joyce, former coach:

"Since Australian open is on everyones mind, I'd like to give a piece of whats on my mind. Maria Sharapova is a champion no matter what happends in the final tonight. All this talk about grunting ,contracts money all this crap really pisses me off. What this girl has had to do to get herself back to where she is far out weighs any titles ranking etc... If the average person had 10 percent of her determination and integrity the world would be a better place. Shes had numerous oppertunities to make excuses stop playing could basically do what she wants , but all the countless hours rehabing her shoulder along with surgery , mental doubts of coming back , non believers can name a million obstacles and she just kept plugging along!!! I'm really proud of her and the woman she has become!!!!"

Got it from @thedoublebagel's retweet.

Charlatan
Jan 29th, 2012, 04:55 AM
amazing words from Michael Joyce!

Trih
Jan 29th, 2012, 05:13 AM
Michael Joyce: :yeah:

MM_1257
Jan 29th, 2012, 11:31 AM
wohooooooooo, I love the grunt article! :worship:

doooma6816
Jan 29th, 2012, 12:02 PM
From Michael Joyce, former coach:

"Since Australian open is on everyones mind, I'd like to give a piece of whats on my mind. Maria Sharapova is a champion no matter what happends in the final tonight. All this talk about grunting ,contracts money all this crap really pisses me off. What this girl has had to do to get herself back to where she is far out weighs any titles ranking etc... If the average person had 10 percent of her determination and integrity the world would be a better place. Shes had numerous oppertunities to make excuses stop playing could basically do what she wants , but all the countless hours rehabing her shoulder along with surgery , mental doubts of coming back , non believers can name a million obstacles and she just kept plugging along!!! I'm really proud of her and the woman she has become!!!!"

Got it from @thedoublebagel's retweet.

wow , amazing words:awww::worship:

cowsonice
Jan 30th, 2012, 12:47 AM
Wow, some great words from Michael Joyce. I've always found him shady but I guess not anymore

MM_1257
Jan 30th, 2012, 07:09 PM
Lovely Russian interview... Don't have enough knowledge to translate it. http://tennis.sport-express.ru/reviews/19359/

jameshazza
Jan 31st, 2012, 11:46 AM
Lovely Russian interview... Don't have enough knowledge to translate it. http://tennis.sport-express.ru/reviews/19359/

Google chrome does. ;)

imema
Feb 1st, 2012, 01:32 PM
01.02.2012
The press-conference with Russian Team

Question to the team: How is your acclimatization after Australia going?
Maria Sharapova : I arrived yesterday, it was a real shock for me. The change of the climate, I had the first practice…It’s quite difficult for me.
Svetlana Kuznetsova: I arrived one or two days before Maria, it’s also difficult for me. The hardest thing for me is the change of time. The frost, of course. But I try not to be outside so much, I as warm as possible.
Ekaterina Makarova: I like everything. Moscow is my home.
Nadia Petrova: It’s nice to be at home but I have a little shock because of the temperature. As sais Svetlana, we try not to stay outside…But I made a huge mistake…My hotel room wasn’t ready and I went to the nearest coffee house and it was freezing so much!


Question: After such a serious final in Australia, Maria, and Ekaterina, and Sveta…How did Russia meet you?
Maria Sharapova: Sveta is at home…(laughing)
Shamil Tarpischev: Yeah, everybody gathered at Sveta’s. (laughing)


Question: Do you think frost will have an impact on Spanish players?
Svetlana Kuznetsova: Yeah, they will freeze! (laughing) Even though the Spanish team is strong enough we have a good chance.
Maria Sharapova: We are not playing outside. They have an experience.


Question to the team captain: At the previous press-conference Martinez Sanchez said the surface isn’t so fast what could be more comfortable. Why did you pick this one? Against them or for us?
Answer: Of course we want to do the best for us that’s why we picked a faster surface than at the Kremlin Cup. The only problem was that we had to make it faster…We had to lay a structural chipboard because the floor is not flat enough. We created all conditions.


Question to Shamil Tarpischev: You are cooperating with PRORAB. How is this cooperation going?
Shamil Tarpischev: Of course I’m satisfied with the cooperation. Before we signed the contract for only one match and now we have signed for three. We will be playing till the final. We will be happy to continue it.


Question to Maria Sharapova: Last year you didn’t play very well against France. Did you make any conclusions? Is there any difference between your condition now and then?
Maria Sharapova: I’ve already forgotten that match. It was last year…I hope I can change the situation. I lost my first match and then Sveta lost, too. Nastya (Pavlychenkova) supported us and the most important thing is that we won.


Question to Maria: You uploaded a lot of pictures from Australia on your Facebook account. What is the best place in Australia?
Maria: I spent a month there. I had a lot of practice. I was concentrated on tennis. After the end of my career I would like to go back and visit Australian again.


Question to the team: It’s the Olympic year. Does it have an impact on your mood before the Fed Cup tie?
Nadia Petrova: You know, we try to do our best at Fed Cup, to be the leader team in this competition. Of course, it will help us to be prepared for the Olympic Games. We play for our country and go there as a team. We have an opportunity to support each other. We support each other here and it helps us to know each other much better.


Question to Maria: Maria, if you had a chance to exchange one of your Grand Slam titles for one gold medal at the Olympic Games, would you do it? When Elena Dementieva was asked practically the same question, she said that the medal is priceless for her.
Maria: It’s hard to say, you know. It’s unreal. Why to exchange? It I have a chance, it’s better to add. It’s my dream since childhood. I always watched tennis and supported Kafelnikov. When I couldn’t play in Bejing I was thinking about my chance in 4 years. And I hope to plat in London.


Question to Svetlana Kuznetsova: Question to the best specialist of Spanish tennis. Do we have any advantage because of the surface or is tennis now so universal that the Spanish players won’t have any difficulties with it?
Svetlana Kuznetsova: It’s hard for me to tell about the surface because I haven’t played yet. But I heard it is faster than at the Kremlin Cup. The faster the surface, the better. Our girls have a strong tennis and the Spanish are slower and play more spins. I think it will help us.


Question to the team: Who will support you?
Maria: My relatives will come from Sochi.
Sveta: I heard my brother is coming. (laughing) It’s everything I know.
Ekaterina: My whole family is coming. (smiling)
Nadia: My parents of course. My closest friends and my family’s friends, as well.


Question to Maria: Last week Sasha Vujacic said that you would like to comment on your wedding plans.
Maria: You want me to tell you everything here? (smiling) I think he just said that because he didn’t want to say anything. It’s personal.

Julian.
Feb 1st, 2012, 01:47 PM
n__sQjGWDOA

Most of my non-tennis follower friends all still think Sharapova is the world #1 :lol:

One of my friends who watched that episode saw that short clip of Azarenka beating Sharapova in that final (she recognized Sharapova there) and she was like "Oh, Azarenka beat Sharapova in that final so she took the #1 ranking from Sharapova" :lol:

Qetusi
Feb 1st, 2012, 01:56 PM
01.02.2012
The press-conference with Russian Team



Question to the team: Who will support you?
Maria: My relatives will come from Sochi.
Sveta: I heard my brother is coming. (laughing) It’s everything I know.
Ekaterina: My whole family is coming. (smiling)
Nadia: My parents of course. My closest friends and my family’s friends, as well.



She also sad her mother will be with her (it's written in russian version of the interview)

MM_1257
Feb 1st, 2012, 06:54 PM
YAY! Mama and dedushka like the last time??? :cheer:

Qetusi
Feb 2nd, 2012, 02:45 PM
Maria Sharapova

Well I made it to Moscow and I have realized that no clothing, jacket, cashmere or shuba (russian fur coat) will save you from this cold. I've simply given up trying to add more layers either.
On a warmer note, here I am at the Olympic stadium in shorts and a t-shirt meeting a Russian junior, Veronika Kudermetova, who wears my Nike collection. Can you believe she's 14? She's almost my height!


http://s61.radikal.ru/i171/1202/d5/901fc1b17777.jpg

Mistress of Evil
Feb 2nd, 2012, 05:03 PM
Quite the giant, indeed. :eek:

MM_1257
Feb 2nd, 2012, 09:45 PM
I :hearts: Hoggy! A lot! He is amazing. :worship: http://tennis.sport-express.ru/reviews/19490/

s teddy
Feb 2nd, 2012, 10:20 PM
I :hearts: Hoggy! A lot! He is amazing. :worship: http://tennis.sport-express.ru/reviews/19490/

Hoggy :hearts:

Also, I love Google Translate. Have you ever heard of Petra Kvitovoy Gym shoes?

jameshazza
Feb 2nd, 2012, 10:23 PM
Hoggy :hearts:

Also, I love Google Translate. Have you ever heard of Petra Kvitovoy Gym shoes?

HaHa, This so much. Even in the incoherent translation it's a great interview. And his faith in Masha is unquestionable. :hearts:

MM_1257
Feb 2nd, 2012, 10:23 PM
Hoggy :hearts:

Also, I love Google Translate. Have you ever heard of Petra Kvitovoy Gym shoes?

:lol: :spit: Do you want help with the article? Though I might not be able to fully translate it, since I didn't understand some parts either.

s teddy
Feb 2nd, 2012, 10:31 PM
:lol: :spit: Do you want help with the article? Though I might not be able to fully translate it, since I didn't understand some parts either.
Thanks, but I understood it pretty well. Do it if you want, though--a better translation would be nice. :lol:

gc-spurs
Feb 2nd, 2012, 11:07 PM
Best line: "Mary believes in himself."

Dominic
Feb 3rd, 2012, 12:31 AM
GUYS! I need your help, I'm participating in the Mr Tf contest on non-tennis and I need votes, I'm up against a Serena fan and they ALL put themselves together to vote against me basically. If you guys could just go in the thread and post my name to vote it would be really appreciated ! Thanks

http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=453022&page=3

lefty24
Feb 3rd, 2012, 12:46 AM
I voted good luck!

MaitaBaby
Feb 3rd, 2012, 01:56 AM
That interview translated is hilarious.

"Still, after an ankle injury, and by January it had a single match is completely healthy."
Let's all send Lena V some gifts. Yes/Yes?

Andy.
Feb 3rd, 2012, 03:06 AM
GUYS! I need your help, I'm participating in the Mr Tf contest on non-tennis and I need votes, I'm up against a Serena fan and they ALL put themselves together to vote against me basically. If you guys could just go in the thread and post my name to vote it would be really appreciated ! Thanks

http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=453022&page=3
Done :yeah: Good luck!

Mr.Sharapova
Feb 3rd, 2012, 08:57 AM
GUYS! I need your help, I'm participating in the Mr Tf contest on non-tennis and I need votes, I'm up against a Serena fan and they ALL put themselves together to vote against me basically. If you guys could just go in the thread and post my name to vote it would be really appreciated ! Thanks

http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=453022&page=3

No you didn't :facepalm:.

jameshazza
Feb 3rd, 2012, 11:55 AM
Best line: "Mary believes in himself."

This :haha:

goldlion
Feb 3rd, 2012, 07:36 PM
Hogstedt's interview was quite good. He talks a lot about Maria's game in a constructive and positive way. Like he said, as long as they put in all the hard work, results will come naturally. For me, I agree with him that the match with Lisicki should have been two sets instead of a struggling three.

But as of Azarenka's, she was just too good on that day. Everything clicked for her on that day and Maria tried everything she could but also as Maria herself said, Azarenka was always one step quicker and she couldn't keep up with that. And jesus, Azarenka's redirection is unbelievable, every time she just managed to put the ball open court deep.

doomsday
Feb 3rd, 2012, 09:08 PM
Hogstedt's interview was quite good. He talks a lot about Maria's game in a constructive and positive way. Like he said, as long as they put in all the hard work, results will come naturally. For me, I agree with him that the match with Lisicki should have been two sets instead of a struggling three.

But as of Azarenka's, she was just too good on that day. Everything clicked for her on that day and Maria tried everything she could but also as Maria herself said, Azarenka was always one step quicker and she couldn't keep up with that. And jesus, Azarenka's redirection is unbelievable, every time she just managed to put the ball open court deep.

She has a amazing timing, Maria used to have a better one back in 2004/2005 but we know the player she became since then so.

Mistress of Evil
Feb 4th, 2012, 08:17 AM
Erm, please go here (http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=453022&page=14) and vote for Rerun! He is the most beautiful and a proud Mashabator, too! Would appreciate, if you do! :sobbing:

http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lncqr3jPcZ1qclt3z.gif

Julian.
Feb 4th, 2012, 11:41 AM
Don't forget to vote for our Miloti too. He is running for Mr. TF as well :cheer:

domon17th
Feb 4th, 2012, 03:02 PM
Voted! Good luck to all Mashabators participating. Looking good there!

jameshazza
Feb 4th, 2012, 04:34 PM
http://www.facebook.com/Sharapova?ref=ts

On Wednesday, I had my first experience at the Bolshoi Theater. We watched the ballet called Anyata. When I was young, my mother took me to many ballet performances, but this was another level of skill. It's amazing how the dancers make their work look so effortless when it must be one of the toughest things to do with the body.

http://a3.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/427383_10150511677467680_65920772679_9376967_10546 6235_n.jpg

Marilyn Monheaux
Feb 4th, 2012, 04:41 PM
CulturePova :inlove:

Mr.Sharapova
Feb 4th, 2012, 07:33 PM
Voted! Good luck to all Mashabators participating. Looking good there!

I think you voted for GoDokic! by mistake, since he is not playing today :sobbing:.

lefty24
Feb 4th, 2012, 08:22 PM
http://www.facebook.com/Sharapova?ref=ts

On Wednesday, I had my first experience at the Bolshoi Theater. We watched the ballet called Anyata. When I was young, my mother took me to many ballet performances, but this was another level of skill. It's amazing how the dancers make their work look so effortless when it must be one of the toughest things to do with the body.

http://a3.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/427383_10150511677467680_65920772679_9376967_10546 6235_n.jpg

us she wearing the leather pants again? I can't wait to go to the Bolshoi Theater when I go to Russia this summer.

Miloti are you playing today?

Mr.Sharapova
Feb 4th, 2012, 08:25 PM
us she wearing the leather pants again? I can't wait to go to the Bolshoi Theater when I go to Russia this summer.

Miloti are you playing today?

Yep I am :angel::sobbing:.

lefty24
Feb 4th, 2012, 08:42 PM
Yep I am :angel::sobbing:.

ok I voted. Good luck to you and all the Maria fans!

Mr.Sharapova
Feb 4th, 2012, 08:43 PM
ok I voted. Good luck to you and all the Maria fans!

Thank you :hug:.

domon17th
Feb 5th, 2012, 09:59 AM
I think you voted for GoDokic! by mistake, since he is not playing today :sobbing:.

Oh Gawd I think I didn't check properly :sobbing:

Mr.Sharapova
Feb 5th, 2012, 12:46 PM
Oh Gawd I think I didn't check properly :sobbing:

It's Ok :hug:.

18majors
Feb 5th, 2012, 09:54 PM
Maria Facebook:

So happy we won! I was under the weather today so had to watch most of the matches in the locker room. The crowd during my match yesterday was so special. Before I leave, here is an image I took when we were at the Red Square. How beautiful is this city!

Dieter.
Feb 7th, 2012, 12:35 PM
Maria's facebook:

Bonjour Paris!!
Please oh please tell me why you are so cold?
Found a little part of the city that is still celebrating Christmas in February...

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/427196_10150517691292680_65920772679_9399503_96395 236_n.jpg

JoPova
Feb 7th, 2012, 04:12 PM
Maria looks great! Lovely hat! But I bet she's looking forward to going back to Florida! The weather here in Europe is so cold right now!

Trih
Feb 7th, 2012, 06:13 PM
WTA just tweeted this link http://www.wtatennis.com/page/OffCourtNews/Read/0,,12781~2602356,00.html
there's a little interview to Maria and Na Li

PARIS, France - From the trip over to what Paris means to them, Maria Sharapova and Li Na answered a wide range of questions from the press at the Open GDF SUEZ on Monday. Here's a taste of what they said...

Maria Sharapova
On the trip from Moscow to Paris and how she's feeling...
"I got a little under the weather in Moscow, a few days before we started Fed Cup, which was a little bit unfortunate. But it seems to happen to me every single year, so it's nothing new. It's a big change, coming from such different weather conditions. But it's just the way it goes with the scheduling, and I've wanted to play this tournament for so many years now, I'm glad I finally made it."

On her Australian Open fortnight...
"I went into the Australian Open not knowing how things would go, because I didn't have much preparation - I didn't play competitively for a few months, because of an ankle injury. So personally, to have that result in Australia was quite big. It was a good beginning to the year, but we still have many tournaments to go. I'm really looking forward to the season and seeing how it shapes up. I hope I'll even be able to improve and get better."

On her goals for 2012...
"I'm really looking forward to the grass court season. Wimbledon is always a big one for me and a big goal every single year. And two weeks later it's the Olympics, which I've never been a part of in my career, and it's something I've wanted to do and be a part of since I was a little kid. In Russia as an athlete that was the biggest dream, the biggest goal. Tennis wasn't really on the map when I was growing up - it is now. But Winter Olympic sports were the main big things then. Representing my country will be a huge honor for me."

On this being her first appearance at this tournament...
"There have been so many scheduling interferences and times when it just didn't work out one way or another. I got injuries and got sick, and every day in the hotel I had the doctor coming, and I was like, 'Can I play, can I play?' And he was like, 'No, I don't think so, not when your face is orange!' It's one of those tournaments I guess where you just really want to play and things just don't work out. I'm just happy that after so many years I have finally made it."

On the attraction she feels towards Paris...
"It's a tournament I've really wanted to attend, for many reasons. One obviously, being in Paris, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. That's a big attraction for me. I love coming back here and being in Europe."

On Monica Seles, who will play an exhibition in Paris this week...
"I got a chance to play against Monica Seles a couple of times, when I had just started playing professional tournaments. She beat me very easily! But I admired her game and her drive. She had that belief in her and always fought for everything. She was always someone I looked up to when I was younger."

JoPova
Feb 7th, 2012, 06:56 PM
WTA just tweeted this link http://www.wtatennis.com/page/OffCourtNews/Read/0,,12781~2602356,00.html
there's a little interview to Maria and Na Li

Grazie per il link! ;)

I think it's pretty obvious now that Seles was one of Maria's idol while growing up, but does anybody know if Seles has ever said anything about Maria in return?

Sharapovian
Feb 7th, 2012, 07:30 PM
Maria Sharapova
On her goals for 2012...
"I'm really looking forward to the grass court season. Wimbledon is always a big one for me and a big goal every single year."
Win it this year :hearts:
If she were to win another slam I'd love for it to be RG (Career slam) or Wimbledon, though any would do. I think it would fulfill that extra bit of personal desire she may have, if she did win Wimbledon again, it obviously has a special place in her heart. (Of course if she won any of the four slams it would mean a lot to her).

And no surprise about the Olympics comments, especially not being to play last time and so on.

nelsondan
Feb 7th, 2012, 10:55 PM
What month will she most likely be playing in the olympics?

MaitaBaby
Feb 7th, 2012, 11:01 PM
What month will she most likely be playing in the olympics?

:lol:

nelsondan
Feb 7th, 2012, 11:41 PM
:lol:


Thanks for the medicine.

On her goals for 2012...
"I'm really looking forward to the grass court season. Wimbledon is always a big one for me and a big goal every single year. And two weeks later it's the Olympics, which I've never been a part of in my career, and it's something I've wanted to do and be a part of since I was a little kid.

solyane
Feb 9th, 2012, 11:19 AM
New interview from Maria in a french newspaper http://www.lefigaro.fr/sport/2012/02/07/02001-20120207ARTFIG00734-maria-sharapova-le-jeu-est-devenu-plus-physique.php I translated it quickly during my lunch break, so sorry if it's not perfect. :D


LE FIGARO. – You managed to come back among the best players in the world after a long shoulder’s injury that made you go down in the rankings. What did you learn from these hard times?
Maria SHARAPOVA. – I realized how much I love wh at I’m doing. When we start something really young and that we practice it every day, we are a little in autopilot mode and we don’t really realize what’s going on. You have to wait a serious injury to understand what you may loose and really step back.

Did you discuss it with other famous players like Andre Agassi for instance, who came back to his best lever after his wrists’ problems?
No directly. Even if there are injuries a lot different, we are all confronted to it at one point or another, we almost have the same perception. We know that our bodies is one of the thing that matters the most and people talk to us about our goals, we often point that our priority is « to be healthy », which may seem like a boring answer for our interlocutors.

You have been playing pro for 11 years now, what look do you have on that period less intense that female tennis is going through right now?
The game became a lot more physical than before. When I won Wimbledon at 17 years old, I wasn’t the most physical player on the tour. If I hadn’t evolved, that I didn’t become stronger physically, I won’t be able to keep up today. The young players are more powerful today, they move better on the court, their recovery is better. The physical preparation takes part in the evolution of female tennis, as well as technology, rackets… People are talking about a slack period in our sport but the prize money have never been higher since I have played pro, we obtained the equality of the prize with the men a few years ago, which was a big step. And with the tv rights and the sponsors it seems that a lot of people believes in female tennis.

With your size (1,88m), you are the taller WTA player on the circuit behind the player Akgul Amanmuradova (1, 90 m), but it seems that like with the the men, the female players are more and more tall. An explanation?
Regarding me, my parents aren’t tall and neither athletics maybe it’s coming from my great grandparents. But, I don’t where this trend is coming from. Being tall has its advantages but also disadvantages. It’s harder to mode obviously, to change of direction but we can go get the ball further. And I’m sure that smaller builds still has a chance to express themselves on a court. You just have to look at a player like Justine Henin.

You are taking part for the first time in the Open GDF Suez. Aside from the competition, what would you like to do in Paris ?
Eating! (Laughs) I like trying lots of different meals. The architecture is one of my big hobbies, I get the advantage to discover new districts by walking or driving. I look at every roof, banisters, the way the building are build one towards another. I’m always wondering how they are build and it’s a source of inspiration for me in a creative point of view. Obviously in Paris, there is also the shopping and aside from the designer brands, there are so many clothes shops where you can find a lot of classy and classical clothes.

MM_1257
Feb 9th, 2012, 12:56 PM
Masha and her eating. :lol: I do not wanna imagine what is going to happen when she stops playing professionally.
Thanks for the article. ;)

lefty24
Feb 9th, 2012, 01:46 PM
Masha and her eating. :lol: I do not wanna imagine what is going to happen when she stops playing professionally.
Thanks for the article. ;)

Fatpova. :angel:

18majors
Feb 9th, 2012, 02:18 PM
Fatpova. :angel:

Can't picture that and hope it won't happen.

nelsondan
Feb 9th, 2012, 03:40 PM
Masha and her eating. :lol: I do not wanna imagine what is going to happen when she stops playing professionally.
Thanks for the article. ;)

Almost every time I see her talking about food, I also seem to see a photo that makes me wonder....Maria--are your thighs getting thinner? Bon appetite.

JamieOwen3
Feb 9th, 2012, 03:45 PM
who cares? right now we have fitpovalicious

http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lvy9gpTHT51qdjs4ao1_400.jpg

jameshazza
Feb 9th, 2012, 03:49 PM
This, she's entitled to become a fatty after her career.

solyane
Feb 9th, 2012, 05:31 PM
http://www.wtatennis.com/javaImages/bc/c6/0,,12781~10471100,00.jpg



PARIS, France - On next Monday's rankings there will be a shift near the top, as Maria Sharapova and Petra Kvitova will flip flop (Sharapova will rise to No.2, Kvitova will dip down to No.3). It will be Sharapova's 75th career week in the Top 2 - a number only 10 women in the history of the WTA can beat.

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Despite playing through several generations of legends and suffering a serious right shoulder injury a few years ago, Sharapova has been consistently excellent throughout her career, and since the rankings began in 1975 only 10 women have more weeks than her in the Top 2: Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Steffi Graf, Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario, Monica Seles, Martina Hingis, Lindsay Davenport, Serena Williams, Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters.

After winning her opening match at the Open GDF SUEZ on Wednesday, the 24-year-old was asked about returning to the No.2 ranking next week.

"It's a great statistic, no doubt, because it means you're not losing every single match. You can't be at that ranking and not be having good results - it means you're consistent," she said. "But it's a goal of mine to get to No.1. That's a goal in every player's mind. Then again, having been in that position before, I think my main goal is really the Grand Slams. And those wins will bring my ranking."

Sharapova is playing the Open GDF SUEZ for the first time and has been complimenting the atmosphere of the Premier tournament's center court.

"It's more intimate, because the stands go much higher instead of going out. I personally like that," she said. "When we play around the world in so many big stadiums, it seems like the people are really spread out - if I were a fan, I would prefer it to be this kind of atmosphere and this type of arena, because I would be so much closer and would really feel the intensity of the match. The physical aspects of it, the reactions, the emotions, the movement... I think that's just so much better from a fan's perspective. And you really feel that energy as well."

And what does the Russian megastar do in the city? "Just visit, walk around. I've lived in the US for so many years, you get used to driving places all the time, and I love coming to Europe because you walk everywhere. You walk and you forget. Just going to a restaurant, walking for 20, 25 minutes is not a big deal - but if you think of doing that in Florida you're crazy! It's just different.

"There are also so many different things to do here as well. I love the food, the shopping's amazing and there are so many unique and different boutiques you don't find around the world. Of course you have all the main shops that you get in other cities, but then you find the hidden secrets you always go back to. Then the parks, architecture, museums... it's pretty much endless."

http://www.wtatennis.com/page/OffCourtNews/Read/0,,12781~2605637,00.html



"It will be Sharapova's 75th career week in the Top 2 - a number only 10 women in the history of the WTA can beat." Impressive!

Maria rocks
Feb 10th, 2012, 11:26 AM
http://blogs.bettor.com/Maria-Sharapova-on-the-brink-of-some-colossal-achievement-in-2012-Tennis-Special-a128694

jameshazza
Feb 11th, 2012, 03:57 AM
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/sports/tennis/top-stories/Serene-Sharapova-looks-forward-to-Olympics/articleshow/11845410.cms

"I haven't been home in a while. As much as I love Paris, I'm very happy to be going home to sleep in my own bed."

Sleeping again :lol:

cyannnnn
Feb 11th, 2012, 10:19 AM
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/sports/tennis/top-stories/Serene-Sharapova-looks-forward-to-Olympics/articleshow/11845410.cms

"I haven't been home in a while. As much as I love Paris, I'm very happy to be going home to sleep in my own bed."


Sleeping again :lol:

or sasha's bed :oh:

i think she need some rest after AO, Fed Cup. she must be very tired.
it will be Valentine day soon. so some rest in Turkey and then back to Floride to train :armed::tennis::tennis::tennis:

MM_1257
Feb 11th, 2012, 02:53 PM
http://blogs.bettor.com/Maria-Sharapova-on-the-brink-of-some-colossal-achievement-in-2012-Tennis-Special-a128694

:hysteric: why do people jump in advance.

Julian.
Feb 11th, 2012, 06:05 PM
Btw, Maria Sharapova is currently trending at Yahoo at #4 :lol: I don't know why :lol:

nelsondan
Feb 12th, 2012, 09:14 PM
I did not want to put this photo with this story in the picture thread, but...I wondered just how well Maria was moving as I watched the live score thread. Hopefully this is misleading...

http://www.dailysports.co/kerber-stuns-sharapova-in-paris-quarters