PDA

View Full Version : ** Masha News and Articles! ** Vol. 2


Pages : 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 [16] 17 18 19 20 21

lefty24
Feb 14th, 2012, 11:53 PM
Masha was on E! News for their fashion week recap.
I'll post about it later.

cyannnnn
Feb 15th, 2012, 11:06 AM
http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=auto&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Feg.ru%2Fdaily%2Fsports%2F30300%2F

lefty24
Feb 15th, 2012, 11:33 AM
http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=auto&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Feg.ru%2Fdaily%2Fsports%2F30300%2F

I got excited for a second but im not sure how reliable that site is.
They have a sex category and sex ads all over the page.

Edit: If you read some of the other articles about Maria you'll see that the site is bullshit. It is entertaining to read though.

zigga
Feb 16th, 2012, 06:15 PM
On one of Slovenian sites i read that Masha and Sasa are getting married on 10th november. The prenuptional agreement is going to be made by 10 lawyers, 9 of them represent Maria and only 1 represents Sasa.

MM_1257
Feb 16th, 2012, 06:36 PM
I read the same. I assume they got it from the Russian tabloids. I died of laughter :lol:... Here it is http://24ur.com/ekskluziv/tuja-scena/sasa-bo-z-marijo-podpisal-predporocno-pogodbo.html
Use Google translate. :spit:

Qetusi
Feb 18th, 2012, 08:05 PM
Vote for Maria "Best Dressed Special Edition : New York Fashion Week " - http://www.vogue.com/fashion/10-best-dressed/best-dressed-special-edition/

roddo1234
Feb 18th, 2012, 08:59 PM
Vote for Maria "Best Dressed Special Edition : New York Fashion Week " - http://www.vogue.com/fashion/10-best-dressed/best-dressed-special-edition/

Let's just say that I voted more than once and will visit the site again later.

lefty24
Feb 18th, 2012, 10:21 PM
They should have picked the Vera Wang outfit.

Trih
Feb 18th, 2012, 11:32 PM
They should have picked the Vera Wang outfit.

*
absolutely

MaitaBaby
Feb 19th, 2012, 03:28 AM
On one of Slovenian sites i read that Masha and Sasa are getting married on 10th november. The prenuptional agreement is going to be made by 10 lawyers, 9 of them represent Maria and only 1 represents Sasa.

:lol:

canadia
Feb 19th, 2012, 04:09 PM
Vote for Maria "Best Dressed Special Edition : New York Fashion Week " - http://www.vogue.com/fashion/10-best-dressed/best-dressed-special-edition/

That was easy! Maria was easily the best dressed!

lefty24
Feb 19th, 2012, 04:18 PM
Yay she's winning!
Fashionista.

jameshazza
Feb 19th, 2012, 04:31 PM
So if she wins this will she be named as Vogue's best dressed?

doooma6816
Feb 19th, 2012, 05:20 PM
she's winning!:D

~MashyOwnThemAll
Feb 19th, 2012, 05:21 PM
:bounce:

18majors
Feb 19th, 2012, 05:28 PM
Is this the first for a female athlete?

atominside
Feb 21st, 2012, 11:04 PM
pretty surprised that you guys havent found this out yet.
http://www.tvguide.com/detail/tv-show.aspx?tvobjectid=290863&more=ucepisodelist&episodeid=20272630
Maria Sharapova on Chelsea Lately next week on E!

Sp!ffy
Feb 21st, 2012, 11:06 PM
Oh my god!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yessssssssssss :)

atominside
Feb 21st, 2012, 11:08 PM
She has time and time again said she's a huge fan of the show! now shes on it ! :)

Reptilia
Feb 21st, 2012, 11:11 PM
dream come true :sobbing:

lefty24
Feb 21st, 2012, 11:17 PM
She has time and time again said she's a huge fan of the show! now shes on it ! :)

OMFG!!
I can't wait as I absolutely love Chelsea Lately.
And yeah she says all the time how much she loves Chelsea so I figured she would be on at some point.

s teddy
Feb 21st, 2012, 11:20 PM
Is it bad that I'd never even heard of this show until now? :tears:

JamieOwen3
Feb 21st, 2012, 11:33 PM
yes it is :p i love chelsea, that hoe is a hilarious bitch!

18majors
Feb 21st, 2012, 11:43 PM
Great to know.

lefty24
Feb 21st, 2012, 11:46 PM
yes it is :p i love chelsea, that hoe is a hilarious bitch!

Maria and Chelea, my two favorite blonde bitches.

Andy.
Feb 22nd, 2012, 12:16 AM
YAY Masha on TV again :hearts:

jameshazza
Feb 22nd, 2012, 12:53 AM
Oh God, you just know Chelsea's gonna take the piss out of the AO final :bigcry: :lol:

Reptilia
Feb 22nd, 2012, 12:56 AM
She can be so nasty to her guests :lol: Will be interesting to see what she is like with Maria

Andy.
Feb 22nd, 2012, 01:44 AM
Yeah but Martha has the right sence of humour to take on Cheslea. She wont be intimidated.

jameshazza
Feb 22nd, 2012, 02:26 AM
http://gulfnews.com/arts-entertainment/celebrity/maria-sharapova-living-a-fairy-tale-1.984108

Pretty sure this is new.

Marilyn Monheaux
Feb 22nd, 2012, 04:36 AM
pretty surprised that you guys havent found this out yet.
http://www.tvguide.com/detail/tv-show.aspx?tvobjectid=290863&more=ucepisodelist&episodeid=20272630
Maria Sharapova on Chelsea Lately next week on E!


Ugh. I'm so over Chelsea's racist ass. :o

lefty24
Feb 22nd, 2012, 04:41 AM
http://gulfnews.com/arts-entertainment/celebrity/maria-sharapova-living-a-fairy-tale-1.984108

Pretty sure this is new.

never read it before.

i'm happy she didn't say U2 for the music question, Florence and the Machine and Coldplay are much better.
I'm also glad she didn't say Rihanna, Lady Gaga , Katy Perry, and all those other ones that other players seem to love.

jameshazza
Feb 22nd, 2012, 04:44 AM
never read it before.

i'm happy she didn't say U2 for the music question, Florence and the Machine and Coldplay are much better.
I'm also glad she didn't say Rihanna, Lady Gaga , Katy Perry, and all those other ones that other players seem to love.

My dream is that she stans for Britney, but I know it isn't so :hysteric:
She seems to like alternative rock bands, wonder if she like The Script, I know she said she'd check them out on her website once :shrug:

Reptilia
Feb 22nd, 2012, 10:55 AM
Ugh. I'm so over Chelsea's racist ass. :o

Well don't watch then :)

MM_1257
Feb 22nd, 2012, 12:48 PM
But it is true I tend to steal food from my coach's plate, especially that he eats a lot of burgers.
:lol::help: Here we go, Masha about food... AGAIN! I assume this was made while Mike was on board or? I mean, I cannot imagine Hoggy eating a lot of burgers nor Masha stealing food out of his plate, while with Mike I totally can picture it. But maybe I am wrong.

Rerun
Feb 22nd, 2012, 12:58 PM
She already gained weight, she is going to be the new Mary Pierce soon :lol:

atominside
Feb 22nd, 2012, 01:23 PM
Ugh. I'm so over Chelsea's racist ass. :o

no one's begging you to watch it. The thing with chelsea is that its harsh humour. She makes racist jokes and cultural jokes all the time. The serbs took that joke way too seriously. So Typical.

Mr.Sharapova
Feb 22nd, 2012, 01:45 PM
no one's begging you to watch it. The thing with chelsea is that its harsh humour. She makes racist jokes and cultural jokes all the time. The serbs took that joke way too seriously. So Typical.

Can you tell me what did she say about Serbs, or the joke she did directed to them, cause I can't watch the link right now.

lefty24
Feb 22nd, 2012, 03:00 PM
My dream is that she stans for Britney, but I know it isn't so :hysteric:
She seems to like alternative rock bands, wonder if she like The Script, I know she said she'd check them out on her website once :shrug:

haha that would be awesome.
and she probably likes some indie/alternative bands too.
I actually love pop songs but there is so much better music out there if you broaden your horizon.

nelsondan
Feb 22nd, 2012, 04:00 PM
She already gained weight, she is going to be the new Mary Pierce soon :lol:

If she sees this comment, maybe she will get some liposuction, (or eat only half her dessert once a month) to deal with the "problem".

A purple dress like this can only hide so much..

http://img244.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=266233649_014_122_237lo.jpg#

Marilyn Monheaux
Feb 22nd, 2012, 04:05 PM
no one's begging you to watch it. The thing with chelsea is that its harsh humour. She makes racist jokes and cultural jokes all the time. The serbs took that joke way too seriously. So Typical.

I'm not a Serb, I'm black (biracial) and I'm sure as heck not watching. :wavey:

atominside
Feb 22nd, 2012, 04:32 PM
I'm not a Serb, I'm black (biracial) and I'm sure as heck not watching. :wavey:

your loss.

nelsondan
Feb 22nd, 2012, 05:33 PM
your loss.

She needs to get that Ihe app...the idiot host eliminator for people who can't stand the host, but still want to see some of the guests. be sure and get the one that has both audio and visual elimination capabilities.

gc-spurs
Feb 22nd, 2012, 06:39 PM
What don't they have apps for, honestly.

Tennisvampire
Feb 22nd, 2012, 09:14 PM
Ugh. I'm so over Chelsea's racist ass. :o

Exactly. She may be a good host, but c'mon, you can't offend people and nations based on the fact that you are American, so you think "What the heck? I can do it, and nobody can punish me for it". I don't have anything against the States in particular, but I think some of the people out there have a similar stance as Chelsea, and I just can't stand that.

no one's begging you to watch it. The thing with chelsea is that its harsh humour. She makes racist jokes and cultural jokes all the time. The serbs took that joke way too seriously. So Typical.

Just for the record, the Serbs didn't take it too seriously, and as a citizen of Serbia I can tell you that much. We are a proud nation, and we are not going to let someone like Chelsea insult us just because she thinks she can. I would love to see how you would react if you or your nation were accused of things that don't have an ounce of resemblance to the truth.

I'm not a Serb, I'm black (biracial) and I'm sure as heck not watching. :wavey:

Kudos :)

atominside
Feb 22nd, 2012, 09:57 PM
uhm. okay then. Dont watch the episode that maria's going to be in because of 10 seconds of crude humour for entertainment purposes that happened 2 years ago.

s teddy
Feb 22nd, 2012, 10:22 PM
Just for the record, the Serbs didn't take it too seriously, and as a citizen of Serbia I can tell you that much. We are a proud nation, and we are not going to let someone like Chelsea insult us just because she thinks she can. I would love to see how you would react if you or your nation were accused of things that don't have an ounce of resemblance to the truth.

People make derogatory comments about Western countries all the time, but few people take offense. That doesn't mean that citizens of those countries don't have any national pride; they just realize that such remarks are not true, and they ignore them. Don't misunderstand me: I'm not at all condoning what Handler said, but this idea of not letting someone insult you is simply absurd. People are going to insult you. There's absolutely nothing you can do about it. Just accept it and don't pay those people any mind.

nelsondan
Feb 22nd, 2012, 10:26 PM
c'mon, you can't offend people and nations based onthe fact that you are American, so you think "Whatthe heck? I can do it, and nobody can punish me for it".

On the upside, we have this governor of one of our states, Virginia, who thought it would be a good idea to force women to have a vaginal penetration procedure against their will, and the comedians made so much fun of him, and..........a few........women......were so pissed, that this afternoon.....he changed his mind. Or said he did.

I think he was afraid they might punish him.

MM_1257
Feb 22nd, 2012, 10:55 PM
Who is that Chelsea or whatever she is woman? Why is she a hot topic in here? What does/did she say about Serbs, African Americans etc.? I have no clue what are all of you talking about and if any of you could explain it to me, I'd be very grateful.

jameshazza
Feb 22nd, 2012, 11:29 PM
As an Irishman and also being gay, I know what its like to witness offensive jokes on TV and in life, but you know you just gotta try and accept that they are jokes at the end of the day crude or not. I may find it easier than some as I am a fan of crude humour...

atominside
Feb 23rd, 2012, 01:42 AM
from wiki:


During the June 20, 2011 episode, while discussing Amy Winehouse's poorly received performance at a concert in Belgrade, Handler read a statement by Serbian Defense Minister Dragan Šutanovac calling Winehouse's performance a "shame and a disappointment". Handler then stated, "Well, so is your country".[13] The comment has since drawn criticism, with requests for Handler to apologize for the comment. A Facebook page and change.org petition have also been created calling for a boycott of Handler and E! until a public apology is given. Handler has yet to comment on the matter.[13] On June 25, 2011, Serbian Ambassador to United States, Vladimir Petrović, sent a letter to Bonnie Hammer, president of NBCUniversal Cable (which oversees the E! network), describing Handler's act as "inappropriate, distasteful, and just plain bad humor".

I dont see anything that bad in it personally. So unnecessary of the serbs.

Sp!ffy
Feb 23rd, 2012, 02:17 AM
Don't be surprised that some Maria fans are making a big fucking deal out of nothing, like usual. :rolleyes::yawn:

Marilyn Monheaux
Feb 23rd, 2012, 02:30 AM
Don't be surprised that some Maria fans are making a big fucking deal out of nothing, like usual. :rolleyes::yawn:


Says the poster with the Jeremy Lin avi... :oh:

Sp!ffy
Feb 23rd, 2012, 02:49 AM
:mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad:

Charlatan
Feb 23rd, 2012, 04:33 AM
well, chelsea is more of a bitchy catty so called comedian/TV show personality than a typical playful comedian that most people love. always find some of her remarks very distasteful at times, but i'll leave it here.
but then again, what does her past have to do with maria being on her show? it's not like she is going to devour her literally with her remarks. :shrug:

jameshazza
Feb 23rd, 2012, 04:39 AM
I can't get this out of my head... although I'm not sure she'd go this far...
Chelsea: "What the fuck is wrong with you, why can't you serve the ball in?"

:bigcry:

Charlatan
Feb 23rd, 2012, 04:45 AM
:spit:

Sp!ffy
Feb 23rd, 2012, 04:48 AM
I hope she goes that far. :drool:

"You won 3 fucking games in the final?" *makes face to crowd*

lefty24
Feb 23rd, 2012, 04:55 AM
She's deffinetly gonna make some comment connecting her grunting to sex/orgasms.

I hope there's some chui Maria interaction.

MaitaBaby
Feb 23rd, 2012, 06:14 AM
She has to go grunt. HAS TO. Hopefully Masha has some good comebacks prepared.

MM_1257
Feb 23rd, 2012, 12:03 PM
Uh... Weird... ok, I kind of get the picture. Well the comments about Serbia were imo distasteful. Can that show be seen online, too?

lefty24
Feb 23rd, 2012, 01:43 PM
Uh... Weird... ok, I kind of get the picture. Well the comments about Serbia were imo distasteful. Can that show be seen online, too?

She puts all her interviews in YouTube.

lefty24
Feb 23rd, 2012, 03:07 PM
fashionpova talking about fashion week
MARIA’S ROLE MODELS: Maria Sharapova found lots of inspiration during last week’s New York Fashion Week. When she talks about the experience, Sharapova sounds like an aspiring ready-to-wear designer. “I’m putting the finishing touches on my fall-winter 2012 Cole Haan collection,” she said. “The use of a neutral color palette that Vera Wang showcased in her show — gray and blush — is found in my Cole Haan collection. In thinking about spring-summer 2013 for Cole Haan, I found the use of embellishment and rich materials at the Marc Jacobs and Oscar de la Renta shows, and the lace detailing at Rodarte, to be very directional.” Sharapova collaborates with Nike on tennis apparel and Cole Haan on footwear and handbags. “This was my second visit to New York Fashion Week,” Sharapova said. She offered her own show reviews.

On Vera Wang: “The elegance of Vera Wang was breathless to watch. She worked elegant and romantic materials in a neutral gray and nude color tone.”

On Rodarte: “From patterned coats to knee-high lace-up boots, Rodarte had a clever energy, opening the show with one of my favorite U2 tunes.”

On Marc Jacobs: “It was the over-the-top hats and the fabrics that caught my eye — brocades, tweeds and tulles with pops of color on a palette of blacks and grays.”

On Oscar de la Renta: “A blend of a classic ladylike looks with a modern twist and intricate embellishment on traditional silhouettes or gorgeous ballgowns with tulle skirts that looked as if they could float down the runway. My favorite look was a white minidress adorned with paillettes and a puffed skirt.”

Even if Sharapova never designs rtw, she may have a career as a fashion critic.
http://www.wwd.com/fashion-news/fashion-scoops/marias-role-models-5722319?src=twitter

and I thought we were avoiding U2.

lefty24
Feb 23rd, 2012, 03:14 PM
talking about her flats.
I absolutely love ballet so I'm glad she draws inspiration from ballerinas.
and I just got glitter flats, but WAY cheaper.

She has a big match coming up — an exhibition at New York’s Madison Square Garden in March — but Maria Sharapova is also focused on fashion these days. The tennis star sat front row at several big runway shows this week (Vera Wang, Oscar de la Renta and Marc Jacobs, to name a few), and is continually hard at work on her Cole Haan accessories collection.

“I always imagined myself being involved in design, but I never thought [others would show] such good interest in [my work],” she tells PEOPLE. “I haven’t even been in the business for that long.”

Sharapova began designing footwear and handbags for the brand in 2008; brightly colored pumps, sandals and flats (like the Air Bacara Ballet, above) pepper her current collection.

“Flats were the first shoe I wanted to design,” she shares. Given that she stands at 6-ft., 2-in., that definitely makes sense. “My style is pretty laid back, but I do occasionally like to put on a heel.”

To that end, the bride-to-be finds lots of inspiration in her world travels — “It’s about the patterns, the way women carry their handbags, their essential go-to shoes,” she shares — and even delicate dancers.

“I have always been drawn to the details of the ballet,” she says, “from the lace on their shoes to the elegance and ease with which they dance. That was everything this ballerina [flat] represents to me.”

So which shoe is she sweet on these days? Perhaps unsurprisingly, it’s not a heel. Says the star, “I spent a whole month in Australia with warm weather, so I’ve been wearing my silver glitter ballerinas.” Tell us: Have you shopped Sharapova’s Cole Haan collection?

http://img2.timeinc.net/people/i/2012/stylewatch/blog/120227/maria-sharapova-300x400.jpg



http://stylenews.peoplestylewatch.com/2012/02/17/maria-sharapova-cole-haan-flats/

nelsondan
Feb 23rd, 2012, 03:43 PM
Who is the opponent making the exhibition at msg a big match?

lefty24
Feb 23rd, 2012, 03:46 PM
Who is the opponent making the exhibition at msg a big match?

It's probably the fed vs. roddick match. Plus the MSG exhibition always has a lot of hype around it.

Tennisvampire
Feb 23rd, 2012, 04:18 PM
uhm. okay then. Dont watch the episode that maria's going to be in because of 10 seconds of crude humour for entertainment purposes that happened 2 years ago.

lol, of course I'm going to watch the episode because Chelsea doesn't have anything to do with Maria, and plus, this is my only chance to watch a Maria interview in such a show live. I mean, even people from Serbia get E! channel xDDDD

People make derogatory comments about Western countries all the time, but few people take offense. That doesn't mean that citizens of those countries don't have any national pride; they just realize that such remarks are not true, and they ignore them. Don't misunderstand me: I'm not at all condoning what Handler said, but this idea of not letting someone insult you is simply absurd. People are going to insult you. There's absolutely nothing you can do about it. Just accept it and don't pay those people any mind.

You are right, but I think the reaction of my country was due to the fact that people make fun of us TOO OFTEN. That is a fact. And in every distasteful joke, there is always a little bit of truth. And it is a fact that we are not a rich country, that we are not as developed as some of the West countries etc. So when somebody makes comments like that quite frequently (and I don't mean Handler directly), people do get offended and some even start thinking that the spoken stuff is a bitter truth. And then it becomes impossible to ignore.

She's deffinetly gonna make some comment connecting her grunting to sex/orgasms.

I hope there's some chui Maria interaction.

God, I would actually love it if she would make some comments about grunting, and then Masha sends her to her righteous place xD But, I highly doubt that'll happen, since Masha stated couple of times that watching the show is her guilty pleasure, plus I think she is too respectful to make some Chelsea-like comments. Although, that "isn't she back in Poland yet" comment was just bitchy perfection :hearts::hearts:

Anyway, can someone please tell me when is Masha on? I totally forgot, and I think I read it somewhere here :rolleyes:

WowWow
Feb 23rd, 2012, 04:32 PM
Sharps in Papermag :hearts:

http://www.papermag.com/arts_and_style/2012/02/maria-sharapova.php

nelsondan
Feb 23rd, 2012, 05:40 PM
Sharps in Papermag :hearts:

http://www.papermag.com/arts_and_style/2012/02/maria-sharapova.php

I have heard Maria described in a lot of ways...lithe....slender....Perfect condition....aggressive.....determined....beautifu l.......magnificent.....

This is a new one on me:

"despite being relatively petite"

Sp!ffy
Feb 23rd, 2012, 05:50 PM
What about the words right after? :lol:

.."she's known for her hyper-speed"

lefty24
Feb 23rd, 2012, 06:12 PM
I have heard Maria described in a lot of ways...lithe....slender....Perfect condition....aggressive.....determined....beautifu l.......magnificent.....

This is a new one on me:

"despite being relatively petite"

truer words have never been spoken. :p

Tennisvampire
Feb 23rd, 2012, 07:35 PM
I have heard Maria described in a lot of ways...lithe....slender....Perfect condition....aggressive.....determined....beautifu l.......magnificent.....

This is a new one on me:

"despite being relatively petite"

Relatively petite :haha: :haha: LMFAO xD she is freakin' 188 cm, how is that relatively petite?

What about the words right after? :lol:

.."she's known for her hyper-speed"

Ooh, they mentioned her famous hyper-speed... I mean, if she is not the fastest player on the tour, may I be damned xDD She is especially fast when she has to run for a drop shot... I can't help but laugh every time:oh:

I'll add another sentence that made a smile come out on my face: When she scored her first pair of Jimmy Choo heels, she slept with them under her pillow. What a queen :hearts::hearts:

And they mentioned her forehand, but damn it, she has a KILLER BACKHAND :D

lefty24
Feb 23rd, 2012, 08:16 PM
Relatively petite :haha: :haha: LMFAO xD she is freakin' 188 cm, how is that relatively petite?



Ooh, they mentioned her famous hyper-speed... I mean, if she is not the fastest player on the tour, may I be damned xDD She is especially fast when she has to run for a drop shot... I can't help but laugh every time:oh:

I'll add another sentence that made a smile come out on my face: When she scored her first pair of Jimmy Choo heels, she slept with them under her pillow. What a queen :hearts::hearts:

And they mentioned her forehand, but damn it, she has a KILLER BACKHAND :D

Lol maybe they thought petit meant skinny.
And her backhand is my favorite shot. :hearts:

Mistress of Evil
Feb 23rd, 2012, 09:52 PM
Martha should so do a reality fashion show after she retires. :hearts:

Andy.
Feb 23rd, 2012, 11:18 PM
I would love it if Maria became a fashion desinger when she retires like Victoria Beckham. What I mean is being known for something else but always have a very keen interest in fashion before taking it to the next level and actually designing. That would be my dream.

lefty24
Feb 24th, 2012, 03:18 PM
There's a preview of the Paribas Showdown on tennis channel tonight at 6:30

JoPova
Feb 27th, 2012, 03:41 PM
I would love it if Maria became a fashion desinger when she retires like Victoria Beckham. What I mean is being known for something else but always have a very keen interest in fashion before taking it to the next level and actually designing. That would be my dream.

I think that's what she has in mind as well. I can't see her being involved too much in the tennis world after her retirement, but luckily we'll probably get to see Glampova more often! :hearts:

tennis-insomniac
Feb 28th, 2012, 03:36 AM
don't forget to watch Maria on Chelsea Lately on E! channel tonight !!

graffite
Feb 28th, 2012, 05:39 AM
don't forget to watch Maria on Chelsea Lately on E! channel tonight !!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7X580sD3hE

Dorky, Snarky, maybe even Flirty but definitely Bitchy all at the same time.

Trih
Feb 28th, 2012, 06:19 AM
The uploader has not made this video available in your country.
Sorry about that.

:facepalm: sometimes I wish I've never been born at all [cit.].. or at least not in my country.

tennis-insomniac
Feb 28th, 2012, 06:48 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7X580sD3hE

Dorky, Snarky, maybe even Flirty but definitely Bitchy all at the same time.

Hilarious interview. Bitchiness at its best ! :lol:

graffite
Feb 28th, 2012, 06:49 AM
The uploader has not made this video available in your country.
Sorry about that.

:facepalm: sometimes I wish I've never been born at all [cit.].. or at least not in my country.

coughTunnelbear (http://www.tunnelbear.com/)cough

try this:
http://www.eonline.com/videos/chelsea-lately-maria-sharapova/179355

jameshazza
Feb 28th, 2012, 08:00 AM
coughTunnelbear (http://www.tunnelbear.com/)cough

try this:
http://www.eonline.com/videos/chelsea-lately-maria-sharapova/179355

It works although I'm not sure it's the full video.

JamieOwen3
Feb 28th, 2012, 08:23 AM
it is the full video and :lol: love bitchypova

Mistress of Evil
Feb 28th, 2012, 08:38 AM
The whole bit was quite cool :D

Reptilia
Feb 28th, 2012, 09:35 AM
Love it! :haha:

Steven.
Feb 28th, 2012, 10:12 AM
LMAOOOOOOOOOOO "I'm not exactly giving them 5s in the showers" :happy:

omg she stole the show, it's like she's the hostess. Fucking love it!

Tennisvampire
Feb 28th, 2012, 10:13 AM
lol, am I the only one who thought it was nothing too special? I mean half the air time was spent on Maria presenting Chelsea with gifts :rolleyes: Although I loved the occasional bitchiness from Masha :hearts: Felt kind of disappointed that Chelsea was too nice to Maria, because I was really looking forward to seeing what bitchy answer would Maria come up with :devil: Guess it just shows the amount of respect everybody has for Queen Martha :angel: or they simply know she would probably ruin them with one sentence if they say anything :haha:

Tennisvampire
Feb 28th, 2012, 10:14 AM
LMAOOOOOOOOOOO "I'm not exactly giving them 5s in the showers" :happy:

omg she stole the show, it's like she's the hostess. Fucking love it!

Hands down, the best quote :bounce: Gosh, how much I love Maria in her sort-of-bitchy form :hearts::hearts:

Steven.
Feb 28th, 2012, 10:25 AM
oh man I hope Chelsea does turn up to support Maria. I will dieeeeeeee.

Trih
Feb 28th, 2012, 10:30 AM
I saw it through a *cough cough* - I didn't know the forum censored that word, lmao - but I forgot to comment here after :oh: anyway thanks for the tip Graffite :hug:
The video was lovely :hearts: but hey she was really really bitchy about everything, I couldnt take off a smile from my face :lol: she was such a show-stealer :rocker2:

jameshazza
Feb 28th, 2012, 02:26 PM
Highlight of the interview = confirmation that SugarPova is still happening. :worship:

Your fave could nevaaa!

lefty24
Feb 28th, 2012, 04:05 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7X580sD3hE

Dorky, Snarky, maybe even Flirty but definitely Bitchy all at the same time.

All this. Masha was on fire.
I loved her dress, shoes, makeup and hair.
And lol at Chelsea eating all those candies. I can't wait till they go on sale.
When Masha first said she likes Chelsea lately I was kinda surprised but now seein her on the show it makes sense. Mash and Chelsea would probably make good friends.
And so jelaous of Chelsea for not only meeting her but getting all that free stuff.

Charlatan
Feb 28th, 2012, 04:56 PM
why does it not surprise me there is already a thread in GM about her playfully admitting she is a bitch and all those flops like Apoleb were already there? :rolleyes:

way to ruin...anyway, she is FIERCE

Steven.
Feb 28th, 2012, 06:07 PM
apoleb is annoying as fuck. every post. I've never set anyone on ignore on any forums I've been on but he might as well be the first cause he sucks ass and never posts anything worth reading anyway

JamieOwen3
Feb 28th, 2012, 06:10 PM
All of the posters in GM are far bigger bitches *in a bad way* than Maria ever was is and will be! #FACT

MM_1257
Feb 28th, 2012, 06:23 PM
Just watched Mashenka. It was a bit PR-ish... But the parts I loved:
Chelsea: "We've got a Russian..."
Maria's "thank godness" on the dating of Russian men (that can be understood in dual way :oh: - making fun of the men or of well the hoster :oh:)
The vodka-flavoured gummy bear! :rocker:
And Maria's: "You never get nervous? Then you do not care."
And ofc the bitch comments.

And BTW Mash, do not lie, we know that deep down behind that armour, you are superstitious. :p
But OMG how much gummy-bears did Chelsea eat.. :eek:

s teddy
Feb 28th, 2012, 07:30 PM
:hearts: I treasure the rare moments when Maria shows her wittier side.



:facepalm: at the people in GM criticizing her as arrogant and "trying too hard." If Maria had been her usual, boring, PR-friendly self, those same people would probably criticize her for being bland and unimaginative.

Charlatan
Feb 28th, 2012, 07:32 PM
apoleb is annoying as fuck. every post. I've never set anyone on ignore on any forums I've been on but he might as well be the first cause he sucks ass and never posts anything worth reading anyway

All of the posters in GM are far bigger bitches *in a bad way* than Maria ever was is and will be! #FACT

omg..that's so f***ing true :( it annoys the hell outta me

JamieOwen3
Feb 28th, 2012, 07:36 PM
don't hide it say spray it SO FUCKING TRUE! they need to look at their personalities before criticising Maria's!!

atominside
Feb 28th, 2012, 08:17 PM
GM is unbelievable

jameshazza
Feb 28th, 2012, 08:26 PM
Meh, you can get annoyed or just laugh.
Considering I've only been here a couple of months I just laugh, 'cus GM's view on Masha is waaaaaaaaaaaaay out of sync with the rest of the tennis world.

Also, you have to keep in mind that these haters are what? a bunch of 10 people whose faves retired a decade or more ago or there fave is currently playing like shit as opposed to Masha's subtle return to form.

JamieOwen3
Feb 28th, 2012, 08:37 PM
GM has always been where the riff raff always stay in anyway :shrug:

MM_1257
Feb 28th, 2012, 08:38 PM
Honestly, I only laugh at GM. Why do you all take them so seriously? :lol:

jameshazza
Feb 28th, 2012, 08:40 PM
Honestly, I only laugh at GM. Why do you all take them so seriously? :lol:

PREACH :rocker2:

JadeFox
Feb 28th, 2012, 08:44 PM
why does it not surprise me there is already a thread in GM about her playfully admitting she is a bitch and all those flops like Apoleb were already there? :rolleyes:

way to ruin...anyway, she is FIERCE

As I so eloquently put it in that thread...She's the baddest bitch. Or at least one of them.;)

Charlatan
Feb 28th, 2012, 08:53 PM
don't hide it say spray it SO FUCKING TRUE! they need to look at their personalities before criticising Maria's!!

i thought the 'f' word is gonna get hidden automatically so i hide it myself :lol:

As I so eloquently put it in that thread...She's the baddest bitch. Or at least one of them.;)

I saw it :)

Dieter.
Mar 1st, 2012, 11:45 AM
From facebook:

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/420506_10150564862217680_65920772679_9534115_16174 64616_n.jpg

Everyone is smiling...must have been a good practice! Except after spending a full day with all these boys, I need to spend some time with Mickey Mouse and get back in touch with my feminine side!

Mistress of Evil
Mar 1st, 2012, 02:57 PM
Yuri :inlove: Please, go to RG with Masha and then the Slam will be in the bag :sobbing:

Charlatan
Mar 1st, 2012, 04:27 PM
YESSS...:cheer: happy to see Yuri with her on practice courts. Bring a slam, babe

Mr.Sharapova
Mar 1st, 2012, 04:58 PM
It would be hilarious if Chelsea accepted the dare and completed her task. Maria is unbelievable :inlove:.

MM_1257
Mar 1st, 2012, 06:48 PM
I agree, it would be. IMO Maria would have to laugh there. And it would deconcentrate her. Chelsea, do not do it. :lol:

Mr.Sharapova
Mar 1st, 2012, 08:01 PM
:yeah:, or she would just turn into a GOAt and win the whole tournament just to prove to Chelsea something :oh:.

I think her blue AO dress will be the outfit she's gonna wear in Miami.

s teddy
Mar 1st, 2012, 08:04 PM
I think her blue AO dress will be the outfit she's gonna wear in Miami.

I hope you're right, but do you really think she'd wear that dark blue in the California sun?

Qetusi
Mar 1st, 2012, 08:28 PM
I think her blue AO dress will be the outfit she's gonna wear in Miami.

IW ;):rolleyes:

Trih
Mar 1st, 2012, 08:45 PM
I hope you're right, but do you really think she'd wear that dark blue in the California sun?

If she plays by night, it may be. :P

Mr.Sharapova
Mar 1st, 2012, 09:53 PM
IW ;):rolleyes:

Last years' dress was kinda similar IIRC :scratch:?

Mr.Sharapova
Mar 1st, 2012, 09:55 PM
IW ;):rolleyes:

Actually I meant Miami :shrug:, We all know she's gonna wear a two piece in Indian Wells :oh:.

Rerun
Mar 3rd, 2012, 10:22 AM
I miss the time when the main topic of the articles talking about her were her victories
I miss editorials written by important journalists that used to come out after huge wins more than anything
all these tv appearance, catwalk and other stuff dont really work for me

Rerun
Mar 3rd, 2012, 10:23 AM
From facebook:

when Yuri will start to step by again then something will change

I'm sure

Tennisvampire
Mar 3rd, 2012, 05:47 PM
Yuri with Maria on the practice court=Slam for Maria :D at least I can hope... Like I said on numerous occasions, I just need her to win Roland, and then she can do whatever she wants, because she has achieved EVERYTHING anybody could ever wish for :D Everything else would just be a bonus after that :hearts: Btw, I really don't see her in dark colors during her day matches at IW and Miami. Last year she had the orange+sort of red combination that resembled her AO 2011 dress (I think it was maybe the same model, just different colors).

P.S. This is totally off topic, but my mom once told me (I didn't see the match myself) that Maria was playing like shit, and Yuri just left her box (and Maria was sort of fighting with him and justifying her bad game). Just wondering if this is true... It was I think the period of 2007/2008, sth like that...

Charlatan
Mar 3rd, 2012, 10:07 PM
From her facebook:
Back in NY and loving it. Strange to see the trees of Central Park so empty. But it's so much warmer and it makes me happy for so many reasons!
http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/s720x720/427981_10150568852917680_65920772679_9547845_20224 98284_n.jpg

Maria in NY :inlove:

Crux Squall
Mar 4th, 2012, 12:57 AM
She looks amazing :)

Tennisvampire
Mar 4th, 2012, 11:37 AM
Amazing pic :hearts::hearts: or maybe I should rephrase it: amazing Maria in the pic :D

Crux Squall
Mar 12th, 2012, 04:44 AM
From her FB
It's so nice being back in Indian Wells at the BNP Paribas Open Indian Wells Tennis Garden. So many great things about this tournament. Everyone was asking if I wore a new dress on court last night or is it just a different color. Same dress, different color and if you really really like it here is where you can get it at Tennis Warehouse! New outfit coming up in Miami! http://bit.ly/wlETQG
http://a6.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/s320x320/417249_10150582788787680_65920772679_9600020_20623 41012_n.jpg

MS17
Mar 13th, 2012, 03:54 PM
March 12, 2012


Maria Sharapova

INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA


M. SHARAPOVA/S. Halep
6‑3, 6‑4

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Want to talk about the second set?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I was playing well. You know, started slow in the match and got myself going. I thought I played extremely well the first four or five games of that set. Almost too good, in a way, where I felt like I was going for a lot and making a lot of shots. Then felt like I almost started going for a little bit too much.
Yeah, instead of being patient, maybe, you know, putting a few more balls back, I just hit a few errors that I shouldn't have made. Yeah, then all of a sudden your opponent gains confidence because they have nothing to lose. Kind of in a bad situation.
Yeah, I got it together in the end.

Q. Is that hard to check yourself? You say you were hitting it really well...
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I was.

Q. When you are hitting that well you want to keep going but...
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I think it was just a matter of maybe a few shots I went for a little too much and maybe I could have done the same thing just not as close to the line as I did.

Q. Can you talk about Chelsea Lately. Everybody was talking about it. It was a huge hit. I thought the best part of it was about the sample size. Are you guys friends? Have you met her before?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I have never met her before, but we've e‑mailed each other a few times just one day to be on the show. I was actually scheduled a couple times and it never worked out. Never met her before that.

Q. Personally and professionally everything seems to be going well for you. There is an ease about you. Can you talk about that? Anything you want to share with us that we don't know?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, as maybe good as it seems from are the outside, I think maybe everyone's life has its ups and downs. You know, being a professional athlete and traveling around the world, you're never gonna have great days. You always have tough ones where, whether you lose, you have a tough match or, you know, or the communication, you don't see your family for a long time. So those things are really tough.
But, yeah, I mean, obviously I have been playing a lot better than the years previously, so that makes me extremely happy. I feel very young and fresh. That puts a smile on my face.

Q. I know your dad has taken a back seat, but he's on the court with you sometimes. When you're here, does he call you after matches and check in with you?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah. I just got a text from him. He's in Russia, so he stayed up. I don't know if he‑‑ he probably watched on his computer, yeah.

Q. What does he say?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Right now he said‑‑

Q. Watch your footwork?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: He said, Well done now. That's because he can't text much. He doesn't know how to.
But I'm sure when I hear from him he gives me‑‑ he gives me his insights. We talk all the time. Maybe not every day, but usually every other day. He was in California when I was practicing before here, so...

Q. Would your mother have any insights at all about your tennis game?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Um, no, nothing tennis‑wise. She will question, Why do you use so many racquets?
But anything tennis specific, no.

Q. Do you like that she doesn't really know so much about tennis? Is that a nice buffer?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: She knows tennis, knows everything going on and everything about it, but she's not really the type of person to get involved and like stay around the players' area and hang around with the other kids and parents and all the hoopla around it.
It's not really her thing. She prefers to be at home with her family or with me.

Q. Speaking of hoopla, I believe you just went to maybe a Vanity Fair party. You have been living in Los Angeles. How would you compare the hoopla and pizazz in the entertainment world versus our little world of tennis with our own hangers‑on?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: It's a different world. It's a really different world. It's strange, because, you know, on that specific day I was practicing a few hours out of the day and doing fitness. The party was quite late. I had to‑‑ I think my arrival time was around 10:30 or something like that.
Had a full day of practice, and then when you get there and then you see everybody just glammed up in their long gowns and everyone looking so pretty, you're like, Wow, I did not look like this a few hours ago when I was on the court. (Laughing.)
But, yeah, it's an extremely different world. But I don't think it's like that all the time. I think the people that ultimately make it to an event like that ultimately have to put in so much work into whatever they do, whether it's getting that movie role or...
You know, I mean, many athletes were there, as well. I think it's just a big celebration, especially after the Oscars.

Q. There is a great player who came from Siberia to Florida without much money and worked her tail off and then won Wimbledon as a teen. Who would you like to play Maria Sharapova in the movies?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Um, very good question. When I was younger, I would say Gwyneth Paltrow. I kind of admired the way she's gone about her life and movies and always enjoyed watching her.
But I don't know. That would be interesting. I think I'd want to do a book before anything with a movie.

Q. How much chatter is there about this virus sweeping the area in the locker room?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: A little bit, definitely. There has been a few e‑mails going around and just being extra careful.
But it's pretty tough, I mean, considering you can't really escape it too much. I mean, you guys know it's not like I spend too much time at the courts anyways, so I think it just gives me an excuse to leave even sooner. (Laughing.)

Q. Are you taking precautions of any kind?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah. I mean, if Amy tells me I have a few extrainterviews, I'll be like, Nah, you know that virus. Might not make it. (Laughing.)

Q. Have you ever seen so many players go down from a single virus?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, it's not good. I have had it before a few years ago and it's not pretty. It's a great diet, but other than that it's horrible, especially for an athlete.

Q. When you write your book, which I'm sure will be darn good, what's going to be the most interesting chapter for us to read?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I don't know, but I can't wait to write it. I'm so excited about it.

Q. Will it be Agassi‑like or Spadea‑like?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I haven't read Spadea's. I don't think I will ‑ no offense, Vince ‑ but I have read a little bit of Andre's book. I loved how it was written.
I personally love to write, so it's something that I've always said since a few years ago. I can't wait to have the time to really put the effort into really writing something about my life.
I think there is just a lot of things that maybe my fans and people that have not exactly known about the way I grew up and the way I came to be a player and so‑and‑so.
And like my journal entries that I wrote when I was a young kid, I just still have those and I really want them to be one day a part of that.
Yeah, it's something that when I have time I will sit down and just really write.

Q. Would you write beyond autobiography? Have you ever considered beyond the playing days of maybe writing other things?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I just said I'd like to write about different things, and like a very easy way that's very fun for readers and my fans. I think that's one of the‑‑ I sometimes write a blog on my website, and I even like the little‑‑ I have a bit of a photo blog on my Facebook. Even like the little captions I write with it, I just have fun it.
I like to kind of tease the fans. I don't know, it's easy kind of reading. Easy. You know, not novelish, but not that you're gonna be, you know, thinking too much about it.

Q. The matchup with Vinci? She seems to be playing pretty good ball.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: She is, and a very different type of opponent, someone with a really good slice and mixes up the pace really well, comes in a lot, which you don't see too much.
It will be tricky. I have never played against her and haven't faced anyone with similar styles of game. So, yeah, I'll have to be really ready for that one.

jameshazza
Mar 13th, 2012, 04:13 PM
I can't wait for her autobiography. Doubt she'll do a Serena though. It'll be a few years after she retires and I think she'll really put a lot of personal effort into it, can't see too many other writers being involved.

lefty24
Mar 13th, 2012, 04:56 PM
So now we know for sure that she writes her own captions for the pics.

Also, who's Amy?

MM_1257
Mar 13th, 2012, 04:56 PM
A book is something to look forward to.

Trih
Mar 13th, 2012, 05:51 PM
I can't wait for her book too! And yes, who's Amy? :unsure:
BTW I guess she forgot she played Vinci once before in 2007. :P

gc-spurs
Mar 13th, 2012, 06:44 PM
Lol Yuri is one of us- watches on his computer.

They asked kida different questions I reckon.

jameshazza
Mar 13th, 2012, 08:32 PM
Lol Yuri is one of us- watches on his computer.

They asked kida different questions I reckon.

Yeah very refreshing actually, only a couple of questions about the match and only one about the next one.

lefty24
Mar 13th, 2012, 09:04 PM
Yeah very refreshing actually, only a couple of questions about the match and only one about the next one.

Yup I like when they ask different questions. I know that the pressers are made to talk about tennis but we usually know what Maria is gonna say anyways.

MM_1257
Mar 14th, 2012, 05:03 PM
http://www.thetennisspace.com/off-court/sharapova-talks-wedding-plans-basketball-and-sketching/

This thing looks like they stole it from here and there.

lefty24
Mar 14th, 2012, 05:32 PM
http://www.thetennisspace.com/off-court/sharapova-talks-wedding-plans-basketball-and-sketching/

This thing looks like they stole it from here and there.

yup. and I can't believe she said shit in an interview.

s teddy
Mar 14th, 2012, 06:04 PM
March 13
M. SHARAPOVA/R. Vinci
6‑2, 6‑1

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Could have been dicey, but you seemed to control the match pretty well.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, she can be tricky because of that slice and very untraditional type of game. So if you're not really careful and consistent, I think she can‑‑ that's how she wins her matches is with really good hands. Sometimes she goes to the net more than maybe she did today.
But, yeah, overall I was pretty solid, and I think my pace didn't allow her to, you know, come forward as much as she would have liked. So I took that away from her.
Yeah, played good overall.

Q. During practice coming into the tournament, you obviously hit the ball well in Australia up until the final. Then maybe not so well a little bit after that. But what were you working on? Do you feel you have a rhythm and feel and all that?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah. Leading up to the Australian Open, as I've mentioned, I didn't really have a proper offseason, so I felt like the stretch after Paris was gonna be a little bit like my offseason.
So, you know, I was healthy and I worked a lot on fitness actually first couple of weeks. Yeah, didn't spend a lot of time on the court, but treated it as an offseason, because maybe after Miami that will be the only really little break until all the everything else starts, the nonstop madness.
So it was a good kind of base building type of work that I tried to do.

Q. You had a situation in the previous match where everything was flowing so easily, and then suddenly you got a bit tight toward the end of the second set. When you get into the next round, a match like today where it's going so easily, do you think back, Wow, got a little tight in the previous one; when I'm in this situation I've really got to knuckle down and focus or do what? I don't know.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I think it's just about realizing, knowing that you did something good to get in that position and just continue that. It's obviously easier said than done.
But it's really what you have to focus on, and as well as you can do that and continue that. And sometimes opponents start playing really well towards the end, especially when they're down, just because they have absolutely nothing to lose at that point and start swinging away and everything goes in.
You know, they're almost laughing out there. So it can get tricky, but if you just focus on like yesterday, yeah, it would be done.

Q. Dancing With the Stars, how do you think Martina Navratilova will do?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I don't know if I'm a fan because I have almost practically never watched it, but I don't know. I don't really know what it takes to win that competition. Like is it a lot of practice or is it personality or is it‑‑ I don't know.
I mean, I'm sure it's all the dancing and stuff, right? (Smiling.)

Q. You think?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I do think. (Laughter.)
But isn't it like for people to vote or‑‑ yeah. I don't know. I'm not really big on that one.

Q. Would you ever go on a show like that if you were asked to?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Um, if I was asked right now it's absolutely not, and I hope I'd have the same answer in‑‑ I don't know, if I was asked in 10 years, I do not think that that's in my future.
Even though I like to dance and all, there's something about dancing in prom costumes in front of national television that just not very appealing to me. (Smiling.)

Q. Did lack of fitness actually hurt you in Australia? Because you played pretty well, great win over Kvitova. Or were you thinking in the final the footwork wasn't there? You weren't quick enough? Did you feel yourself getting tired?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, it's tough to look back to that because that's over and said and done. I was actually really surprised that I got to that stage because I hadn't played for a while competitively.
So to go into a Grand Slam where you're just‑‑ there are so many ifs, you're not really sure. So I'm not gonna complain about getting to that stage and losing that way, but I will try to learn from that and move forward and change things around definitely.
That's hopefully the goal.

Q. When was the first time you met Kirilenko?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: A long time ago. Junior days. Probably under‑12s or 14s. I think it was Baden‑Baden in the Czech Republic.

Q. When you guys were playing against each other or were on a team or something?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I don't think we played against each other that tournament. I think we kinda just‑‑ I don't know what we were doing. We were, I don't know, running around Baden‑Baden like freely, like little girls out of control.
I don't know what you do at that age. But, yeah, we were enjoying ourselves.

Q. So you guys becamefriends? You might play her in the next round. So you became friends pretty quickly?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, we did. When we were 12, yeah, we were‑‑ I don't know how it really came about, if somebody introduced us, but, yeah, we kind of hit it off.
We were the same age, and, yeah. Are we the same age?

Q. I think you're exactly the same age, 24.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Okay.

Q. Are you planning to play more Fed Cup this year?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I'm not gonna play in April. That's always a really tricky time for me. I've never played at that time of the year, Fed Cup, just because I'm already in the States, and having to start so early in Europe and not coming home until after Wimbledon is a pretty long stretch.
But, yeah, that was‑‑ that's known, you know, from my side and from their side, as well.

Q. After the Olympics, if Russia makes the final, would you play?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Definitely in consideration. It just all depends on scheduling and health and where I am and how I feel.

Q. You know, both Petrova and Kirilenko very well; you have had a lot of matches with them.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Uh‑huh.

Q. Can there be anything new in a match, or do you know each other so well it's basically going to be all execution?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: There are definitely no secrets going into the match. But, again, we haven't played each other in a really long time. We have practiced here and there but not competed for a few years now.
I believe Kirilenko, was maybe the Australian Open the last time I played against her, and Petrova even earlier than that. It's been a long time, and I think both of them are playing really well. Got to watch a little bit of both.
Yeah, I'm looking forward to it. It's always a tough matchup, Maria or Nadia. They have pretty big games. Maria is more consistent and gets a lot of balls back, is a good mover.
Nadia has a big serve and very aggressive. It will be important to be consistent either way.

Q. Did you finish 1984?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Oh, yeah.

Q. Thoughts?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Rough and depressing.

Q. You didn't expect that, huh?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Every time I would say a word and look around and make sure nobody was following me. I got over that.

Q. But you liked it?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I mean, it opens your eyes, but then, like, three days later, I'm like... I don't know. It's like, what was it about? No. (Smiling.)

Slutiana
Mar 14th, 2012, 07:15 PM
Also, who's Amy?

I can't wait for her book too! And yes, who's Amy? :unsure:
Probably the WTA communications supervisor who co-ordinates the interviews and pressers.

Mistress of Evil
Mar 14th, 2012, 07:31 PM
Why on Earth WTA website is saying that Maria is to play Charleston when she clearly implies that she isn't and thank God for that.

Crux Squall
Mar 17th, 2012, 10:27 AM
M. SHARAPOVA/M. Kirilenko

3-6, 7-5, 6-2

An interview with:

MARIA SHARAPOVA

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. She kind of came out firing a bit.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, she did.

Q. Took you a while to get back in there. There was that real critical game in the second set, and seemed like after you got that things switched again.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: She did start very well, but also it was a poor start from my end. I think she controlled most of the points and I was on the defense a lot. That created so many opportunities for her, and she gained so much confidence after that. Yeah, and she took the break in the second, and you know, was just trying to find my rhythm a little bit on everything, movement and playing wise, and a little by little I started feeling better. Towards the end I really got my groove back. So that was good.

Q. When she was called for that hindrance on that one point, tapping her racquet, did you notice that? Was that annoying to you?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Unless you're deaf, I mean, of course you notice it. The whole stadium was quiet. So, yeah, it's not something I've ever come across. Maybe in the 12 and unders, but not very recently. Yeah, it's very rare.

Q. That also meant, Maria, did you notice when she hit the racquet on the ground three times?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Oh, yeah.

Q. Oh, you did?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, I mean, yeah. I think that's why the umpire stopped play.

Q. But did it really bother you, or did you just notice she did it and got ready again?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: It's one thing if you do it once, but I think she did it three or four times. That's a whole 'nother story. It's not like a hockey puck or something. She forgot, I think, the sport.

Q. Did you think at one time that you were going to lose the game?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, because I knew that I could have played better, you know. If I felt like everything was going so well from my end and she was just playing so good, then I would have felt like, Okay, well, she's just too good. But I really felt like I could improve on so many things during the match and change things around. Little by little, I started doing those things better.
But even the opportunities I had in the first set, she served extremely well. You know, she fired a few aces and opportunities where I had either 15/30 or break point, and, yeah, couldn't do too much with that. But then I also don't think I really played my game and really allowed her to play well.

Q. Both today and during your fourth round match, it took you a while to get into the game. The first few games you missed all the shots and so on. Have you thought about it? Do you think there is a particular reason, environment, you're more warmed up now?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, I think, I mean, I had, I don't know if it was game points or even break points, in both of those matches, but I just didn't convert. Yeah, obviously it's not a best case scenario, but the matches before I started off pretty good. So, you know, sometimes it happens. Obviously you want to be up and you want to put yourself in a good position, but sometimes it doesn't go that way. It's, you know, not really how you start; it's how you finish.

Q. You go 4-2 in the second, and all of a sudden you're 5-5 and are able to get up to 7-5 and then pretty much take over. What's your mindset after you lose those two and then you get ahead to finish out the second set?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, well, when it ties to 1 All you still have a third set to play. So no matter how the momentum has switched around, you still know that it kinda starts from scratch again, which in a way is good, you know. She goes and takes, you know, like a five minute break and gets settled in again and it gives her an opportunity to think about things, and then you, you know, comes in and fires a forehand down the line return.
But, yeah, it's a new game. It's a new set. You really have to treat it like that no matter of course you have to take the confidence and the game that you played towards the end of the second set and think of the things that got you in that position to win it and changed things around and try to keep doing that.

Q. With all you've gone through coming back from an injury that maybe no one else has in the sport, what would it mean to you to become No. 1 again, Maria?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Oh, it would be a great achievement. It's something that you dream of as a little girl, because when you're playing 12 and unders and you're moving on to the 14 and unders, your goal is always to be No. 1 in all those rankings and age groups. Actually, when I was, you know, playing all those junior tournaments I never quite reached that stage because I would always try to move to the next. If I was playing under 14s and I felt like I was doing really well, I would right away move up to under 16s and 18s and ITF and challengers. I don't think I actually became No. 1 in any of those areas, but then you get to a point where you're in professional tennis and you're like, Well, yeah, that's the goal, to be No. 1. So of course it would mean the world to me. I would love to be in that position, yeah.

Q. Where do you think your shot is? Do you think you have a pretty good chance now?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I think anyone has a good chance. You know, I had a good chance at the end of the year and I sprained my ankle, so, I mean, I could say I have a chance and you never know what happens tomorrow. But, I mean, it's not something when I go on the court today or tomorrow, a week ago, that I really think about it. I think about winning matches, and I realize that the more matches I win, the better chance I'll have of getting that.

Q. Ivanovic says that what she remembers of the Aussie Open final last time you played was crying on a bad dropshot she had. Want to talk about some of your memories which are obviously more positive than that?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: That's sad. (Smiling.)

Q. She was laughing, too.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Okay. Yeah, we haven't played for a while, and, you know, I think we're in both very different stages in our careers. She's been playing really well this week. It's good to see. I mean, we have had tough matches in the past; I'm sure that this one tomorrow will be tough, as well. But, yeah, I enjoy playing against her. She has a big game and big strokes, when she's on, she's really firing, you know, from all ends of the court. I'll try to have an eye on that.

Q. On a very serious topic, what's happening with the candy, Sugapova?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: What's happening?

Q. Yeah.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I'm working on the creative right now, the packaging.

Q. What kind of candy is it?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: It's gumballs and all sugary stuff that is not necessarily the bestpost match meal. But it's been extremely fun, because I kinda took it in my own hands. Now I'm really working on making the creative and the packaging and the way it will look and the branding and the logo and all that creative stuff.

Q. Is that cool? Is it gonna be cutting edge design? Are you going to be on the packages?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Um, I don't know. I'm not sure yet. I don't know if it will be me or we're brainstorming right now. Yeah, it will be a few different shapes and flavors. I think we'll start in a very limited amount and then branch out.

Q. What's the timetable for it to debut?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I really hope towards the end of the year it will be in stores. I hope so.

Q. Are you gonna share it with the press corps or not?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Absolutely. Max, my manager, had a few samples here and he was sharing it with everyone. He's like, This stuff is good, yeah.

Q. Were you talking to the chair ump about the spider cam?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, it was moving around and I was wondering if they could just like keep it still for me.

Q. It doesn't remind you of Big Brother or anything?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: No. No, it didn't, but I noticed that it was moving from one end to another, and at one point I was, like, This is strange. Maybe it can just move to the side and stay there for the rest of the match.

Q. You seemed unusually subdued on court even when you won. Is it just kind of an all business attitude?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, I mean, it was a double fault match point, so it's not like I'm gonna just do like a jumping jack or a cartwheel out there after someone double faults.

Q. Even when you were getting on a roll there you seemed businesslike. Is it just...
MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, I mean, was it different than other times?

Q. Nothing is weighing on you or anything like that?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, I wasn't really there for a part of the match, so I was really trying to get my thoughts together and collect it. That was really pretty much it.

Q. I wondered, for you, what was the biggest change that enabled you to ultimately take control of the match?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: A few different things. I think I was much more consistent and I started moving a lot better. I don't know if I wasn't seeing the ball good in the first set. It seemed like when I had my opportunities to move forward I was always on it was like I took an offensive ball and made it defensive for some reason. That's the way it felt like, at least.
I don't know how it looked like, but it wasn't really I mean, I'm not going to be going to the net every single ball, but I wasn't moving forward and taking advantage of a good deep shot that I hit. I felt like I started doing that a lot better, you know, and not giving her so many open looks and just stepping in and being more aggressive.
And, yes, maybe I might make a few errors, but maybe I'm doing what I do best. I might make a few more unforced errors, but I know that that's what I'm good at. And if she can beat me when I'm playing like that, then that's too good.

Q. Is it of concern you played for three hours? You seem pretty fresh.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: It was a long time. I don't know if it was like the breaks or in between the sets or I don't know. It didn't seem as long as it actually was.

Q. So physically...
MARIA SHARAPOVA: There was a lot going on in the match, I guess. Like the injury timeout, the break, it seemed like that added another like 35 minutes to the match.

Q. In between the second and third set?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, and then the injury break. It seemed like there was so much going on, but I actually thought tennis wise and I think most of us probably took most of the time we have in between points. So that probably makes it longer. But it didn't seem actually that we were like having 30 ball rallies and nonstop for three and a half hours.

Q. Playing the same player so many times all these different tournaments, how much of a motivating factor can revenge be for you?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, definitely. You mean against Maria today or just in general?

Q. Her and in general.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, for sure. When you play against someone that you've faced the previous time and you lost to especially you always think about that match and you certainly want to get your revenge. That was definitely on my mind going into the match. I certainly didn't want to lose to her twice. But, yeah, it's just looking at it like, Well, I'm facing somebody that has either beaten me, had a really tough match against, so what am I going to do to change those things around in my favor.

Q. Are you conscious about it being a factor on your opponent's side, as well? You and Ivanovic haven't played since the Australian Open final.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I'm not sure. I think everyone has a different feeling and perspective in the way their process is either before or during the match. So everybody's different.

FastScripts by ASAP Sports

gc-spurs
Mar 17th, 2012, 11:37 AM
Thanks- decent questions I reckon for a post match presser. No 'hows the shoulder' if ya know what I mean.

18majors
Mar 17th, 2012, 11:41 AM
Thanks- decent questions I reckon for a post match presser. No 'hows the shoulder' if ya know what I mean.

There isn't any room for the shoulder question now that Maria is a strong No. 2 in the world.

Steven.
Mar 17th, 2012, 12:08 PM
get some sugarpova in my mouth plz

on a more serious note: I love that she still believes in herself. I really do have hope that one day she'll find the game she once had. Her game is still improving, and it's very noticeable after each off season.

Tennisvampire
Mar 17th, 2012, 05:54 PM
Maria saying that revenge can be a powerful motivator :devil: You just gotta love her :hearts:

GrandMartha
Mar 17th, 2012, 07:19 PM
still no post-match interview after the sf? wanna know what she said about why she looked so bored yesterday.:unsure:

lefty24
Mar 17th, 2012, 07:36 PM
still no post-match interview after the sf? wanna know what she said about why she looked so bored yesterday.:unsure:

She looked more sick to me than bored.

MS17
Mar 18th, 2012, 02:24 PM
March 16, 2012


Maria Sharapova

INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA


M. SHARAPOVA/A. Ivanovic
6‑4, 0‑1 (ret.)

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Before Ana was hurt, seemed like it was a high‑quality match.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, definitely. It was unfortunate that it had to end this way. I thought towards the end of the second set we started playing really good, high‑quality tennis.
Yeah, it was a surprise, because I thought‑‑ I didn't notice anything was wrong until she called for that medical timeout, and then...
Yeah, obviously I would have loved to have finished the match the right way, but I am happy after, you know, a long match yesterday that I got a little shorter one today.

Q. You'll get an opportunity now to play Victoria in the next one and try and go for revenge from January.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah.

Q. Can you talk about that a little bit, coming off of that loss?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, absolutely. She's definitely the one to beat right now, someone that's playing with a lot of confidence and all the momentum in the world.
You know, I'd love to get my revenge from Australia and play much better, as well. You know, in our previous meetings we have had really tough matches, and I hope that the quality of tennis will be good and hopefully change a few things around.
But it's nice to, you know, have that opportunity again and to be in the finals of this tournament.

Q. Do you have tactical changes in mind for what to do differently against her?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I mean, I think there are a few things that I could have done better from, you know, the previous match. I'll hope to improve those in our meeting on Sunday.
But, yeah, of course, you know, when things don't work out, you obviously try to adjust to the circumstances and figure out what didn't work and what can work better.

Q. When you kind of did the post‑match after Australia and kind of came out with the game plan, the tactics to bring forward to this match, what were the key things that you really thought maybe kind of hampered your game, was it just a bad day, that sort of thing?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: You know, I was actually really extremely happy to be at that stage in Australia, because coming into the tournament I wasn't sure what to expect.
So I tried not to take too many negative things out of it and really look at the positives of where I had come from before, not playing competitively for a while and going into a Grand Slam and getting to the final.
Yes, of course it's tough to lose, and she played, you know, really well. But you have to move forward and not look at too much in a negative way.

Q. After perhaps a tricky start, your serve looked about as good as I think what we've seen for a very long time. Is that something that you think is really coming around?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Um, yeah, that's obviously very important against her. She's someone, you know, that likes to attack from the first ball, and if you give her too many second serves to look at I think she'll obviously gain confidence from that, and, you know, go for a more.
That's what she likes to see, is to step in and be aggressive. So it's very important to‑‑ it was very important to serve well.

Q. How do you make the decision whether or not to wear your visor during night matches?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: It depends. Usually if I wear it at nice usually it's because it's really humid and I'm sweating a lot. I don't like to wear headbands anymore. I did it a long time ago.
But if I do wear a visor at night, it's usually because of the sweat.

Mistress of Evil
Mar 18th, 2012, 02:27 PM
get some sugarpova in my mouth plz

on a more serious note: I love that she still believes in herself. I really do have hope that one day she'll find the game she once had. Her game is still improving, and it's very noticeable after each off season.

Though, she didn't have an off-season this year at least not a proper one which she has stated herself. :o I am so pissed at her for playing Istanbul and making her ankle injury more serious!

Cherry.
Mar 18th, 2012, 08:03 PM
Q. Can you talk about that a little bit, coming off of that loss?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, absolutely. She's definitely the one to beat right now, someone that's playing with a lot of confidence and all the momentum in the world.
You know, I'd love to get my revenge from Australia and play much better, as well. You know, in our previous meetings we have had really tough matches, and I hope that the quality of tennis will be good and hopefully change a few things around.
But it's nice to, you know, have that opportunity again and to be in the finals of this tournament.

:rolleyes:

~MashyOwnThemAll
Mar 18th, 2012, 08:05 PM
:rolleyes:

WTF is your problem?! :o She won 5 games this time... :devil::devil: ;) :oh:

doomsday
Mar 18th, 2012, 08:51 PM
WTF is your problem?! :o She won 5 games this time... :devil::devil: ;) :oh:

:lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol:

nelsondan
Mar 18th, 2012, 10:38 PM
WTF is your problem?! :o She won 5 games this time... :devil::devil: ;) :oh:


Maybe it did not seem like much difference, but in Australia, she started out with a 2-0, 30-0 lead, and things went completely downhill. This time, she was down in the first set 3-0, with expectations it would be even worse. In the second set, she had been broken twice, but kept fighting, and if she had held serve, it could have been even more interesting. Disappointing, yes, but not the end of the world.

Marilyn Monheaux
Mar 19th, 2012, 08:35 PM
Maria Sharapova to marry Sasha in November in Turkey
11:58 AM Maria Sharapova No comments

Maria Sharapova to marry Sasha Vujacic in November in Turkey

Maria Sharapova, world number two and owner of three Grand Slams, will marry Sasha Vujacic on November 10 in Istanbul, Turkey's capital, according to local newspaper National Turk.

The Russian beauty is engaged since October 2010 with the former NBA player, who now lives in the Turkish capital as he plays for the Anadolu Efes.

The couple started dating in 2009 when the Slovenian played for the Los Angeles Lakers.

The date would be after the WTA Championship at the end of the 2012 tennis season in Istanbul.
http://www.womenstennisnow.com/2012/03/maria-sharapova-to-marry-sasha-in.html

Legit?

MaitaBaby
Mar 19th, 2012, 09:04 PM
Probably not.

Marilyn Monheaux
Mar 19th, 2012, 09:10 PM
Meh. I wanna see BridePova in her Vera Wang already!! :o

Cherry.
Mar 19th, 2012, 09:15 PM
I won't believe any wedding-related news at least before the Olympics. :shrug:

Mistress of Evil
Mar 19th, 2012, 09:44 PM
I refuse to believe that Mari fucking Sharapova will get married and have her wedding in freaking Turkey!

MaitaBaby
Mar 19th, 2012, 10:24 PM
I refuse to believe that Mari fucking Sharapova will get married and have her wedding in freaking Turkey!

:worship:

lefty24
Mar 19th, 2012, 10:47 PM
There have been so many false wedding rumors. She's probably not getting married anytime soon.

I think she's actually gonna get married in Sarah Burton. She's mentioned her as her favorite designer multiple times.

Trih
Mar 19th, 2012, 11:12 PM
I refuse to believe that Mari fucking Sharapova will get married and have her wedding in freaking Turkey!

I think so too. :shrug: Sasha isn't turkish and they both lived in the USA many years... I guess they'll just marry there in California or Florida, or else on some far place like Maldives or something. :P

MaitaBaby
Mar 19th, 2012, 11:40 PM
I think she's actually gonna get married in Sarah Burton. She's mentioned her as her favorite designer multiple times.

I kinda want it to be Wang since her designs are more romantic than the dramatic McQueen/Burton. She can wear that at the party or something.

lefty24
Mar 20th, 2012, 12:00 AM
I kinda want it to be Wang since her designs are more romantic than the dramatic McQueen/Burton. She can wear that at the party or something.

Kate Middleton's dress was gorgeous though. I think it's only fitting that Princess Kate and Queen Masha have the same designer for their dress's.

MS17
Mar 20th, 2012, 03:26 AM
V. AZARENKA/M. Sharapova

6-2, 6-3

An interview with:

MARIA SHARAPOVA

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Want to talk about the match? She seems pretty consistent. It's kind of hard to execute against her. She doesn't seem to be missing as much as maybe a year or so ago.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, she's extremely solid, and, you know, she makes you work for every point. You know, ultimately I think, you know, maybe she forces you to want to do a little bit more than either you should or would want to.
Yeah, she's really fit, as well. You know, playing with a lot of confidence, and you can definitely, you know, sense that when she's moving around the court and hitting the ball.
Yeah, I still feel like I just made too many unforced errors at the wrong time and wasn't solid enough.

Q. Was there any time during the match where you felt like, Okay, now I'm in here? You made a bit of a push there in the second set. She seemed to respond pretty well.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I mean, I still don't think I was as aggressive as I should be, as I can be. I think that's the key really right now.
But, yeah, it's okay. I mean, we're gonna play against each other a few more times, so I'll have time to change that.

Q. When you are playing someone who is so solid and you talk about making too many errors, do you try to be more aggressive or try to shorten points or hang in longer rallies? Do you have to choose one or the other?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, it depends. It depends on what works for you. I mean, of course, I don't want to be going into 25 ball rallies. That's usually not my game. If I feel like I'm being aggressive and I'm, you know, working towards moving forward and finishing the ball off, you know, close to the net with the same volley and approach shot, then I'm playing well.
But I was so far behind. Of course, that's one of the reasons, because she was hitting very deep and solid and not giving me a lot of those opportunities to move forward. But just if I get a chance I think in the beginning of the point, first part of it, I should be a bit more aggressive in that respect.

Q. Is there any weakness you can spot at all?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I mean, she's going through a period in her career where she's extremely confident, extremely solid. You know, nothing is really going wrong for her.
So I think, you know, everything is a positive positive. It's a really great feeling. We still have a lot of tennis to play this season, and, you know, she's one of the many opponents that you face in tournaments.
When you you're against her you're playing against a good player. You have to figure out how to beat them. It hasn't happened for me the last couple of times against her.
Like I said, we're still young. We're gonna face each other many more times.

Q. Let's face it, you're known for very good reason for your pride. Is it fair to say in terms of Victoria now, four straight tournaments, 23 straight matches, some really big wins, does the WTA now finally have a dominant player, or is it too early to say that?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, I mean, judging by the beginning of the season, there is no doubt she's the most dominant as far as this year goes. Just the level of tennis and how she's been able to, you know, keep it, as well. It's also you know, another thing is to maintain that level.
But, yeah, I mean, we've got many more tournaments to go. I think ultimately that is set at the end of the year and you kind of see who was where and who did how.

Q. You talked about her confidence and movement and so forth. What do you think the reason is she's sort of stepped up early in the year now in her play?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, I think she's always she was one of the players that has always had extreme potential to win a Grand Slam and be No. 1 in the world. I think actually many people expected that to happen sooner for her and were expecting her to, you know, to get to a final of a Grand Slam earlier than she did.
But I think everybody has their time of when they achieve that. For her, it was this year. You know, to see that level of tennis from her has been great consistently, as well, because, I mean, in the past she would have done that a few rounds and then wasn't as consistent.
I think that's the biggest difference is that consistency.

Q. You had some downs during the tournament, big comebacks, didn't get the result you wanted today, but how do you feel about your game going into Miami?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I feel good. I mean, it's good to be back in the final. You know, got one step farther than last year.
Yeah, you know, I love this stretch of these two tournaments. They're very great, nice tournaments. They're, you know, close to home for me, both in California and Miami, so I love playing them.
Yeah, looking forward to next week.

Q. When you were at the top and pretty much beating everyone let's just say when you were at the top did you feel like you had to beat every single other player to feel like you were dominant? For example, Azarenka hasn't played, Serena this year, she hasn't played Kvitova, she hasn't played Wozniacki. Or do you just measure yourself, This is what's in front of me?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, exactly. I think it's more of whoever is in front of you and the challenge that you face and having to overcome that. You can't get too ahead of yourself in thinking, Well, I've got this and that to beat.
You know, obviously records and match wins are great, but ultimately it's about your next opponent. That's really it.

MS17
Mar 20th, 2012, 03:28 AM
Q. You have handled Maria and she's a tough opponent, but in finals before you've handled her and you were able to move her side to side pretty effectively. Is that a matchup, because of your mobility, that you relish that moment with her?
VICTORIA AZARENKA: I don't know. I think Maria is one of the toughest players to play out there, and I think her game and her determination, her mentality, especially, you know, she's such a fighter it brings the best out of me, you know.
I feel like I always have to be at my best level and my highest performance to beat her. So I think that kind of motivation, I guess, you know, brings out the best tennis in me.

Maria rocks
Mar 20th, 2012, 12:59 PM
http://www.nationalturk.com/en/maria-sharapova-and-boyfriend-sasha-vujacic-wedding-to-take-place-in-istanbul-17092

s teddy
Mar 20th, 2012, 02:33 PM
http://www.nationalturk.com/en/maria-sharapova-and-boyfriend-sasha-vujacic-wedding-to-take-place-in-istanbul-17092

We saw this a little while ago in a Russian tabloid. Until I see an article with reputable sources, I see no reason to look at this as anything other than an unconfirmed rumor.

doomsday
Mar 20th, 2012, 04:15 PM
I love the "we're gonna play each others many more times" :hearts: she will find a way to beat Vika I just know it, she is not gonna give up on it.
And Vika is really classy in her answer and yeah even though she beat Maria in straights you know it's not that easy she really needs to run a lot in their matches, bring back a lot of heavy balls that's never easy but it's true that Maria brings the best out of her, just like Justine brought the best out of Maria back in the days it's the way it is, to beat certain players you know you have to be at 100% sometimes and right now Maria needs to be at 100% to beat Vika too. Justine, Serena and Clijsters brought the fire and forced Maria to improve and now Generation Suck is doing it, Maria will be up to the challenge.

MM_1257
Mar 22nd, 2012, 10:52 PM
Here is a translation of Maria's interview for Russian Elle, that was made during her stay in Moscow for Fed Cup and published in one of March's editions of Elle. I have the scans of the magazine, but couldn't make a translation, since it is a long interview and I do not have time. Thanks to jelenacg, the translation was posted on twitter: https://docs.google.com/document/pub?id=1meyMGMOK1jRLCJ4KMxQ1b-qC37ZvT2Z2YGko5LmJUrw
And once again, I love love love the "Russian side" of Maria, that is, when she speaks to Russian press. :hearts:

MS17
Mar 23rd, 2012, 12:46 AM
Maria Sharapova
On why she keeps playing tennis...
"It's just a passion of mine. When I wake up in the morning and think of all my options, there's nothing else that gives me that energy except going out on the court and knowing I'm good at what I do, and that I can be even better. I can make myself better or make myself worse - I'm very fortunate everything is in my hands. If you don't go out there and try to get better, nothing will come.

"Everything I've gained is because of tennis. Tennis makes me very happy."

On which Olympic sport impresses her the most...
"I love rhythmic gymnastics. I love dancing and I love the artform of it. I grew up in Russia with that culture and ballet. I did think I might do it, then I grew like 10 inches and realized those days were over."

On Alisa Kleybanova...
"I'm really happy she's back. It was sad news when we all heard about it - we didn't know what was going on until she reached out to everybody. But it was extremely positive to see her not only healthy again, but playing tennis again. It shows how much she loves the sport. To see somebody come back from that and still have the passion to go out and perform, it's really special."

lefty24
Mar 23rd, 2012, 12:54 AM
Maria Sharapova
On why she keeps playing tennis...
"It's just a passion of mine. When I wake up in the morning and think of all my options, there's nothing else that gives me that energy except going out on the court and knowing I'm good at what I do, and that I can be even better. I can make myself better or make myself worse - I'm very fortunate everything is in my hands. If you don't go out there and try to get better, nothing will come.

"Everything I've gained is because of tennis. Tennis makes me very happy."

On which Olympic sport impresses her the most...
"I love rhythmic gymnastics. I love dancing and I love the artform of it. I grew up in Russia with that culture and ballet. I did think I might do it, then I grew like 10 inches and realized those days were over."

On Alisa Kleybanova...
"I'm really happy she's back. It was sad news when we all heard about it - we didn't know what was going on until she reached out to everybody. But it was extremely positive to see her not only healthy again, but playing tennis again. It shows how much she loves the sport. To see somebody come back from that and still have the passion to go out and perform, it's really special."

I love all those answers. I really think that the injury gave her even more passion.
Although I like regular gymnastics more, I'm really glad she loves rhythmic gymnastics. Those girls are insane.

Crux Squall
Mar 23rd, 2012, 09:14 AM
March 22, 2012


M. SHARAPOVA/S. Peer

4 6, 6 3, 6 3

An interview with:

MARIA SHARAPOVA

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. You had quite a battle out there. Talk about how the match proceeded and what got you through.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, she's a pretty tough opponent, especially for a first round, you know, someone that you usually see being a seed in these types of events.
I think she came off an injury a little bit ago, but she's definitely a really difficult player to play against because she makes you hit so many balls. She's a great you know, physically it's always a physical match against her.
In the beginning, you know, I was a bit sluggish; didn't feel like I was moving, you know, my feet very well and she was controlling most of the points. And also not serving very good in the first set.
So I think trying to be a bit more consistent was pretty much my game plan going into the next two sets.

Q. Was there any point where you thought really kind of turned it for you, got you where you wanted to go?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I mean, there was that tough game where I got the break in the second. I was down Love 40 and then I broke her for 2 love. I felt like the momentum switched a little bit, and I gained confidence after that.
She was serving extremely well, and actually, I think her percentage was quite high during the match. I wasn't getting, you know, too many looks on second serves.

Q. Is it always a huge relief to get through the first match? She's really a tough opening match for you.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, she is. Yeah, like I said, she's usually a seeded player at these type of events. I think she's been injured for a little bit so her ranking dropped.
But, yeah, it's always a very, very physical match. You know what to expect from someone like her. She gets a lot of balls back and makes you hit a lot. You have to be consistent, but you have to also, you know, play your game and be aggressive in order to win the match against someone like that.

Q. What do you think Olympic tennis at Wimbledon is going to be like?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Um, surreal. I think it will be a completely different experience, and I'm not really sure. I don't know what I will feel when I'm out on the court playing, you know, on grass at Wimbledon and knowing that it's not Wimbledon.
It's just a unique opportunity for all of us, but I'm extremely thrilled that it's at Wimbledon. It's my favorite place to play tennis at. I'm not complaining.

Q. Where does the Olympics rank on your list of priorities this year?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Absolutely.

Q. At the top?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Um, it's just always been a dream of mine since I was young. So I've always wanted even though we represent our country on a daily basis, this is an individual sport. I don't think you really get that feeling like you're representing your country at the Olympics.
So that's what I'm looking forward towards.

Q. Would you be available for mixed doubles?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I don't think mixed doubles is in my future. I think over my career, if you've seen, I've paid more attention to singles or doubles than mixed.
Even though it's the Olympics and obviously you want to give yourself as many chances to get a medal, I'd like to focus on what I do better. That's certainly singles.

Q. That's a lot of tennis.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, and it's a long summer, as well. I mean, I've never been really a part of that. Even at the Grand Slams, you never see me play three events in one Grand Slam.

Q. Talking about the conditions, everyone always talks about switching over from the desert in Indian Wells to here. How was it today? Humid? Less humid? Hard transition?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, it's probably the toughest transition. The quickest, especially if you make it to the final. I think I was the only one playing on Thursday out of the four that were in the final. I felt it a little bit today.
You know, it's also the time change and just the atmosphere and the conditions. Everything is different, obviously. The court and the playing conditions, as well. A bit more windy out there than it was in Palm Springs.

Q. Have you played under the lights on Centre Court yet at Wimbledon?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: With the roof closed?

Q. Yeah.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Once. Yeah, it was last year against Cibulkova.

Q. They're talking about some of the matches, because of the schedule they'll probably close it and play past 8:00. What do you think about that?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah. I mean, why not? I mean, as long as it doesn't go too late obviously. I mean, the schedule, I don't know who will be doing the scheduling, if it's the same people as Wimbledon.
But the Wimbledon organization usually likes to finish a bit earlier.

Q. What was it like playing under the roof? What do you remember about it?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: A bit of a different vibe. Yeah, the sound is completely different. The atmosphere, you can hear you know, you hear the atmosphere much more obviously than when the roof is open. And the ball and hitting the ball, even when it hits, the grass, as well, it's a different feeling.
I mean, I certainly enjoyed it. I played a good match, so...

Q. Can you talk about where you draw the strength from? Like today Shahar really looked like she was coming on, the crowd is cheering for her, you know, at 4 3 in the third, and then all of a sudden you just seemed to kind of take it up a notch or something, some fire gets going. What are you telling yourself in those moments to give yourself that edge?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I say that first of all it shouldn't have gone to 4 3. (Laughing.) It was 4 0. So, you know, obviously you had a little whether it's concentration, whether she picked up her level.
So it's just a matter of going back to what you think helps you get to those to that situation of being up 4 0, what helped you break her, you know.
But, yeah, it was very up and down, that's for sure. In these types of matches, it's almost, you know, more satisfying to pull through when you're not quite playing well and your opponent is, you know, you feel like she's hitting winners from all over the court.
I think it's just about being focused and really believing that even not on your best day that you'll be able to finish strong.

Q. Regarding Wimbledon, I think you won't have to wear white then.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: No. I'm not wearing white. Yeah, when we were going over all the outfits for this year, it was just so strange to be going from Wimbledon and two weeks later going back to the grass and I'm wearing a red shirt. That will be quite unique.

FastScripts by ASAP Sports

Advantage Me
Mar 23rd, 2012, 12:47 PM
Here is a translation of Maria's interview for Russian Elle, that was made during her stay in Moscow for Fed Cup and published in one of March's editions of Elle. I have the scans of the magazine, but couldn't make a translation, since it is a long interview and I do not have time. Thanks to jelenacg, the translation was posted on twitter: https://docs.google.com/document/pub?id=1meyMGMOK1jRLCJ4KMxQ1b-qC37ZvT2Z2YGko5LmJUrw
And once again, I love love love the "Russian side" of Maria, that is, when she speaks to Russian press. :hearts:

Thank you so much for the link to the Russian interview. It is definitely refreshing.

Crux Squall
Mar 25th, 2012, 09:52 AM
March 24, 2012


M. SHARAPOVA/S. Stephens

6 4, 6 2

An interview with:

MARIA SHARAPOVA

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Seemed like a match where the scoreline was reflective of how it went, tough start, and then...
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I mean, I got off to a good start. I was up 4 1 and had opportunities to finish it off pretty good. But, you know, she came back strong and started moving really well. Never faced her before, so, you know, it took a little bit of time to figure out her game.
But I did a good job of hanging in there even when she started playing a lot better. Yeah, in the second set I played much better than the first. That was good.

Q. You said you don't hang around the locker rooms, but how much did you know about her game or her personality?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Not much at all. Haven't really seen her play. Um, you know, my coach watched a little bit of a previous match, I think.
So other than that, I really didn't know too much. Never met her before, so very rare in the game of tennis because usually you face everyone multiple times.
But she's someone that's, you know, coming up and new. You know, she's becoming good in the world of tennis.
Yeah, when you face these types of opponents they can be quite dangerous because you don't know what to expect from them.

Q. You're into the fourth round for the eighth time in nine showings. What is it about this tournament and the conditions that really suits your game?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I just love coming back to the event. I have come here since I was a junior because it was like a four hour drive for my family and I. We would just get in the car and go watch the matches and be a spectator.
So, you know, I just hoped that one day I would play on that court. I have been fortunate to get the opportunity to play on it many times and get in the finals a few times, as well.
Yeah, it just feels so close to home, and so I feel like a lot of friends from Sarasota, Bradenton come up and watch me.
Yeah, I love the weather despite it being hot most of the time. I grew up in it, so it's comfortable for me.

Q. Do you think it's harder to face somebody that's new for you?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Just the unexpected game and not really you know, you can always obviously hear things from other people and you can get a scouting report from a coach or some other person or maybe some other players have faced her before.
But until you actually go and play them and feel the way they hit the ball and their pace and their spins, um, and, you know, their patterns on the court, you never get a feel for how they actually play.
So that's always a new opponent.

Q. Is your family here with you? Is your dad living in Florida now?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Um, my parents travel so much. My mom is actually here with me. Yeah.
But, yeah, my dad usually he doesn't come to the tournaments anymore. He's a skier now and climbing up mountains and all that stuff that I don't like to do. (Smiling.)

Q. Where is he now?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: He's in Sochi, in my hometown in Russia.

Q. Are you one of the spokespeople or representatives for the Winter Olympics in Sochi?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I was, yeah before we I was helping them get it. So that was pretty surreal, because not many people knew of Sochi when I had come to the States, and when I said where I was from they asked me where is it in relation to Moscow.
So that was the only thing that people kind of asked. Now people are so aware that the winter Olympics are going to be there, and I think it's pretty surreal because that's where I spent, you know, my childhood in Russia, as well as Yevgeny Kafelnikov.
I always felt it was such a beautiful city with so much to do. It was just so unexpected that we got it. I think everyone is just thrilled.

Q. Are you going, planning on going?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I really hope I can. That would be amazing, because, I mean, I was on those slopes when I was young just, I don't know, running around and going on the lifts and enjoying the scenery. An hour drive you can be swimming in the Black Sea. It's really amazing.

Q. Makarova is a player who can step it up in big time way.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: She's tricky. She's also been playing really good tennis this year and obviously having a good Australian Open. I beat her in two straight sets in Australia.
But I know she's a tough opponent that's, you know, faced really tough points before and has beaten them. She can certainly, you know, raise her level and play extremely well.
She's also a lefty. Not too many lefties in the tour, you know, so the spin comes a little bit differently.
Other than that, I mean, I'm looking forward to it. I think we'll play a good match out there.

Q. Have you had a chance to follow the comeback of Kleybanova at all?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, I just saw her today actually for the first time. You know, we spoke for a few minutes before my match. I just said it's all the tennis aside, it's just really good to see her. That's what it all comes down to.
We always forget we're kind of rushing in and out of practice and matches and going about our lives. When you see someone that's gone through so much and come back to play the game of tennis, it's just you have so much respect for the person.

Q. Do you have any plans like Federer, Tsonga? They're going to be in South America in the end of the year. Do you have any plans out of the regular tournaments?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: To play in South America?

Q. Yes.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Not as of now. But, yeah unless there's exhibitions. But I haven't really been there too much actually in my career.
I hope to definitely. It's a little far, to be honest. (Smiling.)
I don't know where it can fit in the schedule, but it would be a good opportunity because I know I have many fans over there.

FastScripts by ASAP Sports

Advantage Me
Mar 25th, 2012, 02:01 PM
Thanks for posting the article. The last question should have been worded "Do you have any plans in Turkey at the end of the year?"

~MashyOwnThemAll
Mar 27th, 2012, 01:07 PM
March 26, 2012


M. SHARAPOVA/E. Makarova

6 4, 7 6

An interview with:

MARIA SHARAPOVA

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Do you feel fortunate in a way with getting through that match when it was pretty tough?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah. Yeah, you know, I felt like I was up a set and a break, and, you know, played a bit sloppy. Combination of her stepping up, and, you know, being much more aggressive.
And, yeah, I mean, she had opportunities; served for the second set. You know, I just hung in there and stayed consistent. You know, I played a much smarter tiebreaker, and I think, you know, that helped me extremely.

Q. How about the double faults? Are you worried at all?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: No.

Q. You've gotten through the first two rounds despite them. Will they catch up with you at some point?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, it's definitely not easy to play with that. But I managed to win the match in two sets, so that's a plus. Definitely consistency will be really important in the next match and getting the percentage up, you know, and also returning a little bit better, little things here and there.

Q. Off the subject, but a few weeks ago you played a point with Rory McIlroy, right?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Uh huh.

Q. Number one, could you assess his abilities? Number two, did you throw the point? number three, do you play golf?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Um, three, no, I don't. Never have. Mini golf. Apart from that, no. (Smiling.)
Yeah, it was just the whole exhibition was extremely fun, so I think it was just it was really entertaining to be able to, you know, get him out there and play a point. Actually never met him before that, so that was our official meeting.
But, no, it was fun. I mean, of course I had to let him have the point, you know.

Q. You hit long on purpose?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: We were playing out there for like an hour already and he just came out. You know, we'd played so many points I had to let the guy win a point in Madison Square Garden (smiling).
I know he's not gonna play golf in there, so...

Q. Can you talk about what it adds when the Williams sisters are in a tournament? People say women's tournaments lack rivalries, and you and Serena had such a great rivalry for such a long time. What does it bring when they're both in the field?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, we did. I was injured for a while and then she was out for a while, so, I mean, rivalries are one of the best things about sports, and creating them.
Yeah, I mean, it's always great for the game. They've obviously achieved so much in tennis around the world and contribute so much to the sport that it's always to have these two great athletes playing in your sport, it's always, not just for the fans, but for the game of tennis around the world, it's really good to see.

Q. Have you watched them both play? How do you think they're doing, considering both of their layoffs?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I haven't, actually. I don't get The Tennis Channel in my hotel, so I haven't. Sometimes that's a good thing (smiling).
No, I haven't watched too much.

Q. How would you compare the Penn balls at this tournament to Wilson balls or balls at other tournaments? Which better suits your game?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I think it all depends on the conditions in which you're playing with them, also. It just varies depending on if you're in dry conditions and humid conditions, if it's, you know, cold or warm outside.
I mean, I think all of them are fine. I mean, we're pretty capable of adjusting to whatever we have to play with. There was an issue with one ball a few years ago of it being too heavy, but that hasn't been obviously when the conditions are cold and wet and heavy the ball gets a lot heavier.
It's a little bit tougher to play, especially when you're the European season you get those droughts of cold weather on the clay and the ball seems extremely heavy, but here I don't think we've ever really faced that problem.
It's all good.

Q. So you think more of it's more conditions rather than balls?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, because everything is a factor. You have so many things. I mean, I think that's why it's also so unique in the sport, is you have a racquet, then you choose your strings, and you play with a certain ball. There are so many balls to choose from. The conditions always change, unlike other sports where pretty much you know what you're gonna get.
That's what makes it so interesting, is that you can kind of adapt. But sometimes you're not sure, yeah.

Q. Do you ever stick around and scout an opponent or on a day off go watch an opponent, a possible future opponent?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, that's what you pay your coach a lot of money for. (Smiling.)

Q. I want to ask another equipment question about stringing. Some players are very, very particular and like to change the strings based on weather and stuff like that. How particular are you about the stringing of the racquet? Do you have your own stringer? Do you use the ones on site?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I'm clueless about this stuff, really.

Q. Uh huh. You're not into the science?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, I just I don't know. Like I feel the difference, but I don't know like if you give me a racquet to play with and it's completely different string, like I won't notice it until maybe the next day when you tell me something about it.
I mean, in a way it's good because it's maybe a little bit easier to adapt. But other times I'm sure it's really frustrating for my team because they always ask me questions, How is it? I give them like the three word answer, "I don't know."

Q. This is the first tournament kind of where everyone's back: The Williams sisters are back; Kim Clijsters came back; pretty much the entire WTA Tour is healthy. Can you discuss the depth of the WTA Tour right now, you know, again, presuming health of everyone? Do you think it's the deepest it's been in a while?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, it's obviously great to see everybody healthy and competing at a big event like this, because, I mean, for us, you know, with Indian Wells and this event, they're probably, you know, the biggest tournaments after the Grand Slams.
So when you have everybody playing here, that's a really good sign for tennis and fans. I mean, that's what you always want. Of course, injuries are part of the sport, and we always emphasize how important it is to stay healthy. Because really it's so important. Haven't said it enough.
But, yeah, to have everyone here is great.

Crux Squall
Mar 28th, 2012, 07:18 AM
March 27, 2012


M. SHARAPOVA/L. Na

6 3, 6 0

An interview with:

MARIA SHARAPOVA

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. With the style of tennis you play, there aren't many matches you win with single digit winners. What is that an adjustment you made when you saw how she was playing?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Ah, yeah, well, I came into this match losing to her the last few times. You know, I just really wanted to change that, so I was extremely focused and, you know, looking forward to that match.
Yeah, I was just really consistent today in those conditions where, you know, it's a little gusty and blowing around and facing a tough opponent. Consistency is really very important while playing my game. So it was that combination. I did a good job of that, maintaining that throughout the match.

Q. It's been a while. You have been hitting your groundstrokes incredibly well. She made a lot of errors, but they were long rallies and just kept the ball in play. How do you account for that? It's been for a while now, actually.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, well, it's important to I mean, my game is obviously the way it is by being aggressive and going for my shots, but also, you know, making sure that if it takes three or four or five, six balls, you know, for the opponent to make a mistake, then that's what it takes.
So it's having, you know, that consistency and also the will to be out there for as long as it takes.

Q. Do you feel that you're a much better player now than you were when you last won a major? How would you rate yourself now compared to when you last won a major? Do you feel you're an all around better player?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: It's really tough to compare, tough to compare at different times in your career. You know, I have been through a lot since my last Grand Slam win.
I was out of the game for a while, so you do look at the sport and playing a lot differently than I did when I was, you know, 21 or so years old.
So, yeah, it's just a different way. Tough to compare, it really is. You know, I wish I could say, This is better; this is worse. But at the end of the day, all you're trying to do is get better. You know, get better from your last match and try to improve.

Q. I want to ask you about more of a personal question. I think a lot of your fans think of you as very glamorous person, and yet a lot of your opponents think you as one of the fiercest fighters on the tour. How do you reconcile those two parts of you?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Um, it's interesting, because from a fans' perspective, when you don't have access to the person on a personal level, from what you see is when you're on the court to doing interviews to pictures, events, and so on, it can seem very, you know, pretty and glamorous and everything seems amazing.
But they're not there when you're waking up at 7:00 in the morning and you're going out on the court and you're practicing for six hours a day, and, you know, you're going to sleep at 9:30 exhausted for six days out of the week in order to become a better tennis player.
So it's a very thin line between of course, we're so privileged. I mean, the things I have been able to do in my career, that tennis has brought I mean, I never thought I would be able to have those and experience those.
They're extremely fun and keep me entertained and I love doing them. I love being creative and working with the brands that I have and meeting talented people.
But at the end of the day I have a really normal life, as well. I have a family, and I'm a woman, and, you know, I still appreciate very small things in life.
I know that I play a sport and I'm very competitive and I want to win and I scream, Come on and all those things, but when I'm home, I'm very chill. (Smiling.)
So it's a very interesting. Yeah, of course, when people don't see you on a daily basis and don't actually talk to you, many people can have certain perceptions of who you are and how they see you.

Q. One supplemental question: Where are you more comfortable, on red carpet? At a photo shoot? On the practice court? You know, at a tournament on court?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: There is nothing more mortifying than the red carpet. (Smiling.)
Really. It's only about like a minute experience, but it's really terrifying and it's I don't want to say "fake," but it's a very it's one big illusion, to be honest. The things you see on a red carpet, everything is perfect, the image of a person there dressed beautifully with hair and makeup and wonderful styling.
You come home I come home an hour later and I take everything off, and, you know, where did all that glamour go? (Smiling.)
So, I mean, I love what I do. I love playing tennis, and I know that thing that ultimately wins me matches is the hard work I put on the court.
When I have tough things in my life going on, when I go on court it's like it's like my oasis. You know, you forget about everything when you're out there. I love that feeling.
I know it sounds silly because you're hitting a tennis ball and you're trying to improve, but really, it's such a good feeling when you feel that you're good at something and you could be better. I think as a young woman it's a nice feeling to have.

Q. You talk about grinding out matches and hard work. How nice is it, this deep in the tournament, to have a match just over an hour?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, my previous ones have been pretty long. I mean, the first one was over two hours, and the last couple two hours. So it's definitely nice to have a shorter one. I won't lie.
That's always a bonus, whether you feel you played the match faster or whether you played that well to win the match that fast. I'll take it.

Q. Do you think you have any benefit or advantage for being beautiful?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: In what? In what? In life or...

Q. No, in your job.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, my job doesn't require beauty, so, you know...

Q. (Indiscernible.)
MARIA SHARAPOVA: You know, at the end of the day, I think if you feel beautiful, then that's what makes you beautiful.

Q. Those days when you go to sleep at 9:30 dead tired and you're looking at a string of them, far away from all this hubub and stuff, is it difficult for you to get out of bed the next morning and get yourself back out on that practice court?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Oh, yes. (Laughter.)
There are so many days. Oh, it's all yeah, it's not like every day you're like, Hip, hip hooray, my alarm is off at 7:30. Yeah, let's go. Especially in the winter days when it's freezing outside.
Oh, and it's like extremely windy and you're going out there and there is just nobody out on the courts. Also, the schedule, you know, tennis usually everyone has the weekends off. So Saturday, Sundays, everyone is in the city and enjoying like the beach and all that. I'm like waking up on a Sunday morning, and, you know, going to train.
You do have those feelings once in a while. You're extremely tired, but then when you're playing the finals of a Grand Slam on a Saturday when everyone's, you know, walking their dog in the park, you feel extremely privileged, so...

Q. You talk about having a busy schedule. Have you had time to set any sort of date yet for your wedding?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Um, we're still working on it.

Q. You have been one of the most consistent players this year, along with Azarenka. The consistency in the top 10 and having a rivalry brewing, how do you think that helps the tour?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, extremely important. Personally for me it's extremely important because I don't play maybe as many events as other girls do throughout the years. So the tournaments that I do play, you know, I really put everything into them and, like, I get ready as well as I can for them.
I usually play 16 or if I get to 16 I'm usually lucky in the year. That means I'm, you know, healthy and playing all the big tournaments.
So, yeah, it's very important for the sport itself when you're when fans see the consistency and the level. That brings a lot of fans and a lot more viewership to our sport. It's no doubt that it's good for it.

Q. What do you think of the WTA's Strong is Beautiful campaign?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I like it. I think it's very unique to what they've done before, to all the advertisements, and I think it's been I don't know. It's a stronger message than we've ever done before.
It's much more creative, especially with the shoots and the videos that we've seen from all the I think fans are seeing a much different side of these women, which is great, because constantly fans, you know, only see them for a limited time in tennis clothes and competing and sweating.
So it's a very nice atmosphere for them.

Q. What are you reading these days?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I'm reading a magazine. (Smiling.)

Q. Heavy reading, eh?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: A lot of e mails. (Smiling.)
Um, what am I reading? What did I just finish? Oh, I read I have been in like a French mode not in French, but I read this book called Bringing Up Bebe. It's about this American family that compares raising children in France to the United States.
I'm always really fascinated by those things, because, you know, parenting is such an interesting cultural thing, different, you know, in countries.
So, yeah, I read the tiger's wife something, the Chinese way of raising children. So, yeah, it was interesting to get like the French/American perspective.

Q. Is there a theme here, underlying theme?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, no. Definitely no. Don't start anything now. Don't start any rumors. We don't need that. (Laughter.)

Q. The next round you could play either Serena or Caroline. Caroline you played a lot in 2011 and before that, with Serena you have had less success. Talk about each of those opponents and the successes and challenges.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, either one is extremely tough. Like you said, you know, I haven't beaten Serena in a while. So, you know, I'd love to play her. You know, it's good to see her back and playing really good tennis. You know, she hasn't played too much in the last two years, me first being out and then she was out for a while.
And Caroline, she's been one of the most consistent players on the tour for many reasons.
But, yeah, either way it's obviously the semifinals, so it's a tough stage and a tough opponent no matter who you'll meet.

Q. Do you ever find yourself paying any attention to these other storylines that develop through a tournament, like the comeback of Venus Williams making it to the quarterfinals?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I mean, I don't follow it as much as you do because it's your job, obviously. But it's certainly great to see that she's overcome what she had. And to be able to play, you know, so many three set matches and to be in physical shape, you know, shows that obviously she's back and playing 100%, which is great.

Q. Do you ever watch any of her matches?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I don't. I don't have the tennis going on in my hotel, so I'm certainly not going to Google it or something. Or get it on the Internet.

Q. Streaming?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah.

Q. Aside from competition, what are some other ways that you're a very stubborn person?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Oh, in so many things. It's ridiculous. It's borderline obnoxious. I don't know. It's been like since I was young. I mean, it's like if you read about an Aries, I'm like 100% Aries, Chinese rabbit, all that stuff.
Just read about me there. All that info is me. I don't know why, but it's me.

FastScripts by ASAP Sports

gc-spurs
Mar 28th, 2012, 08:42 AM
Wow her interviews have actually started getting interesting, I may actually keep on reading them from now on. She's pretty honest this year, less of those boring regurgitated answers. LOL @ the underlying theme question. Also can't believe someone asked if she thought she had an advatage being totes beauts.

Cherry.
Mar 28th, 2012, 11:45 AM
Q. Is there a theme here, underlying theme?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, no. Definitely no. Don't start anything now. Don't start any rumors. We don't need that. (Laughter.)
:oh: :lol:

lefty24
Mar 28th, 2012, 01:16 PM
Haha great interview. I agree her responses have been really good this year.
And this also dispels the wedding rumors.

Charlatan
Mar 28th, 2012, 04:41 PM
March 27, 2012 Q. I want to ask you about more of a personal question. I think a lot of your fans think of you as very glamorous person, and yet a lot of your opponents think you as one of the fiercest fighters on the tour. How do you reconcile those two parts of you?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: So it's a very interesting. Yeah, of course, when people don't see you on a daily basis and don't actually talk to you, many people can have certain perceptions of who you are and how they see you.

Q. One supplemental question: Where are you more comfortable, on red carpet? At a photo shoot? On the practice court? You know, at a tournament on court?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: When I have tough things in my life going on, when I go on court it's like it's like my oasis. You know, you forget about everything when you're out there. I love that feeling.

Q. Do you think you have any benefit or advantage for being beautiful?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: In what? In what? In life or...

Q. No, in your job.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, my job doesn't require beauty, so, you know...

Q. (Indiscernible.)
MARIA SHARAPOVA: You know, at the end of the day, I think if you feel beautiful, then that's what makes you beautiful.

love how she answered certain parts :inlove:

Dieter.
Mar 28th, 2012, 04:51 PM
From Maria's facebook:

Hi Everyone! Wanted to tell you about a meaningful project that I was asked to be a part of..
Kate Winslet put a book together to support the Golden Hat Foundation, which focuses on helping people with autism. It features the “first words” of more than a hundred influential actors and musicians, including myself. Ok, I'm not an actor or a musician but I made it in the book...wahoo! Together we can give these individuals a voice and a meaningful life of their own. Its a beautiful book for you or as a gift.. Here’s the site www.goldenhatfoundation.org.

It is not often you get a personal email from someone so passionate about a project so I want to congratulate Kate on a wonderful idea and a beautifully finished product.
P.S...that hat needs a vacation after all the traveled miles!

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/415905_10150613210152680_65920772679_9712137_93727 8693_n.jpg

gc-spurs
Mar 28th, 2012, 09:40 PM
Wow you should read the book description, its so heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time. Its kinda nice that that quote is what Mashed picked.

Advantage Me
Mar 28th, 2012, 09:45 PM
She was pretty elusive about the wedding date. Someone mentioned that she confirmed the day is Nov 10 in Istanbul in her iinterview. It was definitely not in this one. I can't stand rumours so I need to hear it from her.

lefty24
Mar 29th, 2012, 12:21 AM
She was pretty elusive about the wedding date. Someone mentioned that she confirmed the day is Nov 10 in Istanbul in her iinterview. It was definitely not in this one. I can't stand rumours so I need to hear it from her.

I don't think she confirmed anything. If all those articles were true there is no reason why she would lie about not having the wedding date.

Crux Squall
Mar 30th, 2012, 04:28 AM
March 29, 2012


M. SHARAPOVA/C. Wozniacki

4 6, 6 2, 6 4

An interview with:

MARIA SHARAPOVA

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Tough match?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, absolutely. Long, tough. I'm really pleased that after losing that first one, being up and playing really well and then backing off and her stepping up, you know, I think I could have easily after losing a few straight games, just concentration went down I could have easily just went down in the second set.
But I really, you know, I stepped it up again. I went out there and started being aggressive. I didn't let I didn't stop, you know, after I put myself in a good position.
But, yeah, I'm extremely pleased that I pulled it out today.

Q. It appears that your mobility has improved. Do you feel that yourself, or is it just a perception that some of us have?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Movement out on the court?

Q. Movement, yeah.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: It's definitely something that I have worked on and always tried to build. That's a part of my game that I always felt like could be better over my career.
You know, when I, many years ago, played on the clay courts and would play one tough, long match, I'd have trouble recovering for the next one.
It was just always something that I've wanted to improve. With every year, I really feel stronger. Um, maybe the older you get, you know, the better you get at it.

Q. Did you feel like you were going for as much on your first serve as you usually do?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, you know, against someone like Caroline you're not going to get too many free points. She always retrieves so many balls back. She makes you hit a lot.
I think it's more important to be aggressive in the rally, you know, and off of the return and look for the spots and maybe get an opportunity to go for the second shot instead of, you know, trying to hit, um, you know, bombs against someone that is a good returner that's gonna make you hit a lot of balls.

Q. You have been in the final three times and lost every one of them. It's a strange statistic. Does that give you some extra incentive needed to get rid of that statistic?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, it takes something to get to the final. So of course it's always disappointing to lose in the finals, but it's um, it's part of the career.
I'm happy that I gave myself another chance to go out there and try to change that. Um, it would just be meaningful to me because I have come to this tournament for so many years, ever since I was a young girl. I have always just dreamt of playing on this court let alone being in the finals of it.
It would just be really meaningful to me.

Q. You mean you used to come as a spectator when you were younger?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I did. It was pretty much the only tournament I would come as a spectator, because I, you know, drove up from Bradenton four hours with my family and watch Marcelo Rios and Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Monica Seles. Yeah, we came every year.

Q. Going back to when?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: You mean how old I was?

Q. Yeah.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Um, maybe 13 or 12, 11. I'm not sure exactly.

Q. So the game plan of the day was just to be on the attack?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: The game plan? Well, I mean, she's someone that, like I said, she likes longer rallies, she prefers I mean, of course everyone prefers to have shorter points, but she's someone that makes you hit a lot of balls.
She can be out there for hours. She's extremely consistent. That's what got her to No. 1 in the world for so long.
That's not my game. I mean, I'm very when I play well, I'm an aggressive player. I go for my shots. I don't hesitate. You know, in the first set I stopped doing that a little bit. It gave her confidence to come back and win that first set.

Q. You're such an competitor. You seem so eager to compete. Are there ever times when you just don't have it in you and want to go out there and fight, get knocked down and get up, keep fighting, do what you gotta do?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Sure, of course. It's sport. There are many days sometimes you feel great in the warmup and everything, you feel physically good, and you just go out in the match and, you know, you feel a bit lost, low. You know, you're not you know, you don't have that jump about it, you know, that spring in your step that maybe you always do.
But that's you know, that's part of the sport. I mean, it comes with it. And it's actually days like that when it's almost a bit more meaningful when you're able to pull through and win those, and, you know, maybe not playing your best tennis, not being as motivated, to give yourself a chance to come back the next day or the day after and change that around.

Q. Next up, Bartoli or Radwanska, can you talk about the strategy possibly for them?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I haven't faced Bartoli in a while. You know, she's been playing really good. She's also an aggressive player. Stays down, goes for her shots, stays really low and hits the ball pretty flat. Quite different to, you know, my opponent today.
Radwanska is someone who is extremely solid, very again, gets many balls back, anticipates really well.
But, yeah. I mean, either one, I mean, it's the final, so I think it's more about really performing on your end than really worrying about what's on the other side of the court.

Q. That service game, it was starting to slip away a little bit.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: It wasn't slipping away. She stepped up. She played two really good games.
You know, she went for her shots, you know, went for went for a lot more than she did in the whole match, and it paid off.
You know, you can't really worry about what she's doing. You have to keep doing what you did in order to get to that position.

Q. I was watching your Wimbledon final, the first one when you won, on Tennis Channel the other day. Do you ever watch that as sort of a bit of inspiration? I have forgotten how well you played in that match. Have you looked at the tapes at all?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I haven't seen that one in a while, but I don't remember the last time where I sat down and watched a whole match of mine. (Smiling.)
I know that's really disappointing, and I'm sure my coach thinks so, as well. You know, he'd love to see me in the video room watching and observing. I have patience for 10, 15 minutes, but then I'm outta there.
I don't know. Of course it's good to see those moments and to see, you know, the way you played, but I'm not so much of a person that likes to look back. I'll have all of that to appreciate when I'm retired.
You know, I still have many more years in my career that I want to look forward to and not necessarily look back to.

FastScripts by ASAP Sports

Trih
Mar 30th, 2012, 12:37 PM
From Facebook:

http://a7.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/s720x720/542836_10150613210152680_65920772679_9712137_93727 8693_n.jpg

Maria Sharapova
Hi Everyone! Wanted to tell you about a meaningful project that I was asked to be a part of..
Kate Winslet put a book together to support the Golden Hat Foundation, which focuses on helping people with autism. It features the “first words” of more than a hundred influential actors and musicians, including myself. Ok, I'm not an actor or a musician but I made it in the book...wahoo! Together we can give these individuals a voice and a meaningful life of their own. Its a beautiful book for you or as a gift.. Here’s the site www.goldenhatfoundation.org.

It is not often you get a personal email from someone so passionate about a project so I want to congratulate Kate on a wonderful idea and a beautifully finished product.
P.S...that hat needs a vacation after all the traveled miles!

Charlatan
Mar 30th, 2012, 04:03 PM
Q. I was watching your Wimbledon final, the first one when you won, on Tennis Channel the other day. Do you ever watch that as sort of a bit of inspiration? I have forgotten how well you played in that match. Have you looked at the tapes at all?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I haven't seen that one in a while, but I don't remember the last time where I sat down and watched a whole match of mine. (Smiling.)
I know that's really disappointing, and I'm sure my coach thinks so, as well. You know, he'd love to see me in the video room watching and observing. I have patience for 10, 15 minutes, but then I'm outta there.
I don't know. Of course it's good to see those moments and to see, you know, the way you played, but I'm not so much of a person that likes to look back. I'll have all of that to appreciate when I'm retired.
You know, I still have many more years in my career that I want to look forward to and not necessarily look back to.

:worship:

Rerun
Mar 30th, 2012, 04:11 PM
if she ever will win a slam this year i bet this will be the last

lefty24
Mar 30th, 2012, 05:01 PM
if she ever will win a slam this year i bet this will be the last

I don't think so at all.

Rerun
Mar 30th, 2012, 05:38 PM
I don't think so at all.

don't get me wrong, since Lena retired, there only Masha left for me in wta. Id be so sad in that case
but she is struggling with lot of things to keep that level since the shoulder injury and i guess shes spending a lot of mental energies

slamchamp
Mar 30th, 2012, 07:26 PM
She faught really hard to be where she is today, she's not gonna retire if she wins a GS this year

Steven.
Mar 31st, 2012, 01:01 AM
I am very sure she won't retire any time soon. She said she'd retire at an early age if she was as successful as Henin (she's not). Also I think winning a slam would add fuel to the fire not ignite it for someone like her. If she wins a 4th slam I'm sure her mentality would be like, 'oh hey a slam post-shoulder surgery, I can easily win more, I got this'

Craig.
Mar 31st, 2012, 01:04 AM
I love her so fucking much. It's actually unhealthy.

hilluis
Mar 31st, 2012, 03:00 AM
I am very sure she won't retire any time soon. She said she'd retire at an early age if she was as successful as Henin (she's not). Also I think winning a slam would add fuel to the fire not ignite it for someone like her. If she wins a 4th slam I'm sure her mentality would be like, 'oh hey a slam post-shoulder surgery, I can easily win more, I got this'

Or... once she has achieved the slam and possibly no 1... she will feel satisfied that she did both after the shoulder surgery.. and will want to move on to different things, marriage, children, creative pursuits.

Steven.
Mar 31st, 2012, 03:16 AM
Maria is very mature though. She knows she has all the time to enter the fashion industry and limited time playing tennis. She said herself, 8 years flew by for her. Another 4 years is something I think she can handle.

I'm just really convinced she'll retire at the age of 28. Just something about that number that seems so perfect for Maria's retirement. Not too young and not too old, perfect time to have a kid and be satisfied with the career she's built. but that's most liekly just me.

however, I am very convinced, based on interviews, past and present that she won't be retiring any time soon.

perseus2006
Mar 31st, 2012, 03:55 AM
Pova will retire no sooner than the 2016 Olympics. She missed the 2008 Olympics due to her shoulder and I feel that she will go for it again in 2016. But that's just my opinion.

hilluis
Mar 31st, 2012, 05:15 AM
It's a lot of hard work staying at the top. I doubt Maria will still be playing in 2016. She has been a top players for many years now. I get the feeling she's working even harder at the moment as she wants to achieve a slam this year. It is difficult to maintain a relationship and be at the top of your game for months on end ( and also stay free of injury).

Craig.
Mar 31st, 2012, 02:51 PM
I get the feeling she really just loves being out there. It's not even about the titles, the success, etc. I think she genuinely loves the sport and as long as that passion and fire is still there, she'll keep playing.

lefty24
Mar 31st, 2012, 03:59 PM
I think the only reason she would retire if she won a slam this year is if she is madly in love with Sasha and wants to marry him as soon as possible.
I have a feeling that's not going to happen.

jameshazza
Mar 31st, 2012, 04:06 PM
I think that if Masha were to win a Slam it would fuel her. She knows she'll only really be playing to level for another 4 years. I would say that a slump could follow due to how long she's worked and waited for a GS after the surgery. However, if she wins RG she is not gonna slump at Wimbledon or Olympics.

MM_1257
Mar 31st, 2012, 10:50 PM
A. RADWANSKA/M. Sharapova

7 5, 6 4

An interview with:

MARIA SHARAPOVA

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. How do you get to play at noon in this weather?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: At noon?

Q. Yeah.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, I've played at 11:00 one day and I played at 1:00 a few times. It's kind of in between.
I don't know how to answer that.

Q. As you get older and your career progresses, the runner up finishes, do they get easier, harder, are they all different? What would you say?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah. Well, it's always tough, because, you know, you do a really good job to get there. It's obviously always the toughest round.
You know, I thought she played extremely well today, was very consistent, got that extra ball back and I made that extra mistake. She didn't give me many errors. When I had my chances at break point, I didn't take them. When she had them, she did.

Q. You were not able to jump on her serve the way you did the previous matches, and she doesn't have a lot of pace. Is it just simply your timing that you feel was off, or is there something about her real slow serves that make it difficult?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: It was just one of those days. I definitely didn't return well. I wasn't aggressive on that shot. When I did have second serve opportunities, you know, she's serving at 70 miles per hour and I'm not winning those points, there's something wrong with that.
You know, I for sure should have won a lot of those second serve points. I just didn't.

Q. It seems that the last game the forehand particularly let you down.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, again, she got that extra ball back, and I went for a little bit more than I had to and I made the error.

Q. So do you think when there are that many errors, how much is it you and how much is the way that she's playing is making you make more errors? I know you don't have an exact percentage, but if you could kind of explain.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, it's obviously a combination. You want to put pressure on her to go for a little bit more maybe when she's, you know, moving, but she moved extremely well.
She hit a lot of good balls on the run and they were deep. She didn't just bring them back; she had something on them.
Then the few errors on important points that I made I thought were you know, maybe I shouldn't have gone for the line so much, you know, aimed a little bit closer to the middle.

Q. How is your serve working these days? How did it feel today, your shoulder and the way you've had to adjust your serve?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, my shoulder feels really good. I'm really happy, you know, that I got over that injury. It took a really long time and a lot of adjustments.
It was certainly tough because I had to make those adjustments. I wasn't used to them. But, yeah, I'm really happy with the way the shoulder is.

Q. Overall making the final here, how do you go home? How do you put this tournament in perspective with your season so far?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, it feels tough now just because, you know, it's only 30 minutes after you lose, so not the easiest thing in the world.
But, um, of course it's you know, these last two tournaments are always, you know, the toughest just because they're so close together and playing six matches in an event.
So I'm really happy that I got to play all six. Obviously I would have loved to be the winner, but just the way it goes.

Q. Is it frustrating when you have to generate so much of the pace yourself?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Um, I mean, that's what I usually do is just that. You know, maybe I made a few more errors than I should have.

Q. You got broken twice at the end of each set. Did you feel like your nerves let you down today?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, I was down 4 5 and I held and it was 5 All, and I was Love 30 at some point that was in the second set and I didn't take those chances.
I was always playing from behind, so I could have lost you know, could have lost the game on my serve at any point in that set.
But, you know, she just she got that extra ball back when she had to.

Q. You were three hours and a half more than Agnieszka. Do you feel it was a factor today?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Doesn't matter. I mean, both of us get to the stage where we still have to go, and the finals is at a certain time and you have to be there, and whoever it is you have to face against. You can't worry how much time you've spent on the court, and it doesn't really matter when you're out there.

Q. You had some good results on clay last year. Are you looking forward to clay this year?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Absolutely, yeah. I feel like I've improved with every year that I have been playing on it and I enjoy it.
I feel like you learn so much about the construction of the points and the games, such a cat and mouse game.
I didn't necessarily like that many years back, but I feel like I'm much better at it and I have improved, and physically, as well. Yeah, I'm looking forward to taking a little break now but getting on the clay and starting the practice.

Trih
Mar 31st, 2012, 11:19 PM
Short version: Aga was pushing like a wall every ball back and Maria totally handed her the match on a silver plate. She took the loss much much better than we all did here, and she's happy to go on clay.
:bowdown:

Craig.
Mar 31st, 2012, 11:22 PM
How is she so strong?

So much respect.

Charlatan
Mar 31st, 2012, 11:33 PM
always the same old story: "it's just one of those days, you know. she gets that extra ball. i made errors" yep

but looks like she could take this loss way better than most of us in the SS :inlove:

Trih
Mar 31st, 2012, 11:34 PM
She's the strongest being on Earth. :hearts: I just HAD to post on her site after reading the interview.

doomsday
Mar 31st, 2012, 11:35 PM
This is so weird she was so focused on her serve(and she served well) that she just forgot how to return :facepalm: but like she said the shoulder is feeling better and better now just murder every first/second serve like we all know you can do. I believe that she will win her first title of the year on clay just like last year.

MM_1257
Mar 31st, 2012, 11:35 PM
She is like that naturally. One can only imagine how strong she is, just by going back to her childhood and the things she lived...

Sharapovian
Mar 31st, 2012, 11:45 PM
Yeah she is normally like that in pressers, one thing I like about her.

Anyway, I feel much better now - bring on the clay season :cheer:

doomsday
Mar 31st, 2012, 11:57 PM
How is she so strong?

So much respect.

If only she could be that strong on the court :rolleyes:

Charlatan
Apr 1st, 2012, 12:02 AM
If only she could be that strong in finals :rolleyes:

Fixed ;)

doomsday
Apr 1st, 2012, 12:03 AM
Fixed ;)

:lol: true.

Trih
Apr 1st, 2012, 12:08 AM
"In finals" is much easier than "on court"!

Jamrock,20
Apr 1st, 2012, 01:06 AM
Oh look a distraction! Maria has close to 7 million fans on facebook!

jameshazza
Apr 1st, 2012, 01:08 AM
After reading that I'm hopeful. To be honest, I don't know whether its her head or her body that gets tight in matches. She'splayed shit finals before will play many again. The thing is though, that she keeps giving herself the opportunities. And even though she gave today's final away, at least Vika beat her in the other two - even though Masha played shit in them it was different to today.

I'd take consistent painful final losses along with the inevitability that she's gonna win one biggy soon simply 'cus she keeps making them over the days where I was praying for a cakewalk so that she could sneak into QFs any day.

Over this loss, I'm disgusted at it, but it's one of those performances that were so shit they're irrelevant. Aga is and always will be Masha's bitch.

perseus2006
Apr 1st, 2012, 03:29 AM
The difference is that Pova was already plotting her revenge whereas many SSForum posters were just whining and crying in dispair.

Shivank17
Apr 2nd, 2012, 02:07 PM
From Facebook
Its been a great few weeks of tournaments!
Yesterday I went to...wait for it....Greenville, South Carolina! Remember that Head essay contest from a few months ago? You couldn't have missed it if you have the Tennis Channel at your house...the sweepstakes were running more than tennis was played. Well here I am with the winner Nadia. I couldn't have chosen a better winner.. so humble and a great young tennis player! As a surprise, she raised $5,800 for my work with the UNDP Chernobyl foundation! That is the best gift I could have ever asked for!
Before I open that box with my clay court shoes, I'm going to go have a burger! Wish me luck with that. Toodles!
http://a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/554470_10150621798827680_65920772679_9742576_79590 9293_n.jpg

Lucky girl. :ras:

MM_1257
Apr 2nd, 2012, 02:53 PM
Oh Maria... :hug: :lol: Hope you enjoy the burger, go ahead, have it, and be the runner up in the next tournament, too... :hysteric: Kidding. ;)

Craig.
Apr 2nd, 2012, 08:54 PM
She looks :inlove:

18majors
Apr 2nd, 2012, 09:14 PM
Nice that Maria is always positive!

LoveMasha2008
Apr 3rd, 2012, 10:22 AM
Maria Sharapova Signs Three-Year Sponsorship Deal With Samsung

Maria Sharapova, the world’s highest-paid female athlete, signed a three-year sponsorship deal with Samsung Electronics Co., her agent said.

The agreement covers Sharapova’s native Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States, Max Eisenbud, her agent at IMG Worldwide, said in an interview. The deal, which started April 1 and covers Samsung products including mobile phones, tablet computers and television sets, may go global next year.

“Maria really hasn’t been marketed that much in Russia,” Eisenbud said. “It’s important to her because that’s where her roots are. I also felt that was a really untapped market, with the 2014 Sochi Olympics coming up.”

Siberian-born Sharapova moved from Sochi on the Black Sea coast to the U.S. when she was seven years old. In 2004, she achieved global fame by winning Wimbledon at age 17. Major titles followed at the 2006 U.S. Open and the 2008 Australian Open, turning her into the world’s best-paid athlete. Sharapova, who backed Sochi’s bid to host the Winter Olympics, earns around $25 million a year, according to Forbes magazine. She endorses companies including Nike Inc. (NKE), Swiss luxury watch brand Tag Heuer, jeweler Tiffany & Co. (TIF) and Danone SA (BN)’s Evian water.

Samsung, the world’s biggest maker of televisions and memory chips, posted record revenue last year, helped by the popularity of its Galaxy smartphones. The company, also the world’s second-largest handset maker, in 2007 extended a global sponsorship agreement with the International Olympic Committee through the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Telephone Contracts

The agreement with Samsung is the third mobile phone deal for Sharapova, who made the finals of Wimbledon last season and the Australian Open in January and is currently ranked No. 2 in the world. The 24-year-old previously endorsed Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. (MMI), and had been global brand ambassador for Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications Ltd. until that agreement expired at the end of last year.

Sony Ericsson, which signed a record $88 million deal with the women’s tennis tour in 2005, on Dec. 23 said it won’t extend its agreement with the WTA when it runs out at the end this year. In October, Sony Corp. agreed to buy Ericsson AB’s stake in the joint venture for 1.05 billion euros ($1.4 billion).

“Maria had a positive experience, and a positive four years with Sony Ericsson,” Eisenbud said. “Now we are just looking forward to a new partnership with a great brand.”

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-04-02/maria-sharapova-signs-three-year-sponsorship-deal-with-samsung.html

18majors
Apr 3rd, 2012, 11:56 AM
Glad Samsung has a good taste in choosing Maria!

Marilyn Monheaux
Apr 3rd, 2012, 01:08 PM
No more LOLtastic Sony commercials, then? :[ :[ :[

lefty24
Apr 3rd, 2012, 02:17 PM
No more LOLtastic Sony commercials, then? :[ :[ :[
Maria really deserves an Oscar for those. :worship:

Mistress of Evil
Apr 3rd, 2012, 02:47 PM
Maria really deserves an Oscar for those. :worship:

An anti-one? I agree. :hearts:

Shivank17
Apr 3rd, 2012, 03:38 PM
Maria loves changing brands. :oh:

Samsung is having the best Droid phones now. :oh: Good job Martha. :oh:

WowWow
Apr 3rd, 2012, 04:02 PM
An anti-one? I agree. :hearts:

Razziepova :hearts:

lefty24
Apr 3rd, 2012, 04:15 PM
Maria loves changing brands. :oh:

Samsung is having the best Droid phones now. :oh: Good job Martha. :oh:

iPhone still wins.

Shivank17
Apr 3rd, 2012, 04:18 PM
iPhone still wins.

Not actually. Droid's getting way better.

And I am an Apple fan as well. :sobbing:

Shafanovic.
Apr 3rd, 2012, 07:15 PM
Sorry to be a party pooper guys. I'm an apple fan too and I had my iPhone with me tonight at Darling Harbour and these two guys came up to me and wanted my phone, and I said "no" obviously but one of them punched my face and I had to give it to them, I didn't want to die :sad: One even had a bottle in his hand :sad: I'm so shaken right now.

Kitten63
Apr 3rd, 2012, 09:00 PM
Sorry to be a party pooper guys. I'm an apple fan too and I had my iPhone with me tonight at Darling Harbour and these two guys came up to me and wanted my phone, and I said "no" obviously but one of them punched my face and I had to give it to them, I didn't want to die :sad: One even had a bottle in his hand :sad: I'm so shaken right now.

That's awful :hug:

Marilyn Monheaux
Apr 4th, 2012, 09:05 AM
According to Masha's website, she's not sponsored by CLEAR any longer...
First they took away the LULzy cell phone commercials and now we no longer get to see Masha's CGI hair, neither? :crying2:

FurqanMashaFan#1
Apr 4th, 2012, 02:05 PM
Also on Facebook if you check her likes EVIAN and TIFFANY are also missing along with CLEAR all were there last year so her contract also ended with these companies or what?:help:

MM_1257
Apr 4th, 2012, 02:25 PM
On the website Evian and Tiffany are still there. So I guess they are still her sponsors, since they removed Clear and Sony Ericsson and addded Samsung... Tiffany is a keeper imo ;). If not, well, if the contract ended and they cannot make an agreement for another one, what can one do? Accept and move on. Tennis players are so full of money, one contract more or less... It doesn't change anything.

lylux
Apr 4th, 2012, 03:13 PM
In Maria's month, You should sign this GroupCard for her:

http://groupcard.com/c/QBHRTFGAcQO (http://groupcard.com/c/QBHRTFGAcQO)

doooma6816
Apr 4th, 2012, 06:14 PM
I love Samsung:inlove:

FurqanMashaFan#1
Apr 4th, 2012, 06:22 PM
Truely amazing Lylux thanks a lot:wavey:

denny5576
Apr 11th, 2012, 06:57 PM
Sasha Vujacic has put his ocean-view house in Rancho Palos Verdes on the market at $2.749 million.
http://articles.latimes.com/2012/apr/08/business/la-fi-hotprop-20120408 (http://articles.latimes.com/2012/apr/08/business/la-fi-hotprop-20120408)
http://www.sports.ru/tribuna/blogs/dennytenn/315249.html (http://www.sports.ru/tribuna/blogs/dennytenn/315249.html)

lefty24
Apr 11th, 2012, 08:32 PM
Sasha Vujacic has put his ocean-view house in Rancho Palos Verdes on the market at $2.749 million.
http://articles.latimes.com/2012/apr/08/business/la-fi-hotprop-20120408 (http://articles.latimes.com/2012/apr/08/business/la-fi-hotprop-20120408)
http://www.sports.ru/tribuna/blogs/dennytenn/315249.html (http://www.sports.ru/tribuna/blogs/dennytenn/315249.html)

That house is gorgeous. I love Mediterranean style houses. He's probably permanently moving in with Mash.

Edit: sometime my phone can be very annoying

denny5576
Apr 11th, 2012, 10:10 PM
The sale could mean many very important things, but could mean nothing. I still do not know the reason. Why Sasha decided to sell the house now is a mystery...

MM_1257
Apr 12th, 2012, 07:40 PM
That house is gorgeous. I love Mediterranean style houses. He's probably permanently moving in with Mash.

Edit: sometime my phone can be very annoying

Yeah, but I keep wondering where do his granny, stepdad, mum, bro and sis live? Maybe he has more houses. :angel:

jameshazza
Apr 14th, 2012, 04:45 PM
I'm putting this in GM.
http://www.thestar.com/living/article/1161380--my-second-chance-to-be-a-first-time-dad-colby

My second chance to be a first-time dad: Colby
I am a bit embarrassed to admit I shed a few tears when a 17-year-old Maria Sharapova upset Serena Williams to win Wimbledon in July 2004.

When she climbed into the stands, seeking out her father and I saw their joyous embrace as he showered her face in kisses, tears welled up in my eyes.

He was bursting with pride for his daughter. She had to immediately share her accomplishment .

This was a moment I would never know.

I don’t mean the spectacular moment of seeing your child win Wimbledon, but any father-daughter moment. Or any father-son moment, for that matter.

I was a childless 38-year-old married man, who’d had a vasectomy eight months earlier. My wife and I had made the decision not to have children and it was the right decision for us.

The emotions that came over me as I sat alone in my living room on a sunny Saturday morning, watching the pretty young Russian with her doting dad, surprised me. I had long before reconciled with the fact that fatherhood was not going to be my fate. I also knew there would be moments of, not regret, but longing, knowing I was missing out on something special. But to have that longing suddenly force its way out from deep inside me caught me off guard.

Soon after there was a commercial and I moved on, tucking those emotions away.

My wife and I decided to separate less than a week after Sharapova won Wimbledon.

There is a lesson there, one I seem destined to keep learning: You can’t plan your life. You have to let it happen.

This thought is with me as I stare at the ultrasound photo of the baby in my new wife’s belly. Then I look at another photo, of the second baby.

Twins.

Who would have guessed?

Second wife, second baby: I’m 46 years old and about to become a first-time dad. I could become a spokesman for second chances.

I have modern technology — and a lot of good fortune — to thank for that. I met my second wife, Natasha, on an online dating website. Five years after my vasectomy, I had it reversed. Despite the operation, we needed help conceiving, and with much trepidation we chose in vitro fertilization.

IVF is scary. It’s high-stakes gambling where every roll of the dice costs about $15,000. The payout is huge if you win. The losses are devastating if you lose. We are fortunate. IVF worked for us on the first try.

And now we wait and plan. The babies are due in June, but twins usually arrive earlier. Regardless of when they arrive, our lives will change forever.

Parenthood is intimidating. Twins make it doubly so. On brisk mornings, as I bike to work, I’ve asked myself, “What have we done?”

I’m 46, not 36. My wife is 40.

Cycling by Exhibition Place, I see a billboard featuring a dramatic black and white photo of a steely Maria Sharapova holding a watch. I look at it and have my answer. I think of one twin sucking a thumb during a recent ultrasound scan.

I’m already having those moments I thought would never be.

In the coming days, months and years, there will be countless fatherhood moments — proud, funny and troubled.

I invite you to join me as I share these moments in my new column about stumbling into fatherhood, late in the game.

cyannnnn
Apr 20th, 2012, 03:57 PM
i accidentally stumbled upon a pic of Charlie Ebersol
Charlie looks like more happy with sophia bush than with maria in Lakers game

http://sophiabushfan.org/gallery/displayimage.php?album=790&pid=66801#top_display_media

18majors
Apr 23rd, 2012, 03:35 PM
Maria Sharapova Facebook

7,002,390 likes

Maria exceeded 7.0 million followers today.

MM_1257
Apr 23rd, 2012, 04:18 PM
wohoooooooooooooooooooo :worship:

nelsondan
Apr 23rd, 2012, 04:21 PM
i accidentally stumbled upon a pic of Charlie Ebersol
Charlie looks like more happy with sophia bush than with maria in Lakers game

http://sophiabushfan.org/gallery/displayimage.php?album=790&pid=66801#top_display_media

Femme Fatales: The 50 Sexiest Women of 2004 3
MuchMusic's 20 Hottest Women of 2004 15
2007 Maxim's Hot 100 List of 2007 24
FHM's 100 Sexiest Women of 2007 90 UK

Maybe he wanted a girl with larger thighs. She is about 5'5"

Sophia Bush Weight? (answers vary)


Iabout 8 stone 11 pounds. (123 pounds)


116 lbs or 53 kg


Sophia Bush, star of One Tree Hill reportedly weighs 135 pounds.


She has stated that she does not like going to the gym every day.

Shivank17
Apr 23rd, 2012, 04:22 PM
7 Million! :hearts:

rucolo
Apr 23rd, 2012, 04:34 PM
http://www.porsche-tennis.de/prod/pag/tennis.nsf/web/english-archive_pressreleases_T12_0283_en?OpenDocument&cont=current_topnews#pagetop


“I’m looking forward to the Porsche”


Stuttgart. Maria Sharapova, the world No. 2, sat down with the journalists to answer a variety of questions at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix’s All Access Hour. The 25-year-old Russian’s thoughts ...

. . . about her first appearance at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix:
“The tournament is naturally a special event but it unfortunately never previously fitted into my schedule. But now it’s nice being here and I’m looking forward to the Porsche. Winning one is always a nice bonus but I have to first get through a few rounds.”

. . . about her game on clay:
“Clay isn’t my favourite surface. It’s more of a cat and mouse game and you have to be patient and be ready to play long rallies. But I’m learning and am enjoying it more than I did before.“

. . . about Germany:
“A beautiful country. I’ve been to Berlin, Munich and now here in Stuttgart. I like the food here and the speed of the cars. I actually drove here from Munich and the driver asked me if he could drive normally. Germany and normal driving – I don’t know if that’s a good equation.”

. . . about the Olympic Games this summer in London:
“I’ve never been to the Olympics which is why I can’t compare whether a gold medal means as much to me as a Grand Slam title. It’ll definitely be a wonderful experience for me as the Olympic Games will be something new. Russia is a sports nation and the Olympic Games are really big back home. I actually wanted to be a rhythmic gymnast and I dreamed of being an Olympian.”

. . . about a photo of her with short hair in facebook:
“It’s a funny story. A few days ago I was doing a photo shooting for Harper’s Bazaar. And I was wearing a wig for part of the time. And without thinking I posted one of the photos on facebook. I was surprised by the power of facebook. It was a little naive of me to believe that seven million fans wouldn’t think anything of it. I got more emails than after winning Grand Slams. The photo sparked an amazing hype. Some liked it, other didn’t. As you can see my hair is still there. But I loved my short hair.”

23/04/2012


So happy Maria plays in Germany again ! ;):hearts:

Shivank17
Apr 23rd, 2012, 04:37 PM
"I like the food here and everywhere." Of course you do Maria. :happy: :hearts:

lefty24
Apr 23rd, 2012, 05:08 PM
"I like the food here and everywhere." Of course you do Maria. :happy: :hearts:

Hahashe literally says that about every place she goes too. Never change Mash. :hearts:
And I'm confused, do people drive fast or slow in Germany?

MM_1257
Apr 23rd, 2012, 05:24 PM
I like the speed of the cars?!!?!?!?! Maria, you like to drive/be driven fast?????? Gosh, be careful!

And, yeah, now she saw how powerful she and facebook are - frigtening fact. + Maria, you did not acidentally put that. You and Adir tircked us.

BTW Adir answered to my tweet. :cheer:

Mr.Sharapova
Apr 23rd, 2012, 05:28 PM
I just realized that Maria didn't actually cut off her hair and it was all a joke :sobbing:.