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JoPova
Apr 23rd, 2012, 05:29 PM
7 million fans! Impressive! :cheer:

Marilyn Monheaux
Apr 23rd, 2012, 06:30 PM
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?

FAST!!!!!! Some of our highways do not have a tempo limit! :hearts: :hearts:

Trih
Apr 23rd, 2012, 07:23 PM
Germany is a nice place, nice food and no speed limits :lol:
Me and Maria would get along so nice, driving fast cars and eating LOL! :lol: :hearts:

vozas
Apr 24th, 2012, 08:44 AM
The food :lol::lol::lol:

MM_1257
Apr 24th, 2012, 09:22 AM
Seriously, she likes the food everywhere, because she likes food. :help: (FattyPova in future?? :scared: )

lefty24
Apr 24th, 2012, 01:13 PM
I just realized that Maria didn't actually cut off her hair and it was all a joke :sobbing:.

lol how in the world? :lol:

nelsondan
Apr 24th, 2012, 06:10 PM
Seriously, she likes the food everywhere, because she likes food. :help: (FattyPova in future?? :scared: )

I did some exhaustive research on this...Maria mentioned food 536 times in 371 interviews over the last four years. Studying photos from 2008, comparing them to photos from 2012, I discovered a mathematical formula regarding her weight gaining tendencies.

2008 weight plus 0 equals her 2012 weight.

Shivank17
Apr 24th, 2012, 06:11 PM
:hysteric:

lefty24
Apr 24th, 2012, 06:35 PM
I did some exhaustive research on this...Maria mentioned food 536 times in 371 interviews over the last four years. Studying photos from 2008, comparing them to photos from 2012, I discovered a mathematical formula regarding her weight gaining tendencies.

2008 weight plus 0 equals her 2012 weight.

I mean this in a good way, you're one of the weirdest posters ever.

nelsondan
Apr 24th, 2012, 07:22 PM
I mean this in a good way, you're one of the weirdest posters ever.

Well.....I tried to make my point in a good way....I kind of cringed at the term FattyPova.

MM_1257
Apr 24th, 2012, 08:58 PM
And I was just kidding. :help:

Advantage Me
Apr 24th, 2012, 10:46 PM
I cannot imagine a fat Maria even when she is pregnant.

Steven.
Apr 25th, 2012, 05:37 AM
Maria says her movement and recovery has improved heaps on clay, and that she actually likes playing on it now. Her serving and ballstriking have so much potential to be deadly as well especially in recent years cause she employs so much kick and spin on her serve now, and so much top spin when playing on clay. Plus she's more content with rallying than ever.

I'm genuinely confident that she can take out RG this year. I just feel like she's so much more confident on clay than on hardcourts these days, and she's shown throughout this entire year so far she has what it takes to win big titles, but there's just that lack of confidence in finals.

rucolo
Apr 25th, 2012, 07:55 AM
http://www.wtatennis.com/page/OffCourtNews/Read/0,,12781~2746245,00.html


Quotable Quotes... Sharapova In Stuttgart


April 23, 2012
STUTTGART, Germany - She's not only making her first appearance in Stuttgart, she's making her first appearance in Germany since 2005. She's Maria Sharapova, and she met the Stuttgart press on Monday afternoon...

On playing in Germany for the first time in almost seven years...
"I haven't been here in so many years - I think Berlin was the last time, in '05 or '04. And Stuttgart never quite worked out in my schedule - before the French Open I'd always play only a couple of events, but now there's an extra week in the schedule, so it was a pretty easy decision for me to come here."

On what she likes about Germany...
"Many things. Like the speed of the cars. I love just driving here. I actually drove from Munich to here, and the driver asked if he could drive at "normal speed"! It was a lot of fun. They have great food here too. But this is my first time in Stuttgart and I haven't seen much yet, so I'm still getting used to it."

On clay...
"I've improved a lot on clay. Not just physically - I've been moving better and then recovering better too - but I'm also enjoying it a bit more than before. I've learned so much about the game on clay, creating points and realizing points are never over until they're really over. Here it's like a cat and mouse game. You can hit two great shots and the ball can still come back. But on grass it's so much quicker, and it's all about the first shot and whoever can take control.

"Now the clay season isn't too long every year - usually just three or four events. You can always make it longer, but with scheduling it's tough to add more."

On her goals in the clay court season...
"My goals are the big ones - definitely Roland Garros, but all these events leading up to it too. And also to improve in these weeks and get better."

On comparing the Top 4 in the women's to the Top 4 in the men's...
"It's definitely not the same. In the men's, the Big Four are much more ahead of everyone else. But in the women's it's much tougher than a few years ago. You used to have almost a few practice matches to start, but now you get tough opponents from the first round, and every player has opportunities to get to that stage. They may not be seeded, but they've had big wins."

On the photo she posted of herself with a short hair wig last week...
"I was at a photo shoot and we were trying different hairstyles - some were very long and one was very short. I had absolutely no intention of making people believe I cut my hair! I got more e-mails about that than when I've won Grand Slams. It really surprised me, and I think I learned a lesson!"

On her cousin, Daria Sharapova, who is a rising junior player...
"She trained in a different part of Florida, so I haven't seen her too much, though she's now training in Sarasota. The transition from juniors to the pros is one of the toughest transitions for anybody, and that's really when you learn about developing your game and playing at a new level. I've seen so many juniors with so much talent, but then you get to a position where some things change, in your life or in the competition. I hope she makes the transition."


First appearance in Germany since 2005 ! :hearts:

MM_1257
Apr 25th, 2012, 10:01 AM
And finally someone asked her a question about Daria.

MM_1257
Apr 26th, 2012, 12:38 PM
Here is Maria's chat... She "flirted" with a Serbian / Montenigrian guy ;) :p
Maria Sharapova
Today we had one of the biggest stars of female Tennis in our live-chat: Maria Sharapova, ranked world No. 2. There were really very much questions from fans all over the world, but unfortunately Maria couldn't answer them all in the given time.

Here are all answered questions

Question from Violeta Ela:
Hello from Romania:D my questions are: what was the most funniest thing u did? or the most embarrassing?

Answer from Maria:
Oh i can't possibly tell you those things... I'm too shy ;-)


Question from Shivank Sharma:
Hello Maria, who are your favorite active ATP and WTA players?

Answer from Maria:
I really enjoy watching Nadal play... such a fighter and he never gives up!


Question from Johannes Wehr:
Hey Maria, who or what was your source of motivation to come back to the tour after your shoulder injury?

Answer from Maria:
I just love this sport, and I have been doing it since i was four years old. And I always believed I could get back on top.


Question from Thomas Ronda:
If you could play against any player in history, who would it be?

Answer from Maria:
Hmm, that is a good question… and to be honest, I don't know the answer, but I would probably want to play vs McEnroe... at least I would be entertained :)


Question from Maja:
Maria, do you beat your sparring partners when you play "a match" during practice?

Answer from Maria:
I TRY to beat them, but most of the time I'm not very good in practice ;)


Question from Marius Pickert:
how is it here to be in stuttgart at the first time???

Answer from Maria:
I know I have said this many times already, but the buffet at the tournament is just oh so yummy, and I think that might be the reason I have not seen much of the city ;)


Question from Sava Novakovic:
What is your favourite type of food?

Answer from Maria:
Wow, so much to choose from, but it's usually anything that my grandmother cooks... btw nice name!


Question from Dan Peng:
Hi Maria, which court do you prefer? Grass, Clay or Hard?

Answer from Maria:
I'm stuck on this answer, because even though I love grass we only play a few tournaments on it, so I would probably say hard courts!


Question from Maja:
Do you like to dance? What is your favourite dance?

Answer from Maria:
Oh yes, who doesn't like to dance!! Not in public of course... and never sober... that would be wrong! ;)


Question from Niklas Pfaff:
What and who makes you laugh?

Answer from Maria:
So many simple and stupid things make me laugh, but probably the most entertaining person I know is my hairstylist :)


Question from NoLe Milic:
Maria ,who is your best friend on the tour ? :-)

Answer from Maria:
Me, myself and I ;)


Question from Marc Ribolla:
Hi Maria! What kind of animal do u like most? Do u have a pet by yourself?

Answer from Maria:
I like penguins and koalas… but I have a dog named Dolce… fluffy and golden


Question from BŠlint Szantner:
Hi Maria! The tennis courts (particularly - as far as I know your favorite -, the hardcourts) slowed down a great deal during the recent years. Does this bother you or effect any element of your game?

Answer from Maria:
I think everyone just has to adjust to whichever changes are made on the tour. I'm not picky.


Question from Violeta:
if u can have any superpower, what would that be?

Answer from Maria:
Invisibility... I would feel like Sherlock Holmes was my brother :)


Question from Catherine Tsapelik:
One tough question... Why do you call yourself Russian while having both parents from Belarus?

Answer from Maria:
I do consider myself Russian... although I have so much family in Belarus. I sill try to go back to Belarus every so often!


Question from Dan Peng:
Do you cook?

Answer from Maria:
Wellll let me begin with wellll…. ;) I do attempt to cook, but perhaps I get a little lazy.... and tend to overcook the pasta. its' not al dente... sorry ;)


Question from Martina Ghinamo:
Does Dolce ever come on the run with with you? :)

Answer from Maria:
Haha, oh poor Dolce would have a nervous breakdown if he did any sort of exercise... I think it runs in the family :)

Reptilia
Apr 26th, 2012, 12:43 PM
:tears: I enjoyed reading that

MM_1257
Apr 26th, 2012, 12:46 PM
And I am a bit of a starstruck at this age. I cannot believe it was possible. I am too old for it.

lefty24
Apr 26th, 2012, 12:55 PM
And I am a bit of a starstruck at this age. I cannot believe it was possible. I am too old for it.

Omg was that your question? That was My face question/answer!!!

And of course talking about the buffet. How typical.

MM_1257
Apr 26th, 2012, 01:00 PM
Omg was that your question? That was My face question/answer!!!

And of course talking about the buffet. How typical.

Not sure I understand you well... She answered me 2 questions. I had more serious questions but they did not choose them...

masha122
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:00 PM
Question from Catherine Tsapelik:
Question from NoLe Milic:
Maria ,who is your best friend on the tour ? :-)

Answer from Maria:
Me, myself and I

One tough question... Why do you call yourself Russian while having both parents from
Belarus?
Answer from Maria:
I do consider myself Russian... although I have so much family in Belarus. I sill try to go back to Belarus every so often!


i love the me and myself hahahah she is priceless ; the second one is a bit disrespectful and harsh i don't know why but i felt it was not a necessary one to ask

MM_1257
Apr 26th, 2012, 02:35 PM
She could have easily ignored it, but she decided to answer it. ;)

Charlatan
Apr 26th, 2012, 03:35 PM
"I know I have said this many times already, but the buffet at the tournament is just oh so yummy"

oh man, seems like she always HAS to talk something about food and food-related stuff :unsure:

lefty24
Apr 26th, 2012, 03:37 PM
Not sure I understand you well... She answered me 2 questions. I had more serious questions but they did not choose them...

I didn't realize you asked two questions.
This one was your right?

Question from Maja:
Do you like to dance? What is your favourite dance?

Answer from Maria:
Oh yes, who doesn't like to dance!! Not in public of course... and never sober... that would be wrong!

I loved the answer.

MM_1257
Apr 26th, 2012, 04:10 PM
Yup... I loved all her answers. She is hilarious and she laughed when she wrote the Dolce reply.

lefty24
Apr 26th, 2012, 06:35 PM
The funniest thing she's ever done was that q&a with herself. Literally one of the funniest things I've ever read.

MM_1257
Apr 26th, 2012, 06:38 PM
The funniest thing she's ever done was that q&a with herself. Literally one of the funniest things I've ever read.

I agree. That one was funny and a bit b* towards the press who ask boring questions. :lol:

Shivank17
Apr 26th, 2012, 06:45 PM
Question from Shivank Sharma:
Hello Maria, who are your favorite active ATP and WTA players?

Answer from Maria:
I really enjoy watching Nadal play... such a fighter and he never gives up!



She answered my question. :woohoo:

Damn, not the answer I wanted though. :o

gc-spurs
Apr 26th, 2012, 06:49 PM
I had a feeling those were you guys haha. Maria and I have the same dancing policy.

Advantage Me
Apr 26th, 2012, 09:35 PM
She never got round to reading my question. As my question came up on the screen she was walking away. Missed by a second.

Love her answers to all those questions. She has a great sense of humour. I bet she is a hoot to hang out with. Her best friend on the tour is herself. Good choice, Maria! She's always there for you.

ziros
Apr 26th, 2012, 10:09 PM
I didn't realize you asked two questions.
This one was your right?

Question from Maja:
Do you like to dance? What is your favourite dance?

Answer from Maria:
Oh yes, who doesn't like to dance!! Not in public of course... and never sober... that would be wrong!

I loved the answer.
Maria gets drunk? Shocking. This is the girl who went to bed at like 10 on New Years Eve in NZ

lefty24
Apr 27th, 2012, 12:08 AM
Maria gets drunk? Shocking. This is the girl who went to bed at like 10 on New Years Eve in NZ

I remember that interview(or maybe it was different one) she said she never went to a new years party, and then in another interview later she said that her favorite part about Russia is the new years party. :lol:

MM_1257
Apr 27th, 2012, 12:28 AM
I remember that interview(or maybe it was different one) she said she never went to a new years party, and then in another interview later she said that her favorite part about Russia is the new years party. :lol:

This will be terribly off topic now, but you made me browse it in this late hour... :facepalm: :tape: ;)
http://goeasteurope.about.com/od/russianculture/a/russiannewyeark.htm
Celebrating Russian New Year
If you're in Moscow, you can head to Red Square to experience the most popular public New Year celebrations, but you can just as easily avoid the crush of people drinking Russian vodka and champagne and watch the fireworks display from another vantage point in the city. Remember, Russian winter is bitterly cold, and getting in an out of Red Square to watch the fireworks display can take hours. Private parties will feature traditional Russian food, and the hostess may set up a zakuska table for her guests, so if you don't have any Russian friends, make some!
This part made me laugh... :lol:

Maybe she was refferin' to this: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2011/12/27/144326826/for-russians-new-years-eve-remains-the-super-holiday
If you think that after a celebration of this magnitude it would be hard to return to work, you're right. Some Russians continue the party by observing Orthodox Christmas, which falls on January 7 in the Julian calendar used by the Russian Orthodox Church, then Old New Year on January 14. After that, alas, even the Russians have run out of holidays. It's time to sober up and trudge back to the routine. :angel:

Ok, to get serious. I think she just spoke in general... She might know something from relatives / friends... Or even her own experience? I think with the I haven't had a party, I think she reffers to the time when she plays in January... And that is like through all her career?

rucolo
Apr 27th, 2012, 12:41 PM
http://www.wtatennis.com/news/20120425/sharapova-into-qfs-radwanska-hits-27_2256076_2749409


Sharapova Into QFs, Radwanska Hits 27

...

Radwanska-Arn was one of two second round matches on Wednesday's menu, along with No.2 seed Maria Sharapova facing another qualifier, France's Alizť Cornet - that one only lasted 50 minutes, as Sharapova was leading 63 10, 30-0 when the former World No.11 retired with a shoulder injury aggravation.

"You never want matches to end that way," Sharapova said. "But my opponent today had already played four matches to get here and was obviously feeling it and having a bit of a problem with the shoulder. At this stage, a few weeks before Roland Garros in her home country, it's important for her to get well."

Sharapova was playing her first ever match at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix and first match in Germany since playing in Berlin way back in 2005.

"The good thing about playing indoors is you know what conditions you're going to face, with no wind or different weather conditions," Sharapova said. "You know what you're going to get during the match, which is nice to play in."

Sharapova and Radwanska will have a day off as the rest of the field plays the second round on Thursday, with the quarterfinals set for Friday.

rucolo
Apr 27th, 2012, 12:47 PM
http://www.porsche-tennis.de/prod/pag/tennis.nsf/web/english-archive_pressreleases_T12_0362_en?OpenDocument&cont=current_topnews#pagetop


“It’s nice to come to Stuttgart”


Stuttgart. Maria Sharapova’s first appearance at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix lasted just 50 minutes. The world number two’s opponent, Alize Cornet was forced to retire with a shoulder injury with the score at 6-3, 1-0 in the Russian’s favour. After her quick opening win Maria Sharapova talked about . . .

. . . her opponent’s retirement:
“One should never underestimate the stress tennis puts on the body. It was Alize’s fifth match in five days. Tennis is very tough on the body.”

. . . the time it takes to get used to clay:
“It’s not a question of the time it takes, but a question of how many matches one plays on clay. Practicing helps but matches are always a bit different. You have to get used to the different match situations and opponents with different styles. I have to work on my patience too as one always has to play an extra ball.”

. . . her motivation for the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix:
“It’s good to add an extra tournament to my clay court schedule. As I heard that the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix was a good tournament then I thought it would be nice to come to Stuttgart."

25/04/2012

jameshazza
Apr 27th, 2012, 05:19 PM
she definitely did not say 'one' all those times :lol:

rucolo
Apr 28th, 2012, 11:09 AM
http://www.porsche-tennis.de/prod/pag/tennis.nsf/web/english-archive_pressreleases_T12_0464_en?OpenDocument&cont=current_topnews#pagetop


“You have to battle hard for every point”


Stuttgart. Exactly three hours of exciting top quality tennis and finally Maria Sharapova was through to the semifinal of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix. On her debut in Stuttgart the world No. 2 from Russia beat the Australian Samantha Stosur 6-7, 7-6, 7-5. After the tennis thriller on Centre Court in the Porsche Arena Maria Sharapova talked about …

…her return, the key to her win:
“Sam has a great serve. She was serving as well against me today as she ever has. The ball was bouncing quite high but in the second set I got a better read of it.”

…about her attitude to matches:
“On court it’s a one to one situation and the match is only over after the last point when you shake hands. And up until that point you have to always battle hard. That’s the way I play the game.”

…the question as to whether she can get to sleep after such a gruelling match:
“It’s not easy but I’ll try to get some sleep. I’m so happy to have reached the semifinals on my first appearance here and I’d like to put on a great display for the crowd on Saturday too. I need to be well-rested.”

27/04/2012


Wonderful win :hearts:

rucolo
Apr 28th, 2012, 11:15 AM
http://www.wtatennis.com/news/20120427/top-4-reach-semifinals-first-time-since-09_2256076_2752252


Top 4 Reach Semifinals, First Time Since '09


April 27, 2012
STUTTGART, Germany - Maria Sharapova and Petra Kvitova won Friday night fights in Stuttgart, and along with Victoria Azarenka and Agnieszka Radwanska's wins from earlier in the day, that means the Top 4 players in the world have all made the semifinals of the event, an all-star achievement that hasn't happened at any WTA event since July 2009 at Wimbledon.

Kicking off the night session on Friday was No.2 seed Maria Sharapova's battle with No.5 seed Sam Stosur. Though Sharapova had won nine of their 10 previous meetings, Stosur's win did come in their most recent meeting, and the World No.5 had won six of her last eight matches against Top 2 players.

After winning the first set Stosur looked like she had the match put away in the second set, breaking for 5-3 and getting to match point on a Sharapova double fault; but Sharapova dug herself out of that hole, eventually dug out that second set, got the only break of the third set in the 11th game, then promptly served it out at 15. Final score: 67(5) 76(5) 75. Final time: three hours, one minute.

"The match is only over after the last point and when you shake hands at the net," Sharapova said. "Up until that point, you always have to battle hard. It's a one-on-one situation on the court. That's the way I play the game."

In 36 service games there were 33 holds of serve and only three breaks.

"Sam has a great serve. She was serving as well against me today as she ever has," Sharapova said. "The ball was bouncing quite high but in the second set I got a better read of it. The difference was a couple points here and there.

"I'm really happy to get through a quality clay courter like Sam."

"I think it was a very, very good match - we both played very well," Stosur said afterwards. "Towards the end of the third set she started returning very well and putting me under more and more pressure, and then she got that one break and served very well in the last game, which was the cherry on top for her.

"I was pleased with my own serve and return though, too. I served some good percentages and did very well until that last service game that I lost."

Stosur had won two Fed Cup matches on this court over the weekend, and leaves Stuttgart with many more positives than disappointments. "It's been a great time here, obviously the Fed Cup first then three very good matches here," she said. "It sucks losing, but when you play as well as I did tonight, you can't be too hard on yourself. It's disappointing but I know I gave it everything."

In the second night match No.3 seed Petra Kvitova beat Angelique Kerber, 64 64, running her indoor winning streak to 27 matches in a row and now winning 14 of her last 15 quarterfinal matches on the WTA (her only loss in that stretch coming in the 2010 Australian Open quarters to Vera Zvonareva).

"It was important to serve and return well in this match because she plays very well from the baseline," Kvitova said of Kerber. "I'm looking forward for the semifinals here now - it's the first time I'm playing this tournament and to be in the semifinals is really good. It will be a good match with Sharapova."

"Petra played very well today," Kerber said. "I had some chances in the first set but didn't take them, and she served better, which was the difference."

Sharapova and Kvitova are tied in their head-to-head series, 2-2.

Azarenka, Sharapova, Kvitova and Radwanska are ranked No.1 through No.4 - it is the first time the Top 4 players in the world are all in the semifinals of a WTA event since Wimbledon in 2009, when Dinara Safina, Serena Williams, Venus Williams and Elena Dementieva made up the final four (they were No.1 through No.4 at the time). The Williamses made the final, Serena winning.

"On the men's side it's normal to have the Top 4 in the semis," Kvitova said. "It's great for the tournament, the sponsors and the people. It has been a long time since the last time, but hopefully it will happen in more tournaments soon."


Maria :yeah:

JoPova
Apr 28th, 2012, 11:34 AM
Women's tennis is in a good position at the moment after the downfall of the last couple of years. let's hope it can continue this way!

As for Maria, no matter what happens against Kvitova, I'm proud of her fight and of a great win against a tough top player! :hug:

KK2009
Apr 29th, 2012, 04:51 AM
Women's tennis is in a good position at the moment after the downfall of the last couple of years. let's hope it can continue this way!

As for Maria, no matter what happens against Kvitova, I'm proud of her fight and of a great win against a tough top player! :hug:

Agree! Look at previous two matches Maria was involved, incredibly high quality.:bounce:

rucolo
Apr 29th, 2012, 01:00 PM
http://www.porsche-tennis.de/prod/pag/tennis.nsf/web/english-archive_pressreleases_T12_0516_en?OpenDocument&cont=current_topnews#pagetop


Dream final in the Porsche Arena: Azarenka against Sharapova


Stuttgart . The dream final at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix is perfect: Victoria Azarenka, the world No. 1, against Maria Sharapova, the world No. 2 – it certainly doesn’t come any better.

In Saturday’s semifinals in a full to capacity Porsche Arena, it was the favourites that ad-vanced. Victoria Azarenka brushed aside Agnieszka Radwanska 6-1, 6-3. Maria Sharapova defeated Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in a high quality match 6-4, 7-6. Playing in the final, where there are 115,000 dollars and the Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet at stake, will be the Belarusian Victoria Azarenka and the Russian Maria Sharapova.

The dream sports car seems to have caught Maria Sharapova’s eye: “There’s always space in my garage for such a nice car,” said the tennis queen. The statistics however are however not in her favour: the Australian Open winner Victoria Azarenka leads 5-3 in the head-to-heads. But it does not worry Maria Sharapova. “Statistics are one thing,” she said at the post-match press conference, “but what’s decisive is what happens on court.”

Victoria Azarenka doesn’t only have statistics on her side. The world No. 1 is in top form and has already won four tournaments this year and the number 13 appears to be her lucky number: she has headed the world rankings for the past 13 weeks and today’s semifinal was her 13th match against Agnieszka Radwanska. The 22-year-old from Minsk got off to a very quick start hitting powerfully and accurately. Three breaks in the first set, 6-1 in only 24 min-utes – easy. She also dictated the pace and the game in the second set to clinch the match 6-1, 6-3 on her second match point. The encounter had lasted only 77 minutes. “Agnieszka always brings out the best in me,” said the world No.1 when praising her opponent. Talking about her own performance, she said: “I am very happy with my game at the moment.” And the Australian Open champion has every right to feel that way for she is now in the final of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix for the first time in her career. “A final is always the final push and I’m really looking forward to it.”

In the contest between the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix newcomers, it was Maria Sharapova who showed the better nerves. The world No. 2 defeated the Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in a nerve-wracking encounter in the Porsche Arena. The Czech (world No. 3) was unable to convert the decisive points whereas Maria Sharapova, especially when things were tight, remained as cool as ice. “It was a high class and very tight match,” she said, “I staved off ten break points so I must have been serving well.”

28/04/2012

rucolo
Apr 29th, 2012, 01:08 PM
http://www.porsche-tennis.de/prod/pag/tennis.nsf/web/english-archive_pressreleases_T12_0517_en?OpenDocument&cont=current_topnews#pagetop


Maria Sharapova with nerves of steel into final


Stuttgart. Maria Sharapova showed the better nerves in the contest between the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix newcomers. The world No. 2 defeated the Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in a nerve-wracking encounter in the sold-out Porsche Area. The Czech (world No. 3) was unable to convert the decisive points whereas Maria Sharapova, especially when things were tight, remained as cool as ice. “It was a high class and very tight match,” she said, “I staved off ten break points so I must have been serving well.”

Both players are not particularly fond of long baseline rallies and consequently were both aggressive throughout the match. It was quickly clear that only a few points were going to be decisive. The questions were, who was going to convert the big points? Who was going to break? In the first set, it was Maria Sharapova when the scores were level at 2-2. Leading 40-0 on Kvitova’s serve she squandered all three chances before taking the game on her fourth break point. Now 3-2 up, she eventually closed out the set 6-4.

The second set was pure excitement – and a duel of nerves. Petra Kvitova had break chances at 2-1 but Maria Sharapova showed her class when serving two aces. And the Wimbledon winner had two more break points at 3-2 but this time the ice-cool Russian coun-tered risking everything. The same happened again at 4-3 when Maria Sharapova once again saved two break points. Things became even more bitter for Petra Kvitova when she dropped her serve at 5-4. Serving for the match Maria Sharapova couldn’t take advantage of a match point and Kvitova broke back only for the Russian to take the tie-break and victory after one hour 59 minutes. One has to take ones chances against Maria Sharapova.

28/04/2012

rucolo
Apr 29th, 2012, 01:13 PM
http://www.wtatennis.com/news/20120428/dream-final-in-stuttgart-azarenka-sharapova_2256076_2753313


Dream Final In Stuttgart: Azarenka & Sharapova


April 28, 2012
STUTTGART, Germany - This may have been the first time in almost three years that the world's Top 4 players were all in the semifinals of a WTA event, but finals between Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova haven't been rare lately - and that's what will happen at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix.

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The second semifinal was much tighter, with No.2-ranked Sharapova squeaking by No.3-ranked Petra Kvitova in a minute short of two hours, 64 76(3). The two put on a strong serving display, with just three breaks in 22 service games. Sharapova actually broke at 5-all in the second set and served for the match, even holding match point in that game, but ended up taking it in the breaker.

"In the last couple of matches this week I felt like it really came down to just a few points," Sharapova said afterwards. "Today it was just about one service break in the first set and just a couple of points in the tie-breaker."

Takeaway stat of the match: Kvitova converted on just one of 11 break points. In their last meeting at the Australian Open, she converted three of 14.

"I had a lot of chances - it was the same as in Melbourne," Kvitova said. "At the beginning of the match I wasn't returning well, and I think that continued in the second set. I didn't return her serve well and I think that was the key.

"But she had good serves when she needed them and from the baseline she was so aggressive - you have to be ready because she's very dangerous."

Kvitova's impressive 27-match indoor winning streak also came to an end.

"I'm disappointed after this match, but I did make the semifinals of my first clay court tournament of the year, so maybe in two days I'll be happy about it."

Azarenka leads Sharapova in their head-to-head series, 5-3, but perhaps more relevantly she has won both of their 2012 meetings handily - 63 60 in the Australian Open final and 62 63 in the Indian Wells final. In the pair's only clay court meeting at Rome last year Sharapova won, albeit by retirement.

"I look forward to the challenge," Sharapova said. "I've lost to Victoria the last few times so I'll go out there and hope to change things around. I'll look at the last few times we played and learn from my mistakes - but she's playing such confident tennis this year, and she's really the one to beat right now."

rucolo
Apr 30th, 2012, 02:45 PM
http://www.porsche-tennis.de/prod/pag/tennis.nsf/web/english-archive_pressreleases_T12_0540_en?OpenDocument&cont=current_topnews#pagetop


Maria Sharapova wins 2012 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix


Stuttgart. She came, saw and was victorious: Maria Sharapova, the glamorous world star of women’s tennis, hopped around the Porsche Arena’s Centre Court like an excited teenager. Overjoyed, she blew kisses to the crowd after crowning her first appearance at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix with a title. Playing the Belarusian Victoria Azarenka, Sharapova dominated the match between the world’s two most successful tennis players. The world No. 1 didn’t get a sniff against the, on paper, No. 2. The audience in the full-to-capacity Porsche Arena were treated to some world class tennis during Sharapova’s 6-1, 6-4 win. It was thrill a minute tennis. Sharapova now leaves Stuttgart with 115,000 dollars prize money, a Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet and the promise to return to Stuttgart to defend her title.

The tennis queen from Russia kicked off as if a match against the current world No.1 is the simplest thing in the world. Impressive considering she had lost her four previous finals against Azarenka, two of which came this year at the Grand Slam tournament in Australia and in Indian Wells. But the Russian doesn’t rate statistics: “The most important thing is what you do on the court,” she said. And she moved Azarenka all around the Centre Court with powerful and accurate groundstrokes and hit aces at will when at the vital moments. 6-1 with three breaks after 30 minutes – it looked as if it was going to be a very short final.

That things took a little longer was down to the number one, who didn’t want to say farewell to the Porsche Arena after a great week without putting up a fight, even though she was slightly hampered by a wrist injury. “Yes it’s true about the injury but I’m not going to look for any excuses,” she said. Victoria Azarenka fought back and even saved four break points at 2-all but shortly afterwards was forced to admit defeat. Sharapova broke Azarenka to lead 4-3 and soon afterwards closed out the match on her serve for a 6-1, 6-4 win in 84 minutes.

She was visibly overjoyed at winning on her debut at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix. For minutes on end she celebrated with the crowd, hugged her crew and eventually drove her new snow white Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet onto Centre Court with Matthias MŁller, the President and CEO of the Porsche AG beside her. The key was given to her by Matthias MŁller and the winner’s trophy was presented by Dr Wolfgang Porsche, the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Porsche AG and the Porsche SE. The victor also had a presentation to make. On behalf of her colleagues, she handed Dr Wolfgang Porsche the cup for the best and favourite tournament. The WTA players had once again voted the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix as their favourite event in 2011.

“The week has been a lot of fun,” she said. “The crowd has been great to me and I was extremely motivated to finally win a final against Victoria.” It was plain for all to see during the tournament week in Stuttgart.

29/04/2012


Stuttgart Champion :hearts:

rucolo
Apr 30th, 2012, 02:50 PM
http://www.wtatennis.com/news/20120429/sharapova-conquers-azarenka-stuttgart_2256076_2754109


Sharapova Conquers Azarenka & Stuttgart


April 29, 2012
STUTTGART, Germany - Her huge serve and groundstrokes hitting their mark time and time again, Maria Sharapova was in vintage form in the final of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, finally breaking her finals jinx against World No.1 Victoria Azarenka and capturing her 25th WTA title with a 61 64 victory.

From an absolutely packed field that included all of the Top 8 players in the world it was Azarenka and Sharapova who were the last two standing, although it wasn't easy by any means - in the quarterfinals Azarenka had to rally from a break down in the third set to beat Mona Barthel, and Sharapova actually had to save a match point and battle over three hours to get past Sam Stosur.

In a semifinal line-up that featured the Top 4, Azarenka beat Agnieszka Radwanska while Sharapova beat Petra Kvitova. Not since Dinara Safina, Serena Williams, Venus Williams and Elena Dementieva made the semis of Wimbledon in 2009 had an all-Top 4 final four happened at any WTA event.

History said Azarenka was the favorite in the final - though her lead in their overall head-to-head was only 5-3, she was 4-0 in finals, winning them all in straight sets - including routine victories in their only head-to-head matches this year, 63 60 in the Australian Open final and 62 63 in the Indian Wells final.

But Sharapova was much sharper this time. She showed some laser-like precision on her groundstrokes, complementing powerful crosscourt blasts with pinpoint down-the-lines off both sides - and she was dominating on her serve, losing just 17 points in her nine service games in the match, not getting broken at all, in fact giving Azarenka just one break point to look at (and saving it).

To define Sharapova's sharpness, she hit 31 winners to just 13 unforced errors.

"This was such a tough tournament with such difficult opponents, so I'm just happy to be the champion," Sharapova said in the trophy presentation. "I came to Europe this year a bit earlier than I usually do. I added this to my schedule and was going to use it as a warm-up tournament for the clay court season. But maybe I should start doing it every year since it's obviously working for me."

With the aforementioned match point saved against Stosur, Sharapova is the second player this year to win a WTA title having been match point down (Angelique Kerber did it in Copenhagen) and the first player in 10 months to do it at a Premier event (Marion Bartoli did it at Eastbourne last June).

Sharapova also scored her sixth win over a World No.1, her first five coming against Lindsay Davenport (at Tokyo [Pan Pacific] and WTA Championships in 2005), Justine Henin (at the Australian Open in 2008), Amťlie Mauresmo (at the US Open in 2006) and Caroline Wozniacki (at Rome last year).

"I had lost the last few previous encounters with Victoria, so I was extremely motivated today," Sharapova added. "When I got the chance to go out and play her again I knew I had to change a few things. Before I was maybe a little bit impatient and went for a bit too much sometimes, but this time I was really patient. I was aggressive but consistent when I had to be against her.

"I felt I played quite smart in the important moments in the match."

Azarenka was looking for her first Premier-level clay court title, her only previous WTA title on this surface coming at the International-level event in Marbella last year. She still leaves with a sparkling 29-2 win-loss record on the year.

The Belarusian was treated for a right wrist injury during the match.

"It's obviously not how I wanted it to turn out in the final today, but I'm not going to sit here and look for excuses - that's not my style," she said. "I lost today and that's it, I'm moving on. The world doesn't end. There's going to be another big tournament in one week and I just have to look forward. There's no looking back, even for a little bit. In the end, it was still a good week for me.

"And Maria served really well and her game was really on. All credit to her."


:worship:

18majors
Apr 30th, 2012, 08:45 PM
http://blogs.tennis.com/thewrap/2012/04/the-persistents.html

Steve Tignor, Tennis.com

The Persistents

04/30/2012 - 12:24 PM

We had seen a lot of celebrations from Maria Sharapova over the last 12 months, a lot of fists clenched, hands thrust high in the air, and kisses blown to the audience. But we hadn’t seen her look the way she looked after beating Victoria Azarenka 6-1, 6-4 in Stuttgart yesterday. This time Sharapova ended up doing something simpler yet more expressive: She smiled. It was a smile of relief and plain happiness, and, for a woman who projects an image of rigid and intimidating self-control, a surprisingly spontaneous moment.

Well, not that surprising when you think about it. This was a win that Maria had been waiting for, and a breakthrough on two fronts. After lopsided losses to Azarenka in the finals of the Aussie Open and Indian Wells, she had shown that wasn't going to play second-fiddle to Vika forever. Just as important, after suffering final-round defeats at last year’s Wimbledon and in her first three events of 2012, Sharapova had finished the job and ended the week on a winning note.

“I had lost the last few previous encounters with Victoria,” Sharapova said afterward, having regained her usual rigid verbal self-control, “so I was extremely motivated today.”

Even those words felt like an understatement. Sharapova was literally not stopping for anything on this day, including her opponent. In a reprise of the famous sideline “Bump” between Venus Williams and Irina Spirlea at the 1997 U.S. Open, Maria and Vika gave us the “Brush.” Walking to the sideline on a changeover, their eyes firmly planted on the court in front of them, the two top seeds barely avoided flattening each other.

In the end, it was Azarenka who seemed bothered by her opponent, despite those recent wins over her. More significantly, Vika was bothered by a wrist injury that required a mid-match tape job. Whatever the reason, she hit half as many winners as Sharapova and left her serve hanging, ready to be smacked. Sharapova smacked it repeatedly to the corners with her backhand, just as she had in her semifinal win over Petra Kvitova. The one question mark in Azarenka’s game over the last year had been her serve, and it looked especially vulnerable on Sunday. Sore wrist or not, she’ll have to do more with it if and when she runs into Kvitova or Serena Williams, neither of whom she’s played this season.

But this final was more about Maria than it was Vika. As it was winding up, Tennis Channel commentator Lindsay Davenport declared it the best match she’d seen Sharapova play since she had shoulder surgery all the way back in 2008. It’s hard to argue with that assessment. This looked like the old Maria, and it looked like the old Maria’s serve. She hit it with conviction and confidence to the corners; even her other, less-famous shoulder appeared to be rising higher than normal on her toss, allowing her to extend farther upward. Sharapova had five aces in the first set. In the semis, she used her serve to save 10 break points against Kvitova, and she saved an important one at 0-1 in the second set yesterday, when the momentum appeared ready to turn against her. Serving at 5-4 in the second, she had no trouble closing it out. She laced two backhands past Azarenka, hit an inspired lunging forehand volley, and finished with a service winner.

Sharapova has worked hard to shed her "cow on ice" image on clay, and this match showed the dividends. While she’s not going to win a Rafael Nadal impersonation contest, she slid well, particularly to her backhand side. She was the one pushing Azarenka back and controlling the middle of the court, rather than the other way around. Sharapova credited her patience from the baseline. “I knew I had to change a few things,” she said. “Before I was maybe a little bit impatient and went for it a bit too much sometimes, but this time I was really patient. I was aggressive but consistent when I had to be against her.”

The match was an echo of the Nadal-Novak Djokovic final in Monte Carlo. While there were extenuating circumstances in both, what’s important going forward is that both Rafa and Maria ended painful losing streaks—they have that winning feeling against their nemeses again.

Sharapova, who toughed out close wins over the highly ranked Kvitova and Sam Stosur to reach the final, certainly seemed to savor that feeling. As she walked to the other side of the court to give a hug to her coach, Thomas Hogstedt, and her hitting partner, Cecil Mamiit, I thought about her old entourage and how she had moved on over the years. In the past it had been her father, Yuri, and coach, Michael Joyce, who had formed an us-against-the-world support group. This crew is friendlier, but Maria hasn’t changed all that much.

The woman who could have been all about image and glamour and selling and branding, who could have taken the money and run, is still hungry to win and willing to take the hard road to do it. Sharapova could have stayed home until the mandatory event in Madrid, but she came over early for en extra clay tune-up. It might end up being the most important tournament of the season for her. And she closed it with her prettiest image: A smile.

Advantage Me
Apr 30th, 2012, 09:11 PM
Great article. Maria does smile when she wins matches. Obviously the smile is bigger when she wins a tournament. Yesterday was the happiest I have seen. I think like Steve said, it was a smile of relief. She is no longer the bridesmaid.

MM_1257
Apr 30th, 2012, 11:09 PM
:hearts: Great article.

:lol: Maria's shoulders seem to be popular today - here in Tignor's article:
even her other, less-famous shoulder

And here: http://www.thetennisspace.com/opinion/whos-hot-and-whos-not-8/
What impressed you more at the weekend, Sharapovaís right shoulder or her left? The left came Ďinto playí with a changeover bump during the Stuttgart final against Victoria Azarenka, with neither player wanting to give way as they crossed between the net and the umpireís chair.

Crux Squall
May 1st, 2012, 05:12 AM
Sharapova Nets Title No.25
After losing her first three finals of 2012, Maria Sharapova defeated World No.5 Samantha Stosur, No.3 Petra Kvitova (whose 27-match indoor winning streak Sharapova snapped in the semifinals) and No.1 Victoria Azarenka en route to her first triumph of the season in Stuttgart. Here are some accolades the Russian can now add to her rťsumť...

- She is in fourth place amongst active players with 25 career titles, trailing only Venus Williams with 43, Kim Clijsters with 41 and Serena Williams with 40. She is tied with Amťlie Mauresmo at 20th for most titles in the Open Era.
- This is her 10th straight year with a title, sixth-most all-time. Martina Navratilova leads with 21 straight years, then Chris Evert with 18, Steffi Graf with 14 and Evonne Goolagong Cawley and Virginia Wade with 11 each.
- She survived a match point in her quarterfinal win over Samantha Stosur, the first time in her career she saved match point en route to a title. The only other player in 2012 to accomplish this feat is Angelique Kerber in Copenhagen.

Top 4 Makes Final Four
Stuttgart featured the rare occurrence of the Top 4 players in the world reaching the semifinals - No.1 Victoria Azarenka, No.2 Petra Kvitova, No.3 Maria Sharapova and No.4 Agnieszka Radwanska. That has happened three other times this decade, interestingly enough each time at Wimbledon...

2009 Wimbledon: No.1 Dinara Safina, No.2 Serena Williams, No.3 Venus Williams, No.4 Elena Dementieva
2006 Wimbledon: No.1 Amťlie Mauresmo, No.2 Kim Clijsters, No.3 Justine Henin, No.4 Maria Sharapova
2003 Wimbledon: No.1 Serena Williams, No.2 Kim Clijsters, No.3 Justine Henin, No.4 Venus Williams

Also, with Sharapova topping Azarenka in the final, this was the second time this year No.1 played No.2, with No.1 Azarenka victorious over No.2 Sharapova in the Indian Wells final.


http://www.wtatennis.com/news/20120430/wta-odds-n-ends-maria-makes-news_2256076_2755425

Cherry.
May 1st, 2012, 05:49 AM
- This is her 10th straight year with a title, sixth-most all-time. Martina Navratilova leads with 21 straight years, then Chris Evert with 18, Steffi Graf with 14 and Evonne Goolagong Cawley and Virginia Wade with 11 each.
This is such a stellar record OMG. :sobbing: Look at the list. No Serena, no Venus, no Henin, no Clijsters but our gurl is up there with all these legends. She wins another title next year and she'll only be trailing Navratilova, Evert and Graf who are GOATS that have ever played the game. :bigcry: I'm so proud.

Shivank17
May 1st, 2012, 05:52 AM
I know right. :worship: :sobbing:

She has a good chance to level with Graf or even surpass her. :oh:

Rerun
May 1st, 2012, 08:25 AM
oh well I do love Maria but even thinking of associate her to Steffi the Goddess is like :lol:

Shivank17
May 1st, 2012, 09:17 AM
^ I meant in that record. ;)

She can win a title for 14 years in a row? no? :p Just 4 more years.

Rerun
May 1st, 2012, 09:18 AM
She needs another slam at least, a slam and a golden medal would be the top

Shivank17
May 1st, 2012, 09:21 AM
I wonder you got me :p I meant to say she can level/surpass Graf in this record:

- This is her 10th straight year with a title, sixth-most all-time. Martina Navratilova leads with 21 straight years, then Chris Evert with 18, Steffi Graf with 14 and Evonne Goolagong Cawley and Virginia Wade with 11 each.

Rerun
May 1st, 2012, 09:22 AM
haha I got u since your first post, I was just overtalking :lol:

gc-spurs
May 1st, 2012, 11:04 AM
Don't see her reaching Chris Evert, but given she doesn't retire in less than 5 years I see her surpassing Stefanie.

Reptilia
May 1st, 2012, 11:33 AM
Praise the lord for Memphis and Strasbourg in 2010 :crying2: Girl nearly ruined her streak with that horrible season.

gc-spurs
May 1st, 2012, 11:35 AM
Praise the lord for Memphis and Strasbourg in 2010 :crying2: Girl nearly ruined her streak with that horrible season.

Yeah but those were the 5th and 6th slams that year :cheer:

Rerun
May 1st, 2012, 11:41 AM
omg that 2010 :hysteric:

nelsondan
May 1st, 2012, 02:11 PM
Picture Maria at the age of 30. She will look much the same. She keeps herself in better physical condition than almost anyone. She will probably have figured out little things which make her a better player. She will have won more titles, probably some of them slams. Other than getting pregnant, what would be better for her to do than just keep playing tennis?

Charlatan
May 1st, 2012, 04:45 PM
Praise the lord for Memphis and Strasbourg in 2010 :crying2: Girl nearly ruined her streak with that horrible season.

:sobbing:

and also Acura Classic 07 and Tokyo 09...these are the seasons where maria fortunately snapped only one title

tennis-insomniac
May 1st, 2012, 07:01 PM
Yeah 2009 was the luckiest I think, coming off from an injury, that season was pretty impressive.

And there comes 2010 :sobbing: I never ever feel that so much pain as a tennis fan in a year. That Cincinnati loss, she had I think 3 MPs? and those atrocious results after the US Open :hysteric:

Thank You Jesus for Letting Maria be Maria Again.

18majors
May 1st, 2012, 08:54 PM
Yeah 2009 was the luckiest I think, coming off from an injury, that season was pretty impressive.

And there comes 2010 :sobbing: I never ever feel that so much pain as a tennis fan in a year. That Cincinnati loss, she had I think 3 MPs? and those atrocious results after the US Open :hysteric:

Thank You Jesus for Letting Maria be Maria Again.

You're so right.

ziros
May 1st, 2012, 10:17 PM
LOL - Simon Reed still doesn't consider Maria one of the favourites for the French Open,which can only mean one thing: She IS one of the favourites: http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/blogs/simon-reed/sharapova-back-better-145248202.html

nelsondan
May 1st, 2012, 10:45 PM
LOL - Simon Reed still doesn't consider Maria one of the favourites for the French Open,which can only mean one thing: She IS one of the favourites: http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/blogs/simon-reed/sharapova-back-better-145248202.html

He thinks Maria will be one of the final eight, and he names just who he thinks will be the top three.

So if Maria makes it to the final four with those three, he is still right. If Maria makes it to the final, he is almost right, or half right. If Maria wins rg.....he might have to admit he was wrong.

lefty24
May 1st, 2012, 11:04 PM
He thinks Maria will be one of the final eight, and he names just who he thinks will be the top three.

So if Maria makes it to the final four with those three, he is still right. If Maria makes it to the final, he is almost right, or half right. If Maria wins rg.....he might have to admit he was wrong.

I disagree. If Maria makes it past the QF's then he's wrong. Close, but still wrong.

MM_1257
May 1st, 2012, 11:07 PM
Thank you God, that Simon Reed hasn't touched her yet. :bowdown:

jameshazza
May 1st, 2012, 11:13 PM
Wasn't he the one who said Vika would do the Golden Slam after AO? :tape:

Jack89
May 1st, 2012, 11:24 PM
Wasn't he the one who said Vika would do the Golden Slam after AO? :tape:

Yeah, he did in this article:

http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/blogs/simon-reed/golden-girl-carry-off-golden-slam-143205719.html

One thing to highlight from that article:

"I think we've also seen that Maria Sharapova doesn't really have the weapons now."

Proof that Simon Reed talks a load of shit and is never right about anything!

Charlatan
May 1st, 2012, 11:47 PM
love the fact that simon doesn't consider her a fav....it always happens opposite to what he says ;)

Shivank17
May 3rd, 2012, 10:22 AM
LOL - Simon Reed still doesn't consider Maria one of the favourites for the French Open,which can only mean one thing: She IS one of the favourites: http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/blogs/simon-reed/sharapova-back-better-145248202.html


Such an Extremely Injured fan boy. :zzz:

Couldn't bear the fact Maria actually beat her.

Advantage Me
May 3rd, 2012, 10:07 PM
What does Simon Reed know??

Charlatan
May 4th, 2012, 07:47 PM
Just found this little quote from Maria on tumblr...it was posted yesterday, so i don't know when/where she said it...but it's so inspiring :sobbing:

"Anyways I know it’s just as tough for my fans to handle my losses as it is for me, but let me point something out….I didn’t leave my mom at the age of 7 for nothing. I didn’t spend 6 hours a day practicing in the Florida sun at the age of 9 for nothing. I didn’t spend those extra hours on the back courts with my dad figuring out if I’m going to play right-handed or left-handed for nothing. I didn’t sleep in little cods for 3 years eating oatmeal out of a packet, while playing ITF’s in the middle of nowhere for nothing. And I certainly didn’t sit at the kitchen table, way past dinner, perfecting Russian essays and math equations until they met my mother’s standards, for nothing. All this has helped me build character and there’s no greater asset than being able to stand up for yourself. No matter how many losses I will have in my career, I will always know what has brought me to this point…..and that’s hard work." - Maria Sharapova

GrandMartha
May 4th, 2012, 07:49 PM
Just found this little quote from Maria on tumblr...it was posted yesterday, so i don't know when/where she said it...but it's so inspiring :sobbing:

"Anyways I know itís just as tough for my fans to handle my losses as it is for me, but let me point something outÖ.I didnít leave my mom at the age of 7 for nothing. I didnít spend 6 hours a day practicing in the Florida sun at the age of 9 for nothing. I didnít spend those extra hours on the back courts with my dad figuring out if Iím going to play right-handed or left-handed for nothing. I didnít sleep in little cods for 3 years eating oatmeal out of a packet, while playing ITFís in the middle of nowhere for nothing. And I certainly didnít sit at the kitchen table, way past dinner, perfecting Russian essays and math equations until they met my motherís standards, for nothing. All this has helped me build character and thereís no greater asset than being able to stand up for yourself. No matter how many losses I will have in my career, I will always know what has brought me to this pointÖ..and thatís hard work." - Maria Sharapova

:bigcry::bigcry::bigcry:

Qetusi
May 4th, 2012, 07:57 PM
Just found this little quote from Maria on tumblr...it was posted yesterday, so i don't know when/where she said it...but it's so inspiring :sobbing:

"Anyways I know itís just as tough for my fans to handle my losses as it is for me, but let me point something outÖ.I didnít leave my mom at the age of 7 for nothing. I didnít spend 6 hours a day practicing in the Florida sun at the age of 9 for nothing. I didnít spend those extra hours on the back courts with my dad figuring out if Iím going to play right-handed or left-handed for nothing. I didnít sleep in little cods for 3 years eating oatmeal out of a packet, while playing ITFís in the middle of nowhere for nothing. And I certainly didnít sit at the kitchen table, way past dinner, perfecting Russian essays and math equations until they met my motherís standards, for nothing. All this has helped me build character and thereís no greater asset than being able to stand up for yourself. No matter how many losses I will have in my career, I will always know what has brought me to this pointÖ..and thatís hard work." - Maria Sharapova

I think she said it back , in 2007 after USO loss

Shivank17
May 4th, 2012, 07:59 PM
Martha :awww: :hug: :sobbing:

Charlatan
May 4th, 2012, 08:00 PM
I think she said it back , in 2007 after USO loss

oh thanks..i actually thought she said this after her miami final loss this year

18majors
May 4th, 2012, 08:01 PM
She is wise beyond her age, for sure!

MM_1257
May 4th, 2012, 08:15 PM
Maria wrote that in one of her doodles.

doooma6816
May 4th, 2012, 08:15 PM
definitely inspiring:awww:

Mr.Sharapova
May 4th, 2012, 08:21 PM
So inspiring :sobbing:. I love this woman :sobbing:.

Trih
May 4th, 2012, 10:29 PM
Just found this little quote from Maria on tumblr...it was posted yesterday, so i don't know when/where she said it...but it's so inspiring :sobbing:

"Anyways I know itís just as tough for my fans to handle my losses as it is for me, but let me point something outÖ.I didnít leave my mom at the age of 7 for nothing. I didnít spend 6 hours a day practicing in the Florida sun at the age of 9 for nothing. I didnít spend those extra hours on the back courts with my dad figuring out if Iím going to play right-handed or left-handed for nothing. I didnít sleep in little cods for 3 years eating oatmeal out of a packet, while playing ITFís in the middle of nowhere for nothing. And I certainly didnít sit at the kitchen table, way past dinner, perfecting Russian essays and math equations until they met my motherís standards, for nothing. All this has helped me build character and thereís no greater asset than being able to stand up for yourself. No matter how many losses I will have in my career, I will always know what has brought me to this pointÖ..and thatís hard work." - Maria Sharapova

:bowdown: What a wonderful person :crying2: I wish I could find a woman as good as half she is, and I would be happy for the rest of my life. :hearts:

Advantage Me
May 4th, 2012, 11:41 PM
Maria wrote that in one of her doodles.

Yes I have read it before too. That is one of the reasons I follow her. She is a great inspiration and I will always support her win or lose. She trains very hard and sacrifices a lot to get where she is today.

Cherry.
May 4th, 2012, 11:49 PM
You guys just saw this? I remember seeing this like 5 or 6 years ago. :lol:
But yeah it's very inspiring. I had it saved somewhere in my computer back in the day when I first saw it.

ahoura
May 5th, 2012, 08:36 AM
How Much Does Maria weight? in wta site write 59KG but this is false.

Steven.
May 5th, 2012, 08:41 AM
Just found this little quote from Maria on tumblr...it was posted yesterday, so i don't know when/where she said it...but it's so inspiring :sobbing:

"Anyways I know itís just as tough for my fans to handle my losses as it is for me, but let me point something outÖ.I didnít leave my mom at the age of 7 for nothing. I didnít spend 6 hours a day practicing in the Florida sun at the age of 9 for nothing. I didnít spend those extra hours on the back courts with my dad figuring out if Iím going to play right-handed or left-handed for nothing. I didnít sleep in little cods for 3 years eating oatmeal out of a packet, while playing ITFís in the middle of nowhere for nothing. And I certainly didnít sit at the kitchen table, way past dinner, perfecting Russian essays and math equations until they met my motherís standards, for nothing. All this has helped me build character and thereís no greater asset than being able to stand up for yourself. No matter how many losses I will have in my career, I will always know what has brought me to this pointÖ..and thatís hard work." - Maria Sharapova

this bitch loves breaking my heart on and off the court :crying2:

Shivank17
May 5th, 2012, 08:43 AM
How Much Does Maria weight? in wta site write 59KG but this is false.

That weight must be recorded when she made her WTA debut. :lol:

Though I believe she must be in mid-60s.

ahoura
May 5th, 2012, 08:50 AM
I Guess She more Than 70.:drool:

perseus2006
May 5th, 2012, 09:35 AM
Pova, 59 kg, is so slender through the torso, though. Vika looks downright pudgy standing next to her.

Vika reports 66 KG.
Venus reports 72.5 KG.
Dani reports 62 KG.
Petra reports 70 KG.
Ana reports 69 KG.

If Dani and Venus are near correct, it would be reasonable to add 10 kg's to Pova and Vika's reported weights. This would put Pova on par with Ana and Petra at 69 KG and put Vika at 76 KG. This is consistent with my visualization of the six players standing next to one another.

Shivank17
May 5th, 2012, 09:38 AM
Vika 76? :hysteric:

I can imagine Petra to be that much. :angel:

jameshazza
May 5th, 2012, 09:43 AM
I think she said it back , in 2007 after USO loss

called it . Its one of her best but haven't seen it in a while.

perseus2006
May 5th, 2012, 09:47 AM
Well, Shivank, don't you agree that Vika is easily 5 to 7 KG's heavier than Pova? It seems right from the Stuttgart photos.

Steven.
May 5th, 2012, 09:55 AM
yeah i agree azarenka is a fat bitch

Shivank17
May 5th, 2012, 10:00 AM
Well, Shivank, don't you agree that Vika is easily 5 to 7 KG's heavier than Pova? It seems right from the Stuttgart photos.

yeah, agree with that. But 76, seems too much. :unsure: I mean she doesn't look THAT heavy.

She seems 69-72 Kgs. Heavier than Pova of course.

perseus2006
May 5th, 2012, 10:01 AM
yeah i agree azarenka is a fat bitch

HaHa. I wasn't saying that, exactly! I was just saying that Vika is significantly thicker through the torso than Pova.

MM_1257
May 5th, 2012, 12:17 PM
Maria is not 59 kg. That was written in 2004 and has stayed that way... Maria must be around 70 kg, she is way too tall not to be. Ana is so slim right now so IDK how mouch would she weight...

Advantage Me
May 5th, 2012, 02:19 PM
HaHa. I wasn't saying that, exactly! I was just saying that Vika is significantly thicker through the torso than Pova.

What about Serena's torso? :lol: Just kidding.

Maria looks just right. Not too much to carry around the court.

abesky
May 5th, 2012, 02:37 PM
I think Serena's torso is bigger than Masha's waistline.

nelsondan
May 5th, 2012, 04:57 PM
I no longer have the credit card I used to have with a pin 1556. It was easy to remember because Maria looked like she weighed about 155 or 156. (a bit more than 70 kilos). I think it might now be a little less than that. First chance I get I will not ask her.

Charlatan
May 5th, 2012, 05:27 PM
yeah i agree azarenka is a fat bitch

:spit:

ahoura
May 5th, 2012, 06:39 PM
do you have any interview of maria in madrid?

18majors
May 5th, 2012, 09:02 PM
http://tennis.com/articles/templates/news.aspx?articleid=17523&zoneid=25


Sharapova: Blue clay just about creating buzz
Ticker - Saturday, May 5, 2012

Maria Sharapova weighs in on the blue courts in Madrid, as well as her current goals.

"We’ve played on red clay for so many years," she told reporters. "I find [the blue clay] different and some parts of court have more clay than others. They are trying to work the kinks out. There are so many things we players have to adjust to, and there are not a lot of things that are consistent. I’d like to see more consistency. I think [the blue clay] is a little more for spectators, TV and more for buzz than anything else. I think it’s more for show than for the players."

The world No. 2 also told Medio Tiempo that world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka has become her biggest rival (Sharapova upended the Belarussian in last week's Stuttgart final after losing to her in the Australian and Miami finals) and discussed both winning her fourth major and returning to the top of the rankings.

"Fortunately I had the opportunity to see how it feels before in those two situations," she said. "I would be very happy if I won more Grand Slams and became No. 1 again and now that I'm close to having that possibility, it’s one of my goals this year, but mostly it’s to play like a true No. 1."

Steven.
May 6th, 2012, 04:57 AM
yes go girl :hearts: if she keeps playing like she did in Stuttgart I don't see why she cant

Shivank17
May 6th, 2012, 05:09 AM
Someone seems really pissed. :oh:

But wow, surprising she has said she wants No.1 back. :eek: Maybe cause Vika is the No.1. :oh:

Steven.
May 6th, 2012, 05:11 AM
who doesn't want to be no. 1 though? It's still an honour despite the recent slamless no. 1s. We'd all be lying if we didn't want her to get back there but I'd prefer if she won 4th slam anyway. 4th slam > a few more weeks at no. 1

Shivank17
May 6th, 2012, 05:12 AM
Its surprising cause Martha never cared about the rankings. ;) Whenever she is asked about being No.1 again, she says that since she already has achieved it, she is not desperate for that, she wants the slams, rather.

That's why its surprising.

ziros
May 6th, 2012, 05:28 AM
On twitter:

"Observations of the player lounge. Oracene reading a very thick book, Sveta & co chattering 20 to the dozen, Sharapova looking a bit lost."

Shivank17
May 6th, 2012, 05:33 AM
Sharapova in players lounge. :eek: :oh:

Reptilia
May 6th, 2012, 05:37 AM
:hysteric: Poor lass

Charlatan
May 6th, 2012, 05:39 AM
love her attitude...she seems determined this year :cheer:

tennis-insomniac
May 6th, 2012, 05:50 AM
http://tennis.com/articles/templates/news.aspx?articleid=17523&zoneid=25


Sharapova: Blue clay just about creating buzz
Ticker - Saturday, May 5, 2012

Maria Sharapova weighs in on the blue courts in Madrid, as well as her current goals.

"Weíve played on red clay for so many years," she told reporters. "I find [the blue clay] different and some parts of court have more clay than others. They are trying to work the kinks out. There are so many things we players have to adjust to, and there are not a lot of things that are consistent. Iíd like to see more consistency. I think [the blue clay] is a little more for spectators, TV and more for buzz than anything else. I think itís more for show than for the players."

The world No. 2 also told Medio Tiempo that world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka has become her biggest rival (Sharapova upended the Belarussian in last week's Stuttgart final after losing to her in the Australian and Miami finals) and discussed both winning her fourth major and returning to the top of the rankings.

"Fortunately I had the opportunity to see how it feels before in those two situations," she said. "I would be very happy if I won more Grand Slams and became No. 1 again and now that I'm close to having that possibility, itís one of my goals this year, but mostly itís to play like a true No. 1."

Say it like it is, Luv It :hearts:

Kon.
May 6th, 2012, 08:13 AM
On twitter:

"Observations of the player lounge. Oracene reading a very thick book, Sveta & co chattering 20 to the dozen, Sharapova looking a bit lost."

Maybe she was indeed lost and found herself in the players lounge by accident.

Rerun
May 6th, 2012, 08:17 AM
I'm still hoping she will withdraw the event

Qetusi
May 12th, 2012, 04:31 PM
Maria Sharapova awarded the medal of order "For Services to the Fatherland" II degrees by decree of Russian President!

http://www.consultant.ru/online/base/?req=doc;base=EXP;n=529991

Qetusi
May 13th, 2012, 06:53 PM
Sunday, 13 May, 2012

An interview with: Maria Sharapova



Q: Maria, Are you wanting to achieve what he did last year, the Final in Australia, the world number two. Does come from the confidence that you got playing here last year and winning last year?

Sharapova: Yes, I think there is a very great memory and I think that this year ..[inaudible].. to come back in with my coach and I think everything is coming back together. I'm feeling much more comfortable … this time last year when I started picking up my confidence ..[inaudible].. and I was able to adjust to the new racquet and the new coach. It took a while to start feeling comfortable but I was able to find my ground and it was a good win here – it boosted my confidence – especially because I beat good clay court players.]..

Q: Would you say your victory in Stuttgart was like this one last year here?

Sharapova: I don't like to compare – every tournament is different and I was a really good event there and..[inaudible]..it is always hard and tough when it is the first tournament of the season…… on clay …… you always need time to adjust and so it is good that here I have already played a few matches already on the surface. In Stuttgart I was feeling good from the beginning and ……..

Q: Considering how you used to play on clay at the beginning and now – would you say you fell as comformable on clay as you have ever felt?

Sharapova: It's really tough to say –whey or playing on it 70% of the time but I am feeling physically fit and especially with one tough match after the other I am able to recover better It is important because when you play on clay then the season is short and you need to be physically ready – you often have 5 days in a row with 3 hr matches and so I have improved on recovering effectively and this has given me confidence and the experience that I have now has helped me to understand my own body better and I know how long it takes me to recover. I mean with grass – I really love playing on grass – and last year …..[inaudible]..

Q: If you could achieve a career Grand Slam – what would it feel to do that?

Sharapova: Just winning one Grand Slam on its own is a great achievement. Obviously it would be great winning a career Grand Slam ….. that would be great. Grand Slams are always the tournament that we look forward to and want to win…. The French Open is a prestige tournament and its been going on for so long – but Grand Slams are always the most challenging.

Q: Maria – you never seem to be like a player who … but if you were up against Serena ……..

Sharapova: I see some of her previous matches and then she plays with me and she produces 13 aces and I say – what about the other matches? I am flattered that she likes to do that against me. She is serving very well and playing a second serve aces also it is very tough on her for she goes for the lines but she return amazing and the small changes that I had I did not capitalise on --- its tough always to play catch up for me.

Q: Do you find that you try and change your play when you are against her?

Sharapova: When you go into the match you think what you want to do and sometimes it would and sometimes it doesn’t, Clay court rallies are especially hard because they are long but obviously you have to believe that you are strong and that you have practised a lot to get to where you are ………..

Q: Did you find the blue clay to ..[Madrid].. be that bad as everybody says?

Sharapova: When it is such a big event ……. the court is much more slippery and ……………… I don't have as much experience as they guys that play a lot on clay but I am sure that they are finding it uncomfortable also …..

Q: This year there will be another important event in your life – your wedding. How much time are you able to devote to organising it and which fellow players will you invite?

Sharapova: If it is going to happen this year I hope to have the time to find the dress because I don't have one yet.

tennis-insomniac
May 13th, 2012, 07:06 PM
Q: Maria – you never seem to be like a player who … but if you were up against Serena ……..

Sharapova: I see some of her previous matches and then she plays with me and she produces 13 aces and I say – what about the other matches? I am flattered that she likes to do that against me. She is serving very well and playing a second serve aces also it is very tough on her for she goes for the lines but she return amazing and the small changes that I had I did not capitalise on --- its tough always to play catch up for me.



thanking her spouse like no tomorrow :hysteric:


Q: This year there will be another important event in your life – your wedding. How much time are you able to devote to organising it and which fellow players will you invite?

Sharapova: If it is going to happen this year I hope to have the time to find the dress because I don't have one yet.

OTOH her real soon-to-be husband is likely to have to wait until next year :lol:


Just Love Maria's interview, it's fun to read and quite frank.

Thanks Qetusi !

doomsday
May 13th, 2012, 07:08 PM
Q: Maria – you never seem to be like a player who … but if you were up against Serena ……..

Sharapova: I see some of her previous matches and then she plays with me and she produces 13 aces and I say – what about the other matches? I am flattered that she likes to do that against me. She is serving very well and playing a second serve aces also it is very tough on her for she goes for the lines but she return amazing and the small changes that I had I did not capitalise on --- its tough always to play catch up for me.


It's like Maria knows if her serve ain't that good it's not worth trying cause she will end up losing.

lefty24
May 13th, 2012, 07:56 PM
I wish we got [inaudable]
So is this confirmation that her wedding isn't gonna be this year?

Mr.Sharapova
May 13th, 2012, 08:25 PM
She knows it :shrug:, she knows that Serena's serve is too much to handle for her. Even if she breaks her serve deep down she knows that she won't be able to hold her own service games :shrug:.

I still think that the blue clay in Madrid played like grass and it didn't have the qualities that a real clay court has :shrug:.

vozas
May 13th, 2012, 09:14 PM
Q: Maria Ė you never seem to be like a player who Ö but if you were up against Serena ÖÖ..

Sharapova: I see some of her previous matches and then she plays with me and she produces 13 aces and I say Ė what about the other matches? I am flattered that she likes to do that against me. She is serving very well and playing a second serve aces also it is very tough on her for she goes for the lines but she return amazing and the small changes that I had I did not capitalise on --- its tough always to play catch up for me.

Shadepova :sobbing: :worship: she thinks just like us :lol:

Lachy
May 13th, 2012, 11:14 PM
Exactly. Maria is fully aware that Serena, playing like crap, miraculously brings her A game to this match-up, wherever and whenever they play. Mash is yet to bring hers though. (apart from Wimbledon 04 :lol: :oh:)

jameshazza
May 13th, 2012, 11:25 PM
See that's the thing she should know to bring it, the only way life will be brought to this rivalry is if the play more often. Rena is more than capable of playing GOAT once a year. She seems to be mending her part-timer ways though so it might happen. Its a shame the way this H2Hwent, both the one sided nature and the frequency of the matches. Its perhaps the greatest WTA rivalry that never happened

JamieOwen3
May 13th, 2012, 11:35 PM
as a fan of both I actually agree with that James.

Advantage Me
May 13th, 2012, 11:56 PM
I knew it!! I am glad this interviewer asked her about the wedding. I knew it wasn't confirmed by the couple concerned. How did the media come up with the date when Maria herself doesn't even know?

Charlatan
May 14th, 2012, 12:16 AM
:haha: wow, would have never thought she would say something like this about serena's serve...this is probably the first time she ever talked about the way serena brought her A game up in their match up, in a slightly shady way

lefty24
May 14th, 2012, 01:39 AM
I knew it!! I am glad this interviewer asked her about the wedding. I knew it wasn't confirmed by the couple concerned. How did the media come up with the date when Maria herself doesn't even know?

Some random Russian tabloid site made up an article, and then a Turkish news site picked up the story. Then a bunch of tennis blogs started talking about it.
People still believed it even after Maria herself said its not true.

graffite
May 14th, 2012, 01:52 AM
Some random Russian tabloid site made up an article, and then a Turkish news site picked up the story. Then a bunch of tennis blogs started talking about it.
People still believed it even after Maria herself said its not true.

Well, technically, she hasn't denied it yet outright, although I don't see how she can have time in the Olympic year. I liked how deftly she avoided the "who will you invite" part. ;) Maybe she is trying to create some mystery about the dress ala Princess Catherine's wedding. :cool:

Do you guys think she will have a big bash or a small private affair where the media will know after the fact, for her wedding?

jameshazza
May 14th, 2012, 01:58 AM
Ok! Magazine 2000 Page Spread Pleeeeease.

lefty24
May 14th, 2012, 02:20 AM
Well, technically, she hasn't denied it yet outright, although I don't see how she can have time in the Olympic year. I liked how deftly she avoided the "who will you invite" part. ;) Maybe she is trying to create some mystery about the dress ala Princess Catherine's wedding. :cool:

Do you guys think she will have a big bash or a small private affair where the media will know after the fact, for her wedding?

I don't think it will be a huge bash. But I do think she might let the media know about the date before it happens.
Does anyone want to crash the wedding with me?
Ok! Magazine 2000 Page Spread Pleeeeease.

Oh yeah!!! It better have every detail and plenty of pictures.
But really I hope we get to see a couple pictures. She's gonna look so gorgeous. :bounce:

MM_1257
May 14th, 2012, 06:36 PM
:oh: One has to love Maria and all the shades she threw in that interview!
About the wedding, I do not know, maybe she did not want to confirm it to them, because it is not their business, maybe it really is not planned for this year... One cannot be sure.
About Serena... The first part of the answer was epic. :worship:

Mrs. Dimitrova
May 15th, 2012, 03:40 AM
Cronin just published a great article on Michael Joyce's relationship with Maria, and a little bit to do with Wozniacki, but a lot of interesting things relevant to Maria. It seems like their relationship is still pretty good. Maria was "brought to tears" when they split, but Mike was the one who told her she should find a new coach. He's still helping her, it seems, and they went to Disneyland together after Miami loss. He said "You think she would have been pissed off because she lost to Radwanska but she seemed relaxed again. And this time it was like she was back to being the old, normal Maria". :)

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1180231-parents-as-coaches-mike-joyce-weighs-in-on-sharapova-and-wozniacki

Some folks who watched Caroline Wozniacki coax Maria Sharapova into a slew of unforced errors in victory at the 2010 US Open might have thought that a year and half later, the Dane would be a serious Grand Slam contender and that the Russian would still be struggling with the effects of her shoulder surgery.

But that is not the case today, as the 25-year-old Sharapova has put together a an impressive, consistent year, while Wozniacki, even though she continues to try and hang tough, hasn’t not won a tournament since last August and has fallen to No. 6 in the rankings.

One man who observed their U.S. Open clash and the vast majority of No. 2 Sharapova’s career is Michael Joyce, who coached through thick and thin and has known her since she was 11. The two remain close friends, but Swede Thomas Hogstedt is now coaching Sharapova.

After he and Sharapova decided to part ways at the start of 2011, Joyce could have taken a job with another top pro but wanted to see if he could take another from the ground up. He was part of almost every major success in Sharapova’s career and is still very much a part of her life as the two chat frequently.

Recently, after Sharapova fell to Agnieszka Radwanska in the final of Miami, the two went to Disneyland. While they didn’t talk much tennis, he noticed that for the first time in a while, she seemed very happy and relaxed.

Two weeks later, she would win her first title of the season, taking out Victoria Azarenka on indoor red clay in Stuttgart, which was a crystal mental step for her given that the No. 1 had buried her in the Australian Open and Indian Wells final.

“For the past couple of years she’s been a little on edge and almost confrontational about things that have nothing to so with tennis," Joyce told Bleacher Report. “And this time it was like she was back to being the old, normal Maria. You think she would have been pissed off because she lost to Radwanska but she seemed relaxed again.”

Sharapova and Joyce’s spilt at the start of 2011 was very emotional and one that brought her to tears. But Joyce himself thought that their coaching-pupil relationship might have been getting a little stale, so he told her that she should give it a go with Hogstedt, who had had success coaching China's Li Na.

However, last spring, when she could not find her form and had gone though a bad stretch, Joyce reminded Sharapova what type of player she should be—one who should always move forward because at 6'2" and without the balance of a ballerina, she simply cannot win matches against the other elite players running sideline to sideline. He also told her that it was time for her to retake control of her life.

“I remember when she won the [2006] US Open against [Justine] Henin she won 24 of 25 points coming in,” he said. “We know she’s never going to be a great [standard] volleyer, but she can hit a great swing volley. It’s not about volleying, it’s about moving forward and taking care of the short balls.

"I told her you are a champion because of you. And you’ve had help along the way, but I’ve seen you win 25 tournaments and in 23 of those there was a match you could have lost and won anyway.

"Now every time something tough happens, like you double fault a couple times, it becomes such a big deal. If you think someone like Jimmy Connors [whom Sharapova worked with a little] Hogstedt or me again is going to come in and bring back that toughness you once had, it’s not going to happen.

"I told her you can quit tennis now and be fine, or keep playing and you can be ranked No. 15 and try to be happy with that, or you can suck it up, stop looking at people for answers and take some responsibility for yourself.”

Joyce is now coaching U.S. up-and-comer Jessie Pegula, the 18-year-old daughter of Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula, who under his watch has halved her ranking in the past year.

When Joyce started with Pegula, he liked how she struck the ball, but saw that she had not been taught point construction, was not sure what defined a successful game style given her ability, needed to get in better shape, and noticed that because had been playing up as a junior in higher age groups, she hadn’t been able to win an enough titles, which is important for any player's mental well being.

He thinks that in the next couple of years Pegula could make a breakthrough, but it’s still a learning process for both of them. The coach has to commit to learning about the player, and the player has to learn to trust her instructor.

“That why I laugh at players who change coaches all the time, because it take a while to get to know somebody,” Joyce said. "We as men have a enough trouble figuring out women in general, let alone when they are playing a sport like tennis.”

Even though Joyce now spends much of his days traveling to smaller tournaments, he still keeps a close eye on the top ranks of the WTA . While he’s impressed by younger generation players such Azarenka and Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, he is not by former No. 1 Wozniacki, the 21-year-old has not won a big tournament in more than year.

“She's the one I’m most disappointed in,” Joyce said “I tell you what’s killing her—everyone talks about her needing to be more aggressive, but it’s not that, it’s she has to get more weight on her ball like she had a couple of years ago. She can’t break an egg with her forehand.

"When she was doing well, even when she played Maria at U.S. Open, she was serving well, at a high percentage and her forehand was really heavy so the girls couldn’t attack her, and then she could attack with her backhand.

"Her forehand is a joke. It’s not penetrating at all. It’s like the Andy Roddick syndrome. She used to use a Babolat racket and then switched to Yonex, which is not very powerful. There’s nothing on her ball and that’s going to hurt her against Maria, Kvitova, or even a Marion Bartoli.”

Joyce also points out something obvious that’s important with Wozniacki, whose base if that of a relentless counterpuncher. In order for her to be successful she needs to be mentally and physically at 100 percent or she is going to struggle.

Unlike, say, Serena Williams (who just beat Sharapova and Wozniacki in succession in Madrid), she cannot ace and service winner herself through match. And, while trying to regain an elite level and improve, she’s in danger of losing what got her there in the first place.

“Roddick is a good example of that,” he said. “He spent so much effort trying to beat Roger Federer that he became a worse player in general. Wozniacki might be confused, whether she should be aggressive or not.”

Wozniacki might have made a critical error at the start of this year. Finally, after months of vacillating, she and her father and coach Piotr brought in a new coach, the experienced Ricardo Sanchez. But then fired him after just two months on the job. Sanchez was not allowed to develop trust between the three, which Joyce sees as a mistake.

“Look at Maria and Hogstedt,” he said. “ She played bad for four months, then had decent results and still wasn’t playing that well, but maybe now she is playing better because it takes time.

"But if Caroline’s dad is the coach it might be [a] problem because you can’t go in there and really help her if her dad has the final word on everything. That’s going to be an issue.

"That’s one thing about Yuri [Sharapov] that people don’t realize is that Maria always had good coaches. Yuri liked to hear he was the coach in public, but he was letting me work with her all the time.

"You see Wozniacki’s dad running down on the court. Yuri never ran down on the court, Sometimes you would see him yelling down at Maria, but half the time he was telling her what I had told him to say.”

And what would Joyce tell Wozniacki if she asked?

The same thing he told Sharapova.

"Take more responsibility for herself because at the end of the day, no coach is going to matter when it’s 5-5 in the third set. That’s on you.”

lefty24
May 15th, 2012, 03:51 AM
Aw I didn't know that Maria was having problems with her personal life. Im glad everything's better now though.

tennis-insomniac
May 15th, 2012, 04:27 AM
nice article ! thx Teerin!

I miss Michael though, but it's true that he couldn't help Maria better at that point and the change of coach, although as a fan it's heartbreaking to know how emotional the decision was for Maria, it is the right thing to do. Her career has changed a lot since then.

Much Respect to Mr. Joyce and Yuri for making such a great Champion for us fans to admire.

cyannnnn
May 15th, 2012, 06:29 AM
Aw I didn't know that Maria was having problems with her personal life. Im glad everything's better now though.

strange for me she seems very happy with her personal life with sasha these years...
maybe he told about her schoulder

nelsondan
May 15th, 2012, 01:27 PM
Can Sasha ever have as deep an emotional relationship as Joyce does with Maria? When someone walks away from the job of coaching Maria sharapova for her own good....that is impressive to me.

goldlion
May 15th, 2012, 01:50 PM
Joyce's comparison of Wozniacki to Roddick is so precise. I used to think Wozniacki was sooo solid in the late 2010 but ever since she couldn't maintain the quality she once had. Realistically speaking, Wozniacki didn't improve a thing since 2011 and it's just getting worse because her fitness is beat by her tennis. And Joyce was spot on pointing out she was losing the elite status by doing what she's been doing. For her generation (Vika, Petra, ARad) she definitely achieved prematurely and her coach has not been able to maximise her potential and it's her fault.

Marilyn Monheaux
May 15th, 2012, 02:51 PM
Can Sasha ever have as deep an emotional relationship as Joyce does with Maria? When someone walks away from the job of coaching Maria sharapova for her own good....that is impressive to me.

Sure. Likely even deeper. Sasha is the man Maria wants to spend the rest of her life with, afterall. :)

nelsondan
May 15th, 2012, 03:38 PM
Sure. Likely even deeper. Sasha is the man Maria wants to spend the rest of her life with, afterall. :)

Well yeah...there is that(maybe)....but will she ever take him to Disneyland?

Wonder what rides they chose.

Charlatan
May 15th, 2012, 04:22 PM
gotta love joyce :hearts:

Shivank17
May 15th, 2012, 04:41 PM
Tuesday, 15 May, 2012

An interview with: Maria Sharapova

Q: Maria, can you tell us something about how you played today and last week?
Sharapova : It was really about adjusting and I made too many unforced errors in the first part…..part of it was that she was extremely consistent and she made me hit a lot of balls and perhaps I tried to many winners and so I was fortunate to get back into the second set – you know, win the first and then get back in the second – it was close. She has certainly improved since the last time that I played her. I look forward to improving for the next match too. I am happy to win and lets see what will happen next.

Q: Can you tell us something different here in the Foro Italico and what you think about the installations.
Sharapova : Every year that come here there are always changes –changes for the better. Something is that the press centre is a bit further for us players. There are about 40 steps up to get here and it takes a few minutes and huffs and puffs. As far as the stadium – the 3rd stadium is bigger – I haven't played on it yet this year but I've heard that it is bigger and its good because we have the men and the women and I think we might have some rounds there this year. Its nice to have that bigger and improved. My favourite is the second one – with the statues around it – It’s a classic and I can remember playing there when I was younger and thinking – lets hope this doesn't change. You know – we are always making the stadiums bigger and more technological and its nice to have something which is true to the city and represents the culture as well.

Q: Just on your opponent. Is she one of the up coming players and what does she do well.
Sharapova : Yes,, I think the last time I played against here was in the US Open – I can't remember how many years ago but she has improved and is more consistent and has two different strokes…… her forehand she likes to loop up and her backhand is more of a flatter one and so . She moves pretty well and she makes you hit a lot of ball and her consistency and her capacity to get back on the ball…. She did that very well. I think she has certainly beaten top players in the past years and she ir rising in her game and do I think she'll have a good future.

Q: One of your strong points and one weak point on and off the court?
Sharapova : Well, I am extremely stubborn and in a way its good because I am very involved in things and I suppose that I am always in control and I get involved in things – but sometimes I think that this is a weakness as I get really involved in things and so I think sometimes that I should really back off. The good think is that I am pretty humble and a lot of things that make me happy and they don't necessarily have to be big – there are a lot of small things in my life that make me passionate and no mater bad days I have had in my like of my career I have always been good at finding the positive side of this and this is what has mad me the player that I am and the person that I am today. I don't take no for an answer and I keep going and fighting for what I believe is right.

Q: You talked about the stairs to get here and that you have to do it once a day. We have to do it about 40 times a day.
Sharapova : But you don't play a game of tennis before. After a big bowl of pasta perhaps its good to do the stairs.


Q: The first question is if you are able to speak some Italian and the second is….
Sharapova : I'll answer the first. I have a fiancťe who speaks good Italian and he is always telling me what to say and how to pronounce it . I t is tough to learn it - As I said, I am stubborn and he tells me how to pronounce it. I can say, dove vai, cosa fai, come stai and I can also say cosa mangiamo. E andiamo….. very important in my life. I think I'm good.

Q: Since I think I haven't been invited to your wedding, is it going to be an intimate wedding or are you going to invite any embers of the press – people who have known you since you were a baby,
Sharapova : What do you think. Why don't you answer your won question. I know you know the answer but you still ask the question, I think it will be an intimate wedding but we know so many people. Anyway, I haven't sent out the invitations and so perhaps your invitation may accidentally be sent out to you.

Shivank17
May 15th, 2012, 04:46 PM
Maria just hates the wedding questions. :lol:

And the media can't stop asking about player's personal life. :facepalm: :o :lol:

Charlatan
May 15th, 2012, 05:08 PM
Tuesday, 15 May, 2012

An interview with: Maria Sharapova
Q: You talked about the stairs to get here and that you have to do it once a day. We have to do it about 40 times a day.
Sharapova : But you don't play a game of tennis before. After a big bowl of pasta perhaps its good to do the stairs.

Q: Since I think I haven't been invited to your wedding, is it going to be an intimate wedding or are you going to invite any embers of the press Ė people who have known you since you were a baby,
Sharapova : What do you think. Why don't you answer your won question. I know you know the answer but you still ask the question, I think it will be an intimate wedding but we know so many people. Anyway, I haven't sent out the invitations and so perhaps your invitation may accidentally be sent out to you.

:rolls: :worship:

Sebastian222
May 15th, 2012, 05:29 PM
This is a fake one... but a good one!!!!!:devil:

lefty24
May 15th, 2012, 05:58 PM
Maria just hates the wedding questions. :lol:

And the media can't stop asking about player's personal life. :facepalm: :o :lol:

Lol seriously. I remember she used to hate it when people wanted to see her ring.
I completely understand though, that must be so annoying.

Marilyn Monheaux
May 15th, 2012, 07:04 PM
If she wanted privacy, she she shouldn't have announced her engagement to People(?)... you think it was a coincidence that we got those very rare paparazzi shots of Masha & Sasha & the ring the same / very next day? :p
It's a game called fame and she plays it well... ;)

nelsondan
May 15th, 2012, 07:34 PM
Do you think....Maria just hates wedding questions......is a backhand, a forehand, or...maybe a spin shot in that fame game?

lefty24
May 16th, 2012, 01:06 PM
If she wanted privacy, she she shouldn't have announced her engagement to People(?)... you think it was a coincidence that we got those very rare paparazzi shots of Masha & Sasha & the ring the same / very next day? :p
It's a game called fame and she plays it well... ;)

Haha very good point. Im stupid and never connected the dots.

Shivank17
May 16th, 2012, 01:13 PM
:lol: Maria is a genius she doesn't make it look too much like an attention whore (something like Caro) :p but she does know how to keep herself in the news. :lol: :worship:

MM_1257
May 16th, 2012, 04:48 PM
Masha knows her business well. She is one of the masters of the media. The paparazzie ring pics surely weren't just a coincidence... The wedding... Sometimes, judging by her answers I tend to think they will get married this year, sometimes not.
I didn't understand well the question about the invitations - what did the journalist mean with the "people who have known you since you were a baby" - surely those aren't press members :lol:... And I deffinitely did not understand Masha's answer: "Anyway, I haven't sent out the invitations and so perhaps your invitation may accidentally be sent out to you." --- accidentaly be sent? Your invitation?? The answer is really bitchy! :drool: and :tape: and :help: Surely they meant no harm with the question...

JoPova
May 16th, 2012, 05:33 PM
Masha knows her business well. She is one of the masters of the media. The paparazzie ring pics surely weren't just a coincidence... The wedding... Sometimes, judging by her answers I tend to think they will get married this year, sometimes not.
I didn't understand well the question about the invitations - what did the journalist mean with the "people who have known you since you were a baby" - surely those aren't press members :lol:... And I deffinitely did not understand Masha's answer: "Anyway, I haven't sent out the invitations and so perhaps your invitation may accidentally be sent out to you." --- accidentaly be sent? Your invitation?? The answer is really bitchy! :drool: and :tape: and :help: Surely they meant no harm with the question...

It's an Italian journalist the one who asked that strange question! He always seems to be a bit bitter towards Maria and she probably doesn't like him too! :lol:

goldlion
May 16th, 2012, 11:51 PM
They're flirting

MashaFan01
May 17th, 2012, 08:51 AM
I dunno if this has been posted before - If it has than lemme know and I'll delete mine

According to Forbes (http://www.forbes.com/celebrities/list/) Masha belongs to the top 100 most powerful celebrities 2011 - She ranks #71 on the list - well ahead of the likes like Serena Williams - Julia Roberts and Eva Longoria - just to name some

ahoura
May 17th, 2012, 03:24 PM
World No. 2 tennis player Maria Sharapova's star has risen even further over the past year to make her the world's 71st most powerful celebrity, Forbes magazine said Thursday.
Sharapova climbed nine places to her new spot in the annual ranking of 100 film stars, musicians and TV personalities, which was topped by actress and singer Jennifer Lopez.
Sharapova, 25, remains the only Russian on the list and holds onto her position as the most powerful female tennis players, despite Serena Williams gaining seven places to take the 77th spot.
With earnings of $13 million, Williams could not compete with her Russian rival, who earned twice as much, Forbes said.
The world of sport is still ruled by 36-year-old golf star Tiger Woods, although he dropped six places to 12th, in part because his earnings fell by $17 million.
Woods is followed by two basketball players, NBA MVP LeBron James of the Miami Heat in 15th and LA Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant in 27th, before Roger Federer becomes the most powerful tennis player at 31st.
In football, England player David Beckham is the most powerful player in the 32nd spot, while Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, ranked 44th, beats his Barcelona rival Lionel Messi, six places below him.
Sharapova became an overnight tennis sensation at the age of 17 when she won Wimbledon in 2004, and quickly showed her business acumen by signing lucrative contracts with several global brands.
Sportwear brand Nike re-signed the Russian star to an eight-year contract worth up to $70 million in January 2010, which she supplements with earnings from Sharapova-branded tennis gear, handbags and shoes, for which her royalties doubled in 2012, Forbes said.
The Forbes rankings are generated by combining earnings with measures such as Google searches, press mentions and the number of times each celebrity has appeared on the cover of magazines.

graffite
May 18th, 2012, 06:07 PM
Beyond The Baseline ‏@SI_BTBaseline
To say Sharapova wasn't sympathetic to Azarenka's injury/rankings predicament is an understatement. Wow.

Beyond The Baseline ‏@SI_BTBaseline
Sharapova skeptical of Azarenka's injury complaints. "A few days after retiring from an event she was practicing at the next tournament."

C Note ‏@FortyDeuceTwits
Did the sun go down? Oh, no. It's just shade.


Tell us exactly how you feel, Masha. :devil:

jo„o.
May 18th, 2012, 06:38 PM
"Azarenka last year had more retirements that anyone but played full schedule and after 2 days retirement you would see her practicing" :lol:

Qetusi
May 18th, 2012, 07:03 PM
Friday, 18 May, 2012

An interview with: Maria Sharapova


Q: Compliments for your winning. Are you satisfied with your level at the moment on clay?
Sharapova : Yes I am very happy with the way I played today. I haven't played Venus in a long time and in the last few times I played with her I lost but is obviously good to be in the Semi finals here and this point in every match is very tough.

Q: We've had some impressive results this year. Consistency. Can you talk a little about how you manage your schedule and how you manage to organise your schedule with the big tournaments ……….
Sharapova : I have had a similar schedule since I got on tour and I worked … I am never a player that has played more than 16 or 17 tournaments a year…… whether because I wasn't healthy or because its because it is about being healthy or not It isn't the quantity but the quality and so if you need to do a tournament just to get the points…. I didn't change my calendar and I kept to the same.

Q: Maria what did think of Venus and do you think she will be able to get to the top again,
Sharapova: No doubt. Its good to see a player like her back and playing and being healthy and she is a great player and competitive and you have to be ready for that … no matter how long she has been out of the game and so …. she is experienced enough to know what she needs to come back.

Q: How is important is it to defend this title considering how well you are doing on clay this season.
Sharapova : It its always nice to come back to where you have good memories and where I played and beat some good players last year and good results on clay and it was a big win,,,,,, the memories come back again …….. Yes, I would like to win again. How about complimentary Pina Coladas for the broken air conditioning in here.

Q: Can we talk about your potential opponents, Petra and Kerber…..
Sharapova : Both lefties so you are going to get that. I had a good match against Petra in Stuttgard and another in Australia(?) and lost to Kerber in Paris so if I play against her then it will be good to get a rematch but on clay it is always a bit oof a challenge with their spin – but it is a semi and so who gets there it playing good tennis.

Q: Azarenka yesterday said earlier on Twitter that players should have more right because she complained about WTA rules that impose the players to play in a tournament they .. she retired yesterday about her shoulder injury and what do you think about that? Are you with her.
Sharapova : First of all she is probably injured more than any other player and to be number 1 in the world and be able to play a full schedule. I think last year she had more retirements that anyone but played a full schedule and after 2 days retirement you would see her practicing and so its tough to know what her state is and what she is feeling. Personally, if I am injured however big or small the fine is, the body is no support for me and if this is the tournament where you have to participate or get zero points but to be honest I don't really care about that because but for me the health is the most important thing….if I am healthy then I can go on court and beat someone and not go and save whatever money and I pay the fine. We have a new system of new rules and mandatory tournaments and its very successful because all the top players attend and the TV and the public covers you and the fan are there is no reason whey thus style doesn't work. Sometimes all the top players are not there because some players get injured but sometimes you have to pay a little out of your pocket and not play or you do a little more media for the tournament but if you are not healthy then you are not going to play.

18majors
May 18th, 2012, 07:08 PM
Good that Maria is getting out her shell more and more, signs of maturity and confidence.

Shivank17
May 18th, 2012, 07:11 PM
:hysteric: the epic shade on Extremely Injured :worship:

lefty24
May 18th, 2012, 07:32 PM
Haha the extremely injured comment makes so much sense now. Masha Hates
Her.
Lol remember when Vika used to be her only friend?

T496
May 18th, 2012, 07:52 PM
Haha the extremely injured comment makes so much sense now. Masha Hates
Her.
Lol remember when Vika used to be her only friend?

I think it's more about a lack of respect Maria has for Vika as a fellow tennis player and athlete. She clearly doesn't like Vika's em... "delicate" nature. This is the third dig she's made about Vika with regards to this aspect ("Is her last name Jankovic?").

The fact is you'd never have seen Vika's drama queen antics- withdrawing frequently,retiring with a broken finger nail etc. from players like Maria, the Williamses, Henin etc. If you're fit you go out on court, you play and finish the match. If you're not, you withdraw as soon as you're aware of a particular injury. Remember Vika's retirement against Maria last year in Rome with her in tears.... Only for her to go and make the quarters at the French a couple of weeks later. Vika needs to toughen up (and also mature, her twitter tantrum was equally pathetic).

18majors
May 18th, 2012, 07:56 PM
Haha the extremely injured comment makes so much sense now. Masha Hates
Her.
Lol remember when Vika used to be her only friend?

Maria can always count on Vesnina as her go-to BFF on tour.

lefty24
May 18th, 2012, 08:18 PM
Maria can always count on Vesnina as her go-to BFF on tour.

Yup. And lately a couple others have joined.

Kon.
May 18th, 2012, 08:20 PM
Haha the extremely injured comment makes so much sense now. Masha Hates
Her.
Lol remember when Vika used to be her only friend?

She did? :unsure:

lefty24
May 18th, 2012, 08:49 PM
She did? :unsure:

Yeah before Vika became good. I think it was early 2010 they were practicing together

tennis-insomniac
May 18th, 2012, 09:19 PM
It is nice to read Maria's interview. She says it like it is. And once again she is right. People will say she is a bitch, I'll say that is why she has her 90 million dollars net worth and you don't :lol:

Mr.Sharapova
May 18th, 2012, 09:30 PM
Finally Maria :yeah:. Say it as it is gurl :yeah:.

Advantage Me
May 18th, 2012, 09:50 PM
Very well put, Maria. That is exactly how I felt when I read her moan on twitter. Her health should be more important than losing her ranking. She was more concerned about Maria overtaking her so let's wait and see who will be no.1 by the end of the year. I highly doubt it will be Vika. I don't think Maria hates her. She is just telling the truth about someone who moans a lot and blames others for her misfortunes. I think the wta needs a role model like Maria. So sensible, mature, classy and plays some mind blowing tennis.

MM_1257
May 18th, 2012, 10:05 PM
I had no idea that she moaned on twitter. I thought it was on some interview... Now - like this it is even more ridiculous... If she has something to say, she should say it officially. This reminds me of the Rafa Drama Queen issue with the 2-yr rankings...

rucolo
May 18th, 2012, 10:13 PM
Maria :bowdown:

goldlion
May 18th, 2012, 11:35 PM
I think Maria was referring to Miami last year when Azarenka retired against wozniacki in Indian Wells with a hip injury but went on beating her in the final there. Like Michael Joyce said its time for the players to take responsibility for themselves because they are the person that know themselves the best in terms of health. If your not fit, then don't play and blame the rules. Azarenka and Wozniacki are way too stupid attending to the rules when paying fines can reduce their injuries.

LoveMasha2008
May 22nd, 2012, 01:56 PM
Sharapova Final Press Conference

Rome, Italy

Sunday, 20 May, 2012

An interview with: Maria Sharapova

Q: What sensations after a night like that – a very special win
Sharapova : A really difficult match and so may swings and having to wait an hour or two hours and then a tie breaker in the final and interesting and almost feeling difficult to have a loser and a winner and it all comes down to a game in 7 but I am happy.

Q: You played so many finals – where does this one rate --- with all that was going on..
Sharapova : I've been in a couple with rain delays but never this situation and playing a tie breaker and we were all thinking to come back tomorrow and so the warm up was longer that the match and so with so many swings. I though I was not in the match at 40 and …..and she was moving well and then down match point – when I got off the court I thought about not to think of all these swings and conserve energy.

Q: It seems that in Rome the rain is your lucky friend. Normally what is you relationship with the rain.
Sharapova: I love rain., I loved it since I was young because I didn't have to practice. Especially when I was in California –in Florida there is no chance of indoors. I like rain. I don’t mind it. I like sun too. When I won Wimbledon when I was down against Davenport and I was booking my ticket back home and then we went out and I said I am going to turn this around and so this is my most memorable tennis rain.

Q: Did you every think you would dominate the tour on clay
Sharapova : Well dominate is a strong word and that means winning every single match and I have improved and most of is comes down to the physical aspect and patience and the … not changing my game but relying in the things I have improved like sliding and playing and definitely on the serve and this is helping.

Q: If you beat the holder of the French Open title in these conditions then you are good.
Sharapova : It's great to beat someone with the level she played last year and how she can play on clay and how she defends and get herself back in position and its nice to have a week off an playing so many tournaments and so I am looking forward to getting a few days off.

Q: When you were 66 and the rain was torrential .. did it get to a point where it was ridiculous.
Sharapova : It was tough and slippery - not only the lines but the whole court and the umpires said that it was our decision and so we said lets keep playing…

Q: I think you played this tournament (inaudible)…. how long did you think..
Sharapova : A little less practice time but other than that it was great and it’s a win win with the fans and I think that there is no huge difference perhaps
not having so many courts but its good.

Q: You have more many tournaments and play many. If you have to say something about Rome in a few years apart form winning 2 times in a Rome.
Sharapova : I like Italy in general and not only Rome and I like the energy of the people and they are outgoing and you work with the people – they are not tough to work with and I love the culture and I cannot see why someone cannot like it here and its nice to come to a tournament that you have won.

http://www.internazionalibnlditalia.com/News/Tennis/2012/Interview-Transcripts/Sharapova-Final.aspx

nelsondan
May 22nd, 2012, 03:01 PM
I thought Italian cuisine was supposed to be wonderful, but if Maria did not mention it.....what are we to think?

18majors
May 22nd, 2012, 03:04 PM
I thought Italian cuisine was supposed to be wonderful, but if Maria did not mention it.....what are we to think?

Maria has a different taste than you and me.

MM_1257
May 22nd, 2012, 03:39 PM
hm hm hm... She mentioned it more than once when she was on vacation in Italy in Positano. :p

Monzanator
May 22nd, 2012, 03:59 PM
I didn't realize that but WTA.com has stated that Maria is now tied fourth among active players with most clay titles :eek: I thought there are more players with 5+ clay titles tbh! Kuznetsova was one obvious suspect but I've checked and she's only got 3 clay titles!

Plus the MP thing :sobbing:


Sharapova Conquers Clay Again
Maria Sharapova has come a long way from the days when she struggled on clay, as her victory over Li Na in Sunday's Rome championship match raised her record to 5-0 in clay finals (and 26-16 in all finals) in her career. Of her last five titles, four have come on the dirt. Also, she is 11-1 on clay in 2012. Sharapova is now tied for fourth amongst active players for most clay titles:
Anabel Medina Garrigues: 10
Venus Williams: 9
Flavia Pennetta: 7
Jelena Jankovic: 5
Maria Sharapova: 5
Serena Williams: 5

This was the fourth time Sharapova successfully defended a title:
Tokyo [Japan Open]: 2003-2004
Birmingham: 2004-2005
San Diego: 2006-2007
Rome: 2011-2012

Before last month, Sharapova had never survived match point en route to a title, but now she has done that twice:
Stuttgart 2012: Saved one match point in QF win vs. Stosur (at 76(5) 53 down)
Rome 2012: Saved one match point in final win vs. Li (at 5-6 third set)

Charlatan
May 22nd, 2012, 04:59 PM
i love how she mentioned about the rain break during her semi at wimbledon against lindsay :inlove:

sweet memories

MM_1257
May 24th, 2012, 01:04 AM
Steve Tignor about Rome's final http://blogs.tennis.com/thewrap/2012/05/the-persistents-part-ii.html
There will almost certainly be better, or at least saner, women’s finals in 2012, but it will be hard for any of them to offer as much as the one we saw in Rome between Maria Sharapova and Li Na. There was rain. There were helicopters. There were airplanes. There was soccer around the corner. There were hooligans on the march. There was not one, but two, epic chokes. There was a two-hour delay right when the match appeared to have finally wound to its conclusion. There was a third-set tiebreaker that ended 7-5 and was decided by a shot that landed no more than an inch wide. There were laughs about it all as the two women shook hands, and this succinct description from Li afterward: “The match was a joke.” Then there was a trophy ceremony that featured two French players, Mary Pierce and Yannick Noah, who could barely speak Italian, with the theme to Chariots of Fire as a soundtrack—a fitting end to a wacky day.

It should also be said that there were a lot of quality shots from both women, and this match, distractions and all, was as enjoyable as it was exasperating. The rallies were fast-paced and, when neither player was melting down, the winners flowed. Over its course, Sharapova and Li each showed why they could win at Roland Garros in a few weeks, as well as reminding us that neither is exactly a safe bet.

Sharapova, who won her second straight Italian Open, proved again how much her game has improved on clay. If she’s not an expert at sliding into her forehand—she still loses balance when she’s forced to move to that side—she has at least made herself competent at it on the backhand side; it’s not an easy thing to learn if you didn’t grow up on dirt. And when she was able to get set, she was the superior ball-striker. This win will also serve as a reminder, not that Maria really needs one, that she’s never out of a match until, as Li put it afterward, “the umpire says game, set, match.” On the downside for Sharapova, her serve, so solid in the controlled indoor conditions in Stuttgart, faltered again in Rome’s wind and rain and noise. She lost her toss at crucial moments in the first set, and again when she was ahead in the third. And when Li was able to push her to the forehand side, Sharapova struggled to get back into rallies.

On Li’s side of the net, for a set and a half she played the best tennis she’s played since she won the French last year. She showed one more time how well she moves on clay, and how, when her forehand is clicking and everything is in rhythm, she can control the rallies against anyone. She won 15 of 17 points during one stretch in the second set, a run that only Serena Williams is normally capable of putting together against Sharapova. But Li also showed that, like most rhythm players, she’ll start to lose the beat at a certain point—i.e., when she’s trying to close out a big match. It would have been uncanny, if it hadn’t been so predictable, to see Li lose her groove and start guiding her shots once she went up two breaks in the second. When a 4-0 score turned to 4-2, and Li sent a flat-footed backhand long, her long suffering husband, Jiang Shan, leaned forward and flashed a wry, pained smile—he must have know what was coming, and that it wasn’t going to be pretty. When his wife double-faulted a few minutes later to go down 4-5, he leaned all the way over and stared at the ground.

Looking forward to Roland Garros, each player should be pleased with this performance. Li, while she couldn’t close, has found her best form just in time. And Sharapova, with her wins in Stuttgart and Rome, has split the four major Roland Garros tune-ups with Serena Williams and will go to Paris as one of the favorites, along with Serena and Victoria Azarenka. Maria also found a way through the Foro Italico madness. She didn’t double fault in the decisive tiebreaker, came up with a key service winner at 3-2, and put her forehand at 5-5 smack in the corner, where both lines meet. She’s now 7-0 in three setters in 2012, and goes to Roland Garros with her best chance yet of completing a career Grand Slam.

Still, that wasn’t what made yesterday’s final memorable. “The mind is an amazing thing,” Tennis Channel commentator Rennae Stubbs said as the normally iron-willed Maria was going through her own, much less predictable, collapse in the third set from 4-1 up. You won’t find many matches that expose that fact more clearly than this one. Watching Sharapova and Li turn into completely different—i.e. much worse—players when they had a lead made me wonder: Why do we fear success so much more than failure?

What I’ll remember most is seeing Sharapova, down 5-6 and serving at 30-30, take an easy high forehand, drill it into the net, and then, because she couldn’t think of anything else to do at that terrible moment, pull her ponytail over up over her head. On the next point, match point for Li, Sharapova got another easy high forehand. She didn’t hesitate, and put it safely away for a winner. For Maria, especially on clay, persistence . . . well, you know what it does.

Marilyn Monheaux
May 24th, 2012, 02:04 PM
Career girl: Maria Sharapova's sweet plan for success
By Chris Murphy, CNN
May 24, 2012 -- Updated 1323 GMT (2123 HKT)

((CNN) -- The taste of success is sweet for Maria Sharapova -- in more ways than one.

The Russian tennis star is focused on completing a coveted career grand slam of titles at the French Open starting next week, but she already has plans for her next off-court project.

The 25-year-old is the world's highest-paid female athlete due to her top-end endorsement deals, according to Forbes magazine, and she has another lucrative sideline in the works.

Having already designed clothes for Nike and luxury label Cole Haan among her projects, Sharapova is planning to release a line of confectionery called "Sugarpova."

"I'm doing everything. The branding and all the shapes of the candy and the gummy-bears," she told CNN's Open Court. "And it is going to launch before the U.S. Open (in September), fingers crossed, so that is my next project."

Sharapova is big business, and she takes it seriously.

"It's such a different type of work to being a tennis player, working with consumers and understanding what people buy, trend reports, what's in and what's out, whether it's something that is going to last for years," she said.

"I look at it as something that is fun for me, that is creative for me, the thought process of seeing something that is on paper or just an idea. You're traveling and you see somebody wear a cross-body bag and you're like, 'Wow I love the handle on that,' and something clicks and you put it on paper and a year later you see it in the stores for people to buy.

"I am just fascinated by that, I think it is an amazing process and I've been so fortunate to work with so many great people that teach me so much about different things. I am not a designer, I never went to school for it, but I love being creative and I love learning and understanding what works and what doesn't work."

That attention to detail has also helped put Sharapova in a position to join an exclusive club of nine tennis players who have won all four grand slam titles, known as a "career slam," having resurrected her fortunes in recent years after a serious shoulder injury.

Despite having once described herself as "a cow on ice" on clay, Sharapova has improved her game on the surface to the point where the world No. 2 is now a top contender to win the French Open and add to her Wimbledon, U.S. Open and Australian Open crowns.

Last year she reached the semifinals at Roland Garros for the second time, and she already has two tournament wins on red dirt under her belt this season after retaining the Italian Open title last weekend.

"The French Open is always a big goal of mine because I have always said it is going to be the most challenging grand slam for me to win," she said.

"Whether it was when I called myself that cow on ice or whatever it was, but if I go there and play well and physically, I feel healthy and I feel great. There is no reason I can't win it.

"I've been in a couple of semifinals, I believe, last year as well. So, it's really about (whether) I put myself in that position and win it. I believe in that definitely."

Sharapova has suffered just one defeat on clay all season -- to Serena Williams in the final of the Madrid Open -- and is coming into form at the right time.

But despite her fluency on court in the past few weeks she revealed just how taxing the transition from hard courts to the much slower clay surface is every year.

"The first few days on clay are brutal, especially with the practices; you're just getting your footwork down and the movement," she said.

"It's so frustrating. I never crack rackets but those first few days I crack rackets all the time. I'm like 'Get me extra rackets!'

"Over the years I think the key for me is being physically stronger, where I have been able to play a match whether it's three sets or two tough sets and recover for the next day.

"In Europe one of the challenges you have is in one week you could be playing five, six matches a week then you have the next tournament coming up then a week off, then you have a grand slam.

"The physical aspect of all that and mentally understanding that your body has to be ready for all those matches in a short period of time on clay has always been tough for me.

"I have always recovered so much better and I move a lot better on it, so yeah it's nicer, less rackets cracked!"

The women often suffer from comparisons to the men, with the exploits of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer cementing this as a golden age of competition in the male arena.

But Sharapova insists the women's game is on an upward curve, with players like Victoria Azarenka, Petra Kvitova and Serena Williams battling it out for major honors, and a new generation of talented youngsters snapping at their heels.

"The level of the game from the first round that you play at a women's event is so much higher than you would see five, 10 years ago," she explained.

"I kind of felt that I'd come to a tournament, take the first few matches and see it as a warmup, in a way. Everyone in the press was saying why is it always 6-1 6-0 6-2? But now you don't see that very often.

"You could be facing someone in the first round that is maybe not as consistent but they are experienced, they have beaten top players before and it's difficult.

"I think that is why you see so much more attendances from the beginning of the week higher than you saw years ago."

Despite perching on the shoulder of history, Sharapova insists such landmarks do not dominate her every thought, though a newfound dedication to her profession was brought into sharp focus due to a serious injury.

"I've played tennis since I was four years old and when you're in a match situation -- you could be losing or you're winning -- there are so many emotions that go into that," she said.

"Even when I was away from the game for nine months with shoulder surgery and trying to get back, I never, never ever felt that.

"There were so many things I did off the court, just great experiences, wonderful people, I got to work on amazing projects but nothing gave me that feeling of being in those positions where I had to pull out of a match when I was losing.

"(When I) had to close it out when I didn't expect myself to win, it was such an adrenaline rush that you don't get in many things in life.

"Whether it's playing some small tournament in a small city in front of 2,000 people or whether it's the finals of Wimbledon where you have an amazing crowd and all that history behind it, it is really at the end of the day trying to make yourself better."


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lefty24
May 24th, 2012, 03:24 PM
I'm gonna buy a shit load of sugarpova.

MashaFan01
May 24th, 2012, 07:34 PM
Listen to what Nick Bollettieri (http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/tennis/18139221) has to say about Masha's and other top players chances in the French Open 2012 (Audio)

18majors
May 24th, 2012, 07:58 PM
Listen to what Nick Bollettieri (http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/tennis/18139221) has to say about Masha's and other top players chances in the French Open 2012 (Audio)

Thanks, MashaFan01.

18majors
May 25th, 2012, 03:43 PM
http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/interviews/2012-05-25/201205251337946240027.html

An interview with:

MARIA SHARAPOVA

THE MODERATOR: Questions in English, please.

Q. One of your famous phrases a long time ago was that you felt like a cow on ice on the clay. From your results, that's no longer the image that you can portray to the world. Really what's made the change? You seem to be at ease, fluid, at your best over the past couple of years. What's been the transformation?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I'm much more comfortable on this surface. Even though I don't play too many tournaments on it throughout the year, I feel like with every year that has come and the clay court season that arrives, I feel physically stronger.

I think that's definitely helped me in the recovery process, as well. I'm enjoying it a bit more. You know, before I felt like in matches I was saving myself a little bit because I didn't always believe that physically I could play seven matches in difficult, heavy conditions in Europe when it's raining. My body just wouldn't recover that well.

But I've certainly improved that. I'm moving a lot better, which has helped me, as well. Yeah, it's always nice coming to the French Open with a couple of titles on clay and having a few more days to prepare.



Q. I have been in this room when the assembled journalists have been saying to you, Why aren't you winning this tournament? Why isn't it working? I remember you saying, It will come. I just need to give myself time and experience. At the time it seemed like you were just making excuses. You obviously believed that it would come. Do you feel vindicated that the results are now starting to show?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, I always believe that no matter how old you are, how many years you have been on the tour, you can

always become a more experienced player and person. You can learn a lot more with every match. You learn so much.

I have learned a lot from, you know, my matches at the French Open, the difficult ones, the easy ones, and the ones I have lost. I always believe that I can improve. I never sit here and try to make excuses.

Usually everything I say is really what I believe at the end of the day. You know, I always thought that with every year I have improved, and I hope to keep improving whether I win this year or not.



Q. Did you ever feel so well than at this moment? Do you ever feel so well, so great?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: About coming into the French Open?



Q. No, no, in general.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: In general?



Q. Yeah.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, obviously I'm ‑‑ like I said, it's always nice to come to Roland Garros knowing that I have been playing extremely well on it and having a few titles in the last few weeks. I just keep hoping that, you know, I'm able to show great tennis here and take it into the rest of the summer.



Q. I know players don't like to look too much ahead, but you're not that far from the No. 1 spot. What would that mean to you after all you've been through this year to again be the queen of this tour?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I would love to have that again, because after I came back from my injury ‑ I don't remember what my ranking was ‑ but I thought to myself, Well, when I was young I had the goal of being No. 1. I'm kind of in a position right now where I don't have a ranking. I'm just starting from scratch. If I did it once, maybe, you know, I can try to do it again.

So to be in a position where I'm close and to just be in this position, I'm really happy. I'm happy with the way that I fought through the tough moments in the days when things weren't going exactly the way I had imagined them to go, and it's obviously always nice to be in that position to try to get that. It's a position that every player wants.

lefty24
May 25th, 2012, 04:17 PM
I wish people would stop asking the cow on ice questions.

I have also realized that stopped using "you know" so often.

Advantage Me
May 25th, 2012, 10:43 PM
Some of the questions are so dumb. Who doesn't want be number 1? Why can't they ask exciting questions?? Same old 'cow on ice' rubbish. Be inventive, journalists!!!

jameshazza
May 25th, 2012, 10:48 PM
I wish people would stop asking the cow on ice questions.

I have also realized that stopped using "you know" so often.

This. Don't know when it started though.

gc-spurs
May 25th, 2012, 11:53 PM
I wish people would stop asking the cow on ice questions.

I have also realized that stopped using "you know" so often.

It's because- finally- we DO know.

cautiouslip
May 26th, 2012, 06:55 AM
It's because- finally- we DO know.

:lol:

Shivank17
May 26th, 2012, 06:55 AM
It's because- finally- we DO know.

:rolls:

MM_1257
May 29th, 2012, 04:08 PM
Tweeted by @Beyond the baseline --- Maria's deal with Tiffany ended.

I assume she wears her own earrings now?? :shrug:

MM_1257
May 31st, 2012, 01:19 PM
I think I have an idea why the background of her page changed... If she is not loner with Tiffany, then they won't put the "diamonds" she had as a background anymore... :sobbing: Cartier, please, get her. :sobbing:

jameshazza
May 31st, 2012, 01:21 PM
If she wins another slam they'll prob beg her back. They must have extended the deal to the 2011 season considering she missed a couple in her lay-off. 'Cus the deal was longer than the proposed two years.

MM_1257
May 31st, 2012, 01:30 PM
Yup... The deal was for 8 consecutive Slams, it was extended IMO... But the economical crisis affected them too, probably? :shrug: Funny that they are not erased from the list of sponsors on her site yet.

shaktincredible
May 31st, 2012, 03:02 PM
unfortunately when she wore tiffany she didnt win a slam.

poor tiffany. :hysteric:

bad curse? :oh:

MM_1257
May 31st, 2012, 04:13 PM
The earring she wears now are not Tiffany's?? Or do they look like this? http://www.astonroyal.com/jewelry/teardrop-hoop-diamond-earrings
Haven't seen a goodd HQ photo of them...

jameshazza
May 31st, 2012, 04:44 PM
That does seem to look like them, although Masha's look much thicker.

gc-spurs
May 31st, 2012, 07:11 PM
Harry Winston time :lick:

lefty24
May 31st, 2012, 07:42 PM
Harry Winston time :lick:

Yes please! If Maria and Freja do an add together I'd die. Really.

jameshazza
May 31st, 2012, 08:25 PM
Masha probably would go with one of Tiffany's main competitors lol.

gc-spurs
May 31st, 2012, 08:48 PM
Masha probably would go with one of Tiffany's main competitors lol.

Nothing proves this more than her mobile phone whorriness, all the while we KNOW she has an iPhone.

Crux Squall
Jun 1st, 2012, 04:08 PM
Sharapova: My life's too boring for Twitter
Ticker - Friday, June 1, 2012

Maria Sharapova, who has over seven million fans on Facebook, says she doesnít use Twitter because her everyday life isn't very exciting.

"I think it's too much for me. I mean, I'm bored with myself on a daily basis, and I think if I'm bored, like eating a bowl of pasta, I don't need to let the world know that I'm at this restaurant eating a bowl of pasta," she said. "That's my opinion about it now. Maybe that can change, but itís just too much every day to tweet and to write. I write enough texts a day. I can't even imagine what it would be like if I would tweet constantly. I'm getting arthritis in my thumbs. I already text so much, it's embarrassing.

http://tennis.com/articles/templates/news.aspx?articleid=17968&zoneid=25

CutePova:inlove:

Craig.
Jun 1st, 2012, 05:22 PM
I fucking love her.

jo„o.
Jun 1st, 2012, 06:02 PM
She still needs an account. :rolleyes:

jo„o.
Jun 1st, 2012, 06:06 PM
M. SHARAPOVA/A. Morita 6‑1, 6‑1



MARIA SHARAPOVA



Q. Can you maybe share how was your day yesterday with the delay and then it was postponed and how you approached this match this morning?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, it was a pretty long day yesterday. I feel like I warmed up like 20 times for this match (smiling).

Yeah, it was one of those days where you just want to get on the court and then, you know, youíre at the courts all day, and sitting, waiting around, eating, sleeping. Itís like a good way to put someone into retirement. (Smiling).

It was nice. Nice to get out there today and finish it and get in a third round.



Q. Where do you think your game is right now and how do you feel about it? How do you think about your prospects in this tournament?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I was happy with the way I played today. I never faced my opponent before. Yeah, when she has time, she really goes for her shots. I really wanted to try to get her on the move. I thought I played well, aggressive, moved in when I had to.

Yeah, with every round Iím going to be playing tougher opponents, and thatís when you really want to kind of step it up and raise your level. Thatís what Iíll try to do in the next round.



Q. You talked before the tournament about what it would mean to come back and be No. 1. What would it mean to win this title and complete a career Grand Slam?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, if I didnít have any Grand Slams, it would mean a lot to win on its own. You know, I donít need all the other, you know, things, if itís the one I havenít won or itís the one I need to win. I mean, such a big event for us and an important one, and, yeah, one that Iíve always wanted to be a champion at. Itís still a goal of mine and something I look forward to. But not because itís not the one I havenít won, but because itís Roland Garros and you want to win it.



Q. But that said, the players that have achieved it are a very special breed of player to adapt to all those different conditions, surfaces, venues. What would it mean for you to join them?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Oh, it would mean a lot to join them. I mean, of course. But itís not something that you think of, well, it will be nice to join them. I think itís more of a personal achievement than anything else.



Q. So you saw what happened with Serena, and you probably didnít see, but Radwanska lost easily today. You have been in big situations when things get tense. How do you avoid getting nervous and letting the moment take away from you and actually being able to play your game without imploding, falling apart?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I donít think you avoid it. I donít think itís something you can avoid. If you feel tension and you feel nerves, youíre human to feel it. I think itís how you actually deal with them and how you cooperate, if you let them get to you. You know, sometimes youíre in the moment and youíre able to zone in, and sometimes you think a little bit too much, and it gets overwhelming out there.

But, I mean, pressure and nerves are ‑‑ they are always going to be there. Thatís part of the game. If you donít feel a little bit of something in certain situations, then itís tough to kind of raise the level. Because when you have those nerves, you feel like you have to come up with something. At that point itís either you can or you canít.



Q. I know a little bit happens generally all the time, but what happens when itís a lot of nerves, something you generally donít experience week in and week out? Then what do you do? Do you say, Hit the heck out of the ball? Oh, Iíve got to forget about it?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Maybe wait until next time when it doesnít get so bad. (Smiling.)

I donít know. I mean, your options at that point are pretty limited. No, maybe there is a magic pill for it. I donít know. I donít think there is.



Q. Youíre one of the top players that shuns Twitter. Iím just wondering, you know, why you havenít decided to go on that media platform.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I think itís too much for me. I mean, Iím bored with myself on a daily basis, and I think if Iím bored, like eating a bowl of pasta, I donít need to let the world know that Iím at this restaurant eating a bowl of pasta.

Thatís my opinion about it now. Maybe that can change, but I feel like itís very ‑‑ just too much every day to tweet and to write. I write enough texts a day. I canít even imagine what it would be like if I would tweet constantly. Iím like, Iím getting arthritis in my thumbs. I already text so much, itís embarrassing.



Q. Are you worried at all about how things you say might be reacted to?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Not at all. No, I have Facebook, which I love to write about, but for me Facebook is more like a travel journal for me than anything else.

I mean, I think I have already 7 million fans that I have no idea where they came from or who they are, but thank you if youíre live.

Itís just a nice opportunity I think for the people that really follow you to maybe get a little bit more personal and share things and write things that come from your own voice. I just like to write a lot, so I like to make it fun and very easygoing. Itís not going to be, you know, like science.

So I have fun with it. I take a lot more pictures now than I used to, because I feel like I want to share it on my Facebook than anywhere else.



Q. When Serena Williams lost the other day, there was a chance maybe Maria Sharapovaís chance to get all the way. Do you have a special thought or did you care what the other top players are doing?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, itís tough to be in the first round of a tournament and think, this person lost in the ‑‑ someone that you could face in the quarterfinal of a tournament. I think thatís just a really wrong way to look at things. If youíre thinking like that, then youíre at a big disadvantage, because, I mean, no matter who you play, if you get to the quarterfinals, no matter who you play, you have to play at a high level. You canít worry about if itís Serena or somebody else across the net. You have to beat them.

So if somebody beat her to get to that point, then theyíre playing great and you have to go and try and beat them.



Q. Youíre flying the world, playing great Championships, doing fantastic events like the press and the media.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Wonderful (smiling). Go on. Letís not exaggerate.



Q. Whatís the boring bit? You said you were bored with Maria?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I mean, just a routine. You go through the similar things on a daily basis, especially when youíre traveling and at tournaments. Itís just a lot of similar things. I donít know. I mean, you guys know. You play a match, and we stretch. We go on the bike. We recover. We do a press conference. We go back. We, I donít know, go on the Internet. I mean, I text. Then you go to sleep or you take a nap on a day off. Itís just very basic.

Then on the days off maybe you do something a little spontaneous. Thatís pretty much it. Itís more exciting when youíre at home. Then youíre doing, like, home things and itís wonderful.



Q. This is a question from fans. They want to know who, between you and Sasha, gets more nervous watching the other play? If you watch him play, do you get nervous, or does he get more nervous watching you play? Do you know how you guysÖ

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I think I keep it inside a lot more. Then I let it out later.

I donít know. I would ‑‑ the only thing I have to say about that is itís so much easier to play than to watch. I mean, I pay so much money when Iím watching just to be in that situation. Itís a unique thing and you canít control anything, but you want to say things and scream things. Like if theyíre just doing all the wrong things, you want to be like shake their head, like, Whatís wrong with you? But then you know in that moment itís always difficult and tough.

Yeah. But Iíd rather be playing.

MM_1257
Jun 1st, 2012, 06:32 PM
A transcript!!!!!!!! YAY!!!!!!! Praise the Gods. :worship:

jameshazza
Jun 1st, 2012, 06:39 PM
Loved the Sasha question.
Also, "Let's not exaggerate" :lol:

MM_1257
Jun 1st, 2012, 06:40 PM
Nothing proves this more than her mobile phone whorriness, all the while we KNOW she has an iPhone.

We do? :confused: I'd actually go with the idea that she has a blackberry.. Been around her on too many pics. :devil: And that the iPhone is Adir's. But yup, she might have a BB, an iPhone and other phones, too. :lol: Wondering how much does she know to use of it... People saying she is not really a technical type. :p

atominside
Jun 1st, 2012, 07:48 PM
M. SHARAPOVA/A. Morita 6‑1, 6‑1




Q. This is a question from fans. They want to know who, between you and Sasha, gets more nervous watching the other play? If you watch him play, do you get nervous, or does he get more nervous watching you play? Do you know how you guysÖ

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I think I keep it inside a lot more. Then I let it out later.

I donít know. I would ‑‑ the only thing I have to say about that is itís so much easier to play than to watch. I mean, I pay so much money when Iím watching just to be in that situation. Itís a unique thing and you canít control anything, but you want to say things and scream things. Like if theyíre just doing all the wrong things, you want to be like shake their head, like, Whatís wrong with you? But then you know in that moment itís always difficult and tough.

Yeah. But Iíd rather be playing.

ahem;):devil:

Cosmic Voices
Jun 1st, 2012, 08:48 PM
^^ omg was totally thinking the same :haha:

s teddy
Jun 1st, 2012, 08:59 PM
:facepalm:

Advantage Me
Jun 1st, 2012, 09:07 PM
Thanks for posting the article jao. I can't wait for Maria to share her memoir with us. Probably after she retires.

gc-spurs
Jun 1st, 2012, 10:22 PM
We do? :confused: I'd actually go with the idea that she has a blackberry.. Been around her on too many pics. :devil: And that the iPhone is Adir's. But yup, she might have a BB, an iPhone and other phones, too. :lol: Wondering how much does she know to use of it... People saying she is not really a technical type. :p

Lol I can't recall witch photo set it was.... maybe the ones when she's getting ready for the fake short hair shoot and after it. She's got an iPhone.

lefty24
Jun 1st, 2012, 11:04 PM
ahem;):devil:

^^ omg was totally thinking the same :haha:

Me too. :angel:

She seems to be in a very good mood lately. I like these questions, more interesting than usual.

lefty24
Jun 1st, 2012, 11:05 PM
Lol I can't recall witch photo set it was.... maybe the ones when she's getting ready for the fake short hair shoot and after it. She's got an iPhone.

Yup it's the one where it looks like they just finished curling her hair.

shaktincredible
Jun 2nd, 2012, 04:33 PM
if Sharapova have twitter i will reply every single thing she tweet *annoying follower* :hearts:

MM_1257
Jun 2nd, 2012, 06:27 PM
Thanks to the Russian forum I found today's presser
M. SHARAPOVA/S. Peng 6‑2, 6‑1




Q. I guess you couldn’t ask for a better few rounds.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I came into today, you know, knowing that I’m facing a pretty tough opponent who I have had trouble against in the past, who has beaten me before. And played three sets with her a couple of times.

So she can really play, and, you know, she hits the ball really well. You know, but I tried to get her on the run today and really move her, you know, stay aggressive. I served well and returned well, and I thought that was really important, especially against her.



Q. Assess your level here, I guess, against last year when you had your best performance.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, the first few matches have been really good, and we’re on to the next one.



Q. Is there any part of you at all that feels bad for somebody paying a lot of money to come see a match, and they’re as fast as they have been so far, one after another, your three?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: The last thing that’s on my mind when I’m going out on court is thinking about who paid for a ticket and how long they’re going to watch my match for.

I mean, I’m not sure if that’s selfish or not, but my job is to go out on the court and to try to win. Whether it’s 6‑0, 6‑0, whether it’s a tough three‑set match, you’re trying to do what you have to do and play as well as you can.

If things ‑‑ obviously always could be different, you make a few more next and she plays better, then things can change. But that’s not my goal.



Q. Do you remember years where you would arrive here and think, oh, no, clay again, don’t feel like it so much? And can you tell the difference between a few years ago and how you’re enjoying play more?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, I never thought like that. I mean, that would be pretty bad.

But I felt that in the first few rounds when I would always ‑‑ especially the first couple, I’d always have ‑‑ I mean, as far as I can remember, I always had three‑set matches here in the beginning. I just always ‑‑ I hesitated and I was always thinking, well, it’s going to be tougher for me later in the rounds, because I don’t think I’ll recover as well.

That was the main thing. Now I could play, you know, the longest match, and I feel like I could go out and play the next day, which is mentally really helpful.



Q. Paris is like the only major title that you haven’t had yet. The crowd here likes you very much. This year with those early well‑played first rounds, do you feel kind of more confident? How do you envision your chance in the tournament here?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I’m certainly happy with the way I performed in those rounds, in those matches, and followed through. I did everything I had to do.

But, you know, in the next round, it starts from 0‑0. Whoever you’re playing, you have to go and try and do the same thing.

There are a lot more rounds to go. It just gets tougher from this point. And you hope as the tournament goes on that you raise your level, that you get better. You’re going to be facing tougher opponents, you’re going to be maybe facing two three‑setters, and you just have to be ready for that.



Q. Is it fair to say you’re on a real roll, or did Madrid kind of give you a reason to pause and say, Well, the game isn’t quite where I want it?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I don’t know about a pause, but, I don’t know about a roll, either. I don’t know. What’s a roll? Like winning…



Q. Well, you won Stuttgart, you won some matches in Madrid, you won Rome, you haven’t lost a match here.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, if you can determine that as a roll, then I guess. But I just see it as I played really good matches, beat great players. And I’ve got to keep moving forward and try to do that again.



Q. What about coming to Europe as early as you did this year? Has that been a good thing for you? How do you adjust being away from home as long as you have been?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, I love Europe. I mean, of course I love being home. There’s nothing like it. This is my job. I love to travel, and I had my mom here on the road with me, which is really nice.

Yeah, it’s tough because it gets a little bit long. The days just kind of ‑‑ you start counting the days and the weeks, and I think it’s already been like five or six weeks, but I’m actually feeling okay.

I think it was ‑‑ when I was maybe a bit younger, I felt like it was too much. Maybe I needed to go home. Maybe at some point I will, but right now I feel good. I’m happy where I am. I mean, I’m going to some pretty nice cities, so I can’t complain about that.



Q. Your mom is here. So do you know where your dad is?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: He’s in Florida. Yes. He’s with my dog.



Q. Are you getting some calls, texts, comments from him?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Oh, he can’t text. It’s useless. Yeah, the text ‑‑ he writes half Russian, half English. The words are all mixed up. Misspelled. I mean, it’s ‑‑ I just ask him to call me. And I try to Skype with him, and that’s a nightmare because he doesn’t know like how to answer. It’s horrible.

But I talked with him every day. Mainly just to find out if my dog is still alive. (Laughter).



Q. Has he had dog care before, or it’s new for him?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: It’s kind of new, which is why I’m a bit worried, especially my mom. But they seem to be okay, so that’s good.



Q. On the endorsement front, some of your deals have expired, you’ve got like Sugarpova coming up. Are you looking for new deals? Is Max slacking off? What’s going on?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Slacking off. Oh, my. I have more e‑mails in my career than I’ve had ever.

I’m really looking forward to the candy launch, which I think was the most exciting project that I’ve ever done before, because it’s my own business, my own investment, my own money. It’s like a baby kind of where everything you put in, every single dollar, every minute is going into something that you’re really passionate about.

Yeah, we’re pretty much ‑‑ just finished all the packaging and we worked out all the creative. Going to do the shoot for it soon. It’s going to launch at the US Open. We just got some really good buyers, so I’m really excited.



Q. Is this the longest your mom has been on the road with you since you were a kid?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Probably.



Q. So how is that? Why did you ask her to come over for so long in the first place?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I have someone to fold my laundry.



Q. You’re so spoiled?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I am so spoiled. She is the best mom I could ‑‑ oh, if I was only 1% of the mom that she is. But, yeah, I’m really lucky.

She’s just such a nice influence in my life, just a calm, so calm, could care less ‑‑ I mean, of course she cares how I do in tennis and life, but her perspective on things and just in general is really nice to have.



Q. When you get off court, whether you won, lost, practice, you pretty much can go to her and shut it down tennis‑wise?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Oh, yeah.



Q. Talk about other things?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: We talk about everything and anything, yeah. Business, life, friends. Yeah.



Q. I know you can only play who is in front of you and players never look at the draw, but no Kirilenko, Serena is not in your quarter anymore. Do you feel like the draw is sort of breaking your way, as well?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I don’t look at it that way. I never have, and like I said before, I don’t think it’s the right way to look at things to see somebody lose and say, Oh, well, now the draw is open or it’s not, or, They won, it’s going to be tough.

You can’t go about playing a Grand Slam like that. You’ve got to be ready to face your toughest opponents from the first round on. And if you’re not ready, then you should probably not be here.



And here is also her interview after Round 1 in Russian, if any kind soul wants to translate it. :) I do not have enough knowledge and time http://www.championat.com/tennis/_rolandgarros/article-125086-sharapova-nauchilas-kopit-jenergiju-na-grunte.html

jameshazza
Jun 2nd, 2012, 06:42 PM
Thanks. I think the Russian and English pressers are different. So we could get two pressers for her R3? :hearts:

Charlatan
Jun 2nd, 2012, 07:23 PM
Thanks to the Russian forum I found today's presser
M. SHARAPOVA/S. Peng 6‑2, 6‑1
Q. Is there any part of you at all that feels bad for somebody paying a lot of money to come see a match, and theyíre as fast as they have been so far, one after another, your three?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: The last thing thatís on my mind when Iím going out on court is thinking about who paid for a ticket and how long theyíre going to watch my match for.

I mean, Iím not sure if thatís selfish or not, but my job is to go out on the court and to try to win. Whether itís 6‑0, 6‑0, whether itís a tough three‑set match, youíre trying to do what you have to do and play as well as you can.

If things ‑‑ obviously always could be different, you make a few more next and she plays better, then things can change. But thatís not my goal.

what a stupid question!

MM_1257
Jun 2nd, 2012, 08:48 PM
Thanks. I think the Russian and English pressers are different. So we could get two pressers for her R3? :hearts:

Yes, they are different, but the link from round 1 - I think that it is her english presser translated. I'll post if I find anything from round 3. Unfortunately I do not have time to translate anything.


A lot lot lot of weird questions there in today's english presser, questions that might get one really nervous... :shrug:

Well, I guess now we know who took the pics of her for her fb. :p ;)

cowsonice
Jun 2nd, 2012, 10:08 PM
Me too. :angel:

She seems to be in a very good mood lately. I like these questions, more interesting than usual.

ahem;):devil:

^^ omg was totally thinking the same :haha:

Am I thinking the same thing as you all? :speakles:

Queen Masha and her peasant Sasha?? :angel:

Advantage Me
Jun 2nd, 2012, 10:11 PM
Thanks for posting the interview, Maja.

I am so happy to hear that her mum is travelling with her. That explains why is seems more relaxed and happy these days due to her mum's influence. It would be great to see her in the players' box though. I hope she comes if Maria makes it to the final. It might give her a boost to win as opposed to the last GS final.

Some good questions and answers about her mum, her dad and her dog. I love the way she answers the journalists.
Q. So how is that? Why did you ask her to come over for so long in the first place?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I have someone to fold my laundry.

JadeFox
Jun 2nd, 2012, 10:14 PM
Am I thinking the same thing as you all? :speakles:

Queen Masha and her peasant Sasha?? :angel:

You're all a bunch of Pervs.

And I love you all for it. :devil:

Shivank17
Jun 2nd, 2012, 10:42 PM
That was so harsh on Yuri :crying2: :lol:

But the question about feeling bad for the crowd was :tape: :help:

MM_1257
Jun 2nd, 2012, 10:58 PM
Oh, you perverts! :tape: Hahahaha :lol:.. Poor Sasha... No wonder he cannot play a long match. I hope no one of his or her team read this. :lol:

In the 1st round interview Maria said that the court she loves most is Wimbledon, there you can feel the tennis at its core, only the 2 players warming up and playing tennis, no buzz about the spectators or the atmosphere..
Then that she has no mantra or anything when she turns her back to the opponent and looks towards the wall between points.
Then the one about Nyagan that we all know.
She confirmed she is no longer with Tiffany and that the earrings she is wearing are her own - that is - a gift.
Then the usual quote she tells about her game on clay and that she tries to get her muscles stronger, not by lifting 20 kg each day, but she said she works a lot and listens to her body.
Then about the weight of the balls - she said that in the past she didn't use to feel any difference, but now after the shoulder surgery she feels the difference in the balls earlier than others do.
Then they noticed that in round 1 all her team was wearing blue shirts and asked her if it was intentional - she said no and that they usually put on whatever that comes to their hand when they wake up in the morning.

Advantage Me
Jun 3rd, 2012, 04:42 PM
Then they noticed that in round 1 all her team was wearing blue shirts and asked her if it was intentional
I noticed that in round 3 too.

MM_1257
Jun 3rd, 2012, 06:21 PM
Olga Morozova about Maria:
I will call Sveta and tell her that she needs to play these matches like Masha Sharapova. Even if Sharapova loses in this tournament, I'm still delighted to see her desire to improve her game. In each match, it she has shown very clear tendencies in how to play, to improve. In technical terms, she has a phenomenal forehand now, she markedly improved her serve. In addition, one should note her unique fighting abilities. Even when losing in a big match, she continues to fight and sometimes ends up winning. Can you imagine a person who has won three "Grand Slam" tournaments and now is no.2 in the world and still is trying to go forward... I think in that way should behave all the girls who want to be in the top ten for a long time. They must understand that you can not play only the way you once were. You must go forward, must improve your game.
If Sharapova wins this tournament, I'll just be happy. She has earned this and deserves this. She is very famous and is super rich, but that by no means keeps her from wanting to go further. Yes, Maria lost the Wimbledon final to Kvitova and Australian Open final to Azarenka. But I, as a coach and as a viewer am very pleased that she is always striving to improve her game.

lefty24
Jun 3rd, 2012, 06:26 PM
That's so sweet of her!
I love hearing other players praise Maria.

slamchamp
Jun 3rd, 2012, 06:49 PM
Who is she? Sveta's coach or something?

Qetusi
Jun 3rd, 2012, 06:53 PM
Who is she? Sveta's coach or something?

Olga Morozova (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olga_Morozova)

Advantage Me
Jun 3rd, 2012, 11:16 PM
Wow! Well said, Olga. That is such a true observation of Maria's performance of late. I agree with her that if Maria wins this tournament, she totally deserves it. She has worked so hard for it.

Nina.
Jun 3rd, 2012, 11:28 PM
That's a pretty funny interview. Loved the part about Yuri's dog-sitting abilities :lol:

MM_1257
Jun 4th, 2012, 06:12 PM
Maria's 4th round presser. Thanks to the Russian forum.
June 04 2012

M. SHARAPOVA/K. Zakopalova 6‑4, 6‑7, 6‑2



Q. That was one tough battle out there for you today. What was the toughest? The conditions? Your opponent?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, combination of everything. My opponent I thought played extremely well, the best that she’s played against me. I have played her a few times already.

You know, she’s dangerous. She can play well, you know, because, well, first of all, she’s had very good wins, so she’s confident. On top of that, when she hits the ball, I think some days she goes out there and goes for it, and it seems like everything just goes in and stays so low over the net.

I mean, a great example is when I was up in that first match point, I mean, she was just drilling the ball. I’m sure some other days she goes out and makes mistakes. And that’s probably why she came to this tournament not seeded. But she’s certainly dangerous.

Yeah, the conditions were difficult, so it was a good test for me. You know, I had chances to finish it in two sets, and I didn’t. But I came out strong in the third set, and I guess that’s, you know, really what matters and nice to be in the quarters again.


Q. Azarenka lost, Na Li lost. What do you think of the women’s tournament so far? You’re by far the favorite now. I mean, I know you play game by game, match by match, but it must go through your mind, like, wow, a chance. What do you think of that?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I have no control of who wins and loses except on my matches. So, you know, those are just things I can see and hear about and those are just results.

You know, the people that you mentioned, I’m not ‑‑ those are not the matches that I’m facing against next or today.

So it’s ‑‑ you know, my next opponent is the winner of Kanepi and Rus, and that’s who I’m going to be facing. That’s my only goal.



Q. You were talking the other day about your ability to go through three‑hour matches, which now you’ve had this year, last year, and today you had another one. Just talk about that, your feelings, maybe strength of body and how maybe that gives you more confidence?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, well, it was certainly a tough second set. We had really long rallies. My thought the way I came out in the third set was really good. I mean, I started being more aggressive and ‑‑ at least I felt like it. I mean, it felt like I was starting to hit the ball a little bit more and not waiting for her mistakes more than anything.

Physically, I felt fine.



Q. Couple years ago, three, four years ago, five, you have these three‑setters and you get to maybe quarters, semis, and not be able to last. Is it different now where you feel like you can go through a three‑hour match, two‑hour match and just keep pushing so it’s not an issue?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: It’s more like I felt like I would always have to save myself, because knowing that it’s seven matches, I never was ‑‑ I never felt like I recovered that well.

But I think with experience and just being physically stronger, I’m much better at that. Here you have a day off, so it’s like helpful.



Q. What’s your take on the umpire? There seemed to be a lot of close calls and she went out of the chair a few times. What happened?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, the first one was the most questionable one, I guess, because she couldn’t find the mark. I mean, I don’t know how to ‑‑ like, she said that to me. What do you say to that? You can’t find the mark? I mean, it was like, Well, isn’t that your job, is to find the mark? I mean, we’re on clay courts. Usually when there is no mark, it means it’s on the line. Obviously that wasn’t her theory.

And then she said ‑‑ I asked her to ‑‑ I asked the line judge where the mark was. She said, Well, I walked around that area; I might have stepped on the mark.

So I don’t know what to say to that, either. She had an answer for everything out there.

Yeah, and then the second one, that was ‑‑ I don’t know. I’d have to see the replay. I don’t remember if I made a gesture that it was out or not. Maybe that was the right call. But in the moment it seemed like I was correct in both situations.



Q. What’s the inspirational idea behind your jacket that you’re wearing on the court?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, it’s Paris. And I love tailoring very much. I love menswear things. Collared jackets are one of the things I wear in everyday life. It’s classy and you don’t see it. You don’t see it on the tour and it’s something very different. It’s not sold. I don’t know if anyone would wear it going to work out or anything. But it feels like a unique piece in a unique city.



Q. And the question you’re ‑‑ quite often a lot of people call you the one and only glamour tennis diva. Are you annoyed by that? Or do you think, well, I am? Or what do you think of that?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Glamour and diva. Hmmm. Yeah, that’s me. (Smiling.)

I think a lot of it is perception, and the visual that people have of ‑‑ it’s understandable, because what the outside world sees is you playing and doing press conferences. And being on the red carpet and everything is just so glam and beautiful.

But at the end of the day, it’s all big one illusion, and then reality sets in. And, you know, I don’t go to sleep with my makeup on or don’t wear makeup on the court.

I’m sure divas do that, right? (Smiling).



Q. You have been asked this before, but if you could field a two‑part question: How would you compare the Sharapova today with the Sharapova as the tennis player before the surgery? Do you feel you’re more athletic? How have you changed? And if you would play yourself in that era from before the surgery, how do you think that match would come out?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I think I’m just much more grateful today for what I’m doing and what I have, more than anything. You know, when you start playing the sport from a young age and everything just kinda happens for you and you’re on ‑‑ not a roll, but a routine and you take it for granted that things can happen, that can get you away from the sport.

So now when I’m playing, I, you know, really feel like I’m much more positive. And maybe in certain situations when I’m angry at myself, I’m not.

But overall, I see my career much more positive than I looked at it back then, especially during the tough days and losses and things like that.

And the second question was playing against myself?



Q. Yes.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I don’t know. I was thinking which dress would I be wearing? I don’t know. That’s a tough one to answer.



Q. Your wrist appeared to be bothering you some there. How much of a factor was that? Did you hurt it when you fell to the clay, or…

MARIA SHARAPOVA: When I fell on the clay? No, that was my first fall of the clay season, which is the biggest shocker. I usually have a few before the French Open.

My wrist, I think I got jammed, I’m not sure when, but whether it was a return or a shot. Someone said it was a serve that she hit in the body, which was ‑‑ I don’t know how many body serves she hit. That was probably the only one. That’s why I was probably shocked.

I guess I jammed it. But it should be fine. It’s fine. Nothing. Nothing to worry about.



Q. Your next opponent could be Arantxa Rus. Do you know her and what do you think of her?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I do know her. I played her once, I think, on clay in Madrid last year, I believe. It was a three‑setter. I think she’s a lefty, right?

Yeah, I mean, I haven’t actually seen any of her matches here, but maybe I’ll get a chance to watch some on TV when I get home. They don’t show too many matches other than the French players here, so maybe I’ll have to watch it on the Internet.

But, yeah, it would be good to see that match, definitely.



Q. How do you feel about playing on grass and how do you feel about playing on clay? Is there any chance you’re as good on both surfaces right now?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I actually like that we play on clay before we go to the grass, because I feel like once you get on the clay, I mean, the points are definitely longer, but you learn a little bit more about the point construction and execution and being ready for an extra three shots instead of thinking it’s a winner.

I think all of those, movement and fitness, I mean, you get stronger sliding out there and recovering. For the grass, that’s helpful, because there you have to stay so low.

But, yeah, I like that transition. It’s a tough one. It takes a few days to get used to, but I enjoy it.



Q. You win that wonderful car in Stuttgart. What do you do with it? Do you ship it?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: What do I do with it? I pick a car. Well, yeah, I guess I ship it to wherever they can ship it to. Hopefully they can ship it to the States. No, they said they would.

It might take a little bit longer, but, yeah, I’m excited about it. Excited for a change. I like my car, but maybe I’ll be driving another one, even though my dad sounds like he might steal it.



Q. Your coach, Thomas Hogstedt, he’s for long time already in tennis, men’s tennis, women’s tennis. You seem to be going on very well. Can you tell a little bit about his role and what he has taught you? I think he’s, especially for clay, excellent coach.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Just for clay?



Q. For that surface.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I won’t tell him you said that.

Yeah, it was definitely a tough transition for me. I said this many times. It was something that was difficult for me, because I had the same coach in my father for many years.

So to bring in somebody new was difficult at first, because it’s not just, you know, the beginning, it’s not just going on court, but you have to ‑‑ you know, you have to like the person and know him well. I mean, you see him all the time, and I was just used to all the same things. So it was different to see a new face in my team.

But, I mean, as a coach, he’s ‑‑ I think he’s done a really good job. He brought a lot of energy in my game. Definitely in my practices, you know, he came in with a lot of belief that I could get back to the top, which meant a lot to me.

You know, he didn’t come in when I was No. 1 in the world. He was eager to work with me when I was, I don’t know what, 15 or 16 in the world.

So that was a positive. He thought he could, you know, help with many things. Overall, I like the way he’s encouraged me. I like the belief that he’s brought. I think that, you know, sometimes two people can say exactly the same thing, but maybe when it comes from a different voice it hits your brain differently, especially women.

Yeah, I have really enjoyed it.



Q. Do you have to be the boss with your team, or is it more a collective process of thinking? Does there really have to be one boss?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I’d like to think so, but it never works. (Smiling.)

I mean, it just depends what, you know ‑‑ depends if we’re deciding on tournaments or like exhibitions or events. It’s just ‑‑ I mean, my dad is very involved with those decisions, and, yeah, I sometimes just ‑‑ I mean, some things I like to be in control of. Other things, I just really don’t care and they tell me what to do.



Q. What about game plan? Who’s in control: you, Thomas, or your dad?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I’m useless with game plans. That’s probably the one thing he just gets so frustrated with me about. I don’t know. I go out there and I do my own thing, and then he’s like, after the match, like, Really? What’s the point? I mean, what’s the point of having me?

But I apologized when I hired him in advance, so he’s okay.

Cosmic Voices
Jun 4th, 2012, 06:22 PM
Really great interview, glad they didn't keep bringing up the same old questions.
Thanks for the transcribe :yeah:

swissmr
Jun 4th, 2012, 06:40 PM
That was a really good interview! I especially liked the last answer. Can't see many players that would be honest enough to admit 'I'm useless with game plans' :lol:

Charlatan
Jun 4th, 2012, 08:28 PM
thanks for the transcript :yeah:

doomsday
Jun 4th, 2012, 08:34 PM
They are really annoying with their questions, stop telling her that she is by far the fave :lol:

lefty24
Jun 4th, 2012, 08:55 PM
They are really annoying with their questions, stop telling her that she is by far the fave :lol:

I HATE when they do that so much.
The less pressure the better.

jameshazza
Jun 4th, 2012, 08:58 PM
Much as I'd love Masha to win, I can't wait for this tournament to be over. Too much nervous stress, and its not doing my studying any favours.

Craig.
Jun 4th, 2012, 08:59 PM
I can't believe someone actually said: "You're by far the favorite now." :weirdo: Idiot.

Craig.
Jun 4th, 2012, 08:59 PM
Much as I'd love Masha to win, I can't wait for this tournament to be over. Too much nervous stress, and its not doing my studying any favours.

Yup.

Rerun
Jun 4th, 2012, 09:31 PM
ok, I have been flying during her match, someone tell me about her wrist! Did she got injured or something?

Advantage Me
Jun 4th, 2012, 10:50 PM
I can't believe someone actually said: "You're by far the favorite now." :weirdo: Idiot.

Maria is so used to hearing this, I don't think it will affect her. She really wants to win this herself. I am quite sure she would prefer to play Vika or Li than these lower rankers because she knows Vika's and Li's games.

These journalists obviously don't read or watch her previous interviews. Same old questions about her fitness and stamina.

Glad she gets on well with Hoggy.

Thanks for posting the interview, BTW.

slamchamp
Jun 4th, 2012, 10:54 PM
Well she said in the interview that she felt good physically so..

18majors
Jun 4th, 2012, 11:29 PM
Well she said in the interview that she felt good physically so..

Is she really OK or is it a public announcemnt to her future opponents?

jameshazza
Jun 5th, 2012, 12:03 AM
AS MSV said Masha is used to those questions, and the thing we too often overlook is that no matter how much outside pressure is on Masha, she always puts more on herself. She has always demanded the best of herself and that's why she's back where she is.

Shivank17
Jun 5th, 2012, 03:05 AM
:lol: nice interview. "I am useless with gameplans." :lol: Poor Hoggy! :hug: And the umpire really needs to read the rule book again :rolleyes: :facepalm:

Maria Croft
Jun 5th, 2012, 12:25 PM
Q. What about game plan? Whoís in control: you, Thomas, or your dad?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Iím useless with game plans. Thatís probably the one thing he just gets so frustrated with me about. I donít know. I go out there and I do my own thing, and then heís like, after the match, like, Really? Whatís the point? I mean, whatís the point of having me?

But I apologized when I hired him in advance, so heís okay.

Such a great answer :lol:

masha122
Jun 6th, 2012, 04:17 PM
Transcript of Maria Sharapova interview
Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Q. Talk about your game. You just seemed very controlled out there. Your returns were fantastic. Talk about how you feel coming into the semifinals.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, well, it's certainly nice to be in that position again. It's my third time in the semifinals. After a tough match in the previous round, you know, I'm happy with the way I improved in this match.

I thought that was really important, because she's someone that always competes and plays really well against top players especially. She has that extra motivatio
Yeah, the return is very important because she can serve very well, has a big first serve, so that was a big key today.

Q. Was it easier than expected today?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, you never know what to expect. You just have to go out there and hope ‑‑ I mean, I hoped that I would raise my level today because I knew it would be a tougher match.
I expected her to come out and play really well because she's capable of that. I think I was just ready for it.

Q. Maria you served better than the other day, it looked like, and you were moving forward more on your groundstrokes and seemed to control a lot more points than you did against Zakopalova, no?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I wanted to. There were a few things I wanted to improve from the other matches. I just thought I played very defensively against an opponent that likes that type of game.
Today I did want to be aggressive and I did want to try and step in and move forward and get the first good hit on the ball.

Q. So Kvitova won. Do you want to talk about that? It's a good little rivalry. You guys play each other pretty tough.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, she's an extremely tough opponent, someone that I have had good success in our last couple of previous meetings. But always tough matches.

The last one in Stuttgart was a tough two‑setter for me. She had opportunities in that second set to win it, so yeah, she seems to be playing really well. When she's confident when she's hitting the ball she's quite dangerous, so, yeah, obviously it's going to be another level, as well.

I hope that I can raise my level, as well, too.

Q. Obviously you haven't won every tournament you played this year, but you have been incredibly consistent for quite a while. Could you just talk about that quality of consistency, of going deep into all kinds of tournaments again and again?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, that's obviously the goal in all the tournaments that you go to. You try to prepare, no matter if it's a smaller event or it's a Grand Slam. You know, my philosophy is always if you're in the tournament you've got to try to win it, and you've got to try to perform as well as you can and improve and get better.

It doesn't matter at what level the tournament is at. So the energy that I have been playing with this year has been really helpful to me, because I feel like I've really stepped up and I've been really positive and improving.

Throughout the tournament as well, when I had a couple of sloppy matches I felt like I was able to turn that around. Yeah, it's been a good, solid year so far.

Q. On a totally different note, earlier this year you said one of your favorite things as you travel the tour is people watching, the different cultures. Obviously this is one of the great cities for that.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I do.

Q. Talk about that people watching.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: It's the best here. So eclectic. Maybe Tokyo is up there, too. I love people watching in Tokyo. It's pretty unique. Paris is another level. I wish I could take everyone's style and put it in so many cities around the world we visit.

I love the way that people go about their lives and the way they sit at cafes like a few centimeters from the cars going by. It's like, is that really nice or not? They seem to enjoy it. Everyone sits close to each other. You're listening or eavesdropping into their conversations.
Yeah, very different, which I enjoy.

Q. Can you just talk about what you have done to become a better mover on clay specifically this season or in seasons past and what Thomas has brought in terms of advice, movement, strategy?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I don't think it's always been, Oh, well, let's improve movement on clay. I think it's just about improving movement in general on any surface that you're playing.

Obviously there are a few different movements on clay with the sliding and the recovering and getting back into the point which you work on, but I think it's just a general sense of movement.

I work with Japanese trainer that I've known for a long time, physical trainer from Florida. He was in Australia for a few years and now he came back to the States, so I started working with him in the offseason a little bit here and there.
I'll see him again after here. Yeah, that's also been nice to have him. Yeah, I think it's a team effort. Also comes down to your own self, as well. If you push yourself and if you believe that that will help you, then it will.
You know, if you go out doing the same things and it gets tiring and boring, you don't push yourself as much, doesn't help you.

Q. Is it fair to say that even if you don't get the first strike or control of the point you feel little more comfortable than in years past in staying in a rally?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, certainly over several years ago. Absolutely.

Q. Obviously you're known for your groundies, but what of all the shots in your arsenal or the different exchanges you have, what gives you the most pleasure, the most joy yourself?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: The shot? Probably the swing volley because I don't have to bend my knees. I can just kind of jump up and hit it. (Smiling.)

Yeah, no, I've always liked hitting swing volleys. I can practice them all day long.

Q. Another question but back to the swing volley. You didn't use it that much last year; this year you seem to be using it a lot. Why is that? Did you lose faith in the shot or was it strategically you felt like you needed to do more things?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, I think it's just having that confidence of moving forward and not waiting for another shot to come back, and also recognizing what you did to maybe get in the position of moving forward.

You know, if you feel like you opened up the court but maybe don't believe that you did or you're not looking for the next shot, then a lot of it is about just doing it.

Sometimes, you know, you hit a few good shots and you're like, Well, I'm playing so well but everything is coming back.

Sometimes it's not so much about the opponent but it's really about you and getting in there and hitting it.

Q. About the cafes, could you see yourself as a part of the cafe society in Paris, meaning if you weren't a player, hanging out, drinking coffee, long lunches?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Who wouldn't want that lifestyle? It's great to me. I could eat at L'Avenue every single day, have the escargot and the little strawberries they have for dessert, gain like 20 pounds.

But that's all right. They walk everywhere and they bike. That would help.

Q. Your first big result post shoulder surgery was at this tournament, in a Grand Slam. So if that's right, did that change any feeling you have for this place or what you could do on clay, that kind of a breakthrough?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, it was the second tournament that I had played. I actually wished that I would have played before, but I couldn't. I had goals for maybe starting in Australia or before, but that didn't happen.

Yeah, I mean, I don't know if it has something to do with my results since then or today, but I was certainly very happy that ‑‑ like I was happy whether it was here or where I started in Poland, which seemed like the pit of the world, you know, at that time.
I was just so happy to be playing again. I mean, I look back now, and, I mean, I was really ready to get back

18majors
Jun 6th, 2012, 04:28 PM
Nice interview.

MM_1257
Jun 6th, 2012, 04:43 PM
Thanks. :worship: