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Break My Rapture
Sep 13th, 2010, 08:25 PM
Oh. :spit:

Marilyn Monheaux
Sep 13th, 2010, 09:04 PM
Didn't some report say that she won't be back until Beijing? Either way, playing Serena in a non-Grand Slam event might be Masha's best chance to beat her anyway...:p::shrug:


:crying2:

Mr.Sharapova
Sep 13th, 2010, 09:17 PM
We couldn't stand another loss to Serena could we?

Jovana.
Sep 13th, 2010, 09:20 PM
We couldn't stand another loss to Serena could we?

after seeing her lose to Woz I can stand pretty much anything now :shrug:

Marilyn Monheaux
Sep 13th, 2010, 09:36 PM
after seeing her lose to Woz I can stand pretty much anything now :shrug:

Except another loss to Caro. :o :o :o

Jovana.
Sep 13th, 2010, 09:40 PM
Except another loss to Caro. :o :o :o

this.

Mr.Sharapova
Sep 13th, 2010, 09:42 PM
Except another loss to Caro. :o :o :o

Imagine Maria tied 2-2 in their H2H :haha:

I except revenge from Maria in Tokyo:devil:

Mrs. Dimitrova
Sep 14th, 2010, 03:44 AM
after seeing her lose to Woz I can stand pretty much anything now :shrug:

This. :lol:

I hope she gets thrashed by Wozniacki again, perhaps she will wake up. :rolleyes: Getting thrashed by Serena has become a usual thing now, it's not helping.

gc-spurs
Sep 14th, 2010, 06:08 AM
From USO website- our girl gets a mention :cheer:

Best and worst of the US Open
By Ravi Ubha
Monday, September 13, 2010
The 2010 US Open is now over, and it was quite the tournament.

Rafael Nadal finally conquered New York, becoming the seventh man to complete his Grand Slam collection in the process, while Kim Clijsters defended her 2009 crown with a convincing victory over a shell-shocked Vera Zvonareva. Between the heat, wind and rain, mother nature weighed in, as well.

USOpen.org presents the best and worst of the fortnight.

Best men's match: There were a few contenders. Fernando Verdasco battled past fellow Spaniard David Ferrer in a bruising fourth-round contest; Stanislas Wawrinka ousted American Sam Querrey in another fourth-round thriller; and Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky toppled 18-year-old Ryan Harrison, saving three match points in the second round.

Novak Djokovic's five-set win over Roger Federer in the semifinals just edges it.

Djokovic audaciously saved two match points in the 68-minute fifth set against Federer. One came in the form of a drive volley, and the other was a cross-court forehand that caught the line. Djokovic then saved a break point in the final game.

"It's one of those matches that you will remember for the rest of your life," Djokovic said.

Best women's match: Clijsters' semifinal vs. Venus Williams was highly intense. Williams imploded in a second-set tiebreak, and Clijsters seized the momentum in the third with an outstanding lob. Will Williams ever end her drought at non-grass majors?

But Samantha Stosur and Elena Dementieva outdid the pair.

Stosur rallied from a 3-0, third-set deficit and saved four match points to prevail in two hours, 38 minutes. Ending at 1:35 a.m. at Arthur Ashe Stadium, it was the latest finish for a women's match in US Open history.

"The atmosphere out there was just awesome," Stosur said.

Best shots: Hmm. Who could have pulled off this one?

Yes, it was Federer again.

Following his between-the-legs winner against Djokovic in last year's semifinals, Federer duplicated the feat in the first round against Argentinean Brian Dabul.

"Maybe in terms of difficulty this one was harder because I had the feeling I had to run a longer distance," Federer said. "I had to really give the last push at the end. I turned around and couldn't believe the shot landed in the corner."

Wawrinka's swiveled forehand confronting Querrey, Harrison's windmill forehand against Stakhovsky, and Francesca Schiavone's between-the-legs effort against Alona Bondarenko weren't bad, either.

Best breakthrough: Wawrinka. Long considered an underachiever, Wawrinka knocked out Andy Murray in four sets and Querrey in five to advance to a maiden Grand Slam quarterfinal.

He competed well, despite fatigue and two taped legs, taking Mikhail Youzhny to five sets.

Best home breakthroughs: Harrison and Beatrice Capra.

When Harrison upended No. 15 seed Ivan Ljubicic in the first round, he became the first American male teen to beat a top-20 player at a major in nine years. He gave Stakhovsky, in good form, all he could handle. Harrison's reward was earning a spot on the U.S. Davis Cup team, which will face Colombia in September's playoffs.

Capra, also 18, progressed to the third round after overcoming hard-hitting Frenchwoman Aravane Rezai, the 18th seed.

"This is definitely the best moment of my life," said Capra, who entered the Open ranked 371st.

Biggest temper tantrum: Andy Roddick. Roddick lost his cool in a second-round reverse to inconsistent Serbian Janko Tipsarevic.

Roddick became ticked when a lineswoman misidentified which foot was the culprit on a foot fault and wouldn't let it go.

"I just expect my umpires to know the left foot from the right foot," Roddick said. "In hindsight did I let it go too far? Yeah, probably."

Most disappointing performer, men: Murray. More than a few tennis analysts picked Murray to win in New York. For the second straight year, he failed to reach the quarterfinals at his favorite tournament.

Most disappointing performer, women: Sharapova. She was having a good summer, so in the absence of Serena Williams, the Russian must have liked her chances. Sharapova made a slew of unforced errors, and her serve let her down in a straight-sets loss to top-seed Caroline Wozniacki in the fourth round.

Atta girl Maria :cheer:

Marilyn Monheaux
Sep 14th, 2010, 09:19 AM
Such a rockstar!:hearts:

She also gets a mention in Jon Wertheim's 50 thoughts

• Color me officially worried about Maria Sharapova. A shoulder injury can be devastating, especially on the serve, but her whole game comes unraveled too easily. Since winning the 2008 Australian Open, she hasn't even been beyond the quarters of a Major.


and a C+ from Steve Tignor

Maria Sharapova

She’s only 23, but after this tournament, the question can be asked: Will she ever win another major? On this evidence, I’d say no. Too many things can go wrong with her game now, from the service toss to the most routine forehand. She’s always played on the risky edge, but no one gets more accurate as they get older. C+

:bowdown:

Jovana.
Sep 14th, 2010, 09:56 AM
AJDE a C+, that's the best grade I ever got in math :cheer:

Marilyn Monheaux
Sep 14th, 2010, 10:05 AM
AJDE a C+, that's the best grade I ever got in math :cheer:

Don't let Ania hear this or you're gonna be in for some intense extra tutoring :scared:

Jovana.
Sep 14th, 2010, 10:36 AM
Don't let Ania hear this or you're gonna be in for some intense extra tutoring :scared:

Ania knows I'm a math failure already :sad:

Doc
Sep 14th, 2010, 06:16 PM
Wertheim talks the biggest load of borrocks in tennis. (Pardon my accent.)

Nina.
Sep 14th, 2010, 07:01 PM
Ania knows I'm a math failure already :sad:

she and Ksenia should fix your problem :p

Maria Croft
Sep 14th, 2010, 09:11 PM
So Wozniacki was one the #1 seed who had just won two tournaments before the Us Open but since Maria lost to her suddenly she's never going to win a Slam again? It's not like she lost to a bunch of losers in her last three slams.

gc-spurs
Sep 15th, 2010, 08:55 AM
Via FB:

Maria Sharapova Back on the practice court getting ready for my trip to Asia. Did you guys watch Rafa? I was really happy to see him win the US Open, he is such a great champion. It is amazing what he can do on a tennis court. I went to the David Gray concert the other night, trust me, go see him play live!! He was so good.
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs705.snc4/62574_430878577679_65920772679_5722656_3922582_n.j pg
about a minute ago · Comment · Like · Share

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Nice to hear. Also that post went from 1 comment, 15 likes to 45 comments and 243 likes in a minute.

Vartan
Sep 15th, 2010, 08:57 AM
Is it her? :confused:

gc-spurs
Sep 15th, 2010, 09:26 AM
My favourite comments:

Ramdane Benouamer all persons you like it,but you can smile,because u are a seriuse in this photo ouuuuuuuuuuhhhhhhh.just many smilllllllllllllllllllllllllle

Jamal Basit ‎....... ɐʌodɐɹɐɥs ɐıɹɐɯ ǝɯosǝʍɐ ǝɹ,noʎ.....

Johan Alarcon La Rosa hi. maria ...are you on line]?

Break My Rapture
Sep 15th, 2010, 01:03 PM
:hysteric: :crying2:

Mrs. Dimitrova
Sep 15th, 2010, 01:09 PM
I find it quite creepy that Maria posts pictures of herself on all of her status updates. :unsure:

Marilyn Monheaux
Sep 15th, 2010, 03:00 PM
People think Maria posts her status updates?:unsure:

slamchamp
Sep 15th, 2010, 07:19 PM
She possibly sends notes to the admn of the page and he uploades it with some pics:shrug:

gc-spurs
Sep 15th, 2010, 09:02 PM
Maria won't win tourneys unless she posts doodles.

Marilyn Monheaux
Sep 15th, 2010, 09:23 PM
Maria won't win tourneys unless she posts doodles.

Preach.

~MashyOwnThemAll
Sep 15th, 2010, 10:04 PM
Maria won't win tourneys unless she posts doodles.

indeed! :eek:

Jovana.
Sep 15th, 2010, 10:08 PM
Maria won't win tourneys unless she posts doodles.

I knew that was the catch.

istase2000
Sep 16th, 2010, 12:50 AM
I knew that was the catch.
damn facebook :fiery:

masha vs caro?
http://www.tennisnow.com/News/Opinion--The-Revival-Of-Maria-Sharapova.aspx?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

Marilyn Monheaux
Sep 16th, 2010, 12:53 AM
^^Sounds like it's written by a "Masha" fan.:lol:

Sp!ffy
Sep 16th, 2010, 03:34 AM
Maria Sharapova Back on the practice court getting ready for my trip to Asia. Did you guys watch Rafa? I was really happy to see him win the US Open, he is such a great champion. It is amazing what he can do on a tennis court. I went to the David Gray concert the other night, trust me, go see him play live!! He was so good.

We know, Maria. We were watching you. :bigcry:

NewShoulderPlz.
Sep 16th, 2010, 11:56 AM
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs680.snc4/62084_438716302242_163772162242_5020135_6687313_n. jpg

http://www.hongkongtennisclassic.com/

gc-spurs
Sep 16th, 2010, 12:14 PM
She's captain this time. What's the bet she dismantles Sunshine in an insignificant match?

Lucas_Arg
Sep 16th, 2010, 02:36 PM
Maria never learns...

slamchamp
Sep 16th, 2010, 03:35 PM
She'll never stop playing Hong Kong..it's only wishful thinking that she plays wta tournaments before the aus open:o

Maria Croft
Sep 16th, 2010, 03:43 PM
I really wish she would play a WTA tournament at the start of the year :sad:

Tamus
Sep 16th, 2010, 04:14 PM
Why does everyone hate that Maria plays HK? Is it because you think it's not a proper leadup to the Australian Open? Look at the results; AO is her best slam.

Break My Rapture
Sep 16th, 2010, 04:19 PM
:o Oh well.

Marilyn Monheaux
Sep 16th, 2010, 04:52 PM
Why does everyone hate that Maria plays HK? Is it because you think it's not a proper leadup to the Australian Open? Look at the results; AO is her best slam.

That was pre-shoulder injury Confidentpova.

Granted, she has played only 1 time since then, but I think a good, competitive tune-up event would be good for her. :shrug:

slamchamp
Sep 16th, 2010, 04:55 PM
Mybe she prefers to play HK to have the chance to play against top players..but still she beat Venus and tha woz last year and lost to Kirilenko then:o

Marilyn Monheaux
Sep 16th, 2010, 04:58 PM
Mybe she prefers to play HK to have the chance to play against top players..but still she beat Venus and tha woz last year and lost to Kirilenko then:o

Playing Woz & Venus in an exhibition and playing them in an competitive environment is a completely different thing, though. Masha is probably the only one who's all business during such a match. :lol:

Tamus
Sep 16th, 2010, 05:25 PM
That was pre-shoulder injury Confidentpova.

Granted, she has played only 1 time since then, but I think a good, competitive tune-up event would be good for her. :shrug:

Well, she's not going to play the week before a slam (nor should she) so that rules out Sydney. So the only tour tournaments she could play are $220, 000 events and that would hardly help her from a competitive or confidence standpoint.

Marilyn Monheaux
Sep 16th, 2010, 05:43 PM
Well, she's not going to play the week before a slam (nor should she) so that rules out Sydney. So the only tour tournaments she could play are $220, 000 events and that would hardly help her from a competitive or confidence standpoint.

Both Henin & Kim played Brisbane this year and Stosur is already confirmed to play there next year.

Auckland had Pennetta, Na Li & Wickmayer. They might be smaller tournaments, but they usually have strong entry lists and cannot be compared to events like Memphis or Strasbourg for example. ;)

Break My Rapture
Sep 16th, 2010, 05:44 PM
She should play Brisbane!!!!!

Mr.Sharapova
Sep 16th, 2010, 05:54 PM
Brisbane had Ivanovic,Kim,Henin,Wickmayer last year so its quite a good field there!

WTAtennisfan15
Sep 16th, 2010, 06:00 PM
Why to change something that works? She won in Australia 2008! Her confidence is her only problem, and Sasha! Im sorry but Sasha is part of it!

Mr.Sharapova
Sep 16th, 2010, 06:01 PM
No the only reason is Yuri who is not on the stands.I had confidence on Maria's matches when Yuri was there.!

WTAtennisfan15
Sep 16th, 2010, 06:03 PM
You bitch took words out of my mouth, thats so true! When Yuri doesn't kick Maria's ass she wont win any Slam!

Tamus
Sep 16th, 2010, 06:05 PM
Both Henin & Kim played Brisbane this year and Stosur is already confirmed to play their next year.

Auckland had Pennetta, Na Li & Wickmayer. They might be smaller tournaments, but they usually have strong entry lists and cannot be compared to events like Memphis or Strasbourg for example. ;)

I never compared Brisbane nor Auckland to Memphis or Strasbourg. ;)
I just think too much is made of her schedule and/or form going into grand slams. We've seen her have great leadups to slams and then totally bomb out and we've also seen her have good slam results with poor form going in. I just think Maria's a creature of habit and if she feels comfortable playing in HK as he Aussie warmup then that's what she should do (plus it pays her the most $$$ :hearts:)

Break My Rapture
Sep 16th, 2010, 06:08 PM
You bitch took words out of my mouth, thats so true! When Yuri doesn't kick Maria's ass she wont win any Slam!

No the only reason is Yuri who is not on the stands.I had confidence on Maria's matches when Yuri was there.!
Gosh what BS.
Sasha has nothing to do with it.
Yuri not being in the stands has nothing to do with her having confidence problems.

Tamus
Sep 16th, 2010, 06:09 PM
Maria should definitely dump Sasha and bring Yuri back. Sasha is :weirdo: and Yuri is :armed:

WTAtennisfan15
Sep 16th, 2010, 06:10 PM
(Pieter)Really? Well youre right about Sasha, but Yuri is a big deal! He is the one that can help Maria!

Break My Rapture
Sep 16th, 2010, 06:11 PM
He still helps Maria. They call each other a lot apparently and he helps her when she's training at home.

WTAtennisfan15
Sep 16th, 2010, 06:18 PM
Yeah, but he should be around more! Of course his personality is sometimes :tape: but he is amazing coach!

Marilyn Monheaux
Sep 16th, 2010, 06:18 PM
I never compared Brisbane nor Auckland to Memphis or Strasbourg. ;)
I just think too much is made of her schedule and/or form going into grand slams. We've seen her have great leadups to slams and then totally bomb out and we've also seen her have good slam results with poor form going in. I just think Maria's a creature of habit and if she feels comfortable playing in HK as he Aussie warmup then that's what she should do (plus it pays her the most $$$ :hearts:)

I never said you did. :confused: Strasbourg and Memphis just happen to be of the same category as B&A and you said that you wouldn't expect much competition in an event of that tier.;)

Yes, she's a creature of habit, but changing things up from time to time could prove to benefit her. Just look at Nadal who changed his grip when serving right before the US Open...:hearts:

And the $$$$$$$ should really be a non-factor in all of her decisions, imo.:o

Break My Rapture
Sep 16th, 2010, 06:23 PM
Yeah, but he should be around more! Of course his personality is sometimes :tape: but he is amazing coach!
Gosh he moved on! Maria is old enough to make her own decisions and has Michael to back her up as well. Yuri has a life now.

WTAtennisfan15
Sep 16th, 2010, 06:25 PM
Yes, but her game suffered!

Break My Rapture
Sep 16th, 2010, 06:25 PM
Yes, but her game suffered!
*facepalm*

WTAtennisfan15
Sep 16th, 2010, 06:28 PM
Oh my god Pieter, it's true! Maria isn't getting spanked after bad match now, when Yuri was around he spanked her and then she played well in her next match!

Marilyn Monheaux
Sep 16th, 2010, 06:40 PM
*facepalm*

+1

http://i823.photobucket.com/albums/zz157/Suhzie2/Gifs/2cdbvvd.gif



*edit* I do however think that if not Yuri, Masha should consider adding a new element to her coaching team. Someone she's not buddy buddy with.

Jovana.
Sep 16th, 2010, 06:57 PM
Oh my god Pieter, it's true! Maria isn't getting spanked after bad match now, when Yuri was around he spanked her and then she played well in her next match!


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

nobody has bloody anything to do with HER confidence, she needs to sort it out in her head. I do however think getting extra help from another coach would be a good idea tennis wise, but that again can't help her mentally if she doesn't sort things out with herself.

Lachy
Sep 16th, 2010, 11:17 PM
WTF BRISBANE geez offer Masha enough money so that I can watch her play everyday :sobbing:.

http://i48.tinypic.com/v41mqe.jpg

Mrs. Dimitrova
Sep 17th, 2010, 12:30 AM
How old is Yuri now? Let him live his life. He worked hard all his life for his daughter. :)

Sp!ffy
Sep 17th, 2010, 01:17 AM
While I do agree that Yuri has a life to live, it'd be nice to see him once in a while at one of her matches. :sobbing:

Break My Rapture
Sep 17th, 2010, 03:07 PM
WTF BRISBANE geez offer Masha enough money so that I can watch her play everyday :sobbing:.
http://i48.tinypic.com/v41mqe.jpg
IKR. :hearts:
How old is Yuri now? Let him live his life. He worked hard all his life for his daughter. :)
Exactly. Give the guy some slack. He deserves to have a life outside of tennis nowadays!

Nina.
Sep 17th, 2010, 09:07 PM
*edit* I do however think that if not Yuri, Masha should consider adding a new element to her coaching team. Someone she's not buddy buddy with.

I agree with that :shrug: somebody with experience who is all business.

Exactly. Give the guy some slack. He deserves to have a life outside of tennis nowadays!

This.

edit: and I find it very strange that there are people suggesting she should break up with Sasha since she always seems happy when there are pics of the two.

denny5576
Sep 21st, 2010, 08:31 AM
Stars Join Leaders For World Poverty Summit
6:49am UK, Tuesday September 21, 2010
Tim Marshall in New York.

The leaders of 140 countries have been joined by celebrities such as Antonio Banderas, Maria Sharapova and Zinedine Zidane in New York for a world poverty summit.
They met to review progress on the Millenium Development Goals (MDG) - 10 years after solemn promises to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger by 2015.
The UN countries made a raft of promises at the turn of the century amid great fanfare.
Among the other goals set were to achieve universal primary education, empower women, reduce child mortality and improve maternal health.
........................

http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/World-New...mit_In_New_York (http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/World-News/Antonio-Banderas-And-Maria-Sharapova-At-Millenium-Development-Goals-MDG-Poverty-Summit-In-New-York/Article/201009315737124?lpos=World_News_First_Home_Article _Teaser_Region_2&lid=ARTICLE_15737124_Antonio_Banderas_And_Maria_Sh arapova_At_Millenium_Development_Goals_(MDG)_Pover ty_Summit_In_New_York)

gc-spurs
Sep 21st, 2010, 09:35 AM
Stars Join Leaders For World Poverty Summit
6:49am UK, Tuesday September 21, 2010
Tim Marshall in New York.

The leaders of 140 countries have been joined by celebrities such as Antonio Banderas, Maria Sharapova and Zinedine Zidane in New York for a world poverty summit.
They met to review progress on the Millenium Development Goals (MDG) - 10 years after solemn promises to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger by 2015.
The UN countries made a raft of promises at the turn of the century amid great fanfare.
Among the other goals set were to achieve universal primary education, empower women, reduce child mortality and improve maternal health.
........................

http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/World-New...mit_In_New_York (http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/World-News/Antonio-Banderas-And-Maria-Sharapova-At-Millenium-Development-Goals-MDG-Poverty-Summit-In-New-York/Article/201009315737124?lpos=World_News_First_Home_Article _Teaser_Region_2&lid=ARTICLE_15737124_Antonio_Banderas_And_Maria_Sh arapova_At_Millenium_Development_Goals_(MDG)_Pover ty_Summit_In_New_York)

ZOMG Maria Sharapova fits into my uni work!

tvbsharapova
Sep 22nd, 2010, 11:49 AM
Maria Sharapova at the Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions 2010

Mr.Sharapova
Sep 22nd, 2010, 02:48 PM
WTF? who told you that?

Marilyn Monheaux
Sep 22nd, 2010, 03:00 PM
http://img59.imageshack.us/img59/6442/165943068d4bef24c591ad9.jpg

or

http://img52.imageshack.us/img52/6442/165943068d4bef24c591ad9.jpg

:D

Mr.Sharapova
Sep 22nd, 2010, 03:03 PM
Wow Imagine if Maria even then looses this tittle!@ That would be shameful!

So she is wearing her YEC dress in Bali! And of course I have to stand now the weird and ugly court!

Sharapovian
Sep 22nd, 2010, 04:18 PM
Maria is playing Bali :banana:

I can now get to :haha: at the person who said there was 0% chance of Maria playing there :devil: (Unless she somehow qualifies for YEC :unsure:)

Mistress of Evil
Sep 22nd, 2010, 04:25 PM
Is there streams for the MM YEC ???

Solidus
Sep 22nd, 2010, 04:41 PM
Wow Imagine if Maria even then looses this tittle!@ That would be shameful!



Don't worry, Maria is MM GOAT afterall. :lol:

:sobbing:

denny5576
Sep 22nd, 2010, 05:54 PM
Maria is playing Bali :banana:

How do you know Maria will play there?
Where is it written?

slamchamp
Sep 22nd, 2010, 05:59 PM
Do you think it's embarrasing for Maria to play the MM YEC?:lol:

Sharapovian
Sep 22nd, 2010, 06:05 PM
How do you know Maria will play there?
Where is it written?

Well if they are advertising the tournament using pictures of her, then why can't I assume she is playing there? :sobbing: It would be stupid for them to use pictures of her if she wasn't intending on playing there at all :help:

I didn't say she was definitely going to play, this was just an indication to me that she is more likely to play there ;)

Lucas_Arg
Sep 22nd, 2010, 06:06 PM
I don't think that is happening. They are just assuming she will play since she is qualified but I'm not sure. If she doesn't make it for the YEC it would be great, of course, but Maria doesnt like playing a lot.
BTW, Tokyo/Beijing/Moscow/Bali it's just great, lots of points and the chance of a high seed at AO!

slamchamp
Sep 22nd, 2010, 06:13 PM
I don't think that is happening. They are just assuming she will play since she is qualified but I'm not sure. If she doesn't make it for the YEC it would be great, of course, but Maria doesnt like playing a lot.
BTW, Tokyo/Beijing/Moscow/Bali it's just great, lots of points and the chance of a high seed at AO!I know:drool:

denny5576
Sep 22nd, 2010, 06:36 PM
Well if they are advertising the tournament using pictures of her, then why can't I assume she is playing there? :sobbing: It would be stupid for them to use pictures of her if she wasn't intending on playing there at all :help:

It is not stupid. On the contrary, it is clever to use Maria's name and popularity to advertise a tournament which is not so popular. WTA thousand times used Maria for such purposes.
If you'll look carefully at the picture you'll discover how clever the texts are. They really give impression that Maria will play in Bali.
That's what WTA wants - not only you, but as many people as possible to think Maria will be there.
But at the same time no one could say WTA lies. The texts represent the reality - the 8 winners of "International" tournaments will be in Bali and Maria is a double winner of "International" tournaments.
That's clever advertisment....

Sharapovian
Sep 23rd, 2010, 04:32 PM
From Facebook:

Maria Sharapova I thought it was important for me and all my fans to take the time to recognize Billie Jean and the Original Nine for everything they have done for women's tennis. I am personally grateful for their vision and their 'fight' for all the generations that followed them. I am very aware and humbled of what these nine women have done for my career.

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs337.ash2/61709_433575387679_65920772679_5780399_1993985_n.j pg

Marilyn Monheaux
Sep 23rd, 2010, 04:57 PM
:worship: She really really loves BJK and everything she stands for. :worship:

40 YEARS ON...THE ORIGINAL 9

On September* 23rd 1970, the birth of women's professional tennis was launched when nine players signed $1 contracts with World Tennis publisher Gladys Heldman to compete in a new women's tour.

The Original 9, as they were called, included Billie Jean King, Rosie Casals, Nancy Richey, Kerry Melville, Peaches Bartkowicz, Kristy Pigeon, Judy Dalton, Valerie Ziegenfuss and Julie Heldman.

Heldman, along with her friend Joe Cullman from Philip Morris and several others, provided women's professional tennis the opportunity the Original 9 and so many others sought. The inaugural $7,500 Virginia Slims of Houston was established on September 23, 1970 and it was the event that became the groundbreaker for all others.

Maria's thoughts on what the Orginal 9 achieved: " I thought it was important for me and all my fans to take the time to recognize Billie Jean King and the Original Nine for everything they have done for women's tennis. I am personally grateful for their vision and their "fight" for all the generations that followed them. I am very aware and humbled of what these 9 women have done for my career."

Lachy
Sep 27th, 2010, 11:29 AM
Can anyone find Maria's postmatch interview? :lol:

denny5576
Sep 27th, 2010, 11:40 AM
"My opponent played really a solid match," the 23-year-old Sharapova said.
"I didn't feel comfortable throughout the match. [My] rhythm wasn't there and I couldn't take an advantage. She did a good job.
"Her style of play is quite different. Her strokes are pretty fast, she stays inside the baseline and takes the ball early, so the style is different from the majority on the tour.
"On this fast surface, she uses that advantage, especially today, I think she did incredibly well," added the Russian.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/09/27/3023236.htm?site=sport&section=tennis

denny5576
Sep 27th, 2010, 11:42 AM
"Momentum is so big in tennis," said the three-time grand slam winner, who is still struggling to return to the top of the women's game after shoulder surgery in 2008.
"If you give your opponent a chance they can get confident and take the momentum away."
Sharapova, who committed 11 double-faults in total, praised the fitness of her opponent, who returned to professional tennis in 2008 after 12 years away from the game.
"It's incredible," said Sharapova. "It just shows you how she has stayed in such great shape while away from the game. She is incredibly fit."

http://ca.reuters.com/article/sportsNews/idCATRE68Q1LS20100927

Lachy
Sep 27th, 2010, 11:42 AM
^^ Thanks! Not what I wanted to hear though :sobbing:

joão.
Sep 27th, 2010, 10:20 PM
This may sound weird but sometimes I wish she wasn't so classy in her press conferences after losing, it just may seem like she doesn't care or something. :unsure:

slamchamp
Sep 28th, 2010, 12:12 AM
Me too:o I want her pissed..don't praise Kimiko!:weirdo: You just lost to a forty year old woman!!!:bigcry:

Solidus
Sep 28th, 2010, 08:06 AM
She is a classy girl. She'll never make excuses or insult her opponent (unless the opponent was being extremely obnoxious).

Nina.
Sep 28th, 2010, 08:13 AM
I like they way she talks about Kimiko :shrug: I prefer that to just saying that she played the worst match ever and that she gifted everything to her opponent.
However, she obviously has to be critical of herself as well and face the problems in her own game (not only talking about this match but about many this year).
One more note, she praises Kimiko's fitness and as much as I admire her for still bebing around and quite successful at that age, there is no way her fitness should be better than Maria's - who is 23.

denny5576
Sep 28th, 2010, 10:03 AM
Tennis: 'Incredible' Date Krumm stuns Sharapova

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Kimiko Date Krumm took Maria Sharapova to the old school of tennis Monday, scoring one of the biggest wins in the history of the Japanese game with a three-set victory over the former world No. 1 in the first round of the Pan Pacific Open.
Date Krumm, the wild card and the oldest player in the draw who turns 40 on Tuesday, beat defending champion Sharapova 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 in a match that lasted 2 hours, 9 minutes on the center court at Ariake Tennis Forest Park.
"I think I'll remember the last day of my 30s for a long time," said Date Krumm, who faces Daniela Hantuchova in the next round. "Hopefully, I can enjoy the first day of my 40s just as much tomorrow."
The tournament's 1999 winner drew singular praise from her Russian counterpart.
"I think it's incredible," said Sharapova, the No. 12 seed. "It shows she stayed in such great shape even when she was away from the game. It takes quite a while to come back and be at a fit level."
Date Krumm, who played her first match on home soil this year, only returned two days ago from Seoul, where she lost in the quarterfinals of the Korea Open.
"I came back from Korea, and had a hard time getting rid of the fatigue," she said. "I felt better when I woke up this morning, but I wasn't completely sure how I would be until I actually stepped onto the court.
"She's the defending champion and a former world No. 1 and needless to say, she's very talented. I don't stand a chance against her if I don't play at my best, so I just focused on getting myself as ready as possible."
Sharapova had never lost in the opening round at five previous Pan Pacific Opens, and was trying to become the first player to defend the title since Lindsay Davenport in 2003 and 2004.
But Sharapova, who is 17 years Date Krumm's junior, self-destructed with 11 double faults and was up 3-2 in the third set before the Japanese veteran broke her serve from 40-0 to key the comeback.
The 1.88-meter Sharapova, who towers over Date Krumm by 25 centimeters, said she struggled to adjust to her opponent's game, which is unlike that of most players.
"Her style of play is quite different," Sharapova said. "Her strokes are pretty fast and she stays inside the baseline and takes the ball early.
"Her style is not similar to the majority of the girls on tour -- especially against someone that likes to hit big and faster on the court. She really uses that to her advantage; that's what she did incredibly well."
In a meeting of two former champions -- the first ever between Sharapova and Date -- it was the Japanese veteran who took the first set after being down 5-4 to Sharapova.
Date forced deuce to make it five all before winning the next two games as Sharapova struggled with her shots, taking herself out of the match mentally.
But the former Wimbledon queen regrouped for the second set, racing out to a 3-0 lead. Date chipped away at the advantage, pulling three games back, but a calmer, cooler Sharapova found a way to spot her serve as she evened the score at one set apiece.
Date would not go away, however, frustrating Sharapova with superb shot location and a tenacity that belied her age as she clawed her way back in the match for victory, which was met with a standing ovation from the crowd.
"When I broke her and I was serving at 40-0, I just started making really easy errors off the serve and off the ground strokes as well," Sharapova said of the third set.
"I think that really lifted her game and gave her confidence. And in tennis, momentum is so big. When you give your opponent a little bit of a break, it's easy for her to gain a little confidence and carry on with it. That's what happened."
In the first match of the day at center court, Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan came back to defeat Kurumi Nara 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 and Ana Ivanovic beat Alisa Kleybanova 6-3, 6-2.
Sixth seed Agnieszka Radwanska swept past Olga Govortsova of Belarus 6-2, 6-3 in the second round, and No. 3 seed Jelena Jankovic also reached the third round with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Ukraine's Alona Bondarenko.
Rain moved several matches to the National Training Center, where Italy's Sara Errani beat Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 6-3, 6-2 while Roberta Vinci defeated Nadia Petrova 7-5, 6-4.
Ninth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova went through after Hungary's Agnes Szavay retired while being up 4-3 in the first set.

(Mainichi Japan) September 28, 2010
http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/sports/news/20100928p2g00m0sp007000c.html

slamchamp
Sep 28th, 2010, 11:31 AM
Ewww Maria what's up with your errors then at 40-0??:shrug: What's up with the choking:o

denny5576
Sep 30th, 2010, 10:04 AM
China Open Will Hold Opening Ceremony on the National Day

2010-09-30 11:25

The tournament of China Open will starts from Oct.1st, the 61st birthday of Peoples Republic of China. The Opening Ceremony will be held at 10:30 am tomorrow, showing charm of tennis fashion and joy. National Tennis Court will welcome seed players to warm-up and main draw will be published on Oct.1st.

WTA Crown Jewel Event and ATP 500 of China Open will successively hit the stage on Oct.1st after ITF events which has already begun on Sep.25th. As the first group of audience will visit tournament at 10:00 am, Box Office will open at 9:00 am to provide convenience for tennis fans

With lots of attraction and innovation, the Opening Ceremony is one of the important events in China Open. Many important guests will attend the ceremony and superstars will be present as well. The Organizing Committee specially adds fashion and entertainment elements to the ceremony, which will receive fansЎЇ resonance

The main draw list of WTA Singles will be revealed and a mystery superstar will be invited to take part in the ballot. As a Crown Jewel Event, China Open attracts top players around the world. Chinese Little Flowers with wild card will compete with famous players such as Schneider, Dusheweinuo and Anna Chakvetadze in Qualification on Oct.1st

Champions of Grand Slam included Maria Sharapova, Venus Williams and Kuznetsova will run after titles in WTA while Novak Djokovic and Murray will take the lead of ATP. In addition, Chinese players Li Na, Peng Shuai and Gong Maoxin are among the participants. These popular players have successively arrived at National Tennis Center for warm-up. They will not only attend the opening ceremony but also take parts in Carnival events.
The wonderful and amazing 2010 China Open is on the verge of bloom!
http://www.chinaopen.com.cn/en/news/2010-09-30/112571.shtml

Marilyn Monheaux
Oct 4th, 2010, 10:13 AM
M. SHARAPOVA/T. Pironkova

  6‑4, 7‑6

  THE INTERPRETER:

  Questions, please.

  Q. I wanted to ask you a little bit about how you felt about the matchtoday. At times you seemed a little bit sluggish. (:spit:) How was your preparation since being in Tokyolast week?

  MARIASHARAPOVA: Yeah, going down in the first round in Tokyo and coming here gives you kind of a little bit of a window to prepare but also doesn't give you as much match play as you obviously had hoped. The first rounds are always quite difficult, and I faced a tough opponent today.

  You know (1), I think the first rounds are never quite perfect and you just try to, you know (2), find your way and your rhythm a little bit, and there are definitely a few ups and downs. At the end of the day, I found a way to win, and, you know (3), that was the most important thing today.

  Q.You had several early leads, multiple match point opportunities both during the game and in the tiebreaker, but your opponent came back pretty often throughout the match. I was wondering how you would evaluate your performance during those times.

  MARIASHARAPOVA: Obviously in an ideal situation you want to take those opportunities, and, you know (4), you don't really want to give your opponent those chances to come back, but I think she stepped up when she was behind.

  Sometimes it's when your opponent plays their best tennis is when they're behind, and they kind of don't have much to lose and they go for their shots. She started swinging away, and I was a little bit late and a little bit more tentative, and, you know (5), let her back in the match. Like I said, that was one of the things, there was a little too many swings today。

  Q.Is there any part of your game that you're not particularly happy with at the moment? Any area that you think you could improve upon?

  MARIASHARAPOVA: I think it's, you know (6), the consistency, and, you know (7), not really having those swings and not really letting my opponent, you know (8), get back in the games and in the points. You know (9), it's obviously difficult in the first round, because you're trying to get your rhythm, and the conditions are not ideal, and you're playing a tricky opponent that throws a lot of things at you from the baseline.

  But, I mean, I think consistency is one of them and cut down on the errors, yeah。

  Q.I know you got injured so you changed your serving style in 2008, so I'd like to ask you that you didn't play as good, as well, as year before, so did you find a solution?

  MARIASHARAPOVA: Yeah, because I was out of the game for about nine months with my shoulder, and I really wanted to comeback as quick as I could. I had to make a few adjustments in my game, because if not, I don't think my shoulder was quite ready for it.

  So I did have to change my motion for, you know, for about five or six months, I would say. You know (10), after I felt like I was getting the strength back in it and I felt like I could play, you know (11), week in and week out and playing a lot of matches, and I felt strong, you know (12), then I went back to kind of a fuller motion and not quite as full as it was maybe when I used to play before surgery, but certainly a lot more fluid than after.

  Q.What do you think of the current WTA Tour schedule? Do you think it's a bit tough for the players since you were just been suffering from injuries? Are you satisfied with the current Roadmap, or do you think they have to reduce some of the matches to meet the need of theplayers?

  MARIASHARAPOVA: We've certainly reduced the amount of mandatory tournaments in the calendar year, so the players actually, you know (13), have a lot more say in their schedule. You know (14), they have to commit to the bigger events because that's really important, you know (15), for tournaments and sponsors to know that, you know (16), which players are coming in terms of advertisement, and, you know (17), for them to build up a tournament that's quite important.

  So for those mandatory tournaments, you know (18), it's pretty important to play them asfar as ‑‑ you know (19), the other ones around those tournaments, it's all a personal choice and it depends how many tournaments you want to play in a year.

  I've never really been the type of player that can, you know (20), physically handle over 20 tournaments a year. I don't think I've played that in my career, you know (21), but there are some that can, you know (22), that do quite well and sometimes play better the more tournaments they play。

  It's more of a personal choice, and I think it depends on an individual's body and how much they can play and howmuch they can take。

  Q.A few of the top seeds are not here, the Williams sisters. How do you rate your chances here? Do you see yourself going quite far? What's your long‑term goals going forward?

  MARIASHARAPOVA: It's tough to focus on who's in the draw and who's not, because at the end of the day it's all about your next match and who you're going to face and trying to win that match. I think that's what we're ‑‑ that's everyone's goal out here, because you're ‑‑ within nine days of this tournament you're facing different types of opponents and different levels, and the further you get in the tournament the tougher it gets, and, you know (23), youobviously hope to be the one that's holding the trophy.

  Q.University of British Columbia justrevealed a study about grunting, and their conclusion is that it has distracted the opponent, that the reaction is slower.

  What do you think about it? Do you agree with it or ‑‑ because it's scientific, they say? :haha:

  MARIASHARAPOVA: I don't know. That's the first time I've heard about that。

  Q.

  It's just revealed this weekend.

  MARIASHARAPOVA: Oh, that's great.

  Q. Do you feel distracted when somebody else, your opponent, is grunting?

  MARIASHARAPOVA: No, I pretty much worry about‑‑ there are so many things you have to worry about in a match, and that's really the last thing you think about when you're out there.

:)

slamchamp
Oct 4th, 2010, 03:33 PM
Not a word about an illness:o

Sharapovian
Oct 4th, 2010, 03:52 PM
23 'You know's in there :lol:

nelsondan
Oct 4th, 2010, 05:36 PM
23 'You know's in there :lol:

In my case, since English is the only language in which I could ever be interviewed, I cannot get real
critical about that. It might be a device used to give someone a fraction more time to think, before they say something, you know, that is thoughtless or, you know, just stupid. I don't know if there is something similar which is used when speaking Spanish or Russian.

Sharapovian
Oct 4th, 2010, 05:52 PM
In my case, since English is the only language in which I could ever be interviewed, I cannot get real
critical about that. It might be a device used to give someone a fraction more time to think, before they say something, you know, that is thoughtless or, you know, just stupid. I don't know if there is something similar which is used when speaking Spanish or Russian.

It has become a habit for Maria I think ;) I don't think it is purposely any more.
Even Andy Murray, Andy Roddick say it a lot :lol:

Marilyn Monheaux
Oct 6th, 2010, 10:13 AM
Maria's Bind

by Pete Bodo

Maria Sharapova lost her second-round match in Beijing with Elena Vesnina, a friend and fellow Russian, 7-6 (3), 6-2, in an encounter that was more resonant than might have been expected. In their last meeting, their only previous one, Sharapova gave Vesnina just three games in an early-round Australian Open encounter. Thus, Sharapova's loss today seemed to speak volumes about her struggle to return to the top.

Sharapova, now 23, is an enormous international star. As a former No. 1, three-time Grand Slam champion, and marketing dynamo, she's a made woman. But the relevant question here is, are her days as a contender at major events over? She's played well, but only in fits and starts. She's always done the most damage at hard-court tournaments, and while she reached the final at Cincinnati (she lost a three-setter to Kim Clijsters) and the fourth-round at the U.S. Open, she's played just three matches on the current Asian swing and won just one.

We all know she's been plagued by debilitating injury—a bum shoulder that drove her off the tour in May of 2008, just a few months after she beat Ana Ivanovic for the Australian Open title. She had shoulder surgery in October of that year and was out for almost 10 months. When she returned in 2009, she played for periods, but won only one event—when her opponent in the Tokyo final, Jelena Jankovic, retired before the first set was finished.

This year, Sharapova has struggled at the majors. She lost to Maria Kirilenko in her first match of the Australian Open. She won a relatively minor event in Memphis, rekindling the hopes of her fans, but lost in the second third round of Indian Wells, missed Miami, and was dismissed from Madrid in the first-round by Lucie Safarova.

Although Sharapova made a great effort to win Strasbourg on clay in May, she lost to Justine Henin in the third-round of the French Open— nothing to be ashamed about there, nor in her performance at Wimbledon, where she again demonstrated that she's one of the few women who can stand up the the heat and mental pressure brought to fray by Serena Williams. Sharapova played brave, sometimes impressive tennis, but lost without winning a set. In other words, it was a tense match if not really a close one. And despite her excellent effort in Cincinnati, Sharapova was soundly beaten by Caroline Wozniacki (6-3, 6-4) at the U.S. Open. And it's not like Wozniacki went on to win the tournament.

There appears to be a pattern here, some of which probably is related to her state of fitness. She just can't seem able to break through and establish herself as a reliable Top 5 performer. Currently, she's ranked No. 15 21. The best spin you can put on it is that despite her unsuccessful Asian experience this fall, she's brought herself a little bit closer to striking distance. But let's face it, in order to get back in the conversation about top players, Sharapova would have helped her cause with a strong Asian swing — especially in light of the fact that she wouldn't have to contend with the likes of Venus and Serena Williams, Clijsters or even Henin. She failed to take advantage, which must be disappointing.

Following her loss to Vesnina, Sharapova said, "I'm definitely not as good as I wanted to be. After the U.S. Open I wasn't able to train as much as I would've wanted to, and I feel like the last couple of weeks I've just been trying to play catch-up. My rhythm hasn't been where it should be. Obviously it's disappointing, but I've lost and won many matches in my career. I'll just have to regroup and move forward."

That's a brave attitude, but there's never been any question about Sharapova's heart. It's her game that seems wanting. She's never really found that groove; she's become unpredictable.

She said of Vesnina, "I have to give a lot of credit to my opponent. She played extremely well. She was really aggressive and hit the ball really deep and consistently. I wasn't able to do the things I do. She served extremely well and had me off-balance. It was definitely her day."

The stat of the match: Vesnina served five aces and no double faults; Sharapova served two aces and double-faulted seven times. When you watch players who are on the upswing, or regaining something lost, you generally see a measure of momentum. But it seems that just when it looks like Sharapova is ready to contend again, the wheels fall off. Her problem is that many girls hit the ball "really deep and consistently" these days. You can't hang back and wait for them to self-destruct, especially if your stock in trade has been, like Sharapova's, the inclination and ability to dictate.

The hallmark of a great, even an aspiring-to-be-great player, is consistency, and that's what Sharapova has lacked ever since her shoulder troubles started. Her game has always been effortful, slightly wooden, effective but more of a testament to determination and competitive fitness than talent or even that wild card factor, self-regard. Sharapova needs to be careful that the game doesn't pass her by, or be prepared to accept diminished status in the event that it does.

It's a tough bind for a young player whose status may be out of sync with her degree-of-impact, but Sharapova has shown the ability to handle pressure before; she'll need to demonstrate that capacity again.

I think that's actually a pretty accurate article. :)

gc-spurs
Oct 6th, 2010, 10:55 AM
Pretty dead on. Sad too- so promising after grass.

Rerun
Oct 6th, 2010, 12:15 PM
she might start thinking about a possible retirement, sounds pretty obvious to me at the moment

joão.
Oct 6th, 2010, 01:07 PM
^:sobbing:

nelsondan
Oct 6th, 2010, 05:16 PM
there's never been any question about Sharapova's heart. It's her game that seems wanting.

I thought it was a pretty good article, but I disagree with this. Her game, over and over, has been good enough---until it is time to finish the deal. She can be up 40-0, and lose a game. She can be up 4-2 and not put away the set. Something is missing in her heart nowadays-----she is wealthy, she has won a lot in other years, she has romance-----the grit and determination are missing. Her game is better than her record.

Marilyn Monheaux
Oct 6th, 2010, 09:10 PM
^^The problem is not her heart, but her brain, imo.

MaitaBaby
Oct 6th, 2010, 10:46 PM
she might start thinking about a possible retirement, sounds pretty obvious to me at the moment

If her 2011 is going to be a train wreck, this might come sooner than 2016. :(

gc-spurs
Oct 6th, 2010, 11:11 PM
^^The problem is not her heart, but her brain, imo.

Modify that sentence a bit and you've got yourself a poetic one liner.

Mrs. Dimitrova
Oct 6th, 2010, 11:12 PM
Maria has the heart of a lion. :shrug:

gc-spurs
Oct 6th, 2010, 11:18 PM
Maria has the heart of a lion. :shrug:

Teerin's poetic too

Marilyn Monheaux
Oct 6th, 2010, 11:48 PM
Modify that sentence a bit and you've got yourself a poetic one liner.

It is not the brains that matter most, but that which guides them -- the character, the heart, generous qualities, progressive ideas

Sp!ffy
Oct 7th, 2010, 12:12 AM
There will be a day when Maria retires and there is nothing we can do to stop that. All we need to do is just savor the moments we have seeing her now.

gc-spurs
Oct 7th, 2010, 12:35 AM
It is not the brains that matter most, but that which guides them -- the character, the heart, generous qualities, progressive ideas

Stop it. I'll tear up.

Jacey
Oct 7th, 2010, 12:43 AM
If her 2011 is going to be a train wreck, this might come sooner than 2016. :(

I somehow find this hard to believe...my guess would be she would wait until 2012 to retire. Remember one of her goals is to play in the Olympics. Unless she has another injury that would take her out of tennis completely. But....if her year starts off bad and by that I mean the 1st 3-4months then I don't think she'll hang around.

But what the hell do we all know. :rolleyes:

nelsondan
Oct 7th, 2010, 01:24 AM
^^The problem is not her heart, but her brain, imo.

So when the score is 40-0----she lacks the math skills to know that it is important to win one of the next three points? Or when she has just broken an opponent for the lead, she is not bright enough to remember to not let up---to keep the pressure and concentration intense when she serves?

gc-spurs
Oct 7th, 2010, 02:32 AM
So when the score is 40-0----she lacks the math skills to know that it is important to win one of the next three points? Or when she has just broken an opponent for the lead, she is not bright enough to remember to not let up---to keep the pressure and concentration intense when she serves?

Yes that's exactly what Maja meant, well done.

But no. It means when (and this is my own perception) theres a really important point e.g. Sunshine BP, and she obviously wants to win but lets the pressure get to her and DFs. Or when she’s up 15-40 and she needs the break and keeps trying to hit a flat fast winner on the return even though they keep going long. Or lack of being able to switch up the game plan from ‘hit a winner’ even when its not time for a winner.

JamieOwen3
Oct 7th, 2010, 02:39 AM
hail mother of mercy and of love, OHHHH MAAAARIIIIIA

denny5576
Oct 7th, 2010, 02:45 AM
BEIJING 2ND ROUND

Q. It's turning out to be a bad end of the season for you, isn't it?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I'm definitely not as good as I wanted to be. But, you know, I didn't really have a great preparation coming into these last couple tournaments. You know, after the Open I wasn't really able to -- I didn't train as much as I wanted to, and I feel like the last couple of weeks I have just been trying to play catchup.
Going on the court hasn't -- my rhythm hasn't been where it should be. So obviously it's disappointing, but I've lost and won many matches in my career. You know, you just have to regroup and find a way to, you know, to improve things and get better and look forward to a new season.

Q. What is your schedule for the rest of the season?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I'm not sure, actually. I think I'm scheduled to play Moscow, but I don't know. We'll see.

Q. (Through translation.) This should be your first completed season after the injury. Before the start of the season, have you had any plan about the ranking position or any special goal?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I'm not really at a point in my career where I focus so much about numbers, and I actually never really have been throughout even the juniors and working my way up to a professional level. I just -- my goal was always just to try to beat my next opponent, whoever that was.
The more wins you have, obviously the better your ranking is going to be. I mean, there's no secret to that. That's always my goal.

Q. Is there one thing you can pinpoint about today's match? Watching you, it just looked like you were constantly a little bit behind her and had to keep catching up. Was there one thing that let you down, or was it just -- you said your preparation was a little bit lacking. Is it an overall thing?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I have to give a lot of credit to my opponent, because I think she played extremely well, the best that she's played against me.
She was really aggressive, she hit the ball really deep today and really consistently, as well. That kind of kept me on the defense, and I was never really able to step in and do things that I do well and never really was able to cut off the angles.
She served extremely well and really had me off-balance and took advantage of the first balls, you know, and it was definitely her day.

Q. I noticed you struggled with your serve a little bit, dropping a couple of critical double faults. I was wondering if that was a lack of opportunity to train, or was something else playing into that?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, a little bit, and I think it was just errors just all around the game and it just kind of added up. You know, I was giving her way too many looks on second serves, and, you know, she was hitting away.
That put a little bit more thought into my mind that I had to go for a little bit more than I actually had to, and that creates errors. Yeah, so it was just a combination of, you know, errors all around the game.

gc-spurs
Oct 7th, 2010, 02:49 AM
Yes that's exactly what Maja meant, well done.

But no. It means when (and this is my own perception) theres a really important point e.g. Sunshine BP, and she obviously wants to win but lets the pressure get to her and DFs. Or when she’s up 15-40 and she needs the break and keeps trying to hit a flat fast winner on the return even though they keep going long. Or lack of being able to switch up the game plan from ‘hit a winner’ even when its not time for a winner.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, a little bit, and I think it was just errors just all around the game and it just kind of added up. You know, I was giving her way too many looks on second serves, and, you know, she was hitting away.
That put a little bit more thought into my mind that I had to go for a little bit more than I actually had to, and that creates errors. Yeah, so it was just a combination of, you know, errors all around the game.

Ok Maria said it better than me.

nelsondan
Oct 7th, 2010, 05:12 AM
Ok Maria said it better than me.

That is extremely well laid out, very clear in meaning. Still, I am not sure it is an adequate explanation for all of these failures in key moments these last few months. Maybe there is no consistent explanation. But the underlying point is still there---her game is not that bad----it has been incompletely executed.

Vartan
Oct 7th, 2010, 05:36 AM
I think her movement is horrible, worse than ever.

Mrs. Dimitrova
Oct 7th, 2010, 05:41 AM
Grandmaria.

domon17th
Oct 7th, 2010, 03:34 PM
I think her movement is horrible, worse than ever.

Agree completely. She just looked flat-footed for the most part against Vesnina. I know movement has always been an issue for Maria but it's not even so much abt that, it's your footwork Maria. Gosh this is getting exhuasting. Prob a good choice to end the season for us fans as well.

JamieOwen3
Oct 7th, 2010, 03:35 PM
i have no favourites playing it's just a complete shit hole in the WTA at the moment for me, apart from Ivanovic who im becoming a bigger fan of every match.

slamchamp
Oct 7th, 2010, 03:44 PM
BEIJING 2ND ROUND

I think she played extremely well, the best that she's played against me.


I think I heard that a lot :o It's not your oponents playing amazing is you sucking maria!
Vesnina didn't play bad in their last meeting and lost 3 and 0..enoough said:o

Break My Rapture
Oct 7th, 2010, 04:44 PM
Grandmaria.
I am so changing my name to that soon. :hysteric:

Doc
Oct 7th, 2010, 06:10 PM
I'm sure Maria must see now that there are big problems with her preparation. I'm not sure if she's trying to blind herself to this or not - but after these meltdowns a new approach is needed.

Marilyn Monheaux
Oct 7th, 2010, 06:57 PM
I am so changing my name to that soon. :hysteric:

Make it Granmaria. The Grandmaria sound like she actually does something "grand".:o










:sobbing:

Nina.
Oct 7th, 2010, 07:31 PM
Make it Granmaria. The Grandmaria sound like she actually does something "grand".:o


Grand losses in 2010?

Sp!ffy
Oct 7th, 2010, 11:55 PM
Is it me or does Maria say the same exact things in all of her press conferences?

Everytime she loses she always says its because of too many errors.

Well, Maria, you've found the problem now FIX IT! :facepalm:

Vartan
Oct 10th, 2010, 10:45 PM
http://img.tennis-warehouse.com/new_product/NWMST-1.jpg
At this year's US Open Nike made a T-shirt for me that says "I am not the next anyone" which was for sale at the tournament only. I spoke to my friends at Tennis Warehouse and they agreed to sell them so my fans all over the world can buy them as well. I hope this T-shirt motivates all my female fans to be the best THEY can be in whatever they do. http://bit.ly/9YXelI

You can have one now, Teerin.

Mrs. Dimitrova
Oct 11th, 2010, 02:52 AM
Thanks. But I don't have any boobs.

Vartan
Oct 11th, 2010, 03:41 AM
Whaaaaat, they should special order men's.

gc-spurs
Oct 11th, 2010, 03:54 AM
^Tell Maria
Then she can talk to her friends at tennis warehouse

goldlion
Oct 11th, 2010, 04:20 AM
^Tell Maria
Then she can talk to her friends at tennis warehouse

haha nice of her to consider them 'friends' in tennis warehouse

Mrs. Dimitrova
Oct 11th, 2010, 07:41 AM
Maria is has 2.9 million followers on the internet (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) making her the most followed female athlete on the web. Only 0.1 million on Facebook to go for 3 million! And she doesn't even have a Twitter. :cheer:

Lachy
Oct 11th, 2010, 01:36 PM
Miss. Popular.

Sharapovian
Oct 11th, 2010, 02:42 PM
http://img.tennis-warehouse.com/new_product/NWMST-1.jpg


I don't think this is/ or ever will be sold in the UK :sad:

I might buy it from America :bounce: but hopefully the shipping won't cost a fortune :rolleyes: Also need to make sure about size conversions :lol:

JadeFox
Oct 11th, 2010, 03:18 PM
Maria is has 2.9 million followers on the internet (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) making her the most followed female athlete on the web. Only 0.1 million on Facebook to go for 3 million! And she doesn't even have a Twitter. :cheer:

Masha should get a Twitter. All the bitchy tweets and nonstop talk about food would make hers glorious. :hearts: :lol:

MS17
Oct 16th, 2010, 02:42 AM
sorry if its not the right place !
but who knows who is Maria`s agent ?
his<her picture please !

Andy.
Oct 16th, 2010, 02:45 AM
sorry if its not the right place !
but who knows who is Maria`s agent ?
his<her picture please !

Its Max Eisenbud

http://www.sportsbusinessjournal.com/images/articles/SBJ201003080105A-42.jpg

cyannnnn
Oct 17th, 2010, 03:07 PM
why alvarorama says on twitter
Maria Sharapova aduce problemas personales como detonantes de su ausencia en Moscú.
Il y a environ 1 heure via web

for me she just want to end because she plays bad but "personal problems"..;

slamchamp
Oct 17th, 2010, 03:11 PM
It's pretty obvious it wasnt because of an injury..She playing like garbage, better have a good preparation for 2011

Break My Rapture
Oct 17th, 2010, 03:18 PM
Personal problems? :scared:

Jovana.
Oct 17th, 2010, 04:24 PM
yes, alvarorama is a good source of information. She quit cause she was playing crap and wants to prepare for 2011.

denny5576
Oct 17th, 2010, 07:11 PM
why alvarorama says on twitter


for me she just want to end because she plays bad but "personal problems"..;
What excuse do you suggest? What else could Maria say when everybody knows she is not injured?

cyannnnn
Oct 17th, 2010, 07:20 PM
i prefer she says that she prefer to prepare for next year than "personal problem".
"personal problem" sounds like she has problem in her private life

atominside
Oct 17th, 2010, 07:21 PM
i knew her romance was no good for her career. UGH

atominside
Oct 17th, 2010, 07:25 PM
yes, alvarorama is a good source of information. She quit cause she was playing crap and wants to prepare for 2011.
is this sarcasm:confused:

Jovana.
Oct 17th, 2010, 07:54 PM
is this sarcasm:confused:

the first part is. well done :cheer:

Marilyn Monheaux
Oct 17th, 2010, 08:02 PM
Hey Joxy, get your butt over in the Off Season thread and tell me what you think about the SS TWATs. :o



Ps. Maybe the personal problem is her strained relationship with Mikey and she'll get rid of him! :cheer: (jk)

denny5576
Oct 17th, 2010, 08:45 PM
i prefer she says that she prefer to prepare for next year than "personal problem".
"personal problem" sounds like she has problem in her private life
She cannot say "prefer to prepare for next year". In order to cancel her agreement to play Moscow she must give an OBJECTIVE reason, not subjective one or her wish. A reason which objectively does not allow her play. The usual excuse is an injury. But Maria could not use it because the world knew she is not injured.
The other usual excuses are "family problems" or "personal problems".
Maria used one of it.
The excuses used by players often are not real, exactly like the injuries which they publish as a reason. But for an injury the player must have proof. For the personal or family "problems" - not.
So do not believe Maria has personal problems only because she used such excuse for not playing in Moscow.

Rerun
Oct 18th, 2010, 05:45 PM
her lullaby for the rest of the year should be "hire up a new coach" :D

better with a charming voice :D

Tennis Observer
Oct 18th, 2010, 08:05 PM
She cannot say "prefer to prepare for next year". In order to cancel her agreement to play Moscow she must give an OBJECTIVE reason, not subjective one or her wish.
As she did not accept a WC for Kremlin Cup, IMO there is non need for her to explain her reasons.

I see it a little bit different for Bali Chamipionships as there is an obligation to attend, but I am not interested in an answer to that rule issue. What I really would like to know is this:

Can anyone confirm that Maria will not play in Bali this year?

Marilyn Monheaux
Oct 18th, 2010, 08:09 PM
^^Maria ended her season. No Bali for her.

cyannnnn
Oct 19th, 2010, 05:57 PM
someone know where is she? LA or Arizona???

it's me or henin and maria lost the desire to play tennis after YRC 2007. sad!!!

JamieOwen3
Oct 19th, 2010, 06:05 PM
^^^^^ just you! Maria didn't look like she had lost her desire at the 2008 AO or even the 2009 French Open. Justine must have the desire or else she wouldn't have made her comeback :shrug:

Marilyn Monheaux
Oct 19th, 2010, 06:05 PM
someone know where is she? LA or Arizona???

it's me or henin and maria lost the desire to play tennis after YRC 2007. sad!!!

*cough*AO - Charleston 08*cough*

JamieOwen3
Oct 19th, 2010, 06:07 PM
and even the french open in 2008 she had hunger to win. although she lost to safina the most memorable part was maria's allez moment :lol:

cyannnnn
Oct 19th, 2010, 06:12 PM
i know that YEC2007 i watch a tennis game.
after that i don't know what i watch. every time i watch a tennis game, it's very very boring

JamieOwen3
Oct 19th, 2010, 06:29 PM
did you not see their 2008 australian open match? or this years french open match?

cyannnnn
Oct 19th, 2010, 06:34 PM
did you not see their 2008 australian open match? or this years french open match?

the 2008 AO: the match is one direction because justine was injury. i'm a fan of maria but sorry sometime we must be objective.
for the frenchopen: sorry don't see the match i was in exams.

JamieOwen3
Oct 19th, 2010, 06:52 PM
im sorry but i don't believe justine was injured, maria just outplayed her

srjaas8C18s

istase2000
Oct 19th, 2010, 09:45 PM
I have to agree, Maria AO08 was just too good!
i miss those groundstrokes :sobbing:

Jacey
Oct 19th, 2010, 10:17 PM
the 2008 AO: the match is one direction because justine was injury. i'm a fan of maria but sorry sometime we must be objective.
for the frenchopen: sorry don't see the match i was in exams.

Maria out righted played Justine.....I don't remember any mention of an injury. Plus look at ALL the matches Maria played at the AO 2008...Maria was unstopable.

Sharapovian
Oct 19th, 2010, 10:19 PM
Masha Fierce :inlove:

~MashyOwnThemAll
Oct 19th, 2010, 10:50 PM
the 2008 AO: the match is one direction because justine was injury. i'm a fan of maria but sorry sometime we must be objective.


Agree with you, we must be objective... :) Justine has won a tournament before and after the AO. (Sidney, Antwerp)

With her "knee injury" was a big tale (as the reason of the defeat). Superego rulez! ;)

Maria was unbeatable on that day, that week, that grandslam.

....do not dare to think what kind of years would have waited for us if she is not injured at IW or later.... :bigcry::bigcry: :sad:


Her champion-carreer broke in half on that day.

gc-spurs
Oct 19th, 2010, 11:40 PM
Justine didn't even play bad... not that she had the chance to. Those groundstrokes were just a-blazin'!

Mrs. Dimitrova
Oct 20th, 2010, 03:01 AM
the 2008 AO: the match is one direction because justine was injury. i'm a fan of maria but sorry sometime we must be objective.
for the frenchopen: sorry don't see the match i was in exams.

And you're a Justine fan. Don't use that excuse. :lol:

shaktincredible
Oct 20th, 2010, 03:42 AM
maria had amazing winning streak from AO 2008, fed cup against Israel, Doha 2008, until IW QF against Hantuchova.

Then "this is my home" accident. KARMA. :hysteric:

then she lost to sveta on IW semis, lost to safina on 4R RG, lost to kudryavtswhatever on 2R WIM, injury. :crying2:

nelsondan
Oct 20th, 2010, 04:27 AM
From Todd Spiker. Who he?

http://wtabackspin.blogspot.com/2010/10/2010-all-intriguing-team.html

Maria Sharapova, RUS: Is 2011 the year when the course of the rest of Sharapova's career will be determined? Over the past six months, some have seen the Russian as being on an extended course toward reclaiming her old spot in the Top 5 and as a consistent slam contender by next summer, but her lack of consistent results, continued post-shoulder surgery service problems, and -- worst of all -- a seeming case of the "yips" when it comes to closing out matches and rising to the occasion in tight situations, the jury is very much still out and the verdict on whether she'll EVER be "Supernovic" again hardly pre-determined. Monica Seles was never the same poke-out-your-eye competitor after her stabbing, and one has to wonder if Sharapova will ever be able to be the hard-bitten opponent she once was now that she's got that nagging notion in the back of her mind that she can't really FULLY trust that her one-time biggest weapons -- her serve and her heart -- will be there when she needs them in a match's crunchtime. Could it be that the hard truth about the Russian's career arc has been hiding in plain sight all along? When I first gave Sharapova that "Supernova" nickname back in 2004, I played off only a portion of the dictionary definition of the word. "A rare celestial phenomenon in which a star explodes" seemed an apt description of her meteoric rise, but I chose to mostly ignore the "resulting in an extremely bright, short-lived object" part of the equation. Maybe it's time to take the blinders off?

cyannnnn
Oct 20th, 2010, 05:28 AM
And you're a Justine fan. Don't use that excuse. :lol:

i hate her personnality but i can say that she has the most beautiful game on the actuality wta tour

denny5576
Oct 20th, 2010, 08:58 AM
the 2008 AO: the match is one direction because justine was injury. i'm a fan of maria but sorry sometime we must be objective.
for the frenchopen: sorry don't see the match i was in exams.
before making such statements read first what Justine said about that match at that time and when came back playing again. And also watch the video of the match and listen the comments of Navratilova. She likes Justine and does not like Maria, that's why her comments can be trusted.
That AO 2008 match plus the match Maria - Justine at YEC 2007 plus the match Justine - Serena 2008 were the decision making events - said Justine.

Break My Rapture
Oct 20th, 2010, 04:03 PM
From Todd Spiker. Who he?

http://wtabackspin.blogspot.com/2010/10/2010-all-intriguing-team.html

Maria Sharapova, RUS: Is 2011 the year when the course of the rest of Sharapova's career will be determined? Over the past six months, some have seen the Russian as being on an extended course toward reclaiming her old spot in the Top 5 and as a consistent slam contender by next summer, but her lack of consistent results, continued post-shoulder surgery service problems, and -- worst of all -- a seeming case of the "yips" when it comes to closing out matches and rising to the occasion in tight situations, the jury is very much still out and the verdict on whether she'll EVER be "Supernovic" again hardly pre-determined. Monica Seles was never the same poke-out-your-eye competitor after her stabbing, and one has to wonder if Sharapova will ever be able to be the hard-bitten opponent she once was now that she's got that nagging notion in the back of her mind that she can't really FULLY trust that her one-time biggest weapons -- her serve and her heart -- will be there when she needs them in a match's crunchtime. Could it be that the hard truth about the Russian's career arc has been hiding in plain sight all along? When I first gave Sharapova that "Supernova" nickname back in 2004, I played off only a portion of the dictionary definition of the word. "A rare celestial phenomenon in which a star explodes" seemed an apt description of her meteoric rise, but I chose to mostly ignore the "resulting in an extremely bright, short-lived object" part of the equation. Maybe it's time to take the blinders off?
I've decided to stop reading these kind of articles because they either make me too depressed or they lift my hopes up too high. :sad:

Solidus
Oct 20th, 2010, 05:53 PM
I've decided to stop reading these kind of articles because they either make me too depressed or they lift my hopes up too high. :sad:

Predictions even from so called 'experts' are wothless, the fact of the matter is, is that we don't and can't know whether Maria will be a great player again, all we can do is wait.

Break My Rapture
Oct 20th, 2010, 06:21 PM
Predictions even from so called 'experts' are wothless, the fact of the matter is, is that we don't and can't know whether Maria will be a great player again, all we can do is wait.
Well I'm pretty optimistic that she'll stil win Slams because of her USOS tournaments. I just really think that Cincy was THE deathblow to her season. I think she was mentally drained after wasting those MPs against Kim. :sad:

Marilyn Monheaux
Oct 20th, 2010, 06:27 PM
I'm pretty optimistic that she'll win slams because of players like Sunshine picking up Premier Mandatory titles.:lol:
j/k. I think Maria still has the heart, the desire and of course the game to win a few slams, especially when she a) is an underdog (strangely, she's not doing well as a favorite) and b) gets a nice draw... No Serena, Venus, Kim, Caro or Henin until the semis, please.:lol:

denny5576
Oct 22nd, 2010, 04:59 PM
Maria will not play in Hong Kong.
She is not anymore in the Russian team and is not a captain.
Vera Zvonareva is.
There should be serious reason for Maria to withdraw from Hong Kong.
And I do not like the fact that the engagement is simultaneous with the withdrawal.

denny5576
Oct 22nd, 2010, 05:15 PM
Sharapova has been a loyal participant at the Hong Kong tournament since she started to play here as a precociously talented teenager in 2003.
President of the Hong Kong Tennis Patrons’ Association Ian Wade explained, “Maria feels she needs to play in a WTA ranking tournament at the start of the year, and she’s going to break her routine of starting in Hong Kong. We’re naturally disappointed but we know how hard a decision this was for her. With a current ranking of 18, Maria is working hard to get back in the Top 5.”

~MashyOwnThemAll
Oct 22nd, 2010, 05:19 PM
“Maria feels she needs to play in a WTA ranking tournament at the start of the year, and she’s going to break her routine of starting in Hong Kong.

THANKS MY GOD ! :worship:

Brisbane is the way!!!:bounce:

Mistress of Evil
Oct 22nd, 2010, 05:35 PM
A real tourney before AO :cheer:

Lucas_Arg
Oct 22nd, 2010, 05:42 PM
This is great news.
Brisbane would be lovely!

Break My Rapture
Oct 22nd, 2010, 05:44 PM
No Hong Kong. :hearts: Brisbane FTW!

Break My Rapture
Oct 22nd, 2010, 05:45 PM
And OHMYFUCKINGGOD @ at Maria getting engaged. :tears: What a ginormous shock. :lol: Happy for them, as long as it doesn't affect Maria's career (I know, really selfish). :sobbing:

JamieOwen3
Oct 22nd, 2010, 05:45 PM
my god all of us were talking about this a month or so ago :lol: we predicted the future :lol: i hope she plays 2 tournaments brisbane & sydney :hearts:

~MashyOwnThemAll
Oct 22nd, 2010, 05:50 PM
my god all of us were talking about this a month or so ago :lol: we predicted the future :lol: i hope she plays 2 tournaments brisbane & sydney :hearts:

:unsure: :weirdo: (Forget it)

Lucas_Arg
Oct 22nd, 2010, 05:51 PM
Marriage makes me think Maria won't be as focused but the HK news makes me think she is really hungry for AO!

Sharapovian
Oct 22nd, 2010, 05:52 PM
OMG :cheer: Brisbane/Sydney would be nice :)

And congrats on the engagement girl! :D

JamieOwen3
Oct 22nd, 2010, 05:53 PM
? isn't brisbane the tournament before sydney medibank? it was this year as i remember justine withdrew from sydney after the brisbane epic final. i said i hope she plays both how does that make me a weirdo? :lol:

Jack89
Oct 22nd, 2010, 06:00 PM
I hope she plays either Brisbane or Sydney.

More hoping for Brisbane as Sydney is the week before the AO starts and I'm always a bit cautious about her playing the week before a Slam

JamieOwen3
Oct 22nd, 2010, 06:10 PM
yeah playing 2 tournaments won't happen anyway and brisbane will be where she plays as she doesn't play the week before a slam.

unless she would lose early in brisbane GOD FORBID!!!

~MashyOwnThemAll
Oct 22nd, 2010, 06:17 PM
? isn't brisbane the tournament before sydney medibank? it was this year as i remember justine withdrew from sydney after the brisbane epic final. i said i hope she plays both how does that make me a weirdo? :lol:

yes. Three tournaments in straight weeks?? Having no chance. Especially including a GS!

If you know Maria well enough, you know that this will not happen. Does not endure it physically.

I hope she plays either Brisbane or Sydney.

More hoping for Brisbane as Sydney is the week before the AO starts and I'm always a bit cautious about her playing the week before a Slam


+1, exactly.

I can bet that Brisbane will be the choice :cool:

JamieOwen3
Oct 22nd, 2010, 06:19 PM
i was only hoping for her to play sydney, i know it won't happen :p

~MashyOwnThemAll
Oct 22nd, 2010, 06:21 PM
okaaay Mr. Hoping :p :D

JamieOwen3
Oct 22nd, 2010, 06:31 PM
:lol: yeah not anymore as it was pointed out that sydney is a wek b4 the AO :rolleyes: it's really cool seeing her start the year differently for the first time in her top playing career :hearts:

Monzanator
Oct 22nd, 2010, 06:34 PM
i hope she plays 2 tournaments brisbane & sydney :hearts:

Neah, one is enough :cool: My cristal globe tells me it's going to be Brisbane :devil:

JamieOwen3
Oct 22nd, 2010, 06:41 PM
^^ as i already stated :lol: ;) either way it's nice for australian fans to see her play somewhere else in australi apart from the australian open :yeah:

~MashyOwnThemAll
Oct 22nd, 2010, 06:45 PM
plus probably will be for us a tv coverage :yeah: :cool:

Mr.Sharapova
Oct 22nd, 2010, 07:13 PM
I think she will play Auckland:shrug: but Brisbane would be nice and Sydney also!I am also happy she decided to play a real tournament this time.She needs to get used to the surface be4 the AO!

Break My Rapture
Oct 22nd, 2010, 07:16 PM
Why do you think she'll play Auckland? :confused: Brisbane usually has better fields and unless Maria has turned into a MM hogger I think that's where she'll get the better match practice. :shrug:

Mr.Sharapova
Oct 22nd, 2010, 07:29 PM
Yeah but she wants more match practice and I think at Auckland she can get some! And there is not a weak field either.Dementieva,Li,Rezai,Wickmayer all played there last year I think!

If she enters Brisbane there is Henin and for sure Clijsters to defend her tittle.
Sydney has a really tough field and she can get a tough first round clash.

But again I'm not so sure.I would want her to play Sydney or Brisbane cause in a way she'll get more points and secure that top 16 seeding.I can't even imagine what are the tournament directors going through right now to get Maria to play in any of the January tournaments.

Sharapovian
Oct 22nd, 2010, 07:30 PM
Clijsters isn't defending Brisbane, she will be playing Sydney instead ;)

Break My Rapture
Oct 22nd, 2010, 07:35 PM
Yeah but she wants more match practice and I think at Auckland she can get some! And there is not a weak field either.Dementieva,Li,Rezai,Wickmayer all played there last year I think!

If she enters Brisbane there is Henin and for sure Clijsters to defend her tittle.
Sydney has a really tough field and she can get a tough first round clash.

But again I'm not so sure.I would want her to play Sydney or Brisbane cause in a way she'll get more points and secure that top 16 seeding.I can't even imagine what are the tournament directors going through right now to get Maria to play in any of the January tournaments.
Why wouldn't she be able to get it in Brisbane? :confused: I know Stosur is confirmed for there, possible Vika as well if she ends outside of top 10 this year and I'm sure many other top 30 players will play there. Brisbane is the PERFECT warm-up tournament for Maria. I'm sure she knows that as well.

Mr.Sharapova
Oct 22nd, 2010, 07:49 PM
We'll see which one she chooses.Anyone is better than that HK exho.

Break My Rapture
Oct 22nd, 2010, 08:07 PM
Yee true. :tears:

gc-spurs
Oct 22nd, 2010, 08:09 PM
Auckland is a cooler place than Brisbane, straight up why she'd pick here.
But seriously Mash, don't you fucking dare come here. I'll be so angry if she does.

JadeFox
Oct 22nd, 2010, 08:38 PM
Sharapova has been a loyal participant at the Hong Kong tournament since she started to play here as a precociously talented teenager in 2003.
President of the Hong Kong Tennis Patrons’ Association Ian Wade explained, “Maria feels she needs to play in a WTA ranking tournament at the start of the year, and she’s going to break her routine of starting in Hong Kong. We’re naturally disappointed but we know how hard a decision this was for her. With a current ranking of 18, Maria is working hard to get back in the Top 5.”

Good that she's mixing it up. I don't care where she plays as long as she kicks ass! :bounce:

Lachy
Oct 22nd, 2010, 08:45 PM
Maria if you play Brissie I will die. :eek:

Julian.
Oct 22nd, 2010, 09:11 PM
Why Perth doesn't have any WTA tournament? :bigcry:

Sharapovian
Oct 22nd, 2010, 09:14 PM
Hopman Cup is in Perth so WTA probably doesn't want a tourny around the same time :sobbing:

istase2000
Oct 22nd, 2010, 09:45 PM
I know it's unlikely but please come to Sydney masha :hearts:

Kitten63
Oct 22nd, 2010, 10:08 PM
Good that she's playing a real tournament before the AO :bounce:

Mr.Sharapova
Oct 22nd, 2010, 10:42 PM
Sharapova gets engaged to LA Lakers star
Fri, 22 Oct 08:08:00 2010


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Los Angeles Lakers guard Sasha Vujacic has announced that he is engaged to marry Russian Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova.

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The Slovenian basketball star told reporters before an exhibition game on Thursday that the former tennis world number one had accepted his proposal.
Prior to the game against the Golden State Warriors in San Diego, Vujacic said that the she had said "yes' to his "old-school" proposal, adding that they were both "really happy".
The 26-year-old Vujacic proposed on the couple's one-year anniversary of meeting at a friend's barbecue and their engagement was also confirmed by the team's official website reporter Mike Trudell on his social networking page.
No date has been set for the wedding.
The 23-year-old Sharapova, currently ranked number 18 in the world, won the Wimbledon title in 2004, the US Open crown in 2006 and the Australian Open in 2008.
Reuters
:sad:

Andy.
Oct 22nd, 2010, 10:42 PM
If Maria plays Sydney I will die :hearts: If she plays Brisbane Im booking my tickets :D

Break My Rapture
Oct 22nd, 2010, 10:49 PM
Wow I'm still not over this. I'm just still in shock. :sobbing: All this talk about the marriage being a sign of her not taking her career serious anymore makes me feel depressed. :bigcry: I'm dreading the day that Maria retires and people in GM are mentioning it so fucking much!

Mr.Sharapova
Oct 22nd, 2010, 11:02 PM
Well she mentioned in an interview in 2008 when Justine retired that if she had the amount of slams Henin had at that time and she had her age she would have done the same thing.

My dream would be to see Maria play until she is 30 years old!

Sharapovian
Oct 22nd, 2010, 11:06 PM
Well she mentioned in an interview in 2008 when Justine retired that if she had the amount of slams Henin had at that time and she had her age she would have done the same thing.

My dream would be to see Maria play until she is 30 years old!

I remember that :sad: it also says on wiki:

Sharapova has often implied that she desires an early retirement. Following the retirement of 25-year-old Justine Henin, Sharapova said, "If I was 25 and I'd won so many Grand Slams, I'd quit too." In an interview after the 2008 Australian Open, she balked at the idea of playing for another ten years, saying that she hoped to have a "nice husband and a few kids" by then.

Hopefully she has changed her mind about retiring early and will play for a long time :D

Mr.Sharapova
Oct 22nd, 2010, 11:10 PM
If I become realistic right now I don't see Maria playing for another 5 years :sad:

But all depends on her seasons.If 2011 is crap like the past two years she may retire really soon!:sad:

Sharapovian
Oct 22nd, 2010, 11:14 PM
I'd give her at least until 2012 (olympics) even Venus, Serena said they want to play at least to that point :yeah:

Shafanovic.
Oct 22nd, 2010, 11:16 PM
OMG! OMG! Please play Sydney! That'd be the best and probably make my whole life.

Jacey
Oct 22nd, 2010, 11:23 PM
I'd give her at least until 2012 (olympics) even Venus, Serena said they want to play at least to that point :yeah:

I concur....look, its no secret that Maria never intended to play going into her 30's She herself has stated that in the past. The 2010 olympics is one of her goals. I think if no "unforseen reasons" come up (u all know what I'm talking about) then Maria will continue to play, albiet a limited schedule but will play on. If she makes it to 2012(minus injuries or other) I would then stake money that after that she's done.


hmmm this probably is in the wrong thread :rolleyes:

Marilyn Monheaux
Oct 22nd, 2010, 11:24 PM
Sharapova has been a loyal participant at the Hong Kong tournament since she started to play here as a precociously talented teenager in 2003.
President of the Hong Kong Tennis Patrons’ Association Ian Wade explained, “Maria feels she needs to play in a WTA ranking tournament at the start of the year, and she’s going to break her routine of starting in Hong Kong. We’re naturally disappointed but we know how hard a decision this was for her. With a current ranking of 18, Maria is working hard to get back in the Top 5.”


http://img402.imageshack.us/img402/7104/11383098509f377146d.jpg

gc-spurs
Oct 22nd, 2010, 11:27 PM
I concur....look, its no secret that Maria never intended to play going into her 30's She herself has stated that in the past. The 2010 olympics is one of her goals. I think if no "unforseen reasons" come up (u all know what I'm talking about) then Maria will continue to play, albiet a limited schedule but will play on.


hmmm this probably is in the wrong thread :rolleyes:

ugh unforseen reasons are such possibilities now. Unforseen reasons better have Maria's hair.

Edit: Whats the bigger bombshell... Engagement or not playing Hong Kong?
Both were really left field to me.

Lucas_Arg
Oct 23rd, 2010, 01:12 AM
lol at HK organisation explaining the replacement as great news
they probably want to kill themselves

Vartan
Oct 26th, 2010, 09:25 AM
Maria Sharapova I have been battling another terrible cold this past week, I can't seem to shake this nasty cold I got in Asia. Good news is I will start my training for 2011 this week and I am really excited about it, which is NOT normal for me. On December 5, I will be playing my only exhibition of the off season in Monterrey, Mexico against Vera Zvonareva in a beutiful new indoor Arena. I will get back to you with more details.

Marilyn Monheaux
Oct 26th, 2010, 09:27 AM
Yessssssssssss! New exo.:bounce:

Mr.Sharapova
Oct 26th, 2010, 09:33 AM
And she started training for 2011 this week and plus she is excited about it :bowdown:

gc-spurs
Oct 26th, 2010, 09:42 AM
Oh noes Maria has a bird flu sars combo!

Marilyn Monheaux
Oct 26th, 2010, 09:49 AM
^^It's the love bug. :scared:

lefty24
Oct 26th, 2010, 02:15 PM
Maria and Vera. :hearts:

I'm really glad that she is excited about training, and admitting that she is not usually excited.
I really hope she gets over this cold soon. Colds that last forever are the worst.

Vartan
Oct 26th, 2010, 08:23 PM
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs828.snc4/68836_446070947679_65920772679_6025428_6531781_n.j pg


I wanted to let you know we’re in the process of re-developing my website www.mariasharapova.com. It will be offline for a while in case you go looking for it. You guys will be the first to know when we’re ready to go live with the new one. You’re going to like this new version.

Vartan
Oct 26th, 2010, 08:26 PM
Her current sponsors:

http://www.mariasharapova.com/images/global/sponsors/nike.gifhttp://www.mariasharapova.com/images/global/sponsors/sony_ericcson.gifhttp://www.mariasharapova.com/images/global/sponsors/prince.gifhttp://www.mariasharapova.com/images/global/sponsors/clear.gifhttp://www.mariasharapova.com/images/global/sponsors/evian.gifhttp://www.mariasharapova.com/images/global/sponsors/tiffany.gifhttp://www.mariasharapova.com/images/global/sponsors/tag_heuer.gifhttp://www.mariasharapova.com/images/global/sponsors/cole_haan.gif

cyannnnn
Oct 26th, 2010, 08:31 PM
wow she makes changement everywhere after her engagement.
she decide to play tournament and no exhibition before AO and now her website

Marilyn Monheaux
Oct 26th, 2010, 08:33 PM
No more Landrover and she finally acknowledges CLEAR. :lol: Wonder if we'll get more CGI-hair campaigns.:rolls:

Break My Rapture
Oct 26th, 2010, 08:34 PM
Training. :hearts: New website. :inlove: No more Landrover. :sad:

Sharapovian
Oct 26th, 2010, 08:36 PM
No more landrover? :sad: Oh well she will probably land something else anyway :lol:

Cool they are redeveloping Maria's site, cant wait to see what it will look like :D

Mistress of Evil
Oct 26th, 2010, 08:40 PM
New website = clean start for next season :cheer:
Its karma, hopefully.

Jack89
Oct 26th, 2010, 09:10 PM
Can't wait to see what the new website looks like!

Wonder why she's not with Landrover anymore?? Doesn't she own a Landrover herself?? (probably given free to her! :lol:)

Marilyn Monheaux
Oct 26th, 2010, 09:12 PM
^^The deal probably expired and it's not like Landrover ever used her that much to begin with.:shrug:

gc-spurs
Oct 26th, 2010, 09:54 PM
AND they have no money.

There better be a doodle section. Just Sayin.

Vartan
Oct 26th, 2010, 10:17 PM
:lol: Agreed.

denny5576
Oct 27th, 2010, 12:02 AM
Director of the Auckland tournament Richard Palmer confirm the participation of Maria Sharapova

denny5576
Oct 27th, 2010, 12:20 AM
Tennis Superstar – Maria Sharapova Confirmed For 2011 ASB CLASSIC


“Having Maria come to the ASB Classic is a major boost to the tournament and to the sport. Her popularity is huge and she will be one of the leading players at the ASB Classic in 2011,” says ASB Classic tournament director, Richard Palmer.


Sharapova has appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated, ESPN The Magazine, Forbes (listed as one of the richest female athletes in the world); also featured in People Magazine’s «50 Most Beautiful People», Vogue Italia, USA Today, «21 Athletes to Watch Out For in the 21st Century», among others.


“As the major sponsor of the ASB Classic we are delighted to welcome a player of the calibre of Maria Sharapova to January’s tournament,” says ASB’s CEO, Charles Pink.


“Sharapova is one of the biggest names in world sport and her agreement to play at the ASB Classic in the new year will be a great drawcard for this world class tennis event held here in New Zealand. Sharapova will be playing alongside a great field of established tennis stars and next generation players, in what is sure to be an enthralling ASB Classic.”

~MashyOwnThemAll
Oct 27th, 2010, 12:24 AM
Congrat Miloti!

You were right! (Brisbane :sad:)

Vartan
Oct 27th, 2010, 12:49 AM
Get those 280 points!

gc-spurs
Oct 27th, 2010, 12:59 AM
NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!! FUCK MY LIFE!!!!!!!!!!! ITS 8MINS AWAY FROM ME BUT IM GONNA BE OVERSEAS!!!!!!!!!!!! SCREW YOU MARIA!!!!!! Seriously this philippine trip is turning out to be so dud so far!
Die die die die die!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Arrrrggghhhh

Vartan
Oct 27th, 2010, 12:59 AM
NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!! FUCK MY LIFE!!!!!!!!!!! ITS 8MINS AWAY FROM ME BUT IM GONNA BE OVERSEAS!!!!!!!!!!!! SCREW YOU MARIA!!!!!! Seriously this philippine trip is turning out to be so dud so far!
Die die die die die!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Arrrrggghhhh

:hug:

gc-spurs
Oct 27th, 2010, 01:01 AM
GUTTING GUTTING GUTTING!!!!!!!! Isner and Maria both coming here and I'm far away! Stuff it! Why WHy WHY?!?!?!

gc-spurs
Oct 27th, 2010, 01:05 AM
Ugh I'm in the library and I saw this guy reading an article with a Maria pic on the NZ Herald so I took a sneaky peaky... And I see this: Tennis: Sharapova confirmed for Auckland and there's no airconditioning to cool me down.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=10683368

Vartan
Oct 27th, 2010, 01:46 AM
How long is your trip?

lefty24
Oct 27th, 2010, 02:04 AM
Ugh I'm in the library and I saw this guy reading an article with a Maria pic on the NZ Herald so I took a sneaky peaky... And I see this: Tennis: Sharapova confirmed for Auckland and there's no airconditioning to cool me down.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=10683368

f*ck your trip. Go see Maria and Isner! :D :p
jk... well maybe not

gc-spurs
Oct 27th, 2010, 02:15 AM
How long is your trip?

From mid-Dec to mid-Jan, and then a week in Aus. Mashy and Johnny better give me some face time there.

Gutting cause I totes know how to stan people in Auckland (not that I would, but theres probs some rugby players who know what I'm talking about and I didn't even have a Vespa back then). Man I sound creepy.