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Ksenia.
Jul 27th, 2012, 02:52 PM
I am so clumsy when I search. Two things I want to know, and they must be posted several places.

1. When will Maria be seen carrying the flag? 2. When will she be seen, on court, playing a tennis match which is part of the Olympics?


1 In 6-7 hours
2 On Sunday

cowsonice
Jul 27th, 2012, 05:01 PM
Why Maria did not Play dubai in Last a Few Years? and will she commit to tournament in 2012 or years after that?
i want to see her

It just doesn't fit well with her schedule of 3 weeks play, 3 weeks off. Plus Paris has fashion week around that time or something. :lol:


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18majors
Jul 29th, 2012, 08:43 PM
http://www.nbcolympics.com/news-blogs/tennis/sharapova-shines-on-day-two.html


Sharapova carried the Russian flag in London's opening ceremony, and also visited the athletes village, where she said she underestimated her celebrity.

"The biggest mistake I've made in a long time was entering the cafeteria," she said with a laugh. "I didn't walk out eating any food; I barely got an orange juice. It was quite funny. I didn't sign any autographs; it was just pictures. I felt like a little statue. Everyone was coming up and asking for a picture politely.

"I have so many events I go to and people ask for pictures. But I've never been so happy to take pictures."

imema
Jul 30th, 2012, 12:40 PM
M. SHARAPOVA/S. Peer
6-2, 6-0

An interview with:MARIA SHARAPOVA

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. How was it playing on closed court at Wimbledon?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: A unique experience I think for everybody in the draw here. Obviously such a quick turnaround from Wimbledon. To see it change so much but still be at Wimbledon, being out on Centre Court, see the changes, you know, feeling the changes in the atmosphere, we weren't really sure how that feeling would transition.
But it is pretty unique. It's quite different to playing a Grand Slam.

Q. You said something recently on your site about you got one back with Novak on a Head commercial. Can you fill us in on that.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, he had a chance to make a lot of fun of me last year in our first commercial. This year I had a chance to get back at him, make a little fun out of him. I had a good time for the six hours we were shooting it.

Q. What did you think of the atmosphere under the roof? I don't remember whether you played under the roof before.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Just once.

Q. With the rain falling as hard as it was, how would you describe the atmosphere?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Such a different day to the week we've had here. So much sun and warm. But it's kind of what you get.
Obviously, the warmup was a little different going from indoor, practicing, warming up at the indoor center, getting a few minutes on the grass. They said the roof was going to be closed. It was quite different.
But to see so many flags, people representing their nations, just a different environment. You know, you see a little bit of it during Fed Cup, but it's quite unique here.

Q. Did you notice the noise of the rain?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, you hear a little bit of it. But not a big distraction.

Q. Nice to have the roof?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah. When I was younger, I was always disappointed in Florida that they had a roof, because that always meant I had to practice when it rained. Then I started practicing in California, they didn't have any roofs, I was quite happy. But then it never rains there (laughter).
Obviously when you see the schedule, you see your name on Centre Court, you know that your match is going to get done. Knowing what the weather forecast was going to be like today, I was pretty happy.

Q. Go through what it was like with the opening ceremony, leading the Russian team out.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Oh, it was extraordinary. You know, I got there quite a few hours before because I wanted to walk around the Olympic Village, as it was my first time. It was like an athlete's little world. I don't know how to explain it. It seemed everyone around, you feel you don't know the person, but you feel like you can relate to so much of what they do, how their life is, and the work, the dedication they put into their sports.
It was just a really nice feeling to just go around and get to know some. You know, everyone eating together in the big cafeteria, all getting ready together for the ceremony.
You know, the ceremony is something I'll cherish for the rest of my life. Growing up, I think I was 10 or so, I was watching the ceremony, and I had this huge like dream. I thought I must be really crazy, but I saw the Russian nation walking out, they had small hats, berets then. I don't remember who was carrying the flag then, but I thought that was so cool. Maybe one day I could do that.
As I was walking there, it like hit me that memory of me watching on my small little TV in my room, just being so proud and hoping one day I could have been there.

Q. How old would you have been?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I say 10, but I'm not sure. It might have been 11 or so.

Q. Speaking about the Olympics, some of the players said they were more relaxed, the tension is not so high during the real Wimbledon. How would you describe that?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Uhm, well, of course the tension is high because you have so many players, and there's only one gold medal. You have eight days and six matches.
It's obviously a much more united event because of the nations and the teams. But ultimately it's still an individual sport. So it's interesting because you have that atmosphere of really being connected with your fellow country people, and also when you're going out on the court, it's just you out there and you're trying to beat the person across the net. It's not like you play one point, then somebody else comes in and plays a point.
It's quite different. It's nothing like Fed Cup, nothing like a Grand Slam. It's certainly a unique atmosphere.

Q. What about support? Is Sasha here supporting you or not?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: No. He's back home training, actually, getting ready for the next season.

Q. Back to the opening ceremony, being in the village. What was the recognition factor with others towards you? Any specific highlights?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I'm usually pretty naïve about like people's knowledge of me, my career, what I've achieved. I try to be pretty humble about it.
But the biggest mistake I've made in a long time was entering the cafeteria (laughter). I didn't walk out eating any food. I barely got an orange juice. It was quite funny.
I saw one of the players from Germany. She was like, Oh, sorry.
You know, no matter how many pictures you take. Actually, I didn't sign any autographs, it was just pictures. I felt like a little statue. Everyone was coming up and asking for a picture politely.
But, you know, I have so many events I go to, people ask for pictures, but I've never been so happy to take pictures. It's such a unique experience there.

Q. The Olympics happens, kind of fashion week, as well. You have Prada, Armani, Ralph Lauren. What do you think of the idea of the Olympics being a fashion week, do you think that's exciting?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I haven't thought about it that way. But I guess. It's another way to look at things. It was pretty fun to see everyone's different uniform, the way people want to see their country being represented, and the brands that think of certain designs.
I mean, I saw not all of them, but a few in the opening ceremony. It's amazing how different everyone looked, the whole appeal. Some had hats, the sizes and shapes. A lot of teams had pants, some had skirts, all different colors. It's nice to see in one big stadium all those colors come together.
I wouldn't say it has anything to do a lot with fashion because it's such a big sporting event.

Q. How did you rate your opponent's performance? Were you worried when you lost the first game of the match?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I had a tough match against her in Miami just a few months ago. You know, she's capable of playing really, really good tennis. She can be dangerous. I was down and out in that match, the last one we played against each other. So I had to be ready.
I'm not sure if this is the first Olympics for her, but, I mean, it didn't really matter who was there. It was a huge opportunity for both of us to be in the first round. I knew that, of course, we were both going to be a little bit nervous, the emotions. I just wanted to start off the tournament well. I haven't been competing in a few weeks. It was just nice to get back in that competitive atmosphere.

Q. The opening ceremony, the fashion. How much input did you have on what you would be wearing with the hat and everything?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Zero. I had input on the size (laughter). They came in a couple days before to fit it. I wasn't really happy with the shirt underneath. I thought it had a high collar, so I had the seamstress like lower it a little bit, then change the shape of the trousers a little bit. I put my own spin on things.
But as far as the whole design, I think it's a lot bigger than me.

Q. Aside from the tennis, are you kind of a little bit upset that the tennis is right over here and the main Olympics is right over there, the two cannot mix?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I mean, I'm not upset, because we are playing at Wimbledon. It's really a no-brainer I think for the Olympic Committee, where we were going to play.
But I think as far as not being able to see the other events, being so far from it all, that's obviously a little bit sad. But, you know, there's not much you can do in this situation.

Q. You are very popular in Brazil. You have so many fans there. I'd like to know, what do you think about Brazilian women? Do you like? Do you have some Brazilian athletes that you like to see that you're a fan?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I've only been to Brazil once, and it was a really quick trip. I think it was three days.
I'd love to explore it more. I mean, I think it's one of the best holiday places you could ask for. It's just a bit too far for me. And any opportunity I can have in the future to visit it more, I'm sure I will.
But as far as the people, I've met a few. I love the language. That's the best part. When people are talking there, I feel like they're singing to you, kind of like Italian. It's like one long song.
But the people, they're just so nice. They have so much energy, you know, passion. I love the feeling of being there.

Marce
Jul 30th, 2012, 05:26 PM
where do you get the press conference scripts??

Ksenia.
Jul 30th, 2012, 05:54 PM
They're usually available on the website of the particular event, this time is no exception :shrug:
http://2012.itftennis.com/olympics/news/interviews.aspx

gc-spurs
Jul 30th, 2012, 07:05 PM
Pretty good pressed, some different questions and answers for once.

Advantage Me
Jul 30th, 2012, 10:45 PM
They're usually available on the website of the particular event, this time is no exception :shrug:
http://2012.itftennis.com/olympics/news/interviews.aspx

Thanks for the link. Definitely more interesting questions than normal and you could feel that Maria was much more relaxed about answering them.

lefty24
Jul 30th, 2012, 11:10 PM
^ agreed she seems really happy.

I love whenever she talks about loving the rain cause it meant she didn't have to practice. lol.
and I'm kind of surprised that she got asked for so many pictures. Sometimes I forget how big she really is.

Whoever asked the Brazil question is definitely a Mamila fan. :lol:

nelsondan
Jul 31st, 2012, 12:50 AM
Americans hear interviews with athletes all the time. Baseball, basketball, hockey, football, golf....on and on. Occasionally a retired player will give an interesting interview with interesting perspectives. Most interviews are routine and predictable.

I do not know how Maria, an athlete near the top of her game, so consistently gives such interesting interviews. I am not looking forward to the days when she no longer plays, but I guarantee, she will remain one of the most interesting women ever. Probably in more than one language. Extraordinary.

jameshazza
Jul 31st, 2012, 01:06 AM
It's pressers like that that make me realise once again why I love Maria so. And also wonder how anyone can say she has no personality. :lol:

Everything nelsondan said is true and also even when Maria gets the boring/standard questions she always manages to make it interesting.

MM_1257
Aug 1st, 2012, 10:45 AM
M. SHARAPOVA/L. Robson
7-6, 6-3

An interview with:

MARIA SHARAPOVA

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. What do you make of the ambience here for the Olympics, how it's different? Do you like it or not like it?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Oh, of course, I love it. Obviously, you felt it so much today, playing against someone that's from Great Britain. You feel the support that, you know, the home country's providing to the athletes. What a transition it has been from the last few weeks of Wimbledon to here, a nice one, a completely different atmosphere, which I think all of us are really enjoying.

Q. Just being able to wear colors on the court here, is that nice?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, obviously you have the tradition of Wimbledon where everyone wears white, so you know what to expect. This is completely different. Even in the locker room, everyone is supporting their country, wearing the warmups in all the different colors.
Certainly from the first day we arrived here, you see the changes. I mean, the streets are like one way all of a sudden, there's barricades, more security. You come from one of the biggest tournaments, Wimbledon. You're like, Okay, wow, this is different.
But, yeah, it's much more of a team atmosphere as well. The girls are getting together in the evenings, having dinner together, which has been nice. Yeah, just a different feel.

Q. You've played Laura before. Are you able to compare the match you had with her today with the one you had then?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I think she has a lot of potential, there's no doubt. I think consistency's the biggest key obviously. When you come out on a big stage, you have the whole crowd behind you, you're playing against a player who you have nothing to lose, you just need to go out and perform your best.
But I think it's also a matter of, you know, maybe going out and playing on Court 18 and also performing at the same type of level week in, week out.
I think she certainly improved from the last time I played her. I also practiced with her before this event. So, yeah, you certainly see the little improvements she's made. I'm sure she has a bright future ahead of her.

Q. Looking ahead for a second. With this tournament going into August, when the Open comes around, are players going to be running on fumes? Will it be business as usual?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I think it's just something that all of us just really knew going into this year, into this season, of how busy and how hectic everything is going to be. You know, you're finishing one event. Part of your mind is already next to the other.
I think the most important thing personally for me is to make sure I'm healthy. I try to build my schedule around the big ones, obviously. You know, not try to play too much, but enough to be ready for the ones that I feel like I need to step up at.
I'm happy with my schedule so far this year. Maybe I'll need to tweak a few things going further depending on how I feel. I had a really long trip. I was on the road for two and a half months starting before Stuttgart in Germany going to Wimbledon. That's a pretty long stretch. There's not much time to rest because obviously you have such a tough schedule ahead with the Olympics and just a few tournaments before theUS Open.
Just a matter of staying healthy and trying to keep that motivation. When you're in this atmosphere, how can you not have the motivation, I guess?

Q. How important was it being the flag bearer for Russia in the opening ceremony?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: It was a huge honor for me. Obviously, I grew up with the Olympics being such a huge part of the Russian culture. At the time when tennis wasn't a very big sport, it was more about I think the winter sports more than anything, when we were just really dominant.
I always loved the parades. I always watched them. I dreamed of being part of them. I always loved the hats that they wore.
Yeah, I envisioned myself one day being part of that. Never knew I would be actually carrying the flag, being the first female to do so in our history, it's pretty special. I think it's a moment I'll cherish for the rest of my life.

Q. Can you talk a bit about your next match and what you'll be doing to prepare for that.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, an extremely difficult opponent. I lost to her just a few weeks ago here at Wimbledon. She played at a really high level. I hope I'll change a few things around in order to change the result.

Q. Did you sense today this was a different crowd from the normal Wimbledon atmosphere?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Of course, yeah, definitely. You feel the energy. I feel like the Wimbledon crowd is a little more polite. I don't know if 'polite,' but they're a little more calmer.
A lot more flags here. Obviously, it's the Olympics. It's absolutely normal. I love the atmosphere. Obviously I was playing someone from Great Britain and most of the people were cheering for her. Still in the back of my mind, I hear my Russian cheers and my name being yelled in Russian, even though they were less than the Great British ones today.

Q. During Wimbledon, I'm assuming you would have routines that you follow, living in this village. Coming here now for the Olympics, do you follow the same routines, carry them over from Wimbledon, or is it quite different?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Uhm, as far as the living, I mean, other things, it's pretty much been the same. You obviously want to do what you feel has helped you in your past or what you've done. Obviously, you feel like you've had good results with it. In a way, it's like, why change things?
But I do feel like it's a little bit of a different feel. It's much more team, even though it isn't. It's still an individual sport. I mean, all of us, the Russian team, get together at the official Russian house, and we have dinners together. We have a few cooks that have come from Ukraine, which has been the best part. I'm the first one in line for the food all the time (smiling). I get it when it's warm. That's been great.
There are a lot of benefits. Can we do this at every Wimbledon? I'll pay for them, I mean, anything.

gc-spurs
Aug 1st, 2012, 11:06 AM
Russianfoodpova :lol:
Court 18 shade :oh: (jks)

MM_1257
Aug 2nd, 2012, 01:01 PM
M. SHARAPOVA/S. Lisicki

6-7, 6-4, 6-3

An interview with:

MARIA SHARAPOVA

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Are you satisfied with your performance today? Do you think you're able to get a medal in this Olympic Games?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I was really happy I was able to beat her today. Obviously losing to her a few weeks ago, I was not really happy with the way that I played, so I wanted to change that result.
Even though I didn't play my best tennis exactly, I was really happy that I got through it and I stepped up when I had to and tried to create opportunities and take them.

Q. You and Novak Djokovic both struggled today. Do you think you can reach the medal?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, I think everybody has a different path and you face different types of opponents.
It's not an easy event here. You're facing difficult opponents, back-to-back days, so it's not only just playing, it's physical as well. The recovery is very important.
As far as the level, obviously the goal is always to try to make sure that the level goes higher with every match because it only gets tougher with every match. The next round is going to be tougher than the previous one. So that's how you try to look at it, just try to improve a little bit with every match.

Q. You spoke about the recovery. Kim had an easy game today. Most difficult for you. Is it an obstacle for tomorrow?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I mean, I'm experienced enough to know how to recover. It's not the first time I'm playing a tournament where I have to play back-to-back days and recover from a tough match. I've certainly improved on that a lot, more than I maybe had being in the same situation a few years ago.

Q. I think you never played each other on grass.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, I don't think we have.

Q. What does that change?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, I mean, there's no secrets going into the match tomorrow. We've been on the tour for many years. We faced each other many times before, so we know each other's games quite well.
Yes, it's our first meeting on grass. No, look, the experience she has, she's such a tough competitor, such a great mover. I mean, she has so many great qualities as a tennis champion. It's always nice to face against her, especially at this stage of an event like the Olympics.

Q. It's almost the end of her career. Ana Ivanovic says she deserves to win the gold medal because of she almost stops playing tennis. I guess this is not what you think.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I think everybody in the draw is competitive. You know, you're out there to try to win the match no matter what situation your opponent is in.
If we felt like this, we probably shouldn't even come to the event.

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Mistress of Evil
Aug 2nd, 2012, 01:14 PM
Kinda shading Ajde. :hearts: OK, I am exaggerating a bit. :lol:

Charlatan
Aug 2nd, 2012, 04:31 PM
Q. It's almost the end of her career. Ana Ivanovic says she deserves to win the gold medal because of she almost stops playing tennis. I guess this is not what you think.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I think everybody in the draw is competitive. You know, you're out there to try to win the match no matter what situation your opponent is in.
If we felt like this, we probably shouldn't even come to the event.

nice answer :worship: what kind of stupid ass journalist ask 'i guess this is not what you think' regarding that question?

LoveMasha2008
Aug 3rd, 2012, 03:39 PM
M. SHARAPOVA/K. Clijsters

6-2, 7-5

An interview with:
MARIA SHARAPOVA

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Was it an easy victory finally for you?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I don't think any victory is easy, especially not against Kim. Our previous matches have been quite difficult. I had so many opportunities to win at match points, so I knew I had to step up today and to stay extra focused. She's such a tough competitor. Obviously, won so many Grand Slams. She has endless experience.
We've always had difficult matches. I was just really happy that I was able to step up in terms of the way that I played compared to previous matches.

Q. Talk a bit about how important it is, the Olympics in Russia is huge, how much inspiration that is for you?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: It certainly is. When I was growing up, tennis wasn't very popular - not yet. A few men's players, especially Kafelnikov. But apart from that, in the women's field there wasn't too much competition. So I hoped that one day that could be different.
You've seen over the years how much it's developed in Russia, evolved, how many more opportunities there are for younger kids that are starting up, opportunities that maybe I, the girls and boys sort of in my age group or generation, didn't really have those opportunities growing up as far as facilities, coaching staff, all of that.
It's been incredible to see it grow. I'm really happy that one of us will have a chance to go for gold.

Q. You've won a lot of matches, big matches. You looked really happy when this one was over. Obviously it's the Olympics, but is there a unique kick to achieving what you've achieved here this week?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, it's the Olympics, like you said. I'm really happy with the way I progressed today. I thought that was just really important, especially against Kim. I knew that I needed to play at a high level in order to beat her today and I was happy that I did that.
Obviously to have a chance to get to the final, you know, creating those opportunities, that's what it's all about.

Q. Where would winning an Olympic gold rate, Grand Slam champion, world No. 1?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I think it's so different, obviously very unique. The Grand Slams, they come four times in a year. The Olympics is only once in four. You know, it's a completely different feeling.
I mean, if I do have the chance to win it, then I'll have a better explanation. You know, it's tough to compare something when you haven't achieved one of them.

Q. Was there a moment in the match that you felt threatened, that you feared losing control of the match?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: 'Fear' is not really the word you want to think about when you're in the match situation. And if you are, that's definitely not a good sign.
But, you know, I know little points here and there that I thought could have concentrated a bit more, maybe not giving her that break, playing a sloppy game in the second set to equal the set again after being up a break, you know. Against an opponent like Kim, she could obviously turn the match around with those opportunities.
Other than that, I was happy with the way I just kept fighting, no matter what the situation was. I stuck to what I wanted to do, and I kept doing it.

Q. A question on the Olympic spirit. How different is it from your normal season? How much do you have to adjust sponsorship issues, clothing, et cetera, to play here in the Olympic spirit? Would you favor flexibility in these rules for sponsors, for example?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I mean, there are a few things in terms of logos, a couple of my sponsors have had to adjust, just a couple of logos on the shoes as far as the sizing of the logos, of the tennis bag. Also the swoosh on the hat or the visor can't be on the front, it has to be on the side. It's little things like that that make it harder for the sponsors and the players.
To us, it's really no big deal. We're not the ones in the factories that are making all these changes, but we're happy there are people that can do it for us.
There are a lot of different things. You see so much more security around. The anti-doping control I think is much more enforced here. I mean, after practice one day, before the event, you know, I had to go in and do that. I think just little things here and there that you see that are different.
But in terms of playing, you still have to go out and play a tennis match. It's still two-out-of-three for us.

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Mrs. Dimitrova
Aug 3rd, 2012, 03:43 PM
Nice interview. But :lol: at the "fear" question--somehow I always feel like she's playing in fear in matches against someone like Serena...

LoveMasha2008
Aug 4th, 2012, 02:41 PM
M. SHARAPOVA/M. KIRILENKO

6-2, 6-3

An interview with:
MARIA SHARAPOVA

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. When you won, you celebrated like this was a huge match. Serena will try to play twice today. You all had incredible success as a professional. What is it about this event, even though there's no prize money at stake, you're still playing with such passion and energy?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I don't know, it's just, yeah, I feel although we play for our country and we represent it on a daily basis, I think that at the Olympics, there's so much more pride. You're doing it for the country. I mean, especially in Russia, it's such a huge part of our culture.
I grew up where it was all about watching the Olympics, the opening ceremony, just being so happy. It really just brought the nation together.
As athletes, that was just one of our goals, is make it there, compete there, not just be there, but try to win a medal, try to win the gold. It's just that passion we have playing for our countries.

Q. Obviously we don't know who you're going to be playing in the final. Please talk about playing Serena and Azarenka.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Either way it's going to be a tough final. I've had my fair share of difficult matches against both of them.
You know, it doesn't really matter. Whoever it is, is also going to be fighting for a great opportunity to win gold. This is a chance once in four years.
It doesn't really matter who's across the net. I'll be going, fighting, trying to win that match.

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Only two questions?:help:

masha122
Aug 4th, 2012, 08:09 PM
Sharapova: Serena is on a major roll
Ticker - Saturday, August 4, 2012
After Serena Williams routed her 6-0, 6-1 in the Olympic final, four-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova said the 14-time Grand Slam champion has raised her level of play.

"She's playing incredibly confident tennis," said Sharapova, who has only managed to win nine games against Williams in their last three matches. "After winning Wimbledon, you've seen her level progress so much here over this tournament. With every match she's played, she's playing better, hitting harder, so much power on the ball. Even against the wind today, her shots were very powerful. Yeah, I mean, she's done an incredible job of keeping that up."

JamieOwen3
Aug 5th, 2012, 02:13 PM
where is the link for the russian presser after the final? please

imema
Aug 5th, 2012, 02:44 PM
http://translate.google.fr/translate?sl=ru&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=fr&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.championat.com%2Folympic12%2Far ticle-132470-sharapova-vsjo-proletelo-ochen-bystro.html

the russian presser jamie

Sebastian222
Aug 5th, 2012, 03:09 PM
S. WILLIAMS/M. Sharapova
6-0, 6-1
An interview with:
MARIA SHARAPOVA
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. Are you planning to play the finals in Istanbul in October?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yes, if I make it, I'll be there. You have to qualify first.
Q. If you qualify, you will be there?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah.
Q. Are there any plans for you to get married in Istanbul with your partner?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: No. Those are false rumors. Always have been.
Q. So you're not planning to get married in Istanbul?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Definitely not.
Q. Obviously disappointment to some degree not getting the gold. But what does the silver mean to you?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, it means a lot. This is my first Olympic experience. I mean, this is probably one of the toughest events, playing six matches in the span of eight days against tough competition.
It's such a unique experience for all of us. For me to be a first Olympian and to leave with a silver is an amazing accomplishment. Obviously it's always disappointing to lose in the finals, but it's great to get a medal, that's for sure.
Q. She has got a good record against you. Were you surprised how well she played?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Look, she's playing incredibly confident tennis. After winning Wimbledon, you've seen her level progress so much here over this tournament. With every match she's played, she's playing better, hitting harder, so much power on the ball. Even against the wind today, her shots were very powerful.
Yeah, I mean, she's done an incredible job of keeping that up.
Q. Are you going to go to Rio in 2016?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I don't know where I'm going tomorrow, so... (Smiling).
If anyone can tell me what I'm doing in four years, good luck. I would love to. I had a great experience here. It all seemed so quick. You know, just seemed like I arrived in London. Here we are, I'll be leaving tomorrow. It's been an incredible experience.
I mean, I love Brazil. I would love to be a part of it there. But who knows what will be in four years.
Q. Was there any adjustment at all that you could have made against Serena today?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I mean, obviously there are always things that you feel like you can do better. I mean, if I sat here and said there's nothing that I could do better, you know, that wouldn't be so motivating to go back on the court and keep working.
So absolutely there are things here and there that I for sure could have done better.
Q. I don't want to remind you of bed memories.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: So why are you (smiling)?
Q. You lost very badly to Davenport once 6-Love, 6-Love. What happened that
day? What is the difference today? You were injured then. What happened today? How do you explain it?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I think my opponent just played extremely well. Obviously there's things that I could have done different, but she was just too quick and too powerful today.
Q. Do you think the wind was a factor because of your height on your serve?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I mean, wind is obviously there. But it's windy not just for me but for her, as well.
Q. What were you and Serena exchanging words about on the podium with the presentation? What were you saying to each other?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Did you see that the U.S. flag dropped?
Q. Yes.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I was wondering if maybe you saw it. Somebody said some people only saw a reaction, didn't know.
Q. We saw the reaction, but not the actual fall.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, we were discussing that. Little issue. Minor details.
Q. You've obviously seen all the great players. Was Serena marginally better, dramatically better than you've seen her before?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I mean, she was not making many mistakes, not giving me many opportunities. She served extremely well. You know, found the spots all around, and pretty fast, as well. You know, she returned well. She stays really low, hits the ball really hard.
She's an extremely powerful player. So that makes it, you know, a little more difficult.
Q. When you're in that situation where you're really dominating an opponent, is there something to be said about the focus that that requires as well? Do you have to focus just as hard on every point as you would in a tight match?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, of course. I mean, it's not just within the match, it's also keeping that level throughout a tournament and then going into another and keeping that same level. I think that was something that was so impressive about what Novak did last year.
I mean, it's one thing to play great tennis at an event, play seven matches. But to mentally and physically get up in the morning and repeat that and do that over again, you know, it's one of the things that I think every athlete wants to have a feeling of confidence, but it's to carry that feeling and to have that desire and motivation. Every single day you're put in certain situations, you can be down, you can be up, things can turn, it's the game of tennis. That was something that was so impressive we saw with Novak.
I think in terms of what Serena has done, she's taken the confidence. She had a few tight matches at Wimbledon. You know, she pulled through and I think she gained that confidence and came here and was on fire.
Q. Do you think she was really trying to give you 6-Love, 6-Love? What was your impression, what were you thinking when you made that game? You pumped up a little bit, showing the fist. Were you hoping to have a major change?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I mean, I had a couple of breakpoints at 3-1. If I had gotten one of them, who knows. Back on serve.
But, I mean, she hit two big first serves. I made the return, she hit a winner on both of my returns. There's not much I could do with those breakpoints.
Q. The other part of the question?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I think you can ask her probably.
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JamieOwen3
Aug 5th, 2012, 03:12 PM
thanks :)

Sebastian222
Aug 5th, 2012, 03:21 PM
Q. I don't want to remind you of bed memories.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: So why are you (smiling)?

??:devil:??

I presume they mean bad memories...

Valkyre
Aug 5th, 2012, 03:24 PM
That is my girl... Always gracious. Both in victories and defeats! Congratulations Maria!

Crux Squall
Aug 5th, 2012, 04:11 PM
maria will not married this year, sorry to say that bit it's good new for.me,

MM_1257
Aug 5th, 2012, 04:29 PM
Seriously, why is this news to anybody??? Since 2011 she has been saying all the time she is not planning to get married soon... And the news was fake in the dirst time when it came out, I really do not know why people believed it?????

Trih
Aug 5th, 2012, 04:31 PM
I don't know Maja, but believe me, even on italian tv every time they talk about Maria in a match they say "... who will be marrying Sasha Vujacic in november".
It's incredible how a rumor/fake article spread with word of mouth and now even journalists and experts think it's official and true. :spit:

MM_1257
Aug 5th, 2012, 04:41 PM
I don't know Maja, but believe me, even on italian tv every time they talk about Maria in a match they say "... who will be marrying Sasha Vujacic in november".
It's incredible how a rumor/fake article spread with word of mouth and now even journalists and experts think it's official and true. :spit:

IMHO it shows how good the journalism and how professional is nowadays. :tape: :help: We have journalists in Italy, GB, Slovenia etc. (all over the world) believeing to an article that was published in a Russian tabloid (and Russian tabloids are OMG... bad!, I know that, been reading Russian press when athletes are in question for about 12 yrs now), in the same time when Maria herself has said several times, I do not plan to marry soon... We have journalist saying in mid of the Olympics - Ana is Adam Scott's girlfriend when they have broken up in April and has been confirmed from him and her... We have journalists repeating how bad is Sharapova on clay when in fact she has shown a lot of progress on that surface. We have journalists saying Shaapova has dual citizenship when she doesn't...
And on the other side we have guys like Bodo, Cronin, Wertheim who ridiculed her during the ceremony...

IDK, sometimes it looks like they do their job while sleeping... So many false info, so many superficial analysis, so many gossips... :rolleyes:

Trih
Aug 5th, 2012, 04:46 PM
I could tell you things about "journalists" on italian newspaper's websites you wouldn't believe. People writing articles just copypasting bullshit from facebook... :facepalm:

MM_1257
Aug 5th, 2012, 04:50 PM
I could tell you things about "journalists" on italian newspaper's websites you wouldn't believe. People writing articles just copypasting bullshit from facebook... :facepalm:

oh, we have the same issues here, same goes from Serbian press sometimes... IMO it's global... Nowadays the world is just one big village, especially with internet.

Kon.
Aug 5th, 2012, 05:28 PM
Seriously, why is this news to anybody??? Since 2011 she has been saying all the time she is not planning to get married soon... And the news was fake in the dirst time when it came out, I really do not know why people believed it?????

Even in most of her matches at the Olympics commentators kept mentioning she's getting married this year.
Journalism at its finest. :worship:

Mrs. Dimitrova
Aug 5th, 2012, 05:29 PM
Even if she does get married someday, why would anyone think she would do that in Istanbul? :spit: So random. Just because Sasha plays ball there now? :lol:

OTOH personally I think it might be 'ova between them but it's just speculation. She doesn't talk too much about it so I'm not gonna think too much about it. As long as everything's fine then everything's fine. :)

Kon.
Aug 5th, 2012, 05:30 PM
Even if she does get married someday, why would anyone think she would do that in Istanbul? :spit: So random. Just because Sasha plays ball there now? :lol:

Yes, I really can't imagine Maria choosing Istanbul to get married. :lol:
Nice city and all but it is random.

MM_1257
Aug 5th, 2012, 06:06 PM
Even if she does get married someday, why would anyone think she would do that in Istanbul? :spit: So random. Just because Sasha plays ball there now? :lol:

OTOH personally I think it might be 'ova between them but it's just speculation. She doesn't talk too much about it so I'm not gonna think too much about it. As long as everything's fine then everything's fine. :)

Yup! :yeah:

Mrs. Dimitrova
Aug 5th, 2012, 08:41 PM
Funny how she says she doesn't know what will happen in 4 years yet on her website she says that she's going to play Rio "for sure". :lol: So what is what?

perseus2006
Aug 5th, 2012, 08:57 PM
She doesn't want further questions from the "press".

On her website she just talking to her fans, safe in the knowledge that the "press" don't know how to read!

Cherry.
Aug 5th, 2012, 10:25 PM
Even if she does get married someday, why would anyone think she would do that in Istanbul? :spit: So random. Just because Sasha plays ball there now? :lol:

OTOH personally I think it might be 'ova between them but it's just speculation. She doesn't talk too much about it so I'm not gonna think too much about it. As long as everything's fine then everything's fine. :)Right? :lol: Seriously, people who's ever believed she's gonna marry in Istanbul need to buy a brain.

18majors
Aug 13th, 2012, 10:25 PM
I can't believe it's only one week to go until Sugarpova comes to life! For those in the New York area on August 20th, come and help me celebrate (and eat all this candy) at Henri Bendel on 5th Ave. It will be a super fun event and I would love to see you there. For those who can't make it, the event will be streamed live on my website.

https://www.facebook.com/#!/Sharapova

Stonerpova
Aug 13th, 2012, 10:36 PM
I can't believe it's only one week to go until Sugarpova comes to life! For those in the New York area on August 20th, come and help me celebrate (and eat all this candy) at Henri Bendel on 5th Ave. It will be a super fun event and I would love to see you there. For those who can't make it, the event will be streamed live on my website.

https://www.facebook.com/#!/Sharapova

I didn't realize you were quoting Maria until like the second sentence. I was thinking "I'm pretty sure I just read something similar to this earlier today" :lol: :o

Advantage Me
Aug 14th, 2012, 12:16 AM
Anyone going to the launch? Too bad I am thousands of miles away.

Charlatan
Aug 14th, 2012, 01:11 AM
^^ I might :oh:

It's not too far from where I live :dance:

lefty24
Aug 14th, 2012, 01:49 AM
Anyone going to the launch? Too bad I am thousands of miles away.

I'm free so I'm probably gonna go. I just need to find someone to go with.

And you guys will need to help me pick out an outfit!

gc-spurs
Aug 14th, 2012, 02:40 AM
^^ I might :oh:

It's not too far from where I live :dance:

I'm free so I'm probably gonna go. I just need to find someone to go with.

And you guys will need to help me pick out an outfit!

STUPID SLORES FUUUUUUUUU

lefty24
Aug 14th, 2012, 03:03 AM
STUPID SLORES FUUUUUUUUU
:p you should just move to new York!
But are they really gonna let anyone who comes just get into the event? I'll get there super early just in case.

P.s. If anyone else here is going can we meet up or something? (as long as you're not some psycho serial killer).

Charlatan
Aug 14th, 2012, 03:33 AM
STUPID SLORES FUUUUUUUUU

You jelly, bb? :dance:

AniaSharapova
Aug 14th, 2012, 10:11 AM
If I lived in New York I wouldn't hesitate even one minute and would go to this launch. OMG meet Maria and also taste Sugarpova line!! :hearts:

perseus2006
Aug 14th, 2012, 01:06 PM
A stomach virus? More likely a SugarPova overload, I'm thinking!

cowsonice
Aug 14th, 2012, 05:33 PM
Dammit. :facepalm:

I was just in NYC last week. Also went to New Haven and was about 2 weeks off from the tourney being held there.

Advantage Me
Aug 14th, 2012, 10:47 PM
:p you should just move to new York!
But are they really gonna let anyone who comes just get into the event? I'll get there super early just in case.

P.s. If anyone else here is going can we meet up or something? (as long as you're not some psycho serial killer).

If it is an event like this in UK, you would have to be there super early (even camp overnight) and queue like mad.

Don't forget to give us a detailed report and post some photos!!! :lol: :worship:

I reckon everyone who turns up will get a sample pack.

lefty24
Aug 14th, 2012, 11:04 PM
If it is an event like this in UK, you would have to be there super early (even camp overnight) and queue like mad.

Don't forget to give us a detailed report and post some photos!!! :lol: :worship:

I reckon everyone who turns up will get a sample pack.

I don't think I'm gonna have to camp overnight. I know Maria is huge but she's not like a pop star. I'm gonna get there really early.

Although I did have to camp on the streets of New York before and it was actually really fun.

MM_1257
Aug 14th, 2012, 11:09 PM
I don't think I'm gonna have to camp overnight. I know Maria is huge but she's not like a pop star. I'm gonna get there really early.

Although I did have to camp on the streets of New York before and it was actually really fun.

U think it will be open for public?? I mean, I hope so... Maybe you could check at Henri Bendel's?

lefty24
Aug 14th, 2012, 11:19 PM
U think it will be open for public?? I mean, I hope so... Maybe you could check at Henri Bendel's?

I asked them on twitter, hopefully they reply.

edit: But I feel like she wouldn't ask us to come and put the address on the picture if it weren't open for the public.

gc-spurs
Aug 15th, 2012, 12:35 AM
You know what I love about NY.... Niketown. And when you get to level 3 by escalator there's the big "I'm not the next anyone" quote on the wall.

Shivank17
Aug 15th, 2012, 03:23 AM
I asked them on twitter, hopefully they reply.

edit: But I feel like she wouldn't ask us to come and put the address on the picture if it weren't open for the public.

exactly, besides she is the one "inviting" her fans for the same!

Charlatan
Aug 15th, 2012, 03:49 AM
I think it's opened for public. As it should be.

Btw, Henri Bendel on 5th Avenue opens at 12 noon on Sunday. I hope there is no queue up

denny5576
Aug 15th, 2012, 10:03 AM
15.08.2012, Москва

Президент России Владимир Путин своим указом за большой вклад в развитие физической культуры и спорта, высокие спортивные достижения на Играх XXX Олимпиады 2012г. в Лондоне (Великобритания) наградил государственными наградами ряд спортсменов.

Как отмечается в документе, орденом "За заслуги перед Отечеством" IV степени награждены двукратная олимпийская чемпионка по художественной гимнастике Евгения Канаева и пять победительниц Олимпиады в синхронном плавании: Мария Громова, Анастасия Давыдова, Наталья Ищенко, Светлана Ромашина, Эльвира Хасянова.

Орденом Почета награждены олимпийская чемпионка в беге на 400 м с барьерами Наталья Антюх и волейболист Сергей Тетюхин.

Орденом Дружбы награждаются Николай Апаликов, Юрий Бережко, Анастасия Близнюк, Александр Бутько, Роман Власов, Александр Волков, Наталья Воробьева, Арсен Галстян, Сергей Гранкин, Ульяна Донскова, Ксения Дудкина, Александр Дьяченко, Юлия Зарипова, Илья Захаров, Дмитрий Ильиных, Мансур Исаев, Сергей Кирдяпкин, Дарья Коробова, Елена Лашманова, Татьяна Лысенко, Алина Макаренко, Егор Мехонцев, Максим Михайлов, Алия Мустафина, Дмитрий Мусэрский, Анастасия Назаренко, Наталья Назарова, Алексей Обмочаев, Джамал Отарсултанов, Александра Пацкевич, Юрий Постригай, Мария Саинова, Каролина Севастьянова, Александр Соколов, Анжелика Тиманина, Иван Ухов, Тагир Хайбулаев, Тарас Хтей, Алан Хугаев, Анна Чичерова, Алла Шишкина.

Медалью ордена "За заслуги перед Отечеством" I степени награждены Денис Аблязин, Апти Аухадов, Ксения Афанасьева, Софья Великая, Камилла Гафурзянова, Андрей Гречин, Анастасия Гришина, Юлия Гущина, Инна Дериглазова, Дарья Дмитриева, Наталия Заболотная, Анастасия Зуева, Александр Иванов, Данила Изотов, Ольга Каниськина, Анастасия Капачинская, Татьяна Каширина, Евгения Колодко, Виктория Комова, Лариса Коробейникова, Евгений Коротышкин, Антонина Кривошапка, Бесик Кудухов, Евгений Кузнецов, Евгений Лагунов, Никита Лобинцев, Александр Михайлин, Софья Очигава, Мария Пасека, Дарья Пищальникова, Елена Соколова, Надежда Торлопова, Рустам Тотров, Дмитрий Ушаков, Татьяна Фирова, Светлана Царукаева, Татьяна Чернова, Аида Шанаева, Мария Шарапова.

Медалью ордена "За заслуги перед Отечеством" II степени награждаются Давид Айрапетян, Руслан Албегов, Миша Алоян, Семен Антонов, Татьяна Архипова, Анастасия Барышникова, Нина Вислова, Любовь Волосова, Евгений Воронов, Алексей Денисенко, Юлия Ефимова, Ольга Забелтнская, Андрей Замковой, Елена Исинбаева, Сергей Карасев, Александр Каун, Андрей Кириленко, Мария Кириленко, Николай Ковалев, Алексей Коровашков, Заур Курамагомедов, Билял Махов, Тимофей Мозгов, Сергей Моня, Владимир Морозов, Василий Мосин, Иван Нифонтов, Илья Первухин, Надежда Петрова, Екатерина Поистогова, Антон Понкрашов, Мингиян Семенов, Валерия Сорокина, Сергей Фесиков, Виталий Фридзон, Дмитрий Хвостов, Виктор Хряпа, Денис Царгуш, Алексей Швед, Светлана Школина, Иван Штыля.

Congrats, Maria!

denny5576
Aug 15th, 2012, 10:05 AM
Hope someone who knows Russian better than me will translate it.

Mrs. Dimitrova
Aug 15th, 2012, 12:21 PM
You know what I love about NY.... Niketown. And when you get to level 3 by escalator there's the big "I'm not the next anyone" quote on the wall.

Hey uhm.. sad news :sad: I was at Niketown in NYC right before summer and I went to the third floor and...

THEY CHANGED THE QUOTE.

:o :o :o :o :o

The only reason I ever go to that floor....

With that said I love Niketown. But their tennis section is super new and every time I go there they have to tell me that the items are usually out of stock (no size for me ever) because it's new.

Mrs. Dimitrova
Aug 15th, 2012, 12:22 PM
I'm free so I'm probably gonna go. I just need to find someone to go with.

And you guys will need to help me pick out an outfit!

Lefty, I would TOTALLY go with you and be your +1 (or you'd be my plus 1) and we could meet and stan over Masha except I don't return to NYC until the 30th. :sobbing: Sad me.

Anyway I know what the first thing I'm going to do when I get back is... go to Henri Bendel. :hearts:

MM_1257
Aug 15th, 2012, 02:05 PM
I asked them on twitter, hopefully they reply.

edit: But I feel like she wouldn't ask us to come and put the address on the picture if it weren't open for the public.

They did answer to me. It is open for public, 11am to 12pm. Everyone is welcome. ;)

On another news http://www.sovsport.ru/news/text-item/545654 Russia is the land that keeps giving. ;) The Olympic medalists got as a reward also a car; the golden medallists Audi A8, the silver Audi A7 Sportback and the bronze Audi A6. Maria is supposed to get this beauty http://www.ascode-sn.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Audi-A7-Sportback.jpg (don't know in what colour...) - some member of her family in Russia will have a new car soon. :p

anna19masha
Aug 15th, 2012, 02:38 PM
Olympic medalists in London on Vasilevsky descent presented with cars

Russian medalists XXX Olympic Games in London were given new cars, said "F-Sport".
The event was held in Moscow on Vasilevsky descent immediately after awarding the athletes from the Government of the Russian Federation. Each car was personified - instead of the license plate indicated the name of the medalist. Some of the Olympians carefully studied the functional vehicles on which they went to the ceremony.
Make a car depended on the strength of winning medals. Thus, 48 ​​Olympic champions got Audi A8, the holders of 35 silver medals - Audi A7 Sportback, and 46 bronze - Audi A6. The ceremony was unable to attend some of the Olympians who are currently in collections in the United States.
Total has been awarded 129 Olympians who have won at the Olympics for Russia 82 medals 24 gold, 26 silver and 32 bronze medals.
Putin presented state awards to Olympic champions

http://www.sovsport.ru/news/text-item/545654

MashaFan01
Aug 15th, 2012, 03:10 PM
15.08.2012, Москва

Президент России Владимир Путин своим указом за большой вклад в развитие физической культуры и спорта, высокие спортивные достижения на Играх XXX Олимпиады 2012г. в Лондоне (Великобритания) наградил государственными наградами ряд спортсменов.

Как отмечается в документе, орденом "За заслуги перед Отечеством" IV степени награждены двукратная олимпийская чемпионка по художественной гимнастике Евгения Канаева и пять победительниц Олимпиады в синхронном плавании: Мария Громова, Анастасия Давыдова, Наталья Ищенко, Светлана Ромашина, Эльвира Хасянова.

Орденом Почета награждены олимпийская чемпионка в беге на 400 м с барьерами Наталья Антюх и волейболист Сергей Тетюхин.

Орденом Дружбы награждаются Николай Апаликов, Юрий Бережко, Анастасия Близнюк, Александр Бутько, Роман Власов, Александр Волков, Наталья Воробьева, Арсен Галстян, Сергей Гранкин, Ульяна Донскова, Ксения Дудкина, Александр Дьяченко, Юлия Зарипова, Илья Захаров, Дмитрий Ильиных, Мансур Исаев, Сергей Кирдяпкин, Дарья Коробова, Елена Лашманова, Татьяна Лысенко, Алина Макаренко, Егор Мехонцев, Максим Михайлов, Алия Мустафина, Дмитрий Мусэрский, Анастасия Назаренко, Наталья Назарова, Алексей Обмочаев, Джамал Отарсултанов, Александра Пацкевич, Юрий Постригай, Мария Саинова, Каролина Севастьянова, Александр Соколов, Анжелика Тиманина, Иван Ухов, Тагир Хайбулаев, Тарас Хтей, Алан Хугаев, Анна Чичерова, Алла Шишкина.

Медалью ордена "За заслуги перед Отечеством" I степени награждены Денис Аблязин, Апти Аухадов, Ксения Афанасьева, Софья Великая, Камилла Гафурзянова, Андрей Гречин, Анастасия Гришина, Юлия Гущина, Инна Дериглазова, Дарья Дмитриева, Наталия Заболотная, Анастасия Зуева, Александр Иванов, Данила Изотов, Ольга Каниськина, Анастасия Капачинская, Татьяна Каширина, Евгения Колодко, Виктория Комова, Лариса Коробейникова, Евгений Коротышкин, Антонина Кривошапка, Бесик Кудухов, Евгений Кузнецов, Евгений Лагунов, Никита Лобинцев, Александр Михайлин, Софья Очигава, Мария Пасека, Дарья Пищальникова, Елена Соколова, Надежда Торлопова, Рустам Тотров, Дмитрий Ушаков, Татьяна Фирова, Светлана Царукаева, Татьяна Чернова, Аида Шанаева, Мария Шарапова.

Медалью ордена "За заслуги перед Отечеством" II степени награждаются Давид Айрапетян, Руслан Албегов, Миша Алоян, Семен Антонов, Татьяна Архипова, Анастасия Барышникова, Нина Вислова, Любовь Волосова, Евгений Воронов, Алексей Денисенко, Юлия Ефимова, Ольга Забелтнская, Андрей Замковой, Елена Исинбаева, Сергей Карасев, Александр Каун, Андрей Кириленко, Мария Кириленко, Николай Ковалев, Алексей Коровашков, Заур Курамагомедов, Билял Махов, Тимофей Мозгов, Сергей Моня, Владимир Морозов, Василий Мосин, Иван Нифонтов, Илья Первухин, Надежда Петрова, Екатерина Поистогова, Антон Понкрашов, Мингиян Семенов, Валерия Сорокина, Сергей Фесиков, Виталий Фридзон, Дмитрий Хвостов, Виктор Хряпа, Денис Царгуш, Алексей Швед, Светлана Школина, Иван Штыля.

Congrats, Maria!

Google Translation:

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree for his great contribution to the development of physical culture and sports, the high sporting achievements at the Games XXX Olympiad in 2012. London (UK) has awarded state awards a number of athletes.

As stated in the document, the order "For Merit" IV degree awarded by two-time Olympic champion in rhythmic gymnastics Eugenia Kanaeva and five winners of the Olympics in synchronized swimming: Maria Gromova, Anastasia Davydova, Natalia Ishchenko, Svetlana Romashina, Elvira Hasyanova.

Medal of Honor awarded to Olympic champion in the 400m hurdles Antyukhov Natalia and Sergey Tetyukhin volleyball.

Order of Friendship awarded to Nicholas Apalikov, Yury Berezhko, Anastasia Bliznyuk, Alexander Butko, Roman Vlasov, Aleksandr Volkov, Nataliya Vorobyov, Arsen Galstyan, Sergey Grankin, Juliana Donskova, Xenia Dudkin, Aleksandr Dyachenko, Julia Zaripov, Ilya Zakharov, Dmitry Ilyin, Mansur Isaev Sergey Kirdyapkin, Daria Korobov, Lashmanova Elena, Tatiana Lysenko, Alina Makarenko, Yegor Mekhontsev, Maxim Mikhailov, Aliya Mustafina, Dmitry Musersky, Anastasiya Nazarenko, Natalia Nazarova, Alex Obmochaev, Jamal Otarsultanov, Alexander Patskevich, Yuri tonsured, Mary Sainova, NC Sevastyanova, Alexander Sokolov, Angelica Timanina, Ivan Ukhov, Tagir Khaibulaev, Taras Htey, Alan Khugaev, Anna Chicherova, Alla Shishkin.

Medal "For Merit" I degree awarded by Dennis Ablyazin, Apti Auhadov, Ksenia Afanasyeva, Great Sophia, Camilla Gafurzyanova, Andrew Greczyn, Anastasia Grishina, Yulia Gushchina, Inna Deriglazova, Daria Dmitrieva, Natalia Zabolotna, Anastasia Zueva, Alexander Ivanov, Danila Izotov, Olga Kaniskina, Anastasia Kapachinskaya, Tatyana Kashirina, Eugene Kolodko, Victoria Komova, Larissa Korobeinikova, Evgeny Korotyshkin, Antonina Krivoshapka, Besik Kudukhov, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Evgeny Lagunov, Nikita Lobintsov, Alexander Mikhailin, Sophia Ochigava, Maria Bee Farm, Daria Pishchalnikova Elena Sokolova, Hope Torlopov, Rustam Totrov, Dmitry Ushakov, Tatiana Firova, Tsarukaeva Svetlana, Tatyana Chernova, Shanaeva Aida, Maria Sharapova.

Medal of the Order "For merits before Fatherland" II degree awarded to David Hayrapetyan, Ruslan Albegov, Misha Aloyan, Simeon Antonov, Tatyana Arkhipova, Anastasia Baryshnikov, Nina Vislova, Love Volosova, Yevgeny Voronov, Alex Denisenko, Yuliya Efimova, Olga Zabeltnskaya, Andrew Castle, Yelena Isinbayeva, Sergei Karasev, Alexander Kaun, Andrei Kirilenko, Maria Kirilenko, Nikolay Kovalev, Alexei Korovashkov, Zaur Kuramagomedov, Bilal Makhov, Tim Brain, Sergei Monya, Vladimir Morozov, Vasily Mosin, Ivan Nifontov, Ilya Pervukhin, Nadia Petrova, Ekaterina Poistogova Anton Ponkrashov, Mingiyan Semenov, Valery Sorokin, Sergei Fesik, Vitaly Fridzon, Dmitriy Khvostov, Victor Khryapa, Denis Tsargush, Alex Swede, Svetlana Shkolin, Ivan Shtyl.

lefty24
Aug 15th, 2012, 03:55 PM
Hey uhm.. sad news :sad: I was at Niketown in NYC right before summer and I went to the third floor and...

THEY CHANGED THE QUOTE.

:o :o :o :o :o

The only reason I ever go to that floor....

With that said I love Niketown. But their tennis section is super new and every time I go there they have to tell me that the items are usually out of stock (no size for me ever) because it's new.

That sucks. I was actually looking to take a picture with my "I'm not the next anyone" t shirt. Oh well. :sad:
Nike is seriously the best though.
Lefty, I would TOTALLY go with you and be your +1 (or you'd be my plus 1) and we could meet and stan over Masha except I don't return to NYC until the 30th. :sobbing: Sad me.

Anyway I know what the first thing I'm going to do when I get back is... go to Henri Bendel. :hearts:

Luckily one of my friends wants to go with me. That would have been awesome though. Especially since I know you're not some weirdo. :p
They did answer to me. It is open for public, 11am to 12pm. Everyone is welcome. ;)

On another news http://www.sovsport.ru/news/text-item/545654 Russia is the land that keeps giving. ;) The Olympic medalists got as a reward also a car; the golden medallists Audi A8, the silver Audi A7 Sportback and the bronze Audi A6. Maria is supposed to get this beauty http://www.ascode-sn.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Audi-A7-Sportback.jpg (don't know in what colour...) - some member of her family in Russia will have a new car soon. :p
They answered me too, yay I'm so excited!

Damn Maria is on a car roll. Every one in Russia has a nice car though.

gc-spurs
Aug 15th, 2012, 07:40 PM
Hey uhm.. sad news :sad: I was at Niketown in NYC right before summer and I went to the third floor and...

THEY CHANGED THE QUOTE.

:o :o :o :o :o

The only reason I ever go to that floor....

With that said I love Niketown. But their tennis section is super new and every time I go there they have to tell me that the items are usually out of stock (no size for me ever) because it's new.

WHAT? NO that was such a good quote!
hahahahaha I should bloody well hope thats the only reason you go to that floor :tape:

Advantage Me
Aug 15th, 2012, 08:14 PM
I think it's opened for public. As it should be.

Btw, Henri Bendel on 5th Avenue opens at 12 noon on Sunday. I hope there is no queue up
I thought the launch is on Monday??

Charlatan
Aug 15th, 2012, 08:36 PM
I thought the launch is on Monday??

Oops! :spit:

My bad! I am always bad at matching the date and the day :o

18majors
Aug 15th, 2012, 10:22 PM
Victor Abadio‏@unaghii

Tennis on latenight TV: Maria will be on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on the 20th and Serena will be on David Letterman's show on the 22nd.

ziros
Aug 15th, 2012, 10:24 PM
Jimmy Fallon > David Letterman

18majors
Aug 15th, 2012, 10:31 PM
Jimmy Fallon > David Letterman

Have you watched both shows, the hours are too late for me?

lefty24
Aug 15th, 2012, 10:34 PM
I'm so mad at my friend but he's the one going with me to NY so I can't be mean to him. :mad:

18majors
Aug 15th, 2012, 10:42 PM
I'm so mad at my friend but he's the one going with me to NY so I can't be mean to him. :mad:

Lefty24, have you thought about going to Jimmy Fallon show and watch Maria at Rockfeller Center? The show is held on the same date as Sugarpova Launch Party at Henry Bendel.

However, the show may be too late for you if you need to return home to Pennsylvania on Monday.

lefty24
Aug 15th, 2012, 10:48 PM
Lefty24, have you thought about going to Jimmy Fallon show and watch Maria at Rockfeller Center? The show is held on the same date as Sugarpova Launch Party at Henry Bendel.

However, the show may be too late for you if you need to return home to Pennsylvania on Monday.

I was thinking about doing that. The show is actually taped early so I wouldn't have a problem going.

I'm going to call to see if there are tickets available, but I doubt it.

JamieOwen3
Aug 16th, 2012, 12:36 AM
:hearts: http://sugarpova.com

http://i47.tinypic.com/30ms415.gif

http://i1014.photobucket.com/albums/af264/JamieOwen3/133287714653605.gif

WowWow
Aug 16th, 2012, 12:39 AM
^thats sexy!

ziros
Aug 16th, 2012, 12:55 AM
The launch date and time on that ad doesn't match up with the time and date on that site

lefty24
Aug 16th, 2012, 01:12 AM
Not only am I getting ready for the US Open but I'm also getting my sweet tooth ready for next Monday. It's only 5 days to go! Meanwhile visit www.sugarpova.com and sign up for the latest and sweetest updates. I can't wait for everyone to see the candy and especially the packaging...it's so goofy!

http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/431072_10150974962172680_1501105597_n.jpg

Can't wait to see the "goofy" candy.

And it's own website? Fancy. :p

MM_1257
Aug 16th, 2012, 01:37 AM
Guys, I am starting to think that the "lip" ring that she is wearing is a "sublimal" (but not to the true meaning of the word) message for the candies... She started wearing the ring way before the logo appeared. :lol: In order to fix that image into the heads of people...

perseus2006
Aug 16th, 2012, 02:04 AM
So the Launch is on Monday! What's all the talk about Sunday? Are Pova and the Store on different pages?

18majors
Aug 16th, 2012, 11:54 AM
Maria is less than 23,000 away from reaching 8.0 million (8,000,000) followers on Facebook, that's an incredible marketing power.

https://www.facebook.com/#!/Sharapova

Randy Walker‏@TennisPublisher

Sugarpova candy located... "ItsSugar" store 61st and Broadway... NYC http://yfrog.com/obn81ahj

18majors
Aug 16th, 2012, 09:35 PM
Sharapova Covers September 2012 Hamptons Magazine

Aug 16th, 2012
by e-slice.

http://the-slice.com/2012/08/sharapova-covers-september-2012-hamptons-magazine/

cowsonice
Aug 16th, 2012, 09:44 PM
Dammit. This candy will most likely be sold at boutiques, not CVS. :sobbing:

Forever Masha's peasant.

lefty24
Aug 16th, 2012, 09:59 PM
Sharapova Covers September 2012 Hamptons Magazine

Aug 16th, 2012
by e-slice.

http://the-slice.com/2012/08/sharapova-covers-september-2012-hamptons-magazine/

This is the magazine my sisters friend works for! I was starting to think Maria wasn't going to actually be in it.

Sebastian222
Aug 16th, 2012, 10:44 PM
She is not denying her marriage at 10th november:confused::confused::confused:

Was this a real interview or...:confused::confused::confused:

lefty24
Aug 16th, 2012, 11:27 PM
How many times can she deny it until you believe her?

Sebastian222
Aug 16th, 2012, 11:45 PM
How many times can she deny it until you believe her?

I believe her denials in the past interviews but... I cannot understand why such an article can be published... It looks like a article which is put together with care...does her agent has no influence in this kind of publicity...:scratch:...? The Gossip Show can start al over again...
(But... the pictures are gorgeous :hearts:)

denny5576
Aug 17th, 2012, 12:29 AM
She is not denying her marriage at 10th november:confused::confused::confused:

Was this a real interview or...:confused::confused::confused:

Maria did not answer that part of the question at all. She answered only the second part. Good decision!

cautiouslip
Aug 17th, 2012, 02:09 AM
Maria is less than 23,000 away from reaching 8.0 million (8,000,000) followers on Facebook, that's an incredible marketing power.

https://www.facebook.com/#!/Sharapova

Randy Walker‏@TennisPublisher

Sugarpova candy located... "ItsSugar" store 61st and Broadway... NYC http://yfrog.com/obn81ahj

Am I reading right that it says under the lips: "Cute but Fierce" ? :lol:

I love it. The packaging looks great.

Sebastian222
Aug 17th, 2012, 05:57 AM
Maria did not answer that part of the question at all. She answered only the second part. Good decision!

After her strong denying and the statement it was a false rumour... she would not ignore such a question... and the first part was not a question but brought as a fact...
In my opinion there has been no interview... but Hamptons grabbed from here and there without checking... there goes their integrity...

But in theory the interview could be given when there was still the intention of "Le Mariage" at the 10th of november...:devil: poor Sasha:facepalm:

lefty24
Aug 17th, 2012, 06:30 AM
After her strong denying and the statement it was a false rumour... she would not ignore such a question... and the first part was not a question but brought as a fact...
In my opinion there has been no interview... but Hamptons grabbed from here and there without checking... there goes their integrity...

But in theory the interview could be given when there was still the intention of "Le Mariage" at the 10th of november...:devil: poor Sasha:facepalm:

They did not grab from different interviews. :rolleyes: there are some questions that I havent heard before. And they've also known that they weintuiting to interview her for months now.

What do you want her to say? "oh actually you got the facts wrong, I'm not getting married in November, oh yeah about the question blah blah blah." this isn't a press conference, thats not how those type of interviews work.

This was also obviously done awhile ago, at least right before the Olympics.

Sebastian222
Aug 17th, 2012, 07:00 AM
They did not grab from different interviews. :rolleyes: there are some questions that I havent heard before. And they've also known that they weintuiting to interview her for months now.

What do you want her to say? "oh actually you got the facts wrong, I'm not getting married in November, oh yeah about the question blah blah blah." this isn't a press conference, thats not how those type of interviews work.

This was also obviously done awhile ago, at least right before the Olympics.

If this last question in the interview realy was put to her she would have reacted like at the press conference... I can not believe Maria would let this pass by... look at the written interview in the russian press: "I read newspapers and find out many new things about myself! There was written that I have a wedding in November. I was suprised and thought, well, maybe it's time to start picking wedding dress, just not miss my own wedding!"
She is good in making a statement with humor...

Maybe the questions are "new"... the answers are not... maybe some questions were asked by phone and the rest was still a kind of "grabbing"...

lefty24
Aug 17th, 2012, 07:22 AM
But she wasn't asked about the wedding which is why she ignore it. Maybe if she was asked directly she would correct them.

And why would they do a half fake interview and a half real interview?

Sebastian222
Aug 17th, 2012, 07:47 AM
I know, form experience, that the press can produce an interview which is based on real questions and facts that are wel known. No problem at all if they use facts that are really true... but in Maria's case they used facts that Maria already had denied...
From the perspective of the Magazine that's "Ouch..." As an editor I would not be pleased...
For Maria it can be irritating... maybe there will be questions again... and again she has to deny the whole thing... we all know how persistent the press can be... (so as some of us:devil:)

But still the pictures :inlove:

MM_1257
Aug 17th, 2012, 10:11 AM
After her strong denying and the statement it was a false rumour... she would not ignore such a question... and the first part was not a question but brought as a fact...
In my opinion there has been no interview... but Hamptons grabbed from here and there without checking... there goes their integrity...

But in theory the interview could be given when there was still the intention of "Le Mariage" at the 10th of november...:devil: poor Sasha:facepalm:

IMO not. The interview was made before she went to London for the Olympics, she (or her PR-but I guess it is her, since they have a photosession with her) probably did answer to the questions, but you do realize that questions can be edited before publishing? So can answers... And up until London 2012 presser she kept answering the wedding question with a dose of irony / or didn't answer it at all. In London 2012 she gave a clear answer. Won't even say what I think that means. :lol:

Sebastian222
Aug 17th, 2012, 11:00 AM
IMO not. The interview was made before she went to London for the Olympics, she (or her PR-but I guess it is her, since they have a photosession with her) probably did answer to the questions, but you do realize that questions can be edited before publishing? So can answers... And up until London 2012 presser she kept answering the wedding question with a dose of irony / or didn't answer it at all. In London 2012 she gave a clear answer. Won't even say what I think that means. :lol:

This kind of photosessions and interviews are mostly held separate because of the work that is involved with the shooting... and sometimes the pictures are bought and used as "own"... and yes, I do realize an interview can be edited before publishing... That's why I am so wondered why they keep holding on to news (the wedding in the fall)... Some editor didn't payed attention?
The Maria part of this interview doesn't botter me, I believe her... but I am intregued bij the Hamptons part of the interview. As a proffesional communication is a part of my job... maybe that's the reason for my "obsession" for this item...

MM_1257
Aug 17th, 2012, 12:12 PM
Some editor didn't payed attention?
The Maria part of this interview doesn't botter me, I believe her... but I am intregued bij the Hamptons part of the interview. As a proffesional communication is a part of my job... maybe that's the reason for my "obsession" for this item...

Most probably. I doubt the editors of these magazines read her press conferences in tournaments. The wedding news got spread like a fire since the Russian tabloid published it and every single journalist picked it up; it was on all sorts of portals, websites, national tv station websites, magazines, newspapers. Maria and Max and Sasha never confirmed it, but also never took care of denying it loud and clear (I guess is suited them) - at least not until London 2012; and those who do not pay attention to them in details, didn't bother to check what was behind the gossip, if any of them confirmed it or not.. That's how things unfortunately go.. :lol: If Maria wants legitimate news of her to be spread, she should update her fb regularly with them... Because that is something they read... The wig trick was all over the news...

Besides Sasha goes back to Istanbul soon (or maybe he is already there) - the team starts the preparations next week - and probably some media in some match will ask him about it, I expect the usual answers from him, but who knows, maybe he will say something more :oh: - we should wait and see.. But almost surely he will deny the 10th of November...

18majors
Aug 19th, 2012, 02:53 PM
Maria Sharapova Fan‏@SharapovAce

Monday Schedule for Masha: 8.00 AM: CBS Morning Show 11.00 AM: Sugarpova launch at Henri Bendel 11.30 PM: NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Sebastian222
Aug 19th, 2012, 03:07 PM
A lot of opportunities to hear news directly from herself. But most of the time they will talk about Sugarpova... I presume...
Sasha has turned back from a "radio" silence at FB:

Hi everyone! After a much needed break from technology, I am back on here with some updates...What is new...I am back in Turkey for another thrilling season ahead..Summer was amazing- spending time with family and friends in LA..Will post some pics for you!

lefty24
Aug 19th, 2012, 03:51 PM
Maria Sharapova Fan‏@SharapovAce

Monday Schedule for Masha: 8.00 AM: CBS Morning Show 11.00 AM: Sugarpova launch at Henri Bendel 11.30 PM: NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Wow. I guess she just wants to get everything out of the way on Monday.

MM_1257
Aug 19th, 2012, 03:55 PM
I was just about to post the same schedule... American friends, time to put the recorders on and provide us those interviews and events to us in Europe, too. :p :p :p :oh: :D

MM_1257
Aug 19th, 2012, 04:09 PM
I read on twitter that Chelsea said (do not know when - in her show probably?) that Maria and her doctor forced her to do blood tests because of how much she drinks...
And it made me think... Maria is knocking on that E! door a lot lately... Last year after the ESPYs, but even more this year with being in Handler's show, having Handler mention her in her shows, sit in her box during the Games, and then those 2 times she was on E! News - in LA before leaving for London and in London... IMO it all has a certain target in purpose... I do not know how much that tv is popular in America, but if it is, I think she is trying to make herself even more of a "household name" in order to sell her product better... I really think it is all opening a path for the Sugarpova... What do you guys think? And no, do not jump on me, I am no troll and no hater, by now you probably do know me. :lol:

Sebastian222
Aug 19th, 2012, 04:14 PM
I read on twitter that Chelsea said (do not know when - in her show probably?) that Maria and her doctor forced her to do blood tests because of how much she drinks...
And it made me think... Maria is knocking on that E! door a lot lately... Last year after the ESPYs, but even more this year with being in Handler's show, having Handler mention her in her shows, sit in her box during the Games, and then those 2 times she was on E! News - in LA before leaving for London and in London... IMO it all has a certain target in purpose... I do not know how much that tv is popular in America, but if it is, I think she is trying to make herself even more of a "household name" in order to sell her product better... I really think it is all opening a path for the Sugarpova... What do you guys think? And no, do not jump on me, I am no troll and no hater, by now you probably do know me. :lol:

You are right... like I said before to mr. Scott, our Lady directs her public appearance well tought out. Tomorrow is the launch of Sugarpova and she and her agent have done the job wel... I have great respect of how she and her team manage these things (sometimes a little oops... but that's in the game...)

Qetusi
Aug 19th, 2012, 04:26 PM
Maria Sharapova

One more day until my candy is official! In the meantime I took my team to the brand new IT'SUGAR store that opened a few days ago on Broadway, to be my first loyal Sugarpova customers (I didn't give them much choice but to be Sugarpova customers)...I also ended up buying a pack for myself. My candy will be sold at all their stores worldwide, as well as on their website www.itsugar.com and at www.sugarpova.com.
If you are not around for the Henri Bendel launch tomorrow at 11am EST, don't forget to watch it live from your computer at http://new.livestream.com/​Sharapova/sugarpova and if you have any questions, don't hesitate to post here as I will be answering a few as well during the event. Can't wait to see everyone!


http://s019.radikal.ru/i606/1208/8e/bdb938ce7b76.jpg

lefty24
Aug 19th, 2012, 05:20 PM
Yay happy for the people outside the US who get to buy it. Very smart of Maria since she has so many fans outside America.
I always find it weird that celebrities have to but their own products. Oh and super happy that it's not just going to be in one store!! Make that money Masha.

nelsondan
Aug 19th, 2012, 05:29 PM
You are right... like I said before to mr. Scott, our Lady directs her public appearance well tought out. Tomorrow is the launch of Sugarpova and she and her agent have done the job wel... I have great respect of how she and her team manage these things (sometimes a little oops... but that's in the game...)

Well thought out. I have been a fan of Maria for a long time, and I think it is simply amazing the way she does two things so well...play tennis and manage her endorsements and non tennis career on a level that few others in the public eye are able to do.

I do not understand the overall concept of a giant candy deal. I am sure Maria does. My immediate reaction was to think of dental problems, and increasing obesity in her age group. It might not be fair to single out candy for having that much to do with that....I will wait and see how this plays out, betting on Maria's pr judgement to make everything something good.

MM_1257
Aug 19th, 2012, 07:07 PM
Well thought out. I have been a fan of Maria for a long time, and I think it is simply amazing the way she does two things so well...play tennis and manage her endorsements and non tennis career on a level that few others in the public eye are able to do.

I do not understand the overall concept of a giant candy deal. I am sure Maria does. My immediate reaction was to think of dental problems, and increasing obesity in her age group. It might not be fair to single out candy for having that much to do with that....I will wait and see how this plays out, betting on Maria's pr judgement to make everything something good.

I agree on the bold part. And that is why I consider Max Eisenbud a genious... He maximized all Maria's opportunities and ofc she was willing to take all her opportunities in a very sophisticate manner... They make a dream team. And look also at his job with Li Na - he made her get the best chances since she won RG and she is right up there, next to Maria on that $$ list... I bet he will do an amazing job with the youngsters that are under him aswell.. Who knows, maybe even overtaking Maria's throne one day...

About the candy... I agree... I was very surprised when I heard it. And I though, this surely is Maria's idea, since I couldn't believe that managers would be willing to take such a risky business. Because in my eyes - making candies is risky - it is not wine or oil or something.. it is something that people either like or not and it is not easy to know what taste people have and will they like it or not.. It is a business in which you can lose a lot IMO. And I was very very surprised when I learnt that Max got that offer first and he came to talk to Maria about it... We will see how it goes. Let's hope for a great success! :cool: Good luck, Maria and good luck, Sugarpova!!!

jameshazza
Aug 19th, 2012, 07:11 PM
We'll by enough to keep it going anyway. I think it will be just in these stores for a trial amount of time. I mean unless Maria really wants to distance this from her tennis career it would be idiotic not to set up shop at the tennis tournaments. It would be like strawberries and cream at Wimbledon, people attending would almost feel like it was mandatory to buy it.

18majors
Aug 19th, 2012, 07:26 PM
I agree on the bold part. And that is why I consider Max Eisenbud a genious... He maximized all Maria's opportunities and ofc she was willing to take all her opportunities in a very sophisticate manner... They make a dream team. And look also at his job with Li Na - he made her get the best chances since she won RG and she is right up there, next to Maria on that $$ list... I bet he will do an amazing job with the youngsters that are under him aswell.. Who knows, maybe even overtaking Maria's throne one day...

About the candy... I agree... I was very surprised when I heard it. And I though, this surely is Maria's idea, since I couldn't believe that managers would be willing to take such a risky business. Because in my eyes - making candies is risky - it is not wine or oil or something.. it is something that people either like or not and it is not easy to know what taste people have and will they like it or not.. It is a business in which you can lose a lot IMO. And I was very very surprised when I learnt that Max got that offer first and he came to talk to Maria about it... We will see how it goes. Let's hope for a great success! :cool: Good luck, Maria and good luck, Sugarpova!!!

The most popular candies like M&M's, Reese's and Snickers sell more than US$400.00 million a year worldwide. Sugarpova can easily reach US$50.0 million if it's somewhat successful.

It's clear Maria doesn't want to compete with her sponsors by getting into clothing or other luxurious goods businesses. Candy isn't a bad choice because the start-up capital isn't high and is quite manageable.

Advantage Me
Aug 19th, 2012, 08:22 PM
According to her website she is also on CNN at 7pm New York Time.

So cute to see her team advertising Sugarpova with her, especially Hoggy! Has Vladimir got his pack back to front? Where's Juan? Is he taking the photo??

I will definitely be watching the launch live and perhaps ask her a question.

kasia1992
Aug 19th, 2012, 10:52 PM
Rachel M. Weintraub ‏@RachelWeintraub
Tomorrow on @CBSThisMorning @GayleKing @jeffglor w/ Maria Sharapova @USOpen @cbsSports..

WowWow
Aug 19th, 2012, 11:02 PM
Am I the only one who thinks this candy line is a big distraction from tennis?

lefty24
Aug 19th, 2012, 11:15 PM
Am I the only one who thinks this candy line is a big distraction from tennis?

She does all this promotion stuff before the USO every year. and her team planned everything so that it's all on one day. Maria is not Anna, she doesn't get distracted from her off court projects.

WowWow
Aug 19th, 2012, 11:54 PM
She does all this promotion stuff before the USO every year. and her team planned everything so that it's all on one day. Maria is not Anna, she doesn't get distracted from her off court projects.

Hmm, investment is always a distraction. It involves worries and attention. It's also time consuming.
She seems to be more into this thing than into the USO.
Let's hope I'm wrong on this one.

JamieOwen3
Aug 20th, 2012, 12:28 AM
IT'S NOT FAIR :sobbing: every bitch and their momma has a premium it seems these days.

jameshazza
Aug 20th, 2012, 12:38 AM
I was supposed to when she won RG, I'll have to wait until EMA kicks in again though.

Marilyn Monheaux
Aug 20th, 2012, 01:14 AM
Yay happy for the people outside the US who get to buy it. Very smart of Maria since she has so many fans outside America.
I always find it weird that celebrities have to but their own products. Oh and super happy that it's not just going to be in one store!! Make that money Masha.



Yeah... happy for all her fans in Dubai, England and the Cayman Islands. :o

lefty24
Aug 20th, 2012, 03:38 AM
Yeah... happy for all her fans in Dubai, England and the Cayman Islands. :o

:hug:

If anyone trusts me with their address I would happily send it you guys unless shipping is super expensive. Although it is just candy. :p

Crux Squall
Aug 20th, 2012, 04:02 AM
Am I the only one who thinks this candy line is a big distraction from tennis?

me too, may be I'm so selfish:sad:

perseus2006
Aug 20th, 2012, 05:12 AM
We all need some Sugarpova to sweeten up this forum again.

Abesky, Queenpova and R Scott have left a bitter splotch on our walls!

Sebastian222
Aug 20th, 2012, 05:54 AM
Am I the only one who thinks this candy line is a big distraction from tennis?

Until now she has made a lot of work of her sponsordeals, photoshoots or her own idea's...
and she is the number 2 tennisplayer of the world, won 4 grand slams, has been in the final of the Olympics, has won a big number of tournaments and came back form a serious injury...:worship::worship::worship::worship::wors hip:

Wel I think Maria can do it!:cheer::cheer::cheer:

JamieOwen3
Aug 20th, 2012, 06:02 AM
WAIT is sugarpova gonna be available in the UK then? If so HOLD MY WALLET in case I go crazy and by a lot of Pova's sugar balls.

18majors
Aug 20th, 2012, 08:15 AM
Maria has taken over Big Apple, now has more than 8.0 million followers on Facebook.

https://www.facebook.com/#!/Sharapova

Shivank17
Aug 20th, 2012, 09:22 AM
Yeah... happy for all her fans in Dubai, England and the Cayman Islands. :o

:sad: I wish it would have been released a month ago, my brother just came back from UK :o will have to wait another year now. :[

MM_1257
Aug 20th, 2012, 09:30 AM
But maybe they will ship them too?? Sugarpova.com anyone?

Shivank17
Aug 20th, 2012, 09:37 AM
shipping only in US. :o

lefty24
Aug 20th, 2012, 10:07 AM
shipping only in US. :o

Maybe if Sugarpova is a success they will start shipping it abroad.

humanabstract
Aug 20th, 2012, 11:45 AM
I think there is a little chance Sugarpova will be sold in Russia or Belarus. :sad:

denny5576
Aug 20th, 2012, 12:29 PM
Maria Sharapova has a sweet new gig: Candy seller

http://www.courier-journal.com/usatoday/article/57142380?odyssey=mod%7Cnewswell%7Ctext%7CBusiness% 7Cp

Mashafan00
Aug 20th, 2012, 12:51 PM
:)

CBS This Morning ‏@CBSThisMorning
Happening now: Maria Sharapova on #CBSThisMorning. She says: Not many people get me up at 5:30 in the morning.

CBS This Morning ‏@CBSThisMorning
On proposed crackdown on grunting in tennis, Maria Sharapova says she has done it since a young age, and doesn’t plan to change

perseus2006
Aug 20th, 2012, 01:57 PM
The CBS This Morning show was as brief and useless a coverage of Pova and Sugarpova as all the other topics presented in the previous 100 minutes of the show! Now I can easily live another decade without watching a tv morning show! Pova looked stunning, though!

I just reported the above info to my girl at work. She extracted the following info from me and thought the world would be better off if I added it to my post. Pova's set lasted 90 to 120 seconds, she is in NYC to win the USO, she admitted to being engaged "for a while now" but there was no mention of Sascha and, although she was wearing a ring on the left hand, I didn't think it was the boulder Sascha gave her.

She is aware that Sugarpova is candy but as an athlete she enjoyed a "treat" after a good practice session and didn't seem scandalized about hawking unhealthful stuff.

She was dressed nicely in a white shirt and colorful skirt, or maybe the other way around. I assumed the skirt because her knees on down were visible under the table. The top could be opened from the front.

Her hair was nice and it must have been down because she was fiddling with it.

Oh, yeah, I almost forgot! I'm sure she was wearing shoes but I don't recall anything about them except they didn't cover her ankles.

I also don't recall if she was wearing any jewelry: necklace, earrings, bracelets, belts, handbags, etc.

18majors
Aug 20th, 2012, 02:00 PM
The CBS This Morning show was as brief and useless a coverage of Pova and Sugarpova as all the other topics presented in the previous 100 minutes of the show! Now I can easily live another decade without watching a tv morning show! Pova looked stunning, though!

Isn't that the essence that Maria looked stunning!

denny5576
Aug 20th, 2012, 02:39 PM
http://img528.imageshack.us/img528/9928/76ed2d51a151.jpg

lefty24
Aug 20th, 2012, 03:42 PM
Anyone watching the live stream?

Lachy
Aug 20th, 2012, 03:46 PM
Anyone watching the live stream?

Yesss

perseus2006
Aug 20th, 2012, 04:01 PM
The LiveStream was fun. Didn't see anyone in the crowd that looked like my mental image of Lefty24, though!

lefty24
Aug 20th, 2012, 04:03 PM
The LiveStream was fun. Didn't see anyone in the crowd that looked like my mental image of Lefty24, though!

I didn't end up going. :sad:

18majors
Aug 20th, 2012, 04:08 PM
The LiveStream was fun. Didn't see anyone in the crowd that looked like my mental image of Lefty24, though!

It's a special talent to be a likable celebrity!

nelsondan
Aug 20th, 2012, 04:56 PM
Does any of her candy have enough chocolate...or any at all?

lefty24
Aug 20th, 2012, 04:58 PM
Does any of her candy have enough chocolate...or any at all?

No chocolate. I'm sure if the candy is a success she'll add some though.

MM_1257
Aug 20th, 2012, 05:13 PM
No chocolate. I'm sure if the candy is a success she'll add some though.

She better does!!! :lick:

Advantage Me
Aug 20th, 2012, 10:53 PM
Yeah... happy for all her fans in Dubai, England and the Cayman Islands. :o

Where in UK can you get them?

Marilyn Monheaux
Aug 20th, 2012, 11:28 PM
Where in UK can you get them?



London, Manchester & Birmingham...

nelsondan
Aug 20th, 2012, 11:54 PM
Yeah... happy for all her fans in Dubai, England and the Cayman Islands. :o

good for our republican presidential candidate.....Romney can pay for the candy in cash in the Cayman Islands. He has plenty of money stashed there.

JadeFox
Aug 21st, 2012, 07:34 PM
Ugh the tennis gumballs are already sold out. And It's Sugar don't have a store in Georgia either. :(

I guess I'll have to wait. I bet those lips will sell out next.

Advantage Me
Aug 21st, 2012, 11:01 PM
Sounds like demand is greater than supply! It is the second one that's sold out. Get those gumballs rolling, Maria!

beanbean
Aug 22nd, 2012, 03:39 AM
Omg, I like the gumball. I almost buy it yesterday but my credit card did not work until today.

MM_1257
Aug 22nd, 2012, 12:15 PM
From Adir's facebook
4 hair changes in one day...Yesterday I spent my day with one of my favorite people in the world Maria Sharapova. We changed her hair 4 times in 8 hours... So much fun and she looked hot! We promoted her new and delicious line of candies called Sugarpova!!!!! You have to try them at Sugarpova.com -- you'll be addicted like me. Try these styles at home and let me know which one was your favorite. — Sugarpova Launch!

He also put photos on...

MM_1257
Aug 22nd, 2012, 12:19 PM
Maria's message to Lolo Jones
http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/gossip/gatecrasher/maria-sharapova-advice-sports-beauty-lolo-jones-hard-hitting-article-1.1141555
HEY, LOLO JONES: Maria Sharapova has got your back. The track and field Olympian tearfully rejected comparisons that she’s the next Anna Kournikova, but it’s another tennis sex symbol — Sharapova — who has come to her defense. On Monday night, the Olympic silver medalist gave us some advice to give Jones, the track star who said the media “ripped her to shreds” when it focused on her nude pictures in ESPN the Magazine instead of her athletic prowess.
“I’ve been in this business for many years and I know how this works,” Sharapova told us at her Hamptons Magazine cover party at the Sanctuary Hotel. “Everyone’s going to have a comment and that’s going to be the way things are.” Later in the party, which was also a launch for the blond beauty’s new candy line, Sugarpova, she shot up to the rooftop lounge, Haven, where there was a toast complete with Russian spirits for Russia’s four-time Grand Slam winner.


Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/gossip/gatecrasher/maria-sharapova-advice-sports-beauty-lolo-jones-hard-hitting-article-1.1141555#ixzz24HE9ERBC

MM_1257
Aug 22nd, 2012, 12:26 PM
And then we have this - http://www.lagrandesfida.net/it/home-page
Dec 1st, a doubles exo in Italy... Masha and Sara vs. Ana and Vinci... :oh: DOUBLES! :lol: And I'd love to see Ana and Maria in doubles together :oh: :angel: (since pssssst...:secret:... I think that they do not like each other much..)

18majors
Aug 22nd, 2012, 01:04 PM
Anna Spaña (Masha)‏@Masha19Maria

Maria Sharapova not planning her wedding yet - http://NYPOST.com http://nyp.st/SkhqUc via @PageSix

cautiouslip
Aug 22nd, 2012, 01:38 PM
And then we have this - http://www.lagrandesfida.net/it/home-page
Dec 1st, a doubles exo in Italy... Masha and Sara vs. Ana and Vinci... :oh: DOUBLES! :lol: And I'd love to see Ana and Maria in doubles together :oh: :angel: (since pssssst...:secret:... I think that they do not like each other much..)

Aw cute! I think her and sara together will be a good team...she might have to help Maria to remember what to do again :lol:

ahoura
Aug 22nd, 2012, 04:07 PM
Maria Play Next Year in dubai?

lefty24
Aug 22nd, 2012, 05:34 PM
Maria's message to Lolo Jones
http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/gossip/gatecrasher/maria-sharapova-advice-sports-beauty-lolo-jones-hard-hitting-article-1.1141555

I love Lolo so this makes me happy! They should be friends. :p

And then we have this - http://www.lagrandesfida.net/it/home-page
Dec 1st, a doubles exo in Italy... Masha and Sara vs. Ana and Vinci... :oh: DOUBLES! :lol: And I'd love to see Ana and Maria in doubles together :oh: :angel: (since pssssst...:secret:... I think that they do not like each other much..)


I can't wait! I've always wanted Ana and Maria to do an exho together, too bad they're not on the same team.

Advantage Me
Aug 22nd, 2012, 05:38 PM
And then we have this - http://www.lagrandesfida.net/it/home-page
Dec 1st, a doubles exo in Italy... Masha and Sara vs. Ana and Vinci... :oh: DOUBLES! :lol: And I'd love to see Ana and Maria in doubles together :oh: :angel: (since pssssst...:secret:... I think that they do not like each other much..)

That should be fun! So Maria has 2 exos coming up. She's playing Petra sometime in November if I remember rightly.

MM_1257
Aug 22nd, 2012, 07:28 PM
I love Lolo so this makes me happy! They should be friends. :p




I can't wait! I've always wanted Ana and Maria to do an exho together, too bad they're not on the same team.

Ana's site says they will be on the same team. :oh:

joão.
Aug 22nd, 2012, 07:33 PM
Maria & Ana vs Vinci & Errani? I can already imagine the result :happy:

humanabstract
Aug 22nd, 2012, 07:33 PM
Ana's site says they will be on the same team. :oh:

The hottest team ever :oh:

Kon.
Aug 22nd, 2012, 07:38 PM
Ana's site says they will be on the same team. :oh:

:hearts:
Can anyone see them winning the doubles? :lol:

humanabstract
Aug 22nd, 2012, 07:55 PM
I hope they won't be double bagelled :oh:

MM_1257
Aug 22nd, 2012, 08:46 PM
:lol: :haha: :oh:

perseus2006
Aug 22nd, 2012, 08:50 PM
Pova playing doubles? With Ana? Against elite doubles players? What are the possible reasons? Pova doesn't even know the rules for doubles and Ana's head is just a prop for a very pretty face.

1. Italy will not tax sales of Sugarpova for ten years.
2. WTA psychiatrists demand an opportunity for Sara to reestablish self worth after the RG Final.
3. Pova and Ana need practice in accepting on court humiliation.
4. It's a fashion test: Can Glam dominate Sham regardless of skill sets?
5. Pova and Ana need practice for their secret plan to dominate 2013 Doubles!
6. Max made a big mistake.
7. Ana made the big mistake, she thought the "Maria" was Kiri!

That's all I can think of at the moment. Perhaps others have some thoughts...

Nonetheless, it should be an hilarious exho!

MM_1257
Aug 22nd, 2012, 09:35 PM
If it really happens, I want them to be on the same side of the team, meaning MashAna doubles pair, I want the exo to be streamed and I want someone to record it. And I want pre-exo promo dorky activities... Because I would really like to see Maria and Ana interact informally. I am not saying they hate each other, but I think they are not very crazy about each other either and eager to interact... :lol: Max, can you make it happen?? :sobbing: Pwetty pwease... :oh: :lol:

NashaMasha
Aug 22nd, 2012, 09:50 PM
Urgently substitute Ana for, for instance, Maria Kirilenko or much better Max Mirnyi

MM_1257
Aug 22nd, 2012, 10:04 PM
Nawh... Noes noes noes... :( I want it to be funny... :o

lefty24
Aug 22nd, 2012, 10:20 PM
Evian Q&A barley any questions so far

http://www.facebook.com/evian

nelsondan
Aug 22nd, 2012, 10:31 PM
It is kind of confusing...people are asking on the evian site, and on her facebook site, and I see no answers from her either place.

Sebastian222
Aug 22nd, 2012, 10:35 PM
Evian Q&A barley any questions so far

http://www.facebook.com/evian

If I enter this site I get my own facebook page...??? Not for Europe...???

MM_1257
Aug 22nd, 2012, 10:39 PM
+1 I can't open that Evian page...

Advantage Me
Aug 22nd, 2012, 10:52 PM
Only available on US page and to US fans of evian!!
http://evian.fr/communaute/

Sebastian222
Aug 22nd, 2012, 10:59 PM
a little bit..:sad:

I am going to :zzz:

nelsondan
Aug 22nd, 2012, 11:05 PM
Here is one..you can find them on "Recent Posts by Others on evian"

it is a mess..

you could represent Russia at the Winter olympics in Sochi, what sport would you choose?

Like · · 40 minutes ago near Glendale, CA

Maria Sharapova Skiing...I think my dad would be a great coach as thats his biggest passion.

Advantage Me
Aug 22nd, 2012, 11:12 PM
Thanks, nelsondan. Anymore answers?

nelsondan
Aug 22nd, 2012, 11:34 PM
Thanks, nelsondan. Anymore answers?

They are scattered out and difficult to collect, because she will answer one, typing herself, and then four or five people will ask stuff and get skipped, others will try to follow up the answer they were lucky enough to get....asked who she would pick as an all time mixed doubles partner...Jimmy Connors......she said hydration and not a lot of makeup was part of her routine......I thought the questions were kind of ordinary....she does go back as far as 24 hours to pick out previously submitted questions.....

hopefully, someone will edit it down to just the q and a........nice effort, but very disorganized and random.


several unanswered marriage proposals, and a couple of apologies for drunken behavior in past years which I would bet she paid no attention to in the first place.

lefty24
Aug 23rd, 2012, 12:41 AM
:Nawh... Noes noes noes... :( I want it to be funny... :o

This. I can't even begin to imagine how funny it would be.

About Evian, nothing really interesting was said.

This one girl kept on asking 5 line questions along with xoxo's. After the Q&A they said that Maria ran out of time answering questions but they answered the girl saying Maria's favorite song might be Call Me Mabye. :lol:

And R Scott kept on asking questions about Sasha and Camilla. But he asked on the wrong section so hopefully Maria didn't see.

humanabstract
Aug 23rd, 2012, 07:10 AM
Is there organized list of questions and answers anywhere?

Charlieflip
Aug 23rd, 2012, 08:12 AM
:

This. I can't even begin to imagine how funny it would be.

About Evian, nothing really interesting was said.

This one girl kept on asking 5 line questions along with xoxo's. After the Q&A they said that Maria ran out of time answering questions but they answered the girl saying Maria's favorite song might be Call Me Mabye. :lol:

And R Scott kept on asking questions about Sasha and Camilla. But he asked on the wrong section so hopefully Maria didn't see.

Lol yeah that was hilarious

Sebastian222
Aug 23rd, 2012, 09:42 AM
And R Scott kept on asking questions about Sasha and Camilla. But he asked on the wrong section so hopefully Maria didn't see.

I feel sorry for him... and I think I am obsessed with some items...:silly:

MM_1257
Aug 23rd, 2012, 12:47 PM
http://www.examiner.com/article/interview-with-maria-sharapova-at-her-hamptons-magazine-cover-party
This week Examiner.com was on the scene at tennis great Maria Sharapova's Hamptons Magazine cover party at The Sanctuary Hotel. Maria Sharapova celebrated her cover of Hamptons magazine with Editor-in-Chief Samantha Yanks and Publisher Debra Halpert at HAVEN Rooftop at Sanctuary Hotel with Exude Lipstick, Russian Standard Vodka, TAG Heuer and London Jewelers.

Sharapova has had a busy week in New York City, thus far. On Monday, she also attended the launch of her new candy line Sugarpova at Henri Bendel. She also attended the grand opening of the new candy store It’Sugar and she visited 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' show at Rockefeller Center.
Q: Tell us about your outfit.

Maria Sharapova: I'm wearing a Valentino and Christian Louboutin shoes tonight and I had a great time shooting the Hamptons Magazine cover and I'm in New York City and wanted to wear red tonight!

Q: What do you love about New York City?

Maria Sharapova: I love its energy, I love the people, there's so many different parts of New York that I love to visit every time I come here and of course playing the U.S. Open, being a champion here in the past and embracing the energy of the crowd, it's always so much fun.

Q: Why did you decide create a candy line?

Maria Sharapova: I have always had a sweet tooth and I always wanted to own my business, and invest money and time, and the name came about two years ago and we have been working on the actual candy for 18 months and its been so much fun. I feel like I've really started from just an idea--we were just at Henri Bendel's today and the It'Sugar store--and seeing it on the shelf, and people actually going in an paying for it, it's fun when they see the packaging, they turn it around, read about it, that's what makes that work worthwhile...We're starting with 12 flavors and I hope that definitely grows and goes beyond the business of candy.

Q: Congratulations on your silver medal win at the Olympics. What was that experience like?

Maria Sharapova: It was an incredible experience for me, it was my first Olympics and I dreamed about it since I was a little girl, so to be part of that atmosphere and leaving with a medal was really nice...just to be in the ambience with all those countries and all those athletes competing in one stadium was incredible.

Such a crazy 10 days, it was the opening ceremony, to carrying the flag, and the motions leading up to that...and then moving from that onto the tournament, I was playing 6 matches in 7 days, it was just an incredible patriotic experience with so much energy and seeing Wimbledon transition into an Olympic atmosphere was really fun!

Q: What do you love to do in your down time?

Maria Sharapova: I love being at home because I travel so much I don't get to have a domestic life in a way, so I enjoy coming back home and catching up with friends and family and having a normal, peaceful life.

Q: How are you preparing for the U.S. Open?

Maria Sharapova: I got here a little early, I've taken the last few weeks off, and been here for a few days already and starting to train tomorrow, nice to be back in New York!

After the red carpet, Maria joined chic Manhattanites for the party at HAVEN Rooftop at the Sanctuary Hotel. The weather was perfect. There was a candy bar where guests could sample Maria's Sugarpova, the music was amazing and there was also a photo tent where guests could create little photo flip books.

Cosmic Voices
Aug 23rd, 2012, 12:53 PM
When Masha retires I want her to join the Real Housewives of New York cast :sobbing:

MM_1257
Aug 23rd, 2012, 12:55 PM
http://www.sfgate.com/business/bloomberg/article/Sharapova-as-Best-Paid-Female-Athlete-Helps-Sell-3809350.php?cmpid=twitter
Sharapova as Best-Paid Female Athlete Helps Sell Sugarpova Candy
Eben Novy-Williams, ©2012 Bloomberg News
Updated 5:36 a.m., Thursday, August 23, 2012


Aug. 23 (Bloomberg) -- Maria Sharapova learned so much promoting other people’s products in her first 10 years on the WTA tour that she decided it was time to start selling her own.
Sharapova this week introduced Sugarpova, her own candy brand comprising a dozen sweet and sour flavors with names such as Sporty, Cheeky and Flirty. The line of gummies is the result of experience Sharapova gained through sponsorships with companies such as Tag Heuer, Tiffany & Co., Samsung Electronics Co. and Nike Inc., the 25-year-old tennis player said at the product’s introduction in New York.
“I’ve learned so much from different brands, whether it’s advertising or marketing,” Sharapova said in an interview this week in New York. “Their knowledge kind of came together in my brain and it was that inspiration that led me here.”
With earnings from endorsements of $22 million in the year through June, Sharapova is the world’s highest-paid female athlete, according to Forbes magazine. Sharapova introduced the candy on Aug. 20, did an event with sponsor Danone SA’s Evian water the next day and was to spend time today with Nike unit Cole Haan, with which she has a shoe collection.
In between, she’ll prepare for the U.S. Open, which begins Aug. 27 at the National Tennis Center in New York. Sharapova won the final Grand Slam of the tennis season in 2006, the second of her four major titles.
“The life of a tennis player is very short,” said 18-time Grand Slam champion Chris Evert, who retired in 1989 at age 34. “It’s smart to think early and make decisions early on regarding what you want to do once you retire, because the opportunities might not always be there.”

Top Earner

With total income of $27.9 million in the year through June, Sharapova has been the highest-paid female athlete for eight straight years, according to Forbes.
The 6-foot-2 (1.88 meter) right-hander has made $4.49 million in prize money this year and in June won the French Open to complete her career Grand Slam.
In July, she became the first woman to carry the Russian flag at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games and eight days later won a silver medal in London, losing in the final to Serena Williams of the U.S.
Sharapova said her off-court business interests, which also include fashion and jewelry, help her game.
“When I go back on the court, it keeps my mind fresh and energized,” she said.
The third-ranked player can better manage her schedule as she gets older and becomes more acquainted with business, said Max Eisenbud, her agent for 14 years, vice president of IMG Tennis and chief executive officer of Sugarpova.

Design Ideas

After she won Wimbledon in 2004, Sharapova dedicated about 15 days a year to eight-hour photo shoots with sponsors, Eisenbud said. That total is now much lower, though Sharapova’s room during tournaments remains littered with sketches for clothing and shoe lines, he said.
Sharapova tops the earnings league without having reached the elite level of endorsers in the U.S., where she’s known by about 44 percent of the public, said Matt Fleming, a senior account manager at the Dallas-based Marketing Arm. By contrast, 91 percent are aware of Williams, he said.
“Winning another U.S. Open title will help her,” Fleming said in a telephone interview. “As will being relevant outside of the tennis world. The launching of the candy company may be a starting point for that.”

Strength, Femininity

Awareness of Sharapova -- Bing.com’s most-searched-for athlete last year -- is probably higher in countries other than the U.S. where tennis is more popular, said Evert, a tennis analyst for ESPN. Much of Sharapova’s appeal comes from her ability to balance power and strength with femininity, according to Evert.
“Plus she has business savvy and smarts when it comes to which products to choose and how much time to give,” Evert said in a telephone interview.
Jeff Rubin, a Sugarpova business partner and the creator of FAO Schweetz and Dylan’s Candy Bar, said he was impressed by Sharapova’s involvement during the brand’s 18-month development.
“She demanded to taste the product for quality assurance, helped with the packaging design, she’s been involved from the beginning in every aspect of its creation,” Rubin said.
She introduced her candy line at Rubin’s IT’SUGAR store in Manhattan this week.
Sharapova invested “a few hundred thousand dollars” in Sugarpova, which may expand into cosmetics, fragrances and other products, said Eisenbud.
“I really wanted to be involved in something from the beginning to the end, I wanted to own it 100 percent,” Sharapova said. “It’s fun seeing it actually on the shelf.”

humanabstract
Aug 23rd, 2012, 01:26 PM
Thanks for this article, Maja12! It's quite interesting.

WowWow
Aug 23rd, 2012, 01:36 PM
When Masha retires I want her to join the Real Housewives of New York cast :sobbing:

:unsure:

nelsondan
Aug 23rd, 2012, 01:47 PM
I hope to see her involved in world diplomacy. Not just as a figurehead for publicity....I think she could help make the world a safer, better place.

Advantage Me
Aug 23rd, 2012, 01:56 PM
Thanks for posting the articles, Maja. What is a few hundred thousand dollars to invest in Sugarpova when you have millions, eh? It wouldn't suprise me if she expands to more healthy stuff like cereal bars, etc later on. Once the name is established, it is much easier to expand.

MM_1257
Aug 23rd, 2012, 03:49 PM
http://www.luckymag.com/blogs/luckyrightnow/2012/08/Maria-Sharapova-Talks-Style-and-Sweets-at-her-Sugarpova-Candy-Launch
Maria Sharapova Talks Style and Sweets at her Sugarpova Candy Launch
As the current No. 3-ranked tennis player on the planet and a 6'2 knockout, Maria Sharapova would have good reason to let her whole life revolve around her chosen sport and the endorsements that have followed. But the 25-year-old, who recently made our Most Stylish Athletes list, is always in search of a new challenge—whether on- or off-court. She's got ongoing design contracts with both Cole Haan and Nike. And yesterday, she launched her latest project, a candy collection adorably titled Sugarpova. The line's comprised of 12 different varieties of colorful sweets—some shaped like tennis balls, others like tiny stilettos and handbags. And while a candy brand might seem an odd endeavor for an athlete, it turns out that sugar and sports have long been linked for this particular superstar. I met up with Maria at Sugarpova's NYC launch to get the scoop.
Lucky: What's your earliest candy-related memory, and why'd you decide to create Sugarpova in the first place?
Maria Sharapova: When I was little, I'd ask my parents for a lollipop after tennis practice—Chupa Chups were my favorite! And they were rare in Russia, so you'd have to go to a certain place to get them—you couldn't find them everywhere. So after a great practice, I'd always ask my mom for a lollipop. I've always viewed it like that—if I work out, have a good practice, or achieve something I wanted to achieve, I treat myself, whether it's with candy or food, or...I mean, for me it's usually food or candy! [laughs]
I'm obsessed with the lips logo you chose. How'd you come up with that?
Well, I've always loved lips—this ring, which I've had for forever, has little lips on it! I have so much jewelry that has lip images—and not that I'd wear it all at once, of course, but I've always thought there was something interesting about that image. It's playful and fun. I wanted the shapes and the forms of the candy itself to be really playful, too—there are worms, and spiders, and these little licorice bits that don't even taste like actual licorice...
And those little tennis ball gumballs are adorable.
I know, I love how those came out. I mean, when you mass-produce something like candy, when there are thousands and thousands of each item going into bags, it's easy to lose quality. And quality was something that was really important to me—I blind-tested gummy bears, went to the factory in Spain for production, everything!
Let's talk fashion for a bit. What's your personal style like when you're off-court?
My style's literally about living out of a suitcase. Everything in my suitcase has to work together. I love layering, since I am always on a plane—and whenever I shop, I look for materials that won't wrinkle. Like I love silk, but I usually only travel with one or two silk blouses. Because with every city I go to, I have to pack and unpack them, and iron them. I love Isabel Marant and the fabrics she uses. Her sweaters are great. Phillip Lim's pants are great. And I love Rick Owens' long skirts and pants, too.
You've got ongoing design contracts with both Nike and Cole Haan. What's your process like in terms of dreaming up new tennis dresses and accessories?
I'm so inspired by traveling. I love street style, and it's something I really appreciate it during my travels. I like to really visualize how girls carry their accessories and carry themselves. I've played sports since I was a young girl, so I feel like when I come into a fit meeting, I am knowledgeable about that kind of thing. Over the years—in gyms and classes, and on tennis courts—I've seen so many people, and not just professionals, play. I always study that—are most of them wearing skirts? Do they like tank tops or long sleeves? I do my research, because that's important to me—what people actually need and want, and what feels good. We're not making couture here!
You're a tall girl, to say the least. When it comes to dressing yourself, how do you overcome the fit issues that go along with having a 6'2 frame?
Tailoring is the most important thing—for everyone, but especially for tall girls. I think if you can spend your money on good tailoring, it can take you really far. But don't get an item knowing it needs to be altered—just don't buy it! I love high-waisted pants because they slim and elongate you. Tops are a problem for me—finding t-shirts that are long enough. So many times, you wash them and then they shrink! So I usually buy them on the bigger side. I actually like them to be a little looser—you can tuck them in in the front, and leave them out in the back, which looks really good.
And I know you're a big fan of the ballet flat, shoe-wise. You designed a really good pair for your Cole Haan collection...
Oh, I love them! That was a no-brainer for me. When I started working with Cole Haan, I brought in so many images of ballerinas and ballet. And I was like, "I know what they're doing looks extremely uncomfortable, but I want to have a ballerina flat that's comfortable." Since I'm always on the go, those can take me from an important meeting to a more casual dinner. They've been doing so well!
Would you ever consider launching your own ready-to-wear collection? One that's not necessarily geared toward sports?
You know, maybe when I have time! I love seeing things start from an idea and come to life. That's been my favorite thing about all the collections I've done so far. I'm fascinated by that process. So yes, I'd love to.
When it comes to your beauty regimen, you have to choose products that'll work during your workouts, which I'm sure can be challenging. What do you usually use?
Sunscreen's so important, obviously—I use a Kiehl's suncreen on my face, and a Kanebo one—it's this Japanese brand—for my body. As far as makeup, it's a lot of Kanebo—I love their concealer pen. I use Lancôme mascara, and then this moisturizer from a brand called Glimpse, which not many people have heard of.
Give us a taste of your late-summer playlist.
It totally depends on how I'm feeling. I've been listening to a lot of Florence + The Machine—so good—and I went through an Adele phase recently too. U2 always gets me going. I'm a little all over the map!
Thanks so much, Maria. Will we be seeing you at Fashion Week? I know you've got a busy month ahead, what with the US Open...
It depends on my schedule—I always do things so last-minute! I'm always like, "Oh, you have a seat for me? OK, great!"

MM_1257
Aug 23rd, 2012, 03:50 PM
http://www.nypost.com/p/pagesix/not_yet_to_wed_YgQzMdkYQdI9NunKjQ27xO
Maria Sharapova, just back from the Olympics and prepping for the US Open, has launched a candy line, Sugarpova. But she tells us she isn’t planning a wedding — yet. The tennis star, who’s engaged to basketball player Sasha Vujacic, shot down reports she’ll wed in the fall. “Those are false rumors,” she told us at an event for her Hamptons magazine cover at the Sanctuary Hotel’s Haven Rooftop. “I don’t know where that came from. I think it started as a rumor, and everyone just went on with it.”

MM_1257
Aug 23rd, 2012, 03:51 PM
Interview for Euosport RU http://www.eurosport.ru/tennis/us-open-5/2011/story_sto2917649.shtml

Sebastian222
Aug 23rd, 2012, 07:34 PM
Thank you Maja :worship: for keeping us updated :worship:

denny5576
Aug 23rd, 2012, 07:42 PM
Interview for Euosport RU http://www.eurosport.ru/tennis/us-open-5/2011/story_sto2917649.shtml

it is old, from August 2011

MM_1257
Aug 23rd, 2012, 08:36 PM
it is old, from August 2011

I know, I realized it when I read it, but it is a nice one, I like it. So a repetition cannot hurt. Can it? I can delete the link...

Advantage Me
Aug 23rd, 2012, 08:42 PM
I know, I realized it when I read it, but it is a nice one, I like it. So a repetition cannot hurt. Can it? I can delete the link... It's ok, Maja. I love reading old articles as long as we know the date published. :) McEnroe is a gay dog? Too funny. What did she really mean when spoken in Russian?

MM_1257
Aug 23rd, 2012, 08:47 PM
No, no... The original was in English imo... Let me find it.. I cannot find it now.. If I am not mistaken, the quotes are taken from pressers... or pre tournament pressers... but maybe it was an article... I remember having read all those quotes before... And no "gay dog" (grrrr Google translate), she said he is a good entertainer... :D

And look what I have found... Have you guys seen this?? http://siberiantimes.com/sport/others/features/maria-sharapova-admits-siberia-gives-her-goosebumps/

Sebastian222
Aug 23rd, 2012, 09:21 PM
And look what I have found... Have you guys seen this?? http://siberiantimes.com/sport/others/features/maria-sharapova-admits-siberia-gives-her-goosebumps/

Great! Wonderful! Especially the pics! Thanks!

zmejche
Aug 23rd, 2012, 09:28 PM
No, no... The original was in English imo... Let me find it.. I cannot find it now.. If I am not mistaken, the quotes are taken from pressers... or pre tournament pressers... but maybe it was an article... I remember having read all those quotes before... And no "gay dog" (grrrr Google translate), she said he is a good entertainer... :D

And look what I have found... Have you guys seen this?? http://siberiantimes.com/sport/others/features/maria-sharapova-admits-siberia-gives-her-goosebumps/

OMG! Thanks a lot! :)
Have you noticed how much Maria reminds of her grandmother? Just look at the last picture.

MM_1257
Aug 23rd, 2012, 09:48 PM
I keep wondering what her ethnic roots are... Not that it is important or anything, I just want to know... Curious... In Belarus, in the last census around 8% declared themselves as Russians... In the past there were more. I know that in the Gomel region, where her grandparents used to live, there are Russian communities... The Russian and Belarussian press have never cleared that out.. they keep having "mini wars" with "her fathers grandma said she is Belarussian" "others said this and that" and the usual stuff, I assume you know what I am talking about - each country wants her to be "theirs"... I did a little browsing on the last name Sharapova... It has Siberian origin, and might be even related to Tatars or to trades with them (the word "sharap" still exists in Turkish and means wine)... So who knows... She may ethnically be Russian or Belarussian... In the chat in Stuttgart a fan asked her, why do you say you are Russian when your parents are from Gomel... And she said because she was born in Russia... She feels Russian... I kind of have a feeling that there must be a reason for it...
Pardon for my blabbering... Just wanted to spill out my thoughts...

Qetusi
Aug 23rd, 2012, 10:00 PM
And look what I have found... Have you guys seen this?? http://siberiantimes.com/sport/others/features/maria-sharapova-admits-siberia-gives-her-goosebumps/

OMG , little Masha :hearts: :hearts:
thank you Maja

Advantage Me
Aug 23rd, 2012, 10:50 PM
And look what I have found... Have you guys seen this?? http://siberiantimes.com/sport/others/features/maria-sharapova-admits-siberia-gives-her-goosebumps/

That was a great find, Maja!! Love the baby photos and 4year old Maria. So cute! So now we can put a face to the grandmother she talks about.

18majors
Aug 23rd, 2012, 11:39 PM
darren rovell‏@darrenrovell

Maria Sharapova’s Sugarpova brand sold more than 20,000 bags of its candy in the 1st 3 days.

Marilyn Monheaux
Aug 23rd, 2012, 11:53 PM
^^:eek:

Craig.
Aug 24th, 2012, 12:29 AM
darren rovell‏@darrenrovell

Maria Sharapova’s Sugarpova brand sold more than 20,000 bags of its candy in the 1st 3 days.

Legend :sobbing:

gc-spurs
Aug 24th, 2012, 12:54 AM
darren rovell‏@darrenrovell

Maria Sharapova’s Sugarpova brand sold more than 20,000 bags of its candy in the 1st 3 days.

Yet another win for Maria's management. The promo was done so well.

NashaMasha
Aug 24th, 2012, 03:46 AM
I keep wondering what her ethnic roots are... Not that it is important or anything, I just want to know... Curious... In Belarus, in the last census around 8% declared themselves as Russians... In the past there were more. I know that in the Gomel region, where her grandparents used to live, there are Russian communities... The Russian and Belarussian press have never cleared that out.. they keep having "mini wars" with "her fathers grandma said she is Belarussian" "others said this and that" and the usual stuff, I assume you know what I am talking about - each country wants her to be "theirs"... I did a little browsing on the last name Sharapova... It has Siberian origin, and might be even related to Tatars or to trades with them (the word "sharap" still exists in Turkish and means wine)... So who knows... She may ethnically be Russian or Belarussian... In the chat in Stuttgart a fan asked her, why do you say you are Russian when your parents are from Gomel... And she said because she was born in Russia... She feels Russian... I kind of have a feeling that there must be a reason for it...
Pardon for my blabbering... Just wanted to spill out my thoughts...

in Russia it's more important what you feel about your nationality, because almost everyone has roots from different nations. For instance i'm 1/2 Russian , 3/8 Belorussian and 1/8 Latvian :) At the same time i fell myself 100% Russian

Masha's parents consider themselfs Russian, thus Masha is also Russian

MM_1257
Aug 24th, 2012, 08:39 PM
The title is funny... 'Buck-toothed' Liv Tyler is upstaged by Maria Sharapova in sheer panel dress

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2191273/Liv-Tyler-upstaged-Maria-Sharapova-sheer-panel-dress-Late-Night-With-Jimmy-Fallon.html#ixzz24UwrqIpk

EDIT: try to ignore the comments below the article.

jameshazza
Aug 24th, 2012, 09:00 PM
:spit:
Much as I like Liv, even when she was in LoTR she was never relevant. Can't believe she has so many bitter stans. :lol:

Mistress of Evil
Aug 24th, 2012, 09:24 PM
darren rovell‏@darrenrovell

Maria Sharapova’s Sugarpova brand sold more than 20,000 bags of its candy in the 1st 3 days.

Like a boss.

http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lxz4kwuvmy1qbrs65o1_500.gif

I am so contributing to the sales in September. Already tracked down and bookmarked the store's address.:smoke:

MM_1257
Aug 25th, 2012, 08:35 PM
http://www.tennis.com/news/2012/08/fan-club-maria-sharapova-part-one/39026/#.UDk11NbtvwZ
Fan Club: Maria Sharapova, Part One
Steve TignorSaturday, August 25, 2012
In this edition of the Fan Club, I talk with Rob H. from Washington, D.C., about the appeal of Maria Sharapova, perhaps the most famous under-appreciated player in tennis history.

*****

Rob,

I know you're a real fan, because you told me you thought of driving up from D.C. to meet Maria at her Sugarpova launch in New York. That’s pretty dedicated in my book. I see Gawker has ripped her new line of candy, but I have to say I like the name. I kind of wish she had called herself Maria Sugarpova from the beginning.

Maria is a curious case to me when it comes to fans and fan love. She's always had plenty of sponsorships, and been as high profile as any tennis player, but I used to wonder how many fans of the sport really liked her, or liked to watch her play. I'm still not sure, but the Internet has revealed to me a more passionate following than I would have expected. Have you always been a fan? Do you remember when you first saw her play?

The crucial factor for many, of course, is The Shriek. I do wish she would stop, but I can deal with it after a few minutes of adjustment. There's even something perversely admirable about the way she ignores everyone’s opinion about it and just keeps at it. Otherwise, I do count myself as a fan, and my respect for her has grown over the years as she has persisted, without needing the fame or the money, in her quest to return to the top of the sport.

From the start, though, she was always a striking player. I first saw her play in the 2002 Wimbledon junior girls final, which she lost to Vera Dushevina. I left the snoozer Hewitt-Nalbandian men’s final to catch a few games of this girl we had heard so much about at Bollettieri's. In those days, she didn't shriek as often as she hummed when she hit the ball. It was a long, vicious hum, and I laughed in disbelief when I first heard it—I really did think, “Is this a joke? Does she do that on every shot?” Yes, she did. And she was no joke.

Overall, seeing Maria then was similar to seeing Rafa when he was a teenager: You knew they were going to be forces to be reckoned with.

*****

Steve,

On one hand, Sugarpova is kind of an absurd concept. On the other, it’s no more absurd than athletes being used in McDonald’s ads. The candy business seems to make Maria happy, so I just view it as good practice for her for after retirement when she has to take the initiative in building her brand.

I’m actually close in age to Maria, so I definitely wasn’t aware of her as early as you were. I don’t remember watching much tennis when I was young other than the occasional Grand Slam finals that would be on network TV. That changed in 2003 when I was in high school and, having some free time in the summer, watched Federer win Wimbledon. I was an instant fan and when the next summer rolled around, tuned in to see it happen again. So, the first time I saw Maria play was an early round of Wimbledon 2004. Like Federer, I became a fan right away, even if the reasons I appreciate their games couldn’t be more different. My new fandom paid off right away at that tournament, obviously, and I have been cheering for her ever since. Because of those two players, I am a knowledgeable tennis fan that can have these conversations.

I think you’re right on the money when it comes to the strange phenomenon of Maria's fans. I would have assumed, watching her on TV in 2004, that there were millions of people around the world that were also in awe of the teenager hitting absolute bombs for winners from every part of Centre Court. It’s insane how accurate her ground strokes are, given the small amount of margin she hits them with, and given the pace. But, like you know, that doesn’t translate into “true” fans of the sport liking her game for some reason.

So you’ve got this player who instantly becomes a mega-celebrity (as far as female athletes go, anyway) with tons of endorsements, but no real identifiable fan base. On the other hand, she has more Facebook fans than any other female tennis player. So it’s probably not a bad guess that it's mostly “casual” fans that make up her fan base. But you’re also right that there appears to be some seriously dedicated fans out there, if comments on Internet websites are any indication.

I think the passionate part of the fan base has grown since the shoulder surgery in 2008. The comments on this website reflect that there are still people who dislike her because they never liked her image or personality back from 2004-2008. She is easily the most openly derided player on TENNIS.com if you only look at comments that were made due to disliking the player (as opposed to comments that were made due to LIKING a player's rival—basically, if you discount Nadal-Federer wars, she’s the most criticized).

But in the last four years, the number of people defending her has really grown, and even some of us who were here all along have started gaining new respect for her. Seems pretty similar to Hillary Clinton to me—as First Lady and N.Y. senator, people saw her as a cold, calculated politician. 2008 comes around, and she’s locked in a primary battle with Barack Obama, experiences some adversity, and she starts to get an image as a fighter and resilient competitor. The process also humanizes her. Ice Queen becomes the underdog, underdog finds success again, and a person has to seriously have a grudge against the underdog to dislike her at this point. Same thing happened for Maria after the bad losses post-surgery.

As far as grunting goes, I wish she would stop just so that people would stop hating her for it. But it’s obviously not going to happen. It doesn't bother me, personally, and I actually find it endearing at this point for the same reason you stated—because she ignores the constant talk about it and makes sure the focus is on her tennis and competitive spirit.

denny5576
Aug 25th, 2012, 09:11 PM
An interview with: MARIA SHARAPOVA

Saturday, August 25, 2012

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.



Q. Can you talk about the whole Olympic experience and what Olympic stadium, as a flag bearer, what it was like?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: It was a once‑in‑a‑lifetime opportunity for me. You know, I grew up watching so much of the Olympics on television and just dreaming to one day ‑‑ I had already started playing tennis. Tennis wasn't so big in Russia back then, but I had hoped that one day I'd be participating in it. I mean, I never dreamed that I would be carrying the flag for my country, so that was, you know, just a very pleasant surprise that to get that honor. I was the first female. It meant a lot. Been supporting my country for many years. It was just a really proud moment, and it was a really hectic week. We played so much tennis. So I think now it's actually nice to look back, because every day they would ask how the experience is. I think we were just so focused on what we wanted to do and what we wanted to achieve and being a part of the whole Olympic hoopla. It's been nice to step back and think how amazing it was.

Q. You haven't played a match since the Olympics. How are you feeling health‑wise now?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I feel really good. You know, I went into Montreal and, you know, was supposed to play but I got a stomach bug and just decided to give it a rest. I think it was a sign my body just needed to slow down. It was a lot of travel, a lot of playing. Had a hectic summer. So, you know, decided to shut it down until here, because we still have a lot to play towards the end of the year. But it's been good. I have been training for a few weeks now. I got here a little early. Yeah.

Q. Are you at the point where you don't feel like you need a lot of matches going into big tournaments?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, but I also feel like I know with experience sometimes, I mean, obviously it's an individual choice and it depends on what has helped you before. I know that if I feel healthy and I have enough practice, I'm okay. I don't feel like I need to play three tournaments in a row in order to be ready for the US Open. Like I said, I played a lot of tennis this year. Sometimes it's more important for the body to feel fresh, and the mind as well. Obviously you never know if that's going to pay off or not, but you learn from experience. That's helped me before, and it's trying to make the right choices in certain moments of the year.

Q. Your fiancée, is he playing overseas?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: He is.

Q. Does he want to get back into the NBA?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, he's back in Turkey for another year.

Q. He's not coming back to the NBA?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Not this year. He's already back there training.

Q. He was here with the New Jersey Nets?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, he did well when he was here. I did too. I was close to the city most of the time. Took the ferry over, so that was nice.

Q. When you think about schedule management, is this something you learned from your own experience or have you learned from players like Federer and how they've managed their careers and their durability?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, I think it's a personal feeling. I mean, maybe in the beginning of your career it's something that you can maybe take from other players, but I have learned a lot over the years of, I mean, what's worked and not worked. It's also about seeing the results also what you feel. It's not just saying, Oh, I need a break or I need a tournament. It's really about looking back and seeing how you felt going into an event, how you did, how your preparation was. I mean, you learn a lot by being on the tour for many years.

Q. How did you come up with the name Sugapova, and can you tell us a little bit about the company?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, I can't take credit for coming up with the name. I was having a meeting with my manager who had met with Jeff Rubin, who is a pretty influential in the candy business, and they had started talking about it. I mean, originally it was something that I was going to be a part of. Then I thought it's not something I wanted to be a part of. I really wanted to own this. I mean, I guess I can say it started because I have been a part of so many little things in my career, been a part of collaborations and collections. It came to a point where I really wanted to invest my own money into something, make all the final decisions. Even though I was always ‑‑ you know, I was influential in the things I did. You know, I never just put my name on something. But at the end of the day, I wanted to be 100% owned by me. That's how the name came about. Then I thought it was really funny and young and full of energy. And then I put candy together, and God knows how much candy I eat and how much food I eat. Yeah, it was just something that I wanted to start from scratch. It took two years since the idea came out. 18 months; feels like two years.

Q. Is that a logo necklace you're wearing?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: It is actually the ad agency gave that to me as a present. They're the ones that came out with the lips and all the different logos.

Q. Kim Clijsters was in here a moment ago. Can you tell us what she meant to the tour?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, well, I mean, what's there to say about Kim? There's so many great things besides the fact she's been an incredible tennis player and champion and someone that went away from the sport to commit herself to being a mother and a good wife and then coming back and being a professional and winning a few more Grand Slams. You know, she was always so focused and determined, one of the best athletes I think the game saw in women's tennis. The way she moved around the court. Also just a really great person, very humble. At the end of the day, just a down‑to‑earth person that, you know, I think reflected on life in a very good way. Always wanted to be a good mother and family was important to her and had really good values, so I really respect that in her.

Q. Is she one of the most all‑around popular players on the tour?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Definitely. Absolutely.

Q. How does the quest to being world No. 1 rank for you as compared to winning titles?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: It's a different feeling, because, you know, the ranking system comes out every week on every Monday, whereas winning ‑‑ you mean Grand Slams and No. 1? Winning a Grand Slams, it's a moment. You get a match point. You know, it's that, you actually have to not ‑‑ of course you have to work for both, but in the Grand Slam you have to work every single point to get to the last point and you get to celebrate that moment of victory; whereas No. 1, of course, it's that number that everyone, you know, from the junior days to when you're working up, that's the number you really want to get to. You want to stay there. It's probably the toughest thing. So it's a very different feeling, but both are incredible achievements.

Q. Is everything this year now gravy because you won Roland Garros? You come in here and say, didn't win the Olympics, didn't win Wimbledon, clean the slate and now I have the US Open and I have huge goals here?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I have had an incredible year so far. Obviously winning the French was very meaningful to me. It was just one that I really wanted to get and to be part of my career whenever I ended. And, yeah, being there first time as an Olympian, going out there and getting silver, that was a great moment. Of course this is the last big one. This is kind of where you have to put all your energy. Even though it's not the last tournament of the year, you feel like this is where you can put all the work and effort into this one big event. I mean, it's very meaningful. It's big. It's New York City. There's no reason why I shouldn't perform my best here.

Q. What kind of products does Sugarpova make? Do you compete with Nestle's?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, it's mostly gummy bears and gumballs, which are sold out now. My friend wanted to put a consumer complaint. I was like, You can't do that. That's obnoxious. You're my friend. (Smiling.) And one licorice. It's only 12 flavors to begin with. Hopefully we'll expand. I mean, I do hope it goes into chocolate and caramels and all that, but for my body I really hope not. (Laughter.)

Q. Are you looking to be in every 7/11 in America?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Not yet. I'm very selective in where I want to see this. Our first meeting with Henri Bendel's, we came in, we pitched it, and the owner was so into it and was just so passionate. He said, We're doing this before the US Open. We're carrying it. When they put their first order in I almost fell off my bed. When you work on something you treat as your own little baby, and when someone comes in like Henry Bendels and just believes in it and selling it in sugar stores around the world, in 60 stores. It's not international yet. Next year it will be. It's all a process, but it's been successful from the start so far. It's only been out a week. We'll see. We'll see where it goes.

Q. Moving off candy for a second, which major is the toughest to win?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Which major in general? Well, they're so different. You can't compare them. I think for everyone it's different. Depends what they like to play on and what surface suits them.

Q. In terms of atmosphere and distractions.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, as a junior, when I came to New York I always thought this would be the toughest to win. I mean, its energy is amazing, but it's almost ‑‑ in the beginning it's certainly overwhelming. But my experience has helped me a lot, because from feeling like I was very small in a very huge city with so much energy, I really embraced it over the years. I came into New York and I absolutely love it with all its craziness and the fans and the late‑night matches. You get used to it. Everyone is different. French Open was always the toughest one for me to win. I mean, physically it was always challenging, but I never gave up with that one.

Q. Could you see retiring at 29 like Kim is?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Why not? (Smiling.) I mean, I'm not going to put a number on it, but four years from now? I mean, I do want to be a mother someday, too.

Q. When you experience a loss, what is the recovery process like for you?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: As a 25 year old? Maybe a little easier than a 29 year old. You mean in terms of match recovery?

Q. Just emotional recovery.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Oh, emotional recovery. I guess when you're young, every year in your career is sort of different, because in a way sitting here as a 25 year old, I mean, I can say that my experience is priceless. The good, bad, the injuries, the losses, the wins, everything you can look back on and feel like you've experienced certain things. It helps. It guides you in a way. When you're young, everything is new, every experience, every loss. Even when you lose matches it's tough to say, Well, that's bad for me, because I can't tell you how many matches I lost where I felt like I learned so much more than when I won. It's very different. Tough to compare.

Q. How much of Serena playing so great on the grass, does she come in here as the favorite virtually unbeatable or back on hard courts does it change things?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Actually, she gained a tremendous amount of confidence at Wimbledon. You know, she had a tough few three‑set matches, I believe. She got through those. When she got to the Olympics ‑ I mean, with every match you saw some of her matches ‑ she just improved. I think she took that confidence and she played just really great physical tennis; served extremely well. Who knows? Obviously of course she's the favorite because she won those two big events back to back. But everybody is still in the draw here. It starts from the first round on, and that's why everybody is here.

Q. When Kim was in here a little while ago, she said in her mind Serena is the greatest player ever. What are your thoughts on that?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, she's certainly proven that. I mean, I didn't get to be a part of the generation with Steffi and Monica, so it's tough. I mean, I played Monica a couple of times, but, I mean, I wish ‑‑ part of me wishes I would have competed against Steffi. It's really tough to say. I mean, it's a different generation. I mean, she's such a great athlete out on the court. I mean, she's won how many Grand Slams already? An amazing accomplishment, singles and doubles. You know, still has the motivation to do so. But I think it's really difficult to compare all these different players, because everyone has a different style of games and as well have achieved incredible amounts of achievements. It's tough to say.

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humanabstract
Aug 26th, 2012, 09:09 AM
http://www.tennis.com/news/2012/08/fan-club-maria-sharapova-part-one/39026/#.UDk11NbtvwZ
Fan Club: Maria Sharapova, Part One
Steve TignorSaturday, August 25, 2012

http://www.tennis.com/news/2012/08/fan-club-maria-sharapova-part-two/39035/#.UDncP8HN800
Fan Club: Maria Sharapova, Part Two
Steve Tignor Sunday, August 26, 2012

Quite interesting read.

zmejche
Aug 26th, 2012, 09:29 AM
"But I think that gender clearly plays a role. Juan Martin del Potro (far less successful than Maria, far less consistent with his atomic bomb forehand) is revered for hitting winners at will, while Maria is a “ball basher.” Bjorn Borg was admired for his calm during the storm, the Scandinavian glacier water in his veins, while Maria is a robot whose controlling father must have repressed her human emotions. John McEnroe was...John McEnroe, while Serena is catsigated every time she raises her voice. A WTA set with more than two breaks is a sign that the women’s tour is in chaos and populated by nervous choke artists who lack serves, while the same thing in an ATP set is a sign that the men’s tour is in a golden age of depth and competitive spirit. Sharapova finally wins another Grand Slam after surgery, and is accused of being fake because she’s fallen to her knees in the same way after all four, while Rafa biting all of his trophies shows he’s just a playful kid at heart..."
I LOVE this part. :worship:

Mr.Sharapova
Aug 26th, 2012, 09:32 AM
darren rovell‏@darrenrovell

Maria Sharapova’s Sugarpova brand sold more than 20,000 bags of its candy in the 1st 3 days.

:eek: Wow :worship:.

JamieOwen3
Aug 26th, 2012, 11:23 AM
Hasn't Rafa fallen down on his back after every slam win also? YES I THINK HE HAS. *I should 100% know being a fan* :lol:

Marilyn Monheaux
Aug 26th, 2012, 11:54 AM
Hasn't Rafa fallen down on his back after every slam win also? YES I THINK HE HAS. *I should 100% know being a fan* :lol:


Did he fall on his back after destroying Fed that one year in Paris? I think his celebration was a little more subdued, but I could be wrong...


ETA:

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He did not. :p

JamieOwen3
Aug 26th, 2012, 11:59 AM
2008 French Open yes just checked. Still 9 times out of 10 when Maria only has 4 slams in comparison is unfair for people to call her fake. There would be even more reason for her to celebrate like she did this year considering all she went through with her injury. Haters be hatin and unattractive INSIDE. :lol:

MM_1257
Aug 26th, 2012, 01:02 PM
Reading Tignor's articles left bitter-sweet taste in my mouth. I didn't know what he thought / felt about MS before (haven't been really paying attention to his blog too often) and I wasn't browsing for any tennis related articles until 2008. To me it is normal for someone not to like a certain player, but to be against him/her as a journalist because he/she shrieks... Don't know what to think... But I have matured enough over the years, I did realize that in most cases tennis journalists are not strictly objective and that they more often than not express their opinion, point of view, likes and dislikes... And one is left to agree with what is written or disagree.
I had no idea that people accused Maria of being "fake" after she fell on the knees after winning Roland Garros... I seriously do not see why would they accuse her of such action, because every emotion shown in that tournament was more than genuine... And I agree with Rob, with the things he wrote in part 2 of the column... Is it double-standards because she is a woman?? Because, let's be honest, athelets celebrate their victories in their way... Roger has had more or less simmilar celebration over the years, also Rafa, Novak with his roaring, Tsonga's match celebrations, Kim's GS clebrations, Vika's falling on the knees, Ana's...
Was really Maria accussed/seen as fake?? And... if she was, then I must emphasize how much more I put my hats off to her, because she subtly made fun of those accussations in the Fallon show, when she said: "I was looking at the pictures and it is always the same, I was like - is this posing??" One can understand it like - oh, Maria is joking of herself, but it can be also understood in the different way - Maria is ridiculing the reactions of those who saw her as fake... And if you look back, she has done quite a few times the same -- one might see as her making fun of herself, when in fact she is a bit cynical... I do think that Maria has some dose of sarcasm and cynism in her... Hence the roll of the eyes in pressers...

Marilyn Monheaux
Aug 26th, 2012, 03:08 PM
Reading Tignor's articles left bitter-sweet taste in my mouth. I didn't know what he thought / felt about MS before (haven't been really paying attention to his blog too often) and I wasn't browsing for any tennis related articles until 2008. To me it is normal for someone not to like a certain player, but to be against him/her as a journalist because he/she shrieks... Don't know what to think... But I have matured enough over the years, I did realize that in most cases tennis journalists are not strictly objective and that they more often than not express their opinion, point of view, likes and dislikes... And one is left to agree with what is written or disagree.
I had no idea that people accused Maria of being "fake" after she fell on the knees after winning Roland Garros... I seriously do not see why would they accuse her of such action, because every emotion shown in that tournament was more than genuine... And I agree with Rob, with the things he wrote in part 2 of the column... Is it double-standards because she is a woman?? Because, let's be honest, athelets celebrate their victories in their way... Roger has had more or less simmilar celebration over the years, also Rafa, Novak with his roaring, Tsonga's match celebrations, Kim's GS clebrations, Vika's falling on the knees, Ana's...
Was really Maria accussed/seen as fake?? And... if she was, then I must emphasize how much more I put my hats off to her, because she subtly made fun of those accussations in the Fallon show, when she said: "I was looking at the pictures and it is always the same, I was like - is this posing??" One can understand it like - oh, Maria is joking of herself, but it can be also understood in the different way - Maria is ridiculing the reactions of those who saw her as fake... And if you look back, she has done quite a few times the same -- one might see as her making fun of herself, when in fact she is a bit cynical... I do think that Maria has some dose of sarcasm and cynism in her... Hence the roll of the eyes in pressers...


Every "celeb" has their cross to bear. Just as much as Maria's celebration could be conceived as ingenuine, have Federer, Rafa, Tsonga, Vika, Ana and even Kim's authenticity been questioned. It's nothing new.
Roger = Arrogant
Rafa = Fake humbleness
Tsonga = Ali wannabe
Kim & Ana = Fake Mrs Nice-gal
Vika = Bitch at heart
Maria = Calculating media pro

If you're a fan of either, you will naturally focus more on the criticism your favorite receives and less on the criticism players receive you care less about.

MM_1257
Aug 26th, 2012, 04:09 PM
Yeah, you are actually right!!! I agree with all that.. And have fought this war with windmills defending the above mentioned, aswell. :lol:

18majors
Aug 26th, 2012, 07:52 PM
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/27/sports/tennis/max-eisenbud-maria-sharapovas-agent-builds-her-brand.html?pagewanted=1

Dealmaker for the Shotmakers

By PETER LATTMAN

Published: August 26, 2012


When Maria Sharapova decided that she wanted to stay at a new hotel for this year’s United States Open, her agent, Max Eisenbud, embarked on a reconnaissance mission. He met with management and interviewed security officials. He toured suites and tested room service. He took a taxi from the lobby entrance to the Midtown Tunnel, mapping out the fastest route to the tennis center in Queens.

“I used to delegate this sort of thing, but it always got screwed up,” Eisenbud said. “Maybe it’s grunt work, but where Maria stays is important. She’s coming here for three weeks to try and win a Grand Slam.”

When it comes to his prized client, no task is too menial for Eisenbud, who has represented Sharapova since she was 12. Today, at 25, she is the highest-paid female athlete in the world, earning about $28 million over the past year, according to Forbes magazine. Another Eisenbud client, the breakout Chinese star Li Na, ranks No. 2 on the Forbes list, having earned about $18 million.

“You could fairly say that Max and Maria have the most successful agent-player relationship in the history of the game,” said Andrew Walker, the chief marketing officer for the WTA. “And it’s been amazing to watch him replicate that success with Li Na.”

Eisenbud, a genial 40-year-old former college tennis player, prefers to stay behind the scenes. He agreed to be interviewed for this article only because he wanted to draw attention to Sharapova’s new business venture, a candy company named Sugarpova. Eisenbud serves as its chief executive.

“He gave himself that title,” teased Sharapova, who was seated next to Eisenbud backstage at “CBS This Morning” last week. She was appearing on the show to promote the colorful line of lip-shaped gummies and tennis-ball-shaped gum.

“But I’m the only C.E.O. in America not getting paid,” Eisenbud volleyed back.

While drawing no salary from the confectionary start-up, Eisenbud and his employer, the Cleveland-based sports and entertainment giant IMG, have earned millions of dollars meticulously managing Sharapova’s career.

Spend time with Eisenbud and Sharapova, and it is apparent their relationship runs deeper than a business partnership. Their dynamic most resembles that of an affable uncle and a spunky niece. She relentlessly needles him about his receding hairline and expanding waist. He urges her to turn in early that night and skip dinner at a swanky restaurant. (She didn’t.)

Asked how they have stayed together so long in a sport where agent-player alliances are fickle, Sharapova said, “We don’t see each other that often.”

Eisenbud agreed, saying: “I’m better in small doses. My wife feels the same way.”

But get past the shtick, and they display a genuine affection for each other.

“Max is half family, half agent,” Sharapova said. “He has been with me and believed in me from the beginning. I can be guarded around new people, but with Max, because of our history, there is a special level of trust.”

Around the Eisenbud home in Miami, where he lives with his wife, Danielle, and two young sons, Sharapova is known as Aunt Maria.

“Everything I have I owe to her, from the house I live in to the toys I buy my kids,” Eisenbud said.

Growing up in Short Hills, N.J., Eisenbud dreamed of competing at the United States Open. A top-ranked junior, Eisenbud won a full tennis scholarship to Purdue, where he played four years on a middling team.

He also spent four years as social chairman of his fraternity, Pi Kappa Alpha, becoming a minor campus celebrity for hosting blowout parties and promoting concerts. After college, he spent several years managing Push Down and Turn, an Indiana band he thought could be the next Rolling Stones. It was not even the next Gin Blossoms.

Approaching 30 and starting to worry about his future, Eisenbud received a call from Justin Gimelstob, a childhood friend who was then a rising star on the men’s tour. Gimelstob needed help organizing a charity tennis event featuring John McEnroe at their hometown club. Eisenbud handled the assignment with aplomb, leading Gimelstob, an IMG client, to suggest that he become a tennis agent. He had never considered the career because he mistakenly thought agents had to be lawyers.

“Law school wasn’t an option for me,” Eisenbud said. “I could barely get through Purdue.”

In 1999, IMG offered Eisenbud a job paying $27,500 a year. They sent him to the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Bradenton, Fla., an IMG-owned training center for young talent. In a newly created post, he served as a buffer between the junior players and their agents, who were based in Cleveland and busy managing the likes of Pete Sampras and Monica Seles. Eisenbud did everything, including overseeing the youngsters’ racket sponsorships and coddling their overbearing parents.

On his first day in Florida, he was handed a list of the players and their practice times. As Eisenbud roamed the courts, he was stopped in his tracks by a tall, lithe 12-year-old smacking ground strokes with a supernatural intensity.

“You ever see the videos of Tiger Woods hitting the golf ball when he was 6?” Eisenbud said. “It was like that.”

Eisenbud had a hunch that the 12-year-old, Sharapova, who had come from Russia four years earlier, would be his meal ticket. He ingratiated himself to her and her parents, helping them settle sticky visa issues and deal with the Russian tennis federation. Sharapova’s father asked that Maria work with Eisenbud full time, and within 18 months, he had moved to Cleveland and was representing her exclusively.

Though Sharapova started turning heads at 13 with strong performances on the international junior circuit, Eisenbud resisted smaller sponsorship deals. Instead, confident of bigger offers to come, he primed the IMG sales force — a group that works with the corporate clients — by sending continual updates on her progress.

“Don’t sell her, just keep an eye on her,” Eisenbud instructed.

In 2004, when Sharapova won Wimbledon at 17, companies were tripping over one another to sign her.

“That’s when I saw the amazing machine that Mark McCormack built swing into action,” said Eisenbud, referring to the pioneering sports lawyer who started IMG. “Suddenly I went from being an idiot to the smartest agent in the world.”

By the end of 2005, Sharapova had signed seven-figure contracts with Motorola, Canon, TAG Heuer, Colgate and Land Rover. An eight-year deal with Nike signed in 2010 could exceed $70 million, a figure that includes royalties from her best-selling Maria Sharapova signature ballet flat from the Nike-owned Cole Haan. Forbes has named her the world’s top-earning female athlete eight years running. Harvard Business School teaches a case study on the success of her brand.

Right behind Sharapova in earnings is Li, the No. 1-ranked woman in China. IMG had long yearned to sign Chinese players, given the opportunity for Western companies to reach the country’s growing middle class. The Chinese government had prohibited its athletes from working with agents but loosened its reins after the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

When Eisenbud signed Li in 2009, she was ranked in the top 25. Sponsorship opportunities abounded, including several fast-growing Chinese apparel companies that wanted to outfit her. Sensing an opportunity, Eisenbud struck a hard bargain with Nike. He negotiated a deal that allowed Li to wear patches with other corporate logos on her clothes. Every other Nike tennis player — Roger Federer and Sharapova included — is barred from doing so.

Last year, Li won the French Open, the first Asian-born player, man or woman, to win a Grand Slam singles title. Just as he did after Sharapova’s Wimbledon victory, Eisenbud seized the moment. Within weeks, he struck seven large corporate deals worth about $48 million over three years. Mercedes-Benz and Taikang Life Insurance are each paying Li $2.5 million a year to advertise on her sleeves.

“One of the toughest decisions an agent has to make is when to cash in,” said Darren Rovell, ESPN’s sports business reporter, “and Max’s timing on both Sharapova and Li Na has been exactly right.”

Eisenbud dismisses the notion that he is some kind of commercial killer whose masterly negotiating secures more money for his clients than they ever dreamed possible. He likes to compare himself to Phil Jackson, the coach who won N.B.A. titles with Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant on his teams.

“Phil Jackson is a good coach, and I’m a good agent, but I wouldn’t be sitting here right now if my clients weren’t Maria Sharapova and Li Na,” Eisenbud said. “My main job is to not screw this up.”

Crux Squall
Aug 28th, 2012, 05:47 AM
An Interview With: MARIA SHARAPOVA

Monday, August 27, 2012

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. How pleased are you with the result out there today?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I was just happy to be back playing a competitive match. It's been a few weeks. It was a nice break in a way, but after so many weeks of practicing, you're just eager to get back on the court.
The tournament almost seems a little bit easier because the practice is a little bit shorter getting ready to play matches. It's so much better than having practice weeks, to be honest.
But I was happy with the way I came out. Never played my opponent before. A lefty. Conditions weren't exactly perfect. Overall I played steady, but there's room for improvement, that's for sure.

Q. What were the last few weeks like for you?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I went to Montréal and I was supposed to practice there, supposed to play the next day, but I woke up and I had a stomach bug for a few days and wasn't feeling really good.
Yeah, I had some tests done, some blood work, some ultrasound stuff. They said I should just probably rest. I just went home and took Cincinnati off as well. I think it was just a sign that I needed a few weeks off.

Q. Feel better?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Oh, yeah. I'm fine.

Q. Why all those tests for just a stomach bug? Did you think it was bigger?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah.

Q. Why?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Just because of the pain I was having. It was really weird. They told me I was fine, not pregnant. I'm like, Can I get my money back (laughter)?

Q. So the night before the Olympic final, how bad was the pain?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: It was okay (smiling).

Q. That didn't pass the smell test. What was it like? Was it a serious pain? Did it impact your play?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: It was worse when I got to Montréal. At the end of the day, I think it was some stomach bug. But I thought it was getting better. Then I started eating like the normal Maria and it wasn't better.

Q. After all the development, the planning, the trips to Spain, it's finally going to come out, if I understand correctly, but there's a little bit of a problem. There's a guy named Roger Federer who has Lindor truffles. As a marketing person now, how would you tell America to try Sugarpova and not Roger's?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well that's chocolate. Mine are gummies and gumballs. It's like, What's your preference? That's made in Switzerland; this is made in Spain. No, a lot of differences.
I mean, those are quite different. I'm just happy that it's finally over with. I worked on it for a long time. There's not much to be done from my end in a way except promote it and letting the world know about it.

Q. Ultimately can a gumball stand up to a truffle?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: It depends what your preference is. I mean, mid afternoon I'm not a big truffle person; I'm more of a gum girl. But it depends what everybody likes.

Q. It sounds like you were hurting at the Olympics. When you get into a thing where you lose like that, is it one of those things that you just hit the delete button the second you walk off the court or is it something that sticks with you until you get back on the court again?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, it doesn't stick with you. I mean, personally I've been part of many different types of matches in my career. Looking back at that week, it was really special. It was so hectic. It was the busiest week out of the year for me in terms of playing back to back, the emotions of the opening ceremony, putting everything together, going out and trying to compete.
It was an incredible experience. Although I would have loved to have been the champion there, for me to be a first time Olympian, to leave with a silver medal, carry the flag for my country of course I would have loved to win gold but those things happen. You move on and go to the next tournament.

Q. Were you actually able to get to sleep at night after you carried the flag?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, I don't know about anybody else, but after a two kilometer walk to the stadium and back, I had no problems sleeping.

Q. That must have been an incredible experience for you.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: It was.

Q. What went through your mind as you were carrying the flag around the track?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, I actually had hoped it was a little bit more windy so it would've kind of blown on its own. I was walking and it really wasn't, so I felt like I had to actually hold it, make sure it was waving around and wasn't getting caught on the pole.
But it wasn't as heavy as I expected and the walk was a lot faster than I had thought it would be. But it was a great experience. I went to the Village like four hours before just to walk around. I've never been part of that. So I really wanted to get to see everything, take pictures.
I spent like a few hours in the dormitories, and then we were getting ready in advance and then walking. It was like a whole half day, maybe seven, eight hours.
But I look back and it's like, Where did the time go? It was so quick.

Q. Since the comeback you've reached the final of the other three slams but not here. What would it mean to make a run into the second week?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Exactly. I haven't been far here, past the first week, in a long time. I would love to get that back. You know, I haven't played at a level that I wanted to play here. There shouldn't be any reason why I can't, having the success that I had for a few years, winning it in '06. That's certainly something that I'm looking to get back.

Q. Obviously the tests went well in Montréal. It turned out it was a stomach bug of some sort. What was going through your mind when you were feeling pain like that? Must have been pretty serious to need all that, or at least felt like it was.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I don't think we should make this much more dramatic than it was. I mean, at the time I was being drama, but I'm fine. I was fine.

Q. In your years here you worked with a lot of individuals. How would you compare the culture of sports in America, training, and in Russia?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Just the training in general?

Q. Well, just the culture of sports. Here it's so dynamic, so individualistic. There's an economic engine to it. Can you compare the cultures?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I mean, obviously a lot has changed since I was starting to play tennis there. I mean, tennis has grown a lot, and other sports have. Economically there's a lot more support.
But in terms of athletes, how they're brought up, I mean, I think there's certainly much less choices in Russia. I think there are a lot more opportunities in this country, which makes it incredible on one side.
But then once you get to a point where you have to decide. Kind of the people around you because you're at a young age and you can't make those big decisions, but you really have to decide what you're going to dedicate your life to, whether it's sport, whether it's something else, and whether it's something that the kid actually loves doing or whether it's something that the parents love taking the kids to do.
I think it's great that it makes for a social and healthy lifestyle having a kid playing soccer, baseball, football. I have a family friend, and I can't keep up with their schedule. The kid is all over the place. She's driving here and there. It's insanity. But you get to a certain point where you really have to commit to that one sport if you're really serious about it.
In Russia, I don't think financially we have those opportunities to have so many options. But also the parents were working 24/7. I don't think we could afford a nanny to drive them back and forth. It was really committing themselves to that one particular sport or area.
It doesn't have to be a sport. It can be an educational part. But I think they focused extra on that.

Q. If you become a mom, would you bring your kid to an academy? Do you like the academy environment?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: That's a tough question. Obviously if my kid wants to play sport and I feel like that would be beneficial to the kid, then yes. But I hope not (laughter).

Q. To keep playing tennis day after day, it's something that helps you not to think too much about your upcoming marriage or not? Normally for a woman it's a big moment. You don't have almost the time to think about what's going on.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, I don't, because I don't have a wedding coming up in November. That's not true.

Q. It's not?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: No. I'm definitely not getting married in Istanbul in November.

Q. Not in this year anyway?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, no, no (laughter). I'm so surprised everyone believed that.

MM_1257
Aug 28th, 2012, 05:17 PM
http://www.underconsideration.com/brandnew/archives/sharapovas_gummies.php

MM_1257
Aug 28th, 2012, 08:54 PM
http://2012.usopen.org/en_US/news/articles/2012-08-27/201208271346123612580.html
Sharapova finding her form in New YorkBy Matt Cronin
Monday, August 27, 2012
Maria Sharapova has been coming to New York since she was a young teenager first contesting the juniors and then later worked her way up ladder as a pro, eventually winning the US Open title in 2006.

But in her sole junior appearance in 2001 as a 14-year-old , she didn't last more than few days, falling to Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi (who currently holds a WTA ranking of No. 15) in the second round.

She was a wafer thin girl back then, still loud and talented, but extremely raw. She had only been living in the United States for six years then, so the towering metropolis that surrounded her when she rode the bus out to Queens was a little intimidating.

“When I came to New York I always thought this would be the toughest to win,” she said. “Its energy is amazing, but in the beginning it's certainly overwhelming. But my experience has helped me a lot, because from feeling like I was very small in a very huge city with so much energy, I really embraced it over the years. I came into New York and I absolutely love it with all its craziness and the fans and the late night matches. You get used to it.”

On Arthur Ashe stadium during the opening round Sharapova took down Melina Czink 6-2, 6-2. It was the 25-year-old’s 25th victory at the tournament where she has had remarkable success, like when she bested No. 2 Amelie Mauresmo and No. 1 Justine Henin for the 2006 title. She has experienced serious heartache here, like in 2005 when she lost an extremely close three setter to eventual champion Kim Clijsters in the semis, which brought her to tears.

She was shocked by a teenage Agnieszka Radwanska in gale force winds in 2007 and then the next year, unhappily dragged herself to New York to meet some commercial obligations even though she had been forced to pull out of the tournament due to a severe should injury, for which she would undergo surgery for a month later.

Her US Open return in 2009 wasn't satisfying when US teenager Melanie Oudin took her down in the third round. She sprayed errors all over the court in a defeat to Caroline Wozniacki in 2010 and the Flavia Pennetta ran her into the ground in three sets in 2011.

She has managed to reach the final of every other Grand Slam since her shoulder surgery and even won Roland Garros three months ago. The No. 3 seed in New York, she is certainly due to reach the second week again.

“I haven't been far here, past the first week, in a long time,” she said. “I would love to get that back. I haven't played at a level that I wanted to play here. There shouldn't be any reason why I can't, having the success that I had for a few years, winning it in '06. That's certainly something that I'm looking to get back.”

But until Monday, she had not played a match since the Olympics as she caught a stomach virus in London just prior to her quick loss to Serena Williams in the gold medal match of the Games.

She was pleased to have won the silver medal, but anyone who knows Sharapova realizes that even if she doesn’t take defeats as hard as she used to, she could not have been pleased with 6-0, 6-1 loss to Serena.

But she had gone to Europe to begin the clay courts season earlier than she ever had - at the start of April - and contested six big events, winning three of them. She needed to put her head on a pillow and isn’t concerned that she has been without matches for a few weeks.

She was being, as she said, “dramatic” when after being hit with the stomach bug, she went to get a blood test and an untrasound.

“[I went to get the tests [just because of the pain I was having. It was really weird. They told me I was fine, not pregnant. I'm like, Can I get my money back?’”

This season, Sharapova has been able to find her way past almost every elite player even if she had taken bad loses to them before, such as when she [slightly] avenged her Australian Open defeat to Victoria Azarenka by besting the No. 1 in Stuttgart.

But there is one player whom she has not been able to figure out since 2004: Serena Williams, who numbs her with her serve and makes her nervous from inside the baseline. Wimbledon champion and Olympic gold medalist Serena is many analysts’ overwhelming favorite to win the US Open. Sharapova knows that Serena is at the top of the prediction charts, but has been around long enough to know that tides can turn quickly.
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“Obviously of course she's the favorite because she won those two big events back-to-back,” Sharapova said. “But everybody is still in the draw here. It starts from the first round on, and that's why everybody is here.”

When she defeated Sara Errani to win Roland Garros, Sharapova completed the career Grand Slam (winning all four majors). It was extraordinary feat for a player once considered too clumsy to be able to win on clay, but Sharapova says that she is not prepared to rest on her laurels the rest of the year. She knows the importance of the US Open, and does not want to be seen as a player who has begin to consistently underperform in the biggest tournament in a country where she makes her home.

“This is the last big one,” she said. “This is kind of where you have to put all your energy. Even though it's not the last tournament of the year, you feel like this is where you can put all the work and effort into this one big event. I mean, it's very meaningful. It's big. It's New York City. There's no reason why I shouldn't perform my best here.”

Advantage Me
Aug 28th, 2012, 11:06 PM
Thanks for posting the articles. Great one by Peter Lattman. It very much sounds like there will be NO wedding to SASHA.

MM_1257
Aug 29th, 2012, 03:34 PM
http://tennisvista.com/2012/08/20/sugarpova-in-new-york/

MM_1257
Aug 29th, 2012, 07:21 PM
The speculations have reached the bloggers http://www.womenstennisblog.com/2012/08/29/whats-going-on-with-maria-sharapovas-marriage/

And also found this:
She then revealed that the brand new Audi, given to her by Russian President Vladimir Putin for being an Olympic medalist, had been gifted to her father, Yuri.

"My dad stole it," joked Sharapova. "I got the medal, he's got the car. It's too tough to ship it from Russia. The medal is easier to transfer."

Masha's dad is in Russia?

lefty24
Aug 29th, 2012, 07:30 PM
The speculations have reached the bloggers http://www.womenstennisblog.com/2012/08/29/whats-going-on-with-maria-sharapovas-marriage/

And also found this:


Masha's dad is in Russia?

I saw the interview and she meant that her dad can deal with shipping it over to the US.

BTW, thanks for posting all these articles Maja! :)

Edit:
LMAO the comment under the blog article.

"Maria is a cold woman, her ex-boyfriend Adam Levine said that on an interview. Whatever, how hot is Adam Levine!!!!! I love him jajajaja"

os400
Aug 30th, 2012, 01:15 AM
great info on masha.. thanks

love how 2012 seems to bring back the old maria.. it almost make me wish maria dont rush her wedding and keep getting better for 2013 and more.. but whatever path in life she choose , i will be happy as long as she is happy =]

lefty24
Aug 30th, 2012, 01:17 AM
great info on masha.. thanks

love how 2012 seems to bring back the old maria.. it almost make me wish maria dont rush her wedding and keep getting better for 2013 and more.. but whatever path in life she choose , i will be happy as long as she is happy =]

I think her and Sasha have broken up or are on the rocks. Even if they're still on, Maria has said she's not getting married until she retires.

MM_1257
Aug 30th, 2012, 04:42 PM
"Maria is a cold woman, her ex-boyfriend Adam Levine said that on an interview. Whatever, how hot is Adam Levine!!!!! I love him jajajaja"

I know you know, but for some who don't - Maria never dated Adam Levine. The story was made up in, yes, again, a Russian tabloid in which (after he sang in one birthday party of hers? or something else, dunno, some party) they made up that they had an affair and that Adam supposedly said that she was - um, quiet in bed...
You see, papers (tabloids) invent a loooot of things, including the wedding on November 10th... And in 2005 when she was in Moscow they made up that she was flirting with the singer of the group UmaTurman - Vladimir Kristovsky.. ZzzzZZZzzz :lol:

lefty24
Aug 30th, 2012, 05:02 PM
I know you know, but for some who don't - Maria never dated Adam Levine. The story was made up in, yes, again, a Russian tabloid in which (after he sang in one birthday party of hers? or something else, dunno, some party) they made up that they had an affair and that Adam supposedly said that she was - um, quiet in bed...
You see, papers (tabloids) invent a loooot of things, including the wedding on November 10th... And in 2005 when she was in Moscow they made up that she was flirting with the singer of the group UmaTurman - Vladimir Kristovsky.. ZzzzZZZzzz :lol:

The worst part is that people actually believe the stories. :help:

I guess in the beginning it was understandable to believe the wedding rumor, but people still believed it even after Maria denied it herself.

nectar69
Aug 30th, 2012, 05:27 PM
Did anybody see her second-round U.S. Open interview? At the end of it some guy, tried to ask her how much her fiancee helps her prepare for matches (or the question was something like that) and Maria wouldn't answer and walked out. The question was asked after her interview was over, so she didn't have to answer, but I still thought it was interesting she doesn't seem to want to talk about him. Also, I was suprised the reporters didn't grill her when she made the comment "Of course, I've lived in this country since I was seven years old. I consider this to be my home." I guess bozo Bodo wasn't there or he certainly would have said something.

lefty24
Aug 30th, 2012, 05:46 PM
Did anybody see her second-round U.S. Open interview? At the end of it some guy, tried to ask her how much her fiancee helps her prepare for matches (or the question was something like that) and Maria wouldn't answer and walked out. The question was asked after her interview was over, so she didn't have to answer, but I still thought it was interesting she doesn't seem to want to talk about him. Also, I was suprised the reporters didn't grill her when she made the comment "Of course, I've lived in this country since I was seven years old. I consider this to be my home." I guess bozo Bodo wasn't there or he certainly would have said something.

That moment at the end was so awkward! I think she said thank "God this interview is over" or something like that.

I like these press conferences though, nice and long.

MashaFan01
Aug 30th, 2012, 05:49 PM
Both Steve Tignor and Peter Bodo @ Tennis.com (http://www.tennis.com/) hate Maria Sharapova for some unknown reason - Peter Bodo for example wrote this piece of shit about Masha's patriotism (http://espn.go.com/tennis/blog/_/name/bodo_peter/id/8230859/2012-olympic-tennis-maria-sharapova-patriotism-authentic) just before the Olympics

I've gotten banned there because I started a questioning Peter Bodo and his attacks vs Masha and called him a "Russian hater" - What I understand is that Peter Bodo is Hungarian and had to flee when the Russians occupied his country back in the cold war - So - I urge you all to subscribe a free Livefyre account there and start commenting on all their idiotic comments about Masha - Just click the "Post comment" button in any article @ Tennis.com (http://www.tennis.com/) and create an account - The more Masha supporters the better

Example - Peter Bodo: Wimbledon: Fearless Forecasts (http://blogs.tennis.com/tennisworld/2012/06/wimbledon-crystal-ball.html)
Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams will meet in the women's final because the tennis gods, having allowed Maria that win in Paris (completing her career Grand Slam), don't want this whole "I am a brand" thing to get out of hand. If there's any branding to be done, the cowgirl holding the runnin' iron will be Serena, whose job description all these years has included mercilessly punishing Sharapova at every opportunity for having snatched that Wimbledon title out of her hands those eight long years ago. You think Serena's forgotten that? She's won seven of the eight matches they've played since.

Another example from Peter Bodo: U.S. Open Crystal Ball (http://www.tennis.com/news/2012/08/us-open-crystal-ball/39025/)
Women: Maria Sharapova, seeded No. 3, will scream and shriek and pause thoughtfully as if frozen in mid-step before she returns to the service line to play a point, and it will all look persuasive and menacing and at times unbeatable—until Serena Williams gets a hold of her in the final and squishes her like a piece of that gummy Sugarpova candy under the sole of her Nike kicks.

Take Steve Tignor who recently had 2 articles (Fan Club: Maria Sharapova part 1 (http://www.tennis.com/news/2012/08/fan-club-maria-sharapova-part-one/39026/#.UECSiOzbze0) and Fan Club: Maria Sharapova part 2 (http://www.tennis.com/news/2012/08/fan-club-maria-sharapova-part-two/39035/#.UECUk-zbze0)) about Maria Sharapova in which he claims that he likes her and points out that what he says are only reflections of other people's opinion - yeah right!!

Maria is a curious case to me when it comes to fans and fan love. She's always had plenty of sponsorships, and been as high profile as any tennis player, but I used to wonder how many fans of the sport really liked her, or liked to watch her play.

Note the choice of word:
The crucial factor for many, of course, is The Shriek. I do wish she would stop, but I can deal with it after a few minutes of adjustment. There's even something perversely admirable about the way she ignores everyone’s opinion about it and just keeps at it.
perversely?

I know no one talks about loving the way she plays, and when she's bad she can play some really ugly tennis; but when she's good, I like to watch her laser shots, especially her backhand, find the corners. I think one reason she isn’t beloved among tennis aficionados is that she doesn’t play with a ton of variety or touch

No one loving the way she plays? - She isn't beloved among tennis aficionados? - Of course if you do like her - Steve Tignor suggest that you're not a a fan of the sport or a "tennis aficionados"

Those are comments you expect from a fanatic Serena supporter in his teens but not from middle aged editors of a (on line) tennis magazine - who should know better then to flame a well respected tennis player like Masha over and over again - cause let me tell you - every time these two need to to say about Masha 'cause she's won for example - there are always some references to her shriek or other negative implications

Advantage Me
Aug 31st, 2012, 12:43 AM
Did anybody see her second-round U.S. Open interview? At the end of it some guy, tried to ask her how much her fiancee helps her prepare for matches (or the question was something like that) and Maria wouldn't answer and walked out. The question was asked after her interview was over, so she didn't have to answer, but I still thought it was interesting she doesn't seem to want to talk about him. Also, I was suprised the reporters didn't grill her when she made the comment "Of course, I've lived in this country since I was seven years old. I consider this to be my home." I guess bozo Bodo wasn't there or he certainly would have said something.

Yeah I watched that. Wish there is a transcript though as I couldn't hear the questions.

As her fans, we can safely assume she and Sasha are no longer an item until she proves otherwise. She has been evading the mention of him like the plague and I am quite sure that in many interviews they have been told before the start what questions not to ask. In this instance, the moderator cut him short, much to Maria's relief. More or less told him the conference was over.

AniaSharapova
Aug 31st, 2012, 02:08 PM
In English about Maria and Sasha break up
MARIA AND SASHA BROKE UP !!! It began in the fall of 2010, ended a few months ago. Maria Sharapova and Sasha Vujacic broke up. The news was confirmed today by Slovenian basketball player who is currently in training camp in Brunico with the Turkish team Efes dell’Anadolu. Vujacic, 28, told close friends (in the period in which he played in Udine, from 2001 to 2004, has been romantically linked to a girl Friuli) Italian and history with the world’s most famous Russian tennis player has been over about 3 months. The player does not intend to make further statements on the matter. The only certainty is that for some time the two were not particularly agree with the presence of Vujacic and tennis tournaments to the companion had thinned out more and more. Vujacic, who has abandoned the NBA (where he played for seven years between Los Angeles Lakers and New Jersey Nets), is increasingly concentrated on his profession, he left America and Florida, home of Mary, and this fact has certainly highlighted the crisis and led to the end of the report.

nectar69
Aug 31st, 2012, 03:50 PM
I had a feeling Sasha would be the first to say this. It's kind of sad, but hopefully Maria will find a really nice guy. I think it might be good for her to be single for a while. She seems happy, so that's what matters.

lefty24
Aug 31st, 2012, 04:20 PM
Is this a reliable source at all?

AniaSharapova
Aug 31st, 2012, 06:05 PM
Is this a reliable source at all?

Sasha made statement about his relationship with Maria for Italian newspaper, so all news about their split up comes from his words.
Sasha's judgment is enough for me to believe that their not together.

18majors
Aug 31st, 2012, 09:11 PM
Ben Rothenberg‏@BenRothenberg

Maria Sharapova confirms in press that she and Sasha Vujacic broke up in the spring. #usopen

Advantage Me
Aug 31st, 2012, 09:30 PM
Ben Rothenberg‏@BenRothenberg

Maria Sharapova confirms in press that she and Sasha Vujacic broke up in the spring. #usopen

That must have been a big relief for her. Now leave her private life alone and talk tennis. I could tell in her on court interview with MJF she was anticipating the question with dread especially the last question. Her face changed when the word Sugarpova instead of Sasha came out of MJF's mouth.

When she got to the presser she was able to gather herself and talk about the reasons for the split. It seems amicable. Now let's move on media people.

swissmr
Aug 31st, 2012, 09:33 PM
At least we finally have confirmation. What's most impressive is that the split doesn't seem to have shown in her tennis at all.

Tennisvampire
Aug 31st, 2012, 09:38 PM
Matt Cronin @TennisReporters

Sharapova on Vujacic split: 'Was obviously a challenging decision from both of our ends. Was really nice period of time for both of us, but career schedules just made it extremely difficult to see each other with the traveling. Still would love to call him as a friend"

Fighterpova
Aug 31st, 2012, 09:50 PM
Ok, please don't hate me for saying this, but I'm kinda ok with this. Masha deserves someone better anyway :)

I think she'll handle it well, she's a strong girl and besides, 25 is too early too get married!

Now she can marry Nole :hearts: :hearts: :hearts:

I'm a hard core shipper of Sharapole :sobbing: :rocker2:

Feyd
Aug 31st, 2012, 09:54 PM
The press conference is up on USO website. She explained herself nicely with no fuss.

Nina.
Aug 31st, 2012, 09:55 PM
Ok, please don't hate me for saying this, but I'm kinda ok with this. Masha deserves someone better anyway :)


:rolleyes: please don't hate me for saying this, but maybe he was the perfect guy for her. I don't think we are in a position to judge how good/bad a relationship of two people we don't know at all are or how good7bad they are for each other.
In the end I want her to be happy and she never seemed too affected by the break up, so I assume they truly split amicably.

MM_1257
Aug 31st, 2012, 09:59 PM
The press conference is up on USO website. She explained herself nicely with no fuss.

Who knows... Maybe the hotel room suffered a few torn pillows :fiery: this morning when she found out that Sasha broke the news. :oh: :oh: :angel:
Just kidding. :p

Tennisvampire
Aug 31st, 2012, 10:07 PM
Who knows... Maybe the hotel room suffered a few torn pillows :fiery: this morning when she found out that Sasha broke the news. :oh: :oh: :angel:
Just kidding. :p

I highly doubt it :lol: After all she said in her presser that she was waiting for someone to finally ask her that question and no one did directly up until today. You guys should watch that press conference, Maria gave some amazing, well-explained, mature answers and she spoke very nicely of her relationship with Sasha. I couldn't be more proud of her :worship: Her overall look on life and how she decides to deal with stuff is purely inspiring! She really seems to be ok with the decision which makes me think that they indeed split on amicable terms, and the fact that it hasn't affected her tennis just shows that she chose a right way to handle it and her emotions concerning that relationship...

Oh, and btw, I loved the joke she made with that reporter. Classic playful Pova :drool: And I couldn't help but notice the smirk on her face when they first asked her about the break-up.

gc-spurs
Aug 31st, 2012, 10:09 PM
At least we finally have confirmation. What's most impressive is that the split doesn't seem to have shown in her tennis at all.
Yeah, its just gotten better #clayseason
:rolleyes: please don't hate me for saying this, but maybe he was the perfect guy for her. I don't think we are in a position to judge how good/bad a relationship of two people we don't know at all are or how good7bad they are for each other.
In the end I want her to be happy and she never seemed too affected by the break up, so I assume they truly split amicably.

Nah, she has CGI hair, he has a mop. It was never going to work.

But in no seriousness at all, what about the secret person she made a dedication to when she won Wimbledon?

MM_1257
Aug 31st, 2012, 10:15 PM
What secret person now?? OMG :sobbing:

tennisvampire, I haven't wached the video yet. But usually celebrities announce engagements, break-ups etc. This or the other way. Wasn't the engagement announced via PR first? And then we had the paparazzi pics? Maria IMO wanted to keep this private. But no she had no option but to speak.

Nina.
Aug 31st, 2012, 10:17 PM
Yeah, its just gotten better #clayseason


Nah, she has CGI hair, he has a mop. It was never going to work.

But in no seriousness at all, what about the secret person she made a dedication to when she won Wimbledon?

Damn! I knew the hair would be the dealbreaker! :o

gc-spurs
Aug 31st, 2012, 10:24 PM
I just watched the presser. She's a pro. When she said "I was waiting for someone to ask me directly", I thought you and the whole SS. Failjournos.