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Marilyn Monheaux
Dec 16th, 2010, 12:06 AM
Someone must open the eyes of the blind; that's all we tried to do in the Masha-forum. If u, Teerin and some others
prefer your EYES WIDE SHUTbe my guest. There's so much more then the eye meets!!:cool:

Horrible movie, btw.

claypova
Dec 16th, 2010, 12:14 AM
For the new Maria girl, what about Rogowska? :hearts: They don't have an Aussie representative yet and Olivia's an upcoming new player. :)

:scared::scared:

Sharapovian
Dec 16th, 2010, 12:19 AM
:scared::scared:

I thought you like her? :p

claypova
Dec 16th, 2010, 12:22 AM
it would be a waste for Nike. that girl got double bagelled by a nobody a few weeks ago :tape:

Sharapovian
Dec 16th, 2010, 12:30 AM
Masha says she still needs more votes! :awww: (From Facebook)

Maria Sharapova Still need lots of your votes before I make the Google Demo Slam Hall of Fame! Watch me hit some ‘unusual’ targets and vote for my video here: http://bit.ly/hFKKvK

it would be a waste for Nike. that girl got double bagelled by a nobody a few weeks ago :tape:

Oh :lol: then I get what you mean ;)

Reptilia
Dec 16th, 2010, 02:43 AM
There was a big Maria article in the paper the other day. All about her Nike contract, and how apparently she is going to debut the AO dress in Auckland :tape:

No chance.

Shafanovic.
Dec 16th, 2010, 03:03 AM
And the new Nike girl is Iveta Benesova :)

gc-spurs
Dec 16th, 2010, 04:22 AM
gross. didnt see that coming

Reptilia
Dec 16th, 2010, 09:05 AM
Woah odd choice, didn't see that coming.
She should look nice in the clothes though

Sharapovian
Dec 16th, 2010, 10:40 AM
Iveta is the new Nike girl :eek: didn't see that coming!

There was a big Maria article in the paper the other day. All about her Nike contract, and how apparently she is going to debut the AO dress in Auckland :tape:

No chance.

Yeah I read something online and didn't think she would wear the dress in Auckland but then I seen this and I wasn't sure :unsure:

'...customary for players to wear the same clothes at the Classic as they'll wear in the first Grand Slam of the year.'

Marilyn Monheaux
Dec 16th, 2010, 10:58 AM
Nothing about Maria is customary... :p

Mistress of Evil
Dec 16th, 2010, 11:53 AM
Isn't Benesova like 26 or sth must have been a new and fresh face .:shrug:

Monzanator
Dec 16th, 2010, 02:22 PM
Benesova is 27 (will be 28 in six weeks time), so yeah, not exactly a spring chicken, but since Vaidisova is temporarily unavailable... ;)

Break My Rapture
Dec 16th, 2010, 07:43 PM
LMAO remember when Iveta gave Maria that compliment at the net about her dress at the US Open? :hysteric:
Anyway, Iveta is a nice player. :p I like her.

~MashyOwnThemAll
Dec 16th, 2010, 08:50 PM
I like her too. ;) :lick:

Jacey
Dec 17th, 2010, 12:30 AM
LMAO remember when Iveta gave Maria that compliment at the net about her dress at the US Open? :hysteric:
Anyway, Iveta is a nice player. :p I like her.

Really??

Sp!ffy
Dec 17th, 2010, 01:42 AM
LMAO remember when Iveta gave Maria that compliment at the net about her dress at the US Open? :hysteric:
Anyway, Iveta is a nice player. :p I like her.

I thought that was a rumor :hysteric:

Lachy
Dec 17th, 2010, 03:38 AM
^^ No it was true :lol:

Vodkapova
Dec 17th, 2010, 06:48 AM
I thought that was a rumor :hysteric:

I think Maria confirmed it in the post-match interview. So it wasn't a

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_gZxvCHbYjPo/R-u845C0VMI/AAAAAAAABXo/NwlMHWkd6W8/s400/rumerWillis.jpg

CROUCHING TIGER
Dec 17th, 2010, 07:13 AM
Horrible movie, btw.

Stanley KUBRICK is the greatest director ever as are all

of his movies. This testament is no exception, nobody cut

so deep into the man-womanrelation before. Marriage, sex,

Kubrick shows the hypocrisy and absurdity with that typical

unique view of him on the human species. "EYES WIDE SHUT

is a true work of art.

doni1212
Dec 17th, 2010, 03:41 PM
I think Maria confirmed it in the post-match interview. So it wasn't a

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_gZxvCHbYjPo/R-u845C0VMI/AAAAAAAABXo/NwlMHWkd6W8/s400/rumerWillis.jpg

:rolls:

NewShoulderPlz.
Dec 18th, 2010, 02:04 PM
Prince says 10 year relationship w/Sharapova is over. Sharapova was seen in Head marketing materials for Australian Open.

http://twitter.com/darrenrovell

Break My Rapture
Dec 18th, 2010, 02:06 PM
:speakles: Wow. She's making quite the changes for next year.

Mr.Sharapova
Dec 18th, 2010, 02:18 PM
:eek:

I hope this will do Maria good :)

Jovana.
Dec 18th, 2010, 02:20 PM
:cheer: change will do her good.

cyannnnn
Dec 18th, 2010, 02:28 PM
wow she makes a lot of changement.

it's like she had a first carreer, then last year and this year are recovered are transition year. and next year she will begin her second carreer.

~MashyOwnThemAll
Dec 18th, 2010, 03:02 PM
I might be wearing something new that only my diehard fans will notice, so stay tuned for that.

so only the racquet? :lol:

although this enough. :lick:

Sharapovian
Dec 18th, 2010, 03:06 PM
Hope this will work out for her :cheer:

Break My Rapture
Dec 18th, 2010, 03:11 PM
wow she makes a lot of changement.

it's like she had a first carreer, then last year and this year are recovered are transition year. and next year she will begin her second carreer.

I know right. :speakles:

Marilyn Monheaux
Dec 18th, 2010, 03:16 PM
Masha Fierce 2.0 - New and improved! :hearts:

NewShoulderPlz.
Dec 18th, 2010, 04:02 PM
Sharapova’s deal with Prince allowed parties to mutually end relationship BUT Prince retains rights 2 sell Maria's signature line thru '11

Sharapova's camp denying that she has any deal with HEAD. Says marketing material on internet is bogus

http://twitter.com/tennisreporters

Break My Rapture
Dec 18th, 2010, 04:04 PM
:speakles: This is confusing. :scratch:

Izzie.
Dec 18th, 2010, 04:05 PM
Quote:
Sharapova’s deal with Prince allowed parties to mutually end relationship BUT Prince retains rights 2 sell Maria's signature line thru '11

Sharapova's camp denying that she has any deal with HEAD. Says marketing material on internet is bogus
http://twitter.com/tennisreporters


Interesing...

p.s. where is your icon from? :)

Ksenia.
Dec 18th, 2010, 04:22 PM
If it's true, I think changes will do her good.
New schedule, new racquet, new team additions - our babygurl is definitely in to win it all :cheer:

Sharapovian
Dec 18th, 2010, 04:28 PM
Sharapova was trying prototype racket in '10 perhaps dissatisfied but: “Enjoyed partnership with Prince Their racquets helped me 2 3 Slams'

Here's what I know re Sharapova: Prince deal is over (but it can clear out her line), HEAD is not her new deal & there will be new 1 in '11

http://twitter.com/tennisreporters

Makes me think he doesn't really know the situation is :tape:

Angelmasha_milan
Dec 18th, 2010, 05:55 PM
Sharapova ends 10-year relationship with Prince
Prince and Maria Sharapova announced that their partnership of over 10 years will come to an end. Sharapova has been playing Prince since she was nine years old and won the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open with their rackets.

Sharapova’s contract with Prince allowed the parties to mutually agree to end the relationship this year.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my partnership with Prince," Sharapova said. "Their rackets helped me to three great Slam victories and much more.

Prince will continue to have the rights to market and sell Sharapova signature line products throughout 2011.

Sharapova's camp has denied a report that she has a deal with HEAD.

However, it is assumed that she has an new deal on the table.

Vodkapova
Dec 18th, 2010, 06:08 PM
Now I'm confused. If Head is not her new deal, then why'd they show her holding it in the thing? How complicated. :lol:

Mr.Sharapova
Dec 18th, 2010, 06:16 PM
OMG hopefully its Willson :)

Break My Rapture
Dec 18th, 2010, 06:19 PM
No please not Wilson. Someone on the Tennis Warehous forums said those racquets are about as stiff as Prince racquets. That's a no-go if it's true.

She didn't get any arm injuries so far (for all we know) with the DIY racquet (which is obvs a HEAD stick) so I hope Masha chooses for HEAD.

Mr.Sharapova
Dec 18th, 2010, 06:29 PM
But Federer uses a Wilson and Serena also so maybe Maria will join them too :)

Break My Rapture
Dec 18th, 2010, 07:10 PM
But Federer uses a Wilson and Serena also so maybe Maria will join them too :)

http://i42.tinypic.com/21l49qx.jpg Why would that be important for Maria?
Maria now is probably looking for a racquet that won't put as much pressure on her shoulder like Prince racquets do (Prince = stiff sticks, just like Wilson).

atominside
Dec 18th, 2010, 07:49 PM
haha stiff sticks :p
But you know, most likely its HEAD. like 80% sure. Anyways, why would she want to go for Wilson? i mean, they got serena,federer, henin.,Yes, Maria would also be one of the main coverpages for wilson but, i mean if you take in publicity and stuff, i prefer HEAD. :devil: She'll be the MAIN PLAYER FOR HEAD. along with novak/murrayy, but maria still trounces both of them combined.

Mr.Sharapova
Dec 18th, 2010, 07:58 PM
http://i42.tinypic.com/21l49qx.jpg Why would that be important for Maria?
Maria now is probably looking for a racquet that won't put as much pressure on her shoulder like Prince racquets do (Prince = stiff sticks, just like Wilson).


I didn't say it in that way. I just said it would be nice to see Maria alongside with those players. Maybe Wilson will produce a new racquet just for Maria :shrug:

And I know it will be HEAD in the end :)

~MashyOwnThemAll
Dec 18th, 2010, 08:02 PM
accustomed, you're a big dreamer :p :lol:

Break My Rapture
Dec 18th, 2010, 08:09 PM
I didn't say it in that way. I just said it would be nice to see Maria alongside with those players. Maybe Wilson will produce a new racquet just for Maria :shrug:

And I know it will be HEAD in the end :)
Wilson already has the 2 GOATs of this generation. :p
It better be HEAD. Then my 2 favorite players will use the same brand of racquets. :lol:

Anyway, when is Maria's new website finally gonna be ready? :weirdo:

Sharapovian
Dec 18th, 2010, 08:14 PM
It probably will be Head. The nike promo pics pretty much gave it away :p

JamieOwen3
Dec 18th, 2010, 08:16 PM
the prince stick is a lot thicker than the head racquet that has got to be one of the reasons she and prince parted company.

Mr.Sharapova
Dec 19th, 2010, 07:53 AM
Wilson already has the 2 GOATs of this generation. :p
It better be HEAD. Then my 2 favorite players will use the same brand of racquets. :lol:

Anyway, when is Maria's new website finally gonna be ready? :weirdo:

Azarenka uses HEAD :eek:

I'm not sure. It better be fast. Even though after joining TF I haven't gone through her website much but hopefully it will be ready before Christmas :)

gc-spurs
Dec 19th, 2010, 01:12 PM
Sveta loves head

Break My Rapture
Dec 19th, 2010, 01:50 PM
Sveta loves head
Yup. Vika and Sveta are probably the biggest faces for HEAD in women's tennis atm. Signing Maria will do them good. :)

Mr.Sharapova
Dec 19th, 2010, 01:52 PM
Hopefully what she chooses is right for her in the end :)

denny5576
Dec 19th, 2010, 02:10 PM
Jokes:


Without Head Maria got engaged. Got the Head, but lost the Prince.

Not Maria, Sasha canceled Maria’s contract with Prince. When journalists asked him why, Sasha said “There is only one Maria’s Prince in New Jersey. It’s me.”

Note: Prince Headquarters are in New Jersey

~MashyOwnThemAll
Dec 19th, 2010, 02:27 PM
really bad joke -.-"

claypova
Dec 19th, 2010, 02:40 PM
really bad joke -.-"

this :tape:

atominside
Dec 19th, 2010, 03:59 PM
Jokes:


Without Head Maria got engaged. Got the Head, but lost the Prince.

Not Maria, Sasha canceled Maria’s contract with Prince. When journalists asked him why, Sasha said “There is only one Maria’s Prince in New Jersey. It’s me.”

Note: Prince Headquarters are in New Jersey
thats not even remotely funny.
:help:

Sp!ffy
Dec 19th, 2010, 04:28 PM
:hysteric:

Sharapovian
Dec 19th, 2010, 06:34 PM
Sharapova Breaks with Prince Rackets

Max Eisenbud, Maria Sharapova’s manager from IMG, is a busy man at the moment. He working on a new racket deal for the former world no.1 and winner of three major singles titles after the end of a 10 years relationship with Prince.

Both Sharapova and Prince rackets have mutually announced a partnership which began when the American-based Russian was nine years old has formally come to a close.

http://www.tennisnews.com/exclusive.php?pID=32542

denny5576
Dec 19th, 2010, 06:53 PM
really bad joke -.-"
I am not the author.
We should be prepared to read many bad jokes about Maria. I did not post the really bad ones...

Pops Maellard
Dec 19th, 2010, 09:25 PM
this :tape:

Don't be mean. :awww::lol:

claypova
Dec 19th, 2010, 09:26 PM
Don't be mean. :awww::lol:

pleeease, you were thinking it too :p;)

tvbsharapova
Dec 20th, 2010, 07:35 AM
Maria FB :
‎6 more days!! Until PRESENTS!!!! Can't wait!! Training is going really well, we are finally starting to slow down a little as we get closer to leaving for Auckland. I discovered a new Ben and Jerry's flavor called Milk and Cookies!! Impossible to just have one scoop!!

GalvoSteady
Dec 20th, 2010, 12:01 PM
I only wait 5 days... ha ha ha.. (Nas styl. Je vsechno).

JamieOwen3
Dec 20th, 2010, 03:21 PM
i know you don't want to over train maria but watch those scoops also :lol:

Sharapovian
Dec 20th, 2010, 10:04 PM
Maria Sharapova: ‎6 more days!! Until PRESENTS!!!! Can't wait!! Training is going really well, we are finally starting to slow down a little as we get closer to leaving for Auckland. I discovered a new Ben and Jerry's flavor called Milk and Cookies!! Impossible to just have one scoop!!


17 hours ago

:awww:

good to hear training is going well :cheer:

Pops Maellard
Dec 20th, 2010, 10:31 PM
:cheer:

2011, the proper comeback of Maria Sharapova. :worship:

Masha Fierce
Dec 21st, 2010, 12:08 PM
dont know if this is the right place to ask this quastion !
but i want to ask u about the kind of education did maria have ?
does anybody have full info.. about it ..
thnx anyway ..

Vodkapova
Dec 21st, 2010, 12:11 PM
^ IIRC she graduated online. ;)

And her early school years, if I'm not mistaken, she had some classes at her tennis academy (Nick Bolliettieri's). I remember her talking about rushing to the computers (with JJ as well :spit: ) to create e-mails and stuff.

nelsondan
Dec 21st, 2010, 05:15 PM
dont know if this is the right place to ask this quastion !
but i want to ask u about the kind of education did maria have ?
does anybody have full info.. about it ..
thnx anyway ..

She has had a different road to follow, but her earliest doodles indicated to me that she has a pretty good command of English--and she speaks other languages. She has a wonderful sense of humour and the capacity to think about what is beyond the surface.

She seems to have a good head for business matters.

NewShoulderPlz.
Dec 22nd, 2010, 04:07 AM
:speakles:

Sharapova requesting a WC for Sydney. She could go from playing no AO warm-ups to two. Somebody means business.

www.twitter.com/jameslarosa

shaktincredible
Dec 22nd, 2010, 04:21 AM
just wait until her official announcement. i hope it's a trashy news.

Vodkapova
Dec 22nd, 2010, 05:16 AM
:lol:

Belmont Lad
Dec 22nd, 2010, 05:20 AM
just wait until her official announcement. i hope it's a trashy news.

Her request is confirmed by the tournament director. They will hold a wild card for her until the eve of the draw if she decides to play.


http://wwos.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=8187512

Vodkapova
Dec 22nd, 2010, 05:22 AM
Holy shit, now I'm stoked. :eek:

Congrats to Sydney fans in advance if she really plays. I guess she really needs both warm-ups.

Shafanovic.
Dec 22nd, 2010, 05:48 AM
OMG OMG OMG!! please let it be true. It would be a dream come true to see her play live.

Sp!ffy
Dec 22nd, 2010, 06:34 AM
This all seems so strange

Andy.
Dec 22nd, 2010, 07:19 AM
If this really is true I will die :hearts:

Marilyn Monheaux
Dec 22nd, 2010, 07:42 AM
This all seems so strange

Yeah... 2 tournaments before the Australian Open? I hope she does it only if she crashes out of Auckland (too) early or has dramatically improved her fitness. :unsure:

GalvoSteady
Dec 22nd, 2010, 07:55 AM
I hope she improves her fitness better than me.. have indulged in some sweet meats.

(#russian roulette is not the same without a gun# :) )

tvbsharapova
Dec 22nd, 2010, 08:16 AM
Sharapova could be coming to Sydney
Russian tennis superstar Maria Sharapova could be headed to Sydney for the first time after requesting a wildcard for next month's Medibank International.

One of the world's most photographed athletes, Sharapova will contest the Auckland Classic from January 3-8 before deciding whether or not to round out her Australian Open preparations in the harbour city.

Ordinarily, officials would already have handed out their quota of wildcards a week before the event, but Sharapova will understandably receive the red-carpet treatment.

Tournament director Craig Watson will give the former world No.1 and three-times grand slam champion right up until the tournament-eve draw to commit to the January 9-15 hardcourt event.

"I would love to see her in the draw and so would her legion of fans here in Sydney," Watson said on Wednesday.

"I received a message from Maria's agent asking if a wildcard could be held for her if she decides to play the Medibank International Sydney.

"Maria is certainly one of the most popular players in the world, not just in tennis but in all of women's sport.

"Russian women players have performed incredibly well at the Medibank International Sydney in the past and I believe the court surface and facilities will be of great benefit to her as she prepares for the Australian Open."

Sharapova, 23, has never played in Sydney and her appearance would add yet more star power to an already stunning line-up featuring the world's top three - Caroline Wozniacki, Vera Zvonareva and Kim Clijsters, as well as Australian No.1 Samantha Stosur.

All up, seven of the world's top 10 women's players are venturing to Sydney.

Sharapova was the first Russian woman to be ranked No.1 in the world.

Her three major titles - among a career tally of 22 - came at Wimbledon in 2004, the US Open in 2006 and Australian Open in 2008.

Currently ranked 18th, Sharapova made an impressive comeback this year from career-threatening shoulder surgery, collecting titles in Memphis and Strasbourg and reaching finals in Birmingham, Stanford and Cincinnati.

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JadeFox
Dec 22nd, 2010, 08:31 AM
Wow. I think she's doing this because she knows she had to make a change. The old routine isn't working so why not shake things up a bit?

claypova
Dec 22nd, 2010, 08:36 AM
OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG . Chris, Manny, Arlyn im so going to Medibank if she ends up playing here :crying2::eek:

Sharapovian
Dec 22nd, 2010, 09:43 AM
I don't see why not? Maybe she will only enter if she loses early in Auckland :shrug:
Will make her fans over there happy too :D

But my only concern is will she manage to play that many weeks in a row? :unsure:

Mistress of Evil
Dec 22nd, 2010, 10:09 AM
Do not burn out before the real deal, girl ;)
But knowing Maria there is zero chance to enter two warm-up events in back to back weeks just before a Slam.

Vodkapova
Dec 22nd, 2010, 10:25 AM
I think it's just back up. So if you Aussies want to see her you should hope she loses early in Auckland. :lol:

madmax
Dec 22nd, 2010, 12:33 PM
I doubt she's gonna play two MM tourneys in a row just before a slam...this is very unlike her. Unless she loses her R1 match in Auckland of course.

Break My Rapture
Dec 22nd, 2010, 12:44 PM
:scared: I really hope this is for the best.

But hey, we'll get to see more Mash at the start of the season this way. :hearts: Let's hope she stays healthy.

Mr.Sharapova
Dec 22nd, 2010, 07:32 PM
Wow two new tournaments that Maria has never played. What if Maria wins Auckland and Sydney and wins the Aussie Open and rests herself up until Rome or Madrid :haha:

Vodkapova
Dec 22nd, 2010, 07:36 PM
It would probably be confirmed whether she plays Sydney or not after ASB in Auckland. If she does exceptionally well in Auckland, I'd imagine she'll withdraw from Sydney (as always). She still gets the WC special treatment, she can play Sydney if she wants.

Break My Rapture
Dec 22nd, 2010, 07:48 PM
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/sport/sharapova-wild-about-getting-a-start-in-sydney-20101222-195lq.html

Russian tennis superstar Maria Sharapova could be heading to Sydney for the first time after requesting a wildcard for next month's Sydney International. One of the world's most photographed athletes, Sharapova will contest the Auckland Classic from January 3 to 8 before deciding whether or not to round out her Australian Open preparations in the harbour city.

Eduardo Oliveira
Dec 22nd, 2010, 09:12 PM
It would probably be confirmed whether she plays Sydney or not after ASB in Auckland. If she does exceptionally well in Auckland, I'd imagine she'll withdraw from Sydney (as always). She still gets the WC special treatment, she can play Sydney if she wants.
:worship:

atominside
Dec 23rd, 2010, 02:09 AM
Wow two new tournaments that Maria has never played. What if Maria wins Auckland and Sydney and wins the Aussie Open and rests herself up until Rome or Madrid :haha:
:hearts::hearts::hearts: i would love that

Vartan
Dec 23rd, 2010, 04:42 PM
So, many of your gurks don't visit the General Forum, but vote: Ana can't win:

http://www.tennisforum.com/showthrea...424968&page=19

Sharapovian
Dec 23rd, 2010, 04:43 PM
Maria Sharapova Download the Nike Training Club app and unlock my special workout! I can't believe this app is free! I Joined the Club have you?" http://www.nikewomen.com/NTC

I need to have a look at this special workout! :lol:

NewShoulderPlz.
Dec 23rd, 2010, 05:04 PM
http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=424968

Sharapovian
Dec 23rd, 2010, 05:13 PM
Sharapova, being the famous beauty she is, and the pair's Whack A Guy With A Tennis Ball approach has garnered the video 156,000 views and the number four slot in the Demo Slam competition.

http://oi53.tinypic.com/29byg7q.jpg
http://www.demoslam.com/#/champs

Break My Rapture
Dec 23rd, 2010, 05:17 PM
:o Who the hell are those others?

Vodkapova
Dec 23rd, 2010, 05:38 PM
#4. :o

Sharapovian
Dec 23rd, 2010, 05:43 PM
It could move higher. I don't think the voting has closed, I voted again :lol:

CROUCHING TIGER
Dec 23rd, 2010, 05:56 PM
TENNIS....TENNIS...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mA2xUUKvPlY

Vartan
Dec 23rd, 2010, 06:03 PM
So, many of your gurks don't visit the General Forum, but vote: Ana can't win:

http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=424968&page=19

atominside
Dec 23rd, 2010, 06:52 PM
Come On Ppl Vote Vote Vote!

Qetusi
Dec 26th, 2010, 05:11 PM
I hope everyone had a great Christmas. I had such a great day of great food and amazing presents and 2 really hard practices. We are leaving tonight for Auckland so I am really excited to start the 2011 season. I thought you guys would enjoy the two videos about my new Australian Open dress and for the first time in 6 years, I have a new nike shoe. If you play tennis, you need to try this shoe, it is really the best tennis shoe I have ever used. I hope everyone has a great new year.

http://www.facebook.com/Sharapova

Vodkapova
Dec 26th, 2010, 05:14 PM
First time in 6 years she has a new shoe? :unsure: I know she probably means a new shoe under her brand. It just sounded wrong. :lol:

~MashyOwnThemAll
Dec 26th, 2010, 05:16 PM
indeed. :lol:

Good luck for Auckland. :)

Mistress of Evil
Dec 26th, 2010, 05:19 PM
Auckland, here we come !!! :cheer:

Break My Rapture
Dec 26th, 2010, 05:42 PM
:D let's do this Mash.

Mr.Sharapova
Dec 26th, 2010, 05:45 PM
Can't believe Auckland is actually a week away :cheer2:

Lets win this Masha ;)

Qetusi
Dec 26th, 2010, 05:51 PM
We believe in you Masha !!! Come on!!!! http://www.tennisforum.com/images/smilies/cheer.gif

gc-spurs
Dec 27th, 2010, 03:18 AM
Not gonna lie, I'm forcing my brother to go to the airport.

Vartan
Dec 27th, 2010, 03:35 AM
This bitch, only uses facebook to advertise. I demand doodles.

Izzie.
Dec 27th, 2010, 03:45 AM
Maria is probably trapped in Newark or nearby right now...I could go see her :P She won't be flying out for quite a bit, the snow here is horrendous.

Sp!ffy
Dec 27th, 2010, 03:47 AM
Those short little paragraphs Maria used to do? You're asking for too much.:haha:

cyannnnn
Dec 27th, 2010, 07:54 AM
no doodles no pics of her christmas's tree:sad:

Mistress of Evil
Dec 27th, 2010, 08:37 AM
Not gonna lie, I'm forcing my brother to go to the airport.


Maria is probably trapped in Newark or nearby right now...I could go see her :P She won't be flying out for quite a bit, the snow here is horrendous.


Stalk too much :lol: Anyway, if I had the opportunity I bet I would do the same. :)

Break My Rapture
Dec 27th, 2010, 10:55 AM
Poor girl. :lol:

Vartan
Dec 27th, 2010, 12:10 PM
Poot*

Break My Rapture
Dec 27th, 2010, 12:38 PM
:sobbing: Sawwy.

CROUCHING TIGER
Dec 27th, 2010, 01:01 PM
Perth; Hopman Cup Jan 1: LiveScoreHunter will post streams. http://www.livescorehunter.com/Livescores/Livescore-Tennis.html "Source pages" like LSH may be needed as webcasters may have to fight to hold onto the feeds from Australia's Network Ten's Sports Channel One HD and Channel 10.

Auckland; ASB Jan 3: Last year, NZTV streamed extensively. Linx should appear at http://tvnz.co.nz/tennis-asb-classic-heineken-open Streaming also possible thru http://www.planetstream.tv/ (Free, easy registration)

Hong Kong; Team exhibition Jan 5: SINA http://t.sina.com.cn/hktennisclassic and http://t.qq.com/hktennisclassic are both plugged into the exo. The "tennis room" SINA streamed from Beijing, http://live.video.sina.com.cn/room/tennis is still operating and might be their conduit from Hong Kong.

gc-spurs
Dec 27th, 2010, 01:46 PM
TV3 in NZ puts Maria as no 1 hottest female sportswoman http://www.3news.co.nz/3Sport/Photogallery/tabid/1232/articleID/192032/Default.aspx#0

Break My Rapture
Dec 27th, 2010, 03:16 PM
:cheer:

gc-spurs
Dec 27th, 2010, 04:18 PM
Depressing...

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=10696815

Meet and greet :(

JadeFox
Dec 27th, 2010, 07:22 PM
Depressing...

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=10696815

Meet and greet :(

What's so depressing about that? Unless you're not going to be there to meet Masha. If that's the case the :hug:

CROUCHING TIGER
Dec 28th, 2010, 05:36 AM
The world's highest-paid female athlete, who Forbes magazine estimated earned US$22 million in endorsements last year, flew into Auckland on Flight NZ5 from Los Angeles, entering arrivals about 8.40am Tuesday.

Dressed in an olive green top, black jacket, dark grey trousers and a grey scarf, she was welcomed by tournament director Richard Palmer and went straight to a waiting car.

Sharapova will find out who her first-round opponent is when the draw is made on Saturday.

Palmer said no decision had yet been made as to when Sharapova would play her opening match.

"We will go very much by what she wants and her coach wants," he said.

Tournament organisers say Sharapova, who has also won the 2006 US Open and the 2008 Australian Open, is expected to attend a public meet-and- greet at Auckland's Viaduct Harbour on Thursday between 5pm and 6pm.

A speed serve event and other entertainment are planned and fans will also meet Sharapova and defending champion Yanina Wickmayer.

Sp!ffy
Dec 28th, 2010, 05:45 AM
"We will go very much by what she wants and her coach wants," he said.


Why can't all tournament organizers be this mesmerized by Maria? :inlove:

Mistress of Evil
Dec 28th, 2010, 08:20 AM
These organizers seem pretty decent :lol:

GalvoSteady
Dec 28th, 2010, 09:11 AM
Yeppers.. agreed!

Sharapovian
Dec 28th, 2010, 05:17 PM
Rain stops play for Russian star

Tennis superstar Maria Sharapova had to cancel her first practice because of Auckland's bad weather.
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10696921

Break My Rapture
Dec 28th, 2010, 05:19 PM
Too bad. :lol: I hate it when rain interrupts when I'm playing.
Luckily she's there like a week before the tournament starts thought to get used to the conditions and courts. :)

Break My Rapture
Dec 28th, 2010, 05:54 PM
FB:
The rain clouds followed me to Auckland!! Can you believe that!!! We arrived today, I was so tired from packing I slept 10 hours on the flight. We practiced indoors later during the day. The people here are so nice, looking forward to seeing the sun.

:cheer:

Sp!ffy
Dec 28th, 2010, 05:55 PM
Good thing she still got some practice in.

I'm so0o0o0 excited for this season! :inlove:

~MashyOwnThemAll
Dec 28th, 2010, 07:00 PM
The rain clouds followed me to Auckland!! Can you believe that!!! We arrived today, I was so tired from packing I slept 10 hours on the flight. We practiced indoors later during the day. The people here are so nice, looking forward to seeing the sun.

:worship:

Sharapovian
Dec 28th, 2010, 07:01 PM
Well good that she got some practice in anyway :lol:

:cheer:

claypova
Dec 28th, 2010, 08:18 PM
omg i hope there are no earthquakes in NZ when she is there :bigcry: how wuold she practice then? :tears:

Vodkapova
Dec 28th, 2010, 09:22 PM
^ South Island. :o

She's in Auckland. You better hope there's no volcanic eruption. :lol:

JamieOwen3
Dec 28th, 2010, 09:48 PM
at least she got some pratice :cheer: 2011 is gonna be a better year than 2010!!!! we can already see that with her playing warm up tournaments b4 the AO :D she means buisness! plus she has 0 points to defend in her first 3 tournaments right?

Break My Rapture
Dec 28th, 2010, 09:51 PM
Well she has 5 points to defend at the AO. :lol:
Every win there means she'll get 100 points extra so every win will do good for her ranking.

JamieOwen3
Dec 28th, 2010, 09:53 PM
well 5 points :woohoo:

:lol: she's obviously working hard to make sure she has a good showing so im exited and i know i shouldn't be but f.u.c.k it i am!! :lol:

Mr.Sharapova
Dec 28th, 2010, 09:53 PM
Maria can get into top 5 if she wins the Aussie Open and Auckland right?

JamieOwen3
Dec 28th, 2010, 09:55 PM
im exited but shit ive not thaught that far yet :lol:

Mr.Sharapova
Dec 28th, 2010, 10:00 PM
I am thinking of everything right now :)!`!

Are the days of seeing Maria as number 1 over :angel:?

claypova
Dec 28th, 2010, 10:01 PM
winning both will get her around the 4900 mark, which puts her about 6th or 7th i think. and rena is gonna lose all those points so if she wins she'll be top 5 i think :lol:

Mr.Sharapova
Dec 28th, 2010, 10:07 PM
Maybe Kim will be number 1 since she has nothing to defend :shrug: Unless Nadia shows up.

Who do you guys think she'll most likely face in the first round.

I hope not these players:
1.Jelena Dokic
2.Sabine Lisicki
3.Olivia Rogowska

GalvoSteady
Dec 28th, 2010, 10:11 PM
Dokic would be OK. Remember their encounter at Wimbledon 2003, when Maria was not quite up there and Dokic was still a tough player. Maria I think would handle the pressure well of playing a home favourite.

GS x

Mr.Sharapova
Dec 28th, 2010, 10:12 PM
I don't think so. Remember when she won in 2008 she had a really easy 1st round match.

Dokic would do her harm I think :shrug:

JamieOwen3
Dec 28th, 2010, 10:37 PM
i love jelena also and want to see her do well so i don't want her and maria to play in a early round.

Sp!ffy
Dec 28th, 2010, 11:28 PM
Dokic is completely out of form. I don't see her posing a threat to Maria at all. However, I wouldn't want Maria facing Jelena because I hate it when the crowd roots against her.

Sp!ffy
Dec 28th, 2010, 11:29 PM
I am thinking of everything right now :)!`!

Are the days of seeing Maria as number 1 over :angel:?

I think so. I don't think Maria's fitness will ever allow her to be number one again, considering there are so many youngsters these days playing an incredible amount of tournaments against a depleted field of players. However, it doesn't matter because I do not doubt that Maria can become a GS champion again, which to me is far more important and fulfilling. :)

Break My Rapture
Dec 28th, 2010, 11:49 PM
Who still cares about #1? It's obvious that Wozniacki is gonna hog that spot for the next couple of years. She just plays way more tournaments than the real top players. These days, quantity > quality.

NewShoulderPlz.
Dec 29th, 2010, 12:08 AM
http://img507.imageshack.us/img507/9665/tweeto.jpg

Shafanovic.
Dec 29th, 2010, 12:09 AM
Maybe she meants Maria K?

Sharapovian
Dec 29th, 2010, 12:12 AM
Kiri isn't playing Auckland though.

and Dinara is in Auckland now I think.

Shafanovic.
Dec 29th, 2010, 12:12 AM
Oh just saw she's playing Auckland.

I guess Masha is serious about the Fed Cup :inlove:

Sharapovian
Dec 29th, 2010, 12:15 AM
Probably :hearts:

claypova
Dec 29th, 2010, 12:15 AM
i thought Sveta hates Masha :unsure:

Break My Rapture
Dec 29th, 2010, 12:25 AM
:cheer:

Monzanator
Dec 29th, 2010, 09:24 AM
i thought Sveta hates Masha :unsure:

You mean Sveta's old comment before Fed Cup final in 2007? I guess she doesn't even remember it now :lol:

cyannnnn
Dec 29th, 2010, 10:31 AM
maybe she forces maria to play fedcup.
every knows that maria doesn't like to play fed cup

and matt cronin didn't say on one of his twitter that maria will not play fed cup

JamieOwen3
Dec 29th, 2010, 10:45 AM
im positive no one forces maria to do anything :lol: if she wants to play fed cup it's because she herself made the decision.

Mr.Sharapova
Dec 29th, 2010, 10:48 AM
Did the court of Auckland get a similar color like the Australian Open?

claypova
Dec 29th, 2010, 10:57 AM
they changed it to plexicushion i think

Mr.Sharapova
Dec 29th, 2010, 11:14 AM
:cheer2: Great :)

Vodkapova
Dec 29th, 2010, 02:14 PM
If she doesn't play Fed Cup, she wouldn't be eligible for the 2012 Olympics. So yeah.

Mistress of Evil
Dec 29th, 2010, 02:42 PM
If she doesn't play Fed Cup, she wouldn't be eligible for the 2012 Olympics. So yeah.

Well, there is always next year I mean in 2008 she played for the first time and was on the list b4 that devastating injury happened :sobbing:

GalvoSteady
Dec 29th, 2010, 02:50 PM
im positive no one forces maria to do anything :lol: if she wants to play fed cup it's because she herself made the decision.

Definitely right. Well she can't make *every decision* in every situation, otherwise why have a team. But like her cousin Ms Bradbury would say... "assertiveness is paramount" (NOT a quote.. But I liked the sound of it, when I sat in a meeting).

Maria Croft
Dec 29th, 2010, 03:30 PM
im positive no one forces maria to do anything :lol: if she wants to play fed cup it's because she herself made the decision.

You got that right ;)

GalvoSteady
Dec 29th, 2010, 06:43 PM
I think so. I don't think Maria's fitness will ever allow her to be number one again, considering there are so many youngsters these days playing an incredible amount of tournaments against a depleted field of players. However, it doesn't matter because I do not doubt that Maria can become a GS champion again, which to me is far more important and fulfilling. :)


Agree with both points.

Masha close to nailing her opponents in Auckland... < innocent single entendre dodged.. I mean double(s)>

Shafanovic.
Dec 29th, 2010, 09:37 PM
I want to see how her serve is holding up this year. Hopefully she's been working on it.

Mr.Sharapova
Dec 29th, 2010, 09:41 PM
I want to see how her serve is holding up this year. Hopefully she's been working on it.
Thats the main thing I am looking forward to see this year:yeah:.

I hope its not Crap like it has been lately:rolleyes:

Shafanovic.
Dec 29th, 2010, 09:54 PM
Oh and she should play doubles with Yanina here =)

Mr.Sharapova
Dec 29th, 2010, 10:00 PM
If she is about to play doubles let it be with Kuznetsova :shrug:

Break My Rapture
Dec 29th, 2010, 10:02 PM
Doubles would be too much, no? :lol: She still has Sydney left if she needs the extra match play.
Don't wanna burn herself out before the AO right. ;)

Mr.Sharapova
Dec 29th, 2010, 10:08 PM
We are forgetting she is not Wozniacki :rolleyes:

Mistress of Evil
Dec 29th, 2010, 10:20 PM
Oh and she should play doubles with Yanina here =)

No Doubles. Firts she is a mediocre doubles player + too much pressure on the body/ shoulder.;)
And Wickmayer :confused: Really :o

Sharapovian
Dec 29th, 2010, 10:56 PM
Sharapova stays silent, Safina happy to chat

Maria Sharapova kept her lips zipped, while another former world No1, Dinara Safina, wasn't so shy as the big guns came out to play in Auckland yesterday.

After rain caused her to miss out on a hit at the ASB Classic venue on Tuesday, Sharapova made the most of the fine conditions by spending three hours training on centre court.

With her two coaches she practised between 11am and 1pm and then again for an hour from 4pm.

But although her preparations for the tournament have begun, Sharapova continued to give the silent treatment to the media and won't do any interviews until she's contractually obliged to on Saturday, two days out from the tournament opener.

It's disappointing that the highest-profile player to play at the Classic has chosen to snub local media because it damages the buildup for the tournament.

But Safina didn't have the same issues and chatted away after an hour on one of the back courts.

There is none of the hype around Safina that there is with Sharapova, but it's arguable she should be considered the tournament favourite. Safina may not have a serve as good as Sharapova's, but she possesses a devastating backhand and, now injury-free, has her eyes set on quickly moving from her lowly world ranking of 63 into the top 10 at least.......

http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/tennis/4501485/Sharapova-stays-silent-Safina-happy-to-chat

Wow she did a lot of practice :worship:

Probably staying silent for a good reason.

Pops Maellard
Dec 29th, 2010, 11:04 PM
Letting the media starve. :awww::lol:

denny5576
Dec 30th, 2010, 06:10 AM
Sharapova signing session big hit


Maria Sharapova was in hot demand on Auckland's Viaduct Harbour this evening as tennis fans queued for her autograph.
Sharapova, along with Svetlana Kuznetsova and Yanina Wickmayer, put aside the risk of wrist injury ahead of next week's ASB Classic at the signing session.
About 200 fans -- including a few news reporters -- were seen queuing as they sought signatures on posters, shirts, tennis balls, mobile phones and even yo-yos.
Tournament officials were expecting some of the signed items to find their way onto popular trading websites in the next few days.
Many young girls were among those queuing, though second in line was 63-year-old Emily Poulsen from the North Shore.
"I love tennis and I especially love Maria Sharapova, so getting the chance to see her is amazing," she said.
Kuznetsova and Wickmayer took time out to test out a serving net, but the popular Sharapova didn't get a break during 40 minutes of signing duties.
None of the players spoke to media after the signing session, though Kuznetsova was clearly keen to make a splash as she whacked a tennis ball into Waitemata Harbour just before leaving.
Sharapova, a triple grand slam singles title winner and the world's highest-paid female athlete, is top seed at the ASB Classic, which starts on Monday.
She has spent much of her time since arriving in New Zealand practising, and today she had a session hitting with New Zealander Sacha Jones, who has a wild card entry into the ASB Classic.
Wickmayer, the defending champion, is the second seed and Kuznetsova, a dual grand slam winner, is third seed.

kimgurl
Dec 30th, 2010, 01:11 PM
feelin a good vibes for masha next year(crossed finger)...wasnt able to see much of her matches last year, so to break the record(my list of must "do" next year:lol:)is to watch as many masha's tournament next year..who knows she will win all GS:worship: and take the no.1 spot in the WTA:)so just wanna witness it..like most of yah here-------------oh yeah i watched it!!!!!!!!:angel::)



:wavey:AJAH MASHA:wavey:
START OF MASHA GS YEARS

nelsondan
Jan 1st, 2011, 12:06 AM
Sharapova continued to give the silent treatment to the media and won't do any interviews until she's contractually obliged to on Saturday

How many hours after the time of this post will it be until the contractual obligation? I believe their time compared to the time of this post would mean a little bit past 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Break My Rapture
Jan 1st, 2011, 12:08 AM
Maria left a new message on FB:

I want to wish all my fans a happy and healthy 2011. We have been enjoying our time in Auckland and getting a ton of good training. Looking forward to playing my first match.

NewShoulderPlz.
Jan 1st, 2011, 05:23 PM
Tennis: Sharapova holds court

Maria Sharapova often feels like an entertainer in a circus.

The superstar Russian, who is the headline act at the ASB Classic starting tomorrow, certainly made a big impression in her first media session yesterday.

The 23-year-old is probably the most photographed sportswoman on the planet. She's a genuine global celebrity and has heard it all before at thousands of press conferences and interviews but was candid, refreshing and charismatic.

She seems aware of her status and more than happy to play her part, a real contrast with some of her sullen and serious contemporaries.

"At the end of the day, all of us are entertainers," she says. "People buy tickets to watch us play and it's like a circus - we go from one destination to another."

It would be easy to see her in the role of court jester, as the relaxed Sharapova showed some comic touches to put the press in their place. There was a real sharpness and wit, honed by the years of interviews.

"Are you saying tennis is not my thing?" she quizzically asked one reporter who suggested, with her height, she could have been a netballer.

Maria Sharapova Inc is a worldwide brand, used to sell clothing, cosmetics and courts from Beijing to Budapest. Apart from her tennis feats, she has been with IMG models since 2003 and graced countless magazine covers. Her appeal has only increased with her recent engagement to NBA star Sacha Vujacic.

But Sharapova does her best to downplay the glamour.

"It all seems so glamorous at a red carpet event with five layers of makeup and you look amazing," she says. "But often I am back in my pyjamas within 30 minutes, talking with my friends and family. And the next day you are back out sweating at practice. I think it's more how people see it than the actual reality."

She also strives to convince that life as Maria Sharapova, or 'Masha' as she is known in Russia, is white-picket-fence normal.

"I do a lot of normal things. I go to the movies, I shop, I cook, I enjoy the little things in life. I walk around town."

She will never be able to be anonymous but that sounds like a small price to pay.

"I don't mind when people recognise me and ask for an autograph," she admits. "Obviously when you are eating a bowl of bolagnese pasta and have got meat sauce all over your mouth and they are asking for a picture, that is a different story. But, generally, it's pretty neat when people recognise you and respect you for the work you put in."

The relaxed nature of New Zealand is an oft-quoted tale from overseas visitors but Sharapova has been genuinely surprised by how carefree Kiwis seem to be.

"They will stop you and say, 'hello' and usually you are ready to pull out the pen and paper for an autograph but they just tell you how happy they are that I am here and really respectful - that is nice considering we are so busy."

Over the five days she's spent in Auckland, Sharapova has shown the focus that made her a champion; the intensity that saw her win Wimbledon as a 17-year-old; the desire that gets you 22 titles and three grand slams and the work ethic that brings you back from career-threatening injuries. She refuses to court distractions and has not faced the media once apart from the scheduled hour at yesterday's draw. This was a key element of the pre-contract negotiations.

"If I wanted to, I could do an interview every single hour of the day, but that is not really in my best interests and I am not that kind of person," she says.

She has trained twice a day, realising it's important to adjust to the humid conditions after coming from a northern winter. She spends little time in the player lounges and chose to skip the official New Years Eve player's function, instead dining at the Skytower with her entourage. There has also been no time for the usual helicopter ride or harbour cruise other players are sometimes offered and, apart from the extra security detail and two designated drivers, there have been no special requests from team Sharapova.

"It is too embarrassing to say I haven't done anything else?" she says of her time in Auckland. "My priority was to get used to the conditions and the court and have a couple of practice sessions a day."

There was a trip to see Little Fockers on Thursday and the "big foodie" has enjoyed the wide variety of cuisine in the city of sails.

Her focus is key if she is to make a climb back up the rankings. Although she would not explicitly admit it, it's obvious she doesn't see herself as No18 in the world and wants to redress the situation as soon as possible, starting at the ASB Classic. It has been a long, twisted road back after the shoulder injuries that saw her plummet as low as 126 two years ago.

"I kept my head up," Sharapova says of her long exile from the game. "I was pretty confident I would be back - although I thought it would be faster. If you let tough experiences put you down, then it's pretty tough to get back up."

Despite losing some power in her serve, the emergence of young stars and re-emergence of some old rivals, the 1.88m Sharapova is adamant she will be a major player again.

"I have come back from an awful lot, something that could have taken me away from the game. I am back on the court, going well and I have to build on it little by little.

"If I am able to win a grand slam after my injury, it would be my greatest achievement in my career."

The first step will be an opening match at the ASB Classic against Carla Suarez Navarro. The two have never met, and the 22-year-old Spaniard is a tricky proposition, with the pedigree of two grand slam quarter-final appearances and a one-handed backhand that resembles Justin Henin.

But the circus will roll on, and Maria should be providing great entertainment late into the week.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=10697486

NewShoulderPlz.
Jan 1st, 2011, 05:29 PM
Tennis: Maria's bedtime secret
By Michael Burgess

She's the most glamorous female tennis player to grace the courts since Anna Kournikova retired, but Russian beauty Maria Sharapova is hardly living the life of a superstar in Auckland.

She was prepared to miss the city's spectacular New Year's Eve fireworks display because she was in bed by 9.30pm, and a trip to the movies to see the critically-panned Little Fockers seems to have been the most exciting off-court action so far.

The former world No 1, in New Zealand to play in the ASB Classic which starts tomorrow, turned down the chance of a sightseeing trip in a helicopter and is still thinking about the offer of a cruise on the Waitemata Harbour.

Training and playing, it seems, is more important than anything.

Sharapova skipped a New Year's Eve function for the players at the Heritage Hotel, instead opting for a meal at SkyCity's Orbit restaurant and an early night.

"We had a nice dinner and a great view of the city," she said at her first media conference of the week yesterday. "The fireworks woke me up. I loved them - they were great. I wish I could have stayed up to watch them but I was too tired."

A spokesman for Orbit said Sharapova was "lovely to deal with".

A self-confessed foodie, she's eaten mostly at the hotel, though she's had a Thai meal at a Viaduct restaurant.

She hasn't mixed with the public much either, except for a wander up Queen St soon after her arrival, noticing the vertical bungy jump - "not something in my league" - and a lack of pushy residents.

"Normally people want an autograph or photo, but they just wanted to wish me good luck and tell me how great it was that I was here."

If anyone is to get a glimpse of the Russian beauty off the court, it might be an art dealer - she loves modern art and is looking to take some home. But though she also loves New Zealand wool, there is little chance of any leaving the country with her: "You have great rugs - but I am afraid I won't be able to send them or take them because they are so big."

Everywhere she goes, she is accompanied by a Kiwi security guard, apparently the same one hired to protect Tom Cruise when he was here for a film.

Tournament organiser Richard Palmer said the one-to-one protection had been done only once before for the women's tournament - when Kournikova visited. There will be extra security at the courts, too.

"We want to keep it Kiwi style - there won't be four big gorillas around her, but we have to take the measures necessary given her standing," Palmer said. "Plain clothes - you won't even notice they are there."

Perhaps it's just as well Sharapova has not needed too much time or money spent on extra-curricular activities - Palmer confirmed the tournament had already paid "considerably more than it ever has for a player" to get her here.

"But we paid less than most other tournaments would as the agent realises what is fair in our market."

Sharapova has drawn a tough first round match, against world No 57, Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro. She will find out whether she plays tomorrow or Tuesday after qualifying finishes today.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/tennis/news/article.cfm?c_id=94&objectid=10697453

Tennis: Fans' true colours

Maria Sharapova has yet to play a match in Auckland but already has a committed fan club.

North Shore resident Craig Rendle and his group has dedicated months to planning their support for the Russian glamour girl.

They have a corporate box for the entire week and all attendees will be kitted head to toe in LA Lakers uniforms, a tribute to Sharapova's basketball-playing fiance Sacha Vujacic.

"Blonde wigs are so yesterday, and we wanted something different," explained Rendell. "We have chants and songs prepared, and we hope Maria likes the support."

Last laugh Sharapova - Vujacic was traded to the New Jersey Nets two weeks ago.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=10697452

Marilyn Monheaux
Jan 1st, 2011, 05:40 PM
I like Masha's attitude.

My wish for 2011: Less "Sharapova Inc" & "Glamazon" talk and more tennis news, please. :)
I'm honestly tired of having to read through the whole "highest paid, most photographed" bla bla before I get an actual Masha quote. We get it! She's rich & famous and you guys wanna show everybody what a biiiiiiig catch you made with her. :rolleyes: Now stop it! :lol:

Break My Rapture
Jan 1st, 2011, 06:03 PM
I lol'd at those amaze fans who were planning to wear LA Lakers costumes. :crying2:

Vodkapova
Jan 1st, 2011, 06:10 PM
Good to hear she's focusing on tennis but I don't like the idea of skipping New Years. She should have a little rest time. :(

But meh, it was her decision so whatever Maria.

Break My Rapture
Jan 1st, 2011, 06:16 PM
Good to hear she's focusing on tennis but I don't like the idea of skipping New Years. She should have a little rest time. :(

But meh, it was her decision so whatever Maria.
Well she went to bed at 9:30 PM. :lol: Sleeping is resting, right?

Monzanator
Jan 1st, 2011, 06:35 PM
Wonder how much appearance fee they've paid her? When she played Warsaw in 2009 it was rumoured to be 100.000 USD :)

Vodkapova
Jan 1st, 2011, 06:36 PM
:sobbing: Not literally "resting". Resting from tennis. IMO the reason she went to bed early was so that she could train, etc.

Break My Rapture
Jan 1st, 2011, 06:38 PM
Oh. :lol:

cyannnnn
Jan 1st, 2011, 09:24 PM
TennisReporters: BREAKING: Sharapova Signs with HEAD, to debut official line in Auckland on Monday http://********************/
:)

Marilyn Monheaux
Jan 1st, 2011, 09:26 PM
ZOMFG! Who would have thought?????????????????????????

Jovana.
Jan 1st, 2011, 09:36 PM
such a shock.

MashaFanForever
Jan 1st, 2011, 10:46 PM
Masha said that if she beats Carla Suarez Navarro tommorow, she won't come to Sydney:(

swissmr
Jan 1st, 2011, 10:47 PM
I'm looking forward to seeing Masha play without that ugly blacked out stick finally!

Reptilia
Jan 1st, 2011, 10:50 PM
Masha said that if she beats Carla Suarez Navarro tommorow, she won't come to Sydney:(

Where did she say that? :confused: I think she should go if she loses before the semis. :(

MashaFanForever
Jan 1st, 2011, 10:51 PM
http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?p=18912572

What is wrong with Maria? Two matches are NOT enough match practice going into a grand slam.

Break My Rapture
Jan 1st, 2011, 11:01 PM
:bigclap: Hope this move pays off for Mash.

Sharapovian
Jan 1st, 2011, 11:10 PM
No surprise there. Knew it was gonna be head :lol:

but the part about not playing Sydney even if she loses 1st round in Auckland :scratch:

Sp!ffy
Jan 1st, 2011, 11:11 PM
Who cares? One tournament > One exhibition. To be honest, I was actually kinda scared that she would play 2 tournaments and get tired out because, we all know, that Maria's fitness is BAD.

I think one tournament (F/W) would be just right for the AO. :shrug:

Shafanovic.
Jan 1st, 2011, 11:13 PM
She should play at least 4 matches :help:

Lachy
Jan 1st, 2011, 11:13 PM
Who cares? One tournament > One exhibition. To be honest, I was actually kinda scared that she would play 2 tournaments and get tired out because, we all know, that Maria's fitness is BAD.

I think one tournament (F/W) would be just right for the AO. :shrug:

MTE ;)

nelsondan
Jan 1st, 2011, 11:15 PM
I think it is a little past 1 p.m. Sunday in Auckland---what Time will she play that first match--is it on Monday?

Break My Rapture
Jan 1st, 2011, 11:32 PM
She should play at least 4 matches :help:
This. :o

Sp!ffy
Jan 1st, 2011, 11:35 PM
She should play at least 4 matches :help:

I agree but if she beats CSN, I doubt she'll get less than 4 matches in. :p Of course, the worst could happen but I doubt it.

MashaFanForever
Jan 2nd, 2011, 01:45 AM
But Spiffy, that's not the point. One tournament IS enough, but the point is that Sydney has a way, way stronger field than Auckland, and it would be much better for Maria to get a taste on what kind of competition she is going to face at the Australian Open. She is a three time grand slam winner for god sake's. She needs to grow up and realize that she can't keep on playing the lower tier tournaments to get a couple of cheap wins under her belt, which won't get her ranking high enough to avoid Clijsters, Wozniacki or Henin in the fourth round of a grand slam. It's what happened all of last year, and it turned out to be an absolute disaster. If she were smart, she would have played in Sydney instead. But as usual, she chooses to play in a tournament filled with juniors so she can get a cheap tournament win under her belt. And then, by the time a grand slam comes, she comes up short against Li Na or Wozniacki in the fourth round. I want to support her but it's just getting more and more absurd. She has only made one grand slam quarterfinal since the 2008 Australian Open, and that is a horrible statistic. She came back in May 2009, it's 2011 now, if she can't find her form this year then it is worrying. She should be back in the top ten by now.

Break My Rapture
Jan 2nd, 2011, 01:57 AM
This is not the crap I want to see at the start of the year. Okay 2010 was awful, but let's leave it behind us now. :shrug:
It's not her ranking that let her down in the slams, her seeding wouldn't make one fucking difference if she just plays up to her potential against the top players. She should wipe the floor with all these wannabes if she's in good form. The ranking will come after that.

Sp!ffy
Jan 2nd, 2011, 02:02 AM
@mashafan:You're forgetting that this is Maria's career, not yours. :lol: She has always felt comfortable not playing a tournament right before a grand slam; this year she is taking a slight different route and playing a smaller tournament. Maria's trying her hardest to reproduce her old results, there's not much more we should expect of her.

ReboundAce
Jan 2nd, 2011, 02:16 AM
But Spiffy, that's not the point. One tournament IS enough, but the point is that Sydney has a way, way stronger field than Auckland, and it would be much better for Maria to get a taste on what kind of competition she is going to face at the Australian Open. She is a three time grand slam winner for god sake's. She needs to grow up and realize that she can't keep on playing the lower tier tournaments to get a couple of cheap wins under her belt, which won't get her ranking high enough to avoid Clijsters, Wozniacki or Henin in the fourth round of a grand slam. It's what happened all of last year, and it turned out to be an absolute disaster. If she were smart, she would have played in Sydney instead. But as usual, she chooses to play in a tournament filled with juniors so she can get a cheap tournament win under her belt. And then, by the time a grand slam comes, she comes up short against Li Na or Wozniacki in the fourth round. I want to support her but it's just getting more and more absurd. She has only made one grand slam quarterfinal since the 2008 Australian Open, and that is a horrible statistic. She came back in May 2009, it's 2011 now, if she can't find her form this year then it is worrying. She should be back in the top ten by now.

Couldn't agree more the seeding is very important cos why play with cijsters or serena in the ofurth round of a slam instead of playing a semi final.also it is important with other tournaments bt slams,she won't lose in early rounds,because there the seeds meet earlier than in a grand slam

MashaFanForever
Jan 2nd, 2011, 02:22 AM
Couldn't agree more the seeding is very important cos why play with cijsters or serena in the ofurth round of a slam instead of playing a semi final.also it is important with other tournaments bt slams,she won't lose in early rounds,because there the seeds meet earlier than in a grand slam

Exactly. The more she goes out in the early rounds of slams, the more people are going to start thinking she is a "has-been."

tvbsharapova
Jan 2nd, 2011, 02:45 AM
BREAKING: Sharapova Signs with HEAD, to debut official line in Auckland on Monday

By Matthew Cronin, ********************



JAN. 1 2011- Maria Sharapova will announce a new deal with HEAD rackets on Monday, ******************** has learned. The five-year deal is similar to that she had with Prince, somewhere in the range of $2 million annually. Sharapova will have her own signature line of rackets with HEAD, as well as a junior racket line.

The former No. 1 announced a couple of weeks ago that she had ended her 10-year relationship with Prince. She has been play testing her new racket since early November.

Sharapova is scheduled to play Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro in the first round of Auckland. If the top seed wins the match, she will not accept a wild card into the next week’s tournament in Sydney, as she’s figuring that getting at least two matches in Auckland will be enough before she heads to Melbourne for the Australian Open, where she won her last major in 2008. -MC

The journalist, Matt Cronin has announced that Maria Sharapova has signed with Head and will make an official debut with her new racquet in Aucklan.

The five-year deal is similar to that she had with Prince, somewhere in the range of $2 million annually. Sharapova will have her own signature line of rackets with HEAD, as well as a junior racket line.

More news

Sharapova is scheduled to play Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro in the first round of Auckland. If the top seed wins the match, she will not accept a wild card into the next week’s tournament in Sydney.





Sharapova to announce deal with Head racquets

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Maria Sharapova will announce that she has signed a new racquet endorsement deal with Head, reports ********************. The contract was estimated to be worth $2 million a year.

Sharapova, who has been playing with a blacked-out racquet for several months, recently announced the end of her 10-year relationship with Prince racquets.

Sp!ffy
Jan 2nd, 2011, 02:46 AM
Exactly. The more she goes out in the early rounds of slams, the more people are going to start thinking she is a "has-been."

Who cares what people think? Besides, it's not about how far you go in a slam, it's about actually winning the entire tournament. If Maria can't defeat Serena in the 4R, then what makes you think she could defeat her in a final?

MashaFanForever
Jan 2nd, 2011, 02:56 AM
I'd rather have her lose to Serena in the SF than lose to her in the 4R.

claypova
Jan 2nd, 2011, 03:20 AM
playing in sydney won;t even help her ranking :spit:

(AO seedings are done before the sydney points get added on :secret::secret:)

MashaFanForever
Jan 2nd, 2011, 03:36 AM
I pray to god that she doesn't draw Clijsters or Wozniacki in the fourth round of the Aussie Open. I don't think I could take another fourth round loss to one of the top players.

shaktincredible
Jan 2nd, 2011, 03:37 AM
please get over it.

maria will never play sydney.

MashaFanForever
Jan 2nd, 2011, 03:45 AM
I'm very dissapointed her fitness isn't so good. There are so many people much older than her and have no problems playing back to back tournaments at all. She's only 23.

Sp!ffy
Jan 2nd, 2011, 05:00 AM
Ok, get over it. What can you do about it?

nelsondan
Jan 2nd, 2011, 06:41 AM
Ok, get over it. What can you do about it?

Some were worried that she would play so much that she would be out of gas for the ao. Now some are worried that she will not play enough, or play against not tough enough players.

What can I do? I can be glad every time I get to see her play. She knows more about what she is doing than I do.

Maria Croft
Jan 2nd, 2011, 08:10 AM
Last year she played against Venus and Caroline (in exhibitions) and won, but lost in the first round of the AO anyway. It's better to have some real competitive matches than exhibition matches IMO, no matter what the competition is, so, I for one I’m thrilled she chose to play Auckland.

Seeing as the only bigger tournament before the AO is Sydney the week before you can't blame Maria for playing a MM event. That's also something she only does when there aren't any bigger events to play, maybe except Memphis last year, which she won by the way.

Her ranking isn't so low because she's played a couple of MM events, her ranking is low because she hasn't performed better in the important events. Although I have to say her Grand Slam draws have been unfortunate to say the least.

PS: Almost no player is able to play that many tournaments without being tired anymore, not just Maria. The ones that do either lose early in every single one, or are players that will face a burnout after a couple of years.

Sp!ffy
Jan 2nd, 2011, 08:22 AM
Some were worried that she would play so much that she would be out of gas for the ao. Now some are worried that she will not play enough, or play against not tough enough players.

What can I do? I can be glad every time I get to see her play. She knows more about what she is doing than I do.

:worship::worship::worship:

GalvoSteady
Jan 2nd, 2011, 09:04 AM
But Spiffy, that's not the point. One tournament IS enough, but the point is that Sydney has a way, way stronger field than Auckland, and it would be much better for Maria to get a taste on what kind of competition she is going to face at the Australian Open. She is a three time grand slam winner for god sake's. She needs to grow up and realize that she can't keep on playing the lower tier tournaments to get a couple of cheap wins under her belt, which won't get her ranking high enough to avoid Clijsters, Wozniacki or Henin in the fourth round of a grand slam. It's what happened all of last year, and it turned out to be an absolute disaster. If she were smart, she would have played in Sydney instead. But as usual, she chooses to play in a tournament filled with juniors so she can get a cheap tournament win under her belt. And then, by the time a grand slam comes, she comes up short against Li Na or Wozniacki in the fourth round. I want to support her but it's just getting more and more absurd. She has only made one grand slam quarterfinal since the 2008 Australian Open, and that is a horrible statistic. She came back in May 2009, it's 2011 now, if she can't find her form this year then it is worrying. She should be back in the top ten by now.

You are being a bit heartless when it comes to Masha's long time out to recover post- Rotator Cuff surgery.

I have had time out from tennis for different reasons and miss it dearly... I can only hope that Masha will have used her off season to build nice and steady. Let's all be positive! It's a gloomy enough world at the moment, and we should look to sport to keep our spirits up, and not make them even worse.

<gets down off soap box now>

MashaFanForever
Jan 2nd, 2011, 09:16 AM
Last year she played against Venus and Caroline (in exhibitions) and won, but lost in the first round of the AO anyway. It's better to have some real competitive matches than exhibition matches IMO, no matter what the competition is, so, I for one I’m thrilled she chose to play Auckland.

Seeing as the only bigger tournament before the AO is Sydney the week before you can't blame Maria for playing a MM event. That's also something she only does when there aren't any bigger events to play, maybe except Memphis last year, which she won by the way.

Her ranking isn't so low because she's played a couple of MM events, her ranking is low because she hasn't performed better in the important events. Although I have to say her Grand Slam draws have been unfortunate to say the least.

PS: Almost no player is able to play that many tournaments without being tired anymore, not just Maria. The ones that do either lose early in every single one, or are players that will face a burnout after a couple of years.


Maybe you are misinformed. Hong Kong is not the reason she lost in the 1st round of the Australian Open last year. She played Hong Kong in 2008, and lost in the final to Venus and then won the Australian Open right after. Why she lost in the 1st round of the Australian Open is another subject altogether. My point is she can't keep on doing well in these international tournaments. As a three-time grand slam winner, former World No. 1 she is expected to go the biggest events and go deep in them, not suffer one embarrasing loss after another.

MashaFanForever
Jan 2nd, 2011, 09:24 AM
You are being a bit heartless when it comes to Masha's long time out to recover post- Rotator Cuff surgery.

I have had time out from tennis for different reasons and miss it dearly... I can only hope that Masha will have used her off season to build nice and steady. Let's all be positive! It's a gloomy enough world at the moment, and we should look to sport to keep our spirits up, and not make them even worse.

<gets down off soap box now>

I can't see how I'm being heartless. Her shoulder injury is not bothering her anymore, and to be honest, I'm getting a bit sick of the media and just people in general acting like it still is. If it was a few months after her shoulder injury while she is still getting used to the new service motion, I would understand. But she's back to her old service motion now for a year now. I know she says she is working hard, and thinks she can have a good year, but it's a lot easy to say that. Putting it into actions is the hard part.

GalvoSteady
Jan 2nd, 2011, 11:14 AM
^ Well your scale of being demanding is different to others.
Shoulder injuries are well hard to totally erase. She might have overplayed in her junior days because she showed so much early promise. In any case stop putting the media and Maria in same boat. They are not 'two peas in a pod' as my countrymen would say!

JamieOwen3
Jan 2nd, 2011, 11:20 AM
her shoulder injury halted her progression though, she had won the AO and Doha in 2008 played GREAT at the Fed Cup vs Israel then went to Indian Wells tore her tendon but played for months b4 doing anything. if if she had a leg injury she could have recovered better i think but it's her shoulder of the arm she swings with, she will always be weary of it :sobbing:

Maria Croft
Jan 2nd, 2011, 01:53 PM
Well Mashafan, I think you have a very bad attitude, glad Maria doesn't, that's all I'm gonna say about this.

JamieOwen3
Jan 2nd, 2011, 02:00 PM
before critisizing her actually wait until she at least plays her first tournament of 2011 she says she's working hard yes but then you can't say that saying it and getting good results on the court is different just yet as she hasn't even played her first match of 2011

CROUCHING TIGER
Jan 2nd, 2011, 04:50 PM
I can understand MASHAFAN and he's not wrong in what he says. But OTOH let's see how she plays!!

pov
Jan 2nd, 2011, 05:11 PM
I can't see how I'm being heartless. Her shoulder injury is not bothering her anymore, and to be honest, I'm getting a bit sick of the media and just people in general acting like it still is. If it was a few months after her shoulder injury while she is still getting used to the new service motion, I would understand. But she's back to her old service motion now for a year now. I know she says she is working hard, and thinks she can have a good year, but it's a lot easy to say that. Putting it into actions is the hard part.
I agree. That's the way it is for everyone. For a top athlete like Sharapova who also has celebrity status there can be even more distractions. It's also easy for anyone to think that they are putting in extra effort when they are really just falling into the same old routines. The addition of a new coach has been the best thing so far. It would have said something great if thatt had been Shaarpova's idea

Sharapovian
Jan 2nd, 2011, 06:04 PM
Tennis: Grand Slam my dream goal, says top seed

Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova says being able to win a Grand Slam tournament this year would be the biggest feat of her career.
The headline act at this week's ASB Classic in Auckland, the 23-year-old Sharapova has three major titles to her name.

"Absolutely, I would love to," she said when asked about her hopes of adding to that collection during 2011.

"If I'm able to win a Grand Slam after my injury, it would be my greatest achievement in my career."

Sharapova's last victory in a major was the 2008 Australian Open, but injuries have hampered her game in recent times.

Later that year, she had surgery to her right shoulder, which meant a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

In her comeback on the circuit, she has had to adjust what had been a strength, her serve.

"It's one of those things that comes with time and you build on it," she said.

"I've had to change it a few times to accommodate the shoulder and obviously that's not the best case scenario to do in the middle of your career."

The former world No 1 begins the new season ranked at 18, still high enough to make her the Classic's top seed.

Sharapova is rated by Forbes magazine as the world's top-earning female athlete, and her combination of photogenic qualities and tennis talent make her a huge drawcard.

Her first-round match today is part of the day session, which organisers said was a sellout, with all 3200 centre court tickets snapped up.

Her opponent is Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro, the world No 57, whom she has not faced before.

Sharapova said she chose the Auckland tournament because she wanted to make a switch to her pre-Australian Open schedule.

Last year, when she lost in the opening round in Melbourne, her build-up comprised exhibition events.

This time around, with her last competitive tennis match having been three months ago, she was eager to get back into tournament mode early.

"I wanted to change it up this year," she said.

"It's my first time in New Zealand. I've heard many great things about the tournament from other players. When I thought about playing a tournament event, this one was on the top of my list."

As part of her bid to climb back up the tennis ladder, Sharapova has hired Swede Thomas Hogstedt, who came on board last month to work with her longtime coach, Michael Joyce.

"It's nice to bring in someone with a fresh perspective ... and it's been really good."

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/tennis/news/article.cfm?c_id=94&objectid=10697616

Vodkapova
Jan 2nd, 2011, 06:05 PM
You guys, she hasn't even started her first match yet. Why don't we save the whining after we see how she plays? :lol:

WTAtennisfan15
Jan 2nd, 2011, 06:18 PM
Exactly! We won't see a dozenfaultpova, we will see kicksomeasspova!

Dieter.
Jan 2nd, 2011, 07:35 PM
Exactly! We won't see a dozenfaultpova, we will see kicksomeasspova!

:cheer: :cheer:

Maria Croft
Jan 2nd, 2011, 07:36 PM
Just hope she starts the year with a solid win :)

JamieOwen3
Jan 2nd, 2011, 08:52 PM
Sharapova to announce deal with Head racquets

http://www.tennis.com/articles/templates/ticker.aspx?articleid=9494&zoneid=6

Marilyn Monheaux
Jan 2nd, 2011, 08:56 PM
Oooohhhh, what happened to the days when people would actually go 1, 2, 3 pages back in a thread to see if something has already been posted? :o









:p

claypova
Jan 2nd, 2011, 08:57 PM
:scratch:

edit: oh, i get what Maja is saying now :sobbing:

JamieOwen3
Jan 2nd, 2011, 08:57 PM
WHAT EVER :p :lol:

http://img215.imageshack.us/img215/1579/lunapic127514018154990.gif (http://img215.imageshack.us/i/lunapic127514018154990.gif/)

Marilyn Monheaux
Jan 2nd, 2011, 09:07 PM
WHAT EVER :p :lol:

http://img215.imageshack.us/img215/1579/lunapic127514018154990.gif (http://img215.imageshack.us/i/lunapic127514018154990.gif/)

I remember the day when I introduced this gif to SS. :p

Mistress of Evil
Jan 2nd, 2011, 09:09 PM
Oooohhhh, what happened to the days when people would actually go 1, 2, 3 pages back in a thread to see if something has already been posted? :o

:p

Kinda rude, don't cha think ?:p

JamieOwen3
Jan 2nd, 2011, 09:09 PM
errr no Maja ;) not this one, i uploaded this one to my imageshack :p

http://img215.imageshack.us/i/lunapic127514018154990.gif/

Marilyn Monheaux
Jan 2nd, 2011, 09:12 PM
^^L-O-L. Did you create the gif?

Marilyn Monheaux
Jan 2nd, 2011, 09:12 PM
Kinda rude, don't cha think ?:p

I was just thinking out loud... :shrug:

JamieOwen3
Jan 2nd, 2011, 09:13 PM
:secret: i found it in google pics :lol:

Marilyn Monheaux
Jan 2nd, 2011, 09:16 PM
:secret: i found it in google pics :lol:


I found it on ONTD... months ago. :p

JamieOwen3
Jan 2nd, 2011, 09:17 PM
well i couldn't care less who made it either :), that version was uploaded by me :lol:

~MashyOwnThemAll
Jan 2nd, 2011, 09:54 PM
Sharapova Highlights Day One

03.01.2011

Top seed Maria Sharapova see early action on Day One of the ASB Classic.

Russian Maria Sharapova is relaxed, practiced, acclimatised and ready to take the court on Day One at the ASB Classic.

The top seed faces a tricky first-round KIA Motors Singles encounter with Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro, ranked 57 in the world, in the third match scheduled for centre court in today’s sold-out day session.

In fact, Sharapova requested the Monday start virtually from the day she signed up for the tournament and has obviously spent the past six days preparing with that timing in mind.

“My last tournament was over two months ago and it will be really good to get back playing again,” she says. “My priority since I’ve been here has been to adjust to time and conditions ... I’ve had a couple of practices a day and think that has been really important.”

The former world number one and three-time Grand Slam winner struggled somewhat last year after a series of injuries hampered her progress. Her last outing was a second-round loss to countrywoman Elena Vesnina in Beijing last October.

Currently ranked 18, she has never played Suarez Navarro, but expects a solid workout.

“She has had some great tournaments in her career already,” says Sharapova. “She hits the ball with spin and moves well, but most of her results have been on clay.

“It will be a good match.”

The other feature singles match of Day One will immediately precede Sharapova’s debut and pits local wild card Sacha Jones against wily Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova.

Jones is excited at meeting the two-time Grand Slam winner, and realistic about the gulf between their rankings – Kuznetsova is 27 and Jones 289.

“It would be a big upset, but you never know,” she says. “If I go out there and play well, I feel like anything can happen.

“I’ve worked hard to come so far, so you have to back yourself. My friends and family have never had the opportunity to watch me play, so it will be a novel experience for me and I want to enjoy it.”

http://www.asbclassic.co.nz/news/day-one-schedule.html

nelsondan
Jan 2nd, 2011, 10:06 PM
Maria's match is less than ninety minutes from now?


January 3
00:30 L. Dominguez Lino
R. Voracova
00:30 M. Sharapova
C. Suarez Navarro
01:45 A. Keothavong
E. Gallovits
06:30 K.Bondarenko
K. Date Krumm

NewShoulderPlz.
Jan 3rd, 2011, 05:42 AM
Sharapova wins Auckland opener

Maria Sharapova, making her first appearance in New Zealand, overcame a nervous start to beat Alberta Brianti 6-2 6-3 in the Auckland Classic.

Sharapova underlined her pulling power with organisers confirming they had sold out all of the day sessions for the entire tournament just minutes before she stepped on court for her first round match.

A limited number of tickets for the three night sessions were left available, though all of Sharapova's matches will be played during the day and organisers said it was the first time the tournament, with a total prize pool of just $220,000, had been effectively sold out by the first day.

Sharapova received an enormous cheer from the 3,200 fans packed around the revamped centre court.

The 23-year-old Russian's original first round opponent Carla Suarez Navarro was changed after fifth-seeded Latvian Anastasija Sevastova withdrew with illness, making the Spaniard the eighth seed.

Italy's Brianti, who had earlier lost to Britain's Heather Watson 6-2 6-2 in qualifying, was then promoted to the main draw.

http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/03012011/58/sharapova-wins-auckland-opener.html

joão.
Jan 3rd, 2011, 09:36 AM
Tennis-Sharapova effect sells out Auckland tournament

* Sharapova advances in sold-out Auckland

* Kuznetsova overcomes local wildcard (Adds quotes)

Maria Sharapova underlined her pulling power on Monday with Auckland Classic organisers confirming they had sold out all of the day sessions for the entire tournament just minutes before she stepped on court for her first round match.

A limited number of tickets for the three night sessions were left available, though all of Sharapova's matches will be played during the day and organisers said it was the first time the tournament, with a total prize pool of just $220,000, had been effectively sold out by the first day.

Sharapova, making her first appearance in New Zealand, received an enormous cheer from the 3,200 fans packed around the revamped centre court, before the former world number one overcame a nervous start to beat Alberta Brianti 6-2 6-3.

The 23-year-old Russian, who will now meet Renata Voracova of the Czech Republic in the second round, said she had been pleased at the Auckland public's reaction to the tournament.

"I was surprised yesterday when I came to practice even all the people with the qualifying matches," she told reporters after her victory over the Italian.

"From a player's perspective that's really exciting ... it's my first time here and I didn't know what to expect, but it has been really great."

While Sharapova's presence has undoubtedly helped drive the ticket sales, the draw also includes two-time grand slam title winner Svetlana Kuznetsova who also made it into the second round after a 6-4 6-2 victory over local wildcard Sacha Jones.

The 25-year-old Russian, who had what she described as a year to forget in 2010 and finished outside the top-20 for the first time since 2004 and will meet China's Peng Shuai in the next round, also praised the crowd for their support.

"I have played many courts and crowds, but I tell you this is a lot of people for the tournament, even for the qualifiers, there were lots of people," Kuznetsova said.

"I was surprised at how many people came here, but the people obviously love tennis and love to watch. It's a pleasure for all of the players to come and play in front of the crowd."

http://eurosport.yahoo.com/03012011/2/tennis-sharapova-effect-sells-auckland-tournament.html

Maria Croft
Jan 3rd, 2011, 01:23 PM
Sharapova wins Auckland opener

Maria Sharapova, making her first appearance in New Zealand, overcame a nervous start to beat Alberta Brianti 6-2 6-3 in the Auckland Classic.

Sharapova underlined her pulling power with organisers confirming they had sold out all of the day sessions for the entire tournament just minutes before she stepped on court for her first round match.

A limited number of tickets for the three night sessions were left available, though all of Sharapova's matches will be played during the day and organisers said it was the first time the tournament, with a total prize pool of just $220,000, had been effectively sold out by the first day.

Sharapova received an enormous cheer from the 3,200 fans packed around the revamped centre court.

The 23-year-old Russian's original first round opponent Carla Suarez Navarro was changed after fifth-seeded Latvian Anastasija Sevastova withdrew with illness, making the Spaniard the eighth seed.

Italy's Brianti, who had earlier lost to Britain's Heather Watson 6-2 6-2 in qualifying, was then promoted to the main draw.

http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/03012011/58/sharapova-wins-auckland-opener.html


You better believe it :yeah: