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Vodkapova
Jan 3rd, 2011, 02:38 PM
Does anyone feel like Maria's website has been updated a little? Now it has a slight orange tint to it. IIRC it wasn't orange before, wasn't it? My guess is that it's because of her sponsorship with HEAD. I dislike the orange. :o

~MashyOwnThemAll
Jan 3rd, 2011, 02:43 PM
Performance meets Style – Maria Sharapova joins the HEAD team!

Arguably, there is no other player on the WTA tour who embodies the symbiosis between performance and style on court as impressively as Maria Sharapova. Starting January 1st, 2011 the 23 year-old Russian is combining her style with the performance of HEAD as Sharapova is joining the very successful team of the “HEAD Racquet Rebels”.

HEAD is extremely proud to announce this newest addition to its player portfolio, which currently already includes – with Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Robin Soderling - the world’s number three, four and five ranked player on the ATP World Tour. Johan Eliasch, CEO of HEAD N.V.:“We are proud to have Maria on board with so many other great tennis athletes like Novak, Andy and Robin. She definitely helps us build a much stronger women’s team together with Victoria Azarenka and Svetlana Kuznetsova.”

Together, Maria and HEAD are now developing a new racquet which will perfectly support her powerful game and help Maria getting back to top position in the WTA ranking. “I am excited to be in the HEAD Team and looking forward to this partnership. With my new HEAD weapon I am confident to regain a spot among the Top 10 again soon”, she explains her decision for HEAD.

At her young age, Maria Sharapova is a tennis icon on court, an impressively dedicated athlete, and the idol of many young female players. She is also a fashion icon representing style on and off the court. In 2010, she was elected Favorite WTA Singles Player, as well as Most Fashionable On Court and Most Fashionable Off Court Player in the WTA Fan Favourite Voting Awards.

But most of all, Maria Sharapova is a true champion: In 2004, at age of 17, she won her first Grand Slam Title at Wimbledon beating top seed Serena Williams in the final. She has claimed two more Grand Slam titles at the US Open 2006 and the Australian Open 2008. In four separate occasions the WTA had ranked her World No. 1 in singles before serious shoulder problems in October 2008 have been forcing her out of the game for nearly ten months. Off-court, Maria Sharapova has been featured in a number of modelling assignments – including a feature in the famous Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue – and picked as face of many fashion houses, but her first priority remains tennis, of course.

When she came back in May 2009 she was ranked No. 126 due to her extensive lay-off. But since this comeback she could win three more titles – bringing her to a career total of 22 – and recovered her ranking to World No.18 again. Together with HEAD as her new racquet partner, she is planning to get back to the top.

The cooperation with Maria will open new dimensions for HEAD to offer performance and style products. The partnership includes, next to the high-performance tour racquet line, a range of junior and kid’s racquets, accessories, and tennis bags. Sharapova will be closely involved in the development and design of these products, which will be launched in Retail in fall of 2011 and supported by a Retail and Digital Marketing Communication campaign.

Marilyn Monheaux
Jan 3rd, 2011, 02:53 PM
Does anyone feel like Maria's website has been updated a little? Now it has a slight orange tint to it. IIRC it wasn't orange before, wasn't it? My guess is that it's because of her sponsorship with HEAD. I dislike the orange. :o

I hate the orange. Looks like a tan job gone bad. :o


Yay! @ the official announcement. :yawn:

Sharapovian
Jan 3rd, 2011, 03:00 PM
Does anyone feel like Maria's website has been updated a little? Now it has a slight orange tint to it. IIRC it wasn't orange before, wasn't it? My guess is that it's because of her sponsorship with HEAD. I dislike the orange. :o

Yep the orange tint is definitely because of head :lol: it's like their main colour, they always use it in ads.

This is what it used to be like, so much better.

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=446070947679&set=a.377880637679.165569.65920772679

MaruSharapova
Jan 3rd, 2011, 05:16 PM
Lol they even gave the racquet the HEAD label, as opposed to the blank racquet they showed before :lol:

rucolo
Jan 3rd, 2011, 05:56 PM
No comments from Maria about her Auckland R1 match?
I`m curious to see what Maria says about her game.

Really hope 2011 will be a successful year for Maria, especially the Grand Slams!:drool:

~MashyOwnThemAll
Jan 3rd, 2011, 07:20 PM
FB:


Good morning from Auckland. I was glad to get a win last night, first match of the year is always a little tricky, especially when you get a new opponent right before the match. I think many of you will notice the new stencil on my racket? I am really excited to announce my new partnership with Head Tennis. We have developed an amazing new racket that will be on the market later this year.

:bounce:

JamieOwen3
Jan 3rd, 2011, 07:34 PM
so THAT'S what she was talking about when she said only her fans would notice something different a while back? :lol:

Marilyn Monheaux
Jan 3rd, 2011, 08:50 PM
If so... LAAAAAME!!!!!!! :weirdo:

We've noticed she's been playing with a different racket 8 months ago! :rolls:

Mistress of Evil
Jan 3rd, 2011, 08:56 PM
If so... LAAAAAME!!!!!!! :weirdo:

We've noticed she's been playing with a different racket 8 months ago! :rolls:

She does not rely that we are very bright, I guess. ;)

Mr.Sharapova
Jan 3rd, 2011, 09:41 PM
Does she even know we Exist here on TF?:confused:

Sp!ffy
Jan 3rd, 2011, 09:49 PM
:haha::haha:
I like how we spotted that she was wearing different shoes. I guess we're overly obsessed. :sad:

Monzanator
Jan 4th, 2011, 02:17 PM
Does she even know we Exist here on TF?:confused:

It's kinda obvious all the players are aware of tennis forums, but they most likely don't read it (unless they do but don't want to admit it ;) ).

CROUCHING TIGER
Jan 4th, 2011, 05:35 PM
[B]she knows, if not the "google bots" they're enough ppl to tell her IF IT COULD INTEREST HER...she knows:)[B]

Marilyn Monheaux
Jan 4th, 2011, 07:58 PM
Apparently, Masha's new site will launch before the Australian Open. :woohoo:

Sharapovian
Jan 4th, 2011, 08:03 PM
That's such a long time away :sobbing:

~MashyOwnThemAll
Jan 4th, 2011, 08:12 PM
Apparently, Masha's new site will launch before the French Open. :woohoo:

AO ;)

Marilyn Monheaux
Jan 4th, 2011, 08:20 PM
AO ;)

:happy: Oops. :rolls:

Mistress of Evil
Jan 4th, 2011, 09:10 PM
Well, better late than never, I guess. :shrug:

Sharapovian
Jan 4th, 2011, 09:56 PM
Oh :lol: then that's ok I guess

JadeFox
Jan 5th, 2011, 01:38 AM
Hey as long as it launches before I'm dead I'm happy. :lol:

denny5576
Jan 5th, 2011, 10:06 AM
Sloppy Sharapova battles


She was almost pushed to a surprise third set in a shabby showing but Maria Sharapova is safely through to the ASB Classic's quarterfinals.
This match was never supposed to test the three-time Grand Slam winner, but it did, for a brief moment.
After recovering from 3-1 down to take the first set, Sharapova was forced to grunt hard and long in the second as world No. 81 Renata Voracova of the Czech Republic broke her three times to take shock a 5-3 lead.
"A little bit sloppy, certainly a bit up and down. It was lucky I hung in there," the world No.18 said of her second round performance on Wednesday.
Sharapova's toss and serve self-destructed in a strong Auckland breeze – she had a poor 66 percent first-serve ratio and nine double faults.
"I didn't serve that great especially in the second set, but I felt like on the big points I really adjusted," she explained.
"My toss was all over the place but when I needed it I was consistent and did the right things."
Not until a mid-match chat with her coach did the top-seed find her tenacious touch, winning the next five games to seal the match 6-3, 7-5 in one hour 41 minutes.
Moving in from the baseline and attacking the ball with an aggressive attitude was the advice.
"Immediately she [Voracova] stepped back a few metres and I was able to take control of the points," the 23-year-old superstar said.
"It was up and down in the second set. We kept breaking each other.
"I was a little bit late on everything and wasn't doing much in order to hurt her."
There were moments of brilliance from the Russian blond bombshell as she cranked up her powerful forehand but for the most part, more is expected.
Sharapova admitted as much – not impressed with her rustiness, but finding a way to win when she barely got out of second gear had to be positive.
"On days like this you have to be happy you're giving yourself the opportunity to play another match."
Finishing off opponents would gain greater importance as the tournament progressed.
That next challenger is Greta Arn of Hungary, who advanced with a 4-6, 7-5, 7-5 victory over eighth-seed Sofia Arvidsson.
And Spain's ninth-seed Carla Suarez Navarro lost to impressive 18-year-old Brit Heather Watson.

Qetusi
Jan 5th, 2011, 03:35 PM
UPDATE: The site will be launching prior to the Australian Open. http://www.wtatour.ru/style_emoticons/default/clap.gif

http://www.mariasharapova.com/

~MashyOwnThemAll
Jan 5th, 2011, 03:45 PM
UPDATE: The site will be launching prior to the Australian Open. http://www.wtatour.ru/style_emoticons/default/clap.gif

http://www.mariasharapova.com/

a few post ago

Apparently, Masha's new site will launch before the Australian Open. :woohoo:

Qetusi
Jan 5th, 2011, 04:51 PM
a few post ago

Sorry, didn't notice .....

NewShoulderPlz.
Jan 6th, 2011, 03:10 AM
1:04pm Mooloo Maria? (Arn/Sharapova 4-1)

I'm not sure on the rules regarding instruments here at the ASB Tennis Centre but it would appear there's a lone Waikato fan here supporting Sharapova. Everytime the Russian wins a point the cow bell rings and while it's no vuvuzela, I'm unsure if you'd get away with that at Wimbledon?

Meanwhile Sharapova looks to be struggling on court against 31 year old Greta Arn.


1:26pm Sluggish Sharapova (Arn/Sharapova 6-2)

After an obsession from parts of the media about Sharapova's dreams this week, she's had anything but a dream start to her quarter-final dropping the first set to WTA 'journey-woman' Greta Arn. I missed the second half of the set while at the Wickmayer press conference but ONE News' own Simon Dallow confirmed she's 'looking sluggish.'

I imagine there's a few Sharapova fans sitting on tickets for the next two days feeling a bit nervous about now.

Wickmayer was understandably happy with her performance today and reckons after a few more practices serving in the Auckland win she'll be ready for tomorrow's semi.

In other news, after discussion with the other media here I'm unsure if the ringing mentioned in my last post is in fact a cow bell but I will continue my investigations.

2:16pm Sharapova over (Arn/Sharapova 6-2 7-5)

What an upset. The top seed and probably the biggest name in the tournament's history has been knocked out by little known Hungarian Greta Arn. A disappointment to fans I'm sure.

Arn spoke well after the match telling the crowd when she feels like a little girl whose dream's come true, never mind that she's seven years Sharapova's senior!

Time for a press conference, I'm told she won't hang around long.

2:29pm Arn explained

Well I've done the research and it would appear this is the biggest win of Greta Arn's 15 year career. The highest ranked player she'd beaten previously was world No. 28 Alona Bondarenko. In her decade and a half as a pro she's had one WTA title win and won around $US500,000. Her highest ranking is 81 and she didn't achieve that until last year.

Still no word on whether Sharapova will speak to the media.

3:30pm Arn explained part two (Peng/Watson 6-4)

After attending the press conferences of both the players I feel a bit more enlightened about the unknown underdog Greta Arn. Turns out Arn turned pro when she was 17 but a few years into her career a dodgy agent "put her in the red numbers" as she put it, forcing her out of tennis for three years as she had to find a day job - in the media of all industries.

Sharapova was more circumspect when speaking to the press but answered all the questions put to her ina her utterly professional manner. She says she's unsure of her plans between now and the start of the Australian Open next Monday but a wildcard at an event in Sydney looks likely.




http://tvnz.co.nz/tennis-asb-classic-heineken-open/live-updates-asb-classic-day-four-3993178

Sharapovian
Jan 6th, 2011, 12:16 PM
"I started off really slow, got down two breaks and I think she gained a tremendous amount of confidence from that," said Sharapova.

"I had my chances in the second set but I didn't play the same way I had played to get there. Obviously I would have loved to play a few more here and be the winner, but that's the way it goes. You look forward to the next one.

"That's the good thing about tennis."

Rest of the Article is about Heather Watson
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/9342952.stm

Sorry if this has been posted already, I checked back a few pages but I may have missed this. :shrug:

Maria Croft
Jan 6th, 2011, 01:32 PM
Bla bla bla, she always says the same things, if she know she should play aggressive and play her own game, why is it so difficult for her to do it when she's actually playing? What's holding her back?

It seems that after her heartbreaking loss again the weather... I mean Clijsters she hasn't been the same, her loss to Wozniacki seems to have 'pushed' her over the edge.

cyannnnn
Jan 6th, 2011, 02:31 PM
i'm not worry about her performance before the AO.
of me, she doesn't want that others girls see her game so she plays one or two matches and she doesn't force herself.

Break My Rapture
Jan 6th, 2011, 04:14 PM
Please play Sydney. :awww: Please girl do it, it's for the best.

Mistress of Evil
Jan 6th, 2011, 04:17 PM
Please play Sydney. :awww: Please girl do it, it's for the best.

Why to get double bagelled :confused:

Break My Rapture
Jan 6th, 2011, 04:21 PM
Why to get double bagelled :confused:
She needs to keep practicing hard. And if she wins 1 match there, it would do wonders for her confidence. There are no easy first rounds there. At least she'll face decent opponents this time.

Sharapovian
Jan 6th, 2011, 04:38 PM
TennisReporters (http://www.twitter.com/TennisReporters)

Just heard Sharapova will not take a WC into Sydney

CROUCHING TIGER
Jan 6th, 2011, 04:38 PM
Here she played lucky losers and quallies. And u would her in Sydney? LOL...poor Masha.

Craig.
Jan 6th, 2011, 04:42 PM
Ffs Mashenka :sobbing:

Another week of that off-season training ftw :weirdo:

Break My Rapture
Jan 6th, 2011, 05:12 PM
No. No. No. :tears: No, just no.

Mistress of Evil
Jan 6th, 2011, 05:55 PM
TennisReporters (http://www.twitter.com/TennisReporters)

Just heard Sharapova will not take a WC into Sydney

Having watched her play last night I am kinda glad. :) Considering Sydney's field she would have been trashed if played like yesterday.:tape: Just hope for an easy first round opponent at the OZ or maybe a miracle. Pulling a Serena '07 run is beyond science fiction.:lol:

rochelle100
Jan 6th, 2011, 06:02 PM
From Maria's Facebook:

Maria Sharapova

Disappointing week for me, but I am trying to make some small changes in my game and it is going to take time. I know all my hard work the past 2 months is going to pay off down the road. I am off to Melbourne to get back to work.

Sharapovian
Jan 6th, 2011, 06:04 PM
What changes? :unsure:

Well good to hear she knows this was disappointing and that she is going to get back to work :yeah:

Marilyn Monheaux
Jan 6th, 2011, 06:07 PM
What changes? :unsure:

Well good to hear she knows this was disappointing and that she is going to get back to work :yeah:

Why small? :tears:

mariavikafan
Jan 6th, 2011, 06:09 PM
What changes? :unsure:

Well good to hear she knows she has to improve :yeah:

:lol::lol::lol:

Maria Croft
Jan 6th, 2011, 06:14 PM
From Maria's Facebook:

Maria Sharapova

Disappointing week for me, but I am trying to make some small changes in my game and it is going to take time. I know all my hard work the past 2 months is going to pay off down the road. I am off to Melbourne to get back to work.

Well, they said they would focus more on improving than on results, and I'm all for that. But I never expected her to start to year playing worse than ever before. I expected some sort of improvement had already happened during the off season.

Vodkapova
Jan 6th, 2011, 06:14 PM
From Maria's Facebook:

Maria Sharapova

Disappointing week for me, but I am trying to make some small changes in my game and it is going to take time. I know all my hard work the past 2 months is going to pay off down the road. I am off to Melbourne to get back to work.

She's pretty confident. It's sad that her fans are pretty negative. If only they're more like her. But it doesn't really matter.

Marilyn Monheaux
Jan 6th, 2011, 06:24 PM
She's pretty confident. It's sad that her fans are pretty negative. If only they're more like her. But it doesn't really matter.

Maybe because she knows the work she puts into things and we don't? It's possible that what we've seen in Auckland is more or less a "fluke in form" and her real form, the one thus far limited to the training grounds, is what gives her this much confidence. :shrug:




Or maybe she didn't even write the message. :shrug:

Mistress of Evil
Jan 6th, 2011, 06:27 PM
From Maria's Facebook:

Maria Sharapova

Disappointing week for me, but I am trying to make some small changes in my game and it is going to take time. I know all my hard work the past 2 months is going to pay off down the road. I am off to Melbourne to get back to work.

yeah, it seems so.

Angelmasha_milan
Jan 6th, 2011, 07:20 PM
Sharapova turns down Sydney wild card

Maria Sharapova, who was upset by Greta Arn in Auckland, turned down a wild card to play in Sydney next week. The two wild cards went to Aussies Anastasia Rodionova and Jelena Dokic.

Jovana.
Jan 6th, 2011, 09:11 PM
Too much bloody optimism every time and never any decent results :lol: well at some point things should (by definition) get better if she's working as hard as she says she is.

Andy.
Jan 6th, 2011, 09:58 PM
I hope here idea of making changes doesn't have anything to do with the crappy loopy forehand she has shown up with recently.

Sp!ffy
Jan 7th, 2011, 05:17 AM
She's pretty confident. It's sad that her fans are pretty negative. If only they're more like her. But it doesn't really matter.

It's not our fault. She's recently lost to Date Krum, Vesnina, Arn....man, I'd love to have the optimism she has in life.


Then again, she's the celebrity that makes millions a year. Maybe I can learn something from her. :lol:

Sp!ffy
Jan 7th, 2011, 05:19 AM
From Maria's Facebook:

Maria Sharapova

Disappointing week for me, but I am trying to make some small changes in my game and it is going to take time. I know all my hard work the past 2 months is going to pay off down the road. I am off to Melbourne to get back to work.

There was nothing wrong with her previous game. :bigcry: She was headed in the right track preceding the USO, all she had to do was practice, practice, practice...................

:confused::confused::confused:

Andy.
Jan 7th, 2011, 05:22 AM
There was nothing wrong with her previous game. :bigcry: She was headed in the right track preceding the USO, all she had to do was practice, practice, practice...................

:confused::confused::confused:
Exactly I dont like the idea of adding something to a winning formula to boost it even more. Look what happened to Ana. Maria got to the top and stayed there for quite a while playing one way. I would prefer it if she stuck to tried and true measures that got her to the top before. My only thought on that is maybe she cant hit her serve and forehand the way she could before the injury so she has been forced to make changes?

Shivank17
Jan 7th, 2011, 05:09 PM
There was nothing wrong with her previous game. :bigcry: She was headed in the right track preceding the USO, all she had to do was practice, practice, practice...................

:confused::confused::confused:

Exactly,the way Sharapova played right from Strasbourg to the US open[before losing to Wozniacki] was awesome,big serves,less faults,painting the lines,that's the Sharapova we are used to.She almost defeated Henin,Clijsters and Serena with *that* game.I want her to make it deep into the Oz open. Plzzz,Mariaaaaaa! :confused:

slamchamp
Jan 7th, 2011, 08:49 PM
The changes are possibly justified because of her shoulder?? Otherway she's just stupid

Ksenia.
Jan 8th, 2011, 06:48 AM
The changes are possibly justified because of her shoulder?? Otherway she's just stupid

Because you obviously know better than she does :scratch:

mariavikafan
Jan 8th, 2011, 09:00 AM
I've heard that her new coach said something like players figured Maria's game right before he decided to join her, so maybe that's whay she tries to do small adjustments and seriously I can understand that because against pushers, her baseline game(who is clearly less powerfull than before) isn't effective anymore.
She should try to add small things I'm sure they know what they are doing out there.

Andy.
Jan 8th, 2011, 09:24 AM
Players have known Maria game for a long time. Its not the most difficult game to work out. The thing is when Maria is playing well it doesnt really matter what the other player does, she usually has too mauch game for her opponents. I just dont like the idea of tinkering with her game too much.

mariavikafan
Jan 8th, 2011, 09:57 AM
Players have known Maria game for a long time. Its not the most difficult game to work out. The thing is when Maria is playing well it doesnt really matter what the other player does, she usually has too mauch game for her opponents. I just dont like the idea of tinkering with her game too much.

Agree but obviously it won't be too much, like she said she is talking about small changes here.

Maria Croft
Jan 8th, 2011, 03:50 PM
It's not that difficult to figure Maria's game out, but it won't do you any good to know she's going to hit a winner and one second later... she hits a winner :lol:

If she's on it's very difficult to beat her, if she's horrible it's still tough for a lot of players to beat her.

I don't think it's bad to change a few things though, it's not like they are going to turn her into a pusher.

GalvoSteady
Jan 8th, 2011, 04:38 PM
Just watched Eurosport coverage of Federer-Davydenko. They slag off all Russian female players as being inferior to one Nikolay "captain charisma" davydenko.

Then to add insult to injury one of the pundits - who makes a fair few mistakes - asserts that Sharapova has announced marriage this year. Hmmm. No other sources, not even local to Aus Open confirm this.

As if my opinion on Eurosport wasn't low enough!

Marilyn Monheaux
Jan 8th, 2011, 04:50 PM
Just watched Eurosport coverage of Federer-Davydenko. They slag off all Russian female players as being inferior to one Nikolay "captain charisma" davydenko.

Then to add insult to injury one of the pundits - who makes a fair few mistakes - asserts that Sharapova has announced marriage this year. Hmmm. No other sources, not even local to Aus Open confirm this.

As if my opinion on Eurosport wasn't low enough!

1. I don't think any Russian female tennis player could beat Davy. :shrug:
2. Davy is a really nice and really cool dude. :) You tryin tryin to insult him? :armed:
3. Maria has announced she is going to marry. They didn't announce the date, but most people assume it's going to be in July due to their schedules (if it happens this year).

4. What exactly are you trying to say?

a) Eurosport commentators are mean bullys to the Russian female players :(
b) Eurosport commentators value men's tennis over women's :mad:
c) How dare they speak about Masha's personal life. :fiery:
d) None of the above :p

GalvoSteady
Jan 8th, 2011, 04:57 PM
So you know Davy well? I don't have issues with him, but he lacks the X factor of half the Russian women.

Most people assume this year in July, but this whole move Sasha has made to New Jersey is still a factor in things. I trust Masha's assertion that they have the whole of their lives ahead so there is no mad rush. I agree with a poster somewhere else, and find comparisons with the Brooke Shields Andre Agassi union, they have effectively spent less time together than many couples, and a year into a relationship before marriage proposal is.. ahem.. interesting.

But what do I know? I haven't found anyone quite so amazing that I have gone and proposed and had the acceptance. I might not identify with the lifestyle choices of celebrities being normal and anonymous.

Happy that you gave me so many options for what the point was of my post, Virgin Mary. Maybe I will write you a special short story like I did promise (even if you quickly forgot! ;) )

The Norwegian
Jan 8th, 2011, 05:41 PM
Euro-Sport is a lying bitch. I would rather see her with Mick Jagger and Jack Nicholson.

cyannnnn
Jan 8th, 2011, 06:02 PM
Not to be outdone by Agassi both on and off the court, two-time Grand Slam titlist Safin, who retired in 2009 at an early age of 29, jokingly said he would talk to popular Russian female tennis players, including Maria Sharapova, Anna Kournikova and his sister Dinara Safina into visiting Taiwan with him the next time.

lol safin
safin and maria are the most beautiful couple for me. but maria choose sasha:sad:

Jack89
Jan 8th, 2011, 06:23 PM
How to solve a problem like Maria's
By Bevan Hurley, Michael Brown and Joanne Carroll 5:30 AM Sunday Jan 9, 2011

Tennis flop Maria Sharapova served herself up a chick flick and a greasy kebab to help get over her shock defeat at the ASB Classic this week.

The Russian beauty feasted on a large chicken kebab with extra garlic yoghurt and rice from the Chargrill Kebab Burger in central Auckland after being swept aside by eventual winner Greta Arn on Thursday.

The 23-year-old sent her Swedish coach Thomas Hogstedt to pick up takeaways while she stayed in her room at the Heritage Hotel.

The restaurant manager, who had served Sharapova last week, asked after her by her Russian nickname: "I asked him how was Masha?"

"She loves your food," Hogstedt assured him.

The manager told him that Chargrill Kebab Burger had Russian music, if she wanted to come over.

The next day - after another early night - Sharapova went to see romantic comedy Morning Glory starring Rachel McAdams and Harrison Ford.

Tennis' glamour girl wore a somewhat unflattering ensemble of black pants, a loose-fitting white blouse, and tried to hide her face behind her long blonde hair.

In a nod to Outrageous Fortune, she completed the outfit with a pair of leopard-print ballet flats and a $300 silver Cole Haan handbag from her own "Maria Sharapova Collection".

Accompanied by coach Michael Joyce, the 188cm athlete strode virtually unnoticed through the lunchtime rush in central Auckland.

An Event cinema worker, who declined to be named, said she served the star a ticket for the 12.50pm screening.

"I didn't know it was her," she said. "But I thought it was strange she was wearing her sunnies inside," she said.

Sharapova flew out to Australia on Friday night to prepare for the Australian Open which starts on January 17.

Yesterday, former Prime Minister Helen Clark arrived in a limousine to watch Arn, the little-known world No 88, beat defending champion Yanina Wickmayer in straight sets.

Her fairytale story rounded off a good week for the ASB Classic. Sharapova was the main drawcard and her presence, along with that of Wickmayer, former world No 1 Dinara Safina and two-time grand slam winner Svetlana Kuznetsova, ensured record crowds at Stanley St.

Around 30,000 turned up across the six days, making it one of the only WTA tournaments that has ever sold out.



This is how Maria apparently got over her loss.

I just can't believe there's a film called "Morning Glory"....obviously the people who made it don't know what that term can mean.

Break My Rapture
Jan 8th, 2011, 07:31 PM
She stuffed herself? :rolls: Amaze. :sobbing:

joão.
Jan 8th, 2011, 07:43 PM
"Tennis flop"? Really?

Maria Croft
Jan 8th, 2011, 08:41 PM
Tennis flop... I stopped reading after that.

Break My Rapture
Jan 8th, 2011, 08:47 PM
:lol: That's indeed a bit of a fail by Hurley, Brown and Carroll.

slamchamp
Jan 8th, 2011, 08:56 PM
lol at tennis flop:tape:

Marilyn Monheaux
Jan 8th, 2011, 09:02 PM
:lol: That's indeed a bit of a fail by Hurley, Brown and Carroll.

I'm amazed it took three writers to come up with this "piece". :rolls: :tape:

Sharapovian
Jan 8th, 2011, 09:06 PM
I read that before :rolls:

Break My Rapture
Jan 8th, 2011, 09:11 PM
I'm amazed it took three writers to come up with this "piece". :rolls: :tape:
:bigcry:

Craig.
Jan 8th, 2011, 09:47 PM
Journalism flops.

gc-spurs
Jan 10th, 2011, 06:10 AM
I know where that kebab place is!

MaitaBaby
Jan 10th, 2011, 08:52 AM
22 titles to your name and you're a tennis flop?! OIC.

JamieOwen3
Jan 10th, 2011, 11:51 AM
^^^ i know it's utter bull shit a complete shitting bull!!

~MashyOwnThemAll
Jan 10th, 2011, 10:20 PM
Sharapova looks to reign at RLA again

Monday, 10 January, 2011
By Matt Cronin

When Maria Sharapova left Melbourne after winning Australian Open 2008, the task ahead of her was to establish herself as a truly dominant player. Unfortunately, the world never got to find out just how great she could be. A mere six weeks later, she seriously injured her shoulder at the tournament at Indian Wells. Six months later, she underwent shoulder surgery and hasn't been the same player since.

The Sharapova that enters Australian Open 2011 is ambitious as she's ever been, but is more cautious with her expectations. Perhaps that is because she has become more realistic after two difficult seasons where she rarely felt completely healthy, or maybe it's because even when she was fit, she has dropped tight contests that she was used to winning in her heyday.

Either way, the three-time Grand Slam champion goes into the tournament at a prove-it stage of her career, a place she hasn't been in since she joined the tour full time in 2003. She's still young at the age of 23, but like most top players who began competing as children, her body has taken a pounding over the years and she has to be extremely careful about overplaying.

It is for this reason she did not accept a wildcard into Sydney, despite suffering a somewhat surprising loss to Hungary's Greta Arn in the quarterfinals of one of the year's opening tournaments in Auckland the week before. She was concerned that if she went deep into the draw in Sydney, by the time she arrived in Melbourne she might have burned off too much jet fuel.

Nonetheless, unlike 2008 when Sharapova arrived in Melbourne Park as one of the favourites, and even less so than last year, when she came into the event with high expectations after a strong autumn before being shocked by her friend Maria Kirilenko in the first round, Sharapova will not stride into the Australian Open as one of the top five title contenders. While she is certainly capable of lifting the trophy again - especially with five-time champion Serena Williams absent through injury - she hasn't reached the final four of a Grand Slam since Australian Open 2008, and as confident a person as she is, she's been having a few doubts about her ability to nail her shots when she needs to.

Her 2010 Grand Slam results are a great example. Not only did she fail to put away Kirilenko in a marathon contest in Melbourne, she also suffered tight losses to Justine Henin, Serena and current No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki at the French Open, Wimbledon and US Open, contests where had she picked up a few more crucial points, she would have come away the winner. Toss in her 2-67-6 (4) 6-2 loss against Kim Clijsters in the final of Cincinnati, where she held three match points, and you see a woman who keeps getting her own foot stuck in the door when she's trying to slam it shut.

"It's all really capitalising on what you have," said a devastated Sharapova after her loss to Wozniacki. "You work hard for something, and then you let it slip away. Obviously, a bit unfortunate in the Grand Slams. I had my fair share of chances and didn't take them throughout this whole year in the big events."

The Russian's year essentially ended there, as she had little desire to travel to Asia after the US Open and played badly in both her events there. She did make two major moves in the off-season though, adding a co-coach, Swede Thomas Hogstedt, to work with her longtime coach, Michael Joyce, and becoming engaged to NBA player Sasha Vujacic.

But while her personal life is settled, that doesn't mean that everything is clicking on court. She has switched racquets, from Prince to HEAD, and is playing with a HEAD prototype. She's still fiddling around with her once vaunted serve, which is now back to pre-surgery speeds but has been wildly inconsistent. Because she's not the best mover, she's also trying to come to the net more to end points earlier, even occasionally using a slap and charge off her foes' second serves, but she's still not a dependable net player and cannot be expected to consistently pull off difficult volleys.

If she's going to cause major damage in Melbourne, Sharapova needs to use the same formula that won her the 2008 title over Ana Ivanovic: consistent, deep serving; powerful first strike tennis off the ground, and hyper aggressive returning. She also needs to mix in some solid defence and not get impatient with herself like she did against Wozniacki. The book on how to beat Sharapova is to string her out in points and make her over-anxious. While that wasn't a very successful strategy in 2008 as she was largely able to dictate play, it's no longer an unreasonable game plan for worthy opponents.

Now Sharapova, who as the No.16 seed in Melbourne will avoid having to face a top seed before the fourth round, has to show that she is capable of moving up to another level and once again challenging for the top spot.

She says she keeps things in perspective, but that viewpoint also includes a belief that she will win another major.

"I'm still a big competitor. I worked on patience so long during the injury and obviously wanted good results and wanted to go far in the Slams and [in 2010] it hasn't happened," she said. But that's the way it is and I'm not going to quit because I didn't. I was No. 1 in [the] summer I got injured and had just won a Slam [the Australian Open] and little do you know, I'm out of [the] game next nine months. I'm not one to sit and say what could have been and I've said this from day one that I'm just really fortunate to have come back."



http://bit.ly/gShhCj

tvbsharapova
Jan 11th, 2011, 07:53 AM
maria will play Dubai

Vodkapova
Jan 11th, 2011, 09:27 AM
Are you sure? :eek:

JamieOwen3
Jan 11th, 2011, 09:28 AM
ooh so looks like she wants them points :hearts:

NewShoulderPlz.
Jan 11th, 2011, 10:01 AM
A_Pivovarova
Was so nice to see Maria Sharapova today!!Didn't see her for a long time!Looks great like always and the ring is AMAZING!!!!!☺

http://twitter.com/A_Pivovarova/status/24770770882265088

Marilyn Monheaux
Jan 11th, 2011, 10:02 AM
ooh so looks like she wants them points :hearts:

And them dollars! :hearts:


I actually think she's going to play both, Dubai & Doha this year. No more Memphis. :ras:

JamieOwen3
Jan 11th, 2011, 10:09 AM
yay she won memphis last year but yeah who cares, go win doha and dubai :lol:

~MashyOwnThemAll
Jan 11th, 2011, 10:11 AM
imo Dubai already would be enough for me :woohoo:

Sharapovian
Jan 11th, 2011, 10:42 AM
Maria playing Dubai?! :eek:

:cheer:

Sharapovian
Jan 11th, 2011, 03:48 PM
Caroline Wozniacki holds pride of place as the current No 1, but the Dane faces competition from Venus Williams, the defending champion, as well as the three other former world No 1s who are planning to play in Dubai, Russia's Maria Sharapova and Serbia's Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic.

http://www.thenational.ae/sport/tennis/dubai-tennis-championship-to-host-the-best-again

Break My Rapture
Jan 11th, 2011, 04:40 PM
Now we know why she didn't play Sydney. :p She was afraid of using up gas in the tank too early.

Yay for Dubai. Also I love how Maria and Nastya are so friendly with each other. :hearts:

Vartan
Jan 11th, 2011, 07:33 PM
Is she playing Dubai, Doha, IW, Miami?

cyannnnn
Jan 11th, 2011, 07:45 PM
Now we know why she didn't play Sydney. :p She was afraid of using up gas in the tank too early.

Yay for Dubai. Also I love how Maria and Nastya are so friendly with each other. :hearts:

who is nastya?

JamieOwen3
Jan 11th, 2011, 07:45 PM
i hope to see her play miami this year as she hasn't played there for a while

ReboundAce
Jan 11th, 2011, 07:45 PM
Is she playing Dubai, Doha, IW, Miami?

no,of course not she is not wozniator, she will play dubai(the smartest decision imo),and then in HER HOME IW,and be probably injured for miami

Sharapovian
Jan 11th, 2011, 07:46 PM
who is nastya?

Anastasia Pivovarova

Vartan
Jan 11th, 2011, 07:47 PM
no,of course not she is not wozniator, she will play dubai(the smartest decision imo),and then in HER HOME IW,and be probably injured for miami

:lol:

ReboundAce
Jan 11th, 2011, 07:50 PM
:lol:

Well it is true she was so fool last year to think that by winning those 220k tournaments will go deep in the GS,she needs to play more matches with top 5 players and finally but finally move few places up,so that she will not be 14th seed anymore and play with 1seed every f****ing GS.Hope that after IW things will change

cyannnnn
Jan 11th, 2011, 08:08 PM
Anastasia Pivovarova

oh yes the twitter message.
but since when they are friends?

~MashyOwnThemAll
Jan 11th, 2011, 08:12 PM
MashaTeam :help:

Vartan
Jan 11th, 2011, 08:44 PM
oh yes the twitter message.
but since when they are friends?

A while ago.

Marilyn Monheaux
Jan 11th, 2011, 08:46 PM
no,of course not she is not wozniator, she will play dubai(the smartest decision imo),and then in HER HOME IW,and be probably injured for miami

Why not play Dubai, Doha, IW and Miami? I mean, it's not like she's gonna win them all, so she should be fine fitness-wise. :lol:

oh yes the twitter message.
but since when they are friends?

Dunno. :shrug: Maybe since Masha "hand-picked" her for the Mini-Masha team? :lol:

MashaTeam :help:

What's going on? :unsure:

Vartan
Jan 11th, 2011, 08:51 PM
Dunno. :shrug: Maybe since Masha "hand-picked" her for the Mini-Masha team? :lol:


Before that, I think Maria provided support for Anastasia when she was injured.

~MashyOwnThemAll
Jan 11th, 2011, 08:52 PM
nothing just I think this is a mandatory information for any fans about her team members :lol:

obligatory to know :p

Break My Rapture
Jan 11th, 2011, 09:15 PM
Before that, I think Maria provided support for Anastasia when she was injured.
Yup. I think that was also one of the biggest reasons why she chose Nastya to wear her outfits.

Vartan
Jan 11th, 2011, 09:31 PM
Yup. I think that was also one of the biggest reasons why she chose Nastya to wear her outfits.

We know the biggest reason why ;)

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ND920tPjWkA/ScvgdFZtzcI/AAAAAAAAZYw/gjh9u0zCeu0/s400/ana+face.jpg http://letterstorob.files.wordpress.com/2009/08/camilla-belle.jpg

Sharapovian
Jan 11th, 2011, 09:35 PM
:rolls:

Marilyn Monheaux
Jan 11th, 2011, 09:42 PM
We know the biggest reason why ;)

http://letterstorob.files.wordpress.com/2009/08/camilla-belle.jpg

Camillaaaaaaaa!!!!!! :bigcry: :bigcry: :bigcry:

Sharapovian
Jan 11th, 2011, 09:43 PM
Mamilla :crying2:

Marilyn Monheaux
Jan 11th, 2011, 09:46 PM
Mamilla :crying2:

:bigcry: :bigcry: :bigcry: :bigcry: :bigcry: :bigcry: :bigcry: :bigcry: :bigcry: :bigcry: :bigcry: :bigcry: :bigcry: :bigcry: :bigcry: :bigcry: :bigcry: :bigcry: :bigcry:

Sharapovian
Jan 12th, 2011, 05:35 PM
She wore a strangely formal blue dress with a stripey green netting over the top in Australia last year, and has even surprised at Wimbledon - a tournament she won in 2004 when she was just 17 years old.

Although she she always wears white at the All England Lawn Tennis Club, last year Sharapova raised eyebrows by not wearing much underneath.

We will have to wait until the Open starts on Monday to see what the tennis player is wearing under her grey and orange dress this time - and her choice of accessories.

:lol:

Rest of the article is about her endorsements: Nike, Tiffany, how much money she makes, engagement to Sasha, and also her AO dress for this year.

The tennis ace signed an eight year contract with Nike worth £43 million in January, 2010 making her the world's most lucratively endorsed sportswoman.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1346509/Love-Sharapova-showcases-latest-Nike-dress--25-000-engagement-ring.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

Marilyn Monheaux
Jan 12th, 2011, 05:58 PM
:lol:

Rest of the article is about her endorsements: Nike, Tiffany, how much money she makes, engagement to Sasha, and also her AO dress for this year.



http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1346509/Love-Sharapova-showcases-latest-Nike-dress--25-000-engagement-ring.html?ito=feeds-newsxml


http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2011/01/12/article-0-0A3F2BA7000005DC-29_224x519.jpg

Daily Fail are such pervs. :o :help:

JamieOwen3
Jan 12th, 2011, 06:03 PM
ERRR £25,000 engagement ring? that shit is worth a lot more than that isn't it? :lol:

Sharapovian
Jan 12th, 2011, 06:04 PM
IKR :lol: they make stories out of anything :o

Marilyn Monheaux
Jan 12th, 2011, 06:08 PM
ERRR £25,000 engagement ring? that shit is worth a lot more than that isn't it? :lol:

It says £250,000 later in the article. Yes, I actually read it. :o

Sharapovian
Jan 12th, 2011, 06:11 PM
It says £250,000 later in the article. Yes, I actually read it. :o

Typical DM, always making mistakes :o

I don't know why but I usually end up reading some of their stuff anyway :spit:

JamieOwen3
Jan 12th, 2011, 06:16 PM
yeah then u read the article and they have £250,000 :rolleyes: make your mind up DM :lol:

Vartan
Jan 12th, 2011, 06:18 PM
Wasn't it $250,000?

Sharapovian
Jan 12th, 2011, 06:25 PM
Wasn't it $250,000?

Yeah it was :lol:

JamieOwen3
Jan 12th, 2011, 06:26 PM
yeah but shit mail can't make their minds up :lol: their header says £25,000 the article has £250,000 FAIL!

Sharapovian
Jan 12th, 2011, 06:29 PM
They have an older article which says it was $250,000 so looks like they can't make their mind up.

She recently signed an eight-year contract with Nike worth more than £65 million, making her the most lucratively endorsed sportswoman.

The tennis ace signed an eight year contract with Nike worth £43 million in January, 2010 making her the world's most lucratively endorsed sportswoman.

Thats from two of their different articles :spit:

Vartan
Jan 12th, 2011, 06:39 PM
I guess Daily Mail is your equivalent of Yahoo News :sobbing:

Break My Rapture
Jan 12th, 2011, 06:55 PM
They have an older article which says it was $250,000 so looks like they can't make their mind up.





Thats from two of their different articles :spit:
:spit::sobbing:

Shafanovic.
Jan 12th, 2011, 06:56 PM
Not really news but I saw both Goerges and Benesova play doubles yesterday.

They wore Maria's 2 piece well but Goerges definitely wore it better :hearts:

Vartan
Jan 12th, 2011, 06:59 PM
Pictures?

Shafanovic.
Jan 12th, 2011, 07:01 PM
I didn't take any :sobbing:

Just trust me. Julia's hot.

Vartan
Jan 12th, 2011, 07:03 PM
I know that :p

Break My Rapture
Jan 12th, 2011, 07:09 PM
The new 2 piece? :speakles:

Shafanovic.
Jan 12th, 2011, 07:44 PM
Nahh the Bali (Brown, pink and white) one.

Jack89
Jan 12th, 2011, 07:56 PM
Maria's Facebook:

Hello from Melbourne. I thought you guys would enjoy the video below. I think I mentioned a few weeks ago that my hard core fans would notice something different? I was referring to my first new Nike shoe in 6 years. Training is going very well. It's always great to be back at a tournament where I have had such great memories.

lylux
Jan 12th, 2011, 10:40 PM
Maria's Facebook:

Hello from Melbourne. I thought you guys would enjoy the video below. I think I mentioned a few weeks ago that my hard core fans would notice something different? I was referring to my first new Nike shoe in 6 years. Training is going very well. It's always great to be back at a tournament where I have had such great memories.

I consider myself a big fan, but I had never noticed in her shoes

Nina.
Jan 13th, 2011, 08:41 AM
Can somebody tell me why it takes ages to launch Maria's new website?

claypova
Jan 13th, 2011, 08:42 AM
omg thats the big surprise? really? *facepalm

NewShoulderPlz.
Jan 13th, 2011, 02:33 PM
Former World No. 1 and three-time Grand Slam Champion Maria Sharapova has officially entered the 2011 Family Circle Cup
http://twitter.com/jon_wertheim

Marilyn Monheaux
Jan 13th, 2011, 03:13 PM
IW, Miami & then Charleston? Let's hope she can pull this off. :)

Sharapovian
Jan 13th, 2011, 03:19 PM
Let's hope she even plays Miami, hopefully there will be no injury this year. :sobbing:

Vodkapova
Jan 13th, 2011, 03:25 PM
At least she's playing Miami. She hasn't played there in 4 years. That should never ever happen. :o

Marilyn Monheaux
Jan 13th, 2011, 03:28 PM
At least she's playing Miami. She hasn't played there in 4 years. That should never ever happen. :o

And we haven't gotten to see the Miami outfits either. (Except for last year's hot-stripy-mess :o) :sobbing:

Sharapovian
Jan 13th, 2011, 03:34 PM
She better play Miami this year :sobbing:

I wouldn't say I would like to open the Miami thread for nothing :p :lol:

Vodkapova
Jan 13th, 2011, 03:46 PM
Right. :sobbing: I think you've been asking for that many, many months ago. :hysteric:

Sharapovian
Jan 13th, 2011, 03:59 PM
Yeah I did say a while ago, too many months too early :o

That's not the main reason I want her to play there though, she hasn't played there in years so that's why ;)

Jack89
Jan 14th, 2011, 12:37 AM
Maria is playing the Doha tournament after Dubai!! :D

http://www.gulf-times.com/site/topics/article.asp?cu_no=2&item_no=409814&version=1&template_id=49&parent_id=29

Reptilia
Jan 14th, 2011, 12:39 AM
:eek: So many tournaments. I just hope she makes it to Miami:sobbing:

~MashyOwnThemAll
Jan 14th, 2011, 12:49 AM
wow :eek:

she is very serious!

Mistress of Evil
Jan 14th, 2011, 04:05 AM
So it turns out we are going to be a tourney whore this year, hope it works out. :yeah:

Marilyn Monheaux
Jan 14th, 2011, 10:08 AM
Tennis Champion Maria Sharapova To Wear Tiffany Diamond Earrings by Frank Gehry at the Australian Open in Melbourne

Tiffany & Co. today announced that tennis champion Maria Sharapova will wear earrings by Tiffany designer and world-renowned architect Frank Gehry at the Australian Open, January 17 – January 30 at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia.

Mr. Gehry applied his free-form approach to a basic leaf design, creating a striking shape outlined in sparkling round brilliant diamonds and 18 karat white gold. “The earrings reflect the spontaneous and graceful lines of Gehry’s architecture,” Ms. Sharapova said. “They have a strong and distinctive look, yet they’re elegant and light enough to wear on the court. I am thrilled to wear them at the Australian Open.”

The partnership between Ms. Sharapova and Tiffany & Co. provides the tennis star with Tiffany earrings to wear at each of the four Grand Slam events: the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, and US Open. Called Tiffany for Maria Sharapova, the special group of earrings captures her natural grace and gives customers and fans access to the Tiffany jewelry preferred by the three-time Grand Slam winner.


I haven't seen them on the official website, but I guess they are the ones she's been wearing since Auckland. :shrug:

Vodkapova
Jan 14th, 2011, 10:53 AM
I thought I saw her wearing a different set of earrings lately, don't know if that's the one. She wore a pair in Auckland. It wasn't as beautiful as the one she wore at the USO though. :hearts:

Sharapovian
Jan 14th, 2011, 11:55 AM
Yep it's the same ones as she wore in Auckland ;)

http://oi51.tinypic.com/1z17o28.jpg

http://press.tiffany.com/News/NewsItem.aspx?id=119

Marilyn Monheaux
Jan 14th, 2011, 12:04 PM
^I don't like them. They look like X-Mas trees.:o

cyannnnn
Jan 14th, 2011, 12:14 PM
^I don't like them. They look like X-Mas trees.:o

lol when i saw them the first time, i thought she wanted to show us that she had earrings assorted for X-mas celebrations

CROUCHING TIGER
Jan 14th, 2011, 04:54 PM
Publicity for Tiffany's...the girl must work hard for the money!

Marilyn Monheaux
Jan 14th, 2011, 05:05 PM
Sony Ericsson YouTube Series to Follow Women’s Tennis Hopefuls

Sony Ericsson is getting into the entertainment biz with Xperia Hot Shots, a new YouTube-based show following the lives of six aspiring Women’s Tennis Association stars.

The show, starting in March, offers a behind-the-scenes look at the women’s lives off court as they compete in various tournaments around the world. Product placement will figure prominently into the show; the women will be shown using their Xperia handsets to film their own content and share it on Facebook and other social media outlets.

Sony Ericsson’s Experia X10, an Android-based phone, hit the U.S. market last August.

To help get the word out, Sony Ericsson employed spokeswoman Maria Sharapova to help develop and show off a logo for the show

Ben Wyatt, director of communications for the WTA in Europe, says that the six women haven’t been chosen yet. As for Sharapova: “She’ll certainly have a role to play,” but that exact role hasn’t been finalized. Sony Ericsson’s YouTube channel has close to 10,000 subscribers and currently offers such fare as “Battle Fingers,” an odd contest in which viewers vote on videos showing people’s fingers dancing to pop songs.

I guess no WoZZZzzz or Serena then. :(

Masha Fierce
Jan 15th, 2011, 03:25 AM
Finallyyyy , Maria`s website is back on truck :bounce::hearts:

Vartan
Jan 15th, 2011, 03:34 AM
I like it, except I am confused about the "overall" ranking.

NewShoulderPlz.
Jan 15th, 2011, 04:57 AM
BREAKING: Maria Sharapova and her longtime coach Michael Joyce have agreed to take a break from each other. MS at AO with T. Hogstedt only

Sharapova & Joyce together for 6 1/2 yrs. Became close friends but coach-player relationship got stale Decided in Auckland & Joyce went home

http://twitter.com/TennisReporters

Vartan
Jan 15th, 2011, 04:58 AM
Woah!

NewShoulderPlz.
Jan 15th, 2011, 05:16 AM
AustralianOpen

Monday matches: Sharapova, Wozniacki and Federer will open RLA day session f/b Groth and Djokovic at night. #ausopen

http://twitter.com/AustralianOpen

:scared:

Shafanovic.
Jan 15th, 2011, 05:19 AM
OH NO!!! She's first on Monday again :sobbing:

Sp!ffy
Jan 15th, 2011, 05:19 AM
No!!!!!!!
Why is she opening again!!!!!!

Andy.
Jan 15th, 2011, 05:21 AM
OH NO!!! She's first on Monday again :sobbing:
I know :sad: there are to many similarities to last year. Former friend/doubles partner and first up on Rod Laver. But in all seriousness these silly superstitions are not going to affect the outcome of the match.

killercars
Jan 15th, 2011, 05:23 AM
what do you mean by former friend? Is Sharapova no longer friends with Kirilenko?

Andy.
Jan 15th, 2011, 05:27 AM
what do you mean by former friend? Is Sharapova no longer friends with Kirilenko?
OK former friends might be taking it a little far but I hardly think they are as close as they used to be back in 2003-2006.

Lachy
Jan 15th, 2011, 05:27 AM
Oh.my.god.this.has.to.be.some.kind.of.sick.joke.

Shafanovic.
Jan 15th, 2011, 05:35 AM
I think they put her first again because she was the last AO champion since Serena isn't playing.

killercars
Jan 15th, 2011, 05:38 AM
I'm not too worried about Tanasugarn. She's short and doesn't have any weapons. I don't think she can really threaten Maria. Even if Maria's serve is off, she should have a lot of opportunities to break Tanasugarn's serve. If Maria is playing at 60% of her abilities, she should be able to work her way into the match and take out her opponent in straight sets.

Sp!ffy
Jan 15th, 2011, 06:01 AM
I think they put her first again because she was the last AO champion since Serena isn't playing.

Ahh!! :D Lets pretend she's the defending champion. :secret:

Lachy
Jan 15th, 2011, 06:14 AM
Q. Compared to a year ago, how would you put your career, expectations? Roll it back a year and compare that to now.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, well, uhm, last year didn't start on the greatest note here in Australia. Besides that year, I've always felt really comfortable playing here, have had really good results. Obviously, it was disappointing to go out so early. You know, it happens. You move on. You try to learn as much as you can from it.

Yeah, you know, my ambitions are still very much there. You know, I've been a competitive girl ever since I was pretty much born. You know, I love the sport. Whether it's a loss or a win, you know, I try to move on from that and, uhm, build on that, whether it's little or big.

Q. How do you feel about your game now, where it is now? Is it a big improvement from a year ago with all your injuries behind you?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, the tournament hasn't started yet. This is the time of year where, you know, you really see. For me it was a longer layoff than some others. It's been a couple of months. I only played one event since then, since Beijing.

It's a great place to see for everyone where their game is, what they need to work on, and try to build on from the first few rounds.

Q. You ended last season as you began it in the rankings. Does it surprise you it's taken you so long to get back to where you used to be?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I didn't know what I would ever be when I was out of the game for a while. I didn't know if I would ever be back. That was a challenge in itself, just to try to get myself, uhm, back to playing the sport again.

To be honest, on the way back, I never really thought about ranking 'cause every time I stepped on the court when I had an expectation of when I would be back, I would never reach that goal.

For me, it was just about going out there. It certainly took me a lot longer to get back to playing, you know, and the reaction, all the things that the sport requires you to do to get that back.

But it's still coming along.

Q. In order for you to attain your goals this year, what really has to work well?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Uhm, you know, a little bit of everything, I guess. In terms of the game, I'm not going to change my game completely to suit certain opponents. I know what my strengths are; I know what my weaknesses are. I try to work on the things that need to be improved.

I think one of the things I lost by not playing for a while is the action/reaction in the game a little bit, almost like the hand eye coordination, letting things happen a little bit more by themselves and not worrying about things that happened maybe three points ago or so on. I think that's the thing that takes most time.

Yeah, I certainly wish I could have played a little bit more last year. Those six or seven weeks, uhm, after Indian Wells, wasn't able to play some of the bigger tournaments. But, yeah, hopefully this year will be different.

Q. After the season was over, how long did it take you to actually start looking ahead immediately? How much time did you spend reflecting on what happened during the year?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Uhm, you know, obviously you look back through it because you want to make adjustments to make yourself better, whether you finished the year 100 or whether you finished it in the top 10. Whatever it is, it's always been part of me ever since I played. You finish. You only have a couple weeks off and you look towards something that's going to make you better, that's going to help you.

There's always things to improve on. I don't think anyone is perfect. I was sick for a while. I was supposed to play in Moscow. I really wanted to play there. I came to Asia. I wasn't feeling that great. Just went home.

Q. What did you learn from Auckland?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, one of the things, like I said, it was great for me to have a little bit of a change. Kind of had the same routine throughout the years. I played three matches in quite different conditions. The last one was tough. My opponent played really good tennis. It wasn't my best day.

But it was good. I got some good days. It was pretty warm up there in the first week. I got there a few days before and was able to train. Much left after Christmas.

Q. What expectations do you have for achieving in this tournament? Sounds like you don't have high expectations. Is that fair to say?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: You know, while I'm my biggest fan, I'm also my biggest critic. I'm not going to sit here and say what my result is going to be because I don't think anyone knows, including myself. That's why we play the matches. That's why the nets go up, the tennis cans are opened with the balls, you go out and play.

Whether someone has expectations on you, you don't or you do, it doesn't really matter. It's all about going out there and trying to win.

Q. Does the fact that you won here before help your confidence?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Absolutely. No years take away from the year that you did so well here and you won. I played extremely great tennis throughout the tournament against really, really tough opponents. I had one of my toughest draws in a Grand Slam I ever played and got through it with really great matches.

Yeah, that's definitely something you look back to, especially when you go out on that center court. You look back to the memories and the great times, yeah.

Q. Can you talk about your cooperation with your new coach and the way he helped Li Na with her serve, did that help you as well?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I was really excited to bring someone into the team that, uhm, really first of all has a lot of experience behind his back, someone that's really professional and goes about his business. I'm a pretty private person in many things. He sticks to his job. He's out there to try to make me better in different aspects of the game. He did a great job with numerous amounts of players, with Tommy. I got to know him a little bit in Florida while he was working with Tommy. I knew him a little bit. My team got to know him. We started working in November. It's been really good.

I think that his experience can definitely help me, a new voice. I worked with Michael and my dad for so many years, I think it's just really positive to bring someone in.

Q. Chinese media said that Li Na saw the news from the newspaper first and then got the news from Thomas. How did you get started? Did your team make the approach?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I actually didn't hear anything about it. He was one of the people that I considered working with. Michael and my father, you know, wanted to bring in as well. Yeah, that was pretty much it.

Q. There's always a lot of talk about the women's tour being 'wide open'. Serena's not here. Is it really wide open or are there four, five, six players that could actually win this thing?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I guess you could say it's more open than some other years, some other fields. You never know. You can approach someone in the first round that doesn't have a chance. You go out, they play some of their best tennis in their life, go on and win the tournament.

I don't know, open or not, I don't think it really matters.

Q. Do you ever hang out with Anna Kournikova?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: You're the guy from New Zealand, huh?

Q. Yes.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Oh, God, you're stalking me (laughter).

Q. It's not stalking if you love someone.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: It can be slightly, trust me (laughter).

Q. Is there a hot Russians club where you get together?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: No. I didn't know I was part of it. But no.

Q. What do you think of her career? She was photographed a lot, all that sort of thing. You've also gotten that sort of attention.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I think she's achieved incredible things in her career and brought a lot of attention to the sport, especially in our country. She was one of the first few from Russia to rise up and do really well. That brought so much attention that so many younger players started playing the sport. She did a tremendous amount of things for the sport.




I swear that journalist better watch his back :o

Andy.
Jan 15th, 2011, 06:18 AM
:rolleyes: Those last three questions.

Vartan
Jan 15th, 2011, 06:20 AM
11 you know's :sobbing:

Shafanovic.
Jan 15th, 2011, 06:29 AM
Q. Can you talk about your cooperation with your new coach and the way he helped Li Na with her serve, did that help you as well?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I was really excited to bring someone into the team that, uhm, really first of all has a lot of experience behind his back, someone that's really professional and goes about his business. I'm a pretty private person in many things. He sticks to his job. He's out there to try to make me better in different aspects of the game. He did a great job with numerous amounts of players, with Tommy. I got to know him a little bit in Florida while he was working with Tommy. I knew him a little bit. My team got to know him. We started working in November. It's been really good.

OMG I totally thought she did an Ana and said I was really exciting. :sobbing:

Sp!ffy
Jan 15th, 2011, 06:36 AM
Those last 3 questions made the interview :lol:

What did he ask her in Auckland?

Jack89
Jan 15th, 2011, 06:54 AM
According to Matt Cronin twitter, Maria and Mike are taking a break:

http://twitter.com/TennisReporters/status/26154995606884353

He won't be at the AO with her.....not sure how I feel about this.

Marilyn Monheaux
Jan 15th, 2011, 07:15 AM
According to Matt Cronin twitter, Maria and Mike are taking a break:

http://twitter.com/TennisReporters/status/26154995606884353

He won't be at the AO with her.....not sure how I feel about this.

I feel good about this. :)

Jack89
Jan 15th, 2011, 07:28 AM
I feel good about this. :)

:lol:

Yeah, I think its good that they've taken a break from the coaching aspect.

It's just that I don't think it would have done any harm for him to be there as a friend.

Reptilia
Jan 15th, 2011, 08:12 AM
I'm excited to see what this new guy can do for her! Still kinda surprising that Mike wont be at the AO tho:speakles:

Marilyn Monheaux
Jan 15th, 2011, 08:23 AM
I'm excited to see what this new guy can do for her! Still kinda surprising that Mike wont be at the AO tho:speakles:

Does he have family? I know him and Maria are very good friends, but maybe he's happy he gets to spend some more time at home. :shrug:

On second thought, I hope the end(?) of their professional relationship won't effect their friendship.:unsure:

Maria Croft
Jan 15th, 2011, 08:38 AM
I'm really happy that she's taking a break from Joyce, I have nothing against him, but from every on court interview I've ever heard him give Maria it was obvious he wasn't the best help someone like Maria could get.

Still in shock that she would actually do it though, never thought she would :yeah:

Mr.Sharapova
Jan 15th, 2011, 09:06 AM
Maybe it will do her well. I mean Its kinda surprising to see LI beat Kim at Sydney Final in her first tournament without her old coach :haha:.

But still hopefully Maria will be in a good form during these championships :)

gc-spurs
Jan 15th, 2011, 09:49 AM
"It's not stalking if you love someone"

...It is if they don't love you back!

Sharapovian
Jan 15th, 2011, 10:43 AM
Is her website up! :woohoo:

Going to check it out :D

Lachy
Jan 15th, 2011, 10:55 AM
:lol: just :o

http://www.foxsports.com.au/tennis/majors/maria-sharapova-accuses-a-new-zealand-journalist-of-stalking-her-ahead-of-the-australian-open/story-e6frf4nc-1225988415744?from=public_rss

Sharapovian
Jan 15th, 2011, 10:58 AM
^ :awww: :lol:

NewShoulderPlz.
Jan 15th, 2011, 11:00 AM
http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/tennis/4546019/NZ-journalist-stalking-Maria-Sharapova

James McOnie :lol:

B9ctkdSDRTg

Mistress of Evil
Jan 15th, 2011, 11:38 AM
The site is fine :yeah:

cyannnnn
Jan 15th, 2011, 01:19 PM
According to Matt Cronin twitter, Maria and Mike are taking a break:

http://twitter.com/TennisReporters/status/26154995606884353

He won't be at the AO with her.....not sure how I feel about this.

oh she always travels with people she always knows (her father, mike) it's a great changement. she just knows her new coach:confused:

JamieOwen3
Jan 15th, 2011, 01:36 PM
the fact that it got stale shows it's only a good thing that he's not with her, maybe it affected her practices and stuff?

Ksenia.
Jan 15th, 2011, 01:52 PM
Nothing against Mike, but I think it's possible (and normal) that after 6 years together he has nothing new to offer to her game :shrug: I like that she's looking for a new direction, even if it will take time.

CROUCHING TIGER
Jan 15th, 2011, 01:54 PM
He never had something to offer, she can be glad that big piece of shit is gone

JamieOwen3
Jan 15th, 2011, 02:03 PM
it did look like he was too comfortable, his extra lbs showed that. Im happy that she is doing this also as it shows what comes first for her, TENNIS.

Jovana.
Jan 15th, 2011, 02:36 PM
thank God. I always found him annoying.

Mr.Sharapova
Jan 15th, 2011, 02:43 PM
+1

Marilyn Monheaux
Jan 15th, 2011, 02:47 PM
It's gonna be interesting what her new coach (do we have a nickname yet?) is gonna tell her in the tournaments where on-court coaching is allowed. "Be more aggressive"? "Just keep going"? "The girl will falter"? "Just do what you want"? Or actually something constructive? :lol:

Vodkapova
Jan 15th, 2011, 02:49 PM
I still like Mike, but we'll see how this new coach does. :rolleyes:

swissmr
Jan 15th, 2011, 02:56 PM
:lol: @ some of the negative reactions. A few months ago pretty much every one in here was complaining that Joyce wasn't good enough and that Maria needed a new coach.

Sharapovian
Jan 15th, 2011, 02:57 PM
It's gonna be interesting what her new coach (do we have a nickname yet?) is gonna tell her in the tournaments where on-court coaching is allowed. "Be more aggressive"? "Just keep going"? "The girl will falter"? "Just do what you want"? Or actually something constructive? :lol:

Apparently 'Hogge' was his nickname when he was on tour. It's Swedish, don't know what it means in English :lol:

JamieOwen3
Jan 15th, 2011, 03:01 PM
agree with the comment from swiss,exactly :lol: people were begging for him to be fired :rolls:

Vodkapova
Jan 15th, 2011, 03:03 PM
:lol: @ some of the negative reactions. A few months ago pretty much every one in here was complaining that Joyce wasn't good enough and that Maria needed a new coach.

agree with the comment from swiss,exactly :lol: people were begging for him to be fired :rolls:

I never wanted her to get a new coach. So that doesn't apply to me. Bye. :bigwave:

JamieOwen3
Jan 15th, 2011, 03:06 PM
I never wanted her to get a new coach. So that doesn't apply to me. Bye. :bigwave:

:) :hug: no i was just saying in general.

Marilyn Monheaux
Jan 15th, 2011, 03:09 PM
I wanted somebody fresh for Masha to get a new perspective. I stand by what I said. :p

Sharapovian
Jan 15th, 2011, 03:15 PM
I didn't say he should be fired either :p

I remember saying she needs input from someone else.

Nina.
Jan 15th, 2011, 03:28 PM
I didn't say he should be fired either :p

I remember saying she needs input from someone else.
This exactly. I always thought she needed Mike for the comfort level :shrug:
But I like that she's working with Hogstedt. He brought Haas back into shape after his shoulder surgery so he knows what he's dealing with :)

JamieOwen3
Jan 15th, 2011, 03:33 PM
^^^ which also helps as Haas trained at Nick's Academy also didn't he, which means Hogstedt must have been there.

Nina.
Jan 15th, 2011, 03:37 PM
Right. Hope it works out well with them.

cyannnnn
Jan 15th, 2011, 03:37 PM
she need mike.

hogstedt will play the exigeant and severe coach
and mike the nice coach.

she doesn't also add someone as physio in the past few weeks or months?

Mr.Sharapova
Jan 15th, 2011, 03:55 PM
Change will do Maria good. She needs someone who really tells her what to do in order to win a match like :Play her backhand or something like that. And not "You are doing well" phrase all the time :)

Break My Rapture
Jan 15th, 2011, 04:49 PM
Change will do Maria good. She needs someone who really tells her what to do in order to win a match like :Play her backhand or something like that. And not "You are doing well" phrase all the time :)
Mike said stuff like that to Maria all the time.

Mr.Sharapova
Jan 15th, 2011, 05:21 PM
All I can remember him saying are: "You are doing good" .. "Relax" and stuff like this!

She needed some change. Lets just see if those take effect during the AO!

Jacey
Jan 15th, 2011, 05:29 PM
ok, really...how long has she been working with this new guy?? Long enough for Maria to feel comfortable with only him at a GS?

If this is true wouldn't all the tennis reporters be talking about Mike not being with Maria?? Or have I missed all that?



I take it back....I've been under a rock....its everywhere!!!

cyannnnn
Jan 15th, 2011, 07:56 PM
love the biography they write about maria
i forward it here

About Maria
Posted on January 14, 2011

In the highly competitive sport of professional tennis, Maria Sharapova's journey to become one of the top players in the world symbolizes her determination, grit and champion's desire to win. Her story is one of sacrifice, focus and extraordinary talent.

An only child, Maria was born on April 19, 1987, in the Russian industrial town of Nyagan in western Siberia. Her parents had relocated from Gomel, Russia, to escape the aftermath of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster. In 1989, the Sharapovas moved again to the Black Sea resort town of Sochi; it was here that Maria developed a love of tennis.

Watching her father Yuri on the courts, four-year-old Maria learned to play using a second-hand racket. Yuri quickly recognized and nurtured his daughter's exceptional talent. In October 1993, her gift was confirmed from an unexpected source. Maria and Yuri were attending tennis clinics held in Moscow during the Kremlin Cup when Martina Navratilova happened to spot the six-year-old hitting balls on the court. Maria's form and shots stood among the mostly older children. "She has talent," the legendary champion commented to Yuri - and he took her words to heart.

Struggling with how to help Maria reach her potential, Yuri and his wife Yelena decided to take a chance and seek world-class coaching for their daughter. In pursuit of this dream, Maria and Yuri boarded an airplane to the United States in March 1995, leaving Yelena behind in Russia to finish college and await a visa. The odds were against the two from the moment they touched down in Miami: neither spoke English and Yuri had just $700 in his pocket, money he had borrowed from Maria's grandparents. Several days and many bus rides later, six-year-old Maria and Yuri arrived uninvited at IMG's Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Bradenton, Florida.

Although the Academy's coaches immediately recognized Maria's talent, she was too young to be enrolled as a full-time student. Yet Yuri was not discouraged. Believing in his daughter's talent, he settled in nearby Venice and coached Maria on public and private tennis courts. For two difficult years, Yuri worked odd jobs while Maria competed in local tournaments and began to accumulate victories.

In December 1995, perseverance paid off -- Maria received a scholarship to the Academy and became a full-time student. The nine-year-old lived on the prestigious campus for seven months, seeing her father only on weekends. Her separation from him, combined with constant teasing by dorm-mates nearly twice her age, forever impacted Maria but also intensified her resolve to succeed.

After obtaining a U.S. visa, Yelena finally reunited with Maria and Yuri in June 1996. Maria moved out of the dorms and into an apartment with her parents while she continued to perfect her tennis skills at the academy.

In November 2000, 13-year-old Maria exploded onto the world tennis stage with an impressive win in the Girls' 16-and-under Eddie Herr Championships. Her first professional tournament quickly followed in April 2001 and her first WTA tournament in 2002.

In a highly competitive sport where many try but few succeed, Maria Sharapova's drive and determination will inspire young girls for years to come. From her 2004 Wimbledon championship, to being the first Russian female to ever claim the #1 ranking in the world, to being the fifth youngest female to ever hold the #1 spot, to her growing list of corporate endorsements, Maria symbolizes what hard work, world-class training and unwavering commitment can achieve: a front-row seat on the world's stage.

Qetusi
Jan 15th, 2011, 08:04 PM
Maria Sharapova - Training is going well and I am looking forward to playing today. We just launched my new website http://www.mariasharapova.com/, if you get a chance check it out!

http://www.facebook.com/Sharapova

Break My Rapture
Jan 15th, 2011, 08:14 PM
Wait what? :unsure: I'm so confused now.

I thought MD play starts on Monday for Aussies?

cyannnnn
Jan 15th, 2011, 08:17 PM
hein!!! it's sunday or monday now in australia???

Jovana.
Jan 15th, 2011, 08:18 PM
what the :unsure: today?

Sharapovian
Jan 15th, 2011, 08:20 PM
Maybe she means training, because the 1st round matches don't start till Monday (Australia).

~MashyOwnThemAll
Jan 15th, 2011, 08:21 PM
hein!!! it's sunday or monday now in australia???

you're serious about this question? :) sunday.

Qetusi
Jan 15th, 2011, 08:28 PM
May be she means training? :shrug:

~MashyOwnThemAll
Jan 15th, 2011, 08:34 PM
somebody else wrote her message instead of Maria. That's all. :lol:
(no surprises here)

Ksenia.
Jan 15th, 2011, 08:38 PM
At first I thought she meant Rally for Relief but I guess she actually means practice or something :o

Jovana.
Jan 15th, 2011, 08:39 PM
OR we're all stuck in a different time period and today is the day of the final and she's playing it :cheer: *retarded*

Break My Rapture
Jan 15th, 2011, 08:41 PM
OR we're all stuck in a different time period and today is the day of the final and she's playing it :cheer: *retarded*
:sobbing: :sobbing: :sobbing: :sobbing: :sobbing: :sobbing: :sobbing:

~MashyOwnThemAll
Jan 15th, 2011, 08:44 PM
yeah, may mean a serious workout. but I guess just a inadvertent clerical error.

Marilyn Monheaux
Jan 15th, 2011, 08:45 PM
yeah, may mean a serious workout. but I guess just a inadvertent clerical error.

You make too much sense, bb. :awww:

Ksenia.
Jan 15th, 2011, 08:47 PM
OR we're all stuck in a different time period and today is the day of the final and she's playing it :cheer: *retarded*
I love you.

Break My Rapture
Jan 15th, 2011, 08:49 PM
I love you.
IKR me too. :hysteric:

~MashyOwnThemAll
Jan 15th, 2011, 08:50 PM
You make too much sense, bb. :awww:

only one. ==> #1463

The rest just HINT :lol:


inadvertent clerical error not from the suitable person:)

Mr.Sharapova
Jan 15th, 2011, 09:35 PM
OR we're all stuck in a different time period and today is the day of the final and she's playing it :cheer: *retarded*


:bowdown: :spit:

cyannnnn
Jan 16th, 2011, 06:31 AM
it's me or all the famous players were there except maria:sad:
http://www.australianopen.com/images/pics/large/b_rallyrelief_16_01.jpg

Marilyn Monheaux
Jan 16th, 2011, 07:39 AM
it's me or all the famous players were there except maria:sad:
http://www.australianopen.com/images/pics/large/b_rallyrelief_16_01.jpg

Yeah... you know, I'm happy that she decided to focus on her first match instead, but it would have been nice to see Maria join in on the fun. :-S

Reptilia
Jan 16th, 2011, 07:56 AM
it's me or all the famous players were there except maria:sad:
http://www.australianopen.com/images/pics/large/b_rallyrelief_16_01.jpg

JJ and Venus weren't there either.

But yeah, would have been nice of Maria to participate..

Maria Croft
Jan 16th, 2011, 08:14 AM
Oh who cares, I'd much rather she'd train than do some charity thing, which is what she probably did.

Mistress of Evil
Jan 16th, 2011, 08:37 AM
She did not participate in Hit for Haiti either but donated something like 10 000 dollars.

Vodkapova
Jan 16th, 2011, 11:38 AM
Damn, Vika looks smokin!

Marilyn Monheaux
Jan 17th, 2011, 02:32 AM
Q. How do you feel about that today?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I was definitely a little bit nervous in the beginning. You know, last year I played first match on center and, you know, I lost. So kind of was like, I don't want this to happen again this year.

So, you know, the first game definitely wasn't great, and, uhm, didn't serve good at all during the match. But, you know, otherwise she was close to being 4 1 in the second set, and I was able to win 6 1, 6 3.

So that's the positive within my game. I started playing better as the match went on. And, uhm, yeah, I can only improve in the second one.

Q. With more matches, where will the improvement come from as the tournament progresses? Where do you expect the improvement to come from?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, it comes from, you know, being in the match and being in certain situations, whether you're up or down, you know, finding a way to win.

Whether you feel something is not working, then figuring out how to change it during the match. You know, whether it's being a little bit smarter out there depending who you're playing, yeah, concentrating a little bit better.

Q. You looked a little nervous in the first game. What happened?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, you know, like I said, I came here last year and I was in the same sort of situation. I really didn't want that to happen again. I certainly felt that in the first game.

Q. When did you actually forget about it? When did you start playing and getting the Kirilenko match out of your head?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Probably like, I don't know, in the middle of the first set. Everything I was just not jumping up. I wasn't moving well. I wasn't really thinking for the first games.

Then I started swinging a little bit, yeah.

Q. Can you talk a little bit about the approach to your second serve this year. You're still trying to hit it fairly big, but you're also taking a bit of a risk with doubles. Do you feel eventually that is going to come around to where you can actually hit it big enough and make it somewhat of a weapon?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I think, you know, at certain points I definitely feel like I can, you know, go for bigger ones. But on different days the spin feels a little bit different to me.

That's something that I've really had to adjust to; whereas, you know, maybe before when I was younger, before the surgery, I'd step up to the line and all the type of different spins, whether I hit a kick or slice, were a lot more natural. I didn't really have to think about jumping up and putting something extra on the ball.

Now if I don't, then, you know, my arm, I don't really feel the spin sometimes. That's something that I really have to concentrate on, definitely more on the second than on the first.

Q. You're saying you don't feel the spin? Why? You don't have feeling in your arm or hand like before?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, just sometimes it's not as free as other days. Been serving really good in practice. Uhm, I think sometimes it's just about, you know, bringing that out into the matches, yeah.

Q. Your return from your best, Maria, how is that progressing? Is that progressing as you would like or hope?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: My return to the game?

Q. Yes.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Or serve return?

Q. Return to the game.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Listen, I wish I could be No. 1 in the world today, last year, right when I came back. But I think everything is a process, you know. It really is. I've had many challenges in my career, you know, before today. A lot of it was trying to win Grand Slams and trying to get to No. 1. A lot of it was trying to get back from my injury.

Now it's a challenge of trying to get back to where I want to be. And, uhm, you know, everything in life I think is a process. You have to keep working at it. I think it depends if you really want it or not.

I think I had a really long time to think about whether I wanted it or not, and I certainly did. So, uhm, yeah.

Q. Is it any element of frustration having to take it step by step rather than seeing it come very quickly?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I mean, which part of life isn't frustrating? I think if I wasn't a tennis player, I'm sure if I was a college student you know, I have many friends that are in college, and they go through daily frustrations of having a test the next day and having to stay up till 3:00 in the morning and study for it and not know what they're going to be, what their job is going to be when they're done with school.

Every aspect of life has frustrations but I think that's what makes it interesting, when you break through and find a way to get back or to get to a place where you want to be and achieve your goals. I think it's really, really worth it at the end whether you're a tennis player or anything else in life.

Q. What would you be if you weren't a tennis player?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Uhm, probably somewhere in architecture. Yeah, somewhere in modern architecture or design.

Q. Have you studied at school those skills?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Haven't really had time. But ever since I was young I loved architecture, different types of buildings. I love the creative aspect of many things, the sketches, seeing it build up from a sketch to a real thing. That always fascinates me.

Q. Do you want to talk about Michael not being here? Must have been a big step for both of you.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, like I said in my previous press conference, we worked for six years together. You know, after a really long period of time, I think a few things become a routine. I think from both of our perspectives it was really a good move to bring in a new voice, a fresh perspective into the team.

You know, he was within that transition. We all talked about it as a team. Michael is like a brother to me. We talk all the time. Obviously it's different not having him at a tournament after so many years. Yeah, I mean, it's part of an athlete's career.

Q. Is it over or is it just a break?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Uhm, you know, it's a break for now. I mean, I haven't really had a new coach for many, many years. I've worked with Thomas since the middle of November. It's been going really well. I like the work ethic that he's brought on the court.

I'm happy so far, but you never know where things will take you. So far everything is great. But, yeah.

Q. Is it awkward with the two of them trying to have input at the same time?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, actually not. I think when Michael came in, when my dad was coaching me, I just had a hitting partner, it was quite similar because, you know, Michael came in from playing the tour. At first he was just a hitting partner.

But then as months went on, he learned a lot about my game, the things I needed to improve. They collaborated together. It was great.

But I think in my position at this time I think that was just the best thing, yeah.

Q. You called me a stalker the other day.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yes.

Q. Have you had a problem with a stalker before?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Not until you, no. I don't know why you're here today. That shouldn't have happened. You even have a sign. Oh, goodness (laughter). That's wrong.

FastScripts by ASAP Sports


I'm so over that stalker.:o

Reptilia
Jan 17th, 2011, 02:38 AM
:lol: Who the hell gave that guy a press pass:help:

JadeFox
Jan 17th, 2011, 02:40 AM
Two words: Restraining order. :help:

~MashyOwnThemAll
Jan 17th, 2011, 02:46 AM
Thanks :)

I've worked with Thomas since the middle of November. It's been going really well. I like the work ethic that he's brought on the court.
:angel:

~MashyOwnThemAll
Jan 17th, 2011, 04:30 AM
FB:

Little nervous today, but glad to get a win. I love playing in that stadium, so many great memories.

JamieOwen3
Jan 17th, 2011, 04:32 AM
should have been :rolls:

was a little nervous today,in the beginning of the match i kept thinking about that stalking piece of shit and couldn't fully concentrate

Fool
Jan 17th, 2011, 04:39 AM
Who is this stalker guy? lol

JamieOwen3
Jan 17th, 2011, 04:58 AM
im not sure :lol:

~MashyOwnThemAll
Jan 17th, 2011, 05:01 AM
Razzano is the next opponent

Fool
Jan 17th, 2011, 05:07 AM
Has she played Maria before? What are we up against?

JamieOwen3
Jan 17th, 2011, 05:11 AM
Razzano :devil: Maria plz do not lose to her!!! i still hold a grudge on that beyotch cuz of (Dokic 2006 AO) (Hingis 2006 US Open)

~MashyOwnThemAll
Jan 17th, 2011, 05:25 AM
beat her pls! :woohoo: :bounce:

Mistress of Evil
Jan 17th, 2011, 05:47 AM
Razzano is beatable indeed, has a strange gamestyle.

gc-spurs
Jan 17th, 2011, 08:28 AM
I wonder how long the stalker will recur..

Vodkapova
Jan 17th, 2011, 09:39 AM
Last month she hit 3 million fans on Facebook, now she's about to hit 4 million. :sobbing: Too quick.

Sharapovian
Jan 17th, 2011, 10:27 AM
The stalker was even at her AO press conference :lol:

Jack89
Jan 17th, 2011, 11:02 AM
This was on FoxSports website:

Report: Journalist 'stalks' Sharapova, faces possible caution from Aussie officials
A New Zealand journalist is facing a possible censure from Australian Open officials after a string of run-ins with Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova, the latest coming after her first-round win in Melbourne on Monday.

James McOnie, who works for the spoof TV sports show "A Crowd Goes Wild," first started showing up at Sharapova's press conferences during the ASB Classic in New Zealand earlier this month, asking odd-ball questions like did she need a personal shopper because he had impeccable taste.

In Melbourne on Saturday, he asked if she frequented a club for "hot Russians" with compatriot Anna Kournikova, the Australian Associated Press reported.

Sharapova recognized him on that occasion and said: "You're the guy from New Zealand, huh? Oh, God, you're stalking me!"

"It's not stalking if you love someone," McOnie replied jokingly, to which Sharapova offered: "It can be slightly, trust me."

McOnie made his latest appearance Monday following Sharapova's first-round win over Thailand's Tamarine Tanasugarn, where he unveiled a sign reading: "I am not a stalker."

“I don’t know why you’re here today,” Sharapova said. “That shouldn’t have happened. You even have a sign. Oh, goodness, that’s wrong."



:lol:

Mr.Sharapova
Jan 17th, 2011, 12:11 PM
:haha: At the guy wearing that T-shirt :spit:

Break My Rapture
Jan 17th, 2011, 04:55 PM
I'm so over that stalker.:o
I know. :unsure: It's getting kinda creepy.

nelsondan
Jan 17th, 2011, 07:01 PM
I like the way she is handling it. A combination of annoyance and humour, rather than getting suckered into anything else.

Vartan
Jan 17th, 2011, 07:09 PM
It's not like he follows her home or anything.

Fool
Jan 17th, 2011, 07:42 PM
Exactly. He has a press-pass, he goes to press conferences, he asks questions. lol