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Mr.Sharapova
Jan 17th, 2011, 08:01 PM
Does anyone have a Video of the last press conference Maria made?

~MashyOwnThemAll
Jan 18th, 2011, 03:32 AM
Day 3: Wednesday, 19 January

Hisense Arena

11:00 AM Start

Women's Singles - 2nd Round
Caroline Wozniacki(DEN)[1] vs. Vania King(USA)



Men's Singles - 2nd Round
Janko Tipsarevic(SRB) vs. Fernando Verdasco(ESP)[9]



Women's Singles - 2nd Round
Virginie Razzano(FRA) vs. Maria Sharapova(RUS)[14]



Men's Singles - 2nd Round
Ivan Dodig(CRO) vs. Novak Djokovic(SRB)[3]

rucolo
Jan 18th, 2011, 06:09 PM
Maria`s AO R1 interview::p

http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/interviews/2011-01-17/201101171295232470208.html


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.


I feel so sorry for Maria.:hug:

She tries so hard but the shoulder injury destroyed her serve.:tears:


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.


To hear this makes me so happy. Maria really wants it, is motivated and hungry.:):hearts:

Just be patient. One day the hard work will pay off!

Sp!ffy
Jan 18th, 2011, 11:33 PM
Tennis channel confirmed that Maria officially split with Joyce. :confused:

the cat
Jan 18th, 2011, 11:42 PM
Tennis channel confirmed that Maria officially split with Joyce. :confused:

Wow! :eek: That is big news. Thomas Hogstedt a former Swedish tennis professional is Masha's new coach. I hope it works. I think it was time for a change. But I must tip my hat to Michael Joyce for all he did for Maria over the years. :hatoff:

Jacey
Jan 19th, 2011, 12:08 AM
Yep it looks like its def gonna be permanent

http://msn.foxsports.com/tennis/story/maria-sharapova-venus-williams-start-Australian-Open-with-questions-promise-011711

Fool
Jan 19th, 2011, 12:25 AM
Well, I guess that was semi-expected after they were "taking a break", right?

She probably needed to change it up anyway.

Marilyn Monheaux
Jan 19th, 2011, 08:40 AM
Q. Slow start. Looked like a tough match today.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yes.

Q. How would you assess it?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, it is definitely a slow start. I think after I had been waiting for a long time, you know, she came out playing really well. Deep, hard, low, making me hit a lot balls and I was just making a lot of unforced errors and it was just going one way.

The most important thing was that I didn't let go of that set, even though I was down 3 0, Love 40. Just played it a point at a time, and little by little got back in the set and won that one. Then stayed tough in the end there. That's the most important thing.

Q. In hindsight, was it a match you needed?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Absolutely. Looking back, obviously you want to play faster matches with an easier scoreline. That would be great, but it's also good to play these types matches where you're put in a situation where you have to find a way to win, especially when your opponent is playing really well as well. I think that's something that I'm happy with today.

Q. How long did it take for you to figure out her patterns?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: She's someone that plays really flat and she loves her down the lines. Also has a pretty flat first serve. In the beginning I was having little bit of trouble with that. I think I was not staying low enough.

Yeah, and then I started making her play a little bit and made her think. Then she started going for it a little bit. But overall, she played a good, quality match. I really needed to step it up.

Q. Seemed pretty relaxed. Are you enjoying just being able to get about your busy and not worrying about Caroline being No. 1 or Kim being the favorite? Can you just forget about it and just play tennis?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, well, I've been there and I've been No. 1; I've won Grand Slams; I've been in a position where, you know, in semifinals or finals in Grand Slams where I've faced tough opponents and had to beat them in order to be the champion.

I've done that in my career. This is a different stage in my career. This is where I'm trying to find my groove after being gone for a while, and also finding it on the court and playing matches. I'm enjoy that. I mean, it's also tough to say that you're enjoying when you're struggling a little bit and maybe not winning the matches that you want to be winning. But when you're feeling like you're on the right path, it's gratifying that you're out there and just trying to improve, really.

Q. With things happening off court, is there a certain freedom on court that you haven't experienced before, freedom of not having to wait, always be that person that's at the pointy end of the field? You can adjust get about doing your trade?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I think it's really a matter of being in the zone, being in your own zone. Whether you're going to a tournament and you're the favorite or whether the people think you need to prove something. Everyone is in a different stage in their careers. As the years go on, there's always a new generation that is behind you. When you retire there's always going to be the next you, a better you. That was the way tennis is and sport is. In the time when you're playing, you want to try to make your mark as much as you can and go out there and do your business. That's what I try to do.

Q. Your return games were pretty good, but the serve games you're still struggling. I'm guessing it's going to be important for to you hold more frequently.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I served much better today. I was definitely smarter in many ways. With the wind going one side, I did a good job of having to change a few things, and I was able to do that within the match.

Yeah, I think it's also a little bit of, you know, the serve and the first volley. I missed a few of those today.

In the beginning, I was just not really ready for her deep balls. Maybe that's something that I'll work on, just reacting a little faster.

Q. So how well do you know Goerges? Doesn't she wear your collection?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, she wears my collection. I played her last year in Strasbourg on clay. She's playing really well. I mean, she won her first tournament I believe last year. Yeah, she has a big first serve and she's a big hitter. You know, work on a few things tomorrow to get ready for that.

But, yeah, I'm expecting her to play well because I think she will go out and not have much to lose.

Q. Do you have any control over what she wears?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I have a lot of input in the design of what she wears. I can't force her to wear something if she doesn't like it. She's liked all of it so far since she started wearing it. It's good news.

:)

Vartan
Jan 19th, 2011, 09:32 AM
Can't wait!

~MashyOwnThemAll
Jan 19th, 2011, 09:39 AM
Yeah, she has a big first serve and she's a big hitter. You know, work on a few things tomorrow to get ready for that.

:)

Maria Croft
Jan 19th, 2011, 10:59 AM
I just love her attitude :)

masha122
Jan 19th, 2011, 01:11 PM
always smart aswers by maria just love it

~MashyOwnThemAll
Jan 19th, 2011, 11:25 PM
FB:

Tough match yesterday, she played top 10 level tennis. I have a light practice today and I will get ready for my next match


damn, I just like this girl too much. :inlove:

Mistress of Evil
Jan 20th, 2011, 04:43 AM
top 10 is a bit exaggerated :rolleyes: top 20 for the first 5-6 games, yeah :yeah:

~MashyOwnThemAll
Jan 20th, 2011, 04:47 AM
agree :lol:

Vartan
Jan 20th, 2011, 04:49 AM
top 10 is a bit exaggerated :rolleyes: top 20 for the first 5-6 games, yeah :yeah:

:lol: my thoughts exactly.

~MashyOwnThemAll
Jan 21st, 2011, 10:55 AM
For every thumping winner that Sharapova hit, Goerges belted one on the next point. And every time she landed one, she turned and shook her fist in the air. Note to anyone intending to play Queen Shazza: do not shake your fist in her direction, not when she is armed with a racquet. She is one of the most competitive souls on the tour and it is never wise to get her angry.


http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/articles/2011-01-21/201101211295600324256.html



:hearts:

gc-spurs
Jan 21st, 2011, 11:53 AM
From Maria's FB:

Maria Sharapova
What a tough battle, did not play my best early in the match, but credit to her she played great. I really liked her outfit!! Ha Ha

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/hs016.snc6/166644_488136807679_65920772679_6681496_3047459_n. jpg



lol Oh Maria you joker, you :D

Marilyn Monheaux
Jan 21st, 2011, 12:00 PM
^^23:50. Masha, you should be in bed. ;)

Mistress of Evil
Jan 21st, 2011, 12:07 PM
:cheer:

CROUCHING TIGER
Jan 21st, 2011, 01:19 PM
Phillipa's funny comment:)

Well, I said I would give her three rounds, and now she's had them. The first
three setter....30 games in all. Now it's all a question of fitness. We'll see
if she has improved on Sunday. One thing though... Julia looked Gorgeous in that "masha"-
outfit. Maria could never have filled it anywhere near as good as Julia did. No
wonder the Aussies like her.

masha122
Jan 21st, 2011, 02:09 PM
http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/21012011/2/tennis-empress-maria-grand-slam-designs.html


Tennis-Empress Maria has grand slam designs

Like an Empress bestowing gifts on her subjects, Maria Sharapova clothes several of the players she rather less mercifully blows off the world's tennis courts.

The Russian tsarina told Reuters at the Australian Open that, despite branching out into fashion design, her hunger for hitting tennis balls, was undiminished.

"I'm not in a place in my career where I need to prove something, to the outside, to myself," Sharapova, the world's highest-paid sportswoman, said in an interview.

"I've done that numerous times with grand slams and being number one in the world," added the 23-year-old, a huge diamond ring glittering on her finger.

"But bottom line: I play because I really love it. I had so many opportunities to think that I didn't."

Sharapova, a three-times grand slam singles champion and Melbourne winner in 2008, underwent shoulder surgery later that year and is still looking to rediscover her best form.

She knocked out one of her 'models' in German pin-up Julia Goerges in the third round of the year's first grand slam to set up a meeting with another German, Andrea Petkovic.

"I hope Julia still wears (my clothes)!" said Sharapova with a laugh after a patchy 4-6 6-4 6-4 victory.

"A year and a half ago when we sat down with Nike and discussed who was going to wear my collection she was one of the girls we were really interested in," she added, lighting up on the subject of fashion.

"We knew that some day she would start winning a lot of matches."


CATWALK TENNIS

Sharapova insisted, however, she never caught herself checking out her own designs during matches.

"You don't think about it when you're playing," she said, screwing up her nose. "It's really cool thinking about it when you're designing.

"I don't think you'll ever see me do that (complimenting opponents for wearing her designs) but maybe after the match!

"It's really cool, it's great to see the other girls wanting to wear it and giving you compliments about it."

In her day job, Sharapova has biffed and grunted her way to grand slam titles at Wimbledon (2004) and the U.S. Open (2006) as well as in Melbourne three years ago.

Only a French Open crown stands between her and a career grand slam.

"The French is always a motivation, ever since I won the Australian Open and knowing it's the one I haven't won," said Sharapova, earrings dangling almost to the top of a red T-shirt.

"I don't know if I've been fortunate that I haven't won three of one grand slam, but absolutely I've found the French to be my biggest challenge.

"Even though I grew up playing a lot on the clay in juniors, it was never one of my favourites.

"But I feel as the years go on I'm physically much fitter and I can be a competitor if I play the right way."

For now, Sharapova has designs on a second Australian Open title. "Absolutely," she nodded when asked if a fourth major success would be the sweetest.

"If I'm able to win a grand slam after what I went through with my shoulder it would certainly be the biggest achievement in my career."

Nina.
Jan 21st, 2011, 03:04 PM
Phillipa's funny comment:)

Well, I said I would give her three rounds, and now she's had them. The first
three setter....30 games in all. Now it's all a question of fitness. We'll see
if she has improved on Sunday. One thing though... Julia looked Gorgeous in that "masha"-
outfit. Maria could never have filled it anywhere near as good as Julia did. No
wonder the Aussies like her.

So who is this Phillipa? :confused:

CROUCHING TIGER
Jan 21st, 2011, 05:01 PM
I already gave the link to her at someone(she's on the yahoo group "1012_DECIBELS")

Nina.
Jan 21st, 2011, 05:11 PM
Forgive my boldness to ask :rolleyes: but you keep postings these "quotes" without links where you got them from so one starts to wonder...

CROUCHING TIGER
Jan 21st, 2011, 05:21 PM
Be bold and wonder...

http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/1012_decibels/messages

Marilyn Monheaux
Jan 21st, 2011, 05:28 PM
Dude. Nobody cares for quotes from stupid messageboard we cannot enter unless we have a yahoo account. But since you seem to care a great deal about them, why don't you stay with those people? :D

Jovana.
Jan 21st, 2011, 05:35 PM
Yahoo just sucks.

Break My Rapture
Jan 21st, 2011, 08:38 PM
http://www.sovsport.ru/gazeta/article-item/431509



Maybe some russians can give a better translation? I used google translate. Apparently Sharapova wants to play doubles with Kiri at the Olympics?
:hearts: :hearts: :hearts:

Sharapovian
Jan 21st, 2011, 08:47 PM
:hearts:

Sharapovian
Jan 22nd, 2011, 12:47 AM
Post match interview.

Q. Can I ask you your thoughts on the court when you were hitting up obviously and that delay happened and it looked to be a bubble and it was fairly comical. What were your thoughts?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Maybe it was comical to you. Wasn't really comical to us. We warmed up and had to sit and wait for a while. I was the first one to notice it because I went to the umpire for the coin toss and I noticed there was something under my left shoe. I know I have a lot of foam in the heel but I thought they added some padding or something in there. All of a sudden I looked down and there was a pretty big bubble there. I mentioned it to the umpire and she said she would make a call.

Q. So it was actually your foot pressure? You didn't see a ball bounce fair or do anything...

MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, it was my foot. I thought for a second it was my shoe for a few seconds.

Q. Were you amazed when they did that ball test and it didn't come back at all?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I think you're making a bigger deal than it was. They took care of it pretty fast.

Q. It didn't disrupt you?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: No.

Q. The match was very tight and entertaining.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Thank you.

Q. What were your thoughts on the game? How did you view your performance?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I mean, I wasn't really happy with the first set, especially being up a break. I played a really sloppy game on my serve up 3 2 in the first set. You know, it's not really the right way to break and then go out and have that type of game. I think I lost 40 Love or 40 15. Just made too many errors.

Then she gained all the confidence in the world, and I didn't play well at all throughout the first set, even though I was up a break.

Most important thing is I fought for my chances. I stepped it up and started hitting a little bit deeper. Some of my balls were going short in the first set and kind of went down on my tension a little bit.

Q. Did she surprise you at all?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Not at all. She's the type of opponent that can go out and swing pretty freely. She has pretty big strokes and a good first serve. When things are going smooth, I mean it seemed like she can hit a winner from every part of the court.

I don't think I let her play enough or made her didn't hit good enough shots for her everything was really slow and close to the service line.

Q. Looking further into the tournament, is this game today a good one for you?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, it's great. Like I said after the second round, it's good for me to have a tough match where I was put in a situation being down in the first set and also in the second set where I was up and we had those really tough games where I had to pull it out and find a way to win, even though my opponent was playing really well in those moments.

Today was a little bit the same thing, a little more up and down. You know, just unable to, like I said, convert that break. Yeah, but overall the most important thing is that I fought really well today and I found a way to play better.

Q. Outside of the fight, are you happy the way you're striking the ball?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: As the match went on, I felt a lot better. Like I said, in the first set I think I was way too tentative and the balls were landing short. Went a little bit up in my tension because the weather was pretty warm during the warm up. I don't think that worked too well.

Q. So you want to look ahead to either of your next two opponents, Venus, who you haven't played in quite a while. I don't know if you played Petkovic. Talk about Venus.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, we haven't played in a while, like you said. But you always expect a tough match against her, no matter what stage of the tournament it is, whether it's the fourth round or in the later stages of the tournament. She's obviously one of the favorites here. My goal will be to go out and try to improve on what I've gained in the last three matches, which is another match to play. Whether it's against her or Petkovic, then so it is.

Q. Do you feel you're fitness is at a point where if you have to play six or seven two and a half hour matches you can do it?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, throughout the last two matches I felt really good fitness wise. I didn't feel tired; didn't feel like I was losing the points because I didn't get there. I was slow getting there.

I think it was a little bit of other things within the game. But fitness wise, I think it's really important the more matches I play the better I will feel fitness wise. You can't get better on the court moving and being in different parts of the court without playing matches. It's impossible.

Q. I guess too is that the arm is healing good more than just the legs?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, nothing; just feeling loose.

Q. Just a question on behalf of New Zealand. I know there were a few dramas earlier in the week or funny things. I just wanted you to confirm that there was no problems in New Zealand, that you had a good time there, because it's very important for our tourism. Did you have a good time?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: You couldn't even say that with a straight face.

Q. I was trying.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I know you did. Got to try harder. Which problems?

Q. Just the talk about stalking and that sort of thing.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I think that just got a little carried away with people reading the transcript and not showing up to the press conference.

Q. So New Zealand was a great experience?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Does it go back to the tourism? What are we trying to prove here? Do I get a free boat ride next year if I say the right answer?

Q. Helicopter maybe.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I don't know. That's a little shady.

Dieter.
Jan 22nd, 2011, 09:43 PM
http://www.sovsport.ru/gazeta/article-item/431509

Maybe some russians can give a better translation? I used google translate. Apparently Sharapova wants to play doubles with Kiri at the Olympics?

That would be amazing! :hearts:

Mr.Sharapova
Jan 22nd, 2011, 10:27 PM
Here is the translative part of the Maria and doubles thing ;)

http://i778.photobucket.com/albums/yy62/milot11/untitled-2.jpg

Sp!ffy
Jan 23rd, 2011, 06:12 AM
That translation made no sense whatsoever.

NewShoulderPlz.
Jan 23rd, 2011, 10:15 AM
Maria Sharapova
Sunday, 23 January, 2011

Q. Did you feel comfortable out there tonight?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Did it look like it?

Q. I just didn't think you were quite there.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, definitely wasn't there. You know, not many things were working. I think it was just one of those days. Yeah, just not a good day at the office.


Q. Even if it wasn't a good day at the office are you optimistic that there will be good days very soon?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Of course. I could look at it in so many different ways. Obviously I, you know, could look at it that I played a really bad match and sit there and pinpoint every single bad thing that I did.

You can also look at other things and take away the good things throughout the week and try to improve on that. Last year I was gone on Monday, and, you know, stayed here a little bit longer this year.

So, yeah, this is the beginning of the year. I always look forward to many things, whether I lose easy, whether I win easy. Always have to look ahead.


Q. Could you perhaps talk a little bit about your decision to bring Thomas Hogstedt in and watch you.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, you know, I had the same team and, you know, a similar voice for many years, over six years. I just felt like I needed a little bit of a fresher voice and a different perspective, not someone that's going to come in and change my game or do something drastic.

But I brought in Thomas because one of the things is because I knew him over the last few years. I've gotten to know him working with him a little bit with Haase at the academy in Florida. He brings a really good work ethic to the table, which is important.

Last year I felt like I was lacking a little bit of that because of the results that I just wasn't getting or wanted to do better and was getting a little bit down on myself.

He's really a positive influence. You know, really believes in me. He's watched me play throughout the years. Yeah, he's really professional. He knows I'm a pretty private person, and he sticks to what he feels he needs to do on the court.

We have our dinners and, yeah, it's good. I'm enjoying it. I think I can learn a lot of things from him.


Q. Since you have always been a proud player...

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Proud?


Q. Yeah, proud of your story, your being No. 1 and all this.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, if I wasn't there would be something wrong with me.


Q. No. I'm just asking you if you suffer from not being anymore at the top where you were, if it's really painful, or since you have already reached many, many goals you are anyhow satisfied?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I think I can say there are a lot of more painful things in life than losing a tennis match. I think that's a pretty realistic thing to say. I think there's a lot more in life than hitting a tennis ball.

We can talk about so many cases around the world. I think we're all pretty fortunate to be able to do what we do, win or lose. Obviously wins bring you a lot of smiles and laughter, but this is sport.


Q. Still, it's your career...

MARIA SHARAPOVA: It's your career and your choice. I have achieved, like you said, done many things in my career. I've won many matches and been No. 1 in the world, and also had an opportunity to say that I've had enough.

You know, I could do many other things in my life. I have enough money; I have a great family around me. But when I was away from the sport, everything I wanted to do was to wake up in the morning and not put my ballerinas on, but to put on my Nikes and go out there and run and play.

When it was taken away from me, I realized how much I loved it. When you go through it every single day, you almost forget a little bit. You take a step back and, you know, I miss this. I really wanted it.

If you're not in the draw, you never give yourself an opportunity to be a champion.


Q. Today Francesca Schiavone is going to be No.4 in the world and she's more than 30 years old, which means you can go out even when you're much older.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Absolutely.


Q. Does that send a message for you, says anything to you, or since you got everything when you were 18 it's enough?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Absolutely not. I think it's an incredible message that she portrays for not only people playing on the tour, but young stars that are coming up. I think everyone has a different time where they shine, where they show their best tennis. For everyone it's different.

Look, I was very fortunate that I got to not only get opportunities when I was young, but take them. There's a difference between having them and also being able to take them.

I think she's an incredible champion. She won the French Open last year in great style. She obviously proved it today out there against Sveta. Yeah, even at that age, shows you how fit she is.


Q. This is about the quality of game, that we can have a match today of 4 hours and 44 minutes, the longest...

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Is that how long it was?


Q. Yeah, longest match of all time in Grand Slam history.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah. I think it just shows that no matter what, if we're in the fourth round or the first, in the final, that is why they put the nets up in the morning is to play that match. Doesn't matter what you're seeded, ranked, who you're playing. That's why they open up that tennis can and have those umpires and the net goes up and the match is in front of you.

No matter who the favorite is, you got to finish it. I think it was a great display of tennis. I didn't see a lot of it.


Q. Two questions: Looking back, was it a bit of a risk to take a break from Michael before a slam? Two, I know you did not want to talk about the match before, but what didn't you bring to the table tonight that could have been more effective?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: The second question, I mean, there are many things that didn't work today. I didn't get my first breakpoint until it was a set and 5 1. That's not the type of tennis I want to be playing, especially on the return. I mean, I didn't put any pressure on her serve whatsoever. I wasn't up Love 30 or anything on her service games. That's not the way to play a match.

And the first question, I mean, I think it was the right thing to do. I don't regret it. I think my whole team knew that it was the right thing to do.


Q. So looking forward, coming out of here, it is a major and I know it's the beginning of the year, but to achieve your goals this year, what are you going to have to do to get better and compete at the level you're capable of playing at?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I think bring a little bit more consistency to the table. I was happy that I was down the last two matches and able to find the level again and do the right things to win the match and pick it up. I wasn't able to bring that today.

I think that's I didn't build on what I gained in the last two matches. I think that's really important, something that maybe has been lacking a little bit.

Also just the beginning, you know, the beginning was a little bit dead as well in the match. It's something that I definitely have to improve on.

FastScripts by ASAP Sports

Vartan
Jan 23rd, 2011, 10:19 AM
What a bitch :spit:

Vartan
Jan 23rd, 2011, 10:21 AM
Optimipova, :worship:

CROUCHING TIGER
Jan 23rd, 2011, 10:32 AM
No surprise here. It was almost "GAME OVER" with Görges; the second German finished the job. Still much work for Masha, but then, Rome wasn't build in one day....DAVAI MASHA!!

masha122
Jan 23rd, 2011, 10:34 AM
masha seems to know what's went wrong :) great intreview , hope for the best for the next :angel:

JadeFox
Jan 23rd, 2011, 10:38 AM
What a bitch :spit:

A puppy kicking, kitten drowning, make balloon animals for kids then pop them bitch none the less. :lol:

Marilyn Monheaux
Jan 23rd, 2011, 10:39 AM
A puppy kicking, kitten drowning, make balloon animals for kids then pop them bitch none the less. :lol:

:inlove:

s2crux
Jan 23rd, 2011, 11:01 AM
When it was taken away from me, I realized how much I loved i
I miss this. I really wanted it.

:hearts:

I just felt like I needed a little bit of a fresher voice and a different perspective, not someone that's going to come in and change my game or do something drastic

:o

Mistress of Evil
Jan 23rd, 2011, 11:08 AM
The only thing I can be glad for that she is not pulling an Ajde.

cyannnnn
Jan 23rd, 2011, 02:00 PM
does she directly go to moscow or she returns to USA before???

CROUCHING TIGER
Jan 23rd, 2011, 03:39 PM
Back to the yankees and then BACK HOME

Break My Rapture
Jan 23rd, 2011, 04:11 PM
Optimipova, :worship:
:hysteric:

Dieter.
Jan 23rd, 2011, 10:58 PM
From Maria's website

Maria to play Fed Cup and Paris
Posted on January 23, 2011

Maria's next two tournaments will be Russia's Fed Cup tie against France on the weekend of February 5th and 6th. Maria will then play the Open GDF Suez in Paris which begins on February 7th.

This will be Maria's 2nd Fed Cup tie having played against Israel in 2008. Russia will play France in Moscow. Other Russian team members are Svetlana Kuznetsova, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Dinara Safina. The weekend tie will consist of 5 matches (4 singles and 1 doubles) and Russia need to win at least 3 of the 5 matches to win the tie.

On February 7th, the Open GDF Suez in Paris, France begins and Maria will be maing her first ever appearance there. Paris is played indoors and is a Premier $618K event.

gc-spurs
Jan 23rd, 2011, 11:21 PM
The photo they used on the website is so cute!

http://www.mariasharapova.com/media/327998/fedcup1_bannerImageCrop.jpg

MaitaBaby
Jan 23rd, 2011, 11:23 PM
G, that's Unbeaten08Pova.. love it!

Jovana.
Jan 23rd, 2011, 11:36 PM
Maria's next two tournaments will be Russia's Fed Cup tie against France on the weekend of February 5th and 6th. Maria will then play the Open GDF Suez in Paris which begins on February 7th.


my bday :awww:

Marilyn Monheaux
Jan 23rd, 2011, 11:43 PM
my bday :awww:

:cheer: She's so gonna win that day! :cheer:

Pova is unbeaten in Fed Cup matches, y/y? :D

Vartan
Jan 23rd, 2011, 11:50 PM
Ye!

MAERSK
Jan 24th, 2011, 12:16 AM
The photo they used on the website is so cute!

http://www.mariasharapova.com/media/327998/fedcup1_bannerImageCrop.jpg

Oh so cute! :hearts:http://www.msn-fun.de/images/smiley/love/Armore/amo5.gifhttp://www.msn-fun.de/images/smiley/love/Armore/amo5.gif:hearts:


Aww you changed your avatar GC. I really liked that one. You wouldn't happen to have a bigger version of it by chance?

Mrs. Dimitrova
Jan 24th, 2011, 03:03 AM
That's Pova with bangs. She was unbeatable with bangs until it started growing out. :(

Ksenia.
Jan 24th, 2011, 05:56 AM
Oh I didn't realize it's on the 5th and 6th.... Sorry Estonia, I am not going to attend our FedCup matches then :lol:

Mistress of Evil
Jan 24th, 2011, 06:59 AM
Paris, that's interesting! :scratch:

perseus2006
Jan 24th, 2011, 07:29 AM
Wow! I wonder if playing in a massive number of tournaments is Hog's idea.

It certainly seems like a good one. Get some match rhythm going. Practicing and playing rarely doesn't apper to be getting the job done.

mariavikafan
Jan 24th, 2011, 08:05 AM
So Maria is playing Paris, Dubai and DOha:hearts::hearts: that's just insane but if she wants her game back she has to play a lot and improve her ranking too, draw is way too important these days I swear.

CROUCHING TIGER
Jan 24th, 2011, 10:27 AM
She won't play Dubai or Memphis (source yahoo-Masha-group). Nothing new there; i already told she couldn't keep the schedule she announced on her website...not Masha!!

Jack89
Jan 24th, 2011, 11:54 AM
I know I shouldn't link crap like this, but this article is just stupid (granted it is the daily mail):

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/tennis/article-1349849/AUSTRALIAN-OPEN-2011-Maria-Sharapova-lacks-drive-rivals-like-Francesca-Schiavone.html

Root
Jan 24th, 2011, 12:05 PM
I go to the Guardian to make me feel better.

canadia
Jan 24th, 2011, 01:13 PM
That was a mean-spirited article. But did you see the comment at the bottom of the article? This is the reason I love the girl...

"I can personally vouch for how caring Maria is - my Niece Emily Bailes was the little girl who tossed the coin at the Wimbledon Final which Maria won in 2004.Emily was diagnozed with Cancer in 2004 and sadly lost her battle in 2008 aged 9 when she died. During that time away from the media Maria supported my Sister with visits and personal communication which has continued after Emilys death. Maria knows only too well that there are more important things than losing a Tennis game and in that context I know exactly what she meant re her post match comments that there are indeed 'far more painful things in life than losing a tennis match'. If all celebrities away from the glare of the Media behaved like Maria does trust me the world would be a far better place" .
- Donna Holland, Walsall England, 24/1/2011 10:36

canadia
Jan 24th, 2011, 01:24 PM
This is from the "Forty Deuce" blogger who was at the post game presser for Sveta and Maria. It made me go...awe...

"In a cute little exchange though, the post-match pressers were backed up so as Sveta was finishing her presser, which ran a bit long due to a rambling answer about her millions of prize winnings, Masha poked her head in and with a wide smile, caught Sveta's eye and said "Sveta, you're done!" Sveta smiled, walked towards the door and kept on rambling. "They keep asking me what I do with my millions." "She gives it to me!" They shared a warm and tired hello, patted each other on the back and carried on. A nice moment between two tired and disappointed champions". :angel:

JadeFox
Jan 24th, 2011, 02:27 PM
I know I shouldn't link crap like this, but this article is just stupid (granted it is the daily mail):

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/tennis/article-1349849/AUSTRALIAN-OPEN-2011-Maria-Sharapova-lacks-drive-rivals-like-Francesca-Schiavone.html

The Fail is strong in this one. :rolleyes:

Break My Rapture
Jan 24th, 2011, 03:55 PM
Paris too. :speakles: :scared: I hope she can stay healthy while playing so much.

~MashyOwnThemAll
Jan 24th, 2011, 04:03 PM
lol.

who think that she will play all of them three tours? :lol:

only two IMO + the FedCup :rolleyes: (not all confirmed)

CROUCHING TIGER
Jan 24th, 2011, 04:29 PM
IMPORTANT NEWS

Thursday 27 January, Elena will play a charity match at CSKA.
She will play with Likhovtseva, Kunitsyn and Cherkasov (from ED-site)

Since Masha will play the Fed Cup, i hope she'll watch her new "CHIEF"...Vice-President Dementieva

slamchamp
Jan 24th, 2011, 05:29 PM
That was a mean-spirited article. But did you see the comment at the bottom of the article? This is the reason I love the girl...

"I can personally vouch for how caring Maria is - my Niece Emily Bailes was the little girl who tossed the coin at the Wimbledon Final which Maria won in 2004.Emily was diagnozed with Cancer in 2004 and sadly lost her battle in 2008 aged 9 when she died. During that time away from the media Maria supported my Sister with visits and personal communication which has continued after Emilys death. Maria knows only too well that there are more important things than losing a Tennis game and in that context I know exactly what she meant re her post match comments that there are indeed 'far more painful things in life than losing a tennis match'. If all celebrities away from the glare of the Media behaved like Maria does trust me the world would be a far better place" .
- Donna Holland, Walsall England, 24/1/2011 10:36That comment was a hidden amazing story really owned the writer of the article:worship: Poor Emily:sad:

Maria Croft
Jan 24th, 2011, 06:03 PM
Maria will play Paris, why didn't I know this before!?

I would have gotten tickets and asked for some time off from work, but on such short notice there is not much I can do :sad:

Marilyn Monheaux
Jan 24th, 2011, 07:11 PM
Maria will play Paris, why didn't I know this before!?

I would have gotten tickets and asked for some time off from work, but on such short notice there is not much I can do :sad:

:hug:

Jack89
Jan 25th, 2011, 02:32 PM
The Fed Cup team nominations come out tomorrow, so we'll get to see who Maria may play.

http://twitter.com/FedCup/status/29867148457283584

CROUCHING TIGER
Jan 25th, 2011, 04:35 PM
According to Bobby Chintapalli ( a freelance journalist...and Elena's fan)
"Elena Dementieva has requested to have her ranking removed and so won't show up next week"

So, this is her last week as top-10.

P_Fer
Jan 25th, 2011, 10:15 PM
This is from the "Forty Deuce" blogger who was at the post game presser for Sveta and Maria. It made me go...awe...

"In a cute little exchange though, the post-match pressers were backed up so as Sveta was finishing her presser, which ran a bit long due to a rambling answer about her millions of prize winnings, Masha poked her head in and with a wide smile, caught Sveta's eye and said "Sveta, you're done!" Sveta smiled, walked towards the door and kept on rambling. "They keep asking me what I do with my millions." "She gives it to me!" They shared a warm and tired hello, patted each other on the back and carried on. A nice moment between two tired and disappointed champions". :angel:

:lol:Love it!:hearts:

Break My Rapture
Jan 26th, 2011, 04:27 PM
New FB message. :p

Sorry it has taken a few days to write, but I am putting that last match behind me and more eager than ever to improve and get my way back to the top. I stopped in NY on my way to Moscow, I haven't seen snow in so long. It's like little chicken feathers falling from the sky!!!

Loving her eagerness. :inlove:

Vartan
Jan 26th, 2011, 04:33 PM
:sobbing: there is a winter storm at the exact time my flight is scheduled to arrive. :bigcry:

perseus2006
Jan 26th, 2011, 04:44 PM
Melbourne to Moscow, with a stop in New York? That doesn't seem reasonable to me!

Her geography book is different from mine...

cyannnnn
Jan 26th, 2011, 04:50 PM
lol she will spend the week in a plane.

Mistress of Evil
Jan 26th, 2011, 04:50 PM
Nice to hear from her. :yeah:

~MashyOwnThemAll
Jan 26th, 2011, 04:53 PM
Melbourne to Moscow, with a stop in New York? That doesn't seem reasonable to me!

Her geography book is different from mine...

Reasonable. At least I know a reason ;)

Marilyn Monheaux
Jan 26th, 2011, 04:55 PM
Masha probably left Australia on monday, spent the week in New York/Jersey with her boo thang (who's going on a road trip tomorrow) and will make her way to Moscow soon. Maybe she's even gonna make a quick trip down to Florida to work on her strokes a bit. :p

Mrs. Dimitrova
Jan 26th, 2011, 04:59 PM
Melbourne > NY > Moscow? I guess she doesn't mind the flights. I'd effing hate it. :help:

Vartan
Jan 26th, 2011, 06:54 PM
Well there are no flights going in or out of New York today. :sad:

Marilyn Monheaux
Jan 26th, 2011, 07:01 PM
^^Fed Cup won't be until the 5th. Why would she go there already? :scratch: Sightseeing? :lol:

Vartan
Jan 26th, 2011, 07:06 PM
Maybe, she wants to see her family :shrug:

Ksenia.
Jan 26th, 2011, 07:09 PM
I think her family is in Gomel and Sochi :shrug:

Vartan
Jan 26th, 2011, 07:26 PM
:shrug: I thought her father was a businessman in Moscow. Guess not...

Qetusi
Jan 26th, 2011, 07:26 PM
Shamil Tarpischev :''Official gathering will start on February, 1st. By that time tennis-players should come to Moscow. But if someone of them arrives earlier, (she) will start to train immediately".

Marilyn Monheaux
Jan 26th, 2011, 07:43 PM
^^Thank you. :)

Vartan
Jan 26th, 2011, 07:44 PM
Nastya coaching Masha :haha:

Mr.Sharapova
Jan 26th, 2011, 07:50 PM
What outfit will Maria be wearing anyway?

Mistress of Evil
Jan 26th, 2011, 07:50 PM
Might there will be some bitch slapping involved. :hearts:

Ksenia.
Jan 26th, 2011, 07:51 PM
Maybe Nike made something special for her like in 2008 :hearts:

Vartan
Jan 26th, 2011, 07:53 PM
Maybe Nike made something special for her like in 2008 :hearts:

:worship:

Mr.Sharapova
Jan 26th, 2011, 07:55 PM
I loved her outfit from 2008 :bowdown:.

I just love when Maria wears a one color outfit! Today's outfits of her are not that good :shrug:

Monzanator
Jan 26th, 2011, 07:58 PM
What outfit will Maria be wearing anyway?

I've said this before but her Fed Cup 2008 outfit was THE BEST ever :bounce: (has nothing to do with white/red being my national colours as well :cool: ).

Marilyn Monheaux
Jan 26th, 2011, 08:00 PM
Nike's Fed Cup Outfits = win. :hearts: I expect it to be the dress version of the Mini-Masha outfit in red & white. Wanna bet? :hehehe:

canadia
Jan 26th, 2011, 08:02 PM
It turns out that Sasha has a game in New Jersey tonight. There could be a Maria sighting for those few New Jersey Nets fans.

Vartan
Jan 26th, 2011, 08:03 PM
It turns out that Sasha has a game in New Jersey tonight. There could be a Maria sighting for those few New Jersey Nets fans.

:lol: so mean!

Break My Rapture
Jan 26th, 2011, 08:06 PM
Nike's Fed Cup Outfits = win. :hearts: I expect it to be the dress version of the Mini-Masha outfit in red & white. Wanna bet? :hehehe:
I think it's just gonna be the white/red combo the Masha girls wore in the AO, but with a blue swoosh or something to complete the presence of all Russian colors. :tears:

Vartan
Jan 26th, 2011, 08:08 PM
I think it's just gonna be the white/red combo the Masha girls wore in the AO, but with a blue swoosh or something to complete the presence of all Russian colors. :tears:

I thought so too :)

Sharapovian
Jan 26th, 2011, 08:25 PM
I think it's just gonna be the white/red combo the Masha girls wore in the AO, but with a blue swoosh or something to complete the presence of all Russian colors. :tears:

Probably. Unless they have made something special.

Jacey
Jan 27th, 2011, 02:53 AM
It turns out that Sasha has a game in New Jersey tonight. There could be a Maria sighting for those few New Jersey Nets fans.

:lol: turns out Maria's been spotted at the game :p

cyannnnn
Jan 27th, 2011, 08:43 AM
Mauresmo n'y est pour rien pour Sharapova
Amélie Mauresmo, présente à Melbourne, nous a gentiment fait savoir qu'elle n'était pour rien dans la négociation ayant débouché sur la venue de Maria Sharapova au prochain Open GDF-Suez. Cela s'est tramé au plus haut niveau, chez IMG... La co-directrice de Coubertin a également précisé qu'il n'y aurait que deux invitations pour les Françaises. Une décernée par la FFT, la seconde par les organisateurs. Alizé Cornet semble en pole position pour intégrer le tableau final.
:eek:

link:http://www.rmc.fr/editorial/144922/mauresmo-ny-est-pour-rien-pour-sharapova/

Marilyn Monheaux
Jan 27th, 2011, 08:46 AM
Mauresmo is not to blame for Sharapova
Amelie Mauresmo, presented in Melbourne, has kindly informed us that she had no part in the negotiations that led to the arrival of Maria Sharapova at the next Open GDF-Suez. This was hatched at the highest level, at IMG ... Co-director of Coubertin also stated that there would be two invitations for the French. A awarded by the FFT, the second by the organizers. Alize Cornet appears in pole position to join the final table.

;)

Mrs. Dimitrova
Jan 27th, 2011, 08:48 AM
Don't understand. :rolleyes: It's something about Momo and Masha.

EDIT: I see. :lol:

Vartan
Jan 27th, 2011, 08:58 AM
:inlove: whore more tourneys Maria.

nelsondan
Jan 27th, 2011, 05:31 PM
Maria was mentioned in a story about athletes and charities--not sure what their point was, but I think Maria handles things well in this area, compared to many others...

Maria Sharapova has a foundation that presently offers scholarships to students from Chernobyl-affected regions of Belarus, where Sharapova has ties. Sharapova’s Foundation website says that the scholarships for select students are at the Belarusian State Academy of Arts and the Belarusian State University, but details at the site are sketchy even a year later. (?)

Ten years ago USA Today looked at more than 250 charities closely affiliated with sports celebrities and found a mixed bag. About 50 percent were considered ‘efficient,’ that is they spent no less than 75% of expenses on actual charitable work. But a goodly chunk seemed to be better at fun raising than fundraising.

USA Today reported that while intentions were often good, few athletes or even their representatives were well prepared for the work of running a charitable foundation.
“Sosa Foundation President Chase acknowledges he made mistakes and figures he’s not alone.

“‘I was running it kind of like a private business. Now I understand there’s a difference. ... One of the IRS guys commented to me, ‘All these athletes start these things, but they never finish them because they don’t understand what it entails... They’re hiring brothers, mothers and fathers.’”

Moreover, the Internal Revenue Service requires a high level of reporting transparency from public and private charities in the United States. The USA Today story detailed cases where athletes were largely uninvolved in charities that carried their name, but because the charity was poorly managed it turned out to be a public relations nightmare for the celebrity.

In short, if they manage their Foundations with probity and prudence, sports celebrities can rightly expect the cause jewel in their endorsement crown to provide a real halo effect. If not, the celebrity foundation can be a crown of thorns.

Read more: http://causerelatedmarketing.blogspot.com/search/label/Maria%20Sharapova#ixzz1CGIdHNcV


Charity biography

Sharapova is a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Programme.

Causes supported

Cancer, Children, Economic/Business Support, Education, Health, Philanthropy, Poverty, Women



Charities & foundations supported (6)

Maria Sharapova has supported the following charities:

Great Ormond Street Hospital
Heroes in Heels
Maria Sharapova Foundation
United Nations Development Programme
Variety - The Children's Charity
Wish Upon A Hero Foundation
Other supporters of the same charities & foundations
Aisha Tyler Ali Larter Brooke Burke Colbie Caillat Estelle Kimberly Caldwell Martina McBride Meg Cabot Miley Ray Cyrus Miranda Lambert Reba McEntire Samantha Harris Scarlett Johansson Susan Lucci Taylor Swift


Read more: http://www.looktothestars.org/celebrity/1101-maria-sharapova#ixzz1CGHPEXCm

The Norwegian
Jan 27th, 2011, 05:54 PM
Maybe one day she will get the Nobel Peace Prize. That would be cool.

trimtrab
Jan 27th, 2011, 06:01 PM
^^
Masha will redeem this world


and mods, someone, please ban that "guy with that phillipa shit". he seems to like to bring every piece of trash he happens to pick up. SS is not a trash bin.

Mr.Sharapova
Jan 27th, 2011, 06:11 PM
Can't wait to see if she actually plays Paris. I'm sure Li Na and Clijsters will be there as well :). I would love to have seen Maria up there playing in the finals with Kim :sobbing:.

Hopefully she'll make a good run in one of the slams this year :sobbing:

Sp!ffy
Jan 28th, 2011, 02:09 AM
4th round is a good run, no? :lol:

atominside
Jan 28th, 2011, 06:36 PM
No.

Jack89
Jan 28th, 2011, 10:45 PM
Possible exhibition, featuring Masha, Roger, Rafa and Serena, on March 8th:

http://www.goducks.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=4407&SPID=248&DB_LANG=C&ATCLID=205085616&DB_OEM_ID=500

Marilyn Monheaux
Jan 28th, 2011, 11:57 PM
March 8th? During Indian Wells? Not gonna happen. If so, I'll be mad at Masha. :(


Seems to be official. (http://www.matthewknightarena.com/event/99/nike-tennis-champions) WTF? :(

slamchamp
Jan 29th, 2011, 12:56 AM
No.Dis

Sharapovian
Jan 29th, 2011, 01:02 AM
Still in the official entry list for IW. ;)

http://www.bnpparibasopen.com/Players/Player-Landing.aspx

slamchamp
Jan 29th, 2011, 01:21 AM
lol it's pretty obvious she wont miss indian wells for an exo:lol:

Marilyn Monheaux
Jan 29th, 2011, 01:23 AM
^^Lol. I'm not saying she's not playing IW. Masha, along with Fed & Rafa, probably won't play until Thursday or Friday, I'm just saying it's freaking STOOPID to play some stupid exo right before (more specifically in the middle of :spit:) an important tournament. :tape:

Sp!ffy
Jan 29th, 2011, 02:00 AM
I think we all clearly know Maria's priorities are wrong. :lol:

atominside
Jan 29th, 2011, 05:20 AM
Perfect, she isnt playing Indian Wells then :rolleyes:

Mistress of Evil
Jan 29th, 2011, 06:42 AM
Its a must-be-there tournament so Maria is definitely going to participate.

perseus2006
Jan 29th, 2011, 07:05 AM
The exho is 2 sets! No big deal,

Lachy
Jan 29th, 2011, 07:21 AM
If it is half-way through the tournament then she will be fine to play? :shrug: :happy:

Shafanovic.
Jan 29th, 2011, 07:29 AM
i love u lachy, marry me

Maria Croft
Jan 29th, 2011, 07:32 AM
What's wrong with you people, it's just a little exo.

Is there any other news besides Maria winning that doesn't give most of you guys a meltdown these days?

Mrs. Dimitrova
Jan 29th, 2011, 07:59 AM
What's wrong with you people, it's just a little exo.

Is there any other news besides Maria winning that doesn't give most of you guys a meltdown these days?

What's wrong with YOU? Is there a thread where you don't try to insult everyone?

Oh gosh, is everyone 12 these days? I don't think there is a single thread that's not off topic anymore.

Marilyn Monheaux
Jan 29th, 2011, 09:05 AM
What's wrong with you people, it's just a little exo.

Is there any other news besides Maria winning that doesn't give most of you guys a meltdown these days?

I wouldn't mind if this exo was in, let's say, Indian Wells, L.A. or the freakin state of California. :lol: I know Eugene, Oregon isn't that far away with a plane, but I don't think it's smart for Maria to do it. :shrug: Remember how she refused a photo-shoot one or two days before a tournament? What happened to that kind of attitute? :rolls:

Rog and Rafa are clearly in a different situation than Masha and Serena isn't even gonna play IW - if she's even back to playing by March 8th.

Break My Rapture
Jan 29th, 2011, 11:00 AM
What the hell is this? This is so random...

Sharapovian
Jan 29th, 2011, 11:10 AM
^^Lol. I'm not saying she's not playing IW. Masha, along with Fed & Rafa, probably won't play until Thursday or Friday, I'm just saying it's freaking STOOPID to play some stupid exo right before (more specifically in the middle of :spit:) an important tournament. :tape:

Don't worry , I never thought that. I'm just a bit confused becuase IW does start on the 7th, and that exho is on the 8th (she might not play on these days though :shrug:)

But seeing as Rafa and Roger are playing the exho too, it should be alright :unsure:

perseus2006
Jan 29th, 2011, 11:16 AM
IW starts on March 9. I believe Pova should get a 1st round bye?!?

Reptilia
Jan 29th, 2011, 11:19 AM
I'm fine with her playing an exho, the more match practice the better.
She will have a bye first round so I don't really see the problem:shrug:

Sharapovian
Jan 29th, 2011, 11:24 AM
IW starts on March 9. I believe Pova should get a 1st round bye?!?

Oh guess qualies is on the 7th then, and a bye - didn't think about that.

Reptilia
Jan 29th, 2011, 11:29 AM
IW starts on March 9. I believe Pova should get a 1st round bye?!?

Yep all the seeds gets first round byes in IW and Miami

Break My Rapture
Jan 29th, 2011, 11:38 AM
Oh right they get a BYE. :lol: It's well before Maria plays her first match so it's fine. :)
Hopefully this one doesn't get cancelled like the Texas one last year.

perseus2006
Jan 29th, 2011, 11:48 AM
It would be astonishing if Serenka plays. She is still running around in her bootie.

Maybe The Woz will replace her.

Marilyn Monheaux
Jan 29th, 2011, 11:54 AM
^^It's a Nike event. Maybe Li or Vika will fill in for Serena. :)

JamieOwen3
Jan 29th, 2011, 11:56 AM
the woz is not a nike girl ;) and yeah Vika would be a more suitable replacement :)

Maria Croft
Jan 29th, 2011, 02:42 PM
What's wrong with YOU? Is there a thread where you don't try to insult everyone?

Wow, amazing, you quoted one post and all of a sudden I'm insulting everyone all the time.

Looks to me like I hit a nerve.

JamieOwen3
Jan 29th, 2011, 03:19 PM
hey hey hey guys we're all friends HERE! it was just a bit of joking around obout teenage porn addiction :tape:. move on stay friends :lol:
Mariaaaaa you gotta see here

Mistress of Evil
Jan 29th, 2011, 04:06 PM
Hm, we are having a family feud out here. :cheer:

Shafanovic.
Jan 29th, 2011, 04:25 PM
i love u lachy, marry me

OMG!!!!


WHO THE FUCK WENT ON MY TF :hysteric:

I think it was Umberella. I'm gonna kill him :smash:

Marilyn Monheaux
Jan 29th, 2011, 04:30 PM
Dear Superfacial,

what's up with Caro in your siggy & avi?

Love,
Me.

:)

Shafanovic.
Jan 29th, 2011, 04:37 PM
Dear Superfacial,

what's up with Caro in your siggy & avi?

Love,
Me.

:)

Dear Me,

I love her.

Love,
Superficial.

Marilyn Monheaux
Jan 29th, 2011, 05:08 PM
Dear Me,

I love her.

Love,
Superficial.

Why did I always think you were a Woz-hater? :rolls:

lylux
Jan 31st, 2011, 01:12 AM
Twitition = Maria Sharapova on Twitter http://twitition.com/6oq8y

I know, may never come true, but dreaming does not cost anything

nelsondan
Jan 31st, 2011, 02:07 AM
Being clueless is.....I don't know what it is. I guess it doesn't cost anything. I have no idea what 1645 is about.

claypova
Jan 31st, 2011, 02:10 AM
i love u lachy, marry me

:spit:

Jacey
Jan 31st, 2011, 03:08 AM
Dear Superfacial,

what's up with Caro in your siggy & avi?

Love,
Me.

:)

I was about to ask the same thing....

Caro overload :unsure:

Jacey
Jan 31st, 2011, 03:13 AM
Dear Me,

I love her.

Love,
Superficial.



I guess you really can't help who you love....:tape:


;)

Lucas_Arg
Jan 31st, 2011, 03:51 AM
There's no way Maria is playing Dubai, she won't get a bye so she plays on Tuesday (6 matches in a row)and assuming she makes Paris final she has no rest whatsoever (unless the field completely falls apart). Doha is softer....

Maria Croft
Jan 31st, 2011, 04:11 AM
I think Maria has entered so many tournaments because they (her team) expect her to lose early at at least one of them. Remember, it's all about getting better, and not the results, according to Maria anyway.

Sp!ffy
Jan 31st, 2011, 06:07 AM
I'm trying to do my homework but the tennis channel Navratilova biography thing is so entertaining.

**Oops, realized I posted this in wrong thread. :lol:

Lucas_Arg
Jan 31st, 2011, 06:35 AM
Luckily she will have a bye in Paris' first round , it has been so long since she got the last one...

Mistress of Evil
Jan 31st, 2011, 06:41 AM
yeah, a BYE :hearts:
P.S.IW does not count all 32 best rankled get a bye

MAERSK
Jan 31st, 2011, 04:13 PM
I'm trying to do my homework but the tennis channel Navratilova biography thing is so entertaining.

**Oops, realized I posted this in wrong thread. :lol:

Oh, I like Tennis Channel's Signature Series. They're really great. I like the part when Martina comes to America and discovers all the great little goodies (food) we have and she gets pudgy :lol:

They even made one on the evolution/history of Tennis. Interesting stuff. I

NewShoulderPlz.
Feb 1st, 2011, 09:41 AM
Maria Sharapova (http://www.facebook.com/Sharapova) Cold, cold, cold! Just spent the last week in Munich training and now I am off to Moscow for Fed Cup. I am looking forward to getting on the court and competing, did not like that feeling I had walking off the court last time I played. I am also playing the OPEN GDF SUEZ (WTA Paris) for the first time, so I have a nice schedule over the next few weeks.

JamieOwen3
Feb 1st, 2011, 09:46 AM
:bounce:

Sharapovian
Feb 1st, 2011, 09:48 AM
Oh cool, she was in Munich. Looking forward to playing that's good to hear :yeah:

Marilyn Monheaux
Feb 1st, 2011, 09:52 AM
Masha was in Germany? :sobbing:

cyannnnn
Feb 1st, 2011, 09:53 AM
I was right she is in europe

Mistress of Evil
Feb 1st, 2011, 09:59 AM
Germany :confused:

~MashyOwnThemAll
Feb 1st, 2011, 10:01 AM
I was right she is in europe

well indeed :)
:hug:

Sharapovian
Feb 1st, 2011, 10:03 AM
Masha was in Germany? :sobbing:

:hug:

Marilyn Monheaux
Feb 1st, 2011, 10:03 AM
^^Niki Pilic's academy is in Munich. http://www.tennis-academy-niki-pilic.de/ Could be Hogstedt's doing, considering how many German players he has coached over the years. :shrug:

The Norwegian
Feb 1st, 2011, 11:46 AM
Poor lassie, freezing her tail off in Munich.

Shafanovic.
Feb 1st, 2011, 12:21 PM
From Facebook

Maria Sharapova
Roger, Rafa, Serena and myself are playing a special event for one of the most special people in the world, Phil Knight (the founder of Nike). Phil has done so much for my career and it is an honor for me to be involved in this event. To learn more click here: http://bit.ly/glPw8e

Shafanovic.
Feb 1st, 2011, 12:22 PM
I hope there's a stream for this. I want to watch her play mixed with either Roger or Rafa.

Rafa I hope :inlove:

Marilyn Monheaux
Feb 1st, 2011, 12:30 PM
^^I hope that if there's a stream, it's better than the last one Nike provided. :rolls:

schorsch
Feb 1st, 2011, 12:32 PM
I don't think she was at the Pilic academy :p

When Hogstedt used to train with Li Na they'd go to Oberhaching to train at the Tennisbase.

http://www.btv.de/BTVToServe/abaxx-?$part=Tennisbase.index.menu

Marilyn Monheaux
Feb 1st, 2011, 12:40 PM
^^I know.:p Hogstedt's former partner is from Munich, though and Pilic's academy is the only known quality training opportunity in Munich. :shrug:

The Norwegian
Feb 1st, 2011, 01:17 PM
Maria should have a cup of coffee and an apple strudel, forget about Istanbul and come straight to Oslo.

cyannnnn
Feb 2nd, 2011, 07:28 AM
TERÇA-FEIRA, FEVEREIRO 1

Entrevista exclusiva de MICHAEL JOYCE
Maria Sharapova é provavelmente a maior vedeta do ténis mundial. Contratos milionários, uma enorme legião de fâs, presença assídua nas revistas e televisões mundiais, no entanto, a sua fama tem um propósito, o seu ténis!
Este estava-lhe no sangue desde pequena, e para prosseguir o seu sonho, Maria e os seus pais realizaram inúmeros sacrifícios, mas a jovem tenista só provou que tudo aquilo que arriscaram e abdicaram valeu a pena, conquistando o cobiçado torneio de Wimbledon em Julho de 2004 com apenas 17 anos. As vitórias que alcançara desportivamente aliadas à sua beleza e carisma fizeram da jovem Russa radicada nos EUA desde os 7 anos, uma autêntica celebridade, adorada e reconhecida nos 4 cantos do globo.
O seu sucesso dentro do court continuou, e em 4 anos a musa do ténis manteve o seu nome bem presente no topo.
Mas infelizmente em 2008 o sucesso da Russa no mundo do ténis foi travado por uma grave lesão no seu ombro direito, obrigando-a a recorrer a uma intervenção cirúrgica e a permanecer afastada dos courts por cerca de 10 meses.
Agora, com 23 anos e no inicio de uma nova temporada e fase na sua vida pessoal, a beldade Russa ficou recentemente noiva de Sasha Vujacic, Maria Sharapova tenta alcançar novamente o topo, e para isso, tomou a difícil decisão de afastar temporariamente o grande amigo e também treinador nos últimos 6 anos e meio, Michael Joyce, trazendo para a sua entourage, Thomas Hogstedt.
Michael Joyce é o fiel amigo de Maria, aquele que a conhece verdadeiramente. A sua relação profissional pode-se encontrar em “stand by” mas não a sua amizade. Os dois são como família e partilham sorrisos, choros, alegrias e problemas, factos esses que são demonstrados através da grande entrevista que Michael Joyce nos concedeu.
Michael mostrou-nos o que está por trás da campeã Russa, da Maria Sharapova conhecida pelos fâs, media e até mesmo pelos colegas de profissão, a verdadeira Maria Sharapova.



· SH: Fale-nos um pouco de si, sabemos que foi nº 64 do ranking mundial, como surgiu o gosto pelo ténis?
MJ: Eu joguei profissionalmente durante 13 anos, cresci a ser treinado pelo Robert Lansdorp.
Depois de ter a minha 1ª cirurgia, quando tinha 27 anos comecei a treinar algumas pessoas nos meus tempos livres e gostei imenso.

· SP: Como conheceu a Maria?
MJ: Quando a Maria tinha 9 anos, ela juntava-se com o Lansdorp algumas vezes por ano, e então eu batia umas bolas com ela, como se fosse um pequeno favor que eu fazia ao Robert.
Eu gostei muito da Maria e do pai dela, ela era muito dedicada e eu sabia que, possivelmente, ela ia ser muito boa, por isso eu fui seguindo o seu progresso durante o tempo de Juniores.
Quando eu me retirei do circuito, tinha mais ou menos 30 anos e antes da Maria ganhar Wimbledon eles perguntaram-me se eu podia viajar com ela e com o pai, mas eu não quis porque a minha mãe estava muito doente e eu preferi ficar em casa durante uns tempos.
Alguns meses depois dela ganhar Wimbledon, a minha mãe ficou melhor e fui questionado uma vez mais se queria trabalhar com eles. Foi aí que aceitei e comecei a trabalhar com a Maria em Outubro de 2004. Eu pensava que aquilo ia ser apenas por uns meses, mas depois ela ganhou o WTA Championships e nós os dois achámos que eu era um bom treinador para ela, e passei a trabalhar com ela o tempo todo. Agora já passaram seis meses e meio.

· SP: Conhece a Maria desde que ela tinha apenas 9 anos, podemos presumir então que são como família, descreva a sua relação com Maria.
MJ: A minha relação com a Maria é bastante próxima, eu adoro-a, e ela para mim é como família.
Nunca vou esquecer o apoio que ela me deu quando passei por tudo com a minha mãe.
Às vezes posso levá-la ao limite mas ela sabe sempre que quero o melhor para ela.
Juntos passámos por inúmeras coisas boas, e algumas difíceis também, como a sua cirurgia, e eu quis-me certificar que ela teria todo o meu apoio, acompanhei toda a sua reabilitação, estive sempre ao lado dela, e eu sabia que ela necessitava de mim porque quando estás no topo tens muitos amigos e pessoas que te adoram mas precisas realmente de alguém quando as coisas começam a ficar difíceis e ela encarou tudo como a verdadeira campeã que é.
A lesão que ela teve foi muito grave, e é muito difícil regressar após uma lesão como aquela. A maior parte das pessoas nem têm noção do quanto é que ela teve que trabalhar só para poder voltar a jogar novamente.
A sua determinação e o seu foco em voltar foi mais impressionante para mim do que ter ganho qualquer torneio, teria sido muito mais fácil para ela desistir e virar as costas, porque já tem dinheiro e fama suficiente.

· SP: A Maria atingiu muito sucesso bastante cedo, o que é que acha que teve na base deste fenómeno?
MJ: Eu acho que o sucesso que ela teve tão cedo, foi um pouco inesperado para toda a gente e até mesmo para ela, mas a vida é cheia de surpresas.
Ela colocou a fasquia num nível muito alto quando ainda era bastante nova, mas também provou que mereceu ganhar três Grand Slams.
Claro que a vida dela mudou, mas ela não mudou como pessoa, e isso é a coisa mais importante.


· SP: Todo o mundo sabe que a Maria é um autêntico fenómeno em termos de marketing, está sempre nas bocas do mundo e é uma autêntica celebridade. O que é que a Maria tem que a torna tão apetecível pelos media e pelas marcas mundiais?
MJ: Eu penso que é mais do que o seu aspecto físico.
Ela entrega-se ao ténis de corpo e alma, e dá tudo o que tem no court e as pessoas são atraídas por isso.
Logo, tens uma rapariga atraente e que se entrega a um desporto de corpo e alma o que cria uma boa combinação.

· SP: Agora numa parte mais relacionada com a sua relação profissional com a Maria, como se sentiu ao atingir junto dela todos os feitos que ela conseguiu?
MJ: Tive a honra de estar presente em tudo o que ela realizou. Nós trabalhámos muito juntos e para mim foi bom saber que fiz parte do seu sucesso.
Não há dúvida que um treinador pode ajudar-te e motivar-te mas o jogador é quem tem de ir para o court e jogar. Eu podia treinar muitas pessoas da mesma forma e eles nunca iriam ter os resultados que ela teve.
É preciso ser-se uma pessoa muito especial para alcançar aquilo que ela alcançou e eu tive sorte por fazer parte disso.

· SP: Sabemos que a vossa relação treinador/atleta terminou temporariamente, o que se passou ao certo?
MJ: Basicamente nós decidimos que era melhor para ela treinar com outro treinador, porque passados tantos anos uma mudança pode ser boa.
É sempre difícil para uma jogadora ter dois treinadores, quer eu quer o Thomas somos líderes e achei que o mais correcto era afastar-me por uns tempos porque de outra maneira ela não poderia aproveitar totalmente o que o Thomas tem para lhe oferecer e por agora ela quer experimentar isso.

· SP: Então mas como fãs podemos esperar que o Michael e a Maria voltem a trabalhar juntos, visto que foi temporário?
MJ: Eu acho que há uma grande probabilidade de nós trabalharmos juntos outra vez.
Não tenho planos de trabalhar com mais nenhum jogador. Tenho estado no circuito quase há 20 anos e agora vou aproveitar um tempo de folga. Talvez trabalhar com alguns juniores promissores e desfrutar o meu tempo em casa.


· SP: E em relação ao Thomas? Do que espera deste relacionamento?
MJ: O Thomas é um grande motivador, trabalha muito e o mais importante é que acredita na Maria.
Só o tempo irá dizer se ele a poderá ajudar ou não.

· SP: Qual é a tenista ou o tenista que a Maria mais admira? Quando ela era pequena quem seguia mais?
MJ: Penso que a Maria admirava muito a Monica Seles mas ela não gostava muito de ver ténis.
Eu sei que ela respeita imenso o Federer e o Nadal, a ética de trabalho deles, e o quão bons eles são.

· SP: Muita gente considera a Maria arrogante, até mesmo convencida, isto é verdade?
MJ: Ela arrogante não é de certeza!
É difícil para ela porque quase toda a gente quer algo dela.
Até mesmo quando fãs vêem-na a comer e vão pedir um autógrafo ou fotografia, ela compreende o lado deles, e é sempre muito educada e simpática e irá assinar os autógrafos necessários mas se passar os dias a fazer isso não é justo para ela porque impede-a de aproveitar verdadeiramente a sua vida. E o tour feminino é muito duro, muitas raparigas têm inveja e ciúmes e é difícil fazer amigos.
Mas ela tem um coração enorme, ama a família e os amigos mais próximos e é muito divertida, é óptimo estar com ela, divertimo-nos sempre muito, já tenho saudades dela.

· SP: Como é a Maria nos treinos? Muito perfeccionista?
MJ: Ela é definitivamente perfeccionista mas acho que todos os bons jogadores o são. Ela quer sempre melhorar. Às vezes ela fica um pouco frustrada mas é normal , acontece com toda a gente. Quando ela está no court ela põe tudo o que tem no seu jogo.

· SP: O que é que para si está na origem da Maria ser uma jogadora tão forte mentalmente?
MJ: Eu penso que ela é forte mentalmente desde muito jovem, penso que se nasce com isso.
Podes investir nisso e melhorar mas a minha experiência diz-me que tu podes desde jovem afirmar-te como uma pessoa forte mentalmente.

· SP: A vida pessoal da Maria mudou muito ultimamente, ela ficou noiva, muita gente diz que ela está diferente e que não e tão forte mentalmente como antes, acha que a Maria continua da mesma maneira focada no ténis?
MJ: A vida pessoal da Maria corre lindamente, o Sasha trata-a como uma princesa, que é o que ela merece e por isso fico feliz.
É normal perder-se um bocado da motivação no início quando estamos apaixonados, mas eu acho que ela agora está muito determinada e o período de “lua-de-mel” acabou.
Ela esteve muito focada e treinou muito na off season e até teve bons resultados o ano passado.
Eu claramente acho que quando a tua vida fora de court te corre bem, e estás feliz, isso só te vai ajudar no court, só tens que encontrar o equilíbrio certo e acho que ela está a trabalhar nisso.

· SP: Bons resultados?
MJ: Sim, claro que a Maria não ficará satisfeita enquanto não voltar a conquistar Slams e ser nº 1 mundial. E ela quer ganhar todos os torneios em que entra e é por isso que é uma campeã.
No entanto, não jogou assim tantos torneios como gostaria devido à lesão no cotovelo que teve e que a afectou claramente no ranking, contudo, foi à final de 5 torneios e ganhou 2. Ela não é de arranjar desculpas e simplesmente admite as derrotas.
Ela quer muito voltar ao topo e penso que a única coisa que ela precisa é de uma boa vitória que lhe traga a confiança necessária para a colocar na rota de um Slam, e acredito que irá acontecer brevemente.

A nós, só nos resta dizer, MUITO OBRIGADA MICHAEL E FELIZ ANIVERSÁRIO!

http://sharapovaportugal.blogspot.com/2011/02/maria-sharapova-e-provavelmente-maior.html

Marilyn Monheaux
Feb 2nd, 2011, 08:14 AM
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 1

Exclusive Interview MICHAEL JOYCE
Maria Sharapova is probably the biggest star of world tennis. Million-dollar contracts, a huge legion of fans, a constant presence in magazines and on television worldwide, however, his fame has a purpose, your tennis!
This was in his blood since childhood, and to pursue his dream, Mary and her parents made many sacrifices, but only proved that young tennis player who risked everything and gave up paid off, winning the coveted Wimbledon in July 2004 with just 17. The victories he had achieved sporting coupled with her beauty and charisma made the young Russian living in the U.S. since age 7, a genuine celebrity, adored and recognized in the four corners of the globe.
His success continued into the court, and in four years the muse of tennis has kept its name and present at the top.
But unfortunately in 2008 the Russian success in the tennis world was caught by a serious injury in his right shoulder, forcing her to resort to surgery and stay away from the courts for about 10 months.
Now, 23 years and the beginning of a new season and stage in his personal life, the Russian beauty has recently become engaged to Sasha Vujacic, Maria Sharapova tries to reach the top again, and so we took the difficult decision to temporarily remove the large friend and also a coach for the last 6 ½ years, Michael Joyce, bringing his entourage, Thomas Hogstedt.
Michael Joyce is the faithful friend of Mary, the one who truly knows. Their professional relationship can be found in "stand by" but not their friendship. The two are like family and share smiles, tears, joys and problems that these facts are demonstrated by the great interview that Michael Joyce gave us.
Michael showed us what lies behind the Russian champion, Maria Sharapova's known to fans, media and even by colleagues, the real Maria Sharapova.



° SH: Tell us a little about yourself, know who was No. 64 in world rankings, has emerged as a taste for tennis?
MJ: I played professionally for 13 years, grew to be coached by Robert Lansdorp.
After my 1st surgery when he was 27 years some people started training in my spare time and really enjoyed.

· SP: How did you know Mary?
MJ: When Maria was 9, she joined with Lansdorp few times a year, and then I hit some balls with it, like a small favor that I did to Robert.
I really enjoyed Maria and her father, she was very dedicated and I knew that, possibly, it would be very good, so I've been following his progress during the time of Juniors.
When I retired from the circuit, was about 30 years before Mary and win Wimbledon they asked me if I could travel with her and her father, but I refused because my mother was very ill and I preferred to stay in home for a while.
A few months after her Wimbledon win, my mother got better and was asked again if he wanted to work with them. It was then that I accepted and started working with Mary in October 2004. I thought it would be only for a few months, but after she won the WTA Championships and the two of us we thought that I was a good coach for her, and started working with her all the time. Now I spent six and a half months.

· SP: Do you know Mary since she was only nine years, then we can assume that they are like family, describing his relationship with Mary.
MJ: My relationship with Maria is close, I love her, and she is like family to me.
I'll never forget the support she gave me when I went through everything with my mother.
Sometimes I can take it to the limit but she knows where I want the best for her.
Together we went through many good things, and some also difficult, as his surgery, and I wanted to make sure she would have my full support, I followed all his rehab, I was always by her side, and I knew she needed me because when you're on top you have many friends and people you love but do you really need someone when things start getting tough and it all looked like the true champion he is.
The injury that she had been very serious, and it is very difficult to return after an injury like that. Most people have no concept of how much she had to work just to get back playing again.
His determination and his focus back on was more impressive to me than winning any tournament, would have been much easier for her to give up and turn away, because he has enough money and fame.

· SP: Maria hit a lot of success very early, what do you think was the basis for this phenomenon?
MJ: I think the success she had so early was a bit unexpected for everyone and even for her, but life is full of surprises.
She set the bar too high a level when it was still fairly new, but also proved he deserved to win three Grand Slams.
Of course her life has changed, but it has not changed as a person, and this is the most important thing.


· SP: Everyone knows that Maria is a real phenomenon in terms of marketing, is always in the mouths of the world and is a genuine celebrity. What is that Mary has that makes it so appealing in the media and the global brands?
MJ: I think it's more than your physical appearance.
She gives herself to tennis, body and soul, and gives everything he has on the court and people are attracted to that.
Soon, you have an attractive girl who indulges in a sport, body and soul which creates a good combination.

· SP: Now a part related to his professional relationship with Mary, as she felt with her to achieve all the achievements she accomplished?
MJ: I was honored to be present in all she has done. We worked hard together and for me it was good to know that I was part of his success.
There is no doubt that a coach can help you and motivate you but is the player who has to go to court and play. I could train many people in the same way and they would never have the results she had.
It is necessary to be a very special person to achieve what she has achieved and I was lucky to be part of it.

· SP: We know your relationship coach / athlete temporarily ended, what happened exactly?
MJ: Basically we decided it was best for her to train with another coach, because after so many years a change can be good.
It is always difficult for a player to have two coaches, whether I want the leaders are Thomas and thought the right thing was to get me for a while because otherwise she could not take full advantage of what Thomas has to offer and now she wants to try it.

· SP: So but what fans can expect the Michael and Mary return to work together, since it was temporary?
MJ: I think it is very likely that we work together again.
I have no plans to work with most any player. I have been on the circuit nearly 20 years ago and now I'll take some time off. Maybe work with some promising juniors and enjoy my time at home.


· SP: What about Thomas? Do you expect this relationship?
MJ: Thomas is a great motivator, it works and most importantly believe in Mary.
Only time will tell if he can help or not.

· SP: What is the tennis player or tennis player Maria that you most admire? When she was little more who followed him?
MJ: I think the Maria Monica Seles admired but she does not like to watch tennis.
I know that she respects the great Federer and Nadal, the ethics of their work, and how good they are.

· SP: Many consider Mary arrogant, even convinced this is true?
MJ: It is not arrogant for sure!
It's hard for her because almost everyone wants something from her.
Even when fans see her to eat and will ask for an autograph or photograph, she understands their side, and is always very polite and friendly and will sign autographs necessary but if I spend my days doing this is not fair to her because prevents her from truly enjoy your life. And the women's tour is very hard, many girls are envious and jealous and it is difficult to make friends.
But she has a big heart, loves his family and closest friends and is very fun, it's great to be with her, always have fun, I miss her already.

· SP: How is Maria in practice? Perfectionist?
MJ: It is definitely a perfectionist but I think all the good players are. She always wants to improve. Sometimes it gets a little frustrated but that's normal, it happens to everyone. When she's in court she puts everything you have in your game.

· SP: What for you is the source of Mary being a player so strong mentally?
MJ: I think she is mentally strong from a young age, I think you're born with it.
You can invest in it and improve but my experience tells me that you can assert yourself as a boy as a strong person mentally.

· SP: Mary's personal life has changed a lot lately, she got engaged, many people say that she is different and that is not as strong mentally as before, he thinks that Mary is still just as focused on tennis?
MJ: The life of Maria runs beautifully, Sasha treats her like a princess, that is what she deserves and I'm so happy.
It is normal to lose a bit of motivation at the beginning when we are in love, but now I think she is very determined and a period of "honeymoon" is over.
She was very focused and trained hard in the off season and even had good results last year.
I think clearly when your life runs you out of court as well, and you're happy, it's only going to help the court, you just have to find the right balance and I think she is working on that.

· SP: Good results?
MJ: Yeah, sure that Maria will not be satisfied until we come back to win Slams and be No. 1 worldwide. And she wants to win every tournament he enters and is why it is a champion.
However, he did not play so many tournaments as you like because of the elbow injury he had and that clearly affected the rankings, however, was the final in five tournaments and won two. She is not making excuses and just admit defeat.
She really wants to return to the top and I think the only thing she needs is a good victory that brings you the confidence to put on the route of a Slam, and I believe that will happen soon.

To us, we can only say, THANK YOU AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY MICHAEL!

:)

MaitaBaby
Feb 2nd, 2011, 08:28 AM
:awww: Miss ya, Mike!

Lachy
Feb 2nd, 2011, 10:39 AM
All the stuff he said is so nice. I never understood why anyone bagged him :sobbing:

Break My Rapture
Feb 2nd, 2011, 12:35 PM
That's an awesome interview. Michael. :awww:

People who call him a douchebag have no clue.

NewShoulderPlz.
Feb 2nd, 2011, 01:15 PM
London Olympics is my biggest goal, says Sharapova

MOSCOW | Wed Feb 2, 2011 9:01am EST

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Former world number one Maria Sharapova, who is still looking to rediscover her best form after shoulder surgery, is excited at the prospect of competing at next year's London Olympics.

"The Olympics is my biggest goal in tennis and my dream is to represent Russia in London," Sharapova told reporters on Wednesday.

The U.S.-based Russian missed the 2008 Beijing Games due to a shoulder injury.

Sharapova, 23, is in Moscow for this weekend's Fed Cup first-round tie against France, making her eligible to compete for Russia in London.

She won three grand slam titles before turning 21 but has struggled for form since a nine-month lay-off following a shoulder operation at the end of 2008.

Sharapova is ranked 13th in the world and was knocked out in the fourth round of last month's Australian Open, a tournament she won three years ago.

The Russian is especially excited about the 2012 Olympic tennis event because it will be played on the grass courts of Wimbledon where, as a virtually unknown 17-year-old, she captured her first grand slam in 2004.

Sharapova also said she was eager for her Fed Cup home debut after making her first and only other appearance for Russia in the women's team competition against Israel three years ago.

"It was very tough playing in Israel because the crowd was really noisy and didn't behave very well," added Sharapova who led Russia to a 4-1 victory in February 2008 by winning both her singles matches.

"I'm sure we'll have the crowd on our side here in Moscow and they won't throw nuts and other things at us during matches like we had in Israel."

(Reporting by Gennady Fyodorov, editing by Tony Jimenez)

Mrs. Dimitrova
Feb 2nd, 2011, 01:19 PM
This. :rolleyes: Mike was always my favorite. :awww:

Vartan
Feb 2nd, 2011, 01:19 PM
:kiss:

Sharapovian
Feb 2nd, 2011, 01:26 PM
Mike :awww: So sweet.

Break My Rapture
Feb 2nd, 2011, 01:36 PM
Ahh it was so awesome seeing Maria own that repulsive Israelian crowd during her matches. :hearts:

Marilyn Monheaux
Feb 2nd, 2011, 01:46 PM
Ahh it was so awesome seeing Maria own that repulsive Israelian crowd during her matches. :hearts:

This. SFM! :inlove:

gc-spurs
Feb 2nd, 2011, 01:50 PM
Mannn that just made victory sweeter ALLEZ!

masha122
Feb 2nd, 2011, 01:58 PM
kick some butt masha:rocker2:

gc-spurs
Feb 2nd, 2011, 01:59 PM
Guts, I didn't win Maria's bag. If anyone here is Jessica Ngodara... fuck you.

Marilyn Monheaux
Feb 2nd, 2011, 02:21 PM
Guts, I didn't win Maria's bag. If anyone here is Jessica Ngodara... fuck you.

I didn't win either. :(

Sharapovian
Feb 2nd, 2011, 02:24 PM
Oh that means I didn't win either :tears:

Mrs. Dimitrova
Feb 2nd, 2011, 02:47 PM
Jessica Ngodara? :eek: That's me! :sad:

Vartan
Feb 2nd, 2011, 03:16 PM
Ahh it was so awesome seeing Maria own that repulsive Israelian crowd during her matches. :hearts:

:worship:

Vartan
Feb 2nd, 2011, 03:17 PM
Jessica Ngodara? :eek: That's me! :sad:

That's me! :bounce:

GrandMartha
Feb 2nd, 2011, 04:12 PM
Maria Sharapova: I hope they won't throw nuts at us.
Did the israeli crowd throw nuts at them? :speakles:
Мария Шарапова: "Надеюсь, орехами бросаться не будут"
Тон пресс-конференции задавала первая ракетка российской команды нынешнего созыва Мария Шарапова, которая лишь во вторник вечером прилетела в российскую столицу из США.

- Вчера вы отменили вечернюю тренировку. Может быть, успели погулять по Москве?

- Да вы что, какие прогулки. Метель!

- В Москве эпидемия гриппа. Школы закрыты на карантин. Вас это не испугало?

- У нас в команде хороший доктор. Вроде бы пока у всех все нормально. А там посмотрим. Будем витамины пить.

- Мария, это будет ваш второй матч за сборную России. Сильно ли отличаются нынешние ощущения от тех, что были три года назад в Израиле?

- О, то был хороший опыт для меня. В Израиле было очень тяжело. Это был мой дебютный матч за сборную, мы играли на выезде. В этот раз, думаю, морально будет легче. Потому что публика будет болеть за нас. И орехами бросаться не будут, надеюсь.

- Вы выиграли три турнира "Большого шлема", были первой ракеткой мира. Есть ли у вас мотивация выиграть Кубок федерации?

- Да. Я надеюсь, что у меня будет такая возможность. Это только первый круг, впереди нас ждет много игр, поэтому загадывать пока тяжело. Но если мы выиграем этот матч и дойдем до финала, я бы хотела быть в команде.

- В свое время травма помешала вам выступить на Олимпиаде в Пекине. Игры в Лондоне вы держите в уме?

- Да, моя самая большая мечта – выступить на Олимпиаде за Россию.

- С этого года в тренерском штабе сборной России трудятся Анастасия Мыскина и Елена Лиховцева. Как вы оцените их работу и их помощь?

- Я только вчера вечером прилетела, только сегодня провела первую тренировку. Просто поговорили, и все (смеется). Никаких конфликтов не возникло (смеется).

schorsch
Feb 2nd, 2011, 04:18 PM
The FC team:

http://www.championat.ru/tennis/article-77136.html

http://translate.google.com/translate?js=n&prev=_t&hl=de&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&sl=ru&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.championat.ru%2Ftennis%2Farticl e-77136.html

Hogstedt:

http://www.championat.ru/tennis/article-77140.html

http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=de&sl=ru&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.championat.ru%2Ftennis%2Farticl e-77140.html

Marilyn Monheaux
Feb 2nd, 2011, 04:27 PM
On Wednesday, February 2, "Olympic" held a press conference on the occasion of the upcoming quarterfinal Cup Federation with the participation of the Russian team at full strength. The team captain Shamil Tarpishchev, players Maria Sharapova, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Dinara Safina in an atmosphere of constant jokes, jokes answered journalists' questions and spoke about the preparations for the game against French women, as well as the time spent in Moscow, the cold weather, the course adaptation, and more.

- Shamil Anvyarovich, the Russian national team has never exhibited such a formidable and powerful of the quarterfinal match on. How did you gather all these girls?
Shamil Tarpishchev: It's better to ask the girls, because they made known the desire to play. No problems on this issue we have not had. The entire team on track, the girls got rid of the trauma, slowly go on increasing.

- Now in Moscow, the flu is rampant, many people become ill. You are not afraid to catch the virus?
Maria Sharapova: (Laughs.) It seems that so far everything is normal. We'll drink vitamins.

- Other difficulties, such as the recent terrorist attacks, you are not frightened?
Sh.T.: Then in Egypt had to play (laughs).

- Anastasia Myskina and Elena Lihovtseva working with the team as coaches. How to evaluate their care?
- MS: I actually just last night flew to Moscow, today held the first training session. So, talk (laughs). No conflicts were all normal.

- How much different treatment in Melbourne and in Moscow and as the adaptation goes to court?
Svetlana Kuznetsova: "I think that the cover differs greatly, but all arrived in advance, we have time to prepare. Courts are much faster, but this is understandable, since we are playing in the hall.

- Maria, yesterday you had planned to spend an evening workout, but it was canceled. Why is that?
MS: I'm sorry. Did not work, what can I say?! In Moscow, the big tube, I only arrived at 19:00 to my hotel.

- What to do in the evening, went for a walk?
MS: Where to walk? Here you have a blizzard.

- What were your feelings on arrival in Moscow yesterday? What did you do tonight?
MS: I came late to the hotel, I thought, I'll have time to train, but failed. Yesterday no one had time to talk. I actually thought that the girls live in their homes, but they stopped at the hotel, except for light.
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova: I also live at home (laughs).

- Maria, you're the second time performing in the team. How different are your feelings from last time?
MS: Yes, it was a good experience. In Israel it was very hard to play, besides the first time I played for the national team. This time will be easier mentally, because the stadium will be rooting for us. At least not throw nuts on the court (laughs).
Sh.T.: Maybe he will (laughs).

- The fact that this is the first home match in the Fed Cup, gives an added incentive?
Dinara Safina: We always try to win playing for Team Russia.
MS: Well done!
SK: (After a pause.) Homes are generally very good to play.
MS: (Laughs) That is the whole answer? Then I also did not speak.

- In what state you're after the tournament in Melbourne?
MS: Light is still recovering (laughs).
DS: I do not yet recovered after 40 minutes on the court (laughs).
MS: Yes, I too, a couple of days after you took off (laughs).
SK: It's OK and ready to have forgotten that it was in Melbourne.

- Maria, you have won a Grand Slam, "was the first racket of the world. The victory in the Fed Cup is an incentive for you?
MS: Yeah, I hope that we will have a chance to win this trophy. This is only the first round, there is a lot of tennis. I hope that if we win this match, and then the semi-finals, then I will have the opportunity to speak for the team in the final.

- Shamil Anvyarovich, you've already decided on the composition of the match?
- Here are the ones who are sitting here, all will play. Such an option I do not exclude it. However, there is still a few days, we did not choose those who will play the first day, so we'll see.

- Maria, you are due to injury could not come at the Beijing Games. You plan to play in London?
MS: Yes, that's my biggest dream at the moment - I want to speak for Russia at the Olympics in London.

- Competition in doubles tennis, and especially in mixed doubles is much lower than in solitary confinement. Whether such seditious thoughts - concentrate their forces in these discharges, as in the Olympics medals in all ranks are equally valuable?
Sh.T.: We have a problem with the training process. All the top players more focused on single species and is rarely played in a pair with each other. Besides single skater rarely fall on the same event as everyone has different calendars, and rating. Despite this, we must train the combination of steam. It is no coincidence his pair of Indians already recreated. We also have another problem - we do not train with a couple of my childhood, because it is nowhere to do it. In our country no good pair of players, because this is not the logistics. Naturally, we are experiencing great difficulties in this regard. However, we are in any case we will create the best combination of those tennis players who we have to expect to win the Games. It is possible.

- How to assess the strength rivals - the French women? One of them is to be feared the most?
Sh.T.: I do not know on what scale is to assess, but if our team will play at full strength and show my best tennis, then we should be no problem. We know that French tennis organization the best in the world today. With this team is always very difficult match, although if you take your game statistics in the Davis Cup and Fed Cup, we are in with a score of 6:1. Of course, we do not want to spoil this relationship, but only increase it. We are fully able to do it.

- You have come to Russia from the hot Australian. How long have you played snowballs, not sculpted snowmen?
SK: We're all sitting at home because we were very cold after Melbourne, and women just do not roll myself (laughs).
MS: (Laughs) And do not plan to do so.
SK: Yes, as long as a month has passed, do not plan to, but then we leave, and again in warmer climes.

- And how long usually takes an acclimatization period?
SK: That Shamil Anvyarovich knows.
Sh: A normal person, speaking from the standpoint of science, the liver is rebuilt only at the 12 th day. If the liver had a hand, it would strangle us. When the process of adaptation, you must comply with special food, because the internal organs rearrange their work. Here, the specificity of training, but in tennis, this feature is erased, because they are from childhood plow on all continents. Here all the individual - someone needs more time, and someone on the next day can normally play. This is one of the problems, which is why away games are much harder to home.

- Dinara, after your defeat to Belgian Kim Clijsters very warmly of you responded. You to enjoy her words?
DS: I am very happy that she found something positive in my game after 40 minutes spent on the court. Honestly, I do not even know that you respond to it.

- What did Marat?
- He left his opinions to himself.

Lucas_Arg
Feb 2nd, 2011, 04:51 PM
I think Maria has entered so many tournaments because they (her team) expect her to lose early at at least one of them. Remember, it's all about getting better, and not the results, according to Maria anyway.

Maria should not play Dubai and play Monterrey or Kuala Lumpur instead. Unfortunately is not gonna happen.

Vartan
Feb 2nd, 2011, 04:58 PM
Maja, did you use a translator? :lol:

NewShoulderPlz.
Feb 2nd, 2011, 06:19 PM
Tomorrow I'm doing an interview with Thomas Hogstedt. Maria Sharapova's fans - do you have any questions to her coach?


http://twitter.com/VladasLasitskas

Marilyn Monheaux
Feb 2nd, 2011, 06:30 PM
^^
Is Mike coming back?
How is her schedule after Miami?
How is Masha's progress in training?
What are their (Masha's) goals for the season?
How's Masha's fitness doing?
Why so many tournaments?
Are Masha's struggles mental, physical or both?

:)

Anyone here on twitter who can tweet those? :rolls:

The Norwegian
Feb 2nd, 2011, 06:56 PM
What happened to Lagom?

Lucas_Arg
Feb 2nd, 2011, 07:07 PM
WTF why Maria is not in this entry list?

http://www.opengdfsuez.com/joueuses.php?op=simple&language=uk

Vartan
Feb 2nd, 2011, 07:09 PM
WTF why Maria is not in this entry list?

http://www.opengdfsuez.com/joueuses.php?op=simple&language=uk

She is there. #26 to be exact; she probably got a WC spot because of her late entry. :shrug:

Marilyn Monheaux
Feb 2nd, 2011, 07:10 PM
WTF why Maria is not in this entry list?

http://www.opengdfsuez.com/joueuses.php?op=simple&language=uk

She is at No.26 :shrug:

Lucas_Arg
Feb 2nd, 2011, 07:11 PM
She is there. #26 to be exact; she probably got a WC spot because of her late entry. :shrug:

Oh, my bad. I was going nuts.
She still the second seed and I hope Kim withdraws :devil:

Marilyn Monheaux
Feb 2nd, 2011, 07:16 PM
Oh, my bad. I was going nuts.
She still the second seed and I hope Kim withdraws :devil:

Noooooo! I want a rematch! :fiery:

Lucas_Arg
Feb 2nd, 2011, 07:33 PM
Noooooo! I want a rematch! :fiery:

And I want a Premier title for Maria :crying2:
Also, Paris Indoors has always been a tournamente I would love to see Maria winning.

Break My Rapture
Feb 2nd, 2011, 08:13 PM
Clijsters is gonna be spent if she plays there. :lol: I think it's not unlikely that she'll withdraw after Fed Cup.

Kitten63
Feb 2nd, 2011, 08:28 PM
Thanks for all the interviews and artilcles.

gc-spurs
Feb 3rd, 2011, 05:48 AM
From the interview with the team... who is "Light"??

Marilyn Monheaux
Feb 3rd, 2011, 09:09 AM
^^I think Dinara. :shrug:

Pops Maellard
Feb 3rd, 2011, 10:46 AM
I'm so sorry I said the 'r' word after the AO. :sobbing: It was a complete overreaction. From now on I try to keep the drama queen moments to a minimal level. :lol:

Marilyn Monheaux
Feb 3rd, 2011, 09:15 PM
Via google translate :o

TENNIS

Fed Cup. RUSSIA - FRANCE

COACH Sharapova Thomas HOGSTEDT: "IN OUR BUNCH BOSS - MARIA

In the Olympic Sports Complex continuing training teams of Russia and France, which tomorrow and Sunday, will meet in the quarterfinals of the Federation Cup. Yesterday, an interview with Sport Express gave Thomas Hogstedt - 47-year-old Swedish coach of former top-ranked and the first issue of the Russian team of Maria Sharapova.


- If not a secret, how long you think before accepting the invitation to work with Mary?

- In fact, the question is not how much time it took me. Just before I was busy - coached by Li Na of China, but when I finished working with it, then switched to cooperation with Sharapova. This is a great honor for me and I will do everything to Mary returned to the leadership position. We will move forward gradually - step by step.


- Learn the Russian language have not started yet?

- So far I know only "thanks" and a few words. I guess I should really sit down for textbooks. (Laughs).


- What do you think about Sharapova, when there were not familiar with it and watch the game on the part of Mary?

- It is - a true champion, and I always liked the way she plays. Of course, there are things on which to work, and we both know it. However, while I went with Mary to just one tournament ...


- When you started working with Sharapova, already knew that its long-term coach, Michael Joyce, will soon leave the team of Mary?

- The decision to leave Michael took I did not. Personally, I'm all arranged. More on this subject I have nothing to say.


- What are first of all you have to work with Sharapova?

- To return to a leadership position, it is necessary to improve all components of the game. As banal as it may sound, it is not in any one stroke.


- What kind of problem is posed in front of him as a coach?

- It is important, of course, and position in the ranking and winning Grand Slams. " And if, in general, my goal - re-do champion Maria, I hope that together we will get there. See how the desire to work with Sharapova, and I'm sure her a lot on the shoulder. And as will happen with me or not - see. In any case, I get great pleasure from our cooperation.


- Probably, you are now experiencing a strong psychological pressure?

- I always felt it - with whomever he worked. However, the same thing happened when he played. I even like it.


- The schedule Sharapova in February, worth three tournaments. Not too much?

- In the last couple of years she played not so many matches as she wanted. However, this moment, we concentrate only on the Fed Cup. It was only after a speech in Moscow will decide where we go next. So it is not necessary that we play all the tournaments that are on the schedule.


- Many are worried about the physical state of Sharapova.
<---------- ZOMG that's like totally my question! :D
- It's all right, but, again, we are working with her was not so long. On such matters is better to speak six months or a year of cooperation. Food for thought will be more and more until I was a novelty.


- And yet - what is currently the main problem of Maria? In psychology, or physical condition? <---------- ZOMG that's like totally my question 2.0! :D

- There is no other. It has long been traumatized, and for any tennis player is not an easy situation. Return is always difficult, but Sharapova well motivated, and she will return to its former level.


- During training with Sharapova, you are using already proven over the years to come up with exercises or her something special?

- I combine. That is, use what is, in my opinion, fits the style of her game. Of course, I have a time-tested exercises, but do not forget that our boss is a bundle - that Sharapova, and we must build on its status. On what exactly it comfortably.


- In preparation for the Fed Cup match your role as a change?

- No, no difference. All the usual way: players train, advise coaches. The atmosphere is very good, I have respect for everyone who is present here. I know many long time - at work in the WTA Tour. So no problem.


- Thomas, you're not the first time in Moscow ...

- Yes, been there many times. Still active players spoke at the first Kremlin Cup (in 1990. - Note. "SE"), and then came in as coach, the German Nicolas Kiefer and Tommy Haas, and Li Na.


- Nevertheless, when follow you from the outside, it seems that you are still wondering the dimensions of the "Olympic".

- I remember all those times when the central court was in another corner of the stadium ... Fantastic building, I was here many times - and always amazed anew.


- Who's your favorite Russian tennis player?

- Perhaps I'll call Kafelnikov and Safin, a great player. Eugene, by the way, I once won, when he was very young and just starting their careers, and recently met him at the Australian Open. Safin, when spoken, is often practiced with Haas. I still have very good relations with Nastya Myskina - it played in our tournament in Stockholm. You are lucky that they all now work for the benefit of Russian tennis.


- Who, in your opinion, now is the clear leader among the women?

- Best of all is Belgian Kim Clijsters, but soon the situation, it is likely to change. The level of play increases, since the first round matches at major tournaments got very heavy. To break into the elite can anyone. I hope that will not be long - and Sharapova will be the leaders.

Vladas LASITSKAS

http://www.sport-express.ru/newspaper/2011-02-04/1_3/
:)

Sp!ffy
Feb 4th, 2011, 12:09 AM
:o :o :o :o

alcer
Feb 4th, 2011, 05:25 AM
VirginMary,

There is some correction of google.

Highlighted with red.
Only after matches in Moscow we'll decide where to go next

"what is currently the main problem of Maria? In psychology, or physical condition?"

None of those.


Maria got practice with sparring partner, Belarussian Vladimir Volchkov - semifinalist at Wimbledon 2000.
He was interviewed after.

"Is it far from her optimum shape now?

- I think not. Now at least some tangible flaws in Masha's game is not observed. You just look how she serves!"
(She made several aces to him)

http://www.sovsport.ru/gazeta/article-item/434995

cyannnnn
Feb 4th, 2011, 08:34 AM
safin and maria :)
Dinara's older brother just finished a meeting at RTF's office and comfortably sits in the stands to watch the practice. Hogsted notices him:
- Marat, my man. I am so glad to see you! – Thomas says that there will be practice break and goes to hug the former ATP rating leader – Come on court - play with us!

— Nah, practice is the only thing I don't need today - strikes Safin – Masha, do you work together for a long time?

— Two years!

— One month! – corrects her Hogsted.

— Ah, Masha, you liar! – Marat laughs loudly.

— Marat, I see you communicate with Sharapova. Do you know her for a long time?

— I remember her, when she was this tall - Safin shows one-meter height with his hand - She came to Australia as a junior. And how she raised! A start - impossible to reach - laughs Marat.


http://www.sovsport.ru/gazeta/article-item/435356

Mrs. Dimitrova
Feb 4th, 2011, 10:20 AM
:hearts:

I remember there was a picture in early '10 where Maria was practicing and Marat was watching her; or was that '09? Somewhere during a hardcourt tournament, me thinks.

Jacey
Feb 4th, 2011, 06:41 PM
:hearts:

I remember there was a picture in early '10 where Maria was practicing and Marat was watching her; or was that '09? Somewhere during a hardcourt tournament, me thinks.

Yes! I remember that :hearts:

cyannnnn
Feb 4th, 2011, 06:44 PM
:hearts:

I remember there was a picture in early '10 where Maria was practicing and Marat was watching her; or was that '09? Somewhere during a hardcourt tournament, me thinks.

it's in China open. but don't remember the year.

cyannnnn
Feb 4th, 2011, 06:44 PM
If I'm not mistaken, 2gether with Maria to Moscow flew her mother Elena.And I think today is the birthday of Yuri Sharapov.50 years.Correct?
find this on twitter

kimgurl
Feb 4th, 2011, 11:06 PM
If I'm not mistaken, 2gether with Maria to Moscow flew her mother Elena

thats great then..:)maria's mom looks like the actress in kill bill..:hearts::hearts:( i dont know the name of the actress..:lol::lol:she also plays Medusa in lightning thief..

Jovana.
Feb 4th, 2011, 11:11 PM
thats great then..:)maria's mom looks like the actress in kill bill..:hearts::hearts:( i dont know the name of the actress..:lol::lol:she also plays Medusa in lightning thief..

Uma Thurman !!!

kimgurl
Feb 4th, 2011, 11:23 PM
yeah she is thank u jovana:D

~MashyOwnThemAll
Feb 4th, 2011, 11:31 PM
Uma Thurman !!!

My favorite movie, with my favorite actress. :inlove:

and yeah, Elena is almost like Uma :lol:

MAERSK
Feb 5th, 2011, 12:23 AM
Really Uma Thurman!? Mom must be a hottie! :hearts:

Jacey
Feb 5th, 2011, 12:27 AM
Maria has even said her mom looks like Uma, and she even told Uma that when she met her at an event in Florida.

LoveMasha2008
Feb 5th, 2011, 02:02 AM
Could anyone please give an accurate translation of the first question:
http://www.championat.ru/tennis/article-77140.html

(— Томас, вы совсем недавно начали работать с Марией. Как идут ваши дела?
— Да, мы работаем всего полтора месяца. Это очень короткий промежуток времени. Я надеюсь, что у нас всё будет очень хорошо, но мы только начали, так что сложно дать какую-то определённую оценку.)

Does it say that Hogstedt will cooperate with Masha for only six months? :scratch:

Sp!ffy
Feb 5th, 2011, 02:04 AM
The black girl that gets killed first in the first Kill Bill lives on my street. :cool:

alcer
Feb 5th, 2011, 02:57 AM
Could anyone please give an accurate translation of the first question:
http://www.championat.ru/tennis/article-77140.html

(— Томас, вы совсем недавно начали работать с Марией. Как идут ваши дела?
— Да, мы работаем всего полтора месяца. Это очень короткий промежуток времени. Я надеюсь, что у нас всё будет очень хорошо, но мы только начали, так что сложно дать какую-то определённую оценку.)

Does it say that Hogstedt will cooperate with Masha for only six months? :scratch:

No,nothing like that.

Google translation gives:

"Thomas, you just recently started working with Mary. How are you doing?
- Yes, we are working only six months. This is a very short time. I hope that we'll be very good, but we just started, so it's hard to give any particular rating.)"

But actually he said about one and half month (it's obviously six weeks but not months). So, all this misleading is google translation problem.

Later Thomas said he planned to travel with Maria throughout the season, it is important for their cooperation.

LoveMasha2008
Feb 5th, 2011, 03:17 AM
Thank you, alcer.:)

cyannnnn
Feb 5th, 2011, 06:51 PM
@VladasLasitskas: Tomorrow first single match for Russia will play @nastia_pav. Not Maria Sharapova. Second single match will play @SvetlanaK27 :sad::sad:

~MashyOwnThemAll
Feb 5th, 2011, 07:06 PM
good decision!!!!!! :bounce:

Vartan
Feb 5th, 2011, 07:24 PM
Maria is so 'OVA!

Mar's
Feb 5th, 2011, 07:44 PM
Is it official ?

Lucas_Arg
Feb 5th, 2011, 07:45 PM
What is wrong with her?

Jacey
Feb 5th, 2011, 07:52 PM
ummm just saw on twitter possible sveta/pavs doubles....just lol.

mariavikafan
Feb 5th, 2011, 07:57 PM
I'm seriously OK with that I want her to play Paris healthy.
And I don't know what is wrong with her I try to tell myself that she didn't want to bother that much considering she is planning to play Paris. I really don't know I guess we will have to see what happen in Paris but I'm sure she'll play better than that at least, I hope.:lol:

lylux
Feb 5th, 2011, 09:25 PM
Maria Sharapova: “Tomorrow will be another day…”

“I was trying to fight but unfortunately I lacked something” – Maria Sharapova commented on her loss to Virginie Razzano 3/6, 4/6. “The surface was more suitable for Virginie’s flat and low strokes, - Maria said. – I’m thankful to the audience for the support. But tomorrow will be another day. We haven’t lost the tie yet”.

Break My Rapture
Feb 5th, 2011, 09:33 PM
She seems so determined. :awww: The thing she lacked was a serve.

Too bad she's not playing Cornet tomorrow.

Lachy
Feb 5th, 2011, 10:58 PM
All I wanted to see was Masha vs. Alize. Cornet fcked it up last year at Wimbledon. Now Maria :tape:

Mrs. Dimitrova
Feb 6th, 2011, 08:48 AM
^ This. I want a Mara vs Alize match since 2008. It's like a match that will never happen a la Maria vs Nicole Vaidisova. :rolleyes:

Marilyn Monheaux
Feb 6th, 2011, 08:52 AM
^ This. I want a Mara vs Alize match since 2008. It's like a match that will never happen a la Maria vs Nicole Vaidisova. :rolleyes:

Or Maria vs Kournikova. :tears:

Mr.Sharapova
Feb 6th, 2011, 09:08 AM
What is happening. Isn't Maria playing today?

Maria Croft
Feb 6th, 2011, 09:19 AM
She seems so determined. :awww: The thing she lacked was a serve.

Too bad she's not playing Cornet tomorrow.

It was her ground game as well, everytime she was pulled out wide, be it on her forehand or backhand side her shots lost all power and control. I can only hope it's the surface and the location that makes her play that awful, because she's never played well in Russia. But judging from her results these last few months I doubt that.

Rerun
Feb 6th, 2011, 12:28 PM
I cant even bump up "time to hire up a coach" thread this time :sobbing:
she chose a very good one

nelsondan
Feb 6th, 2011, 01:25 PM
has Maria ever been 10 or 12 pounds more than she is now? Maybe she needs more strength and power--it might give her a new mindset. Sometimes I see her hitting as hard as she can, but it gets blasted back at her by these average players.

Marilyn Monheaux
Feb 6th, 2011, 04:10 PM
^^Well, Masha was definitely at her "heaviest" or should I say "fullest" in mid 06/07... :shrug:

Shafanovic.
Feb 6th, 2011, 04:26 PM
I agree. During the indoor 2006 and AO 2007. She was definitely bigger.

Still hot though :drool:

MaitaBaby
Feb 6th, 2011, 05:28 PM
Read on Cronin's twitter that Thomas is making Mash bend more on the forehand side. I'm puzzled by this change.

slamchamp
Feb 6th, 2011, 05:32 PM
who cares about the forehand..teach her how to put a 2nd serve inside the little box that is painted on the court and she'll be fine

Jacey
Feb 6th, 2011, 05:37 PM
Read on Cronin's twitter that Thomas is making Mash bend more on the forehand side. I'm puzzled by this change.

:spit: because thats what she really needs help with right :rolleyes:


who cares about the forehand..teach her how to put a 2nd serve inside the little box that is painted on the court and she'll be fine

:yeah:

Craig.
Feb 6th, 2011, 05:38 PM
who cares about the forehand..teach her how to put a 2nd serve inside the little box that is painted on the court and she'll be fine

Lol, as if her serve was the only problem.

slamchamp
Feb 6th, 2011, 05:43 PM
Lol, as if her serve was the only problem.

It was her biggest issue yeasterday after I saw her all pumped until 1-0 30-0 up when she made 2 doubles in a row and her confidence went downhill (and with that all her game)