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Mistress of Evil
Mar 13th, 2011, 07:54 AM
:lol:

cyannnnn
Mar 13th, 2011, 07:43 PM
some quotes from Maria on Vujacic to Nets trade

http://msn.foxsports.com/tennis/story/maria-sharapova-ana-ivanovic-work-hard-to-become-relevant-031211

Sharapovian
Mar 14th, 2011, 01:12 PM
Indian Wells 2nd Round Interview

Q. Nice start to the tournament?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah.

Q. Long, hard-fought match?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah. I haven't played in a long time, and the first set, you know, I felt that a little bit at certain points in the beginning. I was almost a little confused whether I should, you know, be more patient or go for it a little bit more.
As I started playing more, I started getting a better feel for her game and for the way I was playing.
You know, I came back in that first set and did a good job of, you know, being really aggressive towards the end of it.
In the second set, you know, I had my chances to win the match. You know, maybe played a little bit too risky, went for a little bit more. She played really great defensively throughout the whole match and always made me hit another ball.
I stepped it up in the third. So it was a long match and many games, but I think it was a good match for me.

Q. So third set you pretty much felt like you had a good feel for the ball and what you had to do to close it?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I started to. After I have been on the court for two hours you get a pretty good feel for what your opponent is doing and her strengths. I thought she played really smart. She had a game plan in mind.
Yeah, probably like five years ago if I played against someone like that I would run myself to the ground, but I wouldn't be so patient.
But you have to -- it's an interesting balance between being patient but also playing your game and being aggressive and trying to finish the points closer to the net.

Q. Do you feel like you worked out some rust? You haven't played for a while. Do you feel like you worked out a lot of rust?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, the last few weeks I was just really eager to play. I had a long offseason, played a couple of tournaments, and really in Australia was my last one. It's been a while, and it was unfortunate that I couldn't play the, you know, two or three, you know, starting in Paris.
I was there, but, yeah, got sick and I had to fly home. That took a lot out of me, and, yeah, it's just the way it goes.
But like I said, you have to get the rust out whether it's in a long match or a fast one, yeah.

Q. What's your feeling in this stage of your career? Does it feel like work and a chore in any way, or is there a real joy to it and a freshness still? How would you describe your feelings towards the game?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I think it's pretty tough to go on a tennis court thinking that it's a chore. It's pretty difficult on its own, because you obviously have to work on a lot of things in your game, and, you know, go through other things, you know, off the court.
You know, like I've said, I have a new coach and new racquet. So you're working on those things, and you're trying to build. Every day you go on the court, it's been really -- you know, I like the work ethic that Thomas has brought on the court. It's worked a lot on many different areas of my game, and it's a whole different ball game when you go into a match.
That's what I've lacked for many months now, and I just really hope that I can, you know, play a lot of matches.

Q. I know you developed a lot of patience after the shoulder surgery, because you had to, being out. But when you got sick at Fed Cup and you got back on the plane and you realized you couldn't play Paris, Dubai, or Doha, were you saying, Oh, my God, I can't believe I have to go through this again?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, that was a bummer, but I was -- I just knew it was gonna happen, because when you come into a country and 50% of the people are sick in the city and they're telling you not to use public transport or go anywhere and you're playing in a stadium, you know, with thousands of people, I mean, and you're sitting there for seven hours the next day, I mean, there's a really good chance you're going to get something.
I just got it pretty bad. Yeah, I was out for a couple of weeks.

Q. One of the great things about tennis is we have all these cycles. We always come back here or Paris or London. But earlier this week you went up to Eugene. Can you describe what it's like, what it was like up there to play in front of a fresh crowd?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, so energetic, and it just felt alive. It started from the introductions even. I don't know if you saw any of it, but we were introduced onto the court from walking down stairs. And with the whole inside being dark and only you're walking alone down the stairs during the introduction, you feel like a rock star.
You know, I mean, I told Victoria I felt like the opening act to U2 a little bit playing before Roger and Rafa. I was like the Blackeyed Peas. (Laughing.) It was really fun.
I enjoyed the whole experience, and I have been with Nike for so many years. I feel like I have been really a part of the family from being a young girl when they didn't make clothes in my size and they never had a junior line and I always felt like I had to wear things that were twice as big and rolling up my skirts.
But just being there and seeing Phil and knowing that it was something very important for his son and knowing how involved he is in the whole university in sports. There are not many people so involved.

Q. It began with a waffle iron making shoes.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Incredible.

Q. What kind of guy is he?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: He's really laid back. We were flying back, and, you know, Max and I, my agent, and were talking about how incredible. You know, this guy started from something so small and has developed something so incredible. And to be honest, I don't think he knows what a genius he is.
I think that's the best part about it, is he really goes about his life. He was just -- he's really just thankful and happy we were there. He enjoyed it, seemed like. He was laughing and he had his family there, so...

Q. Do you have to show yourself now, let's say the next couple of months, I'm not going to go beyond the draw or anything like that, that, Yes, I put in the work, have a new racquet, a new coach, I can still produce good results and really good tennis?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, I know I can produce good results. I wouldn't be here. I wouldn't be out on the court. I wouldn't be practicing. I wouldn't be trying.
But I'm pretty realistic in terms of knowing that I'm not just going to come out of nowhere and all of a sudden, you know, feel like everything is well and I'm winning matches easily. I'm not gonna have any hiccups in the matches and not go through tough opponents.
It's not real, and I know that I'll have to face -- have to lose a few matches in order to get back. The only thing I really want is that consistency, the consistency of being healthy, but also being able to, you know, to play a lot.
You know, I really miss that. I miss competing. You know, I miss matches, yeah.

Q. There is this curious oddity about WTA players and NBA basketball players relating to New Jersey. Have you met the owner of the Nets?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I have not, no.

Q. You're engaged right now. How are you balancing tennis with the giddiness of being a girl and being happy and in love?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Just like you said, it's a balance. It's an exciting part of my life, because I'm young and my fiancée is still young, and I feel like we have many years ahead of us in our careers. You know, him in basketball probably more than I have in tennis. He kind of scarce me. He just loves the sport so much. He just never wants to stop. He's actually scaring me a bit.
Yeah, it's wonderful to know that we have each other, you know, at the end of the day whether we're traveling. It's tough to be apart, there's no doubt, in so many different ways.
But, yeah, when his season is over he'll support me, and I try to come over there whenever I can and allows. We try to make time. Yeah, we have a lot of years to spend time, quality time together. We're in the same city for more than a week.

Q. If I could ask, I mean, you've seen a lot of hoops by now. How do you compare the athleticism...
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I know all about the broadband league pass. If you want the user name, password, I got it all. I have you connected from Hong Kong, from the U.S., anywhere.

Q. But how do you compare the athleticism of basketball, which is incredible, with our sport, which is also incredible? Can you compare it in any way, the two different sports?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: It's a little different in terms of that tennis is individual and it's a team sport. I feel it a little different when I actually play Fed Cup in a way.
But it's different where if you're not having that feeling, you might be having the best night of your life, but you end up losing and you have really mixed emotions that you're not sure, you know, how to feel. You played well but your team lost. Or the other way around. Your team wins and you didn't have a great game.
But it's an interesting, you know, obviously balance. I have been able to, you know, be emotional about it and learn a lot about it, and it's fun.

Q. How tough is the trade when you heard about it other than...
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I was so happy.

Q. Because I know it's a very good opportunity for him to play and getting a lot of minutes, but still he was based in LA and now he's in New Jersey.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: To be honest, maybe we have skipped a few days where we could have seen each other, but it's so much more worth it that he's playing and that the whole organization has been great to him.
He loves all the teammates he plays with. Yeah, he's a happy kid. It's nice to see. No matter how they're doing, how they're playing, it seems like they're sticking together and trying to work things out and win games and play as a team.
But yeah, I was really happy because, you know, he also, deep down inside, wanted that as well. He wanted to have the opportunity to play a lot, and yeah.



;)

http://www.mariasharapova.com/news/indian-wells-2nd-round-interview-%282%29.aspx

Marilyn Monheaux
Mar 14th, 2011, 01:43 PM
I have a hard time believing how open she's become about her private life. :lol: I still remember the interview she did with Ellen where she shut down absolutely anthing that had to do with her love life. :lol: Aleks is doing her good I see. :)

On another note, I didn't know she had a new racket. Why didn't she stick with the FO - Cincy GOAT DIY racket? :sobbing:

Mistress of Evil
Mar 14th, 2011, 02:56 PM
yeah, she is pretty open about her relationship :) She must be very happy :hug:

The Norwegian
Mar 14th, 2011, 03:16 PM
Stop worrying about her love life!!!

lylux
Mar 15th, 2011, 03:04 PM
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- Maria Sharapova can't help but follow Japan's nuclear crisis as it unfolds 25 years after the 1986 blast in Chernobyl.

The three-time major champion and native of Russia wore a T-shirt noting the anniversary of the explosion to her post-match news conference Monday at the BNP Paribas Open.

"It's crazy and something that you can't even prepare for," Sharapova said about the Japanese crisis. "It happens, and you see the coverage on it and the videos and it's really incredible that something like that can even happen in the world."

A second hydrogen explosion in three days rocked a Japanese nuclear reactor Monday as authorities worked to avert any catastrophic release of radiation in the tsunami zone. The trouble began after last week's quake and tsunami knocked out power, crippling the cooling systems needed to keep nuclear fuel from going into full meltdown even weeks after a reactor shuts down.

International scientists said there are serious dangers but not at the level of the 1986 blast in Chernobyl.

Sharapova's mother, Yelena, was pregnant with her only child when the Chernobyl plant in Ukraine exploded and spewed radioactive clouds over the western Soviet Union and northern Europe.

Sharapova's father, Yuri, and her mother fled the city of Gomel in Belarus -- about 80 miles north of Chernobyl -- shortly before she was born in Nyagan, Siberia. Gomel was one of the areas most affected by radiation.

Sharapova has worked as a United Nations goodwill ambassador to draw attention to the Chernobyl region.

"Even though something like that happened such a long time ago, it still causes many people on a daily basis, especially kids that were born and now are having kids, you find that they have something in their body that's not allowing them to live a normal life from the pollution," she said.

Seeing the Japanese footage has brought it all back for Sharapova even as she tries to raise her ranking after being sidelined by injuries the last few years.

"It opens your eyes, and obviously puts a lot of perspective in your life," she said about Japan.

"It's a country where I have very great memories from. I started playing there when I was very young, and I always loved my experiences there. So to see it going on there to its culture and the people, it's really sad."

http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/news/story?id=6218106

anyone has pictures of the conference?

lylux
Mar 15th, 2011, 03:05 PM
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. What's the T-shirt?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: It's the 25th year of Chernobyl.

Q. Seems pretty appropriate the way things happened.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Crazy, right? Can you believe one disaster 25 years ago? Now another? I heard there's a big cloud coming towards the West Coast.

Q. They think it will dissipate...
MARIA SHARAPOVA: So the tournament goes on (Laughter.)

Q. We're here talking about backhands down the line and so forth, but what are your thoughts about the situation over there? It's in an area of obvious great interest to you.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, it is. And certainly -- are you talking about Japan?

Q. Yeah, and just the nuclear...
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I mean, in terms of what's going on over there, it's crazy and something that, you know, you can't even prepare for. It happens, and you see the coverage on it and the videos, and it's really incredible that something like that can even happen in the world.
It opens your eyes, and obviously puts a lot of perspective in your life. It's a country where I have very great memories from. I started playing there when I was very young, and I always loved my experiences there. So to see it going on there to its culture and the people, it's really sad.

Q. You've been so impacted in your own life by Chernobyl and done a lot of wonderful work around that.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah.

Q. Are you a little cautionary about nuclear...
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I think, you know, in the beginning my job was raising awareness to the world really and basically getting the message across that even though something like that happened such a long time ago, it still causes many people on a daily basis, especially families that were -- you know, kids that were born and now are having kids, you know, you also find that they have something in their body that's not allowing them to live a normal life from the pollution.
I mean, some of the coverage they shot when they were doing the documentary and in the radiation area, because I have never actually been around the area. ESPN covered it. I wanted to get all the coverage and all the videos around it, because it's really unbelievable what you see. This big huge area, no one is -- it's completely deserted. No one is around it.
Everyone has complete completely fled. They took their passports and that's all. That was their only belonging that they really wanted. Yeah.

Q. Incredible.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, it really is.

Q. Solid outing today.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah. Well, it started slow. I started like I didn't have my cup of coffee or something, didn't have my peeps around. So that was disappointing.
I got it together. It was a very different opponent to someone I played in the first round who maybe hit a lot of balls. This is someone who can hit a winner from any part of the court really, and you just have to be ready and try to make her hit another shot.
When she's on, she can be one of the toughest players to play against. You know, she had a lot of errors today. But, yeah, overall it was solid. I had good return games, I returned a lot better, and served a lot better in the second set.

Q. How important is it to you right now to put yourself in a position to win a tournament like this?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Of course it's important. It's great. It's more important that I'm playing matches and that I'm here and competing.

Q. Can you just talk about the serve? You've changed your stance, is that correct, a bit?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, a little bit.

Q. Why did institute that, and what are you trying to do with that?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, just trying to find just a little bit more of a comfortable stance so I can create a little bit of more -- feel the spin just a little bit more from the first serve to the second serve and have a little bit more options.

Q. Do you feel like it helps the kick serve?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Um, I think when I used to stand -- I mean, I've had so many different motions, but most of my motions I used to stand pretty far over, kind of parallel to the baseline.
I don't know if that's the best thing for the shoulder, because you always have to work a little bit more.
So, yeah, I just started staying a little straighter, but I think pretty much it's the same except the stance.

Q. Is that a function of the racquet change or coaching advice?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, nothing with the racquet at all. Just trying to find, you know, the best kind of stance and the motion that can help me, you know, feel the spins a little bit more.

Q. Obviously you're a basketball fan. Can you comment on or talk about the basketball tournament, college basketball tournament? Were you paying any attention? Any thoughts on the Bruins or the Trojans, anything along those line, or are you just a pro fan?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: You just spoke a foreign language to me. I can speak NBA; I can't speak anything else. No, actually I'm not following that at all. I'm sorry. I'm not very good with -- it's terrible. I've lived here for so long, but I don't really follow too many college sports.
Maybe if I participated in one and had that whole college experience I think I'd be more involved. I felt it a little bit when we were in Oregon playing in the Nike exhibition, because you had that university crowd that was just incredible.

Q. Go Ducks.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Exactly. I was like getting used to the whole sign thing. (Laughing.) God forbid that I said something that was against their team.
But, yeah, no, they're so into it. I think that's great to have so many people enjoy sport in a country, and it's really big here.

Q. Care to give us your NBA predictions then?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: No. I'm not a predictor, not publicly.

Q. You have had a lot of ups and downs and really good wins and some disappointments. Is it more strategic things you've had to learn over the years or more stroke changes? Could you tell me a little bit about what you have had to focus on over these last two or three years?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Um, not so much technical. I mean, I haven't changed my strokes dramatically. I haven't done, you know, too much. I had to change my serve a little bit when I came back after not playing for a while in the beginning, having a little bit of a shorter motion.
Yeah, I think it's a process. You learn. When you're out for a while, you get back into it. I always feel like every day that you miss practice you almost get worse a little bit, because you feel like everyone's practicing, everyone's getting better, and you're not out there trying to get better.
So when I went on the court, you know, you learn that you just try to work as fast as possible to get on the court. And when you're actually playing matches, you learn a lot by being in those situations.
Also a lot of it is, you know, mentally getting used to the situations and almost being like on autopilot, where when you're playing so many tournaments, playing a lot of matches, a lot of things come naturally to you. You know, those feelings, and, you know, not worrying about having to hit certain shots or it just comes kind of fluid.
It's a tough thing to explain, but it's one of those things that just come automatically. When you're not competing, when you're practicing or not even practicing, you lose that touch and that feel. So it takes a while. You know, losing early certainly doesn't help because you find yourself obviously back on the practice court and practicing, and then you go into a match. That's why I always say how important it is to play a lot of matches.

Q. Just to follow up on the Nike thing, they made a lot of special designs, Hepburn, red rhinestone. If you had to pick one that is still your favorite outfit, which would that be?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: That I've worn?

Q. Yes.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I've had a few favorites. But probably the night dress at the US Open.

Q. The black one?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah. The lady that designed it was a good friend of mine, and that was the first dress that she had actually helped design in terms of within Nike and out of like a contest of a few people. So it was kind of interesting how it all worked out. You know, she helped design it and then I wore it and then I ended up winning in it. So, yeah, that was special.

Q. If I could just ask, it was mentioned about the racquet change. Sometimes it can be a pretty dicey thing. You haven't had that many tournaments, I don't think.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, not too many.

Q. Could you talk about the change, how that's affected your game or your stroke?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah. It hasn't affected too much. But when I had a lot of time to think about what maybe I needed help in and what areas of my game, I really felt like a racquet could help me.
I tried a few different frames in I think it was in November. And, yeah, Head was experimenting with a few racquets at that time and they were coming out with a new collection. When I picked it up, I loved it. One of the things I really liked about it was when I was maybe on the stretch I didn't feel like I had to work as hard as maybe before that. It really helped me on the run and on the defense.
But it also, when I felt like I had a good ball to hit it, I didn't feel like it was flying on me a little bit, which sometimes -- because sometimes I like to be aggressive, and sometimes you feel that with little changes it can hinder that and the balls fly a little bit more with a more powerful racquet.
So I had that really good balance of really helping me on the defense and adding a little bit more power, but also being really stable when I had a good ball to hit.

Q. Dinara said after she got back from the Australian Open she called her mom told her she was going to retire because she was so frustrated with just trying to come back from the back injury and all that goes into that. Can you just talk about your own experiences of, you know, being down at that level and then just trying to scrape through it?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah. You know, as athletes, we have many ups and downs in our careers. We have moments where we either come back from injury or we have had tough losses where we feel like our game isn't there, and we've had some changes in our careers, whether it's coaches, whether it's other things. Obviously everyone goes through different things.
I mean, our sport is not always -- you're never always on a high level. You have to go through these patches of being frustrated and down and losing matches and going through injuries and injuries that, you know, sometimes force you to be out of the game for a while.
You just have to be really -- you know, thankfully she has a great team around her, you know. You can say she's really lucky that she can call up her mom and ask her for her voice. I think that's really important, because my parents have always been there for me. Have always encouraged me to -- they've always said to be true to who I am.
At the end of the day, when I was out for a long period of time, when you have so many questions going around whether, you know, whether it's something that -- it's obviously a long process to get back. Is it something that you want? Is it something that's worth it, all the hard work and the days and the mornings?
And you know what? It is, because you do it from such a young age and you compete for so long that it's such a bore when you don't do it anymore. It really is.
As much as we hate the grind of every day getting up in the morning and practicing for hours on end, I mean, there are a few that might love it, but I wouldn't say that, you know, it's a true, true passion of mine.
I love playing matches and points more than anything, but, yeah, it's tough. But I think every athlete goes through it.

http://www.tennis-x.com/story/2011-03-15/i.php?utm_campaign=Maria+Sharapova&utm_medium=Twitter&utm_source=SNS.analytics

gc-spurs
Mar 15th, 2011, 08:11 PM
Oh Masha you had your chance to impress me with a good answer to the nba question....

MS17
Mar 16th, 2011, 07:47 AM
"It was a little unfortunate I didn't win the first game," said Sharapova, who had triple break point as Safina served the opening game of the match. "

:lol: :p

slamchamp
Mar 16th, 2011, 02:16 PM
lol maria show more excitement about your match:lol: Who cares about the first game when u won 6-2 6-0?:haha:

swissmr
Mar 16th, 2011, 02:38 PM
4th Round Interview:

Q. Is there any part of you that can understand or feel empathy with what Dinara was going through out there today? I mean, she's clearly suffering the effects of her injury and loss of confidence. It looked like at one point she was even starting to cry during one of the changeovers.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I didn't notice that. It actually seemed like this tournament she was starting to pick up her game and play a lot better. I think that's what she's been working towards. You know, she hasn't had, you know, the results that she's wanted the last two months and she's trying to find her form, and I think this was the tournament where I think she was starting to, you know, get more confidence.
I don't think she played that poorly throughout the match, actually.

Q. How about your form? It looks like you're starting to get up to a higher and higher level each round.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I thought that was going to be important today. You know, it was a little unfortunate I didn't win that first game, because I thought, you know, when you're Love-40 on her serve, you know, played a solid game, and I missed that one shot close to the line.
Yeah, but after that I felt like, you know, I stepped it up. You know, I put a lot of pressure on her from the first ball and felt like she was on the defense. That was really important.

Q. Did you expect the old Dinara who used to battle you, or were you not kind of sure who was going to come out?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: You just go out there, and no matter who you're playing, you have to expect your opponent to play great tennis. Like I said, this was one of the first tournaments that she's starting to play a lot better and find her form.
That's dangerous, because, you know, she comes into a match, and, you know, confidence is a huge thing. You can come in and swing away.
Yeah, I just wanted to take care of business.

Q. When you're not playing a lot of matches, what is the toughest thing to replicate? Like what is it almost impossible to replicate in practice that you need to summon in a match?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I talked about it a little bit in my other press conference. I think a lot of it is just the feelings that you go through during the match almost like you're on autopilot when you're down a breakpoint. You know, you have a similar feeling. You're not questioning yourself so much. You automatically know, you know, what you're going to do, where you're going to stay.
When you haven't played a lot of matches, you almost -- you're unsure, you know. You're not too -- - obviously not too confident because you don't know when, you know, if you've been practicing well, when is that going to transition over.
It's a different type of match. It's a different type of atmosphere. Yeah.

Q. Roger said that now that he's in a different phase of his career, he's not playing with the freedom he had as a younger player, that he has sort of more to lose now, that he sort of didn't know what he didn't know when he was young. Do you feel any of those elements in the big arc of your career?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Um, I just always try to push myself, because deep down inside I always feel like I can be better, that I can achieve more. You know, I always feel like it hurt me being away from the game. You know, I wanted to build on what I what started in the beginning of 2008 where, you know, I was playing really unbelievable tennis and I felt like something was coming on and I was trying to push through it.
And, yeah, I think it's -- I think for everyone, you know, it's tough to -- I mean, to hear it from Roger after what he's accomplished already, it's almost laughable. I think everyone -- there are only a few players that can say that in his position, I think.
But, yeah, everyone is in different stages of their lives. Some become fathers or mothers and some are trying to come back from injuries. Some are, you know, retiring and then coming back.
So everyone feels differently out there. It all changes match for match. That's, you know, the beauty of the sport, really.

Q. You were talking the other day about how much Sasha loves basketball. How does your love for tennis compare to his love for basketball?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I think he likes to practice more than I do. (Laughter.)
I think that's a fact. Um, no, I think love for the sport, it's tough to compare. We're both big competitors, and we had a very similar upbringings in terms of sport. I mean, the way he slept with his first pair of basketball shoes, I certainly never slept with mine. I slept with an a pair of high heels. (Laughter.)

Q. Is that true?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, it's not true, but it's almost true.

Q. Did you ever sleep with a racquet?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, no. It's funny. Actually, you come to my house and I don't think you'd even know that I play tennis, honestly.
Yeah, I mean, you don't see any tennis things around. Even my trophies are pretty, you know, pretty stored in a cabinet. Only if you sit in the dining room table, that's usually -- that nobody ever sits at. So unless you point them out, I don't think anyone really sees.
But, yeah, it's different. But as far as from a competitive point of view, we're both pretty big competitors.

Q. Why do you put all that stuff in your house aside that's related to tennis? You just need the separation from career or just...
MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, I just don't like so much cluster. We get so many things would we travel, tennis souvenirs and books. I don't know. I think I got it from my mother. She's very organized and everything was always pretty clean, and there's just -- you come to my house, and you don't -- I mean, all the tennis equipment is stored in one closet somewhere in the basement, or in the garage you see my tennis bag.
Other than that...

Q. You don't have the...
MARIA SHARAPOVA: You see my dad's four pairs of skis and his new bicycle. God, what a view that is at like 9:00 in the morning.

Q. And your Slam trophies are where? You don't have them on a mantle somewhere?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, there is like a dining room table and like a cabinet that's glass, so you can see it if you sit at the dining room table. But it's one of those places that is more like for view.
Yeah, it's a formal living room, dining room table that -- yea, I just, I don't know. I was never like a souvenir type of person. You know, when people come to the house, of course I show them my trophies. I mean, like I don't hide them. I don't have like pictures of me. You don't see like a picture of me with a Grand Slam trophy.

Q. No gigantic posters?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: No. The only thing I have is in my bedroom I have like the three racquets that I won the three Grand Slams with. They're like behind the closet so you can't even see it.
And my tennis dresses are lined up in my closet, each one that I've worn. I don't know what to make out of it, but it's like that with everything. It's like...

Q. The tennis season is sort of its own journey, has its own rhythm to it, and starts fresh with the Australian and hard court and clay and so forth. What's your favorite segment preWimbledon, preUS Open, now, American hard court?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: That's a good question.
They are quite different, and I like the freshness coming into the Australian Open. I like that feeling of everyone has kind of been away and just training and having a holiday, and then you kind of see where everyone is and their form, how they're playing. You also get a feel of where you are.
And then, I mean, the summer is obviously my favorite going from the clay to the grass, even though actually for me it's a long trip because I stay in Europe most of the time. I don't go back home in between, so it's usually a little bit tough on, you know, on the travel.
But the great thing about it is you stay in a house over there in Wimbledon and you have that homey feel. It helps a lot, and you're able to have normal meals and have some sort of like normal life a little bit.

Q. Are you a bit haunted from what happened here last year? It was sort of a flukey sort of injury.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Here?

Q. Not really haunted...
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, that's a really -- not a good word.

Q. Anything haunting your house?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, no.

Q. Coming back this year after kind of a crazy sort of thing happened last year, do you have little bit more trepidation?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: It was just one of those things. Last year I felt really good coming in from Memphis. I thought I was playing really well like even the week before here, and then I started feeling something in my first round.
Then, yeah, I just got progressively worse in my second round. It was just one of those things that -- but I never lack a bone bruise in my body, so I'm never surprised when hear of one again. Yeah, it was disappointing, because bone bruises, you just don't do anything about it. You just have to rest and it heals on its own. It was one of those things, like, Here we go again. Can't practice. Let's do some more arm exercises. Yeah, I took up French for a while.

Q. How far did you get?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I thought I was doing very well until I came to France, and then I realized I was doing pretty poorly. No, I was already all right. I studied it when I was young so it was easier to pick up, but I wish I was fluent.

Q. The year you won here, you said, Whenever I wake up and I don't have any pains, I'm shocked.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, that's true.

Q. That was five years ago. So five years on, is it worse? How much worse? Or in some ways, the time you have been forced to take time off has been restorative in that respect?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, it was just -- it's pretty -- I mean, it's pretty tough to wake up and not to feel like some part of your body is not hurting. When I say hurting, I mean in terms of like muscle soreness or a little tweak or this, or, I don't know, even a headache. I don't know.
You're just an athlete. I mean, I said my first round, you, you know, you haven't played for a while. You come in and you play, and it was just under three hours. I mean, you're going to feel something the next day. I don't care how good a shape you are in. I know you're going to feel some tight muscles.
I mean, recovery is just really big in our sport. You know, I've always -- I mean, I have pretty loose joints, so it's just really important to -- I'm fortunate that I have a good physical therapist, and, you know, a constant one that travels with me all year long and makes sure that my body is in tune. From warmup to recovery, it's important.

Q. To follow just real quickly, is that perhaps the one thing that you will look forward to not experiencing once you're done with tennis, is to be able to wake up and feel like a so-called normal human being? I mean, most of us wake up and don't have those aches and pains every day.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Really?
I wish my dad was like that. He complains a lot about aches and pains.
I think the one thing I look forward to -- I mean, as far as normalcy, I do consider my life pretty normal because I never really knew any other way. But I think one of the things I will enjoy is actually being sick and being able to go to the pharmacy and being able to get any medicine on the counter and not have to send it in to the WTA physician and get an approval on it. That's one thing that I'll -- even if it's a Vitamin C.

Q. That's crazy.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: That's one thing I think I will enjoy, especially when you're in a foreign country.

Q. So you were on antibiotics, I assume, in Moscow, and you had to get approval for that?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Oh, I was on three.

Q. But you had to get approval for all of them?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Um, yeah, I did.

Q. And you had to wait? How long did it take?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, it's pretty fast. That's the good thing. It's pretty fast. Yeah, but it's -- well, I got it in Paris because I was starting to feel it in Moscow. I didn't want to take antibiotics. Obviously that's not the best thing.
Then I got to Paris, and the tournament doctor came over to the hotel and they were looking at -- yeah, they were online in my room for 30 minutes like looking at their book and then looking online to make sure that the -- even, I mean, the worst is the cough medicine, because I think most of the cough medicines have some sort of thing in it.
So that you have to be very careful with. Then I came home and I had to get another one because I had an ear infection, so it was great. It was just wonderful. But now it's all better.

Maria Croft
Mar 16th, 2011, 04:11 PM
Nice interview :)

nelsondan
Mar 16th, 2011, 05:56 PM
Maria's interviews are improving--sort of mirroring what she is doing on court. I don't know how many of you speak more than one language, but her ability to communicate at any level beyond the English I understand is extremely impressive to me.

Talk about a dream job--a great way to make a living--

I'm fortunate that I have a good physical therapist, and, you know, a constant one that travels with me all year long and makes sure that my body is in tune.

Mistress of Evil
Mar 16th, 2011, 06:03 PM
Nice read, indeed :)

Lucas_Arg
Mar 16th, 2011, 06:59 PM
Maria's interviews are improving--sort of mirroring what she is doing on court. I don't know how many of you speak more than one language, but her ability to communicate at any level beyond the English I understand is extremely impressive to me.

Talk about a dream job--a great way to make a living--

To be able to speak more than one language is just amazing. It's incredible, it's a way to understand different cultures and share your thougts with other people. I'm just 18 but I'm planning to study other languages, not just english, like french.

cyannnnn
Mar 16th, 2011, 08:21 PM
lol about her father and sasha's first pair of basketball shoes

nice there is someting special in each interview
2nd round interview: talking nba
3rd round interview: chernobyl
4rd round interview: her interior design

gc-spurs
Mar 16th, 2011, 08:43 PM
Mashaaaaaaaaa let me into your houssssssssse!

Fool
Mar 16th, 2011, 10:18 PM
Definitely a good read. They got a little off track there...hahaha

shaktincredible
Mar 18th, 2011, 02:21 PM
she save all her tennis dresses in her closet? :sobbing:

Sharapovian
Mar 18th, 2011, 08:27 PM
QF Interview

Q. Happy after that? Satisfied? Content? Just okay?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, you know, I'm really happy to be in the semis of this tournament. You know, I felt like I was playing really well for the first set and a half, and then, you know, really let her back in the game.
You know, even 2-0, look at a good second serve, I missed it, and she played some good points. Then after that I was forcing so many things. My first serve -- I was giving her so many looks on second serve.
She's a really aggressive player and puts a lot of pressure on from you the first point, and if you're not the one doing that, you know, it becomes dangerous. That's what happened.
I just started, you know, making too many errors. Yeah. But then, most important thing is I got myself together, and, you know, I focused and regrouped. Yeah, the match is never over till the last point, so, you know, I was really strong, and I'm really happy about that.

Q. That's called experience, isn't it? Match experience?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, but it's also just, you know, realizing the situation and, I guess, battling through no matter how good or bad you were playing, and knowing that you still have many points and games ahead of you and just make the most out of it.
Yeah, there's no reason why - if you did it for that period of time in the beginning, there's no reason why you can't continue it, you know. I knew that in my mind.

Q. When you are going through a rough patch with considerable errors what kinds of things can you do to get yourself refocused? What are you telling yourself during those times?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Um, well, I mean, I think the toughest part is right away your opponent gains a tremendous amount of confidence. You can see that, because, you know, for a period of time you're, you know, playing well and it seems like they're making, you know, all the errors, but you're doing something in order for them to make those errors.
Then, you know, little by little, whether it's -- you know, you lose something on the ball - I mean, you know, speaking for myself - you're are not as aggressive, not stepping in, not making enough first serves, giving her easy, you know, easy points, they right away gain a lot of confidence.
It just sometimes becomes, you know, difficult thing to get back. That's why I'm really happy that I was able to come back.

Q. When you called for your coach, is that partly to slow that momentum and maybe disrupt her game a bit to give yourself a breather?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Um, well, you don't get any more time when you call for a coach, but just to get a little bit -- sometimes an outsider's perspective is a little bit different than what you're seeing or thinking on the court.
So, you know, sometimes from the outside you see a little bit different and you don't realize what exactly you're doing. But, yeah, for me, it's a little bit more just motivational and an energy-type of thing than anything else.

Q. Have you had a chance to kind of step back and take an overview of this and the opportunities? I mean, Serena, she's ill and all, but she's not there anymore. Venus is not there anymore. Clijsters gets hurt. I think you're back in the top 10 with this victory, I think.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: No idea.

Q. This is an opportunity. You're only 23 years old, and there are plenty of Grand Slams out there. You seem to be healing. Is this kind of like the time? Do you feel that? Have you thought about that? Any strategy?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Um, I don't know when a time is. I mean, I don't know if it's yesterday, today, or tomorrow. (Smiling.)
I mean, I think at way I look at it is the more matches you win, whether it's here, whether it's at a Grand Slam, the better your ranking is gonna be, I mean, yeah, the further you get in a tournament. So.
I don't know. I never really focus, this is my time, it's now or never. Might as well -- yeah, I don't know, jump off one of the canyons over there if you have that mentality. It's pretty tough to think like that.
You just have to -- you know, even if you do feel -- sometimes you come into a tournament and you feel great and you feel like you're confident and everything's working well, hitting great in practice; sometimes you come in and those things don't quite work match in match situations.
Other times you feel kind of crappy on the court, and you come in, and all of a sudden you find yourself swinging away and balls are going in and you're in a later stages of the tournament, you're loose because you didn't really expect much.
It's very different. It makes the sport really unique.

Q. What do you expect out of yourself at this point? Is it match to match, or are you looking kind of big picture?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Um, I look at the big picture, because I think it's really important to have a good perspective of where you see yourself now and where you want to see yourself. I mean, I have personal goals, of course. I still believe that I have a lot in me.
That's why I, you know, fight so hard to -- you know, no matter whether it's a match or on the practice courts, I'm always trying to get better. Yeah, that's my goal right now, is to try to improve, is to try to improve.
And right now's goal is I'm happy that I'm playing matches, and I just want to keep doing that on a more consistent basis and doing it on a healthy basis, as well.

Q. Could you take a moment and try and put into words the feeling you get at that moment of triumph when you know you've won a really big tournament, Wimbledon, the U.S., Australia, that sort of ecstacy? What floods through you at that moment? Can you try and put that into words?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Um, I'm getting goosebumps.
It's a special moment, because you're practicing, and when you're young it's what you dream of; it's what you see on TV. Those are the big trophies that you just dream of, whichever Grand Slam it is. Some have their favorites.
And it's just a moment of -- I mean, the first thing that comes into my mind is there's days that are just so hard and you really have to really push through them.
Sometimes you have to have someone that pushes you a little bit more, and it just feels so good, because you did -- you fought through. You never knew if you were going to have that chance, if you were going to have the chance to hold that trophy, but you did everything in order -- everything you did, you're not regretting.
That's a good feeling to have, because it's so important, especially for younger kids. I always say you never really want to have that feeling of regret, like you had so many choices that you were never sure if that was one you wanted to follow. You know, it's a really cool -- it's an incredible feeling, yeah.

Q. Can you talk a little bit about Caroline? She seems to be getting better by the month. Extremely consistent.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah.

Q. Invites unforced errors from other opponents. She's had a few problems in the slams against the more experienced players, but for the most part, she's every single week going deep.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Listen, she's the No. 1 player in the world, and she certainly deserves it. She's doing a lot of things really well right now, and like you said, she's a very consistent player. That has won her many, many matches.
You know, I think tomorrow -- I didn't have a great match against her at the US Open. I didn't feel like I played that well. I'm hoping that tomorrow, you know, I'll come out and it will be a different situation. I'm just gonna fight for every point.
I look forward to it.

Q. US Open? I know you don't like to look back too much, but for you is that just more of a lack of execution than anything else?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I just remember a lot of errors. Yeah, definitely when you're making errors, you're definitely not executing a game plan.

Q. How's the new coaching arrangement going? How would you describe his voice? Any comparison to Michael's? How is he different?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: It's been great. It's only been a short period of time. It's hard to say, you know, after you've only spent a couple of months with someone new, especially when you've been, you know, with someone for so many years before that.
So obviously it's new and it's fresh. It's something that I wanted. That's why I made the change. I'm happy with it. Like I said in Australia, I really like the energy that, you know, he puts in my practices. You know, he's very professional. A lot of good qualities. We'll see.

Q. Is he more X and is Os, or is he more sort of emotion, feeling?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Like a game plan, Xs and Os?

Q. Yeah, like strategy.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I'm not really great with strategy, like certain strategies. I hate to say it, but I think it's more -- I think it's just more of a different voice and a different perspective. He's also coached against me, and, you know, he's coached against other players, as well.
So it's -- I don't know. It's new; it's fresh; I'm enjoying it. Yeah.

Q. When you arrive at one tournament to the next, just before things start, do you have the same sort of feeling mentally and all that, one tournament to the next? Or do you feel that, Oh, God, here I can do really well; I think this could be a good week for me? Or this is not really working out the way I wanted to? How do you feel from one tournament to the next?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I think it always changes. Because especially when you have back-to-back tournaments, it's a good way to, you know, see what worked and what didn't work in the previous tournament, what you feel like you might need to work on.
You always get a better idea of things when you're playing matches, so you're more aware of things and you know what to work on more than maybe when you came into the first tournament after only practicing for three weeks or -- you know, having the tournament I think really helps you.

Q. Coming into here, how did you feel?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Coming into here? I was just really excited to play. I was out of competition for a while. I hadn't played tournaments since Australia. I was really eager. To be honest, I was getting really sick of practicing, so I was just really happy that there was a tournament.

Q. We of course are here in California. Glamour, cutting age, diversity. In what ways do you see yourself as a Californian?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Um, it's interesting, because I spent so much time in Florida growing up, and, you know, because of Michael living in Los Angeles, I ultimately bought a place there.
So being able to have, you know, both of those has been really interesting. They're both very different. I mean, my house is pretty -- on a quieter side of Los Angeles, so it's more of a beach town.
In some ways it's similar to Florida because it's quite relaxed, and I don't think I see a human being, maybe five miles from my house. So it's really quiet, and it's nice. I think you go there, you have the house, and, you know, you practice there.
It's kind of like you eat, breathe, and sleep tennis in a way, because that's where I grew up and that's all I did when I was there, so that's the only memories that I have of going there.
And then, I mean, California is very different. I think it's a little bit younger and maybe fresher, and you have different parts of it and many places to visit. It's fun. I have been on vacation in different parts of it. Napa is actually one of my favorites. Yeah.

Q. Can you talk about your support of the survivors of Chernobyl and what that brings up with you regarding the survivors of Japan. Knowing your support for the survivors back in Chernobyl, what does that bring up for you as you're reading the news and about what's happening in Japan?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, it's really devastating, and something I don't think even words can describe I think for many of us seeing the paper on a daily basis. Sometimes I'm just even, you know, afraid to look at what's written under the photos. It's really horrifying.
But, um, I mean, right now I think it's -- once hopefully the radiation settles down, and hopefully -- I mean, that's going to be the most important thing right now, is settling that down, making sure it doesn't spread, not only around Japan, but everywhere else.
And then it's going to be a recovery process. It's so interesting. I mean, ten years ago if maybe something like that happened you wouldn't see such quick recovery effects. You can go on any website right now and you can donate to the Japan relief.
Ten years ago I don't think you had that accessibility. So I think that's really fortunate, and I hope many of the players will hopefully get together and think of something.
I'm actually hoping if maybe the Japan tournament still goes on after the US Open that maybe we can do something before it, an event with some of the players and raise some money with that.

Maria Croft
Mar 18th, 2011, 09:16 PM
Fantastic interview, as always :)

Nina.
Mar 18th, 2011, 09:35 PM
So have you all voted for Masha in the Men's Health Babe Bracket?
http://www.menshealth.com/hottest-athletes/32-h2h16#pair-top

joćo.
Mar 19th, 2011, 05:33 PM
In fact, Masha's quite the oracle of wisdom these days. She summed up the criticisms of Caro's inability to hit winners thusly:

"I don't think it really matters if you don't miss. I mean, then why do you need to winners?"

http://cowbell.typepad.com/forty_deuce/2011/03/ive-got-blonde-on-blonde-on-my-portable-stereo.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+FortyDeuce+%28Forty+Deuce%29

:spit: :worship:

joćo.
Mar 19th, 2011, 05:41 PM
sven10s sven groeneveld
Miss sunshine (@CaroWozniacki) to strong for @mariasharpova
12 hours ago

sven10s sven groeneveld
Sorry that I misspelled @mariasharapova but it does not change the score with @CaroWozniacki
11 hours ago

http://twitter.com/#!/sven10s

OIC.

Mr.Sharapova
Mar 19th, 2011, 05:43 PM
They are so annoying :sobbing:

Sharapovian
Mar 19th, 2011, 05:49 PM
sven10s sven groeneveld
Miss sunshine (@CaroWozniacki) to strong for @mariasharpova
12 hours ago

sven10s sven groeneveld
Sorry that I misspelled @mariasharapova but it does not change the score with @CaroWozniacki
11 hours ago

http://twitter.com/#!/sven10s

OIC.

Harsh :tape:

Break My Rapture
Mar 19th, 2011, 06:02 PM
Groeneveld acting like a tool, as always.

I remember when Kiri beat Maria last year, he was saying stuff like "when I crossed Pova I smelled a scent of ointment that's used for injury" anyway trying to steal credit from Kiri's win.

Sharapovian
Mar 19th, 2011, 06:10 PM
Groeneveld acting like a tool, as always.

I remember when Kiri beat Maria last year, he was saying stuff like "when I crossed Pova I smelled a scent of ointment that's used for injury" anyway trying to steal credit from Kiri's win.

What is wrong with him :cuckoo:

And Kiri is part of Adidas too, he just seems arrogant to me :o

MaitaBaby
Mar 19th, 2011, 06:16 PM
I don't think Kiri is part of the adidas player development though.. ?

Break My Rapture
Mar 19th, 2011, 06:22 PM
She is, as far as I know. :lol:

joćo.
Mar 19th, 2011, 06:31 PM
I don't know if you all read these interesting tweets from Matt Cronin last night after the Maria tsunami hit Indian Wells:

TennisReporters Matt Cronin
Not blaming this loss on Hogstedt, but if Maris has a lousy Miami its going to be time to re assess. I can guarantee u Yuri is furious
13 hours ago

sblily Marissa
@TennisReporters That's a strange thing to say. Why would Yuri be furious? Did he not agree w/ coaching change?
13 hours ago

TennisReporters Matt Cronin
@sblily He not only agreed to coaching change, he pushed it
13 hours ago

JaceyR J
@TennisReporters Yuri furious....enough to come back?
13 hours ago

TennisReporters Matt Cronin
@JaceyR Many of you think Yuri is out of picture. He's not be any stretch of imagination. Just doesnt come to tournaments
13 hours ago

Conchita Martinez also tweeted on his advices 2 beat the Wozz later saying how Maria can't mix her game up and has no backup plan etc, and unveiling women's tennis big secret :rolleyes:

It would be so much fun to have Yuri back on the stands again, like, next week in Miami :cheer: #bringyuriback

Mrs. Dimitrova
Mar 19th, 2011, 06:37 PM
Matt tweeted to Jacey, too. :lol: Seems like Yuri is behind all of this after all. :p

joćo.
Mar 19th, 2011, 06:38 PM
And MS.com finally updated but still no pos-match interview, some quotes though:

Maria knocked out of Indian Wells

Maria's Indian Wells campaign was ended under the lights at the semi-final stage. Maria lost 1-6 2-6 to top seed Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark.

After the match, Maria said: "That's her strength, and that's what she does best. She grinds her opponents. I rushed too many of my shots today. Sometimes I just missed by a few inches, and sometimes I should have been more patient."

Maria now heads to Miami to play the Sony Ericsson Open on Monday and says: "It's great to go and play again next week. I haven't played in Miami in many years. It'll be nice. I would have liked to go farther here, but I have another one next week."

http://www.mariasharapova.com/news/maria-knocked-out-of-indian-wells-%281%29.aspx

Break My Rapture
Mar 19th, 2011, 06:41 PM
There is so much that irritates me about women's tennis right now, and the comments of some people make it even worse.

JamieOwen3
Mar 19th, 2011, 06:54 PM
NO MENTION OF HOW BAD MARIA PLAYED just that Wozniacki "destroyed" her :spit:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/9429672.stm

Jack89
Mar 19th, 2011, 07:03 PM
NO MENTION OF HOW BAD MARIA PLAYED just that Wozniacki "destroyed" her :spit:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/9429672.stm

Person writing that obviously never saw the match, just the scoreline

pedropt
Mar 19th, 2011, 07:16 PM
Say what? :rolls:

Sharapovian
Mar 19th, 2011, 07:17 PM
NO MENTION OF HOW BAD MARIA PLAYED just that Wozniacki "destroyed" her :spit:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/9429672.stm

Person writing that obviously never saw the match, just the scoreline

This, they do that a lot :lol:

Mrs. Dimitrova
Mar 19th, 2011, 07:22 PM
Person writing that obviously never saw the match, just the scoreline

This.

shaktincredible
Mar 20th, 2011, 03:56 AM
from her facebook :)

Mixed feelings about last week, I really did enjoy competing again and I know I played some great tennis. Caroline is a great player and I look forward to playing her many more times. Off to Miami for the first time in 3 years, hard to believe injuries have made me miss one of my favorite events this many times.

Andy.
Mar 20th, 2011, 03:59 AM
Masha always has such a good attitude and just gets on with things after a loss.

Shivank17
Mar 20th, 2011, 05:08 AM
Caroline is a great player and I look forward to playing her many more times
That's the spirit! :)

claypova
Mar 20th, 2011, 07:53 AM
Caroline is a great player and I look forward to playing her many more times.

and hopefully winning a few more :secret:

NewShoulderPlz.
Mar 20th, 2011, 08:15 AM
March 18, 2011

Maria Sharapova

INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA

C. WOZNIACKI/M. Sharapova
6-1, 6-2

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Do you want to assess the match?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I mean, she played solid and I was really flat. You know, didn't take care of the short balls when I had the chance and let her get back in the points, and that's something I said was going to be important yesterday.
I didn't execute that and just rushed my shots a lot today, I think. I just didn't have a spark. You know, there's not a lot of energy from my side.

Q. Just talk about your serving today. What went wrong?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah. I didn't feel like I had enough pace on it, and then I tried to go for a little bit more. I was making more errors and she was just a lot more consistent. She didn't really go for big serves, but she was just really consistent on it and made me play.

Q. Did her style make you rush, or did you feel like, I have to do certain things to win this match?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, I mean, I'm playing my best when I'm aggressive. And, you know, when the opponent's running around the baseline or out wide, you know, my goal is to move forward and take care of the next shots.
When she's hitting, you know, like a 20-foot lob and I'm not going in and doing anything with it, you know, she's doing something right in order to make me hit a ball, but I should be able to finish that point.

Q. So do you think you should have come in more, hit the swing volleys?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, absolutely. I stayed at the baseline, didn't move from there. Yeah, stayed glued.

Q. Why is that, though?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I don't know. Maybe because I haven't played a tournament in a while and just the back-to-back matches. It's great that I go and play again next week. You know, I haven't played that one in many years, so that will be nice.

Q. So the assessment of your game now and the week here? What's your take-away from this week after a few wins and a tough match?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I didn't have many expectations coming into this week because I didn't play a lot. I'm happy that I did have a few good wins. Obviously I would have loved to go farther, but like I said, I have another one next week coming up. That will be the goal.

Q. I think the NBA schedule takes the Nets to Orlando, if I'm correct.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Do they? I haven't checked.

Q. You haven't checked?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: No.

Q. Okay.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I don't know. Not yet.

Q. Did you have a feeling that depending on you, how the match was going, that Caroline was always there at a certain level, and you kind of had to make points?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, I think that's her strength, and that's what she does best, is stay at a certain level. You know, she grinds the opponents.
Yeah, like I said, you know, I rushed -- I rushed many of my shots today. Yeah, I missed maybe by a few inches sometimes, and sometimes maybe I should have been more patient.
Like I said, I was just flat.

Q. I think it's safe to say that, you know, she could win a slam, you know, win a slam any time soon, but do you think she could dominate the game with her game in the near future? What are your thoughts about that? I know it's tough to talk about a rival in that way.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, she's No. 1 in the world, so she should be. There's no reason why she shouldn't be. I think when you're No. 1 in the world, you know, that's pretty much where you see yourself at is, you know, later stages of Grand Slams and winning them.
Yeah.

Q. You started to pick up your game in the third set against Peng, and then you had some good long rallies today. Do you feel like your game is starting to get closer to where you want it to be?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, absolutely. There are many good things that I felt during the week. Even, you know, I found myself down in parts of the match, and I was able to find ways to, you know, to improve my game and start playing better.
I think in tennis, you know, it's a lot about raising your level when you have to. So I was pretty happy with that, especially in my last match.
Yeah, you just have to do it for more matches at a time.

Q. Can you talk about the serve? You weren't hitting your normal service speed, and on the second serve it seems you weren't hitting the spin. Was your shoulder tight, or you just weren't feeling the ball that well?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, I didn't want to go for too many big serves today. Yeah, I didn't feel it quite that well today.

Q. Do you see her level rising since the Open? Do you see her game improving?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Since I played her?

Q. Yeah, since you played her.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: In the US Open?

Q. Yeah.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I mean, after the match I still felt the same, like I didn't think I did many things better today than I did the other match. But yeah, I mean, listen, she's No. 1 in the world. There's a reason why she's there. Her consistency is her greatest strength.
Yeah, but I still feel like even though it was an easy scoreline, I still feel like I had my chances. There's no reason why I can't turn a few of those games around, and then it's a different ballgame.

Q. When you feel flat, like you said, and I'm sure that's happened to you at times in the past, what can you do in the match to turn it around?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Um, you know, sometimes it's just putting -- stringing a few points together. Sometimes it's pumping yourself up. I don't know, for the other players maybe it's breaking a racquet. I don't know. (Laughter.)
Everyone has different ways. I have never accomplished that before. Um, I don't think I have the guts. Only when I play left-handed, like, fun games, then I throw my racquet. Feels pretty good, but I just don't have the guts to do that when I play righty.
Yeah, there are different ways, but sometimes it just never really comes to you. You don't feel it.

Q. Why didn't you want to go for too many big serves today?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Just a little bit part of the game plan. And I played a really long match yesterday and I didn't think it was smart. Yeah.

Q. How confident are you in your serve right now?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I'm getting there. I'm, you know, working a little bit on the stance. I changed that a little bit, you know, since the last tournament I played, so it's been a few weeks.
Yeah, I think little by little, you know, it feel -- eventually feel more confident. Especially going from the first serve to the second serve and working on a few more spins, that's, I think, been the toughest challenge since my surgeries, is feeling, you know, the kick and then the slice.
Yeah, that came a little more naturally to me before.

Q. One of criticisms of Caroline's game is she can't hit a forehand for a winner. Is it a heavier ball than it looks from the outside?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I don't think it really matters if you don't miss. I mean, then why do you need to hit winners?
No, she does have a heavy ball both off her -- I think she has a little bit more spin off the forehand, and she flattens out a backhand a little bit more. But, you know, she get in position for it, so she's never usually late. That says a lot about her footwork, I guess.

Q. Is she the most consistent player who still has power that you've ever faced, if you know what I mean? In terms of someone who is not just a puffball, but who is just so hard to hit through, a backboard, sort of that incredible defensive skills?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I had the pleasure of playing Hingis a few times, and, I mean, sometimes that was just -- that was difficult. (Laughter.)

Q. Depressing?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, it wasn't. No, I mean, playing against Hingis, it's kind of like a cat and mouse game out there. You know, you know you're not going to completely overpower her, and you just have to find, you know, little ways to, yeah, kind of outthink, like the mouse has to outthink the cat.
I don't know. I have always felt that against her. She has that great hand/eye coordination, and won here actually in Palm Springs -- or we had a three setter in the semis, I believe, and that was a really fun match.

Q. Kim, if I could follow up, the other day said that Serena was the best of all time. Is that something you would concur, best player of all time?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Serena?

Q. Yeah.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, I think she has so many strengths and she's accomplished so much and she's won so many Grand Slams, I don't see a reason why not. She's an incredible champion. You know, I always say she's -- I don't know how many Grand Slams she's won. How many is it?

Q. 13.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, so she's 10 better than I am.

Q. You put her over Steffi, though, with 22? That's a lot more.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: The thing is, that's a tough question, because I never -- I didn't watch that much tennis on TV growing up, so I didn't really watch too much of Steffi and Navratilova.
I mean, maybe I see matches now from the past, but I never really followed it so much. I'm more of a modern -- I just know the modern tennis.

Q. As someone who has spent a lot of time living in the States, are you surprised no Americans have come through in the top level since the arrival of the Williams sisters?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Um, you get this question asked a lot in different countries, and I think there is no quick fix to producing talent, and also producing the talent to become champions. I think it's a lot of work, and I think money certainly helps, but I don't think it's sometimes enough.
I think just because you have the talent, just because you have money, doesn't mean in one night you're going to wake up in the morning and think the country is going to produce Grand Slam champions.
It takes years to build, and people involvement and many different -- help from different sides, whether it's a coach, whether -- it's just different things. It's a process. You know, I don't think it's something fast.
But whether I'm surprised, I haven't really thought about it.

Q. Was hunger the key to the success of the Russian players, would you say?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Hunger?

Q. Hunger.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I think to be honest, we don't have that many choices. We didn't have -- I always say, it's incredible that, you know, in this country you go to school and you have so many sports to choose from. I have so many family friends that have, you know, kids growing up, and they're sometimes confused. They don't know if they should be playing football or La Crosse.
It's great in a way because you learn different sports. It's great for, you know, your social skills. But at the end of the day, when you see yourself getting older and older, if you want to commit yourself to a sport, it has to be one way or another. You can't be, you know, one weekend playing tennis, one weekend playing football, another -- it's just overwhelming.
I don't think you can really build on that. It takes a lot of work. And in Russia, I mean, from the years that I started playing there, your commitment was only to drive an hour to the courts to get as many, you know, as many minutes on that court available.
Other than that, there's nothing in my mind except going home, and, you know, making sure I finish my schoolwork, you know, or else my mom was not very happy.
So that's about it, yeah.

FastScripts Transcript by ASAP Sports

doomsday
Mar 20th, 2011, 08:30 AM
Great ITW.
She is looking forward to play Caroline again, and to beat her she needs to play her so I don't care anymore bring it next time you meet her:armed:

Marilyn Monheaux
Mar 20th, 2011, 08:51 AM
WHY do reporters still compare The WOZ to HINGIS FOR F*CKS SAKE?????????? :banghead:
Hingis >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Caro. :weirdo:


Nice interview, though.

kimgurl
Mar 20th, 2011, 08:57 AM
Q. I think the NBA schedule takes the Nets to Orlando, if I'm correct.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Do they? I haven't checked.
Q. You haven't checked?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: No.
:haha:how they try to insert anything about NBA on every masha's interview..:happy:
but oh yeah nets have a game against magic in orlando on the 25th..but they'll have a game against the hawks on the 26th,so no more tym for SV to watch masha's match:oh::lol:

gc-spurs
Mar 20th, 2011, 09:11 AM
Real gracious things she said there about Caro, Hingis and Serena. This only reaffirms in my mind the love that Maria and Serena share.

JamieOwen3
Mar 20th, 2011, 09:12 AM
I never see Woz serve volley like Martina did and Martina actually hit winners when she had the opportunity to.She would hit a serve then when the ball would come back she would surprise with a drop shot. these kinds of play i don't see Woz do!! Martina even took the ball early where as caro takes it what it looks like a bit late if you know what i mean :lol:
there is no comparison IMO and i hate it when people do compare as Martina is one of my all time favs!!

Marilyn Monheaux
Mar 20th, 2011, 09:14 AM
I never see Woz serve volley like Martina did and Martina actually hit winners when she had the opportunity to.She would hit a serve then when the ball would come back she would surprise with a drop shot. these kinds of play i don't see Woz do!! Martina even took the ball early where as caro takes it what it looks like a bit late if you know what i mean :lol:
there is no comparison IMO and i hate it when people do compare as Martina is one of my all time favs!!

And the Church says AMEN.

JamieOwen3
Mar 20th, 2011, 09:18 AM
:angel: aaaaahhhh :angel:





:lol:

Lachy
Mar 20th, 2011, 10:17 AM
Best part was when Masha said 'When she's hitting, you know, like a 20-foot lob...' :spit: :oh:

goldlion
Mar 20th, 2011, 10:17 AM
This girl is getting more and more sophisticated year by year.

She used not to talk about other players during interviews.

But now she is always giving compliments.

gc-spurs
Mar 20th, 2011, 10:20 AM
Best part was when Masha said 'When she's hitting, you know, like a 20-foot lob...' :spit: :oh:

http://www.tennisforum.com/images/smilies/oh.gif

Mistress of Evil
Mar 20th, 2011, 10:47 AM
Best part was when Masha said 'When she's hitting, you know, like a 20-foot lob...' :spit: :oh:

:rolls:

JamieOwen3
Mar 20th, 2011, 10:59 AM
saw that as i was reading it :haha: gives a little compliment but takes it back a notch in a very clever way with that :inlove:

cyannnnn
Mar 20th, 2011, 01:20 PM
http://www.wtatennis.com/page/OffCourtNews/Read/0,,12781~2320131,00.html

Sharapovian
Mar 20th, 2011, 01:28 PM
Best part was when Masha said 'When she's hitting, you know, like a 20-foot lob...' :spit: :oh:

:oh: :haha:

Break My Rapture
Mar 20th, 2011, 01:43 PM
I never see Woz serve volley like Martina did and Martina actually hit winners when she had the opportunity to.She would hit a serve then when the ball would come back she would surprise with a drop shot. these kinds of play i don't see Woz do!! Martina even took the ball early where as caro takes it what it looks like a bit late if you know what i mean :lol:
there is no comparison IMO and i hate it when people do compare as Martina is one of my all time favs!!
Thank fuck. :worship: You are so right.

Btw, also love Maria's slight undertone of disapproval with the 'I guess' when she has to talk about Wozniacki's strengths. :rolls:

slamchamp
Mar 20th, 2011, 03:18 PM
But it wasnt the interviewer that compared hingis and caroline..wasnt it maria?

Craig.
Mar 20th, 2011, 03:42 PM
20-foot lob :hysteric:

Mrs. Dimitrova
Mar 20th, 2011, 04:09 PM
20-foot lob :haha: :worship:

Martina is an all time great. You only see players like that once every century. I remember watching her against Serena once and the ball was almost way back to the baseline—she didn't even let it bounce—just hit a winner right there. Nobody saw it coming.

JamieOwen3
Mar 21st, 2011, 01:18 AM
:eek: someone is whoring the other girl's vote button

http://www.menshealth.com/hottest-athletes/16-h2h8

kimgurl
Mar 21st, 2011, 01:30 AM
:eek: someone is whoring the other girl's vote button

http://www.menshealth.com/hottest-athletes/16-h2h8

ANA R. vs CW??so this site conducts a different survey everyday i guess:scratch:
masha was up yesterday,so thats it,she won:confused:

Vartan
Mar 21st, 2011, 02:09 AM
Anna Rawson has 0 votes now :spit:

MaitaBaby
Mar 21st, 2011, 02:42 AM
This poll is confusing.

Sp!ffy
Mar 21st, 2011, 05:01 AM
No! Maria can't lose this. :bigcry:

It's the only thing she's good at. :tears:

HCGHolland
Mar 21st, 2011, 07:04 PM
In the past Maria suffers some losses before the day she had an important meeting beside tennis. Is it complaining from me that she suffers a loss to Wozniacki because she had the reveal of Xperia Hot Shots? In the past there are some more losses before a meeting where Maria was invited..

perseus2006
Mar 21st, 2011, 08:44 PM
In the past Maria suffers some losses before the day she had an important meeting beside tennis. Is it complaining from me that she suffers a loss to Wozniacki because she had the reveal of Xperia Hot Shots? In the past there are some more losses before a meeting where Maria was invited..

Pretty much! Pova lost because she was dead tired, exhausted and couldn't play her aggressive, high energy game. She only played about two points in her usual style. For example, how do you suppose Woz would do on a severly sprained ankle?

HCGHolland
Mar 21st, 2011, 08:52 PM
Pretty much! Pova lost because she was dead tired, exhausted and couldn't play her aggressive, high energy game. She only played about two points in her usual style. For example, how do you suppose Woz would do on a severly sprained ankle?

I think you are right.
But what do you mean with your question about Woz?

perseus2006
Mar 21st, 2011, 09:09 PM
I think you are right.
But what do you mean with your question about Woz?

Woz's game is primarily defensive, relying on movement across the baseline to get into position to hit the ball back onto the court. Anything that puts a hitch in her movement will have a dramatic effect on her game.

Pova is primarily offensive, relying on high energy to analyze every ball so that she can hit the most offensive strike possible for that ball. Anything that dimminishes her energy will have a dramatic effecct on her game whether it's lack of match play, illness or injury.

The way I see it, an impairment of Woz's movement is equivalent to an impairment of Pova's energy reserves. Fortunately for Woz, she is exceptionally fit and rarely gets injured - may that continue. And may Pova join her in that!!!

Break My Rapture
Mar 22nd, 2011, 08:30 PM
Olympic dream comes into view for Sharapova
Mar 21, 9:00 pm EDT

By Martyn Herman

LONDON, March 22 (Reuters) - Maria Sharapova, the girl who left Siberia on a road to fame and fortune, still has unfinished business in an injury-blighted career that has so far brought three grand slam titles.

Away from the lucrative endorsements, the former world number one Russian’s appetite for hard work remains unchanged as she targets the two prizes that would complete her Cinderella journey—an Olympic gold medal at Wimbledon next year and a French Open title

Dieter.
Mar 23rd, 2011, 09:26 PM
From her facebook:

Nice to be back playing in Miami!! I've had a good training week so far and last night had a little fun at my Cole Haan - Official page spring collection launch event and the Sony Ericsson Open player party. I am not a big fan of player parties, but Sony Ericsson knows how to put on a party. Ok, back to my real job!! Got to get ready for practice.

joćo.
Mar 23rd, 2011, 10:16 PM
"I am not a big fan of player parties" :lol:

"Ok, back to my real job!!" :worship:

Sp!ffy
Mar 24th, 2011, 12:00 AM
Maria strikes me as kind of shy...

gc-spurs
Mar 24th, 2011, 03:40 AM
:awww: Lonerpova?

JamieOwen3
Mar 24th, 2011, 01:29 PM
interesting piece written by Nick B in 2004

http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/tennis/from-skinny-kid-to-wimbledon-finalist-sharapova-has-practised-to-perfection-551905.html

shaktincredible
Mar 24th, 2011, 03:52 PM
not a big fan of player parties? because she doesnt have friend to talk to? :lol:

Mr.Sharapova
Mar 24th, 2011, 04:00 PM
Oh trust me, Maria doesn't lack people to talk to :yeah:.

perseus2006
Mar 24th, 2011, 04:50 PM
Anabel just dumped Peer out of Miami!

Peer is no longer a threat to Pova's hope for a Top 10 spot!!!


Sveta made it through to 3R.

Reptilia
Mar 24th, 2011, 05:16 PM
not a big fan of player parties? because she doesnt have friend to talk to? :lol:

:lol: I'm sure Julia and her other minions would talk to her:awww:

slamchamp
Mar 24th, 2011, 10:28 PM
Isnt she supposed to be getting along with the other russians?:awww:

madmax
Mar 24th, 2011, 10:41 PM
Isnt she supposed to be getting along with the other russians?:awww:

well, she gets along with Vesnina and Kirilenko...Pivovarova seems to adore her too:lol:

JamieOwen3
Mar 24th, 2011, 10:59 PM
she seems to be getting along very well with Svetlana these days also?

AniaSharapova
Mar 25th, 2011, 01:46 PM
Interview with Maria after her match against Martic

Q. How are you feeling?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Good. Great.

Q. When was the last time you played in Miami?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Three years ago.

Q. That's what I thought. How does it feel to be back?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Way too long.
Feels really good. This is one of my favorite events. It's crazy that I've missed it this many years because of injuries.
So I'm just so happy to get back on that court today and just I love playing in front of the crowd. They're so enthusiastic. They love their sports and have that Latin flavor about them.
You know, it's fun.

Q. How is your shoulder?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Doing good. Yeah, stable.

Q. Are you healed?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Healed? Tough to say an athlete is healed, but, yeah, I'm doing really well. Thank you.

Q. You are pretty popular in Asia. Can you talk a little bit about how you felt when you heard about the Japan earthquake?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, it was a tragedy. You know, you still see all the coverage in the papers and on video. It's crazy to think that something like that could just happen so quickly and destroy so many lives, so many emotions.
Japan is one of my favorite places to visit, to go to. I've had incredible memories ever since I think I was maybe 13, 14 years old my first time I went there. I love so many things about it. I love the people. I love the food. I love the culture.
I mean, I have been to so many different parts of it, as well, I've got to experience. I mean, you go to a different town, people live differently. It's so unique there. I draw so much inspiration all my life from there and from those people.
It's devastating to know what they're going through. Yeah, but I hope that it doesn't continue and become worse.

Q. Where do you see yourself in the game right now?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Um, you know, I see myself building from what I can. You know, my goal this year is to consistently stay healthy and just really build on you know, last week I got to the semifinals. I was really happy, because I hadn't played a tournament in a while.
So just, you know, play a lot more tournaments, you know, play a lot more matches, and I feel like my form will get to where I want it to be when I do that.

Lachy
Mar 25th, 2011, 01:47 PM
Rather short interview :lol:

Mistress of Evil
Mar 25th, 2011, 01:49 PM
A SHORT ONE INDEED :rolls:

lefty24
Mar 25th, 2011, 02:33 PM
well, she gets along with Vesnina and Kirilenko...Pivovarova seems to adore her too:lol:

I don't know if it's just me but I feel like she's been getting along better with players these days. She also seems to get along well with Azarenka.
and I think Pivovarova more than adores her, she's obsessed with her.... ;) :p

and also seems to get along well with Domi in this video:
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so adorable :hearts:

I LOVE when she gets along with other players.

JamieOwen3
Mar 25th, 2011, 02:49 PM
Nick Bollettieri in 2004 after maria reached the final of wimbledon (not even won it at that time :lol:)

People often ask what she's like as a person, because there's something of an impression that she's this ice maiden. She does have ice in her veins. She's one heck of a steely player. But she's also a friendly, sociable person, with an air about herself of confidence in all situations.

When she was little, she was something of a loner. Many supreme athletes have that tendency. But don't fall for the perception that she's still a loner, or without any other interests in life. She picks her friends carefully, that's all.

One of her best friends is a girl of about the same age called Jessica Fisher. Jessica's from New York but lives locally to the academy in Florida and does a bit of training with us. She's a regular girl, very sweet, not involved in the tennis tour. Maybe that's why Maria is friends with her. Maria wouldn't want to be friends with someone she then has to go out and beat on court. And she wants to beat everyone.

Sharapovian
Mar 25th, 2011, 05:38 PM
From fb:

I had a lot of fun at the Xperia Hot Shots launch at the Sony Ericsson Open last weekend where I revealed who the six Hot Shots are going to be. It was inside the biggest Facebook Page ever built, and DJ Jazzy Jeff even played a set! Here’s a video from the event.

Jack89
Mar 25th, 2011, 06:52 PM
Via @JamesLaRosa

Maria Sharapova has a new hitting partner, former No 72 ranked Cecil Mamiit, per @INQUIRERSports. Great move.

Not massive news, but thought I'd post it anyway. :)

Break My Rapture
Mar 25th, 2011, 07:14 PM
Oh wow. :speakles:

Mistress of Evil
Mar 25th, 2011, 09:34 PM
is he hot :scratch:

Break My Rapture
Mar 25th, 2011, 10:10 PM
He's from The Philipines, born in LA and still lives there, beat Agassi and Chang along the way to the final to San Jose Open final in 1999 (which is also his best result on the ATP Tour). :p

Mistress of Evil
Mar 25th, 2011, 10:13 PM
Another Facebook message:

4 million fans!!! Wow!! That is so cool!! Thank you for being the best fans in the world. Played a solid match last night at the Sony Ericsson Open, so great to be back playing on that court. Quiet night for me tonight to get ready for tomorrow

:cheer:

gc-spurs
Mar 25th, 2011, 10:16 PM
Maria always hits with Asians.
The dude she was hitting with in Oz hit the ball out almost as much as she did.

Shafanovic.
Mar 25th, 2011, 11:00 PM
^ :speakles: She should hire me!

I'm Asian :speakles: That'd be a dream come true.

Break My Rapture
Mar 25th, 2011, 11:18 PM
I'm Asian too. :D Oh wait I'm not.

But I'm also blonde and tall (in fact I think I'm about as tall as Maria now :sobbing:)!

Sp!ffy
Mar 25th, 2011, 11:41 PM
Omg !

Lachy
Mar 26th, 2011, 01:02 AM
I'm Asian too. :D Oh wait I'm not.

But I'm also blonde and tall (in fact I think I'm about as tall as Maria now :sobbing:)!

:eek:

claypova
Mar 26th, 2011, 01:10 AM
I'm Asian too. :D Oh wait I'm not.

But I'm also blonde and tall (in fact I think I'm about as tall as Maria now :sobbing:)!

:speakles:

im getting there, i need like 10 more centimetres :sobbing:

Maria Croft
Mar 26th, 2011, 08:38 AM
Via @JamesLaRosa


Not massive news, but thought I'd post it anyway. :)

Hope he's another good addition to her team.

Break My Rapture
Mar 27th, 2011, 12:16 AM
So apparently, Maria originally wasn't on the EL for Charleston. But now it seems that she has taken a WC into the draw?

http://www.tennisforum.com/showpost.php?p=19324090&postcount=112

joćo.
Mar 27th, 2011, 12:54 AM
Good, so she's already playing right after Miami?

Sharapovian
Mar 27th, 2011, 12:59 AM
^^ I think so...

'Wozniaki, Stosur, Jankovic, Peer, Petrova, Sharapova, Bartoli, Wickmayer, Kirilenko, Oudin... etc. etc. One week 'til @FamilyCircleCup!!'

And on their website they updated the player field on 24th March and Maria is there.

Break My Rapture
Mar 27th, 2011, 01:00 AM
Yeah Charleston's the week after Miami. :p

Marilyn Monheaux
Mar 27th, 2011, 01:08 AM
:cheer:

gc-spurs
Mar 27th, 2011, 01:50 AM
Yay tennis tennis tennis tennis tennis!!!

claypova
Mar 27th, 2011, 02:02 AM
claypova returns to charleston :hearts: cannot wait :drool:

joćo.
Mar 27th, 2011, 02:33 AM
March 26, 2011

M. SHARAPOVA/S. Lisicki
6 2, 6 0

An interview with:

MARIA SHARAPOVA

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. How did it feel out there?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: It felt good, pretty straightforward. You know, it was a little tricky with the conditions. You know, she's someone that can fire the ball really well and hits pretty solid from both sides.
She's someone that's beaten top players before, has had a lot of success, so I knew that she would come out, you know, swinging pretty hard and deep. So I just wanted to, you know, be aggressive from the beginning.
I thought I did a really good job with that throughout the whole match.

Q. Are you looking forward to playing Sam Stosur next?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I am. She's a top 5 player, and she's been so consistent, so tough to beat. I really look forward to that. We haven't played each other in a while. Obviously she has a great serve, good all around game, good mover.
Yeah, just, you know, look forward to taking my chances on that one.

Q. What is it about your game that troubles her? I don't think she's had a win over you so far.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: You know, I think you have to put I mean, personally I have to put the previous encounters behind, take a few things that worked well for me and try to use them again, but also know that we did play a while ago.
It's always a new match. That's why they put the nets up for us to play. That's why we go out there and have to play again. Yeah, no matter what the record is, I look forward to it.

Q. You have had a bit of an up and down comeback since the shoulder surgery. Are you starting to feel like now things are really coming together and you're progressing and improving?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, my goal has been just to be able to play consistently and being healthy consistently and playing matches. That always really helps, because, you know, you automatically know what to do and feel in certain situations as a match. You don't think twice. Things come a little bit more natural to you.
That's something that when you're, you know, away from the game and then you're coming back, it just takes a really long while. Not only am I happy to be back, but I'm really happy to be, little by little, feeling better. With each match, with each different opponent, I feel like I'm coming through. No matter how many losses or wins are ahead of me, I just my goal right now is to improve and get better.

Q. Do you feel like you've found the right serve now that's working with the shoulder and everything? Or are you still working?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah. I have changed my stance a little bit. Maybe a month ago, few weeks ago.
Yeah, so I'm still you know, I mean, I have changed my serve so many times throughout my career. I think every Grand Slam I've won I have had a different motion. That's never been an issue.
Like you said, it's always finding something that's going to help the shoulder out and not have too much stress on it, especially going from the first serve to the second serve and all the different spins. I think it's always a work in progress and something that I'm still trying to perfect.

Q. You recently changed racquet from Prince to Head.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Uh huh.

Q. Did the shoulder issue contribute to that?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, absolutely not. I actually tried the Head frames end of October/November, and had a few different brands, few different frames. I picked that one out, and it was actually one of the new racquets and new technology that Head was working on.
It wasn't a racquet on the market. I hit a couple of balls with it, and I think some players have a feeling when they've played a really long time that they know something works for them. I loved the feel of it. I loved how it helped me when I was on the run.
Yeah, there are so many things I really liked about it. Then we worked a little bit with the weight, so...

Q. The Williams sisters are not playing this year. Do you see that as an advantage maybe for the other women players?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Um, it would be great to see them in the draw. They're great champions. They've had a lot of success at this tournament.
Yeah, I think the tour misses them, and I think it's great for our sport to have them back as soon as possible.

Q. Anything different about life for you now that you're engaged? Are you starting to plan the wedding? Is that kind of fun?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, in the beginning I was really, really excited, and all my friends were giving me like wedding magazines and wedding books. That was like the number one gift for Christmas for me.
But I was quite overwhelmed with it, and then I just put them down and said, Okay, I have plenty of time. We're still very young. The only thing that really changes, you just know that when you come home or when you're done with your travels you have somebody to come home to. It's always really comforting and nice.
Yeah, but we're quite young. We have a lot of time.

Q. No immediate plans? Do you know when you're going to get married?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, we don't know yet.

Q. Are you in New York with him or New Jersey with him?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, I'm mostly in Florida.

Q. Oh, mostly in Florida?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah.

Q. So you guys don't see each other that much?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, we do a lot of traveling, so, yeah, we spend a lot of time on the planes.

Q. You changed coaches recently. How is that working out for you? What are you benefitting from that you didn't have before?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Um, it's brought a lot of fresh new things for me. You know, I worked with Michael for many, many years. I mean, we had so many achievements together. It was, you know, really, really fun and we're still the best of friends.
You know, but bringing in Thomas has just brought fresher perspectives and a lot of enthusiasm into the practice. He's a really professional coach and has a lot of experience behind his back. Yeah, just, you know, goes about his business, you know, just trying to make me a better player.

Q. Do you think like goals, do you say, Gee, I want to want another Grand Slam title? I want to do this or that, play the Olympics since you didn't have a chance last time?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, the Olympics has always been a big goal of mine, and that was a real big disappointment, as that was the year where I had my surgery. So that was certainly something I'm looking forward to and have been for many years.
Growing up in Russia, you know, the Olympics was a huge thing for our country and culture. You know, when I was growing up, tennis was not the really big sport on the map.
It was more the gymnastics you saw at the Olympics, the hockey. So to be an Olympian in our country, that means so much. I would love to be part of that parade and be part of the Russian team.
I absolutely would look forward to winning another Grand Slam. And if I can win one, it would mean so much more than the others I have won, especially given what I've gone through.

Q. You're only 23. You've won three Grand Slams. You've here for so long they probably think you're a lot older than what you are.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Maybe, but you have a lot of young girls on the tour so it makes you look older. It's a cycle. But everyone is always going to go and grow older. That's the way it is, yeah.

Q. I'm just curious, you've grown up really here, you've been here since you were...
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Seven.

Q. Do you consider yourself more American? Russian? Obviously you don't have an American passport.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Um, I'm torn both directions, because when I'm at home and I'm around my family, everything is in Russian, you know. We always cook Russian food. I talk to my grandparents all the time. You know, we read and watch Russian movies and things. It's different.
Then I go outside and most of my friends are American. You know, some are from different countries, but then I go back to Russia and it feels so amazing, you know, when you're in a hotel or even at home and just calling and talking and speaking Russian, seeing the signs in Russian. I feel like that's where I always was.
So it's great going back, but obviously I've gotten accustomed to life here because I have lived here for so many years.

gc-spurs
Mar 27th, 2011, 03:01 AM
Cool interview. Thats a lot more squeezed out about the ol' personal life than usual.

Mistress of Evil
Mar 27th, 2011, 05:53 AM
Charleston :cheer:
the interview was a nice read :yeah:

MaitaBaby
Mar 27th, 2011, 06:00 AM
Q. Are you in New York with him or New Jersey with him?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, I'm mostly in Florida.

Q. Oh, mostly in Florida?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah.


All lies :lol:


Q. You have had a bit of an up and down comeback since the shoulder surgery. Are you starting to feel like now things are really coming together and you're progressing and improving?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, my goal has been just to be able to play consistently and being healthy consistently and playing matches. That always really helps, because, you know, you automatically know what to do and feel in certain situations as a match. You don't think twice. Things come a little bit more natural to you.
That's something that when you're, you know, away from the game and then you're coming back, it just takes a really long while. Not only am I happy to be back, but I'm really happy to be, little by little, feeling better. With each match, with each different opponent, I feel like I'm coming through. No matter how many losses or wins are ahead of me, I just my goal right now is to improve and get better.



:sad: :hug:

Marilyn Monheaux
Mar 27th, 2011, 08:13 AM
All lies :lol:



No individual income tax > the truth. :cheer:

Craig.
Mar 27th, 2011, 03:33 PM
I love her so much :bigcry:

Lucas_Arg
Mar 28th, 2011, 04:42 PM
Q. Do you think like goals, do you say, Gee, I want to want another Grand Slam title? I want to do this or that, play the Olympics since you didn't have a chance last time?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, the Olympics has always been a big goal of mine, and that was a real big disappointment, as that was the year where I had my surgery. So that was certainly something I'm looking forward to and have been for many years.
Growing up in Russia, you know, the Olympics was a huge thing for our country and culture. You know, when I was growing up, tennis was not the really big sport on the map.
It was more the gymnastics you saw at the Olympics, the hockey. So to be an Olympian in our country, that means so much. I would love to be part of that parade and be part of the Russian team.
I absolutely would look forward to winning another Grand Slam. And if I can win one, it would mean so much more than the others I have won, especially given what I've gone through.

Heartbraking. Now I really want her to win one more at least!

joćo.
Mar 28th, 2011, 11:23 PM
March 28, 2011
M. SHARAPOVA/S. Stosur
6 4, 6 1

An interview with:

MARIA SHARAPOVA

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. You said the other day that if you won another slam it would mean more to you perhaps than the previous three.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah.

Q. Why?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Um, because I missed a year being out of the game. I actually didn't really know if I would be back and when and where I would be, at what form, if my shoulder could handle, you know, playing in the tournaments and everything.
Yeah, it was a tough time. You know, you take it for granted every day that, you know, you hit a tennis ball for a living. And then when you can't do it, you realize how much it meant to you and how much it means to you.

Q. Was there a time in that space with the shoulder that you really wondered if you would play again?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Um, I didn't have a lot of people that let me think about it too much. You know, my parents were really, really positive. And, you know, Michael, my coach I had for six, seven years, you know, he was with me every single day of the process and going to Phoenix to rehab it.
I was just constantly trying to get it better. So I definitely had set myself some set guidelines when I thought I would get back. I never really met those, so that was really disappointing, because four or five times it happened where I would set a goal and I'd say, I want to be back for that tournament or I think I'm going to get better or you can go out and serve now, I'd go out and serve, and, no, I really can't.

Q. When you're 17 and you hoist that trophy at Wimbledon, do you fully comprehend what you have achieved? Is it possible?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I don't think at that point it isn't. It takes a while and it's really overwhelming. I think you're almost a little bit naive at that point about achieving something like that.
Yeah, I mean, from my perspective, I just didn't think I was physically ready wasn't physically matured enough, wasn't strong enough. And mentally, to do it seven matches in a Grand Slam, you know, beating really top players, especially in the final, yeah, I didn't think I was yeah.

Q. So what's the big difference between a day like today when you strike the ball and play the way you did today and then some of those days when you had a rougher time, et cetera?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah. Um, sometimes you, you know, come out, you feel like you're swinging away, and things are going well. You know, you have a good rhythm on your shots; you're moving well.
Sometimes you, you know, come out and you're either flat, you don't have that energy, or sometimes you want to push yourself but you can't.
It just depends on the day. Sometimes the conditions, and sometimes it's maybe your opponent just giving you too much trouble in that particular day.

Q. How do you explain your mastery of her? Even in this period when she's obviously had a very good year and stuff, but you're 7 0, I guess.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I don't know. Oh, my dad's calling me. Sorry, dad. (Smiling.) :hug:
Yeah, I have a good record against her, but it's not something that you typically look at going into the match. I mean, I know that she's a very tough player. She's No. 5 in the world. You can't take that for granted going out on the court.
Her serve is one of her biggest weapons. She has a great kick out there and gets more spin than anyone on tour. She'll hang in there with you and she'll be you know, she'll be tough, and that's why I mean, she's at that spot for a reason, you know.
She's a grand slam finalist and does really well on clay, and many other surfaces, as well. I think I try to take away the good things that have happened me in the previous meetings, and just, yeah, take care of business on that day.

Q. Do you have any pain remaining in that shoulder or numbness at all?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: No. No, numbness anymore, no. It sometimes depends on the conditions. If it's cold and one day it's warm and all of a sudden it's cold, I just have to make sure I do an extra warmup.
You know, sometimes if I play for seven, eight days in a row and don't have a break, it's you've got to take it easier a little bit than the other days. Just things like that. Nothing too overwhelming.

Q. Have you walked off the court from a match since your injury feeling like that's as well as I've ever played?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Um, you know, I tend to be a perfectionist. You know, I have said it many times, although I'm, you know, my biggest fan, I'm also my biggest critic, as well. I step off the court winning the match, and I always want to improve.
You know, if it's just a little thing or a big thing, I always feel like your opponents are going to get tougher as the tournament goes on. You're going to have to raise your level. That's how I look at things.
I mean, if I think that I'm perfect, I don't think there's any more goals ahead of you. It's difficult to think that way.

Q. I just mean in terms of not perfection in your game but as well as you've played. You know, I was playing this well in 19 ?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: In 19 ? Well, I was only 13, so... (Laughter.)
I haven't thought about it, but there have been some matches where I felt like little pieces start coming together and you get a sense of the court.
When I came back after missing so many tournaments and matches, the first thing I just noticed was how those natural instincts just go away so much. You really have to it's not something that you work you work on it, but it's not just something that comes.
You have to play in order to get it back.

Q. Was there a low point where you ever actually considered, I don't know that I'll ever be back? Did you ever think about another career option, or did you always know that you were going to make it back?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Um, I never looked at any options, as tennis is what I've known since I was four years old. It's what I've done every single morning since then.
There is no obviously it's tough, because I think the toughest was when I first just tried to rehab for three months thinking that was going to do something, but then it didn't and I had to have my first surgery.
Then when you're 21 and having to make that decision, it also is in the back of my mind that not people have come back from shoulder surgery at all. So that was a tough thought to process.
But I couldn't I mean, I really couldn't hit a serve and I couldn't hit a backhand volley, anything that was high. It was just I mean, I had to do something, so that was kind of the plan B.

Q. What can you do to play a series of matches like this, which means you end up holding a trophy at the end of the week?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Right.

Q. Do you have a feeling for what you need to do differently or what else you need to do in order to be able to get that consistency?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, a lot of it is adjustments throughout the match, and depending on your opponents. You know, if you find yourself with a game plan that's just you come out and you're not feeling it or it doesn't quite work, you just really have to find a way to adjust to your opponent and maybe the conditions sometimes and just really figure it out.
That's the great thing about the sport is that, you know, you have so many points and so many games, and many, many different situation opportunities. Just really got to take care of them.

Q. Your website is linked with Kei Nishikori's at the moment about the Japan charity. Can you talk about that a little bit or how you became involved or wanted to?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah. Well, it's obviously a huge tragedy around the world right now. Japan just is one of my favorite countries to visit. First time I went there I think was 13 or 14 years old playing a junior tournament, one of the outside cities.
I've just had such memorable times there. To see the country struggle so much as it is now, I think everyone is trying to do as much as we can. Kei and I are trying to set something up for the tournament later in the year to help raise as much money as we can.
Yeah, I just hope that, you know, with the radiation, that gets taken care of as soon as possible so it doesn't spread and cause it to last really long.

Q. You had complimented Samantha on her serve, but your return of serve today seemed to be very, very spot on. Could you talk about that a little bit?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, against a good server, that's sometimes even more important than your own serve because it puts a little bit of, you know, thought process into their mind when they step onto the line, you know.
I was quite solid, and in the beginning I thought I made a few more errors on the second serves than I should have. You know, I adjusted to that and I became more solid and started going for it a little bit more and I felt more comfortable.

Lucas_Arg
Mar 28th, 2011, 11:34 PM
Terrible interview.
I'm tired of them asking about the shoulder over and over again!

Sharapovian
Mar 28th, 2011, 11:37 PM
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I don't know. Oh, my dad's calling me. Sorry, dad. (Smiling.) :hug:

:awww:

Craig.
Mar 28th, 2011, 11:39 PM
She's the cutest :awww:

Mistress of Evil
Mar 29th, 2011, 04:39 AM
Yuri :awww:

gc-spurs
Mar 29th, 2011, 08:30 AM
I'm pretty sure at this point they could ask their questions and we could give Maria's answers because they always ask the same ones. No wonder Caro pulls stuff on the media, they're so boring.

kimgurl
Mar 29th, 2011, 08:52 AM
:haha:

i was expecting them to ask about nba again, like im getting used to it, based from masha's previous interview(IW)..:spit::ras:

Maria Croft
Mar 29th, 2011, 01:24 PM
Terrible interview.
I'm tired of them asking about the shoulder over and over again!

I was just about to type the same thing.
It's been forever, time to move on.

Sharapovian
Mar 29th, 2011, 01:59 PM
Maria on Vogue's '10 Best Dressed' List

Posted on March 29, 2011

Maria is on this week's Vogue '10 Best Dressed' List for the outfit she wore at the Cole Haan Launch event in Coral Gables last week.

Maria wore a Chris Benz skirt, an Honor top and Cole Haan shoes and bag.

To vote Maria's look as your best of the week click here (http://www.vogue.com/fashion/10-best-dressed/ten-best-dressed-march-28-2011/).

From her website ;)

Mrs. Dimitrova
Mar 29th, 2011, 02:13 PM
She's on this list again. :) Last time was quite a while ago.

Reptilia
Mar 29th, 2011, 02:20 PM
She has the most votes too :D

lylux
Mar 29th, 2011, 02:48 PM
She has to most votes too :D

Tip: You can vote only once, but if you have Mozilla Firefox, IE and Chrome, you could vote 3 times. :lol:

Mistress of Evil
Mar 29th, 2011, 03:58 PM
Masha is a fashion icon :bowdown:

Marilyn Monheaux
Mar 29th, 2011, 05:30 PM
:lol:

AniaSharapova
Mar 30th, 2011, 10:04 AM
March 29, 2011


M. SHARAPOVA/A. Dulgheru

3 6, 7 6, 7 6

An interview with:

MARIA SHARAPOVA

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Can you talk about that match? It's obviously one of the most dramatic matches of the tournament, if not this year?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, it was long. It was tough. It was not my best performance, but, you know, I gutted it out till the end. I didn't feel great throughout the match. I was making too many errors.
My opponent was playing really well and consistent, and I just never felt, even though I had the lead, I just never took care of it. But at the end of the day I won, so I'm really happy.

Q. How much of an impact was the crowd? Could you really feel the energy in the building?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, after, you know, they've spent the whole day with the rain delays, and, you know, sitting around waiting for matches and then the match goes long, so, you know, their enthusiasm builds. You can definitely feel the energy.

Q. Were you asked already about your ankle?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: No.

Q. We saw it. It made everyone cringe. It was quite a turn. How much did it hurt? How does it feel now?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: It hurt when I did it. Yeah, I iced it a lot and did an ice bath and got it taped. Yeah, I think I'll be okay. I'm tough.

Q. How about right after that. Was it hard to play on it or step on it?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: It was taped. I don't really get taped much, so it was a weird feeling, first of all, for me. I haven't had tape actually anywhere I think for the last five, six years.
So I just don't like tape at all. I feel really restricted, so that was really strange.

Q. Did you have the feeling that the court was particularly slow with the humidity?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, but that's expected. It was really humid. It was probably it's expected in Miami. I mean, I've trained in Florida so many years, and sometimes at night it gets even worse than during the day.
Yeah, the conditions were really slow, and I think that helped a lot.

Q. How do you see your match against Petkovic?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I didn't have a good result against her in Australia, so, yeah, I'm looking forward to it. It's the semifinal. She's playing really good tennis.
Yeah, I'll have to definitely raise my level.

Q. But you are playing better now than in Australia?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I feel like I'm today wasn't my best tennis that I played in the last couple tournaments, but it doesn't matter. I played a few good matches here already, and, yeah, I just have to build on what I have.

Q. Do you have any particular plans for tomorrow in terms of training, practicing?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I think it will just be pretty basic, just work on the strokes if my ankle lets me.

Q. What is it about Petkovic? What's she been doing in the last few matches, you know, to beat the players she's been beating?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I haven't seen any of them, but knowing how she played against me, she's very steady, you know, really good athlete, moves really well around the court.
But, yeah, she's in really good form and playing, you know, some of the best tennis of her career.

Q. You look very, very happy at the end of the match. It is because you win not playing your good tennis?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah. Some days are like that when you don't feel that many things are working for you and you're making a lot of errors, but you just find a way to win.
You know, it sometimes feels better, because if you're up and everything goes your way and it's easy I mean, of course, that's great, it's fantastic but sometimes when it's tough and you find yourself down and then up but never really playing your best tennis, it's always nice to win.

Lucas_Arg
Mar 30th, 2011, 12:36 PM
Glad to hear is a minor issue.
But of course, we have to wait until she wakes up today.

The Norwegian
Mar 30th, 2011, 12:51 PM
Let's not all become delusional here. She's not a fighter. She's a nice person with a good eye-hand coordination, and a lover.

JamieOwen3
Mar 30th, 2011, 12:58 PM
if she wasn't a fighter she would have lost that match in 2 sets!!

The Norwegian
Mar 30th, 2011, 01:03 PM
Both fighter and a lover?

Sp!ffy
Mar 30th, 2011, 02:07 PM
No one asked her why she called the trainer the first time....

Break My Rapture
Mar 30th, 2011, 03:06 PM
No one asked her why she called the trainer the first time....
The first time? :scared: So before she turned her ankle?

canadia
Mar 30th, 2011, 03:13 PM
I watched the whole match and I only saw her call a trainer for the ankle turn. She called for her coach between the 2nd and 3rd set. Is that maybe what you're thinking of?

What an epic match. The third set was amazing for the drama! I'm so glad I didn't give up on her and go to bed.

joćo.
Mar 30th, 2011, 04:36 PM
Yeah, I think I'll be okay. I'm tough.

:hug: :inlove:

nelsondan
Mar 30th, 2011, 05:13 PM
No one knows for sure, of course, but I believe it is possible that this could be a significant turning point in Maria's recovery. She has had a lot of matches in which her main opponent was herself. On days when her skills are working anywhere close to normal, she usually wins. Her losses have come from deluges of double faults and errors. This time, despite plenty of opportunities to just let the match get away--she did not let it happen. Now, she has two ways to win--one, with her normal game, and two, with a strong mental determination overcoming not having a great day.

Time will tell.

Lucas_Arg
Mar 30th, 2011, 05:32 PM
Any news/tweets about her training today?

Mrs. Dimitrova
Mar 30th, 2011, 05:34 PM
Not that I know of so far. Maria said she will play if her foot allows her to. If she needs a lot of rest then I hope the match will be a night one (although it would be extremely humid and Frizzypova will show up—who rarely loses [if she did at all]—but Frizzypova rarely closes matches in two sets either. :lol:). :cheer:

s_j
Mar 30th, 2011, 05:53 PM
Not that I know of so far. Maria said she will play if her foot allows her to. If she needs a lot of rest then I hope the match will be a night one (although it would be extremely humid and Frizzypova will show up—who rarely loses [if she did at all]—but Frizzypova rarely closes matches in two sets either. :lol:). :cheer:

I don't want another night match. As much as I love frizzypova, she lost her night match at AO, lost it at IW and nearly lost it here in Miami. Hopefully, because the other semi-final will be decided today and they won't have a day's break, Maria will be in the daytime. She seems to play a lot better when there's less humidity!

Mrs. Dimitrova
Mar 30th, 2011, 06:01 PM
Maria is practicing. :worship:

via FortyDeuce's Twitter:

Masha practicing next door. Ankle heavily taped. Lots of whispers with Hoggy about it. Has a physio on court to work on proper tape.

Lucas_Arg
Mar 30th, 2011, 06:03 PM
Hopefully she will be fine. The day is looong, she needs to win this sf!

Mrs. Dimitrova
Mar 30th, 2011, 06:07 PM
Maria is practicing. :worship:

via FortyDeuce's Twitter:

Masha practicing next door. Ankle heavily taped. Lots of whispers with Hoggy about it. Has a physio on court to work on proper tape.

Quoting just so it's on this page because every wanted to know. :)

perseus2006
Mar 30th, 2011, 06:57 PM
Vera d ARad 7-5 6-3

Now, Kim needs to defeat Vika. Then Pova can pass Vika for #8 with a win in the SF - just added motivation!!!

Lucas_Arg
Mar 30th, 2011, 06:59 PM
I want Vika to win so bad. Kim is the most dangerous player for Maria right now.

doomsday
Mar 30th, 2011, 07:08 PM
I want Vika to win so bad. Kim is the most dangerous player for Maria right now.

Petkovic will be very tough to beat, Maria will have to attack her serve like crazy, her first and second serve are pretty weak but off the ground I don't give Maria many chances, Petkovic can really use Maria's pace pretty well and make her move, Jankovic not so much but she lost.

Maria Croft
Mar 30th, 2011, 07:59 PM
I want Vika to win so bad. Kim is the most dangerous player for Maria right now.

That doesn't really matter though, first Maria has to win her SF match, and after that struggle and hurting her ankle in her last match I don't see that happening.

Besides, we should want Azarenka to lose so Maria can get closer to that very important #8 rank.

Lucas_Arg
Mar 30th, 2011, 11:18 PM
That doesn't really matter though, first Maria has to win her SF match, and after that struggle and hurting her ankle in her last match I don't see that happening.


It's ok if you don't think she can make it. I do.

Maria Croft
Mar 31st, 2011, 09:07 AM
It's ok if you don't think she can make it. I do.

There is no need to be rude.

It has nothing to do with lack of believing, I'm not a fan that has a meltdown everytime she loses and neither one that cries retire after every bad loss. I'm a fan that believes she will win a Slam one day again. I'm just being realistic.

goldlion
Mar 31st, 2011, 09:38 AM
Maria is practicing. :worship:

via FortyDeuce's Twitter:

Masha practicing next door. Ankle heavily taped. Lots of whispers with Hoggy about it. Has a physio on court to work on proper tape.

any further details on how the practice goes and her movement by any chance?

Sharapovian
Mar 31st, 2011, 03:34 PM
FortyDeuceTwits (www.twitter.com/FortyDeuceTwits)
Masha practicing on Stadium. Petko practicing on Court 1. Way less windy today than it was yesterday. Thankfully. #SEO2011

Mistress of Evil
Mar 31st, 2011, 03:36 PM
:cheer: no wind :yeah:

Vartan
Mar 31st, 2011, 05:02 PM
Davai Masha!

Sharapovian
Mar 31st, 2011, 09:42 PM
VladasLasitskas (www.twitter.com/VladasLasitskas)
'Official Russian team nominations for Fed Cup vs Italy: @verazvonareva, @SvetlanaK27, @nastia_pav and Ekaterina Makarova.'

No Maria then :[ but maybe for the best :shrug:

Vartan
Mar 31st, 2011, 10:08 PM
:cheer: time for the Russians to win it for the third time :cheer:

Break My Rapture
Mar 31st, 2011, 10:12 PM
That's fairly expected (other Russians need to get the opportunity to play before the Olympics too) plus I think it's for the better that Maria skips this one. :lol:

s_j
Mar 31st, 2011, 10:43 PM
Maria has already guaranteed her spot in the Olympics. S'all good :)

goldlion
Mar 31st, 2011, 10:51 PM
Perhaps Maria will be in the final if Russia gets there?

18majors
Mar 31st, 2011, 11:13 PM
Losing to Virginie Razzano in Fed Cup in Moscow on Feb 5, 2011 is clearly the low point of Maria's professional career. But it also a blessing in disguise. It definitely motivates Maria and helps her to reach 2011 Sony Ericsson Open final.

msharafan
Apr 1st, 2011, 12:44 AM
the interview after her win today :D

SHARAPOVA/A. Petkovic

3 6, 6 0, 6 2

An interview with:

MARIA SHARAPOVA

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. In light of the week you've had and with the weather conditions today and she's playing great, how satisfying is that win today?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I'm really happy that I'm back in the finals here. I missed this tournament so many years. So to be back in the final and I started off really well in this tournament.
Almost lucky to be here. Had a tough one the other night and also a three setter today. She's been playing the best tennis of her career and beat some good players here, so I was really happy I was able to change things around after losing the first set.

Q. She said that one of the things that makes you such a good champion is that you sense right away a weakness in the other player and basically you jump on that. She said that she felt that you sensed she was hesitating, whatever. Can you talk about that?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, to be honest, I felt like I was just making a lot errors in the first set and I wasn't moving my feet at all. And especially with the wind I wasn't moving towards the ball and letting the ball come to me and not really being aggressive. That's what's won me so many matches in my career is when I step in and I hit my strokes and they come deep. I just wasn't doing that.
So first and foremost I felt like I had to start doing that and making little steps and adjusting my game a little bit. More than anything, I sensed that she was tired probably a lot of the dancing that she's been doing and I took advantage of it.

Q. She thought you would be tired in the third after the long match you had the previous night. Didn't seem to be that way.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Because I didn't do the dance after. I wasn't tired.

Q. It's the steps, is it?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I don't know what it is. I just know that I won my match and I won it today again.

Q. Clearly you feel physically good, strong. You say you were hitting your groundstrokes pretty powerfully in the second and third set.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I started to. Yeah, I think that's really important. I didn't feel like I had in the beginning. I don't think it was because of that. I think it was just because I was not moving that well. I knew that I had to make that adjustment, yeah.

Q. Is that the best you've served in a while? You really picked it up in the second and third set.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I did. But I felt like in the first set I wasn't returning or serving well, and that took the pressure away on her serve.
And even when she had second serve opportunities, she just had a lot of confidence. I didn't take a lot of that out of the way.

Q. You were very dominate in the second set. Going into the third set, how did you feel? Did you feel there's no way you could lose or this match is still up for grabs?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I wish I could feel like that. I would be overconfident if I felt like that. But it's tricky, because you have to figure that it's one set all. And although you just won the set 6 0, I still felt like we had a lot of deuce games, as much as we did in the first set, I just didn't win them.
It was a matter of making sure that I was doing the same things that I did in order to change the match, to keep doing them and being consistent about that.

Q. Seems like the Russian women were really dominating the game five years ago, and that's changed lately. You may meet Vera in the final. Will that be exciting?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, absolutely. Another girl is from Belarus as well. So all from the same region, I guess. But, yeah, we had a lot of great results from our country many years ago, like you said, so it obviously would be great to play Vera. We haven't faced each other for a while, so, yeah, it would be nice.

Q. What would it mean to win this tournament?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: It would mean a lot. It's the biggest tournament I think after the Grand Slams. Like I said, I'm pretty fortunate to be in the finals after having a few tough ones like I had the previous rounds.
Yeah, I look forward to going out there and getting it done.

Q. Are you back? Do you feel like you're back to the top, you can get right to the top again?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I feel like I'm finding my form. Like I said, I was looking to play a lot of the matches before I came to Indian Wells. I really felt like with many matches and staying healthy that I would feel better and my form would start coming back to me, and my tennis as well.
I feel that that's playing out really well.

Q. Talk about what happened with your shoulder and sort of the process of coming back from this and maybe why it took a little bit longer than you hoped and how you've had to adjust your form to help your shoulder more?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Um, I don't know how much you know about it, but I had a couple minor tears in it, tendon tears, that weren't initially seen in the first MRI I did, and I played with it for a little while. Got a little bit worse after that. We caught it a little late, and that's why I think it took a little longer than it should have.
I tried to rehab I believe the first two months. When that didn't help I had surgery on it. Probably took me six, seven months after the surgery to come back to the tour.

Q. Have you had to change your serve?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I did in the beginning, yeah.

Q. How about now?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Um, well, in the beginning I had a much shorter motion. Just kind of took it straight up. My joints are pretty loose in my shoulders and kind of throughout my whole body. That's one of the reasons why I think I got the injury in the first place.
So in order to start earlier I had to change it. Now it's not as long as it used to be, but it's pretty much there.

Q. Do you and Sasha ever exchange competitive strategies about each other's sports?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Give me an example.

Q. He's had his ups and downs over the years. Every athlete does.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah.

Q. Talk about certain situations...
MARIA SHARAPOVA: It obviously helps that he's an athlete and understands the perspective and the mindset going into matches and being an athlete. It's quite different to many other things in life and careers.
We have that between each other. We're obviously in different sports, but we although we're all in sports and we understand each other, it's not something that we constantly talk about.

Q. Is there any one piece of advice you gave him or he gave you that stayed with the other person?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I think that stays between us.

Q. I didn't mean to say what it was...
MARIA SHARAPOVA: You just asked the question. (Laughter.)

Q. Have you exchanged things?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, of course. Obviously he's my fiancee. We talk. We talk about many things. He understands what I go through obviously, like you said, from an athlete's perspective. It's very different. You have ups and downs and wins and then the losses, and he's always there for me and understands what I go through. So it's very nice to have that.

Q. Your return of serve today again was very phenomenal, and you also mentioned it earlier. Has that always been such a strong part of your game?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I didn't think so in the first, but I think that was one of the adjustments that I had to make for the second and third set, was to really you know, by me saying being aggressive, it starts from the first ball you hit. That starts with the return, because it puts something in their mind when they go up to the line. They have to go for a little bit more maybe.
So I've been returning quite well throughout this tournament, and it's something that's going to be quite important in the final.

Q. Talk about your match maybe against Azarenka.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Um, she plays really aggressive and swings really hard from both sides. You know, a great returner. It'll be tough. I lost to her the last time we played in Stanford that was, I believe so, yeah, I'll look to change a few things around if I play her




Maria's sounding confident, I would love if she could win on saturday, good luck maria! :worship::bounce:

Lucas_Arg
Apr 1st, 2011, 01:13 AM
They should have asked her about the ankle.

gc-spurs
Apr 1st, 2011, 02:18 AM
^Ikr? the shoulder was sooooo ages ago! Its the ankle now.

Heres what I wanna know- does she call Sasha Sasha or his full name? Like how Agassi calls Steffi Stefanie.

lefty24
Apr 1st, 2011, 02:22 AM
the interview after her win today :D

SHARAPOVA/A. Petkovic

3 6, 6 0, 6 2

An interview with:

MARIA SHARAPOVA

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. In light of the week you've had and with the weather conditions today and she's playing great, how satisfying is that win today?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I'm really happy that I'm back in the finals here. I missed this tournament so many years. So to be back in the final and I started off really well in this tournament.
Almost lucky to be here. Had a tough one the other night and also a three setter today. She's been playing the best tennis of her career and beat some good players here, so I was really happy I was able to change things around after losing the first set.

Q. She said that one of the things that makes you such a good champion is that you sense right away a weakness in the other player and basically you jump on that. She said that she felt that you sensed she was hesitating, whatever. Can you talk about that?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, to be honest, I felt like I was just making a lot errors in the first set and I wasn't moving my feet at all. And especially with the wind I wasn't moving towards the ball and letting the ball come to me and not really being aggressive. That's what's won me so many matches in my career is when I step in and I hit my strokes and they come deep. I just wasn't doing that.
So first and foremost I felt like I had to start doing that and making little steps and adjusting my game a little bit. More than anything, I sensed that she was tired probably a lot of the dancing that she's been doing and I took advantage of it.

Q. She thought you would be tired in the third after the long match you had the previous night. Didn't seem to be that way.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Because I didn't do the dance after. I wasn't tired.



:happy: hahaha. You gotta love bitchy Maria. I don't think she likes petko to much...

Maria Croft
Apr 1st, 2011, 04:10 AM
I really don't think it was meant to be bitchy though, just funny :shrug:

Mistress of Evil
Apr 1st, 2011, 07:00 AM
I really don't think it was meant to be bitchy though, just funny :shrug:

+1. ;)

Mr.Sharapova
Apr 1st, 2011, 07:12 AM
Maria is looking forward to get the job done :yeah:, thats a good news :). Maria knows that she should give it her all here, and then have a rest and play Stuttgart :).

Shivank17
Apr 1st, 2011, 08:54 AM
I think thats a good reply by Maria.
The Petko Dance is a disgrace,its really unsportsmanlike to dance in front of the opponent you just beat,Sharaopova saw that at AO,and that's why she was mad at that.

JamieOwen3
Apr 1st, 2011, 09:09 AM
When she did it with Ana in the doubles i thaught it was great as it's doubles and not taken as seriously. But at slams where players are more focused and serious i didn't thinkit was appropriate especially as Maria helped her shit loads in their AO match.

GoofyDuck
Apr 1st, 2011, 09:57 AM
I reallly hope Maria wins Miami this year.
With her great returning she can really exploit Azarenka's weak first and second serve. :lick:

StrippedToBasics
Apr 1st, 2011, 11:04 AM
Maria's throwing shade at Petko for the dancing :P

joćo.
Apr 2nd, 2011, 08:49 PM
FortyDeuceTwits
Masha hit with Tommy Haas quite a bit prior to the IW/Miami swing. Kinda cool. #SEO2011
http://twitter.com/#!/FortyDeuceTwits/status/54261681748062208

Break My Rapture
Apr 2nd, 2011, 08:55 PM
Hogstedt is Tommy's former coach IIRC.

joćo.
Apr 2nd, 2011, 09:27 PM
April 2, 2011
V. AZARENKA/M. Sharapova
6 1, 6 4

An interview with:

MARIA SHARAPOVA

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Obviously late start, but seemed like you really picked up the game in the second set. Victoria as well stayed tough, didn't she?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, it's a little bit too late to pick up the pace when you're down a set and 4 0. Yeah, I wish I picked it up earlier obviously. Against a player like her you have to have that level from the beginning or else she's going to go with it and only get better. She'll gain more confidence.
Yeah, she did many things better than I did today. She was the aggressive one. She returned better and did a lot of things better than I did.

Q. You're only a couple years older, and yet it seems like there are some similarities to the point where she might have watched you modelled some stuff on you. Do you sense that you're playing someone similar to you?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: She well, has an aggressive game. She goes for her groundstrokes. Yeah, there are certainly similarities. I don't know if that's because she watched me or that's just the way her game is.
Yeah.

Q. You only managed to hold your serve once today. Was there any particular problem, or just it was an off day?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I mean, it was on off day on many parts of the game. I mean, there were many games when I was up in the game, 30 Love, 40 15, 40 Love, and didn't hold serve. There were many games it was 30 All on her serve and I missed a return on, and that just takes away all the pressure from her. It gives her all the confidence in the world.

Q. At the beginning of this tournament you said about your expectation for the French Open.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: That I have expectations? What do you mean?

Q. That you want to do well at Roland Garros.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Right.

Q. Can you explain a little bit more?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, you know, it's a really exciting part of the year that's coming up. I love the summer. I love starting on the clay. I feel like I learn a tremendous amount on it, and the game is long and interesting and teaches you a lot.
You know, the French is obviously the Grand Slam that I haven't won, so I would love to compete there and do really well. I mean, that's a goal of mine, no doubt about it.
Yeah, and then little by little get on the grass.

Q. You've gotten so much traction with your service return in some of these matches, yet today your serve wasn't working.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, not at all.

Q. How did you feel about that?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: You nailed it. I didn't have much traction on it. I don't know what that term means. You're talking about the return. But, yeah, I was just making too many errors.
Like you said, I mean, when you have 15 30, 30 All, it's just I mean, you got to go for it, but you got to make your opponent play. Just gives her all the confidence in the world.

Q. Semifinals Indian Wells, final here, back in the top 10. Do you still need that one big win to get your confidence so you can feel like, Okay, I can win slam again, or you feel like you're there already?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Look, no matter if you win or lose, you always want to build your game and be better. That's the way I look at it. I never want to feel satisfied. I don't think that's the right mentality to have.
I'm very, very happy that I've achieved this much in the last three, four weeks. If you saw me, I don't know, ten weeks ago when I came back from Paris after pulling out then, I was in no shape or form to even play a tournament.
So it's really amazing that I even achieved that. Like I said, I came into Indian Wells without a lot of expectations. I was sick for almost three weeks, and I got myself back in it.
You know, yeah, I'm proud of that. Definitely.

Q. Have you made any changes in your equipment, particularly your strings because of your shoulder?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Um, well, I changed my racquet in November. I started playing with a Head, but not because of the shoulder.
And the string, I've changed my string a lot of times. Also depends on the weather. Sometimes when you go on clay maybe you feel like you need a little more pop. It changes.

Q. Could you repeat what went through your mind when Vika hit those two nets in a row at 3 Love?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Sometimes that's the way it goes. I mean, I could have been up and that could have happened. I was obviously down and that happened, so it doesn't really help.
It's just the situation that you're in. What can you do about it? It's a sport. There's a net.

Q. Can you elaborate just a little bit more on the illness? What was wrong in those couple three weeks before Indian Wells?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I just got really sick. I had the flu. It was pretty bad. I got it in Moscow and then I went to Paris with it and then stayed there and then flew home and got an ear infection and all those things.
So it was a normal flu, but not that normal.

Q. Normal/abnormal.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, just a long recovery process. I'm just saying I was not in a state like first day I went on the court, my coach knows it was just laughable. I just lost weight and I was so out of it. (Laughing.)

Q. How many practice days did you miss?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Like almost three weeks, two and a half weeks. Like I was saying, I just didn't really have many expectations going into Indian Wells I will.
But I did practice really hard going into these two tournaments once I got my energy back. I played some matches, hit a lot with Tommy Haas actually, so that was really fun.
Yeah, I had some good practices.

http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lhvl4tWAk21qefis1.gif

Q. At the end of the first set you had a meeting with your coach. What do you and your coach talk about?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Um, yeah, he told me that I have to be the one that has to be aggressive from the first ball. When she has the opportunities to hit the first ball, that's when she steps in and is at her best and she really dictates play.
Yeah, that's pretty much it.

Q. So much was made of your shrieking early in your career. Did you feel like you met your match today on the court?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: No. I don't really think about it when I play.

Q. Were you not aware of what's going on at the other end that way?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: No. It's about thinking what have to do.

Q. What does it mean to you to be back in the top 10?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, it means that I'm winning matches and winning more of them. It's been a long road to get here. It's not over yet, so, yeah, just keep going.

Q. Do you feel like the women's game is wide open with the Williamses gone, Justine quit, Kim's back and forth and Caroline's never won slam. Do you feel like it's there to be had?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: You can't think like that. You have to have your own mindset. If you think you have a chance because someone's not playing, that's a weak mentality to have. I'm a competitor. I like playing against the best. I love playing against champions. It's what makes it fun.
I mean, it's what the game is all about.

joćo.
Apr 2nd, 2011, 09:30 PM
"I started playing with a Head"

http://www.rearrange-inc.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/owl-orly.jpg

the irony! if only... :sobbing:

Craig.
Apr 2nd, 2011, 09:56 PM
:lol: She sounds pissed. I like it.

Sp!ffy
Apr 2nd, 2011, 10:31 PM
Lol! The gif :lol:

slamchamp
Apr 3rd, 2011, 12:21 AM
I thought she started with head cause of the shoulder

Russianboy
Apr 3rd, 2011, 12:54 AM
do u guys know what her next tourny will be? if it's madrid, is it possible that she will ask for a WC for stuttgart?

Shivank17
Apr 3rd, 2011, 03:01 AM
it's a really exciting part of the year that's coming up. I love the summer. I love starting on the clay.

Really? :eek:
Who said the infamous cow on ice statement then? :o

Hope Maria shows her 'love' of clay at Stuttgart.
We all want her to play there,but it hardly possible.I wonder if Maria even knows there is a tournament called Stuttgart in the tour calendar. :sobbing: :hysteric:

JadeFox
Apr 3rd, 2011, 05:48 AM
Really? :eek:
Who said the infamous cow on ice statement then? :o

Hope Maria shows her 'love' of clay at Stuttgart.
We all want her to play there,but it hardly possible.I wonder if Maria even knows there is a tournament called Stuttgart in the tour calendar. :sobbing: :hysteric:

I wonder if she knows there's country named Germany, that has people, malls, and tournaments. :hysteric:

Shafanovic.
Apr 3rd, 2011, 05:50 AM
^ I think after losing to Petko at AO, she looked up where she came from and yeah. That's when she found out about Germany.

JadeFox
Apr 3rd, 2011, 05:58 AM
^ I think after losing to Petko at AO, she looked up where she came from and yeah. That's when she found out about Germany.

Well then someone should tell her there's a clay tournament there. And she should go. ;) :lol:

Andy.
Apr 3rd, 2011, 06:30 AM
I really dont think playing Stuttgart is that great of an idea. That will be playing three weeks in a row. Yes she just played 4 weeks in a row but there were a lot of days off and gaps between the two tournaments. Two clay events before RG will be fine. Plus she will have at least three weeks of solid training under her belt too.

Shivank17
Apr 3rd, 2011, 06:38 AM
I really dont think playing Stuttgart is that great of an idea. That will be playing three weeks in a row. Yes she just played 4 weeks in a row but there were a lot of days off and gaps between the two tournaments. Two clay events before RG will be fine. Plus she will have at least three weeks of solid training under her belt too.

She will have a week off after Stuttgart ,if she plays there. :rolleyes:
Stuttgart ends on 24th,Madrid starts on 30th.

http://www.wtatennis.com/page/Calendar/0,,12781,00.html

perseus2006
Apr 3rd, 2011, 07:40 AM
The girl doesn't want to be in Germany on her birthday!

Maria Croft
Apr 3rd, 2011, 01:25 PM
I hope she plays a tournament before Madrid and Rome. It's just too long without any matches played.

Feyd
Apr 3rd, 2011, 04:03 PM
Really? :eek:
Who said the infamous cow on ice statement then? :o

Hope Maria shows her 'love' of clay at Stuttgart.
We all want her to play there,but it hardly possible.I wonder if Maria even knows there is a tournament called Stuttgart in the tour calendar. :sobbing: :hysteric:

Our girl can't just wait to show her dropshots on clay to her fans. :drool:

atominside
Apr 3rd, 2011, 04:17 PM
cant wait for her next doodle :hearts:

Lucas_Arg
Apr 3rd, 2011, 04:22 PM
She really needs to play in Germany. Not another early loss in Madrid please.

Mr.Sharapova
Apr 3rd, 2011, 05:14 PM
Please Maria, make my wish come true and play Stuttgart :angel:

pedropt
Apr 3rd, 2011, 06:00 PM
And there's no wind in Stuttgart :shrug: :hysteric:

Lucas_Arg
Apr 3rd, 2011, 06:37 PM
And fast clay.

nelsondan
Apr 3rd, 2011, 09:27 PM
do u guys know what her next tourny will be? if it's madrid, is it possible that she will ask for a WC for stuttgart?

I wish there was a thread more precisely dedicated to answering that recurring question. It would be dormant when she plays a tournament, but as soon as she wins, or is eliminated, I wish there was a handy place to go, to find out basic information like this--I hope this is correct:

Stuttgart, April 17?--maybe.
Madrid, April 30--almost for sure.

I know I need to plan on not seeing her play for at least two weeks. There should be photos of something going on, around her birthday.

18majors
Apr 3rd, 2011, 09:51 PM
More training with Tom Hogstedt may not be a bad thing. I'm very impressed with Maria's improvements from Fed Cup to Indian Wells and Sony Ericsson.

Cherry.
Apr 3rd, 2011, 10:11 PM
Can't wait for the clay season to start :bounce:

Lucas_Arg
Apr 4th, 2011, 02:34 PM
I wish there was a thread more precisely dedicated to answering that recurring question. It would be dormant when she plays a tournament, but as soon as she wins, or is eliminated, I wish there was a handy place to go, to find out basic information like this--I hope this is correct:

Stuttgart, April 17?--maybe.
Madrid, April 30--almost for sure.

I know I need to plan on not seeing her play for at least two weeks. There should be photos of something going on, around her birthday.

She will play Madrid and Rome back to back but I hope for Stuttgart (is only our hope, I don't know if Maria has even thought about that) too.

Mrs. Dimitrova
Apr 4th, 2011, 02:50 PM
What about Amelia Island? When is that? She can do defend her 2008 title there. :hearts:

Reptilia
Apr 4th, 2011, 02:53 PM
Amelia Island turned into Ponte Vedra Beach, which got canned this year. :bigcry:

denny5576
Apr 4th, 2011, 02:55 PM
Maria will play Madrid and Rome.
No other tournaments are considered till RG.

Break My Rapture
Apr 4th, 2011, 02:59 PM
Well we have confirmation now, guess we'll have to miss her for a month or so. :p

Mrs. Dimitrova
Apr 4th, 2011, 03:00 PM
Amelia Island turned into Ponte Vedra Beach, which got canned this year. :bigcry:

Where have I been? :o

Mistress of Evil
Apr 4th, 2011, 03:08 PM
Maria will play Madrid and Rome.
No other tournaments are considered till RG.

Thx for the info. :awww:

Maria Croft
Apr 4th, 2011, 03:17 PM
Well that sucks, that makes her changes of getting the #8 seed in time for Roland Garros very slim.

madmax
Apr 4th, 2011, 03:24 PM
I think two big clay tournaments are enough for a player of Maria's caliber - last year she was injured this time of the year and had to rush her preparation in Strasbourg, no need to do it this time arround.

doomsday
Apr 4th, 2011, 04:03 PM
Maria will play Madrid and Rome.
No other tournaments are considered till RG.

2 big tournaments, seems pretty good to me. And yeah her chances to be N8 are slimmer now but I think health prevails.

Andy.
Apr 4th, 2011, 09:43 PM
Even if she goes into RG as the number 9 seed at least she will only have to play the seeds between 5-8 in the 4th round rather than 1-4 (which is what she has been getting). I really want her to be top 8 by Wimbledon though. I really want her to have a good run there. I really think she has a chance at Wimbledon this year to go really well.

18majors
Apr 4th, 2011, 09:55 PM
Hopefully, Maria will be able to win easy points on her serve at Wimbledon.

Craig.
Apr 4th, 2011, 09:56 PM
If she does decent at Madrid/Rome, that should cover her Strasbourg points and she can really gain some points in Paris (if she plays well of course) as she only made the 3rd Round there last year. It's hard to see her not be a top 8 seed by Wimbledon.

Marilyn Monheaux
Apr 4th, 2011, 10:15 PM
I think that even if she isn't the No.8 (or better) seed based on the WTA rankings, there's still a chance that the Wimbledon draw committee might bump her up a spot or two.

Shafanovic.
Apr 4th, 2011, 10:28 PM
^ Let's hope a player or two will withdraw from RG :devil:

gc-spurs
Apr 4th, 2011, 10:37 PM
Just keep her away from Nubile Young Blondes in the draw and she'll be fine!

Shafanovic.
Apr 4th, 2011, 10:54 PM
I'm really bored so I'm looking at reviews of Maria's Cole Haan stuff and most of them are positive reviews :hearts:

denny5576
Apr 4th, 2011, 10:58 PM
Well that sucks, that makes her changes of getting the #8 seed in time for Roland Garros very slim.
if Maria makes from the clay tournaments:
- less points than JJ, but the difference is < 275
- less points than Bartoli, but the difference is < 595
- less points than Sveta, but the difference is < 705
- less points than Kvitova, but the difference is < 798
- less points than Radwanska, but the difference is < 845,

then Maria will be TOP-8 before RG and seeded 8th.
Alternatively if Maria gets:
- 126 points more than Stosur
or
- 290 points more than Li Na
then Maria will move a place higher in the ranking and will be TOP-7.
If instead "or" it is "and" Maria will be TOP-6.
Of course provided JJ, Marion, Sveta, etc. will not pass Maria.
So, there is a chance.
But seeded in the group 9 - 12 is not bad....

gc-spurs
Apr 4th, 2011, 11:07 PM
Maria Sharapova
Two solid tournaments back to back, much more work to get done!!! I am going to take 3 days off and get those clay court shoes ready to go. I can’t remember the last time I was this excited to get on the clay. My team from Nike just sent me this very cool video with a strong message, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

From Facebook.

Bambi is excited for clay cause she's clayGOAT!

Sharapovian
Apr 4th, 2011, 11:11 PM
That's good too hear :yeah:

Seems like she wants to do really well on clay this year :)

pedropt
Apr 4th, 2011, 11:14 PM
Looking forward for her clay season :cheer:

Lucas_Arg
Apr 4th, 2011, 11:20 PM
Maria will play Madrid and Rome.
No other tournaments are considered till RG.

Source????

Craig.
Apr 5th, 2011, 12:40 AM
Maria Sharapova (facebook)
Two solid tournaments back to back, much more work to get done!!! I am going to take 3 days off and get those clay court shoes ready to go. I can’t remember the last time I was this excited to get on the clay. My team from Nike just sent me this very cool video with a strong message, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

jacobruiz
Apr 5th, 2011, 01:21 AM
Maria Sharapova (facebook)
Two solid tournaments back to back, much more work to get done!!! I am going to take 3 days off and get those clay court shoes ready to go. I can’t remember the last time I was this excited to get on the clay. My team from Nike just sent me this very cool video with a strong message, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Well, that was slightly encouraging.

Sp!ffy
Apr 5th, 2011, 03:23 AM
^There's no reason for her not to be :lol:

Mistress of Evil
Apr 5th, 2011, 05:14 AM
Maria Sharapova (facebook)
Two solid tournaments back to back, much more work to get done!!! I am going to take 3 days off and get those clay court shoes ready to go. I can’t remember the last time I was this excited to get on the clay. My team from Nike just sent me this very cool video with a strong message, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Let's get exicetd. :cheer:

Shivank17
Apr 5th, 2011, 06:19 AM
Source????

Source-SharapovaCowOnIce-IhateClay.com
:o :sobbing:
Lol,kidding,I think Stuttgart is the only Premiere tournament before Madrid, and Sharapova ain't playing there ,and she doesn't play any clay tourney apart from Madrid and Rome unles she is injured and has to play Strasbourg..like last year.

denny5576
Apr 6th, 2011, 06:29 PM
ROME
Main Draw

# Player Name Nation Rank Pref

1 WOZNIACKI, CAROLINE DEN 1 1
2 CLIJSTERS, KIM BEL 2 1
3 SCHIAVONE, FRANCESCA ITA 4 1
4 STOSUR, SAMANTHA AUS 5 1
5 LI, NA CHN 6 1
6 JANKOVIC, JELENA SRB 7 1
7 AZARENKA, VICTORIA BLR 8 1
8 WILLIAMS, VENUS USA 9 1
9 BARTOLI, MARION FRA 10 1
10 PEER, SHAHAR ISR 11 1
11 WILLIAMS, SERENA USA 12 1
12 SHARAPOVA, MARIA RUS 13 1
13 RADWANSKA, AGNIESZKA R POL 14 1
14 KUZNETSOVA, SVETLANA RUS 15 1
15 KANEPI, KAIA EST 16 1
16 PENNETTA, FLAVIA ITA 17 1
17 IVANOVIC, ANA SRB 19 1
18 WICKMAYER, YANINA BEL 20 1
19 PAVLYUCHENKOVA, ANASTASIA RUS 21 1
20 PETROVA, NADIA RUS 22 1
21 PETKOVIC, ANDREA GER 23 1
22 REZAI, ARAVANE FRA 24 1
23 CIBULKOVA, DOMINIKA SVK 25 1
24 KLEYBANOVA, ALISA RUS 26 1
25 KIRILENKO, MARIA RUS 27 1
26 DULGHERU, ALEXANDRA ROU 28 1
27 GROTH, JARMILA AUS 29 1
28 HANTUCHOVA, DANIELA SVK 30 1
29 SAFAROVA, LUCIE CZE 31 1
30 PENG, SHUAI CHN 32 1
31 MARTINEZ SANCHEZ, MARIA JOSE ESP 33 1
32 PIRONKOVA, TSVETANA K BUL 34 1
33 GOERGES, JULIA GER 35 1
34 VINCI, ROBERTA ITA 37 1
35 SEVASTOVA, ANASTASIJA LAT 38 1
36 MAKAROVA, EKATERINA RUS 39 1
37 ERRANI, SARA ITA 40 1
38 SCHNYDER, PATTY SUI 41 1
39 SHVEDOVA, YAROSLAVA KAZ 42 1
40 MATTEK-SANDS, BETHANIE USA 43 1
41 BACSINSZKY, TIMEA SUI 45 1
42 BENESOVA, IVETA CZE 46 1
43 DULKO, GISELA ARG 47 1

Mrs. Dimitrova
Apr 6th, 2011, 07:35 PM
Why do these tournaments keep taking the un-updated rankings list? :weirdo: Or maybe those are not the official seeds. :lol: I doubt Serena is playing too. :awww:

Mr.Sharapova
Apr 6th, 2011, 07:37 PM
Make a good run in Rome Maria :)

Mistress of Evil
Apr 6th, 2011, 07:40 PM
Let's first focus on Madrid :lol: Since Kimberly is not playing Masha will be 8th seed. :cheer:

denny5576
Apr 6th, 2011, 08:58 PM
Why do these tournaments keep taking the un-updated rankings list? :weirdo: Or maybe those are not the official seeds. :lol: I doubt Serena is playing too. :awww:
Tournaments are obligated to follow the Rules...

The cut date was March 28th. Therefore the ranking used is of March 21st

Seeding is based on the WTA Rankings the week prior to the start of the Tournament

lefty24
Apr 7th, 2011, 12:18 AM
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/jon_wertheim/04/06/mailbag/1.html



It seems that Sharapova's lack of mental toughness is evident in her recent losses -- the most recent beatdown now at the hands of Azarenka (and not as close as the 6-1, 6-4 scoreline suggests). Sharapova seems to be finished as a Grand Slam contender, (:rolleyes: this guy clearly hasn't watched many of her matches recently) but can we at least expect her to make second-week runs at the majors?
--Gaurang Abhiman, Chicago

• Five points on Sharapova:

1) She probably has mid-eight figures banked. She's engaged. She has other interests. She has three Slams to her name already. I credit her with grinding it out, still possessing the motivation and will to climb back up the ladder.

2) She's in the top 10 and, if you check out the points, is a likely top five member by Wimbledon.(:eek: I thought she would be only top 8. If she's in the top 5 that would be amazing)

3) Until she repairs her serve, it's hard to see her winning seven straight matches. When the serve goes, so much else -- not least your confidence during points -- goes with it.

4) Canon may have whiffed with "Image is Everything." But Sharapova's catchphrase, "Make every shot a power shot," is, sadly, accurate. I can't recall a top player who plays with such little nuance.

5) A few of you have mentioned this but I can't find it anywhere. Apparently Bill Simmons has quite a funny riff about Sharapova's intended, Sasha Vujacic. Can someone fill us in? Sound promising.

Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/jon_wertheim/04/06/mailbag/index.html#ixzz1In9GSHNj

Break My Rapture
Apr 7th, 2011, 11:39 AM
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/jon_wertheim/04/06/mailbag/1.html



It seems that Sharapova's lack of mental toughness is evident in her recent losses -- the most recent beatdown now at the hands of Azarenka (and not as close as the 6-1, 6-4 scoreline suggests). Sharapova seems to be finished as a Grand Slam contender, (:rolleyes: this guy clearly hasn't watched many of her matches recently) but can we at least expect her to make second-week runs at the majors?
--Gaurang Abhiman, Chicago

• Five points on Sharapova:

1) She probably has mid-eight figures banked. She's engaged. She has other interests. She has three Slams to her name already. I credit her with grinding it out, still possessing the motivation and will to climb back up the ladder.

2) She's in the top 10 and, if you check out the points, is a likely top five member by Wimbledon.(:eek: I thought she would be only top 8. If she's in the top 5 that would be amazing)

3) Until she repairs her serve, it's hard to see her winning seven straight matches. When the serve goes, so much else -- not least your confidence during points -- goes with it.

4) Canon may have whiffed with "Image is Everything." But Sharapova's catchphrase, "Make every shot a power shot," is, sadly, accurate. I can't recall a top player who plays with such little nuance.

5) A few of you have mentioned this but I can't find it anywhere. Apparently Bill Simmons has quite a funny riff about Sharapova's intended, Sasha Vujacic. Can someone fill us in? Sound promising.

Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/jon_wertheim/04/06/mailbag/index.html#ixzz1In9GSHNj
:weirdo: Does Na Li ring a bell?
He clearly has never watched tennis at all.

Marilyn Monheaux
Apr 7th, 2011, 01:25 PM
:weirdo: Does Na Li ring a bell?
He clearly has never watched tennis at all.


Maybe he doesn't consider NaNa a top player (of Masha's caliber at least) or just could't think of her in that moment. ;):shrug:

cyannnnn
Apr 11th, 2011, 03:46 PM
i see on maria website forum they talk about the cartoon "Masha and the bear" with a blonde and green eyes little girl.(little maria)

it's very funny to see the cartoon on youtube if you have nothing to do.

lylux
Apr 11th, 2011, 07:41 PM
i see on maria website forum they talk about the cartoon "Masha and the bear" with a blonde and green eyes little girl.(little maria)

it's very funny to see the cartoon on youtube if you have nothing to do.

http://i54.tinypic.com/69m5ns.jpg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSdGB_r6ZkQ&feature=fvwrel

I love it lol :haha:

MarryKC
Apr 12th, 2011, 09:14 AM
Masha will come to Taipei,Taiwan for a exhibition-match against Zvonareva on 22th September!

Maria Croft
Apr 12th, 2011, 04:36 PM
What else is new, another idiot underestimating Maria's ability. She'll make him eat his words soon enough.

Sharapovian
Apr 12th, 2011, 06:31 PM
Facebook:
Just finished a hard week of training down at IMG academies in Bradenton, its nice to go back to my roots. Yesterday during my off day (nice off day) I had an amazing Cole Haan shoot and I got to spend the day with my super fun glam team. My long time hair stylist Adir is finally up on facebook, my fans should follow him for the latest and greatest in hair and beauty, he is a genius. www.facebook.com/AdirAbergel - Ok, enough about Adir!! Off to the Bahamas for another hard training week and an exho with Dulko!!

Mistress of Evil
Apr 12th, 2011, 07:00 PM
Training :cheer:

Break My Rapture
Apr 12th, 2011, 07:04 PM
Finally another update. :lol:

Mrs. Dimitrova
Apr 13th, 2011, 02:52 AM
Told you she's freakin' CLAY-GOAT nowadays. :bowdown: Maria has the best winning percentage on clay of any other tennis player currently in the top 100. :sobbing:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/13/sports/tennis/13iht-TENNIS13.html?_r=1&ref=christopherclarey

Top players whose career winning percentages on clay are worse include the current No. 1 player in the world, Caroline Wozniacki, as well as Kim Clijsters, Serena and Venus Williams and Maria Sharapova, although Sharapova surprisingly has the best winning percentage on clay (78.6 percent) of anyone in the top 100. Not bad for a slugger who grew up on Florida hard courts and who once compared her movement on clay to a “cow on ice.”

Mistress of Evil
Apr 13th, 2011, 03:52 AM
nah, she was even in TOP 10 all time :sobbing: not any more :awww:

claypova
Apr 13th, 2011, 04:03 AM
:spit: thats not possible :sobbing:

gc-spurs
Apr 13th, 2011, 04:34 AM
hahahahaha I love it
MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
Bring on the clay!!!

Reptilia
Apr 13th, 2011, 07:07 AM
I'm so pumped for Claypova! Love this part of the season :drool:

gc-spurs
Apr 13th, 2011, 09:21 AM
FO seemed not so long ago... I still remember 'Day 2' of the Masha/JuJu match and how ZOMG! I/we got, and how I went out afterwards to get a Bacon and Egg McMuffin Combo from McDonalds, and it was such a cold morning.

madmax
Apr 13th, 2011, 01:35 PM
seriously, but I've got a feeling that Pova will be a much better natural surface player than a hardcourt one for the rest of her career. Clay gives her time to set up her shots and doesn't expose her movement so much and her flat hitting and attacking tennis always works well on grass. Here's hoping for a good clay-grass season then:cheer:

Break My Rapture
Apr 13th, 2011, 04:06 PM
When is the Bahamas exo again? Anyone know if it will be televised?

Jack89
Apr 13th, 2011, 04:21 PM
Bahamas Exo is on 16th April

http://www.atlantis.com/promotions/tennis.aspx?CID=ban_SharapovaSite

Not really sure but I don't think it'll be televised.