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Jun 13th, 2003, 02:51 AM
Sharapova reigns in silence
By Phil Shaw, at Edgbaston
13 June 2003

"Buena! Buena!" exulted Maria Sharapova's father, slipping into Spanish as the 16-year-old Russian disposed of another seed in the DFS Classic yesterday. Given the way his daughter had complemented her natural power with poise on the key points in her 6-0, 7-5 defeat of Switzerland's Marie-Gaianeh Mikaelian, perhaps he was calling "Bueno, Bueno".

In the four decades since Maria Bueno was a Wimbledon favourite, the women's game has been transformed almost beyond recognition. The Williams sisters are living proof of that. Yet the rise of Sharapova, who has soared from No 532 in the world rankings to the outskirts of the top 100 in just 15 months, highlights the relentless pace of change.

In the quarter-finals here today, Sharapova faces the toughest test of her fledgling career. She meets another Russian, Elena Dementieva, who is not only the No 1 seed and ranked 13th in the world but stands, like herself, a fraction under 6ft and shares her tendency to grunt on virtually every shot.

Or at least Sharapova did. After complaints from her previous victim, Nathalie Dechy, the only racket she employed against Mikaelian, the 11th seed and world No 39, was the one she held in her right hand. Her concentration or performance were unimpaired. "My dad [Yuri] said I played much better [without the noises]," she said.

The backhand was like a sword. The ground strokes, such as she needed in a match dominated by baseline rallies, were crisply timed. And the second serve was long, strong and confident, much like herself. She was last night given a wild card entry to Wimbledon, but had earlier suggested she might decline it because qualifying would offer extra experience on grass.

"I played really well and felt relaxed," Sharapova said, as if stating a fact rather than crowing. "The first set was easy. I just played like I've been doing and [Mikaelian] wasn't ready for that. She got it together more in the second set, but I raised the level of my game. That's telling me that I can compete with the top girls."

The extent to which that is true she will learn in her first tussle with Dementieva. The 21-year-old Russian No 2 won 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in a fractious encounter with Marion Bartoli, of France, which came to the boil in a final set that featured five breaks of serve.

Bartoli appeared to be going quietly when she trailed 5-2. In the previous game, she had left Centre Court for five minutes to change a troublesome shoe. She then admonished Dementieva, shouting: "Don't keep calling the ball out when it's good. You're not putting me off." If anyone was distracted it was Dementieva, who found herself only 5-4 ahead and 15-40 down on her own service before recovering to win.

Dementieva later bemoaned the surfaces on which England's main summer tournaments are played. "It's impossible to play tennis here," she said. "You never know where the ball is going to bounce."

Sharapova is not the only qualifier still in the tournament. Maria Vento-Kabchi, of Venezuela, advanced by beating another French player, Virginie Razzano, 6-3, 6-3.

Jun 13th, 2003, 02:54 AM
I think the case is if Eastbourne gives a wildcard to Maria Sharapova per her request, she will accept the given Wimbledon wildcard. If not, she will decline and play in the Wimbledon qualies for extra practices....

We will find out the verdict tomorrow.... :) I am ok with both cases. :)

Jun 13th, 2003, 02:58 AM
well, she'll be seeded for the TOP seed
in her section in the qualies anyways....
just hope she wont meet people like
Janet Lee etc who likes grass too
in her section, or it's not a bad thing
to actually decline the WC entry
with such a confidence like hers..:)

Jun 13th, 2003, 03:17 AM
i think she should take the wildcard, but it's admirable that she's considering qualifying anyway. that tells me that she loves to just play tennis, no matter what the outcome. perhaps she'd like to play a good few matches and gain more and more confidence with each, but i don't want her to get tired. either way, i'll be rooting for her.

the cat
Jun 13th, 2003, 03:20 AM
Thanks for another good article, Sharky! :kiss: I don't know what we would do without you! :sad:

But what's with Maria possibly turning down her Wimbledon maindraw wildcard? That would be insane! :mad: Qualifying matches aren't practice. Maria could have a bad day and lose or suffer an injury. I hope she takes the Wimbledon maindraw wildcard and takes a wildcard into Eastbourne's maindraw. I prefer that scenerio. But turning down a wildcard from Wimbledon is playing Russian Roulette! :eek: And it would embarrass The All England Club. And I don't think Maria wants to do that.

Now I'm worried, Sharky! :( Maria can't turn down the Wimbledon maindraw wildcard. Can she?

Jun 13th, 2003, 04:48 AM

I agree with the cat...Maria should take the Wimbledon wild card. If she's able to score wins over two Top 50 players, then she could definitely win a match or two once at Wimbledon.

Will her performance at Birmingham get her into the Top 100?

Jun 13th, 2003, 04:55 AM
i 4got injuries and stuff like that, thanks cat. rep is down, but ill get ya.

Mrs. Peel
Jun 13th, 2003, 05:18 AM
She sounds so courageous! What a great attitude she has! She should take the wildcard tho... :)

Jun 13th, 2003, 05:39 AM
elena :rolleyes:

that's why you go to the net...

Jun 13th, 2003, 06:01 AM
although playing qualies would be good for experience i would be worried about fatigue. if she plays like she is now then she could go a fair way into the tournament and she could get a bit tired if she plays qualies.

Jun 13th, 2003, 06:08 AM
Probably a stupid q but aren't they Russian? So why's her Dad "slipping into Spanish"?

Anyway, the sentiment is admirable but a wildcard into the main draw is not something to give away, especially since she's already played some good WTA matches.

Jun 13th, 2003, 06:30 AM
I agree with y'all. I think that Maria should take the Wimby wildcard! I hope that she gets a WC to Eastbourne and goes deep (maybe even get her first title!).

She sounds cool. I don't know that much of her but I like what I'm finding out!! :D

Jun 13th, 2003, 07:14 AM
Nice article!

Jun 13th, 2003, 07:27 AM
She'd get more points qualifying than if she took the WC. Also she'd get more practice like she said, and if she cant get through qualifying then it just means she wasnt meant to be in the main draw. Its better than if she took the WC and lost first round, like what happened in most other tounraments where she got a WC.

The Crow
Jun 13th, 2003, 09:03 AM
I hope she will turn it down. I love that attitude!

Jun 13th, 2003, 09:10 AM
Turn it up baby...turn it down

Jun 13th, 2003, 09:25 AM
I hope she accepts the wild card!
Imagine if she plays qualifiers and loses the first round of them.
She'll be sorry for the rest of her life!

Jun 13th, 2003, 09:35 AM
If she declines the WC, that would really be interesting...;)

The Crow
Jun 13th, 2003, 09:38 AM
I hope she accepts the wild card!
Imagine if she plays qualifiers and loses the first round of them.
She'll be sorry for the rest of her life!

So? All part of the learning process. It's not as if this will be her only Wimbledon ever :rolleyes:

Jun 13th, 2003, 09:47 AM
So? All part of the learning process. It's not as if this will be her only Wimbledon ever :rolleyes:
Yea, but when you're in the main draw you have a bigger chance of getting far or even winning.

Jun 13th, 2003, 09:48 AM
If she turns it down, can they award another one or does it just open up a lucky loser spot?

Jun 13th, 2003, 09:53 AM
I still think Maria has one of the best attitudes of the majority of the current crop of teenagers on the rise. So she declines the wildcard and decides to play the qualies big deal I think she is pretty smart myself to get the extra match experience.

At least if she qualifies, she will still have more points earned then if she loses in the Main Draw first round as a wild card.

Best of luck to Maria.

Jun 13th, 2003, 10:34 AM
Spot on Jakeev, this cind of attitude explains why she more often than other young players comes out on top in tough battles :)

The Crow
Jun 13th, 2003, 10:39 AM
Indeed spot on, Jakeev. I don't care if she accepts the wild card after-all, it's the attitude of actually considering to decline it that I'm applauding.

the cat
Jun 13th, 2003, 11:47 AM
I will be dissapointed if Maria turns down the maindraw wildcard for Wimbledon. :( If she really doesn't want it, her agent should have refused the wildcard and it could have been given to Vera Douchevina, last years Wimbledon Girls champion.

Today's match against Elena Dementieva will be Maria's sixth match of the tounrament. She's getting plenty of grass court experience. As I said earler, playing the qualifying draw is playing Russian Roulette! What if Maria refuses the wildcard and another one isn't given or isn't given to Vera Douchevina and Maria has to play Vera in the qualifying draw? :eek: That's a scary thought because Vera beat Maria twice last year on a grass court.

I hope Maria does the prudent thing and accepts the wildcard in Wimbledon's maindraw.

Udachi Maria! :bounce:

Jun 13th, 2003, 01:24 PM
Maria's gamble on wild chance Jun 13 2003

By Hyder Jawad, Birmingham Post

Maria Sharapova will grace centre court at the DFS Classic in Birmingham today, but she could pass up the opportunity of direct entry to the main draw at Wimbledon.

The 16-year-old Russian, whose film-star appearance has drawn comparisons with Anna Kournikova, will play Elena Dementieva in the quarter-finals at Edgbaston Priory with no guarantee of taking her newfound grass-court skills to London when Wimbledon begins in ten days’ time.

Sharapova defeated Marie-Gaianeh Mikaelian of Switzerland 6-0, 7-5 here yesterday and was then informed that she had been granted a wild card for Wimbledon.

However, the girl who was born in Siberia, but now lives in Florida said that she might decide to enter Wimbledon through the qualifying rounds - risking elimination before the first round.

“I haven’t decided what I am going to do,” Sharapova said. “I will definitely play Wimbledon but I don’t know if it will be with the wild card or through the qualifying rounds. Of course, I could lose in the qualifying rounds but I might like the extra practice.”

Sharapova will today face Elena Dementieva, the No 1 seed, in the last eight at Edgbaston. It is a battle between the world No 125 and the world No 15, both of whom hail from Russia.

However, Sharapova’s rating is artificially low because, being so young, she is unable to compete in the full women’s tour, thus denying her vital ranking points.

In defeating Mikaelian, Sharapova produced a performance more befitting a player in the top 20.

She has climbed from No 532 in the world to No 125 inside the past 12 months and, because of her victory yesterday, seems set to be granted direct entry to the US Open in New York in August.

Sharapova continues to arouse curiosity among spectators and media, partly for her tennis but mainly for her appearance. Tall, blonde and pretty, she has quickly become Americanised and is well aware of her growing influence.

“The more you do well, the more attention you get,” she said. “You get attention from fans and people enjoy your tennis more."

Jun 13th, 2003, 01:24 PM
Great personality from Maria! :kiss:

Jun 13th, 2003, 02:07 PM
Good luck Maria!! :)

Jun 13th, 2003, 02:16 PM
Whatever happens vs. Elena today, Sharky has earned it by beating two Top 40's, Nathalie and MGM, this week. IMO, if you earn a WC, take it.

Jun 13th, 2003, 02:23 PM
i was at Birmingham on Tuesday, was sharapova the one practising in RED trousers and PINK t shirt? I swear she was giving me the eye! haha

the cat
Jun 13th, 2003, 02:48 PM
Oh Sharky, it sounds like she's going to play qualifying! :sad: And that worries me.

Jun 13th, 2003, 03:35 PM
Oh well, if shes going to be silly, then she may regret it. I think her ranking could get her in on her own. (She should be about 105 in the world even if she loses today, so given 12 qualies and 8 WC shes just in)

Jun 13th, 2003, 05:25 PM
I have been told that she has not asked for a wildcard to Eastbourne, so that' sounds event more likely that she will play qualies at Wimbledon.

Rising Sun
Jun 13th, 2003, 05:39 PM
If she takes the WC, she'll be allowed one less tourney as a 16 year old...

auntie janie
Jun 13th, 2003, 05:52 PM
LOL @ Marion Bartoli, shouting at ED during their match! Why don't we get to see this kind of action on tv! :D

Jun 13th, 2003, 05:53 PM
Whatever happens vs. Elena today, Sharky has earned it by beating two Top 40's, Nathalie and MGM, this week. IMO, if you earn a WC, take it.

Right now, she is leading Elena 2-6, 7-6 (7-4), 5-2

Jun 13th, 2003, 06:45 PM
Oh well, if shes going to be silly, then she may regret it. I think her ranking could get her in on her own. (She should be about 105 in the world even if she loses today, so given 12 qualies and 8 WC shes just in)

Once again...main draw commitments are done weeks in advance. The results from the last few weeks cannot get her in. She either needs to take the wild card, hope that A BILLION people pull out...or play qualies.