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pengluv
Jan 14th, 2007, 05:30 PM
You may not be a tennis fan, but even if you are not you may recall Maria Sharpova's pledge not to be "another Kournikova" selling her body for soft porn while her game goes into the tank. From the photo you can see how reliable this Russian's word is.

Russian female tennis players had an impressive year in 2004. Five of the eight slots in grand slam event finals were filled by Russians, and three of the four slams were won by Russians. In addition to Wimbledon, Russia’s Maria Sharapova also won the season-ending WTA Tour Championship title, making 2004 the best year by far for Russian tennis and Sharapova Russia’s apparent golden girl.

But if we look below the surface, we see a different picture entirely, especially as far as Sharapova is concerned. In 2005 and so far in 2006, no Russian has even reached a grand slam final, much less prevailed there, making 2004 seem very much like the fluke some commentators saw it as at the time.

As for Sharapova, first of all, it is questionable whether it is even appropriate to refer to her as “Russian.” She left the country as a small child, speaks English on the court, lives in Florida, spends virtually no time in Russia, has consistently refused to play for the national team and donates almost none of her vast fortune to the relief of Russian poverty.

Sharapova has claimed that she “needs” to live in the USA for her tennis, but that is an absurd fantasy. Svetlana Kuznetsova lives in St. Petersburg, and won the U.S. Open. Anastasia Myskina lives in Moscow, and won the French Open. Elena Dementieva lives in Moscow, and was a finalist in 2004 at both the French and U.S. Opens. What Sharapova “needs” is the glamour and money to be found in the American marketplace.

The next factor to be considered is luck. The only reason, for instance, that Sharapova reached the finals at Wimbledon in 2006 is that a sudden downpour interrupted her semi-finals match with Lindsey Davenport, not once but several times, while Davenport was in the midst of pulverizing Sharapova, who’d barely managed to win a single game. After the sequence of rain delays, the aging Davenport lost focus and physical edge while the youthful Sharapova rebounded. Wimbledon is planning to erect a roofed stadium to avoid problems like this in the future.



Indeed, Sharapova seems to lead a charmed existence. How else to explain her miraculous ability to travel from Siberia to the world renown Bolletari tennis academy in Florida, while so many wait so long for U.S. visas, where she was able to study tennis at the highest level for free. Reviewing Sharapova’s tournament victories, it’s amazing how often she has been able to reach and win a final without having had to play a top-five opponent, as was the case in her most recent tournament victory, the Pacific Life Open at Indian Wells, California. In 2005, she was 3-3 against top five opponents, winning just three tournaments in 15 tries, and in only one of those three wins did she have to face a top-five player; in one of her other three tournaments wins, she did not even have to face a player in the world's top fifteen.

Then, quality of play must be considered. A person even casually familiar with tennis who compares the 2005 Wimbledon final between Davenport and Venus Williams to the 2004 match between Sharapova and the other Williams sister, Serena, cannot but be struck by the dramatic difference in the quality of play and watchability of the two matches, one scintillating and the other a yawner. A serious fan would be very hard-pressed to name a single match where Sharapova produced truly compelling, championship-caliber tennis against a highly-ranked opponent. For every significant win against a credible opponent, there are two calamitous disasters against also-rans. Maria plays with an entirely one-dimensional baseline power game bereft of shotmaking, and her unforced errors are regularly twice as many as her winners. In other words, she’s Ivan Lendl light.

Finally, there is the character issue. When she broke onto the tour, Sharapova promised that she would not be “another Kournikova” and would focus on only tennis, not soft porn. So it was rather surprising to see Maria appear in a cheesecake spread in the most recent Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. Time and again, Sharapova has proved herself unable to handle long, demanding three-set matches, and she has repeatedly been blown off the court by higher-ranked opponents, several times registering the infamous “bagel” or “double bagel” in which she wins not a single game. One might attribute this to Sharapova’s youth, expecting her to improve with age like a fine wine, but there is no evidence of that so far and she has repeatedly implied she may not be in it for the long haul anyway; apparently, Sharapova thinks there’s much more to her than tennis (which wouldn’t be hard to believe).

But the most damning evidence of Maria’s flawed character came at her most recent tournament, the so-called “fifth major” at the Nasdaq-100 event in Miami. In her semi-final match with fellow Russian expatriate Tatiana Golovin, Sharapova had a dominant position against the much lower ranked player in the second set after winning the first, then once again imploded. Golovin reeled off game after game and denied Sharapova four match points whereupon, as Golovin stood to serve out the set, Sharapova suddenly decided she needed a bathroom break, unheard of in tennis etiquette on an opponent’s serve. Despite her pathetic gamesmanship, which drew caustic boos from the audience, Golovin closed Sharapova out in the second set.

But the worst was yet to come. In the tightly fought third set, Golovin sustained a horrific injury to her ankle that ultimately forced her to withdraw. As she stood on the court writhing in pain with tears of agony flowing from her eyes, Sharapova stood callously at the other end of the court taking no notice. Later, Sharapova would claim, bizarrely, that she had no idea Golovin had been injured, eerily reminiscent of Bill Clinton’s claim that, while he smoked marijuana, he did not inhale. The audience was not fooled, and booed Sharapova off the court after her “victory” when Golovin resigned. When questioned about the boos, Sharapova said she had no idea what they possibly could have been about.

It seemed, though, that the world was on to Sharapova’s con game long before the match started, since the Miami centercourt stadium was half empty despite Sharapova’s alleged sex appeal and drawing power. With so many flaws in her game, real tennis fans realized long ago that she’s simply not worth watching, incapable of producing the thrilling pyrotechnics of a true champion.

In other words, eerily like Russia itself, Sharapova is a triumph of form over substance, a grand illusion. Just as Russia hides behind its oil and gas revenues, Sharapova hides behind her looks, which are ordinary by model standards but superlative by professional athletic standards. Behind these facades, though, there is a crumbling edifice built on shifting, uncertain foundations that will not endure the test of time. Just like the former USSR, when faced with unpleasant reality Sharapova chooses to stick her pretty head into the sand and deny everything. And we all know how far the USSR got copping that attitude.

random fan
Jan 14th, 2007, 05:40 PM
Intresting? I stopped reading it after he strated to wonder if she is Russian or not..

~Carsten~
Jan 14th, 2007, 05:42 PM
who wrote this?
let me guess: a hater of her?

morningglory
Jan 14th, 2007, 05:48 PM
This was posted a long time ago...

P_Fer
Jan 14th, 2007, 05:48 PM
THat's way to long to read

Princeza
Jan 14th, 2007, 05:59 PM
just like martin solveig would say
Ahaaa! Somebody set me free
Ahaaa! I'm tired of your sympathy

Ahaaa! Jealousy!

Let's make a brand new start
Open up your mind
Get rid of some of this this jealousy
It's bothering me
For al this jealousy!

Somebody help me!
Somebody! Somebody! Somebody!
Stop this jealousy!
Ahaaa! Jealousy!

LudwigDvorak
Jan 14th, 2007, 06:05 PM
I stopped reading after it said no Russians reached a final or won a Slam in '06. It may have been written around the French/Wimbledon (presumably), but to ignore Kuznetsova is just dumb.

morningglory
Jan 14th, 2007, 06:07 PM
I stopped reading after it said no Russians reached a final or won a Slam in '06. It may have been written around the French/Wimbledon (presumably), but to ignore Kuznetsova is just dumb.

I think it's written just before the start of clay in 06...

Lefty.
Jan 14th, 2007, 06:10 PM
I think it's written just before the start of clay in 06...

Well I mean, then DUH, it's only been one slam only 2 people could get to the final of a slam.

random fan
Jan 14th, 2007, 06:16 PM
just like martin solveig would say
Ahaaa! Somebody set me free
Ahaaa! I'm tired of your sympathy

Ahaaa! Jealousy!

Let's make a brand new start
Open up your mind
Get rid of some of this this jealousy
It's bothering me
For al this jealousy!

Somebody help me!
Somebody! Somebody! Somebody!
Stop this jealousy!
Ahaaa! Jealousy!

Ha this reminded me of one old anecdote
in the beginning of Soviet Era in Russia it was very common to slander or libel people to authorities out of spite or for personal gains in order to get them arrested and sent to Siberia to work in labour camps in horrible conditions. Basically if that happened to you your life was ruined. Things that could be incriminated to you usually were outright ridicolous for example I could get arrested for telling this very anecdote to someone:

The head of Secret Service(Lavrentij Beria) comes to Stalin and says:
Koba(Stalin's nickname), do you know that General Rokosovskij has a secret love affair with an actress Semionova?

Stalin: So?

Beria: he is also sleeping with the wife of minister of healthcare

Stalin: So?

Beria: he has also seduced his personal secretary, comrade Stalin

Stalin(impatiently): your point Lavrentij?

Beria: what are we going to do about it, Koba?

Stalin: What are we going to do, Lavrentij? oh very simple: to envy :lol:
------------------------------------------------------------------------

the point being leave Maria and her millions in peace and if you can't then keep to envy :wavey:

shirgan
Jan 14th, 2007, 06:16 PM
It's pretty true I think
Sharapova is a sham
thanks :yeah:

the cat
Jan 14th, 2007, 06:21 PM
That was a terribly strange article. :mad: Terrible and strange it was. And an embarrassment that some editor would have that article printed. :o

And how would the author know how much money Maria does or doesn't donate to aid Russian poverty? :confused: Maria is held to a very high standard by the media as far as being a humanitarian goes. But maybe the media could let her grow up first before she plays a major role as an ambasador to Russia and world charities. What were Graf, Seles, Evert, Becker, Agassi and Federer doing at age 19 as far as being a humanitarian, world leader or making major donations to their country of birth go? I'm sure Maria will donate alot of money to worthy causes in her career. She should. And I'm sure she already has.

jazar
Jan 14th, 2007, 06:46 PM
she has donated to russia: when she won the 2004 YEC she won a porsche cayenne and donated it to help with the beslan hostage relief.

anyway that article seems overly critical and very harsh. i can't believe something like that would get published

the cat
Jan 14th, 2007, 07:17 PM
Well said jazar.

Tennis-Chick
Jan 14th, 2007, 07:25 PM
I agree with most of the article.

gmak
Jan 14th, 2007, 07:40 PM
what a pathetic article :o :rolleyes:

franny
Jan 14th, 2007, 08:33 PM
Lol, I guess this stupid ass writer must be feeling pretty stupid now. Form over Substance? She's beaten Clijsters, Mauresmo, and Henin in the last 6 months, plus pretty much every other mo-fo out there. Whatever writer, you're an idiot.

pengluv
Mar 5th, 2007, 05:00 AM
Eh i still agree with this writer today..

acetoace
Mar 5th, 2007, 06:06 AM
It's pretty true I think
Sharapova is a sham
thanks :yeah:



DITTO that....... and I agree totally with the article. What a brave writer!! Everything he said are stuff that many real tennis fans around the globe already know about but are being denied by Maria's fans and the WTA hype machine. But, as we know, hype and make belief can only be sustained for so long.

The sham is just finally being exposed for who she really is. I have said this before and I will say it again, fans with discerning minds can see through the facade of the past 3yrs and they are beginning to get tired of it. Hell, since AO 07, writers have begun to come to terms with the ongoing reality that Maria, while a good player, is no antidote to the WS and is far from being a great player.

Only honest fans of Maria would agree that she is yet to be a "GREAT". She may well be in the future......who knows? but, for now, while she has performed very well, many delusional fans have ascribed "GREAT" to Maria only out of desperation and the need to hate on the WS. In substance though, among the current bunch on tour, the true GREATS are:
Serena
Martina
Venus
Justine

Others are simply working to catch up to the above listed.........no matter how it's sliced, this fact remains the honest and most bitter truth!!

keirana332
Mar 5th, 2007, 07:02 AM
stupid stupid article
out dated and incredibly bias

starin
Mar 5th, 2007, 07:05 AM
lol. at this article. Way too biased. And clearly the author has hateration in his blood. I thought Sharapova's 2006 USO final was pretty good. Albeit I didnt' really watch it that closely, but from what i heard it was pretty good. The only thing I could agree with is that Sharapova isn't as good as she was made out to be. Sharapova is very good, but she was heralded as the second coming, and as the Face of the WTA. I mean that was just toooooo much. Especially considering Henin was winning pretty much everything else. The excessive hype around Sharapova which was based largely on the fact that she is white, blond, skinny, and attractive, which made Sharapova almost impossible to bear. But if you take that away then she is simply a very good player, who works hard and fights hard.

Emina.
Mar 5th, 2007, 09:03 AM
old crap again ? :rolleyes: :o

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kjn
Mar 5th, 2007, 10:05 AM
It's dumb article! Not because I'm a Masha fan but the way it's written is too critical and biased. The writer talks as if he knows Sharapova personally. I, for one believes that if you "donate" something you should not spread it all over the world. I'm sure she has donated something to charity.
This article is not applicable now because if we talk about Russians making a slam final then last season one won and one was a finalist. About tournament (and top five) victories, it is surely not the case now. She even gave the then no. 1, 2 "bagels." She could've also won the USO without dropping a set!
She has committed in playing Fed Cup for Russia and now she's a Un ambassador. So surely, 3/4 of that article is now FALSE!

bellascarlett
Mar 5th, 2007, 10:41 AM
Eh i still agree with this writer today..

Not worth reading before, not worth reading now.

What was your intention in bumping this up considering it was you who started the thread? Hmmmmm....Maybe same as that incompetent person who wrote it. Most likely. It's disgusting to even consider this trashy hater stuff worthy of being called a journalistic article or writing.

Get over it.

bellascarlett
Mar 5th, 2007, 10:47 AM
It's dumb article! Not because I'm a Masha fan but the way it's written is too critical and biased. The writer talks as if he knows Sharapova personally. I, for one believes that if you "donate" something you should not spread it all over the world. I'm sure she has donated something to charity.
This article is not applicable now because if we talk about Russians making a slam final then last season one won and one was a finalist. About tournament (and top five) victories, it is surely not the case now. She even gave the then no. 1, 2 "bagels." She could've also won the USO without dropping a set!
She has committed in playing Fed Cup for Russia and now she's a Un ambassador. So surely, 3/4 of that article is now FALSE!

Nah, I wouldn't even try to justify anything on Masha's side. This isn't worth it. Save it for a more intelligently written, impartial piece of 'writing.'

goldenlox
Mar 5th, 2007, 10:47 AM
Sharapova brings money into the sport. That's what matters.

CANON SERVES UP TENNIS SPONSORSHIP

Photography company Canon agreed a deal to serve as host sponsor for the annual Indian Wells tennis tournament.

Under the deal, Canon’s PowerShot brand will host sponsor and be the official camera and photo printer of the Pacific Life Open, March 5th - 18th, in Indian Wells.
"The sponsorship of the Pacific Life Open gives us an ideal West Coast showcase for our exciting new line of PowerShot digital cameras and another chance to put the spotlight on our sponsorship of Maria Sharapova," said Yuichi Ishizuka, senior vice president, general manager, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon USA, Inc.

tennisbear7
Mar 5th, 2007, 10:48 AM
While I agree that Maria Sharapova is quite one dimensional (each to their own), it is totally disrespectful to Masha because she has achieved so much, in such a short amount of time.

To haters: Get. Over. It.

soul
Mar 5th, 2007, 11:14 AM
I am not a fan or a hater of Sharapova but thıs artıcle totally tells what I really thınk about her except the crıtıcısm about her natıon.
I agrre the story tells .
I also wonder why Marıa supporters startıng an immediate defence when a crıtıcısm comes to her. This is just a person's ideas what he/she thinks.It doesn't mean that if a person reads it s/he becomes a hater or a supporter of Maria. This is just an article.
I dont support her besides I dont hate her.

tennisvulture
Mar 5th, 2007, 11:26 AM
rubbish...reading that made me sick...

acetoace
Mar 5th, 2007, 11:55 AM
I am not a fan or a hater of Sharapova but thıs artıcle totally tells what I really thınk about her except the crıtıcısm about her natıon.
I agrre the story tells .
I also wonder why Marıa supporters startıng an immediate defence when a crıtıcısm comes to her. This is just a person's ideas what he/she thinks.It doesn't mean that if a person reads it s/he becomes a hater or a supporter of Maria. This is just an article.
I dont support her besides I dont hate her.


Maria's fans usually get angry and agitated each time a criticism of Maria is posted on here. Observe how none of them acknowledges any of her faults/issues.

Notice how they dismiss the article as though there is no iota of truth in anything the writer talked about. They've always believed or elevated her to be beyond reproach.......Isn't that their predictable signature attitude?

I bet you, if the article was about the WS, it is these same hypocrites that will come on here to pat the writer on the back and criticise the WS ad nauseam. Now that the shoe is on the other foot, we see them in their real colors.

Looking more like many of her fans would having their feelings hurt this year; it's only a matter of time......starting from Miami 07, I think.

Shimizu Amon
Mar 5th, 2007, 12:40 PM
Sorry I stopped reading, it's just one of those articles again...

Emina.
Mar 5th, 2007, 12:54 PM
Sorry I stopped reading, it's just one of those articles again...

dont worry its just an old, old crap :)

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Dan23
Mar 5th, 2007, 01:23 PM
Maria's fans usually get angry and agitated each time a criticism of Maria is posted on here. Observe how none of them acknowledges any of her faults/issues.

Notice how they dismiss the article as though there is no iota of truth in anything the writer talked about. They've always believed or elevated her to be beyond reproach.......Isn't that their predictable signature attitude?

I bet you, if the article was about the WS, it is these same hypocrites that will come on here to pat the writer on the back and criticise the WS ad nauseam. Now that the shoe is on the other foot, we see them in their real colors.

Looking more like many of her fans would having their feelings hurt this year; it's only a matter of time......starting from Miami 07, I think.How would you know...you've only been here since "Jan 2007"?? Maybe you're one of the revolving door members whose various reincarnations continue to be banned??
Since you know so much you'd see very few MS fans jump all over the WS when theres a similar article from their perspective.

The writer does a great job of overdramatizing every incident yet fails to recall the many decent things Maria has done for example donating hundreds of thousands of her own cash to others and helping Golovin after leaving the court where no-one sees.

In other words, eerily like Russia itself, Sharapova is a triumph of form over substance, a grand illusion. Just as Russia hides behind its oil and gas revenues, Sharapova hides behind her looks, which are ordinary by model standards but superlative by professional athletic standards. Behind these facades, though, there is a crumbling edifice built on shifting, uncertain foundations that will not endure the test of time. Just like the former USSR, when faced with unpleasant reality Sharapova chooses to stick her pretty head into the sand and deny everything. And we all know how far the USSR got copping that attitude.Thats just classic :spit:

rjd1111
Mar 5th, 2007, 01:55 PM
How would you know...you've only been here since "Jan 2007"?? Maybe you're one of the revolving door members whose various reincarnations continue to be banned??
Since you know so much you'd see very few MS fans jump all over the WS when theres a similar article from their perspective.

The writer does a great job of overdramatizing every incident yet fails to recall the many decent things Maria has done for example donating hundreds of thousands of her own cash to others and helping Golovin after leaving the court where no-one sees.

Thats just classic :spit:

First you can take the s off of the Hundreds. There was a recent thread
about her thriftyness in donating. She likes to keep her money in her
coffers.

The only thing Heard about is 10 grand a couple of years ago when
something happened in Russia, a Car, and recently a hundred grand
again to Russia. This after making between 40 & 50 mil in the last
two years.

Also I think " Grand Illusion " is a Great title for Pova.

lecciones
Mar 5th, 2007, 02:04 PM
Well I couldn't find the source, authors name date and pulishing entity. Was looking for that before I started reading the second paragraph.. But i still read it because the analogies were interesting. The part about is she russian and the money is in america thing are true... the money IS in america, and she being russian? Maybe by looks only, I actually thought she played under the American flag. I got confused of course, she plays under the russian flag.

*JR*
Mar 5th, 2007, 03:38 PM
The head of Secret Service(Lavrentij Beria) comes to Stalin and says:
Koba(Stalin's nickname), do you know that General Rokosovskij has a secret love affair with an actress Semionova?

Stalin: So?

Beria: he is also sleeping with the wife of minister of healthcare

Stalin: So?

Beria: he has also seduced his personal secretary, comrade Stalin

Stalin(impatiently): your point Lavrentij?

Beria: what are we going to do about it, Koba?

Stalin: What are we going to do, Lavrentij? oh very simple: to envy :lol:

Putin would have said, as he did of accused rapist Moshe Katsav, the (ceremonial) President of Israel:

"He's a mighty man. We all admire him". :tape:

LUIS9
Mar 5th, 2007, 04:05 PM
I stopped reading after it said no Russians reached a final or won a Slam in '06. It may have been written around the French/Wimbledon (presumably), but to ignore Kuznetsova is just dumb.

"After reaching the finals of Wimbledon 2006, so much for accuracy" I guess they fogot all about Henin and Maresmo. :o

acetoace
Mar 5th, 2007, 04:46 PM
How would you know...you've only been here since "Jan 2007"?? Maybe you're one of the revolving door members whose various reincarnations continue to be banned??
Since you know so much you'd see very few MS fans jump all over the WS when theres a similar article from their perspective.

The writer does a great job of overdramatizing every incident yet fails to recall the many decent things Maria has done for example donating hundreds of thousands of her own cash to others and helping Golovin after leaving the court where no-one sees.

Thats just classic :spit:

Exactly my point.....don't get unnecessarily agitated over crticism of a player; everyone get criticised! How would I know?

The fact that I only recently registered don't mean I've not been following events on this board. FYI, I've been visiting this board since 2002; so I know what goes on here.

When was the last time WS detractors mention anything about the sister's numerous charitable activities whenever they are being criticised? Seems like the writer of the article in quo simply held Maria to the same standards. Why cry wolf now?

Could it be that people like you are not comfortable with the ensuing change of events? Hasn't there been countless of nakedly biased article toward the sisters? I didn't notice people like you at the time come out and condemn such articles as being in bad taste and unacceptable.

Whatever goes around comes around........ Amazing how suddenly, writers like this are characterised as haters but are great journalist when someone else is being criticised. Hmmmmmm.............Ya'll need to grow up and get a grip!! Reality is marching on...

schorsch
Mar 5th, 2007, 05:15 PM
yeah, maria has her weaknesses and her flaws, but this article is not objective and certainly not written by a journalist.
that person just looked for things to make masha look bad and didnt even do a good enough job at that. he cant even spell bollettieri right and maria totally overpowered serena in the wimbledon 200>4< final.

it's just when you write such an article like this you should do your homework and be careful when using analogies. labour camps in siberia? this has nothing to do with maria except that she's worked her butt off training as well. and if you rewatch the golovin - masha match you can see that she moved away from the baseline as usually and didnt notice. but then when she "won" she didnt look happy she was feeling bad for golovin, cause they go way back training at bradenton. golovin who moved from russia to france and then went training in the US...

another thing is that i think it's great for the wta having such a well-known face. wether the reasons are good or not is open for debate. yet maria does a big part in raising the interest of people that normally dont watch as much tennis.
now again of course there are things to be criticized... but not in such a subjective way when you try to look like this all-knowing sports journalist.

JustineTime
Mar 5th, 2007, 08:53 PM
WOW! What a hit piece!

I thought Maria played pretty inspired(and versatile) tennis in her semifinal against Justine at the AO last year. In fact, when I watched it live, I was like, oh my gosh, she's out-Justining Justine! :eek:

:lol:

mboyle
Mar 5th, 2007, 09:39 PM
I am not a fan or a hater of Sharapova but thıs artıcle totally tells what I really thınk about her except the crıtıcısm about her natıon.
I agrre the story tells .
I also wonder why Marıa supporters startıng an immediate defence when a crıtıcısm comes to her. This is just a person's ideas what he/she thinks.It doesn't mean that if a person reads it s/he becomes a hater or a supporter of Maria. This is just an article.
I dont support her besides I dont hate her.

Because someone publically humiliated Maria without giving her the chance to respond to these (untrue) criticisms, which is actually illegal under US law.

mboyle
Mar 5th, 2007, 09:42 PM
First you can take the s off of the Hundreds. There was a recent thread
about her thriftyness in donating. She likes to keep her money in her
coffers.

The only thing Heard about is 10 grand a couple of years ago when
something happened in Russia, a Car, and recently a hundred grand
again to Russia. This after making between 40 & 50 mil in the last
two years.

Also I think " Grand Illusion " is a Great title for Pova.

You're SO INFURIATING! So just because someone doesn't go around like Angelina Jolie or Hillary Fucking Clinton and tell the world what amazing things they have done means they don't do them?

Maybe Maria donates without making a big deal about it.

Stop giving Serena a bad name.

*Joey*
Mar 5th, 2007, 09:53 PM
:lol: @ some of Maria's fan! :p

jacobruiz
Mar 6th, 2007, 04:46 PM
First you can take the s off of the Hundreds. There was a recent thread
about her thriftyness in donating. She likes to keep her money in her
coffers.

The only thing Heard about is 10 grand a couple of years ago when
something happened in Russia, a Car, and recently a hundred grand
again to Russia. This after making between 40 & 50 mil in the last
two years.

Also I think " Grand Illusion " is a Great title for Pova.


"When something happened in Russia". Gee - you sound like a great source of information.:rolleyes:

Maria has established a charitable foundation which provides money to a variety of causes although she does have a soft spot for those in need in the country of her birth. She's a teenager still but she has big plans for her foundation; she'll no doubt be doing a lot more when she gets older.

Why don't you tell us what your faves were doing when they were Maria's age?

umendo896
Mar 6th, 2007, 05:37 PM
One word can sum up this article: sensationalism

I found this sentence particularly over-exaggerated:
"As (Golovin) stood on the court writhing in pain with tears of agony flowing from her eyes, Sharapova stood callously at the other end of the court taking no notice."

ico4498
Mar 6th, 2007, 06:24 PM
link?

btw, Maria rocks!