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joão.
Apr 20th, 2008, 10:59 AM
A great player if not a very likeable one, the young Russian's questionable tactics will never ruin what is already a startling career.

Few players since the Williams sisters have split fans and pundits as much as Maria Sharapova. After winning every major title except Roland Garros (although her maiden clay tournament win last week in Florida is an important and significant stepping stone), she is a proven champion.

Indeed, her place in the history books has been assured ever since she stunned everyone in 2004 by winning Wimbledon at 17. She became the second youngest champion ever and, until Venus Williams’ double title wins last year and in 2005, the lowest-ranked seed to take the trophy.

Two more Grand Slam successes and a clutch of every major title going have since cemented Sharapova as one of the great players in history - and she is still just 20 years old.

Barring a Serena-esque hiatus from the tour - where the American committed herself to anything but tennis after injuries and improved opponents reared their predominantly eastern European heads - then Sharapova will carry on winning titles and maybe even complete that career Slam that must feel as elusive to her as it does to Roger Federer.

Yes, she has of course dipped both feet rather frequently into the pool of off-court publicity and marketing ventures, but these are part and parcel of the women’s game today. It is a pleasant surprise that less players have succumbed Kournikova-style to the WTA’s sometimes shameless parading of their more ‘promotable’ female stars.

Of these, Sharapova’s Swimsuit Illustrated appearance created the most controversy with a significant rise in the Russian's male fan base and some criticism of where her commitments lay.

For many though, the problems with the Russian lie wholly on the court.

She is, still, the very epitome of inelegance. The obscenely long toilet breaks, on-court coaching, deliberately-timed racquet changes and those grunts (which have all but erased the memory of Monica Seles’ much despised ‘exhalations’) are unfortunately all very legal in the modern game (only accentuating the sports embarrassing attempts to sacrifice grace and dignity for the entertainment factor). The argument is that many players are guilty of these offences; true, but none quite to the same extent as the Russian.

Her game, too, although unquestionably effective and bar that forehand technically superb, is still utterly devoid of grace and for the most part, any sort of variety and attractively deployed tactical play.

This makes for an unattractive match of tennis - regardless of Sharapova’s opponent, who is very rarely given the chance to show her catalogue, so damning and relentless is the Russian’s accurate power play.

Ultimately, Sharapova’s unmistakable yet often lightweight unsportsmanlike attitude, her underhand on-court tactics and off-court arrogance will help to create many more fanatical and often far too damning critics and jealous fellow players.

These will always be countered by her legion of fans, often unfairly labelled as a whole as predominantly male, admiring anything but ground strokes - who, like me, have been on occasion inspired by Sharapova’s belief and mental toughness.

It is her insatiable appetite for winning and the subsequent titles that she will continue to win that will outweigh her questionable attitude in years to come.

http://www.sportingo.com/tennis/a8188_forget-maria-sharapovas-attitude-concentrate-her-quality

Mikey B
Apr 20th, 2008, 11:19 AM
wow.. i may be really ignorant, or just stupid but i didnt realise the tennis world, outside of wtaworld had such a problem with maria!! unsportsman like attitude, underhand on court tactics and off court arrogance!!! wow...

tennnisfannn
Apr 20th, 2008, 12:17 PM
Wow and she gets to be compared to federer!!

InsideOut.
Apr 20th, 2008, 12:31 PM
I think power play is attractive too. :shrug:

But not a bad article.

Dan23
Apr 20th, 2008, 12:40 PM
What kind of a crab wrote this article? Could do with a little more research.

KBdoubleu
Apr 20th, 2008, 02:28 PM
What kind of a crab wrote this article? Could do with a little more research.

Well what did the author say that wasn't true?

pov
Apr 20th, 2008, 02:50 PM
wow.. i may be really ignorant, or just stupid but i didnt realise the tennis world, outside of wtaworld had such a problem with maria!! unsportsman like attitude, underhand on court tactics and off court arrogance!!! wow...
It's from Sportogo - a site that lets sport fans write news and articles! The article has no more credence than if any WTAWorld member wrote it.

frenchie
Apr 20th, 2008, 02:50 PM
Every single word of this article is true!!

Maria Croft
Apr 20th, 2008, 02:52 PM
Ultimately, Sharapova’s unmistakable yet often lightweight unsportsmanlike attitude, her underhand on-court tactics and off-court arrogance

This clearly shows this person has no idea what they are talking about, complete bs, seriously, off-court arrogance :lol: :help: :rolleyes:

Matt01
Apr 20th, 2008, 03:03 PM
This clearly shows this person has no idea what they are talking about, complete bs, seriously, off-court arrogance :lol: :help: :rolleyes:


It's all true :p

Emina.
Apr 20th, 2008, 03:07 PM
It's from Sportogo - a site that lets sport fans write news and articles! The article has no more credence than if any WTAWorld member wrote it.

;):yeah:

kiwifan
Apr 20th, 2008, 05:54 PM
seems accurate and mostly positive but then again fan is short for fanatic. ;)

pov
Apr 21st, 2008, 02:54 PM
It's all true :p

Every single word of this article is It true!!No and neither is what you wrote here.;) You can, of course, agree with what the article states - that doesn't make it true.

thomas.chung
Apr 21st, 2008, 04:14 PM
Hingis was judged on her attitude, Serena and Venus are also judged on her attitude, so is Henin and many of the top players. Why don't you tell everyone to not care about everyone's attitude and concentrate on the quality.

Slutati
Apr 21st, 2008, 04:19 PM
It really is true.

SOA_MC
Apr 21st, 2008, 04:39 PM
It really is true.

Forget it, You can't criticize the great Sharapova in anyway here without getting your head cut off even if you do it constructively.

The Sharapova nutcases can't see anything beyond Sharapova's butt.

rjd1111
Apr 21st, 2008, 04:45 PM
A great player if not a very likeable one, the young Russian's questionable tactics will never ruin what is already a startling career.

Few players since the Williams sisters have split fans and pundits as much as Maria Sharapova. After winning every major title except Roland Garros (although her maiden clay tournament win last week in Florida is an important and significant stepping stone), she is a proven champion.

Indeed, her place in the history books has been assured ever since she stunned everyone in 2004 by winning Wimbledon at 17. She became the second youngest champion ever and, until Venus Williams’ double title wins last year and in 2005, the lowest-ranked seed to take the trophy.

Two more Grand Slam successes and a clutch of every major title going have since cemented Sharapova as one of the great players in history - and she is still just 20 years old.

Barring a Serena-esque hiatus from the tour - where the American committed herself to anything but tennis after injuries and improved opponents reared their predominantly eastern European heads - then Sharapova will carry on winning titles and maybe even complete that career Slam that must feel as elusive to her as it does to Roger Federer.

Yes, she has of course dipped both feet rather frequently into the pool of off-court publicity and marketing ventures, but these are part and parcel of the women’s game today. It is a pleasant surprise that less players have succumbed Kournikova-style to the WTA’s sometimes shameless parading of their more ‘promotable’ female stars.

Of these, Sharapova’s Swimsuit Illustrated appearance created the most controversy with a significant rise in the Russian's male fan base and some criticism of where her commitments lay.

For many though, the problems with the Russian lie wholly on the court.

She is, still, the very epitome of inelegance. The obscenely long toilet breaks, on-court coaching, deliberately-timed racquet changes and those grunts (which have all but erased the memory of Monica Seles’ much despised ‘exhalations’) are unfortunately all very legal in the modern game (only accentuating the sports embarrassing attempts to sacrifice grace and dignity for the entertainment factor). The argument is that many players are guilty of these offences; true, but none quite to the same extent as the Russian.

Her game, too, although unquestionably effective and bar that forehand technically superb, is still utterly devoid of grace and for the most part, any sort of variety and attractively deployed tactical play.

This makes for an unattractive match of tennis - regardless of Sharapova’s opponent, who is very rarely given the chance to show her catalogue, so damning and relentless is the Russian’s accurate power play.

Ultimately, Sharapova’s unmistakable yet often lightweight unsportsmanlike attitude, her underhand on-court tactics and off-court arrogance will help to create many more fanatical and often far too damning critics and jealous fellow players.

These will always be countered by her legion of fans, often unfairly labelled as a whole as predominantly male, admiring anything but ground strokes - who, like me, have been on occasion inspired by Sharapova’s belief and mental toughness.

It is her insatiable appetite for winning and the subsequent titles that she will continue to win that will outweigh her questionable attitude in years to come.

http://www.sportingo.com/tennis/a8188_forget-maria-sharapovas-attitude-concentrate-her-quality


"This makes for an unattractive match of tennis - regardless of Sharapova’s opponent, who is very rarely given the chance to show her catalogue, so damning and relentless is the Russian’s accurate power play."


That sounds more like Serena when she plays Pova.