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Oct 1st, 2001, 04:16 AM
Is anyone know if Maria Sharapova is playing at Osaka Mayor's Cup - World Super Junior Tennis Championships next week? I am very hopeful but I doubt she will since she can't be bothered flying out! Her 2 next junior tournaments will be Eddie Herr and Orange Bowl. I am pretty sure of it.

Will we have Kremlin Cup tournament next year? If it is moved to China, then we have no WTA tournament in Russia. I would be really pissed off!! I want Maria to recieve a WC into Qualifying or Main draw next year at Kremlin Cup but... what's happening!!! <IMG SRC="smilies/sad.gif" border="0">

Go Maria! <IMG SRC="smilies/bounce.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/bounce.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/bounce.gif" border="0">

Oct 1st, 2001, 12:16 PM
Kremlin Cup moving is just a rumor

as for Maria at Osaka .......

we've been trying to find out .... but the pdf file is not working <IMG SRC="smilies/frown.gif" border="0">

I hope she's entered
Eddie Herr Champs are great.

It's not the same without the late great Eddie Herr anymore but the tourn and his name will remain forever.

I hope she plays for Russia U16 next yr .... we could have done with her this yr.

the cat
Oct 2nd, 2001, 07:00 PM
A Sharky sighting! It's nice to have you back where you belong. Would Maria really fly all the way to Japan for one tournament? I doubt it. Especially since she might get a great player in the first round. Why doesn't she play doubles? There is a good chance that the Russian Tennis Federation will lease the Kremlin Cup to Bejiing through 2008. The thought of that upsets me. The head of the Russian Tennis Federation, Shamil Tarpischev said they could lease it to Bejiing through 2008. He said the Chinese were offering them alot of money, that would solve all of the financial problems for the Russian Tennis Federation. I read that in the Moscow Times. I hope they don't lease the Kremlin Cup to China. But I think they will. I hope the wealthy Russian players will keep them from leasing the tournament to China. The Russian players are the last hope for the Kremlin Cup remaining in Russia. Unfortunately, we all know how cheap tennis players are.

P.S. - Russia has 11 women in the WTA top 200. And they have an amazing 17 junior girls in the ITF 18u top 200. Even though the Russian girls don't know how to win, they have a very bright future. Especially with the junior girls. These players need tournaments in Russia to inspire future stars. Russia should be adding tournaments. Not taking them away.

P.P.S. - It's time the men's tournament in St. Petersburg, Russia, added the women to it's field. The tournament would then garner alot more attention.

P.P.P.S.- Udachi Maria Sharapova! Wherever you are.

[ October 02, 2001: Message edited by: the cat in the hat ]

auntie janie
Oct 6th, 2001, 10:00 PM
I was dismayed to learn that young Maria was wearing the same idiotic skin-baring outfit, worn so famously by Ashley Harkleroad at the US Open, when she played in Kentucky. <IMG SRC="smilies/redface.gif" border="0">

It was bad enough on Harkleroad, but Maria is even younger! It is disgusting that Maria's parents or advisors plan to send her down that "Sex Sells" road too. But clearly, in these cases Money Talks. <IMG SRC="smilies/mad.gif" border="0">

Pathetic. <IMG SRC="smilies/tongue.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/tongue.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/tongue.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/tongue.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/tongue.gif" border="0">

the cat
Oct 8th, 2001, 04:18 PM
Janie, I don't much like the outfit either. But Maria is only 100 very slender pounds. She can't fill out the outfit like the more developed Ashley can. I was a little surprised to see Ashley wear that somewhat revealing Nike outfit. But she wanted to wear it. Thankfully, Maria can't yet wear it with the same effect Ashley does. These two girls are lovely and talented. They only need to wear the basics, IMO. Nothing too fancy or revealing. They sure do market them young now, don't they? Who is advising these girls to wear these outfits? Certainly not their mothers. Right?

P.S. - By the way, that's the first time I've ever typed IMO. I'm trying to catch up to the twenty first century!

auntie janie
Oct 8th, 2001, 04:34 PM
My concern is that the parents of these young kids ARE the ones who want to go for sexy approach, because they look at Anna K and see dollar signs!! Anna's huge income was never before seen by any player ranked below the top 2 or 3, and that must look very tempting to families from modest backgrounds.

But this approach by Maria's promoters/advisors/ whoever is behind it, is turning me against this 14-year-old junior, even though I know is not fair.

BTW, I was VERY impressed with your use of "IMO"!!! <IMG SRC="smilies/bounce.gif" border="0">

the cat
Oct 9th, 2001, 01:54 PM
Janie, thank you for being impressed with my first use of IMO! Remember, Maria Sharapova moved to Florida a little more than one year after Anna Kournikova did. So, I'm sure Maria is going to molded the same way Nick Bollettieri molded Anna. And that's a scary thought! Maria is already very fashion concious. Just like Anna was at that very young age. I just hope that Maria's advisors aren't so concerned about Maria's endorsements, that they forget about her tennis. I think Maria will learn from Anna's mistakes, and always put tennis first. Tennis first, and looks second. Right?

auntie janie
Oct 9th, 2001, 06:57 PM
Time will tell! I have grave misgivings, though. <IMG SRC="smilies/redface.gif" border="0">

Togk 182
Oct 9th, 2001, 11:42 PM
i hate that outfit, it's really awful, hope maria won't wear it anymore, btw maria needs 2 get more muscle 2 get more power

Oct 10th, 2001, 10:36 AM
Maria won her opening match 6-0 6-0 in the Chanda Rubin event in Sacramento

she plays today 9am Pacific time v Gao Yan

the cat
Oct 10th, 2001, 02:47 PM
Udachi Maria! Eggy, is this a G5 tournament? If it is, Maria should roll, right?

P.S. - Janie, please don't have grave misgivings. I'm confident Maria's parents and advisors won't lead her down the same sexy and glamourous path that Anna Kournikova travelled. I hope not anyway.

[ October 10, 2001: Message edited by: the cat in the hat ]

auntie janie
Oct 10th, 2001, 03:06 PM

Okay! All grave misgivings suspended until further notice! <IMG SRC="smilies/wink.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/berzerk.gif" border="0">

Oct 10th, 2001, 03:10 PM
its Grade 5 and L3 ( local grade 3)

only USTA has these sorts of events . L grade.

she's on court in about an hour or so.

Togk 182
Oct 10th, 2001, 10:10 PM
maria should easily win that tournament

Oct 13th, 2001, 10:16 PM
great news just in from Sacramento

Maria won the title <IMG SRC="smilies/smile.gif" border="0"> 6-2 6-0 in final

<IMG SRC="smilies/bounce.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/bounce.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/bounce.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/bounce.gif" border="0">

Blessings And Aloha
Oct 14th, 2001, 04:07 PM
Yes great win by Maria, very impressive! <IMG SRC="smilies/bounce.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/bounce.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/bounce.gif" border="0">

the cat
Oct 15th, 2001, 06:56 PM
Wow! When Maria pounds an opponent, she really puts the screws to her! It's hard to believe someone so slight (5'8" and 105lbs.) as Maria can crush her opponents so easily. Udachi Maria!

[ November 15, 2001: Message edited by: the cat in the hat ]</p>

auntie janie
Oct 16th, 2001, 12:38 AM
Maria's 5'8" already, at age 14?? Same height as Anastasia and AnnaK! !t must be THE Russian height to be!

But I bet you anything that Maria is still growing; she looks like a little kid still. I wonder how tall she will get??

the cat
Oct 16th, 2001, 03:00 PM
Janie, hopefully Maria won't grow too tall. Because she is going to be on the slender side. A height of 5'9" or 5'10" tall would be nice. That way she could get on top of her serve. Like you said, Maria is built like Anna and Anastassia. But I hope Maria won't be as injury prone as they are. Udachi Maria!

Oct 16th, 2001, 03:19 PM
Well done, Maria! <IMG SRC="smilies/cool.gif" border="0">

Nov 13th, 2001, 11:42 AM
Maria after winning her 2nd Chanda Rubin event is now upto #69.

way to go Masha !!!!!!!

Martian KC
Nov 14th, 2001, 01:18 PM
WOW< she might get into the top 50 before the season ends. <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> Congrats Maria!

Nov 17th, 2001, 02:16 AM
[admin edit: pics removed at the request of their host]


<font size=4>AND PLUS FUTURE STARS</font>

<font color="#9900CC" size=4>14 years old Maria Sharapova</font><br /> <a href="http://www.*****************/Players/Countries/Russia/SharapovaMaria/images/MariaCU.jpg" target="_blank">http://www.*****************/Players/Countries/Russia/SharapovaMaria/images/MariaCU.jpg</A> <a href="http://www.*****************/Players/Countries/Russia/SharapovaMaria/images/EH-MS-005.jpg" target="_blank">http://www.*****************/Players/Countries/Russia/SharapovaMaria/images/EH-MS-005.jpg</A>

<font color="#FF00CC" size=4>VS. 16 years old Mattek Bethanie</font><br /> <a href="http://www.*****************/Players/M/MattekBethanie/BethanieCU.jpg" target="_blank">http://www.*****************/Players/M/MattekBethanie/BethanieCU.jpg</A> <a href="http://www.*****************/Players/M/MattekBethanie/Rowland/W-BM-01.jpg" target="_blank">http://www.*****************/Players/M/MattekBethanie/Rowland/W-BM-01.jpg</A>

[ November 16, 2001: Message edited by: Sharky ]

[ November 21, 2001: Message edited by: carot ]</p>

Nov 17th, 2001, 02:18 AM
<font color="#333399" size=3><br />Source from E-BAY Website:


Bid on a chance to meet superstars Anna Kournikova, Monica Seles, ATP doubles badboys Luke and Murphy Jensen and future stars Bethanie Mattek and <font color="#CC0066">Maria Sharapova</font> during the 2001 Biogen MS Tennis Classic (www.mstennisclassic.com ).

When: Thursday and Friday, November 28th and 29th, 2001


*1) Tickets for two (2) to the VIP player sponsor party which will be attended by all the players<br />*2) Introduction to all players including Anna Kournikova and Monica Seles<br />*3) Two (2) Official Event t-shirts signed by all the players<br />*4) Opportunity to watch the practice sessions of Anna Kournikova, Monica Seles, Luke and Murphy Jensen and juniors Bethanie Mattek and <font color="#CC0066">Maria Sharapova</font><br />*5) Two (2) VIP tickets to the Biogen MS Tennis Classic (singles exhibition Seles vs. Kournikova and mixed doubles with Jensens and Seles/Kournikova)<br />*6) Two (2) nights hotel for two (2)</font>

<font color="#CC0066" size=3>Hey, there is more! I still can't believe that we actually have the tv coverage for this event in Canada!!! This is SO SWEET!

I hope the coverage will show Maria partly that she will be the future Russian Sharky star! I will make sure to tape the coverage on my VCR for SURE!

<font color=black>[b]Here is the info about the coverage:

*Friday NOV/30/01 <br />*4:30pm Channel 22 SNP Tennis - MS Tennis Classic (this is PST zone- Vancouver time)

*Type: Sporting Event / Tennis <br />*Duration: 2 hr <br />*Description: From Denver.</font>

[ November 16, 2001: Message edited by: Sharky ]</p>

Nov 17th, 2001, 02:53 AM
thanx Sharky <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

the cat
Nov 17th, 2001, 01:35 PM
Sharky, Maria won the 16u Eddie Herr tournament last year. Not the 18u. I am dissapointed she isn't playing the Eddie Herr, especially since it's a very important 18u tournament. I hope IMG isn't going to turn her into a money making machine, the way they did Anna Kournikova. Choosing an exhibition against Bethanie Mattek over the Eddie Herr 18u tournament is a questionable move. That said, I hope Maria plays well and has a good experience. But I wish she was playing the Eddie Herr.

Nov 18th, 2001, 12:28 PM

I know she won under 16s last year. Maybe she is not interested to grab another Eddie Herr title for under 18s this year. I keep wondering why!

Yes, I am very very disappointed that Maria is not playing. I would rather have her to play Eddie Herr than that MS Tennis Classic exhibition with Seles and Kournikova. I wish I knew why. At least, it's been confirmed that Maria will be entered in Orange Bowl under 18s main draw! I am very relieved and excited!!

Go Maria!

Feb 20th, 2002, 03:11 AM
** bump **

Best of luck in Columbus Sharky ;)

go and win a few rounds and even the title :)

go Masha go !!!!!!

Feb 20th, 2002, 09:18 AM
Maria won :)

7-5 1-6 7-5 :bounce: :bounce: over Teryn Ashley

next up is Michaela Pastikova

Feb 20th, 2002, 02:18 PM
All the best Masha!;)

the cat
Feb 20th, 2002, 02:42 PM
Well done Maria!

Eggy, when does Maria get a WTA ranking? After 3 ITF events?

Eggy, how did you go about digging this thread up from last November?

Feb 20th, 2002, 04:50 PM
Well done Masha and good luck aganist Michaela.

Feb 20th, 2002, 08:03 PM
3 events yes

Just goto bottom of page and go into past year and all threads come up

Feb 22nd, 2002, 06:32 AM
I see that Maria lost to Pastikova 46 16 :( I knew this was gonna be tough...I dont think she's strong enough to beat many of these bigger hard hitting players 'just yet', but in a few years watch out ;)

Feb 22nd, 2002, 09:41 AM
too bad for Masha :(

Hope to see her playing alot more events this year :)

Feb 27th, 2002, 11:41 PM
Maria to play for a WTA event: Pacific Life Open next week for the first time in her career. I am very anxious to see whether she is going to be in the qualies or main draw. We will find out this Fri or Sat.

That means she will retain her debut WTA ranking on March 18th. In order to remain in the WTA ranking list, I hope she gets to play for another pro women's ITF event before she has to defend her Bradenton 75K points in the last week of April.

The list of events she could possibly play for:

*25K - La Canada, CA (March 18)
*25K - Laurenceville, GA (March 25)
*50K - Naples, FL (April 8)
*25K - Jackson, MS (April 15)
*75K - Dothan, AL (April 22)

Mar 5th, 2002, 03:37 AM
Maria plays Brie Rippner in rd1 wih a possible match v Seles in 2nd rd

good luck Masha :) give it your best and take this chance

Mar 5th, 2002, 11:58 AM
Hope she's ready for the WTA Tour proper, I don't want to see her routed. Although I doubt Rippner will.

Mar 5th, 2002, 12:15 PM
Sharapova can beat Rippner. I estimate her chances at 50 %. But Monica will eliminate her if Masha comes through - 6:0, 6:1 something like that.

the cat
Mar 5th, 2002, 02:43 PM
I agree with Freshy. Maria has about a 50% chance of beating Rippner. I hope her nerves don't get to her. Afterall, this is her first WTA match. So she is bound to be nervous. Udachi Maria!

Mar 6th, 2002, 06:00 AM
:bounce: Let's kick some butts in singles and doubles in California!! :bounce:

Mar 6th, 2002, 08:24 AM
Nice banner Sharky! :p

All the best Masha in your WTA debut! :)

auntie janie
Mar 7th, 2002, 02:19 AM
Congratulations to Maria! :) Nice win in her Tour debut!

Mar 7th, 2002, 06:54 AM
Nice debut, Masha!!! Now give Monica a fight!!!

Mar 7th, 2002, 10:14 AM
great start on tour Masha :)

now go and give it your best against Monica :)

Show the world your capability :)

Mar 7th, 2002, 12:36 PM
Good start Maria, hope you put up a good fight against Monica :bounce:

Mar 8th, 2002, 12:13 AM
Maria lost 0-6 2-6 against Seles.

Nevermind, she wasn't completly outclassed!!!

For her debut WTA Tour event and against Seles aswell, (Maria said Seles was her idol) a second round loss is no failure. She beat Rippner, who is no slouch.

All in all, I think it was a GOOD and a VERY COMPETENT debut!!!!

She'll go far, if she keep progressing at a proper rate.

Mar 8th, 2002, 03:41 AM
Seles, who ran her record to 18-4 in six tournaments this year, hit 20 winners and committed 18 unforced errors.

Sharapova, who had made her tour debut a day earlier with a victory over Brie Rippner, had 13 winners and 30 errors against Seles.

Bad luck Masha :(

still she had 13 winners in losing 0 & 2 and that bodes well for the future.

She will get bigger and stronger in mind/body and soul :)

the cat
Mar 8th, 2002, 03:44 PM
A fine WTA debeaut (debut) for Maria. The second set was closer than the score looked. Udachi Maria!

Mar 8th, 2002, 08:07 PM
yeah, I think it was pretty hard to imagine a different result in her match against Monica but beating Rippner will give her a lot of confidence, I'm pretty sure she will start destroying everyone in juniors now.

the cat
Mar 8th, 2002, 09:01 PM
Hold your horses Nina! Because she is so slight, and doesn't play consecutive weeks, I think it will be hard for Maria to dominate the juniors. I think she will be an elite junior player. But I want her to concentrate on ITF Challengers and small WTA tournaments the rest of this year. Mixed in with the occasional 18u tournament. Maria needs to take things step by step.

Mar 8th, 2002, 10:19 PM
Here is a pic of Maria (why do you call her Masha!?!?) for those who don't know what she looks like!!!

Mar 9th, 2002, 08:46 AM
you're probably right cat, we'll see.

Cassius, Masha is short for Maria like Lena for Elena , Nadia for Nadezhda, Nastya for Anastasia, Zhenya for Yevgeny etc.

here's another pic

Mar 9th, 2002, 08:57 AM
thanx for pics :)

Hope we see Masha again soon :)
she is going to play the junior circuit in europe (well RG & WIM anyway)

Mar 9th, 2002, 11:56 AM
Masha & Giselle won their doubles 1st rd :)

Good luck to them both next rd!

Mar 9th, 2002, 11:59 AM
Good luck Maria in doubles!!!!!!!!

I really like this girl :)

Mar 9th, 2002, 03:03 PM
Maria's been photographed a lot during Indian Wells..
Great girl with great personality and attitude from her quotes so far not to leave out her game. :)

Mar 9th, 2002, 04:16 PM
thanks for the pics bubble!
She really looks like Kournikova on the first pic

Mar 9th, 2002, 04:20 PM
great pics Bubble :)

thanks alot.

Blessings And Aloha
Mar 9th, 2002, 05:08 PM
Am i the only one that thinks Maria looks older than 14 in those pictures

the cat
Mar 9th, 2002, 06:34 PM
bubble, Maria's been photographed alot in Indian Wells? Maybe off the court. but I still haven't seen a photo from her first WTA match. And that amazes me.

I can't believe how much has grown so much the past couple of years. She's gone from 4'9" to 5'9"!

I first read about Maria in a 1997 issue of "Tennis Week". I'm so pleased with her progress and WTA debut. I just hope she grows into her arms and legs!

Mar 10th, 2002, 08:31 AM
here's a pic from her match against Monica, I think


Mar 10th, 2002, 11:49 AM
Thanks Nina for posting that pic and yes that's the pic when she played against Monica. I was about to post it myself. ;)

Cat, if you go to the website of Indian Wells, there are some more pics of Maria practicing and on court in the photo gallery which Cassius has posted. Her photos are practically everywhere... :)

Mar 10th, 2002, 09:13 PM
La Bella Maria Sharapova!


Maria Sharapova of Russia gets set for a serve from Monica Seles during their match Thursday. Seles won the match 6-0, 6-2.

Mar 10th, 2002, 09:30 PM
Let's go Maria and Gisela DUKLO!! They could upset Hantuchova and ASV today.:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :kiss:

Mar 10th, 2002, 09:35 PM
Another photo of Maria practicing in the sunset!

auntie janie
Mar 11th, 2002, 01:35 PM
Thanks for all the pics! Maria and Gisella played a very competitive doubles match, and though they lost, it is all positive for Maria, who lasted long enough in both singles and doubles to get a real taste of the senior tour. :D

Also, this tournament gave tennis fans a chance to learn more about Maria away from Nick B's and IMG's hype machines, and I think she came out very favorably. I know I am looking forward to following her progress from now on, whereas before IW, thanks to all the premature hype, I didn't know what to think! :rolleyes:

Also, I think she has a gorgeous face, already more beautiful than AK, even without any of the thick coating of makeup favored by tennis' favorite pin-up! :p In a couple of years she will be a real knockout. But I hope she will continue to concentrate on TENNIS, rather than try to maximize profits from her looks!

Good luck this year Maria! keep up the good work! I am happy to (finally) join the ranks of your fans! :) :):)

Mar 11th, 2002, 01:56 PM
Maria has a new coach by the name of Robert Lansdorf (formerly of Tracy Austin)

she's moving to CA.

the cat
Mar 11th, 2002, 02:35 PM
How do you know, Eggy? I thought she just went out there for occassional coaching. She can't get the kind of training and practice partners that she can get at Bollettieri's.

Is her new coach going to travel with her all around the world? She needs a travelling coach. That's for sure. Her father will probably act as her coach, too.

Janie, your claws are aimed at Anna again!

auntie janie
Mar 11th, 2002, 05:17 PM
Well, cat, I just don't happen to favor "Sunset Boulevard"-level gobs of makeup on young girls ... you may notice that my favorite players (Monica, Lindsay, Justine, Amelie, Corina, Anastasia, Elena B, Jelena, etc etc etc) are all the "natural" types -- it is just a personal preference, after all! :kiss:

Mar 13th, 2002, 03:27 AM
Here's an article regarding Sharapova's second coach:
http://www.latimes.com/sports/tennis/la-000016943mar07.story?coll=la%2Dheadlines%2Dsports% 2Dtennis
Southern California has tons of tennis, second only to Florida.

the cat
Mar 14th, 2002, 03:07 PM
Maria has been training in California for a while now. She splits her time between California and Florida. Perhaps she gets more personalized coaching with Robert Lansdorp than with Nick Bollettieri. Nick has so many kids to coach, Maria may have gotten a little lost in the shuffle at Bollettieri's.

Mar 18th, 2002, 05:49 AM
:kiss: I have an announcement to make.... :kiss:

:bounce: Congrats Maria for getting her debut WTA ranking no. 532 on March 18, 2002! :kiss: :hearts: :kiss: :hearts:

Now she must play one more ITF event before her defending points from Bradenton take off!

I hope to see her entering into the Jackson 25K USTA qualifying event in a couple of weeks since her 3 WC's have been used up.

Mar 18th, 2002, 10:07 AM
way to go Masha ;) we'll soon see you inside Top 100 within 18 months i'm sure :)

she can play week of Apr 8 as entries for then are today

Mar 18th, 2002, 10:55 AM
Maria and her parents are moving to Ca in two months to hire to Robert Landsorf full time. I heard it from him during Masha's doubles match.

Good luck Maria.

I have some photos of her (that I took at IT) but have to find time to post them...

the cat
Mar 18th, 2002, 03:04 PM
Congratulations Maria!

Eggy, don't rush her! As much as she has grown in the past couple of years, it's going to take Maria a few years to develope her game and fulfill her potential.

tenn_ace, the articles I've read says Maria has already been training with Lansdorp in California. And that's probably why she made he debut in California instead of Florida. I wonder how Nick feels about losing another blue chip prospect? But since Maria is still with IMG, maybe it's not a big deal to him. I only wish Anna Kournikova would go back to Nick. His positive and proactive coaching style could be just what she needs. Udachi Anna! Udachi Maria! I can't wait until they play doubles together!

Do you think Lansdorp is going to travel with Maria full time? I doubt it. I can't see a man in his 60's or 70's travelling with Maria full time. Her father will probably coach her when Landsorp isn't travelling with them.

I feel that Nick Bollettieri's positive attitude would do wonders for the Russian players lacking in confidence. And that's alot of players.

auntie janie
Mar 20th, 2002, 08:46 PM
I look forward to seeing what Maria can makle of the new Junior exhibition tournament in Miami. It's a great opportunity for her. :)

Mar 29th, 2002, 06:10 PM
Masha moved to the final in Miami with a very convincing win over Ashley. Great job!!! She is the threat of the junoir field already :). Good-luck in the final!

:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Mar 29th, 2002, 08:02 PM
Great win from Masha! It makes me feel good that she has 2 sets wins over Golovin and Harkleroad. It gives me a picture how good Maria is in the juniors. I wouldn't be surprised if she is in the junior Grand Slam final more than once this year.

I see that Maria is not in the entry lists of UTSA pro tournaments up to the week of April 15. I don't think she is allowed to get a wildcard in the USTA Women's Challenger of Jackson, MS (in the week of April 15). I hope she will receive a wildcard for USTA 75K in the week of April 22 to defend her 75K Bradenton/Sarasota points from last year. She will be 15 yrs old by then. Otherwise, she will be removed from WTA ranking! :rolleyes:

I don't think there are any junior tournaments Maria is going to play in April. I am confident she will travel to Europe (for junior tournaments in Italy and France) in the beginning of May and June (Wimbledon, of course). Eggy, you sure are lucky to live close by! :p

Go Maria tomorrow!

Mar 29th, 2002, 08:08 PM
Well done Masha :) pretty good effort and good luck in final :)

Dothan Entries are on Monday (if she enters she will only at best be on Alternate list) then wait for drop-outs

this week is tougher as there is no WTA events on.

Mar 30th, 2002, 06:25 PM
A well-fought match from Maria. They both deserved to win the final. I see them as winners. I hope they became good friends and partners for their future doubles together.

Hopefully, Maria's victory will benefit for the Nasdaq-100 organizers to offer her a wildcard next year.

You made me so proud, Sharky! ;)

Mar 30th, 2002, 06:42 PM
Well done Masha :) she slugged it out with Gisela :)

I knew it would be tough but knew she could do it :)

congrats :)

Hope she plays Dothan $75K now :)

the cat
Mar 30th, 2002, 07:18 PM
I hope Maria realizes she should have won this match in straight sets. She's not going to get away with losing big leads on the WTA tour. But atleast we know that Maria has alot of guts and a big heart. Udachi Maria!

Mar 31st, 2002, 01:55 PM
Maria is playing Japan Open (grade 1 jr's then a $10K in Japan.

here's her interview after her win :)


Apr 15th, 2002, 04:40 PM
Masha in playing Gunma Prefecture $10K

she begins in rd 1 against a local girl Tomoko Taira

good news is that Su-Wei is in top half

the cat
Apr 15th, 2002, 06:13 PM
Thanks for the info, Eggy! I don't know where we would be without you!

auntie janie
Apr 16th, 2002, 12:37 AM
Maria is a smart player! In the interview after the Miami exhibition, she said she changed her serve when she realized it wasn't working.

Lots of pro players play a whole match without gleaning that a certain ploy or stroke is not working that day, against that opponent. They just keep on and on, playing the same losing tactic. Good for Maria, such a young player, to notice mid-match what is happening, and to change it accordingly! :)

Jul 2nd, 2002, 04:28 PM
this needs a welcome bump :)



The ink has barely dried on the obituary of Anna Kournikova's tennis career, but already the pretenders are lining up to steal her crown as the sport's most marketable asset.

Staking her claim on Tuesday was Maria Sharapova, competing at Wimbledon for the first time in the girl's singles.

From the blonde hair and blue eyes down to the well-practiced pout, Sharapova could be a body-double for film-star wannabe Kournikova.

And the similarities do not end there.

Born in Russia, both left their home country before the age of 10 to join the conveyor belt of tennis prodigies that is the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Florida.

Now aged 15, Sharapova has already been snapped up by Nike to a multi-million pound endorsement deal and is represented by sports marketing giants IMG.

Before she had even made her professional debut, she had already featured in Rolling Stone magazine, Vanity Fair and Sports Illustrated.

Sharapova is still some way from making an impact on the professional tour but, if her junior results are anything to go by, it may not be long before Kournikova finds that even her looks are not enough to guarantee her the spotlight.

After making her debut on the junior circuit in July last year, Sharapova reached the final of the junior event at the Australian Open and is now into the third round at Wimbledon after a 6-1 6-1 pummelling of hapless British contender Kate O'Brien.

The 5ft 9ins teenager already has a more fearsome serve than Kournikova, and her groundstrokes off both sides are equally fierce, each accompanied by a chilling scream from their perpetrator.

Photographer's dream

Indeed, such was Sharapova's dominance that her only concern was her hair, which needed almost constant attention in the blustery conditions.

All of which made her a photographer's dream and there were a number who had made their way to the unfamiliar surroundings of Court 17 to see what the fuss was about.

She is not yet well known enough to warrant similar attention from the adolescent males who flock to Wimbledon to see Anna and her ilk, but it will not be long.

In March she made a winning debut on the WTA Tour, an impressive result for a player with scant experience even on the junior circuit, and her links with the Bollettieri Academy will ensure that her route into senior tennis should be smooth.

But she will do well to heed a lesson from Kournikova's fall from grace.

In the harsh spotlight of women's tennis, subtance will always prevail - regardless of the amount of style on show.

Jul 5th, 2002, 06:09 PM
Maria is now is the semis, and will play another Maria! Good luck girl! :)

Jul 5th, 2002, 06:26 PM
Good luck Maria S! ;) :D

Jul 6th, 2002, 11:05 PM
I wonder how Masha is planning to play WTT match which is scheduled for July 9 in Hartford, CT... The other woman on the team is Samantha Reeves, so I'm sure BJK was hoping Masha is available.

the cat
Jul 7th, 2002, 01:55 AM
It's going to be tough, tenn_ace! Maria is supposed to play in Eastern Long Island on July 11th, when the Delaware Smash come to town. But this sounds like an injury waiting to happen, if you ask me.

I have a problem with over crowding her schedule. I hope Maria can hold up to the travel and change of surfaces from grass to hard court.

By the way, I didn't buy tickets to the WTT match in Eastern Long Island for 2 reasons. First, there is no guarantee that Maria will be there. And secondly, that is a very long drive for me. And I'll be damed If I go out there to see her play, and she doesn't show up. :eek:

Do you think her father Yuri is going to let Maria leave England on July 7th ot 8th, and fly to Connecticut for a WTT match on July 9th? I doubt it. I would be shocked if Maria makes that match. And the one on July 11th on long Island is questionable, too.

I bet Billie Jean King isn't too happy that Maria made it to the finals of junior Wimbledon. Because Masha's Wimbledon success hurts the Delaware Smash. That's for sure!

All Maria is going to want to do after tomorrow, win or lose, is go home to Florida to mellow out. But instead she'll be rushed into the WTT season. And that's a good move where fragile Maria's health is concerned! :(

Udachi Maria! :bounce:

Jul 7th, 2002, 04:54 AM
I think Maria will play. She signed a contract and since money is involved, she'll have to make it. Besides, she is the only intriguing player on that team, so there are lots of bets on her participation.

Does Maria play a lot? I don't know. it's really something very individual to amke a call. Also, if you compare her with Strykova or Golovin, you'd say no. Her engagement in WTT might be a good thing, since she'll be able to play against the top100 at the time when her schedule is limited. But it doesn't mean it would necessarily help her a lot. I don't think Lina did take a lot from her involvement in WTT couple of years ago.

I was planning to go to Hartford to see Maria, but will make sure first that she plays. I really not in mood to drive 2 hours to see Samantha Reeves.

the cat
Jul 7th, 2002, 04:31 PM
tenn_ace, I don't blame you about not wanting to drive 2 hours to not see Maria. I feel the same way. And I don't think her Father will allow her to be thrown on the hard courts so soon after Wimbledon. One injury now could ruin her career. Ask Anna Kournikova! :eek:

Be careful Masha!

auntie janie
Jul 15th, 2002, 12:30 PM
from tennis on-the-line, about Maria's WTT doubles match

Wearing one of those scandalous "skorts" popularized by Daniela Hantuchova, leggy 15-year-old Maria Sharapova was an early contender to steal the show from Davenport. However, the three-time Grand Slam singles champion showed her who's boss right out of the blocks, opening her love hold with a booming ace. Sharapova's teammate Samantha Reeves needed a couple clutch first serves to bail the Smash out of trouble in Game 2. Liezel Huber then held serve easily to give the Buzz a 2-1 lead, despite one fairly miraculous reflex volley by Sharapova. (The young Russian was simply trying to protect herself, sticking the racket in front of her face and getting a lucky winner for her trouble. Smash coach Craig Kardon deadpanned, "Great shot, Maria! Just what you've been practicing.")

New York's third break point of the evening was converted when Sharapova sent a backhand long. Kardon, the most involved coach I've seen in Team Tennis this year, gave his charges some quick doubles tips during the changeover at 1-3: "On anything low, go. Low, go. Low, go." Delaware's spirits are what were low in Game 5, which saw Davenport blast two more aces. The end came quickly, as Sharapova badly butchered volleys on the last two points of the 5-1 set. "I don't think she's natural at doubles yet. She's very young," Davenport later observed of Sharapova, whom she'd never seen before. "She seems very nice. I mean, I talked to her for a few minutes, but I don't know anything about her. I haven't been around, so all these new people I don't know."

the cat
Jul 15th, 2002, 02:59 PM
Janie is back in her pink and black! ;)

Maria wouldn't wear a scandalous (skort) skirt. Would she? Nyet! :)

Well tenn_ace, I drove 2 hours to meet Maria, her agent and her Father. It was well worth the drive! And tenn_ace, you were right about Maria fulfilling her contractual committments by playing WTT so soon after Wimbledon.

Jul 21st, 2002, 08:49 PM
Masha d. Coetzer 5-2 :)
her 1st match back after illness :)

a great win :)

Jul 22nd, 2002, 12:53 AM
What an impressive win from Maria! Well done, my girl I am glad you came back strong after taking a break with a fever for a while. It worked after all!:)

Amanda's comments on Sharapova:

On Saturday, Coetzer participated in the first three sets of the night. She fell 5-2 to Maria Sharapova in singles - the second set of the night - dropping her singles record to 2-3 in five matches with the Aces.

"I don't mind the humidity so much," Coetzer said. "But it was tough playing singles after doubles because you're a little tired. (Sharapova) played great, though. I've heard about her, but I had never played her. She's good."

the cat
Jul 22nd, 2002, 01:22 AM
That's great news about Maria! :bounce:

Look, it's another Sharky sighting! :D

I'm glad Maria is over her Fever. I think she plays Ashley Harkleroad tomorrow in Sacramento. That should be interesting! ;)

How tired could Coetzer have been playing one set of doubles? :confused:

Jul 22nd, 2002, 11:29 AM
Amanda is out of sorts recently... look at ther record in the wtt: 10-21 and only two other players are worse (de Villers and Harkleroad), so I'm not sure that I would be overexcited, but Maria deserves a credit for holding her nerves against a top10er

the cat
Jul 23rd, 2002, 12:20 AM
tenn_ace, shame on you for throwing cold water on her big win over Amanda Coetzer! :mad: Maria had missed two Delaware Smash matches with a Fever. She couldn't have been at her best either.

I think maria is scheduled to play Ashley Harkleroad in sacramento tonight. I think maria win win 5-3.

Udachi Maria! :bounce:

P,S. - I think it's only fitting that I get to write reply #100 in Maria's thread! :D Afterall, I am her greatest supporter out there! ;) I have Sharky beat by almost two years! :eek:

Jul 23rd, 2002, 03:43 AM
Originally posted by the cat
tenn_ace, shame on you for throwing cold water on her big win over Amanda Coetzer! :mad:


I thought I gave Maria credit for this win where, I believe, it WAS due... sorry to dissapoint you, the cat:eek:

Jul 23rd, 2002, 03:46 AM
btw, Maria def. Harkleroad 5-4(5-2)

well done, Masha!

Jul 23rd, 2002, 09:15 AM
well done Masha :)
close but she won is all that matters :)

the cat
Jul 23rd, 2002, 02:35 PM
Well done Maria! :D After being ill with a fever, she has come back strong with fine wins over Amanda Coetzer and Ashley Harkleroad! :) I can't wait until Maria plays Anastasia Myskina! :eek: She's ready for her now! :bounce: And Maria can ask Robert Lansdorp for secrets on how to play Myskina! ;)

Udachi Maria! :D

Jul 25th, 2002, 02:31 PM
Delaware and Springfield Lasers have to meet pretty soon

so it could happen ( they probably stick Reeves against Myskina)

Vancouver 25K here she comes and its time to get into the top 350 :D

good luck in Vancouver, hope she gets a nice starter :)

the cat
Jul 25th, 2002, 03:54 PM
Unless Maria isn't feeling well, she won't be pulled against Myskina. Ana whipped Ashley Harkleroad easily. But she won't do the same to Maria! Guaranteed! :D I'm sure Maria is looking forward to that match! :bounce: No matter what happens, it will be a great experience for her.

Udachi Maria! :bounce:

P.S. - Eggy, do you think Elena Likhovtseva was annoyed that she didn't get to play Maria Sharapova? Why is she playing WTT if she's not going to play the big singles matches? I know Maria versus Ashley was the big match. But Elena L. could not have been pleased! :(

Jul 25th, 2002, 04:26 PM
I guess the promoters wanted to see Maria play Ashley as it would attract more interest and it would be more closer match. (Elena would have won pretty comfy)

Elena has played more of her teams matches.

the cat
Jul 25th, 2002, 07:19 PM
Eggy, I think Elena would have been nervous playing a 15 year old with ferocious grunts and squeals! ;)

Jul 30th, 2002, 01:05 PM
good luck Masha in Vancouver

1st rd vs Nicole Sewell
she's got a pretty good draw

the only "class" player in the field is Laura Granville who in the other half

go Masha !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

the cat
Jul 30th, 2002, 02:40 PM
Eggy, one class player in the field? :confused: That's not nice! :(

Jul 30th, 2002, 03:04 PM
i meant apart from Masha :o
i missed out the important word.

Sep 1st, 2002, 06:11 PM
good luck Masha in Peachtree $25K :)

Sep 12th, 2002, 03:24 AM
Masha won her 1st match in Peachtree against 2nd seed, Catalina Castano 6-0 6-0 :bounce: :D

Sep 13th, 2002, 04:09 PM
Masha won her 2nd rd 6-3 7-5 over Shenay Perry
and she plays Alyssa Cohen in QF today

best wishes Masha

Sep 14th, 2002, 07:39 PM
Masha is into final of Peachtree :)

she beat Tiffany Dabek 7-6(4) 6-4 :D

well done and good luck in final vs Kelly McCain

Oct 1st, 2002, 05:57 PM
good luck Maria ;)

she plays Gagliardi in rd1 Tokyo

best wishesMasha :)

auntie janie
Oct 1st, 2002, 08:17 PM
IF they ever get that tournament going! :o

Good luck Maria, if you do get to play! :)

auntie janie
Oct 2nd, 2002, 12:13 PM
Maria won the first set but lost a tough 3-set battle to Gagliardi. :(

Oct 2nd, 2002, 12:23 PM
Masha :(
so close to winning :(

then it got into a "catfight" and experience told :(

Masha will be back :)

the cat
Oct 2nd, 2002, 06:44 PM
Just thinking about her blowing that match is upsetting. But she doesn't have the experience to play such matches because the WTA Age Restrictions Rules are trying to protect her. They are protecting Maria alright. They are protecting her from learning how to win WTA matches by hardly letting her play WTA tournaments. That's fact, not fiction! :mad:

And then the doubles team of Big Masha (Sharapova) and Little Masha (Kirilenko) went out and lost a 3 set doubles match. And you just know they would have won their doubles match if they had won their singles matches.

What's next for Maria Sharapova? Is her ranking high enough to get her into the 2003 Australian Open qualifying draw?

I'm dissapointed Maria only played 2 WTA tournaments this year. But because her ranking was so low, it must be hard for her to enter WTA tournaments without a wildcard. I sure hope she plays alot more WTA tournaments next year. Because that's the only way she's going to get better.

And I've had enough of the 25k challengers. The only challengers I want to see her play are 50k and 75k challengers.

Oct 2nd, 2002, 08:07 PM
Lina had the same problem 3 yrs ago (only played 2 WTA events), it certainly makes a big difference to closing out when it gets tight against experience players.

she will learn and get better

her rank isn't good enough as it stands, she should take that play in for Bratislava qualies.

Maria certainly needs to play somewhere between now and end of November

the cat
Oct 3rd, 2002, 02:16 AM
Mark Newman said she's playing a 25k challenger in Texas later this month.

I don't think Maria will be playing indoors anytime soon. Her agent told me that Maria isn't ready to play indoor tennis.

Oct 3rd, 2002, 03:18 AM
you got to learn to play on all surfaces otherwise you will fall short when it comes to the crunch

Maria's only played Hard court......... too much on that isn't good for the body.

another $25K and on hard as well.

Oct 21st, 2002, 03:01 AM
Maria is playing 25K in Frisco, TX this week :)

go Masha go !!!!!!!!!!!

Masha is also entered into the $50K Pittsburgh Challenger (Nov 4), I'm sure Janie can go to this one.

Oct 24th, 2002, 07:34 AM
Maria wins 2 bread sticks in first round of 25K Frisco, TX this week. 6-1, 6-1

Good luck in your next match! :D

On a personal note: Maria is committed to play next two USTA 50K Challengers on Nov 4th and 11th. :)

I god hope so that "Janie" can go to 50K Pittsburgh Challenger! :wavey: :hearts: :kiss:

Let's go, Maria! :bounce:

Forehand hitting!

Serving with flying hair!

Toughness pump fisting!

Oct 24th, 2002, 12:36 PM
good luck Masha today ;)
its gonna be tough but you can do it baby :)

Oct 25th, 2002, 07:42 PM
Maria won! Good luck in the semis!

Oct 25th, 2002, 07:45 PM
way to go Masha ;)
6-3 7-5 win :)

17.5 pts so far :)
another 15 pts or so needed to make AUS Open qualies

go Masha go !!!!!!!!!!!!

Oct 26th, 2002, 09:05 PM
Maria is in the final!:)

Oct 26th, 2002, 09:11 PM
Could anyone give me a ranking update on Maria?

Oct 26th, 2002, 11:14 PM
well done Masha ;)
another brill win :)

she's earned 27pts so far , 10 more if she wins final
she's about 220 in ranks, even that will take her to Melbourne

the cat
Oct 27th, 2002, 12:11 AM
After being held back by the WTA this year, these last 2 wins over Christina Wheeler and Mashona Washington, both of whom won a round in a grand slam tournament this year, are very solid wins! :D

Udachi Maria! :bounce:

auntie janie
Oct 27th, 2002, 12:26 AM
I am happy to see you are recovering from your end-of-season ennui, cat! But Maria had better win the tournament, or I'm afraid it will be back to ennui for you again! :o :cool: ;)
Go Maria! Make cat's day. :)

the cat
Oct 27th, 2002, 01:51 AM
Janie, you are mocking me! :sad: I'll get the Russian Lynx's (Maria Sharapova) second biggest fan, Sharky the Canadian Lynx, to scratch your eyes out for me! ;)

And what does ennui mean? Funk? Depression? You are showing off with big words, Janie!

Udachi Maria! :bounce:

Oct 28th, 2002, 09:08 AM
I've moved my Maria sites, just to let people know.

Website now at http://www.mariasharapova.org.uk and new webboard at http://www.aimoo.com/forum/freeboard.cfm?id=367421 - someone join it please!!!

Bad luck Maria in the Frisco final, but it is all good experience that will help on the WTA Tour in the future. :)

Oct 28th, 2002, 09:52 AM
:sad: for Masha :sad:

a final defeat :( but she got 27 pts which helps her on the way to AUS.

Oct 28th, 2002, 09:56 AM
But it was Maria's 10th final of the year, including juniors and exhibitions!!! :)

Hope she carries that trend on when she is full-time on the WTA Tour!!!


Nov 4th, 2002, 04:32 PM
Maria won her 1st qual match 6-0 6-3 vs Bethanie Mattek :D

good luck today vs Maria Fernanda Alves :)

Nov 5th, 2002, 01:03 AM
All the best Masha! :)

Nov 5th, 2002, 08:03 AM
and the 2nd rd 6-3 6-4 over Alves

next final rd today vs Jana Nejedly

all the best Masha :)

Nov 6th, 2002, 03:11 PM
good luck Masha today :)
she plays Elena Tatarkova in rd1 after qualifying yesterday with a 6-4 7-6(2) win.

good luck Masha :)

Nov 7th, 2002, 02:49 PM

A recent photo of Maria this week in 50K Pittsburgh Challenger! I like when she gets mad. I always want her to look tough and serious every time she steps on the court! Wow, she looks great, getting more muscles on her arms and a bit bigger now. Wow! ;) :bounce:

Wish her luck today against Amy Frazier WTA #39. She has definitely a good chance! C'mon, you can do it, Maria! :bounce:

Nov 7th, 2002, 02:54 PM
yes good luck vs Amy ;)

you can do it :) ( don't think of the bonus pts but just of beating her)
She's chasing Lina all the way ;) into Top 200

Nov 7th, 2002, 10:50 PM
Maria is into QF's :D

she beat Top seed Amy Frazier 4-6 7-6 6-4 :bounce: :D
a pretty awesome win which will do wonders for self-confidence :D

now win the title Masha :D

the cat
Nov 8th, 2002, 02:09 AM
Wow! These are some great wins for Maria in this challenger! :D

And that fierce picture of Maria as Sharky pointed out, shows that she is getting stronger. But she needs the weight in her lower body. That will give her a stronger base, and make her a more solid player. As well as making her physically stronger.

Udachi Maria! :bounce:

Nov 8th, 2002, 02:22 AM
:eek: wow...great win over Fraizer!! Take the title MASHA!

Nov 10th, 2002, 03:03 AM
Masha into the final :bounce: :D

she bt Harkleroad 7-6 4-6 6-4 :D
good luck in final :)
she plays Camerin

Nov 10th, 2002, 05:41 PM
Good luck, Maria!! Grab the title! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

auntie janie
Nov 10th, 2002, 06:59 PM
Good luck, Maria! Yes, I was rooting for Ash last night, but now I want you to win the whole thing! :)

Nov 11th, 2002, 12:00 AM

Davay Maria!!!

Those wins are for those who think she's all hype :D Come on girl!

Nov 11th, 2002, 04:26 PM
Masha lost in the final :sad: :(
rankings come out tomorrow but she will be ranked inside Top 200


auntie janie
Nov 11th, 2002, 09:50 PM
I hope Maria is not too downcast after losing in the final. She had a great week! Soon she won't have to go through qualifying & wear herself out! :)

Very nice pic, Eggy! :)

the cat
Nov 12th, 2002, 11:38 AM
Maria had a fine week! :D But her less than stellar play in finals is starting to concern me! I do not want Maria to become another Anna Kournikova or Elena Dementieva, both of whom can't seem to win a WTA final! :eek:

Nov 12th, 2002, 04:19 PM
Cat, she played seven matches before the final. Including three tough three-set matches. She must've been very tired physically and mentally. So it's not surprised that she lost.

Nov 12th, 2002, 09:38 PM
Maria finishes the year at # 186 :)

Here's to 2003 - http://www.mariasharapova.org.uk

Nov 15th, 2002, 10:13 PM
Just to let people know - Maria is NOT playing Boynton Beach. Her next event will in 2003!

Nov 24th, 2002, 10:24 PM
Status of Maria Sharapova as Nov 24th:

Until 16th birthday on April 19th, 2003,

Maria has 5 tournaments left to play:

- 4 tournaments (2 of them be can awarded as wildcard in any WTA Tier I-V)

- 1 grand slam - Australian Open qualifying

Since 15th birthday, Maria has played 5 tournaments: 25K Vancouver, 25K Peartree City, Japan (AIG), 25K Frisco and 50K Pittsburgh so far.

Dec 19th, 2002, 11:02 PM
I am looking at Maria Sharapova's schedule in 2003 until 16th birthday as follows:

I am guessing.....

Exibition tournament - Hong Kong Ladies Challenge, Hong Kong, CHN (Main draw by invitation)

6th tournament - Australian Open, Melbourne, AUS (Qualifying draw by direct acceptance)

7th tournament - $75K Challenger, Midland, MI, USA (Main draw by direct acceptance)

8th tournament - Kroger St. Jude Tennis Championships, Memphis, TN, USA (Qualifying draw by direct acceptance - it depends how well she will do in the last two tournments)

9th tournament - Pacific Life Open, Indian Wells, CA, USA (Main draw by wildcard)

10th tournament - Nadsaq-100 Open, Miami, FL, USA (Main draw by wildcard)

Dec 20th, 2002, 02:54 AM
thanx Sharky ;)
i hope she does play all these :)

She's a bit off the cut-off even on qualies in Memphis as yet :(

Dec 28th, 2002, 08:09 PM
Tuesday December 10 2002

Time is ripe for Sharapova to oust Kournikova
Unus Alladin

Rising Russian star Maria Sharapova may be ranked only 186th in the world, but do not let her ranking fool you. Few doubt that the 15-year-old will rise to the top and before long challenge the world's best.

Sharapova has already claimed fame by being the youngest ever player to reach the Australian Open Junior finals, the youngest to be ranked in the WTA top 350 and the youngest to make it into the 2002 World Team Tennis draft. Her good looks and obvious talents have been featured in magazines such as Rolling Stone, and Vanity Fair and sports channels like ESPN.

But does she have what it takes to threaten the likes of the Williams sisters, Jennifer Capriati or Lindsay Davenport? Sharapova, who is five-foot-11 and still growing, believes she can. She first has to mature physically, she said. 'I need to get stronger to be able to compete against them [the top players]. They are so strong. But if I grow and my muscles continue to grow, it will be all right. If I do my best, I know I can compete against them. I just need to get physically stronger,' said Sharapova.

'I don't want to say to myself that I must be number 20 in the world in two months. If I play great, good things will happen.'

Modelled on the looks of fellow Russian Anna Kournikova, Sharapova just might be the rising star who will shoot to the top. Like Kournikova she has yet to win a WTA title but she has already tasted victory in the professional ranks. Sharapova has, in fact, won three titles so far. She won challenger tournaments in 2002 Georgia (US), Vancouver and Gunma in Japan in her first year as a professional.

'If I am playing my best and if I play to my greatest [potential], good things will happen. I really want to be number one in the world and to win Grand Slam titles. If I play well, I can do anything,' said Sharapova during a telephone interview yesterday.

'I have always followed my own footsteps and never really had a role model before.'

An American resident for seven years, Sharapova might be the 'new Kournikova' as far as looks are concerned, but Sharapova insists she is her 'own self' and has never thought about comparing herself to her famous compatriot.

'I never really thought about it [being compared to Kournikova]. I do my own thing and concentrate on myself. I try to be myself and not look at anyone,' she said.

She said she was 'working hard' to get into shape for next month's Australian Open and for the Hong Kong Ladies Challenge. She is also excited that she could play against Monica Seles in the Hong Kong tournament for the second time having played the American legend at the Indian Wells Masters this year.

'I didn't do so well against her [she lost 6-0, 6-2] because she's a top player. It was unbelievable. Many people don't get a chance to play her. I have gained a lot of experience from that match,' said Sharapova.

Tickets for the Hong Kong tournament from January 1-4 went on sale yesterday and are priced at $200 for the first two days, and $300 for the third day and the final. Students can enjoy a special discount.

Dec 28th, 2002, 09:59 PM
thanx for the Article :)
good luck Masha in HKG :)

Dec 30th, 2002, 05:27 PM
a pic :)

Dec 30th, 2002, 10:08 PM

a pic from Hong Kong

Dec 31st, 2002, 02:16 AM
Thanks Eggy. :)



Maria looks stunning with her long legs and a model look. Wow! :) I love her hair. Very nice. :kiss: She looks so classic.

the cat
Dec 31st, 2002, 02:21 AM
OMG! Maria is almost as tall as the darling one(Elena Dementieva)! :eek: I hope Maria doesn't grow too tall! I hope she grows to a full 5'11" tall and stops there. That's plenty tall enough in women's tennis these days!

Sharky the fashion critic! ;) But she is right about Maria! :D

Dec 31st, 2002, 07:23 AM
thanx for these pics :)
Maria certainly does look good :) as do the rest of the girls

she is getting pretty tall now if only she could get a bit more stronger :)

Dec 31st, 2002, 07:40 AM
here's another pic :) she does look very good :)

Dec 31st, 2002, 11:43 PM


Can't wait for Maria to start playing in the new year 2003!!! :bounce:

the cat
Jan 1st, 2003, 12:49 PM
Eggy, don't you think Maria has grown alot? In the photos where the players are wearing tradional Chinese outfits it looks like Maria's arms are bigger and more developed than Elena Dementieva's arms! :eek: How did that happen? :confused:

Maria definately has to get stronger. And she is. I think she is well on her way to being about 6' tall and weighing about 150lbs. A couple of years ago I never would have believed she'd be so big. But it's happening. Maria used to have Olive Oyl type skinny arms! But now her arms and her entire body are gradually getting bigger and stronger! And having good size in women's tennis is imperative. I just hope Maria can develope excellent court coverage with a good first step and Venus Williams like lateral movement! :D

Udachi Maria in 2003! :bounce:

P.S. - Maria seems to fit right in as one of the girls. :) Doesn't she?

P.P.S. - I just hope Maria doesn't get caught up in the glamour game! :eek: That is a distinct possiblity. All you have to do is look at her fabulous off court photos to realize she loves fashion! I just hope Maria doesn't get distracted with her off court activities.

Jan 2nd, 2003, 03:20 PM
Wow, Maria juz defeated maggie 6-3 6-0! :eek:

Well done Maria!

Jan 2nd, 2003, 03:27 PM
Some beginning to the new season :eek:

So far, I have never seen Maria play but a win over Maggie, esp. with such score, says a lot ;)

Keep it going in 2003, Maria, and prove that the media hype was worth it!

Jan 2nd, 2003, 03:31 PM
OMG :bounce:

thats just brilliant :)
well done Masha :) :bounce: :D

I've been sending Maria some of my waffles ;)

Jan 2nd, 2003, 04:00 PM
I'm impressed :eek:



Jan 2nd, 2003, 05:40 PM

the cat
Jan 3rd, 2003, 03:48 AM
I think it's time for me to change Maria's apropos nickname from the "Russian Lynx" to the even more apropos "Siberian Tigress"! Maria is just too big to be the "Russian Lynx" anymore! ;) And she's still growing! Thus the "Siberian Tigress" is a more fitting nickname for Maria. And she was born in Siberia afterall! :)

Jan 3rd, 2003, 06:33 AM
here's another pic of the Sinerian Tigress ;)


Jan 3rd, 2003, 10:01 AM
thanx for the pics :)

love the last one especially :) poor ball

the cat
Jan 3rd, 2003, 11:58 AM
Nina dear, that's Siberian Tigress, not Sinerian Tigress! ;) What a great picture of intensity and killer instinct! :D Maria looks like she is ready to devour her opponent! LOL! What a great photo! Thanks Nina! Maria may actually have a killer instinct and enjoy crushing her opponents when she has the chance! :eek: And there is nothing wrong with that!

Udachi Maria! :bounce:

Jan 3rd, 2003, 04:25 PM
Masha lost to Monica Seles 3-6 0-6


yay! *hides*

the cat
Jan 3rd, 2003, 11:48 PM
Nina, what does yay! *hides* mean? :confused:

I was hoping Maria would be more competitive against Monica. And it's odd that she lost this match by the exact same score(6-3 6-0) that she beat Maggie Maleeva! :eek:

Jan 4th, 2003, 02:50 AM
I'm sure Nina is referring to there is no ball in the last picture ;)
See the pic above and Maria is gonna hit the crap out of the ball :eek:

Masha should have done a little better but i'm sure she would have settled for this match when she was to play Maggie.
Monica could have been a little less ruthless, but then it wouldn't be part of the learning curve.

Good luck Masha in qualies :)

the cat
Jan 4th, 2003, 03:07 AM
In retrospect, I think Nina is referring to Maria's intimidating and ruthless glare as shown in the last picture! :eek:

Jan 8th, 2003, 03:17 AM



Good luck Maria in Down Under. Please do well and give us some stunning results like you did last year! :)

Jan 8th, 2003, 03:23 AM
Maria received a big kiss from her daddy after she won in the junior Aussie Open semi-final.


Jan 8th, 2003, 09:53 AM
Renata Voracova CZE (10) vs Maria Sharapova RUS
Maria Goloviznina RUS vs Olivia Lukaszewicz
Sophie Ferguson vs Alena Vaskova CZE
Janet Lee TPE vs Angeles Montolio ESP (17)

good luck Masha :)
a tough opener then it should be straight forward.
You can do it girl !!!!!!!!!!

Jan 8th, 2003, 11:07 PM
Eggy it should be a tough opener but hey I am glad she faces a seeded player to get more points in the ranking if she wins! ;) Yeah, but I am not worried. She stated that she's been playing with older girls in her whole life. She should be able to handle Renata today. :)

Phew, as long as she avoids Lina K in the qualies (that's what I was worried the most). Otherwise it would be a huge disaster for you and me. :p

Jan 8th, 2003, 11:10 PM
She has a great confidence booster today as she played a few matches in Hong Kong. It definitely helped a lot.

The long wait is over for me as Maria is in the Grand Slam debut in her tennis career.

Go Maria! :bounce:

Jan 9th, 2003, 02:47 AM
Masha won 6-3 7-5 :bounce: :D

good comeback from 1-3 :)

now she plays the older Maria Goloviznina, who looks quite similar to her ;)

Jan 9th, 2003, 05:16 AM
Well done Maria :)

Congrats on good start ;)

the cat
Jan 9th, 2003, 01:01 PM
Well done Maria! :D

Now it's a battle of the lovely Maria's, Sharapova versus Goloviznina! :hearts: I fully expect Maria Goloviznina to be intimidated by Maria Sharapova, the next big thing in women's tennis! :eek: I would be dissapointed if Masha Sharapova didn't win by convincing scores! :(

Udachi Maria(s)! ;)

P.S. - Eggy is right about the similar look between these 2 Maria's! :bounce: They both look like 2 beautiful California golden girls! :hearts: :kiss: ;)

Jan 9th, 2003, 02:42 PM
Hi Cat, good to hear from you. :) :wavey:

Congrats on your great win, Maria! :) According to Aussie fans' reports, Maria obviously was nervous in her Grand Slam debut. She made the first round and got over with it. She should be able to cruise all the way to the main draw without being nervous anymore.

She will be playing much better today than yesterday for sure. She will be more confident with her 1st round win.

I hope Mark Newman follows Maria's progress in AO. :wavey:

Jan 10th, 2003, 03:06 AM
Maria won 63 62 :bounce: :D :)

now good luck tomorrow vs Vaskova

Jan 10th, 2003, 03:42 AM
Very confincing win for Maria :D
Good Luck 3rd round Qualies

Jan 10th, 2003, 03:48 AM
I saw the first set of this and then left confident that she'd prevail :)

She played great today, much better than yesterday and along with Lina just seems a class above a lot of the players in the qualifying section.

Go Maria!!!

p.s - Lots of people watching, lots of cameramen too ;)

Jan 10th, 2003, 02:28 PM
Destined for centre court


COURT 11 at Melbourne Park is not somewhere you'll see Maria Sharapova for long.

In the not too distant future, this 15-year-old Russian is destined for centre court.
She is seen as one of the next big things in women's tennis.

She has attracted as much attention overseas not only for her thumping back-court game, but for her stunning blonde looks. It has led many to conclude she is the next Anna Kournikova.

Yesterday, in the second round of women's qualifying on court 11, Sharapova defeated another Russian, Maria Goloviznina, 6-3 6-2.

Goloviznina had no answer to Sharapova's powerful double-handed backhand and strong first serve. She may be ranked 186, but Sharapova plays like she should already be in the top 50.

An interested spectator on court 11 was Australian tennis legend Tony Roche, who said he'd heard a lot of good things about the young Russian.

If she makes it through qualifying, there are bound to be a thousand more spectators interested in the progress of this starlet.

She is not the next Anna Kournikova, stupid media! :fiery: She is the next Maria Sharapova.

auntie janie
Jan 10th, 2003, 03:06 PM
I really think Maria's time has come, Sharky. :)

Calling Maria (or Daniela H, for that matter) "the next Kournikova" does her a real disservice. No one wants to see Maria have her best results at age 16-17 and then develop oncourt mental problems of the highest degree as happened to Anna. But they seem to mean not her tennis game or results but "attracts a lot of men to watch her play because of her looks". And that is not a bad thing, unless Maria starts to get caught up in that, which I do not think will happen to Maria.

Jan 10th, 2003, 10:25 PM
Keep it rolling Maria :) 2-0 in third round match at the mo.

Jan 10th, 2003, 11:09 PM
Maria beat Alena Vaskova 6-1 6-2 to reach the main draw of the
Australian Open.

It seemed to be going smootly with Maria serving for the match at 6-
1 5-1, but she dropped her serve and then needed five match points
in the following game to finish her opponent off. Last minute
jitters as her first pro Slam main draw came within reach!

the cat
Jan 11th, 2003, 12:34 AM
Congratulations to "The Siberian Tigress" Maria Sharapova on making her first ever maindraw grand slam! :bounce:

I hope Maria plays Elena Dementieva in the first round! :D That would be great! They are my 2 favorite tennis players and I'd love to see how Elena would handle the pressure of playing Maria for the first time in a grand slam! :eek:

Udachi Maria! :bounce:

Jan 11th, 2003, 01:57 AM
well done Masha :) good job too :)

she plays Koukalova in rd1
with Monica again in rd 2 :eek:

good luck Masha :)

auntie janie
Jan 11th, 2003, 02:20 AM
Congrats to Maria! Well done. :):):)
I think she will beat Kouky. But I hope they put them on an outer court!

Jan 11th, 2003, 03:08 AM
Good Luck "Sharpy" ;)

the cat
Jan 11th, 2003, 03:19 AM
Janie, you hope they put Sharapova versus Koukalova on an outer court. Well, where else are they going to put it?

It's too bad she would have to play Seles again in the second round! :eek: I just hope Maria wins her first grand slam maindraw match and gives Monica a tough match.

Udachi Maria! :bounce:

Jan 11th, 2003, 03:51 AM
Impressive Maria :)

Win your first career GS match!
Good luck!

Jan 11th, 2003, 06:14 AM
Yes! Maria did what she had to do! :) Good luck to your first ever GS match in main draw.

Based on my calculations, Maria's ranking will be moving up to #145 if she loses in 1st round or #130 if she wins 1st and loses in 2nd round. :)

If she moves up to #130, she would "just" make into the qualifying of Memphis WTA tournament next month as the qualies cut-off is #129. Very close.

I suggest Maria to enter $75K USTA Midland in the first week of Febrauary if she wants to move up a bit more to enter WTA Memphis tournament. Memphis is two weeks after Midland.... so...

We will find out if she is listed in the entry list for $75K Midland when it's released next week.

Go Maria!!

the cat
Jan 11th, 2003, 08:28 PM
Making out Maria's schedule, Sharky? ;) Are you working for IMG now? :p You want Maria to play Midland because you know Anna Kournikova won there in 1996! :D

Jan 11th, 2003, 08:53 PM
I'm pretty sure she will get into Memphis qualies with a rank of 150
there are always lots and lots of pull outs as players choose where to play that week (Dubai and Bogota are also that week)

auntie janie
Jan 13th, 2003, 07:42 PM
Maria is playing doubles with Marion Bartoli. :)

Jan 13th, 2003, 08:35 PM
good luck Masha :)
you can do it kiddo :)

nice doubles partner too :)

Jan 14th, 2003, 07:56 AM
Masha lost 4-6 6-7(6) :sad:

Nice try though

Jan 14th, 2003, 08:07 AM
Masha :sad: :sad:
she blew a 4-1 lead in 1st set :(

the cat
Jan 14th, 2003, 01:00 PM
What happened? I'm so dissapointed! I was looking forward to having ESPN/ESPN2 show some of her match with Seles in the seond round. But it won't happen because Maria lost. :sad:

Maria destroyed Maleeva in Hong Kong and cruised in qualifying. But then she stumbled against another qualifier. I guess part of the reason is because Maria is so young and inexperienced. Still, this loss is such a dissapointment! :(

Poor Sharky(Sue)! I bet she needs a shoulder to cry on! :sad:

auntie janie
Jan 14th, 2003, 06:12 PM
It is disappointing, but not shocking. Maria's lack of experience against a variety of players made the difference. Kouky is not your average opponent.

Still, she did qualify. Not bad at age 15. Try to have some perspective, cat! You want too much too soon from Maria, but she is only human! She will make her mark this year. You will see. :)

Jan 14th, 2003, 06:24 PM
I hope she has better luck than a certain other 15 yr old who did the same thing 3 years ago :sad:

Maria will come good :)

Jan 14th, 2003, 08:52 PM
One of the things in life you can`t buy, experience.
She will grow from this, a pity:sad: but far from the end of her tennis life;)

Jan 14th, 2003, 11:05 PM
Good Luck Maria in doubles :)

the cat
Jan 15th, 2003, 12:38 AM
Eggy, are you talking about Lina? I bet you are.

Thanks for the lecture, Janie! :D I needed that! But Maria raised the bar for Oz by crushing Maleeva, 3 and 0 on Hong Kong and by cruising through the qualifying draw at Oz. Then she crumbled when the pressure was on in her first round match. And blowing a 4-1 first set lead is something Anna Kournikova and Elena Dementieva have unfortunately mastered! :eek: And I don't want to see Maria take the same error prone path as those 3 chronic underachievers.

Maria's loss also ruined my seeing her play Seles on ESPN, because ESPN would have undoubtedly shown some of that match and perhaps even featured it if it was a night match. I am very dissapointed! :sad:

Poor Sharky(Sue)! She probably didn't even go to work today because she was so upset! :eek:

auntie janie
Jan 15th, 2003, 03:36 AM
Congrats to Maria & Marion, ages 15 & 18, for a good win in 1st rd dubs! :)

Cat, what 3 chronic underachievers do you mean? Anna, Elena. and who???

the cat
Jan 15th, 2003, 02:12 PM
Janie, do you notice everything? LOL! I meant those 2 chronic underachievers, not 3.

My 2003 Australian Open is ruined thanks to my 3 favorites being out of the tournament so early! :( But Maria Sharapova gets a free pass because of her inexperience.

auntie janie
Jan 16th, 2003, 12:41 AM
|??you would mend your ways and turn your sights to Elena Bovina, Anastasia, and Nadia, you could be happy with the Russians, like me! :D

Or at least, be happy that ED and Maria and well as Nadia are alive in doubles, as is your Anna. Do not despair!

Jan 16th, 2003, 02:33 AM
Cat, I appreciate your concerns. I'm better now :) I felt so down for a while but I am over it. :) I realized now that she wasn't playing her best on that day based on her poor performance. She should have won, I just know it! Klara was a better player, period. Don't jump into conclusions, the Cat! I am still quite impressed with her results so far. I was expecting she was out in the first qualifying round but she didn't. Instead, she was in the main draw! That's was unbelieveable to me. ;) She is in the learning process right now to get some experience as much as she can. She will have some stunning results this year, hear me?

Maria has committed to play for 75K Midland main draw in the week of February 3rd! :bounce: :bounce: That's because I told her to enter and she listened to me! ;) She wants to win Midland to get points for entering into WTA Memphis qualifying draw.

Jan 16th, 2003, 02:56 AM
thats good :)
Maria playing Midland :)
she's playing quite a few challengers :)

auntie janie
Jan 16th, 2003, 04:26 PM
Great idea! Good for you if you put it in her head, Sharky. :)

the cat
Jan 17th, 2003, 01:02 AM
More challengers? Nyet! :mad:

And Seles injury herself against Koukalova really hurts! :( Now Monica might not have gotten hurt against Maria. But seeing Koukalova in the third round is very upsetting to me. It could have been Maria! :sad:

Sharky, thanks for pretending to be okay. But I know you're really not. Especially since Maria could have been in the third round or atleast on international television in her match against Seles. But it didn't happen. :sad:

Feb 3rd, 2003, 01:25 PM
Young Russian not Kournikova II

Sharapova, 15, wants own identity to be best
February 3, 2003


Maria Sharapova wants to become the next great female tennis player.

In less than a year, Sharapova, a 5-foot-11, 15-year-old from Sochi, Russia, has climbed to No. 156 in the WTA rankings and last month won three rounds of qualifying to make her Grand Slam debut at the Australian Open.

This week, she will play in the $75,000 Dow Corning/USTA Women's Challenger, hosted by the Midland Community Tennis Center. The event starts Tuesday.

Sharapova's goal is to string together enough points in the next three or four tournaments to get a main-draw berth in the second Grand Slam of the year, the French Open, which begins May 26.

"I just work every day to be the best," said Sharapova, who started playing tennis at age 4 with a racket given to her by Yevgeny Kafelnikov's father.

"I want to change the sport and be one of the great tennis athletes. (Steffi) Graf changed the game and Serena (Williams) is now.

"I think I'm doing pretty well for what I am, 15 years old. I'm not trying to rush it. It would be great to win a Grand Slam, but I'm doing my own thing. When time is ready for me to win, then I'll be great."

Sharapova does not want to become the next Anna Kournikova. The two Russians are often compared.

"I respect Anna, but I'm trying to do my own thing," Sharapova said.

Robert Lansdorp, Sharapova's coach, said she is part of a rising group of Russians trying to become the best in the world. Anastasia Myskina, ranked No. 11, is the top-ranked Russian in the world.

"They're all trying to outdo each other," Lansdorp said. "They want to win tournaments. They want to not be Kournikova."

In November, Sharapova went through qualifying at a USTA Challenger in Pittsburgh, and beat top seed Amy Frazier of Rochester Hills and Mashona Washington of Swartz Creek on the way to the finals.

Frazier said Sharapova is impressive.

"Overall, she's got a complete game," Frazier said. "She has a big serve, really good groundies. Pretty much everything.

"The depth in women's tennis is really, really tough. There will be great players in Midland."

Sharapova, who moved to the United States to train at Nick Bollettieri's academy in Florida when she was 7, joked that the weather concerns her most.

"I'm going to be pretty cold," she said. "I've never played a $75,000 challenger. This is called the best challenger of the whole year."

Landsorp, who has coached Pete Sampras and Lindsay Davenport, said it's crucial for Sharapova to keep moving up in the rankings this year.

"Hopefully she can get to the top 100, then the rest will be fine," he said.

Feb 4th, 2003, 10:49 AM
thanx Sharky :)

good luck Maria in 1st rd :D :)
she plays Shenay Perry

auntie janie
Feb 7th, 2003, 01:27 AM
Shenay won. :confused:

King Aaron
Feb 8th, 2003, 02:00 PM
Yes Shenay won. Maria was sick according to Jo. Thanks Jo. :)

the cat
Feb 8th, 2003, 08:13 PM
What's with Maria? If she was sick she shouldn't have played. It's only a challenger. If it was a grand slam or a tier 1 tournament then she should try to play if she's a little sick. But not a challenger. Now her confidence must be pretty low.

Who's Jo? Babsi?

And why havent I seen any photos of Maria Sharapova at the 2003 Australian Open? :confused: It was her first grand slam tournament as a professional and she played 3 matches. One singles and two doubles. But no pictures.

auntie janie
Feb 9th, 2003, 01:11 AM
"Jo" is Joanne Moore. She played in Midland, and has kindly been reporting to us about the tournament on the Challenger forum.

Don't worry about her playing this week while sick, cat! I am sure it did her no harm, and she leaned something.

It's good you saw no pictures of Maria from the Aus Open. It shows that the premature hype machine surrounding her has gone quiet. And that is good!

Try not to fret so much over Maria, cat! Try to realize that she is in good hands. I hope you will learn to be more patient, and let her come along at her own pace. Have some confidence in your player! But please, give her time!

When Maria is 18, THEN I give you permission to fret and stew about her doing things that displease you! ;)

Feb 9th, 2003, 04:13 AM
This was also a big $75K Challenger...almost as much money and as many ranking points available as a Tier IV/V WTA tournament.

As long as she didn't make herself more ill, she didn't do herself any harm by playing this match.

Feb 9th, 2003, 05:22 PM
Hi Cat! :wavey:

Yeah, Maria shouldn't have played but at least she gave it a shot. I totally accepted her loss since she had a flu. Nothin' we could do about it.

What happened to Babsi's Maria Sharapova forum? It no longer exist. :confused:

the cat
Feb 9th, 2003, 06:32 PM
Really Hurley? I disagree. What if in her weakened state, Maria threw her back out lunging for a ball or blew her knee out because she was too tired to properly set up for a shot she was stretching for? to risk something like this possibly happening in a challenger is a mistake, in my opinion. Fortunately Maria didn't get injured.

Sharky, babsi's forum was still there as of yesterday. I checked it out for a few minutes.

Feb 9th, 2003, 07:28 PM
What is the url of babsi's forum?

the cat
Feb 9th, 2003, 08:35 PM
Sharky, go to www.mariaworld.net and click on forum. That's what I did today.

Sharky, why haven't there been any photos of Maria Sharapova playing tennis at the 2003 Australian Open, which just happens to be her grand slam debut as a professional? It was a big occasion for Maria. And as highly touted as Maria is, I find it hard to believe there aren't any photos of her playing her first round match or her 2 doubles matches! :mad:

Feb 10th, 2003, 03:45 AM
It's still the same as I receive the message when I went to the forum...:

Message says: Sorry, but you do not have permission to use this feature.

I do not know why Babsi blocks me from access to the forum. :sad:

Feb 16th, 2003, 06:18 AM
Corporations remain interested in investing in young phenoms with exemplary potential. Tennis racket maker Prince signed 15-year-old Russian player Maria Sharapova to a five-year, $750,000 deal (comparable in dollars to that of a top 10 player), and Nike recently made a commitment to 15-year-old male prodigy Brendan Evans for $250,000 plus performance bonuses, even though the youngster had not played a professional tournament before the contract was signed. Sponsors continue to enter into “one-match deals” with low-ranked players who wear temporary patches when they play during televised early rounds of tournaments.

the cat
Feb 16th, 2003, 05:55 PM
Sharky, if Maria plays well and reaches her incentive clauses in the contract, I would think her $750,000 5 year contract with Prince will be worth much more than currently is. Udachi Maria! :bounce:

Mar 4th, 2003, 06:56 AM
maria has a decent draw at IW. she gets a qualifier then suarez then probably bovina. it's probably one of the better draws but bovina is a tough 3rd round opponent.

the cat
Mar 4th, 2003, 02:09 PM
Gowza, you seem to have Maria in the third round already. Let's see her win her first round match, then dicuss her pssibilities. Maria has not played well this year. But she's back on her favorite surface, American hard courts. So I expect her to play her best tennis in 2003 this tournament and the next tournament in Miami.

Udachi Maria! :bounce:

Mar 4th, 2003, 08:25 PM
actually i was just telling everyone her likely opponents if she gets through. but she is playing a qualifier in the first round so she has a good chance in that match.

suarez is a good player, i don't think maria will win that but when i saw her at the oz open she had the tools to match it with the top she just had trouble putting them together and staying consistent.

Mar 5th, 2003, 02:26 AM
Maria and Myriam Casanova are playing doubles together!! :bounce: Losing 2-6 3-2 right now! Com'on girls fight!:bounce:

Mar 5th, 2003, 12:26 PM
good luck Masha today :)
you can and will beat Sam Reeves

Just go for it :)

Mar 5th, 2003, 05:52 PM
GOOD LUCK MARIA TODAY! FINALLY SHE IS PLAYING AGAIN! I've been waiting for her to come back and play!

I am following the scores at work today to cheer for Russians girls especially Maria! :bounce:

Hi Cat, :wavey:

I was going to post at the World Crossing but realized that it's down due to maintenance for a while. I will be back! I miss Maria fans there.

the cat
Mar 5th, 2003, 06:57 PM
Hi Sharky! :kiss: I've missed you so much! :sad: ]

But I am a little nervous about this match today. Samantha Reeves knows Maria's game inside out, as they were World Team Tennis partners last summer. And that's an advantage for Samantha. And she's aslo much more esperience than Maria. I just hope Maria tremendous ground strokes can help her overcome her inexperience to win this match.

Maria doesn't play much tour tennis. So her play will probably be rusty today. I just hope that doesn't cost her the match.

Udachi Maria! :bounce:

Mar 5th, 2003, 08:20 PM
How could Myriam/Maria be losing by that score?

They lost in the first round of qualifying 5-8 to Milagros Sequera and SAMANTHA REEVES!?!

Mar 6th, 2003, 01:20 AM
How could Myriam/Maria be losing by that score?

They lost in the first round of qualifying 5-8 to Milagros Sequera and SAMANTHA REEVES!?!
I think the scoreboard was wrong or something.

disappointing loss to reeves today :sad:

Mar 6th, 2003, 02:45 AM
very disappointing the way it all ended :sad:

Masha :(

Mar 6th, 2003, 03:10 AM
I really wanted Maria to get to the 3rd round... oh well. :sad: