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clementine
Jul 21st, 2004, 05:05 PM
Hi everyone :wavey:

Thought maybe we could use a thread here to post all the news, interviews, and articles we find on Masha. :)

I just got my new Tennis Week magazine and Maria is on the cover again (she was also on the March cover). :eek:

If they haven't been posted already, I'll scan in the pics and article and post them here later.

Meelis
Nov 1st, 2012, 10:47 PM
vol. 2 (http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=415399)

jameshazza
Nov 1st, 2012, 10:49 PM
Yay. :cheer:

*subscribes*

Shafanovic.
Nov 2nd, 2012, 12:24 AM
:cheer:

Shivank17
Nov 2nd, 2012, 12:38 AM
:cheer:

Stonerpova
Nov 2nd, 2012, 12:44 AM
:cheer:

Craig.
Nov 2nd, 2012, 01:13 AM
:cheer:

Ksenia.
Nov 2nd, 2012, 12:42 PM
:cheer:

:lol:

JoPova
Nov 4th, 2012, 12:06 PM
3rd volume! :hearts:

lefty24
Nov 4th, 2012, 04:48 PM
Damn we're on a roll.

Angelpova
Nov 4th, 2012, 04:58 PM
:cheer:
:rolls:

Shivank17
Nov 11th, 2012, 11:31 AM
Sharapova shows her mystique and taste for dosa


Maria Sharapova -- the name has oomph and glamour attached to it. When the four-time grand slam champion showed up in New Delhi Sunday there was that unmistaken mystique in the tennis majesty.
The six-foot-two World No.2 Russian expectedly turned heads when she walked in with an air of elegance. It's her first visit to the one-billion-plus nation where, she herself admitted, she has countless fans. She didn't forget to talk of the dosa (pancake made from the batter of rice and black lentils) she had and how nice it tasted.
"It feels amazing to be here. It has taken me so long to get to India. I have tremendous amount of fans in this country and it feels great to get such a warm welcome. It has been a remarkable year for me and now I have a nice little break which has allowed me to come here," said Sharapova, who looked stunning wearing a blazer and a black skirt.
The 25-year-old, here to announce her partnership with UK-based real estate company Homestead, sported an infectious smile throughout the interaction even though the lensmen could not get to focus enough of capturing the blonde beauty.
"Well, it is just the hair and make-up you know. I don't wake up looking like this," quipped Sharapova when a scribe called her pretty.
Here only for a day, Sharapova said food and culture was something she would take back from India.
"I arrived last night and asked the chef what should I try of the Indian food. I had a dosa which tasted really nice. I wanted to have this great Indian experience. There is so much energy in the city, I have been in some quiet areas recently, resting. I really like the culture and people. You all have been really welcoming."
Asked she is looking at films and modelling as career options after tennis, the highest-paid women athlete said: "I really have no time for anything other than tennis now."
Sharapova promised to return to India soon and visit the Taj Mahal.
"This time it won't be possible (Agra visit). But as Christmas is round the corner, I would love to go to the market and get some souvenirs. I am sure my friends are going to expect something," she signed off.

She is in the Indian capital for one day, and I am going there on 14th. :bigcry:

18majors
Nov 11th, 2012, 11:34 AM
Anna Spaña (Masha)@Masha19Maria

Maria Sharapova on Sunday became the brand ambassador of Infrastructure development company Homestead. pic.twitter.com/54OGf9NP

18majors
Nov 11th, 2012, 11:35 AM
She is in the Indian capital for one day, and I am going there on 14th. :bigcry:

Please catch her when she visits Taj Mahal next time.

Shivank17
Nov 11th, 2012, 11:48 AM
Btw, she is also walking the ramp for a fashion show event by Homestead-India at 2 PM GMT, you can watch it live, by registering here:

http://homestead-india.com/live-stream/stream.html

MashaFan01
Nov 11th, 2012, 04:43 PM
Link: Sharapova shows her mystique and taste for dosa (http://www.deccanchronicle.com/channels/sport/others/sharapova-shows-her-mystique-and-taste-dosa-598)

Link: Rivalries are good for sport, athletes: Maria Sharapova (http://www.indianexpress.com/news/rivalries-are-good-for-sport-athletes-maria-sharapova/1030079/#)

Video: Sharapova in India: Happy to be in unfamiliar territory (http://in.news.yahoo.com/video/sharapova-india-happy-unfamiliar-territory-130500142.html)

http://www.deccanchronicle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/article_horizontal/article-images/Maria-sharapova-india.jpg.crop_display.jpg

Angelpova
Nov 11th, 2012, 06:04 PM
Welcome to Maria Sharapova Tower Gurgaon

http://www.mariasharapovatower.com/images/maria%20sharapova%20tower%20gurgaon.jpg

http://www.mariasharapovatower.com/

http://www.homesteadmariasharapovatower.com/

Vartan
Nov 11th, 2012, 08:12 PM
http://www.tennisforum.com/showthrea...470829&page=21 vote for Martha please otherwise she will be in the negative for the first time this year.
__________________

Andy.
Nov 14th, 2012, 09:58 AM
Vote for Masha and give her 10/10 in the ask men poll

http://www.askmen.com/specials/2013_top_99/

shaktincredible
Nov 14th, 2012, 04:58 PM
DONE! :inlove:

NashaMasha
Nov 16th, 2012, 12:20 PM
Masha's interview about Vujacic , it's in Russian
http://sobesednik.ru/scandals/20121115-mariya-sharapova-vpervye-rasskazala-pochemu-rasstalas-s-sashei-vuyachichem

i have no free time to translate it , google translate is about 80% right

http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=ru&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=ru&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&u=http%3A%2F%2Fsobesednik.ru%2Fscandals%2F20121115-mariya-sharapova-vpervye-rasskazala-pochemu-rasstalas-s-sashei-vuyachichem

Ksenia.
Nov 16th, 2012, 02:59 PM
I love that she said that she trains harder than Sasha :lol:

PimpMePova
Nov 16th, 2012, 03:21 PM
I love that the interviewer asked her directly if her relationship with Sasha was only for PR reasons, I mean even if that's true what was she gonna say, Yes my manager thought it was a good idea to get engaged so I just went for it:lol:

MS17
Nov 16th, 2012, 04:38 PM
Can someone translate the interview to english or at least the questions about Sasha , please .

Ksenia.
Nov 16th, 2012, 05:18 PM
I think I can translate it as a part of my Friday procrastination program :D

Ksenia.
Nov 16th, 2012, 06:05 PM
You are welcome.

- By winning French Open this year, you became the sixth woman in history and the first Russian to win a career Grand Slam. You also claimed Olympic Silver. Do you think ever think about retiring when you're on top and focusing on business?
- When I won WImbledon at 17, I surprised everyone including myself. Everyone started asking me about what I am going to do in the next five years. I had no idea what to answer. I couldn't imagine that I would still be competing in big events because even five years seemed like a very long time back then.
But it's been eight years now and here I am. Now it's hard for me imagine the moment when I will have to leave the sport. But it can happen any day.

- So you are thinking about retirement?
- Well... As a tennis player, you are not considered to be young anymore at 25. But I am definitely going to spend the next year competing.
I can't say whether I am going to play at the Olympic Games in Brazil - that's just too early to make predictions. Though in December I'm going there to play an exhibition with Caroline Wozniacki.
But don't that I am going to Brazil just to look at the country, though I love going to different places to learn about cultures and traditions. I am really good at organizing this sort of things for me and my friends - deciding what to see, where to eat and so on.

- Where do you find the energy? There are no rest days on your schedule.
- Sometimes I wake up in the morning and wonder whether I really need all this - getting up, training for hours, fighting for something... But the moment I realize that there's nothing major I have to worry about, my mood and confidence go up.

- Some people say that you and your boyfriend broke up because you and Vujacic both got so engrossed in your career that you didn't have time to keep your relationship. Is it true? That rich and successful people like you, who were about to get married, broke up because their career aspirations are more important?
- Well, in sports, you have limited time to achieve your goals. Why shouldn't career matter? My career is very important for me as well as Sasha's is for him.
He works hard and I probably work even harder. We both want to achieve a lot and we only have several years left. Why shouldn't we make the most of it?
Of course, dating with schedules like ours is very hard. Basically, it's impossible, as you can see from our experience. It was a hard decision for me but in the end it was better to put a full stop than to leave things as they were.

- Did you have real relationship? Once you said you didn't see each other for almost a year at some point. Were you actually engaged? Makign wedding preparations? Or it was just something you did to get media attention?
- Of course we were a real couple. I would never use my relationships as a marketing tool.
As you could've noticed, I don't express my feeling in public and never talk about my previous or current partners unless I am asked directly. We were engaged indeed but we never made a big deal out of it. What would be the point?

- Did you make wedding preparations? Many fans bought Istanbul tickets hoping to see you in a wedding dress.
- No, we never made it to the preparations stage.

- And how about prenuptial agreement?
- No, of course not, never.

– Did he hurt you in some way? You know, people don't break up when everything's perfect.
- We had a wonderful relationship, tender and full of trust. Sasha is still a close friend of mine, I didn't just throw him out of my life. We call each other sometimes. He is a great person - fun, caring and hard-working. He's a real pro when it comes to basketball. I hope everything will work out well in his life.

- And what would you wish for yourself? After breaking up with Vijacic, did you decide to draw a line between sports and your private life? Is marriage something that has to wait until you're done with tennis?
- No, I wouldn't say so. Hopefully, I will be lucky. I believe I am going to get married one day. Great things lie ahead of me.

MS17
Nov 16th, 2012, 06:24 PM
thank you very much :worship:

Noten
Nov 16th, 2012, 09:08 PM
- Did you have real relationship? Once you said you didn't see each other for almost a year at some point. Were you actually engaged? Makign wedding preparations? Or it was just something you did to get media attention?
- Of course we were a real couple. I would never use my relationships as a marketing tool.
As you could've noticed, I don't express my feeling in public and never talk about my previous or current partners unless I am asked directly. We were engaged indeed but we never made a big deal out of it. What would be the point?



:spit: Can't believe someone asked her that.

Thanks for translating, btw.

KK2009
Nov 17th, 2012, 05:08 AM
Love how Masha deals with her personnal life in front of the press.

denny5576
Nov 17th, 2012, 05:28 PM
Masha's interview about Vujacic , it's in Russian
http://sobesednik.ru/scandals/20121115-mariya-sharapova-vpervye-rasskazala-pochemu-rasstalas-s-sashei-vuyachichem

i have no free time to translate it , google translate is about 80% right

http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=ru&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=ru&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&u=http%3A%2F%2Fsobesednik.ru%2Fscandals%2F20121115-mariya-sharapova-vpervye-rasskazala-pochemu-rasstalas-s-sashei-vuyachichem

it is fake, not real
Do not lose your time for even reading it

denny5576
Nov 17th, 2012, 05:31 PM
:spit: Can't believe someone asked her that.

Thanks for translating, btw.
Do not believe even one word
This is not a real interview.
Everything is author's imagination

Noten
Nov 17th, 2012, 09:02 PM
Do not believe even one word
This is not a real interview.
Everything is author's imagination

If Mr. Insider says so.

anna19masha
Nov 18th, 2012, 02:59 AM
Maria Sharapova’s Hollywood dreams

On her recent visit to India, World No 2 tennis ace Maria Sharapova not only expressed her desire to play a live match in India for her fans here, but also revealed a number of things that she wants to do in life. But, the most exciting thing on her wish list was her desire to act in a Hollywood film, someday. “Right now, too many things are happening in life. I’m tied up with my matches, brand associations and several other commitments. But someday, given an opportunity I would love to act in a Hollywood movie,” said the 25-year-old, who’s done several modelling assignments in the past, including a swimsuit spread for a sports magazine in 2006.

In India for the first time, the 6 ft 2 inches Russian beauty, who broke up with her boyfriend, basketball player Sasha Vujacic this year, looked visually excited, as she looked forward to some souvenir shopping in Delhi’s local markets. “Christmas is coming, so my friends would be happy to get some gifts. I would also like to buy some Indian wear if time permits,” said Sharapova, who was in the Capital as the brand ambassador of a UK-based real estate firm, Homestead, to announce their upcoming project in India.

Talking about her arch rival, Serena Williams, Sharapova, who had a short career setback post her shoulder injury, but managed to win the French Open this year followed by a silver medal in the Olympics, said that she doesn’t mind having a tough rival as it makes competition better. “It’s good for the game,” she said adding, “We moved to US from Russia at a very young age, so that I could play tennis better as opportunities were more in the US. Also, not many tennis players have a shoulder surgery at 21, like I did. But I have bounced back and will surely be world No 1 again one day.”

On Serena Williams
It’s always good to have great rivals. It makes the competition better

On Hollywood
I don’t mind trying my hands at acting someday when I’m a little free from my hectic sporting schedule

On India
Always wanted to visit this country as I’ve always heard that I have a huge fan following here

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Entertainment/Tabloid/Maria-Sharapova-s-Hollywood-dreams/Article1-960605.aspx

Marilyn Monheaux
Nov 18th, 2012, 03:36 AM
Please God, NO!!! Maria is such a crappy actress, it's almost hysterical. :crying2:

Julian.
Nov 18th, 2012, 04:13 AM
I don't mind seeing Masha starring in Hollywood movies one day :rolls::inlove: Maybe after she retires :lol:

Andy.
Nov 18th, 2012, 04:16 AM
I wouldnt mind either. I want her to stay in the public eye but I see her following the fashion route more than Hollywood. We will have to wait and see.

Noten
Nov 18th, 2012, 04:28 AM
Please God, NO!!! Maria is such a crappy actress, it's almost hysterical. :crying2:

There are actresses with less talent than Masha in Hollywood lbr. But I am with you, I hate the idea. :o

Asanty
Nov 18th, 2012, 04:57 AM
I don't mind seeing Masha starring in Hollywood movies one day :rolls::inlove: Maybe after she retires :lol:

+ 1. Especially with good director.

MM_1257
Nov 18th, 2012, 02:19 PM
Masha's interview about Vujacic , it's in Russian
http://sobesednik.ru/scandals/20121115-mariya-sharapova-vpervye-rasskazala-pochemu-rasstalas-s-sashei-vuyachichem

i have no free time to translate it , google translate is about 80% right

http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=ru&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=ru&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&u=http%3A%2F%2Fsobesednik.ru%2Fscandals%2F20121115-mariya-sharapova-vpervye-rasskazala-pochemu-rasstalas-s-sashei-vuyachichem

NashaMasha, thank you for the link. The interview seems nice, but I have to ask this, is it legitimate? I know a thing or two about Russian press, since I have been reading it for quite some time, and I know there is a lot of yellow/gossip press also and judging by the appearance of the website where this interview was published, I'd say the paper is a tabloid... And we know that in Russia (and also all over the world) tabloids can invent interviews... Otherwise I quite liked the answers.


As for the other topic discussed here - Maria an actress... Oh God please NO! She is a w f u l.

18majors
Nov 18th, 2012, 02:42 PM
Maria Sharapova’s Hollywood dreams

On her recent visit to India, World No 2 tennis ace Maria Sharapova not only expressed her desire to play a live match in India for her fans here, but also revealed a number of things that she wants to do in life. But, the most exciting thing on her wish list was her desire to act in a Hollywood film, someday. “Right now, too many things are happening in life. I’m tied up with my matches, brand associations and several other commitments. But someday, given an opportunity I would love to act in a Hollywood movie,” said the 25-year-old, who’s done several modelling assignments in the past, including a swimsuit spread for a sports magazine in 2006.

In India for the first time, the 6 ft 2 inches Russian beauty, who broke up with her boyfriend, basketball player Sasha Vujacic this year, looked visually excited, as she looked forward to some souvenir shopping in Delhi’s local markets. “Christmas is coming, so my friends would be happy to get some gifts. I would also like to buy some Indian wear if time permits,” said Sharapova, who was in the Capital as the brand ambassador of a UK-based real estate firm, Homestead, to announce their upcoming project in India.

Talking about her arch rival, Serena Williams, Sharapova, who had a short career setback post her shoulder injury, but managed to win the French Open this year followed by a silver medal in the Olympics, said that she doesn’t mind having a tough rival as it makes competition better. “It’s good for the game,” she said adding, “We moved to US from Russia at a very young age, so that I could play tennis better as opportunities were more in the US. Also, not many tennis players have a shoulder surgery at 21, like I did. But I have bounced back and will surely be world No 1 again one day.”

On Serena Williams
It’s always good to have great rivals. It makes the competition better

On Hollywood
I don’t mind trying my hands at acting someday when I’m a little free from my hectic sporting schedule

On India
Always wanted to visit this country as I’ve always heard that I have a huge fan following here

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Entertainment/Tabloid/Maria-Sharapova-s-Hollywood-dreams/Article1-960605.aspx

Nice to see you post in SS, I admire that you're one of the most prolific Maria fans on twitter.

jameshazza
Nov 18th, 2012, 11:22 PM
Sony Ericcson video. :sobbing:

Vartan
Nov 18th, 2012, 11:46 PM
Maria Sharapova is awkward as fuck in all of her commercials. :sobbing:

nelsondan
Nov 19th, 2012, 12:02 AM
Maria Sharapova is awkward as fuck in all of her commercials. :sobbing:

Maybe so. But she used to be a cow on ice on clay. One of the most consistent traits Maria has demonstrated over the years....a willingness to analyze instead of deny her shortcomings....and try to figure out how to improve.

Do not be shocked if she finds a way....I would not be surprised to see her do something very impressive, not awkward, in a commercial or promotion.

gc-spurs
Nov 19th, 2012, 08:56 AM
Maybe so. But she used to be a cow on ice on clay. One of the most consistent traits Maria has demonstrated over the years....a willingness to analyze instead of deny her shortcomings....and try to figure out how to improve.

Do not be shocked if she finds a way....I would not be surprised to see her do something very impressive, not awkward, in a commercial or promotion.

You can work as hard as you want at arts type things and still never be good. E.g. I will never be a good singer, Maria will never be able to act.

18majors
Nov 22nd, 2012, 03:17 PM
Maria Sharapova‏@sharapovatennis

Maria #Sharapova is the Woman of the 2012 year by "Glamour"! http://fb.me/MnJcFOew

NashaMasha
Nov 27th, 2012, 05:11 AM
A date to remember with Maria Sharapova

by Arjun Pandit

New Delhi: I clearly remember the evening when I had just finished work and was ready to pack in for the day, when a good friend came and said 'thank me later'. Confused at that remark, my obvious follow up question was 'what for'? My friend for some reason chose to ignore me but my editor later called me to her cabin and said 'Pandit get ready, you might get to interview Maria Sharapova'. Needless to say my heart skipped a beat but being a true professional (that I try to be), I responded with a simple 'cool'. Obviously I wouldn't tell my boss that I've been a big fan of the Siberian Bombshell and tennis had nothing to do with my fascination for her.

The next 2 days were spent dreaming about the perfect interview. And of course I had to resemble prince charming though Maria didn't need a makeover as she's perfect the way she is! Needless to say I had to tell my friends, whose first reaction was 'Pandit yaar, we need to drink to that', followed by suggestions ranging from wearing shoes which would enhance my 5 feet 9 frame to a more respectable height, as Maria's 6 feet 2, added to her insistence for heels, she becomes all of 6 feet 4 inches!

I for one had given serious thought of asking out the 10th woman to win a career slam. After all, I didn't have much to lose? Rejection (99.9999% certain), slap in the face (in true Sharapova forehand style) or just being called a perv (let's face it, that's normal). All the above scenarios went right out of the window on the day of the interview as I was told Maria wasn't doing one on ones!

Disappointed but not deterred from the cause, I set out for the South Delhi Hotel, eagerly waiting to set eyes on the woman of my dreams. As usual I was late, as usual there were several other print and T.V. channels trying to sugarcoat the organisers in hope of getting that one big exclusive that would run on their channel the entire day. None of their efforts paid off and we were all asked to take our seats before the guest of honor came into the room. The flash lights started clicking, cameras started rolling as soon as ethereal Ms Sharapova was in the house! Tall, well turned out but far more beautiful than I had ever expected.

Soon the questions began, 'What's your favourite title win', 'What do you make of Serena Williams', 'How do you view Women's tennis'? That's when I decided to raise my hand, microphone ready and my first words to the highest earning woman athlete in the world were 'Maria...I think your very pretty', that's it! Silence engulfed the small room that was holding the press conference, when Sharapova said 'Thanks but it's only my make-up and hair, I don't wake up looking like this in the morning'. The entire room was laughing and I for one realized that not only is she very beautiful but also extremely charming with her words.

The rest of the press conference was a breeze, after all I can one day tell people that I told the one only Maria Sharapova she was very pretty and to top it all, she responded to it! I guess that's what you say are the perks of being a sports reporter.

http://sports.ndtv.com/tennis/blogs/arjun-pandit/item/199642-a-date-to-remember-with-maria-sharapova

Advantage Me
Nov 27th, 2012, 11:52 AM
Thanks for posting the article NashaMasha. This guy's a hoot.

MashaFan01
Nov 29th, 2012, 05:37 PM
Masha's Schedule 2013 (First Half) (http://www.mariasharapova.com/news/first-half-of-2013-schedule.aspx)

PimpMePova
Nov 30th, 2012, 07:51 PM
Maria Sharapova is looking to return to the No. 1 spot in the world rankings after rediscovering her best form this year.

Sharapova endured a difficult few years after undergoing shoulder surgery at the end of 2008, but has come back brilliantly and briefly reached No. 1 after winning the French Open to complete a career Grand Slam.
''Obviously the goal is always to shoot for top spot and that's always where you want to be and stay,'' Sharapova said on Friday.
''It's one thing to reach the No. 1 ranking, another to keep it. ''But what's most important and the main goal is to win as many matches as you can and then the rankings takes care of itself.
To get to No. 1 the only thing to do is to work hard and you have to treat every match, no matter what it is, the same.
That's what we all do.'' Sharapova is in Milan to play an exhibition tournament on Saturday, with another former No. 1, Ana Ivanovic. They will face Italians Sara Errani, who Sharapova beat in the French Open final, and Roberta Vinci.
Errani also comes into the tournament off the back of a fantastic year, which has seen her rise from No. 45 at the beginning of 2012 to No. 6.
As well as reaching the final at Ronaldo Garros, Errani also progressed to the semifinals of the US Open and won the doubles title at both events with Vinci.
''I never expected it all either, it's been an incredible year,'' Errani said. ''Starting from the Australian Open, I had very great results and was consistent, in the singles as well as the doubles.
It will be hard to repeat that next year, but I will always try to give my maximum. ''Sharapova is a very strong player, so obviously it will be very difficult, but I'll try.
She's very difficult to play against, very strong with lots of power. I'll do my best but it won't be easy.''
The match takes place after Ivanovic's against Vinci, while the Italian duo - who are top of the doubles rankings - then play together against Sharapova and Ivanovic. Ivanovic, who is currently No. 13, is also aiming to get back to the top of the rankings, a place she last occupied after winning the French Open in 2008.
''That's my goal,'' she said. ''I'm here and I feel I really have the potential to get back to the top and I want to work hard to do so.
"Last year was great, I hope this year will be even better. ''2008 was amazing. I still remember that week in Paris. It was crazy because I realised two big dreams at the same time.
"It was very, very overwhelming. But it's true that since then it hasn't gone as I would have wanted but there is still time to get back there and I have all the ability to do so.''
Vinci crushed Ivanovic 6-0, 6-0 at the Rogers Cup in August - the first time the Serbian had lost by such a result - but the world No. 16 isn't expecting a similar result on Saturday.
''That was a very particular match,'' Vinci said. ''Everything worked out for me and nothing for her. So it won't be the same tomorrow but I will give it everything.''

BadgerM
Nov 30th, 2012, 07:58 PM
I told myself I wouldn't get excited about exhos but the grand comedy of Pova and Ana trying to play doubles against the top-ranked (I think) doubles team is too much. Bring it on! :bounce:

PimpMePova
Nov 30th, 2012, 08:00 PM
^
IKR :lol: This is gonna be so much fun can't wait to see them as a team :bounce:

Angelpova
Dec 1st, 2012, 11:04 AM
Grigor Dimitrov e Maria Sharapova: nuovo amore a Milano?

Sharapova e Dimitrov avvistati per le strade milanesi

Grigor Dimitrov è il giocatore che ultimamente fa più parlare di sè....fuori dal campo. Dopo il presunto flirt (non confermato) con Serena Williams, tocca adesso a Maria Sharapova. I due ieri pomeriggio sono stati avvistati per le strade di Milano e sono apparsi molto complici ad un semaforo: si sono scambiati battute e sorrisi. Strano l'atteggiamento dei due che hanno percorso le vie più glamour milanesi a debita distanza e si sono poi separati in seguito.... (clicca qui per vedere il video dal minuto 6:00)

Tutto farebbe pensare ad una frequentazione con la bella Masha, come si dice in questi casi: se son rose...fioriranno.

http://www.tennisworlditalia.com/Grigor-Dimitrov-e-Maria-Sharapova-nuovo-amore-a-Milano-articolo12076.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

In english with Google translate:

Grigor Dimitrov and Maria Sharapova: new love in Milan?

Sharapova and Dimitrov spotted on the streets of Milan

Grigor Dimitrov is the player who ultimately makes more talk about themselves .... off the field. After allegedly flirt (unconfirmed) with Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova's next to. The two were spotted yesterday afternoon in the streets of Milan and appeared very accomplices at a traffic light: they exchanged jokes and smiles. The strange behavior of the two who walked the streets of the most glamorous Milan at arm's length and are then separated later .... (click here to see the video from minute 6:00)

Everything suggests an association with the beautiful Masha, as they say in these cases: if they are roses ... flourish.

http://i.imgur.com/62Ahd.jpg

Cosmic Voices
Dec 1st, 2012, 11:13 AM
^ here's hoping :oh:


but i dont like that he's renas sloppy seconds :o

JoPova
Dec 1st, 2012, 11:27 AM
So, Maria's definitely having a menage-a-trois with Serena and Grigor :oh: But Serena's apparently dating Patrick M. It's so confusing :hysteric:

Chrissie-fan
Dec 1st, 2012, 11:46 AM
As well as reaching the final at Ronaldo Garros, Errani also progressed to the semifinals of the US Open and won the doubles title at both events with Vinci.


:lol:

masha122
Dec 1st, 2012, 06:58 PM
So, Maria's definitely having a menage-a-trois with Serena and Grigor :oh: But Serena's apparently dating Patrick M. It's so confusing :hysteric:

i guess right now we all knew what she was talking about with rena lol

PimpMePova
Dec 1st, 2012, 08:17 PM
:lol:

Oh my god I just noticed this :lol:

Asanty
Dec 3rd, 2012, 01:36 PM
I read that Masha took the 4 place regarding "aces" for this year. She scored 244 ones. The article states that is great progress for her after shoulder injury. But I wonder what is her maximum trough the whole career?:help:

SilverSlam
Dec 3rd, 2012, 02:18 PM
I read that Masha took the 4 place regarding "aces" for this year. She scored 244 ones. The article states that is great progress for her after shoulder injury. But I wonder what is her maximum trough the whole career?:help:

I think maybe 2005/2006. I would say 05 for sure but she had a few injuries that year.

ahoura
Dec 4th, 2012, 05:56 AM
on Friday Maria play against Caroline. can We Watch this match in satelite ?

nectar69
Dec 4th, 2012, 07:06 AM
So, If Maria dates Grigor and he's coached by Serena's boyfriend (also Serena's coach) will Maria and Serena go on a double date. Awkward!

nectar69
Dec 4th, 2012, 07:14 AM
Scratch that. I just saw that he's no longer coached by him. As of two weeks ago he switched to a Swedish Academy run by Magnus Norman and he's being coached by some Tillstrom guy. Of course Hoggy's swedish. I wonder if that's why he's around Maria now? I actually don't believe there's anything between Maria and Grigor, but I wouldn't mind it since I already like Grigor as a player. I'd like to see him do well and fulfill his potential.

Mexicola
Dec 4th, 2012, 06:44 PM
Interesting article on what the end year WTA rankings would have been if they used the old system of giving extra points for wins against top ranked players. Maria would have finished the year second behind Serena, but one spot ahead of Vika.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/tennis/2012/12/03/wta-rankings-serena-williams/1742597/

MM_1257
Dec 4th, 2012, 07:38 PM
Behind the real no.1, I guess? :shrug: And stays no.2 and currently is no.2 so.. :D

dsanders06
Dec 4th, 2012, 10:42 PM
:spit: at Grigor dumping Serena for Maria. I know this probably did not happen but let me pretend

Stonerpova
Dec 5th, 2012, 04:14 AM
:spit: at Grigor dumping Serena for Maria. I know this probably did not happen but let me pretend

We don't know that it happened that way, do we? :unsure:

EDIT: didn't see the white text :lol:

C. Drone
Dec 5th, 2012, 02:54 PM
Interesting article on what the end year WTA rankings would have been if they used the old system of giving extra points for wins against top ranked players. Maria would have finished the year second behind Serena, but one spot ahead of Vika.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/tennis/2012/12/03/wta-rankings-serena-williams/1742597/

Very misleading article. They didnt even added the actual WTA ranking points, and it is absolutely pointless using the quality points alone.
Just another amateur attmept from american media to make Serena the #1.

Actually they should have just use the Pre-1997 ranking system (quality pts + divisor system), the order of top3 would have been the same as this article but its a much more legit argument than their flop numbers.

btw here are my year end quality point calculations:
http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=470479

BadgerM
Dec 5th, 2012, 03:18 PM
^Yeah. I skimmed the article and just saw the rankings, which seemed off. Although it is interesting that Pova has larger quality points than Vika considering Vika's streak. Guess Pova's clay season and YEC makes up for Vika repeatedly beating up on Radwanska and Pova earlier in the year? Not sure, but you as the ranking guru would know better.

Edit: Never mind, your calculations seem to show Vika with more quality points than Pova. Not sure how the USA Today Contributor did his calculations.

C. Drone
Dec 5th, 2012, 03:34 PM
^ Their ranking shows average quality points per tournament.
Maria has better average because she only played 14 tournaments, while Azarenka played 17.

(Of course Azarenka only played and retired Rome & Montreal to avoid Zero Pointers, but its hard to ignore those in these stats.)

PimpMePova
Dec 6th, 2012, 08:05 AM
The rumors won't stop for this two ever since Milan :oh:

Maria Sharpova Dating Fellow Tennis Player Grigor Dimitrov?

There’s some rumbling going on about a new tennis couple – Tennis player Grigor Dimitrov and world number two Maria Sharapova have been linked together. Our source tells us Maria and Grigor are secretly dating, and are trying to keep it out of the press, so they can both focus on their craft without media distractions — They should try competing in mixed doubles, I bet they’d dominate.-TO
Read more at http://www.terezowens.com/maria-sharpova-dating-fellow-tennis-player-grigor-dimitrov/#s6yz4IxxDfj8MjSS.99

Advantage Me
Dec 6th, 2012, 11:15 AM
I hate rumours. Had enough of it with rumours of Maria and Sasha's wedding.

gc-spurs
Dec 6th, 2012, 10:22 PM
I hate rumours. Had enough of it with rumours of Maria and Sasha's wedding.

Those were hilariously off considering they were broken up hahaha.

Asanty
Dec 10th, 2012, 01:08 PM
Here is new nice interview with her, learn Russian :lick: http://m.sports.ru/tribuna/blogs/dennytenn/397898.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

Mexicola
Dec 10th, 2012, 02:08 PM
Maria is scheduled to appear on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno this Thursday, Dec 13th. :yeah:

Asanty
Dec 10th, 2012, 02:47 PM
Maria is scheduled to appear on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno this Thursday, Dec 13th. :yeah:

Damn, it is awesome, adore her on such kind of shows:hearts:

Asanty
Dec 10th, 2012, 03:08 PM
Azarenka defeated Williams. Masha, now it is your turn!

AnnieIWillKnow
Dec 10th, 2012, 04:29 PM
Here is new nice interview with her, learn Russian :lick: http://m.sports.ru/tribuna/blogs/dennytenn/397898.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

If by "learn Russian" you mean "put through Google Translate", then I'm good.

Trih
Dec 10th, 2012, 04:53 PM
Maria is scheduled to appear on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno this Thursday, Dec 13th. :yeah:

Thanks for the info! :)

18majors
Dec 10th, 2012, 11:07 PM
Maria is in a completely uncharted territory, she has 8,946,636 fans on facebook. She will reach the 9.0 million milestone in less than a week.

https://www.facebook.com/#!/Sharapova?fref=ts

MS17
Dec 12th, 2012, 10:11 AM
WTA - Sharapova and Stosur commit to Bank of the West Classic in July

http://www.tennisworldusa.org/Editor/Img/WTA-Tennis-img7595_668.jpg

Tennis players decide their schedule months in advance and early tournament entries are a good way to promote an event and help with sponsors and fan interest.

The WTA Bank of the West Classic will not take place before July 2013 but the tournament has already announced that 2 top 10 players have confirmed their participation in the event next year.

World no. 2 Maria Sharapova, the reigning French Open champion, and former US Open champion Samantha Stosur, currently ranked no. 9 in the world, are among the early confirmations for the hard court event which serves as a tune up for the US Open grand slam event.

The event takes place July 22-28 at Stanford University’s Taube Family Tennis Stadium .

http://www.tennisworldusa.org/WTA---Sharapova-and-Stosur-commit-to-Bank-of-the-West-Classic-in-July-articolo7318.html

peipei
Dec 14th, 2012, 01:41 AM
The AIPS Best Female Athlete of the Year 2012 list of nominees includes last year's winner Cross Country Ski Queen Marit Bjorgen of Norway, Sally Pearson, Jessica Ennis and Allysin Felix.

The full list:

Victoria AZARENKA Tennis Belarus
Marit BJØRGEN Ski Cross Country Norway
Gabby DOUGLAS Gymnastics USA
Jessica ENNIS Athletics Great Britain
Allyson FELIX Athletics USA
Missy FRANKLIN Swimming USA
ICHO Kaori Wrestling Japan
Ranomi KROMOWIDJOJO Swimming Netherlands
Tina MAZE Skiing Slovenia
Alexandra RAISMAN Gymnastics USA
Sally PEARSON Athletics Australia
Maria SHARAPOVA Tennis Russia
Katie TAYLOR Boxing Ireland
Serena WILLIAMS Tennis USA

vote here: http://www.aipsmedia.com/index.php?page=news&cod=9542&tp=n

Mexicola
Dec 14th, 2012, 01:42 AM
Maria is scheduled to appear on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno this Thursday, Dec 13th. :yeah:

Forget I said anything. Her appearance is not happening after all. :sobbing::facepalm::banghead:

Vartan
Dec 14th, 2012, 03:12 AM
Good. Jay Leno is B list.

Trih
Dec 14th, 2012, 06:07 AM
Why not?

anna19masha
Dec 14th, 2012, 03:52 PM
Tennis News: Maria Sharapova and Nike, Taxes and Nike



Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber knows just how important Nike is to his state so he recently asked the legislature to give him the authority to sign a deal with the footwear and apparel giant Nike where the state won’t change the formula used to levy corporate income taxes on the firm.



Nike is one of only two Fortune 500 companies in Oregon along with Intel and employs some 8,000 workers in the state. Nike is said to be the world’s largest sporting-goods company.



The Oregonian (newspaper) reports that before 1991, multi-state corporations doing business in Oregon were taxed under a formula based on their sales, payroll and property in the state. Then the state began taxing corporations only on their in-state sales.



Nike sells most of their products outside the state and doesn’t report what it pays in Oregon corporate taxes. But the Oregon Center for Public Policy says its tax burden is $20 million less than it would have been under pre-1991 laws.



However, Kitzhaber and the executives from two Oregon business associations argue that Oregon depends heavily on companies that make products for out-of-state consumption, and that Oregon receives more in personal income taxes from Nike employees than what it gives up in corporate taxes.



It appears that most of Oregon’s legislators are behind the deal.



Kitzhaber has said he wants to offer Nike assurances in exchange for getting the company’s promise to expand in Oregon.



Nike 2012 revenues totaled $24.1 billion, while annual earnings equaled $4.73 per share.



The company recently announced a 2-for-1 stock split and boosted its dividend by 17 percent. It’s stock was trading at around $97 on Thursday.



In November, it agreed to sell its Cole Haan fashion brand to private-equity firm Apax Partners for $570 million.



Maria Sharapova has been one of the faces of Cole Hahn. It is unclear how the deal will affect her contract.

http://www.10sballs.com/2012/12/14/tennis-news-maria-sharapova-and-nike-taxes-and-nike/

adamserenavenus
Dec 14th, 2012, 05:59 PM
It says on wikipedia that Maria is playing Mixed Doubles at the 2013 Australian Open.

PimpMePova
Dec 14th, 2012, 08:10 PM
It says on wikipedia that Maria is playing Mixed Doubles at the 2013 Australian Open.

Can you post the link I can't find anything about this :shrug:

adamserenavenus
Dec 14th, 2012, 08:11 PM
Can you post the link I can't find anything about this :shrug:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maria_Sharapova#2013

swissmr
Dec 14th, 2012, 10:03 PM
There is no way that will happen :lol: ... Although she was coming to the net way more in that Wozniacki exo :unsure:

tatkas
Dec 14th, 2012, 10:36 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dddw9peWw08

Advantage Me
Dec 15th, 2012, 10:36 AM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maria_Sharapova#2013
If she does play, I can imagine she will partner Tommy Haas and they will probably last only one or two rounds. Playing doubles will help her confidence at the net but she should concentrate on beating Serena.

Ksenia.
Dec 15th, 2012, 11:18 AM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maria_Sharapova#2013

Please, I or anyone else can edit this very article any moment and write that she's marrying Sasha after all and he's gonna play mixed doubles with her or whatever :lol: It's pretty irrelevant without sources.

adamserenavenus
Dec 15th, 2012, 02:11 PM
Serena is playing Mixed Doubles at the 2013 Australian Open but I am not sure who she is teaming up with probably one of the Bryan twins.

SilverSlam
Dec 15th, 2012, 02:17 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dddw9peWw08

:lol: If you do watch this just skip to like 10 seconds before the end.

Advantage Me
Dec 15th, 2012, 04:42 PM
Masha will be on Tennis Channel at 1pm on 'Players Give Back'. Can't watch it here.

Asanty
Dec 15th, 2012, 04:54 PM
Masha will be on Tennis Channel at 1pm on 'Players Give Back'. Can't watch it here.
Today? Is it some tv show?

Advantage Me
Dec 15th, 2012, 09:49 PM
Today? Is it some tv show?
I believe it is a tv channel in the US. Anyone watched it?

Asanty
Dec 19th, 2012, 04:45 PM
Masha is going to launch Sugarpova in Australiahttp://www.livetennisguide.com/2012/12/19/maria-sharapova-to-launch-sugarpova-in-melbourne/

KK2009
Dec 21st, 2012, 12:06 PM
Nothing comes out, picture or video, after the Jay Leno Show, that was weird, or Maria didn't come to that show at all?

Asanty
Dec 21st, 2012, 12:16 PM
Nothing comes out, picture or video, after the Jay Leno Show, that was weird, or Maria didn't come to that show at all?

She didn't ...

NashaMasha
Dec 21st, 2012, 03:01 PM
Masha will be on Tennis Channel at 1pm on 'Players Give Back'. Can't watch it here.

Has anybody seen it?

18majors
Dec 27th, 2012, 09:27 PM
Ben Rothenberg‏@BenRothenberg

Via @darrenrovell, Sharapova's agent Max Eisenbud says Maria will join Twitter in January. Sadly @candygirl87 is taken. http://es.pn/Vi3DfM

JoPova
Dec 27th, 2012, 09:37 PM
Wow! I didn't expect that! She'll probably do something similar to what Rafa's doing now: write a few words and link his fb page for the pics!

Craig.
Dec 27th, 2012, 09:38 PM
I'm way too fucking excited.

Stonerpova
Dec 27th, 2012, 09:43 PM
Ben Rothenberg‏@BenRothenberg

Via @darrenrovell, Sharapova's agent Max Eisenbud says Maria will join Twitter in January. Sadly @candygirl87 is taken. http://es.pn/Vi3DfM

http://25.media.tumblr.com/b3758db9d70f809d03bf7a92d188945b/tumblr_mfphh0UWVu1r8snwfo1_500.gif

JoPova
Dec 27th, 2012, 09:49 PM
She'll definitely have millions of followers :hearts:

AnnieIWillKnow
Dec 27th, 2012, 10:12 PM
I am going to Twitter-stalk the shit out of her.

JoPova
Dec 27th, 2012, 10:17 PM
I am going to Twitter-stalk the shit out of her.

:tape:

C. Drone
Dec 27th, 2012, 10:19 PM
Ben Rothenberg‏@BenRothenberg

Via @darrenrovell, Sharapova's agent Max Eisenbud says Maria will join Twitter in January. Sadly @candygirl87 is taken. http://es.pn/Vi3DfM

:unsure:

Mr.Sharapova
Dec 27th, 2012, 10:40 PM
:cheer:.

Cosmic Voices
Dec 27th, 2012, 11:44 PM
OMFG I just knew she'd join, she'll literally have millions of followers within a week :oh:

can't wait
http://images.wikia.com/victorious/images/1/12/Excited.gif

TrollPova
Dec 28th, 2012, 01:22 AM
So Excited!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Trih
Dec 28th, 2012, 02:37 AM
Ben Rothenberg‏@BenRothenberg

Via @darrenrovell, Sharapova's agent Max Eisenbud says Maria will join Twitter in January. Sadly @candygirl87 is taken. http://es.pn/Vi3DfM

http://i.imgur.com/eZBtb.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/pguAs.gif

http://i.imgur.com/PAuPL.gif

Ksenia.
Dec 28th, 2012, 08:53 AM
Anyone else has doubts whether it is true? She said that she doesn't really get twitter so many times :lol:

Marilyn Monheaux
Dec 28th, 2012, 09:39 AM
Anyone else has doubts whether it is true? She said that she doesn't really get twitter so many times :lol:



As long as Max knows how to operate the account... ;)

Kon.
Dec 28th, 2012, 11:34 AM
She'd said she doesn't want to get a twitter not too long ago so good chance this will be commercialised and impersonal.
I'd love to but I don't expect her to have an account like Serena's or Vika's for example. I hope at least she makes her posts herself and not her agent or something.

debby
Dec 28th, 2012, 11:35 AM
Maybe she will change her mind about that

Andy.
Dec 28th, 2012, 11:36 AM
She'd said she doesn't want to get a twitter not too long ago so good chance this will be commercialised and impersonal.
I'd love to but I don't expect her to have an account like Serena's or Vika's for example. I hope at least she makes her posts herself and not her agent or something.

What...rantings of a spoilt egotist/crybaby ;)

Seriously though it would be great for her and the fans if she joined. I dont think it would be that impersonal...look at her FB. Thats not that commercial.

MashaFan01
Dec 29th, 2012, 09:10 AM
Link: Sharapova makes glamorous arrival (http://www.brisbaneinternational.com.au/2012/12/sharapova-makes-glamorous-arrival)

Link: Maria Sharapova touches down in Brisbane (http://www.couriermail.com.au/sport/tennis/maria-sharapova-touches-down-in-brisbane/story-fnddkbrz-1226544921808)

MashaFan01
Dec 29th, 2012, 10:00 AM
Link: WTA Buy/Sell/Hold: Top three will be tough to break up in 2013 (http://tennis.si.com/2012/12/17/wta-serena-williams-sharapova-azarenka/)

Mexicola
Dec 31st, 2012, 03:00 PM
http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/sport/tennis/tennis-gods-answer-maria-sharapovas-prayer/story-fnddklvw-1226545906088

MARIA Sharapova never imagined this life.
Who could possibly dream that they would be a Wimbledon champion at 17, accumulate career earnings of $23 million and a bank balance at least quadruple that figure, as well as being the most marketable female athlete and richest sportswoman of all time.

But here she is, still only 25, entering her 12th year on the WTA and remarkably a somewhat reluctant tennis player, stunned she is among the world's best.

"I'm horrible at other sports," she said while relaxing on a lounge beneath Pat Rafter Arena.

"I don't even attempt to play other sports. I don't even know how I became good at this sport because I didn't have any athletic background from my family.


"To be honest, if you came to my house you wouldn't even know that I was a tennis player."

At 188cm tall and legs as long as you could possibly imagine, there is no doubt Sharapova is genetically blessed for tennis and has loads of natural talent.

But talent only gets you so far. It doesn't win you four Grand Slam titles, including a French Open victory in 2012 that finally completed the set and came after shoulder surgery threatened her career three years earlier.

"That was special," she said. "It being the Grand Slam I hadn't won and being the first one I've won after my surgery, just so many things came together."

So how did Sharapova get to this point?

She is not the first Russian bombshell to turn heads on tour, but she is much more than a pretty face gracing billboards in Times Square.

Sponsors like Nike, Tag Heuer, Tiffany and Co and Samsung pay millions for her to promote their products and now Sharapova has her own major business interest with her own candy line, Sugarpova, generating enormous Australian sales and set for its own department store launch in Melbourne next week.

It is just another hobby in the diverse interests of the world's most Googled woman.

"I'm very lucky to be in a position to do what I do. When I started playing tennis at four-years-old I never envisaged I'd be as successful as I am today," she said.

"You always dream and you dream big, I'm very fortunate to have other opportunities in my life and to balance those things.

"I always knew growing up there were so many other things I enjoyed. Of course I love the competition of tennis and that is why I play.

"I love what I do but I feel like the other things keep me grounded and keep me interested in my main focus which is tennis. If I didn't have those interests I think I would be pretty bored.

"I can't just sit on a couch. Three days off is enough for me, then I'm like, 'Where is my work?' I just want to be doing things."

Among her other interests include a love of architecture, which, if you're asking, any books on the topic is what you get someone who has everything, and interior design, because she is fascinated by the formation of nothing into something.

Which brings us back to the formation of Sharapova. Not the brand, the tennis star. The 2004 Wimbledon champ who has gone on to win the US Open (2006), Australian Open (2008) and last year the French Open to go with an Olympic silver medal and the honour of being the first woman to carry the Russian flag at the opening ceremony.

Amazing honours for a girl who moved to the US aged nine to join the Nick Bollettieri Academy to begin the journey on this dream.

"For that story though there are a million others that weren't as successful, so, of course, I'm very lucky but there is no secret to hard work," she said. "There are some people who are diehard fans of going in the gym and some people say 'Oh, I work out and I feel so good after' and I'm like 'What are you on?' That is so not me.

"But I'm professional enough to realise that is the work that I have to do to get better and improve and there are no shortcuts.

"There are days when you wake up and it's freezing outside and it's still dark and the last thing you want to do is go outside when maybe everyone is still in their pyjamas and you don't want to go out and practise hitting tennis balls.

"It's tough, you have to push yourself ... it's not always an easy ride and you go through a few setbacks here and there. But then on a Saturday afternoon when you're lifting the trophy, everyone is still in their pyjamas watching you on television and you realise that those mornings are pretty worth it."

slvr1969
Jan 1st, 2013, 04:46 AM
http://www.brisbaneinternational.com.au/2013/01/sharapova-forced-to-withdraw
Sharapova forced to withdraw 1 January 2013


Sharapova forced to withdraw
brisbaneinternational.com.au with AAP Tuesday 1 January 2013

UPDATE 2.55pm: Second seed Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from the Brisbane International citing an ongoing right collarbone injury.

Sharapova had initially played down concerns over her availability in Brisbane after pulling out of a recent exhibition tournament in South Korea due to a neck concern.

But the reigning French Open champion pulled the pin on the Brisbane International for the second time after the right collarbone problem restricted her on the practice court.

“I had a bit of inflammation in my collarbone, and I sent it to my doctor in New York and he told me I couldn’t really do much overhead training for about a week. That week was actually on Monday,” Sharapova said.

“So to be fair, I haven’t really given myself a chance to pretty much hit any serves or anything over my head. Just been practicing groundstrokes. So I just kind of ran out of time here.

“I started practicing once I got here but couldn’t serve much ‑ actually at all until yesterday.

“Just a couple days of serving is not really enough to go out tomorrow and compete at a high level, which is unfortunate. I tried to give myself a chance, like I said, I just ran out of time a little bit.”

Tournament director Cameron Pearson released a statement with Sharapova a sufficient recovery to take the court for the Australian Open.

“We feel for Maria because we saw first-hand how badly she wanted to play for the people of Brisbane,” he said. “She has been fantastic since she got here and worked hard in the gym, on court and in the medical room to do everything she could to get herself right. Unfortunately she didn’t make it.”

She is replaced in the draw by lucky loser Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine, who will meet Australian wildcard Jarmila Gajdosova in the second round.

canadia
Jan 6th, 2013, 03:50 AM
So I just read on twitter that Maria IS dating Grigor Dmitriov.@darrenrovell confirmed. Going from Sugarpova to Sugarmama?

TrollPova
Jan 6th, 2013, 04:00 AM
^ Please let this be true. He's just so attractive :hearts:

Asanty
Jan 6th, 2013, 04:02 AM
So I just read on twitter that Maria IS dating Grigor Dmitriov.@darrenrovell confirmed. Going from Sugarpova to Sugarmama?

And how is it reliable? I think it is just BS.

shaktincredible
Jan 6th, 2013, 04:05 AM
@darrenrovell: Maria Sharapova is off the market again. Got confirmation she's dating Bulgarian tennis player, 21-year-old Grigor Dimitrov


:inlove:

Asanty
Jan 6th, 2013, 05:33 AM
@darrenrovell: Maria Sharapova is off the market again. Got confirmation she's dating Bulgarian tennis player, 21-year-old Grigor Dimitrov


:inlove:

And who is Darren?..

Lefty.
Jan 6th, 2013, 05:43 AM
^ESPN and ABC News reporter and correspondent.

peipei
Jan 6th, 2013, 05:43 AM
And who is Darren?..

an ESPN sports reporter

WowWow
Jan 6th, 2013, 05:47 AM
So when s she joining Twitter?
For the Sugarpova launch? For the AO?
Any info?

WowWow
Jan 6th, 2013, 05:48 AM
@darrenrovell: Maria Sharapova is off the market again. Got confirmation she's dating Bulgarian tennis player, 21-year-old Grigor Dimitrov


:spit:
:happy:

Julian.
Jan 6th, 2013, 06:06 AM
OMG Masha and Grigor :hearts:

Better than Sasja :oh:

kasia1992
Jan 6th, 2013, 06:19 AM
Todd Balym ‏@toddbalym
Grigor Dimitrov was asked about Sharapova relationship rumours: "I don't discuss my private life.";)

Asanty
Jan 6th, 2013, 06:30 AM
an ESPN sports reporter

It doesn't mean that this info is reliable, guys. :facepalm:

Andy.
Jan 6th, 2013, 06:44 AM
OMG Masha and Grigor :hearts:

Better than Sasja :oh:

Thats not hard

lefty24
Jan 6th, 2013, 06:49 AM
Thats not hard

:hysteric:

MM_1257
Jan 6th, 2013, 02:21 PM
It doesn't mean that this info is reliable, guys. :facepalm:

It is. He broke the Vujacic news aswell.
However I think this won't last long. :angel:

whaler
Jan 6th, 2013, 03:36 PM
...However I think this won't last long. :angel:

We'll see. I think he is... convenient ;)

nelsondan
Jan 6th, 2013, 03:40 PM
guess the number one topic, already in multiple pages, on gm.

Kitten63
Jan 6th, 2013, 08:14 PM
Thats not hard

:haha:

nectar69
Jan 7th, 2013, 05:59 PM
I like Grigor so I'm OK with this. Of course the Serena fans saying he's Serena's leftovers needs to stop! In his first tournament as Maria's boyfriend he made it to the final. The power of Maria!

Marilyn Monheaux
Jan 7th, 2013, 06:31 PM
Co-bearding :angel:

nectar69
Jan 7th, 2013, 11:38 PM
I can't believe how out of control the Grigor thing is. I don't know if it's true, but it's all over the Internet now. It was the top story on Yahoo a little while ago. Maybe I should tweet to some reporter that I'm dating Maria and try to start a rumor. Somehow I don't think they would believe me, but it might be worth a try.

Profusion
Jan 8th, 2013, 12:26 AM
If the ESPN guy who "confirmed" the rumour is the same guy who "confirmed" that she was dating Sasha, then it's probably her/his/their management who told him to leak the info and is behind the spread of the info.

WonderFan
Jan 8th, 2013, 12:52 AM
This Darren Rovell is actually a sports business analyst.
When it was about Vujacic, he said "Max Eisenbud confirmed to me that...".
Now about "Dimitrova" he said "I got confirmation that...".
That is, it's her AGENT that treats about who can appear as an "official" relationship of hers.
And it seems to him that it's a matter to be divulged by a sports BUSINESS analyst.
It doesn't get more beardy than that.

Show business...

I wonder if it's her agent that ditched Camilla Belle.

peipei
Jan 9th, 2013, 05:36 AM
:facepalm::haha:Thats not hard

PimpMePova
Jan 12th, 2013, 06:29 AM
Pre-tournament press conference with Maria Sharapova

Q. How do you feel?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Good. I'm feeling really good. Obviously, I would have loved to have gone into Brisbane and play that. I wish I would have had maybe two, three extra days to be able to practice some more overhead stuff and serve and whatnot.

Yeah, but I came here a little bit earlier than obviously I would have wanted to. I've been able to get a lot of good practice in, playing on center court, be in Melbourne for a little bit.



Q. Can you describe what happened? Did you wake up with the neck stiff in the morning? Was that the first time it ever happened that it was bad enough to prevent you from practicing?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: It was something I was feeling a little bit. Then I woke up I think it was the day before Christmas Eve, it was a Sunday. I was like, Wow, this is not too good. Christmas Eve I had to do like a few tests, machines, MRI. It was just not good enough, certainly not for Korea, Dr. (indiscernible). If I get anything in that type of area... He just wanted to make sure that I really took care of that.



Q. Did it ruin your Christmas?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Not at all. It actually gave me an extra couple days at home. I had more time to wrap (smiling). Just what I need in my life, another few presents to wrap.



Q. You've gone into Grand Slams a lot of different ways. Going in this time, does it really matter that you haven't had match play or does it not matter at all?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I would have loved to come in with a few matches. But sometimes circumstances don't allow that, and that's okay.

To me, I'd rather be going onto the court knowing that I'm healthy. Yes, I might be a little bit rusty, but I'll work my way through it. I'm experienced enough to know the adjustments I have to make in those types of circumstances. I went to Brisbane. I certainly would have loved to step on the court and play those matches.



Q. Do you actually play matches?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I did, yeah.



Q. Who would you play against?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I played a couple of the junior boys here, actually a good couple Australian kids. I think one of them got a wild card in the main draw. I played against Daniela a set out on Margaret Court just now. It was nice to be able to go out and play in front of a crowd because I haven't done that in a bit.

Other than that, just some girls here and there.



Q. You handled those junior boys okay, no problem?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Hmm. One of them was really on top of me and then I got really mad. I think he had eight set points and I ended up winning the set. I'm not going to tell who it is. Too embarrassed. I don't think he slept well after that one.

Then another one, I think it was Luke Saville, we didn't actually finish. The set took too long.

Yeah, it was just nice to be able to have different types of game styles as well.



Q. Joining Twitter sometime this month?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I am.



Q. When is that going to happen?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: It's a surprise (smiling).



Q. Do you have a user name picked out and everything?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Maybe (smiling).



Q. Can you give us a hint?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I would tell you if I could.



Q. You were pretty active on Facebook. You've grown to like it a lot more now?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: That's my New Year's resolution, to be a little more active. I was getting a little lazy in the last few years. Certainly the last six months I wanted to step it up. I'm actually really enjoy doing it. I like to write. When I'm taking pictures now, I'm actually thinking of taking pictures for my fans to be able to see what's going on in my life a little bit. I think it's a really nice interaction. I also like writing, making it fun and interesting, giving a different perspective than what people see of me on a daily basis in my sport.



Q. Is Sugarpova putting it more out there as a saleswoman, a brand partially?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I mostly do it for my fans. I think I have over nine million fans. I don't quite really believe that. I think Max is probably just pressing the button all the time, all the different computers, all his different devices.

But it's certainly a great way to reach out to the world. I mean, when I look at the incredible fan base I have from all around the world, no matter. I just went to Brazil, I haven't been there in a few years, just to see the excitement, to see a different fan base.

When people write me letters, they mention their only kind of connection that's more personal is through my social media. That's when I realize it's so important to me.



Q. Do you ever answer any of those letters? Nine million people are a lot.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: The letters or the Facebook posts?



Q. The communications.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I don't write letters back. Most of them end with, Can you please send me an autograph? Yeah, my mother and I actually have a whole system where she goes through all the mail and I sign as many as I can back.



Q. What was another New Year's resolution?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Oh, I don't know. You know New Year's resolutions never come true. I just hope to keep one, so...

I'm not very good at those. But this one I'm going to try really hard.



Q. Tennis wise?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Are you asking me for my goals for this year?



Q. Whatever you want to talk about.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I mean, I certainly have a lot of goals. The off season was a really good time for me to look back on the previous year, just settle down, have some time off. I was also thinking about the things I want to work on, goals I want to accomplish.

But those are just step by steps. I don't like to talk about my open goals too much.



Q. You mentioned looking back. Do you look back on who you were five years ago and all that's gone on since then? What do you make of all that?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Certainly I was playing some of my best tennis in my career. Little did I know six months later I would not be playing tennis at all.

It's certainly nice to look back at those memories, nice to be able to sit here. I think this is, what, my 9th or 10th year playing the Australian Open. It's nice to be still here in the middle of my career and go out on a court and compete in front of thousands of people.



Q. Is it good to be back in Australia?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: It is. I'm not sure if it's because you're training for a month and a half and you're officially board of training and life in that period of time that you really want to get going again.

You're just over the fitness, you're over your coach for a little bit. You really want to go out into a match atmosphere. Part of it is because you're coming here. It's summertime. Everyone is in a great mood, chatty, probably half drunk it's so hot, you just want cold Mojitos.

But, yeah, I love it. They're so passionate about the sport itself.



Q. When you won in 2008, six months later you were out with the shoulder, was there anything here that you could feel here, a little sensation?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I don't want to look back to that. Yeah, I mean, certainly anything with the shoulder, the surgery, it's not the most pleasant memories.



Q. Because Serena has been playing so great and is considered by many as the favorite to win the tournament, does it take a little bit of the pressure off everyone else and put it pretty much on her shoulders?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I think everyone reacts to it a little bit differently. There's a reason why everyone's playing here and everyone's in the draw. You can't worry about somebody else that's not even close to you in a certain part of the draw. You have to take it a step at a time.

That's certainly my goal and my job here.



Q. You've had a lot of tight matches with Venus over the years. What are your thoughts on that matchup?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: First of all, we still have to get to that point and then we can discuss it further.

There's no doubt that she's a champion, an experienced one at that. No matter where she's ranked, what level she's at, she's a tough opponent.



Q. When you haven't played much at all going into a slam, how do you keep yourself calm knowing that you might not play your best early on and build from there?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I think it's just experience, maybe giving yourself that extra slack in case you do make a few more errors, you don't concentrate maybe as well as you would if you were in that match groove.

But, yeah, just giving yourself a little bit more room for error I guess as well, going out there. Just because you're rusty doesn't mean you're not going to play well. You might maybe go for a little bit more in certain situations.

I'm too experienced to feel that way. I shouldn't be feeling that way.

Maria Croft
Jan 12th, 2013, 07:09 AM
That pre-tournament interview was a really good read :)

slvr1969
Jan 12th, 2013, 07:09 AM
thanks a great interview

Asanty
Jan 12th, 2013, 07:19 AM
Pre-tournament press conference with Maria Sharapova

Q. How do you feel?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Good. I'm feeling really good. Obviously, I would have loved to have gone into Brisbane and play that. I wish I would have had maybe two, three extra days to be able to practice some more overhead stuff and serve and whatnot.

Yeah, but I came here a little bit earlier than obviously I would have wanted to. I've been able to get a lot of good practice in, playing on center court, be in Melbourne for a little bit.



Q. Can you describe what happened? Did you wake up with the neck stiff in the morning? Was that the first time it ever happened that it was bad enough to prevent you from practicing?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: It was something I was feeling a little bit. Then I woke up I think it was the day before Christmas Eve, it was a Sunday. I was like, Wow, this is not too good. Christmas Eve I had to do like a few tests, machines, MRI. It was just not good enough, certainly not for Korea, Dr. (indiscernible). If I get anything in that type of area... He just wanted to make sure that I really took care of that.



Q. Did it ruin your Christmas?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Not at all. It actually gave me an extra couple days at home. I had more time to wrap (smiling). Just what I need in my life, another few presents to wrap.



Q. You've gone into Grand Slams a lot of different ways. Going in this time, does it really matter that you haven't had match play or does it not matter at all?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I would have loved to come in with a few matches. But sometimes circumstances don't allow that, and that's okay.

To me, I'd rather be going onto the court knowing that I'm healthy. Yes, I might be a little bit rusty, but I'll work my way through it. I'm experienced enough to know the adjustments I have to make in those types of circumstances. I went to Brisbane. I certainly would have loved to step on the court and play those matches.



Q. Do you actually play matches?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I did, yeah.



Q. Who would you play against?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I played a couple of the junior boys here, actually a good couple Australian kids. I think one of them got a wild card in the main draw. I played against Daniela a set out on Margaret Court just now. It was nice to be able to go out and play in front of a crowd because I haven't done that in a bit.

Other than that, just some girls here and there.



Q. You handled those junior boys okay, no problem?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Hmm. One of them was really on top of me and then I got really mad. I think he had eight set points and I ended up winning the set. I'm not going to tell who it is. Too embarrassed. I don't think he slept well after that one.

Then another one, I think it was Luke Saville, we didn't actually finish. The set took too long.

Yeah, it was just nice to be able to have different types of game styles as well.



Q. Joining Twitter sometime this month?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I am.



Q. When is that going to happen?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: It's a surprise (smiling).



Q. Do you have a user name picked out and everything?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Maybe (smiling).



Q. Can you give us a hint?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I would tell you if I could.



Q. You were pretty active on Facebook. You've grown to like it a lot more now?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: That's my New Year's resolution, to be a little more active. I was getting a little lazy in the last few years. Certainly the last six months I wanted to step it up. I'm actually really enjoy doing it. I like to write. When I'm taking pictures now, I'm actually thinking of taking pictures for my fans to be able to see what's going on in my life a little bit. I think it's a really nice interaction. I also like writing, making it fun and interesting, giving a different perspective than what people see of me on a daily basis in my sport.



Q. Is Sugarpova putting it more out there as a saleswoman, a brand partially?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I mostly do it for my fans. I think I have over nine million fans. I don't quite really believe that. I think Max is probably just pressing the button all the time, all the different computers, all his different devices.

But it's certainly a great way to reach out to the world. I mean, when I look at the incredible fan base I have from all around the world, no matter. I just went to Brazil, I haven't been there in a few years, just to see the excitement, to see a different fan base.

When people write me letters, they mention their only kind of connection that's more personal is through my social media. That's when I realize it's so important to me.



Q. Do you ever answer any of those letters? Nine million people are a lot.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: The letters or the Facebook posts?



Q. The communications.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I don't write letters back. Most of them end with, Can you please send me an autograph? Yeah, my mother and I actually have a whole system where she goes through all the mail and I sign as many as I can back.



Q. What was another New Year's resolution?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Oh, I don't know. You know New Year's resolutions never come true. I just hope to keep one, so...

I'm not very good at those. But this one I'm going to try really hard.



Q. Tennis wise?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Are you asking me for my goals for this year?



Q. Whatever you want to talk about.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I mean, I certainly have a lot of goals. The off season was a really good time for me to look back on the previous year, just settle down, have some time off. I was also thinking about the things I want to work on, goals I want to accomplish.

But those are just step by steps. I don't like to talk about my open goals too much.



Q. You mentioned looking back. Do you look back on who you were five years ago and all that's gone on since then? What do you make of all that?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Certainly I was playing some of my best tennis in my career. Little did I know six months later I would not be playing tennis at all.

It's certainly nice to look back at those memories, nice to be able to sit here. I think this is, what, my 9th or 10th year playing the Australian Open. It's nice to be still here in the middle of my career and go out on a court and compete in front of thousands of people.



Q. Is it good to be back in Australia?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: It is. I'm not sure if it's because you're training for a month and a half and you're officially board of training and life in that period of time that you really want to get going again.

You're just over the fitness, you're over your coach for a little bit. You really want to go out into a match atmosphere. Part of it is because you're coming here. It's summertime. Everyone is in a great mood, chatty, probably half drunk it's so hot, you just want cold Mojitos.

But, yeah, I love it. They're so passionate about the sport itself.



Q. When you won in 2008, six months later you were out with the shoulder, was there anything here that you could feel here, a little sensation?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I don't want to look back to that. Yeah, I mean, certainly anything with the shoulder, the surgery, it's not the most pleasant memories.



Q. Because Serena has been playing so great and is considered by many as the favorite to win the tournament, does it take a little bit of the pressure off everyone else and put it pretty much on her shoulders?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I think everyone reacts to it a little bit differently. There's a reason why everyone's playing here and everyone's in the draw. You can't worry about somebody else that's not even close to you in a certain part of the draw. You have to take it a step at a time.

That's certainly my goal and my job here.



Q. You've had a lot of tight matches with Venus over the years. What are your thoughts on that matchup?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: First of all, we still have to get to that point and then we can discuss it further.

There's no doubt that she's a champion, an experienced one at that. No matter where she's ranked, what level she's at, she's a tough opponent.



Q. When you haven't played much at all going into a slam, how do you keep yourself calm knowing that you might not play your best early on and build from there?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I think it's just experience, maybe giving yourself that extra slack in case you do make a few more errors, you don't concentrate maybe as well as you would if you were in that match groove.

But, yeah, just giving yourself a little bit more room for error I guess as well, going out there. Just because you're rusty doesn't mean you're not going to play well. You might maybe go for a little bit more in certain situations.

I'm too experienced to feel that way. I shouldn't be feeling that way.

Is there video of that press conference?

PimpMePova
Jan 12th, 2013, 10:19 AM
Is there video of that press conference?

I was searching for it in the AO site but they still haven't uploaded any videos of the press conferences :( there are only the transcripts

Cosmic Voices
Jan 12th, 2013, 11:20 AM
OMG :hysteric::haha:

Q. You handled those junior boys okay, no problem?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Hmm. One of them was really on top of me and then I got really mad.

slvr1969
Jan 12th, 2013, 11:26 AM
OMG :hysteric::haha:

Q. You handled those junior boys okay, no problem?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Hmm. One of them was really on top of me and then I got really mad.


:lol::lick::cool:

PimpMePova
Jan 12th, 2013, 11:26 AM
^IKR :rolls::hysteric:
Also she forgot to mention another player she practiced with called Grigor :oh:

Trih
Jan 12th, 2013, 11:37 AM
OMG :hysteric::haha:

Q. You handled those junior boys okay, no problem?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Hmm. One of them was really on top of me and then I got really mad.

OMG even if I read it I didn't get it until now :hysteric:
Petra approves this. :haha:

AnnieIWillKnow
Jan 12th, 2013, 11:37 AM
Confirmation of her joining Twitter!

WowWow
Jan 12th, 2013, 12:00 PM
Confirmation of her joining Twitter!

Link?

Asanty
Jan 12th, 2013, 12:04 PM
Link?

See press conference script.

Mistress of Evil
Jan 12th, 2013, 12:04 PM
Link?

Read the interview. She confirms in there.

WowWow
Jan 12th, 2013, 12:11 PM
See press conference script.

Read the interview. She confirms in there.

:kiss: thanx

WonderFan
Jan 12th, 2013, 02:36 PM
Q. Who would you play against?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I played a couple of the junior boys here, actually a good couple Australian kids. I think one of them got a wild card in the main draw. I played against Daniela a set out on Margaret Court just now. It was nice to be able to go out and play in front of a crowd because I haven't done that in a bit.

Other than that, just some girls here and there.


That's how she is treating Dimitrov. Many predicted that.

NashaMasha
Jan 12th, 2013, 02:38 PM
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I mostly do it for my fans. I think I have over nine million fans. I don't quite really believe that. I think Max is probably just pressing the button all the time, all the different computers, all his different devices.

:lol:

Angelpova
Jan 12th, 2013, 02:45 PM
Q. You were pretty active on Facebook. You've grown to like it a lot more now?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: That's my New Year's resolution, to be a little more active. I was getting a little lazy in the last few years. Certainly the last six months I wanted to step it up. I'm actually really enjoy doing it. I like to write. When I'm taking pictures now, I'm actually thinking of taking pictures for my fans to be able to see what's going on in my life a little bit. I think it's a really nice interaction. I also like writing, making it fun and interesting, giving a different perspective than what people see of me on a daily basis in my sport.

:hearts: :banana:

slvr1969
Jan 12th, 2013, 02:47 PM
There is 87mil chinese fans not knowing Sexypova has facebook!!!

Sent from my Samsung Galaxy Note 2 using VerticalSports.Com App

JoPova
Jan 12th, 2013, 03:57 PM
OMG :hysteric::haha:

Q. You handled those junior boys okay, no problem?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Hmm. One of them was really on top of me and then I got really mad.

:haha: :hysteric:

peipei
Jan 13th, 2013, 02:54 AM
Pre-tournament press conference with Maria Sharapova

Q. You handled those junior boys okay, no problem?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Hmm. One of them was really on top of me and then I got really mad. I think he had eight set points and I ended up winning the set. I'm not going to tell who it is. Too embarrassed. I don't think he slept well after that one.



:oh::oh::oh:

Advantage Me
Jan 13th, 2013, 05:27 PM
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I don't write letters back. Most of them end with, Can you please send me an autograph? Yeah, my mother and I actually have a whole system where she goes through all the mail and I sign as many as I can back.

So her mother is also her secretary/PA.

peipei
Jan 14th, 2013, 05:30 AM
SHARAPOVA OPENS WITH DOUBLE BAGEL
Maria Sharapova showed she's fully recovered from the right collarbone injury that forced her to withdraw from Brisbane two weeks ago, rolling through her opener at the Australian Open.
Published January 14, 2013 12:00

http://www.wtatennis.com/javaImages/86/70/0,,12781~11563142,00.jpg

MELBOURNE, Australia - Maria Sharapova showed she's fully recovered from the right collarbone injury that forced her to withdraw from her only Australian Open lead-up tournament two weeks ago in Brisbane, crushing Olga Puchkova in her first match at the first Grand Slam tournament of the year.

The No.2-seeded Sharapova blasted 18 winners and blanked her fellow Russian in 55 minutes, 60 60.

"After a couple of close games and a few break points early on I certainly started to concentrate a bit better," Sharapova said. "I didn't want to focus on the fact I hadn't played a lot of matches, I just wanted to focus on what was ahead of me and really concentrate on being aggressive. I had never played her before, but it was one of those matches where I just wanted to think about what I had to do."

Sharapova has now won by a double bagel three times at Grand Slams, over Beatrice Capra in the third round of the 2010 US Open and over Alexandra Cadantu in the first round of last year's French Open.

"You focus on every point and every game and try to win as many as you can; today was just a good scoreline," Sharapova said. "But even if you win 7-6 in the third, you've still won the match."

Sharapova was asked about her lack of preparation going into the year's first Grand Slam.

"I would have loved to come in with a few matches, but sometimes circumstances don't allow that, and that's okay," Sharapova said. "To me, I'd rather be going onto the court knowing I'm healthy. Yes, I might be a little bit rusty, but I'll work my way through it. I'm experienced enough to know the adjustments I have to make in those types of circumstances. I went to Brisbane. I certainly would have loved to step on the court and play those matches, but it just didn't work out this time."

Sharapova could face No.25 seed Venus Williams in a blockbuster third round match-up - she was asked about the potential clash with her fellow former No.1. "First of all we still have to get to that point, and then we can discuss it further," she said. "There's no doubt she's a champion, and an experienced one at that - and no matter where she's ranked or what level she's at, she's a tough opponent."

PimpMePova
Jan 14th, 2013, 07:36 AM
Transcribed Interview

Start of Transcribed Interview
Q. I take it the rust didn't hurt too much out there?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, after a couple of close games and a few break points, certainly started to concentrate a bit better. And, you know, I didn't want to focus on the fact I hadn't played a lot of matches. Just wanted to focus on just what was ahead of me and really concentrate and, you know, be aggressive. I also never faced her before again. So it was just one of those matches where I didn't try to worry about her too much. I just tried to, you know, think about what I had to do.

Q. You have now gotten a double bagel win at every slam. It completes your double bagel slam or calendar slam. Is that something you're proud of?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I don't think that's very relative to anything. (Laughter.) You know, when you're out there and playing, you're just focusing on every point and every game and trying to win as many as you can, and today was just a good scoreline.

Q. You don't get any extra satisfaction out of 0‑0?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, if you win 7‑6 in the third, you still won the match.

Q. Did you take anything from today as far as what you want to work on maybe the next couple of days as far as you felt like you did something really well or that you weren't necessarily happy with?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I always do, because it's tough to feel completely satisfied. You always want to improve on things and work on certain things that you feel will help you in the later rounds certainly towards the end of the second week. But, yeah, overall I was happy with the way I started, considering I didn't play any matches coming in.

Q. You got through round one in 55 minutes without losing a game. Must be a wonderful feeling for you. Are you already aware that Venus Williams played five more minutes and lost only one game?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I don't really think time matters and the scorelines; we both went out to play matches today and we both won. That's the bottom line.

Q. You aren't aware that you may have to face her in the third round?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I have seen the draw, yes. Thank you.

Q. On the court it's cold or hot?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Cold or hot?

Q. What's your feeling?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: You were there. Did you watch?

Q. Yeah, I watched.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Was it cold or hot?

Q. Cold.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Cold? It's probably warmer when you're playing. I felt pretty good, much colder than the other days.

Cosmic Voices
Jan 14th, 2013, 10:26 AM
Some of Masha's bitchy replies :lol:

TrollPova
Jan 14th, 2013, 01:09 PM
Oh. My. God. SO MUCH BITCHINESS :lol: :hearts:.

nelsondan
Jan 14th, 2013, 02:33 PM
Q. You aren't aware that you may have to face her in the third round?


i did not think her replies were bitchy at all. that question was phrased as an accusation, attempting to goad her into saying something dismissive of her second round opponent, and she responded with a successful verbal drop shot.

Mr.Sharapova
Jan 14th, 2013, 02:55 PM
Maria's reply to the Venus comment :oh:. She has seen the draw guys :oh:, prepare yourselves :angel:.

Advantage Me
Jan 14th, 2013, 03:25 PM
I love the way Maria handles her post match conferences these days. More interactive and human.

Asanty
Jan 14th, 2013, 03:28 PM
Anybody watched ESPN interview? What did she say about Grigor?:confused:

PimpMePova
Jan 14th, 2013, 03:43 PM
Anybody watched ESPN interview? What did she say about Grigor?:confused:

I SO want to watch that interview but can't find it anywhere:fiery:

slvr1969
Jan 14th, 2013, 06:40 PM
Maria Sharapova joins Twitter, blushes when asked about new boyfriend

http://www.usatoday.com/story/gameon/2013/01/14/maria-sharapova-joins-twitter/1832709/

"In other Sharapova news, she visited ESPN's set following her double bagel of Olga Puchkova. Host Chris Fowler took the opportunity to ask a relaxed Maria whether she heard the first-round score of rumored boyfriend Grigor Dimitrov. (He lost.)The question drew instant giggles from Sharapova, turned her face the color of her "cheeky" gummy candy and elicited a playfully defensive, "come on, I'm not saying anything."

That says everything Maria!"

Profusion
Jan 14th, 2013, 08:44 PM
Who do you think will be the first person she follows?

WowWow
Jan 14th, 2013, 08:59 PM
Who do you think will be the first person she follows?

Maybe Billie Jean King, since she mentioned her in one of her speeches and BJK welcomed her on twitter, too :shrug:
Maybe Conde Nast Elevator lol (is that account still active?)
Who knows...

Angelpova
Jan 14th, 2013, 09:00 PM
Who do you think will be the first person she follows?

I'm don't think she will follow anyone. But the sponsors, yes, like on facebook.
Cole Haan - Evian - Head - Nike - Samsung - Tiffany & Co. - TAG Heuer - WTA :o

WowWow
Jan 14th, 2013, 09:05 PM
I'm don't think she will follow anyone. But the sponsors, yes, like on facebook.
Cole Haan - Evian - Head - Nike - Samsung - Tiffany & Co. - TAG Heuer - WTA :o

Twitter is different. You have to follow some people or you look silly. It's not the same as Facebook.

debby
Jan 14th, 2013, 09:08 PM
Twitter is different. You have to follow some people or you look silly. It's not the same as Facebook.

There is that french comedian. He follows only one account : his own fanclub :lol: :help:

debby
Jan 14th, 2013, 09:09 PM
Who do you think will be the first person she follows?

Nole lol

Profusion
Jan 14th, 2013, 09:15 PM
Twitter is different. You have to follow some people or you look silly. It's not the same as Facebook.

Yeah, like JJ. :lol:

Nole lol

That's my vote. I noticed that he followed her almost immediately. :devil:

Marilyn Monheaux
Jan 14th, 2013, 09:23 PM
There is that french comedian. He follows only one account : his own fanclub :lol: :help:



That's kinda cute actually. :awww:

Ksenia.
Jan 15th, 2013, 09:14 AM
I found this pretty interesting. Maria is second in bagel/matches at Grand Slams ratio :oh:
http://www.changeovertennis.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Ratio.png

From http://www.changeovertennis.com/stats-dishing-out-bagels-at-slams/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=stats-dishing-out-bagels-at-slams

Marilyn Monheaux
Jan 16th, 2013, 08:09 AM
Maria Sharapova 16-1-13
Wednesday, 16 January, 2013



Q. You obviously have a pretty big candy business now, but you're also making a lot of bagels.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I didn't offer candy today (laughter). Trying to make a good question?

I was just really trying to be focused. You know, I didn't know too much about my opponent; just knew she was a few inches shorter than I was.

But it's always tough, especially when you're up a set and a couple of breaks to keep that momentum. You know, I really forced myself to concentrate and just get the job done today.



Q. Seemed like you wanted this one. In the last game you were getting upset at an incorrect challenge.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, not really. I don't think I was.



Q. There's no temptation to ease your foot off the gas at any stage in today's match?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: No. I mean, my focus is always on the next point and to try to win as many of them as possible. When you have your chances and opportunities, little doors that open up, you try to take them.

Without looking at the scoreboard, I don't want anyone to know what score it is on the scoreboard just by looking at my face or my attitude. I try to play every single point like I really need to win it.



Q. Scoreline aside, how do you feel your own level has been in these first two matches, especially having no matches coming in?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I feel like I've been solid. I've been getting the job done. You know, knowing what's ahead of me, I know that I'll need to improve and step it up.

I'm looking forward to the next challenges that come my way.



Q. And if that's Venus, can you talk about that a little bit?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, absolutely.

There are certainly no secrets coming into that matchup. We've played against each other many times. You know, despite the fact that she might not be seeded high or didn't play for a little bit, she's still a very experienced player and a tremendous athlete.

Going out there, there won't be too many secrets. I hope for it to be a great match.



Q. When you played her in Rome, did you find any difference in her level than two or three years ago?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: No. In Rome I thought she actually played a good match. I thought it was a good quality of tennis out there.



Q. So you expect what exactly?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: A good match (laughter). What do I expect?

I expect to go out there, two athletes competing in front of, you know, thousands of people like we do all the time and trying to win the match.



Q. But when you're playing another great player, is there more intensity to the match than if somebody that doesn't have the experience?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, you certainly know what she's capable of. But when you're out on the court, you're not thinking how many titles she's won or how experienced she is.

You're thinking about what you need to do to step it up in a certain situation and win as many points as you can.



Q. Is there any disadvantage to not having faced a little bit of adversity in the first two rounds, losing a few games here or there?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I don't want to look at it that way. In any single match, you give a person a little opportunity and they can run with it, so...



Q. Have you enjoyed your first 48 hours on Twitter?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I'm a rookie. There are a lot of things I'm still learning about. I'm just starting to follow things and people. Now I'm learning how to, is it hashtag things, right? That was a new one for me.

But it's interesting. I mean, I won't be doing it like every single minute. I won't be telling people what I'm eating. I think that's very non interesting.

But when I do have things to say, I'm sure I will. Last night I was watching this match I really wanted to say something about the commentating going on, but I really bit my tongue on that one.

I was like, Isn't that what Twitter is for, to open up? Itself like, No, no.



Q. Andy Roddick has been doing that. He's been criticizing commentating since he retired also on Twitter.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, it's not like he didn't when he was playing, so...



Q. Does it surprise you that you can just say hello on social media and get 200,000 followers just like that (snapping fingers)?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: It does. It's very flattering. But it just shows you the power of social media, how everyone is just online these days with devices.

I mean, sometimes you see me and I have my notebook here and my phone here. It's like I'm looking back and forth. Sometimes my mom speaks to me and she says, I think I need to send you a text message to get your attention. It's pretty crazy.

But it shows you how powerful these things are. I'm happy that I'm able to share some things with my fans that maybe they don't get to see or hear me say. Just a fun way to communicate with them.



Q. We can see Venus on this TV screen here. She has a bright colored dress on. Tricky to make comments. She wore the same dress in her last match. Any comment on her fashion statement?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I haven't seen the dress. Maybe I'll see it in the next round and can comment.



Q. Are you happy with these two bagel matches? This happened 28 years ago. Are you happy with it?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: It's not really the statistic I want to be known for. I want to be known for winning Grand Slam titles, not that I won two matches 6 0, 6 0.

You know, I'm just happy that I won the match and I get to go through and I'm in the next round.



Q. When you're at a tournament and some big players or personalities are missing, like a Kim or a Roddick, do you feel that? Are you still too much in your own thing to sense their absence?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: That's a good question, because you don't think about it on a daily basis. But sometimes you're watching the TV, you see the draw, you see a few openings, and you think, Why is that? Then you think back on some of the retirements.

Yeah, I remember playing when Kim, Justine, Serena, and Venus were in the draw. Yeah, it's different. But you don't really, really think about it. I don't think anyone misses these players so much because we're constantly just doing our thing to go out and compete and play the next match. It's just like a revolving door.

But meanwhile, there they are on vacation trying mojitos watching us on television living the life while we're out there sweating in 35 degree weather. So I don't know who has it good.



Q. Date was talking about relating to the other generation. Clearly she is a lot older than you, but do you find yourself feeling like an older player, and can you relate to the 18 year olds?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Maybe not as old as that, but I feel like I'm somewhere in the middle definitely. I feel like I've seen an older generation when I was quite young and just getting on the tour be at the peak of their career and competing really well and learning so much from that.

Now I find myself in a moment where you see so many, you know, youngsters not young, but 17, 18, 19, 20 years old that are doing really well. And I guess that is the newer generation.

Sometimes you think it's quite crazy because it seems like last minute you were there, you were one of them.

slvr1969
Jan 16th, 2013, 08:58 AM
thank you very much - You Know ;)

JoPova
Jan 16th, 2013, 10:45 AM
No! She won't post food pics on Twitter :sobbing:

Maria Croft
Jan 16th, 2013, 11:13 AM
I really liked that interview.

She sounds very focused and determined.

MS17
Jan 18th, 2013, 11:10 AM
Maria Sharapova 18-1-13
Friday, 18 January, 2013


Q. At the last press conference you said there would be no surprises tonight. How surprised were you with at least the first set and a half?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, I was a really determined player out there because I knew the tennis that she's capable of producing and playing.

Despite what she's ranked or seeded, it doesn't matter when you go out on the court. She's been there. She's experienced enough to know no matter if you're playing the third round, the quarters, or the final, you have to be ready.

I certainly was. Since the draw came out, I was really looking forward to that matchup.



Q. Of the eight you've now played, only one has gone to three sets. Is it a coincidence that it's fairly decisive one way or the other?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: It's not something that you're thinking about certainly during the match. I try to keep the level that I had in the first set and carry that into the second. I did a good job of maintaining that.

Lost a few closer points. Made a few more errors. She started improving her game towards the end of the second set, so I was really happy I was able to close it out the way I did.



Q. Has much changed about her game? Did you have to do anything differently to prepare for tonight?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, we've played each other so many times. It's not like we're looking at each other's videos because we haven't seen each other play. We've faced each other. We've seen each other play on television. I saw her play way before I even started.

That's why I said there's really no secrets. We know each other's games very well. A lot of it is about executing from our own sides. I thought I did a good job of what I had in my head and what I wanted to accomplish out there today.



Q. That was a big celebration at the end there. Were you thinking about another Williams sister in the final at that moment? :rolleyes:

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, I lost a couple I was up 5 1, down Love 40, and it was swinging back and forth for those couple of games. Then I was up 30 Love, it got back to 30 All, and I served that game out really well. I was just really pumped. Why shouldn't I be?



Q. It will be your 17th quarterfinal in a slam if you make it that far.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: It's the fourth round, right?



Q. If you win on Sunday.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I was like, Hey, am I in the quarters? Great. Do I not know something you know (laughter)? :lol:



Q. Your 17 quarterfinal shows consistency. But does it show you anything else?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: It's always the ultimate goal is to get to the later stages of the Grand Slams. That's really where you need to improve, and the matches always get more tougher and more physical.

In a way, I am quite experienced about how to pace myself mentally and physically throughout these two weeks, because it's a long grind. Not one match is the same. Not one day is the same.

Of course, it's tough to be as fresh in the finals as you are in the first round. But it's certainly a great achievement, and I'm happy that I've been able to be so consistent. But I'm not looking to stop in the quarterfinals.



Q. Have you been pressing yourself so far in this tournament? Do you still feel like you have another level to go?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: There's always things that you want to improve on. I think the reason I started so well in this tournament is because I knew that I had to. I knew I was coming in without any match play. It's tough. I hadn't played a match, you know, a professional match, a real match, in over two months.

Coming into a Grand Slam, it's not always the best case scenario. I've been experienced enough to manage that.

But I was coming into the first round knowing that I was healthy and ready to go. I think I was just much more mentally prepared, and I knew maybe I would make a few more mistakes than I would if I had match play.

But I was just really determined from the start.



Q. Has that surprised you, how well you have played?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Considering I didn't play any matches, I'm happy with my form.

But, like I said, I'm always looking to improve. That's always my goal.



Q. Can you talk about Flipkens, your next opponent?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I believe the last time we played against each other was many years ago at Roland Garros. I think this is the best slam that she's done, right, fourth round? So there's a reason she's at this level. It's great to see her playing like that. She did extremely well in the juniors.

She's obviously doing a good job of transitioning her game into the pros. She's a tricky player, uses her slice really well, and a good athlete as well; moves around the court quite well. It's an opponent I really have to look out for.



Q. There was a lot of talk today about the Lance Armstrong interview. Did you catch any of it?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I saw a little bit of it, yeah.



Q. Do you have any thoughts on his admission today, how he justified it as not cheating?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I think it's just a really sad story, sad for that sport itself. I'm happy that our sport is as clean as it can be and that we're constantly tested. You know, we give whereabouts of where we are every single day of the year. Hopefully not on birthdays and Christmas Eve, that would be pretty tough.

Although they did show up on my birthday and I was very disappointed. They did a couple of years ago. I said, Unless you bring flowers, I'm okay with it. But they came empty handed (laughter).

So as long as we're getting tested, whatever it takes, urine, blood, we're all here to make the sport as clean as it can be.



Q. Do you feel tennis is pretty clean at this moment?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I do very much. For the amount of times that we get tested throughout the year and as random as they are, definitely.



Q. You are thinking about the next match, but you beat Venus today. How do you think about the performance of Serena Williams to win this title?:o

MARIA SHARAPOVA: She's on the other side of the draw and other players are on the other side of the draw as well. Until you get to that stage, and if you do, if you're facing each other, that's the point when you're thinking about that particular opponent.



Q. Have you heard if Flipkens had some advice from Kim Clijsters?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I've heard she's kind of taken her under her wing. I think that's great.

Maria Croft
Jan 18th, 2013, 11:39 AM
Very classy interview as always :)

azi
Jan 18th, 2013, 12:12 PM
Sharapova charges on
http://www.australianopen.com/images/pics/large/b_sharapova_05_08.jpg

Friday, 18 January, 2013
By Alexandra Willis
http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/articles/2013-01-18/201301181358508184659.html




The return of Serena Williams to the top of the tennis tree, in thought if not in ranking, has been so remarkable, that it has left little room to appreciate the efforts of her sister, Venus. For while Serena was recovering from lacerated foot, pulmonary embolism and haemotoma, Venus was also trying to steer herself around an ongoing influx of injuries, and, as it later emerged, the debilitating Sjrogen’s Syndrome.

While Serena won Wimbledon, two Olympic golds and the US Open, Venus produced small victories of her own. She defied the odds to qualify for the Olympics on her ranking, without relying on a wild card, much of which involved winning on clay, her least accomplished surface. She won Olympic gold alongside her sister. And then, almost the most impressive of the lot, the reached her first semi-final since 2010 in Cincinnati, before winning her first title in two and a half years in Luxembourg to close the season. Venus Williams, it was made clear, would not be retiring anytime soon.

But be that as it may, there remains a gulf between the Venus Williams of today and the way she once was. And that was exposed to its full degree by Maria Sharapova, the second seed, who unpicked and out-hit Venus 6-1 6-3 in their third-round encounter on Friday night.

“She played very well. I expect her to play well,” Venus said. “Definitely not my best day today. But, you know, there's always other days to play better.”

There had been much talk of this being a blockbuster. A Friday night lights affair on Rod Laver Arena as two erstwhile rivals went toe to toe. Except Sharapova, only 25 to Venus’s 32, didn’t come close to letting that happen.

“I was a really determined player out there because I knew the tennis that she's capable of producing and playing,” Sharapova said.

“Despite what she's ranked or seeded, it doesn't matter when you go out on the court. She's been there. She's experienced enough to know no matter if you're playing the third round, the quarters, or the final, you have to be ready. I certainly was. Since the draw came out, I was really looking forward to that matchup.”

For the first four games of the match, Sharapova maintained her perfect record at Australian Open 2013: 28 games won, none lost. Two breaks, two service holds, and barely a wobble among them, aside from one break point. Venus, by contrast, looked as flummoxed as the blobs of paint on her dress. Her former foe out-hit her by only two more winners. She served just 44 per cent of her first serves in. And yet Venus found no way in against Sharapova.

The tale was true of the second set too. Sharapova broke to lead 3-0 before the American held to cheerful applause. There would be no bagel to humiliate the former great, who, despite never winning at Melbourne Park, still held seven Grand Slam titles to Sharapova’s four.

“We know each other's games very well,” Sharapova said. “A lot of it is about executing from our own sides. I thought I did a good job of what I had in my head and what I wanted to accomplish out there today.”

Thus there was no stopping the Russian on this occasion. Serving out the win at 6-3 in the second, Sharapova let slip how much this matchup meant. Producing a gutteral yell that Novak Djokovic would be proud of, she earned a withering look from Venus. But what did it matter? She had won.

“I served that game out really well. I was just really pumped. Why shouldn't I be?” she said.

It’s hard to argue with that. Or the way she played.

kasia1992
Jan 20th, 2013, 06:14 AM
Look like Dimitrov was at a game today ;)

Matt Cronin ‏@TennisReporters
And BTW Dimitrov attended Sharapova's match today but did not sit in the Players' Box.

Matt Cronin ‏@TennisReporters
So @BenRothenberg asked Sharapova what would call new Sugarpova flavor based on AO. She said "Steamy"I confimed she was refering to Dimitrov

Asanty
Jan 20th, 2013, 08:00 AM
Press conference after today's match.

Q. Is your collarbone causing you too much trouble at the moment, Maria?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: No. I'm feeling healthy.

Q. When you're playing as well as you are, what do you do to keep it up? Does it ever get nerve wracking that it might stop at some point?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, it's really about keeping your focus and, you know, no matter what the score is, no matter if you're up. You know, I didn't start the match really great. I was facing a different type of opponent today and I was making a few more mistakes than I would have liked in the beginning.

But after, you know, I held at 2 1, you know, I really started making her play a little bit more. Started really getting under the ball and being aggressive and just had a little bit more energy which really helped me and I carried that throughout the match.

It's always much easier said than done to keep that focus, especially when you have a first set, you know. And maybe in the end of the second your opponent can start going for it a little bit more. She started serving and volleying the last game, which she wasn't really doing too much.

All of a sudden, especially in women's tennis, things can change really quickly. It's really about, you know, sticking to your game plan, being consistent, but playing your game.

Q. Statistically you've probably never had as good a start. Can you remember when you've had anything like this, dropping as few games as you have?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I don't think I can remember not as many games, no. I mean, the year that I won here I don't think there was many games that I lost, but I don't think it was five or six.

Q. The year you won here you beat a lot of good players, three former No. 1's.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Toughest draw in my career.

Q. Dementieva in the fourth round. All respect to Flipkens, but she's not Dementieva. Do you know where your level is right now?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: You have to face whoever's in the next round. Whether it's Flipkens and it won't be Dementieva now it's who's ahead of you, who's the next one. It doesn't really matter. There's a reason why your opponent gets to that stage of the tournament. I mean, she beats Zakopalova like, what 2 and 1 or something.

She has a different type of game, one you don't see so much. That's why she wins so many matches. She's doing it more consistent. Maybe before she was making a few more errors.

But, you know, she's a very solid player. It's such a contrast to the match of my previous round where it was all about power. So that's certainly not easy, you know, to come from that and adjust to a match like this.

Q. Do you know much about her story, what she's done in the last year, after blood clots and everything?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: No.

Q. She had blood clots last April, ranked 260; she's done pretty well.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: That's for sure. Definitely. To be playing tennis as well as she is after that, that's a nice story.

Q. Do you think you're playing well enough to win this or do you really have to wait till you play some of the fellow high seeds to find that out?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Like I mentioned in my previous answer, it's not about waiting to see where you are in the semis or finals, it's about who's ahead of you.

And my next match is against Makarova. I have to do the right things to beat her.

If I win that, it's moving on to the next one. That's how I go about a tournament, a Grand Slam. Obviously I want to be playing my best tennis towards the end of the second week.

Q. You've been playing very well, but particularly this tournament we can see lots of return winners. How do you feel about your return at the moment?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I feel like against Venus I returned pretty well. But if you don't, I mean, the scoreline is not going to be the way it was. I think that was really important, you know, the return and the serve, the first shot.

The court is playing a little bit faster this year, I feel like. So those are two very extremely important, you know, shots because they start the point off and, you know, hopefully get you in a good position in the court and finish the point how you want to finish it.

Q. So you are happy with your return?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I think so. I could have maybe returned a little bit better in the beginning of today's match, but overall I did, yeah.

Q. When you spend so little time on the match court in matches, do you then go onto the practice court or are you satisfied with just the match? Some people feel they haven't been extended and want to play more in the day.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I have in the past certainly when I felt like I've come off a match and I'm feeling like something needs a little bit of extra work or I need a little bit more time in the gym, do a little run.

But it depends. You also have to pace yourself because it's a two week event. Over the course of those two weeks, it's important that your body and your mind is as good as it can be towards the end of the second week as it is in the beginning. You're not going to be as fresh.

The work that you put in before the tournament is the most important. What you do in the off season, you're not going to put this work in during the tournaments.

I actually love coming to tournaments. You practice less and just go and play matches. It's like the best case scenario.

Q. How much more time do you spend on recovery than you did maybe four years ago or eight years ago?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I spend a lot more time doing like little shoulder exercises that are a complete bore, that I wish I didn't have to do, but I do. You know, I have to get treatment every day on the shoulder and also the body.

Yeah, I mean, usually on the days off I spend a good 45 minutes to an hour in the gym. But it's not like lifting heavy weights. It's more preventive exercises for the whole body. Then another hour on the massage table. I'm usually doing emails and my trainer is working.

Q. Is there such a thing as getting like a special feeling during a Grand Slam that you know you're going to play well or is it really match to match, day to day?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: It is. The lead up to the tournament, you know, sometimes if you're playing really good in practice I get a little bit worried. But I never do. I'm horrible in practice most of the time.

I'm like, That's a great sign, because I come to the matches, you know, and my expectations are quite low.

But I think it depends. Every Grand Slam that I've won or done well at, I've always felt different actually. You know, sometimes I feel like I'm not playing my best tennis in the beginning, but I start playing better.

And then a couple that I've won, I felt like I was playing great from the beginning and I was able to carry that through the whole tournament.

Q. 2008, what match did you know you might win? Was it Justine when you beat her in the quarters?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I think so. I was really ready for Justine's match, especially after losing to her in Madrid.

Q. Do you have any certain habits to give your game confidence before the game? For example, like when you wake up today, what do you usually do? Like choose a certain color of dress or do something that makes you feel good looking or fresh?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, if it was good for business, I'd wear a different dress for every match. But the dresses are the same for every match. If you played well, you're wearing it again, great; if you didn't, it's just bad luck. You have to wear it again.

I mean, I have my routine. I wouldn't say it's very superstitious. But I think over the years when you find a routine that works for you, you stick with it, whether it's the times and when you warm up, how long, how long you like to give yourself before a match.

It's more those things that make you just feel comfortable because you know it's worked for you before.

Q. Are you still practicing your Yoga every day?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: My Yoga? No, I haven't. I've got so many other things to practice. Yoga just really isn't on that list anymore.

Q. If you were to make a new Sugarpova flavor based on your first four matches, what would it be called?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I think you get a bag for that (laughter).

Oh, I don't know.

Q. Happypova?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I don't know. I would call it steamy, but just for different reasons. (Laughter.) You know what I'm talking about, Max.

What does she mean answering to that last question?

Abuttons
Jan 20th, 2013, 08:12 AM
Look like Dimitrov was at a game today ;)

I have to admit to be a bit uneasy about this Dimitrov thing and am not sure how much of it is actually true.
No intention to judge her private life, but I don't know......it's difficult to explain....somehow I feel it does not fit with Maria's personality/lifestyle approach.....

slvr1969
Jan 20th, 2013, 08:19 AM
I am also a bit uneasy about this Dimitrov

Asanty
Jan 20th, 2013, 08:29 AM
AO video conference http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/video/index.html#ooid=s2eDNrODqLAWpOWqVgMywcSUZcZZnknZ

peipei
Jan 20th, 2013, 09:51 AM
Look like Dimitrov was at a game today ;)

steamy referring to Dimitrov? lol explain plz? im slow...

Maria Croft
Jan 20th, 2013, 10:41 AM
Great interview as always :)

Cosmic Voices
Jan 20th, 2013, 11:33 AM
Oh my Masha in these interviews :oh:
But by steamy she could totally mean 'steam bath' I love her reaction to that Sugarpova question, Wonkapova

WonderFan
Jan 20th, 2013, 03:06 PM
Oh my Masha in these interviews :oh:
But by steamy she could totally mean 'steam bath' I love her reaction to that Sugarpova question, Wonkapova

No, Matt Cronin from espn, one of her "pocket press" guys, tweeted that he "got confirmation" from her that Cougarpova was talking about her beard.

Cosmic Voices
Jan 20th, 2013, 03:45 PM
No, Matt Cronin from espn, one of her "pocket press" guys, tweeted that he "got confirmation" from her that Cougarpova was talking about her beard.

http://celebquote.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/fat-amy-rebel-wilson-quotes-23.jpg

Advantage Me
Jan 20th, 2013, 04:59 PM
Thanks for posting the interview, Asanty. Maria is opening up more and getting cheeky at press conferences.

MM_1257
Jan 20th, 2013, 07:00 PM
Hate me now, but I don't think that Dimitrov is compatible with her nor do I think that this will last long.

Abuttons
Jan 20th, 2013, 07:09 PM
Hate me now, but I don't think that Dimitrov is compatible with her nor do I think that this will last long.

I'm of the same opinion.....

Stonerpova
Jan 20th, 2013, 07:12 PM
I don't really care what's going with Dimitrov. She should just continue to do whatever she's doing because it's clearly relaxing her.

jameshazza
Jan 20th, 2013, 07:14 PM
Guys look at him, would you begrudge Maria a piece of that? :crying2:

MM_1257
Jan 20th, 2013, 07:30 PM
Guys look at him, would you begrudge Maria a piece of that? :crying2:

um... maybe... tbh, sometimes he looks extremely hot to me and sometimes not so hot...

Jamrock,20
Jan 20th, 2013, 09:31 PM
Probably no big deal but Masha and Grigor wear the same type of black and white string bracelet on their right hand. That's sweet.

AnnieIWillKnow
Jan 20th, 2013, 10:46 PM
For all I care she can screw him for as long as she likes if she keeps winning matches.

da2nd_14
Jan 21st, 2013, 04:41 AM
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BBG81v3CcAE4Xls.png:large
same bracelets

Cosmic Voices
Jan 21st, 2013, 11:01 AM
For all I care she can screw him for as long as she likes if she keeps winning matches.

this.

JoPova
Jan 21st, 2013, 12:34 PM
Same bracelets. Sweet :inlove:

C. Drone
Jan 21st, 2013, 03:58 PM
russian interview after R4 + a list how many times she lost 20 games or less in early rounds.
http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&eotf=1&u=http%3A%2F%2Ftennis.sport-express.ru%2Freviews%2F27941%2F&act=url
(with google translate)

Guys look at him, would you begrudge Maria a piece of that? :crying2:
No of course :drool: but wouldnt hurt him being 2-3" taller, I mean she'd like to wear some heels or have a fierce hairdo. :shrug:
/shallow

AnnieIWillKnow
Jan 21st, 2013, 05:27 PM
I didn't know Ekaterina was the Russian version of Catherine, but it makes sense now you think about it.

gc-spurs
Jan 22nd, 2013, 08:21 AM
Pressers up! This girl is funny.

Q. Dropped nine games all the way to the semis. Are you pleased about this? How did you feel about today?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yes, I am. I thought today was going to be a really good test. She's beaten quality players over the course of last week, and I know that she's capable of playing really good, you know, with deep hitting. Also a lefty, which is a bit tricky.

So, yeah, I thought I handled that pretty good and was able to keep my focus all the way through the match.



Q. Did you get to see the game earlier today or is that something you'll watch tonight?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I watched a little bit of it. I did, yeah.



Q. You really haven't lost focus at all for more than, what, a game or a few points the whole tournament?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, I'd probably say more, but that's probably because I'm critical.

No, I mean, that's always one of the toughest things, like I mentioned before, it is keeping that focus, especially when you have when you feel like you're doing the right things and you have your opponent in the right position, sometimes they start changing things up or going for it a little bit more, and that can be dangerous.

You really have to follow through with what you've done and keep doing it. Meanwhile, you know, keep your head in the right direction.



Q. I guess the next match, you know her very well. She's been playing great; she's a veteran player. Last time you played her, was it Rome?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, we played in Beijing, in the semis.

Yeah, I mean, I've beaten her the last few times that we've played, but they've always been really good matches, really tough matches. I certainly expect it in the next one.

She's had a great start to the year and playing really well. She was, you know, the most improved player towards the end of last year as well, so that will be hopefully a high quality semi.



Q. Does it worry you at all you haven't had a big test yet going into the semis?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, going into the match, my goal is not really to be tested (laughter). I don't know how else to put it. If I do come into a situation where I feel like I have to pull through or I'm not playing my best tennis or she's up and I have to find a way to win, then that's what you have on that given day.

Do I want to be in that position? Absolutely not.

You know, like I said, if I start the match well, I want to follow through with that along the whole way and keep that motivation and the way that I'm playing, doing the right things and keeping that focus. That's the important thing.

It's not to think, Oh, well, should I just give away a few games. It's not really a mentality of a winner, I think.



Q. Since you coach and agent are familiar with Li Na, do you think it's your advantage this time because they would give you some very useful advice?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: We've played against each other so many times before Thomas was my coach and after. I mean, Max has been my manager since I was 11 years old. We know each other's game. It has nothing to do.

Our coaches are not the ones that are going out on the court and playing against each other. We're certainly experienced enough. We've faced each other enough times that we know each other's game so well, and at the end of the day it's all about execution and not the other factors.



Q. Have you ever tried to ask Max the question about, Who would you root for?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I think we know the answer to that (laughter).



Q. What's the answer?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Ask him (smiling). Let's call him into a press conference.



Q. He roots for more deals, huh?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I think when you've worked with someone for as many years as we have, it's beyond money and deals. And he's fine, I mean.



Q. Especially as the CEO of Sugarpova.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, he gave himself that title. I don't know a CEO that's ever just given himself the title of a CEO, but I guess he's a great example.



Q. Li Na is being coached by Carlos Rodriguez who you clearly know from Justine. Have you noticed any difference in her game, or did you in Beijing, or was it pretty much the same?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, she certainly stepped up her game. I think at different times in a player's career you need that extra motivation, you might need a change.

She's been there; she's done that; she's a Grand Slam champion. It wasn't like she needed someone to come in and fix her game. I don't think that was really the plan.

But sometimes when you just have a different surrounding and a new voice, they might be saying the same things but it just gets to you a little bit differently and your motivation changes.

So that certainly was a big factor for me when I had to make that decision a few years ago, because at the end of the day we know how to play tennis, you know.



Q. Have you seen Sloane Stephens play?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: A little bit. Not too much, no.



Q. Madison Keys you've seen a little bit more.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah.



Q. A couple impressions on her.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: On Madison?



Q. Yes.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I think she has a big game. Maybe she's not as consistent right now. If she can keep that strength, I mean, she has a great first serve, you know, and she can definitely improve her movement, but overall I think she's heading in the right direction.



Q. According to Forbes, Li Na is the second most paid female athlete in the world.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Since when do we pay attention to Forbes?



Q. Do you feel like it's an interesting thing to know?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Do you?



Q. You are the most paid.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Do you think that they have my pass code to my bank account?



Q. I don't know.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, think about it (smiling).



Q. The county of Miami Dade has approved the site to be revamped there. How much have you felt in the last few years that the tournament needs a facelift, that it's lagging behind the other events?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, it's such a huge event. There's so many people from all around the world coming to watch it. You know, after so many years, you certainly feel like there needs to be improvements, you know, adjustments, bigger and better things.

But, again, it's not an overnight process. You know, that was a big step with that approval. I personally love the tournament. I mean, I've watched it since I was a very young little girl as a spectator and a fan. I sat in those seats watching Marcelo Rios and Yevgeny Kafelnikov. I can only see it growing in a bigger direction.

Yeah, I don't feel like it's really old because I still feel that charm in it from when I was going there. That fountain in the front, taken so many pictures there, so hopefully they leave that.

Overall it's a really, really nice tournament.



Q. Have you ever gave out some Sugarpova to the girls or your rivals or Li Na?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: No. Mostly the ATP players are taking them. It doesn't seem like they have any diet restrictions. I think the girls are very cautious with the sugar. The guys, they don't care. I heard in their meeting they're just all over it.


Q. Maybe Li Na can bring a bag to China and do a promotion for you.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I think I can do that, too.

hahaha

http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/interviews/2013-01-22/201301221358844013394.html

Cosmic Voices
Jan 22nd, 2013, 08:24 AM
Great interview again :hearts:

Haha at Max


Thanks :)

JamieOwen3
Jan 22nd, 2013, 08:30 AM
I wanna see the video of it now :lol:

Maria Croft
Jan 22nd, 2013, 08:37 AM
That comment about her bank account cracked me up :lol:

JoPova
Jan 22nd, 2013, 09:09 AM
I'm loving her press conferences in the last few months :lol:

Trih
Jan 22nd, 2013, 09:14 AM
She gets better and better in every press conference :rolls:

slvr1969
Jan 22nd, 2013, 09:41 AM
That comment about her bank account cracked me up :lol:

me too :haha: - what is left off her millions.

Advantage Me
Jan 22nd, 2013, 11:09 AM
Thanks for posting the interview, gc-spurs. Great stuff from Maria.

Mexicola
Jan 22nd, 2013, 11:05 PM
ESPN reviews all of Sugarpova's flavors.

http://espn.go.com/blog/playbook/fandom/post/_/id/17211/jock-eats-maria-sharapovas-sugarpova

gc-spurs
Jan 23rd, 2013, 08:44 AM
ESPN reviews all of Sugarpova's flavors.

http://espn.go.com/blog/playbook/fandom/post/_/id/17211/jock-eats-maria-sharapovas-sugarpova

Wait, are you telling me that Flirty/Cheeky/Chic/Silly/Splashy all taste the same!?!? Dafuq did I spend my money on?

Cosmic Voices
Jan 23rd, 2013, 09:17 AM
Lol I love how they ranked them as if it was a tennis match
Can't wait to get my hands on the Sassy Sour

Lachy
Jan 23rd, 2013, 12:13 PM
Quirky was so good. Like insanely :hysteric:

nelsondan
Jan 23rd, 2013, 01:37 PM
how chewey are they? do you eventually swallow them, or discard them ala wrigley spearmint?

WonderFan
Jan 23rd, 2013, 02:29 PM
ESPN reviews all of Sugarpova's flavors.

http://espn.go.com/blog/playbook/fandom/post/_/id/17211/jock-eats-maria-sharapovas-sugarpova

What kind of deal makes ESPN promote her product like that?

nelsondan
Jan 23rd, 2013, 03:08 PM
What kind of deal makes ESPN promote her product like that?


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Maria Croft
Jan 23rd, 2013, 03:09 PM
You gotta love their scoring system though :lol:

NashaMasha
Jan 23rd, 2013, 04:01 PM
russian interview after R4 + a list how many times she lost 20 games or less in early rounds.
http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&eotf=1&u=http%3A%2F%2Ftennis.sport-express.ru%2Freviews%2F27941%2F&act=url
(with google translate)


No of course :drool: but wouldnt hurt him being 2-3" taller, I mean she'd like to wear some heels or have a fierce hairdo. :shrug:
/shallow

Agassi is OK being just an inch taller than Steffi, same for Stepanek /Vaidisova, Dementieva/Afinogenov

gc-spurs
Jan 23rd, 2013, 05:41 PM
Quirky was so good. Like insanely :hysteric:

Really? Excite!

Mistress of Evil
Jan 23rd, 2013, 05:48 PM
What kind of deal makes ESPN promote her product like that?

http://i48.tinypic.com/e0lkqe.gif

Bitch, get out! GM is for trolling a player, subforums are not!

TrollPova
Jan 23rd, 2013, 06:00 PM
Spooky Sour wrecked me by how great it was :sobbing:

lefty24
Jan 23rd, 2013, 08:34 PM
Wait, are you telling me that Flirty/Cheeky/Chic/Silly/Splashy all taste the same!?!? Dafuq did I spend my money on?

They def don't all taste the same. Splashy def taste's different then the other gummy's. Splashy is so underrated. :p

And quirky is no doubt the best. My sister and I just finished the last bag a couple days ago. :sad:

Shafanovic.
Jan 23rd, 2013, 10:59 PM
I'm getting some today before Maria's match and eating them while she's playing :angel:

Shafanovic.
Jan 23rd, 2013, 11:00 PM
From the ESPN article I'm thinking of getting Sassy Sour and Quirky.

What are your faves?

jameshazza
Jan 23rd, 2013, 11:07 PM
Everyone seems to love Quirky. :lol:

Vartan
Jan 23rd, 2013, 11:47 PM
It really is the best one :lol: The rest are pretty generic.

WonderFan
Jan 24th, 2013, 03:18 AM
http://i48.tinypic.com/e0lkqe.gif

Bitch, get out! GM is for trolling a player, subforums are not!

Lol:lol:

Marilyn Monheaux
Jan 24th, 2013, 04:45 AM
Maria Sharapova 24-01-13
Thursday, 24 January, 2013

Start of Transcribed Interview

Q. Did Li play too well today or you weren't aggressive enough?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I think it's a combination of both. I think she played a really great match. She was certainly much more aggressive than I was, dictating the play. I was always on the defense.
When I had my opportunities and breakpoints in games that went to deuce, I don't think any of them really went my way today.

Q. Do you see the potential of her winning in the final?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, there's no reason why she can't win.

Q. People may look to your previous matches and think you didn't have enough of a test early on. Do you buy into that at all?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I can't think of it that way. I certainly can't use that as an excuse. When I go into any match, I'm trying to win with the best scoreline I can. That's my goal.
Like I mentioned before, and I said again, if I'm tested, I have to pull through it. Then, yes, that's great. If I win with a good scoreline, move on to the next one, try to do the same thing.
Today, as I said, I felt like I had my fair share of opportunities. It's not like they weren't there. I just couldn't take them today.

Q. Did you feel a little bit flat today, not feeling up for it?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yes, I think it's just a combination of the way she was playing. Like I was saying, she was aggressive, taking the first ball and doing something with it. When I was trying to, I was making too many unforced errors.

Q. You've played her a lot. Was that as well as you've seen her play?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, she's playing really confident tennis. I thought she played really well, probably the best she's played against me.

Q. You two are very familiar to each other. For this game, do you think her tactics were familiar to you, her serve, her forehand? Is it still familiar to you?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, you know, in tennis sometimes it's not about what's familiar or not. Sometimes you have to take the opportunities that come your way and make it a battle. When your opponent is always up and ahead, it's always a little bit mentally easier for them to keep that going.
If I would have taken those chances and clawed my way back and made it a bit tougher for her, I'm sure she would have thought a little bit more. But I certainly didn't make her think about anything.

Q. How disappointing is this for you? Obviously you wanted to win the whole thing.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: No doubt about that, but it's tennis. You lose a match and you go on to the next one. I've been in this position before. I've come through it. I'm tough. I'm not afraid to go out and keep working, work as hard as I can to be quicker, better, improve in these situations, and when I have another chance, take it.

Q. Was the heat a factor today?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Doesn't matter. It was what it was. I grew up for years in Florida. I still train there. I'm used to pretty warm conditions.

Q. She came out and took a quick lead in the first set. Did you think about making adjustments?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: She always had a little bit of the edge. From the beginning, she was up a break. That's why I said I don't think I gave her much to think about because she was always playing ahead, and that's tough because you have an opponent that's playing well and aggressive and confident tennis.
And, yeah, just one of those days.

Q. With Serena out, do you sort of see this as a missed opportunity?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Absolutely not. I think champions want to face the best. That's what makes the sport exciting and fun. You always want to be facing the best in the sport.
If somebody's afraid to go out and face that challenge, then it's not really a good quality, you know. I love going out and competing against the best in the world. You know, today was Li Na.
Saturday I'm not playing, so it doesn't really matter who lost the other day or not.

Q. The field was a bit more open. Did you see that?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: No.

Q. Where do you see Li Na's level of play right now? A solid top five or potential No. 1?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Mathematics, I was never really good at it.
The way she played today, she played great tennis. I don't know what she's ranked now, but she's in the finals of a Grand Slam.
I've said it before. Of course, we pay attention to rankings and all. The more matches we win, the better opportunity we have to be closer to 1.

Q. Did you expect yourself to play better today?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yes, certainly.

Q. What is your next tournament?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: That's a good question. I think it's Doha or maybe Dubai. I think Doha. I don't know. I'm so clueless (smiling).

slvr1969
Jan 24th, 2013, 07:21 AM
"I'm so clueless (smiling)." :kiss:;)

Advantage Me
Jan 24th, 2013, 09:01 AM
Classy interview. Gracious in defeat. Maria knows her faults.

doujyr
Jan 24th, 2013, 11:11 AM
she's playing doha/dubai? wow. i thought she usually takes feb off and reappears at indian wells.

AnnieIWillKnow
Jan 24th, 2013, 01:53 PM
She played Paris Indoors last year did she not?

Asanty
Jan 24th, 2013, 01:56 PM
she's playing doha/dubai? wow. i thought she usually takes feb off and reappears at indian wells.

According to her official schedule, she will play Doha.

nelsondan
Jan 24th, 2013, 02:23 PM
doha starts february 11......18 days. dubai, apparently does not matter, is 27 days away on the 20th.

Cosmic Voices
Jan 24th, 2013, 02:40 PM
glad to see her back in action so early :cheer: