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~SunFlower~
Apr 7th, 2003, 01:16 AM
http://flasportscene.com/January2003/sar20030122.html


On our Cover this Month

Is Russian tennis beauty, Maria Sharapova. Maria is seen here dancing around between shots for the Tennis Channel.

Maria was born in Siberia Russia on April 19, 1987. She is 5' 11" tall. Her mother is Yulana and her father is Youry. She began playing tennis at age four when she was given a racket by the father of Yevgeny Kafelnikov.....

Maria was the winner of the 2002 TARGET CUP during the Nasdaq 100 Open on Key Biscayne, Florida.

Seen here at Bayfront Park in Sarasota, Florida, Maria is training at the Bollettieri Sports Academy. Her coach is Robert Lansdorp (read that former coach of Davenport, Austin and Sampras)

http://flasportscene.com/images/russiantennisplayer.jpg

Taping a segment for the Tennis Channel the young Russian says she enjoys reading, stamp collecting, shopping, fashion, and spending time with her family and friends. In the photo she is doing some spinning dance moves that allows us to see her on the lush grass with the sunlight providing a backlight on her hair and white shawl.

the cat
Apr 7th, 2003, 04:32 PM
Sharky, thanks for the lovely photo and article on Maria! Maria is so natural at the modelling game, that I'm concerned about it distracting from her tennis. And this is a crucial time for her tennis developement. She doesn't need any distractions. I sure hope she can handle her responsibilites as a tennis player and a spokesperson.