I think I first heard for her at USO 2006. I was watching the ending of that tournament because JJ played against Henin in the semis (and of course lost after a nice lead
). And then I just wanted a cute, sympathetic girl from Russia to win it, because I wanted JJ's loss avenged
And that's kind of the beginning of me as a Maria fan. I watched her very irregularly though up until RG 2011 I would say
I consider myself a huge fan, and since the first time I saw Maria I always liked her and rooted for her, so it seems almost surreal to me that I actually started watching her in a I-don't-miss-a-single-match fashion that recently...