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Old Sep 1st, 2010, 10:04 PM   #196
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What goes through your mind when you toss the ball up to serve these days? Trying to think of some sort of image that I could describe as you're staring down a break opportunity for her, she's swinging at the ball, you hit some great second serves in the match.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: You're making this a little way too dramatic for what it was. It's like a Shakespeare poem. No, you focus on what you need to do. You think of the patterns. You think of where you're gonna serve, things like that. I mean, it's not really complicated. You just have to do it.

How many 23 year old athletes in any sport answer a question by saying "you are making this too complicated. It is as simple as poem by Shakespeare"?

Maybe I misinterpreted her reference.Maybe she meant it is not as complicated as a Shakespeare poem.
Watch the video. It makes sense then when you hear the way she says it. She's talking about how dramatic the guy is making it and says the Shakespeare bit under her breath, referring to that. Its hardly a whole new sentence on its own.
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Wednesday, September 1st 2010, 4:00 AM

It's not as if the U.S. Open has gate attractions to spare at the moment. There are only about five legitimate stars here, and one of them, Maria Sharapova, threw away the first set Tuesday night as if it were a broken tennis racket.

Sharapova was playing Jarmila Groth, an Aussie by way of Slovakia, who was desperately trying to hand this first-round match to the 14th-seeded Russian as quickly as possible, but failing.

Groth kept whaling away at the ball during rallies, hoping to end them as quickly as possible, with little care whether her groundstrokes or second serves landed inside the lines. It became a match without rhythm or subtlety, because Sharapova plays very nearly the same way, only a bit more sensibly and without nerves.

Points were not so much built as demolished. Eventually Sharapova won this ugly thing, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, hanging in the tournament for at least another round, and perhaps much longer. Groth finished with remarkably careless stats: 14 double faults and 48 unforced errors.

"She came out firing and didn't give me much opportunities," Sharapova said. "I wasn't returning well, giving her lots of looks on my second serve. She's a one-two punch kind of player. Those are the kind of matches you want to hang in there, and do what it takes."

As usual, Sharapova's grit and poise under pressure were commendable. But she is not yet the same player who captured three different majors from 2004 to 2008, before her shoulder started falling from its hinge and requiring surgery. She's getting there, though.

"Last year, I was just trying to find where my feet were on the ground," Sharapova said. "This year, it feels real good to be healthy, not worrying about physically how you feel."

Some of the changes in Sharapova, the parts off the court, are quite positive. She is no longer daddy's frazzled teenage girl, looking to her player's box in search of stern Yuri Sharapov's instructions between points.

Remember 2006, when Sharapova was ordered to eat a banana and followed that clumsy command during a changeover? On the in-house feed that night, one announcer said during a commercial, not for broadcast, "How dumb do you have to be if somebody has to tell you to eat a banana?"

Here it was her finest hour, a straight-set final victory over Justine Henin, and reporters were asking Sharapova mostly about a banana and her father's coaching. She told them to stop. It was sad and embarrassing for the Russian, who happens to be a sharp, articulate woman.

Yuri was nowhere to be seen Tuesday night, which was a good thing. But there were clues that not everything was yet right, like when Sharapova won the toss and elected to receive rather than trot out her sometimes erratic serve. Her first serve was erratic, her second serve better. Sharapova's baseline game vanished too often.

There are many reasons to admire Sharapova, who never fell back on her looks for anything other than selling a few cameras. This woman worked hard, always fought harder, and quite often overcame her athletic limitations. You don't win Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and the Australian Open without that kind of right stuff.

"You look at the trophies, you have great memories," Sharapova said.

She's still only 23, although it feels as if Sharapova has been here forever. Like many of the top women, she has endured seasons when injuries sabotaged all her good intentions. Given the lack of competition on the women's tour, Sharapova appears poised again for a run at a major, and it might as well be this one.

Her bracket is inviting enough. She's in the weaker top half of the draw, while Venus Williams and Kim Clijsters are in the bottom.

"I don't think there's a perfect scenario," Sharapova said. "I don't think anybody has a perfect Grand Slam. Everybody has ups and downs. The tough part about tennis is you have to come up with the goods when it really matters."

You hope she hangs around, for the sake of the Open. The tournament began with limited star power. Sharapova cuts a fetching figure. If she can clomp her way to the final weekend, it won't matter a bit if the tennis is ugly.
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What? That column is a love letter by NY media standards.

And yeah, Bondy's a classic NYC media jackass. I haven't read him since I moved, but he's a major columnist and by far the most knowledgeable tennis writer at the Daily News. Lupica was too busy vomiting out the usual cliches about Fed and that exciting non-American kid Rafa... thank goodness.
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Watch the video. It makes sense then when you hear the way she says it. She's talking about how dramatic the guy is making it and says the Shakespeare bit under her breath, referring to that. Its hardly a whole new sentence on its own.
That was really helpful---I could not hear anything---then I realized my speakers were not working---I am not good at stuff on computers, but I finally blundered into fixing it with system restore---then I could not hear it clearly, but the fourth time---I finally got what you were talking about.

Still---casually comparing him to making it dramatic like a shakespeare poem--

Maria is so unique.
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That was really helpful---I could not hear anything---then I realized my speakers were not working---I am not good at stuff on computers, but I finally blundered into fixing it with system restore---then I could not hear it clearly, but the fourth time---I finally got what you were talking about.

Still---casually comparing him to making it dramatic like a shakespeare poem--

Maria is so unique.
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Maria Sharapova Deserves More Respect

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NEW YORK -- She's the most glamorous star on the women's tennis circuit and a three-time champion at Grand Slam tournaments, yet sometimes it seems like Maria Sharapova is under-appreciated.

Yes, the young woman with the world-class athletic ability, stuffed trophy case, megawatt smile, her own fashion line and lucrative endorsement deals. That Maria Sharapova.

Allow me to be clear here: no one is saying woe is Maria. The 23-year-old Russian with the dazzling beauty and groundstrokes, who won 6-1, 6-2 over Iveta Benesova on Thursday night to advance to the third round of the U.S. Open, lives quite the charmed life. She has been the best-paid female athlete in the world, and in January signed an $80 million deal with Nike. She loves her adopted town of Los Angeles as much as it loves her.

But in tennis circles, such as the real-time capital -- the U.S. Open in New York, N.Y., with its National Tennis Center filled with players, coaches and commentators from all over the globe -- Sharapova is written off as a movie star instead of a deeply respected talent. Angelina Jolie more than Meryl Streep.

Fact is, she's more than a little bit of both.

In a sport in which Anna Kournikova serves as the poster model for fame over ability and achievement, Sharapova is the rare combination of all of the above. If she chooses to pass on a photo shoot on any given day, it sure isn't for a lack of suitors. As for Sharapova's achievements on the playing surface, the list is topped off by the trio of titles at majors: 2004 at Wimbledon, 2006 here and 2008 at the Australian Open. Among her colleagues on the WTA Tour, only Serena and Venus Williams and Justine Henin have more. She has advanced to the semifinals of slam events six times -- at least once at each of the four majors. Sharapova has won 19 additional tour titles, and only a major shoulder injury that sidelined her from August 2008 to May 2009 broke up a five-year run in the top 10.

At still such a young age, Sharapova -- with Venus Williams and Kim Clijsters, the biggest name left in the Open's women's draw -- is admirably unveiling a worldly conscience. She is a global ambassador for the United Nations Development Program. After Wimbledon in July, she visited the Belarus region where her parents fled months before she was born, months before the disaster at Chernobyl took place just a hundred miles away in 1986. The goodwill tour came with ESPN cameras and an abundance of Nike swooshes, but there isn't anything wrong with a star using a high profile and adoring sponsors for good.

Just as impressively, she honors her game and those who came before her. Warming up prior to her match on Monday night, she saw Martina Navratilova and Jimmy Connors hitting two courts away. Since she was facing a lefty in Benesova a few hours later, Sharapova shyly asked Navratilova if she would hit a few serves her way. "She aced me," said Sharapova.

After her straight-sets victory, Sharapova relayed something about her interactions with Billie Jean King, whom the National Tennis Center is named after.

"When I talk to Billie Jean King, she says, 'There's always going to be somebody in your spot. No matter how you do, how much you achieve, there's always going to be the next person that comes along that's going to be No. 1. There's going to be tons of them coming ahead. But at this point you guys are setting the bar for the younger generations to come. We are. We try to be good examples."

Frequently in the spotlight off the court, Sharapova flourishes in prime time on it. After her victory on Monday over Benesova, Sharapova is now 12-0 under the lights of Arthur Ashe Stadium at the U.S. Open. Funny thing about her tennis, though. As she demonstrated once again on the Open's grandest stage against Benesova, there is very little glitz to her play. Grunting while whipping backhand winners behind the baseline past her overmatched opponent from the Czech Republic, Sharapova had the substance of a respected workhorse on the tour.

Sharapova occasionally drops hints about retiring early. When Henin retired -- the first time -- at age 25, Sharapova remarked that if she had "all those majors" at that age, she'd walk off the court, too. On the notion of playing on the tour into her 30s, Sharapova said she hoped to have a husband and a few kids by then.

Appreciate Sharapova's game while you can. It's time the tennis community recognized her for more than the obvious.
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i like your column a lot.
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12-0. Does that mean she has never ever lost a night match at Arthur Ashe?
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Yes.

As I remember, 2004 was a day match, 2005 also, 2006...(), 2007 against Rad, 2009... don't think she played a night match before 2004.
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THE MODERATOR: Questions for Maria.

Q. Pretty routine? You didn't have to play great, but steady enough, served pretty well, good off the ground.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I thought I just had to be consistent today, you know, because I'm playing a lefty. It's a little gusty out there. You know, it's just important to hang in there and, you know, not normally go for the lines as much, try to be a little more consistent.

My first‑serve percentage was quite low in the first set, but in the second set that got better. I got a few free points off of that.

Yeah, overall it was solid. I played the important points well.

Q. So second set, when you're well in control, did you think, Maybe I'll try a couple things to use in the next round?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, the main thing is to do the things that you feel are gonna help you win, you know, not just this match but the matches coming up, what's gonna make you better even if you make a few more mistakes.

For me, it's being aggressive, not being tentative, really going for it, you know, having something on the ball instead of letting the opponent kind of dictate.

Q. What goes through your mind when you hear an opponent, even though you're still young, having looked up to you since she was young as your next opponent spoke about earlier today?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, it's pretty crazy because I still somewhat consider myself pretty young, as well; I'd like to think so, at least. You know, to see someone coming up that's 18, that's a lot younger than I am, in the third round of the Open is great. I think it shows, uhm, a lot about the younger generation that's coming up. To see someone especially that's an American and doing well at the Open is really great.

Q. She spoke about your mental toughness as something she's used as an example. That's her strength, too. When you think about the example you've set, what is your feeling about that?


MARIA SHARAPOVA: Uhm, it's strange. It's really strange because I've always had a difficult time accepting, you know, when little kids, whether I'm doing a clinic, talking to them, when they tell me they want to be just like me not only is a bit overwhelming and a bit of a shock, it's kind of strange.

I mean, I'm certainly far from perfect. I have many things I'm not good at. I always say to them, You should want to be better than, uhm, me or anyone else.

I think maybe that's one of the reasons growing up, you know, I idolized a certain part of someone's game but I never thought that someone was so good that I wanted to be like them. I think that's a good point is, you know, she probably said one of my strengths. Obviously, that's something that's gotten me through so many matches in my career. In tennis, being strong and steady mentally sometimes more than physically is more important on certain days.

Q. Are you going to research or study tapes of opponents you're not familiar with or just go out and play your game?


MARIA SHARAPOVA: I mean, it's not really my job. That's why I have a coach to study that, to scout your opponent, yeah, have a little bit of a game plan.

Q. What, if anything, do you know about Capra?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Not too much. I know that she's American and she's 18, I believe (laughter), and she's in the third round of the Open. So that says a lot.

Q. Back to what you were saying about the little kids saying, I want to be like you. Are you not the type of person that takes compliments and flattery well?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, I get kind of shy about it.

Q. Do you shut it down and say, I know all my imperfections?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I don't openly talk about my imperfections in front of them (laughter). Uhm, but I just smile and say, Thank you. Then I just think about it. Like, No, you want to be better than me.

Q. Did you ever ask anyone for an autograph?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yes. A chef (smiling).

Q. Must have been some dinner.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: A chef whose name is Jose Andreas, a Spanish chef.

Q. In Washington?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: In Los Angeles. I've never been to Washington, so never been to his restaurant there. Who else? Peter Lindbergh, who is a photographer.

Q. You're normally a crowd favorite. You won't take it personally if the crowd is rooting for your underdog opponent in your next match?


MARIA SHARAPOVA: I think it's absolutely understandable. We're playing in New York. When you have someone that's coming up, having a great Open, I mean, there's no reason why there shouldn't be any support behind her.

Q. Michael Jordan said the same thing. He never really asked certainly an athlete for an autograph. He didn't understand why you would do that, especially if you're in the field.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I mean, one of the coolest things about our jobs is we obviously get to meet many different people in different industries. You get to talk to them.

I mean, I don't know. I've never really met anyone that I was just kind of star‑struck about. Once, many years ago, like four or five years ago, we pulled up to an airport in Miami, and Michael Jordan was in front of us in a car. I didn't even see him. For some reason, I was in the car with my coach Michael. I said, I think that's Michael Jordan. I saw Nike bags. He walked out of the car. I was like, Oh, my goodness, I can't believe it.

I don't know where that came from. It was him. That's the only time where I was right.

Q. I take it you didn't ask for autographs, but a couple courts over from you was Martina Navratilova and Jimmy Connors. I don't know if you have any reaction to that.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I get to see both of them quite a bit during the Grand Slams. They do some commentating. I just asked Martina to hit a few lefty serves at me because I was playing against a lefty, yeah.

Q. How were the serves?


MARIA SHARAPOVA: Good.

Q. Service winner, an ace?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: She did ace me. I was expecting the one out wide. Aced me down the T.

Q. Did she come in behind it, backhand?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: No. I just stood there. She's like, Yes!

Q. When you were out at Stanford, Billie Jean King was there, celebrating the 40th anniversary of that tournament. When you hear about the grass‑roots beginning of the women's tour, are you amazed how far you have come?


MARIA SHARAPOVA: Oh, goodness, yeah. I mean, you look back, I think so many players take what we have for granted because I think without, you know, people like Billie Jean King, I mean, we wouldn't have the opportunity not only to play in such big and great events, we wouldn't have equal prize money. We wouldn't have someone that was so strong behind so many issues. We wouldn't be getting paid so much.

So many of those things you realize were done at a point where I think then, you know, none of those players really knew what was going to happen 20 years from then, how much effect and how much of what they did really mattered to the upcoming generation.

I think that's something that all of us really have to look at today and say what we do now is ultimately, when we're done and retired, whatever we're doing with kids, families, commentating, whatever it is, we're going to have some sort of piece, a part of what's going to happen in years to come. We really have to be thoughtful.

When I talk to Billie Jean King, she says, There's always going to be somebody in your spot. No matter how you do, how much you achieve, there's always going to be the next person that comes along that's going to be No. 1. There's going to be tons of them coming ahead. But at this point you guys are setting the bar for the younger generations to come.

We are. We try to be good examples by doing that.

Q. What do you remember about last year's Melanie match here? It was probably a low moment. What were some of the memories about that night?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Why do we need to remember that one?

Q. You and Michael Jordan are with Nike. I take it Phil Knight doesn't arrange parties?


MARIA SHARAPOVA: I never got my invitation. Maybe they don't have my address. No, I think our schedules are too busy for everyone to get together, yeah.

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