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Old Oct 1st, 2012, 06:30 PM   #5071
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JCF was/is a handsome, well-off and young men. I don't care is Masha had an affair with him. It's not like having sex with Donald Trump
Hahaha. Well.. I do not think having a relationship with JCF was a bad thing, he is a hottie.
I said I do not like man stealers.
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Eeem... You ask me? I am a straight female, I would want JCF to knock on my door.
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Hi everyone, it's been a while since I did one of my own Q's and A's. I got a great response from the last one, so since I'm sitting in my Beijing hotel room with not much on my plate, I thought of some very random questions for myself.

Question: What I'm craving right now?
- A cappuccino from New York's Eately. Has anyone been there? I only recently discovered it and besides the amazing coffee, it has to be one of the best Italian markets there is. From home made pastas, to real Italian grana cheese, it is a culinary dream. I usually drink tea while on the road with my usual raspberry jam ( that's the Russian in me) but I'm ready for a good cup of coffee!

Q: What have I been up to besides my day job?
- Umm most importantly planning my vacation! There are only a few weeks a year which I can plan in advance and I take it very seriously! Day trips, weekends, vacations, events, anything! With every year my friends think I'm getting slightly worse which is....ya its true. I am the travel agent/ hotel scooper/spa organizer/waterfall guide/itinerary updater, all wrapped into one and I absolutely love it. If I ever had a previous life, I must have worked for Conde Nast Traveler and interned for Martha Stewart, only to find out I wasn't interested in scraping the pan after cooking Persian rice.
My other project in the works is Sugarpovas official launch in Australia before the Australian Open. It's really fascinating to learn about each countries regulations in terms of bringing a new product in. Well actually its not that fascinating. Its a fascinating amount of work! The labels, ingredients, bar codes, all have their certain rules so we have to produce different films for different markets.

Q: With fashion week wrapping up in Paris soon, what has been my favorite collection?
- From what I have seen so far, I absolutely loved Antonio Berardi's collection. I would feel super chic in any one of those dresses.
I also loved the full length skirts at Dior with the simple black tops. Very elegant.
Wait, I just saw Stellas collection. She is so good at what she does!! Its pretty remarkable. Its too bad I have to wait 6 giant fashion months to get my hands on look 19.

Q: Trend I'm liking now?
Silk pants. A little baggy around the butt area. And skinny on the ankle. Sometimes I look at my closet and wonder if I have a pregnant sister!

Q: Trend I would like to see disappear?
The platform sneaker. Who's idea was this? Maybe it is because I am tall and would have a very different opinion if I was on the shorter side but it feels AND looks like cheating! You either want to look sporty, or you don't. No in between.

Q: My favorite tv show in the last 6 months?
- I have been on a show marathon while traveling. I finished all the seasons of Parenthood, Good Wife, and just saw the first season of Scandal.

Q: Music?
-Hot Chip has been on repeat. And a bit of Madonna. I love her Hard Candy album.

Q: My favorite new game?
- I don't know what it's called or if it has a name because it really is stupid but it's two miniature pigs...which you roll like dice and you get a certain amount of points depending on how they land. My coach brought it from Sweden but says its not originally from Sweden. Hmmm....I will have to triple check that. Anyways it's a lot of brainless fun which is sometimes exactly what everyone needs in this serious life of ours. And I have won the most games so far. Thank you very much!
Alright I'm going to get some sleep! Actually I ran out of questions. Do you have any??
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Well, that was cool to read through.
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I wonder what made her listen to Hard Candy. It's been out a while.
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Reminds me of her old doodles.....this fills a need for her, and I think it has to do with sharing some honesty on her own terms. I believe it is something very good for her and for us.
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Reminds me of her old doodles.....this fills a need for her, and I think it has to do with sharing some honesty on her own terms. I believe it is something very good for her and for us.
Yes, so much better than pimping all sorts of products
As a fan, I enjoyed reading those Q&A
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Yes, so much better than pimping all sorts of products
As a fan, I enjoyed reading those Q&A
I agree. Maria writes well. Enjoyable read. Her facebook entries these days are just an excuse to plug her endorsements.
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Loved this Q&A! It's nice to have these kinds of information about her!
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Pre-tournament interview:


CHINA OPEN

September 29, 2012

Maria Sharapova

BEIJING, CHINA

THE MODERATOR: Questions in Chinese, please.

Q. How do you try to make comments on the fitness of the Asian players or on Asian tour, that a lot of players don't have very good performance, their performances. What is your comments on the phenomena?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: You mean towards the end of the year? For Asian players or everybody?

Q. Each player.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, I think it's ‑‑this is the end of the year for us, and, you know, it's a pretty long season of 10 months of playing tournaments back to back.
You know, I have a pretty normal schedule. I don't play too many events. I try to focus on the ones I feel are important and work my schedule around that.
I love coming to these two tournaments in Asia, Tokyo and Beijing. They are very big tournaments for us. Then obviously, if I have the opportunity to finish in Istanbul, it's a perfect schedule.
There is no doubt towards the end of the season you are not as fit as you are in the beginning, maybe don't have as much energy because the last Grand Slam of the year was only a couple of weeks ago. You know, you try to give everything for that. And then also we had the addition of the Olympics this year. So it was an incredibly busy summer for everybody.

Q. For yourself, how do you try to handle this phenomena? How are you going to try to keep very good fitness?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, I have been on the tour for many years, so I'm quite experienced in knowing how to recover from tournaments and how my body feels and what I need to do in order to prepare.
You know, I took a couple of weeks after the US Open to get ready for this Asian swing and also for the last tournament of the year in Turkey.
But you also need to know that you can go out on the practice court, but maybe you won't be able to be out there for so many hours because it is towards the end of the year. You're a little bit physically not at a high of pace as you were maybe at the start of it.
So it's really important to know how you feel and adjust. I think adjusting is the biggest priority right now.

Q. (In English.) You missed the China Open last year because of the injury. This year you will be playing in this stadium for the first time. Do you ever practice before in the stadium?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, I haven't. As you said, I missed last year, so I didn't have a chance to play there at all.
Yeah, I think this year everything, you know, after the US Open is kind of a bit of a bonus for me because last year I sprained my ankle in Tokyo. I pretty much missed the rest of the season, missing this tournament, and not being really fit for Istanbul.
So coming in here this is just‑‑ you know, every match I play, whether I win or lose, I'm really happy to be in the spot to be healthy, to be No. 2 in the world, you know, to have the year that I have had.
But I haven't had the chance to practice or play in the stadium yet.
THE MODERATOR: Questions in English.

Q. I caught a little bit of your practice this morning, and it looked like you were working a lot on your serve. Does that have anything to do with, I guess, how you served in Tokyo against Stosur?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: No. I think, you know, I was out there for quite a bit this morning. I'm working on a little bit of everything. It's my first practice here, so, you know, you don't want to do too much running, and the first one is really just about getting used to the court and the conditions, and, you know, a little bit of the atmosphere and the tension of the racquet. It's kind of the little things that you work on in the first practice.
So we did a lot of baskets and returns and serves and things like that.

Q. Is regaining the world No. 1 spot a priority for you at the moment?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, it's tough to say because, you know, I have been in that position a few times in my career. You know, my priorities from maybe when I was 16 years old to now have changed a little bit.
You know, of course getting to the No. 1, you know, and winning the French Open in two weeks' time was an incredible achievement, but I think if I would have won the French Open and not been No. 1, I don't think I would have been very disappointed. It was just great that the two kind of came together for me.
And the way I look at things, the more matches you win, the better opportunity you have towards getting to No. 1. You know, you don't really have to look at other opponents or what the ranking is. You know, if you focus on, you know, your own results and trying to win matches and you do, then, you know, you're going to have a good ranking either way.

Q. Talk a little bit about your first‑round draw. Obviously you have only played her once and you won in straight sets, but anything in particular you're focused on going into that one?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Nothing so much against her. I think it's just, you know, maybe trying to change last week around and coming into this tournament with a fresh new perspective.
You know, she can play really good. I think she was injured a little bit in the summer. You know, it doesn't really matter who it is. I think if I follow through and focus on what I have to do, that's pretty much my priority right now.

Q. Any thoughts on Serena Williams' withdrawal?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: It's a long year. You're not really surprised to see a few more withdrawals now than with the beginning of the season.

Q. You just created your candy brand. How is it different from playing tennis, and do you have the schedule to bring the brand to China?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, it's much easier than playing tennis, that's for sure. (Smiling.)
I laugh a lot more. Not as stressful, I guess.
Yeah, you know, I started it a couple of years ago. It started with, well, first with my love of candy in general and food, and then the name Sugarpova came about and I put the two together. I have been part of so many great partnerships and collaborations and collections in my career, but at the end of the day I was always a very small part of that. I really wanted to own something that was 100%, you know, me making all the final decisions, whether it was financial or creative decisions. I really wanted to be in the process the whole way.
I worked on it for the last two years. I feel like it's been my lucky charm in a way, because it was during the time when I've gotten myself back from injury, got back to No. 1, and won the French Open.
We just launched it at the US Open. I hope to bring it to China soon. I actually saw a few fans today that had some of it, so I think they had friends in the U.S. that shipped it over to them. The response has been really incredible.
I'm working on the launch in Australia now before the Australian Open. It's a lot of fun. It's so different to what I do. The greatest thing is seeing how excited people have been over it, you know, when you work on something, to see it come to life.

Q. Do you expect to see more Grand Slam winners from China and from Asia?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, I think Li Na set an incredible example last year what she was able to accomplish coming from a point where maybe not so many believed it would happen so soon. You know, she is certainly one that set the example for so many young girls and boys in this country and also all of Asia.
You know, someone that maybe didn't necessarily have the height or everyone thought that would win a Grand Slam, it was just really a great accomplishment for China.

Q. A few years ago it seemed like you were talking a little bit about retiring fairly early around the age that you are now. Have your recent successes kind of changed your mind to that course of thinking?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I wouldn't necessarily say it was the successes. I think when I was 17 or 18 years old, if you would say I would be sitting in a press conference chair in seven or eight years, you'd look at seven, eight years, it would be like, Oh, I don't know. Well, with the injury I missed a year; I didn't compete at all.
I'm sitting in this position and thinking I still have so much passion for what I do. I love going out and competing and learning and trying to get better. This career only goes on for so many years. I think, I mean, it would stupid not to take advantage of the fact that you really enjoy doing something and you like waking up in the morning and getting better at it.
You know, I have done it from a very young age, and right now I don't see my life without it. So there is no real reason to even think of retirement.

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Press conference after R1:


CHINA OPEN

October 1, 2012

Maria Sharapova

BEIJING, CHINA

M. SHARAPOVA/S. Halep
7‑5, 7‑5

THE MODERATOR: Questions in Chinese, please.

Q. Based on your current ranking, it should be very much easy for you to defeat a opponent, but the whole procedure is not that relaxed as we expected. How are you going to make an adjustment into your fitness?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, I think that's one of the reasons why there is a draw and we go out and play matches is because you still have to go out there no matter what your ranking is or your opponent's and you have to try and win the match.
Certainly the scoreline was quite, you know, difficult, you know, but I was up in those two sets and I let her get back into it, you know. But at the end of the day I won the match in two sets. I'm happy to be through.

Q. Actually for the two sets today you eventually made the win possible. The second question is: Actually the audience and the court are going to cheer for you. Would you bother to make an evaluation to those fans?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I was certainly‑‑ you know, I put myself in a good position in both of those sets being up a break, and I let her back in the match a couple of times.
That's certainly, you know, not the best thing, not exactly I'm proud of it, but the good thing was I was able to regain my focus and win that match no matter how good she was coming back and playing.
But I certainly ‑‑it's been a couple of years since I played here. The support today was incredible, you know, even from the practice courts to the match. It's been really, really nice to see how many fans I have here.
You know, you travel around the world, but, you know, you play so many tournaments, but really the appreciation of tennis here has been really nice to see. They are so enthusiastic, and everyone wants autographs and pictures. It's just nice to see.

Q. Actually, for one game you should have the break point. At that point audience said, Maria, I love you, so would that influence you at that moment?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, not really.

Q. After you got French Open title, you got the Grand Slam, so I want to understand what might be your next goal.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, I have a lot of goals. I don't usually like to talk about my goals. I just like to work for them, and when I achieve them, then I like to talk about them, that it's a goal that I really wanted to achieve and accomplish.
But the reason I play this sport is because I believe that I could be better, that I could win more Grand Slams. I'm still very young, I have the passion and energy for it. That's what keeps me going. I have a lot of things in my life that tennis has brought me, but I still feel like there is a lot more that I can accomplish in the sport.

Q. I think in the WTA ranking, actually a lot of young juniors is catching up. Do you feel a lot of pressure from those junior players? How are you going to still keep very good fitness faced with those pressures?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, I have been on the tour for many years. I started as a young teenager, and I'm 25 years old now. I feel like I have seen a lot of different generations.
The reality of it is it's not like your generation is going to be the only one playing tennis. You're always going to see new up‑and‑comers and talent, you know, great players that are juniors and that are making the transition from the juniors to the pros, you know, and it's part of it.
When you retire, there's always going to be somebody that takes your place in the rankings and the draws. That's just the reality of it. I feel like I'm somewhere in the middle. When I came up, you know, you had Justine and Kim and the Williamses, and I felt I was kind of the younger of the bunch. Now I'm somewhere in the middle.
You see a couple of retirements, some are still playing, and then you see a younger generation. I'm really kind of smack in the middle.
THE MODERATOR: English questions, please.

Q. There was a point in the first set where you dropped a few games and you called your coach over. After that you were able to come back and win the first set. What did your coach say to you, and how did you get the mental toughness to overcome that and win the set?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I think in moments like that, you know, especially in situations when you find yourself up and then losing a few games, it's more of a motivation thing and just for him to come out and give you a little bit of positive words and motivation and energy.
Really, it's not like they're going to say something that's going to change things around so much, because when you're in the third set and it's 5‑All, 6‑All, you know, you're not really going to pay attention to anything around you. You really go out and play with instinct.
In a moment like that, he just said to keep going for it. You lost your concentration a little bit. You started the match really well. There's no reason why you can't get that momentum back.

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Who wanted to have another Q and A by Maria?? I smiled when I saw it, I remember someone here or on twitter wrote that wanted a Q and A few weeks ago; now his/her wish came true.
I liked it. I like her style of writing/humour. I am sure that not a lot of people understand her, but I really find some humour and a tiny bit of sarcasm in her writings... I really hope she writes an autobiography one day.
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Press conference after R2:


CHINA OPEN

October 3, 2012

Maria Sharapova

BEIJING, CHINA

M. SHARAPOVA/S. Cirstea
6‑2, 6‑2

THE MODERATOR: Questions in Chinese, please.

Q. Compared with the first‑round match, it's very much easy for you to win today. What kind of adjustment did you make after first round? It's the first time for you to play with this opponent. What's your comments on her performance today?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I have never faced this opponent before. She has had good results, has beaten top players before, and she's one of the players that can come out and have a great day.
You know, she hits the ball really flat and hard. You know, I tried to, you know, play aggressive and play my game and maybe try and figure out her rhythm a little bit from the beginning, especially not playing with her before.
But, yeah, I was happy I played a shorter match than the first round.
THE MODERATOR: Questions in English.

Q. Which parts of your game pleased you the most today?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I was just happy I took her time away today. I think she's someone that really likes to be aggressive and get the first shot, and, you know, hit it really hard, as she can. I think it was really important to try to take that away from her.
You know, I thought I served really well today, much better than the first round. Yeah, I got some free points off of that.

Q. You're playing Hercog next. Have you played her before?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: No.

Q. What do you know about her? What are you expecting?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I have never played against her. You know, I think she has a big game but also a different game, you know, hits a lot of slice off the backhand, you know, has a big forehand.
So, you know, it's also like coming into today's match, try to figure your opponent out from the beginning and maybe concentrate what you have to do and not so much about her, because you can get a little bit carried away thinking you've never faced her before, what it's going to be like.
I think it's just a matter of keeping that goal ahead of you and not thinking about it too much.

Q. Can you talk about how fun it is to be in business with your agent Max, which is actually sitting over there?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: How fun it is?

Q. Yeah.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Oh, goodness. It's fun. It's also stressful sometimes. I get mad at him a lot of times. He gets mad at me. It's a good thing we don't see each other too often, just the right amount of time. It's like the perfect relationship. (Laughter.)
But, yeah, we have worked together for many years, and, you know, we kind of know what to expect from each other. We both work really hard at what we do. You know, it's been a fun partnership.

Q. If you want to give a brief introduction about Sugarpova to the Chinese fans, which flavor you will want them to know? Which flavor you like most?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, my flavors have changed because I had a favorite, and now it's called Quirky. But I think I ate so much of it that I needed to change and I needed a new favorite.
So right now I would say my favorite is Spooky because it's Halloween soon. They're like spiders.
I told my agent yesterday, I said, I'm craving, you know‑ no offense to the Chinese food‑ but I'm really craving some Sugarpova yesterday. He told me if I had a good match he'd give me one, so he gave me my favorite after the match.

Q. (In Chinese) A lot of fans were waiting for you outside. Will those fans produce some influence to your practice? And you are the hot spot with Djokovic in China Open, so do you have a very good close watch on the performance of Djokovic because you are close friends privately?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: To be honest, I didn't even know he was in the tournament. (Laughter.)
It's funny. It's a women's and men's event, but I haven't actually seen ‑‑I don't spend too much time at the court, so I don't know what's going on half the time, who's playing and who's not. I just need to know when my match is.
The first question, it's been great to see that support. I mean, you're in the match, you're at practice, the fans are so enthusiastic. I think it's such a unique experience because they really appreciate what you do, and they're rooting for you and making these collages that probably take hours to make, and they're singing songs.
It's just‑‑ you know, I wasn't here last year, so it's nice to see that coming into this year.

Q. Recently you came out against grunting. That's a pretty big part of your game. How would you make...
MARIA SHARAPOVA: What have I done?

Q. You recently came out against grunting.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Oh. I thought you said I did karate. (Laughter.)
Q.Well, do you do karate?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, that's why I was really surprised.

Q. So if the WTA does start enforcing a grunt limit, how would you make that change in your game?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, they're not enforcing a grunt limit to the active players. They're enforcing it towards the younger generation that is starting tennis and educating the academies and coaches around the world, you know, to teach them certain breathing methods and techniques that will eventually become their habits and not something that you take away or change in a player that's been playing a certain way for many years.

Q. You just took part in a few games, but you won lots of games and you won the second place in WTA. Do you think this is a better way than took part in lots of games?
THE MODERATOR: Tournaments. You haven't played as many tournaments but you're still No. 2.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I have had pretty much the same schedule over however many years. I think I'm one of the few players that don't play so many tournaments. Just physically and mentally I'm, you know, I'm not a player that can go out and play 26, 25 tournaments a year.
You know, I try to get ready for the bigger ones, and, you know, I think it's important to gear up for the ones that are meaningful to you and understand, you know, how ‑‑understand what your body responds to in terms of being healthy for those tournaments and giving yourself a break at the right times, having training blocks in between because that's really important to get your body ready.
Also, I'm not 16, 17 years old anymore. I'm in the middle of my career. You know, I don't see myself traveling for the amount of many weeks that some of the players do.

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Press conference after R3:


CHINA OPEN

October 4, 2012

Maria Sharapova

BEIJING, CHINA

M. SHARAPOVA/P. Hercog
6‑0, 6‑2

THE MODERATOR: Questions in English.

Q. You have played three matches in three days. You have yet to lose a set. Is everything going to plan? Are you happy with your performance here so far?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I had a long first round, even though it was two sets, but, you know, today and yesterday was definitely a little bit quicker. I was happy with the way I came out.
You know, I played really well in the beginning and got a little tense in the second set, but I felt like I really needed that challenge. It's nice to be in the quarterfinal stage of this tournament.

Q. Do you feel tired at all, having played three matches in three days?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: No. Well, actually I had a day in between the first and the second, but, I mean, I have played so many events where you had to play back to back. I mean, the Olympics was six days in a row, so that was quite an experience.
You know, it's just really‑‑ you know, I'm experienced enough to know how I recover and what I have to do in order to get ready. That's something maybe that bothered me six, seven years ago. It would be tough for me to recover. But I do a much better job of it now.

Q. In the last few years you suffered several injuries. This year you seem pretty well. Do you have some new plan for your recovery?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I did. I had a tough injury, and it kept me away from the sport for almost a year.
But apart from the shoulder, knock on wood, you know, overall my body has been really healthy. I was able to recover from that. You know, and that doesn't mean that I don't have to do anything in order to prevent it from happening again. You know, every day I have to do, you know, little exercises to keep my shoulder strong.
You know, the older you get‑‑ I know I'm only 25, but when you're playing tennis from a young age, it's so important to warm up your body and to recover. The little stretches that you do, they sometimes don't seem so meaningful at that particular time, but they're so important.
Yeah, it's just about maintenance. You know, when your body is healthy, it helps you so much when you're on the court.

Q. Can you talk about the fun side of combined events? Do you actually watch some men's matches, or do you have lunch together in players' restaurant, or do you socialize a little bit in the players' lounge?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I'm not the social type in the players' lounge. It hasn't really been my repertoire. I do my job and I come here, and I honestly sometimes don't know who's playing and who's not.
You know, the tournament for me is when I come here and I have an opponent that I have to face and I get ready for and I play that match. I mean, once this press conference is over and I'll eat something, I'll be back in my hotel and not knowing what's going on later today. You know, I'll probably maybe see the result of who my next opponent is.
But as far as focusing what's going on around and who's talking with who, I don't know, it's just none of my business.

Q. Just like this one, you had three very easy wins to push you into Round 4 of this year's tournament. What's the key to your well‑rounded performance?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Very good English. I think that's the best English spoken by a Chinese on my trip here.
Yeah, you can say it's been two sets and it's been easy, but in any particular situation and any match you go into‑‑ you know, look at the match today. I was up a set and I was up a break and played a couple loose points, and then all of a sudden your opponent, you know, starts feeling better, gets a little bit of confidence and makes the match difficult.
So there's no such thing as a really easy match. You know, there can be so many swings from the hour, three hours that you can be on the court, so it's really about maintaining that focus and concentration from the start to the end.
Even if you have a few moments where you feel like you have a little bit of a letdown, I try to recover from it as fast as I can.

Q. In the past few days you have answered a few questions about Sugarpova. My question is: Among all the business opportunities you had, why you choose candy to start your own business?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Because I eat way too much of it, and, well, I love food and I love candy. And the reason it was gummies is because when I came from Russia to the United States and I first tried a Gummy Bear worm, nobody has ever seen that in Russia. It really fascinated me and I loved it.
I mean, when the name came out, I thought it was just so fun and young. Then I put two together. Then I did a lot of research on brands that make this type of candy.
When I would ask my friends, like, what's their favorite gummy, they would tell me a particular shape that they liked. They would never tell me a brand.
Then it just clicked in my head that that is something I want to change, you know, that in the future when people ask what their favorite gummies are, they say Sugarpova. They don't say it's worms or something like that.
That kind of clicked. It's kind of where it all started.

Q. Have you ever been to Russian District in Beijing? If you have been there, what's your opinion about it?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I haven't been. No, I haven't been there. I visited the Great Wall a few years ago, but, you know, the unfortunate life of a tennis player, sometimes you don't get to visit as much as you hope.
We do get to go to some really nice cities, but there really isn't a lot of time to visit‑‑ you know, I have traveled to so many great cities this year, and, I mean, I can't even ‑‑I don't even remember seeing something spectacular and new and being a tourist.
Maybe once or twice I think in Rome. Then in Paris I went to see Moulin Rouge because I had the evening off. That's really as good as it gets for a tennis player, because you get to the tournament, you're trying to prepare for it, and then you finish and then you're on to the next one or you've been on the road for so long you just want to sleep in your own bed.
I think I'll have so much time to travel when I'm done with the sport.

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