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Old Sep 2nd, 2006, 12:55 PM   #721
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ow come on... we all know what happened!!
Maria is a good girl and she just didnt want to give a 2 6-0 for someone
so she gave a game for the poor woman...
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Old Sep 5th, 2006, 02:14 AM   #722
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Sharapova recovers to reach quarter-finals

By Simon Cambers

NEW YORK, Sept 4 (Reuters) - Third seed Maria Sharapova recovered from a slow start to beat China's Li Na 6-4 6-2 to reach the quarter-finals of the U.S. Open on Monday.


Li, the first Chinese woman ever to make the last 16 at Flushing Meadows, raced to a 4-1 lead but Sharapova hit back strongly to wrap up victory in 78 minutes.

World number 22 Li forced Sharapova into several uncharacteristic errors early on but once the Russian found her range, the result was never in doubt.

"I started the match a little bit slow," Sharapova admitted.

"I rushed into things. I rushed into my serve and my return. After 4-1, I thought I kind of relaxed and just made her hit an extra ball.

"She was hitting some good balls. I mean, once she gets a good hit on it, she can rip the ball really hard.

"But I got a few unforced errors from her, when I got to break her, and then from then on I gained a bit more confidence, started serving better and took more time."

Sharapova won five games in a row in the second set to seal victory and set up a match against Frenchwoman Tatiana Golovin, the 27th seed.

Despite the relative ease of her win, Sharapova said she had been impressed by Li.

"She's doing better and better with every year," she said.

"I mean, every time I've played against her, we've had really tough matches. I always seem to be down a break once in a while in the first or second set. So I know that it's always going to be a tough match-up."

The Russian said she will need to improve against Golovin.

"I don't feel like I can go into every single match and play great," she said.

"But the good thing about (it), was that I won the match and I knew that I figured out a way to beat her, playing not great.

"I know it's only going to be tougher. Mentally, I know that I need to step it up."
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An interesting article about Maria's agent Max Eisenbud, some bits and pieces about Maria

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Tuesday, September 12, 2006
BY DAVID WALDSTEIN
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You grow up in Short Hills, win a couple of state tennis titles for Millburn High School, and earn a full ride to play at Purdue. After college you kick around a little like any normal postgrad, and move to Manhattan to try promoting rock bands.

It's a nice gig, but then Justin Gimelstob, your old buddy from Center Court in Chatham, convinces you that you'd be the perfect tennis agent. So, you hook up with IMG, the sports marketing group, ship off to Florida and meet a skinny 11-year-old girl with braces and a wicked forehand.

Fast-forward seven years and, wham -- you're at the very center of the glamorous high-stakes world of sports, entertainment, fashion and marketing. You're side by side with Maria Sharapova and both of you are soaring to the top.

From Short Hills to shooting star, Max Eisenbud couldn't have played it better.

"I'm a very lucky guy," says Eisenbud, 34. "Very lucky. Really lucky. You know, just lucky. Agents go their whole life and never have what I have. I am just very ... lucky."

But if you think it's just dumb luck that he's riding in limousines and chatting casually twice a day on the phone with Sharapova, or that he's attached at the hip to the hottest thing in sports and red-carpet entertainment, then you don't know Eisenbud.

"I was born to just hustle," he says. "I have a passion for this, and I love building the Maria Sharapova brand."

It's Sunday, the day after his client just won the U.S. Open. Eisenbud has just escorted Sharapova to a photo shoot with the trophy, and he's sitting patiently nearby in the players lounge while she conducts more interviews. Eisenbud is busy sorting through interview requests on his hand-held, accepting congratulatory hugs from Tracy Austin, and arranging a celebratory dinner in Manhattan for Sharapova and her closest friends.

But his primary duty on this day is to wait around the USTA administrative offices and make sure the $1.7 million his client just earned with two weeks of dynamite play, is safely wired into her account.

Although he has a few other clients -- Gimelstob, for one -- Eisenbud says 90 percent of his job is taking care of Maria. And considering the demands on her right now, it's a dizzying matrix of responsibilities.

"It's really consumed my whole life," he says. "It's so 24/7 that it's lucky I have a very understanding fiancée. I tell her all the time, 'I'm not qualified to do anything else in life. So, you're going to have to bear with me."

If Maria is ill in Paris and needs a doctor, she calls Max. If it's 3 a.m. after her Open triumph and she needs a stylist and makeup person set up before her photo shoot the next day, she text-messages Max. She needs a flight, a dinner reservation, an endorsement, a charity event, a Web site, a sneaker deal -- call Max.

Everyone else does.

"I had 250 e-mails after she won, a hundred media requests," he says. "But Monday is Sept. 11. The right thing to do is to do nothing. Nobody wants to see Maria Sharapova on 'Good Morning America' on Sept. 11. It's not appropriate. And I make that call."

Eisenbud's path to making those calls, to becoming the best-placed person in sports right now, began at Millburn High, where he won the two state championships before going to Purdue. After college, when Gimelstob needed help organizing an event for his charity foundation, Eisenbud lent a hand. Gimelstob was already an IMG client, and he pushed the agency to hire his old pal.

"I told them they would be idiots if they didn't hire him," Gimelstob said. "He really was perfect. He played tennis and knows the game, and being from New Jersey, he understands the art of the deal. Talking and negotiating weren't going to be a problem for him."

Eisenbud, who to this day credits Gimelstob for making it all happen, was hired by the Cleveland-based IMG in November 1999 and was sent down to the Nick Bollettieri Academy in Bradenton, Fla. (He has since moved to Cleveland, but his brother still lives in Essex County, and his nephew Jeffrey is a rising soccer star at Millburn.)

With no training, Eisenbud was sent to look after 10 of IMG's top clients, including 11 year-old Tatiana Golovin, 13-year-old Jelena Jankovic and a skinny, 11 year-old from Siberia named Maria.

"She was a piece of spaghetti," he recalls. "All legs, and arms like toothpicks, braces, the whole bit. Then I saw her on the court and she was unbelievable. I remember saying, 'Oh, my God.' Her concentration was incredible. I played the game and I couldn't concentrate for five minutes, and there's this little girl focusing and practicing and improving every day."

If Eisenbud saw promise in Maria, her father, Yuri Sharapov, saw similar promise in Max. After six months Yuri called IMG and told them, "This is my guy." Since then, Eisenbud has been a part of the Sharapova family, doing everything from booking flights for the prodigy to arranging the 19-year-old champion's appearance on "Late Show with David Letterman" last night.

Eisenbud explains that there is a team of about 15 people at IMG devoted to building the Maria Sharapova brand, and he considers himself the quarterback, overseeing all aspects of the game plan.

For all those commercials and billboards she's done -- for Canon, Motorola, Nike, Tag Heuer, Land Rover, Parlux Fragrances, etc. -- none of the companies came to her first, Eisenbud says. Team Sharapova went to them because they fit the image they want to project, and because Sharapova likes them all.

Eisenbud loves the process of marketing Sharapova. But even with all the high-powered negotiations and market strategizing going on, he says he couldn't do it if he didn't have a special bond with his client. Sharapova is an only child and people sometimes ask Eisenbud if he feels like an older brother. He sees himself more as the uncle of a very talented niece.

"I wish people could see what I see on a daily basis, what a really special girl she is," he says. "You see her on the court so determined and so tough. Then you see her off the court and she's so funny, and goofy and caring. A typical teenager."
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For those sad folks who still believe Ms Maria to be "overrated", this is why she gets so much attention and why her picture appears on the cover of Sports Illustrated and not any of the other girls, or even Roddick, Blake, Nadal, or Federer for that matter.
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Old Sep 14th, 2006, 06:32 PM   #725
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Old Sep 21st, 2006, 03:09 PM   #726
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Maria article in Russian

http://www.kp.ru/daily/23777.3/57632/

Sorry, I don't have time to translate now.
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Maria article in Russian

http://www.kp.ru/daily/23777.3/57632/

Sorry, I don't have time to translate now.
I'd translate, but there's nothing new in this, just recapping her US Open and Wimby wins and all the sponsorship deals she has and how she's a "Russian Sex Bomb" (they just transliterated "Sex bomb" into cyrillic ) who makes more than even Federer.
Then the odd thing is that they literally just copied and pasted her Top 10 List section from her official website into the article (her 10 fave. cities, etc.)
I guess they got a little lazy..
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Old Oct 8th, 2006, 11:45 PM   #728
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According to this article (in Russian) Maria admitted to having a boyfriend. She said that he lives in Sochi, so it's not Roddick.

http://www.kp.ru/daily/23786.5/58378/
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According to this article (in Russian) Maria admitted to having a boyfriend. She said that he lives in Sochi, so it's not Roddick.

http://www.kp.ru/daily/23786.5/58378/
No way! And says its recent too! So from Sochi but they dont see much because of tournaments! how did they meet But i look and think reliable because its a good article but dont know wether to believe because she is hardcore against not admitting personal life. Bit cheeky they release where she's staying too
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Sochi huh? and her haters say she never sets foot in her homeland... long distance relationship perhaps?

but then again... Maria's not the type to talk about it... seems suspicious...
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No way! And says its recent too! So from Sochi but they dont see much because of tournaments! how did they meet But i look and think reliable because its a good article but dont know wether to believe because she is hardcore against not admitting personal life. Bit cheeky they release where she's staying too
They keep printing where she's staying, but probably not a secret,
if the same hotel as last year. But why reveal the security arrangements
in the hotel and also on the street.

http://www.kp.ru/daily/23786.5/58318/

I cannot believe now we may have a conflict with Zvonariova,
I hope not, she's one of Masha's friends.

BTW, Masha, according to that other article, does not say that her boyfriend lives in Sochi, just that he is currently there.
And she is currently in Moscow, that does not mean she lives in Moscow.

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This is the full article about Maria's (apparent?) new boy:

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For a time her colleage, the American tennis player Andy Roddick, featured as her beloved. But that relationship has collapsed: in the press there has appeared photos of Andy with the famous "hanger-on" Paris Hilton, and Maria, without thinking twice, has turned a new chapter herself.

"Yes, I have a new boyfriend, we began to date not too long ago" - admitted the sportswoman to journalists at the opening of a showroom dealership in Moscow for the cellular phone company sponsoring her. "He's living in Sochi right now. Unfortunately there is little time for getting together in between tennis tournaments.

The name of Maria's chosen lad, alas, was not given. She added only that she doesn't intend to get married. From all appearances, this time the heart of a beauty has been conquered not by an American, but by a Russian. This, naturally, is desirable.

It should be remembered that Maria arrived in Moscow several days ago and, as she did last year, is staying at the Ararat Park Hayat

- Marina Bakhteyarova
Well if this is true, then it should show up in other publications since she apparently told this to a group of journalists. I love how she's already having to deny marriage plans though!
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This is the full article about Maria's (apparent?) new boy: ....
This English text does not correspond to the Russian one.
The Russian article seems to be the original source, unless the interview was given in English.
The Russian text quotes her as saying that her boyfriend is in Sochi right now, not that he lives in Sochi right now. He may or may not live in Sochi.
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This English text does not correspond to the Russian.
The Russian article seems to be the original source, unless the interview was given in English.
The Russian text says that her boyfriend is in Sochi right now, it does not say that he lives in Sochi right now. He may or may not live in Sochi.
You're right. I speak Russian and I translated it a bit too precisely. It does indeed say that he's just "located" in Sochi right now.
I think the rest of the translation is fairly accurate though. I wasn't going for a professional translation here.
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You're right. I speak Russian and I translated it a bit too precisely. It does indeed say that he's just "located" in Sochi right now.
I think the rest of the translation is fairly accurate though. I wasn't going for a professional translation here.
I wonder if there is some tennis related event or something in Sochi right now? Or maybe some family friend from old neighborhood (parents may be friends) or even related to Kafelnikov


BTW, I percieve the English word "to be located" as living there perhaps temporarily or not, because of job or something.
The russian text does not convey that either
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