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Old Dec 17th, 2005, 08:03 AM   #1
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Ryan Sweeting on his "match" against Sharapova

These are just exerpts from the article about Ryan. I just took out the ones relating to Maria and that practice match we were talking about on this board a few weeks ago...


Ryan Sweeting has Sharapova's endorsement, but he's in no hurry to turn pro.

By Charles Bricker
Staff Writer
Posted December 17 2005

Rising from obscurity to win the U.S. Open junior tennis tournament in September sent Ryan Sweeting's confidence soaring, and beating Maria Sharapova a few weeks later in a practice match gave his personal wealth a nice little boost......

........So who, many wondered, is Ryan Sweeting?

Agents from IMG, SFX and Octogon came calling. So did representatives of the Bollettieri Tennis Academy, who asked him to train there for two weeks.

While Sweeting was there, coaches arranged a practice match with Sharapova, who pulled her own surprise victory in 2004 by winning Wimbledon.

"She came on the court and I asked her if she wanted to play for money," Sweeting said. Sharapova dug $25 out of her purse. Sweeting matched it, then rolled up the $50 and wedged it into one of the holes in the net, where it stayed during the match.

It wasn't long before Sharapova was up 5-0. ( )

"It was kind of hard to concentrate," Sweeting said. "She's very attractive. But I wasn't going down six-love. I stopped looking at her for a while and won 7-5, 6-3.

"At the net, she just said, `Too good,' with a little smile on her face. She doesn't like to lose."

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/s...a-sports-front


Good job Maria...5-0! But this just proves that she really has a problem with closing out sets...
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Old Dec 17th, 2005, 08:05 AM   #2
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she couldn´t serve it out
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Old Dec 17th, 2005, 08:06 AM   #3
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she couldn´t serve it out
I know right...
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She plays great tennis and the she loses these matches
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Great job? He wasn't even concenration at all and that's what you want to say is 'great job'?
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Great job? He wasn't even concenration at all and that's what you want to say is 'great job'?
Well that's his problem, not hers...although technically hers is a bigger one - cant freakin close out sets...
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Old Dec 17th, 2005, 08:14 AM   #7
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i dont think she has a problem closing out sets
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Well that's the pressure.

$50 on the line, and the potential heavy criticism of her on this board. It's not easy to close out these important matches.

By the way, it may be interesting to note that Ryan was knocked out first round in the Orange Bowl. Mind you, he did lose to the eventual finalist.
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What the 5-0 proves is that Ryan was nervous to be playing a top female pro.
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Sounds pretty typical of most of her matches since Wimbledon...amazing start, then collapses...
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I wonder if he's the first guy to make her choke.
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The sisters lose a match against a male 400-something player, Sharapova lost a match against a junior grand slam titlist.
Not so strange to me.
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oh please, this match means absolutely nothing, if this would have been any woman on the WTA tour that Maria was leading 5-0 she would have won the set, don't make something out of this silly match that is just not there
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any proof that Maria was up 5-0?? He could be bullsh*tting for all we know
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It's just one IMG kid (Maria) helping another (Ryan) get some exposure in the media. And it worked. Well done Maria.
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