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Old Jul 26th, 2010, 08:44 PM   #31
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Russia's most powerful celebrity: Sharapova

BEIJING, July 27 (Xinhuanet) -- Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova is the only Russian national on the Forbes list of 100 most influential celebrities, unveiled on Monday night.

Sharapova appears in commercials for such brands as Canon, Prince, Tiffany, Tag Heuer and Land Rover. Her biggest contract was signed with sports products company Nike, which re-signed the athlete in January to an eight-year contract worth up to 70 million U.S. dollars. She also receives money from sales of her own tennis line and a line of bags and shoes through Nike subsidiary Cole Haan, according to RT reports.

The Forbes rating of the most powerful celebrities is based on the frequency of their names being mentioned in the mass media, and also on their financial success.
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Maria Sharapova is not the top seed at this week's Bank of the West Classic, but she remains a top draw.

A near-capacity crowd of 3,580 showed up Tuesday night at Stanford's Taube Family Tennis Stadium to watch one of the sport's biggest attractions continue her march toward the top once again.

Sharapova did not disappoint.

In a match that didn't lack for drama or a story line, Sharapova, seeded fifth, held off a hard-hitting Jie Zheng 6-4, 7-5.

"She's a great player," said Sharapova, who is ranked 15th. "She's a very good competitor. There is no doubt I had to be ready. I really had to be on the top of my game."

The match was Sharapova's first on a hard court since Indian Wells last spring, when Zheng defeated her in three sets and an elbow injury sent Sharapova to the sideline for six weeks. Sharapova called the match "scratchy," adding, "I wasn't feeling too good there."

Tuesday, in Sharapova's first match since a fourth-round loss to Serena Williams at Wimbledon last month, the 23rd-ranked Zheng gave the Russian all she could handle again, at times forcing the action by charging the net.

Sometimes that backfired — Sharapova nicely hit a few lobs for winners — but Zheng's grittiness made things interesting.

Still, Sharapova gave herself an opportunity to close out the match when she broke serve in the ninth game of the second set as Zheng hit a backhand long after a tense rally. But on match point in the next game, Sharapova double-faulted, and Zheng went on to even the set 5-5.

Sharapova responded by breaking serve again in the next game and then held to win the match, her 21st victory this year in 27 matches.

"I returned better when I had to," Sharapova said. "There was no choice. I couldn't rely on the serve the whole match. I don't think I took advantage enough on her serves, especially the second serve. That's something I'll want to improve going forward."

The first set was mostly routine, with both players holding serve through the first eight games. Then Sharapova raised her game, breaking serve at love for a 5-4 lead and then holding in the next game to win the set.

The second set for Sharapova was more tense, but the outcome was satisfying.

"My mentality is to keep going and keep fighting," said Sharapova, who last year at this time was coming back from a shoulder injury.

Sharapova will next play in the day session Thursday against Olga Govortsova.

Also Tuesday, eighth-seeded Victoria Azarenka defeated Ayumi Morita 6-0, 6-2; No. 6 seed Shahar Peer rallied to oust Daniela Hantuchova 0-6, 6-4, 6-3.
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Directed Sharapova Looks to Take Next Big Step

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FROM THE BANK OF THE WEST CLASSIC, WEDNESDAY, JULY 28 – Stanford is a level of tournament that Maria Sharapova needs to win, not that’s she the only one competing at the Bank of the West Classic this week with a gap in her 2010 resume.. Yes, she might be reasonably satisfied in reaching the final and say, being on the short end of a tough two set loss to Sam Stosur, but at this stage in the season, she playing well enough to bag sizebale titles and what she needs to do if she’s going to be a major threat at the US Open and put together five solid wins in a row over a slew of notable players.

Consider this: it wasn’t until Tuesday night in her powerful 6-4, 7-5 over China’s Jie Zheng that she had beaten a top 25 player this year. In fact, you have to go back to October 2009, when she overcame Victoria Azarenka in Beijing, to find the last time she beat a top 25 player. Yes, the three time Slam champ won two Tier III titles this year in Memphis and Strasbourg and yes, she played Justine Henin and Serena Williams close in losses at Roland Garros and Wimbledon, but she isn’t that patient of a person and after her press conference, she told me in private that she does not jump up and down for joy with near misses. She was in those matches and thought she could win them. She's the very opposite of a happy-to-be-there player.

"I could have done better and I've had my fair share of opportunities, but that's the past," she said in her press conference. "My mentality is to keep fighting, getting the most out of my matches and work myself toward the US Open."

Sharapova faces Olga Govortsova on Thursday, could face Elena Dementieva in the quarters and Shahar Peer or Aggie Radwanska in the semis. That’s a difficult, but not impossible draw. She is serving much better and much faster than she was last year and although her return game was spotty against Zheng, it will never really go away. I’m not yet convinced that her commitment to a slap and charge off her foe’s second serves is a good move for her because her feet aren't that quick and she has trouble covering the net unless she gets a very reasonable volley, but at least she trying new things.

The question is, just how long will this super intense competitor be patient with good but not great results? Its almost been two years since she seriously injured her shoulder and although she knows better than anyone how long it takes to rehab from surgery, she was used to winning a lot as a pro beforehand.
"I worked on patience so long during the injury and obviously wanted good results and wanted to go far in the Slams and this year it hasn’t happened. But that the way it is and I’m not going to quit because I didn't,'' said Sharapova. "I was No. 1 in summer I got injured and had just won a Slam [the Aussie Open] and little do you know, I’m out of game next nine moths. I’m not one to sit and say what could have been and I’ve said this from day one that I’m just really fortunate to have come back.”

In private, she does expect excellent results out of herself and pushes herself time and time again. She understands what a winning formula is and doesn’t get too caught up into trying to compete reconfigure her game, a la Ana Ivanovic in recent times. She’s very good at dealing with expectations because they are largely her own, although her father’s Yuri’s hopes for her cannot be completely dismissed. But she says that she plays and sets goal “not for anyone but myself.”

Sharapova has evolved though, partly due to the all the time she has spent off the tour because of her injury. She has woken up and discovered that she’s woman who didn’t exactly choose her entire life path.
The 23-year-old laughed when thinking about her history, but there’s serious side to her commentary.
"If you really think about it it's so dumb,” she said. “You have a grip in your hand, strings in the racket, and this yellow fuzzy ball and you're hitting it since four years old. It's ridiculous. It's dumb if you think about it. But it's what we do.”
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After defeating Jie Zheng 6-4, 7-5 in the first round of Stanford, Maria Sharapova says she has been able to return to her old service motion as her shoulder recovers.

"I knew eventually I would go back, I just didn’t quite know when,” said Sharapova, who underwent shoulder surgery in October 2008. “But I knew that if I was going to come back when I did last year, I had to start with an abbreviated motion.
"It was just really inconvenient... Apart from the serve, I really felt like the shoulder was feeling really good on all the other parts of my game. Even my backhand volley, which I really couldn’t hit with the shoulder, was getting a lot better.
"I'm just trying to work myself toward the U.S. Open," she added. "I'm just happy to be back playing."

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Still isn't the new service motion a bit shorter? I mean it wouln't be wise to return to the motion that got her injured in the first place
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Still isn't the new service motion a bit shorter? I mean it wouln't be wise to return to the motion that got her injured in the first place
I wonder that too but I guess her team knows what they are doing
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“I just wasn’t swinging through well today; sometimes my arm just doesn’t want to swing. I didn’t want to take too much off the serve because that was not going to get me anywhere. I just wanted to find it the right way and keep going forward. Today was one of those days were I made a few more errors than I should have, but in the beginning that is actually what saved me because I wasn’t making many balls in the court from any side. I was trying to find the right balance to win the match.”

“When things are not going that well, you just try to keep doing the right thing and ultimately you will get your chances. I got them and picked them up. That’s what I needed to do in order to win the match. At the end of the day, that is the most important thing. You can only learn from the match itself. Hopefully tomorrow I can go out and not have to wait for such a long time and lose five games in a row to start figuring things out.”

“I think it’s tough to feel perfect all the time. One of the toughest things in the game itself is keeping your concentration and focus. You know that if you play a few good games, you are likely to have a bit of a letdown. It’s not really about the kind of letdown you have, it’s more about how you get yourself out of it. You want to think clearly out there about what you need to do and stay positive.”

“She (Radwanska) is a great retriever and a challenging player because she is very tricky. She has a lot of different tricks in her bag. She can play really aggressive or mix it up and throw a change of pace. I will really have to be on top of my game.”


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“I was just all over the map a little while in that first set. There were way too many errors. I just started being a little more patient and giving her a chance to play. In the first set, I was making so many errors and it’s not like she was making me run or hitting winners. I was making three unforced errors a game, which is quite a lot. I needed to cut down on those, which I did. Little by little, I played really solid over the next two sets.”


“That’s the type of player she is and that’s how she wins the majority of her matches. She manages to wear down a lot of her opponents, getting many balls back and making them hit another shot. She’s had a lot of success doing that so you always have to be ready for the next shot to come back.”


“From the beginning I didn’t want to find myself having too long of rallies with her, because that’s what she wants. I think I overplayed myself a little bit in that first set, maybe over-thinking it or something instead of just really playing my way. But that was just the first set, and no matter how unsuccessful it was, you still have a match ahead of you.”


“She (Radwanska) is playing great and is always tough and aggressive. She is always moving on her feet. She is another player who hits many balls and you have to be ready and return well. It will be important to return well, serve well and really take advantage of the next ball.”


“It’s been a really long road but I’m so happy that I can come out and not really have to worry about too many things like I maybe did last year. Just to know that I can come out every day and even if I don’t feel 100 percent, I don’t feel like many things are on my mind like they were before … I’m happy to find myself just playing, trying to work out the kinks and really just go for it.”
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