Yeah but she wants more match practice and I think at Auckland she can get some! And there is not a weak field either.Dementieva,Li,Rezai,Wickmayer all played there last year I think!
If she enters Brisbane there is Henin and for sure Clijsters to defend her tittle.
Sydney has a really tough field and she can get a tough first round clash.
But again I'm not so sure.I would want her to play Sydney or Brisbane cause in a way she'll get more points and secure that top 16 seeding.I can't even imagine what are the tournament directors going through right now to get Maria to play in any of the January tournaments.
Why wouldn't she be able to get it in Brisbane? I know Stosur is confirmed for there, possible Vika as well if she ends outside of top 10 this year and I'm sure many other top 30 players will play there. Brisbane is the PERFECT warm-up tournament for Maria. I'm sure she knows that as well.
Sharapova has been a loyal participant at the Hong Kong tournament since she started to play here as a precociously talented teenager in 2003.
President of the Hong Kong Tennis Patrons’ Association Ian Wade explained, “Maria feels she needs to play in a WTA ranking tournament at the start of the year, and she’s going to break her routine of starting in Hong Kong. We’re naturally disappointed but we know how hard a decision this was for her. With a current ranking of 18, Maria is working hard to get back in the Top 5.”
Good that she's mixing it up. I don't care where she plays as long as she kicks ass!
The Empress Queen Vee Masha, Vika Sexlana CaroBear
When Daylight's fading,We're gonna play in the dark
Till it's golden again
Sharapova gets engaged to LA Lakers star
Fri, 22 Oct 08:08:00 2010
Los Angeles Lakers guard Sasha Vujacic has announced that he is engaged to marry Russian Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova.
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The Slovenian basketball star told reporters before an exhibition game on Thursday that the former tennis world number one had accepted his proposal.
Prior to the game against the Golden State Warriors in San Diego, Vujacic said that the she had said "yes' to his "old-school" proposal, adding that they were both "really happy".
The 26-year-old Vujacic proposed on the couple's one-year anniversary of meeting at a friend's barbecue and their engagement was also confirmed by the team's official website reporter Mike Trudell on his social networking page.
No date has been set for the wedding.
The 23-year-old Sharapova, currently ranked number 18 in the world, won the Wimbledon title in 2004, the US Open crown in 2006 and the Australian Open in 2008.
Wow I'm still not over this. I'm just still in shock. All this talk about the marriage being a sign of her not taking her career serious anymore makes me feel depressed. I'm dreading the day that Maria retires and people in GM are mentioning it so fucking much!
Well she mentioned in an interview in 2008 when Justine retired that if she had the amount of slams Henin had at that time and she had her age she would have done the same thing.
My dream would be to see Maria play until she is 30 years old!
I remember that it also says on wiki:
Sharapova has often implied that she desires an early retirement. Following the retirement of 25-year-old Justine Henin, Sharapova said, "If I was 25 and I'd won so many Grand Slams, I'd quit too." In an interview after the 2008 Australian Open, she balked at the idea of playing for another ten years, saying that she hoped to have a "nice husband and a few kids" by then.
Hopefully she has changed her mind about retiring early and will play for a long time