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Old Aug 22nd, 2014, 10:22 AM   #1621
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Maria Sharapova Has Something Very Important to Say to Teens
And you're not going to like it.
by Phillip Picardi

How's your day going? Good? Are you enjoying these last few precious moments of summer? Maybe planning a last beach getaway, where you and your friends can frolic in the sand and take photos of your freshly-pedicured feet against the ocean horizon?

Well, bad news. International tennis champion and sometimes model Maria Sharapova is here to ruin all that. She has what she considers to be a very important message for young people everywhere and we're not really sure you're ready for it. But you're here and you're reading this, right? And tough love is sometimes very necessary—especially when it comes from someone who's won the US Open. (Twice.) So brace yourself.

Here goes: "You're not going to be a teenager forever."

CALM DOWN. It's going to be alright. And we know this is earth-shattering information, but here's the thing: You can subscribe to Teen Vogue forever, even if you're not a teen, so don't worry. And One Direction's fandom spans all ages, really, as does Pretty Little Liars, so everything is pretty much going to be ok. You know what might not be ok? Your skin.

"When I first came to the US to train, I was seven. I went straight to Florida and was basically playing outdoors all day," Maria explains. "My mom made a point to insist that I wear SPF and protect my skin, but I really didn't get it! I was young and my skin was beautiful. But I never thought that something like sunscreen would help me in the future. Prevention is absolutely essential for gorgeous skin in the future." And, as we know from our SPF guide, the sun can cause premature aging, hyperpigmentation, and even skin cancer, which makes daily protection necessary!

For the record, Maria's skin is flawless. In fact, for someone who's now co-owner of a sunscreen brand (Supergoop!), she's got an immaculate, peachy-bronze glow from head to toe. Such is probably the norm when you're constantly working out. "Being active brings so many benefits to your life," she says. "I love sports, because being in a social and competitive environment makes exercise less of a chore. Sports teach you so much about yourself and other people, and I think those are things you wouldn't learn otherwise."

That says a lot coming from a girl who swapped traditional classrooms for the tennis court before she was even a tween. "It's a fine balance, being a professional athlete and managing schoolwork. There are big sacrifices you make to get an education, but also to be able to play and compete."

Said sacrifices paid off by the time Maria was just 17 years old: She defeated the legendary Serena Williams in the 2004 Wimbledon final, establishing herself as a force to be reckoned with. On the court, she was clearly a major player. But she's equally savvy off-court—she's inked deals with brands like Cole Haan and Nike, and has been praised more than once for her penchant for bright colors and feminine tailoring.

Her discipline with sports is perhaps what makes her such a great beauty subject. "I never wear makeup when I work out," she says. "And I always keep a bottle of SPF right next to my shower, so I can towel off and apply it then and there."

And while she can talk all about the sad loss of her newly-discontinued Japanese concealer pen or her love of Chanel makeup, the only true constant in her beauty routine is the Supergoop! SPF 30 City Sunscreen Serum. (It's also, by the way, a favorite of the Teen Vogue beauty team.) "It's not chalky, it feels so nice going on your skin, and it's waterproof, so I can wear it while I play," she says.

And we all know that a good product makes following Maria's advice for daily SPF application a whole lot easier. (Who has time for greasy sunscreen?) And while it certainly won't change your life instantly like, say, a magical foundation or your favorite mascara, it's doing you one better. "Now that I'm 27, I've learned that it's not about seeing results right away. Think of it as an investment in your future."

Do you wear SPF every day? If so, which do you wear? And if not, what would help you get into the habit? Sound off in the comments and we'll get back to you!
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An Interview With: Maria Sharapova
Saturday, August 23, 2014
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Q. How does it feel to be a candy magnate? Anything new we should know? Dennis give you a tough time about it? Anything sugar free?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Sugar free? With a name Sugarpova I don't think I will be doing anything sugar free very soon. There is your answer.

Q. You're kind of known as one of the fashionistas on the court. How has your style sense changed off the court?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Things changed a lot, because I used to wear pieces years ago that were not sold or produced. There were pieces, maybe materials that were, you know, coming from Italy that were quite expensive. So they are one offs where you could do something a bit different, edgier, pushed the boundaries a bit more. Ever since I have gotten my collection, you certainly have to tone things down a little bit, because that's something that will be worn on a 14-year-old girl or something that's woman's league, while overall trying to maintain that edge and differentiate myself from everyone else.

Q. When you were last here at the US Open, Sugarpova was a new company. How has it grown since then? What's that experience been like for you?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: It's been a really unique experience, because I had no experience coming into it. I feel everything that's come my way I have been able to learn from. We have grown tremendously in two years. We are in over 30 different countries now with exclusive distribution deals. For a new company, that's very, very rare. We are in different hotels. My goal is to keep it as premium as possible. I mean, from Four Seasons Hotel to unique boutiques around the world, Colette in Paris or somewhere in Asia. Yeah, it's very interesting. You learn, because it's candy. It's, you know, a certain amount of dollars per bag. Obviously the more money you're going to make is by the more bags you sell. At some stage you have to make decisions in terms of mass and where you want to go and the directions that you take. But it's been a lot of fun.

Q. Is your game where you were expecting at this moment, or are you still searching for...

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I think if there is a time to bring the game that I want to, it's definitely now (smiling) for the next few weeks. I wasn't happy with the way I started the hard court season. As the weeks progress, I'm certainly feeling better. It was great to have this week of practice here. You know, the courts are a little bit faster again, so it was good to come here a little bit early and to get that time on the courts. But overall, yeah, I think little by little things will shape into place.

Q. Do you prefer at this point a faster hard court or a slower hard court with your game and how it's evolved?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I think a faster court can have a higher bounce or a slower court can have a lower bounce. It always depends on the place and the weather. I don't think I have ever really had a preference on hard court. I actually like when the court is a bit faster.

Q. With all of your fashion ventures and with the business ventures you have had, how do you deal with that during a tournament? Are you taking business e-mails during a tournament, or do you say for these two weeks I can't be reached and I will deal with it after?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I don't usually get my e-mails during tournaments (smiling). I sometimes want to, but I don't. People know better.

Q. Your psychological fortitude has always been probably one of the best parts of your overall game. Do you think you were born with that?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I'm not really sure. That's a question I have been asked before, but I think it's also life circumstances that you go through, that you work through, and learn from. Also by the people that you're surrounded by and what you learn, how you go through making decisions. You know, I have never really had an easy journey to this step of where I am today. From my days in Russia to even now we always go through challenges and adversity. I think we're still not sitting here today saying I'm the strongest person or physically or mentally, because I always want to improve and be better and make myself a better person.

Q. What are your thoughts on your first-round opponent, your history with her and the path her career has taken?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, she hasn't played in a while. That's what I know. But I also know we have had a lot of tough matches in the past. She's a very dangerous opponent, someone that's capable of playing really great tennis. She's beaten me before in her career. Yeah, I'll definitely have to be ready.

Q. What is it that makes her dangerous? What is it about the way she plays?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, she makes you hit a lot of balls. She's a great mover on the court. She uses a bit of variety, as well, in her game. But I guess we'll see on Monday.

Q. I saw you the last time in Stuttgart. You were the face of the tournament. Had to do so many things for the sponsors. What is more stress for you, being at Stuttgart at the tournament where you have to do every day something different it seems like for a sponsor or being at a Grand Slam tournament?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, it worked out pretty well for me, so maybe I should do little more things (smiling). I'm very experienced and I have been doing this for a few years to know how to structure a schedule. The week before a Grand Slam I usually do a lot of my appearances in the beginning of the week leading up to the US Open and not towards the end of it or the weekend before. Time commitment, practice schedule, you know, sometimes it changes. You feel differently every year in every tournament. Overall, I think we have done -- my team has done a really good job of facilitating the schedule and making sure once the tournament starts I have had already five days of rest and recovery.

Q. One of the things us tennis masses learn when we watch you is what you do when you're not on the ball, when you walk off a point...

MARIA SHARAPOVA: When I'm not on the ball?

Q. When you're not striking the ball.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Oh, okay.

Q. When there is down time on the court. You'll walk, turn around, have a quiet moment. What goes on in those quiet moments?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: It depends on the situation and what is going on in the match. If you're doing well, it's just kind of the inner voice to keep going and keep that focus. If you feel like you have had a bit of a drop and you lost that, it's words of encouragement or it's a time to just yell at yourself within yourself. It just depends on the situation.

Q. With all the ventures you have had in terms of business, is there something comforting knowing whenever you decide to finish your career, years down the line, you have other opportunities and ventures that you feel passionate about and can go forward with?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I guess I do. That's always scared me. As I was youngster in my career, because you live and breathe tennis from such a young age, you're never really exposed to other things in life because you commit so much of your time and dedicate of your days a year without being able to educate yourself on another subject or have a proper school room education or work with other people in different areas. I have been able to do that and work around my career to really set myself up for things in the future. Because I certainly have the opportunity to do nothing, but that's never really been my character. I have always loved working. I love -- I'm still very young. I have passion and energy to succeed in other things. I certainly hope that I'll have time and still that passion and drive for when I'm done.

Q. You mentioned your first opponent, Kirilenko, hasn't played for a while. Do you see that as an advantage coming into the match?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, you never know, because I think it's also an opportunity for someone like that to come in and have no expectations because they haven't really played a match and to go out and swing away and not put, you know, a lot on yourself, not expect much from yourself. Sometimes that's a very dangerous opponent.

Q. Ten-year anniversary last time you played mixed doubles here.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Oh. What a stat (laughter). That's why we have journalists, for stats.

Q. I don't expect you to be entering this year, but if you were, who would your partner be at this point in your career?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Can we bring Johnny Mack back? Okay, I'd love that.

Q. He would do it.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Not with me probably.

Q. He would.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I'm a little -- I have too much focus on the court for him. Maybe he'd bring out my wild side. I don't know.

Q. What would that look like?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I'm not sure (laughter).

Q. Follow up on your business. I'm curious if the major conglomerates have come to you, the Mars, the Nestles, the Hersheys? Curious if they have approached you.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, we do attend a few of the candy shows during the year where the big players are also in attendance. We're like the mom-and-pop booth and they're like basically take over the whole show. We have had a lot of interest from others, but I still want to carry the business in my hands because it's my baby. It's how I started. I'm far from ready to give it to anyone else.
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Quotable Quotes: US Open Thoughts
Former champions Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova were among those talking to the press ahead of the US Open.

NEW YORK, NY, USA - The start of a Grand Slam is a hectic time. The grounds are bustling, slots on the practice courts are at a premium and the schedule is packed from morning until night.

Almost as busy are the interview rooms, and on Saturday the press corps began their campaign in earnest, grilling defending champion Serena Williams and a selection of contenders for her crown.

Here's what they had to say…

Serena Williams gave a glowing review of her first round opponent, WTA Rising Star Taylor Townsend
"Yeah, it's going to be a great match for me. She's such a great player. Extremely young. I have been able to see her play a little bit. She does everything really, really well. We're really good friends. We always talk and always text each other.

"It's going to be a really tough match for me. She's a lefty. I always wanted to be lefty - that just in general puts you on a whole new level as a player. She's a very aggressive player. She comes to the net. She makes her shots. You don't really see that in tennis so much. You see players that stay back and hug the baseline, as I do. But it's good, refreshing, and I think her game is the future of tennis."

Serena also gave her opinion on the current resurgence in American tennis
"We have Madison Keys, who won a tournament just recently. I think if anything, that just shows that she's definitely stepped up to the plate. So many Americans are doing really, really well and getting closer to the finals and making some big steps by leaps and bounds. I have never felt the pressure. I always felt honored to be holding that trophy as the American and leading American tennis.

"But I feel like there are so many players now that are willing, ready, and able to take that. I definitely talk to a lot of the younger players how to get a champions' mindset and how to become a champion. Hopefully they can take the advice and do it."

Maria Sharapova discussed the origins of her famed mental strength
"I'm not really sure. That's a question I have been asked before, but I think it's also life circumstances that you go through, that you work through, and learn from. Also by the people that you're surrounded by and what you learn, how you go through making decisions. You know, I have never really had an easy journey to this step of where I am today. From my days in Russia to even now we always go through challenges and adversity. I think we're still not sitting here today saying I'm the strongest person or physically or mentally, because I always want to improve and be better and make myself a better person."

And also shared her post-tennis dreams
"Because you live and breathe tennis from such a young age, you're never really exposed to other things in life because you commit so much of your time to it. There isn't much time to educate yourself on another subject or have a proper school room education or work with other people in different areas. I have been able to do that and work around my career to really set myself up for things in the future.

"I certainly have the opportunity to do nothing after tennis, but that's never really been my character. I have always loved working. I'm still very young and I have passion and energy to succeed in other things. I certainly hope that I'll have time and still that passion and drive to do this when I'm done."

WTA Rising Star Simona Halep talked about the notoriously noisy New York crowd
"I think it's a very nice thing to play in front of thousands of people. For me it doesn't matter if they are loud up there, because when I'm on court I'm very focused, so I don't care about that they are screaming sometimes or during the points. It's normal. Everyone can do what they want. But sometimes as a player, you need some quiet during the points. But, you know, every player it's different, so for me that doesn't matter."

While her fellow WTA Rising Star Eugenie Bouchard revealed how life has changed since Wimbledon
"I took some time off after Wimbledon, which was necessary, and definitely tried to be normal for a few weeks, which was actually very nice! But for sure I'm being recognized a lot more, and just feeling a lot of eyes on you no matter what you do, and feeling the expectations and pressure when it comes to tennis. But it's a position I want to be in. I want to be climbing up the ladder like that. I want to be the one that people want to beat and to get to that position. I just feel like I'm on my way to the place I want to be. I'm not there yet, though, and there's still a lot of work to do."
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Well, bad news. International tennis champion and sometimes model Maria Sharapova is here to ruin all that. She has what she considers to be a very important message for young people everywhere and we're not really sure you're ready for it. But you're here and you're reading this, right? And tough love is sometimes very necessary—especially when it comes from someone who's won the US Open. (Twice.) So brace yourself.
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An Interview With: Maria Sharapova
Monday, August 25, 2014


Q. You were 4-2 down in the first set and then came back.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, you know, I thought there was a few times where I could have broken her in the beginning of the match. But I think she started off playing well and solid. Despite not taking those opportunities in a couple of her service games, I felt pretty good, especially towards the end of the match.


Q. You have a great record in night matches on Ashe. Is there a reason for it? Is it just a coincidence?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I'm not really sure because this is usually the time where I'm sleeping already, so I don't know. You'd actually think it was the opposite. I think in the beginning of my career, it was always a bit more challenging because I didn't really know how to adjust to what I should do during the day, how do I prepare for that. But I've certainly learned a lot, just know what to expect. I know the waiting game a little bit better than I did when I was a junior or a young teenager. But now I really enjoy it. I think you feel the goosebumps when you go out on a night match on Arthur Ashe.


Q. Does it still feel big to you every time you walk out there?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: It does. It's just full of energy. Yeah, they're loud and passionate. You just feel the sports lovers are there.


Q. You go back such a long way with her. I know you can't afford to be sentimental out there, but...
MARIA SHARAPOVA: We spent a lot of time in the juniors away from the courts practicing a lot together, competing against each other. We certainly have a big history together. But when you go out on the court, it's always that fine line between, of course you want to be the winner, you have to face that person as a competitor, not someone that you've known for years and developed a friendship with. It's always a tricky balance, I guess.


Q. With the slow start, was there a problem with focus early on?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I actually felt like I set up some good opportunities for myself and just didn't take advantage on her serve and ended up making a few errors on mine, and that cost me the break. But I was able to turn that around pretty quickly.


Q. Is your fitness preparation different before the US Open than the Australian Open or French Open? Do you do different things?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Because of the courts or...


Q. Because of the courts, the weather.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I think, you know, every Grand Slam is different because you always get a little bit of a different court time, in terms of the arena, in different arenas you have space where you can do a little bit more fitness, or the gym is a little bit bigger or smaller, so you always have to adjust. I wouldn't say it's dramatically different.


Q. You've been good on clay the past few years. What do you find the difference for you is between clay and hard?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I think maintaining the good balance between being aggressive but not overdoing it. I always play my best when I'm moving, feel like I'm hitting my shot, moving forward, taking the next one out of the air or hitting an approach shot. Sometimes when you try to create those opportunities you go for a little bit more than you want to. So it's about finding that good range.


Q. If you were in charge of the sport and could change any rule on the court, any rule about play, do you have any pet peeves about rules or practices that you'd like to change if you had the opportunity?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I'd probably start charging for medical timeouts (smiling). I think we'd all see who really uses them and who doesn't. Yeah, I don't know what we put on it, maybe like 2500 or something. Yeah, I think we should do that. That would be fun.


Q. When you start a match at 8:00, how far in advance do you practice? Do you spend the day onsite?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I don't, yeah. I usually just get here to warm up before the match.


Q. Given your history with injury, when somebody takes a medical timeout, is it hard for you to handle that mentally? Do you get concerned?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, I think you have a little bit of a stop. It depends. Sometimes they're shorter than others. Sometimes they don't go through the whole medical timeout. Sometimes the evaluation itself is longer than the three-minute timeout. Sometimes it's an off-court medical, which is even longer. I think from my end it's just a matter of keeping that focus, you know, not sitting down for that whole time, moving a little bit, swinging, maybe hitting a few serves if it's a longer one.


Q. For the medical timeouts, is it just cooling off that bothers you, or is it the distraction of wondering what the other player's motive is?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: No, it's actually never bothered me because I've always recovered from it very positively. I don't remember many times where it's affected me too much. I've never really felt like a victim of it.


Q. You're pretty good at tunnel vision during matches, keeping focused. Do you notice things like Alec Baldwin sitting in the front row?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I had no idea.


Q. He caught a ball.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Congratulations (laughter).
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Martha is so bitter about Ana's medical timeout

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Maria could pick a worthwhile charity and voluntarily send 2500 any time she ever takes a medical timeout. Wonder if that would have an overall effect.
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