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While the former Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova's diary shows she has been in high demand for fashion shoots and boutique openings, the one place she has become conspicuous by her absence is on the tennis court. ...read



http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/sport/othersports/index.html

here is the link for the "other sports" section. try to open it because I couldn't. I read the article in Bulgarian, it was good, so try please and post it here
 

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lol, Annabel Croft is one of the most clueless commentators in all of tennis.
 

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In general it is about how determined she was in the past. Anabel is saying that she is obviously very very happy without so much tennis in her life. Sharapova has learned to cook and she is very into fashion. In other words she has opened her eyes for a new way of life. It's also mentioned under how much pressure she will be when coming back... etc. about sponsors etc. ..
 

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"A former British number one" must be some kind of insult :tape:
 

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Can't open it, but I'm pretty sure I don't miss that much:yawn:
 

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Annabel Croft is the kind of 'journalist' who refuses to believe that crop circles are made by two guys with planks and ropes, too.

Yawn.
 

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She just throws that without any proof or anything
 

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whatever Anabel says, goes...

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oh well, Masha had a decent career for one so young, she will be missed!
 

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it's HER opinion...sheesh.
 

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Former British No1 says Wimbledon star has lost her motivation
I fear we have seen the last of Sharapova


FIVE years after she stood on Centre Court as Wimbledon’s newly crowned champion, talking to her mother on a mobile telephone, Maria Sharapova seems to have it all. But one question can be no longer ignored: Will the 22-year-old Russian beauty ever be a potent force in tennis again?

For while Sharapova’s diary shows she has been in high demand for fashion shoots and boutique openings, the one place she has become conspicuous by her absence is on the tennis court.

She last played a meaningful tennis match in public nine months ago and last week remained unwilling to commit to a comeback date.

Sharapova’s withdrawal on Wednesday from the important claycourt tournament that starts in Rome tomorrow, and from the following event in Madrid a week later, has caused alarm bells to sound within the game.

Six months after having surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in her right shoulder, Sharapova’s refusal to put herself on the line in the Foro Italico in Rome shows that she still lacks the confidence in her strength and wellbeing to return to the game. But is there a deeper, more psychological element to her reticence to embark on a comeback?

Annabel Croft, the former British No1 and now a respected broadcaster, fears Sharapova may have discovered a previously unknown life at the cost of her motivation.

‘For the first time, she’s enjoyed life away from tennis,’ said Croft. ‘I understand she’s learned to cook, she’s done her fashion stuff and she’s had her eyes opened to another style of life to the one that she has known since she was four years old.

‘She has a boyfriend, it appears, and zillions in the bank. I think she’s struggling to motivate herself.

‘ She knows what she has to put herself through, emotionally and mentally, to be 100 per cent committed to playing tennis and I can’t see her coming back.

‘Maria was so utterly ruthless as a player, just like Monica Seles in the Nineties. What’s the appeal? She has won Wimbledon, the US Open, the Australian Open, and been world No1. She probably can’t win the French Open — so, really, she can only go in one direction. Down.’ Croft competed at the same time as Andrea Jaeger, who rose to world No2, driven like Sharapova by a domineering father, before retiring from the game through a shoulder injury. ‘I think Andrea was relieved it was over,’ said Croft.

Sharapova has plummeted to No64 in the world and unless she appears at the French Open in Paris in three weeks, she will disappear from the rankings computer altogether as she will not meet the requirement of having three tournament starts to her name in a calendar year.

As a former world No1 and winner of Grand Slam titles, Sharapova would be protected from having to play in qualifying as she will be granted unlimited wild-card invitations, but she cannot expect to be given an automatic high seeding.

At Wimbledon, Sharapova could hope to be dealt with sympathetically as a past champion, if she decides she feels able to play by then. As a matter of agreement with the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, the seedings committee most frequently select their women seeds for the Championships from the running order of the current rankings.

‘ But we do reserve our right to exercise our discretion in particular circumstances that may arise,’ explained Ian Ritchie, chief executive of the All England Club.

Sharapova’s appearance at Wimbledon last summer ended in a humiliating second-round defeat by Alla Kudryavtseva, a match watched in disbelief by Croft. ‘I think that loss beat up Maria,’ said Croft. ‘I don’t think she will easily recover from that.’

Sharapova played just one more singles match after leaving Wimbledon, losing to Ai Sugiyama in Montreal at the beginning of August, and had surgery two months later. Apart from a doubles match in Indian Wells on March 12, when she lost in the first round with Elena Vesnina, she has practised without the apparent desire to test herself in competition. Last week in Bradenton, Florida, her practice sessions may have given the impression that she has not totally ruled out taking a gamble by returning at the French Open this month.

But in Paris, where she has an unremarkable record, she cannot be guaranteed a place among the top seeds and that would increase her vulnerability at a time when she would be under the spotlight as never before.

Her agent, Max Eisenbud, refuses to cast any light on Sharapova’s plans. ‘Maria said at Indian Wells that she has no timetable and will come back when she feels 100 per cent ready to compete,’ he said last week. ‘It’s all I can tell you.’ Sharapova and her agent will come under immense pressure from her sponsors to play again. But for observers such as Annabel Croft, the temptation is to wonder whether the girl from Siberia will ever make any further impact on the game that has already earned her fortune.
 

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