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Re: The Maria Sharapova thread- Quotes, Facts, Reports, Anything!
« Reply #380 on: February 26, 2008, 07:08:16 PM »
Hey Chris... I'm posting in the Maria quote thread!!!!  (ok... I know she's talking about Roger... but what the heck!) :rofl_2:

Federer is the best: Sharapova
Web posted at: 2/26/2008 9:55:42
Source ::: The Peninsula / by Rizwan Rehamt 
Maria Sharapova of Russia enjoys a ride on a new Harley Davidson, which was given to her for winning the $2.5m Qatar Open final against compatriot Vera Zvonareva, at the Khalifa Tennis Complex, on Sunday. It was Sharapovaís second trophy success in Doha following her triumph here in 2005. (IBRAHIM AL OMARI)
Doha ē Enjoying a rare streak of 14 victories, Maria Sharapova of Russia has managed to do a Roger Federer on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour in 2008.

However, the new Qatar Open champion refuses to be drawn into a comparison with the ATP Tour giant, saying efforts to find a similarity between the two players would be unfair.

ďI donít think comparing the two of us is a good idea. There is no comparison with Roger. He is way ahead all of us,Ē Sharapova said with a smile on her face following her three-set win over compatriot Vera Zvonareva here on Sunday.

ďIt is difficult to do what Roger is doing. He has won, 15 Grand Slams? I donít even know how many. I have got only three. So, there canít be any comparison with him,Ē the 20-year-old added.

This season Sharapova went undefeated in seven matches at the Australian Open last month and then followed it up two wins at the Fed Cup.

Last week in Doha, the blonde Russian posted another five convincing victories.

ďMaybe when I win that many (the 13 that Federer has won), then you could compare us,Ē the world number five said.

ďI still have many things to do. There are so many events to go, many tournaments to play this year. My goal is to stay healthy and reach a new level of tennis in the rest of the season,Ē Sharapova said.

ďI want to become a better player. I know I have improved a great deal in the last few years. I have become stronger physically in a few years. I just want to play the right way, do the right thing.

When asked about her lack of success on clay, Sharapova, predominantly a hard court specialist, said she is happy with her current achievements.

ďI played the semi-final at Roland Garros last year. So, I canít be that bad. I think I will have opportunities to win on clay. But if I donít win anything on clay, I will not cry over it,Ē she said.

Sharapova, who played in Doha without her father for company, said in future she would be seen on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour travelling and playing in Yuriís absence.

ďI have matured a lot in the last few years and I am more independent now. I love my fatherís company but last year I played many tournaments where he couldnít come. But I call my father and mother from every event I play in,Ē she said.

When asked about her new attire, the knee-high pants, a smiling Sharapova said: ďI have worn such things before, probably in Paris. I wear them to keep warm. It is better to keep warm than freeze out there.Ē

When asked about plans to promote tennis at home in Russia, Sharapova said: ďIt is good to have a plan, put in effort to make it successful. It is also important to have a goal. When I get time I will try to promote tennis in Russia. But thatís in the future.Ē


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Re: The Maria Sharapova thread- Quotes, Facts, Reports, Anything!
« Reply #381 on: February 26, 2008, 07:13:30 PM »
Hey Chris... I'm posting in the Maria quote thread!!!!  (ok... I know she's talking about Roger... but what the heck!) :rofl_2:

Federer is the best: Sharapova
Web posted at: 2/26/2008 9:55:42
Source ::: The Peninsula / by Rizwan Rehamt 
Maria Sharapova of Russia enjoys a ride on a new Harley Davidson, which was given to her for winning the $2.5m Qatar Open final against compatriot Vera Zvonareva, at the Khalifa Tennis Complex, on Sunday. It was Sharapovaís second trophy success in Doha following her triumph here in 2005. (IBRAHIM AL OMARI)
Doha ē Enjoying a rare streak of 14 victories, Maria Sharapova of Russia has managed to do a Roger Federer on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour in 2008.

However, the new Qatar Open champion refuses to be drawn into a comparison with the ATP Tour giant, saying efforts to find a similarity between the two players would be unfair.

ďI donít think comparing the two of us is a good idea. There is no comparison with Roger. He is way ahead all of us,Ē Sharapova said with a smile on her face following her three-set win over compatriot Vera Zvonareva here on Sunday.

ďIt is difficult to do what Roger is doing. He has won, 15 Grand Slams? I donít even know how many. I have got only three. So, there canít be any comparison with him,Ē the 20-year-old added.

This season Sharapova went undefeated in seven matches at the Australian Open last month and then followed it up two wins at the Fed Cup.

Last week in Doha, the blonde Russian posted another five convincing victories.

ďMaybe when I win that many (the 13 that Federer has won), then you could compare us,Ē the world number five said.

ďI still have many things to do. There are so many events to go, many tournaments to play this year. My goal is to stay healthy and reach a new level of tennis in the rest of the season,Ē Sharapova said.

ďI want to become a better player. I know I have improved a great deal in the last few years. I have become stronger physically in a few years. I just want to play the right way, do the right thing.

When asked about her lack of success on clay, Sharapova, predominantly a hard court specialist, said she is happy with her current achievements.

ďI played the semi-final at Roland Garros last year. So, I canít be that bad. I think I will have opportunities to win on clay. But if I donít win anything on clay, I will not cry over it,Ē she said.

Sharapova, who played in Doha without her father for company, said in future she would be seen on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour travelling and playing in Yuriís absence.

ďI have matured a lot in the last few years and I am more independent now. I love my fatherís company but last year I played many tournaments where he couldnít come. But I call my father and mother from every event I play in,Ē she said.

When asked about her new attire, the knee-high pants, a smiling Sharapova said: ďI have worn such things before, probably in Paris. I wear them to keep warm. It is better to keep warm than freeze out there.Ē

When asked about plans to promote tennis at home in Russia, Sharapova said: ďIt is good to have a plan, put in effort to make it successful. It is also important to have a goal. When I get time I will try to promote tennis in Russia. But thatís in the future.Ē



About Roger!?   ..-)   :)~

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Re: The Maria Sharapova thread- Quotes, Facts, Reports, Anything!
« Reply #382 on: February 27, 2008, 12:40:34 AM »
Hey Chris... I'm posting in the Maria quote thread!!!!  (ok... I know she's talking about Roger... but what the heck!) :rofl_2:

Federer is the best: Sharapova
Web posted at: 2/26/2008 9:55:42
Source ::: The Peninsula / by Rizwan Rehamt 
Maria Sharapova of Russia enjoys a ride on a new Harley Davidson, which was given to her for winning the $2.5m Qatar Open final against compatriot Vera Zvonareva, at the Khalifa Tennis Complex, on Sunday. It was Sharapovaís second trophy success in Doha following her triumph here in 2005. (IBRAHIM AL OMARI)
Doha ē Enjoying a rare streak of 14 victories, Maria Sharapova of Russia has managed to do a Roger Federer on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour in 2008.

However, the new Qatar Open champion refuses to be drawn into a comparison with the ATP Tour giant, saying efforts to find a similarity between the two players would be unfair.

ďI donít think comparing the two of us is a good idea. There is no comparison with Roger. He is way ahead all of us,Ē Sharapova said with a smile on her face following her three-set win over compatriot Vera Zvonareva here on Sunday.

ďIt is difficult to do what Roger is doing. He has won, 15 Grand Slams? I donít even know how many. I have got only three. So, there canít be any comparison with him,Ē the 20-year-old added.

This season Sharapova went undefeated in seven matches at the Australian Open last month and then followed it up two wins at the Fed Cup.

Last week in Doha, the blonde Russian posted another five convincing victories.

ďMaybe when I win that many (the 13 that Federer has won), then you could compare us,Ē the world number five said.

ďI still have many things to do. There are so many events to go, many tournaments to play this year. My goal is to stay healthy and reach a new level of tennis in the rest of the season,Ē Sharapova said.

ďI want to become a better player. I know I have improved a great deal in the last few years. I have become stronger physically in a few years. I just want to play the right way, do the right thing.

When asked about her lack of success on clay, Sharapova, predominantly a hard court specialist, said she is happy with her current achievements.

ďI played the semi-final at Roland Garros last year. So, I canít be that bad. I think I will have opportunities to win on clay. But if I donít win anything on clay, I will not cry over it,Ē she said.

Sharapova, who played in Doha without her father for company, said in future she would be seen on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour travelling and playing in Yuriís absence.

ďI have matured a lot in the last few years and I am more independent now. I love my fatherís company but last year I played many tournaments where he couldnít come. But I call my father and mother from every event I play in,Ē she said.

When asked about her new attire, the knee-high pants, a smiling Sharapova said: ďI have worn such things before, probably in Paris. I wear them to keep warm. It is better to keep warm than freeze out there.Ē

When asked about plans to promote tennis at home in Russia, Sharapova said: ďIt is good to have a plan, put in effort to make it successful. It is also important to have a goal. When I get time I will try to promote tennis in Russia. But thatís in the future.Ē



About Roger!?   ..-)   :)~

Well done Dallas for posting over here, and it has got some relevance with it being an interview with Maria  :) now take it up a level and post an article from Roger about Maria  :))
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Re: The Maria Sharapova thread- Quotes, Facts, Reports, Anything!
« Reply #383 on: February 27, 2008, 07:34:35 PM »

Well done Dallas for posting over here, and it has got some relevance with it being an interview with Maria  :) now take it up a level and post an article from Roger about Maria  :))
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« Reply #384 on: February 28, 2008, 12:49:22 AM »

Well done Dallas for posting over here, and it has got some relevance with it being an interview with Maria  :) now take it up a level and post an article from Roger about Maria  :))
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« Reply #385 on: February 28, 2008, 02:18:00 PM »
Sharapova hopes to catch Henin   
 
By Richard Eaton

Dubai - Maria Sharapova hopes to rival world number one Justine Henin this year despite deciding to withdraw from the Dubai Open because of a virus on Tuesday.

"I feel I have improved tremendously since the time I played Justine here (two years ago, when she lost in the final)," she said.

"It takes time to improve your game, but I have had a solid year this year," added Sharapova who followed her triumph at the Australian Open last month, the third Grand Slam title of her career, by winning the Qatar Open last week.

"And I am sure that I am going to play Justine for many years to come. Hopefully I will be able to achieve the things she has achieved.

But to manage this Sharapova feels she must be careful with her health and schedule. She played all the way through the Doha tournament with the same virus, she claims, and felt worse when she woke up in Dubai on Monday.

"I think it's a lot of flying which has done it," she said.

"I have done a lot of traveling in the last few weeks - going from Australia to Israel, then home, with no rest at all, practising for Doha and going there.

"I have to be smart about my decisions and I have made some wrong ones in the past - getting injured and getting sick, and going out there and not being 100 percent. Then you are liable to hurt yourself. I have a long year.

"It's unfortunate and you always try to do the best so you can to compete. But if you are not 110 percent mentally and physically I owe it to the fans not to go out there and play half fit.

"Realistically, thinking about it, I didn't think I could play five matches here, and as an athlete you have to be mentally and physically ready. After a few really long weeks you need a rest.

"I am very disappointed but this was a wise decision. I hope the fans will come and see me when I come back next time."

Sharapova added that it was not possible to have made other flying arrangements, because although she is able to fly privately in Europe and the United States this is not possible between the US and the Middle East.

She says she will return to her home in Florida and have a vacation.

"It will be somewhere where there is a limited amount of people around, and I'll have a book in front of me and read. Which will give me a fresh frame of mind for the next tournament."

Sharapova expects to compete next at the WTA Tour eleven-day tier one event in Indian Wells, starting on March 16, and to follow it by playing the following fortnight in the tier one tournament in Miami
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« Reply #386 on: March 01, 2008, 12:19:26 PM »
MARIA'S DOODLE
LIKE A TYPICAL ARIES...

As promised here's the new doodle! Like a typical Aries, I am always doing things non-stop. Problem with that is once I get to a point when I can't get go anymore, I go into crash mode and get sick....which basically means all I want to do is sleep, and eat. Ok I did go to the grocery store, and the florist, but that's because my biggest pet peeve is when my refrigerator is empty and there are no flowers in the vases. Thank God my friends finally came into town and are not giving me a chance to think that I'm tired or sick, largely due to the fact that we're all going on a weekend getaway.

The week in Doha was very bazaar. I guess there was a sand storm going on and the first few days we were playing in Moc50 winds. What is it with me and the storms these last couple months? Between the storms in Israel and Doha, I could seriously pitch my own show to the weather channel. Anyways the good thing is that I found a way to play through it and found a way to win, which is the most important thing I guess. Let me just mention that the noise of the motorcycles during the ceremony scared the living crap out of me....I hope they showed my reaction when I saw them coming out.... it was really priceless.

Because I have traveled a numerous amount of miles this year to say the least, I have noticed a few interesting things. You know how during overseas flights, you have this flight path tv station that tells you where you're going, etc. The only real thing I get from that is 'time to destination', which you always fear is another 10 hours. But things like outside temperature (um who cares what the temperature is outside when you're forty thousand feet above the ground!), time at present position (so if you're over Alaska it tells you the local time there?), or even how far above the ground you are (let's face it even if we're at 10,000 ft above the ground, instead of the normal 35,000, why would I want to know that we're about to crash?) are pretty useless stats if you ask me.

Have you ever noticed how macho immigration officers seem to be? Instead of the How are you today, they throw in a 'where are you coming from and why were you there' type of sentence and give you that don't mess with me look. Well in the last few months I have had the funniest experiences with them. When we were coming back from Israel, the officer looks at me and goes 'Giiiirl you know they have a direct flight from Australia these days. No need to stop in Israel next time!'. Yesterday the gentleman asked me if I won that tournament in Doha and after I said yes he asked me where the prize was. I said I actually don't know, I think they're sending it to my house. He goes 'no no darling I mean the check. How much did you receive for winning that one?'. After I proceeded to tell him the amount he says "Man, I got the wrong job!" It was so funny!!

Oh I wanted to tell you about someone really cool I met ...I went to this private pre-Grammy party before I left to Doha and got a chance to see some really interesting things to say the least hahaha. But the cutest girl I met was the singer Sia. I absolutely love her music and when she introduced herself and said my name is Sia, I almost started singing her song. She was so humble and bubbly....I guess outgoing is the right word....ah anyways I was very excited!

Quote of the week is from the movie Anger Management..... "sarcasm is anger's ugly cousin". I have been using it quite a lot!

I am really excited about this week.... it's finally Camilla's movie premier (10,000BC) and I can't wait to go and support her. Highly recommend to go see it on opening weekend!!

And of course after a few days off, I will start training for a good week or so before I head to Palm Springs. Sooo with that will leave you to it! xx
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« Reply #387 on: March 04, 2008, 12:52:24 PM »
Right here's a challenge I'm going to throw out to everybody. Can anybody guess to within a thousand miles as to how many miles Maria has accumulated on a plane in 2008?
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« Reply #388 on: March 04, 2008, 06:41:55 PM »
48237 miles!
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« Reply #391 on: March 05, 2008, 12:32:22 AM »
48237 miles!

48,238!
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Well you read that then  ..-)

2008 may only be over 2 months old but already Maria has visited 4 different continents and 8 different countries in her travels, here is her schedule with the miles accumlated:

Los Angeles to Singapore - 8760 miles
Singapore to Hong Kong - 1600 miles
Hong Kong to Melbourne - 4600 miles
Melbourne to Bangkok - 4570 miles
Bangkok to Tel Aviv - 4300 miles
Tel Aviv to Los Angeles - 7560 miles
Los Angeles to Doha - 8290 miles
Doha to Dubai - 237 miles
Dubai to Los Angeles - 8320 miles

So in just 2 months, Maria has travelled 48237 miles!
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« Reply #392 on: March 05, 2008, 05:28:33 PM »

Well done Dallas for posting over here, and it has got some relevance with it being an interview with Maria  :) now take it up a level and post an article from Roger about Maria  :))
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I will see if I can find one!

Do your best as the clock is ticking  :))

I wouldn't hold your breath, Roger doesn't say many nice things about his fellow ATP players........unless he has a winning record over them

He's a fan of SK on the WTA tour though  :whistle:
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« Reply #393 on: March 05, 2008, 07:53:42 PM »

Well done Dallas for posting over here, and it has got some relevance with it being an interview with Maria  :) now take it up a level and post an article from Roger about Maria  :))
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I will see if I can find one!

Do your best as the clock is ticking  :))

I wouldn't hold your breath, Roger doesn't say many nice things about his fellow ATP players........unless he has a winning record over them

He's a fan of SK on the WTA tour though  :whistle:

Alison...give it a rest, will ya! :lmao: :scared:  Kick a man when he's down - won't ya! :lmao: :scared:

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« Reply #394 on: March 05, 2008, 09:39:05 PM »

Well done Dallas for posting over here, and it has got some relevance with it being an interview with Maria  :) now take it up a level and post an article from Roger about Maria  :))
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I will see if I can find one!

Do your best as the clock is ticking  :))

I wouldn't hold your breath, Roger doesn't say many nice things about his fellow ATP players........unless he has a winning record over them

He's a fan of SK on the WTA tour though  :whistle:
:rofl_2: Sorry Dallas.

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« Reply #395 on: March 05, 2008, 09:52:53 PM »

Well done Dallas for posting over here, and it has got some relevance with it being an interview with Maria  :) now take it up a level and post an article from Roger about Maria  :))
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I will see if I can find one!

Do your best as the clock is ticking  :))

I wouldn't hold your breath, Roger doesn't say many nice things about his fellow ATP players........unless he has a winning record over them

He's a fan of SK on the WTA tour though  :whistle:
:rofl_2: Sorry Dallas.

Not you too!  One of my favorite posters!!!!  ...and you're getting in on the act too, huh! :scared:  Oh well...you guys enjoy yourself.  Maybe I'll have the last laugh before the year is over. ;-() :))

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« Reply #396 on: March 07, 2008, 02:37:05 PM »
This is a pretty long interview but a very interesting one.

MARIA FULL OF GRACE
A three time Grand Slam Winner and a frequent Miami visitor, tennis superstar Maria Sharapova dominates her peers on the court and knocks the paparazzi dead off it.
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This is the moment of Maria Sharapova. The Russian beauty just won the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne. Her image is all over billboards and television commercials for companies such as Nike, Canon, Tag Heuer, Prince and Sony Ericsson. She is one of most successful female athletes in the worldóboth financially and competitively. Locally, Sharapova hits Miami for the annual Sony Ericsson Open tennis tournament on Key Biscayne this month (March 26th to April 6th). Expect to see some hard-hitting serves and aces as Maria attempts to win her first title here. Of course, the sexy tennis star is no stranger to Florida. Not only does Sharapova, who is ranked number-five in the world, reside in Sarasota, but she has also been spotted at multiple Miami Heat games and lists China Grill as one of her favorite restaurants.

Although she posed in a bikini for the infamous Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 2006 and is a ubiquitous presence on television and in print with her ads for Canon, Sharapova is no Anna Kournikova flash-in-the-pan endorsement princess. She is a serious player, whose talent was first discovered by Martina Navratilova in Moscow when she was only six. This recognition prompted Mariaís father, Yuri, to relocate from Russia to Bradenton, Florida, so that he could enroll his daughter in the prestigious Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy (Mariaís mom joined the family stateside two years later). The sacrifice paid off when Sharapova turned pro in April 2001. Although she has yet to reach her 21st birthday (sheíll hit that milestone next month), Maria has already racked up an impressive collection of wins (including Grand Slams titles at the Australian Open, U.S. Open and Wimbledon). More significantly, she has set up her own foundation to assist disabled children and designs most of her on-court ensembles (in conjunction with Nike). In between tournaments spanning the globe (she had just returned from Israel), Sharapova spoke with Ocean Drive about what the future holds, both professionally and personally.

OCEAN DRIVE: What are you most looking forward to at the Sony Ericsson Open tennis tournament this month?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Iíve always loved this event because itís a really fun crowd. There are a variety of fans. It has a Latino feeling. Itís a mixed crowd, which you donít see very often. Miami is more of an entertainment town than a sports town and everyone is really excited when the event comes here. All of the players look forward to it, too. Aside from the Grand Slams, itís one of the biggest tournaments for us.

When you are playing how conscious are you of the crowd?
I try to block everyone outóeven if they are cheering with me. When I get on the court, my number-one priority is to focus on what I have to do to win. For my entire career, I have tried to block out anything thatís going on around me. But itís important to have support on your side. It helps you when you are down. Your fans lift you up.   

How hot does it get playing here?
It does get hot. But after the Australian Open, itís not that hot. I was raised in Florida and I still live here, so Iím pretty used to the heat. Growing up, I practiced in the heat. Itís not a surprise anymore.

You have been to the finals of the Sony Ericsson but never won. Is this your year?
I hope so. You always want to do better than previous years. Obviously, itís a tournament I have not won before. Itís one that I want to add on to my list.

Congratulations on winning the Australian Open. What was that like?
Throughout the two weeks, I had different competition. I felt like I was playing better as the competition was getting tougher. As an athlete, your goal is to raise your level of play. I was happy that I was able to do that.
     
What was the actual moment like when you won?
It was great. I had some very good wins during the week but after each one, I still knew the tournament wasnít over. After the final point, it takes you a while to figure out that it actually is over.

You have won Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and now the Australian. Are you gearing up for the French Open in order to win all four Grand Slam titles?
I am. I have a lot of respect for the French Open. It will be the toughest Grand Slam for me to win. Itís physically challenging to play on clay, especially against clay-court players. There are long rallies. Iím physically stronger now than I was a few years ago, and my results are getting better and better.

How often are you traveling, and what is it like being on the road so much?
We have tournaments 11 months of the year. Our off-season is very short. Itís a month in December. When I travel, itís tough. I can be on the road for seven to eight weeks at times. Itís challenging. You have to pack well.

Are you an expert packer?
By this time, I am. I travel with one bag for my sport clothes and another bag for my off-court clothes and shoes. Thatís usually the bigger bag.

Do you get to sightsee on these trips? Do you go to museums?
I try to. When you are winning, you are there for two weeks straight. And the tournament keeps going and your focus is on winning. When you donít sightsee, itís a good thing because you know you are doing well in the tournament. For example, Iíve been to the Louvre in Paris, but I donít have the time to see every gallery and museum.

Is the tour a lonely place or are the girls friendly?
Itís an individual sport, so you may be playing against whomever you are friends with. They are going to be on the other side of the net. Itís difficult to have best friends on tour. But so many Russian girls are on the top, it seems like we play against each other every week.

How do you feel about the Russian dominance of womenís tennis?
It has been going on for a while. Itís great to see. The coolest part of it is that we all developed our talent in different parts of the world. Some stayed in Russia, some trained in Spain, and some went to the States. Itís not like we went to the same school, did the same drills and ate the same food. And we all managed to get to the top with different paths.
   
You play for Russia in the Fed Cup, but you live in the United States. Where do your loyalties lie?
Iím always going to be Russian. Thatís where my family lives. I moved here because of my career. My coach lives here. You get accustomed to the culture. You meet new friends. But my blood will always be Russian. Thatís where I was born. So, even though I live in the States, I am very close to my home country. I eat Russian food all the time.

What is some of your favorite Russian comfort food?
I love borscht, the traditional soup made with beets. We have these dumplings that my grandma makes that are really good. And blintzes, which are crepes in English.

Where do you live?
My main home is in Sarasota, Florida. I bought a house in Manhattan Beach, California, a few years ago. Itís my vacation house.

How often are you in Miami?
Quite often. I have friends in Miami and I do some of my shoots here. Itís definitely a place I look forward to visiting.

When you came to America in 1995 with your father, you arrived in Miami. Do you have a soft spot in your heart for the city?

I do. Itís the first place where we landed when we came from Russia. There are a lot of memories.

Which players do you admire?
Itís hard to admire other players because you have to go out there and play against them. You hope that you beat them. Iíve never been a person who had heroes or people to look up to. Iíve never thought that anyone was perfect, including myself. Everybody has flaws. I appreciate peopleís talent and ability. I try to pick up on the good things they do. But I never wanted to play the same way someone played or be like someone else.

Those Canon ads are adorable. Are you a good photographer?
Iím the person who always has my camera out when no one else does. I love taking pictures. I love memories. Sometimes when I want to see pictures of when I was young and there arenít many of them, Iím like, darn it, we didnít take any pictures. Now I donít want that to happen.
 
What is your biggest indulgence?
Iím really into modern art. I hope I can buy an Ed Moses this year. That is my latest obsession.

Who are your favorite designers?
Chanel, Vera Wang and Tom Ford. I love fashion. I would love to incorporate my ideas into fashionóafter tennis, of course.

You wear some pretty splashy outfits on the court. How involved are you in the design of these clothes?
I work with the Nike designers constantly on all the things I wear. I have a lot of input on design and colors. Itís a fun process. When I travel around the world, I am inspired by the way people dress. I incorporate that into what I wear.

What was it like doing the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue?
It was fun. Itís not every day that I take pictures in a bikini.

Are you a party girl? Do you like to go out?
No. I donít like to go out at all. I prefer staying home and watching movies. I travel so much that when I get home I just want to be home. I need peace and quiet in my life. When you are on the road, everything is just go, go, go.

Is it hard for you to date with your schedule?
Itís more difficult versus living in one place. Any relationship that I have is long-distance because of the amount of travel. That makes it tough.

Are you dating anyone?
I donít talk about that.

What type of music do you listen to? Who are your favorite artists?
Dave Matthews, David Gray and Amy Winehouse. I can listen to hip-hop and then I can easily go into something slower like Counting Crows.

You are a self-proclaimed SportsCenter junkie.
I spend so much time with guys when I travel and all they talk about is sports. Watching SportsCenter has become a habit.

Why are people so fascinated by your grunting on the court?
I donít know. Itís laughable.
 
What causes do you support?
I work with the United Nations Development Programme on efforts at Chernobyl. That has been a big part of my life. My mom was pregnant in Belarus during Chernobyl and thatís why we moved to Russia. I am working with the UNDP on many projects. Iím actually going to Belarus this year to see some of the hospitals and computer centers they have built. These are really exciting projects, which I am spending a lot of time on.

Tell me about your foundation.
I raise money for kids with disabilities and try to help them achieve their goals.

How long will you play tennis?
Until the day I have no interest in going to the practice court. Or when I donít feel like getting better. I will be playing for the next five years.

And what about life after tennis?
I donít see myself coaching. One of my goals is to open a small tennis academy back in Russia for young kids. They need a good indoor center. One of the reasons I left Russia is that they donít have too many good indoor centers, and the ones they had were pretty expensive. They were more for the rich than young kids growing up.
 
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Those are nice pics...........especially the last 2!   :cool:

Right on Buckeye  :) ........... But then again I'd say that about any Maria pictures you liked  ;-()
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