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« Reply #4940 on: June 21, 2011, 03:23:48 PM »
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« Reply #4954 on: June 21, 2011, 03:29:49 PM »
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« Reply #4955 on: June 22, 2011, 12:17:46 AM »
Speedy Sharapova wastes little time in opener :yahoo: :grind dance: :applause:

It is a little alarming to think that Maria Sharapova - that would be the 24-year-old Maria Sharapova - won her first Grand Slam title here in SW19 back in 2004. Seven years ago? As someone once said around these parts: "You cannot be serious!"

History, though, does not lie and Sharapova is back in town as what could delicately be described as a "veteran campaigner". But with a wide open draw, no outright favourite to grab the silverware (although Serena Williams has already passed the first audition for that role and is waiting for a call back), Wimbledon's Queen Maria fancies her chances.

She marmalised Anna Chakvetadze 6-2, 6-1 in 68 one-sided minutes to take her first steps towards the trophy and looked pretty good as she did so.

Sharapova has spent the last couple of years suffering from, sorting out and recovering from a shoulder injury and in that time, it did seem as if her time as a Grand Slam contender has gone (after all, a tennis player with a gammy shoulder is about as much use as skydiver with vertigo). Even when the shoulder had healed, Sharapova's serve was not up to much and the double faults cost her dear as she tried to get her career back on track.


But the great Masha is nothing if not a fighter and, refusing to be beaten, she stuck at it. Competitive to her very core, she knew that, injuries permitting, she could still play - now all she had to do was prove it.

And gradually, as the season has worn on, she has done just that. A couple of weeks ago, she reached the semi-finals of the French Open while playing on her weakest surface (she once admitted that she moved like "a cow on ice" on the clay of Roland Garros).

"I feel like I'm improving with every tournament this year," she said with a hint of pride. "At the start of year, my goal was to get a lot of matches. When you have a lot of matches, you sort of play on autopilot. I play my best when I'm aggressive and I'm not thinking too much."

Playing Chakvetadze, she did not have to think too much at all. Her fellow Russian had only taken one set from the former champion in six previous meetings and on a chilly evening on Centre Court, she never looked likely to improve on that record. Indeed, she was not only losing to Sharapova, she was losing to Hawk-Eye, too. If ever a ball looked close to the line, she kept on playing, failed to challenge and then looked ever so slightly crushed when Sharapova walloped a winner.

On the other side of the net, Maria was her usual, focused self. You could run a marching band through Centre Court and Sharapova would not notice until the point was dead. Going through her little rituals at the back of the court and ramping up the shriek, she was determined to get back to the warmth of the locker room as soon as possible.

The serve was behaving itself - only four double faults - while the backhand, the one that had caused so much damage on these courts back in 2004, made a welcome appearance. With a commendable 24 winners and only 11 errors, she was easily in control and now plays Laura Robson or Angelique Kerber for a place in the third round.
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« Reply #4956 on: June 22, 2011, 12:19:53 AM »
Sharapova proud of her Russian roots

What can a player find to say when she has won 6-2, 6-1 in the first round of a Grand Slam tournament, beating an opponent to whom she has not lost in any of their six previous encounters? Plenty, when the player in question is the global icon called Maria Sharapova. Having despatched her countrywoman Anna Chakvetadze, the 2004 Wimbledon Champion - seeded six this year - was in the mood to talk about her home nation.

"Russia is a big country, full of incredible culture and many great athletes have come from there, not only from the sport of tennis," she boasted proudly. "It used to be a lot about Olympic sports. Now tennis is one of the biggest sports there.

"We're very fortunate because we're given the drive from our parents. They really encourage us and sacrifice a lot in their own careers to get us to a point where we want to be in our careers. We have to thank them for that."

In her case, it was her father Yuri who played a pivotal role, overseeing her move from their Russian home to the Nick Bollettieri academy in Florida when she was a child.

"He never believed he didn't have much," remembered 24-year-old Sharapova. "We came from a place where that amount of money didn't exactly mean you were poor. My parents sacrificed their lives because they saw a talent in my game. It was just a fun activity for my dad, and my mom really couldn't have cared less about it. They made the big decision to go to a country where tennis was a lot bigger, with more facilities.

"Even though it was really tough, he kept believing that one day he would have more, even if it was one trophy, one dollar, one victory."

The accent may be American from her long years based in the United States, but Sharapova's devotion to the land of her birth remains intact.

"I have always had the Russian feeling inside me. There was a time when I was asked why I never chose to change citizenship. Deep down inside of me, I know where I'm born. I'm proud of my Siberian roots. Apart from my parents, all my family live there. It's all about Russian culture. We speak Russian, eat Russian food. It is natural to me."

And there is no sign of it changing.
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« Reply #4957 on: June 22, 2011, 12:23:39 AM »
M. Sharapova - first round
Tuesday, 21 June 2011


Q. How did it feel to be back on the grass?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, it was great to be back on Centre Court, considering that I didn't play a warmup tournament. I felt like I had to be ready from the first point. I played against an opponent that's been in the top 10 before. Hasn't had the best results this year. But you don't quite know what to expect. I'm sure, you know, she'd come out in the match and have nothing to lose. I thought she played a really good match, and I really had to step it up. I thought I did a good job of that.

Q. It was all Russian once again. In the past you've talked about Russian tennis. You've said there's not too many alternatives. Also talk about some of the other elements, the toughness of the culture, the roles of Kournikova, Yeltsin, the Olympics, if you would.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, it's a really big country, full of incredible culture, and many great athletes have come from the country, not just from the sport of tennis. We're very fortunate because I think we were given the drive from our parents. That really encouraged us and sacrificed a lot in our careers to get us to a point where we want to be in our certain careers. I think we have to thank them for that. Because when you're at a young age, everything is in their hands from the drives to the practices to the encouragement on bad days. Yeah, in the beginning it was a lot about the Olympic sports and hockey, in the beginning of my life, and gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics. Now tennis is one of the biggest sports there.

Q. Obviously your father is an incredible man. Comes to America, puts you on a bicycle taking you to the tennis lessons. How does he express the Russian culture with that determination?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I just think he never really believed that he didn't have much. I think coming from a place where that amount of money didn't exactly mean that you were poor. We were living as a normal family. They could have had a normal job and I could have gone to school and they would have supplied my school and everything around that. But they sacrificed their lives because they saw a talent in my game and they got recommendations from outer people, because it certainly wasn't my parents' expertise, the sort of tennis. It was just a fun activity for my dad, and my mom couldn't really care less about it. They made that big decision to go to a country where tennis was a lot bigger, more facilities. It's tough. But I think his drive came from the fact that he never really thought that he didn't have much. Even though it was really tough, I think he kept believing that one day he would have more, even if it was one trophy, even if it was one more dollar, one victory over another, yeah.

Q. Inside yourself, so many years in L.A., do you feel more like a Russian than an American internally?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I just have always had the Russian feeling inside of me. There was a point in my career where I got a lot of questions living in the United States for such a long time, leaving when I was young from my country, why I never chose to change citizenships. One of the reasons is 'cause deep down inside of me, I know where I'm born. I'm really proud of it, of my Siberian roots, moving to Sochi. Apart from my parents, all my family lives there. It's all about Russian culture. We speak Russian. We talk Russian. I talk to my grandparents constantly. I call them. I speak to my parents in Russian, eat Russian food, all of that. I leave my house, and most of my friends some of foreign, some are American. I speak to my coaches in English. It's different.

Q. You've talked about how you feel that everything is more meaningful to you now after coming back from your injury. How important is it to you at this point to win another Grand Slam?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Of course it's important. It would be a wonderful achievement. But I'm really happy to be playing something that I really love. I don't look ahead and think how amazing it would be to hold the trophy. Obviously I'm very fortunate to have had that feeling before and knowing how good that feeling is. That's what drives you deep down inside. But I also think on the other hand if you want something so bad that you can't sleep over it, where is that going to get you, as well? I think time will tell and you just have to be patient and work as hard as you can and give it all you have, and then the rest will take care of itself.

Q. You said you spoke Russian, ate Russian food.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: It's a character that I feel is inside of me. There is I think something natural about it, and it's within me. I don't think it's something that you can really explain, that you can put into someone. I think it's more of a feeling than anything else.
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« Reply #4958 on: June 22, 2011, 03:12:00 PM »
Maria plays her 2nd round match tomorrow and will face the young Brit hopeful Laura Robson, the 3rd and last match of the day on Court 1!

GO GO GO MARIA!!! :cheer: :cheer: :cheer:
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« Reply #4959 on: June 23, 2011, 01:52:14 PM »
Maria's match cancelled today with Laura Robson on Court 1 :( :( Between the rainbreaks and Tsonga's long match it was inevitable and to me this alone suggests Serena should just shut up her whining as if you get an early match on ANY court in England you bloody well take that because 50% of the time if you are last match on there's a good chance you won't play or won't complete the match if you do get on.
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