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Singapore,30 december

Maria wint laatste wedstrijd van 2007.

Ter voorbereiding van de Australian Open speelt Maria in Singapore en Hong Kong een aantal demonstratie wedstrijden.
Vandaag was landgenote Anna Chakvetadze haar tegenstander en won Maria de wedstrijd in 2 sets met 6-0 7-6 (12-10)

In het JB Group Classic toernooi van Hong Kong van begin 2008 zijn ook een aantal top 10 speelsters van de partij,met o.a. Venus Williams,Ana Ivanovic en Anna Chakvetadze.
Maria speelt a.s. woensdag 2 januari haar 1e wedstrijd tegen de 17 jarige Caroline Wozniacki uit Denemarken.( # 60 van de WTA lijst )


Singapore 30 dec. 2007.Maria wint in 2 sets van Anna Chakvetadze.

12 november 2007

Maria terug in TOP 5 van de WTA ranking.

Maria sluit 2007 af met # 5 op de Sony Ericsson WTA rankinglist.Vanaf 2004 staat Maria onafgebroken in deze top 5 maar moest noodgedwongen in 2007 tijdelijk een stapje terug doen vanwege langdurig blessureleed.

Maria noemde het zelf eenxc2 frustrating 2007xc2 en moest een groot aantal toernooien afzeggen vanwege een hardnekkige schouderblessure.
Linz,Zurich,Rome,Charleston en Dubai,en ook de Fed Cup ontmoetingen in april en september moest Maria laten schieten..
Ook in Los Angeles en Tokyo moest ze vroegtijdig opgeven vanwege blessures en in de Kremlin Cup werd ze al in de 1e ronde uitgeschakeld.

Een opmerkelijke comeback tijdens de Masters in Madrid bracht haar echter terug in de top 5.! !


28 october 2007

Maria Complete Elite Eight in Madrid.

Maria Sharapova and Daniela Hantuchova have clinched the final two singles berths at the 2007 Sony Ericsson Championships, set to take place in Madrid’s Recinto Ferial Casa de Campo arena, November 6-11.


Madrid Arena

They join an already-impressive line-up made up of Justine Henin, Jelena Jankovic, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Ana Ivanovic, Serena Williams and Anna Chakvetadze.

Venus Williams, originally in seventh place in the Race to the Sony Ericsson Championships points standings, has been forced to withdraw.
Following the incident of dizziness that she suffered at the US Open earlier this year, Venus underwent a series of tests, along with follow-up tests after returning from tournaments that she played in Asia in the fall, with her doctors’ advice at this time to finalize the testing process and take a break from competitive play.

Source:WTA tour

18 october 2007

MARIA WITHDRAWS FROM LINZ.

Maria has withdrawn from the Generali Ladies Linz in Linz, Austria which begins on Monday. Maria had to withdraw because of continuing problems with her shoulder. Maria was the defending champion there.

Here is what Maria had to say about withdrawing:

xe2x80x9cI am very disappointed that I cannot play the Generali Ladies Linz, but my shoulder injury is not healed.
I will try everything, in order to become as fit as possible. I hope that I can play soon and play Linz next year”.
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Source: http://mariasharapova.com


Maria kan haar behaalde titel in Linz 2006 niet verdedigen.

14 october 2007

MARIA PULLS OUT OF ZURICH !!

Maria has been forced to withdraw from Zurich due to continuing problems with her shoulder. Maria has had problems throughout the year with her shoulder.

Maria was the defending champion in Zurich.

Source: http://mariasharapova.com


14 october 2007:Maria geeft uitleg op de persconferentie
in Zurich.

25 september 2007

Maria niet naar Stuttgart

Maria Sharapova laat omwille van een hardnekkige schouderblessure ook het Porsche tennis toernooi van Stuttgart aan zich voorbij gaan.Ook voor al haar Duitse fans natuurlijk een grote teleurstelling.
Sinds haar uitschakeling in de derde ronde op de US Open in New York speelde Maria geen officixc3xable wedstrijd meer.
Ze blijft last houden van pijn aan de rechterschouder, die vooral de kop opsteekt bij het serveren.

“Ik ga er alles aan doen om zo snel mogelijk mijn comeback te maken”, zo maakte Maria via haar website bekend.
Ze hoopt in november zeker van de partij te zijn op de Masters in Madrid .


september 2007: Maria nog niet hersteld van haar schouderblessure

Moscow,16 september 2007

Fed Cup voor Rusland

Maria reacts as she watches the play of compatriot Kuznetsova against Italy’s Schiavone during their Fed Cup final tennis match in Moscow.
This was the third title for Russia in the Fed Cup, the top team event in womenxe2x80x99s tennis. Russia also won in 2004 and 2005 and remained unbeaten in four matches against Italy.
Four Russian women are ranked among the top 10, and the absence of the injured Maria Sharapova did not prove troublesome.


Enthousiaste aanmoedigingen van Maria tijdens de Fed Cup.

Moscow,14 september 2007

Maria at Fed Cup

Maria is in Moscow, Russia practicing with the Russian team ahead of the Fed Cup final which takes place this weekend against Italy.
Maria be in the stands cheering on Russia who is looking to be Fed Cup champions for the 3rd time.

Maria said this about her Fed Cup experience so far: “It’s great. It’s the first time that I am playing tennis as part of a team.”

 

september 2007: Het Russische FED CUP team


San Diego,July 30, 2007

Today, Maria spent some time with children representing the Children of Chernobyl Foundation in San Diego.

Maria is a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Maria made a donation to eight youth-oriented projects in rural communities in Belarus, the Russian Federation and Ukraine that still suffer the after-effects of the Chernobyl disaster of 1986 earlier in the year. Maria had explained her involvement with the Chernobyl incident.

Maria:
xe2x80x9cOn the court, I’m an athlete,I love to win; I love to compete. My career has brought me fame and money, but those closest to my heart are people that are less fortunate.
This is a way for me to give back to something I’m very close to.xe2x80x9d
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Hollywood,July 12, 2007

Maria Sharapova wins 2 ESPY Awards

One of the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour’s brightest stars, Maria Sharapova, claiming both Best Female Tennis Player and Best International Female Athlete.
The Russian had a phenomenal 2006, winning five titles (including her second Grand Slam at the US Open) and notching her highest year-end ranking of No.2.

She is no stranger to ESPY glory, having won Best Female Tennis Player in 2005 as well.
This year, she beat Justine Henin, Jelena Jankovic and Serena Williams for Best Female Tennis Player; she beat Henin and golf stars Annika Sorenstam and Lorena Ochoa for Best International Female Athlete.

Congratulations Maria !

Maria also presented the the award for “Breakthrough Athlete” with actor Josh Duhamel and the award was won by NFL player Devin Hester.


Paris,June 3, 2007

Sharapova Fends Off Jeers and Schnyderxe2x80x99s Two Match Points

Source: The New York Times

Her long blond ponytail soaked with sweat, Maria Sharapova stood at midcourt Sunday, smiling and blowing kisses to the crowd booing her.

The stadium rumbled with jeers as she defeated Patty Schnyder in a tense fourth-round match, 3-6, 6-4, 9-7. Sharapova struck the ball with unrelenting power for 2 hours 37 minutes, eventually saving two match points. Still, the fans, reacting to what they perceived to be an earlier moment of poor sportsmanship, seemed to see nothing but a villain in a blue clingy tennis dress.

xe2x80x9cItxe2x80x99s tough playing tennis and being Mother Teresa at the same time and making everyone happy,xe2x80x9d Sharapova said, unemotionally, after the match.

The second-seeded Sharapova advanced to the French Open quarterfinals for the third time in her career. She has never made it past that round. She will play No. 9-seeded Anna Chakvetadze, who defeated No. 25 Lucie Safarova in three sets Sunday.

By then, the fans may have settled down. On Sunday, even Schnyder failed to persuade the audience to quell its anger. As the spectators booed, she lifted her right index finger to her lips, to try to hush them. But her effort was useless.

In the third set, those catcalls had reached ear-splitting decibels. As Sharapova was serving with the score 7-7, 30-love, a fan shouted. Rattled, Schnyder had lifted her hand to indicate that she was not ready, but the serve had already landed on her side of the net. When the umpire refused to replay the point, and Sharapova did not offer to do so, the crowd erupted.

Sharapova said she never considered offering to replay that point, considering the closeness of the match. Later, Schnyder did not complain.

xe2x80x9cI was distracted, and it was the publicxe2x80x99s choice to do it; I didnxe2x80x99t boo,xe2x80x9d Schnyder said. xe2x80x9cI think we should appreciate the champion she is.xe2x80x9d She added: xe2x80x9cAt the end, she was the big champion. Ixe2x80x99m the little one who could not win.xe2x80x9d

Schnyder, who is ranked 15th in the world, ended the match with a forehand that flew wide. On the opposite side of the court, Sharapova buried her face in her hands, as emotions washed over her.

She held her fist to her chest as she looked around the stands, seemingly deaf to the crowdxe2x80x99s angry roars. Though she looked on the verge of tears, she denied it later, saying she was simply grateful to have won.


Los Angeles,Ca,USA,May 9, 2007

Maria Sharapova: Sochi 2014 Ambassador

Maria threw her support behind Sochi 2014 during the crucial eight weeks before Russia’s bid to host its first ever Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games is decided on July 4 in Guatemala. The 20 year-old Wimbledon and US Open winner, who grew up in Sochi, revealed her passion for the 2014 Candidate City on the Black Sea coast and shared her excitement at its unprecedented transformation plans that will improve the lives of millions of Russians.

Maria Sharapova, a United Nations Goodwill ambassador, who became the first ever Russian tennis player to top the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour rankings, said:

“Sochi is the city where my love of tennis began when I was just four years old, watching my father on the local courts. I am thrilled to support Sochi 2014’s bid to host the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, as it will leave an unprecedented social, sporting and environmental legacy for Russia and the Olympic Movement.
The changes Sochi 2014 will bring to this region, including state-of-the-art, custom-built winter training facilities, will mean that youngsters will not have to travel to the other side of the world to realize their potential
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May 8, 2007

Maria pulls out of Rome

Vandaag maakte Maria via haar website bekend volgende week niet te zullen spelen in Rome.
Haar schouderblessure is nog steeds niet voldoende genezen en het is nog onduidelijk of Maria tijdig hersteld zal zijn voor Roland Garros.

Maria hoopt op betere tijden

Maria:
I am going to have to pull out of Rome today, my body is slowly getting better but in no way will I be ready to play in Rome. It is such a shame because I like playing in Rome and I have to pull out two years in a row. I just want to let my fans know that I am doing everything possible to be ready to play the French Open. I am taking one day at a time and I will keep you updated on my progress.
Thank you for supporting me during these tough times, it means more to me then when I win tournaments.
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April 19th, 2007

A very happy birthday Maria !

***Maria Sharapova 20th birthday***Maria viert vandaag haar 20ste verjaardag.
From MariaSharapova.web-log.nl, all friends, fans and supporters…
A very happy 20th birthday Maria !


April 2, 2007

Maria pulls out of CHARLESTON & FED CUP

Maria is sad to announce that she will not be able to compete in her next two events, the Family Circle Cup in Charleston and the Fed Cup matches, representing Russia against Spain, in Moscow.

Maria has a message for her fans and supporters:

Maria:
xe2x80x9cI haven’t wanted to talk a lot about my injuries, but I’m afraid it has become obvious that I am having some problems with my right shoulder and left hamstring. I hurt my shoulder right before I started playing in Hong Kong, and kept hoping that I could work through it. I was told by doctors I had pretty severe inflammation, but decided to give it a shot. I think the anti-inflams and treatment helped me get through H.K and Australia. Unfortunately, my shoulder hasn’t been able to be normal on its own, without the medicine.

My doctors have a positive outlook, despite telling me I cannot play for a while. They said I must drop out of the next two events, but they are confident that, with five or six weeks of rest, I will be ready for the next events. I am especially bummed about the Fed Cup, as I was looking forward to playing in Moscow, and representing my country in a team environment for the first time. I will be speaking with the Russian Federation soon about future matches. The Family Circle Cup is always a great event, and a tournament I look forward to competing in again.

It’s difficult for me to take time off from tennis, but the first thing is my health and that’s something that I have made a big priority in my career. I can only look forward to getting back on the court ASAP. Thanks, as always, for your support.

Maria


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La Quinta,6th March 2007

” Duel in the Desert “

With her double partner Bob Bryan,Maria won this tennis exhibition match at the La Quinta Country Club in La Quinta, California.

The event was a fundraiser for the National Junior Tennis League.
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Hollywood,25 February 2007

Maria at Vanity Fair Oscar Party

Maria was vandaag te gast bij de Vanity Fair Party ter gelegenheid
van de 79e editie van de Oscar uitreiking in Hollywood

15 February 2007

Maria pulls out of Dubai

Maria has pulled out of Dubai because her hamstring is not 100% fully healed.
Maria was hoping to recover in time to play but her doctors have advised her that she must let this heal 100% before competing again or she will risk further injury.
Maria’s next scheduled tournament is Indian Wells beginning the week of 5th March.

Maria:
xe2x80x9cIxe2x80x99m very disappointed to have to withdraw. The hamstring that I injured in Tokyo is not yet healed.
I tried everything possible to be in condition to play, but unfortunately Ixe2x80x99m not ready. Ixe2x80x99m looking forward to continuing to recover as quickly as possible so that I can get back on the court competing.
I tought this would take a while to heal. Any hamstring injury will keep you out for at least 3 weeks, and that is only if you’re very, very lucky!”
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Maria moest ook het Toray toernooi in Japan al vroegtijdig verlaten
vanwege haar hamstring blessure.


NEW YORK xe2x80″ 14 February 2007
Toptennisster Maria Sharapova is woensdag in New York benoemd tot VN-ambassadeur voor het VN-ontwikkelingsprogramma UNDP.
Maria gaat zich voornamelijk inzetten voor de Milleniumdoelen, acht internationale afspraken voor armoedebestrijding. Bij haar benoeming maakte Sharapova direct 100.000 dollar (72.000 euro) over voor de Tsjernobyl-projecten van UNDP.

Maria handed a check for $100,000 to U.N.D.P official Ad Melkert

FULL STORY:

The United Nations development aid agency has appointed tennis star Maria Sharapova as a goodwill ambassador. From U.N. headquarters, VOA’s Peter Heinlein reports Ms. Sharapova made a cash donation to help with Chernobyl recovery projects.

Maria Sharapova has come a long way in her 19 years. Now she wants to go back to her roots. The world’s top-ranked women’s tennis player signed a letter Wednesday committing herself to promoting United Nations aid programs as a celebrity goodwill ambassador.
The teenage tennis sensation has lived in the United States for most of her life. But she was born in Soviet Siberia in 1987, and remains a Russian citizen. Her parents had moved to Siberia to escape the fallout from the Chernobyl nuclear accident a year earlier, near their home in what is now Belarus. Her grandmother still lives in the Belarus town of Gomel, just across the Ukrainian border from Chernobyl. She said one of her reasons for wanting to become a goodwill ambassador is her concern for the forgotten victims of Chernobyl. ”

Maria:
I was born in Siberia and I moved from Siberia when I was two years old because of Chernobyl, because both of my parents thought for my safety and the radiation that it was not right for me to live there,”
So that’s why it means so much to me to be part of project because I was part of it as well.”
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Sharapova handed a check for $100,000 to U.N. Development Program official Ad Melkert. She says the money will be used to help residents in and around Chernobyl.

“This money is going to go toward computer centers in the affected areas of Chernobyl,” she said. “They’re going to go to sports centers, family hospitals. Places like that.” The UNDP’s Melkert said Sharapova’s presence will help to shine a spotlight on efforts to help the world poorest.

Maria:
We struggle with the knowledge that one billion people don’t even have access to a glass of drinkable water, and two billion people do not have access to electricity, and therefore we must work with the private sector, with foundations, with individuals,”
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Like any teenager, Sharapova giggled when she was introduced to a packed news conference as the U.N.’s newest celebrity goodwill ambassador. Her first reaction was an expression of wonder at her surroundings. “This is my first time here to this headquarters, and I just got to see all the different settings you see on TV, so it’s pretty cool to sit in a chair and feel official for a little bit,” she said. As a UNDP goodwill ambassador, Sharapova joins several other celebrity envoys. Others include Norway’s Crown Prince Haakon Magnus, Japanese actress Misako Konno, along with three soccer stars, Ronaldo of Brazil, Zinedine Zidane of France, and Didier Drogba of Ivory Coast. For her services, the world’s highest paid female athlete will earn a salary of $1 a year.

PRESS CONFERENCE


Maria Sharapova # 1 of the world

29 JANUARY 2007

Maria werd op 22 augustus 2005 werelds beste van het dames tenniscircuit.
Vandaag heeft zij voor de 2e keer in haar carrixc3xa8re de hoogste trede van de WTA ladder bereikt.Dankzij een uitstekend seizoen met 5 behaalde titels, waaronder de US Open, 6 halve finale en 2 finale plaatsen en tenslotte haar prima prestatie op de Australian Open staat Maria nu met ruime voorsprong op # 1.

Congratulations Mariaxc2 !


TENNIS CHAMPION MARIA SHARAPOVA A PERFECT MATCH FOR GATORADE AND TROPICANA

Januari 3th,2007

Top-Ranked Superstar to Become First International Tennis Ambassador to Promote Healthy Hydration and Nutrition Habits to Consumers Around the World

As the 2007 women’s tennis tour begins, PepsiCo International announces a partnership with Maria Sharapova, the defending U.S. Open champion. Sharapova will be featured in global marketing campaigns for PepsiCo’s Gatorade and Tropicana brands to help consumers adopt healthy hydration and nutrition habits. This partnership is the first that Sharapova has signed since winning the U.S. Open last year, her second Grand Slam title.

In Spring 2007, Maria will also visit the laboratories of the Gatorade Sports Science Institute, located in Barrington, Illinois (USA), to undergo testing that will help her enhance her personal hydration strategy.

Maria:
“I know that staying hydrated can help me play at my best.
Gatorade’s heritage is all about science, so I’m really looking forward to meeting with the GSSI scientists to make sure I’m doing everything I can to prevent dehydration and stay on top of my game.”
“Fruit and fruit juices also play an important role in my balanced diet,” Sharapova added. “Tropicana makes it easy to bring vitality and nutrition to my day.”
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Source: mariasharapova.com

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