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Can someone translate this article from italian to english?
kasia1992
#1 Posted : Saturday, May 12, 2007 10:50:11 AM(UTC)
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Scans from this month "Tennis Italiano" magazine








marialand
#9 Posted : Saturday, May 12, 2007 11:53:02 AM(UTC)
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great pics
Missy
#11 Posted : Saturday, May 12, 2007 2:40:16 PM(UTC)
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its her fairy tale again love it :D
gigicat22
#2 Posted : Saturday, May 12, 2007 2:50:22 PM(UTC)
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First picture:

\"MARIA SHARAPOVA: She's not the current number one player in the world, she may not be the one with more talent, she's not the more winning and maybe today she's not also the stronger one. But queques are only for her, all the media and audience attention is always for her. We're gonna tell you her story, from the siberian beginning to the worldwide success...\"
\"DREAMING OF MASHA: She's the most famous
She's the most rich
She's the most payed
She's the most requested
She's the most clicked
She's the most charming
She's the most desired
She's the most awaited\"

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\"Baricco wrote that someone has America in his eyes and there's someone who see America in his own future. It was surely like this also for Yuri, a big man born in west Ukraine with his hair already grizzled and a great passion for skiing and tennis. It has been surely like this cause in March 1993 he took a beautiful child by the hand, left everything behind and went away. His daughter hadn't still turned six but she took her second-hand racquet, she tied her long blonde ponytail, she took her father by the hand and she left with him for America. That child was Masha. Maria would been born only after that flight upon the ocean.
A journey that she hadn't take her only in Florida, she took her to the win in the grass courts of Church Road at seventeen and she took her to be the first russian female player to be number one in the world.
Surely you can't blame the ones who say that Maria is the not the most talentuos player in the world; there's Henin with her great backhand and her volèe. Or you can't blame the ones who see Serena Williams as the strongest one (Serena has beaten Maria two times this year: at the Australian Open and in Miami). But you have to ponder what you say cause Maria has already turned twenty and she still has a lot to give. In any case if you talk with someone about tennis, you're gonna see that he's gonna think about Federer and...Sharapova. She's the one who has all the media attention, everyone wants her autograph, a lot of tickets are bought only to see her. Not Justine. Not Serena. Or maybe also Justine and Serena, but first comes Maria.
But we were talking about the journey, the real one. As a lot of people of their same country in the first years of XX century, father and daughter made a lot of miles to reach the States. Years ago they arrived in Ellis Island with cardboard suitecases and a lot of communication problems, Yuri and Masha arrived in Miami with two bags full of racquets and 700 $ in their pockets. \"

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gigicat22
#3 Posted : Saturday, May 12, 2007 3:54:51 PM(UTC)
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\"Those 700 $ were enough only for the bus and not many other things. Passport and visa to follow husband and daughter didn't arrive in time for mom Yelena and she was forced to stay at home. Yuri and Maria hardly spoke english and all the money in their pockets should have forced anyone to come back home, to give to the little baby a mom back and to not risk anything for a \"vision\". But it didn't go like this. Mom Yelena kept living alone in Sochi, a city near the black sea. The Sharapov arrived there in 1989. Before of that, in 1986, with Jelena pregnant with a future Wimbledon winner, the Sharapov were forced to leave Gomel, in Byelorussia, to go to Nyagan in West Siberia. For a pregnant woman and for her baby it wasn't sure to keep breathing the corrupted Chernobyl air so the 19 April 1987 in the cold and worker Nyagan City Masha born. As we said she wouldn't live there for a long time, only a couple of winters and then she would have left for Sochi. But in these first years the leading actor is still Yuri. He was a passionate skier but he didn't dislike also to play some tennis. \"It was like this that I fell in love with tennis, dad used to play often and I liked watching him play. One day, I was four years old, I took a racquet in my hands and since that I remember that I used to play four hours against a wall in a Sochi park\".
Dad realized that her daughter passion had to be improved. So he started to bring her daughter more often on the courts and he took her to some competition near home. Maria loved to play tennis for real, not to watch it on tv, she didn't have any idol, model or favourite champions. \"I didn't have any poster of any tennis player in my room. When I was a little girl I only admired my parents, I wanted to learn from them and to be like them. \"
And infact in 1993 Masha didn't go to Moscow to see Kremlin Cup, she went there to follow one of those campus that Yuri loved so much. And in this occasion Yuri understood what he had to do. Maria was playing on a court with him and Martina Navratilova passed by and said \"She has talent: it took three words from that legend, Yuri didn't need more. How can you not trust a multiple Wimbledon winner if she says to your daughter that she has talent?And so he departed from Sochi to go beyond the Atlantic Ocean\".
PINK BOX:
\"Maybe not everyone knows that...
Masha was born left-handed: when she was ten years old she played for six months using her left hand but then she changed using definitively the right hand.
She was inserted by the People magazine in the list of the 20 teenagers who would have changed the world in the next millennium.
She loves consider herself as a \"renaissance woman\" for the passions she cultivates. She loves literatures, museums and paintings. She also loves studying fashion and learning new languages. She speakes english, russian and she's learning spanish.
She has been the first russian woman to reach the number one spot in the ranking. It was August 22, 2005.
Always in the 2005 was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful People by People Magazine.
In 2004 her name has been the most searched on the Internet. Maria did better than Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, Pamela Andersson, New York Yankees, New England Patriots, Christina Aguilera, Tiger Woods, Alicia Keys and Usher. \"

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marialand
#10 Posted : Sunday, May 13, 2007 8:06:24 AM(UTC)
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it made good reading
gigicat22
#4 Posted : Sunday, May 13, 2007 1:37:47 PM(UTC)
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FIFTH PICTURE:

\"In Bradenton streets are all basically straight and when they cross they form right angles, like in almost every american city. If you watch Bradenton from the air you will see a grid, a geometric monotony which maniacal order warmed by Florida sun is sometimes interrupted by the green of some 100 yard destined to football and from a 50 rectangles who seems like tennis courts. Right in one of these parallel lines, the 34 street, you will find Nick Bollettieri academy. Final destination of the journey of our two heroes. Beginning point of Masha tennis career. Yuri entered there with an almost six years old kid and with a part of that 700 $ that grandparents gave to him for that adventure. Their english was poor but it was enough to know that they weren't welcome. There weren't tickets to enter the academy and in any case the child was too little for the IMG standard even though she was really good. Come back home and try later were two concept that couldn't be in Yuri's mind\"

\"I DON'T HAVE A REAL MOTTO IN MY LIFE, BUT MY PARENTS ALWAYS TOLD ME TO WORK HARD AND GIVE 100% CAUSE YOU WON'T LOOK BACK AND THINKING YOU COULD HAVE GIVEN MORE\"
gigicat22
#5 Posted : Sunday, May 13, 2007 1:44:07 PM(UTC)
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\"Yuri and Maria went living in Venice, a few miles away from Bradenton. To mantain himself and Maria Yuri had to start working, two or three works at a time. There weren't tie and jacket work, there were hard works also because you don't give easily a work to a russian just arrived in America. These were two difficult years, also because dad-coach had to find time to train Maria. But it wasn't only hard times for the Sharapov; Maria was winning a lot of tournaments and this let her win scholarship for the Bollettieri academy in 1995. Students dormitory are just beyond the entrance, after the parking. Maria lived there for seven months, away from his father who stayed with her every hour of her life: now she can hug him only in the week-end. These were seven months who lasted three times more for Maria: she wasn't speaking english very well and she was very young and this made her the favourite object of other students jokes.
In June 1996 another positive turning point: with a brand new visa even mom Yelena could jump on a plain and reach husband and daughter in Florida. Our three heroes were finally in the same city and this let leave our nine years old Maria the academy dormitory for a house with mom and dad.
Century change and change millennium. It's the 2001, 13 miles southern than Bradenton, Maria entered for the first time in an ITF draw, the Sarasota one. She loses in the first round in three sets from Karin Miller but her personality and her play let everyone know that Bollettieri accademy would probably have bring out another champion.
In 2002 Maria has a wild card for the Indian Wells tournament. Maria plays against a qualifier, Brie Rippner, number 302 in the wta ranking. She beats her. In the second round she finds a tennis legend, Monica Seles. Even if Monica wasn't playing the best tennis, she easily beat the young kid 6-2 6-0. Maria learned a lot from this loss. In the next three weeks Maria plays three ITF tournaments. She wins all of them. She closes 2002 with two more finals played and with a 186 ranking.
2003 opens with a couple of unlucky first rounds but also with her debut in two Grand Slams tournaments. She enters the main draw in Melbourne and in Paris but she loses in the first round. The Birmingham tournament is decisive. She enters the main draw, she beats Dechy and Dementieva. She loses in the semi from Asagoe but this let her gain 30 places in the ranking and convince everyone in Church Road to reserve her a wild card. In the fourth round only Svetlana Kuznetsova ruins her party in Wimbledon. But in 2004 nobody, not even Serena Williams could stop her to be the third youngest player to win the Venus Rosewater Dish.
The rest is nowadays history, tennis history. Maria has just turned twenty, she won 15 titles with two Grand Slams victory: at the famous Wimbledon she had infact added also the 2006 US Open.\"

RED BOX

\"THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT MARIA
0,006 are the seconds who need Google to find almost 2.000.000 results for the \"Maria Sharapova\" search.
9.165.852 are the dollars that Masha gained only with the prize money in her young career.
15 are the titles she won.
245 are her career victory.
59 are her losses in the 304 match she played.
80,59 is her percentage win in career.
10.916 are the km that separetes Nyagan from Bradenton.
126 are the \"grunts\" during a match at the Australian Open.
10 are the multinationals that have chosen Maria as a testimonial (Nike, Prince, Gatorade, Motorola, Canon, Tag Heuer, Land Rover, Colgate, Samantha Tavasa and Speedminton).
19,2 are the million of dollars that she earns every year.\"
gigicat22
#6 Posted : Sunday, May 13, 2007 1:46:56 PM(UTC)
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\"Just after she converted the decisive match point against Serena Williams and before she could receive all Centre Court congratulations for her Wimbledon victory, Maria was already on the phone. Receiver of the call was mom Yelena. While all the crowd was cheering for that teen with a veteran determination, while half of the \"aficionados\" was trying to forget the ghosts of a new Kournikova, always beautiful but not much solid on the court, the other half was asking: \"How come?Her father is always with her but what about her mom?She's not in London to see her daughter winning Wimbledon?\". Well, Yelena and tennis doesn't come along very well, she likes it but not too much; She can't stand tournaments. \"My mom doesn't love tennis very much since when I was a little girl. She's very participating in my life, but when it comes to things that aren't related to this sport. She's with me when I shot some commercial, when I have to do some photoshoots or simply when we go to go shopping. Sometimes she catches me up during one of my journey across the tour, but she remains only when I train, not during the tournament. \"
Anyway that sunny afternoon in 2004 really changed Maria's life. One of the most positive things to be extremely strong on the court, to have a body and a model face, to be Wimbledon queen at 17 is that dollars litterally rain on you. They arrived to induce her to leave everything behind to become a beautiful russian spy on the big screen. \"No, thanks\" it was Maria's answer probably suggested from dad Yuri.
But Maria's appeal was discovered by Nike a long time ago. When Maria was ten they made a contract with her. When she was 14 she was on every poster around the world. For example in Acapulco, during a WTA event, everywhere around city there were poster of this blonde young girl, but if you weren't a tennis fan you probably wouldn't know that that girl was Maria.
But even after Wimbledon win, Mr Sharapov was thinking more of trainings instead of star system. Actually Maria is not a real court workaholic. \"I know, I know training is extremely important. But I'm not a person who likes training for a very long time, I prefer short but intense working sessions\". But Maria will probably have a fit if she will not find the time for relax one day and half for week. A lot of spare time to become a \"Renessaince woman\", just to use her own words.\"
gigicat22
#7 Posted : Sunday, May 13, 2007 1:50:57 PM(UTC)
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EIGHTH PICTURE:

\"But if saying that she is inspired by Audrey Hepburn is pretty normal, saying that she defines herself as a \"Reneissance woman\" needs some more explanation. \"A Reneissance woman is a person who is much more compared to what is known for\". In Maria's case tennis. Thanks Masha, banality doesn't live in Bradenton. But to these words correspond real facts. Above all her tennistic and commercial duties, she created her own fragrance, she designes handbags and she maintains a solid relationship with her fans through her official website www.mariasharapova.com. She answers their questions and she makes them part of her \"diva life\". That time she lost herself in a suite in Tokyo because it was too big. When on a private jet she almost fight with the pilot because according to her he made it \"dance\" too much. Or when Dolce, her beloved dog who always stay home (\"because I don't wanna be one of that player who has always dog around\"), hugged her for hours.
Characters like Masha divide people. You can love or hate them . And if this is true for fans, you can imagine how real this is for her collegues. We can say that some of them didn't show so much love for Masha. Anastasia Myskina said \"If she will play in Fed Cup, I'm out\". But also Justine Henin isn't a Masha and Yuri fan since last year US Open final when Justine accused Yuri of being unsporting. He disturbed me during all the match, Justine said, even calling a ball \"out\" like he was a judge. True or not, Yuri received a 2000$ penalty from WTA.
Nowadays Maria is dealing with physical problems, ice, massages and not so much tennis. But she should come back right in time for Rome. Even there all the media attention will be for her. Sorry for Serena, Venus, Martina and the others...\"

RED BOX
\"MASHA'S CHOICES\"
\"FAVOURITE MAGAZINE: Harper's Bazaar-great fashion articles and the only accurate horoscopes from my experiences.
ONE THING MARIA CANNOT STAND: Dentists, they're evil!.
FAVORITE HOBBY: Shopping.
FAVORITE CITY: New York- I don't think I can live there full time but a little apartment in Soho is my dream.
FAVORITE SONG: \"I Go Blind\" from Hootie and the Blowfish.
NICKNAMES: never had one, only Masha (Maria in russian).
HOW WOULD YOU SPEND A MILLION OF DOLLAR IN ONE DAY? For my family, for my friends and for charity.
EXPRESS A WISH: health, health and...health!
ONE PERSON YOU WOULD HAVE KNOWN: Marylin Monroe
ONE PLACE YOU WOULD LIKE TO GO: Maldives
OTHER SPORTS: Football and NBA.\"
gigicat22
#8 Posted : Sunday, May 13, 2007 1:51:59 PM(UTC)
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