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#1 Posted : Saturday, January 28, 2012 9:32:10 AM(UTC)
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I hope Maria is able to use the Fed Cup and turn it into a positive experience in the kind of way Rafal and Nole do. I hope the team even will lift her spirits and I hope she has alot of success there.


Onwards and upwards!

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#2 Posted : Wednesday, February 01, 2012 12:57:23 AM(UTC)
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The Eagle has Landed


 


31.01.2012 Мария Шарапова прилетела в Москву


"That's the way the world works... right now." --Maria Sharapova at 17
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She looks exhausted! That's one hell of a journey...
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#5 Posted : Wednesday, February 01, 2012 6:53:22 AM(UTC)
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Maria Sharapova , the runner-up of the Australian Open 2012, ranked #3 in the world, arrived today in the Sheremetyevo airport. Tomorrow, at 11.30 she will start her preparation for the ¼ Fed Cup tie against Spain. 


Begins training at the Olimpiski.


 


More pix at http://www.fc.tennis-russia.ru/db/photo/


"That's the way the world works... right now." --Maria Sharapova at 17
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paul_pipkin;312963 wrote:


The Eagle has Landed


 


31.01.2012 Мария Шарапова прилетела в Москву



Maria please dress warm as it verrrrrrry cold in Moscow and the rest of Europe. Tell me about it , I was waiting for the train this morning by -10 Celsius !  One flu / fever in Moscow was more then enough last year !

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#6 Posted : Wednesday, February 01, 2012 6:27:37 PM(UTC)
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Russian team captain Shamil Tarpishchev shared nuances of the preparation team for Fed Cup quarterfinal against Spain.
- Of course, court surfaces, selected primarily based on the preferences of our players, not only to inconvenience the rival - said Tarpishchev.- That is why we chose such a hard surface, which is now in the "Olympic" - it is slightly faster than the "Kremlin Cup". In principle, we could make it even faster, but it was difficult. The concrete flooring in the hall is not flat, courts must cover a sheet of chipboard. And to further increase the speed of rebound, the concrete should be pre-cut and more. In this situation, there was no special meaning.- The leader of the Spanish girls Maria Jose Martinez-Sanchez - left-handed. It's like a game to complicate our athletes?- Our team also has a leftie. In the end, Katya Makarova in the starting lineup, so it is possible to properly posparringovatsya. And then, not so important in today's tennis, which hand the player holds the racket.Recall that the first-round match between Russia and Spain will be held in the Moscow sports complex "Olympic" this weekend. In the Russian national team invited Maria Sharapova, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Nadia Petrova and Ekaterina Makarova.
 





The first Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova shared expectations for the upcoming match against Spain's Federation Cup at a news conference in the "Olympic."
- Last year I played badly here against France - quoted finalist Australian Open-12's special correspondent "Soviet Sport" Nicholas Mysin. - But it is good that the Fed Cup team plays, not one person - even conceding 0-2 after the first day, thanks to Kuznetsova and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, we were able to break on. I was, frankly, I do not remember how to feel themselves and in what form was 12 months ago. We can say, I forgot about the injury. I hope this time everything goes well and I will bring ourteam needed points.
- This season - the Olympic. If you had a theoretical opportunity to exchange one of youtitles in a tournament "Grand Slam" for Olympic gold, would have done it?
- And why change if it is possible to add? - Maria laughed. - I have a chance to do well at the Games, and Olympic medal - my childhood dream. I remember when O cheered for Kafelnikov in Sydney and imagined how he would also fight for the gold. I'll try to do everything possible to make my dream come true this year.
Recall that the first-round match between Russia and Spain will be held in the Moscow sports complex "Olympic" in the next few weekends. In the Russian national team invited Maria Sharapova, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Nadia Petrova and Ekaterina Makarova.

"That's the way the world works... right now." --Maria Sharapova at 17
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#7 Posted : Thursday, February 02, 2012 12:10:40 PM(UTC)
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01.02.2012


The press-conference with Russian Team


Question to the team: How is your acclimatization after Australia going?
Maria Sharapova : I arrived yesterday, it was a real shock for me. The change of the climate, I had the first practice…It’s quite difficult for me. 
Svetlana Kuznetsova: I arrived one or two days before Maria, it’s also difficult for me. The hardest thing for me is the change of time. The frost, of course. But I try not to be outside so much, I as warm as possible. 
Ekaterina Makarova: I like everything. Moscow is my home. 
Nadia Petrova: It’s nice to be at home but I have a little shock because of the temperature. As sais Svetlana, we try not to stay outside…But I made a huge mistake…My hotel room wasn’t ready and I went to the nearest coffee house and it was freezing so much!



Question: After such a serious final in Australia, Maria, and Ekaterina, and Sveta…How did Russia meet you?
Maria Sharapova: Sveta is at home…(laughing)
Shamil Tarpischev: Yeah, everybody gathered at Sveta’s. (laughing)



Question: Do you think frost will have an impact on Spanish players?
Svetlana Kuznetsova: Yeah, they will freeze! (laughing) Even though the Spanish team is strong enough we have a good chance.
Maria Sharapova: We are not playing outside. They have an experience.



Question to the team captain: At the previous press-conference Martinez Sanchez said the surface isn’t so fast what could be more comfortable. Why did you pick this one? Against them or for us?
Answer: Of course we want to do the best for us that’s why we picked a faster surface than at the Kremlin Cup. The only problem was that we had to make it faster…We had to lay a structural chipboard because the floor is not flat enough. We created all conditions. 



Question to Shamil Tarpischev: You are cooperating with PRORAB. How is this cooperation going? 
Shamil Tarpischev: Of course I’m satisfied with the cooperation. Before we signed the contract for only one match and now we have signed for three. We will be playing till the final. We will be happy to continue it.



Question to Maria Sharapova: Last year you didn’t play very well against France. Did you make any conclusions? Is there any difference between your condition now and then?
Maria Sharapova: I’ve already forgotten that match. It was last year…I hope I can change the situation. I lost my first match and then Sveta lost, too. Nastya (Pavlychenkova) supported us and the most important thing is that we won.



Question to Maria: You uploaded a lot of pictures from Australia on your Facebook account. What is the best place in Australia?
Maria: I spent a month there. I had a lot of practice. I was concentrated on tennis. After the end of my career I would like to go back and visit Australian again.



Question to the team: It’s the Olympic year. Does it have an impact on your mood before the Fed Cup tie?
Nadia Petrova: You know, we try to do our best at Fed Cup, to be the leader team in this competition. Of course, it will help us to be prepared for the Olympic Games. We play for our country and go there as a team. We have an opportunity to support each other. We support each other here and it helps us to know each other much better.  



Question to Maria: Maria, if you had a chance to exchange one of your Grand Slam titles for one gold medal at the Olympic Games, would you do it? When Elena Dementieva was asked practically the same question, she said that the medal is priceless for her. 
Maria: It’s hard to say, you know. It’s unreal. Why to exchange? It I have a chance, it’s better to add. It’s my dream since childhood. I always watched tennis and supported Kafelnikov. When I couldn’t play in Bejing I was thinking about my chance in 4 years. And I hope to plat in London.



Question to Svetlana Kuznetsova: Question to the best specialist of Spanish tennis. Do we have any advantage because of the surface or is tennis now so universal that the Spanish players won’t have any difficulties with it?
Svetlana Kuznetsova: It’s hard for me to tell about the surface because I haven’t played yet. But I heard it is faster than at the Kremlin Cup. The faster the surface, the better. Our girls have a strong tennis and the Spanish are slower and play more spins. I think it will help us.



Question to the team: Who will support you? 
Maria: My relatives will come from Sochi. 
Sveta: I heard my brother is coming. (laughing) It’s everything I know. 
Ekaterina: My whole family is coming. (smiling) 
Nadia: My parents of course. My closest friends and my family’s friends, as well.



Question to Maria: Last week Sasha Vujacic said that you would like to comment on your wedding plans. 
Maria: You want me to tell you everything here? (smiling) I think he just said that because he didn’t want to say anything. It’s personal.


http://www.fc.tennis-russia.ru/db/news/793

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Svetlana Kuznetsova in training nearly got injured. Fortunately, everything turned out





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On Thursday, February 2, at the restaurant El Parador held private dinner on the occasion of the match World Team Championship quarterfinals in tennis, "Fed Cup" between Russia and Spain. We offer you a report of a special photographer for "Chempionat.com" Alexander Mysyakina .

OFFICIAL DINNER Fed Cup (33 photos).




More pix at  http://www.championat.com/photo/tennis/22/6923/#http://photo.championat.com/6/6923/mid2/263435.jpg

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Hogstedt: Sharapova has no problems with surface in the "Olympic"

 Thomas Hogstedt , more than a year coaching Russian woman Maria Sharapova , in an exclusive interview with "Chempionat.com" talked about how Mary is god with the surface in the "Olympic" as well as appreciated by the Spanish national team. "Is Mary balls and surface Yes, all in order, this is no problem. As for the Spanish team, it is strong enough. One of the Spanish girls, Suarez-Navarro, in Melbourne nearly beat Kvitova (Carla lost to Petra in the second round with a score of 2:6, 6:2, 4:6. - Note. "Chempionat.com"), and another, Martinez-Sanchez, left-handed, and it is always dangerous. It shows a good tennis and I think it will be hard match ", - the words of a correspondent Hogstedta" Chempionat.com "Artem Taimanov.

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Any idea if the matches will be streamed tomorrow, Paul?

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saggittarian;313000 wrote:


Any idea if the matches will be streamed tomorrow, Paul?



 


ABSOLUTELY WILL BE STREAMED.  Two major broadcasters Russia & Spain:


 




  • Start times: 
    Day 1: 1500 hrs (1100 hrs GMT)
    Day 2: 1400 hrs (1000 hrs GMT)


 


Draw ceremony held at GUM store today, probably already has been. watch for the lineup.

 

 


HOST BROADCASTER

NTV + (Russia)
4 February: 5 February: 
INTERNATIONAL BROADCASTER

TVE (Spain) Teledeporte
4 February: 12:00 (11:00 GMT) Day 1 Live
5 February: 11:00 (10:00 GMT) Day 2 Live


 


Start checking  http://www.livescorehunter.ro/ this evening.




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Yes! First match tomorrow. 


 


Sharapova begins Russian campaign


 


MOSCOW, RUSSIA: Silvia Soler-Espinosa could not have wished for a harder start to her Fed Cup by BNP Paribas campaign. The world No. 77 will play her first-ever match in the competition against none other than three-time Grand Slam champion, Maria Sharapova, and the Spanish No. two says she’s going to be in for a tough afternoon against her Russian opponent.


“It’s going to be a very tough match as she is an excellent player and she reached the final at the Australian Open. I have a few nerves coming into the match, but I think that is good. I just want to enjoy myself and play a good game,” said the 24-year-old.


Her opponent, Maria Sharapova, comes into the tie brimming with confidence, after she managed to get to the final of the Australian Open, before losing to Viktoria Azarenka in straight sets. The Russian already has one eye on trying to qualify for her country’s Olympic team, and the 24-year-old says she’s looking forward to playing for her country again.


“The preparations are all for the days ahead and I am really looking forward to the weekend. I don’t know much about her game, but some of my teammates do, we are just going to go out there and it doesn’t matter whether they are experienced or not, we are just going to try and play our best tennis,” said Sharapova.


The Russian number one didn’t have the happiest of times the last time she played for her country in the Fed Cup. On that occasion she lost her only match of the tie against France and Sharapova is determined to put in a better performance almost a year on, saying: “this is a new year and I am looking to put what happened last year behind me.”


The second match on court sees Svetlana Kuznetsova in action against Carla Suarez Navarro. There may be 41 places separating the pair in the world rankings, but it was the Spaniard who won their last encounter in three sets two years ago. Even despite that loss, the St Petersburg native will start as the strong favourite and she’s just happy to be back home in Russia.


“It’s going to be a tough match; she’s a resourceful opponent and she plays with a lot of speed. Coming back from Australia, the most difficult thing for me is adjusting to the time zones and it’s been hard to sleep. I love being home and it’s the best feeling ever.”


Silvia Soler-Espinosa will not be the only debutante on the Spanish team. Former Fed Cup champion and six-time Grand Slam winner, Arantxa Sanchez Vicario will be captaining her country for the first time. The 40-year-old may have won almost everything there was to win on the WTA tour in a career that spanned almost two decades. However, the Barcelona native says she’s relishing the challenge of trying to help out a new generation of Spanish tennis players.


“I feel fine and we have nothing to lose as the Russians are the favourites. It’s going to be an interesting experience for me as this is the first time I have been the captain. My players are ready and they are all going to give one hundred percent and of course they have nothing to lose, so they can play their best and we will see what happens.”


It’s going to be a tough ask for Sanchez Vicario and the Spanish team to try and beat this star studded Russian line-up. However, as the Spanish captain stated on more than one occasion, her girls have nothing to lose and will be no doubt hoping for a little over confidence from their more illustrious Russian opponents as they look to cause what would be one of the biggest upsets in recent Fed Cup history.


The full draw is listed below.


Saturday
R1: Sharapova (RUS) v Soler-Espinosa (ESP)
R2: Kuznetsova (RUS) v Suarez Navarro (ESP)


Sunday
R3: Sharapova (RUS) v Suarez Navarro (ESP)
R4: Kuznetsova (RUS) v Soler-Espinosa (ESP)
R5: Makarova / Petrova (RUS) v Llagostera Vives / Parra-Santonja (ESP) 


 



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Yeah, great pics off a cold, snowy Moscow...THX...


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Nice pics, Podge. Who is the fifth girl? I thought there were only 4 of them. Maria needed that team spirit to get over her loss in AO. Hope she has a good match tomorrow.Thanks for the info, Paul. Maria will play at 12noon my time. I will set my alarm.

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CROUCHING TIGER;313005 wrote:
Yeah, great pics off a cold, snowy Moscow...THX...


 


Ditto. She put this one on the site.


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Well, her matches will be at 3 AM and 2 AM for me, I think, so it will be a tough one for me to watch. I'll try and wake up for them, but...... Good luck to all the Rusky gals!!! This is exactly what the doctor ordered for Masha after that nasty AO final loss. Hope it will eradicate that losing feeling for her!!!
Masha is my #1!!
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saggittarian;313006 wrote:


Nice pics, Podge. Who is the fifth girl? I thought there were only 4 of them. Maria needed that team spirit to get over her loss in AO. Hope she has a good match tomorrow.Thanks for the info, Paul. Maria will play at 12noon my time. I will set my alarm.



 


I think there are two extra personnel there. I don't make out Petrova at all.


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from left: Unknown (does not really look like Nadia)  Masha, Kuzi, Unknown tall blonde, Katya Makarova on right.

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saggittarian;313006 wrote:


Nice pics, Podge. Who is the fifth girl? I thought there were only 4 of them. Maria needed that team spirit to get over her loss in AO. Hope she has a good match tomorrow.Thanks for the info, Paul. Maria will play at 12noon my time. I will set my alarm.



 


I think there are two extra personnel there. I don't make out Petrova at all.


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from left: Unknown (does not really look like Nadia)  Masha, Kuzi, Unknown tall blonde, Katya Makarova on right.



 


They are not unknown Paul. Those are Vesnina and Petrova.


 


 

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