Red-dressed Sharapova Says Shoulder, Serve Firing Entering US Open
by Richard Vach | August 25th, 2007, 7:44 pm
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Maria Sharapova is back in her self-professed “favorite city,” ready to debut her little red dress and defend her US Open title, along with the city other Europeans scorn.

The Russian has struggled with a should injury all summer, though she says she is functioning at nearly 100 percent.

“Yeah, I mean, I got to realize it takes time,” said Sharapova on a new service motion that alleviates pain. “Changes, it takes time. But most importantly, I’m feeling really good. I’m happy to be back. I had a good week of training after L.A., practiced for five days, came out here, have had some really good practice sessions. All in all, it’s been good.”

Sharapova says the changes have upped the mph on her serve.

“I feel like I’m serving probably the biggest that I’ve served this year,” said the Russian, looking stylish in a black beret and full black Nike warm-up. “Middle of the year, around the time of the French Open, just trying to get a higher percentage of first serves in. Definitely in San Diego and L.A. I felt like I was hitting a lot bigger and more velocity.”

Sharapova’s little black dress was all the rage in New York last year, and this year the blonde Russian says she will go the other way with red, in honor of the “Big Apple.”

“I work with Nike designers all the time. I meet with them many times,” said Sharapova in response to if she ‘picked’ the dress. “I have a lot of fittings. I incorporate a lot of ideas into what I wear. After last year’s dress, which came out to be pretty successful, when we sat down we knew this was going to be pretty hard to top. We got out of black, out of ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s.’ We wanted to totally do a different things. We based it on the city. The city is my favorite city in the world. It’s red. I’ve never worn a red dress before. It’s a really big statement, as well, because it’s the Big Apple, apples are red.”

Explaining the process, Sharapova found her enthusiasm lost on the male press gathering.

“It was a really fun process because it was a challenge for us,” Sharapova said. “I’m working with a new set of designers. This is the first dress that’s seamless. I don’t know if you’re into it, but it’s seamless, all bonded material, yeah. Exciting stuff, huh? Just love hearing about it (smiling)?”

The Russian’s enthusiasm for New York City is in stark contrast to world No. 1 Justine Henin, who Saturday said she delayed coming to the City from Canada, saying NYC was too hectic and she preferred to spend her free time in her hotel.

“There’s just so many things to do, and it’s a vibe,” Sharapova said. “With every year I’ve gotten to appreciate it more and more. It has like a buzz. When you’re walking down the street, usually I don’t like to walk, I’d much rather drive, but here I can walk all day. It would actually be cool to put on a suit, walk around the city and go to work or jump in a Yellow cab. There’s so many interesting things about it. Every little town you go to, it seems like you have a hip part of town, you have an older part of town, you have the new town coming up. And the food, I mean, I’ve had a meal at a different restaurant every single night, and I haven’t had a bad meal, and I’m a big food fan. Every year I come back to like 10 new restaurants to go to. So that’s always fun. And the shows. Yeah, it doesn’t seem like people could actually live here. I don’t picture New York having a grocery store or something. It just seems like this huge amusement park from ride to ride.”


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14 Comments for Red-dressed Sharapova Says Shoulder, Serve Firing Entering US Open

zeg Says:

Someone needs to permanently silence this floozy on and off the court.


Taylor & Morgan Says:

Maria Sharapova is way too overrated…


ronib Says:

I can’t wait to see her dress! Why is it so difficult to find cute clothes?


fresh Says:

dont be sour grapes

Maria makes a tennis dress looks good

it must be a blessing for Nike to work her after being tortured by S.W. for those past years

S.W. looks hideous in her outfit and most of the times she looks like a drag queen, the only exception is her black cat suit


penise Says:

this story is pointless without a picture


Ellen Mooring Says:

Maria is a nice girl. I like her a lot. She loves America. She was a poor Russian. Those people have been through a lot. I think she has a good heart and I’m glad she is in the game to add some spice to it. Also, she is not like Kournacova who seems to have her values all messed up.


Dancevic FAN! Says:

Maria definitely isn’t the prettiest tennis star today – what’s with all that acne she has?!?!?!?


Jon Says:

Hey! Maria Sharapova has worked hard for what she has accomplished. I bet you couldn’t win Wimbledon when you are 17…so what if she is a noise maker on the court or dresses like a princess but its her skill that has taken her this far…And the acne…IT ABOUT BEING A TEENAGER!!! Got i bet you had acne too! so who cares! she is an AWESOME TENNIS PLAYER!


Dancevic FAN! Says:

But she has acne!!!!!!! I can’t get excited about her when I see all that acne!!!!!!


jane Says:

Dancevic FAN!

I get the irony (good lord, I HOPE it’s irony – and that you’re REALLY not bothered by zits), but what gives?

What’s wrong with style if you’ve got substance to back it up? Maria has two slams under her belt, as well as a photoshoot in Vogue. I say “good for you Maria: rock on!” She’s loving it – and bless her for bringing “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” to tennis. The grace of Ms Hepburn, and the scream and smash of a banshee. Gotta love the contradictions.

Anyhow, she’s a little like a certain no# 1 male player who likes to dress the part. Although he wouldn’t stoop to scream – except at Hawkeye. LOL!


Tejuz Says:

Her game isnt all-round. he has a great serve, offensive forehand and backhand but i dont think she has ever been taught about defense. She doesnt have a plan-B to resort to if he her plan-A isnt working(which is hitting the crap out of the ball) She doesnt have slice, drop-shots, retrieving ability, variety etc like Henin, Mouresmo, Williams, Jankovic, Ivanovic, Hingis, even Vaidisova. She like a poor version of Andy Roddick in women’s tennis.


Tejuz Says:

Her game isnt all-round. she has a great serve, offensive forehand and backhand but i dont think she has ever been taught about defense. She doesnt have a plan-B to resort to if he her plan-A isnt working(which is hitting the crap out of the ball) She doesnt have slice, drop-shots, retrieving ability, variety etc like Henin, Mouresmo, Williams, Jankovic, Ivanovic, Hingis, even Vaidisova. She like a poor version of Andy Roddick in women’s tennis.


jane Says:

Tejuz,

You’re 100% right. And even her serve can fail her tremendously.

Still, she’s got 2 slams AND heaps of style off the court – gotta give her some credit.

Similarly Andy Roddick – has a slam, has been in the finals of a few, and off the court he gives the best press interviews – interviews period – of almost any player.

These types of players are good for the game in that they not only contest the big matches, but they raise the profile of the sport.


DF Says:

Come on folks,
Give Masha a break. Yeah, she’ not the most complete player out there, like Mauresmo and henin…..but I’m pretty sure she beat both of them back to back last year to claim her 1st US Open. People used to make the same ridiculous claims about Serena and Venus being nothing but sluggers…but look at them now. Give Maira time…she in only 20 remember. Her game is already very effective, but I predict that she will become a complete player over time. She’s not one to rest on her lauerls (just read her interveiws).

Oh yeah, and Ladies, don’t be jealous of Maria just because she’s hotter than you (even WITH Acne!)…lol

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