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Old 02-03-2012, 12:06 AM   #1
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from my blog: Maria Sharapova Talks 2012 Fed Cup, London Olympics and Positives Of Reaching Major Finals Fairways and Forehands

Maria Sharapova at 2012 Australian Open Players Party


Russian tennis superstar Maria Sharapova took time out to speak to the press after a practice session for the Russia-Spain Fed Cup tie. Incidentally, for those who donít follow Masha closely, the correct pronunciation of her name has the accent on the second syllable (Sha-RA-po-va), not the third syllable (Sha-ra-PO-va), so the pronunciation by the commentator in this video is correct. However, Masha understands that a lot of people pronounce her name the incorrect way and doesnít have a problem with it, even introducing herself to non-Russian speakers as Sha-ra-PO-va.





Masha leads a strong Russian Fed Cup team that includes Svetlana Kuznetsova, Nadia Petrova and Ekaterina Makarova. Adding to the advantage for Team Russia is that the match will take place in Olympic Stadium in Moscow. Play begins February 4th. Russia leads Spain 5 to 1 in head-to-head Fed Cup meetings.
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Old 02-04-2012, 01:43 PM   #2
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from my blog: Many Questions For Venus Williams As She Returns To Tennis At 2012 Fed Cup Fairways and Forehands

Venus Williams


Venus Williams has nothing to prove to anybody. Just in singles, she’s a 5-time Wimbledon champion, a 7-time Major winner overall and even won a Gold Medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia. They should already have her space at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island ready. But there are many questions as to how much she has left as a serious threat to win Majors from this point on. She is making her return to tennis at the 2012 Fed Cup against Belarus, her first action since withdrawing from the 2011 US Open with a diagnosed auto-immune disease. Venus is now 31. That’s advanced in tennis. Even before her time off, she hadn’t won a Major since Wimbledon 2008. If you take Wimbledon out, she hadn’t won a Major since the 2001 US Open. With the rise of players like Victoria Azarenka, Petra Kvitova and the return of Maria Sharapova, the competition (which, oh by the way, includes her sister Serena) just gets tougher for Venus. At Fed Cup, she will team with Liezel Huber to play doubles. I agree with that. Serena will play the #1 singles. Rising star Christina McHale will be the #2 singles for Team USA. Non-tennis aficionados may question Venus not playing singles against Belarus, but Christina has earned the right to play that position. Beyond the question of if Venus can reach Major championship heights again, there is the question of her health. Can she endure the rigors of the tour with her auto-immune condition? If things don’t go well for her out of the gate, does she still have the desire, at 31, to work even harder now than she did in her prime to be competitive? We will soon see the answers to those questions. I welcome Venus back to tennis. She’s great for the sport.

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Old 02-04-2012, 09:51 PM   #3
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more videos and pics on my blog: Maria Sharapova, Petra Kvitova Win On First Day Of 2012 Fed Cup Matches; Christina McHale and Serena Williams Power Team USA Fairways and Forehands

Maria Sharapova


World #2 and #3 Petra Kvitova and Maria Sharapova both helped their countries to take 2-0 leads on the first day of Fed Cup 2012. With their teams playing in World Group I with a chance to emerge Fed Cup champion this year, Petra and Masha did not disappoint. Masha powered Team Russia by overwhelming Silvia Soler-Espinosa of Team Spain, 6-2 6-1. Meanwhile, Petra had was pushed to the edge by Team Germanyís Julia Goerges before eventually winning for defending Fed Cup champion Czech Republic, 3-6 6-3 10-8. Iím not surprised Goerges played well. She has a lot of talent, which she displayed in 2011 by twice defeating Caroline Wozniacki. Georges has a real shot to beat Iveta Benesova on day two of play. On the other hand, Benesova handled Sabine Lisicki, so she canít be taken lightly.



Team USA Captain Mary Jo Fernandez hugs Christina McHale


Team USA is in World Group II and thus cannot win Fed Cup this year. But the journey back to World Group I starts with the first step. Christina McHale and Serena Williams each won their opening singles matches to put Team USA up 2-0 over Team Belarus after day one. But the big story of the day was that Victoria Azarenka pulled out of day one singles, being physically unable to play. Thatís understandable after all sheís done the last month. Still, if Team Belarus has any hope of staging a comeback on day two of play, they will need Vika to play her rubber against Serena Williams. Vika not playing really hurt on day one. As much as I like Christina McHale, she would have been hard pressed to defeat Vika. A 1-1 split after day one is a lot different than being down 0-2. Itís not over for Team Belarus, but they need Vika.

Maria Sharapova


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Petra Kvitova
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