Annals of Shamapova

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That was the sound of world #39 Ukrainian Alona Bondarenko smacking the cute, round little backside of world #126 “Russian” Maria Sharapova (126?? how the “mighty” have fallen!)  at the WTA tour event in Warsaw, Poland last week.  Able to win only four of sixteen games played in her third match of the first tournament she has played after months claiming injury, Sharapova was blown off the court in humiliating fashion by a player who has only one career singles title and, worst of all, who — unlike Shamapova — actually lives in the country of her citizenship.

In her first match, Sharapova just managed to squeak past world #68 Tatiana Garbin of Italy. She crushed her second-round Bulgarian opponent, which was hardly suprising since that opponent was not ranked in the top 200.  When you’re ranked #126, you’re not really supposed to meet a much lower ranked player in your second-round contest, but Shamapova always seems to find a way to accomlish such feats.

The idiotic Western press, desperate for any excuse to flash Sharapova’s T&A over their pages, gushed about her being “back in business” and  “continuing her successful return” and “winning again.”  There was no attempt to highlight the utterly lame character of her opponents; instead the press spoke as if she was whipping top-ten assassins.  Only when there was no other choice did the press admit the lackluster character of her play.

Once faced with even as much as a top 40 opponent Sharapova immediately fell apart.  It’s lucky, then, that Maria will always have her banana to fall back on, isn’t it?

7 responses to “Annals of Shamapova

  1. do you hate sharapova because she is pretty and the americans are profitting too much from this asset or just because she is russian? if your answer is #1 then you have to address your concern to the yanks who should rethink their ‘sell, sell, sell’ attitude without checking the quality of the merchandise of late. with regards to sharapova’s beauty, better fantasize about getting into bed with serena then. my your idea of sexy is her big manly legs. good luck. if your answer is #2 then i wouldn’t be surprised as this blog is created to hate anything russian irregardless of proper reason. the ony thing i know is safina is the current best player in the world and yes, she is russian. God bless Russia.

    • Sharapova and others do not represent Russia and none of these players represent any country. They represent only themselves and play only for money. This is just business and nothing else; and that’s how it should be.

      So, I don’t agree with La Russophobe when she seems to tie fortunes of these players to political and other issues. Of course, I see that many Russians and others live vicariously through athletes and inject the elements of patriotism (or rather, jingoism) into this. I don’t like this at all. For one thing, it really is unimportant; it’s merely entertainment for the masses, just like that pop contest.

  2. Sharapova has class. She’s not Anna Kournikova. Sharapova happens to be Russian who came to America to learn how to play professional tennis. She is an American citizen. She has dual citizenship. The irony is that she tries to reach out to Russia and gets the literally punched in the nose. Russian Women tennis players can’t stand her and make fun of her American Russian accent. Sharapova should cut the pretense and act like an American immigrant rather than a Russian dissident.


    It certainly is odd how she trashes the USA virtually every chance she gets, yet she doesn’t feel the need to live in Russia.

  3. I have to agree with Kolchak. Sharapova is not another Kournikova. She has won some Grand Slams (sort of like Australia’s Pat Cash winning one Wimbledon back in the ’80s). She hasn’t purported to be anything other than what she is: a professional tennis player with interests outside the sport. Yes, she takes advantage of her sex appeal to cash in; but she isn’t unique in this regard; e.g., Danica Patrick in Indy.

    In terms of her nationality and permanent residence; this is irrelevant. It’s a red herring and/or straw man critique. You can criticize the Russian Federation and the Russian Tennis Association for the fact that most of its top-ranked players live in other locales (such as Marat and Dinara Safin(a) living in Monaco; Davydenko living in Germany; Tarasov living in the US, and he has even applied for and been rejected for US citizenship; etc.); but you really cannot criticize Sharapova herself. Yes, she could apply for US citizenship and then play for the US in international events; but wouldn’t this just get her labeled as a turncoat?

    Anyway, this site has some genuine critiques of Russia (especially neo-Soviet authoritarianism, in all its forms; as well as the pathetic apathy of Russians in effecting genuine change and improvement in their society); however, this “schadenfraude” infatuation with Sharapova’s failures, and subsequently linking them to her “nationality,” reeks of envy.

    Also, lest we forget, one of my favorite tennis players of all-time, Andre Agassi, plummeted to something like 200-th in the world – TWICE – in his career, before scraping back at third-tier tournaments, eventually winning the French Open and facing Pete Sampras in the US Open final that was Sampras’ final Grand Slam victory.

  4. Then perhaps you should focus your criticism on Sharapova’s hypocritical “trashing” of the US, and the fact that she continues to live there, rather than harp on her losses and injuries.

    However – and unfortunately — she is not the only celebrity whose hubris knows no bounds in criticizing the US. Hollywood actors and other artists alike and their ilk make it their hobby.

    And you’d also have to include those Canadians in show business who take it upon themselves to criticize the US ceaselessly.


    Perhaps, instead, you should consider the possiblity that we know better than you how to run this blog — or at least read the blog before commenting. We’ve said over and over that we attack Sharapova because she is a perfect metaphor for Russia — elevating form over substance, reflecting the illusion of success rather than actual success. Her cavalier disregard for citizenship and country is only one aspect of that nasty stew, far from its most crucial ingredient.

  5. Sharapova not successful? No substance, or simply going through a series of injuries? You be the judge:

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