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‘Serena Williams wasn’t ready, she shouldn’t play Parma,’ says Patrick Mouratoglou



Playing only two tournaments in the opening four months of the new season, the 23-time Major champion Serena Williams returned to action in Rome and Parma. Competing on clay for the first time since the last year’s Roland Garros, Serena experienced two short campaigns in Italy, hoping for a better run at the upcoming Roland Garros.

Nadia Podorska ousted Serena in the opening match in Rome in two tight sets, while the American lost to Katerina Siniakova in the second round in Parma. Serena’s coach Patrick Mouratoglou said that Serena probably wasn’t ready for Parma after an early exit in Rome, still needing a lot of work on the practice court to play competitive tennis at Roland Garros.

Williams is still seeking that elusive 24th Major crown and the first in over four years, with her first chances coming in Paris and London in the next two months. “I think Serena lost because she wasn’t ready. I don’t know, but maybe it wasn’t a good idea to go and play in Parma because her match in Rome showed many things that still needed to be worked on to compete at the highest level.

I think it’s always interesting to play matches because it gives you a clear vision of where you are, so that was good in that way because we know what she still needs to accomplish to be ready for Roland Garros. I’m not worried in general because if she does the job, she will be ready.

It’s just about doing the job. We have to go on the court, work, and day after day, I will see. To be completely honest with you, when I saw her before the Australian Open for preparation, I thought ‘wow’ – a lot of work to get ready.

Patrick Mouratoglou shared thoughts about Serena Williams’ recent results.
But in a short period, Serena was able to hit great form. She played well, but unfortunately not through the whole tournament – only until the semi-finals.

She played great tennis and moved well, and it didn’t taker her too much time to get ready. I’m never scared of the others, and I’m not going to start now. I respect many other players who are definitely good, and there is a lot of depth in the women’s game.

I’ve always said regarding Serena that it’s all about her, and it’s still all about her. The question is, is she able or not to start a Major being in her top form and able to win? She was 100% ready in Australia, really prepared to win, but it didn’t happen.

We’ll see how she is in the next couple of tournaments. When she gets to the latter stages, the semi-finals and the final, how does she handle the situation, and can she play her best tennis? The last year she hasn’t been able to play her best in the latter stages.

First of all, when people tell her ‘she can’t,’ it gives her extra motivation, so please tell Francesca Schiavone to say it louder so I can make sure Serena can hear it! Secondly, she’s been able to do things in her career that were in theory not possible because she has this belief that she can achieve anything, and that’s such great strength,” Patrick Mouratoglou said.

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Rafael Nadal pays tribute to Maria Sharapova



Maria Sharapova, a tennis star who has also become one of the wealthiest and most famous athletes of the 21st century, decided to announce her retirement from tennis at the age of 32. Her last appearance on the tennis court dates back to the first round of the Australian Open, when she was defeated 6-3 6-4 by Donna Vekic.

During her extraordinary career, the Russian has won five Slam titles, with the unforgettable triumph at Wimbledon in 2004 at 17 years old, when she beat the world number 1 in Serena Williams in a tough final. “She’s worked really hard from a very young age to achieve her goals.

It’s a sad day because an icon is leaving, a reference in women’s sports. She’s given a lot to tennis. Above all, she’s been an example of passion for the sport,” Rafael Nadal said after his match against Miomir Kecmanovic.

“I’ve always admired the way Nadal has fought through all the injuries he’s had. He is the greatest example of that, ” Sharapova said in an interview. Masha has been featured in a number of modeling assignments, including a feature in the Sports Illustrated S******t Issue.

She has appeared in many advertisements, including those for Nike, Prince, and Canon, and has been the face of several fashion houses, most notably Cole Haan. According to Forbes, she has been named highest-paid female athlete in the world for 11 consecutive years and earned US$285 million (including prize money) since she turned pro in 2001.

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Sharapova:Nice to have more time to relax,catch up with loved ones, focus on business



Former World No. 1 Maria Sharapova, of Russia, says she feels lucky to be spending time at home in California with her parents during the current lockdown and has been doing trying out different activities at home as well as for her workouts.

Maria Sharapova on how she has been spending her time during the lockdown
In an interview to People magazine, Sharapova spoke about how she has been enjoying the time she has spent at home. “When I was competing, I’d only get to spend a few weeks of the year at home, so it’s been nice to have more time to relax, catch up with loved ones and focus on my businesses.

As much as I love to travel, not having to rush off to the next tournament has been really nice.” Like many other people, the Russian says she has been spending a lot of time in the kitchen as well, trying out different activities.

“We’ve been spending almost all of our time in the kitchen — cooking meals and baking treats, and at one point, we even pulled out an ice cream machine, which I hadn’t even taken out of the box for years.

We even started growing our own garden out back — so you know things are getting serious!” While she says she has played tennis a few times with her friends since her retirement earlier this year for fun, she has been trying to keep physically fit by trying out outdoor activities such as boxing or hiking – which can be seen from her Instagram feed in recent weeks.

A former World No. 1 in singles, Sharapova is one of ten women, and the only Russian, to hold the career Grand Slam (winning all four Grand Slam singles titles at least once). She won the silver medal in women’s singles at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London and announced her retirement from the sport in January this year after the Australian Open.

During her professional career, Maria Sharapova won 36 WTA singles titles and 3 WTA doubles titles in all. The Russian is one of the most popular players from the tennis world and was named the highest paid female athlete in the world for 11 consecutive years during her playing career. (Picture from the Twitter account of Maria Sharapova)

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Maria Sharapova: “That’s why I never took US citizenship”



With her $ 38 million earned over the course of her career, former WTA number one Maria Sharapova is third in this special ranking: only Serena and Venus Williams are ahead of her, with $ 93 million and $ 41 million respectively.

Holder of five Grand Slam titles, a trophy at the Finals and a silver medal at the London 2012 Olympics, Maria left the world of professional tennis in January last year, after losing in the first round of the Australian Open to Croatian Donna Vekic.

Today, the young Russian has embarked on a career as a very successful entrepreneur, she who had already owned the famous Sugarpova candy line for some years.

Sharapova’s love for art and high-luxury jewelry
In a recently published Instagram story, the champion shared a Vogue Magazine article about the Italian Elsa Peretti, a well-known internationally renowned designer who unfortunately passed away in recent days, writing: “With my first cash check from tournaments I collected the pieces created by Elsa Peretti for Tiffany,” adding the emoticon of a sad face and a broken heart.

Sharapova, who has always been interested in the world of high fashion and business, has repeatedly stressed the importance of her travels around the world for the growth of her passion in the world of art, including in the field of architecture.

As published by EssentiallySports, among others, Maria once claimed to have taken numerous photographs of the buildings designed by the designer duo Frank-Perry, because she was attracted by their appearance, how different they are and the fact that they are usually placed in comparison with the old architecture, there is something so new and different about them.

The last Slam success of the Siberian came at Roland Garros 2014: the Russian beat Ksenija Pervak, Tsvetana Pironkova, Paula Ormaechea, Samantha Stosur, Garbine Muguruza, Eugenie Bouchard and the Romanian Simona Halep in the final, beaten with a score of 6 -4 6-7 6-4.

Maria made history for winning the Wimbledon tournament at the age of only 17, the second youngest player ever in the Open era after Martina Hingis to win Wimbledon and for winning all 4 Grand Slam events, tenth tennis player in history to succeed in such a goal.

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