Is Sharapova the Next Kournikova?

by Scott Thyroff

Original Story here: www.gearlog.com/2008/08/m...

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Is Sharapova heading in the same direction as former Russian player Anna Kournikova?

According to womenstennisblog.com Maria seems to be spending more time with Lakers boyfriend Sasha Vujacic.

After an first round exit from the Australian Open you would think Maria would be spending her time getting back into shape and cleaning up her rusty looking tennis game.

Maria seemed like she had the potential to be at the top of the women’s game for a few years, however…

…once she got to the top it seemed like she spent more of her time shooting commercials and attending fashion shows.

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If you remember Russian beauty Anna Kournikova who was once touted as the next dominant women’s player when she was 15, also was swayed in the direction of shooting commercials.

Oh and of course, attending fashion shows and spending most of her time hanging out with then boyfriend Enrique Iglesias. Anna never came close to what she could have done in women’s tennis and the trend seems to be looking the same for Maria.

To bad for the sport of tennis not having these 2 beauties living up to their expectations in this great sport.

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  • Lana

    A bit sad for Maria's avid fans at tennis but they have to understand that Maria has also her own life, she has all the right and privileges to do the things that makes her happy.

  • Romnick

    I suppose this blog tells it so. I don't want to sound a bit nosy but is Maria still having an affair with Enrique Eglesias? LOL

  • Dan

    LOL this is funny. well yeah I think so.

  • Dana

    “Too bad for the sport of tennis not having these 2 beauties living up to their expectations in this great sport.”

    I agree with this but I think we have to respect Anna and Maria's choice. They do it for some good reason's I suppose. If Maria will continue to excel in the court then lets support her and if she's gonna spend more time doing commercials and attending fashion shows again it would be pretty nice if we still support her.

  • Dana

    did you mean Sasha Vujacic? lol you have mistaken Ithink.

  • dana01

    Yes Sharapova and Kournikova do have lots in common. But it's not too late for Maria to change the direction of her career. If she will focus mainly at playing tennis I am sure she will go further than what she have achieved. The ball is in her court really.

  • Snapper

    “once she got to the top it seemed like she spent more of her time shooting commercials and attending fashion shows”

    maybe she makes more money doing commercials. nah, joking! well I don't see anything wrong with doing commercials and attending fashion shows. After all Maria is a gorgeous woman. She deserve having those offers.

  • Emily Winters

    Is Sharapova heading in the same direction as former Russian player Anna Kournikova?

    I think so.

  • Emily Winters

    I hope Maria wont go through unsuccessful marriage like what Ana had.

  • Lisa

    Maria is a prettier than Anna though.

  • Sarah

    it's not too late for Maria to change her mind… i hope she will be active at tennis again. I admit I enjoy watching her game. 🙂

  • gary01

    I am not against with whatever direction Maria will follow but I hope she won't stay away from playing tennis as she is one of the most well liked ICON in the tennis sports. As her avid fan I will always look forward to her winning grand slams…:)

  • edmund00

    Too bad for the sport of tennis not having these 2 beauties living up to their expectations in this great sport.

    well that's life… sometimes you have to pursue things sometimes you have to let go of it. what matters most is that you have given your best. Maria and Ana has never been the greatest of all time but I believe both of them had given their best shot!

    As fans of tennis sport, let's just be happy for Maria and Anna's choices in life! Even if both of them couldn't win grand slam anymore, I hope they would still continue to play tournaments along with the purpose of helping other people.

  • Celine

    YES I hope to see Anna and Maria in the tennis court again. I want them to compete and win grand slam. this may sound a bit impossible but who knows?

  • Maureen

    Shooting commercials pays a lot I suppose. We cannot blame Anna if she preferred doing commercials than playing tennis in front of thousands of audiences.

  • Sandra

    If you were Maria what will you pursue then playing tennis or being a commercial model?

    As for me I'd go for commercial modeling job, if I could do them altogether that would be great and I'd prefer working on both careers at the same time. Maria is trying to grab all the opportunities that comes her way. That is not a bad decision at all.

  • Sandra

    this is true. 🙂

  • Lianne

    If I were Maria well yeah I prefer doing commercials that's if the offer is great. LOL

  • Frankie

    I agree with this..

  • MV

    Me too! Life is short by the way and it would be a big mistake if we will allow opportunities to pass by. I won't hate Maria if she would trade tennis for doing commercials.

  • Danny

    the latest update I had about Anna was her trip with the USO to Afghanistan, Iraq and Germany.I am not sure if she is still active at tennis these days. I look forward to reading news about her.

  • Serena

    Well Maria and Sasha are still dating as they were at Indian Wells tournament. They really look so sweet. I hope Maria's relationship with Sasha will remain strong and hopefully it would never last.

  • Paul

    In my own opinion I think Maria and Anna are both happy with the kind of path they pursue. Good thing for them as they both excel in tennis, fashion shows and commercial modeling.

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  • Ashley

    I haven't heard anything new about Anna and Maria though. I hope they are both doing well and still actively participating in local and international tennis tournaments.

  • Clint

    Well Maria is still very young and damn beautiful. I suppose she will both win grand slams and awards for modeling.

  • Corrine

    I still believe that Maria will be doing great at tennis. She is still very young with lots of talents.

  • Brenda

    As Maria's avid fan I am not losing hope. I believe that she will soon be pretty active at tennis… Can't wait!

  • Karah

    Shooting for commercials pays a lot and if I were them I will also choose the same thing.

  • Andrew

    I agree with this as well. 🙂

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