Sharapova proud of her Russian originMay 30th, 2012 - 5:42 pm ICT by IANS
Paris, May 30 (IANS/Ria Novosti) Despite being the world’s highest-earning sportswoman, Russian No.1 tennis player Maria Sharapova says she’s proud to hail from a run-down Siberian town.
“I am really happy and proud of where I come from. It’s fun to hear when they announce me and they don’t just say born in Russia, they actually say I was born in Nyagan, Siberia,” said Sharapova, who moved to Florida with her father when she was seven.
“Every time I hear that, you can hear the crowd go ‘whoa.’ Like, I don’t think people actually realize that’s where I was born. When they say it, I feel so proud.”
“It’s like when they say I’ve won a Grand Slam or been No.1, when they say where I am from, I get goosebumps because I am so proud of coming from there and getting to the position I am in today.”
Moreover, staying in Russia would have prevented her from becoming a professional player, Sharapova said.
“I have no idea who I would be now, what I would be doing. Probably, I’d have had a much more normal lifestyle, graduated from school and be working somewhere.”
Sharapova burst onto the scene when she defeated two-time defending champion and top seed Serena Williams in the Wimbledon final, despite being seeded 13th, for her first Grand Slam title at the age of 17. She followed up the success with wins at the 2006 US Open and 2008 Australian Open.
Her quest to complete the career Grand Slam with a first French Open title in 2012 will continue with a second-round tie against Ayumi Morita of Japan, ranked 88th in the world.
- Putin congratulates Sharapova on French Open victory - Jun 10, 2012
- Sharapova happy with 2012 - Sep 08, 2012
- I feared I was pregnant: Sharapova - Aug 28, 2012
- Sharapova to cut her hair only on retiring - Jun 09, 2012
- Sharapova wins French Open, completes career Grand Slam (Lead) - Jun 09, 2012
- Maria Sharapova's new haircut sparks internet frenzy - Apr 18, 2012
- Sharapova sets up Olympic semifinal with Kirilenko - Aug 03, 2012
- After French win, Sharapova eyes Wimbledon - Jun 24, 2012
- Win at French Open shows ny determination: Sharapova - Jun 10, 2012
- Sharapova curses final set charity against Azarenka - Sep 08, 2012
- US Open: Sharapova to face Azarenka in semis (Lead) - Sep 06, 2012
- Sharapova stoic about losing No.1 spot - Jul 03, 2012
- Sharapova beats Kvitova to enter French Open final (Lead) - Jun 08, 2012
- Olympic tennis: Sharapova in women's singles final - Aug 04, 2012
- Sharapova could carry Russian flag in Olympics - Jun 13, 2012
Tags: australian open, ayumi morita, burst, career grand slam, crowd, french open, french open title, grand slam title, hail, maria sharapova, nyagan siberia, professional player, ria novosti, russian origin, serena williams, siberia, sportswoman, tennis player, time defending champion, wimbledon