HAPPY NEW YEAR
JANUARY 1, 2010
On my way to Thailand! Was actually supposed to be there already
but got a cold a few days ago so had to delay the trip a day.
Personally there's nothing worse than being stuck to the bed for
2 days. Its soo boring! At least I got to go through all these
amazing illustration books I got for xmas...the history of
Lanvin and Alber Elbaz was one of my favorites. He's certainly
one of the most creative and brilliant designers out there. I'm
also geared up to watch Valentino's documentary which was a nice
little last minute arrival from Santa before the flight.
Wait a minute, did the captain really just say the flying time
is 17.5h hours? I think I might need a few more documentaries
Speaking of xmas, Santa certainly didn't disappoint! At all! As
a matter of fact he happens to have very good taste! But I am
glad the Holidays are over...there is only so much jingle bell
songs I can take. And if you live in the States all the
decoration and festive begin in the middle of November which is
way too early and exaggerated in my opinion but of course it
gets you excited.
Anyways my off season has been really good! I'm definitely
excited to get back out there and play again. My arm has been
feeling really strong and I'm finally going to have a consistent
physical therapist next year. He's been part of my team in the
last couple years but only part time.
Well that's all I've got for now!
Wishing everyone a Happy and Successful New Year.
DECEMBER 12, 2009
Hi everyone! On the plane heading back
home...I was definitely mistaken when I thought that South
America was just a hop, skip and a jump from the States. Oh
no...more like planes, trains and automobiles!
Good thing is that I'm on the last leg of the journey!
The trip went really well, although Gisela and I were glad there
wasn't a third event...3 in 3 different countries would have
been too much. I was pretty amazed at how organized and well run
everything was...the match in Brazil was played at a beautiful
resort about an hour and half outside of Sao Paulo. They built
this incredible indoor court for mainly VIP's of the resorts
owner...I kept saying they built this whole arena just for a
tennis match!? Those are the moments when I have to pinch
Surface was a little rough but all in all pretty spectacular. We
also got a police escort from the airport which looked something
out of a Bond movie...it was actually the first time that
Michael would have prefered a helicopter...and that's saying a
The match in Chile was open to the public and we had a full
house in a court that was built in the middle of the park...it
was our first match of the season so Gisela and I were quite
excited to play in front of an enthusiastic crowd.
The highlight of the trip...yep you knew it was coming....wait
for it...the food!! I would kill for a good recipe for that
cheese bread (Gisela promised to bring me her recipe to Hong
Kong) and that thinly sliced meat off the grill!
And unlike in the States, the portions are not humongous, so you
don't feel like you ate for 2 after every meal (which of course
Mike and Max were not very happy with...God forbid they skip a
meal). Michael was missing in the stands during the Brazil
match... We decided it was best not to ask questions but we did
find an empty plate of cheese bread in the waiting room which
was not so empty when we left to play the match...whoopsies!
Some random notes:
So there I am reading the new book by Dan Brown 'Lost Symbol'
as I was getting treatment after one of my matches in
Japan...all of a sudden my name...not Maria but Maria Sharapova
is in the book ...around page 74! Almost fell off the table!!
After Japan and China, I went to Napa for a week. One of the
best vacations ever! It was all planned last minute and I
dragged all my girlfriends out of their daily activities and we
had such a good time. There is a restaurant there called the
French Laundry which everyone has been raving to me about over
the years...not only did we get a reservation but we got a tour
of the kitchen....4 hours and 20 pounds later we rolled out of
there like a sourdough bread roll!! We went to a place where you
pour your own olive oil into glass canters, picnicked at one of
the most beautiful vineyards Quintessa, and had endless
conversations in our outdoor living room looking out into the
The U2 concert a few weeks ago was one of the coolest
performances anyone will ever get to see...they are simply
Well its Christmas time again...and my room is a total upside
down workshop. The massage table is now used as a wrapping
table. The night stands are card holders. The bathroom has
become a fed ex office. Its quite a scene!
Anyways I wish everyone a Happy Holiday season full of many
great memories, laughs, and of course great presents!!
FROM TOKYO SEPTEMBER 25, 2009
Hi everyone, I landed in Tokyo last night and looking forward to
playing my last two events of the year!! I have had a good,
positive 3 weeks of training and ready to play some matches!
I can't believe that I haven't been here in over 2 years! That
should never happen! It never ceases to amaze me how interesting
this country is!
Just when you thought they had the best
toilets, they get even better!
Just took a run in the park and happened to pass by a group of
20 children which were clearly fascinated by my height.
speak much Japanese (none at all as a matter of fact) but I
thought I overheard them say "ooooh giant" Made me laugh.
Just heading out to practice, but wanted to let you know that
all is good! Oh and we're launching the Cole Haan collection
tonight... it just hit stores here a week ago.
Apparently one of
my shoes is the # 1 selling shoe in all of Cole Haan stores back
in the States. Pretty Exciting!!
Not as exciting as its going to
be to get back to #1 though!!:)
I LOVE THIS TIME OF YEAR
JULY 20, 2009
Summer has finally arrived and I can't tell you how much I love
this time of year. Well maybe not the 115 degree weather that I
was in a couple weeks ago in Scottsdale, but overall I like
everything about it.
Everyone is outside enjoying the summer...
speaking of which, not sure what's going on but there's a huge
baby boom in MB....every woman is either pregnant or wheeling
around a baby.
I have been training quite a bit in the last couple of weeks,
trying to build
a good base for the summer, especially my
strength and conditioning. I usually never like to do
running/sprint workouts but I'm actually learning
them. The worst part about them is that there's no way to make
it easier, especially when you have a heart rate monitor, which
sadly never lies.
Apart from working, I took a 2 day trip to Lake Arrowhead last
weekend...it is such an oasis up there...I don't do anything but
read (my latest book was The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga,
really recommend it), ride around on
the boat and listen to
Madonna in full blast. I even tried fishing this time, which I
learned is a total bore.|
My collection for Cole Haan is coming out end of August and I
cannot wait to see it in stores! It's so strange to see
something that has been worked on for the whole year, to be
finally hitting stores in less than a month. The response from
magazine editors has been really positive. The first collection
is not too big...only 2 pairs of heels (one which I have already
worn to a couple events), 3 boots (the over the knee boot is my
fave), and ballet flats in great colors. There are a few
different bags as well! (The Hobo is so cool!!) Can you tell how
excited I am!! I am writing this as I'm sitting at my fave hole
in the wall reflexology place after a long day of
practice....why are those types of places always the best!?
Anyways I have a World Team Tennis match coming up in a few
days...those are always very fun and entertaining! I never
forget how much experience I gained from playing all those
matches when I was younger. Oh I've also been meaning to tell
you guys how awesome it was to meet Frank Gehry and work on my
earrings for the US Open. He has been one of my all time
favorite architects and I was so excited when he started making
jewelry for Tiffany. I ended up going to his studio a few months
ago which was completely surreal! He showed me around all the
different sections of his studio, not to mention there were
about a 100 of different projects he was working on at the same
time! Those are the days where I just have to pinch myself to
make sure it's not a dream. Alrighty I'm done with my treatment
and headed home for a nice home cooked meal and some good
quality mattress time!
Oh and check out my friends new show www.directv.com/thewanted
.....I can't wait to watch it with popcorn in hand!!
BONJOUR FROM PARIS ! May 22, 2009
We arrived to Paris last night, and it still amazes me how
beautiful it is here every single time I arrive.
I am really happy with the way things went last week in Warsaw.
Obviously I would like to win every single tournament I play,
but to be able to finally compete in a tournament after so many
months was just amazing.
The food was fantastic and who would have thought Warsaw is the
new Beverly Hills in the paparazzi department!
Anyways I just wanted to send you a quick a hello....
I cannot wait to wear my new dress on court
here...it is one of my all time faves! And of course the Tiffany
earings...so beautiful! Only hint I can give, is that the color
theme is different shades of blue.
I took a day off today, but currently doing my shoulder
exercises! Shouldn't really be typing this right now
I'M COMING BACK IN WARSAW! May 11, 2009
I know it has been a long time, but I wanted my next doodle to
be the one my fans were waiting for. I am very happy to report
that I will make
my singles return to the tour in Warsaw,
Poland, the week of May 18. Although it has not been an easy
process these last few months, I really believe it's made me a
much stronger person in so many areas of my life professionally
and personally. There are so many things you learn while
limited to something you love doing. One of those things is
patience, not my best virtue, but certainly one of my better
ones now. Self belief...it's important to have a great team and
family helping and encouraging you, but unless you are the one
believing, it will not happen.
My family and coach have been a
tremendous part of this comeback, and I think it's important to
acknowledge that without their drive, daily laughs, and endless
belief in my ability, I would be sipping a pina colada on a
deserted island (not that there's something wrong with that, but
playing tennis is just so much more exciting at this stage of my
I want to thank all my die hard fans who never stopped believing
in me....your letters and messages have been truly inspirational
and something that I always looked back to when I had the low
I know it is going to take me a while to get back into the
groove of playing tournaments and matches, but I am so excited
to be competing again.
On other notes...
My birthday was very low key this year (in
terms of who knew about it J)but one of the best ones I've ever
had. Full of surprises, friends and family, sunflowers,
bonfires, yummy food, red velvet cake, spa treatments, and of
course amaaazing presents!!
It's been an on going joke with my friend to answer the phone
the day before, the day of, and the few hours after your actual
birthday as something like this.....Happy Birthday To ME in
Australia, Happy Birthday to Me in Europe, Happy Birthday to Me
in Florida, and when it ends, Happy Birthday to Me in Hawaii.
This is all considering you're in California. I know, so
juvenile, but so much fun!
Apart from that and a shoot week about a month ago, I have been
training quite a lot in Florida and as you may well know,
there's not much to do here except train and cook. My cooking
abilities have certainly risen in the last few months, and I
actually find it quite therapeutic. For anyone that says cooking
is hard...unless you're cooking in preparation for Russian
Easter, where people start cooking the week before, it's
actually pretty simple, considering you have decent math and
Speaking of food, I got the amazing opportunity to meet Jose
Andres who is an internationally renowned chef from Spain. His
restaurant Bazaar is one the best food experiences I've ever had
in my life and highly recommend it for anyone in the LA area. He
signed a kitchen copy of his cookbook Made in Spain for me and I
must admit that was my first ever autograph from anyone. The
recipes are brilliant and the tomato gazpacho is one of the best
I've ever had...and my Spanish trainer agrees!
I am off to bed as it is past my bedtime but I hope this doodle
puts as many smiles on your face, as it gave me to write it.
I CANNOT WAIT TO GET BACK TO PLAYING TOURNAMENTS! February
I have been training in Florida the last few
weeks and really working hard on getting the strength back in my
arm. It's really amazing how you can do all the exercises and
rehab in the world but nothing substitutes the time you spent on
court running and hitting hundreds of balls. The biggest lesson
I have learned throughout this whole process is that it takes so
much patience to get back to where you were physically. You
never really going to forget 'how' to hit a tennis ball but what
do forget is how much work and repitition you must put into
every single day in order to get back to where you were. And the
only way to get
back into good shape is by playing tennis.
Unfortunately just because
the doctor fixes the problem and
gives you the green light to practice doesn't mean that you can
just go out there playing tournaments. Yesterday I played my
first few points with serves in about 6 months which was pretty
exciting! Right now I'm aiming for Palm Springs, or Miami,
depending on how things shape up. I cannot wait to get back to
I am finally becoming a steady cook, which doesn't mean much
because apparently you only become a good cook when you're a
grandmother. Last week I thought I had hit jackpot when I found
this super easy recipe for a jelly marmalade. Small problem was
that I bought everything I needed except some 'apple pectin
powder" which simply didn't exist in any grocery store within a
30 mile radius in Sarasota (they forgot to mention that its
almost impossible to find one of the ingredients). I thought I
had a perfect substitution but about 3 hours later found out
that my 'perfect substitution' was a fake and my marmalade never
turned into jelly. Real bummer to say the least.
I had a shoot for SE last weekend and my
whole team of make up, hair, stylist etc was on hand for a
really fun weekend. Only one studio exists in Sarasota and with
every shoot I do there, more and more costume outfits fill the
drawers. I'm afraid to think of what is being shot in there but
our group was able to entertain ourselves and come up with some
silly outfits ( pictures provided in the photo blog...actually
those glasses I'm wearing belong to me and not the closet.
They're just clear glass and very dorky but I love them).
I have had some wonderful bonding time with
Dolce...although I don't understand their language, I can
probably guarantee he's saying when is she going away.
I never thought I would say this about
Sarasota but it is really coming around, with great little
boutique restaurants and art galleries. I don't know how many of
you live in Sarasota but you should definitely visit
Mosaic...its Moroccan/French with great cous cous! Highly
How good was the movie Slumdog Millionaire! I
saw it over Thanksgiving and I thought it was brilliant...so
happy its getting all the nominations it deserves. And
the soundtrack is great!
all for now! xx
OUT OF AUSTRALIA January 11, 2009
I am very very sad to report
that I am just not ready to compete at the level required to win
a Grand Slam. I have been working very hard over the past few
weeks and my shoulder is doing great, but there is way
preparation and training needed to compete to win my fourth
grand slam and I have just ran out of time. If they can move the
Australian Open back another 3 weeks, I think I could be ready!!
I have very mixed feelings, I am so disappointed and sad that I
can't defend my title from last year and at the same time, I am
so excited to be back on the tennis court training.
After spending a majority of the last few months in Phoenix/
Scottsdale, it's been nice to spend some time at home with a
normal regime of waking up and going to practice. I know that
I'm working pretty hard when I need to take little power naps in
If I may say so myself, I was the official Santa Claus of 2008.
I set up little worker shop in my hotel room in Phoenix and one
at home for the weekends. I don't know how many presents I
wrapped but I never thought I would come to a point when I
didn't want to do it anymore. So that lead to a quick stop at
Papyrus and a stack of Christmas bags. The shopping on the other
hand, I never get tired of. I was helping out all of my guy
friends and their shopping lists. Shopping with or around men is
a nightmare to begin with, but during X-mas time its a complete
disaster. They're constantly complaining about the prices at the
checkout. Their go-to is usually gift certificates which I have
a problem with because there is absolutely no thought or meaning
behind it. Others just walk around the stores saying Bahh Humbaa..
My grandmother was in town for quite a bit which led to a few
things...cooking and doing non-stop jigsaw puzzles. There is
only one thing that separates my cooking and my grandmas. You
see when she's in the kitchen it seems like no one is there.
When I'm cooking, I let the whole world know! There's flour all
over the kitchen counters and ten feet away on the floor, I call
everyone to let them know I'm cooking, and I finish that off
with a mass email to my friends with a picture of what I cooked.
And its always around the time the cleaner comes in. I guess I'm
also leaving out one minor difference between the two: her
tastes A LOT better.
Quote goes to Natalie when the paparazzi were following us
around in NY. 'Do they always make conversation with you like
that?' Yep, there's a very open dialogue when they're snapping
your picture and no it's not normal.
As far as music I have a new favorite..Michael Franti...you have
to check out his songs 'Say Hey' and 'Never Too Late'. The
Killers new album is amazing! Song four is my fave on the album.
On another note, I wanted to let everyone know that I started
working with a new Nike design team end of last year and have
been working very hard on this years dresses. I cannot wait to
play in them and unfortunately will have to debut the Australian
dress a little later. There will be six of them altogether,
changing colors in between the grand slams. The color palette is
stunning and starting in 2010 you will see some really cool
I want to thank all my fans for their support, especially all my
fans in Australia, I promise I will be there next year.