Model impression: Maria "Shriek"apova, who was spotted looking stylish on the red carpet at the 10,000 BC premiere this week, is the cover story for the latest issue of Ocean Drive. The Aussie Open champ does her best supermodel impression, though we all know her best work is done on the tennis court.
Unfortunately, the interview is choppy and leaves much to be desired (no, she hasn't won the French Open yet.) But Maria does reveal she plans to play for the next 5 years, which only makes her 25-years old. Isn't that prime playing time for a tennis baller?
Here are the highlights:
Which players do you admire?
It’s hard to admire other players because you have to go out there and play against them. You hope that you beat them. I’ve never been a person who had heroes or people to look up to. I’ve never thought that anyone was perfect, including myself. Everybody has flaws. I appreciate people’s talent and ability. I try to pick up on the good things they do. But I never wanted to play the same way someone played or be like someone else.
What is your biggest indulgence?
I’m really into modern art. I hope I can buy an Ed Moses this year. That is my latest obsession.
Who are your favorite designers?
Chanel, Vera Wang and Tom Ford. I love fashion. I would love to incorporate my ideas into fashion—after tennis, of course.
Is it hard for you to date with your schedule?
It’s more difficult versus living in one place. Any relationship that I have is long-distance because of the amount of travel. That makes it tough.
Are you dating anyone?
I don’t talk about that.
What type of music do you listen to? Who are your favorite artists?
Dave Matthews, David Gray and Amy Winehouse. I can listen to hip-hop and then I can easily go into something slower like Counting Crows.
How long will you play tennis?
Until the day I have no interest in going to the practice court. Or when I don’t feel like getting better. I will be playing for the next five years.
And what about life after tennis?
I don’t see myself coaching. One of my goals is to open a small tennis academy back in Russia for young kids. They need a good indoor center. One of the reasons I left Russia is that they don’t have too many good indoor centers, and the ones they had were pretty expensive. They were more for the rich than young kids growing up.
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