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Maria Sharapova asked if she would date Rafael Nadal in Facebook Q&A

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Maria Sharapova beat Ana Ivanovic on Friday to make the Stuttgart semifinals. (Daniel Maurer/AP)

Maria Sharapova has been busy off the court at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany, this week, no doubt in large part because of her new, three-year deal with the tournament’s title sponsor. She held a question-and-answer session with fans on the event’s Facebook page on Tuesday and succeeded in being both direct and completely failing to actually provide answers. It was a deft display of digital agility.

Here are my five favorite exchanges:

Philip Uchiha A. Ruiz: My question would be is, if Rafael Nadal asked you on a date would you accept it or not? thanks! 
Maria Sharapova: not my type

Direct and to the point. Good job, Maria. Unfortunately, it’s all downhill from here.

David Lankester: Hi. Have you ever been sailing before?
Maria Sharapova: yes funny enough with richard branson

Sharapova set to launch Sugarpova in Moscow

A nice reminder that Sharapova’s life is nothing like my life. Also, curious use of “funny enough” to soften the blow of name-dropping Virgin Group founder Richard Branson. I would have gone with, “Yes, funny enough I got horribly seasick and was almost eaten by a shark.”

Domi Nique: Hi Maria, how do you use your Porsche which you win last year here in Stuttgart? Can you enjoy it or is it just a car like the others? Can you tell us about your expierence [sic]? I will hopefully watch you live on Saturday. Tickets just arrived, so please win the next games 
Maria Sharapova: i enjoy it by driving it all the time

OK …

Bruno Moreira: are you dating Grigor Dimitrov?
Maria Sharapova: funny you ask

Wait … that’s not an actual answer. Also, I’m beginning to think she doesn’t actually know how to use the word “funny” in a sentence.

Hannah Slough: What is your favourite country (besides russia and america!)?
Maria Sharapova: absolutely

I give up.

  • Published On Apr 26, 2013
  • 7 comments
    Petkopova
    Petkopova

    Maria plays it close to the vest, that's just how she is. She's, well, stand-offish. Not a crime. But at any rate, yet another example of how press questions to WTA players are the absolute worst in all of sports. Consistently, predictably moronic and trivial. An insult to serious athletes playing a serious game.

    Sabrina1
    Sabrina1

    Where is she going to put Nadal's or Dimitrov's balls in her back pocket (lol)... she is pasty and  flat..all the way around...wouldn't the guys at least like something to hold on to besides a racquet...?

    Annoymous!
    Annoymous!

    Shavapova is sounding more like a diplomat or a lawyer then a tennis player.  Must be rubbing off on her from being with her legal team.  I like the 18 year old teenage Shavapova to the coy Shavapova now.  If I had to pick a country that have people talk like that it would be the elite mainland Chinese leadership both in government and business.  They just will not say anything concrete!

    Scud666
    Scud666

    What a stuck-up woman. Porsche signed her a lucrative deal and asked her to do her duty as a promoter of the event and sport. Fan asks some interesting questions. She could choose to dodge the question, however she could use a little bit of skill, finesse and politeness. Her answers just sound indifferent and a slap to the face. She probably has lost a few fans from this.

     

    And, Igor. Those questions actually do sound quite different and interesting to me. Not the typical, "How do you feel winning your match today?" Anything more 'interesting' would be invasive and cause her to dodge the question yet again.

     

    Funny how the first question should probably be 'dodged' in a polite fashion, while she chose not to.  Maria has always been a little quacky IMO.

    pandah462
    pandah462

    Some fine journalism right here.  Amazingly insightful.

    Igor l
    Igor l

    Courtney you give up because you don't understand Maria,she was just joking(fooling) around,because she doesn't like stupid questions at all (every time the same questions from different people).

    MikeD1
    MikeD1

    That's all not very funny or is it so