Reem's Wimbledon diary: Maria keeping it short & sweet

Sport360's Reem Abulleil is stationed at Wimbledon throughout the tournament and each day will be providing an alternative outlook on the happenings at SW19.

Reem Abulleil
by Reem Abulleil
2nd July 2014

article:2nd July 2014

Sport360's Reem Abulleil is stationed at Wimbledon throughout the tournament and each day will be providing an alternative outlook on the happenings at SW19.

Keeping it short and sweet

Maria Sharapova is one smart businesswoman. There is a reason why she is the highest earning female athlete in the world and it’s because the Russian simply gets it.

She knows how to capitalise on her opportunities, and she’s even managed to turn candy into a successful business, despite it being an unhealthy food option for athletes.

Asked about her candy line, Sugarpova, in press the other day, and how it has received some criticism given it’s not the “kind of food for athletes”, Sharapova was ready with the following response.

“Criticism but great sales afterwards. It’s kind of like the best day after the criticisms. If you want to provide some more,” Sharapova told the reporter, before suggesting to him: “You can smile more often, by the way.” Perhaps a bag of her candy would do the trick? 

The Russian’s boyfriend, Grigor Dimitrov, is in action in the quarters today and you’d expect Sharapova to make an appearance for it since she’s now out of the tournament but she is yet to confirm if she will be there to support him.

No time to mingle

Swiss duo Stan Wawrinka and Roger Federer both earned victories on Tuesday to set up a quarter-final against one another.

We all know the pair are good friends but if you’re wondering if they’ve been watching Switzerland’s World Cup matches together, the answer is no.

While it was nice to imagine Stan and Fed chilling on a couch together watching Switzerland play Argentina the night before they face off at Wimbledon, Wawrinka burst that bubble and revealed they been doing their own thing.

Friendly advice

Sir Alex Ferguson came to Wimbledon the other day and Andy Murray revealed they stay in touch throughout the year and that he even welcomes some advice from the great football coach.

“We talked about my match today, spoke about football, World Cup a little bit. Then, yeah, he just said a few things, what he’s observed when he’s been watching me, not necessarily about technical or tactical things, but more sort of mental things, how you respond to tough or tight situations,” said Murray.

“Obviously you’re going to listen to someone like him. He’s witnessed a lot of big sporting occasions. He knows his stuff.”


Halep (3) vs Lisicki (19)

Halep, who has reached the quarter-finals at all three Grand Slams this year, is the only player among the top four seeds left in the draw. She will fancy her chances against Lisicki, who took an injury timeout in her match against Yaroslava Shvedova and was treated by a trainer on her right shoulder.

Sport360° Verdict: Halep in three.

Wawrinka (5) vs Federer (4)

It’s an all-Switzerland quarter-final clash with both players coming into the match on the back of straight sets wins. However, Wawrinka didn’t find the going too easy against Feliciano Lopez and given that he has a poor record against his compatriot, Federer will go into the match as the favourite.

Sport360° Verdict: Federer in four.

Raonic (8) vs Kyrgios

This promise to be an enthralling encounter. While Raonic is on a high after becoming the second Canadian to reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals in the Open era, Kyrgios is on cloud nine after defeating Rafael Nadal. However, one gets a feeling Raonic will be doubly prepared for the clash and won’t give an inch.

Sport360° Verdict: Raonic in five.