Short Answer type Questions:
1 What is disarming about Maria Sharapova?
Ans. Behind a smiling face and a glamorous attire Maria Sharapova a determined girl who worked excessively hard to win the world number one position in women tennis.
2 Explain: “all this happened in almost no time”.
Ans. Her enthusiasm for game had no limitation. She played her game with all her vigour cleared her barriers in no time. Maria’s rise to the top in the world of tennis was very rapid and it took her a very short span of four years as a professional player to be number one in her chosen sport.
3 How much time did she take to reach the top of the world in tennis?
Ans. Although she had started her training when she was nine years old she is said to have won the woman’s tennis with in four years of her rigorous training.
4 What is different from other children and Sharapova?
Ans. Maria was nearly nine years old when she was sent to USA. That is a time when other children are found playing
5 Why didn’t her mother go with her?
Ans. Her mother could not go with her because her visa was not cleared. Her two year separation was too painful for the young girl. But Maria endured this sacrifice to pursue her dreams.
6 Maria’s father accompanied her to U.S., but why could he also not see her during her stay there?
Ans. Maria’s father, Yuri, was although in USA still he could not meet her because he had to work very hard to earn to pay for her training. His work occupied most of his time and he could not see Maria often.
7 What important lesson did Maria learn during the first two years of her stay in the U.S., away from her mother?
Ans. At early age Maria had learnt that excellence could come only with hard work and sacrifice if she wished to reach the zenith in the field of tennis. She endured the heart-wrenching separation from her mother for two years to attain excellence in tennis. Moreover, she also learnt how to put up patiently with ad verse circumstances.
8 Despite being harassed by her seniors, why didn’t Maria think of quitting?
Ans. Quitting the game is the sign of weak sportsman. Maria was not weak. She was firmly determined to make her dream a reality. She knew that quitting under such pressure would kill her own aspirations and she would never be able to reach the top in the field of tennis.
9 What trait does Maria reveal by her decision not to quit and pack up on being harassed by her fellow-trainees?
Ans. She was humiliated and tortured by her seniors even at mid night. She could have gone even higher range of humiliation if possible. This reveals that she had a firm determination and was strong-willed. She was much more mature than other girls of her age and knew the art of survival.
10 What motivates Maria to keep moving ahead?
Ans. Maria is motivated by her spirit of competitiveness to keep moving ahead. She works very hard once she has decided to achieve something. She considers it her job to excel despite hardships and severe demands.
- Although Maria plays for USA she remains Russian to the core of her heart. Justify.
Ans. Maria was born in Siberia, Russia where she spent only nine years of her life span. For her career she moved to Florida, USA. Since then she has spent most part of her life here. Yet, she remained a Russian through and through. She is proud of her Russian blood and Russian citizenship. She adds that she would play for Russia in the Olympics if given an opportunity.
- USA is a big part of Maria’s life. Why?
Ans. Maria moved to the USA at her early age since then she has been there flourishing in her career. She was trained for tennis in the U.S. It is in this country that she attained proficiency in this game. Here she also developed confidence, control, inner strength and endurance – the qualities that are pre-requisites for a person to reach the top in any field. Since she gained all this in the U.S., she calls it a big part of her life.
- Maria was fond of many things besides tennis. Elucidate.
Ans. Maria is world-wide known for tennis. But she has different life out of her tennis court. She is fond of fashion, singing and dancing as any other young girl of her age. She also likes to read Arthur Canon Doyle’s novels; is fond of sophisticated evening gowns; and enjoys pancakes with chocolate-spread and fizzy orange drinks.
- What has lifted Maria Sharapova to the top of the world?
Ans. Success does not come without price. Maria has paid all the prices for her success. Her talent, unwavering determination, hunger for success, willingness to work hard, readiness to endure challenges, and sacrifices have lifted her to the top of the world. In addition, monetary gains have motivated her to be on the top.
- Why would few envy her riches?
Ans. Glamour and attire of Maria attract many youth at the same time many feel envy of her success. But it is to be understood that she has reached the top by making a lot of sacrifices and by working extremely hard. Hence, the riches that she is earning from her game are well deserved and everybody agrees on this.
- Why has the word ‘reaping’ been used for riches?
Ans. Reaping the harvest is the reward for the hard work of the farmer; similarly earning money is the reward for Maria Sharapova’s earnest efforts and sacrifice. The word ‘reaping’ has been used metaphorically.
- Why does Maria call tennis ‘a business’?
Ans. Play any game for monetization purpose is business. For Maria, playing tennis is a professional game that can be played by following rules and regulations which is similar to how a business is run. Also, as in business, tennis too requires input in terms of hard work, and brings profits in terms of name, fame and money.
- Why did Maria wish to become number one in the world?
Ans. Maria wished to become the number one tennis player in the world because it was her childhood dream. She worked very hard and made a lot of sacrifices to train herself for this feat. She strove for it competitively and considered it her job.