Russia might be ready to endorse Sharapova

Updated: August 29, 2005, 9:09 PM ET
By Darren Rovell | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- It was no surprise that the U.S. Open crowd cheered on Maria Sharapova on Monday night.

But what was surprising is that many Russians also may have reveled in Sharapova's first-round victory over Elena Danilidou when they woke up Tuesday morning.

From Brooklyn to Beijing, Maria Sharapova doesn't lack fans these days. It's why companies including Canon, Motorola, Nike and Colgate-Palmolive have paid her millions of dollars to endorse their products worldwide.

But ...

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