Read the passages given below and answer the questions that follow:

Though Maria Sharapova speaks with a pronounced American accent, she proudly parades her Russian nationality. Clearing all doubts, she says, “I’m Russian. It’s true that the US is a big part of my life. But I have Russian citizenship. My blood is totally Russian. I will play the Olympics for Russia if they want me.”

(a) What is the doubt raised by her pronunciation?

(b) What does Maria say about herself?

(c) Find a word from the passage which means ‘utter’.


(a) Her pronunciation raises the doubt that she is an American.

(b) Maria says that she is Russian and will play Olympics for Russia.

(c) Pronounce.