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The phone call that turned Maria Sharapova's Australian Open around

MELBOURNE, Australia -- One phone call was all it took for Maria Sharapova to shake off whatever it was that almost ended her Australian Open. That call came early on in the tournament when the No. 2-ranked player came very, very close to losing in the second round to a lowly ranked qualifier. That was a bad day- she made 51 unforced errors, faced match point twice and clawed her...
Via AP on Fox
11 hours ago  |  Discuss

The phone call that turned around Sharapova's Aussie Open

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) One phone call was all it took for Maria Sharapova to shake off whatever it was that almost ended her Australian Open. That call came early on in the tournament when the No. 2-ranked player came very, very close to losing in the second round to a lowly ranked qualifier. That was a bad day- she made 51 unforced errors, faced match point twice and clawed...
Via AP on Fox
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

AUSTRALIAN OPEN SCENE: Maria's message on the camera

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Before she walked off Rod Laver Arena on Tuesday, Maria Sharapova scrawled a message with a felt-tipped pen on the camera lens for tennis fans everywhere to see: ''Fly high, sing your own song.'' But don't search for any deep meaning in that. The tradition of asking tennis players to sign the camera lens after winning at certain tournaments, gets a bit...
Via AP on Fox
19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Maria Sharapova through to Australian Open semifinals

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Five-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova put the brakes on Eugenie Bouchard's quest for a first major title, beating the young Canadian 6-3, 6-2 Tuesday to advance to the Australian Open semifinals. In a match between one of the game's longtime stars and a rising talent, the No. 2-ranked Sharapova dominated on serve and took the ball early in an effort...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Maria Sharapova to Play Ekaterina Makarova in Australian Open Semis

Makarova (January 27, 2015) It will be an all-Russian semifinal in the bottom half of the women’s draw at the Australian Open. 2008 champion Maria Sharapova and No. 10 seed Ekaterina Makarova advanced in Melbourne with easy victories on Tuesday. No. 2 Sharapova took down 20-year-old Canadian Eugenie Bouchard 6-3, 6-2 to keep her record perfect against the world No. 7 at 4-0. Earlier...
Via Tennis Panorama
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Australian Open: Sharapova, Bouchard and Nadal through to quarters

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Maria Sharapova and Rafael Nadal put earlier stumbles behind them with convincing wins Sunday to reach the quarterfinals of the Australian Open. French Open champion Sharapova was broken once in the first set before winning the last eight games of her 6-3, 6-0 fourth-round victory over No. 21-seeded Peng Shuai, advancing her to a showdown with No. 7 Eugenie...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Halep through to Australian Open quarterfinals

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Simona Halep advanced to the Australian Open quarterfinals for the second straight year with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium on Sunday The 23-year-old Romanian has moved through the first four rounds in Melbourne without dropping a set. Wickmayer, ranked 80th, had won the pair's two previous matches. No. 3-seeded Halep was the runner-up...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Maria Sharapova to Face Eugenie Bouchard in Australian Open Quarterfinals

  View image | gettyimages.com (January 25, 2015) Maria Sharapova and Eugenie Bouchard will face off for a place in the Australian Open semifinals after reaching the quarterfinals in Melbourne on Sunday. No. 2 seed Sharapova won the last 8 games of the match in her 6-3, 6-0 dismissal of No. 21 seed Peng Shuai in the fourth round. Seventh seed Bouchard won nine of the first...
Via Tennis Panorama
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Maria Sharapova beats Peng in 4th round at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Second-seeded Maria Sharapova is through to the Australian Open quarterfinals after a 6-3, 6-0 win over China's Peng Shuai on Sunday, setting up another Grand Slam meeting with Eugenie Bouchard. Peng, playing with her usual two-handed forehand and backhand strokes, broke Sharapova's serve on her fifth breakpoint chance in the seventh game. But Sharapova...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Bouchard through to quarterfinals at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Eugenie Bouchard moved into the quarterfinals of another Grand Slam with a 6-1, 5-7, 6-2 win over Irina-Camelia Begu at the Australian Open on Sunday. In a match of changing momentum, the Canadian won nine of the first 10 games, leading by a set and 3-0, before Begu won seven of the next nine. Bouchard lost the second set when she double-faulted on set...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Sharapova easily through to 4th round at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Maria Sharapova ensured there were no match-point worries in her third-round match Friday at the Australian Open, dominating Kazakhstan's Zarina Diyas 6-1, 6-1. On Wednesday, No. 2-ranked Sharapova faced two match points but escaped with a 6-1, 4-6, 7-5 win over fellow Russian Alexandra Panova, a qualifier ranked No. 150. On Friday, Sharapova had no problems...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Australian Open Affirmations: Nadal And Sharapova Do What They Do Best

If a single theme can be gleaned from the first three days of the 2015 Australian Open, it is this: For anyone who has played professional tennis for an appreciable length of time, the cauldron of major-tournament pressure reveals the essence of that player — not always in a career-long context, but often enough to make us notice. Indian Wells and Rome and Cincinnati all have their...
Via Bloguin Best
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Australian Open Affirmations: Nadal And Sharapova Do What They Do Best

If a single theme can be gleaned from the first three days of the 2015 Australian Open, it is this: For anyone who has played professional tennis for an appreciable length of time, the cauldron of major-tournament pressure reveals the essence of that player — not always in a career-long context, but often enough to make us notice. Indian Wells and Rome and Cincinnati all have their...
Via Attacking The Net
6 days ago  |  Discuss

AUSTRALIAN OPEN SCENE: Sharapova's boyfriend offers insight

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Maria Sharapova's boyfriend described the five-time major winner as a great fighter, which he meant as a compliment. One of tennis' power couples, Sharapova and No. 10 Grigor Dimitrov are discreet about their relationship but the up-and-coming Bulgarian star offered an opinion on what makes her such a tough player. ''You can't name one thing in particular...
Via AP on Fox
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Maria Sharapova Survives Two Match Points to Advance at Australian Open

Maria #Sharapova post-match interview. Huge match, huge #ausopen scare for Maria – http://t.co/0KaOmrUD5O — Australian Open (@AustralianOpen) January 21, 2015 View image | gettyimages.com (January 21, 2015) Maria Sharapova escaped two match points in a win over against No. 150 qualifier Alexandra Panova in the second round of the Australian Open on Wednesday, The world...
Via Tennis Panorama
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Penny Higgs: 22 Hottest Photos On The Internet

Penny Higgs busted out big at this weekend’s Tennis Players’ Party to launch the Australian Open in Melbourne–and that was a pleasant surprise. We were just looking for a hot pic of Maria Sharapova. That legendary beauty decided to dress down for the event, but that’s okay. A gal like Penny Higgs is always ready to fill in as a big draw on the red carpet.  [photo: Graham...
Via COED
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Sharapova and Bouchard Move into Australian Open Second Round

View image | gettyimages.com (January 19, 2015) Second seed Maria Sharapova followed up her recent title in Brisbane with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Petra Martic in the last match of the night session in Rod Laver Arena. “I had a great start in Brisbane winning the title for the first time in my career – that was great to have those matches coming into such a big match in Melbourne...
Via Tennis Panorama
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Sharapova cruises to opening-round win over Martic

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Second-seeded Maria Sharapova concluded an opening day of matches on Rod Laver Arena with a 6-4, 6-1 win Monday over Croatian player Petra Martic at the Australian Open. Sharapova, who began the season by winning the Brisbane International title, broke Martic's service in the last game of the opening set and then dominated the second. She'll play fellow Russian...
Via AP on Fox
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Notes and Quotes from the 2015 Australian Open Pre-Tournament News Conferences

(January 17, 2015) Ana Ivanovic, Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova, Rafael Nadal, Sam Stosur, Serena Williams, Grigor Dimitrov, Simona Halep, Andy Murray, Lleyton Hewitt and Petra Kvitova met the media on Saturday for Australian Open pre-tournament interviews at Melbourne Park. A few “notes and quotes” from the Saturday media conferences:   Ana Ivanovic Mentality coming into the...
Via Tennis Panorama
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Australian Open Women’s Draw Analysis

The draws are out for the 2015 Australian Open. In both the women’s and men’s events, the first few days of the tournament offer the promise of a few main-event matches, which is not always something you get at a major. It can take time to stumble upon the kind of centerpiece which pushes other matches to the side at a major. That kind of event might not emerge until the second...
Via Attacking The Net
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Australian Open Women’s Draw Analysis

The draws are out for the 2015 Australian Open. In both the women’s and men’s events, the first few days of the tournament offer the promise of a few main-event matches, which is not always something you get at a major. It can take time to stumble upon the kind of centerpiece which pushes other matches to the side at a major. That kind of event might not emerge until the second...
Via Bloguin Best
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Maria Sharapova: "I can be a better player."

Nike recently released the below video of Maria Sharapova along...
Via Tennis Identity
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Sharapova wins Brisbane title; Federer set for a milestone

BRISBANE, Australia -- Maria Sharapova claimed her 34th career title and closed the gap on the No. 1 ranking with a 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-3 win over Ana Ivanovic on Saturday in the Brisbane International final. The top-seeded Sharapova raced to 4-1 lead and had set points in the 11th game but No. 2-seeded Ivanovic fought back to take the hour-long set in a tiebreaker. Sharapova earned...
Via AP on Fox
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Sharapova Wins Brisbane; Federer a Victory Away from 1000

(January 10, 2015) Maria Sharapova won her 34th career title with a 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-3 victory over Ana Ivanovic at the Brisbane International on Saturday. The battle lasted for two hours and 38 minutes. Sharapova let a 4-1 first set lead slip to the Serbian who came back to win the first set. “She was doing a lot of things better in the first set, and she deserved to win the first...
Via Tennis Panorama
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Top Four Men’s Seeds Reach Brisbane Semis: Sharapova and Ivanovic to Face off in Final

View image | gettyimages.com (January 9, 2015) The top four men’s seeds have reached the semifinals of the Brisbane International 2015 as No. 1 seed Roger Federer will face 4th seed Grigor Dimitrov and No.2 seed Kei Nishikori will play third seed Milos Raonic. Federer cruised past No. 125 James Duckworth 6-0, 6-1, Dimitrov won 6-3, 6-4 over Martin Klizan, Nishikori dominated...
Via Tennis Panorama
18 days ago  |  Discuss
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