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Top-seeded Maria Sharapova reaches Mexico Open semifinals

  Top-seeded Maria Sharapova of Russia beat Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 on Thursday night to reach the Mexico Open semifinals. Sharapova will face third-seeded Caroline Garcia of France in the hard-court event at The Fairmont Acapulco Princess. Garcia led Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 6-2, 2-1 when the Croatian player retired. In the other quarterfinals, Bulgaria's Sesil...
Via AP on Fox
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

Maria Sharapova displays her soccer skills at Fed Cup (Video)

Tennis star Maria Sharapova showed her versatility by displaying her soccer skills while warming up for last weekend's first round of the Fed Cup, a.k.a. The World Cup of Tennis.  As the video shows, Sharapova is pretty good at juggling.Sharapova went on to lead Russia to a win over Poland, so the soccer routine seems to be working for her.Video via OfficialFedCup. H/T FTW. ...
Via Holdout Sports
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Russia defeats Poland to advance in Fed Cup

KRAKOW, Poland (AP) Maria Sharapova defeated Agnieszka Radwanska 6-1, 7-5 Sunday as Russia advanced to the semifinals of the Fed Cup with an insurmountable 3-0 lead in the World Group tie. Radwanska also lost on Saturday to Svetlana Kuznetsova while Sharapova beat Agnieszka's younger sister, Urszula Radwanska. Russia next hosts the winner of the match between Germany and Australia.
Via AP on Fox
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Serena/Sharapova Lifts Aussie Open Women’s Final

Two of the biggest names in tennis gave the Australian Open women’s final a ratings boost. The Serena Williams/Maria Sharapova Australian Open women’s final drew a 0.7 overnight rating on ESPN Saturday morning, up 40% from both Li Na/Dominika Cibulkova last year and Victoria Azarenka/Li Na in 2013 (0.5 both years). The match topped Williams’ [...]
Via Sports Media Watch
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Serena Williams tops Sharapova for Australian Open title

Serena Williams won her 19th Grand Slam title, continued her unbeaten run in six Australian Open finals and extended her decade-long domination of Maria Sharapova with a 6-3, 7-6 (5) victory despite a hacking cough on Saturday night.
Via AP on Fox
26 days ago  |  Discuss

TROPHIES: Serena Williams Still Owns Maria Sharapova; Wins 2015 Australian Open

  While you were sleeping, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova went head-to-head in the 2015 Australian Open women’s championship match.  A rain delay, head cold, hacking cough (take that Tom Brady!), and the No. 2 ranked Sharapova proved to be no match for the top-ranked Williams as she defeated Sharapova in two straight sets (6-3, 7-6).  This morning’s match marked the 19th...
Via All Sports Everything
27 days ago  |  Discuss

A Night For Excellence… In Other Words, A Night For A Serena Williams Major Championship

“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” The above quote is an inscription on the James Farley Post Office in New York City, a proclamation of the mindset postal carriers must bring to their work. If Serena Jameka Williams had been a postal carrier, she’d have been the best in the world, much...
Via Attacking The Net
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Maria Sharapova and Eugenie Bouchard had brief handshake (Video)

One of the more notable moments from the Australian Open on the women’s side came after the quarterfinal match between Maria Sharapova and Eugenie Bouchard. Sharapova romped in the match 6-3, 6-2 to remind the 20-year-old that she still has some work to do. Sharapova was ecstatic to be advancing to the semifinals, so she...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Serena aims for 19th major in Aussie final vs Sharapova

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) It wasn't until Serena Williams forced herself to relax, and not focus too intently on a milestone Grand Slam title, that she rediscovered the art of winning the biggest events in tennis. Now she's on the verge of a 19th major championship after beating 19-year-old Madison Keys 7-6 (5), 6-2 on Thursday and setting up an Australian Open final against long...
Via AP on Fox
28 days ago  |  Discuss

AUSTRALIAN OPEN SCENE: Sharapova doesn't dream tennis

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Maria Sharapova has played at the Australian Open for 12 years, but she apparently still has some trouble with a strong Aussie accent. After beating Ekaterina Makarova on Thursday to set up a final against Serena Williams, she was asked by an Australian reporter how she deals with nerves the night before a big match. Sit in a room with music? Go for a walk...
Via AP on Fox
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Australian Open: Sharapova reaches final for 4th time

  Maria Sharapova has reached the Australian Open final for the fourth time, beating fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova 6-3, 6-2 in a lopsided semifinal on Thursday. The second-ranked Sharapova needed 10 minutes to hold in her opening service game, fending off two break points. She responded to the only service break against her in the first set by winning six straight games and...
Via AP on Fox
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Sharapova reaches Australian Open final for 4th time

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Maria Sharapova has reached the Australian Open final for the fourth time, beating fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova 6-3, 6-2 in a lopsided semifinal on Thursday. The second-ranked Sharapova needed 10 minutes to hold in her opening service game, fending off two break points. She responded to the only service break against her in the first set by winning...
Via AP on Fox
29 days ago  |  Discuss

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
January 27, 2015  |  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
January 27, 2015  |  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
January 26, 2015  |  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...
Via AP on Fox
January 24, 2015  |  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...
Via AP on Fox
January 23, 2015  |  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
January 21, 2015  |  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
January 21, 2015  |  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
January 19, 2015  |  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
January 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Maria Sharapova beats Carla Suarez Navarro to reach Brisbane semis

  Maria Sharapova moved into the Brisbane International semifinals with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Carla Suarez Navarro on Thursday, weathering a challenging opening few games before taking the momentum away from her Spanish rival. Top-seeded Sharapova dropped her opening service game and then needed eight breakpoints before converting for a 2-1 lead. From there, it was straight-forward...
Via AP on Fox
January 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Sharapova through to Brisbane International semifinals

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) Maria Sharapova moved into the Brisbane International semifinals with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Carla Suarez Navarro on Thursday, weathering a challenging opening few games before taking the momentum away from her Spanish rival. Top-seeded Sharapova dropped her opening service game and then needed eight breakpoints before converting for a 2-1 lead. From there...
Via AP on Fox
January 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Maria and Grigor Step Out In London

The couple that wears matching outfits together... stays together? Grigor Dimitrov and Maria Sharapova were finally spotted in London together as they browsed street art and the Dover Street Market.  There were split rumours earlier this year, but it looks they came about simply because the couple like to remain private. While both Dimitrov and Sharapova have been posting pics...
Via Onthegotennis
November 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Sharapova's WTA title hope and No. 1 chance over

  Maria Sharapova's hopes of winning the WTA Finals and claiming the year-end No. 1 ranking both ended on Friday despite a three-set victory over Agnieszka Radwanska. Sharapova needed to win in straight sets to have any chance of progressing in the tournament, and had to win the title if she was to overtake Serena Williams at the top of the rankings. Sharapova won the first set...
Via AP on Fox
October 24, 2014  |  Discuss
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