Found January 19, 2014 on Tennis Panorama :
Dominika Cibulkova (January 20, 2014) In another major upset at the Australian Open within the last 24 hours, No. 3 Maria Sharapova fell in the fourth round to No. 20 Dominika Cibulkova 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 on Monday.  With the win Cibulkova has now made the quarterfinals or better at all four majors. Sharapova made 45 unforced errors in her two hour and 12 minute match against Cibulkova. In addition to the errors and her serving woes, Sharapova took an off-court medical time-out in the third set due to a hip injury. “I have a bit of a strain the trainer told me in the hip area,” Sharapova said. “I mean, those aches and pains are expected when you spend a long time on the court.  Just have to play through it. “I haven’t been playing the best tennis of this tournament, but I found ways to get through to the last two matches. “Tried to do that again today, but she played extremely well.” Cibulkova also knocked out Sharapova from the French Open five years ago. Cibulkova broke Sharapova’s ser...

Cibulkova upsets Halep to cruise into Australian Open semifinals

Dominika Cibulkova won the last eight games in a one-hour, 6-3, 6-0 quarterfinal rout of No. 11-seeded Simona Halep at the Australian Open on Wednesday. The diminutive Cibulkova, among the shortest women on the WTA tour at 5-foot-3, pounded Halep from the back of the court to progress to her first Grand Slam semifinal since the 2009 French Open. It was her second win in five major...

Draws in Tatters Down Under

This article will be a lesson in the art of posting every day during a major tournament. The only other comparable tournament that demands this much daily attention is the NCAA basketball tournament, where champions get upset on a daily, nay hourly basis. Down Under, things have gotten positively out of hand. Since I last wrote, both Serena Williams (the top seed and number one player...

Cibulkova downs Sharapova in another Aussie Open shocker

Third-seeded Maria Sharapova has been eliminated in the fourth round of the Australian Open, losing 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 to Dominika Cibulkova in the second major upset in 24 hours on Rod Laver Arena.

Aussie Open middle-round notes and thoughts

The bigger they are, the harder they fall, as the saying goes. Usually this can be interpreted both literally and figuratively, and in the case of Juan Martín del Potro a couple of nights ago, that’s just about appropriate. The 6’6’’, big-serving Argentine made a second-round exit at the Aussie Open, losing to 62nd-ranked Roberto Bautista-Agut in five grueling sets. Bear...

'Baby Fed' makes a name for himself at Aussie Open

He's been called ''Baby Fed'' for his Roger Federer-like one-handed backhands, and is also known as the boyfriend of Maria Sharapova. On Saturday, Grigor Dimitrov got his own spotlight at the Australian Open on a day when all three players advanced to the fourth round. The 22-year-old Bulgarian, considered one of the up-and-coming players on the men's tour...

Sharapova advances to 4th round at Aussie Open as heat subsides

Maria Sharapova recovered from the longest, hottest match of her career to beat No. 25 Alize Cornet 6-1, 7-6 (6) Saturday and reach the fourth round of the Australian Open.

Maria Sharapova Moves into Round of 16

By Alana Mitchelson (January 18, 2014) MELBOURNE – Having successfully fended off an aggressive Alize Cornet on Saturday, the world No. 3 Maria Sharapova will move forward into the fourth round of the Australian Open 2014.   The Russian dominated rallies from the get-go to surge ahead to a comfortable 4-0 lead. It was not until the fifth game that her French opponent, Cornet,...

Aussie Open: Sharapova out, Nadal, Murray advance to quarters

Two-time defending champion Victoria Azarenka saw another of her main adversaries crash out of the Australian Open on Monday while top-ranked Rafael Nadal and Wimbledon champion Andy Murray faced tougher-than-expected matches to advance to the quarterfinals at Melbourne Park. Maria Sharapova joined Serena Williams as fourth-round casualties, leaving Azarenka a potentially easier...

Total Sports Babes: Tennis Player, Eugenie Bouchard

I don’t watch tennis at all, but I should probably start.  Randomly came across this 19 year old smoke show via a follower’s Twitter post.  Eugenie Bouchard is up there with the likes of Maria Sharapova and Anna Kournikova in the looks department, and is currently the 31st ranked female singles player in the world.  They say she’s the “next big thing” in tennis, and...

Aussie Open: Nadal, Azarenka, Sharapova, Federer reach 4th round

Top-seeded Rafael Nadal and two-time defending champion Victoria Azarenka looked as if they were in a hurry to get out for late dinners Saturday while posting straight-set victories in their night matches at the Australian Open. Nadal continued his dominance of Gael Monfils, beating the Frenchman for the 10th time in 12 matches in a 6-1, 6-2, 6-3 victory in just over two hours to...
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