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Sharapova shone under the Rod Laver light as she defeated a fellow major champion.
The most anticipated match of the first week in the women’s draw, the collision between Maria Sharapova and Venus Williams turned into a proclamation of the former’s brilliance rather than the suspenseful epic for which many had hoped. Superior in every area to the seven-time major champion, the career Grand Slam holder notched a 6-1 6-3 victory that echoed her dazzling efforts from the previous two rounds against a much more dangerous foe.
Establishing the staccato tone of the rallies from the outset, both women swung for early winners rather than constructing points. Each of them struggled on serve initially, Venus starting the match with a double fault and Sharapova missing a series of first serves. With a barrage of forehands that kept her opponent off balance, the second seed started the match by breaking serve. Not subdued a whit, the American nearly broke back directly by cracking explosive...
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Maria Sharapova's victory over Venus Williams in the Australian Open was by no means an upset. Sharapova entered the match ranked No. 2 in the world, while Williams ranked 25th. Still, Sharapova seemed really jazzed after cruising past her American opponent in straight sets on Friday.More from the USA TODAY:It was a routine third-round win for Sharapova over an aging opponent...
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James Crabtree is currently in Melbourne Park covering the Australian Open for Tennis Grandstand and is giving you all the scoop directly from the grounds.
Maria Sharapova signing autographs for fans after her win
By James Crabtree
MELBOURNE — The day started well, I got an email from a very noble Nigerian who alerted me to the fact I had inherited $2 million U.S. dollars. So sweet...
Maria Sharapova defeated Venus Williams 6-1, 6-3 in a lopsided match-up between Grand Slam champions on Friday night to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open.
Sharapova and Williams have 11 majors combined - four for the Russian, and seven for Williams.
The 32-year-old Williams broke Sharapova as the Russian was serving for the victory at 6-1, 5-1 to keep the match alive...
Maria Sharapova beat Kirsten Flipkens 6-1, 6-0 on Sunday to continue a dominant and unparalleled run to the Australian Open quarterfinals.
The No. 2-ranked Sharapova conceded only five games en route to the quarterfinals, a record at the season's first major.
Steffi Graf conceded only eight games in her opening four matches in 1989, when she won the second of her three straight...
(January 16, 2013) A look at some the questions and answers from day three of the 2013 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne.
Q. You obviously have a pretty big candy business now, but you’re also making a lot of bagels.
MARIA SHARAPOVA: I didn’t offer candy today (laughter). Trying to make a good question?
I was just really trying to be focused...
By Jaclyn Stacey
(January 20, 2013) MELBOURNE PARK, Australia – Kirsten Flipkens became the next victim in Maria Sharapova’s mission for a second Australian Open title on Sunday, the second seed demolishing her Belgian opponent in straight sets 6-1, 6-0 to progress to a quarterfinal clash with fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova.
Sharapova was clinical in disposing of Flipkens...
Maria Sharapova send Venus Williams home from Australian Open
Maria Sharapova and Venus Williams played their third round match, Friday, in Melbourne at the Australian Open.
Needless to say, it was a quick match, lasting only 79 minutes.
Sharapova prevailed, and the final was 6-1, 6-3.
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(January 18, 2013) The eagerly anticipated match-up did not live up to its billing on Friday as No. 2 Maria Sharapova demolished No. 25 seed Venus Williams 6-1, 6-3 on Friday night to gain the fourth round of the Australian Open.
Sharapova was quick out of the gate running up the score to 4-0 before Williams got on the board to stop Sharapova’s consecutive game streak in Melbourne...
Ample reason has Sharapova to smile after four overwhelming victories.
In the wake of her statement triumph over Venus Williams, world #2 Maria Sharapova faced the challenge of avoiding complacency as she prepared for a fourth-round encounter with the unremarkable Kirsten Flipkens. At first, that challenge did seem to trouble an inconsistent, uninspired Russian, who struggled through...
By Jaclyn Stacey
(January 16, 2013) MELBOURNE PARK, Australia - Venus Williams comfortably defeated France’s Alize Cornet in straight sets 6-3, 6-3 to advance to a third round meeting with Maria Sharapova in the Australian Open third round on Friday.
The young Frenchwoman broke Williams at the beginning of the match to lead 2-0 but she could not match the power and experience...
By Lauren Smyczek
Now that the Australian Open is in full force, it’s time to step back from the scorelines and enjoy the players’ on court fashions a bit, shall we?
Though tennis players are typically far more concerned with their job to win matches than with their outfits, the same won’t deny that it’s important to feel comfortable on court. Some of the top players even...
Since Anastasia Myskina, Maria Sharapova and Svetlana Kuznetsova announced Russia’s arrival in women’s tennis in 2004 with their Grand Slam triumphs, the nation took a stranglehold on the WTA rankings. Serena Williams once joked that she should just be called “Williamsova” at the 2009 Wimbledon Championships, where the main draw contained 24 -ovas and seven -evas. ”I just...