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Sharapova powered past Errani at Indian Wells. Will she do it again?
After a handful of upsets in the men’s draw on Tuesday, Wednesday offers the start of the quarterfinals and the end of that round in the women’s draw.
Maria Sharapova vs. Sara Errani: While nearly all of the other Indian Wells headliners have vanished, the women’s champion there keeps chugging through a streak of eighteen consecutive sets won, most in dominant fashion. But Sharapova looked less crisp in focus, accuracy, and movement during her last two matches than during the climax of her desert run. And her sternest test at Indian Wells awaits her for a second straight quarterfinal, continuing to show the hard-court consistency that has elevated her into the top eight. Few people can have welcomed Errani’s ascent more enthusiastically than Sharapova, who crushed her in the Roland Garros final to claim a career Grand Slam. While she repeated the same scoreline at the year-end championships, their meeting two ...
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Battling her way out of three set points, Maria Sharapova needed to work overtime on a cool, windy day here at the Sony Open to reach the semifinal with a 7-5, 7-5 victory over the little seventh-seeded Italian Sara Errani.
By saving those set points, Sharapova created a record for herself - 20 straight sets won. Never before has she gone 10 matches without dropping a set and it...
Four-time runner-up Maria Sharapova has overcome an uneven performance at the Sony Open to reach the semifinals by beating Sara Errani 7-5, 7-5.
Sharapova had 57 unforced errors, including 13 double-faults, and had to erase three set points in the second set Wednesday.
The third-seeded Sharapova will play Thursday against the winner of the quarterfinal Wednesday night between No...
Benefiting from some dubious scheduling that did her opponent no favors, Maria Sharapova powered her way into the final of the Sony Open -- a tournament she has never won -- for the fifth time with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Serbia's Jelena Jankovic.
Both players had battled through tough quarterfinals on Wednesday but Jankovic had played the late match -- and it showed. "...
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. — The grunts were long and loud in the final game, as if Maria Sharapova was pushing a couch across nearby Crandon Beach.
Trying to win the Sony Open must feel that way to Sharapova, a four-time runner-up. She returned to the semifinals Wednesday despite a patchy performance, beating Sara Errani 7-5, 7-5.
Sharapova had 57 unforced errors, including 13 double...
Maria Sharapova in action at the Sony Open
By Jane Voigt
MIAMI, FL (March 27, 2013) — Last night’s chilly drubbing of defending champion Novak Djokovic sent shock waves through the tournament. No one expected a 34-year-old Tommy Haas to dance the light fantastic, not against the hottest player on tour.
And no one expected Sara Errani to take a woman twice her size, which she...
Maria Sharapova survived a less than stellar performance to beat Sara Errani on Wednesday.
For those in the United States, “March Madness” is a household event. The umbrella term for the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Basketball National Championship is the harbinger of spring and has risen to cult status across the country. The men’s tournament, which features 68 teams...
By Kevin Ware (March 28, 2013) MIAMI – In spite of injuries, illness, upsets, and withdrawals by the dozens, my initial selections for the Women’s semifinals held (mostly) true to form with three out of four correct picks: Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams, and Agnieszka Radwanska. Jelena Jankovic occupies the fourth spot left open from Victoria [...]
Now the men’s favorite in Key Biscayne, Murray can’t take his eye off the ball.
As the Sony Open nears its conclusion, Thursday will determine the leading ladies in Saturday’s women’s final, while the men still have some quarterfinal business to settle.
Maria Sharapova vs. Jelena Jankovic: Even on an afternoon when her serve chronically deserted, Sharapova found the will...
Andy Murray has erased a championship point and rallied past David Ferrer 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (1) in the final of the Sony Open.
One point from defeat in the last set, Murray skipped a forehand off the far baseline to stay in the match Sunday. He then dominated the tiebreaker, while Ferrer appeared to cramp and collapsed to the court after one rally.
CBS cut away from the final when...
By Amy Fetherolf (March 27, 2013) MIAMI — Despite dropping the first set in an error-filled match, World No. 5 David Ferrer advanced to the semifinals of the Sony Open, beating Jurgen Melzer, 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 in an hour and 55 minutes. Ferrer started strongly, breaking Melzer for 2-0. However, Melzer then rattled off five [...]
MIAMI, FL (March 24, 2013) – Sunday at the Sony Open saw Sorana Cirstea knock out No. 6 seed Angelique Kerber, Jelena Jankovic outplay her higher-ranked opponent Nadia Petrova, and Novak Djokovic and Maria Sharapova cruise losing only six games each.
Select Sunday Results:
(1) Novak Djokovic d. Somdev Devvarman 6-2, 6-4
(3) David Ferrer d. Fabio Fognini 6-1, 7-5
Will the fierce terrier from Spain wear down the German veteran? (Photo: Christopher Levy for Tennis Grandstand)
In the men’s semifinals at the Sony Open, two underdogs with elegant one-handed backhands face two top-five men with more functional two-handers. While both of the underdogs have continued to sizzle through the draw after catching fire earlier this week, they face...