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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 know the standard: everyone is from Russia,” she quipped. “Sometimes I think I’m from Russia, too. With all these new -ovas, I don’t know anyone, I don’t really recognize anyone.”
The height of Russian dominance came in 2008 with a sweep of Olympic medals and five players in the top 10.
At one point during 2008, Russians made up 50% of the world’s top 10, with Kuznetsova, Elena Dementieva, Dinara Safina, Vera Zvonareva and Anna Chakvetadze all occupying places in the elite. That came in the period when Sharapova was sidelined with a shoulder injury. They swept the podium at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, with Dementie
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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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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.
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Maria Sharapova beat Kirsten Flipkens 6-1, 6-0 on Sunday to continue a dominant and unparalleled run to the Australian Open quarterfinals.
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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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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.
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By Jaclyn Stacey
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