Sharapova playing doubles not singles in Fed Cup

MOSCOW (AP) Maria Sharapova was passed over for the singles and scheduled to play doubles for Russia against the Netherlands in their Fed Cup first-round tie starting on Saturday. Sharapova was warned last week by Russian tennis chief Shamil Tarpischev that she must play in the tie if she wants to compete in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. After losing to Serena Williams in the Australian...
Via Associated Press
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Serena Williams Defeats Maria Sharapova, Advances To Australian Open Semis

MELBOURNE, Australia — Serena Williams attacked Maria Sharapova’s strength and it helped extend her complete domination of their rivalry, earning the six-time Australian Open champion a place in the semifinals. Top-ranked Williams beat Sharapova 6-4, 6-1 in the quarterfinals on Tuesday, her 18th consecutive victory and 19th in 21 career meetings back to 2004. “It was super...
18 days ago  |  Discuss

New year, old result: Serena beats Sharapova at Aussie Open

To appreciate Serena Williams’s 18th straight win over Maria Sharapova — achieved on Tuesday in the Australian Open women’s singles quarterfinals — you need to take a journey into the recent past. One year ago, the Australian Open concluded with a magnificent match between two women who — though owning a very different number of major trophies (21 for Serena, 5 for Sharapova...
Via The Comeback
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Serena continues utter domination over Maria Sharapova, reaches Australian Open semis

Serena Williams has beaten Maria Sharapova for the 18th consecutive time, a 6-4, 6-1 win that advances the defending champion to the semifinals of the Australian Open. Williams, seeking her seventh title here, broke fifth-seeded Sharapova's serve and clinched an entertaining first set on her fourth set points. She rolled to a 5-0 lead in the second set before Sharapova held serve...
Via Associated Press
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Patrick Mouratoglou explains Serena’s dominance over Sharapova

Serena Williams has been absolutely dominant against Maria Sharapova over the past decade, and Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou has an explanation for why. Mouratoglou was interviewed by ESPN’s Pam Shriver prior to a quarterfinals match between Sharapova and Williams at the Australian Open. His explanation for why Serena is so successful against Maria (and others) has to...
Via Larry Brown Sports
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Sharapova advances to quarterfinals at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Maria Sharapova held her end of the bargain, beating Belinda Bencic 7-5, 7-5 on Sunday to reach the Australian Open quarterfinals and a possible rematch of last year's final with Serena Williams. The fifth-seeded Sharapova fired 21 aces and hit 58 winners but needed 2 hours, 5 minutes to beat Bencic on her second match point, converting it with a successful...
Via Associated Press
20 days ago  |  Discuss

The Latest: Sharapova reaches quarterfinals in Australia

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The latest from the Australian Open on Sunday (all times local): 1:20 p.m. Maria Sharapova is through to the quarterfinals of the Australian Open after a 7-5, 7-5 win over Belinda Bencic of Switzerland. The fifth-seeded Sharapova needed 2 hours, 5 minutes to beat Bencic, breaking the Swiss players serve for the fourth time in the last game - sealing it...
Via Associated Press
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Roger Federer goes nuts celebrating Maria Sharapova point

Maria Sharapova won her 600th career match Friday by defeating Lauren Davis in the third round of the Australian Open, 6-1, 6-7, 6-0, and many fans tuned in to watch her become the 17th women’s player to do so. Roger Federer was one of those people, and he watched the match with Grigor Dimitrov before the two squared off on the court. There was one particular point during the second...
Via The Sports Daily
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Maria Sharapova, Grigor Dimitrov have broken up

The relationship between Maria Sharapova and Grigor Dimitrov is definitely over. The tennis players, who first began dating in 2013 from what we can tell (when Maria confirmed the relationship in a humorous way), were rumored to be over as recently as last year. Nothing was officially confirmed, however, until ESPN reporter Darren Rovell tweeted...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
July 23, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Ball boy takes nasty spill behind Maria Sharapova

Embarrassing yourself on television is, well, embarrassing, but it can be pretty darn hilarious for everyone else. Cameras were on tennis star Maria Sharapova during the women’s final of the Italian Open on Sunday when an unsuspecting ball boy came in hot behind her in an attempt to fetch an umbrella. Instead, he tripped over something and hit the ground face-first. Luckily...
May 17, 2015  |  Discuss

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