MARIA SHARAPOVA

  • Australian Open: Foiled again, Sharapova feels Serena breakthrough close 17 hours 1 minutes ago

    Melbourne: Maria Sharapova's dreams of a sixth grand slam title were ended by Serena Williams and her wrecking ball serve in the Australian Open final on Saturday, but the Russian was adamant she would some day have the American's measure. Though gallant in defeat, her 6-3, 7-6(5) loss under the lights...
  • Serena Williams beats Maria Sharapova to win 6th Australian Open 20 hours 16 minutes ago

    Melbourne: Serena Williams stuck out a fist in mock triumph and mouthed "C'mon," careful not to push her point too far. The 33-year-old Williams was closing in on her 19th Grand Slam singles title, her 16th straight win over Maria Sharapova and her sixth Australian Open championship when she was docked...
  • Serena Williams aims for 19th major after reaching Australian Open final 2 days ago

    Melbourne: It wasn't until Serena Williams forced herself to relax, and not focus too intently on a milestone Grand Slam title, that she rediscovered the art of winning the biggest events in tennis. Now she's on the verge of a 19th major championship after beating 19-year-old Madison Keys 7-6 (5), 6-2...
  • Serena Williams to maintain No. 1 ranking after Melbourne 2 days ago

    Melbourne: Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova will remain No. 1 and No. 2 in the WTA rankings, regardless of who wins the Australian Open final on Saturday. Sharapova needed to win the title combined with Williams failing to reach the final to overtake the 33-year-old American, who has spent almost two...
  • Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova to meet in Australian Open final 3 days ago

    Melbourne: Serena Williams weathered a barrage of big serves and heavy groundstrokes early and needed nine match points before beating Madison Keys 7-6 (5), 6-2 to set up an Australian Open final against second-seeded Maria Sharapova. Top-ranked Williams, bothered by a cold in recent days, dominated the second set of the...
  • Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal headline field for Indian Wells 3 days ago

    Indian Wells: Defending champion Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal headline the field for the BNP Paribas Open in March, giving the tournament the top three men's players in the world during its 40th anniversary in the Southern California desert. Among the other men's entries are the rest of the...
  • Maria Sharapova reaches Australian Open final for fourth time 3 days ago

    Melbourne: The confidence of overcoming two match points in a second round clash against Alexandra Panova has ultimately paid off for Maria Sharapova as she advanced to her fourth Australian Open final with a 6-3 6-2 victory over Ekaterina Makarova on Thursday. In that second round match more than a week...
  • The phone call that turned around Maria Sharapova's Australian Open 4 days ago

    One phone call was all it took for Maria Sharapova to shake off whatever it was that almost ended her Australian Open. That call came early on in the tournament when the No. 2-ranked player came very, very close to losing in the second round to a lowly ranked qualifier. That...
  • Bouchard to focus on support staff after Melbourne mauling 5 days ago

    Eugenie Bouchard was unable to match the semi-final appearance from her maiden Australian Open last year and will now focus on sorting out her coaching arrangements after being blasted off the court by Maria Sharapova on Tuesday. The Canadian prospect was served another dose of grand slam heartbreak by the powerful...
  • Sharapova beats Bouchard in straight sets to reach Australian Open semi-finals 5 days ago

    Melbourne: Maria Sharapova showcased all of her canny experience and brutal efficiency as she gave Eugenie Bouchard a 78-minute tennis lesson to advance to the Australian Open semi-finals on Tuesday. The 20-year-old Bouchard reached the last four in Australia and France as well as the Wimbledon final in 2014 but was...
  • Australian Open: Murray, Nadal and Sharapova through to quarters 6 days ago

    After the clock ticked past midnight, Andy Murray became aware that it was officially Australia Day and he already knew from the crowd reaction what to expect in the quarterfinals. Murray, a two-time Grand Slam champion and three-time Australian Open finalist, fended off racket-smashing Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 7-5...
  • Maria Sharapova beats Peng in 4th round at Australian Open 1 week ago

    Melbourne: Second-seeded Maria Sharapova is through to the Australian Open quarter-finals after a 6-3, 6-0 win over China's Peng Shuai on Sunday, setting up another Grand Slam meeting with Eugenie Bouchard. Peng, playing with her usual two-handed forehand and backhand strokes, broke Sharapova's serve on her fifth breakpoint chance in the...
  • Maria Sharapova easily through to 4th round at Australian Open January 23, 2015

    Melbourne: Maria Sharapova ensured there were no match-point worries in her third-round match on Friday at the Australian Open, dominating Kazakhstan's Zarina Diyas 6-1, 6-1. On Wednesday, No. 2-ranked Sharapova faced two match points but escaped with a 6-1, 4-6, 7-5 win over fellow Russian Alexandra Panova, a qualifier ranked No....
  • Nadal, Sharapova survive 2nd round at Australian Open January 21, 2015

    Melbourne: An agitated Roger Federer spat out the question that Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova easily could have asked the players who pushed them to the limits in the second round of the Australian Open. "Do you have to be that close?" Federer snapped at a TV cameraman hovering nearby as...
  • Maria Sharapova saves 2 match points, advances at Australian Open January 21, 2015

    Melbourne: Maria Sharapova saved two match points in a narrow escape against No. 150-ranked Alexandra Panova at the Australian Open on Wednesday, advancing to the third round with a 6-1, 4-6, 7-5 win. Second-seeded Sharapova made 51 unforced errors as she went for the lines, saving some of her high-risk winners...
  • Australian Open: Federer, Nadal, Sharapova cruise; Ivanovic crashes out January 19, 2015

    Melbourne: Big guns Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova successfully blasted their way into the Australian Open second round on Monday but the Grand Slam dream of Ana Ivanovic was shattered. Second seed Federer, third seed Nadal and sixth seed Andy Murray all enjoyed straight sets wins, with rising stars...
  • Maria Sharapova wins first round match at Australian Open January 19, 2015

    Melbourne: Second-seeded Maria Sharapova concluded an opening day of matches on Rod Laver Arena with a 6-4, 6-1 win on Monday over Czech player Petra Martic at the Australian Open. Sharapova, who began the season by winning the Brisbane International title, broke Martic's service in the last game of the opening...
  • Australian Open preview: Tired, frustrated, patchy Serena still favourite January 18, 2015

    Melbourne: Serena Williams' Australian Open preparations included smashing a racquet in frustration, complaining of fatigue and losing to players she had never lost to before, yet she is still the favourite to claim her sixth title at Melbourne Park. The 33-year-old had a terrible buildup to the season-opening grand slam while...
  • Maria Sharapova backs super-coaches in women's tennis January 17, 2015

    Melbourne: Maria Sharapova has backed the super-coach trend that will see two of her rivals tapping into the knowledge of grand slam champions at the Australian Open. Sixth seeded Pole Agnieszka Radwanska has taken on 18-times grand slam title winner Martina Navratilova, while up-and-coming American Madison Keys has former world number...
  • Shaky Serena Williams still Australian Open favourite January 16, 2015

    Melbourne: Serena Williams remains the red-hot favourite for the Australian Open, despite some patchy form in the lead up to her campaign for a 19th career Grand Slam. Arch-rival Maria Sharapova is again expected to be the American's main challenger, with injuries marring the preparation of other leading hopefuls including Simona...
  • Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams top seeds in Australian Open January 14, 2015

    Melbourne: World No.1s Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams were Wednesday installed as the top seeds of their respective draws for Australian Open Jan 19-Feb 1. Four-time Melbourne Park winner Djokovic, 27, will be looking to atone for a quarter-final exit at last year's event at the hands of eventual champion Stanislas...
  • Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova gun for more Australian Open glory January 14, 2015

    Melbourne: Veterans Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova head into the opening Grand Slam of 2015 next week as the form players, but there is a heady mix of youth and experience snapping at their heels. Evergreen Swiss great Federer, 33, brought up a jaw-dropping 1,000th victory on Sunday by beating Canadian...
  • Maria Sharapova beats Ana Ivanovic to win Brisbane International January 10, 2015

    Maria Sharapova beat Ana Ivanovic in the final of the Brisbane International on Saturday in a display that bodes well for her chances at the Australian Open. It has been seven years since Sharapova won her only Australian Open title but if she can take her form from Brisbane to Melbourne,...
  • Sharapova, Ivanovic reach Brisbane final January 9, 2015

    Russia's Maria Sharapova and Ana Ivanovic of Serbia won their semi-finals at the Brisbane International on Friday to set up a highly-anticipated showdown in the lead-up to this month's Australian Open. Sharapova beat the talented Ukrainian Elina Svitolina 6-1 6-3 to reach the final without dropping a set while Ivanovic battled...
  • Maria Sharapova through to Brisbane International semifinals January 8, 2015

    Brisbane: Maria Sharapova moved into the Brisbane International semifinals with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Carla Suarez Navarro on Thursday, weathering a challenging opening few games before taking the momentum away from her Spanish rival. Top-seeded Sharapova dropped her opening service game and then needed eight breakpoints before converting for a...
  • Sharapova opens season with easy win; Serena loses in Perth January 6, 2015

    Brisbane: Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova were playing in tournaments on opposite sides of Australia, their form veering in opposite directions. The second-ranked Sharapova opened her 2015 season by winning nine straight games in a 6-0, 6-1 win over Yaroslava Shvedova on Tuesday in the second round of the Brisbane International....
  • IPTL to be played across six cities next year: Mahesh Bhupathi December 4, 2014

    Singapore: The International Tennis Premier League (IPTL) will add two cities next year, taking the number to six, event founder Mahesh Bhupathi said on Thursday. "We are definitely going to add two cities next year, we have had a lot of interest now, we have had four cities ready to sign...
  • Indian Aces continue fine run in International Premier Tennis League November 29, 2014

    Manila: Indian Aces continued their winning run as they beat Manila Mavericks 24-15 on the second day of the much talked about International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) on Saturday. Having started their campaign by defeating Singapore Slammers, Indian aces on Saturday strengthened their position by outplaying star-studded Mavericks side. Opting to serve...
  • Maria Sharapova, Ana Ivanovic to compete at Brisbane International November 26, 2014

    Brisbane: Tennis players Maria Sharapova and Ana Ivanovic will start the new season at the Brisbane International, the only premier-level event in the opening week of 2015, organisers confirmed Wednesday. Sharapova was at times just a loss away from falling out of the world's top-10 during the clay court season but...
  • Maria Sharapova grinds out first win but still exits WTA Finals October 24, 2014

    Maria Sharapova recovered from a second-set meltdown to record her first victory at this year's WTA Finals with a 7-5, 6-7(4), 6-2 triumph over Poland's Agnieszka Radwanksa on Friday but the Russian still bowed out of the elite eight-woman tournament. After losing her opening two Red Group round robin matches, Sharapova...