MARIA SHARAPOVA

  • Maria Sharapova advances to 3rd round of Madrid Open 21 hours 9 minutes ago

    Maria Sharapova advanced to the third round of the Madrid Open by beating Mariana Duque-Marino of Colombia 6-1, 6-2 on Tuesday. The third-seeded Russian broke Duque-Marino's serve four times while saving three break points on her own serve. "She is someone who if you give her time creates angles, slices and usually...
  • Maria Sharapova upset by Angelique Kerber in Porsche Grand Prix 2nd round April 24, 2015

    Stuttgart: Angelique Kerber of Germany upset three-time defending champion Maria Sharapova 2-6, 7-5, 6-1 in the second round of the Porsche Grand Prix on Thursday. The top-seeded Russian won four straight games to clinch the first set. But she made some errors to drop the second, and faded in the third....
  • Maria Sharapova pulls out of Russia Fed Cup clash with Germany April 15, 2015

    Moscow: Maria Sharapova has pulled out of Russia's Fed Cup semi-final against Germany this weekend, citing a leg injury. In comments released by the Russian Tennis Federation, second-ranked Sharapova said she "couldn't wait" to compete at the match in Sochi, the Russian city where she spent part of her childhood, but...
  • Sharapova pulls out of Fed Cup semi-final with leg injury April 14, 2015

    Maria Sharapova has pulled out of Russia's Fed Cup semi-final against Germany in Sochi this weekend with a leg injury, the Russian Tennis Federation said on Tuesday. "I was really looking forward to playing in Sochi and taking part in the Fed Cup," the world number two told the Russian...
  • Maria Sharapova to play for Russia in Fed Cup against Germany April 8, 2015

    The Russian Tennis Federation has confirmed that Maria Sharapova will play for her country against Germany in the Fed Cup semi-finals this month. The second-ranked Sharapova rarely plays Fed Cup, citing a busy schedule, but will be part of the Russian team facing Germany on April 18-19 in Sochi. Playing in...
  • Maria Sharapova suffers shock loss at Miami Open March 27, 2015

    Miami: Second seed Maria Sharapova suffered a shock 7-6(4), 6-3 defeat to compatriot and wildcard Daria Gavrilova in the second round of the Miami Open on Thursday. Sharapova trailed 3-0 in the second set but battled back to 4-3 down before her serve was broken again by the 21-year-old who broke...
  • My Russian heritage is non-negotiable, says Maria Sharapova March 23, 2015

    Maria Sharapova's life-changing move from Siberia to Florida as a seven-year-old propelled her on a path to fame and fortune but she says she would never turn her back on her mother country. It is sometimes easy to forget that five-times grand slam champion Sharapova, the world's highest-paid female athlete, is...
  • Maria Sharapova beats Victoria Azarenka on 6th match point at Indian Wells March 17, 2015

    Calif: Maria Sharapova defeated Victoria Azarenka 6-4, 6-3 on her sixth match point in a third-round pairing of former No. 1-ranked players at the BNP Paribas Open on Monday. Sharapova hit 23 winners, one more than Azarenka, and had 10 fewer unforced errors than Azarenka's 37 to even their all-time series...
  • Djokovic, Murray, Sharapova reach 3rd round at Indian Wells March 15, 2015

    Indian Wells: Defending champion Novak Djokovic dispatched Marcos Baghdatis 6-1, 6-3 in 59 minutes to reach the third round of the BNP Paribas Open on Saturday night, improving his record to 8-0 against the Cypriot. Djokovic hasn't lost a set to Baghdatis in their last three meetings dating to 2011. The...
  • Maria Sharapova withdraws from Mexico Open because of stomach virus February 28, 2015

    Acapulco: Top-seeded Maria Sharapova of Russia withdrew on Friday before her Mexico Open semi-final against Caroline Garcia of France because of a stomach virus. The third-seeded Garcia will face fifth-seeded Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland in the hard-court final at The Fairmont Acapulco Princess. Bacsinszky beat Bulgaria's Sesil Karatantcheva 6-2, 6-4. In the...
  • Top-seeded Maria Sharapova reaches Mexico Open semi-finals February 27, 2015

    Acapulco: Top-seeded Maria Sharapova of Russia beat Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 on Thursday night to reach the Mexico Open semi-finals. Sharapova will face third-seeded Caroline Garcia of France in the hard-court event at The Fairmont Acapulco Princess. Garcia led Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 6-2, 2-1 when the Croatian player retired. In...
  • Maria Sharapova less fixated on top spot but eager to beat Serena Williams February 23, 2015

    Mexico City: Regaining the world's top ranking in women's tennis is less important to five-times grand slam winner Maria Sharapova than it was when she was younger, but the Russian is eager to beat dominant player Serena Williams. Williams beat Sharapova, who is ranked number two, to claim her 19th grand...
  • Russia defeat Poland 4-0 to advance in Fed Cup February 8, 2015

    Maria Sharapova defeated Agnieszka Radwanska 6-1, 7-5 Sunday as Russia advanced to the semifinals of the Fed Cup with a 4-0 victory in the World Group first round tie against Poland. "It is never easy to play after a long journey, new surface and very little training on it," Sharapova said....
  • Australian Open: Foiled again, Sharapova feels Serena breakthrough close January 31, 2015

    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 January 31, 2015

    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 January 30, 2015

    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 January 29, 2015

    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 January 29, 2015

    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 January 29, 2015

    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 January 29, 2015

    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 January 27, 2015

    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 January 27, 2015

    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 January 27, 2015

    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 January 25, 2015

    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 January 25, 2015

    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...