Maria Sharapova

  • Williams, Li set up enticing Miami showdown 28-03-2014 11:56 AM

    Serena Williams and Li Na swept past familiar foes at the Sony Open on Thursday, setting up an exciting showdown for the Miami hardcourt crown between the world's top ranked players. World number one Williams continued her utter domination of Maria Sharapova with a 6-4, 6-3 win over the fourth-seeded...
  • Serena beats Sharapova to reach ninth Miami final 28-03-2014 08:33 AM

    Miami: World number one Serena Williams continued her decade-long domination over Maria Sharapova with a clinical 6-4 6-3 win on Thursday to reach her ninth Sony Open final. The rematch of last year's final produced the same result as Williams, a six-time winner on the Miami hardcourts, ran her winning...
  • Sharapova closes in on return trip to Miami final 26-03-2014 10:43 AM

    Miami: Five-time runner-up Maria Sharapova closed in on a return trip to the Miami final by taming eighth-seeded Czech Petra Kvitova 7-5, 6-1 on Tuesday to reach the semis of the Sony Open. With the victory Sharapova, who lost in the final last year to Serena Williams, sets up a...
  • Serena wins as Sony Open locked down by bomb scare 26-03-2014 09:29 AM

    Miami: Defending champion Serena Williams closed in on a seventh Sony Open title with a 6-2, 6-2 quarter-final demolition of German Angelique Kerber on Tuesday, a win that came as the Crandon Park tennis facility was locked down due to a bomb scare. Williams' win sets up a semi-final rematch...
  • Maria Sharapova gets wake-up call to reach Miami quarters 24-03-2014 11:51 PM

    Fourth seed Maria Sharapova got a much-needed wake-up call after sleep-walking her way through the opening set before dispatching Belgian Kirsten Flipkens 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 on Monday to reach the Sony Open quarter-finals. German fifth seed Angelique Kerber also needed three sets to get by Russian Ekaterina Makarova 6-4, 1-6,...
  • Maria Sharapova advances at Sony Open 23-03-2014 09:45 AM

    Florida: Maria Sharapova needed nine match points before she finally closed out a win on Saturday in the third round of the Sony Open, beating Lucie Safarova 6-4, 6-7 (7), 6-2. Top-ranked Serena Williams won a marathon, too, taking 2 hours to eliminate Caroline Garcia 6-4, 4-6, 6-4. Sharapova had...
  • Rafael Nadal, Maria Sharapova beaten at Indian Wells 11-03-2014 08:33 AM

    Rafa Nadal and Maria Sharapova were both knocked out of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells on Monday after stunning upsets at one of the world's biggest tournaments outside the four grand slams. Nadal was sent packing by Ukraine's Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-3 3-6 7-6 (7-5) after Sharapova fell to...
  • Sharapova loses in Paris semis 01-02-2014 10:09 PM

    Paris: Top-seeded Maria Sharapova lost 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the semi-finals of the Open GDF Suez in an all-Russian match on Saturday. Sharapova led 3-0 in the opening set but her compatriot broke back in the seventh game. Pavlyuchenkova lost the first set by sending a backhand...
  • Sharapova and Pavlyuchenkova reach Open GDF semis 31-01-2014 11:45 PM

    Paris: Top-seeded Maria Sharapova thrashed eighth-seeded Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium 6-2, 6-2 on Friday to set up an all-Russian semifinal against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova at the Open Gaz de France. Although Sharapova dropped her serve once, the four-time Grand Slam champion broke Flipkens' serve five times to win in little more...
  • Errani and Flipkens advance to Open GDF quarters 30-01-2014 10:00 PM

    Paris: Eighth-seeded Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium comfortably beat Yvonne Meusburger of Austria 6-1, 6-3 at the Open GDF Suez on Thursday to set up a quarterfinal against top-seeded Maria Sharapova. Last year's runner-up, Sara Errani, also reached the last eight in straight sets. Flipkens converted all four of her break...
  • Sharapova thrashes Hantuchova at Open GDF Suez 29-01-2014 10:12 PM

    Paris: Top-seeded Maria Sharapova of Russia maintained her dominance over Daniela Hantuchova, thrashing the Slovak player 6-0, 6-1 to reach the Open GDF Suez quarter-finals on Wednesday. The four-time Grand Slam champion has beaten Hantuchova nine straight times, with the Slovak's only win coming when they first played 10 years...
  • Australian Open: Sharapova out, Nadal tested, Federer vs Murray in QF 20-01-2014 06:39 PM

    Melbourne: Two-time defending champion Victoria Azarenka saw another of her main adversaries crash out of the Australian Open on Monday, while top-ranked Rafael Nadal and Wimbledon champion Andy Murray faced tougher-than-expected matches to advance to the quarter-finals at Melbourne Park. Maria Sharapova joined Serena Williams as fourth-round casualties, leaving Azarenka...
  • Dominika Cibulkova shocks Maria Sharapova at Australian Open 20-01-2014 09:35 AM

    Melbourne: Maria Sharapova followed Serena Williams out of the Australian Open after the second fourth-round upset in 24 hours. Third-seeded Sharapova lost 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 to Dominika Cibulkova on Monday, struggling with her serve in the second and third sets and making 45 unforced errors as she tried to claw...
  • Maria Sharapova reaches fourth round in Melbourne 18-01-2014 08:42 AM

    Melbourne: Maria Sharapova recovered from the longest, hottest match of her career to beat Alize Cornet 6-1, 7-6 (6) on Saturday and reach the fourth round of the Australian Open. Her third-round match was played in high humidity but in temperatures of about 22 Celsius (72 Fahrenheit), considerably cooler than...
  • Maria Sharapova fumes over murky heat policy 16-01-2014 12:16 PM

    Melbourne: Maria Sharapova criticised Australian Open organisers for a lack of transparency over their 'extreme heat policy' when the Russian was left toiling on court for nearly an hour after organisers had invoked an official halt on Thursday. Sharapova and her opponent Karin Knapp of Italy slugged it out in...
  • Sharapova survives heat, enters round three at Melbourne Park 16-01-2014 09:52 AM

    Melbourne: Russia's Maria Sharapova overcame sweltering conditions and a stubborn Karin Knapp of Italy to reach the Australian Open third round on Thursday with a 6-3 4-6 10-8 victory. Sidelined from the latter part of last season with an injury to her right shoulder, the third seeded Sharapova had trouble...
  • Sharapova overpowers Mattek-Sands to reach second round 14-01-2014 06:32 PM

    Melbourne: Maria Sharapova celebrated her return to the grand slam spotlight on Tuesday with an emphatic 6-3, 6-4 win over American Bethanie Mattek-Sands to charge into the second round of the Australian Open. Sidelined from the U.S. Open and the latter part of last season with an injury to her...
  • Impatient Sharapova realistic on grand slam return 11-01-2014 11:51 AM

    Melbourne: Maria Sharapova happily admits that patience is not her strongest trait but the Russian will temper her expectations as she begins her Australian Open title campaign. The 26-year-old missed the last few months of the 2013 season, including the US Open, with an injury to her right shoulder, the...
  • Nadal, Serena top seeds at Australian Open 08-01-2014 06:05 PM

    Melbourne: As expected, No. 1-ranked Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams have been made the top seeds at the Australian Open which begins on Monday at Melbourne Park. Defending champion Novak Djokovic is the No. 2-seeded man, followed by David Ferrer, Wimbledon champion Andy Murray, Juan Martin del Potro and 17-time...
  • Serena Williams should surpass 20 grand slam titles: Navratilova 07-01-2014 11:10 AM

    World number one Serena Williams shows no sign of slowing down with age and should win more than 20 grand slam singles titles, former great Martina Navratilova has said. The 57-year-old Navratilova who won 18 grand slam singles titles, and 41 in women's and mixed doubles, is also confident the...
  • Serena beats Sharapova in Brisbane semi-finals 03-01-2014 07:04 PM

    Brisbane: Serena Williams extended her winning streak against Maria Sharapova to 14 matches with a 6-2, 7-6 (7) semi-final victory on Friday to earn a shot at back-to-back Brisbane International titles. The defending champion will play second-seeded Victoria Azarenka in Saturday's final, and will be favored to retain the title...
  • Williams, Sharapova to meet in Brisbane semis 02-01-2014 11:37 AM

    Brisbane: Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova will renew their long and not-so-friendly rivalry after setting up a semi-final matchup at the Brisbane International, a key tuneup event for the Australian Open. Top-ranked Williams, the defending champion, didn't lose a point on her serve in the first set en route to...
  • Maria Sharapova returns with convincing win in Brisbane 30-12-2013 04:55 PM

    Bisbane: Every point mattered for Maria Sharapova in her competitive return from an injury layoff, even in a first-round match in the season-opening tournament. Sharapova beat 74th-ranked Caroline Garcia of France 6-3, 6-0 on Monday, ripping forehand winners and nullifying her rival's biggest weapon with some aggressive service returns. She...
  • Maria Sharapova makes no promises over Brisbane return 29-12-2013 04:50 PM

    Having pulled out of the Brisbane International tournament through injury for the last two years, Maria Sharapova might consider it a victory in itself if she actually gets out on court at the Pat Rafter arena on Monday. The tournament is perhaps more important to the Russian world number four...
  • Sharapova takes on Sven Groeneveld as coach 22-11-2013 08:40 AM

    Four-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova has hired Sven Groeneveld as her new coach for the 2014 season. The Russian world number four made the announcement on her Facebook page on Thursday after being without a coach since parting ways with Jimmy Connors in August. Connors lasted just a month...
  • Injured Maria Sharapova out of WTA Championship 07-10-2013 07:26 PM

    World number three Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from the end-of-season WTA Championship in Istanbul due to the shoulder injury that kept her out of the recent US Open, she told the tour website (www.wtatennis.com) on Monday. The 26-year-old Russian has not played since losing to Sloane Stephens in the second...
  • Sharapova out of US Open with shoulder injury 22-08-2013 08:33 AM

    New York: Third-seeded Russian Maria Sharapova has pulled out of next week's US Open due to a shoulder injury, tournament organisers said on Wednesday. "Maria has informed us that she will be unable to compete at the US Open this year due to a right shoulder bursitis and has withdrawn...
  • Sharapova to temporarily change her name to 'Sugarpova' 20-08-2013 07:26 PM

    Moscow: Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova plans to change her last name to 'Sugarpova' temporarily to promote her candy brand. Sharapova has applied to the Supreme Court of Florida for the two-week name change during the upcoming US Open tournament as a way to draw more attention to her sweets...
  • Maria Sharapova confirms split with Jimmy Connors after one match 16-08-2013 10:27 PM

    Maria Sharapova has confirmed she has severed ties with coach Jimmy Connors after one match together. The Russian world number three said in a statement emailed to Tennis.com that the pairing had not been "the right fit for this time in my career". Sharapova had originally hoped her partnership with...
  • Stephens makes giant kill in Cincinnati, ousts Sharapova 14-08-2013 09:23 AM

    Mason, Ohio: Maria Sharapova's return to play a WTA tournament after more than a month away was short-lived following an upset loss to 17th-ranked American Sloane Stephens 2-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3 in the second round of the Western & Southern Open on Tuesday. In a match that lasted 2 hours...