Williams, Li set up enticing Miami showdown

Williams, Li set up enticing Miami showdown 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 Russian, while second-ranked Li won a rematch of her Australian Open final, beating Dominika Cibulkova 7-5, 2-6, 6-3 to maintain...
11:56 AM, Mar 28, 2014

Serena beats Sharapova to reach ninth Miami final

Serena beats Sharapova to reach ninth Miami final 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 streak against Sharapova to 15 matches, a stunning run that stretches back to 2004. Sharapova and Williams, who have both...
08:33 AM, Mar 28, 2014

Sharapova closes in on return trip to Miami final

Sharapova closes in on return trip to Miami final 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 possible final four showdown with the world number one. Williams, a six-time winner on the Miami hardcourts, takes on fifth-seeded...
10:43 AM, Mar 26, 2014

Serena wins as Sony Open locked down by bomb scare

Serena wins as Sony Open locked down by bomb scare 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 of last year's final against Maria Sharapova, a five-time runnerup on the Miami hardcourts, who advanced with an equally impressive...
09:29 AM, Mar 26, 2014

Maria Sharapova gets wake-up call to reach Miami quarters

Maria Sharapova gets wake-up call to reach Miami quarters 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, 6-3. Sharapova, playing the first match of the day on a drowsy and overcast centre court, appeared to have trouble...
11:51 PM, Mar 24, 2014

Maria Sharapova advances at Sony Open

Maria Sharapova advances at Sony Open 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 two match points in the tie-breaker, and seven more in the final game. The No. 26-seeded Safarova stayed alive with...
09:45 AM, Mar 23, 2014

Rafael Nadal, Maria Sharapova beaten at Indian Wells

Rafael Nadal, Maria Sharapova beaten at Indian Wells 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 Italian qualifier Camila Giorgi 6-3 4-6 7-5 as last year's men's and women's singles champions both crashed out. Nadal blew...
08:33 AM, Mar 11, 2014

Sharapova loses in Paris semis

Sharapova loses in Paris semis 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 wide as Sharapova imposed her aggressive game, having a 15-9 edge in winners and winning nine of 10 points at...
10:09 PM, Feb 01, 2014

Sharapova and Pavlyuchenkova reach Open GDF semis

Sharapova and Pavlyuchenkova reach Open GDF semis 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 than an hour. In a more tightly-contested match, Pavlyuchenkova upset fourth-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (3). Both...
11:45 PM, Jan 31, 2014

Errani and Flipkens advance to Open GDF quarters

Errani and Flipkens advance to Open GDF quarters 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 points against Meusburger, and the third-seeded Errani broke Karin Knapp's serve five times to win their all-Italian match 6-4, 6-3....
10:00 PM, Jan 30, 2014

Sharapova thrashes Hantuchova at Open GDF Suez

Sharapova thrashes Hantuchova at Open GDF Suez 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 ago. Sharapova served well, hitting 10 aces, saving all seven break points she faced, and breaking Hantuchova's serve six times....
10:12 PM, Jan 29, 2014

Australian Open: Sharapova out, Nadal tested, Federer vs Murray in QF

Australian Open: Sharapova out, Nadal tested, Federer vs Murray in QF 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 a potentially easier run to the women's final. Sharapova was beaten by No. 20 Dominika Cibulkova in the match on...
06:39 PM, Jan 20, 2014

Dominika Cibulkova shocks Maria Sharapova at Australian Open

Dominika Cibulkova shocks Maria Sharapova at Australian Open 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 her way back. Her serve started to backfire from the eighth game, when she was broken at love while trying...
09:35 AM, Jan 20, 2014

Maria Sharapova reaches fourth round in Melbourne

Maria Sharapova reaches fourth round in Melbourne 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 the scorching 42 C (108 F) conditions she endured for 3 hours, 28 minutes in her second-round win over Karin...
08:42 AM, Jan 18, 2014