October 7, 2013 |
Maria Sharapova, who missed the U.S. Open with the same problem, withdrew from the season-ending WTA Championships on Monday because of a right shoulder injury. Sharapova, ranked No. 3 in the world, will miss the tournament in Istanbul from Oct. 22-27. Already qualified are Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka, Agnieszka Radwanska, Li Na, Petra Kvitova, Sara Errani and Jelena Jankovic. The tournament features the top eight singles players and top four doubles teams. Sharapova, 26, has been bothered by right shoulder problems for more than five years and had surgery in late 2008 to repair her rotator cuff on her serving shoulder.
August 20, 2013 |
Tennis star Maria Sharapova has decided not to change her last name to Sugarpova for the upcoming two-week U.S. Open after all. And it was such a good idea, too. The planned name change, first reported by The Times of London, was intended to help promote her Sugarpova line of premium gummy candies and gum. But according to her agent, Max Eisenbud, "We ultimately decided against it. " "Maria has pushed her team to do fun, out-of-the-box-type things...
August 16, 2013 |
After only 34 days and one upset loss to American Sloane Stephens in Cincinnati, Maria Sharapova has fired Jimmy Connors as her coach. Sharapova released a statement that said, "It's not the right fit for this time in my career. " Sharapova said she will play the U.S. Open later this month without a coach. Connors, who won eight major tournaments, also had a brief experience coaching American Andy Roddick in 2008. That relationship lasted only 18 months. ALSO: Dwyane Wade makes a shocking announcement, sort of One-handed basketball player Zach Hodskins offered spot by Florida Upon further review, Major League Baseball will expand replays in 2014
July 13, 2013 |
Maria Sharapova didn't take long in hiring a new coach, announcing on Saturday that Jimmy Connors will replace Thomas Hogstedt, who oversaw her training for the last three years and helped her return to the No. 1 ranking in women's tennis. Connors, an eight-time champion of Grand Slam tournaments, worked with Sharapova before the 2008 Australian Open, which she won. He had coached Andy Roddick for two years before resigning in 2008. Sharapova announced on Friday that her and Hogstedt had agreed to a mutual parting of the ways.
July 4, 2013 |
WIMBLEDON, England -- Sabine Lisicki of Germany was previously best known during this year's Wimbledon tournament for upsetting favored Serena Williams in the round of 16. Lisicki will now be even better known as a first-time Wimbledon finalist. Lisicki, seeded No. 24, rode out a wild turn of events on Thursday to upset No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska, 6-2, 2-6, 9-7, and advance to Saturday's final. Lisicki, who lives in Bradenton, Fla., lost the first three games of the third set before coming back, proving she has the mental strength to complement her physical gifts and all-around game.
June 30, 2013 |
WIMBLEDON, England - Surely, someone made a mistake. The intended order of play for the round of 16 at Wimbledon on Monday omitted seven-time champion Roger Federer and two-time champion Rafael Nadal. World No. 3 Maria Sharapova and two-time Australian Open winner Victoria Azarenka were missing too. Surprisingly, there was no error. A run of first-week injuries and upsets turned Wimbledon on its genteel ear and ushered out Federer, Nadal, Sharapova, Azarenka and other headliners.