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March 18, 2012 | By Bill Dwyre
Top-seeded Victoria Azarenka of Belarus kept her hot hand going Sunday in thre women's final of the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament. On a cold and windy day, Azarenka beat second-seeded Maria Sharapova of Russia, 6-2, 6-3. That brought Azarenka the first-ever $1 million winner's check for the women's side of this event. It also brought her year-to-date record to 23-0. She won the Australian open, beating Sharapova in that final, too, and now has won the title in five of the last six tournaments she has entered.
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March 10, 2014 | By Bill Dwyre
Monday was a good day for weather and a bad day for defending champions in the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Hours before men's 2013 champion Rafael Nadal was upset, 2013 women's champion Maria Sharapova went out at the hands of a qualifier from Italy. Camila Giorgi, a 22-year-old ranked No. 93 at the end of last season who has yet to reach a tournament quarterfinal, stunned Sharapova with solid ground strokes and a steady will and won, 6-3, 4-6, 7-5. Sharapova, a Russian by way of Manhattan Beach, had been seeded fourth.
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August 27, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
NEW YORK - It was quite a news conference by Maria Sharapova after her 6-2, 6-2 first-round U.S. Open win Monday over Melinda Czink. Sharapova detailed how she had battled a stomach virus after the Olympics. She had tests done because she was in so much stomach pain. "Because of the pain I was having," Sharapova said. "It was really weird. They told me I was fine, not pregnant. I'm like, 'Can I get my money back?' " And there was a rumor Sharapova denied. There had been talk that she was going to marry her fiance,  former Los Angeles Laker Sasha Vujacic, in November in Istanbul.
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March 5, 2014 | By Art Spander
She went back to where it all started, to the wall in Sochi. Maria Sharapova, out of boredom really, as a child began smacking a tennis ball while her father played his weekly game a few feet away. "My career started in Sochi," Sharapova said Wednesday, reviewing her trip home and to the Winter Olympics. "Every player starts somewhere. To be able to celebrate that after so many years was special. " Sharapova, the defending champion, and other top women's seeds from the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden spent time with the media while others spent time on court on opening day. For Madison Keys, the young American, that time, brief as it might have been, was worthwhile.
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January 18, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Maria Sharapova turned a third-round match against Venus Williams at the Australian Open on Friday into a straight-set rout. The 6-1, 6-3 victory for the lanky Russian ended with an ace at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne. “I think when we both looked at the draw, it was a matchup we were both looking forward to,” Sharapova said afterward. “I was a really determined player out there because I knew the tennis that she's capable of producing and playing. She's a tremendous athlete and a great champion.” Sharapova, who won her first two matches of the tournament without dropping a game, will play unseeded Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium in the fourth round.
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August 27, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
NEW YORK - Maria Sharapova hadn't played a tennis match since she lost to Serena Williams, winning only a game at the Olympics with the gold medal on the line. And it might have seemed Sharapova had been mostly absent in London against Williams as well. But Monday on Arthur Ashe Stadium Court at the U.S. Open, Sharapova was regally dominant. She beat Hungarian veteran Melinda Czink, 6-2, 6-2. She had a seven-game winning streak against Czink and won 12 of 13 points during one stretch.
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August 3, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman
LONDON -- Maria vs. Serena. Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams have played each other twice at Wimbledon -- once for the title in 2004 -- and will be meeting on the grass again at the legendary All England Club. This time, it will be for an Olympic gold medal. The two biggest stars in the women's game will play in the women's final on Saturday, requiring little effort to get past the semifinal stage Friday. Williams, seeded fourth, beat No. 1 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus,  6-1, 6-2, and No. 3 Sharapova of Russia beat countrywoman Maria Kirilenko, 6-2, 6-3. Serena Williams won doubles gold with older sister Venus in Sydney in 2000 and in Beijing in 2008, and is seeking her first Olympic medal in singles.
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October 7, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
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.
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August 31, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
NEW YORK -- Maria Sharapova, who on Friday won her second-round U.S. Open match against Stanford psychology major Mallory Burdette, 6-1, 6-1, said afterward that she and former Laker Sasha Vujacic are no longer engaged. Sharapova said she and Vujacic split in the spring, before stories appeared in Turkish newspapers that she and Vujacic were going to get married in Istanbul in November. Vujacic has been playing for a professional team in Turkey. "It's been since the end of spring," Sharapova said.
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February 16, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Serena Williams, who will take over No. 1 in the world tennis rankings Monday, defeated Maria Sharapova on Saturday to advance to the finals of the Qatar Open. Williams, who will become the oldest woman to hold the top ranking, will now play the woman she's replacing atop those rankings, Victoria Azarenka, in the championship match Sunday. Sharapova didn't put up much opposition on Saturday, with Williams defeating the Russian, 6-3, 6-2. Azarenka, who has beaten Williams only once in 11 meetings, defeated Agnieszka Radwanska, 6-3, 6-3, in the other semifinal.
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October 7, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
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.
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August 20, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
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...
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August 16, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
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  
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July 13, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
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.
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July 4, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
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.
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June 30, 2013 | Helene Elliott
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.
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June 22, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
Play at Wimbledon doesn't start until Monday but Maria Sharapova delivered the first stinging forehand Saturday when she pointedly criticized the off-court conduct of one of her chief rivals, top-seeded Serena Williams. Speaking at a pre-tournament news conference , Sharapova praised Williams' tennis feats but suggested that Williams should limit her public comments to the sport. Williams was the subject of a recent Rolling Stone story  in which author Stephen Rodrick described a phone conversation between Williams and her sister, Venus.
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September 7, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
NEW YORK -- Victoria Azarenka reached her first U.S. Open final Friday with a powerful display of tennis that left her dancing on the Arthur Ashe Stadium court. Azarenka, ranked No. 1 in the world and top-seeded here, beat No. 3 seed Maria Sharapova, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4, in a semifinal that lasted 2 hours 42 minutes. Azarenka will face the winner of Friday's second semifinal between fourth-seeded Serena Williams and 10th-seeded Sara Errani at 4 p.m. Pacific time Saturday. Azarenka's only previous Grand Slam win came earlier this year at the Australian Open.
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June 26, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
The injuries just kept coming Wednesday at Wimbledon, increasing to seven the number of withdrawals or retirements by players during matches. In addition to injury-related withdrawals by No. 2 women's seed Victoria Azarenka and No. 10 men's seed Marin Cilic, sixth-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France had to retire while trailing Ernests Gulbis of Latvia, two sets to one, because of a problem with his left leg. And 2011 Wimbledon women's champion Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic, the No. 8 seed, advanced because of an injury to opponent Yaroslava Shevedova of Kazakhstan.
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June 26, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
A wave of injuries and upsets hit the second round of Wimbledon on Wednesday, taking No. 2 seed Victoria Azarenka of Belarus and No. 3 seed Maria Sharapova of Russia out of the women's competition. Sharapova, hobbled by a hip injury, slipped once during the warmups and twice during play and required medical treatment during her 6-3, 6-4 loss to Michelle Larcher de Brito of Portugal. Sharapova left the court for treatment in the second set of her match against Larcher de Brito, who is ranked 131st in the world.
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