January 18, 2013 |
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.
August 27, 2012 |
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.
August 3, 2012 |
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.
August 31, 2012 |
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.
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.
June 22, 2013 |
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.