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June 26, 2013 | By Art Spander
LONDON - The little world of tennis spun out of control Wednesday. Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova took figurative tumbles at Wimbledon far earlier than anyone believed, and others took actual tumbles on lawns apparently too slick for the purpose. Federer, who advanced to the quarterfinals in his previous 36 Grand Slam tournaments, was knocked out of Wimbledon this time in the second round. And by a 27-year-old Ukrainian ranked 116th, Sergiy Stakhovsky, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (5), 7-5, 7-6 (5)
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June 24, 2013 | By Helene Elliott, Los Angeles Times
Serena Williams' recent verbal shots have been as fierce as any she has unleashed on the court. In the same profile in Rolling Stone magazine in which she seemed to blame the teenage victim in a rape case in Steubenville, Ohio, Williams took a swipe at a "top-five" rival widely believed to be Maria Sharapova by saying the player was dating a guy "with a black heart. " Writer Stephen Rodrick took that to mean Grigor Dimitrov, a Bulgarian tennis pro and reportedly an ex-boyfriend of Williams.
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June 23, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
Top-seeded Serena Williams, who will begin pursuit of her 17th Grand Slam title on Tuesday when she faces Mandy Minella of Luxembourg on Wimbledon's famed Center Court, on Sunday apologized for comments about a teenage rape victim in Steubenville, Ohio, and “everything that was said” in a recent Rolling Stone profile of her. She also said she planned to keep her focus on tennis this week. “There's one thing I'm really good at, and that's hitting the ball over a net, in a box. I'm excellent,” she said at a pre-tournament news conference . Williams also repeated that she had apologized to the Steubenville victim for saying the girl “shouldn't have put herself in that position.” Williams also said she had reached out to rival Maria Sharapova on Thursday to apologize for comments in that article that were presumed to be about Sharapova.
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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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June 9, 2013 | By Henry Chu
— Sweet 16 for Serena Williams came courtesy of yet another ace, an exclamation point drilled into the red clay on the last point of the match. The sizzling serve sealed her 16th Grand Slam title and her place, at age 31, at the pinnacle of women's tennis. In a much-anticipated showdown Saturday between the world's No. 1 and No. 2 female players, Williams took on Maria Sharapova, the reigning titleholder, at the French Open. But Williams' 6-4, 6-4 victory, a career-best 31st in a row, underlined the distance between her and the rest of the pack, which has struggled to match her power, speed and variety since last summer.
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June 6, 2013 | By Melissa Rohlin
No. 1-ranked tennis star Serena Williams will face second-seeded Maria Sharapova in Saturday's French Open Final. During Thursday's semifinals, Williams beat Sara Errani 6-0, 6-1 in 46 minutes and Sharapova beat Victoria Azarenka 6-1, 2-6, 6-4 in two hours, 10 minutes. Williams, 31, won her first and only French Open title in 2002. She will be the first American woman to reach the Finals since her victory. Williams is a lifetime 13-2 against Sharapova, including 3-0 this year, with wins in finals in Miami and Madrid.
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May 12, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Serena Williams retained her No. 1 ranking in the world on Sunday when she defeated second-ranked Maria Sharapova in straight sets to win the Madrid Open. Williams claimed the 50th tournament title in her illustrious career with the 6-1, 6-4 victory. She then stated the obvious, followed by seeming nonsense. “It feels good,” Williams said of reaching the milestone. “I don't know how many more I can win. Who knows if I will ever win another title?" Maybe she was exhausted -- or just being humble.
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May 11, 2013 | Staff and wire reports
Matt Kenseth passed his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch with 13 laps to go to win his first Southern 500 on Saturday night at Darlington, S.C. Busch had the strongest car for much of the race and led for 265 of the 367 laps at Darlington Raceway. But his machine appeared to fall away at the worst possible time and he faded to sixth. Denny Hamlin completed his first full race since suffering a compression fracture in a vertebra in his lower back on March 24. He finished second.
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May 11, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Maria Sharapova, the epitome of grace and elegance on and off the court, has kept her private life rather private over the years, including her romance and subsequent engagement to former Laker Sasha Vujacic. Since the former No. 1 women's tennis player in the world called off the wedding plans last year with Vujacic, there had been plenty of speculation as to budding romances. That has come to an end. During the Madrid Open this week, Sharapova was photographed hand in hand and lip to lip with Bulgarian tennis star Grigor Dimitrov.
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