Maria Sharapova

'Dominant' Sharapova brushes aside Bouchard in straight-sets to reach Oz Open semis

Maria SharapovaLondon, Jan 27 : Russian tennis ace Maria Sharapova put on a dominant display as she brushed aside Canadian seventh seed Eugenie Bouchard in straight sets to advance to the Australian Open semifinals in Melbourne.

The 2008 champion, seeded second, won 6-3, 6-2 in one hour and 18 minutes, taking her record against Bouchard to 4-0, as the Canadian made 30 errors in the game.

The Russian said that she thought she had a really good start, adding that she kept her focus throughout the whole match, and didn't feel that she had too many letdowns, which was important.

Wozniacki dents Sharapova's hopes of claiming year-end world No. 1 spot

Caroline WozniackiJohannesburg, Oct 22 : Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki reportedly dented Maria Sharapova's hopes of overtaking Serena Williams in the world rankings after she stunned the Russian in a marathon three- setter WTA Finals on Tuesday.

The Dane edged a thrilling encounter 7-6 (7/4), 6-7 (5/7), 6-2 in Singapore as she beat Sharapova and injured the Russian's hopes of overtaking Williams to be crowned the year-end world number one.

Wozniacki said that it was a great match, adding that it's always tough to play the first time and get into the rhythm. She said that she is just so happy to be through, Sport24 reported.

Sharapova moves to second place in WTA world rankings post China Open win

Maria SharapovaJohannesburg, Oct 07 : Russian tennis ace Maria Sharapova climbed to the second place in the WTA women's rankings on Monday after defeating Petra Kvitova to claim the China Open title on Sunday.

American tennis ace Serena Williams, who is out with a knee injury, saw her points slip to 8,645, while Sharapova moved to 6,680, ahead of Romania's Simona Halep 6,246 and Petra Kvitova 6,126, Sport24 reported.

WTA top 10 are:

1. Serena Williams

2. Maria Sharapova

3. Simona Halep

4. Petra Kvitova

5. Li Na

6. Eugenie Bouchard

7. Agnieszka Radwanska

8. Ana Ivanovic

9. Caroline Wozniacki

10. Angelique Kerber (ANI)

Maria Sharapova flaunts bikini-bod post Wimbledon loss

Maria-SharapovaWashington, July 11 : Tennis star Maria Sharapova was spotted flaunting her toned up frame in a grey bikini, after losing the fourth round of this year's Wimbledon and her chance at the trophy.

According to People Magazine, the 27-year-old beauty who was vacationing in Mexico with boyfriend and fellow player Grigor Dimitrov, seemed to be in a good mood as they both posed for the photographers in their swimwear by the pool.

Meanwhile, Dimitrov, 23, had recently beat Andy Murray to reach the semi finals of the tournament. (ANI)

Dimitrov wants Sharapova to cheer for him in quarter-final against Murray

Grigor-DimitrovLondon, July 2 : Bulgarian player Grigor Dimitrov has revealed that he wants Maria Sharapova to be his cheerleader when he beats Andy Murray in the Wimbledon quarter-final.

The 23-year-old, who is rumoured to be dating the Russian player, wants her to stay in London and watch the match, the Mirror reported.

He said that Sharapova is the best example of an athlete and player with her work ethic and he thinks that they can both learn things from each other.

The World No 13 said that he doesn't want to compare himself to her, because even before he knew her, he thought she was the best.

Nadal, Sharapova advance to semi-finals of Madrid Open

Rafael Nadal and Maria SharapovaJohannesburg, May 10 - World No. 1 Rafael Nadal and Russian ace Maria Sharapova have booked their places in the last four of the Madrid Open, with reigning champion Serena Williams, Swiss ace Roger Federer and world No. 2 Novak Djokovic pulling out of the tournament.

The Spanish star, who did not have a good season on his favoured clay this year-losing in the quarter-finals in Monte Carlo and Barcelona, has beaten Czech sixth seed Tomas Berdych 6-4 6-2 to set up a semi-final against unseeded compatriot Roberto Bautista.

Sharapova enters Brisbane International tennis quarter-finals

Maria-SharapovaMelbourne, Jan 2 : Maria Sharapova outlasted Estonian Kaia Kanepi 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in Brisbane International tennis quarter-finals.

Kanepi, at one stage appeared to silence Sharapova, but the four-time grand slam champion regained her composure to book a likely semi-final showdown with world No. 1 Serena Williams.

According to The Age, Sharapova launched into her trademark screams on each point but little else resembled the world No. 4 as she struggled to find her serving groove against the hard-hitting Kanepi.

Sharapova withdraws from season-ending WTA Championships with shoulder injury

Sharapova withdraws from season-ending WTA Championships with shoulder injuryJohannesburg, Oct 8 - Russian tennis ace Maria Sharapova has reportedly withdrawn from the season-ending Women's Tennis Association (WTA) Championships in Istanbul on Monday due to an injury on her right shoulder which has nagged her since before the US Open.

The world number three, who had to withdraw from the US Open because of the injury and a previous hip problem, has played just one match since a second round exit at Wimbledon in June.

Injured Sharapova out of US Open

Maria-SharapovaMoscow, Aug 22 : Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from the US Open due to a shoulder injury.

"Maria has informed us that she will be unable to compete at the US Open due to a right shoulder bursitis and has withdrawn from the tournament. We wish her a speedy recovery and look forward to her return to New York next year," tournament director David Brewer said Thursday, reports Xinhua.

Sharapova's agent Max Eisenbud said that her shoulder has been bothering her for more than three months, even before the French Open in May.

Sharapova to change her last name for brand promotion

Maria-SharapovaMoscow, Aug 20 : Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova has planned to change her last name into Sugarpova temporarily to promote her candy brand.

Sharapova has applied to the Supreme Court of Florida, in the United State, for the two-week name change during the upcoming US Open tournament as a way to draw more attention to her sweets line.

Besides necessary legal procedures, the top athlete should also get approval of the US Open organisers to make her new name displayed during the tournament, reports Xinhua.

Maria Sharapova to venture into fashion, beauty world

Maria-SharapovaMoscow, June 22 : Tennis champion Maria Sharapova ventured into business with a sweets line by the name of Sugarpova, and now she has plans to branch out into the cosmetics and fashion markets.

The 26-year-old had recently launched her sweets range for department store Selfridges.

"I really do (want to expand). I see it going into cosmetics, and then fashion. Creatively, I've always had a thing for fashion, so I would love it. But that's down the line," femalefirst. co. uk quoted Sharapova as saying.

Sharapova pulls out of Rome meet to boost French Open chances

Maria-SharapovaRome, May 17 : World No. 2 Maria Sharapova admitted Friday that the upcoming French Open played a part in her decision to pull out of the Rome Masters.

Sharapova withdrew citing illness Friday, hours before she was due to play world No. 6 Sara Errani in the Rome quarterfinals.

"I usually don’t withdraw from tournament and all the competitions I play in mean a lot to me, but in the run-up to the French Open you have to take the right decisions,” she told R-Sport.

Sharapova hopes Sochi Olympics will put former home on world map

Maria-SharapovaMoscow, May 1 : Tennis star Maria Sharapova has spoken of her delight that her former hometown of Sochi will host next year's Winter Olympics, an event she hopes will put the Black Sea resort on the map worldwide.

Sharapova spent several years living in Sochi before migrating to Florida at the age of seven to pursue her dream of a tennis career.

"I'm very happy that we'll have the Olympics," she said on Russia's Dozhd TV channel Tuesday.

Sharapova battles into Miami semifinals

Jelena-Jankovic-Maria-SharapovaMiami, March 28 : World No. 2 Maria Sharapova will face Jelena Jankovic in the Miami Masters semifinals after battling past Sara Errani in just under three hours.

While she struggled with her serve throughout the match, Sharapova managed to save three set points in the second set to seal a 7-5, 7-5 win over the Italian Wednesday.

Sharapova sets up Errani quarterfinal

Maria-SharapovaMiami, March 26 : Maria Sharapova blew away Klara Zakopalova Tuesday to set up a Miami Masters quarter-final with Italy's Sara Errani.

The Russian star quickly disposed of 21st seed Zakopalova 6-2, 6-2 at the $5.2 million event in Key Biscayne, Florida.

"I thought I did a much better job today at being aggressive and playing a bit more consistently than in the previous match. The conditions today were a little bit easier as well. I'm really happy to be through to the quarter-finals of this tournament again," Sharapova said in comments carried by the WTA website.

Sharapova reaches 3rd round at Qatar Open

Maria-SharapovaDoha, Feb 13 : Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova easily reached the third round of the Qatar Open, beating French qualifier Caroline Garcia 6-3, 6-2.

The third-ranked Russian, who won the tournament in her two previous appearances, broke Garcia twice to go up 3-0 in the first set. Garcia won the next two games but Sharapova then broke for a third time, reports Xinhua.

The second set went with serve through the first five games until Sharapova broke to go up 4-2, and she clinched the victory when the Frenchwoman hit a forehand long. (IANS)

Sharapova sets new Oz Open record on way to face Li Na in semifinal

s/Maria-SharapovaSydney, Jan 22 : Russian tennis ace Maria Sharapova, who set a new Australian Open record for the least number of games lost in the first four rounds of the tournament, will face China's Li Na in the women semi-finals.

Sharapova beat compatriot Ekaterina Makarova in the quarterfinals at Melbourne Park for the second straight year - 6-2 6-2 in 66 minutes.

Sharapova also set a new Open record for the least number of games lost in the first four rounds of the championship i. e. five. With her victory on Tuesday, Sharapova set a new mark.

Sharapova says dating fellow tennis star is manageable

Sharapova says dating fellow tennis star is manageableSydney, Jan 16 : Maria Sharapova, who is reportedly in a relationship with Bulgarian tennis star Grigor Dimitrov, has insisted that it's "manageable" to date a fellow top athlete.

According to News Limited, she said that despite having a very hectic lifestyle and travelling schedule, its very manageable, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

Sharapova broke up last year with Slovenian basketball player Sasha Vujacic.

Maria Sharapova at Red Carpet Fashion at the 2011 ESPY Awards

Maria Sharapova at Red Carpet Fashion at the 2011 ESPY Awards

Event : Maria Sharapova at Red Carpet Fashion at the 2011 ESPY Awards 

Sharapova through to second round of LA Open

Sharapova through to second round of LA OpenThree times Grand Slam champion, Russia's Maria Sharapova has stormed into the second round of the LA Women's Tennis Championships in Los Angeles. Sharapova ousted Jarmila Groth 6-0 6-4 in first round match on Tuesday.

Sharapova has just recovered from a shoulder injury due to which she was out of the action for the last nine months. Sharapova will now clash with the third seeded Victoria Azarenka of Belarus in second round match.

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