March 11, 2016 |
AT LEAST some of her sponsors recognize Maria Sharapova for the cheater that she is. Sharapova, the elegant and lovely Russian tennis champion, will be banned by the International Tennis Federation from 6 months to 4 years for testing positive for newly-banned meldonium at the Australian Open in January. It is a drug that the Women's Tennis Association warned players about five times in December. Sharapova said she missed the memo. She also said she has taken it for 10 years to address medical conditions, chief among them pre-diabetes.
March 18, 2013 |
MARIA SHARAPOVA defeated Caroline Wozniacki , 6-2, 6-2, on Sunday to win her first title of the year at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif., in a final between two former top-ranked players. Sharapova dictated from the opening game, when she broke Wozniacki at love with groundstrokes that had the Dane running from side to side. Sharapova faced just two break points on her serve in the nearly 1 1/2-hour match. It was Sharapova's second career title at Indian Wells, where she first won in 2006.
April 16, 2013 |
You won't find Maria Sharapova's Flirty gummy candy (shaped like lips) or her Sporty gumballs (shaped like tennis balls) at your corner store. The rollout of the Russian-born tennis star's new upscale confections, priced at $5.99 for a 5-ounce bag, seems to have skipped the immediate Philadelphia area. It's available in London and Australia, with plans for Russia, China and Japan, but her Silly's not in Philly. To buy the likes of Cheeky, Chic (shaped like high heels and handbags)
March 18, 2013
Rafael Nadal rallied to beat Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, in the BNP Paribas Open on Sunday in Indian Wells, Calif., giving the Spaniard his third title in four tournaments since returning from a seven-month injury layoff. Nadal improved to a career-best 17-1 for the year, including 14 straight match wins. Maria Sharapova of Russia defeated Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, 6-2, 6-2, to win her first title of the year in the tournament. NFL: Former Oakland tight end Brandon Myers , 27, signed with the New York Giants as a free agent.
July 3, 2011 |
WIMBLEDON, England - One might reasonably have expected Petra Kvitova, not Maria Sharapova, to be betrayed by nerves in the Wimbledon final. This was, after all, Kvitova's first Grand Slam championship match, while Sharapova already owned three major titles, including one from the All England Club. So Kvitova decided to pretend she was heading out on Centre Court to play in the fourth round. That mind-set worked. So, too, did nearly everything Kvitova tried once play began, particularly her big, flat, lefthanded ground strokes that pushed Sharapova back on her heels.
June 30, 2011 |
WIMBLEDON, England - Maria Sharapova defeated Sabine Lisicki 6-4, 6-3 Thursday to reach her second Wimbledon final. Sharapova, who won her first Grand Slam title at the All England Club in 2004, will face Petra Kvitova in Saturday's final.
May 28, 2013 |
PARIS - Rafael Nadal hopped, spun and threw an overhand punch toward his friends and family, stirring memories of past celebrations on his favorite stage. After more than 90 minutes of tense tennis, Nadal had finally won a set, leaving him only 20 sets from another French Open championship. The Spaniard survived an early scare Monday and successfully began his bid for an eighth title at Roland Garros by rallying past Daniel Brands of Germany, 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4, 6-3. Nadal, who had lost only 14 sets in 53 previous matches at the French Open, fell behind when he was broken in the ninth game and was on the verge of digging a deeper hole in the red clay.
June 8, 2013
French Open women's final, 9 a.m. Saturday, Stade Roland Garros, Court Philippe Chatrier, Paris. For a decade, the French Open has presented more problems for top seed Serena Williams than any of the other Grand Slam tournaments. Her collection of 15 major championships includes only one from Roland Garros, in 2002. She'd love to change that Saturday by beating defending champion Maria Sharapova, the No. 2 seed. A year later: In 2012, Williams suffered perhaps the most surprising defeat in her career, against 111th-ranked Virginie Razzano of France, the only first-round exit for Williams in 51 career Grand Slam appearances.
January 17, 2012 |
MELBOURNE, Australia - Novak Djokovic started his Australian Open defense on Tuesday with a 6-2, 6-0, 6-0 first-round win over Paolo Lorenzi, wearing a pair of red-white-and-blue shoes with images of his three major trophies on the sides and a Serbian flag on the heels. The 24-year-old Serb didn't always look comfortable against Lorenzi as the temperature hit 90 degree in the first set. It didn't stop him entertaining his fans, though. He played a shot between his legs, with his back to the net, to set up a breakpoint chance in the fourth game of the third set which brought the crowd to its feet.
January 25, 2012 |
MELBOURNE, Australia - The intensity was vintage Rafael Nadal. On the stroke of midnight, he thrust his arms up and punched the air, sealing the victory that sets up the most anticipated semifinal at the Australian Open in quite some time. Roger Federer did his part to put this in place. In the previous match on Rod Laver Arena, he beat 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro, 6-4, 6-3, 6-2, in a quarterfinal marking his 1,000th tour-level match. A Federer-Nadal semifinal had been looming since the draw for the season's first major - the first time the pair have been in the same half at a Grand Slam tournament since 2005.