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March 18, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
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.
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April 16, 2013 | By Peter Mucha, Philly.com
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)
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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.
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July 3, 2011 | Associated Press
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.
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June 30, 2011 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
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.
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June 23, 2013 | By Howard Fendrich, Associated Press
LONDON - Maria Sharapova took quite a shot at Serena Williams, and it was nowhere near a tennis court. At her pre-Wimbledon news conference Saturday, Sharapova was asked about a recent Rolling Stone article in which the author surmised that critical comments directed at an unnamed player by Williams were referring to Sharapova. "We have a tremendous amount of respect for what we do on the court. I just think she should be talking about her accomplishments, her achievements, rather than everything else that's just getting attention and controversy," Sharapova said.
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May 28, 2013 | Associated Press
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.
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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.
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January 17, 2012 | Associated Press
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.
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January 25, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
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.
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June 24, 2013 | By Howard Fendrich, Associated Press
LONDON - As her agent nodded along approvingly from a front-row seat, Serena Williams sounded contrite and composed. Well-rehearsed, too. Williams even managed to crack herself up with a couple of jokes during her news conference at Wimbledon as the defending champion, where the primary topic was hardly her 31-match winning streak or her bid for a sixth title at the All England Club or her injured sister Venus' absence from the field. Instead, more than half the questions at Sunday's session revolved around themes generating the most buzz on the eve of tennis' oldest and most prestigious Grand Slam tournament: what Williams was quoted as saying in a recent magazine article - and Maria Sharapova's surprisingly forceful verbal swipe in reaction to that story.
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June 24, 2013 | Associated Press
LONDON - As her agent nodded along approvingly from a front-row seat, Serena Williams sounded contrite and composed. Well-rehearsed, too. Williams even managed to crack herself up with a couple of jokes during her news conference at Wimbledon as the defending champion, where the primary topic was hardly her 31-match winning streak or her bid for a sixth title at the All England Club or her injured sister Venus' absence from the field. Instead, more than half the questions at yesterday's session revolved around themes generating the most buzz on the eve of tennis' oldest and most prestigious Grand Slam tournament: what Williams was quoted as saying in a recent magazine article - and Maria Sharapova's surprisingly forceful verbal swipe in reaction to that story.
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June 23, 2013 | By Howard Fendrich, Associated Press
LONDON - Maria Sharapova took quite a shot at Serena Williams, and it was nowhere near a tennis court. At her pre-Wimbledon news conference Saturday, Sharapova was asked about a recent Rolling Stone article in which the author surmised that critical comments directed at an unnamed player by Williams were referring to Sharapova. "We have a tremendous amount of respect for what we do on the court. I just think she should be talking about her accomplishments, her achievements, rather than everything else that's just getting attention and controversy," Sharapova said.
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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.
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June 7, 2013 | Associated Press
PARIS - Done with a dominating performance in the French Open semifinals, Serena Williams climbed the stairs leading from the locker room to the players' lounge, looking to give her mother a hug. Smiling widely all the while, Williams greeted visitors, posed for photos and signed autographs on her way. It has been more than a decade since she was so happy - and played so well - this deep in the tournament at Roland Garros. Coming as close to perfect as seems possible, Williams absolutely overwhelmed last year's runner-up, fifth-seeded Sara Errani of Italy, 6-0, 6-1, in a mere 46 minutes yesterday to reach the final for the first time since winning her lone French Open championship in 2002.
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May 28, 2013 | Associated Press
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.
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May 13, 2013 | Associated Press
MADRID - Serena Williams kept the No. 1, and added No. 50. Williams beat Maria Sharapova, 6-1, 6-4, in the final of the Madrid Open yesterday to retain her No. 1 ranking and collect her 50th career title, while Rafael Nadal eased by Stanislas Wawrinka, 6-2, 6-4, for his fifth title since returning from a knee injury. The second-ranked Sharapova would have overtaken the top ranking with a win, but Williams stormed out to an early lead as Sharapova struggled with her serve.
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April 16, 2013 | By Peter Mucha, Philly.com
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)
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March 29, 2013
Maria Sharapova swept the first 10 points Thursday, then hardly let up from there. If she can keep it going for one more round, she'll finally have that elusive Sony Open title. The four-time runner-up advanced to another Key Biscayne final by beating Jelena Jankovic , 6-2, 6-1. With a victory Saturday, the No. 3-seeded Sharapova would plug one of the few holes in her resumé. She completed a career Grand Slam by winning the French Open last year but has never won the tournament near downtown Miami.
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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.
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