Maria Sharapova

  • Australia Jan 14

    Australian Open: Players Struggle on Court Due to Bushfire Smoke

    Smoke haze and poor air quality caused by wildfires temporarily suspended practice sessions for the Australian Open at Melbourne Park on Tuesday, but qualifying began later in the morning in “very poor” air quality.

  • Aug 27, 2019

    Back at US Open, Serena Beats Sharapova for 19th Time in Row

    Serena Williams was not about to let Maria Sharapova make a match of this. So facing a break point early in the second set, Williams conjured up a backhand passing shot so good, so powerful, so precise, that Sharapova had no chance to reach it. Williams watched the ball land, and then raised a clenched left fist toward the night...

  • Aug 26, 2019

    Williams vs. Sharapova Highlights Day 1 as US Open Starts

    The year’s last Grand Slam tennis tournament gets started with quite a matchup: Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova are scheduled to face each other at the U.S. Open for the first time.

  • May 27, 2019

    Serena Williams Turns Match Around to Win at French Open

    This was one mistake too far for Serena Williams. Sure, the bad backhand put her behind only 15-30 at the outset of the second set of her opening match at Roland Garros on Monday. What made the miscue so bothersome? She’d already dropped the first set against 83rd-ranked Vitalia Diatchenko — and Williams’ unforced error total already was at 15...

  • May 3, 2019

    Serena Williams Set to Return From Injury at Italian Open

    Serena Williams is set to return from injury at the upcoming Italian Open. Tournament director Sergio Palmieri told The Associated Press on Friday that he spoke with Williams’ agent and that Williams “has already reserved her rooms and should be here a few days early” for the May 13-19 event. Williams has not played since withdrawing from her third-round match...

  • Sep 8, 2018

    Serena Williams Loses Game for Arguing During US Open Loss to Osaka

    The events and the arguing and the booing that would make this a U.S. Open final unlike any other began when Serena Williams’ coach made what she insisted was an innocent thumbs-up, but the chair umpire interpreted as a helpful signal. It was the second game of the second set Saturday, in a packed Arthur Ashe Stadium, and Williams’ bid...

  • Aug 29, 2018

    Djokovic in ‘Survival Mode’ at Steamy US Open; Federer Wins

    With the temperature topping 95 degrees and the humidity approaching 50 percent, nearly everything became a struggle for every player across the grounds on Day 2 of the U.S. Open, so much so that no fewer than six quit their matches, with five citing cramps or heat exhaustion.

  • Aug 27, 2018

    Simona Halep Becomes First No. 1 Seed to Lose 1st US Open Match; Serena Wins

    Some players, like top-ranked Simona Halep, freely acknowledge they don’t deal well with the hustle-and-bustle of the U.S. Open and all it entails. Others, like 44th-ranked Kaia Kanepi, take to the Big Apple and its Grand Slam tournament. Put those two types at opposite ends of a court at Flushing Meadows and watch what can happen: Halep made a quick-as-can-be...

  • Jun 9, 2018

    Simona Halep Wins French Open, Tops Sloane Stephens

    Simona Halep kept telling everybody who would listen: She was a different player. She was stronger mentally. She wanted so much to finally win a Grand Slam title and was sure that, one day, she would. After three losses in major finals, maybe Halep was trying to convince herself as much as anyone else she actually could do it. Either...

  • Jun 8, 2018

    Female Athletes Shut Out of List of 100 Highest-Paid Athletes

    For the first time in eight years, not a single woman made it onto Forbes’ annual list of the world’s 100 top paid athletes, NBC News reported. Boxer Floyd Mayweather topped off the list at $275 million, while NBA players make up the majority of the list, followed by football and baseball players. Combined, they racked up $3.8 billion in...

  • Mar 13, 2018

    Venus Williams Ends Sister Serena’s Comeback Tournament

    An unwanted rivalry with roots going back 20 years had its latest chapter Monday night at the BNP Paribas Open, with Venus Williams beating sister Serena 6-3, 6-4 in the third round for her first win over her younger sibling since 2014.

  • Mar 9, 2018

    Serena Williams Wins 1st Match in Comeback at Indian Wells

    Walking on court for the first match of her latest comeback, Serena Williams allowed herself a rare smile. This time, tennis is different for the 23-time major winner. What didn’t change is Williams winning.

  • Mar 8, 2018

    ‘My Comeback Is Here’: Serena Williams Set for 1st Match Since Giving Birth

    Serena Williams makes her return to the pro tour after a 14-month absence with a first-round match at the BNP Paribas Open on Thursday, which she noted in an Instagram post marking the occasion is International Women’s Day.

  • Feb 19, 2018

    Curling World Stunned by Olympic Doping Charge

    The curling world was floored when word broke that Russian Olympic curler Aleksandr Krushelnitsky was facing a doping charge....
    On Monday, Krushelnitsky’s fellow curlers were trying to make sense of the scandal, with some openly questioning whether he had been slipped a banned substance without his knowledge....
    Russian women’s curling coach Sergei Belanov said he didn’t believe that a young and “clever...

  • Feb 19, 2018

    Meldonium: What Is It and Why Is It Banned From Olympics?

    Russian curler Alexander Krushelnitsky has been charged with a doping offense at the Pyeongchang Olympics.
    Krushelnitsky, who won bronze in mixed doubles with his wife Anastasia Bryzgalova, tested positive for meldonium, Russian officials said Monday.
    Here are some of the key issues surrounding meldonium.

  • Jun 10, 2017

    Unseeded Ostapenko Tops Halep at French Open for 1st Title

    Unseeded Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia used bold strokes and an unbending will to come back and stun No. 3 Simona Halep 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 in an enthralling French Open final Saturday for the first title of her career. Ostapenko, ranked only 47th and just two days past her 20th birthday, became one of the most unlikely Grand Slam champions in...

  • May 8, 2017

    Bouchard Eliminates Sharapova in Grudge Match at Madrid Open

    Motivated more than usual, Eugenie Bouchard used her game to send a message to Maria Sharapova by defeating the Russian 7-5, 2-6, 6-4 in a thrilling second-round match at the Madrid Open on Monday....
    Bouchard, one of the most outspoken players against Sharapova’s return to tennis following a doping ban, jumped up and down after converting her second match point in...

  • Apr 26, 2017

    Sharapova Wins 1st Match on Return From 15-Month Doping Ban

    Looking relieved, Maria Sharapova went through her familiar routine of waving to the crowd and blowing kisses after winning her first match on her return from a 15-month doping ban on Wednesday. The five-time Grand Slam champion and former No. 1 beat Roberta Vinci 7-5, 6-3 in the opening round of the Porsche Grand Prix. “It was the best feeling...

  • Oct 4, 2016

    Sharapova’s Doping Ban Cut Down From 2 Years to 15 Months

    Maria Sharapova’s doping ban was reduced from two years to 15 months on Tuesday, meaning the Russian tennis star can come back in April and return to Grand Slam play at the French Open. The Court of Arbitration for Sport cut nine months off the suspension imposed on Sharapova, who tested positive for meldonium at the Australian Open in January.

  • Aug 8, 2016

    ‘Finger Wag Final’ Goes to US Swimmer King

    The much-anticipated “Finger Wag Final” Monday night at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio went to standout U.S. swimmer Lilly King. King won the gold in the 100m breaststroke, defeating Russian swimmer Yulia Efimova. It was an especially sweet win for King, who objected when Efimova wagged her finger after winning a semifinal Sunday.

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