Showing posts with label Maria Sharapova. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Maria Sharapova. Show all posts

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Indian police probe Maria Sharapova housing fraud case

Indian police probe Maria Sharapova housing fraud case

Maria Sharapova is being investigated by police in India in a cheating and criminal conspiracy case involving a real estate company who used the tennis star to endorse a luxury housing project that never took off.

Real estate firm Homestead Infrastructure is accused of taking tens of millions of rupees (millions of dollars) from home buyers for a project named "Ballet by Maria Sharapova," a luxury apartment complex with its own helipad, tennis academy and other amenities. The five-time Grand Slam champion travelled to India in 2013 to launch the project at a glitzy ceremony. Police began the investigation on Nov. 16.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Sharapova out, Gavrilova through to second round of Kremlin Cup

Sharapova out, Gavrilova through to second round of Kremlin Cup

Maria Sharapova was swept away in the first round of the Kremlin Cup in Moscow on Tuesday by Magdalena Rybarikova, while sixth-seeded Daria Gavrilova beat Kristyna Pliskova to make it to the round of 16.

Slovakian Rybarikova spoiled Sharapova's first appearance at the Kremlin Cup in a decade, winning 7-6(3) 6-4 in just under two hours to set up a second-round meeting with France's Alize Cornet.

Sharapova wins Tianjin Open title

Sharapova wins Tianjin Open title

Maria Sharapova won her first WTA title since returning from a doping ban after defeating Aryna Sabalenka to win the Tianjin Open on Sunday.

The Russian, a tournament wild card, overcame Belarusian teenager Sabalenka 7-5, 7-6 (8) despite trailing heavily in both sets.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Maria Sharapova storms into Tianjin quarter-finals

Maria Sharapova storms into Tianjin quarter-finals

Maria Sharapova beat Magda Linette 7-5, 6-3 to enter the quarter-finals of the Tianjin Open and is targeting a first title since returning from a 15-month doping ban.

The former world number one will make her first quarter-finals appearance since Stuttgart in April, where she lost to Kristina Mladenovic in the next round.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Halep knocks Sharapova out of China Open

Halep knocks Sharapova out of China Open

Simona Halep beat Maria Sharapova 6-2 6-2 in the China Open third round on Wednesday for her first win over the Russian in eight attempts.

Halep, who lost to Sharapova in the first round of the U.S. Open, won five out of nine break points and took advantage of an error-prone display to hand the Russian her first straight-sets defeat of the season in one hour and 12 minutes.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Halep sets up Sharapova rematch in Beijing

Halep sets up Sharapova rematch in Beijing

Simona Halep set up a mouth-watering third- round clash with Maria Sharapova at the China Open after the Romanian's opponent Magdalena Rybarikova retired due to illness trailing 6-1 2-1 on Tuesday.

Halep survived a break point in the opening game before powering her way to a 5-0 lead with two breaks of her own as Rybarikova struggled on serve and committed 19 unforced errors en route to conceding the first set.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Sharapova wins China Open epic

Sharapova wins China Open epic

Maria Sharapova got her revenge over Latvian 16th seed Anastasija Sevastova with a gutsy 7-6 (7/3), 5-7, 7-6 (9/7) victory in the China Open first round on Saturday.

It was the five-time Grand Slam winner's first appearance since she was beaten by Sevastova at the US Open in early September and gets her stop-start return from a doping ban back on track.

Sharapova, once number one but now ranked a lowly 104 in the world, is a wildcard in Beijing as she works her way back slowly from a 15-month ban for taking the banned substance meldonium.

She was far from her best, making a series of unforced errors, but Sharapova dug in and saved match point during an attritional encounter lasting more than three hours in the Chinese capital.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Serena Williams makes veiled dig at Maria Sharapova in open letter to her mother

Serena Williams makes veiled dig at Maria Sharapova in open letter to her mother

The hostile and fractious relationship between Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova on the court has been put on hold this season, but the simmering tensions between the two continue away from the game.

Williams gave birth to her first child, daughter Alexis, less than a month ago, and has shared images and videos documenting her pregnancy on her social media channels.

Now she has taken time to pen an emotional open letter to her mother, tennis coach Oracene Price, and has shared her feelings with the world.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Maria Sharapova on Serena Williams: 'We are not friends, not at all'


Maria Sharapova on Serena Williams: 'We are not friends, not at all'

Maria Sharapova has been a champion who’s lived under the shadow of an icon. For Sharapova, winner of five majors, the great unapproachable has always been Serena Williams, whose 18-year run of 23 majors has both eclipsed and enveloped Sharapova’s career.

Now, Sharapova is telling her story in “Unstoppable: My Life So Far,” released Tuesday, and as expected, Williams looms large over Sharapova’s tale. Indeed, Williams shows up on the second page of the prologue: “Serena Williams has marked the heights and limits of my career,” Sharapova writes.

“Our stories are intertwined. I approach every match against her with trepidation and respect … I’ve beaten all the players who have beaten Serena, but it’s been nearly impossible for me to beat Serena herself.”

Maria Sharapova hits out at critics

Maria Sharapova hits out at critics

Maria Sharapova has rounded on her critics, saying they "don't have the facts" to be able to comment on her drugs ban and subsequent return.

The former world No 1 made her comeback in April following a 15-month ban for taking the banned substance meldonium.

Sharapova has never apologised and shown little remorse for her actions which in part has led to the outrage from fellow players and pundits within the sport since her comeback. Even now the Russian will only admit to making a "mistake" but is at a loss as to why melodium is now on WADA's prohibited list.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Maria Sharapova US Open Interview Day 3

Maria Sharapova US Open Interview Day 3

M. SHARAPOVA/T. Babos 6-7, 6-4, 6-1
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Are you at a point where you're able to play on instinct, where you think you're back, your rhythm is where it might have been before the break?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I still think I need a little bit more time, a little bit more matches. I mean, I'm definitely a player that likes and prefers to play with instinct. I like the moments where you have to figure it out on yourself. Obviously you go into a match with a little bit of a plan on how you're going to play and execute. But there are times in a match where you just have to, as you say, play with instinct.
So that's definitely a preference of mine. It will take a little bit of time. But today was maybe not a match where I showcased that.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Maria Sharapova US Open Interview - Day 1 Monday August 28th 2017

Maria Sharapova US Open Interview - Day 1 Monday August 28th 2017

M. SHARAPOVA/S. Halep 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. You've had time in writing your book to reflect on your career and your life. Could you put tonight's incredible opening triumph in perspective? In particular can you compare it in some ways to your early Wimbledon win and your French Open win, other big moments?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Well, I'll say this. I think when I found out that I received the wild card, I was obviously extremely excited. I realized how long it had been since I played at the US Open. Just the thought of being back here. When me and my coach first scheduled my practice on center court, actually it got moved because they had some maintenance issues. I was upset about it because I really wanted that first practice on center court. Those little things you kind of take for granted. From the moment that I've been here, I've really understood what this means to me, to be back and to be playing.
Then when the draw came out, I knew what a difficult matchup this would be, how much excitement was behind this matchup and the hype. That all goes to the fact that we've just competed so well against each other in the past. Really produced some good tennis.
Despite not playing a lot of matches coming into this, it almost seemed like I had no right to win this match today. And I somehow did. I think that is what I'm most proud of.

Q. Could you take us through your emotions, any nerves you were feeling during the match? You seemed focused during the match. We saw the tears afterwards.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I mean, I was excited. I was very looking forward to it. From the second I found out I was playing Simona, I was actually getting my nails done, I got my phone out and I pulled up YouTube videos of our matches and started studying our matches.
I felt like going into this match, I knew my game plan. It's one thing knowing what you want to do and it's another thing executing it. I haven't been on court much in the last few weeks, not as much as anyone that's in the draw this week.
The fact that I was able to come out and play that way, beat the No. 2 player in the world in the first round of the US Open, it's been a while, I think those are definitely the emotions that I was feeling.

Q. I saw close-ups of your face after the match. There were tears, but there was a joyful laugh. You were mixing both together. What were you actually feeling? Were you able to laugh at the whole situation somewhat?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I felt like my team and I have been through a lot. To be in that moment, to be competing there, to see them with me. Tennis is a very individual sport. You feel like it's just you most of the time out there. Since I've come back, I feel like I'm on a team. You know, I'm not just winning for myself, but I'm winning for everyone that has stood behind me. That is a very special feeling to have.

Q. On ESPN you were saying you didn't actually feel like you were hitting the ball particularly well leading up to tonight's match in practices. Can you talk through where you thought it wasn't kind of coming together for you on the practice court, and how do you explain being able to put together a performance like that?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, I think it all just comes down to the fact that I have not spent as much time on the court. I actually a couple weeks ago did not even know if I'd be able to compete here.
So getting that MRI in Cincinnati, just looking back at August 12th, it was not a fun day. It was not a fun day getting that MRI, getting the result of it, speaking to a doctor, flying to New York, getting another opinion, with the thought that I might miss the US Open.
Looking back at that and seeing where I am today, it's just, I don't know, pretty amazing that I was able to produce that tennis because it wasn't there in the days leading up to this tournament.

Q. Considering how well you played and the caliber of your opponent, does this give you maybe a little bit different idea of how far you can go now?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Look, I'll enjoy this for a little bit of time, then I have to move on. But I definitely have to value the feeling that I have now. I think that's important. I can't take that for granted. I can't take the level for granted. I can't take my emotions for granted.
This is a big win for me, and I will enjoy it, then move on to the next one.

Q. I don't know if you at all care what the crowd reaction is. It was incredibly positive throughout. After what you've been through, what does that mean to you?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: So much. So special. I felt the support in the States, I mean, even just the first match in Stanford. It's a smaller event, a smaller venue, it's a little bit more intimate. This is obviously a different scale, completely different caliber to anywhere you play in the world. It's electric.
As much as I want to be in the zone, focus in on what I have to do, execution and all those things, I definitely felt the energy. I felt the crowd. I felt it for both of us, you know. That's what makes this great. I love that feeling, that there's fans cheering for both players, that it's a great match and a great level. They're getting their evening's worth.

Q. You just spoke about the wild card the US Open gave you. Roland Garros didn't give it to you. Do you think it was a fair decision?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: That's the past. We're past that now.

Q. You have this incredible 18-0 record on Ashe at night. On court I think you said, Prime time, baby. What makes Maria Sharapova such a great big-stage player?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I don't know. My philosophy is you don't train on all of those back courts, you don't train in the early mornings, in tough conditions, just by yourself, not to want to play in the biggest matches that are in front of you.
I love the opportunities. I love the challenge. That's what I play for. If that's not it, where are you going to find the drive? Where are you going to find the inspiration? These are the moments that inspire me.

Q. Is there anything about her and the way that she plays that feeds into your game? You've won seven times in seven matches. Many other players produce a lot of errors when they play against her. For you, it seems to have worked out so far.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I wouldn't say it feeds. We've had really tough matches. They haven't necessarily been blowouts. But I do think that she is the type of opponent that would have beaten me many times when I was younger. This was the type of player that I had a lot of trouble with, someone that could be out there for three hours at a time and just grind, come up with the great shots.
You saw the level she was able to produce in the end with the down-the-line running winners. I mean, she's No. 2 in the world, close to No. 1. That speaks for itself.
But she's been on the losing end of the matches. In terms of being in the moment, competing in the way that we do, we love that feeling.

Q. You mentioned about prime time. You wore a great dress for prime time.

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Thank you.

Q. Were you involved in the design of the beautiful dress you wore tonight?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: I was. I actually worked with Riccardo Tisci alongside Nike. I got to personally meet Riccardo. It was an incredible experience because just me and him sitting at my dining room table at my house just talking inspiration, lace. He was still working at Givenchy at the time. I'm very grateful for all the collaborations I've been a part of with Nike. This one I think is really special.

Maria Sharapova upsets Simona Halep at US Open

Maria Sharapova upsets Simona Halep at US Open

Maria Sharapova upset Simona Halep 6-4 4-6 6-3 in the opening round at the US Open.

Still shaking off the rust from a 15-month doping ban and a string of nagging injuries, Sharapova needed all her skill, determination and two hours and 44 minutes to snatch victory in front of a packed Arthur Ashe stadium.

The victory becomes the highlight of what has been a torturous comeback for the former world number one, who returned to tennis in April after being banned for testing positive for metabolic modulator meldonium at last year's Australian Open.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Sharapova vs Halep in first round of U.S. Open

Sharapova vs Halep in first round of U.S. Open

Maria Sharapova's return to grand slam action will begin with a high-profile clash against Romanian second seed Simona Halep while Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal could meet in the U.S. Open semi-finals, according to Friday's draw.

For Sharapova, a former world number one and five-times grand slam champion who returned from a 15-month doping ban in April and was awarded a wild-card invitation to the U.S. Open, it will mark her first match since pulling out of the Stanford Classic three weeks ago with an arm injury.

Sharapova, who was banned after testing positive for heart drug meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open, has had mixed results since re-joining the WTA Tour and will need to be at her best early to keep alive any hope of her first title at Flushing Meadows since 2006.

US Open 2017 Video: Maria Sharapova Practice

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US Open 2017 Video: Maria Sharapova Practice

Maria Sharapova is practicing on the Grandstand.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

US Open Video: One-on-one with Maria Sharapova

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US Open Video: One-on-one with Maria Sharapova

US Open Exclusive: One-on-one with Maria Sharapova at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Sharapova gets U.S. Open main draw wildcard

Sharapova gets U.S. Open main draw wildcard

Maria Sharapova will make her first grand slam appearance in over 18 months after she was awarded a main-draw wildcard for the upcoming U.S. Open, organizers said on Tuesday.

Sharapova, who returned from a 15-month doping ban earlier this year, was denied a wildcard at the French Open, then missed the grasscourt season, including Wimbledon, with a thigh injury.

Sharapova tested positive for the drug meldonium in 2016, which had been added to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)banned substances list in January of that year.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Sharapova out of WTA Cincinnati event

Sharapova out of WTA Cincinnati event

Maria Sharapova withdrew Saturday from next week's WTA tournament in Cincinnati with a left forearm injury.

The move came a week after the former world number one from Russia withdrew from a WTA event in Toronto from the injury she suffered in a second-round match at Stanford, where she withdrew after her opening-round victory.

Sharapova, the 2011 Cincinnati champion, arrived Friday and made the decision to withdraw after consulting with the event medical staff on Saturday.

"I arrived in Cincinnati yesterday eager to play. However, following the doctor's advice on-site, as a precaution for the US Open, I am unfortunately withdrawing from the tournament with the left forearm injury I sustained in Stanford," Sharapova said.

"I want to thank the tournament for the wildcard opportunity and really look forward to competing here next year."

Sharapova was due to play French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in the opening round. Either a qualifier or lucky loser will replace her in the draw.

The injury cast more doubt over Sharapova's participation at the US Open, which starts in New York on August 28. Due to her low ranking, Sharapova would need a wild card to play in the main draw of the tournament.

Sharapova suffered the injury while playing in her first US match in more than two years, defeating American Jennifer Brady 6-1, 4-6, 6-0 in her Stanford opener.

She had not played in the US since March of 2015 due in part to a 15-month doping suspension for the use of meldonium.


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Friday, June 23, 2017

Video: Maria Sharapova “The Point” Documentary

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Video: Maria Sharapova “The Point” Documentary

Maria Sharapova presented a documntary about her life during the 15 month she was out of the WTA Tour during her doping ban.

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Sharapova to return for World Team Tennis

Sharapova to return for World Team Tennis

Maria Sharapova, ranked 179th, will return to competitive tennis in July for two World Team Tennis matches.

Sharapova is skipping Wimbledon because of an injured left thigh that prevented her from competing in qualifiers.

The former world number 1 plans to play for the Orange County Breakers, a team she has played for seven years, on July 16 and July 24.

Sharapova had originally planned to return for a hard court tournament in Stanford, California, on July 31.