Sharapova knocked out of Qatar opener by Niculescu

Sharapova knocked out of Qatar opener by Niculescu

Tennis – Australian Open – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, Australia, January 20, 2018. Maria Sharapova of Russia reacts during her match against Angelique Kerber of Germany. REUTERS/Thomas Peter   February 13(Reuters) – Maria Sharapova looked out of sorts after surrendering an early advantage as she was stunned 4-6 6-4 6-3 by Romanian qualifier Monica Niculescu […]

Sharapova out, Gavrilova through to second round of Kremlin Cup

Sharapova out, Gavrilova through to second round of Kremlin Cup

Tennis – Kremlin Cup – Women’s singles – Round 1 – Moscow, Russia – October 17, 2017 – Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia shakes hands after winning her match against Maria Sharapova of Russia. REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva   MOSCOW, October 18 (Reuters) – Maria Sharapova was swept away in the first round of the Kremlin Cup in […]

Sharapova wins first WTA title since return from ban

Sharapova wins first WTA title since return from ban

Sharapova and Aryna Sabalenka (Picture: AFP/Getty)   October 15 (Reuters) – Maria Sharapova won her first WTA title in more than two years at the Tianjin Open on Sunday, showing plenty of grit and determination as she came from behind in each set to beat Belarusian teenager Aryna Sabalenka 7-5 7-6(8).   The former world […]

Sharapova knocked out of U.S. Open fourth round

Sharapova knocked out of U.S. Open fourth round

Tennis – US Open – New York, U.S. – September 3, 2017 – Maria Sharapova of Russia waves as she leaves the court after she was defeated by Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia after their fourth round match. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine   NEW YORK, September 4 (Reuters) – Maria Sharapova’s contentious and captivating U.S. Open run came […]

I’d play on a parking lot, says Sharapova

I’d play on a parking lot, says Sharapova

NEW YORK, September 2 (Reuters) – Maria Sharapova has shrugged off Caroline Wozniacki’s criticism of U.S. Open organisers for giving the Russian centre court billing in her return to grand slam tennis after a doping ban.   Defeated by Ekaterina Makarova on an outside court in the second round, former world number one Wozniacki lashed […]

Tennis: Sharapova sees off Babos to extend New York stay

Tennis: Sharapova sees off Babos to extend New York stay

NEW YORK, August 31 (Reuters) – Maria Sharapova extended her grand slam comeback when the former world number one defeated Hungary’s Timea Babos 6-7(4) 6-4 6-1 on Wednesday to advance to the U.S. Open third round.   The Russian, in her first appearance at a major since she returned from a 15-month doping ban in […]

Sharapova withdraws from Stanford with injury

Sharapova withdraws from Stanford with injury

    August 3(Reuters) – Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from the Stanford Classic ahead of her second round match on Wednesday due to soreness in her left arm, the former world number one said.   Sharapova, who was competing as a wildcard in her fourth tournament back after a 15-month doping ban, said she started […]

Sharapova struggles but advances on return at Stanford

Sharapova struggles but advances on return at Stanford

    August 1(Reuters) – Maria Sharapova shook off some rust after injury and a 15-month doping ban to beat Jennifer Brady in her first match in the United States in more than two years on Monday at the Stanford Classic.   The five-times grand slam champion, who returned to tennis in April after being […]

Passion for game grew during suspension, says Sharapova

Passion for game grew during suspension, says Sharapova

    July 27 (Reuters) – Maria Sharapova’s love for tennis has only grown stronger during her 15-month doping ban, the five-times grand slam winner has said as she continues her comeback from the suspension.   The 30-year-old returned at the Stuttgart Open in April after being given a controversial wildcard and went on to […]

Sharapova handed wild card for Rogers Cup in Toronto

Sharapova handed wild card for Rogers Cup in Toronto

May 24 (REUTERS) – Maria Sharapova’s comeback from a doping ban will include an appearance at the Rogers Cup in August after the former world number one was granted a wild card by the organisers of the Toronto tournament on Tuesday.   Sharapova returned to the court last month after serving a 15-month suspension when […]

Sharapova to play in Birmingham grass court event

Sharapova to play in Birmingham grass court event

London, May 19 (IANS) Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova has been named as the first of seven main draw singles wild cards for this summer’s British WTA grass court events organised by the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), organisers said.   The former world No.1 will play the Aegon Classic Birmingham for the first time […]

Sharapova’s sponsor backs French Open snub, blames WADA

Sharapova’s sponsor backs French Open snub, blames WADA

May 18 (REUTERS) – Maria Sharapova’s racket sponsor backs French Open’s decision to deny the former world number one a wildcard entry and blames the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) for her exclusion.   Sharapova, whose career was rocked by a 15-month doping ban for consuming meldonium in 2015, returned to action last month and was […]

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