Maria Sharapova battles past error-prone Victoria Azarenka

Five-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova needed six match points to grind out a 6-4, 6-3 win over Victoria Azarenka in a rare early marquee matchup at Indian Wells on Monday. The 27-year old Russian appeared to be ready to close out the third round match in the eighth game of the second set but two-time Australian Open winner Azarenka decided she wasn`t going down without a fight. Azarenka saved

Caroline Wozniacki outlasts Maria Sharapova,in quarters

Caroline Wozniacki trusts her stamina so much that she plans to return to New York in two months to run a marathon. Maria Sharapova, usually the one wearing down opponents in the third set, sure couldn’t keep up on a steamy Sunday at the U.S. Open. Wozniacki won 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 in 2 hours, 37 minutes to get back to her first Grand Slam quarterfinal in more than two years

Eugenie Bouchard is hotter than Maria Sharapova!

Online tennis club Tennis Tonic’s latest poll has Canadian tennis star Eugenie Bouchard beating seriously hot Maria Sharapova from Russia to be at the No 2 position in their WTA’s hottest tennis players list.  International Business Times reported yesterday: “Maria Sharapova is still one of the hottest tennis players on the WTA tour, but an emerging star is already stealing some of the thunder from her.” It added: “The Wimbledon

Maria Sharapova again returns from the brink

Maria Sharapova ’s comebacks are becoming something of a theme at Roland Garros in 2014. Just two days ago, she found herself down 3-6, 3-4 to Sam Stosur in the fourth round before reeling off nine straight games to advance. In Tuesday’s quarter-finals she found herself in a similarly precarious position against the free-swinging Garbine Muguruza, down 1-6, 4-5. But when she stepped up to the line and served to

Maria Sharapova into quarter-finals at French Open

Maria Sharapova stayed on course for a second French Open title with a battling 3-6, 6-4, 6-0 fourth round win over Australia`s Samantha Stosur on Sunday. Stosur, the losing finalist in Paris in 2010, the year before she won her only major to date at the US Open, dominated the first set with two breaks of serve. But seventh seed Sharapova steadied the ship to lead 2-0 at the start

Maria Sharapova rallies past Halep to win Madrid title

Maria Sharapova recovered from a woeful start to overwhelm rising talent Simona Halep 1-6 6-2 6-3 in the final of the Madrid Open and claim her 31st career title on Sunday. Russian Sharapova, a former world number one now ranked ninth, needed to draw on all her experience on the clay in the Spanish capital to see off the 22-year-old Romanian fourth seed, who was appearing in the final of

Maria Sharapova ousts Radwanska to claim Madrid final berth

Maria Sharapova recovered from a second-set wobble to dispatch third seed Agnieszka Radwanska 6-1 6-4 on Saturday and set up a Madrid Open final clash against rising talent Simona Halep. Sharapova, a former world number one now ranked ninth who has had a poor year by her high standards, has shown glimpses of her dominant best on the clay in the Spanish capital this week with the French Open starting

Rafael Nadal, Maria Sharapova in shock defeats

Defending champions Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova suffered shock third-round exits Monday at the Indian Wells ATP Masters and WTA hardcourt tournament. Ukraine’s 31st-ranked Alexandr Dolgopolov ended world number one Nadal’s run of eight straight trips to the semi-finals or better at Indian Wells with 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7/5) triumph. Dolgopolov notched his first career win over Nadal after five prior defeats — including a loss to the Spaniard in

Maria Sharapova cruises into Indian Wells third round

Russian Maria Sharapova launched her defence of the Indian Wells WTA title with a brisk 6-1, 6-4 victory over Julia Goerges on Saturday. Sharapova, seeded fourth, needed just 66 minutes to get past the unseeded German on the Stadium Court of the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Although she had seven double-faults, she didn`t face a break point as she advanced her bid to add a third title in the California

Maria Sharapova happy with `baby step` return

Maria Sharapova described her comeback after a four-month injury absence as a `baby step` forward in her recovery. The four-time major winner took on 2008 French Open champion Ana Ivanovic in an exhibition match in Bogota as she tests the injured shoulder which forced her to call time on her 2013 season after a first round loss in Cincinnati in August. “After months of not competing, tonight was a baby

Maria Sharapova appoints Sven Groeneveld as coach

Four-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova has hired Sven Groeneveld as her new coach for the 2014 season. The Russian world number four made the announcement on her Facebook page on Thursday after being without a coach since parting ways with Jimmy Connors in August. Connors lasted just a month after joining the 26-year-old following the Wimbledon tournament in July. “I`m happy to announce my official partnership with Sven Groeneveld,”

Maria Sharapova strips to reveal secrets of sexy abs

Tennis star Maria Sharapova has stripped down to her underwear for the cover of Shape magazine’s latest issue. Sharapova, who will apparently set hearts racing this month, looks super toned in a maroon-coloured underwear set worn underneath a metallic blue jacket. In the accompanying interview, the stunning blonde shared the secrets behind her enviable abs, while admitting that her striking figure isn’t the result of a crazy diet. The tennis