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January 23rd, 2016

Muguruza Muggled; Serena, Maria Featured Sunday at Australian Open

Muguruza pitched in with 32 unforced errors to Strycova’s 16. The Czech will next face the streaking No. 14 seed Victoria Azarenka, who put down a challenge from Japan’s Naomi Osaka 6-1, 6-1.

Posted by Staff @ 8:20 am in Australian Open, Tennis | 1 Comment »

January 22nd, 2016

Serena Rolling Russians, Sharapova Scare Friday at Australian Open

One match away from a blockbuster quarterfinal meeting with yet another Russian, Maria Sharapova, the No. 5-seeded Sharapova overcame a challenge from Lauren Davis, in the end crushing the American 6-1, 6-7(5), 6-0 in a first-time meeting.

Posted by Staff @ 7:52 am in Australian Open | Comments Off

January 22nd, 2016

Roger Federer Went Bananas After Watching This Point From The Sharapova-Davis Tiebreaker [Video]

Watch this reaction to a missed volley from Lauren Davis.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 12:17 am in Australian Open, Videos | 9 Comments »

January 21st, 2016

Azarenka Putting Players on Notice, But Tricky Opponent Next at Australian Open

“Just heard she has some big — a big serve and big shots, yeah,” said Azarenka, who admitted she knew little about her opponent.

Posted by Staff @ 7:07 am in Australian Open, Tennis | Comments Off

January 20th, 2016

Australian Open Women’s Day 3 Carnage: Slam Winners Kvitova, Kuznetsova Out

“It was unreal,” said the 21-year-old recent Russian-turned-Australian.

Posted by Staff @ 8:10 am in Australian Open, Tennis | 3 Comments »

January 18th, 2016

World No. 1 Serena Wins, 7 Seeds Don’t; Stephens Rants on Day 1 at Australian Open

“After Auckland everyone was like ‘Oh, we can support Sloane again because she’s playing good and she’s looking good and we need to get back on that bandwagon because we kind of abandoned her,’” said Stephens, who has 36 unforced errors, or two per game, over two sets. “And then you lose and they go back to ‘She doesn’t work hard, she’s not committed, she doesn’t love the game.’

Posted by Staff @ 8:13 am in Australian Open, Tennis | 6 Comments »

January 16th, 2016

Maria Sharapova Had To Return A Pair Of Leopard Underwear From Her Tournament Laundry That Wasn’t Hers

Maria Sharapova is feeling better after a forearm injury scare.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 1:01 am in Australian Open | 2 Comments »

January 15th, 2016

Australian Open Women’s Preview: Buckle Up, Here Come the Injuries

Add to that the world No. 1 did not receive a favorable draw, with former No. 1s Caroline Wozniacki and Maria Sharapova in her path prior to the semifinals, and it doesn’t look good for the defending champ.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 8:06 pm in Tennis | Comments Off

January 5th, 2016

Venus Loses 1st Rd. Auckland, Olympic Chances in Trouble? Plus Tennis-X Notes

Maria Sharapova (left arm) and Simona Halep (Achilles) withdrew from Brisbane on Tuesday before playing a match. Sharapova, who was the Brisbane defending champ, in the off-season played the International Premier Tennis League, and now won’t play until the Australian Open

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 5:01 pm in Tennis | 3 Comments »

January 5th, 2016

WTA Walking Wounded: Serena, Maria Sharapova, Simona Halep, Petra Kvitova All Sick Or Injured!

Several top WTA stars are already injured, and we are just in the first week of the season.

Posted by Tom Gainey @ 9:44 am in 2016 Season, Injuries | 2 Comments »

January 1st, 2016

Federer, Sharapova Headline Brisbane International; Preview

Both Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova show up to defend their Brisbane titles, where the men’s and women’s fields are stellar for an opening week to the year where the majority of the stars are usually off playing lucrative exhibitions.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 12:33 pm in 2016 Season, Brisbane, Tennis | 6 Comments »

November 15th, 2015

What Does the Czech Defeat of Russia Mean for Fed Cup and Sharapova?

Regardless, Sharapova watched it unfold from the bench with the requisite sadness and hugs.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 9:03 pm in Fed Cup, Tennis | 1 Comment »

November 14th, 2015

Maria Sharapova, Russia In Fed Cup Finals Against Petra Kvitova’s Czech Republic Team

Maria Sharapova and Petra Kvitova will try to win the Fed Cup this weekend.

Posted by Staff @ 1:27 am in Fed Cup | 9 Comments »

November 9th, 2015

Sharapova in Fed Cup Russia at Czech Final a Potential Blockbuster

The Fed Cup will have a final this weekend worthy of the top international team tennis competition when the Czech Republic, winners of the competition in three of the last four years, host a loaded Russian team led by former world No. 1 Maria Sharapova.

Posted by Jeremy Davis @ 6:27 pm in Fed Cup, Tennis | 4 Comments »

October 31st, 2015

Petra Kvitova Tops Maria Sharapova, Meets Agnieszka Radwanska In WTA Finals Title Match

The WTA Finals title match will feature two players who went 1-2 in the round robin, Petra Kvitova against Agnieszka Radwanska.

Posted by Staff @ 12:14 pm in WTA Championships | 7 Comments »