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Ready for 2.0: Sharapova retires with 'good timing'

May 13, 2020 - 3:49 PM

Maria Sharapova immediately adjusts to life after tennis amid the coronavirus pandemic

NEW LIFE. Maria Sharapova retires after winning 5 Grand Slam titles and becomes an entrepreneur. Photo by Thomas Samson/AFP

Fritz bests Serena, Sharapova for $1M in 'Stay at Home Slam'

May 05, 2020 - 7:51 PM

Taylor Fritz earns $1 million for hungry children in the US in a star-studded online tennis tournament

FOR CHARITY. America's Taylor Fritz will donate his $1 million earnings to the hungry children in his country. Photo from Taylor Fritz' Instagram

Sharapova 'legend with mind of champion,' says Djokovic

Feb 27, 2020 - 3:58 PM

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic leads the tennis greats who hailed Maria Sharapova as a legend following the five-time Grand Slam champion's retirement

Photo by Mast Irha/EPA-EFE

Sharapova ends a career that was stuff of Hollywood

Feb 27, 2020 - 12:04 PM

After leaving Russia in 1994 with her father and just $700 to their names, Maria Sharapova turned into a global tennis star with earnings of least $300 million

PHENOMENAL. Maria Sharapova was the first female Russian tennis player to rank No. 1 in the world. Photo by Yoan Valat/EPA-EFE

Goodbye, tennis: Sharapova announces retirement

Feb 26, 2020 - 9:54 PM

Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova says she's 'ready to scale another mountain'

Photo by Patrick Hamilton/AFP

Wildcard Sharapova dumped out in Australian Open 1st round

Jan 21, 2020 - 12:47 PM

Maria Sharapova succumbs to a straight-set defeat to Croatian Donna Vekic

DUMPED. Maria Sharapova makes another 1st round exit in a Grand Slam for a third straight time. Photo from Sharapova's Instagram

'Right call': Sharapova match abandoned in smoggy Melbourne

Jan 14, 2020 - 5:16 PM

Sharapova says she could feel 'a bit of a cough coming out' as toxic smoke from raging bushfires affect the Australian Open qualifiers

HAZARDOUS. Maria Sharapova abandons her match to protect herself from the hazardous air quality in Melbourne, Australia. Photo by Darren England Australia and New Zealand Out/EPA-EFE

'Very special' – Sharapova handed Australian Open wildcard

Jan 08, 2020 - 9:13 PM

Maria Sharapova will play in the Australian Open for the 16th time since her debut in 2003

STAR-STUDDED. Maria Sharapova joins a bevy of tennis stars in the Australian Open. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Sharapova slams 'second-hand' Brisbane event as men take over

Jan 08, 2020 - 10:33 AM

As top women's tennis players get relegated to outside courts to make way for the men, Maria Sharapova says many of them are 'deserving of that center court spot'

Maria Sharapova Photo by Albert Perez/ EPA-EFE

'Still a lot of fire': Sharapova accepts Brisbane wildcard

Dec 31, 2019 - 5:38 PM

Despite slipping to 133 in the world rankings, Maria Sharapova thinks she has a lot more to show

STILL PUSHING. Maria Sharapova admits she initially didn’t see herself playing past 30. Photo by Darren England/EPA-EFE

Sharapova returns to action in Brisbane

Dec 31, 2019 - 9:49 AM

Back from a shoulder injury, former world No.1 Maria Sharapova kicks off her 2020 campaign as a wild card entry

COMEBACK. Maria Sharapova looks to regain her form after playing just over a dozen matches in 2019. Photo by Mast Irham/EPA-EFE

Sharapova still has 'fire and motivation' despite 2019 misery

Dec 20, 2019 - 2:38 PM

'Any chance that I get to come out and play competitively is a really good day because I just haven't played a lot,' says Sharapova

MOTIVATED. Maria Sharapova looks at the bright side of her difficult year. File photo by Paul Crock/AFP

Serena Williams rips Sharapova in U.S. Open 1st round

Aug 27, 2019 - 9:45 AM

Serena Williams cruises through the opening round against five-time major Sharapova

HOT START. Serena Williams is optimistic in her bid for a 24th Grand Slam title in the 2019 US Open. Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images/AFP

Serena-Sharapova showdown seizes spotlight at US Open

Aug 26, 2019 - 12:28 PM

Serena Williams has beaten Maria Sharapova 18 consecutive times dating to 2005, but that has not prevented their rivalry from being the talk of the tourney

LONG-TIME RIVALS. Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova meet again. Photos by Christophe Archambault/AFP and Thomas Samson/AFP

Serena, Sharapova to clash in early U.S. Open blockbuster

Aug 23, 2019 - 4:10 PM

Serena Williams kicks off her quest for a record-tying 24th Grand Slam versus long-time rival Maria Sharapova

RIVALS. Serena Williams (right) looks to extend her winning record over Maria Sharapova. Photo by Thomas Samson/AFP

Sharapova, Kerber fall in Toronto 1st round

Aug 06, 2019 - 2:09 PM

Former world No. 1's Maria Sharapova and Angelique Kerber get booted out of the Rogers Cup's 1st round

DISPATCHED. Maria Sharapova (left) and Angelique Kerber fail to advance to the second round in Toronto. Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP (Sharapova) and Michael Reaves/Getty Images/AFP (Kerber)

Sharapova, Venus get wildcards for WTA Cincinnati event

Jul 30, 2019 - 12:50 PM

Maria Sharapova and Venus Williams aim to bounce back from their lackluster 2019 Wimbledon campaigns

WILDCARDS. Maria Sharapova (left) and Venus Williams earn berths to the 2019 WTA Cincinnati Open. File photos by Saeed Khan/AFP (Sharapova) and Christophe Simon/AFP (Williams)

Future 'uncertain' as Sharapova quits Wimbledon in pain

Jul 03, 2019 - 9:46 AM

'I'm still proud that I'm here. This is not the easy way. I think the easy way would be just for me to maybe do other things,' says Sharapova

KEEP FIGHTING. Maria Sharapova picks up another injury this year. Photo from Wimbledon Instagram

Sharapova has 'expectations' for return from 5-month absence

Jun 17, 2019 - 12:21 PM

Maria Sharapova will see action in the Mallorca Open as she begins her climb back to her top form

BACK IN ACTION. Maria Sharapova comes back from a long-standing shoulder injury. File photo by Tiziana Fabi

Sharapova: Australian Open 2019 exit will not dent Slam dreams

Jan 21, 2019 - 12:36 AM

Former world No. 1 Sharapova loses to Australian Ashleigh Barty in 3 sets in the last 16

DREAMING ON. Maria Sharapova moves on as she is still on the lookout for her fifth Grand Slam title. Photo from Australian Open Twitter

Sharapova says revenge not behind Wozniacki Open upset

Jan 18, 2019 - 8:54 PM

'I just really like winning,' says Maria Sharapova after bundling out defending Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki

UPSET. Russia's Maria Sharapova (right) shakes hands with Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki after winning their women's singles match on Day 5 of the Australian Open. Photo by William West/AFP

Dominant Sharapova win sets up Wozniacki clash

Jan 16, 2019 - 10:17 PM

Resurgent Maria Sharapova turns back Rebecca Peterson to arrange a third-round showdown against defending champion Caroline Wozniacki

ADVANTAGE. Maria Sharapova holds a 6-4 edge over Caroline Wozniacki in their head-to-head duel. Photo by Paul Crock/AFP

Sharapova shows unwavering passion in 1st round double bagel

Jan 14, 2019 - 3:11 PM

Maria Sharapova is back to her ruthless self as she dispatches Harriet Dart in 63 minutes

DOUBLE BAGEL. Maria Sharapova sweeps Harriet Dart, 6-0, 6-0, in the first round. File photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Injured Sharapova retires from Shenzhen quarters

Jan 04, 2019 - 11:22 PM

The injury comes 10 days before the start of the Australian Open

SURPRISE EXIT. Maria Sharapova abruptly ends her campaign in the Shenzhen Open. File photo by Miguel Medina/AFP

Struggling Sharapova progresses at Shenzhen as opponent retires

Jan 02, 2019 - 10:07 PM

China's Wang Xinyu is forced to retire from the match after feeling pain in her thigh

ON TO THE NEXT. Maria Sharapova reaches the quarterfinals of the Shenzhen WTA. File photo by Miguel Medina/AFP

Sharapova campaign off to tough start in Shenzhen

Dec 31, 2018 - 9:56 PM

The five-time Grand Slam champion, though, still edges out Switzerland's Timea Bacsinszky

GEARING UP. Maria Sharapova says the Shenzhen Open is a warm-up for the Australian Open. File photo by Thomas Samson

My worst time? This is not even close, says beaten Sharapova

Sep 04, 2018 - 1:04 PM

Crashing out of the US Open does not even come close to the experience Sharapova endured when at 7 years old, she and her father left Russia for Florida

ALL THE WAY UP. Maria Sharapova has one of the most powerful rags-to-riches story. File photo by Filippo Monteforte

French Open 2018: Muguruza dumps Sharapova to reach semis

Jun 07, 2018 - 1:36 AM

The former champion sends Maria Sharapova crashing to her worst Grand Slam loss in 6 years

IN CONTROL. Spain's Garbine Muguruza has yet to drop a set in the tournament. Photo by Eric Feferberg/AFP

Injured Serena withdraws from French Open before Sharapova clash

Jun 05, 2018 - 7:00 AM

The 23-time Grand Slam champion feels 'beyond disappointed' as she hands Maria Sharapova the last-8 spot

SHOCK EXIT. Serena Williams pulls out of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in her 20-year career.  Photo by Thomas Samson/AFP

Serena, Sharapova ready to renew bad blood in French Open

Jun 04, 2018 - 8:07 PM

Maria Sharapova has not defeated Serena Williams since 2004

BAD BLOOD. Two of tennis biggest stars clash in the Roland Garros. Photo by Thomas SAMSON/AFP

Sharapova desperate to end 14-year losing streak to Serena

Jun 03, 2018 - 10:25 AM

The Russian star's last win against Serena Williams came in 2004 – way before the birth of Twitter and YouTube

NEMESIS. Bitter rivals Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova set up a much anticipated French Open showdown. Photos by AFP

French Open 2018: Serena fights back as Nadal, Sharapova cruise

Jun 01, 2018 - 8:31 AM

Former world number 1 Serena Williams edges closer to a possible last-16 duel versus old rival Maria Sharapova

DOUBLE TIME. After advancing to the 3rd round, Serena Williams returns to action the next day to plays doubles with sister Venus. Photo by Christophe Archambault/AFP

Nadal, Sharapova survive scares as Serena makes winning Grand Slam return

May 30, 2018 - 1:07 AM

World number one Rafael Nadal says the first-round match against Italian Simone Bolelli turned out to be a good test at the French Open 2018

ROUGH START. Spain's Rafael Nadal plays a forehand return to Italy's Simone Bolelli during their men's singles first round match. Photo by Christophe Simon/AFP

Rain holds up Nadal and Sharapova, Djokovic through in French Open 2018

May 29, 2018 - 8:53 AM

Former champion Stan Wawrinka crashes out early in a loss that will also send his world ranking plummeting

CALLED OFF. Spain's Rafael Nadal will continue his match against Italy's Simone Bolelli on Monday as downpour halts the world number one's opening-day bid. Photo by Thomas Samson/AFP

Questions and comebacks in the French Open 2018 women's singles

May 26, 2018 - 7:33 PM

Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, and Victoria Azarenka compete in a Grand Slam together for the first time since the 2016 Australian Open

SEEDED. Russia's Maria Sharapova gets seeded at a Grand Slam for the first time since testing positive for a banned substance over two years ago. Photo by Filippo Monteforte/AFP

Serena, Sharapova poised for French Open 2018 last-16 duel

May 25, 2018 - 9:42 AM

Rafael Nadal also gets dream route as Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka, and other clay court rivals land in other half of the draw

RIVALS. Russian star Maria Sharapova continues to rebuild her career after a doping ban as former world number one Serena Williams plays her first Grand Slam since giving birth. Photos by AFP

True grit: Sharapova back at French Open with point to prove

May 22, 2018 - 3:13 PM

The Russian returns to the clay court showpiece after the Roland Garros chiefs denied her of a wildcard in 2017

FRENCH OPEN RETURN. Maria Sharapova has won two of her 5 career majors on the Roland Garros' clay courts. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Halep downs Sharapova, sets Rome final rematch vs Svitolina

May 20, 2018 - 9:32 AM

The Romanian world number one fights back from a set down to win only her second match against the Russian tennis star

STILL ON TOP. After booking a title berth, Simona Halep gets to keep the top spot in the world rankings. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Sharapova has good 'inner feeling' ahead of French Open return

May 18, 2018 - 12:14 PM

The Russian tennis star looks forward to her Paris comeback after getting denied a wild-card entry last year

SEEDED. Maria Sharapova secured a French Open seeding after booking a quarters berth at the Italian Open. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Sharapova delight at popping the question to Nadal

May 16, 2018 - 8:57 AM

The Russian tennis star finds thrill in practicing with the 16-time Grand Slam champion

FAN GIRL. Maria Sharapova gets to tick one item off her bucket list. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Kerber crushes Sharapova in ex-champs showdown at Open

Jan 20, 2018 - 6:43 PM

Kerber makes it to the last 16 in straight sets over Sharapova

LAST 16. Angelique Kerber defeats Maria Sharapova in the battle of ex-champs. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Sharapova in top contender form as she speeds into Australian Open third round

Jan 18, 2018 - 1:30 PM

Against an opponent who had thwarted her Grand Slam comeback in the US Open last year, Sharapova speeds through a scintillating first set in 23 power-packed minutes

HOT STREAK. Sharapova was in no mood to take her time as temperatures soared to over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Shivering Sharapova sails into second round

Jan 16, 2018 - 1:03 PM

Maria Sharapova crawls back to her pre-doping ban form

ECSTATIC. Russia's Maria Sharapova celebrates her victory against Germany's Tatjana Maria. Photo by Greg Wood/AFP

Sharapova named in India luxury housing fraud probe

Nov 21, 2017 - 5:33 PM

'Any celebrity who endorses any product technically becomes an agent for that company. No one would have invested in the project if Sharapova's name was not there,' says the lawyer of the buyers of the failed housing project

Maria Sharapova wins first title since doping ban

Oct 15, 2017 - 6:09 PM

Sharapova wins at the Tianjin Open, her first title win since the 2015 Italian Open

CHAMPION AGAIN. Sharapova came from behind in both sets and needed 4 championship points in the tie-breaker before beating the 19-year-old Aryna Sabalenka. Photo by Wang Zhao/AFP

What ban? Chinese in thrall to 'goddess' Sharapova

Oct 04, 2017 - 12:53 PM

Sharapova continues to garner support from her fans in China

AMERICAN SECRET. Sharapova fans in China downplay her doping ban to an "american secret". Photo by John Gurzinski/AFP

Sharapova ousted at US Open, says it's been 'a really great ride'

Sep 04, 2017 - 1:31 PM

Latvian 16th seed Anastasija Sevastova rallies to eliminate the 5 time Grand Slam champion

COMEBACK. 'Reflecting back on the week, I can be happy,' says Maria Sharapova. Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images/AFP

Sharapova grand slams Wozniacki after rival is eliminated

Sep 02, 2017 - 2:59 PM

Sharapova is on to the fourth round while Wozniacki has just moved on

SERVED. Maria Sharapova takes a dig at ousted rival Caroline Wozniacki, saying 'Yeah, I'm not sure where she is.' Photo by Don Emmert/AFP

Sharapova says she's earning respect at US Open

Aug 31, 2017 - 5:38 PM

Sharapova feels her play so far has justified her wild card entry into the US Open

ADVANCING. "I definitely feel the respect from the athletes," Sharapova says. Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AFP

Maria Sharapova reintroduces herself at US Open

Aug 30, 2017 - 4:02 AM

Maria Sharapova faces Hungary s Timea Babos in the second round of the year s final Grand Slam

BACK IN GRAND FASHION. Maria Sharapova showed she was still among the best players when she ousted second seed Simona Halep in her opening match. Photo by Don Emmert/AFP