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Maria Sharapova Wins the Australian Open and Her 3rd Grand Slam Title - Jan-08
Maria Sharapova won her third career grand slam title after beating Serbia's Ana Ivanovic seven five, six three wining the Women's singles Final in Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena at the 2008 Australian Open tennis tournament. Sharapova played to an extremely high standard of tennis throughout the tournament without losing a set and won the final in ninety one minutes. Seeded fifth, Maria dedicated the win to her coach's late mother, who died of cancer last year and commented; "I want to dedicate this win to her. After that loss, we all suffered. I gained a whole new perspective in how to treat life with respect,"
Sharapova explained how she received a message before the tennis match from US great Billie Jean King and read "Champions take chances. Pressure is a privilege" and expressed how deeply this had inspired her.
Ana Ivanovic who has also played superbly this tournament was emotional as she congratulated Sharapova for giving her a tough time and commented by saying; "I'm sure we will play many more matches in the future," she said, before thanking the crowd. "I'm very emotional and you guys make it a really special experience for me."
"I still think I have a lot of grand slam finals in front of me,"
"So it's just a learning experience and a learning process."
With only six months separating the age between Maria Sharapova and Ana Ivanovic it was Sharapova’s greater Grand Slam tennis experience shone through and on the day Ivanovic found her just to hot to handle.
Maria Sharapova next flies off to Israel and make her first tennis appearance for her homeland Russia in the Fed Cup.
Sharapova is Too Hot to Handle! - Jan-08
Maria Sharapova was on top form as she blasted her way with into the semi finals of the Australian Open 2008. She beat the world number one Justine Henin six four, six zero and was just too hot to handle as she swept aside her tennis rival with thirty powerful winning shots. Sharapova seeded fifth for the Australian Open defeated Justine Henin in just less than two hours of what could be described as one of her best tennis performances. Maria Sharapova commented that: “It’s just incredible, I really felt like I was in a bubble today.”
Maria Sharapova plans ahead for the Australian Open - Dec-07
With the 2008 tennis season fast approaching Maria Sharapova plans to improve and enhance her tennis game in Singapore and Hong Kong before readying herself for the up and coming Australian Open.
The Asian strategy was an attempt to go one better at next month's Australian Open Sharapova explained.
Maria current rank of fifth plays an exhibition tennis match today in Singapore against fellow Russian player Anna Chakvetadze before heading to Hong Kong for the star-studded “JB Group Classic”. This tournament includes six of the world's top eleven female tennis players. Chakvetadze will also play here to as well as the world number eight Venus Williams and fourth ranked Ana Ivanovic.
Sharapova explained her thoughts of the up and coming matches "... I am going to take every single match seriously because it is like I said, my only preparation for the Australian Open,"
"It will definitely not be an easy match because this will be my first match coming back after an off season," said Maria.
"It's always a match that you anticipate because it's kind of like a challenging one because you don't know what to expect yourself,"
The Australian Open is the first grand slam of new 2008 tennis season and starts January 14.
Maria Sharapova commented that "Well I heard it's going to be a faster surface and I also heard that it's not going to be as sticky which is going to be beneficial for all players especially in extreme heat. The court gets very sticky and a lot of injuries can occur.”
Maria Sharapova Sees Out Venus Williams - Mar-07
Sharapova defeated Venus two-six, six-two and seven-five at the Sony Ericsson Open. Around two years previous to this date Venues triumphed over Maria in one of the hardest and most exciting semi-finals tennis match in the Wimbledon Championships in 2005. The continuing windy conditions meant that both players did not reach their top game but Sharapova saw out the match to gain a much needed victory over the Williams sisters.
Maria Sharapova commented on her tennis match by adding “I’m a fighter and I was happy with the way I was able to hold on.”
“I enjoy the battle. In a lot of my matches, it depends on who fights more in the end.”
Maria Sharapova Blasts into 4th round of the Australian Open - Jan-07
Top-seed Maria Sharapova booked her spot in the fourth round of the Australian Open on Saturday. This was after she may have not made it through the first round due to injury and the heat playing Canille Pin of France. This would have been the first time that a number one seeded player had lost in the first round of the Australian Open. Sharapova remained resilient in her opening tennis match winning through six-three, four-six, nine-seven.
Maria Sharapova won through her third round match with greater ease as she beat Tathiana Garbin of Italy six-three, six-one.
"I thought I was a bit slow in the beginning of the match — didn't really adjust," she explained. "I was letting her play her game a little too much.
"But I felt like as the match went on, I moved a lot better. I saw the short balls a lot quicker, put pressure on her." Commented Sharapova.
Maria Sharapova Fitness Concern in French Open - May-06
Seeded Fourth Maria Sharapova managed to save three match points as she fought back from five two down in the final set to beat American Mashona Washington six two, five seven, seven five in her first round tennis match of the 2006 French Open.
Sharapova played in her first match for almost two months since her ankle injury; She looked well defeated and out in the decider but fought back to clinch a second-round clash with Czech Iveta Benesova.
Sharapova smashed through the first set however; Washington stormed back into the match, keeping Sharapova off balance with a series of well timed drop shots to level the match.
Washington then charged to a five two lead in the deciding set however, the Russian ace saved a match point on her serve and then two more in the next game allowing Maria Sharapova to go on and win all of the last five games to clinch victory in two hours, 26 minutes.
"It's like poker. I don't know what cards are going to show up," said Maria.
"It was a tough decision to play because Wimbledon is more important than this tournament. But who knows how much better it will be in a week?"
"But if I feel that my ankle is not too great and I have to stop, then I have to stop. I'm 19 years old. I'm going to play these Slams for many more years."
Maria Sharapova Named as Russia's Top Tennis Player - Nov-05
Maria Sharapova and Nikolay Davydenko have been named Russia 's best players in 2005; the country's tennis federation in Moscow confirmed this at its annual award ceremony on Saturday.
This tennis season has seen Florida-based Sharapova became the first Russian woman to take the world number one spot and reaching semi-finals at the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in addition to winning three other WTA singles titles.
At the age of 18, Maria Sharapova has finished the year as number four in the world in 2005, just beating Elena Dementieva as Russia 's top female player. Elena Dementieva helped lead Russia to a second successive Fed Cup title by beating France in the final at Roland Garros.
Maria Sharapova out in LA Semi-Final - Nov-05
During the semi-final of the Los Angeles Championships Maria Sharapova re-injured her pectoral that she had recently suffered before the start of this Tournament.
Sharapova when out to Amélie Mauresmo losing 7-6 (7-1), 6-3.
Maria Sharapova explained that: “When you’re not 100% it’s really difficult to play, especially when the same injury keeps coming back.”
“I think without the injury I was playing great tennis and I felt like I was in control, so that still gives me a lot of confidence for the next year.”
Maria Sharapova in LA - Nov-05
Los Angeles WTA Tour Championship Result
Black Group Result
K Clijsters Bel (2) beat Elena Dementieva
Green Group Result
N Petrova Rus (9) beat Maria Sharapova Rus (3)
Maria Sharapova beats Lindsay Davenport in LA - Nov-05
Maria Sharapova seeded three booked her place in the semi-finals with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 victory over Lindsay Davenport seeded one.
In the final WTA Championship of the season hosted in Los Angeles, Sharapova successfully closed the match out with an impressive 107 mph ace on the third match point after more than two hours of play.
The Russian who had served for the match at 5-4 in the second however, was broken by Davenport pushing for a final deciding set.
Maria Sharapova beats Patty Schnyder in Los Angeles - Nov-05
Maria Sharapova won her tennis match 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 over Switzerland's Patty Schnyder.
This had been Sharapova’s first match for three weeks due to struggling with a right pectoral muscle and right thumb injury, Maria looked out of form at times but turned up the tempo when she needed it.
"It was up and down," Sharapova said after her Green Group victory.
"I didn't really think I would play my best today. I felt a little awkward in some situations because I haven't been match tough lately.
"But I think I will get better. This is the last tournament of the year, so I better get it together quickly."
Maria Sharapova pulls out of Philadelphia - Nov-05
Maria Sharapova arrived in Philadelphia hoping for a determined showing against a strong line up of tennis stars that included the likes of Lindsay Davenport, Amélie Mauresmo, Justine Henin and Elena Dementieva.
Tennis fans expected both Sharapova and Davenport to feature significantly in the WTA Advanta Championships in Philadelphia. However, both the two top seeds Davenport and Sharapova pulled out of the Tournament on Tuesday. The Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova recently suffered a right thumb sprain during off-court training. “I am extremely disappointed to have to withdraw from the Advanta Championships because of a right thumb sprain.”
Maria Sharapova in Moscow - Oct-05
World number one Maria Sharapova arrived in Moscow certain of winning Russia's biggest tennis tournament. However, Russian teenager Dinara Safina had other ideas and won through the quarterfinal stages.
"I would have loved to win here in Moscow playing for the first time in front of so many Russian fans and of course I'm disappointed by losing," said Sharapova after losing to the younger sister of Australian Open champion Marat Safin.
Maria Sharapova also confirmed her plans to play for Russia in the Fed Cup. "I would love to represent my country in Fed Cup in the near future," she said.
Sharapova said however, that she would have lasting memories of her first "real" homecoming despite a disappointing showing at last week's Kremlin Cup - Moscow, Oct 2005.
During Maria Sharapova's time in Moscow she had time to visit Moscow's tourist spots, including the Kremlin and Red Square, had a trip to the circus and went shopping at some of the city's expensive boutiques. She also found time to party at the start of the $2.3 million tournament where she met some of Russia's pop and sports stars.