Maria Sharapova

Serena Williams ends long wait to make it sweet sixteen

Serena Williams poses with the Suzanne-Lenglen trophy. Williams lost just 29 games in the entire tournament, matching her own grand slam record. Photo: AFP

Serena Williams won her 16th grand slam title and her first French Open championship since 2002 yesterday, relentlessly chasing down one shot after another to defeat familiar foil Maria Sharapova 6-4, 6-4.

Sunday, 9 June, 2013, 5:39am

Maria Sharapova is 'bothered' by match with nemesis Serena Williams

Serena Williams' record against Maria Sharapova is daunting and her Russian opponent will have to find something special in the French Open final today. Photo: AFP

Maria Sharapova was not even an adult the last time she beat Serena Williams, it was that long ago. It was at the WTA Championships and Sharapova was 17. Nearly nine years later, she now finds herself playing to deny Williams her 16th grand slam title in the French Open final today, where the Russian has to overcome overwhelming odds to defend her title.

8 Jun 2013 - 6:55am

Sharapova and Azarenka face off for final spot

Maria Sharapova in action against Jelena Jankovic. It was just the fifth time in her career Sharapova had lost a set 6-0.Photo: EPA

Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka set up a mouth-watering French Open semi-final yesterday with hard-fought wins in their quarter-finals.

6 Jun 2013 - 5:47am

Sloane Stephens ready to face Maria Sharapova at French Open

Sloane Stephens in action during her third-round match against Marina Erakovic of New Zealand at Roland Garros. Photo: EPA

After a 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3 win over lowly ranked Marina Erakovic on Saturday, the 17th-seeded Stephens was asked what she would change since Australia. She smiled and answered: "That boys weren't so stupid."

3 Jun 2013 - 7:26am

Maria Sharapova makes winning start in Madrid

Maria Sharapova serves to Alexandra Dulgheru at the Madrid Open on Monday. Photo: Reuters

Maria Sharapova survived a sticky start to move into the second round of the WTA Madrid Open on Monday with a 7-5, 6-2 win over Alexandra Dulgheru of Romania.

The Russian, who won the French Open on clay last year, brought a 16-match winning streak on the surface into Madrid and was strongly favoured to coast past a player who has been dogged by knee injuries.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Maria Sharapova too strong for Li Na in Stuttgart final

Maria Sharapova returns the ball against Li Na. Photo: Reuters

Defending French Open champion Maria Sharapova claimed the Stuttgart WTA title yesterday, beating China's Li Na 6-4, 6-3 in just over 90 minutes to get her clay-court season off to a winning start.

29 Apr 2013 - 4:05am

Serena Williams wins record sixth Sony Open title

Serena Williams celebrates after winning the Sony Open in Key Biscayne, Florida. Photo: AFP

If her victory celebration on the stadium court seemed well-rehearsed, it was. She earned a record sixth Key Biscayne women's title by beating familiar foil Maria Sharapova 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 at the Sony Open.

1 Apr 2013 - 3:39am

Sharapova savours sweet success of candy venture

Maria Sharapova is enjoying success with Sugarpova.

Maria Sharapova says her business ventures have provided the education which her tennis career never allowed time to achieve.

10 Mar 2013 - 4:35am

Li Na shocks Sharapova to reach Australian Open final

“Every time I’m back in Australia, I always feel something here,” said Li Na. Photo: AFP

China’s Li Na stormed into the final of the Australian Open on Thursday with a straight-sets upset win over Maria Sharapova, leaving her one victory away from her second major title.

Li, 30, defeated the world number two 6-2, 6-2 in 1hr 33min and will now meet the winner of Thursday’s second semi-final between world number one Victoria Azarenka and American teenager Sloane Stephens.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Sharapova into Australian Open quarters after losing just five games

Russia's Maria Sharapova is in the form of her life. Photo: AFP

Maria Sharapova enjoyed the smoothest passage to the Australian Open quarter-finals in history yesterday as Agnieszka Radwanska and Li Na also stormed through.

The irresistible world No 2 clocked up her fifth 6-0 set score of the first week as she blitzed Kirsten Flipkens 6-1, 6-0. She has lost just five games en route, smashing the tournament record.

21 Jan 2013 - 3:54am

Love is in the air at the Australian Open

Serena Williams and her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, are believed to be romantically involved. Photo: AFP

Maria Sharapova and Grigor Dimitrov. Serena Williams and Patrick Mouratoglou. Victoria Azarenka and Stefan Gordy.

The three best female players in the world have something in common at the Australian Open - romance.

20 Jan 2013 - 4:45am

Chinese tennis star Li Na 'determined to be in top three'

Maria Sharapova of Russia celebrates at matchpoint against Venus Williams at the Australian Open in Melbourne. Photo: EPA

Chinese star Li Na said she was determined to gatecrash the world's top three, helped by new coach Carlos Rodriguez, after reaching the Australian Open fourth round yesterday.

Currently ranked six, Li, 30, kept on track at the year's opening grand slam by beating Romania's Sorana Cirstea 6-4, 6-1, and will next play 18th-seeded German Julia Goerges.

19 Jan 2013 - 3:23am

Sharapova, Williams reach 3rd round at Australian Open

Maria Sharapova. Photo: AFP

Maria Sharapova was careful not to show any disrespect to the two women she beat 6-0, 6-0 along the way to a third-round match against Venus Williams at the Australian Open.

As rare as it was, she said, an almost flawless start wasn’t entirely what she’d come to Melbourne to achieve.

17 Jan 2013 - 9:37am

Novak Djokovic and Maria Sharapova show their class at Australian Open

Maria Sharapova

Defending champion Novak Djokovic oozed class in an awesome performance at the Australian Open yesterday as Maria Sharapova stormed into the third round without dropping a game.

17 Jan 2013 - 2:27am

Maria Sharapova, Li Na fire up in Australia

China's Li Na hits a return against Kazakhstan's Sesil Karatantcheva at the Australian Open on Monday. Photo: AFP

Maria Sharapova and Li Na crushed hapless opponents on Monday to storm into the Australian Open second round, making their intentions clear as they bid for further Grand Slam glory.

Fellow major winner Venus Williams also romped on a warm Melbourne Park day, but fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska was put through her paces by local qualifier Bojana Bobusic before finding her groove.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am