World Number 1, Maria Sharapova, narrowly escaped a first round defeat today at a windy Roland Garros. Maria won the first set convincingly, 6-1, against 19 year-old Russian Evgeniya Rodina. But, as the wind picked up, Sharapova’s game got worse and worse. She went down a break in the second and never recovered, losing it 3-6. This was Rodina’s first ever Grand Slam main draw match and pushed Sharapova to the limit. In the third, both women held serve until 6-6 when Maria finally got the break and consolidated to win the match, 6-1, 3-6, 8-6. Sharapova hit a total of 17 double faults. “I just hung in there. It was far from my best tennis today.” Sharapova said after the match.
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Ha. That was actually funny.
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Maria Sharapova is no stranger to getting hit with fines from the WTA, but, this time she isn’t standing for it. The grievances begin for Sharapova after being fined $125,000 dollars for pulling out of Berlin after notifying tour officials that if she played Charleston she would not be playing Berlin. Now, the WTA is requiring her, and several other top players (Justine Henin, Ana Ivanovic, Jelena Jankovic,and Serena Williams, to name a few), to do a 5 hour commercial shoot in Rome right after a 12 hour flight from L.A. and on the eve of the Tier I held there. The fine for not participating is $700,000. Sharapova has since gone public with her dilemma. “The tour does not care what any of the players think, not just top players, The tour will say we have done all these amazing things that the players wanted, but trust me these things they wanted as well and financially benefited from, including this shoot. I want people to understand that I took this action because this is one in a long list of things that the tour has ignored the players. This is not about just one shoot. I just could not just sit back anymore.” Maria told TennisReporters.net. Maria also called out the WTA in her blog. Sharapova is now considering enlisting the help of other top players and boycotting the shoot or taking legal action against the WTA.
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April 23, 2008 • 12:23 am
Every time I see Maria Sharapova do an interview like this she always tries to make jokes and get a laugh. Most of the time she utterly fails. So, Maria, stop this awkward attempt at humor. You’re just not that funny, alright? See for yourself.
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Its just a fact. Serena proved it today with her 7-5, 4-6, 6-1 victory over Sharapova in the Family Circle Cup quarterfinals. Serena Williams does everything better than Maria Sharapova. Maria’s biggest weapon, her power, means nothing against Serena. Serena out hits her every time. So, for any of you have been wondering who’s better, Serena is.
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Maria Sharapova dished her first career double bagel with her victory over American, Bethanie Mattek. Sharapova only needed 57 minutes to destroy Mattek on the green clay of Charleston. With the win, Maria overtakes Svetlana Kuznetsova as world number 3. The win also improves her record to 23-1 on the season and takes her one step closer to a tantalizing quarterfinal matchup with Serena Williams
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Maria Sharapova won her first title on clay at The Bausch and Lomb Championships in Amelia Island Sunday over Slovakia’s Dominika Cibulkova, 7-6 (7), 6-3. This is Sharapova’s 3rd title of the year and improves her record to an impressive 22-1 on the season. This is also her 19th title of her career. Her movement on clay is improving, but she still needs to overcome all of her “cow on icyness” to win on the clay of Roland Garros. And if one thing is for sure about Maria, she wants the French. Bad.
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April 10, 2008 • 11:59 pm
The Cow on Ice, Maria Sharapova, reminded us why she has that nickname today, just in case anyone has forgotten. Maria needed 3 hours and 27 minutes to defeat Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain in the 3rd round of the Bausch and Lomb Championships at Amelia Island. Sharapova won the first set in a tiebreak, but lost the second, 5-7. She fell behind 0-3 in the third but came back to win it in a tiebreak, 7-1. Good to see you’re still bad on clay, Maria, because the Cow on Ice is the greatest nickname ever.
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If you’ve ever wondered what Maria Sharapova’s feet look like, here you go. They obviously aren’t the most pleasant things in the world.
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I cannot take Justin Gimelstob and this FSN coverage anymore. Gimelstob was bad at tennis but he’s even worse at tennis commentating! He seems absolutely convinced that Roger Federer has one foot in the grave, with his over usage of the term “vintage Federer”. And he knows absolutely nothing about women’s tennis and said that all the women on the tour are mentally weak. Uh, Justin, try telling that to Serena Williams or Maria Sharapova. They are more mentally tough than you could ever hope to be. Props to Chanda Rubin though, she is actually a very intelligent commentator and deserves to be moved off FSN. I hope Indian Wells and Miami learn their lesson this year and never use FSN ever, ever, again. Even the players hate it.
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