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By Sandra McKee, The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2010
Ellicott City's Beatrice Capra has been coping with firsts all week and handling them: She won a wildcard entry into the U.S. Open to claim her first main-draw spot in a Grand Slam tournament and then breezed through her first two matches beating two women ranked inside the Top 100, including one inside the Top 20. But Saturday afternoon in the Open's third round a handful of firsts were just too many for the 18-year-old. Playing on Arthur Ashe Stadium's Center Court for the first time against No. 14 seed and past Open champion Maria Sharapova in winds of approximately 25 mph, Capra went down, 6-0, 6-0. It was Sharapova's first career shutout at a Grand Slam and it was the first double-0 score in the third round of the Open since 1984 when Martina Navratilova beat Jennifer Mundel, 6-0, 6-0. Still, Capra was smiling when she entered the post-match interview room.
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June 20, 2011
Federer a major threat Diane Pucin Los Angeles Times A year ago I didn't think Roger Federer had another major tournament win in him. But with the way he played at the French Open, making the finals, Federer stamped himself as the man most likely to win Wimbledon. Federer will turn 30 next month, and his occasional crankiness lately after losses seems to show that the man who already owns the most Grand Slam titles in history — 16 — needs to win another.
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July 5, 2006
Good morning --Maria Sharapova-- Guess the streaker didn't get the memo about the all-white dress code.
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By Sandra McKee, The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2010
Ellicott City's Beatrice Capra has been coping with firsts all week and handling them: She won a wildcard entry into the U.S. Open to claim her first main-draw spot in a Grand Slam tournament and then breezed through her first two matches beating two women ranked inside the Top 100, including one inside the Top 20. But Saturday afternoon in the Open's third round a handful of firsts were just too many for the 18-year-old. Playing on Arthur Ashe Stadium's Center Court for the first time against No. 14 seed and past Open champion Maria Sharapova in winds of approximately 25 mph, Capra went down, 6-0, 6-0. It was Sharapova's first career shutout at a Grand Slam and it was the first double-0 score in the third round of the Open since 1984 when Martina Navratilova beat Jennifer Mundel, 6-0, 6-0. Still, Capra was smiling when she entered the post-match interview room.
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January 25, 2008
Women's final 9:30 p.m. [ESPN2] No Justine Henin, no Williams sisters, no problem. Not when you have Maria Sharapova vs. Ana Ivanovic in the women's final of the Australian Open. Sharapova has dominated every opponent she's faced, including Henin. Ivanovic is a rising star who fought back from a set down to win in the semifinals.
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May 29, 2010
Maria Sharapova and Justine Henin set up a third-round showdown at the French Open by winning matches suspended overnight because of darkness. Sharapova finished off Kirsten Flipkens 6-3, 6-3, and four-time champion Henin beat Klara Zakopalova 6-3, 6-3 Friday in Paris. A schedule backlog caused by rain created a parade of champions on the sixth day of the tournament. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Venus and Serena Williams were among those who advanced, while defending women's champion Svetlana Kuznetsova was upset by fellow Russian Maria Kirilenko.
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June 20, 2011
Federer a major threat Diane Pucin Los Angeles Times A year ago I didn't think Roger Federer had another major tournament win in him. But with the way he played at the French Open, making the finals, Federer stamped himself as the man most likely to win Wimbledon. Federer will turn 30 next month, and his occasional crankiness lately after losses seems to show that the man who already owns the most Grand Slam titles in history — 16 — needs to win another.
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By Jeff Williams and Jeff Williams,Newsday | September 10, 2006
New York -- She feels pretty, and why not. Maria Sharapova, as much beast as beauty, won the U.S. Open women's title last night with an imposing and impressive 6-4, 6-4 victory over five-time Grand Slam champion Justine Henin-Hardenne at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Wearing her black evening dress, inspired by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's, Sharapova dined on a menu of savory serves, sumptuous returns and a delicious forehand that kept Henin-Hardenne at bay. Nike, one of her chief sponsors, was trying to make hay during this tournament with a commercial that featured Sharapova going from hotel to tennis court accompanied by the song "I Feel Pretty."
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By David Whitley | June 28, 2005
IF YOU REALLY want to generate attention, it's always a good sign when somebody complains about sin and vulgarity. In honor of both, let's pause for a moment of remembrance. It was 20 years ago yesterday they made an appearance at Wimbledon. "It certainly caught everyone's eye," tennis historian Frank Phelps said. It was a body suit worn by Anne White, though "body suit" hardly does it justice. The Lycra getup looked as if it came right out of Catwoman's closet. In keeping with Wimbledon tradition, it was all white.
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March 29, 2004
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May 29, 2010
Maria Sharapova and Justine Henin set up a third-round showdown at the French Open by winning matches suspended overnight because of darkness. Sharapova finished off Kirsten Flipkens 6-3, 6-3, and four-time champion Henin beat Klara Zakopalova 6-3, 6-3 Friday in Paris. A schedule backlog caused by rain created a parade of champions on the sixth day of the tournament. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Venus and Serena Williams were among those who advanced, while defending women's champion Svetlana Kuznetsova was upset by fellow Russian Maria Kirilenko.
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By Diane Pucin and Diane Pucin,Tribune Newspapers | September 2, 2009
NEW YORK - - Maria Sharapova came armed with her nerve and her serve Tuesday night at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Dressed asymmetrically in gauzy black, gray and white, and showing no evidence of an uncertain serve that has plagued her this summer, Sharapova dispatched Bulgaria's Tsvetana Pironkova, 6-3, 6-0, in 73 minutes. Because Sharapova missed the first five months of this season while recovering from shoulder surgery last fall, the 22-year-old Russian is seeded only 29th. It is an unaccustomed place in the draw for Sharapova, who was once ranked No. 1. Sharapova said she was particularly happy with how she attacked the match by moving forward.
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January 25, 2008
Women's final 9:30 p.m. [ESPN2] No Justine Henin, no Williams sisters, no problem. Not when you have Maria Sharapova vs. Ana Ivanovic in the women's final of the Australian Open. Sharapova has dominated every opponent she's faced, including Henin. Ivanovic is a rising star who fought back from a set down to win in the semifinals.
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By Jeff Williams and Jeff Williams,Newsday | September 10, 2006
New York -- She feels pretty, and why not. Maria Sharapova, as much beast as beauty, won the U.S. Open women's title last night with an imposing and impressive 6-4, 6-4 victory over five-time Grand Slam champion Justine Henin-Hardenne at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Wearing her black evening dress, inspired by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's, Sharapova dined on a menu of savory serves, sumptuous returns and a delicious forehand that kept Henin-Hardenne at bay. Nike, one of her chief sponsors, was trying to make hay during this tournament with a commercial that featured Sharapova going from hotel to tennis court accompanied by the song "I Feel Pretty."
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July 5, 2006
Good morning --Maria Sharapova-- Guess the streaker didn't get the memo about the all-white dress code.
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By David Whitley | June 28, 2005
IF YOU REALLY want to generate attention, it's always a good sign when somebody complains about sin and vulgarity. In honor of both, let's pause for a moment of remembrance. It was 20 years ago yesterday they made an appearance at Wimbledon. "It certainly caught everyone's eye," tennis historian Frank Phelps said. It was a body suit worn by Anne White, though "body suit" hardly does it justice. The Lycra getup looked as if it came right out of Catwoman's closet. In keeping with Wimbledon tradition, it was all white.
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By Diane Pucin and Diane Pucin,Tribune Newspapers | September 2, 2009
NEW YORK - - Maria Sharapova came armed with her nerve and her serve Tuesday night at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Dressed asymmetrically in gauzy black, gray and white, and showing no evidence of an uncertain serve that has plagued her this summer, Sharapova dispatched Bulgaria's Tsvetana Pironkova, 6-3, 6-0, in 73 minutes. Because Sharapova missed the first five months of this season while recovering from shoulder surgery last fall, the 22-year-old Russian is seeded only 29th. It is an unaccustomed place in the draw for Sharapova, who was once ranked No. 1. Sharapova said she was particularly happy with how she attacked the match by moving forward.
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By Diane Pucin and Diane Pucin,LOS ANGELES TIMES | July 3, 2004
WIMBLEDON, England - Maria Sharapova had just finished a BBC television interview and thought the camera was switched off. It wasn't, and in a moment her face had changed from animated and smiling to expressionless and bored. Sharapova knows how it works: Smile for the camera. Born in Siberia, the 17-year-old Sharapova is the tennis girl of the new century. Her talent was noticed when she was 6. Soon, there were agents at her door, offering scholarships to U.S. academies and lessons in grooming and modeling.
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By Todd Richissin and Todd Richissin,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | June 22, 2005
WIMBLEDON, England - On paper, French Open champion Justine Henin-Hardenne, ranked No. 7 in the world, was a sure bet to defeat No. 76 Eleni Daniilidou in their first-round match yesterday at Wimbledon. Fortunately for Daniilidou - and unfortunately for the bookies' match favorite - Wimbledon isn't played on paper. It's played on grass. And Henin-Hardenne's time away from the turf - she hadn't played on it for two years before yesterday - contributed mightily to her early and unexpected departure from the tournament.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | December 15, 2004
Pam Shriver has a pretty good record when it comes to judging future talent. Over the years, she has presented Jennifer Capriati, Monica Seles, Serena and Venus Williams and, just last year, Maria Sharapova - who is now ranked No. 4 in the world - as future stars of the game. "But we've never had future men," Shriver said. "That's a little bit harder to judge." Friday at the Mercantile Tennis Challenge, Shriver's annual exhibition that raises money for children's charities, Shriver will try her hand at introducing future stars of the men's game.
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