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March 22, 2008
Svetlana Kuznetsova ended Maria Sharapova's winning streak at 18 matches last night with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-2 victory in the Pacific Life Open semifinals in Indian Wells, Calif. Kuznetsova will face Ana Ivanovic, who beat Jelena Jankovic, 7-6 (3), 6-3. On the men's side, Mardy Fish advanced to meet No. 1 Roger Federer in the semifinals by beating David Nalbandian, 6-3, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (4). Federer advanced because Tommy Haas had to forfeit because of a sinus infection. Defending champion and No. 2 Rafael Nadal will play No. 3 Novak Djokovic, the Australian Open champion, in the other semifinal.
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By Diane Pucin, Tribune Newspapers | September 7, 2010
NEW YORK — Maria Sharapova was the creator Monday at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Sharapova was the one who came to the net more often, and who tried to craft openings by using drop shots, one of which even got her opponent down on the ground, on her back looking up and watching a Sharapova lob sail over her head. But that lob was just long, and Caroline Wozniacki won the point. Even if the 14th-seeded Sharapova, a three-time Grand Slam winner, was the aggressor in their U.S. Open fourth-round match, it was the top-seeded Wozniacki who will play in the quarterfinals after a 6-3, 6-4 victory on Labor Day. Though the score makes the match seem unremarkable, the pair played for nearly two hours.
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By Charles Bricker and Charles Bricker,SOUTH FLORIDA SUN-SENTINEL | June 30, 2005
WIMBLEDON, England - At 18, Maria Sharapova not only has learned to win a Grand Slam, but has mastered the fine art of pre-match commentary. There were no edgy comments from her about Venus Williams before their Wimbledon semifinal today. "She has a big game," said Sharapova. "She's a great fighter. So every time we play, we always have a really tough match. Just have to go out and battle it out and see who can win the fight." With two more victories, Sharapova would become the first teenager to win back-to-back women's titles at Wimbledon since Maureen Connolly, then 17, started a three-year streak in 1952.
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By Baltimore Sun reporter | September 4, 2010
Beatrice Capra, the 18-year-old from Ellicott City, saw her unlikely run at the U.S. Open end today with a 6-0, 6-0 loss to No. 14 seed Maria Sharapova. Capra, a wild-card entry to the Grand Slam, reached the third round when she came from behind to upset No. 18 seed Aravane Rezai of France, 7-6, 2-6, 6-3 on Thursday. She won her first match on Tuesday when she defeated Karolina Sprem 6-1, 6-3. Sharapova, a former U.S. Open champion, will face No. 1 seed Caroline Wozniacki on Monday.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | September 13, 2004
The Mercantile Charity Challenge, Pam Shriver's 19th tennis event held here in support of children's charities, will come later than ever this December, but the star attraction will be hot. Shriver will announce today at a Baltimore news conference that tennis phenom Maria Sharapova, 17, will play in the main match Dec. 17 at 1st Mariner Arena. Shriver and her group are also working to confirm an opponent, who will be announced in a few weeks. Only a year ago, Sharapova was here playing Ashley Harkleroad in the tournament's Futures match.
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By Jeff Williams and Jeff Williams,Newsday | September 9, 2006
New York -- Justine Henin-Hardenne will play Maria Sharapova for the U.S. Open title tonight in a match that begs to be better than the semifinal victories that got them there. What happened on Arthur Ashe Stadium court yesterday was more strange than stunning, more confounding than compelling. Jelena Jankovic came out like a lion against Henin-Hardenne and was sent home like a lamb. Australian Open and Wimbledon champion Amelie Mauresmo, the top seed, came out like a rank qualifier against Sharapova and was sent home like ... a rank qualifier.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | September 14, 2004
"Little Georgie," Pam Shriver's 2-month-old son, was sleeping soundly on his grandmother's shoulder yesterday as Shriver made the official announcement that Maria Sharapova is coming to town to play in the Mercantile Charity Challenge Dec. 17. It was appropriate for the new baby to make an appearance, after all, said his mom. "It's probably partly because I was home awaiting his birth and not at any tennis matches from April until the U.S. Open that...
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By CHARLES BRICKER | July 5, 2006
WIMBLEDON, England -- No. 1 Amelie Mauresmo, No. 2 Kim Clijsters, No. 3 Justine Henin-Hardenne and No. 4 Maria Sharapova. They couldn't have gotten the seedings more perfect for this Wimbledon. The top four women in tennis dispatched the final pretenders for the crown yesterday and roared into the semifinals. Every one of them raised their games to notch their fifth wins of this fortnight and, when they reconvene here tomorrow to find out who goes to the final, all will be working with critical momentum.
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By Diane Pucin and Diane Pucin,LOS ANGELES TIMES | July 2, 2004
WIMBLEDON, England - The emotions shifted so abruptly, so suddenly yesterday on Centre Court. "Ahhh, yes!" Serena Williams would cry during her 6-7 (4), 7-5, 6-4 victory over Amelie Mauresmo in the Wimbledon semifinals. It would come after a particularly ferocious forehand had brought chalk off the line or when a serve would leave Mauresmo fastened helplessly to the ground. "Allez!" Mauresmo would shout after a crafty forehand volley or a whip-like, one-handed backhand cut through the swirling wind and left Williams wrong-footed.
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By Diane Pucin, Tribune newspapers | June 29, 2010
WIMBLEDON, England — Andy Roddick never did figure it out. The big serve that kept kicking up chalk dust, the cruelly low-bouncing ground strokes, the slippery volleys that would skid past a lunging Roddick — all of it was just too perplexing until the three-time Wimbledon finalist who was seeded fifth trudged off Court 2 with a soggy towel draped around his slumped shoulders. Yen-Hsun Lu, a 26-year-old son of a chicken salesman from Taipei, Taiwan, who said he gave himself little hope after the fourth set, beat Roddick 4-6, 7-6 (3)
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By The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2010
Only the day before, Ellicott City's Beatrice Capra was an unknown, unseeded wild card playing her first main-draw Grand Slam tennis tournament at the U.S. Open. But Thursday afternoon she changed all that. With fans overflowing the Grandstand Court and cheers of support ringing in her ears, Capra came from behind to upset No.18 seed Aravane Rezai of France, 7-6, 2-6, 6-3, and became the latest starlet on the New York tennis stage. "Oh, my gosh!" said Capra, 18, several hours after the match.
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By Sandra McKee and The Baltimore Sun | September 2, 2010
Ellicott City tennis player Beatrice Capra advances to third round at US Open Ellicott City tennis player Beatrice Capra advances to third round at US Open Ellicott City tennis Beatrice Capra US Open Maria Sharapova Only the day before, Ellicott City's Beatrice Caprawas an unknown, unseeded wildcard playing her first main-draw Grand Slam tennis tournament at the U.S. Open. But Thursday afternoon she changed all that. With fans overflowing the Grandstand Court seating and cheers of support ringing in her ears, Capra came from behind to upset No. 18 seed Aravane Rezai of France, 7-6, 2-6, 6-3, and became the latest starlet on the New York tennis stage.
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By Diane Pucin, Tribune newspapers | June 29, 2010
WIMBLEDON, England — Andy Roddick never did figure it out. The big serve that kept kicking up chalk dust, the cruelly low-bouncing ground strokes, the slippery volleys that would skid past a lunging Roddick — all of it was just too perplexing until the three-time Wimbledon finalist who was seeded fifth trudged off Court 2 with a soggy towel draped around his slumped shoulders. Yen-Hsun Lu, a 26-year-old son of a chicken salesman from Taipei, Taiwan, who said he gave himself little hope after the fourth set, beat Roddick 4-6, 7-6 (3)
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By Diane Pucin, Tribune Newspapers | June 27, 2010
This would be enough for any tennis fan with a ticket to Wimbledon on Monday. Serena Williams, the defending champion, is playing Maria Sharapova, a longingly eager ex-champion who at 23 desperately wants to be at the top again with her surgically repaired shoulder a mental hindrance but her fighting spirit still potent. Kim Clijsters is playing against Justine Henin, two Belgians who have combined for nine major championships, who both took big chunks of time off from tennis, who have been at most cordial and at times standoffish with each other.
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By Diane Pucin, Tribune newspapers | June 27, 2010
WIMBLEDON, England — This was a cranky Rafael Nadal, an aching Nadal, a Nadal who asked for a trainer to treat his arm and his thigh, whose dialogue with his coach and uncle, Toni Nadal, caused chair umpire Cedric Mourier to twice admonish the No. 2 seed to knock off the chatter. And still Nadal, the 2008 Wimbledon champion who missed the chance to defend his title last year because of a knee injury, tapped into his reserve tank of energy, took to heart whatever advice he was getting from Uncle Toni and, for the second match in a row, won a five-setter.
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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 Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | December 18, 2004
OK, it wasn't the semifinals at Wimbledon, where No. 1 Lindsay Davenport and No. 4 Maria Sharapova last met. The court was sky blue, not English green. But Sharapova, who won that last confrontation, was still on her game. She stepped to the service line and began. Two controlled bounces of the ball, a slow centering of the racket and then her right foot stepped in beside her left for just an instant as her arm came forward for a fast, strong swing. Sharapova served first and was on her way to a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Davenport last night in the 19th Mercantile Tennis Challenge at 1st Mariner Arena.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | December 17, 2004
Find a sport that requires grace, single-mindedness and robotlike dedication to training and practice, then set a Russian to the task and, most of the time, you'll find a champion. Figure skating, gymnastics, hockey and now tennis. And yet, not even Russian Maria Sharapova, the No. 4 player in the world, who will meet No. 1 Lindsay Davenport tonight in the Mercantile Tennis Challenge at 1st Mariner Arena, saw the Russian tennis advance coming. "No, no, I had no idea," said Sharapova, 17. "Before the French Open, we had top 20, top 50 players.
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By Diane Pucin and Diane Pucin,Tribune Newspapers | September 6, 2009
New York -- Andy Roddick saved three match points with aces. He couldn't save the fourth. In the middle of the caldron that was Arthur Ashe Stadium, 55th-ranked John Isner, who missed a chunk of this season with mononucleosis, pressured fifth-seeded Roddick into driving a forehand passing shot into the net and clinched a 7-6 (3), 6-3, 3-6, 5-7, 7-6 (5) win Saturday in the third round of the U.S. Open. It was the biggest upset so far in the men's draw and it overshadowed an American triumph earlier when 17-year-old Melanie Oudin conquered her second big-name player with a third-round upset of former No. 1-ranked and 29th-seeded Maria Sharapova, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5. Oudin had eliminated fourth-seeded Elena Dementieva in the second round.
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