Friday, September 22, 2017

Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova, of Russia, right, returns a shot from Anastasija Sevastova, of Latvia, during the fourth round of the U.S.

BY HOWARD FENDRICH NEW YORK (AP) — Maybe this was just one three-setter too many for Maria Sharapova. Sharapova tried a bit of everything, even resorting to switching over her racket to hit a few lefty shots. Still, the five-time ...
Maria Sharapova, of Russia, reacts after scoring a point against Timea Babos, of Hungary, during the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, in New York.

BY BRIAN MAHONEY NEW YORK (AP) — Listen to the crowds, and Maria Sharapova seems as popular as ever. Listen to the competitors, and it’s clear she hasn’t been welcomed back with open arms. Tennis isn’t the only game going ...
Maria Sharapova reacts after defeating Simona Halep 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 in their opening round match in the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, Monday, Aug. 28, 2017

BY HOWARD FENDRICH NEW YORK (AP) — When Maria Sharapova’s first Grand Slam match after a 15-month doping suspension ended with a victory at the U.S. Open, she dropped to her knees and covered her face, tears welling in her ...
This jan. 26, 2016, file photo shows Maria Sharapova of Russia playing a forehand return to Serena Williams of the United States during their quarterfinal match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia.

BY HOWARD FENDRICH NEW YORK (AP) — There are those who think Maria Sharapova shouldn’t even be in the U.S. Open via a wild-card invitation, because what dropped her ranking out of the top 100 was not an injury but ...
Grigor Dimitrov, of Bulgaria, returns to Nick Kyrgios, of Australia, during the men's singles final at the Western & Southern Open, Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017, in Mason, Ohio.

BY JOE KAY MASON, Ohio (AP) — Garbine Muguruza cradled her smiling face in both hands and closed her eyes, taking it all in. The Wimbledon champion had added another title to her breakthrough summer — this one at the ...
In this Aug. 27, 2014, file photo, Maria Sharapova, of Russia, returns a shot to Alexandra Dulgheru, of Romania, during the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Maria Sharapova was granted a wild-card invitation for the U.S. Open’s main draw on Tuesday and will take part in a Grand Slam event for the first time in more than 1½ years. Sharapova is among ...
In this May 8, 2017, file photo, Maria Sharapova hits a return to Eugenie Bouchard, of Canada, during a Madrid Open tennis tournament match in Madrid, Spain.

BY HOWARD FENDRICH PARIS (AP) — Maria Sharapova is skipping the grass-court season and will not try to qualify for Wimbledon because she has not recovered from an injured left thigh. The five-time major champion and former No. 1-ranked player ...
Maria Sharapova, of Russia, serves the ball to Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, of Croatia, during the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

BY JUSTIN PALMER LONDON (AP) — Maria Sharapova will play in the Wimbledon qualifying tournament. The 2004 champion at the All England Club, who returned last month from a 15-month doping ban, said Friday in a post on her website ...
Maria Sharapova, of Russia, returns the ball to Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, of Croatia, during the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

BY HOWARD FENDRICH The folks who run the sport of tennis do not have a hard-and-fast rule that would apply to Maria Sharapova and others in her shoes, something along the lines of: When returning from a drug suspension with ...
Maria Sharapova of Russia wipes sweat form her face during a tennis match against Christina Mchale of the United States, at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Monday, May 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

PARIS (AP) — Two-time champion Maria Sharapova has missed out on a wild-card entry for the French Open because of her doping ban. Announcing the decision on a live Facebook broadcast on Tuesday, French Tennis Federation president Bernard Giudicelli said ...
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