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Suarez beats Sharapova at US Open

Suarez beats Sharapova at US Open

New York, Sep 4: Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro defeated Russian star Maria Sharapova 6-4, 6-3 to earn her place in the quarter-finals of the US Open tennis tournament.

Suarez, who turned 30 on Monday, is playing her eleventh US Open and made it to the quarter-finals for the second time after her first quarter-final in 2013, reports EFE news agency.

Suarez’s win over Sharapova, who won the 2006 US Open, broke the Russian player’s winning streak of 22-0 on the center court of the Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing Meadows and was the second loss to the Spaniard in six games on the circuit (4-2).

Suarez’s next opponent will be the fourteenth favorite American Madison Keys, who easily beat Slovakia’s Dominika Cibulkova 6-1, 6-3, to reach the quarter-finals of the US Open for the second consecutive year.

World No.132 Diatchenko stuns Sharapova in Wimbledon 1st round

Wimbledon, July4: Russia’s Maria Sharapova suffered an upset against 132nd-ranked countrywoman Vitalia Diatchenko, who prevailed 6-7 (3-7), 7-6 (7-3), 6-4 in the first round of Wimbledon tennis championships hereAon Tuesday.

The 24th-seeded Sharapova, who was playing Wimbledon for the first time since returning to the WTA Tour last year after serving a 15-month doping suspension, won the first set in part due to her opponent’s six double faults, reports Efe.

But the 27-year-old Diatchenko was more solid down the stretch and corrected her serving problems, committing just three double faults over the final two sets.

The underdog’s superior winning percentage on second-serve points (a reflection of her superiority from the baseline) was the difference, as she won 53 per cent of those points compared to 41 percent for her much more accomplished countrywoman.

The 2004 champion and 2011 runner-up, who did not compete in last year’s event due to injury, had never before lost in the first round of Wimbledon in 13 previous appearances.

Meanwhile, top-seeded Simona Halep of Romania began her journey at the 2018 Wimbledon with 6-2, 6-4 first-round victory over Kurumi Nara.

The world No. 1, fresh off winning her first Grand Slam title at the French Open, needed just an hour and 18 minutes to beat the Japanese world No. 100.

The Romanian star had not played an official tournament match since her breakthrough performance in Paris.

Halep will square off in the second round against Chinese world No. 126 Saisai Zheng.

In the men’s section, three-time champion Novak Djokovic cruised into the second round with a 6-3, 6-1, 6-2 victory over American Tennys Sandgren.

The score was a perfect reflection of the reality on court, as the Serbian 12-time Grand Slam champion faced just one break point (losing it to drop serve) and converted seven of his 19 break-point chances.

Sandgren was a potentially tough first-round opponent who made a surprise run to the quarter-finals of this year’s Australian Open. But he was no match for an all-time great player who has shown in recent weeks that he has put his injury woes behind him and is ready to go deep at major tournaments.

Djokovic will next take on Argentina’s Horacio Zeballos in the second round.

Sharapova defeats Gavrilova to reach Italian Open quarter-finals

Rome, May 18: Russian three-time champion Maria Sharapova rolled to a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Daria Gavrilova to book a spot in the quarter-finals of the Italian Open, a key French Open tune-up event.

Sharapova needed an hour and 38 minutes during the match on Thursday to overcome the feisty Australian, who had upset Spain’s Garbiñe Muguruza 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (8-6) in a more than three-hour battle on Wednesday, Efe news reported.

The 40th-ranked Russian dominated with her return game, breaking her opponent on seven occasions and winning 19 of Gavrilova’s 22 second-serve points.

Sharapova struggled at times on her own serve – getting broken four times, committing six double faults and winning just 56 per cent of her first-serve points – but her high winning percentage on second-serve points (53 per cent) allowed her to clinch a relatively routine victory.

Even though the victory was not as clean as possible, Sharapova saw the glass as half-full in her post-match interview.

“I just like the way that I’m competing.” she was quoted as saying on the WTA’s Web site. “I like the way that I feel out there. I think that’s really important, you know… I just like the attitude with which I’m playing with.”

Next up for Sharapova in Friday’s quarter-finals will be Latvian reigning French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko, who rallied for a 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory over Briton Johanna Konta.

That match will be the first-ever meeting between two of tennis’ most powerful baseline players.

Sharapova rallies to defeat Cibulkova at Italian Open

Rome, May 17: Three-time champion Maria Sharapova came back from a set down to defeat Slovakia’s Dominika Cibulkova 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 and advance to the third round of the Italian Open.

After a three-set win over 18th-ranked Australian Ashleigh Barty in the first round, Sharapova on Wednesday needed two and a half hours to overcome the Slovak World No. 34 in a match filled with hard-fought rallies and loud grunts on virtually every shot, reports Efe.

Cibulkova struck the first blow, taking the first set against an opponent who was sloppy with her footwork and made a high number of unforced errors.

But the diminutive Slovak’s winning percentage on first-serve points dropped from 79 percent in the first set to 55 percent in the second set and just 53 percent in the third as Sharapova put her stamp on the match with her powerful return of serve and ground strokes.

“I was really happy at the end of today’s match,” the 40th-ranked Sharapova was quoted as saying on the WTA’s Web site.

“I thought there was a lot of good things to take away from it. The competitiveness and against a player that I thought competed and played really well and played some of her best tennis for a long stretch of time.”

It was the Russian’s fourth victory in seven matches against Cibulkova, an opponent she also defeated a decade ago at the Italian Open.

Next up for Sharapova on Thursday will be either third-ranked Spaniard Garbiñe Muguruza or 24th-ranked Australian Daria Gavrilova.

The 31-year-old Sharapova, who is trying to get back to the top of her sport after serving a doping suspension in 2016-17, is the second-most accomplished active women’s clay-court player after Serena Williams.

She is already a two-time French Open champion and is trying to get her game in shape for another run at tennis’ clay-court Grand Slam tournament, which gets under way on May 27.

DOHA, Feb. 13, 2018 (Xinhua) -- Maria Sharapova of Russia celebrates during the single's first round match against Monica Niculescu of Romania at the 2018 WTA Qatar Open in Doha, Qatar, on Feb. 12, 2018. Monica Niculescu won 2-1. (Xinhua/Nikku/IANS)

Sharapova kicks off Italian Open with victory over Barty

Rome, May 16: Three-time Italian Open champion Maria Sharapova of Russia on Tuesday battled past Australia’s 16th-seeded Ashleigh Barty 7-5, 3-6, 6-2, in the first round of this year’s tourney here.

Participating for the 10th time in the tournament, the Russian needed two hours and 32 minutes to eliminate world No.6 Barty, reports Efe.

Sharapova, the world’s No. 40, is set to play the second round on Wednesday against Slovakia’s Dominika Cibulkova, who defeated Italy’s Francesca Schiavone.

The Russian player has won three of her six clashes with Cibulkova.

Global Sports Round Up on 8th March, 2018

Here is Sportzwiki’s daily news round-up, featuring top sports news from around the world, on 8th March 2018. Here’s all the news from sporting events like cricket, football, WWE, Tennis and other sports took over the attention of all the sports enthusiasts.

Nidahas Trophy, 2018

India vs Bangladesh

India will face Bangladesh in the second match of the Nidahas Trophy at the R Premadasa stadium. Bangladesh will play their first match in the tri-series, while India have already played one match which they lost to Sri Lanka by five wickets. However, Bangladesh will be without the services of their primary all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, who has been ruled out of the series due to a finger injury.

Champions League, Results

Tottenham vs Juventus 

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Juventus won the second leg against Tottenham Hotspurs 2-1. Image Courtesy: Twitter

Tottenham lost a golden opportunity to qualify for the quarter-final stage of the Champions League despite having a two away goal advantage. Tottenham started the match as favourites and scored the first goal of the match in the 39th minute. But the Italian side refused to give up as the two Argentines in the side Gonzalo Higuain, and Paulo Dybala scored two goals in three minutes to win the match for Juventus.

Manchester City vs Basel

English Premier League leaders Manchester City lost the second leg against Basel but qualified for the quarter-finals on aggregate as they won the match 5-2. Gabriel Jesus scored in the 8th minute on his first start on return. Basel then struck back and equalised in the 17th minute. Despite having just 22% possession in the match, Basel scored the winner in the 71st minute.

UEFA Europa League, Fixtures

Atletico Madrid vs Lokomotiv Moscow, 11:30 PM IST

Borussia Dortmund vs Red Bull Leipzig, 11:30 PM IST

AC Milan vs Arsenal, 11:30 PM IST

CSKA Moscow vs Lyon, 11:30 PM IST

Indian Wells

Maria Sharapova’s return to the BNP Paribas Open for the first time in three years ended in a 6-4, 6-4 loss to Naomi Osaka of Japan in the first round of Indian Wells Masters.

Sharapova loses in Indian Wells 1st round

Los Angeles, March 8: Russian star Maria Sharapova returned to the Indian Wells tennis tournament after three years only to lose in the first round to Japan’s Naomi Osaka in straight sets.

Osaka dominated her highly rated opponent and carved out a 6-4, 6-4 victory here on Wednesday, reports Efe news agency.

Osaka will now play World No.31 Agnieszka Radwanska in the next round.

Meanwhile, Sam Stosur recovered after losing the first set to American Lauren Davis to win the game 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 and advance to the second round where she will face Kristina Mladenovic.

Sixteen-year-old Amanda Anisimova beat 94th-ranked Pauline Parmentier 6-2, 6-2 to set up a second-round clash against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

“I’m really proud of myself. The biggest thing (in the pros) is about being tougher mentally. I try to take things one point at a time,” Anisimova told the Tennis Channel.

In a marathon battle spanning two hours and 23 minutes, Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic knocked out Timea Babos 1-6, 6-1, 7-6 to set up a second-round clash with Jelena Ostapenko while Sachia Vickery beat Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard 6-3, 6-4.

Kerber edges out Sharapova, advances to Australian Open 4th round

Melbourne, Jan 20: Angelique Kerber of Germany on Saturday prevailed over Maria Sharapova of Russia 6-1, 6-3 in a clash between two former World No.1s and previous Australian Open champions.

The 21st seed Kerber needed just 64 minutes to dispatch Sharapova, who won the Australian Open title in 2008, in the third round of the first Grand Slam event of the season, reports Efe.

“I have so many great memories from this court (Rod Laver Arena),” Kerber, the 2016 Australian Open champion, said.

“This court is so special for me and with you guys, it’s even more special.”

Sharapova struggled on serve during the match, winning just 38 and 47 percent of the first and second delivery points, respectively, which opened the door for Kerber to break her serve five times.

Kerber is to play either Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei or Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska for a place in the quarter-finals.

Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia, the 8th seed, defeated Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus 6-3, 5-7, 6-2.

In the next round, Garcia is scheduled to face Madison Keys of the United States, the 17th seed, who got the better of Romania’s Ana Bogdan 6-3, 6-4.

Sharapova sets up 3rd round match against Kerber at Australian Open

Melbourne, Jan 18: Former world No.1s and ex-Australian Open champions Maria Sharapova of Russia and Angelique Kerber of Germany on Thursday eased past Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova and Croatia’s Donna Vekic respectively to set up an intriguing match in the third round of the Australian Open.

The 2008 champion Sharapova defeated Sevastova, who has never got past the 4th round in Melbourne, 6-1, 7-6 (7-4), reports Efe.

“You know, it’s a warm day. I did my job in two sets against someone that’s been troubling in the past for me. So third round of the Australian Open, I don’t know, I think I deserve to smile out there after that victory,” Sharapova said after the match.

She started the match in strong fashion, not offering her opponent any break points, and took both break point chances she had during an easy first set.

The second set was tighter, with both trading service games three times apiece, pushing it to a tie break.

Sharapova, who fired 30 winners compared to just six by her opponent, had the upper hand in the tiebreak, earning her second win over Sevastova in three career matches.

The five-time Grand Slam champion is set to play against Kerber, who won the Australian Open title in 2016.

Kerber needed 70 minutes to end Vekic’s best run in Melbourne 6-4, 6-1.

Despite conceding her serve once in the first set, Kerber made the most of both break points she had to clinch the first set.

The second set was much more comfortable as she held serve and took the two chances to break she presented to seal the win.

Sharapova in second round of Australian Open

Melbourne, Jan 16: Maria Sharapova advanced to the second round of the Australian Open tennis tournament after defeating Germany’s Tatjana Maria, 6-1, 6-4 at the Margaret Court Arena on Tuesday.

It was the Russian superstar’s first time back at the tournament since 2016, when she tested positive for a banned substance called meldonium, reports Xinhua news agency.

Although Sharapova claimed it was used to treat a heart condition, the violation saw her suspended from competition for 15 months.

“I know what level I can play and what tennis I can produce,” the former world number one told Xinhua after the match.

“But I’m also realistic, the process of coming back takes time, so I’ll keep learning and I’ll keep building.

“I’m not overly confident (about winning the tournament) but I have expectations because of the previous results through my career.”

Determined to get back to the form that saw her win five Grand Slam titles, Sharapova returned to competition in April 2017.

“I feel like I’ve gotten a lot of things out of the way physically, mentally and emotionally,” the Russian said.

“Some things are coming along slower than I’ve wanted but some things I feel good about.”

At the end of last year, the 30-year-old received a huge confidence boost after winning the Tianjin Open, and believes that time on the court is the key to recapturing her past success.

“I think confidence comes with time and match play and putting yourself in situations where you are able to take those opportunities,” she said.

“I know nothing will be handed to me, you have to work for every point of every match.”

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