August 2, 2015

Sharapova Continues Stunning Form to Reach Semifinals in Melbourne



By Jaclyn Stacey

(January 22, 2013) MELBOURNE PARK, Australia – Maria Sharapova stormed into the semifinals of the Australian Open after crushing fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova 6-2, 6-2 in 66 minutes.


Sharapova didn’t manage any bageled sets in the match but was still very impressive and completely dominated her opponent. She has dropped just 9 games for the duration of the tournament.


“I thought today was going to be a really good test. She’s beaten quality players over the course of last week, and I know that she’s capable of playing really good, you know, with deep hitting. Also a lefty, which is a bit tricky. So, yeah, I thought I handled that pretty good and was able to keep my focus all the way through the match.”


Sharapova hit 22 winners and won 83% of her first serves in play on her way to the quick victory.


She will meet Li Na in the semifinals and leads their head-to-head 8-4.


“Yeah, I mean, I’ve beaten her the last few times that we’ve played, but they’ve always been really good matches, really tough matches. I certainly expect it in the next one.”


“She’s had a great start to the year and playing really well. She was, you know, the most-improved player towards the end of last year as well, so that will be hopefully a high-quality semi.”


Sharapova has yet to be troubled during the tournament and was asked if it worries her knowing she hasn’t had to surpass any big challenges going into the semifinal.


“Well, going into the match, my goal is not really to be tested. I don’t know how else to put it. If I do come into a situation where I feel like I have to pull through or I’m not playing my best tennis or she’s up and I have to find a way to win, then that’s what you have on that given day.”


“Do I want to be in that position? Absolutely not.”


Jaclyn Stacey is a Melbourne based freelance journalist covering the Australian Open tournament as media for Tennis Panorama News.  Follow her Australian Open updates on @TennisNewsTPN. Follow her personal twitter @JackattackAU.



Sharapova Dishes Out More Bagels in Second Round of Australian Open


(January 16, 2013) Maria Sharapova has now won 24 straight games at the Australian Open. The Russian served up another double-bagel 6-0, 6-0, this time to Misaki Doi in 47 minutes, yielding a mere 15 points to the Japanese playe in second round play on Wednesday in Melbourne. Sharapova also won her first round encounter against Russian countrywoman Olga Puchkova by the same score.

No. 2-ranked Sharapova has been dominating in her play.

“I’ve been playing really aggressively and doing the right things,” Sharapova said. “It’s not easy to be up so much because you can have a few let-downs. You just have to try to concentrate.”

“My focus is always on the next point and to try to win as many of them as possible.  When you have your chances and opportunities, little doors that open up, you try to take them.

“Without looking at the scoreboard, I don’t want anyone to know what score it is on the scoreboard just by looking at my face or my attitude.  I try to play every single point like I really need to win it.”

Venus Williams won her second match against Alize Cornet and will play Sharapova next.

“There are certainly no secrets coming into that matchup,” said Sharapova.

“We’ve played against each other many times.  You know, despite the fact that she might not be seeded high or didn’t play for a little bit, she’s still a very experienced player and a tremendous athlete.

“Going out there, there won’t be too many secrets.  I hope for it to be a great match.”

The last woman to win consecutive 6-0, 6-0 matches at a major was Wendy Turnbull at the 1985 at the Australian Open.