2014/07/29

Serena Williams Leads U.S. Open Women’s Field

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U.S. Tennis Association -White Plains, N.Y., July 16, 2014 – The USTA  announced that world No. 1 and two-time defending champion Serena Williams leads the women’s field for the 2014 US Open Tennis Championships. Williams is joined by 103 of the world’s top 105 women, including reigning French Open and former US Open champion Maria Sharapova, Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, two-time US Open champion Venus Williams and former US Open champions Samantha Stosur and Svetlana Kuznetsova.

In total, 36 different countries are represented in the women’s field. Eleven U.S. women received entry into the main draw – the most of any country – with nine Americans ranked in the Top 50.

The 2014 US Open will be played August 25 through September 8 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. The US Open Women’s Singles Championship is presented by JPMorgan Chase.

Leading the entry list is world No. 1 Serena Williams, who won her fifth US Open crown in 2013, trying her with Steffi Graf for the second-most US Open women’s singles title in the Open Era, trailing only Chris Evert, with six. Williams has won 17 Grand Slam singles titles overall, which ranks sixth all-time, just one behind Evert and Martina Navratilova (18).

Joining Williams in the field’s top four are world No. 2 Li Na, of China, Asia’s first and only Grand Slam champion, who won her second major singles title at the 2014 Australian Open; No. 3 Simona Halep, of Romania, a 2014 French Open finalist and Wimbledon semifinalist, and No. 4 Kvitova, of the Czech Republic, who won her second Grand Slam and Wimbledon singles title earlier this month.

Following the top four are No. 5 Agnieszka Radwanska, of Poland, the first Polish player to reach a Grand Slam singles final (2012 Wimbledon); No. 6 Sharapova, of Russia, the 2006 US Open champion who won her fifth Grand Slam singles title this year at the French Open; No. 7 Eugenie Bouchard, of Canada, who reached her first Grand Slam singles final this summer at Wimbledon and also advanced to the semifinals of the French Open and Australian Open this year; No. 8 Angelique Kerber, of Germany, a two-time US Open semifinalist (2011-12); No. 9 Jelena Jankovic, of Serbia, a former world No. 1 and US Open finalist (2008), and No. 10 Victoria Azarenka, of Belarus, a former world No. 1 and two-time Australian Open champion (2012-13) who has been the US Open runner-up to Williams each of the last two years.

Ten players who have won Grand Slam singles titles in their careers are competing in the US Open this year, including former world No. 1 and 2008 French Open champion Ana Ivanovic, of Serbia, and 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone, of Italy.

France’s Virginie Razzano, ranked No. 105, is the last player accepted directly into the women’s field of 128. Two players have withdrawn due to injury, No. 82 Alisa Kleybanova, of Russia, and No. 90 Victoria Duval, of the United States, who is undergoing treatment after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. One player is using a special ranking to gain entry into the main draw – No. 40 Romina Oprandi, of Switzerland. Sixteen more players will gain entry through the US Open Qualifying Tournament, August 19-22, while the remaining eight spots are wild cards awarded by the USTA.

In addition to Serena Williams, the other American women who received direct entry into this year’s tournament include No. 22 Sloane Stephens, of Coral Springs, Fla., No. 25 Venus Williams, of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., No. 27 Madison Keys, of Rock Island, Ill., No. 41 Coco Vandeweghe, of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., No. 43 Alison Riske, of Pittsburgh, No. 44 Lauren Davis, of Gates Mills, Ohio, No. 49 Varvara Lepchenko, of Allentown, Pa., No. 51 Christina McHale, of Teaneck, N.J., No. 76 Vania King, of Monterey Park, Calif., and No. 104 Shelby Rogers, of Charleston, S.C.

Several of the young Americans listed above have had breakout performances on the WTA tour this year. Keys, 19, and Vandeweghe, 22, each won their first WTA singles titles on the same weekend this June, the first time in 12 years two American women won WTA titles in the same week. Rogers, 21, and McHale, 22, both made their first WTA final appearances, while Davis, 20, advanced to the third round of both Wimbledon and the Australian Open this year.

Among the players competing in the US Open Qualifying Tournament will be the winner of the fifth annual US Open National Playoffs – Women’s Championship, held during the Emirates Airline US Open Series event in New Haven, Conn., prior to the US Open Qualifying Tournament. The USTA created the US Open National Playoffs in 2010 to allow players 14 and older, regardless of playing ability or nationality, to vie for a spot in the US Open Qualifying Tournament via one of 13 sectional qualifying tournaments.

The July 14 edition of the WTA rankings was used to determine the US Open main draw entry list. Seeds will be determined and announced closer to the start of the event.

The 2014 US Open will mark the culmination of the Emirates Airline US Open Series, the North American summer season of eight ATP World Tour and WTA events that begin this Monday, July 21. The US Open is the highest-attended annual spring event in the world and will again be broadcast domestically on CBS Sports, ESPN and Tennis Channel, with international broadcasts reaching 180 countries.

The 2014 US Open will be played form Monday, August 25 through Monday, September 8. Tickets can be purchased: at USOpen.org; by calling Ticketmaster at 1-866-OPEN-TIX; at all Ticketmaster outlets; at the box office at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

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French Open Champions Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova Lose at Wimbledon

(July 1, 2014) WIMBLEDON – French Open Champions Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova were the victims of major upsets on Tuesday at Wimbledon.

World No. 1 and No. 2 seed Nadal fell to Australian wild card Nick Kyrgios 7-6(5), 5-7, 7-6(5), 6-3 in the fourth round. For the up-and-coming Kyrgios ranked 144th in the world who hit 37 aces against Nadal, it was the match of his life and the biggest upset of the tournament.

“I’m pretty happy,” said the 19-year-old Australian. “That’s the biggest win of my career obviously, and that’s something I’m never going to forget. I’m going to draw so much confidence out of that no matter where I play now. To have that under my belt, it’s massive.”

“The thing is this surface,” Nadal said. “When you have an opponent that he decides to serve and to hit every ball very strong, you are in trouble.

“I think that I didn’t play really bad. But that’s the game in this surface.

“I think in the second and the third set I was better than him, but I was not able to convert that opportunities. And for the rest, I think he play better than me.

“So, in general, talking about what you need to win in this surface, he did the things better than me.”
It was the fourth straight match at Wimbledon where Nadal dropped the opening set.

Kyrgios became the first man to reach the quarterfinals in his Wimbledon debut in 10 years. He is also the first teenager to defeat the No. 1 player man at a major since Nadal did it at 19 when he beat Roger Federer at the 2005 French Open.

“I think I had to play a solid game that gave me the best shot,” said the 6’ 4” Australian. “That’s serving big and playing aggressive. I thought today my serve was something that got me over the line. It made me, you know, be able to put pressure on his serve as well.

“I think that was very important.”

“In the tiebreak he was able to serve better than me,” the Spaniard said. “So that’s an advantage. I could serve better on the tiebreaks. But 5‑All in the second set in the tiebreak, second serve, net, inside for him, second serve big. Then he repeat the second serve with 140 miles the second serve.

“You know, that’s happens when you have nothing to lose. You can play that way. Players who really play for being in the last rounds, think about win the titles, it’s not easy to create the second serve 114 5-All in the tiebreak, but that’s what happened today.

“Congratulations to him. For me, beach,” Nadal said smiling.

“It still hasn’t sunk in yet,” Kyrgios said of the win. “I was just overwhelmed with every feeling out there. I turned to my whole box, you know, just shared that moment with them. It still hasn’t hit me what I’ve done.”
Next up in the quarterfinal for the Aussie will be another big server in Canadian Milos Raonic.

“Milos has probably got the best serve in the world,” he said. I’m just going to go out there and have fun again.”
Maria Sharapova became the favorite to win Wimbledon when Serena Williams lost on Saturday. Germany’s Angelique Kerber, the No. 9 seed dismissed the fifth-seeded Russian from the tournament 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-4. The match was a tale of errors.

Sharapova made 49 unforced errors, 38 more than her opponent.

“I think there were a few little key moments in each set actually that I can learn from,” Sharapova said. “I was up in the tiebreaker and didn’t follow through. You know, it was great to come back in that second.
“Had a really slow start in the third. She rode with that confidence. It was just a few points in the end of that. Maybe things would have been different if I won that game, but in the end I didn’t.”

“Before I went on court I was just telling myself, you know, Just go out there, enjoy it, and play like you are at practice,” Kerber said. “You know, not focus on her, just focus on yourself, yeah, and believe that you can beat her.”

“At the end I was trying to focus just from point to point. I was telling me, you know, You can do it. She will not make mistakes. If you would like to win the match, you need to do it, to be aggressive, just go for it.
“Yeah, and I did it. Yeah, I’m just happy that, you know, actually I won the match. I think she didn’t lost the match; I won it. That feels good.”

“The next match against Bouchard, it will be tough one,” Kerber added. “I lost against her in Paris, but I’m feeling right now better and I’m feeling better on grass.

“I never played against her on this surface, so I will be focused like today just on myself. Just try to be aggressive, play my game, and not focusing on her.”

The women’s quarterfinals set for Wednesday are No. 3 Simona Halep against 2013 runner-up Sabine Lisicki, and No. 9 Angelique Kerber versus No. 13 Eugenie Bouchard. The semifinal on the other side of the draw is already complete 2011 champion Petra Kvitova against No. 23 Lucie Safarova

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Maria Sharapova Dominates in Third Round Victory

 

(June 28, 2014) WIMBLEDON – The second match under the comforts of the roof of Centre Court at Wimbledon on Saturday featured No. 5 Maria Sharapova against American Alison Riske as rain continued to fall keeping the outer courts inactive.

The feisty Riske jumped off to a 2-0 lead, breaking her Russian opponent in the second game. Serving at 3-2, Riske could not close on game point chance and she double-faulted on break point give the break back to Sharapova.

“On grass things happen much quicker than maybe on other surfaces, Sharapova said.  “You find yourself down a break.  She served extremely well in the beginning.  Didn’t read her serve.

“As I started getting more balls back, getting myself back in position, I felt like she had to go for a little bit more on her first serve and had a little more pressure, whereas in the beginning of the set she got a lot of free points.  That automatically gives her a lot of confidence when she steps on the line.

“Those are the types of things you try to impose on your opponent if you’re not feeling that energy, or maybe a step too slow to the ball.  It’s a few little things that make the big difference in the end.”

From that point onward it was all Sharapova, who won the last 11 straight games to complete the win in 69 minutes 6-3, 6-0.

She’ll face Angelique Kerber in the round of 16.

 

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Maria Sharapova Advances to Third Round at Wimbledon

 

(June 26, 2014) WIMBLEDON - Maria Sharapova has lost only for games in her campaign for a second Wimbledon title. Sharapova wiped out Swiss qualifier Timea Bacsinsky 6-2, 6-1 to reach the third round at the All England Club in 60 minutes.

“Because it’s so quick from one (surface) to another, the first couple of matches are really crucial in just working on so many things as a grass court player, just trying to make that transition and trying to do it as quick as possible,” Sharapova said.

Sharapova last won Wimbledon 10 years ago in a final against Serena Williams. Should both women hold form, they will be on a collision course in the quarterfinals.

“I haven’t had a chance to watch too many of her matches,” Sharapova said referring to Serena Williams.  “But it doesn’t really matter.  I mean, she’s been here.  She’s done it many, many times.

“If we do get to the stage of playing against each other, first of all, I’ll be happy to be in that stage, in the quarterfinal stage, facing against her on one of the courts.

“You know, we played each other many times.  I haven’t had the best results against her.  I always look forward to that opportunity and the challenge to play against the best, try something a little bit different to try to get a win out there.”

Last year the No. 5 player lost to world No.131 Michelle Larcher de Brito in the second round.

“I think after last year, everyone is maybe a little bit more cautious,” Sharapova said. “You can’t just forget about it overnight. It’s always in the back of your mind a little bit. I’m sure happy to get through an extra round than I did last year.”

Sharapova next plays American Alison Riske, No.44 in the world.

“I feel like her game matches up with grass extremely well. She stays down really low, hits really flat from both sides, has had steady results on the surface.” Sharapova said. “It’s going to be a challenge.”

 

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Sharapova Drops Only One Game in Opening Win at Wimbledon

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(June 24, 2014) WIMBLEDON – French Open champion and 2004 Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova demolished British wild card Samantha Murray 6-1, 6-0 on Tuesday in a first-round match at Wimbledon.

“There’s always a bit more tension coming into the first round of a Grand Slam,” Sharapova said.  “It was such a quick turnaround.  Just a couple weeks ago you’re on the clay, coming onto the grass, with the new grass and new surface, it’s a different feeling.

“It was obviously a bit slower start than I wanted, but happy overall with how I progressed through the match, which was the important key.

“It was certainly a slow start.  I wish I didn’t make those errors.

“But I think as the match progressed, I got more comfortable, found my toss a little bit better.  I think my percentage went up, which was quite important considering she did want to play an aggressive game off of the second serves.”

Sharapova could potentially face five-time Wimbledon champ Serena Williams in the quarterfinals.

Other women advancing on Tuesday included third-seeded Simona Halep, fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska, Ana Ivanovic, Caroline Wozniacki and No. 13 Eugenie Bouchard.

As the losing women’s finalist last year and the champion now retired, Sabine Lisicki filled in for the retired Marion Bartoli in playing the first match on Centre Court. The 19th seed won handily 6-1, 6-2 over Julia Glushko.

There were a few upsets on the women’s side which included (7) Jelena Jankovic, (14) Sara Errani, (21) Roberta Vinci, (26) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, (28) Svetlana Kuznetsova and (.29) Sorana Cirstea.

Karen Pestaina at Wimbledon.

RESULTS – JUNE 23, 2014
Women’s
Singles – First Round
(1) Serena Williams (USA) d. Anna Tatishvili (USA) 61 62
(3) Simona Halep (ROU) d. Teliana Pereira (BRA) 62 62
(4) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. (Q) Andreea Mitu (ROU) 62 61
(5) Maria Sharapova (RUS) d. (WC) Samantha Murray (GBR) 61 60
Kaia Kanepi (EST) d. (7) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) 63 62
(9) Angelique Kerber (GER) d. Urszula Radwanska (POL) 62 64
(11) Ana Ivanovic (SRB) d. Francesca Schiavone (ITA) 76(64) 64
(13) Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) d. Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) 75 75
Caroline Garcia (FRA) d. (14) Sara Errani (ITA) 26 76(3) 75
(15) Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) d. Zhang Shuai (CHN) 61 62
(16) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) d. Shahar Peer (ISR) 63 60
(19) Sabine Lisicki (GER) d. Julia Glushko (ISR) 62 61
(20) Andrea Petkovic (GER) d. Katarzyna Piter (POL) 61 64
Donna Vekic (CRO) d. (21) Roberta Vinci (ITA) 64 46 64
(24) Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) d. (Q) Tamira Paszek  (AUT) 64 67(3) 62
(25) Alizé Cornet (FRA) d. Anna Schmiedlova (SVK) 46 64 62
Alison Riske (USA) d. (26) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 46 75 61
(Q) Michelle Larcher de Brito (POR) d. (28) Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) 36 63 61
(Q) Victoria Duval (USA) d. (29) Sorana Cirstea (ROU) 64 36 61
(31) Klara Koukalova (CZE) d. (WC) Taylor Townsend (USA) 75 62
Madison Keys (USA) d. Monica Puig (PUR) 63 63
Camila Giorgi (ITA) d. Alexandra Cadantu (ROU) 61 76(5)
Karolina Pliskova (CZE) d. Karin Knapp (ITA) 67(4) 64 108
Varvara Lepchenko (USA) d. Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) 67(6) 62 62
Heather Watson (GBR) d. Ajla Tomljanovic (CRO) 63 62
Petra Cetkovska (CZE) d. Jovana Jaksic (SRB) 62 46 75
Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) d. (WC) Kristyna Pliskova (CZE) 36 64 86
Zheng Jie (CHN) d. Annika Beck (GER) 61 63
Belinda Bencic (SUI) d. Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) 26 63 63
Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) d. Virginie Razzano (FRA) 16 64 75
Chanelle Scheepers (RSA) d. Christina McHale (USA) 63 63
Lourdes Domínguez Lino (ESP) d. Petra Martic (CRO) 60 61
(Q) Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) d. Sharon Fichman (CAN) 61 63
(Q) Lesia Tsurenko  (UKR) d. Dinah Pfizenmaier (GER) 63 60
(WC) Sílvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP) d. Olga Govortsova (BLR) 62 63

Suspended due to darkness
Zarina Diyas (KAZ) leads Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) 76(4)
(WC) Tara Moore (GBR) is tied with (WC) Vera Zvonareva (RUS) 46 76(3)

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Maria Sharapova Named the Face of Avon Luck Fragrance

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(June 11, 2014) Newly crowned French Open champion Maria Sharapova has added another product to her endorsement list – a perfume. The Russian will be the new face of Avon Luck for men and women.

“I am excited to represent Avon Luck, a fragrance that reminds us to savor and truly enjoy our triumphs,” says Sharapova. “I always say the harder you work, the luckier you are because you strive for bigger goals. I love being able to partner with a company like Avon that empowers women around the world to accomplish their dreams.”

“When we created Avon Luck, we wanted to capture the intoxicating charisma of someone who creates her own luck in life,” explains Patricia Perez-Ayala, Avon Chief Marketing Officer. “As one of the top ranked tennis players worldwide, and a sophisticated natural beauty, Maria perfectly captures this sense of energy and possibility. She’s the ideal spokesperson for a fragrance that exudes happiness and a feeling of being on top of the world.”

The fragrance will launch in Europe in September, North America in October followed by Asia Pacific in November through Avon Representatives and www.avon.com.

 

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Maria Sharapova Wins Second French Open Title

(June 7, 2014) Once describing her movement on clay courts as that of a “cow on ice,” Maria Sharapova has now captured the most important clay court title for a second time in three years by defeating No. 4 seed Simona Halep 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-4 for the French Open title on Saturday. The victory marks her fifth major tournament victory – 2012, 2014 French Opens, 2008 Australian Open, 2006 US. Open and 2004 Wimbledon.

The win is 27-year-old’s 32nd tournament win. She will move up to No. 5 in the world when the next rankings come out on Monday and Halep who made her first major final appearance will rise to No. 3.

Coming into last year’s French Open Halep was ranked No. 57 in the world.

Sharapova went down a break in the first set but rebounded to win it. In the second set Sharapova broke Halep twice as she was serving for the set, but lost the last four points of the tiebreak, after leading 5-3 to lose it and be extended to a third set. In the third set both women exchanged breaks early, but the Russian gained the ultimate break of serve in the ninth game of the set, which she backed up with an emphatic hold.

Sharapova had to rally from a set down in three straight matches on the way to the final, beating Sam Stosur, Garbine Murguruza and Eugenie Bouchard.

“This is the toughest Grand Slam final I’ve ever played,” Sharapova said on court after the match. “Really, this tournament means so much to me. It’s a tournament, when I was young and growing up, I wanted to win.

“To think that I’ve won it two times is, I don’t know. So emotional right now, I can’t even talk.”

“To be in your first Grand Slam final is an incredible achievement,” Sharapova said. “You’ve had an amazing two weeks, and this is just the first step. I think you’ll have an incredible career.”

“It’s my first Grand Slam speech, so emotionally it’s really difficult for me,” Halep said to the crowd during the trophy ceremony, after the match. “But I wish to have many more. But of course this one will be very special for me all my life.”

“I had two incredible weeks here. It was an amazing tournament for me,” Halep continued. “I played my best. And I’m really happy that you guys came every match to support me and today also you were amazing.”

Halep was trying to become the second Romanian player to win Roland Garros. The first, Viriginia Ruzici who won in 1978, is Halep’s manager.

Sharapova is now the first Russian player to win a major twice.

The match which lasted 3 hours and 2 minutes was the longest French Open women’s final since 1996 when Steffi Graf defeated Arantxa Sanchez 10-8 in the third set. It was also the first women’s final in Paris to go the full three sets since Jennifer Capriati beat Kim Clijsters 12-10 in the third in 2001.

“If somebody had told me that I’d win at some stage in my career that I’d have more Roland Garros titles than any other Grand Slam, I’d probably go get drunk” Sharapova said. Or tell them to get drunk, one or the other.

“Yeah, it’s really amazing.  I feel that I worked to get to this position.  There’s nothing else.  There is no substitute in these titles.  You can’t just go out there and just do it without putting in the effort, putting in the work.

“You’re not just born being a natural clay court player.  Okay, maybe if you’re Nadal.  But certainly not me.  I didn’t grow up on it; didn’t play on it.  I just took it upon myself to make myself better on it.

“There is no one else that was going to do that for me.  I had to do the work.”

“I think I had good tactics today,” Halep said in her post-match news conference.  “I opened the angles.  Also, I was hitting the ball strong.

“But, yeah, she did what she’s doing always, like to hit the balls very strong.  The serve was really, she had a good kick, and it was difficult for me to return.

“Yeah, she was moving really well.  I think it was a good, very good match today, a good final.  I didn’t expect three sets, three hours, but it happened, and I’m really happy that I could stay very long time on court.

“The atmosphere was incredible.  Of course, forever I will not forget this match.”

Sharapova’s win marks her 32nd career title. She now is second place on the all-time prize money list  surpassing Venus Williams. Serena Williams sits atop the all-time earnings list.

Sharapova now has 10 clay court titles, second among active players to Serena Williams with 11. Her record improves to 19-1 on clay this season and 54-4 since the start of 2012. She now has 20 straight wins in three-set matches on clay.

 

 

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Maria Sharapova Reaches Third Straight French Open Final

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(June 5, 2014) Maria Sharapova is into her third straight French Open final, defeating young Canadian Eugenie Bouchard 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 on Thursday in Paris.

Sharapova, the seventh seed dropped the first set in her third straight match in Paris now owns a 8-4 record in majors when she loses the first set. The Russian is on a 19-match win streak in three set matches.

Sharapova won the French Open in 2012 and lost in last year’s final to Serena Williams.

The 18th seed Bouchard who will move to No. 12 when the new rankings come out next week. Bouchard is the only player this year to reach the semifinals of both the Australian and French Opens..

“I think it was a tough battle, which is what I expected, Bouchard said in press.  I mean, I felt the whole match I didn’t play as well as I have played earlier in the tournament.

“You know, it’s always disappointing to be a little bit off.  I felt like I was trying to do what I wanted to do, which was be aggressive, go for my shots.  But often I constructed the point well and then didn’t finish it as well as I could.”

“It’s not how you finish a first set, it’s how you finish the last set,” Sharapova said.

“I didn’t feel that I was playing my best,” Sharapova said. “I fought, I scrambled, and I found a way to win.”

Sharapova will play fourth seed Simona Halep of Romania who defeated 28th-seed Andrea Petkovic of Germany 6-2, 7-5(5).

“I played really well here, a few good matches,” Halep said. “But next round will be very tough. I know Maria. She’s a great champion.”

Sharapova has never lost to Halep, she’s 3-0.

By reaching the final, Sharapova will be ranked No. 6 next week and Halep will move up to No. 3.

 

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Maria Sharapova and Eugenie Bouchard to Meet in French Open Semifinals

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(June 3, 2014) No. 7 Maria Sharapova and 18th seeded Eugenie Bouchard advanced to the semifinals of the French Open on Tuesday. Sharapova beat the woman who knocked Serena Williams, Garbine Muguruza 1-6, 7-5, 6-1. Bouchard defeated Carla Suarez Navarro 7-6, 2-6, 7-5

 

For Sharapova it’s her fourth straight French Open semi and for Bouchard it’s her second straight grand slam semi.

Sharapova has won 25 of last 26 clay-court three-set matches, including 18 straight.

“It was so tough losing in the final last year, being the defending champion,” Sharapova said. “This year, to come back, I have the extra motivation to go further, and to be back on (this) stage is a really nice feeling.”

 

More to follow…

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Maria Sharapova Rallies Past Sam Stosur at French Open

 

(June 1, 2014) Maria Sharapova rebounded from losing the first set to move into the French Open quarterfinals on Saturday 3-6, 6-4, 6-0 over Sam Stosur. Sharpaova won the last nine games to close out the match.

After losing the first set, Sharapova who trailed 4-3 in the second won 22 of 25 points to take command of the match over the 19th seed.

“It was so difficult in the beginning, Samantha was playing so well, but I got energy from the crowd,” Sharapova said about her comeback.

“I’m so happy to be back in the quarter-finals, it’s such a special tournament for me. “It’s a big step but when you get there it will get more difficult. Hopefully I will raise my level.”

No. 7 Sharapova is looking for her second Roland Garro title. She won back in 2012 and last year was a losing finalist to Serena Williams.

With Serena Williams ousted from the tournament in the second round, Sharapova will face the woman who beat her in the quarterfinals, Garbine Muguruza of Spain. Garbine Muguruza defeated French woman Pauline Parmentier 6-4, 6-2.

 

ROLAND GARROS

Women’s Results – Sunday, June 1, 2014
Singles – Fourth Round
(7) Maria Sharapova (RUS) d. (19) Samantha Stosur (AUS) 36 64 60
(18) Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) d. (8) Angelique Kerber (GER) 61 62
(14) Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) d. Ajla Tomljanovic (CRO) 63 63
Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP) d. (WC) Pauline Parmentier (FRA) 64 62

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