Enjoy some pics and videos of Maria Sharapova practicing with coach Sven Groeneveld and two sparring partners on Thursday. A really intense hitting session for the defending champion.
TAG Heuer ambassadors Maria Sharapova and Kei Nishikori challenged each other in front of the boutique on one of the most famous avenues of Paris, the Champs Elysées. Each player took turns trying to hit targets on the boutique’s storefront window with foam balls. The umpire was none other than Michael Chang, Roland Garros winner in 1989, and Nishikori’s coach. Next, the two champions each coached a team of three children with their swing.
Maria Sharapova et Kei Nishikori ont participé à un événement caritatif organisé par leur sponsor TAG Heuer, lundi soir à Paris. Maria et Kei s’affrontaient pour tenter de toucher le plus de cibles collées sur la devanture du magasin. L’arbitre n’était autre que Michael Chang, vainqueur à Roland Garros en 1989 et entraîneur de Nishikori. Les 2 joueurs ont ensuite aidé les enfants à manier leurs raquettes.
Reigning champion Maria Sharapova returns to Paris to defend her title wearing a dress that showcases the quintessentially French Breton stripe in a stylish and performance-driven silhouette.
During practice, Maria will wear the NikeCourt French Stripe Tank and Nike Ace Court Shorts.
Items from the summer 2015 NikeCourt collection will be available at select Nike retailers and on nike.com/niketennis beginning May 20.
I bought a bag of Sugarpova at Roland Garros last year, and totally forgot about it. I guess it’s more than time for me to taste it!
First, a look at the package:
The overall look is full of energy and fun. Psychedelic lips, the primary design element on each package, change color and pattern, depending on the flavour. Each flavour is named after an adjective, including Quirky, Sporty, Cheeky… mine is Flirty Sour.
The logo and design brand suit Maria Sharapova‘s sweetheart-like image quite well.
Serena Williams road to the final
|R1||Alison Van Uytvanck||6-0 6-4|
|R2||Vera Zvonareva||7-5 6-0|
|R3||Elina Svitolina||4-6 6-2 6-0|
|R4||Garbine Muguruza||2-6 6-3 6-2|
|QF||Dominika Cibulkova||6-2 6-2|
|SF||Madison Keys||7-6 6-2|
Serena Williams lost 2 sets en route for her 6th Australian Open final, her 23rd singles Grand Slam overall. If she wins, she’ll have 19 Slams, one more than legends Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova.
Maria Sharapova’s road to the final
|R1||Petra Martic||6-4 6-1|
|R2||Alexandra Panova||6-1 4-6 7-5|
|R3||Zarina Diyas||6-1 6-1|
|R4||Shuai Peng||6-3 6-0|
|QF||Eugenie Bouchard||6-3 6-2|
|SF||Elena Makarova||6-3 6-2|
Maria Sharapova was in deep trouble in the second round as she saved two match points against Alexandra Panova. She then had a smooth ride to the final – even schooling Bouchard in the quarterfinals.
Serena Williams – Maria Sharapova head to head: 16-2
|2014||Miami SF||Hard||Serena Williams||6-4 6-3|
|2014||Brisbane SF||Hard||Serena Williams||6-2 7-6|
|2013||Roland Garros F||Clay||Serena Williams||6-4 6-4|
|2013||Madrid F||Clay||Serena Williams||6-1 6-4|
|2013||Miami F||Hard||Serena Williams||4-6 6-3 6-0|
|2013||Doha SF||Hard||Serena Williams||6-3 6-2|
|2012||Istanbul F||Hard||Serena Williams||6-4 6-3|
|2012||London Olympics F||Grass||Serena Williams||6-0 6-1|
|2012||Madrid QF||Clay||Serena Williams||6-1 6-3|
|2011||Stanford QF||Hard||Serena Williams||6-1 6-3|
|2010||Wimbledon R16||Grass||Serena Williams||7-6 6-4|
|2008||Charleston QF||Grass||Serena Williams||7-5 4-6 6-1|
|2007||Miami R16||Grass||Serena Williams||6-1 6-1|
|2007||Australian Open F||Hard||Serena Williams||6-1 6-2|
|2005||Australian Open SF||Hard||Serena Williams||2-6 7-5 8-6|
|2004||Los Angeles F||Hard||Maria Sharapova||4-6 6-2 6-4|
|2004||Wimbledon F||Grass||Maria Sharapova||6-1 6-4|
|2004||Miami R16||Hard||Serena Williams||6-4 6-3|
— We Are Tennis (@WeAreTennis) January 30, 2015
Sharapova won two of their first three encounters, and since then, she has won only 3 sets in 15 matches against Serena! Their most disputed match was their semifinal in Melbourne 10 years ago, that Serena won 2-6 7-5 8-6. That match was featured in Steve Flink’s book, The greatest matches of all time:
The two most ferocious female competitors of their era clashed on the had courts of Melbourne in a blockbuster of a battle that was suspenseful, hard fought and compelling. Both players produced tennis that boggled the minds and raised the spirits of an exhilarated audience.
So, epic battle or routine win? Serena or Maria? Who do you think will win? Please share your thoughts.
Who will win the 2015 Australian Open?
- Serena Williams (29%, 30 Votes)
- Maria Sharapova (26%, 27 Votes)
- Simona Halep (13%, 13 Votes)
- Eugenie Bouchard (10%, 10 Votes)
- Ana Ivanovic (7%, 7 Votes)
- Caroline Wozniacki (6%, 6 Votes)
- Other (5%, 5 Votes)
- Petra Kvitova (5%, 5 Votes)
- Dominika Cibulkova (1%, 1 Votes)
- Angelique Kerber (0%, 0 Votes)
- Agnieszka Radwanska (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 104
Maria will face fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova in the semies. Do you think she will win a second Australian Open title?