Maria Sharapova

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.

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Michael Chang, Maria Sharapova and Kei Nishikori

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.

Tag Heuer event

Tag Heuer event

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Maria Sharapova Roland Garros 2015 dress

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.

Maria Sharapova Roland Garros outfit

During practice, Maria will wear the NikeCourt French Stripe Tank and Nike Ace Court Shorts.

NikeCourt Maria Sharapova

NikeCourt Maria Sharapova

Items from the summer 2015 NikeCourt collection will be available at select Nike retailers and on nike.com/niketennis beginning May 20.

Check out Rafael Nadal and Grigor Dimitrov Roland Garros outfits.

Sugarpova

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.

Sugarpova

Sugarpova

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Serena Williams, Australian Open 2015
Serena Williams road to the final
Round Opponent Score
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

Australian Open 2015 - Day 2

Round Opponent Score
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
Year Tournament Surface Winner Score
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


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

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Maria Sharapova, Australian Open 2015

Maria will face fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova in the semies. Do you think she will win a second Australian Open title?

Australian Open 2015 - Day 2

Australian Open 2015 - Day 2

Australian Open 2015 - Day 2

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