Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova

After wins over 7th seed Carla Suarez Navarro and 4th seed Angelique Kerber, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova rallied from a set down to defeat Maria Sharapova 4-6 6-3 6-4 in the first semifinal of the Open GDF Suez.
She will play Sara Errani in final. The Italian defeated Alizé Cornet in a 3 hours marathon match: 7-6 3-6 7-6 3.

Sugarpova

Maria Sharapova’s candy line Sugarpova is one of the sponsors of the Premier-level Open GDF Suez held in Paris this week.

As a good businesswoman, Maria Sharapova took part to an autograph session at the Drugstore Publicis on Monday to promote her brand.

Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova made a quick work of last year’s Wimbledon semifinalist, Kirsten Flipkens. She won in straight sets 6-2 6-2.

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More pics of the Open GDF Suez: Maria Sharapova at practice, Angelique Kerber vs Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova

Maria Sharapova

Enjoy some pics and videos of Maria Sharapova at practice yesterday with coach Sven Groeneveld:

Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova

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Another day another huge upset in the women’s draw: yesterday Serena Williams was defeated by Ana Ivanovic and today it was Maria Sharapova’s turn: Sharapova was ousted by 20th seed Dominika Cibulkova.
No problem for Victoria Azarenka and Agnieszka Radwanska who proved too strong for Sloane Stephens and Garbine Muguruza.

In men’s action, Rafael Nadal struggled to get past Kei Nishikori as a rejuvenated Roger Federer made a quick work of Australian Open 2008 finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Stat of the day: 11

Roger Federer will make his 11th straight Australian Open appearance

Tweet of the day: Nadal’s shoelace

 

Matches to follow on Day 9:

Li Na (4) – Flavia Pennetta (28)
Eugenie Bouchard (30) – Ana Ivanovic (14)
David Ferrer (3) – Tomas Berdych (7)
Stanislas Wawrinka (8) – Novak Djokovic (2)