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Tennis: Sharapova hails training after surviving scare

Russian star Maria Sharapova said Thursday her intense training following a shoulder injury had paid off after surviving a big scare against Karin Knapp in intense heat at the Australian Open. The third seed battled through temperatures of up to 42 Celsius (107.6 Fahrenheit) and a third set lasting nearly two hours to overcome the 44th-ranked Italian 6-3, 4-6, 10-8 to make the third round. The four-time Grand Slam champion was forced to stay on court for three hours 28 minutes as she seeks her first major title since the French Open in 2012.

Tennis: Sharapova hails training after surviving scare

Russian star Maria Sharapova said Thursday her intense training after shoulder surgery had paid off after surviving a big scare against Karin Knapp in intense heat at the Australian Open. The third seed battled through temperatures of up to 42 Celsius (107.6 Fahrenheit) and a third set lasting nearly two hours to overcome the 44th-ranked Italian 6-3, 4-6, 10-8 to make the third round. The four-time Grand Slam champion was forced to stay on court for three hours 28 minutes as she seeks her first major title since the French Open in 2012.

Tennis: Sharapova hails training after surviving scare

Russian star Maria Sharapova said Thursday her intense training after shoulder surgery had paid off after surviving a big scare against Karin Knapp in intense heat at the Australian Open. The third seed battled through temperatures of up to 42 Celsius (107.6 Fahrenheit) and a third set lasting nearly two hours to overcome the 44th-ranked Italian 6-3, 4-6, 10-8 to make the third round. The four-time Grand Slam champion was forced to stay on court for three hours 28 minutes as she seeks her first major title since the French Open in 2012.

Tennis: Sharapova survives scare to stay alive

Russian star Maria Sharapova survived a major scare before dousing the challenge of Italy's Karin Knapp in intense heat to reach the Australian Open third round Thursday. The third seed battled through temperatures of up to 42 Celsius (107.6 Fahrenheit) and a third set lasting nearly two hours to overcome the 44th-ranked Knapp 6-3, 4-6, 10-8. The four-time Grand Slam champion was forced to stay on court for three hours 28 minutes as she seeks her first major title since the French Open in 2012.

Doping-Spanish tennis player Llagostera Vives banned for 2 years

MADRID (Reuters) - Spanish tennis player Nuria Llagostera Vives, doubles winner at the 2009 WTA tour championships, has been banned for two years after testing positive for d-methamphetamine, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) said on Monday. Mallorca-born Llagostera Vives, 33, gave a urine sample at the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford in July where she was competing in the doubles, the ITF said. After analysis at the WADA-accredited laboratory in Montreal, Canada it was found to contain the prohibited substance.

Canada's Bouchard reaches first WTA final, Stosur awaits

(Reuters) - Canadian teenager Eugenie Bouchard reached her first WTA final on Saturday after she ended the surprise run of home favorite Kurumi Nara at the Japan Open. The 19-year-old beat the Japanese wildcard 6-2 6-2 to set up a showdown with former U.S. Open champion Sam Stosur, who downed American teenager Madison Keys 6-1 6-2 in the other semi at the $250,000 event on the hard courts in Osaka.

Tennis-Subdued Serena set for sixth title at Melbourne Park

By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE, Jan 8 (Reuters) - A belated discovery that tranquility makes a useful ally in the pursuit of glory has Serena Williams in the box seat to win a third consecutive grand slam title at the Australian Open next week. The Williams of explosive on-court tantrums and off-court drama has largely been banished, and a calmer, more mature prototype arrives at Melbourne Park with her game rivalling the peak of her brilliant career.
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