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Olympics: I'm supporting Russia, says home-town girl Sharapova

Russian tennis queen Maria Sharapova may live in Florida and talk with an American accent... but speaking in her home town of Sochi on Wednesday she made it clear her loyalties lie with the country of her birth. The four-time Grand Slam champion, born in Siberia, spent several years as a young girl in the host city of the 2014 Winter Olympics before moving to America to hone her skills.

Olympics: I'm supporting Russia, says home-town girl Sharapova

Russian tennis queen Maria Sharapova may live in Florida and talk with an American accent... but speaking in her home town of Sochi on Wednesday she made it clear her loyalties lie with the country of her birth. The four-time Grand Slam champion, born in Siberia, spent several years as a young girl in the host city of the 2014 Winter Olympics before moving to America to hone her skills.

Tennis: Pavlyuchenoka ousts Sharapova, into Paris final

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova made it through to the Paris WTA Open final at the expense of her Russian compatriot and top seed Maria Sharapova on Saturday. Pavlyuchenoka, ranked 26th in the world, ended the 2012 French Open champion's run at the Stade Coubertin 4-6, 6-3, 6-4. The former junior champion will meet the winner of Saturday's other semi-final between Italian Sara Errani and French home hope Alize Cornet.

Tennis: Sharapova leads Russian charge in Paris

Top seed Maria Sharapova set up a clash with fellow Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova as they both advanced to the semi-finals of the Paris Indoor Open on Friday. Sharapova eased past Kirsten Flipkens 6-2, 6-2 for her fourth victory in as many matches over the Belgian who had ousted titleholder Mona Barthel of Germany in the first round. She next meets 26th-ranked Pavlyuchenkova who dropped a set in her quarter-final before getting past ninth-ranked German Angelique Kerber, a Paris winner in 2012.

Tennis: Sharapova cruises into Paris quarter-finals

Russian top seed Maria Sharapova dished out a 6-0, 6-1 defeat to Slovakia's Daniela Hantuchova in the second round to cruise into the WTA Paris Open quarter-finals on Wednesday. A shock fourth-round loser at the season-opening Grand Slam the Australian Open in Melbourne earlier this month Sharapova regained the winning thread at the Stade Coubertin, serving 10 aces with just two double faults.

Tennis: Sharapova desperate for repeat of Paris glamour

Maria Sharapova swaps sweltering Melbourne for wet and chilly Paris on Monday hoping her love affair with the French capital will help bury her Australian Open nightmare. The world number three was a shock fourth-round loser at the season-opening Grand Slam, going down to eventual finalist Dominika Cibulkova, her hopes hamstrung by a hip injury.

Tennis: Li Na, the hottest property in tennis

Forget Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova -- Li Na is regarded as the hottest property in tennis, not just because of her ability, but because she has opened the door to the sport's future. In becoming Asia's first Grand Slam champion at the 2011 French Open, the wise-cracking Chinese star brought tennis to a huge potential new audience including 1.3 billion of her compatriots and a region encompassing two-thirds of humanity.

Tennis: Bouchard hailed as new Sharapova

Canadian teen Eugenie Bouchard Thursday said she was destined for the top echelons of the game after announcing her arrival on the world stage, as her agent hailed her as the new Maria Sharapova. The 19-year-old, known as Genie, has turned heads and won plaudits from the tennis community with her eye-catching run to the Australian Open semi-finals. She had also won the hearts of fans with her confident personality and clean-cut good looks, with many predicting a big future ahead.

Sharapova's quest halted by Cibulkova roadblock

(Reuters) - Maria Sharapova's quest for a second Australian Open title was halted in the fourth round on Monday when the third seeded Russian ran out of steam against an inspired Dominika Cibulkova, who emerged with a 3-6 6-4 6-1 victory on Rod Laver Arena. After her Slovakian opponent had leveled the match, the 2008 champion took a medical time-out before and third set for treatment on a hip injury but Sharapova was reluctant to use that as an excuse for her shock defeat.

Tennis: Cibulkova shocks Sharapova at Australian Open

Injury-hit third seed Maria Sharapova was stunned at the Australian Open by Slovak Dominika Cibulkova on Monday, the second major upset in as many days. The Russian, who took a medical timeout between the second and third sets, crashed in the fourth round 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 against the 20th seed to follow Serena Williams out of the tournament. Cibulkova had never been beyond the fourth round in six previous attempts in Melbourne, although she has made the last eight at all the other three Grand Slams.
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