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Sharapova's Doping Ban Reduced

She'll be able to compete again in April 2017

(Newser) - Maria Sharapova can take part in next year's French Open despite an initial two-year ban from tennis. The Court of Arbitration for Sport reduced the Russian tennis star's doping ban to 15 months on Tuesday, per the Guardian , noting she "had a reduced perception of the risk"... More »

Drug Used by Sharapova Found in 99 Other Cases

Nearly 100 positive tests so far this year

(Newser) - Maria Sharapova isn't the only athlete who's been busted for taking a heart medicine once used by Soviet troops to build stamina. Turns out the World Anti-Doping Agency has seen nearly 100 positive tests in 2016 for meldonium, a drug the group banned Jan. 1, spokesman Ben Nichols... More »

Nike, by Sharapova's Side Since Age 11, Steps Away

Porsche, Tag Heuer also distance themselves from the tennis star

(Newser) - The fallout from Maria Sharapova's Monday admission that she failed a drug test at the Australian Open was swift. The tennis star found three of her sponsors—Nike, Tag Heuer, and Porsche—swiftly backing away from her. A "saddened and surprised" Nike announced it would suspend their relationship... More »

Sharapova's New Move: Her Own Line of ... Candy

Tennis star launches 'Sugarpova'

(Newser) - Maria Sharapova is taking the logical next step for a star athlete: Launch a line of … candy. She introduced Sugarpova this week, Bloomberg reports; the line of sweet and sour gummy candies has flavor names like Sporty, Cheeky, and Flirty. Sharapova, 25, has long been endorsing products for other... More »

10 Celebs Who Are Lousy in Bed

Paris Hilton? 'A drunken prude'

(Newser) - Just because someone is rich and famous does not, apparently, guarantee he or she is also good in the sack. The Frisky lists 10 celebrities who've gotten less than fantastic reviews from their former partners:
  • Eminem: "He's not very well endowed," Kim Mathers once said. "
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Your New Wimbledon Champ: Petra Kvitova

Czech upsets Maria Sharapova for first Grand Slam win

(Newser) - The new women's Wimbledon champ is Petra Kvitova, a Czech player who upset Maria Sharapova 6-3, 6-4 today, reports AP . The victory is the first Grand Slam win for the 21-year-old, who is the first lefty to win since Martina Navratilova in 1990. She's a "new star,... More »

Sharapova Out in 2nd Round at Wimbledon

Goes down to Argentina's Dulko in 3 sets

(Newser) - Maria Sharapova suffered a second-round collapse at Wimbledon today, losing to Argentina’s Gisela Dulko in three sets. World No. 45 Dulko, who had only won three games in two earlier meetings with Sharapova, beat the Russian 6-2, 3-6, 6-4. Dulko “oozed confidence” in the upset of the 2004... More »

Nothing Wrong With a Little Grunting

(Newser) - If you’ve been—AUUGGGHHH!!!—watching women’s tennis lately, you’ll have noticed a whole lot of—VVVUUUUHT!!— grunting. “Close your eyes when you watch Wimbledon,” suggests Jon Wertheim of Sports Illustrated. “You could be forgiven for thinking the remote had inadvertently moved to... More »

Sharapova 'Excited' to Return to Tennis

Grand Slam champion will join Elena Vesnina for doubles

(Newser) - Maria Sharapova has recovered from an acute shoulder injury that sidelined her for six months and is returning to tennis this week, CNN reports. Sharapova will play doubles with Elena Vesnina at the ATP-WTA tournament this week in Indian Wells. "I am excited to be playing competitive tennis again,... More »

Sharapova Pulls Out of Beijing

Shoulder injury dashes Russian's Olympic ambitions

(Newser) - The Olympics lost a bit of its star power today when Maria Sharapova announced that she won't be able to compete because of a shoulder injury, AFP reports. The 21-year-old Russian, ranked third in the world, also will miss the US Open in late August, the AP reports. “The... More »

Sharapova Conqueror: 'I Don't Like Her Outfit'

Alla Kudryavtseva says she was motivated to beat the fashion icon

(Newser) - Alla Kudryavtseva—not one of the glamor girls of women's tennis—fessed up to having a special motivation today after her shocking upset of Maria Sharapova, the Times of London reports. Wimbledon glory? Nah. Fame and fortune? Please. “It’s very pleasant to beat Maria,” said the 20-year-old... More »

Russia Denies Sharapova Bid to Carry Flag at Olympics

Coach concerned with tiring opening ceremony

(Newser) - Russian officials have denied Maria Sharapova’s request to carry her country’s flag at the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics, Reuters reports. “I advised against” Sharpova’s wish to be a flag-bearer, the Russian tennis chief said. “We want her to be fresh, not tired, during... More »

Sharapova Falls to Safina

Top seed falls in 3 sets

(Newser) - Dinara Safina dashed Maria Sharapova’s French Open dreams today in an all-Russian free-for-all, ESPN reports. A screaming Sharapova bungled two big leads, rankling the crowd, which booed and whistled as she made her unceremonious exit . “They paid the ticket to watch me, so they must appreciate me on... More »

Serena Williams, Sharapova Advance

Two will meet in Family Circle Cup quarterfinals

(Newser) - Serena Williams set up a quarterfinal match against Maria Sharapova in the Family Circle Cup, overcoming a sprained ankle and sluggish performance to beat Katarina Srebotnik 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 today. "I just kept making errors and it wasn't pretty out there," the fifth-seeded Williams said after her more... More »

Sharapova Wins Australian Open

In straight sets, Russian star notches third Grand Slam title

(Newser) - Maria Sharapova polished her tennis resume and commercial appeal today by dunking Ana Ivanovic 7-5, 6-3, to win the Australian Open women's singles title. The 20-year-old dominated from the outset, controlling key points and letting up only once, with a poor service game in the first set that let her... More »

Ivanovic Rallies Back to Finals

Serbian drops first 8 games to Hantuchova before storming to victory

(Newser) - Daniela Hantuchova looked to be cruising to an easy victory over Ana Ivanovic in today's Australian Open semifinal match, but the fourth-seeded Serbian came back from a 6-0, 2-0 hole to win it. Ivanovic suddenly became dominant, answering Hantuchova's volleys and taking break points to storm back to a 0-6,... More »

Sharapova Downs Jankovic to Reach Finals

Russian awaits winner of Ivanovic and Hantuchova match

(Newser) - Maria Sharapova reached her second consecutive Australian Open final by blowing away Jelena Jankovic 6-3, 6-1. The fifth-seeded Russian, who lost badly to Serena Williams in last year’s championship match, was never in any serious trouble against the third-seeded Jankovic. The Serb battled shoulder and leg injuries throughout the... More »

Venus Joins Sis in Aussie Exit, Falls to Ivanovic

Semifinals set: Ivanovic vs. Hantuchova, Sharapova vs. Jankovic

(Newser) - Ana Ivanovic had never taken a set off Venus Williams until she took down the American today in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open 7-6 (3), 6-4. Venus’ sister Serena, was also bounced from the tournament in the quarters by a Serbian, Jelena Jankovic. The fourth-seeded Ivanovic will face Daniela... More »

Sharapova Shocks No. 1 Henin to Reach Semis

Nadal and Tsonga advance for men

(Newser) - First-ranked Justine Henin saw her 32-match win streak extinguished as an exultant Maria Sharapova put the Belgian away 6-4, 6-0, AP reports. The No. 5 Sharapova will need another upset to get through the semifinals of the Australian Open, where she will face No. 3 Jelena Jankovic. "I really... More »

Serena Bounced in Australia

No. 3 ranked Jankovic knocks off the defending champ in straight sets

(Newser) - Third-ranked Jelena Jankovic ended the run of defending champion Serena Williams today in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open, 6-3, 6-4, reports the AP. Williams, who had cruised through her first four matches without losing so much as a set, appeared sluggish chasing down shots and lost some speed on... More »

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