Maria Sharapova

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Maria Sharapova Calls It Quits

Tennis star cites injuries in ending 28-year career

(Newser) - "I'm saying goodbye." And with that, Maria Sharapova on Wednesday ended a 19-year tennis career that included five Grand Slam singles titles, an Olympic silver medal, and a suspension for her use of a banned substance. The 32-year-old Russian was the highest-earning women’s athlete from 2004... More »

An Aussie Open Cloaked in Smoke: 'I Couldn't Walk Anymore'

One player quit her match, 2 called medical timeouts, Sharapova's match called off amid fires

(Newser) - The Victorian government's advice as Australia's bushfires rage on is to "minimize the time spent in smoky conditions" and "avoid exercise"—both tough to do if you're competing outdoors in the Australian Open. But that's what players were forced to contend with Monday... More »

Stunning Day for the Greats at Aussie Open

Federer goes down in a shocker as the new kids romp in Melbourne

(Newser) - The Australian Open is proving one for the ages—just not the aged. As the AP reports, Roger Federer failed to defend his two consecutive titles on Sunday in a stunning loss to 20-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece. Tsitsipas becomes the first Greek to advance this far at a major,... More »

Highest-Paid Female Athletes Don't Come Close to the Men

3 male athletes each made more than top 10 women athletes' combined earnings for 2018

(Newser) - A quick perusal of Forbes' list of the highest-earning female athletes of 2018 reveals why women were so upset with this male-dominated list . If all 10 combined their earnings, they wouldn't touch the highest-paid male athlete. Or the runner-up. Or the third-place finisher. As expected, Serena Williams leads the... More »

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 »

Sharapova Gets 2-Year Doping Ban

Tennis star says she'll appeal, calls ruling 'unfairly harsh'

(Newser) - Maria Sharapova has been suspended for two years by the International Tennis Federation for testing positive for meldonium at the Australian Open. The ruling, announced Wednesday, can be appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, reports the AP . Sharapova quickly released a statement via Facebook saying she would appeal... 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 »

Sharapova Used Same Drug as Soviet Troops in the '80s

Soldiers took meldonium for stamina while fighting in Afghanistan

(Newser) - The drug at the center of Maria Sharapova's doping case was regularly given to Soviet troops in the 1980s to boost their stamina while fighting in Afghanistan, the AP reports. The tennis star said Monday she failed a doping test at the Australian Open in January for meldonium, which... More »

Drug Sharapova Took for Decade Usually Taken for 6 Weeks

The Latvian maker of meldonium explains the recommended course

(Newser) - The Latvian company that manufactures the drug Maria Sharapova on Monday admitted to using says the normal course of treatment for meldonium is four to six weeks—not the 10 years the Russian tennis star says she used the substance. Sharapova said she had taken meldonium, a heart medicine that... 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 »

Serena Is Oldest Champ at Australian Open in Modern Era

33-year-old Williams beats Maria Sharapova

(Newser) - Serena Williams won her 19th Grand Slam title today, continuing her unbeaten run in six Australian Open finals and extending her decade-long domination of Maria Sharapova with a commanding 6-3, 7-6 (5) win. Williams, coughing frequently and still affected by a recent cold, controlled the first set around a rain... More »

Sharapova Wins French Open, Shaky Serve and All

That's two in 3 years for Russian

(Newser) - Maria Sharapova won her second French Open title in three years today, overcoming some shaky serving to beat fourth-seeded Simona Halep 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-4 in the final. Sharapova has struggled with her serve this week and had 12 double-faults in the final on Court Philippe Chatrier. But she was... More »

Serena Wins French Open

At 31, Williams is on a career-high winning streak

(Newser) - Serena Williams won her 16th Grand Slam title today and her first French Open championship since 2002, beating familiar foil Maria Sharapova 6-4, 6-4. Today's victory completed the top-ranked Williams' rebound from a shocking loss to 111th-ranked Virginie Razzano in the first round at Roland Garros a year ago.... 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 »

Serena Williams Wins Gold

She's only the second player to complete 'Golden Slam'

(Newser) - Serena Williams became only the second woman to complete a career Golden Slam when she won her first singles gold medal today, beating Maria Sharapova 6-0, 6-1. The victory completed a remarkable run of domination by the No. 4-seeded Williams, who lost only 17 games in her six matches. She... More »

Sharapova Wins French Open, Joins Exclusive Club

Russian is the 10th woman to win all four Grand Slams

(Newser) - Maria Sharapova won the French Open today, defeating Sara Errani 6-3, 6-2 to complete a career Grand Slam. Second-seeded Sharapova, who was guaranteed of moving to No. 1 in the world regardless of the result, jumped to a quick 4-0 lead against the 21st-seeded Errani, who was in her first... 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 »

Serena, Venus Eliminated at Wimbledon

Williams sisters each get rare exit before quarterfinals

(Newser) - Venus and Serena Williams were both eliminated in the fourth round of Wimbledon today, the first time in five years that neither sister will play in the quarterfinals. Defending champ Serena was the first to go, beaten 6-3, 7-6 (6) by Marion Bartoli of France. It cuts short her return... More »

Oudin's Upset Run Ends in Quarters

American teen sensation loses to No. 9 seed Wozniacki

(Newser) - Melanie Oudin's magical US Open is over. Showing signs of shakiness in her first Grand Slam quarterfinal, the 17-year-old American got off to a slow start tonight against No. 9-seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark and never really recovered, losing 6-2, 6-2. More »

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