Maria Sharapova Withdraws From Charleston, Fed Cup
03.27.2007 MIAMI-- Maria Sharapova released a statement today saying she would miss the upcoming events in Charleston and Fed Cup:
I haven't wanted to talk a lot about my injuries, but I'm afraid it has become obvious that I am having some problems with my right
shoulder and left hamstring. I hurt my shoulder right before I started playing in Hong Kong, and kept hoping that I could work through it.
I was told by doctors I had pretty severe inflammation, but decided to give it a shot. I think the anti-inflams and treatment helped me get
through H.K and Australia. Unfortunately, my shoulder hasn't been able to be normal on its own, without the medicine.
My doctors have a positive outlook, despite telling me I cannot play for a while. They said I must drop out of the next two events, but they
are confident that, with five or six weeks of rest, I will be ready for the next events. I am especially bummed about the Fed Cup, as I was
looking forward to playing in Moscow, and representing my country in a team environment for the first time. I will be speaking with the
Russian Federation soon about future matches. The Family Circle Cup is always a great event, and a tournament I look forward to
competing in again.
It's difficult for me to take time off from tennis, but the first thing is my health and that's something that I have made a big priority in
my career. I can only look forward to getting back on the court ASAP. Thanks, as always, for your support.
Maria Sharapova Falls To Serena Williams In Miami
03.27.2007 MIAMI-- Maria Sharapova today has lost to Australian Open champion Serena Williams in only 58 minutes in the fourth round
6-1, 6-1. Maria admitted she felt a lot of pressure to hold her serve since Williams was serving to well, but Maria was unable to hold serve
or to get any breakpoints on Serena's serve. Too may errors from Maria, a shaky forehand and almost perfect play from Serena sealed
Maria Sharapova Meets Serena Williams Today
03.27.2007 MIAMI-- Maria Sharapova faces a tough challenge today as she takes on Australian Open champion Serena Williams of the
USA in round four of the Sony Ericsson Open. Maria trails Serena head to head 2-3 and lost their last meeting at the Australian Open
in January 6-1, 6-2. Also Serena will really not want to lose since Maria beat Serena's sister Venus Williams Sunday. Serena is serving
big and playing consistently so Maria will need to play some of her best tennis and try to draw errors from Serena in order to win.
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Maria Sharapova Downs Venus, May Face Serena Next
03.26.2007 MIAMI-- Watch the Maria Sharapova Vs Venus Williams Video Highlights!
03.26.2007 MIAMI-- Sunday at the Sony Erricson Open Maria Sharapova battled American Venus Williams and major windy conditions and
overcame 13 doublefaults to win 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 to advance to round four. Maria will play either (13)Serena Williams, Venus' sister or
(23)Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic Tuesday. If it's Serena, Maria will be faced with the very difficult task of defeating Venus and
Serena back to back.
Maria Sharapova Meets Venus Williams In Miami Today
03.25.2007 MIAMI-- At the Sony Ericsson Open today, Maria Sharapova in round three meets Venus Williams of the USA
in the third match on the Stadium Court afternoon session with match one starting at 1:00pm EST USA. Head to head Sharapova leads
Williams 2-1, but Venus may have the advantage as she won Memphis not long ago which may imply she is playing better. Also Williams
won their last meeting, overpowering Maria 7-6(7-2), 6-1 at Wimbledon 2005. Maria Sharapova in round two Saturday defeated Yung-Jan
Chan 6-3, 6-2.
Maria Sharapova Plays Round Two Today At Miami
03.24.2007 MIAMI-- Maria Sharapova today the Sony Ericsson Open in round two takes on Yung-Jan Chan of Taiwan. Chan should
be an easy win as she is only is 1-4 this year. Maria has never played her before. The Tennis Channel is scheduled to show the
match live. Interesting note: Maria at 6' 2'' is seven inches taller than the 5' 7'' Chan, but Chan outweighs Maria 132lbs to 130lbs.
Maria Sharapova Could Face Williams Sisters Early In Miami
03.19.2007 MIAMI-- Maria Sharapova plays the Sony Ericsson Open this and next week in Miami, Florida. The singles draw was
released today, and Maria plays Yung-Jan Chan (TPE) or Nuria Llagostera Vives (ESP) in round two Thursday or Friday
after getting a first round bye. Bad news is Maria could face Venus and Serena Williams who play very tough in Miami in the third
and fourth rounds.