Maria Sharapova photosite
Beautiful Russian Tennis Player - Maria Sharapova
Catalog
Others photos
Watch EXCLUSIVE photos Maria Sharapova.
Tennis News

Roland Garros 2012 - Maria blasts into history books

There was only one moment here yesterday when doubt crossed Maria Sharapova's face during her quest to win the French Open title for the first time and it came moments after completing her 6-3, 6-2 victory over Sara Errani.
"Would you please welcome the runner-up," the on-court announcer said at the presentation ceremony. "Maria Sharapova!" For a nano-second the thought seemed to cross Sharapova's mind that her victory had been a cruel dream, but Errani, an ironic smile on her face, rose to receive her trophy.
The world No 24, who was the lowest ranked player to reach the final here since the rankings were launched 37 years ago, never looked capable of stopping Sharapova's quest to become the tenth woman in history to have won all four Grand Slam titles.
The Russian had too much power and too much experience of the big-match occasion for an opponent who had never gone previously gone beyond the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam tournament and had won only one match in five previous visits to Roland Garros.
Four and a half years after winning her last Grand Slam title, Sharapova has completed her comeback in style, her first Roland Garros title complemented by her return to the No 1 position in tomorrow's updated world rankings list.
The 25-year-old, who has topped the list of the world's highest-earning sportswomen since 2004, hardly needs tennis given her blossoming interests in fashion and business, but has worked tirelessly after spending nine months out of the game following shoulder surgery four years ago.
Just as impressively, she has learned to master clay, a surface on which she once admitted made her feel like "a cow on ice". Sharapova described this victory as "surreal, the most unique moment I've experienced in my career".
She explained: "I never thought I would have that. When I won Wimbledon at 17, I thought that would be the most treasured moment of my career, but when I fell down on my knees today I realised that this was extremely special, and even more so.
"I proved that no matter how many punches I took in my career, I've always got back up. I never made excuses for me, not to myself, not to people. I always relied on my own talent, on the help of my team. At the end of the day, that's really what gets me through and gets me up. I have a tremendous amount of belief and pride in what I do. I love my work. I love playing tennis.
"I could have said: 'I don't need this. I have money. I have fame. I have victories. I have Grand Slams'. But when your love for something is bigger than all those things, you continue to keep getting up in the morning when it's freezing outside." Now the Russian would love nothing more than to win her second Wimbledon title in four weekends' time.
Asked if winning here might give her inspiration at the All England Club, Sharapova said: "What do you think? I'm going to retire? This is going to give me so much motivation." Errani, who will jump 14 places to No 10 tomorrow, has proved herself a great battler over the last fortnight, but the 5ft 4in Italian was all too often overpowered by the 6ft 2in Russian, who belted 37 winners to Errani's 12.
When Sharapova raced into a 4-0 lead there were fears that this might be as one-sided as some other recent women's Grand Slam finals, but Errani demonstrated her fighting spirit, even if it took double faults by the Russian in one game to launch her comeback. Errani recovered to 4-2 and saved two set points when serving at 2-5, but Sharapova was not to be denied, converting her third set point in the following game by cracking a backhand winner down the line.
The second set followed a similar pattern. Sharapova again took the initiative, breaking serve in the opening game, before Errani demonstrated some resilience. Sharapova broke serve for the fifth and final time to serve for the match at 5-2, though once more her opponent refused to lie down. A superb forehand winner by Sharapova when at full stretch set up the first match point, which she failed to convert by hitting a forehand long.
An ace created a second, which Errani saved with an audacious drop shot. The crowd, who were warming to the contest, broke into a chant of "Sara! Sara!" Sharapova, however, moved to match point number three with another ace and this time Errani's attempted drop shot fell into the net. Sharapova sank to her knees and held her head in her hands before looking around in apparent disbelief.
The Russian's post-match celebrations often seem choreographed, but on this occasion she could not stop jumping up and down in a show of pure joy. Her journey back to the top has been long and difficult, but this made it all worthwhile.
Biography
Maria Sharapova born April 19, 1987) is a Russian professional tennis player. As of February 25, 2013 she is ranked world no. 3.
Sport News

WNBA mock draft: Three point guards projected in top eight picks

With Dallas holding five of the top 13 picks, will we see any trades? And will Aari McDonald, Dana Evans or Kiana Williams be the top point guard?

Charli Collier, projected No. 1 pick in draft, is 'not even where I'm supposed to be yet'

Collier's path to the top of Thursday's WNBA draft was anything but preordained.

Women suing Watson attach names; 1 drops suit

Twenty women who had filed lawsuits against Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson have amended their petitions to disclose their names. Another lawsuit is expected to be refiled, and one was dropped by a plaintiff "for now," according to court documents.

Reports: Transfers won't have to sit out season

The NCAA Division I Council voted Wednesday to change the long-standing rule that forces transfer athletes in football and basketball to sit out a season at their new school, a report said.

Browns sign Clowney to play opposite Garrett

Jadeveon Clowney, who failed to record a sack in eight games with the Titans last season but has 32 over seven seasons, has signed a one-year deal with the Browns to play opposite Myles Garrett.

Puig says assault allegations 'false and malicious'

In a statement released on Tuesday, free agent Yasiel Puig denied claims that he sexually assaulted a woman in 2018 and said that the allegations have prevented him from continuing his Major League career.

Lawyer files assault complaint vs. Rams' Donald

Attorney Todd Hollis said his client needed 16 stitches and suffered a broken orbital bone, a broken nose and a sprained or broken arm after an alleged assault by Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald and others at an after-hours nightclub.

Altuve, Bregman among 5 Astros out for protocol

Astros general manager James Click said that placing Yordan Alvarez, Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, Robel Garcia and Martin Maldonado on the IL was not a function of them breaking COVID-19 protocols.

NFL outlines 3-phase offseason program in memo

The NFL on Wednesday sent a memo to teams outlining rules for its offseason programs -- rules the league has decided to impose after failing to reach agreement with its players' union on some key aspects.

Twins' Simmons positive after declining vaccine

Twins shortstop Andrelton Simmons, who has said he doesn't plan to be vaccinated for the coronavirus, has tested positive and was placed on the COVID-19 injured list Wednesday.

Small school, 17 starts, rare talent: Trey Lance is the NFL draft's biggest enigma

Lance presents an impossible dilemma for NFL scouts: total domination in a small sample. But it's not likely to worry Lance, who's been underexposed -- or counted out -- for years.

'Now we've got a battle': The lockdown defender's blueprint for stopping Luka Doncic

Tony Allen, Bruce Bowen and Metta Sandiford-Artest could stop superstars in their tracks. How would they defend the Mavericks' phenom?

A fourth Champions League title would be Zidane's finest after Real eliminates Liverpool

If Zinedine Zidane guides this Real Madrid side to Champions League glory after eliminating Liverpool, he will get the full recognition he deserves.

These Eastern Conference storylines need your attention

Which players and postseason races are most intriguing? Here's what our experts are watching.

How 'Intervention' helped save Vance Johnson's destructive life -- and mine

In 2013, former Broncos receiver Vance Johnson finally got treatment after years of addiction and wreckage. Now he has a new job: as a counselor on the show "Intervention."

Power Rankings: Hinge players for all 31 teams down the stretch

The Avalanche remain in the top spot another week. Plus, which players will have an outsized impact on the playoff races?

Playoff Watch Daily: Who will win the West's fourth spot?

The Avs, Golden Knights and Wild are the top three teams. But there's a jumble behind them.

USWNT explore options, show versatility vs. Sweden, France as Olympic prep continues

The U.S. women's team passed their recent tests against Sweden and France, though there's still a lot of work to do before the Olympics.

Ranking the best upcoming fights in MMA, including Edwards-Diaz and Oliveira-Chandler

Between now and the end of June, the MMA world is packed with big fights. And we rank them all.

Three things to watch at Bellator 257

Bellator's light heavyweight champion is back in action, but will Vadim Nemkov prove he's truly elite?

Bayern Munich faces a painful rebuild after Champions League exit

Bayern needs reinforcements, but its track record of late doesn't exactly inspire confidence.

Neymar's PSG is banishing its Champions League demons

Even if he won't admit it, there was an element of revenge as Neymar helped PSG eliminate Bayern.

Mount's rise no fluke as Tuchel now sees what Lampard did

Mason Mount captained Chelsea for Frank Lampard's last game in charge, but he was dropped for Thomas Tuchel's first. Now he's won over the new boss.

Maggie Nichols, Kyla Ross on returning to NCAA gymnastics championships -- in coaching roles

Maggie Nichols and Kyla Ross had their competitive careers cut short by the pandemic. Now, two of the best collegiate gymnasts ever are back at the NCAA championships as student assistants for Oklahoma and UCLA.

Googly eyes, Sasquatch suits and a runaway booger: Welcome to the Mascot Hall of Fame

Behind the former Phillie Phanatic's quest to harness the power of fun -- and why he thinks it has found a new purpose in a post-pandemic world.

F1 changes Imola qualifying time to avoid clash with Prince Philip's funeral

Formula One has altered the timings of this weekend's practice and qualifying sessions at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix out of respect to the funeral service of Prince Philip, which will take place in the U.K. on Saturday.
Copyright 2013 Maria Sharapova's Photosite - All Rights Reserved