Sharapova started 2006 by losing in the semifinals of the
Australian Open in three sets to Henin, also losing a
rematch several weeks later at the Dubai Tennis
Championships, having defeated former world no. 1 Martina
Hingis and world no. 3 Lindsay Davenport in earlier rounds
of the tournament.
Sharapova claimed her first title in nine months at the Tier
I tournament in Indian Wells, defeating Hingis in the
semifinals and Elena Dementieva in the final. The following
fortnight, she reached the final in Miami before losing to
Missing the entire clay-court season with injury, Sharapova
returned for the French Open. There, after saving match
points in defeating Mashona Washington in the first round,
she was eliminated by Dinara Safina in the fourth round.
On grass, Sharapova was unsuccessful in her attempt to win
in Birmingham for the third consecutive year, losing in the
semifinals to Jamea Jackson. Despite that, she was among the
title favorites at Wimbledon, where the eventual champion
Mauresmo ended up beating her in the semifinals.
Sharapova claimed her second title of the year at the Tier I
Acura Classic, defeating Clijsters for the first time in the
As the third seed at the US Open, Sharapova defeated top
seed Mauresmo for the first time in the semifinals, and then
followed up by beating second seed Justine Henin to win her
second Grand Slam singles title.
That autumn, Sharapova won titles in back-to-back weeks at
the Zurich Open and the Generali Ladies Linz. By winning all
three of her round-robin matches at the WTA Tour
Championships, she extended her win streak to 19 matches,
before it was snapped in the semifinals by eventual champion
Sharapova would have finished the season as world no. 1 had
she won the event. As it was, she finished ranked world no.
2, her best year-end finish yet.
Various Pictures - Maria Sharapova Photoshoot
press image for big size
Maria Sharapova born April 19, 1987) is a Russian professional tennis player. As of February 25, 2013 she is ranked world no. 3.
Brooklyn All-Star Kyrie Irving didn't get a chance to face former teammate LeBron James in the Nets' victory over the Lakers Monday, but he was honest after the game about how the league and fans should "congratulate and celebrate" the Los Angeles star.
Bengals' Pratt regrets reaction to Ossai penalty
Bengals linebacker Germaine Pratt said he was "wrong" for his reaction that went viral after team's AFC Championship Game loss to the Chiefs on Sunday.
Russ passes Payton, now 10th in assists all time
Russell Westbrook, who's now 10th all time in assists, said Monday he's "truly grateful and thankful for an opportunity to keep playing at the highest level and I don't take any of that for granted."
NFL tells teams cap will be $224.8M, source says
The NFL has told its 32 teams that the 2023 salary cap will be a record $224.8 million.
LIV's plea to subpoena Augusta members denied
A federal judge denied a request by LIV Golf to expand discovery in its antitrust lawsuit against the PGA Tour to include communication with 10 Augusta National members.
How the Chiefs' new, unfamiliar faces fueled a Super Bowl trip
It wasn't just Mahomes and Kelce. A huge group of new K.C. faces came up clutch in a big spot.
Transfer Talk: Arsenal push for Chelsea's Jorginho before deadline
With Chelsea looking set for Enzo Fernandez, Arsenal see a chance to sign Jorginho before the deadline. Transfer Talk has the latest.
Transfer deadline day preview: What will happen?
Here's what you need to know ahead of Tuesday's 6 p.m. ET deadline.
First look at Chiefs-Eagles: Early Super Bowl picks, big questions and matchups to know
Kansas City. Philadelphia. Super Bowl LVII. The matchup is set, and we have early predictions, matchup insight, looming questions and team breakdowns for the big game.
Bengals frustrated by Chiefs' second chance via clock error
The Bengals thought they had forced Mahomes & Co. off the field but the play didn't count. Here's why.
ACC football schedule release: Every game for every team in 2023
The ACC college football schedule for 2023 is out. See the conference's entire slate and the biggest questions on the ACC schedule here.
How to watch PGA Tour's AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am on ESPN+
Pebble Beach, California, is the next stop on the 2023 PGA Tour for the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Here is how you can watch all of the action.
Women's hoops: Forecast improves for Big 12 and the surging Cyclones
Three consecutive losses plunged Ohio State eight spots. But it was a very good week for the likes of UConn, Indiana, Iowa State and Iowa.
It's undebatable: Purdue is the best men's team in the country
A Zach Edey-led Purdue remains dominant, while the rest of the Top 16 shuffles around and mid-majors take over the waiting room.
Reigning winner Tshiebwe among Wooden top 20
Kentucky's Oscar Tshiebwe, last year's winner of the John R. Wooden Award for the best college basketball player in the country, is once again among the top 20 men's candidates for the award.
South Carolina's Boston headlines Wooden top 20
Reigning winner Aliyah Boston of the South Carolina headlines the John R. Wooden Award.
Aaron Hicks again, really?! Five other options for Yankees in left field
As any Yankees fan will tell you, left field was a major problem area in 2022 -- and still is. Here's how Hicks could become a backup.
Way-too-early tennis rankings and predictions for the rest of 2023
Now that the Australian Open is over, Bill Connelly ranks the top 10 men's and women's tennis players, and makes Grand Slam predictions for the rest of the year.
Advantage, Novak Djokovic in the race to be tennis' GOAT
Djokovic's latest triumph tied him with Rafael Nadal for the most men's Slams. It's time he's considered the greatest.
How Candace Parker's move impacts the Aces, Sky and WNBA
Candace Parker, an unrestricted free agent, announced she plans to sign with the Las Vegas Aces. What does it mean for the reigning WNBA champs and the league overall?
Sources: Stewart to pick between Storm, Liberty
Breanna Stewart has narrowed her choices, sources confirmed to ESPN.
Waiver-wire pickups: Look to Seth Curry and Brandon Clarke
The fantasy basketball waiver wire always has players who can help fill holes on your roster. Here are the ones to add before it's too late.