Maria Sharapova News Archive 2006
Past News Starting 09.09.2006
12.07.06 TOKYO -- Maria Sharapova, champion at Tokyo in 2005, has entered the Pan Pacific Open WTA Tour tennis tournament to be played the week of January 29th. Other top players entered are Martina Hingis of Switzerland and Elena Dementieva of Russia.
12.24.06 CALIFORNIA -- Hello! All is good here! Training has been going pretty smooth....I'm actually starting to get a bit restless without the real competition. I mean there's only so many forehand crosscourt you can do right? It's been chillier than normal in Cali, and of course I happen to get a little virus. Apart from feeling a bit delusional for two days, I'm all good now. I love this time of year because everyone gets so excited about the holidays, especially here. Starbucks had their Jinglebell music going in mid-November already!! Wow! And there's also nothing like seeing a wrapped present with your name on it. In Russia you don't celebrate Christmas on the 25th, therefore here, it's like a bonus for me. I'm usually never home for New Year's or Russian Christmas, so I have gotten accustomed to celebrating X-mas on the 25th. But actually, thinking about it, what's wrong with opening presents a few days earlier?? Look at it this way.....if you get a nice jacket, you get to wear it for 6 extra days of your life! But if it's ugly, you get rid of it sooner than later. I went tree shopping the other day and it took about three different places to find a good tree. Apparently getting a tree ten days before x-mas is so old school. I also must have spent one hour in Papyrus yesterday buying cards and wrapping presents. I actually couldn't help it and bought myself a card that said 'The answer to the age-old holiday question: What do you get the woman who has everything? MORE!' I thought it would be appropriate to spend an extra $3.50 on a great find like that. Happy Holidays everyone!!! I hope all you kids have been good to Santa.(
11.29.06 HONG KONG -- Maria Sharapova has been named the top seed at the Watsons Water Challenge, a yearly
exhibition to be played January 3-6 in Hong Kong. In round one Maria takes on Yan Zi of China. In doubles, Maria and
Lindsay Davenport take on Svetlana Kuznetsova and Kim Clijsters in round one. The exhibition is one of several warm
up tournaments for tennis' first of four grand slams, the Australian Open which begins January 15th in Melbourne,
11.11.06 MADRID -- Maria Sharapova today in the semifinals of the WTA Tour championships has lost to Justine
Henin-Hardenne of Belgium 6-2, 7-6 (7-5). Sharapova Friday in the last round of round robin play defeated Svetlana Kuznetsova
6-1, 6-4. "I just didn't feel like myself today," Sharapova said. "I felt a little sluggish. I didn't feel like I was concentrating.
"You hope to find a way to break through that, and I felt like I was getting there at the end of the match, but I just couldn't put
two or three good points together."
Sharapova finished the season with a career-high five titles, including her second Grand Slam title at the U.S. Open.
"I've had an amazing year, a very successful year, and I'll finish the highest I have in my career," Sharapova said. "You always
think about what went wrong and what could have gone better, but I'm happy with the way I played and just look forward to
what I can improve for next year."
11.10.06 MADRID -- Today at the WTA Tour Championships in the third and final day of round robin play, Maria Sharapova takes on fellow Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova at 8pm Madrid time. Madrid is 6 hours faster than New York. Head to head Kuznetsova leads Maria 3-2 with Kuznetsova winning their last meeting 6-4, 6-3 in this year's Miami final.
11.09.06 MADRID -- Wednesday at the WTA Tour Championships, Maria Sharapova defeated Kim Clijsters of Belgium 6-4, 6-4 in her second round robin match. Tuesday in her first round robin match Sharapova defeated Elena Dementieva of Russia 6-1, 6-4. Maria next plays Friday or Saturday. Either Maria or Justine Henin-Hardenne of Belgium will finish this year ranked number one in the WTA Tour Rankings.
10.29.06 LINZ -- Sunday at the Generali Ladies Linz final, Maria Sharapova defeated fellow Russian Nadia Petrova for the title 7-5, 6-2. Head to head Maria had lead Petrova 4-1, last winning at this year's Australian Open quarterfinals 7-6(8-6), 6-4. In the semifinals Maria defeated Patty Schnyder 7-5, 7-5 and in the quarterfinals Maria defeated Ana Ivanovic 7-6(7-3), 7-5. Main Draw | Schedule Of Play/Scores
10.26.06 LINZ -- Friday in the quarterfinals at the Generali Ladies Linz, Maria Sharapova takes on fifth seeded Ana Ivanovic of Serbia. Maria has never played Ana before on the WTA Tour. Ana's a hard hitter but may not be consistent enough to hit with Maria. In round two today, Sharapova defeated Eleni Daniilidou of Greece 7-5, 6-1.
10.26.06 LINZ -- Maria Sharapova was given a first round bye at the Generali Ladies Linz tournament this week and faces qualifier Eleni Daniilidou of Greece today in the second round. Eleni is a very strong and good player so this could be a tough match. Head to head Maria leads 3-0, last winning at the 2005 US Open 6-1, 6-1.
10.26.06 ZURICH -- In Sunday's final at the Zurich Open, Maria Sharapova defeated Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia 6-1,
4-6, 6-3. Head to head Maria had led 4-1. In their last prior meeting Maria won 6-4, 6-4 at this year's Australian Open.
In the semifinals of the Zurich Open Saturday, Maria Sharapova defeated Katarina Srebotnik 7-6 (7-3), 6-2.
10.20.06 ZURICH -- Maria Sharapova Saturday in the semifinals of the Zurich Open takes on Katarina Srebotnik of Slovenia. Head to head Sharapova leads Srebotnik 2-0, last winning at Wimbledon 2005 6-2, 6-4. Sharapova Friday defeated Swiss qualifier Timea Bacsinszky 6-4, 6-3 in the quarterfinals.
10.20.06 ZURICH -- Maria Sharapova, who was already involved with a fingers controversy at the US Open, found herself Thursday involved in another one. Sharapova defeated Shahar Peer 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) in round two, and at 3-3 she seemed to hold up her racket during Peer's serve, but later denied it. Watch the Video Here Now! In today's quarterfinals Sharapova leads Timea Bacsinszky 6-4, 4-1 in a match being played now.
10.15.06 ZURICH -- In a surprise twist, Maria Sharapova has entered this week's Zurich Open to be played in Zurich, Switzerland and had been seeded second. Maria has a first round bye and plays Shahar Peer of Israel or wildcard Alicia Molik of Australia in round two Tuesday or Wednesday. Singles Draw
10.13.06 MOSCOW -- Maria Sharapova Friday withdrew from her quarterfinal match against Anna Chakvetadze of Russia at the Kremlin Cup citing a hurt right foot. "I couldn't practice and even walk yesterday," she said. "I have to pull out. I'm really disappointed, but I have no choice." Moscow Maria Sharapova Image
10.11.06 MOSCOW -- Maria Sharapova at the Kremlin Cup today in round two defeated qualifier Ekaterina Bychkova of Russia 6-4, 7-5. In the quarterfinals Friday, Sharapova takes on Schiavone Francesca of Italy or Chakvetadze Anna of Russia. "I got a little bit sloppy in the middle of the second set," Sharapova said. "I had a first-round bye and she had already played four matches. I don't think I started badly." Singles Draw
09.15.06 NEW YORK -- Maria Sharapova sat down to talk with David Letterman on the David Letterman Show Monday on CBS. The interview was not groundbreaking news, but Letterman did show images of Maria's "banana/four fingers" mini-scandal where Maria's hitting partner and her coach held up four fingers and a banana and Maria followed by doing the same thing while sitting in her courtside chair on a changeover at the US Open final against Justin Henin-Hardenne. Maria said she was being reminded to drink her four (sports) drinks and to eat a banana (for energy we suppose.)
09.09.06 NEW YORK -- Maria Sharapova won her second grand slam of her career Saturday night;
overpowering Justine Henin-Hardenne 6-4, 6-4 in the women's singles final. Maria used a mix of aggressive
groundstrokes and net play combined with solid serving and patience to stay in the rallies. "This is an
amazing honour," Sharapova said. "I'm so happy that it's here in New York, my favorite city in the world,
in front of the best fans."
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