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Maria Sharapova In Action This Week In San Diego
07.30.2007 SAN DIEGO-- Maria Sharapova this week competes at San Diego on the WTA Tour and is the top seed. Maria has been given a first round bye. In round two Maria faces Laura Grandville of the USA or Tamarine Tanasugarn of Thailand. Maria this year is still trying to shake shoulder problems which have made her game not nearly as dangerous as in 2006.

Russia Drops Maria Sharapova For Fed Cup Final
07.20.2007 MOSCOW-- Maria Sharapova was dropped from the Russian team of the Fed Cup final against Italy, by team captain Shamil Tarpishchev. The team faces Italy in the September 15-16 final in Moscow. "I feel it just wouldn't be right to invite Sharapova this time," said Tarpishchev. "I'm not going to make much of a change to the team that played against the U.S." Sharapova had been criticised by Russian tennis officials for her decision not to play against the Americans. The Florida-based Russian, who has yet to make a Fed Cup appearance for her native country, also pulled out of the first-round tie against Spain in April with a similar injury. Asked if he would invite Sharapova to the team next year, Tarpishchev said he was going to review the situation again at the end of the season.

Maria Sharapova Withdraws From Fed Cup Semifinals
07.11.2007 MOSCOW-- Maria Sharapova withdrew from the Fed Cup semifinals versus the USA because of an ongoing right shoulder injury. Tuesday Sharapova said she had a "tremendous amount of swelling" and doctors advised her to rest her shoulder for the next 10 days.Russia this weekend faces the USA in Stowe, Vermont. "I know this withdrawal is very frustrating for all my Russian fans, but I promise you it is way more frustrating for me," Sharapova said. "Nothing would (have) made me happier than beating the Americans on American soil." Russia's remaining roster includes Svetlana Kuznetsova, Nadia Petrova and Anna Chakvetadze. This is the second time this year Sharapova has withdrawn from the Fed Cup. She was expected to make her debut for Russia in April, but pulled out citing shoulder and leg injuries. Maria ony has to make herself available in order to qualify for next year's summer Olympics. She does not actually have to play Fed Cup. She can withdraw from Fed Cup due to injury, so she will now be able to play the Olympics for Russia next year. But her withdrawal has angered some Russia officals and fans.

Maria Sharapova Loses To Venus Williams At Wimbledon
07.11.2007 LONDON-- Maria Sharapova has lost the American Venus Williams in the fourth round at Wimbledon 6-1, 6-3. Venus played some of her best tennis hitting monster serves and, groundstrokes and volleys with ease. There was not much Maria could do to stop Venus on this grass surface which is Venus' best surface. Maria is next scheduled to play Fed Cup for Russia in mid July.
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Maria Sharapova To Meet Venus Williams Wednesday
07.03.2007 LONDON-- Maria Sharapova meets American Venus Williams in the fourth round at Wimbledon Wednesday in a match rescheduled from Tuesday. Only three points were played due to ongoing rain. Williams led 0*-0 30-15 before the match was rescheduled for Wednesday. Head to head Venus Williams trails Maria 1-3, losing this spring in Miami in their last meeting 2-6 6-2 7-5. Maria will try to attack Venus' 2nd serve and forehand. If those two shots are hit well by Venus, Maria will have a hard time winning. Our pick: Venus in three sets.

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