Caroline Wozniacki’s defence of her Australian Open title is over after the Dane was beaten 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 by Maria Sharapova here on Friday. Nearly two years after her return to competition following her 15-month suspension for a drugs offence, Sharapova is still no higher than No 30 in the world rankings, but this was a reminder that the 31-year-old Russian remains a potent force. Wozniacki joined Simona Halep and Jelena Ostapenko among the players Sharapova has beaten in Grand Slam competition since her return. Sharapova suggested that beating Wozniacki had no particular significance, but it is clear that there is no love lost between the two women. When Sharapova started her comeback two years ago Wozniacki was one of the players who criticised tournaments for granting the Russian wild cards. Max Eisenbud, Sharapova’s agent, subsequently described Wozniacki as a “journeyman”. Join Independent Minds For exclusive articles, events and an … [Read more...] about Maria Sharapova shows her class to see off Caroline Wozniacki
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By Jonathan Jurejko BBC Sport at Melbourne Park 18 Jan From the section Tennis Share this with Digg Facebook Google LinkedIn Reddit StumbleUpon Twitter Copy this link http://www.bbc.com/sport/tennis/46915154 Read more about sharing. Australian Open 2019Venue: Melbourne Park Dates: 14-27 JanuaryCoverage: Daily live commentaries on the BBC Sport website, listen to Tennis Breakfast daily from 07:00 GMT on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and watch highlights on BBC TV and online from 19 January.Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki was knocked out of the Australian Open as five-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova provided a reminder of her ability with a three-set win.Russia's Sharapova, seeded 30th, hit 37 winners in a 6-4 4-6 6-3 victory to reach the fourth round.Wozniacki, 28, led 4-1 in the first set, only to see Sharapova battle back.The third seed broke in the final game of … [Read more...] about Australian Open 2019: Maria Sharapova beats defending champion Caroline Wozniacki
SIMONA HALEP is currently the best female tennis player on the planet, leading the rankings after a trophy-filled 2018. The 27-year-old Romanian lifted the French Open title in June, her first Grand Slam victory and will be looking for another at the Australian Open - with her boyfriend Radu Barbu to support her. Who is Simona Halep's rumoured boyfriend, Radu Barbu? Radu Barbu was born on October 16, 1983 - meaning he only turned 35 in the past week. The Romanian was tennis player himself in his younger years, but only managed to reach a career-high rank of 1151 in 2004. With his playing career seemingly amounting to nothing Pitesti-born Barbu headed to Texas Christian University in the States to become a coach. He is now helping to run the young tennis development program in Romania. PicturedGAME, FISHNET & MATCH Serena debuts ‘Serena-tard’ with fishnet leggings on Oz Open return 'What a f****** night' Drained Murray sits alone on court but has job offer from Wozniacki … [Read more...] about Is Simona Halep dating Radu Barbu and how did the Australian Open 2018 finalist meet him?
PUBLISHED: 09:36 11 January 2019 Hampstead's Harriet Dart will face Maria Sharapova at the Australian Open (pic John Walton/PA) PA Archive/PA Images Hampstead’s Harriet Dart was handed a dream draw against Maria Sharapova after qualifying for a grand slam for the first time at the Australian Open. Maria Sharapova in action at the 2018 Wimbledon Championships (pic John Walton/PA)The 22-year-old Londoner continued her fine start to the season by recovering from a set down to beat 10th seed Ivana Jorovic 1-6 6-3 6-1, while Dan Evans made it eight British players in the main singles draws with a 6-3 6-3 victory over Paolo Lorenzi.Dart, who grew up idolising Sharapova, said: “I’m super excited and happy. I’ve been playing good tennis and I’ve put a lot of hard work and effort into all my training, my pre-season, so I knew my level was there, it was just about piecing it all together.“She came out of the blocks early very good. I managed to stay in … [Read more...] about Tennis: Dart lands dream Sharapova date at Australian Open
11 Jan From the section Tennis Share this with Digg Facebook Google LinkedIn Reddit StumbleUpon Twitter Copy this link http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/tennis/46834539 Read more about sharing. Australian Open 2019Venue: Melbourne Park Dates: 14-27 JanuaryCoverage: Daily live commentaries on the BBC Sport website, listen to Tennis Breakfast daily from 07:00 GMT on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and watch highlights on BBC TV and online from 19 January.British number four Harriet Dart will face five-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova of Russia in the first round of the Australian Open after winning her final qualifying match.The 22-year-old world number 132 beat Serbia's Ivana Jorovic 1-6 6-3 6-1.After receiving a wildcard for last year's Wimbledon, it is the first time she has reached a Slam through the qualifying rounds.Dan Evans also won to make it eight British players in the first … [Read more...] about Australian Open: Harriet Dart to face Maria Sharapova after coming through qualifying