Maria Sharapova poses next to a Porsche model. Photograph: Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images for Porsche Predicting Rafael Nadal's downfall as he prepares to try and win a record-extending 10th French Open title is disrespectful to the Spaniard, double Roland Garros champion Maria Sharapova said on Friday. Djokovic, Nadal drawn in same pool for French OpenFor the first time in the build-up to the tournament Nadal has failed to win a claycourt title in Europe, his best result being a defeat in the final of the Madrid Masters against Briton Andy Murray this month. "Everyone expects so much of Rafa at this time of the year. An individual loses a few matches, someone who's won this event, what is it nine times, I believe? Spain's Rafael Nadal reacts during his Madrid Masters Open final against Britain's Andy Murray on Sunday. Photograph: Andrea Comas/Reuters To put so many question marks, I almost think it's a little bit disrespectful," former World No 1 Sharapova of Russia told a news … [Read more...] about Disrespectful to talk about Nadal’s downfall: Sharapova
Tennis sensation Maria Sharapova yet again rules the Forbes’ list of highest-paid female athletes.World No 1 Serena Williams’ estimated earnings are $ 24.6 million. The Russian beauty is the top female athlete and tennis player on Facebook with 15 million fans. Official Maria Sharapova App was launched in March to provide fans a behind-the-scenes look at her life on and off the court. Sensational Sharapova: 11 years of domination and counting!So what makes the 28-year-old to cling on to her Forbes accolade for another year. Tennis sensation Maria Sharapova always grabs attention. Photograph: Instagram 1. Tennis is one of the few big-money sports where the earnings of women are somewhat comparable to men, though Sharapova’s income nonetheless was significantly less than the $ 67 million earned by Roger Federer, the top tennis player on the latest Forbes men’s list. Serena Williams of the United States celebrates at the net after winning the Ladies Singles … [Read more...] about 5 reasons why Serena plays second fiddle to Sharapova on highest-paid athletes list
It's just the first week of the US Open and several famous faces have already been spotted in the crowd cheering their favourite tennis players. Celebrities from the world of Hollywood, fashion and sport were there to witness the proceedings of the fourth and final Grand Slam of the year.Supermodel Gigi Hadid came over to the Billie Jean King Tennis Center to support good friend Serena Williams. Rediff.com brings you a peek of the big names in attendance. IMAGE: Gigi Hadid watches Serena Williams of the United States in action. Photograph: Katharine Lotze/Getty Images IMAGE: Boxer Mike Tyson and his wife Lakiha Spicer attend the women's singles first round match between Russia's Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams. Photograph: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images IMAGE: Former NBA player Kobe Bryant watches the women's singles second round match between Japan's Naomi Osaka and Magda Linette of Poland. Photograph: Al Bello/Getty Images IMAGE: American Internet … [Read more...] about PHOTOS: Look who turned up at the US Open!
As fans head toward Flushing Meadows, tennis stars come up with ground-breaking styles to rule the courts. IMAGE: Serena Williams wore a daring outfit during her first round demolition of old foe Maria Sharapova. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images Serena Williams is not only a tennis star; she's also a fashion queen. The fashion-conscious 23 Grand Slam singles winner wore a personalized Nike shortened black bodysuit during her 6-1, 6-1 first round demolition of old foe Maria Sharapova at the US Open. As expected, it quickly became a hit among fans.It seemed inspired from the 'catsuit’ she wore at the French Open in 2018 Her outfit could be considered daring... and she pulled it off in style. IMAGE: Defending champion Naomi Osaka in action during her first round match. Photograph: Elsa/Getty Images Naomi Osaka returned to the place of her first Grand Slam triumph in a custom Nike body-hugging top and bi-layer pleated skirt. IMAGE: Wimbledon champion … [Read more...] about PIX: Serena, Osaka reveal US Open 2019 look
Mirjana Lucic-Baroni of Croatia celebrates after beating Simona Halep of Romania during their women's singles match at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium. Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters Romanian Simona Halep, last year's runner-up, was knocked out in the second round of the French Open 7-5, 6-1 by Croatian Mirjana Lucic-Baroni on Wednesday. The third seed crumbled after losing the first set, managing a mere five winners in the match against the world number 70. Halep, who usually toys with her opponents, offering a mix of pace and accuracy, was the victim this time as she never found her stride on court Suzanne Lenglen. Lucic-Baroni, who next plays French 29th seed Alize Cornet, ended Halep's resistance with an ace. Ivanovic survives late-night scare Serbia's Ana Ivanovic celebrates match point against Japan's Misaki Doi in their second round match at the 2015 French Open at Roland Garros on Wednesday. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images Former … [Read more...] about PHOTOS: Third seed Halep knocked out of French Open