Maria Sharapova

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 Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova, the highest-paid woman in sports, said on March 7th, 2016 that she failed a drug test at the Australian Open due to a substance she has been taking for 10 years for health issues. Hours after the announcement, one of her biggest sponsors, Nike Inc., said it had suspended its relationship with her while the investigation continues. (Photograph: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters)

Nike, the world’s largest sporting- goods maker, has suspended ties with Maria Sharapova after she failed a drug test at the Australian Open. One of (...)

Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova speaks at a press conference in downtown Los Angeles, California. Photograph: Getty Images/Inpho

Maria Sharapova announced at a press conference on Monday evening that she failed a drug test at this year’s Australian Open and expects to face a pu(...)

Serena Williams has now won her last 18 encounters with Maria Sharapova. Photograph: Afp

Serena Williams’ domination of the most one-sided rivalry in tennis continued as the American hammered Maria Sharapova to reach the Australian Open se(...)

Serena Williams beat Margarita Gasparyan to set up an Australian Open quarter-final date with Maria Sharapova. Photograph: Afp

Serena Williams is taking nothing for granted against Maria Sharapova in the Australian Open quarter-finals despite her dominant record against the Ru(...)

In this photograph taken with a slow shutter speed Serena Williams of the US plays a backhand return during her women’s singles match against Russia’s Daria Kasatkina. Photograph: Getty Images

The defending and six-time champion Serena Williams is into the fourth round at the Australian Open after a 6-1, 6-1 win in 45 minutes over the 18-yea(...)

Russia’s Maria Sharapova plays a backhand return during her women’s singles match against Belarus’s Aliaksandra Sasnovich on day three of the 2016 Australian Open. Photograph: Getty Images

Maria Sharapova declared herself free from the worry of a forearm injury after charging into the Australian Open third round on Wednesday. The fifth (...)

West Indies star Gayle has apologised after his “joke” flirt with a female television presenter was branded “disrespectful” and “inappropriate” by authorities after Ten Network reporter Mel McLaughlin found herself being asked out for a drink during an interview with the burly opener after he blasted 41 runs off 15 balls for the Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League. Photograph: Getty Images

And so to Chris Gayle, cricket’s Andrea Dworkin, who has found himself in trouble in Australia for being sexy. Hang on - that’s wrong. For being sex(...)

Serena Williams of United States, hits a ball during a practice session prior to the US Open. Photograph: Chris Trotman/Getty Images

We’re not here to argue about whether women should play five sets of tennis like the men. (You makes the rules, you takes the breaks, boys.) We are(...)

Maria Sharapova of Russia is again the highest earning female athlete. Photograph: Hong Wu/Getty Images

Tennis star Maria Sharapova again tops the list of highest earning female athletes over the past year, according to Forbes. For the 11th consecutive y(...)

Williams has played in 251 Grand Slam matches to Muguruza’s 20. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images

Any concept of a fairytale ending for Garbiñe Muguruza will be as welcome in Serena Williams’ camp as Maria Sharapova and Grigor Dimitrov turning up a(...)

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