Maria joined Monica Puig on a trip back to her homeland of Puerto Rico to aid relief efforts from last month’s devastating hurricanes and help bring much needed supplies the victims. The Caribbean island suffered major damage after being struck by Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria in September, with as much as 90% of Puerto Rico remaining without power. Puig set up a fundraising page in the aftermath of the storm, which has so far generated almost $150,000. maria “fell in love” with the island and its people after playing an exhibition match against Puig in San Juan last December. She already contributed to Puerto Rico with Sugarpova: all profits from internet sales for the remainder of 2017 will go towards the relief effort. Maria and Monica handed out supplies, including 1000 solar powered light/radio units, 1250 gas stoves, 3000 propane cylinders to power the stoves, and medicine for San Jorge’s Children’s Hospital. Additionally, 200 cell phones were donated locally by ATT as well as pre-packed bags of groceries provided by Red Cross and Ricky Martin Foundation.
We know how amazing the people are and we just want to spend some time with them. We are professional tennis players but at the end of the day we are humans and we feel their pain and we want to share these moments with them.
Yestreday, CBS Sunday Morning showed a new interview with Maria and the reporter Tracy Smith who was covering her story in the short reportage. Maria talked again about the doping, her comeback and the recent victory in Tianjin.
Maybe it shouldn’t be so surprising that Maria Sharapova looked so good at this year’s U.S. Open, despite an early exit. After all, she’s a five-time Grand Slam champ. But remember, just last year, things looked pretty awful, when she and something called meldonium became front-page news. “I don’t want to end my career this way,” she said at a 2016 press conference. “And I really hope that I will be given another chance to play this game.” Continue reading
Yesterday afternoon, Maria has celebrated her 36th career tournament win in China as she won the Tianjin Open with a hard-fought 7-5, 7-6 victory in the final against the 19-year old Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka. It is Maria’s first WTA title since Rome in 2015. The success means that Mara, who next will play the Kremlin Cup in Moscow for the first time in ten years, will climb to No. 57 in the WTA world rankings. “It is a special title, a special victory,” Maria told the press after the match. “It has been a couple of years since I have held the winner’s trophy. It is a great feeling, a team effort. When you start all the way from the beginning of the tournament, and it was so cold and not as many spectators, and then you end up playing the final in a full stadium with so much enthusiasm and energy and you are the one that wins the last point, just everything falls into place. You have to appreciate those moments, never take them for granted.”
However, there is no time for a huge celebration, as Maria flew immediately to Moscow, where she plays on Tuesday. Her opponent for the first round is a Slovakian player M. Rybarikova.
Today, after the match that was delayed from Tuesday due to the rain, Maria is through to the second round of the Tianjin Open in China beating I. Begu 6-4 6-2 in one hour and 22 minutes. Tomorrow, Maria will face Magda Linette. The match will be the second match on Center Court and the order of play begins at 12.00 PM local time, which means Maria could get on court around 8.00 AM CET, 14.00 AM ET & 11.00 PM PT depending on the previous match. Some photos from Tianjin have been already uploaded to the gallery. The hlghlights from the match can be found on YouTube.
Update: Maria won her second round match as well and she is through to the quarter-finals of Tianjin Open. On Friday, Maria will play Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland. Again, the match will be the second match on Center Court.
It has been almost two month since the last update, and I am very sorry about that (busy life, moving to different country), but the website is definitely not dead and I will try to catch up on everything soon. For now, I have updated the gallery with several photoshoots Maria have done and also the pictures from the movie premiere Battle of The Sexes. During this week, photos from the tournaments and the book tour will follow. As of right now, Maria is in China playing Tianjin Open for the first time. The draw of the tournament is already out and Maria will face Caroline Garcia, who recently won the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open, and also the China Open. Maria is 4-0 against Garcia, with their last match coming in 2015 at the Madrid Open, where Maria prevailed 6-2, 4-6, 7-5.
Sadly, Maria did not compete yestreday in the second round of the Bank of the West Classic tournament as she was forced to withdrew. In her official statement, Maria said:
Unfortunately, I have to withdraw from today’s match. Toward the end of the Monday night’s match, I felt pain in my left forearm. After yesterday’s scan, the doctor has recommended I don’t risk further injury. Monday night’s crowd was so special and I wish I could continue playing but I have to make a preventative decision.
Update: Not only Stanford, but Maria also withdrew from Rogers Cup which is taking place next week in Toronto due to the injury. Hopefully, it is really a preventive decision and she will be back for the US Open grand slam.
Finally! after couple of months without tournaments, Maria is back playing. Her first tournament since Rome, where she was forced to retire in the second round due to an injury, is Stanford – The Bank of the West Classic. It is is the longest-running women-only tennis tournament in the world and also the first stop of the US Open Series. It took three sets, but Maria won the match with a 6-1, 4-6, 6-0 score over American Jennifer Brady in the opening round. Next oponent will be the seventh-seeded Lesia Tsurenko and according to the schedule, Maria should play on Wednesday (daytime session).
When you are a baby, everything looks oversize! Want to become a baby again, just for one night? Yesterday, Maria joined the Evian oversize party to introduce the new Evian water campaigne. Not only Maria joined the launch together with another tennis ambassador Madison Keys, but she also took over evian instagram so if you have it, check their account.