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Maria Sharapova Unfazed By US Open Thrashing

The former world No.1 reacts to her one-sided loss to Serena Williams in New York.

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Maria Sharapova has said she is going through ‘a very different chapter’ in her career after being knocked out of the US Open on Monday.

 

Sharapova, who last won the tournament back in 2006, could only claim two games during her comprehensive 6-1, 6-1, loss to Serena Williams. Her heaviest defeat in terms of games won since returning to the spot in 2017 following a 15-month drugs ban. In total the Russian hit only six winners compared to 20 unforced errors as she lost all ten points behind her second serve.

The loss comes during what has been an injury-stricken 2019 season for Sharapova, who missed four months of the tour due to a shoulder injury. Her match against Williams was only the 15th of the season.

“Just getting the routines back and being back in the draws is, you know, it’s tough to talk about after a defeat, but it’s a long road.” Sharapova said during her press conference.
“It’s facing an opponent that’s at her stature is extremely difficult in the first round of a slam, coming in with the fact that I haven’t played that much.”

It has been almost two years since the 32-year-old last won a title on the WTA Tour. She is currently ranked 87th in the world, but is likely to fall down further following her early exit. It is the first time in 13 appearances Sharapova has lost her opening match at the US Open.

Despite her recent struggles, the Russian has vowed to keep going on the tour. Dismissing any suggestion that she could be retiring in the near future.

“This is a very different chapter in my career.” She explained.
“It’s not an easy road. It’s never been. But I went through a shoulder procedure about four months ago. To find myself playing at a night match at the US Open with people excited about the matchup, it’s a pretty big deal. I’m fortunate to be a part of that.’
“It’s easy to be discouraged after a match like this. But if I’m personally discouraged, I wake up tomorrow, I don’t feel like I want to go out, train, be better, that’s more discouraging than the result.”

It is still up in the air who will be coaching Sharapova in the coming months. She had recently sought help from Italian mentor Riccardo Piatti, who once worked alongside Novak Djokovic. However, that partnership was only a short-term agreement.

“I really enjoyed the work.I like his perspective. I like the simplicity. I think that’s something that maybe I needed or was lacking.” She said of Piatti.
“We haven’t made any future plans, but I have liked the work so far.”

Sharapova now trails Williams 2-20 in their head-to-head and hasn’t beaten her since the 2004 WTA Finals.

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Jannik Sinner sets Pizza Challenge to raise funds against Covid-19

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Last year’s Next Gen Finals champion Jannik Sinner set Pizza Challenge to raise funds against Covid-19.

 

The Italian player announced the news that he will donate 10 Euros alongside Starwing Sports for every photo of a pizza that resembles himself or any past or present Italian figure to raise funds for medical supplies in Italy during the coronavirus pandemic. The goal is to help fight the spread of the virus.

Sinner is currently training in Monte-Carlo during the break due to the coronavirus pandemic. Last February Sinner reached his first ATP 500 quarter final in Rotterdam after scoring the biggest win of his career against world number 10 David Goffin. He earned his first Grand Slam main draw win of career against Max Purcell at the Australian Open.

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Novak Djokovic agrees with the decision to postpone the Olympic Games

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This year’s Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic agrees with the decision of the International Olympic Committee and Japan’s authorities to postpone the Tokyo Olympic Games until 2021.

 

The decision of postponing the Olympics was announced on 24th March through a joint statement made by the President of the International Olympic Thomas Bach and the Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe.

Djokovic, who had prepared a pair of shoes inscribed with the words “Tokyo 2020”, thinks that the health of the people around the world is much more important.

“I am sad that the Olympic Games are postponed, but I am sure that it’s the right decision for the health of everyone involved. Let’s look forward to Tokyo 2021. Although the situation looks horrible in some parts of the world, I think that humanity in some parts of the world, Novak Djokovic thinks that humanity with get through it and can profit from it”, said Djokovic.

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Ana Ivanovic Helps Buy Ventilators In Coronavirus Crisis

Former world number one Ana Ivanovic has bought 35 ventilators for her country.

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Former grand slam champion Ana Ivanovic has helped her country buy ventilators as the coronavirus pandemic increases. 

 

As sport in general stops in order to do their bit to stop the coronavirus pandemic from increasing, former tennis star Ana Ivanovic has continued to lead by example.

The former tennis star has continued her charitable work by buying 35 ventilators as part of work being done by UNICEF Serbia to fight off the crisis.

According to their website, UNICEF also helped buy protective equipment worth over half a million dollars as this pandemic continues to destroy people’s lives.

In a statement, UNICEF said it was crucial to show solidarity amidst of this crisis, “One of the key elements of UNICEF’s global mandate is to respond to emergency situations with its expertise and operational experience,” UNICEF said in a press release.

“UNICEF in Serbia, by its rapid response, is contributing to efforts to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 on the lives of children, young people and their families. Solidarity in difficult times is crucial in order to tackle the challenges we all face together.”

These facilities that were bought by the former world number one could mean that a number of lives are saved despite the deadly virus continuing its path of destruction. So far there are over 499,000 cases of the coronavirus world wide with 22,000 deaths.

As for tennis, the ATP and WTA world tours will not resume until the 7th of June at the earliest with Wimbledon to make a decision on its tournament next week.

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