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Maria Sharapova slips, falls on ‘dangerous’ Wimbledon court (Video)

Maria Sharapova called the slick courts at Wimbledon “dangerous” during her second-round loss to Michelle Larcher de Brito at the All England Club on Wednesday, but she refused to blame the surface for her defeat.

Sharapova lost in straight sets 6-3, 6-4 to de Brito on Court No. 2, which is the same venue where fellow top female Caroline Wozniacki was defeated 6-2, 6-2 in her second-round match. Sharapova and Wozniacki’s surprising losses were part of a stunning day of results that included No. 3 seed Roger Federer losing in four sets; No. 6 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga retiring with a knee injury down two sets to one; and Victoria Azarenka withdrawing from her match.

Sharapova credited her opponent after the match and blamed herself for not being aggressive enough. She refused to blame the surface for her issues, which is different from how she acted while she was playing.

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Maria Sharapova to Serena Williams: Stick to your business

Maria Sharapova responded to comments made by Serena Williams in a recent Rolling Stone article by telling her longtime nemesis to stick to her business.

Serena’s interview drew national attention because of her comments about the Steubenville rape case. Williams said that it could have been worse for the victim and that the victim shouldn’t have put herself in the situation. After receiving backlash, Williams later criticized the writer for what was written.

During a pre-Wimbledon press conference on Saturday, Sharapova expressed her disappointment with Serena’s comments.

“I was definitely a little bit sad to hear what she had to say about the whole case,” said Sharapova.

Sharapova then addressed another portion of the article that was mostly overshadowed by Serena’s Steubenville comments. In the article, Serena talked about the love life of another player.

Here is the passage from the article:

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Maria Sharapova bothered by her losing streak to Serena Williams

Maria Sharapova has won four grand slams in her career. Her first was in 2004, and her latest came last year at the French Open to give her the career grand slam. What’s somewhat shocking is that since beating Serena Williams at the finals of Wimbledon in 2004, Sharapova has gone 1-12 head-to-head against Williams. Yes, Sharapova will bring a 12-match losing streak against Serena into their final at the French Open on Saturday at Roland Garros.

Sharapova admitted that her losing streak to Williams bothers her.

“I’d be lying if I said it doesn’t bother me,” said Sharapova after beating Victoria Azarenka, per BBC. “I don’t think that it would be a pretty competitive statement if I said it didn’t. I would love to change that around.

“Obviously whatever I did in the past hasn’t worked, so I’ll have to try to do something different and hopefully it will.”

Williams, meanwhile, has won 30 matches in a row and trashed Sara Errani in 46 minutes in the semifinals to advance to the finals. Is she due for a loss finally? Maybe, but I don’t think that’s happening on Saturday. Serena owns Sharapova. But Sharapova does not seem to be too uptight entering the match. She tweeted a picture of herself relaxing at the park the day before.

Maria Sharapova park

Did I also mention that Sharapova has only won one set against Serena in their last 11 matches? Maybe that’s why she’s not sweating the day before the final.

Photo: Twitter/Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova put in place by Jeremy Chardy’s girlfriend

Maria Sharapova was put in place over Twitter by a fellow tennis player’s girlfriend for her lack of knowledge of male tennis players.

Sharapova tweeted to note that she had no clue who two top-30 men’s tennis players were (was she just joking?).

Paire is French tennis player Benoit Paire, who entered the French Open ranked 26th in the world in men’s singles and seeded 24th for the tournament. Paire beat Lukasz Kubot in straight sets in the second round before losing to Kei Nishikori in the third round.

Chardy is another French tennis player, Jeremy Chardy, who is ranked No. 27 in the world in men’s singles and entered the French Open seeded 25th. He beat Roberto Bautista Agut in the second round in straight sets and then lost to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets in the third round.

After Sharapova tweeted that she was unfamiliar with both players, none other than Chardy’s girlfriend, Alize Lim, came through with an epic tweet. Here’s what Lim, a female tennis player, tweeted back to Sharapova in response:

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Maria Sharapova confirms Grigor Dimitrov is her boyfriend in great way

Maria Sharapova Grigor Dimitrov

Maria Sharapova was rumored to be dating fellow tennis player Grigor Dimitrov for months, but they never confirmed the relationship. It wasn’t until the two were photographed by the paparazzi after Dimitrov’s upset win over Novak Djokovic at the Madrid Open that she finally confirmed they were dating. And she did so in a great way.

After beating Kaia Kanepi 6-2, 6-4 at the Madrid Open, Sharapova went to sign a television camera as is customary for the winner. Instead of signing her name, Sharapova wrote a funny message intended for the paparazzi: “How did you catch us???”

Maria Sharapova Paparazzi

At least there’s no hiding it anymore, and Maria is a good sport about things.

Sharapova was previously engaged to basketball player Sasha Vujacic, but the two broke up last year. Dimitrov, a 21-year-old Bulgarian player currently ranked No. 28 in the world, was rumored to have gone out with Serena Williams in the past.

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Maria Sharapova would love to act in movie

Maria Sharapova has expanded her business interests recently, and now the tennis star says she would love to act in a movie one day.

Sharapova was in India recently to discuss an upcoming business project when she revealed her desire to participate in the movie business.

“Right now, too many things are happening in life. I’m tied up with my matches, brand associations and several other commitments. But someday, given an opportunity I would love to act in a Hollywood movie,” she said, according to the Hindustan Times.

Sharapova is the latest athlete to express interest in an acting career. MMA star Ronda Rousey recently hinted that she would want to participate in a movie, and Anderson Silva is set to make his on-screen debut in a Steven Seagal flick.

Despite being born in Russia, Sharapova doesn’t have a hint of an accent, but she could use some improvement on her acting skills. Still, it’s a somewhat surprising response from someone who said she would refuse an invitation to appear in “Dancing With the Stars.”

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Maria Sharapova, Sasha Vujacic have broken up

Maria Sharapova and Sasha Vujacic have called off their engagement and broken up.

Italian publication La Gazetta dello Sport first reported the news that the star tennis player and struggling basketball player have separated. The two began dating in 2010 and got engaged later that year, but they have been broken up for a few months, Sharapova confirmed on Friday.

“It’s been since the end of spring actually,” Sharapova told reporters. “I was waiting for someone to actually ask me that question, but nobody did directly.”

Vujacic also confirmed the news today from training camp with his Turkish team Anadolu Efes Istanbul.

Vujacic hasn’t played in the NBA since the 2010-2011 season. He played six seasons with the Lakers after being drafted by the team in 2004. He was traded to the Nets in December 2010 and finished the season with the club. He played last year in Turkey, and this will be his second season abroad. His time out of the country contributed to problems between the couple; Sharapova says he wasn’t home for 10 months.

While Vujacic’s career is struggling, Sharapova’s is thriving. The Russian tennis player has reached the finals in three of the last five grand slam events, and she won at the French Open to give her the career grand slam. She’s been raking in the endorsement deals, and even got into the candy business last week.

Now that the two are over, you know there will be plenty of men eager to step in with attempts to woo Sharapova. No word if Novak Djokovic would be interested given all the flirting they’ve done.

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