Tag Archives: kirilenko

Australian Open 2013: Serena Williams beats Maria Kirilenko to face Sloane Stephens

Williams cruises past Kirlenko to set up mouthwatering clash against the youngster billed as the next Serena

By
Rik Sharma

PUBLISHED:

10:42 GMT, 21 January 2013

|

UPDATED:

11:51 GMT, 21 January 2013

Serena Williams was in fine fettle as she beat Maria Kirilenko 6-2, 6-0 to reach the Australian Open quarter-finals.

The American will face her compatriot Sloane Stephens who is competing in her first grand slam quarter-final after beating Bojana Jovanovski.

Serena landed close to 90 per cent of her first serves and knew herself how strong her performance was.

Flying: Serena Williams made light work of Maria Kirilenko at the Rod Laver

Flying: Serena Williams made light work of Maria Kirilenko at the Rod Laver

'I thought I played really well,' Williams told The Australian. 'I didn't expect to come out and play so well tonight.

'I
was like 'wow'. I saw I had like 95 per cent of first serves in the
first set and I thought: “Who is this girl” It's not me normally.'

Stephens
is the 'next big thing' in American tennis and the clash against Serena
will be intriguing. The 19-year-old beat Jovanovski 6-1, 3-6, 7-5 to
set up the clash against her childhood hero.

Less than 60 minutes: Kirilenko struggled at the hands of Serena

Less than 60 minutes: Kirilenko struggled at the hands of Serena

Although she doesn't like being compared to Serena, there are similarities between the two.

Both have powerful serves and like playing from the baseline, for instance.

They get along well off of the court too, often texting each other. 'We just keep it goofy,' Stephens said. 'She’s like the goofiest person I know.'

Serena said of Sloane: 'I think she's playing great. We played just two weeks ago in Brisbane, she played unbelievably well.

'I think she is an incredible talent and I admire her too. It will be a tough match for me but I feel like I have nothing to lose.'

Tale of the tape

SERENA WILLIAMS

SLOANE STEPHENS

Age

31

19

Weight

155lbs

135lbs

Height

5'9″

5'7″

Birthplace

Saginaw, MI, USA

Plantation, FL, USA

World seeding

3

25

Serena v Sloane

SERENA WILLIAMS

SLOANE STEPHENS

WTA Singles titles

47

0

WTA Doubles titles

22

0

ITF Circuits singles titles

0

1

ITF Doubles titles

0

1

Prize money

$41,960,896

$694,995

Won/Lost Singles

558-108

108-77

Won/Lost Doubles

166-21

29-32

Serena throws her towel in to the sky

Serena throws her towel in to the sky

Australian Open 2013: Laura Robson joins Caroline Wozniacki for Stella McCartney adidas promotion

Mirror, mirror… who's the fairest of them all Robson joins Wozniacki and Kirilenko for an unconventional practice Down Under

saw a run of good form for the teenager” class=”blkBorder” />

Hopeful: Robson lost in straight sets to Jelena Jankovic in the first round last year, but 2012 saw a run of good form for the teenager

Caroline Wozniacki, Maria Kirilenko and Laura Robson played tennis in the world's first mirror court for the Adidas by Stella McCartney media launch

Caroline Wozniacki, Maria Kirilenko and Laura Robson played tennis in the world's first mirror court for the Adidas by Stella McCartney media launch

Original: Robson was joined by Caroline Wozniacki and Maria Kirilenko as she played tennis in the world's first mirror court for the Adidas by Stella McCartney media launch

After a brutal first round loss at the hands of Jelena Jankovic last year, the teenager will be keen to prove herself in her tie with France's Benoit Paire.

It should be an evenly matched affair, with Paire ranked only one place below Robson, at 54th.

And the Brit can go into this year's tournament with confidence, having had a sensational 2012 that saw her named WTA Newcomer of the Year.

She reached the Olympic doubles final alongside Andy Murray and took home a silver medal, as well as reaching her first WTA final in Guangzhou.

Serena Williams beats Maria Sharapova WTA Championships final

Revenge is sweet for Serena as Sharapova crumbles in WTA Championships final

|

UPDATED:

17:41 GMT, 28 October 2012

Serena Williams continued her good run of form over Maria Sharapova to beat the Russian in straight sets and win the final of the WTA Championships in Istanbul.

Williams has now won 10 of the 12 meetings between two of the biggest names on the women's tour and has now avenged her 2004 defeat to Sharapova in the final of the same tournament by taking a 6-4 6-3 win.

Sealed with a kiss: Serena Williams celebrates her win over Maria Sharapova

Sealed with a kiss: Serena Williams celebrates her win over Maria Sharapova

Serena Williams holds the trophy after winning the final of the WTA Championships

The 31-year-old American also lost in the Wimbledon final showdown with Sharapova in the same year but never looked in trouble as she won inside an hour and a half in Turkey.

The success saw Williams win her third WTA Championships title and was her seventh title of a highly successful 2012.

Stretch: Sharapova had little answer to Williams in the final in Istanbul

Stretch: Sharapova had little answer to Williams in the final in Istanbul

There was better news for Russia in the double's tournament as qualifiers Maria Kirilenko and Nadia Petrova completed a weekend of upsets to beat the second seeds Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka.

US Open Tennis 2012: Revenge so sweet as Serena surges to fourth round

Revenge so sweet as Serena surges to fourth round

|

UPDATED:

19:16 GMT, 1 September 2012

Fourth seed Serena Williams thrashed Ekaterina Makarova in straight sets to move into the fourth round of the US Open on Saturday night – and gain revenge for her Australian Open elimination.

Makarova ended Williams' challenge in Melbourne at the start of the year, with the American mustering just five games in a humiliating defeat at the season's opening grand slam event.

The avenger: Serena Williams returns a shot against Ekaterina Makarova

The avenger: Serena Williams returns a shot against Ekaterina Makarova

She has had to wait seven months to face her again but made no mistake when the opportunity arose with a dominant display on Arthur Ashe stadium.

The first set was keenly contested but Williams cruised through the second to win 6-4 6-0 in one hour and 20 minutes.

Wimbledon and Olympic champion Williams was the more pro-active player early on but could not make the breakthrough as Makarova held on to her serve despite constant pressure from her opponent.

But the Russian was finally broken when trying to stay in the set at 4-5 and from there on in, it was one-way traffic.

Going out: Ekaterina Makarova struggled to return Williams' serve

Going out: Ekaterina Makarova struggled to return Williams' serve

Sensing her chance of another upset may have gone, Makarova wilted and Williams was not in the mood to let her off, powering through the second set to advance to a meeting with Maria Kirilenko or Andrea Hlavackova.

She admitted her performance today was a marked improvement on that against Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez in round two.

Williams said: 'It was better today. I played such a good opponent, she beat me in Australia, so I knew I needed to play better going into today and I definitely felt I played better.

'Mentally I am just going with the flow, this is my home crowd and it's hard not to be excited to play here, being an American and playing in New York.'

Williams will be 31 next month but she dismissed the notion of joining fellow veterans Kim Clijsters and Andy Roddick in retiring after Flushing Meadows.

'I am nowhere near close to retiring,' she said. 'I love this sport way too much and now Andy and Kim are done I need to stay out here. I am not going anywhere.'

London 2012 Olympics: Maria Sharapova reaches tennis final

Sharapova sets sights on gold after brushing aside Kirilenko to reach final

|

UPDATED:

15:47 GMT, 3 August 2012

.olympicStats1038148 background:url(http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/07_04/bckg308x110.jpg) no-repeat top left; display:block; width:308px; height:110px; padding:0; font-weight:bold
.olympicStats1038148 ul width:98%; padding:2px; list-style:none; position:relative; top:86px; left:6px; font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif
.olympicStats1038148 ul li a padding:0 2px; font-size:11px; color:#0cac0c; text-decoration:none
.olympicStats1038148 a:hover text-decoration:underline
.olympicStats1038148 ul li float:left; list-style-type: none; padding: 0;

LIVE RESULTS |
EVENT SCHEDULE |
MEDALS TABLE

Maria Sharapova will fight for an Olympic gold medal on Saturday after beating fellow Russian Maria Kirilenko in the women's singles semi-finals.

The third seed, who is playing in her first Games and carried Russia's flag at the opening ceremony, continued her fine form on the Wimbledon grass this week to win 6-2 6-3.

Delight: Russia's Maria Sharapova celebrates her victory over Maria Kirilenko on Court One

Delight: Russia's Maria Sharapova celebrates her victory over Maria Kirilenko on Court One

Sharapova has served particularly well despite windy conditions and she overpowered Kirilenko in the first set in particular.

The 14th seed, a quarter-finalist at Wimbledon last month, hit back in the second set and was a break ahead at 3-2, but Sharapova responded with a run of four games in a row, putting away a forehand on her second match point.

In the final she will face either Serena Williams or Victoria Azarenka, while Kirilenko will meet the loser in the bronze medal match.

Almost there: Maria Sharapova

Almost there: Maria Sharapova

Almost there: Sharapova needs just one more victory to be crowned Olympic champion

Over and out: Maria Kirilenko couldn't handle the talent of Sharapova at Wimbledon

Over and out: Maria Kirilenko couldn't handle the talent of Sharapova at Wimbledon

Wimbledon 2012: Serena Williams plays two doubles matches on day off

No rest for Serena as Williams sisters come through doubles epic

By
Neil Moxley

PUBLISHED:

21:00 GMT, 4 July 2012

|

UPDATED:

21:01 GMT, 4 July 2012

Serena Williams warmed up for her eighth Wimbledon semi-final with back-to-back doubles matches in what turned out to be gruelling preparation for Thursday’s showdown with Victoria Azarenka.

The four-time singles champion was first involved in a lengthy battle alongside sister Venus against Maria Kirilenko and Nadia Petrova.

Trailing 3-0 in the deciding set, it appeared the sisters would be crashing out in the second round, but they rallied to beat the fourth seeds 9-7.

Double header: The Williams sisters beat Kirilenko and Petrova (above) before beating Mattek-Sands and Mirza (below)

Double header: The Williams sisters beat Kirilenko and Petrova (above) before beating Mattek-Sands and Mirza (below)

Double header: The Williams sisters beat Kirilenko and Petrova (above) before beating Mattek-Sands and Mirza (below)

They were then scheduled on Court 2 against Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Sania Mirza and won 6-4, 6-3, as Serena faced a demanding build-up to her meeting with the Belarussian.

Williams has only lost three of her 20 Grand Slam semi-finals so far and must fancy her chances against an opponent who has beaten her only once in seven attempts.

That said, Azarenka will take heart from the 26 straight victories with which she started this season as she bids to become the first Belarussian to reach a Wimbledon singles final.

By contrast to Williams’s hectic day, Agnieszka Radwanska pulled out of her doubles match with sister Urszula to concentrate on preparing for her semi-final against Angelique Kerber.

Novak Djokovic beats Kevin Anderson in Indian Wells

Djokovic cruises through in Indian Wells after seeing off Anderson

|

UPDATED:

09:32 GMT, 13 March 2012

Defending champion Novak Djokovic moved through to the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells with a 6-2 6-3 win over South African Kevin Anderson.

Djokovic, seeking a third career title at the tournament, seized both his break-point opportunities in a tight first set and gained a solitary break in the second before serving out for victory in one hour and 37 minutes.

Also in early men's third-round action, 11th seed John Isner beat 22nd seed Juan Monaco 7-5 7-5, and 13th seeded Frenchman Gilles Simon got the better of Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka 6-4 6-4.

Easy does it: Novak Djokovic saw off Kevin Anderson in Indian Wells

Easy does it: Novak Djokovic saw off Kevin Anderson in Indian Wells

In the women's third round, Russia's Nadia Petrova, seeded 30, pulled off a shock 6-1 6-7 (6/8) 7-6 (7/5) win over Australian sixth seed Sam Stosur.

Seventh seed Marion Bartoli needed only 71 minutes to dispatch South Africa's Chanelle Scheepers 6-2 6-0, while there were also wins for Maria Kirilenko, Roberta Vinci and Lucie Safarova.

Australian Open 2012: Petra Kvitova and Maria Sharapova cruise into round two

Kvitova and Sharapova open with impressive wins at the Australian Open

Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova and
former world No 1 Maria Sharapova both posted comfortable wins in
the opening round of the Australian Open.

Kvitova, the second seed in
Melbourne, cruised past Russian Vera Dushevina 6-2 6-0 on Rod Laver
Arena, while fourth seed Sharapova demolished Gisela Dulko 6-0 6-1.

Maria Sharapova

Strong start: Maria Sharapova

Dushevina made a strong start, holding serve and breaking Kvitova on her first opportunity to establish a 2-0 lead.

But once the Czech clicked into gear it turned into a one-sided contest as Kvitova rattled through the next 12 games to move into round two and a meeting with Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro.

'After a slow start it was fine,' Kvitova, 21, said. 'But I can improve my serve for sure.'

'The score looks easy but it wasn't, the games were very close and I am glad I am through.'

Fourteenth seed Sabine Lisicki, a Wimbledon semi-finalist last year, survived a scare to advance courtesy of a 6-2 4-6 6-4 defeat of Swiss qualifier Stefanie Voegele.

Hot shot: Petra Kvitova fires a return against Vera Dushevina

Hot shot: Petra Kvitova fires a return against Vera Dushevina

Lisicki had the trainer on court, seemingly taking her pulse and blood pressure as she looked to be wilting in the 35 degree heat, but she still found the reserves to hit back from 4-2 down in the final set to come through.

Maria Kirilenko, seeded 27, ousted Jarmila Gajdosova, while there were also wins early on day two for 15th seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, 17th seed Dominika Cibulkova and Jelena Dokic.