Meusburger wins Linz tournament opener

LINZ, Austria, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Local wild-card entrant Yvonne Meusburger posted a first-round victory Monday at the $600,000 Generali Ladies Linz tennis tournament in Austria.

Zurich: Mauresmo wins; injured Serena out

ZURICH, Switzerland, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Former world No. 1 Amelie Mauresmo was a winner, but injured Serena Williams dropped out Tuesday at the $1.34 million Zurich Open.

Vaidisova wins first-rounder in Zurich

ZURICH, Switzerland, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Nicole Vaidisova posted a straight set victory Monday in the first round of the $1.34 million Zurich Open tennis tournament in Switzerland.

Sharapova among Kremlin Cup upset victims

MOSCOW, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- Maria Sharapova and Amelie Mauresmo were both upset victims Wednesday at the $1.34 million Kremlin Cup tennis tournament in Moscow.

Vesnina advances in Kremlin Cup

MOSCOW, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Wild-card entrant Elena Vesnina swept through her first-round match Tuesday at the $1.34 million Kremlin Cup tennis tournament in Moscow.

Dushevina takes home-town Kremlin Cup win

MOSCOW, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- Russian wild-card entry Vera Dushevina claimed a first-round win Monday in the $1.34 million Kremlin Cup tennis tournament in Moscow.

Henin wins women's U.S. Open

NEW YORK, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- Justine Henin won the women's U.S. Open Saturday, beating Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova, 6-1, 6-3, for her seventh Grand Slam title.

Henin downs Serena to reach Open semis

NEW YORK, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Reigning world No. 1 Justine Henin defeated Serena Williams Tuesday advancing to the semifinals of the 2007 U.S. Open.

Sharapova out at the U.S. Open

NEW YORK, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- Reigning champion Maria Sharapova was beaten in three sets by Agnieszka Radwanska in Saturday’s third round at the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament.

Roddick, Sharapova advance at U.S. Open

NEW YORK, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- Andy Roddick celebrated his 25th birthday Thursday by moving into the third round of the U.S. Open in New York.

Henin, Williams sisters win at U.S. Open

NEW YORK, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- No. 1 ranked Justine Henin and both of the Williams sisters advanced past the second round Wednesday at the U.S. Open.

Federer, Henin top seeds at U.S. Open

NEW YORK, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- Roger Federer and Justine Henin Wednesday were installed the top men’s and women’s seeds at next week’s U.S. Open Tennis Tournament at New York.

Henin seeded No. 1 for U.S. Open

FLUSHING, N.Y., Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Justine Henin, the 2007 French Open winner and a U.S. Open finalist in 2006, was made the No. 1 women's seed for tennis's final Grand Slam event of the year.

Ivanovic wins East West Classic

CARSON, Calif., Aug. 12 (UPI) -- Third-seeded Ana Ivanovic topped No. 4 Nadia Petrova Sunday afternoon, 7-5, 6-4, to win the East West Bank Classic at Carson, Calif.

Petrova, Ivanovic advance to Carson final

CARSON, Calif., Aug. 12 (UPI) -- Nadia Petrova reached the final of the East West Bank Classic Saturday night when top-seeded Maria Sharapova withdrew because of a left leg injury.
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Maria Sharapova
Russian Maria Sharapova returns the ball in her match against Russian Anna Chakvetadze on the second day of the 125th Wimbledon Championships in Wimbledon,England on Tuesday, June 21, 2011. UPI/Hugo Philpott

Maria Yuryevna Sharapova (born April 19, 1987) is a Russian professional tennis player and a former World No. 1. A US resident since 1994, Sharapova has won 24 WTA singles titles, including three Grand Slam singles titles at the 2004 Wimbledon, 2006 US Open and 2008 Australian Open. She has also won the year-end invitational WTA Tour Championships in 2004.

The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) has ranked Sharapova World No. 1 in singles on four separate occasions. She became the World No. 1 for the first time on Aug 22, 2005 and last regained this ranking for the fourth time on May 19, 2008. She is currently ranked World No. 2. She has been in 5 Grand Slam finals. Her Grand Slam final record is 3–2.

Sharapova made her professional breakthrough in 2004 when, at age 17, she upset two-time defending champion and top seed Serena Williams in the 2004 Wimbledon final for her first Grand Slam singles title. She entered the top ten of the WTA Rankings with this win. Despite not winning a major in 2005, Sharapova briefly held the number one ranking, and reached three Grand Slam semifinals, losing to the eventual champion each time. She won her second major at the 2006 US Open defeating then-World No. 1 Amélie Mauresmo in the semifinals and World No. 2 Justine Henin in the final. Sharapova's 2007 season was plagued with a chronic shoulder injury, and saw her ranking fall out of the top 5 for the first time in two years. She ultimately won her third Grand Slam at the 2008 Australian Open, defeating Henin in the quarterfinals and Ana Ivanović in the final. After reclaiming the number one ranking in May 2008, Sharapova's shoulder problems re-surfaced, ultimately requiring surgery in October and forcing her out of the game for nearly ten months. Sharapova returned in May 2009 and was ranked No. 126 in the world due to her extensive lay-off. Since her comeback, Sharapova has won 5 singles titles (bringing her career total to 24) and improved her ranking to within the top 5.

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