Maria Sharapova may have started the month of October by being upset by qualifier Timea Bacsinszky at the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open, but that only motivated the former World No.1 to have an even better China Open campaign, and that's exactly what she did. Sharapova stormed though the field not dropping a set en route to the final. There she battled past Petra Kvitova in a close three-setter. It was Sharapova's first Beijing title and fourth WTA title of 2014, the most WTA titles she has won in a season since 2006.
Additionally it was Sharapova's second Premier Mandatory title of the year after winning Madrid in May. Following Beijing Sharapova returned to World No.2 and now has a chance to overtake the World No.1 ranking from Serena Williams during the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global. What were her thoughts on the title and looking back after missing the entire second half of last year's season?
"It's so rewarding, honestly," Sharapova said. "At this time last year I was somewhere in Europe getting treatment for my shoulder, just trying to find different medical perspectives and advice on how to treat it and get it better. I knew I wasn't going to play for the rest of the year. I missed the US Open already, and I was going to miss the WTA Finals. It was a tough time for me, mentally - I was just in the middle of Europe trying to find a solution, yet everyone else was still playing. It's definitely great to be in a situation a year later where this is my fourth WTA title of the year, and a Grand Slam this year. You look back and think about how you struggled but kept going. It's a lot to put in perspective."
Maria Sharapova stopped over in Phuket before flying to Singapore for the BNP Paribas Women's Tennis Association (WTA) Finals, which will run from Oct. 17 to Oct. 26. It was the second time that the newly ranked World No. 2 visited the Southeast Asian nation. According to The Phuket News, Phuket's English newspaper, Sharapova had a training session and did a motivational talk with the students of Thanyapura's Elite Junior Sports Academies. It is an institute that claims to have the world-class and finest Olympic training facilities in Asia.
"Was an honour and privilege to be able to host @mariasharapova here at Thanyapura for the last week as she prepares for the WTA Finals in Singapore this weekend and gain her #1 ranking back (currently #2) #tennis #mariasharapova #tennisresort #asiansportresort #thanyapura #WTA," Thanyapura wrote on Instagram.
In an interview with the sports resort hotel, Sharapova said she was extremely delighted to be able to visit Phuket for the second time. The tennis star revealed that she first visited Phuket for a holiday vacation and she was excited to be able to come back for a different cause, "with training and getting ready for one of the biggest tournaments of the year."
Thanyapura even developed a new concoction to honour the Russian tennis darling. Sharapova was asked what would be her signature smoothie. She said she has been into green juices. "I've been making them with kiwi, cucumber, kale, mint then pineapple or apple to give a bit of sweetness," Sharapova said. "That's pretty much been my go-to juice," she added.
Caroline Wozniacki continued her impressive form by defeating the world No2, Maria Sharapova, 7-6, 6-7, 6-2 at the WTA Finals in Singapore. The Dane, who reached the US Open final last month, defeating Sharapova along the way, wrapped up the opening set in 75 minutes, taking the tie-break 7-4. Wozniacki, seeded No8, was closing in on a straight-sets victory at 5-4 in the second set but got a bad line call and saw Sharapova hit back. She forced a tie-break and third set but ran out of steam in the decider.
If her perpetual shrieks and scowls are any guide, Maria Sharapova doesn't seem to enjoy the actual playing part of playing tennis. Her patterns are painfully predictable -- and her serve, these days, is not. But somehow, with a Siberian grit and gusto, the 27-year-old grinds on. Believe it or not, Sharapova entered the BNP Paribas WTA Finals with a chance to finish 2014 as the No. 1-ranked player, ahead of Serena Williams. In 13 years as a professional, that's something Sharapova has never, ever achieved.
On Tuesday, those No. 1 chances took a huge hit. After rallying to force a third set against Caroline Wozniacki, Sharapova fell 6-7 (4), 7-6 (5), 6-2. The vastly entertaining match ran 3 hours, 13 minutes. Sharapova, who had vowed to play more aggressively after losing to Wozniacki at the US Open, was far too loose, committing 76 unforced errors and 15 double faults. Only Camila Giorgi has had more doubles (356-355) this season.
Incredibly, in a 16-question postmatch interview the subject of the No. 1 ranking never came up. "As a competitor after a three-hour match, it's tough to be the one that loses it," Sharapova said. "But ... not sitting in this chair thinking that there is nothing that I could have done. I really feel that a lot of the reasons why the match turned out that way is because of what I did.
"It's happened the last couple of times I played against her." Now, Sharapova has to hope she wins her two remaining round-robin matches (against Petra Kvitova and Agnieszka Radwanska) and that someone (Simona Halep or Eugenie Bouchard) can beat Serena and prevent her from reaching the final. Then, of course, there would be the matter of beating Serena head to head, which Sharapova hasn't done in 10 years.
Maria Sharapova came to Japan after just finishing a tour final round in Singapore. Just before Halloween on October 28, at Tokyo import grocery stores at PLAZA GINZA, she appeared at a "Halloween Ambassador" event to introduce the charm of gummy candies to produce "SUGARPOVA".
The "SUGARPOVA" brand name is a combination of "Sharapova" and "Sugar". It was started to be sold in New York in the summer of 2012 and in Japan, it has been released in May last year at the import grocery store "Plaza".
The package of the mark of lip contains gums shaped like a star, lip and heart and a tennis ball type of gum or gummy. Sharapova says, "I also loved sweets from childhood. Also for the package and she says it was designed to be attractive enough to be preserved by consumers.
Sharapova finishing the year in the second place in the year-end ranking. For next season, " I want to win the still Grand Slam, you have wanted to comeback to number one Many wins want even one game for that," she told with enthusiasm.
Part of the sales will be donated to the "Maria Sharapova Foundation" established for the purpose of realization of children's dreams.
There may be rumors that Maria Sharapova and Grigor Dimitrov are facing a split, but it looks like the French Open 2014 winner and her boyfriend are stronger than ever. While they have not had a good ending to the season, Maria Sharapova and Grigor Dimitrov seem to be happy in their relationship!
Grigor Dimitrov answered some questions from his fans for APT Insider and they revealed a super romantic side to the 23-year-old tennis player. He confided that he once took “a flight from Europe to Asia with just a passport and a charger” for a girl. Could that be Maria Sharapova?
Seeing how both of them are constantly traveling, playing in international tournaments all over the world, this spontaneous trip doesn’t sound too out of the question for the tennis couple. He added, “I’m a romantic person and I like to spoil my gal. Maybe try to cook and surprise.” That doesn't sound like a guy about to split up with his girlfriend.
Maria Sharapova and Grigor Dimitrov have been together for almost 20 months now, which means that their two-year anniversary is coming up. So far, their relationship has been pretty much drama free despite the split rumors. And also except for that one time when Serena Williams took a stab at Maria Sharapova’s boyfriend.