Buzzing on Yahoo Sports:

Sharapova beats Stosur at WTA Championships

AP - Sports
Sharapova beats Stosur at WTA Championships

View gallery

Samantha Stosur of Australia reacts after her tennis match against Sara Errani of Italy on the third …

ISTANBUL (AP) -- Maria Sharapova swept past Sam Stosur 6-0, 6-3 at the WTA Championships on Friday to retain a small chance of finishing the year as the No. 1-ranked player.

But if Victoria Azarenka beats Li Na in the final match of the day, Azarenka will be assured of staying at No. 1.

Sharapova has already qualified for the semifinals of the elite, eight-woman event.

The Russian rolled through the first set, allowing Stosur only five points. Stosur was an alternate who replaced defending champion Petra Kvitova, who withdrew because of illness.

Stosur put up more of a fight in the second set, but Sharapova ended it with a smash.

Sharapova won the French Open this year and briefly held the No. 1 ranking.

Win cash prizes, pick a fantasy roster for just one day, join in minutes!

Learn how to play

Contest Entries Entry Fee Prizes Starts (EDT)
NFL $700K Baller 6809/79545 $10 $700000 Sunday 1:00 PM Enter
NFL $25K Tournament [Single Entry] 1794/5681 $5 $25000 Sunday 1:00 PM Enter
NFL $5 Better Half [Single Entry, Top 50% Win] 608/10000 $5 $45000 Sunday 1:00 PM Enter
View Comments (4)