Maria Sharapova

Grand slam winner Maria Sharapova will be a prominent representative of the Russian Olympic team at the London Olympics.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 26: Maria Sharapova of Russia drinks water during the practice session ahead of the 2012 London Olympic Games at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon on July 26, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 26: Maria Sharapova of Russia drinks water during the practice session ahead of the 2012 London Olympic Games at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon on July 26, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 27: Maria Sharapova of the Russia Olympic tennis team carries her country's flag during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on July 27, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
2012 Olympic Games - Opening Ceremony
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 27: Maria Sharapova of the Russia Olympic tennis team carries her country's flag during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on July 27, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 27: Maria Sharapova of the Russia Olympic tennis team carries her country's flag during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on July 27, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
2012 Olympic Games - Opening Ceremony
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 27: Maria Sharapova of the Russia Olympic tennis team carries her country's flag during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on July 27, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 26: Maria Sharapova of Russia plays a forehand during the practice session ahead of the 2012 London Olympic Games at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon on July 26, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 26: Maria Sharapova of Russia plays a forehand during the practice session ahead of the 2012 London Olympic Games at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon on July 26, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 26: Maria Sharapova of Russia smiles during the practice session ahead of the 2012 London Olympic Games at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon on July 26, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 26: Maria Sharapova of Russia smiles during the practice session ahead of the 2012 London Olympic Games at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon on July 26, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 26: Maria Sharapova of Russia serves during the practice session ahead of the 2012 London Olympic Games at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon on July 26, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Olympics - Previews - Day - 1
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 26: Maria Sharapova of Russia serves during the practice session ahead of the 2012 London Olympic Games at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon on July 26, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 26: Maria Sharapova of Russia plays a backhand during the practice session ahead of the 2012 London Olympic Games at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon on July 26, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Olympics - Previews - Day - 1
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 26: Maria Sharapova of Russia plays a backhand during the practice session ahead of the 2012 London Olympic Games at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon on July 26, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Maria Sharapova at ESPYs
Maria Sharapova at ESPYs
Maria Sharapova at ESPYs
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 29: Maria Sharapova of Russia returns the ball during her Ladies' singles third round match against Su-Wei Hsieh of Taipei on day five of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 29, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
The Championships - Wimbledon 2012: Day Five
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 29: Maria Sharapova of Russia returns the ball during her Ladies' singles third round match against Su-Wei Hsieh of Taipei on day five of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 29, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 09: French Open women's champion Maria Sharapova of Russia poses with the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen near the Eiffel Tower after her victory earlier in the day in the women's singles final against Sara Errani of Italy during day 14 of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 9, 2012 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
French Open Women's Champion Maria Sharapova Of Russia Poses Getty Images
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 09: French Open women's champion Maria Sharapova of Russia poses with the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen near the Eiffel Tower after her victory earlier in the day in the women's singles final against Sara Errani of Italy during day 14 of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 9, 2012 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Russia's Maria Sharapova poses with her trophy in the clockrooms after winning against Italy's Sara Errani the Women's Singles final tennis match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, on June 9, 2012 in Paris. AFP PHOTO / POOL SINDY THOMASSINDY THOMAS/AFP/GettyImages
Russia's Maria Sharapova Poses AFP/Getty Images
Russia's Maria Sharapova poses with her trophy in the clockrooms after winning against Italy's Sara Errani the Women's Singles final tennis match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, on June 9, 2012 in Paris. AFP PHOTO / POOL SINDY THOMASSINDY THOMAS/AFP/GettyImages
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 09: Maria Sharapova of Russia plays a backhand in the women's singles final against Sara Errani of Italy during day 14 of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 9, 2012 in Paris, France. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 09: Maria Sharapova of Russia plays a backhand in the women's singles final against Sara Errani of Italy during day 14 of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 9, 2012 in Paris, France. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 09: Maria Sharapova of Russia kisses the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen after the women's singles final against Sara Errani of Italy during day 14 of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 9, 2012 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 09: Maria Sharapova of Russia kisses the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen after the women's singles final against Sara Errani of Italy during day 14 of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 9, 2012 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 09: Maria Sharapova of Russia celebrates with the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen in her changing room after her women's singles final against Sara Errani of Italy during day 14 of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 9, 2012 in Paris, France. (Photo by Sindy Thomas - Pool/Getty Images)
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PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 09: Maria Sharapova of Russia celebrates with the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen in her changing room after her women's singles final against Sara Errani of Italy during day 14 of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 9, 2012 in Paris, France. (Photo by Sindy Thomas - Pool/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 09: Maria Sharapova of Russia is sprayed with champagne by her physical trainer Juan Reque (L) and her hitting partner Cecil Mamiit (R) as she makes her way to her changing room after her women's singles final against Sara Errani of Italy during day 14 of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 9, 2012 in Paris, France. (Photo by Sindy Thomas - Pool/Getty Images)
Maria Sharapova Of Russia Is Sprayed With Champagne By Her Physical Trainer Juan Reque (L) And Her Hitting Partner Getty Images
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 09: Maria Sharapova of Russia is sprayed with champagne by her physical trainer Juan Reque (L) and her hitting partner Cecil Mamiit (R) as she makes her way to her changing room after her women's singles final against Sara Errani of Italy during day 14 of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 9, 2012 in Paris, France. (Photo by Sindy Thomas - Pool/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 09: Maria Sharapova of Russia plays a backhand in the women's singles final against Sara Errani of Italy during day 14 of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 9, 2012 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Maria Sharapova Of Russia Plays Getty Images
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 09: Maria Sharapova of Russia plays a backhand in the women's singles final against Sara Errani of Italy during day 14 of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 9, 2012 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
TOPSHOTS Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova poses with her trophy in front the Eiffel tower on June 9, 2012 in Paris, after winning the Women's Singles final tennis match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium. AFP PHOTO / PATRICK KOVARIKPATRICK KOVARIK/AFP/GettyImages
TOPSHOTS Russian Tennis Player Maria Sharapova Poses With Her Trophy In Front The Eiffel Tower On June 9, 2012 In Paris, AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOTS Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova poses with her trophy in front the Eiffel tower on June 9, 2012 in Paris, after winning the Women's Singles final tennis match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium. AFP PHOTO / PATRICK KOVARIKPATRICK KOVARIK/AFP/GettyImages
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 09: Maria Sharapova of Russia celebrates with the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen in the women's singles final against Sara Errani of Italy during day 14 of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 9, 2012 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Maria Sharapova Of Russia Celebrates With The Coupe Suzanne Lenglen In The Women's Singles Final Against Sara Errani Getty Images
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 09: Maria Sharapova of Russia celebrates with the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen in the women's singles final against Sara Errani of Italy during day 14 of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 9, 2012 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
As everyone had expected at the start of the week, Rafael Nadal left his traditional bite-mark on the Rome Masters trophy on Sunday. But no-one predicted that he would need a perfectly timed rain-shower to help him win the final, and move back to the top of the world rankings in the process. This final against Alexander Zverev, the German 20-year-old who now stands at No 3 in the world, appeared to be heading for an upset early in the deciding set. After dominating the opening set so emphatically that it occupied only 32 minutes, Nadal then lost seven of the next nine games. Zverev was apparently heading for a fourth ATP Masters 1000 title. He had established a 1-6, 6-1, 3-1 advantage when the rain arrived. The players then came back on for a single game, which saw Nadal hold serve for 2-3, before a second shower arrived. After that, it was one-way traffic. Nadal reeled off the final four games to take the decider 6-3 and claim this title for the eighth time. “If we analyse now, of course we can say that the rain delay helped me,” admitted Nadal afterwards. “But really, in my opinion, what helped me is that I came back with a clear idea in terms of tactical issues and in terms of decisions that I take.” Nadal thus extended his dominance over Zverev – who will be the second seed at the French Open in a week’s time – to five wins from as many matches. As Zverev admitted afterwards, the exertions of the past fortnight – which also saw him lift the title in Madrid – caught up with him in the end. “Next time, I have to find a way to come out better after the rain and play better tennis,” he said. “The fatigue I had because of the last few weeks – because of the break, it took me very long time to get activated again.” Back on top: Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates with the trophy after victory in his Mens Final match against Alexander Zverev of Germany Credit: Getty This result means that Nadal once again leapfrogs the absent Roger Federer and moves back to the top of the rankings for the sixth time in his glorious career. Even so, he will need to claim the Coupe des Mousquetaires in Paris for an 11th time if he wants to hold on to the No 1 spot going into the grass-court season. That's how it's done: Elina Svitolina of Ukraine kisses the trophy in celebration after the Women's Singles Credit: Getty In the women’s final in Rome, fourth seed Elina Svitolina ran out a 6-0, 6-4 winner over world No 1 Simona Halep. Again, fatigue from previous rounds played a part. Halep admitted that she started out feeling stiff after Saturday’s 2hr 23min semi-final against Maria Sharapova. “The match for me yesterday, every time I play against Sharapova, the ball is coming very flat and I bend a lot so my back gets a little bit sore,” said Halep. “Today, I was not fresh enough to start the match better.”ends
Rafael Nadal is world tennis number one again after Rome Masters win
As everyone had expected at the start of the week, Rafael Nadal left his traditional bite-mark on the Rome Masters trophy on Sunday. But no-one predicted that he would need a perfectly timed rain-shower to help him win the final, and move back to the top of the world rankings in the process. This final against Alexander Zverev, the German 20-year-old who now stands at No 3 in the world, appeared to be heading for an upset early in the deciding set. After dominating the opening set so emphatically that it occupied only 32 minutes, Nadal then lost seven of the next nine games. Zverev was apparently heading for a fourth ATP Masters 1000 title. He had established a 1-6, 6-1, 3-1 advantage when the rain arrived. The players then came back on for a single game, which saw Nadal hold serve for 2-3, before a second shower arrived. After that, it was one-way traffic. Nadal reeled off the final four games to take the decider 6-3 and claim this title for the eighth time. “If we analyse now, of course we can say that the rain delay helped me,” admitted Nadal afterwards. “But really, in my opinion, what helped me is that I came back with a clear idea in terms of tactical issues and in terms of decisions that I take.” Nadal thus extended his dominance over Zverev – who will be the second seed at the French Open in a week’s time – to five wins from as many matches. As Zverev admitted afterwards, the exertions of the past fortnight – which also saw him lift the title in Madrid – caught up with him in the end. “Next time, I have to find a way to come out better after the rain and play better tennis,” he said. “The fatigue I had because of the last few weeks – because of the break, it took me very long time to get activated again.” Back on top: Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates with the trophy after victory in his Mens Final match against Alexander Zverev of Germany Credit: Getty This result means that Nadal once again leapfrogs the absent Roger Federer and moves back to the top of the rankings for the sixth time in his glorious career. Even so, he will need to claim the Coupe des Mousquetaires in Paris for an 11th time if he wants to hold on to the No 1 spot going into the grass-court season. That's how it's done: Elina Svitolina of Ukraine kisses the trophy in celebration after the Women's Singles Credit: Getty In the women’s final in Rome, fourth seed Elina Svitolina ran out a 6-0, 6-4 winner over world No 1 Simona Halep. Again, fatigue from previous rounds played a part. Halep admitted that she started out feeling stiff after Saturday’s 2hr 23min semi-final against Maria Sharapova. “The match for me yesterday, every time I play against Sharapova, the ball is coming very flat and I bend a lot so my back gets a little bit sore,” said Halep. “Today, I was not fresh enough to start the match better.”ends
As everyone had expected at the start of the week, Rafael Nadal left his traditional bite-mark on the Rome Masters trophy on Sunday. But no-one predicted that he would need a perfectly timed rain-shower to help him win the final, and move back to the top of the world rankings in the process. This final against Alexander Zverev, the German 20-year-old who now stands at No 3 in the world, appeared to be heading for an upset early in the deciding set. After dominating the opening set so emphatically that it occupied only 32 minutes, Nadal then lost seven of the next nine games. Zverev was apparently heading for a fourth ATP Masters 1000 title. He had established a 1-6, 6-1, 3-1 advantage when the rain arrived. The players then came back on for a single game, which saw Nadal hold serve for 2-3, before a second shower arrived. After that, it was one-way traffic. Nadal reeled off the final four games to take the decider 6-3 and claim this title for the eighth time. “If we analyse now, of course we can say that the rain delay helped me,” admitted Nadal afterwards. “But really, in my opinion, what helped me is that I came back with a clear idea in terms of tactical issues and in terms of decisions that I take.” Nadal thus extended his dominance over Zverev – who will be the second seed at the French Open in a week’s time – to five wins from as many matches. As Zverev admitted afterwards, the exertions of the past fortnight – which also saw him lift the title in Madrid – caught up with him in the end. “Next time, I have to find a way to come out better after the rain and play better tennis,” he said. “The fatigue I had because of the last few weeks – because of the break, it took me very long time to get activated again.” Back on top: Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates with the trophy after victory in his Mens Final match against Alexander Zverev of Germany Credit: Getty This result means that Nadal once again leapfrogs the absent Roger Federer and moves back to the top of the rankings for the sixth time in his glorious career. Even so, he will need to claim the Coupe des Mousquetaires in Paris for an 11th time if he wants to hold on to the No 1 spot going into the grass-court season. That's how it's done: Elina Svitolina of Ukraine kisses the trophy in celebration after the Women's Singles Credit: Getty In the women’s final in Rome, fourth seed Elina Svitolina ran out a 6-0, 6-4 winner over world No 1 Simona Halep. Again, fatigue from previous rounds played a part. Halep admitted that she started out feeling stiff after Saturday’s 2hr 23min semi-final against Maria Sharapova. “The match for me yesterday, every time I play against Sharapova, the ball is coming very flat and I bend a lot so my back gets a little bit sore,” said Halep. “Today, I was not fresh enough to start the match better.”ends
Rafael Nadal is world tennis number one again after Rome Masters win
As everyone had expected at the start of the week, Rafael Nadal left his traditional bite-mark on the Rome Masters trophy on Sunday. But no-one predicted that he would need a perfectly timed rain-shower to help him win the final, and move back to the top of the world rankings in the process. This final against Alexander Zverev, the German 20-year-old who now stands at No 3 in the world, appeared to be heading for an upset early in the deciding set. After dominating the opening set so emphatically that it occupied only 32 minutes, Nadal then lost seven of the next nine games. Zverev was apparently heading for a fourth ATP Masters 1000 title. He had established a 1-6, 6-1, 3-1 advantage when the rain arrived. The players then came back on for a single game, which saw Nadal hold serve for 2-3, before a second shower arrived. After that, it was one-way traffic. Nadal reeled off the final four games to take the decider 6-3 and claim this title for the eighth time. “If we analyse now, of course we can say that the rain delay helped me,” admitted Nadal afterwards. “But really, in my opinion, what helped me is that I came back with a clear idea in terms of tactical issues and in terms of decisions that I take.” Nadal thus extended his dominance over Zverev – who will be the second seed at the French Open in a week’s time – to five wins from as many matches. As Zverev admitted afterwards, the exertions of the past fortnight – which also saw him lift the title in Madrid – caught up with him in the end. “Next time, I have to find a way to come out better after the rain and play better tennis,” he said. “The fatigue I had because of the last few weeks – because of the break, it took me very long time to get activated again.” Back on top: Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates with the trophy after victory in his Mens Final match against Alexander Zverev of Germany Credit: Getty This result means that Nadal once again leapfrogs the absent Roger Federer and moves back to the top of the rankings for the sixth time in his glorious career. Even so, he will need to claim the Coupe des Mousquetaires in Paris for an 11th time if he wants to hold on to the No 1 spot going into the grass-court season. That's how it's done: Elina Svitolina of Ukraine kisses the trophy in celebration after the Women's Singles Credit: Getty In the women’s final in Rome, fourth seed Elina Svitolina ran out a 6-0, 6-4 winner over world No 1 Simona Halep. Again, fatigue from previous rounds played a part. Halep admitted that she started out feeling stiff after Saturday’s 2hr 23min semi-final against Maria Sharapova. “The match for me yesterday, every time I play against Sharapova, the ball is coming very flat and I bend a lot so my back gets a little bit sore,” said Halep. “Today, I was not fresh enough to start the match better.”ends
As everyone had expected at the start of the week, Rafael Nadal left his traditional bite-mark on the Rome Masters trophy on Sunday. But no-one predicted that he would need a perfectly timed rain-shower to help him win the final, and move back to the top of the world rankings in the process. This final against Alexander Zverev, the German 20-year-old who now stands at No 3 in the world, appeared to be heading for an upset early in the deciding set. After dominating the opening set so emphatically that it occupied only 32 minutes, Nadal then lost seven of the next nine games. Zverev was apparently heading for a fourth ATP Masters 1000 title. He had established a 1-6, 6-1, 3-1 advantage when the rain arrived. The players then came back on for a single game, which saw Nadal hold serve for 2-3, before a second shower arrived. After that, it was one-way traffic. Nadal reeled off the final four games to take the decider 6-3 and claim this title for the eighth time. “If we analyse now, of course we can say that the rain delay helped me,” admitted Nadal afterwards. “But really, in my opinion, what helped me is that I came back with a clear idea in terms of tactical issues and in terms of decisions that I take.” Nadal thus extended his dominance over Zverev – who will be the second seed at the French Open in a week’s time – to five wins from as many matches. As Zverev admitted afterwards, the exertions of the past fortnight – which also saw him lift the title in Madrid – caught up with him in the end. “Next time, I have to find a way to come out better after the rain and play better tennis,” he said. “The fatigue I had because of the last few weeks – because of the break, it took me very long time to get activated again.” Back on top: Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates with the trophy after victory in his Mens Final match against Alexander Zverev of Germany Credit: Getty This result means that Nadal once again leapfrogs the absent Roger Federer and moves back to the top of the rankings for the sixth time in his glorious career. Even so, he will need to claim the Coupe des Mousquetaires in Paris for an 11th time if he wants to hold on to the No 1 spot going into the grass-court season. That's how it's done: Elina Svitolina of Ukraine kisses the trophy in celebration after the Women's Singles Credit: Getty In the women’s final in Rome, fourth seed Elina Svitolina ran out a 6-0, 6-4 winner over world No 1 Simona Halep. Again, fatigue from previous rounds played a part. Halep admitted that she started out feeling stiff after Saturday’s 2hr 23min semi-final against Maria Sharapova. “The match for me yesterday, every time I play against Sharapova, the ball is coming very flat and I bend a lot so my back gets a little bit sore,” said Halep. “Today, I was not fresh enough to start the match better.”ends
Rafael Nadal is world tennis number one again after Rome Masters win
As everyone had expected at the start of the week, Rafael Nadal left his traditional bite-mark on the Rome Masters trophy on Sunday. But no-one predicted that he would need a perfectly timed rain-shower to help him win the final, and move back to the top of the world rankings in the process. This final against Alexander Zverev, the German 20-year-old who now stands at No 3 in the world, appeared to be heading for an upset early in the deciding set. After dominating the opening set so emphatically that it occupied only 32 minutes, Nadal then lost seven of the next nine games. Zverev was apparently heading for a fourth ATP Masters 1000 title. He had established a 1-6, 6-1, 3-1 advantage when the rain arrived. The players then came back on for a single game, which saw Nadal hold serve for 2-3, before a second shower arrived. After that, it was one-way traffic. Nadal reeled off the final four games to take the decider 6-3 and claim this title for the eighth time. “If we analyse now, of course we can say that the rain delay helped me,” admitted Nadal afterwards. “But really, in my opinion, what helped me is that I came back with a clear idea in terms of tactical issues and in terms of decisions that I take.” Nadal thus extended his dominance over Zverev – who will be the second seed at the French Open in a week’s time – to five wins from as many matches. As Zverev admitted afterwards, the exertions of the past fortnight – which also saw him lift the title in Madrid – caught up with him in the end. “Next time, I have to find a way to come out better after the rain and play better tennis,” he said. “The fatigue I had because of the last few weeks – because of the break, it took me very long time to get activated again.” Back on top: Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates with the trophy after victory in his Mens Final match against Alexander Zverev of Germany Credit: Getty This result means that Nadal once again leapfrogs the absent Roger Federer and moves back to the top of the rankings for the sixth time in his glorious career. Even so, he will need to claim the Coupe des Mousquetaires in Paris for an 11th time if he wants to hold on to the No 1 spot going into the grass-court season. That's how it's done: Elina Svitolina of Ukraine kisses the trophy in celebration after the Women's Singles Credit: Getty In the women’s final in Rome, fourth seed Elina Svitolina ran out a 6-0, 6-4 winner over world No 1 Simona Halep. Again, fatigue from previous rounds played a part. Halep admitted that she started out feeling stiff after Saturday’s 2hr 23min semi-final against Maria Sharapova. “The match for me yesterday, every time I play against Sharapova, the ball is coming very flat and I bend a lot so my back gets a little bit sore,” said Halep. “Today, I was not fresh enough to start the match better.”ends
Romania's Simona Halep celebrates after beating Russia's Maria Sharapova in their semifinal match, at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Saturday, May 19, 2018. Halep won 4-6, 6-1, 6-4. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Nadal beats Djokovic and will face Zverev for Rome title
Romania's Simona Halep celebrates after beating Russia's Maria Sharapova in their semifinal match, at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Saturday, May 19, 2018. Halep won 4-6, 6-1, 6-4. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Russia's Maria Sharapova returns the ball during her semi final match against Romania's Simona Halep, at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome on Saturday, May 19, 2018. (Ettore Ferrari/ANSA via AP)
Nadal beats Djokovic and will face Zverev for Rome title
Russia's Maria Sharapova returns the ball during her semi final match against Romania's Simona Halep, at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome on Saturday, May 19, 2018. (Ettore Ferrari/ANSA via AP)
Simona Halep came through a three-set battle with five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova (AFP Photo/FILIPPO MONTEFORTE)
Simona Halep came through a three-set battle with five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova
Simona Halep came through a three-set battle with five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova (AFP Photo/FILIPPO MONTEFORTE)
Too many errors: Maria Sharapova dropped serve 10 times on Saturday (AFP Photo/TIZIANA FABI)
Too many errors: Maria Sharapova dropped serve 10 times on Saturday
Too many errors: Maria Sharapova dropped serve 10 times on Saturday (AFP Photo/TIZIANA FABI)
Both Simona Halep and Maria Sharapova struggled to serve with any consistency in Rome on Saturday, but the world number one triumphed.
Halep outlasts Sharapova in break-heavy Rome semi
Both Simona Halep and Maria Sharapova struggled to serve with any consistency in Rome on Saturday, but the world number one triumphed.
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep celebrates winning her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep celebrates winning her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep celebrates winning her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep celebrates winning her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep celebrates winning her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep celebrates winning her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 09: Maria Sharapova of Russia celebrates with the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen in the women's singles final against Sara Errani of Italy during day 14 of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 9, 2012 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Maria Sharapova Of Russia Celebrates With The Coupe Suzanne Lenglen In The Women's Singles Final Against Sara Errani Getty Images
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 09: Maria Sharapova of Russia celebrates with the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen in the women's singles final against Sara Errani of Italy during day 14 of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 9, 2012 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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As everyone had expected at the start of the week, Rafael Nadal left his traditional bite-mark on the Rome Masters trophy on Sunday. But no-one predicted that he would need a perfectly timed rain-shower to help him win the final, and move back to the top of the world rankings in the process. This final against Alexander Zverev, the German 20-year-old who now stands at No 3 in the world, appeared to be heading for an upset early in the deciding set. After dominating the opening set so emphatically that it occupied only 32 minutes, Nadal then lost seven of the next nine games. Zverev was apparently heading for a fourth ATP Masters 1000 title. He had established a 1-6, 6-1, 3-1 advantage when the rain arrived. The players then came back on for a single game, which saw Nadal hold serve for 2-3, before a second shower arrived. After that, it was one-way traffic. Nadal reeled off the final four games to take the decider 6-3 and claim this title for the eighth time. “If we analyse now, of course we can say that the rain delay helped me,” admitted Nadal afterwards. “But really, in my opinion, what helped me is that I came back with a clear idea in terms of tactical issues and in terms of decisions that I take.” Nadal thus extended his dominance over Zverev – who will be the second seed at the French Open in a week’s time – to five wins from as many matches. As Zverev admitted afterwards, the exertions of the past fortnight – which also saw him lift the title in Madrid – caught up with him in the end. “Next time, I have to find a way to come out better after the rain and play better tennis,” he said. “The fatigue I had because of the last few weeks – because of the break, it took me very long time to get activated again.” Back on top: Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates with the trophy after victory in his Mens Final match against Alexander Zverev of Germany Credit: Getty This result means that Nadal once again leapfrogs the absent Roger Federer and moves back to the top of the rankings for the sixth time in his glorious career. Even so, he will need to claim the Coupe des Mousquetaires in Paris for an 11th time if he wants to hold on to the No 1 spot going into the grass-court season. That's how it's done: Elina Svitolina of Ukraine kisses the trophy in celebration after the Women's Singles Credit: Getty In the women’s final in Rome, fourth seed Elina Svitolina ran out a 6-0, 6-4 winner over world No 1 Simona Halep. Again, fatigue from previous rounds played a part. Halep admitted that she started out feeling stiff after Saturday’s 2hr 23min semi-final against Maria Sharapova. “The match for me yesterday, every time I play against Sharapova, the ball is coming very flat and I bend a lot so my back gets a little bit sore,” said Halep. “Today, I was not fresh enough to start the match better.”ends
Rafael Nadal is world tennis number one again after Rome Masters win
As everyone had expected at the start of the week, Rafael Nadal left his traditional bite-mark on the Rome Masters trophy on Sunday. But no-one predicted that he would need a perfectly timed rain-shower to help him win the final, and move back to the top of the world rankings in the process. This final against Alexander Zverev, the German 20-year-old who now stands at No 3 in the world, appeared to be heading for an upset early in the deciding set. After dominating the opening set so emphatically that it occupied only 32 minutes, Nadal then lost seven of the next nine games. Zverev was apparently heading for a fourth ATP Masters 1000 title. He had established a 1-6, 6-1, 3-1 advantage when the rain arrived. The players then came back on for a single game, which saw Nadal hold serve for 2-3, before a second shower arrived. After that, it was one-way traffic. Nadal reeled off the final four games to take the decider 6-3 and claim this title for the eighth time. “If we analyse now, of course we can say that the rain delay helped me,” admitted Nadal afterwards. “But really, in my opinion, what helped me is that I came back with a clear idea in terms of tactical issues and in terms of decisions that I take.” Nadal thus extended his dominance over Zverev – who will be the second seed at the French Open in a week’s time – to five wins from as many matches. As Zverev admitted afterwards, the exertions of the past fortnight – which also saw him lift the title in Madrid – caught up with him in the end. “Next time, I have to find a way to come out better after the rain and play better tennis,” he said. “The fatigue I had because of the last few weeks – because of the break, it took me very long time to get activated again.” Back on top: Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates with the trophy after victory in his Mens Final match against Alexander Zverev of Germany Credit: Getty This result means that Nadal once again leapfrogs the absent Roger Federer and moves back to the top of the rankings for the sixth time in his glorious career. Even so, he will need to claim the Coupe des Mousquetaires in Paris for an 11th time if he wants to hold on to the No 1 spot going into the grass-court season. That's how it's done: Elina Svitolina of Ukraine kisses the trophy in celebration after the Women's Singles Credit: Getty In the women’s final in Rome, fourth seed Elina Svitolina ran out a 6-0, 6-4 winner over world No 1 Simona Halep. Again, fatigue from previous rounds played a part. Halep admitted that she started out feeling stiff after Saturday’s 2hr 23min semi-final against Maria Sharapova. “The match for me yesterday, every time I play against Sharapova, the ball is coming very flat and I bend a lot so my back gets a little bit sore,” said Halep. “Today, I was not fresh enough to start the match better.”ends
As everyone had expected at the start of the week, Rafael Nadal left his traditional bite-mark on the Rome Masters trophy on Sunday. But no-one predicted that he would need a perfectly timed rain-shower to help him win the final, and move back to the top of the world rankings in the process. This final against Alexander Zverev, the German 20-year-old who now stands at No 3 in the world, appeared to be heading for an upset early in the deciding set. After dominating the opening set so emphatically that it occupied only 32 minutes, Nadal then lost seven of the next nine games. Zverev was apparently heading for a fourth ATP Masters 1000 title. He had established a 1-6, 6-1, 3-1 advantage when the rain arrived. The players then came back on for a single game, which saw Nadal hold serve for 2-3, before a second shower arrived. After that, it was one-way traffic. Nadal reeled off the final four games to take the decider 6-3 and claim this title for the eighth time. “If we analyse now, of course we can say that the rain delay helped me,” admitted Nadal afterwards. “But really, in my opinion, what helped me is that I came back with a clear idea in terms of tactical issues and in terms of decisions that I take.” Nadal thus extended his dominance over Zverev – who will be the second seed at the French Open in a week’s time – to five wins from as many matches. As Zverev admitted afterwards, the exertions of the past fortnight – which also saw him lift the title in Madrid – caught up with him in the end. “Next time, I have to find a way to come out better after the rain and play better tennis,” he said. “The fatigue I had because of the last few weeks – because of the break, it took me very long time to get activated again.” Back on top: Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates with the trophy after victory in his Mens Final match against Alexander Zverev of Germany Credit: Getty This result means that Nadal once again leapfrogs the absent Roger Federer and moves back to the top of the rankings for the sixth time in his glorious career. Even so, he will need to claim the Coupe des Mousquetaires in Paris for an 11th time if he wants to hold on to the No 1 spot going into the grass-court season. That's how it's done: Elina Svitolina of Ukraine kisses the trophy in celebration after the Women's Singles Credit: Getty In the women’s final in Rome, fourth seed Elina Svitolina ran out a 6-0, 6-4 winner over world No 1 Simona Halep. Again, fatigue from previous rounds played a part. Halep admitted that she started out feeling stiff after Saturday’s 2hr 23min semi-final against Maria Sharapova. “The match for me yesterday, every time I play against Sharapova, the ball is coming very flat and I bend a lot so my back gets a little bit sore,” said Halep. “Today, I was not fresh enough to start the match better.”ends
Rafael Nadal is world tennis number one again after Rome Masters win
As everyone had expected at the start of the week, Rafael Nadal left his traditional bite-mark on the Rome Masters trophy on Sunday. But no-one predicted that he would need a perfectly timed rain-shower to help him win the final, and move back to the top of the world rankings in the process. This final against Alexander Zverev, the German 20-year-old who now stands at No 3 in the world, appeared to be heading for an upset early in the deciding set. After dominating the opening set so emphatically that it occupied only 32 minutes, Nadal then lost seven of the next nine games. Zverev was apparently heading for a fourth ATP Masters 1000 title. He had established a 1-6, 6-1, 3-1 advantage when the rain arrived. The players then came back on for a single game, which saw Nadal hold serve for 2-3, before a second shower arrived. After that, it was one-way traffic. Nadal reeled off the final four games to take the decider 6-3 and claim this title for the eighth time. “If we analyse now, of course we can say that the rain delay helped me,” admitted Nadal afterwards. “But really, in my opinion, what helped me is that I came back with a clear idea in terms of tactical issues and in terms of decisions that I take.” Nadal thus extended his dominance over Zverev – who will be the second seed at the French Open in a week’s time – to five wins from as many matches. As Zverev admitted afterwards, the exertions of the past fortnight – which also saw him lift the title in Madrid – caught up with him in the end. “Next time, I have to find a way to come out better after the rain and play better tennis,” he said. “The fatigue I had because of the last few weeks – because of the break, it took me very long time to get activated again.” Back on top: Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates with the trophy after victory in his Mens Final match against Alexander Zverev of Germany Credit: Getty This result means that Nadal once again leapfrogs the absent Roger Federer and moves back to the top of the rankings for the sixth time in his glorious career. Even so, he will need to claim the Coupe des Mousquetaires in Paris for an 11th time if he wants to hold on to the No 1 spot going into the grass-court season. That's how it's done: Elina Svitolina of Ukraine kisses the trophy in celebration after the Women's Singles Credit: Getty In the women’s final in Rome, fourth seed Elina Svitolina ran out a 6-0, 6-4 winner over world No 1 Simona Halep. Again, fatigue from previous rounds played a part. Halep admitted that she started out feeling stiff after Saturday’s 2hr 23min semi-final against Maria Sharapova. “The match for me yesterday, every time I play against Sharapova, the ball is coming very flat and I bend a lot so my back gets a little bit sore,” said Halep. “Today, I was not fresh enough to start the match better.”ends
As everyone had expected at the start of the week, Rafael Nadal left his traditional bite-mark on the Rome Masters trophy on Sunday. But no-one predicted that he would need a perfectly timed rain-shower to help him win the final, and move back to the top of the world rankings in the process. This final against Alexander Zverev, the German 20-year-old who now stands at No 3 in the world, appeared to be heading for an upset early in the deciding set. After dominating the opening set so emphatically that it occupied only 32 minutes, Nadal then lost seven of the next nine games. Zverev was apparently heading for a fourth ATP Masters 1000 title. He had established a 1-6, 6-1, 3-1 advantage when the rain arrived. The players then came back on for a single game, which saw Nadal hold serve for 2-3, before a second shower arrived. After that, it was one-way traffic. Nadal reeled off the final four games to take the decider 6-3 and claim this title for the eighth time. “If we analyse now, of course we can say that the rain delay helped me,” admitted Nadal afterwards. “But really, in my opinion, what helped me is that I came back with a clear idea in terms of tactical issues and in terms of decisions that I take.” Nadal thus extended his dominance over Zverev – who will be the second seed at the French Open in a week’s time – to five wins from as many matches. As Zverev admitted afterwards, the exertions of the past fortnight – which also saw him lift the title in Madrid – caught up with him in the end. “Next time, I have to find a way to come out better after the rain and play better tennis,” he said. “The fatigue I had because of the last few weeks – because of the break, it took me very long time to get activated again.” Back on top: Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates with the trophy after victory in his Mens Final match against Alexander Zverev of Germany Credit: Getty This result means that Nadal once again leapfrogs the absent Roger Federer and moves back to the top of the rankings for the sixth time in his glorious career. Even so, he will need to claim the Coupe des Mousquetaires in Paris for an 11th time if he wants to hold on to the No 1 spot going into the grass-court season. That's how it's done: Elina Svitolina of Ukraine kisses the trophy in celebration after the Women's Singles Credit: Getty In the women’s final in Rome, fourth seed Elina Svitolina ran out a 6-0, 6-4 winner over world No 1 Simona Halep. Again, fatigue from previous rounds played a part. Halep admitted that she started out feeling stiff after Saturday’s 2hr 23min semi-final against Maria Sharapova. “The match for me yesterday, every time I play against Sharapova, the ball is coming very flat and I bend a lot so my back gets a little bit sore,” said Halep. “Today, I was not fresh enough to start the match better.”ends
Rafael Nadal is world tennis number one again after Rome Masters win
As everyone had expected at the start of the week, Rafael Nadal left his traditional bite-mark on the Rome Masters trophy on Sunday. But no-one predicted that he would need a perfectly timed rain-shower to help him win the final, and move back to the top of the world rankings in the process. This final against Alexander Zverev, the German 20-year-old who now stands at No 3 in the world, appeared to be heading for an upset early in the deciding set. After dominating the opening set so emphatically that it occupied only 32 minutes, Nadal then lost seven of the next nine games. Zverev was apparently heading for a fourth ATP Masters 1000 title. He had established a 1-6, 6-1, 3-1 advantage when the rain arrived. The players then came back on for a single game, which saw Nadal hold serve for 2-3, before a second shower arrived. After that, it was one-way traffic. Nadal reeled off the final four games to take the decider 6-3 and claim this title for the eighth time. “If we analyse now, of course we can say that the rain delay helped me,” admitted Nadal afterwards. “But really, in my opinion, what helped me is that I came back with a clear idea in terms of tactical issues and in terms of decisions that I take.” Nadal thus extended his dominance over Zverev – who will be the second seed at the French Open in a week’s time – to five wins from as many matches. As Zverev admitted afterwards, the exertions of the past fortnight – which also saw him lift the title in Madrid – caught up with him in the end. “Next time, I have to find a way to come out better after the rain and play better tennis,” he said. “The fatigue I had because of the last few weeks – because of the break, it took me very long time to get activated again.” Back on top: Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates with the trophy after victory in his Mens Final match against Alexander Zverev of Germany Credit: Getty This result means that Nadal once again leapfrogs the absent Roger Federer and moves back to the top of the rankings for the sixth time in his glorious career. Even so, he will need to claim the Coupe des Mousquetaires in Paris for an 11th time if he wants to hold on to the No 1 spot going into the grass-court season. That's how it's done: Elina Svitolina of Ukraine kisses the trophy in celebration after the Women's Singles Credit: Getty In the women’s final in Rome, fourth seed Elina Svitolina ran out a 6-0, 6-4 winner over world No 1 Simona Halep. Again, fatigue from previous rounds played a part. Halep admitted that she started out feeling stiff after Saturday’s 2hr 23min semi-final against Maria Sharapova. “The match for me yesterday, every time I play against Sharapova, the ball is coming very flat and I bend a lot so my back gets a little bit sore,” said Halep. “Today, I was not fresh enough to start the match better.”ends
Romania's Simona Halep celebrates after beating Russia's Maria Sharapova in their semifinal match, at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Saturday, May 19, 2018. Halep won 4-6, 6-1, 6-4. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Nadal beats Djokovic and will face Zverev for Rome title
Romania's Simona Halep celebrates after beating Russia's Maria Sharapova in their semifinal match, at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Saturday, May 19, 2018. Halep won 4-6, 6-1, 6-4. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Russia's Maria Sharapova returns the ball during her semi final match against Romania's Simona Halep, at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome on Saturday, May 19, 2018. (Ettore Ferrari/ANSA via AP)
Nadal beats Djokovic and will face Zverev for Rome title
Russia's Maria Sharapova returns the ball during her semi final match against Romania's Simona Halep, at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome on Saturday, May 19, 2018. (Ettore Ferrari/ANSA via AP)
Simona Halep came through a three-set battle with five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova (AFP Photo/FILIPPO MONTEFORTE)
Simona Halep came through a three-set battle with five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova
Simona Halep came through a three-set battle with five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova (AFP Photo/FILIPPO MONTEFORTE)
Too many errors: Maria Sharapova dropped serve 10 times on Saturday (AFP Photo/TIZIANA FABI)
Too many errors: Maria Sharapova dropped serve 10 times on Saturday
Too many errors: Maria Sharapova dropped serve 10 times on Saturday (AFP Photo/TIZIANA FABI)
Both Simona Halep and Maria Sharapova struggled to serve with any consistency in Rome on Saturday, but the world number one triumphed.
Halep outlasts Sharapova in break-heavy Rome semi
Both Simona Halep and Maria Sharapova struggled to serve with any consistency in Rome on Saturday, but the world number one triumphed.
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep celebrates winning her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep celebrates winning her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep celebrates winning her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep celebrates winning her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep celebrates winning her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep celebrates winning her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep celebrates winning her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep celebrates winning her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep celebrates winning her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep celebrates winning her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep celebrates winning her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep celebrates winning her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep celebrates winning her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep celebrates winning her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep celebrates winning her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep celebrates winning her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep celebrates winning her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep celebrates winning her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep celebrates winning her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep celebrates winning her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep celebrates winning her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep celebrates winning her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep celebrates winning her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep celebrates winning her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep celebrates winning her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep celebrates winning her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep celebrates winning her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep celebrates winning her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep celebrates winning her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep celebrates winning her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep in action during her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep in action during her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep in action during her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Russia's Maria Sharapova in action during her Women's singles semi final match against Romania's Simona Halep at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Russia's Maria Sharapova in action during her Women's singles semi final match against Romania's Simona Halep at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Russia's Maria Sharapova in action during her Women's singles semi final match against Romania's Simona Halep at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep in action during her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep in action during her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep in action during her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep in action during her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep in action during her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Romania's Simona Halep in action during her Women's singles semi final match against Russia's Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Russia's Maria Sharapova reacts during her Women's singles semi final match against Romania's Simona Halep at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Russia's Maria Sharapova reacts during her Women's singles semi final match against Romania's Simona Halep at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Russia's Maria Sharapova reacts during her Women's singles semi final match against Romania's Simona Halep at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Russia's Maria Sharapova (L) in action during her women's singles semi final match against Romania's Simona Halep at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Russia's Maria Sharapova (L) in action during her women's singles semi final match against Romania's Simona Halep at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI
Rome (Italy), 19/05/2018.- Russia's Maria Sharapova (L) in action during her women's singles semi final match against Romania's Simona Halep at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Italy, 19 May 2018. (Abierto, Tenis, Roma, Rusia, Rumanía, Italia) EFE/EPA/ETTORE FERRARI

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