Maria Sharapova Player Profile
Maria Sharapova: Champion in Rome
The defending champion returns to Roland Garros seeking a third title in four years.
It is all a far cry from the days when Sharapova famously compared her movement on the clay to "a cow on ice".
Back in her early career, the Russian was often ripe for the picking against a solid claycourt performer but in recent years she has been one of the players to beat in the French capital.
She completed the career Grand Slam here in 2012, beating Sara Errani, lost to Serena Williams in the 2013 final and last year saw off Simona Halep in what was one of top women's matches of the year.
Having won the recent warm-up tournament in Rome, Sharapova holds strong claims of reaching yet another final.
Back as world number two again, Sharapova cannot meet nemesis Serena Williams until the final which is a boost for she has lost her last 16 matches against the American, her last win coming back in 2004.
A power game can unravel when her service goes awry, which it often does, but Sharapova is one of the tour's greatest fighters. Winning the final point against her can be a tough task.
- Nationality: RUS
- Date Of Birth: April 19, 1987
- Became Pro: 2001
- Height: 1.88 m
|17/05/15||C Suarez-Navarro||WTA Internazionali BNL d'Italia||F||Won||6-4, 5-7, 1-6|
|16/05/15||D Gavrilova||WTA Internazionali BNL d'Italia||SF||Won||7-5, 6-3|
|15/05/15||V Azarenka||WTA Internazionali BNL d'Italia||QF||Won||3-6, 2-6|
|14/05/15||B Jovanovski||WTA Internazionali BNL d'Italia||R3||Won||3-6, 3-6|
|12/05/15||J Gajdosova||WTA Internazionali BNL d'Italia||R2||Won||2-6, 1-3 retired|
|08/05/15||S Kuznetsova||WTA Mutua Madrid Open||SF||Lost||6-2, 6-4|
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