- Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova has reconsidered legally changing her surname to Sugarpova – her confectionary brand - for the two weeks of the US Open. The world’s highest-earning female athlete said getting a new passport would take too long.
- Both male and female world number ones successfully defended their titles and top rankings at the Australian Open in January. RT talked with Russia's first female Grand Slam winner, 2004 Roland Garros champion Anastasia Myskina, to help explain why.
- Russia’s Maria Sharapova collected a straight-set win over compatriot Ekaterina Makarova to book a place in the Australian Open’s semi finals.
- It took Novak Djokovic more than five hours to overcome the do-or-die opposition of Stanislas Wawrinka in the fourth round of the Australian Open – 1-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-7, 12-10 – setting up a quarterfinal encounter with Tomas Berdych.
- Venus Williams made Maria Sharapova lose her first games at this year’s Australian Open but that was too little to stop the second-seed Russian in the third-round clash on Friday.
- Russian tennis queen Maria Sharapova needed just one short entry to become a star on Twitter.
- The draw for the Australian Open gave Russia’s Maria Sharapova a green light through to thefinal and potential second round trouble for Nikolay Davydenko, who could face four-time Melbourne champion Roger Federer.
- Maria Sharapova has pulled out of the Brisbane International tournament due to a collarbone injury, but said she will recover by the start of the Australian Open.
- Women’s tennis has been getting progressively faster and more powerful, but former Russian star, Anastasia Myskina, believes intelligence and tactics will still give players the edge in deciding the Grand Slams.
- Maria Sharapova has failed to avenge her Olympic final defeat, losing to Serena Williams in the decider of the season-ending WTA Championships in Istanbul.
- Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams have both breezed through their respective semifinals at the WTA championships in Istanbul, setting the stage for a rematch of the Olympics tennis final.
- Victoria Azarenka has ensured she will finish as the top-ranked player in the world this year by beating Li Na of China in straight sets at the WTA Championships in Istanbul.