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.
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.
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.
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.