World number one Dinara Safina and third seed Venus Williams crashed out in major upsets at the China Open in Beijing on Monday. Venus was the first to go as she lost for the second successive week to Russian teenager Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.
Maria Sharapova stayed on course for her first tournament victory since returning to the WTA Tour with a battling three-sets victory over Alisa Kleybanova in the Toray Pan Pacific Open on Wednesday. Sharapova came from a set down to beat her fellow Russian 2-6 6-2 6-2 to reach the quarterfinals of the tournament in Tokyo for the fourth time
American teenager Melanie Oudin continued her astonishing U.S. Open giant- killing run on Monday, eliminating 13th seed Nadia Petrova in three sets to reach the quarterfinals.
Maria Sharapova crashed out of the U.S.
Former champion Maria Sharapova came safely through a testing first round encounter with Ukraine’s Viktoriya Kutusova as she won 7-5 6-4 on Court One on Monday. The Russian superstar is playing only her fourth tournament since recovering from shoulder surgery last year and despite some shaky moments emerged unscathed.
Maria Sharapova stepped up her comeback after injury to claim the scalp of 11th seed Nadia Pedrova to reach the third round of the French Open in Paris on Wednesday. The former world number one had come into the second grand slam of the season with only two matches in a minor tournament in Poland under her belt, but surprised fellow Russian with a 6-2 1-6 8-6 victory.
Injury-plagued Maria Sharapova is returning to WTA Tour action at next week’s Warsaw Open in Poland, the former world number one announced on her personal Web site. The clay court event, which starts on May 18, will be her first appearance in singles since the Rogers Cup in Montreal last August.
Tennis superstar Maria Sharapova returned to action after a seven month injury layoff in a doubles match at Indian Wells in California.