14-27 January 2013
Melbourne – Australia
Surface: Hard / Outdoors
* * Grand Slam * *

Rod Laver Arena

1st RND beat Olga Puchkova RUS 6-0 6-0
2nd RND  beat  Misaki  Doi  JPN 6-0 6-0
3rd RND beat Venus Williams USA 6-1 6-3
4th RND beat Kirsten Flipkens BEL 6-1 6-0
QF beat Ekaterina Makarova RUS 6-2 6-2
SF lost Na Li CHN 2-6 2-6

Posted on January 25, 2013

Na Li struikelblok in halve finale.

Het leek allemaal zo gemakkelijk te gaan voor Maria tijdens de Australian Open.
Moeiteloos bereikte ze de halve finale, moest ze slechts 9 games in haar voorgaande 5 partijen inleveren en ook de Chinese Na Li zou in de halve finale toch geen sta in de weg zijn voor een plaats in de finale.
Onderschatting speelde misschien een belangrijke rol, want alle 3 voorgaande partijen tegen Li in 2012 werden door Maria gewonnen.
Maar Na Li bleek vandaag een taaie tegenstander en gaf Maria geen kans. ( 6-2 6-2 )

25 January 2013:Maria uitgeschakeld in halve finale door Na Li.


Posted on January 16, 2013

With her serve hitting its mark and her groundstrokes sharp as ever, Maria Sharapova continued her sizzling start to the year Wednesday, following up her double bagel first round win with a double bagel second round win, crushing Misaki Doi by that dubious 60 60 scoreline.
The No.2-seeded Maria wasn’t just consistently on the attack – she hit 16 winners to nine unforced errors – she defended extremely well, allowing just one winner past her, a forehand winner from the shell-shocked Doi. After 47 minutes it was all over and Maria was through to the third round.
“I was just trying to be focused today – I didn’t know too much about my opponent, I just knew she was a few inches shorter than me,” Maria said. “It’s always tough, especially when you’re up a set and a couple of breaks, to keep that momentum. I really forced myself to concentrate and get the job done.”
Maria was asked whether there was any sympathy or temptation to ease up. “No,” she said. “My focus is always on the next point and to try and win as many of them as possible. When you have your chances, the little doors that open up, you try to take them. I don’t want anyone to know what the score is by looking at my face or my attitude – I try to play every single point like I need to win it.”

Posted on January 14, 2013

Maria Opens With Double Bagel.

Maria showed she’s fully recovered from the right collarbone injury that forced her to withdraw from her only Australian Open lead-up tournament two weeks ago in Brisbane, crushing Olga Puchkova in her first match at the first Grand Slam tournament of the year.

The No.2-seeded Maria blasted 18 winners and blanked her fellow Russian in 55 minutes, 6-0 6-0.

“After a couple of close games and a few break points early on I certainly started to concentrate a bit better,” Maria said. “I didn’t want to focus on the fact I hadn’t played a lot of matches, I just wanted to focus on what was ahead of me and really concentrate on being aggressive. I had never played her before, but it was one of those matches where I just wanted to think about what I had to do.”

14 January 2013:Na 55 minuten spelen in haar 1e ronde op de Australian Open
 kan Maria alweer handtekeningen uitdelen aan haar fans.Olga Puchkova was het slachtoffer, 6-0 6-0.

Posted on January 11, 2013

Maria in openingsmatch on monday.

Maria will open up proceedings on Rod Laver Arena at the Australian Open on Monday. Maria will be playing Olga Puchkova of Russia in her first round match.

Maria has never played the 25-year-old before and the match will begin at 11.00 AM local time (1.00 AM CET, 7.00 PM ET on Sunday & 4.00 PM PT on Sunday).

On Margaret Court Arena today, Maria played a friendly exhibition against Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia and won 7-4.

in Melbourne Maria !

Top 5 seeded players for MELBOURNE 2013 are:

1. Victoria Azarenka BLR
2. Maria Sharapova RUS
3. Serena Williams USA
4. Agnieszka Radwanska POL
5. Angelique Kerber GER

12 January 2013:Maria tijdens de training in Melbourne.