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Maria Sharapova recalls Martina Navratilova told her to ‘get out of Russia’

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Maria Sharapova has detailed her upbringing and recalled the time Martina Navratilova urged her to “get out of Russia” to better her chances of a professional tennis career.

Former World number one Sharapova enjoyed a successful career, winning five Grand Slams and an Olympic silver medal at the 2012 London Olympics.
Upon the advice of 18-time singles and 31-time doubles Slam champion Martina Navratilova, Sharapova left Russia at an early age to pursue a professional career in tennis.
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Speaking on the Never Stand Still podcast, Sharapova said: “Looking back at that stage of my parents’ life when I was a little girl, I still can’t wrap my head around the fact that they had to make such difficult decisions.

“Both of my parents are actually from Belarus and because of the Chernobyl [nuclear] explosion and my mother was pregnant with me at the time, they moved to Siberia so I was born there.

“At the age of two, we moved to Sochi, a much more comfortable city in weather and lifestyle and that’s where I started playing tennis.
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“But at the age of five I went to this little clinic that was held in Moscow that was held by Martina Navratilova and she told my father we need to get out of Russia.

“The circumstances for an athlete are much better in the United States, particularly in Florida, and my father never looked back.

“He talked to my mum, who said he was very convincing at the time, and she had a lot of trust and complete loyalty and understanding of the situation and she took a huge chance.

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“My father and I went to Florida on a plane without her and we were without her for the first two years because she couldn’t get a visa.
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“In hindsight, I think those are the years that shape your story. That shape your vision of the world, of the people that are next to you, of the craft that you start from a young age and I was just so lucky that I did fall in love with the sport, hitting forehands and backhands.”

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Leylah Fernandez explains US Open row over Emma Raducanu timeout

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Leylah Fernandez explains US Open row over Emma Raducanu timeout

Leylah Fernandez says she was unaware of the rules surrounding Emma Raducanu’s dramatic medical timeout in the US Open final after arguing with an official on court.

The Canadian was beaten in straight sets 6-4 6-3 by 18-year-old sensation Raducanu on Saturday, with the Brit becoming the first qualifier ever to win a Grand Slam – and she did so without dropping a set in 10 matches across her three weeks in Flushing Meadows.

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There was a moment of controversy though as she served for the match, scraping her knee on the court as she slid for a return with the umpire calling for a medical timeout on break point.

Leylah Fernandez speaks out on row over Emma Raducanu medical timeout during US Open final
Raducanu had blood trickling down her leg (Picture: Getty)
Fernandez, whose growing momentum and crowd support was suddenly quietened, was livid with the decision as timeouts usually only happen on changeovers and argued with both the umpire and the tournament referee.

But the rules state that if a player is bleeding then play must stop immediately so they can be treated, with Raducanu getting patched back up before saving break point and then going on to win the match.

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Fernandez was still visibly annoyed afterwards, shaking her head at the timeout which allowed her opponent to recompose herself, though now concedes it was a reaction ‘in the heat of the moment’.

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Asked about the situation, the 19-year-old explained at her post-match press conference: ‘I honestly did not know what was happening with Emma.

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‘I didn’t know how serious her fall was, so that’s why I went to see the official and ask her about it.

‘You know what, it just happened in the heat of the moment. It was just too bad that it happened in that specific moment with me, with the momentum. But it’s sports, it’s tennis. Just got to move on.’

Leylah Fernandez speaks out on row over Emma Raducanu medical timeout during US Open final
The Canadian teen was clearly affected by the stop in play (Picture: Getty)
Fernandez was gracious in defeat and full of praise for Raducanu, feeling that the ever-so-slightly younger Brit capitalised on her mistakes in what was a high-quality final at the Arthur Ashe Stadium.

She continued: ‘Emma is a very good player. She’s been playing incredibly these last few months with a lot of confidence.

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‘I unfortunately today did one too many mistakes. I think Emma noticed it and she just took advantage of it. She did good. Hopefully we’ll have many more tournaments together and many more finals.’

 

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Maria Sharapova hangs with former rival Serena Williams at Met Gala

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Maria Sharapova hangs with former rival Serena Williams at Met Gala

Tennis icons Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova — known for their famous on-court rivalry through the years — posed together for photos at the Met Gala in New York City on Monday night.

The pair was joined by Williams’ sister, fellow tennis star Venus Williams, who called the meeting a “reunion” in a post on her Instagram Story. That’s 35 grand slams in one photo, an excited fan noted on Twitter.

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Sharapova also shared the snap to her Instagram Story, along with a separate photo with Lakers star Russell Westbrook.

Williams and Sharapova’s thrilling back-and-forth began in 2004 at Wimbledon, when Sharapova defeated Williams to become the third-youngest female to win the title. But that would be the last time she would win against Williams — who dominated the remainder of their career meetings before Sharapova retired in early 2020.

Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova at the 2019 US Open.
Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova at the 2019 US Open.
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The on-court rivalry spilled into the duo’s personal lives, when they appeared to go tit-for-tat in separate interviews in 2013, over one of Williams’ rumored exes, pro tennis player Grigor Dimitrov.

Then Sharapova discussed Williams at length in her In 2017 autobiography, “Unstoppable: My Life So Far,” and wrote that the pair were “not friends.”

Elsewhere in the book, Sharapova explained, “I think Serena hated me for being the skinny kid who beat her, against all odds” at Wimbledon in 2004.

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Sharapova said she witnessed Williams “bawling” and having “guttural sobs” in the locker room after the loss.

“I think she hated me for seeing her at her lowest moment. But mostly I think she hated me for hearing her cry. She’s never forgiven me for it.” Sharapova wrote.

Sharapova and Williams must’ve buried the hatchet in the latter years of the Russian’s career, and it showed as they were rubbing elbows at one of fashion’s biggest nights.

Serena turned heads at the Met Gala in a pink and silver feathered look by Gucci. Sharapova rocked a gold gown with pleated sleeves by Gabriela Hearst. Meanwhile, Venus stunned in a strapless red dress by Prabal Gurung.

Serena, a 23-time grand slam winner, attended the Met Gala with her husband, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian. Sharapova showed up with fiance Alexander Gilkes.

The tennis stars stepped out after both Serena and Venus pulled out of the US Open, citing injury. Other tennis pros in attendance included newly crowned US Open champion Emma Raducanu, Sloane Stephens and Naomi Osaka, who served as co-chair of this year’s Met in a look by Louis Vuitton.

 

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Tiger Woods’ Ex-wife Elin Nordegren Secured $100M after Split & They Now Co-parent Their Kids Amicably

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Tiger Woods’ Ex-wife Elin Nordegren Secured $100M after Split & They Now Co-parent Their Kids Amicably

After Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren divorced in 2010, she walked home with $100 million. The couple, who share two children, have moved on from their difficult past and now amicably co-parent their kids.

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Tiger Woods will go down in history as one of the most iconic golfers the world has ever seen, thanks to his talent, multiple championships, and records.

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For instance, he has won 82 PGA Tours, which ties him first all-time in golf history. He also ranks second in men’s major championships and holds several golf records.

Golfer Tiger Woods during a golf event. [Left] | Tiger Woods’ Ex wife Elin Nordegren with their kid at an outdoor event. [Right] | Photo: Getty Images
Golfer Tiger Woods during a golf event. [Left] | Tiger Woods’ Ex wife Elin Nordegren with their kid at an outdoor event. [Right] | Photo: Getty Images

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Thanks to his golfing prowess, he is regarded as one of the greatest golfers of all time. He is also one of the greatest sportsmen in history and is an inductee of the World Golf Hall of Fame.

While Woods’ talent and iconic status in the golf world are unquestionable, it is in his personal life that he has struggled.

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In 2009, the golfer was enmeshed in multiple cheating scandals that almost ended his career and led to the end of his marriage with Elin Nordegren. Relive the scandals and find out what happened in the aftermath.

Tiger Woods when he won the Tour Championship on September, 23, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. | Photo: Getty Images
Tiger Woods when he won the Tour Championship on September, 23, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. | Photo: Getty Images

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WOODS AND NORDEGREN’S RELATIONSHIP

Nordegren is a model from Sweden. Before venturing into modeling, she and her twin sister Josefin worked odd jobs in supermarkets to fund their education. At 20, she began her modeling career and appeared on the cover of Cafe Sport magazine in the summer of 2000.

Nordegren met Swedish golfer Jesper Parnevik’s wife Mia Parnevik while working in a clothes shop in Stockholm. Jesper and Mia then hired her to be their kids’ nanny.

Due to the job, Nordegren moved with them to the United States. In 2001, she met Woods at the 2001 Open Championship. Before their meeting, Woods had spent a year begging Mia to introduce him to Nordegren. However, she was seeing someone at the time.

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Tiger Woods, his daugher Sam, and his wife Elin Nordegren at Stanford Stadium on November 21, 2009. | Photo: Getty Images
Tiger Woods, his daugher Sam, and his wife Elin Nordegren at Stanford Stadium on November 21, 2009. | Photo: Getty Images

In November 2003, Woods and Nordegren attended the President’s Cup tournament in South Africa. Afterward, he proposed to her at the Shamwari Game Reserve.

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On October 5, 2004, the couple tied the knot at the Sandy Lane Resort in Barbados. After their marriage, they lived at Isleworth, Windermere, Orlando, Florida. The couple welcomed their daughter, Sam Alexis, in 2007. In 2009, their son Charlie Axel was born.

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WOODS’ CHEATING SCANDAL

Woods was at the peak of his career in 2009. On October 1, 2009, Forbes named him the first athlete to earn $1 billion. His status as one of the sport’s greatest athletes was strong.Tiger Woods

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His family life also seemed to be perfect. He had a beautiful wife and two adorable kids. The golfer also had multiple endorsement deals, and all seemed to be going well.

However, on November 25, 2009, the National Enquirer published a story claiming Woods had an extramarital affair with Rachel Uchitel, a New York City nightclub manager.

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Novak Djokovic’s sad confession about wife in US Open interview

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Novak Djokovic's sad confession about wife in US Open interview

Jelena was spotted wearing a t-shirt featuring Djokovic’s face inside a silhouette of a wolf on Saturday, along with the words “I run with the wolf”.

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When asked about the t-shirt in his on-court interview after defeating Kei Nishikori, Djokovic opened up about what the support of his wife means to him.

“She runs with the wolf,” he said.

“It can be very stressful to run with the wolf. I know that she doesn’t enjoy it at all times.

“It’s kind of living on the edge with the wolf. But I love her, she’s my great support.”

Speaking last year, Jelena opened up about the dark side of living life in the limelight and why she’s stepped out of the public eye in recent times.

“At first, the experience does not alarm you because it can bring you some difficulties. We look at public figures and think that kind of publicity is okay,” she said.

“But as time goes on, you lack anonymity, you lack the privacy to be able to do whatever you like at any time, in any situation.

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“I try to resist all these expectations to always be myself and for Novak to be able to be himself.”

Djokovic’s ‘wolf’ mentality emerged at Wimbledon earlier this year when he said he felt the animals are his “spiritual nature guides”.

“I really do because I’ve seen some wolves when I was a kid roaming the forests of the mountain where I grew up,” he said.

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“And that encounter left me frightened and even more connected with wolves. There is a connection, I personally feel it.

“I carry that with me and that helps me find that energy when I need it.

“That dynamic energy sometimes turns into a roar or an outburst but most of the times it’s useful energy.”

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Valentine’s Day 2021 Special: Rafael Nadal and Maria Francisca Perello Love Story, 7 Photos That Depict Their Romantic Journey

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Valentine's Day 2021 Special: Rafael Nadal and Maria Francisca Perello Love Story, 7 Photos That Depict Their Romantic Journey

Rafael Nadal and Maria Francisca Perello tied the knot in 2019. The couple had been dating for 14 years before exchanging rings in January in the same year. The couple publicly announced the news of their wedding on October 20, 2019. Nadal and Maria reportedly met through Nadal’s younger sister and had known each other for a couple of years.

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Valentine’s Day 2021 Special: Rafael Nadal and Maria Francisca Perello Love Story, 7 Photos That Depict Their Romantic Journey

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Rafael Nadal and Maria Francisca Perello (Photo Credits: Instagram)
Rafael Nadal and Maria Francisca Perello tied the knot in October 2019. The couple had been dating for 14 years before exchanging rings in January in the same year. Nadal and Xisca, as Maria is called in the media, have always managed to keep their relationship private. The couple publicly announced the news of their wedding on October 20, 2019. Here we take a look at their beautiful love story – A story between one of the greatest tennis player of all-time and a business graduate. Who Is Xisca Perello, Rafael Nadal’s Wife-to-Be? 5 Things to Know About the Tennis WAG.

Nadal and Maria reportedly met through Nadal’s sister and had known each other for a couple of years before they started dating in 2005. They had met through Nadal’s younger sister Maribel, who and Maria were childhood friends and both also hailed Mallorca. Nadal was 19 then and Maria 17 when they started dating. Maria was studying as a business graduate when they met. Later she started working on insurance. Rafael Nadal Special: ‘Flip Through’ Family Pics of The Spanish Tennis Player.

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Young Rafael Nadal and Maria Francisca Perello

Rafael Nadal and Maria Francisca Perello (Photo Credits: Instagram)

Maria has always kept herself away from the limelight and is often also missing from Nadal’s matches. She is also not on any social media platforms. “I’ve always been very clear that I’m not the famous one,” she told media reporters last year.

Rafael Nadal With Girlfriend Maria Francisca Perello

Rafael Nadal and Maria Francisca Perello (Photo Credits: Instagram)
Rafael Nadal and Maria Francisca Perello During Vacation

Rafael Nadal and Maria Francisca Perello (Photo Credits: Instagram)
Maria had also explained that she is not on any social media platforms as “those images are snapshots of a moment.”

Rafael Nadal and Maria Francisca Perello Wedding Moment

Rafael Nadal and Maria Francisca Perello (Photo Credits: Instagram)
Nadal and Maria tied the knot at the La Fortaleza Castle, the island of Nadal’s birth. The fortress is said to be the most expensive seaside fortress in Spain. Their wedding was attended by 350 guests, which included actors Tom Hiddleston, Olivia Colman and Hug Laurie as well as Juan Carlos I – the king of Spain from 1975 to 2014.

Rafael Nadal and Maria Francisca Perello

Rafael Nadal and Maria Francisca Perello (Photo Credits: Instagram)
Rafael Nadal With Wife Maria Francisca Perello

Rafael Nadal and Maria Francisca Perello (Photo Credits: Instagram)
Young Rafael Nadal and His Girlfriend-Turned-Wife Maria

Rafael Nadal and Maria Francisca Perello (Photo Credits: Instagram)
Nadal, a 20-time Grand Slam winner, had always kept his romance away from the spotlight. Nadal recently opened up about the prospect of forming a family. Nadal, however, later clarified that he thinks it was best to wait until the end of his sporting career.

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