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    Eugenie Bouchard looking to finally get one up on childhood idol Maria Sharapova at Australian Open

    She was Eugenie Bouchard's childhood hero, but the Canadian will be out to ensure Maria Sharapova doesn't become her grand slam villain when the pair meet in the Australian Open quarter-finals.

    Bouchard, who progressed with a three-set victory over Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu on Sunday afternoon, has never beaten Sharapova. In what is being dubbed the battle of the glamour girls of women's tennis, Bouchard will have to overcome a 0-3 record against the Russian, which includes the semi-final heartache at last year's French Open.

    "I kind of just remember a grind," Bouchard said of the 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 loss to Sharapova at Roland Garros in 2014. "I didn't feel like I was playing great tennis the whole time. Sometimes here and there. But that's what it's about: trying to win and trying to always play better, get through it, even if you're not playing your best. I felt like I was close with her. She probably wasn't - we were both maybe a bit off. You're never really playing amazing. Maybe 10 per cent of the year. So I remember that, and I remember I had chances and stuff. I just remember a tough match. I was pretty disappointed after, so that's motivating."
    Bouchard has often been compared to Sharapova since her breakout performance at last year's Australian Open. Sharapova is one of the most marketable sportswomen in the world, and while Bouchard still has a long way to go before reaching such heights, it's believed she is on a similar path.

    However Sharapova, who was often compared to Anna Kournikova at the start of her career, said it was important to create your own identity. "I think we all want to go through our own paths ... when I was coming up, I was compared to Kournikova for many years in my career and still occasionally name always comes up in interviews and articles," Sharapova said. "That's just part of it, part of the game, part of the business. It's understandable. It is what it is. As I have said, I believe I was still a teenager, I don't want to be the next anyone. I want to be the first Maria Sharapova. And that's how I've been throughout my whole career. And we all want to create our own path and go through our own career. And we're all destined for some sort of thing. We work extremely hard at a sport, and that's what we want to be known for."

    In three meetings, Bouchard has only managed to take one set off Sharapova. The 20-year-old won just two games in their first encounter in Miami in 2013, and failed to take a set at the French Open later that year. She did manage to win the first set in the semi-final at Roland Garros last year, but the experienced Sharapova finished strong to topple Bouchard, going on to win the tournament with a victory over Simona Halep in the final. But Bouchard has welcomed the clash with the world No.2, admitting she was going to be aggressive in her approach to the quarter-final.

    Serena shocker puts Sharapova in pole position

    Maria Sharapova has warned her Wimbledon title rivals she is peaking just in time to take advantage of Serena Williams' stunning exit.

    Sharapova, who has yet to drop a set after routing Alison Riske 6-3, 6-0 in the third round, heads into the second week as the newly-installed favourite following Alize Cornet's shock 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory over world number one Williams on Saturday.

    Serena's defeat is a huge boost for French Open champion Sharapova, who had been scheduled to meet the American top seed in the quarter-finals.

    That would have been a major obstacle to Sharapova's hopes of winning Wimbledon for the second time as she had lost her previous 15 meetings with Serena.

    But with Williams vanquished by Cornet's brilliant display on Court One, fifth seed Sharapova now has a golden opportunity to lift the Venus Rosewater dish for the first time since 2004, when she famously shocked Serena in the final as a 17-year-old.

    The Russian will face German ninth seed Angelique Kerber on Monday for a place in the quarter-finals and she struck an ominous note for her rivals by admitting she is hitting top form at just the right moment.

    "I'm pleased that I've gone three good matches in. I feel like I improved with every match," Sharapova said.

    "I started the first match a little nervous, which was expected. Once I got through that, I feel like I've elevated my game.

    "I feel like I'm serving better. I didn't face a break point after the first game. Like I said, it's really the footwork, little things, imposing yourself out there."

    It is the first time since 2006 that neither Serena nor sister Venus, beaten by Petra Kvitova on Friday, will be in the Wimbledon fourth round and with the draw also blown wide open with second seed Li Na's defeat on Friday, Sharapova could be forgiven for feeling a sense of deja vu.

    Maria Sharapova Without Underwear & Hot Picture

    She stunned tennis fans with her incredible serves and forehand smashes.But en route to victory, Maria Sharapova even found time to recreate the iconic Athena poster after the wind caught her mini-dress.Maria Sharapova Hot Picture


    The Russian star unintentionally recreated the photograph that was taken by Martin Elliott in September 1976 featuring his then girlfriend 18-year-old Fiona Butler. It was not such a glamorous story for Britain's female tennis hopes Laura Robson and Elena Baltacha.They came closer than might have been expected but by the end of play yesterday at Wimbledon, it was a familiar story for Britain’s girls.Both of our remaining players in the women’s draw were dumped out of the tournament in the second round, despite valiant efforts.Maria Sharapova Without Underwear & Hot Picturehttp://indianews-91.blogspot.com/

    What a cheek! Maria Sharapova recreates iconic Athena tennis poster

    She stunned tennis fans with her incredible serves and forehand smashes.
    But en route to victory, Maria Sharapova even found time to recreate the iconic Athena poster after the wind caught her mini-dress.
    Thankfully, unlike her 1970s counterpart, Miss Sharapova had remembered to put on some underwear.
    The Athena poster
    A tribute to gusto: Maria Sharapova
    A tribute to gusto: The Athena poster of a young woman not wearing playing tennis without underwear and right, Maria Sharapova, unintentionally recreating the famous image
    The Russian star unintentionally recreated the photograph that was taken by Martin Elliott in September 1976 featuring his then girlfriend 18-year-old Fiona Butler.
    It was not such a glamorous story for Britain's female tennis hopes Laura Robson and Elena Baltacha.
    They came closer than might have been expected but by the end of play yesterday at Wimbledon, it was a familiar story for Britain’s girls.
    Both of our remaining players in the women’s draw were dumped out of the tournament in the second round, despite  valiant efforts.
    British player Laura Robson reacts as she plays Maria Sharapova
    Great Britain's Elena Baltacha at Wimbledon
    Out: Laura Robson started well but lost to glamorous Russian star Maria Sharapova while, right, fellow Brit Elena Baltacha was beaten in three sets by China's Shuai Peng
    Victory: Sharapova shakes hands with Robson after winning the second round match on Day Five of the tournament
    Victory: Sharapova shakes hands with Robson after winning the second round match on Day Five of the tournament
    Miss Robson, just 17 years of age, had walked on to the court carrying her tennis backpack like a schoolgirl  off to a particularly unpleasant exam.
    Yet when the tennis started she gave her glamorous and vastly more experienced opponent, Maria Sharapova, a real scare, racing to a 4-1 lead in the first set.

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