Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from next week’s Bank of the West Classic at Stanford because of a left hip injury suffered during Wimbledon.
Serena Williams put on a clinic with precision serving and a sharp ground game to get the better of second-seeded Maria Sharapova, 6-1, 6-3, in the quarterfinals of the Bank of the West Classic.
Serena Williams beat Russian Maria Kirilenko 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 Thursday at the Bank of the West Classic to set up a quarterfinal match with Maria Sharapova in a battle of former world No. 1s.
Second-seeded Maria Sharapova of Russia set up a possible quarterfinal match with Serena Williams, beating Slovakia’s Daniela Hantuchova 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 Wednesday night at the Bank of the West Classic.
Maria Sharapova faces Petra Kvitova in the women’s finals at Wimbledon Saturday. In a Madden segment several years ago, John and Al Hart discussed Sharapova and the player grunting that was becoming part of the soundtrack in professional tennis matches.