Athletes not only sign big contracts on the field but off the field as well. Most athletes make more money off of their endorsement deals than their actual contract salary.
Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from next week’s Bank of the West Classic at Stanford because of a left hip injury suffered during Wimbledon.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.