Articles by Steven Wine



Sharapova Falls at the Hands of Safina

  • 05 June 06
  • The Associated Press
Dinara Safina's come-from-behind victory over Sharapova earns the praise of her brother, Marat.

Federer Stumbles Into 2nd Round

  • 29 May 06
  • The Associated Press
The French Open started on a Sunday for the first time, and Roger Federer wasn't quite ready.

Sharapova Run Ragged as Kuznetsova Bags Title

  • 03 April 06
  • The Associated Press
For 90 minutes, Svetlana Kuznetsova kept Maria Sharapova on the run, dashing from corner to corner in vain pursuit of a championship.

Williams Rains on Sharapova's Parade

  • 01 July 05
  • The Associated Press
Venus Williams earned the sweetest victory yet in her career revival, beating 2004 champion Maria Sharapova 7-6 (2), 6-1 Thursday in the rain-delayed Wimbledon semifinals.

Sharapova, Williams Make Semifinals

  • 29 June 05
  • The Associated Press
With a little luck at the end, defending champion Maria Sharapova returned to the Wimbledon semifinals by beating fellow Russian Nadia Petrova 7-6, 6-3 on Tuesday.

Safin Starting to Feel at Home on Grass

  • 22 June 05
  • The Associated Press
An ominous development for the rest of the men's field at Wimbledon: Marat Safin is beginning to find his footing on grass.

Henin's Class Too Much for Sharapova

  • 01 June 05
  • The Associated Press
From the start, Justine Henin-Hardenne's wide variety of sharply angled shots had Maria Sharapova staggering across the clay in vain pursuit.

Kim Clijsters Stuns Sharapova

  • 04 April 05
  • The Associated Press
From corner to corner Kim Clijsters ran, sliding into the splits with a cheerleader's zeal as she retrieved shot after shot, keeping alive yet another rally -- and her comeback.

Outclassed Safin Ousted From Nasdaq

  • 29 March 05
  • The Associated Press
Marat Safin threw, kicked and cursed his racket but couldn't make it behave, and he lost 7-6 (8-6), 6-1 to Dominik Hrbaty in the third round of the Nasdaq-100 Open on Sunday.

Sharapova Seeks to Bounce Back

  • 25 March 05
  • The Associated Press
Maria Sharapova expects to show some improvement in her next match, which should be easy. All she has to do is win one game.

It's an All-Russian French Final

  • 04 June 04
  • The Associated Press
Anastasia Myskina and Yelena Dementyeva won their French Open semifinals Thursday, setting up the first all-Russian women's Grand Slam final.

Williams Sisters Advance, Kuznetsova Ousted

  • 02 July 03
  • The Associated Press
Serena Williams overcame an erratic start to beat Jennifer Capriati, while Henin-Hardenne, seeded third, beat No. 33 Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia 6-2, 6-2.

Sharapova Dazzling at Wimbledon

  • 30 June 03
  • The Associated Press
Maria Sharapova has been a lot of places in her 16 years, and now she is in the fourth round at the world's most prestigious tennis tournament.

Raging Safin Advances, Sampras Falls

  • 27 March 02
  • The Associated Press
Russia's Marat Safin broke a racket in anger, drew a point penalty for another outburst, and still managed to beat Peruvian qualifier Luis Horna at the Nasdaq-100 Open.

Bovina Heads for the Heights

  • 23 March 01
  • The Associated Press
Yelena Bovina, a 189-centimeter-tall Russian who cracked the top 100 in women's tennis this week, has finished growing. But she's not ready to stop climbing.

Russian Tennis Hopes Going Strong

  • 26 September 00
  • The Associated Press
Yevgeny Kafelnikov beat Gustavo Kuerten of Brazil in the men's quarterfinals Monday.

Tired Safin Makes Early Olympic Exit

  • 21 September 00
  • The Associated Press
Barely 24 hours after arriving in Australia, U.S. Open champion Marat Safin was bounced out of the Olympic tennis tournament by Frenchman Fabrice Santoro.

Wimbledon Underdog Popps Out Of Nowhere

She Talks Bras but Plays Tennis Too

Sampras Ready to Defend Wimbledon Title

Pierce Pleases Home Crowd With Straight-Sets Win

Norman Conquest Sends Safin Home

Kafelnikov Takes Marathon Match

Hingis, Safin Advance, Kournikova Bows Out

Kournikova Ascends at Lipton

Chang Slumps to First Round Exit

Riley the Reason For Heat's Success

Novotna Stumbles to Quarters Win

Rivera Set To Battle Whitaker

Mourning, Miami Shut Out Spurs Down the Stretch