Barty lets Coco through, Pliskova to meet Martic

On a wet and dreary Friday at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome, World No 1 Ash Barty retired from her quarter-final match against Coco Gauff, waving on the American teenager into the semis after leading by a set, while Karolina Pliskova survived 3 match...

Nadal avenges Madrid loss

Up to the quarter-final stage of the Rome Masters, Rafa Nadal could be said to have had a fairly torrid time and when he faced Alexander Zverev for a place in the last four, many expected the German, last week’s Madrid Masters winner, to maintain his winning form over...

Pliskova to meet Ostapenko in Rome quarters

Karolina Pliskova is the sole seed in the lower half of the draw and takes on Jelena Ostapenko, the 2017 French Open champion, in the quarter-finals of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, while Petra Martic and Jessica Pegula will contest the last quarter on Friday.

Barty cruises, Gauff stuns Sabalenka and Svitolina swats Muguruza

World No 1 Ash Barty remains on track to add the Rome title to her expanding collection but must overcome Coco Gauff in the quarter-finals, who upset Aryna Sabalenka, the Madrid champion, at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia on Thursday, while Elina Svitolina took out...

Nadal one point from defeat

Rafa Nadal’s invincibility on clay is being tested more regularly than you would expect and makes his forthcoming challenge at Roland Garros in a few weeks’ time, the more intriguing.

Jo Konta and Venus Williams enter Nottingham

British No 1 Johanna Konta and 10-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams will headline this year’s Nottingham Open field, the first of the returning LTA summer grass court events.

Osaka leads march of seeds out of Rome

On a day of major upsets at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia, the underdogs prevailed, seeing off seeds Naomi Osaka, Simona Halep, Sofia Kenin, Serena Williams, Petra Kvitova, and Maria Sakkari in a procession of upsets at the Foro Italico in Rome.

Nadal back on track

Rafa Nadal, playing his first match at the Foro Italico following his quarter-final loss to Alexander Zverev at last week’s Madrid Masters, declared himself happy with his performance in overcoming Jannik Sinner in straight sets, but not so with the scheduling by the...

Konta follows Bencic and Mertens out of Rome

Seeds started to tumble at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome, with Belinda Bencic and Elise Mertens followed out of the draw by Jo Konta, while Garbiñe Muguruza and Angelique Kerber were among those to win through on Tuesday.

Kvitova, Brady, Swiatek and Sakkari open Rome accounts

The Internazionali BNL d’Italia got under way at the Foro Italico in Rome on Monday, with some of the seeds in action and coming through unscathed, although Petra Kvitova had to come from a set down against Magda Linette to advance, while Jennifer Brady won in...
Tennis News, Tennis Results, Live Tennis Scores & Interviews

Sharapova is engaged to Alexander Gilkes

Maria Sharapova has officially announced her engagement to British entrepreneur Alexander Gilkes, who is known to be a close friend of Prince William and other members of the British royal family.

"I said yes from the first day we met❤️This was our little secret, wasn't it. Maria Sharapova

Sharapova and Gilkes announced their engagement simultaneously through social media posts on Thursday.

Sharapova shared a black and white photo of herself and her fiancé on Instagram, saying: “I said yes from the first day we met❤️This was our little secret, wasn’t it.”

Gilkes shared his own black-and-white post, saying, “Thank you for making me a very very happy boy. I look forward to a lifetime of loving you, and learning from you @mariasharapova #?.”

The WTA was quick to shared the same photo and congratulate Sharapova on her engagement announcement.

Sharapova’s announcement also drew well wishes and congratulations from fans and famous pals alike, including a sweet comment from actress Lily Collins.

“Ahhhhh yessss congratulations!!! ????????????,” Collins wrote under the former athlete’s post, while sportscaster Erin Andrews also told Sharapova “congrats” on the engagement.

Maria Sharapova and Alexander Gilkes started dating in March 2018

Courtesy of Instagram

The 33-year-old Russian, who officially retired from the WTA Tour earlier this year, had a stellar on-court career that was hampered by a series of injuries and a doping scandal, while off-court, she has developed a successful business empire.

Despite the doping suspension, she has maintained her popularity and remains in the spotlight even during the extended periods that she she has been away from the court.

For his part, Gilkes is best known as a British businessman and co-founder of online auction house Paddle 8.

He went to Eton College with Princes William and Harry, and is close friends with Princess Eugenie and Pippa Middleton.

Sharapova and Gilkes went public with their relationship back in March 2018 when they were spotted together in Beverly Hills before attending the Argento Ball for the Elton John Aids Foundation in June.

The relationship was further made official when they were seen taking a holiday together at the Cotswolds in Oct. 2018.

Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, the husband of Princess Beatrice, was one of the first to congratulate the couple. “Yippee. A lifetime of love and happiness together. I am so thrilled for you both,” he wrote.

Before Gilkes, Sharapova dated fellow tennis star Grigor Dimitrov and Maroon 5’s Adam Levine.

She was also previously engaged to former Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Sasha Vujacic. The two split in 2012.

Gilkes was previously married to designer Misha Nonoo, who is responsible for setting up Meghan Markle with Prince Harry, but they split in 2016 after 13 years together.

When the five-time Grand Slam title winner retired from tennis she announced the news in a guest column for Vanity Fair in February.

“In giving my life to tennis, tennis gave me a life,” Sharapova wrote.

“I’ll miss it every day,” she continued. “I’ll miss the training and my daily routine: Waking up at dawn, lacing my left shoe before my right, and closing the court’s gate before I hit my first ball of the day. I’ll miss my team, my coaches. I’ll miss the moments sitting with my father on the practice court bench.”

Sharapova’s final match of her career came at the 2020 Australian Open, where she was defeated in the first round by Donna Vekić.

Courtesy of Instagram



Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.