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Serena Williams named No. 1 seed for U.S. Open

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02:01 PM ET 08.21 | As was revealed on Tuesday, Serena Williams will be the top seed for the upcoming U.S. Open at Flushing Meadows (where she won in 2012). The woman who beat her at the Western and Southern Open, Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, will be the second seed. Maria Sharapova, sans gimmicky name-change, will be the third seed, and Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska will be fourth.

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Maria Sharapova changing name to "Sugarpova"

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02:01 PM ET 08.20 | Tennis star Maria Sharapova was recently in headlines for firing her coach Jimmy Butler after just one match, but now she is in the headlines for a completely different and absolutely absurd reason. According to a number of reports, Sharapova has begun the process of officially changing her last name to "Sugarpova" for the duration of the U.S. Open later this month. Sharapova has reportedly approached the Florida Supreme Court to make the name change happen. After the U.S. Open comes to an end, Miss Sugarpova will be no more. She will waste no time changing her name back to Sharapova, but the candy company will have already received plenty of attention. Hell, it's already getting more attention than ever before just by the news that Sharapova is in the process of changing her name.

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Maria Sharapova fires Jimmy Conners

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07:19 PM ET 08.16 | Less than 40 days after beginning their partnership, the coach/player relationship between Jimmy Conners and Maria Sharapova is reportedly over. According to various reports, Sharapova ended the relationship with Conners following a bad loss to Sloane Stephens on Wednesday in Cincinnati. It seems almost comedic to see something like this happen between player and coach, but Sharapova's track record doesn't exactly suggest stability in this area.

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Wimbledon champ Marion Bartoli retires

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01:10 PM ET 08.15 | Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli announced that she would be retiring from tennis just over a month after winning the tournament earlier this summer. The French tennis star was competing in the Cincinnati Open when she lost to Simona Halep (3-6, 6-4, 6-1) in the second round of the tournament. Bartoli called her father after the loss to inform him that she would be calling it a career. The 28-year-old, who has eight singles wins in her career, cited pain in multiple areas of her body for the reason to retire. She has been dealing with soreness in her shoulder, back, hips and Achilles.

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Maria Sharapova hires new coach

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12:00 PM ET 07.14 | Tennis star Maria Sharapova parted ways with her long-time tennis coach after a disappointing outing at Wimbledon that ended with a second-round exit, but she has wasted no time finding a new coach. Sharapova has hired eight-time Slam champion Jimmy Connors to replace Thomas Hogstedt. Connors doesn't have much experience as an elite tennis coach, but Sharapova is still excited to work with the 60-year-old.

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