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Sharapova unimpressed with Cameron grunting joke

Maria Sharapova gave short shrift to Prime Minister David Cameron's joke that England's women's footballers would need "earplugs" to cope with the grunting during her Wimbledon clash with Serena Williams.

Sharapova wasn't impressed with the Prime Minister's joke. Credit: PA

Sharapova lost to Williams for a 17th consecutive time in Thursday's semi-final, the top seed American prevailing 6-2 6-4.

England's footballers headed straight to Wimbledon after attending a Downing Street reception to celebrate their third-place finish at the Women's World Cup.

Mr Cameron told the England stars on leaving Number 10 "take your earplugs, they're quite loud", referring to Sharapova and Williams' on-court grunting.

When asked for her thoughts on Mr Cameron's joke, Sharapova replied: "Next question please."

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Maria Sharapova edges into Wimbledon last four

Sharapova is bidding for her second Wimbledon title. Credit: PA

Maria Sharapova has reached the Wimbledon semi-finals for the fifth time in her career with a three sets victory over Coco Vandeweghe.

The Russian overcame her American opponent 6-3 6-7 (3-7) 6-2 and will play either Serena Williams or Victoria Azarenka in this week's last four.

Sharapova is bidding for her sixth grand slam and the first since her victory over Simona Halep in last year's French Open final.

The 28 year-old's only Wimbledon title to date arrived back in 2004 when she shocked Serena Williams less than three months after celebrating her 17th birthday.

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Djokovic and Sharapova win Italian Open titles

Novak Djokovic is the hot favourite to win the French Open. Credit: PA

World number one Novak Djokovic made it four titles in a row with a 6-4 6-3 victory over Roger Federer in the Italian Open final.

The Serbian took a few weeks off after his Monte Carlo triumph but there were no signs of rustiness in Rome, where he eased to a 22nd successive win.

Djokovic has now won the Italian Open on four occasions and will be the man to beat when the French Open begins next Monday – you can watch the whole tournament live on ITV.

In the women's tournament, Maria Sharapova claimed her third Rome title after coming from behind to beat Carla Suarez Navarro 4-6 7-5 6-1.

Sharapova to Sugarpova? 3 odd celeb commercial deals

Tennis star Maria Sharapova is hoping to change her surname to Sugarpova for the US Open to promote a brand of sweets, according to The Times (£).

Here is a look at other celebrities who have been involved in bizarre commercial deals:

Gareth Bale trademarked his celebration the 'Eleven of Hearts'. Credit: Nick Potts/PA Archive

Gareth Bale: The Tottenham forward, who Real Madrid are interested in signing, trademarked his goal celebration - a move that could see him make an extra £3 million a year. The Welsh international can now use his 'Eleven of Hearts' celebration on merchandise.

Jimmy White: The snooker star changed his name to James Brown for the 2005 Masters as part of a sponsorship deal. He also donned a brown tuxedo - instead of his usual black attire - as part of his deal with a sauce manufacturer.

Victoria Beckham: The former Spice Girl and Peterborough Football club battled over the nickname 'Posh' in 2002. The club made an application to use the name on merchandise but Victoria Beckham came in with a counter-claim.

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