Indian Wells Tennis Garden CEO Raymond Moore has apologised after claiming the women's game 'rides on the coat-tails of the men'
Sharapova has been dropped by numerous sponsors
Safarova has been suffering with a bacterial infection for the last six months
The woman and her friend were holding a sign appearing to support the tennis player
Serena Williams beat Maria Sharapova 6-4, 6-1
The Russian has since lost 17 times in succession when facing the younger Williams sister.
Williams defeated her Taiwanese opponent 6-1, 6-2 while Sharapova beat Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-2, 6-1
'Now curves are in and I'm happier in myself'
The Independent on Sunday writers pick out their moments to remember from the past 12 months, and the one that will never be forgotten for all the wrong reasons
Another day, another award for the tennis phenom
The latest cover of the magazine caused a stir, with one critic saying Ms Williams looked like 'a hooker'
Williams suffers defeat at the penultimate hurdle to her 'Serena Slam' hopes
Girls need freedom not stifling body-shaming to grow into successful women, so let's throw away the Barbie dolls and crack out the Meccano
World No 1s in action
Video: Watch the latest highlights from this year's tournament Melbourne