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Jan 25 2008

Maria Sharapova Wins 2008 Australian Open

Maria Sharapova @ Australian OpenHere is a press release from Maria Sharapova’s website. I have enjoyed watching her play tennis since 2004 when she won Wimbledon, but it seems like she gets bigger every year between winning and commercials. Congratulations Maria!

Maria has won the 3rd Grand Slam of her career at the Australian Open today as she defeated #4 seed Ana Ivanovic of Serbia 7-5 6-3 in 1 hour and 31 minutes on a hot and sunny afternoon in Melbourne. Congratulations Maria!

Throughout the whole tournament Maria was the form player as she defeated 3 top 4 players in a row and didn’t drop a set with a fine display of tennis. Maria is the 1st Russian woman to win the Australian Open and she has now won 3 of the 4 Grand Slams (the missing one is Roland Garros).
After 4 relatively comfortable holds of serve, Maria broke Ivanovic to lead 3-2 when Ivanovic floated a backhand long. Maria broke to 15 and then held her serve with a dazzling display of shots. Ivanovic then held her serve and broke Maria when Maria double-faulted to level the set 4-4. Ivanovic kept the pressure on Maria as she held her serve to lead 5-4 and was 0-30 on Maria’s serve but Maria came roaring back to take the next 4 points to level the set 5-5. Maria maintained her momentum when she broke Ivanovic to 30 when Ivanovic hit a forehand long. In Maria’s next service game she didn’t drop a point and won the set when Ivanovic hit a forehand wide. Maria won the set 7-5 in 49 minutes.

The 1st game of the 2nd set was a very long deuce game which lasted 11 minutes, Maria kept the pressure on Ivanovic’s serve but was unable to break after having 2 set-points. The next 5 games were holds of serves from both players which included 3 love service games from Maria. At 3-3, Maria got to break-point on Ivanovic’s serve when Ivanovic and then broke when Ivanovic dumped a forehand in the net. Maria looked stronger and stronger on the baseline as she held her serve to lead 5-3 and then took the championship on her 3rd match point when Ivanovic hit a forehand long. Maria sunk to her knees to celebrate her 3rd Grand Slam title. Maria took the set 6-3 in 42 minutes.

Maria’s serve was such a weapon today as she had such a high percentage and as throughout the whole tournament it didn’t let her down. Maria had 16 winners to 15 unforced errors.

As Maria reached the final here last year, Maria doesn’t climb in the rankings and remains #5. Although it is still very early in the year, Maria is #1 in the race to the Sony Ericsson Championships with 1000 points.

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