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09-10-2006, 04:11 AM
Maria claims US crown

Russian Maria Sharapova has defeated Justine Henin-Hardenne 6-4 6-4 to claim her second career grand slam title.

Sharapova's serve was dominant, and she used it to her advantage throughout the match making 72 per cent of her first serves including five aces.

Sharapova was delighted to win and was so excited after Henin-Hardenne hit an unforced error on match point that she ran off the court and embraced her father, Yuri.

"I figured I lost the last four times against Justine so I thought I would just flip everything 360 degrees and do the total opposite," she said after the match.

"I am so happy it's here in New York - my favourite city."

The 19-year-old Russian started the match slowly, dropping her opening service game. That was the only break point that Henin-Hardenne had for the rest of the match.

Down 0-2, Sharapova broke right back - one free point came on a double-fault - and in the process came up with the shot of the evening: a half-volley drop winner to close a 10-stroke exchange.

A further service break against the Henin-Hardenne serve gave Sharapova the opening set 6-4.

The second set was tight, with both players trading big ground shots from the back of the court, until the seventh game.

Leading 40-15 on her serve, Henin-Hardenne missed two backhands, then double faulted.

After saving a break point, she gave Sharapova another opportunity by pushing a forehand long.

Another unforced error from Henin-Hardenne gave Sharapova the break and a 4-3 lead.

Sharapova then coolly held her nerve and served out twice to win her first US Open title, and her second grand slam after winning Wimbledon in 2004.

For Henin-Hardenne, it was her fourth grand slam final this year; she only won one, the French Open against Svetlana Kuznetsova.

"She been a real fighter tonight and she deserves it," Henin-Hardenne said of Sharapova after the match.

now the maria contingent of geetham will come.. me escape :ahha:

she was looking like goin to a party rather than lookin like playin tennis... long earrings.. black glittery dress with a slight open back :doh: ... welldone btw

09-10-2006, 02:16 PM

09-12-2006, 02:03 AM
[glow=red:d3598d781a]Tennis Secrets of Maria 'Audrey' Sharapova.. :sm05:[/glow:d3598d781a]

http://img117.imageshack.us/img117/1670/maria4ss4.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

Serve it up.. :wink: :P
http://img117.imageshack.us/img117/3200/maria2pj2.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

EYE ON the ball.. :b: :b:
http://img225.imageshack.us/img225/6519/maria5zp2.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

WHACK.. Clean and straight.. :b:
http://img174.imageshack.us/img174/7571/maria1ul8.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

The POINTS add to GAMES>>>
http://img63.imageshack.us/img63/9228/maria8in4.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

GAMES give way to SETS... :wink: :P
http://img63.imageshack.us/img63/1245/maria3qa5.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

And SETS TO MATCH>>>> :clap: :clap:
http://img204.imageshack.us/img204/2377/maria6ss4.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

MATCHES finally result in CHAMPIONSHIP>>> :sm08: :dance: :clap:
http://img63.imageshack.us/img63/1659/maria7oq5.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

YEAAHHHHH>>>> I DID IT>>> :clap: :clap:
http://img63.imageshack.us/img63/7790/maria9zs1.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

Oh.. the KISS>> :wink: :P
http://img174.imageshack.us/img174/9268/maria11zr0.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

And yeah.. the lovely giggle.. :P :P Yeah.. Winning is FUN>>> :P :P
http://img63.imageshack.us/img63/9885/maria10lg5.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

Congratulations, Maria.. :clap: :clap: :clap:

v- :P

09-12-2006, 02:05 AM
oops.. photos courtesy of CNN/SportsIllustrated.. :b: Thanks, guys.. :b:


09-12-2006, 10:33 AM
wat about the thing dropping on the head :ahha: ... im trying to find that photo :Ksp: ;)

09-13-2006, 02:08 AM
:sm12: :sm12:

she wasn't the first one to do that.. :wink: johnny mcenroe did that too.. :wink: :P


09-13-2006, 06:52 AM
Sans - were you talking abt this ?

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09-13-2006, 06:56 AM
Not sure if it comes with audio ... if not check it here ...


09-13-2006, 12:30 PM
yup thats the one tinkz.. i saw it live on tv when the top came off :) hehehe