Thursday, April 10, 2008

Medina Garrigues takes Sharapova to the brink

Clay specialist Anabel Medina Garrigues took Maria Sharapova to a tight third set in Amelia Island today. Sharapova won, 7-6, 5-7, 7-6, but it was a struggle.

Medina Garrigues is a tough competitor who always hangs in until the last point. Last year in Charleston, she took out Li Na, and--had she used better judgment--she most likely would have overcome Venus Williams, also. Medina Garrigues repeatedly set up winners against Williams, but then would make bad decisions and not follow through properly.

Sharapova's next opponent is Alona Bondarenko, who defeated Dinara Safina, 7-6, 0-6, 7-5.


Anonymous said...


sorry this is off topic but any news on Myskina? The people over at WTAworld says she should be due (to deliver a baby) in about a month time judging from the photos.

gosh i hope she gets back to tennis like Davenport! her career has been cut short by so many injuries/getting knocked up!

Diane said...

Yes, she is due to give birth soon, but that's all I know. She's had so much trouble with her foot; I really don't see her coming back, Dani. But she hasn't retired, either.

Anonymous said...

Sharapova barely beat Garrigues after a 3.5 hour match. I think I'm going to keep my eye on Garrigues. If she can keep her mental game up she should do well.

Diane said...

Yes, Anabel is a favorite of mine, and she can be pretty tough on clay.