Sunday, April 13, 2008

Sharavpova wins Amelia Island

Maria Sharapova won her first clay court tournament in Amelia Island today. It helped that her opponent, Dominika Cibulkova, served poorly and developed an injury mid-match. During the first set, Cibulkova compensated for her weak service game by playing outstanding defensive tennis. In the second set, however, she developed a thigh strain, and her movement was visibly hampered. She also began making more errors. Serving at 2-5 in the second and realizing she could no longer move as well as she had before--Cibulkova willed herself to serve better, and reeled off a series of excellent serves.

It was too late, though, and Sharapova won the match on her next serve.

Sharapova def. Cibulkova, 7-6, 6-3

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