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Maria Sharapova wins French Open to complete career Grand Slam
Seattle Times ^ | 06/09/2012

Posted on 06/09/2012 5:43:27 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

PARIS — Ever since shoulder surgery nearly forced Maria Sharapova into early retirement, she occupied an odd space in both tennis and the wider world of sports. She remained among the most marketable female athletes on the planet, a superstar in every sense except the most important one.

The gap between her game and her fame closed considerably Saturday, by virtue of a one-sided victory that left her knees down and crying on the red clay at Roland Garros, then bounding into the stands, where the Russian hugged her entourage and kissed not one but two babies.

After Sharapova dismantled Sara Errani of Italy 6-3, 6-2, she held aloft the silver French Open championship trophy, for her the most elusive of the four major championships. This triumph gave Sharapova a career Grand Slam.

Sharapova earned her first major title in 2004 at Wimbledon at age 17, then the U.S. Open in 2006 and the Australian Open in 2008.

Everything that happened afterward — the shoulder surgery, the reconstructed service motion, the comeback that shocked many in the tennis world — was as difficult as it was unexpected.

Sharapova didn't play singles from August 2008 until May 2009, when her ranking fell to 126th in the world.

"It wasn't getting better as soon as everyone thought it would," she said of her shoulder. "That was the frustrating thing, because it was like, 'When is this going to end?' "

Sharapova guaranteed herself the No. 1 ranking in the world this week by reaching the final; the last time she occupied the No. 1 spot in the WTA rankings was June 2008.

Sharapova, the 10th woman with a career Grand Slam, once said she resembled a "cow on ice" when playing on clay. She is 16-0 on the surface this season.

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TOPICS: Sports
KEYWORDS: frenchopen; mariasharapova

1 posted on 06/09/2012 5:43:40 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Maybe people will post pics of Sharapova.


2 posted on 06/09/2012 5:45:08 PM PDT by fkabuckeyesrule (Lets institute SARAH-ia law in America!)
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To: SeekAndFind
MARIA SHARAPOVA, FRENCH OPEN 2012, WOMEN's CHAMPION

3 posted on 06/09/2012 5:45:08 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: fkabuckeyesrule

4 posted on 06/09/2012 5:48:15 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: SeekAndFind
Thus ends the comparisons with Danica Patrick. Sharapova actually has won something.

But since it came up...


5 posted on 06/09/2012 5:50:05 PM PDT by freedumb2003 ('RETRO' Abortions = performed on 84th trimester individuals who think killing babies is a "right.")
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To: SeekAndFind

when is she going to call herself an American....


6 posted on 06/09/2012 5:51:13 PM PDT by cherry
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To: SeekAndFind

Good for her. Coming back from injury and surgery is a big deal.

Plus she’s pretty.


7 posted on 06/09/2012 5:51:58 PM PDT by truth_seeker
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To: SeekAndFind
And we also need to note the previous 1st hot woman of tennis -- Anna K, who only won on the runway but not on the court (again, I include pics for reference purposes only)


8 posted on 06/09/2012 5:56:33 PM PDT by freedumb2003 ('RETRO' Abortions = performed on 84th trimester individuals who think killing babies is a "right.")
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To: freedumb2003

So has Danica

MOTEGI, Japan — Danica Patrick became the first female winner in IndyCar history Sunday, taking the Indy Japan 300 after the top contenders were forced to pit for fuel in the final laps.

Patrick finished 5.8594 seconds ahead of pole-sitter Helio Castroneves on the 1.5-mile Twin Ring Motegi oval after leader Scott Dixon pitted with five laps left and Dan Wheldon and Tony Kanaan came in a lap later.


9 posted on 06/09/2012 6:02:08 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: SeekAndFind

I understand she also plays tennis. I think it’s tennis, maybe.


10 posted on 06/09/2012 6:05:20 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (I like Obamacare because Granny signed the will and I need the cash)
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To: cherry

RE: when is she going to call herself an American....

Maybe she’s looking closely first at what’s going to happen to Eduardo Saverin (formerly of Facebook fame ). I don’t think it is to her advantage to be an American with Chuck Schumer’s Ex-Patriot Act coming up for debate.


11 posted on 06/09/2012 6:06:38 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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12 posted on 06/09/2012 6:12:29 PM PDT by Bratch
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To: freedumb2003

Her biggest problem has been that she tires easily.


13 posted on 06/09/2012 6:26:05 PM PDT by Erasmus (BHO: New supreme leader of the homey rollin' empire.)
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To: SeekAndFind

“MERCY!””— Wolfman Jack.


14 posted on 06/09/2012 6:31:33 PM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Simona Halep, the future of tennis.

15 posted on 06/09/2012 6:34:47 PM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: central_va
Ain't photography a wunnerful thing ? !

<gulp>

16 posted on 06/09/2012 6:41:36 PM PDT by tomkat (:^)
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To: al baby
Patrick finished 5.8594 seconds ahead of pole-sitter Helio Castroneves on the 1.5-mile Twin Ring Motegi oval after leader Scott Dixon pitted with five laps left and Dan Wheldon and Tony Kanaan came in a lap later.

I stand extremely corrected...


17 posted on 06/09/2012 6:42:11 PM PDT by freedumb2003 ('RETRO' Abortions = performed on 84th trimester individuals who think killing babies is a "right.")
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To: fkabuckeyesrule

18 posted on 06/09/2012 6:42:27 PM PDT by Donald Rumsfeld Fan (The)
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To: Donald Rumsfeld Fan

she’s listed at 6’ 2” 130 lbs


19 posted on 06/09/2012 6:45:23 PM PDT by Donald Rumsfeld Fan (The)
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To: freedumb2003
it's pics like that that will make her be looked at as the serious professional race car driver she claims she wants to be taken for...
20 posted on 06/09/2012 7:00:27 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: SeekAndFind
Cпасибо
21 posted on 06/09/2012 7:06:25 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SeekAndFind

22 posted on 06/09/2012 7:37:59 PM PDT by South40
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To: fkabuckeyesrule

that’s what I’m counting on....


23 posted on 06/09/2012 8:51:11 PM PDT by nixonsnose (Let's see all you lawyers argue your way out of hell.)
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To: freedumb2003

I like Maria, but that celebration was pure Hollywood. She was not pushed at all in the match and the result was never in doubt. The match was so one sided it was boring.

The “celebration” was probably ordered by the marketing dept at Nike.

Also, Anna did win several grand slam doubles titles but no grand slam singles.


24 posted on 06/09/2012 8:54:53 PM PDT by staytrue
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To: freedumb2003

No worries


25 posted on 06/10/2012 8:39:19 AM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom)
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