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Maria Sharapova Wins 2014 French Open
New York Times ^ | 06.07.2014 | By NAILA-JEAN MEYERS

Posted on 06/07/2014 11:38:54 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

PARIS — Maria Sharapova won her second French Open on Saturday with a 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-4 victory over Simona Halep.

The 6-foot-2 Sharapova and the 5-6 Halep presented a tantalizing matchup of power versus guile, experience versus new blood, and they did not disappoint, giving Roland Garros its first three-set women’s final since 2001.

But just as she has all tournament, Sharapova raised her game when she was down.

She was down a break early in the first set but rallied to win it. Halep served for the second set twice but could not close Sharapova out until a tiebreaker. When Sharapova lost her lead in the third set, she mercilessly took it back, winning the last eight points of the match.

Halep, a 22-year-old Romanian, was playing in her first Grand Slam final after rising from No. 57 to No. 4 in the rankings and winning seven WTA titles since last year’s French Open.

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TOPICS: Sports
KEYWORDS: frenchopen; mariasharapova; tennis
This thread for those interested in Tennis...

1 posted on 06/07/2014 11:38:54 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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2 posted on 06/07/2014 11:39:50 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
And if she were to retire, she has another gig that could make her more money...

3 posted on 06/07/2014 11:41:42 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

I watched most of it.

I had forgotten how big Sharapova was.


4 posted on 06/07/2014 11:41:55 AM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: SeekAndFind

But can she win in Wimbledon’s fast grass courts?
The courts in French Open are slower.


5 posted on 06/07/2014 11:44:45 AM PDT by entropy12 (Harry Reid has killed more good bills passed by House than all my fingers and toes.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I clicked on this thread to only read the comments. Wasn’t expecting all these photos.


6 posted on 06/07/2014 11:48:08 AM PDT by Veggie Todd (The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. TJ)
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To: SeekAndFind

Wowee Zowee again! 6’2”? Me like! Just what the Doctor prescribed!


7 posted on 06/07/2014 11:48:37 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: entropy12
But can she win in Wimbledon’s fast grass courts?

She has won Wimbleton before. That was in 2004 when she was only 17. She defeated Serena Williams.
8 posted on 06/07/2014 11:53:25 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: yarddog

Hard to forget how big Halep was before the breast reduction surgery!


9 posted on 06/07/2014 11:54:01 AM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: Veggie Todd
Simona Halep. who lost, had breast REDUCTION surgery a while back...go get THOSE pics...
10 posted on 06/07/2014 11:54:42 AM PDT by ken5050 ("One useless man is a shame, two are a law firm, three or more are a Congress".. John Adams)
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To: SeekAndFind

By the grace of the tennis gods, Serenaroid was out and gave Maria a chance at the championship. I don’t care for Maria’s on court drama but I will say, she played to win today.


11 posted on 06/07/2014 12:00:51 PM PDT by Toespi
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I’m still trying to figure out the purpose in the design of that blouse Halep was wearing — it looked so strange and distracting.


12 posted on 06/07/2014 12:12:49 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: SeekAndFind

Wonder if she likes “slightly older guys?”


13 posted on 06/07/2014 12:17:51 PM PDT by donozark (The voices inside my head may not be real, but they have some good ideas!)
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To: Uncle Chip

I’m not sure exactly how it works, but I’d guess Addidas, who gives her lots of bucks, probably gets a say in her attire.

Maybe the design is to help rein in her chest, which is still ample after a lot of reduction.


14 posted on 06/07/2014 12:21:27 PM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: ken5050; Veggie Todd
Simona Halep. who lost, had breast REDUCTION surgery a while back...go get THOSE pics...


She did the OPPOSITE of what most women do.
15 posted on 06/07/2014 12:33:58 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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HOORAY Maria! Congrats to all of the women, ladies and girls who compete.


16 posted on 06/07/2014 12:38:58 PM PDT by PGalt
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To: SeekAndFind
Can definitely see those puppies getting in the way playing tennis...

Surprised she didn't throw her back out serving the ball...

Lots of pressure on the lower back from all that "ahem" weight

17 posted on 06/07/2014 12:46:18 PM PDT by Popman ("Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God" - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: SeekAndFind

Cliked for the pics!


18 posted on 06/07/2014 1:03:44 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: SeekAndFind
She has won Wimbleton before. That was in 2004 when she was only 17. She defeated Serena Williams.
I remember that. Having given Serena a well deserved beating is almost enough to overlook all of Maria Shriekapova's incessant on-court screaming.
19 posted on 06/07/2014 2:26:14 PM PDT by elengr (Benghazi betrayal: rescue denied - our guys DIED - treason's the reason obama s/b tried then fried!)
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To: ken5050
Simona Halep, who lost, had breast REDUCTION surgery a while back.
As an avid tennis player, I am very sympathetic to Halep's decision to undergo the surgery. Not only was she handicapped with a lot of extra weight, her super-sized breasts interfered with her arm movement and stroke production. She used to receive a lot of not-so-nice comments on the tennis forums. A lot of people saw her as enormous breasts with a tennis talent attached instead of as an enormous tennis talent that happened to come with breasts attached.
20 posted on 06/07/2014 2:40:40 PM PDT by elengr (Benghazi betrayal: rescue denied - our guys DIED - treason's the reason obama s/b tried then fried!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Wow

Talk about getting something off your chest


21 posted on 06/07/2014 2:57:37 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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She not only looks better, I am sure she feels better.


22 posted on 06/07/2014 3:13:14 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I hope there are some ‘before’ pics. Wasn’t there some kind of ‘Save the Boobies’ campaign for her to NOT get breast reduction?


23 posted on 06/07/2014 3:27:08 PM PDT by real saxophonist (Disharmonious & Unmutual)
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hehe

The before photos look photoshopped:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/05/26/simona-halep-breast-reduc_n_589993.html#s93614title=Before


24 posted on 06/07/2014 3:31:35 PM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: donozark
Wonder if she likes "slightly older guys?"

I don't know about that but the gossip mags say the men that have made it with her stated she was a dead.....and really bad in bed.

25 posted on 06/07/2014 4:52:30 PM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: jjotto

Remember Anna Kournikova’s billboard at Wimbledon a few years back..for a sports bra she was endorsing....IIRC it was a pic of her spectacular rack, with the caption “these balls don’t bounce..”


26 posted on 06/07/2014 5:33:34 PM PDT by ken5050 ("One useless man is a shame, two are a law firm, three or more are a Congress".. John Adams)
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To: elengr
You're 100% correct..it is a handicap...and often contributes to back problems as well. No doubt it was a good move for her..

Slightly off topic, but wasn't there an incident at Wimbledon a few years ago..a female player was wearing some type of streamlined "body suit" as as she reached up to serve, one of her breasts popped out..

27 posted on 06/07/2014 5:36:52 PM PDT by ken5050 ("One useless man is a shame, two are a law firm, three or more are a Congress".. John Adams)
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"In women's tennis, I always root against the heterosexual."

28 posted on 06/07/2014 5:40:49 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: elengr

Sad commentary on our shallow society.


29 posted on 06/07/2014 5:48:28 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: ken5050
Remember Anna Kournikova’s billboard at Wimbledon a few years back..for a sports bra she was endorsing....IIRC it was a pic of her spectacular rack, with the caption “these balls don’t bounce..”


30 posted on 06/07/2014 6:15:08 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Bless your heart!!!!


31 posted on 06/07/2014 6:50:14 PM PDT by ken5050 ("One useless man is a shame, two are a law firm, three or more are a Congress".. John Adams)
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To: SeekAndFind

Which one let out a hideous screech after every stroke? Watched about 2 minutes and could stand no more. My ears rebelled.


32 posted on 06/07/2014 6:56:22 PM PDT by Principle Over Politics ("Man is not free unless government is limited" Ronald Reagan)
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To: SeekAndFind

Oh Ok...probably that is when when she became famous.
Serena is not easy to beat.


33 posted on 06/07/2014 8:56:21 PM PDT by entropy12 (Harry Reid has killed more good bills passed by House than all my fingers and toes.)
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