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Saturday, October 28, 2006

Another Final for Sharapova

Linz Open Tennis final has been an “All Russian final” after Maria Sharapova and Nadia Petrova won in their respective semi-final matches. Sharapova has lifted her ranking in to no. 2 through the semi-final win over Patty Schnyder by 7-5, 7-5. With this win Sharapova’s match winning streak has reached to 15.

For the defending champion Nadia Petrova, it will be the third final in a four week time. Nadia defeated Czech Nicole Vaidisova by 6-1, 6-2 in the semi-final. Though Nadia won very easily and could show her confidence, Sharapova was not so comfortable. She missed five set points in her first set. I am quoting some lines from a Reuters report:

“The Russian broke for a 2-1 lead but, as she did twice in her quarter-final win over Ana Ivanovic, failed to serve out the set at her first opportunity.

After failing to convert three set points on Schnyder's serve at 5-3, Sharapova lost another on her own serve before the Swiss broke for 5-5.
Sharapova broke again to go 6-5 up when her opponent hit a backhand long.
The Russian immediately lost her own serve after breaking at the start of the second set but then broke again to move 6-5 in front after Schnyder netted a forehand.
Double-faulting on her first match point, Sharapova finally took the match on her third by firing an ace.”
Maria Sharapova is happy for reaching in the 7th final of this season. I am quoting Sharapova from a Times of India report:
"I am so excited to play another final," Sharapova said. "I am mentally a bit tired, so I was happy to win against Patty in two sets."

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