Tenaciously Tennis

Sharapova Succeeds in Securing Second Clay Court Title

Posted in Justine Henin,Kristina Barrois,Maria Sharapova by Ben on May 22, 2010

In a strong precursor to the French Open, Maria Sharapova took home her second clay court title at the Internationaux de Strausbourg today with a win over Kristina Barrois, 7-5, 6-1. Despite being down in the first set 5-3, Sharapova showed off her skill and the play that has won her three Grand Slam titles. Sharapova secured 10 of the last 11 games in her victory against the first-time finalist in a WTA tour event.

With this victory under her belt, Sharapova should enter the red clay of Paris with renewed confidence in her ability. With a win at the Amelia Island tournament in 2008 and this new addition to Sharapova’s success, there’s no telling how deep she can go at the French. That is, assuming she has a fairly good draw.

While not known for her play on clay, it is the surface on which she has the least wins, Sharapova’s powerful baseline game and fighting spirit are a weapon with which to be reckoned. If she continue riding on this wave of confidence, I foresee Sharapova putting up a strong fight against Justine Henin at Roland Garros, who is slated to be her third round opponent if the seeding holds true to form.

So, congratulations Sharapova on a well-played tournament, especially after the many injuries that have plagued her career these past few years.


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