Sunday, May 23, 2010

Maria Sharapova beat Kristina Barrois in France

Maria Sharapova beat Kristina Barrois in FranceMaria Sharapova, the 3 time Grand Slam Singles champion and a former world rank number one, cruised in the 22nd WTA Tour title tournament in France as a wild card at the Internationaux de Strasbourg. Maria had just recovered from a two month sideline, due to a recent elbow injury to beat Kristina Barrois from Germany by straight sets of 7-5, 6-1.

The 6'2 Maria who now ranks no. 13 as of May 3, 2010, struggled with Kristina's single handed backhand. Barrios kept the ball too low for her to reach that resulted for her to fall behind 5-3 in the early sets. After the confident Barrios took the lead, Sharapova won straight 7 games and eventually beat out Kristina by winning 10 of the final 11 remaining sets of the match. She also won in Memphis by not dropping a single set in Febraury, giving her second title this Year.

After an early upset and surprising loss in Madrid, she requested in this tournament to particapate as a wild card. This request was to mainly work on her game and be prepared for the much anticipated and upcoming important French Open. Although beauty still matters to her, she insisted on different occasions that she wants to be more committed in what mattered to her most, which is being on top of her game once again.

Her gruesome last year's 6-0, 6-2 lost against Dominika Cibulkova in the quarter finals after winning 3 set matches of the first four rounds is something she want to erase by having a a great awesome year. She would likely face the 19 year old Ksenia Pervak, the Russian qualifier in the first round of her camapaign in Paris.

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