Is Sharapova regaining her former glory?

Jan 26, 2012

Maria Sharapova was the name on everyone’s lips when she emerged as a contender back in Wimbledon. She was the third youngest woman to win that Wimbledon title, and she did so playing Serena Williams who was arguably at the top of her game. She was young, beautiful, and the papers had got hold of her life story: a girl who had arrived in the US to advance her tennis career with her father and no ability to speak English. She charmed and delighted everyone by beating the favourite and bringing about a huge upset.

Since then her media spotlight has been constant, but her performance and fitness has been up and down. The fluctuations mean that although she has secured two more Grand Slam titles since her first in Wimbledon, there have been dark moments in between.

Last year, she was runner up to Petra Kvitova at Wimbledon. And after she secured her place in this year’s Australian Open, it seems she may be currently on a high.

In today’s women’s semi-final, Sharapova had a chance to enact some revenge on Kvitova. Not that Petra went down easily. The match lasted a long two hours, with the finally scoreline 6-3 3-6 6-4 not really doing justice to the battle. Looking at the serving statistics you’d have every right to be confused at the final scoreline. Sharapova committed 10 double faults and this nearly lost her the game, with Kvitova using those little wobbles to her advantage and pushing the game into the third set. In fact it seemed like Kvitova had the steadier head going into the deciding set. However, when it came to the crunch Sharapova fought off break points, and secured ones against her opponent. The timing was perfect, and she managed to close out the third set.

So, back to the title of this blog: is Sharapova back to her former glory? Well she didn’t play her best in the semi-final. She has moved quickly and quietly through the tournament though, with an efficiency that suggests a champion. If she wins the tournament, she takes the world number one spot. She has, however, recently pulled out of a tournament with an ankle injury. Not something too note worthy, but perhaps something to keep an eye on as the year advances.

Whatever happens, tomorrow morning is her sixth grand slam singles final; the way it goes will probably – with a players like Sharapova and Kvitova – give a pretty good indication of the women’s game for the rest of the year…

Written by: SophieG

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