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Sharapova still smarting from loss to Venus

Sharapova still smarting from loss to Venus
2005 Wimbledon semifinal setback hurt more than any other defeat
Updated: 3:08 p.m. ET June 24, 2006

LONDON - Maria Sharapova will be even more fired up than usual at this year’s Wimbledon.

The 19-year-old Russian, who won her first and so far only Grand slam title at Wimbledon in 2004, is still smarting from her 6-0, 7-6 semifinal loss to Venus Williams last year.

The loss last year hurt more than any other loss in my career, honestly,” Sharapova said Saturday, two days before the start of the grass-court Grand Slam.
“I walked off the court and thought I’d tried to do everything possible to win but she was just better that day.

“That’s just how much this tournament means to me. I won it before and I think I can win it a second time.”

Sharapova suffered a surprise semifinal defeat at the Edgbaston warm-up event and has not reached a Grand Slam final since her shock Wimbledon triumph two years ago.

The fourth seed, who faces Anna Smashnova in the first round, is prepared to be patient.

“I’m not at the peak of my career,” she said. “I don’t feel I can dominate at 19 years old and win every single tournament. My body and mind are just not ready for that at this point.


“Sometimes I look back and wonder how I did win Wimbledon at 17 years old. I was just really fearless out there. I didn’t care who was on the other side of the net. I’ve got to keep doing that.

“Once I get out on court, my game will come into place and I’m looking forward to starting. It’s the biggest tournament of the year for me.”


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shame they used the score Venus beat Mary Pierce with in the article

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Sharapova still smarting from loss to Venus
2005 Wimbledon semifinal setback hurt more than any other defeat

The 19-year-old Russian, who won her first and so far only Grand slam title at Wimbledon in 2004, is still smarting from her 6-0, 7-6 semifinal loss to Venus Williams last year.
the score was 7-6, 6-1 :retard:

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I thought Maria could have done more in the 2nd set, to be honest.




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I thought Maria could have done more in the 2nd set, to be honest.
She had chances, but Venus was just too tough mentally by that point in the match.

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I thought Maria could have done more in the 2nd set, to be honest.
Venus was too good that day. However I always felt Sharapova underestimated Venus and once she got down and realized how good Venus was and just how on she was, the realization and reality of the big occassion further got to her. Perhaps why it bothers her even more.

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Venus was too good that day. However I always felt Sharapova underestimated Venus and once she got down and realized how good Venus was and just how on she was, the realization and reality of the big occassion further got to her. Perhaps why it bothers her even more.
I agree, I think EVERYONE understimated Venus. Everyone forgot how/why Venus had lost the year before and had written her off. I wonder what wuld have happened had Venus won the Sprem match. But anyway, I still loved the moment Maria won, still a massive Maria fan, and still a massive Venus fan and hope the pair meet this year, and may the best player win!
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Venus was amazing during that match. She took my breath away. When Sharapova tried a drop shot in the second set, you could see she was at the end of her rope.
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Eight pages would be a bit much of this. Pova makes it clear that she wants this tournament and I hope she does really well. Win or lose, though, she is also clear she'll be back!

I'm hoping for the Semi shriekfest! Good luck to both Pova and Venus ... a little bit more luck for Pova though!
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A great article. I'm starting to like Maria more and more, and I think its pretty cool that she can be open and honest about her disappointment at last years result. I think everyone was surprised by Venus' performance, and ocne that titanic first set was over, I think Maria ran out of gas and Venus swooped in for the kill. Venus was going to beat practically anyone that day.

If they meet this year, it'll be in the semis again, and I hope we can have a match just as high quailty!

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She is really honest. I remember looking at Maria's face after the match, and she looked like she wanted to cry. I think she believed she was going to win Wimbledon again. Venus was just amazing that day. She got so many balls back that should have been winners. I hope they both reach the semis again and play another high quality match. Even though it was two sets, it was one of the best matches of the 2005 season, IMO.
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That first set is one of the best sets of tennis played between two women. The level of play was just astounding. I was blown away.

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Honestly I've seen Venus play better

She's just lucky she didn't have to play Venus or Serena back in 99-03'
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