May 7th, 2013, 02:42 PM
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Re: ** Masha News and Articles! ** Vol. 3
WTA Odds N' Ends... Maria's Clay Prowess
April 29, 2013
Maria Sharapova has come a long way from the player who didn't win a clay court title her first six years on tour. Her latest triumph in Stuttgart was her seventh title on the dirt since 2008 and fifth in the last two years. She also now has 29 WTA titles overall.
Here is where Sharapova stands among active players with the most WTA clay court titles:
1. Anabel Medina Garrigues: 10
2. Venus Williams: 9
3t. Flavia Pennetta: 7
3t. Maria Sharapova: 7
5t. Sara Errani: 6
5t. Serena Williams: 6
Sharapova is first in winning percentage on clay among active players:
1. Maria Sharapova: .811 (86-20)
2. Serena Williams: .782 (111-31)
3. Venus Williams: .772 (146-43)
4. Li Na: .719 (69-27)
5. Svetlana Kuznetsova: .706 (113-47)
Sharapova is in the midst of a 16-match clay court winning streak, putting her in third place for longest such streaks among active players:
1. Venus Williams: 19 (2004)
2. Serena Williams: 17 (2012)
3t. Sara Errani: 16 (2012)
3t. Maria Sharapova: 16 (2012-13)
3t. Serena Williams: 16 (2002-03)
Sharapova became the first player to successfully defend the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix title since Lindsay Davenport did so in 2005. It was also the fifth successful title defense of her career:
2006-2007: San Diego
2003-2004: Tokyo [Japan Open]
Serena: "We have great personalities like Jelena (Jankovic) on the tour."
Jelena: "If I had to pick someone after me, I'd pick Serena."
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