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Tennis-Wimbledon-Sharapova ushers in shimmering new era
By Ossian Shine, Reuters

LONDON, July 3 (Reuters) - In defiance of menacing, black storm clouds and the most intimidating of champions, a glorious new Wimbledon era dawned on Saturday as 17-year-old Maria Sharapova donned the women's singles crown.

With the poise and grace of a super-model and the punch of a super-heavyweight, the Siberian teenager smashed twice-champion Serena Williams to smithereens 6-1 6-4 to become the first Russian to win a singles title at the All England Club.
The youngster could scarcely believe it. Dropping to her knees she held her head in her hands, striking a pose destined to become as iconoclastic as that of another ice-cool Wimbledon blond, Bjorn Borg.

"Oh my God ... it's unreal ... it's unreal," she shrieked, tear tracks streaking her cheeks.

In only her second visit to Wimbledon, Sharapova became the third youngest champion in the event's 120-year history.

She became the first 13th seed to win the title and only Monica Seles and Tracy Austin had won grand slam titles with less experience of top flight tennis.

Endless as the statistics are, they do not come close to illustrating the youngsters exploits over the last two weeks.

To reach the final was extraordinary in itself. When she lined up opposite Serena Williams -- unbeaten at Wimbledon since 2001 -- nobody could have guessed what would happen.

The two players hardly be more different. Sharapova is willowy to the point of scrawniness, yet to fill out her 6 ft (1.83m) frame. Her long, blonde hair swings behind her as she scampers around the court dressed in a simple white outfit.

MOTHER TONGUE

Fledgling fashionista Serena would, no doubt, have a term for it -- an LWD perhaps, in a twist on the ubiquitous LBD or Little Black Dress.

Where Sharapova is slight, Serena is a picture of unharnessed power. Her muscular physique is shown off to it's most impressive effect by her complex, self-designed outfits.

Eight centimetres shorter than the Russian, she has a lower centre of gravity and uses it well, hammering the ball low from the baseline.

They build them tough in Siberia, though, and despite Sharapova's frail, angelic appearance:rolleyes: she has a fierce kick herself and began impressively, clattering groundstrokes away for winners.

She could hardly have been more at home had she been practising on a local court near her new home in Florida as she peppered Serena's territory with winners.

She streaked into the lead as the Russian element of the crowd roared her on in her mother tongue -- "davaitye, Masha!" She responded in her adopted Floridian twang -- "C'mon."

She got her first break after 12 minutes for 3-1 and another for 5-1. Serena looked to the heavens for help but could find none.

Scrapping and clawing like a wildcat:rolleyes: , Serena fought to stay with Sharapova but the Russian beat her off, clinching the set on her fourth set point.

DARK CLOUDS

For once it was not the screech with which she accompanies each mighty swat of the ball which had the decibel monitors going off the scale but rather the roaring, cheering centre court crowd thrilled by Sharapova's tennis.

Even the weather seemed enraptured by her play. The dark clouds which had threatened to wash out the women's final cleared, leaving a patch of blue above Centre Court.

Serena needed a slice of luck and in the sixth game she looked to have got it, breaking Sharapova for the only time in the match for a 4-2 lead.

Just as she looked to have turned a corner, if not the tide, Sharapova hit back breaking the champion immediately. A game later she was level.

Sharapova was unstoppable. Serena needed all her grit and heart just to stay in the match. She fought off three break points in the next game before succumbing on her fourth, slipping as she was about to strike the ball and sending a forehand wide.

Moments later the match was finished and along with it the Williams family's stranglehold on grand slam tennis. Serena's defeat leaves the Williams family without a grand slam singles title in the family for the first time since 1998.



07/03/04 11:46 ET

Copyright 2004 Reuters Limited.




I can wait for the sisters to win again so they can shut people like ths up.
 

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Just in case this thread gets removed, I suggest the topic of beauty in sport be raised in the WTA Forum of MTF (they never close anything down there) :D
 

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And like I was saying, whats up with that banner ad for a site to seeing tennis players' panty slips :confused:

Why don't the mods remove that :shrug:
 

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exactly what was so offensive about this?
 

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LizChris it does not matter. If the media plays on Maria's look and their imposed standard of beauty let them. Do you know that Serena is beautiful? Do you know that Serena IS a great champion? Do you know that Serena's story to the top is amazing? You should be the judge, not letting others be the judge for you.
 

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The way I see it: is that you will always have people both liking and dis-liking a player like Serena as she gives everyone a lot of like and dis-like. Funny article though.
LOL @ the "Wild-cat" quote.
 

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Tennis Fool said:
And like I was saying, whats up with that banner ad for a site to seeing tennis players' panty slips :confused:

Why don't the mods remove that :shrug:
I second that
 

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I don't really think this says anything bad at all.

It just uses simple metaphores and similies about the players.

Ite very complimentary of both players.
 

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Syndil said:
LizChris it does not matter. If the media plays on Maria's look and their imposed standard of beauty let them. Do you know that Serena is beautiful? Do you know that Serena IS a great champion? Do you know that Serena's story to the top is amazing? You should be the judge, not letting others be the judge for you.
Not only is Serena beautiful, her (and Venus') rise to the top is the epitome of the American Dream. I just wish others in the media could appreciate it as much as they do the other players who rise to the top.
 

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Serendy Willick said:
Exactly why I wanted Serena to win today.
Me too.
 

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Why you start thread like these? You are the most "Not to Bright" of all the Williams Fans.
 

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lizchris said:
Not only is Serena beautiful, her (and Venus') rise to the top is the epitome of the American Dream. I just wish others in the media could appreciate it as much as they do the other players who rise to the top.
There will be those who do and those who don't. Serena and Venus will be great champions and great people in spite of the detractors and or those who mean to put them down or not give them credit. Words sometimes are just words - the Williams sisters have gone beyond that and showed action. Their legacy will be one that is greatly admired and respected period. They have gained the respect and admiration of many and inspired others to dream like they did -- those people in the end are the only ones who matter -- be your own judge and let the others have their own opinion for you know what the fact truly is.
 

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Ballbuster said:
Why you start thread like these? You are the most "Not to Bright" of all the Williams Fans.
To do what we are suppsoed to do on a message board, start a discussion, stupid.
 

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I think when the Williams' win or lose its no doubt that its big story for the media. The media like to put people on pedestals and when they are there knock them off. Next year the media will be looking for someone to defeat Maria in the same way.
 

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Beauty does matter when companies shell out the big bucks.

Look at Kournikova. She hasn't really played in years, yet is the 4th highest paid tennis star (after Serena, Justine and Kim)...
 

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Beauty does matter when companies shell out the big bucks.

Look at Kournikova. She hasn't really played in years, yet is the 4th highest paid tennis star (after Serena, Justine and Kim)...
Anna is the fifth (after Serena, Venus, Justine and Kim).

Don't expect corporations to beat a path to Maira's door yet. I read an article yesterday saying that even if she wins (which she did), after Jennifer Capriati and Anna, they want to take a wait and see attitude. Until then, Venus, Serean and Anna will still make millions in endorsements.
 

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Liz you are absolutely right. Some on here will never get it or they don't want to get it. Like I said elsewhere some idiot on NBC said, the presence that women's tennis has been waiting for finally arrived today.

I wonder what that means. As if we don't all know.:mad:
 

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Well, she looks more like the protagonist in Wimbledon: The Movie ;)
 

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lizchris said:
Anna is the fifth (after Serena, Venus, Justine and Kim).
Sorry, I made an error:

1. Serena
2. Venus
3. Justine
4. Anna K.
5. Kim

According to Forbes...
 
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