In about a day Maria Sharapova will meet Ana Ivanovic on a clay court in the 2nd major of the year, Roland Garros. It's the first time that Sharapova has reached the semis in what is often called the most grueling major tournament in tennis. While Sharapova admits that clay is her worst surface she has managed to blast her way into the semis while not adjusting her game. While clay court tennis usually demands excellent footwork, that not being Sharapova's strength (she is really tall!), as well as the clay's surface negating a lot of her power game she has managed to fight her way to this point overcoming some difficult matches even fending off multiple match points against her. A 3rd major title is just 2 matches away for one of Russia's most explosive players. Early in her career she was often compared to Anna Kournikova. But she has quickly shed those comparisons as she has won tournaments and even 2 majors including Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. Not just a pretty face…this girl can play!
On the other side of the net will be one of Serbia's quickly rising stars, Ana Ivanovic. The 2 have met only once before and Ivanovic holds a 1-0 edge. However on paper it would seem that Sharapova should be favored considerably as she's ranked much higher, has even held the #1 ranking, and has an impressive amount of titles under her belt. I don't get much tennis in my diet in recent years but this match has the real makings of a classic battle.
I used to play a lot of tennis before I slightly injured my shoulder. For a stretch of about 4 years I may have played too much tennis. About 7 hours a day on weekdays and 9 hours on weekends every week. All 7 days. It was then drastically reduced to only 2-3 days a week and every Friday was doubles at night. I've always preferred playing singles as I sometimes had a hard time getting into doubles matches since you're not covering every shot. I loved playing tennis although I was never really great at it and I used to think that being only 5' 5" made my serve a disadvantage but later seeing Justine Henin who's just as short hit powerful and well place serves quickly dispelled that thought. 😛 I haven't played in years but I still like to follow the game and watch great matches (mostly the Grand Slams). Roger Federer is incredible to watch and if he can capture the Roland Garros title a calendar year Grand Slam is definitely a strong possibility as his 2 best Slams remain after this one that being Wimbledon and the U.S.Open. Standing in his way will most likely be Rafael Nadal whom to say excels on clay is a huge understatement. He pretty much owns the clay! A much anticipated final between them is what I and I think most fans hope to see. I'm pulling for Federer. I've never seen anyone play tennis as well as he does. Between Sharapova and Ivanovic? That's a toss up and I'll have to remain neutral on this one. Okay if I had to pick…sorry I just can't. Heheh.
Those tennis photographers! LOL.
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