Sharapova Sweeps Australian Open
By JOHN PYE,
Posted: 2008-01-26 08:16:33
Filed Under: Tennis
MELBOURNE, Australia (Jan. 26) – When Maria Sharapova walked on court for the Australian Open final, she kept thinking about the sage advice of another champion.
“Champions take chances, and pressure is a privilege,” Billy Jean King had written in a text message that Sharapova saw when she woke up.
“I took mine,” fifth-ranked Sharapova said after beating Ana Ivanova 7-5, 6-3 Saturday for her third Grand Slam title.
Sharapova, who didn’t lose a set in seven matches, was clearly determined that nothing would stop her after winning only three games against Serena Williams in last year’s final.