Friday, January 25, 2008

Australian Open Pageantry





It's Maria, finally.

I was there, I wish.

Australian Open Sharapova-Ivanovic Key Facts

  • Saturday's final marks the fifth clash between Ana Ivanovic and Maria Sharapova, but is their first meeting in a final.
  • Amazingly, all four matches between the two to date have finished in two sets.
  • Head-to-head: Ivanovic 2 - 2 Sharapova.
  • Their only previous meeting in a Grand Slam was at last year's French Open semifinal, where Ivanovic prevailed in straight sets.
  • Ivanovic is aiming for her first Grand Slam title; Sharapova is chasing her third.
  • Ivanovic will edge ahead of Svetlana Kuznetsova in the world rankings regardless of Saturday's result and will become the world No.2 when she leaves Melbourne Park.
  • Sharapova will remain world No.5.
  • En route to the final Ivanovic has lost only one set, while Sharapova is yet to have lost one.

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