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Maria Sharapova Rebounds To Win Stuttgart
By Burton Vanderfliet, Lawn Tennis Analyst, Posted: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 11:50pm PST USA
Maria Sharapova Rebounds To Win Stuttgart STUTTGART-- Last month at Stuttgart, Germany, the Russian former world number one Maria Sharapova overcame a slow start to defeat Ana Ivanovic of Serbia 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 in the final of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix.

In set one with the ninth seeded Ivanovic moving quickly to cover the baseline and blasting powerful forehands, the sixth seeded Sharapova quickly found herself trailing 0-4.

Then with the Russian serving at deuce, she would net a backhand down the line; then send an inside out forehand down the line wide to lose serve and fall behind 0-5 after only 31 minutes of play.

Maria Sharapova of Russia
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Since 2011, Sharapova is 40-3 on claycourts; only losing to world number one Serena Williams.

But with the match looking more and more one-sided, Sharapova’s sudden improved play; combined with several key errors from Ivanovic turned the trajectory of the match completely.

The Russian broke serve, held serve then broke again to reach 3-5.

Ivanovic briefly regrouped to win the next two games to reach 6-3, 1-0.

The second set stayed on serve until the Serb broke serve to lead 3-1. With Sharapova serving at 30-40, the Russian netted a crosscourt forehand to send Ivanovic ahead 3-1.

However at this point in the match, Sharapova hit several powerful groundstrokes including two cross court forehand winners to win the next four games to lead 5-3.

After Ivanovic held serve to reach 5-4, more powerful strokes from Sharapova including a swing forehand volley winner down the line put the Russian ahead at set point.

A netted Ivanovic backhand crosscourt would level the match at one set all.

In the final set, Sharapova took an early 3-1 lead before breaking serve again to lead 4-1.

Serving at 40-15, a Sharapova forehand down the line winner sent the Russian ahead 5-1.

Serving to stay in the match, a netted backhand down the line from Ivanovic put the Serb down triple matchpoint at 0-40.

At 15-40, a Sharapova forehand return winner down the line ended the match.

Since 2011, Sharapova is 40-3 on claycourts with all three losses to the world number one Serena Williams of the USA.

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