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When she won Wimbledon at the tender age of 17, beating the allmighty Serena Williams in the finals, everyone knew that Maria Sharapova will be a legendary player, but no one could predict she will reach her momentum of glory through so much pain and struggle.
It was in 2008, after she captured her 3rd Grand Slam victory in Melbourne Park, when the Siberia-born Russian injured her shoulder. The injury was so severe, that many thought her career is over. But not Maria.
American John Isner scored the biggest win of his career on Saturday at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, by upsetting World No 1 and defending Indian Wells Champion Novak Djokovic in three gruelling sets, 7-6 3-6 7-6 to reach his first ever ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Final and Top 10 of ATP rankings.
Big John becomes the first American to defeat a world No. 1 since James Blake ousted Roger Federer in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Five tournaments, which ended last week, gave all the tennis fans across the world much a reason to cheer and be happy for their favorite players. Last week saw two successful title defenses, one sensational first-time champ, and of course, 71st title won by the majestic Roger Federer.
But let’s start from the beginning.
Novak Djokovic added another trophy to his growing collection, winning the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award during a ceremony held in London on February, 6th.
The Serbian won three Grand Slam tournaments last yea – Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open – and reached No. 1 in the ATP Rankings. He achieved a 70-6 season record, which included an unbelievable 41-match winning streak, which ended in the Roland Garros semis with a defeat to Roger Federer in the Roland Garros semi-finals.
He continued his Grand Slam winning streak, by winning his fifth Major at the Australian Open in January, defeating Rafael Nadal, in one of the longest Grand Slam finals.
It was a long road to the finals of the Australian Open for both, as Victoria Azarenka was step by step improving her game and temper, while Maria Sharapova is still returning to her best game from the severe injury that almost put an end to her career.
It was expected to be an intriguing match from many aspects, including the vocal one, as there is much hype about the excessive shrieking in women’s tennis now, and both Maria and Vika are the best representatives of “loud players”.
Dozens of expert forecasts were performed, with Patrick McEnroe and Stephen Tignor giving the victory to Azarenka, while Peter Bodo and Nick Bollettieri put their bet on Sharapova.