2006 AUSTRALIAN OPEN

SF

MARIA SHARAPOVA v JUSTINE HENIN-HARDENNE

4-6 6-1 6-4

 

 

Sharapova dominated the first set and looked to have the right strategy as her poweful flat shots were too tough for the Belgian to handle.

Sharapova looked toward her father and coach, Yuri Sharapov, after nearly every point as her game went downhill,

shouting to him after Henin-Hardenne broke her to go ahead 4-2 in the last set.

The usually confident Sharapova looked tight and unsettled, whacking the ball into the net after mistakes and kicking it one time.

She stared in disbelief for several seconds after missing an easy forehand volley in the fourth game.

Sharapova pumped her fist after breaking Henin-Hardenne -- who was serving for the match -- to get back on serve at 4-5 in the third set.

But the woman who has credited her mental toughness for getting her through big matches then collapsed

with three consecutive backhand errors in the next game.

Henin-Hardenne sealed the two hour, 26 minute semifinal on her first match point

with one of her trademark one-handed backhand winners down the line.

 

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