MARIA SHARAPOVA v ANA IVANOVIC            

 7-5, 6-3          

Maria Sharapova played all tournament like she had something to prove.  She put in a lot of practice to improve her serve and her movement on the court.

It all paid off in the final as she beat Ana Ivanovic to win the 2008 Australian Open. 
The final was billed as a must-see due to the attractiveness of both athletes.

But Sharapova was all business as she grunted and shrieked her way to victory.

She had the toughest draw in the field, with Davenport, Elena Dementieva and Henin being obstacles for her to get past before seeing off a gallant challenge from Ana Ivanovic in the final

She has now won all Grand Slam tournaments but the French Open, so her focus will now be on capturing that title.

As her 2008 performance in Melbourne indicates, she has the focus, confidence, and determination to beat anybody.









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