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Friday March 31, 2006 3:07 pm

Maria Sharapova Advances to the Nasdaq 100 Final

Posted by Jeff Chan Categories: Athletes, Tennis,

Maria Sharapova advances to the Nasdaq 100 finalIn a semi-final match last night Maria Sharapova received boos from the crowd and a tainted victory over Tatiana Golovin.  It is not often at tennis matches were the crowd outright boos a competitor, but that is what happened as Golovin made an impressive second set comeback down 5-1 at one point and forced a tie-break.  Sharapova eventually won the match because Golovin was unable to continue due to an ankle injury. Golovin was leading in the third set 4-3 at that point.  The boos came at the start of the third set, where Sharapova took an extended bathroom timeout which looked more like ploy to regain her composure after squandering a huge lead in the second half, and it appeared she was trying to slow down Golovin’s momentum.  Sharapova will face Svetlana Kuznetsova, who defeated Amelie Mauresmo, to reach the finals.  Sharapova is going for her second consecutive tournament win, the last even was the Pacific Life Open, where she defeated Elena Dementieva handedly.

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