Russian princess returns to the French court – one Grande Dame left to conquer …

25 May

Maria Sharapova has won three of the four Grand Slam singles titles so far. She won Wimbledon in 2004 at the age of 17, defeating Serena Williams in the final. This was followed by the US Open in 2006, defeating Justine Henin, and then the Australian Open in 2008, defeating Ana Ivanović.

Maria Sharapova arrives at Roland Garros 2009

Maria Sharapova arrives at Roland Garros 2009

Just look at this photo of Maria returning to the 2009 French Open at Roland Garros following a 9-month recovery from shoulder surgery. Notice those fantastic and focussed “predator” eyes. Sharapova’s eyes bring a whole new meaning to the idea of sweet and sour!

When she smiles, Maria’s eyes are gorgeous and sparkling. But when she looks to the other end of the court and the game-plan is uppermost in her mind, watch those eyes become laser beams of intensity. Which we just love to see.


Most commentators suggest Maria will be unlikely to win in Paris but see it more as preparation for the grass season and especially Wimbledon. We don’t mind – any appearance by Maria Sharapova is welcome.

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