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Sharapova wins with ease in Memphis.

Maria Sharapova got back on the winning track Saturday night in Memphis, capturing her first Sony Ericsson WTA Tour title of the year – and the 21st of her career – at the Cellular South Cup.

Seeded No.1 at the International-level tournament, Sharapova was considered the favorite in the field from the beginning, and boy did she deliver, not dropping a set the entire way. In fact, the Russian lost just 21 games in 10 sets – her 62 61 win over Sofia Arvidsson in the final was one of her quickest of the week.

Arvidsson, who actually won six matches to make it to the title match, two in qualifying and four in the main draw, lost nine straight games from 2-2 in the first set. Serving down 62 50 she saved a match point with an ace and closed to 5-1, but Sharapova dashed any hopes of a comeback by serving it out at love.

“I feel great. I came here for matches – I got five and I got the win, so it was a good week,” Sharapova said. “I served and returned well, two things that are very important indoors. I also did the right things against Sofia today. I worked hard after the Australian Open and little by little things are coming along.”

Arvidsson’s best previous result on the Tour came right here in 2006, winning the title; this year the Swede, who turned 26 this week, upset two seeds en route to the final, most notably a 61 63 quarterfinal stunner over Melanie Oudin. Oudin, the No.2 seed, had been tapped as Sharapova’s biggest threat for the title.

Sharapova earned her 21st career singles title on the Tour. Also, by virtue of the title run, the former No.1 will rise to No.13 on the new rankings – a far cry from her career-high, but she has nothing to defend until mid-May, which is when she returned from a nine-month shoulder injury lay off last season.


Sharapova reaches the final in Memphis….big deal!!

The WTA final in Memphis will be between Maria Sharapova, we all know her record, and Sofia Arvidsson. Arvidsson is a 25 year old qualifier from Sweden who is unranked, this means she has either not played sufficient matches to earn a ranking or she is outside the top 250.

It is not the quality of match that makes a person’s skin tingle with excitement, or the type of match that stirs the blood with expectation. It is the type of match that costs the WTA a small portion of its reputation, and a match that keeps the fans away.

Sharapova has the choice of entering any tournament for which she is qualified, but when all the ‘good’ players choose to play in Dubai, I have to wonder why she chose Memphis.

If this final becomes a struggle for Sharapova, or if she even lose a single set, then she can take nothing positive from her decision to play here. If Arvidsson wins, then Sharapova’s credibility as a top player will be severely compromised.

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