Australian Open: Maria Sharapova Wins Third Grand Slam

Francois GendronSenior Writer IJanuary 25, 2008

Maria Sharapova and Ana Ivanovic played for the Australian Open championship, the first Grand Slam title of 2008.

Sharapova won straight (7-5, 6-3) set on her way to her third Grand Slam title in her career.

Both Sharapova and Ivanovic had knocked off top contenders like Justine Henin and Serena Williams along the way to the championship round.

In a very disputed first set, Sharapova managed to edge Ivanovic with a break of serve late in the set.

The second set went smoother for the Russian athlete as she was able to increase the pressure on her opponent.

With her 2004 Wimbledon title and her 2006 triumph at the U.S. Open, the only major championship missing on the Russian beauty’s trophy case is Roland-Garros.

You can all forget Anna Kournikova’s name guys. Sharapova combines beauty, class and talent.

With the first Grand Slam tournament of the year in the bag, Sharapova could very soon be ranked No. 1 in the world.

Of course, Roland-Garros will be the next big challenge on the Russian tennis star’s list.

The actual No. 1 Justine Henin has better watch out come French Open or she could see Maria’s little fist pump again....

(Picture: Maria Sharapova, Getty images.)