Maria Sharapova debuts at the Olympics with a strong victory
No one in the world could have opposed against tennis being an Olympic sport on Sunday when Maria Sharapova set her feet on the court. The Russian left the court in flames, but it wasn’t because of her smoldering looks.
Maria Sharapova destroyed her opponent Shahar Peer of Israel with strong pounding shots all over the court. The end result was an emphatic victory 6-2, 6-0 for the 25-year-old.
The match between Maria Sharapova and Shahar Peer was moved indoors due to heavy rain. This is the first time a match has been moved indoors since the 1912 Stockholm Olympics.
Maria Sharapova seemed unaffected by the change of surroundings, although her unusually loud shrieks were getting drowned by the pelting rain on roof of the enclosure.
“You hear a little bit of it, but it's not a big distraction,” Maria Sharapova said. “When you see the schedule and you see your name on Centre Court, you know that your match is going to get done. Knowing what the weather forecast was going to be like today, I was pretty happy.”
Reportedly, 27 matches have been postponed at the Olympics because of rain. At the 1912 Stockholm Games rain wasn’t such a nuisance. The games that were shifted indoors were played in a pavilion on wooden courts that were painted black.
This time round the competitors have to battle on grass and most of you must have guessed the venue by now, but let me just add that yes it’s Wimbledon. Interestingly this is same place where Maria Sharapova won her first Grand Slam title in 2004.
The No.3-seeded, Maria Sharapova understands the stage is much bigger now. Back then she was only 17 years old. Maria Sharapova is already one of the hot favorites to win the most prestigious medal a sportswoman can hope to wear.
Just last month Maria Sharapova completed a career slam by winning the French Open. Maria Sharapova was also given honor to carry the Russian flag in the opening ceremony of 2012 London Olympics.
Maria Sharapova missed the 2008 Beijing Olympics because of shoulder injury.