Last year in Cincy, there was a lot of fist-clenching going on in Maria Sharapova’s matches. The powerful blonde battled through 8 tough sets total against Madison Keys, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, and Simona Halep. Then came her semifinal against Ana Ivanovic, who was playing exceptional tennis that week.
Ana also had some mid-match MTO drama that Maria wasn’t completely thrilled with. She was even less thrilled when Ana won the match at 6-2, 5-7, 7-5. It was still an incredibly entertaining display of tennis, however, full of suspense and intense competitiveness between the two ladies. As you’ll see in our photos, there was a lot of emotion from the normally stoic Masha.
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Loved that somewhat sinister grin as she fist pumped over an important point.
And there were some angsty moments as well…
Tennis ball in hand for the serve…time for some last-minute hair-primping…
Maria was feelin’ it. So close, so close in this match, but it was not to be this time.
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