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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Tennis: Maria Sharapova unstoppable at the Australia Open

Russian star Maria Sharapova comfirms she is the queen at the Australian Open.

Yes, just two days after stopping top-ranked Justine Henin’s 32-match winning streak in the quarterfinals, the popular Sharapova outclassed No. 3 Jelena Jankovic 6-3, 6-1 today to advance to Saturday’s final and a bid for her third Grand Slam singles title.

The beautiful Maria, who lost in the final last year to Serena Williams, will face the winner of the second semifinal played later between Ana Ivanovic and Daniela Hantuchova.

In fact, Sharapova hasn’t dropped a set in six matches at Melbourne Park this year, and won her first major at Wimbledon in 2004, then added the U.S. Open title in 2006.

Furthermore, we must mention that top-seeded Roger Federer reached his 15th straight Grand Slam semifinal by beating James Blake 7-5, 7-6 (5), 6-4. He will face No. 3 Novak Djokovic, who beat No. 5 David Ferrer 6-0, 6-3, 7-5 to complete a run to the semifinals at all four majors.

Spanish star Rafael Nadal will play unseeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the other semifinal.

And in men’s doubles, two-time defending champions and top-seeded Americans Bob and Mike Bryan went down 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (5) to Mahesh Bhupathi and Mark Knowles in the quarterfinals.

It's important to remember that Sharapova will make her Fed Cup debut for Russia next month in Israel, while Venus and Serena Williams will skip the United States’ match against Germany.

Finally, it's also important to notice that the U.S. team of Lindsay Davenport, Laura Granville, Ashley Harkleroad and Lisa Raymond will play Germany in La Jolla, California.

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F1: Heikki Kovalainen made it for McLaren

Amazingly, McLaren's new signing, the handsome Heikki Kovalainen took top honours at Formula One testing in Spain on Wednesday, beating Ferrari's Felipe Massa to the best time of the day.

Indeed, the Finn's predecessor at the British team, two-time world champion and home favorite Fernando Alonso, could only manage sixth in his new Renault R28 on his last day on the Cheste circuit.

We must remember that Kovalainen was with Renault last season, and now he recorded a best time of 1.11.000 minutes on the Ricardo Tormo circuit near Valencia, 0.662 seconds ahead of the Brazilian Massa.

Following the race, we must say that Massa's Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen, the reigning world champion, was third, with McLaren's Lewis Hamilton fourth on his first day of testing at the circuit.

Proving the high expectation, almost 22,000 people turned up to watch the tests, which continue on Thursday when Alonso's teammate Nelsinho Piquet takes to the track.

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