Sharapova ends Clijsters’ dream of Olympic gold medal

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After a multitude of injuries, marriage and giving birth to her daughter, Kim Clijsters retired, only to make a remarkable comeback to win her third US Open title in 2010. She stated at the time that this comeback was based on her desire to not only play in the 2012 London Olympics, but to try to take the gold medal.

Maria Sharapova put an end to Clijsters’ dream at Wimbledon yesterday, when she beat one of the WTA’s greatest players in straight sets, 6-2 7-5. Sharapova dominated the first set, which she won in just 39 minutes with much better stats all round. The second set was a much closer affair, with Clijsters tightening up her game and winning a higher percentage of her service points, but the Russian came back at her with strong numbers on her outright winners, forehand and backhand returns and much better serving stats, although the Belgian bettered her on having less unforced errors and superior net play.

Sharapova, who is seeded three, will face off against surprise semi finalist and number fourteen seed Maria Kirilenko, also of Russia, in the battle for a place in the final.

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