Sharapova Finds First Title in 10 Months

Former world #1 bests Schynder for 2nd straight Acura Classic
By Max Brallier,  Newser User
Posted Aug 6, 2007 6:39 AM CDT
Maria Sharapova, of Russia, pumps her fist after winning a point during the final against Patty Schnyder, of Switzerland, at the Acura Classic tennis tournament Sunday, Aug. 5, 2007, in Carlsbad, Calif....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Maria Sharapova's flagging luck improved at the Acura Classic Sunday, where she took the tournament with a 3-set victory over Switzerland's Patty Schynder. Sharapova was on point and played aggressively, painting the lines with sharp forehands and backhands. "She went for those shots and she got it," Schynder said. "She really deserved to win."

The Russian phenom will stay #2 in the world, lagging behind Grand Slam impresaria Justine Henin. Sharapova's successful title defense was also the final Acura Classic: After 24 years in the San Diego area, promoters have sold the tour rights back to the Women's Tennis Association, who plan to move.