40 LOVE Fan Favorite Moments: No.3
Published June 26, 2013 12:01
This week, in celebration of the WTA's 40th anniversary, wtatennis.com will be counting down the top five moments of the last 40 years, as voted for by you, the fans.
Your No.3 moment is Maria Sharapova's remarkable Wimbledon triumph (and Pat Cash-esque celebration) from 2004. A product of the famed Bollettieri Academy in Florida, Sharapova was earmarked for big things from an early age. However, few expected her ascension up the tennis ladder to be quite so rapid.
By the time Sharapova had completed her first full season on tour, she already had two titles and a Top 50 ranking to her name, yet even these feats could not prepare the tennis world for what was to come.
In just her seventh major, and at the tender age of 17, Sharapova caused one of the biggest shocks in tennis history, defeating first Lindsay Davenport and then Serena Williams in the final to become the third-youngest Wimbledon champion in history.
Here's a selection of your memories from that famous afternoon…
My favourite moment in WTA tennis was Sharapova winning Wimbledon in 2004. It was really impressive to watch a young 17-year-old lady beating a dominant player like Serena on her favorite court.
Without any hesitation, it was Maria Sharapova winning Wimbledon in 2004. She was fearless that year, beating all the greatest, including Serena in that amazing final. Watching that match was a pure joy from the first to the last point. Every part of me was cheering for Maria. She was unknown back then, but she shined bright like a diamond. We were here for the birth of one of the greatest players that women's tennis has ever produced.
It certainly is the 2004 Wimbledon final when Maria Sharapova edged world No.1 Serena Williams. It was a moment when a new tennis legend emerged, and eight years later she completed her Career Grand Slam. Definitely it was a memorable moment for all Russian tennis fans!
The first tennis match I watched from start to finish was when Maria Sharapova blasted past Serena Williams when she was 17 at Wimbledon in 2004. It made me want to become just as good and pick up a tennis racquet too.