Maria Sharapova Claims 34Th Title In Brisbane

HEAD Racquet Rebel Maria Sharapova won the 34th WTA title of her career with a 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-3 defeat of long-time rival Ana Ivanovic. Sharapova, who recommends the HEAD Graphene XT Instinct, fought through to victory in nearly two and three-quarter hours after Ivanovic saved two match points.

The Russian, who played Brisbane only for the second time after missing several previous editions with injury, claimed her first title in 2015. "She was doing a lot of things better in the first set, and she deserved to win, but I hung in there," the HEAD player said in victory. "It was important to get that break, and the third set came down to a few points."

The win marks the 13th straight year that Sharapova, WTA No. 2, has captured at least one title on the tour. "I could not have had a better preparation for the Australian Open than playing here. It's great to hold the trophy to start the year.” The HEAD ambassador lost just nine games in three Brisbane matches in reaching her 56th WTA final and now has a chance to take back the No. 1 ranking from Serena Williams depending on Australian Open results.

HEAD player Tomas Berdych, who endorses the HEAD Graphene Instinct, reached the final in Doha, but eventually lost 4-6, 5-7 to David Ferrer. "It's a disappointment to lose the final. But on the other hand, it's been a very solid week. It's been a couple of good matches," he said. In the semi-finals, HEAD’s Ivo Karlovic faced Ferrer, losing 7(2)-6, 6(5)-7, 6(2)-7 in a tight match.

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