Maria Sharapova won her first clay court tournament in Amelia Island today. It helped that her opponent, Dominika Cibulkova, served poorly and developed an injury mid-match. During the first set, Cibulkova compensated for her weak service game by playing outstanding defensive tennis. In the second set, however, she developed a thigh strain, and her movement was visibly hampered. She also began making more errors. Serving at 2-5 in the second and realizing she could no longer move as well as she had before--Cibulkova willed herself to serve better, and reeled off a series of excellent serves.
It was too late, though, and Sharapova won the match on her next serve.
Sharapova def. Cibulkova, 7-6, 6-3