Maria Sharapova’s first Grand Slam victory at Wimbledon will live in the memory for years to come thanks to the Russian's astounding performance in the final. Centre Court was treated to the sight of the all-conquering Serena Williams being overpowered and out-thought by a 17-year-old in her first Grand Slam final. It was simply breathtaking to witness.
Playing with a maturity beyond her years throughout the tournament, Sharapova also beat former No 1 Lindsay Davenport to become the second youngest champion in the open era at 17 years, 2 months, just five months older than Martina Hingis in 1997.
“It has always been my dream to come here and win but it was never in my mind that I would do it this year. When I came off court and saw my name on that board with all the champions, that was when I realised what I had done,” said Sharapova.
She also won the prestigious end-of-season $1 million WTA Championship, plus victories during the year in Birmingham, Seoul and Tokyo.