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Sharapova draws rave reviews

Updated: July 6, 2004, 11:57 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

MOSCOW -- Russian newspapers on Monday hailed the 2004 Wimbledon champion as "Maria, Queen of England" and crowned Sharapova the savior of Russia's sports reputation after the soccer team's dismal showing at the European Championships.

Her Saturday defeat of Serena Williams was the prime front-page news in the newspaper Sovietsky Sport, with the Euro 2004 final between Greece and Portugal played small at the bottom despite Russia's intense interest in soccer.

"Ave Maria, Ole Russia," ...

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