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Sharapova top banana at U.S. Open

Maria Sharapova was impressive in winning the U.S. Open title in straight sets, and defensive in answering questions after the match. Bonnie DeSimone explains.

Updated: September 11, 2006, 9:30 PM ET
By Bonnie DeSimone | Special to ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- For just a few seconds after she hoisted her first U.S. Open trophy, Maria Sharapova looked like a kid and not a polished performer.

The 19-year-old Florida-raised Russian jumped up and came down hard with her prize, apparently not realizing that this precious piece of hardware, unlike the platter she got for winning Wimbledon two years ago, comes in two pieces. The top tumbled off and nicked her in the back of the head as she squeezed her eyes shut as if trying to will away ...

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