In-form Sharapova ready to make a statement versus world No. 1 player

Finally healthy, Maria Sharapova has dismantled everyone in her path Down Under. Next up is world No. 1 Justine Henin, and the Russian beauty is ready to prove her game is as glamorous as her profile.

Updated: January 21, 2008, 11:53 AM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford | ESPN.com

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Maria Sharapova's 2007 season was bookended by two defeats, one eviscerating and one edifying.

Just a few months after reconfirming her place in the game's elite by winning her second Grand Slam event, a businesslike victory over Justine Henin at the 2006 U.S. Open, Sharapova took a 6-1, 6-2 pasting from Serena Williams in the Australian Open final.

With Henin temporarily on leave from the WTA circuit, Sharapova rose to No. 1 after that match ...

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