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Time to rise up for Sharapova and Ivanovic at Aussie final

The allure of the Australian Open final is self-evident. Anyone witnessed the Hollywood faces of Maria Sharapova and Ana Ivanovic? But what would be even more attractive: A competitive title bout.

Updated: January 25, 2008, 11:47 AM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford | ESPN.com

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Fans of women's tennis may be excused for experiencing a vague sense of dread on the eve of the Australian Open final between Maria Sharapova and Ana Ivanovic. Last year went by without a single stirring, spirited match to close out a Grand Slam. Let's review:

Australian Open: Serena Williams thrashes Sharapova, 6-1, 6-2.

French Open: Justin Henin annihilates Ivanovic, 6-1, 6-2.

Wimbledon: Venus Williams quashes Marion Bartoli's mild ...

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