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Sharapova completely outclassed in Aussie finale

Updated: January 28, 2012, 10:15 AM ET
By Joanne C. Gerstner

Every tennis player, from a beginner playing her first match to the No. 4 player in the world playing in her hundredth, has had one of those days. You come out, feeling optimistic and ready to go for the win, and things go south in a hurry.

No matter what you think, or what strategy or shots you try, the result is the same: failure because your opponent is just that much better.

You take the loss, tell everybody you will shrug it off as one of those days, and move on.

But ...

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