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1. Hail Mary, Full of Grace
Screaming chicks in skimpy skirts? Check! Despite injury and scorching heat, Maria Sharapova proves way better than Anna Kournikova: She actually wins! She screams her way to the top, beating Ana Ivanovic in straight sets to claim the Australian Open 2008 women’s title. Sadly, a shoulder injury will prevent her from seeing some Aussie action this year.

Video: Scream vs. Shriek: Maria Sharapova vs. Ana Ivanovic, 2008 Australian Open Women’s Final highlights

2. The Rafa-Roger Show
Everyone loves a rivalry, especially in sports. The Rafael Nadal-Roger Federer rivalry is perhaps one of the best that Tennis has seen. The two wrote history in Wimbledon 2008, dubbed the Greatest Tennis Match of all Time, where—hear the Rog fans booing—the former won. They’ve locked horns six times in Grand Slam finals, with Rafa leading 4-2, but never on Aussie soil. With the King of Clay starting the year as World No. 1 and Fedex still fresh from his fifth consecutive US Open win, The 2009 Australian Open is anybody’s game.

Video: Men in white: Rafael Nadal vs. Roger Federer, 2008 Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Final highlights


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