Sharapova Wins Bausch and Lomb Championships for Third Title of Year

April 15, 2008

Bordentown, NJ — Last week, Nikolay Davydenko captivated the tennis world with his win at the Sony Ericsson Open – raving about how his Prince Ozone Pro Tour helped him capture the second Masters title of his career. This week, Maria Sharapova showed that O3 racquets continue to help players on the WTA tour as well, using her O3 White to win the 2008 Bausch and Lomb Championships in Amelia Island, South Carolina Sunday.

For Maria, who took some time off after capturing her third career Grand Slam title earlier this year at the Australian Open, the Bausch and Lomb Championships marked her return to action. She showed her true grit and talent by battling through two tough three-set matches before beating Dominika Cibulkova 7-6, 6-3 in the final for her third title this year.

“This week was a real test for me after taking a few weeks off. To come through in the end feels really great,” said Sharapova following the match. I am serving and moving well and I think that is due to a combination of hard work and the help I get from my O3 racquet. Getting as many matches in as possible will now be key as the clay court season continues and the French Open approaches.”

Maria, who is now 22-1 on the year, was one of the first players on tour to convert to a frame with O3 technology. She has captured 19 WTA titles on her career including two Grand Slams (U.S Open and Australian Open) since picking up her O3 White. Today, there are more than 100 players on tour using O3 racquets in addition to the vast number of collegiate and top juniors around the globe who continue to recognize the benefits and adopt O3 technology. Already this year, touring pros using O3 racquets have won 35 titles – raising the total to 370 since the technology was introduced.

“Fans everywhere are seeing more and more top touring pros with O3 technology in their hands. Maria’s win comes on the heels of a very strong week at the Sony Ericsson Open where seven of twelve finalists were playing O3, including five champions. The momentum continues to build as more and more players put Prince frames in their bags.”

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