trophy watch: madrid + asian hopman cup

maria sharapova - yec 2007

The SEWTA Tour capped its 2007 season with a thrilling match between winner Justine Henin and Maria Sharapova. The 5-7, 7-5, 6-3 match — played over three hours, 24 minutes — was the longest three-set final in tournament history. (It was played as a best-of-five final from 1984-1998.) Jesus, that 12th game of the first set was agonizingly long, and not even in the nail-biting kind of way.

We were surprised about Masha’s late-season run, which came after a nearly two-month layoff due to shoulder injury. (More after the cut…)