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Thursday
Jul142011

Japan Cheers Women's Soccer Team to World Cup Finals

JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images(FRANKFURT, Germany) -- The U.S. women's soccer team secured their spot in the finals with a win over France, while fans in Japan stayed up all night to watch their team advance over Sweden.

"After all we've been through...these women are giving us reason to hope," a fan for Japan says.

Team Japan's success has united a country in desperate need of something to cheer for. Four months after a massive tsunami and earthquake devasted the country's northeast coast, the Japanese continue to deal with daily radiation scares, aftershocks and political fallout from the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

The women's national soccer team -- nicknamed "Nadeshiko," referring to the unadorned, clean beauty of a Japanese woman -- has dedicated each game to disaster victims in their home country, making the players unlikely heroes.  This will be Japan's first time to the finals, according to FIFA.

The U.S. and Japan face off on Sunday.

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Saturday
Jul022011

Wimbledon: Petra Kvitova Upsets Maria Sharapova in Final

CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images(WIMBLEDON, England) -- Tennis fans who tuned in to the Wimbledon women’s final Saturday witnessed a major upset, as Petra Kvitova defeated Maria Sharapova 6-3, 6-4, to take the title back to the Czech Republic.

The 21-year-old Kvitova played with confidence throughout the match, delivering solid service and returns against the more experienced Sharapova.

Kvitova delivered the final nail in the coffin in the form of an ace, to knock off Sharapova in straight sets and win her first Grand Slam title.

Kvitova came into the match as a long shot, but left as the first left-handed player to win the women’s title since 1990, when Martina Navratilova won it.

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