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Slo-motion GIF of a Maria Sharapova return shot borderline unreal (GIF)


At some point during the French Open semifinal match between Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka at Roland Garros, Miss Sharapova hit an impressive and powerful backhand return against her opponent.

And while it is true that by simply watching Sharapova hit a shot — and let’s be honest, listening to Sharapova hit a shot — in regular speed, one can witness how the Russian beauty routinely attacks the ball with a near-vulgar display of power, watching a GIF slowed down to super-slow-motion speed illustrates how much energy she exerts attacking the ball during one of her more aggressive hits.

Thankfully, Business Insider has created the aforementioned GIF. Enjoy.

Holy freaking moly. That is borderline absurd. Powerful, supremely athletic, drop-dead gorgeous and incredibly skilled. Sharpova has it all in spades.

And the combination of all her considerable on-the-court assets helped Sharapova defeat Azarenka on Thursday in three sets, 6-1, 2-6, 6-4, punching her ticket to another French Open final. After watching that GIF a few times, the result is hardly surprising.