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Angelique Kerber beats Sharapova to join left handed women in draw at Wimbledon

Although only 10% of the population is left-handed, 50% of the women left at Wimbledon are southpaws. Thanks in part to Angeliques Kerber taking out French Open Champion Maria Sharapova,7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-4. Lefty Petra Kvitova beat fellow Czech Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 6-1, 7-5.

Sharapova said that as a child, she played left-handed for almost a year. This was before she arrived at Nick Bollettieri’s tennis academy in Florida and started honing the ground strokes that would carry her to three Grand Slam singles titles.
Sharapova said that as a child, she played left-handed for almost a year. This was before she arrived at Nick Bollettieri’s tennis academy in Florida and started honing the ground strokes that would carry her to three Grand Slam singles titles.
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Kerber after winning her Ladies' Singles fourth round match against Maria Sharapova of Russia at the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis Club
Kerber after winning her Ladies' Singles fourth round match against Maria Sharapova of Russia at the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis Club
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Former Wimbledon champ Kvitova will face fellow lefty and Czech Lucie Safarova in one semifinal. Southpaw Kerber from Germany will have to get past Canada's Eugenic Bouchard to make the other semifinal. The Kvitova and Safarova match-up guarantees a left handed player will contend for the Wimbledon crown on Saturday.

Oddly enough Maria Sharapova is naturally left handed and changed to play right handed early on in her career.And on the other hand, literally, No.1. Rafael Nadal is a natural righty who plays lefty.

Sharapova's father Yuri has told Sharapova’s agent, Max Eisenbud, that if Sharapova, who was slowed by right shoulder surgery, played left-handed, she might have won 10 Grand Slam titles by now.

“Her dad is convinced the reason she’s had shoulder problems is because she should be a lefty,” Eisenbud said.

Men's tennis has quite a few famous lefthanders including Rod Laver, John McEnroe and Jimm Connors.

Tennis has a few left handed women who made a large impact on the game. The list is topped by Martina Navratilova 18 time Grand Slam winner and Monica Seles, Hall of Famer who has 53 career singles titles.

Check video to see Sharapova doing some left handed shots.