Since turning pro, Maria Sharapova has used band dampeners on all her racquets. At the recent Fed Cup match between Russia and Israel, the Australian Open champion received several OTZ Band Dampeners for evaluation purposes, the band dampeners developed by Women’s Tennis Blog’s sponsors.
Sharapova easily won her matches against Shahar Peer and Tzipi Obziler and the Russian team went on to beat Israel 4-1. Sharapova served well and consistently hit winners from both sides of the court. In addition, it appeared the world No.5 thoroughly enjoyed herself on the sidelines, heartily cheering on her Russian teammates in the face of a noisy Israeli home crowd.
This was the first time Sharapova has put on the Russian national uniform and played for her country. In last year's Fed Cup final between Russia and Italy in Moscow, Sharapova helped out the team as a practice partner, not being able to serve due to injury.