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Sports is always better in high-definition, and 2008 produced some events and images that truly stood out.
10. Immelman Wins Masters
9. Phils, Rays in the Slop
8. Celtics Return to Glory
7. Nadal, Federer Battle at Wimbledon
6. Sharapova vs. Ivanovic in Aussie Final
5. Texas tips Oklahoma
4. Kansas Heroics Top Memphis
3. Giants Freeze Packers
2. Penguins, Sabres Outdoors Shootout
1. Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony
Honorable Mention: Volleyball Scores Big
 
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6. Sharapova vs. Ivanovic in Aussie Final

About the only thing better than seeing Federer and Nadal duke it out for five hours was seeing Maria Sharapova and Ana Ivanovic on the court together vying for a title—in this case, the Australian Open, in HD. Even non-tennis fans have seen Sharapova in commercials, and Ivanovic could follow in her footsteps—as a major champion and camera-friendly phenom. At this year’s Aussie, it was Ivanovic’s first final, and let’s just say the Serb made a name for herself for more than just her tennis prowess—she’ll be earning plenty of those endorsement dollars too after this breakout performance, which served ESPN’s HD cameras very well. By the way, Sharapova won in straight sets.

Read more: Top 10 HD Sports Broadcasts of 2008